HTC looks to continue its strong momentum of late by rolling into the new year with another sexy device on the horizon. New images and information for a mid-level Beats Audio phone called the Primo has surfaced for our viewing pleasure. The phone is rumored to feature a modest 3.7-inch screen with Gorilla Glass, a snappy 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor with 512MB of RAM, a 5MP camera on the backside and that coveted sandwich operating the device. Rumor also has it the phone will come in around $250-$300 with a new 2-year contract, indicating new customers in the market for a phone will get a fairly decent phone that won’t break the bank. Of course all you’d probably care about is that sweet, sweet Beats Audio function. Expect more information and details to leak out as we approach MWC in February.
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At CES the other day it was announced that the Transformer Prime would be coming an a fully HD resolution variety. While those that recently bought the Transformer Prime, the original, may feel slighted as this tablet boasts a 1920×1200 (1080p) 10.1 inch display. For those that missed it, here are the device’s specs:
- 10.1” Tablet with an emphasis on Entertainment, Media, Gaming and Productivity. Thin and Light chassis design with a 1080P capable display screen.
- MSRP – $599~$699 Availability – Q2 2012 in North America
- Processor- NVIDIA Tegra 3 Mobile Processor (1.3 GHz Quad core Cortex A9, 12 core GeForce GPU)
- Display – Brilliant 10.1” HD (1920×1200), 178 degrees ultra-wide viewing angle Super IPS+ panel display with Gorilla™ Glass
- Camera – Rear facing 8MP Auto-Focus camera with dedicated LED Flash, 2.0MP Front Facing camera for Video Chat
- Storage – 32GB or 64GB internal memory plus 8GB of ASUS Web Storage2
- Media Capabilities – 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 High Profile, High Bit Rate video decode and playback
- Media Capture – 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 video capture
- Connectivity – Wi-Fi – 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
- Ports – 2-in-1 3.5mm jack, micro-HDMI output, microSD card reader
- Audio – Built-in stereo speakers, microphone
- Dimensions – 263 x 180.8 x 8.3mm, 586g
- Battery – 25WHr Lithium-Polymer Battery Read more
The makers of the best scratch-resistant material around are set for an encore. Corning, the developers of Gorilla Glass, will be at CES 2012 next week to highlight its newest creation– Gorilla Glass 2. It looks like Corning is set to have one heck of a follow-up too. Here are their own words:
“Corning Gorilla Glass has been a tremendous success for Corning, enjoying excellent market acceptance across mobile device industries. Handset and tablet device manufacturers are clearly driving toward higher functionality from thinner designs. Corning’s latest innovation in Gorilla Glass technology is very well positioned to meet these challenges and enable broader touch technology penetration”.
Looks like we have a lot to look forward to from Corning. Considering we’ve seen the first Gorilla Glass withstand even the harshest of scenarios, it’s safe to say that Corning is ready to take us for a wilder ride with Gorilla Glass 2, which Talk Android will be at front and center. Hit the break to see the full press release. Read more
Many of you have expressed concern with the fact that Samsung has decided to equip the Galaxy Nexus with an alternative fortified glass as opposed to Corning’s Gorilla Glass. Just because the the popular glass maker wasn’t chosen to outfit the GN’s display doesn’t mean that Sammy cut any corners.
A video recently surfaced on the interweb showing somebody putting the screen to the test by trying to scratch the crap out of it with a key. Although I definitely cringed a bit and felt a shiver down my spine, I was pleased to see the outcome. Here, just check it out for yourself and tell us what you think. Will you be issuing such a test once you get your mitts on one?
Even a full-fledged Android novice could tell you about Gorilla Glass, the high strength glass used as a protective cover for touch screens that offer superior scratch resistance and unbelievable durability. Corning Incorporated, the developer responsible for its technology (and as a side effect, countless YouTube videos featuring people wielding household items like keys and screwdrivers against their GG-clad devices) has now announced the launch of a new display material called Lotus Glass.
Corning released a statement this week saying that the new material provides more “thermal and dimensional stability”, which is greatly needed in order to endure the harsh conditions of repeated heating and cooling cycles required as part of the process of attaching high-res displays. Aimed for use with LCD and OLED screens, Corning says Lotus Glass will enable them to create screens with “higher resolution and faster response times.”
As this particular technology continues to evolve, I can’t help but to look forward to a brand new slew of viral videos showing confident consumers displaying their LG-clad devices holding up against sharp household objects in much, much higher resolution.
The Galaxy Nexus will reportedly not be using Corning’s famous Gorilla Glass. According to Corning’s official Twitter, the Galaxy Nexus will not be using Gorilla Glass. Quickly to respond though was Samsung, claiming (via Facebook) that while they will not be using Gorilla Glass, they will still be using a fortified glass for the new phone. At first I was a bit disappointment with this news, but after some research found that there are plenty of other fortified glasses just as durable if not more durable than Gorilla Glass anyway. The specific brand of fortified glass just became especially popular since Apple marketed it with the iPhone 4.
The big brother to the Dell Streak (5 inch edition) is hitting T-Mobile 4G, and we should have more details on price and launch dates within the next few short weeks. Expect a late Q1 2011 launch we suspect. The new Dell Streak 7 comes with Android 2.2, 16GB internal storage, 7 inch Gorilla Glass touchscreen, rear and front facing cameras, and the Tegra2 dual-core processor at 1GHZ a side.
Here’s a video introducing the Streak 7
More pics and a Press Release below.
Dell has announced a new version of the Venue Pro, but without the Pro. It’s the new Dell Venue, and its running Android instead of Windows Phone 7 like we saw in the Venue Pro. Also, it’s without the portrait slider keyboard too, which we saw in the Palm Pre.
Like other smartphone manufacturers, Dell seems to be trying out other platforms rather than pooling all their eggs into the Windows Phone 7 basket, or visa versa. This device in particular comes with Android 2.2, 4.1 inch touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass, 8 megapixel camera, 1GHz Snapdragon, and it’ll be sold unlocked. No price was announced for it, but its a beefy phone, so don’t be surprised if its around the $400 mark unlocked without a contract.
In case you were wondering, or before you go and try to take a set of keys to the display, the Nexus S does NOT have Gorilla Glass. The news comes from the Samsung Service Twitter account, and is leaving some people wondering why the Nexus S is missing the uber-strong Gorilla Glass.
Some are speculating that Corning was unable to produce Gorilla Glass thats curved in the way that Samsung wanted, but whatever the case may be, do not try and test the scratch resistance of your Nexus S.
Dell’s Venue Pro has been one of the more popular Windows Phone 7 phones…but what if you want an Android version? Well, Korean carrier KT is releasing a Froyo-powered Venue this week. Sporting the nearly-indestructible Gorilla Glass on its face, it’s pretty much the same hardware as its WP7 brother. It has the same shape and the same button layout, but it has dropped the slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Nicknamed the “Thunder,” you can look for it in Korean retail stores within the next few weeks.