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By September 19, 2008 Read More →

HTC Dream (G1) – More Pictures Leaked

More live shots of T-Mobile’s G1, aka the HTC Dream, have leaked out of Google.  Leaked an unnamed internal source at Google, the handset in question was apparently being used by a tester as his primary handset.

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While no new details about the device have leaked out with the images, they do confirm just how close to the Sidekick the handset appears when used in horizontal mode with the QWERTY keyboard.  It also gives a sense of proportion that has so far been absent; unless the tester has abnormally large or small hands, the G1 doesn’t look as massive as some of the early leaked shots might have suggested.

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It remains to be seen whether the pronounced “chin” section gets in the way of typing (Sidekicks usually have a bevelled edge either side of the keyboard, whereas on the G1 it’s more blunt) but this confirms that the device is in the wild and good enough to be used as a sole handset.

Posted by: John

Posted in: Phones
By September 19, 2008 Read More →

New Sony Ericsson phone?

Pictures of a new Sony Ericsson Walkman phone have appeared, and it shows a slider phone in the same vein as the super-slim W880i.

The guys over at the Unofficial Sony Ericsson Blog have uncovered the pic, and we’re sorry to say there’s very little we can report in terms of specs.

 

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Sony Ericsson Rika?

All I can say at this time is that it looks like it will have GPS, a 3.2 MP Camera and judging by the front facing camera, we can guess 3G connectivity is pretty likely too.

Again with most of my posts today, watch this space and see when becomes of this.

Posted by: John

Posted in: Rumours
By September 19, 2008 Read More →

New Samsung Bresson M8800

I’ve seen a lot of rumours in the past few hours regarding the above phone and now it seems to be popping up everywhere.

As yet there are no photo’s for the device and all I can tell you is that it has an impressive 8 MP camera, quad-band GSM support, tri-band HSDPA and a Touch Screen with swipe technology similar to that seen on the HTC Touch series & iPhone.

I’ve googled till my fingers and eyes are sore trying to get more info on this handset but alas all I could find is that Phones4U the UK based mobile phone seller had indeed created pages for this around 12 hours ago but they look to have been brought offline or deleted.

The actual market name for the Samsung Bresson M8800 is still to be confirmed, due to the low profile surrounding the expected explosive launch. The M8800 is the product code, whilst the Bresson project title is rumoured to be associated with Henri Cartier-Bresson, a French photographer considered the father of modern photojournalism. Which given the handsets purpose and appeal, is very fitting.

Keep watching this space for more details

Posted by: John

Posted in: News
By September 19, 2008 Read More →

HTC Touch HD, Viva & 3G Prices Released

Good morning all, we have finally managed to get our hands on pricing for the three brand new handsets in the HTC range.

All three handsets are priced as "Handset Only" which means no contract, unlocked and no icky network operator apps loaded loaded in the ROM.

OK so without further delay here they are:

 

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HTC Touch HD

£514.99

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HTC Touch Viva

£209.99

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HTC Touch 3G

WITH NAVIGATION SOFTWARE
£349.99

WITHOUT NAVIGATION SOFTWARE
£319.99

 

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Posted in: News
By September 18, 2008 Read More →

The unveiling of the worlds first Google based Android handset

With Google showing off an HTC Dream like handset at the recent Google Developer Day in London it now looks set to be officially released.

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Google Developer Day

OK so it not such a secret now as it was a few months ago but it does look like the official release and press day will be this coming Tuesday at a press event in New York City. Just what this device is we can only assume (HTC Dream)?

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Anyone Seeing the Resemblance?

It will be the usual day out at the press release with Google & T-Mobile being there since it was decided that T-Mobile should be the first network to get their hands on the Android based handset.

Old BBC Review in Video

Unfortunately I have no passport or an invite to the press event but I do promise to keep you updated through the wee hours of the UK morning with updates on the 23rd.

As for the hands on treatment I am going to try working my Scottish charm on the guys over at HTC to see what they can offer us in way of a shot of this device. I will be sure to keep you all updated.

