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Motorola W562 Specs and Pictures Arise, Headed to China

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The Motorola W562 is a CDMA handset that will be released by China Telecom.This handset has: a 2.4-inch display with a 176 x 220 resolution, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 2MP camera, Bluetooth 2.0, and 64MB of on-board storage. Unfortunately, the price and the release date for the W562 has not been mentioned yet.

[Unwired View]

Dell Laptop Passes FCC, Probably the Latitude Z

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A new Dell ultra-thin Latitude has just passed the FCC. Back in June, we heard about the Dell Latitude Z and this could very well be it. This notebook has: a 15-inch display, WiFi b/g, and an Ethernet port. We don't know what CPU will be crawling inside of this thing, but let's hope that there are options for both an Intel Core 2 Duo and an Intel ULV.

[Electronista, Engadget]

Samsung to Launch Sub $100 Android Handsets; Sprint to Launch AMOLED-Packed Samsung Handset Next Year

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Samsung has just mentioned that they have sub $100 USD Android handsets prepared for next year. Obviously, right now we have no clue what they could be stirring up, but let's hope we see at least one this year. Maybe the Samsung InstinctQ M900 will launch with a sub $100 price tag - but we don't know yet.

Sprint's David Owens has just spoken out and mentioned that next year they will be launching a Samsung handset with an AMOLED display. Like what we heard above, we have no clue what it could be. I do guess that it will be something high-end since AMOLED basically tells us that. We'll see what happens next year.

Update: According to Engadget, Sprint will actually be launching a Samsung handset in Q4 of this year with an AMOLED display. So there's something to look forward to.

[Pocket-Lint, Phone Arena]

MAINGEAR Releases eX-L 15 Gaming Notebook For $1,899, Announces mX-L 15

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MAINGEAR has just announced and released another gaming notebook. The MAINGEAR eX-L 15 notebook has: a 15.4-inch display with a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution, Nvidia GeForce GTX 260m graphics, an Intel Centrino 2 CPU, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, up to a 160GB SSD / 1TB HDD. This notebook is available now on MAINGEAR's website with a base price of $1,899 USD.

MAINGEAR also went on to announce the mX-L 15 notebook. It has: a Nvidia GeForce G105m graphics, a fingerprint scanner, a 2MP webcam, Intel Turbo Memory 2.0, and 8 CUDA processing cores. This notebook will be released in September for an undisclosed price.

[Slash Gear, Engadget]

Nokia N86 Hitting USA on August 22nd For $499

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The black NAM model of the Nokia N86 is expected to hit US retailers on August 22nd with a $499 price tag. In case you forgot, the N86 has: a 2.6-inch AMOLED display with a 240 x 320 resolution, an 8MP AF camera with a Carl Zeiss lens and a dual-LED flash, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 + A2DP, a microSD card slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, FM radio with RDS, and aGPS support.

[The Nokia Blog]

Telus Launches LG KEYBO2 For $99

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One day earlier than expected, Telus has just launched the LG KEYBO2. For the specs just check out this link. The pricing is a little cheaper than expected too and they're as follows: $99.99 on a 3-year contract, $199.99 on a 2-year contract, $249.99 on a 1-year contract, and $299.99 contract-free. Check it out on Telus' official website now.

[Mobile Syrup]

Android to Get Opera Mobile With Flash and Google Gears Support; Creative Zii to Be "Opera-Powered" Too

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Yes, Android users already have Opera Mini, but who wants to use that stinking thing when you can use Opera Mobile. Opera is working on getting a build of Opera Mobile to run on Android and this build will deliver Flash and Google Gears support. Joy to the world!

Creative's Zii is shaping up to be pretty damn great. But, to make things even better, it looks like it will be "the first to run a specialized version of Opera." This is great news and could mean Opera Unite Tools, widgets, etc. Opera Mobile would also be a great addition to all of this!

[Crunch Gear, Phandroid, Gizmodo]

Logitech Announces G500 Gaming Mouse and G330 Headset

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Logitech has just announced their latest gaming mouse, the G500, and their latest headset, the G330. The G500 will replace the Logitech G5 gaming mouse. It has a 5700dpi to accurately track your mouse movements and weighs 27g. It will be available this September for $70 USD.

Logitech also announced their G330 headset. This headset will be Mac and PC compatible and is expected to launch later this month for $50 USD. This headset has a different style, rocking the behind-the-head band to reduce the pressure on your head. It's definitely made for those long gaming nights.


Sony Memory Stick XC Details Revealed, 2TB Capacity and 60MB/s Transfer Speeds!

