Enterprise and consumer models available in Q1
Hardware maker Xi3 will be showing off their new "next unit of computing" (NUC) models based on the Intel's fifth-generation Core "Broadwell" processors at their CES booth this week. NUC machines are tiny form-factor computers, similar to a stripped-down Mac mini, that eschew legacy connectivity in favor of cooler, quieter power efficiency compared to tower-style machines. The Xi3 offerings include four different models, for enterprise and consumer customers, including the Xi2 NUC Elli 5 and 5 Pro, and the Xi3 NUC Leon 5 and 5 Pro.
Miniature version of Galaxy S5 to retain heart rate monitor from original
[Updated with confirmation] Samsung could launch the mini version of the Galaxy S5 next month, potentially at the same time as entry-level devices launched earlier today, according to a report. The rumored Galaxy S5 mini will allegedly go on sale in markets worldwide in mid-July, with the launch apparently falling in line with the initial shipments of the Galaxy S4 mini from last year.
Pictures of Galaxy S5, S5 Mini show small reduction in size, similar appearance
The smaller version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has reportedly leaked, seemingly showing it to have a similar set of features to the full-size version. Pictured next to the Galaxy S5 for size comparison purposes, the Galaxy S5 Mini appears to have made only a few external changes, keeping the appearance of its stablemate, including the textured back cover.
Rear 4MP UltraPixel camera from HTC One M8 exchanged for normal sensor in mini 2
Following the launch of the HTC One M8, HTC has launched another miniature version of its flagship smartphone. The HTC One mini 2 shares the design of the full-scale counterpart, just as rumored earlier, but as its name suggests, it exchanges the 5-inch 1080p display for a smaller 4.5-inch 720x1280-resolution version, and just like the first HTC One mini, the internal specifications have also seen some changes.
Smaller version of Samsung Galaxy S5 to have 8-megapixel rear camera
Specifications for what could be the "mini" version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 have reportedly leaked, suggesting it to be a considerable improvement over the previous model. The smaller version of the Samsung flagship smartphone, previously hinted at via a user agent profile on a company server, will apparently have a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display at a 720p resolution, and will ship with Android 4.4 onboard.
User Agent Profile for SM-G750 suggests Galaxy S5 Mini, Neo being produced
Samsung could be preparing to launch a smaller version of the Galaxy S5, if rumors about a file on Samsung's own servers are true. A user agent profile refers to a mobile device with the model number SM-G750, a device which could potentially turn out to be the Galaxy S5 Mini or S5 Neo, based on the specification listings inside the Samsung-produced file.
LG G2 mini reduces specification as well as screen size
LG has revealed a smaller version of its G2 smartphone, as part of its pre-Mobile World Congress announcements. The LG G2 mini takes after its larger stablemate in styling and functionality, including the rear buttons, though like other "mini" models of devices, the specifications are pruned to more budget-friendly options, such as replacing the 5.2-inch display of the original for a 4.7-inch 540x960 version.
Shown with quad-core 1.2GHz processor, qHD screen
LG's flagship smartphone could have a smaller stablemate in the future, according to a leaked set of specifications. The LG-D410, allegedly thought to be the LG G2 mini, has apparently surfaced in a GFX benchmark test, with the results suggesting that it will follow the same pattern as "mini" versions of some other devices in offering relatively restrained internals.
HTC One spared from sales injunction, Nokia seeks financial compensation
HTC will no longer be allowed to sell the One Mini in the United Kingdom from the end of this week onwards. Judge Richard Arnold has ruled that chips used in the HTC One Mini infringed on a patent owned by Nokia, with a sales injunction on the device coming into effect from December 6th, though stopped short of doing the same for the HTC One.
Bundle includes console, Wii Remote Plus, Nunchuk, Mario Kart Wii
Nintendo is bringing the Wii Mini to the United States, a year after it first went on sale in Canada, and after a European release. Effectively a stripped-down version of the Wii, the Wii Mini will be going on sale later this month for $100, making it the second re-modelled console the company is launching in the US, after the Nintendo 2DS.
HTC One Mini reaches Canada via Rogers, ships November 4th
Sales of the HTC One Mini on Rogers in Canada will commence soon, the carrier has revealed. Offering a 4.3-inch 720p display, a dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM, and the 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera, the HTC One Mini will ship through Rogers from November 4th, though the carrier has yet to disclose its price.
Sony puts PlayStation 3 with 12GB flash storage on sale in United States
A rumored flash version of the PlayStation 3 has gone on sale in the United States. Costing $200 and previously available in Europe and Hong Kong, the model has 12GB of flash storage inside instead of a normal hard drive, which is said to help speed up load times for installed games, though its storage capacity can be expanded by using external hard drives.
