All throughout the Summer and Fall, we have seen videos and pictures of the BlackBerry Bold 9780. It sounds like the handset will finally get launched in a matter of weeks when Canadian carrier Bell Mobility offers the phone starting November 2nd. It will be the first BlackBerry Bold to feature the new BlackBerry 6 OS and the first Bold unit to give users the much improved surfing experience inherent in the WebKit browser.
A leaked internal document meant for Bell reps eyes only, says that not only are the above two facts key selling points, reps should also tell customers that the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is the first Bold to offer a 5MP camera and support 512MB of RAM.
The handset, available in black or white, is equipped with a 2.44 HVGA screen with resolution of 480 x 360 pixels. The document did not mention any subsidized pricing and off contract, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 costs $499.99.
The very next day, November 3rd, Bell will launch the HTC Desire Z. The phone supports the carrier’s HSPA+ pipelines and is Bell’s first model to come preloaded with Android 2.2. This allows the handset to feature a Mobile Wi-Fi Hot Spot, improved Exchange security and faster browsing speed.
The HTC Desire Z will be the first smartphone in North Amerca to feature HTC Sense 2.0 which allows users to wipe their phone remotely from any computer. It also allows for users to read text messages, contacts and missed calls from any browser. Similar to the T-Mobile G2, this model has a second generation 800MHz Snapdragon processor, a 3.7 inch screen and a unique pop-out QWERTY keyboard. Priced at $499.99 off contract, there are no indications yet about subsidized pricing of this phone.
source: BGR (BlackBerry Bold 9780), BGR (HTC Desire Z)
After Motorola introduced the BlackBerry-esque DROID Pro with its global reach, many were surprised. For a world tripping Android device, most had expected the Schaumburg based manufacturer to offer a refitted version of the DROID 2, with enough internal radios to handle global roaming, to be introduced as the DROID 2 Global. Now it seems that those who had written off such a model following the DROID Pro’s introduction, might have been premature.
Found in the VZLearn employee training system, used by Big Red’s reps to learn all about a handset online, is none other than the Motorola DROID 2 Global. The other day, some specs for the device were posted and quickly taken down on Verizon’s site.
According to the information, the DROID 2 Global is your basic DROID 2 with a quad band antenna, a 1.2 GHz processor and a redesigned QWERTY keyboard. A 5MP camera is on the back with dual flash and AF. The device will ship with Android 2.2 aboard, offers support for Exchange and POP3/IMAP4 email, and accepts microSD cards for 32GB of added memory. Of course, with the phone removed from Motorola’s site, we have no information on pricing or possible launch date.
We can assume though, that if the reps are now getting trained on the Motorola DROID 2 Global, a formal introduction followed by a launch cannot be too far away. And all that will be left to do is to make a big decision. Will you go for the ‘Berry-esque portrait QWERTY keyboard equipped Motorola DROID Pro with its 3.1 inch screen, or will you go for the bigger 3.7 inch display and the landscape oriented QWERTY slider that will be found on the Motorola DROID 2 Global?
source: Engadget via ubergizmo
The world edition of the Motorola DROID 2 is not far from being announced, it seems, since it appeared briefly on the Motorola website, before being pulled down. It will be a Froyo-laden dual-mode phone, with Verizon’s frequencies, plus quad-band GSM, which makes it usable in over 200 countries that have the GSM standard. But that is something, which the HTC Lexikon, also for Verizon, will do as well.
What is interesting about the Motorola DROID 2 Global seems to be the chipset. The specs read 1.2GHz, and that will make it the fastest smartphone currently on the market. Texas Instrument’s OMAP chipsets respond pretty favorably to overclocking, so Motorola enters the whole of fame here without much effort. Still, breaking the 1GHz barrier before the end of 2010 is an impressive feat.
On the specs front, the Motorola DROID 2 Global will sport a 3.7″ display with 480×854 pixels, 5MP camera with dual-LED flash, capable of HD video at 24fps, and 8GB internal memory plus 8GB microSD card in the box. The 1420mAh battery is rated for about 7 hours of talk time. Well, it is not the 9+ hours of the original Motorola DROID 2, but for these 0.2 GHz more one has to make sacrifices.
Just yesterday, we reported that Verizon and Motorola had introduced the Motorola DROID Pro. During a speech made at the press event, CEO Sanjay Jha said that 34% of BlackBerry users are ready to jump to Android. Motorola obviously thinks that the BlackBerry-esque form factor of the new device will help businessmen make the decision to switch.
During his speech, Jha noted that there is not one device that can handle all the needs of a business user. As a result, Jha says that people are looking for a phone that “bridges the gap between work and play”. The CEO says that his company is now focused on the commerce segment with the result that “Motorola is ready for business.” Motorola Android devices are the first to offer additional security above and beyond what is capable of most Android flavored handsets, according to the executive.
Check out the video below for some snippets of the speech along with the introduction of the Motorola DROID Pro. Designed with businessmen in mind, Jha says that the unit will replace all of the devices people carry and replace them with just this one unit that combines features for both business and play. Does that sound like the aim of a certain Canadian based smartphone manufacturer?
First spotted during IFA not too long ago, it seems that Samsung is now officially spilling the beans on their upcoming Samsung Galaxy 551 (I5510) Android powered handset.
