Kyocera’s Echo, the first dual-screen Android powered smartphone to hit the market was demoed at CTIA today, and we have some hands-on footage of the device.
Thanks to the help of a free application called “Tablet Mode Extension” provided by Kyocera, homescreens, widgets, and applications can be split across both screens. The same set of buttons (home, menu, back) can be found on both screens, with the right screen’s buttons becoming inactive while the device is in tablet mode. Also available is “Simul-Task” mode which allows running a [...]
After we stumbled across an in-construction display for the Nokia Astound at CTIA yesterday, the phone has been formally announced and now we’ve had the chance to get a little hands-on time with the Symbian^3 smartphone.
The menu action on the Astound (née C7) is definitely spry, with quick transitions between phone screens. The same can’t be said, however, for the phone’s browser, which stumbled a bit keeping up with touchscreen input. On the plus side, the phone and its browser do support multi-touch controls for pinch-to-zoom; you’ll just want to keep [...]
In this segment we take a look at the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G, resurgence of the Sidekick line with a new operating system (Android) and a new manufacturer (Samsung). The device felt pretty solid all around, with a good sliding mechanism and tried-and-true Sidekick keyboard. Since this is a 4G device, internet speeds were typically impressive, although some of that is probably due to enhanced coverage here at CTIA. We found the skinned interface to be fairly basic but probably perfect for the Sidekick crowd, as this will likely be a starter Android handset for many. Also, we certainly [...]
Pretty much the same way Sprint’s website confirmed the Google Nexus S 4G before its announcement, we’ve got a confirmation of the EVO 3D, this time with a picture to go with the description for the first time.
We already know the specs of the EVO 3D straight from the horse’s mouth at CTIA and they’re the same as the ones reported in the benchmark database system for the device codenamed Shooter. Sprint has a pre-registration page up where you can opt-in to receive news about the upcoming, yet unannounced smartphone.
The EVO 3D will sport a 1.2GHz [...]
We expect Sprint to unveil at least two smartphones — the Samsung-made Google Nexus S 4G and the HTC EVO 3D — with the occasion of next week’s upcoming CTIA and, as usual around this time before every show, leaks and rumors start to stack up.
The HTC EVO 3D, aka the HTC Shooter we told you about earlier this week, is a response to the LG Optimus 3D and the less known Sharp Lynx 3D. From looking at the benchmark database we were pretty certain that the EVO 3D will have a 540 x 960 qHD display, 1.2GHz dual-core MSM8660 Snapdragon (with Adreno 220 GPU) as well [...]
Since last week we’ve been eagerly awaiting news of two smartphones ready to be launched on Sprint, the Google-powered Nexus S and HTC’s once-Shooter, now EVO 3D. Sprint’s come through already with confirmation of its WiMAX-capable Nexus S, leaving us anxious to hear what’s in store for the EVO 3D. While we wait for an announcement to be made at CTIA, the phone’s certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance has arrived, at least giving us some additional proof of the models existence, beyond the GLBenchmark figures we came across earlier.
Going by model [...]
The EVO 3D getting WiFi certification didn’t come as a surprise to us, as we’ve been hearing about HTC’s 3D-capable phone for quite a while now. Expected to be announced at CTIA by Sprint, we were able to procure some early shots of the specification listing of the EVO 3D. It’s going to be rocking a muscular 1.2GHz dual core CPU with a large 4.3″ qHD 960×540 3D display. The front camera will be 1.3MP, and the rear will take 1080p 2D video and 720p 3D video. It’ll weigh about 6 ounces, making it a bit heavier than the Thunderbolt.
A previously unknown device called the HTC Shooter has performed a single test on the site GLBenchmark, and based on its self-reported specs, Blog of Mobile!!! is speculating that Shooter is the upcoming HTC EVO 3D. Also going by model number PG86100 — which has yet to show up at a single certification body — this model claims to sport a 540 x 960 qHD display of unknown dimensions, and run the 2.3.2 Gingerbread build of Android on Sprint’s network. Even more revealing, its GPU, the Adreno 220, is scheduled to be incorporated in several upcoming Qualcomm chipsets, and [...]
