High-tech product releases announced the week ending August 10 include 5 new BlackBerry smartphones, a glasses-free 3D laptop, a 4G Android smartphone priced under $100 and a smartphone that switches between friends and work.
A laptop that displays 2D and 3D images simultaneously without the need for glasses
The Toshiba Qosmio F755 3D is the world's first laptop with the ability to display beautiful full HD 3D images on screen without the need for 3D glasses. The 15.6" screen supports the simultaneous display of full HD 2D and 3D content and a webcam tracks users' eye movements so the 3D image is perfectly matched to your eye position. Inside, the Toshiba Qosmio F755 3D runs on a second-generation Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA graphics and audio from Harman Kardon. The Toshiba Qosmio F755 3D will be available from mid-August 2011 for $1,699.99. A similar laptop, the Qosmio F750 3D will be available in the UK in August for £1299.99 (€1450).
A BlackBerry that blends form and function
The Research In Motion (RIM) BlackBerry Torch 9810 follows in the footsteps of its BlackBerry Torch 9800 predecessor but comes with speed enhancements and high performance hardware. The handset runs on RIM’s latest BlackBerry 7 operating system and delivers an improved multimedia experience. It has a 3.2” high resolution touchscreen display and a slide-out keyboard for fast typing. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 will be available in late August. Pricing is dependent on region.
Fast, fluid BlackBerry smartphones with an all-touch design
The BlackBerry Torch 9850 and 9860 are equipped with the biggest touchscreen display ever seen on a RIM-made smartphone. The large 3.7” screen provides ample real estate for browsing the web and watching movies. Additional features include RIM’s BlackBerry 7 OS, a 5MP camera with flash and HD video recording. The BlackBerry Torch 9850 and 9860 will be available in late August. Pricing is dependent on region.
RIM’s thinnest smartphones yet
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 are RIM’s thinnest smartphones ever. The two devices run RIM’s latest operating system BlackBerry 7, measure in at a slim 10.5mm and feature a high performance keyboard plus a touchscreen display. They are the first BlackBerrys to support NFC (Near Field Communications) and come finished with a brushed stainless steel frame. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 will be available later this month. Pricing is dependent on region.
A sub $100 4G Android smartphone
The Samsung Conquer 4G is the first 4G Android to launch with American carrier Sprint for less than $100. The Conquer 4G provides high speed 4G connectivity, runs the latest version of Android (Gingerbread) and features a 3.5” touchscreen. It also comes with a 3.2MP rear-facing camera with flash and zoom, a 1.3MP front facing camera for video chat, mobile hotspot support for up to 5 WiFi enabled devices, Stereo Bluetooth and access to more than 250,000 apps. The Samsung Conquer 4G will be priced at $99.99 (after a $50 mail-in rebate) with a two-year contract starting from August 21.
An inexpensive smartphone that switches between friend and work modes
The Motorola XT531 is a slim and budget-friendly Android smartphone that offers dual cameras, a 3.5” extra bright touchscreen and the ability to switch between friend and work-centric modes with the Moto Switch UI. It runs on the latest version of Android (2.3 Gingerbread) and has a 5MP rear-facing camera with auto-focus, flash and video recording plus video chat with the front facing camera. The Motorola XT531 will arrive in China later this month and in Hong Kong, Taiwan and selected countries in Europe and Latin America in fall. No price has been announced.