Sprint-bound Samsung Intercept breaks cover

By on June 29, 2010 at 1:31 PM.

Sprint-bound Samsung Intercept breaks cover

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We’ve been waiting for the Samsung Intercept to show its face for quite some time, and here it is. The successor to the Moment, the Intercept will land on Sprint on July 11th. While much of its features are still a mystery, it is known that the Intercept runs Android 2.1, has a 3.2″ display, has a four-row sliding QWERTY keypad, Wi-Fi, GPS, and — if we’re lucky — an improved camera. More →

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Nokia N9 gets shown off on film

By on June 28, 2010 at 10:03 PM.

Nokia N9 gets shown off on film

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We told you last week that we’d be seeing more of the Nokia N9, and sure enough, a short little video overview of the device was published today. We’re not exactly sure how much there is to be learned from the video considering we know that the N9 will never ship with S60 (the OS it is seen running in the film), but at least we have video evidence that Nokia still knows how to make a solid piece of hardware. Hit the jump to check out the N9 in action.
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Sprint announces the Samsung Epic 4G

By on June 28, 2010 at 1:40 AM.

Sprint announces the Samsung Epic 4G

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Sure it might have a laughably bad name, but there’s no way in hell you can laugh at the Samsung Epic 4G’s specs. A part of the Galaxy S family, the Epic 4G is Sprint’s second 4G WiMAX smartphone. To go on sale later this year for an undisclosed price, the Epic 4G has a 4″ WVGA Super AMOLED display, sliding QWERTY keypad, 5 megapixel camera with 720p video capture, front-facing camera for video calling, GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, mobile hotspot support for five devices, six-axis motion sensor, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, and 512MB RAM / 1GB ROM. It will come to market running Android 2.1 — with a bit of help from Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0, naturally — but Sprint has gone on the record as saying an update to Android 2.2 won’t be that far off once the Epic 4G is released. Good to know. More →

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Nokia N9 spotted in the wild complete with NAM 3G

By on June 25, 2010 at 5:59 PM.

Nokia N9 spotted in the wild complete with NAM 3G

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Why, hello, you thing of questionable sexiness. What we’re looking at here is the Nokia N9 live and in the digital flesh. Negri Electronics, the people that leaked the images, are keeping mum about the specs of the device until they’re ready to publish their full review, but from the images we can clearly see that previous rumors were correct in that there’s an 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, front-facing camera with LED flash, sliding QWERTY keypad, nHD display (640×360), and support for the 850/1900 MHz bands of UMTS/HSDPA. It’s clear that this is an early prototype N9 considering its still running Symbian S60 — a platform that will now know will never again grace the Nseries line-up once the N8 is released — but we’re sure if and when Nokia launches the phone it’ll be running MeeGo. In the meantime, hit the jump for a couple more pics. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S Pro specs emerge at long last

By on June 21, 2010 at 5:30 AM.

Samsung Galaxy S Pro specs emerge at long last

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There’s little in the way of proof that the following specifications are accurate, but according to one of Android Central’s “tried-and-true” tipsters, we now have the tentative specs for the Samsung Galaxy S Pro. Software wise, the Galaxy S Pro is said to be presently running Android 2.1 with Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 overlay. In terms of hardware, you have a WVGA Super AMOLED display (possibly the same unit found on the non-Pro Galaxy S), 5 megapixel camera with 720p video recording, front-facing camera, 512MB RAM, 8.2 GB of internal memory, and a custom 1GHz Cortex A8 processor. As for radios, it’s said that the Galaxy S Pro will run on both Sprint’s EV-DO and WiMAX networks, with a space for a SIM card indicating that we’re looking at HSDPA roaming for Europe and Asia. GPS isn’t mentioned but is surely a given, and the Wi-Fi chip will support the b/g/n protocols. Where build quality is concerned, the tipster did single out various components as feeling “plasticy”, although with the unit in question being a prototype, we won’t let that worry us just yet. More →

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Motorola's Droid 2 shown off on film

By on June 21, 2010 at 4:00 AM.

Motorola's Droid 2 shown off on film

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Last week we got to see the Droid X strut its stuff on video, so it’s only fitting that this week we get to see the Droid 2 do likewise. Well, sort of. The guys over at Android and Me managed to score a Droid 2 from sources unknown and decided to show it off on film. As has been noted in the past, the two devices are very similar when it comes to physical characteristics. The main differences are 1) a more curved bezel, and 2) the re-sculpting of the keypad which has allowed for wider, more pronounced keys along with the elimination of that cursed D-pad in favor of arrow keys. But inside the phones slightly curvier frame is where the real differences lie. The old 500MHZ OMAP3 CPU has been swapped out for the much more powerful 1GHz OMAP3630 model (just like we said) and the RAM has been doubled to 512MB, both of which help the second iteration of the Droid achieve some impressive benchmark scores. Regrettably we don’t actually get to see the tests in action as the phone was not powered on during filming, but we’ll just have to take their word for it until we know the full story on June 23rd. We imagine you’re quite anxious to see the video, so click through to check it out.

