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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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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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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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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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Those looking for a new Android handset will soon have another option it seems, as Rogers mentioned that they will be release the HTC One X this month. The confirmation came within the press release for the Halifax/Calgary LTE network launch. Unfortunately nothing more specific regarding availability or pricing has been made available, but hopefully more information will be available soon.

The One X (LTE) features a 4.7? (720 x 1280) touch screen display with Gorilla Glass. It has an 8 MP camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video capture, and a second front-facing 1.3 MP camera capable of 720p video recording. The LTE-enabled version of the HTC One X is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM, and comes with 16 GB of internal memory.

Interested? We?ll keep you up to date with any new information on the One X from Rogers!


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LTE is quickly growing in popularity and availability in Canada, with the big 3 carriers offering connectivity in varying major urban areas. Rogers customers in Calgary and Halifax can now join in the LTE fun, experiencing significantly faster data speeds when in coverage areas.

In all, Rogers? LTE network is live in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, and surrounding areas for each. They also recently launched it in St John?s, Newfoundland, and now Halifax and Calgary can be added to the list. In the press release for the Halifax/Calgary launch, Rogers also mentioned Edmonton will see the network soon as well, sometime ?in the coming months?. Hopefully the expansion doesn?t stop any time soon!


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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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This is a bit of an odd scenario, one we don?t see too often. Sony recently announced their first device following their takeover of Sony Ericsson, the Xperia S, and clearly stated that it would be available globally in March. As such, it has been assumed that the device will land in Canada, though which carrier is unknown. Recently, Sony announced that the device has shipped globally, but that they?re leaving it up to carriers to announce specific availability.

Next, Sony posted an image on their Facebook page that made clear mention the device would be heading to Rogers. What most saw as a clear-cut indication turned out to be some kind of mistake, however. Sony removed the image from their Facebook page, and Rogers stated that they will not be selling the device directly, though it will work on their network. This has led to some back-and-forth online, with many people believing the handset will be sold unlocked in Sony Stores rather than through carriers. This would certainly be an interesting step for Sony to take, and if they?re going that route, it will be interesting to see the results.

The Sony Xperia S features a 4.3? (720 x 1280) display, and a 12 MP camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video capture. It has a secondary front-facing 1.3 MP camera capable of 720p video recording, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with ICS planned for Q2 sometime. Similarly to most recent Xperia handsets, it features the Mobile BRAVIA Engine and connectivity including HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. It also comes with NFC capabilities, and is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM.


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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a great Android tablet, and is sure to serve as an awesome successor to their original Galaxy Tab. We let you know a few weeks back that it was confirmed to be coming to Canada, with rumours pointing to an August release timeframe, but now have more information to share! The Tab 10.1 is now available for pre-order from electronics retailers like Best Buy and Future Shop, and pricing is listed at the very affordable $499.99 mark. Along with the pre-order availability, the stores have also included an estimated release date of July 22nd, so it looks like the wait will soon be over!

As a recap on the Galaxy Tab 10.1's specifications, it features a 10.1" (800x1280) touchscreen display, and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. It comes with an 8MP camera with LED flash, and is capable of recording 720p HD video. It comes with 16GB of storage, and measures in at just 8.6mm thick, making it a truly awesome device for those considering an Android tablet!


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The HTC Sensation was recently added to the Canadian registration page for HTC Sense, indicating that it will launch in Canada some time in the future. While there is no confirmation as of yet regarding which carrier will offer it, a number of rumours online point to Bell exclusivity.

The HTC Sensation features a 4.3" (540x960) S-LCD Gorilla Glass touchscreen display, and is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. It has an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash and 1080p HD video capture, along with a secondary front-facing camera. It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch, and comes with 1GB of internal storage. Other features include TV-out, and Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS connectivity.

Speculation points to a launch as early as July, however no pricing, or even confirmation of carrier availability has been made available as of yet. Hopefully we'll hear something official soon!


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