HTC Thunderbolt – the Android 2.2 device that could come with a 4.3″ display, a 1.2GHz SnapDragon processor and two cameras; an 8-Megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-Megapixel VGA on the front could be launching in the last week of February. This is according to rumors that also note that this Verizon-bound device could have an unnamed Samsung 4G LTE phone for company during launch.
While this latest word is not absolutely credible, we are still hopeful that the launch should happen around that time. Verizon Wireless, it is learned, has already commenced its training programs for employees who shall be working on the ThunderBolt launch. A screengrab of a training manual has leaked to the blogosphere that underlines some salient features on this new Android 2.2 handset.
Given a February end launch, we expect Verizon to open up the ThunderBolt for pre-orders in just a couple of weeks from now. Will you be going for one?
Just a day after we had written about a possible launch of white iPhone 4 in the next few weeks comes a report that Best Buy could be prepping for the launch of the white iPhone 4. According to leaked screenshots of the Best Buy back-end inventory system, the white iPhone 4 is scheduled to launch on February 27, 2011. This is consistent with earlier rumors about a Spring 2011 launch and yesterday’s story about a similar listing discovered on Vodafone Germany’s inventory database.
Like with the Vodafone Germany story, the Best Buy system too contains two separate SKUs for the 16GB and 32GB variants. In addition to this, the system also contains features description consistent with what was available on the Apple website in June last year when the white iPhone 4 was first unveiled.
February 27 turns out to be a Sunday and we are not sure if Apple would want to move away from its traditional launch days of Thursday and Friday. What do you think?
Is Samsung working on a new Vibrant 4G model that it could launch on the T-Mobile network? According to rumors, it is. Sources close to Samsung have revealed that the new Samsung Vibrant 4G with a 4″ Super-AMOLED display would run on T-Mobile’s 21Mbps HSPA+ network that will offer 4G-like wireless internet speeds.
But what’s most interesting is that the source claims the Vibrant 4G to come installed with the new Android 2.3. A screenshot of Samsung Vibrant 4G with stock Gingerbread has been leaked although there are doubts over the veracity of these leaks. Some eagle-eyed observers point out that the demonstrated Android 2.3 lock page is slightly different from the native look.
In any case, the source points out that Samsung is working on a new TouchWiz UI that will be compatible with Android 2.3. We could be seeing this interface on the Vibrant 4G whenever it is launched in the markets.
Has Apple finally managed to work out the kinks that it had been facing with the white iPhone 4? Last month we wrote about an obscure footer message on Apple Store posters that hinted at a possible spring launch for the white iPhone 4. It now looks like these speculations could turn out right.
A Vodafone Germany employee has now leaked a screenshot of a back-end inventory system that contains listings for the 16GB and 32GB variants of a weiß (white) iPhone 4. No more information is available. But considering that the Verizon iPhone 4 is soon on its way, we expect a CDMA iPhone variant to make its way into other parts of the world by spring – with high chances for Apple to launch both a CDMA and a white iPhone model at the same time.
What this means is that we might also expect Apple to bring the white iPhone 4 to its primary market in the United States earlier than that. Can we expect a February launch of the white iPhone in the US? We will have to wait and watch.
Microsoft is learned to have incorporated a feature on Windows Phone 7 handsets that will automatically backup all the content and data from the phone before a system update is performed. Speaking in a podcast, Matt Akers of the Microsoft Zune Software client team said,
“Any time that we prepare to do an update, which you guys will see soon, we will make a backup of your phone. The entire phone, everything on it.”
Akers has said that the backup will help users in seamlessly reverting back to the older firmware in case something was to go wrong during the update. The feature apparently has been incorporated on the Windows Phone 7 OS by default and should be seen in action when Microsoft rolls out its firmware update.
And that we hear is coming soon.
