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Lenovo Announces 11.6-Inch IdeaPad U150 and Core i7-Packing 15.6-Inch IdeaPad Y550 Notebooks

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Lenovo has just revealed two more notebooks that they are set to launch. The first one is the IdeaPad U150 notebook. This notebook features: an 11.6-inch display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution, Intel Core 2 Duo [ULV] CPU options, up to 8GB of RAM, integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics, and an HDMI output. This notebook will be available in mid-November for $585 USD with Windows 7.

The other notebook they have announced is the IdeaPad Y550. This notebook is pretty powerful with: up to 8GB of RAM, a 500GB HDD, Nvidia Geforce GT 240M graphics, and Intel's Mobile Core i7 CPU inside. This 15.6-inch laptop should have a base price around $1,400 USD. Of course, Windows 7 will be on-board.

Lenovo IdeaPad U150 Notebook: Liliputing
Lenovo IdeaPad Y550 Notebook: Gizmodo

Google Hoping To Launch Wave To Everyone By the End of 2010

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Although a lot of people are confused about what Google Wave is, I believe it's been quite a big hit. Google plans on releasing more invites in the earlier half of 2010 with the final release coming in late 2010. They're only "hoping" to have a full release by the end of next year, so don't be too excited if you don't get your Google Wave invites. Thankfully, I was one of the lucky people who got an invitation. So far it's given me a chance to talk with a couple of people, basically just brainstorming ideas on a couple of topics.

Canada's Koodo Launches Samsung Intensity For $50

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In Canada, Koodo has just launched the Samsung Intensity. This handset features: a 2.1-inch display with a 176 x 220 resolution, a 1.3MP camera, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a microSD card slot. On Koodo's website, this handset is now available "for $200 outright or $50 on the Tab." Check it out here.

Intel Set To Increase Limit of RAM Inside Their Netbooks To 2GB?

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The latest rumour states that Intel may be increasing their limit on GB's of RAM inside netbooks using their Atom CPUs. According to what we're hearing Intel will allow netbooks to have up to 2GB of RAM inside of them. Intel hasn't made an official statement regarding this news, so we'll just have to wait around and see. I'm guessing that this limit will be in effect when they launch their Pine Trail Atoms.

HTC HD2 Pops Up On O2's Website As An Option To Choose Accessories

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Although it's not available yet, the HTC HD2 has just popped up on O2's website as an option to select an accessory. We still don't know when it will launch, but it's unofficially confirmed now. O2 customers are getting impatient at this point, so the bad news is that they'll have to wait a little big longer. US customers, on the other hand, have to wait until Q1 2010 to get their hands on this handset.

T-Mobile Launching Sony Ericsson Equinox (T707 Elle) Soon, Possibly October 28th -- Possibly $49

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It looks like T-Mobile will exclusively be launching the Sony Ericsson T707 "Elle" as the Sony Ericsson Equinox. The Equinox is a flip phone that features: a 2.2-inch display with a 240 x 320 resolution, a 3.2MP camera, Bluetooth support, an FM tuner, and Memory Stick Micro support. Although the price is still TBD, it looks like it could be available on October 28th.

Update: According to Phone Arena, this handset will be launching for $49.99 USD on a 2-year contract.

[Sony Insider, Slash Gear]

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X3 / X10 Official Brochure Leaked On Video? 4.1-Inch OLED Display, 32GB of Storage, 1GHz Snapdragon, 8.1MP Camera

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We have already heard that the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X3 will launch as the XPERIA X10. And we already know that this handset will be running Android. Well, today we've got even better news for you. The video above appears to be some sort of leaked information - apparently an official Sony Ericsson brochure - about the XPERIA X10. The brochure clearly states that the X10 will have: 32GB of internal storage, an 8.1MP camera, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, and a 4.1-inch OLED capacitive touchscreen display. Damn, I'm getting this.