Improved processing, battery life touted in new Droid range
Motorola has revealed a trio of previously leaked Droid smartphones, heading to Verizon Wireless late next month. The Droid Mini is the smallest phone in the group, offering the option for a smaller size compared to the other two, while the Droid Ultra poses as the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone on the market, and the Droid Maxx is claimed to have an extremely long battery life.
Dual-core 1.4GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage in HTC One Mini
HTC has revealed the rumored smaller version of its flagship HTC One. The HTC One Mini uses a 4.3-inch S-LCD3 display with a resolution of 1,280x720, both smaller and a lower resolution that the 4.7-inch Full HD 1080p screen in the original, and while it retains most of the physical design aspects of the HTC One, the Mini opts for polycarbonate on the sides and front with aluminum on the back.
HTC One mini nearing release, captured live in photos
The HTC One mini has been caught going through wireless certification in China. The device has been widely anticipated as it one of the first mid-range Android devices to feature a high-quality aluminum finish, normally reserved for high-end devices. While it takes a step down in terms of its overall specifications, it carries over some of the features from its larger HTC One stable mate including the vaunted BoomSound dual-stereo front facing speakers.
HTC One Max claimed to have six-inch 1080p display, 2.3GHz processor
HTC may be moving to release a larger version of its flagship HTC One, as well as a smaller model. A rumor for the One Max suggests that the company may be readying a version of the smartphone with a six-inch display, and is accompanied by new photographs said to show both the front and the back of the HTC One Mini.
Samsung smartphones appear on carrier at same time as prepaid refresh
British phone network Three has announced it has started selling the Samsung Galaxy Mega and the Galaxy S4 Mini. Going on sale online today and in stores tomorrow, the two Samsung devices appear on Three at the same time as the carrier makes significant changes to the way it charges for its prepaid phone service.
HTC One mini name, 720p resolution, Android 4.2 confirmed
HTC has mistakenly confirmed that it is creating the HTC One mini, after leaking the name through one of its own websites. A User Agent profile published on a HTC-owned domain provides the device's name, as well as revealing it will have a 1280x720-resolution display and will use Android 4.2, but does not seem to show much else about the phone.
Mentions low-resolution 4.3-inch screen, Qualcomm processor
The existence of the HTC One Mini is looking more likely, courtesy of a new report. The smaller version of the HTC flagship is claimed to be coming out by August, confirming other recent release-date rumors, as well as the change of screen size from the 4.7-inch display in the original HTC One to a smaller and lower-resolution 4.3-inch version.
Smaller HTC smartphone retains UltraPixel camera sensor from HTC One
The HTC One mini is claimed to have a 4.3-inch display with a 720p resolution, according to latest rumors. Specifications of the smaller version of the HTC One, reportedly codenamed the M4, confirm some details revealed in a separate leak at the start of last month, along with photographs that seemingly match those of an alleged media render of the device.
S4 Mini shrinks screen, battery, storage capacity
Samsung has revealed the Galaxy S4 Mini before its June 20th event, following various rumors and leaks about its existence. The smaller version of its namesake seems on paper to be a mid-range smartphone, complete with its 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED screen and unnamed dual-core 1.7GHz processor supported by 1.5GB of RAM.
Smaller Galaxy S4 shown with render, GT-i9195 model number
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini may go on sale in the not-so-distant future, following reports that it was spotted on the Samsung website. A section dedicated to Samsung Apps for the UK showed an image of the smartphone, along with the model number GT-i9195, for a brief period before being pulled from view by the manufacturer.
Images show slight size difference between full-size Galaxy S4 and Mini
The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available in an extra shade of blue, according to a Japanese carrier's promotional material. The images from DoCoMo arrive at the same time as other photographs that claim to show the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, something which has been suggested as launching at some point this month.
Galaxy S4 Active to be dust and waterproof, rugged yet retains S4 appearance
Samsung is planning to introduce a ruggedized version of the Galaxy S4 this summer, according to a report. The Korean electronics producer is also plotting to put out a smaller version called the Galaxy S4 Mini, mimicking the product strategy of the Galaxy S III, as well as a new eight-inch Galaxy-ranged tablet sometime in June.
