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By October 10, 2008 Read More →

HTC T8290 Rumoured

Paul over at MoDaCo has just posted an article on the new HTC T8290

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HTC T8290 HTC T8290

My my, HTC do have their fingers in a lot of pies wink.gif
Below are the first images of a device that appears to be called the ‘T8290’ and is packing WiMAX, destined for the Russian Yota WiMAX network.
We can see the device features:
– WinMo 6.1 Professional
– 3.8" WVGA (800×480) screen
– Inbuilt phone, WiMAX, Bluetooth and WiFi
Amazingly the design seems to be even more minimalist that the Touch HD! smile.gif No deets on whether this packs the same 5 Megapixel camera of course, but there is a camera of some description on there. We’ll be digging around for more info and will update this post as and when – watch this space! smile.gif
Given HTC’s recent announcement that the Touch HD will not be available stateside, could this give a hint as to why? Will we see the T8290 coming to Sprint’s ‘Xohm‘ network?

Now I’m really not sure what this means but it does indeed look like an HTC device that has not been photo shopped. It always amazes me how these devices leek so commonly but I for one am glad they do and only wish that someone would leak something new to us more often.

Posted by: John

Source: MoDaCo

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By October 9, 2008 Read More →

Motorola VC6096 – Windows Mobile ON a whole new level

I’ve often heard people complaining that their phone is like a brick but Motorola have decided to give this term it’s very own phone.

The VC6096 is the worlds heaviest Windows Mobile device at 4.85 pounds. I’m not gonna lie, the phone has features like no other but it really isn’t designed for the standard user market. Aimed at transportation and logistics providers this In-Vehicle / Fixed Mount mobile computer has been designed to achieve cost-effective compliance, maximize driver productivity, improve safety and vehicle utilization, reduce costs and improve customer service.

Enough babbling from me, here it is:

motorola vc6096
Motorola VC6096


VC6096 WWAN In-Vehicle/Fixed Mount Mobile Computer

The VC6096 all-in-one in-cab solution is designed to help transportation and logistics providers achieve cost-effective compliance, maximize driver productivity, improve safety and vehicle utilization, reduce costs and improve customer service. Built to handle the rigors of the road, the device provides drivers with the comprehensive simultaneous wireless voice and data capabilities needed to maximize operational efficiency — including wireless WAN (WWAN), wireless LAN (WLAN), Bluetooth, GPS and telematics support. An open-platform solution, the VC6096 gives you the power of choice, allowing you to select and control the applications and peripherals that best meet your business needs.

I’m not often taken aback by stats but lets be honest when have you ever seen some of the weird and wonderful stats like the ones shown below?

  • Audio: Headset; speakerphone; volume control
  • CPU: XScale™ PXA270 624 MHz processor
  • Expansion options: SD slot (maximum 2 GB)
  • Memory: 128MB SDRAM/256MB Flash
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Edition
  • GPS: SiRFstarII GSC3ef/LP GPS chipset
  • Dimensions: HxWXD – 9.53 in. H x 9.25 in. W x 1.95 in. D / 24.2 cm H x 23.5 cm W x 4.95 cm D
  • Keyboard: Full backlit QWERTY, 65-key with tactile feedback and audible key beep
  • Weight: 4.85 lbs./2.2 kg.
  • Altitude: Operating range: 1,200 ft./365 m below sea level to 15,000 ft./4,572 m above sea level
  • Crash hazard: MIL-STD-810E, 516.5 Proc VI
  • Electrostatic discharge (ESD): +/- 15kV air discharge, +/- 8kV direct discharge
  • Humidity: Up to 95% non-condensing at 50 degrees C
  • Mechanical shock: MIL-STD 810E 516.4, Procedure 1 – Functional Shock
  • Operating temperature: -4 degrees to 140 degrees F / -20 degrees to 60 degrees C
  • Salt fog: MIL-STD 810F (survives eight hours of 5 percent salt solution fog at 35° C)
  • Solar radiation: MIL-STD 810E, Method 505.3, Procedure I
  • Storage temperature: -40 degrees to 140 degrees F / -40 degrees to 60 degrees C
  • Thermal shock: -40° F to +176° F/-40° C to +80° C
  • Vibration: MIL-STD 810E, Method 514.4, Ground Mobile (VIII)
  • Warranty: The standard one year warranty will be offered for workmanship flaws. For breakage and user damage, a pre-determined fixed fee repair/replacement policy will be implemented. Display breakage may be covered with certain contract offerings, such as Service From the Start with Comprehensive Coverage.
    Powered by vehicle: Voltage input 10V to 33Vdc
  • Electrical safety: IEC 60950-1, Certified to UL / cUL 60950-1
  • Environmental: RoHS/WEEE compliant
  • RF exposure: USA: FCC Part 2, FCC OET Bulletin 65 Supplement C; Canada: RSS-102, EU: EN 50360

