Amazon launching Blaze Dual Core Phone

Photos and specs have been leaked on what looks to be Amazon's entry into the Android smartphone market. The phone is known as the Blaze, and it looks stacked with a 1.2 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 processor, 4.3-inch Mirasol display. Other specs include 512MB ram, 32GB of internal storage and a 5MP rear facing camera. The Blaze will also come with a front-facing camera for video chat, and have may also have a near field communications (NFC) chip for electronic point of purchase (ironic considering Amazon is an Internet based eCommerce site).

4G Speed on Trial

Behold the marketing age, one where paying close enough attention to the bureaus in charge of term definitions can earn you a higher market share and brand throne in consumers' minds around the world. Case in point: 4G speed. You and I know that the term "4G" means fast - we're told it means the fastest, the fastest in the whole world! In fact it's nothing more than a name, the speed at whose definition changes faster than its hypothetical speeds every single day of the year. This post explores the 4G matter in terms of Sprint's HSPA+ speed network and how it's working via the HTC Inspire 4G and Motorola ATRIX 4G, both of them out now.

Dell Streak 7 gets AT&T HSPA+ support

Dell Streak 7 owners hoping to use their 7-inch tablet on AT&T rather than T-Mobile have discovered the slate supports HSPA+ 4G on both networks. According to StreakSmart, after the T-Mobile USA carrier unlock is removed, the tablet's modem is revealed to support both 1700/2100MHz (AWS) and 850/1900MHz. That means HSPA+ on both carriers, as evidenced by the photo above. Unfortunately, right now there's no free way to unlock the Streak 7; instead you'll have to turn to an unlock vendor like UnlockStreak, which charges $49 for the hack. It apparently won't affect your warranty, and should take 1-3 working days to process.

HTC Flyer Wifi-only Version Pre-Order at Cyberport Now

The slightly less awesome Wifi-only version of HTC's newest installment of Android device, the Flyer tablet, is now up for pre-order via Germany's Cyberport retailer. The listing they've got up details the 7-inch slate's 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen that includes active stylus (for all your drawings!) as well as Android 2.4 Gingerbread with customized Sense overlay, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, and a complete lack of 3G/HSPA connection. On the other hand, this version that includes no contract at all, leaving you free and clear forever, will run you only €499 ($686).

HTC Inspire 4G Lacks HSUPA (3G Upload Speed Capability) Says AT&T

We've been informed directly by a contact we've come to trust on AT&T matters that the brand spanking new HTC Inspire 4G is not just slow in its upload speeds because it has some kinks to work out, nay! It's simply completely unequipped to work with 3G uploading, aka HSUPA. It works just fine downloading on 3G, otherwise known at AT&T as HSPA, the download otherwise known as HSDPA, but upload speeds are relatively slow. Head below for a slew of speed tests.

HTC Inspire 4G [Hands-on]

We've got a gigantic smartphone right here and it goes by the name HTC Inspire 4G. This is an AT&T branded phone, running on their HSPA+ network for speed, with a lovely soft plastic exterior for comfort in the hand. It's got a generously fabulous 8 megapixel camera on the back and a single button for power on the top, with a volume dongle on the left. These are the only buttons, making this a rather minimalistic bit of hardware.

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.

HTC Pyramid bringing 1.2GHz dualcore and qHD display to T-Mobile?

T-Mobile USA is reported to have picked up HTC's first dual-core Android smartphone, codenamed the HTC Pyramid, with the device expected to go on sale in May 2011. According to 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.

AT&T Mobile Hotspot App Coming February 13th, $10 per GB

Today AT&T has announced that select smartphone customers will be able to switch their phones over to mobile hotspot mode, allowing all the devices within range the ability to connect to the internet on the same data plan. This feature will first be available February 13th, starting with the launch of the HTC Inspire 4G. Customers will be able to purchase the phone with an "AT&T Data Pro" plan which includes a total of 4GB for $45 a month.
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