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No Sony PlayStation Vita handheld this Christmas in US and Europe?

Posted in PS Vita by Reuben Drake on August 4th, 2011

Say what? Sony’s new handheld console already passed through the FCC and the rumor was that it had an October release date. But now it looks as if Santa has let us down this year.

Bloomberg is reporting that Kazuo Hirai says the Vita won’t launch in the US and Europe until early next year, but Japan is still getting the device before Christmas. We hope this is not the case. It’s like getting coal in our stockings several months early.

Sony introduces new G Series micro Hi-Fi in Europe

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2011

Sony has announced two new G Series micro Hi-Fi systems for our friends in Europe, with the CMT-G2BNiP and the CMT-G1iP. These are made of aluminum and the speakers have a nice glossy black finish.

Both models come with support for USB playback, enhanced Mp3 playback, FM Radio and DAB Radio. The only difference between the two is that the CMT-G2BNiP comes with Wi-Fi and DNLA Support. They have a nice sleek design, so you certainly won’t mind having one of these around.

Samsung Series 5 hits Europe on June 24th

Posted in Samsung by Reuben Drake on June 22nd, 2011

Samsung’s giving folks in Europe some Chromebook goodness, so if you have a taste for Chrome and are European, this is some good news. The Samsung Series 5 will hit Europe this Friday for €399 (or £349) for the Wi-Fi model and €449 (or £399) for the 3G version.

The Chrome OS laptop will be available in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and Italy for now with other countries getting it over the next few months. Are you getting one?

Motorola XOOM gets Android 3.1 update in Europe

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2011

If you own a Motorola Xoom and live in Europe, you can now download the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update.Looks like the SD memory card slot on the XOOM is finally sorted out as well. According to Motorola, the update will be coming over the next several weeks and that the functionality will vary by region.

So if you are in Europe and have a Xoom, you must be pretty excited right about now. Motorola really didn’t say much else about the update, so other improvements may be less useful than the Sd card slot.

Sony VAIO Z21 ultralight arrives early in Europe

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on June 5th, 2011

Four store listings at Italian online shop F2F have leaked Sony’s plans for an upgraded VAIO Z in Europe. All of them will feature Sandy Bridge Core processors, very fast SSD storage, fingerprint readers, and built-in 3G. Sounds good and the HDMI has also been upgraded to put out 3D video, but that’s not all. The webcam uses the low-light Exmor sensor technology.

The base system will cost you $2,648 equivalent price but with a 2.3GHz Core i5, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD mated to the Z series’ signature 13.1-inch, 1600×900 display. Of course once you get up to 2.7GHz Core i7 and 256GB SSDs it gets much more expensive at $3,584.

LG Optimus Black hits Europe this month

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on May 8th, 2011

LG had already said that we can expect the ultra-slim Optimus Black handset globally in the first half of this year, and keeping to their word, at least one continent will be getting the device during that time period. The 9.2mm thin smartphone with it’s 700 nit NOVA display will hit Europe this month.

North America and Asia will come sometime after, we just don’t know when. Looks like LG will be introducing white and pink versions of the phone in June as well. What do you think? Are you waiting for this one?

LG LW4500 3D Cinema TV Series Now Available In Korea And Europe

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2011

LG has launched the LG LW4500 3D cinema TV series in South Korea and Europe. These LCD TVs offer brighter, sharper images at any angle. The lightweight and affordable glasses are battery free and certified flicker-free and come in a variety of colors and styles. Not that that helps much. No one likes to wear 3D glasses.

Other features of the LG LW4500 3D cinema TV series include a 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio and DivX Plus HD support. It’s compatible with most multimedia files including MKV, AVI, TS, MP4, WMV HD, WMA, MP3 and AVCHD. The 32-inch LG LW4500 retails for 799 Euros ($1,136) and the 55-inch model retails for 1,899 Euros ($2,700).

HTC Flyer hitting Europe on May 9

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2011

The highly anticipated HTC Flyer tablet will hit European stores on May 9. That solves the question of when it will arrive in the Uk, but we still don’t know when the seven-inch Android device will be upgraded from Android 2.4 to Android 3.0 which is tablet-optimized and used by competing devices.

What about pricing? Well, earlier leaks for the UK had the unlocked 3G, 32GB version at £600 ($982). In Germany, the same device costs about the same at 669 Euros ($904).

