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More Upcoming Hardware Revealed Via iOS 4.3 Beta.

Often times, iOS beta firmwares are the best way to get an early sneak peak as to what Apple is currently working on and what we could see in the near future. With that said, we’ve already seen the full changelog of 4.3 re-published many times over, but there’s another gem hidden with that is just coming to light. For the first time in iOS code, evidence of Imagination Technologies’ POWERVR SGX543 GPU is present, meaning a much more powerful iPhone in the not too distant future. Specifically, the 543 is claimed to pump out 7 million more polygons per second than the current 535 GPU in the iPhone 4. On top of that, OpenCL is supported bringing with it various special features including GPU processing for general tasks/applications as well as added multi-core support.

The Verizon iPhone is great and all, but the upcoming iPhone 5 looks like a beast on paper. We’ll see in just a few short months.
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BlackBerry Storm 3 Images And Specs Leaked!

After yesterday’s leaks which revealed a good chunk of RIM’s 2011 portfolio, BGR is back at it again with fresh images and specs for the “on again” Storm 3. With that said, if the Storm 3 manages to make it to market, we can look forward to a 1.2GHz processor, 3.7″ 800 x 480 display, quad/tri-band GSM/UMTS, 8GB internal storage/512MB of RAM, Magnetometer/Proximity sensor/Accelerometer, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and WiFi 2.4GHz b/g/n and 5GHz a/n Wi-Fi + UMA, 3G mobile hotspot support, 5-megapixel camera with 720p video recording, and a 1,230mAh battery.

The Storm was never our favorite, though we certainly saw the need for RIM to at least have something in the touchscreen-only market. Where the previous two generations failed, perhaps the 3rd will finally succeed. As the saying goes: “Third time’s a charm….”

Motorola Atrix Launching On AT&T March 1st?

If the leaked screen capture above is anything to go by, we could be seeing one of the years hottest Android devices in in the not too distant future, specifically March 1st. But as Android Central highlights, March 1st is a Tuesday which would break from AT&T’s traditional Sunday release schedule. But hey, anything is possible. Regardless if it launches next week or ten weeks from now, we’ll be just as excited. What do you guys think — Will the Atrix launch by March 1st, before, or after?

Two More New BlackBerries Leaked: Curve and Torch 2

BGR has hit the mother load and completely outed a good chunk of RIM’s 2011 product launch schedule. First, there was the qwerty + touchscreen “Dakota”. And now, two more devices (Curve and Torch 2) have been revealed. The Curve is yet another refresh of RIM’s tried and true full-qwerty BlackBerry that has made the company millions. The Torch 2 is the company’s most recent addition that brings a new horizontal-sliding form factor. As far as specs go, the new Curve features quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band UMTS, 512 eMMC/512MB RAM, HVGA 480 x 360 display, 5-megapixel camera, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and Tavor MG-1 800MHz CPU. The Torch 2 ups the ante a bit with a 2.8″ 640 x 480 display, 768MB RAM, 4GB of internal storage, WiFi g/n on 2.4GHz + 5GHz frequencies, 3G mobile hotspot support, NFC, Magnetometer/Accelerometer/Proximity sensor, and the same quad/tri-band of radios.

For a BlackBerry, they’re getting sleeker and (finally) more powerful. But I’m afraid without the new and exciting QNX operating system it’s nothing but more of the same.
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BlackBerry Touch + Qwerty (Dakota) Spotted!

The Blackberry we’ve all been waiting for is finally here! The much rumored touch + qwerty BlackBerry Dakota aims to top RIM’s smartphone lineup by bridging both sides of the company’s portfolio into one do-it-all device. The specs look promising: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Tri-band UMTS, 2.8″ 640 x 480 capacitive touchscreen display, 4GB internal storage and 768MB of RAM, WiFi b/g/n 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, Bluetooth, 5-megapixel camera with HD video recording, accelerometer, proximity sensor OS 6.1, mobile hotspot support, and NFC (Near Field Communication). But the most exciting feature that piqued our interest is a return to the Bold 9000′s size and form factor — slightly wider than the new crop of 97xx devices giving it a wider keyboard and screen.

There isn’t any mention of battery size or processor which worries us slightly. RIM desperately needs to stop relying on the dinosaur 600MHz processor that has been stuffed in BlackBerries for the last couple of years. Not to mention, seeing such a fine device powered by something so undesirable would be a shame. The focus on thinness in recent years has often come at the expense of battery life as they are the first things to be downsized. Nevertheless, this is a huge thing for RIM. It’s just too bad they couldn’t release something that was truly “quantum leaps ahead of the competition” — something a QNX Dakota would surely classify as, wouldn’t you say?
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Samsung Vibrant 4G Surfaces With 21Mbps+ Support For T-Mobile.

