ASUS’ Zenbook UX21 And UX31 Come Out Tomorrow From $999

With the exact same starting price-point of the Macbook Air, the Zenbooks by ASUS are also designed to function and look like the Macbook Air, specifically in weight, thinness, and with speed. The system recovers from sleep in 2 seconds and is .11 to .67-inches in thickness and weighs 2.9 pounds (the 11.6 model weighs a feather-like 2.4) all with a brushed aluminum exterior. Now, for pricing: the first, Core i5-powered, 11.6-inch UX21 with a 128GB SSD will come up at $999, while the 13.3-inch UX31 with a Core i5-2557M processor and the same 128GB SSD drive will reach $1,099, with the only real “bummer” about these laptops being that they do not have backlit keyboards, unlike all the other Macbook Airs, and that the 11.6-inch version has no SD card slot, just like the 11.6-inch Air, whereas the 13-inch models (both the ASUS Zenbook and the Macbook Air) do have one. The new Zenbooks debut in the States tomorrow. Via: ASUS

AT&T Boasts 5 New Android Devices For Its Holiday Lineup

AT&T has five new devices to begin the holidays, and the crown jewels comes from Samsung and Motorola. The first being the ATRIX 2 with 21Mbps HSPA+ capability, 1080p video capture from an 8-megapixel camera promising “faster viewfinder start-up and shutter speeds than a digital camera,” 4.3-inch qHD display, 8GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a 1GHz dual-core processor (perhaps a TI OMAP 4?), a few tweaks to the design, and a release date of October 16th for $99 on a 2-year contract, no rebates. The new Webtop 100 Lapdock accessory is also available, although for obviously more money.

Second is the Captivate Glide, a Galaxy S II with a QWERTY slide-out keyboard, basically. There’s 21Mbps HSPA+ data, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p capture and HDMI playback, a WVGA 4-inch Super AMOLED display, and a 1GHz Tegra 2 processor.

Then there’s the Samsung Doubletime, an entry-level device: 600MHz processor, 3.2-megapixel camera, Android 2.2 (yup, 2.2), and a 3.2-inch display at HVGA resolution and certainly with a low price that reflects its qualities with a clamshell QWERTY keyboard.

The other two devices, built by Pantech and ZTE, are also of entry-level, and can be seen at the source link along with all of the other devices in the post.

Via: AT&T Press Release

Motorola Sets New Press Event In New York City For Upcoming Devices

Motorola has set another press event date in New York City — October 18th. The event is most probably going to be focused on the DROID RAZR, a new Motorola smartphone, the Motorola XOOM Media Edition/2, and finally the DROID HD, which may or may not the DROID RAZR and — you get the idea. All will be revealed on October 18th. Also, there’s a teaser video, seen after the jump.

Netflix Kills Qwixster Before It Even Started

With much hype and negative press about Netflix’s move to seperate its DVD rental and online streaming services into two different companies — Netlfix for streaming and Qwixster for DVDs it comes to everyone’s surprise that Netflix is cancelling its plans and is keeping DVDs hosted at Netflix. Right now they’re giving very little explanation as to why they decided to cancel the service, but “oh well”, they gave very little explanation when they started the whole Qwixster concept to begin with. PR after the cut.
Via: Netflix Blog

Samsung Stratosphere Is Verizon’s First 4G LTE QWERTY Handset For $149.99 On October 13th

Verizon has a new smartphone — again — that they’d like to let us all know about. It’s the Samsung Stratosphere, a QWERTY slide-out keyboard handset with a 1GHZ Hummingbird processor, 4G LTE connectivity, a 5-megapixel rear camera with 720p HD video recording, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, mobile hotspot capability and Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Samsung’s usual added “enhancements”. Something that make the Statosphere unqiue is that it’s a rather inexpensive 4G LTE device — $149.99 on 2-agreement. It will launch this Thursday, on the 13th of October.

Apple’s iPhone 4S Hits 1 Million Pre-Orders In 24 Hours — That’s Right

 Announce a new iPhone with an intelligent AI called Siri that backs it up and iOS 5 with iCloud. Include with said iPhone a high-quality 8 megapixel camera with 1080pHD video recording, a front-facing camera, an Apple A5 processor, the classic 3.5-inch Retina display, world phone capability, as well as Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T versions, and what do you get?

Apple sold 1 million iPhone 4S units in 24 hours. Beat that. PR after the break.

T-Mobile Springboard And Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablets Coming To T-Mobile This Holiday Season

This is the T-Mobile Springboard tablet, manufactured by Huawei. The Springboard aims to be one of the two new tablets unveiled this morning by T-Mobile via a press release, complete with a 7-inch multitouch HD display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Android 3.2 Honeycomb, SD card slot with support of up to 32GB memory, support for Blockbuster TVs and move show rentals, mutliple T-Mobile apps, and has a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and video recorder with 720p for HD video capture, as well as a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chats.

Next on the release list the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G edition, using HSPA+ speeds and has the exact same specs seen in all models prior that I’ve covered and reviewed here on LaptopMemo. Both tablets are due to launch “in time for the holdiays”. Press releases after the break.

Minecraft Pocket Edition Now Available For All Android 2.1+ Devices

20111007-164800.jpgIt’s finally here, fellow Minecrafters — the Pocket Edition optimized for Android devices that are not the Xperia Play, precisely all Android 2.1+ handsets. There is a demo available for those wondering if it’s worth the $6.99 to purchase it from the Android Market versus the much better and full-featured PC and Mac versions. Check it out at the source link. Via: Android Market