It's About Gadgets II - Launches

(Second article for Etisalat's new magazine. You can read the first article here and last months work here. This one is about the new gadgets that have been launched last month. Clients version is here)

Barnes & Noble gets into the gadget market
Not to be out done by Amazon’s Kindle Fire, Barnes and Noble unveiled their new Nooks – the HD and the HD+. Like the Kindle – they include a new B+N video service, high-resolution displays and well-performing processors.
Though it is easier on the pockets in terms of price, the question still hangs, as to whether the Nooks can unsurp the king of the tablet market – the iPad.

iPod Nano – the next installment
Not satisfied with the launch of the iPhone 5, Apple has also released the next instalment in the iPod line. Slimmer and taller, the new Nano has 16GB of storage, Bluetooth to connect to headphones and a plethora of speaker docks, Nike + support and a 2.5-inch multitouch display for easy navigation. That's not all there is also a 5 mega pixel camera and retina display.
No more possible to attach to your wristwatch sadly, the Nano has also raised eyebrows with its striking resemblance to the Nokia’s Lumina 920. Is that another court battle we sniff?
Available in seven colours – Apple has already sold more than 350 million, perhaps the slimmer is the new must have!

Samsung adds to the product line
Samsung announced the Galaxy S Duos and Galaxy Y Duos Lite for India early this month.
The S Duos is considered to be the Korean giants best dual-SIM droid up to date, running 1GHz ARM Cortex-A5 processor with Adreno 200 graphics, and packs a 4-inch WVGA TFT touchscreen, 5MP camera, 768MB RAM, 4GB storage and running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. 3G is supported on both SIMs and has the Smart Dual SIM function.
The Galaxy Y Duos Lite is essentially the Indian version of the Galaxy Pocket Duos. A slight comedown from the S Duos, its has a 2.8-inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen, an 832MHz processor, a 2MP camera, 3GB internal storage and 3G support only on the primary SIM card. Running on 2.3 Gingerbread, it also supports the Smart Dual SIM function.

Nokia has something for budget users!
Keeping in with their excellent reputation when it comes to cheaper phones – Nokia has announced the two new budget phones called the Asha 308 and the Asha 309, their cheapest with a capacitive touchscreen.
Both phones are 2G-enable and can boast of a 3.0-inch, WQVGA capacitive touchscreen display, 2 megapixel camera, multiple home screens, stereo loudspeaker, FM radio and have up to 32GB microSD card support. Also included are the usual social networking applications, Youtube and 40 games from EA.
Asha 380 is a dual SIM phone while the 309 is a single SIM phone with built in Wi-Fi

Huawei gives us the Windows Phone 8
After Samsung, Nokia and HTC have shown us their WP8 smartphone offerings – all that is left is Huawei.
News is limited here however, all we know via rumours is that it will be called W1 – with details coming from the Huawei’s Chairman. We know nothing else but the expected shipping date is around November so stay tuned for updates.


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