Last week we got to see the Droid X strut its stuff on video, so it’s only fitting that this week we get to see the Droid 2 do likewise. Well, sort of. The guys over at Android and Me managed to score a Droid 2 from sources unknown and decided to show it off on film. As has been noted in the past, the two devices are very similar when it comes to physical characteristics. The main differences are 1) a more curved bezel, and 2) the re-sculpting of the keypad which has allowed for wider, more pronounced keys along with the elimination of that cursed D-pad in favor of arrow keys. But inside the phones slightly curvier frame is where the real differences lie. The old 500MHZ OMAP3 CPU has been swapped out for the much more powerful 1GHz OMAP3630 model (just like we said) and the RAM has been doubled to 512MB, both of which help the second iteration of the Droid achieve some impressive benchmark scores. Regrettably we don’t actually get to see the tests in action as the phone was not powered on during filming, but we’ll just have to take their word for it until we know the full story on June 23rd. We imagine you’re quite anxious to see the video, so click through to check it out.
Even though it was the first carrier to bring Android to Canada, Rogers has always had a bit of a tough time convincing Canadians to ditch their beloved BlackBerrys and iPhones in order to get their Google on. Recently it released the Acer Liquid e, a curious little device that many people know nothing about. We managed to snag one shortly after launch and gave it a spin, so if you are curious to know our thoughts on it click on through to check out our Acer Liquid e hands on! More →
Everyone can now stop saying that AT&T isn’t trying when it comes to Android, as today the carrier announced it will be carrying the Samsung Captivate, which is essentially the Galaxy S. Powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and running Android 2.1, the Captivate features a 4″ WVGA Super AMOLED display, 5 megapixel camera with 720p video recording, 16GB of internal memory and a 7.2Mbps HSDPA radio. Need a release date? Well too bad, because all AT&T will say is that the Captivate is “scheduled for release in the coming months.” Such a shame. More →
There’s not really a whole lot for us to say here, but Verizon’s official Droid website is now showing the Droid X as “coming soon.” The site mentions that the Droid X has a 4.3″ display, “720p display” and HDMI output, and also allows potential customers to enter in their email address to get further details about the phone. Perhaps a press release will be coming along sooner than expected?
UPDATE: Verizon has realized its mistake and “720p display” now reads “captures 720p”. More →
Whoops. Looks like Motorola and Verizon’s corporate security team will be busier than normal tonight, as Engadget has posted a thorough hands on with the highly-anticipated smartphone. We don’t want to steal anyone’s thunder, but let’s just say the screen is even larger than previously thought and that the processor is ever faster. Hit the jump for a couple more pics, then head on over to Engadget to check out what is surely to be Verizon’s darling for many months to come. More →
South Korea won’t be the only nation to get its hands on the Milestone XT720, as Motorola has just announced that the camera-centric Android device is headed to Europe. Running Android 2.1 with the addition of MOTOBLUR, the XT720’s main selling point is its 8 megapixel camera (which can shoot 720p video at 24fps) coupled with Xenon flash. But that’s not to say the XT720 is short-changed elsewhere. It’s loaded up with a 3.7″ WVGA display, FM radio, Bluetooth,Wi-Fi b/g, GPS, 10.2Mbps HSDPA, 512MB ROM / 256MB RAM, 550MHz Cortex A8 processor, and a 1390 mAh battery capable of up to 4.5 of talktime over 3G. The XT720 should start to hit European shelves next month, although carriers have not yet been announced. Click on through to check out a promo video.
We told those pesky grey marketers that they’d better get a move on if they were hoping to make a few quick bucks importing the Dell Streak into the U.S. Today at D8, Dell announced that it will be bringing its gargantuan 5″ Android smartphone/tablet to the U.S. on or around the end of July. At that time, $500 will get you unlocked Streak complete with a 5″ WVGA display, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, 16GB of internal memory, 7.2Mbps HSDPA, and 1GHz Snapdragon processor and Android 2.1. It will be available directly from dell.com More →
Remember the Samsung 360 H1 we scooped the hell out of back in September? Well here’s its successor, the H2. Building on top of what was already an very impressive featurephone with a 3.5″ OLED display and 5 megapixel camera, the H2 is said to have a Super AMOLED WVGA display, 8 megapixel camera with HD video recording (720p, no doubt), 1GHz Cortex A8 processor and run LiMo complete with Vodafone’s 360 services. Of course with this being a leak, all of this information is far from official, but word is we’ll be seeing the H2 land on Vodafone in time for the World Cup.
