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Closing Samsung's announcements for the day are a pair of new SyncMaster monitors, and a photo frame. Though their sizes are unknown, the 961BG and 961GW (not pictured) are extremely high-performance displays, boasting a 3,000:1 contrast ratio and a 2ms reponse time. The latter figure is virtually unseen in the world of consumer LCDs. On top of this the monitor shells use high-gloss material, and have dual-hinged stands. The frame meanwhile is the SPH-72V, which highlights a seven-inch screen. Little else is known about the device, but it is Vista-compatible, and uses WiFi to more easily transfer images. No prices or release dates have been attached to any of the three new products.
Mio today became the third GPS device maker to release new GPS units at Hannover's CeBIT expo and has introduced four new models. The 4.3-inch C520t, C520, and C320 all use their widescreen displays for an intelligent multi-panel interface that shows relevant travel info without losing the main navigation screen. They and the 3.5-inch C220 also come with 1GB SD cards that not only cover points of interest but offer free speed camera warning updates for up to a year. These can even be shared with other Mio owners online, the company notes.
Acer took the market by surprise this afternoon by launching a new line in computer LCD range. The five models of the xSeries focus on gaming and video with quick response times. Topping the company's list is the X241Wsd. Although a 24-inch, 1920x1200 screen, it achieves a quick 5ms average pixel response time and a healthy 1,000:1 contrast ratio. Its price is part of its selling point, Acer says: at $600, it becomes one of the most affordable screens in its class.
Polk has expanded on its announcement early today of the miDock10 iPod speaker set by providing photos and details of two extra models in the new Polk Audio Designs brand. The miDock Studio (pictured) is slightly larger than its previously announced counterpart and more elegantly fits in with its supported fifth-generation iPods and iPod nanos. An auxiliary input, a headphone jack, and an iPod Dock Connector are carried over from the miDock10 for playing to or from different sources as well as music sync with a Mac or PC. It ships in April for $199.
Pantech has revealed a new phone that could potentially revolutionize cellphone design. The as-yet unnamed maglev phone will use magnetic action to slide out the phone's keypad, replacing the springs found in almost every slider phone today. The advance provides not only a less jarring action but also allows for an ultra-thin design that was previously impossible, Pantech says: the initial model measures only 0.39 inches thick.
The phone would still have room for its own share of multimedia functions, with DMB for mobile TV, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and dedicated music playback. Full details will come with an announcement next month, says Pantech, which anticipates an initial launch in Korea followed by exports to other areas if maglev technology proves popular. [via CrunchGear]
Contributing its own share to GPS-related announcements in Germany, Navigon today introduced a pair of mapping units. The Navigon 5100 and 7100 together introduce what the firm calls "reality view" navigation: while many GPS units have 3D modes for viewing the road from the driver's perspective, the new units display signposts and other navigation markers in a more realistic way that keeps the driver aware of what lane changes to make and speed limits to follow. Both models also have free traffic reports and voice activated commands.
E-TEN on Thursday ended speculation by revealing the Glofish X800. The company's latest smartphone is also its most powerful through both hardware and software. The X800 has an exceptionally sharp 640x480 screen, four times the resolution of most devices its size; it also brings in HSDPA Internet access for broadband speeds away from Wi-Fi hotspots (which are also supported). Accordingly, the device is E-TEN's first to use Windows Mobile 6, promising faster browsing and live 'push' data for Microsoft Office Mobile.
Samsung today added a third entry to its CeBIT announcements in the form of its Aura edition notebooks. Leaked last month, the new systems are all built with style as well as performance in mind. Each comes in a glossy but reportedly durable black finish and eliminates as much visual clutter as possible. Keeping the system pure is part of this strategy, Samsung says: its Silver Nano Technology actively sterilizes bacteria and other microbes that could create odors or make the user sick.
Three systems comprise the initial lineup. The 14-inch R20 is the first to launch and uses the most familiar technology, with ATI's newer Radeon Xpress 1250 providing integrated graphics alongside a Core 2 Duo, 1GB of RAM, and an Atheros Super G Wi-Fi chipset for speeds beyond normal 802.11g.
Taking advantage of CeBIT and its network prowess, Linksys has debuted the KiSS 1600 Networked Media Player, which combines DVD, 802.11g wireless and special control software. Though the DVD player can upscale to 720p resolution, the central attraction is the ability to play digital media, particularly the sort blocked by alternatives like Windows Media Center. The 1600 supports virtually any major format: supported audio includes CD, MP3, OGG, WMA and AAC-LC, while video codecs can include WMV, H.264, DivX, XviD, Nero Digital and MPEG-1/2/4. In addition to wireless, users can also connect with Ethernet cable, USB drives, MP3 players and digital cameras. Video output is supplied through an HDMI cable. The KiSS 1600 is beginning its deployment with the United Kingdom, where it is selling for £260 ($503). [via Pocket-lint]
LG is planning the first computer drive ever to support both Blu-Ray and HD DVD discs, according to leaked information for its CeBIT appearance. The GGW-H10N will be a computer equivalent to the BH100 Super Multi Blue player for TVs that should allow playback of either next-generation disc format. Unlike the movie-oriented BH100, however, it should also permit high-speed recording. While HD DVD will be read-only, the drive can write 25GB Blu-Ray media at 4X and complete a burn in 24 minutes. 50GB discs will write at 3.5X and the legacy DVD and CD formats will be written at up to 10X and 32X speeds respectively.
