HTC Pyramid Picture Leaks; Confirms qHD Resolution Display

All the handsets announced by HTC at the MWC 2011 were met with lukewarm response. None of the handsets really offered anything new or innovative and were just run-of-the-mill Android handsets.

Now, it looks like HTC is all set to change that with its next high-end flagship the HTC Pyramid. Rumors have been floating around on the Internet that the Pyramid will sport a qHD resolution display, and will be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

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The folks over at GSMArena have received a front pic of the Pyramid comparing it to the HTC Desire HD. The picture confirms the rumor of the Pyramid featuring a high-resolution qHD (960×640) display. From the abovepicture, it looks like the size of the display will be 4.3-inches.

Other rumored specs of the handset include an Adreno 220 GPU, 768MB of RAM and a front-facing camera. The Pyramid might be the first dual-core handset to be announced from HTC.

Rumors also suggest that the Pyramid will be the first handset to be released with Android 2.4, with HTC’s beautiful Sense UI on top of it.

HTC Flyer Up For Pre-Order In UK For £600

Last month, HTC announced the much-awaited HTC Flyer tablet at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. HTC Flyer is the company’s first tablet device. It currently runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, but it will be soon updated to the Android 2.4 OS. This device comes with a 7 inch touch-sensitive TFT screen, 1.5GHz Processor, 5 megapixel camera, 32 GB of storage and so on. Clove, a popular online retailer is currently taking pre-order of this amazing tablet. Check out the complete specs below.

HTC Flyer

HTC Flyer features a 7 inch touch-sensitive TFT screen with 1024 X 600 pixels resolution, 1.5 GHz Processor, Android 2.4 OS, HTC Sense, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivty, 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, 32 GB internal memory, 1 GB Micro SD memory card extension, GPS, Micro-USB (12-pin micro-USB 2.0), up to 820 hours stand-by time, up to 4 hours vieo playback and a 4000 mAh battery.

Clove is currently taking pre-orders of this device for £600. If you are living in the UK, then you can grab this device next month. HTC originally said that the HTC Flyer tablet will be available from Q2 of 2011 and Clove finally confirmed that the device will be shipped from mid-April. If you are planning to buy this device, then just head over to this page and pre-order the HTC Flyer tablet from Clove.

Wi-Fi Only HTC Flyer Up For Pre-Order At Germany For €499

HTC Flyer

Earlier this month, HTC announced its first tablet device, the HTC Flyer at the Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona. It runs on the Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) operating system. Recently, the Wi-Fi only version of the HTC Flyer has been emerged in the Germany. CyberPort, a popular online retailer in Germany, is currently taking pre-order for the Wi-Fi only version of the HTC Flyer. Check out the complete specs below.

HTC Flyer features a 7 inch touch-sensitive TFT screen with 1024 X 600 pixels resolution, 1.5 GHz Processor, Android 2.4 OS, HTC Sense, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Micro-USB, 32 GB internal memory, 1 GB Micro SD memory card extension, GPS, up to 820 hours stand-by time, up to 4 hours vieo playback and a 4000 mAh battery.

HTC Flyer comes with the HTC Watch service, which allows you to download hundreds of HD movies from major studios. The original HTC Flyer is up for pre-order at Amazon Germany for €669 (approx. $915). The Wi-Fi only version of the HTC Flyer is currently up for pre-order at CyberPort in Germany for €499 (approx. $620/ Rs.28,000). Which version of HTC Flyer will you buy? Or you will go for other Honeycomb tablets? Let us know your views in the comments below.

HTC Flyer Announced; Runs On Android 2.4 Gingerbread

Along with a bunch of handsets, HTC also announced their first tablet the HTC Flyer at MWC 2011. The HTC Flyer has a 7-inch screen with a 1024×600 resolution.

The tablet is powered by a blazing fast 1.5 GHz single core CPU from Qualcomm. The handset also packs 1GB of RAM along with 32GB of internal memory.

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The tablet will be made of aluminum and will weigh in at 415grams. The back of the Flyer features a 5MP camera with AF (Auto-Focus) while there is a 1.3MP camera in the front. The Flyer also supports HSPA/WXDMA network along with quad-band GSM support.

The usual Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot and all other relevant sensors are also present. It will also have a microUSB port for docking, charging and connecting to PC purposes. The Flyer will ship with a pressure sensitive capacitive stylus Scribe as well.

The tablet will run on Android 2.4 Gingerbread when launched. According to HTC, there are not much has changed visually in Android 2.4. The Flyer will also have a tablet optimized version of Sense UI on top of Android 2.4. The tablet will be powered by a 4000mAh battery which will provide users with up to 4 hours of continuous video playback.

The Flyer will hit the retail stores sometime in Q2 of 2011. HTC did not mention anything about the pricing of the tablet though.

HTC Unveils The HTC Salsa Smartphone With One-Touch Facebook Access

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HTC recently announced the HTC Salsa smartphone at the Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona. This handset comes with a dedicated Facebook button and it allows you to upload photos or update your status, within a single click. This handset runs on the Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) operating system. It features a 3.4 inch touchscreen display, 600 MHz processor, 5 megapixel camera and more. HTC Salsa allows you to stay in touch with your friends using Facebook Chat and Messages on your phone. Check out the complete specs below.

HTC has always understood that different people want different things and the new HTC ChaCha and Salsa offer special new ways to experience Facebook on a mobile device,said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. With more than 500 million active users worldwide, Facebook has become synonymous with the social web and we wanted to create the ultimate socially connected phones with mass market appeal.

