Sprint officially unveils LG Optimus S, Sanyo Zio, and Samsung Transform

By on October 6, 2010 at 8:05 PM.

Sprint officially unveils LG Optimus S, Sanyo Zio, and Samsung Transform

On schedule and as reported, Sprint has officially announced the addition of the LG Optimus S, Sanyo Zio, and Samsung Transform to its Android handset lineup.

The LG Optimus S in an Android 2.2 device that boasts a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen display, 3.2 megapixel camera, visual voicemail, Sprint ID, Wi-Fi (with hotspot capabilities), GPS, 1500 mAh battery, and micro-SD card slot. The device will retail for $49.99 on-contract (after a $100 mail-in rebate) and will be available beginning on October 31.

The Sanyo Zio is an Android 2.1 device with a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, 3.2 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi b/g, visual voicemail, Sprint ID, GPS, 1140 mAh battery, and micro-SD card slot. The device will retail for $99.99 on-contract (after a $100 mail-in rebate) and will be available for purchase on October 10.

The Samsung Transform is an Android 2.1 device with a 3.5-inch HVGA display, full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth, GPS, 3.2 megapixel rear-facing camera with flash, front-facing VGA camera, Sprint ID, 800 MHz processor, 256 MB of RAM and 1500 mAh battery. Samsung has said they will update the operating system to Android 2.2 “later this year.” The device will retail for $149.99 on-contract (after a $100 mail-in rebate) and will be available on October 10.

There you have it. Hit the jump for links to all of the press releases. More →

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Sprint's LG Optimus S gets pictured

By on October 6, 2010 at 1:01 PM.

Sprint's LG Optimus S gets pictured

Earlier this morning, we told you about the LG Optimus S, an entry-level, Android 2.2 handset that will be making its way to Sprint shortly. The device, which has a 600 MHz processor, 3.2-inch full-touchscreen display, and 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera, should be available by the end of this month and will retail for $49.99 (after a mail-in rebate and 2-year contract renewal). We’ve been sent in a blurry image of Sprint’s latest LG, Android offering. Have a look for yourself.

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LG's android tablet to drop in Q4 2010

By on July 29, 2010 at 10:32 AM.

LG's android tablet to drop in Q4 2010

LG announced earlier this month that it was launching an Android-powered tablet as part of its new Optimus brand. On Thursday, the Korean company confirmed that it will be launching this Android tablet in Q4 2010. Though Q4 2010 is still a broad window for launch, the timing suggests that LG is trying desperately to hit that ever important holiday shopping season. No word on whether this tablet will be a Korea-only exclusive, but if it does launch globally, is anyone interested? More →

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O2 jumps in the fray, plans to offer pay-as-you-go iPhone option

By on June 15, 2008 at 10:13 AM.

O2 jumps in the fray, plans to offer pay-as-you-go iPhone option

So much for fairness, huh? It looks like O2 is joining the ranks of Optimus in Portugal (and perhaps Orange in other parts of Europe), planning to offer their version of the iPhone 3G on both post-paid and pay-as-you-go accounts. No details have been given in regards to pricing or feature options, but the sheer presence of a pre-paid option means that the iPhone itself will be available for purchase without a lengthy contractual agreement, setting the stage for rampant unlocking, modifications, and general lawlessness. Will AT&T be the only company to offer the iPhone without a pre-paid option? Seems unlikely, but with both O2 and Optimus/Orange jumping on the pre-paid wagon, it certainly makes you wonder.

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Optimus to offer pre-paid iPhone option in Portugal

By on June 13, 2008 at 6:28 PM.

Optimus to offer pre-paid iPhone option in Portugal

Take this for what you will, but one of our ninjas tipped us off to an iPhone ad currently being Portugal by wireless carrier Optimus, which is a subsidiary of Orange. According to the ad, Optimus is going to be offering the iPhone 3G with a monthly tariff on both post and pre-paid accounts. Yep, you read that one correctly. While AT&T has explicitly said that they will not be offering the new iPhone 3G with any sort of pre-paid options, it looks like other carriers are reserving the option to provide the handset without a lengthy contract. The ad doesn’t give any indication as to what we might expect the unsubsidized pricing to be, but we’re working hard to dig up that info. Unfortunately, we’re not expecting any miracles here on the US side of things, as AT&T has been very explicit about the contractual requirements of the iPhone agreements. Remember when the rest of the world was madly trying to import American iPhones? Things might be going the other way this time around.

Thanks, António!

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