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Archos 3 Vision Now Official, Brings Android To the PMP World

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Archos has just made their latest PMP, the 3 Vision, all official. This will compete directly with the likes of the Zune HD and the iPod Touch. The Archos 3 Vision is running Android and features things like a 3-inch touchscreen display, 8GB of internal memory, an FM radio transmitter, and a battery life that'll last 14 hours of audio and less if play video, of course. I don't think the price and release date was mentioned so we'll have to wait for that.

Stand out from the crowd with the ARCHOS 3 Vision, with its sophisticated and minimalist design. The choice of red or chocolate casing further enhances the clean and modern look of the player, bought to life by the projection of the vibrant 3” colour display. With looks to match its performance, the ARCHOS 3 comes fully loaded with the latest multimedia functions. Experience your movies and pictures in finer detail with richer colours on the bright and sharp 3” touch screen and tune into your favourite FM radio stations.
With the voice and FM radio recording function you can seize those important moments and relive them anytime you want without limitations.
With room to store up to 4000 songs and dozens of your favourite movies, the ARCHOS 3 Vision is a product you’ll want to keep with you for your everyday digital lifestyle.
Raise your viewing standards
The ARCHOS 3 Vision’s vibrant 3” screen delivers the clearest possible colours for your visual enjoyment, allowing you to view your photos and videos in amazing quality.
The simple and easy to use interface has been designed with the consideration of the movement of your finger, with a virtual scroll dial that allows you to effortlessly navigate through your files.
The power of video in your pocket
Play almost any type of video thanks to the ARCHOS 3 Visions’ vast format compatibility, removing the hassle of having to convert your video files. The 8GB* flash drive provides outstanding mobility and stability with space to store dozens of films and videos, so your favourite movies are never more than a touch away. If you’re travelling or want to enjoy a film in your downtime the ARCHOS 3 Vision will be your perfect companion. Simply drop and drag the video file you want onto your ARCHOS and enjoy it back in stunning quality on the brilliant 3” touch screen.
Your audio enjoyment
The ARCHOS 3 Vision boasts crisp sound so you can enjoy your favourite songs and podcasts in great quality. With space for over 4000 songs1 and boasting 14 hours of playback2 on a single charge, the ARCHOS 3 Vision brings sound to your ears all day long.
With the text lyrics function you can interact with your music, and for budding pop stars why not sing along as lyrics are displayed across the screen!
Re-live those special occasions
Re-live those special occasions and share memories with family and friends with photos displayed on the ARCHOS 3 Vision. Photos look crisp and vivid, on the vibrant 3” screen. Why not add a touch of atmosphere with the ability to play music while viewing slideshows.
Jam to FM radio
The ARCHOS 3 Vision FM radio brings together the fun of analogue with the accuracy and convenience of digital, with 30 preset FM radio stations. Easy to set up, the FM radio offers plenty of worthwhile content for your listening pleasure.
Tune in and listen to live stories; you can never get from music files and enjoy your favourite radio programs anytime and anywhere without restriction. Plus, it’s a great extra to have when you’re on the go and want to catch up on the local news or catch the sports results.
The FM radio guarantees high quality sound and reception to keep you entertained without limitations.
Broadcast your favourite tunes
Want to share the latest tune with friends and family? The FM transmitter allows you to wirelessly stream music from your ARCHOS 3 Vision to an FM radio sources, such as your car radio or home HiFi. A great way to share your music collection during car journeys, rather than having to bring lots of CD’s with you.
For a true cinematic experience why not transmit audio from a movie to your car radio or home HiFi, so you can enjoy your videos with family and friends.
Seize those important moments
Need to record an important lecture? A meeting? Or remember that special occasion? With the ARCHOS 3 Vision you can record it all. You can also record direct from the FM radio, and enjoy that live DJ set or great mix time and time again.
Record any moment and store it on your ARCHOS 3 Vision, so you can relive it anytime you want.


Canada's Future Shop Now Offering the BlackBerry Bold 9700 On Virgin Mobile For Free!

