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Neonode strike a deal in India

More good news for Neonode fans out there, Neonode have just announced a deal with TMM to supply the N2 in India. Hopefully this could lead to deals being done with mobile operators in other countries!

The Neonode N2

The Neonode N2

From the press release:

Neonode, the Swedish mobile communication company that develops touch screen technologies and designs mobile handsets in which the technology also can be used, today announced an agreement with Turnstone Mobile Media LLC (TMM), a portfolio company of Turnstone Capital Management LLC, to distribute its products in India.

Under terms of the exclusive sales agreement, TMM, through its New Delhi-based affiliate, will be sole distributor of the unique Neonode N2 touch-screen mobile phone and related products in India, where cell phone and wireless infrastructure growth is one of the fastest in the world. Neonode has already made a substantial first shipment of its Neonode N2 mobile phones to TMM.

Neonode N2 uses the most advanced touch screen technology, the zForce™ optical touch screen. It doesn’t need any hard pressure or stylus but works quickly and accurately by reacting to sweeping and tapping signals on the screen. The intuitively organized user interface, neno™, delivers quick and easy access to applications and content.

“We are excited to be introducing the new Neonode N2 to India, where demand for the latest innovations in technology, especially mobile communications and entertainment, is among the highest in the world. Based on initial reactions by the largest carriers, distributors, retailers, and consumers throughout India, we anticipate the Neonode N2 will be well-received and are looking forward to announcing its release the first quarter of 2008”, said Marc La Magna, Managing Partner of Turnstone Capital LLC.

Neonode N2 was commercially launched in August 2007 and showcased at the U.S. Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas January 9-12, 2008. Currently Neonode N2 is available throughout markets in Europe and is also sold via the company’s web shop; The company’s innovative products will be marketed in North America, Latin America and China through its recently formed affiliated company, Neonode USA. With signing of this distribution agreement with TMM in India, Neonode makes another strategic business deal, placing the Neonode N2 in yet another significant market. New distributors continue to be added worldwide.

“We are delighted to add such an outstanding organization such as TMM to our growing family of distributors and licensors. This agreement secures our entry into India, the fastest-growing and one of the most exciting mobile markets in the world”, said Mikael Hagman, CEO and President of Neonode Inc.

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HTC announce an Enhanced HTC Advantage

More HTC news from MWC, this time it’s the new and improved “Enhanced HTC Advantage” (X7510).

Enhanced HTC Advantage

Enhanced HTC Advantage

New applications, keyboard and storage capacity expand user experience

BARCELONA — Feb. 11, 2008 – Today at the 2008 GSMA Mobile World Congress, HTC Corp. (TAIEX: 2498; “HTC”), the world’s leading provider of Microsoft Windows Mobile® smart devices, announced an updated version of the HTC Advantage™ that introduces new software, increased storage and an improved keyboard. The HTC Advantage™ is an ideal companion for the business traveller who needs a powerful and portable device that includes constant connectivity.

Developed from the ground up to be extremely portable, yet powerful, the HTC Advantage™ integrates a broad set of features into a compact and innovative design. Based on a future version of Windows Mobile, the updated HTC Advantage™ includes a customized HTC Home today screen that provides one-touch access to emails, text messages, missed calls, calendar appointments and contacts, as well as current weather conditions and forecasts for hundreds of cities around the world.

The HTC Advantage™ features HTC’s TouchFLO™ software which enhances finger touch scrolling and browsing of Web pages, documents, messages and contact lists. The Advantage™ will also include Opera Mobile 9 and Google Maps for mobile.

In addition to the many software enhancements, the HTC Advantage™ also adds a variety of new and improved hardware features including 16GB of storage, a new improved keyboard with haptic feedback and an updated version of VueFLO™ using a G-sensor that recognises the screen orientation of the device for optimal customer usage.

“Having established broader boundaries for mobile computing with the first HTC Advantage a year ago, we are introducing a wealth of new enhancements focused on improving the overall touch screen and keyboard user experience,” said Peter Chou, president and CEO of HTC. “Our goal with the HTC Advantage is to provide a small connected mobile computing device that will replace notebook PCs on daily commutes or short trips.”

