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LG VX8575 Chocolate Touch Heading To Verizon In About Two Weeks Time

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According to the latest unconfirmed rumour, Verizon should be stocking up the LG VX8575 Chocolate Touch sometime in the next two weeks. This handset will be outed with a 3.2MP camera and old-school EV-DO Rev. 0 connectivity (yup, no Rev. A here). We'll just have to wait around and see if this comes true, even though we're not that interested in it.

[Boy Genius]

Motorola MB501 Spotted at the WiFi Alliance, Possibly Another Android Handset

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At the WiFi Alliance, a new Motorola handset has just been spotted, the MB501. This handset has a similar codename to the MB200 / MB300 which turned out to be the Motorola CLIQ and the DEXT, so this could be another Android handset from them. Maybe it's the Motorola Droid, which would suck since we already know all about it. We want something new - even though the Droid is a damn powerful device.

[Cell Passion]

Amazon Now Has the AT&T Garmin-Asus Nuvifone G60 For Just $99

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It looks like overpriced and long-delayed Garmin-Asus Nuvifone G60 handset has just been spotted on Amazon. This may not seem like big news, but it definitely is since it's available on Amazon (here) for just $99.99 on AT&T. Go get one now... if you really want to.


Rogers Set To Launch 5 Webphones Under $100; White Bold 9000, HTC Magic, LG Eve (GW620), Nokia N86, XPERIA X1

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Well, it looks like Rogers is set to launch what they're calling "Web phones" and there'll be 5 of them in total (all under $100 CAD) - this could possibly be due to all of the hype that both Bell and Telus have been receiving lately. The 5 handsets will be the white BlackBerry Bold 9000, the HTC Magic, the LG Eve (GW620), the Nokia N86, and the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1. Yes, the white BB Bold, LG Eve, and the N86 will be "new" handsets in Canada, but the XPERIA X1 isn't new - the big price drop is definitely welcomed though. The pricing details are below, thanks to Mobile Syrup.

Update: This handsets could be launching on November 3rd, since that's when the LG Eve (GW620) will launch - according to Phandroid.

LG Eve – $49.99 on a 3-year with Voice and Data plan
-5.0MP Camera, 3-inch Touchscreen, Android, WiFi, GPS

White Blackberry Bold 9000
 – $99.99 on a 3-year with Voice and Data plan
- 2.0MP Camera, HSPA, GPS, WiFi *already launched*

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 – $99.99 on a 3-year with Voice and Data plan
- 3.2MP Camera, WiFi, Win Mo 6.1

Nokia N86 – $99.99 on a 3-year with Voice and Data plan
- 8MP Camera, Ovi Store, Dual slide capabilities, 8GB on board memory (Coming in 3-4 weeks time)

HTC Magic – $79.99 on a 3-year with Voice and Data plan
- 3.2MP Camera, 3-inch Touchscreen, Android, WiFi, GPS

[Mobile Syrup]

First Photo Of the Huawei G6600 Smartphone Possibly Running Android

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Thanks to Android, Huawei is starting to get some recognition. First, with the T-Mobile Pulse (which is the Huawei U8220) and now this appears to be the G6600. The G6600 appears to be a smartphone with a QWERTY keypad with a distinct "Home" button which could signal that it's running on Google's Android OS. The specs include GSM/GPRS connectivity and Bluetooth support - that's all we know right now.

[Unwired View]

HTC Droid Eris (HTC Desire) Hitting Verizon With Just a Measly 528MHz CPU and Android 1.5

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According to the latest unconfirmed news the HTC Droid Eris (Desire) launching on Verizon will actually be outed with Android 1.5 and the old-school 528MHz CPU, which definitely sucks. However, this morning we did hear that HTC is working on some Android 2.0 devices, so it looks the HTC Dragon / Passion will be outed with Android 2.0 - possibly along with the glorified 1GHz Qualcomme Snapdragon CPU.

Update: According to Phandroid, this handset could be launching for $99 on a 2-year contract.

[Engadget, Boy Genius]

Apple Tells Australia Some Of Their iTablet Details?

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According to the Sydney Morning Herald (some Australian newspaper), Apple has been telling them the details about their iTablet in order to attract some customers. They've mentioned that this tablet is "meant for the web, e-books and movies." They actually didn't mention anything else. This device is said to be available early 2010 - before the new iPhones in June. Yes, we already know all of this.

