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BlackBerry Storm 3 To Hit Verizon's LTE Network, New / Unique OS?

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According to BlackBerry Cool, the BlackBerry Storm 3 will be quite the upgrade over its predecessors. Apparently, the smartphone is being tested in a private beta which isn't surprising and that it's being disguised in a Storm 2 case - I don't know if this one's actually real or not. Anyways, it'll supposedly feature 8GB of internal storage, a new screen we haven't seen yet, and apparently an entirely new OS - possibly not OS 6. This smartphone will be hitting Verizon and could also be one of their first LTE phones. None of this is confirmed right now so take it with a grain - or more - of salt.

[Phone Arena]

C710 Aloha To Be the GSM Variant Of Verizon's LG Ally

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Well, so much for the LG C710 Aloha being an amazing handset. According to GSM Arena, who got a hands-on with the phone, the C710 is just the GSM variant of the LG Ally that hit Verizon in May. Specs stay the same: a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen display, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 600MHz Qualcomm CPU, 256MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM, a 5MP camera with an LED flash, a microSD card slot, WiFi / aGPS / Bluetooth, an FM radio, and Android 2.1 with social integration. This handset should be hitting Canada in the future as well.

[GSM Arena]

Streak MID Now Up On Dell's Official Website Unlocked For £449

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In case you're interested in the Dell Streak / Mini 5 MID then you should note that it's now available on their own [UK] website unlocked (here). This will cost you £449.99 and that'll be enough for you to put it on any carrier you want. The Streak packs a 5-inch touchscreen display, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, a 5MP AF camera, WiFi / Bluetooth support, a microSD card slot, and Android 1.6.

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Samsung YP-MB2 PMP Hits the Bluetooth SIG With 3.0 Support

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In case you were skeptical about the Samsung YP-MB2 being a Galaxy S PMP then here's a bit more proof. Like the Galaxy S, the YP-MB2 PMP has just been confirmed to have Bluetooth 3.0 support. This could get launched as the Galaxy Touch in case you're keeping up. Samsung is supposed to be announcing this PMP in August - about a month before Apple refreshes their iPod line-up.

[Samsung Hub]

Samsung N230 Netbook Packs Near 14-Hour Battery Life, Launching In July

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Samsung has just announced another netbook and this one has a feature that should stand out a bit. The standard battery on this netbook should actually last 7 hour but if you choose the larger one you could get up to 13.8-hours of life which is pretty sweet. The netbook itself comes packed with a 10.1-inch LED-backlit display, an Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 250GB HDD, a VGA webcam, WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 3.0, optional 3G connectivity, and Windows 7. This will be available in the US - hopefully Canada as well - in July for just under $400.

[Engadget, Samsung Hub]

ZTE F350 Handset Hits the FCC, Headed To Verizon

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Another handset headed to Verizon has just hit the FCC (filing here). This is the ZTE F350 which we heard about way back in February. The FCC tells us that this slider will pack a 1.3MP camera, a QVGA display, VZ Navigator, and Bluetooth support. This handset will be available in the future and it shouldn't cost you much.

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Canada Getting the Galaxy S aka the Samsung Vibrant In Late July, Thanks To Bell

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It looks like it's not only the USA with the Galaxy S fever. Canada's Bell will be getting the Samsung Vibrant and they're going to launch it in late July. The price and exact release date isn't official yet but it should be $199.95 on a 3-year contract. This smartphone is packing a nice spec sheet with its 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 5MP AF camera with 720p HD video recording, a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, a microSD card slot, and Android 2.1 with Touchwiz 3.0 - upgradeable to 2.2 in the future. Look out for this one my fellow Canadians! Check out the video above for a brief clip on the smartphone, courtesy of Mobile Syrup.

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Nokia's Own Site Confirms the C7-00 Smartphone With Symbian^3 and nHD Display

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On Nokia's own site (confusingly here) it seems to have confirmed the existence of the C7-00 handset. This smartphone will definitely be packing a 360 x 640 nHD display, 3G UMTS / HSDPA connectivity, Bluetooth / WiFi support, an ARM-based CPU, and Symbian^3. Last time we heard that display measures 3.5-inch diagonally along with an 8MP snapper on the back. Look out for it to get official soon.


