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Prestigio MultiReader Supreme Specs Price

Prestigio has launched a new eReader in the european market, the MultiReader Supreme PER5664 which has a huge 6 inch display featuring the natural-looking e-ink technology.

What are the specs price of Prestigio MultiReader Supreme

It is outfitted with additional front lightning that makes it possible to read the display even in direct sunlight or bright rooms. The suggested retail price for the Prestigio MultiReader Supreme ereader is USD 195 (PLN 599).

Prestigio MultiReader Supreme Specs Price

Big 6 inch display

The 6 inch display is capable of showing greyscale images and features a resolution of 1024×758, which is about the same you get in Android tablets.

Powered by Rockchip 2818 Processor

Inside the shell of Prestigio MultiReader Supreme is a fairly under powered Rockchip 2818 clocked at 600 MHz, but not a lot of power is required to run an ereader that runs Linux operating system.

Decent storage and micro SD card slot

For storage, you get 4 gigabytes of flash that is expandable via micro SD card slot. Up to 16 gigabytes of card is supported.

Excellent battery life

Battery capacity is 1500 mAh and according to the manufacturer, the Prestigio will provide you up to three weeks if you use it for 1 hour each day. Built-in WiFi network will allow you to access to a virtual library from where more than 750 000 ebooks in 25 languages, including 3000 free, can be downloaded.

Samsung N120 now goes on sale

Finally, Samsung’s announced its long-awaited N120 netbook for a not so desirous price of $465.99. Its available in two shades – black and white. Nothing unusual or rare about its features yet to put them down, here they come:

  • 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1,024 x 600 resolution panel
  • 160GB hard drive
  • 3-in-1 multicard reader
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
  • Ethernet jack
  • a “2.1-channel” sound system
  • 6-cell battery
  • Windows XP Home

[via Engadget]

Top 10 reasons you should NOT get a SONY VAIO P

Over-Priced: We fully understand the fact that it is SONY. But, paying so much for a device that performs so poorly does not make any sense
Super high resolution: What is the point of giving the user super high resolution in an 8-inch screen? Is SONY under some contract of putting so outrageous resolutions in small screens? Looks like they learned nothing from their UX series which squeezed 1024×600 pixels in an 4.3-inch display
HDD not easily upgradable: Although we do not upgrade the HDD everyday, but it should be easily swappable in case something goes wrong with the HDD or if the user wishes to use SSD

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Aware A-View netbook

Aware electronics is a Taiwanese based company, is showcasing its 7-inch netbook that has a detachable screen at the 2009 Electronics and Components China Sourcing Fair organized by Global Sources. The netbook is very cheap and retails at mere $150. The specifications are not impressive at all. It comes with just 512MB RAM and 8GB SSD for storage. The user has the choice to choose between either Windows OS or Linux OS.

Aware has plans to push their netbook in the emerging markets. That said, they have already made the Aware availbale in developed nations of Europe.

Netbook with detachable keyboard clears one thing for sure that the netboook is equipped with a touchscreen. I wonder why such design has not been so far used in the netbook industry. I hope it does not come with the 3-cell battery like the older A-VIEW netbooks.

The Fair is taking place in Hong Kong and ends today (April 15, 2009).

[Visit Aware.com] (the product is yet to appear on the website)

[via digitimes]

ASUS S121 now official

ASUS has made the bigger brother of sleek and stylish EEE S101 now official. Oddly enough, it is not carrying the EEE brand. May be it is due to the heavy price tag that it will carry.

Here are its specs:

  • 12.1-inch display
  • 1280 x 800 resolution
  • Intel Atom Z520 1.33GHz processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 250GB HDD
  • 1.3MP webcam
  • 3 USB ports
  • 1.45kg
  • 4-cell battery li-poly (3600mAh)

Intel Atom Z520 processor for such a premium laptop/netbook? Why ASUS, why?

Also, for the first time, ASUS is giving the user the option to opt for the Windows Vista (basic version). Do not get scared, XP version is still available.

