Intel could be preparing to unveil most of its next-generation 22nm Ivy Bridge processors ”on or around” April 8th according to a recent rumor. The company is set to introduce 25 different models in total, DigiTimes reported, including 17 chips designed for use in desktop PCs and eight for notebooks and ultrabooks. Intel will announce the following desktop processors in April according to the report: the Core i7-3770K, 3770, 3770S, 3770T as well as the Core i5-3570, 3550 and 3450. The desktop processors will reportedly range in price from $184 to $332. The following notebook CPUs will also be announced: Core i7-3920Qm ($1,096), 3820QM ($568) and the 3720QM ($378). Intel is allegedly working on the Core i5-3520M, 3360M, 3320M for notebooks and the Core i7-3667U and Core i5-3427U for ultrabooks, but those processors may not be announced at the same time; the company is expected to unveil several other models for both notebooks and desktops in May. Intel has said its Ivy Bridge chips will offer a 37% performance increase over its 32nm chips.
HTC saw its monthly revenue in May surpass NT$40 billion for the first time in the company’s history. Taiwan Economic News reports on Thursday that HTC’s May revenue came in at NT$40.6 billion, or US$1.6 billion, thanks to continued high demand for its smartphones. Revenue was up 115% compared to the same month last year, and up from NT$38.73 billion last month, which had also set a company record. The cell phone maker’s revenue now totals NT$183.5 billion (US$6.3 billion) through the first five months of 2011, up 145% compared to the same period in 2010. The trend is expected to continue, as analysts project HTC’s June revenue to climb 10% to NT$44 billion. More →
Sales of Apple’s Mac line of personal computers slowed in April, leaving a question mark for analysts who have lofty expectations of Apple computers in the June quarter. Industry tracker NPD Group on Monday issued its estimates for Mac sales in the month of April. While the firm found that sales did grow compared to the same month last year, growth has slowed substantially. NPD says Apple shipped 9% more Mac computers in April 2011 than it did in the same month last year, but analysts are expecting shipments for the full quarter to jump 22% over 2010 to 4.2 million units. The decrease in growth is attributed to the fact that Apple refreshed its MacBook Pro line in the middle of April last year, but analysts obviously accounted for that when issuing estimates for Apple’s fiscal third quarter.
Consumer electronics tracker NPD Group on Thursday released its tallies for the U.S. gaming industry, revealing continued console sales growth and rebounding software sales. Last month, sales of video game software dipped to $735.4 million from $875.3 million in March 2010. While sales shrank sequentially, as they do in April in many industries, gaming software jumped 26% from $398.5 million in April 2010 to $503.2 million last month. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 was the best-selling console in April, having climbed 60% year-over-year to 297,000 units. Sales of Sony’s PlayStation 3 grew 13% to 204,000 units and Nintendo sold 174,000 Wii consoles, a 37% decline compared to April 2010. Mortal Kombat 2011 was the best-selling software title in April, having sold over 1 million units including standard games and special editions. Portal 2, Lego Star Wars III, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters rounded out the top five titles. More →
HTC’s revenue in April 2011 hit a record high, Taiwan Economic News reports. The publication cites a financial statement from HTC in claiming the smartphone maker saw revenue in April grow to NT$38.729. Equivalent to approximately $1.35 billion USD, HTC’s April revenue was up 4.5% sequentially and up over 113% compared to April 2010. Aggregate revenue over the first four months now totals NT$142.885, up 154% over the same period last year. The company said continued strong sales of devices like the Desire HD played a large role in helping HTC achieve the new record, and heavy shipments of newer phones like the Incredible S and Desire S should keep revenue up through the remainder of the quarter. HTC projected second-quarter revenue of NT$120 billion on smartphone shipments of between 11 and 11.5 million units when it reported its first-quarter earnings last month. More →
Looking for a Honeycomb tablet? Not a fan of the XOOM? You’re in luck. The gang over at TmoNews have been sent in the above screen shot that indicates T-Mobile’s G-Slate, Android 3.0 tablet will be hitting store shelves Wednesday, April 20th. The device sports the oh-so-sexy NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, and has it’s twin cores running at a full 1,000MHz. The G-Slate impressed us at CES back in January, and we’re hoping to get our hands on a fully-baked retail unit ASAP. More →
Intel gathered by blog TmoNews suggests that T-Mobile’s HSPA+, 4G mobile hotspot will be released this Wednesday, April 13th. First seen at CTIA last month, the hostspot will provide connectivity for up to five Wi-Fi enabled device’s on the company’s wireless network. While we don’t know which HSPA+ radio the device will be packing — 21Mbps or 42Mbps — we do know that it will have a built-in VPN client and “optional SMS” support. We snapped a few images of the little, partially-green, Internet throwing machine (that wouldn’t power on) on the CTIA showroom floor. Have a look for yourself.
