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Sunday, July 3, 2011

HTC Eternity: One For The Ages

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 07:00 PM

HTC has always had a reputation for pushing the size envelope, and the Eternity is no exception. Slated for this autumn to coincide with the release of WP7.5 Mango, the Eternity will sport a massive 4.7" screen, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, and HDMI output. I remember my old HTC Advantage with mixed feelings, but one thing that's never bothered me about it was its size, so the Eternity's won't bother me much either. This isn't for everyone though. You can get more details through HTCInside (Google translation here).

Thursday, April 14, 2011

WP7 Hardware Chassis Requirements Updated

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 08:00 PM

At Mix 11 today, Microsoft revealed the new chassis specs for Windows Phone 7 devices. The minimum chassis specs have been updated to require at least a 1GHZ Qualcomm MSM8x55, or the Qualcomm MSM7x30. Both of these processors have more powerful Adreno 205 graphics. There was however no mention of the HVGA chassis that had been previously mentioned. Finally, a Gyro is also required for future devices. These spec bumps are great but many phone fanatics are still waiting to hear when dual-core processors and front-facing cameras will hit Windows Phone. Perhaps we'll hear more this summer before Mango is released.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Qualcomm's Next-Gen Snapdragon MSM8960: 5x Performance Improvement + Dual Cores

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 09:48 PM

"Inside the MSM8960 are two next-generation processor cores, presumably out-of-order as Qualcomm is promising 5x the performance of the original Snapdragon chip (2x for the move to dual cores and the rest due to OoO, larger caches and other architectural tweaks perhaps?). Qualcomm isn't disclosing clock speed at this time."

A 5x performance increase, dual cores, and - can you believe this? - a 75% reduction in power. The details are sketchy on the power savings - it might be 75% less power at idle, or it might be under full load. And is that per core, or overall? It would be quite the feat to double the number of cores yet still use 75% less power. Regardless, it looks like there's some good hardware coming our way in the years ahead!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

New Toshiba Models Nearing Production

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 07:00 PM

We first heard about these way back in April, and it's nice to see Toshiba hard at work in bringing them to market. The K01 is landscape slider phone, with a 4.1" capacitive screen, the K02 is the clamshell pictured above with one 3.5" resistive LCD and a sub-LCD display (whatever that is), and the L01 will be a 7" monster with an optional keyboard (according to the original roadmap) - all running WM6.5. If Toshiba keeps to its original deadlines, we're probably looking at late this year/early next year for the launch. We still haven't seen the other two models mentioned, which come under the TG line - TG02 which will be waterproof, and TG03 which will be more multimeida oriented. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Toshiba 2009-2010 Roadmap Leaked

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 07:00 PM

"Yet released Toshiba TG01 and proprietary information in accordance with the Techblog, the Toshiba is expected to present two models of the TG series in 2009. The reason for Toshiba TG02 and Toshiba TG03 with touch screen 4.1-inch WVGA and analysis processor 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8 × 50. The TG02 has a 3,2 Megapixel camera and is waterproof (!), While the TG03 has 5 Megapixel camera and 5.1-channel sound."

The only thing I can say I'm speechless. Apart from the L01 (which incidentally may run on a fuel-cell battery), all the others are the type of large screen, full featured devices that I've always envisaged as the perfect one for me. I'm further intrigued by the launch windows, which possibly intersects with that of WM7 - that makes the K01 MID doubly interesting with its capacitive screen. Kudos to Techblog for the scoop (translation here)!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Inventec V112 With Mirasol Screen on Display At CTIA

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 07:00 PM

"Well, Qualcomm owns Qualcomm MEMS Technologies, which has been pushing its mirasol display tech for several years now; the main draw is that it's super high-contrast which eliminates the need for a backlight in many situations where a traditional LCD would need a little help, and the WinMo-powered V112 uses a small mirasol strip as a secondary display surrounded by nav controls. Even though we weren't getting any Windows Mobile action, we did manage to engage the mirasol display (also known as "the cool part") where we saw an example of what the V112 might be able to do without turning on the battery-destroying LCD up top: show basic status information and the current time."

