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Sprint To Cut Palm Pre Price To $150 Soon?

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It looks like Sprint's Palm Pre could be getting a price drop to $149 on a 2-year contract soon, which is great news for those consumers looking to dive into that handset. This document leak above was apparently from someone working at Sprint. Since the HTC Hero is set to hit Sprint next month, I wouldn't be surprised that their old flagship model would get a price drop to make way for their new flagship phone.


New iPod Prices Leaked? Camera-Equipped iPods Delayed?

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According to the latest unconfirmed rumour, the prices for the iPod refresh has just been leaked out. They are as follows.

- $59: 4 GB Shuffle (no changes)
- $99: 8 GB Nano (minor update, maybe with camera)
- $149: 8 GB Touch (3GS internals, camera)
- $199: 16 GB Touch
- $249: 32 GB Touch
- $349: 64 GB Touch

If these price rumours are true, it will definitely stomp the sales of the Zune HD.

There is also another rumour floating around. The other rumour is that the camera-equipped iPods could be delayed. For more information on both topics, just check out the links below. In related news, Apple's event is set to take place in two days, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens.

Cheap iPod Touch: 9 to 5 Mac
iPod Touch With Camera Delayed?: 9 to 5 Mac

Sony Rumoured To Push Out 7 PS3 Slim Bundles This Year, Gran Turismo Bundle This Year?

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Sony is really looking to make a charge and they're going to do it with the help of Assassin's Creed II and Gran Turismo 5. If this rumour is true, you can forget about that so-called March 2010 release of GT5 that we heard back in April. Yes, all of these bundles include the new PS3 Slim. Keep in mind this is just a rumour right now.

The full bundles are:
  • PS3 Slim + Need for Speed: Shift (October 1): €339
  • PS3 Slim + Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (October 14): €339
  • PS3 Slim + Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 (October 24): €339
  • PS3 Slim + two unconfirmed Blu-ray movies (date and price tbc)
  • PS3 Slim + Tekken 6 (November 4): €339
  • PS3 Slim + Assassin’s Creed II (November 19): €339
  • PS3 Slim + Gran Turismo 5 (December 4): €339


Final Fantasy XIII To Be Released on December 17th in Japan

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Square Enix just couldn't keep their mouth shut until tomorrow, because they have just announced that Final Fantasy XIII will be hitting Japan on December 17th. They were supposed to announce it tomorrow, but oh well. Square is also launching an ad promotion on YouTube Japan today.


Sony Holding Event On October 7th For The Aino and Satio

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Sony Ericsson has just officially announced that they will have an event on October 7th for the Aino and the Satio. This could mean that both handsets will be available on or shortly around the 7th of October. Both of these handsets will reportedly have Sony Remote Play support. The Aino is a slider that will have a 3-inch touchscreen display, an 8.1MP camera, and GPS support. The Satio (formerly the Idou), on the other hand, will have a 3.5-inch touchscreen display and a 12.1MP camera.


LG Etna Could Be Their First Android Handset, To Be Released on Vodafone

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At IFA, LG unveiled the Etna, which was surprisingly enough the codename for AT&T's LG Neon GT365. This handset could be the LG Neon 2, but we don't know for sure. What you do see above is the LG Etna that will be released on Vodafone in Europe. This handset reportedly has: a 3-inch touchscreen display, a 5MP camera, Bluetooth support, USB connectivity, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. In related news, this could be LG's first Android handset. Below is what LG had to say.

LG Etna: Vodafone shows Android phone
Mobile phone maker LG Electronics will introduce in the near future appears to be his first Google Android phone, called Etna.
At the IFA trade fair stand of Vodafone, our editors will spot the Android phone from LG was first to inspect. The Etna has next to the Google Android operating system, a 3-inch touchscreen and a sliding QWERTY keyboard. For further equipment details include a 5-megapixel camera and Bluetooth wireless and a USB interface.
Will be when and at what price to have the phone on Vodafone, currently is not fixed yet. (sg)

[Unwired View, Phandroid]

Sony W5 Series Bravia With External 500GB DVR and 3.1 Home Theater; Also Unveil Two Wireless Bravia LED-Backlit HDTVs

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Sony has just unveiled a couple of new HDTVs for us. First up, I'll talk about the Sony W5 Series Bravias. These TVs will come in a 40 and 46-inch model that will have a Full HD resolution and Sony's own Motion Flow 240Hz technology. The price and release date details haven't been mentioned yet, but they will be available in three different colours. They also announced the BRX-A500 which is an external 500GB DVR with a digital TV tuner and the HT-CT500 which is a 3.1 Home Theater.

