Nvidia's long awaited Ion 2 platform is gaining steam in the nettop world. In addition to Asus' upcoming Eee Box EB1501P that's slated for release in a few weeks, Jetway has already started shipping its Mini Top HBJC600C99-52W-BW (we'll just call it the Mini Top, mmkay?).
Jetway's Mini Top sports an Intel dual-core Atom D525 processor clocked at 1.8GHz and an Nvidia Ion 2 graphics chip. Between the two, the Mini Top should be able to handle all those high-definition movies with little trouble, and while it won't run Crysis (so please don't ask), we expect this rig to be able to handle some lightweight gaming chores.
The Mini Top comes with two SO-DIMM slots with support for up to 4GB of DDR2 (the Eee Box supports DDR3), 7.1 channel onboard audio, a single serial ATA 3Gbps connector, eSATA/USB combo port, five embedded USB 2.0 ports, two front-mounted USB 2.0 ports, 3-in-1 memory card reader, HDMI 1.3, DVI-I, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and an optional VESA bracket.
Jetway says you can pick in the Mini Top in white or black, and we spotted the latter selling on Newegg for $270.
There are plenty of camcorders for landlubbers to choose from, but not so much for those who can't seem to stay out of the water. That's where Sanyo's new Dual Camera Xacti (VPC-CA102YL) comes in, which can record over 480 minutes of 1080p Full HD video and 14MP photos on a single 64GB SDXC card, all while submerged in up to 10 feet of water.
"Dual Cameras are packed with features and offer incredible flexibility," says Tom Van Voy, Vice President and General Manager of the Digital Solutions Division for Sanyo North America. This is the 'take everywhere' camera; water, snow, or land. Getting great HD video and still images is incredibly easy with the new CA102YL."
Other features include a 38mm wide angle lens, 5x optical / 12x double-range zoom, 2.7-inch LCD display (can be turned 285 degrees), and mini-HDMI port.
Motorola's Droid smartphone will soon be replaced by the Droid 2, the only questions are 'when' and 'how much?' We have a couple of tentative answers to both of those.
As for when, it's looking like Verizon will officially announce a launch date this Tuesday, which Web murmurs have pegged for this Thursday, August 12. The Droid 2 has already been given a full page spread in the Boston Globe, so we know we're getting close.
And as for cost, expect the Droid 2 to run $200 with a 2-year service agreement, or $600 without. That's according to yet another leak, this time from a North Carolina resident who spotted a dummy unit at his local Best Buy accompanied by a price tag.
While final specs have yet to be officially released, the Droid 2 is expected to come configured with a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 4.3-inch touchscreen display, 5MB camera, and an improved slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
First announced back at CES of this year, Audiovox is just now kicking out the door its DFL01 Portable DVD Player with FLO TV support.
This portable gadget sports a 7-inch widescreen display with SD support up to 480p. It weighs just over 2 pounds and doesn't come with a ton of amenities - no HDMI, DVI, or Firewire ports; no SD card slots; no component video outputs; and no BD Live support, for example.
What it does come with is a built-in DVD player and three free months of FLO TV programming, after which time it'll run $15/month.
The Audiovox unit is available now from Best Buy and HSN for $200.
Move over, G1, and make room for the Nexus One. No, we haven't traveled back in time - the Nexus One, which Google recently retired from its online one-item store, is back in unlocked form for developers.
"We've always offered unlocked phones for direct sale to registered Android Developers," Google wrote in a blog post. "As of today, the Developer Phone is the Nexus One at a price of $529. To see the details or order a phone, you need to sign in to your Android developer account and click on the 'Development Phones' link."
The Nexus One replaces the aging G1 as Google's Developer Phone, which the search giant describes as a "good choice both for people who want to build Android applications using either the SDK or the NDK," as well as "those who want to experiment with modified versions of the Android platform."
Apple's iPhone 4 just recently launched (and many would argue fell flat on its face), and it wasn't that long ago that Cupertino's magical tablet made its debut, either. Nevertheless, the rumor mill is already spinning about Apple's next-gen products, both of which may launch sooner than you think.
