It looks like Black Friday news is already starting to leak out. This year's must have gadget? The HTC built tablet being worked on by Google and Verizon. The "busiest shopping day of the year" in the U.S. is the rumored launch date for the tablet.
This tablet will not be Android based; instead it will run a version of Chrome OS. This is surprising to some considering the popularity of the Android platform yet it would be a big way to launch the OS. Verizon and Google have remained expectedly silent on their plans, although it's possible that pricing could be as low as free with a data plan. Verizon has done this before with netbooks, so it's not completely out of line and would make this a pretty attractive competitor for the iPad if it has the power to do so.
So what do you do when you get your hands on a $550 USD gadget? Well, if you're one of the folks at iFixit, you completely tear it apart and see what makes it tick. The photo below shows the carnage of their latest teardown effort; the Dell Streak.
The 5" smartphone/tablet hybrid shows a Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon CPU as the brains of the unit, which is a "similar" chip to the one in the iPhone 4. iFixit also noted with their "fixability" rating of 8/10 that the Streak would be fairly easy to repair for simple thing like battery replacement. Looks easier than tearing into an iPod, anyways
A few of Toshiba's plans for their 10 inch tablet have been leaked by some Taiwan-based makers. According to DigiTimes, Toshiba's Tegra 2 powered tablet should start hitting shelves in September or October.
Pricing information has not been yet announced, but the September/October availability does fall in line with NVIDIA's announcement that tablets with the Tegra 2 processor would start appearing within the same timeframe that Toshiba is planning on. More specs and info when they become available.
Viewsonic made a very earth-friendly announcement today when they stated that all of their monitors would feature Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology by 2011. This should offer customers "significant energy cost savings and improved performance and contrast."
Displays that use LED backlighting instead of traditional CCFL lamps boast an energy savings of around 40 percent, low electromagnetic interference, and slimmer design. With the cost of producing the monitors dropping, hopefully more companies will take this cue. Viewsonic's recent release of their VX2250wm-LED 22 inch LED monitor that retails for around $165 has shown that an LED monitor doesn't have to have the serious price premium that it used to.
Razer is one of the best-known makers of gear for PC gamers on the market. The company has all manner of mice, keyboards, and other gear for gamers. Many gamers and typists really like the feel of mechanical keys on a keyboard, but that is a rare feature on keyboards today. Razer has offered up a new keyboard specifically for gamers that uses mechanical keys.
The new keyboard is called the BlackWidow. It has mechanical key architecture for fast actuation and a longer life. The keys for the keyboard are programmable and there are five keys that can have macros bound to them for gaming. The keyboard also has ten customizable software profiles with on-the-fly switching.
Some of you may remember way back in October 2008 when T-Mobile's G1 was the first Android smartphone to hit U.S. shores. T-Mobile is taking that naming scheme for another spin by today teasing the T-Mobile G2.
The HTC Magic was rumored to be released as the G2 back in July 2009 but never surfaced. Now with the white color and after leaks of benchmarks by a T-Mobile employee, it's possible that the G2 is the dual-core HTC Glacier. Specs are at a minimum at this point, with T-Mobile only releasing that this will be the network's first HSPA+ phone that is "designed to run at 4G speeds." Check out the teaser page and sign up for updates here.
ASRock makes some nice mainboards for enthusiasts and gamers. The company has announced a new mainboard and has offered us the details of the board. The new offering is called the X58 Extreme6 and it uses the Intel X58+ ICH10R chipsets. The board is cool looking too with a black PCB with white and blue accents. The board has all sorts of nice features too like a front panel USB 3.0 port adapter.
The board supports Intel 1366 CPUs up to the Core i7 extreme edition processors. The board uses passive cooling with heat pipes and has six DDR3 DIMMS for system memory. Audio is supported up to 7.1 channel HD audio a Blu-ray playback is supported with the audio device along with THX. The chipset allows support for both NVIDIA SLI and CrossFire from ATI.
The Android tablet market is about to get a bunch of new products it seems. There are a lot of computer makers that are seeing the iPad cut into their sales of notebooks and netbooks. To fight the iPad there are a gob of new tablets coming to market and many of the new tablets are counting on Android as the operating system for the iPad fighters.
I just mentioned a new eReader launching next month that will run Android and eLocity has a new tablet coming that will run Android and have a 7-inch screen. The interesting thing about the eLocity A7 is that it will be pushed by Stream TV and will support multimedia. The tablet's full specifications are being withheld until the device lands for pre-ordered on August 24.
For a long time there were eReaders seemingly coming to market every day. Over the last month or so the eReader market has been quiet, I am sure that has a lot to do with the iPad. Apple is selling the iPad by the millions and can't keep up with demand and the thing works as an eReader and a lot more. Pandigital does have a new eReader that it is talking about called the Novel 7-inch color multimedia eReader.
The device has a glossy black bezel and weighs in at 11.8 ounces. The 7-inch screen has a matte finish (YAY!), supports touch input, and has a stylus that stashes in the side of the eReader. The reader and its color screen can be used to surf the web, read, view photos, check email, and watch movies. It also has a music player built-in.
A long time ago, Logitech offered up what I think is the best keyboard ever made for general computer work - the Illuminated Keyboard. This wired keyboard is very thin and has backlit keys, which at the time it debuted was a feature only common to gaming keyboards. Today Logitech has unveiled a new keyboard called the Wireless illuminated Keyboard K800.
This keyboard lacks the super thin profile of the wired Illuminated Keyboard, but makes up for it to some extend by cutting the wires tying you down. The K800 uses the Logitech unified receiver to connect to the computer and that one receiver will work with compatible mice too. The keyboard has adjustable backlighting that can be dimmed or turned off.