Motorola Droid 2 Officially Launched

Finally! After numerous leaks Motorola has officially launched the Droid 2. There is hardly anything left to be known about the Droid 2. The Droid 2 is powered by a 1 GHz OMAP processor, along with 512MB of RAM. The phoneDroid 2 has 8GB of internal memory and an 8Gb microSD card is also included in the retail box. The screen size of the Motorola Droid 2 remains the same as in the original Droid at 3.7-inch. The camera at the back of the phone also remains the same at 5MP. However, the keyboard of the Droid 2 has been improved over the Droid.

The slide-out QWERTY keyboard on the Droid 2 has 4-directional arrow keys instead of the heavily criticized 4-way D-pad found on the original Droid. The Droid 2 will also be the first phone to launch with Android 2.2 on board. The phone will be available for order on the official Verizon website from 11 August. The phone will hit the retail stores on August 12.

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HTC Vision Headed To T-Mobile As G1 Blaze

Remember the HTC Vision we told you about? Well, according to the latest information from Engadget it looks like the HTC Vision is headed to T-Mobile with a different name. The handset is expected to be renamed toHTC_Logo HTC G1 Blaze and will be sold under the T-Mobile network.

The HTC Vision/G1 Blaze packs in a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and a 3.7-inch (AMOLED/S-LCD) screen with a 480×800 resolution. The device will be running on Android 2.1 when launched. The phone is also expected to pack in 1.2Gb of onboard memory. The T-Mobile name of the Vision G1 Blaze looks like a tribute to the first Android phone – the G1.

HTC Vision/G1 Blaze is expected to hit the UK in October. Hopefully, we will see HTC release more QWERTY keyboard based high-end Android phones in the future.

Zen Z82: Dual SIM QWERTY Handset with Analog TV

Now that almost every budget phone on the market is dual SIM compatible, cell phone manufacturers are looking for other features to make their handset stand out. Lava Mobiles is trying its luck with alpha keypads, while Samsung is betting on extended battery life. Zen Mobile believes that support for television on the go can help it win customers.

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Zen Z82 claims to be India’s first QWERTY handset with Analog TV. Earlier, Samsung had also introduced handsets featuring mobile TV. However, both Corby TV and Metro TV relied on super-fast internet connectivity (EVDO) for this service. Also, neither of those handsets featured a QWERTY keypad.

The Z82 is a dual SIM (GSM + GSM) handset with a 2.4 inch QVGA widescreen, 2 megapixel camera, expandable memory up to 4GB, multi-coloured trackball and 3.5mm jack. It is capable of playing MP3 audio and MP4 video files and supports both FM Radio playback and recording. Zen Z82’s battery is powerful enough to provide up to 5 hours of talk time and 200 hours of standby time. It is available across in stores across India for Rs. 4,799.

Lava B2 and B5 – Cost Effective Dual-SIM Handsets with QWERTY and Alpha Keypad

Budget mobile phones with physical full QWERTY keypads seem to be in high demand. Lava B2 and B5 are more of the same, with a critical difference. The B2 as well as B5 are available with QWERTY as well as Alpha keypads.

QWERTY layout doesn’t offer any special speed advantage. After all, it was designed to simply avoid jamming classical typewriters. At the same time, thanks to its ubiquity, most of us are simply too used to it. However, QWERTY does have some learning curve associated with it. Lava believes that people who have never used computers will benefit from their Alpha models, in which the keys are simply arranged alphabetically.

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Lava Mobile B2 and B5

Both the B2 and the B5 feature a 2.2” TFT screen having resolutions of 220×176 and 320×240 pixels respectively. Another feature common to them is dual SIM card support, FM Radio and Bluetooth. The B2 has some additional goodies like dual memory card support, powerful tin led torch and mobile tracker.

The B5 on the other hand bundles applications like Opera Mini and Nimbuzz. Since it supports Java, you can always download more applications. As you might expect, email functionality is baked right into the handset.

The B5 is also a superior multimedia phone thanks to the 2 megapixel camera and support for MP3, MP4, AVI, 3GP, MIDI and AMR playback. Surprisingly enough the B2 comes with a more powerful battery. The 1800mAh ensures that you can go several days without charging. The B5’s battery life is also impressive, since 1400mAh has more than enough juice to power a java phone.

Lava B2 is now available across India for Rs. 3,999, while the B5 is selling for Rs. 4,399. Both of them come equipped with a free 2GB memory card.

HTC Vision Spotted In The Wild

Looks like the Motorola Droid and the Droid 2 finally have some competition from HTC. The folks over at Njuskalo.hr managed to get their hands on the HTC Vision. The HTC Vision is the keyboard-equipped sibling of theHTC Vision Desire. The phone has a 3.7-inch AMOLED display with 800×480 resolution. In all probability, the phone will pack in a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and 576MB of RAM.

It is also said that the phone will have 1.2GB of onboard memory. The usual HTC Sense will also be present. Since the phone’s configuration is similar to the HTC Desire, the camera of the phone should also be 5MP. From the leaked pictures, it is confirmed that the handset will feature a 4-row QWERTY keyboard. Sadly, the device will run Android 2.1 a.k.a Eclair when launched.

HTC are yet to announce the phone officially, but hopefully it will not take too long. The expected price of the device will be around $650.

