Samsung and T-Mobile have joined hands to unveil the next generation Sidekick handset the Sidekick 4G. In its latest version, the Sidekick 4G features a 3.5-inch touch screen WVGA display, making it the first handset in the Sidekick history to sport a touch screen.
Unlike the previous Sidekick(s), there is no swivelling display in the Sidekick 4G. However, Samsung makes up for that with a pop-tiltmechanism. The handset also sports a comfortable five-row QWERTY keyboard.
The handset is powered by a 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor and packs 512MB of RAM. The back of the handset sports a 3MP camera at the back, with a VGA cam in the front.
The Sidekick 4G runs on Android 2.2 (FroYo), with a custom UI running on top of it. Samsung and T-Mobile have also loaded the handset with tons of bloat ware including Qik for video calling, Drive Smart, Samsung Media Hub, Slacker Radio and T-Mobile TV.
As the name suggests, the Sidekick 4G supports T-Mobile’s 4G’ network a.k.a HSDPA+ and is capable of providing download speeds of up to 21Mbps. The handset will be available sometime later this spring, for hopefully $199 with a two-year contract.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is one of the most exciting Android smartphone to slated to be launched this year. It should be available soon, but thanks to Flipkart, we can pre-order it in India now.
It is priced at Rs 32,000 ($710) and will start shipping from the 2nd week of April. The pricing is a bit lower than the earlier suggested pricing of Rs 34,000, but it’s still quite steep.
It was announced at MWC in February and will support a library of exclusive PSP games created for the Xperia Play. It looks quite similar to the PSP Go, but sports much better hardware.
It comes with a 4 inch touchscreen display and a sliding gamepad. It has a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels and comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It is powered by a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and an Adreno 205 GPU. It also has a 5 MP camera with LED flash and will launch with more than 50 gaming titles.
Go ahead and book your Xperia Play right away. Game on!
The HTC Incredible 2, also known as the Verizon Droid Incredible 2, is supposed to be launched soon. It will be one of the few new high end Android smartphones which will be powered by a single core processor. Other than that, the HTC Incredible 2 seems to have some really good hardware specs.
Today, images and specifications of the HTC Droid Incredible 2 have leaked out.
It will come with a 4.0 inch Super LCD display with a WVGA resolution. It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the HTC Sense UI (It is running Android 2.2 Froyo, but will get a upgrade to Gingerbread before launch).
It also has an 8 MP camera with flash as well as a 1.3 MP front facing camera. It is powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8655 processor and offers 768 MB RAM. It also has 4 GB internal storage and has a 1450 mAh battery.
Compared to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S 2 or the Motorola Atrix 4G, it seems a bit underpowered in terms of clock speed and RAM, but it is an impressive device nevertheless. Pricing details and launch dates should be announced soon.
In the past few months, with the series of Android devices launched at CES 2011 and MWC 2011, it seems that everyone has almost forgotten about the Blackberry.
RIM is planning to launch a couple of new Blackberry smartphones in 2011, and details of quite a few such devices including the Blackberry Storm 3 have already leaked out.
Today, we have come across a video of the Blackberry Storm 3 (codenamed Monaco). The Blackberry Monaco comes with Blackberry OS 6.1 and comes with a nice design. The OS seems very fast and responsive, with an improved UI. It is very slim, at just 11.5 mm.
The Blackberry Monaco comes with a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm processor and has 768 MB RAM. It has 4 GB internal storage and supports up to 32 GB microSD cards.
It is a dual band CDMA phone with EVDO Rev. A connectivity. It comes with a 3.7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It also offers Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and GPS. It also has NFC connectivity and supports Mobile Hotspot.
It will also have a 5 MP camera with autofocus and flash with support for 720p HD video recording. It is much better than the Blackberry Storm, but doesn’t offer anything that the new generation of Android smartphones, or the iPhone 5 won’t.
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.
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.
The HP Topaz, the first webOS tablet by HP was leaked a few weeks back. The Topaz will likely be launched at HP’s press event on February 9, along with the Opal.
Today, Precentral has revealed some detailed specifications of the HP Topaz.
The HP Topaz will be powered by the Qualcomm MSM8660 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. It also has a Adreno 220 GPU and comes with 512 MB DDR2 RAM. It will have a 9.7 inch XGA display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.
It will also have Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and a front facing camera for video calls. The initial version will offer only Wi-Fi, but 3G and 4G versions should also launch soon. It also has a built in accelerometer, compass, gyrometer and a light sensor. It will have two integrated speakers and will come with two 3150 mAh batteries. It’s quite light, at just 700 gms.
It will support Touchstone charging as well as wireless audio streaming via Bluetooth, wireless picture sharing, website sharing, printing, music sharing etc. For more details, including pricing and launch dates, we will have to wait for the February 9 event.
Check out these images of the HP Topaz webOS tablet with the hardware specifications listed.
If the previously leakedBlackberrydevices weren’t enough, the folks over at BGR have gone ahead and posted up another image render aside some specifications of the Storm 3. Outfitted with a relatively large 3.7″ 480×800 resolution screen, one can only hope that RIM has decided to drop their “SurePress” technology and run with a regular “non buttoned” capacitive screen for ease of use to regular consumers. Along with the other “next generation” Blackberry devices, the Storm 3 packs new internals, supports “3G Mobile Hotspot” as well as the OpenGL standard and should also be shipping with OS 6.1.
Blackberry Storm 3 Specifications
3.7-inch 800 x 480 capacitive display
5-megapixel camera with 720p video recording
8GB eMMC (storage for apps and data), 512MB of RAM
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
2.4GHz b/g/n and 5GHz a/n Wi-Fi + UMA
3G Mobile hotspot
1230 mAh battery
After disassembling the iPhone 4, the folks at iFixit have now done the same with the 2nd generation Apple TV revealing the specifications of Apple’s latest device.
Apple TV is powered by the Apple A4 processor which is also powering the iPhone 4. It also has a Samsung K9LCG08U1M 8GB NAND Flash chip, Panasonic Wi-Fi board, Broadcom 802.11n Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/FM chip and 256 MB Ram.
It was surprising to see that Apple TV had 8GB of memory and also an empty slot for another possible flash memory, considering that consumers will only use the device to watch streaming shows.
Interested to see more of what’s inside the Apple TV device? Head over to the iFixit blog for the complete picture.
The Nokia X2 was officially announced by Nokia way back in April. It is a stylish new handset which offers some great specifications at a very reasonable price.
It is a budget feature phone which comes with a 2.2 inch display, a 5 MP camera and runs the S40 OS.
Nokia X2 Specifications
Dimensions: 111 x 47 x 13.3 mm
Weight: 81 gms
Display: 2.2 inch TFT display, 240 x 320 pixels, 256K colors
Memory: 48 MB internal memory, up to 32 GB microSD support
Camera: 5 MP camera, 2592 x 1944 pixels, LED flash
Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
Radio: FM Radio with RDS
Battery: 860 mAh Li-ion battery
The Nokia X2 is priced at Rs. 5999, slightly higher than the speculated price of Rs. 5000. It’s a good deal for those who want a cheap feature phone with a nice camera and great music playback.