We continue our look at some of the big mobile phone and tablet news stories to come out of the Consumer Electronics Show. Now in full-swing, here is the latest from Las Vegas:
- Parrot Asteroid.
Perhaps not the most likely of names to give a car stereo, the Parrot Asteroid’s claim to fame is in using Android as its operating system! This will allow users to download all the car-related apps from the Market, plus a USB port will accept a Wi-Fi or GPS dongle for added functionality. It’s out in the UK later this year.
- Acer BeTouch E210.
An entry-level Android phone from Acer, the BeTouch E210 uses the unusual – for Android – fixed QWERTY form factor. A 416MHz processor and 256MB RAM run the show, along with Android 2.2 as its OS, plus the phone has 3G/HSDPA/HSUPA, a 2.6″ screen, a 3.2 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and GPS. It’s out in the UK during March.
- NEC Cloud Communicator.
NEC showed the world their prototype tablet today, using the name Android Cloud Communicator. It’s set for a Japanese launch when it does finally make it onto the shelves, when it will have a 1GHz processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a pair of 7″ resistive touchscreens. The dual-screen configuration really makes it standout, as does the special NEC build of Android.
- 10″ Dell Streak.
There’s not all that much to say about this one, as Dell only provided a brief glimpse of their prototype, full-size Streak 10 whilst on stage, promising we’ll see more next year.
- LG Revolution.
Another smartphone that won’t be making it to the UK, the LG Revolution is the second Verizon LTE device to be announced at CES. Features include a 4.3″ touchscreen, Android 2.2, an 8 megapixel camera with 720p video recording, DLNA and Dolby Surround audio. It joins the HTC Thunderbolt in Verizon’s 4G LTE range.
- Samsung Infuse 4G.
Yet another 4G phone for the USA, this time headed to AT&T. The Infuse 4G uses Android 2.2, a massive 4.5″ Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 1.2GHz Hummingbird processor, an 8 megapixel camera, a 1.3 megapixel video call lens and 720p video recording. Android 2.3 will be pushed on to it following its release during late Q2.
- HTC Freestyle.
The Freestyle represents the first HTC device in the USA to use their BREW operating system. The phone has a 3.2″ capacitive touchscreen, 3G with HSDPA, a 3.2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth and a microSD card slot. It has been confirmed for AT&T in February, and there is a chance it could make it out of the USA in the future.
- HTC Inspire 4G.
Our third 4G device in this roundup alone, the Inspire 4G is another for AT&T and also for Telus in Canada. It’s similar to the HTC Desire HD in that it has a 1GHz processor, 768MB RAM, an 8 megapixel camera and Android 2.2.
We’ll be back for more tech news from CES tomorrow!