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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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We just let you know that both Telus and Rogers were offering up discounts to those who sign up for their flex rate plans for tablets, and now Bell and Virgin Mobile have done the same. They?re offering basically the same thing as Telus, promising to limit your charges at the bottom tier, providing unlimited data with no overages. Additionally, Bell is offering to waive the activation fee for those who sign up as well. According to their sites, both Bell?s and Virgin Mobile?s offers expire March 31st.

If you have or are getting an HSPA or LTE enabled tablet but don?t have a service provider, you now have plenty of promotional offers to choose from!


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Perfectly in line with the launch of the new LTE enabled iPad, Virgin mobile has gone live with their LTE network. It piggy-backs off of Bell?s network, and is currently active in major urban areas including Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Yellowknife, and many cities in Southern Ontario including Toronto, London, Kitchener, and more. Of course, in order to support the new iPad, they are now offering LTE microSIM cards as well.

As for prices, they have decided to keep things simple and straight-forward, extending their existing Flexi-Data plan for tablets to include 4G LTE. This starts at $5/month for 10 MB, after which, it steps up to $15 for 250 MB. If you exceed 250 MB of usage, you enter the last tier of 5 GB for $35/month. Overages beyond 5 GB are charged at 1.5 cents/MB.


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Research in Motion officially announced their intentions to launch an HSPA+ and LTE equipped PlayBook around this time last year, but nothing has made an appearance as of yet. Today, however, some good news surfaced ? The FCC (United States) has officially approved the device, which brings us one step closer to its release. To top it off, leaked information that has been floating around the internet recently points to Bell intending for an ?early April? launch, though they clearly state that launch dates are subject to change.

Rumoured features and specifications for the HSPA/LTE enabled PlayBook include a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and NFC capabilities. Unfortunately, further details are currently unavailable, and rumours are even proving sparse. We?ll keep you updated on any new information as it becomes available!


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Motorola has officially launched a fairly unique product to Canadians, the Motorola MOTOACTIV. The device looks much like a watch, but features a 1.6? touch screen made of Gorilla Glass, and advertised to be sweat-proof, rain-resistant, and scratch-resistant. So what?s the big deal?

The MOTOACTIV is powered by Android and is a ?cutting-edge GPS fitness tracker, heart rate monitor-enabled, and smart MP3 player? in one. Using GPS and AccuSense technology, it can track your running, walking, cycling, and other workout data including time, distance, speed, calories burned, and heart rate (if paired with a heart rate monitor). It features tight integration with your smart phone as well, allowing you to pair it to receive calls and text messages on the go, in addition to mobile and online access to their ?Training Portal?. As far as MP3 functionality, the MOTOACTIV comes with 8GB of built in memory, and it also offers FM radio capabilities. If you?re looking to extend the device?s functionality even further, you can also pair it with pedometers and bike sensors for more details on your workout or exercise.

The MOTOACTIV is available now in limited quantities Running Room stores, and online at thesource.ca. Motorola let us know that the device would retail for $249.99, though The Source has it listed (and currently out of stock) for $259.99. As for accessories, there are several, including the wristband for $29.99 which is supposed to be included by default. You can pick up a universal clip or soft armband for more wearing options, each for $29.99 as well.


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Samsung has been busy announcing new devices these past few weeks, and they finished the series of reveals with the Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE and Galaxy Note. No word yet regarding which devices will make it to Canadian soil, however we've had fairly decent luck getting their top end devices recently, so it's very possible.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE features a stunning7.7" (1280x800) Super AMOLED Plus display, and is powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. It has a 3MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video capture, and a front-facing 2MP camera. There is a lengthy list of connectivity options, including LTE, HSPA+, Wi-FI (a/b/g/n, hotspot), bluetooth 3.0, and GPS, along with physical connectivity to televisions via its TV out feature. This Honeycomb device measures in at just 7.89mm thick, and comes with a 5100mAh battery.

