In a London event today HTC has announced some impressive new Android handsets. The Desire HD will look familiar to those acquainted with the HTC Evo 4G on Sprint. The differences are minor. Both the Evo and the Desire HD run on a Qualcomm 1GHz CPU, and rock a 4.3-inch touch screen display. The Desire HD has a similar form factor, but loses the kickstand from the Evo. The big difference here is that the Desire HD is GSM, supporting HSPA+. It is expected to launch in Europe, but we can still hold out hope it will find its way to an American GSM carrier at some point.
The Desire Z is of particular interest as it is the European counterpart of the upcoming T-Mobile G2 in the US. The only difference between the two is that the Desire Z runs HTC Sense. The G2 is going to come with stock Android 2.2. The Desire Z is running on an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230, which is the next generation of the Snapdragon line. The phone slides open with a unique hinge system to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. There is also a 3.7-inch display and an 8MP camera.
HTC also announced a new site, HTCsense.com. When it launches in about a month, it will give users of new Sense equipped phones the option to track, lock and remotely wipe their handsets. Do either of these new phones get you excited?
How much can Mr. Fancy really do to reinvent the table fan?
Love him or hate him, you probably have a strong opinion of James Dyson, he of the haughty British accent and high-tech vacuum cleaners. When Dyson hawks his inventions on TV—explaining what was so hideously wrong with older technology, and how his gear solves everything, and for this you dare not look at him directly in the eyes—we sort of want to yell at him. “Your pie hole: Shut it! You invented a new type of vacuum cleaner, dude, not cold fusion!”
What better way to kick off your day than with a brand new tablet rumor from arguably one of the most prolific rumor mongers out there – Digitimes? The Taiwanese site is now reporting that HTC plans to launch an Android-based tablet in the first quarter of 2011. HTC's tablet is likely to run Android 3.0 (aka Gingerbread), according to a typically terse Digitimes report, citing Taiwan-based component makers. Of course, this is not the first time HTC has featured in a tablet rumor. As per a separate rumor, the company is supposed to launch a Chrome OS-based tablet on Black Friday, November 26.
“For marketing tablet PCs, HTC will have an advantage thanks to its strong ties with Google and established cooperation with mobile telecom carriers around the world, the sources pointed out, adding that if the performance and quality of the new device is on par with its smartphones, continuous support from these strategic partners is expected,” reads the report.
Verizon and Research In Motion (RIM) jointly announced the upcoming availability of the BlackBerry Curve 3G on Verizon's network. Sales will begin on September 16, 2010 (this Thursday) for just $30, albeit after a $100 mail-in-rebate and new two-year service agreement.
The newest Curve will ship with a "stylish new design," 35-key full QWERTY backlit keyboard, dedicated media keys, 512MB flash memory, microSD/SDHC card slot with support for up to 32GB memory cards, built-in GPS with support for geo-tagging and location-based apps, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, camera with video recording, and various other odds and ends, all of which you can view here.
On the OS side, the BlackBerry Curve 3G will come with BlackBerry 5 and Verizon/RIM ensure that it's also BlackBerry 6 ready, which is expected to ship in the coming months.
We keep hearing different things about when Acer plans to launch its upcoming tablet PCs. Previous chatter had the OEM shooting for a Q4 2010 release, but citing "sources from upstream component makers," DigiTimes says Acer's new tablets won't reach the market until the first quarter of 2011.
Acer's planning to launch three slates in all, including 5-inch, 7-inch, and 10-inch models. All three will come powered by Google's Android 3.0 platform, but the hardware remains a bit of a mystery, even for Acer.
DigiTime's sources say the OEM is still deciding between going with Qualcomm's mighty Snapdragon chipset or jumping on board Nvidia's Tegra 2 train, which would give the tablets a bit more oomph in the graphics department.
Come late November, AT&T will become the first wireless carrier to offer BlackBerry's Torch 9800 smartphone in different colors, or so it's been rumored.
If what we're hearing turns out to be true, you can expect AT&T to add red and white versions of the 9800 to its lineup, giving potential buyers three colors to choose from (black being the other). Other than the color scheme, everything else about the new models will remain the same.
It's also possible that these new color options could show up a bit earlier, perhaps in the middle of November. No word on whether or not other carriers will also receive the same color options.
Versatile, attractive, and powerful, Sprint’s new Epic 4G smartphone comes as close to perfection as any mobile device we’ve seen. It’s built on a state-of-the-art hardware platform; it has a fantastic touch-screen display; and for those who care about such things, it has a jumbo-sized physical keyboard and a front-facing camera. In fact, the only substantial criticism that we can lob at it is that power users will be initially frustrated by its relatively meager battery capacity.
Wireless, whole-house audio for the most upper of crusts
It would be easy to dismiss Olive’s networked music systems as being designed for audiophiles with too much money, but Olive’s 4HD Server and Olive 2 Hi-Fi Player really are something special. The combo can form the basis of a wireless, whole-house music system—just like the excellent and far less-expensive Sonos Digital Music System, but Olive’s devices do a lot more.
Electronics are shrinking faster than Las Vegas housing prices, the market for 2D kiddie flicks, and Lindsey Lohan’s showbiz career. But for electronics, at least, shrinkage is good. Today’s cell phones, tablets, and other trendy mobile gadgets would be impossible without the miniaturized electronics of system-on-chip (SoC) processors.