Nokia may no longer be the most preferred destination for high-end phones. The company’s decision to stick with the Symbian platform despite its waning popularity in the US may not be doing Espoo any good as a recent report has found. According to sources, AT&T may have decided to cancel its planned launch of Nokia X7 – the first Symbian^3 phone on the carrier – in February this year.
There is no word on what the exact reason might be but speculations are rife that AT&T may be planning on focusing its resources on the popular platforms including iOS and Android for the time being.
Having said that, Nokia X7 has some exciting features as well. The phone is targeted at gamers and comes with a 4″ touchscreen, a 640×360 pixel resolution and an N8-like processing power. We will wait and see how Nokia plans to bring the phone to its customers in the United States.
Samsung could soon be launching a miniature version of its successful Galaxy S smartphones. Details about this leaked Android handset are now doing the rounds across the blogosphere that reveal the official name for the device as S5570.
The new Samsung Galaxy S Mini is expected to measure around 110.42 × 60.76 × 12.68 mm and could run on Android 2.2 operating system. Features on the device could include a 240 x 320 pixel screen resolution, a 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, a micro SD card slot and the TouchWiz user interface. We hear that the handset would be announced next month at the 2011 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
The launch of a mini Galaxy S is interesting and it is possible that Samsung is looking at targeting the phones at the emerging economies where the Galaxy S could be pricier. In any case, this is one rumor worth following.
Boy Genius Report has some interesting scoop that gives us details about the next generation Blackberry device. Called Blackberry Dakota, this will be a Blackberry OS 6.1 based phone that will come equipped with a number of powerful features. The phone is expected to carry a 2.8″ 640×480 capacitive display, a 5-Megapixel camera with HD video recording, flash and image stabilization, 4GB storage along with 768MB RAM.
There are a lot of additional features like a microUSB port, magnetometer, accelerometer, proximity sensor and support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G mobile hotspot. In case you are wondering what this new smartphone from Research In Motion will look like, here is a leaked snapshot as published on BGR
If these leaked specifications are true, then we should be seeing a device that is considerably better than the latest release. Do you like Blackberry Dakota? Tell us what you think in the comments below.
Until now, all iPhones in the United States were on just one carrier which meant there was nothing much to choose from as far as data plans were concerned. That has changed now with the imminent launch of a Verizon iPhone. Now, American iPhone customers have two carriers and an equal number of alternatives to pick from. So here is a comparison of offers from AT&T and Verizon.
Web access is one of the primary tasks of smartphones and Verizon has priced their data plans quite aggressively. Users can avail 150MB of data at a monthly price of $15. Additional data can be purchased in packets of 150MB – each costing $15. Alternately, users can also choose to go with unlimited data plans at $30 a month.
In comparison, while AT&T’s basic plan – 200MB at $15 (with additional 200MB for $15) – looks attractive, the carrier however does not have an unlimited data option. Instead, users have to pay $25 for a 2GB data plan and also pay $10 for every additional GB of data consumed.
Tethering is cheaper on Verizon. Users get 5GB worth data tethering at a price of $30. AT&T users on the other hand get 2GB of data tethering at $45. Do note that the $45 is just for enabling the tethering option and does not come with any extra data.
What plan are you going for?
Looks like the CDMA iPhone, that was built by Apple in partnership with Verizon, is not limited to the American market alone. A new report on the Taiwanese publication – Digitimes – claims that Apple could soon be launching the CDMA variant of the iPhone 4 to Asian countries like China, Japan and South Korea.
Apple is reported to have partnered with Foxconn and Pegatron technologies for the manufacture of these CDMA handsets. While the Foxconn shipments are expected to be sold solely in the United States, those from Pegatron are expected to be shipped to China and other countries.
While the Digitimes article does not explicitly mention India as one of the countries where the CDMA variant could be headed to, there are chances given that a WSJ report late last year had indicated that Apple was in talks with Indian CDMA carriers – Reliance and Tata – to launch the CDMA iPhones in the market.
But given the lukewarm response to earlier iPhone models in the country, it is likely that Apple may defer their India CDMA launch to sometime later.