Acer have announced their latest netbook, the Aspire One AO532h, and as you'd expect it's based on Intel's new Pine Trail processor. The AO532h has a 1.66GHz Atom N450 CPU, 10.1-inch WSVGA display and 1GB of RAM, along with a 160GB hard-drive and WiFi b/g/n. According to Acer, it can run for up to 10 hours on the high-density 5,600mAh 6-cell battery (or 8 hours on the regular, 4,400mAh pack).
The last Synaptics concept we really got excited about was the Onyx smartphone - in fact we went all the way to the company's head office to play with their prototype - and now they're back with a new smartphone idea. The Synaptics Fuse takes multitouch capacitive sensing and throws in force, grip and proximity sensing, along with haptic feedback and 3D graphics. The end result is a squeezable smartphone that spreads its sensors not only across the touchscreen but down the sides, too, so as to be fully usable even with just one hand. Fuse is a collaboration between Synaptics, TI, Immersion, TheAlloy and The Astonishing Tribe, and is based on a TI OMAP 3630 processor and a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen.
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Patent infringement suits are certainly nothing new in the technology industry. Over the last year, these sorts of suits are increasingly filed in a court in East Texas because the judge has a history of siding with the patent holders. The latest suit to be filed in the Eastern District of Texas is by Klausner Technologies against RIM and Motorola.
We talked about the eReaders from Dulin back in March when they first tipped up. The books stirred some controversy when first announced when they claimed worldwide distribution deal was in place with ODM Netronix. Dulin has announced that its PocketBook 360 and PocketBook 301+ are now available for purchase in the US.
The remainder of Toshiba's new notebook line may not get touchscreens like the M505 Touch and U505 Touch, but you can't accuse the company of missing out any particular niche. The Windows 7 update gets applied across the board, with the Toshiba Mini NB205 netbook getting Win 7 Starter and either 160GB or 250GB storage (MRSP from $399.99), all the way up to the 18.4-inch Satellite P500 with a choice of Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Turion II CPUs, optional Blu ray and harmon/kardon speakers (MRSP from $799.99).
We have seen the Blackberry 9700 quite a bit already for the device to not even be available at retail outlets yet. The 9700 has been spied in the wild a few times and is already claimed by some to be the best Blackberry yet. If you have been waiting to get your hands on the device, the wait is only about a month away if you are on T-Mobile.
If there's one thing we're not going to tire of any time soon, it's leaked in-the-wild shots of RIM's upcoming uber-BlackBerry, the 9700 (aka Onyx). Spotted this time by DailyMobile.se, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 isn't offering up any new secrets this time around, but it's certainly looking slick with its full QWERTY keyboard, bright display and optical trackpad.
The BlackBerry Bold 9700 - aka the BlackBerry Onyx - is definitely on the cards, it's just that RIM won't tell us exactly when we should see it on shelves. That hasn't stopped the Boy Genius Report from publishing their early review of a pre-production 9700, however, and they're certainly impressed: in fact, they call the Bold 9700 "the finest BlackBerry ever crafted".