Interested readers looking to pick up a Samsung Vibrant with T-Mobile on the cheap may want to hold off a little bit longer. Some leaked slides circulating this morning showcase an upcoming Vibrant replacement, with a couple of new features. You’ll notice that not much is different, save for support for higher speed 21Mbps+ speeds as opposed to the current crop of 14.4Mbps devices. For those seeking the ultimate in speed, it’s worth a look. Otherwise, there’s not much incentive to upgrade. Processor, ram, screen, and basically everything else are still the same as the original VIbrant.

Although, we can’t help but highlight the numerous cold shoulders Samsung has thrown our way (Behold II fiasco, the original Vibrant still languishing on 2.1, etc.). Is this upcoming Vibrant 4G nothing more than a continuation of anti-consumer tactics by Samsung (and perhaps T-Mobile)? Slides to keep you company after the break…
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How Will Verizon Price iPhone Hotspot Feature?

Today, we saw the opening of the gates to fairness and consumer choice — the Verizon iPhone is upon us. Several years in the making, come February 10th, the mobile landscape will be considerably different. But it won’t be differently solely because there will be two iPhone carriers. Instead, it will be because of new features that will keep incumbent carriers (looking at you AT&T) on their feet constantly striving to please their customers.

The biggest thing announced in conjunction with the Verizon iPhone was the new hotspot feature showed running on the device’s 4.2.5 firmware. This feature, like countless other smartphones, will allow up to 5 people wireless tether to their iPhone over WiFi. AT&T doesn’t offer this feature, and never has made any hint of even considering it. And looking back at their track record in regards to network performance, we can understand why.

With all that said, how will Verizon price their hotspot feature? (Cont’d inside…)
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Verizon iPhone Now Official! Mobile Hotspot Support For 5 Devices!

The Verizon press conference just wrapped up. Like we expected, the iPhone is coming to Verizon “early next month”, ending three and a half painful years of AT&T exclusivity. All of the same hardware is here — same A4 processor, HD video recording, 5-megapixel camera, and retinal display. Verizon stressed at their press conference that they’ve scaled everything from their shipping to inventory systems in order to keep up with demand. And of course, Verizon’s Dan Dee talked up multiple times in many different forms that Verizon’s network will not buckle like AT&T’s did (and still does).

Besides the numerous references to AT&T’s poor iPhone performance thus far, Verizon upped the ante and announced mobile hotspot functionality for up to 5 devices — *possibly* included in your standard data plan (“additional charges may apply” verbiage mentioned)! Verizon clearly matched and surpassed AT&T in the data plan aspect. The iPhone 4 on Verizon will cost $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB model — same as current AT&T pricing. Pre-orders start February 3rd, with sales going live February 10th.

Yeah — there are some tradeoffs to a CDMA-based iPhone vs. GSM/HSPA+ variants. But the added cellular quality and reliability and included hotspot functionality are rather important trade-offs wouldn’t you say? As for the lack of LTE — we knew it wouldn’t be coming. Time, money, and manufacturing issues still need to be tackled. The most important thing was to get the iPhone into Verizon customers’ hands. With that said, look for LTE-compatible iPhones perhaps as early as the iPhone 5, which if Apple keeps their current schedule, will be announced this summer.

[Update] Verizon To Have Exclusive On White iPhone?

While we all know that today’s press conference will in fact be bringing the much hyped CDMA iPhone, a new rumor floating around the web is even more interesting. Ad agency (odd), “Tribble”, announced last night that in addition to today’s Verizon iPhone announcement, we’d also see the release of the hallowed white iPhone 4 that has thus far eluded public hands due to manufacturing problems. According to the same article, Verizon will hold an exclusive on the new white iPhone 4 for an unspecified amount of time.

The rumor isn’t too far stretched. Apple’s most recent announcement (several weeks ago) highlighting the revised white iPhone ship date was scheduled for Spring of 2011. Perhaps Apple got everything in line ahead of schedule and is combining the big white iPhone 4 release with an even more newsworthy Verizon release. If this rumor pans out, we could see an increased number of AT&T defectors now that there’s a second color option not available to AT&T customers. We’ll know the truth in just a couple short hours. Stay tuned…


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