HP Envy 17, dv6 and dv7 Updated To Sport Sandy Bridge Processors

Yesterday, Intel unveiled its Sandy Bridge based processors and today HP has announced a refresh of a few of their laptop at the CES sporting these new processors. The Envy 17, dv6 and dv7 laptops have been updated to sport the new generation of Core processors from Intel. Along with this, the Envy 17 GPU has been upgraded to an AMD Radeon 6850M.

The laptop also sports Intel’s Wireless Display technology along with HP CoolSense cooling.   The Intel Wireless Display technology will allow users to stream HD videos directly to their HDTVs from their laptop.

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The Envy 17 also has the ability to switch between the integrated GPU and the 6850M GPU under different workloads so as to maximize performance and battery life. Other specs of the Envy 17 include a 17.6-inch screen, up to 2TB of storage, a USB 3.0 port and up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM. Readers can find the full specs of Envy 17 here.

The dv6 and d7 laptops have only got a processor bump to the Sandy Bridge processors and nothing else. HP did not mention anything about the pricing of these laptops but looking at the monstrous Envy 17 I can safely say that it’s not going to be cheap.

The dv6 and dv7 laptops will cost $899 and $999 respectively and will hit the shelves on January 9.

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PalmPad Sketch Gets Leaked

With CES 2011 right around the corner in January, it should come as no surprise that HP/Palm are gearing up to release a slew of new devices; included in that list should be the PalmPad. Detailed to have a 9.7screen, USB 3.0 port and an HDMI-out port, the PalmPad is one of many new tablet-style devices running WebOS. The sketch image shows off an optional docking station can that be attached to the device, as well as what looks to be an SD card slot, volume toggles and a multi-function switch.

Everybody is jumping on the bandwagon for tablet devices, and WebOS is sure to be a big hit with better hardware. Let’s hope that HP/Palm really do make this official for CES.

Via: PreCentral

Rogers Releases Palm Pre for $99

The Palm Pre 2 is now available on Rogers Wireless in Canada, for the low price of $99 on a 3 year contract. The Pre 2 is the newest device from HP and Palm running WebOS. This iteration of hardware comes with a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and the usual connectivity options including GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth. The Pre 2 is the successor to the Pre Plus and the Pre, before that. Rogers adds a heavy subsidy when going from a 2 year up to a 3 year term. The off-contract price is $449.99, $399 for a 1 year and $349 for a 2 year.

The Pre 2 is also available online, unlocked and directly from Palm for $449 USD.

10 Most Popular Brands In India (Via Google Zeitgeist 2010)

Each year Google releases a “Year in review” called Google Zeitgeist with the help of which it showcases some wonderful data through the aggregation of millions of search queries that the search engine receives every year. This year, Google Zeitgeist for India had some nice revelations with the IRCTC (railway ticket booking) continuing to top the charts of the year-on-year fastest rising bracket for search queries in India.

The top three most popular searches among Indians on the web during the year 2010 were Songs, Facebook and Google. Amongst the fastest rising people, Indians searched for British actress Aruna Shields and this year’s new Bollywood sensation, Sonakshi Sinha and other favorites from Bollywood like Zarine Khan, Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan.

The zeitgeist also has a list of top 10 popular brands in India in terms of the search volumes generated by Indians on Google search. Here is the list:

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Micromax Mobile ranks 4th among the top 10 popular brands in India during 2010

10 Most popular brands in India

1. Nokia

2. Samsung

3. Airtel

4. Micromax

5. Dell

6. Maruti

7. Vodafone

8. Apple

9. Sony Ericsson

10. HP (Hewlett Packard)

It is really nice to see a relatively new Indian brand Micromax making it to the top 10 in the list and that too it being the 4th most popular brand in India among the big guns!

WebOS Gets A Virtual Keyboard Thanks To 2.0

The fine folks at PreCentral have shown a Palm Pre 2, with WebOS 2.0 of course, and the infamous virtual keyboard that is going to be more than a recommendation if Palm plans on delving into the tablet market. Without a patch, displaying the keyboard is actually done by keying in a specific combination on the physical keyboard the irony is awesome.

Of course, the community has come to the aid and now with the regular half swipeto bring up the normal shortcuts, the virtual keyboard is shown. Still not ideal, but an ingenious solution nevertheless. Hopefully Palm implements this properly, and it is displayed automatically when a text field is available and the hardware keyboard is hidden. WebOS is getting polished all over on the software side, now consumers are just waiting for new and improved hardware with a different form factor.