With its innovative built-in video output capability, the HTC Advantage™ empowers its users with freedom to make presentations anywhere. Users can run presentations directly via the projector and TV output. Its 5-inch VGA colour touch screen and innovative, magnetic QWERTY keyboard are ideal not just for editing Microsoft Office documents, but also for enjoying leisure time. Users can watch videos, browse the web, use instant Outlook push e-mail, synchronize their contacts, tasks and calendar, and navigate anywhere with inbuilt GPS and TomTom NAVIGATOR 6.

Offering a complete package of connectivity, the HTC Advantage™ offers a wide variety of Wireless connectivity options such as Tri-band HSPDA, Wi-Fi® and stereo Bluetooth® 2.0 connectivity.

The updated HTC Advantage™ will be available in March in select countries across Europe.

HTC Advantage (X7510) Specification:

  • Size – 133.5 x 98 x 16 mm (additional 4.75mm for keyboard)
  • Weight – 290g + 85g for keyboard
  • Networks – WCDMA/HSDPA: 850/1900/2100 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Operating system – Future Version of Windows Mobile®
  • Display – 5-inch VGA with touch screen
  • Camera – 3.1 megapixel with auto focus, VGA for video calling
  • Internal memory – 256 MB + 16 GB flash; 128 MB RAM
  • Memory card – miniSD™
  • WLAN – 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth® 2.0
  • GPS
  • Interface – HTC ExtUSB™ (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed); HTC 16 pin port (USB 1.1 host, TV/VGA out); 3.5mm audio jack with microphone
  • Battery – 2100 mAh
  • Talk time – WCDMA: up to 300 minutes* GSM: up to 360 minutes
  • Standby time – WCDMA: up to 300 hours* GSM: up to 300 hours
  • Special feature – Detachable QWERTY Keyboard with Haptic feedback; document printing; G sensor
  • Chipset – Marvell PXA270 624 MHz; Qualcomm® MSM6275
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    HTC announce the P3470 budget GPS Smartphone

    Looking for a badget GPS-enabled Windows Mobile device? Then the new HTC device, just announced at MWC could be just what you need!

    HTC P3470

    HTC P3470

    HTC P3470 brings an affordable GPS, Feature-rich Touchscreen phone to the masses

    Using TomTom Navigator 6, the HTC P3470 delivers detailed maps and direct to contact navigation

    BARCELONA — February 11, 2008 — HTC Corp. (TAIEX: 2498; “HTC”), the world’s leading provider of Microsoft Windows Mobile® smart devices, today announced the European launch of the HTC P3470, the latest member of the HTC product portfolio. Combining a lightweight design, large screen, sat-nav software and strong battery life, the P3470 sets a new standard in affordable smartphone, GPS-based devices.

    At just 108mm tall, the HTC P3470 offers unbeatable value as one of the most compact devices in HTC’s portfolio, featuring a broad range of functionality that today’s consumers desire. The HTC P3470™ enables an easy to use and simple interface for accessing web pages, documents, messages, contact lists and more.

    Smart, simple and easy to use, TomTom Navigator 6 is the best sat-nav solution for your PDA or mobile phone. The intuitive interface, crystal clear instructions and easy call handling make it the ideal navigation partner for the P3470. The touch interface and large 2.8in screen ensure the AGPS-enabled sat-nav is easy to use, and the HTC P3470 is truly mobile thanks to the long battery life. The HTC P3470 also includes a 1GB Micro SD card for mapping and other data storage.

    “The HTC P3470 integrates GPS-location into an innovative and high-powered phone that brings location-based experiences to customers looking for power and affordability,” said Florian Seiche, Vice President, HTC Europe. “We are very pleased to announce this addition to the product portfolio, continuing our commitment to provide an option for every user.”


    The HTC P3470™ will be available to customers across Europe later this month.

