HTC Smart Hands-on video


Engadget just posted their quick hands-on impressions of the newly announced HTC Smart BrewMP device. As you can see in the video the phone sport a toned-down version of the Sense UI making it look similar to HTC’s Android & Windows Mobile current devices:

Source: Engadget

Motorola BACKFLIP announced, previous Motorola handsets to get Android 2.1 and Flash 10.1 update


Motorola’s CEO officialy announced the Motorola BACKFLIP (Motus) Android smartphone yeasterday during his CES presentation (the device will probably part of AT&T’s Android line-up) and also said that the Motorola Droid and CLIQ will be updated to Android 2.1 and receive the Flash 10.1 plugin in the near futur.

The BACKFLIP has basically the same specifications has the CLIQ and aruns the Same BLUR UI (unlike the Droid). THe only major change is the weird backflipping keyboard.

Here are the specs:

Talk and Standby Time2 Up to 6 hours /Up to 315 hours
Bands/Modes WCDMA 850/1900/2100,
GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
(Category 7/8), EDGE Class 12, GPRS
Class 12, aGPS, Version 2.0, 802.11b
Weight 133.00 g/4.7 oz
Dimensions 53.00 (x) 108.00 (y) 15.30 (z)
Size 80.7 cc
OS Android 1.5
Battery 1400 mAh
Connectivity 3.5mm headset jack, , USB 2.0 High Speed, BT Class 2.0, version 2.0 and 802.11 b/g 
Display 3.1” 320 x 480 256k TFT
Messaging/Web/Apps MMS, SMS, e-mail (POP3/IMAP embedded, corporate e-mail synch, Push Gmail) IM (Embedded – WVIM), OW 4.1 (WAP 1.2.1)
Audio AAC, AAC+, MIDI, MP3, WAV
Video Capture/playback/streaming, H.263, H.264, MPEG4
Camera 5 megapixel, auto-focus, LED
Browser Full HTML browser, Android Webkit
Memory 2GB included up to 32GB supported1
Chipset 7200A
Form Factor Reverse QWERTY flip
Antenna Internal

 

Source: Motorola

HTC Smart BrewMP based phone announced


This came out of nowhere! HTC just announced the HTC Smart the company’s first “fearture phone” running Qualcomm‘s BrewMP Java based OS (also know as the Touch.b):

HTC smart defines a new category of

smartphones for the masses

 

HTC Smart’s friendly, compact design and integration of HTC Sense will

appeal to a broad range of people all over the world

LAS VEGAS, Consumer Electronics Show (CES) – Jan. 7, 2010 – HTC Corporation, a global smartphone designer, today unveiled HTC Smartä, a new type of smartphone that creates a new category of easy-to-use, connected smartphones that are accessible by people all over the world. The HTC Smart will be available this spring across Europe and Asia.

“HTC has always focused on listening to customers and setting the stage for new mobile categories, and HTC Smart is the response to customer demand around the world for an easier-to-use, affordable smartphone,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer, HTC Corporation. “Just adding a touch interface doesn’t mean a phone is a smartphone. The integration of HTC Sense brings an unparalleled smartphone experience for people looking to do more on their phone.”

Bringing HTC Sense to the Masses

HTC Smart begins with a friendly, compact touch design and integrates an intuitive user experience that is centered around HTC Senseä, an HTC design philosophy that puts people at the center by focusing on three core areas: Make It Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected. HTC Smart enables personal customization of each person’s own phone experience. It also provides a quick and easy way to see what friends are up to via various social networks as well as quickly communicating over the phone, through text messaging or e-mail.

“HTC Smart breaks new ground in delivering the powerful, in-demand smartphone features that consumers want on a more accessible device for global markets,” said Paul Jacobs, chief executive officer, Qualcomm Incorporated. “We are pleased to be supporting HTC as they utilize the capabilities of Qualcomm’s Brew Mobile Platform open operating system to offer high-end capabilities and a compelling mobile user experience at mass-market price points.”

Qualcomm Brew Mobile Platform (Brew MP)

HTC Smart utilizes Qualcomm’s Brew MP, a popular mobile operating system that enables smartphone devices to be offered at more aggressive price points, providing HTC with the flexibility to deliver smartphone features on devices across multiple tiers.

Processor 300 MHz
Operating System Brew® Mobile Platform
Memory ROM: 256 MB
RAM: 256 MB
Dimensions (L x W x T) 104 x 55 x 12.8 mm ( 4.09 x 2.17 x 0.50 inches)
Weight 108 grams ( 3.81 ounces) with battery
Display 2.8-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with QVGA resolution
Network HSDPA/WCDMA:
Europe/Asia:2100 MHz
Up to 384 kbps up-link and 3.6 Mbps down-link speeds
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
(Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)

Connectivity Bluetooth® 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
HTC ExtUSB™ (11-pin mini-USB 2.0)
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Camera 3.0 megapixel color camera with fixed focus and flashlight
Audio supported formats .aac, .amr, .qcp, .mid, .m4a, .mp3, .wma, .wav
Video supported formats .mp4, .3gp, .3g2, .m4v
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-ion polymer battery
Capacity: 1100 mAh

Talk time:

Up to 370 minutes for WCDMA
Up to 450 minutes for GSM
Standby time:
Up to 600 hours for WCDMA
Up to 450 hours for GSM
(The above are subject to network and phone usage.)

