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HP Slate Book 14 Specifications, comes with Nvidia Tegra 4

HP Slate Book 14 is now official and so are its specifications. Since it is called the Slate Book, it will runs Android operating system. The notebook also has a full HD touch screen as with Android it is highly recommended you have a touch panel.

So here are HP Slate Book 14 specifications as suggested by our close sources.

14.1 inch display
FHD touchscreen display packing 1920×1080 resolution
Nvidia Tegra 4 quad core SoC with four ARM cortex A15 cores all set to run at 1.8 GHz clock speed.
2 gigabytes of RAM
16GB of flash storage
802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
An HD webcam, dual microphones, Beats Audio support
32 watt hour battery with 10 hour battery life

HP Slate Book 14 Specifications

Our sources say that the HP Slate book will cost between 420 to 540 dollars. The notebook will be available in two colors – yellow which is shown above and pink.

This HP laptop runs V4.3 Android which has TRIM support and runs like a charm on it.

Gigaset QV830 QV1030 Specs Price

Gigaset has released QV830 and QV1030 at the CeBIT 2014 technology event. Both have quad cores processors and run Android 4.2 jelly bean operating system. Many do not know that Gigaset is a German company that is popular for making cordless phones for home and office use.

Both Gigaset QV830 and QV1030 come with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system with play store onboard to ensure you have access to millions of applications outside the box.

Gigaset QV830 QV1030 Specs Price

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Zotac Tegra Note 7 Review

Nvidia has announced 7 inch android tablet for the domestic Japanese market, and it is called Tegra Note 7. It is priced at 25,800 Japanese Yen, and will be released on December 4, 2013. This tablet is sold by Hong Kong’s ZOTAC. This is how its packaging looks like. Specs wise, it is very powerful. You get a Nvidia Tegra 4 five core processor based on ARM Cortex A15 architecture, 1.8 GHz clock speed, 1GB RAM, 16GB flash storage, Android 4.2.2 operating system, 7 inch IPS display, 1280×800 pixel resolution, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and up to 10 hours of battery life.

Nvidia Tegra Note 7 Review

Back of the Nvidia Tegra Note 7 tablet is very unique. Speaker is on the left and right side of the display. bass is pretty good for such small speakers. There is a 5 megapixel camera on the back for taking pictures.

Nvidia Tegra 4 Note 7 Review

Right now, it runs Android 4.2.2, but the company is promising an OTA update that will upgrade it to Android 4.3 that brings the much needed TRIM support that prevents the tablet from slowing down after some usage.  It comes with a stand which can be positioned in 3 ways.

Nvidia Tegra 4 Note 7 Review stand

It has a stylus on the top left. This is how it looks like.

Nvidia Tegra Note 7 stylus

Tegra Note 7    Nexus 7 (2013)    Nexus 7 (2012)
Ice Storm Unlimited    Ice Storm score    16,001    10,733    3,248
Graphics score    16,748    10,489    2,814
Physics score    13,841    11,682    7,055
Graphics test 1    92.1 FPS    52.9 FPS    12.4 FPS
Graphics test 2    57.4 FPS    39.5 FPS    12.1 FPS
Physics test    44.8 FPS    36.4 FPS    22.4 FPS

Nokia Lumia 525 Specs, Price

Nokia has posted detailed specs and videos of the Lumia 520’s successor, the Lumia 525. While it looks and feels just like the Lumia 520, it has double the RAM (1 GB VS 512 MB). It is priced at 200 dollars and is SIM unlocked, which means you do not need to get into contract after buying it.

Nokia Lumia 525 Specs, Price

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Toshiba NB200 netbook launched

Toshiba has added a new netbook to their range, the NB200. The NB200 will now replace its older model, NB100. Specifications wise, it does NOT sports anything worth taking note of though.

  • 1.6GHz N270/1.66GHz N280 Intel Atom processor
  • Intel 945GSE graphics
  • 160GB hard drive
  • built in WiFi, Bluetooth
  • 3G

It will go on sale in the UK in May for £319 ($464).

