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List of Android Super Smartphones:

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For now we classify the Android Super Smartphones as any cellphones with a minimum of 3.7” screen and with at least 1 GHz processor. This classification will likely change over time as more phones fall into this category.

The OS version listed on this page represents the OS that initially came with the phone when it was first introduced and NOT what is currently available now. The individual manufacturer determines the upgrade timetable.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 "Rachael".

 

Announced:

November 3, 2009 (official)

Availability:

Delayed indefinitely.

Network:

AT&T (GSM).

Keyboard:

Touch screen only.

Screen size:

4” (854 x 480 pixels).

Thickness:

13 mm.

Weight:

136 grams.

Camera:

8.1 Megapixel with Flash.

CPU:

Qualcomm QSD8259 Snapdragon,

1 GHz.

OS:

Android 1.6 (Donut).

Notes:

Camera comes with face recognition.

Click here to watch the Sony X10 video. Surprisingly,  this phone is long overdue to the U.S. market. Most likely it is not going to make it.

HTC Desire

“Desire”- similar to Nexus1 but w/ optical trackpad.

(Initially named Dragon, later Passion, later Bravo)

 

Announced:

February 16, 2010 (at WMC in Barcelona)

Availability:

Delayed to August 2010.

Network:

AT&T (GSM)

Keyboard:

Touch screen only.

Screen size:

3.7” (800 x 480 pixels). AMOLED.

Thickness:

Unknown.

Weight:

Unknown.

Camera:

5 Megapixels with LED flash.

CPU:

Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon, 1 GHz.

OS:

Android 2.1 (Flan).

Notes:

Rumored since Dec 2009: It was originally thought to be Google’s Nexus One. We were close since this phone is essentially a Nexus One with HTC Sense (HTC’s user interface) and an optical track pad. 720p video recording, Adobe 10.1 support, FM radio tuner,  proximity sensor.

ARCHOS (France) Phone Media Tablet hybrid.

Announced:

September 15, 2009 (official).

Availability:

Unknown. Scrapped indefinitely.

Network:

GSM (T-Mobile, AT&T, or unlocked).

Keyboard:

Touch screen only.

Screen size:

4.3” (854 x 480 pixels).

Thickness:

10 mm.

Weight:

Unknown.

Camera:

Unknown.

CPU:

ARM Cortex, 1 GHz.

OS:

Android

Notes:

High Definition 720p video via HDMI output. March 2010 - rumor that this phone was scrapped indefinitely because Archos could not find at least 2 carriers to subsidized it. Forget them, see other better phones below.

HTC Droid Incredible

Similar to Nexus1 and Desire.

 

Announced:

April 15, 2010 (official)

Availability:

April 29, 2010.

Network:

Verizon (CDMA)

Keyboard:

Touch screen only.

Screen size:

3.7” (800 x 480 pixels). AMOLED.

Thickness:

11.9 mm.

Weight:

130 grams.

Camera:

8 Megapixel with dual LED flash.

CPU:

Qualcomm Snapdragon, 1 GHz.

OS:

Android 2.1 (Flan).

Notes:

It is essentially a CDMA version of HTC Desire. Simillar to Nexus One with HTC Sense (HTC’s user interface). 720p video recording?, Adobe 10.1 support?, FM radio tuner?, optical trackpad, proximity sensor?.

HTC Google’s Nexus One

 

 

Availability:

January 5, 2010.

Network:

T-Mobile and AT&T.

Keyboard:

Touch screen only.

Screen size:

3.7”  (800 x 480 pixels). AMOLED.

Thickness:

11.5 mm.

Weight:

130 grams.

Camera:

5 Megapixels with LED flash.

CPU:

Qualcomm QSD 8250 Snapdragon, 1 GHz.

OS:

Android 2.1 (Flan)

Notes:

Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor

G-sensor, and the usual Android hardware like GPS, accelerometer, and electronic compass. Android 2.1 allows: voice-enabled keyboard, and interactive live wallpaper, and many more new features.

Link to Nexus One videos.

“10 ways the Nexus One slays the iPhone”, article on ZDNet, March 23, 2010.

Samsung i9000 Galaxy S

 

Announced:

March 23, 2010 (at CTIA, Las Vegas)

Availability:

July 15, 2010 called “Vibrant” for T-Mobile.

July 18, 2010 called “Captivate” for AT&T.

2010 “Epic 4G” for Sprint.

2010 “Fascinate” for Verizon.

2010 “Acclaim” for U.S. Cellular.

Network:

T-Mobile,  AT&T,  Sprint, Verizon, and Worldwide (110 countries).

Keyboard:

Touch screen only.

Screen size:

4” (800 x 480) Super AMOLED display.

Thickness:

9.9 mm.

Weight:

118 grams.

Camera:

5 Megapixel. Certain variants of the Galaxy S comes with front facing camera for video conferencing. The “Epic 4G” variant for Sprint will have an additional front facing camera.

CPU:

1 GHz Hummingbird processor + PowerVR SGX540 GPU that is capable of 90 million triangles/sec.

OS:

Android 2.1 (Flan)

Notes:

720p HD video recording at 30 fps, World’s first DivX HD certified phone. Swype

keyboard (see video). Super AMOLED technology has touch sensors on the display itself making it thin and lightweight.

GPU comparison (graphics computational speed) for some of the leading smartphones:

 - Motorola Droid: TI OMAP3430 with PowerVR SGX530 = 7-14 million triangles/s.

 - Nexus One: Qualcomm QSD8×50 with Adreno 200 = 22 million triangles/s.

 - iPhone 3GS: 600 MHz Cortex-A8 with PowerVR SGX535 = 28 million triangles/s.

 - Samsung Galaxy S: S5PC110 with PowerVR SGX540 = 90 million triangles per second.

Video on the left shows the stunning display of Samsung’s new Super AMOLED display (Active Matrix Organic Light Emmiting Diode), only on Android phone.

HTC EVO 4G (WiMax) "Supersonic".

 

Announced:

March 23, 2010 (at CTIA, Las Vegas)

Rumored since January 18, 2010.

Availability:

June 4, 2010

Network:

Sprint 4G (WiMax) high speed network.

10 times faster than 3G.

Keyboard:

Touch screen only.

Screen size:

4.3” (800 x 480)

Thickness:

12.7 mm.

Weight:

170 grams.

Camera:

8 Mp back facing + 1.3 Mp front facing.

CPU:

Qualcomm Snapdragon, 1 GHz.

OS:

Android 2.1 (Flan)

Notes:

World’s First 4G (WiMax) cellphone, HDMI output, the ability to act as a Wi-Fi router for up to eight devices, FM radio, Advanced features include Qik video recording and live streaming, kickstand for table-top video watching.

Click here for a sample list of regular (non-super) Android cellphones.

Click here for a complete list of phone carriers.

The Samsung i9000 Galaxy S is perhaps the most responsive multi-touched screen ever developed.

The touch sensitive sensor is part of the Super AMOLED display and not a special additional layer of touch sensitive material placed on top of the screen like any other screen design.

 Soccer fans can watch 2010 FIFA World Cup Soccer Matches Live with ESPN Mobile TV on Android’s HTC EVO 4G using ‘Sprint TV’ service.

Many outside the U.S. are reporting problems with the Sony X10 namely slowness and responsiveness problems.