RIM: BlackBerry PlayBook

Its official – BlackBerry will soon be available in the form of tablet. The company behind the brand, Research In Motion (RIM) has just launched the so-called “professional-grade” BlackBerry PlayBook tablet just mere hours ago at the currently on-going BlackBerry DEVCON 2010. RIM also announced the BlackBerry Tablet OS, a totally new operating system to go with it.

Fondly referred by many as the “BlackPad” before its launch, the 7-inch capacitive touch screen device with WSVGA 1024×600 resolution is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor together with a 1GB RAM. It comes with two HD cameras – 3 megapixels front facing and 5 megapixels rear facing – and supports both 1080p HD video recording and playback. As far as connectivity goes, it is equipped with 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, while physically, there are also microHDMI and microUSB ports.

As for the new BlackBerry Tablet OS, RIM stated that it is fully POSIX compliant and supports OpenGL for 2D and 3D graphics application such as gaming. The OS also fully support Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, HTML5 and Java, making it pretty web friendly as well as attractive to developers and content creators. Well, that’s pretty much about it for now as RIM is going to keep the rest of the features and specifications until further notice.

To be available in 3G and 4G models, the device is expected to be out in US in early 2011 while the rest of the world will start to receive it sometime in Q2 of 2011. Check out two more product shots after the jump and to find out more, head on to www.blackberry.com/playbook

[Source: Blackberry Blog]


Sigma SD1

The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the new SIGMA SD1 Digital SLR Camera, incorporating a 46 megapixel (4,800×3,200×3 layers) 24×16mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor.

The SIGMA SD1 is Sigma’s flagship digital SLR model, adopting a lightweight yet solid magnesium alloy for its body and O-ring sealing connections to make a weather-resistant design throughout for use in harsh conditions.

The SIGMA SD1 incorporates a 24×16mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor and dual “TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) II ”image processing engines. The combination of the 46 megapixel (4,800×3,200×3 layers) sensor and dual TRUE II processing engines ensure the high resolution images are processed quickly with high definition and a smooth and subtle graduation of color.

The SD1 is SIGMA’s latest digital SLR camera which meets high requirements of professional and enthusiast photographers for all types of photography.

[Source: Sigma SD1]

Panasonic Lumix GH2

The GH2 has yet another ace up it’s sleeve in the form of a refined image processing engine and sensor, allowing the GH2 to take 3D photos with the 3D lens we posted about a few months back. With the new 3D lens, the H-FT102, stereo images from both the left and right lens are processed with the 3D imaging system and are viewable on a 3D ready Viera television.

The other 2 lenses Panasonic are launching are the 14mm f2.5 which has that title of the lightest single focal length lens in the Lumix G series, and the Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f4-5.6 for the aspiring sports photographer or all around perv.

The 3 lenses will retail at $249.95 (RM772) for the 3D lens, US$399.95 (RM1240) for the 14/2.5 and US$599.95 (RM1860) for the 100-300mm super telephoto.

The GH2 will ship in early December with a price of US$899.95 (RM2790) body only, US$999.95 (RM3100) for the 14-42mm bundle and US$1499.95 (RM4651) for the 14-140mm bundle.

[Source: Panasonic Lumix]

Kingston USB 3.0 Flash Drives

Available in 16GB (RM230), 32GB (RM345) and 64GB (RM620) capacities, the new Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 flash drive boasts read speeds of 80MB/sec and write speeds of 60MB/sec, more than double the speed of USB 2.0.

The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 flash drive is available now via authorized Kingston dealers like Amble Action Sdn Bhd (03-76653939), Convergent Distribution (03-21441881) and Ingram Micro (03-79528188).

Garmin ASUS A10

Powered by Android 2.1, the A10 is Garmin-Asus’ first foray into the Android platform and from what we’ve seen so far, they’ve done a pretty good job at it too. A 3.2-inch LCD screen, a single row of touch sensitive buttons, and sweet a 5MP autofocus camera were some of the first things we noticed about the A10. Pretty standard stuff so far, but since this IS a Garmin-Asus device, you know that all the good stuff really resides on the inside.

[Source: GarminAsus]

Sony Ericsson Vivaz

The Sony Ericsson Vivaz and Vivaz Pro were recently launched in Malaysia and feature HD video shooting capabilities with direct uploading to YouTube, as well as a throng of entertainment centric functionalities. The Sony Ericsson Vivaz retails at RM1199, while the Vivaz Pro retails at RM1359.

[Source: Sony Ericsson, GSMARENA]

Canon PowerShot G12

The big news here is the addition of 720p HD video, which patches up one of the biggest omissions from the G11, but just keeps par with Nikon’s offering — a proper 1080p mode here would have made this decision pretty easy.

The Canon G12 will be available in the US from early October with a RRP of US$499 (RM1550).

[Source: Canon]