Nokia have thrown open the doors to their Ovi Store, making the previously limited-access download system available globally. The store can be accessed either from a Nokia web browser, at https://store.ovi.com/, or via the Ovi Store app which is available to download to "more than 50 Nokia devices" including the soon-to-arrive N97 shown here.
Gigabyte's Booktop M1022 is the first netbook to offer something you'd more usually find on a full-sized notebook: a docking station for desk use. Packing an Intel N270 processor, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard-drive, the M1022 might not be your first port of call for "desktop replacement" duties, but Gigabyte obviously think there's a target market who get sufficiently tired of plugging and unplugging monitor, keyboard, mouse and network cables to spend the extra on the Booktop. Over at EEE-PC.de they've first unboxed the M1022, and then made it pose in a photoshoot.
Unboxing video after the cut
It's been a while since we've seen a UMPC from Clevo - all the way back to March 2008 and the TN120R, in fact - but the company is back with the 1.33GHz Atom Z520 powered Clevo TN70M. Based around a 7-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen, the 904g UMPC packs WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and optional WLAN.
Video demo after the cut
Microsoft and Intel have apparently been conspiring to slice down manufacturer's flexibility in netbook specifications, at least if they want to take advantage of subsidized Windows 7 OS prices. According to a leaked strategy document, if OEMs wish to load Windows 7 Start/Home Basic, they can have a display no larger than 10.2-inches (down from 11.6-inches). There are also new processor rules, intended to make the differentiation between a netbook and a standard notebook more straightforward.
Lenovo have announced the IdeaPad S12, the first netbook to offer NVIDIA's Ion GPU. A 12.1-inch model, the S12 pairs the 1080p-capable Ion chipset with an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 160/250/320GB hard-drive options. As well as the usual VGA output, there's also an HDMI port.
Video demos after the cut
Details of Nokia's next-gen Internet Tablet have leaked, suggesting that the Finnish company have moved away from positioning the platform as a companion device and now perceive it more as a smartphone. According to leaked specifications, the Nokia N900 or "Nokia Rover" now has quadband GSM and 3G HSPA, in addition to the WiFi and Bluetooth of the previous-gen models. It also sheds some screen-size, scaling down to a 3.5-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen (from 4-inches) though as this leaked image suggests the overall design is very similar to that of the N810.
As more and more Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) offer the choice of recording in high-definition, and more consumers decide to prioritize picture quality, the standard storage in most models simply can't keep up. Into that fray steps the DVR Expander, a straightforward way of adding recording capacity; today it's the turn of the Seagate Showcase DVR Storage Expander, a full 1TB of storage.
It's Memorial Day here in the US (as well as being a public holiday elsewhere in the world), and that means it's time to down-gadgets and try to get along with family and friends instead. The SlashGear team will be taking today off, and hope that you can do the same wherever you are. Regular coverage recommences Tuesday May 26th - see you tomorrow!
Today has been exciting for mobile phone enthusiasts. First, information on the HTC Lancaster was released. Details about the Lancaster include a 2.8" touchscreen, full size slide out QWERTY, and will feature a unique HTC Social Networking integration client. Launch date on ATT is slated for August 3rd.
The SlashGear team have been surprisingly mobile this week, with part one of our Lincoln MKS road-test, and toting Sprint's version of the MiFi 2200 portable EVDO hotspot around. We still found enough time to get frantically excited about the Palm Pre, though, which we now know will launch on June 6th for $199.99.
That excitement is tempered with the ongoing rumors that stocks may be severely curtailed on launch day. Not only have Best Buy and RadioShack insiders been talking of minimal handset numbers come June 6th, Sprint's own CEO is warning that the Pre will likely be in short supply for the first couple of months. The concern is that all of Palm's momentum since CES back in January could fizzle out, as Apple are expected to announce a third-generation iPhone two days after the Pre's launch.
For $499, you get the world's first-ever LED-based projector with a USB reader. Specs wise, you'll find a Texas Instruments DLP projection system outputting 858 x 600 resolution, 100 ANSI lumens, a 2,000:1 contrast ratio, a built-in 2-watt speaker and VGA / component / composite inputs. Did I mention that it's only 1.4 pound projector?!