Archive for January, 2011

Blackberry roadmap leaked

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Blackberry has been facing increasing competition from all ends. Thanks to many corporate customers falling for the allure and glamour of the competition such as Motorola’s Android offerings, Samsung Galaxy S line and Apple’s iPhone, the Waterloo based company has been struggling to turn around the ship in a market where buttons are so yesterday and everyone wants more stuff to touch.

Thanks to a new direction from the executive seats, the company will be releasing a slew of touch devices between this year and next year to better compete with the competition.

For instance, the company’s PlayBook which was demoed at CES and received much praise for its slick interface and multitasking features will be dropping in the second quarter of 2011 and will feature a 7 inch multi touch screen as well as Blackberry’s Tablet OS platform and a dual core processor as well as storage in the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants along with full 1080p video recording thanks to a 5 megapixel camera on the back and a 3 megapixel camera on the front for video conferencing.

As if that is not enough, the company will follow up on that with the release of the Monaco Touch smartphone which will feature a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor that will support dual band CDMA and Ev-DO 3G along with support for NFC and magnetometer, accelerometer and proximity sensors. There will be a 5 megapixel camera on the back that will support 720p video shooting and the screen is 3.7 inches with a resolution of 800 x 480 and an aspect ratio of 15:9.

The Blackberry roadmap lists the Sedona, the next generation Curve, for a Q4 2011 release and a Malibu touchscreen phone for Q1 of 2012. Maybe RIM will break protocol and give us more scoops on these devices next month.

Source: CrackBerry

Sony Ericsson Xperia X12 up for order on Play.com

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Sony might be spending much time developing their PSP phone which will feature an Android operating system as well as the company’s personal software. That does not mean the outfit is letting the rest of its mobile division hang in the balance.

Play.com, an online warehouse that prides itself on offering free delivery on everything currently has the Sony Ericsson Xperia X12 Arc for £459.99 with free shipping. The expected ship date is April 1st 2011 and as such the phone is also discounted 8% according to Play.com which claims the device normal MSRP is £499.99.

The specs of the Xperia X12 Arc read very compelling. At the base of the system is a 1GHz processor along with 512MB of RAM and dimensions that read 125 x 63 x 8.7 mm. The weight is 117g and the screen is scratch resistant as well as sporting a Sony Ericsson Bravia Display. The cellular radio on the device is quad-band supporting the 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz spectrums.

Other details include an 8 megapixel camera on the back of the phone which will be able to shoot 720p video. Wi-Fi is included in the 802.11b/g/n flavors along with Bluetooth v2.1 with support for A2DP. For transferring of tunes and such from a computer to the device, there is a microUSB 2.0 slot and the phone will sport an 8GB microSD card which can be increased up to 32GB.

Android’s Gingerbread v2.3 flavor will come standard and along with that the support for Flash Player v10.1. And for those who still listen to radios, there is an FM tuner included with RDS support.

Last but not least, the 1500mAh batter is rated at 400 hours of standby time on 3G and up to 7 hours of standby time on 3G. Playing music on a the battery can be done for up to 31 hours.

Via: Play.com

HTC Sensation Trademark

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

With the explosion of tablets within the past year from the likes of Motorola, ASUS, Acer, Toshiba, Apple, HP and others, the industry has been focusing its eyes on the tablet segment to be the next big cash pot. One highly capable company who has kept quiet through this entire ordeal has been HTC. The Taiwanese company who shot the top of the success ladder by releasing such devices as the Touch and Touch Pro, and following up its act with the Touch Pro 2, HD, HD2 and most recently the HTC Desire HD, Desire Z and HD7, has for the most part been mull about its intentions to enter the tablet segment.

However, thanks to a trademark filing today, rumors have begun to flutter about a possible HTC tablet dubbed the “Sensation.” According to speculation, HTC which plans to release three tablets within the first half of this year will use the name “Sensation” for its HTC Sense version for laptops.

According to the trademark filing, “Sensation” applies to the following: “user interface software; computer hardware and software for user interfacing, telecommunications and telecommunications services; computer hardware and software for transmitting and receiving voice, image, data, audio, video and multimedia content.”

The board of HTC however, has the description of “HTC Sensation” as a software interface for computer hardware and software for the use of voice calls, video calls and more. This had led to speculation that it could be used for accessories and maybe even marketing materials as well.

