Carriers

Sony S2 hits FCC with AT&T HSPA+ support, removable battery

Sony's S2 dual-screen Android tablet has been spotted crossing through the FCC as the Sony SGPT211US, complete with 3G/UMTS support for AT&T's bands. The tablet, announced back in April along with its single-screen sibling the Sony S1, is also listed as having a removable 3080 mAh li-ion battery. The particular modem Sony has used, at least in the tested model, is Ericsson's F5521gw, capable of up to 21Mbps HSPA+ speeds on compatible networks. AT&T, of course, has been using HSPA+ for its intermediary 4G coverage, as it prepares its LTE network. There's also 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth, just as you'd expect from an Android slate. Still no word exactly on when, beyond Fall 2011, the S2 will go on sale. [via Engadget]

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE official: Pre-orders from June 8

It's not just the WiFi-only Galaxy Tab 10.1 arriving imminently; Verizon has thrown up details about its 4G LTE version of the Samsung Honeycomb slate, which is set to hit pre-order on June 8 in either gray or white. Set to arrive in stores this summer - nothing more specific than that, sadly - the Android tablet has the same 10.1-inch display and dual-core Tegra 2 processor as the Limited Edition version we reviewed recently. There's also a 3-megapixel main camera, 2-megapixel front camera, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. Verizon will also be offering a bevy of accessories, including a full-sized keyboard dock and a docking station for multimedia use. Unfortunately this LTE goodness doesn't come cheap. Verizon is asking $529.99 for the 16GB model and $629.99 for the 32GB model, both with a new, two-year agreement. Press Release:
Verizon Wireless Adds 4G LTE-Enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 To Portfolio 4G LTE-Enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1, Exclusive from Verizon Wireless, Measures Only 8.6 Millimeters Thin 06/02/2011 BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and DALLAS, TX — Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), today announced the 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 will be available on the fastest, most advanced network in coming weeks. The slim and sleek Galaxy Tab 10.1 debuts with Android™ Honeycomb and will be available in either Metallica Gray or Glossy White. Customers will be able to pre-order the device online on June 8 at www.verizonwireless.com/galaxytab4glte. When the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hits Verizon Wireless stores this summer, it will be accompanied by an array of optional accessories such as a full-sized keyboard dock and a multi-media docking station. “The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a great option for customers who want to enjoy the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network – the fastest network in America,” said Jeff Dietel, vice president of marketing for Verizon Wireless. “Customers can also use the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 wherever they are on the nation’s largest 3G network.” Dietel added, “The tablet market is exploding as customers are discovering new uses for the technology that features a large screen, powerful processing speeds and access to Android Market™’s 200,000 applications. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is perfect for customers who want to take advantage of Google™’s new movie rental option and view their favorite film on-the-go.” “Samsung Mobile is excited to expand its mobile tablet portfolio with Verizon Wireless to include the 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. “The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the thinnest and lightest tablet in the world that delivers a truly mobile multimedia experience on an Android Honeycomb platform.” The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 offers full support for Google™ Mobile Services, including GmailÔ, YouTube™ and more. Customers will relish the 10.1-inch enhanced display with a 1280x800 resolution HD screen, 1 GHz dual core application processor, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera. Both consumers and business customers will find a multitude of uses for the Galaxy Tab that range from video chat to business tools, including those that allow for the opening and editing of documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 features Adobe® Flash® Player to deliver an enhanced Internet browsing experience and access to content-rich Websites. Verizon Wireless will offer two 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 models both priced with two year customer agreements: $529.99 for the 16GB model and $629.99 for the 32GB model. For more information on the Samsung Galaxy Tab, go to: www.verizonwireless.com/galaxytab4glte.

T-Mobile Sensation 4G is $550 off-contract

T-Mobile USA's pre-interest page for the Sensation 4G went live yesterday, and now the carrier has confirmed pricing for the HSPA+ smartphone both on and off-contract. As usual for a high-end Android smartphone, the Sensation 4G will be $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement (with mandatory voice and data) after a $50 mail-in rebate. If you'd rather not be tied down to that agreement - and who can blame you - then T-Mobile USA will also offer the Sensation 4G contract-free for $549.99 plus tax. That then allows you to take your pick from the carrier's various plans, use an existing SIM, or go prepaid if you'd prefer. The T-Mobile Sensation 4G is set to land in Target stores from June 12, with wider availability in the carrier's own stores by June 15. Check out our full review over at SlashGear for all the details.

