Friday, January 25, 2008

MWg UBiQUiO 503g

An impressive feature-set including Windows Mobile® 6 software, a 520MHz Intel processor, Stereo Bluetooth, WiFi and blazing fast HSDPA wireless data, make the UBiQUiO 503G a mobile powerhouse.

Enjoy blazing fast wireless connectivity. The UBiQUiO 503G features the latest in 3G wireless technology, HSDPA, which supports speeds up to 3.6 Mbps. That, combined with the quick 520MHz processor, make for a rewarding mobile experience. Staying up to date on your email, appointments, and tasks while on the move has never been more convenient.

If you are looking for multimedia features, the UBiQUiO 503G offers two cameras. The main camera is a 2MP CMOS camera with Micro Focus, perfect for capturing pictures and short videos and emailing them directly to your friends or collegues. The second camera is a 0.3MP camera for video conferencing. Windows Media Player Mobile and the included stereo headphones let you enjoy your music & video files anywhere you go.

* Operating System: Windows Mobile® 6 Professional
* Processor: 520MHz Intel XScale 270 + Qualcomm 6280
* Memory: 96MB RAM, 192MB ROM
* Display Type: TFT LCD Touchscreen 262K colours
* Display Resolution: 2.4” QVGA 320 x 240
* Input Type: Stylus, QWERTY Keyboard
* Network Bands:
o Quad-Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
o WCDMA / UMTS Tri-band 850/1900/2100 MHz
o HSDPA 3.6 Mbps
* Connectivity: USB, Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP), WiFi
* Card Slot: microSD
* Main Camera: 2.0 Megapixel with Macro Focus
* Sub camera: 0.3 Megapixel for video conferencing
* Phone features: Call holding, waiting, forwarding & barring
* Ring tones: Supports 64-chord MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
* SIM function: Over the air provisioning
* Battery: Rechargeable, removable 1500mAh
* Talk time: Up to 4 hours; 250 hours standby
* Video call time: 75 minutes
* Dimensions: 123 x 65 x 17mm (4.84” x 2.56” x 0.67”)
* Weight: 157 grams

Source : MWG

MWg Zinc II

The MWg Zinc II is the successor to the O2 Xda Zinc launched by MWg (founded by the team responsible for O2’s ground-breaking products in Asia).

The MWg Zinc II is a sleek slider device with a full QWERTY keypad - featuring a slimmer profile than the original O2 Xda Zinc, more exciting features and an exclusive new design.

* UMTS Tri-band, GSM Quad-band
* HSDPA 3.6 Mbps
* Samsung 500 Mhz
* 2.8” TFT QVGA (Touch Screen)
* Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
* Semi automatic sliding mechanism with qwerty keypad
* WLAN (802.11 b/g) and BT v 2.0
* 2MP Camera (rear)
* GPS : SirF Star III
* Dimension: 109.5 x 59 x 18 mm

Source : MWG

MWg Atom V

The MWg Atom V is the first Windows Mobile device exclusively designed and launched by MWg (founded by the team responsible for O2’s ground-breaking products in Asia).

The Atom V is designed to be fun, engaging and features a full range of connectivity options from HSDPA 3.5G (3.6Mbps) to WiFi. Running on Microsoft Windows Mobile 6, and a 520 Mhz processor will keep you entertained, engaged and connected any time of the day.

With a brand new design in deep blue and exclusive to MWg, the Atom V is a guaranteed head-turner. It is a reflection of your sense of style and fashion. Measuring at a svelte 14.95mm, it fits comfortably in your hands, and even better in the pocket of your favourite pair of jeans.

The Atom V's 2.8 inch TFT LCD screen boasts QVGA resolution, and extends throughout the front face of the handset. The fully flat touch screen and its tactile skin completes the understated and smart design which gives the unit its distinctive look and feel.

* UMTS 2100, GSM Quad-band (850,900,1800,1900)
* HSDPA 3.6 Mbps
* Intel PXA 270 520MHz
* 2.8” TFT QVGA (Touch Screen)
* 2MP camera (rear)
* WLAN (802.11 b/g) and BT v 2.0
* SiFR Star-III GPS (for best performance)
* FM radio with RDS
* Dimension: 116 x 59 x 14.95 mm

Source : MWG

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

MacBook Air

During his Macworld Expo keynote address on Tuesday morning, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the MacBook Air, a computer that the company billed as the world's thinnest notebook -- small enough to fit inside an interoffice mailing envelope. It's priced starting at $1,799 and will be available within two weeks.

Sporting a silvery finish, the MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen display that has a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. The backlighting saves power and provides "instant on" response from the moment you turn it on, according to Jobs. The device has a slightly wedge-shaped profile. It weighs about 3 pounds, and sports a thickness of 0.16-0.76 inches. It's 12.8 inches wide and 8.95 inches deep.

