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OKwap 166 — a nice dual-range GSM phone

Sharp Digital ViewCam VL-DD10 — photo/video/TV in one

Videocards: now from Crucial as well

Intel´s toys — Intel Personal Video Player

Eight new digital devices from Hewlett-Packard

TEAC HD-6 hard disk duplicator

OKwap 166 — a nice dual-range GSM phone

OKwap, Taiwanese mobile phone maker, announced this nice dual-range GSM phone — OKwap 166.

Device specifications:

  • Network: GSM 900 / 1800 Dual GSM ; GPRS Class 8
  • Display: 4096 colors
  • Melodies: up to 52 16-tone melodies (45 downloadable, 5 — user´s)
  • Caller ID group icons
  • WAP, EMS, Multi Chatroom SMS support
  • Size (w/o antenna): 87.4x47x25x5 mm
  • Talk time: over 2.5 hours
  • Idle operation time: 50-150 hours
  • Dictionary: over 10000 words
  • Games: 12

Suggested price — $300.

Source OC Workbench.

Sharp Digital ViewCam VL-DD10 — photo/video/TV in one

Sharp announced the release (on the Japanese market) of Digital ViewCam VL-DD10 camera. It´s interesting, as it combines three devices: a digital camera, videocamera, portable TV (requires an optional TV-tuner).

VL-DD10 consists of 4 components — 10 optical zoom videocamera with a mic, digital still camera with 4.2-megapixel CCD, TV-tuner and a main base with a 3-inch LCD display. All interfaces are situated on different components — i.LINK port on the videocamera, USB (1.1) and SD Memory Card or MultiMediaCard slot — on the digital camera.

VL-DD10 main specifications. Video:

  • Format: DV
  • Media: Mini DV (60 min SP and 90 min LP with 60 min cassette)
  • 60-min cassette rewind time with wall outlet: 180 sec
  • Sensor: CCD 1/4-inch, 680000 elements (340000 effective video pixels)
  • Lens: 10 optical, F:1.8 aperture, focal length — 3.15-31.5 mm (40-400 mm in 35mm equivalent) zoom time — 2-10 sec.
  • Energy consumption: 4.2W. Battery operation time — see below
  • Speaker output power: 300 mW
  • Size: 141x84x63 mm
  • Weight: 505 g withour battery, 605 g with VR-BLN8 battery

Digital camera specifications:

  • Format: JPEG (DCF), DPOF and Exif 2.2 compliant
  • Media: SD Memory Card, MultiMedia Card
  • Sensor: CCD 1/1.8-inch or 14.1 mm with 4.2 megapixels (4 million effective)
  • Lens: 3 optical, F:2.8 aperture, 7.6-22.8 mm focal length (36-108 mm in 35mm equivalent). Minimal focus — 0.7 m in normal mode, 0.1-0.7 macro and 0.3-0.7 telephoto mode.
  • Digital zoom: 3
  • LCD screen: 3-inch, 123000 pixels
  • Sensitivity: auto, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400
  • Resolution: 2448x1632, 1824x1216, 1200x800, 720x480
  • White balance: auto, outdoor, fluorescent, incandescent
  • Shoot modes: full auto, programmed AE, shutter priority, iris priority, manual, scene adjustment (portrait, souvenir photo, landscape, night view, monochrome, illumination)
  • Timer: yes
  • Continuous shoot: 1.5 frames per sec, up to 3-shot series.
  • Photo effects: sepia, cross, soft spot
  • Size: 152x89x63 mm.
  • Weight: without battery — 560 g, with VR-BLN8 — 630 g.

VL-DD10 is expected for sale from August, 8; the price is TBA. But the price of accessories is already known. So, VR-KTD10 basic kit, including VR-BLN8 battery, charger, videocamera mic, 16MB SD card, video/audio/S-video cable, remote control, cases for main and camera components, inexpensive software on a CD and a USB cable will cost 25000 yen or $200. TV-tuner and its accessories will cost 12000 yen ($100), and VR-BLN8 additional 740 mAh battery — 8000 yen ($67).

Videocards: now from Crucial as well

Now everyone strives to produce videocards. Or rather strives to sell them under its brand. Yesterday Crucial Technology, known as a memory vendor, joined desktop graphics vendors list.