LG Revolution 4G priced and dated for Verizon

The Verizon Revolution by LG will arrive on May 26, the carrier has confirmed, the latest Android smartphone to offer 4G LTE connectivity. Based on a 1GHz Snapdragon processor with a 4.3-inch display, the LG Revolution has an HDMI output, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0, along with a 5-megapixel main camera that can record 720p HD video. There's also a front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam for video calls. Verizon preloads Swype, Bing search and mapping, Netflix and an image-editing app, along with a Mobile Hotspot app that can share the 4G connection with up to eight WiFi clients (or a 3G connection with up to five). Pricing will be $249.99 with a new, two-year agreement and a mandatory data plan. More details on the Revolution in our hands-on from way back at CES. [vms be6ec9b852b0a542e2f3] UPDATE: Also we now have this device on hand for you to be looking at closer than ever! See our hands-on and unboxing and see some cinematic gold now! Press Release:
Revolution™ By LG Arrives For Verizon Wireless Dynamic Trio of 4G LTE, Entertainment and Power Combine To Make Revolution™ by LG BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and SAN DIEGO, CA — Verizon Wireless and LG Mobile Phones today announced Revolution™ by LG will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com on May 26. An entertainment powerhouse, Revolution by LG is the first Android™ smartphone preloaded with the Neflix application, allowing Netflix subscribers access to movies and television shows. Revolution customers can capture and share HD images or videos on a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen. Built-in HDMI output and SmartShare capability allow customers to share multimedia content with HDMI capable displays, creating an exceptional entertainment experience. Key features: 4G LTE – customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage areas 1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® processor Android™ 2.2 platform Access to more than 200,000 apps available to download from Android Market™ Bing® Search and Maps Adobe® Flash® Player Rear-facing 5.0-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat 720p HD video recording and playback Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11 b/g/n Mobile Hotspot capability allows customers to share 4G LTE with up to 8 Wi-Fi-enabled devices or a 3G connection with up to 5 devices Bluetooth® Version 3.0 Support Profiles: headset, hands-free, object push, advanced audio distribution (stereo), audio/video remote control, file transfer, phone book access Additional features: V CAST Apps Virtual QWERTY keyboard with SWYPE technology Equipped with Dolby® Mobile for rich listening experience Extensive image editor includes: crop, rotate, resize, apply filters, image adjustments, draw, write, erase and add stamps 16 GB preinstalled microSD card™ Pricing and availability: Revolution by LG will be available in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $249.99 with a new two-year customer agreement. Revolution customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a data package. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 for monthly access. An unlimited data package is available for $29.99 for monthly access. The Mobile Hotspot feature will be included for a limited time at no additional charge. The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network, launched in December 2010, is the fastest, most advanced 4G network in the United States, providing speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon Wireless’ 3G network. Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network currently reaches one-third of all Americans, with plans to expand the network to the company’s entire 3G coverage area over the next three years. For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

HTC Sensation hits stores today

The Vodafone HTC Sensation has been up for pre-order since early May, and now the dual-core smartphone is headed into stores. Vodafone tells us that pre-order customers should be receiving their Sensation today, while everyone else can pick one up from free with a new, £35 per month, two-year agreement. Your money gets you a 4.3-inch, qHD 960 x 540 touchscreen, 1.2GHz dual-core MSM8260 processor, 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, flash and 1080p Full HD video recording, and the front-facing camera for video calls. There's also the latest iteration of HTC Sense on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. All in all, it promises to be a mighty impressive smartphone. There's more information in our hands-on video below, and in our report from the Sensation's launch. [vms a2b4e80506f582af3676]

