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modu is still alive and kicking with its T phone (Update: Official announcement)

10 Oct

modu T phoneRemember ‘modu’ the guys who took the cellphone world by storm in 2009 with their modular phone concept and faded away in 2010 while facing problems to launch their phones commercially? It seems they are willing to make yet another attempt with their T phone that we have spotted in the Bluetooth SIG gallery. The phone now seems to sport an unusual touchscreen user interface. If the markings on the homescreen are anything to go by, this one seems to be relying on web apps rather than native ones. The modu T phone will have 2 GB of internal memory along with a memory card slot. The handset vendor proudly claims that this is the lightest touch phone in the world. We hear that they have two versions of the phone – one EDGE only and another that can also do HSDPA.

Update: modu has now officially announced the T phone. It also plans to launch a Wi-Fi based device running on Android called the W. Here’s the official press release:

Kfar-Saba, Israel – October 10th, 2010 modu introduces modu T, a 3.5G touch phone which was awarded a Guinness World Record for being the lightest touch phone in the world. The modu T is a thin phone, it has a 2.2 inch touch screen and a memory card with 2GB memory capacity which can be extended up to 32GB. The phone includes extensive functionality which includes web access, Instant Messaging, direct links to different social networks, a built in FM radio, GPS, music player and more.

In addition, modu, in its new phone, has put an emphasis on voice quality and an easy to use and friendly User Interface, at an attractive price. modu T is being introduced today for the first time, and is expected to be launched soon in various countries.

modu T includes a wide variety of applications such as: YouTube™, Google™ Search, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, TuneWiki, eBuddy and Snaptu. modu T operates on Qualcomm’s Brew operating system.

Dov Moran, CEO and founder of modu, comments: “we are pleased and proud to introduce today our brand new products. We have undergone a difficult time in which we have learned, innovated and grew stronger and I truly believe that we are on the right track to becoming a leading company in its field. The mobile industry is considerable in size and is currently undergoing changes which would allow for companies like modu to enter the market and be worthy players in this industry.

modu T is unique in its modularity, enabling connectivity with the different “fy” devices, which allow it to have additional features and functionalities which extend the user experience to higher levels. This modularity allows each user to enjoy advanced functionalities which are specifically relevant to each such user, while enabling specific compatibility to such user’s changing needs and preferences. The connectivity to the “fy” devices is done through a unique technology developed by modu.

The modu T “fy” family of devices, which enhances and complete the user experience, includes:

• camerafy your modu T phone and capture moments while staying super compact. simply slide your modu T phone into the compact and intuitive 5MP camerafy and start capturing and sharing your most memorable moments.
• sportfy your modu T and instantly turn it into your exercise companion. You can listen to your favorite music, get training information during and after your workout and track your route and performance online.
• boostify your modu T phone and enjoy hands-free calls, your favorite songs & intuitive single key operations, all while staying connected.
• textify your modu T phone and instantly give it a full QWERTY keyboard makeover. So whether you want to answer your emails or type your funniest text messages, you can do it with ease. It also has a built in 5MP camera, for those moments when even a thousand words won’t do (the texitfy is scheduled for launch at the beginning of 2011).

In addition modu is scheduled to launch in the near future its modu W – a Wi-Fi based device with a touch screen operating on the Android operating system.

Garmin Asus to launch Android-powered Nuvifone A10 in India this month

1 Oct

Garmin Asus is planning to launch its first Android smartphone, the Nuvifone A10, in India this month. Announced at MWC earlier this year, the A10 will run on Android 2.1 and like its Windows Mobile siblings, will come pre-loaded with navigation software and maps for India. It has a 3.2-inch HVGA display, 4 GB of internal flash memory, a 5.0 MP camera and runs on Qualcomm’s 7227 processor clocked at 600 MHz.

