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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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A couple short weeks ago, we let you know that Sony had announced that they were shipping the Xperia S globally, but nothing specific was confirmed for Canada. Now, Sony has come forward with a press release stating that the Android device will be available on April 17th in limited quantities, exclusively from the Sony Store. As for pricing and carrier availability, they make mention that it is compatible with the Rogers network, and later stated that it would be available for $99.99 on a 3 year term through Rogers. Whether Sony will later allow Rogers to sell the handset or not hasn?t been revealed as of yet, and no mention of other carriers seeing the device in the future was made either.

The Sony Xperia S features a 4.3? (1280 x 720) Reality Display with the Mobile BRAVIA Engine, and is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor. It comes with a 12 MP rear-facing camera with Sony Exmor R for mobile technology, which is capable or recording 1080p video. It also has a front-facing camera capable of 720p video capture, and offers up NFC connectivity, along with the regular connectivity support such as HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc. It will launch running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, however it?s apparently set for an ICS upgrade in the coming months.


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According to recently leaked information, Rogers will be releasing the LG Optimus L7 at some point in the future, likely within the next few months. Very few details are available about the device, but more information should find its way to the public soon enough. Currently, it?s known that the L7 will have a 4.3? display, a 5MP camera with LED flash and 1080p video capture, and will run on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). According to LG?s reveal of the L7 a few weeks back, it?ll be powered by a 1 GHz processor, though some speculation around the internet assumes it?ll be dual-core. Beyond that, there aren?t any other confirmed specifications, but you can expect the obvious connectivity options including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, HSPA, and A-GPS.

Additional rumours point to the Optimus L7 being launched within Rogers? Smartphone Lite category, though it seems unlikely at this point, particularly if it does have a dual-core processor, decent camera, etc. We?ll be sure to keep you updated on additional information as it becomes available, so check back to hear more about this new handset from LG.


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Samsung has been busy announcing new devices these past few weeks, and they finished the series of reveals with the Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE and Galaxy Note. No word yet regarding which devices will make it to Canadian soil, however we've had fairly decent luck getting their top end devices recently, so it's very possible.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE features a stunning7.7" (1280x800) Super AMOLED Plus display, and is powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. It has a 3MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video capture, and a front-facing 2MP camera. There is a lengthy list of connectivity options, including LTE, HSPA+, Wi-FI (a/b/g/n, hotspot), bluetooth 3.0, and GPS, along with physical connectivity to televisions via its TV out feature. This Honeycomb device measures in at just 7.89mm thick, and comes with a 5100mAh battery.

The Galaxy Note is a smartphone/tablet crossover, offering up a 5.3" (1280x800) Super AMOLED HD display. It too, is LTE enabled, an is powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. It has an 8MP camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video capture, and a front-facing 2MP camera. The Note runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch, and also features the "S Pen", which is more or less a stylus used for note-taking, drawing, etc. It also comes with TV out, HSPA+, bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n, hotspot), and GPS.

No word yet on pricing for either of these devices, or if/when they'll make it to Canada. With more news recently about Rogers' LTE network deployment, hopefully we'll see one or both of these devices make it into their line-up.


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HTC has recently come forward to reveal two new Windows Phone Mango handsets, the Titan and the Radar. As for the OS itself, recently leaked information states that Mango has been delayed until September 15th at the earliest, and could take several weeks more for individual carriers to release it.

The HTC Titan features a 4.7" (800x480) Super LCD touchscreen display, and is powered by a single-core 1.5GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. It has an 8MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video capture, and a 1.3MP front-facing camera. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi (b/g/n), bluetooth, and GPS.

The HTC Radar will likely come in on the more affordable side, with comparably modest features including its 3.8" (800x400) LCD touchscreen display, and single-core 1GHz processor. It also has 512MB of RAM, and offers up a 5MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD recording, with a VGA front-facing camera. Connectivity options include WI-FI (b/g/n), bluetooth, and GPS as well.

No word on if/when these Windows Phone Mango handsets will launch in Canada, or pricing. Hopefully we'll see official launch information for both of them for Canada soon, we'll surely be keeping an eye out!


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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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We have been keeping you up to date on all of the news about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G, and are happy to report that pricing has been revealed. An internal document which was recently leaked online shows pricing on a 3 year contract to be $99.99, while outright purchases are set to cost $529.99.

The handset itself is practically identical to the 3G version, but will offer users maximum download speeds of up to 21Mbps. The document also re-confirms the May 12th launch date, which we heard about officially last week.


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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 Rogers was preparing to launch the Windows Phone 7-powered Dell Venue Pro, and we're happy to report that price points for the upcoming handset have been revealed! The Venue Pro will be launching for $149.99 on a 3-year term, and is also available for $599.99 contract-free. The Venue Pro features a 4.1" (480x800) touchscreen display, 5MP camera with 720p HD video recording, and a full vertically sliding QWERTY keyboard. No word yet on an exact release date, but it should still be launching sometime in March, so keep an eye out!


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It looks like Bell is getting set to launch another Android device, this time the LG Optimus Chic. The Chic runs on Android 2.2 Froyo at launch, a 3.2" (320x480) touch screen display, 5MP camera, and Wi-Fi connectivity. Powered by a 600MHz processor, the Chic isn't the most impressive Android handset on the market, but it certainly is affordable. Revealed information points the LG Optimus Chic launching either on Friday, January 14th, or the following Monday, the 17th, with pricing of $249.95 contract-free, or $0 with a 3 year term.


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