has outed a new dual Super AMOLED clamshell smartphone, the Samsung W899, running Android 2.2 on a 1GHz processor. Initially destined for China, the W899 packs CDMA/EVDO and GSM/UMTS connectivity, WiFi and mobile hotspot functionality, but its most interesting feature is the fact that it has a 3.3-inch touchscreen on both the outside and inside of the flip. That means users will be able to choose between on-screen controls or the physical numeric keypad on the inside. There's also a 5-megapixel camera, GPS and a microSD card slot. It measures 17.55mm thick, and will be available on China Telecom; no word on when - or if - the Samsung W899 might make it to North America or Europe. [via OLED-Display]
black Novel ereader tablet has gone up for sale at QVC, though it's more expensive than originally expected. The company first said the Novel - which has a 9-inch color LCD touchscreen - would be $199.99, but the retailer is listing it for $213.80. That gets you WiFi b/g, 2GB of onboard storage and a 4GB microSD card, as well as a leatherette case. No sign of which Android OS version the tablet is running, however, nor what CPU is inside. [via The Digital Reader]
Google Nexus S will feature a new, curved touchscreen the technology behind which the company has been apparently shopping around for twelve months, according to a trusted Engadget tipster. The source claims that the laterally concave display is a result of Samsung's research tipping that such a shape improves "perceived usability over a perfectly flat display." Apparently, Samsung has been showing the technology since around CES 2010 in January this year, but while Sprint was keen to bring the displays to market in time for the holidays, the manufacturer wasn't able to produce sufficient product volume in time.
Pocket eDGe, a dual-screen clamshell device that runs Android on a 7-inch color touchscreen and a Wacom-enabled 6-inch E Ink epaper display. Intended for ereader, research, education and browsing functionality, the eDGe is priced at $399.99. More details here. [youtube 5HDbLsY1tw0] Press Release:
WORLD’S SMALLEST DUALBOOK, POCKET EDGE, ENABLES MOBILE LIFESTYLES WITH MULTIMEDIA TABLET, NETBOOK AND E-READER FUNCTIONALITIES McLean, VA – Consumers who crave portability, but don’t want to be weighed down by numerous consumer electronics can now easily read, write and surf the Web on-the-go with enTourage Systems’ Pocket eDGe – a device that gets users through the day with its comprehensive professional and entertainment applications, combining the functionality of a touch screen tablet, e-reader and notepad. The Pocket eDGe is a compact, multi-purpose, WiFi-enabled device, weighing just 24 ounces as the smallest dualbook available on the market. It is comprised of hinged LCD and E-Ink screens that interact for better communication and engagement with multi-media materials. Available content includes a vast array of e-books, periodicals and music available through enTourage Systems’ Web store. The 7” LCD screen is ideal for Web browsing or viewing videos. The LCD side allows users to send emails to quickly stay in touch and manipulate Microsoft Office documents. Users can take advantage of useful applications that are already incorporated into the software, such as the built-in calendar app which makes it easy for users to keep track of appointments. The Pocket eDGe also operates on the Google Android operating system, providing access to numerous helpful Android applications available at enTourage Systems’ application store and other third-party developer sites. The other side of the product contains a 6” E-Ink screen for accessing any e-books and documents in EPUB. It is also compatible with PDF documents. The E-Ink screen is Wacom Penabled, allowing for easy annotation or note-taking with an included stylus, when the Journal function is activated. With this technology, users can mark up documents, such as notes, recipes or contracts, and then send them as PDFs to friends and colleagues. The two screens uniquely interact. Users have the ability, for example, to search terms and key words from e-books in Google, a dictionary or via Wikipedia on the LCD side. The Pocket eDGe has built-in speakers, a microphone and a camera – letting users record lectures and meetings, or capture images, listen to music and watch videos. The mobile professional or student can also project presentations through a USB-Video adapter. “Consumers are becoming increasingly mobile and demand technologies and information access regardless of their location,” said Asghar Mostafa, CEO of enTourage Systems, Inc. “The Pocket eDGe is compact and lightweight, but full of all of the features and tools an on-the-go user would need for work, school or recreation anytime, anywhere.” To-date, enTourage Systems has secured more than 250,000 trade books and hundreds of New York Times best sellers, in addition to the more than one million free public domain books digitized by Google, that are all available at its e-book store. enTourage Systems provides access to over 1,300 newspapers from 82 countries and 39 languages, and also has enhanced its e-store with more than 8 million music tracks and albums from major and independent labels – creating a one-stop solution for digital content. The Pocket eDGe inspires a green lifestyle, allowing users to store all notes, documents and books digitally to decrease paper waste. The Pocket eDGe can be oriented to view the LCD vertically or horizontally, or it can be held like a book, propped open like a laptop, or opened the full 360-degrees to view only one screen. The Pocket eDGe will be available in November 2010 at major online retailers for $399. For more information, please visit www.entourageedge.com, the enTourage eDGe Facebook page or @enTourageeDGe Twitter feed.
