Friday, February 20, 2009

SingTel, Google and HTC present the HTC Dream, the first Android powered mobile phone in Singapore

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Earlier this afternoon, I attended the media briefing and live demonstration of the HTC Dream held by SingTel, Google and HTC. The highly anticipated HTC Dream is the first Android powered mobile phone to be launched in Singapore and Asia.

As usual, I took a couple of videos and pics at the event. You can watch all three videos here: HTC Dream launches in Singapore!, Video Demo of HTC Dream and local Android apps (clip above) and lastly, A quick hands-on with the HTC Dream.

The HTC Dream has a 528 MHz processor by Qualcomm and runs on the Android operating system by Google. It has 256 MB of ROM and 192 MB of RAM. It has a 3.2 inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with 320 x 480 (HVGA) resolution display. There's a slide out 5 row QWERTY keyboard and trackball for an alternative, one-handed navigation. The HTC Dream also has bluetooth, wi-fi, GPS navigation capability, 3.2 megapixel auto focus colour camera, microSD expansion slot and a built-in mic and speaker.

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The biggest feature of the HTC Dream is undoubtedly its Android powered operating system which allows access to the Android Market where you can download many popular and unique applications from developers from around the world. For HTC Dream in Singapore, SingTel is collaborating with local application developers to introduce innovative Android applications that meet lifestyle needs of mobile users here. For example, one of the local Android apps that users can use on their HTC Dream is SG SavvyShopper. Simply scan the barcode of a product using the phone's camera and the app will search and display the prices of the product sold in other outlets in Singapore. You can check out the demo of this app in my video above. Google says that all its Android apps in Singapore will be free of charge!

The HTC Dream will go on sale tomorrow at SingTel retail stores island-wide. It costs $438 on SingTel's 3G Flexi Lite ($39 monthly), $338 on 3G Flexi ($56 monthly) and $238 on 3G Flexi Plus ($95 monthly). Those who buy the HTC Dream tomorrow and on Sunday will receive unlimited data download for 6 months!

You can view all the pics taken at the event (including high resolution shots of the HTC Dream) here.

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