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Nokia's First Windows Phone 7 Concept Gets Unveiled

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Engadget just got exclusive photos on what could be the Nokia smartphone running on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 OS. Specs are unknown right now but at least we get a look at what it may look like. Clearly, it's just a large touchscreen display and what should be a great camera sensor on the back. Hopefully we hear more about this soon.


BGR Says the HP TouchPad Will Launch In June For $699

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Hmm. Coming from one of BGR's sources is word that the HP Touchpad is going to be launching before the end of June. This awesome webOS tablet will reportedly cost $699, according to their sources which seems like a pretty good price. I wonder if any carriers will carry it and subsidize it though because it's going to have to compete with some "Honeycomb" powered tablets - and the iPad. We'll see how things work out.


Leaked Best Buy Flyer Says the Verizon HTC Thunderbolt Will Be $249.99 On a 2-Year Contract

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Well, this basically confirms it. This leaked Best Buy flyer states that the Verizon HTC Thunderbolt will be launching for $249.99 on a 2-year contract which is quite a bit especially when you take the monthly contract price into effect. That'll add up for 4G data for sure. And yes, it looks like the contract-free price is set in stone for $749.99 which is definitely expensive and barely cheaper than the $799 Motorola XOOM "Honeycomb" tablet.

ViewSonic Announces the Windows 7 / Android Dual-Booting Tablet and V350 Smartphone

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ViewSonic just couldn't keep their lips shut until MWC which starts in a few days and that's probably because bigger companies will announce much, much better devices. The company announced two tablets along with a smartphone early this morning. They're pretty interesting so you might want to click on through to read a bit more.

First up is the ViewPad 10Pro which is a 10-inch tablet which is going to be dual-booting Windows 7 Professional along with Android 2.2 "Froyo" - like I said, pretty interesting. Beneath the 1,024 x 600 LED-backlit display you'll be getting integrated 3G, Bluetooth / WiFi support, and a battery that should only last about 6 hours. The other tablet will be the ViewPad 10s 3G which is similar to the tablet that was unveiled at CES but it'll have, yes, 3G connectivity.

What you see below is a new one, the ViewSonic V350 smartphone. This features a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display, a 5MP camera, a microSD card slot, WiFi / Bluetooth support, aGPS, a dual-SIM card slot, and Android 2.2 with a custom UI. It's pretty smart that the company made this a dual-SIM capable handset because at least there's a reason to go and get this one now.


Radio Shack's T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S 4G Will Cost $149.99

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We already know that Walmart will be selling the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S 4G for $148.88 on a 2-year contract and Radio Shack's price has leaked today. Yup, they'll be selling the smartphone for $149.99 on a 2-year contract which pretty much confirms that T-Mobile USA will be launching it for the same price. This one should be available soon so just wait.

[Android Central]

Apple's MacBook Air Notebooks To Be Updated With "Sandy Bridge" In June?

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There's no way to confirm this news right now but there's word that Apple intends to update their MacBook Air notebooks in the middle of this year - sources are saying June. These notebooks will be updated with Intel's new "Sandy Bridge" line-up of chipsets which include Core i3 / i5 / i7 models. This is great news for consumers since the current Airs are using CPUs that are over a year old at this point; these "Sandy Bridge" models should be much, much faster than the current batch of MacBook Airs. If Apple can keep the price of these notebooks the same as they currently are then the PC industry will be shaken up for sure.

[CNet News]

10.1-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Running "Honeycomb" To Be Announced At MWC?

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There's a new rumour going around that Samsung is going to be unveiling something great right at the start of MWC (Sunday). Reportedly, this will be the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and will, of course, be running on the Android OS - version "Honeycomb". Rumoured specs for this one include an 8MP camera and a dual-core Qualcomm CPU which kind of seems weird since they have their own Exynos (Orion) chipset which should be in production shortly. Somehow, this tablet will barely be smaller than the current iPad even though it's supposed to have a 10.1-inch display. We'll see if this happens.


Motorola Gleam Flip Phone Will Be Introduced At MWC

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Motorola will probably be announced some high-end Android phones at MWC in a few days but it looks like they still have some feature phones in the pipe. The one you see above is reportedly the Motorola Gleam which is expected to be unveiled at the event. This flip phone is said to sport a 2.-inch QVGA display, a microSD card slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a 2MP camera. This should be available in Europe in the first half of this year and it should have a cheap price tag as well.

[Phone Arena]

Nokia Jumps Off Their "Burning Platform" and They Find the Windows Phone 7 Island

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The title and picture above says it all. Nokia's CEO, Stephen Elop, and Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, announced that their companies are going to become partners in the smartphone war. Yes, Nokia is ditching Symbian - and also MeeGo for the most part - in favour for Windows Phone 7. It seems like a weird deal but it was really their only option. Android is way too competitive for them and they'd also need to work on a custom UI which could be tough for them. Going with WP7, all they have to do is make the hardware and slap the OS on there.

We don't know when Nokia phones running this OS will be available but you should still expect some Symbian and MeeGo devices later this year - only a few of them. 2012 will be their big push in the Windows Phone 7 war. 2011 and 2012 will be "transitional years" for Nokia as they try to get themselves back on track. The company is also going to be working on Microsoft and MeeGo tablets, which should be interesting.

Update: The Inquirer has mentioned that Microsoft is going to be updating their OS in March of this year. This should be quite a large update.