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June 2010 Previews and Premiers of the Month

The first summer month happened to be very hot in all respects. Every manufacturer tried to show the maximum number of new models with Samsung leading the pack. The US market received several key models and their European counterparts will be launched soon. We do not have so many announcements every month. Much of it is owed to CommunicAsia.

The price for European models is given in Euros, US models are priced in USD, while the handsets for the Russian market have prices in Rubles. There is no point in converting the prices as they depend on particular markets.

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How To Read It

The price in Euro is shown for the European markets, for the US market it is usually safe to use the same number in dollars, but, of course, prices may differ, sometimes drastically.

The article structure is very simple: the Manufacturers are sorted in alphabetical order, you can quickly go to the manufacturer who interests you the most by clicking a link on top of the page. When describing a particular model we will be showing its approximate price when it appears on the market. Another factor is the grade models receive. I want to especially underline that this is a subjective grade formed from our understanding of a model, manufacturer, resources invested or not invested into its marketing. The grade can have a few variances, lets look at them all:

  • Bestseller – the model that excels in various ways (it could be the price, not necessarily specifications or features). Models marked as Bestsellers deserve a lot of your attention.
  • Player – notable devices typical for their class. These are mass market products that make up the bulk of sales in particular market segments.
  • Contender – phones in this category did not grow up to be a Player, but have a number of attractive traits (cost, for example, but cost could also be a negative factor, turning a Player into a Contender), they can lack many of the functions standard for this or that class. As a rule, devices made by the 2nd and 3rd echelon manufacturers end up here as well as overpriced phones from the main market players.
  • Technologies for Technologies Sake – niche products interesting thanks to their technological solutions, but not designed for a mass audience. Nokia 7710 is a good example. Judging by capabilities the phone is interesting, but its size and the speed are overweighing its pros and make it a niche solution.
  • Not for Everyone – also niche solutions that are different thanks to design or unique, but not necessary functions. Intended for a small group of customers who buys such things as means of self expression.
  • Mainstream Product – phones aimed at everybody and nobody in particular. No bright traits, majority of phones on the market.
  • Outsider – phones that, contradicting any sense, get to the market and do not attract customers one iota. Dead products not showing any sales numbers.

MTC 535

  • Announced: June 10, press release;
  • Release date: July
  • Approximate price: from 2 490 RUR
  • Position in model range: budget model
  • Rating: contender

MTC carrier announced the sales of MTC 535 in retail outlets of the company. According to MTC the phone offers optimal features at the attractive price.

MTC 535 is not locked and can work in any network. It gets a three year guarantee: one year for all owners and additional two for MTC subscribers.

MTC 535 was developed by the Chinese mobile devices manufacturer ZTE.

MTC 535 technical characteristics:

  • Cellular connectivity: GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz;
  • Dimensions: 1084613 mm;
  • Weight: 80 g. ;
  • Display: 2″, more than 262 000 colors;
  • Camera 1.3 MP;
  • Messages: SMS/MMS/E-mail;
  • Multimedia: FM radio, media player;
  • Charging via USB cable;
  • Memory cards: microSD (up to 8 GB);
  • Battery: 720 mAh.

The retail price with one of MTC tariff plans "Mnogo Zvonkov +" [Many Calls +],"Dlinnye Razgovory" [Long Talks] or "Red Energy" is RUR 1990. Purchased contract free the model fetches RUR 2490.

Apple

Apple iPhone 4

  • Announced: June 8, WWDC press conference, USA
  • Release date: the end of June
  • Approximate price: from EUR 500 unlocked (in Russia uncertified models start from RUR 90000)
  • Position in model range: above iPhone 3Gs
  • Rating: bestseller

Review

Updated iPhone is offered with new design. Smooth lines made way for clear corners, the front, back and the sides feature metal. The camera was improved and now it can record video. FaceTime is the video connection channeled not through the carrier network (which services the call only), but a cheaper link. In other words, the handset is successful. The sales break new records and there is a considerable deficit. There are some technical issues (antenna does not perform well in some situations), but the model is attractive. It will remain the bestseller during several months in the majority of countries.