The Galaxy Note is a smartphone/tablet crossover, offering up a 5.3" (1280x800) Super AMOLED HD display. It too, is LTE enabled, an is powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. It has an 8MP camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video capture, and a front-facing 2MP camera. The Note runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch, and also features the "S Pen", which is more or less a stylus used for note-taking, drawing, etc. It also comes with TV out, HSPA+, bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n, hotspot), and GPS.

No word yet on pricing for either of these devices, or if/when they'll make it to Canada. With more news recently about Rogers' LTE network deployment, hopefully we'll see one or both of these devices make it into their line-up.


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The Android-powered Motorola XOOM has been very anticipated in Canada, serving as the best competition to the iPad 2. Starting today, the Motorola XOOM is available for online orders from Future Shop and Best Buy. Come Friday morning, we'll also be able to purchase them in-store at either store. No word yet on when exactly Telus will launch the tablet, but they confirmed a couple weeks back that they would be offering it this Spring.

The Motorola XOOM has a 10.1" (800x1280) touchscreen display, and runs on Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Featuring a 5MP camera with dual-LED flash and 720p HD video capture and 2MP front-facing camera, the Motorola XOOM is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS.

The Wi-Fi only Motorola XOOM is available for online purchase now for $599.99 from Future Shop and Best Buy. If you're interested in a 3G enabled version, Telus will be following up on their Wi-Fi only XOOM launch with a 3G version later this year, but no specific dates are available yet.


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The tablet market is certainly heating up in Canada, with the iPad 2 launching in the very near-future, a couple of new Samsung tabs hiding around the corner, and RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook launch expected next month. Motorola is looking to be a part of the competition in Canada, and seem to have teamed up with multiple vendors to offer the Motorola Xoom. The Wi-Fi only version of the tablet is expected to launch around April 8th, with FutureShop accepting pre-orders for the popular Honeycomb device. Telus also confirmed that they would be offering the Motorola Xoom, though it will be the Wi-Fi only version as well. They do, however, remind users that they can use any hotspot enabled Android handset to tether their Wi-Fi only tablets, so those with relatively new Android devices already should be covered.

According to Telus' press release, the Motorola Xoom will be available for as little as $599.99. We'll be sure to let you know if any other carriers announce that the Xoom is coming to their line-up, and any confirmation of pricing or availability that comes our way.


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Yesterday Apple announced the much-anticipated iPad 2, releasing the specifications and features for the upcoming tablet. Coming in Wi-Fi and 3G models, buyers can choose between 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB variations to best suit their needs. The iPad successor comes in at 33% thinner than the original version, at only 8.8mm thick, and features front and rear facing cameras. The iPad 2 is powered by an A5 dual-core processor, and will also support HDMI out using a propriatary Apple accessory. The last noticeable change made over the original iPad is wireless hotspot functionality in iOS 4.3, a feature which Rogers has already confirmed will be enabled and usable on their version.

The Apple iPad 2 will be available in either black or white at launch, will run Apple iOS 4.3, and is expected to launch on March 25th for Canadians. No confirmation on pricing just yet, but we'll be sure to keep you updated once more information becomes available!


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Unfortunately we haven't gotten confirmation of exactly when the Android 2.1 update will be coming to the Sony Ericsson X10 as of yet, but we're pretty sure that it will drop sometime fairly soon. What we do know, however, is what you can expect to see with the OS update. TimeScape will be getting a small update that enables autoscrolling of information so users won't need to enter/exit applications to see full messages. Additionally, users will get 5 homescreens (as opposed to the existing 3), and each one will be capable of holding 20 icons rather than just 16. The other big improvement that's set to come with the update is continuous auto-focus, so when users are recording videos, the device will continually auto-focus based what it is capturing - a nifty feature that is sure to improve video recording on the device. No word yet on whether HD video capture or the LED flash will be enabled, but odds are Sony Ericsson would have mentioned those features, so it isn't looking good.


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