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ODROID Android handheld up for preorder; full release December

We've been keeping an eye on the ODROID Android-based portable entertainment device over the past few months, and today our source at the company let us know that the developer version is going up for pre-order from today.  Priced at the equivalent of around $320, and with deliveries expected to begin from November 5th, the ODROID developer edition has the same 833MHz Samsung S5PC100 processor as in the iPhone 3GS, 512MB of RAM and a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen.

iLuv gets official with i1166 digital media player

iLuv gets official with i1166 digital media player

Digital media players are big business and there are new devices hitting the market all the time. ILuv has unveiled its latest digital media player called the i1166 that has an iPod interface and a large screen perfect for viewing video on the go.

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Lower PMP volume defaults to fight hearing loss planned

Lower PMP volume defaults to fight hearing loss planned

Thanks to a new European Union ruling, any PMP sold in Europe will soon need to have a lower default volume level so as to avoid ear damage.  The so-called "safe exposure" levels will be a condition of sale for any MP3 player, including Apple's iPod range, though users will be able to override the settings if they choose.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 39 2009

In case you missed something this week, it's time for another week in review for you to enjoy on a lazy Sunday. Asus quietly let the Eee 1201N Ion netbook slip from the bowels of the netbook kingpin. The machine sports NVIDIA Ion power, it's nice to see more Ion netbooks coming to market. Acer has its line of smartphones coming in Q4 according to reports early this week. The Acer F1 and the HTC Leo will hit in Q4.

Qualcomm FLO TV PTV shows up in wild

Qualcomm FLO TV PTV shows up in wild

It's not the biggest photo, nor the clearest, but since it shows Qualcomm's FLO TV personal TV mediaplayer in the wild we'll make do.  Initially tipped back in August, the FLO TV PTV handheld is Qualcomm's attempt to push their terrestrial digital TV service which is streamed over a separate chunk of the spectrum in the US.

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ODROID Android prototype shows up again in PMP demo [Video]

Having wowed us with a high-definition playback demonstration earlier this month, Android gaming/PMP manufacturer HardKernel are back with another video demo of their ODROID handheld.  This time it's on-device media playback being demonstrated, using the free album-art based RockOn app, on a prototype unit.

Video demo after the cut

Teclast T58 Android-powered PMP spotted

Teclast T58 Android-powered PMP spotted

Android is turning up in all sorts of gadgets and gizmos outside of the smartphone world. PMPs are one of the places Android is headed, the question is really who will launch an Android device first. Teclast has unveiled a few details on its T58 PMP.

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SmartDevices SmartV 5 MID latest handheld to offer 1080p

SmartDevices SmartV 5 MID latest handheld to offer 1080p

If you haven't guessed by now, we're big fans of ultraportable computers, and even happier when they can cope with 1080p video playback.  One such device tickling our fancy is SmartDevices' SmartV 5 MID, a 5-inch WVGA touchscreen handheld with a 600MHz processor, 2GB of flash storage and a choice of Android, Windows CE 6.0 or Ubuntu as OS.

The SmartV 5 MID also has a microSD card slot (content with up to 32GB cards) for all that lovely high-definition footage you'll be storing, together with both WiFi and Bluetooth.  RAM is 256MB and the MID has native support of 1080p MKV/H.264 content and an HDMI output.

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Apple iPod touch 3G Review

Apple iPod touch 3G Review

Apple surprised many people at their recent iPod launch event by focusing on the iPod nano rather than their flagship touchscreen PMP, the iPod touch.  Still, they saved a little magic for the third-generation model, including a lower starting price and some games-focused speed boosts higher up in the range.  Does the iPod touch 3G stay ahead of the pack, or did Apple miss a trick by not tweaking further?  Check out our review after the cut.

Video head-to-head with iPhone 3GS after the cut

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Samsung slim capacitive touch control with new integrated chip

Samsung slim capacitive touch control with new integrated chip

The slimming of our electronics continues, with Samsung the latest to promise smaller gadgets thanks to their new mobile display driver IC.  The new chips bundle both display and capacitive touch-panel control into one, using Samsung's Touch Embedded DDI technology.

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Zune HD shortage lures out price-gouge merchants

Zune HD shortage lures out price-gouge merchants

Never let it be said we stand in the way of private enterprise - heaven only knows how many times I've had to sell handkerchiefs to sailors just to put bread on the table - but taking advantage of Zune HD 32GB shortages to double the price seems more than a little unfair.  Amazon are currently listing the larger Zune HD - which we reviewed last week - as not shipping for 1-3 weeks; however, one Marketplace seller has used the opportunity to list the 32GB PMP for a whopping $599.99.

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iriver NV mini bike edition entertains cyclists while getting them lost

iriver NV mini bike edition entertains cyclists while getting them lost

iriver's latest product is out, and unlike their more traditional range of PMPs they've branched off into "eco-friendly bike navigation".  The iriver NV mini bike edition is a sliced-down version of their NV classic, keeping the touchscreen, GPS and media playback but dropping the integrated DMB TV tuner.

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