LG iQ is the LG eXpo, launching December 7th on AT&T with pico projector

LG eXpo
According to PhoneScoop, the LG iQ also know as the LG Monaco is going to launch on AT&T next week (Dec7) as the LG eXpo (LG GW820) with the optional Texas Instrument Pico projector (see it here in action). The Windows Mobile 6.5 device is aloso equiped with a Qualcomm SnapDragon chipset, fingerprint reader and slide-out keyboard.

AT&T* and LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc., today announced the LG eXpo will be available online beginning December 7. Featuring the first 1 GHz processor in the United States, the LG eXpo allows business professionals to meet their demanding data sharing needs while on the go. Available exclusively for AT&T customers, the handset will be compatible with AT&T’s High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 Mbps technology, which provides a considerable speed boost to the nation’s fastest 3G network. The LG eXpo is the first device in North America to support an optional integrated pico projector. The LG Mobile Projector snaps onto the back of the device and allows users to share presentations, slideshows and even online videos straight from their mobile phone. Weighing only 1.8 ounces and small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, the LG mobile projector provides users with powerful new technology in a compact design, featuring a projection distance as far as eight feet “LG eXpo adds to our growing portfolio of smartphones that operate on the latest upgrade to our 3G network and offer customers a great choice,” said Michael Woodward, vice president, Mobile Phone Portfolio, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “As we move to HSPA 7.2 technology, it is crucial to provide our customers innovative and future-proof smartphones.” With the upgrade to HSPA 7.2 technology, AT&T continues its investments to deliver the nation’s fastest 3G network.

AT&T plans to deploy HSPA 7.2 initially in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami by the end of the year. The company plans to deploy HSPA 7.2 in 25 of the nation’s 30 largest markets by the end of 2010, and to reach about 90 percent of its existing 3G network footprint with HSPA 7.2 by the end of 2011. LG eXpo also eliminates the need for pin codes and passwords with the exclusive “Smart Sensor” fingerprint recognition from AuthenTec, which delivers a new level of added smart and personal security unlike any other mobile phone in the market. AT&T is the first to offer U.S. subscribers a smartphone that leverages the features and functions of a smart sensor. The Smart Sensor complements the touchscreen user interface of the eXpo by also providing precise cursor control for text editing, 4-way menu navigation, and AuthenTec’s unique turbo-scroll feature for rapid browsing of long emails, contact lists or websites. The LG eXpo is loaded with Windows Mobile® 6.5 Professional to help power users stay more connected with email, calendar and Microsoft® Office Mobile. The phone’s projection feature allows users to display Web pages, documents, photos and videos on the go. “LG eXpo is the perfect balance of mobile innovation and design” said Ehtisham Rabbani, vice president of product strategy and marketing for LG Mobile Phones. “Enabling users to meet their professional and personal computing needs from the palm of their hands, LG eXpo makes on-the-go communication an effortless luxury.”

Boasting a 3.2-inch external touchscreen with 16M color, LG eXpo features a sophisticated slider design with a full size QWERTY keypad. For the dynamic multi-tasker, LG eXpo provides users with powerful functionality that supports an RSS Viewer, Podcast and aGPS. In addition to a crystal clear 5.0 megapixel camera with built-in auto flash, LG eXpo can support up to a 16GB removable microSD memory card for premium music and photo storage. Beginning December 7, LG eXpo will be available to enterprise customers and for purchase online at www.att.com/lgexpo for $199.99 after mail-in rebate. Pay $299.99 and after mail-in rebate receive a $100 AT&T Promotion Card. Two year agreement on a minimum $69.99 plan required. The LG Mobile Projector will be available in the coming weeks for $179.99. For the complete array of AT&T offerings, visit www.att.com.

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Check out the official product page here

Source: AT&T

Acer to launch more android phones next year

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Acer‘s first Android smartphone, the Acer Liquid, is fresh out of the gate and according to Aymar de Lencquesaing (Acer) this is the start of a long line of upcoming Android device set to launch in 2010:

Acer Inc started to sell its first mobile phone model running on Google’s Android software this week, and will introduce more Android handsets next year, the head of its phone unit said on Thursday.

The world’s second-largest PC brand entered the cellphone market this year with 10 models, with all but the Android phone using Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system.

“Next year it will be much more balanced,” Aymar de Lencquesaing told Reuters in an interview.

“There is definitely momentum behind Android. The pace is faster than most would have anticipated one year ago,” he said, adding that the company had no plans to use other operating systems.

Android had 3.5 percent of the global smartphone market in the quarter ended September, compared with none 12 months earlier, while Microsoft saw its market share fall to 8.8 percent from 13.6 percent a year earlier, according to research firm Canalys.

De Lencquesaing said Acer had no plans to follow top cellphone makers, which introduce 50-100 new handsets each year.

“Our sweet spot is probably 8-10 devices, there we would feel comfortable,” he said.

