Sony Xperia S Announced; Comes With A 12 MP Camera

Along with the Sony Xperia Ion, Sony announced the new Sony Xperia S smartphone at the CES 2012 in Las Vegas. It is the first smartphone in the new Sony Xperia NXT series. As usual, this handset will ship with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. But, the device will be upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter of 2012. Sony Xperia S will also feature the Sony logo on the front, instead of the Sony Ericsson logo. It comes with an amazing 12 megapixel camera that takes pictures in just 1.5 seconds from standby. Sony Xperia S is also a PlayStation certified smartphone.

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Sony Xperia S features a 4.3 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core processor, Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), 12 megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom, auto-focus, Face detection and LED Flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, GPS with aGPS, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), USB 2.0, 32 GB eMMC, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Android Market, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, up to 25 hrs music playback time, up to 6 hrs 30 min video playback time, up to 7 hrs 30 min of talk-time, up to 450 hrs of stand-by time and a 1750 mAh battery.

This handset measures 128 x 64 x 10.6 mm and weighs 144 grams. Sony Xperia S will be available in 2 colors – Black and White. This handset will be available for purchase globally from the first quarter 2012. Sony Xperia S is a NFC enabled device, which allows you to share content with others as well as access a number of NFC applications and services.

Nokia Lumia 900 For AT&T Announced; Comes With 1.4 GHz CPU, 8 MP Camera

As expected, AT&T and Nokia finally announced the much-awaited Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone. It is the first Nokia’s Windows Phone powered device to feature the high-speed LTE connectivity. This handset will be exclusively available for the AT&T customers in the US. Nokia Lumia 900 runs on the Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) Operating System. This handset comes with the Nokia Drive app, which offers free voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation with a dedicated in-car user interface that turns the Nokia Lumia 900 into a GPS navigation device.

“The introduction of the Nokia Lumia 900 with AT&T is another significant milestone in the ongoing rollout of Nokia’s global smartphone strategy,” said Chris Weber, president of Nokia Americas. “The Nokia Lumia 900 is designed specifically with the US in mind and the announcement of this collaboration with AT&T, in addition to other recent announcements, signifies a new dawn for Nokia in the US.”

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Nokia Lumia 900 features a 4.3 inch ClearBlack display, sporting a resoulution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor, Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) OS, 8 megapixel rear camera with f2.2/28mm Carl Zeiss lens and dual LED flash, auto-focus and HD (720p) video recording, 1 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5mm headset jack, 4G LTE – up to 50 Mbps down/ 25 Mbps up, IE9 with HTML 5 support, 512 MB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 14.5 GB user memory, SkyDrive, Wi-Fi Internet Sharing for up to 5 devices, Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps, Bing Maps, AT&T Navigator, Zune, AT&T Radio, Office 365, Xbox Live, Windows Marketplace, up to 60 hours of music playback in offline mode, up to 7 hours of talk-time, up to 300 hours of stand-by time and a 1830 mAh battery.

Nokia Lumia 900 will get 20 popular EA games in the coming weeks. This handset is expected to be available from March 18. Nokia will soon announce the price of this amazing smartphone.

Verizon Unveils The Motorola Droid 4 Smartphone

Verizon Wireless and Motorola recently announced the much-awaited Motorola Droid 4 smartphone at the CES 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset might disappoint some Android fans, since the device runs on the old Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) Operating System, instead of the new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. But, Motorola has already promised that the device will get the Android 4.0 update during the second quarter of 2012.

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Motorola Droid 4 features a 4 inch qHD display, sporting a resolution of 940 x 540 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), five-row QWERTY keyboard, 8 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3-megapixel HD front-facing camera with HD (720p) video recording and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, micro USB, HDMI out, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1, FM Radio, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with AGPS, Android Market, MotoCast, up to 12.5 hours of talk-time, up to 8.5 days of stand-by time and a 1785 mAH Li-on battery.

Motorola Droid 4 is the thinnest and the most powerful 4G LTE QWERTY smartphone. This handset measures 2.65 inches x 5.0 inches x 0.5 inches and weighs 6.31oz (approx. 179 grams). Motorola Droid 4 supports up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices, thanks to the 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot. This handset will be available for purchase in the coming weeks. Verizon and Motorola will soon announce the price of this device. Stay tuned for more info!

Motorola and Verizon Unveil The DROID RAZR MAXX

Along with the Droid 4, Motorola and Verizon also announced a new member of the Droid RAZR family, the Droid RAZR MAXX. As its name suggests, the RAZR MAXX takes the Droid RAZR to the next level.

