Top new tech products: Padfone, glasses-free 3D tablet, a tablet made by Alessi

High-tech product releases announced the week ending June 1 include the ASUS Padfone, an 18-carat smartphone, an Ultraportable laptop, a glasses-free 3D tablet, the AlessiTab, a thinner S Series laptop, and a tablet that runs Windows 7 and Android.

A tablet with a smartphone brain
ASUS’s Padfone is a convergent Android device that adheres to a developing trend of smartphone-powered tablets. The device is comprised of a tablet that wraps around a sleek smartphone to form "one symbiotic gadget that allows consumers to choose the screen size that best fits their activities while seamlessly sharing data and 3G internet access." The Padfone is expected to reach the market during the Christmas period but is still currently in its prototyping phase. No word on pricing.

An Ultraportable laptop that emphasizes style as much as thinness
The ASUS UX Series Ultraportables are ultra slim Windows 7 laptops that measure 17mm at their thickest point. The UX Series is crafted with a light but hardy aluminum alloy shell and features Sandy Bridge Core 2011 processors, an oversized keyboard and a smartphone-like touchpad. The UX Series are available in 11.6" and 13.3" configurations and are rumored to be priced at less than or around the $1000 mark. Release dates have not been announced.

A thinner, lighter S Series laptop
Sony has redesigned its S Series VAIO laptop to combine portability, performance and power in a more svelte package. The laptop lasts for up to 15 hours with the optional sheet battery and has a built-in web camera with face tracking technology. The 13.3" laptop measures 24mm at its thickest point and includes the second generation Intel Core i7 processor and a Blu-ray Disc drive as optional extras. The VAIO S Series laptop is available for pre-sale for $1,350 now. The optional sheet battery is priced at $150.

A 7" glasses-free 3D tablet
ASUS took the wraps off the Eee Pad MeMO 3D tablet, a device that fits into the company's recently announced lineup of Eee Pad Slider, Eee Pad Transformer and Eee Slate tablets at Computex. The compact Android tablet has a 7" multitouch screen that is capable of displaying 3D images without the need for glasses. It also features Qualcomm’s 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor, 16GB of storage, an integrated digital stylus and a Bluetooth headset. Pricing and release dates have not been announced.

A tablet made by an Italian housewares designer
The AlessiTab is an Android-based multimedia tablet spawned from a partnership between Italian design brand Alessi and telecommunications company Promelit. The tablet was designed by Stefano Giovannoni and features a 10.1" touchscreen, a digital TV tuner, WiFi, a webcam and unique folded form factor. While brand name-lovers might jump at the chance to snap up the device, technologists have been known to call it the "over-designed Android tablet for young housewives." The device will become available in Europe in June and is priced at €399.

An 18-carat gold and leather luxury smartphone
Nokia’s Oro is a Symbian-based luxury phone that aims to offer the latest technology in an 18-carat gold plated, sapphire crystal and leather crafted handset. It packs in 3G connectivity, wifi, a 3.5" AMOLED display, and an 8 MP camera with 720p video recording. The device will go on sale in selected countries in Europe, Eastern Europe, China and the Middle East in the third quarter of 2011. Prices start from €800.

A tablet that runs both Android and Windows 7 operating systems
ViewSonic claims its ViewPad 10 is the first tablet to run both Microsoft’s Windows 7 and Google’s Android operating systems. The tablet features a 10.1" multitouch LCD screen, wifi, a built-in eReading application, 2 USB ports, a mini VGA port and Micro SD slot. The ViewPad 10 is expected to arrive in selected countries in the Asia Pacific region in July at a price of $799.

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