Samsung has officially announced that its latest and greatest Android smartphone, the Galaxy S III, will be available in Canada beginning from June 20th. While this news will definitely please people residing in Canada, there is a catch here.
The Canadian variant of the Galaxy S III will sport completely different internals than the European I9300 version. Instead of the 1.4Ghz quad-core SoC and an ARM-Mali 400MP GPU, the Canadian version of the S3 will sport Qualcomm’s S4 SoC. The S4 SoC is a dual-core custom designed Cortex-A15 competitor from Qualcomm clocked at 1.5GHz, and is coupled with an Adreno 225 GPU. While the dual-core S4 SoC can compete with the quad-core Exynos SoC, the Mali GPU of the Exynos absolutely trumps S4’s Adreno 225 GPU. The Qualcomm S4 SoC will allow the Galaxy S III to support the LTE network in Canada, which the Exynos SoC lacks.
“We are very excited to bring the highly anticipated GALAXY S III to Canadians so they can experience firsthand, the power, performance and passion that Samsung is known for,” said Paul Brannen, Vice President, Enterprise Business Group, Samsung Canada. “This next generation of the GALAXY S series is sleek and stylish, and offers users features that promote sharing, and are intuitive and powerful, allowing Canadians to enjoy a more human experience with their smartphone.”
The Canadian version of the SGS3 will also sport a whopping 2GB of RAM compared to the 1GB of RAM found in the European version. Other than this, the Canadian variant packs in the same specs as its international sibling, which includes a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD screen with 720p resolution, a 2100mAh removable battery, NFC, 16/32GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, an 8MP camera, and Samsung’s new nature inspired design and UI features like Smart Stay, pop-up play, free 50GB of dropbox storage space for 2 years etc.
Get ready for another Droid RAZR variant! Motorola has been working on a ‘HD’ version of the Droid RAZR codenamed Fighter. After quite a few blurrycam leaks and renders, the folks over at Blog Of Mobile have managed to get some somewhat clear pictures of the handset.
The Droid RAZR HD is going to sport a ~4.5-inch screen with 720p HD screen resolution, on-screen navigation keys, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 processor, 4G LTE support, a 12MP camera, 1GB RAM, and a beefy 3300mAh battery for the MAXX variant of the handset. On the software side, the RAZR HD will be running a Blur-ified version of Ice Cream Sandwich. Oh! and yes it RAZR HD will still come with a locked down bootloader. God knows when Motorola will stop being insane, and provide an unlockable bootloaders on their handset.
The RAZR HD is going to be the first phone from Motorola to use a Qualcomm SoC, and thankfully Motorola is using the latest and great Krait SoC from the company. The Qualcomm S4 SoC also comes with a new 28nm 4G LTE baseband, which should put the RAZR HD’s battery life way ahead of the current generation 4G LTE phones.
Along with the Asus Padfone, Asus announced yet another tablet similar to the original Transformer Prime (TF201), the Infinity Pad. The company has also renamed its Eee Pad Transformer Brand to just Transformer Pad.
The Transformer Pad Infinity comes with a 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display with a whopping 1920×1080 resolution. While the Wi-Fi variant of the Infinity Pad use an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, the 3G/4G version will come with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and an Adreno 225 GPU. The internal battery capacity has also been increased by more than 10% to outset the increase in screen resolution. There is the same 8MP F/2.2 aperture camera on the back of the Pad as one the Prime, and a 2MP snapper in the front. The usual bunch of sensors and connectivity features will also be present.
Like the original Prime, the Infinity Pad also has an aluminium body with a plastic strip running across the top of the tablet that acts as a R/F window. This R/F window will make sure that the Infinity Pad does not have the same GPS and Wi-Fi issues as the Transformer Prime.
The Infinity Pad will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box whenever it hits the retail market at an unknown price.
A recent report by Bloomberg states that Microsoft is working with Qualcomm to produce smartphone chipsets in order to drive prices down for Windows Phone devices, so that it can capture a bigger share of the smartphone market.
Currently the cost of producing a Windows Phone device is close to $400, but Microsoft is working with component suppliers to bring it down to $200, so that manufacturers can bring Windows Phone device prices down.
Andy Lees, head of the Windows Phone division said:
“Microsoft works exclusively with Qualcomm to develop chips that power handsets using its system, allowing it to specify technical details to ensure devices run more smoothly. There is currently no plan to work with other semiconductor makers for Windows Phone 7 devices.”
WinTel (Windows + Intel) –> WinComm (Windows + Qualcomm) ?
The first thing that came to my mind when I read this statement, was the WinTel alliance of the last decade. Microsoft and Intel completely dominated the market using monopolistic actions that led to antitrust lawsuits against both of them. Both had near 90% market share in their respective markets at their peak, with negligible competition.
However, the WinTel domination broke off in the early 2000s due to various factors. More recently, Microsoft announced that it would make Windows 8 compatible with both X86 and ARM processors, which further soured the relationship between Microsoft and Intel.
If Windows Phone does take off, we could see it happen again in the form of WinComm (Windows + Qualcomm).
However, it seems unlikely, given the growing popularity of Android and iOS which are already dominating the smartphone landscape, and are unlikely to cede ground any time soon.
