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Philips Unveil HD-Capable SA075 PMP

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Philips has just unveiled a PMP that will be capable of spitting out some HD. This PMP has a touchscreen display with an 800 x 480 resolution and an HDMI output. That's actually all that we know about this PMP right now. We don't even know if it will display 1080p or 720p with the HDMI output right now.


WebOS 1.2 Now Available For Palm Pre Owners

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It looks like WebOS 1.2 is now available for Palm Pre owners. The best part about this update is that it now has support for paid apps, so you can insert your credit card information. Unfortunately, there still aren't any paid apps. You'll have to wait another day for that. Oh yeah, I believe iTunes syncing isn't working right now, so you'll have to wait for the next update.

[Gizmodo, Engadget Mobile]

Moblin Version 2.0 Now Available For Download On Your Netbook

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According to the latest reports, version 2.0 of Moblin is now available for download if you have Moblin version 1. It will be a direct upgrade, but keep in mind that it's still missing key features that were spotted in Moblin version 2.1 that was shown off at IDF last week. Moblin 2.1 should be available in Q4 of this year.

While Moblin version 2.1 is being showcased at IDF 2009 (mostly with added support for mobile devices), version 2.0 is finally out of beta and a final version is available to download onto your netbook. This version is in a shippable state and Moblin expects OSVs and OEMS to be shipping products with version 2.0.
Moblin also introduces the Moblin Garage (online catalog) and Moblin Application Installer, which is their app store. These features don’t come with Moblin 2.0 and are still not finished but you can install the Application installer easily. It should come standard with version 2.1.


Asus Eee PC 1201HA With Intel Z-Atom and GMA 500 Graphics

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We've already heard about the Asus Eee PC 1201N and now we're hearing about another possible possible, the 1201HA. Unlike the 1201N, this model will not have Nvidia's Ion chipset, but it looks like it could have integrated GMA 500 graphics via Intel's US15W Poulsbo chipset and an Intel Atom Z520 / Z530 CPU. As of right now, we still don't know the release details, so just look out for it.

[Liliputing, Netbooked]

Gran Turismo 6 Won't Be Delayed Forever... Like Gran Turismo 5 Says Polyphony's Boss

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Gran Turismo 5 isn't even available yet and Polyphony is already talking about Gran Turismo 6. As you may or may not know, fans have been waiting for Gran Turismo 5 for a couple of years now and they've announced that it'll finally be available in March 2010 - in Japan. Well, Polyphony's boss, Kazunori Yamauchi, has just told the world that Gran Turismo 6 won't take as long as Gran Turismo 5 to hit the market, which is great news if they can really pull through. He mentioned that GT5 took so long because they developed it from scratch. With GT6, they'll have a good foundation already and they can just improve on GT5.


Panasonic Showing Off 50-Inch 3D Plasma 1080p HDTV Next Week, To Be Released in 2010

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Panasonic has just unveiled their concept for their upcoming 50-inch 3D plasma 1080p HDTV. For this TV set, you'll have to wear those funky glasses and it will be shown off next week at the Ceatec Show in Tokyo. Panasonic has also mentioned that they actually plan to launch this next year (2010), but they never mentioned a targeted price tag.

[Engadget HD, Gizmodo]

LG Officially Announces the Chocolate BL20, Launching in the UK in Q4

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LG has officially unveiled their BL20 Chocolate handset. Although not as desirable as the BL40, this slider will be hitting the UK in Q4 of this year. This handset reportedly has: a 5MP AF camera with a flash, Bluetooth 2.1 + A2DP support, a microSD card slot, and an FM radio. Unfortunately, this handset will have EDGE connectivity with no 3G HSDPA connectivity. Check out what LG had to say below.

Update: Engadget has reported that this will launch for 269 euros ($394 USD) unlocked.

