Archive | December, 2010

Android-based Venue listed on Dell's India site

28 Dec

Dell’s India site is now displaying the Venue – an Android 2.2 (Froyo) running smartphone. So far, Dell has launched the Streak and a couple of OEM Android smartphones in the XCD range. The Venue has a 4.1-inch display, an 8.0 MP shooter and a 1 GHz processor. The Venue will compete with the likes of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 and the upcoming HTC Desire HD, which is scheduled to hit shelves any day now.

So far, we are not impressed with Dell’s current offerings as we find the Streak to big to be a smartphone and too small to be an Internet Tablet to justify its approximately Rs 35,000 price tag. The XCD series, meanwhile, fail to register with us as these are basically OEM branded phones with little substance.

The Venue, on the other hand, can help Dell mark its presence in the smartphone space with good specs and what, judging by pictures) looks like an appealing industrial design. In our opinion, its success in India solely depends on the price tag that it will carry when it is launched in India. If Dell really wants to shake up its competitors, a sub-Rs 30,000 pricing would be ideal. Well, that’s for the company to decide and all we can share with you right now are the specs of the smartphone.

Operating System
Android 2.2
Processors
1GHz QSD 8250
Bands
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
GPRS Class 12; EDGE Class 12
WCDMA 850/1900/2100 or 900/AWS/2100
HSDPA 7.2Mbps /HSUPA 5.76 Mbps1
Display
AM-OLED 4.1” 800×480 pixels, 24 bit – 16M colors
Camera
8MP Autofocus, Digital Zoom 4x, Video and Audio Record, Dedicated Camera Key
Video
H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, WMV
Sound
Standard codecs
Messaging
POP3, IMAP, ActiveSync, Push Email, Web mail, Microsoft Exchange, SMS, MMS, Native IM
Browser
Web 2.0 full HTML, WAP Support
Connectivity
Sync to PC, USB Mass Storage, USB Support, Wi-Fi, AGPS; Bluetooth®  2.1 EDR, A2DP, AVCRP, others;
Connector: Micro-USB; 3.5 mm HSJ
Memory
Internal Memory: 1 GB / 512 MB2
External Memory: available with micro SD up to 32GB
Dimensions
121 x 64 x 12.9mm (≤100cc)
Weight
164 grams
Battery
1400 mAh
Others
Predictive text, GMS HW Compliant with G-sensor, E-compass, Virtual Keyboard

SOURCE: Dell India via TechTree

Update: HTC HD7 and 7 Mozart show up on India website, official announcement around the corner

24 Dec

Almost two weeks ago, we had reported that HTC is all set to introduce its Windows Phone 7 (WP7) devices in India despite Microsoft’s claims that WP7 will hit India sometime later in 2011. We were also the first to break that HTC intends to launch two WP7 devices right now and one of them would be the HD7 priced at around Rs 30,000.

Guess what, HTC’s India website now shows the HD7 and 7 Mozart as products available in the country. We are yet to ascertain the price of the 7 Mozart but it would be cheaper than the HD7. The 7 Mozart has an 8.0 MP camera, smaller 3.7-inch display and supports a slightly slower HSDPA 7.2 Mbps connectivity. Rest of the features appear to be similar to that of the HD7.

SOURCE: Fone Arena

UPDATE: We have been able to confirm some more details about HTC’s Windows Phone 7 launch. The 7 Mozart is priced at Rs 28,000. Currently none of the two devices officially support Windows Marketplace (Microsoft’s App Store equivalent) but we hear that this can be worked around by registering as a US-based user. Microsoft is expected to officially launch WP7 in India along with Marketplace earliest by March and latest by April.

Skyfire for iOS now available globally

24 Dec

The only web browser that can play Flash videos on iOS is now available globally. Skyfire today announced that Skyfire browser for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is now available in all the 90 countries where Apple’s itunes App Store is available. In a blog post, Skyfire mentions that its recently launched Skyfire browser for iPhone was downloaded more than 300,000 times and had earlier reported that the app was “sold out” within five hours of its debut on the App Store. Since then, the company had started rolling out the app on a country-by-country basis. Unlike other browsers, Skyfire’s servers compress and encode Flash videos into a format that iOS allows.