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Sony has just revealed a bit more detail about their upcoming Memory Stick XC. "This super high capacity memory stick uses the exFAT file system and some SDXC technology." More impressively, the Memory Stick XC can hold up to 2TB of information and has transfer speeds of up to 480Mbps / 60MBps using USB 2.0, which is pretty damn incredible.

[Slash Gear]

RIM Patents Capacitive-Resistive Touchscreen Display

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We all know how good resistive touchscreens are, but we also know how much better capacitive touchscreens are. RIM has just patented a new kind of touchscreen display that they will possibly use in an upcoming BlackBerry - probably next year, if anything. As you can see above, the display will consist of a capacitive display on the top and underneath would be a resistive touchscreen display. We don't know how good this will be, but I didn't expect this from RIM, seeing as they only have one touchscreen BlackBerry on the market right now. Pretty interesting though.

[Crunch Gear]

Garmin-Asus Nuvifone G60 Hitting US in Q4 Of This Year, We'll Believe It When We See It

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Last week, Garmin-Asus finally launched the Nuvifone G60... but only in Taiwan. In case you're somehow still interested in their handset, they have announced that it will be available in the US in Q4 of this year. Mobile Crunch actually made an interesting article about this. Since the phone was announced way back in January 2008, this is what has happened since then - 1 year, 6 months, and 6 days later.

  • Apple announced and released the iPhone 3G. Then they developed, announced, and released the iPhone 3GS.

  • Samsung has released the T119, Memoir, Trance, T349, T239, A657, A167, Propel Pro, Pixon, Magnet, Jack, Instinct S30, Impression, Exclaim, Alias 2, Solstice, Highlight, Gravity 2, and Comeback.

  • Two CTIA conferences, Two Mobile World Congresses, Two E3s, and CES 2009.

  • Competitor TeleNav has released software-based GPS solutions for the iPhone, Android OS, and Sidekick LX.

  • Impressive isn't it? Well, not so much for Garmin and Asus. Sorry guys, maybe next time.

    [Mobile Crunch]

    Dell Releases 24-Inch U2410 LCD Monitor in Japan

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    Dell has just released its latest IPS panel in Japan, the 24-inch Dell U2410 LCD monitor. As you would expect, it has 100% coverage of the sRGB colour space and 96% coverage of the Adobe RGB colour space. Other specs are as follows: a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution, a 6ms response time, a 1,000:1 contract ratio, DVI / DisplayPort / HDMI inputs, and a 4-port USB hub. If you live in Japan, you can now scoop one up for ¥72,450 ($760 USD)


    Microsoft Finally Admits That They're Threatened by Linux and Apple

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    Yup, they just publicly stated that they face "strong competition from well-established companies with differing approaches to the PC market." This is coming as a shock to me, since Microsoft has never announced anything like this before. They also mentioned that they are threated by "variants of Unix, are supplied by competitors such as Apple, Canonical, and Red Hat." So, this time around they admit the Apple threat, but it looks like we'll have to wait a couple more years until they announce that they're threatened by the Google Chrome OS - because it's a little bit too early to call that now.

    [The Inquirer, Crunch Gear]

    O2 Losing iPhone Exclusivity on October 9th; O2 and Orange Gain Subscribers While Vodafone and T-Mobile Lose Them

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    In an article that somewhat confused me on Pocket-Lint, I read that O2 will be losing its iPhone exclusivity on October 9th. They will still be able to sell the iPhone until 2012, but other carriers will be doing so as well - after October 9th. Other carriers that will launch the iPhone in the UK are Orange and T-Mobile. But, apparently, the iPhone 3GS will still be exclusive to O2, so the other carriers will have to launch the older iPhone 3G instead.

    In related news, Vodafone and T-Mobile continue to lose subscribers while O2 and Orange keep on gaining them. Vodafone and T-Mobile lost 159,000 and 87,000 subscribers, respectively; O2 and Orange, on the other hand, gained 252,000 and 3,000 subscribers, respectively.

    O2 [Pocket-Lint, Telegraph.co.uk]
    Subscribers [Pocket-Lint]

    Microsoft's Windows 7 RTM Now Available to MSDN and TechNet Subscribers

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    Just like they said, the official RTM build of Microsoft's Windows 7 is now available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Click here to download it from MSDN; here to download it from TechNet Plus; and here to download it from Connect. Enjoy!

    [Engadget, Redmond Pie]

    StarCraft II Delayed Until 2010 -- Blizzard Puts the Blame on Battle.net, Activision Now Expecting Less Money This Year

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    No surprise here, but Blizzard has just announced that StarCraft II has been delayed until 2010. Blizzard is citing that it is because they are upgrading Battle.net for the future Starcraft and Diablo games. The bad news is that Activision is now expecting a lot less money this year, since Starcraft II won't get released and because of the state of the economy.

