Our friendly FedEx man was kind enough to deliver us the soon-to-be-released Casio G’zOne Commando from Verizon Wireless. Unlike most full-touchscreen smartphones, this Android 2.2.1 device is designed to be abused. The Commando meets military standards 810G for immersion, rain, and shock, dust resistance, vibration, salt fog, humidity, solar radiation, altitude, along with low and high temperature storage. The handset, which is not the lightest full-touchscreen we’ve handled — but certainly not the heaviest at 5.4-ounces— sports a ruggedized composite case which protects a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with flash, 1460mAh battery, 512MB RAM, 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen display, and a host of other assets. Want to know what our first impressions are? Good. Have a look at the gallery below and hit the jump to read on.More →
Looking for the newest Android 2.1 device? Neither are we. That’s why it’s no surprise Sony Ericsson quietly launched the Walkman W8. It’s the first Android device to sport the firm’s “Walkman” moniker, which should imply it has more music-centric services, but we’re not seeing anything extraordinary in its spec sheet. It’s loaded with the Walkman music player software, although that’s nothing to call home about. The phone sports a 3-inch touchscreen display with a low 480 x 320 resolution and it also has a 3.2-megapixel camera, an FM radio, and 128MB of RAM. The Walkman W8 will make its debut in Asia in three colors, blue, red, and orange. Our jaws will hit the floor if this ever hit the U.S. marketing running its current OS.
Apple just lifted the curtain on Final Cut Pro X during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas. The latest version of the hugely popular video editing software adds support for 64-bit processors and can now take advantage of more than 4GB of RAM. There are a number of enhancements including new smart collections for grouping similar types of media together – like multiple photos of one person, in the same vain as iPhoto – clip connection for keeping audio and video in sync, and a magnetic timeline feature that prevents trim collision. Apple also says there’s a new user interface design, and users will be able to start editing video before the ingest stage is completed. Final Cut Pro X is also capable of background rendering and can take advantage of 8-core editing rigs in addition to handling 4K video clips. Apple says Final Cut Pro X will be available in June for $299. More →
According to the Wall Street Journal‘s sources, Apple’s next iPad is already in production. People “familiar with the matter” have chimed in and claimed that the new iPad will be much thinner and lighter than the existing model. That’s not all as it looks like a front-facing video camera will make its way to the device, if you didn’t believe it already. Topping the list? More memory (1GB of RAM, we’d wager) and a more powerful graphics processor. Unfortunately it seems the display won’t be changing much as far as the resolution is concerned as it’s being reported to be the same 1024×768 resolution. Last but not least, it’s claimed that the new iPad will be available on AT&T and Verizon Wireless, though T-Mobile and Sprint won’t have the honor of retailing the tablet. More →
We just grabbed some hands on time with Samsung’s latest device to debut on Verizon Wireless, and here are some of our initial thoughts. First off, the build quality on the Continuum seems solid — definitely a notch better than the Samsung Captivate and Samsung Vibrant. The device still feels a bit plasticky and a tad light, but again, it’s better than what Samsung has put out in the recent past. The screen is fantastic. It’s a Super AMOLED display with separate “ticker” display below, though there aren’t actually two displays on there. The four menu buttons are basically silkscreened over the display, which breaks it up into two separate sections. Software then controls the main section and the ticker section, and they can work independently of each other. Pretty cool, huh? Lastly, the grip sensor. There’s a capacitive layer on the edge of the handset and as soon as you pick it up (or even just touch it), the ticker display lights up and is fully functional while the main display stays dormant.
The raw specs of the Samsung Continuum are as follows: 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 384MB RAM, 512MB ROM, 3.4-inch (480 x 800) Super AMOLED main display, 1.8-inch (96 x 480) Super AMOLED “ticker” display, 3G EV-DO Rev. A, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + ERD, 2GB internal storage, 8GB micro-SD card included (expandable up to 32GB), 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p video recording, 3G hotspot capable, DLNA capable, Android 2.1, and the SWYPE keyboard is pre-installed. We have our hands on gallery with the Continuum below followed by the press release.
