Details on LG's enV G and Windows Phone 7 slider

By on August 20, 2010 at 10:01 AM.

Details on LG's enV G and Windows Phone 7 slider

A new connect has come forward and provided us with some details on LG’s future phone plans that we thought we would share. According to our source, the LG enV Touch 2 that we heard about yesterday is actually to be called the enV G. Our source does confirm that the device has a hinged, dual touch-screen display and added that it will have a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. Our tipster continues, and lets us know that LG will be releasing a mid-range, Android 2.1, all touch-screen device around the holidays that is being referred to internally as the “Thunder” (given recent events we’re sure the name will change upon release). Our source claims that the Thunder will be released on Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, and MetroPCS. This would make the Thunder one phone with three different 3G radios (unless they drop a pentaband UMTS 3G radio in two of them). Finally, the last bit of information we were given indicates that LG’s first Windows Phone 7 device will be a full-QWERTY slider and will be available right when WP7 goes live. There you have it. Think the enV G and this sliding WP7 device can give LG some momentum in the U.S. smartphone market? What do you think of LG hardware in general (the phones, not the washing machines)?

UPDATE: Our source clarified that there will be three Windows Phone 7 devices launching right when the OS is officially announced.  One will be from Samsung, one will be from HTC, and one will be from LG. The LG device will be the only handset with a full slide-out QWERTY keypad.

UPDATE 2: It looks like Engadget has been sent in an image of the full-QWERTY slider device. Hit the break to check it out. More →

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Dell Thunder prototype detailed

By on August 20, 2010 at 7:29 AM.

Dell Thunder prototype detailed

It seems as though the mobile phone stork delivered a set of twins to Engadget… smartphone twins that is. The blog was gifted with two Dell Thunder Android smartphone prototypes, and they’ve done the honor of shedding some light on just what we’re looking at. The Thunder will pack a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor with Qualcomm Adreno graphics (think Nexus One), 4.1-inch touch-screen display, 512 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, and (possibly) a front-facing VGA camera. The two units were sporting different operating systems and screen resolutions. One unit was running a developer build of Android 1.6 while the other was running Android 2.1. As mentioned above, the screen resolutions on the two units are also not identical, one has a resolution of 800 x 600 and the other 1,280 x 768. The gang found evidence in the software of a CDMA test suite, indicating the potential for a Verizon or Sprint model, and one unit had AT&T’s HSPA 3G bands while the other had T-Mobile’s AWS 3G bands. Furthermore, the device has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, 1,400 mAh battery, and micro-SD card slot. The Thunder’s glass screen is also slightly beveled, which Engadget described as “as useless as it is cool.” So if you like Dell hardware, and the Streak is too much phone for you, what do you think about the Thunder? More →

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Dell Thunder prototype gets photographed, 4.1-inch Android device

By on August 12, 2010 at 9:04 AM.

Dell Thunder prototype gets photographed, 4.1-inch Android device

The folks over at Engadget were sent images (Mr. Blurrycam style) of the unannounced and unreleased Dell Thunder. The Thunder is reportedly an Android 2.1 full touch-screen device with a 4.1-inch screen (possibly OLED), 8 megapixel camera with 720p video recording, 800 x 480 resolution, and a 1400 mAh battery. No details were given about the processor speed or internal storage of the newly photographed device. Hit the read link to check out a few more images and a quick video. More →

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Dell Lightning, Flash, Thunder and Smoke leak out

By on April 21, 2010 at 9:45 PM.

Dell Lightning, Flash, Thunder and Smoke leak out

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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.

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BlackBerry Storm gets its FCC approval on

By on October 21, 2008 at 1:40 PM.

BlackBerry Storm gets its FCC approval on

Things are starting to heat up in Verizon land and CDMA-hugging BlackBerry addicts just got one step closer to seeing the highly anticipated Storm become a reality. The FCC just posted fairly secretive approval documents for an unnamed handset from RIM. Oh you crafty government workers. A quick glance at the image above pretty much instantly eliminates all mystery – the button placement, the form factor, the SIM slot for when you need to get your international roaming on… Yes, it’s the Storm. Now that the FCC is out of the way we can all sit back, relax and wait for RIM’s touchy feely handset to drop next month. Woo!

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BlackBerry super-phone in the works, Storm 2 and 3 coming soon

By on October 10, 2008 at 5:27 AM.

BlackBerry super-phone in the works, Storm 2 and 3 coming soon

We don’t have too much info to go off of at this point in time, but if you are still waiting to get your hands on the Pearl Flip 8220, Curve 8900, Bold, or Storm, we’re about to screw you up real quick. We’ve now confirmed from 2 independent sources that RIM is working on a device that will blow the roof off all previous models. Ready for it? 5 megapixel auto-focus camera, 1GB of RAM so your precious worthless apps don’t cause memory leaks, and a “near-HD quality” screen. We’re honestly not sure about the form-factor but we heard this device could be sort of a Bold and Storm mashup. Either Treo-esque or a slide-out device. One last thing… we have also heard from a different source that RIM is hard at work on a second generation Storm device and they’ve even started the first stages of a third generation Storm. That’s all we’ve got for now, but you know we’ll be on this quicker than a plus-sized girl on a jar of Mayo. Who’s your favorite blogger?

