It looks like Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei will be bringing two new pieces of hardware to MWC next week. Via the company’s official Flickr account, images of both a new tablet and smartphone have emerged: the IDEOS X3 and the S7 Slim. The specs for both devices are still unknown, although what we can see from the images is that both will feature a front-facing camera and run the Android operating system. We won’t have to wait more than a few days to find out exactly what these two devices are made of — and if they’ll show up Stateside or not. Hit the jump to see an additional picture of the S7. More →
We just scored a brand new Apple MacBook Air 11″ laptop at the 5th Ave store, and well, how could we not report back what we think of it? For starters, and this has probably been said already, but you really need to see this in person to appreciate how absolutely slim and compact this thing is. Our major concern has to be the processor, as this wasn’t a built-to-order unit it’s only rockin’ a 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 2GB of RAM — not the slowest thing out there, but obviously on the slower end of the spectrum. We’re happy to say in our very limited use of the computer so far, we haven’t been frustrated or annoyed by the speed. There will most likely be a different story to be told after we push it to the limits, but for a computer that’s not meant to be subjected to torture every second of the day, we could see ourselves carrying this and not our 15″ MacBook Pro. In terms of the 11.6″ display, we have to say that we’re loving it. So far. We have some great photos of the new MacBook Air in our gallery, and have some comparison photos to the 13″ previous generation Air as well as our 15″ MacBook Pro.
Amazon’s German website leaked the initial details on the rumored Arcade edition of the the new, slim Xbox 360. According to the product listing page, the Arcade version will sport 4GB of flash memory, a €149 ($189 USD) price tag, and is projected to launch on August 20th. The timing of the launch is apropos as the upcoming GameCon conference is slated for August 18-22 in Cologne, Germany. Hopefully this rumor pans out and Microsoft will launch the Xbox 360 Slim Arcade in Germany and beyond later this summer.
Fresh from CTIA day 1 in Las Vegas, HTC is about to unveil its latest Windows Mobile handset that sets its sites on the likes of BlackBerrys and the Nokia E71. Slim and sleek, the HTC Snap sports a sexy 12mm-thick case and a smooth QWERTY keyboard. At first glance the Snap may seem a bit behind the times as far as specs go — the 2 megapixel camera is pretty underwhelming and Windows Mobile 6.1 standard is soooo 2008, but let’s put things in perspective. Consider the handset’s competition: The BlackBerry Bold has a 2 megapixel camera and the Nokia E71 has a slightly beefier 3.2 megapixel shooter, though we’ve seen sun prints that come out clearer than E71 pictures. Beyond that, neither handset wields what we would call an up-to-date OS. Instead, they rely on tried and true platforms known for stability and functionality over sex appeal and zip — just like Windows Mobile 6.1.
The HTC Snap is a messaging handset for people whose first priority in terms of handsets is communications. In that vein, the Snap will be HTC’s first handset to feature its new “Inner Circle” email prioritization system. It’s pretty clever, actually — Inner Circle allows users to define a group of high priority contacts. When inboxes start to get a bit out of control, a simple tap on the dedicated Inner Circle button will automatically place any emails from high priority contacts at the top of the inbox. Simple yet pretty smart, we’d say. Add to that the fact that email/PIM is without question one of Windows Mobile’s strong points and you’ve got yourself one hell of a work horse. As far as the US is concerned, expect an unlocked version dubbed the HTC S522 (with AT&T-compatible 3G) to drop this Summer. Hit the jump for the full specs, a bunch of additional images and the full release.
A mere week after it launched its super sexy 8MP Renoir, LG launches its second 8MP camera phone, the super slim 13.9mm KC780. Dubbed as a “portrait phone”, the phone is laden (in a good way) with photo-centric features to augment its impressive 8MP Schneider-Kreuznach-certified lens and 2.4″ wide-screen display. The KC780 will sport the following camera features guaranteed to impress even the most reluctant camera phone user:
- 8MP Schneider-Kreuznach certified lens
- Built-in Image Stabilizer
- Adjustable light sensitivity up ISO 1600
- Face Detection that finds and focuses on people’s faces
- Smile Detection that automatically recognizes the angle of people’s mouths and adjusts the focus accordingly
- Smile Shot which automatically triggers the shutter when it detects that the subject is smiling
- Beauty Mode which will remove spots and imperfections on people’s faces
- SmartLight technology that will automatically adjust the brightness of photos
- D1 Video recording that captures DVD-resolution video
The KC780 also introduces an enhanced PC to Phone “smart Bluetooth” connection that will, amongst other things, allow users to easily transfer photos to their computer, write and receive text messages from their computer, and the option to use the 8MP phone camera as a portable webcam for computer-based online conversations. Excellent! LG focused so much on the 8MP camera and its myriad of features that they failed to include detailed specs about the actual phone. Looking back at the leaked FCC documents, we are reminded that the KC780 sports quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity, 140 MB of internal memory, and a microSD expansion slot. Check for it when it goes on sale in November, first in Europe, then in CIS and Asia, including India, Thailand, Hong Kong and China. A few more press photos for your viewing pleasure after the break.