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AT&T 4G Acer Iconia Tab A501 gets priced & dated

AT&T's 4G-enabled version of the 10.1-inch Acer Iconia Tab, the A501, will go on sale September 18 the carrier has confirmed, though don't expect crazy fast data speeds. In fact, the 4G only refers to HSPA+, not the LTE on the roadmap for later this year. Priced at $330 with a new, two-year data agreement, or $480 without, the 16GB Iconia Tab A501 is, 4G connectivity aside, identical to the A500 we reviewed previously On the back there's a 5-megapixel camera, while a 2-megapixel camera is up front for video calls. As well as the HSPA+ there's WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth, along with USB 2.0, HDMI and a microSDHC memory card slot. NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor keeps things running. Acer says it will also be offering a 32GB version of the A501, though so far AT&T is yet to confirm it will be ranging the slate. OS is Android Honeycomb, and there's access to the Tegra Zone of games and other downloads. [device id="266"]

AT&T Confirms no LTE Smartphones until late 2011

I wouldn't really call this a huge surprise considering we still haven't heard much from AT&T regarding their 4G LTE networks, and they are just barely starting to get off the ground. Today at a tech conference AT&T's senior vice president of mobility and consumer markets, Peter Ritcher, said that the company will not have a 4G LTE enabled smartphone until very late into 2011.

Rumor has HTC providing T-Mobile with 42Mbps HSPA+ smartphones in H2 2011

When it comes to smartphones, many users are always looking for more data speed, more performance, and more battery life. HTC has a bunch of smartphones that run the Android OS that have great performance and data speeds as well. T-Mobile USA has been rolling out faster HSPA+ networks around the country and a rumor has surfaced that claims HTC will be building smartphones in the second half of 2011 that will take advantage of that new data speed.

T-Mobile Launching 4G in 56 Additional Markets

Tonight T-Mobile has just announced that they are once again updating additional markets and expanding the HSPA+ 42Mbps network to 56 new markets. Now many of you will too be able to access the blazing fast speeds of 4G that T-Mobile has to offer. Back in June they had a similar announcement and upgraded tons of markets to 4G, now that list is getting bigger and bigger.

T-Mobile’s myTouch 4G Slide gets official: HSPA+ and a boosted camera

T-Mobile USA has given the official nod to the myTouch 4G Slide, the carrier's latest QWERTY smartphone. Built by HTC, the myTouch 4G Slide packs a 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen and the same 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor as inside the HTC Sensation and HTC EVO 3D, as well as that physical keyboard and an upgraded camera. The 8-megapixel camera - which has autofocus and a dual-LED flash - also gets a new f/2.2 wide aperture lens and a backlit sensor, both intended to improve low-light performance. HTC has also fettled its software, promising zero shutter lag as well as adding in-camera HDR support, SweepShot for easy panoramic photography, and BurstShot for firing off multiple frames in short order, and then allowing you to pick the best later on. A front facing camera gives support for video calls, meanwhile, and the phone runs Android Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0. Other specs haven't been announced, but we're guessing WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS and all the usual sensors will be included when the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide arrives in July 2011. It'll be priced at $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement, and available in black or khaki. [youtube 97REawPREH4]

New Bill Would Require Stricter 4G Definitions

4G has been a bit of a bitter subject for those who have any sort of technical understanding of the topic. There exists an organization, the International Telecommunications Union, who set the standard for what would constitute 4G long before the first "4G" network was deployed. To this day not a single "4G" network meets those requirements. Now a bill has been presented to the U.S. House of Representatives to force wireless carriers to provide more information to consumers about what constitutes their 4G network.

Huawei MediaPad official: 7-inch dual-core Android 3.2 tablet

Huawei has taken the wraps off of its MediaPad tablet, the first 7-inch slate to run Android 3.2 Honeycomb. According to Huawei, Android 3.2 basically fettles Honeycomb to suit the 7-inch slate, which also comes with HSPA+ 14.4Mbps connectivity, WiFi b/g/n, an IPS capacitive touchscreen display and HDMI Full HD 1080p output. Inside there's Qualcomm's 1.2GHz dual-core processor - presumably the same chip as inside the HTC Sensation - along with an unspecified amount of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. There's also Bluetooth, GPS and twin cameras: 5-megapixels on the back, with autofocus and HD video recording, and 1.3-megapixels upfront, for video calls. At 11.98mm thick and 390g it's reasonably compact, and Huawei reckons the battery is good for up to 6hrs runtime. Facebook, Twitter, Let's Golf and Documents To Go will be preloaded, and Flash Player 10.3 supported. No word on pricing at this stage, and Huawei apparently has no plans for a WiFi-only model. US availability is tipped for Q3 2011. [via Engadget]

T-Mobile Boosts 4G HSPA+ 42Mbps Coverage: Adds 47 New Markets

Today T-Mobile announced that they are quickly adding more and more to their 4G HSPA+ Network. To help give you a little incentive to jump aboard with their 4G service they are now boosting speeds on over 47 current 4G markets and now will have over 100 markets on their blazing fast HSPA+ 42 Network. Starting today San Diego, Fresno, Salt Lake City and many others are among the locations getting 42Mbps HSPA+ support added and more coming shortly.
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