Author: Charbax

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Optima Maemo Linux MID at IFA 2009

Posted by Charbax – September 4, 2009

It runs Maemo 0.9 embedded Linux on a Marvell ARM processor. It has 4GB built-in flash memory with MicroSD memory expansion slot. Integrated 3G, WiFi on a nice 800x480 4.3" touchscreen. It's part of the big embedded Linux push by China Telecom to bring more functional smart mobile devices in the hands of Chinese people and ready to export worldwide. Stephen Kwan, Director of http://www.chinaoptima.com shows us the product.

Smit MID-560 4.8″ Android Tablet

Posted by Charbax – September 4, 2009

4.8" 800x480 Android Tablet with built-in GPS, 8GB flash storage, it can playback video formats up to D1 resolution, it has WiFi built-in as well, 3G could be built-in as well "in the next 3 months". Philip Zhou, Overseas Sales Manager at http://www.smit.com.cn shows it to us in this video.

They are not announcing any price at this moment, I am guessing that this Android MID could be sold for cheap, around or less than 200 dollars.

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Sony NWZ-X1050 and full Sony booth-tour

Posted by Charbax – September 4, 2009

Scroll forward to 4min in the video for a review of the Sony NWZ-X1050 oled walkman. Sony is going to sell only 1000 pieces on the German market, probably it's because the oled screen is hard and complicated to manufacture at this moment.

Sony has a pretty huge impressive booth, kind of like typical for Sony. They must be spending millions of euros on this interior design thing, unless they re-use lights and stuff at each conference. Anyways, the Sony hall is big and fun.

Sony MHS-PM1

Posted by Charbax – September 4, 2009

Here's a Sony alternative to the Flip camera craze. Unlike the flip, this camera actually flips so that you can also film yourself while you can look at the LCD if your makeup is okay. It records in 1440x1080 at around 6mbit/s according to my calculations.

Sony Reader Touch Edition

Posted by Charbax – September 4, 2009

Sony are releasing some new pretty cool touchscreen based E-Ink readers. Here I show you the interface a bit. It seems to work quite alright. All that's needed now is that they release an unlocked HSDPA and WiFi version runing something like Google Android to add features and basic but optimized Internet text content reading features.

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Toshiba JournE interface review

Posted by Charbax – September 4, 2009

It's Windows CE on ARM11, don't expect it to be as responsive as would be an Android tablet on an ARM Cortex A8 processor. Though it's definitely really cool that Toshiba has decided to invest in R&D in this field. And given the huge interest from the press, it is a good move, and Toshiba could turn out to be one of those to provide good embedded products to the mass market.

Samsung Galaxy Android phone

Posted by Charbax – September 4, 2009

Here is a pretty good looking Android smartphone by Samsung, this is Samsung's first Android product. It comes with a good looking 3.2" AMOLED touchscreen. Although the screen I think is too small for on-screen keyboard to be usable enough. I get confused as well for how to navigate on this Smartphone, I cannot find the Home button, but it's also that I haven't used Android much yet.

Odys Multi TV700 Move

Posted by Charbax – September 4, 2009

A good looking 7" portable DVB-T player, that also supports to record DVB-T video on an SD card as well as play Mpeg2 format videos and Jpeg photos.

Sharp PC-Z1

Posted by Charbax – September 3, 2009

This device is so far the most awesome I have seen at IFA 2009, it's a 5" Smartbook, one of the worlds first that will be released running on an ARM Cortex A8 processor by Freescale. Running Ubuntu 9.04 for ARM optimized for this ARM processor.

In this video I boot-up the machine (you probably wouldn't need to boot it up really, it's got 10 hours battery life and can probably go into standby just fine with instant resume from standby). I go on certain websites like Engadget.com over WiFi and I ask the Sharp PC-Z1 products representative a bunch of questions.

Toshiba JournE

Posted by Charbax – September 3, 2009

This is the video of the full actual keynote presentation in Berlin at IFA 2009 for the Toshiba JournE home media tablet by Marco Perino, General Manager, EMEA Digital Products and Services at Toshiba Europe Gmbh.

I also posted a close-up video interview with him answering technical questions about it at: http://techvideoblog.com/ifa/toshiba-journe-home-media-tablet-at-ifa-2009/