The Sony Xperia Z looks to be one step closer to going on sale stateside. The posted FCC documents appear to indicate Sony’s sleek and water resistant Android handset has passed inspection and deemed safe for the American market. The inspection process also gave us a chance to take a peek inside this guy. A few European sites have begun pre-sales, in the UK and Slovakia, but US consumers still have a couple months to go. Hit the source for the full gallery of Xperia Z dissection photos.
T-Mobile seems to often be late to the party when rolling out devices, or maybe it’s just my perception as an 11-year customer when they don’t offer a device I want on day-one like other carriers. However, T-Mobile seems to end up getting most of the same nice devices as the other major carriers eventually. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is no exception in this case. Revealed through FCC filing, the newest tablet in T-Mobile’s stable will be released as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (SGH-T779). As is usually the case with device sightings on FCC, we will most likely see the Tab 2 on Magenta’s network within the next couple of months if not late next month. Is anyone looking forward to this particular tablet from T-Mobile? Let us know.
LG’s Optimus L9, the latest phone in LG’s budget-friendly L Series lineup, is one step closer to its European release. The L9 has officially passed through FCC frequency testing which is a good sign that its release should be right around the proverbial corner. If you remember, LG stole the early spotlight before IFA officially kicked off with the announcement of the Optimus L9. The Korean manufacturer touted the phone’s 4.7-inch IPS display, dual-core 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel rear camera, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of on board storage – not bad at all for this sleek, budget-friendly device. We will of course provide an update when a solid release date is announced.
It looks like we might see another budget friendly device hit the store shelves soon now that we have seen the HTC Explorer, formerly Pico, pass FCC inspection. The phone was officially announced last month and HTC said it was initially heading to India and Europe. With the brief visit at the FCC, we can only guess it will land here in the U.S. as well.
In case you forgot, the Explorer is an entry level device and the price should be very affordable based on the handset’s specs, it may even end up being free with a two-year contract but no exact price has been confirmed. Just to recap, some features to expect are:
- 3.2-inch touchscreen with 320 x 480 resolution
- 600 MHz processor
- 512 MB internal storage
- 512 MB RAM
- 3 MP camera
- WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
- Bluetooth 3.0
- 1230 mAh battery
Also with the new pairing of HTC and Dropbox, you can probably expect the device to receive a pre-loaded Dropbox app and new owners should get the upgraded 5GB of cloud storage as well. If you missed our article about the two companies teaming up offering extended cloud storage on new HTC devices, be sure to check it out. Also, if you feel so inclined you can see all the dirty details of the FCC visit here, jump past the break to see a quick HTC Explorer promo video as well.
The FCC was successfully able to keep the Motorola Droid Razr under wraps until this mornings big announcement. It was only minutes after the unveiling that the FCC gave clearance to the phone, leading to some wishful thinking within the rumor mill.
Not only does the device support Verizon’s CDMA 800 and 1900 bands, GSM and WCDMA support is included as well. The FCC documents continue to say, “this device supports voice call functionality over GSM and WCDMA on non-US cellular networks,” which led to the wishful thinking I mentioned earlier. Other sites are reporting beliefs that the new Razr may actually be a world phone and if so, the first to support world-wide LTE connectivity. While this sounds all fine and dandy our very own, Sir Robert Nazarian, was at the official event and was able to confirm that in-fact this device will NOT be a globetrotter. Besides, wouldn’t that be a huge selling feature, one that Moto would have most definitely announced alongside the device? We will just have to wait and see exactly what this means for Moto’s new ridiculously thin smartphone.
Toshiba recently unveiled their new Honeycomb tablet dubbed the AT200 also being rumored as the Toshiba Excite. The AT200 was recently approved by the FCC and according to documents only measures 7.7mm thin, making it the thinnest Android tablet on the market. The FCC documents show that Toshiba’s new ultra-thin tablet will be constructed by Quanta, the makers of Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
With a 10.1″ 1280 x 800 resolution display, this Android 3.2 Honeycomb tab will be powered by a TI OMAP 4430 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and sport 1 GB of RAM. The AT200 will be offered in three different builds: 16GB, 32GB and also a 64GB model will be available. The new Toshiba tablet is said to release in Q4 just in time for the holidays. No pricing or release date have been reported but the FCC visit means we will see more details soon.
We haven’t had any shortage of rumors about the Nexus Prime and ICS over the past few days. We have already seen a leaked video of ICS, leaked ICS versions of Google+, and Google Music (which is available for download). The most recent bit of news comes from a rather reliable source, one you can definitely trust, the FCC.
It is said that Verizon will be the first carrier to receive the new Nexus device and will be known as the Droid Prime or Nexus Prime (SCH 15-15) which we have yet to see an FCC filing for. The Device that passed through the FCC late Friday night, The GT-i9250, thought to be the Galaxy Nexus, offers support for bands that work on AT&T and T-Mobile’s 3G networks. The document makes no mention of LTE or CDMA support.
The FCC documents confirm that this version of the phone will feature dual-band Wireless-N, Bluetooth, as well as NFC. Test reports show the device will measure 68mm x 124mm, about the same size as the popular Samsung Galaxy S II.
Although the official announcement for next Tuesday has been postponed, we will still be at CTIA next week for all three days crossing our fingers in hopes for a surprise appearance. For those who were hoping to see the Big Red version drop first, have faith, we will probably see that one pass through the FCC very soon. Stay tuned for further details….
If you are one of many who found it frustrating when ordering your Notion Ink Adam Android tablet, you can now breathe a sigh of relief as the FCC has certified the Adam, and shipping should begin around Wednesday this week! Rohan Shravan of Notion Ink had this to say about the approval and about re-opening orders again to the public on their blog;
Labs have officially announced the FCC clearance and will probably update the status on the FCC website either today or on Monday. This means that we start printing on Monday and start shipping around Wednesday! …Pre-order 2 has yet not started because we are waiting for deliveries in US and European countries (that would mean that we are just a few days away from it).
Rohan also recognized the difficulty people had with this whole pre-order process, and stressed that they will do a much better job going forward of keeping the customers involved, informed and most of all, happy!
[via Notion Ink Blog]
TechCrunch and Bloomberg have been suggesting that a couple of “facebook phone” are being developed, and one of which is being made by INQ. Just recently, INQ placed a mobile phone spec sheet to the FCC for Bluetooth certification, which it now has as well. That handset name is the INQ Cloud Touch, and speculation is now that this is the first of at least 2 facebook phones we’ll see in the near future. The INQ Cloud Touch is described as:
An Android smartphone built to make messaging faster and smarter. It’s designed around the way people naturally communicate and has Facebook built into its core. The homescreen features multiple entry points to different Facebook functions, while a dynamic widget displays a feed of status updates, albums, videos and photos.
The mockup shown above displays a touchscreen with full QWERTY, which was one of the designs rumored by Bloomberg. As far as we know, this device will be running Android as well, which allows them to play with a custom UI, allowing all kinds of facebook features. Which carrier(s) will get this device is unknown, but a European launch may be likely as it would be home turf for INQ out of London. AT&T has also been rumored to provide the facebook phone in the US, but no details or confirmation have been given by any party. We’re sure to hear something soon though now that this has made its way to the web.