Alcatel One Touch has certainly made a splash here at CES by introducing a host of awesome smartphones. Our own Rob Nazarian got some hands-on time with the T’Pop, S’Pop, M’Pop and X’Pop smartphones. As you can see, all 4 come in a variety of shapes and features– with the T’Pop, S’Pop, M’Pop and X’Pop models each featuring a single-core processor, but the M’Pop & X’Pop models both feature bigger screens and Jelly Bean running the show. The fairly exciting thing about this is the fact that each model seems to feature a lightly customized build of Android, so at least there’s no extra junk to slow the devices down much. All in all– the devices seem like a good bet to make a pretty good impression for those in the market for a budget-level device.
Hit the source to check out the hands-on video of the new additions to the Alcatel One Touch family.
Along with its new line of Evo tablets, Alcatel is dipping its toes into the higher-end Android smartphone market with the introduction of its Idol and Idol Ultra handsets.
The company is touting its One Touch Idol Ultra as the thinnest smartphone currently on the market, measuring in at just 6.45mm thick. It also sports a 4.7-inch OLED HD display and an 8-megapixel camera. The One Touch Idol is aimed more towards the lower-end market, featuring a 4.7-inch qHD panel and an 8-megapixel camera. Both devices run atop Mediatek’s 1.2GHz dual-core 6577 processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
In addition to the Polaroid Kids tablet that was being shown at CES 2013, TalkAndroid was also able to spend some time checking out a couple new grown-up versions of tablets that Polaroid is bringing to market. The two tablets are part of their M Series with devices in both the 7-inch and the 10-inch class. Check out our hands on video after the break to see the devices.
A few days ago we reported on Polaroid’s foray into the tablet market with a device designed specifically for kids. With a large bezel and kid friendly buttons, the 7-inch screen is backed with a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM capable of running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Polaroid even took the step of removing access to the Google Play Store so kids won’t get themselves into trouble.
Polaroid had the device on hand at CES 2013, so we were able to gets some hands on time with the Polaroid Kids tablet as seen in the video after the break.
While some of us may feel a little iffy about Windows Surface Tablets out there, Lenovo is out to change that perception by introducing the IdeaCentre Horizon tablet. While the massive 27-inch display, “Aura” custom UI and the ability to play air hockey are each nothing to sneeze at— the real noteworthy aspect of the device is the fact it can operate Android apps, thanks to the Bluestacks Android player which comes preloaded. And before you ask— yes— the apps work like a charm and operate as if you’re on a traditional Android device.
If you’re in the market for a Windows-based tablet, but want something that’s Android-friendly— the IdeaCentre Horizon may be a compelling option. Hit the break to check out the hands-on video in all its glory.
More leaked images for HTC’s Sense 5.0 hit the interwebs. We saw images of the leaked dialer a few days ago and what we’re seeing today looks just as nice. As with the dialer, these images are purportedly from the HTC M7.
Possible photo of the M7 and a screenshot of the settings past the break
Throughout our CES 2013 coverage, we have seen manufacturers continue the trend of pushing screen sizes larger and larger for smartphone devices and blurring the line between phone and tablet, like the 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate. These devices have nothing on ViewSonic though. How about a 24-inch Smart Display tablet? No, you won’t be pulling this out of your pocket or even your laptop case. However, if you have the need for a flat surface that functions like an Android tablet, but on a much larger scale, a ViewSonic Smart Display may be just the ticket.
The newest member of the family is the VSD240 with a 24-inch, 1920 x 1080 HD LED screen. The tablet runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is powered by a 1.7GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. The VSD240, like its 22-inch sibling the VSD220, includes HDMI and USB ports, SD card slots, and a 1.3MP camera. Using the variety of ports, Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities, the device can double as a display for a traditional PC.
You might think a device like this might cost an arm and a leg, but ViewSonic has indicated it will be available in April for only $499.
Be sure to check back here at TalkAndroid as we continue our CES 2013 coverage.
Yesterday Acer announced the release of their new Acer Iconia B1-A71 tablet device. Coming loaded with a dual-core 1.2GHz cpu, 512MB of RAM, a 7-inch screen, and 8GB of storage, Acer is aiming this device squarely at the budget-minded tablet buyer. The expectation is that the price will come in at less that $150. If you are wondering how a modestly equipped tablet from Acer will perform, you can check out our hands on video after the break.
Dropbox is an incredible product that keeps all of your files synced across your different devices. Samsung took note of the company and began integrating the software back when they released the Galaxy S III, giving users a free 50GB pass. Yesterday, Dropbox announced that it will be strengthening its partnership with Samsung (the fastest selling smartphone manufacturer in the world) by adding Dropbox integration into many future Samsung devices (smart cameras, tablets, smartphones, computers, etc). The Samsung integration will begin in March of 2013. Dropbox recently reached 100 million users, so it seems the partnership is working quite nicely for them. If you’re a Dropbox user who’s planning on buying a future Samsung device, then you better start thinking what you’re gonna do with all that free storage! To read Dropbox’s press release, hit the break.
Well— it certainly didn’t take very long for us to find out about when we have an idea of when that sexy new Sony Xperia Z would be available to order. UK retailer Phones4U has announced that residents in the UK will be able to order the phone from March 1st. In addition, Phones4U will be offering select customers the option to pre-order the device in order to ensure that they will be able to secure a device– just in case well you know— it sells out and all like other devices. There’s no word on how much the device will cost as of now, but we’re pretty sure it will more than likely cost a pretty penny…