Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is quickly approaching and, as usual, the tech blogosphere abounds with rumors about what Apple will introduce this year. Last year, Wired accurately predicted some major introductions Apple made at WWDC and it has predictions again for this year. Only time will tell if the predictions prove to be accurate.
It’s safe to assume that Apple will introduce its next major iPhone at WWDC. Thanks to some careless Apple employees, the public knows the next iPhone looks like, but we don’t know what it actually can do, as none of the prototypes found were shown doing anything. The 4G iPhone is going to have a front-facing camera, which could be its single major feature.
iPhone OS 4 will also probably be announced. It’s been talked about already, but will probably will be explained in detail at WWDC. From what has already been revealed about the next iPhone OS, it sounds like it will be amazing.
Unfortunately, there will not be a Verizon iPhone, at least not at this WWDC. We’ll have to wait longer for that. And Steve Ballmer will not be at WWDC, contrary to a rumor that circulated the Internet today.
Via Wired.com, image via Wired.com.
LG has just announced a pair of new netbooks and a new notebook, ripe and ready for eager eyes at next week’s CeBIT conference in Germany.
The first is the LG T280 notebook – a sleek looking machine priced around $1000 with variations based on configuration. The specs for the LG T280 notebook are as follows:
- Windows 7 Home Premium
- 11.6-inch display
- 1366 x 768 resolution
- Options of Intel 1.3GHz Pentium dual-core or Core 2 Duo processor
- Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics
- 320GB or 500GB hard drive options
- 2GB of RAM
- Six-cell battery
Next in line are LG’s new netbooks. They look pretty standard, packing Intel Atom N450 CPUs, but the LG X140 and X200 netbooks have some visible differences when you look beneath the veneer.
The specs of the X140 and X200 netbooks are as follows:
- Windows 7 Starter
- 10.1 inch LCD display
- 1024 x 600 pixels
- 1GB of RAM
- 160 GB hard drive
- 1.3-megapixel webcam
- Six-cell battery
- SIM card access
- Intel GMA 3150 graphics
- 1GB of RAM
- 250GB hard drive
- Chiclet-style keyboard
- 802.11n Wi-Fi
- USB ports
- Weighs 2.7-pounds
LG’s past netbooks have included the LG X20 and LG X30. LG netbook offerings have historically been capable but bland, though LG did make headlines by delivering its X120 and X130 netbooks in Iraq and Jordan last August.
Haier is a Chinese firm that makes refrigerators and air conditioners. Starting on CES 2010, it will make netbooks, MIDs, and laptops as well.
The company is sending off three swivel screen netbooks running Intel Atom CPUs. The first is the Haier X220, a 10-inch tablet netbook with a 1024 x 600 pixel screen, Atom N270, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM and Intel GMA 950 graphics, selling for $450 with a 3-cell battery.
The other two netbooks are very similar. Labeled the Haier X210 and X107H, these netbooks will start out with Atom N270s but get 1.7 GHz Pine Trail Atom N450 chips at a later date. Other specs include 10-inch 1024 x 768 pixel screens, a 160 GB HDD, 1.3 Megapixel webcam, and cramped 85% screens. They include mouse buttons integrated into the touchpad, much like you’d see in the Dell Mini 10v netbook. These netbooks will sell for $330 and come with EVDO and WCDMA 3G cards.
Haier also says it’s planning a 9-inch smartbook running Google Android and packing an Nvidia Tegra chipset and ARM Cortex 650 CPU. Despite its smaller screen, the keyboard on the Haier smartbook will be the same 85% size.
Lastly, Haier will be unveiling its Haier T3C and Core i5 laptop computers at CES 2010. The T3C is a 13.3-inch widescreen CULV laptop with the Intel Core 2 Duo U3500 chipset, 2 GB of DDR2 RAM 250 GB HDD, and 10 hour battery life. The Core i5 laptop will have similar features and a 14-inch widescreen display.
Via PCMag, image via Haier.
It is rumored that Asus will release a new gaming laptop early next year, which will allegedly use Intel’s powerful dual-core i5-430M Processor. Another supposed feature of the Asus laptop is an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 GPU that can surely handle the most advanced graphics.
The Asus X77 laptop’s features include:
- 1,600 x 900 17.3-inch LED screen
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 GPU with DDR3 Memory
- Two 500GB hard drives
- 4GB of RAM
- eSata Port
- HDMI Port
This new machine is a full-fledged gaming laptop that should run most of the latest games. The Asus X77 will be priced around $1435.
This uber-thin netbook is yet to be officially unveiled by LG, but some images and vague specifications have leaked. It is speculated that since the LGX30 has been given to the FCC for review, already well into development. It will likely be released sometime next year. The netbook is equipped with:
- An 11.6 inch LCD screen
- An unspecified Intel Atom Processor
- Intel GMA 500 graphics card
- Built-in webcam
LG is a newbie to the netbook business, but at 1.76 pounds the LGX30 will be a strong competitor to Dell’s newly released Vostro V13. We will have to wait for an official release by LG to learn more exact details on the LGX30. As of now it seems to be another addition to the stylish, economical, and razor-thin netbook category.
