Yesterday, Samsung Mobile Display announced that they will be producing a new 3.3″ AMOLED display, complete with on-board capacitive touch sensors. The WVGA screen will boast a 480×800 resolution and, purportedly, will bring image clarity to the next level thanks to a touch sensor that is a mere 0.001mm thick (on average a human hair is 0.018 to 0.08 mm thick). The on-board touch sensor, “marks the first time that a touch sensor was placed over an AMOLED substrate” reports the Korean IT Times. Typically, the touch-sensing glass panel and LED screen are manufactured separately and later connected; by putting both components on the same substrate Samsung was able to achieve minimal thickness and better screen clarity. Samsung hopes that this new, improved, and easy-to-manufacture AMOLED will increase manufacturer demand for LED displays. We can’t wait. More →
Posted up in our comments under our Motorola Sholes Tablet article is supposedly another never-yet-seen Motorola Android handset. This is also apparently a full touchscreen device that features an 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and dual LED flash, 3.8 inch display, 800 MHz processor and has a sleek black, rounded appearance. Another picture after the break for you to enjoy while we send out our connects for more information… More →
We can file this one under rumor of a rumor — you’ve been warned — so please, proceed with caution. DigiTimes is reporting that Apple’s yet to be announced tablet device will be delayed until the second half of 2010 due to a last minute design change, specifically, the use of a 9.7″ OLED LG display. The report goes onto say that the delay is a strategic move by Apple due to the current cost of the OLED panels, which currently wholesale for around $500 a pop. The price of LG’s panels are expected to drop significantly in late 2010 as they revamp their production line with newer equipment. The report is oozing with speculation on release dates, price, manufacturer, and potential future models, so we’ll let you check out the dirt for yourself.
We’re not exactly sure why “WIDEBOOK” has to be in all caps, but LG just took the wraps off its latest line of niche notebooks. Comprised of five models in total, LG’s WIDEBOOKS all feature LED-backlit displays with a 16:9 aspect ratio that LG has dubbed “cinematic”. Mmm hmm. Starting at the bottom we have the R380, a 13-incher that can boot in five seconds with “Smart On”. In the middle of the pack, the R460 and R560 tout 14 and 15.6-inch displays respectively, and then up at the top we have the like-sized R480 and the R580. The entire range sports Windows Vista or 7, Core 2 Duo processors, between 2GB and 4GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce graphics chips with up to 1GB of graphics memory, and display resolutions of either 1600 x 900 or 1368 x 768 pixels. The R580 also packs a Blu-ray drive to make that “cinematic experience” complete. Pricing isn’t yet available but the wait won’t be long — LG’s WIDEBOOKS will roll out this month in Turkey, Dubai and Saudi Arabia, followed by other countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America and last but not least, North America.
It’s been nary a day since webOS 1.2 leaked and new features are being uncovered left and right. Yesterday, we saw a bunch of minor updates including a new “select all” option in the edit menu, support for paid applications, find-as-you-type support in email and improved browser functionality. Further dissection of the underlying webOS code reveals two new features, the first being the incorporation of LED notifications. The securityconfig-scene.html file contains the string, “The gesture area blinks when new notifications arrive.” Though commented out in the code and effectively disabled in 1.2, the feature can be activated by simply removing the commenting surrounding the line. The second interesting (though potentially troubling) discovery is the line, “Palm had to delete this application from the App Catalog and your device. If you paid for this app, your money will be refunded,” which was discovered in the apprevokedalert_scene.html file. From the looks of it, Palm is including remote application removal as one of the features of its upcoming paid application store debut. Before you get in a tirade and ruin an otherwise delightful Labor day weekend however, relax as a group of savvy webOS users should be able to figure out how to disable this feature pretty quickly.
