Lenovo strikes with some interesting stuff at this early stage of the year. The latest, is the company’s stunning ARM-based smartbook, called Skylight. It’s a 10.1-inch 1,280 x 720 display device that offers a new stylish approach that we haven’t seen out there before. For this reason, it’s priced above the average at $499, but offers nice specs lineup which includes a fast 1GHz ARM Snapdragon processor, together with 20GB of flash storage, 2GB of cloud storage, plus an 8GB miniSD card. Furthermore, you get a 1.3 megapixel camera, 2 X USB ports, WiFi, 3G connections and battery with up to 10 hours of continuous work time. The rounded clamshell design looks stunning and the weight is just under 2 pounds, which grants a more convenient portability to this new Skylight machine. According to Lenovo, shipping suppose to begin somewhere around April, as buyers will enjoy a variant of 18 widgets and web apps, already preloaded inside, amongst you’ll find Facebook, Twitter, Gmail Youtube and more. Introduction video tucked with some PR words, after the jump.
Update: We’ve added another video of Lenovo’s new Skylight UI, courtesy of engadget.
Asus, as you may have heard, has planned to introduce this cool Pinky-flavored Seashell 2 netbook (1008P), designed by Karim Rashid, next month at the CES show, but the guys at HardwareZone apparently managed to take some photos of this foursquare textured wonder a lot before its time. From what we know so far, it’s going to include Intel’s latest N450 processor, along a 10-inch display, 1GB of RAM, 160GB HDD and VGA output, stuffed into a mini-USB adapter. Other ports are closed behind small compartment doors and additional battery (if you have one at your disposal) now has a special room to hide, right at the back.Â Besides that, we have no other details to share, so be patient until next month and meanwhile, enjoy the Taiwanese new Eee PC style.
When we say the word “netbook”, we tend to think about a chip portable laptop, weighs around 1.4 kilos and packs some basic specs that suppose to handle most of our day-to-day tasks and even some more. But as you know, for every such edge there is an exceptional, and today it’s a very expensive one, coming from Smartbook AG, called Zenid GC, and completely covered in Swarovski crystals, top to bottom. In general, it’s just a regular Chinese ODM S40 netbook, which boasts a 10.2-inch WXGA LED screen, along 1.6GHz Intel Atom N280 processor, 2GB of RAM, built-in WiFi connection, a standardÂ Li-ion 2200mAh battery, and the rest of the stuff we already know – nothing that 299 Euros can’t buy you these days. But that model, in specific, is probably out of your shopping range, and its whopping price, which stands at 2,001 Euros (about $3000), sounds and feels bombastic thanks to its prestige cover, made out of those shiny Swarovski encrusted crystals, spread on the back. Think you’d buy this thing if you got yourself a huge bank account? Maybe. Only as a piece of furniture.
Remember Vivienne Tam’s HP 1000 netbook edition? Turns out it now has a new “digital clutch” chic sequel, which recently showed up at New York’s Fashion Week catwalk show and said to be inspired by Chinese love story “Butterfly Lovers”. Thus, it’s all covered with light brown flavor and three beautiful butterflies, that according to Tam, “symbolize love, freedom, independence and transformation”, which are all suppose to be targeting modern women who admire the creation of “fashionable technology”. Regretfully HP hasn’t released any details about specs or pricing, until now, but with the clothing collection set to take off on Spring 2010, we seems to have plenty of time to bring’em on.
From one Zen to another, Japanese top artist UFO-Hayashi has taken the netbook decoration assignment few steps forward by adding Kyo-Yu-ZEN pattern, which is one of the most traditional painting method in Kyoto, on top of Acer’s Aspire One unit, turning it into a lavish piece of cristal art that easily can be yours in case your pockets are loaded with $3000 of cash. If not, just hit the break and watch the presentation video, or jump straight to the eBay selling page to follow the auction.