Mobile head claims 4-inch form factor for European market
Samsung has confirmed that it will be launching the Galaxy S III Mini tomorrow. JK Shin, head of Mobile Communications at Samsung, commented on tomorrow's event in Germany to Inews24, confirming the device to have a four-inch screen and have a "full form factor," though it will not apparently be an entry-level smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S III Mini launch possible
Samsung has sent invites out for a media event in Germany. An invitation sent to MobiFlip.de tells of an event taking place on October 11th, suggesting the launch of "something small [that] will be really big" and to "get ready for a little sensation." Despite the lack of product naming, the leaflet does give the appearance of a launch for a rumored Samsung Galaxy S III Mini.
Drobo Mini aimed for travel use, both using SSD caching
Drobo has unveiled two new Thunderbolt-enabled storage systems aimed at professional users. The Drobo 5D is a desktop-based unit that can store five drives with an additional SSD bay for caching, while the Drobo Mini is a smaller version of the storage line designed for mobile use.
HP Mini 1104 marks netbook swansong
HP showed the changing roles of netbooks on Monday with the introduction of its first new netbook for 2012, theMini 1104. The 10-inch netbook is focused on schools and business and primarily adds Intel's faster Cedar Trail-era 1.6GHz Atom N2600 for faster graphics and overall performance. It comes with Computrace Pro and a TPM security chip to help track the netbook if it's stolen.
Dell drops Mini line after short history
Dell has formally but quietly backed out of the netbook category. A search for netbooks like the Mini 10 gives users a warning that the Mini line is "no longer available." In return, buyers are told to pick the much larger Inspiron 14R.
BMW, MINI and MOG team on iPhone app integration
BMW and MINI have announced that both brands will get MOG streaming from iPhones. MOG offers users over 13 million songs on demand and includes unique features such artist-only stations. The service is now integrated into all 2011 BMWs with the BMW Apps option as well as MINI Connected infotainment systems via the MOG app (free, iTunes) for iPhone.
HP Mini 210, Envy 14 and dv4 upgraded
HP kicked off the week with a slew of notebook upgrades, headed up unusually by its netbooks. The Mini 210 has been given its first real redesign with a more minimalist, colorful look. It's also HP's smallest system to get Beats audio processing and should have unusually good sound quality for the 10-inch size.
MOG music service coming to Sonos, Mini, more
The MOG music service available for Android- and iOS-based devices will now come to Sonos in-home music systems, connected Vizio TVs, portable electronics from LG and Samsung and new Mini cars. The new Sonos partnership gives users streaming for the 320Kbps, ad-free service over its multi-room audio systems. Access includes MOG's Mobius music discovery engine and more than 10 million songs.
Popular topics from the forums
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BMW, Mini and Tesla Model S get NVIDIA tech
Both BMW and Tesla Motors today both said they would use NVIDIA's Tegra chips for their in-car systems. The faster ARM processor gives them support for much higher resolution screens, up to the large 17-inch display in the Tesla Model S, while still providing 3D visuals and responsive touchscreen input on the Tesla car. Roots in the mobile world also make it well suited to GPS navigation, including real-time traffic.
Mini Connected for iOS now in App Store
BMW's Mini badge this week quietly took its Mini Connected app (free, App Store) live for the iPhone. The long in development app gives any 2011 Mini with the Connected system access to phone features often tied into the car's own control stack. Internet radio pulled over 3G routes through the audio system, while RSS news feeds and Twitter can appear on the car display or (for news) spoken aloud on a Mini with voice control enabled.
Microsoft Black Friday gives netbook with Office
Not normally known for its Black Friday deals, Microsoft today launched a promo that promises major giveaways, including for Mac users. The highlight is a free Dell Mini 1018 netbook with a copy of Office Home and Business 2010; the deal is an effectively half-off deal that gives both the 1.66GHz Atom notebook and the software for the price of one, at $280. Those just interested in a PC can also get an HP dm3 ultraportable for $399, or $250 off its usual asking price.
HP adds Mini 1103 business netbook to lineup
HP on Monday introduced its latest Mini netbook meant for business users, the Mini 1103. The 10.1-inch, 1024x600 LED-backlit screen faces a keyboard that's 93 percent the size of a full-sized notebook's, and the device weighs just short of 2.8lbs with a three-cell battery. A 1.66GHz Atom CPU is standard fare, though a 1.83GHz N475 is optional, and while there's support for 2GB of DDR3 RAM, only 1GB systems will ship from HP.
Sprint gets first 3G, 4G combo notebooks from Dell
Sprint claimed a minor first on Tuesday by getting the two first notebooks to have both built-in 3G and 4G in the US. Its version of the Dell Mini 10 and the Dell Inspiron 11z can access either regular EVDO or WiMAX to have the up to 6Mbps speeds with a fallback for when 4G coverage isn't available.
