Samsung seems to be very busy these days and is apparently working on a new Symbian based smartphone, the SGH-i570. It does look similar to its Windows Mobile 6 based sibling, the SGH-i620. Both phones features a slide-out keyboard and somewhat similar styling, but in all honesty, the SGH-i570 looks like the dogs in comparison in stylish gunmetal black over plastic iPod white for the SGH-i620.
The SGH-i570 will be running Symbian 9.1 and it should feature Wi-Fi, HSPDA, EDGE and Bluetooth. Pretty good specifications in terms of connectivity and the only thing missing is a mini-USB port. It also comes with 160MB of built in memory and it takes microSD cards if that's isn't enough.
It also supports video calls via a front mounted camera and slide it open to reveal a rear mounted 2Megapixel camera with flash. It measures 96 x 60 x 16mm (H x W x D) when closed and weighs 123g. You can also see that it comes with some kind of Google functionality as standard, although we're not quite sure what this is, but our guess is that it has Google search built in and maybe some more features.
Can't wait for this one to arrive, it looks like a real corker of a phone and as long as Samsung manages to tame the Symbian OS to make the most out of, this could be one of the smartphones out there that's worth owning.
More pictures here
Today from our good friends at eXpansys in Hong Kong, we got UBiQUiO's brand new Quad-Band GSM 503G pocket PC mobile phone in for testing.
This is a high-end Windows Mobile 6 Professional smart phone powered by an Intel 520MHz CPU and 96MB of RAM (normally 64MB) and 192MB of ROM (normally 128MB) for local storage. It also includes HSDPA which is high-speed data access over 3G up to 3.6Mbps. We tested it and it works great here in Taipei but it also includes Wi-Fi networking if you aren't in a 3G coverage area.
And if that wasn't enough for you, it also has a full QWERTY keyboard for quick mobile messaging along with great stylus and 2.4" QVGA 320 x 240 touch screen. Our full review will follow next week by Lars but for now here are some first look shots of the impressive device which has already left us quite happy.
More soon once we get time to finish our full look at the product!
ThermalTake has released a new case in its Mozart media center range, the Mozart iP. ThermalTake claims that this is the world's first case with an integrated iPod dock and we believe them. The dock is integrated into the fascia of the desktop case and it looks rather smart on the pictures. You can see the iPod screen and access the scroll wheel via a cut-out in the case. The dock will also charge your iPod while it's plugged into the Mozart iP.
What's more is that the Mozart iP comes with a dedicated remote control for the iPod dock and there's a special controller that fits into a rear slot in the case that allows the iPod audio to be easily mixed with the sound from your sound card and then passed onto the speakers.
The Mozart iP is also a media center case, as it features a VFD and comes with second remote control and the iMedian media center style software. Other features include front mounted USB 2.0, FireWire and audio ports, three 5.25-inch drive bays and five 3.5-inch drive bays. The Mozard iP is available in black and silver.
You can find out more information and see some more pictures of the ThermalTake Mozard iP by clicking here
Information about eight new devices from HTC has made its way onto the web and it's looking like HTC is packing some serious hardware if this information proves to be correct. First up we have the Kaiser or the P4550 which we wrote about here, although it seems like it has been delayed until August now.
This model will replace the TyTN in the current range and will feature a 400MHz Qualcomm CPU, 256MB ROM, 64MB RAM, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, assisted GPS, a 2 or 3Mega pixel camera, a semi-automatic sliding keyboard (no, this has nothing to do with guns), but sadly it only has USB 1.1 interface for syncing it with your PC.
Next up we have Nike, or the P5500 which is a more classic looking slider with a 2.6-inch QVGA touch screen, 128MB ROM, 64MB RAM, the same 400MHz Qualcomm CPU, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, a 2Mega pixel camera and again only USB 1.1. This is the first slider without a keyboard from HTC and it looks like an interesting model.
The Volans doesn't have a model number as yet, but it looks like this will be the 3G version of the current S710. It has the same specifications as the Nike, but it lacks the touch screen. Instead it has a keyboard, just like the S710.