Today, Samsung and Boost Mobile jointly introduced a new member of the Galaxy family, the Galaxy Prevail. Running a fairly-stock iteration of Android 2.2 (Froyo), the device sports a 3.2-inch touchscreen display, 2 megapixel rear-facing camera, Bluetooth, GPS, and microSD card slot (support for up to a 32GB card). The device is the first CDMA, Android-based device to be offered by the prepaid wireless carrier. The Galaxy Prevail will be available in “late April” for $179.99 contract free. Pair the handset with Boost Mobile’s $50 monthly unlimited plan, and you have yourself a pretty nice setup. The full press release is after the break and we’ll have our hands-on posted momentarily. More →
We don’t have too much info to report for the time being, but we’re hearing that the highly anticipated Google Nexus S 4G will be launching on Sprint within the next two weeks… More →
BGR has confirmed with AT&T that both the Motorola ATRIX 4G and the HTC Inspire 4G will receive software updates in April that will enable HSUPA. The confirmation follows a report on Friday from enthusiast blog DroidMatters.com, which points out a posting to the same effect on AT&T’s Facebook page. A Motorola representative stated earlier this week that the company was working on an update for AT&T’s ATRIX 4G due for release in April, but he stated that the update would not enable HSUPA. He was apparently mistaken, though his comment on the matter remains live on Motorola’s forum. ATRIX 4G and Inspire 4G owners have been very vocal about the lack of true “4G” compatibility in the devices, and it looks like AT&T is finally preparing to remedy the situation. AT&T has not yet announced further details surrounding the software updates or a timeline for their distribution. More →
According to Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will begin production of the white iPhone 4 this month, with shipping to begin sometime in April. Kuo states that Apple made a change to the “film material” used on the inside of the outer-casing that had been causing a “lamination” issue on white models. If true, the timing is a bit peculiar. Apple is expect to unveil its next-generation iPhone — being called the iPhone 5 for now — in June of this year, giving the albino iPhone 4 a mere two months at the top of the iThing totem pole. Are any of you Apple fans crazy enough to buy a white iPhone 4 in April or May? More →
Hewlett-Packard’s first webOS-powered tablet will launch this April, a new report claims. Industry watcher DigiTimes cites sources from within HP’s component suppliers in stating that manufacturers will begin shipping the TouchPad by the end of March. The TouchPad, which will launch with webOS 3.0, will then be ready for release some time in April. The report goes on to estimate that HP intends to sell between 4 and 5 million TouchPad units and between 45 and 48 million notebook computers and tablet PCs combined in 2011. HP has not provided any specific information in terms of a launch date or pricing for the TouchPad, which we got up close and personal with earlier this month. More →
Google is reportedly preparing to release the next major build of its Android OS at some point in April, and ViewSonic will be among the first cell phone makers to release an Android 2.4-powered device, a new report claims. According to gadget blog Pocket-lint, Google’s next major Android release for smartphones is due to launch in roughly two months and ViewSonic’s ViewPad 4 will be among the first devices to ship with the new build when it is released in April. The blog claims to have a source inside ViewSonic who confirms that version 2.4 of Google’s mobile OS, which will not be called “Ice Cream” according to the report, will feature the ability to run Honeycomb apps on smartphones. Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS will initially create a divide between smartphones and tablets. Android 2.4 will apparently mark the beginning of a process that will merge the smartphone and tablet operating systems, at least where apps are concerned. More →