We first talked about the V112 and it's secondary mirasol display a couple of months back. Engadget managed to snag a quick hands-on with the smartphone during CTIA, and had mixed feelings about the display - it works as advertised, but has little tactile feedback. WMExperts also managed to get some time with the V112, and unlike Engadget managed to access the full screen as well. In short, mirasol shows some promise - but let's get some colour action, shall we?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Mio Explora K70

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 11:00 PM

"Mio made it known late last year that the company was cooking up a mobile handset and it appears as though the Taiwanese GPS company's entrance into the mobile game will indeed be a sexy one."

Mio are better known for their DigiWalker series of GPS-equipped handhelds and this is, AFAIK, their first foray into making a phone. It's really not bad for a first effort, with the ubiquitous Qualcomm MSM7201A 528MHz processor, quadband GSM, tri-band HSPA, GPS (of course!), and 3MP camera. The device has a 3.5" QWVGA screen, which is passably large enough for GPS usage, and a slot that accepts micro-SDHC cards for all your maps. No word yet on pricing or availability.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Asus Launches WVGA P835

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:00 PM

"Designed for business-savvy professionals who appreciate a screen as big as their ambitions, the P835 is equipped with a large 3.5" touchscreen that runs at WVGA resolution-offering five times the number of pixels of most phones and delivering the best document, photo, movie and website viewing experience possible. Apart from being able to display more of a webpage onscreen, the P835 boasts features that greatly enrich users' online experience, including blazing fast HSUPA 7.2Mbps download speeds, a responsive trackball that makes scrolling effortless and Opera Mobile, a user-friendly and full-featured Web browser."

Apart from the big screen and Asus' updated Glide interface, the P835 boasts a 528MHz Qualcomm processor, 288MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, Micro-SD slot, AGPS, and 5MP AF camera. The P835 also offers the capability to act as a WiFi AP for up to ten devices, which is a real nice capability to have. I'm a bit dubious about the trackball - the placement might make it a little awkward to use with one hand - and the battery is a little small for a premium device. Everything else makes this a pretty fine top-of-the-range contender for ASUS. Read the rest of the press release for more details. Read more...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Qualcomm Mirasol Display in Inventec V112

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:00 PM

"While the ultra-efficient, ambient light-loving technology hasn't gone through that Pleasantville epiphany just yet, a 1.1-inch bichrome mirasol touchscreen has found its way onto Inventec's V112 Smartphone alongside a decidedly more colorful bigger brother. It'll serve to show time, incoming and missed calls, email and SMS alerts, MP3 song information, and other information that doesn't require a lot of space or hue."

Just in case you're wondering, the mirasol display is that B&W portion right at the bottom of the display. Why the fuss? If you've ever had the misfortune of trying to read a transmissive screen in direct sunlight, the mirasol display is the answer to your prayers - at least, if you're not hankering for colour. The mirasol display uses conductive plates to reflect light, which makes the display clear and readable even under the brightest conditions - you'd still need to have a backlight in low-light conditions however. What this means is that these types of displays can have very low power requirements, which obviously translates into better battery life. At the moment, mirasol displays are only useful as secondary displays, given the colour deficiency, but I dare say that's being worked on as we speak. Ain't technology wonderful?

Friday, February 6, 2009

More Snapdragon Devices On the Way

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 12:00 PM

"High Tech Computer (HTC) is expected to launch Qualcomm Snapdragon-based mobile devices in the second quarter of 2009, according to market sources in Taiwan... HTC and Toshiba are among more than a dozen device makers that have signed up with Qualcomm to develop mobile computing devices using Snapdragon solutions. Those device makers also include Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Acer, Asustek Computer, Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, Wistron, Inventec and Foxconn International Holdings (FIH)."

