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February 17, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Photos: Awesome new phones you can’t get here, yet

These won’t be your next phones, unless you live in Europe, but they give you an idea what’s coming eventually.

Both were announced today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Samsung’s new W7900 has a built-in Texas Instruments Pico projector that can project images or videos onto a wall – displaying images up to around 50 inches in diameter, depending on lighting conditions. The WVGA display has better than 1000:1 contrast ratios, TI says.

You can also use the W7900 as a flashlight. Or as a phone, with an OLED touchscreen and a 5 megapixel camera.

Korea’s getting the W7900 in February and Europe’s getting the similar I7410 shortly. No word on prices or U.S. availability, but you can bet other phone companies will start adding projectors. The W7900:

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Then there’s the HTC Magic, the new Google Android-phone that Vodafone and HTC unveiled today. It looks like a curvier version of T-Mobile’s G1.

Vodafone’s taking orders now for spring delivery in Europe. Gizmodo has a nice hands-on, and here’s the supplied pic:

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HTC’s latest Windows Mobile phone, the Touch Diamond 2, also won’t be available in the U.S. initially.

The TD2, announced yesterday and shown below, is coming to Europe and Asia in the second quarter “with broader global availability coming later in the year,” according to HTC’s release. It’s running Windows Mobile 6.1 but apparently upgradeable to 6.5; maybe it will have 6.5 by the time it gets to the U.S.

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Comments | Topics: Android, Gadgets & products, Google

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