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Toshiba Australia announce the Chromebook 2 for Australia

Toshiba Australia announce the Chromebook 2 for Australia

Toshiba announced their second Chromebook, creatively named the Chromebook 2 at IFA this week, offering a few hardware updates to their 13.3″ screen form factor. Today, Toshiba Australia has announced that they will be bringing the Chromebook 2 to Australia. Toshiba Australia have advised that the Chromebook 2 – CB30(PLM02A-007001) – will be arriving in Australia this October with a retail price of $499. Unfortunately, the Chromebook 2 coming to Australia will not be the 1080P resolution version, it will in fact be the lower specced 1366×768 resolution model. It will however carry the updated Intel Celeron N2830 Dual-Core processor.[Read More...]

by 5:48 PM on September 4, 2014 11 comments Chromebook, Manufacturer
Good Deal: Get an LG Qi wireless charging stand for just over $40 shipped

Good Deal: Get an LG Qi wireless charging stand for just over $40 shipped

Ausdroid reader @metaeaux sends word of a good deal on LG’s Qi Wireless Charger (model WCD-100) that was given away by Optus with G3 preorders, shipped from Korea. You can buy the charger from Ebay seller thekoreaseller – said to be in Korea, amazingly – for US $40 (about AU $43) with free international economy shipping – this is supposed to take 2-3 weeks, although this order arrived in under a week. The listing says the charger is compatible with LG G3 models D851 D850 and D855 (the Australian model). It’s also compatible with the Nexus 5 and probably other[Read More...]

by 5:07 PM on September 4, 2014 0 comments Accessories, Deal
Lenovo announces 8-inch Tablet in the lead up to IFA 2014

Lenovo announces 8-inch Tablet in the lead up to IFA 2014

Lenovo have jumped the gun a bit on IFA 2014 by announcing the Tab S8 8-inch tablet with an Intel processor with a suggested retail price of $199USD. This tablet is the company’s only Android addition in Berlin but based on the specs, it may be worth a look at if and when it makes its way to Australia. The tablet features an 8-inch Full HD (1920 x 1200) screen 16:10 ratio IPS panel with an Intel SoC (Z3745) quad core processor @ 1.86Ghz with 2GB of RAM. The base model will come with 16GB of storage but unfortunately it[Read More...]

by 5:39 AM on September 4, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, News, Tablets
Galaxy Note Edge rumoured for launch in Australia on all three major carriers

Galaxy Note Edge rumoured for launch in Australia on all three major carriers

The curved edge display of the Galaxy Note Edge, was one of the surprise and most interesting announcements from IFA last night. Samsung Australia has already confirmed that the Note Edge will launch here in Australia later this year, and a new leak shows that it will most likely head to all three major Australian carriers. SamMobile has obtained, and released a list of Galaxy Note Edge model numbers, which Samsung are testing. The list includes the model #, as well as the carrier that device could eventually be destined for. The list includes a model for all three of[Read More...]

by 5:26 AM on September 4, 2014 9 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact coming to Australia later this year

Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact coming to Australia later this year

Tonights announcement of the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact showed off a pair of devices which are both stylish and have some great features like IP65/68 water and dust resistance, as well as PS4 remote play. The good news is that the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact will be arriving in Australia later this year. The Xperia Z3 will arrive on all four national carriers – Telstra, Optus, Vodafone Australia and Virgin Mobile. The Xperia Z3 Compact however appears to only be going to Telstra and Optus, but that may change with Sony Australia advising that these two are[Read More...]

by 4:08 AM on September 4, 2014 6 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Sony announces the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact & Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Flagship devices at IFA

Sony announces the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact & Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Flagship devices at IFA

Sony have certainly come out fighting with their announcements at IFA, looking to showcase a their products to try and take on the might of Samsung with their new range of flagship devices, the Xperia Z3, the Xperia Z3 Compact and the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. All 3 Xperia Z3 devices continue the design heritage of the Xperia Z line, however they’re evolutions of those designs, showing a much more refined look and certainly look quite beautiful. As well as being beautiful, the Xperia Z3 tablet and phone range are also durable. The Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet[Read More...]

by 2:41 AM on September 4, 2014 4 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones, Tablets
Sony announces the mid-range Xperia E3 at IFA