Brief iPhone 4 technical characteristics:

  • Cellular connectivity: UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz), GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz);
  • Dimensions: 115.258.69.3 mm;
  • Weight: 137 g. ;
  • Display: 3.5″, 960640 pixels resolution, multitouch support;
  • Main camera: 5 MP, LED backlight; video recording in HD resolution (720, 30 frames per second) ;
  • Front camera: VGA;
  • Interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, USB 2.0, A-GPS, TV-out;
  • Memory: 16 or 32 GB;
  • Sensors: 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity sensor and light sensor.

Acer

Acer beTouch e120

  • Announced: June 10, Taiwan, Computex
  • Release date: August
  • Approximate price: from RUR 10000 (EUR 220)
  • Position in model range: above E110
  • Rating: contender

Judging by its characteristics we have an accessible midrange Android smartphone. It surpasses Acer E110, but is simpler than Liquid, let alone Stream.

  • Form factor: candybar;
  • OS: Android 1.6 (Donut);
  • Networks: GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSDPA;
  • Processor: ST Ericsson PNX6715, 416 MHz;
  • RAM: 256 MB;
  • Memory for applications: 512 MB + microSD slot;
  • Interfaces: Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, micro-USB and 3.5 mm headphones jack;
  • Display: resistance TFT 2.8”, 320×240 pixels resolution (QVGA) ;
  • Camera: 3 MP;
  • Navigation: GPS with A-GPS support;
  • Additionally: FM radio and G-sensor;
  • Battery: 1500 mAh;
  • Dimensions: 104.5 x 54 x 13.2 mm;
  • Weight: 105 g.

Acer beTouch e130

  • Announced: June 10, Taiwan, Computex
  • Release date: August
  • Approximate price: from RUR 12000 ( EUR 250)
  • Position in model range: above E120
  • Rating: contender

One more affordable smartphone, but in Blackberry style, which features full size QWERTY keypad under the screen.

  • Form factor: candybar with QWERTY;
  • OS: Android 1.6 (Donut) ;
  • Networks: GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSDPA;
  • Processor: ST Ericsson PNX6715, 416 MHz;
  • RAM: 256 MB;
  • Memory for applications: 512 MB + microSD slot;
  • Interfaces: Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, micro-USB and a 3.5 mm headphones jack;
  • Display: resistance TFT 2.6”, 320×240 pixels resolution (QVGA) ;
  • Camera: 3.2 MP;
  • Navigation: GPS with A-GPS support;
  • Additionally: FM radio and G-sensor;
  • Battery: 1500 mAh;
  • Dimensions: 115 x 62.5 x 11.5 mm;
  • Weight: 109 g.

HTC

HTC Aria

  • Announced: June 15, press conference, USA
  • Release date: the end of June
  • Approximate price: from USD 130 with 2 year subscription (only in the USA)
  • Position in model range: top of the range
  • Rating: player

HTC unveiled one more Android smartphone HTC Aria, which will be exclusively offered by AT&T. The sales of the model under Android 2.1 are planned for June 20 at the price of $129.99 with 2 year subscription.

HTC Aria technical characteristics:

  • OS: Android 2.1 with HTC Sense interface;
  • Cellular connectivity: HSPA 850/1900 MHz; GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz;
  • Dimensions: 104.158.411.7 mm;
  • Weight: 107 g. ;
  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM 7227, 600 MHz;
  • Display: 3.2 ″ touchscreen, 320x480 pixels resolution;
  • Camera: 5 MP with autofocus;
  • Memory: 512 MB ROM, 384 MB RAM, expandable by microSD memory cards (2 GB in the box) ;
  • Battery: 1200 mAh;
  • Interfaces: Bluetooth 2.1 (including A2DP Stereo profile), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, GPS/AGPS;
  • Additionally: electronic compass, G-Sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor;
  • Optical joystick.

