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We recently let you know that Samsung had announced their next handset in the Galaxy line-up, the Galaxy S III. Now, most Canadian carriers have come forward officially announcing that they will carry the handset. The general timeframes given for the launch are “this summer”, with others simply stating that it is “coming soon”.

Carriers who have confirmed that they will carry it include Bell, Telus Rogers, Virgin Mobile, Videotron, Sasktel, WIND Mobile, and Mobilicity. Many major retailers have also announced that they will sell the device once it becomes available through the previously mentioned carriers. So, who’s excited for the Galaxy S III?


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We just let you know that Fido is preparing to launch the LG Optimus 7, but they’re also planning to release the Sony Xperia U. The Xperia U features a 3.5” (480 x 854) LED-backlit LCD touch screen display, with the Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine. It has a 5 MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording, along with a secondary VGA front-facing camera. Currently, the Xperia U runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, however Sony has expressed their intentions to upgrade it to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Xperia U is powered by a dual-core 1 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM, and comes with 4 GB of internal memory. Connectivity options are as expected, with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and HSPA.

Pricing and a specific launch date are unavailable currently, however online speculation points to it launching sooner rather than later. Keep an eye out, as we’ll be keeping you updated!


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A little while back, we let you know that Rogers employees had received documentation from LG regarding their Optimus L7 handset, but we haven’t heard anything official since. Now, internal documentation from Fido has been leaked online, indicating that the device will be launched by them as well.

The LG Optimus L7 features a 4.3” (480 x 800) touch screen display with Gorilla Glass, and a 5 MP camera with LED flash and VGA video recording. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and is powered by a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM. Other features include its secondary front-facing camera, and connectivity including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc.

As for pricing and a release time frame, no information is available as of yet. It’s likely that pricing will come in on the lower end of the spectrum, and with any luck, we’ll see the handset launch in the next month or so.


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Bell recently launched the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE, and now Sasktel is advertising it on their site. Initially they had it labelled as “Coming soon”, however that label has now disappeared, indicating that it’s now available from the Saskatchewan carrier. Users will be able to benefit from the improved resolution, processor and overall enhancements over the standard Galaxy S II, however LTE connectivity won’t be coming until this fall.

The S II HD LTE features a 4.65” (720 x 1280) Super AMOLED touch screen display with Gorilla Glass. It’s powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM, and comes with 16 GB of storage. Currently, the S II HD LTE runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, though an Ice Cream Sandwich update is expected in the coming weeks. Other notable features include its 8 MP camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording, along with a secondary 2 MP camera.

If you’re in the market for a new Android handset and can’t wait for the Galaxy S III, be sure to check out the Galaxy S II HD LTE from Sasktel. It is available now for $129.99 on a 3 year term, or $569.99 monthly.


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Those who simply cannot wait until this summer’s Galaxy S III launch have what may be the next best Android handset from Samsung. The Galaxy S II HD LTE is now officially available from the carrier, and is similar to Rogers’ S II LTE, with some changes. Among the differences is the improved 4.65” (720 x 1280) display, and a few slight changes to the physical design like the placement of the front-facing camera.

If you’re interested in the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE, you can pick one up now from Bell for $99.95 on a 3 year term, or $549.95 no-term.


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Bell has officially launched the HTC One V, and affordable Android handset running Ice Cream Sandwich. It features a 3.7” (480 x 800) touch screen display, and a 5 MP camera with LED flash and 720p video capture. It’s powered by a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM, and comes with 4 GB of internal memory. Additionally the One V comes with Beats Audio support and 25 GB of Dropbox storage for 2 years.

The HTC One V is now available from Bell for $0 on a 3 year term, or $299.95 no-term. If you prefer Telus, they will also be launching the handset in a black version rather than Bell’s grey model. An exact date and pricing is unconfirmed at this point for Telus, but speculation points to a very near-future launch.