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If you live in Canada then today's a good day. Future Shop is now offering the Virgin Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700 for free on a 3-year contract - Virgin is offering it for $149.99 in their own stores for comparison's sake. This is the Bold 9700 to go free on contract so this is definitely a big deal - especially if you're already on Virgin. Of course, be sure to check if they have a good plan that fits your needs. If you're ready to pull the trigger then check it out on Future Shop here.

[Mobile Syrup]

HTC HD Mini Now Available For Pre-Orders, Set For April 12th Launch

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If you're one of the couple of people out there who are looking to dish out money to get the HTC HD Mini then this is your lucky day. The HD Mini is actually set to ship on April 12th. You can actually pre-order this handset now at DeviceWire (here) for £280.81 without VAT and £329.95 with it. Of course, since this is an e-tailer so the date might not be 100% set at this point.


Asus Show Off Eee PC 1005PR and 1201PN Netbooks At CeBIT

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Asus has just shown off a couple more netbooks that might quench your thirst. The first one is above and that's the 1005PR. It's sporting an Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz CPU, a 10.1-inch display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution, 1GB of RAM, a 250GB HDD, WiFi b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR support, the Express Gate "Instant On" OS (8-second boot time), and a 6-cell battery (48Wh for 9 hours of uptime or 63Wh for 11 hours of uptime). Release details weren't mentioned.

Here's the update of their own 1201N netbook, the Eee PC 1201PN. This one sports a 12.1-inch display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution, an Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz CPU, Nvidia Ion 2 (branded as ION), 1GB of RAM, a 160GB HDD, 500GB of online storage, WiFi b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR support, an HDMI output, Windows 7, and a 6-cell battery (63Wh) but the battery life wasn't mentioned. Release details weren't mentioned on this as well, but it could be available in April.

Asus Eee PC 1005PR: Netbooked
Asus Eee PC 1201PN: Netbooked

Apple Mac Mini To Be Updated With HDMI Port and Blu-Ray Drive

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It looks like the latest rumour of the day has to do with Apple and it's regarding the Mac Mini. Apple is, apparently, looking to update the Mac Mini to include goodies like an HDMI port. This would be great for your HTPC needs. The rumour also states that the Mac Mini could feature a Blu-ray drive as well. We'll just have to see what happens in the future. If this is true Blu-ray will, of course, be on a higher-end model.

[Crunch Gear]

eviGroup Teases 10-Inch Tablet Called the Paddle, Sports N270 CPU and Windows 7

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CeBIT just kicked off and eviGroup has just teased their latest MID / tablet. This one sports a 10.1-inch LED-backlit multitouch display, an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz CPU, a 160GB / 250GB / 320GB HDD or a 16GB / 32GB SSD, a webcam, a microphone, WiFi / 3G support, and a custom UI called Scale. The OS beneath it is Windows 7 or XP Home Edition - whichever you want - and it'll also sport an external antenna connection which can be used to extend the range of WiFi or, at a later time, be used as a DTT digital TV receiver. This tablet should be available for €699 ($952 USD) which is actually a lot more than I expected it would be. The launch is expected in Q2.

Update: Just what I asked for. There's a video on Engadget here of this tablet - called the Paddle - in action. It's showing off the custom UI, Scale, over top of Windows 7.

Canada's Bell Mobility Releases the Samsung R330 For $29

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Bell has released yet another entry-level flip phone, the Samsung R330. We heard that they would launch this handset a while ago and it's now available for $29.95 on a 3-year contract. Other prices include: $79.95 on a 2-year contract, $89.95 on a 1-year contract, or $99.95 contract-free. This handset comes with a 1.3MP camera, a non-standard 2.5mm headphone jack, and it weighs 90 grams. Check it out on Bell here.

Vodafone UK Announces the Prices For the HTC Legend

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It looks like the HTC Legend is headed to Vodafone UK and now we know the prices. The pricing is set to be free on a 2-year contract where you'll have to pay £35 monthly - you'll get 600 minutes and unlimited texts with this plan. If you opt to pay £1.99 for the handset you'll only have to pay £25 monthly for 2 years - that'll only get you 300 minutes, three months free insurance, and unlimited texts. You willing to get the successor to the Hero or are you going to get the Desire instead?