While the RAZR MAXX is not as slim as its sibling, it still has a decent waistline of 8.9mm. This allows Motorola to cram in a bigger removable battery on the handset. While the size of the battery is unknown at the moment, Motorola states that the RAZR MAXX can provide continuous talk-time of up to 21 hours on a single-charge!

The  RAZR packs in a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED ‘Advanced’ screen with qHD (960×640) resolution. Internally, the MAXX packs in a 1.2GHz dual-core processor OMAP 4630 processor, a PowerVR SGX 650 GPU, 1GB of RAM, comes with a Kevlar back, an 8MP camera at its back, a 1.3MP camera in the front, and a microSD card slot. The usual sensors and connectivity features including support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network is also present.

The Droid RAZR MAXX will cost users $299.99 on a two-year contract. The handset is expected to hit Verizon’s retail stores in the coming weeks.

AT&T HTC Titan II LTE Announced; Comes With A 16 MP Camera!

AT&T just announced the powerful HTC Titan II smartphone at the CES 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset is the successor of the not-so-popular HTC Titan smartphone. The HTC Titan II is the company’s first 4G LTE smartphone. It runs on the Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) Operating System and it comes with an amazing 16 megapixel rear camera.

“HTC’s history of innovation in 4G technology includes delivering the first 4G-powered devices to each major carrier in the U.S., so it is exciting today to continue that leadership with our first 4G LTE Windows Phone, the HTC TITAN II,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corp. “This full-featured smartphone combines HTC’s design with AT&T’s high-speed 4G LTE network and Microsoft’s powerful Windows Phone software, giving people more of what they crave.”

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HTC Titan II features a 4.7 inch super LCD display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) OS 4G LTE, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S2 processor, 16 megapixel rear camera with f/2.6 28mm lens, dual-LED flash, red eye reduction and image stabilization, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) video playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for on-the-go video chat over Wi-Fi, Windows Marketplace, Windows Phone Office Hub, Microsoft Exchange 2010, Outlook Mobile, 4G LTE Connectivity, HTC Hub and a 1,730mAh lithium ion battery.

This handset offers quick access to the latest movies and TV shows via HTC Watch and on-the-go gaming with Xbox Live. The HTC Titan II will be exclusively available for the AT&T customers in the U.S. in the coming months. The price of this device is still a mystery.

Sony Ericsson and AT&T Unveil The Xperia ION; Comes With a 12MP Camera!

Along with the Galaxy Note, AT&T also announced Sony Ericsson’s first ever 4G LTE handset, the Xperia Ion. The Ion is also the first dual-core touting phone from the Japanese handset manufacturer.

The Xperia Ion comes with a 4.6-inch HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine with a 720p (1280×720) resolution. Internally, the handset is powered by the dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor from Qualcomm which is clocked at 1.5GHz, and is accompanied by an Adreno 220 GPU.

“With Xperia ion, we’re bringing together several firsts that will take users beyond the smartphone,” said Paul Hamnett, President, Sony Ericsson North America. “Designed to deliver a seamless experience across the multiple screens we use to play, watch, listen, and share, Xperia ion is the gateway to entertainment when and – most importantly – where you want it.”

At the back of the Ion is a whopping 12MP camera with Exmor R sensor, which is insanely fast as well. Sony states that the camera foes from standby mode to first run in just 1.5 seconds. There is a front-facing camera on the handset as well. Both the front facing camera and the camera at the back are capable of recording videos in HD resolution.

The Xperia Ion is also a PlayStation certified phone, which gives users early access to some high-quality games specially optimized for their handset. The handset will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with SE’s Timescape UX on top of it, and will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update sooner than later. Like all other handsets announced by AT&T, the carrier did not announce as to when and how much the Ion will cost.

AT&T Announces The Galaxy Note With a Few Minor Changes

AT&T just announced the Galaxy Note at their on-going Developer Summit at CES 2012. The news of this smartphone-cum-tablet coming to the carrier had leaked quite a few times before so it’s not really a big surprise.

Externally, the AT&T’s version of the Galaxy Note is similar to its European sibling except for some minor differences. While the beautiful and HUGE 5.3-inch HD Super-AMOLED display with a mind-boggling 1280×800 resolution is intact, the 2 capactive,  1 hardware key combo has been replaced by 4 capactive keys.

Internally, the difference between the European Note and the AT&T version is quite huge though. The AT&T version packs in a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor, an Adreno 220 GPU and 1GB of RAM. All other usual features like accelerometer, gyroscope and connectivity features like Wi-Fi, GPS etc. are also present. The Note will also support’s AT&T’s new and blazing fast 4G LTE network.

