Dell Vostro 2510: 15.4″ Stylish Business Notebook PC

Dell Vostro 2510 Specifications

Display: 15.4″ Wide TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel Format: 1440 x 900 or 1920 x 1200
GPU: 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
CPU: 1.8, 2.0, 2.60GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5670, T5870, T9500, 2/2/6MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB
RAM: Up to 4GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
HDD: 160GB (5400RPM), 250GB (7200RPM), 320GB (5400RPM)
Optical: Slot Load 8x DVD+/-RW or Slot Load Blu-ray/DVD/CD Burner (BD Write Capable)
Connectivity: WiFi (802.11a/g/n depending on WiFi option), Bluetooth, USB 2.0 (4), VGA, Ethernet, FireWire (4-pin), ExpressCard/54
External Storage: 8-in-1 Media Card Reader
Battery: 6-cell 58WHr, 9-cell 87WHr
Dimensions: 14.6 x 10.16 x 1-1.5″ (357 x 258 x 25.4-38mm)
Weight: 5.72lbs+ (1440 x 900 LCD, 160GB HDD, DVD+/-RW, 6-cell Battery)
Availability: Now
Price: Starts at US$899

Dell Vostro 2510: 15.4

Dell‘s Vostro 2510 can be considered a stylish business-class notebook PC. The Vostro stylish is quite bland but Dell has added a touch of color to it to make it a bit more fashion conscious. The starting price is quite aggressive given the specifications, but the price can build quickly. For instance, upgrading from the 1.8GHz T5670 CPU to the 2.60GHz T9500 will require an additional $500. You want Blu-ray write capability? Tack on another $535. Gotta have 802.11n? An additional $49-$59 is required. Want the Vostro 2510 to last a bit more on battery? The 85WHr 9-cell will be $100 extra. The final price ends up more than US$2400. For that kind of money, it might be wise to go with an alternative, such as Sony’s newly introduced and reviewed FW Series. But there seems to be a special option for the 15.4″ LCD. Continue reading →

Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) Q2’08 Large-Area LCD Shipments Increase 19% Q/Q

Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) reported its unaudited Q2’08 earnings results on July 31, 2008. The results are more positive than expected. Here are the details:

  • Net Sales (Revenue): Up 3.7% Q/Q to NT$95,489 million
  • Gross Profit: Down 7.8% Q/Q to NT$21,228 million
  • Operating Income: Down 14.1% Q/Q to NT$15,255 million
  • Net Income: Down 10.2% Q/Q to NT$13,740 million
  • Large-Area LCD Unit Shipments: Up 19% Q/Q to 18.6 million
  • Blended ASP for Large-Area LCD: Down 7.2% Q/Q to US$164

Unit shipments increased 19% Q/Q but all financial measures declined due to ASPs declining by 7.2%. This doesn’t make sense: the offset made by a much stronger performance in unit shipments should lead to positive financial results since ASPs declined only 7.2%. Let’s dig deeper. Continue reading →

Corning: Clueless

Of course, Corning isn’t completely clueless, but according to some statements made by CFO Jim Flaws and CEO Wendell Weeks, Corning doesn’t seem to be taking into consideration current developments in the LCD supply chain when forecasting the rest of the year for LCD glass demand. Flaws was quite positive in his outlook for the rest of the year and said, “We expect some of the excess inventory has been built in anticipation of tight panel supplies in the second half. If retail strength continues as expected, we expect that excess inventory in the supply chain can be worked off.” Quite interesting and misses the main crux of recent developments. Potential tight panel supplies in the second half is resulting in excess inventory… of LCD TV sets? So brands such as Sony, Samsung, Sharp, LG, Panasonic, Toshiba, Vizio, etc. are double-booking LCD procurement in Q2’08 because they anticipate a LCD shortage in 2H’08? And that is why inventory has built up?

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Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) Decrease 2008 LCD Shipment Forecast by 6%

Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT), the third largest LCD manufacturer in Taiwan, announced that it has decreased its large-area LCD shipment forecasts for 2008 by 6%. The reduction in its goal for the year is in response to weaker-than-expected demand for LCD panels. Here is the breakdown by large-area LCD application:

  • LCD Monitor Panels: Original goal 19.2M (9.5M 1H’08, 9.7M 2H’08) –> 17.9M (9.4M, 8.5M). This is a reduction of 6.77%.
  • Notebook PC Panels: Original goal 6.8M (3M 1H’08, 3.8M 2H’08) –> 6.1M (2.9M, 3.2). This is reduction of 10.29%.
  • LCD TV Panels: Original goal 2.7M (1.4M 1H’08, 1.3M 2H’08) –> 2.9M (1.4M, 1.5M). This is an increase of 7.4%.

CPT has also reduced its fab utilization rates by 10%, similar to LG Display and Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) and AU Optronics (AUO), for the short-term and only until the end of August. Clearly CPT is expecting the second half of the year to experience a rebound in demand for LCD TVs. This is questionable as even Sony has mentioned that it has a cautious outlook for the rest of the year. Sony maintained its LCD TV forecast of 17M units for 2008 in its latest earnings report.

