Details of a new Lenovo Android 3.0 Honeycomb slate have emerged, a stylus-toting 10.1-inch ThinkPad Tablet with an ASUS Eee Pad Transformer-style keyboard dock, an IPS display and NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset. The ThinkPad Tablet is scheduled for a Q3 2011 launch, so the leaked presentation acquired by This is my next suggests, complete with a "Lenovo Family UI" customizing the interface and which apps are preloaded.
Nokia has set itself quite the challenge with the E6, taking on the legacy of much-loved QWERTY smartphones like the E71 and E72. First impressions, though, are very positive. The 326ppi touchscreen is pixel-dense and responsive, neatly positioned to be stabbed with a thumb when holding the E6 in one hand. Meanwhile the physical keyboard delivers all the tactile feedback you'd hope for.
The Nokia E6 is another well-leaked smartphone from the past few months, and the company has finally made the messaging Symbian handset official. Like the X7 it runs the latest Symbian Anna OS, but unlike Nokias of old it also has a 2.46-inch VGA touchscreen display, offering 4x the pixels (326ppi) of earlier Eseries handsets.
It may look a little like a PSP, but EraThink's EraPalm5 is actually another tiny Windows PC hoping to find its way into your jacket pocket. Spotted by Newpad at the China Consumer Electronics Fair, the slider has a 5-inch 800 x 480 capacitive touchscreen which pops up to reveal a tiny QWERTY keyboard, a D-pad and gaming-style face buttons, along with an HDMI output for up to 1080p HD video.
The BlackBerry leaks keep on coming, with the latest to break cover being the BlackBerry Torch 2. An update to the original slider, the Torch 2 looks ostensibly the same from the outside, says BGR, but on the inside there's a higher-resolution 640 x 480 display and a speedy 1.2GHz processor running BlackBerry OS 6.1.
RIM's 2011 smartphone range just refuses to stay under wraps until the Canadian company officially outs them, and after last week's BlackBerry Touch (Monaco/Monza) leak, it's the turn of the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 to get fondled. BGR's sources came through with a unit, which is said to be just as solid as you'd hope from a BlackBerry QWERTY device, with the added benefit of a "very responsive" touchscreen.
We've been gradually building a picture of the Nokia E6-00 over the past few months, but the unannounced Symbian smartphone has just seen its biggest leak to-date. A prototype has apparently found its way to the NokioTeca forums and been thoroughly snapped, tested and detailed. On the confirmed list, a VGA resolution capacitive touchscreen, paired with a physical keyboard, and an 8-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording.
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Alltel has become the first carrier to publicly commit to the HTC Merge, promising pre-orders for the QWERTY smartphone will kick off from March 28. The Android 2.2 Froyo device has a 3.8-inch display and is a World Phone, meaning it has both CDMA and GSM radios for use on Alltel and when roaming abroad.
T-Mobile's Sidekick 4G is finally official - pricing for the Android-based messaging smartphone crossed the wire this morning - and over at our 'droid-obsessed sibling site Android Community they've been putting the QWERTY handset through its paces. In a suitably huge hands-on preview, the Sidekick 4G gives up its software and hardware secrets.
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T-Mobile's CTIA 2011 smartphone gush continues, with official pricing for the Sidekick 4G. The incoming Android-based messaging phone will be priced at $99.99 (with a $50 mail-in rebate) when it lands later in the year, assuming you're content to sign up to a two-year unlimited data package.
Another of the leaked renderings today from Chinese website xda.cn purported to be upcoming HTC devices, is one called the HTC Prime. Very similar in appearance to the HTC Ignite, this handset will also be running the Windows Phone 7 OS, but will feature a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard.