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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Acer Smartphones Expected on February 16

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 07:00 AM

http://www.pocket-lint.co.uk/news/n...-february.phtml

It wasn't long ago that Acer snapped up E-TEN, and now we have confirmation that the first Acer-branded smartphone of 2009 will launch at MWC. Unfortunately, NDAs prevent me from saying much about what's coming, so you'll have to use your imagination this time around. What are you hoping to see from Acer on February 16?


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Glofiish X610 Hands-On

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 03:00 AM

It's a busy period for the folks at E-TEN... uh, Acer; they're introducing one Glofiish after another. A few weeks ago, I showed you the V900. Today, I'm unboxing the X610. Before your inner geek cries tears of joy, do know that this is an entry-level device, so if you were hoping for gadgetry that would make even the feature-rich V900 bite the dust, you won't find it here.

Specs-wise, the X610 is much like its predecessors, the X500 and X600: Samsung S3C2442 400MHz CPU, 64MB RAM, 128MB ROM, quad-band GSM/EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, an FM tuner, a 2.8" QVGA (240 x 320) touch screen, a 2.0-megapixel fixed-focus camera with flash, and a microSD slot. There are improvements, of course. First, the microSD slot is SDHC-capable, so if you have any 4GB or 8GB cards lying around, the X610 will love 'em. Second, take a look at the design. The touch screen isn't recessed, which makes all that finger-tapping and sliding a whole lot easier. And, to take advantage of that very point, the X610 includes Spb Mobile Shell, along with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. The X610 may be an entry-level device, but it still offers plenty of bang for buck. Definitely worth considering if you're on a tight budget.

Jump the break for more pictures. Also, like the V900 thread, this is an open Q&A; so if you have any questions, ask away and I'll do my best to answer.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Glofiish V900 Hands-On

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:41 AM

We uh... fished around for a Glofiish V900, got one, and thought we'd take a handful of shots for your perusal. It's certainly a beast - Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, Samsung's new-ish S3C6400 CPU at 533MHz, 128MB RAM, 256MB ROM, a microSDHC slot, an accelerometer, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, an FM tuner, an FM transmitter, TV-out, a 3.0-megapixel auto-focus camera with flash, and a gorgeous VGA touch screen that isn't recessed. Oh yeah, there's also quad-band GSM/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, along with DVB-T/H and T-DMB/DAB support for all that OTA TV goodness. Plenty of accessories in the box, too. Sheesh, that's a mouthful, huh? Hopefully, we didn't leave anything out.

Click on for more pics. And if you have any questions, drop 'em in this thread.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Glofiish M810 Unboxing

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:05 PM



Unboxings: love 'em or hate 'em, we've got one of the HSDPA-capable Glofiish M810. This device looks a lot better in the flesh than in renderings, and heck, I don't even think these shots do it justice. But jump the break for a look, anyway. Alas, if you're a VGA or WVGA zealot, you probably won't find happiness here. Read more...


Monday, June 2, 2008

Four New E-TEN Glofiish Devices Showcased at Computex

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:26 PM

"E-TEN has been awarded the Best Choice of Computex Award 2008 for its innovative new Glofiish DX900 – the first dual-SIM Windows Mobile handset to support HSDPA and EDGE. The DX900 is being showcased at the E-TEN booth along with three more industry-leading Pocket PC Phones - the Glofiish V900 the first to support mobile TV, the Glofiish X900 for consumers who demand the best, and the great value Glofiish X610."



E-TEN and Acer may soon be one, but that's certainly not stopping the former from hitting us with a string of new devices. First on the list is the DX900 (pictured above), which we reported on a few weeks ago. This dual-SIM, HSDPA/EDGE device sports GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a VGA touch screen, and a 3-megapixel auto-focus camera, and has already picked up a Best Choice of Computex award. Next, there's the V900, which should be no stranger to you. It too boasts a VGA touch screen, but also packs DVB-T/H and T-DMB/DAB support. Finally, there's the X610 and X900, which appear to be successors to the existing X600 and X800 models. More details and eye-candy after the break. Read more...


Friday, May 16, 2008

E-TEN Preparing Dual-SIM Glofiish DX900?

