Hot on the heels of the leaked internal specs, some images of what appears to be the Palm Pre 2 have found their way onto the web. The first thing you're likely to notice is that the Pre 2 (or whatever they end up calling it) looks almost identical to the original Pre. But there's no mistaking it, this is not an original Pre.
The rim seems more flattened, and the face of the phone is flat instead of slightly curved. The charger door is different as well. The screen still looks about the same size, and many are pegging the screen resolution at the same 480x320 of the original Pre. This would be a shocking move, as HVGA screens are now mostly reserved for mid-range devices. Could this be where Palm is targeting the new Pre?
The rumored specs have this handset running webOS 2.0, a 1GHz CPU, and 512 MB of RAM. Those are certainly high-end internals, we'll just have to wait to see what the full specs are. Could a new high-end phone come in above the Pre?
Forget about Windows 7 and webOS for a moment -- Hewlett Packard is tapping into Google's Android platform for its first tablet, the Zeen.
HP's Zeen isn't meant to take on the iPad, as it's a more specialized device. It will be sold bundled with the company's printers and include HP's TouchSmart interface for operating said printers. It's also smaller than the iPad with a 7-inch display.
As mentioned, Android sits at the heart of the Zeen, but it's a customized version with a few niggling restrictions. Gmail, for example, has been stripped out, and so too has the Android Market and multimedia playback apps.
No definitive word on pricing, though earlier rumors had the Zeen/printer bundle going for $400.
While Google-China ties have devolved into what is effectively a glacial impasse, Android continues to move briskly in that country. It is fast catching on as the operating system of choice among Chinese manufacturers eager to enter the tablet market. Now, ZTE has chosen the open source platform for its maiden tablet. The ZTE Light is a 7-inch device that weighs around 400gm and supports both GSM and WCDMA standards. Although the Light's price still remains a mystery, it is expected to be an affordable alternative to tablets like the iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Nokia picked a heck of a time to start shipping its C7 smartphone. As the second Symbian 3 device in Nokia's stable, the C7 is a noteworthy follow-up to the N8, only all the attention is currently being paid to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 devices.
Nevertheless, the smartphone world keeps turning, and the C7 hopes to turn heads with its 3.5-inch active-matrix OLED glass touchscreen display. It also comes with an 8MP camera, Bluetooth 3.0, 8GB of memory, and oodles of social networking functionality baked in.
Users have access to multiple home screens to receive live updates from their favorite online portals, like Facebook and Twitter, as well as some specific email accounts (Ovi Mail, Yahoo Mail, and Windows Live Hotmail).
"Designed specifically with the style-conscious consumer in mind, the Nokia C7 also brings excellent social networking abilities, making it perfect for people who want to check in and stay up to date," Jo Harlow, head of smartphones at Nokia, said in a statement.
The storage gurus at Cloud Engines on Monday announced the Pogoplug Pro, the latest version of the company's multimedia sharing device.
Like the previous version, the Pro version allows users to connect up to four USB drives and to print from any mobile device. But new to the Pro version is built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Users can place the Pogoplug device wherever they want without having to worry about snaking unsightly Ethernet cable to their router.
The Pogoplug Pro is available exclusively at Best Buy for $99.
French carrier SFR may have gotten a little ahead of themselves recently when they posted specs for the Palm Pre 2. The images they used appear to be stock shots from the original Pre, but the specs are in line with what rumors have previously indicated. According to SFR, the Pre 2 will pack a 1GHz CPU (probably an OMAP3630) and 512MB of RAM. The phone will be running on WebOS 2.0 as well.
It's now been about a year since Palm launched the Pixi, a low end companion to the Pre. Since then Palm has fallen off its game and was bought by HP, which intends to use WebOS on printers. We can only hope that the rumors of a new Palm phone are true. With these rumored specs, WebOS could finally get the horsepower is deserves. The problem, will users care when Palm releases another phone, or will they have already moved on? What do you think? Real specs or not?
Just like Apple's iPhone doubles as a glorified iPod touch, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 devices include tight integration with Redmond's Zune platform. Every WP7 handset will come with Zune built directly into the Music+Video hub and will serve as the Windows-based PC sync client so users can transfer songs back and forth with ease.
In anticipated of the spate of WP7 devices coming out, Microsoft has begun rolling out an updated version of Zune, v4.7. New enhancements include:
First Connect: WP7 devices will auto update the Zune software upon first boot
HD Streaming Video
Photo Sync between WP7 handsets and PCs
Sync Media: lets users purchase music and videos through WP7 devices and sync content to their PC
Parental Controls & Rating on Videos
Get more info and the latest version of the Zune software here.
The big day has finally arrived. We're of course talking about the anticipated launch of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform, which was joined by partners revealing no less than nine new devices on tap for this holiday shopping season.
"We have a beautiful lineup in this first wave of Windows Phone 7 handsets," said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. "Microsoft and its partners are delivering a different kind of mobile phone and experience -- one that makes everyday tasks faster by getting more done in fewer steps and providing timely information in a 'glance and go' format."
Now the pressure is on Microsoft to carve out a sizable slice of the smartphone pie that Apple and Google have been feasting on. Should Windows Phone 7 go down as another Kin-like flop (and it shouldn't), it won't be from lack of third-party support. Consumers will have a variety of devices and form factors to choose from with Dell, LG, Samsung, and HTC all getting in the game.
Out of the gate in North America, Windows Phone 7 will be available through AT&T (HTC Surround, Samsung Focus, and LG Quantum) and T-Mobile (HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro).
Consider this a PSA for AT&T subscribers. The cost to upgrade your smartphone is now $125 higher than it was just over a week ago.
The increase, which was first discovered by Boy Genius Report, applies to anyone trying to upgrade to a new smartphone less than 18 months into their current two-year agreement. It now costs $200 to do so, whereas previously AT&T was charging customers $75.
"As smartphones become increasingly more sophisticated, the cost of these devices has also increased," an alleged AT&T document reads. "However, early (exception) upgrade pricing still allows us to provide a price point lower than No-Commitment pricing to our smartphone customers if needed."
There is an exception to the rule -- care to guess what it is? If you said Apple's iPhone, congratulations, you win the no-prize.
You want to know what separates Thrustmaster's new Hotas Warthog joystick from the competition? A hefty price tag, for one. At $500, the Hotas Warthog isn't for the faint of wallet.
What you get in return is a replica set of the joystick, dual throttle system, and dual throttle control panel of the U.S. Air Force A-10C attack aircraft. The entire thing weights over 6.5kg and uses plenty of metal in the construction (joystick, throttle handles, and bases).
There are 55 fully programmable buttons to play around with, as well as 2 four-direction hat switches, each with their own built-in push button. According to Thrustmaster, this is the first joystick in the world to sport this feature.
The Hotas Warthog will be available later this month.