Category: Qualcomm

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Sharp IS01, Android 5″ 960×480 capacitive pocketable

Posted by Charbax – March 31, 2010

About 6 months after Sharp's introduction of the Freescale i.MX51 powered PC-Z1 running Ubuntu on the Japanese market, Sharp is now announcing this Qualcomm Snapdragon powered 3G-enabled Android powered device to be released in June to the Japanese market.

Watch also an augmented reality application runing on the Sharp IS01 in this other video interview with a Sharp representative: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHXv8ob7jNQ

Here are the specs:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
- Android 1.6 for now
- 5" touchscreen with a 960×480 resolution featuring Sharp’s “New Mobile ASV” multi-touch capacitive display
- Dual camera with one of 5.27Mpix and one front facing of only 0.43Mpix
- Full QWERTY keyboard with a 11.2mm key pitch
- 1Seg TV tuner (Japanese mobile QVGA 220-320 kbit/s terrestrial TV broadcast standard)
- WiFi
- IRDA
- Aquos Blu-Ray transport allowing you to rip Blu-Ray movies directly
- Bluetooth
- FM Transmitter
- 4GB of internal memory(3GB available for data usage)
- MicroSD slot
- 3G connection using AU CDMA (Japanese CDMA 3G carrier)
- Weight 227g
- Size 83×149x17.9mm

A developer version called JN-DK01 will be available in Japan starting in May.

Source: en.akihabaranews.com

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HTC Supersonic (HTC EVO 4G) WiMax Android phone

Posted by Charbax – March 23, 2010

I filmed the Windows Mobile based HTC HD2 last month at the Mobile World Congress:
http://armdevices.net/2010/02/17/htc-hd2-at-mobile-world-congress-2010/
And at the HTC booth at asked the HTC representative if there would be a 4.3" LCD screen based Android phone as well, I didn't get an answer on that at that point:
http://armdevices.net/2010/03/01/htc-desire-htc-legend-and-htc-hd2-mini-at-mobile-world-congress-2010/

The HTC Supersonic is basically the same hardware as the HTC HD2, but this time it runs Android, comes perhaps with slight hardware changes such as a slightly larger battery (people might have been complaining about battery runtime on the HD2), it has a HDMI output when using an adaptor for that, 720p video recording and the 1ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

Very interestingly, this is the first WiMax phone released by Sprint in the USA. That requires a whole new Mobile WiMax network and only some carriers are deploying that in some places. Though I have been covering WiMax for years such as in these interviews that I filmed at CeBIT 2006:
http://techvideoblog.com/cebit/wimax-forum/
http://techvideoblog.com/cebit/runcom/

So perhaps now finally some things may be happening on the Mobile WiMax front. My question is still, how much better is WiMax in terms of bandwidth capacity per user, bandwidth capacity with many mobile users. What is the performance of Mobile WiMax compared to 700mhz unlicenced wireless mobile networking over White Spaces or how does it compare with 3G HSDPA and LTE technology?

This video was released at: slashgear.com

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Kyocera Zio M6000 $169 Android phone to be released

Posted by Charbax – March 23, 2010

Cool. The cheap unlocked Android phones are coming! This Kyocera Zio M6000 is announced to be released unlocked on the US market from $169 to $216. That is without contract, thus a cheap pre-paid Android phone.

Here are the specs:

3.5" 800x480 touch screen
600 Mhz Qualcomm MSM7227 processor
3G (CDMA for now), WiFi and stereo Bluetooth
3.2-megapixel camera
512MB of onboard app memory (what's the RAM?)
Android 1.6 but it will be user-upgradeable to Android 2.1

This video was released at: mobileburn.com

Kycoera/Sanyo is a leader in producing low cost phones sold with pre-paid carriers in the USA such as Virgin Mobile, Cricket, and MetroPCS. The arrival of cheaper unlocked and pre-paid-only Android phones is just awesome. Having to pay $529 for an unlocked Nexus One or having to pay more than $3000 over a 2-year contract is just ridiculously expensive. Android will dominate the market as soon as unlocked sub-$200 Android phones start becoming available worldwide.

Source: pcmag.com
Via: Engadget.com

ARM TrustZone Powered Mobile Payments

Posted by Charbax – March 6, 2010

ARM is presenting this hardware based secure payments and authentication system which all future mobile devices may be shipping with. The functionalities of those calculators that people use for their netbanking can thus be integrated in the future mobile phones, to let people do secure payments and authentication using a simple 4 number pin code on their mobile phone. The way they do it is that they guide the keyboard entries directly into a separate secure encrypted OS that functions separately from Android to do the secure authentication that then sends back the certificate (or how it's called) back to the web based application. This kind of system, I would guess, could also be integrated in laptops, or you could use your phone to authenticate yourself on any website very securely using any computer.

You can find more information about this at: http://www.arm.com/markets/mobile/trustzone-and-mobile-payments.php

HTC Desire, HTC Legend and HTC HD2 Mini at Mobile World Congress 2010

Posted by Charbax – March 1, 2010

These are the latest HTC smart phones shown at Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona. This video shows how the HTC Legend is an improvement on every aspect compared to the HTC Hero and offers some talk and explanations for HTC Sense UI, and the HTC desire compared with the Google Nexus One.

Qualcomm’s Next Generation 7X30 Smartphone Platform

Posted by Charbax – February 25, 2010

The 7X30 is Qualcomm's next generation Snapdragon processor to come in some of the next generation of Qualcomm powered Smart Phones later this year. This is what the Nexus Two or HTC HD3 may look like. This video features demonstrations of the improved video playback, built-in HDMI output, improved 3D acceleration and even more advanced animated and 3D Android user interfaces.

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netbooknews.com: Dell Mini 5 demonstration

Posted by Charbax – February 23, 2010

This is Dell's 4.8" capacitative Android Tablet with built-in 3G. From the video, it sounds like this Dell Android tablet might be much more expensive than the Archos 5 Internet Tablet with Android which is available since October 2009 for $249 in Radio Shack. No confirmation in this video about video codecs, bitrates playback, though it is said it will have HDMI output through a dock. Thus from this video, we can't know if full DivX video playback, full MKV H264 high profile video playback is supported at high bitrates through that HDMI output and on the LCD. No information if it will come in several different capacities as Archos comes from 8GB to 500GB using a 2.5" hard drive.

Posted by netbooknews.com

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NewGadgets.de: Qualcomm Mirasol display demonstration

Posted by Charbax – February 23, 2010

A new reflective display technology by Qualcomm, filmed by newgadgets.de:

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Windows Phone 7 Series demonstrated by Erik Helgerson

Posted by Charbax – February 17, 2010

Erik Helgerson is Technical Lead Product Manager on the Windows Phone 7 Series project at Microsoft. Here's an overview of some of the Interface features, hubs, some talk about applications, multi-tasking, design, hardware requirements.

HP Compaq Airlife 100 Android Laptop at Mobile World Congress 2010

Posted by Charbax – February 17, 2010

This HP Android laptop is still one of the best of its kind that I have seen so far in consumer electronics shows.