Pre-order the Motorola Atrix from AT&T

AT&T is now taking pre-orders on the Motorola Atrix and is expected to deliver the handset to customers by March 6th. Those willing to sign up for a new two year contract will be able to reserve on of the handsets for $199.99. But if you’re more of a free spirit or a want to pick up the handset in the middle of your contract, the full retail price for the Atrix is set at $499.99.

While the phone itself isn’t terribly expensive, if you were planning on using the Motorola Atrix to its full potential, you’ll need to save up quite a bit of extra cash. The Motorola Atrix Laptop Dock will set you back $299 after a $100 mail-in-rebate while the full Webtop Access Kit (including dock, keyboard, mouser and remote) will cost you $189. The Motorola Atrix is by far the most feature-rich device scheduled to launch this spring; I’m just not convinced that most people will have the money to unlock the true power inside Motorola’s first Tegra 2 powered handset.

Pre-order the Motorola Atrix from AT&T

AT&T is now taking pre-orders on the Motorola Atrix and is expected to deliver the handset to customers by March 6th. Those willing to sign up for a new two year contract will be able to reserve on of the handsets for $199.99. But if you’re more of a free spirit or a want to pick up the handset in the middle of your contract, the full retail price for the Atrix is set at $499.99.

While the phone itself isn’t terribly expensive, if you were planning on using the Motorola Atrix to its full potential, you’ll need to save up quite a bit of extra cash. The Motorola Atrix Laptop Dock will set you back $299 after a $100 mail-in-rebate while the full Webtop Access Kit (including dock, keyboard, mouser and remote) will cost you $189. The Motorola Atrix is by far the most feature-rich device scheduled to launch this spring; I’m just not convinced that most people will have the money to unlock the true power inside Motorola’s first Tegra 2 powered handset.

LG Optimus 3D first Android phone to feature dual-core OMAP4 processor

LG leaked all their big announcements ahead of Mobile World Congress so there were no surprise products, but we are just now learning more about the internal hardware for some of their new devices. The LG Optimus 3D was rumored to include a dual-core processor and LG´s press release confirms it is a OMAP4 from Texas Instruments.

Even though the specific CPU model is not listed, we can tell you this is the dual-core OMAP4430 based on the 1 GHz clock speeds. We thought this part would be competitive with NVIDIA´s Tegra 2, but TI goes as far as to say it offers ¨double the graphics performance of its nearest competitor¨ and it has ¨four times more video decoders that competing designs.¨

The OMAP4430 uses a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, similar to the one inside Samsung´s Galaxy S, but we here this version might be clocked a little faster. We have a meeting with TI later in the week, so we will be sure to get all the latest details on their GPU and how it stacks up with the competition.

Check back later for the full hands-on report.

From LG:  The LG Optimus 3D packs exceptional features with performance in mind, including an advanced dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory architecture. Equipped with a 1GHz OMAP4 dual-core processor and four times more video decoders than competing designs, the LG Optimus 3D doubles the graphics performance of its nearest competitor allowing users to enjoy superb performance while web surfing, running applications and enjoying multimedia content. In addition, the LG Optimus 3D provides the world`s first full 3D experience covering the full spectrum from recording to viewing and sharing 3D content. It features a dual-lens camera that enables users to capture any moment in true 3D which can then be viewed immediately on the 4.3-inch WVGA glasses-free display. Multiple connectivity options including HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) also make it easy for users to transfer their recorded content to other devices.

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LG UNVEILS PREMIUM LINE-UP AT MWC 2011 Making a Return to the Largest Mobile Event With a Rich Collection of Mobile Devices
Barcelona, Feb. 13, 2011 – LG Electronics (LG) returns to Barcelona this year to introduce two new flagship devices at Mobile World Congress: the LG Optimus 3D, a stunning super-smartphone with unparalleled 3D performance, and the LG Optimus Pad, a true Android tablet optimized with Honeycomb OS designed to offer the full viewing experience of a tablet while still being easy to hold with one hand.

