10 minutes long Xperia X10 hands-on video, UI running smooth!

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Following yesterday’s picture gallery, HDBlog.it uploaded a 10 minutes long hands on preview of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.And surprisingly the UI is now running super smoothly! Check it out:

Source: HDblog.it

Qualcomm announces new MSM7X30 mainstream chipsets & first Dual-carrier LTE chipsets

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Qualcomm is announcing a new line of mainstrem chipset today based on the their Scorpion CPU core (the same one found in the SnapDragon chipset):

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies, products and services, today announced that it is sampling a new smartphone chipset family that breaks new ground in mobile performance in the mainstream smartphone tier. The MSM7x30 family features a strong emphasis on multimedia performance, supporting high-definition video recording and playback, exceptional graphics with dedicated 2D and 3D cores, and an overall chip design optimized for a highly responsive, immersive Web experience. The first devices based on the flagship MSM7x30 family of chipsets are expected to launch commercially before the end of 2010.

“Qualcomm continues to focus on enabling the best possible mobile experiences and this new family of solutions brings an unmatched feature set to the smartphone segment,” said Alex Katouzian, vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “As the demand for smartphones continues to grow, our innovative technology will enable Qualcomm’s device manufacturing partners to deliver products with greater value than ever before.”

The MSM7x30 family of chipsets, which includes the MSM7230(TM) solution for HSPA+ networks and MSM7630(TM) solution with multi-mode HSPA+/EV-DO Rev. B and SV-DO support, is designed around optimal data throughput and powerful multimedia functionality. The 7×30 has the same market-leading Scorpion CPU as previously commercialized in the Snapdragon QSD8x50 chipset. The 7×30 uses an 800 MHz to 1 GHz custom superscalar CPU based on the ARM v7 instruction set, delivering exceptionally high-end processing at low power to support features that include:

•720p high-definition video encode/decode at 30 frames per second
•Integrated 2D and 3D graphics GPUs with support for OpenGL ES 2.0, and OpenVG 1.1 industry standard APIs
•Dedicated low-power audio subsystem supporting 5.1 surround
•12-megapixel camera support
•Integrated GPS for location-based services
•Support for leading mobile operating systems, including Android, Windows Mobile, Brew Mobile Platform and Symbian
•Support for package-on-package memory for reduced board space, optimized power consumption and more responsive performance

The MSM7x30 family of chipsets is supported by the PM8058(TM) power management integrated circuit and the QTR8600(TM) RF subsystem with integrated Bluetooth® and FM radio. MSM7x30 chipsets will directly interface with Qualcomm’s WCN1312(TM) WLAN solution for 802.11 b/g/n.

This doesn’t look like anything new to me. It has exactly the same specs as the SnapDragon chipset and I’m willing to bet that it’s just a 45nm version of the QSD8x50 platform (65nm). Remember that before being renamed QSD8x50 the SnapDragon SOC was named MSM7850….

THe San Diego chipmaker is also announcing the sampling of the first dual-carrier HSPA+ and Multi-Mode 3G/LTE Chipsets:

Dual-carrier HSPA+ and LTE are network innovations that provide the ability to deliver more advanced data capabilities to mobile devices, supporting more compelling applications and richer user experiences. A wide variety of network operators, infrastructure vendors and mobile device manufacturers are now working with Qualcomm to enable the deployment of these next-generation network technologies in new markets worldwide. Interoperability testing with infrastructure partners is already underway with multiple field trials scheduled for the first half of next year. Commercial launches of data-centric devices based on Qualcomm’s MDM solutions are expected to begin during the second half of 2010.

“Qualcomm leads the industry in enabling next-generation mobile experiences with highly integrated, powerful and elegant solutions for dual-carrier HSPA+ and LTE. We are pleased to be working with so many industry leaders to bring these advanced technologies to market,” said Alex Katouzian, vice president of product management, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “We remain committed to CDMA and OFDMA WAN modem leadership and the seamless and cost-effective commercialization of next-generation technologies around the world.”

Read the rest here

Source: Qualcomm

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 hands-on gallery


The boys at HDblog.ithave posted a couple of live pictures of Sony Ericsson’s first Android smartphone (sporting a SnapDragon chipset), the Xperia X10. The device is still a couple of months away and knowing SE I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s gets delayed. Hopefully they will fix the horrible performance we saw in the first videos last week.

