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iSuppli says Samsung Galaxy Tab costs $215 to manufacture

The Samsung Tab will be released soon in Canadian via Bell and Rogers. We’re currently reviewing the newest tablet device and it’s impressive so far. The Tab is light at 380 grams and comes with Android OS 2.2, a 7-inch display (1024 x 600 resolution), 3 megapixel camera with a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calling. Although there’s no price points yet for what Bell and Rogers will release the Tab for… it should be released within the next couple weeks.

In the meantime, research company iSuppli has taken the time to rip apart the Tab. In their latest report they state that Samsung has materials totaling $205.22 (USD) and $9.35 worth of manufacturing costs to end up at $214.57. iSuppli says that Samsung made the Tab “as a large-scale smart phone, rather than as a true competitor to Apple Inc.’s iPad”.

In the United States the Tab costs $599 outright – We can probably expect the similar pricing but it’ll most likely be available on a contract model as well. What would you pay for the Tab? (more…)


Fido Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro now available, $275 no contract

Fido has released the Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro. When it comes to the devices in their lineup this has the best camera at 5.1 megapixels and can shoot HD quality videos. In addition, this slider has a full QWERTY keyboard, WiFi, GPS, media player and can hold a 32GB microSD card. The prices as expected are $75 on a 2-year and $275 no-contract. Our full review is coming up soon

More here at Fido


Good Cause: Koodo Mini Muchachos have arrived to help Food Banks Canada

This was mentioned last week but it’s a good cause to be part of. If you’re planning on buying a Koodo Mobile device you’ll also be helping Food Banks Canada. The two companies have teamed up to fight against hunger and created the Koodo Mini Muchachos (they are 4″ tall). There are 4 collectibles in total and with each purchase of a device you’ll get one included. Also, if you want to purchase a specific Muchacho it’s $8 and the proceeds go to Food Banks Canada.

Check it out here at Koodo


MTS Motorola Milestone A854 pricing revealed

MTS announced that they’ll be releasing the Android 2.1 Motorola Milestone A854 earlier today. No date was given or even price points. But sometimes you just have to ask. That’s what one of our tipster Darryl did. The upcoming price points for the Milestone is as follows: 3-year contract is a whopping $179.99; 2-year is $279.99 and the 1-year is $504.99. Still no word on when this will be officially released… but now that the pricing is revealed you can decide if this is something you want.

(Thanks Darryl!)


Video: Watching Netflix on a Windows Phone 7 device

Netflix announced today that us Canadians will be able to stream movies on the upcoming Windows Phone 7 devices. The app is free to download but you’ll have to give your credit card details to sign up for the 30-day trial… which is a $7.99 monthly charge afterward. The good thing is that the you can stream as many movies as you want and that the video quality was wicked on the Focus (mainly due to the 4-inch Super AMOLED display). The bad thing is that it’ll blow your monthly data plan out of the water and the selection of movies isn’t the greatest. We’ve got a video of the app in action on the upcoming Rogers Samsung Focus. On another note, the app is also available for the iPhone and iPad. Android and BlackBerry users are still waiting. Check out the video after the break (more…)


Transcontinental acquires Vortex Mobile

Transcontinental Inc. is on a mobile spending spree. They recently snatched up Lipso Mobile and now they’ve grabbed hold of Toronto-based Vortex Mobile. You might know Vortex for their mobile solutions work  (they build marketing/advertising programs, apps etc) with Yahoo!, Rogers, Pepsi. According to the press release the “Transaction information and price were not released” but it would have to be in the millions. Vortex was started in 2004 and they currently have 37 employees who will join over 900 employees at Transcontinental.

Christian Trudeau, President of the Marketing Communications Sector said “Every day we work with our customers on analyzing, executing and deploying marketing strategies that are built on personalization and new communication platforms. The acquisition of Vortex Mobile fits in perfectly with this approach. It will enhance our centre of excellence in mobile marketing solutions and confirm our leading position in the interactive marketing solutions offering”. Brady Murphy, co-founder and CEO of Vortex Mobile will stay on and will become the VP, Sales, Mobile Solutions.

Source: Vortex


MTS to release the Motorola Milestone A854

MTS is getting ready to release their second Android powered device soon – the Motorola Milestone A854. There will be a great deal of announcements coming up with MTS as they will be launching their anticipated HSPA+ network soon. The Milestone A854 comes a 3.7 inch touchscreen display with a full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with flash, access to the Android Market, Google Maps, Google Talk.

Rick Gadd, VP and GM at Motorola said “The launch of the Motorola Milestone A854 with MTS demonstrates Motorola’s commitment to continue bringing innovative Android handsets to Canadians”. In addition, it’ll ship with Android OS 2.1 but has no plans for future upgrades. No price plans have been released yet.

Source: CNW


Chatr to release the Nokia C3 for $100, Bluetooth headset included

Last week the Nokia C3 popped up on the Nokia website with Chatr written all over it. More news today as our friends over at Future Shop have confirmed that the device will be launching and also have revealed it’ll be for $100. In addition, Chatr is throwing in a Bluetooth headset and a credit of $60 when you choose “Auto Pay” (have them bill your credit card each month). It’s a pretty good deal for this QWERTY device (and WiFi). You can expect the Chatr Nokia C3 to be available sometime in November.

On another note… it looks like Chatr is still using the “fewer dropped calls than new wireless networks” in their advertising. Other new entrants filed a complaint with the Competition Bureau that this statement provided “no solid or objective technical basis for Chatr’s claim”. No word on where this issue stands.


Samsung says the Nexus Two is “simply not true”

Last week the rumours started to fly about a device that Samsung and Google are working on that is apparently the “Nexus Two”. Specs of this device have it looking a Galaxy S and comes with a front facing camera, 4-inch AMOLED display and the new Android “Gingerbread” OS. Gizmodo says the phone is real, PCMag states that “Samsung is working on an unlocked Android device… But it may not be called “Nexus Two”.

Now a Samsung official claims that the much talked about Nexus Two is “simply not true”. Of course denying this device would be in order… and I’m sure there will be more quotes denying the existence of this next generation of the Nexus device coming until some actual pics surface. Time will tell if this rumour is true.

Via: BGR


Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro coming to Fido

Looks like you’ll have a bit of choice of where to pick up the Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro. This messaging device was released on Rogers and it’s also coming to Fido (should be available this week). The price points on Rogers ranges from a 3-year $49.99 to the no-contract price of $274.99. As for Fido this will come in at $75 on a 2-year contract and $275 outright.

We’ll have a review up shortly but probably the best feature of the Vivaz pro is that it has a 5.1 megapixel camera that can capture 720p HD videos. In addition, this 3.2 inch touchscreen has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard,WiFi and holds up to 32GB with a microSD card.