Archos Announce 7 and 8-Inch Home Tablets, Specs Underwhelming -- With Video!

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Archos has just announced their new 7 and 8-inch Home Tablets and, to be honest, I expected more than this. The obvious difference between the two is that the 7 has a 7-inch touchscreen display and the 8 has an 8-inch touchscreen display. Of course, another big difference is the look of it. The Archos 7 has a look similar to the Archos 5 while the Archos 8 has a huge bezel and would be better off being used as a picture frame.

Anyways, they're both sporting a 600MHz ARM 9 CPU along with Android as the OS. The Archos 7 sports a 12mm thin body and weighs 350g. The Archos 7 sports 2GB of internal storage, WiFi support, and a battery that should last 7 hours of video / 44 hours of audio. The Archos 8 should be packing a similar spec sheet (also 12mm thin) but should be used for your picture slideshows instead. The Archos 7 should be available in Europe starting this April and the Archos 8 will make its debut in May. The pricing is set to be €149 ($209 USD) for each of them. The 8GB model (for both of them) is expected to launch for €179 ($244 USD).

Update: According to Slash Gear, the Archos 7 is actually quite responsive. Check out the video below.

[Slash Gear, Engadget]

TESO Shows Off Their Tablet That Looks Like an iPad With Windows 7


Back in January, Mac Observer spotted a case that looks like it could've been used for the iPad (see below). Well, it looks like this new product you see above is using the exact same casing. 9 to 5 Mac has seemed to piece it all together - this is the case we saw back in January. This tablet is sporting a 10-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a 1,024 x 600 resolution, an Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz CPU, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, GPS / 3G support, an HDMI output, a 3,000mAh battery, and Windows 7. It has a 2cm thickness and weighs 1.2kg. This tablet is pretty much a netbook without the keyboard - which, on paper, is better than the iPad. The pricing remains a secret.

[9 to 5 Mac, Engadget]

Asus Unveil EB1501U Nettop Which Has Two USB 3.0 Ports

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It looks like Asus unveiled a new model of their EB1501 nettop - more specifically this is the EB1501U. The U stands for USB 3.0 and there are two of those ports on this nettop. The internal specs are the exact same as the old model, so that's an Intel Atom 330 CPU, Nvidia Ion graphics, 2GB of RAM, a 250GB / 320GB HDD, WiFi b/g/n support, VGA / HDMI ports, a card reader, six USB ports (2 of those now being USB 3.0 capable and another is eSATA), and Windows 7 Home Premium. This'll be available soon but the price wasn't mentioned.


Studio 1558 Touch and Studio 1749 Touch Notebooks Leaked In Dell Catalog

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It looks like Dell has just mentioned in a catalog that they're launching a new Studio very soon - it'll be the Studio 1558 Touch. As you can see in the picture above (and the text) it'll sport a touchscreen display. Of course, it'll be packing the new Intel Core i5 CPU and there'll be a 320GB HDD along with Windows 7. It'll launch for $999. The official announcement should be in the next couple of days - or maybe even later today.

Update: It looks like that catalog also had the Studio 1749 Touch notebook in there as well. This is the Studio with a 17-inch touchscreen display. Of course, we've heard about this one already.


LG Arena Max Gets Official With Spec Sheet and New Name

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LG has just officially announced the Arena Max and it'll be known as the Maxx LG9400. This handset is sporting a pretty nice spec sheet, so you'll find a 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz CPU, GPS / WiFi support, a T-DMB TV tuner, DivX support, and a 5MP camera that can record HD video (720p). Here's something that'll prevent you from buying it though, LG sadly decided to stick with their S-Class 3D UI - which is worse than Android. This handset will be available on LG Telecom in South Korea.

Baidu Briefly Intros Their 4-Inch PMP, Didn't Mention Much About It

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There's only a bit of information regarding this PMP but we do know that it's from Baidu Digital. It's sporting a 4-inch LCD touchscreen display with a 480 x 272 resolution, 720p playback, and support for a bunch of file formats - likfe H.264, MKV, RM RMVB, FLV, MP3, WMA, FLAC, and APE. They didn't mention anything about the release date or the pricing.

