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.
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Why is it that Sony keeps pumping out new products before anyone else? We are beginning to think that they keep clever people holed up in windowless think tanks and working 22 hours a day. Their latest contribution to home entertainment is an ultra-thin TV with OLED to produce a 3mm thick screen. OLEDs are brighter than LCD panels and have better contrast ratio and sharper images. Sony’s president Ryoji Chubachi says, “I want this world’s first OLED TV to be the symbol of the revival of Sony’s technological prowess.”
We hope so too, for their sake, but other companies, such as Samsung, are also working on the technology. Sony’s TV has an 11-inch display and will become available in Japan for ~$1,735.00 beginning December 1.
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Earlier today, iriver and Real unveiled their new partnership strategy, focused on the new iriver clix Rhapsody digital media player. In reality, the clix Rhapsody is just a clix2 that inetgrates seamlessly with Real’s Rhapsody music service. The end result is something that is akin to the iPod + iTunes integration that many enjoy from the Apple side of things. The player will sync up with your Rhapsody library, and will also download personalized Rhapsody Channels which, in theory, should be chock full of tracks you will enjoy. If this sounds familiar, it’s because SanDisk has done something similar with their Sansa player. All in all, the iriver clix Rhapsody runs for $189.99 USD (watch out for the $12.99 monthly all-you-can-eat Rhapsody fee), which includes 4GB of storage, and is available now. Even better still, anyone who has previously purchased a clix2 can just upgrade the firmware on their device, which pretty much turns it into a clix Rhapsody as well.
We know a lot of you are big fans of the iriver clix, which we thought had one of the best UI designs we have seen on a DAP. Well, we just got word from iriver that what was previously known as the clix2, and will now be known as the iriver clix gen 2, is now available for purchase in the USA. This one sports a fantastic 2.2-inch 260,000 color AMOLED screen, adds support for 30fps video in Windows Media 9 and MPEG-4, and still has Flash Lite support. The battery lasts a whopping 24 hours (with the display off) for audio, and 5 hours for video (at 15fps.) You can order one today from the iriver America store, or wait a week or so to pick one up from another retailer. The 2GB version sells for $149, 4GB at $199. If that isn’t enough, wait till June and grab the 8GB model for $249 USD.
For more details, check out our iriver clix gen 2 video from CES.
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It’s been quite a while now that we have been lusting after the Optimus OLED keyboard. While that product is still under development - and rumor has it that it will not utilize OLED anymore - Art Lebedev Studios has released the Optimus Mini Three in the interim as a proof of concept. We got ahold of one of the Optimus Mini Three units, and we unbox it here in this episode.
Let us know what you think, or what you want us to unbox next!
The NW-E005F Walkman is Sony’s latest flash-based Mp3 player in their E000 series. At a weight of .8 oz and dimensions of 3.1 x 0.8 x 0.4-inches, it has a storage capacity of up to 2 GB and a battery life of up to 28 hours. The Walkman features a built-in FM tuner, a one-line OLED screen, and a USB thumb drive. It comes with earbuds and is available at a MSRP of $120-151, depending on where your Santa shops for stocking stuffers.
South Korea’s latest D-click input-based portable media device is tinier than ever. The iriver S10 has 2GB of flash storage for MP3, ASF, Ogg Vorbis, and WMA playback. Its OLED display is a mere 1.5” at a resolution of 128 x 96 pixels. With dimensions of 42 x 30 x 10.8mm and a weight of just 17.5g, maybe you can even hide it from the boss.
- Interface Type: USB 2.0
- Rated battery (audio) life: 8 hours
- Picture format: BMP
- Compatibility: PC
- FM radio/recording: Yes
- Voice recording: Yes
- FM recording: Yes
Not much else is known about the little critter, but we will keep you posted on its whereabouts, if we can find it.
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It seems like we have waited for both the Optimus OLED Keyboard and the Optimus Mini Three for an eternity. The good news, however, is that the Mini Three has finally arrived, and ThinkGeek will soon be selling those bad boys. In fact, they got one in early, and took a few unboxing images to show the three-keyed device off. The OLED keys look great, but they only run at three frames-per-second, so don’t expect anything fancier than a constantly updating still image. Head on over to ThinkGeek for all the details.