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Apple Tablet a No-Show at Apple Event on September 9th, iTunes and New iPods Instead

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Looks like that Apple event everyone has been talking about lately will not be starring the rumoured Apple iTablet. The event is going to take place on September 9th and will actually be centred around iTunes and their new refreshed iPod line-up. So, we'll probably hear about iTunes 9 and what will be in store for us. This could include Blu-ray support - because they need to make Macs more expensive. And, of course, we'll see refreshed iPods. This probably means iPod Nanos and iPod Touches with cameras. This is just speculation by the way.

[Crunch Gear]

Microsoft Shows Off LifeCam Cinema HD Webcam, Launching on September 9th for $80

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Microsoft has just shown off their latest HD 720p webcam. The LifeCam Cinema has: 4x digital zoom, a noise-cancelling microphone, autofocus, a glass lens, and an aluminum body. This webcam will capture 30fps video and will be functional on both laptops and desktops, thanks to its stand. It has USB 2.0 connectivity and is capable of running on Windows XP, Vista, and 7. This webcam will be available on September 9th for $79.99 USD.

[Slash Gear]

Huawei Unveils Another Touchscreen Handset, the U7510

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Huawei has just revealed its HTC-looking handset, the U7510. This phone has: a QVGA touchscreen display, GSM / HSDPA connectivity, Bluetooth + A2DP, and Qualcomm BREW 3.1. This handset clearly has a camera, but we don't know how much megapixels the sensor has yet. We also don't know when, where or how much it will launch for.

[Unwired View]

Samsung Honey Bubble Handset Pops in Your Face

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What you see above is the awkwardly named Samsung "Honey Bubble." It's got a simplistic slider design with a funky back plate with, of course, a bubbly design. This handset has: a 2MP camera, a T-DMB tuner, and Bluetooth. We don't know when it will be available and we also don't know the price - but it's headed to the Korean market.

[Engadget Mobile]

Palm Eos Could Be Delayed Until 2010

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This isn't exactly new news, since we heard back in June that the Palm Eos could be delayed. The same rumour has sparked again, but this time it's saying that AT&T could be launching the Eos next year. The Palm Pre is doing pretty well in the US, but if Palm wants to get out of the gutter with their new WebOS then they've got to show up.

[Gizmodo, Slash Gear]

Sony Delaying Mid-Sized OLED TVs Until 2010; Sony Ericsson Focusing on Smartphones in the Future

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According to the latest rumour, Sony is delaying their larger - and probably 21-inch - OLED TV until next year (2010). It's no surprise because OLED TVs have been getting delayed left and right. I'm just waiting for the day these get cheaper.

According to Sony Ericsson's new Chief Executive, Bert Nordberg, they will be focusing on smartphones. This is a relief, seeing how Sony Ericsson is a dying brand in the phone industry. I'm just waiting for the day they release their Android-based XPERIA X3 "Rachael" handset. It's the best phone we've heard about to date.

[Electronista, Stuff.tv]

HTC Leo / Firestone User Agent Profile Leaked

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Apparently, the HTC Leo / Firestone seems to be somewhat confirmed after Cell Passion located the Leo's user agent profile. The profile says that the Leo will have a 480 x 800 resolution touchscreen, two soft keys, Windows Mobile, and Internet Explorer Mobile 6. We'll just have to wait for more detail.

[Cell Passion]

BlackBerry Curve 8530 Spotted in Verizon's Inventory System in Two Colours

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If you don't already know the BlackBerry Curve 8530 is just a CDMA variant of the already available [GSM] Curve 8520. Well, the Curve 8530 has just been found in Verizon's inventory systems and it looks like it will be available in two colours when it launches - lavender and the traditional black. At this point, we still don't know when it will be available, but the dummy phones could be hitting their stores soon.


Sprint Launching Instinct S50 in Mid-September, Android-Based InstinctQ M900 in November?

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Samsung's Instinct S50 has gotten a bunch of name changes. First, it was dubbed the M850 Dash, then the Instinct S50, then the Instinct HD, and now, again, the Instinct S50. We don't really care what the name is at this point, but what you should know is that it's expected to launch on Sprint in mid-September. This is awfully close to the September 8th release date that we heard just four days ago.

