Weekly high-tech product releases: Motorola Charm, Samsung Q-series, Acer Aspire One D260

High-tech product releases announced the week ending July 7 include a social networking-centric smartphone that likes to be touched on the back, a luxury phone that features exotic wood, a popular e-reader with a screen upgrade, notebooks for design-hungry power-users, a netbook that dual boots Android or Windows, and affordable headphones with the world's smallest sound driver.

A smartphone that likes to be touched on the back
The Motorola Charm is a touchscreen smartphone with a compact design and enhanced social networking features. A Backtrack navigation pad is integrated into the back of the phone enabling unobstructed navigation whilst browsing the web, reading mails or keeping in touch with your friends. The Motorola Charm is the first device in the US to feature an enhanced version of Motorola's Motoblur social networking aggregating software on Android 2.1. It packs in a full QWERTY keyboard, a 2.8 inch touchscreen, Adobe Flash support, a 3 megapixel camera, WiFi and push email. The Motorola Charm will be released in the US in summer on T-Mobile. No information about price has been announced.

Luxury phone range gets an "executive" makeover
Luxury phone maker Mobiado has looked to the past for design inspiration for their newest phone in their Classic series. The Classic 712EM is crafted from materials such as exotic wood, aluminum and sapphire crystal. The phone comes unlocked and features a 2.2 inch QVGA display, 5 megapixel camera and video with flash, integrated GPS, web browser, email support and a music player. The Mobiado Classic is priced at $2,800 and is available now.

Enhanced e-reader gets better display contrast and lower price
Amazon has updated their large-format Kindle DX e-reader, giving it an e-ink screen with a 50 percent better contrast and bringing the price down to make it more accessible to readers. The graphite-colored e-reader comes with a 9.7 inch e-ink screen and features social networking integration, capacity to store over 3,500 digital books, an auto-rotating screen, a built-in PDF reader and completely free 3G wireless accessibility so users don't have to hook the DX up to their computer to download books.
The New Kindle DX will start shipping on July 7 for $379.

Notebooks that maximize mobile productivity
Samsung's Q-Series notebooks are made for design-conscious consumers needing high levels of productivity where ever they travel. The Q530, Q430 and Q330 combine ergonomic design with portability and performance. The Q530 is Samsung's flagship model. It comes with a 15.6" HD LED display, and is designed to meet the needs of heavy mobile users and business travelers. The Q430 has a 14 inch HD LED display and weighs in at just over 2 kg. For those who want extra mobility, the Q330 has a 13.3 inch HD LED display and is the lightest notebook in the Q Series range at 1.97kg. The Q Series will be released in July (region dependant). Pricing is yet to be announced.

A colorful netbook that runs Android and Windows OS
Acer's Aspire One D260 is somewhat of an anomaly in the netbook field for the moment, providing users with the option to boot Google's Android OS or Microsoft's Windows. The ultra-thin netbook will run for eight hours on one charge, weighs 1.25kg and has a 10.1 inch, 1024x600 LED display. Acer has made sure the Aspire One D260 stands out. The machine comes wrapped in a colorful glossy finish and has "Aspire One" plastered in big chrome letters across the back. The Acer Aspire One D260 is priced at 249€. It is available in the US and will be arriving in selected regions between July and August.

Affordable earphones with world's smallest sound driver
Multimedia brand Radiopaq has developed a new range of miniature headphones called "Dots". The colorful earpieces pack in the world's smallest sound driver (around 50 percent smaller than those found on traditional earphones) and come with noise isolation, tangle-resistant cables, a gold-plated 3.5mm stereo jack plug, and silicone ear-cushions for a comfortable fit. Dots are available from http://www.radiopaqproducts.com/ for £14.99 (€18, $23).


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