So, you know that Zune HD we brought up the other day? Looks like it is definitely the real deal. In fact, Neowin just published a list of specs that they were able to confirm through Microsoft. We should make note that this isn’t a full list of specs either, but rather what Microsoft was willing to let out for the moment. Take a look:
- 3.6 inchish OLED full touch screen
- NVIDIA Tegra powered
- 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 120GB versions
- HDMI Connection to stream straight to your TV
- HD Radio
- Web Browser
- WiFi compatible, with wireless marketplace
- Released early fall
- International release of the Zune device itself
- Home AV packs, Car packs, Charge packs
We are working on getting independent confirmation of what we see above, and we will let you know when that happens.
Read More | Neowin
We don’t see portable TVs much these days, probably because laptops can double as them most of the time. Panasonic has a new one with an HDR-like TV tuner. The TH-L17F1 has a 17-inch backlit OLED with an IPV panel and a 1366x768 resolution. But the creative part is that the device captures 4 different image qualities from four subchannels from antennas. By using Japanese Terrestrial Digital Broadcasting and this technology, Panasonic promises better picture quality.
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Remember Consumer Reports? They are still out there and if you are planning on buying any electronics this year and want their assessment in spite of the Black Friday price, they have recently compared LCD and Plasma TVs, including those with OLED display and some with Web access. We also noticed they reviewed DTV converter boxes (only a couple of months to go,) GPS navigators, cameras and phones. Subscribe to get in depth details on products.
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This has to be the ultimate in portable computer gaming. Designer Tai Chiem has designed his version of the Sony PSP2. The prototype features a flexible OLED display. An electric charge stiffens the display. On either side are stereo speakers that double as camera control and jog wheel. At the very least Sony should talk to Tai to discuss his and the PSP’s future, don’t you think?
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Samsung believes that Blu-ray will only last another 5 years and then will be replaced by another format or type of technology such as OLED. Andy Griffiths, Director of Consumer Affairs told Pocket-lint, “We will launch the OLED technology when it’s at a price that will be appealing to the consumer, unfortunately that’s not yet.”
Oddly enough, he may be right. We found out recently that Sony is rumored to be lowering the price of its BDP-S350 this month to make it a $300.00 purchase.
Read More | Pocket-lint
Nokia has a new high end cell phone constructed of carbon fiber, titanium, polished glass, and stainless steel with an anti-fingerprint coating. The 8800 Carbon Arte features a tap-for-time button below the display for an insta-clock. It has turn-to-mute capability by turning the phone screen side down and changing background images. Also included is a 3G memory, a 3.2 megapixel auto-focus cam, high quality audio, and an OLED display. Look for the Arte in the 3rd quarter of this year for €1,100 ($1,620.).
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Lusting after an Optimus Maximus OLED keyboard? Don’t have the $1600 to drop on such a luxurious - albeit “OMGcooooool” - peripheral, especially when you already have a keyboard that (I’m assuming) works? We just might have found you a happy medium. The Luxeed Dynamic Pixel LCD keyboard retails for a comparatively bargain price of $199.99 (tack on an extra $35 if you need a keypad, though that won’t light up). You won’t get the awesome program-specific key layouts like the Optimus features, but you will get the pretty colors and soft lighting, all of which are programmable with the included software. ThinkGeek is currently the only place in the States that the Luxeed is available, so get those credit cards ready!
Read More | Unplugged
Sony has been busy trying to be the best again. Their EL Display, shown at the Display 2008 conference in Tokyo, is a mere 0.3mm thickness. The gadget is composed of OLED technology which doesn’t need back lighting and has a polymer substance that converts electricity to light. Although Sony has been making 3.8-inch OLED displays since 2004, if you just have to have the latest, thinnest display on the block, it will cost you. An 11-inch EL TV (960×540,) shown here, presently goes for ¥190,000 (~$2,000.00.)
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We’ve all been expecting Apple to release a 3G version of the iPhone at some point during this year. It turns out, it may be coming sooner rather than later. Ken Dulaney, analyst for Gartner, is saying that he has heard from sources over in Asia that Apple has placed an order for 10 million 3G iPhones. Even more interesting is that these would be 10 million on top of the current 10 million that Apple hopes to sell of the current iPhone version in 2008. If this is true, we’d expect to hear about it within the next few months. Maybe around the time that the iPhone 2.0 firmware upgrade is released, hmm?
Dulaney also mentioned that the 3G version of the iPhone may use an OLED screen, which would result in an improvement in battery life. Hey, if Apple went with EDGE for the current iPhone due to battery issues, it would make sense that in their leap to 3G, they’d try and conserve as much battery life as possible, right?
While we won’t know for sure when we will see a 3G model of the iPhone, I personally believe it is a safe bet that we will be seeing one within the next few months. The iPhone is nine months old, and while it is still a marvel, 9 months is a long time to go in the cell phone industry without seeing an upgrade. Apple also knows that 3G is a glaring omission from the current model. After all, there was a collective groan heard around the tech world when it was introduced back at MacWorld 2007 due to it’s lack of 3G. Even 14 months ago it was a huge letdown. Too much time has passed since then.
Bottom line, if you are in the market for an iPhone, but aren’t in the “need to have it now” mindset, you may want to wait a while.
With new phones coming out every time we blink, we found one that we really appreciate for its looks. (Vain, aren’t we?) Collaborating with France’s Frédérique Daubal, Nokia’s 7900 joins its Prism Collection with an aluminum back and crystal key in the center, surrounded by diamond-cut patterns. It has 1 GB memory, an OLED display, a 2 megapixel cam, and comes in a choice of 49 key pad colors. Vanity does not come cheaply. The phone has a MSRP of ~$544.00. Contact Nokia for details.
Read More | MobileWhack
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