Sadly, AT&T did not mention anything as to when the Note will hit its network or how much it will cost.

 

Sprint Announces The Galaxy Nexus; Supports Its Upcoming 4G LTE Network!

Sprint just became the first carrier in the United States to announce the Galaxy Nexus in the United States, and end Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus exclusivity on it.

The specs of the Sprint’ version of the Galaxy Nexus remain same as its Verizon’s counterpart, which includes a beautiful 4.65-inch HD Super-AMOLED screen with a 720p (720×1280) resolution. Internally the Nexus packs in a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP 4460 processor, a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 1GB of RAM and 16/32GB of Internal memory. The usual bunch of sensors like Accelerometer, Gyroscope etc. and connectivity features like GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi etc are also present. At the back of the Galaxy Nexus is a 5MP camera with zero-shutter lag, which is also capable of recording videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution. Most importantly, the Galaxy Nexus runs on the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Galaxy Nexus will also be the first phone to hit Sprint’s network which will support the carrier’s upcoming 4G LTE network.

Sadly, Sprint did not announce anything as to when the Galaxy Nexus will exactly hit its network, and how much $$ it will cost. What Sprint did announce is that they will be releasing nearly 15 4G LTE devices in throughout this year

Ubuntu TV- TV for Human Beings, Revealed at CES 2012

Canonical has recently revealed a concept for a fully featured TV application, based on Ubuntu. It is known as the Ubuntu TV, and has been revealed at CES 2012. Ubuntu TV competes directly with Google TV in its attempt to redefine the entertainment experience on television. It has some amazing features and the first commercial appearance of the TV is expected by the end of this year.

From the CEO’s Desk

In an interview with PC Pro, Canonical CEO Jane Silber says,

It is a simple viewing experience for online video, both your own and routed over the internet. OEMs and ODMs are increasingly wary of the walled garden [approach] that certainly Apple takes – and increasingly Google, although it is much more open than Apple. We see a lot of demand for a neutral player.

Jane Silber knows Canonical is up against Google and Apple with this technology, and therefore, it are offering the software free of charge to gain a competitive edge. The source code for Ubuntu TV will be released later today, allowing developers to customize and modify it, as they want. Jane Silber takes pride in saying “Ubuntu TV will provide viewers with a neutral player”.

Overview

Ubuntu TV will let you stream media content like music, videos an photos from your PC to your TV. You can search, watch, record and play streaming videos. It will also allow media sharing with portable devices using Ubuntu One. You can also share your screen with tablets and smartphones. Like the Software Center in Ubuntu, Ubuntu TV will have an online store where developers can submit their apps for Ubuntu TV. Besides, the application will be controlled with a smartphone or with a TV remote.

Ubuntu TV for Content Providers and Hardware manufacturer

Canonical is calling the technology a Smart TV. Canonical will need to partner with OEMs to enter into production with this new product. This can be an excellent deal for TV manufacturers, now that global content distribution rules, OS development and software engineering  will be handled by Canonical completely.

Verdict

This is Canonical’s first attempt to move beyond the PC. However, this technology of  smart TV has only seen sluggish growth so far, and there is definitely something wrong with the feeble attempts that everyone is making at enriching our TV viewing experience. In spite of a strong marketing force, Google TV has not reached many houses yet.

Initial markets of interest for this product will be the US and China. Canonical plans to extend it to the UK later. However, these markets will prove to be profitable only when Canonical makes local-content deals.

Huawei Ascend P1 S Announced; World’s Thinnest Android Smartphone

Huawei recently announced two new smartphones, the Huawei Ascend P1 and the Huawei Ascend P1 S at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. Both the smartphones, runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The specs of both the devices are almost similar, except the thickness. Huawei Ascend P1 S is currently the world’s thinnest smartphone, measuring at just 6.68 mm thick. On the other hand, the Huawei Ascend P1 measures just 7.69 mm thick.

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The Huawei Ascend P1 and Ascend P1 S features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display with the Gorilla Glass panel on the front, 960 x 540 pixels resolution, 1.5 GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4460 Cortext-A9 processor, PowerVR SGX540 graphic processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Huawei’s 3D user interface and much more.

Other features include an 8 megapixel rear camera, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video calls, 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of ROM, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Android Market and a 1670 mAh/ 1800 mAh battery.

The Huawei Ascend P1 and Ascend P1 S will be available in 3 vibrant colors – metallic black, ceramic white and cherry-blossom pink. This devices will be available for purchase in Europe, Asia-Pacific, North America, the Middle East and China from Q2 of 2012. The price of both the devices will be announced later. Until then, check out the promo video below.