Spy shots of the Nokia E63 emerge

via Boy Genius Report by Kelly Hodgkins on 10/22/08

As part of the whole discussion on the leaked Nokia promotional video about a month ago, the existence of the mysterious Eseries phone, the E63, has come to light. Much of the phone still remains a mystery but we do have some new spy shots to confirm its existence and few leaked details on the handset itself courtesy of the Telefon-Tredd.de forums. This is all rumor so take it with a healthy grain of salt. The Nokia E63 is purported to come in three variants: the E63-1: for Europe, the E63-2: without a camera and more memory (?), and E63-3: for the Americas. According to a user agent profile on Nokia servers and from the spy shooter himself, the E63 will have the following specs:

  • GSM and GPRS + EDGE
  • UMTS + HSDPA
  • Display: 240 x 320 Pixel, 18bit
  • Camera: At least 2MP. No Front Camera.
  • WLAN
  • Bluetooth
  • Symbian v9.1
  • S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1
  • MIDP 2.0 and CLDC 1.1
  • Has 3.5 mm jack connector
  • Is thicker than E71
  • Has a flashlight function (which by pressing the space bar immediately activated and can be disabled)
  • No metal construction (plastic only) except Navikey and camera module
  • No side buttons
  • Left side: microSD slot and micro-USB connector (with hard plastic closure)
  • The microphone is on the lower side (not front as E71)
  • 2mm mains next to the microphone
  • Bottom right (on the corner) is an eyelet
  • Menu’s like E71, looks like FP1

So there you have it folks, the Nokia E63 as we know it today. Hit the jump for a few more spy shots.

[via Finest Fones]

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Companies Joining to Push Music on Memory Cards

via Wired: Top Stories by Associated Press on 9/22/08

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Just as vinyl once gave way to compact discs as the main physical medium for music, could CDs be replaced now by a fingernail-sized memory card? Perhaps not entirely, but SanDisk, four major record labels and retailers Best Buy and Wal-Mart Stores were expected to unveil plans Monday to sell memory cards loaded with music in the MP3 format, free of copy protections.

Wired.com

Softbank powers up Internet Machine phone on the back of Brad Pitt

via DVICE by Adario Strange on 4/15/08

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Although not as cosmetically sexy as its cousin, the Fullface, the Softbank Internet Machine 922SH is extremely hard to resist for a number of reasons, and makes waiting for the iPhone to hit Japan begin to seem silly. Simply put, this is one device that actually lives up to its name. As a 3G cell phone, the Internet Machine offers the standard set of Japan-centric features that take advantage of the high speed network such as fast Internet surfing, email, instant messaging, and a highly under-reported feature known as Video Call (yes, as in making video phone calls).

The device also includes 1Seg television broadcasts on a beautiful 3.5-inch screen, Bluetooth, a QR bar code reader, a media player and a microSD memory card port. Although it doesn’t go the touch screen route, the QWERTY keyboard is large enough and comfortable enough to seed some doubt about whether or not touch screens will indeed displace the keyboard. All this and the device even has an incredible commercial starring Brad Pitt texting away as cars fly over his head. This sweet gadget is only available in Japan, but you can check out Brad caressing its keys lovingly here.

Via Softbank

Windows Vista SP1 RC Refresh available to the public

via Engadget by Darren Murph on 1/14/08

Just as Microsoft did last month with Vista SP1 release candidate, the latest build (dubbed SP1 RC Refresh) has been loosed from its privately held shackles and is now available for the public to descend upon. According to ZDNet, Redmond decided to make this iteration publicly available “in the interest of gaining additional tester feedback.” Of note, you will likely be forced to install “two or three updates” before SP1 RC Refresh can be installed, but we know you’re quite unconcerned with all the fine print. Nevertheless, that verbiage (and the download link) is waiting below.

[Via ZDNet]

Nokia XpressMusic 5700 cell phone ready for European tour

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You can’t throw a Bluetooth earpiece without hitting a music phone these days, but Nokia’s latest multimedia phone adds something new to the field. What’s the word I’m looking for…? A turn? A spin? In any case, if you want to fire up music, video, or the 2-megapixel camera onboard the XpressMusic 5700, you just rotate the keypad. That’s quite a… um, bend? Loop-de-loop? I don’t know.

The 3G phone uses a an microSD card for storage, with a 2-GB card getting you about 1,500 songs. Possibly notable is its ability to play music protected with Windows Media Digital Rights Management (WM DRM) as well as MP3, AAC and MP4 files. “Stereo” speakers are built right in, and you get some no doubt really crappy earphones in the package, so you’ll probably be more inclined to use a pair of Bluetooth headphones (which probably aren’t included, despite some photographic clues) since, hey, you can with this baby.

The XpressMusic comes to Europe this spring and will cost 350 euros. No plans for any U.S. gigs at this time. Check out another pic of the XpressMusic after the jump.

Nokia, via Engadget

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Hands-On LG KE800

Here’s T3 hands-on preview video on the LG “Chocolate” Platinum phone, KE800. It is 9.9mm thick and it features a TFT-LCD display, 256MB of internal memory, 2.0-megapixel camera, an FM tuner, MicroSD card slot, Bluetooth w/A2DP, and a music player. Video…

[via T3]

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