The other Samsung Instinct handset that will launch this year is the InstinctQ M900. This could be Sprint's first Android phone and it looks like it could be available sometime in Novemeber. It's a bit later than the October 11th rumour we heard about in late July, but this is just a rumour as well.

[Phone Arena, Electronista]

China Mobile Dell OPhone Mini3i Officially Pictured

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Looks like what we heard about four days ago was actually extremely accurate. Dell's OPhone Mini3i has just been officially spotted in China. To recap, this phone has: a 3.5-inch multi-touchscreen nHD display with a 640 x 360 resolution, a 3MP AF camera with a flash, digital zoom and 30fps video capabilities, aGPS support, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE Class 12 support, Microsoft Exchange / Google / AIM / Yahoo / MSN IM support, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, and a microSD card slot. Clearly, this phone is lacking 3G and WiFi support. The price and exact availability is still unknown. Check out both links below for more pictures on Dell's handset.

[Unwired View, Boy Genius]

Garmin-Asus Nuvifone M20 Hitting Taiwan on August 19th -- Now Available

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We knew that the Garmin-Asus Nuvifone M20 was hitting Taiwan in August, but we didn't have an exact release date. Well, now we do. It'll be hitting Taiwan on August 19th - and will also be spreading to the Asia-Pacific market "over the next few months, as well as Europe in the second half of 2009." In case you forgot the Nuvifone M20 has: a 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen display, a 3MP AF camera, dual-band HSDPA support, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth, and GPS support. However, this WinMo handset's price is still unknown. It's launching in two days so just be patient - if you want it that badly.

Update on August 19th: I didn't feel like writing another blog post about it, but this handset is now available as expected.

[Slash Gear]

Advent Altro Hitting UK on August 24th, a MacBook Air Rival

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Yeah, surprisingly enough what you see above is not the Apple MacBook Air. This is actually the Advent Altro. The regular edition will sport: a 13.3-inch display, an Intel Celeron ULV CPU, 3GB of RAM, a 120GB HDD, WiFi, Bluetooth, an integrated webcam, and an HDMI / audio out / one USB 2.0 port. There's also a "multifunction connector" which lets you connect an external port replicator. This will give you another two USB 2.0 ports.

There will also be an Elite model to this ultraportable; this will have: an Intel Core 2 Solo ULV CPU and a "premium flush glass finish." The regular model will cost £600 ($987 USD) and the Elite model will cost £800 ($1,316 USD); in comparison, the MacBook Air in the UK costs £1,149 ($1,874 USD). This will be available starting on August 24th in the UK running Windows Vista, fortunately they have free Windows 7 upgrades.

[Slash Gear]

Samsung Omnia HD Doesn't Launch With 1GHz CPU In India

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Five days ago, we heard about the Samsung i8910 Omnia HD launching in India; the one that launched with a 1GHz CPU. Well, it turns out that it was actually a mistake on India's part. They actually combined the numbers of the DSP chip (sound processing chip), which is 420MHz, and the ARM Cortex A8 CPU, which is 600MHz. Together that makes - give or take - 1GHz. This got me and GSM Arena shaking our heads because they have almost nothing to do with each other. Anyways, it looks like everything has been sorted out now. Even with the 600MHz CPU, it's still one of the best phones available right now.

[GSM Arena]

Android MID Pops Up Again, Pictured With Vaio P Cameo

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Four days ago, an unknown Android MID surfaced and no one had a clue what it was. Clearly, more photos of the same MID have just popped up again, which should get your blood flowing. It's got a very simplistic design, iPod Touch-like I must say. According to Pocketables, it's about 4.5 inches and long and 3 inches wide - since he compared it to his own Vaio P. The above photo tells us that there's probably an SD card slot somewhere and this device could actually have phone functions. I don't see a secondary camera on this MID, so video calling could be out of the picture. There are two more pictures below and one more photo if you check out the link.