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Motorola Tao / Sholes To Launch On Verizon As the Motorola Droid? -- And No MOTOBLUR With Flash Support

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We've heard quite a bit about the Motorola Tao / Sholes this morning, even a suspected December 1st release date on Verizon. Well, now we're hearing that this Android-based handset will actually be launched as the Motorola Droid and it will not feature their MOTOBLUR - like the CLIQ / DEXT has. Apparently, a non-keyboard model of this handset is expected to launch in 2010.

Update on October 2nd: According to Unwired View, the Motorola Droid will have Flash support! Thank you.

Update on October 4th: I was reflecting on some of my older posts this morning and realized that when they say "a non-keyboard model of this handset is expected to launch in 2010" they could be talking about the Motorola Flash - picture below.

[Boy Genius, Phone Arena]

ODROID Shown Off On Video Running An SNES Emulator

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The Android gaming device, ODROID, looks like it has been outed again on video. In this video ODROID is getting shown off running an SNES emulator which is actually illegal - unless he has the games of the ROMs he's playing. It's all good though because ODROID actually does a great job with it. Personally, old school games bore me.

[Slash Gear]

T-Mobile UK Also Planning To Launch The HTC HD2 -- And HTC Touch2

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We've seen that O2 will be offering the almighty HTC HD2 / Leo and now we're hearing that this Windows Phone will also be hitting T-Mobile UK as well. This looks like it will be a great phone so the more carriers, the merrier.

Update on October 2nd: Although we don't have much news about it, Unwired View is reporting that T-Mobile UK looks like they'll also be launching the mid-end HTC Touch2.

Asus Announces the Eee Box EB1501 Nettop With a Dual-Core Atom and GeForce 9400M Graphics

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Asus has just revealed the Eee Box EB1501 (EB1012 shown above). This nettop PC has: an Intel Atom Dual-Core 330 CPU, Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics, 2GB of RAM (up to 4), six USB 2.0 ports, a 260GB HDD, and a DVD burner. It's unknown whether the DVD burner will be built-in, so don't get too excited. This nettop PC will be launching later with Windows 7 Home Premium.

Update on October 3rd: Engadget just scooped up a picture of the Eee Box EB1501 and yes, it looks like it has an integrated DVD burner. This should be available for €399 ($580 USD) when it launches in Europe.

Sony Releases PSP Go For $250 With 13 Downloadable "Mini" Games

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It looks like PSP Go should be available at a store near you for $249.99 USD. The PSP Go (160 grams) is lighter than the PSP-3000 (190 grams), and thinner (66mm) than the PSP-3000 (71mm). Unfortunately the PSP Go only has a 3.8-inch display, which is a bit smaller than the PSP-3000's 4.3-inch display.

Update: According to 1 UP, the PSP Go has been launched with 13 downloadable PSP "Mini" games.

Go and get yours now!

Dell Releases Core i5 Packing Vostro 430 Desktop PC For $699

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Dell has just released a new desktop PC, the Vostro 430. This desktop PC comes packed with: a Core i5 / Core i7 CPU, ATI Radeon HD 4350 / Nvidia GeForce GT 220 / GTS 240 graphics, up to 16GB of RAM, optical Blu-ray drives, up to a 1TB HDD.

The base model of this desktop PC is going for $699 USD and packs: a Core i5 2.66GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, and an 80GB HDD. These desktop PCs have Windows Vista and, of course, they'll have a free Windows 7 upgrade. Check out the Dell Vostro 430 here.

Leaked LG Handsets For Early 2010; The Roadmap

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We don't know much about any of these handsets, but it looks like LG is set to release everything you see above in early 2010: the LG Goya, Wine2, Stage, Mini, Sweet, Cookie2, and the Wine Junior. The other handset that's expecting to get launched is the LG GX200 that features dual-SIM card slots, but that's not shown on this roadmap. I'm not going to jump into speculations about all of these handsets, so just take a look at all of their pictures above.

Verizon Launching Redesigned Samsung Omnia II With WinMo 6.1 In Mid-October

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Even though we know the first week of October will be a launch-fest for Verizon, the latest unconfirmed news states that they will also be releasing the Samsung Omnia II in the middle of this month. We do know that the Omnia II launching on Verizon could be a slight redesign, but that's all we know right now. Apparently, the Omnia II will launch pre-installed with WinMo 6.1, which doesn't really make sense. We still don't know how much Verizon is planning to launch this for.