Below is a short video of the upcoming Sony ZX5 Bravia Series HDTVs. This TV will be available in 46 and 52-inch models and they're only 5.8 and 5.9cm thick, respectively. The ZX5 Series Bravias will have: Sony's Motion Flow 240Hz technology, Bravia Wireless technology, a 2 x 10W speaker and they're LED-backlit. The price hasn't been mentioned yet, but they should be available in Japan starting in mid to late November - possibly the 20th.

Sony Unveils W5 Series Bravia With External 500GB DVR: Akihabara News
Sony Unveils Two Wireless Bravia HDTVs: Akihabara News

Samsung I5700 Galaxy Lite Spotted At the Bluetooth SIG, Definitely Running Android

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The Samsung I5700 Galaxy Lite has just been spotted at the Bluetooth SIG and it finally confirms that Android will be on-board, but y'know we already knew that. Besides Android, you'll also find: a 3MP camera, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, and WiFi / HSDPA / GPS support.

[Samsung Hub]

Two Nokia X6 Models Found on Expansys

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According to the online retailer, Expansys, the Nokia X6 will be available as early as this November. The 32GB model of this handset "Comes With Music" and is reportedly going to be available on November 12th and is now listed (here) at £529.99 ($870 USD). Unfortunately, the 16GB model that doesn't "Come With Music" is reportedly going to be available on February 23, 2010 and is now listed (here) as £344.99 ($566 USD). If we're going to have to wait this long, I don't know if it'll be worth it.


MSI Releasing X600 and X340 Premium Notebooks in Japan Next Week

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MSI is planning to release the X-Slim X600 notebook in Japan next week. The X600 has: a 15.6-inch display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution, an Intel Core 2 Duo SU9600 1.6GHz CPU, 4GB of RAM, ATI Radeon HD 4330 graphics, and a 500GB HDD. This notebook is expected to hit Japan next week for ¥130,000 ($1,397 USD).

MSI is also planning to release a premium model of their X-Slim X340 notebook in Japan as well. The premium model of the X340 will have: a 13.4-inch display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution, an Intel Core 2 Duo SU9600 1.6GHz CPU, and 2GB of RAM. This notebook is also expected to hit Japan next week, but this notebook will be available for ¥109,800 ($1,180 USD).

[Akihabara News]

HP dm1, dm3, and Pavilion dv8 With Core i7 CPU Leaked Out

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According to a big leak, HP is going to release three new notebooks, the HP dm1, dm3, and the Pavilion dv8. The HP dm1 is scheduled to have: an 11.6-inch display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution and an Intel ULV CPU. The HP dm3 will have: a 13.3-inch display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution, an Intel ULV CPU and another model with an AMD Neo CPU. The more interesting HP Pavilion dv8 looks like it will have: an 18.4-inch display, an Intel Quad-Core Core i7 720QM CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 640GB HDD, and a Blu-ray drive. These three notebooks are scheduled to be released around the same time as Microsoft plans to release Windows 7, which means October 22. You can check out the HP dm1 here, dm3 here, and Pavilion dv8 here, courtesy of Hardware.info.


Asus Launching World's Cheapest E-Book Reader This Year -- Possibly With Coloured Touchscreen and Webcam

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Just two weeks ago we heard that Asus is planning to release their own e-book reader. According to Times Online, they got their hands on Asus' e-book reader and they went on to mention that it should be available by the end of the year. This Asus e-book reader is supposedly going to be the cheapest of its kind when it gets released, but there will be a higher-end model that will have things like built-in 3G, a web browser, and expandable storage.

This makes me think that the basic model will just have standard reading features. The basic model is expected to launch this year for just £100 ($163 USD).

Update on September 8th: According to the latest rumour, Crunch Gear states that Asus' e-book reader could be sporting dual-touchscreens that will be coloured. This e-book reader is supposedly going to have a webcam as well. About being the "world's cheapest" e-book reader to date... Maybe the displays with colours will only be on the premium models.

