In response to buzz about NVIDIA's Shield console, NVIDIA has moved up the preorder date a few days, May 20th to today, May 17th. Shield will be available for the previously stated 9 price for shoppers in the US. If you're not familiar with NVIDIA's Shield, it's a portable handheld gaming console including a 1.9 GHz Tegra 4 SoC and running Android 4.2.1. This is the first time NVIDIA has sold an Android device directly to consumers and will be supporting it directly with TegraZone marketplace alongside Google Play.
NVIDIA Tegra 4 – 1.9 GHz
5-inch 720p "Retinal" Display
2 GB LPDDR3
2×2:2 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi + BT 3.0, GPS
16 GB NAND, microSD Expansion
microUSB 2.0, mini-HDMI, 3.5mm headphone
Android 4.2.1, Updates from NVIDIA
9.00, Preorders May 20, Shipping Late June
The following sites will be taking preorders for Shield:
· NVIDIA – store.nvidia.com/buyshield
· Newegg – www.newegg.com/buyshield
· Gamestop – www.gamestop.com/android/consoles/nvidia-shield-16gb/109517
· Canada Computer – canadacomputers.com/nvidia/nvidiashield.php
FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia’s latest Windows Phone 8 handset went up for preorder today in the UK, courtesy of retailer Unlocked Mobiles.
It’s just as cheap as we were expecting, as the retailer has slapped the budget Windows Phone with a £174.98 price tag. There’s no word on a release date yet, but the retailer tells us it’s expecting stock to arrive towards the end of January.
A sub-£175 price tag is impressive considering the Nokia Lumia 620′s specifications. As well as the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system, the handset – which was unveiled at Le Web’12 early this month – features a 3.8in 480×800 Clearblack touchscreen and a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
However, the handset’s main selling point, according to Nokia, is its different coloured “dual-shot” casing.
“Dual-shot adds a second layer of coloured, transparent or translucent polycarbonate on top of a base layer to produce secondary colour blends and depth effects,” it said at the handset’s launch.
The Nokia Lumia 620 also features a 5MP rear-facing camera, a VGA front-facing camera, 8GB of internal storage and a 1,300mAh battery. µ
KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung’s Ativ S smartphone is now available to preorder on O2.
That’s courtesy of UK retailer Phones 4U, which has started taking orders for the Windows Phone 8 handset on contracts with O2. The network’s pricing is slightly cheaper than rival Vodafone’s, as the Ativ S is available on O2 for free on a 24 month £33 tariff, complete with 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of monthly data.
Phones 4U seems to have debunked rumours that the Samsung Ativ S has been further delayed until January 2013, promising delivery of the smartphone on 21 December.
If you’re interested but not yet sold on the Samsung Ativ S, maybe its specifications will help you decide. The phone, which sports a design similar to the Samsung Galaxy S2, features a 4.8in touchscreen, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system that gives the phone Xbox Live gaming, Nokia Maps and Microsoft Office.
The phone also comes with an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 1.9MP front-facing camera, a 2,300mAh battery and either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded via microSD card. µ
FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone 8 handset, the Nokia Lumia 920 is now available to preorder on EE 4G tariffs.
That’s courtesy of UK retailer Phones 4U, which has started selling the Nokia Lumia 920 on a number of tariffs with the EE 4G network. Those who are easily offended might want to look away now, though, as the pricing isn’t very nice.
The cheapest tariff comes in at £36, but this means you’ll have to fork out £140 for the Windows Phone 8 handset, and you’ll have to make do with a measly 500MB of internet data. Those who want a much more reasonable 8GB data allowance will have to sign up to a £56 24 month EE contract and will also have to hand over an extra £20 to get their mitts on the phone.
Still, for those with deep pockets who are after a blazing fast mobile web connection, that whopping price tag could be worth it. We tested EE’s 4G network and got average download and upload speeds of around 20Mbit/s and 13Mbit/s, respectively.
Earlier today, Nokia’s mid-range Windows Phone 8 handset, the Lumia 820 also went up for preorder at Carphone Warehouse. Thankfully it’s priced a bit more reasonably than its fancier big brother, as it’s available to pick up for free on a £29 tariff. µ
UK MOBILE RETAILER Carphone Warehouse has kicked off preorders for the Nokia Lumia 820 handset, ahead of its release on 7 November.
Carphone Warehouse has undercut its rival Phones 4U when it comes to pricing the Lumia 820. Available on contracts with O2, Orange and Vodafone, it can be picked up for free at Carphone Warehouse on a £29 24 month contract complete with 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 100MB of monthly data. The Nokia Lumia 820 is also available to buy SIM free, costing £379.95.
