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Samsung I7500 caught on video

Smudgy pictures be damned: what we want is HQ footage of the Samsung I7500 to a storming foreign-language rock track.  Happily just such a thing has dropped into our laps, courtesy of Tinhte.com, showing off the I7500's 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen to perfection. The smartphone also looks decidedly thin, and the design of the hardware buttons at the base is very slick.  If you've been waiting for the first "mainstream" Android device - thinking HTC's offerings to-date have been a little too "business" in their design - then the Samsung I7500 could be the device for you. No new news on specifications, but there's not much about the I7500's hardware that we don't know.  The display runs at 320 x 480 resolution, and the Samsung has GPS, HSPA, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0.  Internal storage is 8GB, with a microSD slot for up to 32GB cards.  More details here. [vms f5bb252d13f5f431e4bb] [via Android-Freak]

Skytone Alpha 680 Android video demo

A two-part video demo of the Skytone Alpha 680 netbook running the Android OS has been released.  The Alpha 680 is intended to be a budget netbook with a target price of $250; for that, though, you'll at least get a touchscreen. Unfortunately the touchscreen is pretty much the start and end of any decent specs, with the rest of the Alpha 680's abilities being seriously underwhelming.  An ARM11 533MHz processor, 1GB of storage (4GB max) and just 128MB of RAM (256MB max) are disappointing even in netbook circles, hence Android running on the 680 pretty much as it does on a G1. The videos also demonstrate the problem with putting what's right now a mobile OS onto a larger device, without reworking to suit the bigger display.  The Skytone's touchscreen may only be 7-inches, but Android still looks comically spread out.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSo3icNEBNE[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQUcoQgs2IM[/youtube] [via netbooknews.de]

HTC Magic launches on Vodafone Spain

Vodafone Spain have released the HTC Magic, beating their UK counterpart to launch.  The Magic is available now through the carrier's online store, and will be in retail stores from next week, priced between €19 ($25) and €199 $262) depending on tariff.  An all-inclusive internet plan, priced at €12 ($16) per month, is mandatory. Both black and white versions of the Magic will be on offer, each with a 3.2-inch QVGA touchscreen, GPS, HSPA and WiFi b/g.  The Magic also has Bluetooth 2.0, a 3.2-megapixel camera and 500MB of onboard storage, together with supporting up to 8GB microSD memory cards.  As with other Android devices, the Magic has the Google suite of applications, including access to the Android Market, GMail and a full internet browser.  More details on tariffs and pricing at the official Vodafone Spain blog; more on the HTC Magic here. [Thanks Tony!]

Samsung I7500 official

O2 Germany have officially announced the Samsung I7500 Android cellphone, the first device for both Samsung and the carrier.  Tipped over the weekend, the I7500 has a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, together with a 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen running at 320 x 480.

Other specs include GPS, WiFi b/g and HSPA, together with 40GB of storage (8GB internal; up to 32GB via a microSD card).  There's also Bluetooth 2.0, a 1,500mAh battery and the usual bevy of Google applications and access to the Android Market.  The whole thing measures 115 x 56 x 11.9 mm, and still finds room for a 3.5mm headphone socket and microUSB port. The Samsung I7500 will be available exclusively from O2 in Germany from June 2009.  Pricing for the handset itself has not been announced, but the carrier has confirmed that no specific tariffs or service plans will be required; buyers will be able to choose any from O2's range. Live hands on video demo of Samsung i7500 Android phone: [vms f5bb252d13f5f431e4bb] [gallery] Press Release:
O2 exclusively launches: the first Android mobile phone with Google Services from Samsung  Samsung I7500 with 5 megapixel camera and brilliant touch display  Simple and intuitive use  Access to Google Mail, Google Maps and the Android market by one click MUNICH. Telefónica O2 Germany strongly expands its mobile phone product range for the mobile internet. The first Android lifestyle mobile phone with Google Services from Samsung kicks off the new offer. The Samsung I7500 is the first Android mobile phone provided by a leading brand manufacturer and will be exclusively available from O2 as of June 2009. In addition to the form factor and design with mere 11.9 mm thickness, it primarily stands out by its simple and intuitive use. The mobile internet offers a great experience for beginners and professional users alike. The Samsung I7500 combines an expandable Android platform with first-class equipment: a brilliant touch screen display, and a 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash and GPS. “The Samsung I7500 offers our customers the best internet experience based on the Android platform provided by Google“, says Lutz Schüler, Managing Director Marketing and Sales for Telefónica O2 Germany. “The Samsung I7500 kicks off a series of exciting devices for the mobile web which we will launch in the next couple of months. There is something for everyone: from beginners to heavy users. And, we put our focus on strong brands, simple use and design.” Classic applications from the PC world can be comfortably accessed by one click on the big touch screen when users are on the move. Thanks to the open platform of the Google operating system, users are able to optimally customize the device to their own requirements. A variety of applications and services is available in the Android market. The contact to friends is guaranteed by integrated and freely available Web 2.0 applications like Facebook, Flickr and Instant Messaging. Customers are always up to date anywhere they go due to the automatic synchronization of emails, contacts and appointments of Google accounts. All other popular email accounts can also be accessed. The integrated GPS receiver enables the comprehensive use of Google Maps: local positioning, detailed route description and simple navigation. The application Wikitude available in the Android market allows customers to access details of unknown sights via photos on the web. The combination of a camera, GPS and an internet browser turns into a personal and interactive guide. As the first Android mobile phone, the Samsung I7500 offers a 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash. The big 3.2“ AMOLED display ensures the brilliant representation of photos and videos and reduces the battery power due to the energy-saving technology. The battery has generous dimensions (1500 mAh) and ensures that users enjoy long calls and access to the web. The device also includes WLAN (802.11 b/g) and Bluetooth 2.0. Supporting various multimedia codec formats the I7500 is a multimedia all-rounder. With ist memory capacity of up to 40 GB it offers enough space for pictures, music and videos. The Samsung I7500 will be exclusively available in all O2 Shops, the specialized trade or on the internet from June 2009. The device can be combined with all tariffs and data packages.