LG

LG GX300

  • Announced: June16, press release
  • Release date: June
  • Approximate price: from RUR 4000 (EUR 100)
  • Position in model range: first in the range
  • Rating: contender

Budget phone with two SIM cards operation support.

LG GX300 brief technical characteristics:

  • Cellular connectivity: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz;
  • Dimensions: 116x51x12.8 mm;
  • Display: 2,2″, 176220 pixel resolution;
  • Camera: 2 MP;
  • Built-in FM radio;
  • Java MIDP 2.0 support;
  • Support of MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR formats;
  • Memory: 30 MB, expandable by microSD memory cards (up to 4 GB) ;
  • Interfaces: USB 2.0, Bluetooth v2.0.

LG GS155

  • Announced: June23, press release
  • Release date: June
  • Approximate price: from RUR 2000 (EUR 50)
  • Position in model range: budget model
  • Rating: contender

The phone has 1.5" screen with 128 128 resolution, a separate key for the most important (according to the manufacturer) features radio, which can work without the headset, camera, MP3 player and flashlight. In GS155 LG emphasizes loud and high quality sound, MP3 player, micro SD cards support of up to 2 GB and long standby time (up to 600 hours) and talk time (up to 6 hours). Fake Call feature simulates the incoming call when you need an excuse to leave the meeting.

Motorola

Motorola DROID X

  • Announced: June23, press conference
  • Release date: mid July
  • Approximate price: from USD 199 with 2 year subscription (only in the USA)
  • Position in model range: above DROID
  • Rating: player

Motorola joined forces with Adobe and Verizon Wireless to offer its new Android smartphone DROID X. It boast a huge 4.3" touchscreen and is labeled a "home cinema in a pocket" by the manufacturer due to 1 GHz processor, DNLNA support, HD (720) video recording courtesy of a built-in 8 MP camera, which can be viewed on HDTV.

The model will hit the shelves with Android 2.1 and could be upgraded to 2.2 this summer, when the users will get access to Adobe Flash Player 10.1 among other things.

Motorola DROID X brief technical characteristics:

  • Cellular connectivity: CDMA 800/1900, EV-DO Rev. A;
  • Dimensions: 66.5127.59.9 mm;
  • Weight: 155 g. ;
  • Display: 4.3″ large format touchscreen, 854x480 pixels resolution;
  • Camera: 8 MP with autofocus, LED backlight and picture editing support;
  • Audio features: MIDI, MP3, WAV, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+;
  • Video features: playback of 720p HD video, display of HD picture via HDMI interface or DLNA technology; support of H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMA v10;
  • Interfaces: Stereo Bluetooth Class 1.5, v2.1+EDR, a 3.5 mm audio jack, USB 2.0 HS, OTA, HDMI, Over the Air Sync, PC Sync, DLNA;
  • aGPS support and sGPS navigation, built-in electronic compass;
  • Battery: 1540 mAh.

Motorola DROID X will be offered by Verizon Wireless from mid July at $199.99 with 2 year subscription.


Motorola MILESTONE XT720

  • Announced: June7, press conference
  • Release date: August
  • Approximate price: from RUR 23000 (EUR 450)
  • Position in model range: above MILESTONE
  • Rating: contender

First Look

Android smartphone MOTOROI was launched sometime ago in South Korea and instantly became very popular there. The model was for South Korea only and could not be officially bought in Europe or the USA. Then followed a rumor that Motorola planned to market it in the UK. It was confirmed today when Motorola Milestone XT720 (MOTOROI in Korea) was launched in Europe.

At the time of release it was the most photo oriented Android smartphone with an 8 MP camera and xenon flash. It can record video with the resolution of up to 720. The model will be released under Android 2.1 and there is no information about the upgrade to 2.2. The phone is a carbon copy of MOTOROI with 3.7 " capacitive touchscreen and 480854 pixels resolution, HDMI-out, a 3.5 mm audio jack and other features.


