Sprint has announced its new Galaxy S class variant ‘super phone’ from Samsung and its very clear Samsung has got its phasers set to ‘stun’ in regards to their competition. For the first time in nearly five years, every major US carrier will carry the same phone from the same manufacturer. This is amazing as Google tried, and failed on its own, to do this. Sprints version is arguably the best as its got some great key features that distinguish it from its otherwise ordinary peers.
One, It has a slide out physical keypad (this is huge, as very few high-end Android phones posses them) and Two; is Sprints nascent (but growing) 4G Wi-MAX service capable (if you live in a major metropolitan area, chances are you’ll have 4G service very soon). Not clear as of now is a software build that will have some special, key Sprint exclusive bundled in for multimedia purposes.
I am waiting to hear from Sprint if I can get a review unit and If I do, will write a through practical review comparing it to the EVO 4G and of course, iPhone 4.
According to multiple sources, I can finally say with eighty percent certainty that the Sprint HTC EVO 4G will be launching June 13th, 2010. As for what is 100% certain is that the phone will launch in June and that there will be no extra charge for basic 4G access. Wireless eight person Hot-Spot service will cost extra, rightfully so on 4G and will not have a data cap or be throttled.
The final piece of the puzzle I do not have for you yet is how much the device will cost, with full subsidies for new subscribers. There have been rumors of $199 after all Sprint mail in rebates, but I can not confirm this just yet. The new BlackBerry Bold 9650 is launching this May 23rd, at $199 after all M.I.R. are accounted for, so either Sprint will reduce the Bold (very unlikely as RIM devices have long been a Sprint staple) pricing after three weeks, or because of the sales strength of the Tour and now its successor, keep it at $199 and have it go up against the EVO at the same, static price point. This is really the big story for me in all of this, as how can a two-year old phone (technology wise) be sold for the same price as the latest and greatest?
BREAKING: Qualcomm tweets announcement ahead of Steve Ballmers keynote about a new Tablet PC, announced tonight!
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform delivers significant competitive advantages to our customers, enabling them to feature exceptional performance, ubiquitous connectivity and powerful multimedia in devices ranging from mobile handsets to smartbooks.
I’m excited to see what this product actually feels like and what U.S. carriers will provide, sell, service and market this product. I have a feeling Verizon Wireless will be the front-runner! Sprint, where are you?
This one is truly worthy of the exclamation point in the title, gang as @joshuatopolsky has scored an exclusive hands on preview and full on unboxing of the HTC Passion/Google Nexus One.
The thing that’s struck us most (so far) about the Nexus One thus far is the fact that it’s really not very different from the Droid in any substantial way.
Josh has scored the first super clear video of the stock Android 2.1 ‘with Google’ UI experience and it is exciting in the fact that all HTC Hero, Droid Eris & Samsung Moments will be running this very same OS this quarter! I can only imagine with all the software optimizations that have been made in the coding, especially for the graphics, how much smoother and just more fun in general our phones (and investments) will be this coming year. The year of the Droid.
So, while you are probably hyped out on ‘the Google phone’ rumors (anyone remember 2007 along with a certain fruit?), here comes some pretty neat video insomuch as it not only shows the UI in action but a glimpse of the devices internal metric prowess. There were originally two videos posted, this one I’m presenting and another 10 minute version, but it looks like it got nabbed for DMCA & thus taken down already.
While this is a neat device and as a new Android owner I am excited about all things Droid, do I really think this phone will cause folks to rush out and sign up with T-Mobile? The answer is ‘No’, not because the big magenta T isn’t great, but all of the carriers will soon have flagship Droid devices and thats really the point of Android! To foster and innovate numerous handsets and software across the mobile hardware spectrum, the antithesis to Apples closed development model, to make a truly Open Handset Alliance. And I think this phone will do a fine job building off of the Hero & Droids momentum!