HTC Salsa Specifications:

  • 3.4 inch touchscreen display
  • 480 x 320 pixels resolution
  • 600 MHz processor
  • Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) operating system
  • HTC Sense
  • 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • VGA front camera
  • 512 MB ROM
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Internal GPS Antenna
  • G-Sensor
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with FTP/OPP
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • micro-USB
  • microSD card slot
  • Up to 540 mins talk-time
  • Up to 530 hours stand-by time
  • 1520 mAh battery

This handset measures 109.1 x 58.9 x 12.3 mm and weighs 120 grams. The price of this handset is not announced yet. HTC ChaCha will be available to customers globally from Q2 of 2011.

HTC ChaCha Announced With Dedicated Facebook Button

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HTC recently announced the HTC ChaCha QWERTY phone with dedicated Facebook button. This handset runs on the Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) operating system. It comes with a 2.6 inch touchscreen display, 600 MHz processor, 5 megapixel camera and more. HTC ChaCha allows you to update your status, upload a photo, share a website or check in’ to a location, with a single press of the button. Check out the complete specs, after the break.

We have worked closely with HTC for several years on bringing Facebook to their devices and HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa are the next stage,said Henri Moissinac, Head of Mobile Business for Facebook. HTC has brought Facebook to these two new devices in an innovative way enabling people to connect and share easily whenever they want, wherever they are.

HTC ChaCha Specifications:

  • 2.6 inch touchscreen display
  • 480 x 320 pixels resolution
  • 600 MHz processor
  • Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) operating system
  • HTC Sense
  • 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • VGA front camera
  • 512 MB ROM
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Internal GPS Antenna
  • G-Sensor
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with FTP/OPP
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • micro-USB
  • microSD card slot
  • Up to 450 mins talk-time
  • Up to 660 hours stand-by time
  • 1250 mAh battery

This handset measures 114.4 x 64.6 x 10.7 mm and weighs 120 grams. The price of this handset is not announced yet. HTC ChaCha will be available to customers globally from Q2 of 2011.

Android 2.4 Coming in April?

Viewpad 4A recent report by Pocket-lint states that Viewsonic will be launching its new smartphone – the ViewPad 4 – in April. Meh! Who cares? The reason I’m mentioning it though, is because it also says that the ViewPad 4 will be running Android 2.4 at launch.

According to the source, Android 2.4 is being launched mainly to ensure that dual core apps built for Android 3.0 Honeycomb devices work with single core smartphones. Apparently, it’s not possible to do it with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, hence the new release.

It won’t offer a massive upgrade over Android 2.3, but will ensure that new apps created work with both Gingerbread and Honeycomb. This is probably the reason why no manufacturer has offered Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrades yet; they may all jump to Android 2.4 directly. Android 2.4 will be called Gingerbread too, not Ice Cream Sandwich.

What puzzles me a bit, is the fact that Google is choosing to go with the Viewsonic ViewPad 4 as a launchpad for Android 2.4. Surely, HTC, Samsung or Motorola would have lapped up the chance to launch it on one of their new devices.

The Viewsonic ViewPad 4 has a 4.1 inch display and comes with a 5 MP camera with 720p video recording. It is powered by a 1 GHz processor and was unveiled at CES 2011.

Samsung GT-i9023 Revealed in FCC Filing; Nexus S with Android 2.4?

Samsung GT i9023FCC filings are a treasure trove of information; something that tech bloggers keep scouring through to find details, specs and images of new releases. It seems that Engadget has stumbled upon the Samsung GT-i9023 which just passed FCC testing.

It’s definitely not the Vibrant 4G, as the design is much more rounded. The outline of the phone looks familiar to the Google Nexus S (i9020). A video was leaked last week which had the Nexus S running Android 2.4 (which will likely be called Ice Cream Sandwich). It could very well be the Samsung GT-i9023. It will support HSPA+ connectivity, but the other specifications will be the same as the Nexus S.

Some European retailers have also been listing the i9023 as a “Black Silver” Nexus S, so it’s highly likely that the i9023 is just the Nexus S with a few upgrades.

Source: FCC via Engadget

Sony Ericsson Says Xperia Arc Running Android 2.4 Was A ‘Misconfiguration’

During the CES 2011, there were hardly Android phones which were running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Most of the handsets were based on Android 2.2 (Froyo). However, one handset which caught the attention of the media was the Sony Ericsson Arc. The About Phone’ screen of the device showed that it was running on Android 2.4.

Looking at the version number jump from 2.3 to 2.4 it was rumored that the Android 2.4 update won’t bring many changes.

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Well, now there is a twist in the tale. The official Sony Ericsson Product Blog has confirmed that the Xperia Arc runs on Android 2.3 and that Android 2.4 does not exist. The blog has confirmed that any Xperia Arc caught displaying Android 2.4 in the About Phone’ screen is nothing but a misconfiguration’. In the same post, the company has also provided some detail information about the internal specification as well as the software of the Arc.

At least this is a good news for the manufacturers. After all, they will have one less Android update to roll out.

Android 2.4 Peeps Out of a Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

Android 2.4 Gingerbread LeakedThe Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc was announced just yesterday at CES 2011, and is truly a magnificent phone. It has some really good hardware specifications and comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, at least according to the official spec sheet. However, it turns out that the Xperia Arc actually has Android 2.4, which is still called Gingerbread.

It seems that Android 2.4 doesn’t add many features or improvements to Android 2.3, hence both share the same name. There is some performance improvement as well as better visual animations. It also has a noise reduction option and video calling features.

This won’t be the first time that Google has launched two Android versions with the same name – Android 2.0 and 2.1 were both called Eclair. Before the launch of Android 3.0 Honeycomb – the tablet version of Android, we should see the launch of Android 2.4 Gingerbread.

via Tweakers