TechCrunch reports that Qualcomm’s has recently released Augmented Reality Software Development Kit (SDK) for iOS. When the SDK first launched, it was only available for Android though Qualcomm had promised a version for iOS in the near future. The SDK makes it much easier for developers to integrate virtual content with real content like images captured by cameras. Currently, iOS’s SDK supports the iPhone 4, iPad 2, and the fourth generation iPod touch. This move is certainly surprising because Qualcomm had previously only expressed interest in an iOS port since their main focus was building for devices running their Snapdragon chips.
Augmentation reality apps like Layar and Word Lens already exist for iOS and Android so they are nothing new for the platforms, however there was no easy for developers to integrate the technology cross-platform. Qualcomm’s SDK makes it easier for developers to integrate augmented reality data across platforms which could increase developer interest in augmented reality apps. It will be interesting to see what developers come up with these tools. In my opinion, if developers start adopting this SDK quickly, we will start seeing a rapid increase in the number of users for augmented reality apps.
HTC and Sprint have just announced the successor to the highly successful EVO 4G the EVO 3D. As the rumors suggested, the EVO 3D packs a 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) glasses-free 3D display.
The handset is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 processor and packs 768MB of RAM. The back of the handset sports dual-5MP cameras with dual-LED flash, which are capable of recording 720p HD videos in 3D mode (glasses free), and 1080p in 2D mode. Like the EVO 4G, the EVO 3D also supports Sprint’s WiMAX network. The handset will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on-board, with the latest version of Sense running on top of it. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS, Accelerometer and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. The handset also sports a mini-HDMI port and DLNA capabilities.
Users can connect their EVO 3D to their 3D enabled HDTV and enjoy 3D content. Sadly, the kickstand found at the back of the original EVO 4G is nowhere to be found on the EVO 3D. HTC also states that they have improved the battery life over the EVO 4G, and will ship the phone with a 1730mAh battery.
The EVO 3D will be available starting this summer. Sadly, HTC and Sprint did not mention anything about the pricing of the EVO 3D.
Remember the HTC Aria? The handset was an AT&T exclusive until now. Today, HTC announced the European version of the Aria the HTC Gratia. The Gratia has a 3.2-inch screen with a HVGA (320×480) resolution. The phone will be powered by a 600 MHz processor from Qualcomm and will pack 384MB of RAM along with 512MB of ROM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with auto-focus.
“HTC’s mantra is to provide a unique mix of experience and choice to people using our phones,” said Florian Seiche, President of HTC Europe, Middle East and Africa. “HTC Gratia offers something completely different. Its compact size, beautiful design and power with Android 2.2, combined with its personalised experience through HTC Sense, is uniquely compelling. We can’t wait to bring HTC Gratia to our customers in Europe.”
The phone also features the usual Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth, a 3.5mm jack, microSD card slot, microUSB port, an accelerometer, GPS with A-GPS and a digital compass. The Gratia will be running on Android 2.2 with the HTC Sense UI on top of it. The device will be available in some wacky colors like Forest Green and Pristine White etcetera.
The handset will hit the major European markets by November 2010.
We reported earlier that LG’s upcoming phone E900 which will be sporting Windows Phone 7 has been spotted. Android.com.pl came up with good quality pictures of the LG E900 and a video of the WP 7 UI running on it.
The LG E900 is reported to have a 3.7inch TFT capacitive touchscreen. The processor inside is Qualcomm QSD8650. There are some rumors that suggest that the processor is QSD8650A. The difference between QSD8650 and QSD8650A is that the first one will have a clock speed of 1GHz, while the next will have a clockspeed of 1.3GHz. It will also have a microUSB slot and a 3.5mm audio slot.
Other common features like Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth will be present. The price of this phone is reported to be between $300-400 which is very cheap considering the hardware.
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The HTC or the T-Mobile G2 has been all over the Internet for the past few days. There were a lot of speculations whether the G2 will be using the same old Snapdragon CPU or the new MSM7230 CPU. A leaked ROM of the G2 confirmed that the device will be using the newer and faster MSM7230 CPU from Qualcomm. The MSM7230 CPU is based on the 45nm fabrication and integrates an Adreno 205GPU, along with the Scorpion CPU. The T-Mobile G2 will be the first device to support HSPA+.
Now, the folks over at Tmonews have managed to get their hands dirty with some leaked screenshots which shows that the T-Mobile G2 will be launched on September 29th. The leaked image also suggests that the HTC Vision and the HTC Vanguard is the same device, popularly known as the T-Mobile G2. Rumors also suggest that the device will be up for pre-order from August 31/September 1.
It was less than a week ago that the pictures of the upcoming MeeGo slider from Nokia the N9 leaked on the Internet. Today, we have the hardware details about the N9 thanks to a guy named Lee. According to him, the Nokia N9 will be powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm processor and will pack in 512MB of RAM. The phone will also sport a 4-inch OLED screen with an 800×480 resolution.
Along with all this, the N9 will have 1GB of system storage for installing all your applications and games, along with 64GB (!) of internal memory. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, HSPA+, GPS with A-GPS are also present. In all probability, the back of the phone will house an 8MP camera which will be capable of HD 720p video recording. The phone will also sport a microUSB port, and an HDMI out port.
The Nokia N9 will be the first MeeGo handset from the Finnish handset maker. Nokia is expected to announce the N9 at the upcoming Nokia World Event to be held in mid-September.