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HTC Hero On Sprint To Get Android 2.1 Starting On April 9th?

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The latest rumour states that Sprint's HTC Hero could be getting the Android 2.1 update starting on April 9th. Of course, this is unconfirmed, but those owners are definitely waiting for this upgrade - especially the people that are afraid to do it themselves.


Dynamism Now Taking Pre-Orders For the Viliv S10 Blade Netbook Tablet, Too Pricey.

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Today's March 25th and you can now pre-order your Viliv S10 Blade netbook tablet starting at a $699 price tag. The S10 will start shipping on April 22nd and if you've made up your mind you can pre-order it on Dynamism here. The base model will get you the standard 10-inch touchscreen display, an Intel Atom 1.6GHz CPU, a measly 60GB HDD, and Windows XP Home.

The $797 model will get you a 32GB SSD and a multitouch display thanks to Windows 7 Home Premium being on-board. The $889 throws in an HSPA modem. The $857 model will give you a 64GB SSD along with a slightly faster Atom Z530 CPU. The $949 model will throw in an HSPA modem. One more upgrade and you're caught spending $1,057 for an Intel Atom Z550 2.0GHz CPU and a 64GB SSD. The most expensive model will cost you a whopping $1,149 and, you guessed it, there's an HSPA modem.

It's definitely pricey for the specs so maybe you'll be better off with a new Core i5 model notebook instead; the choice is yours.

[Slash Gear]

16GB Apple iPad With WiFi + 3G Hitting Amazon Soon

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There's not much to tell you here, but it looks like Amazon US could be offering the 16GB iPad with both 3G and WiFi. We don't know when this tablet will officially hit Amazon so we'll just have to wait.

[9 to 5 Mac]

HTC PB92100 Gets FCC, Bluetooth SIG, and WiFi Alliance Certificates, Could Be Running WinPho 7

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We have no clue what this PB92100 handset is from HTC, but it'll definitely be rocking Windows Phone. The disclosure date is set for September 15th 2010, which is later this year suggesting that it could be one of their first smartphones running Windows Phone 7. This handset has passed the FCC, Bluetooth SIG, and even the WiFi Alliance so it's definitely a real device. The only thing we don't have are the specs.


Verizon To Have 4G In Up To 30 Cities This Year, Phone Expected In H1 2011

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Verizon held a conference yesterday and I almost missed it. Thanks to Electronista, we know exactly what they said. Verizon's CTO, Tony Melone, mentioned that 25 to 30 cities in the US will have LTE-based 4G connectivity by the end of the year. That comes out to about a third of the whole country which is great news. He also mentioned that their 4G coverage will be doubled in the next fifteen months and that they "should finally match or exceed their 3G coverage by late 2013.

Unfortunately, he went on to mention that their first 4G phone won't launch until the first half of 2011, which is pretty late considering that Sprint USA is planning on launching the amazing HTC EVO 4G sometime this Summer. It's not confirmed what Verizon's first 4G phone will be but it's rumoured to be the Samsung r900 (probably not pictured above, but that was the LTE phone that was showcased at CTIA last year).

Verizon's 4G connectivity will generally be the same technology as AT&T's future 4G connectivity so I'm looking forward to the competition between the two carriers. Verizon's current EVDO 3G peaks at 2-3Mbps and Verizon's future 4G network is currently running at 5-12Mbps with the peak projected at around 40-50Mbps.

Picture Source: Slash Gear

MetroPCS Launching LTE 4G Network In the US This Year, Samsung r900 Launching This Year

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It looks like MetroPCS is looking to gain the upper hand in the latter half of the year. They plan to launch their LTE 4G network this year and their phone of choice will be the Samsung SCH-r900. The handset you see above likely won't be what the r900 looks like since it's a year old LTE phone that was pictured at CTIA 2009. The specs for the r900 are still unknown, so we'll have to wait another day for that.

[Slash Gear]

T-Mobile HTC HD2 Just $99.99 On Amazon Already

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Say what!? T-Mobile's HTC HD2 was only released yesterday and Amazon (here) is already offering it for just a flat-out $99.99 on a new 2-year contract. This is definitely a sweet deal since it is one of the best smartphones (at least on paper) to ever hit the market. You'll be stuck with Windows Mobile 6.5 on this bad boy with no native upgrade to Windows Phone 7. I think it's definitely worth the price.


Fusion Garage Joojoo Tablet Now Shipping, Expected To Hit the Doorstep By March 29th

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If you pre-ordered your Fusion Garage Joojoo then the good news is that the tablet is now shipping! You should get your Joojoo by March 29th if everything works out. This tablet is a pretty good competitor to the iPad - at least on paper - but the iPad will definitely sell more units. Unfortunately, the battery life on this isn't expected to last all that long, so it's up to you if you want to spend your hard-earned $500.


