Just as we’d heard, today’s the day that budget-minded (and not-so-shy) Kyocera Rise hits the Virgin Mobile USA shelves. Available now for a mere $ 100 — without any contracts, of course — this 3.5-inch, Ice Cream Sandwich device boasts some pretty run-of-the-mill features, including an HVGA LCD (no word on the resolution), a single-core, 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 2GB of built-in storage which can be expanded to 32GB via microSD and, as you can see above, a full-on, slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Naturally, Virgin Mobile’s betting on folks to bundle the cheap handset with one of its unlimited data plans — not to mention Kyocera’s handset is yet another addition to the prepaid carrier’s rising smartphone lineup. Those interested can give the Rise a better look down below, where a nice gallery filled with charming press shots awaits.
If you’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the latest shape-shifting slate, it looks like you’re just going to have to wait. Fujitsu’s just announced that it will postpone the release of the convertible TH40/D tablet — the Windows 7 slide-out was originally slated for a late June debut in Japan. Unfortunately, the outfit’s being rather tight-lipped when it comes to details, saying simply that the holdup is due to “development delays.” Of course, we’ll keep you posted with details if / when Fujitsu decides to open up.
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I am guessing we will see more of these in the near future: Fujitsu today officially announced [JP] the LIFEBOOK TH40/D, a tablet featuring a slide-out keyboard. The tablet has a 10.1-inch LCD screen with 1,024×600 resolution and is powered by Windows 7 Home Premium.
Here are the main features:
- keyboard with 87 keys (Japanese layout, key stroke 1.4mm)
- Atom Z670 (1.50GHz) CPU
- Intel SM35 Express chip set
- 1GB RAM
- 120GB HDD
- IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 3.0+HS
- 0.3MP web cam
- two USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI interface, one SD card slot
- 6 hours battery life
- size: 274×188×17.4mm, weight: 1.1kg
Fujitsu plans to start offering the LIFEBOOK TH40/D in Japan next month (price: $ 990).
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