HTC unveils the HTC One

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Feb 192013
 

HTC One in silverAs expected, HTC today unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, billing it as “a bold step forward” rather than simply another specification bump. Along with it, HTC also introduced the latest version of HTC Sense. Called New Sense, it comes with a number of new features including HTC BlinkFeed which acts as a live homepage, HTC Zoe, a camera app, and HTC BoomSound for improved audio.

“People today immerse themselves in a constant stream of updates, news and information. Although smartphones are one of the main ways we stay in touch with the people and information we care about, conventional designs have failed to keep pace with how people are actually using them,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “A new, exciting approach to the smartphone is needed and with the new HTC One, we have re-imagined the mobile experience from the ground up to reflect this new reality.”

HTC BlinkFeed will provide live content on your homescreen. Along with some 1,400 partners who will provide content, it can also display information from your social networks.

Declaring the “era of the megapixel” over, HTC also unveiled its UltraPixel camera which gathers some 300 percent more light than a traditional one, promising “astounding low-light performance.” It also introduced HTC Zoe, a new camera app that can capture photos and a short 3 second video simultaneously. Much as the BlackBerry Z10 does, it also allows you to eliminate blinking eyes from your shots. Other features include enhanced 360′ panorama, time sequencing and object removal.

HTC BoomSound consists of dual front-facing stereo speakers with a dedicated amplifier, Beats Audio integration, and HTC Sense Voice which can boost call volume and quality in noisy environments.

Here is a closer look at the HTC’s One specifications:

  • Processor: 1.7GHZ quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
  • Operating system: Google Android with New Sense
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE/HSPA/EDGE/GPRS
  • Other connectivity: GPS/GLONASS, 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • Display: 4.7-inch Full HD (1920×1080 / 468 PPI)
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB / 64GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: HTC UltraPixel with F2.0 aperture, 28mm lens and 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 2.2MP with 1080p video capture
  • Connectors: 3.5mm audio jack, micro-USB 2.0 port
  • Battery: 2,300mAh
  • Dimensions: 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 millimeters
  • Weight: 143 grams
  • Colours: Black or Silver
  • Other: Dual BoomSound stereo speakers, dual microphones, “zero-gap aluminum unibody” construction

The HTC One will launch in 80 countries with 185 carriers. It will begin to ship in late March. In Canada, Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Virgin Mobile are all onboard. Pricing was not announced today. In the U.S., AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile will offer the HTC One.

BlackBerry Z10 goes on sale in Canada today

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Feb 052013
 

BlackBerry Z10Just in case you did not already have this date booked in your calendar, the BlackBerry Z10, the first BlackBerry 10 device, goes on sale today. Here is a list of carriers offering it today:

  • Bell: CA$149.95 with a three-year contract
  • Fido: From CA$350 with a two-year contract to CA$600 outright
  • Koodo: From CA$400 with CA$150 Tab to CA$550 outright
  • Rogers: From CA$139.99 with a three-year contract to CA$599.99 with a monthly plan
  • SaskTel: From CA$149.99 with a three-year contract to CA$599.99 outright
  • TELUS: CA$149.99 with a three-year contract / Shipping begins February 12th
  • Virgin Mobile Canada: CA$149.99 with a three-year contract

Mobility, MTS, Videotron and WIND Mobile have also confirmed that they will carry the BlackBerry Z10. They will not launch it today but in the near future.

While the BlackBerry Z10 will be offered in both black and white, the white version may prove difficult to find as initial quantities appear to have been more limited and reserved for those who reserved it ahead of today’s launch.

BlackBerry Z10 to launch in Canada on February 5th

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Jan 302013
 

BlackBerry Z10Canada will be among the first (but not the first) to launch the new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone. Following the device’s unveiling this morning, carrier availability and pricing announcements are coming in fast and furious. The launches will begin on February 5th with the following carriers already on board:

Pricing starts at CA$149.99 for most carriers with a three-year contract. Rogers is offering it for CA$139.99 for a limited time. Contract-free pricing will fall in the CA$550 to CA$650 range.