The next model will replace the P3350 if the design is anything to go by and its codenamed Polaris. It will get a 3.5-inch VGA touch screen, long overdue from HTC. It will also feature wireless WAN, although it isn't quite clear what this means, but WiMAX springs to mind. The hardware features are in general similar to the Kaiser, although the Polaris will have a real GPS as well as an FM radio and a 3Mega pixel camera with auto focus.
Sedna is the next model and it should be known as the P6550 when it arrives. It will also feature a 3.5-inch touch screen display, but only QVGA this time. This odd beast might feature up to 1GB of NAND Flash memory for storage It should also have wireless WAN, HSDPA up to 7.2Mbps, a fingerprint scanner and 2 SDIO/MMC memory card slots. It might also feature an add-on module that can host a magnetic strip/smart card reader or an extended battery.
The final GSM/WCDMA device is the Shangri-La or the X9500 which looks like a replacement for the X7500. It should have a 7-inch 800x480 touch screen, it might feature a 30 or 40GB hard drive and is meant to be powered by an 800MHz Intel Dothan CPU.
Finally we have to US only models for CDMA, the first one is the Vouge, which simply put is a CDMA 1x-EVDO model of the Touch with built in GPS. The Iris or the S640 looks a lot more interesting as it shares quite a lot of its design with the new Palm Gandolf. It should have wireless WAN as well as GPS, Bluetooth and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and a front mounted keyboard.
You can find a PDF with more information about all the models as well as pictures, by clicking here. For now, we'd take most of this information with a huge grain of salt, except the Kaiser as it has already been verified to be a real product.
Nokia has released information about two new handsets, both labelled as the 6500, but with the Classic and Slide suffixes. The design idea behind these two handsets is ergonomics, big buttons and ease of use and long lasting materials. Both handsets feature third generation 3G technology from Nokia and both are considered mid-range handsets by Nokia.
The 6500 Classic is a rather stylish, if somewhat plain, 9.5mm slim, aluminium, candy bar shaped phone. It has a 2Mega pixel camera with LED flash. It also features a standard mini USB connector, which makes it much easier to connect it up to a computer and charge it, especially when you travel. It has 1GB of built in memory and you can use the 6500 Classic as a USB storage device with your computer. It's expected to retail for around €320 ex sales tax in Europe.
The 6500 Slide is as the name suggests a slider and it is cast in brushed stainless steel with a special coating that is meant to prevent scratches and smudges. It features a 3.2Mega pixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics with auto focus and an LED flash. It's also got TV out, which enables it to display pictures on a TV, but it can also be used for group video calls over 3G. The 6500 Slide is expected to retail for around €370 ex sales tax in Europe.
Expect to see both handsets in Q3
"Nokia is a recognized trailblazer of the 3G revolution and a pioneer in the use of new and innovative materials for mobile phones. With the Nokia 6500 classic and Nokia 6500 slide, Nokia is skillfully combining these areas of expertise to deliver a compelling blend of design and technology at a mid-range price point."
Nokia has set up a site dedicated to the 6500 series here
If you're into Windows Mobile devices, you've most likely heard of HTC and even if you haven't, it's likely that you've got one of their devices as HTC is one of the biggest manufacturers of Windows Mobile devices. You might be familiar with Dopod if the HTC brand doesn't ring a bell, as Dopod distributed HTC's devices under its own brand until it was recently bought up by HTC. The new handset from HTC has been known as the Kaiser, but it likely going to retail as the P4550. This is an upgraded version of the TyTN which has been out for about a year or so now. The Boy Genius Report has scored some exclusive shots of this new handset and you can check out the rest of the pictures here.
Although the P4550 shares many features with the TyTN, such as a 2.8-inch, 320x240 resolution display and HSDPA, the P4550 is quite a different beast when you start looking at the specs. First of all it's using a different processor, as the TyTN was powered by a 400MHz Samsung CPU, the P4550 has a 400MHz processor from Qualcomm. This is the first time a device from HTC is powered by a Qualcomm processor and it will be interesting to see how this compares to the Samsung and Xscale processors previously used by HTC. It's also been given twice as much memory, 256MB ROM and 128MB of RAM, this might not sound like much, but it's quite impressive on a Windows Mobile device. The P4550 also supports the even faster 3G standard, HSUPA and also offers 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 and USB 2.0 for connectivity to a wide range of devices, but gone is the IrDA interface of the TyTN. The P4550 will of course be running Windows Mobile 6, which officially launches next month.
