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.
AMOLED screens have once again come in for attention over concerns regarding image quality, as Tweakers took two HTC Legends into the lab to demonstrate the issues they have displaying grayscale correctly. The Legend - shown here snuggling with an Apple iPod touch and an HTC Hero - apparently proved unable to show regular grayscale, instead offering up a range of muted pinks, grays, greens and browns.
Samsung's first bada phone, the Samsung Wave S8500, has landed on our desk, and we're still not quite certain whether the new OS has a future in the mobile market. Designed to bridge the (fast-shrinking) gap between feature-phones and smartphones, bada is envisaged as the Samsung's way to corner a new generation of handset upgraders tempted by the flexibility of a full smartphone but shy of either their price, complexity or both. Read on for our Samsung Wave S8500 unboxing and some first-impressions.
Acer have officially announced their latest Android smartphone, the Acer Stream, a Nexus One rivalling Android 2.1 Eclair device with a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen. The Stream is based around Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor, along with 512MB of RAM and 2GB of internal storage, and has HSDPA, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth.
There's also GPS, a 5-megapixel camera that can apparently capture 720p HD video and a microSD card slot. Acer have also customized the standard Android UI, adding various spinning panels, app history shortcuts and other tweaks, but the most interesting addition is UPnP and DLNA streaming media support, just like their new LumiRead ereader.
There is one thing that I really hate about shiny screens on notebooks and desktops and that thing is glare. Glossy screens are the norm and they may offer better viewing with movies and video, but the glare is a real hassle. I'm thinking that transparent AMOLED screens like the giant unit Samsung is showing off will suffer from glare along with a new problem.
Vodafone UK have thrown their hat into the bada ring and announced that they are taking preorders for the Samsung Wave S8500. Priced from free on a new contract, the Wave S8500 will arrive on June 1st 2010 complete with a 3.3-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 5-megapixel autofocus camera and a 1GHz processor.
Sometimes a leaky rumor comes along that you desperately want to believe, and here's a good example. Tmonews and PhoneDog reckon that T-Mobile are preparing to launch the Sidekick Twist, an Android-based handset made by HTC (but bearing the Sidekick brand) with a hardware QWERTY keyboard, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a whopping 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display.
While we love our AMOLED displays, we hate using them in direct sunlight. It's way too frustrating, because everything on the screen gets washed out, and we can no longer see what we're doing without tilting it all crazy-like, making people stare at us. So, consider us pretty happy that some scientists across the pond have created a new nanocoating that could get rid of our troubles for good.
Samsung are tipped to be readying a 7-inch Android tablet for release in August, with the so-called Samsung S-Pad using one of the company's Super AMOLED displays. The company has previously confirmed its tablet plans; this new leak suggests there'll be 3G and WiFi connectivity, together with a partnership with Korean carrier SK Telecom, but there's no sign of the rumored 4G access.