Following on the heels of a report by the Wall Street Journal, electronics maker Vizio has made its entry into the smartphone and tablet market official. In a press release, the company outlines its VIA Phone and VIA Tablet devices that are set to debut this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Vizio’s VIA Phone will be a 1GHz device with a 4-inch “high-resolution” capacitive touchscreen, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth, micro-SD card slot, front-facing video camera, three external speakers, and an HDMI-out port. The VIA Tablet will also feature a 1GHz processor and will be paired with an 8-inch capacitive touchscreen display, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth, micro-SD card slot, front-facing video camera, three external speakers, and an HDMI-out port. Dèjá vu. Both the tablet and smartphone will have “a built-in IR blaster with universal remote control app for quick access to the entire home theater or nearly any other CE device in the home,” which sounds pretty nifty. Hit the jump to check out the full press release. More →
Here it is ladies and gentlemen, the heir apparent to the myTouch 3G throne and T-Mobile’s second HSPA+ handset, the myTouch 4G. The new device, which is manufactured by HTC, has all the trimmings of a flagship device: 1GHz processor, front and rear facing cameras, vivid touchscreen display, and, depending on whom you ask, a 4G radio. The myTouch 4G is getting the lion’s share of T-Mobile’s ad buys these days, but how does the handset perform when put to the test by your friends at BGR? Hit the jump to find out.More →
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 →
Today, via two separate press releases, Verizon announced the addition of the LG Vortex — a full-touchscreen, Android 2.2 smartphone — and the LG Cosmos — a full-QWERTY messaging phone — to its handset lineup.
The Vortex will boast a 3.2-inch touchscreen display with haptic feedback, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, 3.2 megapixel camera, micro-SD card slot (with support for up to a 32GB card), SWYPE keyboard, 3G hotspot capabilities, and Android 2.2; the Vortex will also be Binged-out. The handset will be available, starting November 18th, for $79.99 with a 2-year agreement after a $100 mail-in rebate.
The Cosmos will sport a 2.8-inch WQVGA touchscreen display, horizontal-slide-out QWERTY keypad, Bluetooth 2.1, micro-SD card slot (with support for up to a 16GB card, 1.3 megapixel camera, and the ability to fill three different home screens with widgets. The device will be available beginning on November 18th for $49.99 with a 2-year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate. More →
Following a report on Tuesday claiming Bluetooth headphone maker Wi-Gear was acquired by Apple, the company’s CEO confirmed Wednesday that the report is false. Mark Pundsack, Wi-Gear’s CEO, confirmed to Macworld that Wi-Gear and its intellectual property are currently for sale, but Apple did not buy the company. “Two words: ‘I wish!’” Pundsack wrote in an email. Wi-Gear developed and manufactured Bluetooth accessories optimized for use with Apple’s iPod and iPhone product lines. The company was recently forced to shut down its operations due to lack of funding. More →
9to5Mac is reporting that Apple recently acquired a small Bluetooth headphone company based in San Francisco around two months ago. Their source has not disclosed a purchase price, and Wi-Gear as a company is no longer operational. Wi-Gear manufactured A2DP stereo headphones under the brand name iMuffs and even a Bluetooth adapter that enabled older iPod and iPhones to get in on the action. After some snooping, 9to5Mac found that the co-founder of Wi-Gear is now an iOS Bluetooth Engineer at Apple on LinkedIn, thus giving credibility to the story. It’s said that Apple plans to create and manufacture their own brand of Bluetooth headphones, though it isn’t clear whether this would be a replacement for the wired headset that comes with Apple’s music devices, or something like a stereo Bluetooth accessory. Maybe even a new Bluetooth headset to replace their less-than-stellar first go at it?
Here it is ladies and gentlemen, Nokia’s latest and greatest Symbian handset, the N8. The N8 got a bit of a late start in life, with production and shipping delays a plenty, but the handset is now starting to propagate itself the world over. Available in five different colors, the full-touchscreen device — which is powered by the Symbian^3 operating system — is a sleek, compact handset that packs plenty of hardware features. Capacitive AMOLED display? Check. 12-megapixel camera? Check. HDMI interface? Check. Now the only question becomes: how does this hardware synergize with the device’s software and, ultimately, your work flow? Hit the jump to read our full review.
Today, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced a new protocol that is sure to further embed the groups namesake technology in your life called Wi-Fi Direct. The new technology will allow devices to use the Wi-Fi protocol to make device-to-device connections (similar to Bluetooth) with the range and throughput of the 802.11 specification. As the press release reads: “Wi-Fi Direct-certified devices can connect with older Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices, enabling a vast range of devices already in use to connect with products implementing Wi-Fi Direct from the certification program’s inception. […] Wi-Fi Direct-certified devices can support Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n technology as well as older forms of Wi-Fi.” The implications of Wi-Fi Direct in both the mobile and non-mobile spaces are pretty exciting. Hit the jump to check out the full press release. More →
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 →
Sprint and BlackBerry have finally gone and made the BlackBerry Style 9670 official as of this morning. In case you’re forgetting the specifications on the device we first showed to the world, here they are… a full QWERTY flip phone rockin’ BlackBerry 6, 624MHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, GPS, and Wi-Fi b/g/n. The BlackBerry Style will also come in two colors on the nation’s first 4G carrier — steel grey and royal purple, just like we reported. If you’re looking for the purple variant, it won’t go on sale until “early November” but we’re sure most of the general public will be gunning for the grey handset anyway. As far as price, it’s just like we said — $99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and new 2 year cellular agreement. Full press release is after the break, folks! More →
Microsoft is set to officially debut Windows Phone 7 today at 9:30AM ET in New York City, but that hasen’t stopped Samsung Russia from publishing info about the company’s Omnia 7 WP7 handset a few hours early. The device has a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display, 800 x 480 resolution, 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD8250 processor, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, aGPS, 5 megapixel camera capable of 720p video at 25fps, tri-band HSDPA/HSUPA radio, quad-band GSM radio, 8GB internal memory, and a built-in FM radio. Pretty snazzy looking spec sheet. The device will weigh a very reasonable 138 grams (10 grams heavier than the Captivate) and should be released fairly soon. We’ve got a screen grab of the specs after the break in case our friends in Eastern Europe realize that the phone’s operating system hasn’t actually launched yet. Enjoy! More →
The Motorola Charm, a pudgy little Android handset we first heard about in July, is now available for purchase on T-Mobile. Here is a quick recap of what the Charm is working with: quad-band GSM, HSDPA 3.6 Mbps, 3 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, and 2.8-inch touchscreen display; the device will also be sporting Motorola’s MOTOBLUR UI overlay. The full-QWERTY, candy bar shaped phone can be yours — in a red cabernet or golden bronze — for just $74.99 with a 2-year contract. The two links are after the jump. More →
Yesterday, Verizon Wireless launched its first handset from manufacturer ZTE, the Salute. The Salute is a candybar shaped vertical slider-phone with a 2.4-inch scree, 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and is VZ Navigator capable. The feature phone will retail for $19.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate. Let’s just hope ZTE doesn’t venture into the high-end phone market anytime soon, as a ZTE LTE handset would be a mouthful. We’ve got the full press release after the break. More →