HP Unveils $599 Chromebook x2 with Detachable Keyboard

HP unveils the Chromebook X2, its iPad Pro challenger.

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The Palo Alto-based company just launched their first Chromebook detachable. Dubbed the Chromebook x2, it is technically a tablet with a keyboard dock and a stylus support.

The HP Chromebook has a 12.3-inch screen and a 2400×1600 resolution IPS display. The device ships with the HP Active Pen HP Active Pen for sketching, blending, and writing capabilities. The keyboard dock includes a full-sized keyboard, a Bang and Olufsen speaker system and a trackpad.

HP latest offering runs on a Core m3 processor with 4 or 8gb RAM, and a 32GB expandable storage (up to 64GB). It comes with a 5-megapixel front camera and 13-megapixel back camera.

All these specifications, along with access to the Google Play Store, aim to attract users with a high-performing device but is also flexible for entertainment use.

For connectivity, the Chromebook x2 has two USB-C ports, a microSD card slot and a headphone jack. The device has an estimated 10.5 hours of battery life.

It seems that more and more companies are turning to the Google’s OS-run devices. Two weeks ago, Acer also unveiled their tablet running Chrome OS.

The HP Chromebook x2 has a price tag of $599 and will be available on June 10.


Verizon’s Droid available next week

The much-anticipated challenger of the iPhone is set to be available on the market on November 6 for $199.99 after a rebate with a two-year contract with Verizon.

Although very much different from the iPhone in terms of appearance – it’s thicker and lacks iPhone’s curves, the Droid is shaking up a storm in the smartphone arena.

Along with its virtual keyboard with tactile feedback, the Droid also features a full slide-out keyboard. It also features a 5-megapixal camera, a tiny flash and a voice-activated search that brings up both contacts and location-based Google search results (pretty cool huh?).  Motorola also claims a 6.4-hour talk time on a single battery charge – longer than the iPhone’s five hours.

The Droid will run on Google’s Android 2.0, the latest version of the system. The search giant also introduced in this smartphone its new mapping software that that calls out turn-by-turn directions while providing a variety of visual guides.

Throwing its largest marketing campaign ever behind the Droid, Verizon is indeed serious in challenging the iPhone and AT&T’s position in the smartphone market.

“Apple revolutionized the industry,” and the smart phone industry needed time to collect itself and figure out its next move, John Stratton, Verizon’s chief marketing officer, said at a launch event in New York.

Source: http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20091028/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_verizon_droid_phone

Pricing and release date for Motorola Cliq

Credit: Motorola

Finally, mobile phone maker Motorola gave out pricing and availability details on their first ever Google Android Smartphone.

The Motorola Cliq will be available both online and T-Mobile stores starting November 2. And the price? Its $199.99 – slightly higher in number than its rival, the HTC Hero which is sold of $179.99.  The Cliq comes with a two-year contract and qualifying voice and data plan.

For those who can’t wait for November 2 to come, presales for the Cliq will start on October 19 until November 1.  The devices will be shipped as orders are received.

For those who aren’t familiar with the Motorola Cliq yet, this device features a 3.1-inch touchscreen, a full slideout QWERTY keyboard, and an autofocus 5-megapixal camera.

It runs Android 1.5 (Cupcake), and features quadband  GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA at 900/1700/2100 MHz. It also has Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, an e-compass, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor.

So now that pricing and availability of the smartphone has been release, are you gonna one?

Source: http://www.cnet.com/8301-19736_1-10363571-251.html

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