Having palmed the LG Arena and its funky 3D multi-touch interface at Mobile World Congress in February, we’re glad to see it finally appearing over here. In case you forgot, the Arena has a slick 3in widescreen display, has HSDPA-powered mobile internet, A-GPS for mapping and navigation and a DivX video player for your flicks. It’s available right now for US$680.
More akin to building business-friendly laptops, Lenovo has followed Acer and Asus down smartphone street. But from the looks of this sleek slider, you wouldn’t think it was brand new to the mobile game. The X1 has a 3.2in WQVGA touchscreen, GPS and SD support. But unlike Asus’s P range and the new Tempo series from Acer, it won’t come running a skinned version of WinMo 6.1, but what looks Symbian S60. It’ll be hitting Chinese shores soonish, so keep your eyes peeled for grey market imports.
Enough with the iPhone already! This week we’ve seen a flurry of rumour, speculation and furious fanboys, all hinting or hoping for Apple’s finest to arrive. Well, it’s coming. Caught up in the hype, has it been forgotten that the iPhone 3G is 8 months old, that it is widely available (albeit from the lucrative grey market), and that it works with Etisalat’s existing data plans? With no iTunes Music Store in the region, the chances of a fully-fledged iPhone App store appearing in the next couple of weeks are slim. That means you’ll be stuck with the basic version currently available, unless you don’t mind registering your iTunes account to another country.
Instead, let’s take a look at some svelte and strokeable touchphones worth getting excited about. The tech boffins at Toshiba have announced the TG01 (pictured above). Its 4.1in QVGA screen, microSD support, DivX and Flash player put the iPhone to shame, while its slender 9.9mm shell makes it thinner too. Samsung’s newest Omnia i900 has been leaked ahead of Mobile World Congress, bringing you an Apple beating 3.2MP camera, GPS and FM radio. This time it’ll also pack 16GB of internal memory, easily expandable via microSD. Also spotted is LG’s latest, the Arena KM900. Supposedly sporting a new 3D interface, it’ll have a 5MP camera, GPS and DVD quality video capture.
The best part? These phones won’t require a registration or unlocking code.
[Thanks to MobileCrunch and Gayakuman for the heads up]
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