Just recently revealed by Panasonic, tips so far suggests that pricing for the Panasonic TC-P54Z1 will at least be an awesome $5,999.95 when it begins shipping in June. It’s a huge 54-inch, only one inch thick and has got HDMI. Function wise, the Z1 sports a native contrast ratio of 40,000:1, 24Hz Cinematic Playback and THX Certification. The wireless HDMI box included within will read video and audio from your DVD, Blu-ray or Media Center PC to the HDTV, in addition the Z1 also has VIERA Link Internet connectivity and a VIERA Link SD card reader too. So how about it? Will you pay six grand?

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You will definitely remember during this year’s CES when Asus dropped an exciting bombshell featuring their latest creation the Eee HTPC Keyboard or Eee Keyboard PC. In a one line summary, it’s a pc inside a multimedia keyboard complete with wireless connectivity and of course that attractive but tiny 5-inch touchscreen display.

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The wonderful news is that Asus have now revealed the pricetag which will be placed on this new fascinating gadget, CEO Jerry Shen says they’re working on two models to be released by summer time and these will range from $400 (£285/€317) – $600 (£428/€476). Prices like these will definitely be competitive against notebooks and netbooks, but I suppose the Eee Keyboard PC, once out will probably be in a market of its own! Check out the specs if you think you missed out on the Asus Eee Keyboard PC during the beginning of the year.

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Due to land with Vodafone soon in Spring is the latest Google Android operating phone from HTC, the HTC Magic. For a start, this new magical phone as you can see doesn’t have any kind of sliding keyboard, its got a 3.2-inch HVGA screen, HDSPA, GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera and a G1-style trackball.

Details on pricing and availability of the HTC Magic will of course vary according to local Vodafone markets, but pricing in Spain will be from 99 to 199 Euros, depending on contract. UK will be one of the first markets to receive the Magic in April, then Spain, Germany, France and Italy, the phone will be a timed exclusive with Vodafone.

So here’s a quick summary of the HTC Magic’s main specifications:

  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM7201a, 528MHz.
  • Memory: 512MB ROM, 192MB RAM.
  • Dimensions: 4.45 x 2.17 x 0.45-inches.
  • Weight: 4.18 ounces with battery.
  • Network: HSPA/WCDMA 900 / 2100MHz (no love for the States) with 2Mbps up, 7.2Mbps down; quad-band GSM / GPRS / EDGE 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz.
  • Display: 3.2-inch TFT-LCD HVGA 480×320
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi, mini USB, and GPS
  • Input: Trackball with Enter button, Capacitive touchscreen with on-screen keyboard (both portrait and landscape)

More images in the gallery below…

[via MobileCrunch]

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As you may recall, Sony’s latest VAIO P series is packaged with the Gobi chipset which is more than capable of running on both HSDPA and EV-DO for connectivity. Unfortunately, Sony (just US?) has chosen to block HSDPA access and has locked the super lightweight, pocketable notebook to connecting only via a Verizon Wireless EV-DO connection. But now, thanks to blogger tnkgrl, Sony’s restrictive plans are now virtually non-existent and those without a VZW contract will not have any problems at all when looking to connect via HSDPA. Tnkgrl has successfully hacked the HSDPA on the VAIO P, allowing it to be utilized by those not afraid to void a warranty on the $900 machine.

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Click on tnkgrl’s link below, where there will be links to instructions on this mod and also some more pictures of the process.

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News: Now official, LG Arena KM900

On February 9, 2009, in Cell Phones, Technology, by KLS

lg-arena-km900-official-newsWhen we were sent the LG Renoir KC910 for some hands on review, we were already well impressed with LG’s ability to have made such major all round multimedia improvements in the new LG Viewty successor. But now it seems LG’s plans are official and they will be taking that even further for the coming 2009. As you will have heard, just last week, a picture of a new full touchscreen phone, the LG Arena KM900 surfaced. We can now be fairly confident that this is true and this latest flagship called the LG Arena will have some very stunning features and even more so, some features which have not yet even been seen on mobile phones (not that I know of)! The LG Arena will have a unique user interface that takes the form of a 3D cube. This new cube-based layout provides four customisable home screens for direct access to all features. This makes accessing music, movies, pictures much more easier than most phones, so if you thought the LG Renoir’s updated user interface already showed vast improvement, the LG Arena’s user interface will definitely strike you as something quite unique.

Though we don’t know all about its specs at the moment, this will be revealed in greater detail in due course – Mobile World Congress, February 16th at 2.00pm (CET). All we do know from our friends at the LG Blog is the below, though I wish I could find out more about whether its got an amazing camera sooner!

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The Baylis Revolution is a hefty wind up portable media player / MP3 player that features video playback, a photo viewer, an FM radio, a voice recorder, a line input recorder, a text reader, expandable memory and a flashlight. Though its got a crank at the back, it doesn’t mean you can’t charge it using alternative methods, you can do this by charging through its usb port.

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This is not the mythical G2 as in T-Mobile’s G1 successor. This is G2 as in the second Google Android phone to hit the market. Kogan’s Agora and Agora Pro run Android and are set to ship at the end of this month.

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