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.
Samsung has to be very happy about sales of their new Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone in Europe and other countries. They have already sold more than 3 million S II handsets, but in the US, Samsung still hasn’t released it.
Now it looks like we may have a firm launch date. According to the president of Samsung mobile, Shin Jong-Kyun, the Galaxy S II will arrive in the US in August, but we still don’t know an exact date. To refresh your memory, the Samsung Galaxy S II features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, and also comes with a dual core 1.2GHz processor, 16GB of built in storage and a microSD card slot.
Sony Optiarc America has announced the DRX-S90U dual USB bus-powered external DVD burner for the U.S. It can burn dual-layer DVD+R at 8x speeds, regular DVD+R and RW media at 6x and CD-R and RW at 24x speeds.
Just be aware that it requires two USB 2.0 ports to power the burning speeds. The device is compatible with both Windows (XP or higher) and Mac operating systems. You also get the Nero 10 CD/DVD burning application with your purchase. The Sony DRX-S90U slim portable DVD/CD writer is $69.99.
Toshiba has introduced its first all-in-one PC for the US. The DX1215 is intended as a media hub with a 21.5-inch, 1080p touchscreen, Onkyo speakers and Waves MaxxAudio processing. There’s also Toshiba’s TV-focused video upscaling engine and a new Sleep & Music feature that lets users play music from the speakers through another source even if the machine is off.
Toshiba expects systems to have Core i5 and i7 processors, a 1TB hard drive, a DVD burner and a pair of USB 3.0 ports and four 2.0 ports. Some versions will have a TV tuner. these will be exclusive to Best Buy and they ship on July 3.
Both camcorders shoot 1080p video and 16 megapixel stills. The pistol-shaped P100 adds 5X optical zoom, which is not common for a pocket cam. The P100 is available now for $180 and the Flip-inspired B10 can be had for $120. Any takers?
If you have been waiting for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, you won’t have much longer to wait. We also now have a price. The 10.1-inch Transformer with its 1280 x 800 IPS panel and 16GB of storage will cost you $399. The 32GB version will cost you $499.
The docking station that almost turns it into a laptop is $150. The device is expected on Tuesday, April 26th. If you already have your money saved, then all you need to do is wait.
Nintendo is counting piles and piles of 3D cash. Without glasses of course. The company has issued a press release claiming that “U.S. day-one sales numbers for Nintendo 3DS were the highest of any Nintendo hand-held system in our history.” To clarify, that’s unit sales.
We don’t have exact numbers, but the big N says that more information will be available when the NPD releases its report on the first-week sales. So it looks like the $250 price point might have been right on target and plenty of fans opened their wallets wide.
We finally have the US launch details of the Nintendo 3DS. The price is $249.99 and the release date is March 27, while Europeans will get it on March 25. Nintendo says that “30+” games will be available in the US during the launch, with more than 25 in Europe.
Europeans will have some exclusive 3D video content like sports footage and episodes of Shaun the Sheep. Not sure if we are getting anything exclusive or not. We will know soon enough.
Facebook has now taken top slot away from Google as America’s most-visited website in 2010, according to a new report from Experian Hitwise. Three other variations of Facebook made it into the top 10 as well: “facebook login” at #2, “facebook.com” at #6 and “www.facebook.com” at #9.
The news gets even better for the company. Facebook was also the top search term among U.S. Internet users for the second year in a row with the search term “facebook” accounting for 2.11% of all searches.
You’ve been waiting for Hulu Plus for your PS3 and sure enough, now any US PlayStation Network member stream Hulu’s premium service. You no longer have to be a paying member of Sony’s PlayStation Plus club to qualify.
If you like what the $9.99 TV streaming service is offering, then you had better get streaming. Those across the pond will just have to wait. Luckily for all of us the PS3 does a lot.
Awhile back, Samsung announced that it had sold 5 million Galaxy S phones globally and 2 million of those were from the US. Now Samsung USA’s Paul Golden has confirmed that the company has sold more than 3 million Galaxy S units in the US and about 7 million globally.
According to Paul, there is a high demand for all of the Galaxy S devices, but the shortage of Super AMOLED displays is causing some supply issues. Either way these are impressive stats and if you have a Galaxy S phone, they thank you for your purchase.
The HTC Wildfire has been launched in Europe and Asia in the first half of this year and now HTC has announced that it will be landing on American regional carriers before the end of 2010. No mention of which carrier will be offering the phone, but considering that regional carriers were mentioned, it could be MetroPCS, Cricket, US Cellular, Cellular South and similar.
Nothing on pricing yet, but the phone will generally cost you about $300 without a contract. It runs Android 2.1, but an update to Froyo should be released later this year by HTC. The smartphone also features a 3.2 inch QVGA (240 x 320) multi-touch capacitive display, Wi-Fi, GPS, stereo Bluetooth, 3.5mm headset jack, 5MP autofocus camera with LED flash, and MicroSD card support.
We knew it was coming. Sure enough Sony just cut ¥10k off the price of the PSP Go in Japan. That price is effective on Tuesday. That brings the price down to ¥16,800 or about $200.
That’s a much better price point which Sony has been toying with in the US for awhile. You can find it right now for a $199 listing on Amazon and Gamestop.
Netflix has quietly made streaming-only plans a reality in the US. The odd part is that depending on which computer and web browser you use, you’ll see a different result. For instance according to Engadget, a Windows desktop running Chrome was invited to sign up for the same $7.99 disc-less plan as Canadian customers enjoy, while Firefox asked for $8.99 for the same, and in both cases it would cost $9.99 in total if you want physical discs as well.
It all adds up to this. You may get a $1 discount if you only use the company’s online service now, but if you like DVDs delivered to your door you may find yourself paying for those who don’t.
Sony’s PlayStation Move motion controller is definitely moving across Europe. Sony Europe’s Andrew House noted “very significant sales” for the Move, saying that it has sold “somewhere in the region of 1.5 million units for the new controller across just Europe.” Sales have exceeded Sony’s original hopes, so it looks like the company will likely increase production of the peripheral.
Sales may not be as great in America, however. In a report released to the media, Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter estimated that the motion controller sold roughly 300,000 units in its US debut. That includes Move console bundles; though SCEA has not released official sales figures yet.