Motorola FlipOut

  • Announced: June 2, press release
  • Release date: July (August in Russia)
  • Approximate price: from RUR 12000 (EUR 350)
  • Position in model range: no analogues
  • Rating: contender

First Look

Motorola officially unveiled Motorola FlipOut smartphone, which had already made a stir. Its main feature is an original form factor of rectangle rotator with touchscreen and QWERTY keypad. Motorola FlipOut runs under Android 2.1 MotoBlur interface. 2.8" touchscreen, a 3 MP camera with Kodak Perfect Touch (picture quality boost), electronic compass and CrystalTalk PLUS support for high quality sound are worth mentioning. Motorola FlipOut will be sold in seven colors: white, green, red, crimson, dark blue, black (liquorice) and yellow orange (saffron).

Motorola FlipOut characteristics:

  • OS: Android 2.1with MotoBlur interface;
  • Cellular connectivity: WCDMA/HSDPA/HSUPA 900/2100 MHz, GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz;
  • Display: 2.8″ touchscreen with QVGA resolution;
  • Memory: 512 MB on board, microSD cards;
  • Camera: 3 MP, fixed focus;
  • FM radio;
  • aGPS, electronic compass;
  • Interfaces: Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Wi-Fi;
  • USB 2.0;
  • 3,5 audio jack;
  • Battery: 1170 mAh;
  • Talk time: up to 275/357 minutes (WCDMA/GSM) ;
  • Standby time: 377/365 hours (WCDMA/GSM) ;
  • Dimensions: 67x67x17 mm;
  • Weight: 120 g.

Nokia

Nokia X6 8 GB

  • Announced: June 14, Singapore event
  • Release date: August
  • Approximate price: from RUR 12000 (EUR 220)
  • Position in model range: below Nokia X6 16 GB
  • Rating: player (contender in Russia)

Another variant of Nokia X6 with the memory reduced to 8 GB, two body colors black and blue, but inside the model remains the same. Its European price is appropriate, while in Russia it is too different and strips it of any advantage against the rivals. It facilitates Nokia X6 16 GB sales, but is not a winning solution.


Nokia X5-01

  • Announced: June 14, Singapore event
  • Release date: September
  • Approximate price: from RUR 10000 (EUR 165)
  • Position in model range: no analogues
  • Rating: not for everyone

To some extent Nokia X5-01 follows designer ("rectangle") solutions of Nokia 7705 Twist. The handset looked nice in the photos, but in real life the plastic is cheap and does not attract attention. Due to its price this S60 smartphone offers good value. The model is peculiar and will not attract much attention as in the past similar phones were not in demand.

Nokia X5-01 brief technical characteristics:

  • Cellular connectivity: WCDMA 850/1900/2100 (WCDMA 900/1900/2100) MHz; GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; GPRS/EGPRS multislot class 32;
  • Dimensions: 74.366.416.8 mm;
  • Weight: 129 g. ;
  • Platform: Symbian, S60 3rd edition;
  • Display: 2.36″, 320240 pixels resolution, more than 262000 colors;
  • Camera: 5 MP with LED backlight;
  • Memory: 200 MB, expandable by microSD memory cards (up to 32 GB) ;
  • Built-in music player with MP3, AAC, eAAC+ and WMA support;
  • Stereo FM radio;
  • Interfaces: WLAN, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, USB (microUSB), a 3.5 mm audio jack;
  • Direct access to social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Hi5, MySpace;
  • Instant messaging services: Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger, Ovi Chat;
  • Simultaneous support of several mail accounts: Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Windows Live Hotmail, Ovi Mail.

Nokia 5228

  • Announced: June 9, press release
  • Release date: July
  • Approximate price: from EUR 165 in Germany and several other countries
  • Position in model range: an analogue of Nokia 5230
  • Rating: player

Nokia unveiled 5228 music model in Germany. It is impossible to find the difference from 5230 on the outside, but if you look inside you will find something new. Nokia 5228 is a copy of 5230 without the GPS module. To make it simple and cheaper the manufacturer decided to do away with 3G. Nokia has already announced such a phone, which was labeled Nokia 5233.

