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We’ve already seen LG G-Slate tablet at CES but hardly any additional information was available. In the past week there were numerous rumors, leaked videos and pictures about LG’s first tablet, but LG kept it all secret, neither confirming nor denying them, until now. The day when Google will present Android 3.0 Honeycomb is probably the best time to present this little piece of beauty. Probably the most interesting, unusual and exciting things about it – its ability to record and play 3D video. It seems like LG are on 3D wave, presenting the first 3D mobile phone for 14th February.

LG G-Slate will most likely be one of the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets out on the market, as it is expected to be available starting from March this year. The tablet will also support (as already mentioned) playback and recording of 3D video, 4G connectivity, a 8.9-inch screen, support for 1080p HD video playback, one 5MP camera at the back with LED flash and a 2MP one in the front, a whole 32GB internal storage (pretty enough for a lot of music and pictures and some videos) and last but not least – the gaining popularity NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor.

Additional features like WiFi, HDMI, light and orientation sensors are also available. But unfortunately, one of the most important things was not announced by LG – the expected price of G-Slate. But with all those powerful tablets that are about to hit the markets in the upcoming several months, I’m pretty sure that the prices won’t be that much high.

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After numerous rumors and leaks around the web about the upcoming Acer’s Android powered handset Liquid Metal (it’s a pretty cool name, it’s a pity the hardware is not as cool). But now Acer have officially presented the phone, announcing that it will hit the market shelves in November for a price of 299 pounds in the UK.

The device itself has a 3.6-inch (a bit unusual size) capacitive touchscreen, an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor, support for WiFi 802.11 b/g/n networks, a 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash, capable of recording a 720p HD video. The user interface on top of Android is Breeze UI. It offers applications like SocialJogger, which combines your Facebook and Twitter profiles together, which has become something common nowadays. A good thing for music lovers is that you have the ability to play your songs with EQ profiles and Dynamic Bass Boost.

An interesting thing is that the Applications’ drawer and notification bar are combined into one item at the bottom part of the screen. An interesting solution, making us wonder how the notifications would be handled, but let’s hope that soon there will be hands-on video from Acer.

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The wait is over and the first Google TV was finally announced by Sony, presenting their 46-inch GT1 Sony Internet TV. This is the first TV ever in the world, that is capable of playing HDTV, install and run applications on it and browse the web, thus making it not just a TV but something between a TV and a computer. The device will be selling for a price of 1399$, which is about 500$ cheaper than it was initially reported.

The Sony Google TV will be available in four sizes – 24”, 32”, 40” and 46”, prices respectively at 599$, 799$, 999$ and 1399$. The main features of the first Google TV are:

  • Built in Google TV
  • Four HDMI and four USB input ports
  • Intel Atom processor
  • Access to the Android Market in the early 2011
  • Full HD 1080p LED display, with an exception of the smallest 24” display which will feature a regular CCFL backlit LCD panel.
  • Picture-in-picture style system, called by Sony Dual View, making it possible to browse the web and watch TV at the same time

An interesting addition is the RF QWERTY keypad remote with integrated optical mouse. It’s like a small computer keyboard, mouse and a remote control all in one, making the browsing in internet and Android market much easier. All the four TVs will be available in the Sony Style store this weekend and they are expected to show up at Best Buy stores starting from October 24.

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Everyone knows the old myTouch 3G and its specifications, putting it in the mid class. So hearing that a new device with the same name will come up, being announced as the new T-Mobile’s flagman sounds a bit strange and surprising to everyone. But if the leaked specifications are true, the new myTouch may be really worth it.

The sheet confirms the already known specifications – 3.8-inch WVGA display, front-facing camera for video calling, 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor and support of Quad-band GMS networks and Dual-band UMTS/HSPA+. Other interesting features include the last-week announced Wi-Fi calling and preinstalled applications like Monopoly, Rock Band, Asphalt 5, Google voice search, Google Maps, Youtube, Picasa.  MyTouch will be able to capture, share and broadcast 720p HD video and pre-installed Swype for faster and easier text input.

But the most interesting and unexpected feature that will be available on myTouch is the T-Mobile TV. There is not much information about this service on the net, but the leaked sheet tells us that myTouch users will be able to watch live TV as well as on-demand video, watch for free ABC News Now, Fox Sports, PBS Kids, Disney, and Univision, family holiday movie favorites (it’s not clear if this will be free or paid service) and even more. Let’s wait for myTouch to hit the markets and see what is this T-Mobile TV all about.

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