According to the latest rumor, Apple CEO Steve Jobs will take the stage at the Yerba Buena Center tomorrow during his company’s highly anticipated iPad 2 event in San Francisco. Italian blog setteB.IT first reported that “reassuring information,” from an unnamed source indicated that Mr. Jobs will (in some capacity) help unveil Apple’s next iPad model. Several hours later, AllThingsD‘s Kara Swisher chimed in with a similar prognostication, writing that Steve Jobs is “definitely considering an appearance at its big iPad 2 event tomorrow.” The event kicks off tomorrow at 1:00PM ET (10:00AM PT). Be sure to keep it locked on BGR… we’ll be bringing you all the news as it happens. More →
If you’re aching for a great unlocked Android phone and the plasticky feel of the Nexus S doesn’t float your boat, Dell may very well have the cure for what ails you. Dell’s Venue Pro smartphone is, in our opinion, the most impressive Windows Phone 7 handset on the market at this point. It has a fantastically solid build, a terrific look and feel, and extremely capable guts that facilitate a silky smooth experience. Now, the Dell Venue takes everything we love about the Venue Pro, sheds some girth by eliminating the slide-out QWERTY, and swaps Windows Phone 7 for Android. Notable specs include a 4.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, an 8-megapixel camera, a 1GHz processor, 1GB of internal storage expandable to 33GB, 512MB of RAM, a 1400 mAh battery and the Android 2.2 Froyo OS with Dell’s Stage software. The Dell Venue is available immediately for purchase directly from Dell for $499.99 unlocked. The phone is available with either AT&T or T-Mobile 3G bands and orders begin shipping on February 18th. More →
Dell might not currently be putting its best foot forward when it comes to smartphones, but man does it ever look to have plans when it comes to Windows Phone 7 and Android. Engadget was sent some slides of the Texas company’s Lightning, Flash and Thunder and do they ever strike our fancy. Just like nature, let’s start off with some Lightning. Running WP7, it is a vertical QWERTY slider with a 4.1″ WVGA AMOLED display, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, 802.11b/g/n, 8GB microSD card, 1GB ROM / 512MB RAM and 1GHz processor. Network-wise, the Lighting will be able to run on both AT&T and T-Mobile’s 3G networks with downlink speeds of up to 7.2Mbps, although unfortunately you’re going to have to choose one or the other. Then there’s the Thunder. Equipped with Android 2.1 Eclair and Dell’s social medial-friendly “Stage” UI overlay, its specs closely mirror the Lightning’s except in lieu of a full-QWERTY keypad it has an 8 megapixel camera. Throw in support for Flash 10.1 and a Hulu app and it looks like Dell has a real winner on its hands. Then again, who knows what the competition will come out with by the time it’s released in Q4 on various HSDPA networks like AT&T. Next up is the Flash. Featuring Android 2.2 “Froyo” with Stage UI, it is going to be positioned as a mid-range smartphone upon its release in 2011. It has a 3.5″ WVGA touchscreen display, a feature-packed 5 megapixel camera, support for microSD cards up to 64GB, Wi-Fi, TV-out, Bluetooth 3.0, 512MB ROM / RAM, AT&T-friendly tri-band HSPA that peaks at 14.4Mbps down all powered by an 800MHz processor. Finally there’s the Smoke. Another Froyo device and the most affordable of the bunch, the stretched-out Smoke has a 2.8″ QVGA display (likely a typo on Dell’s part), QWERTY keypad, 800MHz processor, 5 megapixel shooter, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 14.4Mbps HSDPA and sports dual-microphones
Doesn’t the future look lovely? You can find a few of the pics after the break.
While no details have been revealed beyond device names and tiny renders, Mobile-review has just revealed LG’s roadmap for early 2010. The name of the game appears to be attainable touchscreen devices for LG next year and we can look forward to several additions to already-popular LG lines. The Cookie is apparently due for an update in the form of — you guessed it — the Cookie2, and new additions to LG’s Wine family include the Wine2 and the Wine Junior. Beyond those, the Goya, Stage, Mini and Sweet round out LG’s probable early 2010 lineup where entry and mid-range touchscreen phones are concerned. Also revealed by Mobile-review is the wallet-friendly GX200, pictured after the jump, which will be a dual-SIM feature phone we’ll certainly never see on this side of the world.