PlayStation Vita hits the FCC

Posted in PS Vita by Reuben Drake on August 3rd, 2011

Sony’s highly anticipated PlayStation Vita has finally arrived at the FCC for wireless testing and approval. The Commission’s test documents do not shed any new light on features, but the approval suggests the company is on schedule to launch the device in time for the holiday season.

Rumors have the Vita hitting stores this fall. There is an ad supposedly from Blockbuster UK that points to an October 28 date as well.

Casio’s Bluetooth 4.0 G-Shock watch hits the FCC

Posted in Casio by Reuben Drake on July 26th, 2011

The Casio GB-6900 has passed through the FCC. The device features Bluetooth 4.0 that will last up to two years on a single battery assuming that Bluetooth communications are used for 12 hours per day. The device will feature Casio’s Touch Solar technology that will recharge the watch when it is exposed to sun or artificial light.

Casio’s prototype version of the device featured incoming call and email alerts, a finder function and wireless time synchronization via Bluetooth. Casio is also working on sports, heath, home entertainment and communications applications for the device.

ASUS SL101 Android tablet hits the FCC

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2011

ASUS’ Eee Pad Slider, the SL101, has had several delays since it was unveiled at CES earlier this year. It was originally to launch in May 2011 and then it was pushed back to August. Now today the Slider has hit the FCC, so we may see it soon. The Slider got approval for Bluetooth and WiFi, but there were no 3G capabilities mentioned in the FCC filings.

The Slider has a trademark sliding keyboard that emerges from beneath the screen. The Android 3.0 device boasts a 10.1-inch screen with a 1280 x 800 resolution, front (1.2MP) and rear (5MP with flash) cameras, and several ports including microSD, mini HDMI out and mini USB. It is expected to have a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor.

Sony Ericsson CK15a txt pro QWERTY slider hits the FCC

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Reuben Drake on July 6th, 2011

Sony Ericsson’s txt pro CK15a entry-level smartphone went through it’s paces at through the FCC today. The device has a sliding landscape QWERTY keypad and runs a proprietary Sony Ericsson OS. Like the name suggests, the txt pro is all about messaging, and features Gmail, Google Talk, Twitter, Facebook and txt apps.

Other features include a 3-inch screen with a 400 x 240 resolution, 64MB of RAM, up to 100MB of internal storage, microSD card support up to 32GB, a 3.2MP camera and up to 400 hours of standby time. Nothing on pricing or availability yet though.

HTC Marvel hits the FCC

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on July 5th, 2011

The FCC’s database has yielded a mysterious HTC smartphone going by the PG76240 model name, with support for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ frequencies, which means that another HTC model might hit the carrier soon. There aren’t many details to go on, but it look like it will be the HTC Marvel.

The Marvel is just an HTC Wildfire S with support for T-Mobile’s network, and both devices share similar model numbers – PG76240 and PG76100. It’s just guesswork for now, but we should have confirmation soon.

Nokia’s N950 torn apart by FCC

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on June 26th, 2011

Looks like the FCC has already torn apart Nokia’s new MeeGo development phone. And it looks like the rumors of watered-down N9 specs are true, except for a 12-megapixel camera, which is a nice addition.

The N950′s official specs list an 8-megapixel camera, so this is certainly a bonus. And the N950 obviously has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The non-user-accessible BL-4D battery is lower capacity than the N9, at 1,320 mAh.

Acer Iconia Tab A501 for AT&T hits the FCC

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on June 13th, 2011

You might remember that in March, AT&T announced plans to offer Acer’s Iconia Tab A501, which is a 3G version of Acer’s A500 Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet. Well, now the A501 passed through the FCC, with support for AT&T’s GSM 850 and 1900 bands, as well as WCDMA II and V bands. FCC test reports also show support for HSUPA and HSDPA protocols, but there is no mention of HSPA+.

AT&T will release the A501 in the second quarter of 2011, so we should see the device very soon even though we have no info on pricing.

Sony S1 hits the FCC

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on June 7th, 2011

The new SGPT113JP/S and SGPT114JP/S tablets that just passed through the FCC are variants of the S1 tablet, the 9.4-inch tablet with Android 3.x Honeycomb and custom-made “Quick and Smooth” UI and “Swift” web browser.