I for one wont be buying one but you can be assured that this will end up being the must have gadget for company’s in 2009.

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XDA Orbit 2 gets Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade

o2 have just put the Windows Mobile 6.1 update online for the o2 XDA Orbit 2. The update brings better battery management, (slightly) improved Internet Explorer experience and a quick start help system.

You’ll need a valid IMEI to proceed, and as usual we’d advise backing everything up and charging your battery

Also remember that there are Windows Mobile 6.1 SMTP issues so have a think before you upgrade.

Posted by: John

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HTC S740 – Pre Release Orders Now Available

The guys over at devicewire have just told us that they are now accepting Pre Release Orders of the HTC S740 with a new release date of October 23rd. The pricing sits at a nice £339.99.

HTC S740

Matt recently completed a post on this device so have a quick look there before heading over to devicewire.

Posted by: John

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RIM Blackberry Storm Gets Official

After tons of info leaked already, the Blackberry Storm finally got the official treatment. It will be sold exclusively by Vodafone in Europe and Verizon Wireless in the US. Telius in Canada will also be pushing the device to local customers.

Blackberry Storm 9500
Blackberry Storm 9500

The Blackberry Storm is the first touch screen device by BlackBerry. It’s got a spanking new user interface, which as it seems is fluid enough to compete the Apple iPhone with an ease.

Now that the Blackberry Storm is finally announced and the specs are all clear, it turns out that it doesn’t pack Wi-Fi functionality as rumored.

The Blackberry Storm 9500 will be sold through Vodafone networks and will be free on monthly plans of 35 GBP and up with an 18-month contract.

Blackberry Storm 9530 Blackbery Storm 9530 (2)
Blackberry Storm 9530

The Blackberry Storm 9530 is the variant of the handset that will be sold in North America. Along with the quad-band GSM and 2100Mhz UMTS support that the 9500 model has, it will also offer CDMA2000 1xEV-DO support.

News & Images: GSM Arena

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Motorola Moto Q 11 Gets Official

Whilst not having posted it it here previously I’m sure you have seen lots of leaked photos already on the net regarding this handset. The Moto Q 11 is not unlike the previous Moto Q handsets with its QWERTY design and Microsoft Windows Operating Systems.

Motorola Q11
Motorola Moto Q 11

So stats wise the handset will have the following:

  • Talk Time: Up to approximately 450 minutes
  • Standby Time: Up to approximately 195 hours
  • Quad-band GPRS/EDGE Class 10
  • Supports SMS, MMS, Integrated ActiveSync Email Push, Java App for IM
  • Supports MIDI, MP3, AAC, AAC+, AAC+ Enhanced, WAV, WMA, WAX, WMV
  • Video Supports RV, MPEG4, H.264, WMV, 15 fps
  • 3MP Fixed Focus Camera with LED Flash & 8x Zoom (Probable Digital)
  • Memory: 128MB Flash, 64 MB RAM, optional microSD card up to 32GB
  • Weight: 115g
  • Dimensions: 117x64x11.7 mm
  • Batery: 1170 mAH
  • Connectivity: MicroUSB/USB 1.1,
  • Bluetooth Class 1 v2.1 wireless technology
  • Display: 2.4” 320 x 240 TFT 262K
  • GPS and aGPS
  • Mobility: 802.11b/g4
  • Chipset: LTE + Intel Bulverde
  • Windows Mobile 6.1
  • Browser: WAP 2.2 / HTML / Pocket IE 6

Having recently used and reviewed the Blackberry Bold with a similar design I think I would quite like to see how Windows Mobile handles on a device like this so feel free to ship one of these to us Motorola.