[GSM Arena]

LG Reveals Mobile Core i7-Packed X-Note R590 Notebook, Has Aion Pre-Installed

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LG has just announced their latest notebook, the X-Note R590, that has Intel's Mobile Core i7 (720QM / 820QM) on-board. Other specs include: a 15.6-inch LED-backlit display with a 1,600 x 900 resolution, 4GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce GT 230M graphics, a 500GB HDD, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, and, of course, Windows 7 Home Premium as an OS. LG has also been kind enough to pre-installed Aion, which is an MMORPG you may have heard about.

[Akihabara News]

Sprint Launching the Palm Pixi On November 15th For $99

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It looks like Sprint and Palm have just announced that the Palm Pixi - the second WebOS handset - will be available starting on November 15th for $99.99 USD on a 2-year contract after rebates. This handset will be Touchstone compatible, but you'll unfortunately need to buy another battery cover which costs an extra $19.99 USD.

We already know the specs of this handset, so expect: a 2.6-inch multi-touchscreen display, a 2MP camera, 3G / GPS support, and 8GB of internal storage. And yes, there is no WiFi. Sprint will have it exclusively.

[Electronista, Slash Gear]

Apple-Like Tablet Lives In China... Running Windows XP

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The latest tablet from Great Long Brother in China has just surfaced and it's dubbed the P88. It has a very Apple-y look to it, which is no surprise. This tablet PC features: a 10.2-inch touchscreen display with a 1,024 x 600 resolution, an Intel Atom clocked at 1.6GHz, a VGA / three USB 2.0 ports, WiFi, a card reader, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a microphone. Unfortunately, it looks like this tablet is running Windows XP and the battery life is only expected to last for 1.5 hours. This should be available fairly soon for around $440 USD.

Samsung N140 Now Available With Windows 7 On Amazon For $400

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Samsung has just released their N140 netbook with Windows 7 pre-installed - yes, just like every other manufacturer out there. This netbook will have: a 10.1-inch display, 1GB of RAM, a 250GB HDD, integrated GMA 950 graphics, SRS-enabled speaker, a 1.3MP webcam, a couple of USB 2.0 ports, a card reader, an Ethernet port, WiFi / Bluetooth support, and a anti-bacterial keyboard. This netbook is now available for $400.99 in the US on Amazon here.

Possible Apple iTablet SIM Card Tray Already Available, Made By Foxconn

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According to various reports this morning, Foxconn has a SIM tray slot available for $14.05 USD. This could reportedly be used in Apple's iTablet, since it is slightly larger than the iPhone 3GS' SIM card tray. It also features a metal frame which would make the overall device slightly sturdier (and heavier). Of course, since it is a tablet, this is acceptable.

BlackBerry inPulse Launching In February 2010, Available For Pre-Orders Now For $149

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RIM has just made that BlackBerry inPulse watch official. This watch will work "as a companion to your BlackBerry Smartphone to notify you of incoming BlackBerry messages/events." This watch is actually available for pre-orders and it looks like it's only $149, which is a pretty sweet deal. It's expected to launch in February 2010, just in case you wanted to know. The official specs are below and you can pre-order it here.

inPulse smartwatch for BlackBerry Tech Specs & Key Features
  • 1.3" full colour organic light-emitting-diode (OLED) display
  • Bluetooth® v2.0+EDR
  • 150 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
  • Glass lens and full metal body
  • 22mm interchangeable wrist band
  • Vibrating motor
  • Micro-USB port (for charging)
  • Over-the-air firmware updates
  • Dimensions: 51mm height x 38mm width x 12mm depth

Sony Ericsson Kurara Spotted; Possibly Running S60, (3.5-Inch) Touchscreen Display and 8.1MP Camera

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What you see above is a small glimpse of a new Sony Ericsson handset - the Sony Ericsson Kurara (Kurana). As you can tell from the photo it has a touchscreen display - possibly around 3.5-inches - and there's supposedly an 8.1MP snapper on the back. Tech Radar is calling it a Sony Ericsson Satio "sequel", and it could very well be since we're also hearing that it will be running on S60. This handset looks like it has a 2010 UK release date, so don't expect much about this handset anytime soon.