Android 2.1 Based ZTE X850 Phone Headed To China Unicom

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ZTE has just announced another handset in China and this one's the X850. This handset will be hitting China Unicom in the future and it'll pack a 2.8-inch touchscreen display with a 240 x 320 resolution, a 3.2MP camera, a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 CPU, and Android 2.1. This handset is going to be retailing for around $173, so look out for it if you're in need for an Android phone.


Samsung Announces the Xcover E2370 Rugged Phone With 67 Days of Battery Life

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A new low-end but rugged Samsung phone has just been announced. Named the Xcover E2370, this handset features a small display with a 128 x 160 resolution, Bluetooth, an FM radio, a VGA camera, 5MB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, GSM / EDGE connectivity, and it's IP54 certified so it's dust and splash resistant. The handset is sadly 19mm thick but it is somewhat rugged so that's why. This handset will feature a pretty amazing battery life, 22 hours of talk-time and 67 days (over 2 months) of standby time! This handset will be available sometime next month (July) for 780SEK in Sweden which is about $96 USD.

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NPad Tablet Hitting China This Fall With the MeeGo OS

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Another tablet has surfaced and this time it's in China. Dubbed the NPad, this tablet is going to be making its debut sometime in the Fall of this year. This tablet will feature a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, WiFi / Bluetooth support, 3G / GPS, an 8-hour battery life, and the MeeGo OS. The company expects to sell this tablet for less than the iPad.


Galaxy S Headed To Verizon Too, As the Samsung Fascinate! -- US Cellular Getting One Too

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Out of nowhere, Verizon has announced that they'll be launching the Samsung Fascinate. The picture above may not be what it looks like but the smartphone will be another Galaxy S variant. AT&T's should be getting official soon and Sprint already has their Epic 4G so they don't need this one. This smartphone packs a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, a 5MP AF camera with 720p HD video recording capabilities, and Android 2.1 with Touchwiz 3.0. I'm starting to sound like a broken record. Price and release dates are still TBA.

Update: According to Boy Genius, US Cellular will also be getting a Galaxy S variant. The price, release date, and name of their variant haven't been mentioned though.

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AT&T To Get the Motorola FLIPOUT In the Future?

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According to the picture above courtesy of Android Central, which is all we have to base this rumour on, AT&T in the US could be planning to launch the Motorola FLIPOUT in the future. Of course, the handset will be packing Android 2.1 with MOTOBLUR along with the same old spec sheet. That's a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen display, a 3MP camera, WiFi / GPS support, a 3.5mm headphone jack, 3G connectivity, and the QWERTY keyboard.


Verizon Launching the DROID 2 On August 23rd With Android 2.2?

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According to a new rumour from Android and Me, we could be seeing the Motorola DROID 2 hit Verizon in about two months. The latest rumour pegs the DROID 2 for an August 23rd launch date for a price of $199.99 on a 2-year contract after a $100 mail-in rebate. Apparently, it'll be launching with Android 2.2 on-board so that's great news.  Of course, it'll be packing a TI OMAP3640 1GHz CPU so that's just about the biggest improvement over the original DROID. The keyboard should also be slightly easier to type on.

[Phone Arena]
Picture Source: Engadget

Galaxy S Gets Official On T-Mobile USA As the Samsung Vibrant

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On July 2nd, T-Mobile USA is going to get a pretty big smartphone (size and spec-wise). We're talking about the Galaxy S variant but they'll be naming it the Samsung Vibrant. We already know the complete spec sheet for this smartphone but I'll run though them again just in case you're not familiar. This smartphone packs a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 5MP AF camera with 720p recording capabilities, a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, 512MB of RAM, 2GB of ROM, a microSD card slot (2GB card in the box), Bluetooth 3.0 / WiFi b/g/n with DLNA support, and Android 2.1 with Touchwiz 3.0. This smartphone will be hitting T-Mobile USA starting on July 21st for an easily predictable price of $199.99 on a 2-year contract. If you're extremely interested then you can start pre-ordering it on July 1st at Radio Shack for $50 (gift card).

Sadly, on the pre-installed 2GB microSD card there'll be The Sims 3 Collector's Edition and Avatar, so you can delete those ASAP if you don't want it.


