Omkar Dutta is a Mobile Enthusiast from Mumbai, India. He loves to check out latest software, mobile phones and web services. Currently, he writes for this awesome blog as well as Fone Arena. You can follow him on Twitter @0mkarr
Back in August, RIM (Research In Motion) launched the BlackBerry 6 OS powered BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone. This is an amazing device, which has a touch-screen display as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. BlackBerry Torch is already available in the UK, but if you were waiting for the white color variant of this amazing device, then we have a good news for you. According to Vodafone UK, the white BlackBerry Torch will be soon available, exclusively on the airwaves Vodafone UK.
BlackBerry Torch 9800 features a 3.2 inch HVGA touch screen display, 480Ã—360 pixels resolution, BlackBerry 6 operating system, optical trackpad, slide-out QWERTY keyboard with backlighting, Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, 5 megapixel camera with continuous auto-focus, Image stabilization, 2x digital zoom, Light and proximity sensor, 3.5mm stereo headset jack and so on.
Other features include a 3.5mm stereo headset jack, 512 MB flash memory, 512 MB SDRAM, 4 GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, Built-in GPS with BlackBerry Maps, VGA (640Ã—480) video recording, up to 30 hours music playback, up to 18 days Standby Time, up to 5.5 hours talk-time and 1300 mAHr lithium-ion battery.
The price and release date of this handset has not been announced yet. Stay tuned for more updates.
Akai Mobiles, a division of the largest Japanese Consumer Electronics brand, AKAI India, recently launched their first triple SIM phone in India. The Akai Trio phone is the India’s first triple SIM, triple standby (GSM+GSM +GSM) phone with multimedia features. This handset comes with a 2 inch TFT screen, 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, GPRS connectivity and so on.
“AKAI is the first multi-national brand to be introducing a complete GSM mobile phone based on triple SIM platform. This concept has been ideated keeping in mind the conventional user who wants the utility of multiple connections without getting burdened with multiple handsets. We always strive to give our customers value for money products and we hope that this launch will hold the purpose. ‘Trio’ will cater to the requirements of all the segments of consumers across categories,” said, Mr. Pranay Dhabhai, Managing Director, AKAI India.
Akai Trio comes with a 2 inch TFT screen, 1.3 megapixel camera with digital zoom, video recording, dual language support, audio player with equalizer, Bluetooth, GPRS connectivity, sound recorder, video player, FM Radio, USB , E-book, gaming, 8 GB expandable memory, up to 5 hrs talk time, upto 400 hrs stand-by time and a 1100 mAh battery. The handset measures 109 x 44.5 x 14.3 mm in size.
This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.3,295. Akai Trio can be easily purchased from more than 15000 retail outlets across India. It also comes with a one year warranty.
Earlier this month, Motorola announced the Android powered Cliq 2 at CES 2011 in Las Vegas. Motorola Cliq 2 is the successor of Motorola’s popular Cliq smartphone. This device runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system and it comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This device is currently available for purchase, exclusively on the airwaves of T-Mobile in the US.
Motorola Cliq 2 comes with a 3.7 inch touchscreen display with 854 x 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, 1 GHz processor, MOTOBLUR, USB 2.0, ActiveSync, Bluetooth Stereo Version 2.1 + EDR, 5 megapixel camera with Digital Zoom, Auto Focus and Dual LED Flash, 3.5mm headphone jack, Stereo FM Radio, 512MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, 2 GB microSD card loaded, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, up to 7.9 hours talktime, up to 13 days stand-by time and a 1420 mAh battery.
The pre-installed Quickoffice app allows you to view and edit important documents on your smartphone. This handset comes with a price tag of $99.99 with a two years service agreement. You can also buy this handset without any contract for just $399.99. You can easily purchase this handset from the T-Mobile stores or you can even buy it online. If you are planning to buy this handset, head over to this page.
Last year, Nokia announced the E7 business phone at the Nokia World 2010 in London. This handset is powered by the Symbian^3 operating system and it comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This handset was expected to launch in this month, but it was delayed for some unknown reasons. But we have a good news for the folks living in Finland and Sweden. The much awaited Nokia E7 communicator is finally up for pre-order in the Nokia’s home country, Finland and its neighboring country, Sweden.
Nokia E7 comes with a large 4 inch touchscreen display with 640 x 360 pixels resolution, Symbian^3 OS, 680 MHz processor, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 16v GB internal storage, 256 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, MicroUSB 2.0, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, FM Radio, Music Player, 3.5 mm headset jack, TV-out, up to 9 hours talktime, up to 18 days stand-by time and a 1200 mAh battery.
This handset will be available in 5 vibrant colors – Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue and Orange. You can pre-order this handset for 599â‚¬ (approx. $800). If you are planning to pre-order this handset, head over to this page. Currently, Dark Grey and Silver White are the only colors available for pre-order. This handset will be soon available in other countries.
Samsung recently announced that, the company sold more than 30 million units of the original Samsung Star. After the huge success of Samsung Star touchscreen phone, the company finally announced the successor of this popular phone, the Samsung Star II. This handset is specially targeted at the social networking aspects and comes with the Social Hub, multi-IM, Facebook and Twitter apps.
The original Samsung Star exceeded all expectations; with its successor, the Samsung Star II, we have delivered a stunning full-touch device that meets the increasing demand for social networking services and enables unrivaled personalization. With the Samsung Star II, we have worked to tightly integrate social networking capabilities and give users choice how they stay in touch with the people important to them. We fully expect it to mirror the success of its predecessor,said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.
