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Samsung I5700 Spica Passes FCC Again; Samsung R860 Does the Same

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It's passed the FCC once before and it looks like the Samsung I5700 Spica has been spotted there again. This time it has 850 / 1900MHz GSM bands and 850 / 1900MHz WCDMA bands, which is perfect for a launch on AT&T. Another handset that has been spotted is the Samsung R860 and it has 1700MHz AWS bands along with CDMA/EV-DO connectivity. This phone would be fit for a launch on Cricket or MetroPCS.

Update: According to Phandroid, the FCC ID for this handset is A3LGTI5700L which could mean that it will get launched in Latin America.

Viewsonic Unveils Three New Notebooks With Intel ULV CPUs, Part Of Their ViewBook Series

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It looks like Viewsonic has just unveiled three new notebooks as a part of their ViewBook line-up: the 12-inch ViewBook 120, the 13-inch ViewBook 130, and the ViewBook 140. All three of these notebooks were officially announced in Taiwan this morning.

The Viewsonic ViewBook 120 comes with: an Intel SU2300 ULV 1.3GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 250GB HDD, three USB 2.0 ports, VGA output, Windows 7 Home Premium, and a 6-cell battery that should last 8 hours.

The Viewsonic ViewBook 130 comes with: an Intel ULV743 1.3GHz / SU4100 1.3GHz / SU7300 1.3GHz CPU options, a 13.3-inch display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution, 2GB of RAM, a 320GB HDD, HDMI / VGA output, Windows 7 Home Premium, and a 6-cell battery that should last 8 hours.

We don't know the exact spec sheet of the ViewBook 140, but it'll be along the same lines as the two aforementioned notebooks. The ViewBook 120 and 130 will retail for NT $22,000 (about $678 USD) and NT $24,900 (about $767 USD).

[Crunch Gear, Liliputing]

T-Mobile Employees Leak Project Dark / Black Contract Pricing Deets

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Project Black / Project Dark news looks like it's about to come to a close. Some information about the new contracts were just opened by some T-Mobile employees who simply don't listen. The package stated that this package shouldn't be opened until October 25th, but they went on right ahead to spill the details anyway. From the pictures we can conclude the pricing details below.

Individual Plan – No 2-year commitment
  • 500 Minutes  – $30
  • 500 + Unlimited Text – $40
  • 500 + Unlimited Text  + Unlimited Web – $60
  • 1000 Minutes – $40
  • 1000 + Unlimited Text – $50
  • 1000 +Unlimited Text  + Unlimited Web – $70
  • Unlmited Talk – $50
  • Unlimited Talk + Unlimited Text – $60
  • Unlimited Talk +Unlimited Text  + Unlimited Web – $80
Family Plan – Includes 2-lines + 2-year commitment
  • 750 Minutes – $60
  • 750 + Unlimited Text – $80
  • 750 + Unlimited Text + Unlimited Web – $140
  • 1500 Minutes – $80
  • 1500 + Unlimited Text – $100
  • 1500 + Unlimited Text + Unlimited Web – $160
  • Unlimited Minutes – $100
  • Unlimited Talk + Unlimited Text – $120
  • Unlimited Talk + Unlimited Text + Unlimited Web – $180
[Boy Genius]

HP Launching 21.5-Inch Multitouch Monitor Next Week For $300

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Like Dell, HP has just unveiled their 21.5-inch multitouch monitor, the LT2105tm. This monitor comes with a stylus and features: a full 1080p (TN panel) display, a 170-degree viewing angle, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, a 5ms response time, DVI / VGA inputs, and an integrated two-watt speaker system. This monitor will be available next week for $300 USD from HP themselves.


RIM Looking For Expert in C++ Programming For Their Upcoming WebKit Browser

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Back in August, we heard that RIM acquired Torch Mobile since it would help them develop their Flash-capable Webkit-based mobile browser. Well, a post on LinkedIn clearly states that RIM is looking for someone with "expert knowledge" on C++ to help them develop a Webkit-based browser. If you're game enough, check it out here.