Source: HDBlog.it

Acer Liquid in-depth preview

Arne from the:unwired just posted an in-depth preview of the Acer Liquid Android smartphone. As we recently found out the Liquid has a SnapDragon chipset clocked at 768Mhz (instead of the default 1ghz) probably to have longer battery life. Arne notes that even-though he used a pre-release samplethe user experience was enjoyable, the device felt fast and din’t suffer from any major bug. He also takes a look at the tweaks Acer brought to the Android 1.6 (nothing major, just some added apps).

Also I was impressed by the tools and utilities Acer added. While keeping the Android flavor, Acer did a good job in enhancing Google’s Android platform wherever necessary. Sure, it’s not yet perfect, I would like to see an improved soft-keyboard as well as a kind of smart-dialing application for faster contacts access, but the multimedia and social networking integration makes the Acer Liquid a real fun device, which stays connected to your social networks. Now, all it needs is a Twitter client/integration also and it would be my perfect social media phone.

However, Acer also took care that it connects to Microsoft’s Exchange environment. While there’s no local sync option to Outlook, thanks to RoadSync, it easily connect to any Exchange server and therefore provides real-time push-mail, calendar and contacts synchronization, outside the Google-world.

Read the whole preview here

A few more HTC HD2 videos

Frist is a short look at the HTC HD2 done by Tracy & Matt in the UK:

Srouce: YouTube

The second one is a video of the full boot-up sequence of the device followed by the setup:

Source: YouTube

Another Xperia X10 hands-on with full specs

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SlashGear posted their hands-on impressions and video of Sony Ericisson’s Xperia X10 Android smartphone. The phone in the video is probably the same one we’ve seen earlier, so don’t expect anything really different (yes it’s still slow as hell, beta-software I guess).

Beyond the X10 – which SE describe as their flagship for 2010 – there’ll be a range of mid-tier smartphones based on both Symbian and Android, each sharing the (as yet unnamed) same user interface. According to the company, the UI is platform-agnostic – they’re even considering using it on future Windows Phones – and will eventually be positioned as distinct from the hardware, similar to how HTC Sense has been branded. Unfortunately there’ll be no retroactive deployment, so Satio buyers will have to make do with that smartphone’s existing UI. It’ll come as little consolation for those owners, but Sony Ericsson do expect to offer more consistent, long-term updates to their “smart” devices from now on; the X10, for instance, will eventually get an update to Android 2.0.

It’s too early to give a conclusive opinion on the XPERIA X10; while Sony Ericsson’s demo model proved reasonably capable in the core Android apps, the real test will be whether Timescape and Mediascape have the speed to back up their functionality. It’s worth remembering when you watch the demo video below that the X10 being shown is non-optimized; SE assure us that the final result will be far snappier. As we’ve seen with Motorola’s MOTOBLUR and HTC’s Sense, adding value to Android can definitely help define your smartphone from the rest of the crowd; while we have little doubt that Sony Ericsson will be able to get the hardware/software mix fettled in time, our prime concern is that the XPERIA X10 may not – like the X1 before it – make it to shelves before the pre-release hype has expired.

Also remember that the current rumor is that SE is no longer going to make Windows Mobile devices and only focus on Android & Symbian.

Full Specifications:

Size: 119 x 63 x 13 mm
Weight: 135 grams
Phone memory: Up to 1 GB
Memory card support: microSD™
Memory card included: 8 GB
Operating system: Google™ Android Donut, version 1.6
Processor: 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ QSD8250

Screen

262,144 colour TFT touchscreen
4.0 inches
480 x 854 pixels (WVGA)
Scratch-resistant

Camera

8.1 megapixel camera
Up to 16x digital zoom
Auto focus
Intelligent face recognition features
Geo tagging
Image and video stabilizer
Photo and video light
Send to web (photo and video upload)
Smile detection
Touch focus
Video recording
Recent shot tray

Music

Album art
Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
Media player
Music tones (MP3/AAC)
PlayNow™
TrackID™

Web

Bookmarks
Google™ search (from standby)
Web feeds
WebKit web browser

Communication

Sony Ericsson Timescape™
Speakerphone
Vibrating alert

Messaging

Conversations
Email
Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®
Picture messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Text messaging (SMS)

Design

Auto rotate
Gesture control
Picture wallpaper
Touchscreen

Entertainment

3D games
Media browser
Infinite button
Video streaming
Video viewing
YouTube™

Organiser

Alarm clock
Calculator
Calendar
Flight mode
Infinite button
Office suite
Phone book with dialer
World clock