If not to pay attention to the absence of GPS and 3G you will not find any hardware or software difference between 5228 and 5230. New Symbian smartphone also has a 3.2" resistance touchscreen with 360 x 640 pixels resolution and a 2 MP camera with fixed autofocus and video recording support. Video recording is a bit different as well: 5230 provides the maximum resolution of 640480 and 30 fps speed, while Nokia 5228 offers a more rare nHD (640 x 360 resolution and 30 fps speed) format.

Nokia 5228 runs under Symbian OS v9.4 (Series 60 rel. 5) and offers data transfer via EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0 and standard microUSB and a 3.5 mm audio jack. Built-in memory is 70 MB, expandable by microSD cards up of to 16 GB. The battery is similar to that of Nokia 5230 and gives 7 hours of talk time or 18 days in standby mode.

Nokia 5228 will be offered in several colors. In all circumstances, the front panel can be black or white, while the back panel is painted red, pink, blue, yellow, silver or dark grey.


Nokia C1-00

  • Announced:  June 3, press conference in Kenya;
  • Release date: August;
  • Approximate price: from EUR 30;
  • Position in model range: above low-end 1000 series;
  • Rating:  contender.

DUAL SIM PHONE MARKET

The model supports two SIM cards but only one of them can be working at a time. Quite a strange solution, it won't be available in Europe but only for developing markets. Taking into account the fact that Nokia has similar devices with lower prices, one can't consider this one in demand.

Nokia C1-00 technical characteristics:

  • Cellular connectivity: GSM 900/1800 MHz;
  • Platform: Series 30;
  • Dimensions: 107.14515 mm;
  • Weight: 72.9 g.;
  • Display: TFT, 128160 pixels resolution, over 65 thousand colors;
  • Built-in speakerphone;
  • Support for MP3 ringer tones;
  • Built-in games;
  • Flashlight;
  • FM radio.

Nokia C1-01

  • Announced: June 3, press conference in Kenya;
  • Release date:  July;
  • Approximate price: from EUR 39;
  • Position in model range: above low-end S30 solutions;
  • Rating: player.

It is a budget model based on the S40 platform, which has standard characteristics for its class, nothing special there.

Nokia C1-01 technical characteristics:

  • Cellular connectivity: GSM 900/1800 MHz, GPRS class 10;
  • Platform: Series 40;
  • Dimensions: 1084514 mm;
  • Weight: 78.8 g.;
  • Display: TFT, 128160 pixels resolution, over 65 thousand colors;
  • Built-in MP3 player with support for microSD memory cards up to 32 GB;
  • VGA camera;
  • Built-in Web browser;
  • Stereo FM radio with recording;
  • Interfaces: USB (microUSB), Bluetooth;
  • 3.5-mm audio jack.

Nokia C1-02

  • Announced: June 3, press conference in Kenya;
  • Release date:  December;
  • Approximate price: from EUR 35;
  • Position in model range: below Nokia C1-01;
  • Rating: player

It is an inexpensive model with a 3.5-mm audio jack, color screen and Nokia logo, which will ensure the sales. It is an interesting solution for the mass market.

Nokia C1-02 technical characteristics:

  • Cellular connectivity: GSM 900/1800 MHz or GSM 850/1900, GPRS class 10;
  • Platform: Series 40;
  • Dimensions: 1084513.8 mm;
  • Weight: 77.4 g.;
  • Display: TFT, 128160 pixels resolution, over 65 thousand colors;
  • Built-in MP3 player with support for microSD memory cards up to 32 GB;
  • Built-in Web browser;
  • Stereo FM radio with recording;
  • Interfaces: USB (microUSB), Bluetooth;
  • 3.5-mm audio jack.

Nokia C2-00

  • Announced: June 3, press conference in Kenya;
  • Release date:  December;
  • Approximate price: from EUR 45;
  • Position in model range: no similar models in range, above C1-00;
  • Rating: contender.