LG’s newest Chocolate flavour slides to market
Berkshire, September 28, 2009 – LG Electronics a global leader and technology innovator in mobile communications, today announces its second New Chocolate phone, BL20, featuring a sliding keypad. The newest addition to the Chocolate series follows the launch of the stylish New LG Chocolate phone (BL40) at the start of September.
Available in the UK in Q4 at O2, the BL20 features a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash in a slim casing measuring just 12.3mm in depth.
The handset also features touch-sensitive controls which are discretely concealed on the sides of the phone. Users can instinctively feel their way around functions such as volume control and camera zoom for quick adjustments.
Widget Hotkeys enable users to personalise the phone to directly access favourite features for weather, news or personal updates. A new feature includes Clear Memo Capture which captures text, handwritten notes and drawings with maximum clarity, offering a different way to record information.
Jeremy Newing, head of marketing, LG Mobile UK and Ireland says, “Boasting advanced new features such as Widget Hotkeys and Clear Memo Capture, the BL20 offers consumers a design alternative to the already successful BL40 with its widescreen display.”
The New LG Chocolate BL20 is referencing the original Chocolate’s design characteristics such as glossy black surface accentuated with red highlights but reinterpreted them in a sliding keypad handset. Notably, the handset has refined its red navigation keys – part of LG’s overall design language – which are revealed when the phone slides open. It has evolved from the iconic design of its predecessors combining enhanced interactive features with a sleek minimalist look aimed at style-conscientious consumers.
“Standing proudly alongside the BL40, the BL20 expands the Chocolate series with a beautiful but practical slider option reflecting our leadership in design,” said Dr. Skott Ahn, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The New LG Chocolate BL20 offers consumers another way to experience the luxurious style and high performance that is symbolic of the LG Chocolate series but at a more affordable price.”

[Slash Gear]

LG Wine 3 Officially Announced, Hitting South Korea Soon

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It looks like LG has just officially unveiled the next Wine handset, which is supposedly the Wine 3G we heard about in late July. The LG Wine 3 will launch in South Korea soon and will be available in 4 colours: black and gold, white, pink, and titan. This handset will feature: a 1.77-inch internal display, an FM radio, and "GPS-based SOS alerts. The Wine 3 also comes with a leather case." The price hasn't been mentioned, but like I said, it should be available soon.

[Unwired View]

European Commission Looking to Ban iPhone's From Being Sold in Europe

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Even though we just got word this morning that Orange would be offering the iPhone 3G and 3GS later this year, the European Commission is looking to ban iPhone's from being sold in Europe. The European Commission is reportedly asking Apple "for information on the alleged iPhone explosions." In addition, "Apple has not yet officially responded to the allegations of exploding iPhones and the EC is investigating the issue. Perhaps Apple will step up research in an effort to prevent the popular device from being banned in Europe." We'll just have to see what Apple's response will be. They have said once before that's it's your fault and not theirs.

[Slash Gear]

Android-Based HTC Desire Gets WiFi Alliance and FCC Approval, Launching on Verizon

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It looks like another Android handset has just passed the FCC and gotten its WiFi Alliance at the same time. This time it's the HTC Desire. This Android handset is also Verizon bound, like the Motorola Sholes / Tao. Nothing else is known, so just wait around for Verizon to say something. Check out the FCC filing here and the WiFi Alliance PDF here.

[Boy Genius]

Apple Influenced Intel's "Light Peak"

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Late last week, Intel showed off "Light Peak" which is believed to be due to Apple's request. This could and probably will be used in Apple's future devices if everything works out as planned. You can view the pretty lengthy article at Engadget here. Apparently, Apple could be utilizing "Light Peak" in their new systems which are set to launch in Fall 2010 and we could even see it in the so-called Apple iTablet.


Samsung S5510 Clamshell Handset Reviewed Before Official Announcement

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An unannounced Samsung handset has just been reviewed and it's the S5510 and Unwired View points out that it's a bit like the Nokia 6600 Fold, but that doesn't really matter much. The Samsung S5510 clamshell handset has: a 2.1-inch QVGA internal display, 3G / Bluetooth support, an FM radio, a 3.2MP camera, 30MB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot. This handset should be available in late October or early November and could be around 200 ($292 USD) when it launches - unlocked I presume.

T-Mobile Pulse Launching On October 12th in Europe

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Overseas it looks like T-Mobile will be releasing the Android-based Pulse on October 12. This handset will come equipped with: a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, a 5MP AF camera, a front-facing camera, HSDPA connectivity, GPS / WiFi / Bluetooth 2.0 support, a Qualcomm 7200A 528MHz CPU, 512MB of ROM, 288MB of RAM, and the latest version of Android. So, October 12th, just wait for it.

Update: The spec sheet could actually be wrong, since they're a bit different than what we've already heard before.

Motorola Sholes Passes FCC, May Get Launched as the Tao With WiFi

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Another Android handset has just passed the FCC and some of us have been keeping a close eye on this handset. It's the Verizon-bound Motorola Sholes A855. The interesting part about this is that it could actually be launched as the Motorola Tao. The Tao appears to have EVDO Rev. A support and WiFi 802.11 b/g which we hope doesn't get pulled by Verizon, along with Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR and aGPS support. This handset is expected to launch sometimes next month (October), so let's hope they pull through.

