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Today, KOODO Mobile has officially announced via their Facebook page that the HTC One V, an entry-level Android device with a currently undetermined price tag, will be available on June 1st.

The HTV One V features a 3.7" (480 x 800) touch screen display, and is powered by a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM, as well as 4 GB of internal storage. It also features a 5 MP Camera with LED Flash capable of 720p HD recording. The HTC One V runs on Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as well as the newest HTC Sense v4.0 for full interface customization and social networking integration.

The HTC One V will launch on June 1st, 2012 but no official price has been announced as of yet. Much speculation in the rumour mill of an alleged screenshot indicates a price-point $225, but we'll keep you updated on more information as it becomes available.


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Information and screenshots have leaked from Telus, Rogers, Bell, and Sasktel, all confirming that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G is coming soon to their networks. Telus, Bell, and Sasktel all have information posted internally pointing to a September 8th launch. Rogers isn't specifying a date just yet, but has the suggested retail price set at $599.99.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G features a 10.1" (1280x800) touchscreen Gorilla Glass display, and runs on Android OS 3.1 Honeycomb. It is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, and features a 3.15MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording. It also has a front-facing 2MP camera, and offers up connectivity options including HSPA, Wi-FI (a/b/g/n, hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS.

Are you going to be picking one of these up, or will you wait for the LTE version to make its way to Canada?


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Bell has been launching plenty of handsets lately, but it looks like they don't plan on stopping anytime soon. According to screenshots leaked online, the Nokia C2-01 will be exclusively available from Bell. It is a basic S40 handset that features a 2" (240x320) display, along with a 3.2MP camera and FM radio. The device can be expanded up to 16GB via microSD card for those looking for extra room for music, etc. No word on pricing, but this affordable Nokia handset is set to launch on July 14th.


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KOODO Mobile has already included a variety of Android handsets in their line-up, but one design-type we don't see nearly enough anymore with smartphones are QWERTY handsets. The LG Optimus Chat, which according to screenshots leaked online will be the next Android device for KOODO, has a horizontally sliding keyboard for easy typing. It features a 2.8" (320x480) touchscreen display, and a 3.15MP camera. It runs on Android 2.2 Froyo and offers up Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS support.

While still unconfirmed, it looks like KOODO will be offering up the Optimus Chat for $200 outright, or $50 using their tab.


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With the technology behind cameras growing constantly, especially in mobile phones, it didn't come as much of a surprise that Sony Ericsson might be working on a cyber-shot Android handset. But what about Windows Phone users who want a great camera in their next device? Well, according to recently leaked photos and information, HTC is working a new Windows Phone handset that will feature a 12MP camera. No word yet on what type of lens will be used, but if this device is going to be marketed for its camera, it should be something of decent quality at least. Other features will be included with the camera as well, including the ability of to capture "raw images", and a variety of manual settings.

No word on what this new Windows Phone HTC device will be called, or when we might see it available. Hopefully its launch won't be staggered between the U.S. and Canada, but only time will tell.


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According to recently leaked information, we know Bell is getting set to launch the HTC Wildfire S, for just $249.95 contract-free. It looks like Virgin Mobile will also be offering up this affordable Android handset, according to more leaked screenshots. The HTC Wildfire S features a 3.2" (320x480) Gorilla Glass touchscreen display, runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and is powered by a 600MHz processor and 512MB of RAM. Connectivity options for this entry-level Android device include Wi-Fi (including hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS.

No word yet on an exact launch date, but rumours are pointing to very early June. Pricing is also unknown at this time, however speculation points to it coming in similar to Bell's. We'll be sure to keep you updated as any further details emerge!


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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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Sony Ericsson used be known for their Walkman and Cyber-shot handsets, and were met with considerable success as a manufacturer before smartphones became popular. Lately, they have been placing most of their focus on Android devices, and it looks like the specialties might re-appear, together.

Images were recently leaked online of a Sony Ericsson Xperia handset that is branded with "cyber-shot" text. There isn't any Android branding on the device, that's visible anyways, but the button layout strongly hints at that it will be an Android handset. While this one is definitely still just a rumour, it makes sense that Sony Ericsson would make a move like this. Hopefully we'll see this device, or something similar, launch very soon!


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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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According to screenshots recently leaked online, Rogers is getting set to launch an early upgrade option. Currently customers have to wait 24 months to upgrade their hardware, which is lengthy with today's rapid development in technology. Customers will be able to upgrade before the 24 month period has passed, but would be subject to a fee. There's no confirmation as of yet on how much the early upgrade fee will be, but we're guessing it's somewhere between $10-$20 for each remaining month before standard elgiibility.

We'll be sure to let you know once more information is made available.


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