Freshly leaked Motorola handset could be the new ROKR [UPDATED]

By on February 23, 2009 at 12:42 PM.

Freshly leaked Motorola handset could be the new ROKR [UPDATED]

Assuming this handset is real and not a crazy Moto-clone, yet another handset that we know very little about has leaked this morning and Motorola is the victim this time around. Thankfully we have a bit more to go on compared to the Samsung S5600 but we’re still missing some relatively key information – you know, the name or model number would be nice info to have. Judging by the look however, it’s safe to say this nameless touchscreen handset will be the next device to drop in Moto’s ROKR line though it seems to have taken a few big steps backward from its predecessor. First and foremost, holy bulk. This baby looks like it might have eaten each of the ROKRs that came before it. It’s tall, wide and way thicker than any handset of its kind should be at this point. The only other detail we can confirm is that this new ROKR will sport a 3.2 megapixel camera. Beyond that, it looks like at least the top row of keys are touch-sensitive and Moto has opted to do away with the ModeShift keypad which is a pretty logical decision considering the presence of a touchscreen. The rest is still a mystery for the time being but we might just be looking at one of the first Motorola handsets that will feature the Android OS — probably the only surprise that would make the new ROKR even the least bit appealing. Hit the jump for a few more images.

UPDATE: Thanks to word from a few sources it looks like this handset is the EM1 / Texel, a Moto handset that was reportedly axed a while back to make room for more solid efforts from Moto. Although it looks a bit different from the initial image of the EM1 that was leaked, it’s a lighting/angle issue – definitely the same phone. Whew. Thanks to everyone else who emailed us.

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T-Mobile prepares to pilot cheap unlimited voice plans

By on February 18, 2009 at 9:25 AM.

T-Mobile prepares to pilot cheap unlimited voice plans

This one has been flying all over the interwebs for the past 12 hours or so, but it looks like the birth of some ridiculously sexy new T-Mobile plans is just a few short steps from moving to confirmed status. As the source of these docs has been a tad shaky at times in the past however, we’ll still have to keep the rumor label on this puppy for the time being. Here’s the deal: T-Mobile is preparing to offer a new line of plans to “loyal” customers. Loyal, apparently, translates to an account that is at least 22 months old and has a solid payment history. Should all go according to, err, plan – the new unlimited options should become available nationwide shortly thereafter. Hit the jump for a breakdown of the new plans and launch details.

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Danger Alert: Sidekick 2009 spotted in the wild

By on February 17, 2009 at 1:09 PM.

Danger Alert: Sidekick 2009 spotted in the wild

Sidekick fans everywhere are drooling, and now there’s a real picture to back up all the rumors and rendered images from just a few weeks ago. If there was any doubt about the legitimacy of this new swivel phone it should certainly be squashed now (still, cross your fingers!). This sweet new device looks exactly like the images we showed you a while back with a darker theme and is a little more contoured than the current Sidekick 2008. Of course, this new Sidekick, currently codenamed “Blade,” is going to be the first to sport 3G connectivity – a major bonus for those who are sick and tired of surfing the Internet at GPRS/EDGE speeds. No official word on pricing or release yet, but we’re guessing it will be Fall 2009 and perhaps just a hair over the cost of a non-3G Sidekick. Of course, we’ll keep you updated as news comes our way.

Thanks, Ed!

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Nokia leaks lust-worthy 8 megapixel Nseries, N86, amidst a lukewarm showing at MWC

By on February 16, 2009 at 8:50 AM.

Nokia leaks lust-worthy 8 megapixel Nseries, N86, amidst a lukewarm showing at MWC

Before we get to Nokia’s showing at MWC today, we might as well start off with the handset that should have been announced in Barcelona this morning by our Finnish friends. Say hello to the N86 – leaked to the world this morning courtesy of… Nokia. The company has a history of being loose lipped but including info about an unannounced handset in a press pack has to be a new low. Hey, we’ll take it. The image above is extracted from a Nokia press document covering the background of Nokia’s business relationship with optics master Carl Zeiss. Little beyond the form factor can be ascertained from the document, though an image of the back of the phone does reveal a xenon flash to go along with that much anticipated 8 megapixel shooter. The screen looks to be a bit on the small side which makes us think it will not be touch-enabled but hey – baby steps. Nokia’s new Eseries sets are nice and all but this is the kit we want.

[Via Symbian-Guru]

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Sony Ericsson wants a piece of the leak action; Hikaru rumors revived

By on February 9, 2009 at 3:24 PM.

