AT&T to launch Acer Iconia Tab A501 this summer

By on March 22, 2011 at 6:03 PM.

AT&T to launch Acer Iconia Tab A501 this summer

AT&T on Tuesday announced that it will launch the 4G-enabled Acer Iconia Tab A501 Android tablet early this summer. The A501 features Google’s Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating system as well as a 10-inch touchscreen display, a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a front-facing camera for video chat and an HDMI-port capable of piping 1080p HD video to any attached device. “Consumers are seeking cutting-edge mobile computing devices and we look forward to giving them another great choice with the Acer Iconia Tab A501,” said AT&T’s VP of business development for emerging devices, David Haight, in a statement. “This tablet is packed with features that will enable HD gaming and exceptional video playback. It offers a first-class on-the-go entertainment experience.” AT&T has not yet revealed a specific launch date or pricing for the Iconia Tab A501. Hit the break for the full press release. More →

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HTC EVO 3D, EVO View 4G confirmed by CTIA snoops

By on March 21, 2011 at 8:48 PM.

HTC EVO 3D, EVO View 4G confirmed by CTIA snoops

If you’re an exhibitor at CTIA looking to keep a secret, you have to be on guard at all times. Blog Pocketnow has acquired images of Sprint collateral that provides hard specs for the yet-to-be-announced HTC EVO 3D and HTC EVO View 4G. Just as we exclusively reported several days ago, the image tells us that the device will indeed be a 1.2GHz dual-core beast, complete with a 4.3-inch screen with 960 x 540 pixel resolution. The handset also boasts dual 5 megapixel cameras capable of capturing 3D video in 720p, and regular old 2D video in a full 1080p. The EVO 3D also appears to have a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, weigh in at 6 ounces, and will have its Android operating system smothered in HTC’s Sense UI. The EVO View 4G will have the same 1.5GHz single-core processor as the Flyer, a display with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, and will weigh around 15 ounces. We’ll be live blogging Sprint’s keynote event, which starts tomorrow around 1:00 p.m. ET, where we presume these two HTC sets will become official. More →

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BlackBerry Monaco (Storm 3) caught on video

By on February 21, 2011 at 9:11 AM.

BlackBerry Monaco (Storm 3) caught on video

Last month, BGR exclusively reported preliminary details surrounding an upcoming smartphone from Research In Motion codenamed the BlackBerry Monaco. Due for launch from Verizon Wireless in September of this year according to our report, the Monaco could be the third installment in RIM’s Storm series. Now, the Monaco has been caught on film for the first time. As expected, the front of the device appears to be similar in design to the BlackBerry Torch, minus the physical QWERTY keypad, of course. Like the Torch, the Monaco includes RIM’s optical trackpad beneath its touchscreen display, which is something seen as a bit peculiar for the Monaco’s full touchscreen form factor. This is the result of RIM’s continued efforts to turn the aging BlackBerry OS into a touchscreen-friendly platform. Results at this point have received mixed reviews, but the company will eventually shift BlackBerry smartphones to its new QNX platform — which will debut on the BlackBerry PlayBook next — as it was designed with touchscreens in mind. Until then, this is likely the best BlackBerry fans can hope for. Hit the jump for the video and see our original exclusive report for full specs on the upcoming BlackBerry Monaco, which include a 1.2GHz processor and NFC compatibility. More →

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Sprint Kyocera Echo hands-on!

By on February 7, 2011 at 6:30 PM.

Sprint Kyocera Echo hands-on!

We had a chance to spend time with Sprint, Kyocera, and the Echo earlier in the day, and while there were mumblings about what to expect, we have to say we were completely shocked — literally speechless with all smiles. The Kyocera Echo is unlike any other device we have ever seen, and it’s truly innovative. Let’s first recap the specifications of the handset:

  • Dual 3.5-inch LCD WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) capacitive touchscreens (4.7 inches diagonally and 800 x 960 pixels when opened)
  • Android 2.2 — Froyo
  • 1GHz Snapdragon QSD 8650
  • 5 megapixel camera with flash
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Wi-Fi
  • EVDO Rev. A
  • 115.0 x 56.5 x 17.2mm
  • 193 grams (6.8 oz.)

As for our thoughts on the phone… hit the jump and we’ll give you all the details. More →

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Exclusive: BlackBerry Storm 3 shows up, tells all

By on January 14, 2011 at 10:38 AM.

