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Google's CEO Eric Schmidt Shows Off Gingerbread, the Nexus S, and NFC At Web 2.0

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As expected, Gingerbread along with the Nexus S (officially!) was with Eric Schmidt (Google's CEO) at the Web 2.0 conference. Anyways, this device will have NFC (Near-Field Communication) features so that you'll be able to pay with your phone if you want to do that. Someone asked if this was the Nexus 2 and Eric was sure to mention the fact that he did say their wouldn't be a Nexus 2; he emphasized the "2". Eric mentioned that Gingerbread along with the Nexus S - on T-Mobile - will be available in a few weeks (seems to be right before Christmas).


AT&T Releasing the Samsung Galaxy Tab On November 21st, US Cellular On the 19th

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Two carriers will be picking up the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab soon. The first one we'll be US Cellular who will be releasing it on November 19th (Friday) for $399.99 on a 2-year contract and $599.99 contract-free. The other carrier will be AT&T who has decided to release it on November 21st (Sunday) for $649.99 contract-free. Of course, the prices are pretty outrageous but if you can deal with them then mark these dates on your calendar..


AT&T and Microsoft Release the WP7-Based LG Quantum For $199

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If you were debating on whether or not to pre-order LG Quantum then it's too late. That's only because AT&T and Microsoft has just released the WP7-based handset for $199.99 on a 2-year contract. In case you forgot, this features a 3.5-inch WVGA display, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 3.5mm headphone jack, 16GB of internal storage, WiFi b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1 support, a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, a 5MP AF camera with an LED flash and 720p HD video recording, and aGPS / FM radio. Check it out on AT&T and Microsoft.


Verizon Getting the WP7-Powered HTC Trophy In Early 2011

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Here's some good news for Verizon and Windows Phone 7 lovers. One of the first WP7-based handsets that will be hitting Verizon in the US will reportedly be the HTC Trophy (as seen in the image above). This will be available in early 2011 and features a 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen display, a 5MP camera, 16GB of internal storage, and WiFi 802.11n / Bluetooth support. This will be hitting the market for $199 on a 2-year contract and the good news is that it's actually a quad-band global phone.


Cellular South Releases the Samsung Galaxy S Showcase For $199

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That's right folks! Cellular South in the US has just released the Samsung Galaxy S Showcase so you can pick it up right now if you're interested. This is available for $199.99 on a 2-year contract if you want to get it. You'll be getting a pretty awesome spec sheet: a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 5MP AF camera with 720p HD video recording, a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, WiFi b/g/n / Bluetooth 3.0 support, a microSD card slot, GPS, and Android 2.1 with the Touchwiz UI. Check it out on Cellular South.


Verizon Announces the LG Vortex and the Cosmos Touch, Launching On November 18th

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Verizon has just announced two handsets that they'll be launching and the first one is the LG Vortex (left in the picture above). This one's a bit surprising. The Vortex will actually launch for $79.99 on a 2-year contract after a $100 rebate, which is way more than the free price we were expecting. Anyways, the Vortex features a 3.2-inch touchscreen display, a 3.2MP AF camera, a microSD card slot, Bing as the default search engine, WiFi / Bluetooth 2.1, the Swype keyboard, and Android 2.2.

The other handset (on the right in the picture above) is the LG Cosmos Touch. This one features a 2.8-inch touchscreen display, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth 2.1 support, a microSD card slot, and a 1.3MP camera. This will be available for $49.99 on a 2-year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate if you're interested.

Both of these handsets will be available starting on November 18th which is three days away.


Rogers Releases the Samsung Galaxy Tab For $675 Contract-Free

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In Canada, Rogers has become the first carrier to launch the 7-inch Android Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet. This is actually available right now for $539.99 on a 3-year contract (absolutely ridiculous), $564.99 on a 2-year contract, $599.99 on a 1-year contract, and $674.99 contract-free. Obviously, they want you to buy the contract-free one because those prices are just a rip off.

The Galaxy Tab is like a large Captivate that the carrier already has so you get a 7-inch LCD display (1,024 x 600 resolution), a 3MP rear-facing camera, a 1.3MPfront-facing camera, a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, a microSD card slot, WiFi / Bluetooth / GPS support, Android 2.2, and Flash support. Check it out on Rogers but you actually can't order one online.

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Pre-Order Your ViewSonic ViewPad 7 Android "Froyo" Tablet For $599 On Amazon

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If you're actually interested in an Android 2.2 "Froyo" based from ViewSonic then you can now pre-order one. The ViewPad 7 is now available to pre-order for $599 if you really are dying for a product from ViewSonic. This 7-inch model packs a WVGA multitouch display, a 600MHz ARM CPU, a microSD card slot, and rear and front-facing cameras. $600 is quite a bit to pay for a tablet with a mediocre 600MHz ARM CPU, you can get the Galaxy Tab for the same price which seems to be the better deal. Check it out on Amazon if you're interested though.

Google Picks Motorola's MOTOPAD To Show Off Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" Platform

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Coming from Mobile-Review's Twitter account (where Eldar Murtazin is from), is word on Google picking Motorola to launch the first Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" tablet. Apparently, it'll be hitting the market as the MOTOPAD and will be a 7-inch model. If this is the case, this is the one that could be codenamed Stingray and will be available on Verizon in Q1 2011. Of course, these are just rumours right now so take it with a grain of salt for now.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X12 (Anzu) Will Cost A Whopping €650 Unsubsidized

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We've already heard that Sony Ericsson is working on a new Android-based smartphone, the XPERIA X12 or the Anzu. Just like we heard, this should be launching in the first half of 2011 and it'll actually cost you a whopping €650 ($886 USD) when it hits the market. That might sound worth it right now (to some crazy people), but by the time it actually hits the market it'll be lagging behind the competition. 

We already heard that Eldar got his hands on a next-gen Galaxy S smartphone with a dual-core CPU and we know that the Anzu (or X12) that's being rumoured right now features a single-core 1GHz CPU. Maybe SE will upgrade the internals after they see that they're getting smoked.

WIND Mobile Releases the BlackBerry Curve 3G

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In Canada, WIND Mobile is now offering another smartphone if you're interested. They have just released the BlackBerry Curve 3G (9300) and it's available for $290 contract-free. This features a 2.4-inch display, an optical trackpad, WiFi / Bluetooth 2.1 support, GPS, a 2MP camera, a microSD card slot, and BB OS 5.0 (upgradeable to OS 6.0). Check it out here on WIND.

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