    The first pan-European operator partner to take the HTC version of the device will be Orange which will launch the P3470 in the UK, France, Spain and the Netherlands. Price: 449 euros

    HTC P3470 specification:

  • Size: 108 x 58.3 x 15.7 mm
  • Weight: 122 g
  • Connectivity: GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Operating system: Windows Mobile 6® Professional
  • Display: 2.8-inch QVGA flat touch screen
  • Camera: 2 megapixel with macro focus
  • Internal memory: 256 MB flash, 128 MB RAM
  • Removable memory: microSDTM slot
  • Bluetooth: 2.0 with EDR
  • GPS
  • Interface: HTC ExtUSBTM (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 Full-Speed)
  • Battery: 1100 mAh
  • Talk time: GSM: up to 350 minutes
  • Standby time: GSM: up to 240 hours
  • Chipset: TI OMAP 850, 200MHz
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    Sony Ericsson join the Windows Mobile party

    Mobile World Congress kicks off today and already news is flooding out all over the place!

    Sony Ericsson have just announced that they are entering the Windows Mobile market with their new XPERIA mobile devices, starting out with the X1.

    The X1 is a very cool looking and well spec’ed device, take a look at the press release from Sony Ericsson below.

    Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1

    Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1

    Today marked the launch of XPERIA™ and a new era in mobile communications with the announcement of the XPERIA™ X1, a stand-out, arc slider phone from Sony Ericsson designed to address the growing need for a premium, converged mobile experience.

    The XPERIATM X1 combines a 3-inch clear wide VGA display and a full QWERTY keyboard within a quality metal-finish body. With Windows Mobile® inside, the XPERIA™ X1 lets you choose from a dynamic range of activities at anytime and anywhere; from enjoying your favourite entertainment content to working efficiently on-the-move. Access a world of experiences simply by touching the XPERIA™ panel on the screen.

    “XPERIA™ represents the first brand that is truly borne from within Sony Ericsson. It represents our vision for a premium, energised communication experience,” said Dee Dutta, Head of Marketing, Sony Ericsson. “This launch, and the announcement of the X1, further strengthens the overall Sony Ericsson brand and places us at the forefront of mobile convergence.”

    “Our vision for the XPERIA™ X1 is to deliver a seamless blend of mobile Web communication and multimedia entertainment within a distinctive design,” said Rikko Sakaguchi, Head of Portfolio and Propositions, Sony Ericsson. “XPERIA™ is our promise to think foremost of user experience and to deliver the premium experience – anytime, anywhere, anything, with anyone.”

    Sony Ericsson XPERIATM X1 – energised communication, the premium experience.

    Multiple navigation – the choice is yours XPERIA™ X1 lets you interact with your phone in different ways. Touch, full QWERTY keyboard, 4-way key and optical joystick navigation. Switch seamlessly between operation modes.

    Arc slider design – makes it stand out. The arc design gives a distinct and unique feel. Slide the screen upwards to reveal the wide pitch QWERTY keyboard. Ample distance between keys makes writing fast and easy.

    Ultimate mobile experience – performance on the move. With Windows Mobile®, the highest data transfer rate (HSDPA/HSUPA) and WiFi™ support, you can enjoy your favourite entertainment and work efficiently on the move. Mobile access to everything that is important to you. aGPS gives you the freedom to explore the world. XPERIA™ X1 is a premium mobile experience.

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    By February 10, 2008 Read More →

    Asus M930 pre-order

    The folks at Clove just dropped me a line to tell me that another great Asus product is now available for pre-order. This time it’s the elegant looking Asus M930.

    Asus M930

    Asus M930

    The M930 looks similar to the Nokia N90 but instead includes Windows Mobile 6 rather than Symbian OS.

    The Asus M930 is your office on-the-go that’s high on class and style, and full of connectivity options and features. Boasting a full QWERTY keyboard and an ultra-wide screen, the M930 offers ease and efficiency of use.

    The M930 has a stylish design, elegant screens with mirror reflective surface and sleek metal keys. A key design feature is the ergonomic free-stop flipping hinge that effortlessly fixes to any position and angle you prefer. When closed, the M930 offers great carrying ease with its compact body and slim side profile.

    The Asus M930 benefits from a full QWERTY keyboard in a neat, narrow design, offering intuitive input that’s fast, easy and natural. Every character is in its rightful place, and speeds up everything from documents and presentations to emails and messaging. In addition, the M930 offers another input option with its numeric keypad for one-handed convenience.

