NoDo is officially a go for carrier branded phones according to several reports I’m getting in my mailbox and a phone call from a friend. Apparently all major carriers in Europe; Orange , Vodafone (namely SFR in France), 3 UK and O2 have authorized Microsoft to push the update notification to the Windows Phone 7 devices on their networks. T-Mobile branded phones in the US , namely the HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro, are also receiving the update notifications today.
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Samsung’s upcoming high-end Android 2.1 smartphone, the Galaxy S,an the company’s first Bada handsets, the Samsung Wave, are apparently headed to Vodafone UK and should be launching soon. Both devices feature Samsung’s new Super AMOLED screen technology and the company’s own S5PC110 / S5PC110A01 chipset (with PowerVR SGX540 GPU theoretically capable of pushing 90M triangles/sec). The Samsung Wave is also available for pre-order on amazon UK for £399 unlocked.
Source: Vodafone & Amazon
There hasn’t been much news about Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10 Mini since its announcement back in February during MWC10. SE just can’t seem to release a product on time lately but according to the picture above the X10 Mini is headed to Vodafone UK soon (picture taken from the May issue of Vodafone UK’s catalog). For more info on the X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro check ouy my hands-on video here and size comparison here.
I asked Microsoft if they could tell me which Tegra chipset was used in the KIN handsets and finally got an answer: it’s the Tegra APX 2600. I basically wanted to make sure that it was not the 2500 version (see full KIN specs here). The APX 2600 is indeed the same SoC used in the Zune HD so it should be pretty clear now that the underlying OS used on the KIN handset is closer to the Zune OS than it is to WP7 (which doesn’t use the same Kernel). One has to wonder why Microsoft didn’t announce some kind of A/V connector for the KIN Phones to output HD content bought in the Zune Marketplace orsShot with the 8Mpix camera of the KIN TWO. It would be great if their was a HDMI dock similar to the Zune HD one IMO.
When it comes to world wide availability of the handsets, Microsoft has already announced that Vodafone is set to launch them in Germany,Spain, italy and the UK. Microsoft didn’t ink a deal yet with French operators yet, but they expect/hope to release them this fall. It will be interesting to see how Microsoft is going to deal with the nearly simultaneous launch of Windows Phone 7 and KIN in Europe. The Zune Pass/Marketplace will also officially launch in Europe at the same time. Unfortunately this doesn’t mean the Bing is going out of beta in those countries (expect in the UK where it’s already out of beta), Microsoft told me that the Bing roadmap isn’t tide to the Windows Phone 7 and Kin launch in Europe.
According to several sources the Google Nexus One is set to launch on Verizon next month on March 23th (the CDMA version of the Nexus One has passed the FCC last week). On the European front, Vodafone UK is said to pick up the handset in April. I wouldn’t recommend getting the Nexus in Europe given the imminent launch of the HTC Desire (which will have features like DivX and 720P recording support).
Source: Telegraph & Neowin
This one came out of nowhere.. Vodafone UK has just release an Rom update for the HTC HD2 based on the latest official HTC 1.66 version. If you bought your device from them and didn’t HSPL it don’t hesitate to flash it as soon as possible. The 1.66 rom fixes the majority of all the annoying bugs found on the HTC HD2. You can grab it here (don’t forget to backup all your data before!)
Source: Vodafone via Coolsmartphone
PhoneArena posted their review of the much delayed Xperia X2 Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone a couple days ago. To make it short, lets say that they weren’t impressed at all. this shouldn’t come as a surprise given the specs of the device compared to its predecessor the X1 (it has the same specs besides the upgraded camera and slightly bigger screen..). The fact the Sony Ericsson isn’t marketing the device at all (they are pushing hard behind the Xperia X10 instead) doesn’t really inspires confidence in the product… Check the video after the break.
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Looks like yesterday’s rumor is being somewhat confirmed today by Sony US. The Xperia X2a (notice the “a”) is now showing up on Sony’s US website, leading us to belive that the device is finally going to launch in North Ameraica (but when?). Check it out here.
