While Intel and Motorola Mobility made sure the world found out about their new, multi-year-multi-device partnership to deliver Intel-based Android devices, Chinese phone-maker Lenovo announced the K800, the world’s first Intel-based smartphone.
The Lenovo K800 brings a 4.5-inch 720p display, a 1.6GHz Intel processor and an eight-megapixel main camera. The Intel chip inside the phone is the Z2460, formerly referred to as the “Medfield”, aided by the Intel XMM 6260 platform chip in order to offer support for HSPA+ networks. Android is the platform of choice with [...]
“Find out what’s new and what’s next! Join us at our Press Conference at Mobile World Congress for the latest news on our Xperia smartphone portfolio and strategy“. That’s the wording on the invitations Sony is already sending out, preparing for MWC.
While at CES, Sony introduced the 4G LTE Xperia Ion on AT&T, the Xperia S, as well as the Xperia NX and Xperia acro HD for Japan. Make sure Sony will not come empty-handed to MWC, where last year they introduced the Xperia Play, Neo and Pro devices, aside from the European intro of the [...]
A leaflet circulating in Vegas hinted towards the existence of the world’s first quad-core, nVidia Tegra 3-powered smartphone, wearing the Toshiba branding. Turns out the info was right as the company had the phone prototype on display.
On display is the proper expression because, as you can see in the image above, the device was showcase behind glass, in a transparent box, safe from the prying hands of everyone. The specs accompanying the device are talking about nVidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, a 4.6-inch “HD-quality” LCD screen, [...]
Last fall, Google added support to Google Maps for indoor spaces. With the CES now underway, the company is reminding its users of that relatively recent addition, and how it can be used to help navigate around labyrinthine conference spaces. While that sounds like a very apt use for the feature, Google neglected to take the time mention an update it just pushed-out to the app, which quietly landed at the Android Market today.
If you use Google Latitude features to keep track of where your friends are, you should start seeing a couple of nice improvements, including lower [...]
Last month, we heard a lot out of Intel about its interest in getting back into the smartphone game. While Intel chips saw use in the days of Windows Mobile, the most recent generations of smartphones have favored ARM processors. We heard about a reference design Intel had put together in hopes of attracting manufacturer interest in the platform, and had the opportunity to see a render of the device. With the CES now underway, Intel is showing-off this smartphone effort, giving us out first look at an Intel Android in action.
This hardware is never meant for retail shelves, but [...]
We’ve learned that T-Mobile is poised to add a third 42Mbps HSPA+ handset to its lineup, known as the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G. Since the Blaze isn’t scheduled to launch until later in the year, details are still scarce: so far all that’s been revealed to us are a dual-core Snapdragon processor by Qualcomm and, predictably, a Super AMOLED display of unknown dimensions. All indications point to this being a successor to the carrier’s version of the Galaxy S II, not the least of which is its model number: SGH-T999, which is the highest number Samsung has ever [...]
So far, we’ve seen manufacturers at the CES show off Android tablets that have quad-core chips, that feature HD displays, and dock with smartphones. The latest to catch our eye has a few unique hardware features of its own, which together may be able to help it become one of the stand-out tablets for gaming.
The highlight of the WikiPad, currently being demonstrated at the CES, is arguably its eight-inch screen with not only an impressive 1080p resolution, but with autostereoscopic abilities, as well.
We don’t recall seeing anyone else trying to adapt the sort [...]
At CES we got some hands-on time with the Lenovo S2 Android 2.3 smartphone (which will be upgradable to Android 4.0). It packs a single-core Snapdragon MSM8255 1.4GHz CPU with a 3.8″ WVGA IPS display with an 8MP camera on the back and a 1.3MP camera on the front. The S2 features a single button control that functions as a menu, back, and home button, all in one, depending on the gestures you use. It has Lenovo’s custom UI which features a custom home screen interface, custom launcher, and even custom notification bar. The S2 isn’t the most advanced smartphone ever, [...]
Ever since the Lumia 900 rumors started pouring in, following up on the launch of the Lumia 800, we were inclined to believe (taking hints, actually), that the next Nokia Windows Phone will be made of the same polycarbonate material as the Lumia 800.
Not according to New York Times! According to their sources, the Nokia Windows Phone called Lumia 900 will be announced “on Monday at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas”. It will be sold in the U.S. by AT&T and, instead of the same material used in the production of the Lumia 800, the Lumia 900 [...]
According to recent rumors, Sony Ericsson will unveil two Android-powered smartphones at the upcoming CES. According to reports, they will be the Xperia S and the Xperia Ion, wearing a “Sony”-only branding (though it is yet unknown whether it will be accompanied by the “Sony Ericsson” branding too, or not).
The Xperia S is a new name but it appears to relate to the LT26i “Nozomi” phone which we’ve recently saw previewed (though with a full “Sony Ericsson” branding at the top). You should expect specs like 1.5GHz dual-core [...]
Don’t feel strange if you feel sorry for the USB adaptor in the video below. It makes a sad face and even manages to squeeze out a tear from one of its ports.
Motorola invites everyone to “stay unplugged” as the manufacturer teases some sort of wireless charging and/or synching technology for CES. Of course, the wireless charging concept is no stranger, not to mention the wireless synching concept which is already part of many smartphone owners’ lives. How is Motorola going to implement the new technology? We’ll find out soon [...]
Eight months ago, just a couple of days shy, Research in Motion announced the BlackBerry OS 7, bringing an easier and faster user interface, universal voice searches, an enhanced browser, HTML5 Video support and more. Now the company has just announced the updated version of the platform, BlackBerry 7.1 OS.
