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Microsoft To Announce HP Tablet Tomorrow At CES 2010; If It's True It Better Be Good

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There's a new rumour going around that Microsoft is set to announce a new product tomorrow. It's said to be an HP-made "slate" or tablet. Could it be the rise of the Microsoft Courier? If this is true it'll definitely see competition from Apple's own tablet. This could be a dumb decision right now, especially considering that Apple is set to announce their godly tablet in just 3 weeks.


Asus Unveil 17.3-Inch G73 Gaming Laptop With Core i7; U53 Bamboo Notebook Reveals Itself

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It's definitely a bit farfetched from the concept (above on the left), but the G73 (above on the right) has found its way to CES - not as thin as it was supposed to be. The Asus G73hj has just been spotted at CES with: a 17.3-inch display with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, an Intel Core i7-720QM CPU, up to a 1TB HDD, ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics, an 8-channel HD audio system, and DirectX 11 compatibility. Take a breather. Alright, it also comes with a Blu-ray / DVD drive, an 8-cell battery, a 2MP webcam, WiFi b/g / Bluetooth 2.1 support, gigabit Ethernet, an 8-in-1 card reader, and Windows 7 Home Premium.

This is looking like it's the gaming laptop to beat right now and it's a part of Asus' Republic of Gamers notebook line-up. The price and release details haven't been mentioned, but we should see a hands-on from someone soon.

Although we don't have much details about this notebook from Asus we do know that it's got some bamboo on it. We don't know if they plan on mass producing this notebook (the U53) , but the last one costed around $2,000. We'll hopefully know the specs with the price and release details at a future date.

Asus Unveil G73hj Gaming Laptop: Gizmodo, Engadget
Asus Unveils U53 Bamboo Laptop: Gizmodo

Asus Unveil Eee PC 1008P Netbook and Concept (Bang & Olufsen Designed) NX90Jq Notebook

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Asus is having a party unveiling netbooks and notebooks at CES this year. This one (above) is the Eee PC 1008P, which will be available in [coffee] brown and [hot] pink. This netbook will be outed with a 10.1-inch display, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a 250GB HDD, an Intel Atom 1.66GHz N450 CPU, WiFi n / Bluetooth 2.1 support, an integrated 1.3MP webcam, gigabit Ethernet, a 3-cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium. The whole netbook costs 2.5 pounds. Unfortunately, the price and release date hasn't been mentioned yet.

Asus has unveiled another notebook (the NX90Jq), which is pretty unique. This one has reportedly been designed by Bang & Olufsen and can be a desktop replacement for you. This concept laptop features dual touchpads and has an aluminum body as you can see.

It's sporting an 18.4-inch display, an Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GT 334M graphics, up to 1,280GB of internal storage (via dual-drives), a Blu-ray drive, and USB 3.0 ports (yes, 3.0). The concept price is pegged at $2,500 USD, which I guess isn't too bad.

Update: Engadget has already got their hands on this notebook, so I guess it's more of a prototype than a concept.

Asus Unveils Eee PC 1008P Netbook: Engadget
Asus Unveils Concept NX90Jq Notebook: EngadgetGizmodo

Canada's WIND Mobile Hoping To Launch the Nokia N900 In Early 2010

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Looks like there's another smartphone that Canada could be getting in the future. A lot of people have been talking about it and even WIND Mobile is thinking about it. They have just mentioned that they are "hoping" to have the Nokia N900 in early 2010. Let's hope that everything works out for them because that'll be an amazing feat and smartphone to have.

Maybe they'll launch the Google Nexus One in the future too. One can only dream...

[Mobile Syrup]
Picture Source: GSM Arena

Dell Inspiron Mini 10 Netbook Now Available For $300 With Intel Atom N450

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Just like we heard 2 weeks ago, the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 can now be bought with the Intel Atom 1.66GHz N450 CPU. It's now available for $299.99 USD with that small upgrade. Check it out on Dell's site here.


Vizio Unveils 58-Inch 21:9 HDTV With Wireless HDMI and WiFi Support

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Philips is not alone now. Vizio has just unveiled their own TV with a Cinema 21:9 aspect ratio. The Vizio XVT Pro 580CD sports a 2,560 x 1,080 resolution and has a 58-inch display. Of course, it features Wireless HDMI, WiFi support, a 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, a Bluetooth remote control with a slider-out QWERTY keyboard (like this), and 120Hz technology. It'll be available later this year, but the price hasn't been mentioned yet.