READ ASUS EEE S101 review

[ASUS S121 webpage]

ASUS Eee 1002HA detailed review

What would you get if ASUS EEE S101 and EEE 1000H go to bed? An EEE 1002HA! The EEE 1002HA share the many of the hardware specifications of the EEE 1000H and sleek and svelte looks of the admiring EEE S101. Are we happy with what we get? Read the review to find out!

ASUS Eee 1002HA detailed review

Design

The EEE 1002HA looks very much like the S101. Infact, if you put both of them together, it would be very hard for someone to actually differentiate between of them unless you observe them closely. That said, we will cover the differences between S101 and 1002HA later this review.

The EEE 1002HA is made from brushed plastic which gives it a ‘expensive’ look as compared to other netbooks in the market. On the right, you will find a USB 2.0 port, microphone and earphone jack.

On the left, you will find two USB 2.0 ports.

On the front of the device, you will find speaker grills.

On the back of the device, you will find Kensington lock, power in, LAN port, VGA out port and multi-card reader.

The cover holds two LEDs which show the charging status and power status. The power LED lights up when the EEE is on and blinks when the netbook is in standby mode. The charging LED is orange on AC power and green on battery power. The cover needs a special mention. It is glossy and looks very stylish and certainly makes it look different from the rest of the netbooks.

The pictures just do not do full justice to the looks of the 1002HA. It looks much more professional than the 1000H as it is not as curvy. Even the area around the trackpad gives you a feel of expensive device. Personally, I found it more attractive the S101.

I know, I know! I need to clean 1000H's screen a little bit ;)

I know, I know! I need to clean 1000H’s screen a little bit

Display

The display is 10-inch (not 10.2-inch) as compared to other EEEs. Does that make any difference? Well, I did not know about the fact the display in 1002HA is 0.2-inch smaller than the other 10+inch netbooks, until I saw the specification sheet.

So, how is the display? Display is adequately sharp and colorful. It has the usual netbook resolution (1024 x 600).The display is non-glossy just like other EEE PCs. Two microphones also sit just beneath the display.

Keyboard

The keyboard forms the most important aspect of any netbook. When it comes to any 10-inch+ netbooks, people expect great keyboards so that they are able to type-on long documents on-the-go. The keyboard in 1002HA is excellent. While typing, you don’t have to press the keys much. Infact, I had to use even less force as compared to my 1000H, which also has great keyboard.

Again, just like S101 and 1000H, it comes with a small right shift key. Although, this problem is rectified in the newer EEEs (like 1000HE), this so-called problem has never bothered me. I’m happy with the keys arrangement and can live with the small right shift key.

Trackpad

The trackpad is 100% identical to the one found in EEE S101. It is big and easy to use. I faced no problems using it. It supports the usual multi-touch gestures like two finger scroll, zoom-in and zoom-out functions. Unlike 1000H, which has separate left and right click buttons, it has a single bar just like old EEE 700-series.

Speakers

It has two speakers, both located on the front. They are not as strong as the ones found on the 1000H, but they do their job nicely. They are fine for skype and for casual listening to music that does not has too much of bass.

Memory

It comes with 160GB HDD and a gig of RAM. It also comes with 10GB of EEE storage (link)

Upgradability

Just like other HDD-based EEE PCs, ASUS has provided access to the HDD and RAM. Although, replacing the RAM is quite easy, but replacing the HDD can be a quite tricky. Here is the tutorial on how to swap HDD and RAM of the EEE 1002HA

Battery Life

The EEE 1002HA is equipped with 4200mAh lithium-polymer battery. The ASUS claims that it should provide around 5 hours of battery life. I do not think you are ever going to achieve those numbers, but since it is a lithium-polymer battery, its performance as compared to the standard lithium-ion battery is better (as expected). However, we were able to get a little more than 3 hours under heavy wifi use. Without wifi, you may be able to stretch those numbers to somewhere between 3-3.5 hours, but not more than that.
Also, since the battery is located beneath the unit, it would be very difficult for ASUS or for the third party companies to come up with extended battery. On the brighter side, the battery’s weight is not too much. So, it is more sensible to get another battery instead of waiting for some company to come up with extended battery.

