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Holy Mobile Computing, Batman: TI Announces OMAP 5, A Monster 2GHz Quad Core Mobile Processor

Yeah, Nvidia's Tegra line of mobile processors is pretty exciting, and will be getting the quad core treatment later this year, but don't forget about the competition - namely, Texas Instruments. TI chips have powered most of Motorola's Android products to date (excluding the upcoming ATRIX / BIONIC / XOOM), but Nvidia ended up beating TI to the punch in the marketplace for multi-core handsets and tablets.

Fear not, though: Texas Instruments just announced its OMAP 5 line of mobile processors (there aren't even any OMAP 4 devices out yet), and they're truly ridiculous.

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Mysterious HTC Desire 2 Pops Up in Vodafone Inventory System, Is It The Pyramid?

A German HTC fan blog by the name HTC Inside published a shot from Vodafone's internal inventory system last night, revealing the existence of an HTC phone by the name "Desire 2". Phandroid pointed out that this may be a European version of the upcoming and equally mysterious dual-core Pyramid, and I'd say that's not too farfetched a theory.


We'll probably find out what this thing is at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (which starts on the 14th), so the mystery shouldn't last a whole lot longer.

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Motorola's Atrix 4G Promo Video Makes Me Want One Even More

As I've said a few times previously here, I'm buying an Atrix 4G. I will be patiently waiting outside the Santa Monica AT&T store on that fateful February morning, Peet's coffee in hand, alternatively staring blankly into the store's glass and fiddling with my Nexus One. I'll probably be one of a few people there, but that's ok - I'm not a big fan of crowds.

But the battle only begins at the door.

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Costco Will Be Selling The Motorola Atrix 4G For $150 As Well, Does Not Come In Bulk

If you like buying your smartphones at Costco, have I got news for you. Sounds like the king of giant ketchup dispensers will be offering the Atrix 4G as part of its relationship with AT&T, and for the same $150 on-contract figure Amazon quoted (and then quickly unquoted) yesterday.


Lifetime supply of toilet paper not included

I know I'll be getting an Atrix 4G come launch day, but I think I'll take a pass on Costco as a vendor.

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Toshiba's Tablet Gets A Super Cool Teaser Site, Still Doesn't Know What To Call Itself

Toshiba's Android tablet (it remains unnamed) just got an awesome teaser site, complete with specs, 360-degree view, gallery, and confirmation that the device will be running Honeycomb at launch.


We got some personal time with the Toshiba tablet back at CES, and were thoroughly impressed with its tactile rubber finish and large, glossy display. We'll give you a quick refresh on the specs:

  • 10.1" display
  • Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb
  • 2MP front facing camera
  • Stereo Speakers
  • Landscape mode dock
  • HDMI out
  • USB 2.0 port
  • MicroUSB port
  • Headphone and microphone jacks
  • User-replaceable battery
  • Combined volume, screen orientation, and power buttons
  • Full-size SD card slot

The Toshiba tablet is definitely packing some serious heat in the features department, and it's only the second Android tablet I've seen that I might genuinely be interested in buying.

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First Look At Toshiba's Folio 100 Tablet

Today we are getting a first look at the Toshiba Folio tablet, an Android based powerhouse that was announced at IFA 2010. The Folio looks like it will be another serious contender in what is, apparently, the fast growing market of Android tablets. Looking at its list of features, it should be nothing less than impressive. What features, you ask? How about these:

  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • 10.1" 1024x600 display
  • Bluetooth
  • Front facing camera
  • WiFi 802.11B/G/N
  • 3G capable
  • Nvidia Tegra 2 processor (Yeah, that's dual-core)
  • Capacitive display with multitouch support
  • USB host input(!!!)
  • Price €399 WiFi / €499 WiFI & 3G

The tablet looks like it is shaping up to be an awesome device, but based on what we're seeing right now, it still has some hills to climb.

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