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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Intel just recently unveiled a concept laptop at IDF that features four screens. The first screen would be a normal sized monitor, and the other three are OLEDs that are just above the keyboard. The purpose of these three screens is so that the user can better organize their work. For example, the smallest screen located to the far left would have some applications, and the center screen would show applications within those applications. The third screen to the far right will have a preview of what is in those apps, and the user can bring that image to the big screen with a flick of the finger. Go ahead and watch the video if you are confused, all in all, it’s pretty cool.
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The Zune HD launches today, and we know a bunch of you are considering picking one up, but want to know how it stacks up agains other items like the iPod touch, and even the older hard drive based Zune 120 (since they’re all on clearance now.) We’ve taken the liberty of putting together a size comparison gallery that puts the Zune HD up against those very items. Yup, check out our Zune HD size comparison gallery for all the goods.
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You read the headline correctly, this new LCD from JVC is only a quarter inch thin at its thickest. The LT-32WX50 has edge-lit backlighting, a wide color gamut, two HMI inputs, VGA-style PC input, RS-232 port of custom installations, and a 4000:1 contrast ratio. It should be available in November for a price of about $3,000. If you ask us, that is fairly expensive for an edge-lit display, what with the lack of local dimming and what not.
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We know that Sony is busy prepping their 3D strategy, but in the meantime, they are still working on pumping out some awesome televisions with the ZX5 series of Bravia LCD televisions. The Sony Bravia ZX5 sports edge-mounted LED backlighting (no local-dimming Triluminous tech here - boo), 240Hz Motion Flow, a wireless HD media receiver, and a 16.6-mm frame. The set will hit stores in Japan in November, and I’m sure we’ll hear about the US launch at CEDIA.
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NEC looks to be trying to squeeze every last penny out of the non-16:9 monitor marketplace with the MultiSync EA109M. It has 1280 x 1024 resolution, five millisecond response time, 4-way ergonomic stand, 900:1 contrast ratio, and black bezel finish. We know, completely underwhelming. What’s worse, though, is they are pricing it at $259, ensuring that no one but out-of-date government agencies and schools will be purchasing them.
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I first saw Sony’s 11-inch OLED XEL-1 at CES almost two years ago. I couldn’t see myself paying so much ($2500) for such a tiny screen, even though it had, at the time, the best picture that I had ever seen for something only millimeters thin.
It would appear that LG is readying their own OLED HDTV, this one being a 15-incher. It will only be on sale in Korea, sometime in November. As of now, there are no pricing details, so just take solace in the fact that it’ll fall into the OMGExpensive category.
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It’s good to know that major electronics makers have realized that it makes more sense to “go green” than to avoid it. BenQ, for example, has recently created two new V Series monitors that are meant to be eco-friendly. The 24-inch V2400 Eco and 21.5-inch V2200 Eco have dynamic contrast ratios of 5,000,000:1, and are LED-backlit 1080p panels. The monitors are made from 28 percent recycled plastic. They also reduce power by 30 percent in eco mode, and 36 percent overall. These displays are available in China in a week, but we expect them to arrive stateside soon enough.
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Dell is no stranger to the display business, which may explain why they have launched three new models, seemingly without letting anyone know about them. The 22-inch E2210H and 20-inch E2010H are $199 and $139, respectfully. The E2210H has a full HD resolution, while the E2010H sports 1600 x 900 pixels. The other is the ST2310 (pictured) which is a widescreen with full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, as well as DVI/VGA/HDMI inputs plus a 50,000:1 contrast ratio with a price point of $229.
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I don’t know what it is about the Mimo 710-S, but I just have to like it. Maybe it’s because I could use a little portable flip-shut monitor for my laptop, even if it is 7-inches with 800x480 resolution. Maybe it is because it attaches to my laptop easily via USB. Actually, I think I like pretty much everything about the Mimo 710-S, except the price, which is $140.
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