Samsung I7500 landing O2 Germany in June?

According to Bild am Somtag, you're looking at the the Samsung I7500, set to be the third Android-based cellphone after the T-Mobile G1 and HTC Magic.  The German-language site claims the touchscreen handset has an 11.9mm thick case, 5-megapixel camera and 3.2-inch HVGA AMOLED display. Other specs are suggested as an LED flash, standard 3.5mm headphone jack and WiFi.  Under the hood there's apparently Qualcomm's 528MHz MSM7200A processor, Bluetooth, quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSPA, plus 8GB of onboard storage.  It's tipped to hit carrier O2 Germany in June, priced at around €300 ($397). No confirmation from Samsung nor O2 Germany, unsurprisingly.  The photo is obviously a mock-up, and one we're only moderately convinced by; the inconsistent width along the title bar is just one problem. [via OLED-Display]

Routon P760 & P730 Android MIDs announced

Chinese firm Routon could be the first to bring an Android MID (mobile internet device) to the market, in the shape of the Routon P760 and P730.  Each MID has a 4.8-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen, 4GB or 8GB of flash storage and integrated CDMA EVDO connectivity (GSM is currently optional), and Routon offer either their own generic Linux build or Google's open-source mobile OS. The key difference between the P760 and the P730 is the numeric keypad, which the latter lacks.  Otherwise the specifications are the same: a 677MHz Samsung CPU, 256MB of RAM, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.  Routon also include a GPS receiver, and a TV tuner is optional. There's also a 2.0-megapixel camera and 2,000mA battery.  The Routon P760 and P730 should officially launch in May, though specifications might change and of course the company still needs to find distributors to actually bring their MIDs to market. [gallery]

Huawei confirm T-Mobile G3 for Euro Q3 launch

Huawei have confirmed that they will be supplying T-Mobile with their Android-based smartphone, which will launch in Q3 2009 as the T-Mobile G3.  An Huawei spokesperson has told reporters that "I can confirm that Huawei will be releasing the third Google phone on T-Mobile this year", with the handset in question presumably the full-touchscreen device the manufacturer showed at Mobile World Congress in February 2009.

The handset is expected to have a 5-megapixel camera, headphone jack and integrated WiFi.  Huawei's demo unit was a non-functional model, and the company refused to remove it from the glass casing during the show. According to the reports, T-Mobile are angling the Huawei device as a low-cost handset, although specific pricing has not been confirmed.  It will launch in the UK sometime after July 2009, trailing the HTC Magic which sees its European Vodafone launch in May. [via Electricpig]

HTC Magic gets zoom-wheel [Video]

In addition to the landscape QWERTY keyboard, HTC have added a new zoom control wheel to the HTC Magic smartphone.  Seemingly intended to offer more precise zooming without treading on Apple's pinch-and-spread patent toes, the wheel is called up with a double-tap. In the CNET France video below, you can see the zoom-wheel operated in both the HTC Magic's browser and its photo viewer.  Thanks to the compact size of the Magic itself, you could realistically control the wheel and hold the smartphone with a single hand, not something you can say the same about pinch-and-zoom. No word on whether this new zooming control feature will be offered to existing Android G1 owners, though of course the nature of the Android platform means that what Google/HTC don't offer officially, the open-source community will liberate themselves.  The HTC Magic is expected to arrive in various European countries in April 2009, price to be confirmed.   [gallery] [via Electricpig]

Samsung Android smartphone shows up in first picture

A pixelated picture of the first Samsung Android smartphone has been released, as part of a Samsung dealer presentation in Amsterdam today.  Details of the device are incomplete, but it's known to use a large capacitive touchscreen and a 528MHz processor of unknown manufacture. Other known specifications are quadband GSM (850,900, 1800 and 1900MHz) together with UMTS, HSDPA 7.2Mbps and HSUPA 1.4Mbps.  It's predicted to be made in two versions, one with US-friendly UMTS 900MHz and the other with Europe/Asia-friendly UMTS 2100MHz support.  Elsewhere there'll be Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP wireless stereo support and a digital camera, though there's no specific megapixel count; expect somewhere between 3.2 and 5-megapixels. As for storage, Samsung claim there will be a large amount of onboard capacity, expandable with microSD cards, however no actual figures have been confirmed.  Apparently the official announcement is not far off, but again, a specific date is not known.
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