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US Cellular Launching the BlackBerry 9670 Flip Smartphone Later This Year

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Although they didn't give the BlackBerry smartphone a name, US Cellular has just announced that they'll be launching the BlackBerry 9670 later this year. More specifically, they said that they'll be launching "a BlackBerry flip smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard. Obviously, that's a good enough hint because it can't be the Pearl Flip with its SureType QWERTY keyboard. Great news for those folks!

U.S. Cellular Answers the Call for Cutting-Edge Phones 

New phones launching through end of 2010 will include four Android devices
CHICAGO, June 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- U.S. Cellular's customers have come to expect a reliable network, customer service and innovative programs like Overage Protection and Battery Swap, and now the wireless carrier is unveiling a wave of cutting-edge devices that will join its smartphone lineup this year.
U.S. Cellular is launching four phones in 2010 that run on the Android operating system, beginning with the release of the Samsung Acclaim on July 9 and the HTC Desire, with a vibrant 3.7-inch touch screen, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera and Wi-Fi, in early August. Another highly-anticipated Samsung device and an LG device with a large touch screen and slide-out, ergonomically-designed QWERTY keyboard, will be in stores in October.
"We're excited about everything these Android-powered devices will bring to our customers," said Edward Perez, vice president of marketing and sales operations for U.S. Cellular. "They give customers quick and easy access to thousands of applications, so each device can be completely unique and mirror their personal tastes and lifestyles. The phones will be a great complement to the popular BlackBerry® and Windows Mobile® devices that already anchor our smartphone line."
The Acclaim is exclusive to U.S. Cellular customers. It has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard with a 3.2-inch touch screen, 3 megapixel camera and Wi-Fi.
All of U.S. Cellular's phones running on Android give customers access to popular Google applications and will be pre-loaded with U.S. Cellular applications such as My Contacts Backup, City ID, Tone Room Deluxe and Your Navigator Deluxe. Customers can tap into the Android Market, a rapidly-growing catalog of more than 70,000 applications, most of which are free, to transform their phone into a lifestyle device.
The carrier will release the BlackBerry Bold in early August and later this year it will offer a BlackBerry flip smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard. U.S. Cellular is also releasing new touch screen devices like the LG Banter Touch featuring a 3-inch touch display and side-sliding QWERTY keyboard.
Customers who use their phones primarily for talking and texting also have a few new options coming their way: a dark purple QWERTY Motorola device with a unique square shape and a side-sliding QWERTY device from Samsung with a 2 megapixel camera designed for quick and easy texting.
"We've always believed that our customers deserve a wide selection of phones that fit their individual needs," said Perez. "We hope our customers are as excited as we are about what we have coming up between now and the end of the year."


Texas Instruments Pushing Out the Blaze Tablet This August

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Although it's only targeted at developers and not the general public, Texas Instruments figured that they should show off their upcoming tablet. Dubbed the Blaze, this tablet will be sporting a 10.3-inch multitouch display with a 1,024 x 768 resolution, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of flash storage, two USB ports, an HDMI output, a TI OMAP4430 1GHz CPU (based on ARM Cortex A9), WiFi / Bluetooth / GPS, an FM radio, a SIM card slot, a memory card slot, a headphone jack, and a 4,100mAh battery. It'll be sporting an aluminum body and should be available sometime in August if everything works out.


Bell Getting the Samsung Entro On July 8th, Joining the Wave

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Bell may be launching the Samsung Wave in a couple of weeks but it looks like they'll be launching a CDMA phone in the near future as well. This handset isn't all that high-end and it's being called the Samsung Entro. This handset features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and Bluetooth support. It seems like a mid-end handset so don't expect this phone to blow the iPhone 4 out of the water. This will join the Samsung Wave since it's launching on July 8th as well.

[Mobile Syrup]

MSI Wind U135DX Netbook Sports Atom N455 CPU But Ships With DDR2 RAM

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MSI has introduced their latest netbook, the Wind U135DX. This netbook comes packed with a 10.1-inch display with a 1,024 x 600 resolution, an Intel Atom N455 1.66GHz CPU, 1GB of DDR2 RAM (DDR3 RAM support though), a 160GB HDD, integrated Intel GMA 3150 graphics, WiFi b/g/n support, a 0.3MP webcam, a card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, a 3 / 6-cell battery, and a VGA output. As usual, MSI didn't bother mentioning the price or the release date.


