A summary of the HTC Mobile Word Congress 2012 Press Conference on 27th February 2012 at 4:00am SGT.
Huawei Mobile World Congress 2012 Press Conference - 26th February 2012 at 9:30am EST, 3:30pm CET (local time), 10:30pm SGT (Singapore)
What to expect: Huawei Ascent D quad
Sony Mobile World Congress 2012 Press Conference – 26th February 2012 at 1:00pm EST, 7:00pm CET (local time), 27th February 2012 2:00am SGT (Singapore)
What to expect: Sony Xperia U (Kumquat), Pepper
Links: Engadget, BGR, The Verge, Sony Live Streaming
Note: There seems to be a timing discrepancy. Some says 6pm CET, whereas the Sony blog says 7pm CET.
HTC Mobile World Congress 2012 Press Conference - 26th February 2012 at 2:30pm EST, 8:30pm CET (local time), 27th February 2012 3:30am SGT (Singapore)
What to expect: HTC One X, HTC One S, HTC One V, Android tablet
Links: Engadget, BGR, The Verge
Nokia Mobile World Congress 2012 Press Conference – 27th February 2012 at 2:30am EST, 8:30am CET (local time), 3:30pm SGT (Singapore)
What to expect: Nokia Lumia 610
Links: Nokia Live Streaming, BGR, The Verge
Asus Mobile World Congress 2012 Press Conference – 27th February 2012 at 5:00am EST, 11:00am CET (local time), 6:00pm SGT (Singapore)
What to expect: ASUS Padfone and Transformer tablet
The award winning Android powered HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio returns to pays homage to a white Christmas with a brand new look dressed in the season’s favorite classic white. At a suggested retail price of SGD$868, the HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio (White Edition) is designed to boost performance and battery life even further with the addition of a blazing fast 1.5 GHz dual core processor and an extended battery that enables you to listen, watch, speak and browse for even longer.
To complete the white ensemble, The HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio (White Edition) comes with an exclusive all white urBeats in-ear headphones which features a remote control, allowing you to pause, play or skip through tracks and answer/end calls while you plug in to fuller bass and crisper vocals and experience music the way the artist intended.
The HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio takes mobile entertainment to a new level with an amazing 4.7-inch screen, slim 9.9mm design and a specifically Beats Audio optimized audio experience, designed to deliver the best entertainment experience with stunning audio and visuals for music, movies and games. At a suggested retail price of SGD$908, the HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio boasts of an 8MP camera, featuring an f/2.2, 28mm wide-angle lens with back- illuminated sensor to fit more of the scene into every shot and for better low-light performance.
HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio includes new lightweight all white urBeats headphones, created exclusively to integrate with the Beats AudioTM profile on the device as well as features unique audio tuning by Beats that ensures customers will hear their music as the artist intended.
At a suggested retail price of SGD$648, the HTC Incredible S (White Edition) comes with a 8-megapixel camera (with dual flash) that captures High-Definition videos and crystal clear 4-inch display that brings images to life this Christmas.
The HTC Radar is elegantly crafted with an all-white aluminium unibody complements this holiday season with its pristine white design as well as its extensive people-first features such as its dedicated hardware camera button which enables you to capture vivid images while the f/2.2 aperture lens and back- illuminated sensor provide improved low-light performance – making sure you never miss that perfect shot over the Christmas holidays.
At a suggested retail price of SGD$569, the HTC Radar is the perfect multimedia powerhouse to keep you entertained and connected this holiday season!
The HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio (White Edition), HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio, HTC Incredible S (White Edition) and HTC Radar are now available at all mobile operators and authorized resellers at suggested retail prices of $868, $908, $648 and $569 respectively.
HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio has a 4.7-inch screen, slim 9.9mm design and Beats Audio integration, featuring unique audio tuning by Beats that ensures customers will hear their music as the artist intended. A new lightweight urBeats headphones is included, with a microphone and the on-cable remote control allows customers to pause, advance or rewind, and to answer a call mid-track.
HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio integrates HTC Watch (available end of Q4 2011), an application and service that puts an entire library of the latest premium movies and TV shows right at your fingertips. HTC Watch offers the choice of renting or buying videos, and, if purchased, lets customers watch them on up to five different HTC devices.
The HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio comes with an 8MP camera, featuring an f/2.2, 28mm wide-angle lens with BSI sensor enhances low-light performance. In video mode, the HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio enables customers to record a perfect moment with stunning clarity and incredible stereo sound.
The HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio will be bundled with urBeats headset and will be available at all mobile operators and authorized resellers at a suggested retail price of SGD$908 by end Q4 2011.