So far HTC has not said anything out of the normal so we’ll have to wait until MWC in a few days for an announcement, if any, to be released by HTC. If there is any event that the company would use to launch such a software experience, it would be MWC.

Via: Android Community

LG Optimus 2X Begins Pre-order

Friday, January 21st, 2011

LG’s Optimus 2X is officially available on pre-order. The Tegra 2 device will be landing in Europe shortly is on sale at Expansys online store. The pre order begins at £499.99 which works out to be $800 at current exchange rates. There are also options for the phone to sport a contract which would bring the price to zero on such carries as Vodafone. Expansys claims the Optimus 2X will arrive in the UK on March 21.

Opimus 2X preorder

Danish store Ellos also has the Optimus 2X for pre order for the nice sum of 3599 DKK which is about $650. They claim the device will ship in February, the 25th to be exact. On a side note, the phone is said to heading to the United States on T-Mobile’s network in March as well.

The phone features a list of high end specs including a 1GHz dual-core Tegra processor supplied by NVIDIA. On the rear of the device is an 8 megapixel camera as well as a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front that will serve for video conferencing. The camera’s rear camera also supports full 1080p video recording.

There is a 4-inch screen on the front that sports a WVGA touchscreen. This Android device will run Android 2.2 Froyo, but LG has said that it will get a 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade later on although there is no mention of an exact date. Rounding up the specs list is a 1500mAh battery, microUSB port and the ability to output full HD content via DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance). Onboard memory is capped at 4GB but there is a microSD card for expanding the memory.

According to LG’s CEO: “Dual-core technology is the next leap forward in mobile technology so this is no small achievement to be the first to offer a smartphone utilizing this technology, With unique features such as HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) mirroring and exceptional graphics performance, the LG Optimus 2X is proof of LG’s commitment to high-end smartphones in 2011.”

Soruce: Android Central

LG launching a non-4G G-Slate in the UK?

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

LG is bringing the first “4G” tablet to T-Mobile in the U.S this summer. But it looks like the company has other plans for said tablet as well. James Choi, marketing strategy and planning team director of LG Electronics, was asked about the company’s plans to concerning the LG G-Slate. He gave the following answer:

“That information isn’t available yet. The first announcement was for the Americas. We are planning another announcement pretty soon”.

It’s too early to speculate when such an announcement could happen, but seeing that MWC, Mobile World Congress, is on the horizon and LG has always had a presence at the event, it wouldn’t be too much to speculate that they could use the venue to announce the existence of a 4G lacking slate that is aimed at EU markets.

This would make perfect sense seeing that 4G markets outside the U.S are all but none existent, but the market for tablets is global. Choi did go on to say the following though: “For the iPad you have the Wi-Fi version, the 3G version, different kinds of versions”, explains Choi. “I’ll put it to you this way, even if the 4G version isn’t in the UK…” Choi was cut off by his PR chaperone who interjected the following midsentence: “It’s one of the key products that we are working on, so we’re trying to keep a tight lid on it.”

If that is not a confirmation of a tablet, I wonder what could be. But we don’t have long to wait as MWC is right around the corner and the company has promised that it will be announcing some big details there within the next month or so.

Via: Pocket-Lint

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Reviewed Again

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Details continue to leak about the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, the PSP Phone that everyone has been talking about for a couple of years now. The latest leaks come to us via ePrice which had a chance to take the device for a spin including giving some measurements and testing out the device.

Like noted before, the device will be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread on top a 1GHz processor with a 4-inch display giving all the awesome details in a resolution of 854 x 480. There are slide out PSP controls, much like what you would see on the PSP Go. There is a 5 megapixel camera on the back as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack and standard 1500mAh battery. The Xperia Play peasures 12cm tall and 10cm wide when open.

Obviously, the device is going to be focused on entertainment and gaming and thanks to more game specific API’s in Android 2.3, it is clear that the Xperia Play could be one of the many gaming centric devices to be released with Android running the show.

Little is known so far concerning whether the Xperia Play will have a dedicated app store or if Sony Ericsson will have some type of software built on top of Android where it can run its games specifically for the Xperia Play platform.

With Apple and Microsoft being the two biggest players in the mobile gaming department, Android has been playing catchup, but thanks to close collaboration between the Mountain View and Tokyo companies, the Sony Xperia Play will bridge that gap as Sony is betting big bucks on this device.

Other rumors say that the Xperia Play’s design might in fact be very close to that of the PSP 2 which is said to be currently in the works.

Via: pocketnow