There is no news yet on the carriers or the pricing but you can be assured that we will release this info when we get it. The expectation for release is December sometime.

Posted by: John

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By October 7, 2008 Read More →

Sony Ericsson Leak – Code Name Kate

It seems every other day we are seeing leaks of this device and that device but today its the turn of Sony Ericsson. The Sony Ericsson Kate is reported to have a 5MP camera and will fall in as part of the Cyber-Shot range. Looking like a mix between the K770 and the C902 the Kate is also rumoured to have UMTS, xenon flash, camera mode switch and Smile shutter feature

Sony Ericsson Kate Sony Ericsson Kate Back
Sony Ericsson Kate

Again like all these leaks I have nothing more than hearsay to tell you but I will be digging and calling contacts to see what else I can find out for you.

Posted by: John

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RIM Blackberry Storm – The first commercial

Yesterday CBS released their very first commercial for Verizon featuring the Blackberry Storm. Amongst loads of leaked photos, manuals and power point presentations this is the first real show of the phone.


I also came across a video of the Vodafone release on You Tube which looked really good, so knowing that I hadn’t posted anything about the Storm here yet I decided to let you see this too.

Press Release

Tomorrow I will stick up a post with all that’s known so far about the Storm but in the meantime enjoy the videos, I did!

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No HTC HD for the US

HTC may well have decided to launch their world first G1 in the US however they have decided not to release their new Touch HD phone there which is news that has rattled a few cages across the pond.

HTC Touch HD
HTC Touch HD

HTC have advised that sadly, due to the engineering time required to get a North American 3G version in the pipeline, they would be better waiting until the next round of products launches. What this actually means is left open to interpretation but essentially the Touch HD will not be released in the US.

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SanDisk Launches 16GB microSD and M2 Cards

Despite the fact the we never really fill up our masses of memory on our home PC’s we manage to do this very easily on our mobile devices. With most of us owning a least a mobile phone, camera and mp3/4 player that is either already full or nearing capacity this announcement comes as a breathe of fresh air.

SanDisk-16GB microSD
16gb Micro SDHC

SanDisk is bringing to market new 16GB* microSDHC™ and Memory Stick Micro™ (M2)™ mobile memory cards. The new, tiny 16GB cards are the world’s largest storage capacity for mobile phones and will be available at various retailers in the U.S., Europe and Asia in October.
The fingernail-sized 16GB memory cards allow consumers to “wake up” the many storage-intensive features offered by today’s portable handsets such as music and video playback, high-definition digital camera functions, gaming and GPS applications. In addition to the mobile phone, consumers can use the 16GB microSDHC card in a multitude of other devices, including a video camera, GPS receiver or a MP3 player with a microSD™ slot such as SanDisk’s Sansa® players.
SanDisk’s 16GB microSDHC card has an MSRP of £45 (excl. VAT) and the 16GB M2 card has an MSRP of £60 (excl. VAT).
MicroSD cards are designed for slot-equipped legacy mobile phones and can hold a maximum capacity of 2GB. Today’s microSDHC cards are available in 4GB, 8GB and now 16GB, are ideal for newer mobile phone models, most of which are compatible with these higher capacity cards.  The Memory Stick Micro (M2) cards are designed for Sony Ericsson’s new generation of mobile phones, all of which are compatible with the 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacity levels.  SanDisk’s 16GB mobile memory cards come with a five-year limited warranty.

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16gb Memory Stick Micro (M2)

I’m not denying that mobile memory is very expensive however lets not forget what 16gb can do for us data freaks. Fingers crossed SanDisk send us a few of these before general release but if not I for one am hoping that its the early end of October and not the later.

Posted by: John

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