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Cricket Teases Huawei Ascend 2 and the Samsung Indulge At CTIA

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Cricket has just unveiled two phones at CTIA today and they're, of course, both running Google's Android OS. Both of the handsets are CDMA and on the left side you have the Huawei Ascend, which is already available, and on the right it's the upcoming Huawei Ascend 2 which is going to hit the carrier in the future. The display is, unfortunately, still HVGA and it's got an improved 5MP camera on the back. This one will be available for $150 contract-free so that's pretty great.

The other handset that they teased to us is the Samsung Indulge (below) which we've been seeing for a long time. This is the same Samsung Android QWERTY-packing handset that's on MetroPCS but this one's only sporting CDMA connectivity - no LTE (4G). This one's also packing an HVGA display and it's going to launch for $350 contract-free.


LG Optimus 3D (P920) Hits the FCC With T-Mobile 3G, Set To Be the G2x

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It looks like an upcoming LG smartphone has just been spotted at the FCC. It was finally made official earlier today and it's the T-Mobile G2x which is also known as the Optimus 3D (P920). Of course, this smartphone features T-Mobile 3G connectivity and we already know that this smartphone will take advantage of the carrier's new 4G (42Mbps) network as well. Check it out at the FCC.

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DigiTimes Reports That Motorola Only Producing XOOM Until June, Hinting At Refresh

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A new report coming from DigiTimes has just mentioned something that's quite interesting. Apparently, Motorola is only ordering XOOM tablets until June of this year. Now, this doesn't really tell us much but actually does hint that Motorola could have something better up their sleeve for Q3 of this year. They actually could be unveiling the next XOOM in the middle of this year and maybe it'll be running an improved version of the Android tablet OS. Interesting.


15.6-Inch Gigabyte P2532 Is the World's Thinnest Notebook With 2nd-Gen Core i7

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Gigabyte has just unveiled the P2532 which you actually might be interested in. This notebook is said to be the world's thinnest notebook sporting a second-gen Intel Core i7 CPU. Beneath the 15.6-inch display (Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 resolution) you'll find a GeForce GT550M GPU, Optimus tech, a 500GB HDD, a DVD burner, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, and Windows 7. The notebook also has interchangeable lids if you just can't stick to one colour. This is definitely a powerful laptop but who knows when it will go on sale and for how much. In the meantime you can check out the video below.


Mobilicity Releasing the Samsung "Oyster" Flip Phone

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Mobilicity may have a bunch of smartphones on the way but it looks like dumbphones are here to stay. They have just announced that they're going to be releasing the Samsung "Oyster" shortly. This flip phone reportedly features a 2.2-inch display, a 2MP camera, and Bluetooth support. The price is unknown right now but it should be quite cheap.

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MTS To Release the Motorola Spice and the Nokia Surge

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MTS is set to launch two new handsets in the near future and they're going to be kicking off their "4G" network on March 31st. The two handsets that will be available is the Motorola Spice and the Nokia (6790) Surge. Prices and exact release dates are still unknown but they should be available in the next month or so.

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Staples Leak Says Iconia Tab Could Launch In April, Toshiba Tablet Set For June

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It looks like two more tablets have been dated thanks to an internal leak from Staples. Apparently, the Acer Iconia Tab that's destined for AT&T is scheduled to launch in late April while Toshiba's Android tablet is expected to ship in June. Of course, this is unconfirmed news since everything can change before the actual launch. Be patient young one.

Sprint Announces the HTC Flyer As the EVO View 4G, Launching This Summer

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Sprint has just made it official. So, "the next big EVO thing. Only bigger." has turned out to be the HTC EVO View 4G - as expected. This tablet is exactly like the Flyer with its 7-inch 1,024 x 600 resolution display, a 1.5GHz CPU, a 5MP camera, a front-facing 1.3MP camera, 32GB of internal storage, and Sense UI over top of Android except that this one has WiMAX capabilities to take advantage of the carrier's 4G network. The display is capacitive but Sprint is throwing in a capacitive stylus with it as well so you can use that if you don't want to dirty the screen with your greasy fingers. This will be available in the Summer for an unknown price.