Samsung Star II comes with a 3 inch touchscreen display, TouchWiz UI 3.0, GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth, USB 2.0 Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3.2 megapixel camera, QuickType T9 Trace keyboard, 3.5 mm headphone jack, microSD card slot, 16 GB expandable memory and a 1000mAh battery. Sadly, this handset does not comes with 3G Connectivity.
Samsung Star II will be launched next month in Germany followed by other European countries, CIS, India, South America and Middle East. The price of this handset is still unknown. The sales of Samsung Star II is expected to cross the sales of the original Samsung Star handset. This device will be available in white and black colors.
Recently, the leaked pics of the Samsung Galaxy S Mini was spotted. This handset will be officially called as the Samsung Galaxy Ace. And now, the leaked pics and specs of Samsung Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Suit have been emerged in the wild. These entry-level phones are powered by the Android operating system. Both the handsets are expected to launch next week at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona.
Samsung Galaxy Ace features a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, quad-band GSM, Android operating system. 5 megapixel camera, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, FM Radio, 3.5 mm headphone jack and so on. This handset will also be available in white color.
Samsung Galaxy Suit features a 3.2-inch OLED display, quad-band GSM support, Android operating system, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3G connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, music player, FM Radio, GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 3.5mm headset jack and more.
We are still not sure, which version of Android OS are used in these phones. These handset are likely to come with the Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS. The price and availability of these devices are not available yet. Stay tuned for more updates regarding the Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Suit phones.
Last year, Nokia launched the much-awaited business smartphone, the Nokia E5. This device is the successor of the Nokia’s popular business phone, the Nokia E63. It runs on the Symbian S60v3 operating system and comes with a full QWERTY keyboard and a 5 megapixel camera. Nokia E5 is originally available for $239.99, but we will share an exclusive coupon code, which will help you to get this device for just $149.99
Nokia E5 features a 2.4 inch QVGA LCD display with 320 x 240 pixel resolution, full QWERTY keyboard, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth, A-GPS, 250 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSD card included, OVI Maps, OVI Chat, OVI Share, 18 hours 30 mins talktime, 29 days stand-by time and 1200 mAh battery.
Dell is selling this device for $239.99, but you will get a discount of $90 just by using the “K140H5WFQ0GK30” coupon code. This offer is currently available only in the US. If you are planning to buy this device, head over to this page, add the Nokia E5 smartphone to your cart and apply the coupon code given above.
Last month, LG announced the world’s smartphone with a dual-core processor, LG Optimus 2X. If you were eagerly waiting to buy this dual-core “superphone”, then we have a good news for you. Expansys, a popular online retailer in the UK is currently taking pre-orders of this powerful handset. According to Expansys, this handset will be available in the UK from early next month.
LG Optimus 2X comes with a 4 inch WVGA screen, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, 1 Ghz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, Micro USB, 8 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 8GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, 3.5mm headset jack, HDMI mirroring, 1500 mAh battery and so on.
If you live in the UK, then you can pre-order the powerful Optimus 2X from Expansys for £499.99 (approx. $780). This handset is completely unlocked and thankfully it does not come with a 2 years service agreement. If you are planning to buy this handset, head over to the pre-order page at Expansys.
Sprint recently announced the entry-level Motorola i886 rugged phone. It is the first handset with a side-sliding full QWERTY keyboard and Nextel Direct Connect. It allows you to talk with any Nextel Direct Connect subscriber nationwide. Direct Talk offers a reliable push-to-talk service that works anywhere, anytime between compatible phones for short-range communications. The rugged design protects this handset from dust, shock, vibration, low and high temperature, low pressure and solar radiation.
Motorola i886 features a 2.2 inch TFT display with 240 x 320 pixels resolution, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 2 megapixel camera with digital zoom and camcorder, built-in MP3 player, GPS Navigation, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 32 GB expandable storage, MicroSD card slot, 2 GB card included, up to 4 hours of talk time and 1380 mAh Lithium-ion battery.
This handset measures 116.3 mm x 51.1 mm x 18.5 mm and weighs 141.2 grams. Motorola i886 will be exclusively available on the airwaves of Sprint in the US. This handset comes with a price tag of $79.99 after $50 rebate and two-year service agreement.
Google recently updated its popular iPhone and Android app, Google Goggles. It is an image recognition based search engine which allows you to capture images and then use those images as queries to obtain search results. The new version of this amazing app is much faster and smarter as compared to its previous versions. The Google Goggles 1.3 client can scan barcodes almost instantly.
The print ad feature in Google Goggles easily recognize the print ads in popular magazines and newspapers. Just click a picture of the ads displayed in newspapers from the Google Goggles app and it will recognize print ad and return web search results about the product and brand. Sadly, this feature is not available for print ads appearing before August 2010 in newspapers and magazines.
The next feature will definitely surprise you. The latest version of the Google Goggles can even solve Sudoku puzzles, much faster than a Sudoku champ. Most of us play Sudoku, but when we make a mistake, we are unable to solve the puzzle for hours. But the latest version of the Google Goggles app for Android and iPhone will help you to solve your Sudoku puzzles quickly. All you have to do is, just take a clear picture of the Sudoku puzzle and the app will solve your puzzle in seconds.
Android users can easily download the latest version of the Google Goggles app from the Android Market. Recognition of print ads and Sudoku solver is now enabled for both Android and iPhone app. Till then, check out the Google Goggles Sudoku demo below. To learn more, head over to this page.