The Panasonic RB3 series also uses the company’s 120fps IPS Panel and a new ECO mode, which is handy to reduce your TV power consumption up to 28%. That will save you some money. Sadly we don’t have any info on pricing right now.
Green-House has a trio of new external SSDs arriving by the end of the month. Arriving in Japan anyway. These drives come in three sizes, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB and you can expect USB 3.0 connectivity along with a 220MB/s read speed and 180MB/s write speed.
Those of you with USB 3.0 ports will feel the need for speed as you transfer files much faster. They cost the equivalent of $339, $503 and $997. Speed kills…the wallet.
Sony’s troubles still continue. The Japanese government is giving Sony a hard time over the PSN outage still, two months after. They still have not allowed Sony to bring PSN back online until they have certain assurances. These are assurances that the Japanese government has been requesting since May and Sony isn’t giving them a time frame for their implementation.
They simply want preventative measures and Sony isn’t cooperating or communicating. Sony needs to be bending over backwards to win people over once again, so this is pretty stupid on their part.
Eizo is getting ready to release the DuraVision FDH3601 in Japan. This 36.4-inch monitor packs in a 4K2K resolution (4,096 x 2,160), two DVI-D ports, two DisplayPort inputs, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, a 700cd/m2 brightness level and an 8ms response time.
Those are some great specs. And with great specs comes a not so great price. The Eizo DuraVision FDH3601 will be available in September 2011 for 2,880,000 Yen or about $35,871.
Toshiba has announced a new addition to its REGZA TV line. The 19P2 is a 19″ LCD TV (1366 x 768), with a very interesting feature. It has a removable internal battery that will give you 5 hours of continuous entertainment. That’s great if you lose power and want to keep watching.
Extra batteries will cost you $86 each. Other features include a 1Seg Digital TV Tuner, an HDMI port and D4 Japanese input. You can expect it this summer in Japan.
Sony is launching a pair of new portable DVD players in Japan. The 9-inch DVP-FX970 and 7-inch DVP-FX750 both feature a 12Bit 108MHz Video D/A converter and 96kHz 24Bit Audio D/A converter. Both also support MP3 and JPEG files, which are stored on CD.
The Sony DVP-FX970 also has a 180 degree swivel display. The Sony DVP-FX970 and DVP-FX750 will be launched in July for 30,000 ($374) and 20,000 Yen ($248).
A million in Japanese sales is pretty awesome, but even Satoru Iwata admits that the 3DS isn’t doing quite as well as they had hoped. It took a little while but Nintendo’s 3DS handheld hit the million mark after 13 weeks, which is a long time compared to the original dual-screen handheld, which accomplished this in four.
In comparison, the PSP sold its first million in about seven weeks. The 3DS could still hit the top spot, but remember, the PlayStation Vita is coming. They should be scared.
Nintendo has something new to add to it’s 3DS lineup. A new ‘Red Flare’ handheld that will hit Japan next month. This red 3DS will retail for ¥25,000 (about $312) when it hits Japanese stores on July 14th.
The company is also planning a new Wii bundle on June 23rd, which will have two Wii Remote Plus controllers (one in black or white, one in blue) with Wii Sports Resort software, for ¥20,000 (around $250). We don’t know if these will be coming our way anytime soon.
Sony Japan has unveiled the updated PS3 HDD 320GB Recorder Pack which consists of a 320GB Sony PS3 console and a TORNE digital terrestrial tuner and application. This bundle pack will hit retail shelves again on June 30th for US$480.
You also get one wireless controller, Power cord, AV cable and USB cable. The company has also unveiled the PS3-compatible Bluetooth keyboard with a dedicated PS3 button for all the syncing functions. It also features HID Bluetooth profile support and can be used for surfing the web. It will be available starting June 30th for 5000 yen or about US$63.
Both the 26-inch and 32-inch models feature an HD resolution (1366×768), while the 40-inch model has a Full HD resolution (1080p). It is available in 26-inch, 32-inch and 40-inch models. The Sharp LED AQUOS R5 Series will cost you 120,000 Yen ($1,499), 140,000 Yen ($1,749) and 180,000 Yen ($2,248).
Japanese PS3 buyers have another special-edition console to buy. The “Tales of Xillia X Edition” PS3 system is a Charcoal Black PS3 color with metallic red and gold artwork that shows the characters Jude and Milla, along with the PS3 logo of course. It looks pretty awesome.
The 160GB system will hit Japan on September 8, bundled with a copy of Tales of Xillia for ¥37,980 (or $470). Don’t expect to find this one in American though. However you could always import it if you want one.
It is available in a non-glare model and this new IPS monitor features an 8000:1 contrast ratio, a 250cd/m2 brightness level and Mitsubishi’s enhanced ECO professional mode for better power optimization. We don’t have any info on pricing just yet though.
As Sony is busy getting PSN back in place in America, they still have all kinds of other problems thanks to the outage. Their latest problem comes from Japan. Apparently the Japanese government refuses to allow Sony to reactivate its network until they are satisfied it is safe.
Japan has two issues. The first is that the company’s promised counter-hacking measures, which were announced on May 1st, have not yet been fully enacted. The second is that Japan wants to see even more preventive measures taken to ensure that users’ credit card numbers and other private data will be safe.
We were already excited about the NEC MEDIAS N-06C last month, but now that we see just how thin this thing is, we may end up shaving with it too. The device will arrive in June or July and it is also waterproof for those days at the beach.
This 7.9mm-thick Android 2.3 phone features a 4-inch 854 x 480 LCD, a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255, 512MB RAM, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, and microSDHC expansion. It looks pretty sexy.
The FX166 comes equipped with not only a DVD/Blu-Ray video player with 3D support, but also DLNA support, an FM radio and the always appreciated alarm clock. This music player is also compatible with your iPod touch and iPhone.