Expansion Slot microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
AC Adapter Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC output: 5V and 1A

Source: HTC

HTC HD2 SIM Contacts HOTFIX


HTC just released a new hotfix for the HTC HD2 aimed at fixing a SIM contacts bug present in ROMs less than or equal to 1.59.XXX.X.

This update for HTC HD2 allows for contacts stored on your SIM card to be properly displayed on your phone along with Phone and Exchange Server contacts.

Th’at’s nicel, but when is HTC going to fix those bugs ?

Grab the HotFix here

Source: HTC

Windows Mobile announcements expected at MWC in February


This is nothing new, but it has been confirmed by Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer and Robie Bach that the next wave of Windows Mobile news will come during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. Will it be Windows Mobile 7 or just Windows Mobile 6.5.3 ? We already know that MS is expected to talk about WM7 during MIX 2010 in March which means that something about the new mobile OS will have to be said before this event unless announcement will take place there. Here’s what Bach had to say to Cnet’s Ina Fried:

Question: When are you guys going to play catch up? Where are things with Windows Mobile 7?
Bach: At this show, the one thing we will be talking about is a new HTC phone called the HD2, which is a very cool, capacitive device (the first capacitive Windows mobile device). I think that’s going to be very exciting and continue to build our momentum on Windows phones. Then the next wave of news will come at Mobile World Congress, which is in Barcelona in February.

What’s interesting though is that the T-Mobile HTC HD2 press release never mentions Windows Mobile 6.5 (only Windows Phone), now let’s think a little bit about this for a minute:

1) T-Mo’s HD2 will be available in Spring (March-May) and WM7 is supposedly headed for release a few month later (Fall).
2) We have seen several hints about WM7 running on the HD2 recently
3) Not a single word about WM6.5 in T-Mobile/HTC HD2 press release
4) The HTC HD2 is the only Windows Mobile device currently manufactured that meats the WM7 Chassis 1 specs.

Does this mean that the HTC HD2 will be upgradable to WM7 at the end of the year ?

HP Slate TabletPC shown


Well, like I predicted earlier, there was no Microsoft Courier in sight during Steve Ballmer’s CES opening keynote. Instead of showing the HP TouchSmart tm2 like I initialy thought an HP Slate Tablet PC protype was demonstrated and frankly it wasn’t that hot. The TouchSmart tm2 is a fully working product, god knows why they didn’t show it instead of the Slate prototype..Oh well here’s short teaser video:

Source: HP

HTC HD2 officially announced on T-Mobile, available this Spring

HTC and T-Mobile have just officially announced that the HTC HD2 will be out in spring in the US:

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Here’s the full Press release:

T-Mobile USA TO EXCLUSIVELY OFFER HTC HD2

Arriving in the U.S. this spring, the HTC HD2 features a big, brilliant screen, blazing fast processor, and the celebrated HTC Sense™ experience

LAS VEGAS – Jan. 6, 2010 – T-Mobile USA, Inc. and HTC today announced that HTC HD2ä is expected to be available for the first time in the U.S. exclusively from T-Mobile USA this spring. With its industry-leading, high-resolution, 4.3-inch capacitive touch display and high-powered features, the ultrathin HTC HD2 phone delivers content in a sharper, brighter and richer way.

The HTC HD2 comes equipped with the 1GHz Snapdragon™ by Qualcomm mobile processor and utilizes T-Mobile’s high-speed 3G network for a fast mobile data experience.

“T-Mobile and HTC have a long history of partnering to deliver innovative, cutting-edge products to T-Mobile customers,” said George Harrison, vice president, marketing product innovation, T-Mobile USA. “The HTC HD2 delivers a thin, sophisticated design and powerful features that we are excited to add to our dynamic smartphone lineup this spring.”

The HTC HD2 is the first Windows® phone with HTC Sense, a software experience focused on putting people at the center by making their phones work in a more simple, natural and personal way. With the HTC Sense experience, the HTC HD2 includes a variety of enhancements that expand and improve the overall phone experience. For example, the HTC HD2 includes a proximity sensor that is used to prevent false screen touches when the phone is picked up to answer or make a call, and a light sensor automatically adjusts the brightness of the display.

“Combining the intuitive user interface based on HTC Sense with an outstanding set of specifications and the powerful T-Mobile network, the HTC HD2 adds up to be not only an amazing device, but an amazing experience as well,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America. “The HTC HD2 is a Windows phone that has already been enthusiastically received in Europe and Asia, and we are excited to bring this highly anticipated device to the U.S., exclusively through T-Mobile USA.”

The HTC HD2 uses the first capacitive touch display on a Windows phone for the smoothest possible performance and to make viewing, zooming and resizing Web sites, Microsoft Office files, PDF documents and pictures easier with just a simple pinching motion. The large capacitive display makes it easy to read and reply to Outlook e-mails, edit a Word document or modify an Excel spreadsheet right from the HTC HD2. In addition, the HTC HD2 delivers advanced phone features including GPS functionality, a Web browser, and an advanced 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with dual LED flash for capturing images, even in dim conditions.

Availability

The HTC HD2 is expected to be available in the U.S. exclusively to T-Mobile customers this spring. More details will be available at http://www.sticktogether.com/htchd2.

source: T-Mobile

Sony Ericsson Robyn spotted, looks like an Xperia X10 mini


Now that looks funky, GSMArena just received two pictures of a Sony Ericsson Android smartphone named Robyn that looks like a mini version of the Xperia X10. Could this Sony Ericsson Robynbe the equivalent of what Nokia did with the Nokia N97 Mini or is it just a KirF?

Source: GSMArena