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Dell “Opus One” is 2nd-gen high-res Streak for March 2011?

Dell “Opus One” is 2nd-gen high-res Streak for March 2011?

File this firmly in the rumor category for the moment, but according to StreakSmart's anonymous sources, Dell is readying a second-gen Dell Streak for release in March 2011. According to the information - which a Dell rep apparently shared during an internal briefing - the tablet/phone hybrid is internally codenamed "Opus One" and will keep the 5-inch form-factor of the current Streak, but update the screen to a higher resolution panel and the processor to a dual-core chip.

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Samsung’s displays get video demo: dual-AMOLED MID, flexible screens & transparent notebooks

Samsung’s displays get video demo: dual-AMOLED MID, flexible screens & transparent notebooks

Samsung's new displays have been all over the place today, with 7-inch Super AMOLED panels for the next-gen Galaxy Tab, and a 10.1-inch skinny screen for a tablet teaser. It turns out they were only the start of it: NetbookNews spotted a dual-screen 4.5-inch PenTile AMOLED MID prototype, various flexible displays - including one being folded in half - and a transparent 14-inch AMOLED shown in a notebook mockup.

Video demo after the cut

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Sharp IS01 Android MID hits US for $246

Sharp IS01 Android MID hits US for $246

Sharp's 5-inch Android MID, the IS01, has finally made it to US shores, though it's not quite the perfect release we were hoping for.  Importer Conics are doing the honors, rather than Sharp itself: they've listed the clamshell handset for a mere $246, which gets you a 5-inch 960 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and twin cameras.

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Toshiba AC100 Review

Toshiba AC100 Review

Companion devices come in all shapes and sizes, from big-screen smartphones through tablets to netbooks and ultraportables, but Toshiba is hoping that by borrowing a little of each they'll find a gap in the market. The Toshiba AC100 looks like a netbook but runs Android, an OS we're more familiar with on smartphones or, more recently, tablets. The company reckons a traditional keyboard and NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor should make the AC100 the best multimedia, browsing and communication ultraportable around, but is Android being asked to do more than it's currently capable of? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Toshiba AC100 dumps Android for Ubuntu 10.10, gets useful

Toshiba AC100 dumps Android for Ubuntu 10.10, gets useful

Toshiba's AC100 is certainly an interesting notebook on the face of it: Tegra 2 processor, full QWERTY and plenty of battery life, but the Android OS does mean it's definitely a companion device and not your sole ultraportable.  That could all change, however, now a hack for loading Ubuntu onto the AC100 has been developed; Carrypad pulled together the instructions and files from tosh-ac100.wetpaint.org, ac100.gudinna.com and the official Toshiba forums and managed to get his AC100 up and running with Ubuntu 10.10.

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Eking M5 UMPC gets reviewed: hot-swap battery good, price bad

Eking M5 UMPC gets reviewed: hot-swap battery good, price bad

Eking's M5 UMPC has been a few months in coming, since its first teasing photos on Chinese forums, but the 5-inch ultraportable has finally dropped for a review over at UMPC Fever.  For the equivalent of around $772 you get an Intel Atom Z515 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a 16GB SSD and 3G, along with a backlit, full QWERTY keyboard.  That's expensive, especially when you make the inevitable iPad comparisons, though Eking have added in a few neat touches.

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Buggy Sharp DoCoMo LYNX SH-10B Android MID sales frozen; only 7k bought in 2 months

Buggy Sharp DoCoMo LYNX SH-10B Android MID sales frozen; only 7k bought in 2 months

Looks like NTT DoCoMo aren't having much luck with Sharp's LYNX SH-10B Android MID.  The company froze sales of the QWERTY handheld a week ago, after discovering a security loophole that could allow malicious software to harvest text, then settled on an update that apparently fixed the flaw and would let the carrier put the SH-10B back on sale from tomorrow.  Now that's changed again, with the discovery of a further bug in the MID.

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