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December 2010 / January 2011 Roundup

31st January 2011

2010 ended very quietly indeed, but things picked up rapidly with CES In Las Vegas in January and various manufacturers announcing handsets that they will show off in February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Motorola

CES is the biggest event of its kind in the US, and Motorola typically have a strong showing here. This year, Motorola announced several new dual-core devices that leapfrog much of the competition. The Motorola ATRIX is probably the key launch, heading for several networks worldwide and sports a large near-HD display in addition to the dual-core processor. Closely related to the ATRIX is the Motorola DROID BIONIC, heading to the Verizon network in the US where it will battle with the iPhone. The Motorola XOOM is a dual-core Android tablet with a 10.1" display and Android 3.0, heading for the US only but we hope to see it in Europe too. Lower down the range, the Motorola CLIQ 2 is a more conventional single-core Moto device that represents a huge upgrade to the original CLIQ, exclusively available on T-Mobile USA.

 Motorola ATRIX
Motorola ATRIX

 Motorola DROID BIONIC
Motorola DROID BIONIC

 Motorola CLIQ 2
Motorola CLIQ 2

 Motorola XOOM
Motorola XOOM

Samsung

Launched at the tail end of last year, the Samsung Nexus S is a "pure Google" Android smartphone that follows on from the Google Nexus One. Lower down the range, Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Gio and Galaxy Mini which are designed to make Android smartphones more affordable. Non-smartphone "feature phones" are getting rarer these days, however Samsung also announced the Samsung Star II S5260 which follows on from the original Star (or Tocco Lite) without too many big changes.

 Samsung Nexus S
Samsung Nexus S

 Samsung Galaxy Fit
Samsung Galaxy Fit

 Samsung Galaxy Ace
Samsung Galaxy Ace

 Samsung Galaxy Gio
Samsung Galaxy Gio

 Samsung Galaxy Mini
Samsung Galaxy Mini

 Samsung Star II
Samsung Star II

LG

LG hasn't performed well in the past year, so it has doubled its efforts for 2011, announcing the world's first dual-core Android phone in the shape of the LG Optimus 2X, elsewhere the LG Optimus Black concentrates on a clever display technology, and the low-end LG Optimus Me brings Android handsets into the "feature phone" market segment.

 LG Optimus 2X
LG Optimus 2X

 LG Optimus Black
LG Optimus Black

 LG Optimus Me
LG Optimus Me

Other manufacturers

Normally a new iPhone would be a big deal, but in the case of the Apple iPhone 4 CDMA the main difference is that this uses Verizon's CDMA technology rather than GSM found almost everywhere else.. the big deal is that Apple are now challenging Motorola in their single strongest market. Elsewhere, the very elegant Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc shows that not all Android phones have to be black slabs with a device that is a huge step up from the Xperia X10.

 Apple iPhone 4
Apple iPhone 4 CDMA

 Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

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