Gigabyte GSmart Simba SX1 is the world’s first smartphone to feature “three-way talking”
Nov12

Gigabyte GSmart Simba SX1 is the world’s first smartphone to feature “three-way talking”

Dual SIM Android smartphones are nothing out of the ordinary these days, but Gigabyte’s latest dual SIM handset is something special. Called GSmart Simba SX1, the new device has been announced as “the first smartphone with three-way talking feature in the world.” The Simba SX1 keeps both your SIM cards active all the time, providing the option to “put the first call on hold and invite the other incoming call to conference group” – without requiring any extra application or mobile operator service. The handset runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and offers mid-range features, including: a 5 inch HD display, HSPA+ (up to 21Mbps), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, 2MP front-facing camera, 13MP rear camera with flash, dual-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, MicroSD card support, and a 1,900 mAh battery. According to Gigabyte, the GSmart Simba SX1 will be released this month in in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Taiwan, with a global roll-out to follow in December. The handset seems to be already available to order in some markets – like Romania, where it costs 1,299 RON (about €291, or $392). Another recently unveiled Gigabyte smartphone is the 7.2mm-thin GSmart Guru G1. Also running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the G1 is the company’s first handset to have a Full HD display (5 inches). The rest of its features include a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, and a 2,500 mAh battery. You can check out the Guru G1 here. Pricing and launch details aren’t known at the moment. Via Press...

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Dual SIM Gigabyte GSmart G1355 with Android 2.3 Gingerbread coming soon
Feb15

Dual SIM Gigabyte GSmart G1355 with Android 2.3 Gingerbread coming soon

Gigabyte – which, in case you didn’t know, makes phones from time to time – has a new Android handset with dual SIM capabilities. Called Gigabyte GSmart G1355, the handset runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and should be released soon. The new smartphone looks quite elegant, but it’s far from being a high-end device. It features a 4.3 inch WVGA display, HSDPA (1 SIM only), Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.5mm headset jack, 5MP autofocus camera with LED flash, 800MHz Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, and MicroSD card support (up to 32GB). According to GSM Arena, the GSmart G1355 will be available starting the end of this month – although there’s no word on where, and neither for what...

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Dual SIM Gigabyte Gsmart Rola with Android Froyo coming soon
Dec12

Dual SIM Gigabyte Gsmart Rola with Android Froyo coming soon

Dual SIM Android handsets are quite rare, and maybe that’s why Gigabyte is readying the launch of one. Called Gsmart Rola, the upcoming dual SIM devices is a mid to entry-level smartphone that features a 3.2 inch WQVGA resistive touchscreen display, Android 2.2 Froyo, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM radio, 3.2MP camera, 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM, MicroSD card support, and a 528MHz processor. The handset also supports HSDPA, but it’s not clear yet if you’ll be able to use it on both SIM cards (most probably not). The Gigabyte Gsmart Rola should be available early next year in “select regions” – this likely means some European and Asian markets. It will cost around €175. Via GSM...

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Gigabyte-made Orange Boston Android smartphone confirmed, coming soon in white
Apr14

Gigabyte-made Orange Boston Android smartphone confirmed, coming soon in white

The Gigabyte GSmart G1305 Codfish is indeed coming to Orange, as we assumed last month, and is indeed called Boston (which is not that weird, since the carrier also has phones dubbed Rome, New York, Vegas and Miami). Running Android 1.6, the Orange Boston features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with 480 x 320 pixels, trackball, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, GPS, Bluetooth 2.0, 3.5mm headset jack, 5MP camera, MicroSD card support, 256MB of RAM, and a 600MHz processor from Qualcomm. As seen in the renderings below, the Boston will be launched by Orange in white: The Orange Boston should be available in the UK, Spain, Poland and Romania starting this month. It’s said that the smartphone will be offered for only €1 on select contracts. Via...

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Android-based Gigabyte G1305 actually called Boston, coming to Orange?
Mar30

Android-based Gigabyte G1305 actually called Boston, coming to Orange?

Remember the Gigabyte G1305 Codfish, caught running Android earlier this moth? The smartphone has recently received its Bluetooth certification from the Bluetooth SIG, and it looks like it’s actually called Gigabyte Boston. Moreover, the handset seems to be destined for Orange, which might launch it soon – although we don’t know when, and neither for what price. The features of the Gigabyte G1305 Boston / Codfish include GSM and HSDPA connectivity (900/1900/2100 MHz), a 3.2 inch HVGA (480 x 320) touchscreen display, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, A-GPS, 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 CPU, and 256MB of RAM. It’s not clear yet what version of the Android OS the smartphone is running, but let’s hope it’s Android...

