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LG T325 touchscreen phone shows up

The Bluetooth SIG has outed an unassuming LG phone, the T325. This looks like it’s a featurephone and definitely packs a touchscreen of unknown size (yet it appears to be somewhere in the 2.8″-3.2″ range). It also has 3G and Bluetooth.

It will be launching in Europe at some point in August and may very well be the newest member of LG’s Cookie range of low-end touchscreen featurephones.

An official announcement has to come soon. Although LG would better start working more on smartphones than such featurephones if they want their mobile division to turn its current situation around and go back to actually making a profit.

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Motorola GRASP QWERTY phone featuring eco-friendly cover

Motorola has recently updated its website to show a new eco-friendly messaging phone that’s been added to its lineup, the GRASP. The block-styled handset supports CDMA networks, and would be theoretically compatible with Verizon, Sprint, or smaller carriers like MetroPCS (thanks to its AWS band support). The Grasp is a 3G EV-DO device with a full QWERTY keyboard, and it weighs 105g (3.7oz) and measures in at 94 x 64 x 13mm (3.7 x 2.4 x 0.5in).

The GRASP boasts a 2.2-inch display screen that sits just above its QWERTY keyboard and comes equipped with a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera with digital zoom that will allow users to immediately share their photos or videos with friends and family. A regular MP3 media player is also on-board as well as a 3.5mm headset jack. For those that prefer to listen without wires, the GRASP also supports Bluetooth stereo headsets. The Grasp’s 950mAh Li-Ion battery should be good for up to 5.3 hours of talk time or up to 17.9 days of standby time. Mobile users should enjoy the ability to easily browse the web, pick up email, instant message friends, and use GPS to navigate to the nearest gas station from the GRASP.

The Motorola GRASP is a green product featuring BFR and PVC free housing that is 100% recyclable. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced at this time.

Specifications for the Motorola GRASP

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Motorola Bali and Motorola Rambler out in US in August

Motorola is gearing to bring its two brand new handsets in the US this August. Motorola Bali and Motorola Rambler are the latest additions by Motorola to its portfolio of feature phones. The company will make available the two handsets from August 11 in the USA through Boost Mobiles. Both the handsets are CDMA phones and clamshell devices. The price of Bali is set at $149.99 whereas Rambler will come with a price tag of $99.99

Motorola Rambler aims to take texting to another level and keeping messaging in mind, Motorola designed Rambler with QWERTY key pad and many other multimedia features. The various messaging options included in Rambler are SMS, MMS, email and instant messaging. The handset is a very rare clamshell device and supports video recording, web browsing, GPS and stereo Bluetooth. The handset features a 1.3 MP camera, a speakerphone with voice recognition and loads of other features for the entertainment seekers such as, wallpapers, downloadable games and ringtones.

Bali from Motorola is a stylish phone that comes not with a QWERTY keypad but a T9 version. This lightweight flip handset has a 1.3 MP camera with video facility and gives you support for Bluetooth and GPS capabilities. The music lovers can enjoy their favorite music on the go with its MP3 player that has external touch controls and expandable microSD memory.

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Nokia X3 Red – A Cool Sliding Phone

Thе nеw Nokia X3 Red іѕ recently launched іn Nokia’s collection. Thіѕ nеw phone іѕ best fοr those users whο want tο express themselves through thеіr music passion аnԁ taste. Thе main feature οf thіѕ phone іѕ іtѕ red color, whісh іѕ very appealing аnԁ grabs thе attention οf others. It іѕ very сοοƖ аnԁ trendy sliding phone thаt іѕ becoming very рοрυƖаr day bу day аmοnɡ thе users οf nеw generation.
Thе weight οf thіѕ nеw phone іѕ οnƖу 103 grams аnԁ thе casing comes іn 96*49.3*14*1 mm іn thе dimensions. Thе slided рοrtіοn carries аn alpha numeric keypad whеrе аƖƖ thе different keys hаνе ԁеfіnіtе space between thеm. Thе keys аrе mаԁе up οf metal alloy thаt generally gives a touch οf smoothness аnԁ softness whеn a person touches thеm. One саn type a message іn a very easy аnԁ comfortable way.
Thе Nokia X3 Red hаѕ a camera οf 3.2 mega pixel wіth 4* digital Zoom function, complete focus, photo editor, different capture mode Ɩіkе those used іn still, video аnԁ self timer photography, Different color tone Ɩіkе Sepia, FаƖѕе colors, Salaries аnԁ many οthеr features аѕ well. Thе images taken frοm thіѕ camera hаνе very high resolution аnԁ thеу саn bе stored іn thе memory οf thе handset fοr future υѕе.
One οf thе best features οf thіѕ Nokia X3 Red phone іѕ іtѕ high quality music player system thаt supports MP3, MP$, eAAC+ WMA аnԁ many οthеr nеw features thаt distinguish іt frοm οthеr phones іn thе line. It hаѕ different keys tο control thе volume. Thе inbuilt stereo speaker application develops thе music feel ƖіttƖе more fοr thе user. Othеr thаn thіѕ іt аƖѕο hаѕ аn FM radio wіth nеw RDS feature аѕ well. Thе video player іѕ again one οf thе best functions οf Nokia X3 Red аѕ thіѕ allows thе user tο view thе video іn landscape mode.

