Samsung Epic 4G Now On Sale: 2-Year Contract, For $249 Bucks

So Samsung’s Epic 4G was due for a release today, online at Sprint’s website, and at 8AM at their retail stores. For $249.99 you get one of the best Android sliders to date, with a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, 8 megapixel 720p HD recording camera and front-facing, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, Android 2.1 with Touchwiz 3.0 (Froyo inbound), and finally a super awesome slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Or you can just buy it for $50 less at Amazon with a new contract.

Source: Sprint, Amazon

Sony Ericsson’s UK Twitter Account Mentions Android 2.1 Coming To XPERIA X10 At End-Of-Month

Good news! The Sony Ericsson UK Twitter account today released a short @ reply, saying that Androdi 2.1 is pegged for a release on the Xperia X10 later this month. With a review unit inbound to the LaptopMemo office as we speak, I’d say it’s a pretty good thing.

One problem: is Sony Ericsson talking about the UK Xperia X10, or the AT&T one?

Questions, questions, questions. It’s more like superb annoyance.

Source: Twitter

Jacked Up: Microsoft Makes Xbox LIVE A Little More Expensive

So Microsoft jacked up the XBOX LIVE subscriptions costs you say? Well, yes. On November 1st in the US, Canada, and Mexico, the 1-month charge is increasing to $9.99 from $7.99, three months will cost $24.99 from $19.99 while the yearly plan is increasing to $59.99 from $49.99. Yes, it sucks, and it nags me because I was going to buy an Xbox 360 S (I still am, btw).

Reasons for the price increase could be that Windows Phone 7 phones will have integration with your Xbox 360 and LIVE, as well as cross-platform gaming and a ton of other “nice” stuff.

The ATI Brand Is Dead, And AMD Killed It. But The Radeons Live?

Today is a very sad day for those of you PC gamers (and people who just know about computers). The ATI brand, the main opposition to NVIDIA’s graphics cards is now dead. AMD, the current company who owned ATI, had decided that ATI Radeon graphics cards (and everything else under their name will be re-branded with “AMD”. The first ATI (excuse me) video cards which will have AMD branding ship out later this year. It’s unfortunate, but AMD is promising to bringing along the Fusion series which packs a GPU and CPU in the same chip.

Source: TechReport

Samsung Galaxy Tab teased again, this time with CDMA

Is this absurd now? Yes, yes it is. For leaked shots of an upcoming device to be so clear and so pretty it is. For the Samsung Galaxy Tab to have a label in the above photo that says “CDMA”, that also is too. So technically, the iAndroid team mentioned that the Galaxy Tab’s strong speakers, call quality, and ability the to run Flash 10.1 on Android 2.2 is a good thing. They also supposedly took the photos, and also mentioned that GPS can be a bit slow. Anywho, I want this thing bad Samsung.

Via: Engadget

Unknown, unseen HTC EVO-like Verizon handset found by BG & Friends

So what did Boy Genius & Friends do today? Well in this case, some tasty tipster leaked out these shots which display in crystal-clear quality the HTC handset that is very much EVO 4G-like, but instead headed to Verizon. An 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, front-facing camera, Sense UI, and has a built-in kickstand. Whatever it might be called, I’ll want this as a review unit in my office. Expect a report of some sort on this handset between the end of this week, and early next week. I am planning something interesting here y’know?

Source: BGR

BestBuy Mobile pre-sale for Samsung Fascinate begins the 27th, 29th

Best Buy Mobile has made it quite clear to everyone that if you’re a Reward Zone member, you get the Fascinate before anyone else, along with these extra details:

The Verizon Wireless Samsung Fascinate™ is available for pre-order starting August 29. As an added and exclusive bonus, Best Buy Reward Zone members can reserve the Samsung Fascinate on August 27, two days before it goes on pre-sale to the general public. That priority access will help ensure that Reward Zone members get their device first.

No pricing, release date, or anything of that sort was mentioned. But it’s safe to say that the Fascinate will cost $199 on a 2-year agreement and that the release date is ‘soon’.

Source: BBM

Samsung 90 and 30 series LCDs work as 1080p TVs and computer monitors

I’ve been looking for a low-budget solution Xbox 360 S method of having a computer monitor as a 1080p TV myself. Today Samsung has practically filled out my request by releasing the 90 and 30 series LCDs which range from 21.5- to 24-inches, 1920 x 1080 worth of pixels, and a response time of 5ms, come with remote controls, HDTV tuners, and built-in speakers (!).

The $420, 24-inch 90 Series offers LED-backlighting and a retina-punishing 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, while the 21.5-, 23-, and 24-inch 30 Series makes do with a smaller 70,000:1 dynamic ratio at prices ranging from $270 to $330. Basically Samsung just created two lines of high-res, 1080p HD, multi-function, cheap but high quality TVs/computer monitors, which are shipping now. Expect a review of these bad boys soon enough here on the site.

Press release after the jump!