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Another Square Enix Countdown

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Of course, Square Enix is back at it again with their annoying countdown clocks. The latest one says "VII days", but it looks like the countdown will end in just under an hour and a half. I won't be home for when it hits "zero", but I'll get caught up later. I hope it's Final Fantasy related, but it probably won't be.


Acer Aspire G aka Predator Makes the Scene, Should Launch This Year

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Acer has just announced an updated model of their Acer Aspire G aka Predator desktop PC. However, this time it's a little bit faster. This desktop PC has: an Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz CPU, up to 12GB of DDR3 RAM, up to a 1TB HDD, dual Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 graphics cards, four DVI-D ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet, and a Blu-ray drive. You can get all of this plus the orange case for around ¥259,800 (around $2,700 USD) when it launches. Hopefully, it'll be here by the end of the year, I mean, if you're still into desktop PCs.


Samsung Announces YP-R0 PMP

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Samsung has just announced another one of their PMPs; this time it's the Samsung YP-R0. This PMP has: a 2.6-inch touchscreen display, 8GB of on-board storage, a microSD card slot, an RDS FM tuner, and a microphone. It weighs around 60 grams and is expected to hit the market for around €130 ($183 USD). We don't know exactly when it'll launch, but it should launch soon.


Solo Mobile Launches Samsung Link For $25

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The Samsung Link is already available at Bell and Virgin Mobile, but it looks like it has just been released by Solo Mobile as well. On Solo Mobile, this handset is going for $25 CAD on a 2-year contract, $125 CAD on a 30-day / no term agreement, and $150 CAD on a pre-paid plan.

In comparison, Bell has the Samsung Link going for $0 on a 3-year contract, $49.95 CAD on a 2-year contract, $225.95 CAD on a 1-year contract, $279.95 contract-free and $299.95 on a pre-paid plan. Meanwhile, Virgin has the Link for $29.99 CAD on a 3-year contract, $49.99 CAD on a 2-year contract, and $99.99 CAD on a 1-year contract / contract-free.

[Mobile Syrup]

Best Buy Ad Shows the Telus Motorola Rival For $99.99

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Telus looks like it is also going to release the Motorola Rival sometime next month (August). This recent picture is a Best Buy ad for the handset. When it is available, it will be priced at $99.99 CAD on a 3-year contract, $199.99 CAD on a 2-year contract, $249.99 on a 1-year contract, and $299.99 CAD contract-free. The Motorola Rival has: a 2-inch display, a 2MP camera, GPS, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and Bluetooth support.

[Mobile Syrup]

Telus Launching LG KEYBO2 on August 7th

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Probably the best place to scoop up future Canadian phone releases, Mobile Syrup, is back at their A game today. The LG KEYBO2 looks like it will be released by Telus for $129.99 CAD on a 3-year contract, $229.99 CAD on a 2-year contract, $279.99 CAD on a 1-year contract and $329.99 CAD contract-free, respectively on August 7th. The KEYBO2 has: a 1.56-inch external display, a 2.6-inch internal display, a QWERTY keyboard, a 3MP camera with video capabilities, and is slightly larger than the original KEYBO2. I believe this is the Canadian version of the LG enV3.

[Mobile Syrup]

Nokia 5800i Passes FCC, Better Camera But No WiFi -- Headed to China

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According to the latest FCC filing, the Nokia 5800i has just been pushed through. It's not a direct upgrade from the regular 5800 XpressMusic, but there are a couple of differences. According to GSM Arena, the camera could be slightly upgraded, since the sensor may be a bit larger; another difference is that the 5800i doesn't look like it has WiFi support. I don't know if I'd trade WiFi for a slightly better camera, especially when it's only 3.2MP to begin with. We'll see if this gets a US / Canada launch.

Update: It looks like the 5800i that has just passed the FCC is headed to China and could be launched on China Unicom - according to Boy Genius.

[GSM Arena]

Lenovo Teases New IdeaPad U450p Notebook

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Lenovo has just teased us about one of their upcoming notebooks, the IdeaPad U450p. The spec sheet, release date, and price haven't been mentioned yet, but we do know a bit about this notebook. According to the banner, it will have a "nice" 14-inch display, some kind of Intel ULV CPU, and an optical drive. Slash Gear suggests that it will probably run Windows Vista Home Premium. This looks like it will be a variant of the IdeaPad U350, so we're expecting up to 8GB of RAM, an HDMI output, and integrated GMA 4500M/4500MHD graphics as a standard. Look out for it sooner rather than later.

