It looks like bandwidth-loving Japanese buyers will be able to pick up Sony's VAIO P WiMAX edition from the end of July, according to an advert over at the company's customization site. First announced back in June, the WiMAX VAIO P will be available for pre-order from July 27th, with availability expected just three days later.
NEC have announced a new netbook, the LaVie Light Lui Mobile, an Atom N280 machine with the usual 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 display. There's nothing much to differentiate this from the sea of other Atom netbooks, frankly; the best you'll get is NEC's own Lui Remote Desktop system, basically a branded VNC client.
After its Japanese announcement earlier this week, it was only a matter of time until the Dell Vostro 1220 made an appearance on the company's US site. Sure enough, the 12.1-inch 3.36lb notebook is now available to order, offering a choice of Intel Celeron 900 or Core 2 Duo processors with prices starting from $799.
Intel have announced that it will be rebranding its CPU range to supposedly simplify the lineup, focusing on the "Intel Core" prefix and transitioning the Centrino brand to cover the company's WiFi and WiMAX products. Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 will eventually replace Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad, distinguishing different feature sets; somewhat confusingly, some processors will slot into multiple i-prefix categories, depending on their capabilities.
For instance, the upcoming Lynnfield desktop processor will be an Intel Core chip, but have various models that slot into the i5 or i7 segments. Broadly speaking, i3 is an entry-level chip, i5 is a mid-level chip and i7 is the flagship high-level processor. It's not all change, though, as the Celeron and Pentium brands limp on to cover "affordable entry-level" and "basic computing" respectively.
We called dmedia a "damp squib" when they failed to show up with their promised WiMAX MID at CES; they countered by tipping a Computex launch, and sure enough the 4.3-inch touchscreen device appeared. The M0 has a Fujitsu WiMAX module together with a Samsung 533-800MHz CPU and 800 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, plus a 5-megapixel camera.
Sony Japan have announced that they are working on WiMAX enabled versions of their VAIO Z ultraportable and VAIO P netbook. Expected to land in Japan before the end of this month, the notebooks will take advantage of Intel and UQ Communications plans to blanket the country with WiMAX access.
There's nothing like a WiMAX ultraportable to wake you up on a Monday morning, and we've got three of them. Samsung, Clevo and Toshiba have all announced WiMAX-enabled models; netbooks in the case of the former two - the Samsung NC10 WiMAX and Clevo M811L WiMAX - while Toshiba have stuffed the high-speed connectivity into a full-spec notebook, the dynabook SS RX2/WAJ.
The Amazon Kindle may be sitting pretty as the best-known ebook reader out there right now, but all that could change if some of the new breed of e-ink devices have their way. Computex 2009 has seen a few new designs introduced, often packing various wireless technologies and/or touchscreens. IAC stacks up the wireless, with WiMAX, EVDO and WiFi, while Netronix has been showing multiple sizes from 6-inches through to 9.7-inches.
Dell keeps tweaking their Studio notebook line. Last week, there were several new design options announced as available. And now, two of the higher-end notebooks are getting the option to add on WiMAX for high-speed 4G connectivity.
Tatung are developing an Android smartphone, which could be the first WiMAX handset to run the Google open-source platform. According to company chairman WS Lin, Tatung are experimenting with Android for new devices; these could well be sold through their affiliate Tatung InfoComm, who hold one of Taiwan's six WiMAX licenses.