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Acer Aspire One Netbook (AOD150) now available in US [Netbook]

read Acer Aspire D150 review

Acer has now officially launched the highly awaited Acer Aspire one 103, which is going to be known as Aspire One AOD150 in US. The models are starting from $349.99, which means that Acer is going to follow the same plan which they followed for the original Acer Aspire one, which too was launched at mere $399 last year.

Here are the words directly from the Vice President of Acer America, Sumit Agnihotry,

“The new 10.1-inch Aspire One has something for everyone, whether a business user continuously on-the-go, a young student needing an introductory PC, or tech aficionado seeking a lightweight, secondary device with enduring battery power. Netbooks are an ideal solution for those who want a balance of mobility and productivity for quick and easy access to the Internet and other computing needs.”

Here are the specifications of the new 10.1 Acer Aspire One netbook (once again):

  • Intel® Atom™ Processor N270 (1.60GHz)
  • Windows XP® Home with Service Pack 3
  • 10.1-inch WSVGA Acer CrystalBrite™ TFT LCD 1024 x 600
  • Mobile Intel® 945GSE Express Chipset
  • 1024MB DDR2 533 MHz SDRAM Single Channel Memory
  • Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950
  • 160GB SATA 5400RPM Hard Drive
  • Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader
  • Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED®
  • Acer Crystal Eye Web Camera
  • Two Built-in Stereo Speakers
  • Three USB 2.0 Ports
  • 6-cell Li-ion Battery (4400 mAh)
  • 2.95 lbs.
  • 10.2” (W) x 8.0” (D) x 1.31” (H)

LG releases SU200 aka Incite Windows Mobile phone in Korea [Windows Mobile]

LG has released SU200 in Korea today. The SU200 is Windows Mobile 6.1 powered phone, which is targeted to be a cheap phone. It was released in US last year as LG Incite. It will be made available in the second half of 2009 via LG and KTF

Specifications

  • Windows Mobile 6.1
  • WQVGA resolution (240 x 400)
  • 3-inch display
  • Wifi
  • 3G
  • 3MP camera
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

The specifications are not earth shattering but since this is going to be a budget handset, we can spare LG for it ;)

[LG electronics Korea] [via newswire]

thanks to Jamie for the tip!

ASUS EEE PC 1000HE quite announced – claims 9.5 hours of battery life! [Netbook]

ASUS today quitely unveiled their new netbook, EEE 1000HE, where “E” means extended. The new netbook features the new Intel Atom processor (N280) running at 1.66GHz, which is whopping 60Hz faster than it’s predecessor. It also features a HD-capable Intel GD40 chipset. But, here is the more interesting part: ASUS claims that it manages 9.5 hours of battery life! Smokes!

Specifications:

ASUS EEE PC 1000HE quite announced claims 9.5 hours of battery life

Intel Atom N280 processor @ 1.66GHz
160GB HDD
1GB RAM
10GB EEE storage (read more about it)
WiFi b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.0

The EEE 1000HE features the new improved chicklet style keyboard, which features bigger right shift key. To make the package more attractive, folks at ASUS have also thrown in a 10GB EEEstorage. It is quite funny that in the press release they’re calling the combi of HDD and EEE storage a hybrid storage. Hybrid storage in netbook world means usage of both HDD and SSD in the same machine. EEE storage (reviewed here) is nothing but a online storage scheme by ASUS

more commentary: Although the ASUS claims 9.5 hours of battery life, but under what conditions? Here is the extract from their press release:

Estimated maximum battery life under Windows XP is measured with BatteryMark 4.0.1 (in Eee PC Super Hybrid Engine Power-Saving mode, 40% LCD brightness, Wi-Fi off, BT off, and camera disabled).

In actual conditions, where the user would be using WiFi, one should be able to get 4.5-5 hours, which is still a great achievement nevertheless.

ClarionMiND MID from Clarion coming soon [MID]

Clarion joins the MID and also a portable navigation system powered by Intel Atom processor. Hardware-wise, it is pretty weak. It comes with quite low capacity 4GB SSD with mere 512MB RAM. And don’t get your hopes up by the Intel Atom processor as the clock speed is quite pathetic, 800MHz. On the funny side, the Clarion calls the WVGA 800×480 resolution screen high-resolution.

It comes with Google Maps and offers full Internet Browsing thanks to (custom version of) Firefox.

It also offers traffic updates provided by Traffic.com. Although it has just 4GB SSD, but it comes with micro-SD slot, which lets you to expand the memory easily. Clairon’s new MID is intelligent enough to switch from mobile mode to car mode when placed into Car’s cradle.

Features and Specs:

  • 4.8” WVGA (800×480) LCD display with Touch-Screen
  • Intel® Atom™ Processor
  • 800MHz Clock Speed
  • 512MB DRAM
  • 4GB SSD Flash Memory
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® IEEE 802.11 b/g
  • Built-in Bluetooth® 2.0 + EDR Dial-up Networking (tethering)
  • Built-in GPS Antenna/ Receiver
  • Built-in Amplifier and Speaker
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • 2 USB Ports (Standard/ Mini)
  • Headphone Jack
  • microSD Card Slot
  • One Touch Keys
  • Docking Station Connector

Price is not so friendly. You will have to shell out $699 to get yourself one of these MIDs. Personally, I find it quite over-priced considering the fact that it comes with a low powered processor and pathetic amount of RAM.

[ClarionMiND link]

New Netbook from Mouse Computers – llyama KDU-G1 [Netbook]

Mouse Computer Japan have rolled out a new netbook in Japan, llyama KDU-G1. It will come with Windows XP (home) as operating system.

