Samsung Omnia II confirmed for Verizon

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Aug 262009
 

Samsung USA has launched a landing page on its web site for the upcoming Omnia II. Details are slim but it does confirm that the Omnia II will be headed to Verizon Wireless.

The Samsung Omnia II will revolutionize the way you text and email – faster and more accurately. Plus, it’s loaded with the latest in business and multimedia functionality. Coming soon exclusively at Verizon Wireless.

Rumours suggest that the Omnia II will run Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional with the TouchWiz 2.0 user interface.

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A slew of leaked device release dates

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Aug 092009
 

It was a busy weekend for leaks about upcoming device launches. It looks like we now have a better idea of what Sprint, Verizon and AT&T are planning to launch in the upcoming weeks.

Over at Sprint, it appears that the HTC Touch Pro2 will be released on September 3rd. The leaked roadmap also shows the Samsung Instinct s50, the original Instinct’s successor, about which little is known.

Meanwhile, a Best Buy launch roadmap indicates that the Samsung Omnia II will launch on August 23rd. This suggests that Verizon will launch the device on that day. Best Buy will also launch a number of other lower end devices that day.

Not to be let out, an AT&T product launch roadmap also leaked out. The list does not give precise dates but are all apparently coming soon. Among these are the BlackBerry Bold 9000, the BlackBerry 9700 (codename Onyx?), the Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 powered by its unique operating system, the HTC Tilt 2 (with and without camera), the HTC Pure (BGR suggests it’s the HTC Snap), and a number of other lower end devices.

Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 now available in Asia

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Jul 292009
 

Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60

The delays are at last over; the Garmin-Asus Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 went on sale this week in Taiwan. Singapore and Malaysia are set to follow in late August. It will land in Europe and the U.S. later in 2009.

"We can’t wait for our customers to start using a nüvifone," said Cliff Pemble, Garmin’s president and COO. "Our lives are all about location. The nüvifone is designed around that premise and that’s what differentiates it from the myriad of other phones on the market."

The Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 is powered by a Linux operating system. It comes with quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band (850/1900/2100MHz) HSDPA connectivity, a 3.55-inch WQVGA touchscreen display (with three primary icons – “Call,” “Search,” and “View Map” and secondary icons on the side), 128MB RAM and 4GB flash memory, built-in GPS, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 (with A2DP), built-in accelerometer, a 3MP camera with auto-focus and geo-tagging, a microSDHC card slot (up to 16GB), and a 1100mAh battery.

The Garmin-Asus nüvifone M20, powered by Windows Mobile, will also go on sale in August in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. It will also head to Europe later in the year but a North American release does not appear to be in the cards at this time.

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RIM announces BlackBerry Curve 8520 for T-Mobile USA

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Jul 272009
 

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520

Research In Motion announced the BlackBerry Curve 8520 today. Headed to T-Mobile USA, it will be available starting on August 5th.

The slim new BlackBerry Curve 8520 is an incredibly approachable smartphone that comes in two attractive colors from T-Mobile – black and frost. For people who like to be connected, it provides easy mobile access to email, messaging (IM, SMS, MMS) and popular social networking sites (including Facebook and MySpace) and features a highly tactile full-QWERTY keyboard for comfortable, accurate typing. It also features rich multimedia capabilities and access to music, games and other mobile apps for entertainment on the go.

The BlackBerry 8520 is powered by a 512MHz processor and comes with quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity, a 2.64-inch QVGA display, a 35 key backlit QWERTY keyboard with trackpad, 256MB Flash memory, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.0 + EDR, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 2MP camera, and a 1150mAh battery.

Stay tuned for pricing information.

The BlackBerry Curve 8520 will also be available in August from Vodafone UK.

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T-Mobile UK to launch HTC Hero as T-Mobile G1Touch

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Jun 272009
 

T-Mobile UK G1 Touch

T-Mobile UK used Twitter to announce that its second Google Android device will be the just announced HTC Hero. T-Mobile UK as opted not to offer the HTC Magic as T-Mobile USA is doing (as the T-Mobile myTouch 3G).

In a series of tweets, it revealed a number of details including that it will use the new HTC Sense user interface and will feature 7 homescreens. It will be available in black.

The G1Touch will be available starting in mid-July from www.t-mobile.co.uk and T-Mobile UK stores. It will be available for free with certain plans (including an 18-month Flext £40 contract).

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Apple iPhone OS 3.0 to be available today (Updated)

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Jun 172009
 

Apple

Apple is set to release the free upgrade to iPhone 3.0 (with over 100 new features, including cut/copy/paste across all applications, tethering over USB or Bluetooth, an updated Safari browser, push notifications, a landscape keyboard in key applications, and more) today. A link circulating on Twitter suggested that the release had been pushed back day (to the 18th) but a closer look at the link reveals that this is Apple’s Singapore site. It’s likely that the one day difference is due to timezones. If Apple releases the iPhone OS upgrade around noon EST today, it will already be the 18th in Singapore.

