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AT&T HTC Sensation spotted crossing FCC

The HTC Sensation has made a second trip through the FCC, this time bearing 3G and 4G band compatibility with AT&T's network in the US. Filings for the smartphone were spotted in early May for the T-Mobile USA variant - which we reviewed last week - and now it looks like AT&T may be getting a model of its own. This particular model has support for GSM 850/1900 and WCMDA bands V and II, making it potentially compatible with AT&T's HSPA+ network (though not its new LTE network, of course). Otherwise we're assuming it's the same Sensation that we've seen before, so WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, a 4.3-inch qHD display, dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor and unibody metal chassis. There's no telling whether AT&T will indeed launch the Sensation - or, if it does, whether it will be called that or something else - but given the phone is HTC's flagship we wouldn't be surprised if they did. T-Mobile USA sales of the Sensation 4G will begin June 12. [via GottaBeMobile]

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]

T-Mobile Boosts HSPA+ 4G to 42Mbps Tomorrow, We Test Today

Today T-Mobile announces that their 4G network (aka HSPA+) will be boosted across 55 markets where the service is already available, this boost bringing up the theoretical download peak up to 42Mbps. This should also theoretically affect everyone holding a T-Mobile phone, but we shall see. For those Android users also carrying a notebook, they've decided to release a lovely T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 modem in several sassy colors including black, purple, and royal blue. *What you see below is a test we've run today to compare to tomorrow's roll-out.

Why 4G is Ape Spit to You and Me

Lets begin by noting that marketing, especially when it comes to technology, is all about making the consumer believe two things. The first thing a technology consumer should believe is that they need the technological breakthrough you happen to be selling. The second thing a technology consumer should believe is that your device or service is only good until you've got a newer product or service for sale. But what if you've got a product that isn't quite as good as your competitor? In the epic case of USA's infatuation with mobile network speeds, carriers have chosen the wrong path: aping one another. Image via SlashGear, illustrated by Rue Liu

HTC Sensation 4G pre-interest page goes live

HTC may not be publicly confirming the rumored June 8 release of the HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile USA, but it has thrown up a sign-up page for those wanting more information. The tri-tone smartphone has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, HSPA+ connectivity and a 4.3-inch qHD display. There's also an 8-megapixel camera on the back with autofocus and a dual-LED flash. HTC has reworked the camera app to minimize start-up lag, so that there's less chance of missing impromptu shots. Meanwhile the Sensation will debut HTC Sense 3.0, the latest version of the company's interface, complete with a new homescreen launcher. We've more on the HTC Sensation in our hands-on report from the launch of the European version, identical bar the radios. Meanwhile for all the specs, check out HTC's product page. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Review

It's electric! The following is a journey through T-Mobile's newest Sidekick effort - a project that's produced a device that's no less than a hipster masterpiece, one that'll make all your oddly fashioned cloth wearing friends say "uh, I don't want to sound like a newb or anything, but that phone looks like it's totally amazing, and I have no idea why I don't already have it." That's right - this is the phone that all the art students who live on the South side of Minneapolis will want to be grabbing asap lest they miss the pink bus - aka they're going to want to get the one I've got here, the white and pink edition. So cute!

T-Mobile G2x In-Browser Benchmarks

What you're about to see is a few benchmarks, all of them conducted on the browser-based JavaScript benchmark system SunSpider. Inside the post I'll explain a bit better what SunSpider is for everyone who hasn't seen it before, but what you need to know from here is that we're testing both the stock browser and the newest version of Firefox (4) for Android. What you're going to see is the T-Mobile G2x by LG, the HTC ThunderBolt running on Verizon's LTE network, and the ATRIX 4G running on AT&T's HSPA+ network.

G-Slate shows up early on eBay

A seller on eBay is listing the LG G-Slate with a starting bid of $800, Buy it now at $1200. By contrast, T-Mobile lists the G-Slate as selling for $529.99 with a two year data plan and after $100 mail-in rebate. The listing says that the G-Slate is in stock and will ship at auction's end. That's pretty interesting considering that T-Mobile lists the Honeycomb tablet as "coming soon" and the launch date is still two weeks away.

HTC Desire S pops up all over the UK

Starting today, the HTC Desire S is popping up all over the UK through T-Mobile stores, and online portals. The Desire will also be available through Vodafone, Orange and Three. Through T-Mobile, the Desire S will be available exclusively in silver and will be free with all two year plans starting at £35/month, with 900 minutes, 500 texts, 500MB "fair use" data, and a Flexible Booster. Vodafone as it a little cheaper plan wise, where the Desire S is free with On Pay monthly plans from £30.
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