Sony announces the mid-range Xperia E3 at IFA

Following hot on the heels of their wearables announcement, and their new smartphones and tablet flagships, Sony have announced a follow-up to their E series of smartphones for the mid-range market with the Xperia E3. The E3, has been placed in the entry to mid-range level of smartphones, and with the E3 gets an update in design and specs. It’s quite a good looking device, which is both slim and lightweight, which Sony think will allow for easy use with just one hand. It’s not top of the line, but includes a decent array of specs: 4.5-inch IPS LCD Display[Read More...]

by 2:15 AM on September 4, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, News, Phones
Acer announce two new Iconia tablets at IFA

Acer announce two new Iconia tablets at IFA

Acer is expanding its Iconia series of tablets with the company announcing at IFA the Iconia Tab 10 and the Iconia One 8. The Iconia Tab 10 is, as the name suggests, a 10″ tablet featuring a FullHD IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass to provide a scratch resistance surface. Powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor, the tablet also includes a micro-HDMI port, WiDi capabilities and comes running Android 4.4. At this stage, Acer has only released US availability, advising that the Iconia Tab 10 will be available later this month for US$199US. The second device Acer announced was the[Read More...]

by 1:45 AM on September 4, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, News, Tablets
Sony announces the SmartBand Talk and the Android Wear powered SmartWatch 3

Sony announces the SmartBand Talk and the Android Wear powered SmartWatch 3

Tonight, at IFA in Berlin, Sony has begun their raft of announcements by concentrating on the hot topic of the tech industry – wearables. As rumoured, Sony launched an updated SmartBand called the SmartBand Talk, as well as their first Android Wear watch the SmartWatch 3. Both the SmartBand Talk and SmartWatch 3 will both connect with the Sony Lifelog app, which logs all aspects of your life, giving you a complete journal of your digital life. SmartBand Talk The Sony SmartBand Talk will see a vast update from the original device, incorporating curved 1.4″ e-paper display, as well as[Read More...]

by 1:29 AM on September 4, 2014 4 comments Android Wear, Manufacturer
Samsung announces its own take on Glass with the Gear VR at IFA

Samsung announces its own take on Glass with the Gear VR at IFA

Samsung has recently announced their much rumoured Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition. A virtual reality headset optimised for use with the Galaxy Note 4. Gear VR Innovator Edition enables users to fully immerse themselves in a cinematic virtual reality environment. The Gear VR is powered by Oculus technology, which was purchased earlier this year by Facebook, after first launching on Kickstarter. Occulus has been a leader in virtual reality technology and gives Samsung an edge into the virtual reality experience. JK Shin, President and CEO of IT Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics has saidthat “The Samsung Gear VR goes[Read More...]

by 12:56 AM on September 4, 2014 5 comments Manufacturer, News, Other, Phones
Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge

Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge

As part of the Samsung Unpacked 2 event at IFA in Germany, Samsung has announced not one, but two Galaxy Note devices – the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. There were a number of products announced, including the Gear VR head mounted Virtual Reality headset, but the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge were the key products coming from Samsung. Hosted by DJ Lee, the event was mainly presented by Rory O’Neill, Rachel Riley and David Park who showed off the features of the phones. The Note 4 is an evolution of the Galaxy Note line, continuing[Read More...]

by 12:46 AM on September 4, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Asus updates its MeMO Pad 7 at IFA

Asus updates its MeMO Pad 7 at IFA

Asus just announced a refreshed MeMO Pad 7 at IFA 2014. Derek Yu, Senior Product Director, took to the stage to guide us through the new tablet’s features. The company wants its new tablet hang with fashionable accessories – “high fashion meets high definition”, if you will. We’re not sure that’s something we’ve needed in our tablets until now, but if Asus wants to take a shot at it then they’re more than welcome to do so. Visually, the tablet takes a cue from the company’s Nexus 7 (2013) – at least in the front with its larger bezels above[Read More...]

by 10:19 PM on September 3, 2014 1 comment Tablets
Asus announces the ZenWatch at IFA

Asus announces the ZenWatch at IFA

Asus just made their much-rumoured ZenWatch, powered by Android Wear, official at IFA 2014. Mitch Yang, Vice President of Asus’ Design Centre, took to the stage during the company’s presentation sporting the watch on his wrist. With a focus of high quality materials, the ZenWatch features a stainless steel body with a soft stitched leather strap with the familiar “quick release” clasp that seems to be popular with Android Wear device manufacturers. It’s not known yet weather you’ll be able to replace the leather strap with your own. The ZenWatch certainly gives a good first impression with its shiny metallic[Read More...]

by 10:00 PM on September 3, 2014 2 comments Android Wear, News, Smartwatch