Talk about hot scoops today. The guys over at Engadget just got their hands on a shoebox full of information on some upcoming products on their way to the largest U.S. wireless carrier. From tablets to modems, this leak has almost everything you could ask for covered.
It looks like the Blackberry Storm 3 has been canceled for the Verizon network. We’re not sure why the device has been canceled but don’t expect to see this handset hit Big Red, but it could possibly land somewhere else.
Also in Blackberry world, the Tour, Bold 9650 and Curve 3G will all receive some maintenance updates sometime in October to fix “known issues” with the handsets. Not much here on the Blackberry side, but at least it’s something.
The Verizon Fivespot will be launched on October 7th, making the global mobile hotspot a reality to Verizon customers. There will also be three USB LTE modems available on the carrier sometime in November from LG, Pantech, and Novatel, which will surely make the crown go wild.
Later on down the road we’ll likely see an LTE MiFi from Novatel as well. We can expect to see the LTE MiFi device sometime in either in the fourth quarter of this year, or the first quarter of 2011.
This will be the longest of the leaks, as Verizon is still going full steam ahead with Google’s mobile OS. October may prove to be quite the refresh of Android handsets on the Verizon network.
The Droid Pro, or the Droid 2 world edition, has been given a launch window of late October or early November. It’s said that the handset will ship with a 1.3 GHz processor and it may or may not replace the currently available Droid 2.
Of course, you can expect this device to come with Froyo pre-installed, as well as the obvious Flash support that accompanies Android 2.2.
The HTC Merge/Lexicon will also make its debut sometime in late October/early November as well. The Merge will also be a global phone and will likely sport a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU with HTC’s new Sense UI. If it’s still the device we’re thinking of, the Merge will also sport a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Moving on, we’ve got the LG enV Pro, which is an Android-based device rumored to have a 1GHz CPU and a global radio under the hood. It will retain the look and feel of the enV Touch, only with some Android on board and upgraded hardware.
We’re actually curious to hear more about this device, as LG hasn’t really shined when it comes to their Android phones. Hopefully this device will put that stereotype to shame.
Then we’ve got the Motorola Venus, which may indeed turn out the be the CDMA version of the Motorola Charm. It’s said to have a “Blackberry look and feel”, so what else could this thing be? Oh wait, it could be a lot better.
The Venus is said to have a 1GHz CPU and both GSM and CDMA radios. The Venus is said to be packing some Froyo in there. You can expect this device to hit sometime in October.
While this could also fit into the Android category, we’re going to give this one its own section since it’s a different kind of connected device. The much-anticipated Motorola Android tablet, dubbed the Stingray, still has the launch window of “Early 2011”. You can expect this 10 inch tablet to come with Android Gingerbread, as well as the NVIDIA Tegra2 processor.
Sounds downright dreamy, doesn’t it? Well, you’ll also be happy to know that the device will initially launch as a CDMA-based tablet only, but it will be hardware upgradeable to LTE! We don’t know how Motorola can pull that off while retaining a sleek design but we’re dying to see it.
We knew Verizon had taken a liking to Android, (so have the consumers) but we didn’t know just how much until we saw this leak. There’s going to be some great products coming in the next couple of months. I hope I don’t end up regretting my G2 purchase as the rest of the year progresses.