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Smartphones are now available in different shapes and sizes. In fact some has grown a bit bigger and larger than usual. There are some people that still long for a smartphone that they can place comfortably in their pockets. This is what the new Samsung Galaxy Pocket is designed for.

The Samsung Galaxy Pocket is a new Android smartphone that caters to those who still want to have their mobile phone always handy in their pants pockets. This mobile phone is only 11.98mm thin and weighs 97 grams. It also comes with a 2.8 inch touchscreen display that features the convenient TouchWiz user interface for smoother navigation. It comes with a 3GB user memory with an SD card slot for an additional 32GB storage space as well as WiFi and HSDPA 3.6 connectivity for faster Web browsing. The Samsung Galaxy Pocket is set to first arrive in UK shores sometime this year and possibly to other countries as well. No pricing details have yet been provided.

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The Samsung Rugby Smart for AT&T is bound to bring a massive dash of toughness to the Korean giant’s Android ranks. Compliant with MIL-STD-810f military grade standard, the handset will also enable Samsung to compete in yet another smartphone segment of the already saturated U.S. market.

While it is no secret that Samsung’s smartphone lineup in the United States is difficult to keep track of due to its sheer size, a rugged device had been a notable omission until the arrival of the subject of today’s feature.

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Despite being a newcomer to the U.S. market, the Samsung Rugby Smart is hardly a revolution in terms of design or specifications. What Samsung have done essentially, is put the single-core, 1.4GHz Scorpion CPU and Snapdragon chipset of the Galaxy W into the casing of the Galaxy Xcover. Add a 3.7″ Super AMOLED screen to the mix and there goes the Samsung Rugby Smart for AT&T. Here is the full list of key features for you.

Key Features

  • Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support
  • 14.4 Mbps HSDPA; 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • MIL-STD-810f ruggedness standard compliant
  • 1.4GHz Snapdragon CPU; Adreno 205 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset; 512MB RAM
  • 4GB storage, microSD card support (up to 32GB)
  • 3.7″ Super AMOLED display with WVGA (800 x 480) resolution; 252ppi pixel density
  • 5 megapixel auto-focus camera; HD (720p) video recording at 30fps, LED flash
  • Front-facing VGA camera for video calls
  • Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with TouchWiz 4.0 launcher
  • Rich video format support out of the box
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n; Hot-spot and DLNA connectivity
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
  • GPS with A-GPS; Digital compass
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • DivX/XviD/X264 video support
  • Office document viewer/editor
  • Web browser with Adobe Flash 11 support

Main disadvantages

  • Not exactly a looker
  • Hardware is not exactly at the cutting edge
  • No dedicated camera button

As you can notice at its key features above, the Samsung Rugby Smart is not exactly at the cutting edge of the Android realm today. The smartphone surely is not a looker either. Instead, the handset is here to offer its potential users solid functionality, without compromising on toughness.

One of the best bits about the HTC newly unveiled smartphone lineup that we saw at the MWC is undoubtedly the screens of the One S and the One X. The displays of both new flagship droids of the Taiwanese company represent a major step forward, compared to their predecessors and we imagine you are as curious as we are to learn more about the underlying technology.

Fortunately, the guys from BestBoyZ managed to get their hands on the two and put them under a microscope to examine what was going on beneath the surface. There were a couple of interesting findings to be noted.

HTC One X SLCD2 matrix (left) vs LG Optimus 4X HD AH-IPS matrix (right)

It turns out the HTC One X HD SLCD2 uses virtually identical matrix to the one found on the LG Optimus 4X HD. That’s the same AH-IPS screen we loved so much on the LG Optimus LTE and it’s hardly a surprise it led to some great results on the One X. The curious omission of the IPS technology from the One X official specs sheet was explained with trademark reasons.

As for the HTC One S – we got confirmation that its qHD Super AMOLED uses a PenTile RGBG matrix, instead of a conventional RGB matrix. This will probably lead to the familiar dottiness in some images, but it seems HTC has designed its interface cleverly enough to make that less apparent.

HTC One S PenTile matrix

We spent quite some time with the One S at the MWC in Barcelona and we weren’t bothered by the missing sub-pixels at all. Here’s hoping this won’t change when we get the smartphone for a full review.

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Despite its oddball proportions the Samsung Galaxy Note phoneblet has manged to be quite popular among those with big hands (and pockets). The first million mark was passed in just two months after the launch of the device and now two months later since that event, the Galaxy Note has crossed the 2 million mark.

Of course, these are not the actual sales but merely the number of devices that have been shipped till date but nonetheless it’s quite an achievement for a device in a fairly new category that a lot of people believe shouldn’t exist in the first place. In comparison, however, Samsung managed to ship over 10 million Galaxy S II in the first five months. And let’s not even get into comparison with the iPhone 4S, which Samsung often chooses to mock in its ads, that sold 4 million units in just over the weekend after its launch.

However, Samsung has much higher expectations from the Galaxy Note. Talking to Forbes, it has revealed that it intends to ship another 10 million units before the end 2012

Upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS screenshots leak

CrackBerry.com has acquired an internal email from RIM, which shows off the UI of their next generation OS, the BlackBerry 10. The hardware in the pictures below might be current the current 9860 but the OS is all new.


In this picture we can see the new homescreen, which is quite a bit different from the one we saw before. You can see large widgets on the screen that remind you of the live tiles in Windows Phone. And they are not static either and you can see information like weather, call information, album art and current location on a map on the respective widgets. There is also a new bar at the bottom that vaguely reminds us a bit of Nokia’s Belle OS.

Moving on, we have the application drawer here. Looking at the screenshot it’s hard to say which direction it scrolls in. We can’t find the usual tabs at the top of the drawer as in the current OS 7 either, so maybe RIM has gone for a single, long list. We can see new icons, as well as a folder that you can use to put icons in. It’s unclear how you invoke this application drawer from the homescreen.

Finally, we have an image of the in-call screen, showing a large picture of the caller on top and large touch buttons, including one for video calls, below.

Overall, the new BlackBerry 10 is looking quite promising. Unfortunately, there will be quite a wait before we could actually get our hands on it.