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KDDI iida Infobar Android phone is stylishly colorful

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with a slew of Android phone flooding the market with just about the same look, it is indeed refreshing to see some uniquely different design to grace the market. KDDI, Japan’s second largest mobile carrier has unveiled a line of mobile phones yesterday and among them is one Android phone that’s strikingly sexy. dubbed the Infobar A01, it is the successor to the hugely popular Infobar and Continue reading KDDI iida Infobar Android phone is stylishly colorful

Sharp Aquos f SH-13C features QI wireless charging

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Sharp score another first for its Android phone under the AQUOS brand name. the model featured here, f SH-13C is the first time QI wireless charging is being integrated into a mobile phone. the phone will come packaged with the QI wireless battery and charging pad. there’s nothing to shout about this Android phone which could easily pass off as ‘yet another Android phone’ if not for its integrated wireless charging feature. Continue reading Sharp Aquos f SH-13C features QI wireless charging

Sharp unveiled new glasses-free 3D AQUOS smartphone

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(credit: Sharp Japan) Sharp SH-12C AQUOS Phone | ¥tbc | www.sharp.co.jp

if you are a 3D fanatics, then you will be pleased that Sharp has unveiled it latest 3D phone under its AQUOS brand name. dubbed the Sharp AQUOS SH-12C, this Android 2.3 powered smartphone sports two 8-megapixels CMOS cameras that enables it to capture still images and video in 3D. the phone is capable of 3D content playback that’s viewable without the need for 3D glasses. Continue reading Sharp unveiled new glasses-free 3D AQUOS smartphone

LG Optimus 3D with the world’s first 3D Augmented Reality

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LG has teamed up with Wikitude, a pioneer in augmented reality (AR), to implement the world’s first 3D augmented reality browser in its LG Optimus 3D smartphone. the Wikitude 3D browser enables a better interaction and engagement with real-time user environments. unlike its 2D counterpart, 3D AR shows places, landmarks and objects in 3D making them easily recognizable to the users. additionally, the browser allows users to learn more about their surrounding through access to related articles on Wikipedia and Twitter information. Continue reading LG Optimus 3D with the world’s first 3D Augmented Reality

Gresso custom limited edition iPhone 4 for charming ladies

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(image credit: Gresso) Gresso custom limited edition Black Diamonds iPhone 4 | US$tbc | gresso.com

there are hundreds of ways to make an already expensive iPhone 4 even more expensive. giving it an all out gold treatment is one way but that’s so yesterday. there is a more classy way, like adorning it with white and black diamonds over a classy 200-year-old African Blackwood. if the aforementioned statement tickles your senses, then the new Gresso iPhone 4 Black Diamonds for Lady is the phone for you. however, if you are not a lady, i’m sure the classy diamonds and wood combo won’t make you any less manly.

in place of the fragile glass panel, this Gresso item has a wooden panel crafted out of a 200-year-old African Blackwood and encrusted with 6-carats black diamonds, 13-carats white diamonds, and topped with 18-carats pink gold and platinum precious metals. the edge is of platinum, adorned with black diamonds and the ‘home’ button is decorated with 2-carats black diamond framed inside a cluster of white diamonds and pink gold. beautiful isn’t? we love the diamonds and blackwood combo. it gives a sense of classiness without the being too ostentatious.

unfortunately, there are now words on how much the custom limited edition Gresso iPhone 4 Black Diamonds for Lady will cost, however it is safe to assume that it would cost a bomb. but hey, it is totally gorgeous, ain’t it?

Samsung unveiled Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet and Galaxy S II

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(image credit: Samsung) Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sports a 1 GHz Dual Core processor.

announced recently at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona are two exciting new mobile devices from Korean electronics giant, Samsung. first off is the new Galaxy Tab 10.1, which now sports a larger 10.1-inch WXGA TFT display with a resolution of 1280 x 800. powering this larger sibling of the original Galaxy Tab is the 1 GHz Dual Core processor and a low power DDR memory and an incredible 6860 mAh battery. it will be interesting to see how well this larger tablet will perform in terms of battery life. Continue reading Samsung unveiled Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet and Galaxy S II

HTC ChaCha and Salsa are the most sociable phones ever

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(image credit: HTC) HTC’s social phones: (left) HTC ChaCha and (right) HTC Salsa

