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Bell has just introduced their push-to-talk network which runs on their HSPA+ network, providing decent download speeds alongside push-to-talk functionality. They have also released their first handset specifically for use on the network ? the Sonim XP5520 BOLT. The BOLT is an incredibly durable device that ?goes well beyond MIL-SPEC ruggedness? and is water proof, dust proof, and shock proof. It can withstand drops from 2 meters onto concrete and is scratch and pressure resistant as well, and has the warranty to back it up. Sonim offers up a 3-year comprehensive warranty to those who purchase the unit.

As for other specifications, the BOLT has a 2? (240 x 320) display, and supports HSPA, A-GPS, and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. According to official specs, it can get up to 12 hours of talk time, and also has an LED torch light and 2 MP camera with flash.

If you?re looking for a handset that can survive the harshest conditions and modern push-to-talk functionality, the Sonim XP5520 BOLT is definitely worth checking out. You can pick one up for $99.95 on a 3 year term, or $399.95 outright.


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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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The Dell Streak 7's "estimated ship date" has been pushed back several times since it was initially added to Dell's Canadian site in late April, but it looks like it is finally available! The Streak 7 runs Android 2.2 Froyo, and has a 7" (800x480) capacitive touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass. It is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and comes with 16GB of internal storage memory, and features a 5MP camera with LED flash and 720p video recording. The Streak 7 also has a secondary front-facing 1.3MP camera, and supports Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS connectivity.

The Streak 7 is available now from Dell online for $399.99. While the relatively low price tag might seem enticing to some, the older OS version might hurt this tablet. With no clear plans for Honeycomb in the future, the Streak 7 packs in some great specs but risks being left behind.


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Virgin Mobile has come forward on Twitter confirming that they will carry the upcoming BlackBerry Bold 9900. The "Bold Touch" was announced just a few days ago along with BlackBerry 7 OS, and is a major step up in hardware for RIM. No word yet on pricing or a launch date, but we should see it arrive along side other carriers in North America.

To recap on the Bold 9900's specs which we reported on earlier in the week, it features a 2.8" (640x480) multitouch display. It still has the familiar BlackBerry design, featuring a full QWERTY keyboard. This next addition to the Bold series is powered by a 1.2GHz processor and 768MB of RAM, and will run on RIM's latest OS - BlackBerry 7. It also features a 5MP camera with 720p HD video capture, and is the thinnest BlackBerry yet, measuring in at just 10.5mm.


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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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Exciting news came to us yesterday, when we found out that RIM is working on 3 new devices planned for launch later in 2011. The new devices add NFC (near field communications) technology, and are expected to launch with an OS version of 6.1.

The BlackBerry Curve "Apollo" is the next generation handset in the Curve series, and comes in at just 11mm thick. Featuring a full QWERTY keyboard, an HVGA (480x360) display, and a 5MP camera, the Apollo should make a great addition to RIM's handset line-up.

Next up the BlackBerry "Dakota", which looks like it may be the next generation in the Bold series. The Dakota has been rumoured for about a year now, but with more information finally surfacing on the internet, it looks like it may become a reality. The Dakota features a 2.8" (640x480) touch screen display, while retaining the typical BlackBerry form factor including the full QWERTY keyboard. The Dakota also comes with a 5MP camera with LED flash and HD video capture capabilities, and measures in at just 10.5mm thick.

Last in the list of new BlackBerry devices that were recently leaked is none other than the Torch 2, a BlackBerry with specs that compare to top end Android/iOS devices. The Torch 2 will be powered by a 1.2GHz processor, and features a 3.2" (640x480) display, a 5MP camera (presumably with HD video recording capabilities), along with 512Mb of RAM, 8GB of onboard internal memory, and NFC technology just like the other two devices.

No definite word on when we can expect to see these devices launch, but speculation is pointing at Q3 or so this year. With these devices launching with OS 6.1, it's unlikely that we'll see the PlayBook's QNX OS come to BlackBerry handsets this year, so if you're holding out for that, it may be quote the wait.


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Videotron recently launched the BlackBerry Curve 3G, and they're adding a second colour variation to the list of options their customers have. The red Curve 3G is available now from Videotron at the same price points as the standard colour, with the reduced price coming in at $49.95 and contract-free pricing at $349.95. Just to recap on the Curve 3G's specs, it runs on OS 5 (Upgradeable to OS 6 when available), and features a 320x240 display, 3G connectivity, a 2MP camera, and can connect to Wi-Fi. Additionally, it can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card to hold all of your music, videos, and more.


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Right on time, Bell and Virgin Mobile have launched the BlackBerry Torch 9800 in red. The red version has the same specs as the black and white versions, but is a nice alternative for those who like red. Pricing is the same as the black version with the carriers, with Bell offering it for $179.95 on a 3 year term, and $599.95 outright, while Virgin Mobile has it listed at $179.99 with a 3 year contract, and $599.99 contract-free. So now Canadians can choose between standard black, white, or red when purchasing a Torch 9800. Which do you prefer?


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It may have taken them a few hours longer than Bell to update their website, but Virgin Mobile has officially launched the BlackBerry Bold 9780. What's better? It's available in both black and white right from launch! The Bold 9780 is available now from Virgin for $124.99 on a 3 year contract or with their SuperTab, or $499.99 contract-free, remaining consistent with Bell's pricing. To recap on the Bold 9780's specs, it features a 5MP camera and BlackBerry 6 OS, along with additional memory over it's predecessor, the Bold 9700.


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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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