One more hands preview from Mobile World Congress today. This time it’s the LG Optimus Black Android handset which feature the company’s newest 4inch WVGA IPS panel called Nova display. Under the hood you’ll find a TI OMAP 3630 SoC clocked at 1Ghz powering the whole thing. This is obviously far from the Optimus 3D’s insane hardware specifications but should be enough to run Android 2.3 without any problem. This SoC includes a PowerVRSGX530 GPU so you can expect 3D performance to be weaker than the Galaxy S and its SGX540.
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The first Motorola Droid 2 review has arrived courtesy of Engadget and it looks like Motorola’s latest and greatest didn’t really impress. The review notes that the Droid 2 doesn’t bring anything new to the table given its similar design to the original (with a slightly improved keyboard) and the fact that the stock Android 2.2 UI has been replaced with Moto’s soon to be defunct MOTOBLUR. It will definitely be wiser to get a Droid X instead justfor the improved camera (and 720P video recording) and the bigger screen. Owners of the original Droid have no reason at all to run to their local Verizon store and grab the Droid 2 unless they think that synthetic benchmark results are super important…
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Google can deny it all day long but the fact is that the Android ecosystem is suffering from hardware fragmentation and things aren’t looking like they are going to get better any time soon. One of the main hardware difference between Android devices is he GPU which is part of the SoC (System On a Chip / Chipset) powering the handset. There’s currently three big players in the market today: Qualcomm’s SnapDragon SoC with the Adreno 200 GPU, TI OMAP 3XXX with the Power VR SGX 530/535 and finally Samsung’s Hummingbird (S5PC110A01) with a PowerVR SGX540 GPU all three of them feature a CortexA8 CPU core. Android and Me wrapped up a couple of benchmarks comparing them and the final verdict is clear as bottled water. Samsung’s Hummingbird is heads and shoulder above the competition thanks to the SGX540 GPU, followed by TI’s and Qualcomm’s chipsets. This should come as no surprise, the SGX540 is currently the most powerful mobile GPU on the market but one has to take into account the quality of the drivers. Qualcomm has been far behind in this sector ever since its acquisition of AMD/ATI’s mobile GPU division nearly 2 years ago. Benchmarks conducted on Windows Mobile devices like the HTC HD2 (SnapDragon with Adreno 200/AMD Z430 GPU) have shown up to a %500 increase in performance in some bechnmarks when homemade/tweaked drivers where used instead of the ones supplied with the retail device. This doesn’t mean that it can rival Samsung’s SGX540 equipped handsets like the Galaxy S line of Android phones but SnapDragon based devices would have graphics performances more in line with what you should expect from a hing-end smartphone in 2010. It will be interesting to see how things will be like on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform (Only Qualcomm is certified to provide chipset for the first WP7 handsets) now that Microsoft will provide/certify the drivers. From what I have seen the graphics performance of the prototype devices is tons better than what we have now on the market. It has been said by me many times (and others who have played with the Samsung Taylor): the UI of WP7 ( Direct3D fully hardware accelerate by the Adreno GPU) is more responsive than the iPhone. Things will only get better in the future when devices like the HTC Mondrian WP7 handset will supposedly feature the updated Snapdragon core and when Google finally sets minimum performance and hardware requirement in a future version of Android (rumored to come in Android 3.0).
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The closer we get to the official launch the more info we get about the Motorola Droid 2. Android and Me has wrapped up a quick hands-on preview of the device and a couple benchmarks comparing the performances of the Motorola Droid 2 vs Motorola Droid. On the GPU side you can see that the Droid 2 is far ahead of the original Droid thanks to its 1ghz TI OMAP 3630 (which packs a the same PowerVR SGX530 GPU as the 500 Mhz TI OMAP 3430 in the Droid):
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Members of the press have just received an invitation to a Motorola and Verizon launch event taking place on June 23. Titled “Unleashing the Next Generation of Droid” I cn only assume that this will be the official unveiling of the new Motorola Droid 2 and Motorola Droid X handsets that we have seen a lot lately.
The Motorola Droid 2 and Droid X info keeps on coming these days. this time we are getting some info on both handset’s marketing campaigns thanks to a few leaked documents detailing Motorola’s plans. One interesting bit that comes out of it is that the Motorola Droid 2 will be apparently clocked at 1 Ghz (TI OMAP 3630) and not 720MHz as previously rumored. Check out the rest of the docs after the break:
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According to BGR’s sources, the Motorola Shadow aka Droid X is scheduled to launch in July on Verizon with Android 2.1on board and the Motoblur UI. The Motorola Droid 2 is also launching on Verizon but in August with Android 2.2 / Froyo. Both devices will feature a TI OMAP 3630 chipset. Like I said a few days ago,this summer is going to be all about Android!