Best Buy has announced that the pre-orders for the upcoming Android 2.2 handset, the T-Mobile G2 has begun and that the devices will be available in stores for purchase starting October 6. That’s less than one month away.
The new T-Mobile G2 running FroYo will come with a 3.7″ S-TFT WVGA display and is characterized by a unique hinge-type slider design. Besides this, the device will also include a 800MHz Snapdragon processor, 4GB internal memory, an 8GB microSD card that is expandable up to 32GB, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash capabilities. 720p HD video recording functionality is also supported.
Speaking about the price, the T-Mobile G2 will come unsubsidized at a rate of $499. However, you may also pre-order a subsidized unit from Best Buy at $199 which of course sets you with a 2 year contract from T-Mobile. That’s pretty much in line with rivals with similar specifications.
So here we have one more eReader coming to the the market soon. Sharper Image is launching their new ebook reader device, named Literati, that is expected to hit the retail shelves in October. The device is directly taking on competition from Amazon with specs that are pretty similar to the Kindle. The Literati will feature a 7-inches screen and is equipped with a physical QWERTY keyboard and integrated Wi-Fi. There is no 3G connectivity though and you can get access to Kobo’s online bookstore. Talking about the display, well, it is not going to be touchscreen and the navigation should happen using the keyboard and sideward buttons (to turn pages). The display itself is color-LCD and has a resolution of 800×480 pixels.
Literati is available at a price of $159 – $20 more than Amazon Kindle’s Wi-Fi only edition – and should be available on Best Buy stores by October.
Motorola and Verizon have been unusually mum about the new Motorola Droid 2. However, according to a post on the Engadget, Best Buy may have just offered some deeper insights into the upcoming Android unit. From what is rumored, the new Motorola Droid 2 should be available on Best Buy (and perhaps elsewhere as well) at a price of $199 – that’s with a two year contract with Verizon. The user may also choose to go for an unsubsidized unit without a contract at a price of $599.
Interestingly, the announcement comes at a time when the original Motorola Droid has been declared “out of stock” on the Verizon website. Is it an indication of a Droid 2 launch? This is not too surprising considering that the rumored device is so close to launch.
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Best Buy has been serving its customers rebranded electronics under its Rocketfish brand. We now hear that the company could be launching a new Android tablet PC under the Rocketfish name. According to a report on CrunchGear, the Rocketfish Android tablet could look a lot like the upcoming HP Slate (tentatively called PalmPad) that will however run on WebOS or Windows 7.
There are not too many specs to discuss right now though. What we however know is that the device will feature a front-facing camera and Google’s latest Android 2.2 OS version. There is no word about the price and launch date either.
Here are some pictures of the new Rocketfish tablet shared by Best Buy CTO, Robert Stephens.
Like it? Will you pick this over a HP Tablet? Write it down in the comments.
Remember Best Buy Connect – the mobile broadband data service that the retailer was rumored to be working on in partnership with Sprint? In an article late last month, I had noted that an official announcement in this regard was likely to be made by July 11.
Now, there seem to be more details emerging on this front. Folks at Best Buy have now put up a website where all of the company’s wireless broadband offerings have been detailed. Similar to traditional carriers, Best Buy Connect data prices range between $30 per month for 250MB of data and $60 for 5GB of data. However, the appeal is in the subsidy. Consumers signing for a two year deal get subsidies of up to $275 on a compatible laptop of choice. Compare this with $150 offered by AT&T and $200 and $250 offered by Verizon and Sprint respectively.
If you are a regular at the Best Buy stores, here is a chance to make that loyalty count.
Popular electronics retailer, Best Buy will make its foray into the mobile broadband data service market with the launch of Best Buy Connect. The launch is speculated to happen on July 11 and will be offered in partnership with Sprint.
According to reports, this will not be a full-fledged service to begin with and will be limited to a small segment of devices sold by the retailer. The service will only be offered to laptops embedded with Qualcomm’s Gobi chipset. Also, though the partnership is with Sprint, the retailer will not provide 4G broadband services and will be completely restricted to 3G data service.
The data plans are expected to begin at $30 a month for 250MB of data usage and $60 a month for up to 5GB of data. The Gobi chipset based laptops can roam on both CDMA and HSPA networks. So it will be interesting to see if Best Buy also partners with other carriers to expand their service offering. We will know in a few days.
The Kyocera Zio M6000 may be among the lower end Android devices, but comes with decent specs and price that can give the handset a good response. According to recent rumors, the device shall come with Boost Mobile and could be exclusively available on Best Buy in US.
Here are some of the tech specs we know
Display : 3.5 inches WVGA touch screen (480×800 pixels)
Platform : Android 1.6 (Donut)
Processor : 600MHz processor
Storage : 512MB internal storage
Camera : 3.2 megapixels
And the price? No confirmation thus far, but it is expected to be available at $169 to $219 unsubsidized and at a $50 unlimited calling/data plan.
[via Android Guys]
If you thought TiVo was synonymous with DVR, you must probably think again. Best Buy has announced a new partnership with TiVo that will put a non-DVR enabled TiVo software on to the new Insignia HDTVs. There is no word on when the device would launch.
So why the deal? Apparently, the partnership will ensure that users may be able to access online content on their television without the need for a separate TiVo box. A DVR functionality may have been extra-appreciated but it is possible that Best Buy is looking at keeping the price low for this edition. It is possible that DVR functionalities may be offered at a later stage though nothing has been confirmed on that aspect.
Best Buy is expected to launch an online movie streaming service, CinemaNow shortly. The service will take on the likes of Netflix, iTunes and Blockbuster and will offer a way for users to watch movies via internet over TV.
The service has been in the works since the latter part of 2009 and the price plans have just got clearer. Apparently, individual titles are expected to be available in the $2 to $4 range. The titles are expected to be made available on the same day as the Blu-Ray and DVD versions are released. Digital copies of new releases may be obtained at various levels of resolution up to 1080p for a price between $10 and $20.
Best Buy’s CinemaNow is built with Sonic Solutions and is expected to initially work on LG Blu-ray players before extending support to Samsung Blu-ray and HDTVs. Subsequently support shall be extended to all network-connected home entertainment systems.