“I`m confident that this year, LG will emerge as a leader in the next generation of smartphone and tablet devices,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “What you see here today is just the beginning — we will continue to innovate with products that address consumer needs and deliver benefits that live up to our `Life`s Good` commitment.”

Aiming to aggressively take a leadership position in the smartphone market in 2011, LG has been earnestly bolstering its premium smartphone line-up, evident by its strong showing at CES last month. There, the company introduced the world`s first dual-core smartphone (LG Optimus 2X), one of the world`s slimmest and brightest smartphones (LG Optimus Black) and the company`s first phone compatible with 4G LTE networks (LG Revolution(TM)). LG products debuting at MWC 2011 build upon this spirit of innovation. Key devices include:

LG Optimus 3D
The LG Optimus 3D packs exceptional features with performance in mind, including an advanced dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory architecture. Equipped with a 1GHz OMAP4 dual-core processor and four times more video decoders than competing designs, the LG Optimus 3D doubles the graphics performance of its nearest competitor allowing users to enjoy superb performance while web surfing, running applications and enjoying multimedia content. In addition, the LG Optimus 3D provides the world`s first full 3D experience covering the full spectrum from recording to viewing and sharing 3D content. It features a dual-lens camera that enables users to capture any moment in true 3D which can then be viewed immediately on the 4.3-inch WVGA glasses-free display. Multiple connectivity options including HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) also make it easy for users to transfer their recorded content to other devices.

LG Optimus Pad
The LG Optimus Pad sets a new standard for tablets by utilizing an 8.9-inch display in a form factor that`s comfortable to use one-handed. With a 15:9 aspect ratio and Full HD 1080p decoding, the LG Optimus Pad offers users an immersive multimedia environment on a 1280 x 768 WXGA resolution widescreen display. The new device sports Honeycomb, Google`s latest platform optimized for tablet devices with an optimized and intuitive PC-like interface for running tablet software. LG`s tablet runs on a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor for unmatched performance and power management. In addition, the LG Optimus Pad is the world`s first tablet with a built-in 3D camera, enabling users to capture vivid image and video content to be viewed on a high definition 3D TV or shared on the web via YouTube 3D.

LG Optimus 2X
The world`s first smartphone with a dual-core processor, the LG Optimus 2X was developed in partnership with graphics processor powerhouse, NVIDIA. The dual-core Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip found in the LG Optimus 2X runs at a clock speed of 1GHz and boasts low power consumption and high performance for playing video and audio. Not only does the LG Optimus 2X mean more powerful multimedia features, the Tegra 2 processor makes for faster, smoother web browsing and multitasks with virtually no screen lag. The LG Optimus 2X offers 1080p HD video playback and recording with HDMI mirroring that expands content on external displays to Full HD quality. The LG Optimus 2X can connect wirelessly to any DLNA-compatible digital device such as HD TVs for a console-like gaming experience, taking full advantage of the phone‟s HDMI mirroring, accelerometer and gyro sensor.

LG Optimus Black
One of the world`s slimmest and lightest Android smartphones, LG Optimus Black is already a hit, having recorded more than two million pre-orders in 20 countries since its introduction at CES. At MWC, a range of special-edition LG Optimus Black handsets will be unveiled featuring designs courtesy of the Keith Haring Foundation. Besides its incredibly slim body, the LG Optimus Black features a 4-inch NOVA display for optimal brightness and readability under any lighting conditions. The crystal-clear display also provides a more natural web browsing experience by displaying truer whites while simultaneously cutting energy consumption by 50 percent compared to conventional LCDs. In addition, the LG Optimus Black includes a collection of smart features designed to improve the user experience, such as Gesture UI, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2MP front-facing camera.

For more information, visit the LG stand at 8B178 in Hall 8, Fira de Barcelona or go to the online newsroom atwww.lgnewsroom.com/MWC2011.


LG Optimus 3D first Android phone to feature dual-core OMAP4 processor

LG leaked all their big announcements ahead of Mobile World Congress so there were no surprise products, but we are just now learning more about the internal hardware for some of their new devices. The LG Optimus 3D was rumored to include a dual-core processor and LG´s press release confirms it is a OMAP4 from Texas Instruments.

