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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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LTE is quickly growing in popularity and availability in Canada, with the big 3 carriers offering connectivity in varying major urban areas. Rogers customers in Calgary and Halifax can now join in the LTE fun, experiencing significantly faster data speeds when in coverage areas.

In all, Rogers? LTE network is live in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, and surrounding areas for each. They also recently launched it in St John?s, Newfoundland, and now Halifax and Calgary can be added to the list. In the press release for the Halifax/Calgary launch, Rogers also mentioned Edmonton will see the network soon as well, sometime ?in the coming months?. Hopefully the expansion doesn?t stop any time soon!


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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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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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Those looking for the latest and greatest Android handset to hit shelves should make their way to Bell or Virgin Mobile quickly, as they have just officially launched the HTC Sensation 4G! The Sensation runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and has a 4.3" (540x960) touchscreen Gorilla Glass display, and is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 768MB of RAM. It comes equipped with an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash, and is capable of recording 1080p video. Other features include TV-out, FM radio, and a secondary VGA camera. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi (b/g/n, hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS.

Bell has released this powerful handset for $149.95 on a 3 year term, or $549.95 contract-free. Virgin Mobile has it priced at basically the same, with 3 year contract pricing at $149.99, or outright at $549.99.


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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is an impressive Android tablet, and having recently launched in the United States, Canadians were left wondering when we may see it available. Luckily, Samsung Canada quickly updated their site to include the Tab 10.1, marking it as "Coming Soon!"

Furthermore, information was recently leaked online stating that the Wi-Fi only version will be available sometime in July, while the 3G version will follow close behind, expected to launch sometime in August. Other great news regarding the 3G version - Rogers, Bell, and Telus will all be carrying the Honeycomb tablet!

To recap on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's features and specs, it has a 10.1" (800x1280) touchscreen display, and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. It features a 8MP camera with LED flash, that is capable of recording full 720p HD video. it also has a 2MP front-facing camera, comes with TV-out functionality, and will offer 16GB of storage. The Tab 10.1 is only 8.6mm thick and weighs in under 600 g, making it super thin and light considering it's full 10" screen.

A variety of accessories will also be available at launch, including a keyboard dock, a bluetooth keyboard, and at least a few different cases. No word yet on pricing for the tablet itself, or the accessories that will launch along with it, but we'll be sure to keep you updated.


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Beginning yesterday, the BlackBerry World 2011 event is where most expect new device and software announcements, and RIM lived up to those expectations. Announcing the BlackBerry 9900/9930 models and BlackBerry 7 OS, RIM stated that the Bold Touch is expected to be available from carriers around the world beginning this Summer.

The Bold Touch 9900/9930 are essentially the same device, though the 9930 operates on CDMA networks, whereas the 9900 is GSM and HSPA+ compatible. They feature a 2.8" (640x480) VGA multitouch display, while retaining the familiar BlackBerry design that comes with a full QWERTY keyboard. The Bold Touch is a significant improvement over current BlackBerry handsets, and is powered by a 1.2GHz processor and 768MB of RAM. It has a 5MP camera with 720p video capture, and supports NFC, Wi-Fi, GPS, and bluetooth connectivity. It comes in at just 10.5mm thick, making it the thinnest BlackBerry yet. Lastly, the Bold Touch runs on BlackBerry 7 OS, RIM's latest version of their platform. No word on pricing or exact launch dates, but we should see these launch by late Summer.

BlackBerry 7 OS brings with it several new features over the current 6.0 version, including a significantly improved browser with faster rendering and full HTML5 support. It also offers voice activated search, and integrates "BlackBerry Balance", a feature that helps separate personal content from corporate items on your device.

BlackBerry 7 OS will only be available for the Bold Touch 9900/9930, and will not be compatible with existing devices from RIM. There will likely be several newer devices announced with the OS in the near-future, but this new Bold series handset will likely be their flagship model. Those who purchase the device will also get the full version of Docs To Go out-of-box, so users will quickly be able to access all of their documents, including PDFs.


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Rogers is getting set to launch their Early Hardware Upgrade Program in just under a week, on Thursday, May 5th. The program, which will allow customers to upgrade to a new device early for an additional fee, is very similar to Telus' early upgrade process. Here's how it works:

Customers who wish to upgrade early will pay $10-$20 for each month remaining until they would officially be eligible, in addition to the standard upgrade cost of the device. Exactly how much you pay for each remaining month depends on what type of device you currently have, and Rogers breaks them down into three categories; 1) voice or quick messaging devices, 2) feature devices, tablets, and smartphones, and 3) premium devices (including iPhone and BlackBerry Torch). Those with voice/QMD handsets will be charged $10 for each remaining month, while smartphone/tablet users will pay $15, and premium device users will pay $20 for each remaining month. If the contract-free price for the device comes in lower than the early upgrade costs, you will pay the lesser of the two.

For example, if you have a BlackBerry Bold 9700 and have had it for 18 months, you would pay $15 (early upgrade charge) x 6 (months remaining until standard 24-month eligibility), in addition to the normal 3-year price of the device you're upgrading to. So, you would pay $90 + the upgrade cost of the device.

One more detail was revealed in recently leaked screenshots, stating "we are also changing the standard HUP wait period, which will now vary from 18-30 months depending on the customer's current device." While the early upgrade program comes as great news, this extra little bit is vague and could be a bad thing for some people. Rogers currently has a 2 year waiting period for upgrade eligibility, so this means some people will have to wait an extra 6 months, or at least pay 6 months more of early upgrade costs. Others may benefit from it however, reaching eligibility 6 months earlier than they currently would. We'll be sure to let you know once more details become available.


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We recently let you know that Telus was getting set to officially launch the Android-powered Motorola XOOM. They have recently done so, offering up the popular tablet for $599.99 outright, which is the same pricing as Future Shop and Best Buy who released it a couple weeks ago.

To provide a quick recap on the Motorola XOOM's specifications, it features a 10.1" (800x1280) touchscreen display, a 5MP camera with 720p HD video recording, and 1GB of RAM. The XOOM runs on Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and serves as a great Android alternative to the BlackBerry PlayBook and Apple iPad.

The Motorola XOOM is now available from Telus for $599.99 contract-free. Since it is a Wi-Fi only device, it is doubtful that we'll see contract-pricing for the tablet. Remember though, you can tether your Android 2.2 Froyo (or higher) devices using hotspot functionality to get data on the go, a process similar to that which the PlayBook uses.


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WIND Mobile has been advertising that their mobile portal would be launching for some time now, and that day has finally come. Effective now, WIND customers have access to WINDWORLD on their handsets, which offers weather information, quick Facebook access, in addition to CBC stories, and more. Customers are also able to purchase ringtones, games, and graphics from the portal, which can be accessed by visiting m.windmobile.ca from your device. Access to the portal is free for a limited time, though no word yet on when access will begin costing customers.


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