Acer’s massive Iconia Smart S300 Android superphone gets a good ol’ FCC teardown


Acer’s Iconia Smart S300 superphone first emerged early in 2011, sporting a massive 4.8-inch screen with a 1024×480 resolution.  The Android 2.3 device rocks a single-core 1GHz MSM8255 SnapDragon processor, 512MB of SDRAM, front (2MP) and rear (8MP) cameras, microSD card support up to 32GB, and support for GSM/WCDMA networks worldwide.

Unfortunately, the Iconia Smart S300 was not released by an US carriers, making it difficult for anyone in the States to get their hands on Acer’s spectacular, if unwieldy superphone.

However, thanks to the FCC, we now get a closer look at the S300, including the device’s innards.  FCC photos reveal SanDisk flash memory, along with what appears to be SDRAM from Hynix.  We also see a power management chip from Qualcomm, although the device’s MSM processor remains covered in FCC photos.

Check out the full S300 gallery, below.

Sony Ericsson’s Live with Walkman Android phone hits the FCC, gets torn down


Remember the Walkman?  Sony Ericsson is reviving its ground breaking brand with a new lineup of Android phones.  Pictured here is the awkwardly-named Live with Walkman phone, which passed through the FCC today.  The music-centric device features a 3.2-inch screen, 1GHz processor, front (VGA) and rear (5MP) cameras, and Android 2.3.  The device also features a dedicated Walkman button, xLOUD loudness enhancement, and access to the PlayNow music store.

FCC documents also include internal photos of the device, below.

The Live with Walkman is expected to launch in Q4 of 2011.


Huawei’s 1.4GHz M886 Glory gets torn down on its way to Cricket Wireless


Huawei is mostly known for lower-end OEM phones, but we have to say the company’s M886 Glory smartphone appears to be quite competitive.  The device features a 4-inch screen with a 480×854 resolution, 1.4GHZ Qualcomm MSM8655T processor, 8MP camera and a large 1900mAh battery, and runs Android 2.3.3.

The Glory made its way through the FCC today sporting a Cricket Wireless logo on its rear.  The device will retail for $300 with a two year contract and is expected to be released later tis year.

FCC documents also include a teardown of the Glory, although the pictures of the device’s internals are quite blurry, below.

MSI’s 10-inch WindPad Enjoy Android 2.3 tablet hits the FCC


Taiwanese PC manufacturer MSI unveiled its WindPad Enjoy tablets at Computex this year, and today the company’s 10-inch version of the WindPad Enjoy hit the FCC.  The device features a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, front and rear cameras, and a 800 x 480 screen.  Interestingly, MSI decided to use Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the WindPad Enjoy, rather than Google’s Honeycomb OS.

While the WindPad’s specs aren’t particularly stunning, the device is expected to retail for just $300.  MSI hasn’t yet announced plans to launch the WindPad Enjoy in the US, but today’s FCC filing is a good sign that we may see the device in the States soon.


Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10 mini pro gets a Gingerbread update

With most Android smartphone screens now in the 4-inch plus range, we welcomed the diminutive form factor of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro, an Android smartphone with a footprint just slightly larger than a credit card.  Unfortunately, the X10 mini pro was a bit outdated when it was released, relying on Android 1.6, an underpowered 600MHz processor, and just 128MB of RAM.

Well it looks like Sony Ericsson will soon introduce a much needed updated to the X10 mini pro, pictured above.  The device, which is currently known as the XK17i, sports Android 2.3, and what appears to be the same 2.55-inch screen featured on the X10 mini pro.  The device also has a streamlined layout of hard and soft Android buttons, as well as an attractive matte-black exterior.

At this point, we don’t know much else about the XK17i.  Hopefully the device will offer a processor in the 1GHz range, along with increased RAM and internal storage.  There are few sub 3-inch Android smartphones available today, and this small form factor will likely find a following among space-conscious users or users that need a small secondary Android smartphone when they’re on the go.  No word on pricing or availability yet, but the XK17i above looks like it’s near its final release, so we wouldn’t be surprised if Sony Ericsson announces the device soon.

Source:  Phandroid, Engadget

HTC ThunderBolt getting Android 2.3 Gingerbread update in Q2


The HTC ThunderBolt was launched just last week, yet a big update for the device is already in the works.  According to Droid-Life, the ThunderBolt will get an update to Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread, in Q2 2011 – that means ThunderBolt owners out there will have Gingerbread on their devices in two months or less!

News of the Gingerbread update was actually sent to a ThunderBolt owner via email by HTC.  The ThunderBolt owner contacted HTC to resolve issues with Bluetooth, and the HTC representative replied with an email containing expected updates for the device, including news that a Gingerbread update is planned for Q2.  HTC hasn’t made this new official yet, so it’s likely the HTC representative let a planned announcement slip.

While it may seem like the GingerBread update is coming remarkably soon after the ThunderBolt launched, don’t forget that the ThunderBolt was reportedly scheduled to launch in early February, but was delayed until late March due to still unannounced issues.  Either way, this is great news for ThunderBolt owners who have waited so patiently for the device.

Source:  Droid-Life

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