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:

HTC:

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 $199 with qualifting data/voice plan. The large screen makes it easier on the eyes to read ebooks downloaded through an included Barnes & Noble eReader application, view movies downloaded via the phone’s Wi-Fi from Blockbuster’s first videodownload 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.

Kempler & Strauss:

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

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, 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.

Kyocera:

The brand’s first Android phone is the fulltouchscreen 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.

LG:

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.

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.

Nvidia:

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, nocompromise 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 Flashbased games like Farmville and new digital magazine applications using Adobe AIR, the company added.

TerreStar:

The 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. 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 850/1,900MHz HSPA 3G technology and TerreStar’s IP-based satellite voice-and-data service, which provides service to the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

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