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Motorola XPRT Brings Droid Pro Hardware to the World for Non-Verizon Lovers

Starting today Motorola's XPRT (better known as the Droid Pro on Verizon) is available for those not wanting to head out with big red. The XPRT is aimed at professional users, with it's portrait qwerty keyboard, reminiscent of another popular smartphone. The XPRT is only the second Motorola Android phone to make it to the carriers in yellow, after the Motorola i1, which featured push-to-talk. If you are looking for a business-centric Android phone and you've got a taste for BlackBerry-looking hardware, you can pick up the XPRT for $399.99 or $129.99 with a new 2-year contract.

Sony Ericsson ST18i and CK15i leak

What could be Sony Ericsson's replacement to the XPERIA X8 has apparently leaked, under the codename the Sony Ericsson ST18i "Asuza", along with another new touchscreen/QWERTY handset, the CK15i. Similar in appearance to the new XPERIA mini, the ST18i is tipped to have a 3.3-inch display and run Android 2.3 Gingerbread; the CK15i is believed to be launching as the Sony Ericsson txt pro, and have a slide-out keyboard like the new XPERIA mini pro. The ST18i has twin cameras - front and back - with the rear one having an LED flash. Inside is believed to be an unspecified ARM Cortex A8 processor; this probably won't be a high-end device, but instead positioned in the mid-range for those who want a bigger display than the compact XPERIA mini but not something quite as big as the Arc. As for the CK15i, that looks to have the same 3.3-inch display size - said to be running at 240 x 400. An official launch for the ST18i could be as early as later in May 2011, though that's obviously not confirmed at this stage. We're guessing Sony Ericsson will also include its new Facebook Inside XPERIA system. [gallery] [Esato via SEMCblog 1 and 2]

