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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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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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Sony, which recently took over on the Sony Ericsson side of things, has officially announced another addition to their Xperia line-up, the sola. The sola has one feature that stands out in particular, its ?floating touch? display. It measures in at a pretty standard 3.7? (480 x 854), but lets you browse the web by hovering your finger to control a ?cursor?, and tapping to click. If it works fluidly, this could be especially helpful when clicking small links, and will bring the Xperia sola one step closer to desktop-like browsing.

Other specifications for the sola include its dual-core 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 8 GB of internal memory. It features a 5 MP camera with LED flash and 720p video capture, along with the usual Sony features like the Mobile Bravia Engine. Connectivity includes HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC for those early adopters.

The Sony Xperia sola will be available in white, black, and red when it launches globally in a few months. No confirmation as of yet that it will be launching in Canada, but with most Sony handsets hitting our soil early, we?re hoping for a prompt and quick release here. Interested? We?ll keep you updated as more information is made available!


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Canadian Android fans are seeing tons of amazing handsets launch from Bell (Sensation 4G, upcoming Galaxy S II, etc), but according to a new rumour floating around online, they are preparing to release yet another. The MotorolA XT860, otherwise known as the Milestone 3 or Droid 3, will apparently launch on August 4th. It features a 4" (540x960) touchscreen display, and comes with a full QWERTY keyboard and 16GB of internal storage. It's powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, and comes with an 8MP camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video recording. It also has a secondary 1.3MP camera, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It also has an HDMI port, Wi-Fi (b/g/n, hotspot), and GPS connectivity. Unfortunately nothing has been leaked revealing pricing, but according to this rumour, we'll see the device come available in early August.


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The current Galaxy S series handsets have done really well in Canada, with each of the big 3 carriers offering up their own version. Samsung has made it fairly obvious that they intend on being a major competitor in the Android market, and that has been made even more evident since details emerged regarding the upcoming Galaxy S II.

The Samsung Galaxy S II is an impressive top-end handset that comes with a 4.27" (480x800) Super AMOLED Plus Gorilla Glass touchscreen display and an 8MP camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video recording. It features a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, at least 16GB of internal storage, and 1GB of RAM. The Galaxy S II will launch running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and will come with the latest version of TouchWiz UI (v4.0). Other notable features include a 2MP front-facing camera, bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi (b, g, n and hotspot), along with GPS.

No word on pricing or which carrier will be offering up the latest Galaxy S handset, but according to information floating around online, we should see the device launch in Q3 at the latest.


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According to internal documents floating around the internet, Bell will be released the Nokia C6 entry-level smartphone on Tuesday, September 21st. The C6 features 3.2" (360x640) touchscreen, horizontally sliding QWERTY keyboard, and a 5MP camera with LED flash. Running on Symbian Series 60 OS, this handset provides users to access to Nokia's Ovi store, where they can download mobile content like applications, games, etc. No official word on pricing as of yet, but we'll be sure to let you know once more information is released!


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