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Another Render of the Verizon-Bound HTC Whitestone

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Similar to the HTC Whitestone render that we saw last week, this is another one and it looks slightly better. No more silver / white frame in this render, this time it's sporting a carbon fibre frame, according to WMPowerUser. It looks sexy, even with the Verizon branding on it. However, the HTC logo is not located on the handset in this photo.


Sony Ericsson Satio / Idou Hits FCC With NAM 3G

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Today is a good day. The 12.1MP and 3.5-inch touchscreen display-packed Sony Ericsson Satio / Idou has just hit the FCC. What makes things even better is that it has support for 850/1900 GSM bands, which means North American 3G. This means that it could launch on AT&T in the US, Rogers in Canada or it could be a Latin American model. Let's just hope it hits all three of those places.


Canada's Bell Launching Samsung m530 in Black on August 27th Too

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If you think the Palm Pre is too expensive / flashy for you, then you should know that they plan to launch another handset on August 27th as well. This flip phone is the Samsung m530 in black and will launch alongside the Pre. It has: a 2.1-inch display, a 1.3MP camera with video recording capabilities, GPS support, WLM support, 40MB of internal memory, and a microSD card slot. This will be hitting Bell for $19.95 CAD on a 3-year contract, $69.95 on a 2-year contract, $149.95 on a 1-year contract, and $199.95 contract-free.

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Palm Pre Gets Unofficial Virtual QWERTY Keyboard

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The Palm Pre didn't have a virtual QWERTY keyboard when it launched and it actually still doesn't have one at the moment. Some people got fed up with the tiny physical QWERTY keys of the Pre, so they decided to hack it. Unofficially, the Palm Pre now has a virtual QWERTY keyboard, but keep in mind that they're still in pre-alpha testing, which means that it might not run as smoothly as you'd hope. You can check it out here on WebOS Internals.


T-Mobile Launching Samsung T659 Scarlet and Nokia 5130 XpressMusic Next Month

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It looks like T-Mobile is planning to release the Samsung T659 Scarlet (above) and the Nokia 5130 XpressMusic (below) next month (September). The Scarlet has already passed the FCC and if you're interested you can check out the full spec sheet here. It's scheduled to launch on T-Mobile on September 2, but the price is still unknown.

The handset I haven't talked about before is the Nokia 5130. This handset will have: a QVGA display, a 2MP camera, a 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo Bluetooth, and stereo FM radio with RDS. Unfortunately, this handset will not have 3G support. T-Mobile looks like they will be selling this handset starting on September 16th, but the price hasn't been mentioned yet.

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Apple Event This Year to Deal With Refreshed iPods Not iTablet; New Cases Match iPod Touch Prototype

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The above picture is what the iPod Touch could look like when Apple decides to launch its refreshed iPod Touches - possibly and probably this year. Apple is going to hold an event on September 7th / 8th and it could deal with their iPod line and not their iTablet. This is because Apple has had the tendency in the past to launch new iPods in the Fall.

Surprisingly enough, the cases of the iPod Touch below match the prototype that is seen above - evident in where the camera is placed. Could the iPod Touches camera be in the middle-top of the PMP or will it be on the side, similar to where the iPhone's camera is placed? We don't know yet, but sources online are saying that we'll know on September 7th / 8th. If the iPod Touch is announced at their Apple event, you'll also see their refreshed iPod Nano line-up, which won't be too surprising. The iPod Touches price points will supposedly be $199 for the 16GB, $299 for the 32GB, and $399 for the 64GB.

[9 to 5 Mac, Stuff.tv]
New iPod Cases: 9 to 5 Mac

Even Newer Renders of the Mammoth-Sized But Sexy HTC Leo / Firestone

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Above and below are even newer renders of the HTC Leo / Firestone. There's nothing much to say here, it just looks damn sexy. Three days ago, we got a similar picture, but this time we have a picture of what the back of this mammoth handset could look like. Having a 4.3-inch touchscreen display, it'll take the 4.1-inch Toshiba TG01 off the top of the throne for the largest display on a mobile phone - I rhymed there. But, this handset will be a little bit thicker at 11mm - the TG01 is just 9.9mm thin. According to the rumours, this handset will be available in October. If so, I could be getting this since my mom could be headed to the Philippines later this year.

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Nvidia Ion-Powered Acer Aspire Revo Nettop Now Available in North America

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In North America, the Acer Aspire Revo nettop is actually now available if you head over to NCIXUS. This website has the Aspire Revo up for $359.35 USD. This Aspire Revo model has: an Intel Atom 1.6GHz N330 CPU, a 160GB HDD, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, Nvidia Ion graphics, WiFi b/g, Ethernet, a 4-in-1 card reader, HDMI / eSATA / six USB 2.0 ports, audio in/out. It is shipping with Windows Vista Home Premium and it even comes with: a new stand, a webcam, a monitor mount, and a wireless keyboard / mouse. Check it out on NCIXUS here.


Palm Pre's Touchstone Hitting Canada For $80

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The famous Palm Touchstone that will charge your Palm Pre with induction technology looks like it be available in Canada for $79.99 CAD. The Palm Pre is scheduled to be available up here on August 27th, so I suppose that the Touchstone will also be available on launch day. If you're bored you can take a look at the video below.

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Samsung Releasing LED-Backlit 9000 Series HDTVs By the End of This Year

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In case you don't remember, Samsung is shipping out their Series 8500 LED-backlit HDTVs (above) in September, but that's not what this post is about. According to DigiTimes, Samsung is looking to ship its 9000 Series HDTVs to the US by the end of this year. This new 9000 Series has: 240Hz technology, a 7,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, a 2ms response time, and will come in sizes between 46 and 55-inches. The price range of these LED-backlit HDTVs will be between $3,600 and $4,500 USD.