Qualcomm 205 SoC is Designed for Entry-level 4G LTE Feature Phones Running Linux

Qualcomm has just introduced Qualcomm 205 “Mobile Platform” designed to bring 4G LTE connectivity and services to entry-level feature phones to emerging regions, such as India, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. The SoC features a dual core ARM CPU, an Adreno 304 GPU, and an LTE Cat 4 modem. Qualcomm 205 SoC specifications CPU – Dual Core ARM Cortex A7 processor at 1.1 GHz GPU – Qualcomm Adreno 304 GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.0 Memory I/F – LPDDR2 & LPDDR3 up to 384 MHz Storage I/F –  eMMC 4.5 flash Display – MIPI DSI up to 480p60 Cellular Connectivity X5 LTE modem supporting LTE Cat 4 with up to 150 Mbps download, 50 Mbps upload; Dual SIM card 2G, 3G and 4G support VoLTE support Connectivity – Support for 802.11 b/g/n & VoWIFI, Bluetooth 4.1, ANT+, FM radio,  GPS/GLONASS/Beidou Camera – Dual 3MP camera support (rear + front) up to […]

LONG-CZ J8 Could Be The World’s Smallest Phone

Smartphone displays are getting bigger each year, but at the other end of the spectrum, LONG-CZ J8 phone could the world’s smallest at just 68 x 23 x 11 mm, and 18 grams. It takes micro SIM card to make calls, but also doubles (triples?) as a Bluetooth headset and FM Radio. LONG-CZ J2 specifications: Processor – Mediatek Display – 0.6″‘ OLED display Cellular Connectivity – GSM 850/900/1800/1900 via micro SIM card slot Connectivity – Bluetooth 3.0 USB – 1x micro USB port for charging Battery – Capacity TBD; Up to 5 hours talk time, 96 hours standby time. Dimensions –  68 x 23 x 11mm Weight 18g The phones ships with a data cable, a user’s manual in English and Chinese, a strap, one ear loop, and two ear caps. Nine languages are supported: English, French, Italian, Russian, Hindi, Russian, Thai, Portuguese, and Spanish. The phone is not quite […]

Camera Not Working on Your Smartphone? No problem, Massage It!

I bought ThL W200 last year as my main (and only) phone, and my review was rather positive, because after testing the phone for a week or so I did not encounter some of the issues. After a short while I found GPS was not working very reliably, so I had to find instructions to fix GPS on Mediatek phones, then the first battery died after about 8 months, maybe that’s normal for my usage, but I was expecting it to last longer. Finally, after a while both front and rear cameras started to have issues such as green screen, color lines, or simply refusing to work with the message: “can’t connect to camera”. In all of this the good news (for me) was I was not alone, and I saw some instructions saying, you had to terminate the camera app, clear all data, and restart the phones. It seemed […]

Panasonic Unveils KX-PRX120 Android 4.0 DECT Phone

Panasonic has just introduced KW-PRX120 a cordless phone (DECT) running Android 4.0 on a 3.5″ display. It just looks like your smartphone, but you can only use it within your home. KW-PRX120 specifications and features: Display – 3.5 inch TFT colour LCD (HVGA) with capacitive multi touch screen Connectivity – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS Camera – 0.3M pixel Front Camera Battery – 1450mAh Li-ion Battery Storage – microSD / microSDHC Card Slot on Handset USB – micro USB Charging Port Phone features: Incoming/Outgoing Call Barring to help minimise unwanted or nuisance calls Caller ID, Caller ID memory Answering Machine (40min) Key Finder accessory (Optional) Up to 6 handsets (Optional handset or GAP supported DECT handset) can be registered The company did not mention details about the processor, RAM, or storage in the device, but it comes with Google Play, so you’ll be able to install (most of) the apps you’re alreading […]

Rockchip Unveils RK3168 Dual Core Processor, Showcases $10 Miracast Adapter

Rockchip is currently at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair showing off their RK3188 quad core processor, and corresponding products such as tablets, gamepads, HDMI TV dongles, etc… Business seems good as they already received orders for 800k pieces in about a month, and they expect to sell 10 to 15 millions over the course of the year. The company had also a few RK3066 devices on display, but more interestingly they announced RK3168, which also a dual core Cortex A9 processor, but with lower power consumption thanks to 28nm HKMG process, instead of the 40nm process used for Rockchip RK3066. They have a tablet prototype without battery connected to a power supply to show the power consumption, and the tablet under test consumes 280mA @ 3.8V (About 1 Watt) when decoding 1080p videos with the display brightness set to about 50%. Chen Feng, Vice President at Rockchip, explains that with […]

Nakamichi Android VoIP Phone at Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2012

M3 Electronics (HK) showcased an Android VoIP phone they designed for Nakamichi at HKTDC Electronics Fair on April 13-16, 2012. The current model based on Rockchip RK2818 (Cortex A8) features a 7″ resistive touchscreen and a camera for video conferencing and runs a customized version of Android. This VoIP phone is especially targeted at home use as it offers multimedia functions such as Internet Radio, music playback and YouTube, as well as Calendar and Contact applications.  You can make calls via PSTN or Internet (e.g. Skype or some SIP clients). Nakamichi VoIP phone currently sells in Europe and the US for 259 USD, and should be sold in China via China Telecom this year. A new model of the phone powered by Freescale i.MX535 is currently designed with a capacitive touchscreen and a 5 MPixel camera, USB host port for external storage and HDMI output. This VoIP phone can also […]