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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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Sasktel has launched their first Windows Phone 7 device, choosing to go with the LG Optimus Quantum. The Quantum features a 3.5" (480x800) touchscreen display, 5MP camera with LED flash and 720p video capture, and a full QWERTY keyboard. Powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, and 16GB of onboard storage, this device is among the best based on specifications, so it's great to see it land at Sasktel. The LG Optimus Quantum is available now from the Saskatchewan carrier for $50 on a 3 year term, or $565 contract-free.


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According to recent online leaks, Rogers is getting set to launch the Dell venue Pro sometime in March, a Windows Phone 7 device. The Venue Pro features a 4.1" (480x800) AMOLED touchscreen display, a 5MP camera with 720p recording capabilities, and a full QWERTY keyboard. Coming with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 8GB of internal storage memory, this Dell handset should be able to compete with most other smartphones on the market today. No word yet on pricing, or an exact launch date, but the latest information is pointing to a March release.


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Bell customers looking to get their hands on a great Windows Phone 7 device will soon be in luck, as it looks like Bell is getting ready to launch the HTC HD7 mid-February. The HD7 features a 4.3" (480x800) touch screen display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5MP camera with dual-LED flash and HD video capture, along with 576MB of RAM. No word yet on pricing, but with the anticipated launch about a month away, we're sure to get more information soon, so stay tuned!


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Telus is keeping this holiday season festive by offering up the HTC Desire for free on 3-year activations until December 31st, a great offer for those looking to pick up a top-notch Android device. The Desire, which is also available at a contract-free price point of $449.99, now runs Android 2.2 Froyo, making it an excellent device for anybody who wants the latest and greatest. To recap on the Desire's features, this handset is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and features a 3.7" (480x800) display, 5MP camera with HD video capture, and Wi-Fi connectivity. If you've been thinking of picking up an HTC Desire for yourself or a loved one, now is your opportunity to get it for free with a 3 year contract!


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Mobilicity is making the news quite a bit this week, and they're looking to continue that trend by reducing the price of the HTC Snap by 50%, bringing it down to just $99.99! The HTC Snap runs Windows Mobile 6.5, and features a full QWERTY keyboard, along with Wi-Fi to save even more on data consumption. For those in a Mobilicity zone, this is possibly the cheapest smartphone available, so if you're looking to get the functionality and ease-of-use of a full QWERTY keyboard and don't mind Windows Mobile, make sure to check this one out!


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We recently let you know that Fido was getting ready to launch the Acer Liquid E, and it looks like they finally have! Launching just a few days ago, the Acer Liquid E is now available from Fido for just $30 on a 3 year term, or $375 contract-free, and features a 3.5" (480x800) display, under-clocked 768MHz SnapDragon processor, 5MP camera with video capture, and a full range of connectivity options including 3G, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS. Coming in at just $30 on a 3 year term, this is a great handset for those looking to get a full-feature, yet affordable Android device.


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RIM have been holding a number of launch events across Canada to celebrate the new Torch 9800, which is launching in the comings days. We had the opportunity to attend the Toronto event on the 20th, and it was a great time! RIM definitely know how to make people feel welcome, and the event included the likes of MTV Canada hosts, Ben Mulroney, and more.

Some of the most interesting aspects of the party were artists painting Torch's live, DJ's, a HUGE Twitter wall, and number of Torch 9800 displays/demo stations. The event was packed, and everybody seemed to have a great time, from beginning to end! For those who couldn't make it, we snapped a few pics to keep you in the loop;





The Torch is a great step forward in the BlackBerry series, and the new OS is definitely an improvement over previous versions. Compared to most sliders, this device looks great, and still packs the reliability BlackBerry users have to come to rely on. Here are a few quick hands-on photos to tide you over until we get a chance to throw together a full video!






What do you think about the new BlackBerry Torch 9800? Let us know in our new forum!

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We haven't heard any word from carriers regarding this one yet, but Acer has updated their Canadian site to include the Acer Liquid E Ferrari Special Edition. Specs don't seem to differ from the Acer Liquid E Rogers recently released, but it does feature a new, sleek Ferrari design. In summary, specifications include a 3.5" (480x800) display, 5MP camera, 512MB of RAM, and an under-clocked Snapdragon 768MHz processor. No word yet on which carrier this will be coming to, but Rogers is the only one offering the existing Liquid E. We'll be sure to let you know more once these details are released, along with release dates and pricing.


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Telus has officially launched the highly anticipated HTC Desire, a full featured Android handset running OS 2.1 and HTC Sense. This device has a 3.7" (480x800) AMOLED touch screen, 5MP camera with LED flash, 576MB of RAM and 512MB of ROM. Connectivity options include HSPA, Wi-Fi, GPS, and bluetooth, along with an FM radio. Powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, this handset is made to perform, and is available now for $79.99 on a 3 year contract, or $449.99 outright.


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