HTC To Announce A Touchscreen Tablet Device At CES?

Apple has not yet even officially announced or confirmed the existence of the iSlate, and its competitors banking on the rumors have started making tablet touchscreen devices. Many Mobiles manufacturer’s and Computer manufacturerhtc-logo must be waiting to see the response of the public when Apple officially announces the iSlate.

Previously many manufacturer’s tried launching a tablet touchscreen device but failed miserably to capture a sizeable market share. Few days ago we told you about Notion’s Ink Adam Tablet, and now if rumors are to be believed, HTC is all set to announce a Touchscreen tablet device at the upcoming CES. The tablet touchscreen device is believed to be using a Qualacomm based processor and will be running the Android OS. There is no word whether the tablet touchscreen device supports Multi-touch or not. HTC has been known for making WinMo and Android based phones until now.

It will be interesting to see whether this rumor of a tablet touchscreen device from HTC turns out to be true or not.

Samsung Corby Pop C3510 Is Coming To India

The Samsung Corby series has managed to become quite popular in India thanks to the smart combination of style and attractive pricing. But, Samsung isn’t resting on its laurels. It seems determined to mount pressure on competitors in the mid-level segment.

Samsung Corby POP C3510 – a scaled-down version of the popular S3650, will be available in India pretty soon. Corby Pop is expected to cost around Rs 7,000. It will have a 2.8 inch QVGA Screen with a resolution of 240×320 pixels, 1.3 MP Camera, MP3 Player, FM Radio, 22 MB internal memory, strong Li-ion battery and almost 8 hours of talk time. C3510 won’t have 3G or Wi-Fi support. However, Samsung will also launch a higher end model with Wi-Fi capabilities.


Corby POP will retain most of the features present in S3650. Besides the Touchscreen, features like multi-instant messenger and social networking integration (Twitter, Facebook and MySpace) have proved to be big selling points for the Corby series. Boosted by the lower price point Corby POP should be able to continue the impressive performance of the Corby series.

Nokia 5230 Now Available In India For Rs.9389

Recently, Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia launched Nokia 5230, a low budget touchscreen phone that comes with some excellent features such as 3G connectivity, 3.2 inches display, handwriting recognition, A-GPS and so on. Nokia 5230 is the cheapest touchscreen handset available in India from the manufacturer.

nokia 5230

Nokia 5230 runs on Symbian S60 5th edition Operating System and 434 ARM MHz processor. It comes with 3.2 inches TFT resistive touchscreen display, 2 mega-pixel camera, 3G, EDGE, 70 MB internal storage, 16 external storage and much more.

Other features includes 3.5 mm headphone jack, VGA video recording, Document viewer, Photo editor, Flash Lite 3.0, Stereo FM radio with RDS, audio and video player, Java games, A-GPS, Nokia Maps 2.0, accelerometer, handwriting recognition and so on.

nokia 5230

Though this device supports 3G connectivity, it does not comes with secondary camera for video calling. Sadly, this device does not support Wi-Fi connectivity as well. Nokia 5230 is the cheapest touchscreen handset available in India from Nokia and it is strategically priced at Rs.9,389.

Dell Introduces Inspiron One 19 and Studio 17: Touchscreen Desktop and Laptop

Dell, the 3rd largest PC manufacturer of the world, has launched a new notebook and computer each, with touch-screen functionality. dell-logo-online-newThe Inspiron One 19 computer has an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4GB DDR2 RAM, and a maximum storage capacity of 750GB. The screen size of the LCD is 19″, having a resolution of 1440*900. The screen is, according to Dell, multi-touch enabled.

The Inspiron One 19, and Studio 17 laptop, feature Wifi, 1.3Mp webcam, a dual 2-watt speakersalong with 6 USB ports. The Studio 17 laptop is the first ever notebook from Dell to offer touchscreen functionality. It features a Core i7 processor, and supports a maximum of 8GB RAM. The laptop has a 17.3screen, with a resolution of 1600*900. It also comes with JBL branded speakers, and the storage size of the hard-disk is expandable to a maximum of 1TB. A Blu-Ray Drive is optional with the laptop. The graphics department of Studio 17 laptop is handled by the relatively low-end ATi Radeon HD4650. Both the computer and the laptop, come pre-loaded with Windows 7. Dell did not announce the price of the Studio 17 laptop, but the Inspiron One 19 computer will be available in India with a MRP of Rs 29,900.

Android based Vega Tablet

Innovative Converged Devices (ICD), a seattle-based electronic device company, has unveiled it’s first high-definition mobile internet device on the 11th November. ICD has previously made a digital photo-frame and a Mobile player running Windows.

However, the Tablet PC Vega, is a full streaming media, touch screen device that runs the Android. The interesting thing is that it run’s the same latest version of Android, Android 2.0 “Eclair”, as the Motorola Droid.