Facebook addicts, rejoice! the long speculated HTC Facebook-centric phone has been unveiled during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. it turns out that HTC has not just one but two phones catering to the Facebook generation. the two phones, HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa has Facebook integrated into HTC’s proprietary touch interface, HTC Sense. both phone has a dedicated Facebook button which allows for one touch access to the key functions of the Facebook service.

as you would have imagined, the one-touch button allows you to update your status, upload a photo, share a website, lets others know what song you are listening in. all these sharing happens intuitively which means if you are currently listening to a song, upon touching the Facebook button, the track that you’re listening to would be automatically identified and shared on your Facebook. the dedicated Facebook button is just the tip of the iceberg. being a social-centric phone, or in this case Facebook-centric phone, everything else is integrated with Facebook.

for example, when making a call to a friend, you will find the dialer screen displaying information such as your friend’s status, photos and even your’s birthday. these same information will be displayed when you receive a call from a Facebook friend. this is (almost) literally, information at your finger tips. it doesn’t stop there, Facebook-manias can also further personalize their handsets with a number of new Facebook-branded widgets. on the messaging front, your Facebook messages and conversations now appears within your text and email inboxes alongside your regular conversations. think of it as a unify inbox of sort. though HTC never declared explicitly, the reason for two phones is clear: to cater to both touchscreen and physical QWERTY keyboard users. on the marketing standpoint, HTC has it covered.

on the hardware end, ChaCha spots an unique tilt design separating its 2.6-inch, 480 x 320 resolution screen from the physical QWERTY keyboard which is said to give user an easier view and comfortable type position. imaging for ChaCha consists of dual cameras, including a 5-megapixel color camera with auto focus and LED flash, and a VGA front-facing camera. on the other hand, Salsa is touted to provide “a fast, high performance smartphone experience” and will spot a 3.4-inch, 480 x 320 resolution touchscreen display. it also has a dual cameras set-up with a 5-megapixel camera as the main camera and a VGA front-facing camera.

both HTC ChaCha and Salsa will run on the latest version of Android OS, the Android 2.3.3 aka Gingerbread. both phones will be available to EU and Asian markets sometime in the second quarter of 2011, with US getting them later this year exclusively with AT&T.

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will HP webOS device really become the next big thing?

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almost a year on after HP acquisition of Palm, HP announces three new WebOS devices that bears the HP brand name. the trio are the HP Veer ultra-compact smartphone, the HP Pre3 smartphone and the HP TouchPad. the Pre3 looks like an upsized Veer which has an uncanny resemblance to the Palm Pre2.

HP is touting the next generation of the Touchstone technology which enables easy URL sharing between the Touchpad and your Pre handset, simply by tapping them together and also enables the Touchpad to receive text messages and answer phone calls. interesting idea, but i wouldn’t answer a phone call with such a huge device unless i have a Bluetooth headset paired. just imagine holding a 240 x 190 x 13.7 mm device up against my ear. it’s definitely going to look ridiculous.

i’m not all too excited about the hardware but it will be interesting to see how WebOS is going to perform given that the market has since been populated by Apple iOS and Google Android OS, and more recently, the Windows 7 mobile OS. i suspect it’s going to be an uphill task for WebOS. price plans has yet to be announced but the Veer’s availability should just round the corner, while both the Touchpad and Pre3 are slated for summer release.

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Disney announced Android handsets in Japan

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apparently, the folks over at Japan are big fans of Disney which justify the launch of the Disney branded Android phones. these Disney Android phones will features exclusive Disney themed wallpapers, widgets and apps. on the specs end, it will be running on Android 2.2 (aka Froyo) and rumored to spot a 3.8-inch WVGA glasses-free 3D touchscreen display, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, a 9.6 megapixels camera with 720p video recording capability, micro SD card, among other features.

expected to be available in Japan in February, the Disney-branded Android handsets will, again, be a Japan-only gadget. hard luck for Disney fans from the rest of world.

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from left to right: mouse-patterned white, pink, gold, the disney castle, minnie mouse polka dots, and a generic plant print

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Google releases Nexus S and Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread

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(image credit: Google) Google Nexus S | US$tbc | www.google.com

finally, a news that dispel all speculations and leaks. Google announces its next generation Google Phone, dubbed the Google Nexus S along with the new Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread. unlike its predecessor, Nexus S is the next generation of Nexus devices, co-developed by Google and Samsung. Continue reading Google releases Nexus S and Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread