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AT&T's long-delayed version of the BlackBerry Bold could finally be available before the end of the month, a leaked e-mail obtained by BGR indicates. The internal message points to the first HSDPA BlackBerry for the US having a "latest ETA" of October 27th and thus sets a relatively firm date for its launch. However, the note leaves room for a potential last-minute delay or other factors that could push a release into November or later. Pricing still isn't set in the document but is commonly thought to hover at $300 with a two-year contract.
While it may not be the promised new Eee PC model, an online Best Buy listing shows the first recent netbook from ASUS priced at just below $300. The listing is for the 1024x600 8.9-inch Eee PC 900A which comes with Intel's 1.6GHz Atom processor and features 1GB of RAM. To meet the low price point, the listed netbook's 4GB solid state drive is preloaded with the Linux operating system.
Apricot Computers has recently announced it will return to the UK market with its 8.9-inch PicoBook Pro netbook, which is powered by a 1.2GHz VIA C7-M ultra low voltage processor sitting on a VIA mainboard that also houses integrated graphics processing. The company promises a WiMAX module will be an available option for the netbook, which would make it among the first, if not the very first, netbook to offer access to the wireless high-speed broadband network.
Chinese brand Newman, a subsidiary of Newsmy recently announced the release of its latest portable audio player, the MP5 Manman-A2. The player sports a 3-inch screen and touch-sensitive controls for file navigation, and can be had in 4GB and 8GB capacities. Apart from its comprehensive audio and video file support, the device has a built-in FM tuner and a microphone for recording voice files. Users can even plug the player into a TV with a dedicated output to allow stored file playback on the larger display.
LG Display is demonstrating a 15-inch double-sided reflective display at International Meeting on Information Display (IMID) 2008 show that kicked off on Tuesday in Korea. The reflective LCD (RLCD) has a resolution of 512x384 and features a 14:1 contrast ratio. The prototype is an ECB-mode display that is white when no power is applied to it, and it has a 46 percent aperture ratio, along with a 20 percent reflectance ratio and 12 percent color gamut. The display uses ambient lighting to illuminate its image, making it ideal for use in outdoor, daytime environments.
MSI has released a new 16-inch notebook, the VR630 for the European market, which features a 1366x768 16-inch screen with a movie- and gaming-friendly 16:9 aspect ratio. The notebook can be had with an AMD Turion X2 Ultra dual-core processor or Sempron CPU, with RAM that can be optioned up to 4GB. The notebook includes MSI's ECO Engine power management function that lets them choose from Gaming, Movie, Presentation, Office and Turbo Battery modes to balance performance with battery life.
LG used its home country's KES 2008 show to introduce a set of new XNOTE notebooks, including the S210. The system is small and light at 12 inches and 2.2 pounds respectively but packs faster components than usually reserved for its kind, including a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo and a full 4GB of memory. Unspecified NVIDIA graphics are also built into the system, which carries HDMI out to play video to HDTVs.
Aerielle has released the i2i Stream wireless audio broadcasting and receiving system. The devices can connect to a variety of sources including iPods, computers, entertainment systems, or gaming platforms. The receiver can be worn by the user for headphone listening, or attached to speakers. The system is claimed to offer a range of over 30 feet, using the 2.4 GHz band, and transmits a CD-quality 16-bit 48ksps stream with 75dB SNR.
Intel's Classmate tablet convertible will make the transition to an individually available model through CTL, the third-party PC builder tells Engadget today. Much like its earlier effort with the non-touch Classmate, CTL will create a 2go PC version tailored more to the average home users than the students which make up the normal audience; the company is likely to use Windows XP or (if necessary) Vista in stores rather than the Linux used on some models and in direct online sales.
BenQ's JoyBook Lite U101 -- only recently revealed -- is now on sale in Hong Kong, reports say. The 10.2-inch netbook was originally expected to ship in November, following the release of an 8.9-inch system. English-language slides from BenQ have meanwhile disclosed some more features, such as the use of a 10.1-inch 16:9 LCD display, rather than one in the 4:3 or 16:10 formats more common to both notebooks and netbooks. The screen is also LED backlit, which provides uniform color and better power efficiency.
Audio Technica on Friday announced the upcoming release of a number of headphones that range from the entry-level earbuds to the ultra high-end meant for audiophiles. Starting at the top is the ATH-A2000X set that includes 53mm (about 2.1in) diameter drivers and deliver frequency response of 5Hz-45kHz. They also share their 42-ohm impedance level and maximum loudness of 101dB with the slightly less costly ATH-A1000X set. Apart from the gold color of the aluminum housings, the lesser headset gives up some fidelity, with a slightly lower frequency response range of 5Hz-42kHz. Either set is intended for use by dedicated listeners.
Nokia in a low-key move has started shipping the N810 WiMAX Edition in the US, giving Sprint's new Xohm network its first handheld device. Following a long delay from its April launch, the tablet is Nokia's first with long-range wireless and should have broadband-level Internet speeds anywhere in Baltimore and future cities that will get Xohm. Sprint estimates 2Mbps to 4Mbps downstream, which should allow full video streaming, VoIP, and other services sometimes too demanding for 3G.
Microsoft will try to spark interest in its newer Zunes this fall with the launch of its first themed Zune Originals set, the company has revealed at a press event attended by SAI. Where the previous custom engravings have largely been isolated efforts, the new campaign will bring a set of artwork for the players' backs themed around the zodiac signs: at least Aries, Leo and Pisces are confirmed but is implied as including the remaining nine signs.
Other World Computing finished its week today by capitalizing on the launch of Apple's new MacBooks to ship its own set of MacBook drive upgrades. The kits take advantage of recent updates by hard drive makers and, as barebones kits, are normally less expensive than paying Apple's upgrade price. They also let owners keep the factory-stock drive, OWC is keen to add.
The Magellan Maestro Elite 4370 portable navigation device is now available on the company's website. The long-awaited GPS, which was originally promised to make its debut during the first quarter of 2008, features a 4.3-inch color touchscreen and includes what appears to be a new interface, with 3D buildings and a lane guidance system. The interface also includes a OneTouch function that can save searches, such as a favorite chain store, fast food place, coffee shop or gas station, then show users the closest one to their location with just one button-press.
Sony Ericsson highlighted the mounting problems for incumbent phone makers on Friday with news of its summer quarter results. The carrier shipped a total of 25.7 million phones in the period, which ended in September; the figure is a slight 5.3 percent boost to its numbers from the spring but a slight loss from the same season a year earlier, dipping from 25.9 million phones in summer 2007.
Research in Motion is set to significantly expand its touchscreen lineup beyond just the core BlackBerry Storm, early rumors floated by BGR suggest. The Canadian company is reportedly readying a device like the Storm for its Wireless Enterprise Symposium in May and may involve a version of the Storm with HSDPA-based 3G for North American frequencies. Which carriers would receive the example are unknown, though AT&T's exclusivity deal for the 3G-capable Bold and the need to support Rogers in Canada would suggest a model with 850MHz 3G rather than the 1,700MHz used for T-Mobile.
Intel will launch one of its last waves of Core 2 mobile processors just before the end of the year, according to reputed tips from mainboard producers in the Taiwan area. Incorrectly flagged as desktop processors by the source, a December 28th lineup is said to include five generally faster processors that all consume no more than 35W of power, suiting them to most thin-and-light notebooks. This would include the already-rumored 2.93GHz Core 2 Duo, or T9800, as well as Intel's first normal-power quad-core processor for notebooks, the 2GHz Core 2 Quad Q9000.
Many mobile phones may appear aesthetically pleasing when seen on a store shelf, but they may prove too fragile to deal with the bumps and bruises from everyday life. That's what makes the Samsung SGH-a837 mobile phone so different. With a flip-up, clamshell case that covers the keypad when not in use, this phone is designed to take abuse and keep on working.
Following closely on the heels of Adobe's Creative Suite 4 release, NVIDIA on Thursday unveiled the Quadro CX, offering users an optimized GPU for the new software suite's explicit use of the graphics hardware. The Quadro CX is designed to help produce visual effects within Adobe Photoshop CS4, After Effects CS4, Premiere Pro CS4, and several other of the suite's applications. NVIDIA claims the card offers users a "dramatically fast and fluid experience."
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