Alongside the OS, other popular RIM apps have been also updated: BBM (which is now version 6.1 with BlackBerry Tag Support), BlackBerry Traffic, and BlackBerry Travel. The 7.1 iteration of the BlackBerry OS will roll-out from carriers starting today and over the coming weeks, [...]
We’re just hopefully a couple of minutes away from the AT&T event in Las Vegas where everyone expects the carrier to unveil the highly anticipated Nokia Lumia 900 (aka Ace).
We can now not only see the official, though minuscule, renders of the phone (what we previously had was a mock-up, though a good one) but also catch some details of the device coming to AT&T’s LTE network. There’s a real resemblance with the Lumia 800 and the Nokia N9 and it’s worth mentioning that the manufacturer seems to have placed the flash back to the left of the [...]
Late last week, Gorilla Glass creator Corning announced that it would have the next generation of the technology ready to show-off at the CES this week. Today we learn of the details behind Gorilla Glass 2, including Corning’s claims of the ability to manufacture the glass such that it’s up to twenty percent thinner than existing Gorilla Glass screens, while maintaining the same level of damage resistance.
Considering we’re looking at the arrival of some of the thinnest smartphones yet conceived, manufacturers are going to be more hard-pressed than ever to find [...]
LG’s Spectrum is about to become the company’s flagship phone on Verizon’s LTE network. We got a really good look at the phone last week, with its 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 4.5-inch 720p display, and heard a rumor that the phone would become available on January 19. At a press event this morning, LG and Verizon finally announced the Spectrum, confirming the January 19 launch date and revealing the phone’s price tag.
Considering the high-end specs, the LG Spectrum will be quite affordable on Verizon. We were expecting to learn of a launch price in the [...]
AT&T is very proud to call itself the first U.S. carrier to offer LTE windows Phones. At today’s CES event, HTC’s Peter Chou, together with AT&T’s Ralph de la Vega and Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, announced the HTC Titan II, follow up to the original Titan Windows Phone.
You must remember the HTC Bresson rumored back in May, with the huge camera 16-megapixel camera and you surely remember the HTC Radiant render from the other day. The HTC TItan II is HTC’s first LTE Windows Phone and it takes the Titan to the next level.
Instead of [...]
Not more than seven months after the Droid 3 was released, Verizon has announced the latest in what appears to be the longest lineage of a smarpthone brand ever. The Droid 4, which appeared on our radar in September, is the first LTE-capable original Droid (of the hardware keyboard variety). In a lot of ways, the Droid 4 reminds us of the Droid RAZR with its slender design and somewhat rounded edges. It packs a 4.0″ qHD 960×540 display powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage with microSD expansion, an 8MP shooter on the back capable of [...]
Back at the beginning of December, we broke news of the name Droid RAZR Maxx for one of Motorola’s upcoming smartphones. We didn’t have much more than some EXIF data to go on, but did see one unconfirmed report from a Verizon user who claimed to have been told by a retail employee that the RAZR Maxx was basically going to be a slightly-thicker RAZR with the benefit of a higher-capacity battery. Even a minor change to the phone seemed like a surprising development, considering how little time had passed since the Droid RAZR was first introduced. Sure enough, though, Verizon [...]
We were hoping to learn about Nokia’s Lumia 900 during AT&T’s developer event from earlier today, but while we did have that opportunity to get the skinny on the HTC Titan II, Nokia’s Stephen Elop teased that we’d have to wait just a little longer for his company’s news. Sure enough, Nokia’s own event kicked-off at the start of the hour, and it took this opportunity to finally announce the Lumia 900, coming to the US as an exclusive to AT&T LTE.
We’ve been hearing about the Lumia 900 for weeks, saw plenty of potential images of [...]
After the Nokia event in Las Vegas where Stephen Elop proudly announced the first Nokia LTE Windows Phone, the Lumia 900, the first ever Windows Phones from the manufacturer will be coming to Canada as part of the Espoo-based company’s plans to re-enter the North American market.
Current and future subscribers of Rogers Canada will be able to choose the Nokia Lumia 710 (in February for $49 on contract) — which in also on T-Mobile in the U.S. (on January 11 for $49.99 on a two-year contract) — while those on TELUS Canada will have the opportunity to grab the [...]
At the beginning of December, following up on the acquisition of Ericsson’s stake from the joint venture by Sony, we’ve been told that Sony will be phasing out the Sony Ericsson brand by mid-2012.
We’re now told that Sony Ericsson will be rebranded as Sony Mobile Communications and all the phones which will be announced and released from this point on will be only wearing the “Sony” branding. The old Sony Ericsson logo is also dumped and, to testify to all the above, the Sony Xperia Ion on AT&T as well as the Sony Xperia S are only labeled as [...]
If you didn’t catch all the details of the AT&T-bound (for the moment) Nokia Lumia 900 from the announcement, the first Nokia Windows Phone with 4G LTE support, the manufacturer has just enlisted the newcomer to its official website.
It has a 1.4GHz Qualcomm APQ8055 + MDM9200 (WCDMA) combo, 512 MB of RAM, 16GB if internal storage out of which 14.5GB usable, 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack glass touchscreen with WVGA resolution, eight-megapixel f/2.2, 28mm back camera with LED flash, one-megapixel front facing webcam with f/2.4, WiFi, Bluetooth and a 1830mAh non-removable [...]
Aside from the Sony Xperia Ion on AT&T and the Sony Xperia S, Sony also announced the Xperia NX and Xperia acro HD at CES. Though we’ve heard that all mobile devices announced will wear the Sony-only branding, the two new devices destined for Japan are still branded Sony Ericsson.
The Xperia NX is the Japanese variant of the Xperia S, with the 4.3 inch LCD “Reality Display”, Qualcomm MSM8260 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and twelve-megapixel camera. The Xperia acro HD will also share similar specs, like the 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch HD [...]