Acer has announced a new Android smartphone which sports some really awesome hardware specifications. The new Android smartphone will sport a 4.8 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a droolworthy resolution of 1024 x 480 pixels. It will be powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and will presumably come with more than 512 MB RAM.
It will also have an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash as well as a secondary 2 MP camera for video calling. It also packs in HSDPA 14.4 MBps connectivity and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. It is a Dolby certified phone with HDMI support.
It is easily the best Android smartphone announced yet, in terms of both form and function. No pricing details were released for this “100% phone and 100% tablet”, but it will be launched in April 2011. It will most probably run Android 2.2 Froyo or Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
LG’s most popular Android phone to date, the LG Optimus One P500 has been launched in India. It is now available for just Rs. 13500, which makes it one of the best budget Android phones in India.
LG hasn’t had much success with its Android lineup, but the Optimus One has been seeing spectacular sales. It just passed the 1 million milestone a week back.
It is probably the best budget phone right now. It is powered by Android 2.2 Froyo and comes with a 600 MHz processor and 419 MB RAM. It has 170 MB internal storage and supports microSD cards up to 32 GB.
It comes with a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, which is much better compared to the QVGA resolution of most budget Android phones. It also has a 3.15 MP camera and offers all the basic connectivity options – GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP etc. It also has a GPS transceiver with A-GPS support. It is powered by a 1500 mAh battery.
At this price point, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a budget Android device.
Juniper Networks conducted a global consumer study in association with KRC Research and Synovate with more than 6,000 smartphone and tablet users across 16 countries. It was found that upto four out of five people feel “level of security” is high priority when buying or using smartphones and tablet computers. The study also reveals that more than half of them are anxious about losing their mobile devices, protecting their identities and protecting their families with parental controls.
According to the study Indian smartphone users have shown highest level of concern towards mobile security issues. The figure stood at 90 per cent among the 16 countries which were considered for conducting this study. Other countries that followed India are Brazil and Russia (88 per cent each), Germany (86 per cent) and China and Italy (both at 85 per cent) where users have a high level of security concerns towards using Smartphones.
After the launch of the Nokia N8, the Nokia C7 and the Nokia C6-01, now is the time for the launch of another Symbian ^3 device – the Nokia E7. According to a Twitter update by Nokia’s official account, the Nokia E7 will start shipping from December 2010.
The Nokia E7 is one of the best Symbian devices and is the next communicator by Nokia. It is being marketed as the ultimate business smartphone and has some great hardware specs.
It runs the latest Symbian ^3 OS and comes with a 4 inch touchscreen display and a sliding QWERTY keyboard.
It also has an 8 MP camera with dual LED flash and can capture 720p video. It comes with 16 GB internal storage and offers everything from 3G HSDPA to Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0. It is powered by a 680 MHz processor and 256 MB RAM. It should be available for around â‚¬495 ($680).
You can check out the hands on pictures of the Nokia E7 here.
We already know that Microsoft is going to officially launch Windows Phone 7 on October 11. There have been scores of Windows Phone 7 related leaks in the past month. Some of them have been very revealing, like the LG GW910 and the LG E900 while some leaks like the HTC Schubert and the Sony Ericsson Julie haven’t been disclosed many details.
Today, images of yet another Windows Phone 7 smartphone – the Samsung GT-i8700 surfaced on the internet. It seems to have a stylish design and a camera with an LED flash. It also has 8 GB internal storage. Except that, no other details are out yet.
iOS and Android are growing at a rapid pace, both adding close to 200,000 devices a day. Many Android tablets are about to launch soon, further strengthening its position in the market.
The response to Windows Phone 7 has been quite decent, with the Windows 7 SDK seeing more than 300,000 downloads by developers. There are rumors of atleast 10 Windows Phone 7 smartphones in development currently.
Among all the heavyweight launches at IFA 2010, Berlin, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab, there was an announcement by Huawei that it is planning to launch a new Android smartphone soon. It’s the Huawei Ideos which will run Android 2.2 Froyo. It’s an entry level Android smartphone which will be priced at around $150 (Rs. 7000) or lower, which makes it the cheapest Android smartphone to date. With most Android phones still not running Froyo and some new phones still launching with Android 1.6, an ultra cheap, budget Android smartphone running Froyo on release is definitely impressive.
“The popularity of the smartphone is one of the key tools to bringing people into the ‘Golden Age of Mobile Broadband,’ which is linked to Google’s mobile Internet strategy. We are proud to have already achieved our goal from early 2010 of developing a US$150 smartphone with an excellent user experience. The IDEOS is an affordable option, designed to lower barriers to entry to allow easy mobile Internet access.”, said Kevin Tao, CEO, Huawei.
