Microsoft Surface Pro Debuting February 9th For $899

Surface ProStarting February 9th, the long-awaited Microsoft Surface Pro (none of that Windows RT business) will debut for $899 for the 64GB model, and $999 for the 128GB version. Both come with pressure-sensitive pens in the box, the full Windows 8 Pro experience, and no keyboard (that will go for $120 or $130, depending on whether you get the Touch or Type Cover). On the flipside, a 64GB standalone version of Surface for Windows RT for $599 will also debut, except it’s the one you really should be weary of (the Windows RT experience is much more limited than Windows 8 Pro).

And also to be included on February 9th? A ton of Surface Pro and RT accessories. And that’s about it from Microsoft, for now.  PR after the break.

Via: Microsoft Surface

Mozilla Releases The First Firefox OS Developer Phone (It’s Orange)

geeksphoneDevelopers who love Firefox will be keen to know that Mozilla has just announced a very basic phone to test their ideas on. Using Firefox OS, this Developer Preview Phone has a  3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen, 1GHz Snapdragon S1 CPU, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, WiFi, and a 3-megapixel camera. Definitely it’s a basic configuration  It will be continually updated with over-the-air OS updates, and will be carrier-unlocked (2G and 3G only), so devs can go anywhere with it.

No word on price, but it comes out next month — in white as well as orange, interestingly.

Via: Geeksphone

Samsung Mobile Chief Confirms An 8-Inch Galaxy Note For Barcelona’s MWC

Samsung Devices

There’s always something wrong with an announcement about an announcement when it comes to consumer technology.  In this particular case, it’s the Samsung Mobile Chief, JK Shin, who spoke with the Korean iNews24. He confirmed an 8-inch Galaxy Note device that would be unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. Other than that, there are rumored hardware changes, like a screen resolution at 1280 x 800 pixels, 2GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Other than all that? Not much.

Via: Eng, iNews24

Sony’s XPERIA Tablet Z Is The Coolest Tablet In A While: 6.9mm Thin, 1.5GHz Quad-Core And Android 4.1

XPERIA TABLET ZThis is a tablet we’d actually want — that’s right, consumers could really want this. It’s Sony’s just-announced XPERIA Tablet Z, a 6.9mm thin, dustproof and waterproof at 495g heavy Android 4.1 tablet with Sony’s own design customizations.

On top of that, there’s the latest hardware around:  a Qualcomm 1.5GHz quad-core APQ8064 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, a 10.1-inch 1,920 x 1,200 screen (with Mobile Bravia Engine 2), a sweet 8.1-megapixel Exmor R camera, NFC, 4G LTE (on a MDM9215M radio), microSD expansion and Sony’s very own “S-Force” virtual surround sound technology tags along for the ride.

It’ll come in black and white, with an as of yet unannounced price or release date. But hey, it’s thinner than the iPad mini at 7.2mm. That’s one hot talbet, Sony!

Via: Sony (JP), Eng

Brevity Review: Biegert & Funk QCLOCKTWO W Watch

B&F QCLOCKTWO W --  On My WristPrice as Reviewed: $770-$880 at Biegert & Funk

This is cool. A grid of 110 letters that tell the time, date, and seconds on a 35mm x 35mm case, all on a black leather strap. The cost? $770. So, yes. That answers your questions as to whether or not certain designs come at a high price.

As this is a brevity review, it’s important to know I’ll be brief (but meaningful) on every subject about the gadget in question. So first off: the build quality is fantastic. Sharp edges (not too sharp), stainless steel, black leather, and great edges for the screen makes the QCLOCKTWO W formidable to everyday environments; it’s also water resistant to 5ATM (that converts to 50 meters or 165 feet, good for a decent swim).

Use of the watch is extremely simple: press the single button and you get the time. Press it again, then you get the date. And again? You get seconds. Hold it down for a few seconds and you can change the time, date, and seconds all using just one little button and a couple of presses. It’s taken some getting used to, but it’s actually pretty cool (and gets you a ton of stares and questions, at least it did for me). Don’t press the button? You don’t get the time, that’s all. Other than that, it’s handmade in Germany by Biegert & Funk.

B&F QCLOCKTWO W Review Shots

So what, both the company and watch have unusual names? The watch works, and it looks really cool. Other than the price, there’s nothing really wrong with it, other than that the watch tells time in multiples of five, and the dots at the bottom indicate what exact minute it is. If pricing is your problem with it, just go for another watch; it’ll just tell you time the traditional, boring way.

Exquisite Germany engineering, with lots of taste. It’s an awesome watch.

Score: 8/10

Maingear Nomad 17 Review: There’s Better, But This Rocks

Maingear Nomad 17 -- Chelsea Market Shoot

Maingear has built a beast of a laptop: high-end specs, backlit keyboard, 1080p display, Blu-Ray drive, and even real bass and audio levels on a laptop. It all comes at a high price (the unit tested is $2400) but there’s a problem — the design. It’s based off of the MSI GT 70  — which has been recreated over and over (and over) again into different “custom build” laptops.

That’s something I really don’t like. This isn’t the usual opening I have when writing reviews; usually it’s a well-described intro detailing specs then a catchy line that brings you overboard, into the thick of the post: the Nomad 17 is an awesome machine.

This specific model has a GTX 680M graphics card — it can play any game, literally, on the highest settings, mods and all. And it’s installed without any bloatware, plus technicians who are extremely helpful; in fact I have a story about all of that (and more), after the break!