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HTC Espresso's Sense UI Gets Pictured

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Okay, so there's a rumour going around that these pictures are a tweaked Sense UI that's set for the HTC Espresso. I can't help but mention that it reminds me of the iPhone's UI, but that's a good thing. The HTC Espresso is supposedly the successor to the HTC Hero, as you can see in the Espresso screenshots from the leaked portfolio. Below there are more pictures of the Espresso's Sense UI. This is expected to launch in the first half of 2010.

Canada's Solo Mobile Launches the Samsung m330

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Canada's Solo Mobile has just released another dumbphone, this one's the Samsung m330. This handset is a slider that features: a 2-inch display with a 128 x 160 resolution, a 0.3MP VGA camera, a 2.5mm headphone jack, and Bluetooth support. It's now available on Solo Mobile for $100 prepaid. Check it out here.

Dell Offering Intel Atom N450-Equipped Inspiron Mini 10 Starting On January 5th

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Dell has just announced that their Inspiron Mini 10 netbook will be available (in the US) with Intel's recently announced Pine Trail Atom N450 CPU starting on January 5th. The rest of the world will get their chance to get this netbook on January 7th. This news shouldn't be that surprising if you refer back to late November when we saw the FCC filing for it. If you wait you should notice a slight performance boost and a longer battery life than the current Atom Z520 CPU. It'll retail at $299 USD.


Motorola XT701, MT710, and XT800 All Headed To China and Now Official; Spec Sheets Too

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Motorola has finally been kind enough to clear all of the Sholes tablet rumours. They have officially announced three new Android handsets and they're all pretty damn amazing. The Motorola XT701 is headed to China Unicom, the Motorola MT710 is headed to China Mobile (possibly on December 28th), and the Motorola XT800 is headed to China Telecom. The specs are pretty damn strong, so you shouldn't be disappointed by anything here. The specs are below, courtesy of Slash Gear. Clearly the Motorola MT710's official spec sheet is missing, but we already know most of it (here).

Motorola XT701 (aka Sholes) specifications:
  • WCDMA / HSDPA 10.2M / HSUPA 5.76M
  • 3.7-inch-wide touch-screen , 854X480 resolution
  • 5 million pixel auto-focus camera, Xenon flash , high-quality image capture
  • Strong CortexTM-A8 quad-core processor, multi-tasking at the same time smooth collaboration, high-speed operation
  • Built-in gravity sensor, infrared proximity sensors, ambient light sensor
  • GPS / aGPS navigation
  • WLAN: 802.11 b / g, WAPI / WIFI
  • Video capture / playback / streaming media
  • Maximum support 32GB Micro-SD (HC) expansion cards
  • FM Stereo FM radio
  • OMTP standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, while supporting the traditional 3.5 mm headphone
  • Support MP3/AAC/AACv1/AACv2/AMR-NB/AMR-WB/MIDI/MIDI/WAV/Ogg Vorbis /
  • PCM music formats, etc.
  • Supported video formats MPEG4/H.263/H.264
  • Support SMS, MMS, e-mail (POP3/IMAP4) and enterprise-class e-mail
  • USB 2.0 high-speed data transfer
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR High-speed transmission / Wireless Bluetooth Stereo
Motorola XT800 specifications:
  • Android 2.0 with full suite of Google applications
  • CDMA EVDO / GSM dual-network
  • 3G network support, WIFI / WAPI free switching
  • 3.7-inch high-definition resolution of 854×480
  • HDMI high-definition (720p) output
  • 5 million pixel digital camera, auto focus, dual LED flash
  • Cortex TM – A8 multi-core processor
  • MOTO-specific Nicam -professional intelligent noise reduction
  • GPS
  • 32GB Micro-SD
  • Electronic Compass & Support for gravity sensing
  • Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
  • FM Stereo FM radio
  • Standard 3.5 mm headphone jack

[Slash Gear, Boy Genius]

7-Inch ICD Ultra Tablet Packs Tegra and Runs Android

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At this point we've seen the 15.6-inch ICD tablet and now we're seeing a smaller 7-inch one. This one is the ICD Ultra and it's rocking the Android OS! Of course, the display is a touchscreen (your choice of 800 x 480 or 1,024 x 600 resolution) and the tablet also packs in some pretty awesome features. You'll find: integrated 3G support, WiFi b/g / Bluetooth 2.1 support, Nvidia Tegra graphics, and a mini-HDMI port. You can check out Engadget's hands-on of the tablet if you're really interested.

[Slash Gear]

Intel Officially Announces Pine Trail Atom Line-Up; N450, D410, D510 CPUs

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It took them long enough and Intel just couldn't wait until CES 2010. Basically, if you purchased a netbook for your son / your daughter / or (sadly) yourself, it's now obsolete. Intel has just announced their upcoming Atoms that we know all about at this point. Both of these CPUs are 45nm chips that feature the memory controller and the graphics on one chip, which will essentially increase the battery life of your netbook. They've announced the Atom N450 which is intended for netbooks, the single-core D410, and the dual-core D510 both of which are intended for nettops. The Atom N450 (perfomace-wise) isn't a huge step-up over the last-gen Atom N280, but the battery life improved a bit.


Fujitsu LifeBook T900 Spotted At the FCC, A Tablet Notebook With "Arrandale" Intel Core i7!

