XOOM Superbowl advert is already prompting arguments about whether the whole thing was all too iPod-esque, but we'd wager not as many arguments as leaked pricing details for the Android 3.0 Honeycomb slate. According to a Best Buy advert passed to Engadget - which suggests the XOOM will land in-store on February 24 - the 10.1-inch tablet will be all of $799.99 with a month-to-month data agreement. Four data plans are offered by Verizon, ranging from 1GB per month for $20, through 3GB and 5GB for $35 and $50 respectively, and finally 10GB for $80. According to the fine print, "To activate WiFi functionality on this device, a minimum of one month data subscription is required."
Vodafone has announced that it will be the first European carrier to offer the Google Nexus S directly, joining retailer Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy UK in pushing the Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone. The Samsung-made flagship - the Android Community review of which you can read here - will go on sale in Vodafone's own stores, though it's unclear whether other carriers will also be offering it direct. As well as the general black Nexus S we've already seen, Vodafone has clinched the exclusive on the white version. No pricing or availability as yet, but we're guessing Vodafone will be wanting to push this pair out as soon as possible.
LG's Optimus 3D is on its way, though neither will admit to a release date. Vodafone's announcement was straightforward, with the carrier telling Electricpig that "it will come to Vodafone. As soon as it’s launched, we will bring it to the UK." Three was slightly more surreptitious, instead using Twitter to link to the promotional "Something big is coming" video which LG released earlier in the week. The Optimus 3D is expected to launch at MWC 2011 later this month complete with a 3D-capable display and a dual-camera array. [youtube AYb3EclvaMg]
Android and Me's sources, the Pyramid will use Qualcomm's 1.2GHz Snapdragon MSM8260 processor and be paired with a 4.3-inch qHD display. As you'd hope, given T-Mobile's 4G push, the Pyramid supports HSPA+ for high-speed browsing on its 960 x 540 display. That's the same resolution as the iPhone 4 and the Motorola ATRIX 4G, and a nice step up from regular WVGA.
joined fellow carrier Three in confirming that it will be offering the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc, though we don't yet know an exact release date. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone has a capacious 4.2-inch BRAVIA-branded touchscreen, 8.1-megapixel camera and HD video capture. There's also an HDMI port, despite the Arc measuring just 8.7mm at its thinnest point. More hands-on feedback on the XPERIA Arc here.
Dell Streak 7 up for order, as promised, with the 7-inch Tegra 2 slate priced at $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement (and after a $50 mail-in rebate). The Streak 7 supports HSPA+ along with video calls using a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera. It's not all good news, however. The Streak runs Android 2.2 Froyo, rather than Honeycomb, and there's no word on when - or indeed if - it will see an upgrade. Plus, the display runs at WVGA resolution, which is low when you consider the Galaxy Tab is 1024 x 600. More in Ben Bajarin's review over at SlashGear.
AT&T has announced that the HTC Inspire 4G will go on sale in the US come February 13 2011, with the price dipping under the all-important $100 mark. The Android 2.2 smartphone will cost $99.99 with a new, two year agreement, and be able to use AT&T's HSPA+ network. There's also an 8-megapixel camera, HD video capture and HTC Sense, and if you stump up for AT&T's DataPro Tethering Plan you can also use the carrier's Mobile Hotspot app too. According to the press release, the AT&T HTC Inspire 4G will be the first of more than 20 4G devices set to launch in 2011. [via SlashGear] Press Release:
HTC Inspire 4G Arrives for AT&T Customers on Feb. 13 AT&T 4G Smartphone is the First of Many Planned for the Nation's Fastest Mobile Broadband Network Key Facts AT&T* will begin selling the HTC Inspire™ 4G on Feb. 13. The first 4G mobile phone offered by AT&T, the HTC Inspire 4G is the first to run the Android 2.2 platform and AT&T Mobile Hotspot application. The 4.3-inch super LCD display on the HTC Inspire 4G will be the largest in the AT&T portfolio, and the first to offer the next-generation HTC Sense experience. HTC Inspire 4G will cost $99.99 after a two-year agreement beginning Feb. 13 in company owned retail stores and online at www.wireless.att.com. 4G Portfolio AT&T is the leader in smartphones and expects to widen that lead in 2011. In January, AT&T committed to an industry-leading Android portfolio in the U.S. in 2011 and said it plans to offer two 4G