Hot Technology at the Annual CTIA Wireless Show in Orlando

From HTC's HD7 Windows Phone 7 handset to Sprint's HTC EVO View 4G, CTIA attention grabbers.


CTIA Wireless offers a look at the evolving mobile landscape, from handsets and apps to core network systems. Here's some of what's hot at the show in Orlando.

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Take HTC's well-received HD7 Windows Phone 7 handset, uses Super LCD to boost the display quality of the 4.3-inch 400 x 480 screen, add the finally-updated newest version of Microsoft's mobile OS [Copy! And! Paste!] and you have the HD7S: the biggest-screen WP7 handset. Due from AT&T "in the coming weeks." Don't ask yet about price.


AT&T unveiled the U.S. version of LG's Optimus 3D smartphone, relabeled the Thrill 4G. LG lets you see 3D without those pesky 3D glasses. And its rear-mounted stereoscopic 5-megapixel cam captures photos and 720p video in 3D. The Thrill runs Android 2.2 on a dual-core TI processor, has 8GB of onboard memory plus the same amount in a MicroSD card, an HDMI-out port.

The display is a 4.3-inch screen with 800 x 480 pixel resolution, which is less than the just-announced HTC EVO 3D, and can cause the Thrill's 3D images to appear grainy by comparison, according to some reviews.

Is it really 4G? It will run on HSPA+ cellular networks, but whether that will mean 14.4M or 21Mbps is unclear. You'll have to wait some months before it's available.


Sprint unveiled its own 3D offering, the HTC EVO 3D. The display is a 4.3-inch, QHD 960 x 540 pixels touchscreen. Changes from the original EVO include: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), 5- megapixel steoreoscopic camera for 3D images and video, with flash (and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel cam). It sports a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor.

It has 4GB internal memory, and 1Gbyte RAM; 8GB microSD card included (up to 32GB).

It's due in summer of 2011, and pricing is not yet announced.


T-Mobile unveils the Nokia Astound, which features a 3.5-inch capacitive touch AMOLED displays, at 360 x 640 pixels. Early reviewers are impressed by the display quality.

Astound has a rather astounding 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and 720p HD video capture; free turn-by-turn navigation from Nokia, and Nokia's Ovi Maps; access Nokia's Ovi Store for paid and free apps; 8GB internal memory and a MicrosSD slot for cards up to 32GB external memory.

The phone runs Nokia's Symbian 3.1 OS, which will eventually be phased out for new devices running Windows Phone 7. But right now, says PC World's Sasha Segan , who calls the Astound "T-Mobile's best feature phone," the new handset combines beautiful hardware with excellent camera, maps and navigation, fast Web browsing, for $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two-year contract.


Samsung showed off two new Galaxy Tab models, one of them a thinner, lighter version of the Tab 10.1 unveiled just last month at Mobile World Congress. Both the new 10.1 and 8.9 models (the numbers refer to the screen sizes) are about 0.33 inches thick, comparable to iPad 2.

The other iPad similarity: pricing. For the Wi-Fi models. The Tab 10.1 in 16GB and 32GB is $499 and $599; the comparable 8.9 model is $469 and $569. They will support 4G cellular or more accurately HSPA+ up to 21Mbps.

Both have 1280 x 800 pixel displays, compared to iPad 2 at 1024 x 768. They will run Android 3.0, with an updated version of Samsung's TouchWiz UI, powered by a 1-GHz dual-core processor. The 10.1 will ship June 8, the 8.9 in early summer.


Sprint is first to introduce to the U.S. a slightly modified version of the HTC Flyer tablet unveiled last month. Called HTC EVO View 4G, the Sprint model of the 7-inch Android 3.0 tablet has built-in support for the carrier's WiMAX network, with average download speeds of 3M-6Mbps (and for EVDO Rev A 3G connections).

Another addition is HTC's Scribe technology, which lets you use a separately sold digital pen to annotate Web pages, write and draw on the 1024 x 600 pixel touchscreen.

Other features: rear-facing 5.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera; 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot that can let up to eight Wi-Fi devices share the WiMAX or 3G connection; 802.11n Wi-Fi; 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

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