CES Roundup: Day Two

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.

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!

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