The Nuvifone A10 is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 20,000-Rs 22,000. Garmin Asus hopes that consumers will be willing to pay a premium for its navigation service but considering that smartphones with similar specs are available under Rs 15,000, we are not very sure about it. Nevertheless, we will reserve our verdict till we get our paws on it.

iPhone 4 launch in India around the corner, Airtel's microSIM card gets snapped

24 Sep

Having announced its plans to launch the iPhone 4 in India in October, Airtel has started shipping microSIM cards as our friends at FoneArena have found out. What’s surprising though, is the fact that Airtel actually gave/sold a microSIM to one of its subscribers even when there is no phone available in India in which this miniature SIM card can be used. Airtel has also announced its plans to switch on 3G networks in some cities by Diwali (early-November).

Now is there anybody out there who’d be willing to snap a pic of Vodafone India’s microSIM card for us?

SOURCE: FoneArena

Exclusive: MOTO KEY to be a Nokia C3 rival, low-end QWERTY phone

30 Aug

At a time when all we expect from Motorola are some sexy droids, the big ‘M’ seems to have other plans too – especially ones targeting the lower-end of the spectrum. We can now confirm that one of those phones will be the Moto KEY, a phone with a QWERTY keypad aimed at text-savvy and online social networking crazy teens. The device will run on Moto’s proprietary OS and will compete with the Nokia C3.

Moto KEY specs:

Frequencies: Quad-band GSM/EDGE
Dimensions: 61x109x12.35 mm
Display: 2.3-inch QVGA
Weight: 102.2 gm
Talktime/Standby: 200 mins/250 hrs
Battery: 930 mAh
Memory: Internal 50 MB, microSD up to 32 GB
Camera: 3.0 MP
Others: QWERTY keypad, FM radio, 3.5 mm audio jack

We are not sure when Motorola will launch this phone but in order to remain relevant, it should be no later than the end of this year, lest we see Android smartphones breach the Rs 5,000 barrier.

Nokia C7 gets its first preview, gets tagged as a stripped down N8

26 Aug

nokia-c7-reviewRussian cellphone-centric site Mobile Review’s infamous editor, Eldar Murtazin, strikes again! After pissing off Nokia by giving his more than two cents on the N8 even before Nokia could announce its flagship smartphone, Murtazin has now previewed the leaked-but-unannounced C7. His take? Well, it is identical to the N8 specs wise and would be more popular than the flagship as it would be about €100 cheaper. We are basically looking at an N8 in a plastic shell with an 8.0 MP camera and no HDMI TV-out. Hit the source link below for his detailed thoughts and many more shots of the phone.

SOURCE: Mobile Review

HTC T8788 WP7 smartphone has looks to kill

25 Aug

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 launch is just around the corner, which means leaks of upcoming smartphones running the new OS. While we haven’t really covered leaks related to a couple of LG and Samsung WP7 smartphones, But this latest one, from HTC, is too good to be passed. The folks at Engadget have received pics of the HTC T8788 (should have a fancier, easy-to-remember name by the time it hits shelves), which looks like a regular slider phone but hides a secret underneath. Slide open the device and… you WON’T find a QWERTY keypad! Instead, there is a speaker! Yeah, we have seen something similar in the Samsung i450 but never on something that oozes such oomph!

SOURCE: Engadget Mobile

Motorola Quench XT5 specs, pics

24 Aug

It is not the first time we are hearing about the Motorola Quench XT5 but what we have received are some official looking pictures and specifications of this upcoming Android smartphone. Think of the XT5 as a tablet version of the Backflip. It has the same 3.2-inch HVGA (320×480 pixels) display and 5.0 MP camera with flash like the Backflip. However, the XT5 will run on Android 2.1 (no Froyo love here) and have a 256 MB RAM/512 MB ROM. From the looks of it, the Quench XT5 might be Motorola’s answer to the HTC Wildfire and Samsung Galaxy i5800, which would point towards a sub-Rs 15,000 price point.

Now the detailed specs:

OS: Android 2.1 (Éclair)
Band/Modes: WCDMA 900/1900/2100, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps (Category 7/8), EDGE Class 12
Weight: 114 g
Dimensions: 56 x 114 x 13 mm
Display: 3.2″ 480×320 HVGA 262k
Battery: 1270 mAh
GSM Talktime: 8.2 hours
GSM Standby Time: 23.3 days
WCDMA Talktime: 6.4 hours
WCDMA Standby Time: 22.7 days
Others: FM radio, DivX video playback