US Cellular Launching Samsung Trill and Caliber Soon

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US Cellular looks like they're planning to release 2 more cell phones, the Samsung Trill (left) and Samsung Caliber (right). The r520 Trill has: 1GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, a 1.3MP camera with video capabilities, dual-band CDMA connectivity, Stereo Bluetooth 2.0 support, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The r850 Caliber has: a 3.2-inch touchscreen WQVGA display, dual-band CDMA connectivity, a 3MP camera with an LED flash and video capabilities, a microSD card slot, Stereo Bluetooth 2.1 support, a 2.5mm headphone jack, and the TouchWiz UI. We don't know the release details right now.

Samsung r520 Trill Spec Sheet: Phone Arena
Samsung r850 Caliber Spec Sheet: Phone Arena

Verizon Set To Launch Gateway LT2016U Netbook For $150

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It looks like Verizon could be pushing out another netbook, this time it'll be the Gateway LT2016U netbook, which is a variant of the LT2000. This netbook has: a 10.1-inch display with a 1,024 x 600 resolution, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB HDD, an integrated 1.3MP webcam, Qualcomm Gobi technology to give you 3G anywhere you want, and Windows XP. Unfortunately, it'll be going for $149.99 USD on a 2-year contract with a $100 MIR which isn't exactly cheap considering the monthly fees.

Update: This netbook is set to launch on October 4th.

Orange Offering the iPhone 3G and 3GS Soon

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As you may or may not know, the iPhone exclusives are starting to end starting with the UK. O2 had the exclusive rights to the iPhone over there, but soon that will come to an end. It looks like UK will also be getting the iPhone via Orange. They will be offering the iPhone 3G and the 3GS and you pre-register for the smartphone now. Just check out Orange's website here. As of right now, we don't know the release details.

Next up is AT&T's exclusivity to end.

Samsung M8920 Comes Packed With 12MP Camera With 3x Optical Zoom and AMOLED

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Wow, this is probably going to be the best cameraphone to date. The M8920 or SCH-W880 looks like a camera with phone functionalities - apart from the traditional phone with camera functionalities, if you know what I mean. The M8920 has: a 3.3-inch AMOLED WVGA touchscreen display, WiFi / GPS / Bluetooth support, and a microSD card slot. Now those are pretty standard features - apart from the AMOLED display. But, the best part about this phone will be the awesome camera.

The M8920 has a 12MP camera with a xenon flash and LED flash that is capable of recording HD video and it also has 3x optical zoom - seen above. It even has a "mode dial [that is] usually found in a digital camera." It's shaping up to be pretty amazing and I can't wait to see how well this camera will shoot photos. I'm excited.

Oh yeah, this phone may have a 1GHz CPU.

Intel Announces Atom Chip Capable of 1080p Video Playback

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At IDF, we have just gotten word that Intel announced their latest Atom chipset. This is a 45nm chip that is capable of displaying 1080p video in the H.264 format and it can also handle 3D graphics. For everything else that you need to know, just check out the excerpt and link below.

The upgrade is such that it should be one of the first SoCs capable of handling streaming video in Adobe's Flash 10.

Three models begin the lineup, all of which are clocked at 1.2GHz and consume between seven and nine watts of power. As the base model, the CE4100 lacks most video options and has a basic 200MHz graphics core. The CE4130 adds the full complement of AV, and the CE4150 gets a 400MHz core for more demanding tasks. Every chip has its own flash memory controller as well as built-in controllers for input and output, like SATA II and USB 2.0.

Intel hasn't said when CE4100-equipped devices will ship or named hardware customers, but Flash 10 for the platform should be ready sometime in the first half of 2010.


PSP Go To Have 16,000 Items Available At Launch

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According to the latest news, the PSP Go will be launching with "16,000 pieces of digital content available for PlayStation Store perusers from the day the device hits store shelves." This will include: 225 full downloadable games, 13,300 TV episodes, and 2,300 movies. Excited for Sony going digital?


Acer A1 Running Android 2.0 and 768MHz CPU Available For Pre-Orders

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Another Android handset has just been spotted on Expansys here, it's the Acer A1. The product listing states that this handset has a 768MHz Qualcomm 8250 CPU and Android 2.0 Donut, which is pretty surprising. To make things even better, this handset is available for pre-orders here for just €389 ($571 USD).

Update: This morning we heard that the Acer A1 is now available for pre-orders. The full spec sheet is below, courtesy of Unwired View.

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Tri-band HSPA (850/1900/2100 MHz)
  • 3.5 inch WVGA touchscreen display
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • 5MP autofocus camera
  • 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM
  • MicroSD card support
  • Talk time: up to 300 minutes
  • Standby time: up to 400 hours
  • 115 x 62.5 x 12.5 mm
  • 135 grams