Another cool feature of the P4550 is that the screen doesn't just slide to reveal a keyboard, but it tilts in such a way that it looks like a small notebook. How practical this is in real life is something we'll have to evaluate once we get hold of a review unit, but it does look the part. Expect this handset to be available sometime in July, although we'd expect to see the device in action at Computex next month.
You can find HTC's website here
Creative has just announced its latest weapon in the battle against Apple and its iPods - the ZEN Stone. A range of color options will be available, although for the launch date on the 14th of May, black is the only option. At 25 grams and measuring 5.3 x 3.5 x 1.3 cm (W x H x D) it's a very pocket friendly MP3 player. In addition to MP3 files, the ZEN Stone will also play DRM free WMA, WAV and Audible books on its 1GB of built in storage.
The ZEN Stone has a 10h battery life, which should be good enough for most users and it charges via its mini USB connector, which is also used to connect it to your PC. A standard 3.5mm audio jack is used for headphones and a basic pair is supplied with the player. But the thing that will sell the ZEN Stone its not one of its features, but rather the amazingly low retail price of US$39.99, as suddendly it's not expensive to get a quality player from a well known brand. We'll just have to wait and see if Apple is willing to compete with this of if it sees its own iPod Nano as a premium product. You can find out more information about the ZEN Stone here
Considering AMD's current financial position, given their huge Q1'07 loss of over half a billion US$ it's no wonder there's still a lot of concerns going around.
The latest from The Inquirer on this subject is that it would seem things are getting even more out of hand. One would think their best hope now would be to focus entirely on making R600 a big success, otherwise dare I say it? Intel could end up with an open playing field.
COMBINED GPU AND CPU maker DAAMIT has announced that it plans to mortgage itself out for another $1.8 billion dollars in debt.
We've previously reported that the company is running short on cash for the year, despite pledging to make $500m worth of cuts before the year is out. That helps things, but really only stems the tide - the extra money AMD is raising now will help to fund expansion.
Creative have just announced a new pair of high-end headphones dubbed the Aurvana DJ. At around $110 US these arnt cheap but based on the info in the press release it would appear these are of very high quality and have some rather nice features.
Check out the announcement posted up on Techpowerup for further details.
SINGAPORE - 4 April, 2007 -- Creative Technology Ltd. (NASDAQ: CREAF), a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products, today announced the Creative Aurvana DJ Headphones. Sophistically designed with brushed metal and diamond-cut finishing, these powerful headphones offer precise audio reproduction for discerning music listeners, DJ mixes and home studio monitoring use. Built for ultra-comfort using high-grade acoustic components, the Creative Aurvana DJ Headphones are ideal companion products for any MP3 or portable media players with a regular headphone jack. It also perfectly complements Creative's latest range of X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio systems, offering a truly remarkable listening experience.
As well as the launch of their new 320MB 8800 GTS card a short time ago, NVIDIA have also unveiled a new member as part of their GoForce mobile processor family for mobile phones and other handheld devices, this dubbed the "NVIDIA GoForce 6100".
To learn more about its capabilities have a read of the official PR folks.
SINGAPORE - FEBRUARY 13, 2007 - In order to meet the growing multimedia demands of today's mobile phone user, NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today unveiled its new strategy to target the rapidly growing applications processor market . The NVIDIA® GoForce® 6100, the company's first in a family of applications processors, is a highly integrated and optimized multimedia solution that consumes less than half the power of any applications processor available on the market today.
The official launch of Apple's new iPhone hasnt gone quite as smooth as they anticipated, so much so that they're being sued for having officially announced it! Turns out huge networking mob Cisco have already owned the "iPhone" trademark for over 6 years, which was actually purchased from Infogear who originally filed for it in 1996.
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cisco® (NASDAQ:CSCO) today announced that it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against Apple, Inc., seeking to prevent Apple from infringing upon and deliberately copying and using Cisco's registered iPhone trademark.
