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Lenovo IdeaPad S12 Laptop Now Available

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The Lenovo IdeaPad S12 laptop that I covered back in late May is now available. The S12 has: a 12.1-inch WXGA display (1080p capable), an Intel Atom 1.6GHz N270 CPU, Intel's GMA950 chipset, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, up to a 320GB HDD, Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3 USB 2.0 slots, an ExpressCard slot, a 4-in-1 card reader, VGA / HDMI outputs, and an optional 6-cell battery, which is definitely worth the extra money. This IdeaPad also has a full-sized keyboard and will have a Nvidia Ion chipset option in September. It is now available and it has a base price of $499 USD. Check out Lenovo's official site for more information.


Telus Getting iPhone 3GS This October?

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Chalk this one up in the big rumour file. Right now, Telus is a CDMA-only carrier, but the latest rumour says that they will be selling the iPhone 3GS this October. October marks the month when they will launch their new HSPA network. I thought that Rogers and Fido had the iPhone exclusively, but that looks to be false news as well. We'll see what happens this Fall, but if this does happen, Telus will be off to a great start. Don't forget that they'll also be launching the HTC Touch Pro 2 by the end of this year as well.

Update: Actually the Touch Pro 2 will be available on July 21st on Telus.

[Boy Genius]

Toshiba Rolls Out Onslaught Of New Laptops Part of the Satellite L Series

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Yesterday, Toshiba released a bunch of new Satellite laptops and today there's even more Toshiba news. Toshiba has just announced a 14-inch Satellite L510/L515, a 15.6-inch and 16-inch Satellite L500/505, and a 17.3-inch Satellite L550/L555. They all are pretty flexible with their customizations. This includes: AMD Athlon / Turion / Intel Pentium / Core 2 Duo CPU choices, integrated / ATI Radeon 3100 graphics, a minimum of 2GB of RAM / 250GB HDD, and "Toshiba's trademark 'Fusion' finish on the whole lot of 'em." A numeric keypad will also be available on all of these laptops, except for the 14-inch model. The best part about all of this news is that they are all available now with a base price of just $550 - $650 USD.


BlackBerry Tour Shows Up On Verizon's Rebate Form

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Verizon has just confirmed what we already know. The BlackBerry Tour is coming out on Verizon and that it will be available in between June 28 and August 1st, since that's how long this Rebate Form is valid for. Canada is reportedly getting the Tour on July 15, thanks to Telus, so the Verizon release date should be around the same date. Just wait for it!


HTC CEO Says That Sense UI Coming To Existing Android Devices As Well

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Now here is some great news for those current T-Mobile G1 / future myTouch 3G owners. HTC's CEO, Peter Chou, just said that "HTC Sense will be available on some other existing devices." This could mean anything, but I bet that this will include current T-Mobile G1 owners. Canadian HTC Dream / Magic owners should be crossing their fingers that they get this release as well because the new UI definitely makes the device look so much sexier. No one knows when the Sense UI will be pushed out, but let's hope it's not too far into the future.

[Boy Genius]

Zune HD To Be Available in 16/32GB Options, Launching September 8?

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Earlier this month, Microsoft confirmed that the Nvidia Tegra would be fuelling the Zune HD. Now the 3.3-inch OLED-packing Zune HD is said to be available in both 16 and 32GB capacities. It seems pretty believable, but it's still unconfirmed. Along with the 2 storage options is another rumour that it will be launching on September 8, which is 3 days later than the September 5 rumour we heard about earlier this month.


Samsung OmniaPRO B7320 Full Spec Sheet Revealed

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The Samsung OmniaPRO B7320 was announced last week, but Phone Arena has got the whole spec sheet this time. So, the OmniaPRO has: a 2.4-inch display with a 320 x 240 resolution, a 3MP AF camera capable of shooting VGA video at 30fps, quad-band GSM / dual-band UMTS, a microSD slot, Bluetooth 2.0, 3G, WiFi, a 3.5mm headphone jack, aGPS, microUSB connectivity, and will run on WinMo 6.1. I don't know if this smartphone will be upgradeable to WinMo 6.5, since Samsung hasn't mentioned it yet.