Sure it might not be as sexy as the HTC Legend headed to Bell or the HTC Triumph aka Desire headed to Telus, but last night Rogers informed its employees that the Acer Liquid e has launched. Running Android 2.1 (for now), the Liquid e possesses a 3.5″ WVGA capacitive display, 5 megapixel camera with 720p video recording, Wi-Fi, GPS, tri-band 7.2Mbps HSDPA and a Snapdragon processor under clocked to 768MHz. With the device currently en route to dealerships, the Liquid e should arrive within the next few days. The price? $49.99 on a 3-year contract with voice and data or $424.99 outright.
As if resident of the UK didn’t already have a line-up of handsets to chose from that would make even the most reserved American green with envy, today Dell announced that it and O2 will be releasing the Dell Streak in early June. A giant amongst smartphones, the Streak features a 5″ WVGA capacitive touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, 16GB of internal memory, support for microSD cards up to 32GB, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, 7.2Mbps HSDPA and 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. To debut with Android 1.6, Dell says the Streak has been “designed with the future in mind” and will be subject to OTA updates which will bring Adobe Flash 10.1, Android 2.2 “Froyo”, and video chat apps to the Streak before the year’s end. Pricing has yet to be announced, but the Dell Streak will be available online and in stores from O2, at Carphone Warehouse, and later “later in the month at Dell.co.uk.” Oh, anyone whose thinking of making an easy buck brining these bad boys over to the US better move fast — it’s coming here “later this summer.” Click through for the press release.
The render you see above is of the HTC Mondrian — or at least according to some forum dwellers at xda-developers. Found within a .cab file from a recently leaked Windows Phone 7 ROM, it is said that the Mondrian features a 4.3″ WVGA display, 1.3GHz processor, HD-capable camera in excess of 5 megapixels, and digital compass. Interestingly enough, for a device believed to be headed to AT&T, the Mondrian’s Qualcomm QSD8650A/B Snapdragon processor supports both GSM and CDMA. Of course this doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see a dual-mode model of the Mondrian or a variant of it launch with another carrier, but it is pretty interesting to know nonetheless. More →
Being the carrier that first brought Android to Canada, Rogers’ current Android line-up is extremely weak. Looking to change this, Rogers will soon be launching the Acer Liquid e and the Motorola QUENCH. Similar in that they both run Android, have 5 megapixel cameras, support 7.2Mbps 3G and have a candybar form, the two devices are quite different almost anywhere else you look. The Liquid e, which has Android 2.1, roars along with Snapdragon processor underclocked to 768MHz, while the QUENCH with Android 1.5 with MOTOBLUR chugs along with a MSM7200A that clocks in at 528MHz. When it comes to displays, the Liquid e’s 3.5″ WVGA screen handily trumps the 3.1″ HVGA affair found on the Motorola. Look for the Liquid e next month for $79.99 on contract, preceded by the QUENCH next week for $49.99. More →
This morning, the crazy 16-month ride is over, as the ASUS Eee Keyboard has begun shipping via Amazon. Originally slated to be released in June of 2009, the Eee Keyboard was delayed until August, then October, and then fell off the face of the Earth until pre-orders finally kicked off last month. Running Windows XP, the Eee Keyboard packs an entire computer — complete with an Intel Atom N270 processor at 1.6 GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB SSD, Wi-Fi b/g/n, HDMI out, built-in 5″ WVGA multitouch display and a battery rated for 4 hours — into the pretty tiny frame of a keyboard. Want in? That’ll be $599.
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