Sony Ericsson has finally let the cat out of the bag on when the XPERIA X1 smartphone will be available and good news–it’s the end of this month. Maybe.
On September 30th the XPERIA X1 will be available in:
Another 32 countries will be added to the list sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.
The XPERIA X1 will be coming to North America, China, Australia and Russia too, but no word on when and sorry, those countries aren’t in the list of 32 that will be getting it later this year.
For more info check out the press release here.
After a lot of talk that the Sony Ericsson Xperia handset was delayed and would not be released until next year, Sony Ericsson is doing damage control and trying to squash that rumor.
According to Sony Ericsson spokesperson Merran Wrigley, “there is absolutely no delay. The product is on track…We have said it will roll out in Q4 and we are on target to do that.”
Good news if you were hoping to get your hands on the hot Windows Mobile 6.1 device in time for the holidays.
We’ve known about the new Palm Treo Pro for a few days now, so it’s not too much of a surprise: Palm has officially announced the Treo Pro.
Palm looks to take on BlackBerry handsets with the Treo Pro and they aren’t being very shy about it. Palm’s vice president of marketing Brodie Keast says that they’ve “chosen to partner with Microsoft to compete effectively with [BlackBerry maker] RIM.”
At the same time, Keast says that there is plenty of room in the smartphone market for both companies to grow saying that “even with the growth in this market, 90 percent of the market doesn’t have a smartphone. It doesn’t make sense to fight over the 10 percent…we want to reach out to people who don’t have a smartphone, not people who already love RIM.”
So…they’re taking on RIM, but not taking on RIM I guess is the [mixed] message.
The Treo Pro will be available in September in Europe via Vodafone and O2, in Australia via Telstra, and the US directly from the Palm store.
Pricing on Vodafone, O2 and Telstra will vary and in some cases will be free with a new contract. In the US it will be unlocked and unsubsidized for $549. I would expect some US carrier to pick it up and subsidize the price a bit but no official word on that yet.
More carriers will be announced down the road for the South American and Asian markets.
Check out the new video below to see the Treo Pro in action and to hear some palm executives pitching it:
The first iPhone clone to get attention was the M8 MiniOne by Meizu, first showed off in late 2006.
The M8 is back in the news and may actually be releasing later this year.
According to Meizu CEO Jack Wong the M8 (MiniOne has been dropped from the name because people kept referring to it as just the M8 so the company is going with that) will be available in white only and will be released in October or November of this year “at the latest.”
The hardware is “essentially the same, but the software has been improved.”
We’ll see, I guess…
Canadian cell carrier Rogers today announced that the BlackBerry Bold smartphone will be available from them on August 21st.
It won’t come cheap if you’re interested in getting your hands on one, with the price being $399 with a 3-years contract.
Yes, with a 3-year contract, so you’re going to have to want one pretty bad to pick one up.
Looks like more official info on Palm’s upcoming Treo Pro smartphone is coming our way on the 21st but that hasn’t stopped more info from leaking out.
According to new info the Treo Pro will include:
- Windows Mobile 6.1
- One-touch Wi-Fi button
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Tri-band WCDMA
- High-resolution flush color touchscreen
Check out a video of the Treo Pro in action below:
One of the potential roadblocks to the first Google Android-based handset being released in the next few months has been cleared as the FCC has approved the handset for operation in the US.
Hopefully that means we’ll be getting an official announcement about its launch soon.
Aside from the images that leaked the other day of the upcoming Palm Treo Pro not much was known feature wise, but a few more details have since come out.
Though this isn’t official info from Palm it looks like the Treo Pro will include:
- HTC task manager
- Comm Manager’s Airplane Mode
- microSD card with support for up to 32GB under battery cover (though not under the battery itself)
- 1500mh battery
- 400MHz CPU
- 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM
- 320 x 320 touchscreen
- Quad-band GSM, tri-band HSDPA
- 2 megapixel camera
The New York Times reported today that T-Mobile will be the first carrier to offer a handset based on Google’s Android platform.
The handset, made by HTC and called the Dream, could be out as early as October, possibly sooner if the FCC clears it earlier than expected.
The Dream will have both an iPhone-like touchscreen as well as hardware controls, and feature a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Silicon Alley Insider was able to do an early review of the Dream and says that the the video below is pretty accurate but in comparison to the iPhone it is “big and bulky” and the user interface that is less intuitive.
Google also appears ready to [finally] update it’s SDK to the unlucky masses who weren’t among the 50 winners of the developers contest held earlier this year and who have been given early access to updated SDK builds.
Last Thursday Nokia held a private launch event in New York and Chicago for it’s new US E71 smartphone and today’s the day it becomes available for the rest of us.
Specs of the US E71 include:
- Support for GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, WCDMA 850 / WCDMA 1900
- 2.4 inch 320 x 240 display able to display 16.7 million colors
- S60 operation system, 3rd edition, Feature Pack 1
- 110MB built-in memory
- 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity
- Full QWERTY keyboard
- GPS and A-GPS, along with Nokia Maps 2.0 for turn-by-turn navigation
- 3.2 megapixel camera able to record video
Look for it to sell for around $500.
For more info check out the press release here.