Archive for May 10, 2006

Mio C810 Portable Media Player

The C810 from Mio is yet another Korea-only device. This Portable Media Player not only supports both video and MP3 playback, it comes with a DMB TV tuner as well. Now you don’t have to miss any of your favorite Korean serials no matter where you are! It can also help you find your way home with the built-in GPS navigational system in case you got carried away watching TV on it while traveling. The C810 boasts a lovely, crisp 4.3″ screen.

Mitsubishi Colt CZC 1.5 Turbo

The new Mitsubishi Colt CZC packs a punch to its similar rivals, such as the Peugeot 206 and Mercedes Benz SLK. It comes with the following specs:

  • Model: Mitsubishi Colt CZC 1.5 Turbo
  • Rating: 11 out of 20
  • Price: £15,999
  • Performance: 0-62mph in 8.4secs, 126mph max speed, 39.8mpg
  • Tech: 1468cc 4cyl, FWD, 147bhp, 155lb ft, 1200kg, 168g/km CO2
  • Nokia 5500

    The Nokia 5500 Sport, is a phone that you could use to stay in touch. The Nokia 5500 Sport also offers “text-to-speech” technology. Don’t take your eyes off the track or that magazine, just tap the Nokia 5500 Sport and the message is read out to you. In sports mode, the Nokia 5500 Sport reads the status of your workout, allowing you to stay focused on the task, or the excercise, at hand.

    When music is on your mind, the Nokia 5500 Sport gives you a jump start. Supporting a multitude of different digital music formats and memory cards of up to 1GB (microSD), the Nokia 5500 Sport can hold approximately 750 songs. With your music collection in hand, every activity has its own soundtrack!

    Switched into sports mode, the Nokia 5500 Sport helps you keep track of work or your work-out. The integrated pedometer feature serves to monitor distance walked or calories burnt -during a busy day in the city or that breathtaking cardio session. For extra durability, the Nokia 5500 Sport features an ergonomic stainless steel casing, complemented by a splash and dust resistant shell and rubber grips.The sleek Nokia 5500 Sport is engineered with materials used in the latest high performance running shoes which make it look good on and off the court.

    The triband Nokia 5500 Sport (GSM 900/1800/1900) is scheduled to sprint into stores during the summer (3rd quarter) of 2006 and is expected to retail for around 300 EUR before taxes and subsidies.

    Sony PlayStation 3 to cost $499 and above

    PlayStation 3 (PS3) will be available in Japan on 11 November followed by an European and American launch in less than a week later. Sony has taken a leaf out of Microsoft’s book by offering 2 versions – a low-end $499 version and the more expensive $599 version. The $499 version comes with a 20GB hard drive with no HDMI support, making it useless to watch HDCP-protected films. The astronomically expensive $599 version comes with a 60GB hard drive.

    Special edition A-Class revealed

    There’s no mistaking what this Mercedes A-Class is all about, because Merc has handily named it the A-Class Special Edition.

    It’s based on the Classic SE model in three- and five-door shapes, and comes with 16in alloy wheels and a choice of two metallic paint finishes.

    Inside the Special Edition there are cloth seats and an aluminium trim pack, as well as cruise control.

    Mazda’s RX8 tuned by Prodrive

    The latest car to be blessed by Prodrive’s brilliance is the Mazda RX-8, which becomes the limited edition RX-8 PZ.

    Only 800 PZs will be built and all benefit from bespoke Prodrive suspension modifications that lower the ride height by 15mm and are honed specifically for UK roads.

    There are unique 18in alloy wheels for the PZ and a rear spoiler, and there’s also custom-made rear exhaust section.

    Performance is unchanged from the standard 228bhp RX-8, the PZ concentrating on handling.

    Pantech PG-2800

    Pantech has announced that it plans to showcase the brand new PG-2800 GSM ‘finger writing recognition phone,’ along with 31 of its other most technologically advanced and stylish handsets at the SVIAZ Expo Comm trade show in Moscow, Russia, this week.

    The PG-2800 model’s keypad recognizes and processes the individual user’s writing of text messages. Consumers can either push individual keys or write letters with their fingers on the keypad when looking up words in the electronic dictionary or sending text messages.

    The unique ‘finger writing recognition’ function allows users to avail of faster, more convenient communication and is especially useful for inputting text in Russian characters, as well as in the Chinese language.

    Knight Rider Movie

    For Knight Rider fans out there, here’s some good news. Knight Rider is going to be resurrected in big screen format. A Knight Rider movie is in the works and production will start next year. Of course, Michael Knight will be played by someone else and not the original actor David Hasselhoff, but William Daniels, the original voice actor for KITT could make a comeback. Though I wonder if they will still use the old Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. There has been several updates to the Firebird, and here’s one of the newer models shown above.

    Toshiba GigaBeat S30

    The Toshiba GigaBeat S30 is the first player from the Toshiba line that is powered by Windows Portable Media Center. That translates to clear menus and easy navigation between pictures, videos, TV shows, and MP3’s. The cross-shaped pad makes navigation a cinch when compared with Apple’s iPods, although fanboys are sure to cry foul.

    Super slim Samsung SGH-X820

    The world’s slimmest phone is now the Samsung’s SGH-X820 cellphone, displacing KTFT. It is just 6.9mm slim, and comes with a 2.0-megapixel camera and an MP3 player. The SGH-X820 will be available in Korea and Europe soon.

    Palm Treo 700p

    PCS Intel has noted that contacts at Radio Shack have hinted at the pricing details for the upcoming Palm Treo 700p in their forums. The Treo 700p will be available for $670, while a 2-year agreement with the smartphone will cost $530.

    Honda Fit Hybrid to get Honda Insight engine

    Industry insiders have confirmed that Honda will be producing a hybrid version of the Honda Fit subcompact car.

    Nihon Keizai mentioned in it’s previous report that Honda is developing a new 1.0 liter hybrid engine for the Honda Fit hybrid, but an anonymous source said the Honda Fit hybrid will likely use the Honda Insight’s engine, a 1.0 liter 12 valve 3-cylinder Honda Integrated Motor Assist hybrid engine. The Fit would also likely replace the Honda Insight in it’s market segment, though production of the Insight would likely continue for bragging rights as one of the most fuel-efficient vehicle manufactured on US roads, though in reality it lost the title to the Messerschmitt KR200. It was also the first hybrid car to be on sale for the mass market in the US.

    The Honda Insight engine is a SOHC inline-3 1.0 liter engine making 67 horsepower at 5700rpm in gasoline mode and 73 horsepower at 5700rpm with Integrated Motor Assist. It comes with both manual and CVT gearbox options. The Honda Insight was featured in the movie Be Cool, where it was called the Cadillac of hybrids. The 1.0 liter IMA engine won the International Engine of the Year award 2000, and held the Sub-1 liter category from 2001 to 2005.

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