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Photos verify existence of Xbox 360 Elite

03/26, 5:50pm

Xbox 360 Elite photos

Pictures posted to the Chinese site TV Game Fans Club appear to finally confirm the existence of the black Xbox 360, dubbed the Elite. The cellphone photos are said to show finished Elites sitting in a Chinese factory, and also clearly indicate a 120GB hard drive. Click below to see samples. While images have surfaced for the Elite in the past, they have sometimes been suspected of being altered white 360 photos; faking the new crop would be extremely difficult. No other new details have been leaked. [via Xbox 360 Fanboy]

Samsung confirms details of r510

03/26, 5:20pm

Samsung confirms r510

Though most of Samsung's CTIA offerings have been previously seen, the company did reveal more about the r510, which has generally been shrouded in secrecy. The phone is actually closer to the middle of Samsung's product line, since its main features are a 1.3-megapixel camera and Bluetooth stereo. The candybar shell is toned cobalt blue however, and the 510 also comes equipped with voice recognition, a speakerphone and a microSD card slot. No price or ship date has been suggested. [via Crave]

Canada to get two HTC smartphones before US

03/26, 4:55pm

Canada gets two HTC phones

Canada now has two new HTC smartphones through one of its national CDMA carriers, Telus. The first is the Vox (pictured), also known as the S720, which has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and runs Windows Mobile 6 off of 64MB of RAM and 128MB of onboard storage. Other highlights include WiFi and Bluetooth, plus a microSD slot and a two-megapixel camera.

The other phone is the P4000, called the P4350 in its GSM incarnation. Though similar to the Vox, the 4000 has a larger 2.8-inch screen, and will support EVDO Rev. A broadband where available. Crucially, though both phones should eventually go on sale in the US, this is not expected to happen until the summer. [via Crave]

Alcatel's French phones reach US shores

03/26, 4:35pm

Alcatel Phones in US

Joining in the suite of phone releases at CTIA, Alcatel today gave word that it would bring a large selection of its previously Europe-only OT phones Stateside. Over 15 phones will be available in the US for the first time, the company says. One of the highlights is the Elle GlamPhone No. 3 (pictured) with a 1.3-megapixel camera and iPod-style directional pad for music; other phones being released include the C825, a more masculine phone with a VGA camera, and the E801, which excludes the camera entirely in the name of price but provides an ample 10 hours of talk time.

The company hasn't revealed any release dates or carriers that will deliver the phones to subscribers. Earlier plans, however, indicate that the C- and E- series phones should become available primarily through virtual networks (in the vein of Amp'd or Helio) later this year.

Parrot prepares new Bluetooth phone display

03/26, 4:05pm

Parrot 3200 LS-Color Plus

Parrot has recently announced a new Bluetooth phone display, the 3200 LS-Color Plus. The primary feature of the device is its screen, capable of 262,144 colors in 160x128 resolution, which is used not only to display text but wallpapers and visual caller ID. The Plus serves as a speakerphone as well, and benefits from what Parrot claims is a unique noise-reduction technique based on stereo mic separation. More conventional features of the display include browsable contact lists and voice commands, the latter of which can be used to both send and answer calls. The Plus should be released sometime this summer. [via SlashPhone]

Microsoft: sales of Vista twice as fast as XP

03/26, 4:00pm

Vista Sales Double XP

Sales of Windows Vista are more than growing twice as quickly as for XP, Microsoft said today. The software developer noted that over 20 million copies had been sold in only the first month, more than doubling the 17 million Windows XP had sold in two months after its release in 2001. The figures are slightly better than expected and are helped by a surprising number of users buying premium editions such as Vista Ultimate, Microsoft added.

The record contradicts the firm's own dire warnings from just a month earlier, which had told investors that expectations for strong Windows sales were "out of whack" with reality. No mention was made, however, of how many of these sales were for upgrade copies instead of systems preloaded with the new OS.

Sprint tackles iPhone, offers 99-cent songs

03/26, 3:25pm

Sprint UpStage and Store

Sprint today launched a two-pronged assault on Apple's still unreleased iPhone by releasing both a new phone and an aggressive new music strategy. Confirming earlier leaks, the UpStage is intended to be music-friendly without sacrificing calling ability, as one side features a larger screen and controls for music or videos and the other holds a 1.3-megapixel camera, the more traditional cellphone keypad, and a basic display. Up to 2GB of music can be stored on a microSD card. New in the official announcement is news of a unique battery wallet: inserting the UpStage into the case both guards it against damage and boosts talk time to 6.3 hours, Sprint says. The carrier plans to bundle the UpStage with a 64MB microSD card when it ships in early April at a price of $149 with a two-year service plan.