[Phone Arena]

Asus Japan Launching the Eee PC 1005HR Netbook This November With Windows 7

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It looks like Asus Japan has just announced the Eee PC 1005HR, which is a variant of the 1005HA. This netbook is being outed with: a 10.1-inch display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution, an Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 250GB HDD, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, an integrated 0.3MP webcam, Windows 7 Starter Edition, and a 6-cell battery that is expected to last 8.5 hours. Starting this November, Asus Japan will be offering this netbook for 49,800 Yen (about $547 USD).


3D Acer Aspire 5738DG Notebook Launching This Week For $780!

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Last week, Acer revealed their 3D notebook, the Aspire 5738DG, and according to the latest news this notebook will actually be available this week! It'll be launching for $780 USD and will feature: an Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 2.2GHz CPU, a 15.6-inch LED-backlit 3D display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution, 4GB of DDR2 RAM, ATI Radeon HD 4570 graphics, a 320GB HDD, a card reader, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, a DVD burner, an integrated webcam, four USB 2.0 ports, a 6-cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Yes, you'll need those glasses to see the 3D quality, but somehow "even standard stuff can be converted to 3D."

[Crunch Gear]

Orange Romania Launching the HTC HD2 Too, Eventually

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It looks like Orange will be launching the HTC HD2 in Romania this December. Yup. There's not much else for me to say.


Lenovo Releases U550 Notebook, But It Only Comes In Brown

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Lenovo has just released the IdeaPad U550, but it only comes in brown. This notebook comes with Windows 7 pre-installed and weighs 5.29 pounds. The U550 comes equipped with: a 15.6-inch display, an Intel Pentium Dual-Core / Core 2 Duo CPU options, integrated GMA 4500MHD / discrete ATI Radeon HD 4330 graphics, 4GB of RAM, 250GB / 320GB HDD options, an HDMI output, and a fingerprint reader. You can order one now here for $799, but it's not expected to ship for at least four weeks.

LG GR700 Passes FCC, Touchscreen Display With a Numeric Keypad

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Another LG handset has just passed the FCC and it's the GR700. This handset is a slider that features: 3G connectivity (perfect for AT&T), a 240 x 400 resolution touchscreen display (likely 3-inches), and a numeric keypad. Something tells me that they should've put a QWERTY keypad there instead of a numeric one. Anyways, that's actually all we know about this handset right now. Check out the official FCC filing here.

Dell SX2210 Gets Multitouch Functionality, Turns Into the SX2210T

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This monitor has actually been out for a while now, but Dell has decided to update their SX2210 and turn it into the SX2210T. The SX2210T comes with everything in the SX2210, but it features multi-touchscreen functionalities. It hasn't been made official by Dell yet, but expect them to do it soon. The SX2210T will feature: a 21.5-inch multi-touchscreen display with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, a 2ms response time, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, an integrated webcam / microphone, and HDMI / DVI inputs. The release details haven't been mentioned yet.

Verizon Speeds Up the Motorola Droid Clock, Now Counting Down To October 28th

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On Verizon's DROIDDOES website, they have changed the countdown (code above, countdown below). It used to count down to the midnight of October 30th, but they have changed it to tick down to midnight on October 28th. There's not much else to say here, but that does mean that the official launch date [of the Motorola Droid] could be next week.

Google Launching Their Own Phone Running Android, Launching This Year? Just a Rumour.

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According to the latest rumour with not that much fuel behind it - it's coming from TheStreet.com - Google is working on a new Google Phone. And no, I'm not talking about a Google-branded phone like the T-Mobile G1 / HTC Dream. This will actually be a cheap unlocked phone aka a handset that won't be high-end per say. It'll likely be running Android and we'll see it by the end of the year if it's real.

Google Planning To Launch Music Service Soon, Dubbed "Google Audio" For Now -- Launching October 28th?


It looks like Google is also looking to make a new service dubbed Google Audio for now. This will likely be in competition with Microsoft's Zune 4.0 and, more importantly, Apple's iTunes. Right now there are no details on this service, but I'm definitely excited to see what it will be. However, it'll be hard to leave Zune 4.0.

Update: According to Slash Gear, Google may be looking to release this service as early as October 28th, which is a week from now.

Update: According to Tech Crunch, they've just got the scoop on the first couple of photos of the said service, check it out above. I don't believe it will be software - it'll be more like an online music service (like iLike).

Google’s partners in the venture are tipped to be LaLa and iLike, the latter of which was recently acquired by MySpace.  The social networking site has streaming rights agreements with all four of the major music labels, all of whom would probably love another opportunity to persuade people to buy tracks rather than listen to them online.
As well as offering streaming and download links, Google Audio will flag up any related content, presumably including YouTube video and anything else related from the search giant’s database.  LaLa and iLike have already announced a launch event for October 28th, billed as hosted by them “& others”.  It will be interesting to see whether the service gets integrated with Android; as our own columnist Michael Gartenberg suggested earlier on today, one of the key elements holding Android back is the absence of a solid media download system integrated into the smartphone platform.

[9 to 5 Mac]

The Rumours Are True. Dell Shows Off Android MID With WiFi / 3G Support, the Dell Streak.

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Looks like those Dell rumours have proved to be true, meet the Dell Streak. This is an Android MID that will feature: a 5-inch touchscreen display with an 800 x 480 resolution, WiFi / Bluetooth support, 3G connectivity, Android 2.0, a 5MP camera with a dual-LED flash, and a 1,300 mAh battery. Something is telling me that this should've been made into a phone. Anyways, check out the link below for a few more pictures. I've also posted a video of it below.

European Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 Passes the FCC, Headed To Vodafone

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It looks like the FCC has granted the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 access to the world. This handset has everything you'd expect, so WinMo 6.5 is on-board and so is an optical trackpad. This X2 doesn't have US 3G since it's the European model. This handset is expected to get launched on Vodafone pretty soon - November 6th if the leaks are true. Check out the official listing here.

AT&T HTC Tilt 2 Just $99 On LetsTalk! -- Amazon Has It For $149

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On Sunday, AT&T released the HTC Tilt 2 (Touch Pro 2) for $299.99 on a 2-year contract after rebates. The good news is that LetsTalk now has the Tilt 2 for just $99.99 USD on a 2-year contract after rebates. Check it out here - get one as quick as you can before it's sold out.

Update: According to WMExperts, the Tilt 2 is also just $149.99 on Amazon here. It's not as cheap as LetsTalk, but it's definitely cheaper than in AT&T stores.

Official Photos and Specs of the Android-Based Philips V808

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The official specs are nothing new. The Philips V808 handset looks like it will have: a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen display, a 3.2MP camera, GPS support, GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity, a 1,000 mAh battery, a microSD card slot, and the Android OS. Above and below are some official pictures of this handset that is destined for China - likely China Mobile.

[Unwired View]

Another Possible Glimpse of Microsoft's Windows Mobile 7 OS

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What you see above could possibly be new photos of Microsoft's upcoming Windows Mobile 7, which is already shaping up to be much better than WinMo 6.5. Expect to see WinMo 7 launch sometime next year - I believe in Q3 / Q4.

[Electronista, Engadget]

Verizon Sending Out Promo Mail About the Motorola Droid Now

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Verizon already has TV ads for the Motorola Droid and they even have a website for it. Well, they've taken it a step further. Verizon is really backing up Motorola's Droid and it looks like they're also sending out promo mail to people - yes, the ones you get in your real-life mailboxes.

US Cellular Gearing Up To Launch the HTC Touch Pro 2!

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It looks like another carrier will be getting the HTC Touch Pro 2 and it's US Cellular. As you can see in the picture above, it's everything we know and love - even though the price tag isn't really lovely. This handset will have WinMo 6.5 pre-installed, but it doesn't look like it will have a 3.5mm headphone jack. That's definitely sad news for some of you music nerds out there. Check it out on their website here.

Verizon BlackBerry Storm 2 Dummy Unit Spotted At Best Buy

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The title basically says it all, but it looks like the Verizon BlackBerry Storm 2 has just been spotted at a local Best Buy. I can't seem to spot the Verizon logo on the Storm 2, but I guess they don't put it on their dummy models? Meh, release should be anytime soon... Like Best Buy says, it's "Worth the Wait."