[Slash Gear]

LG Chocolate BL40 Passes FCC Again, This Time With 3G Support!

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Nope, this is not old news. Unlike when it passed the FCC two weeks ago, the "LG BL40g" has 3G support, which is great news. Unfortunately, "Engadget is reporting that they have been told by LG that there is currently no plan to bring the "New Chocolate" to the U.S., this could be version of the BL40 that will be wearing the Telus brand while trying to dodge that cold, artic (should be arctic) Canadian air." As of right now, we still don't who will carry the "New Chocolate" but we'll just wait and see. 3G is on-board though folks.

[Phone Arena]

HTC Touch Pro 2 Hitting Sprint on September 3? HTC XV6975 Touch Diamond 2 and HTC XV6875 Touch Pro 2 Hitting Verizon Soon

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It looks something's up over at Verizon. According to the latest news, the HTC Touch Diamond 2 aka HTC XV6975 and the HTC Touch Pro 2 aka HTC XV6875 was just spotted in Verizon's inventory system, which means that it could get launched soon. However, we still don't have confirmation that the XV6975 is the Touch Diamond 2, but it's a pretty good guess. However, it looks like another carrier will be handling the Touch Pro 2. Sprint's scheduled to launch this phone on September 3. Let's hope that Verizon gets it first - well, if you want.

Update on August 1st: The first time around I actually misread the original article, so what I posted on here was incorrect. I only found this out because of an anonymous comment. It's an embarassing mistake on my part.


LG Whistle Launches in Seoul for $325

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Yeah, it's a phone. Not what you expected? Well, it looks like the 2G LG Whistle is now available in Seoul via LG Telecom. Right now, it's only available in three colours - even though there's four colours in the picture above - and it's retailing for around 400,000 won ($325 USD). Probably the most interesting feature about the LG LV7500 Whistle is that you can customize the 115 LEDs on the front so that you can display just about whatever you want. Talk about extreme customization.

[Engadget Mobile]

Sprint Launching the HTC Hero and Samsung InstinctQ M900 On October 11, BlackBerry Curve 8530 on November 1

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This picture - if real - could tell us quite a bit about Sprint's future handsets. According to the picture, Sprint will be launching the HTC Hero and the Samsung InstinctQ M900 on October 11th - two Android devices in one day! It looks like the BlackBerry Curve 8530 "Aries" could also launch later this year, on November 1st; it looks like they will also be launching a direct successor to the LG Lotus, the LG LX610 Lotus 2, sometime next year. Of course, we don't know what the prices will be like.


Michael Arrington's CrunchPad Expected to Hit the Market This November For Around $400

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Surprisingly enough, I've never talked about Michael Arrington's CrunchPad tablet before. This tablet has some updated specs, it has: a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM, a USB port, and WiFi / 3G support. The CrunchPad is expected to hit the market in November for around $400 USD. Who knows how this will size up to Apple's rumoured tablet.


Hey Canada! Bell Wants You to Pre-Order the Palm Pre Now!

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The Palm Pre still hasn't hit us in Canada yet, but it looks like Bell now has an ad that informs everyone that they can pre-order it now. The launch should be in the near future, since the training must be finished by now. We still don't know the pricing, but we should know it soon. It's almost here fellow Canadians!


iiView Pushes Out Their A2 Laptop, Looks Like a MacBook Air But Runs Windows 7

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The iiView A2 notebook / notebook may look like a small version of the MacBook Air, but it runs the Windows 7 RC instead. Just in case you're scared to use the Windows 7 RC, it has Windows Vista Home Premium as well. The iiView A2 has: a 12.1-inch display with a 1,280 x 800 resolution, an Intel Atom 1.6GHz N270 CPU, a 320GB HDD, 2GB of RAM, WiFi b/g, two USB 2.0 ports, a mini-HDMI port (whatever that is), traditional audio jacks, and a 6-cell battery. Next week, iiView will push out this mini-notebook in Singapore for around $467 USD.