Black Nintendo Wii Shipping on November 6th According to Amazon UK, Available For £164.99

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If you don't have a Nintendo Wii by now, you should be looking up some way to get the Wii in black - harder if you're in North America. If you live in Europe, Amazon UK now has a listing up for the black Nintendo Wii which include Wii Sports Resort and a Wii MotionPlus Controller. You get all of this for £164.99 ($269 USD). Check out the listing here.

Toshiba Bringing Backside Illumination Into Their Latest 14.6MP CMOS Sensor For Cell Phones

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It looks the latest technology in the cell phone camera / compact camera industry may be Backside illumination. Both OmniVision and Sony are already on-board and it looks like Toshiba is as well. They're planning to use this technology with their latest 14.6MP CMOS camera sensor. This will be launching in Summer of 2010 if everything goes according to plan. If you want to know more about Backside illumination just check out the very short quote below, courtesy of Engadget.

The company claims light absorption is boosted by 40%, resulting in bright pictures despite the high-density 1/2.3-inch sensor.


Google Releases a Video About Their Latest Dessert, "Eclair" aka Android 2.0!

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Google has just released their latest Android video which shows off some Android 2.0 "Eclair" love, so now it's officially official. There's not much for me to say, but the video is above. And some changes are below, courtesy of Slash Gear.

Key changes for the new version of the OS include multiple Google and Exchange account support, two-way contacts sync, the ability to pull in contacts from multiple accounts, the ability to switch methods of communication and accounts within threaded conversations, and a unified email inbox.  There’s also new camera functionality, including macro focus and integrated flash support.

There’s also a new Bluetooth 2.1 API, which Google demo with a game of Android Pong played wirelessly between two different smartphones.  However it will also support OPP and PBAP profiles.  HTML5 support has been added to the browser, together with double-tap zoom, and there’s improved graphics hardware acceleration.  Of course thanks to Android 1.6 the platform has support for different display sizes, and with the newest APIs software can easily scale to suit smaller displays such as that found on the HTC Tattoo or larger ones.

[Slash Gear]

First Picture of the Samsung S5560 Spotted Online

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All that we know about this handset is that it was tested at the WiFi Alliance last month. It's not official right now, but this is the first picture we have of the Samsung S5560. It looks like the Verizon Samsung Omnia II to me, but it's smaller - kind of like the Samsung Jet.

This handset packs: a 3-inch resistive WQVGA touchscreen display, a 5MP camera with an LED flash, a microSD card slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Unfortunately, this handset does not have 3G connectivity. This handset will supposedly launch in November for around 300 Euros ($445 USD)

[GSM Arena]

Nokia Unveils Their First TD-SCDMA 3G Handset, the Nokia 6788, Launching On China Mobile At the End of this Year

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Like title says, Nokia has just unveiled their first TD-SCDMA 3G handset, the Nokia 6788; China Mobile plans to launch this handset in the the end of December. The Nokia 6788 features: a 2.8-inch QVGA display, a 5MP camera with a Carl Zeiss lens and a dual-LED flash, 4GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, GPS / Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR support, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and S60 3rd Edition. Look out for it at the end of this year if you live in China.

[Engadget Mobile]

White BlackBerry Bold 9000 and Black BlackBerry Bold 9700 Dummy Units Now Arriving At Rogers Stores!

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It looks like Rogers stores are now getting their fair share of white BlackBerry Bold 9000 and black BlackBerry Bold 9700 dummy units. We still don't know exactly when it will launch, but this signals that they launch is definitely imminent.

[Mobile Syrup]

AUO Unveiling A Couple of HDTV Sets: 14-Inch OLED, Glasses-Free 3D, Ultra-Wide and 7.9mm Thin 65-Inch HDTVs

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A company called AUO is planning to announce a couple of new TV sets in the very near future, at FPD International 2009. They plan on unveiling: a 14-inch OLED TV with a 100,000:1 contrast ratio and 16 million colours, a couple of 3D TVs ranging from 8 to 65-inches that you won't need 3D glasses for! It's not exactly a first, but it's still interesting.

AUO also plans to unveil an ultra-wide HDTV set that has a 58-inch display with a 2,560 x 1,080 resolution (that's a 2.35:1 aspect ratio). They also plan to show off a 65-inch HDTV set that is just 7.9mm thin that, supposedly, has a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Excited? I am!

