Today, AT&T officially announced the upcoming availability of their latest Pantech-manufactured landscape sliding device, the Laser. Interestingly enough, while it does feature a full, physical QWERTY keyboard, the Laser is touted as being the thinnest device with that feature available for AT&T. But, if that's not enough to grab you, the other features may be enough.
You know what the living room needs? More buttons; enough of them to sufficiently confuse any adult over the age of 29 so thoroughly that they run, weeping to the bathroom. Happily Sony is jumping in to sate our hunger for tiny keys, with ABC previewing the company's upcoming Google TV remote control in its Nightline special.
Panasonic perhaps aren't the first people you'd think of to produce a portable gaming system, but the company is hoping to change your mind with their new The Jungle. The clamshell console packs in a touchpad, full QWERTY keyboard, high-resolution display and various ports including mini-HDMI and microUSB.
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.
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.
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.
Bluetooth keyboards seem to have returned with a vengeance, as users of touchscreen devices like the iPhone and iPad discover that a few hardware keys can make all the difference at times. Cervantes Mobile has launched its own offering to the segment, in the shape of Jorno: it folds out to an 85-percent of full-size keyboard and hooks up via Bluetooth.
TerreStar's GENUS hybrid satellite/cellular phone has finally arrived on AT&T, though you'll need deep pockets if you want to enjoy seriously remote coverage. Unlike previous satellite phones, the GENUS is intended to be used as an everyday phone, only flipping into satellite mode - for voice, data and messaging - when no regular coverage is available.
HTC has officially announced the HTC Desire HD, a 4.3-inch Android smartphone with the company's new HTC Sense, and its QWERTY sibling the Desire Z. Each clad in an aluminum body, the HTC Desire Z uses the company's new "Z Hinge" design for easier typing.