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April 2010 Roundup

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30th April 2010

2010 hasn't seen an awful lot of new handset releases, but things started to pick up in April with some new announcements from big names.

Nokia

A wide range of Nokia phones were announced this month, the most interesting of which is the Nokia N8 which is the first Nokia to have a 12 megapixel camera and also is the first handset to be announced that runs the new Symbian^3 operating system. Another touchscreen phone to be announced is the Nokia C6, which looks very much like a replacement for the unloved N97. Businesses can look forward to the Nokia E5 messaging device which packs in push email support and a QWERTY keyboard, and this was launched alongside the Nokia C3 which is a very low cost QWERTY-equipped messaging phone for consumers. Nokia also announced the low cost Nokia X2 music phone with a 5 megapixel camera, and for the Chinese market only (at the moment) the Nokia X5 TD-SCDMA device.

 

 Nokia N8
Nokia N8

 Nokia C6
Nokia C6

 Nokia E5
Nokia E5

 Nokia C3
Nokia C3

 Nokia X2
Nokia X2

 Nokia X5
Nokia X5

RIM / BlackBerry

A long overdue update to the Pearl range, the BlackBerry Pearl 3G is a name given to a pair of similar handsets that are a huge improvement over previous Pearl generations. The BlackBerry Bold 9650 is a dual CDMA/GSM messaging phone that is heading for customers in the US.

 BlackBerry Pearl 3G
BlackBerry Pearl 3G

 BlackBerry Bold 9650
BlackBerry Bold 9650

Other manufacturers

Microsoft announced their own-brand Microsoft KIN phones, designed with social networkers in mind. The Sony Ericsson Zylo and Spiro handsets refresh Sony Ericsson's aging Walkman lineup, but we don't know if consumers will show much interest. The Garmin Asus Garminfone is heading for T-Mobile USA, and combines an Android smartphone with Garmin's know-how when it comes to personal navigation. Another Android phone is the low-cost Vodafone 845, exclusive to the Vodafone network. Finally, we looked at the dual-SIM LG GX500 which brings two SIM cards and a touchscreen, aimed primarily at customers in Eastern Europe. Also this month we brought news that HP was to buy Palm in a deal valuing Palm at $1.2 billion.

 Microsoft KIN
Microsoft KIN

 Sony Ericsson Zylo
Sony Ericsson Zylo

 Garmin Asus Garminfone
Garmin Asus Garminfone

 Vodafone 845
Vodafone 845

 LG GX500
LG GX500

 

 

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