Sprint quietly launched the Express on Friday, a new $20 Android smartphone manufactured by Huawei. The device runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and features a 2.6-inch display with a 320 x 240-pixel resolution, a full QWERTY keyboard, 512MB of RAM, a 1,600 mAh battery, a microSD slow for up to 32GB of storage, a 3.2-megapixel camera and the ability to share its 3G connection via a mobile hotspot feature. The Express is available now for $20 with a new two-year Sprint contract. More →
AT&T announced a handful of new Android smartphones during the most recent CTIA show in San Diego, and the Samsung Captivate Glide BGR scooped back in July was among them. Samsung kept the phone close to the chest until recently, and we finally had a chance to meet up and check it out. The phone is very similar to the Galaxy S II, but it sports a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a different processor. The Captivate Glide, an Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) smartphone, is equipped with a vivid and crisp 4-inch Super AMOLED display with an 800 x 480-pixel resolution, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p HD video, 1GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, and a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1.2GHz. It also supports AT&T’s 21Mbps HSPA+ network. We really enjoyed the keyboard and it didn’t seem to add too much bulk or heft to the phone. AT&T has yet to announce a price or release date. We should be bringing you a review shortly, but in the meantime be sure to check out our full gallery below.
Samsung announced the Transform Ultra for Sprint on Monday, an Android 2.3-powered smartphone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The Transform Ultra is powered by a 1GHz processor and has a 3-megapixel camera, a secondary front-facing VGA camera for video chat, a 3.5-inch touchscreen display with an HVGA resolution, 512MB of RAM, 2GB of on-board storage, a 1,500 mAh battery and support for Sprint’s 3G network. Neither Sprint nor Samsung have announced pricing or a release date for the Transform Ultra, although we suspect it will hit the market in time for the holiday season at a budget-friendly price. Hit the break for Samsung’s fact sheet. More →
Sprint announced that it will offer the Motorola ADMIRAL, the first Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) PTT handset with support for its new CDMA-based Direct Connect network, on October 23rd. The phone will cost $99.99 with a new two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate. The ADMIRAL meets Mil-Spec 810G ratings for dust, shock, vibration, solar radiation, low pressure and high and low temperatures. It is equipped with a 1.2GHz processor, a full QWERTY keyboard, a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p video, support for sharing its 3G connection with other Wi-Fi devices with Mobile Hotspot, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and 4GB of internal storage. Read on for the full press release.
T-Mobile on Monday announced the LG DoublePlay, an Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) smartphone with two displays and an industrial design that reminds us slightly of the Motorola CLIQ. The DoublePlay is equipped with a 3.5-inch primary display and a secondary 2-inch screen that divides a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, which looks a bit awkward. The phone is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, has a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p HD video and supports T-Mobile’s HSPA+ “4G” network. T-Mobile expects the DoublePlay to be available in time for the holiday season, but did not provide pricing details. Full press release is below. More →
We briefly met up with Samsung in San Diego to check out the new Samsung Stratosphere, Verizon Wireless’ first 4G LTE device with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard was comfortable to type on without adding too much bulk to the device. The back of the phone looks a bit plain — it is just matte plastic, and we think there’s definitely room for improvement in the style department. Samsung equipped the device with a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen that displays beautiful colors and very deep blacks. It is equipped with a feature set that is a bit below that of the current Galaxy S II devices, such as a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, a 5-megapixel camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. We’ll reserve our final judgement for the review but we’re already fawning over the 4G LTE capability, sturdy hardware and solid keyboard. Be sure to check out the gallery below.
