Archivi giornalieri: 07/10/2011
We suspected there’d be a special guest at HTC’s party in London today and here it is: the brand new Sensation XL. You might recognize the mug shot from the many leaks we’ve reported under the Runnymede codename, but this phone also bears a distinct similarity to the recently announced HTC Titan. It’s carved from an almost identical 4.7-inch block of machined aluminum, has the same stunning 9.9mm (0.39-inch) thickness, same 800×480 Super LCD display and even the same eight megapixel rear camera unit. But there are key differences too: for a start, it packs HTC’s vaunted Beats Audio system licensed from Dr. Dre. Oh, and did we mention this thing is an Android rather than a Windows Phone? Those two things alone make the XL a different beast entirely, so read on for our impressions.
Tesla’s been teasing us with the Model S electric car for what seems like a cruelly long time. But, we gadget fans need to remember that designing and releasing a car is a rather different prospect than something like a phone. If your new iDevice crashes you might lose your patience, but if your new car crashes, well, the results could be rather more disastrous.
Tesla is keeping up the teasing act with the Model S Beta launch, an opportunity for a lucky few to come and check out the company’s factory (once the NUMMI facility in Fremont, CA) and to take a quick ride around the company’s test track — and we do mean quick. How do we know? Well, we got to come along. Join us for our impressions after the break.
If you’re familiar with Fujitsu’s AH572 and S761/C laptops, then you’ll certainly recognize the similarities on their Japanese cousins. On the left we have the beastly 15.6-inch AH77/E, which sports an Intel Core-i72670QM processor (2.20-3.10GHz), 750GB hard drive, 8GB RAM, Blu-ray drive and a handy circular scrolling pad. We dig the slanted keys and their color-accented sides (combinations include black on red, white on black and black on blue), and likewise with the removable dust trap near the heatsink on the bottom side, though the already-discounted price of ¥175,320 ($2,284) is rather steep for a machine lacking a dedicated graphics card — you get an Intel HD Graphics 3000 instead.
If you’re looking for something lighter than the 2.9kg AH series, then consider the SH76/E: at 1.34kg, it’s one of the lightest 13.3-inch laptops that come with an internal DVD drive. Specs include a Core i5-2520M chip (2.5GHz-3.2GHz), 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, the same circular scrolling pad, the same dust trap and an impressive 13.7-hour battery life. Like its international cousin, the SH76/E can also swap its optical drive for a pico projector or a weight-saver frame. With the exception of the flimsy and duller display compared to the AH model’s, the SH’s overall build quality was satisfactory. However, Fujitsu wants ¥161,820 ($2,110) for its latest portable laptop, so you might want to customize it with cheaper components on the company’s Japanese website (choosing a 500GB HDD would save you about $980, for instance). Both models will be available in a week’s time.
Opening of the NY SoHo Store (17 Jul 2002)
It’s time to say goodbye to an iCon: Steve Jobs has passed away at age 56. He was visionary, revolutionary, transformative, innovative, pioneering and will forever live in our hearts.
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