Smartphone highlights from Consumer Electronics Show
18 January 2011 by Olav Hellesø-Knutsen
This is a short summary from this years CES event. HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson all had some nice mobile phones on display. Nokia did not have anything to show us this year
Nokia are often using the Mobile World Congress to show of its new handsets. CES has often been US centric and it was no exception this year either. Many of the smartphones listed below will only be available to carriers in the U.S. All smartphones are running on Android. Windows Phone 7, Symbian, BlackBerry or even Samsungs own Bada are operating system missing in this overview.
We are doing this alphabetically and starts off with a smartphone from HTC. LGs Optimus 2X was announced in December and got some positive feedback on the worlds first dual core processor but we do not consider this model as a CES release.
HTC EVO Shift 4G
To get promissed 4G speed, EVO Shift 4G is connected via Sprint's WiMAX network. WiMAX has peak download speeds of 10 Mbps and 1Mbps up. According to Sprint, average download speed is 3-6 Mbps.
HTC Inspire 4G
The HTC Inspire 4G specifications are: 4.3 inch display, 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU, Android 2.2 (Froyo), 8 megapixel camera and 720p HD video recording. The weigh and size is 164 gram and 123 x 68 x 12mm dimention.
We are located in Oslo Norway where the world first publicly available LTE-service opened in December 2009. The speed gained from updating from 3G to 4G was nothing the majority of users realy wanted. Only a couple of thousand contracts has been signed in two years and the demand for 4G enabled phones is non-exsitent here. The access to 4G phones are not very good as it is mostly 4G modems being sold. If these 4G phone has tethering capabilities, PC users could use the phone as a modem and that could be one thing pushing the sales of 4G phones.
Thunderbolt is one of the first devices to integrate Skype mobile with video calling, and that is nice for those having a Skype account. Verizon still has a job to do convince their customers why they should buy a 4G phone instead of a 3G phone.
More HTC Thunderbolt specifications are: 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and a 480 x 800 pixel display resolution, DLNA and GPS
LG Optimus Black
iPhone has Retina, Sony Ericsson Arc got BRAVIA, Samsung has Super AMOLED and now LG got its own display name: NOVA. LG Optimus Black is the first phone having this type of display. It is designed to be the brightest, clearest and most readable among mobile screens. According to LG, the display is nice to look at from all angels, but another important factor is that it reduces power consumption by 50% during indor usage. LG claims that the AMOLED displays consumes twice the power when displaying a full white screen.
LG has put Optiums UI 2.0 on top of Android which makes it possible to use simple gestures like lift, shake and screen tapp for, answering calls, entering camera mode or play music. The Optimus Black is also the first phone having Wi-Fi Direct usefull for printing and other short range connectivity. Wi-Fi Direct might become a competitor to Bluetooth in the future. Wi-Fi Direct promisses speeds up to 250 Mbps while Bluetooth 3.0 only have 25 Mbps but Wi-Fi Direct consumes more power.
This is a CDMA phone so it will not work no GSM networks. The display size is 4.3 inch large and the resolution is 480 x 800 pixels. A single core 1GHz Qualcomm processor puts the LG Revolution in the same leage as the rest of these smartphones.
Motorola Atrix 4G
4G speed is reached using AT&Ts HSPA+ network. The minimum speed needed to claim 4G speed used to be 100 Mbps, but as carriers started to advertise their much slower HSPA+ (up to 84 Mbps) and LTE (100 Mbps) network as 4G-enabled, the ITU lowered the definition for 4G in a press release back in december. AT&T delivers up to 6 Mbps on their HSPA network today.
Motorola CLIQ 2
When the keyboard is closed, this model looks like any other Motorola smartphone. But when the QWERTY keys are slided out, you'll notice that these keys are something different. We haven't tried the keyboard our self, so we can't tell how it feels, but if you take a closer look at the image to the right to notice something different. Most keys look like a hexagon while the keys on the edges are distinct from the rest.
Apart from the unusall QWERTY keyboard, the CLIQ 2 offers a Tegra 2 dual core 1GHz processor, 4G speeds with HSPA+ (category 9, 10.1 Mbps), 5 megapixel camera, WIFI, DLNA, GPS and it is running on Android 2.2 Froyo. The display size is 3.7 inch and it has a 480 x 854 pixel resolution. Like most QWERTY sliders, it is heavier than the general touch smartphone witht a weight of 175 gram.
Motorola Droid Bionic
4G speed is reached using Verizons LTE network.
Samsung 4G LTE
We haven't been able to get hold of much technical specifications for this phone, but we do know that it has a 4.3 inch display, is approximately 130 mm high and 68mm wide. The 4G LTE is running on Android 2.2 and has a 1GHz CPU. It will be available on Verizon and are therefore using CDMA networks. 4G speed is reached using LTE just as the model name tells us.
Samsung Infuse 4G
The Samsung Infuse 4G is powered by a dual-core 1.2 ARM Cortex A8 1.2 GHz processor, making this the second fastes phone among those listed here. The operating system is Android 2.2
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
Sony Ericsson told us early last year that all phones will have the human curvature form factor and all models since and even the Arc is delivering this even though it's inversed to what we initially though. The Xperia Arc has a 4.2 inch Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine and has a 480 x 854 pixel resoultion. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc was the only smartphone announced running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sony has been contributing a little more to the Arc. It has got a 8.1 megapixel camera with Sony Exmor R sensor particulary good in low light situations. It is supposed to have twice the sensitivity as conventional CMOS camera sensors. We are looking forward to check out the 720p HD video recording utilizing the BRAVIA engine to capture some nice video clips.
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well the show was long back I remember but those are the great gadgets