Samsung launches 3 New Phones Gravity T, Gravity 3 and Smiley

Samsung has launched three new handsets the Gravity T, Gravity 3 and the Smiley. All of them have been released with T-Mobile US. These new kids on the block definitely have a lot in common, all of them have QWERTY keyboards,making messaging a breeze. These products are not aimed at the higher end of the market, rather targeting the mid-ranged customer.

The Gravity T and Gravity 3 have the usual 3G connectivity, 2-MP camera, music player, GPS, Blue-tooth and other features including a QWERTY keyboard. While the Gravity 3 ships with a standard numeric keypad, the Gravity T comes with a 2.8touchscreen.

The Smiley is a basic entry-level handset having a vertical sliding QWERTY keyboard. It has the same features as the other two, barring the 1.3 MP camera and also without the touchscreen. T-Mobile is offering the Smiley at a price tag of $19.99, Gravity 3 at $49.99 and the Gravity T at $74.99.

With all the buzz generated by the latest Android powered smart-phones and the Apple iPhone 4, its refreshing to see a few handsets doing exactly what a handset is meant to do messaging and calling.

Source : Engadget

Acer to release two new Android devices

Android is certainly hot and happening these days with Acer launching two products – the beTouch E120 and beTouch E130. Both the smartphones surprisingly are based on the older Android 1.6 Donut rather than the latest Android 2.1.

The noteworthy difference between these models is that while Acer beTouch E120 has a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen, the Acer beTouch E130 has a 2.6-inch QVGA touchscreen and a QWERTY keybaord. Both have a 3.2- MP camera and the usual dualband 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth and a not very powerful 416 Mhz processor.

The beTouch E120 slated for release in mid-July, followed by the beTouch E130 in August. The availability of many other Android 2.1 smart-phones till then is sure to cause a few problems in sales. The main advantage of these phones however is that sporting Android 1.6, they come with numerous useful applications and further Android has a huge application database.

The Acer beTouch line has a slew of Google applications for all purposes Android browser,Google Maps with Latitude, YouTube support, Facebook, Twidroid and more.

Source : Android Community

Sony Ericsson Julie: Windows Phone 7 Smartphone with QWERTY Keypad

Sony-Ericsson-Julie-Windows-Phone-7 Sony Ericsson has been struggling to keep up with the Android release cycle, but apparently that is not going to stop them from dabbling with other platforms. According to unconfirmed rumors, Sony Ericsson is currently working on a mysterious Windows Phone 7 powered device, codenamed Julie.

Very little is known about this enigmatic device, but Julie is expected to have dimensions similar to the Xperia X10, which has a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen. However, unlike the X10, Julie will have multi-touch support. It should also house a powerful processor (1 GHz dual core or more) and a sliding QWERTY keypad. The interesting bit is that Windows Phone 7 comes with in-built support for the Xbox Live platform, which is a direct competitor to Sony’s Playstation Network.

As always, treat this news with a pinch of salt, since nothing has been confirmed yet. However, this particular source has been right before and there is a fair chance that he may be right again.

Motorola FLIPOUT Is Now Official, One Of Its Kind In Android Line Up

Motorola FLIPOUT is a one of its kind handset in terms of looks. The square shape build is gorgeous. Along with the good looks, the FLIPOUT comes with a strong hardware as well. The FLIPOUT also has a QWERTY keypad. Motorola FLIPOUT will run on Android 2.1 with MOTOBLUR UI from Motorola, which is specially integrated for social networking.

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The Motorola FLIPOUT has 67 x 67 x 17 mm dimension and weighs 120gm. The screen size is of 2.8 inch with QVGA resolution. A 3.5mm slot is also present. The FLIPOUT has 256MB RAM and 512MB ROM. The external memory slot supports microSD and is expandable up to 32GB.

The connectivity in FLIPOUT is also good with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, 2G and 3G support. Bluetooth version in FLIPOUT is 2.1 with A2DP. The camera resolution is of 3.15 MP. The processor inside is TI OMAP3410 700MHz. Stereo radio with RDS is also present. GPS support is also there with aGPS. Digital compass also enhances the navigation in FLIPOUT. The web browser also support Adobe Flash.

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The Motorola FLIPOUT will be available in seven colors; White, Fairway Green, Poppy Red, Raspberry Crush, Brilliant Blue, Licorice and Saffron. It is expected to release in June 2010.

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Verizon To Launch Two New Motorola Droid Phones in July

Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon will be releasing two new Motorola Droids in the month of July. Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said, “We will introduce new Droid products in the Verizon franchise.” He also said that Verizon would be promoting the two new droids along with Motorola, similar to what they did for the original Motorola Droid/Milestone. The original Droid was heavily promoted by Verizon and Motorola in the US.

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The original Motorola Droid was a saviour for Motorola. It helped the company gain a respectable market share, and prevented the company from shutting down. The two handsets, which Motorola will launch along with Verizon, will be the Shadow and another handset about which no information is available. Hopefully, at least one of the phones will sport a physical QWERTY keyboard.

In other Motorola Shadow news, remember the Motorola Shadow prototype which was found in a gym? Apparently, the guy who found the phone has been fired from his job by the senior officials from Verizon. Luckily, the guy was an intern and his internship was going to end this week.