Samsung announced their newest flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S4. The new Galaxy 7.9mm Galaxy S 4 looks a lot like the Galaxy S 3, which has a full HD resolution, 5' 'inch(1,920 x 1,080) Super AMOLED 441 ppi screen. It feautures a 13 Megapixel camera and a front facing 2 megapixel camera , eight Core 1.6GHz Processor, 2GBs of RAM 16/32/64GBs of storage, and 4G LTE connectivity. It has built-in temperature and humidity sensors, and a removable battery. The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available with a choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of built in storage, plus a microSD card slot that can take up to 65GB cards. The Samsung Galaxy S4 will launch worldwide at the end of April.
The Taiwan division of the U.S. Polytron Technologies has claimed to have developed a fully-transparent cell phone. Surprisingly, the functionality of the cell phone is almost the same as that of a smartphone. It can be touch-activated only on one side, but can display images on both front and back. The company has received orders to produce in batches within the year.
British O2 has upcycled old, unwanted cell phones, dubbed "Walkie Talkies", to give them a new lease on life. The first project sees recycled handsets and vintage footwear combined to create fully functional shoe phones that are also works of art. They are created by designer Sean Miles.
Nokia's new phone, the Lumia 920(TBA), which is running Windows 8 Phone platform, features a 4.5'' Nokia PureMotion HD Plus display WXGA resolution(1280 x 768), a slightly higher resolution than the standard HD (1,280x720 pixels), and with a speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 32GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM. Other features include a 8.7 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, 2000mAh battery (10 hours of 3G talktime), built-in wireless charging!, and 32GB of built-in storage. Arriving later this year.
A British university student has designed a phone that uses a bamboo exterior. The Bamboo phone is called ADzero, it’s an Android smartphone made out of bambo and was designed by 23 year-old Middlesex University student Kieron-Scott Woodhouse. You can see more of the ADzero in the gallery below, as well as a video with Woodhouse showing off the smartphone. As of right now there are no details on the hardware that’s running in this gorgeous looking device but it’s “approximately half the weight of an Apple iPhone, while boasting a larger screen.” The hardware is accompanied by a unibody design crafted out of a single piece of four-year old organic bamboo.
HTC has announced an Android-based phone, the HTC Tattoo, featuring a 2.8" touch screen, 3.2 megapixel camera, 3.5mm stereo headset jack and microSD slot and which integrates Google¡¯s maps, search, Google Mail services. It will be available in Europe first at the beginning of October. Specs: - Qualcomm MSM7225 528MHz processor - 512MB ROM - 256MB RAM - 2.8" touchscreen LCD display at 240 x 320 resolution - 900/2100MHz HSPA/UMTS - Quad-band GSM/EDGE - 3.5mm headset jack - microSD memory card slot - Wi-Fi connectivity - Built-in GPS and digital compass - Bluetooth 2.0 support - 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus
A Chinese company has showed the world's first mobile phone at the Computex exhibition in Taipei on Friday. The phone called xpPhone, as its name, which runs the Windows XP system! The device has a pull-out QWERTY keypad, a 4.8 inch LCD touchscreen(800x480) and a 120GB hard disk. The xpPhone can wake up from the standby mode to receive calls and text messages. It has a battery life of seven hours when not in standby mode. It weighs 400 grams and is 2.5 centimeters thick. Other features include Wi-Fi, optional WiMax, GPS and next-generation mobile. The xpPhone will hit on the China in about three months and later be marketed worldwide.
Verizon Wireless will introduce the new Verizon Hub on Feb. 1. The Verizon Hub is smart home phone that will be wirelinely or wirelessly connect to the internet(on any broadband connection). It is a touchscreen home phone system features • Check local traffic and weather in the morning before leaving the house • Update your calendar and automatically receive a text when an appointment changes or as a reminder not to be late • Get directions to the new site when the location for soccer practice is moved • Find the number of the new pizza parlor to order a pie • Preview the trailers from an upcoming movie that you might want to take the family to over the weekend, then purchase tickets using the Verizon Hub About the pricing, Verizon Hub prices at $199 after a $50 rebate with a $35 a month service fee with a two-year contract. Click 2 enlarge! [ link ]
Hulger launches the new Pappa*Phone($300), they said it is the world's first wooden VoIP phone. It hand crafted from a single piece of American Walnut and solid brass by the montreal based studio. I like its design. And the phone is USB based and works on mac and PC computers. It features plug-and-play, no need for software installation and can work with VoIP services (Skype, iChat, Yahoo, etc.). Each phone is hand-made to order from a single piece of wood.
Last time we have seen the Casio G'zOne Type-S. Casio's new Rugged Phone - Casio G'zOne Boulder($129) is out now for $130 after 2-year Verizon Wireless contract, avaiable in black and orange colors. It features GPS; Rugged design(810F standards for water, shock and dust resistance; immersion; vibration, salt fog; humidity; solar radiation; altitude; and low and high temperature storage); Flashlight, Electronic compass, 1.3 megapixel camera, Music player for .mp3, .wma on optional microSD; Alarm clock, stop watch, countdown, timer. Casio official site.
IOCELL Contents Phone($TBD) contains a hard disk driver to record conversation and the records can be played in computers and on the internet. Features Record conversation Immediately if needed, record messages, auto record; Record conversation Immediately if needed, record messages, auto record; Easy to manage due to synchronization of Caller IDs and a telephone directory; Recorded conversation can be saved and played in computers , MP3 players, other audio device.. It also appears to be a USB port for possibly connecting to computer.
The Sony Ericsson announced the new W902 Walkman phone($TBD; Q4 2008), the music phone. It features included Outstanding music sound - Clear Stereo + Clear Bass+ premium headphones, and with 5 megapixel camera. Comes with 8GB Memory Stick Micro, which can hold more than 8,000 songs. It also with scratch-resistant 2.2" QVGA screen and lens - made with mineral glass.