The retailer is looking to lure punters by chucking in a free wireless charging plate, worth £44.99.
In terms of specifications, the Nokia Lumia 820 is a scaled down version of the Lumia 920 that will be released in the UK on 2 November. The Lumia 820 features a 4.3in 480×800 Clearblack display, and has a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system.
There’s also an 8MP rear-facing camera with Carl Zeiss lens and dual-LED flash, a VGA front-facing camera, 8GB of internal storage expandable to 32GB via microSD, a 1,650mAh battery and support for wireless charging. The phone is available to order in three colours – black, white and red.
Check back soon for our Nokia Lumia 820 review. µ
ASPIRING GADGET SELLER Microsoft has sold out of the 32GB model of its upcoming Surface tablet.
The firm has added a note about availability on its website, saying “32 GB without Black Touch Cover – Temporarily sold out”.
The two other models are still offered with shipment not expected for another one to two weeks.
The sold out model is the cheapest, entry level model and is priced a quid shy of £400.
For that you get a tablet without a black touch cover but with 32GB of storage. You can’t though, because despite not actually being on sale yet, it is sold out.
If you have £80 lying around and like the idea of a black touch cover you can still stake your claim on that option, while people with a spare £160 and a strong inclination towards Windows tablets with black touch covers and 64GB of storage are also in luck.
The same model sold out in the US last week, but we are reluctant to associate that too closely with actual popularity because we have no idea how many units were available in the first place.
We’ve asked Microsoft to comment. So far it has not, but we suspect that those marketeers who are responsible for its Surface tablet are walking around its offices high-fiving each other. µ
THE WINDOWS PHONE 8 Samsung Ativ S has gone up for preorder in the UK ahead of its release in the first week of November.
We spotted the phone over at online phone shop Handtec, sporting a £479.99 price tag. In comparison, Nokia’s Lumia 920 is expected to fetch around £500 when it goes on sale, while HTC’s flagship Windows Phone 8X has been given an early £398.98 price tag.
Handtec also tells us that we can expect the Ativ S to start shipping in the first week of November, around the same time as its Windows Phone 8 rivals.
If you’re struggling to pick your favourite upcoming Windows Phone handset, here’s a quick recap of the Ativ S’ specifications. The device features a 4.8in Super AMOLED HD screen, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and, of course, the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system Windows Phone 8, giving it a customisable home screen, support for NFC and Xbox Live gaming.
There’s also an 8MP rear-facing camera, HD 1080p video, a 1.9MP front-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot and a 2,300mAh battery.
Once it’s released at the beginning of next month, the Samsung Ativ S will also be available on monthly contracts at Phones 4U. µ
THE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED HTC One X+ has gone up for preorder in the UK, just two days after its unveiling.
That’s courtesy of online retailer Clove, which has revealed that the updated HTC One X handset will retail in the UK for £474 SIM free. The listing also reveals the handset’s release date as 22 October, which means that the HTC One X+ will start shipping in less than three weeks.
There’s no word on the handset’s pay monthly pricing yet, although we’re expecting the phone to show up at O2.
Announced on Tuesday, the HTC One X+ is essentially a reworked version of the original One X handset, boasting a speedier 1.7GHz quad-core processor, 64GB of internal storage, a 2,100mAh battery and Google’s latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.
Like the original, there’s also a 4.7in S-LCD2 screen, HTC’s updated Sense 4+ user interface with upgraded apps, an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 1.6MP video calling camera, integrated Beats Audio software and support for 4G LTE connectivity. It’s still unclear whether EE will be offering the handset on its high-speed LTE network, though. µ
HIGH STREET ELECTRONICS STORE Maplin will be selling the Raspberry Pi starter kit from next month.
The kit – including a keyboard, a mouse, the model “B” Raspberry Pi and an SD card bearing the Raspbian Wheezy OS along with some other parts – costs a penny under £70.
For now the Raspberry Pi starter kit is listed as unavailable and out of stock, but the information is that it will be released and available at the end of September.
If you want to pre-order one our advice is to do it quickly because Maplin says that units will be sent out on a first ordered basis.
Also making up the starter kit are an AC powered 4-port USB hub, a USB keyboard, a USB optical mouse, a 2.1A twin USB mains power supply, a 1.5m gold-plated USB A to micro B cable to power the Raspberry Pi, a 1.5m gold-plated HDMI cable and an N150 Nano WiFi dongle for wireless connectivity.
The starter kit can be ordered from Maplin either in-store, online, or by calling 0844 557 6000. µ