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LG Optimus 2X Hits a Swedish Website For the Equivalent Of $731 USD

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It looks like the LG Optimus 2X (aka the Star) has hit its first e-tailer and it's CDON.se. This is actually available for you to pre-order right now for 3099KR on a contract which is $453 USD but if you're looking to get this contract-free then it'll cost you a whopping 4999KR which is right around $731 USD. Quite a bit to pay, but if you really want the first Tegra 2 powered smartphone then this might be the superphone to get - if you have the money.


Engadget Chinese Gets A Meizu M9; Lots Of Pics, Review Coming Soon

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What you see above comes from Engadget Chinese who recently got their hands on the Android-based iPhone clone, the Meizu M9. It's running version 2.2 with a Retina display-like 3.5-incher with a 960 x 640 resolution. Unfortunately, there's no review of it right now, but it actually looks quite good. If you want to take a look at a few more pictures then check it out on Engadget Chinese here and here.


MSI WindPad 100 Shipping In Q1 2011, Android-Based Tegra 2 Tablet In Q2

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Wintel is making a tablet for MSI and it's the WindPad 100. Apparently, the company plans to actually ship this tablet sometime in January / February 2011 and, like the picture above, it'll be running Microsoft's Windows 7 OS. Along with this news, is word that this tablet will actually be available before the company's planned Android tablets. The WindPad 100 will actually be shipping with Intel's Oak Trail CPUs and other specs include a 10-inch display (1,024 x 600 resolution), an SD card slot, and a miniHDMI output.

In April / May we can also expect MSI to push out an ARM-based tablet as well. This one will be running on the Tegra 2 (T20) chipset and will be shipping with Android "Honeycomb", which may be version 2.4 (or 3.0) of the mobile OS from Google.


Palm's Tablet Codenamed "Topaz", Keyboard Leaks; "Castle" Could Be a Pre Without the Keyboard

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It looks like Palm's first tablet or new device is being codenamed the "Topaz". What you see above is clearly a look at an accessory for that device and it's a keyboard. Sadly there's no picture of the tablet / new device right now. All the specs are above, including: a chiclet keyboard, and an on and off switch. Actually a lot of the specs mention that it's actually missing key features like backlighting, a numeric keypad, and adjustable tilt. Kind of a let down, but it's what Apple does with their keyboard - and they still manage to sell them.

The "Topaz" tablet itself is said to be "extremely slick" and will have no buttons. It's expected to hit the market sometime in the first half of 2011. Engadget is also hearing that Palm is working on another variant of the Pre designed for teens and it actually won't have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard so you'll be stuck dealing with the virtual QWERTY. This is reportedly codenamed the "Castle" and will be hitting Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T in the US so maybe it'll be hitting a carrier in Canada as well. We're still waiting for a high-end smartphone from Palm.


GSM HTC 7 Pro Model Hits the Official Website, Should Be Launching In Q1 2011

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HTC has actually just put up the GSM variant of the 7 Pro on their own website. They've posted the specs and they're a bit of an improvement over the HTC Touch Pro 2. The 7 Pro looks like it will feature a 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen display, a 1GHz CPU, 8GB of internal storage, 576MB of RAM, a 5MP AF camera with a flash and 720p HD video recording, WiFi / Bluetooth support, a 1,500mAh battery, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and it has a 15.5mm thick body because it does have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This one should be launching on a few carriers in the first quarter of 2011 so all you can do right now is just wait patiently. Check it out on HTC.


RIM To Launch the BlackBerry PlayBook In March, If Everything Works Out

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Coming from RIM's own mouth is that their 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be available Q1 2011. That's not all though, they mentioned that this would be Q1 of the calendar year, and since RIM's first fiscal quarter is March this could actually be the same time that the PlayBook will launch. Yes, the PlayBook could be hitting the market in March 2011. Of course, this is assuming everything works out, this includes the software and hardware working together. They're going to do their best to trump the iPad - even though they're still trying to catch up to the iPhone in the smartphone world.