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Posted in: News
By September 17, 2008 Read More →

The HTC Touch Diamond – Now Available in Ice White

Just been sent this by the guys over at HTC. Normally a device doesn’t hit another finish / colour unless sales are doing well so we can only take by this that the Touch Diamond is selling well.


LONDON — September 16th, 2008 —
HTC Corp., a global leader in mobile phone innovation and design, today announces that its popular flagship device, the HTC Touch Diamond, is now available in a new and stunning ice white design.

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HTC Touch Diamond in White

Sporting the same great features of the classic black Diamond, the new white model continues the HTC tradition of combining elegant style with leading mobile technology.  Featuring an angular facetted look that could have come straight from this season’s New York catwalks, perfect ergonomic design and a smooth gloss finish, the phone has a truly unique feel.  Plus, the new white colour adds a touch of class that is set to impress even the most style conscious fashionistas.

Boasting touch-screen controls, along with HTC’s 3D touch interface (TouchFLO 3D), which provides animated access to contacts, messaging, email, photos, music, weather and more, the HTC Diamond isn’t just about good looks on the outside.

Delivering mobile Internet at broadband-like speeds with HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA wireless connectivity, along with featuring a customised web browser that enables easy viewing and effortless navigation, surfing the web on the move couldn’t be easier. As part of this browsing experience, users can zoom and pan Websites with one-hand and automatically view optimised content that has been specially created to fit the display. Turning the device sideways will even automatically rotate the web page view from a portrait to landscape.

In addition to Web browsing, the Touch Diamond includes a customized new, HTC-developed, YouTube application for watching a variety of user generated video content as well as utilising Google Maps for mobile, giving access to mapping and traffic data. It also includes a 2.8 inch display which gives near-print quality viewing, a built-in 3.2MP camera with auto-focus lens and Bluetooth connectivity, to deliver unrivalled features and functionality to match its innovative design.

HTC Touch Diamond Key Specifications

  • Size: 102 x 51 x 11.33mm
  • Weight: 110 g
  • Connectivity: WCDMA / HSPA: 900/2100MHz. HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA
  • Operating system: Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  • Display: 2.8-inch VGA touch screen
  • Camera: 3.2MP, with video calling
  • Internal memory: 4 GB Internal Storage, 256 MB flash, 192 MB RAM,
  • Bluetooth: 2.0 with EDR
  • Wireless: WiFi 802.11b/g
  • GPS: GPS/AGPS
  • Interface: HTC ExtUSB (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
  • Battery: 900 mAh
  • Talk time: GSM: up to 4 hours
  • Standby time: GSM: up to 300 hours/100 hours with push email
  • Chipset: QualcommÒ MSM 7201A 528MHz

Posted by: John

Posted in: Phones
By September 17, 2008 Read More →

HTC Touch 3G Unveiled

Well it looks like the guys over at HTC are churning out their devices in a mass way. We now see another new release in the shape of the HTC Touch 3G.

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HTC Touch 3G

Are they now showing that the iPhone is not the only trendy looking touch phone on the market with this device which will be running on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional?

The HTC Touch 3G comes with HTC’s next generation TouchFLO covering over the sizeable cracks in Microsoft’s long serving Operating System.

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Various Views of the Touch 3G

Connectivity wise, the Touch3G comes with HSDPA/WCDMA (Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz) offering up to 384 kbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds, and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, Bluetooth 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for stereo wireless headsets and IEEE 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi. Naturally, there’s GPS and A-GPS onboard.

There’s a 3.2 megapixel camera for stills and video onboard with a microSD slot for expandable storage, plus HTC’s ExtUSB 11-pin mini-USB 2.0 and combined audio jack forcing users to fiddle about with proprietary headphone connections. Maybe one day…….soon, HTC and the others will realise that people want 3.5mm audio jacks!

The rounded, pocketable phone (102 mm X 53.6 mm X 14.5 mm) weighs in at 96 grams and is powered by a Qualcomm MSM7225 528 MHz processor supported by 256MB ROM and 192 MB RAM, with the 1100 mAh battery promising up to 360 minutes for WCDMA/400 minutes GSM talk time and a standby time up to 450 hours for WCDMA and 365 hours for GSM.

The exact release date is still unknown and but we expect to see this in shops sometime in September / October / November (ok, so I just don’t know) so why not head over to either Clove or Devicewire and pre-order yours now?

The device will come in sophisticated black, noble gold, sparkle blue and modern brown and the official stats on the handset are:

  • Size: 102 x 53.6 x 14.5 mm
  • Weight: 96g
  • Connectivity: GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz & WCDMA / HSPA: 900/2100MHz.
    • HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
    • HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
  • Software/Operating system: HTC TouchFLO with Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  • Display: 2.8 inch QVGA screen
  • Camera: 3.2 megapixel
  • Internal memory: 256 MB flash; 192 MB RAM
  • Memory card: microSD™
  • Bluetooth®: 2.0 with EDR
  • GPS: GPS/AGPS
  • Interface: HTC ExtUSB™ (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
  • Battery: 1100 mAh
  • Talk time: WCDMA: Up to 360 minutes*** / GSM: Up to 400 minutes
  • Standby time: WCDMA: Up to 450 hours*** / GSM: Up to 365 hours
  • Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM7225™ 528 MHz

Posted by: John

Posted in: News
By September 15, 2008 Read More →

HTC Opal is now the HTC Touch Viva

OK so you might be asking the question right now, "what is the HTC Opal and why has it never even been mentioned on this site?" Well it’s another one of those "is it real" moments. I seen this device a few days ago and to be 100% honest never knew if it would actually amount to anything but low and behold here it is.

HTC Touch Viva Side View

HTC Touch Viva is the name of the latest-leaked smartphone produced by HTC. The device was initially said to be called HTC Opal, but it seems that the Taiwanese company will officially dub it as Touch Viva. You may have already guessed that this so-called Viva is a full-touch smartphone – and so it is, indeed.

Apparently, Touch Viva will be the successor of the first HTC device from the Touch series, the one simply called HTC Touch and released in Europe about one year ago.

Leaked over at Pocketpt, HTC Touch Viva is said to come with features like quad-band GSM connectivity (850 / 900 / 1800 /1900 MHz), a 2.8-inch TFT touchscreen display with the classic 240 x 320 pixel resolution, Microsoft’s latest Windows Mobile 6.1 OS, HTC’s new TouchFLO 3D, Wi-Fi, a 2 MP photo camera, support for microSD / microSDHC cards, and so on – all packed inside a case that measures 104 x 59 x 15.5 millimeters (4.09 x 2.32 x 0.61 inches) and weighs 110 grams (3.88 ounces).

HTC Touch Viva Bottom View

So, basically, the Viva is an old HTC Touch with a new User Interface and worldwide connectivity. Which is not a bad thing, of course, as not all mobile users can afford a Touch Diamond, but they might still want to own a touchscreen device.

As far as rumors go, HTC should present the new Touch Viva this month. More exactly, the smartphone is said to be launched on September 15 in Asia (probably across Taiwan and China), while Europe will be getting it two weeks later, on September 30.

The retail price of Viva should be no higher than 300 Euros (426 USD), but we have to wait for an official confirmation to know this for sure.
In the end, HTC seems to have yet another new device that might be quite successful. It might not be the Touch HD, but it’s still a pretty nice handset.

Posted by: John

Posted in: Phones
By September 11, 2008 Read More →

HTC go HD with the HTC Touch HD – Follow Up

Following up from yesterday’s post by Matt it looks like the specs of the new device have now been leaked. I have spoken to HTC about this but they were not able to comment on this at the moment bud did reveal that there would be a few new devices being released over the next few months that have had no coverage yet.