Canada Getting the Samsung Galaxy S "This Summer"!

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It looks like Canada has something to cheer about today. While folks in Canada are busy being jealous of everyone in the US getting their iPhone 4, they'll also have to wait until next month to get their own hands on it. Enough about that though because Canada looks like they'll be getting the Samsung Galaxy S later this Summer. The part that's unknown is which carrier will get it, so that sucks. The specs will be staying the same, which is great, so which of the big 3 will get it?

[Mobile Syrup]

Samsung Unveils Four LED-Backlit Monitors, Hitting the Market In July

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Samsung has decided that today would be perfect to unveil four LED-backlit monitors that are a part of their 50 Series line-up. This includes the 20-inch BX2050, 21.5-inch BX2250, 23-inch BX2350, and 24-inch BX2450 monitors. All of these monitors sport a 170-degree horizontal viewing angle along with a 1,000:1 contrast ratio and the Touch of Color design. The smallest monitor sports a 1,600 x 900 resolution, a 5ms response time, and VGA / DVI-D inputs. The larger three models have a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution, a 2ms response time, a VGA connector, and two HDMI inputs. These will be available in July for $229, $269, $329, and $359, respectively.


Maingear Shows Off Their Thick eX-L 17 Gaming Notebook

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If you need a hardcore gaming notebook then you should already know where to go. Here's Maingear with their latest one, the eX-L 17. This 17-inch notebook packs a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 resolution) LED-backlit display, Intel Core i5 / i7 CPU options, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 / Nvidia GeForce GTX480M / Quadro FX 2800M GPU options, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, up to a 750GB HDD / 512GB SSD. The base model is going for $1,899 on their website right now.


SurfaceInk Shows Off Their 12.1-Inch Ubuntu Prototype Tablet With Freescale CPU -- With Video

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A company I've never heard of before, SurfaceInk, has just shown off a pretty sweet-looking project. As you can see in the picture above, it's a tablet that may or may not hit the market. What you see is just a prototype and will be running on Ubuntu. This tablet will be sporting a 12.1-inch capacitive display with a [supposedly] 1,280 x 1,024 resolution, a Freescale i.MX51 800MHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU, WiFi b/g / Bluetooth 2.1 support, USB 2.0, an HDMI port, and just a front-facing camera. Furthermore, the specs are not final - seeing how it is a prototype. The company is said to also be working on a 7-inch and possibly an 8.9-inch model (with Gorilla Glass) as well.

[Slash Gear]

Expansys Taking Pre-Orders For the Huawei S7 Android Tablet

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First shown off at Computex earlier this month, Expansys now has the Huawei S7 Android-based tablet up for pre-orders and it'll be shipping in about a week. If you're interested, it's going for £299.99 ($450 USD). To recap, this tablet is sporting a 7-inch WVGA (800 x 480 resolution) touchscreen display, a 768MHz CPU, 256MB of RAM, a microSD card slot, WiFi b/g/n, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 2MP camera, a microphone, Bluetooth 2.1, HSPA/UMTS connectivity, a SIM card slot, and Android 2.1. Slash Gear points out that the battery life is unknown, but thankfully Huawei has mentioned that it has access to the Android Market. Will anyone be getting this?

[Slash Gear]

Bell To Release the Bada-Based Samsung Wave On July 8th, Will Likely Cost $199.95

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As expected, Canada will absolutely be getting the Samsung Wave, thanks to Bell. The specs of the smartphone have been known for a while but in case you forgot, it has a 3.3-inch Super AMOLED WVGA (480 x 800 resolution) resolution, a 5MP camera with 720p HD video recording, a 1GHz CPU, and the Bada OS with a hint of Touchwiz 3.0. The handset will be hitting the carrier on July 8th and looks like it could be available for $199.95 - $299.95 before a $100 mail-in rebate.

[Boy Genius]