Images of what is claimed to be Apple’s second-generation iPad have been published by Chinese site DGtle. The images definitely line up with what we’ve heard so far — much thinner case, dual cameras, a speaker grill and so on. It also looks like rumors of a white iPad might pan out, as tipped by the white antenna cover seen in these pictures. Nothing is confirmed until we see that shiny new iPad 2 unveiled on stage a Yerba Buena later today though, despite the fact that this purported Apple tablet sure looks the part. Tune in to BGR at 1:00PM ET for all the latest news as it breaks, and hit the jump for more images.
New, higher-resolution images of an upcoming refreshed MacBook Pro were revealed on Wednesday, giving us our first clear look at the laptop’s new Thunderbolt port. Seen here on the new 13-inch MacBook Pro model, Thunderbolt is Apple’s rebranded name for Intel’s new Light Peak high-speed wired connection technology. The image above also reveals specs for this particular model, which include a dual-core 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of 1333MHz DDR3 RAM, a 320GB hard drive and an integrated “FaceTime HD camera.” Apple is expected to release its new MacBook Pro models tomorrow. Hit the break for one more shot. More →
An alleged internal product roadmap has leaked, and it appears to reveal Dell’s complete smartphone and tablet lines for 2011 and the first quarter of 2012. Numerous unannounced devices can be found on the slides, including three smartphones and six tablets. Beginning with phones, the Wrigley is set to be a “Windows Phone 7 Next Gen” handset that will launch around July. Specs include a 1GHz processor, a 4-inch WVGA display, an 8-megapixel camera and 720p HD video recording capabilities. The Hancock, launching in or around September, will be an Android Ice Cream device with a dual-core processor, a 4-inch 960 x 640-pixel display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and 1080p HD video recording. Finally, the Millennium should launch around October with the Android Ice Cream OS, a dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch 640 x 960-pixel display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front camera, DLNA and 1080p HD video capture. Hit the break for a roundup of the tablets. More →
An administrator of a German Nokia enthusiast forum dug through a variety of MeeGo bug reports, source code files and log files recently, and has assembled the specification details contained within. While impressive, to say the least, there is no indication at this point that all of these juicy specs are destined for a single smartphone. But it’s safe to say that Nokia is working with some pretty advanced hardware as it prepares to embrace the MeeGo platform, which will power all of its high end smartphones in the near future. So, what did this forum admin uncover? How about a 1.6GHz Intel CPU, a 200MHz GPU with 512MB of dedicated RAM, 1GB of system RAM, an 854 x 480-pixel touchscreen display, an HDMI-out port, HSPA+, NFC, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11n and all the standard sensors. Specs along aren’t going to save Nokia as its profits and market share continue to shrink at an alarming pace, that’s for sure — but top of the line, well-spec’d devices are one important piece of an enormous puzzle that Nokia needs to assemble as quickly as it can. More →
It looks like Verizon Wireless’ Motorola DROID Pro won’t be the only device to bring the beloved BlackBerry keypad to Google’s Android platform for very long. Samsung appears to be prepping a portrait QWERTY offering of its own that places everyone’s favorite mobile keyboard beneath a touchscreen display. Details are very scare for the time being, but the presence of Sprint branding leads us to the obvious conclusion that this smartphone is headed to… Sprint. With Mobile World Congress less than two weeks away, expect an official unveiling soon. Hit the break for two more images of this upcoming Android phone. More →
Despite the fact that Apple’s white iPhone 4 is creeping ever closer to becoming a reality, some people have long since given up on the gadget. We don’t blame them either, what with a new iPhone set to be unveiled this summer. Those of you with white smartphone lust still have other options to consider, of course, and one of them will apparently soon be the Nexus S. According to enthusiast blog BestBoyZ, the mostly white version of the Nexus S pictured above will soon become available in the blog’s home market of Germany. While the site’s tipster had nothing to say about regions outside Germany, it’s a pretty safe bet that Google doesn’t intend to restrict its white Nexus S to just one country. So, if you’ve been pondering a Nexus S purchase but can’t seem to pull the trigger due to its dark complexion, your prayers will soon be answered — or at least half answered. We can’t say we’re fans of the two-tone black front/white back combo, but you know what they say about opinions… More →
If images that reportedly reveal an internal Best Buy training document end up being real, it looks like the giant nationwide retailer will not be carrying Verizon Wireless’ new iPhone 4 at launch. The images supposedly show a section of Best Buy’s playbook intended to help guide sales reps’ interactions with shoppers. In this particular section, employees are given some fodder for customers inquiring about Verizon Wireless’ iPhone 4. The first leaked page covers data speeds and the Verizon iPhone’s potential lack thereof:
Verizon’s entire presence at CES last week was focused on one thing and one thing alone: 4G. Its LTE network is now live in 38 markets and a flurry of 4G phones will launch in the coming months. But the iPhone… the smartphone millions of Verizon Wireless subscribers have been dying for… is a 3G device.