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Gigabyte GSmart G1305 Codfish with Android and GSmart S1205 Cougar with WM 6.5 unveiled
Mar02

Gigabyte GSmart G1305 Codfish with Android and GSmart S1205 Cougar with WM 6.5 unveiled

Two unannounced Gigabyte smartphone shave recently appeared in Ukraine, one running Android 1.6 and another one running Windows Mobil 6.5. The Android device is called Gigabyte GSmart G1305 Codfish, and it looks like it has more features than the first Gigabyte Android handset. The GSmart G1305 Codfish comes with quad-band GSM connectivity, tri-band HSDPA connectivity (900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz), Wi-Fi, GPS, a 3.2 inch HVGA display, 256MB of RAM and a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processor. The Gigabyte G1305 Codfish measures 116 x 56.8 x 12.4 mm and looks like this: Next, the Gigabyte GSmart S1205 Cougar looks more elegant than the G1305 Codfish, and apparently it’s a dual SIM smartphone. The S1205 Cougar features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, quad-band GSM / GPRS / EDGE connectivity, Wi-Fi, GPS, 128MB of RAM, and a 416MHz processor. For the moment, there are no details on the release dates and prices of Gigabyte GSmart G1305 Codfish and GSmart S1205 Cougar. Via Rozetka and...

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Gigabyte’s GSmart Android phone in live photos
Jan21

Gigabyte’s GSmart Android phone in live photos

Gigabyte’s first Android handset – the still unnamed device from the GSmart series – has just appeared in a set of live photos, allowing us to take a better look at it. Granted, this is not a phone that can make you say wow – but most probably Gigabyte doesn’t want it to be anyway. Reportedly running Android 1.6 (like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10), the new GSmart phone has a 2.8 inch QVGA display, trackball, Wi-Fi, GPS, 192MB RAM, 512MB ROM, 528Mhz Qualcomm processor, 2MP autofocus camera, MicroSD card support, and even a 3.5mm headset jack. The only important feature that’s missing is 3G connectivity. The Gigabyte GSmart Android phone will be available starting February or March, for a modest price: around €200 (or $300) – so it should compete with the HTC Tattoo. Via...

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Gigabyte’s first GSmart Android phone gets pictured
Jan19

Gigabyte’s first GSmart Android phone gets pictured

We’ve recently told you that Gigabyte might make Android smartphones, and it looks like the Taiwanese company already has a handset based on Google’s open source OS. The Gigabyte Android smartphone doesn’t have a name yet, but it’s part of the GSmart series – which, until now, included only Windows Mobile devices. The new handset runs Android 1.6, it has a trackball and measures 103 x 54 x 13.4 millimeters. Mobile-review has some photos of the device: The phone’s specs include: GSM / GPRS / EDGE connectivity 2.8 QVGA touchscreen display Trackball G-sensor (accelerometer) Wi-Fi GPS Bluetooth 2.0 3.5 mm audio jack 2MP autofocus camera Qualcomm ESM7225 528 MHz CPU 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM MicroSD card support 1,500 mAh battery The Gigabyte GSmart Android phone should be released in Russia next month (February). It’s said that its price will be of only 9,000 RUB ($300 or...

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Gigabyte to make Android phones, too?
Jan13

Gigabyte to make Android phones, too?

While reporting about the launch of A688 – a new Android handset made by Foxconn for the Taiwanese mobile carrier Vibo – DigiTimes has also implied that computer maker Gigabyte may be interested to manufacture Android smartphones, too. Of course, Gigabyte already has smartphones, but all of them run Windows Mobile (the latest-announced being the GSmart S1200). Reportedly, Gigabyte and another Taiwanese company (AboCom Systems) are both in talks with Vibo for producing handsets based on Google’s Android platform, although there’s nothing certain at this moment. Since Gigabyte makes Linux-based MIDs (like the 4.8 inch Gigabyte M528 seen in the photo below), the company can surely make Android devices as well. Speaking of the M528, some Taiwanese developer has ported Android on it last year, as you can see in the video below: And – in case you’re interested – here’s what the aforementioned Vibo A688 looks like: Photos via...

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Gigabyte’s GSmart S1200 fully unveiled: WVGA display and Windows Mobile
Feb17

Gigabyte’s GSmart S1200 fully unveiled: WVGA display and Windows Mobile

Gigabyte may not be the first company to come into mind when one’s thinking about smartphones, but that doesn’t mean the Taiwanese company does not have a place of its own at MWC 2009. We told you not long ago that the manufacturer’s GSmart S1200 is almost ready to be unveiled to the world, and this has obviously happened in Barcelona, during MWC.  The handset looks really nice and elegant, having a chromed trim and a large WVGA display. It’s also quite slim, measuring only 105.5 x 52 x 11.4 millimeters. As expected, the S1200 runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and it’s upgradeable to Windows Mobile 6.5.   Its full list of features includes: 3.1 inch TFT touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixels Gigabyte’s Smart Zone user interface GSM and HSDPA/HSUPA connectivity Built-in GPS Wi-Fi Bluetooth 2.0 Mini USB 2.0 3MP camera with autofocus MicroSD card slot 528 MHz Qualcomm processor 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM 1010 mAh battery GSmart S1200 should be on sale starting the second quarter of 2009, for a price that will be announced later on. Via...

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