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.
The HTC Legend has landed, and you know we've wasted no time in putting the new Android 2.1 smartphone in front of a camera for a video unboxing. Announced last month at Mobile World Congress 2010, and set to hit shelves across Europe sometime next month, the Legend is the spiritual successor to the much-loved HTC Hero but with a new, unibody twist. Check out our hands-on shots, first-impressions and unboxing video after the cut.
Updated with first-boot hands-on video!
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.
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.
Samsung’s very first Bada handset – the Wave (S8500) was announced earlier tonight. The Wave is one of the first handset feature Bluetooth 3.0. The 3.3-inch “Super AMOLED” display with 800x480 resolution doesn’t offer multitouch but instead a brighter, clearer and less reflective thanks to the OnCell technology. Samsung went the extra mile by adding mDNle (mobile Digital Natural Image engine) technology, which originated in Samsung’s LCD TV and LED TV.
Hot on the heels of the supposed Nokia N98 smartphone leak yesterday comes this, documentation tipped to be from within the Finnish company and detailing their upcoming N87 cameraphone. According to the document, the Nokia N87 will have a 12-megapixel autofocus camera with Carl Zeiss optics, a Xenon flash and night-view mode, along with a 600MHz ARM Cortex 8 processor and 3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen.
Samsung makes tons of devices and products that are on the tech market today. The company makes lots and lots of LCD and AMOLED screens that end up being used on Samsung products and other products produced by different companies. Samsung has announced that we will see a new mobile phone at MWC sporting its latest screen tech.
Some of the benefits of an OLED screen are very appealing. OLED screens are thinner, promise better colors, and consumer less power. OLEDs are common in high-end phones today thanks to their power sipping designs that allow for better battery life.
Samsung's latest AMOLED smartphone has broken cover, the new SHW-M100S, and like the Google Nexus One it's running Android 2.1. The M100S has a 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen, WiFi b/g/n, T-DMB TV tuner and a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording; it's apparently set to arrive on South Korea's SK Telecom network next month.
Samsung Mobile Display are gearing up to mass produce touchscreen AMOLED panels in March 2010, and while many AMOLED devices already have touch-sensitivity, these new 3.3-inch displays integrate the touchscreen and AMOLED layers. First off the production line will be 800 x 480 WVGA screens, just crying out for inclusion in Samsung Mobile’s handset line, with the touch layer measuring just 0.001mm thick.
The tipped HTC Obsession Windows Mobile 7 smartphone could end up as the HTC Touch Diamond3, sequel to the Diamond2. According to WMPoweruser’s tipster, the Obsession/Diamond3 will have a 3.7-inch AMOLED display using a multitouch-capable capacitive touchscreen, run a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (like the HTC HD2) and have a 5-megapixel autofocus camera capable of 720p HD 25fps video.