Image Via Softpedia
Dell recently added a new laptop to their lineup: the Dell Precision M6500, which claims to be a business-friendly laptop with an Intel Core i7 processor included. Everything looks good and dandy, but what makes this laptop more intriguing than others is that Dell has made the choice to not make an announcement regarding the creation or distribution of the laptop.
The M6500 will debut with a 17-inch display and will grants you either an NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M graphics processor, or an ATI FirePro M7740; just pick your graphics card. You’ll be happy to know that the M6500 will include 16GB DDR3 RAM which hopes to reach speeds of up to 1,333 MHz.
If you’re a power/business user, you’ll also have the ability to have three optional RAID configurations. While there’s no purchase date in sight, we’ll hope that Dell will let us know at some point in the future when they plan to make the new laptop available to the public. Or perhaps Dell’s laptops speak for themselves.
Via The Inquisitr.
The idea is to make a laptop disposable, just as some phones and cameras are disposable. Between flexible OLED screens, foldable electronic paper, and printable circuit boards, the potential for creating a paper laptop is gradually increasing.
The pace of technological change sometimes seems to outstrip itself. Disposable electronics could provide a solution to making replacement technology cheaper and reducing environmentally unfriendly waste. It’s out for debate how well this kind of laptop could compete with increasingly low prices for netbooks and laptops unless the technology involved would allow for an absolute decrease in productive costs without loss of durability.
If you’re ready to get rolling with Windows 7, but lack for hardware to try the new OS on, I advise you get to Best Buy immediately. The latest package by the retailer debuts an HP desktop, laptop, netbook, and router for the earth-shattering price of $1200.
All three machines come with Windows 7 preinstalled. Here are some specs from Gizmodo:
- Space-saving HP Slimline desktop (s5212y)
- Thin-profile 18.5″ LCD monitor (w1858)
- Media-savvy HP laptop (G60-535DX)
- Compact HP Mini netbook (110-1125NR)
- Speedy NETGEAR Wireless-G router (WGR614)
- Seamless in-home setup of the PCs and router by Geek Squad (4000954811)
The desktop has a 2.5 GHz Pentium chip, 3 GB of RAM, a 320 GB HDD and a DVD burner. The laptops is a 15.6-inch machine running a 320 GB HDD, 3 GB of RAM, and coming with HDMI out. The HP netbook is the HP Mini 110, which you can read about here.
Now get your ass to Best Buy and pray to whatever deity you love that supplies are still available.
Acer has been pretty experimental lately, announcing a dual-booting Android netbook, a new nettop, and an 11.6-inch tablet netbook running Windows 7. However, it’s latest innovation is a bit on the gimmicky side – a TriDef application allowing 2D-3D conversion in games and apps, packaged with the $780 Acer 5758DG laptop along with a set of 3D glasses.
The application works for software supporting DirectX 9 and above. It works in conjunction with a special coating applied to the 15-inch screen on the Acer machine.
We all love netbooks; their simplicity, their ease of transport, their easy access to the internet, and definitely the price gap between netbooks and the average laptop. Ever since Asus and Acer started selling the netbook and discovered a whole new niche of consumers, laptop companies have been trying to find ways to chip away at that gap and woo some of their customers back.
There are generally two ways companies respond to new competition. As the old adage goes, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” Luckily for consumers, corporations don’t like to waste time and so they decide to go down both paths at the same time. As you might have noticed, this leads to more companies offering their own netbook lines, as well as lower prices on their new laptops that boast the same or better capabilities, which are all great things for consumers.
Now, as some people want to do more things on their netbooks beyond day-to-day activities and PC makers are trying to fit lower prices, the distinction between a high-end netbook and a regular laptop is starting to shrink. Netbooks are already starting to loose a bit of their initial rush, accounting for six of the bestselling computers on Amazon, down from nine last year. This sounds bad, but even if netbooks disappear, the effects they’ve had on the complete change in marketing methods will cause laptop buyers to thank them for years.
Portable TV, now wouldn’t that be great? Well, soon it may not be too far-fetched from reality. Some photos have been spotted of convertible laptops – the Gateway EC18T, in particular.
These Gateway laptops are rumored to have 11.6″ screen displays and be powered by Intel Core 2 Duo processors and GS45 Express chipsets. Up to 4 GB of DDR3 RAM can be installed on these notebooks, which would run on either the Windows 7 Home Premium or Basic OS.
Other details for this notebook, including pricing and availability, are currently unknown. Now only if these TVs came in netbook form. No doubt consumers would be snapping them off the shelves faster than retailers can restock, all at the right price of course. If anything remotely similar ever comes out, you can be sure we’ll be the ones to let you know.