Nokia Planning Second Netbook For 2010 Release

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According to Digitimes, it looks like Nokia is impressed by the demand of their first netbook, the Booklet 3G, because they have just mentioned that they will be launching another netbook sometime in 2010. We don't know the specs of their upcoming netbook, but my bets on Intel's Pine Trail Atom line-up. Let's hope the 1GB of RAM will be upgradeable though.

Telus Launching Their HSPA Network On November 5th, iPhone 3G / 3GS, HTC Hero, LG BL40, Nokia E71 and BB Bold 9700 At Launch

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Canada's Telus has just announced that their new HSPA network will be launching next week, on Thursday, November 5th. They have also confirmed [again] that they'll have the 8GB iPhone 3G, 16GB iPhone 3GS, and 32GB iPhone 3GS at launch. They'll be available for $99.99, $199.99, and $299.99 on a 3-year contract, respectively, and $599.99, $699.99, and $799.99 contract-free, respectively. Check out what Telus had to say here.

Of course, they'll have other handsets at launch, but we'll just have to see what they are when Telus officially announces them, which should be fairly soon.

Update: Telus has just announced their upcoming handset line-up, courtesy of Mobile Syrup. They'll be launching the HTC Hero, the LG BL40 (as the New Chocolate), the BlackBerry Bold 9700, and the Nokia E71.

MacBook Pro Refresh Coming With Intel Core i5 / i7 CPU Options?

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According to various reports, Mac OS X 10.6.2 is hinting at a MacBook Pro refresh in the near future. These new MacBook Pros will be equipped with Intel Core i5 / i7 CPUs. The Core i7 CPUs will feature HyperThreading, which will mean that it will have eight-cores. MacBook Pro refreshes are rumoured to be coming by the end of this year, but I doubt that Apple will make any design changes since they usually refresh their notebook line-up in January.

Samsung Unveils World's Thinnest LCD HDTV at 3.9mm Thin

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Beating the likes of JVC's 6.4mm HDTV and LG's 5.9mm HDTV, Samsung has just unveiled the world's thinnest LCD HDTV - to date of course. The 40-inch Samsung HDTV you see above is LED-backlit (not sidelit) and measures in at a miniscule 3.9mm thin. Other specs include a 120Hz refresh rate and a 5,000:1 contrast ratio. We don't know when it will be available, but I doubt it being all that inexpensive.


Verizon Launching BlackBerry Storm 2 On October 28th For $179

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Finally! Verizon has finally made the BlackBerry Storm 2 (Storm2) official. This handset will be launching this Wednesday, October 28th, for $179.99 USD on a 2-year contract after a $100 mail-in rebate (latest leak was correct). BB OS 5.0 will be pre-installed on this smartphone. Check out what Verizon had to say here.


Yinlips Launching "Phantom" YDP800 PMP With a Projector and Handheld Gaming Support In China

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Of course, this device will only be available in China. Call it whatever you want: a gaming console, PMP, video projector. Well, it does all of those things. The Yinlips YDP800 "Phantom" is a pretty awesome device. It may not look all that amazing, but this device has support for NES, GBA, GB, GBC games and has a built-in 12 lumen video projector. Other specs include: a 3.5-inch display, an IR remote, a microSD card slot, and music / video player functions.

[Akihabara News]

Canada's Wireless Wave Now Has The Palm Pre For $99.95

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Bell has the Palm Pre for $149.95 in Canada and now Wireless Wave has the Pre for just $99.95 on a 3-year contract. Of course, with this handset you'll have to spend at least $45 CAD monthly for the voice and data plan.

