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Acer Hopes to Ship 2.5 Million Smartphones Next Year

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Acer is hoping to be one of the top 5 smartphones vendors by 2012, and to do that they are aiming for the stars. Their goal for next year is to ship 2.5 million smartphones. This may be achieved if they launch more smartphones like the Acer F1. Hopefully, this works out for them because the Acer F1 was worthy enough to make my top 10 phone list of 2009.


LG Releasing 3G Model of the Wine in Korea This September

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LG will be releasing a new 3G model of their Wine handset. The LG Wine 3G will be launching in Korea this September on SK Telecom, KTF, and LG Telecom. No other details about the LG Wine 3G are known yet, but we should know more about it soon.

[Unwired View, Mobile Roar]

LG EnV Touch Available on Verizon For $99 Again

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And the price roller coaster continues for the LG EnV Touch aka Voyager 2. It launched back in June for $149 USD, dropped to $99 USD a couple of days later, went back up to $149 USD in July and now it's back to $99 USD on a 2-year contract yet again. No one knows if this price is here to stay, so if you're interested then get one on Verizon now - before it's too late.

Apparently, Phone Arena says that if you paid $149 USD for this handset, then you can call customer service to get those $50 back.

[Phone Arena]

Bell Gets Samsung Link Dummy Phones, Launching in Two Days

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This has been delayed already, but it looks like they're now on pace to launch soon. Bell has just received the dummy models of the upcoming Samsung Link. It will be launching in two days (July 30) for $19.95 on a 3-year contract, $69.95 on a 2-year contract, $169.95 on a 1-year contract, and $219.95 contract-free. Just in case you forgot, the Samsung Link has: a 2.2-inch display, a 1.3MP camera, a microSD card slot, and Bluetooth 2.0. Oh yeah, it looks like it'll have a funky design on the back.

[Mobile Syrup]

Acer Updates the Display in Their Aspire One D250 Netbook, Now Has a 1,280 x 720 Resolution

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Just because Asus and Acer won't be launching as many netbooks as they should this year, doesn't mean they can't update their old models. Today, Acer has just updated its Aspire One D250 netbook. They have just upgraded the display to a 1,280 x 720 resolution. However, the specs stay the same - Atom N270 / N280 CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB HDD, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth, and a 6-cell battery. In Norway, you can now pre-order this new model (here), it will be launched in two days (July 30).


"Deep Red" and "Metallic Blue" DualShock 3 Controllers Launching This October

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Personally, I like the silver DualShock 3 better, but some people out there are tired of the bland colours. Here's a picture of the "Deep Red" and "Metallic Blue" DualShock 3 controllers. It was scheduled to hit the market in September, but it looks like it will be delayed until October. I'm sure you wouldn't mind waiting. Anyways, if the earlier rumours are true, this will be available for $54.99 USD when it launches. What about the PS3 Slim!?


HTC Mega ROM Headed to Developers, New TouchFLO2D UI

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Remember the HTC Mega? Well, it looks like it could be available this Fall, since the ROM has just leaked and is on its way to XDA-Developers. This new version of HTC's TouchFLO2D seems like it has a bit of the Sense UI mixed in with it; so, this could be the start of HTC fuzing the two UI's together. Apparently, this new ROM works "flawlessly" with WinMo 6.5, so the HTC Mega could launch with it pre-installed. This would mean a Fall release for the "Mega".


LG GM750 "Layla" Passes WiFi Alliance

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Last week, I informed you that the LG GM730 would be getting a successor, the LG GM750. Well, it has popped up again today - thanks to the good ol' WiFi Alliance - this time with its codename "Layla". As of right now, nothing is known about the LG Layla, but since it's the direct successor to the LG GM730 it's a good guess that this will be running Windows Mobile.

[Cell Passion]

Microsoft Says That Retail Store Leak is "Legit"

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Microsoft has just confirmed that last week's "leak" of their retail stores are legit. But, they also mentioned that these are concept ideas and that "no final decisions have been made." So basically, anything could change at this point, but at least we know what Microsoft's store could consist of.


