Hooah, that’s a spicy Q1 ’09 lineup for Canadian carrier Rogers, boasting new goodies like a Wi-Fi BlackBerry Storm and 3G Pearl Flip, but a few things you might have heard about before are also on the way for 2009, including the Sony Ericsson X1 EXPERIA. Here’s the full list.
BlackBerry 8200 Pearl Flip – Due first half of 2009 – Dual-band HSDPA (850/1900) BlackBerry Pearl with Wi-Fi, including a secondary video calling camera, 2.0 megapixel camera with flash
BlackBerry 9520 Storm – Due first half of 2009 – SurePress clickable touchscreen, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS
Samsung M8800 Pixon – Due late Q1 ’09 – 7.2 MBps HSDPA, 1.8 MBPS HSUPA, GPS, 8.0 megapixel camera with flash, 120 FPS video recording, Fido launch pending
HTC Touch Viva – Due first half of 2009 – Free on three-year plan with data ($99, $199.99, $369.99, $399.99 options available), Windows Mobile 6.1, Wi-Fi, Touch 3G possible
HTC Touch Pro – Due Q2 2009
Motorola Q11 – No date – GPS, Wi-Fi, 3.15 megapixel camera, quad-band GSM, Windows Mobile 6.1, still undecided on launching.
Motorola VE66 – Due second half of 2009 – 5.0 megapixel, slider with 850/1900 HSPA
Motorola Motozine ZN5 – Due late Q1 2009 – $50 on 3-year contract (two years with Fido), $500 off contract
Sony Ericsson X1 XPERIA – Due Q3 2009 – 7.2 MBps quad-band HSDPA, 800 x 480 3″ touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Windows Mobile 6.1, push e-mail
Sony Ericsson CyberShot C905a – Due Q2 2009 – 8.1 megapixel camera with Xenon flash, dual-band HSPA, Wi-Fi, music recognition, $299.99 on a three-year plan, comes with 2 GB memory card
Nokia XpressMusic 5800 – Due Q2/3 2009
While I can’t say much about the other handsets (aside from the fact that the entire universe and its mother is waiting for the XPERIA), both the 3G Pearl Flip and the Wi-Fi BlackBerry Storm are giving much-needed feature upgrades to some hurting devices. A video conferencing camera could give the Pearl Flip a nice little kick in the pants that might actually have the flip-phone crowd notice it, while the lack of Wi-Fi on the BlackBerry Storm remained a primary gripe for most reviewers. A GSM version of the Storm was already released abroad on Vodafone, so we weren’t exactly expecting a whole new device over here in North America, but it’s more than welcome.
Full slide gallery of Rogers’ 2009 handset lineup after the jump!