Can't get enough of the Snapdragon in the TG01? Well, it seems HTC and a few more are gearing up to release Snapdragon devices of their own. According to Digitimes, HTC's device will hit the market one quarter after the TG01. And the rest? We're guessing they'll trickle into the market as the year progresses.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Toshiba Unveils TG01, Shows Off 4.1" WVGA Touch Screen and Snapdragon Chipset

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:00 AM

Look out, HTC. Toshiba has something up its sleeve - that something is the TG01. Some standout features in this upcoming handset include a 4.1" WVGA (480 x 800) touch screen and Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset with a 1GHz core. It also sports 512MB ROM, a microSDHC slot, HSDPA/HSUPA connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, aGPS, a G-sensor, a virtual trackpad, out-of-the-box DivX support, and a custom touch-friendly GUI, which sits on top of Windows Mobile Professional. And if you think the TG01 looks slim, that's because it is. With a depth of just 9.9 mm or 0.39", it's thinner than the HTC Touch HD (12 mm or 0.47") and iPhone 3G (12.3 mm or 0.48"). See for yourself at Electricpig and Pocket-lint, and expect more details at MWC, which takes place in just under two weeks.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Qualcomm Spills the Beans on Windows Mobile 7

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 09:25 PM

"Maybe those calls for 'Vista light' on UMPCs and MIDs are getting answered with Windows Mobile 7. While you could use a Celio REDFLY paired to a Windows Mobile phone for a similar experience now, Qualcomm is already showing off a portable device on Engadget Mobile to exemplify the potential here. In fact, SVP Luis Pinada alluded to that just today: 'Microsoft Windows Mobile 7, which is made for chips used in mobile phones, will be more laptop friendly than older versions of Windows Mobile.'"

[Photo courtesy of Engadget]

According to Engadget Mobile, Qualcomm will be releasing a Windows Mobile 7 powered handset which will be powered by their Snapdragon mobile CPU. The device is supposed to make "big presence in Snapdragon-based devices at CES 2009" and pack a $299USD price point that is almost as tiny as the device pictured above. This tiny powerhouse will also come equipped with 3G mobile Internet technology. All and all, not too shabby Qualcomm! If only 2009 wasn't so far away...

Thursday, April 17, 2008

AT&T Mobile TV Launch Date and Price List Revealed

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Talk" @ 02:04 PM

"In our post last month containing live shots of AT&T’s MediaFLO on the LG Vu and Samsung Access. We also told you that the service would launch in May, but further details were under lock and key at the time. Thanks to an anonymous source inside AT&T, we now have all the details you need about the live television service we’ve all been waiting for. First and foremost, the service will launch on May 4 and will be rebranded as AT&T Mobile TV... That’s right people, real deal broadcast TV on your mobile with no buffering time... In terms of what you can expect all this to do to your battery life, Mobile TV will be roughly equivalent to an active voice call."

This is fantastic news! Hopefully now we will finally be able to see the HTC Foreseer (pictured above) finally crawl its way out of the great big Windows Mobile heaven in the sky. The chances of us actually seeing the HTC Foreseer again are pretty slim to none since AT&T has opted to use Qualcomm's MediaFLO technology to broadcast real-time television to their handset line-up instead of the European DVB-H standard which the HTC Foreseer utilized. All is not lost though, with HTC's big announcement coming up on May 6th there is still a chance we could see a MediaFLO Windows Mobile Smartphone or Pocket PC in our future!

For those itching to subscribe to AT&T's new MediaFLO service, it is scheduled to launch on May 4th, 2008. The current subscription price list is as follows:
  • Mobile TV Limited - $13/month: Includes four channels; Fox Mobile, CBS Mobile, NBC, and NBC News
  • Mobile TV Basic - $15/month: Includes 9 channels; Fox Mobile, CBS mobile, NBC, NBC News, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, CNN Mobile and ESPN
  • Mobile TV Plus - $30/month: Includes the nine channels listed above as well as an exclusive Sony Pictures channel

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