Galaxy S Pro Gets Official On Sprint As the Samsung Epic 4G -- Is Truly Epic

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Like the title says, the handset that we've been calling the Samsung Galaxy S Pro has just been made official. It's heading to Sprint as the Samsung Epic 4G. This will be quite the smartphone running Android 2.1 with Touchwiz 3.0 - and there's already plans for an upgrade to 2.2 in the "near future." The first thing you'll notice is its 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 5MP AF camera with an LED flash and 720p HD video recording, a front-facing VGA camera, WiFi b/g/n, a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, a 6-axis accelerometer (gyrometer), 1GB of ROM, 512MB of RAM, a microSD card slot (16GB in the box), a 1,500mAh battery, and EV-DO Rev. A / WiMAX connectivity. Of course, we already know that this handset will be sporting a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and it'll be 14.2mm thick. The price hasn't been mentioned but I'm assuming it'll be $199.99 on a 2-year contract where you'll be paying your heart and soul monthly for the improving 4G speeds. With this smartphone you'll be able to connect up to 5 WiFi devices at once if that's what you're looking for.

It's coming "soon." Check out the press release below.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – June 28, 2010 – Sprint (NYSE: S) and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.1, today introduced the second 4G-capable handset from Sprint, Samsung Epic™ 4G, a Galaxy S™ smartphone and Samsung Mobile’s first 4G Android™-powered device.
“Sprint takes another leap forward today, announcing its second 4G-capable smartphone,” said Steve Elfman, president, Network Operations and Wholesale. “Samsung Epic 4G joins a portfolio of powerful devices offering an unprecedented simplicity and value to our customers as the only national carrier with a 4G network and devices and applications that can leverage the increased data speeds to provide a high-def entertainment and businessexperience in the palm of your hand.”
“Samsung Epic 4G is a powerful member of our Galaxy S smartphone portfolio which offers premium screen, speed and content features,” said Omar Khan, chief strategyofficer for Samsung Mobile. “The Epic 4G ups the ante with a front-facing camera for video conferencing, a full QWERTY keyboard and lightning-fast 4G speeds.”
Samsung Epic 4G is part of a new breed of Samsung smartphones offering their very best in screen, speed and content quality for a premium user experience, and offers a fully integrated multimedia, messaging and social networking experience. It also features an exceptionally thin smartphone design with a slide out, full QWERTY keyboard and 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display.
The brilliant Super AMOLED touchscreen display offers:
• The best representation of color on a mobile phone that matches original content, more than 100 times the contrast quality of other leading displays
• Faster response time that reduces “ghosting” images
• Wide viewing angles to prevent blurring or distortion
• Thinner design to offer more accurate and responsiveness to touch
Entertainment at Its Best
In the coming months, Samsung Epic 4G will have access to the Samsung Media Hub, making it the first and only 4G handset to feature a video store with movies and TV available for purchase or rental, and video content set up for an HD-like entertainment experience on a handset screen. With 4G from Sprint, users will be able to get turbo-charged downloads of a full library of video and literary content powered by some of the biggest names in entertainment.
Samsung Epic 4G also features Samsung’s exclusive AllShare service to wirelessly share stored music, pictures and HD video to other DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified™ home electronics, including HDTVs, monitors, digital cameras, printers and more. Through AllShare, users will be able to capture moments with the phone’s camera and camcorder, and wirelessly show them to friends or family on their DLNA certified HDTV or download music from a PC to Samsung Epic 4G and take on the road.
Amazing Features
Powered by the Android 2.1 platform, Samsung Epic 4G also supports a series of advanced touch screen gestures including multi-touch pinch, long tap and zoom and vertical and horizontal swiping.
Samsung Epic 4G is the only 4G smartphone to offer three fast and easy ways to enter text onto the device – a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard, virtual keyboard and Swype technology, which allows users to input text faster and more intuitively with one continuous finger motion across the virtual keyboard.
The smartphone is designed for an optimal gaming experience with a six-axis sensor that fine tunes its accelerometer’s ability to interpret simple movements of the device, so when the phone tilts up and down or left and right, the game can immediately respond in the same directions. A demo of Asphalt 5, a popular racing game, is preloaded exclusively on Samsung Epic 4G allowing users to take full advantage of these advanced gaming capabilities.
It also features:
• Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor supports amazing 3-D graphics, faster upload and download times and the full richness of HD-like multimedia content.
• Dual camera: 5 MP camera/camcorder with autofocus, Power LED flash and 3x digital zoom for HD video3 (720p) video recording and front facing VGA camera for video chat and more
• Visual Voicemail
• Mobile Hotspot capability supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 4G experience simultaneously
• Android Market™ for access to more than 50,000 useful applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
• Wi-Fi® b/g/n
• 1500 mAh battery