Cisco obtained the iPhone trademark in 2000 after completing the acquisition of Infogear, which previously owned the mark and sold iPhone products for several years. Infogear's original filing for the trademark dates to March 20, 1996. Linksys, a division of Cisco, has been shipping a new family of iPhone products since early last year. On Dec. 18, Linksys expanded the iPhone® family with additional products.
Creative have just released some fancy new bluetooth wireless headphones dubbed the SE2300s, these said to allow for up to eight hrs of wireless stereo playback on the rechargeable battery.
To get all the details on 'em, head over to RegHardware folks.
Already bought the one you love an iPod, Zune, Zen or somesuch? Want to know what to get 'em next? Ask Creative, and it'll suggest a pair of its new Bluetooth 'phones, among the least bulky wireless cans we've seen.
The SE2300 set comprises the usual transmitter dongle, which plugs into any player's 3.5mm earphone socket, digitises the audio stream and beams it to the 'phones. These are a pair of clip-on speakers connected by a cable - so they're not entirely wire-free, unlike older 'phones with a headband.
Creative claimed the set's rechargeable battery has enough capacity for up to eight hours' wireless stereo playback.
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Logitech have just made an announcement on their upcoming G25 Racing Wheel. this is an awesome piece of kit for racing buffs, not only is it constructed of high-quality components made out of steel/leather etc. but you'll get a clutch with 6 speed shifter as well, alongside very accurate dual motor force feedback.
Get the full rundown on it over at Hardware Zone folks.
SINGAPORE, October 16, 2006 -- Logitech unveiled its most advanced gaming wheel ever, the Logitech G25 Racing Wheel, enabling people to bring the most lifelike racing experience into the home. But amateurs beware: The limited-edition G25 wheel's uncanny realism could lead to moments of extreme exhilaration and fear.
A member of the company's extreme-performance G-series family of peripherals for PC gamers, the Logitech G25 wheel offers advanced features which, until now, could be found only in specialized or custom-made racing simulators that sometimes cost thousands of dollars to assemble. These features include a six-speed gated shifter and clutch pedal; two high-torque force-feedback motors; an 11-inch wheel; and a full 900 degrees of rotation. The wheel, shifter and pedals are made with premium materials such as stainless steel and leather, delivering the look and feel of parts from a race car cockpit.
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iRiver are doing their best to stop Apple from getting all the attention at the moment, they've just intro'd their new S10 compact MP3 player offered in capacities of either 1 or 2GBs. But the best part about it is its size, just 1.65" x 1.18" x 0.43" and weighing in at a mere 0.62 ounces!
The Dailytech have the scoop on it.
While everyone was focused on the launch of Apple's new iPod, iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle, iriver slipped a new portable audio player under the radar screen. iriver's tiny new S10 measures just 1.65" x 1.18" x 0.43" and weighs in at a feathery 0.62 ounces. For comparison, the newly announced second generation iPod Shuffle measures 1.07" x 1.62" x 0.41" and weighs 0.55 ounces.
The iriver S10 is available in capacities of 1GB and 2GB and is rated at 8 hours of playback (compared to 12 hours for the iPod Shuffle). Where the S10 trumps the Shuffle, however, is with its 1.5" color OLED screen, SRS WOW technology and support for MP3, WMA, ASF and OGG. And for good measure, iRiver has also tossed in an FM tuner.
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Out with the old and in with the new, Apple have just lifted the curtain on their new top to bottom lineup of iPods which include the full blown iPod (with 60% brighter display, increased battery life, and choice of a larger capacity 80GB model), as well as a new Nano and Shuffle on the way.
Apple today announced a new refresh to its line of iPods that include the iPod, the Nano, and the Shuffle. The new iPod will have a 60-percent brighter screen and have an increased video playback time of 3.5 hours, which is roughly 1.5 hours more than the current iPod. Apple will also be releasing a bigger capacity iPod that sports an internal 80GB hard drive that can play video for 6.5 hours.
The iPod Nano will also receive a refresh. Apple today announced that the iPod Nano will now be all aluminum and available in various colors. Currently, the iPod Nano is made of plastic and was previously reported to be easily scratched. Available colors for the new iPod Nano are green, silver, black, blue and pink. Apple will be making the new iPod Nano in three flavors: 2GB, 4GB and 8GB. The 2GB iPod Nano will only be available in silver color.