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Nokia’s 41MP 808 PureView wins best-in-show at Mobile World Congress

The 41-megapixel camera on Nokia’s 808 PureView not only astounded the audience at the Mobile World Congress this week, it also landed Nokia the “Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet at Mobile World Congress 2012” award.

A committee of judges opted the PureView as their top device of the show–likely not just because it is a smartphone everyone will choose for (it’s still running a dated OS), but it is because it is the only device to truly surprise us at Mobile World Congress. HTC’s One series phone was close in competition. Other devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and Asus PadFone, were also on the short-list for the award.

Nokia EVP of smart devices Jo Harlow said to the Nokia Conversations blog,

It’s a fantastic award because it signifies that consumer experience counts.It’s about tech, but it’s about how tech is used to make a consumer have a fantastic experience. … These are first signals that we are executing against our strategy.That we’re back. That we’re bringing great products to our consumers — and that this is just the beginning. There’s lot more to come.

The PureView camera technology on the Nokia 808 is more than just hype. A Nokia engineer explained to us how the camera gets such killer shots, and the company has also put some excellent sample shots online at Flickr.

Thankfully, Nokia has said it intends to bring the PureView technology to future phones, so you can expect to see killer cameras in some Windows Phone devices from Nokia within the next few years.

source: venturebeat

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Samsung’s Galaxy S III may rock a 4.8″ screen, ceramic back

At this point, Samsung’s Galaxy S III is beginning to feel like the next iPhone — at least when it comes to rumors. The recent report categorizes the mobile with a 4.8- inch screen, comparatively 0.2 inches larger than Google’s Galaxy Nexus. It do features a luxurious ceramic back, the sources states the mobile site Boy Genius Report. The mega size screen will be much flabbergasting, especially given how much Samsung is trying to push the 5.3 inch Galaxy Note as a smartphone. And the addition of better rear material would certainly help to improve Samsung’s building quality.

Samsung’s Galaxy S line has acquired more fans since it was launched initially, inspite of its flimsiness and plasticky. Even the Samsung-built Galaxy Nexus suffers from cheap feeling plastic rear. A ceramic back would feel better in the hand and be more durable than plastic. This is give a entire different look for Samsung, in a way to differentiate the Galaxy S III from Apple’s all-glass iPhone 4(S) design. At this point, the Galaxy S III is expected to sport a quad-core processor (a given, after all the quad-core phones at Mobile World Congress), better cameras, and may end up being just 7 millimeters thick. BGR also reports that the Galaxy S III may launch in over 50 markets simultaneously, which echoes HTC’s goal to launch its new HTC One phones worldwide in April.

source: venturebeat

 

 

Battle of the Big Android Phones: LG Announces 5-inch Optimus Vu

February 24, 2012 Leave a comment

LG is hoping to get its newly announced Optimus Vu smartphone into the market which was previously owned by Samsung Galaxy Note- the world of the ultra-sized devices, that is.

Not content to wait for this year’s Mobile World Congress to unveil its big ol’ smartphone, LG has released some pictures and confirmed the specs of the second Korean-made Android smartphone to push the five-inches-or-bigger size classification.

But here’s the stinker for U.S. enthusiasts: The LTE smartphone’s scheduled to debut in Korea in March, and there’s been no announcement for when it might go international. In contrast, Samsung’s Galaxy Note officially launched today on AT&T in the U.S.

LG seems to have shunned the concept of “curves” on its rectangular device, which exposes a five-inch IPS LCD display (itself, running at a resolution of 1024-by-768 at a 4:3 aspect ratio). A 1.5-GHz Snapdragon CPU fills the Optimus Vu full of dual-core processing power and the device’s 32-gigabytes of built-in storage delivers plenty of room for pictures, videos, and apps – double the internal storage space of Samsung’s Galaxy Note, we note. There’s no indication as to whether the Optimus Vu will sport an SD card slot or not.

The Optimus Vu will possess the traditional dual-camera setup as seen in most of today’s smartphones:  LG Optimus Vu, in reply, also boasts a primary 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash rear camera with Geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization and video capabilities of 1080p at 30fps with additional LED video light (likely to support 1080p video recording) and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The Optimus Vu will launch with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), but LG allegedly promises that the phone should bump up to the full Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich within months of the device’s release.

Samsung Galaxy Note is powered by a dual-core Mali-400MP Exynos 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor with 1 GB of RAM for a faster output and smart response.

Optimus Vu, however, is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon dual-core 1.5 GHz Scorpion Adreno 220 processor with 1 GB of RAM that makes it compete head-to-head with Note.

Optimus Vu weighs around 168 g (comparatively 10gs less than Samsung Galaxy Note) and has dimensions of 139.6 x 90.4 x 8.5 mm.

And we hope you’ve been holding your breaths for this one: The almighty stylus is back! According to LG, the Optimus Vu will ship with the company’s “Rubberdium pen” – let us prefer the word “stylus” for now – which will allow users to perform the usual bevy of tasks, like writing notes or making little drawings, on the Optimus Vu’s stylus-supporting applications.

This 8.5-milimeter thick smartphone will come with a 2,080 mAh battery, which is approximately 80 percent or so the total capacity of the battery found on the Samsung Galaxy Note. LG didn’t let slip the Optimus Vu’s talk time or standby time, so the jury remains out on just how well the device fares against the Galaxy Note on that one.

Source: pcmag

Motorola Admiral Hits Sprint On October 23 With $100 Price Tag

October 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Move over, Kyocera DuraMax — Sprint has officially announced the Motorola Admiral, the first Android smartphone in their growing Direct Connect lineup, in recent.

The Admiral works with a 1.2 GHz processor, 4GB of internal storage, and 3G hotspot support which are packed in a mil-spec 810G compliant body. The 3.1-inch Video Graphics Display(VGA) constricted in Gorilla Glass fixed above a 4 row QWERTY keyboard. A 5- mega-pixel camera fills the device’s rear.

Keeping aside the lasting and stable body, the Admiral’s another claim to success is its support for Sprint’s CDMA-powered Direct Connect.  With the iDEN network slated to be shuttered in favor of bolstering their CDMA coverage, Direct Connect lets users to chirp to fellow Sprint and Nextel customers with the same reckless abandon as before.

If you’ve been waiting for a rough-and-tumble smartphone that lets you take orders to your crew as well as it lets you fire off a few emails, the Admiral may be worth a second glance. Expect it to hit Sprint’s sales channels on October 23 for $99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.

Source: techcrunch