The Huawei Ideos comes with a 2.8 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. It is powered by a 528 MHz processor and has a 3.15 MP camera with autofocus. It will also offer the standard connectivity options like GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP. It also has a GPS transceiver with A-GPS.
That’s quite a lot of features in a very low price. With the Ideos, Android is finally encroaching on Symbian’s home territory of low cost smartphones. And it certainly looks like it’s going to win.
Nokia has just released its next Symbian S60 v5 running smartphone the Nokia 5250. The Nokia 5250 will be the successor to the highly popular Nokia 5230. The phone features a 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen with nHD (360×640) resolution. The phone will be powered by the age-old ARM11 434Mhz processor and will pack in 128MB of RAM as well. The internal storage of the phone is a disappointingly low 51MB. The phone also supports microSD cards of up to 16GB.
The back of the phone will sport a 2MP camera at its back. It will lack Wi-Fi, GPS, and 3G thus limiting its connectivity options. However, the phone will come pre-installed with Guitar Hero 5 Mobile and Ovi Music Unlimited. Nokia quotes the battery life of the device at 18 days in standby or up to seven hours of talk time.
The Nokia 5250 is expected to start shipping from fourth quarter of this year, and will be priced at 115 Euros before taxes and subsidies. Here is the link to the full press release.
LG hasn’t had much success yet with its Android lineup. It has made bold claims that its upcoming tablet will be better than the iPad but I think all of us know what the odds of that are.
It has had the GW620 QWERTY Android phone available in India since some time now, but today onwards, even the new LG Optimus GT540 is available in India. It has been launched at a price of Rs. 12990.
It won’t win any awards for design or performance, but has decent specifications and offers a nice budget Android option. However, I would bve wary of buying any Android 1.6 phone now, especially when Android 2.1 options like the Samsung Galaxy 3 and the HTC Wildfire are available already.
LG Optimus GT540 Specifications
Dimensions: 109 x 54.5 x 12.7 mm
Weight: 115.5 gms
Display: 3.0 inch TFT display, resistive touchscreen, 320 x 480 pixels
OS: Android 1.6
Memory: 130 MB internal memory, up to 32 GB microSD cards
Camera: 3.15 MP camera, 2048 x 1536 pixels, autofocus
Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
Radio: FM radio with RDS
GPS: GPS transceiver with A-GPS
Battery: Li-ion battery, 1500 mAh
LG Optimus GT540 – LG India
Dell has updated the US page of the Dell Streak to indicate that the Streak will be available for purchase in the US by late July.
The Dell Streak is a new Android based smartphone/tablet hybrid by Dell and has been available in the UK since about a month. The US prices haven’t been revealed yet, but going by the prices in the UK, it should be priced around $650.
The reviews of the Dell Streak have been fairly good, with the only point of contention being the size; while some consider it too big to be used as a phone and too small to be used as a tablet, most consider it to be perfectly usable as both.
It will be shipping with Android 1.6 but Dell has promised an upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo.
Dell Streak Specifications
- Dimensions: 152.9 x 79.1 x 10 mm
- Weight: 220 gms
- Display: 5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 1 GHz processor
- RAM: 512 MB RAM
- Memory: 16 GB internal memory, up to 32 GB microSD support
- OS: Android 1.6 (upgradeable to Android 2.2)
- Camera: 5 MP camera with autofocus and dual LED flash, secondary VGA camera
- Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
- GPS: GPS transceiver with A-GPS
- Battery: Li-ion 1530 mAh battery
Airtel, India’s largest cellular network provider, has announced that it will launch the Apple iPhone 4 in India by October, just in time for the Diwali season.
It was announced earlier today that the iPhone 4 will be available in 17 more countries on July 30, but there was no mention of India in that list. Soon after that, Bharti Airtel was planning an iPhone 4 launch by October.
“We are working with Apple. Hopefully, we will launch it in the September – October timeframe”
said Bharti Airtel CEO, Sanjay Kapoor, after a CII conference.
The iPhone 4 will most probably be priced upwards of Rs. 40,000 in the Indian Market. The prices of the two iPhone 3GS models will likely be slashed from the current prices of Rs. 35500 and 41500 for the 16 GB and 32 GB models respectively.
The iPhone 4 is that latest iPhone by Apple which comes with the new iOS4 and sports some really good hardware. It has a 1 GHz Apple A4 processor, 512 MB RAM and 16 GB / 32 GB storage. It has an excellent 3.5 inch retina capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels and a 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. It has been plagued with signal reception problems lately.
Source: Times of India