[Phone Arena]

Vizio Releasing Its Very Own Internet-Connected HDTVs Later This Year, They're Still Cheap

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Vizio is known as being the brand that sells the cheap HDTVs. Well, they look like they'll be rolling out their own set of Internet-connected HDTVs later this year. The SV422XVT, SV472XVT, and VF552XVT will be available in November, October, and December, respectively. These TVs will be bundled with VIZIO Internet Apps, such as: Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Rhapsody, Blockbuster OnDemand, Showtime, Flickr, etc. Guess what the best part about these Internet-connected HDTVs are? The price - they will still be cheap. The 55-inch (VF552XVT) will cost only $2,199 USD, which is the same price as the model that it is going to replace. The 47-inch (SV472XVT) will cost just $200 more than the old model, which comes out to a $1,699 USD price tag - but don't forget that the 47-inch will now be LED-backlit. The 42-inch (SV422XVT) will hit the market first for $1,199 USD, but it will ship without LED capabilities.

If that wasn't enough, I'm sure the Bluetooth remote below will attract you with its slide-out QWERTY keyboard and all.

[Engadget, Crunch Gear]

HP Unveils Extremely Customizable 13.3-Inch ProBook 4310s

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HP already showed off their new Mini 5101 netbook this morning, so it's time for some notebook love. HP's latest offering, the ProBook 4310s, is extremely customizable to fit most consumers needs. This 13.3-inch notebook has a whole bunch of options, like: 3 different screen options (non-HD / HD), Celeron to Core 2 Duo CPUs, FreeDOS to Windows Vista, DVD or Blu-ray, an integrated or ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 graphics, up to 8GB of RAM, EV-DO, an ExressCard 34, an SD card, and a bunch of HDD options. This notebook will have a base price of $799 USD and manages to be just 1-inch thick and starts at 4.34 pounds. The ProBook 4310s will be available starting on July 20th.


Samsung Pixon12 Retailing For 639 Euros

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The Samsung Pixon12 has just been pegged with a price tag of 639 euros ($896 USD), which is quite expensive. This price tag will make it more expensive than the iPhone 3GS in Italy, but the Pixon12 arguably has the better spec sheet. Who could forget the 12MP AF camera with a Xenon flash? The Pixon12 aka M8910 also has: a 3.1-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, a GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, a microSD slot (up to 16GB support), an LED flashlight, and is capable of shooting D1-resolution video at 30fps. The Pixon12 is still slated for a Europe release date by the end of June, followed by an August release date in Spain and the rest of the world. Look out for it soon, 12 megapixels of goodness for everyone!

[GSM Arena]

HTC Firestone Picture and Specs Leak

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Another image of the HTC Firestone has just found its way on the web yet again. It's not surprisingly part of the HTC leaked roadmap that we saw a while ago. The supposed specs were also leaked out with these new images. The HTC Firestone will have: a 3.6-inch WVGA transflective touchscreen display (65k colours), a Qualcomm 8250 600MHz CPU, quad-band GSM, HSDPA connectivity, 256MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM, a microSD slot, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, a 3.5mm headphone jack, aGPS, WiFi b/g, an 8MP camera, and a gyro sensor. This handset will run on Windows Mobile 6.5 according to the picture. Oh yes, I also have no clue what a transflective touchscreen display is, but that could mean that it has sunlight legibility. And seeing how all of HTC's touchscreen phones - except for the Android-based ones - are resistive, I'm betting this one is as well. The Firestone is expected to hit shelves this August- I believe.

Update: If you don't know what a "transflective" display is, here's the Wiki.


Samsung and LG Working On Snapdragon-Based Smartphone

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We already know that the Toshiba TG01 is running on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 1GHz CPU, but what if we could implement that in more and more phones? We all know faster is better. According to the latest reports, Samsung and LG will be using a Snapdragon CPU in one of their mobile smartphones. In related news, a Taiwanese company is also looking at creating a Snapdragon-based smartbook.

The 1GHz Snapdragon CPU is already going to be used in the Toshiba TG01 and the Acer F1, but Samsung and LG's own smartphone could surface for a Q4 release date in Korea. There's no word on if it will be launched anywhere else in the world, so we'll just have to wait and see. I'm certainly excited for Samsung's offering because I'm not much of an LG fan.

