Acer's Stream Android 2.1 smartphone went into a stealth mode of sorts after its official launch at the end of May, but UK retailer Expansys has just announced that the handset should be arriving on August 3rd. They'll be the exclusive source of the Stream, in fact, priced at £399.99 ($610).
AMOLED is one of the hottest display types out there, so much so that some handsets out there you can't even buy because they're selling faster than Samsung can manufacture them (you know, after they've already produced their own products). But, Samsung already has plans on making them better. How's unbreakable sound? Oh, and more valuable for manufacturers, too.
Motorola's first-generation DROID shook HTC's dominance of the Android segment and arguably reinvented the company after years of tired RAZR variants. Now, after a spate of low- to mid-tier Android devices, the company has unveiled their next high-end smartphone. The Motorola DROID X, again on Verizon Wireless in the US, scales up the screen, the camera and the processor, while simultaneously slimming down in the hand; it also faces strong competition from HTC, Samsung and others. Has Motorola done enough second-time around? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Samsung Mobile Displays (SMD) has announced that it is working on improving the performance of AMOLED panels and the efficiency of the panels significantly. The improvements will take the white efficiency of the displays from the 20cd/A level currently to 40cd/A.
If you haven't read the review of the Droid Incredible, or the HTC Desire, then we'll add the main draw of those phones right here (even though you should go read them, anyway): Their 3.7-inch AMOLED displays are amazing. Unless you plan on using your device in direct sunlight all the time, AMOLED is definitely one of the best displays out there (yes, Super AMOLED is better). But, it's been rough for HTC to keep their latest AMOLED-toting device in stock, and a lot of that has to do with that screen. Changes are afoot, though, which may help people out there aching to get their hands on the Droid Incredible they've purchased before the end of July.
Samsung's brilliant Super AMOLED displays are on their way to becoming more broadly available for rival manufacturers to use, with the company announcing they are planning a 5.5 generation plant scheduled to open in July 2011. The new facility will boost Samsung's potential output to a healthy 70,000 13 x 15 cm sheets per month, which works out to roughly 30 million 3-inch mobile device displays.
AUO has announced that it will be showing off some very cool screen technologies at Display Taiwan 2010 starting on June 9. The company will be showing off the world's largest projected multi-touch display at 32-inches in size. The display is capable of interpreting up to ten points of touch at the same time. The company will also show off a new 58-inch CinemaScope LED HDTV with a 2560 x 1080 resolution and a 55-inch full HD panel with ultra-wide viewing angles and a static contrast ratio of 16,000:1.
From its confusing launch back in December 2009, to its feature-packed handset debut at Mobile World Congress and then all the way to the SlashGear test bench today, Samsung's bada OS has had a rocky journey. Showing up for the first time on the Samsung Wave S8500, the new platform promises the flexibility of a smartphone OS with the easy usability of a feature-phone. That makes this a double review, perhaps: new platform, new phone. Does bada really have a future in the competitive cellphone market?
It's been a while since we've seen a new Samsung YEPP PMP, but according to a new listing at the Bluetooth SIG the company have something quite interesting up their sleeve. The Samsung YEPP YP-MB2 is described as a "multi-functional MID" that comes with Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, GPS and a 4-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, and runs the Android OS.
Samsung's Galaxy S GT-I9000 has finally launched, with the 4-inch Super AMOLED Android 2.1 smartphone hitting Europe first before rolling out to the rest of the world - the US included - later in 2010. Toting a Samsung 1GHz Hummingbird processor, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0, along with 3G/UMTS, TouchWiz 3.0 and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera, we've been waiting for the Galaxy S for quite some time.