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Archive for March, 2010

HTC Smart comes to India

HTC and Airtel have announced the launch of the HTC Smart in India. The HTC Smart is a special phone from HTC owing to the fact that it runs neither on Google’s Android OS or Windows Mobile like most other HTC Devices do Instead, it is the first device based on Qualcomm’s Brew platform. Since Airtel is the network partner for the Smart, Airtel customers get an exclusive offer for data and content with HTC Smart

The HTC Smart offers easy-to-use widgets, browsing and connectivity at an affordable price. The phone also comes loaded with the HTC Sense UI that users are accustomed to on select Windows Mobile and Android devices. The Smart boasts of a 2.8-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with QVGA resolution and is equipped with a 3.5 mm stereo audio jack. The HTC Smart also includes a 3.0 megapixel camera. However there is no autofocus.

With the supported widgets, users can customize their device for quick access to contacts, photos, music and weather. The Smart also includes HTC’s Stream application that lets you check status updates of your buddies across various social networking sites.

Specifications:

Talk time:

Standby time:

Expansion Slot: microSD memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)

The HTC Smart will be available through Airtel in top 30 cities across the country at a Market Operating Price of Rs. 9,990 (taxes extra) and at all authorized HTC resellers.

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LG Launches GW620 Android Phone in India

LG Mobiles has announced the launch of its first Android phone LG GW620 for the Indian market.

LG GW260 is an Android Smartphone, featuring full 3.0 inch touch-screen and a side slider QWERTY Keyboard, 5 MP camera, Wi-Fi, High Speed EDGE and GPS connectivity providing users full web browsing at excellent speeds.

It also comes with a host of thoughtful features like a dedicated music key on the side for easy playability of music tracks, a ergonomically designed side slider 5 row QWERTY keyboard, along with the presence of dedicated numeric buttons and arrow keys for scrolling gives a user the opportunity for quick and easy text input when updating social network profiles, texting, emailing and menu access.
A side gate for the microSD card makes hot swapping of memory cards much easier.

For the serious business users LG GW620 offers the Moxier suite of products, which means the users can get corporate access to calendars and contacts on the phone.
There’s also a suite of work-related products, so that the user can view Word, Excel and PDF files on the phone.

LG GW620 will be available at a market operating price of Rs. 16,490 at all leading mobile stores.

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Motorola Milestone: India’s First Android 2.1 Phone

Motorola India today introduced its first Android 2.1-powered phone christened as MILESTONE. It touts features such as a high-resolution pinch and zoom display, and a thinner QWERTY slider (13.7mm or 1.37cm).

The model comes with a pre-loaded set of apps: a suite of Google mobile applications including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, etc. Users also get access to thousands of apps and widgets from Android Market. It has a 5 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, and AutoFocus and image stabilisation.

MILESTONE comes preloaded with lifetime free access to fully voice-guided street-level navigable maps of 401 cities in India. This offers voice-guided navigation and routing in the cities and across major national and state highways. All the consumer needs to do is to launch ‘India’ maps from the MOTONAV application to enjoy an unparalleled navigational experience. The GPS navigation service is free with no activation or data charges, independent of mobile networks and can be used even without inserting the SIM card, as the maps are fully loaded on the MILESTONE.

“As an Android 2.1 device, MILESTONE does what other smartphones don’t. It was designed to enhance consumer experiences – and its full screen Web browsing experience, ability to juggle between multiple apps, and suite of Google applications, deliver. We have been delighted with the anticipation and demand for MILESTONE across the world and are pleased to announce its arrival in India today,” said Faisal Siddiqui, country head, mobile devices, Motorola India.

Key MILESTONE features include:

MILESTONE will be available in India at select retails outlets in select cities at an MRP of Rs 32,990.

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LG GX500 – New Dual-SIM Phone from LG

LG has just released a third handset containing a dual SIM. This is the LG GX500.

The Dual SIM card is a relatively new phenomenon, but to date there has not been many Dual SIM handsets released. Dual SIM’s give you the benefit of having 2 separate phone numbers (perhaps one number for work and one for your personal life), without having to have 2 handsets.

The LG GX500 is a touchscreen phone and includes – Wi-Fi, a 3in display with WQVGA resolution and Bluetooth. Entertainment includes a music player and FM radio. The phone also has a 3-megapixel camera.

Other handsets to be released with dual SIM are the Alcatel C60 and the Samsung B5722.

The former is believed to be a “budget affair” with a large keypad and a camera although nothing as yet is known about the handset’s specifications.

Samsung announced the B5722 last November along with the C6112 another dual SIM handset.

The B5722 is based on quad-band GSM. It has a 2.8in QVGA display, with 262k colours. Users have access to social networking sites and a TouchWiz 1.0 user interface. There is a 3.2 megapixel camera with an 8GB microSD card, Bluetooth, FM Radio and MP3 player.