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:20 AM

http://smartmania.mobilmania.cz/ind...single&ide=1024



Dual-SIM Windows Mobile devices are few and far between, so SmartMania.cz's latest report (translated version) naturally caught our attention. The Czech site is reporting that E-TEN has a dual-SIM, HSDPA-capable Glofiish up its sleeve and before you ask - it's not the upcoming V900. Instead, this one's dubbed the DX900 and features Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, a Samsung S3C6400 533MHz processor, 128MB RAM, 256MB ROM, a 2.8" VGA touchscreen, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, an FM tuner, a 3.0-megapixel camera, a G-sensor (accelerometer?), and a microSDHC slot. No details yet on price and availability, let alone whether this device actually exists, although next month's Computex might clue us in.


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Acer Outlines Smartphone Plans

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 07:25 AM

http://www.infoworld.com/article/08...artphone_1.html

"Acer will likely launch its first smartphone near the end of this year or early next year and it will be a Microsoft-based device, the president of the company said Wednesday. Smartphones will represent as much as 10 percent of Acer's revenue in the next few years, said Gianfranco Lanci, president of Acer, at the company's first quarter investors' conference in Taipei... Acer's quick entry into the smartphone market comes largely due to its NT$9 billion (US$297.3 million) agreement last month to purchase handheld device maker E-Ten Information Systems of Taiwan. E-Ten has developed and sold several smartphone models over the past several years, including its Windows Mobile 6.0-based Glofish smartphone with GPS (Global Positioning System), in addition to other handheld electronic devices such as GPS devices and pocket PCs. Acer plans to focus on smartphones. E-Ten has already stopped selling PDAs, and GPS is already becoming a standard part of other devices instead of just on stand-alone gadgets, said Lanci. E-Ten has only sold its handsets directly to the retail market in the past. The boards of directors at Acer and E-Ten have already approved the deal, but they still face shareholder votes and approval by government regulators. The companies expect the deal to close in the third quarter of this year."



I cringed toward the end of this article. Either Lanci had his information wrong, or InfoWorld misquoted him. E-TEN hasn't stopped selling PDAs yet. Two new models, the M750 and M810, have just hit the market, and the V900 is still on track for a second half release. On top of that, the company's products certainly haven't been limited to direct retail market sales only as the article otherwise suggests. Nitpicking aside, Acer is hoping to complete the acquisition of E-TEN by the end of Q3, and have a new Windows Mobile phone out the door by early '09. Its specs is anyone's guess, although I sure hope they focus more on functionality and less on turning it into another Ferrari.


Thursday, April 17, 2008

E-TEN Glofiish X650 Reviewed

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 07:00 PM

http://www.mobiletechreview.com/pho...ofiish-X650.htm

"The E-TEN Glofiish X650 is a very strong Windows Mobile 6 Professional phone that has everything except 3G. The VGA display, strong WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0, fast CPU and full SiRF III GPS are impressive and compete well with HTC devices. The X650 is particularly attractive if you don't need a keyboard and the bulk it adds. Strangely, the X650's biggest competitor is E-TEN's own X800, which does everything the X650 does and adds 3G. Given the $75 to $100 price difference between the two, we'd pick the X800 for its better display and 3G. But if you're on a tight budget, the X650 gets you most of the X800 for a bit less money."



I don't entirely agree with MTR's X650 vs. X800 assessment. $100 isn't pocket change, and I do believe the X650 comes out on top in some areas - namely, build quality and its region-dependent FM transmitter. But they do nail some key points about the X650, so check out the review to see what makes this device tick.


Monday, April 14, 2008

E-TEN Announces the Glofiish M750 and M810

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 04:45 AM

http://glofiish.com/

"E-TEN Information Systems has announced the Glofiish M810 and M750, the first in a new series of Pocket PC Phones that put the focus on portable entertainment, dynamic social networking, and go-anywhere communications ideal for the web 2.0 generation. E-TEN's newest Pocket PC Phones harness the latest mobile hardware technologies together with innovations in software to create a pair of sleekly portable, multi-connected devices, designed to help the new breed of bloggers, podcasters, video makers, and chatters, stay online and updated wherever they are."



E-TEN has just announced two new Glofiish devices, the M750 and M810. Inside, there's a Samsung S3C2442 500MHz processor, 64MB RAM, 256MB ROM, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, GPS (SiRFstar III), a 2.0-megapixel camera with auto-focus, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a microSD slot, and a 2.8" QVGA touch screen, all powered by Windows Mobile 6 Professional. The M810 has the added bonus of tri-band UMTS/HSDPA connectivity. Specs-wise, there isn't much here that sets it apart from previous Glofiish devices, but the design has certainly been kicked up a few notches.

Jump the break for a press release and another picture.

Update: Both have started shipping and should be available in 2-3 weeks. Read more...


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