DUAL SIM PHONE MARKET

It is Nokia's first model that can work with two SIM cards simultaneously. The device will be available on select developing markets. Taking into account the steep competition in the segment due to the presence of Chinese manufacturers, the sales don't look very promising.

Nokia C2-00 technical characteristics:

  • Cellular connectivity: GSM 900/1800 MHz, GPRS class 12;
  • Platform: Series 40;
  • Dimensions: 1084514.65 mm;
  • Weight: 74 g.;
  • Display: TFT, 128160 pixels resolution, over 65 thousand colors;
  • Built-in MP3 player with support for microSD memory cards up to 32 GB;
  • VGA camera;
  • FM radio with recording;
  • Bluetooth;
  • 3.5-mm audio jack.

Samsung

Samsung B7722 DUOS

  • Announced: June 11, press release;
  • Release date:  July (Sweden), August (other markets);
  • Approximate price:  from EUR 420;
  • Position in model range: top DUOS model, replacement for D980;
  • Rating: not for everyone.

It is a top model in the DUOS lineup, again, a fully touch-sensitive phone, which is not bad. There are no similar models from other manufacturers, but on the other hand, the demand for such solutions is relatively low. Although a serious player in the dual SIM league, it is a niche model for the whole market, hence the rating "not for everyone."

The Samsung B7722 supports HSDPA 3G networks and can also connect to the Interment via built-in Wi-Fi.

The model is equipped with a 3.2-inch touch-sensitive screen that has a WQVGA resolution, 5-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, FM radio and a microSD card slot. The device can work with two SIM cards simultaneously yet only one of them can be connected to the 3G network (UMTS 2100 MHz). Meanwhile, quad-band GSM connectivity is allowed for the other one. The Samsung B7722 is supposed to have the TouchWiz 2 Plus shell.


Samsung Wave 2/Wave 2 Pro (Star Smart/Star Smart Plus) S5250/S5330

  • Announced: June 15,  presentation at CommunicAsia;
  • Release date:  August;
  • Approximate price:  from EUR 300/350;
  • Position in model range: below Samsung Wave;
  • Rating: contender.

The only difference between the Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro is a slide-out QWERTY keypad in the latter. Therefore, there's no need to distinguish between the models; technically, they are the same. Both sport the TouchWiz 3 interface and Bada platform. On the downside, the screen is not Super AMOLED, just casual 3.2-inch TFT, and the resolution is mere WQVGA. That is the models' biggest downside. The camera is a 3-megapixel one and there is inbuilt Wi-Fi b/g/n there. Are those successful models or not? I think, they will have decent sales but won't cause a market sensation. The reasons to that are the screen and the fact that Bada is not well known yet. The segment is dominated by Android phones; they are the priority for all manufacturers, including Samsung. Hence the sales will be moderate yet on the whole significant for the market.


Samsung Galaxy 5 i5500 (Corby Smartphone)

  • Announced: June 15,  presentation at CommunicAsia;
  • Release date:  August ;
  • Approximate price: from EUR 200;
  • Position in model range: above Samsung Spica;
  • Rating: contender.

It is a device for the youth, with the design resembling that of the Corby. The reasonable price for an Android phone should make it attractive. Yet the rest of the characteristics are casual, the model can't stand out of the crowd.

Samsung Galaxy 5 technical characteristics:

  • Cellular connectivity: WCDMA/HSDPA 7.2 Mbps 900/2100 MHz, GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz;
  • Operating system: Android 2.1;
  • Dimensions: 113.55512.85 mm;
  • Display: 2.8-inch, TFT, 240320 pixels resolution;
  • Camera: 2-megapixel;
  • Memory: 170 MB, expandable via microSD memory card slot (up to 16 GB);
  • Audio: 3.5-mm audio jack and FM radio with RDS;
  • Interfaces: USB 2.0 (FS), Bluetooth v2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, A-GPS;
  • Battery: 1200 mAh;
  • TouchWiz 3.0 shell.

Samsung Galaxy 3 i5800

  • Announced: June 15,  presentation at CommunicAsia;
  • Release date:  August;
  • Approximate price: from EUR 300;
  • Position in model range: above Samsung 5 i5500;
  • Rating: contender.