    However, there is good news. Apparently, the StarCraft II delay will not impact Blizzard's launch schedule. This means that they will be launching two games next year. As of right now, it's not known what game it will be, but I'm hoping that it's Diablo III.

    [STARFEEDER, Kotaku, 1 UP, Mac World, WoW, G4 TV, Joystiq]

    BlackBerry Curve 8520 Hits Amazon For $0.01; Headed to France via Bouygues Telecom; Curve Sells Most Smartphones in Q2, Beats iPhone 3GS

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    The BlackBerry Curve 8520 has been available since yesterday for $129 USD on a 2-year contract and Wal-Mart is selling it for $48.88 on a 2-year contract - last time I checked. But, if you want a real deal, you should probably head over to Amazon. They are selling the BlackBerry Curve 8520 for $0.01 on a 2-year contract. Yeah, no typos there. Here's the link. It could be out-of-stock, by the way.

    So, the latest word on the street is that the Curve 8520 will be hitting France, courtesy of Bouygues Telecom. It will be available "within the next month" but the price and exact date hasn't been mentioned yet.

    Since we're talking about the BlackBerry Curve, I guess we should talk about the top selling smartphones of 2009 in Q2 of this year. The BlackBerry Curve sold enough to clinch the top spot, beating the likes of the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 3G. The full list is below.

    BlackBerry Curve
    iPhone 3G S
    BlackBerry Pearl
    iPhone 3G
    BlackBerry Bold
    BlackBerry Storm
    HTC T-Mobile G1
    Palm Pre
    HTC Touch Pro
    HTC Touch Diamond

    Amazon [Boy Genius]
    Bouygues Telecom [Boy Genius]
    Best Selling Smartphone [TmoToday]

    Motorola Unveils Specs of Their New MOTO W403, No Picture Though

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    Motorola has just semi-unveiled its latest entry-level clamshell handset. The MOTO W403 is a flip phone that has a music player and a camera with a "youthful metallic look". The MOTO W403 has: dual-band GSM/GPRS connectivity, a 1.8-inch internal display with a 128 x 160 resolution, a 96 x 32 resolution external display, an FM radio, a 2.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth, a VGA camera with video recording capabilities, 7MB of on-board storage, and a microSD card slot with support for up to 2GB cards. It's set to be available in Q4 of this year in Latin America. Yes, no picture has popped up yet, but let's hope we get that soon.

    [Unwired View]

    White Samsung Galaxy Brightens Up Your Day

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    Yes, these are photos of a white Samusng I7500 Galaxy. It's still running Android, so it's probably just another colour and not an entirely new handset. But wait, could this be the Samsung Galaxy Lite? I don't know, but it looks like it will be launching on O2 Germany before spreading out to other carriers in Europe. The sad part is that it doesn't look like this will hit US carriers.


    New Sony Vaio P Passes FCC, Possible Fall Release

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    Back in July, we heard that Sony was planning a "mark 2" for the Sony Vaio P and that we heard that it would be released in Fall. Well yesterday, a new Sony Vaio P just passed the FCC and the good thing is that it will be just as ultra-portable, since it will be just about the same size as the current Vaio P. The specs right now are scarce, but there will be WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth on this new model. Let's hope that the Fall release date sticks for those out there that are interested.


    Rogers To Start Selling 8GB iPhone 3GS Since 8GB iPhone 3G is Now Out-of-Stock

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    Since Rogers has just run out of their 8GB iPhone 3G stock, it looks like they will now be selling an 8GB model of the newer iPhone 3GS. We don't know if it will hit their stores for $99 on a 3-year contract - similar to the 8GB iPhone 3G - but let's hope that it does. Is Canada going to be the first to launch an 8GB iPhone 3GS? Looks like it.

    [9 to 5 Mac, Slash Gear]

    Motorola A3300 Possibly Revealed, Running WinMo With 5MP Camera

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    As of right now, this is the Motorola A3300 handset and it has just shown its face off in China. It could be a fake - like the TOUCH ZINE HD - so you're forewarned. This handset is tipped off to run Windows Mobile, since there's a dedicated Windows key on the handset. If you take a look at the picture below it's the back of the handset that clearly shows that the camera has a 5MP sensor with an LED flash. Let's hope an official announcement from Motorola is on the way.

    [Unwired View]

    Microsoft Zune HD Gets Praised For Crisp Display, Browser, and Sound Quality

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    Two days ago, we saw the Zune HD get pictured again and we also got a glimpse of the slightly new UI. Well yesterday, CNet was one of their first websites out there to get their hands-on with the Microsoft Zune HD. CNet was quick to point out that the 3.3-inch OLED display was "crisp and bright" and that the browser was just like the iPod Touch - thanks to the multitouch gestures. Unfortunately, like the iPod Touch, it was lacking Flash support.

