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The last few months have been filled with rumours, but it's now confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S III will be coming to Canada on June 20th. Samsung, along with most carriers, have officially confirmed they will be releasing it, along with the official specifications of the device. To go along with that exciting news, Telus and Rogers have officially released some pricing details, and leaked information reveals some Bell and Virgin Mobile price points.

As many Canadians suspected, we will not be getting the same quad-core version that was recently released in Europe, but rather, the power and speed of a Snapdragon S4 Dual Core 1.5 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM. It comes in two versions, one with LTE for the major carriers and their subsidiaries (Rogers, Bell, Telus, Virgin Mobile, Sasktel), and a non-LTE version for the other carriers including WIND Mobile, Videotron, and Mobilicity. The LTE version will be available in 16 GB or 32 GB models, however all carriers won?t necessarily offer both. The non-LTE version will be available in only a 16 GB version for now, however both devices also have a micro SD slot capable of an additional 32 GB of expandable memory. The Galaxy S III also features a 4.8" (1280?720 or 306ppi) HD Super AMOLED Gorilla Glass touch screen display, an 8 MP rear-facing camera with LED Flash and 1080p HD video recording as well as a secondary front-facing 1.9 MP camera capable of 720p recording. Also confirmed, but expected, the handset runs on the latest version of Android OS v4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsungs own TouchWiz UI with Motion UX.

As for pricing, the following information has been made available either officially, or via information leaked online:

Rogers - $149.99 on 3 year term for 16 GB model
Telus - $159.99 on 3 year term for 16 GB model, $679.99 outright. $209.99 on 3 year term for 32 GB model, $749.99 outright.
Bell - $599.95 outright for 16 GB model, $649.95 outright for 32 GB model
Virgin Mobile - $599.99 outright for 16 GB model, $649.99 outright for 32 GB model

Unfortunately pricing for the other confirmed carriers is currently unavailable, however Mobilicity is offering a $100 credit (paid out over 10 months) for those who pre-order before June 15th. Regardless, if you?re interested in picking up a Samsung Galaxy S III, you?ll have many options to choose from on June 20th!


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We just let you know that Samsung had officially announced the Galaxy S II LTE, and already Rogers has come forward with confirmation that they will carry it. Their LTE network is currently live in Ottawa, and will expand to other major cities by the end of 2011, which is also when we can expect the Galaxy S II LTE. No word on pricing, but this handset is sure to sell well, especially when considering its improved processor and significantly faster data connectivity.

Additionally, Rogers will be launching 3 other new devices, including the Sierra Wireless AirCard 754S, an LTE tablet, and an LTE HTC device. These will add to the Sierra Wireless Rocket Stick, and of course, the LTE Galaxy S II. Other news from the release today includes a Toronto launch date for LTE, which is set for September 28th. Montreal and Vancouver will go live by the end of the year.


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Fido has been slowly expanding their Android line-up, and as a part of that, have launched the LG Optimus 2X. The Optimus 2X features a 4" (480x800) touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass, and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. It also features an 8MP camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video capture, along with a secondary 1.3MP front-facing camera. The 2X comes with connectivity options including Wi-Fi (b/g/n, hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS. It also has physical connectivity via an HDMI port, and is an all-around great Android handset.

The LG Optimus 2X is available now from Fido for $100 on a 3 year term, or the great contract-free price of $425. Stock levels have quickly depleted, and it is currently unavailable for online purchase, but they're sure to replenish inventory soon.


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Bell has been launching plenty of handsets lately, but it looks like they don't plan on stopping anytime soon. According to screenshots leaked online, the Nokia C2-01 will be exclusively available from Bell. It is a basic S40 handset that features a 2" (240x320) display, along with a 3.2MP camera and FM radio. The device can be expanded up to 16GB via microSD card for those looking for extra room for music, etc. No word on pricing, but this affordable Nokia handset is set to launch on July 14th.


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Videotron has finally launched the Nokia C7-00, which was originally expected to launch in late April or so. The C7 runs on Symbian^3 OS, and features a 3.5" (360x640) AMOLED touchscreen display, along with an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash and 720p HD video recording. It's powered by a 680MHz processor, and comes with 256MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, and 8GB of internal storage space, expandable via microSD. Connectivity options for the C7-00 include Wi-Fi (b, g, n), bluetooth 3.0, and GPS. It also has TV-out functionality and an FM radio transmitter.

If you're looking to pick up the C7-00 from Videotron, it is now available for $89.95 reduced price, or $439.95 contract-free.


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At Google I/O last week, a variety of announcements came our way regarding Android. Ice Cream Sandwich, Movie Rentals, and more were announced. One of the other items unveiled at the event was Honeycomb OS 3.1, the next update in the tablet-specific OS. Included in the update are a variety of new featurs, including resizable widgets, USB accessory support, and more.

Unfortunately, like with most events of this type in the U.S., Canada wasn't really discussed a whole lot. U.S. Motorola XOOM owners began seeing the update shortly after the announcement, while there has been no sign of it north of the border. Finally, Motorola Canada came forward on Facebook and declared that the update is coming soon. No specific dates were provided, but they did say:

"Some of the feature upgrades include basic external SD card support for general SD file and media access, expanded support for USB-connected accessories, additional Bluetooth support and Picture Transfer Protocol to enable easier transfer of photo files to your PC."

Certainly great news for Canadian XOOM owners!


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Wind Mobile recently announced that they are working on expanding their network coverage in the coming year, but no further details were made available. Now, however, a newspaper article containing an interview with WIND Mobile CEO Ken Campbell, gives information on what may be in their future.

According to the article, WIND Mobile will be launching in Atlantic Canada, starting in 2012. Nova Scotia is first on the list it seems, and the company is in the planning stages including tower sites, store locations, and more. They also have "aggressive expansion plans for the remainder of 2011', hopefully in other major cities across the country.


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Videotron has gone ahead and launched a new messaging handset that's perfect for those on a budget. It features a 2.8" (240x320) touchscreen display, a full sliding QWERTY keyboard, and a 2MP camera. It comes with 2GB of internal memory and can be expanded up to 16GB via microSD card, and has connectivity options including bluetooth and A-GPS, though WI-Fi isn't supported.

The Samsung Gravity Touch is available now from Videotron for $49.95 reduced price, or $199.95 contract-free.


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A recently leaked photo of KOODO's internal systems show a test entry in their inventory called "Koodo Mobile internet key test". No word yet on which internet stick they will release, or what sort of pricing we'll see, but we'll keep an eye out for any new information. KOODO has been doing a great job of expanding their line-up to include more data-oriented devices, hopefully it doesn't stop any time soon!


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Telus has just launched a new LG handset, the entry-level Android powered LG Optimus 3G. The Optimus 3G is very similar to KOODO's Optimus One, and comes with a 3.2" (320x480) touchscreen display and 3.2MP camera. It features Wi-Fi (with hotspot) connectivity, in addition to bluetooth and GPS. The Optimus 3G on Android 2.2 Froyo, and comes with a 2GB microSD card, with memory expandable up to 32GB total.

The LG Optimus 3G is available now for free on a new 3 year term, but outright pricing comes in extremely high. If you're looking to pick up this handset contract-free, it will cost you $529.99. You can get any number of high-end Android handsets for that price outright, so make sure to shop around.


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