Game-changer for Business Customers

Samsung Epic 4G is designed to deliver one of the best multi-media experience for business users in several vertical industries such as healthcare, education, public safety, construction and professional services through superior speed and display innovation. It offers support for push email and integrated calendar services, including Google™ and Yahoo, as well as Exchange ActiveSync for corporate email including enhanced device management and security features, as well as full support for Google Mobile Services.
With Android’s open-software platform, businesses can benefit from several productivity-enhancing applications available in the Android Market™ including bar code scanning, signature capture, document viewing and the ability to stream and upload video for customer approval and archival purposes.

Staying Connected with Social Networking

To make staying connected faster and easier, Samsung Epic 4G includes Samsung Social Hub designed to integrate all your social networking services, messages, personal and 
business email, calendars and contacts. Additionally, calendar information from portal calendars, such as Google Calendar and social networking services are displayed together in one calendar with two-way synchronization.
As work on finalizing the software is underway, Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 for Samsung Epic 4G in the near future. With the Android 2.2 upgrade, customers can expect improvements to include the following benefits among others: updates to User Interface, improved EAS Support, improved Browser Performance including Flash 10x Support, voice Dialing Over Bluetooth and application Storage on External Memory.
A Sprint 4G developer guide is available today from the Sprint ADP Web site at http://developer.sprint.com. The Sprint 4G developer guide provides details on developing for an Android 2.1 handset and how to take advantage of the Samsung Epic 4G’s unique hardware and software capabilities and the Sprint 4G network. The Sprint Application Developer Program has been providing tools for third-party developers since Sprint first launched the Wireless Web on its phones in 2001.
Sprint will announce pricing and availability in the coming months; meanwhile customers can pre-register for more information about Samsung Epic 4G at www.sprint.com/epic4g.
Blazing trails with Sprint 4G
Sprint 4G offers a faster wireless experience than any other U.S. national wireless carrier, and Sprint is the only national carrier offering wireless 4G service today in 36 markets. Sprint 4G delivers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G, giving Samsung Epic 4G the fastest data speeds of any U.S. wireless device available today.2
As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008.
Sprint currently offers 4G service in 36 markets: Georgia – Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii – Honolulu, Maui; Idaho – Boise; Illinois – Chicago; Maryland – Baltimore; Missouri – Kansas City, St. Louis; Nevada – Las Vegas; North Carolina – Charlotte, Greensboro, (along with High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (along with Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Oregon – Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania – Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Reading, York; Texas – Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco, Wichita Falls; Utah – Salt Lake City; Virginia – Richmond; Washington – Bellingham, Seattle. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.
In 2010, Sprint expects to launch 4G service in multiple markets, including but not limited to, Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
More Satisfied Than Ever
Powerful 4G smartphones like Samsung Epic 4G is one of many reasons Sprint is the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, over the last two years, according to results from the 2010 American Customer Satisfaction Index.
Sprint’s improvement was driven in part by substantial gains in two aspects of the survey. In the area of customers’ perceptions of value, Sprint now leads both AT&T and Verizon. The company also achieved an impressive improvement in the area of customer loyalty. With these gains, the company’s overall ACSI score jumped 14 points over the last two years. In the last six years of the ACSI survey, no other company has improved its satisfaction score by that many points in a two-year period.
The improvements in the ACSI survey come as Sprint has seen nine consecutive quarters of improved customer satisfaction and first call resolution. The company’s improvements have also been recognized by other independent third-parties, including Sprint winning the #1 spot for both overall satisfaction for wireless voice service providers and wireless data service providers in a Yankee Group and Mobile Enterprise magazine survey of large business decision makers. Sprint also ranked high in small and medium business customer satisfaction. Also noteworthy was Sprint’s two-year Reputation Pulse™ score increase in Reputation Institute’s 2010 U.S. Most Reputable Companies Study (published annually in Forbes). Sprint’s 18.22 percent gain puts its improvement in the top 10 percent of the 150 largest U.S. companies, ahead of both AT&T and Verizon.

About Sprint Nexte
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 48 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, and is the first and only wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless and instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. With its customer-focused strategy, you can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of (US)$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 188,000 people in 185 offices across 65 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

[Engadget, Slash Gear]