Samsung launches BlackJack III — in South Korea

via Engadget Mobile by Chris Ziegler on 7/21/08

Sorry if we got your hopes up for a second there, AT&Ters; we’re still not sure if this one’s ever coming to the US, and today is most definitely not the day. Instead, the SCH-M480, which appears to be alternately known as the BlackJack III and Ultra Messaging 2, has been launched on Korea’s own SK Telecom for something in the range of 600,000 won (about $592). The Windows Mobile 6 Professional handset is a dead ringer for the i780 that’s been launched for a few months now, featuring a lovely 320 x 320 touchscreen, HSDPA, WiFi, and a 2 megapixel camera; not really a direct successor to the BlackJack II since the latter runs Standard, but we could still see a whole host of folks going for the upgrade — if it ever comes to AT&T, that is.

Separately, Boy Genius Report is claiming that AT&T will be getting its very own BlackJack III come October of this year, albeit with a 3 megapixel camera, up from the 2 megapixel sensor seen here. With these fancy new pink and blue versions of the BlackJack II, though, who the heck needs it? We kid, we kid.

[Via Pocket PC Thoughts]

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Nokia E71 review

via Engadget Mobile by Paul Miller on 6/19/08

While Nokia makes a habit of practically defining “featurephone” for the industry, traditionally it’s handsets like the N95 that hog all the spotlight, leaving Nokia’s few QWERTY phones in the shadows. Not that they’ve been trying too hard — while the E62 and E61i have both shipped over here, neither has featured 3G data in US bands, and the E62 even had the distinct pleasure of having WiFi stripped out. Enter E71, the successor to those phones, and Nokia’s very first QWERTY device to feature US-friendly 3G.

Nokia is also (finally) taking form factor much more seriously: at 10mm thick, the E71 is one of the slimmest Nokia phones to date, and Nokia claims it’s the thinnest QWERTY smartphone on the market. The E71 also attacks the drab, plastic looks of its predecessors with chrome accents and a glossy screen. The phone is incredibly pocketable, and comfortable to hold and use. Of course, with the smaller size Nokia had to cut down on screen real estate and keyboard spacing, but at a QVGA resolution there’s little suffering on that front. The keyboard had a much more rigid, clicky feel to it compared to the spongy keys of the E62, and we were virtually typo-free on it within minutes.

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LG Vu further slides into view

via Engadget Mobile by Ryan Block on 3/30/08

Those eagerly anticipating the LG Vu now have a little more to go by — at least visually, anyway. The specs floating around jibe with everything we’ve heard, and apparently include a nice 3-inch 400 x 240 display. Head on over to Phone Arena for more.

ASUS’ M930W brings E90 style to Windows Mobile

via Engadget Mobile by Chris Ziegler on 12/24/07

Right down to the color scheme, pretty much everything about the ASUS’ just-leaked M930W is reminding us of Nokia’s E90 business superphone, save for one very important detail: this one’s running Windows Mobile 6 instead of S60. The specs reveal 3.6Mbps HSDPA, a pretty capable 3.2 megapixel autofocus cam, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, microSDHC slot, 256MB of ROM and 128MB of RAM. That’s the good news; the bad is that we’re lacking GSM 850 and 3G 850 / 1900 here. What else is new, right? France’s GPS&Co has it pegged for a Q1 ’08 release at a yet-to-be-determined price.[Via Unwired View]

DataWind shows off PocketSurfer 2 at 3GSM

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We were still hoping some day soon we might get our hands on the vaguely vaporous original 2004 PocketSurfer, but apparently DataWind has finally jumped to the sequel with their new PocketSurfer 2. Demoed live at 3GSM today (sorry folks, they only supplied a render), the new PocketSurfer not only has a slimmer physique, it’s also finally gotten its own cellular radio, too. (Aww, isn’t that special.) They didn’t mention which kind, but apparently DadaWind will hook you up with a free unit if you show up at 3GSM and load a page on your mobile device faster than they can with their PocketSurfer 2. Tomorrow we might just have to take them up on their little offer.

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Nokia’s E61i, up close and shiny

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Not a whole lot more info than we had last time around — in fact, zero more info for anyone keeping track — but we haven’t managed to get close to the E61i before now. No real surprises here, and this is just a dummy unit, so we don’t even have any screen brightness to assess, but hey, beggers can’t be choosers, and those additional smart buttons and spiced up d-pad look promising, even if the phone for the most part seems relatively unchanged.

Nokia’s E90 communicator launched!

You saw the first photos right here. Now, Nokia brings the official specs on their S60-series E90 Communicator. Like we heard, it brings quad-band GSM, WiFi, and HSDPA radios along with a 3.2 megapixel camera with flash (and second up front for video calls). Better yet, it does indeed pack integrated GPS and Nokia Maps for all you corporate jet-setters. Expect the E90 to hit in Q2 (volume shipments in Q3) for an unsubsidized price of between “750-800” — they don’t say but we’re thinking that’s euros or about $1000 of the green stuff. Damn, best put this one on the corporate account where it belongs.

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