Here is the Day 3 round-up of World Mobile Congress 2010. Some new phones announced along with latest alliances and news.
HTC & Telefonica Strike Deal for Affordable Smartphone
World’s fastest growing smartphone maker HTC has struck an exclusivity deal with European service provider Telephonica to introduce affordable smartphones for the masses. Targeted towards teens and youth, the new handsets will be running on Qualcomm’s Brew platform. At the moment the prices is expected to be around 120 Euros. Both companies aim to tap into wider youth market as this segment is perceived to be away from moving to smartphones due to higher price brackets.
Alcatel Jumps on Android Bandwagon
The latest OEM to port its devices towards Google’s Android OS is Alcatel. The new device, OT-980, will be based on Android OS and will be priced below 200 Euros. Alcatel, primarily known for producing low cost devices manufactured by Asia’s TCT mobile shipped 16 Million devices in 2009. The new range of Alcatel smartphones will feature not only touch screen but will also have full QWERTY keyboards. The new devices are expected to be available around June 2010.
Opera Demonstrates Fastest iPhone Browser
Announced recently, Opera demonstrated the multifunctional capabilities of the latest browser for iPhone users. The tests and demonstration showed Opera Mini to be at 5 times faster than iPhone’s native Safari browser. The company did not let the audience take pictures of make movies of the demonstration. Although Safari claims the majority traffic from Mobiles to Internet but keeping in view the latest demonstration, Opera may have a winner.
Puma Launches Its Own Phone
Puma joined hands with Sagem to bring their first of many smartphones. A Palm-Pre look alike, Puma phone is targeted towards youth and people who want to have fun with their devices. With a focus on sports and entertainment, Puma device comes with 2.8 inch QVGA capacitive touch screen and 3.2 Mega Pixel camera with 6X zoom and LED flash. Packed with solar cell it also has integrated battery indicator for knowing how much battery life is left. The Puma phone is expected to be available in Europe by the end of April 2010.