[Engadget, Electronic Pulp]

Gateway Japan Unveils 11.6-Inch Notebook, Shipping This Month

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Gateway has just announced that they will be launching a new notebook in Japan later this month. The Gateway EC1400-31K has: an 11.6-inch WXGA display, an Intel SU2300 1.2GHz Celeron CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 250GB HDD, an integrated webcam, and WiFi support. This notebook weighs 1.4kg and will be available at the end of this month in Japan for about ¥60,000 ($645 USD).

[Akihabara News]

Acer Announces 20 and 23-Inch HD LCD Monitors

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Acer has just announced two new LCD monitors. The smaller one is the HX2000 that has: a 20-inch display with a 1,600 x 900 resolution, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 300 nits of brightness, and a 5ms response time.

The other monitor is the 23-inch FHX3200 (above), which is similar to the Gateway FHX2300. This monitor has: a 23-inch Full HD display (1,920 x 1,080 resolution), a 40,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 300 nits of brightness, a 5ms response time, and an HDMI input. This monitor is going to hit Japan soon for around ¥20,000 ($215 USD).

[Akihabara News]

HTC Touch HD2 To Run Android, 100MHz Faster CPU With Same 3.8-Inch Display

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According to the latest big rumour, HTC is looking to release the Touch HD2 and instead of WinMo, it'll have Google's Android OS. The original Touch HD had a 528MHz CPU, but this new Touch HD2 is expected to have a CPU that's 100MHz faster than the original model - so that means possibly a 628MHz CPU. According to the rumours, everything else will likely be the same. So, we should be expecting a 5MP camera and a 3.8-inch touchscreen display with a 480 x 800 resolution. I suppose the touchscreen could be capacitive since no Android devices to date have had a resistive touchscreen.

The price and release date details haven't been announced yet since the phone itself is still unconfirmed.

[Phone Arena, Slash Gear, Electronista, Unwired View]

Verizon Launching HTC Touch Pro 2 On September 11th For Just $199.99

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It's official. The Windows Mobile 6.1 based HTC Touch Pro 2 will be launching on Verizon on September 11th for $199.99 USD on a 2-year contract with a $100 mail-in rebate. This handset will also be available for $369.99 on a 1-year contract and $489.99 off-contract on Verizon.Thankfully, this is much cheaper than T-Mobile and Sprint's Touch Pro 2, which has a $350 price tag. This handset will be upgradeable to WinMo 6.5 on October 6th and, yes, it has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

[Phone Arena, Boy Genius, Unwired View, WMPowerUser]

Nokia 12.1MP Cameraphone Spotted on Flickr -- Confirmed to be Fake

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A recent cameraphone has just been found on Flickr that could possibly be the first pictures of Nokia's first 12.1MP cameraphone. Keep in mind that this is still unconfirmed at the time and this could actually be a fake picture. If this photo is real, the rumours stated that we'll see Nokia's first 12MP camera in 2010. Take a look at the photo here.

Update: Unfortunately, this photo is indeed a fake.

[Cell Passion, Boy Genius, Phone Arena]

3D Coming to the PS3 In 2010, *Possibly* All Existing Games Too

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Even though we could see 3D games on the PlayStation 3 in the future, they have no plans to launch the functionality for all of the games that come out - unless they can do that sort of thing. Sony will reportedly be updating the PS3's software to give the 3D look to existing games - if it's possible. Keep in mind that this 3D functionality won't work unless you have a TV with 200Hz technology and those funky 3D glasses. So, most of us (me included) might have to wait until 2011 to enjoy PS3 games in 3D.

[Engadget, Kotaku, Joystiq]

Samsung Looking To Ship Out OLED-Equipped Notebooks in the Second Half of 2010

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I'll just get right down to it. At IFA, Samsung stated that OLED-equipped notebooks could become a reality as early as the second half of next year (2010). "The netbook car drives at 100km/h, some of our competitors drive at 150km/h. The target for [us is] 200km/h." That's really all they've said right now. For now, you can enjoy their proof of concept above, which looks pretty neat - although that keyboard could take some getting used to.

