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1Cross Tech MIDhybrid Android e-ink/LCD/keypad e-reader combo

Posted by Charbax – March 4, 2010

http://1crosstech.com is showing a cool looking combination of a 6" e-ink e-reader on one side, with a 3.2" HVGA Android LCD on the other side, and also with a touch panel keyboard input and a whole bunch more hardware features such as a 3G sim card slot, WiFi, Bluetooth an accelererometer, VGA webcam for video-conferencing and more.

Gigabyte EB10 Android e-ink e-reader

Posted by Charbax – March 3, 2010

Gigabyte is secretly showing a prototype of Android running on their first e-ink e-reader project. They are trying to adapt Android for e-ink e-readers, to allow users to install whatever RSS feed reader, news aggregator, any source for ebooks, web browsers and more adapted reading on paper-like screens with WiFi or 3G connectivity and perhaps even touch screens. I'd like a browser plugin that lets me bookmark articles in one click to read later on the e-reader thus using such synchronization software within Android that generates the reading queue based on web contents reformatted perfectly to read on such screen like reading on paper.

DSK Mobilis at CeBIT 2010

Posted by Charbax – March 3, 2010

DSK Digital is launching this Texas Instruments OMAP3 600mhz ARM based full Linux computer system for a whole bunch of low power, even solar powered computing for on the field healthcare, e-government and teacher training applications.

usmart Sun Power Technology Limited Windows XP Intel Atom 4.8″ laptop/tablet form factor

Posted by Charbax – March 3, 2010

usmart Sun Power Technology Limited is showing what they say is the world's smallest x86 computer, comes with a 4.8" screen, Intel Atom 1.60ghz processor, 512mb RAM, USB port, WiFi, MicroSD slot, removable battery that lasts 2 hours of Windows XP usage. It should cost below $500 if it becomes available. This device when I touched it for a few seconds it seems to be very hot and it was actually shaking because of the small fans that are inside. Though this is a hand made early prototype.

Hard Kernel ODroid Android gaming device

Posted by Charbax – March 3, 2010

This is the first Android device with such a gaming buttons layout. It's affordable available at around $300 unlocked at http://hardkernel.com but does not come with a 3G modem, only WiFi. It does have a pretty snappy ARM Cortex A8 processor from Samsung clocked at 833mhz, with 512MB DDR2 memory, a 3.5-inch capacitive touch screen display and 720p video playback through its built-in HDMI output. This is for now the Developer Edition of this ODroid product to be released in March 2010, followed by commercial editions of this product, to hopefully include full emulators for all game consoles ported to Android up to N64 and Dreamcast games if this device's 3D acceleration and processing power will be able to handle those emulators and if developers port those to this implementation of Android.

Texas Instruments nHD Pico DLP Projector

Posted by Charbax – March 3, 2010

The nHD is the next generation of Texas Instruments Pico Projector DLP solutions, this time even more compact, uses lower power, will be available for an even lower cost than the current DLP based Pico Projector solutions. This will enable manufacturers of Smart Phones, of Portable Video Players, of Netbooks, Tablets and more such devices to integrate an amazing projector right into the devices without adding too much weight and cost to the devices. This next generation nHD chip will start to be manufactured by Texas Instruments in the next few months and could soon after be integrated in one of your next devices. The first batches take up less than half the volume and power consumption compared to previous Pico Projector generations, may "only" project a 640x360 image with low lumen output to save battery runtime, but Texas Instruments definitely says they could upgrade those to HD resolutions and improve the brightness of the output all the while consume less battery power.

MAG Digital presents Windows CE that looks like Android in a Tablet

Posted by Charbax – March 2, 2010

This is a 7" Windows CE tablet, but with a very interesting user interface, comes with GPS, HDMI output, based on a Telechips processor that playsback 1080p video, is based on Windows CE that I think is made to look like Android.

Archos Vision A43VB

Posted by Charbax – March 2, 2010

Here's a 4.3" Archos PMP, it will playback most video formats and be sold for only 99€ in Europe. This may be one of the cheapest 4.3" touch screen PMP devices on the European and US market.

HTC Desire, HTC Legend and HTC HD2 Mini at Mobile World Congress 2010

Posted by Charbax – March 1, 2010

These are the latest HTC smart phones shown at Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona. This video shows how the HTC Legend is an improvement on every aspect compared to the HTC Hero and offers some talk and explanations for HTC Sense UI, and the HTC desire compared with the Google Nexus One.

Exclusive video: Archos 7 Home Tablet released for $179

Posted by Charbax – March 1, 2010

Check out my exclusive video of the Archos 7 Home Tablet that will be released in April/May for $179 in the USA and 149€ in Europe:

It is powered by a 600mhz Rockchip 2808 processor, does web browsing pretty well (for an ARM9 processor) and plays all video codecs at up to 720p video playback (at up to limited 2500kbit/s bitrates for 720p).

For now, this Archos 7 Home Tablet is being released this next month or by May already and at this amazingly low $179 price for the 2GB version with MicroSD card slot. There will also be a 8GB version and maybe larger capacities for slightly more expensive. It also has a mini-jack to composite video-output using the headphones jack and micro-USB to USB host features built-in. The built-in stereo speakers are very decent for movie watching and the 7" 800x480 resistive touch-screen is just very fine and does allow for fast text input.

Archos is still working on the Android software optimizations, it comes with special video player, audio player and file explorer applications by default. My guess is that the Google Marketplace could be hacked to work onto it by the open development community at http://forum.archosfans.com

Also, my expectation is that Google will release an Android 2.2 or so version which will provide the full Google Marketplace experience on all large screen Android Tablets and even on Android Laptop form factors and also to provide such for lower cost platforms than the latest ARM Cortex based ones. See my interview with Andy Rubin and Eric Schmidt about those speculations: http://armdevices.net/2010/02/22/i-interviewed-eric-schmidt-and-andy-rubin-at-mwc-off-camera-for-now-watch-eric-schmidts-keynote-video/

Here are some pictures of this device (click to see full sized version on Picasa):
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You can discuss this video at http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=31278

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