Archive for Feb 28, 2010

HP EliteBook 2740p multitouch tablet hands-on

HP EliteBook 2740p multitouch tablet hands-on

HP have announced the EliteBook 2740p, a 12.1-inch ultrathin convertible tablet which supports multitouch together with pen input.  Inside there are Intel's latest Core i7 and Core i5 processors, along with up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, Intel HD graphics and a choice of up to 320GB HDD or 160GB SSD.  Check out more details and some hands-on first-impressions after the cut.

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HP ProBook 4320s, 4420s, 4520s & 4720s hands-on

HP ProBook 4320s, 4420s, 4520s & 4720s hands-on

HP's four new ProBook models may not be as eye-catching as the company's EliteBook 2740p tablet, but the notebooks do span a 13.3-inch to 17.3-inch display range and offer the latest Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors.  Meanwhile pricing kicks off at $719; check out the full details and some hands-on first impressions after the cut.

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HP EliteBook 2540p rugged ultraportable hands-on

HP EliteBook 2540p rugged ultraportable hands-on

HP have announced their lightest EliteBook ultraportable yet, the HP EliteBook 2540p, and while it may only tip the scales at 3.3lbs it's still got the same MIL-STD 810G vibration, dust, humidity, altitude and temperature resilience of the 2740p tablet.  Like its swivel-screen sibling, the EliteBook 2540p has a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors along with up to 8GB of DDR3 memory and various HDD/SSD storage options.  Check out more details plus some hands-on first impressions after the cut.

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HTC Legend: I need a Hero

You could well argue that the HTC Hero was the Android smartphone of 2009. While Motorola's DROID brought with it a larger display, newer version of the OS and arguably more functional hardware keyboard, HTC led the pack months in advance. Multitouch-capable, distinctly designed and outfitted with a genuinely compelling UI in the shape of HTC Sense, the Hero fast became the poster-child of Android. Now, the company are hoping to follow that success with the HTC Legend, a slick Hero update with a tactile unibody aluminum shell. Is it a worthy sequel or has the HTC Desire stolen the Legend's flagship thunder; more importantly, is it sufficiently different from the smartphone it replaces?

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 8 2010

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 8 2010

Welcome to the latest edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! On Monday we learned that NVIDIA would be launching the GTX 480 and 470 video cards in late March. These are the first of the Fermi-based video cards. Lenovo unveiled new notebooks including the X201, X201s, and C201t along with the W701 and W701ds machines this week. The W701ds is the most interesting with an extra screen grafted on the side of the 17-inch main screen.

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Gigabyte TouchNote T1000 netbook-tablet packs new Atom N470

Gigabyte TouchNote T1000 netbook-tablet packs new Atom N470

After Intel prematurely pulled the trigger on their Atom N470 announcement yesterday, we've now got official confirmation about one of the first netbooks to use the new, 1.86GHz processor.  The Gigabyte TouchNote T1000 is, as the image suggests, another of the company's convertible netbook-tablets, with a 10.1-inch 1,366 x 768 touchscreen and a choice of the N450 or N470 CPUs.

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Windows Phone 7 Metro UI skin for WinMo 6.5 gets early alpha video demo

Windows Phone 7 Metro UI skin for WinMo 6.5 gets early alpha video demo

Enchanted by Microsoft's new Metro UI for Windows Phone 7, but can't wait until the first handsets running the OS begin to show up later in the year?  Over at XDA-Developers Jaxbot is working on a Metro UI theme for Windows Mobile 6.5 devices, and there's a very early release available for testing on VGA or WVGA handsets.

Video demo after the cut

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LG Windows Phone 7 prototype gets video preview

While Microsoft were using basic, unbranded ASUS devices to demonstrate their early build of Windows Phone 7 at MWC 2010, it's actually LG who have become the first to show of the first device actually headed to retail. Unnamed, the LG Windows Phone 7 pre-production prototype starred in Engadget's video podcast, plus you can see an up-close video demo after the cut.

March 23rd reveal tipped for Verizon’s Nexus One

Having been spotted passing through the FCC, we now have a tipped release date for Verizon's CDMA version of the Google Nexus One, and it's a little earlier than we guesstimated last.  According to an anonymous Google employee speaking to Neowin, Verizon intend to announce the CDMA Nexus One on the first day of CTIA Wireless, namely March 23rd.

Next-gen Chipsets: next-gen convergence

Even before you leave an event like Mobile World Congress 2010 you get used to people asking you what the most interesting or exciting thing you've seen at the show has been. This year, while there was no shortage of impressive hardware imminent to the market, the real promise for me was in next-gen chipsets. Texas Instruments, NVIDIA, Freescale, Marvell, Qualcomm and others had all brought their wares along to demo, and the promises - not to mention the step up from existing platforms - were flowing thick and fast. So, what sort of devices can we expect using these new chipsets?

Intel Atom N470 gets early announcement

The existence of Intel's Atom N470 processor - a step up from the N450 powering the Toshiba NB305 we reviewed yesterday - hasn't exactly been a secret, but the company have seen fit to officially announce it today.  In a chipshot press release dated March 1st (looks like someone pulled the trigger a little early) the company describes the N470 as running at 1.83GHz with 512kb of L2 cache and support for DDR2-667 memory.

Next-gen iPhone may be equipped with camera-based swipe controls

Next-gen iPhone may be equipped with camera-based swipe controls

As Apple’s expected to launch its next-gen handset this summer, we’ll be seeing a higher volume of iPhone-based intelligence in the upcoming months.  Patently Apple has revealed a patent application outlining a system that would potentially utilize the iPhone’s camera for touch-free gesture control.

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