Even though the specific CPU model is not listed, we can tell you this is the dual-core OMAP4430 based on the 1 GHz clock speeds. We thought this part would be competitive with NVIDIA´s Tegra 2, but TI goes as far as to say it offers ¨double the graphics performance of its nearest competitor¨ and it has ¨four times more video decoders that competing designs.¨

The OMAP4430 uses a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, similar to the one inside Samsung´s Galaxy S, but we here this version might be clocked a little faster. We have a meeting with TI later in the week, so we will be sure to get all the latest details on their GPU and how it stacks up with the competition.

Check back later for the full hands-on report.

From LG:  The LG Optimus 3D packs exceptional features with performance in mind, including an advanced dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory architecture. Equipped with a 1GHz OMAP4 dual-core processor and four times more video decoders than competing designs, the LG Optimus 3D doubles the graphics performance of its nearest competitor allowing users to enjoy superb performance while web surfing, running applications and enjoying multimedia content. In addition, the LG Optimus 3D provides the world`s first full 3D experience covering the full spectrum from recording to viewing and sharing 3D content. It features a dual-lens camera that enables users to capture any moment in true 3D which can then be viewed immediately on the 4.3-inch WVGA glasses-free display. Multiple connectivity options including HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) also make it easy for users to transfer their recorded content to other devices.

Show Press Release

LG UNVEILS PREMIUM LINE-UP AT MWC 2011 Making a Return to the Largest Mobile Event With a Rich Collection of Mobile Devices
Barcelona, Feb. 13, 2011 – LG Electronics (LG) returns to Barcelona this year to introduce two new flagship devices at Mobile World Congress: the LG Optimus 3D, a stunning super-smartphone with unparalleled 3D performance, and the LG Optimus Pad, a true Android tablet optimized with Honeycomb OS designed to offer the full viewing experience of a tablet while still being easy to hold with one hand.

“I`m confident that this year, LG will emerge as a leader in the next generation of smartphone and tablet devices,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “What you see here today is just the beginning — we will continue to innovate with products that address consumer needs and deliver benefits that live up to our `Life`s Good` commitment.”

Aiming to aggressively take a leadership position in the smartphone market in 2011, LG has been earnestly bolstering its premium smartphone line-up, evident by its strong showing at CES last month. There, the company introduced the world`s first dual-core smartphone (LG Optimus 2X), one of the world`s slimmest and brightest smartphones (LG Optimus Black) and the company`s first phone compatible with 4G LTE networks (LG Revolution(TM)). LG products debuting at MWC 2011 build upon this spirit of innovation. Key devices include:

LG Optimus 3D
The LG Optimus 3D packs exceptional features with performance in mind, including an advanced dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory architecture. Equipped with a 1GHz OMAP4 dual-core processor and four times more video decoders than competing designs, the LG Optimus 3D doubles the graphics performance of its nearest competitor allowing users to enjoy superb performance while web surfing, running applications and enjoying multimedia content. In addition, the LG Optimus 3D provides the world`s first full 3D experience covering the full spectrum from recording to viewing and sharing 3D content. It features a dual-lens camera that enables users to capture any moment in true 3D which can then be viewed immediately on the 4.3-inch WVGA glasses-free display. Multiple connectivity options including HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) also make it easy for users to transfer their recorded content to other devices.

LG Optimus Pad
The LG Optimus Pad sets a new standard for tablets by utilizing an 8.9-inch display in a form factor that`s comfortable to use one-handed. With a 15:9 aspect ratio and Full HD 1080p decoding, the LG Optimus Pad offers users an immersive multimedia environment on a 1280 x 768 WXGA resolution widescreen display. The new device sports Honeycomb, Google`s latest platform optimized for tablet devices with an optimized and intuitive PC-like interface for running tablet software. LG`s tablet runs on a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor for unmatched performance and power management. In addition, the LG Optimus Pad is the world`s first tablet with a built-in 3D camera, enabling users to capture vivid image and video content to be viewed on a high definition 3D TV or shared on the web via YouTube 3D.