Here is its press release:

Toshiba Computer Systems today
announced a new addition to its mini-notebook range with the launch
of the new Mini NB200 – a portable, highly stylish 10.1” laptop
perfectly designed to fit the modern digital lifestyle.
The Mini NB200 is the perfect device for consumers looking for a
stylish and reliable PC. A selection of models are available, with
consumers able to take their pick from a 1.6GHz Intel® Atom®
Processor N270, or the new, more powerful Intel® N280 Atom®
Processor, offering a clock speed of 1.66GHz. Both models also
feature the Intel® 945GSE graphics chipset, and offer more than
enough power for browsing the internet, emailing, running basic PC
applications and enjoying digital media – currently the four most
popular uses for mini notebooks.
A Truly Modern Design
With Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition as standard, the Mini
NB200 offers a new ultra thin platform with a striking new design,
with a unique textured cover to appeal to the most style-conscious of
consumers. The new, near full-size keyboard on the Mini NB200 is
available with a new ‘tiled’ layout to offer cleaner look and feel.
A total of four colour options will also be available, in shades of
brown, black, white and pink1 guaranteeing a design to suit any taste.
The Mini NB200 comes with a 10.1” widescreen TruBrite LED
backlight display (1024×600) providing richer colours and clearer
definition – perfect for browsing the internet. A standard three cell
Pink edition available from Q3 2009
battery offers life of up to four hours, while an upgraded nine cell
variation delivers up to nine hours life from a single charge –
providing maximum working flexibility when operating away from the
HDD protection
Integrated Hard Disk Drive (HDD) storage of 160GB ensures that
users have extensive storage space available for multimedia content
and personal documents. While the highly portable nature of mini-
notebooks exposes them to the knocks and bumps that are an
inevitable feature of life on the move, the Mini NB200 features a 3D-
accelerometer monitoring system that detects freefalls, shocks and
vibrations and protects the integrated HDD to secure against the loss
of any personal data.
An integrated 0.3MP webcam provides a portable option for online
video and teleconferencing, while connectivity including Bluetooth
and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) allows users to easily connect to the internet
on the move. Three integrated USB 2.0 slots are also included,
providing the ability to plug into any number of external peripherals.
One of the three USB ports also features Toshiba’s innovative Sleep-
and-Charge technology, allowing users to charge mobile phones and
personal media players, even when the mini NB200 is turned off.
As a responsible global corporate citizen, Toshiba ensures that all
laptops are RoHS-compliant, effectively reducing the environmental
impact by restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other
hazardous substances. The new Toshiba mini NB200 is ENERGY
STAR® 5.0 ready2.

[via crunchgear]

New SSD processors from SandForce to provide better performance (SF-1000)

Sandforce unveiled SF-1000 SSD, which employ Sandforce’s new processor that is going to provide consumers cheap and reliable way of storing data on their computers. Thanks to its new  Duraclass technology, the company is confident that it will blur away all the doubts that some people have developed about the MLC SSDs regarding their endurance, reliability and data retention issues.

They claim that their controller technology will allow the MLC (Multi Layer Cell) to be used in place of SLC (Single Layer Cell). This would reduce the cost nearly 4 times as compared to what the SLC used to cost. The company also claims its controller can improve MLC sequential read/writes to 250MB/sec. or 30,000 I/Os per second using 4k random writes.

If you do not know the difference between the SLC and MLC. Do not panic. Basically, SLC is superior to MLC as they promise better performance and more write cycles. MLC, on the other hand cost less than the SLC and generally come with higher storage capacity.

[Sandforce product page]

Here is the actual press release:

Breakthrough DuraClass Technology Sets New Standards for SSD Reliability, Performance and Energy Efficiency

SARATOGA, CA. – April 13, 2009 – SandForce™ Inc., the pioneer of SSD (Solid State Drive) Processors that enable commodity NAND flash deployment in enterprise and mobile computing applications, today emerged from stealth mode and unveiled its first product, the SF-1000 SSD Processor family. These highly-integrated silicon devices address the inherent endurance, reliability, and data retention issues associated with NAND flash memory, making it possible to build SSDs that deliver unprecedented performance over the life of the drive with orders-of-magnitude higher reliability than enterprise-class HDDs (Hard Disk Drives).