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BlackBerry 9800 slider to be named Torch?

By on June 15, 2010 at 10:40 PM.

BlackBerry 9800 slider to be named Torch?

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Crackberry has several sources who claim that the BlackBerry 9800 will launch with a new moniker; the Torch. It was originally thought that the full-QWERTY, slider phone would join the 9000, 9650, and 9700 in the Bold family (for us, putting it in the Storm line would have made more sense). The rumor is further substantiated by the fact that the domain name blackberrytorch.com was registered last April by Research In Motion. What do you think? BlackBerry Torch. You like? More →

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Samsung announces the Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro

By on June 15, 2010 at 8:00 AM.

Samsung announces the Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro

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The original bada-powered Wave has only been on sale for a couple of months, but two new models were announced today by Samsung.  Known as the S5250 Wave 2 and S5330 Wave 2 Pro, both devices are more or less identical save for the fact that the Pro model has a sliding QWERTY keypad. This means that everything else, be it the 3.2″ WQVGA touchscreen display, 3 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, 80MB of internal memory, quad-band EDGE (no UMTS/HSDPA) and TouchWiz 3.0 UI is the same across the two devices. Both the Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro will be available in South East Asia and Russia this August. More →

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Nokia announces the X5-01, proclaims it's hip to be square

By on June 14, 2010 at 5:49 AM.

Nokia announces the X5-01, proclaims it's hip to be square

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Apparently square-ish handsets are the cool new thing for 2010, as Nokia has just pulled a Flipout and announced the X5-01. Said to “plug the gap” between the X3 and X6, the X5 packs 2.36″ QVGA display, 5 megapixel camera and a sliding QWERTY keypad into its aesthetically and ergonomically awkward 74.3mm x 66.4mm x 16.8mm frame. It runs Symbian S60 3rd Edition and comes with support for all major social media networks as well as email from Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail and Ovi Mail. The X5 doesn’t really have much in the way of special features, though Nokia says there are some motion-controlled features such as spinning the phone to switch to a random track and shaking it to check the number of unread messages. The Nokia X5 will be available in pink, azure, graphite black, yellow green, and purple in Q3 for around 165€ ($200 US). More →

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Rogers launches the Nokia N97 Mini

By on June 8, 2010 at 10:31 PM.

Rogers launches the Nokia N97 Mini

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It looks like Symbian freaks based in Canada who already have the N97 from Bell will be able to get themselves a new plaything this summer, as Rogers is launching the Nokia N97 Mini. The device isn’t actually for sale yet but is rather being shipped out to dealers across the country, but barring any last minute chances it looks like the outright price of the N97 Mini has been set at $499.99 while the 3-year price is $99.99. Anyone planning to get this, or are you going to avoid it just like you would the plague (or N97 for that matter)?

Thanks, anonymous!

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MetroPCS' first Android smartphone looks to be from Motorola

By on June 7, 2010 at 7:07 AM.

MetroPCS' first Android smartphone looks to be from Motorola

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It looks like MetroPCS is getting ready to hop on the Android bandwagon, as AndroidGuys has scored images of what is purported to be the carriers first Android handset. Featuring a styling similar to but much nicer than T-Mobile’s CLIQ, the unnamed Motorola handset is said to have Android 2.1 with MOTOBLUR, a sliding QWERTY keypad, 3 megapixel camera and a 600MHz processor. The actual size of the capacitive display is unknown, although it’s likely to come in at just a hair over 3″. What’s the consensus on this one? More →

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Two Sony Ericsson Android handsets leak

By on June 6, 2010 at 9:07 AM.

Two Sony Ericsson Android handsets leak

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Sony Ericsson’s been having a really tough go of it, but it seems to really think that Android is the solution to all of its woes. Recently two of its upcoming Android-based handsets leaked out, so let’s tackle them left to right, shall we? The white handset on the left is said to be known as the Shakira, sized between the full-blown Xperia X10 and the Xperia Mini, and might just come to market this fall as the Xperia 10 Mid (ugh). And then there’s the strange QWERTY slider on the right. Apart from giving a shoutout to the form factor of the HTC Shift, this curious device looks to have a display in excess of 5″ and is said to run on Android 2.1. What do we think, gang? Do you think with handsets like these Sony Ericsson can start making some serious cash, or will its trials and tribulations continue until it starts thinking out of the box? More →

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BlackBerry 6 stars in a 17 minute walkthrough

By on June 4, 2010 at 9:55 PM.

BlackBerry 6 stars in a 17 minute walkthrough

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We know a lot of you are dying to try out BlackBerry 6, but until RIM releases it sometime in the “next calendar quarter“, we think this 16 minute and 45 second walkthrough of the OS running on a 9800 slider will tide you over. Unfortunately the narration isn’t in English, but if you can look beyond that hit up the jump and check out the video.

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