Source: Sony via Engadget
According to Pocketnow, Sony Ericsson is pushing the back the release of the Xperia X2 as is only expected to launch it this summer.
I was able to shake loose from a Sony rep. Apparently the X2, which has been recently dumped from Vodafone’s future line up, will be sold unlocked starting this summer at Sony Style stores. The unlocked version will work on AT&T 3G, but probably not T-Mobile. No word on price, but a $500-$600 range makes sense.
I’m sure that this is only related to the US launch date. THe X2 is already availalbe in the UK here eventhough it has been dropped by Vodafone this week.
Vodafone UK just announced that they will have the Google Nexus One on sale in a “a few short weeks”. This is closer than previously expected and can be the reason wy they dropped the HTC HD2 a not long ago. Other European countries like France and Germany will get it later in the year (as previously reported):
“I can confirm that Vodafone is the first operator to partner with Google to offer the Nexus One in Europe, starting soon in the UK, in a few short weeks,” a Vodafone spokeswoman told AFP.
“No detail on pricing and precise timing has yet been made, but that will come in a few weeks.”
“We’re in early discussions with Google to introduce the offer in France (through SFR) and in Germany and Spain, and more European countries are expected during 2010,” the spokeswoman said.
You may remember that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 was initially supposed to launch on Vodafone UK in November and then got pushed back to January 2010. Well, according to WMPoweruser :
In an e-mail circulated internally yesterday, staff were told the handset will no longer be sold by the carrier.
Nice job Sony Ericsson ! Oh well, I guess that the X2 was too little too late, especially compared to the Xperia X10.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 delay I reported a few days ago has been confirmed today. According to Sony Ericsson:
X2 to be launched in January
Hi All – Over the last couple of weeks there has been a few, OK more than a few rumours that the X2 is going to be delayed until January and I’m sure it will not come as a surprise when we say that these are well founded.
The software worked fine but when we started integrating it with some of the network specific apps it threw up a few issues which we’re working to fix.
It’s all minor tweaks really (extending the battery life and speeding up aspects of the software), but we want to be sure that when we ship this it is as good as it should be and that you don’t have to constantly upgrade the software as we iron out these wrinkles.
So… we’re launching first week of January. Really sorry if you were looking forward to getting hold of one before then but it will be worth it when we get there.
Thanks for your continued interest in the site.
Too little too late, sorry Sony Ericsson…Hopefully the Xperia X3 will come out on time.
Source: Sony Ericsson Xperia Blog
The Nokia N900 just popped up on Vodafone UK’s retail store with a January 2010 availability. No price information is provided yet but lets just wait and see what happens especially after the HTC HD2 debacle (Vodafone sold them for a few weeks then decided to stop carrying the device because it will overshadow the iPhone 3GS).
Source: Vodafone UK
Paul from Modaco just uploaded a 26 minutes long video walkthrough of Sony Ericsson‘s latest Windows Mobile 6.5 phone,the Xperia X2:
Too little too late…
Well it looks like Sony Ericsson didn’t learn from their mistake withe the original Xperia X1 last year. According to Vodoafone UK’s onlie shop the X2 is now scheduled to launch in January 2010 instead of November as it was previously announced . Let’s hope that they don’t start to blame Windows Mobile this time around…
Source: Vodafone via WMPoweruser
Well that was unexpected! The HTC HD2 is now available on Vodafone UK for Free with a £35 monthly plan (2 years) you’ll get 900 minutes talk-time, unlimited internet/email & unlimited text messages. Hurry up and grab one now, I’m sure that supply won’t last long.
Source: Vodafone via Coolsmartphone
According to the screen-cap above, Vodafone UK is set to launch the HTC HD2 on November 13th, 10 days earlier than the latest rumored T-Mobile date. Only time will tell if those dates are indeed true.
According to Vodafone’s own wevsite Sony Ericsson’s Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone the Xperia X2 should be availalbe in the UK next month, there’s no word on the price though. Remember that the X2 may be SE’s second & last Windows Mobile phone ever if the latest speculations are to be believed.