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Samsung Monte S5620 gets official

Samsung Monte S5620 gets official

A little over a week since we saw it leak into the wild, the Samsung Monte S5620 has been officially launched.  A 3-inch capacitive touchscreen featurephone, the Monte S5620 packs UMTS/HSDPA (900/2100, 3.6Mbps) along with quadband GSM, WiFi, A-GPS and Bluetooth 2.1.  The Monte also has a 3.2-megapixel camera with smile-shot and face detection.

While the Monte isn't a smartphone - in fact it runs Samsung's own TouchWiz 2.0 Plus platform - Samsung reckon it has much of the functionality of one.  They're particularly proud of the handset's browsing abilities, which support full HTML and both landscape and portrait modes, and its social networking: there are Facebook and MySpace apps, as well as Twitter and Bebo widgets and a multi-platform IM client.

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NTT DoCoMo promise true Global Phone with 8-band power amp

NTT DoCoMo promise true Global Phone with 8-band power amp

"Global Phone" is a phrase that gets thrown around relatively frequently these days, especially by Verizon when they're trying to sell you a dual-mode CDMA/GSM handset, but we're far from a true cellphone that can be used on all the networks deployed globally.  That could be changing, however; NTT DoCoMo have revealed a new 8-band power amplifier for mobile phones, which covers frequencies between 700MHz and 2.5GHz including forthcoming LTE networks.

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Nexus One T-Mobile upgrade price cut to $279; Insurance now available

Nexus One T-Mobile upgrade price cut to $279; Insurance now available

Change is afoot with the Nexus One, or to be more accurate with Google and their initial carrier partner in the US, T-Mobile.  According to some leaked screenshots from internal T-Mobile systems, the pair are preparing not only to reduce upgrade pricing for the handset from $379 to $279 for existing subscribers, but to offer insurance for both unlocked and subsidized handsets.

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Acer confirm F1 October 6th launch

Acer confirm F1 October 6th launch

Acer's F1 smartphone was tipped to drop on October 6th by DigiTimes yesterday, and now the company themselves have confirmed that the 1GHz Windows Mobile handset will arrive "within weeks".  In fact, the handset will apparently arrive in time for the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5, itself expected on October 6th, and while they're being coy on full specs, they have confirmed that retailer Clove's technical run-down is accurate.

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FujiFilm releases FinePix J15FD, entry level 8MP Digicam at 19mm thick

FujiFilm releases FinePix J15FD, entry level 8MP Digicam at 19mm thick

Fujifilm has quietly snuck in a slim type FinePix digital compact onto its global site. The new FinePix J15fd boasts 8.2MP, a Fujinon 3x optical zoom and a 1/2.5-inch CCD sensor to push ISO 1600 light sensitivity as well as VGA movie recording capability. The camera has a thin profile of 19mm, measures at its thinnest part and packs with advance features like Face Detection, Picture Stabilization Mode, Automatic Red-eye reduction, and versatile preset shooting modes for novices and intermediate users.

Matsushita working on a deal with Hitachi and Toshiba

Matsushita working on a deal with Hitachi and Toshiba

Back when the large panel TV’s were first getting popular, most companies had two choices, bet on Plasma for the ease of which it scales, or bet on LCD and hope for the best. Well, Matsushita bet on Plasmas, and that worked out well in the beginning, but since then, LCDs have grown in size, and the plasma market has dwindled considerably.

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