For the record, both Apple’s U.S. and Canada sites still show a June 17th release date. It’s now a matter of when today it will become available.

Don’t forget also that the Apple iPhone 3G S will be available this Friday, June 19th in the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK.

Update: The iPhone 3.0 upgrade is now available for download. The iPod touch version is also available.

Garmin-Asus planning Android phone for 2010

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Jun 132009
 

Earlier this month, Garmin-Asus announced that it will launch an Android-powered smartphone in the first quarter of 2010. One executive indicated that it might even come out before that. Few details were released but it would use Garmin GPS technology.

Garmin-Asus announced two smartpphones earlier this year. The nüvifone G60, the original nüvifone which was actually announced back in early 2008, and the nüvifone M20, a smaller model with a 2.8-inch touchscreen and powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. And what about that Eee Phone?

Considering that we’re still waiting to see both the nüvifone G60 and M20, Garmin-Asus might consider getting those two devices out before announcing new ones.

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Sprint announces Palm Pre release date and pricing

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May 192009
 

Palm Pre

Finally! Sprint has announced the release date and pricing for the Palm Pre (and the new Palm webOS). It will be available starting on Saturday, June 6th for US$199.99 (after US$100 mail-in rebate) with a two-year service agreement (Everything Data plan or Business Essentials with Messaging and Data plan required).

“The Palm Pre takes full advantage of Sprint’s Everything Data plans,” said Avi Greengart, research director for Consumer Devices at Current Analysis. “The Pre has been expressly designed for multitasking among multiple web pages and applications. It also builds on Palm’s heritage in PDAs by managing your digital information – whether that’s on a corporate server or on the web."

A number of Palm Pre accessories, including the Palm Touchstone charging dock, will be available at the same time.

The Palm Pre will be available from Sprint stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack, select Wal-Mart stores and online at Sprint.com.

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National Geographic offers dual-SIM Duet D888

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Apr 252009
 

National Geographic Duet D888

National Geographic (as in the magazine) is the latest to offer a dual-SIM mobile phone. The renowned magazine has been offering mobile phones for some time now.

The Duet D888 is essentially two phones in one. The phone features a dual SIM mechanism that allows you have 2 SIM cards in your phone simultaneously – the local SIM card and the free Talk Abroad international SIM card. The Talk Abroad SIM Card works in 200 countries and offers unlimited free incoming calls in over 60 countries.

The Duet D888 comes with tri-band (900/1800/1900MHz) GSM connectivity, a 2.8-inch QVGA display, a 2MP camera, dual Bluetooth (your headset will support both lines), an FM stereo radio, built-in stereo speaker, and a microSD card slot (1GB card also included). The Duet D888 has been approved by the FCC.

The Duet D888 is available for US$149 (CA$198) through Cellular Abroad.

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HTC Magic to debut on Vodafone UK on May 5th

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Apr 182009
 

HTC Magic

The HTC Magic is now available for pre-order on the Vodafone UK site. Best of all, Vodafone expects that it will be available on May 5th.

The HTC Magic is powered by a 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7201a processor and Google Android (version 1.5 likely). It comes with quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band (900/2100MHz) HSDPA/WCDMA connectivity, a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen display, 192MB RAM and 512MB ROM, built-in GPS, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, a 3.2MP camera with auto-focus, a microSDHC expansion slot, a digital compass, and a 1340mAh battery. Unlike the T-Mobile G1, it does not come with a QWERTY keyboard but does have a trackball.

Vodafone UK will offer the HTC Magic for free on monthly plans that start at £30.

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Mio announces 3.5G Explora K70 GPS mobile phone

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Mar 032009
 

Mio Explora k70

The new Garmin-ASUS nüvifones suddenly have some competition from one of Garmin’s PND competitors. As expected, Mio announced its first 3.5G mobile phone today at the CeBIT tradeshow in Germany.

The Mio Explora K70 is powered by a 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7201A processor and Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. It comes with quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band (850/1900/2100MHz) connectivity, a 3.5-inch touchscreen WQVGA display, 128MB RAM and 256MB ROM, GPS/A-GPS, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, a 3MP camera with autofocus and geotagging, a microSDHC card slot, and a 1000mAh battery. It measures 115 by 61.5 by 11.9 millimeters and weighs 115 grams.

Mio also unveiled its new Spirit navigation user interface but it’s not clear whether it is included on the Explora K70. It is slated to appear on other products throughout 2009 and promises an intuitive user interface with less clicks between functions to make PNDs easier and more interesting to use.

