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Fujitsu has deployed a new laptop in the Loox P subseries of its FMV Biblo systems. At 8.9 inches the P70WN is barely larger than a UMPC, and can effectively operate as one, since the screen can rotate and flip backwards, turning the computer into a touchscreen tablet complete with stylus. Weight is a mere 2.2 pounds. Specifications are otherwise fairly modest, with 1280x768 resolution, 80GB of hard drive space, and the choice of Windows Vista Home as the operating system. The laptop is not expected to be released outside of east Asia. [via Akihabara News]
Frequently associated with high-performance systems, ASUS is set to venture into the realm of budget laptops, says the Taipei Times. Having spoken with an anonymous source within ASUS, the publication claims that the first such computers will ship in the second half of the year, and be based on Intel's OLPC-like Classmate platform.
A report replied to by the source suggests elevated prices, ranging from $199 to $549; this should come with increased performance however, such as flash drives as large as 40GB. LCD sizes are expected to remain at seven inches.
Saitek's US divsion today unveiled its Obsidian designer mouse. In contrast to most of its more colorful mice, Saitek's newer pointer resembles the jet-black stone of its name and achieves the completely smooth effect by replacing the traditional scroll wheel with a touch-sensitive scroll pad and seam-free top buttons. Browser back and forward navigation buttons are hidden in the concentric patterns on the sides.
Although the Apple iPhone is only scheduled to launch in its home region in June, a Chinese import/export firm has already produced multiple listings for the product, complete with photos and specifications that would seem to prove authenticity. Analysis suggests the opposite however, as in some cases there are substantial differences in the designs or interfaces of the phones. The more plausible entries could in theory be signs of early production, but it is more likely that the products are cheap imitations, given Apple's potential ongoing development problems.
Intel continued its news from its Developer Forum in Beijing by revealing a very different processor architecture than it has produced in the past. Codenaeed Larrabee, the x86-based chip design would center almost exclusively around parallelism, tailoring it to code where any simultaneous instructions can be handled at once. Few other details were released, according to Intel, but the CPU would continue to use IA (x86) architecture -- effectively letting it run today's programming for Linux, Mac, and Windows PCs without changes. Special "enhancements" to boost calculation speed for scientific formulas and visualizations, Intel said.
Pantech's high-end Korean brand, Sky, has developed a new cellphone with an original control scheme: rather than use a physical keypad, or integrate everything into a single touchscreen like the iPhone, the IM-R200 slides out a second display, which defaults to just presenting number keys. Features will otherwise be relatively standard, such as media playback, a microSD slot and a two-megapixel camera, but it will also play host to 3D sound and 116MB of internal memory. The phone is only scheduled for a Korean release -- click below to see more images. [via Akihabara News]
Chinavasion today stepped up the quality of its near-famous MP4 watch by releasing the Widescreen MP4 Player Watch. The reworked model brandishes a larger 1.8-inch screen for an easier time handling videos transcoded to the less common .MTV format used by the watch. Chinavasion also finds room for a much larger 2GB of flash memory as well as FM radio, voice recording, and a built-in speaker.
Although battery life is unrated, the company also promises a low price for the storage. The wide MP4 watch exports from the company in either black or blue for $57, a fraction of the price of devices from its rivals. [via Crave]
Sony is already considering a larger hard drive for the PlayStation 3, the company's SCE divsion admitted today. While the company has alluded to an 80GB model in paperwork, company representative Satoshi Fukuoka for the first time confirmed that the bundled hard disk wasn't set in stone and could see an increase over time.
"For users who vigorously store (games and other entertainment content) in the PS3, 20-giga [20GB] is probably going to be too small," he said. "And even 60-giga [60GB] may not be big enough eventually."
Exotic PC case designer SilverStone today announced final details for its latest model, the SG03. The all-aluminum enclosure is geared to enthusiasts who want a genuinely small PC without sacrificing the performance of a full desktop, and switches from the breadbox shape of most of its rivals to a micro tower. The space allows for dual graphics cards and ample cooling, the case maker says; though a stock 120mm fan at the front can cool most PC components at 21 decibels or less, space for another fan helps draw more heat out of the case in more extreme circumstances.
