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Android-Based Archos A5 MID Priced and Pictured in Black, Launch Imminent

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The Android-based Archos 5 MID that is expected to get officially announced on September 15th has just been pictured in black. We saw it in white last week, but I personally like black devices better. The Archos A5 is expected to launch for $294 USD for a 16GB SSD, $370 for a 32GB SSD, and $420 for a 500GB HDD.

The A5 is rumored to have 720p video output, but like the Zune HD, you'll have to buy a dock, and the A5's is a pricey one with DVR functionality at $130.

[Engadget, Gizmodo]

Samsung Launching ULV-Packed 14-Inch X420 and 15-Inch X520 Notebooks Next Month -- 11.6-Inch X120 Notebook Too

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Although the full details are still unknown, we do know that two Samsung ultraportable notebooks are on the way. The 14-inch X420 notebook reportedly has: an Intel Pentium Dual-Core 1.3GHz SU2700 CPU, integrated Intel GMA X4500M graphics, 3GB of RAM, a 250GB HDD, no optical drive, and this weighs 1.7kg.

The other notebook is the 15-inch X520 notebook that reportedly has: an Intel SU2700 1.3GHz CPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 320GB HDD, a 6-cell battery, Windows Vista Home Premium, and this weighs 2.09kg. These notebooks are expected to hit Europe in the middle of next month (October) and it's expected to launch for around €700 ($1,000 USD).

Update: According to Liliputing and Tech Tree, Samsung has also announced an 11.6-inch X120 notebook as well. The X120 notebook reportedly has: an Intel Celeron 723 1.2GHz CPU, integrated X4500M graphics, 2GB of RAM, a 250GB HDD, Windows Vista Home Premium, no optical drive, and it weighs about three pounds. This notebook will retail for around €550 ($782 USD), but the release date is still unknown.

Update on September 3rd: According to Tech Radar, the Samsung X120 notebook will be launching in the UK with Windows XP at first and then it "will be refreshed" with two more models that launch with Windows 7 after October 22nd. So much for it launching with Windows Vista - at least that's the latest word.


First Samsung I5700 Galaxy Lite Picture Surfaces, Available Next Month in France as the Galaxy Spica

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We've been hearing about the Samsung I5700 Galaxy Lite for the past couple of weeks now. So, what you see above is rumoured to be the first photo of the Galaxy Lite. This handset will be running Android and will also have WiFi / 3G / GPS support which doesn't make it as "low-end" as I thought it was going to be. I'm now guessing that the camera is a 3.2MP sensor and the display isn't OLED. According to the rumours, the Galaxy Lite will be available as early as next month, so we'll see what happens.

Update: According to GSM Arena, this handset will be launching on Bouygues Telecom in France as the Samsung Galaxy Spica. This handset will have WiFi / GPS support and, apparently, has a faster processor than the original Galaxy. It's expected to rock the same 800MHz CPU as the Omnia II, but I believe that's unconfirmed.

[Mobile Crunch, Engadget]

HP iPAQ K3 Obsidian Passes the FCC, AT&T Ready

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It's been a while since we've heard anything about the HP iPAQ K3 Obsidian, but it's just been spotted at the FCC. The iPAQ K3 has been equipped with 850 and 1900MHz bands, so it's definitely headed to AT&T - and yes, the red circle does say "AT&T SKU" which is another giveaway. I don't know if this will hit Canada yet, but if it does it will probably hit Rogers. You can check out the official FCC filing here.


Samsung Omnia II Now Available For Pre-Orders On Amazon For $1000

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There's not much to say here because the title says it all. The unlocked GSM WinMo 6.1-based Samsung Omnia II is now available for pre-order on Amazon for a whopping $999 USD. Don't forget this will be upgradeable to WinMo 6.5 aka Windows Phone when it gets rolled out on October 6th. Check it out on Amazon here.


HTC Snap Now Available on Alltel For $80

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The HTC Snap is now available on Alltel's network. In case you forgot, the Snap has: quad-band GSM connectivity, 3G / WiFi support, a QWERTY keypad, Inner Circle, a 2MP camera, 256MB of internal storage, a microSDHC card slot, Stereo Bluetooth 2.0, and Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard. Alltel now offers the HTC Snap for $80 USD after a $70 mail-in rebate on a 1-year contract. You can head over to Alltel's official website to check out the HTC Snap now.


Lenovo and Acer Launching Google Chrome OS Netbooks This Month With Nvidia Tegra?

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According to the latest rumour, both Lenovo and Acer will be launching netbooks running on Nvidia's Tegra chipset with Google's Chrome OS. To keep the rumour mill spinning, these netbooks could be hitting shelves as early as this month. Could it be true? All we can really do is wait.

