The Sony press conference at the CES 2011 just got over and the company announced its latest Xperia handset the Xperia Arc. The Arc is the successor to the Xperia X10. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and has a 4.2-inch multi-touch’ Sony Bravia powered display.
The back of the handset sports an 8.1MP camera with an Exmor R sensor and an LED flash. The handset is insanely thin at only 8.7mm. The phone also sports a mini-HDMI port which is capable of 1080p output.
The handset will have up to 512MB of internal memory along with the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, DLNA, GPS, microSD card slot, microUSB port and a 3.5mm jack. The Xperia Arc will run on Android 2.3 when released. Quite surprising for a company known to load its handset with older versions of the Android OS. The phone will be powered by a 1500 mAh battery.
The Xperia Arc will be available in two colors Midnight Blue and Misty Silver. The handset will hit the stores by Q1 of 2011.
Motorola recently announced the Android powered Cliq 2 smartphone. This handset runs on the old Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS and it comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, 3G Connectivity and more. Motorola Cliq 2 helps the users stay connected to their home, work and weekend lives. You can even work remotely on the CLIQ 2 using the Quickoffice app, which allows you to view and edit important documents on your smartphone. This handset will be exclusively available on the airwaves of T-Mobile in the US.
Smartphone users are constantly looking for a device that suits all of their needs, whether they’re in the office or at home with their families. CLIQ 2 is what these consumers are looking for, delivering on what it means to truly stay connected on their terms. With business-ready features and robust entertainment options, CLIQ 2 users will be able to make the most of every moment,said Alain Mutricy, senior vice president, portfolio and device product management, Motorola Mobility, Inc.
Motorola Cliq 2 Specifications:
3.7 inch touchscreen display
854 x 480 pixels resolution
Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system
Bluetooth Stereo Version 2.1 + EDR
5 megapixel camera
Digital Zoom, Auto Focus and Dual LED Flash
3.5mm headphone jack
Stereo FM Radio
1 GB ROM
2 GB microSD card loaded
microSD card slot
32 GB expandable memory
Up to 7.9 hours talktime
Up to 13 days stand-by time
1420 mAh battery
Motorola Cliq 2 will be available from January 19th, on the airwaves of T-Mobile USA. The price of this handset is not announced yet.
During the AT&T Dev. conference in CES 2011, Motorola gave us a sneak peak of the Atrix 4G handset for AT&T. However, the company did not announce the full specs of the handset. Now, AT&T has listed the Atrix 4G on their website with its full specs. The Motorola Atrix 4G sports an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM.
Like the Droid Bionic, the handset has a qHD display with a resolution of 960×540. However, the size of the display measures in at 4-inches, instead of the 4.3-inch screen estate on the Droid Bionic.
The Atrix 4G also packs 16GB of internal memory along with a microSD card slot. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with an LED flash while the front has a VGA camera. The Atrix 4G also has a unique security features – fingerprint login. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS and a 3.5mm jack are all present.
The phone will be powered by a mammoth 1930 mAh battery which will provide users with up to 9 hours of talk time.
Sadly, the Atrix 4G will run on Android 2.2 with the BLUR UI on top of it. The Atrix 4G also has a webtop dock which converts it into a netbook. Users can read more about it here.
Motorola finally announced its much awaited tablet, the Motorola Xoom at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This device runs on the Google’s latest Android OS (Honeycomb), optimized for tablets. Motorola Xoom comes with a large 10.1 inch touchscreen display, NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 4G LTE upgradeable, Full HD (1080p) video playback and more. This device allows you to access more that 3 million Google eBooks. Check out the complete specs below.
Motorola XOOM is a powerful addition to Verizon’s product lineup and builds on our combined leadership with Motorola to deliver innovative mobile devices and service on the Android platform. Motorola XOOM gives consumers complete access and control of their favorite personal content and work files whether through our nationwide 3G network, or through our lightning-fast 4G LTE network as it rolls out around the country,said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless.
