Just a couple more days until MWC 2011, where we’re sure to hear about the following devices launching, with full specs, maybe even prices too! Who wants to wait for that? Not us, so we grabbed these here spec sheets that got leaked by online mobile retailer Expansys, courtesy of Pocket-Lint screencaps. Pretty good list of devices here, even though the names may change at the official announcements.
Although Mobile World Congress hasn’t officially started, the internet is buzzing about the new products Viewsonic intends to debut.
The first device that you see on the left is the Viewsonic V350 smartphone running Android 2.2. Other features include a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchpanel, 5 megapixel camera, a microSD card slot, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 and GPS. Perhaps the most interesting feature of this device is the dual-SIM capability. Basically, you can insert 2 SIM cards, which gives you more options for data/calling features when traveling overseas.
Next up is the ViewPad 10Pro, which allows dual-booting of Android and Windows 7. This is a particularly great feature for those who want the Android experience but also need to take care of business with Windows 7 programs. This tablet will also utilize Intel’s long-awaited Oak Trail platform. Other specs include a 1024 x 600 LED-backlit capacitive touchscreen, 3G connectivity, WiFi, and Bluetooth.
There’s no official word as to pricing or release on these devices, but we hope it’s sooner than later! You can see the entire press release after the break.
We know that Vodafone will be carrying the Nexus S in Europe in Australia, but that’s pretty much all we know about the Nexus S so far. Until today, nothing else had been announced about where we might see the new Nexus flagship device. But word is dropping now that the following carriers will supply it in the following markets:
- Germany: The Phone House
- Switzerland: Swisscom – the price starts from 49 CHF
- Austria: A1
- France: SFR – which is co-owned by Vodafone and Vivendi
- Russia: Available mid-March on unknown carrier for around 27,990 rubles
If you live in one of those countries and you’re looking to snag a Nexus S, keep watch on these carriers in the next few months and you should see them become available.
With the release of the LG Optimus 2X, we finally have our first dual-core Android handset on the market. While LG has graced us with some great mid-range handsets, this is their first entry into the high-end Android market. Since this is a fairly important hardware release, the good folks at Engadget have written up a fairly lengthy and comprehensive review of the phone, and for the most part liked what they saw.
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Yesterday, our own Michael Murphy wrote about speculation as to what Nokia’s next OS would be, seeing their choices as either Android or Windows OS. Well, today per a press release from the cell phone giant, Nokia made it official…they’re partnering with Microsoft to create a “a new global mobile ecosystem”.
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The folks at Boy Genius Report are reporting that Samsung, in a press release, has renamed their line of mobile processors for phones and tablets to the “Exynos” line. This makes sense, given the high-profile names of other processors like Snapdragon, Hummingbird and so on. In their release they state as follows:
“Application processors for the mobile market are one of the flagship products in our semiconductor business,” said Seh-Woong Jeong, executive vice president of marketing, System LSI Division, Samsung Electronics. “We are excited to introduce the brand name of Exynos for Samsung’s application processor family. As consumers demand more from their mobile products, Samsung’s Exynos chips will be the power inside enabling the coolest HD multi-media features with even longer battery life.”
Their first Exynos processor, the Exynos 4210 — which will have dual 1Ghz cores — will begin production next month.
[via Boy Genius Report]
Looks like the once ‘ahead-of-its’-time” browser for PC has finally made its way to Android. I actually used to use this browser on my desktop for sometime, and needless to say, I’m glad it’s on Android now too. The browser got left in the dust after other browsers such as Firefox and Chrome came out with tabbed browsing and tab groups, but I can definitely see this being a popular browser on Android, if only people will give it a try.
The browser has several features such as the following;
- Sync to the Cloud – Your bookmarks/favorites travel with you from desktop to mobile.
- RSS reader widget – Find, manage and read your favorite content quickly and easily
- Quick Access of the best sites on the web.
- A Download Manager that makes is easy to sort, schedule and grab the downloads you need: wherever, whenever.
- Super Gesture – Use touch screen commands to surf with your fingertips.
- Tab browsing – Powerful tab management that puts your mobile screen to maximum use.
- Amazing speed – Get websites super fast.
- Powerful personalization – Avatars and more.
It looks to be pretty fast, and is a viable replacement for the default Android browser. If you want to give it a try (I recommend that you do), check out the links below or scan the QR.
Scan the QR code below
Android Market Link
[via TalkAndroid Apps]
For those of you who are still hanging on to your original Motorola Droid, a new ROM has been made available that brings vanilla-flavored Gingerbread to the OG Droid.
This Gingerbread ROM for the Droid was created by Peter Alfonso. He added in a few of the Android community’s favorite modifications as well as the original Droid launcher and boot animation, but make no mistake, you will still get a Gingerbread experience out of this ROM.
Verizon Wireless and Motorola both decided that the Droid 1 has reached its EOL and would not receive anymore major updates, but now you can have the Gingerbread experience anyway! Head on over to Peter’s website and get started. Let us know how you like the ROM in the comments!
Radio Shack is getting ready for a sale of the new T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S 4G. You’ll be able to grab one of these for only $149.00 on February 23rd 2011 at Radio Shack locations. A 2 year contract is required to get the sale price, but you’ll also get a $20 instant access credit to boot.
Pretty sweet deals! Check out the specs for a refresher.
- Cortex A8 Hummingbird 1GHz processor
- 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen
- Android 2.2
- ST-Ericsson M5720 HSPA+ 4G modem capable of giving 21 Mbps
- 5MP camera with 720p HD video recording
Pocket-lint has a report that the new Samsung Galaxy Tab2 that we may hear something about at MWC on the 13th, will be in a 10 inch version of the popular tablet, rather than the 7 inch. This would pput it in direct competition with the other 10 inch tablets such as the Motorola Xoom, LG G-Slate, HP Touchpad and Apple iPad, which would be a bold move for Samsung to make.
The tablet is also rumored to be running Android 3.0 Honeycomb out of the box upon launch. Some have opinions as to the advantages for a 10 inch tablet versus a 7 inch, but it’s clear Samsung may be leaning towards the 10 inch being a more powerful device, maybe while keeping the 7inch a more mid-range spec’d tablet.We’ll see in a couple of days what Samsung is planning.