Specification

Atom N270 Processor (1.6GHz)
10.2″ WSVGA screen
Wi-Fi b/g
1GB RAM, 160GB HDD or 2GB RAM, 320GB HDD

New Netbook from Mouse Computers - llyama KDU-G1

Although, it is does not have a built-in DVD drive like the LB-F1500, but it does have the option of 320GB HDD, which should be more than enough who works on the go on netbooks.

[Mouse Computers]

ASUS Eee Top ET1602 launched [NetTop]

The ASUS Eee Top ET1602, the all-in-one touch-screen computer that comprises the full functionality of a regular desktop PC. Eee Top comes with a comprehensive suite of touch-optimized applications spanning productivity, entertainment and communications—enabling users to do virtually anything, easily

The EEE top is equipped with a 15.6″ resistive touchscreen, which would let you to use the select objects on the screen with your fingers. The LCD has a wide viewing angle of 170° (H)/160° (V), which would makes it great to watch movies with your family in your living room. It weighs at 4.3kg, but you won’t be moving along with it. Right?

The specifications are netbook-ish. It is powered by an Intel Atom N270 processor and 1GB RAM. Capacity of HDD is 160GB. Since, this would be mainly used for watching media, it has a “high quality audio chip” and has 4 Hi-Fi speakers.

Since, it does not has a graphic card, it would not be able to play the 1080p videos, but it should have no problem in playing 720p videos. It is priced at $980 (INR 44,000)

Mr. Albert Tung, Managing Director – ASUS

Learn more about it here || global link here

Eee Top Windows XP FULL Specifications:

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HTC updates Touch Cruise [Windows Mobile]

Previously codenamed as HTC Lolite has now been formally announced as HTC TOUCH CRUISE. The Touch Cruise has been given an updated look. Other than different looks, HTC has bought numerous software enhancements on the Touch Cruise.

The new HTC Touch Cruise is the first mobile phone to offer HTC Footprints, an application experience that enables people to permanently chronicle their special moments by capturing a digital postcard on their phone. Once captured, Footprints provides the ability to take notes and an audio clip of that favourite restaurant or special place while identifying its specific geographical location. In addition to identifying each postcard with its specific GPS co-ordinates, Footprints also auto-names each postcard with its general location or area.

When placed into its accompanying car cradle, the HTC Touch Cruise automatically transforms its user interface into an easy-to-use, one-touch interface.

HTC Touch Cruise Specifications

  • Size: 102 x 53.5 x 14.5mm
  • Weight: 103 grams
  • Connectivity: WCDMA/HSPA: 900/2100MHz. HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
  • Operating system: Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  • Display: 2.8-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with QVGA resolution
  • Control panel: HTC TouchFLO™, 4-Way navigation wheel with Enter and HTC Footprints™ buttons
  • Camera: 3.2 MP, with fixed focus
  • Internal memory: 512 MB flash ROM, 256 MB RAM
  • Expansion Slot: microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
  • Bluetooth: 2.0 with EDR
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
  • GPS: GPS/A-GPS
  • Interface: HTC ExtUSB (mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one)
  • Battery: 1100 mAh
  • Talk time: GSM: up to 400 minutes
  • Standby time: GSM: up to two weeks
  • Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM7225™, 528 MHz

Both RAM and ROM have been doubled from the older Touch Cruise. Battery capacity has been reduced to 1100mAh from 1350mAh though.

[HTC TOUCH CRUISE]

Toshiba NB10 updated [Netbook]

Toshiba has increased the storage capacity in their only netbook, the Toshiba NB10. Now, the buyers have the choice of getting either the one with the 160GB HDD or 64GB SSD. You also have two color choices: “Champagne Gold” (shown above in picture) and “Galaxy Black”. Specifications-wise, there is nothing revolutionary, just plain-Jane netbook specs.

Specifications

  • 8.9-inch WSVGA screen
  • 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU
  • Intel 945 GSE Express Chipset
  • 0.3 MegaPixel webcamera
  • 1GB RAM
  • LED Backlight
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Windows Vista/Windows XP

So far, this model has been made available only in Japan. No word on when it will be made available in rest of the countries.

[akihabaranews]

Dell Mini 10 – Another netbook from Dell

Dell has come up with another netbook to add to it’s Dell Mini range. The new Dell mini 10 has built in TV tuner, a 3G WWAN, 10-inch display. It is powered by an Intel Atom Z530 processor. Just like any other netbook manufacture, Dell has not forgotten to put in a multi-touch touchpad with which you can do some exclusive Dell gestures like going back to homescreen, auto-scrolling and my Favorties

There was a gap for a 10-inch netbook from Dell. Dell mini 10 is perfect for those who found the Dell Mini 9 too small and Dell mini 12 too big. It features an excellent edge-to-edge keyboard which provides great typing experience. It comes with 802.11b/g/n and GPS too. The display has a 16:9 ratio, which makes it great for HD movies.

The release date and pricing is unkown at this moment

MSI U115 Hybrid netbook – claims to be world's first hybrid notebook computer

MSI today announces U115 Hybrid. The very first notebook computer in the world that is capable of operating both SSD and HDD hard drives simultaneously, combining all the features of SSD and HDD in the U115 Hybrid for your enjoyment.

So, SSD and HDD under the same hood. Isn’t this we all have been waiting for? There is something even more in the press release that caught my attention:

U115 Hybrid will temporarily disconnect the HDD system while operating in “ECO on Mode”. Retrieving and storing files will all be done with the SSD system, the battery life of U115 Hybrid is super long. The HDD system can also be activated with a few simple functions for the large storage space.

And it has impressive specifications too:

  • 10.2″ display
  • LED-powered backlight
  • Weight: 1kg with 3-cell battery
  • Intel® Poulsbo US15W 1.6GHz processor
  • 8GB SSD+80GB HDD or 16GB SSD+160GB HDD