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Rogers Bringing the Acer Liquid Metal Smartphone To Canada

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I wasn't able to keep up with the Acer event this afternoon but I did go back and check out the Engadget live blog. Something that Canadians might be interested in was actually the last question in the question and answer period. Someone asked if the Android-based Acer Liquid Metal smartphone would be hitting the US and the company actually mentioned that Rogers in Canada would be releasing it. This has already hit the FCC so we already know that it has 3G connectivity including the confirmed specs, which you can check out on GSM Arena if you're interested. Release date and pricing is still unknown.

Picture Source: Slash Gear

Nokia E7 Up For Expensive Pre-Orders On Expansys, Not Shipping Until January 10th

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If you're looking to get the latest and greatest Symbian^3 powered smartphone then look no further than the Nokia E7. Expansys in the UK now has the smartphone up for pre-order right now for £584.99, which is around €690 or $923 USD. Sadly, if you do manage to pre-order this overpriced device then it actually won't be shipping until January 10th of 2011. Check it out on Expansys.

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Acer Unveils U36 Ultraportable Notebook With Core i3 / i5 CPU

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Acer is back at it again, this time unveiling a plain old ultraportable notebook. Dubbed the U36, this notebook features Intel Core i3 / i5 CPU options, Nvidia's Optimus tech, and a 4-cell battery that will reportedly last 10 hours thanks to Asus' Super Hybrid Engine (whatever that is). The body is said to be about 0.75 inches thick and it weighs around 3.2 pounds. The release date and price is unknown right now but we know that it'll be available in both silver and black colours.


Dell Inspiron Duo Officially Up For $549 Pre-Orders, Shipping On December 15th

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Following Microsoft's lead, Dell has just put up the Inspiron Duo for pre-orders if you're interested. The netbook / tablet hybrid is going for $549, of course, and features the 10.1-inch display, dual-core Intel Atom N550 CPU, along with Windows 7. If you do pre-order one, Dell says that this will be shipping December 15th. Check it out on Dell.


Bell and Virgin Mobile Bring the Red BlackBerry Torch To Canada

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In Canada, Bell and Virgin Mobile have just released the red BlackBerry Torch models. Price and spec sheets are the exact same so nothing should catch you off guard. The contract-free price is just about $600 while the 3-year price is just under $180. Check it out on Bell and Virgin Mobile whenever you want.

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AT&T-Branded BlackBerry Bold 9780 Gets Spotted, Release In a Few Weeks

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It's not exactly the biggest news out there since it is expected but an AT&T-branded BlackBerry Bold 9780 has just been spotted in the wild. Hopefully this one actually hits the carrier before the end of the year because it might be a little bit too late in 2011.

8-Inch Asus Eee Tablet Renamed To the Eee Note, 12-Inch Model In January 2011?

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Remember the Asus Eee Tablet? Well, it has actually been renamed to the Eee Note. Specs remain the same so you'll find an 8-inch monochrome display (1,024 x 768 resolution), 4GB of internal storage, a 2MB camera, WiFi support, a microSD card slot, and a 3,700mAh battery. The release date is still unknown so a few people are still waiting impatiently. Engadget does mention that we'll likely see it again at CES 2011.

Update: According to a newer Slash Gear post, the 8-inch Eee Note (EA800) will be available this December for under $300. Apparently though, DigiTimes mentions that there'll be a 12-inch model that will actually be launching in January 2011, so we'll probably be seeing this at CES.

$499 WiFi-Only Galaxy Tab Delayed (Until Who-Knows-When) By Samsung

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Remember that $499 WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab that's supposed to hit Best Buy? Well, apparently that has been delayed by Samsung themselves and they haven't mentioned exactly when it'll be available for you to buy. I doubt that the reason for the delay is that they're upgrading the pre-installed OS so let's really hope that it's here before Christmas so they can hit their 1,000,000 goal.