[Mobile Syrup]

BlackBerry OS Now Available For the Storm 9530

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It looks like BB OS 5.0 is now officially available. Verizon has just released BB OS 5.0 to Storm 9530 owners. It's now available on BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Windows and even for Mac users. In case you're looking to upgrade, check it out here.


Netflix Headed To the PS3 Starting This November, $8.99 Monthly

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It looks like PlayStation 3 owners will be watching a lot of movies in the near future. The rumour turned out to be true so it looks like Netflix will be coming to the PS3 next month (November). Like Xbox 360 owners, PS3 users will be able to watch as many movies as they want 24/7 for $8.99 a month. Of course, all you'll need is a Netflix account.

According to the official announcement, which confirms speculation that Netflix streaming would come to a console that isn't the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 owners will be initially required to have a free, Netflix-provided Blu-ray disc in the console to watch said movies, taking advantage of Blu-ray's BD-Live tech.
(You can quickly request one at netflix.com/ps3, PlayStation 3 owner.)
Later, we should probably expect Sony and Netflix to offer a firmware update or application that will do the work of the Blu-ray disc. Looks like the PS3 implementation of Netflix will be similar to the Xbox 360 version, letting users browse and update their "Watch Instantly" queues from the XMB.
More details on the good news is available at the PlayStation.blog.

[Kotaku, Joystiq]

eviGroup Shows Off Their Latest 10-Inch Tablet Running Windows 7

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The same company that made the Android-based Wallet MID, eviGroup, have just shown off their latest tablet which will be running Microsoft's latest OS, Windows 7. This tablet, dubbed the eviGroup Pad has: a 10.2-inch resistive touchscreen display, an Intel Atom 1.6GHz CPU (likely the N270), 1GB of RAM, a 160GB HDD, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g, integrated 3G connectivity, three USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, a multicard reader, and an integrated microphone / webcam. The eviGroup Pad will be retailing for €500 ($745 USD) when it launches at a TBD date.

[Slash Gear]

Motorola Droid Passes FCC With 850/1900 MHz Bands, Capable Of Launching On AT&T, Rogers, Bell and Telus; Spotted On eBay

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Boy Genius has already reviewed the Motorola Droid and they seemed to love it. Well, we've just heard that it could be available as early as November 6th - which matches the old rumour. The Motorola Droid has also passed the FCC with 850 / 1900 MHz bands, which means that it's compatible on both AT&T and Rogers' networks. But, Engadget Mobile points out that Verizon likely has exclusivity rights on this handset in the US. They also point out that it is compatible with both Bell and Telus' upcoming new HSPA networks. It could be launching in Canada, as well as Latin America, but we'll just have to wait and see.

If you're really interested, the unreleased Motorola Droid is available on eBay for just $1,125 USD (at the time of writing). Check out the auction here.

Motorola Droid Passes FCC: Engadget Mobile, Gizmodo
Droid Launching On November 6th?: Phandroid

"Droid" Will Be Verizon's Android Handset Line Up; HTC Desire Next, Getting Launched as the Droid Eris

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It looks like Verizon's Droid campaign won't stop with the Motorola Droid. We're now hearing that "Droid" will actually be a series of Verizon Android devices. The next handset in the series is above, it's the HTC Desire that will get launched on Verizon as the Droid Eris. According to this unconfirmed news, they are also stating that the Droid Eris will be released on November 6th, so we should be expecting an official announcement soon.

Update: Remember at the beginning of this month when Google and Verizon held their press conference? Well, this is the handset that Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt, was holding.


Verizon Also Planning To Launch the HTC Dragon As a Part Of Their "Droid" Line-Up?

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Remember the HTC Dragon? Well, it'll supposedly be rocking the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU and we're also hearing that this will be another Android handset that Verizon will be launching. Phandroid points out that this will be the third Android handset that Verizon will be launching this holiday season. Right now it's unconfirmed, but I'm definitely hoping that this is true.

It's definitely in good company with the Motorola Droid (Sholes / Tao) and the Droid Eris (HTC Desire).