Despite it being another sleepy Sunday, yesterday Samsung decided it was good timeto announce four new entry-level handsets that it hopes will prove popular with the average consumer. Starting off with the S6700 that Samsung has previously shown off at various trade shows, we find a dual-band HSDPA slider with a 2.4-inch QVGA display, 3 megapixel camera with auto-focus and dual-LED flash, GPS and 120MB of internal memory plus microSDHC support. Next up we have the C5510 with its basic 2 megapixel shooter, smaller 2.2-inch QVGA display and microSDHC support. Taking a more music-centric approach is the M2510, which has dedicated music keys, a 3.5mm headphone jack, DNSe audio enhancement, FM radio tuner with RDS and a 1.3 megapixel camera. Finally we have the M2310, the only clam shell device in the bunch and easily the most underwhelming handset we’ve seen in quite some time. It has a VGA camera, 9MB of internal memory, 8GB microSD support and quad-band EDGE connectivity. Pricing and availability for the S6700, C5510, M2510 and M2310 have yet to be announced.
[Via GSM Arena]
Yeah we’ll take seven, thanks. LG is all set to unveil its latest creation at CES next week and we have to say, it looks like a doozy. The LH95 is poised to be announced as the world’s slimmest LED-lit LCD television and slender it is. With a profile of just 24.8mm, the LH95 is liable to snap in half in a light breeze. No worries though, we’ll keep ours inside and away from the elements. Beyond the slender form, the LH95 is no slouch when it comes to specs – 240Hz TrueMotion Drive technology and a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio fill out the package nicely. We’re still in the dark as far as pricing and availability are concerned but here are our educated guesses: 1H 2009, and too much.
Until today’s event we had a pretty good idea of what was coming as far as the refreshed MacBook and MacBook Pro had to offer, but little was known about the mysterious Cinema Display that Apple was thought to have in store for us. The rumors indeed turned out to be true however, and it really is a pretty cool little display. Little? Not so much… Apple’s new Cinema Display packs a 24-inch LED backlit screen sporting a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution. It features a cable with three connectors: a MagSafe connector that will power your notebook, a standard USB 2.0 port and a mini display connector. Other notables include a built-in iSight camera along with a mic and integrated stereo speakers. It’s really not a bad companion product at all, in fact you might just find a few at BGR headquarters come November. Apple’s sexy new 24″ Cinema Display will be available in November for $899.
We just got our hands on some interesting photos of the upcoming ASUS N10 notebooks set to be released the third week of this month. For starters, they’re pretty tiny. You know, with them rocking 10.2″ screens and all… In terms of specs and features, here’s what we got from the leaked docs:
- 10.2″ LED 1024×600 screen
- Windows Vista / Windows XP
- 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU
- NVIDIA GeForce Go 9300M GS 256MB graphics card
- 2GB RAM
- 250GB 5400rpm HD
- One ExpressCard slot
- One HDMI port
- Three USB 2.0 ports
- 1.3 megapixel webcam
- Fingerprint reader
- 3.5 lbs
You also get around 6.5 hours of runtime with the included 6-cell battery, a switch to toggle either the built-in motherboard graphics, or the sexy NVIDIA chip, Altec Lansing speakers, and a totally cool face recgozition software that will enable you to securely unlock your PC. That sums up most of the specs, but what about price? Well, the specific model we listed above is the ASUS N10J-B1 and will retail for $849 in the next couple weeks, but look for the N10J-A1 to retail for $749, and the N10E-A1 to run you $649. Check out all the slides in our gallery, ok?
Apple alluded to several upcoming product refreshes in its recent earnings report conference call, and if these rumors hold true, it looks like the Cinema Display line could be amongst the first to go under the knife. Macrumors is reporting that Apple will be releasing a new line of Cinema Displays, possibly to coincide with the annual Macworld conference in January. The improvements and changes will include LED backlighting across the board, which would be a considerable feat considering the sheer size and cost of their current 30″ display. LED backlighting provides significant brightness and energy consumption improvements over LCD screens, so we’d be happy to see this shift, but as of now we’re a bit wary of this coming to fruition.