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Those looking for an affordable entry-level Android handset will soon have another option to choose from, as Bell is reportedly getting ready to launch the LG Optimus L5. The device, which according to leaked internal documents is set for release on July 10th, is rumoured to cost around $200 outright, though we can?t confirm pricing details just yet.

The Optimus L5 features a 4? (480 x 320) touch screen display, along with a 5 MP camera that offers VGA video capture. It?s powered by an 800 MHz processor and 512 MB of RAM, and comes with a total of 4 GB of internal memory. This Android 4.0 ICS handset also offers up your standard connectivity options such as bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, and HSPA, but adds in NFC support to add extra value.

With the rumours pointing to the $200 or so mark for outright purchases, it looks like these devices may become the new ?quick messages phones?. If you?re looking for an affordable Android handset, keep an eye on Bell as they?re expected to release the LG Optimus L5 on July 10th.


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Bell recently launched the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE, and now Sasktel is advertising it on their site. Initially they had it labelled as ?Coming soon?, however that label has now disappeared, indicating that it?s now available from the Saskatchewan carrier. Users will be able to benefit from the improved resolution, processor and overall enhancements over the standard Galaxy S II, however LTE connectivity won?t be coming until this fall.

The S II HD LTE features a 4.65? (720 x 1280) Super AMOLED touch screen display with Gorilla Glass. It?s powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM, and comes with 16 GB of storage. Currently, the S II HD LTE runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, though an Ice Cream Sandwich update is expected in the coming weeks. Other notable features include its 8 MP camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording, along with a secondary 2 MP camera.

If you?re in the market for a new Android handset and can?t wait for the Galaxy S III, be sure to check out the Galaxy S II HD LTE from Sasktel. It is available now for $129.99 on a 3 year term, or $569.99 monthly.


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Over the last few years, RIM?s BlackBerry Bold line-up has been the reliable choice for many Canadians. Even though BlackBerry handsets haven?t seen the success of Android devices or the iPhone lately, many people still love their Bolds and aren?t willing to switch platforms. For those, Fido has launched the BlackBerry Bold 9790, making it available for $50 on a 3 year term, or $450 outright.

The Bold 9790 runs on BlackBerry 7 OS, and features a 2.45? (480 x 360) touch screen display and a 5MP camera with LED flash and video capture capabilities. It comes with 8 GB of internal memory, and is powered by a 1 GHz processor and 768 MB of RAM. Other notable features include its Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC capabilities.


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Bell and Virgin Mobile have officially gone live with the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G, a very anticipated handset for Canadian Android users. It offers up a 4.3" (480x800) super AMOLED Plus display with Gorilla Glass, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It features an 8MP camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video recording, and is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. Other notable features include a front-facing 2MP camera, TV-out, 16GB of internal storage, and standard Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS connectivity.

Bell is offering it up for $169.95 on a 3 year term, or $599.95 contract-free, while Virgin has it at $169.99 and $599.99. You can get it now on their websites, or by visiting a retail location near you. Saskatchewan residents with Sasktel can also take note that it's marked as coming soon on their site, however some retail locations have received stock and are selling it. They are offering it up for just $79.99 on a 3-year term (for a limited time), and $619.99 outright.


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A while back, we let you know that the Samsung Galaxy S Infuse 4G would be coming to Canada, with information pointing to a Rogers release. Now, leaked information states the device will launch within the next few days! The Infuse 4G features a 4.5" (480x800) super AMOLED Plus touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass, and an 8MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video capture. It's powered by a 1.2GHz processor, and comes with 16GB of internal storage. Other notable features include a front-facing 1.3MP camera, Wi-Fi (b/g/n, hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS.


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Those interested in picking up an HTC Sensation 4G from Bell are Virgin Mobile are in luck, as more information has recently been leaked showing off a variety of details. Up until now, the 3-year pricing for the handset has been unknown, though thanks to leaks, we now know that it will be coming in at $149.95 ($149.99 with Virgin). Outright pricing was previously leaked to be $549.95 with Bell, and $499.99 on Virgin Mobile, and it looks like those price points have remained unchanged leading up to the launch. As for a launch date, internal documents from Bell that were also leaked a couple weeks back noted July 5th as the official release date, and that has been reconfirmed via today's 3-year pricing document.

To recap on the Sensation 4G's specifications, it has a 4.3" (540x960) touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch. It is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 768MB of RAM, and features an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash and 1080p HD video capture. Other notable features include 1GB of internal storage, TV-out, and a secondary VGA front-facing camera. Connectivity options include bluetooth 3.0, GPS, and Wi-Fi (b/g/n, hotspot), along with "4G" HSPA.


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First Videotron launched the super-powerful LG Optimus 2X, and now WIND Mobile have gone ahead releasing the device as well. The 2X, for those who haven't kept an eye on it, features a 4" (480x800) touchscreen Gorilla Glass display, 8GB of storage, and an 8MP camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video capture. It also has a secondary 1.3MP front-facing camera, and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi (b/g/n, hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS, and the handset runs on Android 2.2 Froyo. Other notable features include its HDMI port and FM radio connectivity, which both seem to be hit or miss for recently released smartphones.

If you're looking to pick up the Optimus 2X from WIND Mobile, it is now available for the decent price of $445 contract-free. Customers also have the option of subsidizing a part of the cost using the WINDtab, which will reduce it down to $295 upfront, with the remainder being paid off monthly via your typical invoice. If you're looking for a powerful Android handset and like what WIND has to offer, the LG Optimus 2X might just be the perfect choice for you.


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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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Canadians shopping around for a new tablet already have a few options available (iPad, XOOM, PlayBook, Galaxy Tab), but are going to have a lot more in the near-future. The Acer Iconia 10" tablet, which has an "estimated release date" of May 13th, is coming to Future Shop locations across Canada soon.

The Iconia runs on Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and has a 10.1" (1280x800) touchscreen LCD display, along with a 5MP camera with LED flash, and a front-facing 2MP camera. Powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and 1GB of DDR2 RAM, the Iconia's specs can keep up with the best tablet in today's market. Other notable features include an HDMI port, the Acer UI laid on top of Android, and bluetooth.

The Acer Iconia is set to launch on May 13th for $499.99 from Future Shop. No word yet if other stores will offer the relatively unknown tablet, but we'll keep you up to date on any further news regarding the Acer Iconia!


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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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