Sprint Nextel would be launching the Japanese product Kyocera Echo which is going to be the first dual screen smartphone. This dual screen phone would run on Google’s open OS Android 2.3 codenamed Gingerbread. The dual screens on the phone slide over each other and can be snapped to give it a tablet’s look. The size of the screens also look impressive with each screen almost as big as the screen of the iPhone itself. The dual screens can enable efficient multitasking.
Each screen panel on the Echo measures 3.5 inches when closed with a WVGA resolution. When opened, the screen measures 4.7 inches with a combined resolution of 800×960, thus making the viewing experience high definition. The Kyocera Echo is due this spring and Sprint is going to offer the handset at a price of 200 dollars provided one signs a two year service agreement with the telecommunications company.
After a week or two of speculation, the new HTC EVO Shift 4G is now finally available for purchase over a Sprint network. This FroYo running device can now be purchased at one of the Best Buy, Sam’s Club or Radio Shack stores at the earlier speculated price of $149. This is with a two year contract.
I do not know if this was all a planned leak, but it definitely appears to be so. We first got to know about the price of this new Android handset from a leaked Best Buy inventory snapshot. This was soon followed by a leak from the stables of Wal-Mart that gave us an idea about the tech specs that this device will come equipped with. And finally, the launch date was captured via a Radio Shack memo yesterday. That completes all the three retailers that the EVO Shift will be available on starting today.
LetsTalk.com; a Wal-Mart partner has published complete specifications and features of the HTC EVO Shift 4G phone – whose details have remained only rumors until now. Interestingly, while this looks like the company published these details inadvertently, the EVO Shift page is yet to be pulled. HTC or Sprint is expected to unveil this new HTC EVO model with a physical keyboard on the sidelines of Consumer Electronics Show this week.
The EVO Shift 4G will be carried by Sprint and will come with a 3.7″ capacitive touchscreen display, Android 2.2 OS and up to 32GB of microSD expansion. Other details include an 8-megapixel camera and up to 312 minutes of talktime and support for 4G WiMax.
Radio Shack has announced the price of the next generation HTC EVO phone. In an official promo launched by the company, the retailer has priced the HTC EVO Shift 4G phone at $149.99. It is worth noting that we had been speculating the same price since last week after a leaked Best Buy screenshot revealed the price of the EVO Shift.
HTC EVO Shift will be available at the aforementioned price after signing up a two year service contract with Sprint. Those looking for SIM-free versions will need to pay up $449.99 for the handset. If you are a fan of the large screen on the current HTC EVO variant, do note that the Shift will come with a relatively smaller 3.6″ display.
The HTC EVO Shift 4G phone is rumored to launch on January 9, 2011 although there is no official announcement as yet. We will await the same.
Sprint has had a lot of success in recent times in their mobile hotspot business. The company has sold a lot of Overdrive units to iPhone and iPad owners who are looking for 3G and 4G data access while on the move. Now, a similar offering may be coming to iPod Touch albeit in a different form.
Folks at BGR have claimed that Sprint may be launching their new ZTE Peel iPod Touch case as early as next week. The iPod Touch casing that will also double up as a mobile hotspot rendering unit will go on sale starting November 14 at Sprint stores in the United States. While the price of this casing itself is not known as yet, we have heard that the carrier could offer the network access at a price of $29.99 per month for up to 1 GB of data. That’s without a contract.
If the success of the Overdrive is anything to go by, Sprint could turn out to be successful here as well. Let’s see.
It is now quite a while since the HTC EVO made its first appearance. Now Sprint has finally launched the official HDMI docking station for the Android handset. Starting now, you may pick one of these devices from the Sprint stores in the US at a price of $39.99. The docking station is made with glossy black plastic and has a soft rubber grip at the bottom. You may make use of the docking port to connect your EVO to Type D HDMI ports or to a micro USB.
While the docking port is incredibly good looking and useful, do note that if you have a casing to protect your HTC EVO, you may be in for a little bit of inconvenience. Early reviews point out that even the thinnest of silicone cases make it difficult to dock and sometimes result in a loose connection. Nevertheless, if you do plan on getting one, don’t forget to tell us what you think of the device in the comments below.
Blackberry Style, the new flip from the folks at Research In Motion is now available for sale in the American market. The phone is carried by Sprint and shall be available at an attractive price of $99 along with a 2 year contract. There are two colors to pick from – one royal purple and another steel grey. There are a good number of women owning a Blackberry. So the royal purple is probably targeted at them.
Talking about specs, this is a flip phone and so if you are a fan of this model, read on. It comes with the usual 624MHz processor but with a larger 512MB RAM and a 5-Megapixel camera. The phone has the characteristic QWERTY keyboard and runs on Blackberry OS 6. Storage is not huge with only an 8GB memory card. Other features include GPS, Wi-Fi and support for Open GL for 3D graphics.
Here is a small video demo of this new phone.
Folks at Boy Genius Report have got on hand a nice scoop. Earlier this month, they had revealed from a source that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab on Sprint would cost $399 on subsidy and that this device would launch on November 14. These details now stand confirmed.
In an official statement from Sprint, the carrier has revealed that customers signing up a two year contract shall be able to get hold of a Galaxy Tab at a price of $399.99. Users signing up the 3G contract will have to shell out a minimum of $29.99 per month for data.
While the launch is scheduled for November 14, Sprint has however opened up their stores for pre-order. Starting today, you can walk into any Sprint store to make a reservation. Of course, online alternatives are also available and you can check out Sprint’s Galaxy Tab page for more information.
The launch of Sprint’s WiMax service in cities like NYC, LA and San Francisco has been long anticipated. We first wrote about this back in June this year when several Sprint subscribers from New York City and San Francisco reported seeing download speeds of up to 5Mbps on their network. This was followed by reports last month that Clearwire had opened up their 4G network to select early adopters by offering them a 4G service at a price of $35 for the first two months.
Now, presumably with the tests having been successfully completed, Sprint and Clearwire have come up with the official roll out dates of WiMax in these cities. Accordingly, New York City is expected to get the WiMax service first on November 1. This shall be followed by the service going live in Los Angeles on December 1 and in San Francisco by the end of December. It will be interesting to see how fast the networks turn out to be once they gain wide adoption.
Looks like the Samsung Galaxy Tab is going to be more affordable than previously thought. Folks at Boy Genius Report have learned from sources in Sprint that the upcoming Android tablet device is going to be launched for a subsidized price of $399 – a good $100 less than the basic model of the iPad. What’s more, this subsidized tablet would come with an expected contract period of 2 years. In case you do not like this, you can also choose to buy an unsubsidized full price version for $599. We hear that the launch on Sprint is going to happen on November 14.
The pricing of the Samsung Tablet is pretty interesting. An unsubsidized price is a $100 above the cost of a Wi-Fi only iPad. On the other hand, at a 100 bucks lower than this price, you can get a tablet that is capable of working over both 3G and Wi-Fi. Obviously, the pricing is done in such a way that subscribers will feel obliged to choose a subsidized model with full functionalities that would eventually reap better revenues over a 2 year period.
But this pricing is still disappointing considering the more innovative structure adopted by O2 in Germany. There, the Tab itself was priced at a base price of €99 with a 24 month contract period where the subscriber paid €27.50 just for the possession of the device. While the subscriber definitely ends up paying a lot more, that’s definitely more affordable and a good way to take on competition from the iPad. What do you think?