January was a great month in mobile telephony, with several mobiles revealed to the public eye at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, mobiles that will be, by the end of the year, in Top 10 best mobile phones of 2010. The competition has just begun, as new handsets will be added to the list at the end of February, after the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. That said, here are a number of January’s most interesting mobile phones:
– Dell Mini 5 Tablet, packing a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5-inch display, a five-megapixel camera on the back, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 3G, will run Android 1.6 and it’ll be arriving in a “couple of months”, according to the Company, but with a massive $1098 price.
– Lenovo launched its newly minted Android-based LePhone (“Le” means “happy” in Chinese) that will be available only in China. It comes with a 3.7-inch 800 x 480-pixel display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.5mm audio jack, 3G, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and a 3-megapixel camera. It also has a proprietary dock connect that lets you snap on an optional external keyboard, and like any Android, the LePhone will run a custom user interface called the OPhone.
– Palm announced new versions of the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi. The Palm Pre Plus has twice the internal memory of its predecessor, an updated design, 16GB flash memory and an inductive battery cover. The Pixi Plus comes with Wi-Fi and back covers in five striking colors. The duo can double as a mobile hotspot and are exclusive from Verizon.
– Motorola Backflip joined the Cliq and the Droid and it is a quad-band phone with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and onboard GPS. However, unlike the earlier slider models, the Backflip opens up like a book with a flip QWERTY keyboard and has a trackpad at the back of the display. Initially, the phone will run Android 1.5, but later on it will be upgradeable with 2.1.
– LG GW990, which runs on Linux-based Moblin 2.1 operating system with a Moorestown processor inside, will be available for purchase in the second half of the year, when it’ll come with a 4.8-inch panoramic touchscreen at a resolution of 1,024 x 480 pixels and will support LTE networks.
– HTC’s new Smart mobile phone doesn’t support Wi-Fi, but it’ll have HSDPA connectivity, a 2.8-inch screen, 256MB RAM and a 3.5mm audio jack and it will run on Qualcomm’s BREW mobile platform with a 300MHz processor. Besides, this device uses the Sense user interface available on HTC’s high-end smartphones.