Sony Ericsson didn’t have much to show us at CES 2011 last month, but it has more than made up for it with its announcements at CES. So far, it has already announced the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, the Xperia Pro and the Xperia Neo, which all line up nicely next to the Xperia Arc.
After the Xperia Play and the Xperia Arc, the Xperia Neo is the most impressive smartphone that Sony Ericsson is going to be launching this year.
The Xperia Neo will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a custom UI shell. It has a 3.7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. On the hardware side, it comes with a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor and presumably an Adreno GPU with the Sony Mobile Bravia Engine.
It also has an 8 MP camera with an Exmor sensor and LED flash, with support for 720p HD video recording. It also supports HD video playback and can be connected to your HDTV using the HDMI out.
It is quite compact with dimensions of 116 x 57 x 13 mm, though not as slim as the Xperia Arc. It weighs 126 gms. It could be considered a cheaper version of the Xperia Arc.
After the numerous leaks in the last one month, Sony Ericsson announced the Xperia Play along with a bunch of other Xperia branded handsets at their on-going event in MWC, Barcelona. The handset is powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor with the Adreno 205 GPU core handling the graphics department.
The handset sports a 4-inch LCD with a resolution of 854×480. The Xperia Play is a PlayStation Certified’ handset and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Sony’s custom UI on top of it.
As evident from the picture above, the Play will sport a slide-out gamepad to fulfill all your on-the-move gaming needs. The Xperia Play will come pre-loaded with one legendary PlayStation game. The name of the game was not mentioned by Sony, so this remains a mystery for now.
The back of the handset will feature a 5MP camera. The Xperia Play will start shipping from next month i.e. March. The handset will hit the Verizon network in the states in early spring.
Along with the Xperia Play, Sony Ericsson also announced the PlayStation Suite. All handsets which will be PlayStation Certified’ will be able to access the PlayStation store which will be launched by Sony, later this year.
The PlayStation Store will launch with more than 50 titles on-board. Some existing gaming titles will also be optimized for the PlayStation Certified platform.
Sony Ericsson just announced the Xperia Pro Slider at their on-going event in MWC 2011. The Xperia Pro slider sports a 3.7-inch Bravia Engine powered display with a resolution of 854×480. The handset also packs a four-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
The handset will be powered by a 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and the graphics department will be handled by the Adreno 205 graphics core.
The back of the phone sports an 8MP Exmor R camera with an LED flash which is capable of recording videos in HD (1080p) resolution. The front of the handset sports a 2MP camera for all your video calling needs. The handset also sports the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, microUSB port, 3.5 mm audio jack and a mini-HDMI port.
The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Sony Ericsson’s custom UI on top of it. The handset will be available in silver, red and black colors when launched. The handset will be launched in selected markets by the end of Q2.
The original Galaxy Tab may have got lukewarm reception but this has not stopped Samsung from announcing a bigger version of the Tab the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This bigger Tab from Sammy is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset and packs a 10.1-inch screen with WXGA (1280×800) resolution. The tablet weighs only 599 grams and is only 0.4-inch thick. The back of this 10.1-inch Tab sports an 8MP camera with AF and LED flash while the front has a 2MP camera for video calling. The Tab will be capable of recording as well as playing back 1080p videos. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, SIM card slot, GPS with A-GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. Sadly, the tablet lacks a mini-HDMI port as well as a micro-USB port. It features the same proprietary port from Samsung as found on the original Tab. Thankfully, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a Google Experience device and thus runs on stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The tablet will be available in capacities of 16 GB and 32GB. It will be powered by a 6860mAh battery. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is expected to be available in Europe and Asia by March. Sadly, Samsung did not mention anything about the pricing of the tablet expect saying that it will be competitive.
The biggest Mobile event of the year has started out and you will see tons of new phones and announcements coming through from the leaders in the mobile industry.
There will be presentations and keynotes from companies like Sony, Motorola, Nokia and more among others. You can check on the entire schedule for MWC 2011 to know the timings of the conferences.
If you are looking to watch the MWC 2011 events live, you can do so by visiting the official Mobile World Congress live site at http://www.mobileworldlive.com/. You will require to register before you can watch the live videos.
We will try and add more sources and videos to watch the MWC 2011 events live soon.
Samsung just announced the hotly anticipated successor to the Galaxy S the Samsung Galaxy S II. The Galaxy S was one of the most popular (and controversial?) Android handsets last year. The Galaxy S2 features a 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The phone is also insanely thin at only 8.49mm.
Unlike what the rumors suggested, the Galaxy S II will be powered by Samsung’s own Exynos chipset. It will be interested to see how this chipset from Samsung stacks up against the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset in terms of performance.
“GALAXY S II is a natural and powerful evolution of GALAXY S. Building on the phenomenal success of the original Samsung GALAXY S, we are proud to unveil the ultimate smartphone. Consumers no longer have to contain themselves the Samsung GALAXY S II allows them to design their own smart lives.”
The back of the phone has an 8MP camera aided by an LED flash while there is a 2MP camera in the front for all your video calling needs. The camera at the back is also capable of recording videos in full HD (1080p) resolution. The handset will also come with ‘Voice Commander’ which will take voice input to the next level.
