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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 23 2009

We’ve had a busy week here at SlashGear, with news from two shows – games-expo E3 and Computex – together with the arrival of the Palm Pre.  The latter may have just a few days in the spotlight before Apple’s WWDC keynote on Monday, where we’re expecting to see a new iPhone unveiled, so get yourself up to speed with our Palm Pre review in advance of our WWDC live-blog at 10am PT tomorrow.

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BenQ planning Android netbook & smartphone for 2010

BenQ planning Android netbook & smartphone for 2010

BenQ have become the latest netbook manufacturer to throw their hat into the Android netbook ring, as well as confirming their plans to produce smartphones running the open-source OS.  The new hardware should arrive on the market sometime in 2010, though BenQ are keeping specification details for both netbook and smartphone close to their chest.

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BenQ JoyBook Lite U121 Eco announced

BenQ JoyBook Lite U121 Eco announced

BenQ revealed a new super-portable, super-light netbook called the JoyBook Lite U121 Eco today. This tiny PC measures in at just 11.6-inches and weighs only 2.9-pounds. However, don't let its light frame fool you.

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BenQ Joybee GP1 Review

BenQ Joybee GP1 Review

Our previous run-ins with pico-projectors have left us vaguely disappointed, with units that will certainly fit in your pocket but underwhelm in their performance. BenQ's Joybee GP1 has sized itself out pocket-portability but promises improved quality to make up for it; SlashGear put those claims to the test.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 21 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 21 2009

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.

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BenQ Joybee GP1 Pocket Projector unboxing and demo videos

BenQ Joybee GP1 Pocket Projector unboxing and demo videos

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?!

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BenQ C1020 and C1220 offer 16:9 video recording

BenQ C1020 and C1220 offer 16:9 video recording

BenQ announced two new cameras today that aren't at the top of the line, but offer more than you would expect. The C1020 and C1220 have the welcome addition of a 16:9 video recording mode to make for video capture that's more suited to today's TV viewing.

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BenQ Qisda QPD-111 MID wins design award

BenQ Qisda QPD-111 MID wins design award

A concept MID from BenQ's Qisda Creative Design Center has won a red dot design award.  The BenQ Qisda QPD-111 MID has a 5-inch multitouch-capable touchscreen display and a large red "Hot Key" which, according to the design brief, would instantly trigger an internet connection.

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BenQ nStation i91 & i221 launch, plus 3G U101 netbook

BenQ nStation i91 & i221 launch, plus 3G U101 netbook

BenQ officially launched their all-in-one nStation i91 desktop PC this week, and it brought along a larger sibling too.  As well as the 18.5-inch i91, the company showed off the nStation i221, a 21.5-inch Full-HD version; they also brought along the HSDPA-enabled U101 netbook.

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ASUS rejected from Chinese rural stimulus program

ASUS rejected from Chinese rural stimulus program

ASUS has been snubbed by the Chinese government, as the only member of the top five branded PC vendors to not be found eligible for subsidies under that country's rural stimulus program.  Dell, HP, Lenovo and Acer all qualified for the scheme, which attempts to promote market growth in rural areas of China where an estimated 800m of the country's 1.3bn population live.

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BenQ nStation i91: all-in-one PC as easy as a TV

BenQ nStation i91: all-in-one PC as easy as a TV

BenQ have announced their own all-in-one desktop PC, and while some manufacturers go for touchscreens and others superlative media playback, the nStation i91 is all about ease of use.  In fact, BenQ are saying that, thanks to their intuitive control knob on the lower right-hand side of the display, the nStation i91 is as straightforward as a TV.  Behind the glossy bezel there's an AMD Semperon 210U processor, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive, while the non-touchscreen display itself is 18.5-inches 16:9.

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BenQ S6 MID gets video unboxing; falls down as PMP replacement

BenQ S6 MID gets video unboxing; falls down as PMP replacement

It's hard to believe, but after all we've seen of the BenQ S6 MID, we've not seen a video unboxing.  Perhaps that's because of the mobile internet device's limited availability; so far, Italy looks like your best bet to get a hold of the S6, courtesy of carrier TIM.  Anyway, there's at least one S6 outside of Italy, in the hands of Ewan Spence on the MID Moves tour, and he's shared not only his video unboxing but some hands-on feedback about the compact 3G device.

Unboxing video of the BenQ S6 MID after the cut

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