Location-based services

A-GPS
Google Maps™
Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation* (free trial version)
*The service may not be available in every market. For more information, go to www.sonyericsson.wisepilot.com

Connectivity

3.5 mm audio jack
Bluetooth™ technology
Micro USB connector
Synchronisation
USB support
Wi-Fi™

Preloaded applications

Sony Ericsson Timescape™
Sony Ericsson Mediascape
Sony Ericsson Home with clock widget
Sony Ericsson Sync
Android Market™ Client
Gmail™
Google Calendar™
Google Maps™ with Street View
Google Media Uploader
Google phone-top search
Google search widget
Google Talk™
Google Voice Search™
Network Location Provider
Set-up Wizard
YouTube™

Optional:

Hi-Fi Wireless Headset with FM Radio MW600
Car Charger AN300
Screen Protector ET902

Availability and versions

Networks
UMTS HSPA 900/1700/2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
UMTS HSPA 800/1900/2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
Available in selected markets in Q1 2010

Colour
Sensuous Black
Luster White

Accessories
In-Box
:

XPERIA™ X10
Battery
Stereo portable handsfree
8 GB microSD™ card
Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer
User documentation

Source: SlashGear

Sony Ericsson announces the Xperia X10


The day has finally come and Sony Ericsson just announced their first Android handset, the Xperia X10. As it has been rumored the devices sports a Qualcomm SnapDragon chipset clocked at 1ghz (Qualcomm 8250), a 4″ capacitive 854×480 touchscreeen, 8.1Mpx camera and a new Android UI (running on top of Android 1.6). Unfortunately as of today the device is totally unusable according to the videos posted below. This is obviously pre-production software and hardware but I find it sad that SE thought it was right to show the world such an un-finished product. One has to wonder if it will be ready for the Q1 2010 release (knowing SE the device will probably be delayed a couple of times).

Promo video:

The real thing:

Red the full PR here

Source: Sony Ericsson via Engadget

HTC HD2 OpenGL ES Stress Test

I told you PocketPC.ch was doing it big today! Julian just posted a video of the HTC HD2 going against the original HTC Touch HD in an OpenGL ES stress test:

Unfortunately we can’t see the results, but according to him the HD2 numbers are 10X higher than the HD. He will re-shoot the test later on and save the result to share them with us. Hopefully this will shut down all those “HTC HD2 doesn’t have drivers” rumors.

Source: PocketPC.ch thanks for the tip Julian

A few more HTC HD2 multi-touch videos

The boy at PocketPC.ch are on a roll today. Three more videos showing the pinch-zooming gesture on the HTC HD2 have been uploaded:

HTC HD2 vs HTC Touch HD in Opera Mobile:

HTC HD2 vs HTC Hero:

HTC HD2 pinch-zooming in TouchFlo and third-party apps:

Source: PocketPC.ch

More HTC HD2 pictures & size comparison


Arne over at the unwired has just posted a coupl of pictures of the HTC HD2 against other similar devices like the Toshiba TG01 & Samsung Omnia II.

Source: the:unwired

System-wide multi-touch support on the HTC HD2 ?

It look like HTC did some fancy trick to make multi-touch available on a whole lot of Windows Mobile applications (that don’t natively support it) as seen in the video below showing some HTC HD2 pinch-zooming action in the Pocket Informant application. We’ve already seen the same thing in a previous video (here) where pinch-zooming was working in IGO Navigator. I’m guessing that it’s a frame buffer trick as it is similar to the way pinch-zooming is achieved in the video app of the HD2.

Longer video with more apps (Opera Mobile ,mail etc..):

Looks like HTC’s mail applications uses Opera Mobile‘s engine to render the mail and enable pinch-zooming.

Update: More videos here

Source: YouTube & YouTube via PocketPC.ch

The Acer Liquid’s SnapDragon chipset will only be clocked at 768Mhz

 
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Contrary to what we thought, accoding to the presentation slide above,Acer’s first Android smartphone will only be clocked at 768Mhz instead of the default 1Ghz clock speed of the SnapDragon chipset. Strangely Acer neTouch is clocked @ 1Ghz same for the Toshiba TG01 and HTC HD2. I wonder why the Liquid is clocked lower..