58" Cinema Wide Display
Taking a major step forward in enabling viewers to experience a fully immersive widescreen film experience without a separate projector and screen, VIZIO's first Cinema Wide Display, the XVTPRO580CD offers the ultimate experience for the movie enthusiast. This 58" Razor LED display has a 21x9 aspect ratio, with an incredible resolution of 2560 x 1080p, allowing consumers to view 2.35:1 "Scope" aspect ratio films using the entire display area, with no loss of resolution and no black bars. With 1 million to 1 Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio™, Smart Dimming™, and 120 Hz with Smooth Motion technology, the XVTPRO580CD delivers brilliant details and rich colors to bring the cinematic experience into the home.

Its striking wide appearance is further enhanced by its brushed aluminum chassis. The Cinema Wide Display also includes VIA, built-in wireless (802.11n dual-band) or wired networking, and a Bluetooth universal remote control with sliding QWERTY keyboard. It is expected to ship later this year.


3M Unveils 22-Inch 10 Finger Multitouch Display At CES 2010

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It looks like 3M has just announced their latest LCD display. The 3M Display M2256PW has: a 22-inch 10-finger multitouch display with a 1,680 x 1,050 resolution, DVI / VGA inputs, audio inputs, a couple of USB 2.0 ports, and it's Windows 7 compatible of course. It should be available very, very soon, so just wait for it.

LAS VEGAS---3M today unveiled the 3M Display M2256PW, a 22-inch high-definition, multi-touch LCD display which demonstrates 3M's commitment to push the boundaries of traditional touch technology. Based on 3M Projected Capacitive Technology, the M2256PW display is designed for professional and prosumer (professional consumer) applications that need up to 10-finger touch input or multi-user interactivity with very fast response time. While most multi-touch technologies support two-finger touch and gestures, 3M's multi-touch technology supports 10-finger touch input and advanced gesture capability.

Introduced in June 2009 at SID Display Week as the 19-inch 3M Multi-touch Developer Kit, this revolutionary technology offered software developers for the first time a "full multi-touch" hardware platform. "Over the past six months software developers from around the world have been working with the 3M multi-touch platform to develop exciting concepts for multi-touch applications," says Chris Tsourides, business unit manager, 3M Touch Systems.

Utilizing this new technology, software developers are able to revolutionize the way users interact with all types of information and to expand traditional touch interaction to include multiple users and increase collaboration. "Consumers and prosumers have come to expect multi-touch functionality in their everyday electronic devices," Tsourides says. "The release of the M2256PW display provides a technological leap in multi-touch interactivity, surpassing traditional two-finger multi-touch by providing full, 10-finger multi-touch capability."

The 3M Display M2256PW features a high-definition 1680 x 1050 LCD screen, DVI and VGA video input, audio input, USB and RS232 (serial) dual-mode communication protocol and durable, anti-glare front surface. Applications taking advantage of this high level of interactivity include computer aided design, digital signage, computer gaming, security monitoring systems, education and training, and teleconferencing. The M2256PW display is "compatible with Windows 7" so no third party touch drivers are required. For Linux and Windows XP/Vista/7 operating systems, 3M plans to offer a multi-touch driver and software utility, and will offer communication protocol documents for customers who wish to develop their own drivers. Additional information is available at http://www.3m.com/multitouch.

The 3M Display M2256PW is being unveiled at the Computer Electronics Show 2010, 3M booth 20723 (South Hall, ground floor, front).

3M Touch Systems provides innovative touchscreen technology products to customers worldwide under the "3M and "MicroTouch" brands. Popular single touch, gesture touch and multitouch applications include casino gaming, retail point of sale, foodservice, hospitality, self-service, industrial, healthcare and interactive digital signage. For more information about 3M MicroTouch products, visit www.3M.com/touch01. For an overview of popular touch technologies and terminology, visit www.touchtopics.com.

About 3M Touch Systems, Inc.

3M Touch Systems Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of 3M and provider of innovative touchscreen solutions, operates globally and reports through 3M Electro and Communications Business, headquartered in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit www.3M.com/touch.

More information about 3M Company, available online.