[eBay via engadget]
Now that Cowon’s S9 PMP is already out to the market with its stylish curvy design and sharp 3.3-inch OLED display, the Koreans have decided to release a limited version for those who want to distinguish themselves from others. The few lucky ones will get a 16GB model, adorned with Chrome-Black hues, which give the player a prestigious look from bottom to top. Other than that, it’s the same S9, sporting the same specs, including FM tuner, T-DMB TV, A2DP Bluetooth 2.0 connection, TV output, G-Sensor accelerometer, strong battery, delivering up to 55hrs of audio playback or 11hrs of video, and wide range of codecs support. Regretfully, no other details to share at this point, but as far as we know, whenever you catch a “Limited Edition” release, you always pay more.
While first Eee PC 1000HE netbooks already been shipped to some lucky customers just a week ago, turns out Asus will be offering its latest netbook, covered with some new colors, besides the usual ones. In other words, those who’ve patiently waited for interesting developements to happen, will be able to get their new ultra-portable laptop painted in brushed-silver, blue, pink or onyx instead of the already-exist black and white tinges. Other specs remain the same, including 1.66Ghz Atom N280 CPU, 160GB HDD, 1GB of RAM, 1.3MP webcam, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivities – all priced at $374 – which turns to be a real bargain, considering the 8700mAh 6-cell battery inside, that suppose to provide up to 9.5 working hours, and the new chiclet keyboard that replaces the previous “not so comfortable one.
Update: In a defying move, Asus claims that the Eee PC 1000HE is a much better netbook than Acer’s D150 latest version, in all aspects. according to the Asian corp, while taking a closer look at design and performance, it’s easy to realize that the 1000HE comes with a larger keyboard, features a faster 802.11n WiFi connection and boasts a stronger 8,700mAH battery, compared to the 5,800mAH inside the Aspire One. To get convinced, hit the jump and look at the pictures.
Word in the street says that Acer is about to launch a slim version of the popular Aspire One netbook. According to netbooknews.de the next model will apparently feature a chassis, sized at 0.95 inches thick, 10 inches wide, and 7.28 inches deep, while other specs will remain the same, with 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU, 1GB RAM, 3-cell battery, and 10.2-inch 1024 x 600 screen resolution. Other than that, we hear speculations that you might also get an integrated UMTS along with SSD drives inside, but we have no clear evidence to verify this information at this point. Stay tuned for more to come. There’s another picture after the break.
If you’re in a search for a strong PMP device that will serve you in the field, Teclast might have the right solution for you, as the company has just introduced the M50HD player, which comes with a body, made of military-industrial zinc-magnesium alloy that can stand literally any weather conditions. In addition, it has a solid 4.3 inch 800 × 480 display with a “super tempered” Polysilicon glass panel. Other than that, the new M50HD boasts a TV output, up-to-date formats support like FLAC, RM, Xvid or Divx, and even 720P high definition videos, in case you’re into quality technology. Still no word on price or availability, but we like the idea of robust players with HD capabilities hanging in our sack.
[Teclast via DAPReview]
MSI is known for its white netbook devices all over the world, but with the new gray U120 edition, which packs the same specs as already-exist white/black Wind U120 versions, it seems the company is trying to approach the business sector and the high-end markets. However, color changing alone won’t do the job, and without any hardware boosting MSI will continue to sell netbooks for private tech avids. Anyway, the new flavor is up for sale on Amazon for $349.99.
We’ve already expressed our huge disappointment from the iRiver Spinn and conveyed our hopes when the new firmware update showed up, but recent cheering rumors, coming from Korean forums, imply for a new black Spinn edition to be released during this year in addition to the already exist silver version. Naturally, no other details are available at this stage, so we can’t tell if new specs are coming up, but be sure we will share the info as soon as it arrives.
[iRiver via MovePlayer]
The Elton John AIDS Foundation has recently announced a new iPod nano lineup, for charity purposes (at least 12.5% of the purchase price), coming up in green, orange, pink, purple, red, silver, yellow or black flavors, coated with sparkling Swarovski crystals. Each of the colors will be offered in limited numbers (about 100) and is expected to be available at Goldgenie and Selfridges, while the 8GB version is going for £399.99 ($566) and the 16GB model for £449.99 ($638). Additionally, potential buyers will receive “Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits CD” as a bonus, in case the lavish nano isn’t enough. anyways, hurry up before it’s over.
