Archos' new PMP range has been long anticipated, and the first hands-on reports are already coming in. GenerationMP3 spent some time with both the 4.8-inch Archos 5 and the 7-inch Archos 7, and despite the casings being real fingerprint magnets they've come away impressed. Archos have apparently switched the audio processing chip and are claiming far better sound quality; they've also included both the Flash-compatible Opera browser and the WebTV & Radio plugin, which on previous models were paid options.
If, like me, you dread deleting the cookies in your browser because you've forgotten most of the usernames and passwords to regularly-visited sites, then a simple fingerprint scanner might be a good option. Yes, a mixture of Hollywood scaremongering and honest security concerns have seen us nervous of people either cutting off our digits or copying them with Jell-O, but for general avoidance of login screens there's little denying the convenience of biometrics. Todd Haselton over at Ars Technica gathered up four and tried to fool them with Vista, Firefox and Silly Putty.
This new phone from Willcom is the WX321J, which features a unique fingerprint scanner. Unlike other scanners where the input must be directly contacted thus being susceptible to interference such as moisture, this scanner uses radio waves for authentication.
But other than the fingerprint scanner, the specs are pretty average, including a 1.3 megapixel camera, 2.4-inch display, 2MB internal memory, and Micro SD slot for up to 1GB expansion. The phone will be available this February only in Japan.
Willcom WX321J with fingerprint scanner [Via: NewLaunches]
The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is one slick looking smartphone with its curved screen wrapping around one side. The idea is to allow you to see notifications and icons on the side and to use it as a ticker or status display. We already know that the device will be available in the US on November 7 and it is already available in Japan. Samsung has warned that the Note Edge will be a limited edition device so anyone wanting to pick on up should get it quickly.
Acer has just introduced its new Aspire Switch 12, a five-in-one convertible notebook that will be making its way to the United States and Canada in the first quarter of next year. Though Acer is still silent on pricing info, we do know what the machine has to offer: a Full HD display, Intel Core M processor, and detachable keyboard, among other things. The notebook can be used in traditional desktop fashion, or in one of four other modes: notebook, display, tent, and pad, according to the maker.
Google's Nexus 9 faces more than a few challenges. Not only does it have the job of following Google's well-esteemed Nexus 7, which for two generations gave Android tablet fans an affordable and bag-friendly option, but it also serves as flag bearer for Android 5.0 Lollipop on a tablet form-factor. Throw in the fact that it also marks HTC's long-awaited re-entry into the slate segment, and that it's the first true 64-bit Android tablet courtesy of NVIDIA's Tegra K1, and that's a whole lot of pressure resting on one 8.9-inch iPad rival. So, how does it hold up?
The ThinkPad's distant history is pocked with no-nonsense business machines sporting plain designs and thick bodies. Those are largely a thing of the past, with the newest ThinkPads coming with a side dish of sleekness that make them stand out from systems of days gone by. Such isn't the case with Lenovo's new ThinkPad W540, a mobile workstation targeted at business users that in some ways harkens back to the old T-Series designs. That's not a criticism, mind you. There's something refreshing about a laptop that isn't partly based on being overtly stylish, instead zeroing in on functionality for those who care most about what the machine can do. Does the W540's functionality match its boardroom aesthetic, though? Read our full SlashGear review to find out!
OPPO did reveal the the OPPO N3 today, but that wasn't the only thing it had in store. Aside from a new roster of accessories, the Chinese OEM also announced the OPPO R5 to the crowd as well. Both are intriguing smartphones, especially if you're in the Chinese market. The OPPO N3 turned out to be everything we gathered it would be, auto-rotating camera and all. The OPPO R5, on the other hand, has just probably successfully claimed one of the most coveted title of all: the thinnest smartphone in the world.