Epson intros first 'mainstream' 1080p projector

03/26, 2:20pm

Epson Home Cinema 1080

Epson this afternoon gave a boost to its PowerLite projectors through the new Home Cinema 1080. The 3LCD system is the most affordable 1080p projector ever at $2,999, Epson claims, and can beat direct-view sets at their own game: the 1080's 14-lens system can display an image a large as 120 inches in the right room.

The new PowerLite is also one of the only 1080p projectors in the world (second only to Epson's own Pro Cinema 1080) to have HDMI 1.3 input for higher color depths from HD sources. Its contrast ratio is said to be the same, strong 12,000:1 as the earlier premium model. Shipments for the Home Cinema 1080 start in April.

LG confirms plasma, LCD sets with wood casing

03/26, 2:00pm

Flat TVs w/wood casing

While many televisions used to be encased in wood from the 1950s through to the 1980s, that trend has all but died except for the most expensive sets, such as the newly announced ones by LG Korea. The top of the line is represent by a 60-inch, 1080p plasma model, priced at a considerably high 9,181,105 won ($9,790).

There will however be more reasonably-priced sets designed by Reddot, including 50- and 42-inch plasmas, and 42- and 32-inch LCDs. Separately-released 42- and 37-inch sets will have built-in hard drives for DVR functions. No release schedules have been produced, but the sets are unlikely to come to North America in their current form. [via Akihabara News]

Stealthy Sony-Ericsson Z750 brings mobile buying, 3G

03/26, 1:50pm

Sony-Ericsson Z750

As its second phone unveiling today, Sony-Ericsson has launched the Z750. In much the same vein as the earlier Z310 and Z610, the Z750 has a mirror-like finish with a hidden OLED screen that only lights up for incoming calls or other phone uses. This is also the company's first HSDPA phone, Sony-Ericsson says, and uses its 3G-level wireless to speed both Web and media streaming but also to handle the new features brought about by its new Java software layer: mobile payments, photo blogging, and quickly scalable maps (thanks to SVG graphics support) are some of the tricks made possible by the update.

Click ahead for extra details and a gallery of the phone in Phantom Gray.

Sony-Ericsson readies hot W580 Walkman slider phone

03/26, 1:15pm

Sony-Ericsson W580

Sharing in the CTIA announcements, Sony-Ericsson this afternoon added the W580i to its lineup. Pitched as a streetwise device, the 0.55 inches thick phone is one of the first Walkman sliders available outside Europe and uses its design to get attention: sliding it open or hitting the Walkman button triggers light effects along the edges. It also packs in a pedometer that calculates calories and distance, and comes with both a 512MB Memory Stick Micro for AAC/MP3 songs and an FM radio for when stored music runs out.

Read ahead for launch details and a photo of the phone in its subtler Urban Gray paint scheme.

Pantech shows off five phones at CTIA

03/26, 1:05pm

Five new Pantech phones

Increasingly prevalent in the States, Pantech is using the CTIA expo to preview five new phones. The preeminent models are the C600 and C710, which are described as 3G models capable of Bluetooth stereo and various other high-end functions. The 710 is the most powerful of the two, boasting stereo speakers, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and a client for video-sharing.

The next step down is the C510, which drops a speaker and 3G abilities such as video sharing, but can still record videos, and play MP3 files with benefit of front-mounted controls. The C150 will have MP3 downloading and a VGA camera, while the C3b is an upgrade to the existing C3, merely adding Bluetooth. While some images of the phones are available (see below), Pantech has not yet announced carriers or release dates.

CyberTouch ships 24" touchscreen monitors

03/26, 12:15pm

24-inch touchscreen LCDs

CyberTouch has announced a new line of touchscreen LCD monitors, the Orion 24s. Named after their size, each is in a widescreen 16:9 ratio, and is actually based on an existing monitor from NEC or Samsung. Resolutions up to 1080p (1920x1200) are supported, and CyberTouch has further enhanced the screens with a polycarbonate layer that resists chemicals and abrasions. The professional audience of the Orions is reflected in their mounting options, since they can either be placed on a desktop or attached to a wall using a VESA mount. Serial and USB versions are available, and they are compatible with any current Mac, Windows or Linux system, except for those running Windows Vista. Prices start at $2,880 for the Samsung monitors and $3,450 for the NECs -- wallmounts, however, cost $125 or $185 depending on the particular monitor.

HTC brings Shift UMPC, Advantage to US

03/26, 11:45am

HTC Shift and Advantage US

HTC made its own contribution to CTIA today by revealing the Shift, its first entry into ultra-mobile PCs. With a 7-inch touchscreen and a slide-out keyboard, the device initially resembles most of its rivals but reflects its company's cellphone heritage: HSDPA provides 3G mobile Internet and is bolstered by a quad-band GSM radio for phone calls. Its keyboard also tilts to let the main display sit upright on a desk. HTC also promises Wi-Fi, a 30GB hard drive, and a front camera for video calls. The Shift should be available preloaded with Vista in Europe and the US during the summer.