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BlackBerry Storm User Guide

By on October 6, 2008 at 12:27 AM.

BlackBerry Storm User Guide

While we wait for RIM’s ex-IDF teams to storm (har, har) the office, we’ve decided to share a ton of pages from the BlackBerry Storm’s User Guide with our loyal readers. It’s a lot more in depth than the PowerPoint was, and it walks you through practically everything. We posted what we thought were the most important parts of the device and things we haven’t seen before. For instance, the full home screen in both orientations, the active call screen, voice recording, camera and video camera options and viewfinder, BlackBerry Maps, tasks — stuff like that. If you’re feeling adventurous enough, hit the BGR gallery!

Click on over to our BlackBerry Storm User Guide gallery!

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BlackBerry Storm internal product positioning, marketing points, BlackBerry Apex

By on October 4, 2008 at 7:18 PM.

BlackBerry Storm internal product positioning, marketing points, BlackBerry Apex

Continuing our Stormness today, we’re breaking out these great internal marketing and product positioning points. What you’re going to see isn’t for the faint of heart — there’s a ton of data points in here. RIM even goes as far to compare the Storm (or Thunder as they referred to it internally) to the iPhone, Nokia N95, and LG Viewty. We’ve got full price points on where the Storm sits in between the other devices, and we even have a couple exclusives for you… How does a BlackBerry Niaraga with Wi-Fi sound for Verizon? Yep, the device we broke the news on will have Wi-Fi for all your Verizon-lovers. Finally, how does a CDMA Kickstart sound? It’s codenamed the BlackBerry Apex and it will indeed be hitting Verizon as well. Release not yet known. Click through for practically all the inside RIM info you can handle!

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BlackBerry Storm 9500 and 9530, everything you could ever want to know

By on October 4, 2008 at 2:50 PM.

BlackBerry Storm 9500 and 9530, everything you could ever want to know

It’s a beautiful day in New York City, but oh man… we can see those clouds eagerly approaching. We just got our hands on a ton of documents detailing both the BlackBerry Storm 9500 and BlackBerry Storm 9530. Bear with us as we comb through them, ok? In the meantime, check out some awesome slides from an internal powerpoint presentation. They detail every aspect of the device, from typing to phone calling, media syncing, to web browsing — we’re sure you’ll like them.

Click on over to our BlackBerry Storm powerpoint gallery!

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AT&T to potential BlackBerry Storm customers: Storm sucks, iPhone rulez!

By on September 24, 2008 at 1:23 AM.

AT&T to potential BlackBerry Storm customers: Storm sucks, iPhone rulez!

You definitely have to take this one at face value, but there’s an internal document floating around inside AT&T pitting the iPhone 3G against the upcoming BlackBerry Storm. We had our doubts about this document at first, but we received it from two independent sources now, so it’s legit! Here’s some of the smack-talking AT&T lays down:

  • The Storm doesn’t have multi-touch
  • There’s no Wi-Fi
  • The Storm doesn’t have an App Store
  • Stormy Storm doesn’t have tri-band HSDPA
  • The browser sucks on the Storm
  • No iTunes action (movies, music, etc.)

Yeah yeah, we know you can sync your BlackBerry with DRM-free music in iTunes so don’t get your panties in a bunch over that line. We think legitimate points so far, but the browser hasn’t been tested and tri-band HSDPA doesn’t matter if you’re not using the device on AT&T in the United States. Peanut gallery, you’re up!

Thanks, AT&T ninjas!

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BlackBerry Storm: we’ve been had

By on September 16, 2008 at 10:46 PM.

BlackBerry Storm: we’ve been had

I’ll keep this short, but as most of you that are following the BlackBerry Storm developments over the past couple days know, Verizon has “introduced” the BlackBerry Storm internally. They even published a coming soon page complete with Storm image. The page was then removed today, coincidentally after every major site that mattered had linked to it and posted. Does anyone not see the scam being played out before our eyes? Introduction “internally” and then removing the coming soon page? No press release, no official announcement… am I the only one who’s seeing the bigger picture?

UPDATE: Here’s the link for the actual video hosted on Verizon’s site. Thanks, guys!

UPDATE 2: Storm page is back uppppppz.

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Blackberry Storm goes live on Verizon’s Website

By on September 16, 2008 at 6:38 PM.

Blackberry Storm goes live on Verizon’s Website

We told you it was coming (a day late but not a dollar short) and now it’s officially here! The Blackberry Storm has officially gone live on Verizon’s website for all to see in its glory. No other information about the handset. Just a pretty picture of the shiny, new touchscreen ‘Berry. But we’re still holding firm on our “about one week after November 1st” launch time frame, as told to us by multiple sources.

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