Intel's plans for the burgeoning "ultra-thin" notebook sector have been leaked, courtesy of talkative notebook makers, who have tipped three new processors set to arrive in Q4 2009. The new CPUs - two of which are dual-core chips - will slot in underneath the existing Core 2 Duo SU9000, which will stay at the top of the range, and include the Core 2 Duo SU7000 and the SU4000.
Sharp's NetWalker PC-Z1 may not be the device for everyone - after all, a 5-inch touchscreen clamshell MID with a tiny QWERTY keyboard and 800MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor makes it a pretty niche handheld - but most people can appreciate a mini-laptop so we're pleased to see the first unboxing over at Pocketables. Jenn of course is no stranger to MIDs, in fact she has a UMID mbook M1 on hand to compare the PC-Z1 with.
Is there room in your cold, dark heart for a basic multitouch slate running Windows 7? Hanvon sure hopes so, with the Chinese manufacturer showing off just such a prototype at the IDF 2009 expo last week. GottaBeMobile's Xavier was on hand to have a brief play, and he reckons the 8.9-inch Atom-based slate feels pretty good.
The list of feature tweaks, new functionality and general polishing webOS 1.2.0 brings to the Pre is enough to make a Palm addict get all misty-eyed, but the company have also taken the opportunity to sneak in a less-welcome addition to their App Catalog. Over at My Pre they've been digging through the new T&Cs for the App Catalog which show up when you next run the download store after installing webOS 1.2.0; in them, Palm reveal that the Pre now has a "remote killswitch" to deactivate and remove applications you might have installed on your handset.
This killswitch, Palm says in the user agreement, gives them access to "add, remove, disable access to, block, or modify remotely" any application you may have installed to your Pre. Several reasons for them doing this are suggested, including restrictions from third-party license holders.
Peek's tentative steps into offering lifetime service for their straightforward email messaging devices earlier this year met with sell-out success, so it comes as little surprise that the company has officially launched their first full product. $299.95 bags you a Peek Pronto and no ongoing bills, giving access to unlimited email, Exchange support, texting and more.
After Samsung's 12-megapixel "AMOLED 12M" was leaked yesterday, the company is back today with a full press release and details of the optical zoom-packing touchscreen handset. The Samsung SCH-W880 will arrive in Korea from early in October, where users will be able to marvel at its 3.3-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen and gasp in glee at its 3x optical zoom.
Toshiba have announced two new CULV notebooks in their Satellite ranges, which will go on sale as the Satellite T135 (13.3-inch) and Satellite T115 (11.6-inch) in the US and as the T130 and T110 in the UK. Both machines use Intel Pentium, Celeron single core or - in the case of the T13x - Celeron dual-core CPUs, with the smaller machines having up to 3GB of DDR3 RAM and 250GB hard-drives while the larger models get up to 4GB of RAM and up to 500GB hard-drives.
Dell have finally outed their new flagship business notebook, the Dell Latitude Z 600, a 16-inch machine that's packed full of wireless technologies. The Latitude Z 600 has a matte-finish 1,600 x 900 display, backlit keyboard, choice of Intel Core 2 Duo 1.4GHz SU9400 or 1.6GHz SU9600 processors, up to 4GB of RAM and up to dual SSD drives for storage, as well as an optional wireless charging stand (around $200 each for the stand and the notebooks' wireless module) and optional UWB-based wireless dock with USB, DVI and other connections.
HP's Winter 2009/2010 consumer device catalog has leaked, tipping a new touchscreen ultraportable together with confirming the company's new CULV notebook and their Core i7-based desktop replacement. The HP Pavilion dv3 with TouchSmart is a 13.3-inch 1,366 x 768 notebook with a touchscreen interface, up to 500GB hard-drive, 8GB of RAM and NVIDIA GeForce G105M graphics.
After Orange's announcement yesterday that they would be offering the iPhone 3GS in the UK, now comes word that Vodafone will be the third carrier in the country to sell Apple's smartphone. According to UK paper The Telegraph, the Vodafone iPhone 3GS is likely to be £100 cheaper ($159) after analysts predict a price war between carriers.
Update: Vodafone have confirmed the news; the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS will launch in the UK and Ireland in early 2010. [Thanks Dion!]