Specifications after the break:
The iPhone 4S is going to be available in October, so is the Android Ice-cream Sandwich Nexus Prime. The new Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 will start rolling out with HTC Radar and Titan, together with Samsung Omnia W. All in the month of October/November time-frame. So, which phone will you buy?
In HP’s recent conference call meeting just a few hours ago, they’ve announced they’ll cease to make anymore webOS devices due to the lack of demand and failure to meet HP’s financial targets and unit sell-through expectations. HP will be shutting down the entire webOS hardware business unit and will be looking to license webOS software to manufacturers such as HTC and Samsung.
In light of this new development, the future of webOS is uncertain and it might just disappear into the abyss.
Now, my rants after the break.
Built with the Gingerbread (2.3) version of Android™, HTC EVO 3D features HTC’s first qHD 3D 4.3-inch display and a powerful 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor. HTC EVO 3D also features dual 5 megapixel cameras, which can be used to capture both high-quality conventional and stunning 3D images and videos, opening up new frontiers for user-generated content, social networking and streaming video.
The HTC EVO 3D will be available in Singapore at all mobile operators (SingTel, M1, Starhub) and authorized retailers at a suggested retail price of SGD$895 at the end of August 2011 (estimated 26th August).
Additional key features of HTC EVO 3D include:
The HTC ChaCha is available in Singapore exclusively to SingTel customers from 14 June 2011. Powered by Android Gingerbread 2.3.3 technology, the HTC ChaCha is the first smartphone to feature a dedicated Facebook button for one‐touch access to the key functions of Facebook.
With a single press of the button, customers can update their status, upload photos, share websites, ‘Check In’ to a location and more. For example, customers can take a photograph of friends on their phone and upload it instantly toFacebook by simply pressing the button. Or they can share with their friends what song they are listeningto by pressing the button while listening to music on the phone; the music track is automatically identified and shared on Facebook. The button is context‐aware, pulsing with light whenever there is an opportunity to share content or updates through Facebook.
HTC ChaCha at a glance:
|Memory||ROM: 512 MB, RAM: 512 MB|
|Dimensions||114.4 mm (L) x 64.6 mm (W) x 10.7 mm (T)|
|Weight||120 grams (with battery)|
|Display||2.6-inch touch screen with 480 x 320 resolution|
|Camera||5.0 MP color camera with auto focus and LED flash, VGA front camera|
The HTC ChaCha is available in stunning shades of Modern White, Phantom Black and Amethyst Purple exclusively from SingTel for $0 with 3G Flexi AMPed plans and selected iPlans. Customers who pre-ordered the HTC ChaCha from 14 June 2011 via www.singtelshop.com/chacha will receive a 4GB Android figurine thumbdrive (as seen below) upon purchase, while stocks last. The HTC ChaCha will be available at SingTel and SingTel exclusive retailers on 18 June 2011.
The HTC ChaCha will be launched at a suggested retail price (without contract) at SGD$438.
|3G Flexi AMPed Plans||3G Flexi Lite AMPed||3G Flexi AMPed||3G Flexi Plus AMPed||3G Flexi Premium AMPed|
|HTC ChaCha Pricing||$0||$0||$0||$0|
(FREE Incoming Video and Voice Calls All Day)
|FREE Local Outgoing Calls||100 mins||200 mins||500 mins||2000 mins|
|FREE Local SMS||500||500||500||2000|
|FREE Local Data Usage
(Capped at $30/month for unlimited usage)
|FREE SingTel AMPed||Unlimited song downloads with no data charges from AMPed Music Store|
|iPlans||iOne Plus||iTwo Value||iTwo Plus||iThree Plus|
|HTC ChaCha Pricing||$98||$0||$0||$0|
(FREE Incoming Video and Voice Calls All Day)
|FREE Local Outgoing Calls||100 mins||300 mins||700 mins||2000 mins|
|FREE Local SMS||500||500||500||2000|
Half of 2011 is gone, and we take a look at the best of the best Android super phones out there in the market for the 1st half of 2011. All these phones (with the exception of LG Optimus 2X and Motorola Atrix) are running the latest and greatest Android 2.3 Gingerbread with their own unique customizations. There is a reason why these phones will only hold their place as the best in the 1st half of 2011, because in the 2nd half of 2011 before the year ends, we will see more powerful Android phones scheduled to be released using quad-cores, and running the new version of Android 4.0 Ice-cream Sandwich, providing a completely new super phone experience. And now, we have the best top 5 phones from the 5 Android super phones manufacturers (in no particular order):