 

System:
4-inch 65K TFT touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixel resolution
– 512MB ROM, 327MB available to the user
– 288MB DDR SDRAM
– microSDHC (up to 32GB)
– Built-in accelerometer

Connectivity
– GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS900, UMTS2100
– CSD, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA
– mini-USB connector
– Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
– Wireless LAN
– FM radio with RDS
– 3.5mm standard audio jack
– GPS receiver Qualcomm gpsOne with A-GPS

Camera
– 5 megapixel autofocus camera
– No camera flash
– Video recording: 320×240 pixels(QVGA)@30fps
– Secondary VGA video calls camera

Battery
– 1350 mAh capacity

Based on Windows Mobile 6.1, the new HTC Touch HD measures 115 x 62.8 x 12mm (which is just about the iPhone 3G with 115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3mm). Boasting a large display at 4-inch with the overwhelming resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It also seems to be running TouchFLO 3D.

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HTC Touch HD
HTC Touch HD

The HTC Touch HD (we don’t know whether that would be its retail name) is powered by a 528Mhz CPU courtesy of the Qualcomm 7201A platform. There are 512MB flash memory and 288MB of RAM.

Of course, goodies like GPS, Wi-Fi and HSPDA go without saying, but the HTC Touch HD also has a 5 megapixel camera (without a flash though). Unfortunately, video recording is not that high-end as it maxes out at [email protected]

The Touch HD is due this Christmas, so we could be in for some official announcement really soon.

 

Source: GSM Arena

Posted by: John

Posted in: News
By September 5, 2008 Read More →

Glofiish X610 and V900 by E-TEN

Announced back in February, the Glofiish X610 and V900 are finally nearing release (or so E-TEN claim).

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V900 & X610

Whilst we know that the X610’s specs aren’t screaming out "I’m fantastic", it’s a pretty good looking device with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. The more "I’m Fantastic" of these two is the V900, a device that can handle DVB-H, DVB-T, T-DMB, and DAB broadcasts on a VGA display that certainly doesn’t hurt its case.

So far, the launches on these two are noted simply as "soon," so best keep your eyes open for further release details (or subscribe to our blog via RSS)

We have been promised a trial of these units soon so again watch out for our usual un boxing video’s and detailed reviews.

In the meantime lets have a look at the specs that come with these handsets.

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Glowfiish V900

First of we will look at the V900:

  • Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional (Crossbow)
  • Samsung S3C 6400 533 MHz Processor
  • 256 MB Flash ROM, 128 MB SDRAM
  • 2.8", 640 x 480 (VGA), 65,536 colors, TFT-LCD
  • 106 (L) x 60.5 (W) x 17(18.15) (H) mm
  • 147g
  • HSDPA / UMTS ( 2100 / 1900 / 850 MHz )
  • Quad-Band GSM?850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
  • GPRS class 10 / EDGE class 10
  • Bluetooth® v2.0 class 2 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate),
  • WiFi IEEE802.11b/g Certificated
  • Digital TV
  • DVB-T / T-DMB
  • GPS
  • Embedded SiRF Star III chipset, TMC function supported*,
  • FM 76 ~ 108MHz, support Channel Search
  • FM Transmitter
  • 87.5 ~ 108MHz
  • Built-in 3.0 mega pixels Auto-Focus CMOS camera, up to 2048 x 1536 resolution
  • 0.3 mega pixels Fixed-Focus CMOS camera for conference call usage
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Built-in microphone and speaker, external stereo headset jack, hands-free mode supported
  • USB Sync, Composite TV out support
  • Touch screen for stylus or fingertip, navigation button, power button, send/end button, record button, volume control, left soft-key, right soft-key
  • Lithium Polymer rechargeable with 1,530 mAh capacity
  • Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional, Microsoft® Office Outlook® Mobile (Calendar, Contacts, Tasks and Inbox), Picture, Notes, Microsoft® Office Word Mobile, Microsoft® Office Excel® Mobile, Internet Explorer Mobile, ActiveSync, Calculator, Game (Solitaire, Bubble Breaker), Voice Recorder, Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® Mobile, MSN® Messenger, Microsoft® Transcriber*, Windows Media® Player 10, Direct Push Technology, Microsoft Reader* (* subject to change by region)