Click through for details of the US Advantage and a gallery.

Sprint to carry its first Sierra Wireless modem

03/26, 11:20am

Sierra modem at Sprint

Sprint will soon be carrying its first modem from Sierra Wireless, the AirCard 595U. While a PC Card version is already in use at Verizon, Sprint's model is a USB modem, which should enable virtually any computer to take advantage of it. It will also connect to Sprint's larger EVDO Rev. A network, which should in theory deliver speeds up to 3.1Mbps. Plans for the 595U should see it ship in April, costing $50 with a two-year contract and a $50 mail-in rebate. [via Gearlog]

LG unveils VX8700, 570 music phones for US

03/26, 11:00am

LG VX8700 and 570 Phones

LG today revealed a pair of music phones for the US. The previously leaked VX8700 is now official and is meant to merge the brushed metal looks of the Shine with the earlier, Chocolate-based VX8600. The 8700 gains a sharper 2-megapixel camera but measures only half an inch thick, and switches to a strip-like external display.

Launching at the same time during the event is the 570. It trades down to a 1.3-megapixel camera in exchange for external music controls and a built-in FM transmitter for beaming sound to a car or home radio; owners can also switch the phone component off completely for longer music play time. Neither it nor the VX8700 have received formal release dates, though the 8700 is known to be in the works for Verizon and either phone may be available for Sprint.

Sunconnection ships VP200SD media player

03/26, 10:40am

Sunconnection SC-VP200SD

Sunconnection has released the successor to the SC-VP128SD, the VP-200SD. Although the two media players are virtually identical, having similar screen and memory sizes, the 200 has a more formal and stylish appearance, and upgrades the camera to include flash and resolutions up to 1600x1200. It's also capable of recording 320x240 video at 30fps. Curiously, music playback has dropped the WMA format, and is now limited to MP3. Sunconnection has just begun shipping the VP200SD for 12,800 yen ($109). [via Impress Watch]

Samsung Ultra Music to become UpStage in US

03/26, 10:20am

Samsung UpStage Phone

Samsung's US-bound F300 Ultra Music will get a rebranding on its way to Sprint, a leaked Flash demo for the cell provider has shown. The device will come to the carrier as the UpStage to reflect its unique approach to music playback: unchanged from its ITA launch last year, the handset has a large screen and touch controls on one side for media playback, and phone controls with a smaller display on the reverse face.

A 1.3-megapixel camera, a Bluetooth, and a microSD slot round out the features. The rechristened Ultra Music shoudl make its appearance at CTIA this week and will be available shortly afterwards. A full photo is available after the jump. [via Engadget]

EVDO mobile broadband to hit 9Mbps in 2007

03/26, 9:45am

EVDO 9Mbps in 2007

Chipset maker Qualcomm on Monday revealed that it will introduce an even faster version of EVDO mobile Internet access. While the company's EVDO Revision A has only just launched in the past few months through Sprint and Verizon, a new version -- simply titled EVDO Rev. B -- is already set to debut this year. The technology uses both a new mobile chipset (the MSM7850) as well as software updates to earlier chips that give an average 9.3Mbps download speed versus the 800Kbps of today.

Stylized LG AX8600 launches with Alltel

03/26, 9:05am

LG AX8600 at Alltel

Alltel this morning took its turn at unveiling an exclusive handset and launched the AX8600. The LG-made flip phone stresses its bold color and comes in any one of three colors, including the pictured Apple Green as well as Marine Blue and Gold. Regardless of the look, each has external music keys, a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and a microSD slot for storage. Completely unique to Alltel is the use of its custom Celltop widget-style interface for checking data on the road.

Ready to ship, the AX8600 is on offer for as little as $100 with a two-year plan but can also be had for $280 from Alltel without a contract.

Moto RAZR sequel in the works?

03/26, 8:40am

Moto RAZR 2 in Progress

Motorola is finally planning a direct sequel to the Motorola RAZR, according to Bengal Boy and supporting information from industry tipster Boy Genius. The highlight of the chrome-accented phone is a two-inch external display that will provide far more information than usual without opening the clamshell. Also expected is a large 512MB of internal flash to go along with a microSD card slot and a Linux-based OS instead of the proprietary Motorola software from the original.

No release date has been given for the device, but it may make an official appearance at this week's CTIA show and should be available for both CDMA- and GSM-based US carriers soon. [via HowardForums]

Helio's two-way Ocean slider phone debuts

03/26, 8:15am

Helio Ocean

The US virtual network operator Helio provided an early start to the CTIA mobile phone expo with the introduction of the Ocean. Known as the Pantech PN-810 during its time at the FCC, the device is one of America's few dual-mode slider phones that both shifts one direction for dialing and another for text messaging. The design keeps the size small compared to other text-centric phones, the carrier says.

More specs and a gallery follow after the break.

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