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Possibly one of the most anticipated Android handsets since the OS was first introduced by Google, the Samsung Galaxy S III has been officially announced. It features a 4.8” (720 x 1280) Super AMOLED touchscreen display, and is powered by a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor. There will be two variations, an HSPA+ model and an LTE version. It comes with an 8 MP camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video recording, along with a 1.9 MP front-facing camera capable of 720p video capture. Other noteworthy specifications include its 1 GB of RAM, and its Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC connectivity options.

Some of the features that make the S III unique in the Android market include SmartStay and S Voice. SmartStay uses the front-facing camera to detect when you are looking at the screen, preventing the display from timing out. S Voice allows users to give voice commands, and is somewhat similar to Siri on the iPhone. Those who purchase a Galaxy S III will also get a whopping 50 GB of extra Dropbox storage, and will have a wide array of accessories to purchase.

As for design, the Galaxy S III’s huge 4.8” screen rests inside an 8.6 mm thin body. The handset is going to be made in black and white versions, though it hasn’t been confirmed that we’ll see both in Canada. What has been communicated by Samsung, however, is that we will see the device sometime this summer! Pricing and carrier availability are unknown currently, but it’s likely that Rogers, Bell, and Telus will each offer the device, in one variation or another.

If you’re interested in this Ice Cream Sandwich device, you’re surely not alone. Check back soon as we’ll keep you updated on any further information pertaining to its launch!


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Over the last few years, RIM’s BlackBerry Bold line-up has been the reliable choice for many Canadians. Even though BlackBerry handsets haven’t seen the success of Android devices or the iPhone lately, many people still love their Bolds and aren’t willing to switch platforms. For those, Fido has launched the BlackBerry Bold 9790, making it available for $50 on a 3 year term, or $450 outright.

The Bold 9790 runs on BlackBerry 7 OS, and features a 2.45” (480 x 360) touch screen display and a 5MP camera with LED flash and video capture capabilities. It comes with 8 GB of internal memory, and is powered by a 1 GHz processor and 768 MB of RAM. Other notable features include its Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC capabilities.


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Motorola has sent out a press release officially announcing that the MOTOLUXE is heading to Canada, with a scheduled Q2 release. This new Android handset from Motorola features a new user-interface that “learns” about your use and tailors certain parts of your home screen to your behaviour. For instance, the contacts you interact with most often will have larger icons than the rest on your home screen, and the “Activity Graph” will display your most used applications. The device also has a multi-coloured LED indicator, something BlackBerry handsets (with the use of 3rd party apps for advanced customization) have had for some time.

Other features include its 4” (480 x 854)) touch screen display, and 8 MP camera with flash and HD video capture. It has an 800 MHz processor, 1 GB of internal storage, and 512 MB of RAM. The current version of the handset available outside of Canada runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, so we’ll probably see this at launch as well.

Pricing and carrier availability are currently unconfirmed, though rumours around the internet point to Bell and Virgin Mobile picking this device up. With the modest specifications and unique, software-oriented approach, we should see the Motorola MOTOLUXE on the lower end of the pricing spectrum.


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Bell has just introduced their push-to-talk network which runs on their HSPA+ network, providing decent download speeds alongside push-to-talk functionality. They have also released their first handset specifically for use on the network – the Sonim XP5520 BOLT. The BOLT is an incredibly durable device that “goes well beyond MIL-SPEC ruggedness” and is water proof, dust proof, and shock proof. It can withstand drops from 2 meters onto concrete and is scratch and pressure resistant as well, and has the warranty to back it up. Sonim offers up a 3-year comprehensive warranty to those who purchase the unit.

As for other specifications, the BOLT has a 2” (240 x 320) display, and supports HSPA, A-GPS, and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. According to official specs, it can get up to 12 hours of talk time, and also has an LED torch light and 2 MP camera with flash.

If you’re looking for a handset that can survive the harshest conditions and modern push-to-talk functionality, the Sonim XP5520 BOLT is definitely worth checking out. You can pick one up for $99.95 on a 3 year term, or $399.95 outright.


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