Source: DigiTimes

[tags]Chunghwa Picture Tubes, CPT, Display Manufacturer, LCD Manufacturer, LCD Monitor, LCD TV, Notebook PC, LG Display, Chi Mei Optoelectronics, CMO, Sony[/tags]

LG KF300/L706ie Wine Phone

LG KF300/L706ie Wine Phone Specifications

Display: 2.4″ (main), 1.8″ (sub)
Pixel Format: 240 x 320 (2.4″)
Camera: 2MP
Connectivity: 3G
Dimensions: 100 x 51 x 17.3mm
Weight: 106g

LG KF300/L706ie Wine Phone

LG‘s KF300 aka L706ie aka the Wine Phone has a 2.4″ TFT LCD for the main display and a smaller 1.8″ design-integrated display on the cover. The 2.4″ LCD sports a pixel format of 240 x 320, pretty standard for clamshell designed mobile phones. I must say the picture taken by AVING is very well done as it shows its elegant design. It is hard to describe in words, but if there was a picture of the Wine Phone next to a glass of white wine it wouldn’t look out of place. The Wine Phone will make its Japanese debut on August 1, 2008.

Source: AVING

[tags]LG, LG KF300, LG L706ie, LG Wine Phone, 2.4″, 240 x 320, 3G[/tags]

Meridian 810: 4K2K Projector

Meridian 810 Specifications

Projected Display Size: Up to 25 Feet (without pixelation)
Projected Pixel Format: 4096 x 2400 (10MP)
Projected Aspect Ratio: 4:3, 16:9, CinemaScope (2.35:1)
Display Engine: JVC’s D-ILA
Brightness: 4000 Lumens
Contrast Ratio: 10,000:1
Scaling Engine: Marvell-designed 4x 1080p Scalers
Availability: September 2008
Pricing: US$185,000

Meridian 810: 4K2K Projector

Meridian‘s 810 front projector is touted as the reference video system by the company. The 810 displays an image with a pixel format of 4096 x 2400 or 4K2K totaling 10 megapixels. Finally, you can get most of the pixels on your digital images taken by your Canon EOS-1Ds to show up on screen! The 810 makes use of three 1080p scalers and pumps out an amazing 4K2K image via JVC sourced D-ILA engine. The contrast ratio is 10,000:1 and the brightness is super bright at 4000 lumens. Now, for the shock: the 810 will cost you $185,000.

Source: Gizmodo

[tags]Meridian, Meridian 810, 4K2K, 4K2K Projector, 4096 x 2400, Front Projector, Meridian 4K2K Projector, JVC, D-ILA[/tags]

Sanyo XACTI DMX-HD800: 8.0MP Digital Camcorder

Sanyo XACTI DMX-HD800 Specifications

Display: 2.7″
Image Sensor: 8MP 1/2.5″ CMOS
Zoom: 5x Optical
External Storage: SD, SDHC
Video Support: AVC (H.264)
Colors: Gold, Pink, Black
Availability: August 22, 2008 in Japan
Price: JPY50,000 (about US$463)

Sanyo XACTI DMX-HD800: 8.0MP Digital Camcorder

ImpressAkihabara NewsEngadget: Sanyo announced its XACTI DMX-HD800 digital camcorder, an improved model from the vastly popular DMX-HD700 that was introduced in September 2007. In about 10 months, Sanyo was able to improve the 720p digital camcorder quite a bit. The improvement comes mostly in video quality, according to Akihabara News, thanks to Sanyo’s 3DDNR three dimensional noise filter. The HDMX-HD800 records 1280×720 videos in AVC (H.264) format.

The DMX-HD800 can also take 8MP still images, which is quite a bit. Normally, a device like the HD800 that tries to do both video and still images can result in one suffering in quality. It seems the HD800 has the video part down solid. I hope the still images are of high quality as well. If so, that would mean a single device for recording video and taking pictures. That would be nice.

For the majority of consumers the HD800’s 720p format should be plenty, especially if you have a LCD TV that has a pixel format of 1366×768. However, the trend seems to be toward 1080p for LCD TVs and video content (e.g. Blu-ray). If you want to use every pixel of your newly bought 1080p LCD TV, you’ll need to save up quite a bit more for a 1080p capable digital camcorder that can record in 1920 x 1080. But if you’re not in the 1080p crowd and want the best 720p camcorder, Sanyo’s DMX-HD800 will definitely require a thorough look.