According to whispers on the Web, the iPhone 5 is slated for an early 2011 release, and could come as early as January because of the whole busted antenna fiasco. What isn't so clear is if this will really be a new phone, or a just a fixed iPhone 4 without the goofy antenna issues. The latter would make more sense, but given Apple's unwillingness to admit that there's anything wrong with the iPhone 4, the company might have to bring something more to the table, if nothing else than to save face.
There's also talk of a smaller iPad slated for later this year or early 2011. This follow-up tablet is said to sport a 7-inch screen, though other details remain sparse. Will it come with a camera or two? Probably not, but it looks like we'll know soon enough.
The whole 'desktop replacement' category exists largely because of gamers, who demand the same kind of power from their notebooks that they're used to getting from their desktop PCs. But that doesn't mean gamers have little regard for battery life, they just usually don't have a choice in the matter.
Enter Eurocom, which just unveiled a line of "gamer-friendly notebooks" sporting Nvidia's Optimus graphics switching technology inside. With Optimus working behind the scenes, Eurocom's new notebooks intelligently flip a virtual switch between the integrated Intel HD graphics and the more powerful Nvidia GeForce GT330M chip inside for added pixel pushing power.
The notebook line comes in both 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch flavors, both of which run a native resolution of 1920x1080. Processor options abound, starting with an Intel Core i3 330M chip clocked at 2.13GHz, and on up to an Intel Core i7 620M clocked at 2.66GHz.
Other features include up to 16GB of DDR3-1333, a bevy of ports (including a single SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port), 9-in-1 card reader, optional Blu-ray reader, and up to 1.6TB of hard drive storage (1TB + 640GB).
Pricing starts out at $1,000 for the 15.6-inch model and $1,200 for the 17.3-inch unit.
Apricorn is looking to give its DVR Expander series a new lease on life by giving the entire line a makeover. More than just a face lift, Apricorn is shooting for both form and function with the new designs, starting with a fanless, solid aluminum enclosure that purportedly offers serviceable cooling without making a peep.
"DVRs have become a staple in American households, giving viewers the ability to watch what they want when they want. As TV providers race to create an increasingly immersive viewing experience for their customers, including HDTV and the introduction of 3D programming, DVR recording space will only become more of a premium," said Mike McCandless, Apricorn's VP of Sales and Marketing. "Apricorn's DVR Expander gives our customers enough space and the flexibility to record hundreds of hours of their favorite HD and 3D programs and watch them at their convenience."
Apricorn's DVR Expanders work with a variety of programming, including Dish Network, DirecTV DVRs, and major cable providers using Scientific Atlantic 8300 and 8240 series DVRs, the company says.
The revamped units are available now for $99 (500GB), $129 (1TB), $169 (1.5TB), and $249 (2TB).
Shout it with us: No more wires! That's the idea behind Samsung's PL90, the company's latest point-n-shoot camera with a built-in USB connector. No more fumbling around your bag for that USB cable, just flip open the connector and jam the digicam right into a free USB port.
"We want consumers to enjoy the entire photographic experience through the PL90, with the ability to capture, connect, and share pictures instantly and even charge on the move," said Sangjin Park, President of the Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics. "In this fast paced world, we understand that our customers need to have these capabilities at their fingertips, and the PL90 puts this power in their hands. The PL90 is further evidence of the continued innovation behind Samsung cameras."
More than a one-trick pony, the PL90 comes packed with a respectable spec sheet. There's a 12.2 megapixel sensor, 4x optical zoom, a 2.7-inch LCD screen, 30FPS VGA movie mode, red eye fix, and a handful of proprietary technologies.
A new setup guide on Dell's support website reveals what the OEM has planned for an upcoming refresh to its Zino HD line of nettops.
According to the support page, the revamped nettops are getting an AMD makeover with a range of processors, including the Athlon II Dual Core, Turion II Dual Core, Phenom II Triple Core, Phenom II Quad Core, and V Series Single Core.
There's also a new chipset involved -- RS880M+SB820M -- as well as integrated Radeon HD 5450 graphics with a 1GB dedicated frame buffer. Other upgrades include 802.11n Wi-Fi, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, and Blu-ray drive.
No word on price or availability, but given that Dell has already pumped out a support page, we don't imagine you'll have to wait very long for a shipping product.