The Next iPhone: Fake but Nice

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The next evolution of the iPhone is due this June. What will it look like? Well, I wouldn’t be complaining if the next one looked like the one in the photo above. With the top margin squished I am assuming the LCD or OLED display can be a little bit bigger than the 3.5″ LCD that’s in the iPhone 3G. There has been rumors about an OLED iPhone and the ultra-thin profile is possible with the super-thin display technology. I don’t like the slightly thicker bezel on these fakes: they should be thinner. And again will allow for a slightly display–say a 3.7″ display with a 800 x 480 pixel format.

Source: Wired, Boing Boing

Samsung YP-Q2

Samsung YP-Q2 Specifications

Display: 2.4″ TFT LCD
Pixel Format: 320 x 240 (landscape)
Storage: 8GB or 16GB
Connectivity: FM Radio
Battery: 50 hours (audio playback), 7 hours (video playback)
Weight: 2.04oz
Price: $99.99 (8GB), $129.99 (16GB)

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Samsung‘s YP-Q2 is a media player sporting a 2.4″ TFT LCD with a 320 x 240 pixel format (landscape). It lasts for 50 hours for audio playback and 7 hours for video. The YP-Q2 sports a FM radio, FM recorder, voice recorder and a text viewer. The 16GB version for $129.99 sounds like a pretty good deal.

Source: BusinessWire, Engadget

MSI Wind Top AE1900: Launched Officially

MSI Wind Top AE1900 Specifications

Display: 19″ Touch TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Webcam: 1.3MP
CPU: Intel Atom 230
RAM: 2GB
HDD: 160GB
Optical: DVD Burner
Connectivity: WiFi, USB (4), 4-in-1 Multicard Reader
Power Consumption: 45W (operational)

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MSI has officially launched its Wind Top AE1900, a 19″ all-in-one PC with touch. The Top AE1900 sports a 1.3MP webcam and is powered by Intel’s Atom 230 CPU. There is WiFi, four USB ports and a 4-in-1 multicard reader. Power consumption is a miserly 45W. Price? Not yet known.

Source: Engadget

Samsung Instinct S30: Sprint, April 19, $129.99

Samsung Instinct S30 Specifications (Original Instinct Specifications)

Display: 3.2″ Haptic Touch TFT LCD
Pixel Format: 432 x 240 (landscape)
Camera: 2MP (1600 x 1200), Video (H.264, MPEG4)
Connectivity: Bluetooth, CDMA, GPS
Battery: Lithium Ion (4.6 hours of talk)
Dimensions: 2.1 x 4.6 x 0.5″
Weight: 3.9oz
Availability: April 19, 2009 (exclusive to Sprint)
Price: $129.99 with 2-year agreement ($70 mail-in rebate)

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The Instinct S30 from Samsung is an evolved version from the original Instinct. It has a slightly larger 3.2″ touch TFT LCD with haptic feedback. The 3.2″ LCD sports a 432 x 240 pixel format in landscape orientation. The digital camera stays the same at 2MP. There’s a nifty “Speech to Action” button that lets you use your voice to do things like text message, picture message, search, etc. The Instinct S30 looks to be a very decent smartphone but it is tied to Sprint. Unfortunate.

Source: Sprint, Gadget Review, Engadget

OCZ Neutrino: 10.1″ DIY Netbook is Official

OCZ Neutrino Specifications

Display: 10.1″ TFT LCD with LED Backlight
Pixel Format: 1024 x 600
Webcam: 1.3MP
GPU: Intel 945GSE Graphics
CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 533MHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache
Chipset: Intel 945GSE + ICH7M
Connectivity: VGA, Ethernet, USB (2), WiFi BG, PCI-Express 34mm Mini Card
Battery: 4-cell 2200mAh Lithium Ion (removable)
Dimensions: 263 x 185 x 19.6-27mm
Price: US$269

OCZ Technology is jumping into the network market. But it’s not just any old netbook; it’s whatever you want it to be! The Neutrino will sport a 10.1″ TFT LCD with a 1024 x 600 pixel format. The backlight is of course LED. The chipset is Intel’s 945GSE and the CPU is Intel’s Atom N270 running at 1.6GHz. There’s a 1.3MP webcam, WiFi and a 2-cell battery.

So where’s the DIY part? The DIY parts are: hard drive, RAM, multcard reader, and OS. The price of $269 sounds kind of expensive considering you have to add all of these components. For instance, you could get a bone stock Inspiron Mini 10 for just $399.

