September's coolest electronics

By , IDG News Service |  Personal Tech, camera, HDTV

Samsung X360 'Lighter than Air' laptop

Samsung's latest laptop was ushered in under the slogan "Lighter than Air," a subtle reference to Apple's Macbook Air which shares a similar 13.3-inch screen but is 90 grams heavier than the new Samsung laptop. To put that into perspective, it's about the weight of a cell phone. Inside sits an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and there's a 128G-byte SSD (solid-state drive). SSDs are based on flash memory and should allow PCs to start and shutdown faster than laptops with hard-disk drives. Other features include a webcam, Bluetooth and 802.11n Wi-Fi. Battery life on the X360 is between 6 hours and 10 hours depending on usage, according to Samsung. It will be launched in September in the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Russia and Hong Kong. Pricing and launch details for other markets were not announced. Oh, and in case you're wondering, the Apple laptop still beats the Samsung machine when it comes to overall size.

Sony HD camcorders

Sony HDR-FX1000 camcorder
Sony Sony HVR-Z5J camcorder

Sony unveiled a couple of DV-tape based, high-definition camcorders: the HDR-FX1000 is aimed at the high-end consumer market, with the HVR-Z5J at the professional market. Both cameras share the same look and feel as many other Sony camcorders in the same portion of the market including the distinctive LCD panel placement next to the microphone above the main camera body. They have Sony G-series lenses with 20X optical zoom in front of 3-CMOS optical pick-up sensors and Sony's Exmor image processing chip. The HVR-Z5J comes with some additional features for professional users. There are, for example, XLR audio inputs and the camera can handle the DVCAM format in addition to DV/HDV. It is also compatible with both the PAL and NTSC color systems. The HDR-FX1000 will go on sale in Japan on Nov. 10 and will cost around ¥400,000 (US$3,700). The HVR-Z5J will be available from early December for ¥554,400 (US$5,138). They should be heading to other regions but precise international launch timing wasn't announced.

Toshiba Cell TV

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