Are Google and HTC planning to launch an Android tablet on Verizon Wireless before the holidays? According to Download Squad, yes. They even have the launch date pegged for November 26th — Black Friday, of course! While it isn’t a surprise Google wants this thing out in the market ASAP, it is a little strange that this is the first we’re hearing of it. In any case, if the rumors hold true, we could be looking at a very heavily subsidized device by Verizon. Possibly even free, though $199 would sound more reasonable. As far as specifications go, here is what’s being reported: the device will most probably be based on NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 platform, have 2 GB of RAM, a 32 GB SSD, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, front-facing camera, and a 1280 x 720 multitouch display. Now, couple that with the rumored Motorola and Samsung tablets and we’d say Google really isn’t playing around anymore. More →
A leaked firmware for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab may give us a little more intel on what exactly the giant Galaxy S might be toting. The leaked software is for the European version of the device has build number P1000XJH3, and a build date of August 10, 2010. Here are some of the vitals the software firmware reveals according to oled-display.net:
- Screen resolution 480 x 800
- Camera Max resolution 2048 x 1536
- Camcorder Max resolution 2048 x 1536 (unconfirmed)
- Front cam Max resolution 240 x 320
- CPU Profile ARM11
- CPU Core S5PC110
- CPU speed 1.0 GHz
- SyncML support
- Android 2.2
While not explicitly mentioned in the specs, we would have a hard time imagining that Samsung would release this bad boy with anything but a Super AMOLED display… but 480 x 800 resolution? What do you think? Impressed with the stats thus far?
Not every phone can be a bleeding-edge 1 GHz smartphone, right? Earlier today, Verizon Wireless announced that it would add the Samsung Gusto to its feature phone lineup. The light-weight flip phone sports a 2-inch internal display, VGA camera, mobile web browser, and Bluetooth connectivity. The handset includes “lifestyle features” such as a driving mode (which increases call volume to compensate for road noise), voice commands, and VZ Navigator. The phone also has a neat feature that allows you to setup fake phone calls, as the press release explains: “Fake Call feature – lets customers set up a pseudo call with a timer to manage social situations.” You know… in case you have a social situation that needs managing. Personally, we think owning this phone is a social situation, but that’s just us. The Gusto will run you $19.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. More →
According to blog DigiTimes, Quanta Computer will be charged with manufacturing Research In Motion’s rumored tablet, dubbed BlackPad. The blog cites Chinese publication Apply Daily, and writes:
The tablet (BlackPad) will support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as 3G through connection to a Blackberry smartphone. The device will be priced at US$499 and Quanta will start shipping orders in September with volumes to reach two million units in 2010 and eight million units in 2011.
Where the report gets a little suspect is here: “Research In Motion’s Android tablet PC […] will be launched in November 2010.” RIM shipping an Android product? Don’t get us wrong, we would love to see it, but that’s not in the cards for RIM. Especially not with the purchase of QNX. More →
If you’re a keyboard lover and can’t kick that feature-phone addiction, there is a new handset on the block as of today. Samsung’s A927 Flight II sports a 3″ touch screen, sliding keyboard, and HTML browser. It is also full compatible with AT&T’s mobile TV service, featured a 2 megapxel camera, Bluetooth, aGPS, and support for up to 16GB of microSD storage. It’s available today from RadioShack stores, and most likely will be hitting AT&T store shelves in the coming week or so. More →
Yesterday, we saw the mysterious “Hero Fixture Launch Kits” that began arriving at AT&T stores, and today — a day on which RIM and AT&T plan to reveal some new hardware — the FCC has approved an unidentified, unnamed BlackBerry handset. We’re only given the customary stenciled outline of the device, but we’re betting the farm that this is the BlackBerry Torch 9800 slider phone. The phone has a quad-band GSM radio, tri-band UMTS radio with support for the 850 MHz, 1900 MHz and 2100 MHz bands, Bluetooth, and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. One thing is certain, we won’t have to wait very long to see what this puppy is. Make sure to check back here at 11:00 AM EDT as we’ll be reporting live from the event.
