The Daily Slash: May 19th 2010

Evan Selleck - May 19, 2010
The Daily Slash: May 19th 2010

Today was the middle of the week, but it didn’t really feel like it until about half-way through. At least it wasn’t the beginning of the week again, right? Not yet, anyway. Welcome to tonight’s edition of the Daily Slash. Tonight, after the wake of the first keynote from Google’s I/O, in the Best of R3, we’ve got a screenshot of the Motorola Cliq with a certain numbered update, and the Motorola i1 has finally launched. And then in the Dredge ‘Net, LaCie has introduced a new net-connected RAID, MSI’s revealed two new notebooks, and Foxconn’s got a tablet that may actually rival another already on the market.

The Best of R3 Media

Motorola Cliq Gets a Screenshot of Android 2.1: While other Sprint devices keep getting the update to Android 2.1, there’s a few other handsets out there that still haven’t been brought into the current age of Android. Namely, handsets running with MOTOBLUR. Just when we might have started thinking it wasn’t going to happen, we get a screenshot of a Motorola Cliq, somewhere out there in the United States, running the latest build of Android 2.1. It’s only a screen grab of the Settings menu, so we don’t have a lot to go on here, but at least it’s something. Or, it’s fake. [via Android Community]

The Motorola i1 Lands on SouthernLINC: Sure, we might have assumed that Motorola had bigger plans for the Motorola i1, but apparently its initial launch is destined for a regional carrier. And, sure enough, it’s expensive on that regional carrier, too. SouthernLINC have landed the launch of the Motorola i1, with its military-spec ruggedization, and Android-running goodness. It’ll cost you $200 on a new, two-year contract, so definitely weigh your options a bit, yeah? [via SlashPhone]

The Dredge Net

LaCie Shows Off New Net-Connected RAID: LaCie knows how to make expensive solutions to your storage needs. With this latest edition, there’s no exception made. These new drives are intended for maximum data storage, protection, and connectivity. There is a pair of hard drives inside the foreboding black box, which are set up in a typical RAID 1 fashion: you write to one, it gets reflected on the other. It features built-in server and torrent download functions, which should make a few people happy out there. The USB 2.0 interface should also do the trick, meaning you can use the RAID set-up like a standard hard drive as well. You can set it up in a 2GB or 4GB capacity, with the 2GB mark starting with a cost of $480. [via CrunchGear]

MSI Introduces X620 and CX420: MSI knows how to launch a notebook. They do it all the time, it seems, and they probably don’t plan on stopping any time soon. This time around, we’ve got the X620MX, which is a 15.6-inch, which features Intel’s new Core 2010 line-up of processors, and ATI’s Mobility Radeon HD 545v (512MB) GPU. Actually both notebooks rock the same features, including the DDR3 RAM, up to two slots, and the same 1366×768 resolution of the screens. Hard drives come in sizes from 250GB/320GB/500GB; HDMI/VGA outputs, 3 USB 2.0 ports, microphone and headphone audio jacks, and integrated WiFi 802.11b/g/n. No prices or release date yet. [via Hot Hardware]

Foxconn’s Tablet Features Tegra 2: NVIDIA showed off a new tablet, and we’ve got to admit: it’s impressive. Sure, it’s probably not coming out until way later this year, but at least we’ve got something to look forward to (among other things, of course). This prototype tablet features the dual-core Tegra 250 chipset, which is designed by Foxconn, is labeled as being “a generation ahead” of the iPad from Apple, because it may run the same 1GHz clock speed, but the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture means that it can actually pull 25 percent more power than Apple’s A4 processor. It also features 1GB of RAM, which is four times as much as Apple’s tablet. It’s only 8.9 inches, though, so it is a bit smaller than the revolutionary product from Cupertino. It does have a front-facing camera and 2 USB ports, though. [via Electronista]

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