While the HTC Legend was a shiny, unibody wonder, the undoubtable star of Mobile World Congress last month was the HTC Desire. Instantly dubbed "the Nexus One with Sense", the Android 2.1 smartphone has just arrived on the SlashGear doorstep demanding its unboxing video privileges. Who are we to turn down a 3.7-inch AMOLED display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 5-megapixel camera? Check out the unboxing, plus a first-look comparison with the Nexus One, after the cut.
When is WVGA not WVGA? When it's the display resolution of the Google Nexus One, apparently. For anyone who has wondered why text and sharp-edged graphics on their Google smartphone look unduly fuzzy, the answer might be in the AMOLED display technology. According to Luke Hutchison (and his trusty magnifier), the PenTile tech used in the panel results in less than the number of true RGB pixels you'd expect from what's billed as an 480 x 800 display. Instead, he thinks Nexus One owners are getting more like 392 x 653.
Samsung have announced their latest Android smartphone, the Galaxy S, and it's running Android 2.1. The Galaxy S GT-I9000 has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display running at WVGA 800 x 480 resolution, together with a 5-megapixel autofocus camera, 1GHz processor and the company's own custom UI and "social hub" for integrating social networking functionality.
Inbric's M1 MID certainly got the geeks talking when it was announced late last year, but after a successful CES showing the Android-based device has seemingly gone into stealth mode. NetbookNews decided to storm the Inbrics HQ in Seoul to find out where the project is up to, and it turns out the M1 has had one or two updates since we saw it last. Chief among those is a processor boost, with the M1 MID now running at 1GHz thanks to a Samsung C110 CPU of the same family that you'd find in the iPhone.
If you're going to call your phone the "Incredible" then you have to be pretty confident in in its abilities, so we're really looking forward to seeing what HTC and Verizon have up their collective sleeves. According to the latest rumors - coming straight out of Verizon themselves, apparently - the HTC Incredible is set to arrive in the carrier's stores in just two weeks time.
Having been spotted in little more than sketch form back in January, we now have some firmer information on Cowon's upcoming J3 media player. Set to launch this month, apparently, the Cowon J3 has a 3.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen running at 480 x 272, complete with up to 16GB of storage and Bluetooth connectivity.
Three versions of the J3 will be available initially, with the PMP coming in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB SKUs. All will have an accelerometer for automatic screen-orientation flips, a TV output for displaying content on a bigger screen, and Cowon's own JetEffects effects 3.0 technology for improving audio performance.
Details are scant on this one, but Samsung have announced that they will be launching their first commercial 3D phone sometime this month. The Samsung SCH-W960 has a 3.2-inch WQVGA AMOLED touchscreen and dual DMB TV tuners capable of receiving terrestrial and satellite signals. Most interesting, though, is the 3D functionality; the W960 can apparently convert regular 2D content into 3D.
We did little to disguise how impressed we were with the HTC Hero when we reviewed it all the way back in July 2009. At the time we suggested it was the device with which Android came of age; since then, of course, we've seen a huge growth both in the number of manufacturers and devices available, and in Android itself. Into that fray wades the HTC Legend, undoubtedly one of the stand-out devices from MWC 2010 in February and packing the latest versions not only of Android but of HTC's Sense, which rather fittingly debuted with the Hero. Can HTC history repeat itself? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.