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Subject: Mobile | July 20, 2010 - 09:44 AM | Jonathan Hung
During Computex, we followed Asus as they announced to the world that it was working on a 10" slate based on the enigmatic Windows Embedded Compact 7 called the Eee Pad 101TC. According to Netbook News, Asus will be switching from WEC7 to Android (presumably Android 2.2) thus making the total slate count using WEC7 a solid zero.
Subject: Mobile | July 15, 2010 - 01:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Verizon and Motorola have made the Droid X and you will soon be able to buy it, but you really might want to avoid it. One of the main attractions of this phone is that it uses the supposedly open source Android 2.1, allowing you to mod the OS and hardware and to play with a large variety of apps. How would your decision be influenced if you knew that any mod on this phone at all will kill it, requiring a hardware fix to bring it back to life. Slashdot repor
Subject: Mobile | July 14, 2010 - 12:04 AM | Jonathan Hung
While this is all still speculation at the moment, the impact of this possibility has some real consequences in the legions of Blackberry users - RIM may be entering the slate device market by the end of the year.
Subject: Mobile | July 14, 2010 - 12:03 AM | Jonathan Hung
While the HTC Evo and iPhone 4 have grabbed majority of the smartphone headlines of late, the Android-based Samsung Galaxy S has been winning the hearts of consumers. Given the customer satisfaction with the Galaxy S, when Samsung has revealed that their upcoming Galaxy Tab slate device will be coming before October, we sit up and pay attention.
Subject: Mobile | July 13, 2010 - 12:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AVADirect Clevo W880CU is quite a machine, a 17.3" 1920x1080 display which is powered by a Core i7-820QM, 4GB of DDR3-1333 and most importantly a GeForce GTX 480M. Surprisingly, the laptop weighs under 10lbs which is certainly heavier than a netbook shouldn't break your shoulder carrying it all day. The battery functions more like a UPS than a battery, as it disables most of the power of the GPU when you use the battery, not using Optimus but something similar.
Subject: Mobile | July 9, 2010 - 09:33 AM | Jonathan Hung
The smaller but spunky spunky sidekick to Intel's Pentium may finally get the axe. According to a DigiTimes report, Intel will begin slowing production of the processor and finally ceasing new Celeron branded CPUs in 2011.
Originally released back in 1998 and based on the Pentium II core, it's a wonder that the Celeron line has lasted so long in light of the much more popular and similarly priced Atom.
Subject: Mobile | July 8, 2010 - 03:05 PM | Jonathan Hung
Digitimes is reporting that both Acer and Asus have successfully digested their current inventory of netbooks. This means that no new netbooks will be made by Asus or Acer until August reportedly. This coincides with Intel's deprecation of current Core CPUs and Atom CPUs.
A quick look at NewEgg reveals decent discounts on current Asus and Acer stock:
Subject: Mobile | July 7, 2010 - 11:01 PM | Jonathan Hung
Lenovo is readying to launch the IdeaCentre A310 in the Japanese market this July, and hopefully here overseas in the near future.
The IdeaCentre A310 is a stunning All-in-One PC featuring the Intel Core i3-350M and a 1920x1080 21.5" LED LCD panel. While a little short on the RAM side (up to 3 GB), it does have the unique HDMI input which allows it to be doubled as an external display for another source (i.e. a notebook or a game console).
Subject: Mobile | July 7, 2010 - 05:03 PM | Michael Blumreich
Google, already a search engine behemoth, is poised to enter the hardware market this year with a new portable computing device which will run the Android operating system. This move comes after Google has recently diversified its already formidable internet presence with a new browser called Chrome and, with its entry into the hardware sector of computing, the search-engine giant stands to become a force to be reckoned with in the next several years.