For those who plan on getting a new shiny PSP 3000 console, hold on for a while, as Sony Japan has just announced 4 new carnival colors to hit the gaming device, starting March 5th. The new collection, which comes in Blue, Red, Yellow or Green flavors is expected to be priced at ¥19,800 ($225), but in case you wish to include 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo, a pouch, a wrist strap and a cloth in the bundle, it will cost you ¥24,800 ($279). In any case, both options pack a 2200mAh battery inside to your satisfaction, so it’s worth the waiting, specially if you’re tired of those boring black/silver hues.
[Via Akihabara News]
Samsung’s NC10 is one of the best netbooks out there, boasting a fantastic anti-bacterial keyboard and a great 10.2-inch display, together with the usual stuff, including 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM, 160GB HDD, a 1.3M webcam, a 3-in-1 card reader, Bluetooth/WiFi connectivity and a 6-cell battery that provides long working hours. However, while regular versions offering white, blue or brown casing flavors to choose from, Samsung has decided to add a pinky model for Valentine gifting, priced at £316 ($434) and scheduled to land on UK shelves on February 9. Therefor, in case you haven’t indulged your lady with an up-to-date tech present, this new NC10 might be a good excuse.
More and more brands pop out in the wild, offering pretty much the same specs and the same designs, but Exper style netbook has managed to distinguish itself from the others with this lavish All-In-Red design that might bring a lot of attention to your table. The rest is as usual, with an 8.9-inch widescreen, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM and an 8GB SSD to house your stuff. Naturally, it packs a Windows XP inside and priced at $470, in case you are travelling to Turkey. We have no indication for availability in other places but you might get it with All-in Blue, All-in-Black, or all-in-White flavors.
If you’ve been thinking on getting yourself a portable MSI Wind netbook, mind you there’s a new U100 colors series, coming out in Japan on December 13th, joining the black or white already existing versions. The latest 10.2-inch lineup features the same 1.6MHz Atom processor with 160GB hard drive, 6 cell battery, 1GB of RAM, 1.3MP camera, 4-in-1 card reader, WiFi/Bluetooth connections and Windows XP onboard, but also Romantic Pink, Black Empire or stylish White Angel hues to light up your working vicinity, instead of those regular tedious patterns. As usual, Japanese prices are overrated, so be prepared to spend 56,800 Yens ($610) for one of these.
If black exterior design becomes too dull and boring for you, HP has the right solution, as the company has launched a special Vivienne Tam Mini 1000 Netbook edition, to be available in December for a starting price of $699.The new limited version packs a 10-inch display, together with a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB SSD or 60GB HDD and of course, a lavish flowery reddish decoration that covers the ultra portable computer, from top to toe. Bottom line, looks interesting but cost a fortune.
Update: meanwhile, in a perfect holidays timing, HP has announced a $40 price cut, on all regular Mini 1000 models, starting at $359.99 for the basic 10-inch version with Atom N270 processor, 8GB SSD and a 3-cell battery. Do the math which one is preferable.
Another sign for the accretion of the netbook trend, is the release announcement, from Sotec, of the Hello Kitty C1 netbook, which is expected to be sold in a limited number of units in Japan or online at GeekStuff4u.com. The new version packs a 10.1-inch 1024×600 display, an Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 120 GB of HDD, a 945 GSE Express chip, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, 802.11b/g WiFi conectivity and Windows XP onboard. The 2.6-pound mini whitish laptop can be yours, with two USB ports, Open Office, Firefox and Skype inside, for $890, which is ridiculously overpriced comparing to the other models in the market.
Seagate is about to add some new colorful flavors to its FreeAgent Go portable drives lineup. This move should attract those who look for a chic storage box to seat next to their laptop and shed some vivid look on their working vicinity. The new series includes light blue, pink, gold, orange, light green and dark green hues (in addition to the regular blue, black, red and silver colors) with the same 250GB ($120), 320GB ($150), and 500GB ($200) capacities. Also, there’s a nice freebie inside – if you register your new purchase between November 28th and New Year’s day, you will fix yourself a nice multimedia pack, granting 50 free songs to download from eMusic.
Zune owners already know they can add customized laser-engraved designs to their players via the Zune Originals website. However, if it wasn’t enough, Microsoft has decided to add 46 cool and refreshing designs to decorate the zune devices with your favorite theme, all for a few bucks.