Verizon Wireless on Monday unveiled the Samsung Stratosphere, the company’s first smartphone to feature a full QWERTY keyboard and 4G LTE connectivity. This new Samsung smartphone is highlighted by LTE compatibility and a 4-inch Super AMOLED that provides the deep blacks and vibrant colors that help separate Samsung smartphones from the pack. Other specs include a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, mobile hotspot capability and the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. Samsung’s Stratosphere will launch this Thursday, October 13th, for $149.99 after rebate with a new 2-year contract. Verizon’s full press release follows below. More →
T-Mobile on Thursday unveiled two new LG-built smartphones that will join the company’s lineup ahead of the holidays. The myTouch features a full touch form factor with a 3.8-inch display, a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture support, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The myTouch Q features nearly identical specs, though the display drops down to 3.5 inches and the phone sports a physical slide-out keyboard. “When moving to their first smartphone, customers want a simple and uncomplicated experience without compromising on quality,” T-Mobile SVP of marketing Andrew Sherrard said in a statement. “With the introduction of these new myTouch smartphones paired with our worry-free data plans and fast 4G network, we’re making it easier than ever to step up to 4G experiences.” Pricing and availability for the myTouch and myTouch Q have not yet been announced, but T-Mobile did say that the phones will be available in time for the holidays. T-Mobile’s full press release follows below. More →
Verizon may soon launch its first 4G LTE smartphone with a full-QWERTY keyboard, the Samsung Straosphere SGH-I405, according to information and an image obtained by Pocketnow. The Samsung Stratosphere looks very similar to Sprint’s Epic 4G and will likely run Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread). Rumors suggest it could also offer a 5-megapixel camera, a 1.3-megapixel forward-facing camera for video chats and roughly 2GB of storage. We wouldn’t be surprised to see a Super AMOLED Plus display and a processor in the 800Mhz to 1GHz range, either. It is still unclear how much the Stratosphere will cost but the phone could hit store shelves as early as this week according to the report. More →
Motorola on Tuesday unveiled a new Android smartphone that is likely soon headed to both AT&T and T-Mobile here in the U.S. The Motorola PRO+ runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and features a candy bar form factor with a full QWERTY keypad. The BlackBerry-like QWERTY sits beneath a 3.1-inch VGA touchscreen display, and spec highlights include a 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera, 4GB of internal storage, microSDHC support, 512MB of RAM and a 1,600 mAh battery. “The Motorola PRO+ is built for people who want to take the pressure off and consolidate their work and personal lives with an efficient smartphone that acts like your personal assistant,” said Alain Mutricy, Motorola’s senior vice president, portfolio and device product management, in a statement. “Today, with our demanding 24/7 lifestyles your smartphone should make your complex life easier and give you an edge at work and at play.” Pricing and availability have not yet been announced for AT&T or T-Mobile. Motorola’s full press release follows below along with a video. More →
It has been more than six months since HP officially took the wraps off of the Pre3 and it looks like the company is finally getting ready to bring the phone to market. Pre-orders for an unlocked model of the Pre3 have started on HP’s official German website, but don’t get too excited: the German variant has a QWERTZ keyboard instead of the QWERTY layout we’re accustomed to. Other specs include a 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor, a 3.6-inch 800 x 480-pixel resolution display and a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording HD video. The German Pre3 is priced at €349 ($500) and HP expects the phone to ship within one to two weeks. We expect to hear more about U.S. availability shortly now that the device is launching in other parts of the world. More →
Research In Motion announced via its official Twitter account on Monday that AT&T will launch the BlackBerry Torch 9810 on August 21st. We recently had hands-on time with the Torch 9810, which is nearly identical to the Torch handset that came before it, but appreciated the first-class keyboard and updated BlackBerry OS 7 operating system. The Torch 9810 is also equipped with support for AT&T’s HSPA+ network and has a 640 x 480-pixel display, 8GB of storage, a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p HD video, and a 1.2GHz processor. AT&T confirmed on its Facebook page that the Torch 9810 will cost $49.99 with a new two-year contract. More →
Verizon Wireless is now offering RIM’s highly anticipated BlackBerry Bold 9930 smartphone for $249.99 on contract. BGR exclusively reported last week that Sprint would soon be selling the new touch-and-type Bold for $249.99, and at that time we indicated that other U.S. carriers would likely launch the device at the same price point. Verizon Wireless is now the first carrier to do so, and while early adopters are sure to snatch up the long-awaiting 9900/9930 despite its $250 price tag, widespread adoption may be hindered until the new smartphone dips to $199.99 on contract. We reviewed the new BlackBerry Bold last week and found that the hardware is absolutely worth carriers’ high cost of entry. We also found that RIM’s BlackBerry 7 software, despite improved performance and fluidity, left much to be desired.
UPDATE: Verizon Wireless’ full press release now follows below. More →