Previously, it was simply going by the name of Samsung I5510, but it appears as though it’s being graced with the Galaxy moniker and will become included with the other long line of existing models from them. This mid-range handset features a 3.2” display with a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels, 3-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, DLNA, Bluetooth, GPS, FM radio, DivX support, 160MB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 1200mAh battery, and will be running TouchWiz 3.0 on top of Android 2.2.
Obviously, the other main attraction with the handset is its physical landscape sliding keyboard which should complement the handset. As for pricing, it’s still positioned to carry a price of 389 euros ($539) and should become readily available in Europe this November.
source: Samsung Hub
Motorola has added another form factor to their arsenal of Android phones with this latest QWERTY portrait slider dubbed the Spice.
The device bears resemblance to the Palm Pre and the BlackBerry Torch. It is a touchscreen device with an upward sliding mechanism that reveals a full QWERTY keyboard. This is the first Android powered phone to feature this form factor.
At the heart of this latest device from Motorola is Android 2.1, and it is packed with all of the standard features like Bluetooth, WiFi, aGPS etc. It sports a 3 megapixel camera with video capture capabilities, which helps make it clear that this is an entry-level device, not a high-end one.
Still, it is nice to see Motorola diversifying the bodies that they wrap around Android. Despite its inevitable life in the shadows thanks to the
corresponding announcement of the Motorola Droid Pro, the Spice can see a bright future as it is apparently heading for Brazil.
What are all of your thoughts on the Motorola Spice? Is the portrait-sliding form factor a desirable one? Give us your thoughts in the comments below.
Motorola and Verizon have introduced the Motorola DROID Pro and it probably looks nothing like what you were expecting. Early speculation was that this handset would be a DROID 2 refitted for global use and made for the business set. With the ability to support voice calls in 220 countries and with data coverage in 200, the DROID Pro is still made for the pinstriped wearing executive who spends more time on an airplane than in an office, but the form factor is the surprise.
The candybar shaped device features a portrait oriented QWERTY keyboard underneath the model’s 3.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display. Under the hood is a 1GHz processor, running the show including the 5MP camera with AF and flash. The Motorola DROID Pro will ship with Android 2.2 on board along with Adobe Flash Player 10.1. The version of blur that we have seen on the Motorola DROID 2 and DROID X will also be included.
With the Motorola DROID Pro, users will be able to view and share documents like Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, Word documents and Power Point presentations. Users will be able to put up a live widget that delivers e-mail to their home screen which can be divided into personal and business messages.
While no word on pricing was revealed, the phone is expected to launch the first week of next month. Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha said, “The DROID Pro is an advanced business-ready solution that provides users with the full smartphone experience, redefined by delivering the power of a DROID.”
In trying to differentiate itself from the vast existing stable of devices already in Motorola’s lineup, China will soon see an Android powered device that quickly looks as if it combines the design of two existing Motorola handsets. Quickly looking at it, the Motorola MT716 which is headed for China Mobile distinctively employs the design of the DROID with the combination of the CLIQ’s physical keyboard. Sure it’s definitely something different, but customers will very well appreciate this decently stacked smartphone.
The Motorola MT716 features a 480 x 854 LCD display, 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, 720p video capture, 600MHz TI OMAP3430 processor, Bluetooth 2.1, aGPS, front-facing camera, WAPI connectivity, and a TD-SCDMA radio. Still, we’d imagine that customers would probably side with the design of the DROID over the CLIQ, but when it comes down to keyboards, some might find the CLIQ’s design to be a bit more manageable – hence the MT716
It’s hard to gauge whether or not the latest round of handset manufacturers diving head first into the tablet market are really looking at the existing landscape when it comes down to pricing. It’s almost hard to fathom that some of these upcoming tablets are literally going to situate themselves in pricing levels that might ultimately put them out of commission in truly being a competitive device.
For the longest of time now, everyone is still curious to see what Samsung will do when it comes down to pricing for their upcoming Galaxy Tab. However, it looks as though that some retail insiders over in Europe might provide us all some additional details surrounding this still mysterious aspect.
The DSG Group, which is the company behind popular UK retailers such as Currys, Dixons, and PC World, offered up the notion that the off-contract price for a SIM-free Samsung Galaxy Tab will be £599.99 ($950). Yeah, you heard that right, it’s suspected to launch at a price that some might consider to be death in a way. Still, we’ll have to wait for the official word before any judgment can be bestowed upon it.
Naturally, carrier subsidies will come into play in greatly reducing the price of the Android powered tablet when it’s released. Everything seems to hinge on the actual price for the device, but as we’re already beginning to see, the tablet market is surely heating up with plenty of suitors looking to make their mark.
Who said that WiMAX has no future? At the CEATEC show in Japan, Samsung will present a demo of WiMAX 2, theoretically capable of speeds up to 330 Mbits. So, fret not, HTC EVO 4G and Samsung Epic 4G owners, your WiMAX network is not going away. The second generation is said to be compatible with the current WiMAX standard, thus the existing base stations can be upgraded to the new speeds with additional equipment.
Together with UQ Communications, Samsung is planning to demonstrate full HD-3D video streaming – you know, the kind that your phone will be capable of at the end of next year. It is also gracing 4 large size displays with 16 HD videos in total, over the airwaves, to show you what the technology is capable of. Now that’s what we call 4G – hopefully when the time comes for commercial deployment in the end of next year, the data plans will be cheaper, or we – richer.