Lenovo K800, the first Intel-Inside Smartphone – Computex 2012

A new Smartphone specie is born every day. This time it’s being powered by an Intel Atom processor. You heard it right, a similar processor chip that gives life to the millions of netbooks around the world. The Lenovo K800 is the first of many future Smartphones to be powered by an Intel processor.

The Lenovo K800 was announced recently and showcased over the interwebs for the past few months. It garnered a lot of buzz as it was one of the first Smartphones to be coming out with an Intel based processor from a well-known company. The Lenovo K800 packs a 1.6GHz Atom processor with 1GB of RAM, a 4.5 inch 720×1280 IPS display, a rear facing 8MP camera and a 1.3 front facing camera. Unfortunately, the Lenovo K800 only ships with an aging Gingerbread version.

Lenovo K800

Sadly we will not see the Lenovo K800 anywhere else in the world except in China, Lenovo’s own turf. Nevertheless, hopefully this will set a wave of new “Intel-Inside” Smartphones. Expect AMD to come out with their own mobile chip for Smartphones and Tablets later this year too.

Would the new Intel chip designed for mobile devices outperform Nvidia’s Tegra, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon or even Samsung’s Exynos processors? Post your thoughts below. We are itching to know what you think. Dron that comment!

Acer CloudMobile S500 – An Elegant Stainless Steel Looking Smartphone

Acer has been a tad quiet in the Smartphone arena. They have launched a few Android Smartphones locally which include the Acer Liquid, the Acer beTouch and the Acer Liquid Mini. The Acer Liquid was in fact coupled with a plan from Smart Communications. However, things didn’t go as planned for Acer both locally and globally.

During Computex 2012, Acer announced a lineup of new Smartphones which included the Acer CloudMobile (S500). The Acer CloudMobile (S500) has won several international design awards with its stainless steel finish on both the top and bottom of the Smartphone. Furthermore, the Acer CloudMobile is running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual-Core 1.5GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. The device features a crisp 4.3inch screen paired with a 720p high definition resolution. On the rear of the phone there’s an 8MP camera with LED flash while in front there’s a HD front-facing camera. On top of all of that, it’s running on Ice Cream Sandwich.

Acer CloudMobile S500

The Acer CloudMobile at first sight looks sleek and elegant. It doesn’t look cheap at all compared to the “plastic” looking Samsung Galaxy S3. The stainless steel on the Acer CloudMobile made a difference. Additionally, from the name itself, the Acer CloudMobile will feature Acer’s very own cloud storage service similar to Dropbox and the likes of many others. The cloud service comes with unlimited space. Sadly, not everything in life is free. The cloud service provided will only last for 30 days.

Acer CloudMobile S500

The Acer CloudMobile will be made available internationally and in the Philippines by the third quarter this year. There has been no mention yet on price points. However with the specifications and the design of the Smartphone, I would say it would fetch a price tag of at least PHP23,000.

How do you find the design of the Acer CloudMobile? Will Acer finally set foot in the Smartphone arena with this phone? Send us your opinions and comments below Drons!

HTC One S Dual-Core 1.7GHz – Space Age Smartphone

Back in April this year, HTC came out with the first quad-core Smartphone to be released onto the market, the HTC One X. It made hearts palpate with its extraordinary hardware and design. The gears running the HTC One X paired with the ability to drop the phone up to a meter in height was a sure winner. Sadly, it was overshadowed by the immense marketing of their Korean competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S3.

When the HTC rolled out with their HTC One X and the HTC One V back in Cebu a few months back, I was surprised not to see the HTC One S in its initial lineup. I asked Francisco Torno III, HTC Philippines’ Marketing Manager, and he promised that the HTC One S will hit shores a few months after. He kept to his word and the HTC One S is now available nationwide in the Philippines this July 2012.

So what’s the difference between the company’s front runner, the HTC One X and the HTC One S? The HTC One S uses a similar body which according to the representatives from HTC is made from the same materials used for satellites. A space age Smartphone. Furthermore, the HTC One S is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 1.7GHz Dual-Core Processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP Camera f2.0 and a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 2. Without any doubt it’s running on Ice Cream Sandwich and will soon be upgraded to Jelly Bean.

HTC One S

The HTC One S is a phone worth getting. It might not be a quad-core, however, it’s the fastest Dual-Core processor on the market, clocked at 1.7GHz. Unfortunately, all of HTC’s latest Smartphones (HTC Desire V, Desire C, HTC One X, HTC One S) come with built-in batteries. Thus, if something goes wrong with it, you’ll have to return the whole unit. I couldn’t get a solid answer from HTC’s Francisco Torno III as to why this is the case. Hopefully he can shed some light in the comments below.

Nonetheless, the HTC One S is priced at around PHP23,000. Some of you might say it’s priced too high, however, personally it fits between the price points of a lower-end dual-core phone and a quad-core phone.

HTC One S

Simply said, the HTC One S is gorgeous in terms of design and power. If you can’t afford to get a quad core phone, however, you still want that extra juice then get the HTC One S.

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HTC Desire C, Perfect Budget Smartphone – First Impressions and Hands On

Here’s a budget Android Smartphone worth every penny, the HTC Desire C. The HTC Desire C is one of the latest from the Desire lineup. It features a solid gorgeous body with a 600MHz processor, 512MB of Ram, 5MP Camera and to it all its flavored with Ice Cream Sandwich all over.

The HTC Desire C comes with a PHP10,000 price tag which is a bit step compared to other Android budget Smartphones in the market like the Samsung Galaxy Y. This can be due to the 5MP camera and having Ice Cream Sandwich on the device.

HTC Desire C

Is it worth purchasing though or should one stick to Smartphones which are priced a lot lower? Do you have any recommendations to bust the HTC Desire C? Send us your suggestions below!

HTC Desire V Hands On and Impressions Philippines

Nowadays, we usually associate Dual-Sim phones to those cheap devices manufactured in mainland China which only last for a few months before they break down. The HTC Desire V shouldn’t be placed alongside these poorly designed Dual-Sim phones.

The HTC Desire V is the first active Dual-sim Smartphone to be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Moreover, the phone features a single core 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 4 inch display and a 5MP camera.

HTC Desire V

I have been mesmerized by the practicality, the design and the raw processing power the HTC Desire V breathes. I currently own two phones which are on different networks, Globe and SUN, one which I use for business, the other for pleasure and friends. At times it’s a fuss carrying two phones in my pocket. They tend to bulk up my pants and add weight at the same time. Now Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not some sort of snob, however, I find it nuisance at times.

The HTC Desire V is an affordable active Dual-sim phone running on some fair specs. It might not replace my Samsung Galaxy S2, however, the temptation is there. The HTC Desire V is available nationwide in the Philippines for a price of around PHP16,000.

HTC Desire V

I hope to see more Smartphones similar or greater in hardware from other companies. These type of Dual-Sim Smartphones will definitely be a hit in South East Asian markets, specifically in the Philippines, where one usually uses two or more networks.

Do you fancy the HTC Desire V like I do? Would you rather go with a brand less China made Android Dual-Sim Smartphone instead? Send us in your comments below!