Update: Of course there'll be a WinMo 6.5 update - it'll just come later...

[Phone Arena]
Picture Source: Engadget

Fujitsu Set To Release 12.1-Inch LIFEBOOK P8110 Today

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Fujitsu has just released their latest notebook, this one is the LIFEBOOK P8110. Aside from the capital letters, you'll find: a 12.1-inch WXGA display, WiFi / Bluetooth support, integrated 3G, an Intel Core 2 Duo SU9600 1.6GHz CPU, up to 4GB of RAM. an optional 128GB SSD, an HDMI / VGA output, three USB 2.0 ports, gigabit Ethernet, audio in/out, a memory card reader, an optical DVD drive, an integrated 2MP webcam, and a battery that can last up to 7 hours. The pricing hasn't been mentioned yet, but Fujistu does plan on releasing this notebook in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia today.

[Slash Gear]

Verizon Launching Motorola Tao / Sholes On December 1st; Shocking News!!

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I don't have much to say here, because the picture below says it all - but I will anyway. The Motorola XXX - presumably the Tao / Sholes looks like it will be released on December 1st on Verizon with Android 2.0. As you already should know, the Tao / Sholes has: a 3.7-inch touchscreen display, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard (supposedly the thinnest of its kind at 13.7mm), copy and paste functionality, a 5MP AF camera with a dual-LED flash, 3G / WiFi connectivity, 16GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot. Apparently, the Sholes / Tao will be at least twice as fast as the competition which could be a slight exaggeration.

If you're not excited you should definitely be because this is really shaping to be a phone worthy of being on my top 10 phone list. If only we could get confirmation about all of these juicy specs. Check out everything you need to know below - except for the price tag.

[Tmo Today]

HTC Launching Whitestone / Imagio XV6975 and HD2 / Leo On October 6th With WinMo 6.5

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According to good ol' DigiTimes, HTC is going to be launching two big phones running WinMo 6.5 this October, which will be the HTC Whitestone (above) and the HTC HD2 / Leo (below). DigiTimes does confirm that the HTC Whitestone is actually the HTC Imagio XV6975 launching on Verizon and we already know that the HTC HD2 is set to launch on O2 very soon - likely October 6th.

HTC Imagio XV6975 Picture Source: Mobile Crunch
HTC HD2 On O2 Picture Source: Engadget

Verizon Launching Motorola Barrage, Gateway LT2016u Netbook, HTC Imagio XV6975, Razzle, and Shade First Week Of October

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The beginning of October is going to be a big launch event for Verizon. On October 1st - today - they are releasing the Motorola Barrage V860 online. A non-camera version of this handset will be available on October 21st and it will also be available in stores starting on November 16th. It is actually now available for $129.99 on a 2-year contract after a $50 rebate.

On October 4th, Verizon will be launching the Gateway LT2016u netbook for $149.99 after a $100 rebate with a 2-year contract.

On October 6th aka WinMo 6.5 day, Verizon will be releasing the HTC Imagio XV6975, the Pantech Razzle, and the Nokia 2705 Shade. The last two phones on there, we know all about, but the Imagio is actually going to be Verizon's first smartphone with their Verizon's own V CAST TV for an extra $15 a month. Besides that, the Imagio will feature: a 3,6-inch touchscreen display with a 480 x 800 resolution, a 528MHz Qualcomm CPU, a 5MP AF camera, a kickstand on the back - like some Nokia handsets. and WinMo 6.5 with TouchFLO 3D. Oh yes, don't forget that this will launch for $199 on a 2-year contract after a mail-in rebate.

HTC Imagio: Mobile Crunch

T-Mobile Starting To Release Android 1.6 "Donut" To G1 Owners, myTouch 3G Owners Tonight

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According to the latest unconfirmed new, T-Mobile started rolling out Android 1.6 "Donut" to their G1 owners last night and myTouch 3G owners should expect their updates to come later today - probably tonight. We don't have confirmation right now, so I'll update this post if anyone owning a T-Mobile G1 speaks up and tells us if this is true.

Update: According to Slash Gear, T-Mobile has confirmed that they are slowly rolling out Android 1.6 "Donut."

More Photos of the Samsung Giogio Armani W820 / W8200

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It looks like we've got some more pictures of the Samsung W820 / W8200 Giorgio Armani from earlier this month. It has the same specs we already heard, that's: a 3.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, a DMB TV tuner, a 5MP camera, HSDPA connectivity, Bluetooth support, and a microSD card slot. We still don't know the release details on this slider handset.