[Gizmodo, Tech Radar]

Sprint Rebate Form Shows Samsung Intrepid (Ace II) and Samsung Moment

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A new Sprint rebate form that is in effect until October 31st has leaked online and it states that the Samsung Intrepid and Samsung Moment will be coming soon. The Samsung Intrepid is actually the Ace II, so I believe it will have a full QWERTY keypad. The Intrepid and the Moment will both have $100 mail-in rebates attached to them.

If the rumoured specs are true, the Intrepid will have: a 2.6-inch QVGA display, a 528MHz CPU, a 3MP camera, WiFi / aGPS support, a microSDHC card slot, and CDMA / EV-DO Rev. A / GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity. The Intrepid seems to be a Windows Mobile 6.5 handset, so we'll see it sometime after October 6th. On the other hand, we know nothing about the Samsung Moment right now.

[Boy Genius, Phone Arena]

Samsung Shows Off B3210 and B3410 Handsets

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At IFA, Samsung has continued unveiling a countless number of devices. First up is the Samsung B3210 that has: a 2MP camera, a QWERTY keypad, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and an FM radio. The pricing and release date details haven't been mentioned yet.

Samsung also went on to unveil the B3310 and the B3410 (above). We already know about the Samsung B3310, so I don't really need to talk about that. The B3410, on the other hand, has: a 2.6-inch QVGA touchscreen display, a 3.2MP camera, Bluetooth support, and the customized TouchWiz OS. Like the handset above, we don't know the pricing and availability details right now.

Samsung B3210: Unwired View
Samsung B3410: Phone Arena, Unwired View

Verizon Launching Nokia Twist 7705 on September 13th

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Back in May, we saw a Nokia handset that had a swivel to it. Well, Nokia has just announced that the Twist 7705 will be hitting Verizon in "select NYC locations" on September 13th, and everyone else nation-wide will get their hands on it on the 21st of this month. The Twist 7705 has: a 2.4-inch QVGA display, a 3MP AF camera with a flash, a microSDHC card slot, Bluetooth, a full HTML browser, and a QWERTY keypad. This handset is expected to launch for $99.99 USD on a 2-year contract after a $50 rebate, $169.99 on a 1-year contract after rebates, and $279.99 off-contract.

[Phone Arena, Engadget Mobile]

LG BL20 Slider Revealed; LG BL40 Hitting Europe This Month, October For the Rest of the World -- Possibly Telus

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At IFA, LG finally came clean about the LG BL20. The LG BL20 has actually been seen before as the LG BL42, so it should look quite familiar. The BL20 is a slider handset that has: a 2.4-inch QVGA non-touchscreen display, 130MB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, a 5MP AF camera, quad-band GSM / HSDPA connectivity, Stereo Bluetooth, an FM radio, and 3G support.

LG also announced something about their better handset, the BL40. This handset will be available in Europe starting in the middle of this month; the rest of the world will get their hands on this device next month (October) so we won't have to wait that long. In case you forgot, this handset has: a 4-inch touchscreen display with an 800 x 345 resolution, a 5MP camera with an LED flash that can record video, 1.1GB of internal memory, a microSDHC card slot, and WiFi / aGPS support.

Since it's coming to the rest of the world this October, Mobile Syrup is hoping that it will be hitting Telus as well - y'know since they'll have their HSPA network by then. For the full spec sheet of the LG BL40, take a look at this Tech Tree link.

LG BL20: Engadget, Gizmodo, GSM Arena
LG BL40: Boy Genius, Engadget, Tech Tree
Telus Getting BL40?: Mobile Syrup

Two Videos of the Nokia X6 Spotted

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You may or may not know this but Nokia has finally shown off their first handset that will have a capacitive touchscreen and it's the Nokia X6. And this is a great thing; just ask Engadget. Below is their video which shows "proof that capacitive touchscreens are better." Underneath Engadget's video is Fone Arena's video. The lower video is a Nokia rep from Spain showing off and giving us a walk-through of the Nokia X6. Both videos are worth the watch if you have a bit of time on your hands.

[Engadget, Fone Arena]

Very, Very Thin Sony Vaio X Promo Video

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We recently heard about the very sexy and thin netbook from Sony, the Vaio X. Below is a promo video of the said netbook. There's not much else to say here, but wow. It is very thin.