BlackBerry 9020 "Onyx" Pictured With Leather Battery Door

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The BlackBerry 9020 "Onyx" is probably one of the best BlackBerry's to-date with its 3G / WiFi / GPS support, and faster processor. We haven't seen much of the device, but this model here sports a trackball and a leather battery cover. You can check out more pictures of this device over at FeedBerry, go check it out now!


BlackBerry Curve 8520 Hitting Wal-Mart For Under $50

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If you're really interested about the BlackBerry Curve 8520, you should know that Wal-Mart will be selling it for just $48.88 on a 2-year contract. T-Mobile will be selling it for $150 USD, so take your pick.


T-Mobile G2 Touch Now Available in the UK, Cheaper Than Expected

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Just like yesterday suggested, you can now get your hands on the T-Mobile G2 Touch. If you live in the UK, you can now get the T-Mobile G2 Touch aka HTC Hero for free on an 18-month contract as long as you pay at least £35 ($58 USD) a month. The cheapest contract is the "Combi 30" which costs £35 month, which is enough to get you 700 minutes, unlimited texts, and unlimited mobile internet. The more expensive plan is the Flext 40, which you have to pay £40 ($66 USD) a month for 18-months. On this plan you get £225 ($371 USD) credit and unlimited mobile internet. Check it out on T-Mobile's official website now.


AT&T Launching Mid-End Samsung A887 Solstice on August 2 for $99

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On Sunday August 2nd, AT&T will be releasing the Samsung A887 Solstice formerly the Samsung Infinity. It will be priced at $99.99 USD on a 2-year contract, $174.99 USD on a 1-year contract, and $249.99 USD contract-free. All of the aforementioned prices come with a $50 mail-in rebate. The Solstice's spec sheet is below, the most important features are: a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 3-inch QVGA touchscreen display, a 2MP camera with video capabilities, quad-band GSM / dual-band UMTS/HSDPA support, a microSD card slot, Stereo Bluetooth, and aGPS support. Look out for it this Sunday.

Update on July 30: It's official and everyone's talking about it today.

[Boy Genius]

Acer and Asus Freezing New Netbook Launches Until Pine Tail-M Platform Launches, Focusing on ULV-Based Notebooks

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According to DigiTimes, we can blame this all on Intel. Remember that long awaited netbook from Acer that's supposed to dual-boot Windows XP and Android? Well, it looks like it's going to be delayed since Intel has postponed their new Pine Tail-M platform until Q1 2010. It was rumoured to be hitting us in August, but because Intel's delaying their Atom N450 CPUs, both Acer and Asus are freezing the launch of new netbooks. Meanwhile, Asus' Android-based netbook isn't expected to hit shelves until as early as October and their T101H tablet netbook is going to launch after Microsoft launches Windows 7, which is scheduled to hit the market in late October.

As of right now, both companies look like they will be focusing on Intel ULV-based netbooks. They're also going to be working on selling their own set of nettops by cutting the prices down in the next few months.

[Slash Gear, DigiTimes]

Sprint Purchases Virgin Mobile For $483 Million

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Yes, that's right. Sprint has just bought Virgin Mobile for $483 million. I don't really know what Sprint could do with Virgin Mobile, but it looks like they will be launching the low-end phones for Sprint, so nothing will change. Sprint also purchased Boost Mobile a while back, so Engadget suggests that Sprint will probably pair up both Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile. Either way, it's an acquisition - even if it won't mean much.

[Engadget Mobile]

Samsung Launching at Least 10 More Touch-Enabled Handsets in Taiwan This Year

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According to DigiTimes, Samsung "plans to launch more than 10 touch-enables handsets in the Taiwan market in the second half of 2009." This is to try to beat out their rival, LG. Although Samsung is first in the global market - shipping 6.1 million touch-enabled handsets in the first quarter of this year - LG has 17% of the touchscreen market in Taiwan, while Samsung only has 12%. Some handsets that will be launched in the second half of this year are the Samsung S8000 Jet, Beat DJ M7600, Omnia II I8000, Galaxy I7500, and the S5600 Blade.


LG BL40 Handled By a Reporter

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The LG BL40 was just handled by a Sina Corporation reporter. Lucky him. This phone looks good, but wasn't good enough to make my top 10 phone list. The 21:9 aspect ratio display is pretty awkward, but it still looks good, nonetheless.