Motorola potentially has not one, not two, but count em’ three China-bound handsets up its sleeve. First and foremost, we have the initial details on the Motorola XT711, codenamed the Sholes Tablet Refresh — the presumed companion to the previously released, Korea-bound Motorola XT701 Motoroi. The XT711 will feature: an 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with Xenon Flash, 720P HD video capture and playback, HDMI out, Google apps and Android marketplace, MotoBlur UI, WebKit browser with Flash integration, and the Android OS (presumably 2.1 or greater). The targeted market for this little beauty is China, and is set to launch at an undisclosed point in the future. One down, two to go. Hit the jump for details on the XT810 and the XT820.
It appears Motorola isn’t willing to part ways the MING smartphone design as a pictures of a previously unseen Android smartphone with the iconic design have emerged out of China. Pretty much everything about this phone is a mystery, although it is rumored to be codenamed North Sea, run Android 2.1 plus MOTOBLUR 1.5 and feature a 5 megapixel camera that can shoot videos at resolutions up to 720p. Interestingly, there appears to be not one but two status bars which could mean this is a dual-SIM device. Not that this would be a huge surprise given the prevalence of such devices in China, it’s just that we’ve never seen such an Android phone from a big-name manufacturer. Would anyone be super sad if this thing is confined to China? More →
Pure Digital Technologies, maker of the popular Flip Video portable video camera, announced the new FlipShare TV, a Flip video sharing and streaming device for your TV. The FlipShare TV connects to your TV via component video or HDMI and uses a wireless dongle to stream your Flip videos, and only your Flip videos, from your computer to your TV. You can browse your local content using the supplied remote and can also create online channels to share your Flip videos with friends and family. Though the hardware is pretty enough, the concept is way too limited. Do we really need another streaming video appliance, especially one that is proprietary and only streams Flip-formatted videos? If you think we do, you can pick one up from the Flip video store for $149 starting today. More →
Today is shaping up to be the day of the feature phone at the hands of a nationwide carrier conspiracy — or perhaps carriers are just trying to get low end dumb phone announcements out of the way ahead of next week’s hoopla. Earlier this morning Verizon went crazy with a feature phone blitz and now AT&T is joining in on the action with the simple clam shell pictured above. The Nokia 6350 will be available starting October 4th and will be about as typical as they come where low end feature phones are concerned. 3G connectivity, a 2 megapixel camera, a Web browser, email capabilities and dedicated external multimedia buttons round out the spec highlights and beyond that, gray and red color options will hopefully appeal to youngsters seeking out their first mobile handsets. Pricing is set at $29.99 after a mail-in rebate on a 2-year contract, placing the 6350 well within reach for just about anyone.
Have you spent hours in front of the mirror perfecting that smooth flick of the wrist that flips opens your clamshell and shows off your expensive Rolex at the same time? Is your entry level Motorola flip phone just not making the cut for your debonair lifestyle? Go ahead and do some donuts in your Lamborghini on the front lawn of your estate as Vertu has answered your prayers. The Nokia subsidiary has just introduced the Vertu Ayxta, a Constellation in the clamshell design. The Ayxta has all the traditional styling of the Vertu including a stainless steel chassis with leather and ceramic accents, scratch-free sapphire glass screen, 3.0 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, microSD expansion (up to 8GB) and 3G connectivity. In addition to the traditional Vertu Concierge service, the Ayxta will include a new feature, City Brief, which alert owners of points of interest, events and etiquette when travelling in one of the 70 supported cities. The Vertu Ayxta is available at locations worldwide for €4,900 ($7,196USD) and €6,500 ($9,545USD).
Remember that cute little handset AT&T announced last week, the Nokia Mural? You know, the 3G clam shell feature phone that beckons tweens with its funky lights and its $50 price tag? Well if you were planning to grab one, think again. According to one of our trusty ninjas AT&T has pulled the handset indefinitely, ordering all shipments stopped and all sales ceased. According to the internal AT&T memo seen above, a production bungle has left the Mural incapable of operating on AT&T’s 3G network. Instead, it’s stuck on 2G. All retail outlets have been informed that they should send the handsets to AT&T’s returns facility by September 25th for a software update — which at least that means a fix is already available. The bad news: no information was provided in terms of when the Mural might become available for sale once again.
Was the Mural announcement from this morning not quite enough to satisfy your entry-level Nokia cravings? Don’t fret — the Shade should be just what the doctor ordered. Not much is known about this mysterious flipping feature phone for the time being but suffice it to say, most of you likely won’t care one way or the other. If you happen to have a child or perhaps a much younger sibling looking for a low-end dumb phone with a standard 0-9 keypad however, take notice: Rumor has it the Nokia Shade will eventually replace the Mirage on Verizon’s shelves, though specs are completely unknown for now. Figure on S40, a 2 megapixel camera and a handful of music/social networking features headlining the spec sheet once this little guy gets official. Hit the jump for another couple of shots.
