If you were looking forward to picking Sony’s super-powered next-gen PSP, the PlayStation Vita, this holiday season we’ve got some bad news for you. Sony has announced that unless you live in Japan you won’t be able to pick up the Vita this year. In other words, all of us here in the US or in Europe will have to wait until “early next year” (when exactly is this “early next year” Sony didn’t say).
For those who don’t know, the Vita is Sony’s next-gen PSP that looks to let you take all the power of the PS3 and take it wherever you go. It’s got some of the most insane specs we’ve seen on a portable device yet, with its 5 inch OLED touchscreen with a crazy 960×544 resolution (or a pretty amazing screen), quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor (think of this as all the power of your computer in your pocket, or games that look like you were playing them at home on your PS3), full array of buttons with dual analog sticks (so you also get the full PlaySation controller to go along with those PS3-like graphics), front and rear cameras (for things like augmented reality games and video chat), and a touch sensitive pad on the front and back (so you can have more control of the games without having to put your fingers on the screen. The touch sensitive panel on the back spans the length of the front’s 5 inch screen– so you can control from the back by touching where you would want on the screen). Yeah, we wish it was coming this year too.
Sony also said that there would be no price cuts on the Vita’s $249 price (or the $299 AT&T 3G version), but who knows, maybe the delay will change their minds.
Following AT&T’s kickoff announcement earlier today of new BlackBerrys coming to their network this year, Sprint has decided to join in the new BlackBerry fun as well. That’s right, new BlackBerrys are also coming to Sprint later this year– or to be more specific, the Bold 9930 (aka Bold Touch) and Torch 9850 (the Sprint version of the all touchscreen Torch 9860) are on their ways to Sprint.
The specs of both the Bold 9930 and Torch 9860 are pretty much the same as the AT&T versions. Both have 1.2 GHZ processors with 768 MB of RAM (for speed), 5 megapixel back cameras with the ability to take 720p HD video (neither have front cameras for video chat), run the latest and greatest BlackBerry 7 OS, and both have support for Sprint’s 3G network (sorry, no 4G here. On the bright side they both have SIM card slots for use whenever you take that semester abroad). The main differences between the Bold 9930 and Torch 9850 are that the Bold Touch has a 2.8 inch touchscreen with full BlackBerry keyboard underneath (and support for NFC, or the ability to use your phone as your credit card), while the Torch replaces that bottom keyboard for an all touchscreen design with a much larger 3.7 inch screen.
Like AT&T, Sprint sadly hasn’t said anything about price or an exact release, instead saying those details will be announced “closer to availability.”
So, Sprint BlackBerry users, which new BlackBerry are you gonna get?
AT&T Goes BlackBerry Crazy: Bold 9900, Torch 4G 9810 and Torch 9860 All Coming To AT&T Later This Year
Well it’s about time. Remember that Torch 4G 9810 that leaked on AT&T’s site earlier this morning? Well, it’s now officially official and it’s just one of three 4G BlackBerrys AT&T is planning on launching over the rest of the year (spoiler: the Bold Touch 9900 is one of them!).
So what are you waiting for? Read on!
It’s not the Bold Touch 9900, but it finally looks like some of those once rumored new BlackBerrys are finally on their way to being released. The pic you see above is the next generation of the BlackBerry Torch, the BlackBerry Torch 4G 9810, taken from AT&T’s site.
Since AT&T or RIM (the makers of BlackBerry) haven’t officially announced this yet we’re not 100% sure on all the new improvements the Torch 4G will have over the original Torch. We do though know that it will be much faster (thanks to a much more powerful 1.2 GHZ processor), record 720p HD video with its back camera (which means that it’s at least 5 megapixels), have 8 GB of built-in storage (with support for another 32 GB through microSD), run the latest and greatest BlackBerry 7 OS (like on the Bold Touch 9900. BlackBerry 7 features a ton of improvements like the latest BBM 6, better graphics and browser, and an improved touchscreen keyboard for when you don’t want to use that slide-out BlackBerry keyboard), and pack support for AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network.
No word on price or an exact release date, but with BlackBerry hosting their Fan Night event in Toronto tonight (an event which was teased to be bringing new BlackBerrys last week), let’s hope that we’ll finally find out more very soon.
More pix of the Torch 4G 9810 after the break.
Info via AT&T
We know, we know– it feels like summer is only just beginning why are we starting to think about the next school year? Unfortunately as we all know all good things like summer must eventually come to an end and we have to return back to our regular ways of life and school– which we all know comes back way too quickly. As the back-to-school sales really begin over the next few weeks we want to help make sure you go back fully prepared, well, gadgets wise at least.
