Archive | June, 2008

Sony Ericsson CommunicAsia products leaked

14 Jun

So what do we have here? First, the Sony Ericsson C905 8 MP camera phone was leaked and now there’s a whole bunch of phones and Bluetooth headsets that have been unleashed three days before the brand’s press conference in Singapore. 

HBH PV716, PV 720 and PV 740 Bluetooth headsets

All the three headsets will have up to 11 hours of talktime, a whopping 800 hours of standby time, auto-pairing, digital noise reduction and Bluetooth 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rates. Read more about them here.

S302 Snapshot phone
Sony Ericsson will also unveil its new series of phones – the Snapshot series – that will feature mid-end phones with camera and will be placed below the Cyber-shot series. The S302 will be the first offering and will come with a 2 MP camera and features like PhotoFix and flash. Read more about the S302 here.

F305 Gaming Phone
This is no PSP but ain’t a bad gaming phone considering the PSP-style gaming keys on the top of the display or the gaming short-cut key on the lower-left part of the face. We’re told that it will feature motion-enabled games as well! Read more about the F305 here.

Exclusive: BlackBerry Bold launch delayed till November?

14 Jun

Bad news, guys. According to our sources at AT&T, the launch of the BlackBerry Bold on the American carrier has been deferred from June to November. At the moment, people close to the development are citing “power management issues” in the device as the reason for the delay. We just hope that the folks at RIM are able to resolve it before it’s too late.

MWg sets shop in India

13 Jun

MWg, the Windows Mobile handset vendor formally known as O2 Asia, has finally set shop in India. To mark its entry into India, the brand has launched two handsets – the Atom V and Zinc II. Both the devices hanve an inbuilt GPS. The Atom V is priced at Rs 27,888 while the Zinc II is priced at Rs 34,888.

Tata Indicom to provide location based services

13 Jun

Tata Indicom will be amongst the first carriers to provide A-GPS services in India. A-GPS or Assisted GPS provides the approximate location of users by triangulating the locations of nearby cell sites in addition to a GPS chip that plots the location using dedicated satellites. This provides better results and works even when the device isn’t in the direct line of sight of the satellites (for instance, indoors or on a cloudy day).

The carrier will implement this feature on some upcoming handsets that will enable subscribers to engage in location based social networking and friend finder like services. For the enterprise segment, it will enable fleet and asset management services.

Tata Indicom will employ Qualcomm’s QPoint solution along with GPSone chipset to enable these location based services.

Sony Ericsson C905 and Alicia leaked

12 Jun

It is less than a week before Sony Ericsson announces its new products at CommunicAsia in Singapore and our good friend Michelle Bak from the Unofficial Sony Ericsson Blog is ready to leak the products that Sony Ericsson is expected to unleash! First up is the new flagship camera phone, the C905, which will take over from the K850i. The C905 will be the first ‘mainstream’ 8.1 megapixel snapper. It features a Xenon flash for still photography and what looks like a dual-LED flash for shooting videos at VGA resolution. This will also be the first slider phone in the Cyber-shot series.

The next one is a clamshell Walkman phone with what appears to be a clickwheel on its face. The official name is still under wraps and so far it is known as Alicia. In all probability, it seems to be a variant of the W980, which was revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, earlier this year.

Our sources tell us that the Sony Ericsson announcement will also have some cool accessories and some more mid-end and low-end phones. Well, if the products are not leaked before the announcement, trust us to bring you the news as it happens live from Singapore!

P.S. Head over to USEB for some sample pictures taken from the C905.

Nokia Tube gets a name, closer to becoming official

12 Jun

We have been reading a lot about Nokia’s ‘Tube’ project, the Finnish handset manufacturer’s take on the iPhone and now it is gone one step further to becoming official. Pictures of the touchscreen phone have been splashed all over the Internet and bears the name XpressMedia 5800. It is likely to have a 3.2 megapixel snapper with Carl Zeiss optics but is not expected to be finger friendly as it comes with a stylus. We won’t be surprised if it comes with a few gigabytes of built-in memory just like the iPhone. Let’s see if Nokia lets this touch feely phone in Singapore next week.


Nokia N79, N85 leaked

12 Jun

Well, hanset vendors are finding it real hard to keep their goodies under wraps before officially announcing it to the world themselves. After the E71 and E66 getting leaked before their suspected announcement next week, Nokia finds itself in a similar position with their upcoming N-series products. This time, it is the N85 and the N79!

The N85 seems to be a slider version of the N82 with a 5 megapixel camera, GPS with geotagging and the works.

The N79, on the other hand, looks like a variation of the N78 (and hence the name?) though very little is known about the phone, thanks to the blurry picture that makes it impossible to know the megapixel count. We’d like to believe it to be a 3,2 megapixel snapper but you can never say for sure.

N85 Source, N79 Source

Nokia introduces entry-level CDMA phone – 1508

12 Jun

Today Nokia introduced the Nokia 1508, which features a slim, lightweight candy bar design, easy key pad dialing, integrated stereo FM radio and high-speed data connectivity to the internet via cable, a built in speakerphone, up to three minutes of voice recording time and enough memory to store 500 phonebook contacts and 400 messages. The Nokia 1508 is estimated to start shipping in the third quarter of 2008 in select CDMA markets.


LG to introduce KM380, KM710 music phones

12 Jun

LG is all set to introduce two music phones to emerging markets (including India) later this year, which we hope will be on display at CommunicAsia in Singapore. The KM710 (in white above) features a music dial on the face and comes with “advanced equalisation capabilities. Meanwhile, the KM830’s claim to fame is its capability to play music non-stop for a whopping 40 hours! Here’s to spending a weekend in a continuous state of psychedellic trance!


Sony Ericsson to introduce gaming phone next week?

12 Jun

Hellaluja! If the rumourmill is to be believed, Sony Ericsson will unveil its gaming phone next week at CommunicAsia. The company is expected to showcase a new series, dubbed F (for Fun), and will reveal the F305, a mid-end slider phone suited for gaming. Not much is known about the F305 (or if it really exists) but it is said that it will be a gaming console phone with stereo speakers and FM radio. Well, it surely doesn’t sound as the anticipated PSP-phone to us. Who knows Sony Ericsson might be hiding a high-end version somewhere.