The C6112 has a slider chassis and like the B5722 also features quad-band GSM / EDGE connectivity. The screen is slightly smaller at 2.4in, the handset includes an FM radio with RDS, a music player, Bluetooth and a 2-megapixel camera with an 8GB microSD card slot.

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New Spice Mobiles S-1200 phone

Spice Mobiles Ltd. is a part of Spice Group; Spice began the process of revolutionizing the Communication & Entertainment sector, with its new age technologically advanced state of the art mobile phones. Recently the company organized an event for the launch of its phone-S-1200 at Rs. 14, 500 is a 12-mega pixel (MP) camera phone. The whole information has been revealed by the Director and CEO Kunal Ahooja said, “We will start trial production next month and start the commercial manufacturing following that by the end of this year.” The phone S-1200 will be prices at Rs. 14,500 and has a 12 Mega pixel camera with 3 X optical zoom. Currently only Ericsson and Samsung have 12 MP phones in the market. Spice Mobile has certain other plans for this upcoming year. The company has plans to launch its application store soon.

The company has informed that by the year end they will start manufacturing the mobiles in India and having big sales target to sell at least one million mobile handsets from April onwards. In order to achieve sales target actor Sonam Kapoor is signed as new brand ambassador for spice mobiles.

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Symbian V3 Laden Nokia N8 Coming Soon

Images of what is considered to be Nokia’s next high-end handset have started making the rounds of the Interweb starting yesterday. The phone is question is known as the N8 and is said to be powered by Symbian ^3.

The phone, which is believed to be launched as early as next month, has a large touchscreen front and might come with a 12 megapixel camera at the rear. The resolution of the screen is thought to be WVGA and the camera is likely to come with Xenon flash and Carl Zeiss optics. If it turns out to be true, the N8 will be the second phone to come with an HDMI port. The first one, as you might be aware, happens to be the HTC EVO 4G that was announced yesterday. The phone also gets a 3.5mm jack and is rumored to be able to capture 720p videos at 30fps.

As of now, there is some confusion regarding the possible announcement of this phone. Since there is no major cellular industry based event in April, some believe the phone could be made official in September. Others, however, claim that Nokia’s annual general meeting scheduled next month might be a perfect occasion to make he N8 official.

Looks like the likes of the N97 and the N900s will have a big brother soon!

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Fashionable DIVA Mobile Phone Collection from Samsung

Samsung Electronics, a leading mobile phone and telecommunication provider unveils its latest line-up of fashionable mobile phones, the DIVA collection, and announced its sponsorship with Dubai Fashion Week 2010 as the official product partner for mobile phones and televisions.

Marco Vocale, Head of Corporate Marketing at Samsung Gulf Electronics said, “Fashion is a prefect fit for the Samsung brand; concepts such as innovation, style and design, which are fundamental to the fashion industry, also lie at the heart of Samsung’s vision. We are pleased to be present at this year’s Dubai Fashion show.

“With images of luxury and intellectual charm, Dubai Fashion Week is an ideal fit for ‘Samsung Diva Collection 2010,’ which offers mobile phones that are exquisitely designed for modern women,” added Vocale. “The Diva and the Divafolder are especially designed for modern women who seek high-fashion and a luxurious lifestyle. Gracefully crafted inside and out, the two alluring phones boast beautifully embossed quilted back covers that emanate an haute couture look and feel.”
As well as being eye-catching on the outside, the Samsung Diva Collection 2010 also delivers inner beauty. The Diva and the Diva folder offer a range of functions specially developed for women mobile users, such as a 3.2 megapixel camera featuring ’Beauty Effect,’ which provides perfect photo retouching so portraits will look flawlessly beautiful, and ’Lomo Effect,’ which turns ordinary snapshots into artistic photographs.

The DIVA collection of mobile phones from Samsung, and a selection of Samsung’s pioneering LED TVs, will be showcased throughout the event. Consisting of the LED 6000, 7000 and 8000 Series, Samsung’s LED TV line-up features three key differentiating elements: ultra-high picture quality, ultra-slimness and unmatched eco-friendliness, while also boasting Samsung’s acclaimed Motion Plus™ frame interpolation technology, ensuring crisp, easy viewing of sports, video games and movies. Both the DIVA collection and LED TVs exude the ultimate in design and style, destined to become timeless classics.
There is a growing target audience of fashion, lifestyle and smartphone conscious consumers. “Today, fashion has expanded to encompass our way of life, not just how we dress, but how we design our home, the hotels we stay in, the car we drive and the technology we buy. Samsung’s range of LED TVs is the ultimate expression of elegance, superior quality and design,” Vocale added.

“Samsung’s involvement in fashion started with its partnership with Armani, one of the world’s iconic fashion designers, to bring consumers world-over mobiles phones and television sets that express their unique lifestyle and fashion sense. The DIVA collection builds on Samsung fashion-centric collection, focusing on the design elements of the mobile phone range,” added Vocale.

Samsung will reprise the partnership with fashion website HellwaFashion.com for the second season running with the online fashion diary on behalf of Samsung for Dubai Fashion Week.

