Samsung unveils new and lustworthy mobile technology

By on September 22, 2009 at 10:00 AM.

Samsung unveils new and lustworthy mobile technology

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Everyone here at BGR HQ is pretty grumpy this morning as a string of late night press releases issued by Samsung got us too worked up to sleep. Celebrating the sixth Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum in Taipei, Samsung gave a show of force that highlights exactly why the company is a worldwide chipset and components leader for mobile devices. To kick things off, two new 1GHz processors with 512KB L2 cache were announced. Not only do they consume significantly less power versus other processors on the market, but they are also capable of graphically intense 3D gaming and support 1080p output at 30fps using the HDMI 1.3 standard. Couple these with the OneDRAM memory chipset that clocks in at 166MHz and transfers data at speeds of up to 1.3GBps and a 512MB PRAM chip, and you have the potential for one seriously powerful mobile gaming platform.

So now we have the beginnings of the next generation in unstoppable high end handsets, but what else do they need? A screen and a camera, of course. Samsung’s new display technology integrates all of the controls for capacitive touchscreens into the display driver itself. Then with regards to cameras, Samsung combined a 5 megapixel CMOS image sensor with an image signal processor on a single chip, thus creating a system-on-chip (SoC) camera module that is capable of recording 1080p video at 30fps. Those of you who did not already kill your computers from excessive drooling will be pleased to note that all this tech isn’t too far away from the hands of consumers — most of these components are already under limited production and should enter into mass production effective Q1 2010. We can hardly wait.

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Samsung's Instinct HD shows up on Best Buy site

By on August 23, 2009 at 10:00 AM.

Samsung's Instinct HD shows up on Best Buy site

S50, M850 and Dash be damned, it’s pretty clear now that Samsung has latched onto the “HD” trend for its latest Instinct handset. Spotted by one of our eagle-eyed readers on Best Buy’s website, some of the Instinct HD’s most talked about specs are now confirmed, including the 5 megapixel camera with video capture, HD TV-out, Wi-Fi and visual voicemail. Pricing and availability info aren’t yet listed, but the wording, “Prices effective Sunday, August 23rd – Saturday, September 26th” certainly suggests a launch some time before September 26th. As for other info to be gleaned from the listing, the Instinct HD will be a Best Buy retail exclusive (sorry, The Shack) and an Essential Message & Data plan or an Everything Plan with Data will be required with activation. Hit the jump for an the enlarged pic of the Instinct HD.

UPDATE: We’ve added an exclusive shot of a Best Buy promo sheet after the jump as well.

Thanks, Benny!

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A sneak peek at some upcoming BlackBerry accessories from WES

By on May 8, 2009 at 10:27 AM.

A sneak peek at some upcoming BlackBerry accessories from WES

While we were at WES, we had the opportunity to sit down with RIM’s Antoine Boucher, Vice President, Accessories Integration. During our meeting, we were briefed on some upcoming BlackBerry accessories so we thought that we would share the goods with everyone. Hit the jump to read about what everyone’s favorite Waterloo-based smartphone company has in the pipeline. We promise you won’t be let down.

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Palm Touchstone: not just a charging dock

By on April 13, 2009 at 8:06 AM.

Palm Touchstone: not just a charging dock

Every so often an interesting story surfaces that has regrettably been passed over. One such story is the case of the Palm Touchstone, the wireless charging dock for the upcoming Palm Pre. During CTIA, tnkgrl was getting briefed on the Pre by a Palm marketing manager when he let it slip that the Touchstone is not just a wireless charger but is also the name of a whole series of products and accessories for the Pre. What makes this interesting is that the name Touchstone alone implies that the rest of the series in the Touchstone line-up will feature inductive technology. So what can we expect to see — a USB dock, TV-out dock, stereo speakers, car kits? Who knows, but for now we’re pretty satisfied with reverting to a childlike state of imagination.

[Via PreThinking]

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Nokia announces the 6260 Slide

By on November 25, 2008 at 6:49 PM.

Nokia announces the 6260 Slide

Today Nokia announced the latest handset that runs on its S40 platform, the 6260 Slide. The 6260 takes its styling queues from the 6220 Classic and boasts an amazing 2.4″ 320 x 480 HVGA screen. It basically is the perfect handset for those who want nearly everything and more from a mobile phone but for some odd reason don’t want a smartphone. Why someone would want this much juice but not want it to run on S60 is a question in and of itself, but we’ll leave that for another time. Specs from the Nokia data sheet are as follows:

  • Series 40
  • 99.4mm x 46.5mm x 15.4mm, 114g
  • Quad-band EDGE with tri-band HSDPA/HSUPA
  • WiFi and aGPS (with Nokia Maps pre-installed)
  • 2.4″ 320×480 HVGA display
  • 200MB internal memory, up to 8GB microSD
  • 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens
  • Front-facing camera for video calling
  • Bluetooth v2.1 w/ A2DP/AVRCP
  • TV-out and 2.5mm AV connector
  • microUSB
  • 950 mAh battery
  • 4/6 hours talk time, 370/400 hours stand-by (3G/EDGE)

Expect to see this mobile hit Europe in early 2009 with an estimated MSRP of €299 before taxes and carrier subsidies.

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