Motorola XPRT and Titanium revealed: New(ish) phones, Old Android

Motorola has unveiled a pair of new CDMA Android handsets, the Motorola XPRT and Motorola Titanium. The XPRT is a rebadged version of the Motorola DROID Pro, complete with a 3.1-inch HVGA touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard and World Phone capabilities, while the Titanium is a rugged iDEN device to replace the Motorola i1, with a 3.1-inch touchscreen, QWERTY and a Military Spec chassis resilient to dust, shock, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, high temperature and low temperature. Bizarrely, the Titanium runs Android 2.1 Eclair (the XPRT gets 2.2 Froyo) which seems almost stubbornly out-of-date. Both handsets have a 5-megapixel camera, WiFi b/g (b/g/n on the XPRT) and Bluetooth, along with a microSD card slot, GPS and push-to-talk. Frankly neither is particularly exciting. The XPRT will go on sale on June 5, priced at $129.99, while availability and pricing for the Titanium will be announced later in 2011. Press Release:
Sprint and Motorola Unveil Two Android Devices for Business: Motorola XPRT and Motorola Titanium New Android smartphones target professionals with enhanced business-class experiences; Motorola XPRT offers enterprise-grade security and enhanced MOTOBLUR experience on an Android World Phone; and Motorola Titanium pairs best-in-class Nextel Direct Connect with Android OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), May 05, 2011 - To meet the growing demand for mobile devices with industry-leading enterprise features, Sprint (NYSE: S) and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) will launch two new smartphones with enhanced business-ready capabilities, built on the Android™ platform. Motorola XPRT™ is the first Android smartphone from Sprint to deliver enterprise-class security, personal productivity enhancements and international roaming. Motorola Titanium™ leverages Sprint’s industry-leading Push-to-Talk capabilities as the first Nextel Direct Connect® smartphone built on Android 2.1. “We are pleased to extend our portfolio of products directed at business-users with these two powerful and versatile Android devices,” said Paget L. Alves, president – Sprint Business. “Motorola XPRT delivers the security features enterprise customers demand without scrimping on the latest in technology, while Motorola Titanium is a rugged Android smartphone with Nextel Direct Connect’s sub-second Push-to-Talk.” Motorola XPRT will be available on Sunday, June 5, in Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Web sales (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1), for $129.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. Pricing and availability for Motorola Titanium will be announced at a later date. “Motorola XPRT and Motorola Titanium blend feature-packed consumer experiences with an optimal set of productivity and security tools,” said Jeff Miller, corporate vice president of sales, Motorola Mobility. “We are pleased to partner with Sprint to deliver each of these unique business-ready devices to their continuously growing enterprise customer base.” Packed with Productivity Tools Designed for business users, Motorola XPRT offers a sleek, compact design built on Android 2.2, Froyo. This full-feature world phone is equipped with a pinch-to-zoom capable touchscreen, 3.1-inch HVGA display, full QWERTY keyboard and 1GHz processor with Adobe Flash 10 web browsing. Enterprise managers and workforces across field service, field sales, healthcare, retail, utilities, manufacturing and transportation/distribution industries will benefit from its feature-rich capabilities, enterprise-class security and data encryption. Motorola XPRT delivers business-class security features with 256-bit AES data encryption and controls the IT department will appreciate, including the ability to remotely handle functions like enabling pin or password lock, password recovery and data wipe on both the phone and SD card if lost or stolen. Motorola XPRT comes loaded with MOTOBLUR™ offering personalized content, including email and social media updates, delivered right to the user’s home screen. It enables convenient viewing of news feeds, updates and messages from social media sites from a single screen. Additional key features of Motorola XPRT include: Android Market™ for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games available for download Google™ mobile services, such as Google Maps™ with Navigation, Google Talk™, Gmail™ and YouTube™ Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®) and personal (POP & IMAP) email Worldmode – CDMA (EVDO Rev. A), GSM/UMTS (HSPA) – international roaming service available in more than 200 countries 3G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously 5-megapixel camera with camcorder and dual LED flash for low-light performance microSD slot, with a 2GB memory card included, supporting up to 32GB Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR Wi-Fi® b/g/n 1860 mAh Lithium-ion battery Motorola XPRT requires activation on one of Sprint’s Everything Data plans, plus a required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge (pricing excludes surcharges and taxes). Sprint also offers great value with international service add-ons for Motorola XPRT. For just $4.99 per month, the Sprint Worldwide Voice Add on offers discounted rates while traveling in more than 100 countries. For only $2.99 per month, you can make local calls in Canada, call back to the United States and even receive calls in Canada for just $0.20 per minute. That’s a savings of $0.39 per minute over standard roaming charges. While roaming in Canada, Mexico, China, and other destinations data rates start as low as $0.002 per KB (on CDMA networks). To sign up to learn more about Motorola XPRT, please visit www.motorola.com/XPRT. Leading in Push-to-Talk As the successor to the popular Motorola i1 launched by Sprint last year, Motorola Titanium is sleek and attractive, yet durable. It is the first iDEN device to combine Sprint’s best-in-class Nextel Direct Connect and Android 2.1, Éclair, for a feature rich business-class experience. It features a full QWERTY keyboard and 3.1-inch touchscreen display. Built military-grade tough, Motorola Titanium is certified to Military Specification 810G for dust, shock, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, high temperature and low temperature. With more than 17 years of expertise, Sprint is the industry leader in Push-to-Talk, serving the world’s largest Push-to-Talk community with millions of Nextel Direct Connect subscribers on the fastest national Push-to-Talk network. Nextel Direct Connect has set the industry standard for Push-to-Talk worldwide. More U.S. workers communicate in less than a second with Nextel Direct Connect than with any other Push-to-Talk service. Additional key features of Motorola Titanium include: Support for Nextel Direct Connect Services, including Direct Connect, Group Connect®, International Direct Connect®, DirectSendSM, Group Messaging and NextMail® Android Market for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games available for download Google mobile services such as Google Search, Gmail, Google Talk, Google Maps with Navigation, syncing with Google Calendar™ and YouTube Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync) and personal (POP3 & IMAP) email 5-megapixel camera with camcorder, 4x zoom and flash Wi-Fi b/g Stereo Bluetooth GPS navigation microSD slot, with a 2GB memory card included, supporting up to 32GB 1820 mAh Lithium-ion battery To learn more about Motorola Titanium, please visit www.motorola.com/titanium.

