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[Update: Teaser Video] BlackBerry Venice Android Slider Pops Up In A Few More Promo Pics, Allegedly Coming To All Major U.S. Carriers In November

For having technically retired, @evleaks still leaks a lot of stuff. Case in point, he's just posted a few more promo pics of the BlackBerry Venice, an Android-powered phone from the once-dominant Canadian smartphone maker. We've also got a supposed release window too—November on all major U.S. carriers.

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BlackBerry Rumored To Release Android-Powered Phone This Fall With A Slide-Out Keyboard

BlackBerry once dominated smartphone sales in the days before regular people had any interest in them. Then the iPhone happened, and then Android, and then BlackBerry (previously RIM) got stubborn and refused to admit the world was changing. With just a sliver of market share left, the company is now rumored to be developing an Android phone with a slide-out keyboard for release this fall.


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LG Enact Now Available On Verizon: $20 On-Contract For A Budget QWERTY Slider

The QWERTY-equipped smartphone is a dying breed. The LG Enact is the only one running Android that has come to Verizon all year, and it's not exactly looking to set the world on fire. After a pair of leaks, it's now available on Big Red for $19.99 with a two-year contract or $349.99 unsubsidized.

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What can twenty bucks get you? Aside from the slide-out keyboard, you get a 4-inch, 800x480 LCD screen, a 1.2Ghz dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 8GB of storage plus whatever you put in the MicroSD card, a 5MP rear camera, and a skinned version of Android 4.1.

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Surprise: Leaked LG Enact Photo Shows Slide-Out QWERTY Keyboard, "Days Away On Verizon"

When last we saw the LG Enact, it was looking like a decidedly ho-hum budget phone for Verizon whose only differentiator was an oddly retro 4-button layout. Evleaks has graced us with yet another look at the phone and... well, it still looks pretty ho-hum, but now it's a slightly more interesting QWERTY slider. Verizon hasn't had a new Android phone with a physical keyboard since the Pantech Marauder over a year ago.

It's just too bad that QWERTY fans now have to hang out in the shallow end of the spec pool.

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[Update: Price And Release Date] Sprint Announces Mid-Range LG Mach - 1.2GHz Dual-Core Processor, QWERTY Slider, And ICS

Update 11/1/12: The Mach will come out on November 11th for $99.99:


Sprint's on a roll here lately with the 4G LTE device announcements. We already know the company is getting the powerhouse Note II, as well as its first LTE tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, and LG's newest flagship, the Optimus G.

Of course, they want to cater to the needs of all customers. We all know there's a market for QWERTY sliders, and the newest member of Sprint's smartphone family brings just that to the table. Dubbed the LG Mach, this is a solid mid ranger with a seemingly outstanding form factor:

  • 4" 800x480 display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon MSM8960 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • 5MP rear shooter, VGA front camera
  • QWERTY slide-out keyboard
  • 4.64" x 2.56" x 0.48", 5.92 ounces
  • 1.700mAh battery
  • Android 4.0


Unfortunately, there's no word of when the Mach will be available or how much it'll cost, but we'll let you know as soon as the information is available.

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Sprint Will Sell The Kyocera Rise For $20 After Rebate With Contract On August 19th, Tries Selling A Budget Smartphone Without The Rope

Sprint has finally announced what we'd heard almost a month ago. The Kyocera Rise, the budget smartphone best known for making my movie references easy, is heading to the Now Network on August 19th. The device will cost $19.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. So if you want the internal specs of the original Evo in a QWERTY slider from the company that you probably didn't know also makes cutlery, it will run you $70 out the door.


Alternatively, if you'd like to get it without a contract, it will be available from Virgin Mobile beginning August 31st for $99.99.

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Photo Of Sprint's Upcoming LG "Cayenne" LS860 QWERTY Slider Leaked, LTE And S4 Snapdragon On-Board

We've already seen the LS860 in blurrycam previously, but this latest photo of the upcoming LTE-equipped QWERTY slider headed to Sprint is a lot easier on the eyes.


According to @evleaks, the device is packing a dual-core MSM9860 Snapdragon S4 processor, so we can expect it to be pretty speedy. Android 4.0 is also present, but given LG's track record with updates, who knows if it'll ever seen 4.1. A 4" WVGA display, though, is definitely a bit of a letdown. WVGA, really LG? Even for a budget device, qHD has generally become the standard. Still, there's obviously a small sliver of a market out there for QWERTY devices, and the internals on this one should provide some level of protection from hardware obsolescence.

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Unannounced Motorola Device On Sprint Leaked: Features QWERTY Slider, ICS, And On-Screen Buttons

It seems Motorola is having a tough time keeping its upcoming releases under wraps. First, a press shot of the Dinara (believed to be the Atrix 3) was leaked, and now somebody grabbed a shot of an unannounced Motorola device heading to Sprint.

Similar to the Dinara leak, the device seems to be running a fairly light version of Motorola's custom skin. While some icons are changed it appears that the Android 4.0 launcher remains mostly intact. Also similar to the Dinara is the presence of on-screen buttons. But this unnamed phone's biggest differentiator is a sliding, 5-row QWERTY keyboard.

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Rumor: The LS860 Is A Sprint LG Viper With A Slider QWERTY Keyboard

Hot on the heels of blurry-cam shots of the upcoming LS970, a rumored upcoming Sprint LG device, today we've heard that the carrier has yet another phone from the other Korean electronics giant waiting in the wings - though this one's a little less exciting.

If you recall, the LG Viper is essentially Sprint's take on the LG Lucid, found at Verizon - a mid-range device with highly capable, if slightly dated, specifications. Packing a dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor and LTE, along with a pretty good IPS LCD panel, it definitely has raised the bar in the budget handset scene.

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ASUS Eee Pad Slider Getting Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) Update In The US Right Now

Do you own an Eee Pad Slider? Time to hit the check update button (if you're in the US, that is), because ASUS just dropped via Twitter that the device is receiving an OTA update to Android 4.0:

As far as I know, that means ASUS's entire line of Android tablets are now running Ice Cream Sandwich (though admittedly, there's only four of them), a track record I'm sure we'd all like to see other tablet manufacturers match (*cough* Samsung *cough*).

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