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  1. Posted on Monday, January 31st, 2011 at 8:06 pm by Andy
    BlackBerry Curve Touch

    The BlackBerry Curve Touch?

    An internal document from within Research in Motion (RIM), has revealed details about the as yet unannounced BlackBerry Curve Touch smartphone.

    In among various pieces of information relating to future RIM handsets, it was discovered that a smartphone codenamed the Malibu is an all-new touchscreen device that is likely to ship later in the year.

    In terms of specs, it has a healthy 800MHz processor, a 3.25 inch touchscreen display and a five megapixel camera on the rear, with HD video capture thrown in for good measure.

    Unlike most BlackBerry handsets of the past, it will do away with the messaging-friendly full QWERTY keypad but it will retain the optical trackpad, which recent models have featured, according to the documents acquired by Crackberry.

    Jumping on the Google bandwagon, the BlackBerry Curve Touch will allegedly sport Near Field Communication (NFC) technology for contactless payments. This sounds new at the moment but it is thought that the device will not be available until the closing weeks of 2011, by which point the iPhone 5 will probably have brought this to mainstream attention.

    RIM is apparently going to put the emphasis on augmented reality features when this mobile arrives, using an operating system known as BlackBerry 6 evolution, about which little is known.


  2. Posted on Thursday, January 27th, 2011 at 4:08 pm by Andy
    Samsung Galaxy Ace

    The Samsung Galaxy Ace

    Although Samsung has yet to officially announce the Galaxy Ace smartphone, its Indonesian operation erroneously launched a web page featuring details about the handset this week.

    The Galaxy Ace is set to enter the market roughly in the middle, providing Android 2.2 thrills for those who do not want to shell out for a top of the line smartphone.

    With a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, an 800MHz processor and a five megapixel camera, its specs are suitably healthy, even if it is likely to be a budget option.

    Judging from the pictures which were temporarily available on the website, it will look very similar to the original Samsung Galaxy S, which, in turn, had a definite feel of the iPhone 3G S about it.

    Samsung is likely to skin Android 2.2 with its own TouchWiz interface and it is also adding Swype typing technology to save on keypad tapping, although this is still catching on rather than a must-have feature.

    The Samsung Galaxy Ace is set to be revealed at Mobile World Congress next month, but with all this information on specs and capabilities leaked via an official channel, there are not likely to be any more surprises.


  3. Posted on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 at 1:54 pm by Andy
    iPhone 5

    iPhone 5 with NFC?

    Apple is allegedly implanting NFC (Near Field Communication) chips into the iPhone 5 and its tablet equivalent the iPad 2, in a move that will follow the trend set by Google with its Nexus S smartphone.

    This news has come from industry analyst, Richard Doherty, who told Bloomberg of Apple’s plans to make all future iPhones part of a growing family of NFC-enabled devices.

    This could pave the way for NFC’s mainstream success as the huge popularity of the iPhone range means that more and more people will be able to make contactless payments in shops across the globe, according to Mr Doherty.

    NFC will intermingle with an updated iTunes platform, which will make payments and purchases even easier than before, the analyst said.

    iPhone 5 owners could even earn points for using the NFC capabilities which could then be converted into extra downloads from the App Store.

    It is worth pointing out that although Mr Doherty is a respected source, it is possible that this information is incorrect and that the iPhone 5 will not be NFC compatible. However, this move would make sense from Apple’s point of view, as it means more of the user’s money would be flowing through its devices.


  4. Posted on Monday, January 24th, 2011 at 9:44 am by Andy
    Samsung Galaxy S2

    Samsung Galaxy S2?

    Samsung is hoping that improvements to AMOLED screens will allow its future mobile phones to sport displays that are superior to the high resolution Retina Display of the Apple iPhone 4.

    Although the iPhone 4 has a smaller screen than the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S and its contrast levels cannot hope to match those of AMOLED technology, the Retina Display has a much higher pixel density which results in a crisper, cleaner look to text, images and onscreen video.

    With Super AMOLED Plus technology, Samsung will be able to sneak closer to the Retina Display’s 326ppi (pixels per inch) and although the manufacturer has yet to reveal the exact specifications of these screens, it is likely that the ppi will be over 300, according to TechRadar.

    It is thought that the Galaxy S2 will be Samsung’s first handset to get a Super AMOLED Plus display. It will be making its debut at the Mobile World Congress event next month. Hopefully there will be many more mobiles with this advanced technology in the near future and Samsung is looking to be the main supplier for Super AMOLED Plus screens.


  5. Posted on Friday, January 21st, 2011 at 2:12 pm by Andy
    HTC 7 Pro

    HTC 7 Pro on it's way

    HTC is going to launch both the 7 Pro and Gratia smartphones in the UK next month and the Taiwanese manufacturer officially confirmed these plans this week.

    The HTC 7 Pro was originally destined to be a launch handset for the Windows Phone 7 platform but delays shifted it into 2011 and it could be a big hit thanks to its full slide-out QWERTY keypad.

    The HTC Gratia is based on Android rather than Microsoft’s platform and it runs version 2.2 of the software. It is a midrange handset with solid specs, including a 3.2 inch display and a five megapixel camera, so it should find an audience in a relatively busy segment of the market.

    So far no UK network provider has announced that it will be offering either of these handsets on a pay monthly tariff, so early adopters will need to pick them up SIM free when they arrive in February.

    However, it would be surprising if no operator jumped onboard with HTC shortly after the launch, so if you are holding out for a free handset you may not have that long to wait until you are satisfied.