The MacBook Air also features a built-in iSight webcam and a full sized MacBook-style black keyboard. The keyboard is backlit, similar to MacBook Pros, and has an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts brightness. The trackpad is also capable of recognizing multi-touch gestures, similar to using an iPhone or iPod touch. As a result, the MacBook Air's trackpad is disproportionately large, compared to the size of trackpads found on the MacBook or MacBook Pro.

The MacBook Air features a 1.8-inch hard disk drive with 80GB of storage capacity standard. A 64GB solid-state disk (SSD) drive is an option. The hard drive is a Parallel ATA (PATA) model that operates at 4200 RPM.

The laptop is powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo chip running at 1.6GHz, with 1.8GHz available as an option. Jobs noted that Intel was willing to engineer a new version of the Core 2 Duo specifically to Apple's specifications -- it's 60 percent smaller than others. The chip operates with 4MB of on-chip shared L2 cache running at full processor speed, and uses an 800MHz frontside bus. 2GB of 667MH DDR2 SDRAM is also included.

Like the MacBook and the MacBook Pro, the MacBook Air features a slimmed down MagSafe connector for power. It comes with a 45 watt power adapter. A flip-down door on one side reveals USB 2.0, Micro-DVI (to connect an external display) and a headphone jack. The MacBook Air also includes 802.11n-based wireless networking support and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.

Apple estimates that with wireless networking turned on, the MacBook Air can get about 5 hours of battery life.

No internal optical drive is included, but Apple will offer a $99 USB 2.0-based add-on SuperDrive for users who need it. For users that opt not to get the optical drive, Apple is offering a new software feature on this machine called Remote Disk; it enables you to "borrow" the optical drive of another Mac or PC on the same network as the MacBook Air, to use for installing software, for example.

Apple's frequently been in the crosshairs of environmental group Greenpeace in recent years. Jobs offered information about the environmental goals behind the MacBook Air -- it has a fully recyclable aluminum case, and is "the first" to have a mercury-free display with arsenic-free glass. All the circuit boards are BFR-free and PVC-free, and the retail packaging uses 56 percent less material than the MacBook packaging.

Source : Macworld

Monday, January 21, 2008

What’s Coming in Windows Mobile 7

Microsoft is currently developing Windows Mobile 7, the first revolutionary change to its mobile device operating system. Recently, I was given a document by a source inside Microsoft that details the touch and gesture plans for Mobile 7. This document is a confidential internal use only document, used to explain the plans for Mobile 7, and contains well over a hundred pages of designs, ideas, and changes to the way we interact with our mobile devices.

What’s New
Windows Mobile 7 will dramatically change the way we use mobile devices. It will emphasize the use of touch on the device, as well as motion gestures created by using the device. It is, absolutely, Microsoft’s effort to beat back the iPhone, and the iPhone is referenced several times in the document.

Windows Mobile 7 will use touch gestures, similar to how the iPhone does. You will be able to flick through lists, pan, swipe sideway, draw on the screen. A lot of emphasis has been put on making navigation easier and doing away with scrollbars, including a new scroll handle that allows for multiple ways of finding items extremely fast.

Windows Mobile 7 will use motion gestures, something the iPhone does not. It will not use an intricate and complicated series of gyroscopes and accelerometers. Instead, it will use the camera on the phone to detect motions and create appropriate actions. You will be able to shake, twist and otherwise manipulate the phone and get things done. The phone will be able to perform actions when placed face down on a surface, and it will know when it is in your pocket or bag.

Windows Mobile 7 will have an exciting locking screen, that will allow you to play around with it, draw on it, shake it and completely otherwise mess with it.

Windows Mobile 7 will have dramatically improved visuals, different from the iPhone and much more similar to the dark and futuristic visuals of Windows Vista. It will feature graphical transitions, subtle effects, and other things to make it more interesting to look at. This is not detailed in the document, but featured in the multitude of screenshots.

Windows Mobile 7 is designed to use the finger, not the stylus, though many devices will be required to include a stylus. It is designed to be easy to use with the hand, including one-handed, and to be fun to use and easy to understand. It is designed to be used on devices with no buttons, few buttons, lots of buttons, full keyboards, and devices without touch screens.

Windows Mobile 7 is clearly designed for better media playback, with screenshots indicating a much-improved Media Player and photo gallery application. There is talk in the document of a games mode. Mobile Internet Explorer runs full-screen web pages in a minimalistic interface, and has “tabbed” browsing, except you can switch tabs by shaking the phone.

The keyboard has been improved, but plans for a full touch keyboard, a la the iPhone, have been shelved until a future version of Windows Mobile.

Windows Mobile 7 will ship in 2009, according to the document. This makes sense with the Mobile 6.1 point release that is coming around now. Hopefully, Bill Gates will announce Windows Mobile 7 at CES tonight, but if not, you now have advance notice of what is coming next year. Microsoft clearly has a lot planned to make Windows Mobile 7 the revolution it needs to be to compete with Apple, and Mobile 7 is going to bring some cool and excitement to Microsoft’s smart phones.

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