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
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.
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
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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.
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.
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