HTC Bravo headed to T-Mobile UK in March?

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Jan 212010
 

The rumoured HTC Bravo has surfaced again, this time in an over-exposed picture. According to Osmio.com who landed the picture, the HTC Bravo is headed to T-Mobile UK perhaps as early as mid-March and for free on a £35 per month service plan. It may launch under a different name.

Rumoured HTC Bravo

Very similar to the Google Nexus One, it appears to have one key difference: An optical trackpad. If specifications on that leaked H1 2010 HTC roadmap are correct, the HTC Bravo will also sport quad-band GSM/EDGE and dual-band (900/2100MHz) WCDMA/HSPA.

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Orange executive confirms Apple iSlate tablet

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Jan 112010
 

In an interview earlier today, French carrier Orange executive Stéphane Richard, apparently confirmed the imminent release of the Apple tablet PC. Asked whether Apple was set to launch a tablet, Richard simply answered "Yes."

Richard also confirmed the presence of a webcam on the Apple tablet.

Apple is expected to announce its tablet PC, possibly to be known as the iSlate, at a press event on January 27th (originally thought to take place a day earlier).

Source: MobiFrance.com

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HTC product roadmap for first half of 2010 revealed?

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Dec 062009
 

It looks like an HTC roadmap has once again leaked out. Last year, we saw the 2009 roadmap. This time, the company’s portfolio for the first half of 2010 appears to have surfaced online. The information comes from a presentation made in October.

HTC will segment its upcoming devices into four categories: Design/Lifestyle, Social, Performance and Productivity. Spread across these categories are five Android-powered devices and three Windows Mobile ones.

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New details about HTC Touch.B

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Dec 032009
 

A couple of days ago, we saw pictures of the HTC Touch.B (codename Rome) but there were few details to go with them. MobiFrance.com is now back with some new details.

First, forget about Google Android or Windows Mobile 6.5. The HTC Touch.B will run Qualcomm’s BREW platform and could be HTC’s first BREW feature phone to be released.

The device is an early prototype and the ROM is still in development. The interface is still quite basic and some basic functionality such as a video player and Wi-Fi manager are still missing. MobiFrance.com recorded a short video of the device in action:

On the hardware side, new details include 3G connectivity, a touchscreen display, Bluetooth, and a 2MP camera.

HTC is reportedly planning to release its first BREW feature phones in early 2010.

Note: The title link is in French. [Google translation]

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Rumour of the day: Nokia to buy Palm?

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Nov 132009
 

Nokia

Is Nokia about to buy Palm? That was the rumour today that pushed Palm stock about 8 percent higher.

Rumours of Palm getting bought out have swirled for some time now. Other suitors mentioned in the past included Motorola, Dell, Microsoft and Nokia.

Not everyone believes that such a deal is imminent. Some analysts have pointed out that such a deal would cost about US$2 billion. Would Nokia in particular spend this much on a new strategy after investing so much into the Symbian and Maemo operating systems? Instead, it could license Palm’s webOS instead.

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New details about Asustek Eee-branded ebook reader?

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Sep 072009
 

A couple of weeks ago, Asustek revealed that it plans to release its own ebook reader to take on the likes of Amazon and its Kindle and Sony and its Reader line. New details have now come to light about this move.

According to a spokesman for Asus in the UK, the company could offer more than one device (as Sony currently does). Both a budget and a premium version could be offered. Asustek is apparently aiming for a £100 price point for the budget device (but we remember what happened with the Eee PC).

The premium device could come with a hinged spine, allowing a reader to see two pages at the same time, giving it a much closer book experience than current ebook readers. The dual-screen configuration could also allow the reader to have his book on one page and a browser or a virtual keyboard on the other. The device could also sport a colour display, speakers, a webcam and a microphone.

It is still not clear what Asustek will do to deliver content to its devices. Will it partner with an established player or will it build its own content delivery platform?

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Nokia N900 headed to AT&T and Rogers Wireless?

