Saturday, January 07, 2006

CES: New Windows mobile devices to come


In his keynote address at the 2006 International CES, Bill Gates announced new Windows powered mobile devices to show up.
These next-generation devices are going to be packed with features such as extended battery life, support for new higher-resolution displays and wide screens, direct audio/video recording, and direct connections to digital cameras.

The Toshiba S Series gigabeat Portable Media Center includes an extended battery life for movies and a 2.4-inch high-resolution screen. The S Series will come in two varieties: The 30GB gigabeat S30 will have a suggested price of US$299, and the 60GB gigabeat S60 will have suggested price of US$399 (U.S.). Both are scheduled to be available in March 2006.

The Tatung V620 Portable Media Center has a 20GB hard drive with a 3.5-inch QVGA (320x240) LCD screen for watching up to five hours of movies and television shows.

The LG Electronics PM70 Portable Media Center has a 30GB hard drive that connects directly to a television to capture favorite music or shows immediately on the QVGA widescreen.


Wednesday, January 04, 2006

iRiver G10


A new piece of hotness from iRiver is on the horizon. The G10 will have a 4-inch WVGA screen that displays at 800 by 480 resolution with 260,000 colors. Allegedly, it runs on a WinCe 5.0 operating system and comes with a 4 to 8 GB internal harddrive. And check out that design: Two D-Pads and a design that looks like it allows the screen to slide over the body of the device when not in use.
Its WiBro-wireless system is being developed by Korea Telecom. Also the depicted game is a korean game (Kart-Rider). Several bloggers hold this as a company-made mockup -- take a close look at the screenshots at aving.net: one shot features a logo on the G10, the other one doesn't. It seems questionable, if the given release-date in 2006 is really going to happen.

Upshot: when this thing will turn up in America and Europe is not sure by any means. There is also no information about the important question of affiliated game-developers. But I got the feeling the G10's sliding case is quite handy for watching movies...


Sunday, January 01, 2006

Final Fantasy on Gameboy Micro


Not brandnew, but still worth mentioning: Final Fantasy IV will be released on Gameboy. Alongside with the game going gold, there is a promotion of very nice FF IV-style-faceplates for the Gameboy Micro going on.
Square Enix's site offers a first look at a Final Fantasy GB Micro faceplate that Square Enix will be releasing. Yoshitaka Amano artwork on your Micro's face will be a reality if you can get your hands on one of these. Square Enix has yet to announce details on how the product will be offered.

Read more at IGN and at Square Enix.