The SandForce patent-pending DuraClass™ technology promises to accelerate mass-market SSD adoption. Leading OEMs are expected to release both SLC (single level cell) and MLC (multi-level cell) flash-based SSDs using SandForce single-chip SSD Processors later this year. IDC expects worldwide shipments of SSD’s in the Enterprise and PC markets will exceed 40 million units in 2012, representing a CAGR of 171% from 2007-2012. (IDC, Worldwide Solid State Drive 2009-2012 Forecast Update, Doc # 216054, January 2009)

“The SF-1000 SSD Processor Family promises to address key NAND flash issues allowing MLC flash technologies to be reliably used in broad based, mission critical storage environments,” said Mike Desens, Vice President for System Design, IBM. “These innovations can be truly disruptive and will accelerate the adoption of Solid State technologies across the data center.”
DuraClass is the Difference

DuraClass technology represents a set of flash management features that work in tandem to deliver world-class SSD reliability, performance, and power efficiency that differentiate SandForce SSD Processors from standard flash controllers. These features include:

* DuraWrite™, which optimizes the number of program cycles to the flash effectively extending flash rated endurance by 80x or more when compared to standard controllers.
* Powerful flash media error correction (ECC) and RAISE™ (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements), which deliver an orders-of-magnitude improvement in drive reliability versus today’s SSDs and enterprise HDDs. The result is single-drive RAID-like protection and recovery from a potentially catastrophic single flash block or die failure – all while avoiding the inefficiencies of traditional RAID.
* Wear Leveling and Monitoring, which provides monitoring of flash block operational metrics to optimize wear leveling algorithms, further extending flash endurance.
* Advanced Read/Program Disturb Management, which safeguards against errant re-programming of cells during read and program cycles and unexpected power loss.
* Recycler, which intelligently performs garbage collection with the least impact on flash endurance.

With smaller silicon geometries and the trend toward packing more bits per cell in flash devices, there has been a dramatic reduction in the cost-per-gigabyte for NAND flash-based SSDs. However, these changes have also reduced the reliability characteristics of flash devices, i.e., lower endurance, worse data integrity, and shorter data retention. DuraClass features are architected to scale and compensate for these flash shortcomings for generations to come.

“Products like the SF-1000 Family can be major catalysts for increasing SSD adoption in the enterprise,” said Jeff Janukowicz, Research Manager, Hard Disk Drive Components and Solid State Disk Drives at IDC. “These products should have a highly positive impact on efficiency and total-cost-of-ownership when used in IT applications such as virtualization, transactional databases, and automated financial trading – applications which can immediately benefit from the dramatic increase in performance and performance-per-watt that SSDs provide over HDDs.”
Enabling SSD Mass Market Adoption

The SF-1000 Family features a standard 3 gigabit-per-second SATA host interface connecting up to 512 gigabytes of commodity NAND flash memory, and delivers 30K IOPS (random 4K read or write transfers), and 250MB/s performance (sequential 128KB read or write transfers) with 100 micro-second latency. SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) connectivity is easily achieved via a third-party SAS-SATA bridge available from multiple sources. Even more impressive, SF-1000-based SSDs can sustain peak performance for 5-year enterprise lifecycles without artificial daily usage restrictions or costly over-provisioning techniques. SandForce provides software, firmware, reference designs, and complete design kits to enable OEMs to bring SSDs to market quickly.

“In spite of a deluge of offerings, SSD growth has been hindered due to confusion and concerns regarding endurance, reliability, performance and prices”, said Joseph Unsworth, Research Director at Gartner, Inc. “Products that can alleviate these quality concerns through superior flash management will play a vital role in the enterprise-grade and PC-grade SSD categories.”
Green Computing

SSDs based on the SF-1000 Family are amongst the most eco-friendly storage drives in the world as they deliver an unprecedented 5K IOPS-per-watt for both reads and writes compared to enterprise HDDs, which deliver a mere 20 IOPS-per-watt.