Dell Streak Pro detailed: 10-inch Honeycomb tablet for June

New details on Dell's rumored 10-inch tablet have emerged, suggesting that contrary to original reports, the Dell Streak Pro will, indeed, run Honeycomb. According to Tweakers' sources, the Streak Pro packs a 1GHz Tegra 2 dual-core chip and 1GB of RAM into its 261 x 176.4 x 12.9 mm, 720g frame, along with dual microphones and twin cameras. That's 5-megapixels on the back and 2-megapixels up-front, matched with either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of flash storage (and an SDHC memory card reader). The 10-inch display runs at 1280 x 800, and there's WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and the possibility of AT&T 4G LTE support. Dell will apparently offer different black, pink, blue or red skins for the slate, which has a brushed aluminum back panel. Accessories will include a media dock, in-care charging adapter, a "productivity" dock and a folding cover with integrated keyboard. Dell's Stage 2.0 software will be preloaded. The Dell Streak Pro is expected to go on sale in June.

XPERIA Play heist was fake confesses Vodafone New Zealand

Vodafone New Zealand has admitted that it faked the entire "stolen XPERIA Play shipment" story, now confirmed to be a promotional campaign designed to mark the launch of the Sony Ericsson gaming smartphone. Doubts arose after Vodafone released "security camera footage" of the theft, which failed to convince viewers. Company spokesperson Matthew East confirmed to The Australian that the announcement had, in fact, been a marketing stunt rather than a legitimate crime. It's unclear when, exactly, the phone will launch. Would-be XPERIA Play owners in New Zealand can find out more about the carrier's competition here. The rest of us can sleep easily in our beds tonight, knowing that there aren't rogue Sony Ericsson handsets roaming the streets, flaunting their illicit IMEIs and generally being rowdy. [via Engadget]

US Galaxy S II variants named: AT&T Attain, Verizon Function and Sprint Within

Samsung's Galaxy S II is one of the mot coveted Android smartphones of the moment, but while Europe and Asia is able to play with the Super AMOLED Plus handset, North America is still waiting for its taste of overclocked Exynios. Now it seems US naming and carrier support has been leaked courtesy of a premature accessory listing. According to the Wireless Xcessories Group, their silicone gel back cover will fit the Samsung Galaxy S 2 Attain on AT&T, the Galaxy S 2 Function on Verizon, and the Galaxy S 2 Within on Sprint. T-Mobile USA is notable for its absence; that could be because the carrier isn't getting a version or, perhaps more likely, because aesthetically it is different and the gel wouldn't fit. Given the success of the original Galaxy S in North America, it's no great surprise that Samsung is working with so many carriers on its successor. Of course, we still don't know quite when it will arrive. [via Pocketnow]

Vodafone HTC Desire HD Android 2.3 Gingerbread update goes live

Vodafone has begun pushing out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the HTC Desire HD, only a day after HTC began distributing the generic version of the upgrade. As with the general version, it brings the Desire HD up to the same software level as the HTC Desire S. In addition to the usual bugfixes, Vodafone's changelist suggests the following tweaks:
  • Enhancements to the user interface (simpler and slicker)
  • New Android Keyboard,  with easy copy/paste feature
  • Improved Power Management
  • Internet Calling support
  • Multiple Camera Management (front and back)
As far as we know, Vodafone is the first UK carrier to get their branded version of Gingerbread for the Desire HD into the wild. Let us know how you get on with the upgrade in the comments.

Vodafone HTC Sensation pre-orders open ahead of May 19 release

Vodafone UK have begun taking pre-orders for the HTC Sensation, ahead of what's expected to be a May 19 release date for the dual-core Android smartphone. Announced last month, the Sensation will be priced from free with a new, two-year agreement of £35 ($58) per month or above. Your money - and commitment - gets you a 4.3-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel camera, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the latest version of HTC Sense with a clever lock-screen that integrates various widgets and app shortcuts. There's also Qualcomm's new dual-core 1.2GHz processor keeping things running, and 1080p HD video capture. The Sensation is expected to launch in the US later in 2011 as the T-Mobile Sensation 4G, but for the moment Vodafone have exclusivity on the handset in Europe. No word on how long that will last for. More details on the HTC Sensation in our hands-on report. [vms a2b4e80506f582af3676]