Motorola Xoom Specifications:
10.1 inch touchscreen display
1280 x 800 pixels resolution
Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS
1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash
2 megapixel front-facing camera
3.5mm headset jack
micro USB 2.0
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID
4G LTE upgradeable
HD (720p) video recording
Full HD (1080p) playback
32GB internal memory
SD card support
1GB DDR2 RAM
Up to 10 hour video playback
The Motorola Xoom device will launch as a 3G/Wi-Fi enabled device in Q1 2011 with an upgrade to 4G LTE in Q2. Starting in Q2 2011, the Motorola Xoom will be a 4G LTE/Wi-Fi- enabled device. The price of this tablet is not announced yet.
Motorola just announced its first LTE phone for the Verizon network the Droid Bionic. The Bionic is one powerful superphone’ with a 4.3-inch qHD display sporting a resolution of 960×540. The phone has a dual-core processor (Nvidia Tegra 2, perhaps?) and packs in 1GB of RAM. The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera while the front features a VGA camera for all your video calling needs.
The handset also supports 4G, which is up to 10x times faster than 3G. The handset features a mini-HDMI jack so that users can hook the phone on to their HDTV display and enjoy full HD content.
DROID BIONIC is the epitome of speed, providing consumers with instantaneous access to their personal and work content, anytime and anyplace,said Alain Mutricy, senior vice president of portfolio and device product management, Motorola Mobility. By combining such a powerful mobile device with the performance and capabilities of Verizon’s 4G LTE network, we’re empowering consumers to define how they want to live their mobile lifestyles.
The Bionic also has a Mirror Mode’ which allows users to simultaneously stream video to their HDTVs and watch it on their handset. Sadly, the Droid Bionic will run on Android 2.2 Froyo when released. The Motorola Droid Bionic also packs in support for corporate email, remote wipe and data encryption and other security features which corporate users will cherish.
The phone also features the usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS and a 3.5mm jack. The phone is powered by a beastly 1930 mAh battery.
The Droid Bionic does look like a very impressive superphone. However, Motorola did not announce the release date or the pricing of the device.
Back in September, Samsung launched its first tablet device, the Galaxy Tab. And now, the company announced a Wi-Fi only version of their popular tablet at the CES 2010 in Las Vegas. There are no changes in the device, expect the fact that, the lastest variant does not come with a 3G connectivity option. The Wi-Fi only version of Galaxy Tab is powered by the same old Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system.
Samsung Galaxy Tab features a 7 inch TFT-LCD touchscreen display, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, TouchWIZ 3.0 UI, 1GHz processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 512MB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 32GB expandable memory and 4000mAH battery.
The AllShare DLNA Technology in the Galaxy Tab allows you to take video or pictures with the device and send the original content wirelessly to other DLNA-enabled devices such as HDTVs, laptops, PC monitors, etc. The price of this device is not announced yet. The Wi-Fi only Galaxy Tab will be available for purchase in the US from the first quarter of 2011.
The tablet from Motorola will be one of the many anticipated Android based tablet coming out this year, including Notion Ink and Galaxy Tab. This will make the tablet market more competitive and give users a wide range of choices.
Panasonic will be taking stage at the CES 2011 shortly, you can expect a lot of new televisions specially 3D TVs being unveiled there. Panasonic is also rumored to unveil some Star Wars related devices, could it be a 3D TV without glasses? Na, sounds too far fetched.
If you are a Panasonic fan, you should be catching up on their CES 2011 press conference starting at 3PM PST (check local timings). You can see a host of new devices being launched by Panasonic and feast your eyes on them.
Samsung will be taking stage at the CES shortly and we can expect some good surprises from them. Samsung is supposedly going to launch a new range of cameras, TVs and tablets among other things.
If you are a Samsung fan, you should be catching up on their CES press conference starting at 2PM PST (check local timings). You can see a host of new devices being launched by Samsung including 3D TVs and Tablets.