Weekly high-tech product releases: phone crafted out of marble, netbook for design lovers

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High-tech product releases announced the week ending April 7 include a luxurious concept phone made from a single piece of marble, a sleek looking netbook for people that want their technology to look ‘techno-chic', a compact smartphone with a HTML 5-compatible browser, the world's fastest SATA hard drive, a portable speaker system for your smartphone, and a smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard that likes to flip backwards.

A conceptual mobile phone that gives a new meaning to luxurious technology
Luxury phone maker Mobiado has crafted an innovative mobile phone that might just be the most unique piece of technology you have ever seen. The CPT001 concept phone is an amazing piece of work made from one piece of solid marble. The marble is embellished with gold filled engraved letters and details and wraps itself around a sapphire touch screen. Solid gold is used for the buttons, skeleton mechanical watch movement and watch crown. The avant-garde phone is still in Mobiado's R&D labs, but judging by some of the other products the company has previously released, one day you might even be able to get your hands on one of these beautiful phones.

A colorful netbook for design lovers
ASUS have released a designer-inspired, "techno-chic" netbook called the Eee PC Seashell 1008P. The compact Seashell 1008P has been crafted by world-renowned industrial designer Karim Rashid and comes in two fashion-inspired colors - glossy Hot Pink or matte Coffee Brown. Technical specs include an Intel Atom N450 processor, 1 GB DDR2 RAM, a 10.1 LED-backlit screen, and a 250GB hard drive. The laptop runs on Windows 7 Starter and will provide up to 8 hours of battery life on one charge. The device retails for $499 and is available now.

A tiny smartphone that uses a HTML 5-compatible Phantom Browser for web browsing
The LG Mini (LG GD880) "communication hub" is the first phone to integrate LG's HTML 5-compatible Phantom Browser. The inclusion makes surfing the internet from your mobile device much faster and more stable. LG Mini is optimized for seamless mobile internet browsing. It comes with a large range of applications for accessing the web and enhanced social networking features. The 3.2 inch touchscreen phone is a compact device with advanced multitasking, over-the-air syncing, push email, a 5MP camera, WiFi, GPS, FM radio and 7.2 Mbps HDSPA. The LG Mini will be available in April in Europe followed by other regions. No prices were available.

World's fastest SATA Hard Drive with double the capacity
Western Digital is doubling the capacity of its existing high performance SATA Hard Drives with the release of the WD VelociRaptor 450GB (WD4500HLHX) and 600GB (WD6000HLHX) hard drives. The new models of 10,000 RPM SATA hard drives come with a 15 percent increase in performance and "killer speed." The 2.5 inch VelociRaptor hard drives can be used with high-performance PCs, Macs, professional workstations and servers. The 450GB model is priced at $299 and the 6000 GB model at $329. Both hard drives are available now.

The first portable speaker system that will connect to Nexus One, Pre, DROID smartphones
Audio Visual electronics manufacturer Digital Group Audio (DGA) has released the first and only portable speaker system that is compatible with the Google Nexus One, Palm Pre, Palm Pre Plus and Motorola DROID smartphones. The Livespeakr is also compatible with iPhone and iPod devices. A rotating cradle enables you to watch movies on your phone in landscape mode, stand your phone up when you want to listen to internet radio applications, and even lets you rotate your device as a portable steering wheel when you are playing racing games and need the extra sound boost. The Livespeakr provides more than 16 hours of non-stop audio playback on one charge. The speaker system is available now for $79.99.

A smartphone that likes its QWERTY backwards and its social networking fast
Motorola's latest Android-powered device, the Backflip, is so called thanks to its reverse-flip QWERTY keyboard. The high-res 3.1 HVGA screened smartphone puts social networking at the forefront of the device. The Backflip comes with Motorola's Motoblur real-time social networking aggregation experience ready to go on the phone's homescreen. It also offers multitasking, full HTML browsing, WiFi, a 5MP camera with flash, GPS, stereo Bluetooth, plus access to tens of thousands of apps through the Android Market. The device is already available in the US for $99 (after rebates) on a two-year contract and will become available contract-free in selected European markets in April for around €499.

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