Lenovo Android ThinkTab leaked

Okay, it's not called that, it's called the Android ThinkPad Tablet. But don't you think ThinkTab is more catchy? Regardless of what it's called, details of the new Lenovo Honeycomb Tablet have been leaked. And Lenovo looks to be catching the Android, and leaving Windows behind.

Alltel HTC Merge pre-orders from March 28

Alltel has announced a pre-order date for the HTC Merge, the carrier's latest QWERTY Android slider. Pre-orders will be taken as of March 28, with the smartphone priced at $124.99 with a new, two-year agreement. That gets you an Android 2.2 phone with HTC Sense running an 800MHz Qualcomm processor. There's also a 5-megapixel camera, 3.8-inch touchscreen and 720p HD video recording. We've already seen the Merge bearing Verizon branding but HTC did promise that the handset would come to more than one US carrier. The Merge is also a world-phone, which means it has both CDMA and GSM radios and as such can be used on networks in North America and abroad. No word on when it will actually begin shipping, however. [Thanks Terry!]

Samsung Galaxy Pro QWERTY candybar confirmed, coming to Three [Video]

Samsung has outed its latest Galaxy family smartphone, though this time it's half touchscreen and half physical keyboard. The Samsung Galaxy Pro has a 2.8-inch touchscreen above a QWERTY 'board, running Android 2.2 Froyo on an 800MHz processor. Around the back there's a 3-megapixel camera, while inside there's confirmed WiFi (but presumably Bluetooth and GPS as well). Samsung has installed what looks to be a tweaked version of TouchWiz, and the Galaxy Pro will apparently also have the Social Hub Premium pre-loaded. No word on pricing or specific availability, though we already know at least one carrier readying to offer the Galaxy Pro. UK network Three says the smartphone is "coming soon" and offers the following video to tide you over. [youtube 0sJ3eO63v40] [via SlashGear]

Samsung to announce QWERTY in Android’s Galaxy

Samsung is looking to add a QWERTY Android phone to it's Galaxy line of phones during CTIA this month. The news is that the new phone will have a "candy bar" design much like BlackBerry, running Android 2.2 (Froyo). But it seems more likely that Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) would be more practical. The design is rumored to be a bit wider than the Samsung Galaxy S and is geared for a higher end clientele. Possibly aimed at Blackberry's business models?

Danger Service to be discontinued for T-Mobile’s Sidekick

An executive has leaked that T-Mobile's Danger service for the Sidekick will be discontinued for Sidekick devices effective May 31, 2011. The Service, created by Microsoft, is what the Sidekick relies on exclusively for it's data services. The move may be peremptory as word was recently leaked of a 4G Sidekick coming to T-Mobile soon. The new Sidekick will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, have a full QWERTY keyboard and support HSPA+.

Official Facebook Phones to be HTC Android handsets?

HTC is tipped to be working with Facebook on two Android smartphones bearing the social network's official branding. According to CityAM's unspecified sources, the two handsets will use Facebook's color scheme and support Facebook Voice calls and IM, as well as putting the social network's news feed and messages on the homescreen. Neither company has commented on the rumors, which suggest the new phones will debut at MWC 2011 next month, but SlashGear has heard independently that at least one of the devices should have a physical QWERTY keyboard and Facebook CTO Bret Taylor has recently insisted that the company's primary focus for 2011 is mobile. Android Community will be at Mobile World Congress to bring back all the details of any announcement. [via SlashGear]
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