Last week we saw the first images of a new Motorola handset largely believed to be the successor to the ATRIX 4G. Now rumors have surfaced that the phone’s model number is actually “MB865″ and that it packs a 4G LTE radio, which lends credence to the possibility of it launching as AT&T’s first 4G LTE smartphone. According to PhoneArena, which purportedly obtained a leaked internal system screenshot from AT&T, the MB865 will be field tested in a number of markets where AT&T has already confirmed it will deploy its new 4G network. The phone also said to sport an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video and is equipped with an HD display and a dual-core processor. AT&T has confirmed that it will launch 4G LTE service in several markets this summer including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. The carrier expects its faster network to be available in a total of 15 markets by the end of this year and has already announced two devices. AT&T may hold off on launching the MB865, or what is now being called the ATRIX 2, until its LTE network is available in more areas, so it is unclear when we will see the phone become official. More →
Moments ago, Sprint released its earnings report card for the first quarter of 2011, and things are definitely improving. The company saw its largest increase in wireless customers in the last five years, adding 1.1 million subscribers across all Sprint brands — prepaid net additions totaled 846,000 lines and postpaid adds totaled 310,000 lines. The company also saw a spike in revenue and ARPU. Sprint posted revenues of $8.3 billion, up 3% year-over-year, and ARPU jump $1 year-over-year to $56. The company also noted its postpaid churn rate or 1.81 — down from 2.54 one year ago. The nation’s third largest carrier still posted a $439 million loss — a diluted loss per share of $0.15 — so you can’t really call the quarter a success. “We’ve added two million wireless subscribers over the past two quarters,” said company CEO, Dan Hesse. “In spite of Verizon’s iPhone launch and aggressive competitive responses to it, our simple and unlimited plans, 4G leadership, strong customer service, and successful multi-brand strategy drove solid Sprint performance for the quarter.” The link to Sprint’s full earnings statement is after the break. More →
Not a bad start for Research In Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet according to Jeffries & Co. analyst Peter Misek. According to a recent research note, Misek estimates that the Canadian mobile giant sold 25,000 PlayBook tablets during the online pre-order period and another 20,000 on opening day. “If correct, 45K+ sell through on the first day would be a success,” wrote Misek. Although the figure doesn’t quite match the 300,000 original iPads moved by Apple on its opening day last year, the Economic Times notes that “the PlayBook’s first-day sales are much better than those of other tablets such as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and Motorola’s Xoom.” RIM has yet to publicly comment on exact device sales figures. More →
AT&T and HTC shot us over an HTC Inspire 4G, and while we literally had to dodge falling ice and walk carefully over the frozen Arctic tundra to get to the FedEx package, it’s all warm and snuggled up now. We saw the handset officially make its way into the world at CES, but there’s nothing quite like that second encounter, right? Here are some of our thoughts on the latest Android handset to hit AT&T:
- We really dig the styling of the Inspire 4G. It feels very current yet familiar and the unibody construction with high-grade materials, specifically aluminum, really makes it feel like a quality product.
- Getting the device up and running isn’t confusing, it’s just a little… unconventional? To insert your SIM card and microSD card, you push off a bottom cover, but to insert the battery, you push off a side cover by the volume keys. We didn’t have much luck the first couple times with the battery cover and found it pretty difficult to take off. This is most likely a good thing in the long run, but it’s worth noting.
- We’re a bit disappointed that the handset is as thick as it is. It’s very EVO-like, though more up to date styling-wise (like we mentioned), but we’d have loved for a thinner handset as the device is extremely large due to the big screen and it’s noticeably heavy.
- The screen is great — no problems here. Text on HTC Sense-powered devices always looks a bit aliased to us, but besides that, we’re looking at a super sharp, vivid, bright, and colorful 4.3-inch display.
- Our quick time with the handset proved to be very zippy, and we also love the redesigned camera UI — plus, image capture is lightning fast.
- A small thing, but we love the H+ icon in the status bar to signify HSPA+.
All in all, you can see why we’re really enjoying the HTC Inspire 4G so far. The Inspire 4G launches February 13th for $99 with a two year agreement. We’re putting together our official review, but in the meantime, check out some photos of the device in our gallery, alright?
Samsung has just made the inevitable a reality. At the company’s CES keynote, Sammy announced that the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the very same tablet available from wireless carriers the world over, will be available in a Wi-Fi only variant in the U.S. in Q1. Not really a heck of a lot else to report. Same specs, same device, sans cellular radio. No word on the one thing we’re all interested in: price. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →
You thought we’d let the Great White Hype go without an unboxing? Nope! We have RIM’s flagship BlackBerry device — the Torch 9800 — donned in almost all white armor, and while you would think we wouldn’t have any feedback for just a color change, we do. Here is the deal… our opinion of the white iteration of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 is — obviously — subjective, but… to our eyes it does look incredibly clean. If only the entire handset were white, we’d be in love. RIM kept the main frame of the device in soft touch black and this includes the camera lens cover on the rear of the handset. It breaks up the aesthetics of the device and we’d have loved if “Pure White” meant purely white. One huge, glaring problem with the all white Torch that we can’t seem to move past? When using the device in dark lighting conditions, the backlit buttons are blurry. This seems to be because of there being no “backing” on the underside of the keyboards keys. It’s hard to explain, but it is ridiculously, mind-blowingly annoying, and is actually preventing us from switching to the lust-worthy BlackBerry 9800 Arctic Winter edition. Don’t just listen to us break it down for you textually, though, we have our unboxing photos all ready to go in our BlackBerry Torch 9800 Pure White gallery below!
Late yesterday, Microsoft decided to shed a little light on exactly what the Windows Phone 7 gaming scene would look like at launch time. And we have to say… it’s looking pretty healthy. Microsoft listed sixty two different titles that it described as the “first wave” of games coming to its new mobile operating system. The titles include Asphalt 5, Assassins Creed, Guitar Hero 5, Splinter Cell Conviction, two Star Wars titles, and two offerings for those who fancy Zombie slaying. If you’re more of a lamer ( that’s lame-gamer) like myself, there are titles for you too: 3D Brick Breaker Revolution, Brain Challenge, Solitaire, The Oregon Trail, and UNO. The games will all be integrated into the Xbox Live feature of your shiny new Windows phone. It looks like Microsoft is going to come out swinging in the smartphone gaming space… and we say: good for them. Hit the jump to check out the full list of titles. Let us know if there is one in-particular that tickles your fancy. 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 →