So, now you can order Crucial Radeon 8500LE 128MB, based on ATi Radeon 8500LE chip and having 128MB DDR SDRAM, naturally, from Micron.

It´s not better or worse than similar products. Crucial Radeon 8500LE has analog, DVI and S-video outs and costs $149.99 ($134.99 if ordering from company website).

Such is the latest fashion: produce memory — ready for video. Who´s next?

Intel´s toys — Intel Personal Video Player

Emerging Platforms Lab, Intel subsidiary, has launched the development of a Wi-Fi audio / video player.

The novelty from Intel will be named Personal Video Player (PVP). It will have 4" color screen (320x240 res.), Intel Xscale processor and 20GB hard disk (reference model).

The device´s supported formats will include MPEG2, MPEG4 and, perhaps, DivX. Weight will be about 340 g, price — about 400 euro, expected availability — 2003.

Eight new digital devices from Hewlett-Packard

Today Hewlett Packard announced eight new digital devices, including printers and digital cameras.

HP Photosmart 7550, 7350 and 7150 are 6- and 7-color photo printers (7-colors — only 7550), support up to 4800 dpi resolution, providing, according to the company, almost the traditional photographic quality using Premium Plus Photo paper.

HP Photosmart 7550 has 1.5" LCD previewing and editing display. Besides, HP Photosmart 7550 and 7350 can print 10x15 cm borderless images and support direct printing from CompactFlash, Secure Digital, SmartMedia, MultiMedia and Memory Stick. All three models support direct printing from HP Photosmart USB digital cameras.

The suggested price of HP Photosmart 7150 is $179, HP Photosmart 7350 — $249, of the top HP Photosmart 7550 — $399.

Small-sized HP Photosmart 130 can print 10x15 cm images and is to replace Photosmart 100. The printer supports up to 4800 dpi resolution and CompactFlash, Secure Digital, SmartMedia, MultiMedia and Sony Memory Stick flash-memory. Its suggested price is $179.

Besides, HP presented three new HP Photosmart 720, 620 and 320 digital cameras.

Photosmart 320 (about $179) is a 2-megapixel AF camera to replace Photosmart 120. It can shoot short videos (up to 14 fps). 2-megapixel Photosmart 620 ($249) can shoot videos at up to 16 fps. 3.3-megapixel Photosmart 720 ($399) is to replace HP 715, it supports image sound comments (.WAV).

HP Photosmart 720, 620 and 320 support HP Instant Share technology and are compatible with a special HP Photosmart 8881 cradle, enabling to connect the camera to a PC, a TV, or a printer, and being a charger in addition.

Photosmart 7150 printer is already available in retail, other novelties are expected within some weeks.

TEAC HD-6 hard disk duplicator

Perhaps, most readers won´t think that new TEAC HD-6 is very useful, but I guess technical support teams of companies having lots of PCs will clearly understand the idea of the offline HDD duplicator.

So, HD-6 is a PC-independent device with a built-in power supply unit, enabling to duplicate up to three copies of a master disk, connected via IDE. Just plug HDDs in, press Start and continue the work while the device is making all copies itself. At the average 20 MB/sec performance, 40GB ATA100 5200RPM master copying takes 29 min 4 sec for one, 31 min 27 sec for two, 33 min 31 sec for three copies, simultaneously.

The device supports Ultra DMA 66 and better IDE hard disks, it has 9-pin RS-232C serial interface (perhaps, to control HD-6 from a PC in the next versions). An LCD screen and LEDs indicate HD-6 operation modes.

HD-6 supports data compare (perhaps, it means the inavailability of unauthorized data copying to smaller disks; but the availability of data copying to larger disks), supports all formats, as the copying is sectorwise, according to the press-release. Moreover, the drive´s capable of duplicating multi-OS partitioned hard disks. The novelty supports Big Drive (over 137GB). The company suggests the supplied partition utility for correcting duplicated HDD partitions.

HD-6 max. power consumption is 90 W, the size is 205x249.6x80 mm, weight — 2 kg. TEAC now released this device for home market only, that´s traditional for Japanese companies. If I understood (the press-release in Japanese) right, in the near future TEAC plans to release similar HDD duplicator with a SCSI master.

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