The Palm Pre 2 is headed to Verizon tomorrow, but now there’s the HP Veer — a tiny version of the Pre 2. As if it could get any smaller, the Veer uses a Snapdragon 7230 processor, 2.6-inch screen, webOS 2.2, has HSPA+, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, 8GB of storage, comes out in Spring, and has the same amount of RAM as the Pre 2.
Next up is the Pre 3, with a 3.6-inch WVGA screen, hardware keyboard (like the Pre 2), a 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor, webOS 2.2, comes out in Summer, has EVDO and HSPA+ radios (making it a world phone), 5 megapixel back-facing camera with 720p HD video recording, 802.11 n/b/g Wi-Fi, same amount of RAM as Pre 2, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 8GB or 16GB of storage, all the sensors seen in modern smartphones, and new Touchstone technology, which interacts with other webOS devices, like taking a call on the Touchpad, for instance.
That’s what we think, anyway. Adobe’s latest beta of Flash is version 10.2 available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. A new change is the Stage Video API, which is purportedly designed to reduce processor load by a drastic amount when playing videos on YouTube, Vimeo, and Brightcove, but the sites have to enable it for their systems — the aforementioned already have. Once that’s over with, Adobe says (purportedly, I’m really skeptical with them) that a full 1080p HD video would take up only 15% of full CPU power — seems cool if it’s true. There’s also some better pixel rendering, IE9 hardware acceleration, and some multi-display rig magic that makes it easier to have Flash running on many screens, or something of that sort. Beta download at the source link.
So this is pretty much the rest of the iPhone 4 on Verizon launch. You can order it online, and.or pick it up in the nearest Verizon outlet. Shipping dates seems to be pushed to February 18th though, so there is a delay. Either way, both Apple and Verizon can accept your business. And AT&T is there too! Who am I kidding? Via: Apple, Verizon
See that up there? That’s the Nikon Coolpix P300. It’s the Canon Powershot S95 nemesis, uses a 4.2X (24-100mm) lens with f1.8 aperture, a 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, full manual controls, backlight HDR, scenes, 1080p HD video recording with live autofocus, and some of the other Nikon technologies seen in its best cameras. The P500 (seen in the gallery below) has a 36X (22.5-810mm) lens, 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, a tilting LCD, the same video recording modes of the P300, and similar overall form of usage.
The P300 and P500 launch in March, for $330 and $500, respectively. Also, at the source links, you’ll find PRs for the S9100 and S6100, 2 more new cameras. Via: Nikon links (1), (2), and (3)
So! It’s a herd of new HP laptops. I can live with that, and so can you. Nothing major to write home about here. Just new Sandy Bridge processors (proceeds to write home about the new awesome Intel CPUs), USB 3.0, some lifts here and there in the design department (some shiny metal, for instance), 15.6″ (for the dv6) and 17.3″ (for the dv7) screens, CoolSense tech (intelligent heat routing for your hot lap), Beats audio (the dv7 has a subwoofer), and a release date of Spring. There’s HD webcams by default, a Blu-Ray drive option, and an optional 1 terabyte of space in the dv6 or 2TB in the dv7. Fun times.
HP Dv6 Press Shots
And also, if you didn’t (or don’t) have the spare cash for one of the Dv6 or Dv7 models (which I might add, look practically the same, just bigger than the other), then opt for the also updated G-Series. You’ll get a newer design scheme and a starting point of $500, which is available now. Via: HP
Face it. The Fujifilm Finepix X100 is the most awesome looking retro camera with (some) modern-day parts. Turns out, Fujifilm has finally outed the release date and price after unveiling it in late 2010. The 12.3 megapixel shooter will be shipping to the States next month, with all wallets and credit cards crying for help: $1,199.95 which gets a 23mm F2 prime lens, a pretty standard ISO range of 200 to 6400 (with boost available up to the usual 12800), a built-in ND filter, Hybrid Viewfinder, and that sweet, sweet magnesium alloy chassis design. Yup, that’s all you have to know about it now. It’ll ship in March. Via: Fujifilm
It has two screens, both of which “combine” for 4.7-inches of screen at 960 x 800 pixels! It runs Android 2.2! Has a 5 megapixel camera for 720p HD video recording! And it’s from Kyocera — is that anything special?
It’s made out of cheap looking plastics, only uses 3G, is as thick as a brick, but at least has a second-gen 1GHz Snapdragon powering it. The hinge allows it to be propped up like a laptop, used as a regular single-screen phone, or have both screens laid flat. Look, if you’re going to use a smartphone, how will you perform the fancy “simultasking” that Sprint and Kyocera are spewing out as a “true” way to multitask on a phone? And while the the mail and map apps can use the extra real estate for better viewing, you’re looking at something bigger than an EVO 4G and almost as big as a Dell Streak. And how long will this thing last on a charge, anyway? Turns out it comes with a spare battery pack charger and battery. Heh.
There’s little point in have a dual-screen phone, when the consumer market is already adjusting to bigger phones, which have proved a success. It’s as if Kyocera execs and engineers said in the style of Dilbert, “We can’t beat HTC, Apple, and Samsung, so let’s put two screens together and sell it!”. Like that would work. Via: Sprint
It’s Fusion time! No really, the Sony VAIO YB is shipping for $599.99, of which contains a 1.6GHz AMD Fusion APU (for decent gaming and battery life), glossy 11.6-inch screen at 1366×768 resolution, 4GB of tasty RAM, 500 GB of hard drive space, and silver or pink color coatings. Also, Amazon will be selling a 320GB hard drive with 2GB of RAM variant for $50 less. Check it out, if you’re so inclined.
It’sthe Rebel T2i, but with the number 3 attached. Same specs, body, and look, except with a swivel LCD screen, 5x digital zoom, and still has a an 18 megapixel sensor (remember almost everything is the same), and still shoots glorious 1080p HD video at 24/25/30fps. It’ll be available for $799.99 in March, while the T2i’s price will be lowered for the exact same specs and stuff. Via: HH