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Verizon Samsung Zeal official: E Ink keys, dual-hinge and Exchange support

Verizon Samsung Zeal official: E Ink keys, dual-hinge and Exchange support

We spotted Verizon's new E Ink feature-phone, the Samsung Zeal, getting a premature preview earlier today, but the carrier has now come clean on the dual-hinge handset. Like the Alias 2 before it, the Samsung Zeal has a full QWERTY keyboard which uses E Ink keys; that allows the layout to change according to what app is running and which way around the handset is being held.

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Verizon Samsung Zeal gets premature preview

Verizon Samsung Zeal gets premature preview

Looks like the rumors about the Samsung Zeal were true; the dual-hinge messaging handset has seemingly been prematurely tipped by a third-party news service used by Verizon. The press release itself has been pulled, and there's no mention of the Zeal on Verizon's own press pages at the moment, but we did come across a 360-degree viewer which shows the front of the handset.

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Nokia E7 due from December 10 [Update]

Nokia E7 due from December 10 [Update]

Nokia has confirmed that the Nokia E7 will begin shipping on December 10, though the company's Twitter account says that not all countries will get the 4-inch Symbian^3 smartphone on that date. The E7 was announced back at Nokia World 2010 and tipped for a Q4 2010 launch; it has a full QWERTY keyboard and similar styling to the N8.

Update: Nokia has made a mistake, it seems, and now says the E7 is on track to ship in December 2010 rather than on December 10th.

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Verizon Motorola DROID PRO pre-sales begin Nov 9 at $180

Verizon Motorola DROID PRO pre-sales begin Nov 9 at $180

Pre-orders for the Motorola DROID PRO will kick off on Tuesday November 9, Verizon has confirmed, with the QWERTY-blessed Android 2.2 Froyo smartphone headed to retail stores on November 18. As expected, the DROID PRO will be priced at $179.99 following a mail-in rebate and subject to a new, two-year agreement.

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Softbank’s Sharp GALAPAGOS 003SH & 005SH get Capcom 3D gaming

Softbank’s Sharp GALAPAGOS 003SH & 005SH get Capcom 3D gaming

Sharp's GALAPAGOS range isn't just about big ereader tablets; the company has just unveiled two new Softbank Android smartphones, the GALAPAGOS 003SH and 005SH, which each offer glasses-free 3D on their 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen displays.  The 003SH has a 9.6-megapixel camera, while the 005SH has an 8-megapixel camera but makes up for the shortfall with a slide-out four row QWERTY keyboard.

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Sprint HTC 7 Pro pre-orders from Nov 8, as long as Microsoft signs your paycheck

Sprint HTC 7 Pro pre-orders from Nov 8, as long as Microsoft signs your paycheck

Sprint has confirmed that the HTC 7 Pro QWERTY-blessed Windows Phone 7 smartphone will go up for pre-order on November 8.  However, according to BGR the phone will only be available to Microsoft employees at that point, rather than general sales; Sprint would not say when the 7 Pro would be available for order on a broader basis.

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Verizon leak promises Samsung Continuum, Motorola Citrus and Samsung Zeal

Verizon leak promises Samsung Continuum, Motorola Citrus and Samsung Zeal

Three new devices have been spotted in Verizon's inventory, courtesy of a tipster spilling the cellular beans to PhoneArena.  The Motorola Citrus, Samsung Zeal and, most interestingly, the Samsung Continuum SCH-I400 have all been confirmed to launch on Verizon

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HTC Desire Z unboxing & video demo

HTC Desire Z unboxing & video demo

The second of HTC's new flagship Android smartphones has arrived, and just as we put the HTC Desire HD review to bed, the HTC Desire Z has arrived on the test bench.  Unlike the HD, the Desire Z makes do with a more mainstream 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen, but counters any screen shortfall with a flip-out QWERTY keyboard.  Full unboxing video and hands-on demo after the cut.

Video after the cut

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Sharp IS01 Android MID hits US for $246

Sharp IS01 Android MID hits US for $246

Sharp's 5-inch Android MID, the IS01, has finally made it to US shores, though it's not quite the perfect release we were hoping for.  Importer Conics are doing the honors, rather than Sharp itself: they've listed the clamshell handset for a mere $246, which gets you a 5-inch 960 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and twin cameras.

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 gets official; hits T-Mobile USA on Nov 17

BlackBerry Bold 9780 gets official; hits T-Mobile USA on Nov 17

It's taken them a while, but RIM has finally got around to making the BlackBerry Bold 9780 official.  Another QWERTY candybar, the Bold 9780 is the first in the Bold range to come with the BlackBerry 6 OS, and also has a 5-megapixel camera, 3G and WiFi.

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Samsung E65 WiFi ereader hits UK with digital stylus

Samsung E65 WiFi ereader hits UK with digital stylus

Samsung's E65 ereader has gone on sale in the UK, though you'll have to dig a little deeper than you would for a Kindle.  Currently priced at £213 ($336) through Pixmania, though apparently coming to high street retailers PC World and Currys for £199.99 ($316), the E65 has a 6-inch E Ink display, QWERTY keyboard and WiFi, along with a digital stylus for notetaking.

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OTECH F1 quad-SIM cellphone is probably overkill

OTECH F1 quad-SIM cellphone is probably overkill

Dual-SIM phones are rare enough; is four SIM cards in a single handset just plain silly?  OTECH don't seem to think so; they've unveiled the F1, a quad-SIM QWERTY phone that keeps all the cards active at the same time.

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