Acer Unveils 10.1-Inch AMD-Powered Windows 7 Tablet

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Acer may be focusing on Android but that doesn't mean that they don't have other tablets in the works. At their event, they also unveiled a 10.1-inch Windows 7 based tablet. This one is going to be packing an AMD CPU, a 1.3MP rear and front-facing camera, an HDD of unknown storage, and WiFi / 3G support. If you're planning to lug this around then you might want to keep in mind that it's 15mm thick and weighs around 2.2 pounds. This will, apparently, be available in February 2011, but the price (as usual) wasn't mentioned.

Acer Unveils Three Touchscreen Android Devices; 4.8-Inch Smartphone and 7 / 10-Inch Tablets

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Acer held an event today and we now know that when they hold an event, that they're not joking around. They unveiled three Android-based devices that are all worth a couple of looks at.

The first device that the company mentioned was what you see above and that's a 4.8-inch smartphone, but I'll call it an MID. About a month ago (in October), this actually leaked out so it should be a bit familiar to you. It sports a 1,024 x 480 resolution, an 8MP AF camera with a flash, a 2MP front-facing camera, a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, WiFi b/g/n / Bluetooth 3.0 support, an HDMI port, DLNA, HSDPA connectivity, Flash 10.1 support, and likely version 2.2 of the OS. The price is unknown for this smartphone / MID right now but you can expect it to ship in April 2011 if everything goes as planned.

The next two devices in the pipe from Acer are 7 and 10-inch Android tablets. Both of them are expected to ship in April 2011 (so we'll likely see them again at CES 2011) but the prices are also unknown. The smaller tablet is 7-inches, like I said, and it sports a 1,280 x 800 resolution, a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm CPU, Flash 10.1 support, and Android 2.2. The larger tablet measures 10.1-inches (and is pictured above), has the same resolution (and multitouch of course), a dual-core 1GHz CPU, a 5MP rear-facing camera, an HD front-facing camera, and will ship with Froyo as well. Both of them are also unnamed right now but that's really not important. This was also in the October leak.

Acer Unveils 4.8-Inch Android "Smartphone": Slash Gear
Acer Unveils 7 and 10-Inch Android Tablets: EngadgetBoy Genius

Acer's Dual-Screen Notebook, the Iconia, Packs Two 14-Inch Displays

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What you see above is exactly what you think it is and it's being called the Acer Iconia. It should remind you a bit of the Toshiba Libretto and that's because it's a dual-screen laptop. This is a dual-screen notebook that will be running Windows 7 Home Premium and the SDK (Software Development Kit) is said to be available some time in December. Specs include dual 14-inch multitouch displays (1,366 x 768 resolution), Intel Core i5-480M / 560M / 580M CPU options, up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM, integrated Intel HD graphics, 320GB / 500GB / 640GB / 750GB HDD options, VGA / HDMI outputs, a microphone, an integrated Acer CrystalEye webcam (1,280 x 1,024 resolution), WiFi b/g/n / Bluetooth 3.0 support, 3G / Ethernet, just a 4-cell battery, two USB 2.0 ports, and a USB 3.0 port. Judging from these specs I don't think you'll be using this one without your charger.

Unfortunately, the price tag and the release date haven't been mentioned yet. You can expect it to be quite expensive though seeing how the Libretto was so expensive - but they still managed to sell out. Anyways, check out an hands-on from Engadget.

First Motorola Olympus Photo Leaks, No Confirmed Details Yet

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Well, well, well, look what we have here. This picture has leaked this morning and it's said to be the Android and Tegra 2 based Motorola Olympus which should be hitting AT&T in Q1 of next year. Specs are unknown, but it definitely looks huge. This could be one of the best selling Android phones whenever it actually does hit the market. Staring at you in the face is said to be a 4-inch display (with what looks to be a front-facing camera) which seems about right (could be bigger though). That's all we know for now, so until we find out more information you're stuck fantasizing about this picture.

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