Sprint and HTC have yet to make their formal announcements for the HTC EVO 3D, but that’s not stopping plenty of information from flowing about regarding this flagship smartphone. Yesterday we got an early peek at some of the device’s specifications, this morning we found the phone sneaking around Sprint’s website, and now we’ve heard about a potential release date. While squarely in the “rumor” category at this point, supposedly the phone will begin retail availability this June.
June will likely put the EVO 3D right up against the iPhone 5, [...]
With CTIA now officially in full swing, T-Mobile has revealed the pricing structure for Samsung’s Sidekick 4G, offering the phone for as little as $99.99 on a two-year contract.
In order to get that rate, you’ll need to subscribe your new Sidekick 4G to one of T-Mobile’s plans with unlimited data. While you can scale back your monthly bill and elect to go with a lesser plan, you’ll pay more upfront, with your Sidekick running around $150. Both prices are taking into account a fifty dollar mail-in-rebate.
What’s the word on how the reborn [...]
According to a Verizon Sony Ericsson product manager, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play should make its way to the carrier’s portfolio of smartphones around the middle of next month.
The information was handed out at a Verizon pre CTIA party along with bits implying that the smartphone could be ditching its TimeScape UI and maybe ship with Madden 11 game instead of FIFA 10. All this is to be filed, at the moment, under the “R” category but we know that Verizon is prepping the device since the beginning of February when Wirefly has posted a comparison chart clearly [...]
Pretty much like the previous rumors and leaks implied, Nokia has announced the Astound Symbian device that will be coming exclusively to T-Mobile on April 6 for $79.99 — basically your Nokia C7.
The handset features an eight-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and 720p HD video recording capability and a 3.5-inch capacitive AMOLED display protected by ultrathin, damage-resistant glass. Nokia also added its own, free turn-by-turn navigation — pre-loaded with automotive grade maps for the entire U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean — as well as access to the [...]
The 2011 CTIA Wireless expo doesn’t officially kick off until tomorrow, but today’s Pre-Conference has still been an exciting way to ramp up for the event. We’ve learned a lot today about upcoming smartphones, but more than anything we’ve seen indications about what’s still on the menu for the rest of CTIA. Take a look at what we’ve come across so far, and what we’re still waiting to see:
Sprint announced its WiMAX-enabled Nexus S this morning, already up for pre-orders with its retail partner Best Buy. Besides the 4G support, [...]
After seeing some very nice quality renders of Nokia’s C7 last week, pegged for release on T-Mobile as the Nokia Astound, it now appears that the phone’s launch is imminent; we spotted T-Mobile preparing its CTIA display to show off the Astound to curious attendees.
While T-Mobile didn’t have a live demo model of the Astound out when we stopped by, it looks like it’s now just a matter of time before visitors will get a chance to try out the Symbian^3-powered smartphone firsthand. As a Nokia, expect it to have outstanding imagery capabilities, thanks to [...]
Qualcomm demonstrated a new reference design at CTIA today, featuring the MSM8660 dual-core snapdragon chipset, first sampled in June 2010. The MSM8x60 runs at 1.2GHz and is targeted towards high-end smartphones, tablets, and smartbook devices. The chipset is rumored to be featured in the HTC EVO 3D.
Qualcomm typically splits it’s chipset families into two models, one supporting HSPA+ and the other supporting HSPA+ and CDMA. The MSM8x60 platform follows this precedent with the MSM8660 demoed here supporting HSPA+/CDMA and having a sister chipset MSM8260 supporting HSPA+. [...]
