During today's Amazon Kindle event, the newly updated Kindle Fire was revealed. The 2012 Kindle Fire sees a bunch of hardware improvements that will bring about better performance than last year's model. It packs in a faster CPU, 1GB RAM, a new front-facing camera, and a longer-lasting battery. Despite all the improvements, the new Kindle Fire SD sees a steep price drop, going from $199 down to $159. That's a head-turning price for any tablet. You can order the new Kindle Fire now, and it'll ship on September 14th.
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During this morning's Amazon Kindle event, the new Kindle Paperwhite was announced. This is the e-ink Kindle you've been waiting for is you've wanted to read in the dark. The Kindle Paperwhite sports an illuminated capacitive touchscreen front-lit display that is so subtle that it doesn't cause eye strain. Jeff Bezos made mention that the new Kindle Paperwhite offers 25% more contrast that previous models that used the Pearl e-ink displays, and has 62% higher resolution with its 212 pixels per inch. Equally impressive is that fact that it gets 8 weeks of battery life while using the light. It's all touch with this one, so don't expect any hardware buttons (other than a power button we'd guess,) but it's 15% more responsive than last year's Kindle Touch.
If you wanna get your hands on one, expect to pay $119 for the Wi-Fi Kindle Paperwhite, while the 3G model is priced at $179. They ship on October 1.
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Motorola has finally (formally) unveiled the Droid RAZR HD, its new flagship device going into the holiday season. At its Motorola. On Display. event, the Droid RAZR HD was revealed as the world's most compact 4.7-inch smartphone, sporting a 4.7-inch 720p display, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, NFC, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, and a nice 2,500mAh battery. The phone is wrapped in that same Kevlar coating that we saw on the original Droid RAZR and it 8.4mm thin. The Droid RAZR HD will ship with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, but a Jelly Bean upgrade should drop before the end of the year. Expect the device to launch on Verizon, with 4G LTE in tow, this holiday season.
Alongside the flashy Lumia 920 that debuted this morning, Nokia also has a more budget-friendly smartphone in the Lumia 820 line. This one has an 800x480 4.3-inch ClearBlack OLED display that does away with the curvature that the Lumia 800 had (and we thought that was a nice touch!) It also has a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM, 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss camera, front-facing camera, and 8GB of built-in storage that you can upgrade with a microSD card. While the Lumia 920 has wireless Qi charging built-in, the 820 doesn't--but Nokia will be releasing a protective case that gives it wireless charging capabilities. Expect to see the Lumia 820 arrive in yellow, red, purple, gray, white, black, and that signature cyan in both LTE and HSPA+ later this year.
This morning Nokia officially announced the Lumia 920, its new flagship Windows Phone 8 device, and it's a beauty. The Lumia 920 sports a 1280x768 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ screen, 1.5GHz dual-core SnapDragon S4 processor, NFC, wireless charging, 8-megapixel PureView camera with 1080p video recording, and a 2,000mAh battery, all powered by Windows Phone 8. Nokia says that it's the fastest LCD that it's ever put in a smartphone, and it also has something called "Super Sensitive Touch," which just means that you can interact with the display even if you're wearing gloves. Nice.
The Lumia 920 will be available in five striking colors, our favorite of which has to be yellow. The PureView camera isn't the same that the 808 smartphones boasts at 41-megapixels, but Nokia argues that it's all about the optics and software behind it, and that the Lumia 920 will take stunning images, even in areas of low light.
Built-in wireless charging is another welcome feature, and the company will have a couple of wireless charging accessories that sell separately. Expect the Lumia 920 to hit stores in Q4 2012 in both LTE and HSPA+.
It's been rumored and expected that Apple would announce the iPhone 5 on September 12, and this morning it's been confirmed. In fact, based on the official invitation from Apple, not only has the date been confirmed, but the name of the next iPhone seems to be locked in as well. As you can see above, the 12 is putting off a shadow in the shape of a 5. Of course, the iPhone 4 was actually the fourth iPhone that Apple released, but if the next device truly is called iPhone 5, it will be the sixth iPhone released by the company. Odd, but for the average consumer, we think it makes the most sense (new iPad, notwithstanding.)
The iPhone 5 is expected to sport a new 1136x640 16:9 widescreen display, a thinner profile, and ship with newly redesign Apple headphones. Check out all the iPhone 5 news and rumors we compiled thus far.
The first Windows Phone 8 device has been officially announced in the Samsung ATIV S. What's so great about the ATIV S? Well, aside from running the next-generation mobile OS from Microsoft, it's got a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 1GB RAM, and a 2,300mAh battery. Not enough? How about an 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.9-megapixel front camera, and a body comprised of brushed aluminum and Gorilla Glass 2? You'll be able to pick up the ATIV S in October.
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Yesterday we told you all about the big announcements Microsoft made--the Microsoft Surface tablet was unveiled, along with the intriguing Touch Cover and Type Cover accessories. There was even an odd Surface intro video they teased us with. Now, you can watch the entire Surface event in its entirety after the jump.
Now that Microsoft has revealed its plan to do battle in the tablet market, Microsoft Surface (as well as its super-cool accessories, the Touch Cover and Type Cover,) we thought you'd appreciate a look at the teaser video that Microsoft put together to unveil the product. Check it out after the break.
The first accessory announced for the new Microsoft Surface tablet today is the Touch Cover. A seemingly brilliant take on the tablet cover accessory, the Touch Cover serves as both a protective cover for Surface, as well as a full multitouch keyboard. You just open up the Surface kickstand, and the Touch Cover lays flat (3mm thin) and even registers typing faster than any other keyboard currently on the market, according to Microsoft. You get a full keyboard and touchpad. If that isn't your jam, you can opt for the Surface Type Cover instead.
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