ORLANDO, FLA. — Tablets will compete with smartphones for attention during International CTIA Wireless 2011, held here this week, where the list of tablet exhibitors includes AnyData, HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Samsung and ZTE.
New tablets will include Huawei’s slimmed-down Android 2.2 Ideos S7 Slim and HTC’s first tablet, which features Android 2.4 OS and 1.5GHz processor and operates in the U.S. 1.7/2.1GHz HSPA+ cellular networks. Samsung will show at least two to three new Galaxy tablets, possibly including the first 4G LTE-enabled Galaxy Tab intended for Verizon Wireless.
In smartphones, attendees will find ZTE’s first U.S.-market smartphone, the launch of LG’s Optimus 2X Android phone with dual-core 1GHz processor for T-Mobile’s network, a new Nokia phone, Huawei’s slim Android 2.3-based Ideos X3, and LG’s Optimus Black, which LG claims offers the world’s brightest cellphone display and will be the world’s thinnest smartphone.
Attendees will also find the industry’s first glassesfree 3D phone, the LG Optimus 3D, two HTC smartphones that will be the industry’s first smartphones with dedicated Facebook button, and Sony Ericsson’s PlayStation-certified Android-based Xperia Play, due in early spring through Verizon Wireless.
Here’s a sampling of what will be on display:
The Miami-based company, formed in August 2009, is showing its BLU-branded cellphone line at CTIA for the first time. The company services distributors, carriers and retailers in the U.S. and more than 25 other countries. BLU designs GSM and 3G HSDPA media phones and Android smartphones, and contracts out their manufacturing. It supplies phones for tier-two and tier-three carriers in the U.S. and also markets unlocked BLU phones through online retailers.
The Sweden-based company, which focuses on designing easy-to-use phones for seniors, will exhibit several new models, including its first 3G phone, all for GSM networks.
On display will be Doro PhoneEasy 615, the company’s first 3G phone and camera phone, which features direct memory and SMS buttons, extra loud and clear sound, an easy-to-read display, security functions and a durable design, the company said.
Doro PhoneEasy 680 and Doro PhoneEasy 682 are the company’s first phones with GPS location, enabling emergency personnel to locate 911 callers. Both phones feature noise reduction, extra loud sound, a durable design, long battery life, and easy-toread text and display.
The Optimus 2X Android phone, shown at CES, will be available through T-Mobile as the T-Mobile G2x, the company announced. The HSPA-equipped phone is one of the first smartphones with dual-core 1GHz processor and the world’s first phone to capture, store and play back video in full 1080p/24 fps resolution, the company said.
It features Android 2.2 OS, dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 4-inch 400 by 800 capacitive touchscreen, 8-megapixel camera/camcorder, front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat, HDMI output with HDMI mirroring, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, MicroUSB 2.0 and a MicroSDHC card slot supporting 32GB cards.
Dealers at the show will also find LG’s first smartphone with glasses-free 3D display and 3D video capture, shown at the Mobile World Congress. The Android-based LG Optimus 3D, outfitted with HSPA+ cellular data technology, features dual-core 1GHz OMAP4 processor, DLNA certification, and a 5-megapixel dual-lens camera that enables users to capture photos and videos in 720p 3D and in 2D 1080p. The 3D content appears on the phone’s 4.3- inch WVGA display and, via HDMI 1.4 output, on a 3D TV.
Also on display will be an Android smartphone promoted as offering the world’s brightest smartphone display. The Optimus Black features proprietary Nova display with 700-nit brightness for outdoor visibility in strong sunlight, yet it’s more power efficient than conventional LCDs and AMOLED displays, the company contended.
The Optimus Black GSM/HSPA phone is only 0.36 inches thick at its thickest point and tapers down to 0.24 inches at its thinnest point, making it the world’s slimmest cellphone, the company claimed.
It also offers Wi-Fi Direct capability for direct transfer of phone content to other mobile devices and PCs, and it also features a front-facing 2-magapixel camera for video chats.
A Symbian phone appeared ready to be launched, but details at presstime were unavailable.
Personal Communications Devices (PCD):
The logistics and marketing-services provider will show 4G products, multimedia smartphones and Bigstream, a recently launched wireless streaming accessory for Apple portable devices.
Featured products include the Pantech UML290 4G USB modem, currently available on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, and the 4G LTE HTC Thunderbolt smartphone for Verizon Wireless.
Other products include the Huawei-made Home Phone Connect, which plugs into a home landline phone and enables the home phone to make calls over the Verizon Wireless network.
The prepaid quick-messaging Caper phone, intended for prepaid services, features 2.2-inch color LCD display, 1.3 megapixel camera, full QWERTY keyboard and account balance display.
PCD’s $119-suggested Bigstream, available at select Verizon retail stores, is an iPod, iPhone iPad dongle that uses proprietary wireless technology to stream stored content in real time to a compact receiver that connects to a TV via component-video cables. The system enables groups of people to view stored movies, home videos, photo slideshows, business presentations and the like on a big screen. It’s available at an introductory price of $99.
U.S. distribution plans for its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet might be announced by Samsung, which was shown at MWC, and second-generation Galaxy S II Android-based smartphone. The company is also expected to reveal details of a previously undisclosed tablet whose screen size is expected to be between the original Tab’s 7 inches and the 10.1’s 10.1 inches.
The Tab 10.1, unlike the original Galaxy Tab tablet, uses Google’s tablet-optimized Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS instead of Android smartphone OS.
The 10.1 is due in Europe in March with Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/ g/n, and 4G HSPA+ with a theoretical peak download speed of 21Mbps.
Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy-class Android smartphone is the touchscreen-only Galaxy S II, which adds multiple upgrades, including dual-core 1GHz processor compared to its predecessor’s 1GHz processor. Other upgrades include Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display compared with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 1080p video capture compared with 720p, and Wi-Fi Direct. There are also upgraded dual cameras, with the rear-facing camera going to 8 megapixels from 5 megapixels and the front-facing video chat camera going to 2 megapixels from VGA.