Comparison with 1000H

Firstly, the screen of 1000H can be tilted way farther as compared to the 1002HA

Secondly, the 1002HA feels much smaller than 1000H. While the EEE 1000H feels a little bit on the bulky side, this is not the case with the EEE 1002HA. The reason is that the width of the 1000H is little bigger than the 1002HA. This is due to the fact that the battery is located beneath the hinge of the 1000H, whereas the battery of 1002HA is located on the bottom of the device.

How is it different from EEE S101?

  • The keys in S101 had a unique crystal coating. This type of coating is missing in 1002HA
  • The S101 is slimmer than the 1002HA. The reason is the use of SSD in S101 which is considerably slimmer than the regular laptop HDD found in 1002HA

How about some benchmarks?

First, CrystalDiskMark benchmark on the 1002HA:

Results of Crystaldiskmark on S101. S101’s SSD completely nails the HDD of 1002HA

Now, here are the results of Crystalmark on 1002HA:

..and of S101’s. As you can see, the scores are nearly identical except in the HDD department.

Final Thoughts

The EEE 1002HA is a great machine which takes the all the positives of the EEE S101 and EEE 1000H. The ASUS took the challenge to produce a regular HDD-based EEE with the slim looks of S101. Are we happy with the final outcome? Yes! The 1002HA is great in performance and brings seriously professional looks. On the battery life front, it may not break and records, but with careful usage, you should easily get 3.5 hours+ of battery life.

Pros:

  • Shares the same sexy looks of the EEE S101
  • HDD is way roomy as compared to small SSD of S101
  • RAM and HDD easily upgradable
  • Feels expensive
  • Smaller than the 1000H
  • Zippy performance with the XP
  • 10GB EEE storage

Cons:

  • Battery life is not great
  • No extended battery options
  • Small right shift key

Also read:

Review of EEE S101
Tutorial to upgrade RAM and HDD of EEE 1002HA

HTC TOUCH PRO review = HTC DIAMOND + Keyboard

The HTC TOUCH PRO was launched by the HTC last year. Following the immense success of the HTC TYTN II, HTC came out with another groundbreaking device. This time, the scene was little different. The HTC TOUCH PRO is built on the design of the sweet and sexy HTC DIAMOND. The DIAMOND was without the keyboard and to make the proper successor of the HTC TYTN II, it needed to have a keyboard built-in. So, here we have, the HTC TOUCH PRO

Design

As mentioned above, the HTC TOUCH PRO is built along the design of the HTC TOUCH DIAMOND. No doubt, they both look very similar from the front side.

From the front, the TOUCH PRO looks exactly like the TOUCH DIAMOND except for the fact that it has curves along the sides.

On the left side of the device, you will find the familiar volume buttons.

The right side of the device is completely naked. As it must have been clear by now, the HTC wanted to keep the device as minimalistic as possible. However, a camera button the right side of the device would have been appreciated.

On the bottom of the device, you will find the HTC’s mini-USB hub which is used for both charging the device and for plugging in the headphones. Another nice improvement over the HTC DIAMOND is the placement of the soft reset button which is placed on the bottom of the device rather than the putting it beneath the cover, which was quite annoying as you had to remove the cover everytime you had to do soft reset the device.

Thickness of the device is considerably larger than the very slim HTC DIAMOND. The reason behind this is the incorporation of the keyboard, which we will covered in the next part.

Keyboard

The HTC TOUCH PRO comes with a very usable keyboard. The placement of the buttons is very well defined and they give the user good tactile feedback. Although, you need to make sure that your nails have been properly cut. Otherwise, you will have a hard time pressing the right key

Camera

The HTC TOUCH PRO features an auto-focus 3.2MP camera. The camera is exactly the same as the TOUCH DIAMOND except for the fact that it has a small flash light too. We found it to be pretty weak.

Here is how the auto-focus works. As-soon-as you gently place you finger over the round-DPAD, it start doing auto-focus. When the auto-focus is done, simply press the D-PAD button to capture the picture. Please note that the TOUCH PRO’s camera also captures video at QVGA resolution.