LG Optimus 2X
The world`s first smartphone with a dual-core processor, the LG Optimus 2X was developed in partnership with graphics processor powerhouse, NVIDIA. The dual-core Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip found in the LG Optimus 2X runs at a clock speed of 1GHz and boasts low power consumption and high performance for playing video and audio. Not only does the LG Optimus 2X mean more powerful multimedia features, the Tegra 2 processor makes for faster, smoother web browsing and multitasks with virtually no screen lag. The LG Optimus 2X offers 1080p HD video playback and recording with HDMI mirroring that expands content on external displays to Full HD quality. The LG Optimus 2X can connect wirelessly to any DLNA-compatible digital device such as HD TVs for a console-like gaming experience, taking full advantage of the phone‟s HDMI mirroring, accelerometer and gyro sensor.

LG Optimus Black
One of the world`s slimmest and lightest Android smartphones, LG Optimus Black is already a hit, having recorded more than two million pre-orders in 20 countries since its introduction at CES. At MWC, a range of special-edition LG Optimus Black handsets will be unveiled featuring designs courtesy of the Keith Haring Foundation. Besides its incredibly slim body, the LG Optimus Black features a 4-inch NOVA display for optimal brightness and readability under any lighting conditions. The crystal-clear display also provides a more natural web browsing experience by displaying truer whites while simultaneously cutting energy consumption by 50 percent compared to conventional LCDs. In addition, the LG Optimus Black includes a collection of smart features designed to improve the user experience, such as Gesture UI, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2MP front-facing camera.

For more information, visit the LG stand at 8B178 in Hall 8, Fira de Barcelona or go to the online newsroom atwww.lgnewsroom.com/MWC2011.


HTC Inspire 4G now available from AT&T with a low off-contract price of $399

Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the HTC Inspire 4G from AT&T! If you’ve been following our coverage on the new 4G handset for AT&T you probably know almost everything about the handset already. The only new bit of information we have on launch day is the off-contract price for the HTC Inspire 4G. Since AT&T is only charging $99.99 for the HTC Inspire 4G for anyone signing up for a new two year contract, we were hoping that the off-contract price would be somewhere around $450. To our surprise, AT&T is only charging $399.99 for the HTC Inspire, which makes is one of the best deals around.

We’re still working on putting together a full review for the HTC Inspire 4G, but we’re sure most of you have already made up you mind about the phone. The HTC Inspire 4G is the first 4G handset available on AT&T’s network and since AT&T is only asking for $99 we find it really hard not to recommend the new phone to anyone who’s tied to AT&T.

HTC Inspire 4G now available from AT&T with a low off-contract price of $399

Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the HTC Inspire 4G from AT&T! If you’ve been following our coverage on the new 4G handset for AT&T you probably know almost everything about the handset already. The only new bit of information we have on launch day is the off-contract price for the HTC Inspire 4G. Since AT&T is only charging $99.99 for the HTC Inspire 4G for anyone signing up for a new two year contract, we were hoping that the off-contract price would be somewhere around $450. To our surprise, AT&T is only charging $399.99 for the HTC Inspire, which makes is one of the best deals around.

We’re still working on putting together a full review for the HTC Inspire 4G, but we’re sure most of you have already made up you mind about the phone. The HTC Inspire 4G is the first 4G handset available on AT&T’s network and since AT&T is only asking for $99 we find it really hard not to recommend the new phone to anyone who’s tied to AT&T.

Samsung Galaxy S II and 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet get shown off at Samsung’s MWC booth

We’re only a matter of hours away from Samsung’s WMC press event, but it looks like they have decided to share a few images of the Samsung Galaxy S II and their new 10.1 Honeycomb tablet a bit early. It’s certainly nice to see the Samsung Galaxy S II again, but since these are the first images of the new Android 3.0 tablet from Samsung, you’ll have to forgive us if we focus out attention on those.

From what we can tell, the new Android tablet is running a stock version of Android 3.0, similar to the Honeycomb tablets from Motorola and LG. The design of the tablet is reminiscent to the original Galaxy Tab with a front-facing-camera on the front, though there are a few touches of flare on the back with brushed metal around the camera and flash, and a circular Samsung logo in the middle.