Tomorrow, Samsung is expected to announce the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, their latest Android 3.0 tablet. From these shots we procured from CTIA, you can see that Samsung is rolling out a pretty deep interface on top of Android Honeycomb. It’s comprised of the Live Panel homescreen, complete with custom widgets, plus an interesting app switcher that provides BlackBerry PlayBook-like app switching with live previews of the apps that are open in the background.
This shot also gives us a glimpse into the specs: the 8.9″ display will rock 1280×800 resolution, [...]
Google and Sprint have teamed up to announce the first US carrier integration of Google Voice into its handset lineup. Specifically, the partnership will enable Sprint subscribers to seamlessly use their cellular phone number as their Google Voice number without going through the porting process (or paying the fee). Google Voice clients on the handsets will allow users to take advantage of transcribed voicemail and software-based number forwarding, while also spoofing the user’s Sprint number for outgoing caller ID purposes.
Or, customers can simply swap their [...]
AT&T used to be a shining star in the wireless industry. It had the iPhone exclusively. It had a sturdy 3G network that in most cases was faster than the 3G networks of Verizon and Sprint. It had a parade of hot smartphone releases from the BlackJack to the Tilt to the Focus right through to the Inspire 4G and Atrix 4G.
Lately, AT&T has fallen on tough times. They’ve been heavily criticized for advertising a 4G HSPA+ network that doesn’t exist. They’re far behind Verizon and Sprint in the race to 4G, and T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network is nearly [...]
The biggest news to come out of this year’s CTIA will have nothing to do with hardware: AT&T has just announced its intention to fully acquire T-Mobile USA in a $39 billion deal. The purchase will create the largest domestic US carrier, serving some 130 million customers — that is, if this mammouth deal passes regulatory approval. The companies expect the purchase to close in about 12 months, assuming that everything goes smoothly.
Sprint had originally been rumored in a T-Mobile tie-up, although clearly AT&T has been in substantial negotiations with [...]
No surprises here: not only did we know that Nokia was bringing the 3.5-inch, Symbian^3-powered C7 to T-Mobile as the Astound (codename: Tiger), but we’ve seen the unbranded C7 numerous times before — and even some small press shots of a branded unit courtesy of TmoNews. Still, there’s something reassuringly concrete about high-quality press renders; they usually solidify the fact that the device in question is both real and carrier-bound (save for the Nokia X7 Journey for AT&T and T-Mobile Nuron 2, which got axed from their respective operators’ lineups [...]
T-Mobile will be releasing the Symbian^3-powered C7 as the Nokia Astound, reports TmoNews, and not the Tiger (which was apparently its internal codename). The handset will supposedly go on sale April 6th for $80 after rebates. TmoNews tells us to expect an official announcement next week at CTIA.
Introduced last September alongside the E7 Communicator and C6 QWERTY slider, the C7 is a 3.5-inch, nHD candybar with ClearBlack display, 680MHz CPU, 256MB of RAM, and 9GB of storage. Interestingly, this may just the first of five Symbian devices from Nokia that land on Magenta this [...]
It looks like HTC has a new Windows Phone 7 to unveil to the world, perhaps come CTIA. We first heard tell of the Prime earlier today when the phone showed up in Telstra’s inventory system. Chinese site XDA.cn is listing the Prime as having a 3.7″ WVGA display with 512MB of RAM, a 5MP camera, plus LED flash. With the Prime, it looks like HTC is introducing a new style of keyboard that differs from the current crop of slide-out QWERTY devices like the Desire Z/T-Mobile G2 and 7 Pro. They keys are oval shaped instead of rectangular.
In this episode of the Pocketnow Podcast we talk about MobileNotifier for iOS, the new AT&T fees for using your iPhone as a hotspot with iOS 4.3, Sony Ericsson’s stance on rooting, Motorola’s intention to provide laptop dock functionality for future phones, the Sprint event at CTIA where we’re likely to see a 4G Nexus S and an EVO 3D, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc on AT&T, the Windows Phone 7 pre-NoDo update, the timing of the Mango update for WP7, then we take your Twitter questions.
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