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Acer looking to produce quad-core tablets

One of the benefits of the Android ecosystem is that it invites hardware manufacturers to produce devices at a variety of price points, an invitation not loss on Acer. While many people focus on the high end, top-tier devices, eventually that cutting-edge technology trickles down to eventually become part of the budget tier of devices as we are seeing with some Acer hardware. According to reports, Acer is working on plans to produce 8- and 10-inch tablets running on quad-core MediaTek processors with “aggressive” price points. Readers may recall Acer showing off the Acer Iconia B1-A71 tablet at CES with a planned retail price less than $150 dollars. These new quad-core tablets from Acer will join that device for buyers on a budget. Linxian Lang, president of Acer’s Greater China unit, thinks the strategy of producing tablets across a wide spectrum of price points, including the low-end, will help Acer regain momentum in the tablet market.

source: Engadget

LG E400 Optimus L3 Listed For Pre-Order In Sweden, Set For Appearance At MWC?

Looks like we have some information about an upcoming and intriguing LG budget phone. Apparently, the LG E400— otherwise known as the “Optimus L3”— is up for pre-order online at a Swedish retailer. This retailer is listing the phone at 1,290 kr (roughly $190 US or 144 Euros). While we don’t know the complete details of the internals, we do know the phone will feature Gingerbread 2.3, a 3MP camera and a microSD card slot. Expect more information to leak out as we approach MWC.

source: cdon

T-Mobile UK Releases Budget Friendly Vivacity

T-Mobile UK has released a self-branded budget Android smartphone in both their retail and online stores. This budget friendly phone is sporting Android 2.3(Gingerbread) and is comparably lighter to the iPhone (118g vs 137g). This phone has the following specs:

– a 3.5-inch WVGA TFT touchscreen
– a 5MP camera
– 512MB internal storage (Up to 32GB storage via Micro SD slot)
– Built-In GPS and FM radio
– 3G+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

While there isn’t an exact specification for processor speed, our best guess would be that of the single-core variety. The slated talk-time for this phone is 4 hours, which isn’t that impressive to say the least.  The Vivacity is available in sleek black or white variations. You can purchase the phone for £99 on a pay-as-you-go plan or you can get the phone for free on a £10 per month, 24 month contract.

So those of you UK shoppers that are in the market for a new phone and on a budget, T-Mobile UK looks to appeal to you with the Vivacity. We haven’t played with one ourselves so any of you that have, we would love to know your thoughts. For those that are interested in knowing more, we’ve included the presser after the break.

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Sprint Outs Unannounced Huawei Express in Youtube Overview Video

Last week we had an opportunity to show you the unannounced Sprint Express. The only way we spotted the device was because some ninja noticed the unfamiliar full QWERTY phone within the Now Network’s most recent Playbook. Now, it seems that Sprint has slipped out even more info on its Youtube channel via an introductory promo video of the device.

Check out the video below for a quick run down of the Express’ hardware and features. Don’t expect to do any serious data consumption with this phone, it is more geared toward the casual communications user. If this entry level Android looks like something you might be interested in, our earlier leak shows that the device will become available on November 18th for $20 on contract.

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[via Pocketnow]

The Nabi Tablet – A Kid Friendly Android Tablet Available For Pre-Order Now

Aww, isn’t this cute. A kid friendly, adult approved Android tablet. While this isn’t the first children’s Android tablet we have seen, App developer FUHU has teamed up with the worlds target toy store, Toys R Us, and created another budget friendly Android tablet for children. This time around we bring you the Nabi tablet. The Nabi is a tablet meant for fun and education and features a “kiddie” UI on top of the Android OS and allows the little ones to safely surf the web, watch movies, read books and have access to various educational applications. And after the kids have gone to bed, parents can commandeer the Nabi, enter a secret password, and unlock the tablet for a more traditional Android experience. Sounds like a gift with benefits to me!

The Nabi tablet has specs that may baffle some parents and could make some Android tablet owners jealous. The screen is a 7-inch, 800×480 resolution display and can playback video at 1080p HD. Pretty sweet, huh? Lemme finish. The unit is powered by a 533MHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor with a PowerVR SGX530 GPU that allows for 3D gaming. There is a 3,000mAh battery that supposedly provides up to 5 hours of non-stop Barney watching, or whatever it is these kids are watching these days. Your child we also be able to visit to keep abreast on all the latest Android news via Wi-Fi, and a front facing camera will aid in video chat for those times when you are out of town on business. Read more

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]

Sprint Samsung Transform Ultra unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

The Samsung Transform Ultra is already available on Boost Mobile, but it will be released for Sprint on November 13 for $79.99 after a $50 rebate. Fans of budget-friendly phones are going to like this. It’s pretty much stock Android with the ability to do some easy customizing with Sprint ID, and the QWERTY keyboard makes texting and emails a breeze. It features a 3.5-inch (480 x 320) display, 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 3MP rear camera, VGA front camera, 1500mAh battery, and Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. If you looking for a sub $100 phone and want a QWERTY keyboard, this is the phone for you. We will give a full review soon, but in the meantime, checkout the initial hands on review below.

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[Leak] 2 Budget Friendly Devices Heading to Sprint in Time for the Holidays

With so many amazing devices being released it seems it’s about time we even it out by adding a couple not-so-amazing devices to the roster. A recent leak from Sprint outs a couple entry level phones that will be available just in time for the holidays.

The Samsung Transform Ultra, landing at Sprint on November 13th for $79.99, will be a great phone for young people or folks who don’t desire to have a high-end device in their pocket. Sporting a 1GHz processor running Android 2.3, the Transform Ultra comes with a full QWERTY keyboard, 3MP camera and front camera for video chat.

The second Sprint phone, also landing Nov. 13th, is the Kyocera DuraCore. This direct-connect device will only cost $69.99 but we haven’t gotten any specs on it yet.

[via SprintFeed]

Motorola FIRE XT is heading to Italy in late November

Remember the Motorola FIRE XT we told you about 2 months ago? Motorola just officially announced its availability for late November in Italy for €199. Fans of budget-friendly phones are going to be all over this one.

“Smartphones have become integral, personal parts of users’ lives – that’s why Motorola believes they should be fun, fashionable and feature-packed,” said Paolo Prearo, general manager Mobile Devices Business, Motorola Mobility Italia. “Motorola FIRE XT is an affordable device that gives younger, fast-moving users everything they want from a top-quality smartphone.”

Full specs and press release after the break:

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