Storage

The TOUCH PRO comes with a generous 288MB of RAM and 512MNB of ROM. Out of that you get 110MB free RAM and 232MB of free storage  memory. This means that you will probably never run out of RAM. To expand the storage, it comes with a micro-SD slot that has full support for SDHC cards. This means that you can easily pop-in a micro-SD card upto 32GB in theory. The 16GB micro-SD card have already started to hit the market and can be found  for pretty reasonable prices on some online stores.

The micro-SD card is located behind the back panel. So, every time you need to change it, you will have to remove the back panel. So, make sure that you get the biggest one that you can find (and afford).

Phone

The phone picked up strong signals and we faced no problems in using the device even in low signal areas too.

Battery Life

The Touch Pro comes with a 1350mAh battery. Fortunately, the HTC did not go for the 900mAh battery which they used in Diamond. Even then, let’s keep in mind that the TOUCH PRO comes with a VGA display; a zippy processor and tons of connectivity options. If you use the WiFi, it would drain the device within 2-3 hours. So, it is recommended to keep it off when not in use. Overall, with moderate use, you should be able to get a full day of battery life.

Software

The TOUCH PRO uses Windows Mobile 6.1. But, that is not the highlight. HTC introduced the TOUCH FLO 3D, which makes interacting with the device much simpler than before. Now, even if you’ve never used Windows Mobile, you will face (almost) no problems in using the device.

To learn more about the TOUCH FLO 3D, see the software part of review of HTC FUZE.

Conclusion

I’m glad that HTC understood that there are people who require a hardware keyboard to type upon rather than completely relaying on soft keyboard completely. Couple that with powerful processor, VGA display and TV-capability, HTC has got a winner in their hands.

VISIT HTC TOUCH PRO official webpage

Specifications:

Processor Qualcomm® MSM7201A™ 528 MHz
Operating System Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
Memory ROM: 512 MB
RAM: 288MB
Dimensions 102 mm (L) X 51 mm (W) X 18.05 mm (T)
Weight 165 g (with battery)
Display 2.8-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with VGA resolution
Network HSPA/WCDMA:

  • Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz
  • Up to 2 Mbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds

Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE:

  • Europe/Asia: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

(Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)

Device Control TouchFLO™ 3D
Touch-sensitive navigation control
Keyboard Slide-out 5-row QWERTY keyboard
GPS Internal GPS antenna
Connectivity Bluetooth® 2.0 with EDR
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
HTC ExtUSB™ (11-pin mini-USB 2.0, audio jack, and TV Out* in one)
Camera Main camera: 3.2 megapixel color camera with auto focus and flash light
Second camera: VGA CMOS color camera
Audio Built-in microphone, speaker and FM radio with RDS

Comparison pictures of 900mAh and 1340mAh batteries [HTC DIAMOND] [Windows Mobile]

The HTC DIAMOND does not win any awards for its battery life. Let’s face it, even with average use, you won’t be able to last a full day with the stock battery, which has just 900mAh juice. HTC chose style over function on this device and I support their decision. Here is a picture of the extended battery sitting side-by-side with the stock battery.

Here is another one:

[xda-devs post] [pocketpc.ch blog]

Getting a HP 2100 series netbook? Get a 6-cell battery for just $25 instead of $129! [Netbook]

Is not it odd, when you hear the netbook manufactures costing you a bomb when you want higher capacities battery for your beloved netbook? Quite a lot of times, you end up paying almost 1/4th of the actual price of the whole netbook when purchasing an extended battery. Take the example of the HP Mini 2140 netbook, whose basic model costs $449. It come with a 3-cell battery, which lasts you about 2-2.5 hours depending on your usage. The 6-cell battery, if you purchase it later on will make shell out a mind-boggling $129, which is more than 1/4th of the price of base model of Mini 2140.

Instead, when buying a Mini 2140, you can bundle a 6-cell battery for a lot more affordable price of $25.

[HP Mini 2140 webpage]