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Whoa, whoa, whoa. What's Fujitsu cooking up here? A new tablet notebook from Fujitsu has just passed the FCC and it's looking pretty juicy right now. According to the FCC filing (here) this tablet notebook, the Fujitsu LifeBook T900, will be available with an "Arrandale" Intel Core i7 inside. Damn, this is definitely something to look forward to for CES 2010.

Google Nexus One Lacking Multitouch; Possibly Launching On January 5th

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This is probably the worst news of last week. The beloved HTC / Google Nexus One looks like it's the perfect handset, but it has one major flaw. There is reportedly no multitouch on this damn thing. How can it be an "iPhone killer" without multitouch, it doesn't make sense to me to be honest. Keep in mind that this means there is no multitouch in Google Maps or in the browser, which is just disappointing. Of course, it will be capable of running on T-Mobile USA's 3G network (and WIND Mobile's in Canada), but not AT&T's.

Update: According to Slash Gear, more and more people are starting to find the Google Nexus One in the wild. Fortunately, there is good news here. Slash Gear has heard that the US won't be the only one to get it and the launch date is said to be on- you guessed it - January 5. If you live in Canada, it very well could be headed to WIND Mobile, since they use the same 3G frequencies as T-Mobile USA.

LG Unveils World's Thinnest LCD TV; 42-Inches, Just 2.6mm Thin

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Oh man. CES 2010 isn't even here yet and news is spawning left and right. This one is regarding a new LG TV that is somehow just 2.6mm thin. The display itself spans 42-inches, so this is definitely impressive. This is the thinnest LCD TV in the world - by far. Yes, you can count on this making an appearance at CES in a couple of weeks.


Asus Officially Announces the Eee PC 1201T Netbook With AMD CPU

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This netbook was just made official by Asus themselves. They have just introduced the Eee PC 1201T netbook that features: a 12.1-inch display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution, an AMD Congo MV40 1.6GHz CPU, ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics, 2GB of RAM, a 250GB HDD, a 6-cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium. The full spec sheet is below, courtesy of Liliputing. Unfortunately, the launch date and pricing is still unknown.

  • Display: 12.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel screen
  • CPU: 1.6GHz AMD Congo MV40 w/RS780MN chipset
  • Memory: 2GB
  • OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Storage: 250GB hard drive + 500GB online storage
  • Wireless connectivity: 802.11b/g/n WiFi + optional Bluetooth 2.1
  • I/O: 3 USB, audio, headphone, VGA, SDHC card slot, Ethernet
  • Webcam: 0.3MP
  • Battery: 6 cell, 47Whr, 6 hours battery life
  • Dimensions: 11.7″ x 8.2″ 1.3″
  • Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Colors: black, silver, red

Asus Unveils Eee PC 1005P / PE Netbooks With "Pine Trail" Atom

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ft's not even CES 2010 yet and Asus has already felt the need to unveil some new netbooks. These netbooks will have Intel's new "Pine Trail" line-up of Atoms and they'll also feature carbon fiber and a chiclet keyboard. In case you're interested, this is the Asus Eee PC 1005P / PE netbook. The specs for both netbooks are below, courtesy of Netbooked.

Update: Engadget now has a review of this netbook so check it out.

ASUS Eee PC 1005P Specs:
  • 10” 1024 x 600 display
  • Atom N450 processor
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 160GB HDD
  • VGA out, microphone, headphone jacks, 3x USB 2.0, Card reader
  • 0.3MP webcam
  • 10/100 LAN, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
  • Windows 7 Starter
  • 6-cell Li-ion battery (probably smaller than the PE model)
The higher end 1005PE sports a larger hard drive, larger capacity 12.5 hour 6-cell battery and glossy display.
ASUS Eee PC 1005PE Specs:
  • 10” 1024 x 600 display (glossy)
  • Atom N450 processor
  • Intel GMA 3150 graphics
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 250GB HDD
  • VGA out, microphone, headphone jacks, 3x USB 2.0, Card reader
  • 0.3MP webcam
  • 10/100 LAN, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
  • Windows 7 Starter
  • 6-cell Li-ion battery (12.5 hour battery)


Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Passes FCC With T-Mobile and AT&T 3G Bands

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My number one phone to date has just passed the FCC. Yes, it's the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10. This Android-based handset was seen at the FCC rocking the EDGE 850 / 1900MHz bands, this means that it'll be capable of running on T-Mobile USA and WIND Mobile's (in Canada) 3G network. This smartphone will also be outed with WiFi / Bluetooth support. Check out the FCC filing here because I know you're interested.

Update: According to Engadget, this handset has passed the FCC yet again (filing here). This time it's got AT&T's 3G bands too - Rogers, Bell, and Telus too. Maybe it won't be exclusive to one carrier in the US! Let's hope it hits Canada.

Barnes & Noble Giving You a $100 Gift Card If Your Nook Doesn't Come By Christmas

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If you're not lucky enough to get your Barnes & Noble Nook e-book reader by Christmas Eve then there is still some good news for you. Barnes & Noble has just announced that they'll be giving you a $100 gift card for your troubles. This e-mail should appear in your inbox, so this probably won't be news to you. I'm sure this gift card will make up for your loss.