Exclusive: BlackBerry Storm 3 shows up, tells all

You thought we were done revealing RIM’s 2011 BlackBerry lineup? Not quite yet. In addition to the new BlackBerry Bold, BlackBerry Curve, and BlackBerry Torch 2, we have received photos and information about the BlackBerry Storm 3. The specifications on the Storm 3 are pretty impressive and will definitely position this Storm sequel nicely among other top-of-market handsets. It also will feature the highest resolution display to ever ship on a BlackBerry smartphone — a 800 x 480-pixel display and yes, it will have an optical trackpad (though we’re not sure why). Here is the thing, it’s entirely possible RIM will change the Storm branding on the device — codenames are Monaco and Monza for the global devices — we’ll have to wait and see. We have all the specs after the break! More →

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Images of MetroPCS’ first LTE, Android smartphone surface; Samsung SCH-R910

By on January 10, 2011 at 4:57 PM.

Images of MetroPCS’ first LTE, Android smartphone surface; Samsung SCH-R910

A new source has come forward with an image of what we believe to be MetroPCS’ first LTE-capable, Android smartphone — the Samsung SCH-R910. The device, which sports both a CDMA and LTE radio, will run the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system alongside Samsung’s TouchWiz interface. We’re being told that the device will boast a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and 5 megapixel camera — just like the Galaxy S — and will have a user-accessible micro-SD card slot under the battery cover; at this point, memory and on-board storage specs are still unknown. Expect to see the R910 drop on MetroPCS in Q1 with a snazzy new nickname and a contract-free price-point between $329 to $399.

Thanks, S. Mango! More →

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Front, rear iPad 2 cameras reaffirmed by new report

By on December 10, 2010 at 8:50 AM.

Front, rear iPad 2 cameras reaffirmed by new report

A new report Friday cites news from component suppliers in claiming Apple’s next-generation iPad tablet will include front and rear-facing cameras. The report reaffirms rumors that have existed since the summer, shortly after Apple introduced FaceTime alongside the iPhone 4. FaceTime, which is now supported by the iPhone 4 and Apple’s most recent iPod touch model, is a video chat service usable only by Apple products. It makes sense, of course, that Apple would want to expand the service to include the iPad, which continues to sell extremely well. Apple reportedly chose a camera supplier for the iPad last month, selecting Largan Precision, which also supplies cameras for the iPhone 4. Apple is expected to begin manufacturing its next iPad, commonly referred to as the “iPad 2,” early next year. A launch is expected in March or April. More →

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Apple reportedly names next-gen iPad camera supplier

By on November 30, 2010 at 9:00 PM.

Apple reportedly names next-gen iPad camera supplier

Rumors that Apple’s next-generation iPad will include at least one camera gain purchase Tuesday morning as a new report suggests Apple has named its camera lens supplier for its upcoming tablet. Citing market rumors instigated by a public filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange, DigiTimes reports that Largan Precision has been awarded a contract that will make it the sole supplier of lens modules for the second-generation iPad. Largan also supplies 5-megapixel cameras for Apple’s iPhone 4. The inclusion of a front-facing camera for FaceTime video chat is almost a given at this point, and the iPad will also reportedly include a rear-facing camera — possibly the same 5-megapixel optics currently found in the iPhone 4. Following the trail of unsubstantiated reports out of Taiwan, Largan joins Ibiden, Tripod Technology and TTM Technologies as PCD suppliers for Apple’s upcoming iPad sequel. The second-generation iPad is expected to begin shipping in the first quarter of 2011. More →

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HP’s unlocked, GSM Palm Pre 2 available in U.S.; $450 [Updated]

By on November 18, 2010 at 7:05 AM.

HP’s unlocked, GSM Palm Pre 2 available in U.S.; $450 [Updated]

Early this morning, HP made the unlocked, unbranded, GSM, Palm Pre 2 available on its U.S. website. The webOS 2.0 device, which will retail for $449.99 contract-free, is listed as “in stock” and has a ship time of under 24-hours. Just a quick recap on the Pre 2: 1 GHz processor, 3.1-inch multi-touch display with 320 x 480 resolution, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth, GPS, 16GB of on-board storage, and a 5 megapixel camera. Anyone plan on picking one up?

UPDATED: We pinged HP to see exactly which 3G bands the unlocked, GSM Pre 2 being sold in the company’s U.S. online store would support, and we’ve got our answer: “It supports 3G with 850MHz and 1900MHz.” More →

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BlackBerry Style 9670 review

By on November 8, 2010 at 12:47 PM.