I could've sworn that Google expected Chrome OS to be pushed out next year when they first announced it, but maybe it will be available this year. This month seems too soon.


Windows Phone aka Windows Mobile 6.5 Coming On October 6th!

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Okay, well, looks like it won't be October 1. Microsoft has just announced that Windows Phone aka Windows Mobile 6.5 will be available starting on October 6th. There's not much else to say, but it's definitely good to see that we can move on from WinMo 6.1.

  • In North America: Mobile operators AT&T, Bell Mobility, Sprint, TELUS and Verizon Wireless, and phone manufacturers HP, HTC Corp., LG Electronics, Samsung and Toshiba Corp.
  • In Europe: Mobile operators Orange, Deutsche Telekom AG and Vodafone Group Plc, and phone manufacturers Acer, HTC, LG Electronics, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba
  • In Latin America: Mobile operator TIM Brazil, and phone manufacturers HTC, LG Electronics and Samsung
  • In Asia Pacific: Mobile operators NTT DoCoMo Inc., SoftBank Mobile Corp., SK Telecom, Telstra and WILLCOM Inc., and phone manufacturers Acer Inc., HTC, LG Electronics, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba

[Boy Genius]

Asia Getting Intel ULV-Equipped BenQ S35 and S43 Joybooks, Hopefully US In the Future Too

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BenQ is hopping on the Intel ULV bandwagon and all for the good reasons. BenQ has just announced the 13.3-inch S35 Joybook and the 14-inch S43 Joybook. These two notebooks have your choice of CPUs, a single-core SU3500, a dual-core SU7300 or the old-school Celeron 723 / 743 CPUs. According to BenQ, the 1.4GHz SU3500 CPU with the default battery will give you more than five hours of battery life and the eight-cell battery option will give you over 11 hours of battery life. What makes this deal even sweeter is that the larger S43 Joybook has ATI Mobility Radeon HD4330 graphics. It's headed to Asia, but it should also be hitting the US as well.


eBay Sells 65% of Skype Stake For $1.9 Billion -- Not the Worst Transaction of the Decade After All

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Later today, eBay plans to officially announce that they are selling Skype. I won't jump into speculations about who's buying it since it'll be made official later today anyway. In the meantime, this Pocket-Lint quote says it all.

EBay is considering selling off Skype, its $3.1billion VoIP acquisition from 2005 and a deal that the New York Times has called "one of the worst technology transactions of the decade".

Update: According to Beta News and ZDNet Blogs, the deal was actually much better than it was originally thought. eBay sold 65% of their Skype stake to an investor group for $1.9 billion. eBay was paid in cash and they still own 35% of Skype.

[The Next Web, Tech Crunch, Mashable, Pocket-Lint]

Lenovo IdeaPad S12 With VIA Nano CPU Headed to Taiwan

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According to DigiTimes, Taiwan is going to get their crack at the IdeaPad S12 with VIA Technologies' Nano CPU soon. The Lenovo IdeaPad S12 U2250 netbook will also have: a 12.1-inch LED-backlit display, 2GB of RAM, and a 1.3MP webcam. DigiTimes also went on to confirm that the Nvidia Ion model has been pushed back to late October / early November - after the release of Windows 7.


Verizon Launching Motorola Sholes and LG Chocolate Touch VX8575 in October

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According to this so-called internal Verizon document, Verizon is readying up a few launches in October. October marks the month where we'll see the Android-based Motorola Sholes and the LG Chocolate Touch VX8575. The dates we heard yesterday about the BlackBerry Storm 2 are also confirmed on this document, so it could really be the real deal. I'm more excited about the Sholes. By the way, we still don't know exactly what the Chocolate Touch VX8575 is, but I know a lot of people out there are hoping it's the LG BL40.

[Phone Arena]

Opera 10 Now Available! Rejoice!

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As promised, Opera 10 is now available. At the time of writing, there were no reviews available, so you can check out the review for the beta here, courtesy of CNet. You can download Opera 10 off of their official website here. I'm going to test it out later today.

[CNet, Tech Crunch, Tech Radar, Mashable, Tech Tree]

BlackBerry Storm 2 vs Original Storm Video Found on YouTube

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Here's a video that proves that the BlackBerry Storm 2 is definitely a step up from the original Storm. It's a 4 minute video and you can check it out below. I'm excited to see what happens when this launches because it's looking quite amazing.

[Phone Arena, CrackBerry]

Nintendo Releasing White and Pink DSi's on Septeber 13th in America

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Japan has had these colours for a while, but America will get their chance to scoop these colours up starting on September 13th. Nintendo has just announced that the white and pink Nintendo DSi's will go on sale in America on said date for $169.99 USD.