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Nokia Announces C5 phone

While mobile phone manufacturers are seemingly competing against each other, Nokia has decided to bring out its C5 model in an attempt to push the standards and technology to the highest possible altitude. The C5 has all the greatest features for sharing and social networking and the custom optimization that it features is top notch. Not only is this a great social networking smart phone, but it also offers its users the use of Ovi Maps with drive navigation and the inclusive free walk mode. This will allow you to share your location with friends on your social networks so that if you are in the same area you can hook up for a coffee and chat.

Actual Release Later this Year

While Nokia has only stated the C5 as an announcement, the release date is scheduled for some time in the 2nd quarter, allowing more people to gear themselves up for its pending arrival. It is Nokia’s hope that there will be an uproar about this phone much like the iPhone debut, although probably on a smaller scale. While the iPhone release was of great importance to mobile phone users, the Nokia C5 is lagging a bit behind with the latest technology.

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First LTE Phones coming From Samsung and MetroPCS

And the first 4G LTE phone in the United States will come from … MetroPCS! MetroPCS and Samsung on Wednesday announced a partnership that includes the first CDMA/LTE phone in America, the SCH-r900, which will come in the second half of 2010.
“MetroPCS will be building a network in the Las Vegas metro area in the second half of this year and they will be partnering with Samsung for a complete solution,” said Tom Jasny, Samsung’s Telecommunications America vice president of wireless and broadband networks.

LTE is the global 4G technology which will replace 3G for Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile in the coming years. Verizon Wireless has started testing LTE in Boston and Seattle, and the company plans to roll out the LTE network to 20 to 30 cities by the end of this year. However, Verizon hasn’t announced any supporting phones.
Sprint, of course, actually made the first 4G phone announcement yesterday with the HTC Evo 4G “super phone.” But the Evo runs on WiMAX, a technology that only Sprint uses of all the major carriers.

MetroPCS, with 6.7 million customers, largely skipped 3G. The company is jumping straight to LTE, which can provide speeds up to 30 megabits/sec down on a 5-MHz channel – ten times the speed of 3G. The new 4G network will allow for “real time video, much faster internet browsing, and higher download speeds for multimedia, music and other information services,” Jasny said.

MetroPCS and Samsung didn’t release any other public information about the phone, including whether or not it’s a smartphone. MetroPCS chief operating officer Tom Keys did confirm that his company is focused on providing phones and handhelds, not USB modems or laptops.

There’s one big question about MetroPCS’ LTE rollout. Unlike Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS is stuck in relatively narrow bands of spectrum in most cities. The company can deploy 1.4-MHz, 5-MHz or 10-MHz LTE channels. If MetroPCS stick to 1.4 MHz, the company will maintain much of their existing 2G voice capacity, but their LTE network will run at basically 3G speeds of 3 megabits/sec or so. But if MetroPCS uses wider channels, the company risks crowding out existing 2G users.

MetroPCS has various ways to approach that problem, executives said. The company could potentially switch over to Qualcomm’s 1X Advanced 2G technology, which can pack more voice calls into less spectrum, thereby leaving room for LTE. Or it could aggressively move their customers onto voice-over-IP, LTE based services, reducing the congestion on the 2G side.

We’ll hear more about MetroPCS’ LTE plans in the coming months.

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HTC Evo 4G Android phone will come to Sprint this summer

Sprint has announced that this summer it will be releasing the HTC Evo, a 4G Android phone. It seems like people have given up on an “iPhone killer” but this is quite a powerful phone.

Android 2.1 isn’t the only cool thing this phone comes with. The HTC EVO 4G will arrive with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, DUAL cameras – 8 megapixels for shooting forward and 1.3 megapixels for shooting backward. The forward facing camera will be able to do stills as well as HD video.

In terms of wireless yes, it’s a 4G phone, it’s got Wi-Fi, AND it has the built in ability to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight, read again, EIGHT, devices.

Much to Apple’s dismay it will also come with, gasp, a Flash player and pinch to zoom. The jury is literally still out on whether Apple will let HTC keep the latter.

What’s the deal with 4G? Well, Sprint claims that their 4G at 6 megabytes per second is up to 10 times faster than 3g, if that’s the case it’s blazing fast. Equally as fast as most home services but alas, no 4g in my neighborhood yet.

According to Sprint, “Sprint currently offers 4G service in 27 markets, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., San Antonio and Seattle. Following is a comprehensive list of markets by state where Sprint 4G is currently offered: Georgia – Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii – Honolulu, Maui; Idaho – Boise; Illinois – Chicago; Maryland – Baltimore; Nevada – Las Vegas; North Carolina – Charlotte, Greensboro, (along with High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (along with Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Oregon – Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania – Philadelphia; Texas – Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco, Wichita Falls; Washington – Bellingham, Seattle. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G. ”

Hopefully you can find some 4G-ness around you so you can really take advantage of the speed, I can’t.

Lastly here are some of the more interesting specs on the phone:

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