2011's iPhone Killers

2011’s iPhone Killers

The iPhone 4 is currently the most popular phone available at the moment. Everybody likes an underdog so what phones are on the horizon that could potentially challenge the throne of Apple’s mighty mobile phone.

Kyocera Echo

The dual-screen Android smartphone called Kyocera Echo is a first and one which comes from a company that virtually invented the smartphone. As the name suggests the handset comprises of two screens which fold out not too dissimilar to a Nintendo DS. The Echo comes with a host of competitive specifications: 2x 3.5″LCD touchscreens at 800 x 480 resolution

  • 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, autofocus and digital zoom
  • 720p HD camcorder
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • Full HTML Web browser with Google Search
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor (QSD 8650 Android)
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) of onboard memory and an 8GB micro SDcard for the external memory card slot supporting cards up to 32GB
  • Voice and text notifications
  • This phone is set to take multi-tasking to a whole new level and is expected to be launched in March.
  • LG Optimus 2X

The LG Optimus 2X is the world’s first dual core smartpone. Initially this device will be launched with Android 2.2 and will be upgraded to Gingerbread once it becomes available. It runs flash and its speedy dual-core processors make the interface quick and smooth. This Android feature filled handset will no doubt go down well when it is launched. Some of its many features can be seen below: Display – 480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches

  • 8 MP camera, autofocus and LED flash
  • Dolby Mobile and SRS sound enhancement
  • 8 GB storage, 512 MB RAM
  • MicroSD, up to 32GB memory storage
  • 3G, HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
  • 1080p Video
  • Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor
  • The LG Optimus 2X is expected to be launched in March.
  • HTC 7
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Acer Liquid Metal Gets a Little Brother

Acer Liquid Metal Gets a Little Brother

Acer has taken the opportunity to reveal two new cell phones at CES this week, the Liquid Mini and the beTouch E210. In October last year Acer announced the Acer Liquid Metal, the latest model of its smartphone line, which became available in the UK in December. A reasonably spec’d device it unsuccessful to cause much of a stir and can still only be purchased through a limited number of outlets. on around A300, the cost wasn’t extortionate and now it seems that Acer are changing their tack. Judging via the specs it looks like both the Liquid Mini and beTouch E210 will fall firmly into the budget category. Hardware wise, the Liquid Mini is similar to the LG Optimus One or Motorola Citrus. Powered by a 600MHz processor it comes with 512 MegaByte of RAM and the same amount of ROM. The screen is a 3.2 inches capacitative touchscreen display and there’s also a 5 megapixel camera. The specs are sensible but the as yet unannounced price will determine how desirable it is. It retains the same styling as the Liquid Metal and will be present in a choice of five colours.

The beTouchE210 is a very different phone for Acer and offers a BlackBerry-like form factor with a full QWERTY keyboard beneath a 2.6 inches screen. There’s Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity plus a 3.2 megapixel camera on the rear of the device. Powering the beTouch is a 416MHz processor backed up via 256 MegaByte of RAM and 512 MegaByte of ROM. As the less than catchy name advises this device is aimed at a business user, whereas the Liquid Mini would seem to be targeted at a younger audience. Both cell phone will be running Android 2.2. The beTouch will be the first of the pair launched in …

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