Rumors on the Internet indicate that the US company may be working on an Amazon Kindle Fire competitor namely a 7-inch mini iPad.
If Apple really works on such a device this move is clearly in response to the market success of the Kindle Fire tablet. Amazon has proudly released market data which claims that it sells 1 million Kindle Fire devices every week. The Amazon tablet may become a serious threat to Apple and this is why a quick response is needed.
Apple will try to strike where the Kindle Fire is least “protected” – in the display size. While the Kindle Fire features a 7-inch display, the new Apple iPad will come with a bigger display, 7.85-inch to be precise. Technically speaking the new tablet will be closer to an 8-inch device than a smaller one.
The bigger display will be Apple’s response to the claims that a 7-inch display such as the one found in Kindle Fire is a bit too small for comfortable use. In fact, the late Steve Jobs openly criticized the first 7-inch tablet, the Galaxy Tab, when it was first released.
An 7.85-inch iPad will be the direct response to the Kindle Fire danger while combining a bigger and more comfortable display with a price that is similar or lower when compared to the cash the Kindle Fire user has paid to use the device.
It is too early to say when the presumable mini iPad will be released but sources expect this to happen in September 2012.
Well, it seem Nokia have something even more exciting to announce at the upcoming Nokia World, so they’ve decided to fire early with the N900 tablet/smartphone announcement. N900 is a continuation of Nokia Nseries tablets. This time they’ve stepped out of the ultra portable computing turf and have ventured in the territory of Nokia Communicators.
Running on the new Linux-based Maemo 5 OS, the Nokia N900 power lies in the capable multi-tasking, which should make it stand out even among the ranks of the Symbian smartphones. According to Nokia reps, however, the new Maemo device is not meant to compete with the Nokia Symbian smartphones, but instead cater for different market needs.
With Nokia N900 you’ve got around-the-clock connectivity thanks to Wi-Fi and HSPA. The N900 offers phone features as well allowing full-featured telephony.
Nokia N900 runs on the Linux-based Maemo 5.0 OS
The Nokia N900 packs a powerful ARM Cortex-A8 CPU much like the Apple iPhone 3GS, Palm Pre and Samsug Omnia HD and offers hardware graphics acceleration and 256MB RAM.
Switching between applications is simple, as all running content is constantly available through the dashboard. The panoramic homescreen can be fully personalized with favorite shortcuts, widgets and applications. We wonder however how many of those features will be available in portrait mode though, as Maemo is Tablet OS that’s hardly been put to use in portrait mode before.
Interaction with the handset is available through the large 3.5-inch touchscreen display with a WVGA resolution (800 x 480 pixels) and the 3-row QWERTY keypad. The touch screen also offers a virtual on-screen keyboard and operating with a stylus is possible, though one doesn’t seem to be included with the N900 itself.
Nokia N900 is smarter than most other smartphones
Thanks to the web browser powered by Mozilla technology, websites should look just as they do on a desktop computer. Online videos and interactive applications are not a problem as the Maemo OS has full Adobe Flash 9.4 support.
The Nokia N900 has 32GB of storage, which is expandable up to 48GB via a microSD card. Other features include a GPS receiver with Ovi Maps, an FM transmitter, a 3.5mm audio jack with TV-out function, Bluetooth and DivX/XviD video playback support.
For photography on the go, the Maemo software and the N900 come with a new tag cloud user interface that helps users tag and share photos and videos more easily. The 5 megapixel with Carl Zeiss optics is also capable of recording 16:9 video with a resolution of up to 848×480 pixels@25fps.
Here’s the official demo video of the Nokia N900 where you can check how the new cloud photo tagging system works among other things:
The Nokia N900 should be available from October this year with an estimated retail price of 500 euro before taxes and subsidies.
Company INQ Mobile has announced two new mobile phone – INQ Mini 3G and INQ Chat 3G. Both are targeted to sites of frequent visitors of social networks, who wish to stay connected at any given time, moreover, that the phone has a feature 3G-modem. By the way, this “social” phone company has already produced, they called the INQ1.
Both new products provide quick access to social networking sites, Twitter and Facebook, make it possible to communicate via Skype, as well as to exchange instant messages using IM-messengers. INQ Chat 3G model is a monoblock with the integrated QWERTY-keyboard, and INQ Mini 3G – a normal monoblock with the digital keyboard. Both the phone belong to the average level and are likely to be quite affordable, even though their value is not reported. Sales of both new start in the fourth quarter of this year.
Sony Japan announced that they will release the smallest and lightest Full HD Camcorder, HDR-TG5V on April 20th.
This new camcorder -30×117×62mm, 280g- is a succeeding model of ‘HDR-TG1’, and it supports AVCHD. It contains 1/5’’ ‘Exmor’ CMOS sensor, BIONZ engine, GPS, 16GB memory. It costs about 120,000￥
Samsung released super light and small camcorder, ‘HMX-R10’, which as small as an aluminum can.
HMX-R10 has 12.5cm width, 4cm thickness and 229g weight (not including battery).
You can take both 12megapixel pictures and Full HD videos with 9megapixel CMOS image sensor. And while you are recording or watching videos, you can also take pictures just pushing Photo button.
In addition it comes with Intellectual Zoom, Electronic Image Stabilizer, 3D Noise Exclusion algorism, Interval Recording function, Super slow motions recording, 32GB SD memory card and 2.7’’ high resolution touch panel LCD.
Bushnell introduced <a href=”“>‘Imageview’, which has combination of binocular and digital camera. The minimum focal length is 3m. It can wide focal length 8 times –up to 30 times and weights 419g. ‘Imageview’ features 5 mega-pixels resolution, 16Mb inner memory, up to 1GB with extra SD card. It runs with two AAA batteries and you can find images that you took a picture on 1.5’’ LCD display placed on the upper side. It is possible to record videos for 5 sec up to 60 sec.
When you are watching a sports match in a huge stadium it may be helpful. It costs US$315.
Do you remember Polaroid camera? It has achieved wide use before digital cameras were shown up. You can print a picture just after you take a picture using a Polaroid. Here is a cool combination of Polaroid camera and a digital camera, Polaroid PoGo. You can print pictures in 60 seconds taking pictures with 5 mega-pixel resolution and 3’’ LCD display. You also extend its memory through SD slot. Zink paper is used for printing without inks.
This cool Polaroid will be available on Amazon.com in June for $199.55, and extra Zink paper costs $12.99.
After the X320 and X340, MSI is going to launch in Q2 2009 its X-Slim X400 and X600 ultra slim notebook PC that are powered by Intel’s Core 2 Solo CULV processor. Both 14-inch X400 and 15-inch X600 are less than 1-inch thick and weighs just 1.5kg and 2.1kg respectively, with a super slender Li-poly battery.
‘These ultra slim laptops, with easy access to mobile broadband, get up to 4GB RAM and up to 500GB hard drive. The X400 will have integrated GMA 4500MHD graphics while the X600 will be equipped with dedicated ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 video card. Their LCD displays features LED-backlit and 16:9 aspect ratio.
AMD presents a factory overclocked ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics processor that is first to hit 1GHz clock speed. The 1GHz GPU offers 1.6 TeraFLOPs of compute power. It supports DirectX 10.1, OpenGL3 and OpenCL standards. More details of the ATI Radeon HD 4890.