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Samsung i917 Cetus will run Windows Phone 7

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has just outed one of the first Windows Phone 7 devices, the Samsung Cetus.

We’ve heard of the Cetus before, but then rumor had it that it will be an Android device and its model number would be i8700. That might have changed in the mean time, or there may be a Cetus range of Samsung smartphones in the making.

We’ve also heard in the past that Samsung has big plans for Windows Phone 7, with up to 4 devices rumored to make up the first batch of WP7 smartphones from the Korean maker.

And now for the specs of the Cetus. What we know thus far is that it will have a 4″ AMOLED or presumably Super AMOLED display with a WVGA (480 x 800) resolution, 5 MP rear camera and VGA front-facing camera, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11n, FM Radio, microUSB port and Bluetooth 2.1.

There are, naturally, no details on availability or pricing at this point, but expect it around Q4 this year for a price that is similar to that of the Android-powered Galaxy S, since their specs are very similar.

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‘Blackpad’ BlackBerry Tablet, iPad Challenger, Coming In November

Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, plans to introduce a tablet computer in November to compete with Apple Inc.’s iPad, according to two people familiar with the company’s plans.

The device will have roughly the same dimensions as the iPad, which has a 9.7-inch diagonal screen, said the two people who wouldn’t be identified because the plans haven’t been made public. The device will include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technology that will allow people to connect to the Internet through their BlackBerry smartphones, the two people said.

RIM is racing to come out with a product to rival the iPad in the fast-growing market for devices that bridge the gap between smartphones and notebook computers. Apple, based in Cupertino, California, last month said it sold 3 million iPad tablet computers in 80 days after they debuted in the U.S.

“They can’t wait for a second generation of devices from Apple or they’ll fall too far behind,” said Ashok Kumar, an analyst with Rodman & Renshaw Inc. in New York.

RIM rose $1.83, or 3.3 percent, to $57.53 at 4 p.m. New York time in Nasdaq Stock Market trading, reversing an earlier decline of as much as 2.5 percent. The stock has dropped 15 percent this year, as Apple has climbed 22 percent.

Marisa Conway, a spokeswoman for RIM, declined to comment, citing company policy not to comment on rumor or speculation.

Blackpad Pricing

RIM plans to call the tablet Blackpad, according to one of the people familiar with the company’s plans. RIM, based in Waterloo, Ontario, acquired the Internet rights to blackpad.com this month, according to the Whois database of domain names.

Pricing for the device will be in line with the iPad, which starts at $499, the person said. RIM is focused on reaping additional profits from the tablet effort, rather than competing on price to sell a large number of devices, the person said.

RIM is stepping up its competition with Apple on multiple fronts. The company is hosting an event in New York Aug. 3 at which it will debut its BlackBerry 9800 slider phone, according to one person familiar with its plans. The device will feature a full touchscreen like Apple’s iPhone and a slideout Qwerty keyboard to allow for easy e-mail typing, the person said.

RIM plans to use the phone to regain the market share it has lost recently to its U.S. rival. RIM’s share of the smartphone market fell to 19.4 percent of global shipments in the first quarter from 20.9 percent a year earlier, according to researcher IDC, based in Framingham, Massachusetts. Apple claimed 16.1 percent of the smartphone market, up from 10.9 percent a year earlier.

Uphill Battle?

In the tablet market, RIM will have to demonstrate how its device can stand out against products including the iPad, which has attracted buyers because of its integration with Apple’s iTunes service and many software applications, or apps. More than 225,000 apps are available for Apple devices, the company said in June. RIM said in April it had more than 6,000 apps.

“With the success of the iPad, RIM faces an uphill battle,” said William Power, an analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co., who has a “neutral” rating on the stock. “RIM really has yet to demonstrate that it can roll out touchscreen technology to match the leaders in the space, most noticeably Apple.”

RIM’s tablet will capitalize on the BlackBerry’s e-mail capabilities and the phone’s popularity with corporate users, one person said. The tablet will be closely integrated with the smartphone’s e-mail system and will have similar security for messaging, the person said.

Cameras for Video

Wi-Fi would allow the device to connect to the Internet anywhere the wireless technology is available, including a home, office or coffee shop. When not near such Wi-Fi “hotspots,” people could connect wirelessly to their mobile phone with Bluetooth and then to the Internet. The device will not be able to connect directly to the cellular network the way some iPads can, the two people said.

