Bang & Olufsen have announced a 40-inch LCD HDTV, the B&O BeoVision 8, complete with Full HD 1080p 1,920 x 1,080 native resolution, 3,000:1 contrast ratio, 500 nits of brightness and 6ms response time. The BeoVision 8 also includes a 100MHz picture engine for smoother fast-moving scenes and compatibility with the company's BeoLink home integration system.
We grabbed some hands-on time with Samsung's new UltraTOUCH flagship feature phone and the BEAT DJ music phone today, and there's some seriously impressive AMOLED action going on in both devices. The UltraTOUCH S8300 looks pretty certain to be a hit in Europe, where it will go on sale as the Tocco Ultra Edition. TouchWiz may be on top of Samsung's generic own-brand OS, but it's reasonably responsive and the whole thing feels sturdy and solid in the hand, despite the slender dimensions.
Images of the upcoming Samsung M7600 touchscreen music phone have leaked, complete with details regarding the company's latest cooperation with audio specialists Bang & Olufsen. As you might expect, the M7600 takes a distinctly musical approach to mobility, with its 2.8-inch AMOLED display offering up a virtual DJ turntable for on-device editing of tracks.
Normally a switch in speaker grill color wouldn't be enough to make something news-worthy, but when it's Bang & Olufsen making the changes then you know it's not just a case of a ordering up a new bolt of material. Intended to accompany the firm's existing white A/V equipment, the new white speaker-covers have been put through the paces for longevity and sound performance, with B&O even traipsing to Milan fashion fairs to see what fabrics are on offer.
It's been a mobile device bonanza this week, with the AT&T Fuze landing at SlashGear and promptly getting hauled over to the Sprint HTC Touch Pro for a damned good comparing. Meanwhile HTC have set tongues wagging by fettling a version of the Touch HD for a Russian WiMAX carrier: they assure us that the HTC MAX 4G won't be showing up anywhere else, but forgive us if we're natural sceptics. Meanwhile Verizon finally confirmed that the BlackBerry Storm 9530 would hit stores on November 24th, priced from $199.99, AT&T released the QuickFire, and Nokia confirmed the open-secret that is the E63 smartphone.
Bang & Olufsen have officially announced the BeoSound 5, a digital music system intended to bridge the gap between the company's high-end hifi systems and music stored digitally. The main interface is the BeoSound 5 controller, a 2.65kg table-top or wall-mounted remote dominated by a 10.4-inch 1024 x 768 LCD and an aluminium scroll wheel. Providing the power is the BeoControl 5, a 500GB music server with internet connections. The whole system runs MOTS (More Of The Same), B&O's new intelligent playlist system.
Shots of Bang & Olufsen's long-awaited BeoSound 5 controller have leaked to the BeoWorld forums, and with them suggestions that the company is preparing to officially launch and release the device. Featuring a large (non-touchscreen) display with multiple scroll-wheel controls, the BeoSound 5 is apparently B&O's intended way to bridge digital music and traditional systems.
I've said it before, I'm a bit of a Bang & Olufsen junkie. Yes, I know there are "better" products out there if you're rating sound higher than everything else, but let's be realistic - appearance is a big deal. Anyway, a new gadget from B&O is guaranteed to catch the eye, and their new Beo5 remote doesn't do anything to disprove that fact.
Bang & Olufsen are at it again with a new version of their DVD player. Once again, this isn’t the most attractive DVD player, but its feature set makes it well worth it.
This DVD player provides near-MCE level functionality. It has a DVD player and recorder, a TV tuner/recorder, and an integrated HDD for storage of media.
So there isn’t much to say about these two phones that is known for fact, but what we do have are their names (insert Shakespeare reference here). Samsung is making both of them and their names for the devices are the F330 and the SGH-F310.
Since they are being made for Bang & Olufsen you can be sure of three things, first, they are going to look weird as hell, but have tons of functionality, second, they aren’t going to be cheap, and third, they are going to change the names. So fare the F330 has kept its name and gone untouched, the SGH-F310 has several potential names though, among them are, Serene II, Serenata, and then the least likely one, leaving it as it is.
If you read my lyrical waxing about the Bang & Olufsen video history tour the other day, then you might be impressed with this watch. Designed to control the essential functions of a Beocenter stereo system, despite the modern appearance it was in fact made back in 1986 as a very limited production run. The design is by Jacob Jensen, who went on to establish his own company which produces a variety of home and electronic items that tend to be a little more affordable than B&O's.
Communicating with the hifi via infra-red, Beowatch was also waterproof to 30m (for those impromptu dips in the pool) and accurate to -0.3/+0.5 second every 24 hours. Considering it was only a few years ago that B&O brought out their own keyring remote control, it just goes to show how forward-thinking Jensen's designs were.
More photos of the watch after the cut.