Vobis Computer's HIGHSCREEN PP5420 has good specs, awful name

By on July 2, 2009 at 8:21 AM.

Vobis Computer's HIGHSCREEN PP5420 has good specs, awful name

For the past two weeks, the Android scene has been all Hero this, Sense that but apparently there are a few other players in the Google game trying to make a name for themselves. Enter Vobis Computer’s HIGHSCREEN PP5420, the newest Android handset to hit the street complete with an IRS tax form sounding name. In terms of specs, the PP5420 is not exactly cutting edge but it’s still sharp enough to go toe to toe with the majority of its competition: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band 7.2Mbps HSPA connectivity, a 528MHz processor, 256MB ROM / 128MB RAM, 3-inch WQVGA touchscreen display, 3 megapixel auto-focus camera, Wi-Fi, aGPS, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR and a 1080 mAh battery. The cost? $500ish unlocked.

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Motorola and AT&T announce the Karma QA1

By on June 23, 2009 at 2:05 PM.

Motorola and AT&T announce the Karma QA1

Life’s a bitch and so is karma, but AT&T is hoping to change that with the Motorola Karma QA1. A goofy looking dumb phone that bears an uncanny resemblance to the Somerset, the Karma is a media-centric device that has home screen access to both Facebook and MySpace as well as support for email, IM, MMS and threaded SMS. In terms of hardware, the quad-band EDGE/dual-band HSDPA Karma packs a sliding QWERTY keypad, 2.5-inch QVGA display, 2 megapixel camera, aGPS, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, 3.5mm headphone jack and 100MB of internal memory with microSDHC support (up to 16GB). The Karma will be available online and in AT&T stores on the 28th of this month for $79.99 on a 2-year deal after a $50 mail-in rebate. Any takers?

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Rogers releases the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

By on June 22, 2009 at 6:03 PM.

Rogers releases the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

If you’re a Nokia fan who lives in Canada and just so happens to have $199.99 burning a hole in your pocket, it might interest you to know Rogers has released the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. Available nation-wide as of today, the 5800 XpressMusic is a multimedia-centric S60 5th Edition smartphone with specs that include a 3.2-inch 640×360 resistive touchscreen display, 3.2 megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, auto-focus and dual-LED flash, 3.6Mbps HSDPA connectivity, Wi-Fi and aGPS. An 8GB microSD card also comes in the box to help pique your interest, though after playing around with one ourselves we’re not exactly convinced many Canadians are going to be picking up this device considering how many other awesome options there are in the same price range.

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LG announces the Aigen LG-GM730

By on June 15, 2009 at 4:40 PM.

LG announces the Aigen LG-GM730

While Samsung might think that its two new Omnia Pro’s are the hottest new Windows Mobile devices on the planet, LG is confident that its done Samsung one better with the Aigen LG-GM730. Having layered its S-Class 3D UI on top of Windows Mobile 6.1 for a more visually appealing and user friendly user experience, the dual-band 7.2Mbps HSDPA Aigen also features a 3-inch WQVGA touchscreen display, Wi-Fi, aGPS, FM radio tuner and a 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus all in a body that is 11.9mm thick. As for color options, the Aigen is available with black, pink and lime chrome trim. LG says that the Aigen is available now in Korea, but bizarrely pricing has not been made public. Go figure.

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Samsung Louvre gets spec'd and photographed

By on June 14, 2009 at 8:54 AM.

Samsung Louvre gets spec'd and photographed

Hot on the heels of the first rendering of the Samsung B7610 Louvre comes the first spy photo and some additional specifications on this mid-range offering from Sammy. The Louvre looks even better in person than it does in the rendering and it comes with an increasingly solid set of specs that include:

  • 3.50inch AMOLED 16M color resistive WVGA (800×480) display
  • 800Mhz CPU
  • 5.1 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • 2 UIs (Pro & Media, with a dedicated button to switch between them)
  • TV-out
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • MicroUSB connector
  • Divx/WMV/H.264 accelerations
  • GPS/WIFI/HSDPA/HSUPA/BT
  • FM Radio
  • DNLA support
  • 1GB internal memory + SDHC up to 32G
  • 1500 mAh battery

The Louvre is expected to debut later this summer with Windows Mobile 6.1 and an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5 to follow in the September/October 2009 time frame. That is the good news, the bad news is that the current ROM is reportedly running slowly, even on the 800MHz processor. Slow performance may result in a slip of the launch date possibly until November, a fate that may also await the Omnia 2 (GT-i8000).