Sony Ericsson wants a piece of the leak action; Hikaru rumors revived

Why should everyone else have all the fun? Granted other leaks leading up to MWC so far have been a bit more, shall we say exciting, but revived news of Sony Ericsson’s upcoming flagship Walman phone isn’t a bad thing. So behold – a leaked image of the Hikaru (Hikaru? Sounds like a fuzzy little animal from down under) suggests we might finally be getting an official announcement from Sony Ericsson next week at MWC and long-time SE fans will hopefully be appeased. While it may be a bit behind the times in many areas, the Hikaru will come packing an 8 megapixel camera and Sony’s latest Walkman player – possibly marking the end of days where potential buyers had to choose between a good camera (Cyber-shot line) or a good media player (Walkman line). To refresh your memory, here are the known specs for this puppy:

  • Slider form factor
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • 8 GB of internal storage
  • 2.6-inch display
  • Walkman player 4.0
  • Stereo speakers and a 3.5mm audio jack
  • Dedicated multimedia buttons

It’s not much but it’ll have to do – at least until next week if Sony Ericsson indeed pulls the canopy off this little guy at MWC. So what do you guys think – is anyone looking forward to the Hikaru?

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BlackBerry Pearl 8230 Flip gets pictured

By on February 3, 2009 at 6:46 PM.

BlackBerry Pearl 8230 Flip gets pictured

Well, it’s no Curve 8900 and it’s certainly no Bold but BlackBerry fans with a need for buttons will be happy to learn that the Pearl 8230 Flip should be landing soon on Verizon shelves near you. This SureType clam shell is probably among RIM’s less desirable newer handsets but options are never a bad thing as they say. Pricing and availability are still a bit of a mystery but we know silver will be among the color options, obviously. Test units have gone out however, so the launch can’t be too far off. Unsolicited advice for our pals at Big Red: If you’re planning to launch this puppy with a giveaway contest of some kind, hire a new team to run it.

Thanks, George!

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Motorola ZN300 gets pictured

By on January 31, 2009 at 11:43 AM.

Motorola ZN300 gets pictured

More news today from Motorola it would seem, as the first live shot of its upcoming ZN300 handset emerges from the depths of the interwebz. Three cheers for a Moto feature phone! No? Ok then. The ZN300 was first mentioned in an FCC document just a few days ago and we already have a live image of the mid-range handset. In a departure from Moto styling of old, this sleek slider touts a completely new button layout beneath an undersized 240 x 320 display. Dedicated zoom buttons? Interesting, and peculiar. It also looks like a centered silver button of some kind may offer an interesting new menu navigation method but we can’t really say for sure at this point. The only other rumored details so far give the ZN300 a 3 megapixel camera and and Opera browser out of the box. We’re not entirely sure many will be waiting on the edges of their seats but hopefully we’ll have more info on this humble handset soon.

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New pics and more specs for Nokia E75; MWC announcement?

By on January 23, 2009 at 9:08 AM.

New pics and more specs for Nokia E75; MWC announcement?

Hot on the heels of a thoroughly-previewed 5730 XpressMusic, new images of the luscious upcoming Nokia E75 have surfaced along with some new details on its guts. It looks like Nokia might have found a new form factor du jour – the E75 is one of three unreleased handsets that feature the new slim side-sliding QWERTY design. We’re not complaining, mind you, but so far the N97 is our favorite of the bunch in terms of design. Having the 0-9 keypad is nice but we prefer more screen real estate on a side slider rather than a tinier display that sits way off center while typing. Moving along; the E75 pictured above is the Germanized version featuring a QWERTZ keyboard but the core specs that have been confirmed will apply to all versions. Confirmed items: 2.4 inch screen, 3.2 megapixel camera, HSDPA and Wi-Fi. It’s not much but it’s enough to whet your appetite for now. The timing of this leak makes us wonder if the E75 is destined for an official announcement at Mobile World Congress – Nokia would surely want to steer clear of any big Nseries news that may detract from its coming flagship N97 so it makes sense. Whether or not MWC is the target, expect more E75 news to come around well before the show kicks off. Hit the jump for more pics.

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Verizon hub ultra-deskphone begins taking shape on VZW site

By on January 18, 2009 at 9:40 AM.

Verizon hub ultra-deskphone begins taking shape on VZW site

Preliminary info has been floating around the Verizon Hub deskphone but actual release details have been scant at best. It now looks like some images are finally popping up on Verizon’s website where accessories and other bits of info are displayed. The device looks to replace many items that would be found around your phone at home (if you actually still have one of those). Pictures, notes and snippets, weather, messages and many other features will be packed into this device. Essentially, this is your one-stop-shop for everything communications at home. There isn’t much more than can be said about this new phone, but from the looks of things it may be dropping pretty soon – in fact they may already be in stores waiting to be released. If the accessories page is any indication, it’s going to have internet access, a touch screen with stylus and it will require a two-year contract. Anyone excited about one of these?