In addition to revamping its BIBLO notebooks, Fujitsu today also refreshed its Deskpower systems. Receiving the greatest change is the company's unique Deskpower LX: designed as an all-in-one media center, the PC now has a smaller footprint and carries as much as a 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo to help with its media decoding work. The top-end model with a 20-inch screen also sports analog and digital TV tuners, an 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi adapter, and 400GB of storage for recording unprotected TV broadcasts.
The LX ships on April 20th in the above trim level for $2,271. A basic 3.06GHz Celeron version without the tuners ships for $1,682, while a 17-inch version can also be found with the tuners and a 3GHz Pentium 4 ($2,018) or as the entry-level Celeron ($1,598). More update news follows after the break.
As the gap between rich and poor widens, it has given luxury firms like London's Luvaglio new opportunities, exemplified by a forthcoming laptop priced at a minimum of $1 million. Some of the reasons for its cost are readily apparent: the computer is ornamented with diamonds and other real jewellery, and buyers can choose their own combinations of wood, leather and precious metals to be built into the casing.
It is however meant to be an extremely functional computer, with many of the best possible components, such as a Blu-Ray drive and ultra-fast solid-state hard disks. It will also come with its own memory stick and MP3 player, and the highly unusual feature of a self-cleaning screen. The first of Luvaglio's new laptops will be sold in the summer. [via Newlaunches]
Following the Mobile Internet Device, another Intel platform being revealed this week is the "metro notebook." Whereas most laptops are gender-neutral, metros are aimed directly at women; by Intel's philosophy, this mainly involves carrying the computer like a purse, with a correspondingly lighter and smaller body. The current prototype is less than 0.7 inches thick, and weighs 2.2 pounds, which means it can be easily supported by the built-in strap. Leather protects it from the elements.
There are other notable features however, namely its secondary "e-ink" screen, which displays content such as books and e-mail even when the rest of the system is off. WiFi, Bluetooth and WiMAX connections can be selected, and Intel would also like the laptop to serve as a quick charging pad, using induction to charge gadgets through simple direct contact. [via The Register]
The latest phone to be announced for Samsung's native Korean market is the SCH-B710, specifically designed around watching mobile TV. The screen rotates 90 degrees mainly to allow widescreen viewing, but curiously, this also appears necessary to access the keypad. A more welcome oddity may be use of picture-in-picture, an option still rare on TV phones. This works best in the 710's vertical orientation, since streams can retain a normal aspect ratio. Samsung will demonstrate the phone in a more formal manner at the upcoming Korea IT Show. [via Akihabara News]
JVC on Tuesday released the DD-3, a unique home theater in a box for networked home theaters. At its core is a receiver that handles audio as well as DVD playback and AM/FM radio. While typical, the DD-3 adds an Ethernet jack for streaming music, movies, and photos directly from attached computers. A USB port also provides a convient hook for flash drives and other removable storage.
Dell is set to reinvigorate its now-dead Axim line in force with a new smart device, according to sources in Taiwan. Local firm Quanta is reportedly being tapped to produce a new handset, nicknamed "Fly," that would bring in both a QWERTY keyboard as well as an HSDPA modem for connecting to the Internet at 3G speeds. Windows Mobile 6 Professional would also be preloaded and give Office Mobile software out of the box. Other specifications weren't yet ready but should be determined soon.
Vonage may turn to Sprint in an attempt to save itself from disaster, sources claim. The voice-over-Internet phone company is allegedly willing to accept a buyout from the larger provider in a last-minute bid to get its way out of a near-fatal patent ruling in favor of Verizon last month that would effectively block Vonage from operating on the American rival's network due to patent disputes. A Sprint buyout of Vonage would let the former get a jumpstart on VoIP phone service and give the latter a much needed influx of cash, the sources claimed.
Toshiba this morning crystallized details of new, 16GB flash memory that could dramatically alter the nature of storage. A shrink to 56-nanometer lets the storage maker fit eight 2GB flash elements into a single chip, along with an on-die controller that helps the memory communicate quickly with 15MB/sec reading speeds and 6MB/sec writes. The chip is no larger than most smaller capacity models and should easily fit in music players or cellphones -- offering 4,000 songs in a very small space, Toshiba boasts.
The specific 16GB chip should sample in spring with a launch in consumer hardware by the fall, while the company also expects 8GB chips to be ready a few months earlier for a summer release date.
