We saw Sony’s Xperia S at CES this year, and even heard it would be arriving in Canada at some point. Well, in a press release today, Sony announced that “a limited number of Xperia S smartphones will be available exclusively at Sony Stores across Canada, beginning April 17th.” This is a page right out of the Apple handbook: release a phone in your retail stores first, then give it to the carriers. This type of staggered availability certainly helps increase the hype and demand for a device since everyone wants what is hard to get. It also helps perpetuate the illusion of high demand when the news covers the lines that form outside retail locations. With smartphones, retail locations make sense since most people want to feel what a phone is like in their own hands before making a buying decision. Even Samsung is toying with the concept of a store within a store. Is this a trend?
As for carriers, Sony says the Xperia S is “compatible with the Rogers wireless network” but doesn’t mention it’s exclusive. This could mean that the device is unlocked and could be compatible with other networks, but we don’t know that for sure yet.
The Xperia S will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread but is slated for an update to Ice Cream Sandwich later this year. It sports a 4.3-inch Reality Display at 1280 x 720, a whopping 12MP camera that can take 1080p HD video, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 32GB of internal storage, NFC, and HDMI. All this can apparently be had for $99.99 on a 3-year plan with Rogers.
Check out the full press release after the break.
The Samsung Galaxy Note is about to get some sexy in its life… well for the version in Canada at least. Sammy has announced it will bring the device in a ceramic white color across the major Canadian wireless carriers. That means you’ll get to view and use all the noteworthy features in white casing. Here’s Samsung Canada VP of Mobile Communications sharing his thoughts:
“GALAXY Note continues to delight customers with its incredible versatility and unique user experience and we are excited to introduce a new colour of the popular Samsung Galaxy Note to Canadians.”
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Sony has really upped its game this year as it looks to go toe-to-toe with Android kingpins Samsung, HTC and Motorola. The latest flagship device, the Xperia S, was revealed to the world at the CES show back in January and the device is picking up critical acclaim throughout the tech world. It seemed this morning that Canada would be the next country to pick up the device as the Sony Mobile Facebook page posted the above image early this morning. The admittedly genuine looking advert suggested that Xperia S is ‘coming soon’ to Rogers Canada however all may not be as it seems. Just as quickly as the image was posted it disappeared again in a cloud of mystery.
Canadian tech site MobileSyrup contacted Rogers who confirmed that while the device will certainly be compatible with its network, there are no specific plans to offer it directly. It looks like any Canadian Xperia S fans might need to pick up this new flagship device sim-free.
Just in case you’d forgotten, The Xperia S boasts a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4.3″ 720p display, and a market leading 12MP camera. The device ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread however Ice Cream Sandwich will follow shortly thereafter. Definitely a device worth getting your hands, whether it’s sim-free or otherwise!
source : mobilesyrup
The dust is still settling over in Barcelona after the Android-fest that was Mobile World Congress 2012. We saw devices of all shapes and sizes and covering a mass range of budgets, so inevitably one or two devices have flown quietly under the radar. One such device is the ICS toting, LG Optimus L7 which is now winging its way over to Canada by way of Rogers Wireless. Canadian mobile website, mobilesyrup has received a tip suggesting that the device is set to join Rogers “Smartphone Lite” budget phone line-up.
As a quick reminder, the Optimus L7 is a mid-range, Android 4.0 ICS phone with a 4.3″, 480 x 800 display, 1 GHz single-core processor and a 5MP, LED equipped camera. There’s no word on price or launch date just yet however we’ll be sure to update you as soon as there is.
source : mobilesyrup
And Huawei continues its impressive 2012 rampage by giving its Vision U8850 smartphone an appearance here in North America. The phone has been available in select markets since the end of last year, but it was nowhere to be seen in North America until it made a subtle appearance at the Bluetooth SIG website recently. The unit looks to feature an HSDPA 850/1900MHz signal, so it would most likely be featured on AT&T’s sexy 3G network or on Rogers’/Telus/Bell if it’s headed for Canadian boundaries.