Dell E6400 ATG: MIL-810F Compliant Rugged Notebook PC

Dell E6400 ATG Specifications

Display: 14.1″ Touch TFT LCD Outdoor Viewable
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel Format: 1280 x 800 or 1440 x 900
Brightness: 750 cd/m2 (target)
GPU: Intel with UMA
HDD: Removable Shock-mounted HD
Connectivity: VGA, DisplayPort, RJ45/RJ11, USB (2), eSATA, FireWire, Audio (2)
External Storage: 5-in-1 Card Reader, ExpressCard/54
Other: MIL-810F Compliant (Dust, Vibration, Humidity, Altitude), IP5x Certified for Dust, Spill-resistant Keyboard and Ports, High-durability Textured Paint
Battery: 4, 6, 9-cell and 84WHr Slice
Weight: 5.56lbs (2.52kg) and up

Dell E 6400 ATG: MIL-810F Compliant Rugged Notebook PC

Dell’s new corporate-minded notebook PCs will don the E moniker and kick away the letter D. There are two E notebook PCs that I am particularly interested: E6400 ATG and E4300 (13.3″). I’ll focus on the E6400 ATG here. The 14.1″ ruggedized notebook PC is MIL-810F and IP5x compliant and that means that it is resistant to dust, vibration, humidity and altitude. The hard disk is resistant to shocks and is removable. I am also assuming the LCD is ruggedized somehow to resist shock, cracking and temperature variations. Combine Dell’s E6400 ATG with Casio’s Boulder and you’re set for your wildlife adventure!

Source: Engadget

[tags]Dell, Dell E, Dell E6400 ATG, Dell E Notebook PC, Dell E Laptop, E6400 ATG, Rugged Notebook PC, Rugged Laptop, 14.1″, 1280 x 800, 1440 x 900[/tags]

Samsung Series 6 LN52A630: 52″ LCD TV

Samsung Series 6 LN52A630 Specifications

Display: 52″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1080
Contrast Ratio: 40,000:1 (Dynamic)
Frequency: 120Hz Auto Motion Plus
Response Time: 4ms
Viewing Angle: 178/178
Video Processing: DNIe
Connectivity: HDMI 1.3 (3), USB (Wiselink), Composite (2), Component, S-Video, VGA
Speakers: 10W x 2, SRS TruSurround
Other: Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC), Energy Star Compliance
Dimensions: 50 x 30.7 x 4.2″
Weight: 59.3lbs
Availability: August 2008
Price: US$2699.99

Samsung Series 6 LN52A630: 52

Samsung‘s Series 6 LN52A630 is a 52″ LCD TV sporting a pixel format of 1920 x 1080 and the company’s Touch of Color design. The LN52A630 has a doubled up frequency of 120Hz to reduce motion blur. Not only that, the Auto Motion Plus technology inserts an additionally created frame made from the previous frame and from the one after to almost eliminate motion blur. With 120Hz and motion interpolation technologies, motion blur is all but gone. The LN52A630 has a special USB connection that allows you to connect your MP3 player or digital camera to it and display photos and play music. Finally, the dynamic contrast ratio of 40,000:1 should be enough to generate some very solid images.

Source: Samsung, Amazon.com, Yahoo! News via Engadget

[tags]Samsung, Samsung Series 6, Samsung Series 6 LN52A630, Samsung LN52A630, LN52A630, 52″, 52″ LCD TV, LCD TV, 1080p, 1920 x 1080, Wiselink USB, Touch of Color, 120Hz, Auto Motion Plus, 120Hz Auto Motion Plus[/tags]

Sony FYQ1’08 Electronics Inventory Increase to Over 1 Trillion Yen

Sony announced FYQ1’08 (April – June 2008) earnings on July 29, 2008. Sony trails Samsung as the world’s second largest consumer electronics company. I will spotlight some interesting trends that were presented by Sony:

1. Electronics Inventory: Inventory for Sony’s electronics division swelled in FYQ1’08 to 57 days (up 4 days). Inventory increased 23.6% Q/Q and 9.4% Y/Y to JPY1,016 billion yen. This is JPY87.6 billion more than FYQ1’07 and a significant increase of JPY193.9 billion from the end of March 2008. Inventory is certainly increasing. With expected price cuts from competitors for LCD TVs as well as a decrease in LCD panel manufacturing (LGD, CMO) are all efforts to maintain a healthy supply and demand balance.

2. BRAVIA LCD TV: Sony is maintaining its BRAVIA LCD TV unit shipment forecast of 17 million units for FY’08, which is 6.4 million units more than what Sony shipped in FY’07. BRAVIA LCD TV sales in the US, Europe and ROW increased. But the overall operating income from Sony’s Electronics operations declined from JPY103.5 billion in FYQ1’07 to just JPY44.4 billion in FYQ1’08 due to many factors including the appreciation of the yen against the US dollar.

3. LCD Sales: Sony’s joint venture with Samsung is S-LCD. Sales in FY’07 was JPY130 billion and the forecast for FY’08 is the same at JPY130 billion. This level of sales is somwhat depressed compared to JPY140 billion in sales in FY’06.

3. More cautious outlook for the Electronics segment. Detailed reasons for a more cautious outlook were absent, but it is clear that Sony is also experiencing a less-than-expected demand for its electronics gear.

Source: Sony (PDF)

[tags]Sony, Sony Electronics, Sony BRAVIA LCD TV, S-LCD, Samsung, BRAVIA, BRAVIA LCD TV[/tags]