However, the Vega runs the NVIDIA Tegra, Nvidia’s graphics-cum-applications processor for Mobile devices which supports 1080p Full HD, found in other high-definition devices like Microsoft’s ZuneHD.

The Vega will be available in three screen sizes :   7   inches, 11 inches and the 15th inch. Currently, ICD has released the 15 inch version. It contains an accelerometer and the 3G wireless as well as 802.11b/g WLAN modules. It has USB 2.0 ports and support for MicroSD and Bluetooth. With four hours of battery life, a 3.1 MP Camera and 512 MB RAM, this is full fledged Tabled PC.

With a device like the Vega, application like On-demand TV, Gaming, Voice and SMS as well as Social Media applications, Video chatting, Music, etc. will be an enhanced experience.

Frameworks like Android, Moblin and Maemo are lowering the barrier-to-entry for company’s like ICD. The only factor that may or may not determine the success of these devices is the price-point, which, for the Vega is still unknown.

Any guesses ?

First Hand Pics Of Nokia 5230

Nokia 5230 is a S60 5th Edition Series phone that comes with resistive touch screen. I wonder when would Nokia start making capacitive touch screens. Nokia 5230 comes with a 3.2-inch widescreen touch display (640 x 360 pixels) along with full-screen QWERTY keyboard and handwriting recognition bright screen. The homescreen features a Contacts Bar and a Media Bar. Other features of Nokia 5230 include a 2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, Adobe Flash Lite 3.0 and MIDP Java 2.1 APIs. WCDMA frequencies which are supported depends on the region where the device is available etc. guys shared few first hand pictures of Nokia 5230. Check them out:





Samsung OmniaPRO Preview

Samsung’s Pocket PC OmniaPRO is a very good piece of work. The features of the phone makes it a very tough competitor for HTC Pro2. OmniaPRO is a windows phone. OmniaPRO has a very good cpu and apart from being a pocket pc it has a very good camera and the DNSe sound system makes it good in entertainment as well. Samsung has selected PsoC(R) TrueTouch touchscreen in OmniaPRO which gives OmniaPRO a huge plus point. The specifications are as follows.



     2G Network                       GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

     3G Network                       HSDPA 900 / 2100


     Dimensions                       112.6 x 57.8 x 16.2 mm

     Weight                               159gm

     Display                              AMOLED resistive touchscreen, 16M colors (65K effective)

     Size                                    800 x 480 pixels, 3.5 inches

                                               – Advanced R touchscreen display

                                               – Full QWERTY keyboard

                                               – Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate


     Internal                              1 GB storage, 256 MB RAM

     Card slot                            microSD, up to 32GB



     GPRS                                  Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps

     HSCSD                               Yes

     EDGE                                  Class 10, 236.8 kbps

     3G                                      HSDPA 3.6 Mbps

     WLAN                                Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, DLNA

     Bluetooth                           Yes, v2.0 with A2DP

     Infrared port                      No

     USB                                    Yes, v2.0 microUSB

Camera                                 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels

     Features                            Geo-tagging, panorama shot, best shot, autofocus, LED flash

     Video                                 Yes

     Secondary                          Yes


     OS                                    Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, upgradeable to 6.5

     CPU                                  800 MHz processor; dedicated graphics accelerator

     Messaging                 &#1
SMS, MMS, Email, RSS, IM

     Browser                            WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML

     Radio Stereo                     FM radio with RDS

     Games                              Yes

     Colors                              Black

     GPS                                   Yes, with A-GPS support

     Java                                   Yes, MIDP 2.0

                                              – Business card scanner

                                              – Work & Life mode

                                              – Photo/video editor

                                              – Pocket Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF viewer)

                                              – TV-out



     Music                               MP3/WAV/e-AAC+/WMA/AMR player

                                             DNSe (Digital Natural Sound Engine)

                                             3.5 mm audio jack


     Video                               DivX/XviD/MPEG4/3gp/H.263/H.264 player

                                             WVGA resolution

Battery                                Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh

The phone is a pocket pc but also has all requirements of good entertainment as well. The 3.5 inch screen, WVGA resolution, 800Mhz processor, 256MB RAM, dedicated graphic accelerator and many more makes this phone a better choice than HTC Pro 2. Samsung who has not been known as a veteran in communicator devices are now showing improvement with the introduction of omniaPRO. The phone indeed has very good features. The UI especially the Touch Gallery is very good. Samsungs proprietary TouchWIZ UI is installed on top of Windows OS. The widgets on the home screen can be set as two different modes work and life. Samsung has done well to improve from the predecessor Omnia in the UI. OmniaPRO is indeed a better choice when it comes to a communicator.