Thanks, matrix2004!

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Leaked screen captures of Microsoft Office 14 alpha surface

By on January 16, 2009 at 7:57 AM.

Leaked screen captures of Microsoft Office 14 alpha surface

Well that didn’t take long at all. Microsoft just handed out the first round of Office 14 alphas to early testers and leaked images of the upcoming software have already surfaced. Originating from a Russian beta tester, the images show the updated UI Microsoft will be using in its Office 2007 successor. We also get a complete list of apps covered: Access 14, Excel 14, Groove 14, InfoPath Designer 14, InfoPath Filler 14, InterConnect 14, OneNote 14, Outlook 14, PowerPoint 14, Project 14, Publisher 14, SharePoint Designer 14, Visio 14 and Word 14. The overall look, though it certainly may not be what the release looks like, seems like a flattened version of Office 2007. The same two-tiered menu structure can be seen across the top of each application that we’ve grown accustomed to with the current Office version. According to Ars Technica’s sources, we should expect a beta release of 14 to drop sometime in May, followed by a launch near the end of the year. Hit the jump for a few more shots.

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Poor Palm; Pre pricing possibly published prior to public proclamation

By on January 9, 2009 at 10:04 AM.

Poor Palm; Pre pricing possibly published prior to public proclamation

Nope, it’s not over yet. More Pre news is coming down the pipes and this time it comes from rumorsville. The two biggest pieces of the puzzle omitted from the Palm hoopla yesterday were pricing info and timing for the GSM version. Many have speculated that Pre pricing would fall in line with the iPhone 3G to create the best fighting chance Palm and Sprint have of competing. If Eldar Murtazin of Mobile-review is to be believed however, that sentiment is out the door. How does double sound? According to Murtazin’s sources, the Pre will launch with a steep price tag of $399. Wow. Of course the original price of Apple’s base iPhone was $399 but plenty has changed since then and the Pre isn’t quite the jaw-dropper Apple’s handset was when it first saw daylight. We have no reason to doubt Murtazin but we do hope his sources are wrong about this one, especially considering the fact that we will almost certainly see a new iPhone released before Sprint can drop the Pre price down to mass-attainability level.

As far as the GSM version of the Pre is concerned, Murtazin’s sources state an early 2H release in Europe with pricing in the neighborhood of $500 – $550 USD. While carriers are still unknown at this point, the pricing certainly sounds about right if we’re looking at $400 from Sprint. Of course the release of a GSM / WCDMA-compatible Pre was never really a question but it’s nice to have a possible time frame, for Europe at least. Looks like it’s time to dust off the phone number of your favorite mobile importer.

[Via Unwired View]

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HTC Iolite gets outed by retailer

By on January 7, 2009 at 3:10 PM.

HTC Iolite gets outed by retailer

We’re not sure which is worse – the infamous blurry-cam leak or the tiny-pic leak. Neither affords much in the way of a satisfying visual aid but hey, something is better than nothing. This time around, HTC’s upcoming “Iolite” is getting the tiny-pic treatment courtesy of Expansys UK and though no release date or pricing info are listed, the mobile retailer is already making the handset available for pre-order. Judging by the specs listed on the product page, the Iolite is yet another Windows Mobile-powered touchscreen handset that offers little in terms of innovation or even evolution. We’ll have to wait for official word from HTC however before jumping to conclusions. In the meantime, we can all hope that the retailer omitted some stunning details that will make us a bit more excited. Until then, hit the jump for the full specs as listed by Expansys.

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The plot thickens: reputable case manufacturer adds iPhone nano to site

By on December 30, 2008 at 8:57 AM.

The plot thickens: reputable case manufacturer adds iPhone nano to site

Vaja, a reputable case manufacturer known for high quality leather cases, has added an entry for the iPhone nano to its site. A round of rumors that started months ago and resurfaced recently when XSKN added iPhone nano cases to its site, several case manufacturers now have entries for the new shrunken Apple handset that doesn’t yet exist. A listing from XSKN is one thing but when a company like Vaja adds the iPhone nano to its site, you have to wonder if the handset’s release isn’t closer than we might think. iPhone fan blog iPhone Alley now states that an inside source is feeding them info pointing to an announcement at Macworld. While we’re skeptical at best with regards to this report – the blog states that its source reports the iPhone nano will “probably not include 3G” – a Macworld announcement is seeming more and more like a viable possibility. With the show only a week away at this point, at least we won’t have long to wait.

[Via iPhone Alley]

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