Lenovo looking to grab 20pc of China’s tablet market

July 22nd, 2011 by Gaurav Shukla No comments »

Lenovo aims to capture 20pc of China’s tablet market share by the end of this year. Company currently holds about 2pc of the tablet market share.

Lenovo started selling LePad in the country this March, but it is not able t put a decent competition again Apple’s iPad.

Company recently announced two Android tablets for the international market IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad Tablet, their debut in China should help it in gaining some market share.

HTC announces Flyer for China, coming by the end of July

July 22nd, 2011 by Gaurav Shukla 1 comment »

Months after unveiling the Flyer tablet at the Mobile World Congress earlier this year, Taiwanese manufacturer HTC has announced the upcoming availability of the tablet in mainland China. The HTC Flyer will go on sale in the country later this month for a hefty 5,500 yuan ($852). The tablet’s price has been criticized around the world considering that it does not even run the latest Android version (Android Honeycomb), which Google specifically launched for the tablets.

“We did not expect the HTC Flyer’s price to be that high,” said Sun Peilin, tablet computer analyst at Analysys International, in a statement. » Read more: HTC announces Flyer for China, coming by the end of July

HTC’s Weibo phone to be called HTC Weike

July 22nd, 2011 by Gaurav Shukla No comments »

Hours after we reported that HTC has launched a variant of its Salsa smartphone in China with a dedicated Weibo button, the official model name of the phone has come to light. According to an online report, the phone HTC C510e will be called HTC Weike. It will reportedly be sold for 3,380 yuan (US$524).

As this smartphone has been made in partnership with Sina, a Chinese tech giant, HTC Weike will come pre-installed with 19 of Sina applications, allowing access to the company’s various services like Tencent IM.

HTC Weike isn’t the first such smartphone to be released in the Chinese market. Toabao, a Chinese online retailer, also released a self-branded smartphone in the country with its own apps pre-installed sometime back.

“This is the first time for a handset company to cooperate with a Chinese Internet giant, and I think this could be a trend when the mobile Internet era catches on,” said Ray Yam, President, HTC Corp China in a statement.

There is still no word on whether HTC wants to release the ChaCha model in the country. To remind you, both ChaCha and Salsa were announced at the same time and each includes a dedicated Facebook button, which is being replaced with Weibo for the Chinese market in Salsa.

HTC Weike specifications

  • 3.4-inch capacitive screen with 480x320p resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS with HTC Sense UI
  • 800MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227 S1 processor
  • 512MB of RAM, 512MB of internal memory, and microSD card slot
  • 5MP rear camera with LED flash, VGA front selfie camera
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS
  • FM Radio, microUSB 2.0
  • 1520 mAh removable battery

Pantech to launch water, dust proof MIRACH IS11PT phone

July 21st, 2011 by Gaurav Shukla No comments »

Pantech, a South Korean smartphone maker,  is planning to launch yet another Android smartphone. It will be called Mirach I211PT and is meant for the Japanese market.

According to online reports, the new phone comes with a few useful additions alongside the usual smartphone feature. The phone will reportedly be water-proof and dust-proof. Even with these features, it might not seem like the best rugged Android out there, but it will be able to withstand upto a certain level of abuse.

Among other specifications, the Pantech Mirach I211PT will be powered by 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 SoC. It will have a 3.7-inch WVGA screen with a 480 x 800 resolution. On the software front, it will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and include a number of software customizations including a simple mode. This mode will turn convert your phone’s entire homescreen into a single page offering access to all key functions of the phone. It has most likely been made for elderly people as well as newbies, who might find it difficult to interact with smartphones.

Additionally, the Pantech I211PT will feature a 1320 mAh battery capable of providing 180 hours of uptime and 250 hours of talktime.

It is expected to be launched in Japan later September this year, but the pricing is not known as of now.


Samsung jumping in the 3D arena with Galaxy 3D smartphone

July 21st, 2011 by Gaurav Shukla 1 comment »

Remember, when Samsung announced earlier this year in February that there is no need for 3D displays in the smartphones, well it seems the company has changed its mind and realized the importance of 3D.

According to a report in a Korean publication ET News, Samsung is working on a new smartphone called Galaxy 3D, which will complete with the similar phones from LG – Optimus 3D, and HTC – Evo 3D. ET News notes that this phone from Samsung will use an LCD-screen with a special film for displaying 3D, instead of an AMOLED panel that is normally found in the company’s smartphones. » Read more: Samsung jumping in the 3D arena with Galaxy 3D smartphone

Chinese version of HTC Salsa – HTC C510e comes with dedicated Weibo button

July 21st, 2011 by Gaurav Shukla 1 comment »

Social media continues to become a massive part of the consumers’ lives, especially in China, where social networking websites are hugely popular. In order to capitalise this fad, Taiwanese manufacturer HTC has decided to release a customized version of HTC Salsa in China. It has partnered with Sina, a Chinese tech company, for the launch of the phone. » Read more: Chinese version of HTC Salsa – HTC C510e comes with dedicated Weibo button

Samsung Galaxy S II debuts on Starlink Qatar with Arabic support

July 21st, 2011 by Gaurav Shukla 1 comment »

Doha based retail chain Starlink is now exclusively selling the Samsung Galaxy S II Android smartphone in Qatar. The version offered in the country comes with Arabic language support.  It has been priced at QR2599. Starlink is also giving some goodies with the phone at the time of purchase, which include a funky case, leather pouch and a 50QR voucher to be redeemed against any other Starlink purchase. » Read more: Samsung Galaxy S II debuts on Starlink Qatar with Arabic support