Acer Iconia Tab W500 and A500 Tablets to launch in Europe on April 8th

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2011

Acer will be launching two of their latest tablets, the Iconia Tab W500 and the Iconia Tab A500 in Europe on April 8th. Both tablets start at around 449 GBP (or $720). To refresh your memory, the Iconia Tab W500 features a 10.1-inch display, a 1GHz AMD C-50 processor, an AMD Radeon HD 6250 graphics card, up to 2GB RAM, 32GB of storage, a 1.3-megapixel camera, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, an HDMI port, a 3-cell battery and runs Windows 7.

The Iconia Tab A500 features a 10.1-inch display, an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, dual cameras, 1GB RAM, 16/32GB of storage, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, an HDMI port and Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Your wait is nearly over.

Sony NGP to arrive in Europe on November 11th?

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on March 11th, 2011

Sony’s Jack Tretton said that the company intended to launch their Next Generation Portable in “at least one territory” by the end of 2011, and now we might have the answer as to which one. Reports indicate that the quad-core, OLED packing handheld may arrive in Europe first on November 11th.

If this is true, it would be a fitting date, 11/11/11. The anonymous sources say that “development deadlines have been set to ensure key Western releases are finished before the end of the summer for deployment in the autumn.” anyway, it gives all of us some time to save up our money.

Court rules in Sony’s favor against LG, PS3 is welcomed back to Europe

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2011

There won’t be a widespread PlayStation 3 shortage in Europe after all. Thank the gaming gods! You can also thank the Hague’s civil court of justice, who has just ruled in Sony’s favor in its dispute with LG, and ordered that the 300,000 PS3s that are currently seized by customs be released to Sony for distribution.

Apparently LG has also been ordered to pay €130,000 in legal fees. If the company doesn’t comply, it will face a fine of €200,000 per day until it does. It’s a win for Sony all around, but you can bet LG isn’t done with them yet.

European customs ordered to seize PlayStation shipments

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

You might recall that Sony and LG have been at each other’s throats lately. It involves allegations of patent infringement. Now Sony has a major setback in Europe because of this. The civil court of justice in the Hague has just granted LG a preliminary injunction that will have all new PlayStation 3s imported into Europe confiscated by customs for at least ten days.

Bad news for European gamers who just imported a console for sure. They are already being stockpiled in warehouses and the injunction could be extended even further. That would lead to a shortage of PS3s on store shelves. Right now retailers generally have two to three weeks worth of stock on hand.

Acer Iconia Tab W500 Tablet available for pre order in Europe

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on February 27th, 2011

The new Acer Iconia Tab W500 Windows-based tablet is available for pre-order in Europe through several German stores for 499 Euro (or about $686). Seems a bit pricey to me, but then again I’m not a fancy European.

The Iconia Tab W500 features a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 touchscreen display, a 1GHz AMD C-50 APU processor, an AMD Radeon HD 6250 graphics card, up to 2GB RAM, a 32GB SSD, a 1.3-megapixel camera, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, an HDMI port, a 3-cell battery and it runs Windows 7 Home Premium OS.

Nokia’s bicycle cellphone charger now €30 in Europe

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on February 2nd, 2011

Nokia’s bike-powered cellphone charger was supposed to arrive by the end of 2010 for about €15. Now the company is ready and is charging €30 to European bicyclists, which is twice as expensive as anticipated. The kit comes with a Nokia charger, phone holder, and bottle dynamo.

The charger also sports a 2-mm charger interface and provides 28 minutes of talk time for every 10 minutes spent riding between 6kph (4mph) and 50kph (31mph). Europeans can pick one up from Nokia’s online store. The rest of us will have to wait.

Visa begins iPhone ‘iWallet’ payment tests in Europe

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2011

We still need to carry around our credit cards in our wallets, so why not turn your handset into an e-wallet? Might as well. That’s what Visa Europe has in mind with the first commercial deployment of its iPhone payments App.

NFC-capable iPhones should be on their way later this year and the AAPL intends to look into ways for merchants to obtain a cheap and easy set-up for payment kiosks so that mobile payments can be easily handled with the proper infrastructure in place. This iPhone payment system requires users to use an add-on device before making a payment, but the iPhone 5 may have a built-in e-wallet if the rumors turn out to be true.