digitimes News and Updates

Big Screen iPhone Release Date

So you think Apple iPhone screen is too small? Well, Apple is indeed testing an iPhone with a much bigger display that is slated to be released in the month of May 2014. If rumors are to be believed, Apple may not call this iPhone the iPhone 6, and it would be a part of an entirely new product line.

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Screen size will reach 5 inches

According to reports, Apple’s big-screen version of the iPhone is likely to reach 5 inches. It is unclear how Apple will be calling this big-screen iPhone.

Apple A8 processor with 20nm manufacturing technology

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Taiwan media, Digitimes cites that Apple will be releasing this big screen iPhone in May, and iPhone 6 will be unveiled in October.  The next generation iPhone with the larger screen will be using the "TSMC’s 20-nanometer processor", and Apple will be calling it Apple A8. [pconline Chinese]

Global netbook shipments to reach 50 million units in 2010

Global notebook shipments will reach approximately 200 million in 2010. According to Acer chairman, JT Wang, nebtooks will account for 25% or 50 million of total netbook sales.

As the netbooks get more powerful everyday, more and more people are buying netbooks as they are much more mobile than carrying a back-breaking notebook.

[via digitimes]

MSI to unveil Android-powered netbook at Computex 2009

There are rumors and reports coming from all around the world that the MSI is planning to unveil a netbook running Android OS. MSI may or may not make the Android netbook for direct sale to consumer as it has plans to gain order from other PC vendors.

The Computex is beginning June 2, 2009 which is still more than a month away. If the rumor is true then, I’m pretty sure that the MSI won’t be able to keep its ‘little jem’ under the wraps for that long.

[via digitimes]

Compal reducing R&D support for MIDs – Are they not selling well?

MID (Mobile Internet Devices) is a segment which started along with UMPCs (ultra mobile PCs) and Netbook. Both UMPCs and MIDs simply failed to take off.

The Compal Electronics has reduced its R&D resources specifically allocated for MIDs due to the uncertain business outlook for the segment, according to industry sources.

However, Compal made a wise move by shifting those employees to the netbook R&D segment.

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There is no use of using N280 + GN40 combo if you are using Windows XP

Intel N280 processor and GN40 chipset provides better hardware video decoding and 3D graphics performance only if you are using Windows Vista. This is because only Vista (or later) gives you directX 10 and DXVA 2.0.

Unfortunately, most of the netbooks are still shipping with the Windows XP. With Windows XP, you only get DXVA 1.0 due to which hardware video decoding does not work properly. With Vista, DXVA 2.0 is available and hardware decoding worked fine.

Right now, only Eee PC 1004DN and Gigabyte Technology’s Touch Note T1028 have GN40 chipset. It may be true that netbooks with N280+GN40 combo may offer better hardware video decoding, but the overall performance with a BETA product like Vista is simply horrible on the netbooks.

I tried Vista on my EEE 1000H with 2GB RAM and the performance is disappointing. I will (patiently) wait for the Windows 7 instead.

[via digitimes]

Intel to ship nearly 2 million Classmate PCs in year 2009!

Intel Classmate PC, which sold nearly 700,000 in the year 2008 is forcasted to be break 2 million mark this year. In China, Intel has partnered with the local network provider Haier to sell Classmate PCs there. It is also taking procurement orders from parts of Europe and Southeast Asia.

The netbook vendors have become a little worried due to this as they think that this move by Intel can impact their sales. In defending itself, Intel said that it no plans to compete in netbook market. Intel added that they will continue to work with OEM partners to sell Classmate PCs for the youth education

[via digitimes]

Another proof of how popular the netbooks are – Total sales to reach 37% of total notebooks sales in 2009!

Nobody had thought 2 years back that the netbooks would become so popular. Last year, the netbooks had already conquered 20% of the total notebook market. This year, it is being estimated that netbooks will account for nearly 37% of the total notebook sales by the end of this year and about 40% by the year 2012(!).

However, by 2012, I don’t think there would be any difference based on the feature set between a notebook and netbook (except for the small size, of course).

[via digitimes]

Dell Mini 10 3G version now available in China

Dell has shaked hands with the China Mobile to let the users enjoy 3G services on the go. Not only China Mobile, Dell has teamed up with other global telecom providers including Vodafone in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, AT&T in the US, M1 and Starhub in Singapore, and Maxis in Malaysia.

It will retailed at $575 in China.

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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]