ATT offers PAYG data, new Acer and Dell 3G systems
AT&T's mobile data plans expanded today with its first options for prepaid data. The DataConnect Pass gives those with built-in 3G in a notebook the option of paying for just a short stint of data without having to commit to a contract. Its rates carry a premium for the freedom at $15 for 100MB of data over the course of a day, $30 for a week pass with 300MB of data and a full month with 1GB for $50.
HP Mini 210 and 5103 get Atom N550
HP this morning revamped its Mini netbooks with a performance update and design refreshes. The Mini 210 and 5103 now have the choice of Intel's dual-core, 1.5GHz Atom N550 as an option. Picking the chip should significantly improve the speed of the 10-inch portable under some conditions but without affecting the 10.75 hours of battery life with the stock six-cell battery.
HP quietly launches HP mini 5103
HP today slipped out an upgrade to its pro netbooks in the form of the Mini 5103. The 10-inch portable uses a 1.66GHz Atom N455 or 1.86GHz N475 but primarily gets a memory upgrade: either supports 1,333MHz DDR3 RAM instead of the more typical DDR2. Just 1GB is built-in, but 2GB is an option.
T-Mobile 21Mbps gets major launch, new netbook
T-Mobile's HSPA+ service should get a major expansion in just over a week, including a new netbook to match, if a tip this evening is accurate. The 21Mbps access would reach 19 new coverage areas on July 21, ranging from major cities in Ohio and Texas to the island of Hawaii and cities such as Baltimore, Kansas City, Portland and Washington, DC. It would represent one of the largest expansions of the faster 3G since it launched.
BMW group cars to have special iPhone, iPod menus
BMW and its connected Mini label have taken advantage of updates in Apple's iOS 4 to provide an easier way to navigate music on an iPhone or iPod touch. When attached, any iOS 4 device will put out an iPod-like menu on a car's center dash display; anyone in the front cabin can steer playback from the car's own controls rather than distract themselves with the touchscreen. The technique supports normally out-of-reach features like on-device custom playlists and Genius playlists.
We review HP's premium Mini netbook
The HP Mini 5102 is one of those rare netbooks designed for the mobile pro and educational markets at the same time; it's meant for those who don't simply see the netbook as a throwaway extra PC. At $415, even still has an attractive price point, but does the 5102 pack enough features and power over a regluar netbook to satisfy an audience that could pay $100 less? We find out in our full Mini 5102 review.
Dell, Threadless team up on custom designs
PC maker Dell has teamed up with Threadless to offer custom designs from the clothing label on notebook lids. The original graphics can be chosen from Dell's Design Studio, and there are 11 designs currently available. New designs will be added in the future as well.
HP Mini 100e designed, toughened for kids
HP today put out its first netbook designed just for kids. The Mini 100e Education Edition (link active soon) has an entirely new chassis designed to take the wider range of abuse likely at school. A handle is built in to make it easier to carry for children, and the shell is both friendlier and more durable; the keyboard is spillproof, and the display hinges are a mix of alloys and steel to prevent them from breaking in a fall.
Cloud feature lets users access remote files
Verizon today began offering the HP Mini 210 as part of its 3G netbook lineup. As with other models, it adds EVDO Rev A-based 3G to the 10-inch system's normal Wi-Fi. The Verizon-bound Mini 210 will be available in Black Crystal, a 1.66Ghz Atom chip, 1GB RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and a webcam.
HP Mini 210 and 110 get refreshes
HP's Mini netbooks got their own refreshes today with two new colors and a longer-running performance model. The Mini 210 gets the most visible update with both a "white crystal" color option and a pseudo-3D "preppy pink." On the pink model, the design creates a multi-layer effect with shadows; HP also brings a plaid imprint to the trackpad.
Acer plans full line of MIDs next month
Acer said as part of its financial results today that it would launch a whole line of mobile Internet devices (MIDs) in May. CEO Gianfranco Lanci was short on details but said they would all have 3G cellular access and would run Acer's custom Shell 4.0 interface. They should also interact with each other, although how wasn't mentioned by Lanci.
Dell 7-inch tablet gets Tegra 2, Android 2.1
Dell's larger tablet strategy will start off mildly, another leak suggested this evening. So far codenamed the Looking Glass, the 7-inch version should use an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and Android 2.1 but will largely be an upsized version of the Mini 5. Engadget understands that the Looking Glass should still have the 800x480 resolution, and its main advantages will be an ATSC or DVB-T TV tuner along with a possible AT&T U-verse TV access.