It is a more powerful version of the inexpensive Android smartphone, with a better camera, enhanced functionality, reasonable price, but a low-res display. It is the rival to the HTC Wildfire, albeit a more expensive one. Apparently, the price will be reconsidered when the model is out.

Samsung Galaxy 3 technical characteristics:

  • Cellular connectivity: WCDMA/HSDPA 3.6 Mbps 900/2100 MHz, GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz;
  • Operating system: Android 2.1;
  • Dimensions: 113.55512.85 mm;
  • Display: 3.2-inch, TFT, 240400 pixels resolution;
  • Camera: 3-megapixel with autofocus;
  • Memory: 170 MB, expandable via microSD memory card slot (up to 32 GB);
  • Audio: 3.5-mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, player with DNSe support;
  • Support for DivX/XviD and WMV video playback;
  • Interfaces: USB 2.0 (FS), Bluetooth v3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS;
  • Battery: 1500 mAh;
  • Accelerometer, proximity sensor;
  • TouchWiz 3.0 shell.

Samsung Omnia Pro 4 (B7350)

  • Announced: June 15,  presentation at CommunicAsia;
  • Release date:  August;
  • Approximate price: from EUR 300;
  • Position in model range: niche model;
  • Rating: contender

A model for select markets, it won't be massed.

Samsung Omnia Pro 4 (B7350) technical characteristics:

  • Cellular connectivity: WCDMA/HSDPA 7.2 Mbps 900/2100 MHz, GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz;
  • Dimensions: 117.759.811.9 mm;
  • Display: 2.6-inch, TFT, 320240 pixels resolution;
  • Camera: 3.2-megapixel with autofocus and video capture (QVGA/15 fps);
  • Memory: 200 MB, expandable via microSD memory card slot (up to 32 GB);
  • FM radio;
  • Interfaces: USB 2.0 (FS), Bluetooth v2.1+EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, A-GPS;
  • Battery: 1500 mAh;
  • Opera Web browser.

Samsung Omnia Pro (B6520)

  • Announced: June 15,  presentation at CommunicAsia;
  • Release date:  August;
  • Approximate price: from EUR 260;
  • Position in model range: niche model, below Samsung Omnia Pro 4 (B7350);
  • Rating: contender.

A model for select markets, it won't be massed.

Samsung Omnia Pro 5 (B6520) technical characteristics:

  • Cellular connectivity: WCDMA/HSDPA 3.6 Mbps 900/1900/2100 MHz, GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz;
  • Dimensions: 116.561.811.5 mm;
  • Display: 2.4-inch, TFT, 320240 pixels resolution;
  • Camera: 2-megapixel;
  • Memory: 220 MB, expandable via microSD memory card slot (up to 16 GB);
  • FM radio;
  • Interfaces: USB 2.0 (HS), Bluetooth v2.1+EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, A-GPS;
  • Battery: 1500 mAh;

Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson Cedar J108i

  • Announced: June 15,  presentation at CommunicAsia;
  • Release date:  November;
  • Approximate price: from EUR 100;
  • Position in model range: opens new lineup;
  • Rating: contender.

Sony Ericsson X8, Yendo and Cedar: First Look

It is one of the dying-out representatives of the classic phones; in effect, the company updated the A200 platform once and again, slightly changed the interface, added a few features, and obtained a copy of the Naite. For EUR 100, that is a reasonable solution, not very popular but quite interesting. It obviously won't be able to catch up to Nokia's candybars but will find its buyer as a variety model. The way to the market is long, by Q4, that is by October, a lot of more powerful candybars with comparable prices will have appeared. Yet I will repeat myself to point out that the model will generate its projected sales. It's a variety model and nobody really bets on it.


Sony Ericsson Yendo - W150

  • Announced: June 15,  presentation at CommunicAsia;
  • Release date:  November;
  • Approximate price: from EUR 100;
  • Position in model range: opens Walkman lineup;
  • Rating: contender.