Other features include 2.4GHz 802.11n WiFi and WCDMA bands II and V radios, and an Ericsson F5521gw HSPA+ capable modem that’s mentioned. The PlayStation Certified tablet will arrive later in the fall for an unknown price.

Nokia’s X7 Symbian smartphone gets torn down by the FCC

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2011

The X7 is Nokia’s latest Symbian smartphone featuring slanted sides and a brushed aluminum back, giving it a futuristic industrial look. Going beyond looks, the X7 features a 4-inch 360 x 640 display, 680MHz ARM 11 processor, 256MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, 8GB of internal storage with microSD storage supported, an 8MP camera with dual LED flash, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. The X7 runs Nokia’s Symbian Anna OS.

And now we can check out the device’s innards thanks to some FCC photos of the X7. The FCC documents give a good look at the device’s Samsung SDRAM, Broadcom transceiver, Gorilla Glass display and 8MP image sensor, as well as the X7’s unique back cover, which features a honeycomb pattern.

HTC Thunderbolt inductive charging back hits FCC

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

The inductive-charging backplate for the HTC Thunderbolt has just hit the FCC, so keeping your battery-devouring gadget charged up will soon get a whole lot easier. Right now you have to plug several times a day just to keep it all juiced up, but soon you’ll be able to just rest it on a charging mat.

We don’t know when it will arrive, but hopefully it will be soon as it would make our lives a bit easier.

Seagate passes WiFi-enabled GoFlex Satellite hard drive through the FCC

Posted in Seagate by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

The latest gadget to pass through the FCC is the GoFlex Satellite hard drive from Seagate. Right now, if you want to add a network attached storage device to your network it is a time consuming process of connecting cables, finding a location for your drive near a router, and configuring your network. Seagate will make this process a whole lot easier with this device.

The device packs in 802.11 b/g/n WiFi capabilities, allowing you to add the Satellite to your network without stringing wires from your router to the drive. This also means you can put the Satellite anywhere you have network access. Nothing on pricing or release yet.

WiFi HTC Flyer hits the FCC

Posted in HTC by Reuben Drake on April 28th, 2011

Want to know where to find the FCC label on the HTC Flyer? This handy drawing will help. If you really love the device you can display it on your fridge like a proud parent. The 7-inch Android device has just been approved by the FCC. It appears to be a WiFi-only model, also tested for BlueTooth compliance, but lacking 3G.

Hopefully you took care of your pre-order last week. Now all you need to do is wait for this $499 piece of Gingerbread. We hope that it ships soon now that we have this cool drawing.

New Sony PlayStation 3 CECH-3001A hits the FCC

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2011

We’ve had the same PS3 consoles on the market for a while now. The only significant change came with the new slim format. But now a pair of new PS3 consoles has hit the FCC recently. All we really know is that they have Bluetooth and WiFi and that we could have guessed ourselves.

The new consoles go by model numbers CECH-3001A and CECH-3001B. The letter seems to denote different HDD sizes. So what are the changes? Maybe a new update to the chipset? Maybe some updates to keep them safe from hackers too. Then again, maybe this is just adding a new HDD capacity option. Thoughts?

Ion Audio’s iCade iPad Arcade Cabinet hits the FCC

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2011

Hey, we love anything that turns your iPad into a mini arcade system. So we cheered when we learned that Ion Audio’s iCade Arcade Cabinet for the Apple iPad, passed through the FCC today. Just slide your iPad into the $100 cabinet, connect to the iCade via Bluetooth, and you’re ready to relive your arcade days.

The iCade packs in an arcade-style joystick, six numbered buttons and two “enter” buttons. And you can download free games for the iCade from Apple’s App Store. The Atari Greatest Hits app is already configured to work with the iCade, and you can download additional games through the Atari Greatest Hits app. It takes 2 AA batteries.

HTC Thunderbolt gets it’s first teardown

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2011

We love drooling after new gadgets. We love to use them and of course, we like to tear them apart. You always hurt the ones you love after all. The HTC Thunderbolt has already hit the FCC, but now that the phone has actually been released, we are getting to the juicy details of the innards.

This teardown isn’t up to the standards of the folks over at iFixit, but it is a teardown just the same. We love to see what makes these devices tick after all. Hit the link below for more details and pics.