LG just couldn’t wait for Mobile World Congress to get underway on the 27th before showing off its new Optimus Vu handset. These new pics offer a much clearer look at its 4×3 aspect ratio, 1024×768 res, stylus-friendly 5-inch IPS LCD display, while the official specs confirm rumors it would pack a 1.5GHz dual core CPU, 8MP camera, LTE, 2080mAh battery and Android 2.3 in a slim 8.5mm thick frame. An upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich is promised within three months of its launch, currently scheduled for March on Korean carriers SK Telecom and LG+. For example, users can walk into an office and swipe a tag to put their phone in silent mode and activate WiFi. Using a tag on the car dashboard could be programmed to turn on Bluetooth, GPS and raise the volume.
The phone will go on sale in Korea late February for 800,000 Korean Won ($710).
Lytro has unveiled the world’s first light field camera as a consumer-friendly device. The Silicon Valley start-up teased photographers and the tech savvy with sample images in June which left many in awe, myself included.
The Lytro camera works by capturing the light field, which is described as all of the light traveling in every direction in every point in space, including the color and vector direction.Lytro’s light field sensor is able to capture 11 million light rays in a single shot.This data is lost in a conventional camera which simply adds all of the light rays and records them as a single amount of light.
This data can then be manipulated inside the camera, on a computer and even online. At launch, only a Mac application will be available for computer manipulation. A Windows version will follow soon after, as will support for 3D viewing.
The Lytro camera looks more like a child’s kaleidoscope than a consumer digital camera. The device is 4.4-inches long and 1.6-inches square with only two buttons, a power button and a shutter button. The lens remains constant at f/2 aperture and there is an 8x optical zoom controlled by a touch-sensitive strip. Additionally there is a USB port to upload photos to your computer. The camera lacks a built-in flash but is said to perform well in low light conditions. There is also no removable battery or storage; everything remains inside.
So what does all of this technical jargon mean to end users? Essentially you have an easy-to-use camera that eliminates the need to focus your shots. You can adjust the focus after the fact, and so can anyone else.
Lytro offers an 8GB version that can hold 350 pictures for $399. A 16GB model that can store up to 750 images can be yours for $499. Pre-orders are being accepted now and cameras are expected to ship in early 2012.
We were expecting to get a closer look at the latest version of Google’s Mobile OS, Android Ice Cream Sandwich when it is officially announced by Google some time this month or next month, but it looks like we wont have to wait.
According to Engadget, one lucky eBay shopper bought them self a Google Nexus S, and what did it come loaded with? Android Ice Cream Sandwich, have a look at the video of it in action below.
As you can see from the video Android Ice Cream Sandwich has a range of new features, and it certainly looks interesting from what we have seen so far.
Sony has announced that their latest handheld gaming console will go on sale in Japan on the 17th of December, and it will launch with 26 games and there will be a 3G version with Japan’s NTT DoCoMo network.
Sony has also said that they have another 74 game titles in the works, from developers like Konami with Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy from Square Enix.
The Sony PS Vita will retail in Japan for 24,980 Yen, about $324 for the WiFi only version, and 29,980 Yen, about $390 for the WiFi and 3G version, there are still no details on the exact launch date of the Sony PS Vita for the US and Europe.
Capcom’s Yoshinori Ono came on stage to mention that Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 would launch simultaneously with the console. Square Enix also announced that the PS2′s Final Fantasy X will be remastered for the PS Vita, and it’ll be in PS3-like quality; sadly, there was no date nor demonstration.
The first 500 units sold will come with 100 hours of prepaid 3G connectivity. Want in? Pre-orders open on October 15th.
Apple’s Steve Jobs has been on medical leave from the company for some time, although he has presented important events like the launch of the iPad 2, and now Apple has announced that Steve Jobs will step down as CEO of Apple.
Steve Jobs will stay on at Apple in the roll of Chairman, his successor will be Tim Cook, who was Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, and Steve Jobs released the following statement about his resignation.
To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
It will be interesting to see how Apple will be able to perform without Steve Jobs as CEO, although we suspect with his roll of Chairman he will still have some influence over the development of new products.
We knew RIM had some new smartphones in the works, and they are now official, RIM has announced five new BlackBerry smartphones which will run the new BlackBerry 7 OS.
The new BlackBerry 7 OS smartphones are the BlackBerry Bold 9900, the BlackBerry Bold 9930, the BlackBerry Torch 9810, the BlackBerry Torch 9850 and the BlackBerry Torch 9860.
All of these new BlackBerry smartphones will run the new BlackBerry 7 OS, and they will go on sale with a range of mobile carriers around the world from later this month, RIM haven’t announced any pricing details as yet.
You can see some of the specifications and also some photos of the new BlackBerry 7 OS smartphones below.
BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 Smartphones with Touch Display and Keyboard The BlackBerry Bold 9900 series is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone yet (at only 10.5mm) and the first to offer the perfect union of a high performance keyboard and touch display integrated within the iconic BlackBerry Bold design. The new BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 are also the first BlackBerry smartphones to include built-in support for NFC (Near Field Communications), a new technology that is enabling many new and exciting capabilities, including the ability to pair accessories or read SmartPoster tags with a simple tap of the smartphone. Distinguished by its beautiful design, amazingly effective keyboard and brilliant touch display, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 series is crafted with premium materials including a brushed stainless steel frame that puts the finishing touch on a truly outstanding smartphone.
