First, processors in mobile phones got faster. Then, mobile networks got faster, moving from 3G to 4G. In fact, the next stage is 4G LTE, or “long term evolution” as it is called. Each such paradigm shift in the relatively brief history of mobile communications has spawned innovation in the form of new models of phones, new mobile services and new mobile apps.
HTC has recently launched Vivid, its first 4G smartphone for the US. Powered by a Qualcomm 1.2GHz dual core processor, the Vivid runs Android 2.3.4, with HTC’s Sense user interface on top. It has a 4.5” qHD super LCD (540×960 pixels) display.
It offers HDMI out and DLNA connectivity that allows you to connect your phone to your big screen TV and watch your videos on the larger screen, if you so wish.
Like most smartphones these days, the HTC Vivid too enables video calling and chatting. It has an 8 megapixel camera at the back with autofocus and flash, and can shoot HD (1080p) video at 60 fps. There is also a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front face.
This phone is powered by a 1620 mAh Li ion battery. It comes with a 16GB in-built storage. With the microSD card slot, you can expand storage to 32GB. Although it is positioned primarily as a phone for LTE connectivity, the Vivid also has HSPA+/UMTS Tri-band, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.
With a 2 year AT&T contract, the Vivid is available at $200. Its retail price (SIM-free) is likely to be around $450.