It's been some time coming, but mintpass have finally seen their mintpad 2.86-inch touchscreen PMP and WiFi internet tablet arrive for general release. The palm-sized mediaplayer boasts 4GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot, together with a 1.3-megapixel camera, audio, video and picture playback, and an ebook reader.
Having taunted us with one of the most alluring Android MIDs we've seen to date, only to reveal it was a mere husk intended to show off their 720p-capable HD chipset, Rockchip may slowly be working their way back into our good books. RAmos Digital are teasing an upcoming Android device for an event to be held on September 25th, and from the promo shot it looks to be exactly the same as the Rockchip concept.
Full specifications of the RAmos Android MID are unknown, though it's unsurprisingly expected to be ARM based rather than using x86 architecture. It's also tipped to support 1080p MKV (H.264/VC-1), AVI (Xvid/DivX) and various other formats, with bitrates ranging from 30 to 40Mbps.
Am I the only one who feels a bit grossed out by the thought of bone conduction technology? Yeah? Well if you aren't grossed out by the thought of the tech and you like to swim, Finis has announced its latest MP3 player for swimming and water sports.
Microsoft's first Zune attempts won it a few dedicated users but a whole lot of criticism. In the face of Apple's all-conquering iPod touch there was only really one way to go, and that was touchscreen; the Zune HD marks not only the transition to being finger-friendly, but packs the latest OLED display technology, HD radio and by no means least 720p high-definition support. Clean reboot or BSOD? Check out the full SlashGear review to find out.
If asked what's the next big evolution in desk lamps, I can't imagine many people would say "why, an integrated digital photo frame, of course" but that's what Sungale have delivered. Over at Zatz Not Funny they've been playing around with the unusual desk accessory, and reckon that while it pretty much delivers what it promises, they can't help but wish it promised more.
Sony Japan have announced a bevy of new Walkman PMPs, the NW-A840, S740 and S640. The A840-series gets an OLED display like its X-Series sibling, but in this case its a regular display rather than a touchscreen. Still, it manages to be the thinnest Walkman to-date, at just 7.2mm thick, despite that 2.8-inch display, up to 64GB of storage and a battery apparently good for up to 29 hours of music playback or 9 hours of video.
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SlashGear stopped by the Archos launch event last night for the company's new Android-powered Internet Tablet, the Archos 5. The idea is straightforward: all of Archos' usual media-centric abilities are there, including broad codec support and the ability to play local and network-based content, but rather than their home-grown Linux-based OS the French company has turned to Android and a custom UI shell.
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If seeing the outside of Microsoft's Zune HD wasn't good enough for you, then Rapid Repair have gone a few steps further and fully dismantled the touchscreen OLED PMP. Their latest teardown delivers no great surprises - unlike the iPod touch 3G, there's no sign of a camera module nook, nor untapped WiFi potential - but the mediaplayer itself is deemed relatively straightforward (though warranty-breaking) to get inside should you need to attempt a DIY fix.
It comes as no great surprise, given our unboxing video and hands-on with the new PMP is already live, but Microsoft have officially announced the Zune HD. As well as reconfirming the specs we've already heard - NVIDIA Tegra processor, 720p HD playback, OLED multitouch touchscreen and either 16GB or 32GB of storage - Microsoft have also revealed that yes, the Zune HD will play 3D games such as Project Gotham Racing: Ferrari Edition and Audiosurf Tilt together with getting Twitter and Facebook clients later in 2009.
Apple's traditional September iPod event last week failed to deliver the all-encompassing camera update widely predicted, leaving the compact fifth-generation iPod nano as recipient of the most attention. With video recording capabilities, a new radio and even a pedometer, the nano 5G certainly has a longer spec-sheet; has it managed to do what Steve Jobs predicted, though, and stomp neatly over the Flip camcorder? SlashGear set to finding out.
With the Zune HD officially launching in a matter of hours, it isn't long before all the mysteries of Microsoft's new PMP are splayed open like a druid sacrifice. Still, until then we'll keep gobbling up whatever we're given, such as some prematurely posted adverts for the Zune HD and seemingly confirmation that it will be capable of 3D gaming.
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