The Gingerbread-powered device could make a solid option for some with its decent specs too. You’ll find inside a 1GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, 3.7 inch WVGA display, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5MP rear camera with 720p video recording, VGA front-facing camera, 512MB of RAM, 2GB of ROM, MicroSD card support, and a 1,400 mAh battery. No further news for now, but stay tuned with Talk Android for additional news as we hear it.
source: Bluetooth SIG
via: Unwired View
Canadians are rejoicing today because they are set to receive the awesome Samsung Galaxy Note next month. Best Buy Canada has just confirmed it will unleash the phone to the masses February 14th for a cool $249.99 on a 3-year contract. Considering AT&T is set to release the phone around February 19th in the States, Best Buy’s release date looks to be accurate. Best Buy lists the device will operate with mobile carriers Rogers, Telus and Bell, though pricing information is mysteriously absent for the Rogers version of the phone. No word yet on off-contract pricing, but you can expect it will be around or over the $600 mark. If you’re in Canada and you fancy a Galaxy Note, head on over to your local Best Buy store and pre-order that bad boy today.
source: Mobile Syrup
via: Best Buy
The Galaxy Note was recently announced at CES as coming to AT&T. Well it appears that it will becoming to Canadian carriers as well. According to the Samsung web site it is set to hit “mid-February”. We aren’t 100% sure on the exact day but some careful digging suggests that it will be Thursday February 23rd. There isn’t any detail as what the pricing will be, but it’s for sure that TELUS will be one of the carriers adding this LTE device to their Android line up. I am sure Rogers and Bell will get their hands on this device and as well and we can probably expect an announcement for its availability soon. It appears that the Galaxy Note’s popularity is starting to drift its way over here from overseas as Verizon and Sprint may see their own as well. With that said, look for this device to hit more networks in the coming months and if your curious about this giant device you can check out our hands on with the device. Enjoy!
The Canadian mobile carrier wars are beginning to heat up for 2012. Since the initial launch of the Galaxy Nexus, we’ve seen the $159.99 price for a 3-year contract with Virgin Mobile, Bell, Rogers and Telus. However, Telus first went aggressive in a stunning move by recently offering the phone for only $99.99 which not only drew attention, but also perhaps additional customers for its mobile services. Rogers, Fido and SaskTel did not want to sit idle and has since matched Telus’s price of $99.99. Bell and Virgin Mobile are holding serve by keeping the Galaxy Nexus at $159.99, but at this point, it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see them drop the price down to $99.99 sooner than later. Nothing wrong with some friendly competition by the carriers, right?
[via pocketnow by Mobile Syrup]
If you weren’t one of the lucky ones to score a Galaxy Nexus on Verizon or in the UK and you’re hopelessly wondering when you’re going to get your first taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, a few of you are in luck. Specifically you’re in luck if you’re in Canada and on Rogers or Telus as you will see a Galaxy Nexus of your own come January 13th. So far Bell is the only service to carry it in Canada.
If you live in areas surrounding Toronto or Vancouver then you can experience Rogers’ 4G speeds on this amazing device. Also, if you’re on Rogers and reserved your phone back in November, then you can expect to see them soon. There is no say on pricing but we should expect to see it around the same price as the competition’s. So if you’re in Canada, on one of these networks, and ready for an amazing phone, check out the Galaxy Nexus coming to a store near you next Friday. When you get yours, let us know if you feel the same way about yours as we do about ours.
Do you live in Canada? Are you waiting on 4G LTE service in your area? Then you may be in luck as Rogers has announced today that their LTE service is now live in more cities surrounding both Toronto and Vancouver. According to Rogers, their LTE network should cover 30% of the Canadian population by the end of this year. The cities surrounding Toronto include:
- Richmond Hill
And around Vancouver:
- West Vancouver
- North Vancouver
- Port Coquitlam
- Maple Ridge
So there you have it, those of you in these areas should have access to the 4G service. If you are eligible for an upgrade or have a 4G phone and are in this area I recommend going out and getting a 4G phone and playing with this new service. For those of you in this area, are you seeing 4G signals yet?