The gang over at Droid-Life have gotten their hands on this week’s Best Buy circular. What do we learn? We again see that Motorola’s XOOM tablet will retail for $799 and users will have to purchase at least one month of mobile broadband service to activate the tablet’s Wi-Fi chipset. We also discover that the HTC Thunderbolt handset will retail for $249 with a signed 2-year contract and $749.99 at full retail (which seems extremely steep). The flyer also confirms the February 24th release date we told you about yesterday. Thoughts? More →
One of our sources has just provided us with new information surrounding the launch of the recently unveiled HP TouchPad. It’s been communicated to us that HP is (or was — it’s not clear if things have recently changed) planning on having the TouchPad in market before the end of June. We’ve also been told pricing should be $699; slightly less than Motorola’s $799 XOOM. How does June and $699 sound for an HP TouchPad?
Best Buy may have retail exclusivity on the HTC Thunderbolt from Verizon Wireless, but it looks like that honor will only extend to brick-and-mortar stores. Online retail giant Amazon has the LTE handset listed as “coming soon” with the tag line: “The HTC ThunderBolt 4G will be available for purchase starting 2/14.” Now, we’re hoping purchase actually means purchase, not pre-order. February 14th and 24th have been the two most popular release prognostications amongst tech sites, and Best Buy’s press release did say the handset would be available in “mid-February.” Could the 14th and not the 24th be the launch date for the device? We should know soon enough.
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It looks like the 24th of February will be day-zero for those wishing to purchase a XOOM… but it won’t be cheap. According to a leaked Best Buy flyer, the Motorola XOOM tablet will begin hitting the retailer’s store shelves starting on February 24th for a price so high it will give you a nose bleed, $799. While the pricing schema isn’t too out of line with Apple’s 32GB 3G iPad – priced at $729 — the XOOM does not, however, benefit from having any cheaper or Wi-Fi only models just yet (not to mention you have to subscribe to one month of VZW service to “activate Wi-Fi functionality”). It looks like those that are looking to get their Honeycomb on will have to pay the dreaded early-adopters’ tax.
The advert also details what Verizon Wireless’ tablet data plans will look like. VZW will be offering 1GB, 3GB, 5GB, and 10GB monthly plans that will retail for $20, $35, $50, and $80 respectively.
We’ll admit, we’re still pretty excited about getting our hands on a Motorola XOOM… but that $800 price-tag did take a little bit of wind out of our sails (and may take a little wind out of Moto’s sales). Drop us a note in the comments section to let us know what you think of the pricing. Too low, too high, or just right? More →
The gang running the Facebook page for Best Buy’s Grand Rapids South store (shout-out to Michigan) may have just spilt-the-beans on two, highly coveted devices. According to a recent status update, Best Buy will begin carrying the HTC ThunderBolt on February 14th and the Motorola XOOM tablet on February 24th. We’ve got our fingers and toes crossed that this hot little rumor turns into fact. If the 14th is the go-live date for the ThunderBolt, we should expect an official announcement from Verizon any day now. More →
According to The Wall Street Journal, AT&T will be releasing its flagship Android device — the Motorola ATRIX 4G — on March 6th, with pre-orders beginning on February 13th. The company directly cites AT&T as the source of its information and goes on to note that the device will retail for $199.99 on-contract (just north of the $149.99 we had hoped for). The report also states that Ma’ Bell will be bundling the handset with that snazzy laptop-dock for $499.99; the laptop will sell for $499.99 if purchased separately. There you have it. AT&T’s first, legitimate flagship Android device. Now… who’s buying one?
UPDATE: AT&T has made the pricing official; the full press release is after the jump.
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We’re hearing rumors that Verizon Wireless store managers have been told to prepare for a February 24th release of HTC’s 4.3-inch, LTE, Thunderbolt handset. More →
With the company’s February 3rd pre-order and February 10th release dates for the iPhone getting the lion’s share of media coverage, Verizon took to Twitter to make sure we don’t forget about another high-end smartphone due out in the near future, the HTC Thunderbolt. In 140 characters or less, Verizon quipped:
One of our illusive ninjas from the North has just informed us that Canada’s largest wireless provider, Rogers, will begin carrying Dell’s Venue Pro sometime next month. For those in need of a quick refresher: the Venue Pro is a full-QWERTY, portrait slider running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system on a 4.1-inch AMOLED display. No word on what the VP will cost with and without subsidies, but we’ll keep digging and let you know if we come up with anything.
We’re going streaking… at T-Mobile… on February 2nd! Hmm, that may have come out wrong. What we’re trying to say is that Dell’s 7-inch tablet, the Streak 7, will be hitting the shelves of T-Mobile in just two days on February 2nd — a date we’ve heard kicked around before. The device will retail for a very reasonable $199.99 with a signed, two-year contract (after a $50 mail-in rebate). For those that need a quick refresher, the Streak 7 was announced at this month’s Consumer Electronics show and will boast a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, HSPA+ radio, front-facing camera, and Android 2.2. A Galaxy Tab or a Streak 7… that is the question. More →
According to Bloomberg, citing “two people familiar with the matter,” Sony and Sony Ericsson will be releasing the PSP2 and Xperia Play smartphone in January and February respectively. The publication writes that the updated iteration of the company’s popular mobile gaming console will be released on January 27th; the company will also “outline a strategy to use its networked entertainment services to share games, movies and music among handheld products, TVs and other devices.” The article goes on to note that the Xperia Play handset, which has been anything but a secret, should get unveiled in February at Mobile World Congress. Unsurprisingly, Sony declined to comment on the report when contacted by Bloomberg. More →
Good news for all those out there who are die-hard Nintendo fans. At a planned media event, the company officially announced its U.S. intentions for its 3DS portable gaming set. Launching on March 27th, the handset will have the same form-factor as the DSi and will be backwards compatible with both DS and DSi games. Nintendo noted that over thirty 3DS specific gaming titles will be available upon or shortly after device launch. The device will be available in “aqua blue” or “cosmo black” and will be priced at $249.99.
Engadget has gone and gotten itself rendered images of HP’s unannounced 7-inch and 9-inch webOS tablets. The site’s source indicates that the smaller and larger tablets bear the code names Opal and Topaz respectively. The images indicate that both devices will have a front-facing camera and a micro-USB charging port; the devices also appear to be buttonless with the bottom bezel functioning as a gesture area. Look for the Opal to launch in September at AT&T, Best Buy, Verizon, Amazon, and host of others. Your friends at BGR will be at Palm’s mysterious media event February 9th in San Francisco. Hopefully, we’ll find out more about these two attractive tablets then! More →