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Aug 292009
 

Nokia N900

When Nokia unveiled the Maemo-powered N900 earlier this week, the specifications only showed 3G covering 900, 1700, and 2100MHz bands. While that was good news for T-Mobile USA users, it was not so welcome news for AT&T and Rogers Wireless customers. Fortunately, it appears that a NAM edition with support for the 850/1900/2100MHz bands is also in the works.

When asked about such a device, Nokia apparently responded with the following:

Regarding the network bands, you are correct – we announced a WCDMA 900/1700/2100 MHz bands. We have not made any announcements regarding an 850/1900/2100 MHz band device. An announcement will be forthcoming.

For now, take all this with a grain of salt but Nokia’s past behaviour (the Nokia E63 NAM, E72 NAM, and N95 NAM for example) does make this quite plausible.

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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.

New details on upcoming BlackBerry devices leaked?

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Apr 052009
 

Research In Motion

The Boy Genius Report has landed details about three upcoming BlackBerry devices. All three will apparently be part of the 9000-series family and are GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS devices.

The BlackBerry Onyx and Magnum both will come with GPS, a camera, Wi-Fi (no UMA support), a QWERTY keyboard, and a 480×360 resolution screen. Both are apparently headed to AT&T. It’s not the first time that the Magnum codename has surfaced. In the past, it has been suggested that the Magnum would be the first RIM device to combine a touchscreen with a thumb QWERTY keyboard.

The BlackBerry Driftwood also comes with GPS, a camera and a QWERTY keyboard. It will also come with Wi-Fi with UMA support. There are no details about its display.

The Boy Genius surmises that the Magnum and Driftwood are probably the same device but headed to different carriers.

Meanwhile, the rumoured BlackBerry Gemini could turn out to be an entire device line rather than a single device. It could end up being the codename for a Curve family refresh.

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Garmin planning Android-powered mobile phone

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Dec 222008
 

A DigiTimes report about Garmin GPS personal navigation devices (PNDs) revealed that the company is planning to launch Android handsets in the second half of 2009. The company will do the development of the new handsets but will outsource production.

Garmin is already a member of the Open Handset Alliance so the story is certainly plausible.

The report also indicated that the Garmin nüvifone will hit the Taiwanese market in the second quarter of 2009.

Garmin was not too pleased with the report though. It issued a press release disputing the DigiTimes report, indicating that it contains a number of inaccuracies in both sales figures and product rollout schedules.

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Upcoming HP Silver spotted in the wild

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Oct 012008
 

HP Silver

Do you remember the HP Silver, first spotted on a leaked 2008 Vodafone product roadmap? Expected over the summer, no word has been heard about it until today. Endgadget Mobile has just landed pictures of the HP Silver on the loose somewhere in the world.

Few new details are known but the HP Silver is expected to come with Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard, HSUPA connectivity, a QVGA display, a RIM SureType-like keyboard, integrated GPS and WiFi.

There is no word on any updated street dates or pricing (originally expected around £250 or about USD$450).

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iPhone nano coming before Christmas?

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Aug 032008
 

Apple

Rumours of a lower-end iPhone have surfaced again. This time, The Daily Mail reports that Apple will launch an iPhone ‘nano’ before Christmas. In late March, Piper Jaffray predicted that Apple would launch such a product to make inroads into the lower end of the market.

The iPhone nano is expected to be offered by O2 (and presumably others) and sell for up to £150 (about USD$300) in the pay-as-you-go market.

The Daily Mail sources describe the iPhone nano as a candybar device that could have a touch wheel on the back and display on the front.

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Microsoft Zune headed to Europe in 2009?

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Mar 132008
 

Microsoft Zune

French newspaper Les Echos (subscription required) is reporting that Microsoft is bringing the Zune to Europe in 2009. The interview with French Microsoft executive François Ruault, also reveals a number of other details about the upcoming launch.

On the hardware side, Microsoft will launch a newer third generation models in time for the European debut. Unfortunately, there are no details on these upcoming devices. This makes sense as the current models will be quite dated in a year.