As reported earlier, Acer is slowly shifting from Windows Mobile to Android, but should be one of Microsoft’s launch partner when Windows Mobile 7 finally rolls out.

Source: Reuters

Samsung 3W (SPH-M8400) WiBro smartphone launched in South Korea


The Samsung 3W (SPH-M8400 or KT Show) which is a slightly re-designed Omnia II with Wibro (WiMAX) support is now officially out in South Korea. The device is currently only shipping to corporate users but should be available to consumers in mid-December. Specs are nearly identical to the Omnia II with the added WiBro & T-DBM Digital Mobile TV support. It does look like the device is running Windows Mobile 6.1 instead of 6.5 though.

Via: SamsungHub

Software glitch enables protrait mode on Nokia N900

As you probably already know, the Nokia N900 supports portrait mode only in two applications, the phone dialer and the photo album. Nokia already announced that an upcoming update to Maemo 5 should enable this rendering mode across more parts of the OS. In the mean time it seems that a software glitch actually makes it possible to uses the phone in portrait according to the following video posted by Guyver on the Maemo.org forums.

I probably cant recreate it again, but i just tilted the phone to launch the phone app then slide up the screen and closed the phone app.

Source: Maemo.org

Short LG iQ and Pico projector hands-on video

Here’s a new video of the LG iQ (Monaco) in action, this time with the optional Pico projector strapped to it (in place of the battery cover). Unfortunately the video is short and not much is seen The device is still expected to launch on Telus for the holidays.

Source: Howardchui via WMpoweruser

HTC HD2 vs iPhone 3GS

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PhoneArena published a comparison between the HTC HD2 and iPhone 3GS. They’ve comared the main features of each phones, starting by the UI, then multimedia, camera etc.. Can’t say I agrre with all of them (especially the camera which I think is better on the iPhone 3GS (let’s wait for the HD2 Hotfix..) . It’s a good read though, so hit the source link and check it out.

Source: PhoneArena

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 picture samples


Techblog.grjust posted the rest of their ongoing Xperia X10 preview. This time they posted a couple of sample picture taken with the phone’s 8.1Mpix camera. As you can see the quality is really good. What’s interesting though is that some samples exhibits the opposite of what we have been seeing on the HTC HD2. Unlike pictures from HTC’s device the center of the picture doesnt suffer from any pink/purple tint, but you’ll notice that the edge of the pictures do have some purple/pink tinting.

Source: Techblog.gr

Confirmation that HTC’s capacitive stylus is the Dagi Stylus ?

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It’s looks like the picture we posted yesterday may have been the real thing if online retailer Devicewire is to be believed. They’ve posted the picture above which looks similar to the Dagi Stylus we’ve seen demo’d here. But note the fine print “NB: Image For Display Purpose Only”, so the final product may look diffrent (hopefully). According to the pre-order page the Stylus should arrive on January 18th and is priced at £16.99.

Source: Devicewire

LG iQ video demonstration

MobileSyrup managed to get some LG iQ action on video for us. The device features a fingerprint reader to unlock the devices but seems to feature a resistive touchscreen and no stylus (would have been great if it had a capacitive panel). The device is expected to launch in Canada on Telus for $99 on contract before the end of the year.

The specs of the device are the following:

- Windows Mobile 6.5
- 3.2-inch WVGA touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 800
- 4-row slide out QWERTY keyboard
- Qualcomm SnapDragon chipset @ 1Ghz
- 5 megapixel camera with auto focus
- Wifi, BT2.1, aGPS
- 1500Mha battery
- 113 x 55 x 15.6 mm 127g
- Optional Pico projector

Source: MobileSyrup via wmpoweruser

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 hands-on video

Hot on the heels of their size comparison feature, TechBlog.gr just posted a 17 minutess long Xperia X10 video hands-on. The UI seems to be running even faster that last time we saw it in action. Will this be the first Sony Ericsson phone to be out on time ?

Part1:

Part2:

Source: TechBlog.gr

Xperia X10 vs HTC HD2 vs iPhone vs Omnia II


That’s right, it’s battle time!. The Greek boys at TechBlog.gr posted a size comparison video and picture gallery of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 vs the HTC HD2, iPhone 3Gs, Omnia II.

Makes you realize how big the HD2 screen his IMO.

Update: Check out their full hands-on video here

Source: Techblog.gr

Unlocked Motorola Milestone (Droid) up for pre-order in Europe

Milestone Expansys
Even though the Android 2.0 device is already out in Germany other parts of Europe are still waiting for the launch of the Motorola Milestone (Droid). The wait may soon be over, as several online-retailers have the phone up for pre-oder. Expansys has it for £449.99 unlocked (availibility in 9 days) and SuperTrader for £424.35 (Dec 7).