Pricing is likely to match the movie-only Super Multi Blue at $1,200, exchanging the TV-friendly design for its writing abilities. The GGW-H10N will be available to computer builders in May and should arrive in production systems soon afterwards. [via Digital Trends]
Korean company Qrio has announced the G7, its latest media player. Most notable is the sheer amount of functions it handles: aside from music, movie and photo files, it also records voice, tunes in radio, and plays games -- both 2D and 3D. This may actually create competion for the Sony PSP, which is far more powerful in terms of gaming, but is also more expensive and cannot handle radio or recording. Suitably the G7 supports a number of file formats, such as MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV, FLAC, SWF, and XviD AVI. The player will be available soon in black or white, in 2GB and 4GB versions. [via AVING]
Toshiba is about to update its showcase notebook for Windows Vista with 3G Internet access, according to a newly discovered FCC filing. The Portégé R400 convertible tablet has been tested by the US government agency with an Expedite EU870 transmitter that would give it both HSDPA and UMTS Internet access without an external adapter -- letting its road warrior audience connect at a theoretical 3.6Mbps without an external adapter.
Anticipated release dates weren't part of the FCC revelation, but the filing indicates a release within the next few months. The result may make the R400 one of the first notebooks to have explicit support for AT&T's faster 3G network and opens the possibility of roaming with the notebook in Europe. [via Core Duo News]
Normally associated with PC performance hardware, OCZ is using this week's CeBIT expo to show off a new control system based on neural activity. The Neural Impulse Actuator (NIA) reads central and peripheral nerve activity, and translates it into commands based on a combination of brain, eye and facial signals. While the NIA is only in a prototype stage at the moment, OCZ says it intends to develop controllers for both gaming and productivity uses.
The company's more conventional offerings begin with a pair of USB 2.0 flash drives. The ATV will be secured in a dense rubber casing, while the DashDrive will have a low-power screen, displaying space left on the drive as well as a name, date or personal bitmap image. Two power supplies are coming as well: the ModXStream will be based on the GameXStream but have a modular cable management system, and the StealthXStream will supply 600W while still remaining quiet. Lastly, the HydroJet will be a self-contained liquid CPU cooler, designed to simplify the process of installation. No dates or prices have been attached to any product.
Verizon on Thursday launched the V740 ExpressCard. The Novatel-made adapter links any current notebook PC with an ExpressCard 34 or 54 slot to Verizon's mobile Internet network, including its recently launched EVDO Revision A service with up to 800Kbps real-world downloads and 400Kbps uploads.
The card works with any recent Windows PC and will also work with MacBook Pros through either a separate driver or those included with Apple's own WWAN update. Verizon sells the card online today for $180 and will carry it in retail stores on March 30th; 3GStore is already offering pre-orders for the card at $110. [via EVDO Info]
Polk today inaugurated its new, mainstream Polk Audio Designs label with the miDock10. Positioned as a high-performance speaker for all dockable iPods. The stereo has two 3.25-inch, full-range drivers that produce higher-quality sound compared to most systems at its size. The speaker unit is also transportable: beyond featuring handles on either side for carrying, the miDock10 will work independently on eight C-cell batteries. Battery life is unrated.
Owners can also do more than listen through the speakers. Aux input and headphone jacks allow for alternate sources or headphones, and a USB port turns Polk's device into a sync station for Macs and PCs. The miDock 10 is on sale now for $199 through Radio Shack and $180 through the company's website; a slightly larger system dubbed the miDock Studio will be available in other retail shops by April, also for $199.
Samsung has at last officially announced the Q1 Ultra, its sequel to today's Q1 ultra-mobile PC. The Ultra serves primarily as a response to feedback on the original with improved controls and performance. A new keyboard lets a user type without touching the screen; the mouse pointer has also been greatly improved and serves as a joystick in games, according to Samsung. A 1.3-megapixel camera at the back enables photography, while a VGA camera at the front allows for video calls over a newly-added HSDPA broadband Internet link.
More details and a larger shot follow after the break.
As part of its multiple CeBIT introductions, Samsung today introduced the XL30. Intended as a computer display for professionals and others who value color accuracy above all else, the 30-inch screen manages a 123% gamut thanks to its choice of LED backlighting; this makes it one of the few LCDs that can fully represent an Adobe RGB color profile instead of the smaller sRGB set, according to the Korean firm. The screen further brings in a 14-bit hardware calibration chip that lets the owner fine-tune the output for a specific color range. A dynamic contrast ratio of up to 3,000:1 and a 6ms gray-to-gray pixel response time ensure that the display is ready for games and movies as well as still images.
The XL30 uses a single dual-link DVI input and has a four-port USB hub for attaching peripherals. It should be available worldwide in August, but hasn't received formal pricing.
Garmin this morning helped start CeBIT by launching several nuvi GPS units. At the top of the launches are three new additions to the nuvi 600 line (shown). The 600 and 650 are for budget users who want the 4.3-inch wide touchscreen of the 660 without the associated cost: both strip the Bluetooth, FM transmitter, and real-time traffic support (the latter still an option for the 650) to trim the price. The 600 in particular is limited to Europe while the 650 can be loaded with either North American or European maps, and has the option of geo-coded coupons that show discounts near certain points of interest.
In turn, the 660FM is a Europe-only version of the 660 which keeps Bluetooth and traffic but adds previously barred FM support for broadcasting voice guidance, music, and calls through the car stereo. It and the 600/650 should be ready in April with prices to be set later.
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