HTC EVO 3D Officially Hitting Sprint This Summer, Glasses-Free With 4G

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If you never picked up an HTC EVO 4G then you might be in luck. Sprint officially announced the EVO 3D today and it's a huge upgrade over the old model. This one features a 4.3-inch glasses-free 3D display, a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU, WiMAX connectivity, dual 5MP cameras on the back to take 3D video, a front-facing 1.3MP camera, and Android 2.3 with the Sense UI. The price wasn't announced and it'll be available in the Summer.

Nokia C7 To Hit T-Mobile As the Astound, $79.99 On April 6th

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It's finally official. The Nokia C7 will be launching as the Astound for $79.99 on a 2-year contract on April 6th. This handset features a 3.5-inch AMOLED display, an 8MP camera that records 720p HD video, a microSD card slot, a front-facing camera, and Symbian^3. T-Mobile will let you do WiFi calling with this handset which is pretty awesome if you're in the house and would rather use your own bandwidth over your carrier's minutes.


Samsung SCH-i510 To Be Verizon's LTE Capable Droid Charge

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It looks like the Samsung SCH-i510 smartphone has just gotten a name and it could be the Verizon-bound DROID Charge - rumoured to be the Stealth. This handset should pack 4G (LTE) connectivity as well as an 8MP camera, a front-facing camera, and a Super AMOLED+ display. Other specs are unknown right now but it definitely sounds like a high-end one. Price and release date is still unknown so we'll have to wait for that as well.

AT&T Set To Launch Acer Iconia Tab 10 (A501) In Q2 With "Honeycomb"

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AT&T has just announced that they're set to launch the Android powered Acer Iconia Tab 10. In case you forgot, this tablet features a 10-inch display, a dual-core Tegra 2 CPU, dual cameras, an HDMI output, and "Honeycomb". This tablet will also reportedly have HSPA+ connectivity to run on AT&T's 4G network which is some pretty good news. The price is unknown right now but it's expected to be available in Q2 of this year.

Samsung Announce 8.9 and 10.1-Inch Galaxy Tab Models, One-Up the iPad 2

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At CTIA this morning, Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 and they're actually looking pretty darn good - definitely a huge improvement over the 7-inch Galaxy Tab of last year. Both of these tablet are actually being marketed as the "world's thinnest mobile tablets" at just 8.6mm thick. For comparison's sake, the iPad 2 is 8.8mm thick so it's definitely quite the feat for Samsung to one-up Apple like that. On both tablets you'll find a 1,280 x 800 resolution PLS display (higher than the iPad 2), a dual-core 1GHz CPU (faster than the iPad 2), a 2MP front-facing camera, WiFi a/b/g/n / Bluetooth 3.0 support, a microSD card slot, a rear-facing 3MP camera, HSPA+ capabilities, dual speakers, Flash 10.2 support, and a battery life of up to 10 hours (6,800mAh battery on 10.1-inch model; 6,000mAh on the 8.9-incher).

Over top of "some of the models" "Honeycomb" will be skinned with what Samsung is calling Touchwiz 4.0. It seems like they just waited for Apple to release their iPad 2 then change up their own tablet accordingly. The 8.9-inch model weighs 470 grams while the 10.1-inch one is now 595 grams. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is expected to launch in "early Summer" for $469 (16GB) and $569 (32GB), while the larger 10.1-inch model is going to be available on June 8th for $499 (16GB) and $599 (32GB) - right on pace with the iPad 2.

Apple iPad 2 To Launch In 25 Countries This Friday; Including Canada, Starting At $519

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There may not have been enough iPad 2's for the US but that's not stopping the international launch. Apple has just announced that the iPad 2 is launching in 25 more countries this Friday, March 25th and that includes: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

Update: Mobile Syrup has mentioned that the iPad 2 prices in Canada will actually be $20 more than the US. On the Apple website the 16GB iPad 2 is listed at $519.


