Samsung Illusion Shows Up on Verizon Infocenter

At the beginning of the month we saw a document from Verizon leading us to believe that we may see a new entry level phone from Samsung this month. The Samsung Illusion has once again reared its head but this time in the form of an official Verizon Infocenter page. An unknown source sent the above screencap to our friends over at Android Central and gives us a little more confidence that the device launch is just around the corner.

Although an entry level smartphone, the Samsung Illusion should remind you a little of the Nexus S only in a smaller package and without the vanilla Android experience. The specs are still as we suspected: a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 512MB of RAM, 3MP camera and a curved 3.5-inch TFT HVGA display with a resolution of 480×320.

All in all, this is looking to be one of the best entry level devices out there and will make a great gift for the young ones this holiday season. That is if Big Red does launch the device within the next month or so. We still have no idea what price this will launch with but, given the specs I can imagine it will be rather affordable. It seems like Verizon is gearing up for something so we will let you know as soon as we hear more.

[via Android Central]

[DEAL] Costco To Sell DROID RAZR With Free Accessory Bonus Pack

Do you remember when Costco was giving a killer deal on the DROID Bionic including a free Accessory Bonus Pack for $279? Well thanks to a tip from AndroidCentral, it looks like Costco doing it again, but this time with the DROID RAZR. Included in the free bundle with the RAZR is an HDMI cable, HD dock, portable charger, and a second wall charger. Of course, you’ll need to be a Costco member to take advantage of this deal. I’d expect the pricing will be floating under Verizon’s contract price of $299 like it did with the Bionic. Who’s got a local Costco membership and locked and loaded for 11/11/11 11:11? Let’s hear it down there in the comments. Gotta love a good deal.

[via androidcentral]

Amazon UK Reschedules Galaxy Nexus Availability to December 2nd

Uh, oh. Apparently Amazon UK jumped the gun on when the SIM free Samsung Galaxy Nexus would become available. The originally planned availability date of November 17th for pre-orders has been changed, the new availability date is now December 2nd. This is a bit odd as Samsung has already confirmed Nov. 17 as the official UK launch so you could most likely expect to see it available through other vendors then. If you have already placed your order, unfortunately you will have to wait until the beginning of next month to receive shipment. This isn’t the first time Amazon UK has flubbed the date so anything could happen between now and then.

Any of you readers placed an order already?

[via Phandroid]

Win a DROID RAZR from Talk Android and Verizon Wireless (Updated)

UPDATE: We have a winner. See our announcement post here.

This Friday one of the sexiest and thinnest smartphones will become available on Verizon Wireless. Of course, with any DROID release there is a major contest hosted by @DroidLanding. It already began last week, but don’t worry it’s not too late. It appears the operative has secured 4 safes that each contain a DROID RAZR and Talk Android was one of the lucky blogs to receive one (pictured above).

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[Leak] US Cellular to Launch New 4G Network With Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab?

If there is any truth to the latest rumor that was fed to Phandroid, US Cellular appears to be gaining clout with device manufacturers. A tipster, said to be an employee at US Cellular, has provided an internal document showing a couple of impressive upcoming devices made by Samsung. If you have already studied the picture above I am sure you can guess what they are. Yep.. you’re right! You’re looking at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Not too shabby for a small time carrier if you ask me.

Another thing the document mentions is US Cellular’s 4G network, which is all ready to go,  just has no devices yet to support it. My guess is that the devices shown in the document are going to be the first to bat once US Cellular throws the 4G pitch. By the looks of things, US Cellular may be planning to play with the big dogs in 2012. Welcome to the majors? We shall see my friends.

[via Phandroid]

Amazon Kindle Fire with 8.9-Inch Display On the Horizon

It looks like Amazon is at it again. After announcing the first Kindle Fire, there are strong indications of a second version on the way. Contrary to a 10.1-inch display as most expected, the second Kindle Fire version will likely have an 8.9-inch display. The Verge reports LGD and CPT, which supplies the displays for the first Kindle Fire are preparing production capacities for 8.9-inch displays found in what will be the second version as well. Amazon is certainly pulling no strings with their intention to be a major player in the tablet war by having multiple versions of its crown jewel.

[via The Verge]

Verizon To Give Customers Double Data LTE Data Plans

Well look what we have here! As if the announcement back in October wasn’t enough, our friends at Android Central report Verizon Wireless has another trick up their sleeves. As of November 8th, new and existing customers will be able to have double data plans. What does this mean? Essentially you’re getting twice the amount of data as your monthly allowance for one price. That means you will get 4 GB of data for $30 (as opposed to 2 GB for the same price), 10 GB for $50, and 20 GB for $80.

While this isn’t an unlimited data offering, it is certainly enticing to say the least. Any bump up in data allowance per month is always appreciated, especially from the most frugal of Android users. Expect to see many new and existing VZW customers to take advantage of this great deal, especially since VZW has more and more markets lined up for LTE. AT&T, Sprint, & T-Mobile, your move?

[via Android Central]

Droid 4 Rears Its Pretty Head In Multiple Verizon Databases, Launch Coming Soon?

Well, just when you Droid 3 owners got your device all tucked in and settled for the night, we’ve got more news of the Droid 4’s release.  It’s possible the release is coming soon as it’s popping up on a couple of different Verizon internal databases.  The Razr like device with a physical qwerty could be Vz’s big December kickoff which would be just in time for the holidays.  It seems to be Verizon’s MO, when the device shows up in these particular databases, to be released within a month or two and since Verizon’s calendar for December seems wide open, it’s likely it could be launched then.  For now, we’ll just continue to speculate however, stay tuned as we keep an eye out for this one.  If you’ve been salivating over a Droid Razr but are not sure you can part with your precious physical qwerty, then this one’s for you friend.

[via Droid Life]

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet is officially announced

Today in New York City, Barnes & Noble unveiled the Nook Tablet which will go head to head with the Amazon Kindle Fire. As expected from the leak last week, the price will be $249, but the release date is one day later – November 17.   One other big difference is the processor. Last week’s leak showed a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP, but it’s actually a 1.0GHz dual core. Unknown at the time was RAM, and today they revealed that it will be 1GB, which is more than enough.

As reported, it will have a 7-inch VividView display, 16GB of storage with the ability to increase it by another 32GB via microSD, and support for Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Pandora. Battery life is expected to reach 11.5 hours of reading time or nine hours of video viewing.

So its Amazon vs Barnes & Noble this holiday season. Any predictions?

Full press release after the break:

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