Vodafone UK has announced that it will be exclusively offering the white BlackBerry Torch 9800 in the UK. Listed as "coming soon" on Vodafone's site, the handset will have the same functionality as the original black version - a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard - but come in a new, white casing.
ASUS wasn't taking any chances with its tablet options at CES 2011: the company had two full-size Android models, the Eee Pad Slider and the Eee Pad Transform, to cater to those wanting to do content-creation on their tablets rather than just consumption. We grabbed some last-minute hands-on time with the pair ahead of their return to Taipei; check out our impressions after the cut.
OCOSMOS has officially announced its two mobile PCs, the OCOSMOS OSC1 Tiny Computer (TC) and OCOSMOS OSC9 Tablet PC. The OSC1 TC runs an Oak Trail Intel Atom processor with a 5-inch 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen, on-screen QWERTY keyboard and twin cameras, while the OSC9 has a 9-inch 1024 x 768 multitouch capacitive touchscreen, detachable QWERTY controller with virtual keyboard, and a companion pouch with space for a spare battery.
Nokia's nHD 640 x 360 displays have been looking all the more outmoded compared to the WVGA and higher panels rivals offer, and so rumors that the upcoming Nokia E6-00 will up the pixels on offer is a good sign that the trend is changing. According to a Nokia user agent file, the E6-00 will have a 640 x 480 VGA display together with Symbian^3 OS, WCDMA/HSPA, WiFi and a QWERTY keyboard.
The Sony Ericsson Hallon isn't the only leaked handset out of the company; a new, compact Android smartphone has been spotted at IT168, presumed to be the successor to the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 mini pro. The new phone has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 3-inch, 320 x 480 multitouch display; it also boosts the processor over the original X10 mini pro, to a 1GHz chip paired with an Adreno 205 GPU.
From one HTC "leak" to another; this time it's a mercifully full-fascia shot of the HTC EVO 4G Shift expected to frolic on Sprint's WiMAX network sometime in the near future. As we can see from PhoneArena's photo smaller-screen version of the original HTC EVO 4G, making up for that with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, it's also the first time we've seen the phone without its protective cover .
Samsung's plans to broaden the Galaxy Tab range in 2011 aren't new, but the company's supposed intentions for a Windows 7 tablet with a physical keyboard are. According to Blogeee's sources, the Samsung Gloria will have a 10-inch touchscreen and a slide-out QWERTY 'board, as well as a custom UI layer developed by Samsung themselves (the image below is just a mock-up, of course).
The portable gaming market is looking like it will get a bit more interesting in 2011, as Panasonic seems intent on launching their own portable console. After being unveiled last month, there were some who believed that it would be a pipe-dream, and never make it out of the gate. But Panasonic doesn't see it that way, and they've moved onto the testing stage for the device, focusing on consumers in the United States.
Details on the Ocosmos OSC1 UMPC which Intel briefly flashed at IDF 2010 earlier this year have emerged, set to be one of the first Oak Trail devices assuming the company can find carriers willing to take it on. According to the spec sheet, the OSC1 will have either a 1.5GHz or 1.9GHz Oak Trail CPU running Windows 7, 400MHz GPU with HD decoding, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen running at 1024 x 768.
The unannounced HTC Merge has made a brief appearance on Verizon's site, with the QWERTY Android phone showing up in a 360-degree viewer before being pulled down. Spotted by Android Central, full hardware details for the Merge are unknown beyond what we can make out from the photos.