Weekly high-tech product releases:HTC Legend, smartphone with a projector

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High-tech product releases announced the week ending February 17 include the first Bada-based phone with Bluetooth 3.0, a smartphone with an integrated pico projector, a connected device that can wirelessly stream movies, a touchscreen smartphone that's no bigger than a credit card, a solar powered smartphone made by a sportswear label, a Nexus One clone with added features and an aluminium unibody handset with an enhanced user interface.

The first smartphone to run on Samsung's Bada OS
The Samsung Wave (S8500) is the first handset to run on Samsung's Bada-based OS. It is also the first mobile to ship with Bluetooth 3.0. The device is equipped with a multitouch 3.3 WVGA Super AMOLED display with mDNIe (mobile Digital Natural Image engine), a 1GHz processor, a 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash and autofocus, aGPS, accelerometer, multitasking, HD 720p video recording and playback, 5.1 audio and either 2 or 8GB of on board memory. The phone will be released in April but no pricing information has been announced.

A high tech mobile phone with an integrated pico projector
Samsung's i8520 handset, also known as the Halo or Beam, is a smartphone with a specialized inbuilt pico projector. The i8520 runs on Google's Android 2.1 OS. The phone comes with a multitouch 3.7 inch WVGA Super AMOLED screen, an 8 megapixel camera with flash, FM Radio with RDS, aGPS, WiFi and 2GB of storage that can be boosted up to 32GB with a MicroSD card. No pricing or availability was announced.

A connected device that bridges the gap between your high-definition TV and your laptop
Sony's Dash sits in the market in between an internet-connected TV, a laptop and a digital picture frame providing wireless real-time internet and services via the more than 1,500 applications already available from Sony's Bravia Internet Video platform. The Dash can be used to stream thousands of movies and TV series On Demand. The 7-inch touch screen device also provides real-time updates from social networking services Facebook and Twitter as well as constantly updated traffic, weather and news information. The Sony Dash will be priced at $199.99 and will be available from April.

A high performance smartphone that's smaller than a creditcard
After the success of their Xperia X10 handset, Sony Ericsson has launched two ultra-compact versions of the device called the Sony Ericsson X10 mini and X10 mini pro. The Android-powered phones come with a 2.55 inch touchscreen, a 5 megapixel camera and video, geotagging, 2GB microSD card, 600MHz Qualcomm processor, WiFi, and Bluetooth. The only difference between the two models being the QWERTY slide-out keyboard (featured on the X10 mini pro), a slight size difference and the launch colors. The X10 mini and X10 mini pro will be available from Q2. No pricing information was provided.

Solar powered smartphone for fashionistas
Sport lifestyle clothing label Puma is turning high-tech consumerism into a world of connected, eco-friendly and heavily branded communication experiences with its first entry into the world of mobile communications - the Puma phone. The stylish smartphone packs in some innovative features, the most notable of which is an integrated solar cell for on-the-go charging. There is also a pedometer, GPS tracker, compass and stopwatch for sports-conscious individuals and a 3.2 megapixel still and video camera with LED flash and x6 zoom, Bluetooth photo sharing, FM radio, 2.8" touschscreen and open internet browsing with WAP Push for the technology minded. The device will be available in April 2010. Pricing has not been announced.

An Android-powered smartphone with a keen sense of design and an enhanced UI
HTC's Legend slick unibody design is machine crafted out of one piece of aluminium. The Legend comes with HTC's proprietary Sense user interface (UI) which streams real-time updates from your social networks to your home screen. The handset also features a 3.2 inch AMOLED HVGA display, optical joystick, 5 megapixel camera with flash, geotagging, digital compass, FM radio, GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi and a 600MHz processor. The Legend will start shipping from the beginning of April. Pricing has not been announced.

A powerful Android-powered phone that replicates the features of Google's Nexus One
Dubbed the Nexus One clone in the tech world, the HTC Desire is a powerful smartphone built on the foundations of HTC's Bravo. The Desire runs on Google's Android 2.1 OS, features HTC's Sense UI and sports a 3.7 inch AMOLED WVGA display, a 5 megapixel camera with flash, geotagging, digital compass, optical joystick, FM radio, GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi and Adobe Flash 10.1. The handset will start shipping in early Q2. No pricing information was revealed.

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