The RIM tablet will also have front- and back-facing cameras for videoconferencing, Rodman & Renshaw’s Kumar said, citing sources at suppliers in Asia.

“I don’t think it’s a zero-sum game,” he said, saying that innovation by Apple, RIM and other competitors will increase the size of the tablet market.

Hewlett-Packard Co., which bought smartphone maker Palm Inc. this month, said it plans to produce a tablet device that runs on Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system. Korea’s LG Electronics Inc. said this month it plans to introduce a tablet computer in the fourth quarter that runs on Google Inc.’s Android software. Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said yesterday the software company plans to increase its focus on tablets.

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RIM’s Slider 9800 Blackberry to Debut Next Week

Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) on Wednesday said they will probably show off their latest Blackberry phone, known as the Slider 9800, which is set to compete against Apple’s iPhone 4 and the Android smartphone.

RIM, based in Waterloo, Ontario, sent out press invites for next Tuesday in New York City but does not specifically detail the unveiling of the new phone and its Blackberry 6 operating system. The Wall Street Journal reported that people familiar with the event say that it will be to unveil the new phone.

However, on the press invite is AT&T’s logo, which is significant because the company is slated to be the service provider for RIM’s new phone.

Blackberry phones have become less popular with the advent of the new iPhones and the Android models, which both feature touch screens.

RIM’s new phone also boasts an operating system that shares features similar to Google’s Android operating system and the iPhone’s operating system, featuring a touch-screen based interface.

On Wednesday, RIM’s shares increased 2.6 percent to close at $55.41 in New York.

“The earlier they are going to say it is going to be available on the shelves the better,” Avian Securities analyst Matt Thornton told Reuters. “They don’t want to miss one of the key seasons.”

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Motorola announces Rambler QWERTY feature phone for Boost Mobile

Today Motorola announced its latest phone for Boost Mobile, the Rambler. The Rambler is a feature phone that sports a full QWERTY keyboard, a 1.3 megapixel camera, and support for email and instant messaging. The device also offers Bluetooth connectivity as well as GPS support, and offers some standard features such as a speakerphone and voice recognition support.

The Rambler will be available on August 11th on Boost Mobile’s website for $99.99 before taxes, with free shipping. It also be sold through Best Buy retail stores and dealers, as well as in Best Buy.

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LG to release several Windows Phone 7 handsets in 2010

Once again an LG representative has confirmed that a Windows Phone 7-powered handset is on the way and due in September. That handset is expected to be called the Pacific. The company also said that more WP7 devices are coming before year’s end.

LG is the third largest cellphone maker, behind Nokia and Samsung. Its phone shipments are slowly increasing, but it has fallen into losses due to a lack of smartphones, which has allowed Apple, RIM and other companies to grow much faster. Most of LG’s efforts this past year have focused on Android with only small efforts spent on Windows Mobile.

That is obviously changing.

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Samsung Galaxy Q Details Leaked

Samsung’s flagship Android phone the Galaxy S has been making waves over the past few weeks worldwide without doubt. Boasting of amazing specs and an equally gorgeous display, the device was every Android users’ dream come true.

That said, there is always the obvious question. What next? How can Samsung better an already great device? Well, the answer might be in the form of the Galaxy Q – a new product that Samsung is apparently prepping. But we have our doubts if the Galaxy Q can be considered an “upgrade” to the Galaxy S. Read on to find out why.

  • Network: 2.5G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) 850/1800/1900 MHz
    3G (HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps): 900/1900/2100 MHz
  • Operation system: Android 2.2
  • The Galaxy Q is believed to be a smaller version of the Galaxy S with a QWERTY keyboard. The device would be powered by the same 1GHz Hummingbird CPU and would pack in 16GB of memory. Most features would be similar to that of the Galaxy S. However, there are exceptions. The camera, a major disappointment for some in case of the Galaxy S (thanks to the lack of flash) seems to have been rectified. The Galaxy Q would ship with an 8 megapixel camera and LED flash. If that wasn’t all, the front camera too has been upgraded from a VGA one on the Galaxy S to a 1.3 megapixel one. The Galaxy Q when launched, would ship with Android 2.2.

    If those feature additions made you happy, there are some other things that you might not particularly like. For example, that gorgeous 4-inch screen of the Galaxy S has been reduced by a whole inch making it a puny little 3 -inch display. To make things worse, the resolution too sees a dip with a 720*480 S-AMOLED screen on the Galaxy Q – which is criminal when you think of the 800*480 pixel display of the Galaxy S. In fact all these things makes it quite obvious that the Galaxy Q is certainly not an upgrade to the Galaxy S (as mentioned earlier) – but more of an addition to Samsung’s Galaxy portfolio

    So, what do you folks think about the Galaxy Q? Leave us a comment and let us know.

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