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RIM BlackBerry patent describes convertible touchscreen/QWERTY phone

RIM BlackBerry patent describes convertible touchscreen/QWERTY phone

A newly filed patent application by RIM suggests the cellphone manufacturers designers are considering an extending, rotating form-factor that could allow for multiple hardware control surfaces such as a QWERTY keyboard and numeric keypad.  The application, titled "Handheld electronic device with rotatable member", shows a phone with a pull-out second section that could be used in portrait or landscape orientation depending on messaging or phone use; however it could also offer a hardware keyboard on one side and a touchscreen display on the other.

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Nokia C6 on sale; N8 release to coincide with Nokia World?

Nokia C6 on sale; N8 release to coincide with Nokia World?

With Nokia World 2010 just around the corner, we're seeing plenty of news - official and otherwise - from the Finns.  Fresh to Vodafone UK comes the C6, the company's latest QWERTY slider, with the carrier also announcing that if you want the green N8 then you'll have to see them too, since it's a network exclusive.  Meanwhile there's more news on when exactly the N8 will hit shelves.

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Nokia C7-00 gets pre-announce preview: “more balanced” than N8

Nokia C7-00 gets pre-announce preview: “more balanced” than N8

It seems even the threat of legal action can't keep Mobile-review's Eldar Murtazin from spilling the beans on unannounced Nokia handsets, with the latest on his test bench to be the upcoming Nokia C7-00.  Spotted in the wild back in early June, the Symbian^3 handset has a 3.5-inch AMOLED 640 x 360 display and, Murtazin reckons, is basically the N8 with a mere 8-megapixel camera and no HDMI output.

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LCD Androids best AMOLED in browser battery testing

LCD Androids best AMOLED in browser battery testing

AMOLED was billed as the double-punch to traditional LCD panels on smartphones: better image quality and lower power consumption, adding up to a handset that lasted longer and was nicer to use.  According to Laptop's testing, however, the reality isn't quite so clear cut.  They put eight Android smartphones - including the DROID X, Epic 4G and EVO 4G - through their paces running a custom battery testing app, and found that Motorola's LCD panels actually came to the top of the pile.

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Nokia’s Featurephone Problem

Nokia’s Featurephone Problem

Nokia’s struggles in smartphones are well documented, and I’m not going to rehash them here. However, if you live in the U.S. it is easy to overlook just how huge and successful Nokia is. Even in smartphones, Nokia is the global volume leader, and when it comes to featurephones, Nokia literally sells about six dozen of them in the time it takes to read this sentence – every minute of every day. Most of those are basic voice phones sold in emerging markets like India and Africa, but Nokia is also the market leader in multimedia featurephones. Nokia’s latest entry in that category is the X3 Touch and Type (not to be confused with the X3, launched last year), which is a Series 40 phone with a touchscreen on top and a physical numeric keypad below. I find the X3 Touch and Type deeply disturbing.

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Wireless Xbox 360 to Windows Phone 7 gaming in “near future” confirms Microsoft [Video]

Wireless Xbox 360 to Windows Phone 7 gaming in “near future” confirms Microsoft [Video]

Microsoft's plans to integrate Windows Phone 7 devices with Xbox 360 consoles via their Xbox Live service have been well discussed, and the company has already confirmed that the smartphones will be able to play Xbox Live arcade games.  Now, according to Microsoft Canada Mobility Solutions Manager Greg Milligan, we know phone-to-console wireless gaming is also on the cards; he told RGBFilter that the functionality would arrive in the "near future".

Video interview after the cut

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HTC T8788 Breaks Cover, Sporting Windows Phone 7 and Heading to AT&T

HTC T8788 Breaks Cover, Sporting Windows Phone 7 and Heading to AT&T

We already knew that AT&T was going to be the premiere partner for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 launch later this year, but this is almost getting ridiculous. Coming off a wave of devices last week, now we're getting to see what else HTC is working on. The model number is T8788, and it's a landscape slider that holds a little surprise under that expansive display. There's no word on what the device will be called when it hits the market in the near future, though.

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LG C900 WP7 phone gets September 28th launch tip from Bluetooth SIG

LG C900 WP7 phone gets September 28th launch tip from Bluetooth SIG

The AT&T branded LG C900 Window Phone 7 handset looks to have acquired a tentative release date, with the Bluetooth SIG listing the QWERTY slider as due for launch on September 28th.  In fact, three versions of the C900 are suggested: the C900N, C900k and C900B, presumably catering to the various UMTS/HSPA bands in the Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America regions the Bluetooth SIG says the LG handset will eventually arrive in.

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