Rogers customers will also be able to pre-register for the upcoming BlackBerry Q10 starting on January 31st.

Virgin Mobile Canada now taking BlackBerry 10 pre-registrations

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Jan 082013
 

Virgin Mobile Canada today began to take pre-registrations for the upcoming BlackBerry 10 smarpthones. Those who sign up will also be entered to win one of four new BlackBerry devices (model unspecified).

Virgin Mobile BlackBerry 10 pre-registrations

Research In Motion will unveil its much anticipated BlackBerry 10 devices on January 30th in a series of worldwide events, including Toronto and New York. It will announce an all-touch device (BlackBerry Z10?) and another with a QWERTY keyboard (BlackBerry X10?)

Read more: Virgin Mobile Canada (Source: Twitter)

Virgin Mobile Canada launches Windows Phone 8S by HTC

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Dec 072012
 

Windows Phone 8S by HTCVirgin Mobile Canada today launched its first Windows Phone 8 device, the Windows Phone 8S by HTC [product information]. The smaller sibling to the Windows Phone 8X by HTC, it comes with a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 and 4-inch WVGA (800×480) super LCD display. Virgin is offering it blue.

Virgin Mobile is offering the Windows Phone 8S for CA$79.99 on its Virgin Mobile SuperTab or with a three-year contract for for CA$279.99 on a month-to-month or prepaid basis. It is available through www.virginmobile.ca, Virgin Mobile retail stores and The Source.

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Virgin Mobile Canada launches Samsung Galaxy Ace II x

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Nov 222012
 

Samsung Galaxy Ace II xVirgin Mobile Canada today launched the Samsung Galaxy Ace II x [product information], a mid-tier smartphone.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace II x is Virgin’s latest RE*Generation phone. For each one sold, Virgin and Samsung will donate CA$15 to Virgin Unite’s RE*Generation which supports organizations across Canada that work with at-risk and homeless youth.

“The Samsung RE*Generation phone is empowering a generation to use their mobile phone for an amazing cause,” said Andrew Bridge, Managing Director, Virgin Mobile Canada. “It’s a great way to not only raise funds, but build awareness of the issues, especially during the holidays. Canadians can hook a loved one up with a sweet holiday gift while getting the warm feeling of helping young people in need.”

Virgin Mobile Canada is offering the Samsung Galaxy Ace II x for free on the Virgin Mobile SuperTab or for CA$199.99 on a month-to-month or prepaid plan.

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Apple iPhone 5 goes on sale

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Sep 212012
 

Today is the day that the Apple iPhone 5 goes on sale. Hopefully you pre-ordered it or are already in a line-up (or even already have it) as Apple looks to have another record seller on its hands. It received 2 million pre-orders in the first 24 hours alone and online orders now show availability in three to four weeks.

In Canada, the iPhone 5 is available directly from Apple. The 16GB model sells for CA$699.00, the 32GB for CA$799.00, and the 64GB for CA$899.00. It will be tied to a carrier upon purchase.

Carrier pricing starts at CA$179 (or a few pennies more) for the 16GB model with a three-year contract. The 32GB model sells for CA$279 and the 64GB one for CA$379, again with three-year contracts. Bell, Fido, Koodo, Rogers, TELUS and Virgin Mobile are all selling it as of today.

It will also be available from a number of retailers such as Best Buy.

MTS and SaskTel will both launch the iPhone 5 on October 28th.

In the US, it sells for US$199 for the 16GB model, US$299 for the 32GB model and US$399 for the new 64GB model with a two-year contract through AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon.

