CTIA 2011

Sprint Keynote at CTIA 2011: 3D on the menu!

Sprint Keynote at CTIA 2011: 3D on the menu!

It's CTIA 2011 day one, and we're waiting for Sprint's keynote to begin and the company's latest and greatest products to take the stage. We've already seen Samsung's new tablets, and we're expecting the HTC EVO View 4G to be Sprint's latest tablet, a version of the HTC Flyer. 3D is also on the cards, and in fact we've just been handed a pair of 3D glasses...

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Samsung brings fight to iPad 2 with aggressive new Galaxy Tab pricing

Samsung brings fight to iPad 2 with aggressive new Galaxy Tab pricing

Samsung has officially priced and dated its new Galaxy Tab models, and it seems the company may be the first Android tablet manufacturer to actually compete with the iPad/iPad 2 on sticker price. With a $499 entry-price for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi, matching the baseline for the iPad 2, and the promise of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 actually undercutting the Apple slate by $30, we may for once be looking at a more level playing field for tablet consumers.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 official

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 official

As we expected, Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Tab 8.9, its 8.9-inch Android 3.0 Honeycomb slate that slots in-between the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab and the larger Galaxy Tab 10.1 which also makes its US debut at CTIA 2011 this week. Billed as the "world's thinnest mobile tablets" at 8.6mm thick - the iPad 2 is 8.8mm thick, for comparison - the Galaxy Tab 8.9 tips the scales at 470g but still has a 1280 x 800 touchscreen, 1GHz dual-core processor and twin cameras. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been back into the engineering labs since we saw it in Barcelona last month, shedding some bulk to better compete with the iPad 2.

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GALAXY Tab 10.1 & 8.9 Hands-on [CTIA 2011]

GALAXY Tab 10.1 & 8.9 Hands-on [CTIA 2011]

It's hard to argue with the fact that the iPad 2 sent Samsung rushing back to the lab to try to squeeze some bulk out of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but then it's also clear that both the 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9 slates are appealing hardware in their own right. Each slimmer and lighter than the second-gen Apple, they're as close to Star Trek style sci-fi tablets as we've seen so far, making Motorola's XOOM look fat in comparison.

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Standardized microUSB charging by Jan 2012 confirms Sprint CEO

Standardized microUSB charging by Jan 2012 confirms Sprint CEO

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has confirmed that, by January 2012, all US phones will use microUSB chargers, hopefully putting pay to the frustration of proprietary connectors and a plug-board full of different adapters. Speaking during the CTIA 2011 opening keynote, Hesse described the various types of charger port as a long-standing "pet peeve of mine."

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T-Mobile Sidekick 4G gets hands-on treatment [Video]

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G gets hands-on treatment [Video]

T-Mobile's Sidekick 4G is finally official - pricing for the Android-based messaging smartphone crossed the wire this morning - and over at our 'droid-obsessed sibling site Android Community they've been putting the QWERTY handset through its paces. In a suitably huge hands-on preview, the Sidekick 4G gives up its software and hardware secrets.

Video demo after the cut

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HTC Pyramid leaks again: qHD display and front-facing camera

HTC Pyramid leaks again: qHD display and front-facing camera

Having been caught flaunting its electronic rump at us yesterday, the HTC Pyramid has turned up again with a face-on shot so we can marvel at its qHD display and front-facing camera. Shared to GSMArena, the image shows the Pyramid (on the left) next to the WVGA HTC Desire HD, with the difference in screen resolution clear from the menu bar.

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HTC EVO View 4G and EVO 3D get early Sprint sign-ups

HTC EVO View 4G and EVO 3D get early Sprint sign-ups

Sprint look to be readying quite the range refresh at CTIA 2011 this week, with the Nexus S 4G already announced (check out our preview here) and premature confirmation of the HTC EVO View 4G tablet and HTC EVO 3D smartphone courtesy of the carrier's site. The glasses-free dual-core Android smartphone and the WiMAX-enabled HTC Flyer each get a shiny new sign-up page for more release information.

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T-Mobile Nokia Astound brings Symbian C7 to US (missing a 3G band)

T-Mobile Nokia Astound brings Symbian C7 to US (missing a 3G band)

As expected, T-Mobile has a new Nokia smartphone to tentatively offer to the American public at CTIA 2011, and also as expected it's a rebadged version of the Nokia C7. The T-Mobile Nokia Astound runs Symbian on a 3.5-inch AMOLED display, paired with an 8-megapixel camera, and will drop on April 6 for $79.99.

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T-Mobile G2x by LG gets official: 3D Tegra 2 smartphone

T-Mobile G2x by LG gets official: 3D Tegra 2 smartphone

T-Mobile has officially unveiled the T-Mobile G2x with Google, better known as the LG Optimus 2X, at CTIA 2011 this week. The 4.3-inch Android smartphone has a WVGA display, along with an 8-megapixel camera on the back.

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T-Mobile Sidekick 4G gets official pricing

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G gets official pricing

T-Mobile's CTIA 2011 smartphone gush continues, with official pricing for the Sidekick 4G. The incoming Android-based messaging phone will be priced at $99.99 (with a $50 mail-in rebate) when it lands later in the year, assuming you're content to sign up to a two-year unlimited data package.

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LG G-Slate for T-Mobile gets official pricing, demands voice plan

LG G-Slate for T-Mobile gets official pricing, demands voice plan

T-Mobile has finally slapped an official price tag onto the upcoming T-Mobile G-Slate by LG, the carrier's first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet. The slate has a smaller, 8.9-inch screen than the Motorola XOOM, and a smaller price as well: $529.99, with a new, two-year agreement.

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