Nokia announced its first smartphone for China Mobile’s 3G network on Tuesday.
The Nokia 6788 runs the Symbian operating system and has a 2.8-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash, and support for A-GPS (Assisted GPS).
Content can be stored in the phone’s 4GB memory or on a microSD card up to 8GB in capacity. The phone also supports instant messaging and e-mail, according to a spec sheet from Nokia.
Nokia expects to begin selling the 6788 at the end of December, but has not announced a price.
China Mobile’s 3G network uses TD-SCDMA (Time Division-Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access), a radio technology developed in China. Nokia said it plans to introduce more TD-SCDMA phones in the near future.
At the end of September China Mobile had about 508 million [m] mobile subscribers, making it the world’s largest operator. Around 1.6 million [m] of those subscribers use the company’s 3G service, according to its Web site.
China Mobile hopes support from Nokia will help boost the development of TD-SCDMA in China, it said in a statement.
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Motorola has managed to leak the full deets of its second Android phone, the Droid, on its own website.
Spotted in a few spy shots last week, we now know we can expect a slider phone with a 3.7-inch, 16:9 touchscreen, 5 megapixel camera with zoom, autofocus and dual LED flash, full QWERTY keyboard and a connectivity trio of Wifi, Bluetooth and GPS.
The specs also said the phone will have 385 minutes of talktime, or 270 hours on standby, and will come with a 16GB pre-installed microSD card.
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SAN DIEGO—Motorola is now completely focused on making Android-based smartphones, Motorola chief executive Sanjay Jha told an audience of 800 software developers today at a conference co-located with the CTIA Wireless trade show.
“Our focus right now quite simply is to become a good provider of smartphones,” Jha said. “Internally we will reorganize ourselves to support that mission of ours.”
Jha said Motorola will introduce “multiple tens of products” with Android, with “a second product for the holiday season in the US.” Some of Motorola’s upcoming Android phones will be full-touch phones without hardware keyboards, and others will have QWERTY keyboards, Motorola’s vice president of software applications and ecosystem Christy Wyatt said.
Not all of those Android phones will run MOTOBLUR, Motorola’s new social-networking-focused UI, Wyatt said.
“Our desire is to see MOTOBLUR as broadly distributed as possible … but we have to also allow for the fact that there’s going to be some customization,” Wyatt said.
The Wi-Fi Alliance this morning announced that it is nearing completion of a new specification that will allow WiFi devices to connect to each other – devices such as mobile phones, cameras, printers, as well as devices such as keyboards and headphones – and that certification is expected to begin mid-next year.
I know. It sounds an awful lot like Bluetooth. But I suspect that this will be better.
The key here is that these devices will operate on a peer-to-peer basis, instead of linking to each other via the WiFi network. In a statement, WI-FI Alliance executive director Edgar Figueroa said:
Wi-Fi Direct represents a leap forward for our industry. Wi-Fi users worldwide will benefit from a single-technology solution to transfer content and share applications quickly and easily among devices, even when a Wi-Fi access point isn’t available. The impact is that Wi-Fi will become even more pervasive and useful for consumers and across the enterprise.
The new technology will support typical WiFi ranges, which are much greater than Bluetooth, and will be able to tackle bandwidth-hungry tasks, as well. My experiences with Bluetooth have been hit-or-miss – mostly using a mobile phone earpiece, connecting a wireless mouse and transferring files between my Blackberry and laptop.
Funny story: at a tech event recently, I shot a picture on my phone and wanted to upload it to my laptop so I could put it in a blog post. But when I asked my phone (and laptop) to find the other Bluetooth device, I came up with a list of more than a dozen devices within range. Having no idea which of those were mine, I scrapped the file-transfer and just did the photo upload later.
Seeing how WiFi has a broader range and this new specification would allow multiple devices to connect directly with a single device (like an office printer), I imagine the airwaves will become a bit cluttered by devices trying to find each other.
I guess it’s time to start thinking of some cool names for my devices so I can spot them when they’re lined up next to hundreds of others in a crowded office or conference setting.
Source: ZDNet / Sam Diaz
The much talked about Giorgio Armani phone from Samsung was finally announced by Samsung following the official release of Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6.5 platform last week.
The announcement came in Italy, where the phone will be initially released. Incidentally, the phone was released by none other than Steve Ballmer who felt, the phone was “the most fashionable phone he’s ever had a chance to talk about.”
The new phone is only known as the Samsung Armani phone as Samsung hasn’t given it a specific name. Hardware wise, the device is similar to existing WinMO phones from Samsung — especially the W820 and the W8200. On the features front, it comes with a 3.5 inch AMOLED touchscreen display, GPS, 5MP camera, 8GB of internal memory, MicroSD card slot, and a full QWERTY keyboard.
When released, the phone is expected to cost $1032 (approx. Rs. 47,913) which is the price you pay for owning Armani branded stuff. There is no word as to when the phone is expected to be released worldwide.
We first reported about the Sony Ericsson Satio back in May 2009. This was followed up with a long video review a few months later, and a UK release date last month.
Today we have another hands-on review, which takes a first look at the Sony Ericsson Satio. The 12.1-megapixel-multimedia phone is sure to please those that love to take photos on their phones.
Chalk up another win for Google in the 21st Century mobile phone war: Dell has announced its first foray into the cellphone market – and it will be with a mobile that runs on the search giant’s Android operating system.
Dell’s Android phone, featuring both a touchscreen and a keyboard, is expected next year on US carrier AT&T, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Dell is also talking to multiple other carriers.
In the PC market, Dell has always been closely tied to Google rival Microsoft.
HTC already has a Google Android based phone in the market (sold here by Vodafone; read review here), while LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Motorola have Android-based models in the works.
While it still has a larger user-base, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile has yet to catch fire with customers or phone makers. This week’s local launch of Window Mobile 6.5 was backed by a single handset maker (LG), although an HTC model running 6.5 is promised in the New Year.
Both Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile are squaring off against Apple’s proprietary iPhone OS, and Nokia’s open-source, more old-school Symbian OS.
Dell and HP are also trialling a netbook version of Android – a precursor to Google’s full-blown Windows competitor, ChromeOS, due in 2010.
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Camera is an important feature that should be there in any latest phone. This feature allows you to capture some of the best moments that you would like to keep in your personal collection. Moreover a mobile camera is easier to use than the regular ones.
At the same time they are handy to carry wherever you go which is not the same with the regular big cameras. This is the reason the Sony Ericsson C702 phones are equipped with a 3.15 mega pixel camera which is considered to be an efficient ones when it comes to the quality of the snaps that you take.
The cyber shot technology implemented in this mobile phone makes it a good choice for the photographers. This camera is coupled with the auto focus and zoom facility which makes your photographs just the perfect ones. The internal flash is used to take the snaps when there is insufficient light around.
Video recording is equally easy with this phone. The most interesting part is that you get your own blogging site with the phone. So you are free to upload the video clips and photographs on it directly from the phone.
There are other two technologies which make this phone absolutely different from the others available in the stores. Now the geographical factor is added to the photographs you click which means that this phone comes with the geo tagging facility.
Whenever you click a photograph the location and time gets included in it and you are free to send these photographs to your friends as picture messages. Face detection is another novel feature. If there is a face within the frame of the screen the Sony Ericsson C702 will automatically focus on it and you get the perfect clarity that you were looking for. Thanks to our friends at mobile phone blog, for this review.