E-TEN Exclusive Applications

  • Phone Tools: Phone Application*, Phone Setting, SIM Toolkit, Speed Dial, Call Filter, Wireless Modem, Wireless Manager, Dialer Skin, Add Ringtone, CSD Type, Voice Commander*, Connection Wizard, SMS Sender, SIM Manager, Video Telephony (*subject to change by region)
  • Multimedia Tools: Image Wizard, Image Maker, Multimedia Manager, Camera, Camcorder, FM Tuner* (*subject to change by region)
  • MMS Composer* (*subject to change by region)
  • Utilities: Quick Link, Battery Meter, Zoom SMS, Bluetooth Manager, M-Desk, Scenario, Backup Utility, Namecard Manager
  • GPS Tools: Location SMS

Packing List

  • Glofiish V900, stylus
  • USB sync cable
  • AC adapter
  • headset
  • leather case
  • getting started CD
  • quick start guide
  • standard battery
  • TV-out cable

Accessories (Optional)

  • USB Sync Cable
  • AC adapter
  • car-charger
  • car-mount
  • battery pack
  • Bluetooth® Headset
  • leather case
  • headset
  • TV-out cable

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Glowfiish X610

So now lets look across to the X610:

  • Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  • Samsung SC3 2442 400 MHz Processor
  • 128 MB Flash ROM, 64 MB SDRAM
  • 2.8", 320 x 240 (QVGA), 65,536 colors, TFT-LCD
  • 107 x 58 x 14.7 mm
  • 134g (with battery)
  • GSM/EDGE Quad-band: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • GPRS/EGPRS Class B, Multi-slot Class 10
  • Bluetooth® v2.0 class 2 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
  • WiFi IEEE802.11b/g Certificated
  • GPS
  • Embedded SiRF Star III chipset, TMC function supported*, (*subject to change by regions)
  • Built-in 2.0 mega pixels, Fixed Focus CMOS, up to 1600 x 1200 resolution
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Built-in microphone and speaker, external stereo headset jack, hands-free mode supported
  • Mini USB Sync, headset jack
  • Touch screen for stylus or fingertip, navigation button, power button, 2 quick application buttons, send/end button, record button, volume control
  • Lithium Polymer rechargeable with 1,530 mAh capacity
  • Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional, Microsoft® Office Outlook® Mobile (Calendar, Contacts, Tasks and Inbox), Picture, Notes, Microsoft® Office Word Mobile, Microsoft® Office Excel® Mobile, Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® Mobile, Microsoft® Office OneNote® Mobile, Internet Explorer Mobile, ActiveSync, Calculator, Game (Solitaire, Bubble Breaker), Voice Recorder, MSN® Messenger, Windows Live TM, Microsoft® Transcriber*, Windows Media® Player 10, Direct Push Technology, Getting Started, Microsoft Reader* (* subject to change by regions)

Glofiish Exclusive Applications

  • Phone Tools: Phone Application*, Phone Setting, SIM Toolkit, Speed Dial, Wireless Modem, Wireless Manager, Dialer Skin, CSD Type, Voice Commander*, Connection Wizard, SMS Sender, SIM Manager (*subject to change by regions)
  • Multimedia Tools: Album, Camera, Camcorder, FM Tuner, MMS Composer
  • Utilities: Spb Mobile Shell, Quick Link, Battery Meter, Zoom SMS, Scenario, Backup Utility, Quick Bar, Task Manager, Memory Optimization, Backup Utility, Default Setting, Application Recovery, System Information
  • GPS Tools: Satellite Data Update (Not supported in USA), Location SMS, GPS Viewer
  • Free Download Programs: Image Wizard, Image Maker, Birthday Reminder

(The programs are posted on the website: http://www.glofiish.com for downloading)

Packing List

  • glofiish X610
  • stylus
  • USB sync cable
  • AC adaptor
  • headset
  • leather case
  • getting started CD
  • quick start guide
  • standard battery

Accessories (Optional)

  • USB sync cable
  • AC adaptor
  • car-charger
  • battery pack
  • leather case
  • headset

I’ll let you make your own mind up as to which device is best of these two but for me I’m gonna go with the "I Don’t look too great but I am fantastic" one.

Posted by: John

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