    Other things to look forward to in the Zune HD was the sound quality, which was, of course, an improvement over the last Zune. After reading CNet's full review and some brief though last night, I still don't know whether I should choose this or the still unannounced iPod Touch. The iPod Touch has the App Store and that might be enough to pull me in - because the camera isn't a deal-breaker for me.

    [Slash Gear]

    Sprint Confirms HTC Touch Pro 2 Details, Launching For $299; Verizon Touch Pro 2 on Video, 3.5mm Headphone Jack, Slight Branding Change

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    Sprint has finally confirmed some of the specs that their HTC Touch Pro 2 will have: This includes quad-band GSM/EDGE connectivity and video recording at a mediocre QIF (352 x 288) resolution. The video recording sucks because overseas it is capable of recording VGA video. Other specs remain the same: 3.6-inch display with a 480 x 800 resolution, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, GPS, WiFi, a 3.2MP camera and it's running WinMo 6.1. Sprint will be launching it in the future for $299 USD on a 2-year contract - similar to T-Mobile.

    Verizon wasn't going to be shown up by Sprint. Verizon has just launched a 30-second YouTube video (below) of the upcoming HTC Touch Pro 2 aka HTC XV6875. The branding on the front got a little bit changed up though. The HTC branding is now just above the four hard buttons, instead of in the corner - similar to Sprint's handset above. It made way to Verizon's branding, which is dead smack in the top middle of the handset. Oh yeah, the Touch Pro 2 for Verizon does have a 3.5mm headphone jack - for you music lovers out there. Take a look at the video below for more information.

    Sprint [Unwired View, WMpowerUser]
    Verizon [Phone Arena, Engadget, WMPowerUser]

    Nokia Launching XpressMusic 5530 on August 11th in the UK

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    Nokia has just announced that their XpressMusic 5530 - the rival to the LG Cookie - will be available in the UK on August 11 for - cheaper than expected - £130 ($219 USD) or for free on a £15 ($25 USD) a month contract. The 5530 XpressMusic has: a 2.9-inch resistive touchscreen display, a 3.2MP camera with an LED flash, a 3.5mm headphone jack, WiFi, and is just a 2G handset. When it launches it will be available in black/red or blue/white. Nokia didn't mention what carrier in the UK will release this handset.


    MSI Wind U200 12.1-Inch Notebook Now Available For Pre-Orders on a German Site

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    If you're interested in a 12.1-inch notebook with Intel's ULV CPU, then you've come to the right spot. The MSI Wind U200 has just been spotted on notebook.de for €629 ($905 USD). The specs are above and it has: a 12.1-inch LED-backlit display, an Intel SU2700 1.3GHz CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 320GB HDD, three USB 2.0 ports, WiFi 802.11 n, and it runs Windows XP Home Premium. If you pre-order it now, it should be shipping out in 3 to 4 weeks.


    LG to Supply Apple With Their 15-Inch OLED DIsplays?

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    Back in March, we heard that LG would be supplying Apple with OLED displays, but we didn't know anything else besides that. Well, LG is expected to release a 15-inch OLED this December in Korea and is expecting to ship these globally next year. Could LG be supplying Apple with these same OLEDs for their future MacBooks? We don't know yet, but we do know one thing. Adding an OLED display to a MacBook will push its base price into the $2,000 USD, which would be a big waste of money - right now at least.


    Telus Now Selling the LG Masterpiece For $49

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    If you head over to Telus' official website, you will see that they are now selling the LG Masterpiece. This handset is now available for $49.99 on a 3-year contract, $149.99 on a 2-year contract, $199.99 on a 1-year contract, and $299.99 contract-free. This handset has: a 1.3MP camera, Bluetooth support, 130MB of internal memory, and no microSD card slot. Clearly, it's for the low-end users out there.

    [Mobile Syrup]

    Panasonic to Release 58 and 65-Inch Plasma HDTVs on September 15th in Japan

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    Yes that's right, Japan is getting some love from Panasonic. Just in case you're interested, these plasmas will have: Panasonic's latest neoPDP panels, a 40,000:1 contrast ratio, an SD/SDHC card slot, HDTV stereo speakers that create a virtual 5.1 surround sound, and VIERACast for your streaming and internet widget purposes. The 58-inch (TH-P58V1) and 65-inch (TH-P65V1) plasma HDTVs will be hitting Japan on September 15th, but the price hasn't been mentioned.

    [Slash Gear]