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A while back we let you know that WIND Mobile was preparing to launch the Huawei Astro, which was expected to be available in late April. The Astro, otherwise known as the Huawei U8651, was delayed, but is now available.

The U8651 features a 3.5? (320 x 480) touch screen display, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It has a 3.2 MP camera, and offers standard connectivity options including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. The device itself comes in black, however has two extra covers in red and white included in the box.

If this affordable Android device sounds like something for you, you can now pick one up from WIND Mobile for free on the WINDtab, or $149.99 outright.


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WIND Mobile is getting set to launch a new entry-level Android handset, the Huawei Astro. The device, which runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, features a 3.5? (320 x 480) touch screen display, and a 3.2 MP camera. As for pricing, speculation floating around online points to roughly $150 or so. If you?re in one of WIND?s zones and are looking for an affordable Android handset, keep an eye out come April 26th for the Huawei Astro. If Windows Phone is more your style, remember that WIND is also launching the Nokia Lumia 710 soon.


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We recently let you know that Bell and Rogers were getting set to launch the Samsung Galaxy Rugby, and now have multiple updates for you. First, Rogers has launched the handset, with it priced at $49.99 on a 3 year term, or $279.99 completely outright. Next, Bell was supposed to release it on April 19th, however sent internal communication to employees stating that it will be delayed. Finally, Sasktel has added the rugged device to their site, marking it as ?Coming soon!?. They will have it priced at $79.99 on a 3 year term, and $239.99 with a monthly plan.

The Rugby is a super-durable Android handset, and is certified to be dust, water, shock, and vibration resistant. It features a 3.7? (480 x 800) Super AMOLED display, and is powered by a 1.4 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM. It has a 5 MP camera with LED flash and is capable of recording 720p HD video. Other specifications include its 4 GB of internal storage and connectivity including HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.


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Looking for an extra-durable Android handset? Then the Samsung Rugby could be for you. This Gingerbread handset is certified to be dust, rain, vibration, and shock resistant for working conditions that are too rough for typical, and sometimes delicate smartphones. It comes with a 3.7? (480 x 800) Super AMOLED touch screen display, and a 5 MP camera with LED flash and 720p video capture. The Rugby is powered by a 1.4 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM, and comes with 4 GB of internal storage. Connectivity options are the usual, including HSPA, WI-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.

As for pricing and availability, Bell is set to launch the Rugby on April according to leaked internal documentation. There isn?t a specific launch date for the handset with Rogers, though we expect to see it roughly around the same time. Pricing is unknown for both carriers; however talk around the internet points to $300 outright.


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Rogers began taking pre-orders for the HTC One X recently, though a specific launch date was not made available. While no official confirmation has been provided as of yet, internal documentation that was recently leaked online clearly shows a release date of April 20th. The pre-orders are still live through Rogers? website, with the handset costing $169.99 on a 3 year term.

The One X has a 4.7? Super LCD 720p display, and is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM. It features an 8 MP camera capable of 1080p HD video capture, along with LTE connectivity and Beats Audio support.


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A couple short weeks ago, we let you know that Sony had announced that they were shipping the Xperia S globally, but nothing specific was confirmed for Canada. Now, Sony has come forward with a press release stating that the Android device will be available on April 17th in limited quantities, exclusively from the Sony Store. As for pricing and carrier availability, they make mention that it is compatible with the Rogers network, and later stated that it would be available for $99.99 on a 3 year term through Rogers. Whether Sony will later allow Rogers to sell the handset or not hasn?t been revealed as of yet, and no mention of other carriers seeing the device in the future was made either.

The Sony Xperia S features a 4.3? (1280 x 720) Reality Display with the Mobile BRAVIA Engine, and is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor. It comes with a 12 MP rear-facing camera with Sony Exmor R for mobile technology, which is capable or recording 1080p video. It also has a front-facing camera capable of 720p video capture, and offers up NFC connectivity, along with the regular connectivity support such as HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc. It will launch running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, however it?s apparently set for an ICS upgrade in the coming months.


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We recently let you know that Telus was getting set to release the white Samsung Galaxy Note, and are happy to let you know that it?s now available! If you?re not a Telus customer or aren?t willing to make the switch, we also have good news for you, as Bell and Rogers are getting ready to launch it as well. Bell?s internal documentation confirms an April 10th release, while Rogers tweeted that it will be available from them as early as next week.

As for pricing, all 3 carriers are offering it for the same price as the standard black version. For Telus and Bell, that puts the cost at the $200 mark on a 3 year term, or $780 outright. Rogers also has it at $200 with a 3 year contract, with no term pricing at $650. As expected, features and specifications are also the same as the black version, boasting a 5.3? (800 x 1280) display, an 8MP camera, and running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with an upgrade to ICS ?coming soon?.


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We just let you know that Rogers will be releasing the HTC One X, hopefully in the coming weeks. Now, even more information has been made available, with Rogers officially taking pre-orders for the Android handset.

The One X features a 4.7? Super LCD 720p HD display, and an 8 MP camera with 1080p HD video recording. It offers up LTE connectivity, and is optimized for Beats Audio. Other features include its dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, and the standard.

As for pre-order details, you can secure yours at the price of $169.99 on a 3 year term. There?s a contest for those who pre-order, with a grand prize of an HTC prize pack, which includes a trip for 2 to Toronto for the 2012 Universal Music Video Awards After Party, $2500 spending money, and travel/hotel accommodations. The contest ends April 30th, which might point us towards a release date of early May, but nothing is confirmed as of yet. Head to Rogers? website to pre-order your HTC One X, and stay tuned for more information on a release timeframe.


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Telus has been offering up the Galaxy Note in its normal colour of black for some time now, but according to internal documentation, will soon be launching it in white. The device will have all of the same specifications, and will also be priced the same as the standard black version, coming in at $199.99 on a 3 year term, or $779.99 contract-free.

If you?re interested in picking up the Galaxy Note in white from Telus, it?s expected to launch on April 4th, so keep an eye out!


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Acer recently announced that their newest Android-powered tablet will soon be available in Canada, stating that major electronics retailers would have it available for ?pre-sale?. Future Shop had the device listed online and available for pre-order, with an estimated release date of April 6th, 2012. Since then, Future Shop has removed the tablet from the website entirely, and it?s nowhere to be found on other electronics retailer?s websites.

The Iconia A510 comes in two colours ? silver and black. It comes with 32GB of internal storage, and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The upcoming tablet is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 1 GB of RAM. It features a 10.1? (1280 x 800) touch screen display, and a 5 MP camera capable of 720p video capture, along with a secondary 1 MP front-facing camera. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.

If you?re interested in picking up an Acer Iconia A510 tablet, stay tuned. We?ll keep you updated as more availability information is made available!


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