Microsoft is also planning to launch a Zune Marketplace to go along with the players. Offering both music and mobile games, it will be accessible not only to Zune players but also to Windows Mobile devices. It’s not clear though how the new functionality will be offered to PDAs and smartphones. Could it be an OS upgrade, a software download or something that only newer devices will support? Microsoft will use its recent purchase of Musiwave, a French provider of mobile music services, as the basis for its European offering.

As to why it will take so long to launch in Europe, Microsoft attributed the delays to careful planning to ensure that its launch will be successful.

Note: The ‘More information’ link will take you to an article in French. [Google translation]

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More details on upcoming Asus Eee 900 series

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Mar 032008
 

ASUS Eee

There is more evidence that ASUS is getting ready to announce a second generation of its popular Eee PC. French site BlogEEE.net has received new information and it pretty much confirms earlier statements by ASUS.

The new Eee PC 900 will feature a larger 8.9-inch display (likely a resolution of at least 1024×600), a faster processor (speed undisclosed), a standard 1GB of RAM (up from 512MB on most current models) and up to 12GB of SSD storage. The new Eee will be the same size as the current 700 series.

The Eee 900 series should be available this summer.

Unfortunately, all that extra Eee goodness will come with a premium. The price for the Eee 900 will start at 399€ (about USD$600).

Note: The ‘More information’ link is in French. [Google translation]

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The Boy Genius reveals 2008 Vodafone roadmap

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Jan 052008
 

Rumoured HP Oak

The Boy Genius appears to have gotten his hands on the 2008 Vodafone device roadmap and has shared it with all. Here is a quick overview of what we could see in 2008.

A new device in the BlackBerry 8000 series. Coming in May 2008, it will be powered by a 624MHz processor built on the new Tavor chipset, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, a “half VGA” 480×320 screen, integrated GPS, Wi-Fi, a 2MP camera, integrated QWERTY keyboard and a 1500mAh battery.

RIM will also offer up the BlackBerry 8110 (Pearl 2) starting this month. It features quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity, a 240×260 display, RIM SureType keyboard, 64MB of user memory, integrated GPS, Bluetooth, 2MP camera, and a microSD expansion slot.

The Nokia Liam is expected to replace the E61i with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, UMTS/HSDPA (bands not specified), a 3.2MP camera and a front-facing one for video calls, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 2.36-inch 320×320 display, QWERTY keyboard and integrated GPS. The launch date is set for the second quarter of 2008.

The Nokia Dora slider will succeed the E65. It improves on its predecessor by adding GPS and a 3.2MP camera. It also comes with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA (3G bands not specified) connectivity, a 2.4-inch 320×320 display, Bluetooth and a microSD expansion slot. It will sell for £280, starting sometime in Q2 2008.

The Palm Drucker will replace the Treo 750v sometime around July 2008. It will be powered by the upcoming Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and come with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, a 320×320 touchscreen, display, QWERTY keyboard, 2MP camera, integrated GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 and a 1500mAh battery. Pricing is expected around £270.

Palm will also offer the Palm Wanda as the Treo 500v successor. Running Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard, it will come with tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA (3G bands not specified) connectivity, QWERTY keyboard, GPS, and a 2MP camera.

HP will offer the HP Silver, a Windows Mobile 6 Standard device also expected in July. It will pack HSUPA connectivity, a QVGA display, a RIM SureType keyboard, integrated GPS and WiFi. Pricing is expected around £250.

HP will also offer the HP Oak (pictured here). Also sporting HSUPA connectivity, it will come with Windows Mobile 6 Professional, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, traditional number pad on the front, integrated GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The release date is set for September 2008 at a price of £260.

The ODM v16xx series is described as a low cost QWERTY candy-bar form factor device. Powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, it comes 2.5G tri-band connectivity, QWERTY keyboard, QVGA touchscreen display, integrated GPS and a 1.3MP camera. It will be released in September 2008 for £120.

It is once again time to start saving our pretty pennies!

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