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We just let you know that Sony was preparing to release the "Sony Tablet", which is now officially known as the Tablet S. The Tablet S has been confirmed to be $500 for the 16GB model, or $600 for the 32GB version. Additionally, Sony confirmed that it will be launching in September, though an exact date wasn't provided. Hopefully this means mid-September as previously speculated.

The Sony Tablet S features a 9.4" (1280x800) touchscreen display, and is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor. It's PlayStation certified, and is advertised to be usable as a TV remote as well. Running on Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the Tablet S will have a lot of competition, but should see its fair share of sales.


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In the coming few weeks, Sony will be holding a couple of events in Canada for their upcoming Android tablet, previously known as the S1. The Sony Tablet will feature Android 3.0 Honeycomb, a 9.4" (1280x800) touchscreen display, and an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor. It is PlayStation certified, and comes in 16GB and 32GB versions. No word yet on pricing, or if a carrier supported version will be available, but rumour has it that it will be launching in mid-September.


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According to a recently leaked internal document, Fido is preparing to launch a new Android handset - the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro. The Xperia Pro features a 3.7" (480x854) touchscreen display and sliding full QWERTY keyboard, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch. It's powered by a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, and comes with an 8MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording, in addition to a secondary front-facing VGA camera. It also features the same Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine found in the Xperia arc, and offers connectivity including Wi-Fi (b/g/n, hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS, along with an HDMI port for those looking to get their phone's display on the big screen.

No confirmation as of yet on an exact release date, but the document states that it will be available mid-August, so we should be able to expect it soon. Pricing hasn't been made available either, and no information has been leaked so far, but it will likely come in around $100 on a 3 year term, or $400-$500 contract-free. We'll be sure to keep you updated on any further information that comes our way!


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The Samsung Galaxy S II is sure to be a truly amazing Android handset, boasting top-end specifications and Google's latest version of Android, 2.3 Gingerbread. Today, Bell, Virgin Mobile, and Sasktel all officially anounced that they will be launching the handset via press releases. No official word on launch dates for any of the 3 carriers besides "in the coming weeks", however recent rumours online are pointing to mid-July. Pricing is also still unconfirmed for Bell and Virgin, however Sasktel did mention in the release that 3-year pricing is set to be $79.99, with the outright cost yet to be released.

The Samsung Galaxy S II has a 4.3" Super AMOLED touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass, and features TouchWiz UI 4.0, and an 8MP camera with LED flash and 1080p video capture. It also has a secondary 2MP front-facing camera, and is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. It has been branded as the "Galaxy S II 4G", and is capable of 21Mbps download speeds.

We'll be sure to keep you updated on any further launch information made available, so stay tuned!


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A couple weeks back we let you know that the HP TouchPad would soon be landing in Canada (mid-July), with the webOS tablet priced at $519.99 for the 16GB model, and $619.99 for the 32GB version. Now, we're happy to let everybody know that the TouchPad is officially available for pre-order through major electronics retailers Best Buy and Future Shop. The estimated release date, as expected, is listed as July 15th.

The TouchPad is HP's first tablet that runs their recently acquired webOS (Palm), and has a 9.7" (768x1024) touchscreen display, and is powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor. Unfortunately other features come in a bit on the low end, with a 1.3MP camera, and connectivity options including Wi-Fi (b/g/n), bluetooth, and some form of GPS support.

There are also a variety of accessories available along with it, including a wireless keyboard ($59.99), a charging dock ($79.99), and a few different cases/sleeves.


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Those who have been waiting for even more options when it comes to purchasing a tablet are in luck, as HP's first webOS tablet is coming in mid-July. The Wi-Fi only version is apparently set to cost $519.99 for the 16GB version, while the 32GB model will be $619.99.

The TouchPad runs on HP webOS 3.0, and features a 9.7" (768x1024) touchscreen display, and is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. It seemingly only comes with a 1.3MP front-facing camera, and offers bluetooth and Wi-Fi (b, g, n) connectivity.

While it may be worth checking out if iOS, Android, or the PlayBook's QNX platform isn't for you, the TouchPad's pricing, and less-than-comparable specifications in some areas could result in a tough launch for HP. Only time will tell, however, so keep an eye out come mid-July!


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Just under a month ago, Rogers launched the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, the world's first PlayStation certified mobile device. The PLAY runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and has an impressive range of features. It has a 4" (480x854) touchscreen display, and is powered by a 1GHz processor, along with 512MB of RAM. It has a 5MP camera along with a VGA front facing camera for video calling. Sony Ericsson has included their custom UI/launcher TimeScape, which has changed dramatically since the X10 line-up. The most unique feature is its PlayStation style game pad, which can be used for a variety of PLAY optimized games including PS1 Classics. So, how does the PLAY hold up as a smartphone and for gaming?