Samsung Officially Announces S3650 Corby, Affordable and Hitting Europe This Month

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Samsung has just officially announced what you see above, the S3650 Corby. This handset will be perfect for social networking and is very affordable. This handset will be hitting Europe in the middle of this month for just €150 ($215 USD). The Corby has: a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen display, a 2MP camera, a microSD card slot, Stereo Bluetooth 2.1, an FM radio with RDS, EDGE connectivity, and Samsung's TouchWiz UI. Unfortunately, this handset doesn't have either WiFi or 3G support.

[Cell Passion]
Full Spec Sheet: Phone Arena

Asus Announces EeeBox EB1012 With Dual-Core Atom and Nvidia Ion Chipset

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Asus has just announced a sweet new EeeBox, the EB1012. This nettop is solid - to say the least. The EB1012 has: an Intel dual-core Atom N330 CPU, Nvidia Ion graphics, a 250GB HDD, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, gigabit Ethernet, WiFi 802.11 n, S/PDIF 5.1 audio jack, an HDMI output, an eSATA port, four USB 2.0 ports, and an SDHC card slot. This nettop packs all of those features in a small 222 x 178 x 26.9mm box and it "should handle your hardware accelerated 1080p contest just as readily as it does dull-screen Flash video from Hulu and beyond." Unfortunately, the price and release date hasn't been mentioned yet. Check it out on Asus' official website here.


LG Releasing 23-inch Full HD LCD TV to Japan Later This Month on the Cheap

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LG has just announced their latest 23-inch LCD TV set for the Japan market. The W2363V has: a Full HD display, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 300 nits of brightness, a 2ms response time, SRS Audio support, and two HDMI ports. LG will be releasing this LCD TV in Japan later this month for only ¥30,000 ($323 USD).

[Akihabara News]

First Photos of New Android Market -- Not Motorola's Blur UI

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Like me, you may be wondering what significance these two photos above have. Well, it's a photo of the Android App Market and it's actually a bit different, but why? According to the latest unconfirmed news, this could be the first screenshots of Motorola's customized Android UI called Blur. We heard about Blur earlier this month and maybe we'll see it at Motorola's event on the 10th of this month. It may or may not be Blur, so we'll just have to see what happens later this month.

Update: According to both Phone Arena and Engadget Mobile, what you see above is the new Android Market that has apparently been spotted on the Motorola Sholes. This is definitely more attractive to the eyes, it definitely beats the dark UI that the App Market currently has.


Dospara Adding New Blu-Ray Option to Their Nvidia Ion-Based Netbook On September 5th

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Dospara has just added a new Blu-ray option to their Prime Note Cresion NA netbook in Japan. The rest of the specs are the same though, this includes: a 12.1-inch display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution, an Intel Atom 330 CPU, Nvidia Ion graphics, 2GB of RAM, a 320GB HDD, three USB 2.0 ports, a 10-in-1 card reader, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, WiFi 802.11 n, gigabit LAN, an integrated 1.3MP webcam, and a battery that lasts only 3.2 hours. This new model will be available starting on September 5th and will be priced at an expensive ¥69,980 ($752 USD).


Epson Japan Announces Second Typical Netbook

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Epson Japan has just announced their second netbook, the Endeavor Na02mini-V. This netbook has typical netbook specs: a 10.1-inch display with a 1,024 x 600 resolution, an Intel Atom 1.66GHz N280 CPU, integrated GMA 950 graphics, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB HDD, three USB 2.0 ports, a 3-in-1 card reader, a VGA port, WiFi 802.11 n, Windows XP Home, and a battery long enough to last three hours / a larger battery to last six hours. This netbook will be available in Japan in the middle of next month for ¥39,800 ($427 USD).


Black Nintendo Wii Peripherals Coming to America This Year, Not the Console Though

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Exactly a month ago, the sexy black Nintendo Wii launched in Japan alongside the black Wiimote, Nunchaku, and Classic Controller. Nintendo has just announced that they will be bringing the sexy black peripherals to America this holiday season. As of right now, word on a black Nintendo Wii console coming to America hasn't been mentioned yet, so it might not be coming. Unfortunately, the exact date hasn't been announced either. "There's also a new bundle: the black Wii Remote is available with a black version of the Wii MotionPlus accessory included. Pricing is still TBA."


New HTC Hero Revision Has No Chin, Looks Much Different

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Apparently what you see above is a revision of the HTC Hero. I'm glad to see the chin gone, but I definitely like the look of the old HTC Hero better. A source is claiming that this is the Hero200 with CDMA bands that was just approved by the FCC recently. Could this really be the HTC Hero that launches on Sprint? To be honest, I'd prefer the older model.

[Engadget Mobile]