Introduced first in early 2011, dual core chipsets are no longer exclusive to the superphone category. Listed here are ten recent smartphones with dual core CPUs, starting at mid-range prices.
HTC announces new Sensation XE with Beats Audio integration
Well, HTC has been quite silent about this, but the Taiwanese manufacturer has officially revealed its first smartphone with Beats Audio technology. We just would quickly like to remind you that HTC had recently acquired a part 51 per cent controlling stake at Beats Audio.
This new smartphone from HTC would simple be called the Sensation XE, which will be powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and would carry a similar design to that of the original HTC Sensation. One of the visible changes in the render appears to be the red backlit touch-sensitive keys.
The device will include 1GB of built-in storage, 768MB RAM, 8 megapixel rear camera, front facing VGA camera and a 4.3-inch qHD display. The device will come with its own customized Beats headsets and will also be able to identify when Beats headsets are plugged to improved the experience.
There is now word about the pricing for this smartphone. However what we know for now is that the device won’t take much time to hit the stores as it is expected to come to Asia and EMEA towards the end of September. Hopefully, India would be included.
The LG Optimus 3D
The LG Optimus 3D is just a phone in a league of its own. It’s just a sin to call it a superphone. This is the first of its kind. The LG Optimus 3D is a HYPERPHONE!
The 4.3 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen transforms into a glasses-free 3D experience. It’s beyond dual core technology, as its got tri-dual technology power packed in it. The phone runs on Android 2.2.2 Froyo and an upgrade to the 2.3 Gingerbread is available.
This phone is definitely a magical experience. People will just want it when it finally launches in India. The reason why I call it a hyperphone is because of its glasses-free 3D experience.
Gaming on this phone is just one great experience and the depth offered is brilliant. The easy access to 3D is also offered by a quick 3D space icon on the homescreen itself. The camera quality is brilliant as it’s capable of doing 720p HD video in 3D mode.
The 8GB internal memory makes you just go on and on shooting 3D content. To share all your 3D videos, there is a 3D YouTube channel icon pre-installed on the phone. The battery life on the phone is not that great, but it just manages a day somehow. The old Android 2.2.2 Froyo OS is also a bit of turn-off at present.
LG will soon be launching this phone in India and I am sure the pricing won’t be less than 35,000 INR. LG Optimus 3D has surely opened up a new league of phones that will just make the likes of Samsung Galaxy S2 and even the iPhones for a matter of fact, bite dust.
Motorola RAZR launched in India
As expected, Motorola has finally launched the much awaited Motorola RAZR in the Indian market. We have already talked quite a lot about this new smartphone from Motorola and now that it is finally available, we sure are excited.
The Motorola RAZR is priced at 33,990 INR and is a smartphone which is just 7.1mm thick and comes with incredible battery life.
The device sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display protected by Gorilla Glass, it has Kevlar Fabric on the back and it is splash proof smartphone. It is based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread (upgradable to Android 4.0 ICS early-2012) and is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor from Texas Instruments.
There is an 8 megapixel camera on the rear and a secondary front facing camera. Well, it sure has some sexy looks and good performance. However, as mentioned before, it has amazing battery life. The Motorola RAZR is rated to provide up to 12 hours of talktime using its 1780 mAh battery.
Samsung unveils new Galaxy R smartphone
Samsung has now introduced a new Galaxy smartphone and it is simply called the Galaxy R. The device was unveiled in Sweden is it is supposed to be a smartphone which fits between the original Galaxy S and the new Galaxy S2.
In regards to the specifications the Samsung Galaxy R boasts a 4.2-inch WVGA Super Clear LCD and is powered by a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread topped with Samsung proprietary TouchWiz UI, includes a 5 megapixel rear camera and has 8GB of in-built storage.
The availability of the device in other markets has not yet been confirmed, but we are quite hopeful that the device will eventually hit the Indian stores as a slightly affordable version of the Samsung Galaxy S2, and a possible competitor to the Optimus 2x.
The GALAXY R features:
1) Tegra 2 super chip.
2) 4.19″ WVGA Super Clear LCD touchscreen.
3) Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system.
4) 720p HD video capture and 1080p Full HD playback(Divx, WMV, MP4, H.264 B/P only).
5) Built-in memory of 8GB and support for 32GB Micro SD.
6) Size: 125.7 x 66.7 x 9.55 mm.
7) Weight: 131 grams.
Samsung Galaxy Note
The all new Galaxy Note from Samsung is a monstrous looking phone and yet is has definitely some x-factor, you can’t deny the love for it on first sight. The Galaxy Note represents the middle-ground between a slate and a smartphone, and is a category in itself.
Additionally, this hybrid also comes with something called the Smart Pen which gives the user a more old school user input. As it has handwriting recognition, you can make memos in your very own handwriting! The Galaxy Note features the world’s first 5.3 inch HD Super AMOLED display (800×1280 pixels), the largest yet!
It also houses a massive 1.4 GHz dual core processor, beating its own Galaxy S2 in computing power. The Note runs on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. Memory is at 16GB internally, with a microSD that can expand up to 32GB. The specs on the Samsung Galaxy Note are brilliant not just on paper but in real-world usage as well.
At the back, it has an 8-megapixel camera that does full 1080p HD video along with a front facing 2-megapixel camera for video calling. The video quality is superb, the videos shot from the Galaxy Note are totally broadcast quality! The Samsung Galaxy Note also comes with a capacitive pen for finer control.
For Rs. 35,000 you might as well go ahead buy a tablet. Right now, it’s a no buy for me just because of its price and somewhat because of its size too. Wait for its prices to go down and then it might be a good option.