The Blackberry Playbook was unveiled by RIM (Research in Motion) almost 2 months back. It will run the new Blackberry Tablet OS based on the QNX architecture. It sports some pretty impressive hardware including a 1 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB RAM and will come in 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB variants. It also has a 5 MP camera with a 3.2 MP secondary camera and sports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 etc.
The pricing details of the Blackberry Playbook haven’t been officially revealed yet, but most analysts expect the price to around $500, the same as the Apple iPad.
Today, some details about the pricing of the tablet have been leaked, which state that the Blackberry Playbook will be priced at
8 GB: $399
16 GB: $499
32 GB: $599
All the three variants will have the exact same hardware specs, except for the storage. All the models will be Wi-Fi only but can be tethered to Blackberry devices for connectivity.
At the official PR event today, Acer announced two new Android tablets and an Android smartphone. The company will be launching these new tablets in April 2011, along with the new 4.8 inch Android smartphone.
The first tablet will have a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It will come with a 5 MP camera as well as a secondary HD camera for video calls. It will be powered by a dual core 1.2 GHz processor and will offer Flash 10.1 and HDMI support.
The other tablet will sport a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display with the same resolution – 1280 x 800 pixels, and will be powered by a dual core 1 GHz processor. It wil comes with HDMI and Flash support too and will support 10 point multitouch.
Both the tablets will possibly sport Android 2.3 Gingerbread, or Android 3.0 Honeycomb (Android for Tablets), if it is launched by 2010.
Acer has announced a new Android smartphone which sports some really awesome hardware specifications. The new Android smartphone will sport a 4.8 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a droolworthy resolution of 1024 x 480 pixels. It will be powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and will presumably come with more than 512 MB RAM.
It will also have an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash as well as a secondary 2 MP camera for video calling. It also packs in HSDPA 14.4 MBps connectivity and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. It is a Dolby certified phone with HDMI support.
It is easily the best Android smartphone announced yet, in terms of both form and function. No pricing details were released for this “100% phone and 100% tablet”, but it will be launched in April 2011. It will most probably run Android 2.2 Froyo or Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
LG’s most popular Android phone to date, the LG Optimus One P500 has been launched in India. It is now available for just Rs. 13500, which makes it one of the best budget Android phones in India.
LG hasn’t had much success with its Android lineup, but the Optimus One has been seeing spectacular sales. It just passed the 1 million milestone a week back.
It is probably the best budget phone right now. It is powered by Android 2.2 Froyo and comes with a 600 MHz processor and 419 MB RAM. It has 170 MB internal storage and supports microSD cards up to 32 GB.
It comes with a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, which is much better compared to the QVGA resolution of most budget Android phones. It also has a 3.15 MP camera and offers all the basic connectivity options – GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP etc. It also has a GPS transceiver with A-GPS support. It is powered by a 1500 mAh battery.
At this price point, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a budget Android device.
The Velocity Micro Cruz tablet which was first unveiled months back has finally hit the market. The Velocity Micro Cruz 7 inch Android tablet is now available for $299.
Velocity Micro Cruz Tablet Specifications
Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.75 x .6 inches
Display: 7 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display, 480 x 800 pixels
OS: Android 2.0
RAM: 512 MB RAM
Memory: 4 GB internal storage, 8 GB microSD card
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, mini-USB
eBook support: ePub, PDF, TXT, PDB, HTML
Audio support: MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV audio support
Video support: MPEG-4, H.264, H.263, MOV, AVI video support
Image support: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP image support
Battery: Standard Li-ion battery, 10 hours battery life
It doesn’t support the Android Market, and cannot stand up against the Samsung Galaxy Tab in terms of features, but it is still quite a good deal considering it is priced at less than half what the Galaxy Tab is priced at.
Some details of a phone codenamed the HTC Knight were leaked a couple of days back. Today, we have more information about the Knight — it sports a 3.7 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display and will come with a sliding QWERTY keyboard, like the HTC Desire Z.
It will have 4G connectivity and will be offered exclusively by Sprint. The Evo Shift 4G will sport an 8 MP camera and could possibly be powered by a dual core processor. (Though a leaked prototype had a 1 GHz single core processor, it will be upgraded by the time of launch).
It will launch with Android 2.2 Froyo but will probably get an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The Palm Pre 2 was launched a few weeks back in the US and the UK. Besides the upgraded hardware, the main reason why the Palm Pre 2 is an excellent smartphone option is because it sports the revamped new webOS 2.0. The successor to webOS is much faster and much more refined than version 1.0.
Today, we have some news that will bring a smile to the face of everyone who owns a Palm Pre, Pre Plus, Pixi and Pixi Plus. All these devices will be getting an upgrade to webOS 2.0.
Palm’s Josh Marinacci stated at the webOS Developer Day that HP / Palm intends to get webOS 2.0 on all existing webOS devices in the coming months. No specific upgrade timeline has been announced though.
The incredibly clever modders over at XDA developers have managed to find out a way to enable phone calls on the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
It started with a forum member, Jyveafk, rooting his Galaxy Tab and trying to install the phone.apk module on it. After failing quite a few times, and some trial and error, Jyveafk finally managed to flash his Galaxy Tab to enable phone calls on it.
