CommunicAsia 2011 Coverage
CommunicAsia is upon us once again, and while the annual Infocomm Technology exhibition and trade event is usually centered around showcasing the latest in business and enterprise networking technology, there are bound to be popular consumer electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets thrown into the mix as well. Read on to find out more about some of the products that are currently being showcased in this year's CommunicAsia 2011.
*UPDATE: videos for NTT DoCoMo added, more booths from Basement levels featured.
Huawei has a reputation of being one of the regular exhibitors for CommunicAsia, and it is of little surprise that the Chinese networking and telecommunications equipment company is back once again to showcase their latest products at CommunicAsia 2011.
First up on Huawei's list of new consumer electronic devices is a feature phone. Yes, you read that right: apparently, as far as Huawei is concerned, smartphones are not for everybody, and that there is still a market for low-cost feature phones that are capable of perfoming many of the functions that people usually take for granted on smartphones.
That being said, the new feature phone which was unveiled by Huawei today is the C6050, as shown in the image below. According to the company, this particular phone was designed to cater to users who make frequent use of a mobile phone's SMS feature to send text messages, as can be seen by the inclusion of a QWERTY keyboard instead of a generic number pad. In addition, the C6050 sports a two-inch TFT LCD screen capable of displaying up to 262,000 colors, a three-megapixel camera, a microSD card slot capable of supporting cards with a maximum size of 8GB and an 800mAH lithium-ion battery.
Also available for display at Huawei's booth are three Android-powered smartphones, which are expected to be released for sale on the market by the end of this year. They are the Huawei Spark (U8600), the U8850 and the 8860, which is also known as the Honor.
According to Huawei, the Huawei Honor is a high-end smartphone which is aimed at consumers who desire a high-performance mobile communication tool to serve their everyday needs. Providing the Honor's processing power is a 1.4GHz Snapdragon system-on-a-chip (SoC) and Google's Android (Gingerbread) operating system, while a four-inch FWVGA LTPS LCD panel makes up the smartphone's display. Lastly, the Huawei Honor also features a five-megapixel camera, a 1930mAH lithium-ion battery, a 9.9mm-thin body and support for 720p video capture and playback.
On the other hand, the U8850 smartphone is designed to be a mid-range phone: as such, it lacks raw processing power that can be found on the Honor, although its hardware specifications are no slouch either. According to Huawei, the U8850 sports a unibody aluminum shell that is 9.9mm thin (same thickness as the aforementioned Honor), and features a curved 3.7-inch touchscreen display. In addition, the U8850 is also preloaded with version 2.3 of the Android operating system, and boasts a five-megapixel rear-facing camera which is capable of capturing HD video clips at 720p.
The company also showed off the new Huawei Spark smartphone, which is an entry-level smartphone aimed at cost-conscious consumers. It features a 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen display capable of WVGA resolutions, a 3.2-megapixel front-facing camera, a 1800mAH lithium-ion battery and support for a variety of standard wireless connectivity interfaces, such as WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1.
Last but definitely not least, we happened to notice a certain console-like device sitting rather inconspicuously at the "Mobile Broadband" section of Huawei's booth.
As it turns out, that "console-like" device is actually a new device from Huawei and is aimed at allowing gamers to share their mobile broadband connection with other people. According to the company, the product on display at its booth is only a mockup, but the finalized version of the device will serve as a portable video game console with the ability to broadcast 3G signals wirelessly for sharing, and can be preloaded with a variety of operating systems.