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T-Mobile’s LG G-Slate gets priced

LG's G-Slate Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet has been priced, with retailer MobileCity slapping a $699.99 sticker on the 8.9-inch slate. However, there's still no estimated release date, and the RRP is listed as $799.99 - just like the unsubsidized Motorola XOOM. It's not just the $100 that differentiates the G-Slate, either; LG has given the Tegra 2 tablet a twin camera array on the back, for shooting 3D photos and video. More details in our hands-on. [vms a41ddf9f4bdef84fdc73] [via PhoneDog]

T-Mobile Germany confirms huge Motorola XOOM 3G pricing

Details on the Motorola XOOM's European launch continue to trickle out, with German pricing and availability confirmed. T-Mobile Germany (Deutsche Telekom) will be offering the 3G version of the XOOM from the end of April 2011, priced at a whopping €699.95 ($968). The carrier will have the XOOM 3G exclusive for three months, before other carriers get a chance to offer the Honeycomb slate (and hopefully drive prices down somewhat). Press Release:
Motorola Xoom™ with UMTS available for three months exclusively from Telekom Feb 28, 2011 First tablet PC with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Supports HPSA with up to 14.4 Mbit/s download capacity Fast dual-core processor, two 5 and 2 megapixel cameras From the end of April 2011 Telekom will be offering customers the first tablet PC with Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system: the Motorola Xoom. Android 3.0 is the first version of Android developed by Google specifically for mobile devices with large displays. Some of its key features are the home screen with 3D elements, large widgets with extended interaction options and newly designed notification icons. The Motorola Xoom's full-touch display featuring a 25.6 cm (10.1") screen and a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels is the ideal platform for surfing on the go. "The Motorola Xoom fits perfectly with our strategy for the best mobile Internet experience," said Niek Jan van Damme, member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom AG and Chairman of the Managing Board of Telekom Deutschland GmbH. "We are pleased to offer the tablet PC with UMTS exclusively for three months to our customers in Germany." For all applications the Xoom’s 1 GHz dual-core processor provides for its multitasking capability. HSPA technology for bandwidths of up to 14.4 Mbit/s enables high-speed mobile surfing and downloading even large files in a matter of seconds within the Telekom network. You can upload videos, photos and other content at up to 5.76 Mbit/s. A 5 megapixel camera with twin LED flash is integrated into the back of the Motorola Xoom. And that is not all: the tablet is equipped with a second 2 megapixel camera on the front. The Motorola Xoom supports HD video recording and playback and multimedia content can be streamed to your television via HDMI. Other features of the device, which is 247 x 167 x 12.4 mm in size and weighs just 700 grams, are a GPS module, a micro SD slot and a micro USB interface. Telekom Deutschland plans to launch the Motorola Xoom at the end of April 2011 at a price of EUR 699.95. The version featuring UMTS mobile telecommunications technology for mobile data transmission will be available exclusively through Deutsche Telekom for 90 days.

KDDI Samsung SMT-i9100 Android Tablet a lock-in for March 11

It's been a long time since we first saw Samsung's SMT-i9100 Android tablet for Japanese carrier KDDI, but the 7-inch slate is almost here. According to KDDI, as of March 11, 2011, buyers will be able to pick up the Galaxy Tab-esque Froyo slate. The specs are unchanged, so you still get a 2-megapixel camera on the back, a 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen, WiFi b/g/n, 4GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM. There's a bundled docking station in the box, and a full charge is expected to last around 6hrs. No internal 3G, though, with KDDI suggesting you use a mobile hotspot instead. Frankly, with new Honeycomb slates arriving imminently, this no longer seems that great a device (and it was hardly ground-breaking four months ago); pricing will be the deciding factor, but KDDI isn't saying exactly what that will be until closer to launch day. [via Impress]

Motorola XOOM priced by Verizon: No big subsidies for first Honeycomb slate

Motorola's XOOM tablet pricing has been confirmed, with Verizon announcing subsidized and unsubsidized figures ahead of the Honeycomb slate going on sale on Thursday this week. As of February 24, the XOOM will be $599.99 with a new, two-year agreement, or $799.99 with no agreement. Data plans, meanwhile, will be priced from $20 per month for 1GB of access. The promised 4G LTE update is due to arrive sometime in Q2 at no charge, while Adobe Flash Player will also arrive "soon". Adobe has already said Flash Player 10.2 for Honeycomb is coming within the next few weeks. [vms 3b03ae6d3f8540cd6362] Press Release:
Motorola XOOM Tablet To Be Available On The Verizon Wireless Network On Feb. 24 “Best of Show” Winner at 2011 Consumer Electronics Show Delivers the World’s First True Tablet Experience, with Upgrade to 4G LTE in Q2 02/22/2011 BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and LIBERTYVILLE, IL — Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today announced the Feb. 24, 2011 availability of the innovative new Motorola XOOM™ tablet, which won the coveted CNET Best of Show award at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show for being “the most potentially disruptive technology.” The first device to run Google’s new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, the Motorola XOOM will be available for purchase from Verizon Wireless for $599.99 with a new two-year customer agreement or $799.99 without a contract. Wireless 3G data service for the Motorola XOOM will begin at $20 monthly access for 1GB. The Motorola XOOM will be upgradeable to 4G LTE service at no additional charge in the second quarter of 2011. A powerhouse in both software and hardware, the Motorola XOOM is built around a 1GHz dual-core processor and 10.1-inch widescreen HD display. The sleek, stylish design features a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats, as well as a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera that captures video in 720p HD. The Motorola XOOM showcases the innovations of the Honeycomb user experience that improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization, as well as featuring the latest Google™ Mobile services. The Motorola XOOM also features full support for tabbed browsing and support for the Adobe® Flash® Player, available soon as a free download, to enjoy all the video and other rich content available on the Web.