The new Palm Pre 2, the successor to the Palm Pre, has been launched in both the US and the UK. It has been available in the UK for about â‚¬499. Starting today, HP is selling the unlocked Palm Pre 2 for just $449. It is available in stock and ships within 24 hours.
The Palm Pre 2 sports the revamped webOS 2.0 and comes with a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM. It offers 16 GB internal storage and sports a 5 MP camera with LED flash.
It has a 3.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display and comes with 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP.
The tablet arena is definitely heating up. After the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, it looks like another Android tablet is entering the race. It’s the Archos 101 10.1 inch tablet which was unveiled way back in September, along with 4 other tablets. The Archos 101 is the biggest of the 5 and competes directly with the iPad.
It has a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display and comes with a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor. It also offers USB and Bluetooth connectivity and a front facing camera. It is shipping with Android 2.1 Eclair, but will be upgraded to Android 2.2 Froyo. It doesn’t have access to the Android Market.
It is available in 2 variants – the 8 GB one for $299 and the 16 GB one for $349. It also supports microSD cards.
WSJ had reported yesterday that the major wireless providers in the US – AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile were working on a joint project to deploy a mobile payment system. It looks like that piece of information was absolutely spot on.
Today, AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA announced a new national mobile commerce network named ISIS. ISIS aims to use NFC technology to enable easy mobile payments and point-of-sale purchases. With all the three heavyweights backing it, the service already has a massive user base to begin with.
“The new venture will enable contactless mobile payment and commerce services using near-field communication technology. NFC uses short-range, high frequency wireless technology to enable the encrypted exchange of information between devices at a short distance. The new system is being designed and built to include strong security and privacy safeguards.”
“Our mobile commerce network, through relationships with merchants, will provide an enhanced, more convenient, more personalized shopping experience for consumers,” said Michael Abbott, Chief Executive Officer of Isis. “While mobile payments will be at the core of our offering, it is only the start. We plan to create a mobile wallet that ultimately eliminates the need for consumers to carry cash, credit and debit cards, reward cards, coupons, tickets and transit passes.”
For more details, check out the official site – ISIS
LG has been seeing a lot of sales for the LG Optimus One lately, with it selling about 1 million units since launch. It is now planning to launch a high end addition to the Optimus line up, and we have some details about the new phone.
It is codenamed the LG Star, and like the upcoming LG Optimus tablet, it will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform. It will sport Android 2.2 Froyo, or even Android 2.3 Gingerbread by the time it launches. It will have a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.
It will come with an 8 MP camera and can record 1080p HD video. It is supposed to sport the vanilla Android OS with no custom UI embellishments. It will also have a secondary camera for video calls, and will be powered by a 1500 mAh Li-ion battery.
Word on the street is that Google has officially chosen the MotoPad, Motorola’s soon-to-be-launched Android tablet as the launchpad for the Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
@mobireview, the official Twitter account of Mobile Review tweeted out this interesting bit of news just a few hours back, so I guess their source must be pretty reliable.
The only details we have right now are that the Motorola tablet will be called the MotoPad and will have run Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It will have a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display, just like the Galaxy Tab.
While Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab about 2 months back, both Motorola and LG had stated that they would be waiting for a more mature version of Android. Looks like Motorola got what it wanted. The MotoPad will probably be launched in Q1 2011.
A blog focused exclusively on the Dell Streak has come across some information which says that Dell is planning to launch the successor the the Dell Streak soon. It will be called the Dell Opus One and will sport a 1.2 GHz dual core ARM based processor.
It will have the same size and form factor, with a 5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display, but will sport a higher resolution, probably 1280 x 800 pixels. It might also sport a better camera and more RAM.
I do hope that Dell loads this powerhouse with the latest Android OS version – be it Android 2.2 Froyo or Android 2.3 Gingerbread (which should be available by the time this releases).
Dell has announced two new Android based budget smartphones, targeted specially at the Indian market. The new Dell XCD28 and the Dell XCD35 will be launched in India soon, and will be available for Rs. 10,990 and Rs. 16,990 respectively.
Both the XCD28 and the XCD35 will run Android 2.1 Eclair and will offer 3G HSDPA connectivity. The Dell XCD28 will have a 2.8 inch resistive touchscreen display and a 3.2 MP camera while the Dell XCD35 will sport a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display.
The Dell XCD28 doesn’t seem very impressive, especially when compared to the Spice Mi-300 and the Samsung Galaxy 3 and 5, but the Dell XCD35 has a nice design and is priced quite attractively at Rs. 16,990. Both the phones should be out by the end of 2010.
“For more than 25 years, Dell has played a critical role in transforming computing, enabling more affordable and more pervasive access to technology around the world. With today’s launch, we extend the same pioneering edge to the smartphones market as starting with the XCD series, we look to offer technology solutions to a much larger audience”, said Mahesh Bhalla, General Manager, Consumer & SMB, Dell India. “In the fast growing Indian mobile market, this will allow more and more Gen Y and mobile professionals to access a rich browsing and multimedia experience, backed with the assurance of an uncompromising, market-leading service support”, he added.