A refresh of the now aged MacBook Air line is almost a foregone conclusion at this point, with Apple’s “Back to the Mac” event scheduled to take place later this week. Now, more purported specs are making the rounds by way of Cult of Mac, and they definitely look appealing. According to the blog’s sources, here are some highlights from the new Air models:
- 11.6-inch model starting at $999, 13.3-inch model starting as low as $1,100
- 2.1 GHz and 2.4 GHz processor options
- 8-10 hours of battery life (vs. a “claimed” 5 hours in the current model)
- NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics
- Upgradeable RAM (2 GB base) and SSD options
- New thinner case design
- An SD card slot, two USB ports, standard MagSafe port and Mini DisplayPort
Apple fans have been waiting for what seems like an eternity to see a true MacBook Air refresh and if these specs make their way from rumor to reality, the wait might just be worth it. Especially at those price points. More →
Our friendly FedEx guy just dropped off a present for us — the BlackBerry Bold 9780, replacing the Bold 9700 sometime in the next month or so. As far as the physical changes, well, the device features a glossy jet black bezel, with everything else outside staying the same. We leaked an internal document highlighting the changes in the Bold 9780, and we can confirm that the device seems to be using an updated CPU, even if the clock speed is around 624MHz. The phone boots up very fast, even faster than our regular 9700 with OS 6. The 512MB of RAM in the handset leaves around 300MB free at device start up, and like we said before, OS 6 really works great on a non-touch device overall. We have a boot up comparison video of the current BlackBerry Bold 9700 with the upcoming BlackBerry Bold 9780 side by side as well as photos if you want to get your viewing on. It’s all past the break, folks! More →
It’s getting a little clearer now… We reported that the Storm 2 would be getting a follow up device that is very, very similar to the existing model. What is looking almost confirmed now, is that the follow up device is a Storm 2 refresh and not the BlackBerry Storm 3. A new leaked OS screen shot seems to confirm this by showing off a model number of 9570. If that sounds familiar, its because the current model number for the existing Storm 2 is 9550. It appears RIM really needs OS 6 to run on a minimum of 512MB of RAM, and a quick hardware refresh will buy some time while the company prepares and finalizes their next OS strategy in addition to having slightly better hardware on the market. More →
You’d think that RIM would be replacing highest-end product with a brand new device, right? Well, previous rumors suggested that the BlackBerry Bold 9700 would get nothing more than a simple refresh, and we’re able to confirm those rumors. We have a leaked internal document detailing all sorts of fun stuff. Market positioning, technical overviews, and a bunch more. The big picture view? The BlackBerry Bold R020 (9020? 9750? 9780? We’re just guessing) will be practically identical to the 9700 visually. Internal changes include a 5 megapixel camera sensor, and 512MB of RAM up from 256MB. It will also launch with BlackBerry 6 — obviously. We’d love to say there is more, but there isn’t, so check out the leaked document and let us know your thoughts, ok?
As with any leak, we suggest you approach this with a healthy amount of skepticism, but if a post made to PConline is to be believed, this upcoming Windows Phone 7 handset from HTC — the HD3 — is going to be an absolute beast. We mean, take a look at the purported specs:
- 4.5″ WXGA Super AMOLED multi-touch display
- 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash
- 720p HD video recording
- 1080p HD playback
- Wi-Fi / Bluetooth
- 3G / 4G connectivity
- 32GB microSD support
- 1GB RAM / 1GB ROM
- 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor
- 1800 mAh battery
- 115mm x 65mm x 10mm
Like we said, this is strictly a rumor, but how great would it be if it all came true?
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It’s no secret that the next delicious chapter in Android will be made out of Gingerbread, but until today we didn’t have much of an idea about its ingredients. Thanks to Russian mobile guru Eldar Murtazin, we believe we now know. First and foremost, it’s important to note that Android 3.0 is designed exclusively for high-end devices. For the foreseeable future, everything else will advance no further than 2.1 or 2.2. As much as that might rub people the wrong way, there’s a very good reason behind it: 3.0 has a strict set of hardware requirement that must be met. Specifically we’re looking at a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, and a minimum display size of 3.5″ (presumably WVGA). If a manufacturer wants to build a Shaq-sized phone with display in excess of 4″, resolutions of up to 1280×760 will be supported. Curious to know what 3.0 will look like? Thanks to Google’s actually paying attention to updating the UI, 3.0 will expand upon the UI seen in the Photo Gallery on the Nexus One. That is definitely a redesign we don’t take issue with. Excited? Well you should be, but apparently you’re going to have to sit tight a while as Android 3.0 Gingerbread is said to be headed towards an announcement on or around the 15th or 16th of October, with the first handsets going on sale in time for Christmas. More →
We weren’t the only ones to get an iPhone 4 early — iFixIt just released one of their famous teardowns, and while nothing is really new, we do have confirmation on some of the bigger points:
- RAM is confirmed to be 512MB compared to 256MB in the iPad and iPhone 3GS
- The two screws on the bottom allow removal of the back glass plate, not the front LCD as with previous models
- The battery, while not user accessible, is easily replaceable — and huge!
- The entire from LCD assembly will require replacement if damaged. On earlier models people would buy either the LCD or digitizer separately and adhere them together, but with Apple’s new manufacturing process, this won’t really be possible
- The integration of cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth radios into the case assembly is “genius”. We agree
So, interested in checking out some more shots of the iPhone 4’s insides? Couple more photos after the jump, and hit iFixIt for the rest! More →
While current Android handsets and Windows Mobile phones of yore boast of their prowess, by proclaiming the heftiness of their internal RAM, Apple has been silent on the internal memory included within the various generations of the iPhone. Both the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G shipped with a meager 128MB RAM while the 3GS doubled that capacity with a respectable 256MB. The iPhone 4 was presumed to share the same 256MB capacity; a teardown analysis of a leaked prototype uncovered a 256MB DRAM from Samsung. Prototypes may provide a glimpse of an upcoming product, but their specs are not always written in stone. According to information disclosed by Apple at a WWDC session last week, the latest version of the iPhone will not feature 256MB of RAM, but will instead boast 512MB of RAM. 512MB sounds good to us. How about you? More →