Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Android News Roundup - Sony Ericsson Android Phone Update and Motorola's Android Phone

By Benedict Wee

The guys at Phandroid have the latest news on Android phones being released by the two mobile manufacturers, Sony Ericsson and Motorola.

First up, more details and pictures of SE's phone have been leaked onto the eXpansys UK website along with its official name. The Xperia X3 -though still officially unannounced- will spot the following features:
  • 4-inch touchscreen
  • 800x400 pixel display
  • 8MP Camera with LED Flash, Auto Focus and 8x Digital Zoon
  • Video Recording at VGA resolution (640x480)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • MicroSD slot (Thank God they gave up that silly Memory Stick nonsense)
  • Buletooth, WiFi and AGPS
  • Quadband GSM/GPRS - 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
I'm pretty excited about the camera as the guys at Sony are known for their good camera-phones but am a tad disappointed at the lack of 2100MHz support which means that I won't be putting a Vodafone SIM inside this mobile. Also, why aren't there any secondary cameras on Android phones? Is video calling passe already?

The next piece of news is about Motorola's new Android mobile. Named Morrison, this would be one of Moto's last attempts at gaining back a share of the mobile market as Nokia, the iPhone and other smartphones like the Palm Pre are already taking a up a big chunk. Too bad its target demographic for the phone seems to be tweenies as no self-respecting person over 18 would ever be seen holding that toy. Some employee at the company appears to be carrying a working handset and spy shots have been taken of the phone.

The Motorola Morrison's design reminds me of the Sidekick, which was popular amongst teenagers in the US (the cheerleader from Heros uses one in the first season ) because of its aquamarine blue colored slide-out QWERTY keyboard and the T-Mobile (US) logo (they're the exclusive carriers of the Sidekick).

There are still no details on this phone though rumors say it's due to hit US shelves during the holidays.


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