Samsung Pushes Their 43-Inch Super-Wide LCD Monitors Into Mass-Production


Samsung has just kicked off their mass-production of their Super-Wide LCD monitors. These are sporting 43-inch displays with a 4:1 aspect ratio and that's a 1,920 x 480 resolution on there. It's not really meant for your home use as you can see in the picture above. It's targeted at "subway stations, airports, shopping malls, and schools."

Apple's A4 Chip Inside the iPad Is Just an ARM Cortex A8 Clocked At 1GHz?

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Remember how a lot of people believed that the Apple A4 chip inside of the iPad was supposedly the ARM Cortex A9 dual-core CPU? Well, it looks like that might not actually be true. According to the latest report, the A4 could actually be an ARM Cortex A8 chip clocked at 1GHz. It's also working with a PowerVR SGX GPU. Apparently, it's so responsive because they took out the camera support and a bunch of other I/O support. This explains why Apple didn't mention anything about the chip at all.

“While it’s fun to speculate about what Apple didn’t include in the A4, the ultimate point is this: with one 30-pin connector on the bottom and no integrated camera of any kind, the A4 needs a lot less in the way of I/O support than comparable chips that are intended for smartphones or smartbooks. This means that the A4 is just a GPU, a CPU, memory interface block (NAND and DDR), possibly security hardware, system hardware, and a few I/O controllers. It’s lean and mean to a degree that isn’t possible with an off-the-shelf SoC.” ArsTechnica

HP Announces ProBook 4320s, 4420s, 4520s, and 4720s Notebooks

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HP announced a bunch of different notebooks early this morning. Here's four more for you, the 4320s, 4420s, 4520s, and the 4720s. Of course, all of these notebooks are a part of HP's ProBook line-up. They all feature similar spec sheets. The major difference between the four is that they sport 13-inch (1,366 x 768 resolution), 14-inch display (1,366 x 768 resolution), 15-inch display, and 17.3-inch display (1,600 x 900 resolution), respectively.

Similarities include Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 CPU options, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, up to a 500GB HDD, an optical drive (DVD / Blu-ray), integrated Intel HD graphics / ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4350 graphics, an optional Gobi chipset, WiFi a/b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1 support, an optional 2MP webcam, Windows 7, and a 3 / 6-cell battery option.

The 4420s and the 4720s seem to be lacking the Gobi chipset option right now and the 4720s has a standard 8-cell battery. HP never mentioned the exact pricing details but they'll kick off at $719 and they should be launching in April. Check out the link below for some hands-on video.

HP EliteBook 2540p and 2740p Notebooks Get Official and Hands-On At CeBIT!

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HP has already unveiled a bunch of new notebooks and we'll start off with these two, the 2540p and the 2740p - both of them fall into their EliteBook series. The 2540p notebook sports a 12.1-inch LED-backlit display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution, Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 CPU options, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM,  a bunch of different HDD / SSD options, an optional 2MP webcam, a fingerprint scanner, and a Qualcomm Gobi chipset (integrated 3G). There are also a couple of other things like gigabit Ethernet, a VGA port, a couple of USB 2.0 ports, an ExpressCard slot, audio in / out, WiFi b/g (optional a/b/g/n) / Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR support, and a 3 / 6 / 9-cell battery options. Of course, this notebook will be available with Windows 7 and will be released in April for a base price of $1,099.

What you see above is the EliteBook 2740p notebook tablet which sports a 12.1-inch multitouch swiveling multitouch display (1,280 x 800 resolution) and there's Intel Core i5 / i7 CPU options inside. This is a rugged notebook that has 320GB HDD / 160GB SSD options and other things like the Gobi chipset and an MIL-STD 810G rating which means that it can withstand dust, vibration, and some light drops. The rest of the specs are similar to the 2540p so it's packing a pretty good spec sheet. This notebook will also be available in April starting at $1,599. Visit either link below to get some hands-on footage of each notebook!

Oh yes, the UltraSlim Expansion base (a DVD burner and an eSATA port) should be available in April as well for about $299.

HP EliteBook 2540p: Slash Gear
HP EliteBook 2740p: Slash Gear