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4 years ago

Acer Liquid e is like the original Acer Liquid with Android 2.1 added

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Here's the thing: the Acer Liquid e seems to be nearly the same phone as the original Acer Liquid. The only difference we could spot is that the Acer Liquid e will run Android 2.1 (yay!) instead of Android 1.6. The Acer Liquid e runs the same underclocked 768MHz Snapdragon processor, uses the same 3.5-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, and has the same 512MB ROM / 256MB RAM.

We understand if Acer wants to build a Liquid brand name but could we at least have had something new thrown to us? For example, the Cliq XT is a completely different phone from the Cliq and the myTouch 3G 1.2 improved upon the original myTouch with some new features. The Liquid e looks like the Liquid with Android 2.1 to us. Any point in differentiating the devices once (if) the original Liquid gets 2.1?

Full press release and specs after the jump

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4 years ago

AC @ MWC: Hands-on with the Motorola Motoroi (XT720), Korea's first Android 2.0

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Here it is, folks. The Motorola Motoroi, aka the XT720, aka the first Android 2.0 device released for the Korean market. At first blush you get the feel that it's a kindler, gentler Droid without a keyboard. But get the XT720 in your hand and you find that they don't have the same feeling in the slightest. No sharp angles, and the bump on the side is hardly noticeable.

The XT720 sports an 8-megapixel camera with Xenon flash, the better to blind your friends with. It records video at 720p and can output through an HDMI connector on the top of the phone, next to the 3.5mm headphone jack. The 3.7-inch screen dominates the face and makes you wonder why you'd ever think about settling for a smaller screen. We're still hoping to see this beast on T-Mobile at some point. More pics after the break.

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4 years ago

AC @ MWC: Hands-on with the Motorola Cliq XT for T-Mobile's Android line

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The Motorola Cliq XT (Android 1.5 and MotoBLUR) won't be released for another month, but we've already gotten our hands on it at Mobile World Congress. Here we go.

It's the first incarnation of MotoBLUR to not have a physical keyboard. But that doesn't slow it down any, especially because it is one of the first phones to take advantage of T-Mobile's new deal to pre-install the Swype keyboard.

Its 3.1-inch screen is adequate. It has a nice heft to it and feels good in your hand. The buttons at the bottom are physical, and not capacitive like on other Android phones. There's a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 5MP camera.

More shots after the break.

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4 years ago

Motorola announces Android Quench, will hit T-Mobile next month as Cliq XT

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Motorola this morning at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona updated its Android line with the Quench with MotoBLUR. When it hits the United States next month on T-Mobile, it will be called the Cliq XT.

It sports a 3.1-inch display, a 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash, and dual microphones for proper noice cancellation. WiFi, aGPS and stereo Bluetooth also are on board, as is Adobe's Flash Lite. [Motorola]

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4 years ago

SPE at Mobile World Congress

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You read that right, folks. If our live coverage of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini and mini pro didn't tip you off, we're on the ground in Barcelona, Spain, at Mobile World Congress. And to officially kick things off, we're bringing you a special podcast with myself, Dieter Bohn from PreCentral.net and CrackBerry's Kevin Michaluk.

It was a long haul over here, and it's going to be a long couple of days, but we're expecting more Android news to come. For the latest MWC news, check back at this link. And be sure to follow AndroidCentral on Twitter (as well as myself, Dieter and Kevin, individually). And now, the podcast.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Xperia X10 mini pro

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OK, everybody. Here it is. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro, the tiniest darn Android phone you've ever seen, let alone one with a horizontal keyboard. For being as small as it is, the keyboard was surprising usable. More so than the Motorola Droid's (though that's certainly not saying much), but not nearly as good as the HTC Touch Pro 2. It is what it is.

Check out our hands-on video after the break, and stay tuned for more from Mobile World Congress.

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4 years ago

Samsung Halo and its Pico Projector Get Outed

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The enterprising sleuths at Engadget were perusing the specs on that strange Bada phone and managed to track down the Samsung Halo. If you were hoping for an Android device to land at Mobile World Congress that's unabashedly techy, wait no more:

  • 3.7" Super-AMOLED Display
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • 3.5mm headset
  • Android 2.1
  • WiFi B/G/N, GPS, Bluetooth
  • 16gb of internal storage, expandable via microSD
  • Quad-Band Edge, Triband 900 / 1900 / 2100 3G
  • and, oh yeah, a built-in pico projector!

The projector bits come by way of DLP, which bodes well, as odes the back that it can record 720p video and play DivX and Xvid. It'll come to Europe and Asia - but not until Q3. 

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro: Little-kid size, big-kid typing

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The second smallest big surprise at Sony Ericsson's press conference tonight at the Opium Mar bar on the eve of Mobile World Congress has the same size as the Xperia X10 mini -- and it brings along a four-row keyboard to boot. Adding just 2 mm thickness, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro (yeah, now Android's getting into the "Pro" line) features the exact same specs as its little bother, only it adds a horizontal sliding keyboard into the mix.

Full specs and more pictures after the break, and hands-on video is on the way.

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4 years ago

Sony Announces Xperia X10 Mini

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We're just back from Sony Ericsson's press conference where they announced that they're filling out their lineup with five phones to be released before the first half of 2010 runs out. The Xperia X10 you've already heard of. Sony Ericsson said they wanted to give that experience, but in a smaller form factor. We can't say that big SE achieved the exact same user experience, but they definitely nailed the smaller form factor.

The Xperia X10 Mini is a tiny little wonder of an Android device, coming in a 83 x 50 x 16 mm and 88 grams. That tiny size does mean a tiny screen  - a 2.55 incher with 320x240 resolution. It's powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm 7227 processor and take microSD for expansion, 3.5 headsets for music, and a cellular tower for data connectivity - no WiFi here. You're going to get Quad-Band Edge and two versions of 3G (North American and Global) - though whether SE can actually land carrier deals for the phone is an open question. Talk time should land at about 3.5 hours, give or take.

SE has significantly altered the build of Android 1.6 on the device - it's nigh-unrecognizable and takes a bit of getting used to. However, they've helpfully added 'hot corners' to speed navigation up a bit. Hands-on impressions coming soon!

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4 years ago

Motorola spells out Droid update plans

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OK, folks. Motorola's been quiet for a few days as all of us Droid owners have quietly (or not) wondered if and when the Android 2.1 update would finally roll out. While the official word for those of us in the U.S. it's still "expected to roll out soon," the fact that there's an official page to follow is a big step in the right direction.

So kudos to Moto for putting this together and keeping us apprised. While it's not as good as actually having the update in hand, transparency means a lot. Hang in there, folks. It's coming. [Motorola] Thanks, beastcmg!

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