    The M930’s 2.6″ WQVGA landscape display makes the day-to-day content browsing, reading and writing of documents and messages that much easier on the eyes. With the ultra-wide screen and embedded webcam, you can enjoy enhanced Video Telephony with a wider, clearer and more detailed view.

    Wireless connectivity is a strong feature of the ASUS M930 with GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA, HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.0 and Wi-Fi, you can enjoy faster downloads of documents, videos and MP3s with 3.5G high speed data transfers.

    With the M930, you are assured of instant Internet access even in areas without Wi-Fi coverage. With the Quick Modem Setting, your M930 becomes a 3.5G modem in one quick step!

    Asus M930 specification:

  • Operating System – Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 Standard
  • Processor – TI OMAP 2431 450MHz
  • Memory – 256 MB Flash 64 MB SDRAM
  • Display – External 2.0″ TFT LCD screen 65,536 colors QVGA 240 x 320 pixels, Internal 2.6″ TFT LCD screen 65,536 colors WQVGA 400 x 240 pixels
  • Expansion Slot – Micro-SD, Supports SDHC
  • Connectivity – WLAN 802.11b g, USB v2.0CBluetooth 2.0 EDR
  • Networks – HSDPA 3.6Mbps, UMTS 2100, EDGE/GPRS/GSM 900/1800/1900; Class 10
  • WAP Browser – HTTP and WAP 1.2.1/2.0
  • Messaging – SMS/MMS/Email/MSN/Push E-mail
  • Battery – 1100mAh Lithium battery
  • Dimensions – 113 x 54 x 18.7 mm
  • Weight – 158g (W / Battery)
  • Form Factor – Clam Shell
  • PIM & Utilities – Tasks, Calendar, Voice Notes, Clock & Alarm, Calculator, Contacts, File Explorer, MSN
  • Camera Resolution – 2 Megapixels, Front Facing 0.3 Megapixels for Video Telephony
  • More details, including datasheets and posters can be found on Asus M930 pre order page on the Clove Technology site.

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    HP iPAQ 214 unboxed!

    Mark mentioned the HP iPAQ 214 Enterprise Handheld briefly last week and I must admit that I wondered if a ‘classic’ PDA design really had any place in todays market when you can have a mobile device, that will take a SIM card, that can do the job just as well. However, judging by your emails and comments, there are still plenty of you out there that are looking for a decent PDA with a large screen and where Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity is enough.

    On that basis then the iPAQ 214 seems to be a good device, has a large clear display and plenty of CPU power. We’ve got our ‘Enterprise Man’, John, reviewing the device at the moment so here is our unbox video:

    HP iPAQ 214 unboxed

    HP iPAQ 214 Specification:

  • Windows Mobile 6 Classic
  • 4” VGA display
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth V2.0
  • 624MHz Processor
  • 128MB SDRAM/ 256MB ROM
  • 2200 mAh battery
  • SD and Compact Flash Slot
  • 126mm x 76mm x 16mm
  • 192 grams
  • HP iPAQ 200 Series Enterprise Handheld is a powerful, large screen PDA with Wi-Fi, that is well-suited to run a broad range of business applications.

    Designed with business in mind, there is much to appreciate about the sophisticated design of the iPAQ 214.

    The iPAQ 214 has a large 4-inch TFT touch screen display for improved visibility in a variety of environments. Further expansion comes from the SDIO slot and USB connections making this device the ideal solution for communication and mobile office.

    Integrated IEEE 802.11 b/g wireless networking allows Internet and email access at the office or other Wi-Fi hot spots in airports, cafes and hotels. Whilst with Bluetooth, you can connect your iPAQ 214 to peripherals like headsets and keyboards.

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    Nokia considering Windows Mobile?

    According to a number of stories circulating on the web and through the Windows Mobile forums and blog sites, Nokia and Microsoft are currently ‘in talks’ and are believed to be discussing the possibility of Nokia using the WM platform on their mobiles.

    Microsoft’s mobile communications business international marketing director John Starkweather confirmed talks were taking place with Nokia but would not confirm when any announcement would be made.

