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Verizon's 3G Smartphone Roadmap Leaks Out, Confirms Some DROID 2 Specs

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The roadmap you see above has just leaked out and it's clearly showing off Verizon's 3G smartphones. Some of them are going to be released anytime now, this includes the DROID X and the DROID 2. Some specs of the DROID 2 actually seem to be confirmed thanks to the roadmap, including 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, an 8GB microSD card, a 1GHz CPU, and a 5MP camera. Thankfully, there also seems to be confirmation of being able to use the smartphone as a 3G mobile hotspot. This is all great news and you can look out for this smartphone in August.

Update: Sorry about the size of the picture, check out the whole leaked gallery on Boy Genius.


Velocity Micro Shows Off Their $199 Android-Based Cruz Reader, Cruz Tablet and StoryPad Coming Soon

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Back in April we heard about the Velocity Micro Cruz which turned out to be a 7-inch Android tablet. Well, it's been shown off once more and this time there's a video (below). The one you see here in the picture and the video is confusingly named the Cruz Reader, which Engadget points out is actually more of a "full-fledged tablet" since it has access to games, apps, and web-browsing - basically things a tablet should do. This will be retailing for $199 and should be available soon. You can also expect their Cruz Tablet running Android sometime in August and that will actually cost you $299. The Cruz Tablet will feature 4GB of internal storage, an SD card slot (8GB in the box), and Flash support. Velocity Micro will also be releasing a $149 StoryPad which is said to feature a spill-resistant case with some basic functionalities.


Pre-Order Your Kinect For Xbox 360 Bundle On Walmart Right Now For $200

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It looks like you can purchase your very own Kinect for Xbox 360 if you look on the right website. There's a bundle on Walmart that includes the $150 Kinect, a $60 launch game, and a $30 Walmart gift card. You now pre-order the $220 value for $199 on Walmart's site here. We don't know when Walmart plans to ship the bundle but it's still months away from launch.

[Crunch Gear]

17.3-Inch Asus N73 Gaming Notebook Now Available On Newegg For $1,000

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Thanks to Newegg another gaming notebook from Asus is now shipping in the US. It's the Asus N73 which is sporting a 17.3-inch display (1,600 x 900 resolution), an Intel Core i5 2.4GHz CPU, 4GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce GT 335M graphics, a 500GB HDD, and ICEpower audio from Bang & Olufsen. Of course, it also has essentials like a 2MP webcam, WiFi / Bluetooth, an HDMI input, a dual-layer DVD writer, USB 3.0 ports, and Windows 7 Home Premium. You can now purchase this notebook here for $999.99.


Apple Launching 5.6-Inch and 7-Inch iPad OLED Models In Q4?

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There's a new rumour going around, from Digitimes, that Apple is looking to release another iPad later this year. Apparently, there'll be two models, one with a 5.6-inch and the other with a 7-inch display. Both models will be sporting an OLED display, but there's no word on if it'll be a retina display. Of course, these are just rumours so don't be surprised if these don't happen. Samsung will be supplying the OLED displays and they are going through some shortages right now. If the rumour is true, this new iPad will be launching before the holiday season of this year - sometime in Q4.

[Mac Rumors]

Samsung N220 Plus Premium Netbook Improves the RAM and HDD Storage

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Well, it looks like Samsung has decided to upgrade one of their current netbooks, this time it's the N220. Dubbed the N220 Plus Premium, this netbook sports a couple of improvements including 2GB of RAM, a 320GB HDD, Bluetooth 3.0, a chiclet keyboard, and an SDXC card slot. Of course, it sports an Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz CPU and it should be available soon for €399 ($500 USD) - hopefully it hits North America as well.


Samsung Galaxy Tab Bringing Its Front-Facing Camera To the Market "Before October"

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A bit more information about Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablet has just leaked out. Forbes has just confirmed that this tablet will be sporting a front-facing camera and will be getting released by the end of the year. The expected release date, right now, is "before October" so maybe it'll be a late September launch or something. Perfect for a birthday present for myself.

[Samsung Hub, Phandroid]

iBUYPOWER Unveils 3D Notebook and Two Desktop PCs With GTX 460 GPU

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If you're a gamer and you've been looking for the perfect 3D notebook then iBUYPOWER has something for you. Introducing the Battalion 101 W860CU-3D which is sporting a 15.6-inch 3D display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution. Inside you'll find an Intel Core i5-520M 2.4GHz CPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a Blu-ray optical drive, Nvidia GTX285M graphics, a 320GB HDD, three USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, and Windows 7 Home Premium. Of course, the notebook uses Nvidia's solution so you'll be using their 3D Vision active glasses. This notebook is now available (here) at a base price of $1,749. That wasn't all though.

iBUYPOWER has also unveiled two new desktop PCs. First there's the Paladin E370 which sports a liquid-cooled Intel core i5-750 CPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 500GB HDD. You'll find this all crammed inside a PSI Cyclone X gaming case and the whole package will cost you $834. There's also the Paladin F860 desktop which is sporting an Intel Core i7-930 CPU, 6GB of DDR3 RAM, an 8x Blu-ray drive, and a 1TB HDD. This desktop PC will cost you $1,849. Before you say that these are a bit overpriced, you might want to keep in mind that both desktop PCs sport Nvidia's GTX 460 graphics which is pretty powerful.

iBUYPOWER Unveils 3D Battalion 101 W860CU-3D Notebook: Slash Gear
iBUYPOWER Unveils Paladin E370 and F860 Desktops: Slash Gear

Android-Based Alcatel OT-980 Headed To France

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The Palm Pre-like Alcatel OT-980 slider looks like it's going to be making its way to France. In case you forgot, this handset sports a 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen display, a 600MHz CPU, a 2MP camera, Bluetooth / WiFi support, 3G connectivity, a microSD card slot, and a slide-up QWERTY keyboard as you can see in the picture above. The exact price and availability is still unknown.


Orange's Project JAL Is the ZTE Blade?

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Remember that so-called "Project JAL" from yesterday? Well, Orange could actually be launching the ZTE Blade, but they'll self-brand it instead. You may remember the ZTE Blade from March of this year. If the specs and this information are correct, this handset will be sporting a 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen display with a 480 x 800 resolution, a 3MP camera, and Android 2.1. Let's see what happens in a few weeks.