Verizon Wireless has just announced that one of their most powerful smartphones, the Droid Bionic, will be going on sale this Thursday (September 7th) for $299.99.
In case you are unfamiliar with the Droid Bionic, it is the first Verizon phone to run on a dual-core 1GHz processor to run on Verizon’s fast 4G LTE network. And besides selling the phone, Verizon will also be selling accessories for the phone such as an 11.6 inch lapdock for roughly $300.
This lapdock was first brought up at the CES this past January showing the ability of the phone to connect and run the laptop through its powerful processor. This would give users a full keyboard and large screen to do whatever they like such as edit documents, watch movies, or just browse the web on Firefox.
Although the price of the new smartphone may be high, it is in fact the only smartphone on Verizon that runs on the 4G LTE network with a dual core processor. Besides this, the phone is also now the slimmest phone on the Verizon market being only 0.43 inches thick and weighing in at only 5.6 ounces.
The Bionic will run on the latest version of Android (Android 2.3.4), and will support up to 32GB of storage. The phone also has a front and rear facing camera with the rear one being 8 megapixels putting the phone in major competition with newer smartphones.
Although the price is high, it seems the Droid Bionic packs quite the punch and with the external lapdock, it could even be used as a new cheap laptop!
What do you think? Leave a comment below!
Earlier today, Verizon announced the launch of their newest BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry Bold 9930. The phone will cost you around $249.99 with a new two-year contract as well as a $30 monthly data plan.
The BlackBerry Bold is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone yet measuring in at 10.5mm. The Bold is also the first BlackBerry to integrate touch screen with a BlackBerry keyboard. It will have a 2.8 inch touch screen display and will be running on BlackBerry 7.
Some other key features of the device include full QWERTY keyboard with trackpad navigation, a 1.2GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera able to take 720p HD video, and memory can be expanded up to 32GB through a microSD slot.
Besides this, the phone is also “global ready” meaning that customers can enjoy the high speeds in over 200 different countries.
A series of photos have just been posted on XDA Developers forums showing some of the features on HTC’s upcoming phone, the HTC Holiday.
As seen in the picture above, the HTC Holiday seems to be rather thin. The device is running off of a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and has a 4.5 inch display. Because of a leak earlier this year, we also know that the Holiday will also have 1GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear facing camera, and a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera.
The phone also appears to have a conductive charge port which means that you will be able to plug the charger in your wall and the device can be placed on the charger. (wireless charging).
The HTC Holiday looks like it will be impressive. Perhaps a big competition to the latest iPhone 5?
Check out the full report here.
Early this morning, Samsung announced that they were extending their technology partnership with Nvidia from tablets to smartphones with the creation of their newest smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy R. The monbile business manager from Nvidia says that the Galaxy R will show off Tegra’s multimedia power. The phone is now available but only in Sweden. No word has been said when it will be available in North America or Europe.
The Galaxy R will have a 4.19 inch touch screen display (800×400 resolution), run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and will include the same processor that is in the Galaxy Tab 10.1, a dual-core Nvidia Tegra processor. It will also come with 8GB of storage (expandable to 32GB), 1080p HD video playback, and 720p HD video capture. The Galaxy R is only 131 grams and less than 1cm thick!
That’s right, if you own a Canon EOS camera, then you now have a new way to take pictures. It used to be that you had to use the EOS utility on your computer to do “live view” shooting but now, all you need is an Android powered smartphone (sorry iPhone users) equipped with a new app from Chainfire called, DSLR Controller.
The app is just about what you think it would be. When turned on, it turns your Android device into an external live view monitor. Some other features allow you to tweak exposure, shutter speed, aperture, focus, zoom, flash, and much more. The app gives you complete control over everything your camera does and you don’t even have to be next to it!
Right now, the app is in beta so there are still some things that need to be fixed. Such as the app being only available on certain smartphones or how the live streaming at 15 frames per second.
Either way, this app seems great. When it comes out of beta i’m assuming many people will find great use of it.
A recent document that has been leaked online suggests that Verizon will be coming out with a new phone that in the future (September) will give the upcoming iPhone 5 competition.
The phone is rumored to be called the HTC Vigor and in a post I made earlier this week, it says that the launch date will be on September 29th. It is said that the Vigor will be the replacement of the HTC Thunderbolt jam packed with features to bring in more customers to the LTE market.
Verizon Wireless has not admitted to the existence of the Vigor so not many specs are known right now. One of the main features about the phone to get excited about is the brand new 1.5GHz dual-core processor (most, if not all, smartphones right now have a 1GHz processor or less). Also people have speculation that the camera on this phone will be somewhere at 8 or above megapixels. Reason being is that since the Vigor is going to be a second generation Thunderbolt, the camera must be a little bit upgraded. On top of this, the phone will be running on Android’s latest operating system, Android 2.3 commonly known as Gingerbread.
The phone, the Conquer, is built by Samsung and on Sprint’s network. The Conquer has all of the “bells and whistles” that a normal smartphone user would look for including a 3.5 inch display, 320×480 resolution, 4G network, as well as running on Android’s Gingerbread software (Android 2.3). Did I mention that the phone is only $99? Yes, this is true making the Conquer the cheapest 4G Android 2.3 run phone on the market.
Besides all of this, the Conquer also has a 3.5 megapixel camera, 1GHz snapdragon processor, and a 2GB SD card. Couple other interesting features is including a front facing camera and also having mobile Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.
This new smartphone from Sprint seems to be a great deal. With all of these features and a $99 price tag, what’s not to like?
That’s right, as the title says, multi-core processors have now come to the mobile phone industry. Earlier today, LG announced that Europe and Asia will be the first to see the first phone with multi-core processing power, the Optimus 2X. The smartphone is a Google Android phone and comes with the dual core Tegra 2 chip made by Nvidia.
Now not too much is known about the phone but the dual-core is enough to draw some people in. With this new processor(s), the phone’s overall speed will increase significantly, it will be able to playback 1080p video without any lag, and it is said to increase webpage loading by an outstanding 33%!
So although not much else is known about the phone, I already give it a big rating because of the dual-core processor. What are your thoughts? Comment below!