Beginning with the hardware, the PLAY is very nicely designed. It is a little bit thick compared to most current devices, but that is expected with the full game pad hidden under the screen. It has 3.5mm headset and microUSB ports on the left edge, while the right edge holds the volume and shoulder keys. Even though the casing is made of plastic, it feels relatively sturdy and durable, and the sliding mechanism is surprisingly solid. When you slide out the game pad, the PLAY really starts to shine, bringing that familiar PlayStation feel to your phone. The device fits fairly well in your hands when slid open, but might take a little bit of getting used to. The touchpads meant for use where joysticks or analog sticks would normally come into play, are a nice addition to the controls, though very strange to use at first. Like most gamers know, any new controller design takes some time to get completely accustomed to, and the PLAY's game pad is no exception. Still, it really brought a new element to mobile gaming, one previously found only in devices like the PSP or Nintendo DS. After using the Xperia PLAY, games on touchscreen-only devices seem weak and difficult to play, so beware when trying out your friend's new PLAY.




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The games themselves are entertaining, and the PLAY comes with 6 full version titles built-in: NFL 11, Star Battalion HD, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, Crash Bandicoot, Fifa 10, and Tetris. There are 5 more PS1 games available for purchase in Market for $5.75 USD each, and about 50 other PLAY optimized games and apps. Crash Bandicoot ran well and gives a great idea of what PS1 games will be like on the device. The sports games (Madden NFL 11 and FIFA 10) are great fun, and far more complex than you might think, and the other games were just as entertaining and immersive. Unfortunately Tetris didn't make use of the slide-out controls, but it is a simple enough game that the touchscreen is fine.




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As a smartphone alone, the PLAY runs just as well as most current Android handsets. OS 2.3 Gingerbread performs well, and TimeScape doesn't seem to have as strong of an impact on performance as with the X10. The application tray features custom sorting, and there are a variety of widgets pre-installed. There are media widgets that include music controls, shortcuts, and a scrolling image/video wheel. There are also a couple of clock widgets available, all of which can be used on any of the 5 home screens.

Other parts of the device that are worth mentioning include the display and camera. The display isn't very bright when turned all the way up, though it can get you by. To those who normally enjoy very bright and crisp displays like super AMOLED equipped devices may be let down however. The Camera is of decent quality, coming in at 5MP with an LED flash. It actually handles close-up shots very well, though mid and long range photos are of average quality. It can also record video at WVGA resolution, and surprisingly doesn't capture at 720p. Videos recorded with the PLAY are also average, looking great on your mobile screen but mediocre on larger displays.




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Lastly, battery life. The PLAY surprisingly held up very well, lasting longer than many devices in the current market. Even while gaming for a few hours, the battery indicator only dropped a sliver. Unfortunately it still doesn't compare to the life of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 or a few other devices, but considering its large screen and game pad, does very well.

Overall, the Xperia PLAY is a great device. It is a full-featured Android smartphone and really makes mobile gaming possible. Kudos to Sony Ericsson for producing a great, and very unique device! Hopefully they continue to create great handsets that stand-out and bring a new element to smartphones.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is available from Rogers for $99.99 on a 3 year term or $549.99 contract free.


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The Samsung Galaxy S series of handsets, including the Fascinate, Captivate, and Vibrant have been favourites of Canadians since their launch last year. Even the Galaxy Tab did well, being one of the first tablets available besides Apple's iPad. Unfortunately, all of these devices have been stuck on Froyo since at least December of last year, and while speculation pointed to a future Gingerbread update, confirmation was still awaited.

Finally, Samsung has announced that they will be pushing Android 2.3 Gingerbread out to all Galaxy S devices, including the Tab. The European market will get the updates first, expected "mid-May", so they should see it any day now. Unfortunately no word was given regarding Canada specifically, but they did say that it would be "gradually rolled out to other European markets, North America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, Africa, and the rest of the world according to the regional plan".

Hopefully Canadians can get all of the features and benefits of Gingerbread on the Galaxy S handsets and Tab soon! Despite the lack of clear details, we're expecting it to be available by mid-Summer at the latest, but that's just our best guess!


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We just let you know that Rogers is getting set to exclusively launch the LG Optimus Pad, but it looks like they've got another exclusive that will soon be launching. The Huawei S7 is an entry-mid level tablet that features a 7" (480x800) touchscreen display, 2MP rear and front facing cameras, and 3G, Wi-Fi, and bluetooth capabilities. The S7 is powered by a 1GHz processor and will launch running an OS earlier than Honeycomb (Eclair or Froyo).

No word yet on price points or exact availability, but we'll be sure to share any information that comes our way.


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There has been some great competition happening in Canada to win over consumers considering a tablet. Android is doing especially well when it comes to Google's open-source platform, with a nice range of devices to choose from. LG, who have been fairly quiet in the mobile scene lately, have actually been hard at work on some new hardware.

Rogers and LG seem to have partnered up, and are expected to be launching the LG Optimus Pad in mid-May. The Optimus Pad has an 8.9" (768x1280) 3D LCD touchscreen display, and two rear-facing 5MP cameras with LED flash and capable of recording 1080p HD video, or 720p 3D video. It also comes with a secondary 2MP front-facing camera, and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor. Running on Android 3.0 Honeycomb at launch, the LG Optimus Pad features HSPA, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and an HDMI port to easily view content on your TV.

No word on pricing as of yet, but apparently this new LG tablet will be a Rogers exclusive. With an expected launch date of May 10th, we should be hearing more about the Optimus Pad in the near-future and will keep you in the loop!


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