BlackBerry Style 9670 review

I have to be perfectly honest here… I was anything but excited when FedEx dropped a BlackBerry Style 9670 review unit from Sprint at my door. I have nothing against BlackBerrys and I certainly have nothing against Sprint, but the idea of reviewing what would probably end up being just another BlackBerry was not exciting to me in the least.

Part of me wanted to skip the review altogether. A big part of me. After years of seeing nearly identical BlackBerry devices hit the market one after the next, is there really anything left to say?

So in this review, I tried to focus mostly on what makes the BlackBerry Style 9670 different from its predecessors. If you want to read about why RIM’s email system is great or how awesome BlackBerry Messenger is, feel free to look back on any of the thousands of BlackBerry reviews that have been written over the past few years. You’ll surely find your fill. If you want to read about how crazy it is that in 2010, BlackBerry devices still can’t synchronize read statuses properly with Gmail accounts, please look elsewhere. I’m not here to beat a dead horse.

If instead, you want to know what makes the BlackBerry Style unique and why it might or might not appeal to you, read on. More →

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T-Mobile HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 hands on

By on November 4, 2010 at 12:47 PM.

T-Mobile HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 hands on

T-Mobile zipped us over a brand new HTC HD7 loaded with Redmond’s brand new operating system and we have some first impressions to report back. For starters, we’re really like the design of the phone. It’s not over the top — the front of the device is more subtle than anything else. We love how HTC has used both the top and bottom parts of the phone in a unique way design-wise. There’s the same metal mesh inlayed for the ear speaker on top as there is on the bottom to complete the design vision. From a practical point of view, this unfortunately doesn’t work for me personally. I take issue with the way HTC has created these sunken-in ear speakers on their latest devices (HTC EVO, G2), and it makes the phones uncomfortable to talk on. There is a very minimalistic feeling for the front of the phone with just the three Microsoft-required hardware (in this case touch-sensitive) keys, and that’s it.

The phone feels solid, good to hold and use, though our volume rocker seems to be loose and it rattles whenever you transport the phone or pick it up. It’s a little irritating. The display on the device is top-notch as expected, and touch sensitivity is mostly on par with other competing devices.The internals of this device mostly mirror the HTC HD2 to a tee: 1GHz Qualcomm QSD8250 CPU, 576 MB of RAM and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera. It’s a tad bit disappointing, but the end result is a very speedy handset that delivers a great experience (if you’re the Windows Phone 7 type), and you can’t really complain too much about that. We have our hands on gallery all ready to go for you below!

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 gets official, November release globally

By on October 27, 2010 at 9:38 AM.

BlackBerry Bold 9780 gets official, November release globally

Just minutes ago, Research In Motion finally made the BlackBerry Bold 9780 official. You can pick up RIM’s “boldest BlackBerry” starting in November, like had been rumored. It will launch globally next month and we’d bet that every carrier that offers the Bold 9700 will carry the refreshed model.  The specifications are just as had been reported: same basic handset as the Bold 9700, 512MB RAM, 5-megapixel and BlackBerry OS 6 are the upgrades. We’ve been using a 9780 for a couple months and we definitely think the added RAM coupled with RIM’s latest operating system works well, but we can’t notice many differences from our 9700 running BlackBerry OS 6. Full press release after the break.

UPDATE: T-Mobile has announced pricing and availability — the Bold 9780 will launch on November 12th for $129.99 with a new 2-year contract. More →

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T-Mobile's myTouch 4G ROM, video, spec-sheet leak

By on October 19, 2010 at 7:19 AM.

T-Mobile's myTouch 4G ROM, video, spec-sheet leak

When a ROM for an unreleased handset leaks, sometimes the most valuable thing they contain are images and videos of the device, and the ROM for the myTouch 4G — coming to T-Mobile — is no different. The mT4G will be an HSPA+ handset that packs a 3.8-inch WVGA display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, rear-facing 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p video recording, front-facing camera, DLNA support, micro-SD card (support for 32GB card), and Android 2.2. The device will be preloaded with software titles Rock Band, Asphalt 5, and Monopoly and support: Wi-Fi calling, video calling, and T-Mobile TV. T-Mobile’s specification sheet says the device should be available in time for the holidays.Sounds like a pretty solid set. Hit the jump to check out a video that was included in the ROM and the full myTouch 4G spec sheet. Enjoy! More →

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