Where to pre-order your Apple iPhone 5 in Canada

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Sep 142012
 

Apple iPhone 5Have you pre-ordered your iPhone 5 yet? If you chose sleep over staying up until 03:01 AM EST, here is where you can pre-order it:

  • Apple: Unlocked starting at CA$699 for the 16GB model
  • Bell: Starting at CA$179.95 with a three-year contract for the 16GB model
  • Fido: Only the 16GB model is offered at at CA$179.00 with a three-year contract
  • Koodo: Not available yet
  • Rogers: Starting at CA$179.00 with a three-year contract for the 16GB model
  • TELUS: Starting at CA$179.00 with a three-year contract for the 16GB model
  • Virgin Mobile: Starting at CA$179.95 with a three-year contract for the 16GB model

Pricing for the 32GB and 64GB models comes in at CA$279 and CA$379 respectively, both with a three-year contract.

If you choose to skip the pre-order step, the iPhone 5 will be available as of September 21st. Be prepared for to line up for it though.

Apple iPhone 5 pre-orders start at 12:01 AM PST September 14th

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Sep 132012
 

Apple iPhone 5Yesterday, Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 and announced that it would begin to take pre-orders on September 14th for Canada and the U.S. (and a number of other countries). The only missing detail was exactly what time would pre-orders begin. We now know that they will start at 12:01AM PDT (or 03:00AM EST).

It will be possible to pre-order the Apple iPhone 5 either directly through Apple or via Canadian carriers that are confirmed launch partners, namely Bell, Fido, Koodo, Rogers, TELUS, and Virgin Mobile.

If staying up late to place your pre-order is not your cup of tea, you will be able to pick up the iPhone 5 starting on September 21st. Be prepared to wait in line though…

The Apple iPhone 5 will sell for CA$699 for the 16GB model, CA$799 for the 32GB model, and CA$899 for the 64GB model with no contract directly from Apple.

Update: Bell has given us the first clue as to contract pricing in Canada. It will start at CA$179.95 with a three-year contract presumably for the 16GB model.

Bell pricing for Apple iPhone 5

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Apple iPhone 5 coming to Canada September 21st

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Sep 122012
 

Apple iPhone 5As expected, Apple today announced the iPhone 5. During the presentation, it also confirmed that it will be coming to a number of Canadian carriers. With support for LTE as well as HSPA+ and 42Mbps DC-HSPA+, Apple confirmed that Bell, Fido, Koodo, Rogers, TELUS, and Virgin Mobile would all carry it starting on September 21st.

The Apple iPhone 5 will sell for CA$699 for the 16GB model, CA$799 for the 32GB model, and CA$899 for the 64GB model with no contract. Pre-orders will begin on September 14th with availability to follow starting on September 21th. Bell, Rogers, and Virgin Mobile have already confirmed that they’ll take pre-orders through their sites as well.

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Bell launches Motorola RAZR V (Updated)

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Aug 032012
 

Motorola RAZR VBell today became the first Canadian carrier to offer the recently announced Motorola RAZR V. Billed by Motorola as “the RAZR for everyone”, its specifications are still enough to have Bell classify it as one of its superphones.

The Motorola RAZR V is an evolution from the original Motorola RAZR. Among the improvements it features is a much better 4.3-inch qHD (540×960) ColourBoost display. It also sports Android 4.0.4 preloaded. It retains the distinctive shape and Kevlar backing of the previous model.

Bell is offering the Motorola RAZR V for CA$29.95 with a three-year contract or CA$399.95 with no contract.

Update: It is also available from Virgin Mobile Canada for CA$29.95 with a three-year contract or the Virgin MobileSuperTab, CA$149.95 or CA$349.95 with no contract.

You can also find the MOTORAZR V at The Source, Future Shop, Best Buy, Wireless Wave, Tbooth Wireless, The Mobile Shop and Wireless etc…

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Video: A closer look at the Motorola RAZR V

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Jul 252012
 

Motorola Canada recently announced the Motorola RAZR V and Gadgetorama yesterday got an early look at this latest RAZR incarnation. Billed as the “RAZR for everyone,” it is very much an evolution of the first Motorola RAZR.

