Category: Qualcomm

Windows Phone 7 to be launched today

Posted by – October 11, 2010

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Watch my video of Windows Phone 7 filmed last february featuring a demonstration of the OS by Windows Phone 7 product manager Erik Helgerson. Smart phones are the new PC, the fastest growing consumer electronics segment, within a year or two, more smart phones will be sold worldwide each year than PCs and Laptops. This is why Microsoft is trying very hard to bring this new smart phone OS, based on Windows CE 7, they seem to be even suing Android manufacturers like Motorola for not using it.

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A tour of Qualcomm’s secret R&D research center

Posted by – October 4, 2010
Category: Qualcomm

Source: QUALCOMMVlog

HTC Wildfire

Posted by – September 5, 2010

Quick overview of the HTC Wildfire, 259€ smart phone as presented at the T Mobile booth at IFA. Sorry about the manual focus set to infinity, I still forgot to put it back to auto after filming the fireworks.

ViewSonic ViewPad 7

Posted by – September 3, 2010

ARM11 based 7″ capacitive Android 2.2 tablet. They will launch this for 399€. I previously unveiled this design at Computex as the 7″ capacitive Foxconn Qualcomm MSM7227 based Android tablet:

Dell promotes the 5″ Android Tablet form factor

Posted by – June 21, 2010

Here’s my review of the Dell Streak, 5″ capacitive Qualcomm Snapdragon powered Android Tablet, as posted by a few minutes after I first tried to use his unit at the recent Computex in Taiwan.

The 4.8″ to 5″ Android Tablet is in my opinion the coolest and the best size for a Tablet because it is the largest possible screen that fits in most pockets, thus this form factor Android tablet can be carried around everywhere with the largest screen size for web browsing and watching videos and launching apps always available.

Archos created and has been selling this form factor since 2003 with their release of the Archos AV300, back then the first large screen PMP device. Since 2005, Archos released the first WiFi enabled touch screen embedded Linux Qtopia based PMA430 and for over 9 months, the Android based Archos 5 Internet Tablet has been available on the market at $249 in Radio Shack.

The release of the Dell Streak is a good thing for Archos as it popularizes the form factor. Also, I believe Archos has some advantages even with their 9 month old Android product such as pricing with a 9 month old pricing that is at about half the launch price of the Dell Streak, support for all video codecs and high profile H264, larger storage capacities up to 500GB, HDMI output, USB host and a bunch of other features. Also, Archos is expected to release 45nm based OMAP3640 Android tablet devices by September, thus further improving on the features and on the price/value performance.

Acer Stream: New 3.7″ 1 GHz Android Phone

Posted by – June 9, 2010

Acer is launching this new 3.7″ AMOLED, 1ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon based Android 2.1 phone with the new customized Acer user interface layer on top of Android.

Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660, the third generation, 45nm dual-core 1.2ghz

Posted by – June 4, 2010

At Computex 2010, Qualcomm announced the sampling of their third generation Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660, it’s a 45nm process, dual-core 1.2ghz. Here’s an interview with Mark Frankel, product manager of the Snapdragon processors at Qualcomm.

Foxconn 7″ Capacitive Android Tablet

Posted by – June 4, 2010

Cool looking, low cost, Qualcomm MSM7227 based Android Tablet, made by Foxconn.

Dell Streak Android Tablet

Posted by – June 4, 2010

So this is the first 4.8″ capacitive Android tablet, to be released at $500 or more (with unlocked 3G) according to rumors. Dell has been working on this for a while as Michael Dell first showed it to Techcrunch at Davos in January.

Inventec Kayak, low cost 3G/2G phone with built-in computer

Posted by – June 4, 2010

Based on Qualcomm’s Brew OS, this is a very basic phone for use on wireless networks in developing countries, where copper networks aren’t available but where the 2G and 3G networks already are. This Brew OS is basic and fast even on this MSM7227 based device. It offer Opera Mobile browser, some basic games and a few other basic apps.

Android Phone “f910” by FirstOne

Posted by – June 1, 2010

Customized Android (1.6), 3,2′ resistive screen (480×320), 5 megapixel camera, Qalcomm ARM 11, available soon Compaq Airlife 100 video-review

Posted by – May 25, 2010
Category: Laptops, Qualcomm, Android

You may have seen my previous videos of the HP Compaq Airlife 100 as I filmed it at consumer electronics trade shows these past few months at CES and at Mobile World Congress. has got one from HP Spain and have posted this video review.

Dell Thunder, 4.1″ WVGA OLED Android phone

Posted by – April 21, 2010

Dell is announcing (or leaking) this 4.1″ WVGA OLED based (probably Super AMOLED), to run Android 2.1, AT&T and worldwide HSDPA versions to be released this year also with Dell’s proprietary “Stage UI” overlay user interface.


Dell Flash, 3.5″ WVGA Android Froyo phone

Posted by – April 21, 2010

Here’s another new Android phone announced (or leaked) by Dell, to use the Qualcomm MSM7230 800mhz processor, 14.4Mbps download and 5.6Mbps upload HSPA, 512MB RAM, TV-out, Bluetooth 3.0 in this “curved glass” design. Dell is designing some kind of “Stage UI”, similar to HTC’s own Sense UI for their customized Android home screen and user interfaces.


Dell Smoke, Android based Blackberry-like phone

Posted by – April 21, 2010

Here’s a design for an Android phone by Dell to be released next year, it will be based on the next generation Qualcomm MSM7230 processor, come with a 2.8″ QVGA screen, 14.4Mbps HSPA and is said that it will be sold for cheap.


Sharp IS01, Android 5″ 960×480 capacitive pocketable

Posted by – 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:

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
– 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 83×149×17.9mm

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


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HTC Supersonic (HTC EVO 4G) WiMax Android phone

Posted by – March 23, 2010

I filmed the Windows Mobile based HTC HD2 last month at the Mobile World Congress:
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:

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:

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:

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Kyocera Zio M6000 $169 Android phone to be released

Posted by – 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″ 800×480 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:

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.


ARM TrustZone Powered Mobile Payments

Posted by – 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:

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

Posted by – 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.