Source: Expansys & SuperTrader via Coolsmartphone

Nokia N900 unboxing video and pictures

N900 unboxing
MyNokiaBlog has uploaded the following detailed unboxing video of the Nokia N900, he’s also posted a fairly extensive picture gallery of the device and all the accessories include in the retail packaging.

Looks sexy and responsive, Maemo 5 looks like a winner IMO. Can’t wait to get my hands on it (if it ever comes out at a decent price).

Source: My Nokia Blog

HTC to test TD-LTE handsets in China next year

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HTC’s CEO Peter Chou revealed that the company is going to roll-out TD-LTE (the Chinese LTE tech) handset for testing during the Shangaï Expo 2010. Don’t gets you hopes up though, LTE isn’t going to globally launch until 2011 at the earliest. Peter Chou also said that HTC is rushing shipments of HTC Heros to Sprint and HTC HD2s in Europe due to high demand.

HTC will continue to commit to the development of the TD-LTE technology and strengthen its cooperation with China Mobile in the production of related CPE products, Chou stressed.
HTC’s performance has been strong in November, the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) quoted Chou as saying. HTC’s November revenues are likely to top NT$15-16 billion (US$465.84-496.89 million) compared to NT$12.7 billion in October, the paper noted.

Source: Digitimes

Thanksgiving HTC HD2 review round-up

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Slow news day folks, so here’s two HTC HD2 reviews for you. The first one is from Engadget, as you may expect it the conclusion was fairly predictable…The phone disappoints because of Windows Mobile etc. Thankfully Josh’s review is 10X better than Gizmodo’s though:

Read the whole thing here

The second review is from Zdnet’s Matt Miller here:

The HTC HD2 is obviously the best Windows Mobile device ever created and sets the bar for future Windows Mobile devices. That said, it is still not perfect since it runs an operating system that needs to be upgraded in several areas (settings, stability, and media). To be appealing to the mass market, there needs to be better ways to get media content onto the device and that is one major reason the iPhone is so popular. Apple can look at what HTC has done with the HD2 and you can imagine they will come out with an iPhone with a much higher resolution display and better camera in 2010. If you like to use Windows Mobile devices then I am pretty sure you will love the HD2. You can find the HD2 now from US importers for about $800, but remember this model does not support 3G in the US. It will be interesting to see which carrier picks it up and what the price will be in 2010. It is a fantastic piece of hardware and I appreciate HTC giving these out to Mobius 2009 attendees last week.

So he is basically telling us that transfering media via iTunes (which also means re-encoding all your videos that arent .mp4, compressing all your photos etc..) is better than draging & droping on the HTC HD2 (and any other WinMo device) ? Can’t say I aggree with this. FYI my HD2 should arrive in the coming days, expect a review next week.

Lisa from MobileTechReview has also posted a 12minutes long hands on video:

Happy Thanksgiving

Resco Explorer 2010 Beta out now

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Resco software released the first beta of their upcoming Resco Explorer 2010 Windows Mobile application. Resco Explorer is widely celebrated as the best file explorer on Windows Mobile devices. It’s packed with features like registry editing, FTP access, recycle bin etc… The new beta features the following new features:

- Thumbnails of pictures in Thumbnails view
- Supported all the formats that Photo Viewer supports
- If Photo Viewer is installed, working and displaying thumbnails is much quicker
- Upload to social networks (twitter, facebook, picasa, flickr)
- Fixed registry import/export
- Favorites will be reachable from Menu
- Send to (mainly via Bluetooth) will be improved
- and other fixes…

You can download it here
Don’t forget to try out Resco Photo Viewer 7 too.

Source: Resco Software via Pocketnow

Will the HTC Capacitive Stylus be a rebranded Dagi Stylus?

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The Russian boys at YouHTC.ru just sent me this picture of what seems like a rebranded Dagi capacitive stylus (se it in action on an HTC HD2here). Now I don’t know if this is real or a Photoshop job (looks like Shop to me). So let’s just wait and see.

Source: YouHTC.ru

Native Windows Mobile on-screen keyboard updated

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Looks like that the latest Windows Mobile 6.5.3 build brings us a new on-screen keyboard. It doesn’t look as good as HTC‘s but it’s step in the right direction…actualy it kinda looks like the Zune Hd’s SIP.

Source: XDA-devs via Pocketnow

Official HTC Capacitive stylus coming soon

HTC HD2 capacitive stylus
Well it looks like HTC is about to launch a capacitive compatible stylus soon. According to UK online retailer CLOVE:

Have you been struggling to get to grips with the HTC HD2′s capacitive touch screen? Been screaming out for a stylus that will allow you to select items and navigate the screen with more ease?

Worry no more. This official stylus from HTC is designed specifically to work with the capacitive touch screen of the HTC HD2. Using the latest technology the stylus will allow you to better use your HD2. No more fingers or thumbs!

Can the HTC-STYHD2 be the one they’ve patented a while ago ? Pice, specification & availibility are not know yet

Source: Clove thanks for the tip Mikos!