coming to Sprint, and we know what it looks like; up until now, though, all we've had is conjecture as to what, exactly, is going on inside the slider-chassis. According to Android Central's tipster, however, it's a 1GHz Samsung/Intrinsity ARM Cortex A8 CPU doing the hard work, with 512MB of RAM and 8.2GB of ROM, EVDO Rev.A and WiMAX.
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DROID 2 smartphone, the successor to the popular DROID, has shown up in the wild again, this time for a hands-on preview. Android and Me acquired a DROID 2 and promptly ran some benchmarks on its 1GHz Texas Instruments OMAP3630 processor; that, and its doubled memory from the original DROID, helped it score almost twice as much in GPU tests. Meanwhile CPU testing showed the new DROID 2 to be the best performing Android 2.1 handset to-date, and since Android 2.2 - which will likely be pushed out as an update shortly after the DROID 2 reaches shelves - boosts performance even more, we could be looking at the fastest Google phone so far. Of course, also waiting in the wings is the DROID X, basically the same internal hardware but a larger display, better camera and HDMI output. We're hoping to see Verizon's new line at their event this coming Wednesday. [youtube FCEMRZIHZY8]
Toshiba has announced their first Android-based MID, the Toshiba AC100, a netbook form-factor ultraportable running Android 2.1 on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset. The 1080p-capable smartbook has a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 non-touchscreen display, 8GB of SSD storage and an HDMI output. Toshiba AC100 hands-on: [vms 1adc8a7a835976064a86] In addition to the regular Android apps, Toshiba has loaded their own custom launcher, Opera Mini, Fring and Documents To Go, among others. Battery life is rated at up to 8hrs runtime - that's with normal use, not leaving the AC100 whirring away to itself on a shelf somewhere - or a full week of standby. Connectivity includes WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR as standard, as well as USB 2.0 and an SD card reader, while 3G/WWAN is optional. No word on pricing at this stage, but the Toshiba will debut in August 2010. For more on the AC100, check out our first impressions over at SlashGear. Toshiba AC100 promo: [vms 57ab574cf005eb8a7676]
xda-developers, the new ROM requires FRF50 to be installed first, and so far there have been no significant changes noticed by those who have tried it out. If you're feeling brave and experimental, however, you can download it yourself from http://android.clients.google.com/packages/passion/signed-passion-FRF72-from-FRF50.bc033f9e.zip; we're not sure how long that link will last, though there are mirrors linked here. Instructions for installing the new beta are here. As ever, installing beta software can leave your phone less than stable, though there are multiple people who have tried FRF72 and supposedly experienced no issues as yet. [via Android Police]