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Highlights of CommunicAsia & BroadcastAsia 2010

CommunicAsia 2010 - Samsung's Booth

CommunicAsia 2010 - Where the Mobile Industry Converges

If you ever wanted to know what's cooking in the mobile industry from now till year-end, CommunicAsia is your best bet. As usual, the 2010 edition of the show has several worldwide players gathered here in Singapore at this yearly trade fair and the HardwareZone team was there to absorb all the happenings to prepare this article to highlight the movers and shakers of the show. If you can't head down to visit the show at the Expo, we've prepared the following video feature in addition to our usual coverage. Enjoy!


Samsung's Booth

After the launch of its first bada phone, the Samsung Wave, and its Android-based Samsung Galaxy S, we were curious over Samsung's lineup for the next six months.True enough, there were a few new Android and bada phones making their debut at CommunicAsia 2010.

The Samsung booth showcased its earlier lineup such as the Samsung Wave and Galaxy S, to its new iterations - the Samsung Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro as well as the Samsung Galaxy 3 and Galaxy 5.

We take a look at the Galaxy series, with two new additions to the Android family - the Samsung Galaxy 3 and Galaxy 5. Both phones will be using the latest Android 2.1 OS. The key difference between these two Galaxy-branded devices is the screen size, with the Galaxy 3 tagged at 3.2-inches with a WQVGA screen resolution, whilst the Galaxy 5 comes with a smaller screen at 2.8-inches with a QVGA resolution.Unfortunately, both devices will be using the usual TFT LCD displays instead of the Super AMOLED that's seen on the Samsung Wave and Galaxy S. Like the earlier Samsung Galaxy S, the Galaxy 3 and 5 has Samsung's latest Touch Wiz 3.0 UI loaded within, providing you with up to seven pages to load your widgets.

Both the Samsung Galaxy 3 and 5 will be available in July 2010.

The Samsung Galaxy 3 (pictured here) and Samsung Galaxy 5 will be running on the latest Android 2.1 platform. As for a Froyo update, there's still no confirmation from Samsung as of now.

Two offshoots to the Wave series were also unveiled at the Samsung booth, namely the Samsung Wave 2 and Samsung Wave 2 Pro. Like the earlier Samsung Wave, these two devices will be based on Samsung's own bada platform, and with it, the plethora of Samsung apps. Do not be confused with the numbering, for the Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro aren't exactly the successors to the original Wave. In fact, we noticed that both devices won't be using the Super AMOLED screen. Further to that, these two devices won't be equipped with 3G data speeds, relying instead on its Wi-Fi and 2.5G cellular speeds.

Both the Samsung Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro will be available by August 2010.

The Samsung Wave 2 Pro comes with a QWERTY keyboard hidden underneath the display.

Unfortunately, we didin't manage to get our hands on both the Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro, with just the dummy units on display at the Samsung booth.

The last two highlights from the Samsung booth would be its Omnia series, in particular its business-centric Omnia Pro lineup. Both the Samsung Omnia Pro 4 and Omnia Pro 5 will be running on Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5, with the former having a touchscreen option whilst the Omnia Pro 5 adopts a non-touchscreen approach with Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard. And in conjunction with the availability of Microsoft Office 2010 Mobile, the two Omnia Pros will be pre-loaded with the app.

The Samsung Omnia Pro 4 will be available from July 2010, while the Samsung Omnia Pro 5 will be available from August 2010.

The Samsung Omnia Pro 5 is loaded with Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard, making this a non-touchscreen device, unlike...

...the Samsung Omnia Pro 4, which is powered by Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional. This means you can opt to use the physical keys or rely solely on its 2.62-inch touchscreen. Both devices will be loaded with Microsoft Office 2010 Mobile.