If you were paying attention to CES 2013, you may have noticed that one of the more popular items on display was the flexible screens under development by Samsung. As their short video showed, the flexible screen will open the door to some new form factors. Until then, if you want something unique you may have to look for something like the NEC Medias W N-05E. NEC has basically taken two 4.3-inch devices and merged them together with a hinge in the middle. When opened, the device doubles screen real estate while maintaining a small, pocket-able size when folded up. » Read the rest
Samsung has never been one to shy away from innovation and this is especially true when it comes to screen size and quality. The Galaxy Note is a perfect example, what with its 5.3-inch screen and the fact that it really spurred the push for the “phablet” design, like LG‘s Optimus VU. Samsung looks to push the innovation envelope again if their recent patent is any indication. Patent No. D658,173, which lists Kim Dong-Hun as the inventor, was filed on April 7th, 2012 and is for a “design for a terminal for portable mobile communication.” Should this device actually be manufactured, it would come with a dual 7-inch screen in a clam-shell design. Also, as you can see from the image above it will come with a remote/pointer. This suggests that it could be geared towards business professionals.
LG is looking to reinvent multitasking and texting with the Doubleplay, available on T-Mobile. This is a mid-level phone priced at $99 with average specs. If you are looking for something unique this might be the phone for you.
When you first put the Doubleplay in your hands you will right away notice that it’s a solid phone, however it’s heavy. It comes in at 192 grams. A similar phone, the Samsung Stratosphere comes in at 164 grams. It’s also rather thick as it comes in at 16mm, but the Stratosphere comes in at 14mm.
There might be a battle brewing for high end phones like the DROID RAZR and the Galaxy Nexus, but for mid-range phones, things are also heating up. LG is looking to differentiate themselves with a dual-screened slide-out QWERTY for T-Mobile, called the Doubleplay. Priced at $99, this isn’t a dual-screen like the Kyocera Echo or the upcoming Sony P tablet. For the Doubleplay, the second screen is a little over half the size of the main screen (3.5-inch and 2-inch respectively), so it’s more of a compliment. It’s supposed to be a quick way to read emails, texts or control your music while leaving whatever is running on the main screen, but you can quickly move anything from the lower screen up to the main screen. The problem lies with the design as the QWERTY keyboard has to be split into two separate keyboards. It’s definitely something cool, but is it really worthwhile?
The rest of the specs include a 1GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 2GB internal storage with 2GB provided via microSD, and a 5MP rear camera with 720p video recording. It’s rather thick at .63 inches (16mm) and heavy at 192 grams, but is definitely unique.
We will do a more in depth review soon, but for now checkout my quick hands on review.
One thing you have to love about Android is the different form factors. We have your basic smartphone to a tablet with a keyboard dock, a tablet with a phone dock, and dual-screened smartphones and tablets. Now comes another concept from LG that puts screens on the front and back of the phone. Why front and back? LG thinks its more natural for mult-tasking. If you are running two applications at the same time, by flipping the phone, it gives a feeling of separation.
If you noticed I used the word, “concept,” because that’s all it is for the moment. Whether this ever goes into production or not is anyone’e guess, but they might want to check to see if Apple has a patent on it. More pictures and a video after the break.
Samsung has been on a roll lately with the announcement of new devices, two more are heading to China an I kinda wish they would come to the U.S. as well. With specs similar to the Galaxy S II LTE, the new Samsung SCH-i929 joins up with the recently reported SCH-i929, and with bags packed, heads for China Telecom.
The first device (left) is the SCH-i929 and has some beefy-ass specs that some U.S. folks are gonna be jealous over: a dual-core Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 4.5″ Super AMOLED display, and a 8MP camera. The only real difference between it and the GSII LTE is the lack of LTE support.
Sammy’s second unit, the SCH-W999 (left), is that cool clamshell hybrid I told you about a couple days ago with two 3.5″ Super AMOLED displays. With a revolutionary flip-design, the new SCH-W999, gives peeps the ability to use a flip phone without the loss of Android’s touchscreen goodness, times two! Rocking similar specs to its traveling partner, this hybrid device sports the same processor and GSM/CDMA connectivity but due to its form factor Sammy opted for a 5MP camera instead.
So what do you guys think, you want one of these bad boys? Tell us all about it in the comments, will ya?
Samsung will soon release a new Android clamshell hybrid that will be heading to China. This new device features two WVGA OLED touch-screen displays, both with the same 800×480 resolution. The SCH-W999 is not the first Android clamshell hybrid that we have seen, the Sharp Aquos 007SH-KT was discussed 2 months ago and was the first of it’s kind.
This new hybrid is designed to serve as a flip phone but retains full functionality when closed via the front OLED display. The device will run some version of the Android OS but exact details on which version are still unknown. Other features to expect: Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP support, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, microSD card slot expandable to 32GB, GPS, and dual cameras.
This new Samsung SCH-W999 is the successor to last years SCH-W899 which ended up in the China market only. If rumors are correct, we can expect the new hybrid phone to launch on China Telecom and should be available soon. There is no official release date but we will let you know as soon as we get more solid info.
Kyocera announced the availability of 12 free premium Android applications (all games) that are optimized for dual-screens, and especially for the Kyocera Echo. They will be available for a limited time during Kyocera’s “Summer of Free Apps.”
These apps normally cost $.99 ro $4.99, but will be free for the first 10,000 combined downloads. If you are an Echo user, you will find all 12 apps via the preloaded “Top Apps” shortcut on your phone. The games include:
- Burn the Rope
- Crazy Dunker
- Induced Current
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Space Wander Landing
- Sudoku Master
- Super Monkey Ball
Full press release after the break
After showing up in June with our friends across the pond in the UK, the dual screen handset LG Flip II will soon be making its journey to the US via T-Mobile on September 14th.
This device has been turning heads due to its unique between-the-keys display that allows for eight shortcuts on its slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Although we remain in the dark on its branding here in the States and much of its specs remain unknown at this point, comparisons have been made between its front speaker design and that of the LG Quantum/LG Optimus 7Q and its heft has been noted as being a bit larger than the Milestone 2. Hit the break for a plethora of screen shots courtesy of our friends over at Pocket-Lint. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. » Read the rest
We are at the midpoint of the year, and Sony looks to be the leading candidate for the “Teaser of the Year” award. In case you haven’t been following, they have already released two teaser videos for their upcoming S1/S2 tablets, and now we bring you the 3rd installment. We are hearing there is going to be 5 in total.
This video continue’s the same domino theme, but we do get a glimpse of the S1 playing the Green Hornet, and the dual-screened S2 displayed as an e-reader and playing the PSOne classic, Crash Bandicoot.
We can’t wait to get these bad boys in our hands, especially the S2. For now we will have to settle for these dreamy videos and some close up pics.