The Sony Ericsson Xperia arc has given a refresh with its latest Xperia arc S. Compared to its single core 1GHz predecessor, the Xperia arc S comes with a extra boost thanks to its single core 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor.
According to Sony Ericsson, the extra 400MHz offers 25% faster camera start up and 20% faster web page rendering over its original arc model. The rest of the phone hardware remains unchanged and you’ll still get the same 8.1MP camera with Exmor R sensor which worked surprisingly well under low light conditions.
Also new to the arc S is a 3D Sweep Panorama feature which can be viewed on a 3D TV. This is merely a software based conversion from 2D to 3D and it doesn’t take native 3D shots like the dual camera HTC Evo 3D or LG Optimus 3D.
Other additions include Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited which is a content channel that’s subject to availability by region. The Xperia arc S runs on the latest Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread OS and will be available in 5 colours – Pure White, Gloss Black, Misty Silver, Midnight Blue and Sakura Pink.
For more information, head to Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S page here.
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HTC has revealed two new WP7 smart phones – HTC Titan and the HTC Radar. Both devices come with latest Windows Phone 7.5 Mango and existing HTC WP7 devices is said to be getting Mango update starting from mid this month.
While Windows Phone 7 has yet to gain traction even after Nokia’s commitment to the platform, HTC’s latest offering hopes to keep it on par with the likes of Android and iOS with newer hardware and design.
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Toshiba is putting its tablet on a serious diet with its latest AT200 tablet having a thickness of only 7.7mm. That’s 0.9mm thinner than Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (8.6mm) and 0.16mm thinner than the latest Galaxy Tab 7.7 (7.86mm). It is also lighter too at 558g which is just 7g lighter than the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Despite having paperweight dimensions, the Toshiba AT200 is no slouch. The previous model, the Toshiba Thrive AT100 boast having a full range of ports possible – full sized USB, mini USB port, standard size HDMI port and even a full SD Card slot. Unfortunately the AT100 was a monster in size at 16mm thickness with 725g of weight. For this new version, it still offers a variety of ports – micro USB, micro SD card slot and a micro HDMI port. Powering it is a 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4430 processor, 1GB of RAM and it also runs on the latest Android 3.2 honeycomb OS. There’s a 5MP camera at the back and a 2MP camera at the front.
Design wise it looks pretty sleek especially with its brushed metal back. The front looks awfully similar to a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 minus the obvious front facing camera at the top. As usual, no details of availability and we are not sure if Toshiba will be bringing this at all to Malaysia.
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Exactly a year ago, the original Samsung Galaxy Tab created the first wave of Android tablets when it was launched on 2 September 2010. Now Samsung has revealed its worthy successor, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 which offers a slightly bigger screen at 7.7 inches and uses its top of the line Super AMOLED Plus.
Like the Samsung Galaxy Note, it packs a 1.4GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and runs on the latest Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS. In terms of imaging, there’s a 3MP Autofocus camera at the back and a 2MP front facing camera.
While the original Galaxy Tab was a perfect communication device with its ability to make calls and send SMS, Samsung has improved this aspect for the 7.7. According to the press release, there’s no need to bring a bluetooth headset for voice calls as it is possible to calls in public with “Receiver Mode”.
We wonder how this works and if it can be used like a typical smart phone, that would be just great. From the official pics, it looks like a speaker at the top of the device which probably means you can make calls in typical smart phone manner.
The Galaxy Tab 7.7 comes with a generous 5,100mAh battery and weighs only 335g, which is 45g lighter than its predecessor. When compared to its larger Galaxy Tab 10.1 (8.6mm thickness), it is even thinner at 7.89mm! Another plus point for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is a microSD slot which lets you increase more storage up to 32GB. During the announcement, it is understood that there are 3 variants – 16GB/32GB/64GB.
No pricing and region availability were announced currently. Overall, the new Galaxy Tab 7.7 is a huge improvement over its predecessor and we’re curious to know how much will it go for in Malaysia. Previously when the original was launched locally, it was priced at a hefty RM2699. Now it goes outright for RM1599 and with a variety of telco bundling options. If Samsung price this right, they will have another hot seller in their hands.
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