[Engadget HD]

Dell Makes the Latitude XT2 XFR Rugged Tablet Notebook All Official, Now Available For $3,599

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Last week, the Dell Latitude XT2 XFR passed the FCC as a rugged tablet notebook. Well, Dell has just made it official as you can see with the picture above. So, like I said this is a ruggedized tablet notebook so it has a US military 810F grading that protects from dust and shock, but it also has some temperature and water resistance. The keyboard is backlit and rubber which has some liquid resistance to it.

Back to the specs. So, the XT2 XFR has: a 12.1-inch multi-touchscreen capacitive display, an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, up to 5GB of RAM, up to a 128GB SSD, integrated GMA 4500 graphics, a DVD burner, GPS / Bluetooth  / WiFi 802.11 a/g/n support, a built-in 2MP webcam, integrated 3G connectivity, and four / six / nine-cell battery options.

This tablet notebook starts at $3,599 USD and is actually now available in North America and Europe. Check it out on Dell's website here.

[Electronista, Crunch Gear]

Verizon Launching the BlackBerry Curve 8530 as the Curve2, Release Date Still TBD

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It looks like Verizon will be launching the BlackBerry Curve 8530 as the Curve2. The 8530 will have the same features as the Curve 8520 and, thankfully, this smartphone will have WiFi. Verizon still doesn't have a rumoured launch date for this smartphone, but I'm guessing that it'll be available before Christmas hits.

Verizon Employees Start Their Droid Eris (HTC Desire) Training, Supposedly Launching On November 6th

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By now you may know that Verizon will be launching the HTC Desire as the Droid Eris. Well, it looks like Verizon employees have started training for this handset according to this leak above. The launch is now said to be on November 10th, but it's unconfirmed at the time. I'm predicting that Verizon will have a good upcoming holiday season.

Update: According to Boy Genius, they've been hearing that the HTC Droid Eris will be launching the same day as the Motorola Droid which will be on November 6th.

MSI's E-Book Reader To Be Built With Nvidia Tegra Chipset

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It looks like MSI has just confirmed that their e-book reader set for a 2010 launch will have Nvidia's Tegra chipset built-in. I don't know how this will work out but it must be pretty awesome. The reason for the 2010 release date is because they are still working on fixing a couple of problems.

Lenovo Unveils "Gaming" B500 All-In-One PC

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Along with the IdeaPad U150 and Y550 from yesterday, Lenovo also unveiled the B500 which is an all-in-one PC. This PC features: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU options, a 23-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 resolution) display, up to a 1TB HDD, and discrete graphics options. I believe you'll likely find up to 8GB of RAM in here, since it's "directed" towards gamers.

Nintendo Working On Nintendo DSi With Larger 4-Inch Displays? Hitting Shelves This Year?

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According to the latest rumour Nintendo is working on a successor to their Nintendo DSi that will feature larger 4-inch displays (currently 3.25-inches). There's nothing known about what this new DSi will contain, but we're hearing that if it is true then it'll be available by the end of this year. I wonder if this new DSi could be rocking Nvidia's Tegra - like we heard two weeks ago.

[vg 247]

Android-Based Sony Ericsson XPERIA X3 / X10 / "Rachael" / "Infinity" To Be Announced On November 3!!

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It looks like Sony Ericsson is planning something very, very big in the very near future - November 3rd to be exact. They are said to be announced the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X3 / X10 / "Rachael" and now also possibly codenamed "Infinity." This Android-based handset - I believe - is the best handset to date and I absolutely can't wait to get my hands on it. SE-Blog was fortunate enough to "confirm" the date, thanks to a tweet - that was caught below (they've changed the tweet since then, you can check out the new tweet here). Check out the official teaser website here.

[Engadget Mobile, SE-Blog]

Palm "Pixe" Passes the FCC, Likely the Pixi Launching On Sprint On November 15th

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A new Palm smartphone has just made its way past the FCC with the name "Pixe" which likely signals that it'll be the Pixi which is set for a November 15th launch exclusively on Sprint. There's nothing that we don't know about this handset right now, so the FCC tested its Bluetooth, CDMA / 1x EVDO Rel. 0 / EVDO Rev. A connectivity. Check out the official FCC filing here.


HTC Confirms That They're Working On Android 2.0 "Eclair" Handsets -- Probably the HTC Desire and Dragon / Passion

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Like Motorola, HTC looks like they're also working on some Android 2.0 "Eclair" handsets. We don't know what these phones will be, but I'm guessing that this could be the HTC Desire and the HTC Dragon / Passion which are both set for a release on Verizon - if the rumours are true. Colour me excited!

[Engadget Mobile]