[Tech Radar]

JVC Shows Off LED-Backlit 7mm Thin 32-Inch LCD Display at CEDIA 2009

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Don't hold this against me, but what you see here - I think - is the JVC "world's thinnest" LCD display that they unveiled back at CES and earlier this month. Well, JVC has just shown off this 32-inch LT-32WX50 1080p LCD HDTV and it's just 7mm thick. This display was shown off at UK's CEDIA show. It has an LED-backlit display and weighs just 11 pounds. It also has: a 4,000:1 contrast ratio, 100Hz "dejudder" technology, and covers 90% of Adobe's RGB colour space. On the back of the display, you'll find: HDMI inputs, a PC port, an SD card slot, and a USB connector. This LCD TV is expected to hit oversea retailers this Fall, but there's been no word on if it will hit North America. If this is the display we saw earlier this month, it should be retailing for around $2,500 USD.


HP Mini 5101 Netbook Is Pretty Sexy All-Around

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This is HP's latest netbook offering, the HP Mini 5101, and it looks pretty damn sexy. It has a chiclet keyboard, which I love, and is built with a "slick aluminum and magnesium chassis." Let's get down to the specs of this netbook, to see how it fares against the competition. It has: an Atom CPU, a 10.1-inch LED-backlit display which has options for a WSVGA (1,1024 x 600) or an "HD" (1,366 x 768) resolution, a 2MP webcam, Bluetooth 2.0, a 7200RPM HDD / 80 or 128GB SSD, a 4 or 6-cell battery that has an expected 8 hours of battery life, and also WWAN.

After going to Future Shop and seeing how small the display on a 10-inch netbook was, I came to the conclusion that it's just too small for my liking. The smallest laptop I could handle is a 12-inch - it really makes a big difference. I think that HP should've just extended the display a little bit more because there's just so much bezel on this netbook, but I guess they just wanted to do it this way.

The Mini 5101 will start at $449 USD, but the price could rack up as you pick and choose your options. This netbook will be on sale next month.


Nokia and Intel Working On Netbook Slated For Q3 Release?

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Yesterday, Nokia and Intel joined forces, to my surprise. It seems that their first release together could be a netbook and it could be released as soon as Q3 of this year. According to recent reports, Nokia has ordered a few machines from Compal and Quanta - these two companies are basically why netbooks exist today. The netbook will probably run on one of Intel's Atoms either the N270 or N280, since their new wave of Atoms is now expected to hit the market until next year.

Compal has also mentioned that they are working on a Qualcomm Snapdragon-based Nokia smartbook as well, so it looks like Nokia does have some support here, similar to all of the love Android receives. The OS could be Symbian or could it possibly be Maemo?


HTC Hero Now Official, and it Just Makes "Sense"

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As predicted, the HTC Hero was unveiled this morning in the HTC event in London. The HTC Hero is now official and will be shipping with a new UI, called HTC Sense. The Sense UI is a widget-like homepage that is like TouchFLO for Windows Mobile. It will give the user customization on their home page, so that you can keep up with whatever you like, such as weather, important contacts, photos, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and the list goes on.

Now let's get right down to the specs of the HTC Hero. So it has: a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display, a 5MP AF camera, a Qualcomm MSM7200A 528MHz CPU, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE / dual-band 7.2Mbps HSPA/WCDMA, 512MB of ROM, 288MB of RAM, a gravity sensor, a digital compass, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR / A2DP, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a microSD slot, and will run on Android alongside the HTC Sense UI. That wasn't enough? It will also have flash support. Oh, and don't forget the chin.

The Hero will be available next month in Europe, later in the Summer in Asia, and us North Americans will have to wait for a launch later this year. In Europe, the HTC Hero will be available on Orange UK and it will be as low as £0 on a contract this July. Talk about cheap.

Update: I forgot to mention that the touchscreen display it multitouch.

Update (#2): Take a look at the demo below, courtesy of Crunch Gear.

Update (#3): T-Mobile will release the HTC Hero exclusively as the G1 Touch and it will be the black model, according to Tech Radar. Orange will be getting a "graphite" colour, so who gets the white model? Or is the white model, "graphite"? Confusing stuff. The G1 Touch will be available on T-Mobile this July as a part of T-Mobile's unique Flext 40 price plan.

[Boy Genius]