“With a deep understanding of both system- and silicon-level issues, we’ve integrated the right balance of reliability, performance, power, cost, and time-to-market in our SSD Processors while supporting multiple flash vendors’ technology,” said Alex Naqvi, President and CEO of SandForce. “Our products combine key processing elements with hardware automation to efficiently address the traditional shortcomings of flash memory. This allows OEMs to provide enterprise-class SSDs to the mass-market using both SLC and lower-cost MLC flash devices while delivering peak read and write performance throughout the drive’s lifecycle.”
Product Information

SF-1000 Enterprise and Mobile Computing SSD Processors will be available in prototype quantities later in the second calendar quarter of 2009. SF-1000 Evaluation SSDs and reference designs in standard 2.5” drive form factors will also be available using multiple manufacturers’ NAND flash memory. Please contact SandForce for availability, pricing and product information.
Transforming Data Storage

Twikini – another Twitter client for Windows Mobile

Twitter clients are on fire! As the popularity of the twitter grows more and more everyday, lot of programmers have taken interest in developing applications that let the people twit easily.

Main Features

  • FAST! Unlike other Twitter apps for Windows® Mobile, Twikini is written entirely in native C++ code for maximum performance and the fastest load time possible.
  • Simple, uncluttered, and customizable user interface. Choose from a variety of themes for the best reading experience.
  • Post tweets using a full screen editor. Optionally, set your location (either manually or using GPS) along with your status updates.
  • Twitpic integration to post photos with your status updates. Select existing photos or click new ones from your device’s camera.
  • Read status updates just like browsing a web page. Quickly reply, retweet, favorite, or email other people’s tweets.
  • Windows Media Player integration. Automatically tweet the song and artist you’re listening to.
  • Single download that is compatible with all Windows® Mobile devices – both touch and non-touch.

It is nice to see another twitter application for windows mobile.

Download here (freeware)

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Acer 11-inch Aspire One pictures

Engadget was able to take some exclusive pictures of the Acer 11-inch Aspire one. It looks quite huge to me in pictures, much wider than I expected it to be.

Here are its specifications:

  • Atom Z530 + Intel SCH USW15S chipset
  • Intel GMA 500 integrated graphics
  • 1366 x 768 (16:9)
  • Power consumption: 4.3W
  • 8-hour lifespan with 6-cell battery (5200mAh)
  • 160GB HDD
  • 802.11 b/g WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • 3G
  • Dolby Pro Logic Sound
  • multicard reader

Here are more pictures of it:

Gigabyte T1028 TouchNote get its product page

Gigabyte T1028 TouchNote netbook made its first appearance at CeBIT 2009. Its product page is now finally online at Gigabyte’s web site. The T1028 is convertible netbook or shall we say tablet, which comes with  10.1-inch screen with backlight display. You can choose between two processors: Intel Atom N270 processor running at 1.6GHz or the newer N280 running at 1.66GHz processor. It comes with 1GB RAM, an integrated 3.5G module, Wi-fi and optional WiMAX.

The Gigabyte also lets you choose higher resolution: 1366 x 768 (instead of netbook-ish 1024 x 600).


Intel reveals new mobile processors for MIDs: Moorestone, Z550 and Z515

Intel Atom processor is now 1 year old. On its birthday, Intel has introduced two new processor for the MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices). The next generation ARM platform known as Moorestone consumes 10 times less power as compared to the earlier Atom platforms.

Moorestown is comprised of a system on chip (Lincroft) that integrates a 45nm Intel Atom processor core, graphics, video and memory controller, and a companion I/O hub (Langwell).

Intel also annouced two processors which are going to soon debut in the netbook scene: Z550 and Z515. We mentioned about both of them few weeks back. Z515 is meant for low-powered MIDs. It will come with Intel Burst Performance Technology (Intel BPT), which will make the processor run at 1.2GHz when needed.

The Z550 is the first Atom processor to officially reach the 2.0GHz barrier. The Z550 consumes the same amount of power as the 1.86GHz Atom processor.

[via digitimes]