11.6-Inch Samsung 9 Series Notebook Spotted On Video In Italy

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Engadget's been keeping their eye out on the 11.6-inch 9 Series notebook from Samsung and they've managed to spot a video of it - thanks to a tip they received. The ultraportable was spotted in Italy sporting an Intel Core i3-380UM CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 1,366 x 768 resolution display, a 128GB SSD, and Windows 7. Furthermore, this notebook will be hitting various parts of Europe on April 1st for €1,200 which is no joke. If you want to check out a video of it in action then it's below for you.

Back Of the Motorola DROID X 2 Possibly Leaks, Has Verizon 4G

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The picture above might be real but it also might be fake. Phandroid posted the image anyway to show that the upcoming DROID X 2 for Verizon might actually be capable of running on the carrier's 4G (LTE) network. The DROID X 2 actually shouldn't launch for a while so by the time it actually launches it should actually run on the faster network. Unfortunately, the image above might not be the real thing. The DROID X 2 will be an upgrade over the last model - that's for sure.

T-Mobile Releasing the Sidekick 4G For $99.99 In the Future

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Another T-Mobile device has just been priced and it's the Samsung-built Sidekick 4G which runs Android (2.2) this time around. This one features HSPA+ connectivity and will be available for $99.99 on a 2-year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate. This one's actually pretty good and it could be quite successful among the teens. That is, unless they want a BlackBerry.

8.9-Inch T-Mobile LG G-Slate Launching For $529.99 On a 2-Year Contract

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If you can stay with a tablet for a 2-year contract then you might want to take a look at the T-Mobile G-Slate. This 8.9-inch 3D capable tablet will be hitting the carrier for $529.99 on a 2-year contract which isn't cheap. Keep in mind that it'll actually give you 3D capabilities without the need for glasses which is interesting. The monthly plans start at $20 so the choice will be yours soon.

T-Mobile G2x Officially Launching "Later This Spring", 42Mbps Capabilities If You Want Them

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It looks like T-Mobile has just unveiled something pretty interesting. Yes, they officially announced the T-Mobile G2x but the good news here is that this smartphone is actually their first phone that will take advantage of their new 42Mbps (4G) HSPA+ network. Unfortunately, the price and release date is still unknown but it'll be "later this Spring". You should have already heard about this smartphone by now because the specs have been known for a while.

It features a 4-inch WVGA display, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, WiFi b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1 support, an 8MP AF camera with an LED flash and 1080p HD video recording, a 1.3MP front-facing camera, a dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 CPU, and Android 2.2 with the company's custom UI. Pretty powerful indeed!

BlackBerry Playbook Pre-Orders Now Live In US and Canada, Launch Set For April 19th

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RIM has just unveiled the official prices for their upcoming BlackBerry Playbook tablet and they're just what we were expecting. They're right in line with the iPad prices so the 16GB WiFi model will cost $499 and then the 32GB and 64GB models cost $599 and $699, respectively. In the US you'll be able to pick one up at AT&T, Best Buy, Office Depot, RadioShack, Sprint, and even Staples. This will be available on April 19th so mark it down on your calendar if you're interested in a 7-inch tablet.

Update: If you live in the US then you can pre-order it on Best Buy now.

Update: If you live in Canada then Mobile Syrup has your back. They have just mentioned that Future Shop and Best Buy are actually now taking pre-orders for the tablet as well! Same prices; awesome stuff! Don't worry, you'll be seeing the Playbook everywhere. Retailers include: Bell, Best Buy, Chapters / Indigo, Costco, Future Shop, Mobilicity, MTS Allstream, Rogers, Sasktel, Sears, ShopBlackBerry.com, Staples, Telus, Tbooth Wireless, The Source, Videotron, Walmart, WIND Mobile, WIRELESS etc. and WIRELESSWAVE.