[Via wmpoweruser]

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Samsung's B7610 Louvre gets pic'd, spec'd

By on June 12, 2009 at 8:01 AM.

Samsung's B7610 Louvre gets pic'd, spec'd

While talk of Samsung’s upcoming B7610 Louvre has been floating around in quiet corners of the internet for quite some time now, the first image of the upcoming Windows Mobile smartphone has emerged alongside a list of specs. We’re not sure exactly how this handset pays homage to the famous French museum but maybe Sammy is just running out of code names. While it’s clearly not meant to be a flagship device, the Louvre looks as if it will be able to hold its own against similar devices in its class:

  • 112mm x 5.8mm x 16mm
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and 7.2Mbps UMTS/HSDPA
  • 3.5-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen display
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • 1GB ROM
  • 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and aGPS
  • Accelerometer
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • FM tuner with RDS
  • microSD support
  • miniUSB
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • 1500 mAh Li-ion battery

Having not yet been announced by Samsung, a release date, list of carriers and pricing are still unknown. The source of this leak however, believes that the Louvre will makes its debut this July with a price ranging from 250€ to 500€.

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Sony Ericsson's incredibly sexy W995a available July 6th

By on June 3, 2009 at 10:39 AM.

Sony Ericsson's incredibly sexy W995a available July 6th

Having long since been given the green light for sale in the US by the FCC, Sony Ericsson announced today that the unlocked W995a Walkman will go on sale July 6th at Sony Style locations across the US. Identical to the W995 Walkman in every way save for the inclusion of a tri-band UMTS/HSPA (850/1800/1900MHz) radio, the W995a is the type of device that we’d like to see SE continue to push out alongside smartphones like the Satio. Here’s why: a 2.6-inch QVGA display, 8.1 megapixel camera with auto focus, image stabilization and face detection, video calling, Wi-Fi, aGPS, FM radio with RDS, Media Go, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support and a 3.5mm headphone jack can all be yours, unlocked, for around $600. Pretty appealing, is it not?

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It's E71x time, kids!

By on May 4, 2009 at 8:09 AM.

It's E71x time, kids!

Mmm mmm do we ever love it when carriers pick up awesome handsets at awesome prices. Today, after a mind boggling number of delays, AT&T begun selling the Nokia E71x on its website for the incredibly attractive price of $99 on a two-year contract. And while the notion of using a phone that was announced in the summer of 2008 might be unthinkable to some who are accustomed to the very latest in tech, we find it pretty hard to argue against a full-QWERTY S60 device with a 3.2 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, aGPS, Bluetooth 2.0 and HSDPA connectivity, especially when the device in question is Kate Moss thin at 10mm.

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LG Viewty Smart is finally official

By on April 20, 2009 at 3:39 PM.

LG Viewty Smart is finally official

The official arrival of LG’s Viewty Smart might not have been as well coordinated as LG may have liked, but the highly-anticipated successor to the popular Viewty is now official. Featuring an 8 megapixel camera with a Schneider-Kreuznach lens, the Viewty Smart will be able to take pictures at up to 1600 ISO and record videos in “DVD-quality” with DivX and XviD playback to boot. Other than that, a 3″ touchscreen display with WVGA resolution, 7.2Mbps HSDPA, aGPS, Wi-Fi and the rather interesting 3D S-Class UI round out the rest of the 12.4mm thin package. So when can you get it and for how much? According to LG, Europeans will be the first to get a crack at the Viewty Smart this May and sometime after that it will start to trickle out across the globe. Pricing has not yet been made available. Hit the jump for a few more pics along with a promotional video.

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LG's Viewty II (almost) gets official with a new nickname in tow

By on April 15, 2009 at 8:37 AM.