Sony Ericsson Aino Preview


Another Sony Ericsson handset which was previewed on the MCW held in Barcelona was Aino. This phone was hyped earlier as a PlayStation phone but nothing as such is clear to us. However the phone has good features and they are as follows-



  • 104.0 x 50.0 x 15.5 mm
  • 4.1 x 2.0 x 0.6 inches


  • 134.0 gm
  • 4.7 oz


  • 432×240 pixel
  • 16,777,216 color Capacitive TFT touch screen (limited)

     2G Network

     GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

     3G Network
     HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100

     HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 Aino (a) for Americas


     55 MB

     Card Slot     

      microSD (TransFlash), up to 32GB, 8GB included

     Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps


     Class 10, 236.8 kbps

     HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps

     Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, DLNA

     Yes, v2.0 with A2DP

     Yes, v2.0


    Camera– 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels

    Camera Features-   

     · Auto Focus

     · Digital Zoom up to 16x

     · Face Detection

     · Geo-tagging

     · Photo feeds

     · Photo fix

     · Photo flash

     · Picture blogging

     · Touch focus

     · Video blogging

     · Video record @30fps

     · Video stabilizer

      No secondary camera


     SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email

     WAP 2.0/HTML (NetFront 3.5), RSS reader

     Stereo FM radio with RDS

     Yes, and downloadable

     Obsidian Black, Luminous White

     Yes, with A-GPS support; Wayfinder Navigator

     Yes, MIDP 2.0

     – Remote play for PlayStation 3
     – Google Maps 
     – Picture editor/blogging
     – YouTube & Facebook applications
     – SensMe

                             sony ericsson aino high quality phone


    Music- MP3, AAC (Clear Bass and Clear Stereo technology)

     Walkman 3.0 UI

     Video- MP4, WMV, 3GP  (240×432)

               Standard battery, Li-Po 1000 mAh

    2G Network

               Talk time-13 hours
               Standby-380 hours

     3G network-

               Talk time-4 hours 30 min             

               Standby-367 hours

               Video Call-1hour 40 minutes


The phone is a good combination of looks, music, video playback, browsing and many more. A wireless earphone is more welcomed. The main thing which adds a zing in this phone is that it’s a touch screen slider. The phone also has many new walkman backgrounds like a recorder, cd player and gramophones running in background. The phone has no portrait mode in now playing UI only landscape. However the resolution is somewhat strange and no secondary camera for video calling are few negatives about this phone. The touch interface is only available in media and camera and above all it’s the first capacitive touch screen phone from Sony Ericsson. After seeing Satio, Aino and Yari from Sony Ericsson we can say that Sony Ericsson is changing now.

Palm Pre To Hit Markets On June 6


Palm Pre is ready to debut on June 6 under its initial exclusive carrier: the Sprint CDMA network in the United States. Palm Pre comes with mind blowing hardware and its new Operating system called Palm webOS.


Palm comes with 3.1-inch touchscreen, just like the Iphone. The sliding QWERT keyboard is slightly curvy and the Phone goes slightly smaller than Iphone when the keyboard closed. It comes with a nice 3.1 Mega Pixel camera with LED flash. Palm is the the first mobile phone to use Texas Instruments OMAP 3430 processor.

The Pre will be available in two versions:

  • EV-DO Rev. A and 802.11b/g, as well as Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and A2DP
  • 3G GSM in place of EV-DO

The big turn off for me is, it doesn’t come with a microSD slot. That means memory is not expandable and will have to stick to the 8GB provided. On the sides, it has 3.5mm headphone jack along with volume up/down buttons and large speaker on the back side.   It comes with MicroUSB port which will let you charge phone/transfer files from your workplace.


Palm_webOS_Launcher Palm is implementing in its webOS, the           operating system it’s developed based on Linux.

webOS is designed for use with a touch screen-based graphical user interface. It includes a suite of applications for personal information management and makes use of a number of web technologies such as HTML 5, JavaScript, and CSS.

The OS supports multitasking and users will be able to perform more than one tasks at a time.

The Palm Pre will be available across the US on June 6 in Sprint stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack, select Wal-Mart stores and online for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate.

Will Nokia 5800 Tube be the next iPhone Killer?

We have been playing around with our new toy the Nokia N95 for few days now, and it is definitely the best smartphone available today. Except for it not being a touch phone, it beats the iPhone outright on features. We will be posting a detailed review about it, once we have all the applications and games installed and tested.

In the meantime we did see another phone that caught our attention. The Nokia 5800 Tube is rumored to be a real killer phone and it’s possibly the first phone from Nokia to have a touch screen. Nokia 5800 Tube will make use of the S60 Touch UI built on Symbian (which is great) OS for mobile phones. Knowing how good Nokia smartphones are, we can definitely vouch that this phone will prove to be the real competition to iPhones.

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