Posts Tagged ‘touchscreen’
At a recent Wharton Business School conference, Steven Alop of Microsoft unveiled a video of what Microsoft sees the future to be in 2019. It is really interesting with touch screens everywhere and Surface-like capabilities to synch two devices instantaniously using just swipes.
I am very excited about the electronic boarding pass that tells you accurate status and gate changes. Let’s see which of these become true.
[via Boy Genius Report]
To most of us the name Sharp Aquos brings flat screen TVs to mind. But now, we can add smartphone to that name too. Softbank, the Japanese mobile carrier today announced that it will bring the first Sharp Aquos touchscreen phone to its network. And boy, does the phone scream Aquos. It is the first phone to have 1048X480 resolution on 3.8 inches screen. Its 3G feature set is also decent with 5 Mpxl camera with image stabilizer, accelerometer, 1seg TV tuner, and a media player with microSD expansion. And as you can see in the image below, it has dedicated key for Yahoo instant messenger and messaging. If the software on the phone is decent, this phone could be a true iPhone killer (at least in Japan :)).
HP announced today that it will launch a new touchscreen smartphone under the iPaq brand targeted towards the consumer market. The phone will be based on the Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 platform and will also have a keypad. The phone will launch in Europe before the end of the year and will be sold in carriers’ retail stores. Worldwide release will follow after that. No pricing details or carrier details were announced.
Nokia today announced the launch of the eargerly awaited XpressMusic 5800, aka the Tube, its first touchscreen phone. The XpressMusic phone will be integrated with the Nokia’s Comes with Music service and will operate the S60 5th edition interface with touch user interfaces and sensor recognition, which were also launched today. In addition to the specs that we already know of, the phone will also have two handy software features called the “Media Bar’ and the ‘Contacts Bar’. The Media Bar, as the name suggests provides easy access to all the media on the phone. The Contacts Bar provides ability to highlight four favorite contacts on their home-screen and, through a single touch, track a digital history of recent text messages, emails, phone logs, photos and blog updates.
The phone will be available worldwide beginning in the fourth quarter of 2008 (in October?) for an estimated retail price of 279 EUR before taxes and subsidies. No network tie-ups were announced.
Samsung today announced the launch of two new clamshell phones, SCH-W570 and SPH-W5700, at the CEATEC show in Japan. What’s so special about them? Well both these phones have dual screens on them so you can use the phone even when it is closed. The front screen is a 2.2 inches touchscreen which gives you easy access to your music, email , camera and TV. The inside screen is more conventional screen still with 2.2 inches or real estate to access all the features of the phone. Both the phones have 3Mpxl camera. No word on the pricing or launch dates yet.
LG yesterday announced a new touchscreen phone, the KP500. From a specs perspective, this is a very standard smartphone:
However, the interesting thing about this is that it is targeted towards the lower to mid-market. According to LG, the phone comes ‘with an affordable introduction price never offered before. ” The LG KP500 will be available at the end of October 2008 in Europe and then on to the rest of the world. The price of the LG KP500 will be announced during the launch. There is also a promo video to go with it.
Just Another Mobile Blog is reporting that Nokia is readying the 5800 XpressMedia Tube for launch next month. This is a full 3.2″ screen, haptic-touch device with 3.2Mpxl camera that weighs just over 100g. It is a 3G phone running on both GSM and WCDMA with HSDPA networks and has WLAN support. It comes with mobile TV, GPS and the Symbian S60 version 5 with accelerometer for playing mobile games. It has smaller on board memory 140MB but also has microSD card slot. No word on the price or release date.