Sony Ericsson X8, Yendo and Cedar: First Look

The sensor screen is low-end, 2.6-inch in the diagonal, with the QVGA (240x320 pixels) resolution. On the outside, the device resembles the X10 Mini, whereas on the inside, it mimics the interface of the senior model. In the end, it turns out quite nice for the general public, just like prescription drugs. Another common feature is replaceable panels; there is one extra in the bundle; the colors are raving bright.

It is one of the first devices to sport a 3.5-mm audio jack with remote control support (and first for Sony Ericsson). Such slots are supposed to be installed on all future Walkman phones (the actual remote control needs to be purchased separately; the MH810 headset will do, albeit it costs a bit too expensive for the Yendo audience).

The device is due in October at the price of EUR 100. The latter is reasonable but not best; yet the phone will press the Korean solutions due to its different looks and good build quality. Personally I find the model very appealing; the company should expect significant sales in the segment (significant for Sony Ericsson, not the market, which is more than enough for the company).


Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

  • Announced: June 15,  presentation at CommunicAsia;
  • Release date:  November;
  • Approximate price: from EUR 220;
  • Position in model range: above X10 Mini;
  • Rating: contender.

Sony Ericsson X8, Yendo and Cedar: First Look

This product becomes crucial for the company. Here we have removable panels, the hardware and interface similar to X10 Mini. The difference is the 3" screen of 320480 resolution. 3.2 MP camera has no autofocus, which reveals the budget solution confirmed by the European price of 250. This model is positioned slightly below HTC Wildfire to be released this summer for around 230-240. Keeping in mind the difference in design and the time of release I think HTC Wildfire will sell better, but X8 volumes will be noticeable as well, especially for Sony Ericsson. We do not know about other low end Android smartphones to appear at the time, which will make the X8 price not the most attractive. This announcement is too early.

Android 1.6 is offered now, but the manufacturer promises to get 2.1 by the time the phone goes on sale (the OS version is not as critical as the meager 128 MB of storage). If they don't make it, then 2.1 upgrade should be available at the beginning of 2011. That is fine for a low end model, but as the company plans to provide X10 with 2.1 upgrade at the same time, they will not be able to get version 3.0 and this will put the clock back on the flagship. For budget models like X8 it is not going to be crucial. This handset is attractive and will be popular despite the OS version and will sell much better than X10 Mini due to its size, which will retire X10 Mini from the scene.

Sonim

Sonim XP3 Sentinel

  • Announced: June 23, press release;
  • Release date:  September;
  • Approximate price: from EUR 400;
  • Position in model range: above XP2;
  • Rating: not for everyone.

Sonim has announced the XP3 Sentinel ruggedized mobile phone that is able to endure water, dust, impact as well as work in high or low temperatures. The model is compliant with the MIL-810F and IP67 specifications; it can be immersed into water for a while or dropped from up to two meters. At that, the Sonim XP3 Sentinel is a fairly bulky and heavy device, which is hardly surprising. It can also send user location data to a special tracking service. The feature may come handy to those working or travelling in extreme environments. For example, when the red distress button gets pressed, the user location data will be sent out every three minutes, for 24 hours if the battery is full.

Sonim XP3 Sentinel technical characteristics:

  • Processor: ARM-9;
  • Cellular connectivity: GSM/EDGE (900/1800/1900 MHz or 850/1800/1900 MHz);
  • Display: 176 x 220 pixels, 64k colors;
  • Camera: 2-megapixel;
  • FM radio;
  • GPS receiver;
  • Bluetooth 2.0;
  • microSD card slot;
  • Flashlight;
  • Battery: 1850 mAh;
  • Talk time: up to 18 hours;
  • Standby time:  up to 1500 hours;
  • Dimensions: 119x56x25 mm;
  • Weight: 170 grams.

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Eldar Murtazin (eldar@mobile-review.com)
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Translated by Maxim Antonenko (maxantonenko@ukr.net)

Published — 06 July 2010

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