Expansys spills the beans on the Nokia E75

By on February 9, 2009 at 8:01 AM.

Expansys spills the beans on the Nokia E75

Never mind the fact that they’re just doing it to get free publicity and a head start on pre-orders, we absolutely love it when retailers give it to the manufacturers in the junk and out the specs of their phones just days before they’re official. Expansys is no stranger to this process and has done it again with the Nokia E75. We’ve seen the E75 countless times before and while we want it for reasons we can’t really describe we’re now in a position to say that the E75 won’t suffice to stave off our hunger for the upcoming N97. Why? High cost, a tiny display and poor screen resolution will do the trick every time. If you’re an S60 nut however, chances are you’re going to love what the E75 has got:

  • Quad-band GSM / EDGE, dual-band HSDPA (900/2100) at 3.6Mbps
  • 2.4″ 240×320 QVGA display
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with auto-focus, digital zoom, LED flash
  • 30FPS QVGA video recording
  • aGPS
  • WiFi
  • FM radio
  • microSDHC
  • 3.5mm headset, Bluetooth 2.0, microUSB
  • Nokia Maps, PDF Document Viewer, ZIP File Manager
  • Dual home screen (work/personal)
  • 1000 mAh battery
  • 630 mins talk, 408 hrs stand-by time

So what’s all of this going to cost? Early estimates are that the E75 will ship on March 13 for £389.99 SIM-free ($580 USD) or free on select tariffs from T-Mobile UK. Fail.

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VZW Network Extender femtocell to launch 25 January

By on January 19, 2009 at 8:17 AM.

VZW Network Extender femtocell to launch 25 January

It looks like Verzion is all set to launch its answer to Sprint’s Airave femtocell on Sunday January 25th. What the heck is femtocell you ask? In a nutshell, a femtocell is a teeny, tiny cellphone tower that allows users to get all of their cellular services via a broadband connection. This means that soon you can be rocking up to three Verizon lines in the middle of nowhere, which is a bit strange since we’re pretty hard pressed to name an area Verizon doesn’t cover. Anyway, in case you’re the type of person who likes to cheat the system and were hoping to use a VPN to make it look like you’re dialing locally in Ottumwa, Iowa when you’re actually in the middle of Zonguldak, an aGPS chip has been built-in to stop you. On the plus side however, you can also connect and external GPS antenna to authenticate your position. So what does the luxury of having your own 5,000 square feet of Verizon signal cost? $249.99, we’re told. Fair enough.

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Sprint to release the BlackBerry Niagara this quarter?

By on January 3, 2009 at 9:30 AM.

Sprint to release the BlackBerry Niagara this quarter?

We know how hard it must be for Sprint BlackBerry users considering that Sprint missed out on recent handsets like the Storm and Bold. Sprint hasn’t even issued OS 4.5 yet but as the saying goes, “good things come to those who wait.” If you believe this latest rumor, a very good thing is on its way to the black and yellow land of Sprint — the Niagara. A CDMA variant of the Bold with updated looks to compliment the styling queues of the 8900 and Storm, the Niagara features all of the goodies one could hope for: full-QWERTY keypad, 480 x 360 display, EV-DO Rev. A, aGPS, WiFi and a 3.2 megapixel camera. We even hear that there might be HSPA world-roaming (wouldn’t that be swell?). If the rumor pans out, it would certainly give Sprint a much needed shot in the arm. But then again, Verizon would probably just come in after a short period of time and wreck the party.

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Nokia announces N97 flagship phone

By on December 2, 2008 at 9:24 AM.

Nokia announces N97 flagship phone

We mentioned it a few days ago and rumors were true, something big has come from the Finnish mobile manufacturer. Nokia has just announced in Barcelona, Spain during Nokia World ’08 that it will be launching the N97. This feature-packed phone is guaranteed to please Nokia fans and general phone geeks alike. Apparently, product managers are calling this the “Facebook Phone,” and while it is a little silly, the name doesn’t just come from nowhere. The device is geared toward social networking and multimedia but it doesn’t seem like the business user has been left out, either. Here are some specs to get your appetite going:

  • 3.5″, 640 x 360 resistive touch screen (No! Why not capacitive?! Fail.)
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Tri-band HSDPA 3G
  • 802.11 b/g WiFi
  • A-GPS and Stand-alone GPS for directions and geo-tagging
  • 32GB Built-In Memory
  • microSD expansion support for ADDITIONAL 16GB
  • 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics
  • Flash Lite 3.0 support and Flash Video in web browser
  • Music player up to 36 hours playback time
  • Share and Ovi services support

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Nokia announces the 6260 Slide

By on November 25, 2008 at 6:49 PM.