Source: Revioo

HTC HD2 screenshots show Digital Compass calibration & Wifi Router


Mobilitygeek in the PocketPC.ch forums posted a couple of HTC HD2 screenshots today. Among them is the Digital Compass calibration applictaion and the WiFi router menu. There’s still no sign of the USB-Host feature that was rumored earlier (and currently available on the Toshiba TG01).

Source: PocketPC.ch via WMPoweruser

Mobile Browser test: HTC HD2 vs Acer neoTouch vs iPhone 3GS

SoloPalamari just posted a quick browser comparison between the HTC HD2 (Opera Mobile 9.7) , Acer neoTouch (IE Mobile 6) & iPhone 3GS (Safari). Unfotunitely the test doesn’t really mean much because the Opera Turbo mode was enabled on the HTC HD2 (page are compressed on Opera’s proxy server to boost download speed) & the browser cache wasn’t cleared on all the phones.

Source: SoloPalmari

New Sony Ericsson Xperia X3 (Rachael) conceptual UI shown on video

A new video of Sony Ericsson’s upcoming Xperia X3 (or X10 or Rachael) UI has leaked on YouTube today. The video is labeled as “conceptual” so it may or may not be the real UI found on the retail device which is going to be launched on November 3. Interestigly the screen resolution of the UI is 854×480 , Android 2.0 ?

The first UI video can be seen here

Source: YouTube via Engadget

Sony Ericsson Xperia X3 teaser video

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SE just uploaded a short teaser video of their first Android device the Xperia X3. Not much is revealed so just take a look and be patient until November 3.

Source: YouTube

HTC HD2 size comparison video

CoolsmartPhone just uploaded a size comparison video of the HTC HD2 (a dummy unit) against the HTC Hero,Tattoo and Touch Dual. Nothing really new, but it’s nice to see how it stacks up against other devices.

Source: YouTube

Lengthy HTC HD2 Review


The German boys at Areamobile just posted their lengthy review of the HTC HD2. There’s a really huge picture gallery that you should make sure to check out. Unfortunately the website is horrible to navigate (and slow as hell for me in IE & FireFox). But if you have some time use Google Translate to read the whole thing. Here’s their conclusion:

Conclusion

With the sales launch of HD2 iPhone losing its dominant position in the mobile market. Technically, the HTC smartphone, in all respects preferable to use at least comes close to the cult phone. Only the small battery could prove a major weakness of the HD2 – but that will only show the detailed testing.

The remains unmatched advantage of Apple is the perfect software ecosystem that was created by the company during the past two years. Download and buy music and programs from iTunes and App Store are simply unbeatable. But if one sees the gigantic high-end mobile phone from HTC besides the iPhone, then it is suddenly aware of the many drawbacks of compulsory binding to the PC’s iTunes software, the rudimentary Bluetooth support, the rigid arrangement of the user interface, the camera without flash that is not replaceable battery – but especially the high price and the adhesion contract with a network operator. It has been approvingly accepted with the knowledge, the best phone in the world in your hand and hold. But the competition is the development deficit made up. The HTC HD2 marks the beginning of a new generation of high-end smartphones, the Apple phone can suddenly look very old. The user can rejoice, because he is finally faced with a choice between different smart phones and operating systems, even if he has high standards.

Hit the link here

Source: AreaMobile

Full HTC HD2 review


WINMO.NL finally posted their Full review of HTC’s HD2 (we posted the first video earlier today). According to them the device feels really solid and sleek. Camera quality isn’t bad either. The device also came bundled with CoPilot GPS. Unfortunitely the review doesn’t really go in-depth so there’s nothing really new, just head over here to read the whole thing (using Google translate obviously):

capacitive But it is getting used, the combination capacitive screen + Windows Mobile.
HTC has gone to very good through the Sense HTC lot capacitive finger-friendly, but for those years with the counterpart, the resistive screen (based on real pressure on the screen) has worked to change the capacitive to practice .
In particular, typing on the virtual keyboard screen is suddenly a lot slower, because you screen compared to a resistive touchscreen just another way to touch.

Multitouch
Multitouch coming to Windows phones! Thanks HTC. Windows Mobile 6.5 supports ie not multitouch, but HTC’s Sense and the Opera Web browser interface is nice.
The principle is simple but well-known (of course the iPhone): with two fingers can now make all sorts of gestures to things happening on your screen.
The most famous, the “pinch” the HD2 is supported, allowing you to squeeze a motion picture, text and websites can zoom in and out.

Opera Mobile 9.7:

Video Playback:

Source: WINMO.NL