LG's Viewty II (almost) gets official with a new nickname in tow

While LG may have shown off the Viewty II at a trade show or two, it’s actual existence had never been officially acknowledged by the Korean company until now, as the handset has been officially featured on LG’s German blog. Although the company did reveal some very nice photos of the device which has also been given the nickname Viewty Smart, very little was mentioned in regards to the specs of the phone itself. However, since its spec sheet was captured by an eagle-eyed trade show attendee a few months back, we know the following:

  • 12.4mm thin, 90g
  • S-Class 3D UI
  • 3-inch WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) touchscreen display
  • Quad-band GSM, HSPA, WiFi, aGPS
  • 8 megapixel Schneider-Kreuznach camera, Xenon flash
  • 32GB storage
  • DivX playback

Find it odd that the company would provide such a small amount of info on its blog? Yeah, it looks like there was a bit of a mix up as the post in question has since been pulled — though the bright side is that the blog now states more info will be available in a few days. Perhaps then we’ll get a better idea of pricing and release timing as well.

Hit the jump for a few more pics of the sexy handset.

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LG Arena with US HSPA bands approved by the FCC

By on March 20, 2009 at 2:42 PM.

LG Arena with US HSPA bands approved by the FCC

Having seen pre-orders in excess of one million units, the LG Arena KM900 clearly struck an emotional chord with mobile crazed customers in the Asian and European markets. Its lack of support for North American HSPA bands made many on this side of the Atlantic rather green with envy however, and they assumed they would not be able to get their hands on the first device to take advantage of the new S-Class 3D interface. Fear not! Thanks to the fine folks at the FCC we now know a variant of the Arena, the KM900QA, is on its way to the US complete with 850 and 1900 MHz HSPA bands. That’s right people — S-Class 3D UI, 480×800 3-inch touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and aGPS… All coming your way soon enough.

[Via Unwired View]

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Nokia relaunches the N86

By on February 17, 2009 at 10:55 AM.

Nokia relaunches the N86

In what has to be one of the sloppiest undertakings we’ve seen in recent history, Nokia has officially announced the N86 8MP today at Mobile World Congress. First it was presumed to be a leak, then it was revealed to be a bungle and now Nokia has finally decided to show off its first 8 megapixel camera phone in Barcelona. In other words, a company that has openly complained about leaks on several occasions went to Singapore and publicly displayed an unannounced handset, allowing it to be handled and photographed by the public. While you try to wrap your head around that one, let’s move on to the specs…

Aside from the 8 megapixel shooter with a shutter speed of up to 1/1000 of a second, f-stop range of 2.4-4.8 and a wide-angle lens that Nokia absurdly states is equal to that of a wide-angle 35mm SLR, the N86 8MP runs S60 3rd Edition FP2 and features a 2.6″ AMOLED QVGA display, 8 GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi and aGPS with Nokia Maps 3.0 pre-installed. Thankfully, it will indeed be available for use in North America by way of our very own tri-band HSPA model though we can’t say for sure if it will launch around the same time as the Euro model. Battery life isn’t terrible with a rated talk-time of 3.9 hours 3G / 6.3 hours EDGE and standby falling in at 11.5 hours 3G / 13 hours EDGE. Last but not least we have the dimensions and the N86 8MP a big boy indeed, coming in at 103.4mm x 51.4mm x 16.5mm and 149g. All in all it’s a handset with a great camera, above average specs and horrible display resolution – Nseries up and down. Expect to see the N86 8MP begin shipping sometime in Q2 for €375 ($474 USD) and hit the jump for some pics and the obligatory press release.

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Meet the Samsung Eltz S7220 and the Marcel

By on February 9, 2009 at 4:55 PM.

Meet the Samsung Eltz S7220 and the Marcel

Mobile World Congress is but a few days away and the latest leak fest has made its way around the web, if not a bit behind schedule. With so much mobile goodness coming our way in the next little while this is easily one of our favorite times of the year; a time when we can be forgiven for not taking our AD/HD meds. So what are the latest phones to be let into the VIP area of this amazing party? The Samsung “Eltz” S7220 (pictured above) and “Marcel”. With a slim candybar form factor, the Eltz aims to rock your socks off with a purported 5 megapixel camera, AMOLED display, aGPS, the obligatory tag-team duo of MP3 playback/expandable memory and finally the hit or miss proprietary Samsung dumb phone UI. More →

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