Dell Venue Pro Will Cost $149.99 On The 14th, $500 Without Contract (update: pulled!)

The Dell Venue Pro is the best looking Windows Phone 7 device. In fact (and I’m not joking) but my contacts at Dell feel so bad that the Venue Pro is hard to find (lol?). And so do I. Turns out, we’ll all be happy (well, at least you) when it launches on December 14th on a two-year agreement with T-Mobile — for $149.99. That gets you a 4.1-inch multitouch LCD, slide-up QWERTY, Windows Phone 7, 5MP camera with 720p HD recording, 16GB of internal storage, and some very, very pretty looks. The page is live now, if you’re wondering. Via: TNW, Dell

Update: This one came straight from Dell and into the inbox. It turns out this was just a “test”:

“Dell routinely tests its online capabilities before releasing products via its direct channel. What’s been reported was a test, and we’ll provide additional information when it’s available.”

Oh, fudge.

Dell’s New Shiny Laptop, The Vostro V130, Should Stay Cool On Your — Er — Lap

Oh, lookie! It’s been a few days for a new laptop not to get announced by some company, so it turns out Dell will have a crack at it. The Dell Vostro V130 is a thin 13.3-inch WLED display beast with Core i3 or i5 ULV processors, Bluetooth 3.0/WiMAX/Bluetooth/Wi-Fi, HDMI port, 2 USB ports, E-SATA/USB port, and finally a 5-in-one SD card reader. And it starts at — $429. Nice.

Wait — it has this new fancy tech that allows it to stay on your lap, courtesy of the ULV processors. You know for your — lap. Never mind. Via: Dell

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Gets VIP Map Pack 7 Tomorrow, Vietnam DLC On The 21st

Turns out that whie Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (launched back in march) is still going strong. Tomorrow, VIP Map Pack 7 is debuting, which brings four new mas to PC players (like me) and VIP Players on consoles. Fan-favorites like Oasis (yes!), Harvest Day, The Cold War, and Heavy Meta (the largest map in the game) will debut tomorrow morning. This news comes right after an multiplayer update which prepares the game for the Vietnam expansion pack, which debuts on the 21st of December. Video of the new maps after the break.

Good times. Oh, and if you don’t mind, I’ll be playing the game as much as I can. The includes getting headshots from across the maps. Bwahahaha.

Verizon To Hold Press Conference On December 1st For 4G LTE Launch

So, as expected, Verizon will hold a press conference on December 1st for the activation of 4G LTE in “38 metropolitan areas, covering more than 110 million” people before the end of the year (and a teleconference as well), although gadgets that actually support 4G LTE aren’t released yet, and handsets (HTC Incredible HD anyone?) are due in early 2011. Oh, and December 1st is tomorrow, so get your 4G tinfoil hats ready. Via: Verizon

Latest HTC Merge Leak Found In This Month’s Entrepreneur Magazine

Turns out since I’m an avid reader of the Entrepreneur Magazine, I feel ashamed having not being able to provide *cough* better photographs than AndroidCentral did. Everything you’d want to know about the Merge is in the ad, including its abilites, like “a work phone that’s updated for your life … Everything your work phone couldn’t do.” Turns out the Merge has been so heavily leaked that I’m wondering why Verizon hasn’t released it yet, due to the high specs it has, the Merge could have even been considered an honorary DROID.

Via: AndroidCentral

The Shiny LG Star Runs Froyo With A Skin (Sigh), Looks Cool

Look, it’s the LG Star! Considering phones like these never get to keep their prototype naming when going to retail, you can stop dreaming of owning a Star (no pun intended) but LG’s star is pretty powerful because this new leak confirms some of the specs: a Tegra 2 processor, 8MP Camera, 1080p video, front-facing camera, Android 2.2 with LG skin (insert joke about crappy skins other than Sense and Blur here) and lastly — that’s it. Check out the source below for the full plethora of photos.

Via: Phandroid Forums

Windows Phone 7 To Get Double Whammy Update In January?

According to what seems like insider knowledge from Microsoft WP7 dev Chris Walsh, the first ever update for Windows Phone 7 will be “massive” and could be considered Windows Phone 8. Keep in mind Microsoft learned from Google and Android, and that every once in a while when a software update is needed on the platform, Microsoft will independently send you the update without much carrier oversight, like an Windows 7 software update. And purportedly what will be in the new update would be some heavily requested user features like Bing turn-by-turn voice directions, custom ringtone support (yeah, Microsoft forgot), copy/paste (they “forgot”that too), and multi-tasking (of some form, maybe 3rd party access). So, now we wait for the things that Microsoft’s new platform should have had from the beginning. Via: WPCentral

Motorola Olympus unintentionally sparks Facebook post from AT&T, gets yanked

That was quick. While I saw it develop over Twitter, this recent development on the Motorola Olympus smartphone — mainly interesting due to the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor — on Facebook prompted a swift pull from AT&T on the message, which replied to a user asking when the Olympus might launch, and received an answer of “the Motorola Olympus should be available in December or January.” Sounds good, no? Turns out AT&T officially states that “This response was posted erroneously. We don’t have any information to share about upcoming devices.”

Interesting. Via: BGR, AT&T On Facebook