The Motorola RAZR V’s 4.3-inch qHD (540×960) ColourBoost display is a definite improvement over that of its predecessor. It is very bright and the colours are rich and vibrant. It retains the distinctive top chin at the rear where the camera and speaker are located. Without having played too much with it, this looks like a nice evolution for the RAZR family.

The video below gives you a taste of what you can expect:

The Motorola RAZR V will be available starting in Q3 from Bell Mobility, Videotron, Virgin Mobile, WIND Mobile, as well as a number of retailers. Pricing was not announced.

Bell and Virgin Mobile Canada roll out CA$60 6GB plan promotions

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Jul 182012
 

A day after Rogers unveiled its 6GB Super Plan promotion, both Bell and Virgin Mobile (a Bell flanker brand) have responded with similar promotions. The offers are quite similar but do feature a few small differences. The key points of the Bell and Virgin Mobile promotions are as follows:

  Bell Mobility Virgin Mobile Canada
Anytime minutes 200 300
Data 6GB 6GB
Other calling details Weekends & Early evenings from 6pm Weekends & Early evenings from 5pm
  Unlimited nationwide talk with any 10 numbers Unlimited incoming calls
Texts Unlimited Unlimited

As with the Rogers promotion, both of these expire on August 8th. There is also a CA$35 activation charge.

As always, be sure to check the fine print!

It remains to be seen if TELUS will step in with its own 6GB offer…

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HTC Desire C now available from SaskTel and Virgin Mobile Canada

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Jul 132012
 

HTC Desire CIt’s turning out to be quite the day for new devices hitting Canadian carriers. The HTC One X and Nokia Lumia 610 landed at TELUS and now the HTC Desire C is available from both SaskTel and Virgin Mobile Canada. It is an entry-level Android 4.0 smartphone aimed at those getting their “first smartphone or for those upgrading from an existing one.”

SaskTel is offering the HTC Desire C for free with a three-year contract, CA$49.99 with a two-year voice and data contract, CA$74.99 with a one-year voice and data contract, or CA$99.99 on its prepaid plan. Virgin Mobile Canada is offering it for free with the Virgin Mobile SuperTab or a three-year contract or CA$149.99 without any contract.

The HTC Desire C is also coming soon to both Fido and Rogers but no availability dates were announced.

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Motorola Mobility Canada announces Motorola RAZR V

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Jul 102012
 

Motorola RAZR VMotorola Mobility Canada today announced the newest addition to the RAZR family, the Motorola RAZR V. Like the other RAZRs, it is protected by a case that uses Kevlar, a scratch-resistant screen and an invisible nano-coating.

“We’re thrilled to launch another RAZR into the Canadian market,” says Michelle Digulla, general manager, Motorola Mobility Canada. “Motorola RAZR V will be available through a wide selection of channels – bringing the iconic Motorola design and smarter smartphone experience to Canadians.”

Motorola RAZR V specifications:

  • Processor: 1.2GHz dual-core
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Cellular connectivity:
  • Other connectivity: GPS/A-GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA
  • Display: 4.3-inch qHD (540×960) ColourBoost LCD
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 4GB onboard and microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP AF with LED flash
  • Front-facing camera: VGA FF
  • Connectors: Micro-USB port, 3.5mm headset jack
  • Battery: 1750mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 128.5 × 65.8 × 8.4 millimeters

With SMARTACTIONS, the Motorola RAZR V can automate and personalize common tasks. For example, the Meeting Rule will use your calendar and location to silence the ringer and activate the auto-text reply as well as still allowing pre-selected VIP callers through.

The Motorola RAZR V will be available starting in Q3 from Bell Mobility, Videotron, Virgin Mobile, WIND Mobile, as well as a number of retailers. Pricing was not announced.

Read more: Motorola Mobility Canada