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HTC EVO 4G To Get Android 2.2 (Froyo) This Fall?

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Could this be for real? The HTC EVO 4G was announced last week, but they might have left something out. Apparently, in Sprint's developer's guide it hinted that this handset could actually be running on the Froyo version of Android which will be their next big iteration - possibly version 2.2. This next version will somehow get rid of the fragmentation problem that is currently happening with Android. It's just even more to get excited about the EVO 4G. The EVO 4G will likely be launched with Android 2.1 though, the 2.2 update should follow up this Fall.


Verizon To Launch Some Kind Of BlackBerry Bold In May?

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Apparently, Verizon in the USA is planning to launch some kind of BlackBerry Bold in the future - possibly May. Obviously, we don't know which one since it doesn't state the model number. Could it be the Tour2 (9650) or could it be the Storm Slider? Of course, it could also be the Bold 9700, but we don't know yet.

[Phone Arena]

Dell and HP Backing Out of the Netbook Game?

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According to Digitimes, both Dell and HP may be giving up on the netbook market because it is "too crowded." To be honest, HP and Dell weren't exactly one of the big names when it comes to netbooks anyway, but the HP Mini line-up was kind of strong. I still prefer Asus' many Eee PC netbooks over HP's and Dell's though. HP is said to be focusing on 11.6-inch AMD-based notebooks for the future instead.

[Crunch Gear, Netbooked]

Verizon Cuts Palm Pre Plus, Pixi Plus, and Mobile Hotspot Prices

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Verizon has just slashed the prices of the Palm Pre Plus and the Pixi Plus to $49.99 (here) and $29.99 (here) on 2-year contracts, respectively, and it's not a prank. It's also buy one get one free which is pretty awesome. Verizon has also decided to cut the fee for their Mobile Hotspot functionality so it you're busy paying $40 then it'll be removed from your next monthly bill which is great news.

[Slash Gear]

Canada's Rogers To Launch the Samsung (B3410) CorbyPLUS

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The CorbyPRO has been available on Canada's Rogers for just over a week and we're hearing that Rogers will be getting another variant of the Samsung Corby. This time it'll reportedly be the Corby Plus (B3410) which packs a small 2.6-inch touchscreen display with a 240 x 320 resolution, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 2MP camera with video recording capabilities, an FM radio, Bluetooth 2.1 support, a microSD card slot, and the TouchWiz UI. The release date and the pricing details haven't been mentioned yet so we'll have to wait for that.

Update: According to Unwired View, this handset will be available for $130 on a pay as you go contract.

[Mobile Syrup]

BlackBerry Bold 9700 In White Spotted On Their Own Thai Website

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Now we know it's definitely on the way. On the BlackBerry website in Thai (here) the photo above was spotted and it's clearly the BlackBerry Bold 9700 in white! We know that this should be coming to Canada's Rogers in the future. We're just waiting for the official word from RIM themselves.


LG C710 "Aloha" Runs Android and Could Sport WVGA Display With Slide-Out Keyboard

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LG looks like they want to make a splash this year by introducing their C710 "Aloha" smartphone that will be running on Google's Android. Apparently, it'll pack a WVGA (480 x 800) resolution display, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, WiFi 802.11n, and GPRS/UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA connectivity. It may seem like an April Fool's Joke since we're talking about LG here, but the C710 has actually got its WiFi Alliance certificate so the specs could be the real deal.


Fujitsu LifeBook MH330 Netbook To Hit Singapore This Month

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Fujitsu looks like they'll be launching their LifeBook MH330 netbook later this month. This netbook will be available in red and black and will be priced at $699 in Singapore dollars which is average over there. The netbook itself packs a 10.1-inch display with a 1,024 x 600 resolution, an Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 250GB HDD, integrated Intel GMA 3150 graphics, WiFi b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1 support, three USB / VGA ports, a card reader, a 3-cell battery, and Windows 7 Starter Edition. In addition to all of those traditional netbook specs, the keyboard will reportedly be spill-resistant.