Subject: Mobile | July 6, 2010 - 07:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
What you notice about first on Dell's Adamo series is the aluminium unibody casing, very different from Apple's choice of shell but similar in that it is designed to be attention getting. Inside the differences mainly lie in two parts, the CPU has been upgraded to a 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 and the storage is handled by an 80GB Intel X18-M G1 SSD. That does end up causing the price to double, putting it in a very expensive league of CULVs. AnandTech's testing shows that while th
Subject: Mobile | July 6, 2010 - 09:36 AM | Jonathan Hung
Last week we posted some news about Toshiba's upcoming Android-Tegra powered SmartBooks. It looks like Toshiba is ready to launch a eBook store called "Book Place" to compliment those new products.
Subject: Mobile | July 2, 2010 - 11:06 AM | Ryan Shrout
Apple has finally come forward and addressed the issues of the iPhone 4 antennae without condescending remarks from its CEO. As it turns out, according to this letter published by Apple today, the problem is not with the iPhone 4's antennae but rather the algorithm that Apple has been using to go from the signal decibel ratings to a non-linear "bar" scale that we are all used to. From the letter:
Subject: Mobile | July 1, 2010 - 03:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech takes a look at the mobile market, laptops of the 14" or more variety as opposed to the now well established ultramobile segment. These models eschew the Atoms, Ions and Neos of the world in favour of the more powerful CPUs that are mobile varieties of desktop CPUs with full capabilities and integrated graphics chipsets that have seen large performance increases recently. Still not all are created equally and Anand covers the gamut from a $900 Acer Aspire to a $1505 ASUS G73Jh
that can game on a level comparable to many an enthusiasts desktop. There are a lot of ch
Subject: Mobile | June 29, 2010 - 10:13 AM | Jonathan Hung
Toshiba and Lenovo are readying their fall launch of Google Android based netbooks.
Toshiba will be launching their new Dynabook line of products featuring NVIDIA Tegra 250 processor, Android, and a 10.1" glass. Also, Toshiba is readying two ARM based tablet PCs at the end of 2010 and will be manufactured by Pegatron (who is also manufacturing Asus' EeePad ARM tablet). One of these may be the dual-screen Libretto W100.
Subject: Mobile | June 25, 2010 - 02:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for something like the iPad or one of the many similar products that have recently hit the market but haven't found one that you like enough to pick up then Lenovo might have something for you. It looks like your average Atom powered netbook, but the IdeaPad S10 has some tricks hidden inside. The screen is capable of rotation, to the point where it can completely cover the keyboard, which is not an issue as this tablet-like machine has a touch screen.
Subject: Mobile | June 24, 2010 - 12:15 PM | Jonathan Hung
Gateway has announced today two new Intel Core i3 / i5 slim 14" and 15" not
Subject: Mobile | June 24, 2010 - 11:03 AM | Jonathan Hung
Intel is updating their current line-up of mobile CPUs across the whole range of processor classes. Coming out first are new Core i7-940XM, i7-840QM, and i7-740QM processors for $1054, $546, and $364 USD respectively for 1000 part trays.
Subject: Mobile | June 23, 2010 - 10:57 PM | Jonathan Hung
MAINGEAR, the makers of custom high-end gaming PCs and notebooks has released a new 17" model: the eX-L 17. What makes this system so special is that for the first time, you have the choice between NVIDIA and AMD DirectX 11 mobile GPU parts.
The eX-L 17 can be outfitted with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870, GeForce GTX480M 2GB, and even an NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M. Like all other MAINGEAR systems, you get a choice of Intel CPUs, RAM, and hard drive configurations (including SSDs).
Subject: Mobile | June 22, 2010 - 03:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In one corner is the $500 Acer Aspire 5542 with a dual core AMD Athlon II M300 CPU, the chipset is the AMD RS880M and the SB710 and the graphics are powered by the ATI Radeon HD 4200. In the other corner is the $550 Gateway NV5933u with Intel's dual core i3-330M, the Intel HM55 chipset
and Intel's new HD Graphics. It is not just the internals that they tested, as LCD quality and battery life also play a big part in determining a winner. Can Intel's new integrated graphics push their performance closer to AMD's and does AMD's new chipset bring anything new to their mobile pla