HTC announces HTC Touch Pro

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Jun 042008

HTC Touch Pro

HTC formally announced the HTC Touch Pro (codename Raphael) to the world today. Essentially, the HTC Touch Pro adds a slide-out QWERTY keyboard to the HTC Touch Diamond but also features a few enhancements.

Bringing a beautiful new angle to mobile business productivity, the HTC Touch Pro utilizes similar styling and functionality of the highly anticipated Touch Diamond™ and introduces a variety of business-focused enhancements that make getting work done on the go quick and easy.

The HTC Touch Pro is powered by a 528MHz Qualcomm processor and Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. It also comes with tri-band (900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band (900/2100MHz) HSDPA (7.2Mbps)/HSUPA connectivity, a 2.8-inch VGA touchscreen display, 288MB RAM and 512MB ROM, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, integrated GPS and A-GPS, a 3.2MP camera, a VGA front-facing camera for video calls, an FM radio with RDS, and a microSDHC expansion slot. The battery is rated at 1340mAh.

Like the HTC Touch Diamond, the HTC Touch Pro will come with TouchFLO 3D.

TouchFLO 3D provides a stunningly intuitive way to zip through common tasks like messaging, calendar appointments or making calls with just one touch. Delve a little deeper to find that your music, photos, contacts and surfing the web are also responsive to the touch. In addition, the Touch Pro includes a new innovative touch-sensitive control for device interaction.

The HTC Touch Pro measures 102 x 51x 18.05 millimeters and weighs 165 grams. That makes it about 7 millimeters thicker and 55 grams heavier than the HTC Touch Diamond.

The HTC Touch Pro will be available in Europe, Asia and the Middle East by late summer. A Latin and North American version will follow later in the year.

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Garmin announces nüvifone mobile phone

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Feb 022008

Garmin nüvifone

Garmin, better known for their GPS devices, has announced its entry into the mobile phone business. Their first offering will be the nüvifone, an all-in-one, sleek and slim, touchscreen device that combines a premium phone, mobile web-browser, and cutting-edge personal navigator. It looks like a cross between one of Garmin’s traditional GPS devices and an iPhone with a screen that takes up most of the front and few buttons.

Details revealed so far indicate that it will come with a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, 3.5G connectivity (specific bands not disclosed), built-in GPS and a digital camera. It will run on Garmin’s own operating system. On the software side, it will have a web browser, email and IM clients, Google local search, a media player and preloaded maps of North America or Eastern and Western Europe, or both (suggesting regional versions of the device).

The Garmin nüvifone should be available in the third quarter of 2008. Pricing information was not announced.

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Toshiba officially announces G710 and G910

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Jan 262008

Toshiba Portégé G910

After showing off the upcoming Portégé G710 and G910, Toshiba has officially announced the two devices with press releases (G710 press release and G910 press release). Little is new but a few more questions on the specs have been answered.

The clamshell Portégé G910 with full QWERTY keyboard is powered by Windows Mobile 6 Professional and will come with tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and single-band UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, a 3-inch WVGA touchscreen display, 128MB RAM and 256MB ROM, integrated GPS (with gpsOneXTRA Assistance technology from Qualcomm), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, both a 2MP and a VGA camera and a biometric sensor and a microSD expansion slot.

The Portégé G710 is a candybar form factor device with QWERTY thumb keyboard and trackball pointing system. Powered by Windows Mobile 6 Standard, it comes with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity (no 3G), 64MB RAM and 128MB ROM, a 2.46-inch QVGA display, built-in GPS, Bluetooth 1.2, a 2MP camera and a microSD expansion slot. It will not come with Wi-Fi.

Toshiba also released a press release to announce the G450. It is a unique four-in-one innovative mobile device designed to quickly and easily enable anyone to connect a laptop to the internet using a HSDPA mobile network. As well as providing instant high speed mobile broadband access, the G450 is a mobile phone for voice calls and texting, a USB data storage device and an MP3 player.

All three devices are expected in Europe sometime this quarter.

Google unveils Android open mobile device platform

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Nov 052007


As reported on Saturday, Google unveiled the details about its Android open platform for mobile devices and Open Handset Alliance today. Through Android, developers, wireless operators and handset manufacturers will be better positioned to bring to market innovative new products faster and at a much lower cost. The end result will be an unprecedented mobile platform that will enable wireless operators and manufacturers to give their customers better, more personal and more flexible mobile experiences.

As expected, the Android platform is an integrated mobile “software stack” that consists of an operating system, middleware, user-friendly interface and applications. It will be available under a open-source license, allowing carriers, manufacturers and developers to customize the application as much as they want as well as develop new software for it. A software development kit should be released next week.

So far, the Open Handset Alliance is comprised of thirty-four companies, including Broadcom, China Mobile, HTC, Intel, Motorola, NTT DoCoMo, Qualcomm, SiRF, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

There will be no gphone. Google will leave the actual devices to the manufacturers. Devices based on Android will begin to appear in the second half of 2008.

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New iPAQs: A closer look at the 600 and 900 series

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Sep 062007

HP iPAQ 600 Business Navigator

Sitting pretty at the top of the new iPAQ family are the new iPAQ 600 Business Navigator and iPAQ 900 Business Messenger. Both will be powered by a 520MHz Marvell processor and Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional. As reported earlier, both will come with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA connectivity. Both will also feature integrated GPS and QVGA touchscreen displays (2.8-inch for the iPAQ 600 and 2.46-inch for the iPAQ 900), 128MB RAM and 256MB ROM 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, and a microSD slot. The iPAQ 600 series will come with a Smart Touch Wheel, 3-way thumb wheel and 12-key numeric pad while the iPAQ 900 series will feature a QWERTY keyboard and scroll wheel.

The iPAQ 610 comes in configurations with or without a 3MP 4x zoom camera and I suspect we will see the same option on the iPAQ 900.

The iPAQ 600 will measure 117 x 60.3 x 17.5mm and weigh 145 grams. The iPAQ 900 will measure 113 x 64 16mm and weigh 146 grams.

Apple introduces iPod nano

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Sep 112005

iPod nano

The Apple mini is not moving to solid state, flash storage as had been anticipated earlier. Instead, it will make way for the iPod nano which willl make use of flash storage like the iPod shuffle. Two models (2GB and 4GB) were unveiled at Apple’s September 7th special event, both with a 1.5-inch colour screen. The nano is very thin (0.27 inches) and 3.5-inches high and 1.6 wide (80% smaller in volume than the original iPod), features Apple’s famous Click wheel and is available in either white or black. It also comes with a 14 hour rechargeable battery and supports the dock connector.

The nano is priced like the iPod minis but offers less capacity. The 2GB model is available for $199 USD ($249 CAD) and the 4GB model sells for $249 USD ($299.00 CAD).

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