MWC 2010

HTC Desire Hands-on

HTC Desire Hands-on

We've made no bones about how impressed we've been by the Google Nexus One - at least one member of the SlashGear team abandoned his iPhone 3GS in favor of it, in fact - but the HTC Desire may just have stolen our hearts. Ostensibly the same device as the Nexus One, albeit in a different casing, what makes the difference is HTC's Sense UI, which as we found on the Legend is a neat step up over previous-gen devices. Check out more first-impressions, together with a hands-on gallery and video, after the cut.

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HTC Legend Hands-on

HTC Legend Hands-on

We've just been playing with the HTC Legend, and if we had to distill it down - hardware wise at least - into a single metaphor, imagine if a MacBook Pro shrank down to smartphone size. Slimmer than the HTC Hero it replaces, the Legend packs a bright, vivid, well-saturated 3.2-inch HVGA display and has a responsive, swift capacitive touchscreen. Check out more hands-on first impressions after the cut, together with our live demo video.

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HTC Legend official: AMOLED & “Hidden Power” design

HTC Legend official: AMOLED & “Hidden Power” design

The HTC Legend, successor to the company's widely-loved Hero, has been made official at Mobile World Congress 2010 this week. A little smaller than the Hero, the Legend has a 3.2-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with multitouch support, dualband UMTS/HSPA (900/1800) and a frame milled from a single block of aluminum. In fact the Legend is an example of HTC's "Hidden Power" design ethos, a concept whereby good looks are delivered through slick functionality; in this case, the aluminum is not only the shell but the chassis, meaning HTC can make their devices smaller.

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HTC HD mini shrinks HD2 experience

HTC HD mini shrinks HD2 experience

HTC's new smartphone range for MWC 2010 isn't all about Android; the company have also outed a new Windows Mobile device, though of course it runs 6.5.3 rather than Windows Phone 7.  The HTC HD mini is being billed as offering the same user experience as the HD2 only in a smaller form factor, shrinking the display down to a 3.2-inch capacitive HVGA panel with multitouch support and swapping the HD2's Snapdragon chipset for a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227.  Like the HD2, it also gets HTC's Sense UI. Continue Reading...

HTC Desire official: Nexus One with HTC Sense

HTC Desire official: Nexus One with HTC Sense

HTC have officially announced the HTC Desire - the handset previously known as the HTC Bravo - at Mobile World Congress 2010 this week. The smartphone is, in essence, HTC's own-brand version of the Google Nexus One, tailored to a European market. As with the Nexus One there's a 3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and Android 2.1; you also get the same, 1GHz Snapgragon processor. The key differences are the inclusion of the latest version of HTC Sense, the omission of active noise cancellation, and the use of an optical joystick rather than a physical trackball.

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HP Compaq Airlife 100 smartbook video demo

HP Compaq Airlife 100 smartbook video demo

First thing we headed for at MobileFocus 2010 today was HP's first smartbook, the Compaq Airlife 100.  In the plastic it resembles little more than a particularly slim netbook, though of course there are some significant differences; the OS is Android 1.6 Cupcake, complete with a resistive touchscreen, and the keyboard has been reworked to suit Google's platform.  Keeping the whole thing moving is Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor.

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Dell Mini 5 MID live video

Dell Mini 5 MID live video

Dell were playing the Mini 5 pretty close to their chest back at CES 2010, but the company was a little more open with the MID at MobileFocus this week.  We grabbed some hands-on time, and we have to say we're impressed; the Mini 5 makes the Archos 5 Internet Tablet feel clunky, and while it's just a little too large to be comfortably used as a smartphone, with full phone functionality you could certainly use it as such in a pinch.  Still, the Mini 5 really shines when it comes to media consumption and internet access.

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Qualcomm mirasol e-reader coming Fall 2010

Qualcomm mirasol e-reader coming Fall 2010

Qualcomm's mirasol team had their animated demo device at MobileFocus today, but what was more interesting was their information about shipping e-readers using the low-power display technology.  They've confirmed that the first mirasol-based unit is expected in fall 2010, though they won't reveal who exactly will be using the panel.

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Marvell ARMADA 618 video demo

Marvell ARMADA 618 video demo

Remember Marvell's ARMADA 618 chipset from last Friday, the 1GHz low-power smartphone processor good for three separate, independent displays and Full HD 1080p quality?  The company have brought along a few demo devices to MobileFocus 2010 this week, and they've been showing off just what the ARMADA 618 is capable of.  Two demo stations were set up, one with a compact PMP-style device plugged, via HDMI, into a full-sized 1080p plasma TV, and another running a second, compact LCD panel.

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