    “They obviously have significant investments in Symbian but there are a lot of places where we have significant synergies and we would love to see the day where those synergies would extend completely with Windows Mobile,”

    Interestingly, Windows Mobile currently only has just over 6% of the smartphone operating system market compared to more than 70% for Symbian. However, it is gaining acceptance among smartphone manufacturers such as HTC and Samsung that have released Windows Mobile based handsets.

    If Nokia do decide to take Windows Mobile it should mean that WM is made available to many, many more people which could lead to more money in the develoment pot which would hopefully lead to better WM software and more developers out there!

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    Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 unboxed

    The Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 is the new digital SLR camera from Panasonic. We first saw the L10 at the Panasonic press event in London last September and we’ve finally managed to get our hands on a review model.

    The DMC-L10 comes equipped with a LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-50mm / F3.8-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. lens designed specifically for a digital SLR camera to be sold as a kit, the DMC-L10K.

    The DMC-L10 features an advanced 2.5-inch free angle LCD for full time live view that offers 270 degree rotation and a versatile shooting style. A 10.1-megapixel Live MOS Sensor provides the beautiful images with delicate gradation and wide dynamic range. The superb image processor, Venus Engine III, boasts a high quality image rendering and high speed response.

    John is working on the review at the moment but for now here’s the unbox video:

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 unboxed

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 specification:

  • Interchangeable lens digital SLR camera
  • SD/SDHC memory card slot
  • Image sensor size 17.3 x 13.0 mm
  • 10.1 Mega pixels
  • ISO sensitivity: Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
  • Light metering system: TTL Full Aperture Light Metering by 49 Zones Multi-pattern Sensing system
  • White balance: Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Flash
  • Shutter speed: 1/4000
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 134.5 x 95.5 x 77.5mm
  • Weight: Approx. 480g(Body only)
  • Battery life: Approx. 450 images
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    HTC Shift appears in Orange Feb pricebook

    You heard it here first, the HTC Shift appears in the Orange catalogue.

    You may recall that we mentioned that Orange were planning to start selling the HTC Shift in our post back in August of last year (Orange to Shift the HTC Shift). Today we received a tip from a reader saying that the HTC Shift now appears in the Orange Feb price list.

    The other thing that I have been told it that Orange are offering the device as a package complete with SIM, Contract and full support. However, I’m not sure how well Orange will cope supporting my Notebook PC!

    EDIT: According to one of my sources close to Orange, the Shift will hit Orange at about the £900 mark but you will have to sign up for their support contract as well as a data tariff. I’m waiting for details!

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    VITO Technology releases SMS-Chat

    We are often asked about SMS software for Windows Mobile and most of the time it would seem that the one thing that WM users are looking for is a threaded SMS messaging system. It was interesting then when VITO Technology dropped me a line to say that they had just released their SMS-Chat software.

    VITO Technology SMS-Chat

    VITO Technology SMS-Chat

    VITO Technology releases much expected SMS-Chat on its brand-new web site that brings threaded SMS to your Windows Mobile device.

    SMS-Chat is designed to give you total control over text messaging. Finger friendly interface and sparkling looks with animated menus result in extremely convenient and appealing user experience. Manage your mobile texting with a flick of a finger!

    A huge SMS fan? Then you are sure to know that SMS-Chat is something the whole Windows Mobile community was longing for. Even if you send short messages just once in a while to congratulate your friends, you’ll soon find out SMS-Chat is a perfect solution for you.SMS-Chat is a Windows Mobile SMS messenger that organizes your SMS correspondence into threaded SMS conversations. Isn’t it great to have a separate chat for every contact with whom you exchange short text messages, just like in your IM client? You can easily follow a conversation scrolling thru a chat with a finger: all messages are grouped by date. Chats with the most recent message always appear at the top.Moreover, SMS-Chat presents a number of useful features like multiple SMS messaging, resending, forwarding and deleting messages (you can also delete the whole chat). Imagine how easy it is going to be to congratulate all your friends at once next time holidays come around. You send a single message to all of them and watch replies in separate chats.The contact search is simplified with a filter that helps you find a contact in seconds by typing its name or number.
    You can also enjoy scrolling contact list with a finger.

    SMS-Chat is available for $14.95 at SMS-Chat supports English, German, French, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew.

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