Feb 12 AT 5:55 PM Sean Riley 7 Comments

Android news roundup: Dell Mini 5, Nuvifone A50, HTC Legend, XT800, Aigo, and Notion Ink

So much Android news and so little time.

In roughly the last 48 hours we have seen quite a bit of hot Android action hitting the intertubes, so we’ve gathered the highlights together for you in a bacchanalian orgy of Android excess.

We’ll kick it off with Engadget and their hands on video with the upcoming Dell Mini 5.  Despite the button and default screen orientation you will see the dialer pop up early on in the video, so as reported earlier this monster is a phone. Only time will tell if something that size can be a daily driver for people.

Our neighbors across the pond are receiving Garmin’s fledgling Android effort in the form of the Nuvifone A50. It’s running a custom UI over the top of Android 1.6, a 3.5″ multitouch capable HVGA (480×320) screen, 4 GB internal storage with microSD for expansion,  and an accelerometer. The real question mark for this device is going to be whether Garmin can convince people that they need a GPS solution built into their phone that is superior to Google’s own offering.

The HTC Legend was outed yet again on Dutch provider KPN’s site. The release is slated for March and the specs peg this as the Hero redux. A 3.2-inch screen, 256/512MB RAM/ROM, AGPS, WiFi, an FM radio,  and a 5 megapixel camera.

A hop, skip, and a jump farther to the East in Shenzhen, China we have a hands on with the Droid’s cousin the Motorola XT800. The internals are a perfect match for the Droid we know and love, but for those of you that scoff at a hardware keyboard this may be a little slice of heaven.

A couple more entries in the soon to be booming field of Android tablets made an appearance. The first is the AigoPad from, wait for it, Aigo. Their CEO, Feng Jun, confirmed that it will be released in 2010, but that lone detail was all he spilled. So for now just peep the image below and dream about what might be.

Finally we have my personal favorite from CES and that is the Notion Ink Adam. Slashgear received some new renders of the device from Notion Ink and they look fantastic. As a reminder the Adam is a hair thinner than the iPad and is running an NVIDIA Tegra T20 chipset (capable of 1080p output), integrated WiFi, Bluetooth and UMTS/HSDPA, and the Pixel Qi transflective display. Notion Ink was quick to point out that were the iPad running the Tegra chip it would be capable of 2-3 times its current stated battery life and that coupled with the Pixel Qi screen the Adam could outlast the iPad by days rather than hours. They also announced that they will be hosting a developer’s challenge with a million dollar prize fund to help kick things off in this emerging category for Android. We will definitely be hearing more about the Adam at Mobile World Congress next week, but for now here is one of the renders and the video demo of the prototype from CES.

Whew! There you have it, it was a crazy couple of days for Android with only the promise of more to come next week.

So what do you think of this crop of new devices and what are you looking forward to the most out of Android in the coming months?

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://Website Roy Morris

    Dell mini 5 looks amazing but I will never cross over to AT&T. T-Mobile is way better.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      I was really expecting it to look more ridiculous in hand than it does, I can almost picture carrying that. I still think that ~4.3″ is going to be the sweet spot though.

  • http://Website Hans

    I’m waiting for the Notion Ink Adam. Mmm, Nvidia goodness.

  • Manly Man

    Nuvifone A50 and Motorola XT800 looking real nice!

    damn the Dell mini 5 is big as the 1st gen psp lol!

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      That’s funny, I had a first gen PSP and was thinking the same thing when I saw it. I do remember tossing the PSP in my pocket from time to time and the mini 5 looks to be coming in at about half the depth.

      I actually just got done going on a diatribe on my blog last week on Sony needing to go the web tablet route with the PSP to keep it relevant.

      • Manly Man

        I just great minds think alike lol! and I co-sign that web table route!

  • Manly Man

    *I mean guess not just!