has announced that the Motorola Citrus will go on sale from November 11, the company's latest Android smartphone and another Motorola languishing on Android 2.1. Still, the Citrus promises to hit the budget mark: it's just $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and assuming a new, two-year agreement. Your money gets you a 3-inch touchscreen, rear-mounted trackpad, Swype on-screen keyboard and EVDO Rev.A, along with the MOTOBLUR interface and a 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7225 processor. [gallery id="14765"] Press Release:
Motorola Citrus Available Tomorrow On The Verizon Wireless Network Full-Touch, Customizable, Android-Powered Smartphone Now Available for Verizon Wireless Customers BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and LIBERTYVILLE, IL — Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless 3G network, and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced that Motorola CITRUS™ will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com tomorrow for $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Powered by Android™ 2.1, Motorola CITRUS delivers an affordable, entry-level, customizable smartphone experience in a compact design that is easy on both the eyes and the earth. The full HTML Web browser comes preloaded with Bing Search and Bing Maps and delivers a PC-like Web browsing experience, while the easy-to-use on-screen QWERTY keyboard or Swype® keyboard allow for quick messaging. Get fast access to Web apps and services such as Facebook®; Google services such as Gmail™, Google Talk™ and YouTube™; and customize your phone with free and paid apps available from Android Market™. Plus, the CITRUS phone housing is made from 25 percent post-consumer recycled plastic, is CarbonFree® Certified through an alliance with Carbonfund.org, and is PVC and BFR free. The packaging is made from 80 percent post-consumer recycled paper, and the user manual is made using 100 percent recycled paper and soy-based ink. Additional features and specifications on the Motorola CITRUS are available at http://news.vzw.com/news/2010/10/pr2010-10-05a.html. Verizon Wireless customers who purchase Motorola CITRUS will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. Motorola CITRUS customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide plan (beginning at $39.99 monthly access) and a Data Package (beginning at $15 monthly access for 150 MB). Customers can track their data usage by downloading the My Verizon app available in Android Market or by logging on to their My Verizon account online at www.verizonwireless.com/myverizon. For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
NEC LifeTouch, a 7-inch WVGA slate running Android 2.1 on an ARM Cortex A8 CPU. The LifeTouch packs 384MB of RAM and 1GB of ROM, along with WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and a 3-megapixel camera. There's also USB Host and USB Device ports, an SDHC card slot, stereo speakers, GPS, various sensors (light, accelerometer, digital compass) and a microphone. NEC is targeting the LifeTouch at corporate users, who will rely on cloud storage as well as using the slate for some crafty ebook reading, multimedia playback and online shopping. Battery life is tipped at up to 8hrs, and the LifeTouch will begin shipping at the end of November 2010, price unknown. [gallery]
planning a dual-touchscreen tablet for release in the first half of 2011, which would dual-boot between Android and Windows 7. The tablet, so far unnamed, will use a homegrown touchscreen technology that Mintpass is calling "Space Touch", and allow for book-orientation and notebook-orientation use (with one of the screens displaying a virtual keyboard). So far there's no word on what version of Android the Mintpass tablet might use, what processor(s) it will adopt, or any of the other specifications.