Day 2 at CTIA 2011

A roundup of the second day of the CTIA 2011, the big wireless trade show taking place in Orlando, Fla.

Huawei Ascend 2
The Huawei Ascend 2 (left) receives some noticeable upgrades. Jessica Dolcourt/CNET

ORLANDO, Fla.--While the first day of CTIA was full of news about 3D phones , new tablets , a certain merger , and more, the second day proved to be relatively humdrum in comparison. Still, some news did trickle in on the second day.

Huawei made an appearance at a CTIA Mobile Focus event last night with the Huawei Ascend 2 for Cricket Wireless. It's much sleeker and skinnier than its predecessor, with four touch sensor buttons at the bottom taking place of physical keys. It also has an upgraded 5-megapixel camera. Also at the event was the Samsung Galaxy Indulge for Cricket Wireless . It appears to be the same phone that we reviewed for MetroPCS , except it doesn't have the benefit of 4G. It does have a very attractive interface, with a full slide-out keyboard and a 3.2-megapixel camera.

HTC HD7S is a Windows Phone 7 handset offered by AT&T Bonnie Cha/CNET

And if you thought CTIA was all about Android, think again, as Windows Phone 7 makes an appearance in the form of the HTC HD7S. However, it's not exactly that new. The HD7S is essentially AT&T's version of the HTC HD7 phone that debuted with T-Mobile. However, the HD7S has a slightly better Super LCD display instead of regular TFT. Aside from that, it has the same 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel camera, and that lovable kickstand in the back.

Speaking of HTC, we also took a look at the HTC Merge , which is a dual-mode phone that will work in both CDMA and GSM markets. It's great to see more of these global phones, especially since this one is available for Sprint. It has a 3.8-inch display, a slide-out keyboard, and runs Android 2.2 with HTC Sense. Surprisingly, Alltel is snagging up the phone too, and is taking preorders starting March 28 for $124.99 each with a two-year contract.

The Xperia Play is going to Verizon Wireless this May.
The Xperia Play is going to Verizon Wireless this May. Kent German/CNET

We also took another look at the LG Optimus C from Cricket Wireless, and had another hands-on with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play that's headed to Verizon Wireless this May. Jabra released news of its new in-car speakerphone, the Jabra Freeway , as well. It's the first of its kind to have not one, not two, but three speakers inside its tiny body. Rounding things out is news that Lightsquared has signed a deal with Best Buy to offer nationwide 4G wireless service.

That should be it for day two. We still have a number of slideshows and videos to post, so check all of that out on our CTIA page.


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