HTC's CEO Confirms a Windows Phone 7 Phone For This Year, Says Nexus One Was a Success

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At CTIA HTC's CEO, Peter Chou, mentioned that they are indeed launching a Windows Phone 7 handset this year. He never mentioned when and he also never mentioned or confirmed any of the specs of this upcoming smartphone, but it definitely won't be a low-end one. Of course, we already knew that their first WinPho 7 handset was on the way, so this shouldn't be news to anyone.

Chou also mentioned that the Nexus One's sales are a "success" because Google's goal was apparently "to really show how good Android can be."

BPhone Looks Like a Netbook Tablet But It's Really a Linux-Based Smartphone

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A Linux smartphone has just announced and it's called the BPhone which is apparently a quad-band phone. Obviously, it looks more like a mini netbook tablet. This "phone" reportedly features a full QWERTY keyboard, WiFi / Bluetooth, a 5-inch swiveling touchscreen WVGA display, a Marvell PXA310 624MHz CPU, 256MB of NAND memory, GPS / FM radio, and has support for a bunch of file formats. This handset likely won't hit North America, but it's going to launch in China for around $569.99. You can start ordering it on China Grabber here.

[Akihabara News]

Verizon Launches the Motorola Devour For $149.99

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If you're interested it looks like Verizon has just released the Motorola Devour which runs Android underneath Motorola's own MOTOBLUR custom UI. There's social integration on-board as well as a 3.1-inch capacitive toucchscreen display, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 3MP camera, WiFi b/g / GPS support, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and an 8GB microSD card in the box. This handset is going for $149.99 on a 2-year contract after a $100 mail-in rebate.

[Mobile Crunch]

LG Unveils the LX9500 LED 3D HDTV, Hitting Korea Next Week

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LG has just announced their LX9500 LED 3D HDTV which sports a body that is just 22.3mm thin. It's sporting a thin 16mm bezel as well and it's looking quite sexy. It's, of course, got a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution along with a 400Hz refresh rate, and a 10,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. You only get one pair of active shutter glasses in the box and if you live in Korea you should be able to get the 47-inch model next week for 4.7 million Won which is about $4,134 USD. The larger 55-inch model will be available sometime in May.


T-Mobile UK Launching the HTC Desire Starting On March 29th

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It looks like T-Mobile UK has just announced that they will be launching the HTC Desire starting in four days, March 29th. This handset will be sporting the Nexus One specs along with a slightly different body and the Sense UI over top of Android 2.1. The handset hasn't been priced yet, but it'll likely be free on a couple of different contracts.


Taiwan Mobile Set To Launch the HTC Legend

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Digitimes has just mentioned that Taiwan Mobile is going to be launching the HTC Legend sometime in the future. Unfortunately, they never mentioned a price but the suggested retail price for this phone is NT$16,900 ($530.86 USD). Taiwan Mobile also plans to launch the HTC Tattoo and the HD2.


OpenPeak's OpenTablet To Hit AT&T Sometime In the Future

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The OpenPeak OpenTablet looks like it has just been announced and it'll be launched on AT&T's network. In case you forgot, this tablet will come with a 7-inch touchscreen display, an Intel Moorestown CPU, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth support, and 3G connectivity. The tablet itself weighs 1.15 pounds and you'll have access to the OpenPeak App Shop. The price tag hasn't been mentioned yet, unfortunately.


Samsung's R430, R480, R580, and R780 Notebooks Invade Best Buy

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A couple of new notebooks are starting to flood a Best Buy near you and I'm talking about Samsung's Touch of Color notebooks. The Samsung R430 packs an Intel Core 2 Duo and goes for $629.99 (here) - that's the cheapest one you'll find. The Core i3-packing Samsung R480 is going for $729.99 here, while the Core i5-packing R580 and R780 notebooks are here and here, respectively. Check out all of the notebooks on Best Buy here.


Pegatron Shows Off HTPC Rocking Nvidia Tegra 2

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Pegatron just showed off your possible future HTPC at CTIA yesterday, but the official name wasn't announced. Of course, it's packing a Tegra 2 chipset which means that it can handle 1080p video with ease and it's got a solid-looking bamboo face which would look well for you nature lovers out there. It's also got Flash support, HDMI / Ethernet ports, and audio in / out. The price hasn't been mentioned and neither has the release date so those details will be saved for another day.


Nvidia Shows Off Android Tablet Prototype With Tegra 2 Chipset and Flash Support

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At CTIA, Nvidia showed off a tablet prototype powered by their Tegra 2 chipset and it was running Android. To make things even better, this prototype had Flash support, which is pretty awesome. Of course, it'll take a bit of your battery life, but it could be worth it, right? Check out the video below, if you want to see it for yourself. If you click the link below there are two more videos demoing what the tablet can do so far.