HP Puts Up Listing and Reveals Full Spec Sheet For the Pavilion dv8

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It looks like HP is set to launch the Pavilion dv8 notebook soon since they now have an official listing page for it. The dv8 will have: an 18.4-inch display with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, a Core i7-720QM 1.6GHz CPU, up to 8GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce GT 230 graphics, dual 320GB HDDs, a Blu-ray optical drive, WiFi 802.11 a/g/n / Bluetooth support, an ExpressCard slot, four USB 2.0 ports, a VGA / HDMI output, a 5-in-1 card reader, a microphone / headphone jack, and an 8-cell battery. Check it out here.


Quick Impressions About Google Wave -- Really Confused

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I finally got my invite at around 10:42 p.m. last night. After using Google Wave for about 10 minutes, I'm pretty confused. I know my experiences may be different, but Google Wave actually takes some getting used to and you're going to have to get used to the UI. I'm going to be tinkering around with it as much as I can for the next couple of days because I love Google that much. So far though, I have no clue what I am doing on Wave. Hopefully my experiences just get better from here.

Picture Source: Lifehacker

Sony Releases Firmware 6.10 For the PSP, Allows Bluetooth Internet Tethering

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Sony is already pushing out another PSP firmware upgrade, version 6.10. This new version will allow the PSP Go - that launches today - to "tether to your cellphone over Bluetooth for remote internet access." Engadget also states that "all PSPs will get a new XMB feature called SensMe which can generate playlists based on 'moods,' and the PC-based MediaGo software is being updated as well."


BlackBerry Curve 8520 Spotted in AT&T's Inventory System Again, Launching For $399 Off-Contract?

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What you see above is a shot of Best Buy's AT&T inventory system. It tells us that the Curve 8520 was supposed to have a stock date of September 8th but, clearly, that didn't happen. It also appears to be priced at $399.99 USD contract-free, so that could hint at the possible price it could launch as. As expected the Curve 8520 is set to be the next BlackBerry to launch followed by the Bold 9700 (Bold 2) and the Storm 2 - not in specific order.


Dell Adding Intel ULV Pentium Dual-Core SU1400 CPU Option to Inspiron 11z

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Just over a month ago, Dell released the Inspiron 11z notebook. Today, we're hearing that there will be a new option for the said notebook. This new option will allow you to upgrade the CPU to an Intel Dual-Core Pentium SU1400 1.3GHz ULV CPU (extra $75 USD), up to 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB HDD. Dell has officially announced the new option, but they haven't made it live yet. I'll update this post to a direct link when it becomes available - probably early this morning.

Update: The updates are now available, check them out here.


Verizon Releasing Razzle and Nokia 2705 Shade on October 6th

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As you can see above and below, Verizon looks like they're set to launch two new handsets very soon. On October 6th, Verizon will be launching the Razzle and the Nokia 2705 Shade. The Razzle will be available for $69.99 on a 2-year contract, which is a bit more than we were expecting, and the 2705 Shade will be available for $29.99 on a 2-year contract. Interested in either of them?

[Boy Genius]

LG GM750 Launching On Vodafone This Friday, October 2; XPERIA X2 On November 6th

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According to this very blurry photo, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 will be launching on Vodafone on November 6th for an undetermined price. On the other hand, the LG GM750 looks like it will be available on Friday, October 2 for free on at least a £25 monthly plan. Let's hope that both of these phones launch in North America.


Nokia Booklet 3G Netbook Launching in the USA As a Best Buy Exclusive -- For $600

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According to the latest news, Nokia's sexy but overpriced Booklet 3G netbook will be a Best Buy exclusive in the USA. The price hasn't been mentioned yet, but it should be available just in time for the holidays - likely at a ridiculous price before subsidies. Let's hope Nokia gives us Canadians some love as well.

Update on October 2nd: According to the latest unconfirmed news, the Booklet 3G will be launching with Windows 7 pre-installed and could have a price tag of $599.99 contract-free. Other specs include what you already know: a 10.1-inch 720p display, a SIM card slot, 1GB of RAM, a 120GB HDD, an Intel Atom Z530 1.6GHz CPU, WiFi, an HDMI output, and a "16 hour battery life" which likely isn't true in real-time. The release date isn't known yet, but it'll likely be some time after October 22nd.

[Crunch Gear]