CES 2011: mobile phone overview

A short summary revealing most interesting mobile phone solutions presented at the consumer technology tradeshow

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CES 2011 was rich to present lots of new mobile phone models based on different hardware platforms and running different operating systems with lots of cool and innovative features to introduce.

Motorola Bionic Droid
After successful announcement of Android operating system “line-up” the following high-end mobile phone upgrade was inevitable. For example, Motorola has unveiled Bionic Droid, while America’s, largest mobile phone operator, Verizon, has already prepared for its(phone’s that is) advanced hardware features, including 4G (LTE) support, which attracted enough attention to this product at the exhibition.

The model boasts its 4.3-inch screen with 540х960 QHD resolution supporting new generation of Android phones running on NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz. Bionic Droid comes with 512MB of RAM, 8 Megapixel camera that allows you record High-Quality photos and High-res (up-to 1080p) videos. There is also a 0.3 MP camera in front fo video calls. The dimensions of the model ar 125,9 x 66,9 x 13,3 мм while the wight of Droid bionic is 158 g which is not surprise considering the capacity of the battery for 1930 mAh.

The mobile phone will be available to users on contractual terms, yet not price information on Bionic Droid was revealed

Motorola Atrix 4G
Motorola has announced an all-time most powerful smart phone. Motorola Atrix 4G is, as it clear from the name, supports next gen. 4G industry networks. This is the first phone to actually have 1GB of RAM.


The phone is based on NVIDIA’s latest Tegra 2 platform that uses dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz, it has 4-inch QHD display providing resolution of 960 x 540. Apart from built-it 1GB of RAM the phones comes with 16GB memory cards while the total memory capacity supported can reach 48GB!.


For such a powerful 4G smart phone, it is only 10.9mm thick and it runs under Android 2.2 operating system. The performance of the phone outstanding, allowing smooth and quick operation. Atrix 4G can even play Flash videos and has support for HTML5. All of this features are powered by a 1920 mAh! battery.

Motorola has also presented an innovative feature that moves Atrix 4G to the next level of smartphones. To evaluate Tegra 2 platform that promises high performance and capacity of 1GB of RAM Motorola has produced a line-up of dock stations for Attrix 4G. For example, a special laptop dock station allows to use the phone as a core system to power an entire laptop with 11.6-inch screen, full keyboard, stereo speakers, 36Wh three-cell battery that delivers up to eight hours of battery life and weighs just 2.4 pounds.

Other details include 5MP camera and 802.11n WiFi support. More details on this smartphone can be found in the official press release.

HTC Evo Sift 4G
America’s largest phone operator Sprint expands its investments within the framework of product range for 4G networks by adding new generation of smart phones. We are talking about HTC Evo Shift 4G.


A leading figure in the world of smart phone, Taiwan-based company HTC, draws attention to a new Shift Evo 4G with full QWERTY keyboard and 3.6-inch WVGA screen with multi-touch phone. Based on Qualcomm MSM7630 800MHz processor, this phone comes with 512MB of RAM and 2GB ROM, MicroSD card (supports up to 32GB). The phone also features 5MP camera that can shoot 720p HD videos, Digital Compass, the G-Sensor, 802.11n WiFi, stereo Bluetooth, GPS and other details. Speaking of WiFi, Sprint is going to provides support for Mobile Hotspot.

The HTC Shift EVO 4G hits America market on January 9th and is availale for $150 with a 2 year contract.

Samsung Infuse 4G
On of the best Android phones phone that was sold over 10 million times last year was Galaxy Q. Nonetheless, Samsung had prepared yet another successful model that was presented at CES 2011. It is called Samsung Infuse 4G.


The most striking feature of the Samsung 4G Infuse is its 4.5-inch screen which actually is uses Super AMOLED Plus display. Plus version of display, compared tp Super AMOLED, has 50% more pixels, higher contrast rates and to offers open-air performance.

Samsung Infuse 4G is equipped with Hummingbird processor running at 1.2GHz providing high processing power that controls the device. Interesting to note, there are two cameras, 8MP on the back and 1.3MP in front for video calls.

The phone was made for AT & T 4G ( HSPA+) networks and will be sold in USA very soon. However, leaked information confirm that Samsung is developing another 4G infuse version for international markets.

LG Optimus Black
First details on newest LG smartphones emerged last month. The new generation of telephones, codenamed B-series, were presented at CES 2011 under the name Optimus Black. Optimus is one of the finest models in the world of smartphones. It is just 9.2mm thick and weights 109 grams which is considered to be the most compact and light-weight device in its segment


According LG optimus Blakc hasthe brightest, the clearest and most easy-to-read display due to use of NOVA Display Technology. 4-inch screen offers 700-nits brightness, which is almost two times more compared to its competitors. LG Optimus Nova Black is driven by Gingerbread — a code name for Android 2.3 operating system. In addition, the phone features Optimus UI 2.0 user interface developed by LG, Wi-Fi direct tehcnology for faster file transfer between devices. The phones come with 2MP front camera.

Yet another thing to note is battery life. LG specifies that with 1500 mAh battery to power Optimus Black, including its super bright display, the phone will offer an ambitious period of working time due to display’s 50% less power consumption compared to AMOLED displays. LG Optimus Black is expected to be available later this year. No pricing information was presented.

Acer Liquid mini
Beside high-end solution, there were several budget ones. Acer company has presented a smaller version of Google-phone Liquid called Liquid Mini.


This novelty got 3.2-inch display with 320×480 resolution and 600-MHz Qualcomm 7227 processor, 5MP with auto-focus, 512 MB of Ram, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n modules. Overall, these are quite good specs for a reasonably priced device. Interesting is that the phone runs under Android 2.2 Froyo OS. The final price of Acer Liquid mini was not revealed , however, it should not be high.

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