High-tech product releases announced the week ending October 6 include the world's first glasses-free 3D LCD TVs, luxury headphones, and a full arsenal of Android smartphones from Motorola.
World's first glasses-less 3D LCD TVs
Toshiba's REGZA GL1 series sets are the world's first consumer TVs to offer the 3D experience without the need to wear 3D glasses. Two models are currently in production, the 20 inch (1,280 x 720p) 20GL1 and the 12 inch (466 x 350p) 12GL1. The two devices are set to arrive in Japan in December and will be priced at 120,000 yen (€1,042) for the 12" model and 240,000 yen (€2,085) for the 20" model.
Luxurious hand-made Zebrano wood headphones
Ultrasone's Edition 10 headphones are the company's first open-back headphones. The luxurious hand-made special edition accessories have been crafted with Zebrano wood ear cup inlays, Ethiopian sheepskin leather ear cup pads, Titanium-plated drivers, and Kevlar-coated cables. They come with a hand-crafted Zebrano wood headphone stand and a wooden box for storage. The Edition 10 headphones are limited to 2010 units and will go on sale in October priced from $2,749.
A Droid smartphone with a striking form factor
Motorola's Droid Pro is a business-casual Android 2.2 smartphone crossover. The Droid Pro comes in an oddly shaped candy-bar form and packs in a 1GHz processor, a 3.1 inch 320x480 touchscreen display, a 5MP camera and video recorder, and support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1, QuickOffice Mobile Suite and Exchange email. The device is set to arrive on the market in the fourth quarter of 2010. No prices have been announced.
An affordable square phone with full keyboard and touchscreen
Motorola's Flipout is a compact, affordable Android smartphone that comes with a pivoting square design and colorful, interchangeable battery covers. It has a full QWERTY keyboard with a dedicated fifth row for numbers, a 720 MHz processor, a 2.8 inch 320 x 240p QVGA touchscreen, a 3MP camera and runs on Android 2.1. The Flipout will be available from October 17 in the US for $79.99 on a two-year plan.
A rounded-edge touchscreen Android device for new smartphone users
The Motorola Citrus is branded as an easy-to-use entry-level Android device for customers in the market for their first touchscreen smartphone. The compact phone with a curved design has full HTML web browsing, a backtrack touch panel on the back of the phone for easy navigation, full 3 inch capacitive touch display, and a 3MP camera. The handset will start shipping in Q4 2010. Pricing information has not been released.