iPad mini announced with A5 CPU, 1024 x 768 display, and 7.9-inch screen for $329

With the internals of an iPad 2, the iPad mini is an inexpensive, 1,024 x 768 display, Apple A5, Lightning port, Siri, 16GB of internal storage and 7.9-inch screened tablet starting at $329. 4G LTE models start at $429 on Sprint, AT&T, or Verizon. Built using the same detailed manufacturing process as the iPhone 5, it measures 7.2mm thick, .68 pounds heavy (or light) device. Pre-orders start Friday (October 26th) and will begin shipping on November 2nd. It comes in black or silver/white, in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB storage sizes. Press release after the break.

And with Apple’s new 7-inch entry against the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, there’s an entirely new market open — one of which, with older specs, the iPad mini may or may not completely conquer.

LG Announces Two New Windows 8 PCs, Including A Sliding Tablet

The LG H160 sliding tablet is one of two new Windows 8 PCs announced by LG this morning. The H160 has a 11.6-inch IPS display of unknown resolution that’s compatible with LG’s Smart Touch Pen, whiLG says it allows for “precision-required” work, however the technology it uses is actually unknown. Thanks to the built-in keyboard the H160 weighs just over 2.3 lbs and is 15.9mm (0.63 inches) thick, but it does offer up full-size USB, HDMI, and microSD ports — all with 10 hours of battery life promised, hinting that it uses Intel’s new Clover Trail family of processors.

As for the second PC, it’s an all-in-one called the V532. It gets to sport a 23-inch 1080p multitouch display, Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M graphics card. There’s built-in tuner and functions as a TV when the PC is switched off. Both machines will be released in Korea on October 26th to coincide with Microsoft’s Windows 8 launch; US launches from LG are rather rare, so don’t actually plan on seeing this in the states anytime soon.

Via: SlashGear

Best Buy Prices The Lumia 920 And 8X On AT&T At $149 And $99, Respectively

Are you curious as to how the two best Windows Phone 8 smartphones will be priced on AT&T’s 4G LTE network? The Nokia Lumia 920 will retail for $149 on a 2-year contract at Best Buy, and the HTC 8X at $99 for an 8GB variant — all of which are currently available for pre-order. Oddly enough, there are not release dates, other than “will ship when available”. Considering Microsoft will hold a press event for Windows Phone 8 on the 29th, details should be revealed in a week’s time.

Via: Best Buy

4K Resolution Will Be Known As “Ultra High-Definition”, According To CEA

The Consumer Electronics Association has just approved of the new naming scheme for 4,000 resolution screens — higher than the 1080p that we call “HD”. in comparison to the 2160p of the new policy. So what will 4k be called? Ultra High-Definition , or Ultra HD for short. In order for manufacturers to use the label on their products, they have to meet CEA’s requirements: products to have at least one input capable of transmitting native 4K video at 3840 x 2160 resolution without upconverting. Screens will have to have eight million active pixels, with at least 3,840 horizontal pixels and 2,160 vertical pixels at minimum.

 
This is fantastic news for higher-quality video, because as with HD, it forced the rest of the industry to progress, and create faster networks capable of using the HD standard. With Ultra HD, we’re just all making that extra little (ultra HD) push. Most likely Ultra HD technology will be widely demonstrated for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, on January 8-11.

Via: CNET, CEA

Check Out Master Chief’s Past In New Live-Action Trailer For Halo 4

What you see below is not simply a promotional video for the upcoming blockbuster videogame, Halo 4, but a creation from Hollywood heavy player David Fincher — known for helming films such as “The Social Network,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “Fight Club”. He worked with 343 Industries to create the two-minute trailer, detailing some of Master Chief’s (painful) past, up until Halo 4 iteslf.

Google Outs A $249 Chromebook, 11.6-inch, Super Thin, 6.5 Hour Battery, Built By Samsung

News flash from Google’s PR! A new Chromebook will debut for only $249, built by Samsung. It’s ARM-based (uses no fan), has an 11.6-inch 1336 x 768 display, 0.8-inches thick, weighs just 2.43 pounds, runs 6.5+ hours on battery, boots in under 10 seconds and supports 1080p video playback. Also part of the package is a USB 3.0 and 2.0 port, full-sized keyboard, microphone/headset jack, and SD card slot.

And just to top it off: the dual-core A15-based Samsung Exynos 5 Dual (5250) SoC powers the new Chromebook, plus 2GB RAM, 16GB of built-in flash storage, WiFi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth. Sweet stuff. Pre-orders start today.

Via: Google

Nokia Just Reported A $754 Million Operating Loss: Ouch

Things continue to look grim for Nokia: A new operating loss of $754 million for the third quarter of 2012, and a drop in its net cash from $6.6 billion last year to $5.5 billion now. From that, only 2.9 million Lumia devices have been sold (now all outdated, because none of them will use Windows Phone 8) down from 4 million last quarter (the first time the range lost popularity), but since its the end of the older Lumia’s product cycles, it only seems fair. As for their non-smartphones, flip phones, and dumb phones all the same, they’ve sold a whopping 77 million of those.

At the very least, Nokia has been able to stabilize $4.66 billion in the bank as cash reserves. Perhaps it will prove helpful in the long term, should the upcoming Lumias and Windows Phone 8 release not deliver funds immediately to the coffers?

Via: Nokia (PDF)