The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo has gotten itself a new shade with Vodafone. If you’re the type who fancies alternate colors for your devices, you may want to check this out, as the Xperia Neo is now available in Red exclusively at Vodafone. That means you won’t be able to get a red Neo anywhere else (unless of course you buy it used from ebay, etc and switch networks to a carrier using the same frequency).
Having different colors is a nice option, as the Xperia PLAY comes in white or black as does the Apple iPhone. Obviously people want variety from the manufacturer rather than having to buy a pink gel case. But, you can still do that too.
Back in March, a Samsung Galaxy S II with a model number of I9100 passed through the FCC with AT&T compatible bands. Now we have another Galaxy S II, which also has AT&T bands, but sports a Tegra 2 chip, and has a model number of GT-I9103. The I9100 has the Exynos chip, which is found in all 3 million Galaxy S II’s that have sold to date worldwide.
So the big question is which one ends up on AT&T? It appears the choice of going with a Tegra 2 is not for performance, but more likely for cost or supply issues. Other than AT&T, either of these could also wind up in Canada or Russia. Stay tuned.
The Nexus One, oh the memories. This phone was initially sought after by many back in January of 2010, and I can safely say still loved today over a year later. Vodafone users were able to get their version of the Nexus One in April of 2010, and can now rejoice that they can update their devices to Android 2.3.4. This update of course introduces a number of fixes and improvements:
- UI Enhancements (simpler and slicker)
- New Android Keyboard, with easy copy/paste feature
- Improved Power Management
- Internet Calling support (Voip over SIP)
- Multiple Camera Management (front and back)
This new update is being pushed out OTA. You will be alerted when the update is pushed to your Nexus One and is labeled as build GRJ22.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab was the first mainstream Android tablet and it still is a pretty good value at $199 for the casual user. Today it gets even better as the Gingerbread update rolls out for Sprint customers.
Other than Gingerbread 2.3, there is one other fix which is for HID Bluetooth. This brings the software version to S:P100.08 S.EF17 and the build to GINGERBREAD.EF17. It will be released in stages, and all devices should have the update within 4 days.
The HTC Sensation 4G is now available on Bell for $149.95 for a 3-year contract or $549.95 off contract. You can also opt in for a 1 or 2-year contract for $524.95 or $499.95 respectively. Of course, if you don’t feel the need for HTC’s Sense, you can hold tight for the Samsung Galaxy S II. Check out the comparison battle.
- 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) screen
- 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm CPU
- 1080 p HD video playback
- dual LED flash
- Sense UI 3.0
- 1.2 MP front-facing camera
- 8 MP rear facing camera
We already know that the Droid Bionic passed the FCC last week, so we projected the launch date to be somewhere between July 28th – August 18. It looks like we are right on target because the above leaked image shows August 4th, but we are hoping there still might be a chance that direct fill orders will start July 28th. The long drawn out saga of the Droid Bionic will finally be over soon folks. The question is will this phone live up to the hype?
You will also notice that the Droid 3 is confirmed again for the July 14th launch. Expect an official announcement on that any day now since direct fill starts in two days.
The Droid Bionic has been a long drawn out saga. It was supposed to be out at the beginning of the 2nd quarter, then it was cancelled, and it was eventually replaced by a completely different device. We are expecting it to launch this summer and it looks like it is getting closer.
A Motorola device with LTE and CDMA just passed though the FCC yesterday. Although we cannot confirm for sure that it is indeed the Droid Bionic, we know of no other Motorola LTE phone. The big question is when will it be released? The Droid 3 passed through the FCC June 15th and the launch is July 14th. The Droid X2 was a little longer. We should see this dual-core LTE beast released somewhere between July 28th and August 18th.
We reported last week that it was possible that the Droid 3 would launch on July 14th because of a leaked image of the Best Buy inventory screen.
Well it looks like this is going to hold. It will first become available via direct fill starting next Thursday, July 7th, and the full retail launch will be July 14th. There is still not been an official announcement from Verizon or Motorola, but expect that soon. Pricing will be made available then. I will be shocked if it isn’t $199 with a 2-year contract.
Droid 3 specs include a QWERTY 5-row keyboard, dual-core processor, 1080P recording, front and back cameras, and 16GB internal storage.
We know we are close to the Droid 3 launch. Still no official date, but we are hoping the Best Buy leak of July 14th holds. To whet your appetite, the accessory list has leaked.
Notable items include an inductive wireless battery door and extended battery (1930mAh). You will also find the other usual items like the multimedia dock and window mount.
If the July 14th date holds look for an announcement late next week or by Monday, July 11th.
About 2 weeks ago, HTC announced that there would not be a Gingerbread update for the Desire due to memory contraints. The very next day they reversed their position and said it will happen.
HTC is a company that fulfills their promises and they posted the following update on their Facebook page:
Hi all- We’re excited to share that we are testing our build of Gingerbread for HTC Desire and will start doing quality assurance for it this week. When we have an update on availability we’ll post another announcement. Thanks for your support!
There are rumors that Sense will be eliminated to make room for Gingerbread, but there has been no official announcement. I am sure we will find out more soon as Telstra is expecting an August release. It is amazing how fast HTC moved on this.