Intel has announced its first, long-awaited smartphone in collaboration with Lenovo and Motorola. The Lenovo’s K800 phone will launch in China in the second quarter of 2012, while Motorola will wait till the regulatory approval comes in summer. With this move, Intel challenges the smartphone dominance of British company ARM, whose chips power many of the world’s most popular phones. The smartphones feature improved battery life, while also keeping standard features such as a camera of up to 16MP and rapid web browsing and graphics capabilities. Devices accept existing software. The smartphone was presented in China during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and an announcement in the Las Vegas (CES) Show voiced the agreements and strategic plan of Intel in this arena. The next generation chip is called Atom for these smartphones. Under these agreements Lenovo and Motorola will release smartphones that are based off of the Atom Chip, code names Medfield. They are claiming with the new chip-set these phones leveraging these chips will allow for up to 8 hours of work time which is pretty impressive. A lower power signature is pretty impressive and a common request from users.
I had a client here recently request a notebook that they needed to be a touchscreen for their sales people via purchase orders and presentations. We did some research and found some cool products that could fit their needs. As a consulting firm its crucial that we look at all alternatives. BVA does not always have the capability of trying out first hand all the models available but in many cases free test models are provided. The HP TouchSmart 310-1000z pushes touchscreen use to the next level. This is the fourth version of HP’s touchscreen technology. The TouchSmart 310 retails for $1,159. HP is normally pretty good about providing test models to lab with, such as HP, DELL, and Motorola. The all-in-one touchscreen desktops fourth version of the TouchSmart interface intelligently replaces the vanilla Windows 7 interface with a touch-oriented playground that finally shows normal people what you can do with touchscreens on a PC. While a base version of the TouchSmart 310 can start as low as $700, this upgraded version hits the sweet spot between savings and performance. The unit has a black plastic design with a speaker bar beneath a 16 by 9 screen and a webcam above the screen. The 310 breaks a little from tradition by providing a shelf under the screen to store the wireless keyboard. The system has a good tilt mechanism, so you can find a comfortable position while computing. The computer has a 20-inch widescreen with a 1,600-by-900 resolution. The desktop comes with a 1TB, 7,200-rpm drive, which is great for downloading. Live TV is integrated into the system’s Windows 7 Media Center software.