3M and MicroTouch are trademarks of the 3M Company.
Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
Display screen application provided by SpaceClaim Corporation


Google Nexus One Is Now Official; Also Headed To Verizon In Spring, Vodafone Later

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So, this morning Google held a conference for their mobile OS, Android. The whole event was circulated around making the Nexus One all official though. The specs that we heard are true, so that's: a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, GPS / WiFi / Bluetooth support, a 5MP camera with an LED flash, a 3.5mm headphone jack, two microphones for noise cancellation, and Android 2.1. It's an HTC branded phone, but it's the first phone that you can directly buy from Google. It's now available on Google's site for $180 on a T-Mobile US plan and $530 unlocked.

Update: Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it's available in Canada yet. According to Engadget, yes, it's headed to Verizon in Spring 2010 and Vodafone will also launch it later this year as well.


Lenovo Announces the IdeaCentre A300, C310, and K320 PCs

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Ahead of CES 2010, Lenovo has announced three more IdeaCentre PCs - the A300, C310, and the K320. What you see above is the IdeaCentre A300. The A300 features: a 21.5-inch Full HD display, Intel Pentium / Core 2 Duo CPU options, Intel X4500HD graphics, up to 4GB of RAM, up to a 500GB HDD, four USB 2.0 ports, WiFi b/g / Bluetooth support, HDMI in / out, TV in, an 8-in-1 card reader. This one will be available in February for as low as $699.99 USD.

Up next is the IdeaCentre C310 which features: a 20-inch multi-touchscreen display with a 1,600 x 900 resolution, an Intel Atom 1.6GHz 330 CPU, up to 4GB of RAM, up to a 640GB HDD, Intel GMA 950 / ATI Radeon HD 4530 graphics, a DVD drive, WiFi b/g / FireWire support, six USB 2.0 ports. This will also be available in February, but it'll cost you just $649.99 USD.

Last, but not least, is the IdeaCentre K320 which is a desktop PC. This'll feature: Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 CPU options, up to 8GB of RAM, up to dual 500GB HDDs (1TB in total), ATI Radeon HD4870 X2 / HD4650 / HD4350 graphics, WiFi b/g/n, and Windows 7. This will be available in February as well, for $599.99 USD.

[Slash Gear]

Marvell Armada 610 Chipset Clocks In At 1GHz, Support For 1080p Resolution and 3D Gaming


Marvell has just announced their latest chipset and, yes, it's pretty amazing. This new 1GHz CPU seems like a Qualcomm Snapdragon competitor on paper. It's capable of 3D graphics, Open GL ES 2.0, a full 1080p resolution, HDMI support, support for four displays of up to a 2,000 x 2,000 resolution, and USB 2.0 connectivity. The Marvell Armada 610 processor looks like it will find its way into some future MIDs, e-book reader, and possibly even tablets.

Marvell Changes the Game Again – the ARMADA 610 Application Processor First to Bring HD-Quality, 3D Multimedia Performance to Mobile Connected Devices and Smartphones
On a Mission to Deliver the Always-On Lifestyle to Mobile Consumers, New Gigahertz-Class Application Processor Uses Extremely Low Power for Greater Portability
CES – Las Vegas, Nevada (January 5, 2010) — Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL), a worldwide leader in integrated silicon solutions, today announced the newest addition to the ARMADA family of application processors – the Marvell® ARMADA™ 610 series. Designed for mobility, the ARMADA 610 features a gigahertz-class CPU, integrated 1080p full HD encode and decode, and 3D graphics to offer high performance and visual and entertaining experiences for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs), connected portable media players, eReaders, smartphones, and new personal information appliances. Apart from its family members, the ARMADA 610 is designed to use extremely low power while maintaining high processing performance and attractive price points for manufacturers.
“Marvell is on a mission to change the way consumers enjoy media on their mobile devices – live news and sporting events, on-demand movies, and high-end games,” said Ms. Weili Dai, Marvell’s Co-founder and Vice President and General Manager of the Company’s Consumer and Computing Business Unit. “We’re thinking beyond the traditional PC-laptop with entirely new entertainment experiences – HD quality live video, high performance 3D graphics, super-fast connectivity, and super-long battery life – in mobile products priced for mass consumer market adoption.”
The new ARMADA 610 enables unprecedented video support for MIDs, smartphones and other mobile devices. As full HD 1080p content becomes the standard for video and movies on-demand, streaming live news, as well as inexpensive consumer friendly HD digital camcorders, the need for full 1080p decode and encode support becomes critical for mobile devices. The ARMADA 610 features Marvell’s award winning Qdeo™ technology that can seamlessly encode and decode 1080p video, enabling applications, previously impossible for this class of device, such as full HD camcorders, HD IP cameras, and HD video playback.
About ARMADA 610
The ARMADA 610 is based on a Marvell-designed ARM v7 compatible CPU offering best-in-class performance. It offers the flexibility to use any standard memory (LP-DDR and DDR) based on customers’ cost and power considerations, a highly flexible display controller capable of four simultaneous displays at 2K x 2K resolution (greater than WUXGA) and a highly robust security subsystem that includes a secure execution processor. In addition, it features a powerful 3D engine that renders full 2D/3D graphics with a complete floating point pipeline and unified vertex and fragment/pixel shading, generating contrast-rich scenes with high-definition resolution and color.
Technical Specifications
The ARMADA 610 supports Open GL ES 2.0 and 1.1 and Open VG for compatibility with anticipated game titles and is able to render 45M triangles per second for an immersive gameplay experience. It also supports advanced peripherals including: MIPI DSI display, MIPI CSI camera, MIPI HSI, and MIPI SLIMbus. Additional IO’s include: USB 2.0 HSIC, SD/SDIO/MMC, embedded MMC (eMMC), HDMI with PHY and a standard set of lower bandwidth peripherals. The ARMADA 610 maintains support for legacy peripherals such as Parallel LCD and Parallel Camera interfaces with integrated laser scanner support. This superior class of integrated peripheral support enables manufacturers to offer smaller, lighter consumer devices with extended battery life.
Marvell’s extensive experience in producing board support packages and reference boards enable a full suite of operating system platforms for the ARMADA 610. The Bonnell reference platform is a turnkey solution that includes the ARMADA 610 and Marvell’s latest Wi-Fi and cellular technologies, all in a compact form factor for software development. And with support for Linux, Android, Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded CE, ARMADA 610 customers will have one of the broadest choices of platform solutions in the industry.
Availability and Pricing
The ARMADA 610 will be demonstrated at the Marvell Booth (South Hall 30642) at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. The ARMADA 610 is currently sampling to early customers. For more information please contact a sales representative or visit www.marvell.com.

[Engadget, Slash Gear]

Lenovo Announces S10-3 / S10-3t Netbooks; IdeaPad Y460 / Y560 Notebooks With Core i3 / i5 / i7 Options

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Lenovo has announced a bunch of products in the last couple of days and what you see above is the IdeaPad S10-3 and the S10-3t. The only difference from the two is that the latter is a netbook tablet, while the former is just a normal netbook. They both come packed with a 10.1-inch display (swiveling capacitive multi-touch on the S10-3t only), an Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz CPU, up to 2GB of RAM, integrated GMA 3150 graphics, up to a 320GB HDD, Bluetooth support, integrated webcams, a 5-in-1 card reader, a VGA output, USB 2.0 ports, and Windows 7 / XP OS options. The S10-3 will be available for $349.99, while the S10-3t will be available for $499.99. They'll both be available by the end of this month.

Update: They should be available soon, but if you're impatient Engadget has just pointed out that Amazon (here) now has them available for pre-orders. Unfortunately, the S10-3 netbook is available for $379.99 USD which is $30 more expensive than the MSRP will be. You might want to hold off on this one, but I'm not stopping you.

That's not all. Lenovo has just announced their latest notebook models the IdeaPad Y460 and Y560. The Y460 sports a 14-inch display and will have up to a 320GB HDD, ATI Radeon HD5740 / HD5650 graphics options, and Intel Core i3 / i5 CPU options. However the Y560 has a 15.6-inch display with up to a 500GB HDD, ATI Radeon HD5730 graphics, and Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 CPU options.

Both notebooks will feature up to 8GB of RAM, WiFi b/g/n / optional Bluetooth support, optional 3G / WiMAX connectivity, three USB 2.0 ports, an ExpressCard slot, a card reader, and Windows 7. The IdeaPad Y460 will be available starting in February and the Y560 will be available starting in March. Both notebooks will be available for as low as $849.99 USD.

Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3 / S10-3t: Slash Gear
Lenovo IdeaPad Y460 / Y560 Notebooks: Slash Gear

Lenovo Announces the Skylight Smartbook, $500 Unsubsidized

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We've seen this smartbook before. This has just been made official and it's the Lenovo Skylight, which is their first smartbook. If the old rumours are true then this will be hitting AT&T sometime this year. It has an odd design, very un-Lenovo-like since I picture them more of the business type. All that said, this smartbook comes equipped with a 10-inch display, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, 20GB of internal storage, 2GB of online storage, a Linux OS, and a battery life that should last about 10 hours in the real world.

Unfortunately, they're planning on launching this smartbook for a whopping $500 (shades of the Nokia Booklet 3G), which is definitely pricey. But, like I said, it'll likely hit AT&T subsidized so you're likely looking at $199 on a 2-year contract. Of course, you'll be able to use AT&T's 3G network.


Amazon Cuts the Verizon HTC Droid Eris Price To $9.99

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Great news for those of you who are looking to ship out money for the HTC Droid Eris. It's now just $9.99 on Amazon here on a Verizon 2-year contract. There's not much left for me to say here, but Best Buy is offering it for $49.99 too. Verizon still has it for $99.99 - for comparison's sake.

[Mobile Roar]

Vodafone No Longer Planning On Selling the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2

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Looks like Vodafone was fed up with Sony Ericsson's constant delays. They are no longer planning on launching the XPERIA X2 anymore. This is bad news for customers and especially Sony Ericsson because I don't think anyone wants to launch this handset anymore. WMPowerUser points out that "small dealers" will reportedly start selling it - we saw one yesterday. That sucks.


Toshiba Announces Mini NB305 Netbook, 11 Hours of Battery Life With Atom N450

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CES is about to start and Toshiba has just announced their latest netbook. Meet the Toshiba Mini NB305. This netbook has already passed the FCC and is your standard Intel "Pine Trail" Atom netbook. It comes with a 10.1-inch LED-backlit display and a claimed 11 hours of battery life. It's accompanied with an Intel Atom 1.66GHz N450 CPU, a 250GB HDD, 1GB of RAM, WiFi / Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR support, USB 2.0 ports, audio jacks, and Windows 7 Starter Edition. This netbook will be available starting on January 12th for as low as $350 USD.


Rogers Exclusively Launching the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 In Q2!!

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You must be kidding me. Rogers has managed to scoop up the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 and they're planning on launching it exclusively in North America in Q2 of this year. I think that is just amazing. This is the second Android handset that they've managed to exclusively launch (first was the LG Eve) and I think they've made the right choice with this one. This is definitely one of the best phones that have been announced to date, I hope they decide to launch it for $199 on a 3-year contract.

[Boy Genius]

Apple Tablet To Be Announced On January 27th; Shipping In March For $1,000, "2 Different Material Finishes"

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As the January 27th date approaches we're hearing more and more about the Apple tablet. Yes, the date has reportedly been changed from January 26th to the 27th. Besides that we're hearing that it'll get unveiled on that date and will start shipping in March for around $1,000 which definitely sounds Apple-like. We're also hearing that there will be more than one version of the tablet and it'll come in two different materials. I'm assuming this means that we'll see both an aluminum body and a plastic body - similar to their MacBook line-up.

[Mashable, Mac Rumors]

Amazon Now Has the Asus Eee PC 1001P Available For As Low As $300, Just Pre-Orders Right Now

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It looks like Amazon now has the Asus Eee PC 1001P netbook now available for pre-orders. This Pine Trail packing netbook is available here for $339.99 USD. It comes with the Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz CPU, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a 250GB HDD, a 0.3MP webcam, a 10.1-inch display with a 1,024 x 600 resolution, WiFi b/g / Bluetooth support, a 6-cell battery, and Windows 7 Starter Edition. You can also find some that are available for $299.99 USD here.


Boost Mobile's Inventory Says BlackBerry Curve 8330, Sanyo Incognito, and Sanyo Mirro Are On the Way

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Boost Mobile looks like they're ready to launch 3 new phones in (hopefully) the near future. This includes the BlackBerry Curve 8330, the Sanyo Incognito, and the Sanyo Mirro. They'll be available for $249, $149, and $99, respectively, so save up if you're looking to buy any of these upcoming phones.

Update: According to CrackBerry, Boost Mobile could be offering the Curve 8330 as soon as January 13th. Now we'll just do our part and wait for that date.

[Boy Genius]