BlackBerry Torch 9810 Smartphone with Touch Display and Slide-Out Keyboard Building on the popular design of the BlackBerry Torch 9800, the new BlackBerry Torch 9810 is faster and more fluid with high performance hardware features and the new BlackBerry 7 OS delivering an enhanced multimedia experience. Featuring a large 3.2”, high resolution touch display and a distinctive BlackBerry keyboard that easily slides out to allow faster typing, the BlackBerry Torch 9810 truly delivers the best of both worlds.
All-Touch BlackBerry Torch 9850 and 9860 Smartphones The BlackBerry Torch 9850 and 9860 smartphones offer the fast, fluid BlackBerry 7 experience in a stylish new all-touch design. With a spectacular new 3.7” display, the largest ever on a BlackBerry smartphone, the new all-touch BlackBerry Torch 9850 and 9860 smartphones are optimized for displaying web pages, photos, videos, and powerful gaming experiences and still deliver the real-time communication and collaboration experience loved by millions of BlackBerry smartphone users around the world.
The company has also officially introduced its updated Apple Thunderbolt Display, now complete with a pair of Thunderbolt connections allowing for daisy-chaining of multiple displays from a single socket.
The Apple Thunderbolt display features a 27 inch LED backlit screen with a resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels, and it also features IPS technology which gives the Thunderbolt display a viewing angle of 178 degrees.Priced at $999, the new display is 27-inches and offers audio, gigabit ethernet, FireWire 800, USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt ports.
There’s also a built-in FaceTime HD camera and Mic, Gigabit Ethernet, three USB 2.0 ports and MagSafe charging for your laptop, but the big difference is that single speedy DisplayPort hookup. It can daisy chain up to six high speed devices and all those connectors mean when it’s time to take your laptop on the go there’s a minimum of cables mooring it to your desk.
The new Apple Thunderbolt Display will be on sale within the next 60 days.
Apples new 2011 Mac Mini has just launched and is now available in the Apple Store with prices starting from $599. The new Apple Mac Mini now supports twice the memory of previous versions with a maximum of 8GB being supported.
The consumer models have a choice of dual-core Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 processors, paired AMD Radeon HD 6630M discrete graphics, while the Server model has a quad-core Intel Core i7. $599 gets you the 2.3GHz Core i5 mini with 2GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD, while up to 750GB of hard-drive and 8GB of RAM are options. $799 gets you the 2.5GHz dual-core Core i5, with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD; a 2.7GHz Core i7, 8GB of memory, and either a 750GB hard-drive or 256GB SSD are options.
Finally, the 2.0GHz quad-core Core i7 Mac mini with Lion Server model has 4GB of RAM, twin 500GB hard-drives and starts at $999. Options include up to 8GB of RAM, two 750GB hard-drive or two 256GB SSDs.
Apple has updated its MacBook Air ultraportable, bringing the notebook range up to date with Intel’s 2011 Sandy Bridge processors, as well as the high-speed Thunderbolt connectivity already seen on the MacBook Pro and iMac. Running OS X Lion, the new 11.6- and 13.3-inch Airs keep the slick unibody styling of their predecessors but throws in a backlit keyboard.
Two standard configurations of 11.6-inch MacBook Air are on offer, firstly at $999 with a 1.6GHz Core i5 processor, 2 GB of RAM and a 64 GB SSD drive, and then the $1,199 performance version with a 1.6GHz Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD drive. The display runs at 1366 x 768. Options include a 1.8GHz Core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and larger SSDs.
Similarly, there are two standard configs of the 13.3-inch MacBook Air, beginning with the $1,299 with a 1.7GHz Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD drive, and then the $1,599 top-end version with the same processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD drive. Its display runs at 1440 x 900, while options include a 1.8GHz Core i7 CPU.
Graphics are from Intel’s HD Graphics 3000. Otherwise connectivity is the same as before, which means WiFi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth as standard, along with a pair of USB 2.0 ports and a headphone port. There’s a built-in microphone and a webcam. Battery life for the 11.6-inch Air is up to 5 hours, while the 13.3-inch Air increases that to 7 hours.
A few weeks ago, an Italian store introduced four models in its price list a “mysterious” Sony VAIO Z21 , with Core i5/i7 and storage 128 or 256 GB SSD. The clues are unearthed on the Net today, direct confirmation from the Japanese, who officially presented the new family of ultra-thin notebooks Sony VAIO Z, which was renewed in the hardware configuration but also in design, more modern and more slim.
As you can see the first images available, the VAIO Z highlights black color design very nice, refined and elegant that is well suited to professional environments, as an essential accessory for the manager in his career. The new Sony VAIO Z integrates an Intel Core i7-2620m at 2.7GHz with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of space for storing data on an SSD.
The 13.1-inch LCD screen, too thin, can have a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels or 1920 x 1080 pixels and will be managed by the Intel GMA integrated graphics HD 3000. Connectivity instead rely on a form 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 and 3G modem, while the range of interfaces includes a USB 3.0 port, one HDMI, fingerprint reader and 1.3 megapixel camera. The battery, which at the moment we do not know the capacity, able to provide a range of 7 hours of continuous work (the optional second battery will reach 14 hours total).
The weight of 1.18Kg and with operating system Windows 7 Professional from 64bit SP1, Sony VAIO Z features a carbon fiber chassis with a maximum thickness of 16.65 mm and integration of Quick Boot, which will reduce by 50% the time of ignition the notebook. The ultra-thin Sony is also accompanied by a special docking station, Power Media Dock (which you can see in the pictures), capable of hosting a GPU Radeon HD 6650M with 1GB of dedicated memory.
The docking station also integrates an optical drive (DVD burner or Blu-Ray lettoe), Gigabit Ethernet, multiple USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, D-Sub and HDMI. Sony has scheduled the launch of the new Sony VAIO Z for the month of July at a price not yet announced.