We knew Verizon’s iPhone 4 would be a CDMA phone for a number of reasons, but 3G is so 2010. Sprint launched its first 4G phone with minimal WiMAX coverage and it ended up being the fastest-selling phone in the carrier’s history. Now, we won’t see a 4G iPhone from Verizon until 2012. That means while millions of Android phones are surfing Verizon’s 4G airwaves later this year, iPhones will still be puttering along at EVDO speeds.
Sound familiar? That might be because Best Buy pulled this passage directly from our piece entitled Here’s where the Verizon iPhone falls short. It’s not the first time we’ve seen Best Buy use excerpts from BGR content though, so it actually lends a bit of credibility to the images. The next shot shows a passage that delves into Verizon Wireless’ recent policy changes, and we’re sure the document goes on to cover a few more key points. Hit the break for the pair of purported pics, and if you plan on visiting a Best Buy store to inquire about Verizon’s iPhone 4 in the coming weeks, get ready for a fight. More →
We just received a shot of an internal AT&T memo detailing the carrier’s intention to start transitioning to LTE-capable SIM cards. AT&T has started preparing employees for a new SIM card that will be used for LTE handsets and devices, all except the iPhone 4 since that uses a microSIM card. AT&T tells employees to verify the SIM card is correct by checking the SKU on the card even though the new LTE cards are visibly different, just to be safe we’re assuming. It also appears there will be up to “eight different SIMs” during the transition, so verifying the SKU might be the only way to go. Well, it’s a start, no?
Our friendly FedEx guy just dropped off a present for us — the BlackBerry Bold 9780, replacing the Bold 9700 sometime in the next month or so. As far as the physical changes, well, the device features a glossy jet black bezel, with everything else outside staying the same. We leaked an internal document highlighting the changes in the Bold 9780, and we can confirm that the device seems to be using an updated CPU, even if the clock speed is around 624MHz. The phone boots up very fast, even faster than our regular 9700 with OS 6. The 512MB of RAM in the handset leaves around 300MB free at device start up, and like we said before, OS 6 really works great on a non-touch device overall. We have a boot up comparison video of the current BlackBerry Bold 9700 with the upcoming BlackBerry Bold 9780 side by side as well as photos if you want to get your viewing on. It’s all past the break, folks! More →
One of our Verizon Ninjas was kind enough to pass along a handful of training documentation being circulated for the Samsung Fascinate’s looming release. A lot of the documentation will confirm what you already know, the device will have a: 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 4-inch Super AMOLED display, and a 5 megapixel shooter with 720p recording abilities. The documents also detail that the Fascinate will support ActiveSync for Exchange 2003, 2007, and 2010 servers. Mobile hotspot capability will be built in, and — like the EPIC 4G — the device will have Bluetooth 2.1 + ERD as opposed to Bluetooth 3.0. Curiously, the device will only have 384 MB of RAM; the Captivate, EPIC, and Vibrant all have 512 MB. Flash support is listed as being available by “Year End 2010”; meaning Android 2.2 probably isn’t dropping on the Fascinate until then either. Some of the more mundane things we discover are that the device will come preloaded with Bing Maps, Google Maps with Navigation, NFL Mobile App, Amazon Kindle, Visual Voicemail, Backup Assistant, Blockbuster, Skype Mobile, Vcast Videos, and VZ Navigator. Hit the jump to view all the goodies.
UPDATE: We’re not sure about the RAM figure listed on these slides. On the fifth slide RAM is listed as 336 MB with 512 MB of ROM, on the 7th slide RAM is listed as 384 with 2 GB of ROM. Obviously one (or both) of these figures is incorrect on the training documentation. More →
If you were just about to rock and roll with some leaked FroYo on your Motorola DROID X, you’re going to have to search a little harder. We’ve updated our units, but Motorola just shut down the fun by sending MyDroidWorld, the site that leaked and hosted the update, a nice warm cease and desist email. No reasoning behind the move — whether our phones are going to instantly crumble into pieces or just because there are unfinished components in the leaked ROM — but we’re not too far away from a official release at this point anyway. Did you guys get your update on before the takedown?
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If you’re a Motorola DROID X owner with a hankering for tinkering, today is a good day for you. The DROID World forums have a leaked build of Android 2.2 ready to go for your beloved DX. The leaked OTA upgrade is in zip format, meaning all you have to do is drop it on your micro-SD card slot (you do have to completely erase your device) and run the update. We’ve put it on one of our DROID Xs and we have to say… so far we’re impressed! The phone seems a bit snappier, there are some nice visual tweaks, and we’re enjoying Google Voice Actions on the 4.3-inch screen. Given the polish on this leak, we’re thinking Froyo for the DROID X has to be right around the corner. Hit the jump to see a quick little video we put together of the new goodies. More →
We have heard from a Verizon Wireless source that Verizon is targeting an August 12th launch date for the Motorola DROID 2. More →