Source: PreCentral.net

webOS 2.0 Coming to Palm Pre, Pre Plus, Pixi and Pixi Plus

The Palm Pre 2 was launched a few weeks back in the US and the UK. Besides the upgraded hardware, the main reason why the Palm Pre 2 is an excellent smartphone option is because it sports the revamped new webOS 2.0. The successor to webOS is much faster and much more refined than version 1.0.

Today, we have some news that will bring a smile to the face of everyone who owns a Palm Pre, Pre Plus, Pixi and Pixi Plus. All these devices will be getting an upgrade to webOS 2.0.

Palm’s Josh Marinacci stated at the webOS Developer Day that HP / Palm intends to get webOS 2.0 on all existing webOS devices in the coming months. No specific upgrade timeline has been announced though.

Check out his full presentation here

via PreCentral

HP Shipping the Palm Pre 2 for $450

HP Palm Pre 2The new Palm Pre 2, the successor to the Palm Pre, has been launched in both the US and the UK. It has been available in the UK for about €499. Starting today, HP is selling the unlocked Palm Pre 2 for just $449. It is available in stock and ships within 24 hours.

The Palm Pre 2 sports the revamped webOS 2.0 and comes with a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM. It offers 16 GB internal storage and sports a 5 MP camera with LED flash.

It has a 3.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display and comes with 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP.

You can order it online at Palm Pre 2 – HP

Palm Pre 2 Now Available In UK For €499

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We have a good news for those, who were eagerly waiting for the launch of Palm Pre 2 in the UK. HP’s latest smartphone, the Palm Pre 2, is finally available for purchase in the UK. This handset was launched last week in Germany for €499. It is the first smartphone which runs on the webOS 2.0 Operating System.

Palm Pre 2 features a 3.1 inch touchscreen display with 320×480 pixels resolution,1GHz processor, webOS 2.0 OS, slide-out QWERTY keyboard and more. It comes with different connectivity options such as GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and MicroUSB.

Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta, 16GB of internal memory, 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash, Built-in GPS, Proximity sensors, Accelerometer, 350 hours of stand-by time and 5.5 hours of talktime.

Palm Pre 2 is available SIM-free and unlocked in the UK. It comes with a price tag of €499. This handset is already launched in France and Germany, and it will be soon available in the US and Canada.

Palm Pre 2 To Go On Sale From Tomorrow In UK

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HP’s latest smartphone, the Palm Pre 2, which was announced last month will go on sale from tomorrow in the UK. Palm Pre 2 is the successor for Palm Pre and it runs on the webOS 2.0 operating system. This handset was launched last month in France, but it is still not available in the US and UK.

Palm Pre 2 comes with a 3.1 inch touchscreen display, 320×480 pixels resolution, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1GHz processor, webOS 2.0 OS, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta, 16GB of internal memory, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash, Wi-Fi, Built-in GPS, Proximity sensors, Accelerometer, 5.5 hours of talktime and more.

Earlier, HP posted on their HP for Students Facebook page that, the device will be available for pre-order from November 8th, but the handset is still not available in the US. Hewlett Packard has confirmed to Pocket-lint that the unlocked version of Palm Pre 2 will be available from tomorrow in the UK. The price of this handset is not announced yet.

Palm Pre 2 Pre-Orders To Begin On November 8

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Last month HP announced the new Palm Pre 2 smartphone. It is the first device which runs on the HP’s latest operating system, the webOS 2.0. HP recently posted on their HP for Students Facebook page that, the device will be available for pre-order from November 8th.

Palm Pre 2 features a 3.1 inch HVGA touchscreen display with 320×480 pixels resolution, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1GHz processor, webOS 2.0 Operating System, 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash, Wi-Fi, Built-in GPS, Stereo Bluetooth, 3.5mm headset jack, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta, 16GB of internal memory, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, Microsoft Exchange, Proximity sensors, Accelerometer, 5.5 hours of talktime and more.

HP didn’t revealed the price of the device, nor they have  commented on whether it would be the unlocked GSM version, Verizon’s CDMA model or both. Verizon is expected to sell the device from November 11. Earlier, HP’s Product Manager, Tim Pettitt said in an interview that, HP will offer an unlocked GSM version of the Palm Pre 2 in the coming months to US consumers.