We never expected to see a basic phone like the LG Lotus get a sequel, but that’s apparently what’s happening, and the Lotus 2 seems to be upon us. The phone should be launching sometime in January, and will have the same QWERTY keyboard as featured on the original. As for differences, the Lotus 2 will replace the outer info screen with a touchscreen display, although, how useful a display that small will be with the added touch controls is questionable. In addition, the Lotus 2 will support 32GB microSD cards, up from 12GB on the original.
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Remember that Microsoft Courier video we showed you last week? Well our friends at Gizmodo were able to uncover a bit more about the mysterious and astonishing Microsoft tablet device. In the leaked video above, you get a look at the way that the fine folks in Redmond think you’ll integrate the Courier tablet device into your everyday life. We must say, it’s insanely slick, and we hope that it works exactly as shown. Of course, this is just a demo, and it doesn’t even feature a real hand or stylus.
That said, we are big fans of the “infinite journal” approach, and we can certainly see a lot of professional uses for such a device with a natural input system. What we are still curious about, though, is if this thing is also meant to be a multimedia device. You know, movies, games, music? The things that we are expecting the Apple tablet to excel at? Or is this a case of Microsoft recognizing that Apple has a stronghold in that area, and as such, they’ll focus on a different, underserved demographic? Time will tell.
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Our friends at Gizmodo recently got a fantastic scoop, revealing a project that Microsoft has been working on, known as the Courier tablet. This device has been a secret for the Microsoft for a long time now. According to Giz, this is more than just a concept device, but rather, Courier is in the “late prototype” stage.
Courier has two 7-inch screens that are touch sensitive, and are designed to be interacted by touch or with the very pen-like stylus. On its hinge is a home button like the iPhone, and this hinge serves as a virtual “pocket” to hold items that are moved from one screen to the other.
No word on price or availability just yet, but you have to admit that it looks quite sexy. Of course, this may not even come to fruition, but it’s a bold challenge to Apple’s dominance in the sexy multitouch devices department.
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I like it when mobile phone designers start thinking outside of the box, . It would appear that some knockoff designer from Nokla is trying for female appeal with their E81 concept, a phone that swivels like a compact. This creates a phone with less volume, for certain, and the back even has a mirror, perfect for those quick make-up checks and applications.
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HTC continues their move towards nice, high end luxury phones with the HTC Leo, and we’ve just gotten our hands on the specs of the upcoming device, and figured it was time to share. It’s a pretty nice phone, isn’t it? Well, this highly anticipated phone was recently spotlighted on HTCpedia, and we are go for the specs:
- Snapdragon MSM 8250 1GHz processor
- 4.3” capacitive touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixels
- Accelerometer, motion sensor and light sensor
- HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity
- A-GPS navigation
- Bluetooth 2.1 support
- 3.5mm headset jack
- 512MB ROM
- 320MB RAM
- 8-megapixel autofocus camera
- microSD memory card slot
Word on the street is that the HTC Leo should be appearing on the Orange UK cell network before the end of the year.
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There has been many a rumor floating around the old intertubes that Radio Shack, long time electronics goods retail shop, would be changing its name to “The Shack” - not to be confused with Pizza Hut’s rebranding to “The Hut.” Well, as we thought, the rumors were certainly true. This attempt to be hip is going to be kicked off by The Shack Summer Netogether, an event running August 6th through the 8th, featuring two 17-foot laptops placed in New York’s Times Square and San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza. I don’t know if this new marketing strategy will work, but if it keeps The Shack from becoming like Circuit City, then it is worth a try.
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Looks like Best Buy is the latest company that has to deal with a mis-printed price, as they’ve had the $199 Palm Pre listed at half the price.
This morning they posted an ad for a $99 Pre. Internet sites everywhere went ablaze at the sight of this deal, but a tweet by John Bernier, Best Buy marketing manager, said that the “error is being corrected.” Too bad, but if you were able to get ahold of one for $99, Best Buy will honor that price.
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We haven’t really covered many cigarette-related products here at Gear Live, and this next product is one that my source cannot confirm its existence. This SB6309 Lighter Phone has a feature that would have been on all the cellular phones of the sixties: a cigarette lighter. Of course, this was back before we learned that cigarettes are bad for you (presumably).
All the user/smoker has to do is slide back the cover and light their cig on the red hot square. Hopefully, the cover is good, or this device will literally burn a hole in your pocket.
Well, I think I’ve finished making all the jokes I can about a product that may or may not exist. The only “fact” that I know for sure is that it comes in red, brown, and black. I wonder if the red is Marlboro red. Okay, I still had one cig joke left in me.
Seems that today is a big rumor day, as on top of the Amazon-Netflix acquisition, we also hear rumblings of an $800 Apple tablet netbook that will finally be released this October. Don’t get me wrong, we all knew that Apple would have a touchscreen tablet coming soon enough, just look at all the optimizations in Snow Leopard and you’ll soon realize that the OS is definitely a lot more finger-friendly than any other on the market. The China Times is saying, however, that this Apple tablet is almost hear, and that it should drop sometime in October. Hey - what better time for Apple to release a long-awaited, hotly-anticipated product than right before the holiday shopping season kicks off?
To the average Amazon consumer, this may be an odd pairing at first glance. However, as broadband penetration becomes more widespread throughout the US, digital movie download services will slowly drive a nail through physical disk media rental services. Both Amazon and Netflix offer movie streaming services right now. Many users of the Netflix service have complained about the lack of newer content being available. Amazon however, offers new movies for rent and download. Together, though, you have one hell of an offering.
A Netflix acquisition for Amazon would mean up airing of these two services, which in the eyes of many a digital downloader would be perfection.
Of course this is all rumor, and we won’t know for sure until something official comes out of either camp. However, looking at the stock surge, there certainly seems to be something up at Netflix. Do note, however, a similar rumor cropped up about two years ago, and nothing ever came of it.
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