Now that we know that both the Samsung Galaxy S II and the 10.1 inch Honeycomb tablet are real, all we really need is a few more details on the specs, launch dates, and prices. We can guarantee you that we won’t be getting all the information we want from tonight’s press event in Barcelona, but Samsung should unveil all the specs and possibly give us an idea of which quarter the new Android devices will launch in.

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Samsung Galaxy S II and 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet get shown off at Samsung’s MWC booth

We’re only a matter of hours away from Samsung’s WMC press event, but it looks like they have decided to share a few images of the Samsung Galaxy S II and their new 10.1 Honeycomb tablet a bit early. It’s certainly nice to see the Samsung Galaxy S II again, but since these are the first images of the new Android 3.0 tablet from Samsung, you’ll have to forgive us if we focus out attention on those.

From what we can tell, the new Android tablet is running a stock version of Android 3.0, similar to the Honeycomb tablets from Motorola and LG. The design of the tablet is reminiscent to the original Galaxy Tab with a front-facing-camera on the front, though there are a few touches of flare on the back with brushed metal around the camera and flash, and a circular Samsung logo in the middle.

Now that we know that both the Samsung Galaxy S II and the 10.1 inch Honeycomb tablet are real, all we really need is a few more details on the specs, launch dates, and prices. We can guarantee you that we won’t be getting all the information we want from tonight’s press event in Barcelona, but Samsung should unveil all the specs and possibly give us an idea of which quarter the new Android devices will launch in.

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Best Buy will have Motorola’s Xoom tablet up for preorder this Thursday…for $1,199!?!?

We have been going back and forth on the pricing for the hotly-anticipated Motorola Xoom tablet that’s set to launch at the end of the month, with original rumors pegging the Xoom between $700 or $800. Well, Engadget found quite the doozy on Best Buy’s website this morning that suggests those initial price estimates were way off. Turns out, Best Buy will indeed begin accepting preorders this coming Thursday for the sky-high price of $1,200. Yikes!

Now, a couple of individuals on Twitter have pointed out that Best Buy has been hit or miss when it comes to preorder pricing on Best Buy’s site in the past. Though we have no reason to believe the $1,200 price point is wrong at this point, we’re all crossing our fingers that it is a mistake and the tablet will launch for the  $700 or $800 we’ve all come to know and accept.

Assuming the worst, the leak this morning could suggest that the $800 price point is to purchase the Xoom with a full 2 year service agreement with Verizon, and $1,200 is the unsubsidized price (though will still require a 1 month data-activation fee).

Anyone out there still looking to pick up a Xoom if these outlandish prices hold up, or are you considering potential alternatives (G-Slate, Nook Color, Galaxy Tab 1 or 2)?


Best Buy will have Motorola’s Xoom tablet up for preorder this Thursday…for $1,199!?!?

We have been going back and forth on the pricing for the hotly-anticipated Motorola Xoom tablet that’s set to launch at the end of the month, with original rumors pegging the Xoom between $700 or $800. Well, Engadget found quite the doozy on Best Buy’s website this morning that suggests those initial price estimates were way off. Turns out, Best Buy will indeed begin accepting preorders this coming Thursday for the sky-high price of $1,200. Yikes!

Now, a couple of individuals on Twitter have pointed out that Best Buy has been hit or miss when it comes to preorder pricing on Best Buy’s site in the past. Though we have no reason to believe the $1,200 price point is wrong at this point, we’re all crossing our fingers that it is a mistake and the tablet will launch for the  $700 or $800 we’ve all come to know and accept.

Assuming the worst, the leak this morning could suggest that the $800 price point is to purchase the Xoom with a full 2 year service agreement with Verizon, and $1,200 is the unsubsidized price (though will still require a 1 month data-activation fee).

Anyone out there still looking to pick up a Xoom if these outlandish prices hold up, or are you considering potential alternatives (G-Slate, Nook Color, Galaxy Tab 1 or 2)?