Source: OCZ, Engadget

Monoprice Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapters for $14.25

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MonoPrice has some good deals on Mini DisplayPort adapters. Here they are:

Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter: $18.85 ($10.15 savings over Apple)
Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter: $15.20 ($13.80 savings over Apple)
Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter: $14.25

The more you buy the cheaper it gets.

Apple sells some too:

Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter: $29.00
Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter: $29.00
Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter: $99.00

Apple seemed to have missed that there are plenty of monitors that only have HDMI connections. Of course, if you want a Dual-Link DVI connection for your 30″ LCD monitor, then you’ll need to fork over $99. You can find them for less for around $80.

Source: MonoPrice, Apple, Engadget

LG GD900: Transparent Glass Keypad

LG GD900 Specifications

Display: 3″
Availability: Europe and Asia in May 2009

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Not a whole lot of technical specifications available at the moment but LG‘s GD900 is special. At least that’s what LG thinks. Why? The 3″ smartphone has a slide-out keypad that is transparent. And it’s glass. So what’s the big deal? The transparent glass keypad doubles as a touch-sensitive mouse pad when you’re surfing the net or navigating around the S-Class UI. You can also finger-write the letter ‘M’ to launch the MP3 player for example. Multitouch? You bet. Pinch and the photo will shrink. Finger-swipe? The 3D UI rotates. Nifty.

Source: LG (Korean), Engadget Korea, Akihabara News, Engadget

Demy: Kitchen-Safe Digital Recipe Reader

Demy Specifications

Display: 7″
Storage: Up to 2500 recipes
Connectivity: USB
Availability: May 2009
Price: US$299

Popgadget: Demy is the first and only kitchen-safe recipe reader. So that should mean that it is waterproof due to the occasional splash, drop-proof since someone will knock it over, high-temperature-proof since it will be near hot stuff, oil-proof since everyone stir-fries, scratch-proof and forks and knifes will probably hit the display. If not, then these guys are exaggerating that it is kitchen-safe. Key Ingredient is the company that thought of this (marvelous?) idea.

How do you sync recipes? You’ve got to connect the Demy with your PC. Terrible. It should have a WiFi connection. Can you scribble your own recipes on the screen? I’m pretty sure you can not. This is a MUST feature since not all ovens, stoves, microwaves, pots, pans and chefs are alike. A must I tell you!

At least you can make the text bigger so cooks with less-than-perfect eyesight can actually read text off of the Demy. The fact that you have to connect the Demy to your PC to sync recipes is a deal breaker. I would expect a WiFi connection and a scribble feature in the next version.

iriver D50N: Cute MID with 4.8″ LCD

iriver D50N Specifications

Display: 4.8″ (12.19cm) TFT LCD
Pixel Format: 800 x 480
Storage: 16GB (internal), microSD (external)
Connectivity: WiFi BG
Other: QWERTY Keyboard
Battery: 16 hours (music playback), 8 hours (video playback)
Price: Around US$370

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iriver‘s D50N is cute. It’s an MID sporting a 4.8″ LCD with a 800 x 480 pixel format. The D50N has WiFi BG, a full QWERTY keyboard and a good amount of internal storage: 16GB. It lasts a long time too: 16 hours for music playback and half that for video. Continue reading →

TMDisplay (Toshiba Matsushita Display): Toshiba To Take Full Control

Reuters, Tech Radar: TMDisplay is short for Toshiba Matsushita Display. The company is a joint venture between Toshiba and Panasonic (Matsushita is no more) and manufactures small/medium-sized LCDs. Toshiba is planning to take full control over TMDisplay. Currently Toshiba has 60% of the LCD joint venture with Panasonic owning the rest.

Toshiba will be buying out Panasonic’s equity stake for billions of yen. TMDisplay is expected to announce an operating loss of JPY30 billion on sales of JPY270 billion for the financial year ending at the end of March. Even with prices dropping rapidly and weak demand, Toshiba wants 100% of TMDisplay. By fulling integrating a small/medium-sized LCD manufacturing plant, Toshiba will be able make decisions a bit faster.

Panasonic, with several billions of yen in its pocket, will be able to focus on larger FPDs (flat panel displays). But Panasonic will still have a foot in the door of a small/medium LCD manufacturing company that it has a joint venture with Hitachi.

After taking full control, Toshiba plans to decrease production of a-Si (amorphous silicon) TFT LCD panels and focus on higher-margin LTPS (low temperature polysilicon) display panels.

According to DisplaySearch, TMDisplay captured a 10.3% share of small/medium LCD shipments in 2008, quite a bit behind #1 Sharp with 20.2% share.