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BlackBerry PlayBook QWERTY keyboard and charging dock accessories look likely

BlackBerry PlayBook QWERTY keyboard and charging dock accessories look likely

For a company that's built its reputation on hardware keyboards, RIM's decision not to give the BlackBerry PlayBook anything but an on-screen QWERTY could be seen as an unusual one.  Still, there's plenty of scope for accessories; the press release may be light on details, but we can draw a few conclusions from what RIM has said.  For instance, as well as the microHDMI and microUSB, there are battery charging contacts on the PlayBook tablet.

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T-Mobile G2 goes up for pre-order

T-Mobile G2 goes up for pre-order

T-Mobile USA customers hoping to retire their beloved G1 and pick up the carrier's latest Android smartphone can finally flex their credit cards today, with the news that - as expected - the T-Mobile G2 has gone up for pre-order.  Priced at $199.99 (after a $50 mail-in rebate and assuming a new two-year agreement, of course) and currently only available to existing subscribers, the G2 is expected to drop into customer's hands by October 6th.

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Two INQ Mobile Facebook phones tipped for 2011 debut

Two INQ Mobile Facebook phones tipped for 2011 debut

The Facebook phone rumors refuse to die, and now Bloomberg has chimed in with its own "three people familiar with the matter."  According to those unnamed sources, Facebook has been working with INQ Mobile on not one but two smartphones, which will see a European release in the first half of 2011 and potentially an AT&T debut in July or August that year.  However, Facebook apparently "hasn't decided" if it will be putting its brand on the handsets.

According to one of the sources, the two new phones will each run Android; one will be a full-touchscreen device, while the other will have a hardware QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen.  INQ confirmed they were looking at shifting to Android in September last year, as well as more unusual form-factors and even flexible displays, though have yet to actually unveil any such devices.

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Nokia E7 browser & multimedia [Video]

Nokia E7 browser & multimedia [Video]

Nokia's E7 may slot into the Finnish company's business-centric ESeries range, but that's not to say the handset has nothing for more mainstream users.  We spoke to Nokia's David Rivas, VP of technology management, about the E7's multimedia appeal, together with finding out why, exactly, they're so confident with it as an enterprise offering.  Meanwhile we also grabbed some more time with the E7 and shot more hands-on video and photos, all of which you can find after the cut.

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Nokia E7: 4-inch QWERTY smartphone outed

Nokia E7: 4-inch QWERTY smartphone outed

Nokia's third new smartphone for Nokia World 2010 is the Nokia E7, the spiritual successor to the original Nokia 9000 Communicator.  It has a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen display, a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard and a slimline stainless steel case.  And, as Anssi Vanjoki insisted at several points during his keynote, "it's BIG."

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HTC 7 Trophy tipped by Vodafone: QWERTY Windows Phone 7 candybar?

HTC 7 Trophy tipped by Vodafone: QWERTY Windows Phone 7 candybar?

Mention of a new HTC-made Windows Phone 7 device has popped up in Vodafone's database, with BestBoyz's source spotting the mysterious smartphone on the German branch of the carrier's systems.  The "HTC 7 Trophy" has no details beyond the name, but the "7" certainly suggests Microsoft's upcoming smartphone OS; meanwhile it's not the first time we've heard of the Trophy name, either.

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