Tonight while walking around ShowStoppers here in Las Vegas, I couldn't help but to notice something out of the corner of my eye -- a desktop phone running Android on it! Naturally I had to go and check it out to see what it was all about, and the things I saw were pretty impressive. Running on a 7-inch capacative touch-screen with an 800x395 resolution the ESI 250 runs a custom skin on top of Android 2.2. Now before you go ahead and complain about it running 2.2, let's remember that it is a desktop phone meant for business users who will not be taking it off their desk.
The custom skin offers a rather stock experience, and ESI has wrote a custom market for the users to be able to purchase and download applications from. On the right hand side of the device you will notice three physical buttons, one to take you to the home screen, one to take you back, and one to access the menu. Some rather popular titles will be made available for the ESI 250, such as Evernote, Stickynotes, Sodoku and more. The device will be launching in Q2 at the $300 price point, so if you are a business user who wants to get more out of their devices be sure to be on the look out for this. Hit the break for some more images and a video tour.
With the first official day of CES 2012 now behind us, it's time to take a look back at what all got announced. If you happened to miss out on anything, hit the links below and get caught up. There is plenty more to come starting tomorrow so read on and when you're done -- come back and we'll do it all again.
So here's the thing about the Sprint Galaxy Nexus: It's a Galaxy Nexus. On Sprint. We can only show you the front of it here, because that's all we were allowed to take pictures of. And it looks just lke the front of the Galaxy Nexus. In fact, we're not even going to tell you whether the blurry one is the Sprint Galaxy Nexus, or the GSM Galaxy Nexus. Doesn't matter here.
While we weren't allowed to take a picture of the back of the Sprint Galaxy Nexus, nobody's stopping us from telling you about it. It looks like the back of a Galaxy Nexus, with a Sprint logo. But the fact that we weren't allowed to record it in digital form makes us think that could possibly change. Anyway, there you go.
A few more less-than-ideally-lit shots after the break.
Not a whole lot to say about the LG Viper from our brief time with it at Sprint's little get-together at the Tao nightclub in Las Vegas. You're looking at a mid-level device with a stock Gingerbread UI, LTE data and Sprint ID thrown in for good measure. It's got one of LG's excellent Nova displays though, so that's a pretty big point in its favor.
We'll get more quality time in with the Viper when we're done bouncing our heads to the beat here at Tao. In the meantime, enjoy.
Kodak isn't really having the best time financially right now, but that hasn't prevented the company from filing patent lawsuits against both HTC and Apple.
The claims from Kodak are that both smartphone manufacturers are infringing upon some of their digital imaging patents. While they already have an existing lawsuit directed at Apple, this one brings more devices to the table. HTC meanwhile are being targeted through their EVO View 4G, Flyer, Jetstream, Vivid, Amaze 4G, Desire, EVO Design 4G, Hero S, Rezound, Rhyme, Sensation 4G and the Wildfire S devices. That's a lot of Android. Notably missing from the list are any of HTC's Windows Phone devices.
FOSS Patents blogger Florian Mueller speculates that the whole show may well be designed to create attention around Kodak's patent portfolio as they search for a buyer for the company.
Sony has been hitting the Android game pretty hard this week, first the Sony Xperia Ion and now the Sony Xperia S, another incredible device. How can you really go wrong with a 1.5GHz dual-core device with a 720p 4.3-inch display? Oh, you want more? How about a 12MP camera, a rather stylish design, and a 720p front facing camera?
In the hand, the Sony Xperia S is quite delightful, neither too thick nor too thin. The device feels really light, the build quality appears to be strong, and it features a bit of a unique design. The bottom notification area is translucent, giving it a unique appearance. Inside the clear area you will see the standard three Android buttons, but you don't physically press the icons themselves -- there are small capacitive buttons above the clear area.
The software is just as smooth as you would imagine, and the 12MP camera is quite incredible. I'm not a huge cell phone camera fan, but this may have very well changed my mind. There was a bit of shutter lag and even with the flash enabled, it takes a heck of a picture. In any case, hit the break for some more images, and check out our updated post for some hands-on video footage.
The Intel Keynote is well underway at CES, and they dropped details on the first smartphone to run on their architecture, the Lenovo K800. With what looks to be a heavily skinned version of Android, reminscent of Lenovo's Mondrian UI, it brings a new chip and architecture to Android.
Packing a 4.5-inch 720p display, the K800 has Intel wireless display technology (WiDi) inside. It's due to arrive in China first, on the China Unicom network. No details as of yet on availability outside of China, but we're pretty sure we'll see Intel-powered Android phones in the rest of the world soon enough.
Not to be left out of all the fun at CES, T-Mobile has announced the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G -- a HSPA+ 42 device (that's T-Mobile's 42 M/sec HSPA network lingo for fast) from Samsung. The Blaze 4G features a dual-core Snapdragon S3 at 1.5GHz and a Super AMOLED screen, and offers a "variety of pre-loaded entertainment." We're there with T-Mobile, and we'll bring you more soon. The full press release is after the break.
We're live at CES in Las Vegas for tonight's Intel keynote. On the Android side of things we'll be looking for more Medfield goodness, as well as more details of the chip giant's wider mobile strategy. We're covering things live from the event, so join us after the break for full coverage, starting at 4.30pm PST (7.30pm EST).
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