smartphones in the first quarter. The HTC Inspire 4G is the first of more than 20 4G devices AT&T plans to deliver in 2011. AT&T has completed the deployment of HSPA+ to virtually 100 percent of its mobile broadband network, which enables 4G speeds when combined with Ethernet or fiber backhaul. HTC Inspire™ 4G The HTC Inspire™ 4G will be the first 4G smartphone in AT&T stores and will have the largest screen of any AT&T smartphone, with a 4.3-inch super LCD display, and will offer an 8-megapixel camera with HD video recording. Running on the Android 2.2 platform, the HTC Inspire 4G will be the first smartphone in the U.S. to feature the next-generation HTC Sense™ experience with cloud services. The HTC Inspire 4G will also be the first to introduce AT&T Mobile Hotspot service built into the smartphone, allowing users to connect additional Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Exclusively available to AT&T customers for $99.99 after a two-year agreement, the HTC Inspire 4G will include a 1 GHz processor, Dolby® Mobile and SRS WOW HD sound, and a premium, aluminum unibody design. HTC Inspire 4G comes preloaded with a Blockbuster and eReader application to keep users entertained on the go. For more information, visit www.att.com/inspire4G. With the next-generation of HTC Sense, the HTC Inspire 4G offers even more ways to stay connected, including FriendStream™, which delivers Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates in a consolidated view. The HTC Inspire 4G also offers customers the ability to pinpoint the location of a lost phone on a map and send a command to make the phone sound an alert – even while on "silent" mode – through the htcsense.com website. If needed, owners can also remotely wipe all of the phone's data with a single command in addition to forwarding calls and text messages to a different number. Quotes "We are kicking off an exciting year for AT&T's smartphone portfolio, and leading off with our first 4G phone," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "With its iconic design, 4G speeds and awesome features, Inspire 4G is going to attract new customers and please existing AT&T subscribers." "With a 4.3 inch screen, latest version of the HTC Sense experience and a sleek unibody aluminum design, the HTC Inspire 4G is the first true superphone to launch at under $100, bringing unparalleled power to more people than ever before," said Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC Americas. 1 Mobile broadband coverage is not available in all areas. 4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. Will be available in limited areas. Availability increasing with ongoing backhaul deployment. Learn more at att.com/network. 2 Limited time offer. Two-year contract required. Qualified customers only. Early Termination Fee up to $325. HTC Inspire 4G requires a minimum data service starting at $15/mo. 3 Mobile Hotspots requires a DataPro Tethering Plan. Devices connected to your Mobile Hotspot use data from your DataPro Tethering Plan. DataPro Tethering Plans are not unlimited and significant charges may be incurred if the included data allowance is exceeded. Performance may vary depending on the number of devices connected and other factors. *AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
has announced pricing and availability for the Dell Streak 7, which will go on sale on February 2 2011. The 7-inch 4G HSPA+ Android slate will be priced at $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement (and following a $50 mail-in rebate). As promised, that's significantly less than the rumored pricing that circulated earlier this month. More information - plus a sign-up notifier - at T-Mobile's update page here.
is planning sub-$100 Android smartphones and super-budget data plans in order to stem the flow of subscribers to iPhone-offering rivals. According to the carrier, around 10-percent of US churn - users leaving one network for another - has been down to subscribers wanting AT&T's iPhone. In response, the carrier has suggested it will offer an even broader range of Android-based handsets, together with a $10 data plan. No word on when we can expect to see this arrive, however. [via SlashGear]
rumored Dell Streak 7 pricing calculated from apparent payment plan information on the T-Mobile site is wrong, according to the carrier. T-Mobile USA pinged us to let us know that the figures on the information page are the result of a "technical error", and that there's no official word on pricing as yet. We're guessing that means someone on the web team accidentally copied and pasted Equipment Installment plan details from another product page when putting the Streak 7 listing together. So, all guesses are back on as to whether the slate will drop at more or less than the rumored $330.