It is a tough decision for any company to limit the distribution of a product that is selling better than hot cakes on a freezing winter day but we should applaud Skyfire’s effort for being able to ramp up its servers and have a global roll-out in less than two months after its launch. Yesterday, the company launched the browser for iPad in the US and today even that version is available globally.

Skyfire for iPhone/iPod touch is priced at $2.99 while that for the iPad is available for $4.99. Pricey? Certainly. Worth it? Absolutely!

SOURCE: Skyfire Blog

Dell Streak 7 headed for CES launch as ad storyboard leaks

24 Dec

The Dell Streak with its 5.0-inch display might come across as a confused gadget (Is it a smartphone or an Internet Tablet? Answer: Probably neither.) but there is no mistaking the upcoming Streak 7. While it was known for sometime now that Dell will launch a 7.0-inch tablet, but now we have the entire storyboard of its (proposed?) ad campaign. While there is not much to gather from the storyboard apart from the fact that it will feature a graphics card (really? a card?) and a fast processor. We expect the Streak 7 to make its debut at the upcoming CES show in January. Now comes the big question – will it be good enough to take on this year’s Galaxy Tab and next year’s Motopad?

SOURCE: Engadget

Sony Ericsson pushes out press invites for MWC, confirms new XPERIA smartphones

24 Dec

Sony Ericsson has started sending out press invites for its annual press conference on the eve of MWC, which happens to be February 13 this time. What’s interesting to note is that the invite specifically mentions there will be new XPERIA smartphones (there will be more than one!). I have been attending Sony Ericsson’s MWC press conferences every year and they tend to be lavish affairs. Earlier this year, Sony Ericsson had announced the XPERIA mini, XPERIA mini pro and the X8 at its MWC press conference. This time around, in all likelihood, we’d get to see the XPERIA Play (aka the PlayStation Phone) and possibly a refreshed version of the popular XPERIA X10. Hopefully, 2011 will be a year when Sony Ericsson catches up with the rest of the Android world and launches smartphones running on the latest OS version. We have a feeling that the lovechild of Swedish and Japanese parents won’t disappoint us this time.

SOURCE: Android World

Google to launch Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb in March?

23 Dec

Taiwan-based news portal, Digitimes, is reporting that the next version of Android, codenamed Honeycomb, will be launched as early as March 2011. These pearls of wisdom were hidden in a feature that talks about Internet Tablets some Taiwanese brands will showcase at CES, which begins on January 6 in Las Vegas. An excerpt from the post:

On the other hand, MSI is set to display its 10-inch Wintel-based tablet PC as well as engineering samples of its ARM-based Google Android model. MSI is also prepared to sell an Nvidia Tegra 2-based model in April or May after Google releases Android 3.0 in March.

While Digitimes seems to have great sources in the form of OEM insiders, the portal has a history of getting it wrong (mostly). However, considering that Google’s Andy Rubin (the father of Android) has already showcased a Motorola prototype tablet running Honeycomb, we are willing to believe that Digitimes has got it bang on target this time.

If Honeycomb-running Tablets do hit shelves in April or May, we believe it would be a big task for Android to make a lasting impression considering that Apple’s second generation of the iPad would already be available. But stranger things have happened in the past, like when Android smartphones overtook the iPhone in global shipment numbers this year. Will history repeat itself in 2011 with Internet Tablets?

SOURCE: Digitimes IMAGE COURTESY: Virgin Media

Online retailer suggests HTC will launch the Desire HD next week

23 Dec

Online retailer, Flipkart, is now displaying that the Desire HD will be available in India in the fifth week of December, which translates into next week! The Desire HD runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo) and has an 8.0 MP camera that shoots video in 720p resolution and a 4.3-inch display. Priced at Rs 27,499, the Desire HD could give the Samsung Galaxy S and virtually any high-end Android phone a run for their money.

On the specs front, the Desire HD has a 1 GHz processor, 1.5 GB of internal memory, 768 MB of RAM and supports 3G downlink speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps. It will also play pretty well with HTC’s online portal http://www.htcsense.com.

If Flipkart’s information is true, we would suggest you put off your Android smartphone shopping for a few days. Yup, the new Droid King in town is on his way!

SOURCE: Flipkart