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Top new tech products: BlackBerry smartphones, Eee Pad Transformer Prime
High-tech product releases announced the week ending November 16 include updated BlackBerry Bold and Curve smartphones, the HP Folio 13 Ultrabook, the Eee Pad Transformer Prime, and the Casio G’zOne Ravine 2 rugged phone.
BlackBerry Bold loses weight, adds NFC
RIM’s BlackBerry Bold 9790 has been given a curvier makeover with an updated QWERTY keyboard and a thinner profile. It will replace the year-old BlackBerry Bold 9780, and offer NFC support, a 5MP auto-focus camera, voice-activated Universal Search, Documents to Go for mobile, and run on RIM’s latest operating system. No price has been announced but the device is tipped to start shipping by the end of November.

First BlackBerry Curve to ditch the keyboard

The Curve 9380 is the first device in RIM’s Curve range to feature a large touch screen (and no QWERTY keyboard). The lower-end smartphone sports a 3.2” (360 x 480) capacitive touch display, a 5MP camera and support for NFC and Augmented Reality. It offers social networking-enhanced features such as the Social Feeds application, BBM Music and BlackBerry Messenger and will soon enable users to wirelessly pay for goods and services using MarsterCard PayPass. Pricing has yet to be disclosed. The Curve 9380 will start shipping in the next few weeks.

An Ultrabook that stays powered up for 9 hours

HP’s first business Ultrabook, the HP Folio 13, claims to provide users with up to nine hours of battery life -- an industry best. The thin and light laptop measures 18mm thin and features a slim 13.3” HD BrightView display. Inside there is a 1.4GHz Core i3 processor, Rapid Start Technology for faster start-up times, a backlit keyboard, an HP TrueVision HD Webcam, 128GB of storage and a built-in security chip for data protection. The Folio 13 will be available on December 7 for $899.99.

World’s first Android tablet with a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor
The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime is the first tablet to feature Nvidia’s powerful Tegra 3 quad-core processor. It’s ASUS’s second Transformer tablet; a 10" tablet-notebook hybrid that takes design cues from the company’s Zenbook line of ultra-slim laptops. The device is loaded with a battery that provides up to 12 hours of use (18 hours when combined with the optional mobile dock), USB and mini-HDMI ports, an 8MP rear auto-focus camera, and full 1080p video playback. It has a slim profile of just 8.3mm and runs on Google’s Android operating system. The Eee Pad Transformer Prime will be available from December. Pricing starts from $499 for the 32GB version. The optional mobile dock will cost $149.

A rugged phone that can take a swim or a rough drive through the mud

The Casio G’zOne Ravine 2 is a tough phone built to military standards so you can take it for a swim, drop it in the dirt, or go climbing snowcapped mountains. It features push-to-talk two-way communication, a VZ Navigator with turn-by-turn directions, a web browser, a 3.2MP autofocus camera and a 1.38” color display. The Casio G’zOne Ravine 2 will go on sale on November 17 for $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract.

Via: news.yahoo.com
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