11.6-Inch Fujitsu LifeBook T730 Netbook Tablet Spotted at the FCC, Reveals Nothing

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A new 11.6-inch netbook tablet was just spotted at the FCC and it's coming from Fujitsu. This will be called the LifeBook T730, but unfortunately that's all we really know about it. The specs weren't unveiled by the filing so we'll have to wait around for that. Check it at the FCC here.

[Slash Gear, Netbooked]

Canada's Telus Drops Contract-Free Price of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 To $499.99

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Not exactly the most exciting news but Telus has just dropped the price of the contract-free BlackBerry Bold 9700 to $499.99. You can still get it for $149.99 on a 3-year contract which is great considering it launched for a lot more than that. Check it out here if anyone buys contract-free phones.

[Mobile Syrup]

Acer Announce Aspire Ethos 5943G and 8943G Notebooks, Look Pricey

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Well it looks like Acer has just announced a new Aspire Ethos line-up of notebooks. The Aspire Ethos 8943G and 5943G sport 18-inch (1,920 x 1,080 resolution) and 15.6-inch (1,366 x 768 resolution) displays, respectively, along with Intel Core i5 / i7 CPU options and ATI Mobility Radeon HD5000 graphics. They also boast Dolby Home Theater surround sount support, up to 1.28TB of HDD storage (two 640GB HDDs), DVD / Bu-ray optical drives, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, eSATA / USB / FireWire / Ethernet / HDMI / VGA ports, a fingerprint reader, an integrated webcam, and Windows 7.

Of course, the price and release date information hasn't been mentioned yet, so we'll have to wait around for that. However, I can't see these notebooks being low-priced - they're looking quite thin as well.

Update: According to Maximum PC, both models will be sporting an integrated display on the touchpad. If you're interested in what that looks like there's a picture of it below. The Ethos 8943G will reportedly be available in the UK at the end of June for around $1,675, while the Ethos 5943G will be available in Q3 of this year.

Update: Electricpig just got their hands-on the 8943G notebook here, so check it out.

[Slash Gear]

Verizon Orders 156,709 HTC Incredible Smartphones, Launch Coming Soon.

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It looks like Verizon is set to launch the HTC Incredible extremely soon. This could be true seeing that they've ordered 156,709 units of this smartphone. Well, let's hurry up then Verizon. Launch this handset already before the HTC EVO 4G stomps on your parade.

[Engadget Mobile]

Acer Announces the TimelineX 3820T, 4820T, and 5820T Notebooks

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Last week, Asus announced their TimelineX notebooks, but quickly pulled 3 of the models. Asus, thankfully, has just announced those same 3 models as the 13.3-inch 3820T, 14-inch 4820T, and the 15.6-inch 5820T. They all sport similar spec sheets and they all have Core i3 / i5 / i7 CPU options, LED-backlit displays, several ATI graphics options, various HDD options, WiFi, optional 3G, Bluetooth, and up to 8 hours of battery life. The price and the release dates haven't been mentioned yet but you can check out the announcement here.

Update: Electricpig got their hands on these notebooks, so check it out here.

[Slash Gear]

MacBook Pro Spotted In China With Netbook Guts

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Here's a perfect April Fool's Joke, but keep in mind that this is a real product found in China. It may look like a MacBook Pro but that's because it's supposed to. Unfortunately, it's a clone and it's actually sporting a 14.1-inch display along with an Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz CPU or an Atom 1.66GHz D510 dual-core CPU. Thankfully, they decided to put the second-gen Ion inside of this baby along with 1GB / 2GB of RAM, a 160GB  / 320GB HDD, HDMI / three USB 2.0 ports, a 4-in-1 card reader, and WiFi a/b/g / Bluetooth support. It's pretty funny that this notebook also features the Apple signature trackpad, but who knows how well it actually works.

[Liliputing, Shanzai]