Carriers haven't been slow in jumping on RIM's new BlackBerry range, with AT&T leading the charge in the US. The operator has announced that, as expected, the BlackBerry Torch 9810 with HSPA+ will arrive on its 4G network from August, while the BlackBerry Torch 9860 and Bold 9900 will launch later in 2011. Meanwhile, Vodafone has led the charge on the new 'Berries in the UK.
AT&T has announced that it will be the exclusive carrier for the Sony S2 tablet, with the Honeycomb slate using the 4G HSPA+ network. The S2, lest you forget, is the more unusual of Sony's tablet pair, with dual 5.5-inch touchscreens in a clamshell form-factor. The news comes as little surprise, given we saw the S2 clear through the FCC with an AT&T-compatible HSPA+ modem back in early June.
AT&T has outed a pair of new 4G LTE modems, ready for launch this summer on the carrier's fledgling LTE network. The AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G is a USB modem with a built-in microSD card slot, intended for use with a single laptop, while the AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G is a portable router that can share its 4G connection with up to five WiFi-connected clients. Meanwhile, as of July 17 there will be a new range of international data plans, offering more megabytes for your money.
Samsung UK has confirmed that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will arrive in the country from August 4 2011, with both WiFi-only and 3G versions promised. The 10.1-inch Android 3.1 Honeycomb slate went on sale in WiFi form in the US earlier this month, though is currently not available with integrated 3G connectivity.
Ever since the 4G race got heated between T-Mobile and AT&T after realizing they were lagging behind Verizon's LTE and the Now Network's WiMAX networks, the meaning of 4G became increasingly defiled. Now, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo is proposing a bill that would require carriers to be straightforward with their network speeds and eliminate all this faux-G bull.
Huawei has made its MediaPad tablet official, billing the slate as the world's first 7-inch Android 3.2 Honeycomb model. Built around an IPS capacitive touchscreen, the 10.5mm thick MediaPad runs Qualcomm's 1.2GHz dual-core processor and has twin cameras - a 5-megapixel autofocus unit on the back, supporting HD video recording, along with a 1.3-megapixel webcam up front for video calls - together with HSPA+ 14.4Mbps connectivity and an HDMI port.
The incoming T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide has been caught in the wild once again, only this time around the photos are a whole lot less blurry. The QWERTY-blessed slider, TmoNews' tipster confirms, runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense and is "much like the Sensation but with some specific myTouch features."
T-Mobile USA wants to give you a little extra motivation to go for its flavor of 4G, with an HSPA+ speed boost for 47 new markets. As of today, San Diego, Salt Lake City and Fresno are among the locations getting 42Mbps HSPA+ support, which - if you have a Rocket 3.0 USB modem - you can use for super-fast mobile downloads and uploads.
Could AT&T be getting an HTC Sensation 4G of its own? A version of the dual-core HTC superphone has been spotted crossing the FCC as the PG58110, complete with support for AT&T's GSM 850/1900 and WCMDA bands V and II. That would allow it both voice and data access on 3G and HSPA+ 4G networks.
One of Sony's first Android tablets has been caught at the FCC, complete with HSPA+ support and a removable Li-Ion battery pack. Engadget spotted the dual-screen Sony S2, listed as the Sony SGPT211US, as it gained approval for its Ericsson F5521gw modem, which supports the 850 and 1900 MHz 3G bands that AT&T uses, with up to 21Mbps HSPA+ speeds network-depending.
The approach of the T-Mobile Sensation 4G may have been keeping Android fans awake at night, but I wasn't one of them. I have to admit, I haven't been feeling HTC's recent handsets. Sure, they're well made and reliable, but it also felt like the company had taken a cookie-cutter approach, churning out little-changed me-too phones across the carriers. HTC's - since moderated - attitude towards bootloader locking didn't help. More importantly, I've been using an imported Samsung Galaxy S II and fell in love with the smoking fast dual-core, slim and light build, brilliant Super AMOLED Plus display and excellent camera. For me, the GSII was the phone to have right now; could the Sensation 4G convince me otherwise?