One of the toughest things today in back-to-school shopping is finding a new computer/tablet/phone that isn’t just cheap or good, but right for you and what you want and need it to do. We want to try to make this easier for you, and over the course of the rest of the summer we plan to have a whole bunch of posts and guides on good deals we see, some of our recommendations for a new computer, tablet or phone etc. In short, we’re here to help.
So with all that in mind we’re gonna kick off this back-to-school “series” with some tips on what you should look for when your out shopping for a new laptop for school and what are the basic specs that any 2011 computer you buy should have.
When we first saw the HTC Status for ourselves a couple of weeks ago we were very impressed. It’s fast, sleek, and has an excellent keyboard. But there’s a reason we called that a First Look and not a full-blown review, as those were just our first thoughts after spending a few minutes with AT&T and HTC’s new Facebook and teen focused phone.
For the last couple of weeks we’ve put the Status under some much more intense testing. So, how does it hold up and if you’re on AT&T should it be your next phone? For those answers and more read on for our full Teen Review of the HTC Status.
Well, it looks like we should expect some news on the Bold Touch 9930 after all– at least if you’re on Verizon. Yes, that video above is the hotly anticipated BlackBerry Bold Touch 9930 being demoed on video by Verizon, pretty much confirming that the sickest BlackBerry we’ve seen yet is going to be on its way to a Verizon store near you. And to make things better, the video was posted on Verizon’s site (under a second listing for the older Bold 9650). To view the video on the Verizon site just click on “Explore Features” under the demo and videos tab.
Sadly the video doesn’t give a price or exact release date (though the way it sounds we think it will be coming sooner rather than later), but hopefully that will all be cleared up soon.
So with Verizon and T-Mobile now for sure getting the new Bold Touch all we need is AT&T and Sprint to share the good news and everyone will be happy. Stay tuned– we think this BlackBerry news is just getting started.
UPDATE: So we just watched the video again and the end of the video the Verizon employee Blake makes sure to mention the Bold 9930’s faster processor, touchscreen, great BlackBerry keyboard and that it’s “paired with fastest, most advanced 4G LTE network in America.” Yeah, this could not just be the first touchscreen Bold, but also the first BlackBerry to run on Verizon’s super-fast 4G network.
Now the video didn’t mention 4G elsewhere or show off a “4G” logo so this may just be a mistake from an early video. But wow– we don’t know about you, but we can’t wait for tomorrow.
Info and YouTube version of the video from CrackBerry
We know a lot of you are very excited for the upcoming new Bold 9900/9930 (depending on of if your on AT&T/T-Mobile or Sprint/Verizon), but sadly ever since it was first announced in April RIM hasn’t said anything more such as when exactly we can expect it or some of the other rumored new BlackBerrys (like the new Torch, Curve or Storm). Well, looking at this latest tweet from BlackBerry we’ll hopefully have some of those answers soon. Like tomorrow soon.
The tweet, which you see above, is from the official BlackBerry Twitter account and teases some new info coming tomorrow on BlackBerry OS 7 devices (like that Bold Touch and new Torch, Curve and Storm!). And seeing as we already know a lot about OS 7 since it was announced back in April with the Bold Touch, hopefully these new “deets” will include some info on when exactly some of the new BlackBerrys will be in stores and for how much.
So BlackBerry fans stay tuned– it looks like the info you’ve all been waiting for will finally be revealed soon. And make sure to check back here tomorrow for whatever it is BlackBerry has to share.
Looking to take advantage of Microsoft’s awesome back-to-school deal of a free Xbox 360 when you buy a new PC for $699 or more? Well, if you are then we recommend not picking up that new computer from Best Buy as they have pulled out of this back-to-school deal earlier this month. And while we couldn’t find out the reason that Best Buy isn’t offering this free 360 deal anymore, they have confirmed to us that they have stopped offering the deal.
HP, Dell, Amazon and the Microsoft Store are all still offering this deal (which runs until September 3rd and works as long as you have a high school or college student ID)– so if you were looking for a new computer at $699 or more and wanted that free 360 we recommend you look at one of them.
We liked the Xperia Play (aka PlayStation phone) when we reviewed it earlier this month, but we really wished the price was a little lower. Well, Sony Ericsson and Verizon listened and now as part of Verizon’s back-to-school deals they’ve lowered the Xperia Play’s price to a much better $99.99 on new 2 year contract with data plan (down from the original $199.99).
The other specs on the Xperia Play are still the same, like that sharp 4 inch high-resolution touchscreen with slide-out PlayStation gamepad, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, fast 1 GHZ processor with 512 MB of RAM, 5 megapixel back camera with second front camera for video chat, and pre-loaded games of Madden NFL 11, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, The Sims 3, Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot and Tetris.
So if you’re looking for a great gaming phone to kill time between classes this school year, this now looks to be an even better choice for you.
The Xperia Play and its new price are available now from Verizon.