Other key features of the handset include GPS with A-GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Wi-Fi b/g/n (5 GHz Band, instead of the usual 2.4 GHz), Bluetooth 3.0+HS and a NFC chip. The handset runs on the latest version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWIZ 4.0 on top of it. The phone also features a Game Hub’ which will allow users to download and play the latest high-def. games on their Galaxy S II. The Music Hub’ app will provide users with access to over 12 million music tracks from 7digital.
Even though the handset is a mere 8.49 mm thin, it is powered by a 1650mAh battery. The handset is expected to hit the retail stores by the end of this month! Sadly, Samsung company did not mention anything about the pricing of the device.
The Samsung Galaxy S 2 is the most talked, tweeted and blogged about phone right now. With the Samsung Galaxy S being a huge success and the most popular Android phone ever, all eyes are now on Samsung to give us its successor – the Samsung Galaxy S 2. It’s supposed to be bigger, better, faster and slimmer.
While alleged specs of the Galaxy S 2 had leaked before quite a few times, with most of them being fake, we still hadn’t seen any images of the Galaxy S 2. Well, just a day before the official launch of the Galaxy S 2 at Samsung’s event at the Mobile World Congress 2011, a very high resolution image of the Galaxy S 2 has been leaked by a Korean news website, Daum.
It also confirms that the Samsung Galaxy S 2 will come with a 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display, a 1 GHz dual core processor and Android 2.3 Gingerbread right out of the box. It will also offer Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and HSPA+ connectivity. It weighs just 116 gms and is slimmer than both the iPhone and the Galaxy S, at just 8.49 mm.
My guess is that it will come with an 8 MP camera and 1 GB RAM; we should know more in a day. Keep checking out Techie-Buzz for more MWC 2011 coverage.
Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry. Some of the top mobile phone manufacturers like HTC, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Nokia, etc, are expected to launch a wide range of next-gen smartphones and tablets this year. Mobile World Congress 2011 will be conducted at Barcelona, Spain, between February 14 to February 17. This year, Samsung is expected to launch the successor of its popular Galaxy S smartphone as well as the Galaxy Tab 2 with 10.1 inch display. Sony Ericsson will launch its much awaited Playstation phone, the Xperia Play. HTC, Samsung, LG and other top companies are expected to launch Android Gingerbread and Windows Phone 7 smartphones as well as Android Honeycomb powered tablets. Check out the complete event schedule of MWC 2011, after the break.
Sunday, February 13th:
Sony Ericsson – Press Conference
12.00 pm – 04.00 pm EST (New York)
05.00 pm – 09.00 pm GMT (London)
06.00 pm – 10.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
10.30 pm – 02.30 am IST (Mumbai)
Samsung – Press Conference
12.00 pm – 01.00 pm EST (New York)
05.00 pm – 06.00 pm GMT (London)
06.00 pm – 07.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
10.30 pm – 11.30 pm IST (Mumbai)
Monday, February 14th:
Ericsson – Media and analyst breakfast briefing
02.30 am – 03.30 am EST (New York)
07.30 am – 08.30 am GMT (London)
08.30 am – 09.30 am CET (Barcelona)
12.00 pm – 02.00 pm IST (Mumbai)
ZTE – Press Conference
04.00 am – 05.00 am EST (New York)
09.00 am – 10.00 am GMT (London)
10.00 am – 11.00 am CET (Barcelona)
02.30 pm – 03.30 pm IST (Mumbai)
Nokia Siemens Networks – Media and Industry Analyst Briefing
Huawei, the company which launched the cheapest Android phone – the Huawei Ideos – in 2010 has been trying to make its presence felt on the Android scene. So far, it has been completely overshadowed by the likes of HTC, Samsung and Motorola. Even the announcements of the Huawei Ideos X5 and the Ideos X6 failed to make any major impact.
Now, images of an Android tablet and a new Android smartphone by Huawei have been leaked on its official Flickr account, just a week before MWC.
The Huawei Ideos S7 Slim is an Android tablet which has a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display. From the images, it seems to have a front facing camera and keys for Home, Menu and Back. We don’t have any other details yet. We can expect it to run Android 2.2 Froyo at launch, with a Android 3.0 Honeycomb upgrade coming later. It will likely be priced much lower than the current crop of Android tablets.
The other leaked device is the Huawei Ideos X3 Android smartphone. It will be a budget phone and will likely have a 3.2 – 3.5 inch display. Both these devices will be launched at the Mobile World Congress in a week. Stay tuned for more MWC updates at Techie-Buzz.
Sony Ericsson has been one of the most loyal Android adopters. It has refused to even work on any other smartphone platform, including Windows Phone 7. It hasn’t had many hits yet, but it looks like 2011 will be a great year for Sony Ericsson.
The Xperia Play is one of the most awaited Android smartphones of the year, and the Xperia Arc is an excellent phone too. Today, details of yet another Android device by Sony Ericsson were revealed. It is the successor to the Sony Ericsson Vivaz – the Xperia Neo. It has much better hardware specs and comes with Android.
Like the Arc, it will come with a 4 inch LED backlit LCD capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. It will be powered by a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and an Adreno 205 GPU, just like the Xperia Play. It has an 8 MP camera with an Exmor R sensor and LED flash and also supports 720p video recording. It also has a nice secondary camera, either a 1.3 MP or a 2 MP one, for video calls.
It will be powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the latest version of the Android OS. It will have the Timescape UI too, and will also offer HDMI out.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo will be officially launched with the Xperia Play at the Mobile World Congress in February. Keep checking for more MWC updates.