Motorola ATRIX 4G arrives on AT&T for $200

The Motorola ATRIX 4G has gone on sale, with AT&T offering the Tegra 2 smartphone for $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement. The first Android device on sale in the US with a qHD resolution display, the ATRIX 4G can be paired with an optional Laptop Dock that turns it into a slick ultraportable notebook. Want to know more about the ATRIX 4G? Check out the full Android Community review and then page over to the Laptop Dock review and HD Multimedia Dock review for the low-down on Motorola's official accessories.

NEC MEDIAS E-04C 7.7mm-thick Android smartphone headed to Japan

So far, NEC's Android devices have looked pretty clunky: you can hardly accuse the Touchnote or Smartia of being alluring in their design. However, all that looks set to change with the NEC MEDIAS N-04C, a 7.7mm thick Android 2.2 Froyo smartphone expected, according to Draft Life with Blog, to hit Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo on February 24. The super-slim smartphone hasn't been fully detailed, but it will have a 4-inch display, NFC and 1-Seg digital TV tuner, and be available in black and white. At 7.7mm it's thinner than the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc (which is 8.49mm thick) and the Arc doesn't even have NFC. No word on international launch plans, but NEC would be crazy not to take the MEDIAS E-04C abroad. [via Akihabara]

Motorola ATRIX 4G rooted before release

The full system dump was only the start of things; Motorola's ATRIX 4G isn't on shelves yet, but the smartphone has apparently already been rooted. The handiwork of developer DesignGears, the full instructions - like the AT&T smartphone itself - haven't been released yet, but it should come as a relief to those concerned Motorola's policy toward locking down root access on its Android phones. That policy has seen some Motorola devices take longer to be hacked and modified for custom ROMs than Android phones from rivals like HTC, frustrating owners used to being able to tweak their handsets and coax out new functionality. Given that the ATRIX 4G also offers support for the innovative Laptop Dock accessory, and runs a new Tegra 2 processor, the potential for hacking and modding the phone is perhaps even greater. [via BriefMobile]

Samsung Galaxy S 4G hands-on

Samsung's Galaxy S 4G isn't exactly a great leap from the existing Galaxy S range. The company has taken the original Galaxy S and thrown in Android 2.2 Froyo from the outset, together with HSPA+ support for T-Mobile USA's network. Still, with the Galaxy S family the best-selling Android devices around, there's arguably little Samsung actually needed to do in order to refresh things prior to the Galaxy S II's arrival.

Vodafone Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo hands-on

Freshly announced at MWC 2011 earlier this week, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo promises to be the mid-range Android smartphone with some serious imaging punch. We grabbed some hands on time today with the exclusive red variant headed to Vodafone - as well as the regular blue model - and it's a slick, if a little plastic, handset. The XPERIA Neo firmware wasn't final, so we'll hold off from making any judgement calls on how the smartphone performs (or, indeed, how the camera holds up), but from what we've seen it's shaping up nicely. Sony Ericsson has made the sensible decision to separate out its Mediascape and Timescape apps from the core OS, which means that - in theory, at least - Android software updates should come through in a more timely manner than for previous XPERIAs from the company. Of the three colors - white, blue and red - we have to say we prefer the red; in the plastic it's rich, slightly metallic, and looks a lot more interesting than the somewhat mundane blue version. The silver edge pieces are discrete, and the Neo fits nicely into the hand. We'll have to wait for review units to drop before we know whether the phone shapes up as a whole, however. [gallery]

AT&T Motorola ATRIX 4G now due February 22

AT&T now expects the Motorola ATRIX 4G to arrive in-store almost two weeks earlier than previously promised, with the 4-inch Android smartphone due to go on sale in retail locations on February 22. Previously, AT&T had said sales would begin on March 6. Meanwhile, existing pre-order customers will have their ATRIX 4G units shipped out to arrive the day before, February 21. The smartphone went on sale on Sunday, February 13, priced at $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement. [via SlashGear]