Electronics giant Sharp claims it has developed a new LCD panel which will allow much greater performance than those currently used in devices such as cellphones. Reuters notes that the panel is supposed to have the highest contrast of any two-inch LCD on the market, and most crucially, a response speed three times as fast as any other -- placing it in competition with OLED displays, which are often praised for their response and contrast. Sharp hints that equivalent OLEDs may cost two or three times as much.
Unfortunately for electronics buyers, the technology will not become available anytime soon. Sample panel shipments are only scheduled to ship by the end of the year, with full production beginning sometime thereafter. Sharp expects to ramp sales up to $836 million by March 2009.
Fujitsu made an aggressive push on technology by launching three new notebooks based on Intel's still unofficial Santa Rosa chipset, which boosts system buses as well as memory limits and the speed of integrated graphics. The 15.4-inch BIBLO NF (pictured) features a 1.66GHz Core 2 Duo but uses the 800MHz bus to eke more performance out of the system along with 1GB of RAM, a 120GB hard drive, and a dual-layer DVD burner. In turn, a mysterious update to the 13.3-inch BIBLO MG uses a yet-to-be-known Core 2 Duo as well as the same drive options as its larger sibling.
NVIDIA this morning finally loosed its mid-range GeForce 8-series cards to the public. Confirming virtually all the early claims, the new cards have the full feature set of the range-topping 8800 but use fewer shader units to trim prices and speeds. The fastest card launched today, the GeForce 8600 GTS, sells for $229 with 32 shader processors, a 675MHz core, and 2GHz effective memory; the $150 GeForce 8600 GT shares the same features at a 540MHz core and 1.4GHz memory, while the basic GeForce 8500 GT sells for as little as $89 by halving the shaders to 16 and using a slower 450MHz core with 800MHz memory speeds.
Lexmark on Tuesday introduced an affordable range of wireless printers with its new 2007 product line as well as two . Eight of Lexmark's 12 new inkjet printers offer wireless capabilities, including its new four-in-one, three-in-one and single-function printers. Expected to ship in the second quarter of 2007, the new line includes the Lexmark X4550 Wireless All-in-One (AIO), the Lexmark Z1420 Wireless Color Printer, and the Lexmark X3550 Color All-in-One with wireless as an optional feature. The printers, compatible with 802.11b/g wireless protocols, are backed with Lexmark's exclusive Protection Guarantee featuring next-business day replacement for up to one year after purchase.
Epson on Tuesday readied a pair of projectors built for especially large rooms. The PowerLite 1810p and 1815p equally manage a strong 3,500 lumens of brightness that can fill rooms as large as an auditorium. The 1024x768 displays also boast a 1.6X optical zoom and fine-grained tuning of individual colors with video input handled by VGA, S-video, and RCA jacks.
The 1810p is the core model at $2,699; the 1815p at $2,999 is the highlight through its cable-free abilities, Epson says, with 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi and Ethernet for networked presentations as well as a USB type A port for playing photos and videos directly from a flash drive or hard disk. Both ship this month.
Quickly following up on earlier leaks, SanDisk today launched the Sansa Shaker. The screenless music player is aimed directly at kids with its namesake feature letting listeners shake the player to skip tracks. Music sharing is also a centerpiece feature: aside from a built-in speaker, the Shaker also fits dual headphone jacks for listening with a friend.
The cost is just as kid-friendly, based on SanDisk's claims: storage is provided solely through SD cards, with a 512MB card included at the $40 price that gives starting space as well as the option of swapping out for up to 2GB later. The Shaker will be ready late this month in blue or pink and comes with a single AAA battery that provides 15 hours of MP3 tunes. A full image follows the break.
Nokia this morning launched its second phone this week with the advent of the 6120 Classic. The emphasis this time is on a simple but elegant design, according to the company. Where most 3G wireless phones are typically complicated smartphones, the 6120 is a straight bar phone that can easily fit into a pocket at 15mm (0.59 inches) thick. The benefits of faster Internet access are still present, however, with a front VGA camera to complement the 2-megapixel rear model. This latest handset is also ready for music with a microSD card slot and stereo Bluetooth.
Click through for launch details and a gallery in the phone's black and silver colors.
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