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  1. HTC plans to conquer the world
  2. Test video of Sony Ericsson Z1 PSP
  3. Nokia admits the failure of Booklet 3G
  4. MOTOPAD as the first Android 3.0 device

HTC plans to conquer the world

On December 9 in Taipei HTC held a behind the closed doors meeting with its suppliers. Some figures from that gathering are indeed mind-boggling, especially taking into account phenomenal growth in 2010. In November of 2010 the company received $1.27 billion in operating profit, and the growth compared to the same period of 2009 reached 168%, while November 2010 figures surpassed those of the previous month by 18.6%. In the 3rd quarter of 2010 HTC shipped 6.8 million devices and plans to sell 9 million in the final quarter of the year. This miraculous growth is explained by unprecedented Android popularity in the world of smartphones.

Now let's mention what was said during the meeting courtesy of our own correspondent. HTC plans to sell 20 million devices in 2010 and 60 million in 2011. Several issues merit special attention:

  • Android will remain a priority, but for the US market WP7 will also be prominently targeted. HTC does not believe these devices will rival Android in its lineup though;
  • 60 million items in 2011 include not only smartphones, but tablets as well. There was no information on timing, price and features of forthcoming tablets. A year ago HTC created its Halo tablet, but it was called off to avoid competition with Apple iPad;
  • In the second part of 2011 the company plans to unveil or start selling (it is not clear yet) first smartphones with dual-core processors;

We would like to know more, but HTC is sure that Android will make a further breakthrough in 2011, which will help the Taiwanese company to boost its sales by 300%. It is stunning. I am not sure if I can disclose all information we received, so follow podcasts and Spillikins to get the news first.

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Test video of Sony Ericsson Z1 PSP

Engadget uploaded the video, which shows a standard Qualcomm test named Neocore. It measures the number of frames per second. The result of 24.4 is not enough for a gaming model. For example, Google Nexus S (together with Samsung Galaxy S) recorded 55 FPS. It looks that PSP is a marketing feat rather than a powerful hardware capable of handling the latest games. Watch the video and decide for yourself.

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Nokia admits the failure of Booklet 3G

Dou you remember the first netbook from Nokia labeled Booklet 3G. Everything was right there, but the price. Nevertheless, the company was ready to put up with negligible sales from the start. High price made Nokia refrain from selling this product to several markets. After some delays in Russia this netbook has never appeared on the market.

Now comes the second stage when Nokia is trying to get rid of Booklet 3G stock. On Nokia UK website was launched a campaign, which offers Nokia X3-02 under 40£ monthly plan for free together with the netbook. It is a good offer for those who make many calls.

Last week Nokia also informed that they stop shipping Nokia N900 to almost all countries. The stock will probably be sold within the framework of different promotion campaigns. Nokia never indicated sales figures for the model, but unofficial sources claim the limit of 100 thousand during the first 5 months. These data are supplied by Gartner and Nokia hasn't questioned or refuted that. The Finnish manufacturer used a PR strategy, which did not indicate any sales figures, which was right.

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MOTOPAD as the first Android 3.0 device

We twitted several weeks ago that Google selected MOTOPAD as the first device to run Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). Andy Rubin showed this product at All Things D conference. The 7″ model resembles iPad from Apple. We have not tested the commercial versions of the product. To call a long story short, its features are close to those of Samsung Galaxy Tab, while the retail price will be considerably lower. The announcement time is unknown (I can suggest it should be CES) with the sales starting in the 1st quarter of 2011.

P.S. The past week was tough, but interesting and I hope that future will be no less intriguing. Enjoy your working week.

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Published — 13 december 2010

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