Mio has yet to reveal availability and pricing information for the Explora K70.

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i-mate announces super-tough i-mate 810-F smartphone

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Feb 122009
 

i-mate 810-F

It’s not clear if this is the revolutionary device promised by i-mate last month but the company just announced the i-mate 810-F smartphone, described as the world’s most adventurous Smartphone.

Whether you work in the great outdoors or in an office, on the road or on a building site, or you just simply want a tough take-anywhere mobile, the 810-F offers everything you need for work and play. The phone comprises waterproof rubber casing and exposed metal screws to lock in the factory seal, making it impervious to almost anything.

The i-mate 810-F is powered by a 624MHz PXA processor and Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. It comes with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band HSDPA connectivity, a QVGA touchscreen display, a full QWERTY keyboard, 128MB RAM and 2.2GB of built-in storage, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 2MP camera, digital compass, and an accelerometer.

The 810-F meets the MIL-STD-810F series of standards, meaning that it can operate at temperatures between -10°C and 60°C, and can tolerate high pressure, submersion in water, and extreme shocks. i-mate will back it with a lifetime warranty.

i-mate plans to have the 810-F available in the next few weeks. Pricing information was not revealed.

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Garmin-Asus announces nüvifone M20

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Feb 122009
 

Garmin-Asus nüvifone M20

Garmin-Asus unveiled a second mobile phone in its nüvifone product line. The Garmin-Asus nüvifone M20 is an all-in-one phone, mobile web-browser and premium navigation system with a Windows Mobile operating system.

As the first Garmin-Asus nüvifone powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional with enterprise email, the sleek and colorful nüvifone M20 is designed for on-the-go professionals who want a fashionable and functional smartphone to manage their busy work and personal lives.

The nüvifone M20 is powered by a 528MHz Qualcomm 7200A processor and Windows Mobile Professional 6.1. It comes with tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band HSDPA/UMTS connectivity, a 2.8-inch VGA touchscreen display, 4GB or 8GB of flash memory (depending on the market), 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, a 3MP camera with auto-focus and geotagging, an accelerometer, and a 920mAh battery.

Two models will be available. The North American model will support the 850/1800/1900MHz 2G bands and 850/1900MHz 3G bands. The other model will support the 900/1800/1900MHz 2G bands and 900/2100MHz 3G bands.

Like with the nüvifone G60, there is a strong focus on LBS (location based services). It comes with the same navigation capabilities as Garmin nüvi PNDs, and comes with preloaded maps and points of interest. It also includes Ciao!, an application that lets you see where friends and family are, and other Connected Services, a suite of various online applications and data.

Garmin-Asus will announce nüvifone M20 pricing and availability details later in the first half of 2009.

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Garmin-Asus reveal nüvifone G60 specifications

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Feb 122009
 

Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60

Just days before the start of the Mobile World Congress, Garmin-Asus has released the final specifications of the upcoming nüvifone G60.

The nüvifone G60 was developed with an LBS-centric design philosophy. Location information is added to everyday applications including email, SMS, photo sharing, social networking and more in order to enhance applications and share location information with others.

The G60 is none other than the original nüvifone that Garmin has been working on for over a year. It received a new model number when Garmin and Asus announced a new partnership earlier this month and plans for other nüvifones.

The Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 is powered by a Linux operating system. It comes with quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band (850/1900/2100MHz) HSDPA connectivity, a 3.55-inch WQVGA (272 by 480) touchscreen display (with three primary icons – "Call," "Search," and "View Map" and secondary icons on the side), 128MB RAM and 4GB flash memory, built-in GPS, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 (with A2DP), built-in accelerometer, a 3MP camera with auto-focus and geo-tagging, a microSDHC card slot (up to 16GB), and a 1100mAh battery. It measures 112 by 58.1 by 14.6 millimeters and weighs 137 grams (with battery).

Garmin-Asus will announce pricing and availability details later in the first half of 2009.

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Nokia E75 revealed

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Feb 092009
 

Nokia E75

Expansys has revealed the upcoming Nokia E75 ahead of any announcement by the Finnish company. This is not the first time that Expansys has outed a device before its manufacturer has announced it (like the HTC Iolite in early January).

The Nokia E75 is powered by the Series 60 operating system (with dual Home screens). It comes with quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band (900/2100MHz) HSDPA connectivity, a QVGA display, AGPS, a keypad and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, a 3.2MP auto-focus camera with LED flash, an FM stereo radio, a microSDHC slot, and a 1000mAh battery.

Expansys expects that the Nokia E75 will be released on March 13, 2009 and that it will sell for £389.99 (about US$585) unlocked.

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