Nokia announces the 6260 Slide

Today Nokia announced the latest handset that runs on its S40 platform, the 6260 Slide. The 6260 takes its styling queues from the 6220 Classic and boasts an amazing 2.4″ 320 x 480 HVGA screen. It basically is the perfect handset for those who want nearly everything and more from a mobile phone but for some odd reason don’t want a smartphone. Why someone would want this much juice but not want it to run on S60 is a question in and of itself, but we’ll leave that for another time. Specs from the Nokia data sheet are as follows:

  • Series 40
  • 99.4mm x 46.5mm x 15.4mm, 114g
  • Quad-band EDGE with tri-band HSDPA/HSUPA
  • WiFi and aGPS (with Nokia Maps pre-installed)
  • 2.4″ 320×480 HVGA display
  • 200MB internal memory, up to 8GB microSD
  • 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens
  • Front-facing camera for video calling
  • Bluetooth v2.1 w/ A2DP/AVRCP
  • TV-out and 2.5mm AV connector
  • microUSB
  • 950 mAh battery
  • 4/6 hours talk time, 370/400 hours stand-by (3G/EDGE)

Expect to see this mobile hit Europe in early 2009 with an estimated MSRP of €299 before taxes and carrier subsidies.

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Sagem Orga develops SIM card with A-GPS

By on November 20, 2008 at 7:02 PM.

Sagem Orga develops SIM card with A-GPS

If you don’t have a device already equipped with A-GPS and you don’t want to upgrade or spring for a stand-alone unit from the likes of Garmin or TomTom, what do you do? Well, the only other option was a Thomas Guide, really. Now, Sagem Orga, the large smart card maker, has decided to make a SIM card with integrated A-GPS. While it was originally intended for emergency use, handsets without current GPS technology can enjoy the the same benefits as more modern and capable handsets. Whether it will be as accurate as devices already carrying GPS is yet to be determined. We imagine these new SIMs will be huge among carriers as they allow carrier navigation services in countless handsets that aren’t GPS-equipped from the factory. From the Sagem Orga press release:

Sagem Orga and BlueSky Positioning’s new approach incorporates a highly accurate GPS receiver and a proprietary antenna into the SIM card, enabling mobile operators to deploy both legally-mandated and commercial applications quickly and cost-effectively for all mobile devices.

Judging from the press release, it looks like a win-win situation for everyone. Hopefully these new SIM cards will be making their way to local carriers and into handsets soon. Anyone without a GPS-enabled handset excited about this? Anyone still have a handset without GPS?

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Rogers to sell HTC Touch Diamond, contract free at $599.99

By on October 22, 2008 at 1:03 PM.

Rogers to sell HTC Touch Diamond, contract free at $599.99

What better way to keep yourself warm through a long Canadian winter than by being blasted by radiation from a shiny new handset. The latest issue of UR Magazine, free to all Rogers Wireless subscribers, is currently being mailed out all across Canada and is featuring the HTC Touch Diamond. While the device doesn’t appear anywhere on the Rogers website and no release date or contract pricing has been given, the unsubsidised price was published as being $599.99. If that’s not enough to give you a heart attack, it should be noted that Rogers is selling the HTC Touch at $449.99 contract free. Will Canadians buy it? If the initial $399 price tag of the Bold is any indication, yes, but only begrudgingly.

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Motorola Q11 now official and coming in December

By on October 9, 2008 at 1:58 AM.

Motorola Q11 now official and coming in December

If you have been looking for an alternative to Blackberry or Nokia smartphones, the Motorola Q11 might be a good option. Some live shots floated around the Internet for a little while, but it’s now official and just cruising under the radar. Where it will be released and how much has yet to be determined, but we hear the device should be “affordable,” so expect it to compete with the major smartphone players. But just how affordable will it be? Well, the phone comes without 3G – major bad move for Motorola! Still, if you’re interested and are living in the Stone Age or an area without 3G coverage, we have the official specs for you:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity and no 3G
  • 2.4 inch TFT screen, 262K colors and 320 x 240 pixels
  • full QWERTY keyboard
  • A-GPS and GPS with support for Google Maps
  • Wi-Fi, used with Boingo Mobile
  • WAP 2.2 / HTML / Pocket IE 6 for browsing the Web
  • Integrated ActiveSync Email Push
  • Java App for Instant Messaging
  • MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WAV, MIDI, WMA, WAX, WMV player
  • MPEG4, H.264, WMV, RV player
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • MicroUSB/USB 1.1
  • 3 MP fixed focus cam with LED flash, 8X zoom and video
  • 128MB of Flash, 64MB of RAM,
  • microSD card support, up to 32GB
  • 1170 mAh battery for up to 7.5 hours of talk time or up to 195 hours of stand-by
  • 115 grams and 117 x 64 x 11.7 mm

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