The follow up to the Motorola PRO (or DROID PRO) was originally announced for only Asia and Europe, but those of you in Canada wanting a QWERTY Android phone will be happy to know that the Motorola PRO+ is headed to Bell in Canada on November 7th.
It features a 3.1-inch Gorilla Glass screen, 1GHz processor, a 5MP camera, 1600mAh battery, and Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. The PRO+ is all about security as well. It comes with 25 Exchange ActiveSync security policies – including PIN lock, auto-discovery of Exchange Servers, Extended Device Management API’s and 3LM integration.
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Today, Samsung and T-Mobile announced the launch of a new budget-friendly phone – the Samsung Exhibit II 4G, the sequel to the original Exhibit 4G that was introduced back in June. This new device will be available in Walmart stores tomorrow, October 27th, and will be sold at T-Mobile retail outlets starting November 2nd. Although budget friendly, the phone is still feature packed sporting a 3.7″ WVGA display, 1GHz processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 3 megapixel camera, front camera, and 4G (HSPA+) connectivity.
The Samsung Exhibit II 4G will be T-Mobile’s first no annual contract 4G smartphone, though it will also be available with a two-year contract. The Exhibit II 4G will run $29.99 after a $50 mail in rebate and a two-year contract, you can also get it for $199.99 sans contract, not too bad for someone who want’s an affordable device with the benefits of 4G speeds. Now, who plans on picking one of these up tomorrow?
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We already know that Sprint will deploy LTE by mid 2012, but we also learned that they plan on launching LTE-Advanced on its 800 MHz spectrum in the first half of 2013. Iyad Tarazi, Sprint’s vice president of network development and engineering, confirmed this at the 4G World conference. He expects that LTE-Advanced to achieve 12-15 Mbps download speeds.
Tarazi also added a little about the LTE rollout for next year. He confirmed the use of the 1900 MHz spectrum and the mid-2012 launch. He said they expect to have 250 milion to 277 million POPs covered with LTE by the end of 2013, which will be a bigger footprint than its existing CDMA network. For starters, voice will continue over CDMA, while data will be over LTE. By early 2013, they will switch over to voice over LTE (VoLTE). Last but not least, you can expect to see about 12 LTE devices next year.
HTC is sending invites for an event next Thursday, November 3, in New York City. We are expecting to finally see the Rezound which was known as the Vigor, the DROID Incredible HD, and the Thunderbolt 2. Of course we will cover all the details as it happens. We are hoping for a launch on November 10.
This baby, along with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the Motorola DROID RAZR, will give us some really nice choices this holiday season from Verizon Wireless. What are you guys leaning towards buying?
I just got my hands on the Samsung Stratosphere which spec-wise is not jaw-dropping, but enough for most people. It comes with a 4-inch (800 x 480) Super AMOLED screen, 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, and Android 2.3.5. What makes this phone appealing is that it’s 4G LTE compatible. With most LTE phones on Verizon priced at $299, this phone is a steal for $149.99. It’s a little thick, coming in at 14mm, but for those that like a QWERTY keyboard, this is more appealing than the DROID 3, which lacks LTE. Check out my quick hands on, and look for a full review shortly.
If you have your sights set on either the T-Mobile Galaxy Tab 10.1 or Huawei’s affordable 7″ Springboard tablet we have some news for you, sign up pages just went live for both devices on T-Mobile’s website. We knew launch was immenant but we didn’t know the official release dates until now.
You can grab the Springboard for no more than a measly 200 clams on November 7th, TmoNews thinks it will be available for $179.99 on a two-year contract. You can check out my short demo video from this years CTIA to see what the Huawei Springboard tablet is all about.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 on the other hand, will be available on November 2nd with exact pricing still a mystery. The Wi-Fi only models are priced between $499 and $599. A two-year agreement could bring that price down to $299 or $399, but we need official confirmation to be sure. You can head over to the T-Mobile sign up pages by clicking the following links.
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To me it’s never a big deal when accessories start appearing online for unreleased devices because it generally just confirms that we know the device exists and that’s about it. Well, the multimedia dock (EDD-H1F8BEG) and vehicle mount (ECS-K1F8BEG) for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has surfaced online at Cartronics. Take a look at the release date which says November 21. Usually accessories like this are released at the same time as the device so if this is correct, we won’t see the Galaxy Nexus until November 21. We have been hoping for November 10, but those MAP dates are not always spot one are they?
LG continues to aim to be a top contender in the mobile arena with their recently unveiled LG Optimus LTE. Only this time around the device is making its way to Bell as the “LG Eye”. Check out our recent post revealing some “eye” candy videos of a demo by LG themselves. The device is impressive all around sporting Gingerbread 2.3 and a 4.5inch “True HD IPS” display with resolutions beating out the iPhone (1280 x 720) or 329 pixels per inch. In addition, the handset sports a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU, an 8 meg camera capable of capturing 1080p HD videos, a whopping 1830 mAH battery and comes in at 10.4 mm thin. And of course, the device comes with LTE radios on board, hitting “theoretical” speeds of up to 100 mb/s.
The Source, a Bell-owned retailer has released a video showing off some of the features of the device and could possibly launch some time in November on Bell’s network. Check out the video and don’t forget to let us know what you think. As soon as we hear word of this device hitting our shores, you can be sure that you’ll be the first to know about it.
The HTC EVO Design 4G just launched on Sprint for $99.99, but if you are opening a new account, you can grab it for $29.99 (with a 2-year contract) at Amazon Wireless. To entice you a little more, they are waiving the activation fee till midnight tonight. The $29.99 price will remain though. If you are upgrading an existing account, you can still save $20.00 because they are offering it for $79.99 (with a 2-year contract). The EVO Design 4G won’t wow you with specs, but it’s more than enough for most consumers.
We were all happy to see the Samsung Galaxy Nexus finally get announced, but if there was a disappointment, it was the fact that there wasn’t any pricing or release dates revealed. We already heard from Verizon Wireless and the U.K. carriers, but only for intentions to carry the device, no pricing or dates have been officially announced.
Now O2 has put up their landing page for the Galaxy Nexus, but even though it’s one step closer to reality, we still feel empty without an actual date or price. The anticipation is killing us, but be assured that we are closer rather than later.