Well we knew it was coming, and now it is here. Today, Verizon Wireless made the Samsung Intensity II — a QWERTY-slider messaging phone — official. The device has a full horizontal slide-out QWERTY keyboard with external numeric keypad, 2.2-inch QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) screen, 1.3-megapixel infrared camera with night vision, Bluetooth, and micro-SD card slot (with support for up to a 32 GB card). The device will be available from Big Red for $49.99 on-contract (after a $50 mail-in rebate) in the next few weeks. We’ve got the official release all linked up for you. More →
Does size matter to you? The bigger the better perhaps? Well, Dell may have crafted your next smartphone, the Dell Streak. We’ve been messing around with our very own Streak and thought we would put together some initial impressions for you. Want to see and know more? Hit the jump and lets do this thing! More →
Today, Broadcom announced that it has gained Bluetooth 4.0 certification for its BTE Bluetooth stack and system-on-a-chip solutions. The new Bluetooth 4.0 standard has lower overhead than previous iterations of the technology, using less power and having a lower cost, while providing better range. Expect to see Bluetooth 4.0 hitting mobile devices in early 2012. We’ve got the official press release ready for you after the bounce. More →
We gave you advance warning that the Samsung N150 was slated to land with Verizon Wireless and now it has finally arrived. Starting today, you can snag a a Sammy netbook with an Intel Atom N450 1.66 GHz processor,10.1 inch 1024×600 LED backlit display, 1GB DDR2 memory, Intel GMA3150 graphics, 160GB HDD, Bluetooth 2.1, Windows 7 Starter, and most importantly, integrated 3G (CDMA/1X/EV-DO Rev. A: 800/1900 MHz; UMTS/HSPA: 850/1900/2100 MHz; GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) with SIM support for international travelling. As always, a mobile broadband plan is required for the N150 and will set you back $60/month for a 5GB, $40/month for 250MB, or between $15-50 for a prepaid plan. The N150 can be purchased fromVerizon Wireless retail stores for $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement or online for a promotional price of $29.99 fter a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. More →
As with any leak, we suggest you approach this with a healthy amount of skepticism, but if a post made to PConline is to be believed, this upcoming Windows Phone 7 handset from HTC — the HD3 — is going to be an absolute beast. We mean, take a look at the purported specs:
- 4.5″ WXGA Super AMOLED multi-touch display
- 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash
- 720p HD video recording
- 1080p HD playback
- Wi-Fi / Bluetooth
- 3G / 4G connectivity
- 32GB microSD support
- 1GB RAM / 1GB ROM
- 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor
- 1800 mAh battery
- 115mm x 65mm x 10mm
Like we said, this is strictly a rumor, but how great would it be if it all came true?
The iPad might be the cool tablet to own, but for busy business people who really need to get things done, there are things like the Cisco Cius. Announced today, the Cius is what Cisco likes to calls a “mobile collaboration business tablet.” Based on Android, the Cius weighs in at 1.15lbs. and features a 7″ touchscreen display, front-facing camera for multi-party video conferencing that records and streams 720p video at 30 FPS , Bluetooth 3.0 as well as support for Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and 3G/4G wireless networks. Pricing and a release date are unknown. More →
We have got our hands on some Verizon Wireless docs today, and they range from pricing changes on handsets, to new netbooks, to new handset launches. First up on chopping block is the Samsung N150 netbook which will officially debut on July 8th. If that’s not good enough, it will also launch in Best Buy stores starting tomorrow, ahead of Verizon Retail channel availability. If you’re not familiar, the Samsung N150 netbook comes with a 1.66GHz Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 10.1″ display, 160GB HD, Bluetooth, Windows 7 Starter, and is a Global netbook. We’re not sure on pricing, but we’d wager it won’t break the bank. Make sure to check out the full leaked document in our gallery!