It’s not quite as intriguing as any of the devices featured at Nokia World this morning, but Nokia and AT&T have just announced a new entry level S40 flip phone dubbed the Nokia Mural. Bearing a striking resemblance to Motorola W series phones of old, the Mural is a clam shell feature phone that would make 2002 proud. Spec highlights include 3G with HSDPA connectivity, integrated IM and email, dedicated external music buttons, a 2.2-inch QVGA internal display, a 2 megapixel camera and microSDHC support. It also sports a variety of customizable lighting features sure to prevent it from finding its way into the hands of anyone over 14 years of age. AT&T’s Nokia Mural will hit store shelves this coming Sunday, September 6th, and it will cost $49.99 after mail-in rebate on a 2-year contract.
T-Mobile might not be the fastest draw in the West but that won’t stop manufacturers from sprinkling some 3G dust on Tmo-bound handsets any time soon. In fact, three such phones just pushed their way through the FCC approval process and one is of particular interest — but we’ll get there. Let’s start with the fugly flip phone seen above. Reemphasizing our point that LG shouldn’t be tarnishing the Viewty name with a 2 megapixel shooter, this entry level handset from Nokia features a clam shell form factor, a 3.2 megapixel camera with an LED flash, AWS 3G and not much else to speak of. The second handset is also of Nokia pedigree, though nothing is known for the time being beyond the RM-511 model number, clam shell form and the presence of AWS. Last up, and of interest as we mentioned above, is the Motorola T56KV1 — which we know to be the Morrison. “How,” you might ask? Well, it already passed through the FCC back in July. We suspect that new documentation tied to July’s tests has just had its confidentiality lifted ahead of a likely announcement next week, hence the new round of excitement. In any event, 3G-hungry Tmo subscribers will apparently have three new options in the coming months, and options are never a bad thing.
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It might not have a spot for microSD cards or even an EV-DO radio, but Pantech’s Verizon-bound Escapade is a special phone nonetheless. You see, the Escapade, which is all set to launch on August 21st, will be one of the few non-smartphones offered by Big Red that is capable of operating overseas on GSM networks. Without it, you’d pretty much have no choice but to get a loaner phone or pony up the big bugs for a smartphone. Spec wise, as we already alluded to, the Escapade is more like a blast from the past than anything new, but it does have a 2 megapixel shooter as well as GPS. So not only can you take some grainy snap shots while on vacation in Rome, but you can also navigate your way down its maze of winding roads and passages.
Yes ladies and gentlemen pre-teen boys and girls, school is starting up again in just over a month and that means carriers across the country are going to start rolling out a bunch of new phones to gobble up the money you worked so hard to get over the summer. The latest in this crop of devices are the Samsung Comeback and Gravity 2 from T-Mobile. The Comeback, a device we’re sure most of you are familiar with by now, is a 3G-enabled horizontal clamshell with a full-QWERTY keypad, 2 megapixel camera, MP3 player and microSDHC support. The Gravity 2 isn’t much different except that it is a straight-up side slider and is considerably smaller. Sadly for those who are thinking about picking up a Comeback, which is available this very moment, we hit the nail squarely on the head when we said that it will be going for the absolutely ridiculous price of $129.99 on a 2-year deal after a $50 MIR. Insane. As for the Gravity 2, pricing and a specific release date have yet to be set, although it will be available sometime next month. Huzzah.
As the flurry of tween phones continues to do anything but bowl us over, the upcoming Samsung Comeback is one of the more interesting of the bunch no doubt. Its specs were finally revealed yesterday and while the colorful handset is hardly drool-worthy, the younger message hungry crowd can definitely look forward to checking it out. Maybe. Word just came in from one of our ninjas and it looks like T-Mobile’s upcoming QWERTY flip is going to price itself right out of contention for many — $129.99 after $50 mail-in rebate with a 2-year contract and a Data or Messaging Bundle. Really? The 1-year contract price is set at $179.99 after rebate and $249.99 will let you walk away contract-free. Sure we’re looking at a pretty decent 3G QWERTY handset here but $129.99 is just $20 shy of what T-Mobile wants for a G1. Hmm. Hit the jump for a bigger shot of the price sheet.
Sony’s Ericsson’s day in the sun continues with the announcement of the AT&T-bound W518a. Slim and sleek, this clamshell Walkman phone packs as much music-centric functionality as it can into a tight little package. Highlights include “Shake Control” technology that allows users to shuffle, skip and control volume by shaking the handset, and “Gesture Control”, which lets users ignore incoming calls or snooze alarms by waving a hand over the camera lens. Pretty sweet. Beyond that, the W518a touts a host of social networking features — just like every other handset in the world these days — and of course the beloved Walkman music player. Pricing is set at a very reasonable $49.99 after rebates on a 2-year contract and like the C905a, this little guy will hit store shelves this Sunday, July 19th, Hit the jump for more angles.