Smartphones, Netbooks, Mobile TV Set For CTIA

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Las Vegas - New Android-based smartphones, eco-friendly phones, prototype phones with embedded ATSC Mobile DTV tuners, and hybrid satellite-cellular phones will be displayed here at the CTIA convention.

Here are some of the products attendees can expect to find:

Blue Ant

: A free Android OS app designed for use with the company's Q1 hands-free headset enables text messages to be read aloud into the headset. The headset already lets wearers listen to turn-by-turn driving instructions and music streamed through Bluetooth-stereo-equipped portable navigation devices and car stereos.


The HD2 Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone, said to offer the largest touchscreen on the U.S. market at 4.3 inches, becomes available March 24 through T-Mobile at $129 with qualifting data/voice plan. The large screen makes it easier on the eyes to read e-books downloaded through an included Barnes & Noble eReader application, view movies downloaded via the phone's Wi-Fi from Blockbuster's first video-download application for a smartphone, and view live and on-demand TV delivered over cellular spectrum through a MobiTV application. The HD2 will be T-Mobile's 10th 7.2Mbps HSPA phone.

Two new smartphones shown at February's Mobile World Congress use the latest 2.1 version of the Android OS. They are the Android-based Desire, which features a 1GHz processor, and the Legend. U.S. distribution plans, if any, haven't been announced.

Kempler & Strauss:

The San Diego-based company will show an A/V-capable GSM watch phone at a suggested $199 unlocked. It's currently available unlocked at


, and the company is in talks with distributors.

The quadband W PhoneWatch features 1.5-inch 128 by 128 TFT LCD touchscreen, Bluetooth, MP3 and video player, photo viewer and 640 by 480 digital still camera/camcorder. It delivers up to 150 minutes of talktime, 150 minutes of music playback and 100 hours of standby time. Supported playback formats are MPEG-4, MPEG-4 AVI, MP3, WMA, WAV and AMR. It operates in T-Mobile and AT&T Wireless spectrum.


The brand's first Android phone is the full-touchscreen Zio, which uses the Android 1.6 (Donut) OS. The 800/1900MHz CDMA 1x EV-DO Rev. A phone features Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, 3.5-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder with 30 fps playback, MicroSD slot supporting 32GB cards and virtual QWERTY keyboard. It will be launched by a carrier in the second quarter at an expected price anywhere from $169 to $219, the company said.


Three prototype cellphones equipped with an Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) Mobile DTV tuner will be demonstrated, each receiving local over-the-air Mobile DTV broadcasts. In the past, the company has demonstrated only one prototype model, a version of the Arena, with embedded ATSC Mobile DTV, according to the Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC).

A new eco-friendly phone for Sprint is the Remarq with slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It's PVC-free, made from partially recycled materials, and made from 87 percent recyclable materials. It comes with an Energy Star-certified charger and built-in Eco Calculator to calculate carbon dioxide emissions saved when walking or biking. Other features include 1.3-megapixel camera, MP3 player, stereo Bluetooth, IM and photo-sharing services, and MicroSD slot supporting 32GB cards.


The chip maker will demonstrate white-label Android-based tablet PCs incorporating the company's next-generation Tegra processor, which can also be used in smartphones to enhance Web browsing, the company said.

The tablets will demo a "portable, no-compromise Internet experience and include lightning-fast browsing, streaming 1080p HD video, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 acceleration and days of battery life," a spokesperson told TWICE. The tablets will also demonstrate popular Flash-based games like Farmville and new digital magazine applications using Adobe AIR, the company added.


The satellite-phone company is bringing its hybrid satellite/cellular smart phone to the show to seek additional distribution channels for its satellite service.

The company has a nonexclusive distribution agreement with AT&T, which was to begin selling the phone and bundled cellular/satellite service sometime in the first quarter. Certification testing for use on the AT&T network, however, is ongoing and could be completed in weeks or, at most, three months, TerreStar said a week before the show.

AT&T plans initially to sell the Elektrobit-designed, Flextronics-made phone at $799 with bundled cellular and satellite service through its enterprise channels, while TerreStar seeks additional mobile operators and value-added resellers, TerreStar said. To value-added resellers, TerreStar will market the phone with bundled AT&T terrestrial service.

The Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone features 7.2Mbps 850/1900MHz HSPA 3G technology and TerreStar's IP-based satellite voice-and-data service, which provides service to the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and territorial waters.


The company's first two U.S.-banded phones with high-definition video capture are the previously announced Vivaz and Vivaz Pro Symbian-based smartphones. U.S. availability hasn't been announced. The 3G HSPA-equipped phones feature 720p video recording.

SonyEricsson's second and third Android phones are the Xperia X10 Mini and Xperia X10 Mini pro, both with 600MHz processors and Android 1.6 OS. They will join the previously announced Experia X10, also Android-based. U.S. availability of all three hasn't been announced.


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