Here’s a table of comparison between the 5 devices:
|LG Optimus 2X||Samsung GALAXY S II||HTC Sensation||Sony Ericsson Xperia arc||Motorola Atrix|
|Android OS||2.2 Froyo (Upgradable to 2.3 Gingerbread)||2.3.x Gingerbread||2.3.x Gingerbread||2.3.x Gingerbread||2.2 Froyo (Upgradable to 2.3 Gingerbread)|
|CPU||1GHz Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9, Nvidia Tegra 2||1.2GHz Cortex A9 Dual-core||Qualcomm 1.2GHz Dual-Core Scorpion, Adreno 220 GPU||Qualcomm 1GHz Scorpion, Adreno 205 GPU||1GHz Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9, Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset|
|Display||4” 480 x 800 IPS LCD||4.27” 480 x 800 Super AMOLED Plus||4.3” 540 x 960 qHD||4.2” 480 x 854 LCD||4” 540 x 960 qHD|
|Custom UI||Optimus UI 2.0||TouchWiz 4.0||Sense UI 3.0||Rachael UI||Motoblur UI|
|Battery||1500 mAh||1650 mAh||1520 mAh||1500 mAh||1930 mAh|
|Camera||8 MP rear camera with auto focus and LED Flash
1.3 MP front camera
|8 MP rear camera with auto focus and LED Flash
2 MP front camera
|8 MP rear camera with auto focus and dual LED flash
VGA front camera
|8 MP rear camera with auto focus and LED flash
(No front camera)
|5 MP rear camera with auto focus and LED flash
VGA front camera
|Retail Price||SGD$888||SGD$998||SGD$838||SGD$888||SGD$988 (with HD Multimedia Dock)|
I’m always asked which phone I’ll recommend to people, and which phone I’ll buy if I had the money. Well, if I’m looking for the best of the best of all Android phones, I’ll get the Samsung GALAXY S II which will be out in Singapore by the end of June 2011.
I highly recommend the Samsung GALAXY S II because it has the best all rounded specifications, together with the Super AMOLED Plus screen (which dramatically reduces battery usage) and large battery capacity of 1650 mAh, you’ll be able to use this phone the whole day without charging up (the biggest complaint against Android phones).
My only complaint about the Samsung GALAXY S II is that it’s way too thin for my hands (which isn’t such a bad thing for many people), and TouchWiz UI. In terms of customized UI, HTC Sensation has got the best so far with the new Sense UI 3.0 bringing “Active Lockscreen” into the picture, enabling the possibility of music controller on the lockscreen, one of the biggest requests from everyone who wants to use (or has used) Android. But hey, that’s software and it will eventually be on every Android phone soon (I hope).
What do you guys think of the Best Android Super Phones in 1H 2011? Which do you like?
HTC Sensation is HTC’s latest phone offering premium look and feel that is enhanced by its rounded edges, aluminum unibody construction. The touch screen surface is protected by a contoured screen that feels more natural as a finger is glided across it. The 4.3-inch qHD display delivers high-resolution widescreen viewing and gives the HTC Sensation slender proportions that feel natural in a person’s hand. At the heart of the HTC Sensation beats a powerful, 1.2-gigahertz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which enables gorgeous graphics and all-around fast performance.
HTC Sensation from HTC at a glance:
|Processor||Qualcomm 1.2 GHz Dual-Core|
|Operating system||Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense|
|Memory||ROM: 1 GB RAM: 768 MB|
|Dimensions||126.1 mm (L) x 65.4 mm (W) x 11.3 mm (T)|
|Weight||148 grams (with battery)|
|Display||4.3-inch touch screen with 540 x 960 qHD resolution|
|Network||HSPA/WCDMA (900/2100 MHz)
GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
(Band frequency, HSPA availability, and data speed are operator dependent)
|Internet||3G: Up to 14.4 Mbps download speed Up to 5.76 Mbps upload speed
GPRS: Up to 114 kbps download speed Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
|Tethering||USB and Wi-Fi® tethering|
|GPS||Internal GPS antenna|
Ambient Light Sensor
|Connectivity||3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0) with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11b/g/n
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth® 3.0 with FTP/OPP for file transfer
A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
Other supported profiles: AVRCP, GAP, GOEP, HFP, PBAP, SPP, Service Discovery Application Profile
|Camera||8.0 megapixel colour camera with auto focus and dual LED flash
1080p HD video recording
VGA front camera
|Multimedia||Audio supported formats:
Video supported formats:
|Battery||Rechargeable Lithium-ion polymer battery
Capacity: 1520 mAh
(The above are subject to network and phone usage)
|Expansion Slot||microSD memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)|
|Recommended Windows System Requirements||Windows® 7 , Windows Vista® or Windows® XP
More photos after the break: