Thursday, August 30, 2007

The New NWZ-B100 Series Sony Walkman

Not as high profile as the NWZ-A810 and NWZ-S610 series walkmans; Sony today also released the NWZ-B100 series. The NWZ-B100 series are small USB direct connect players, with a three-line color LCD display and an FM tuner (with built in recording capability). Estimated battery life is around 12 hours.

The players support drag and drop transfer of non-DRM files and most subscription services.

The NWZ-B100 series of Walkman music players come in two different capacities and colors:

The NWZ-B103F player has a total capacity of 1GB, comes in black, and costs about $60.
The NWZ-B105F player has a total capacity of 2GB, comes in black and white, and costs about $80.

Source: Sony Press Release

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Nikon's WiFi Ready Coolpix S51c Camera

Today it’s Nikon who are announcing some new digital cameras. One of them is the Coolpix S51c that is Wi-Fi ready to allow you to send your cherished pictures via email.

As well as this Wi-Fi feature the Coolpix S51c comes packed with an 8.1 megapixel resolution, 3x Zoom, 3.0-inch LCD, Optical Vibration Reduction (VR), image stabilization system and ISO up to 1600.

With support for Nikons new Picturetown (Nikon’s new photo sharing and storage service) users can email pictures directly to friends and family, publish pictures to the photo community sharing website Flickr, and link their photos to blogs and social networking sites

The Coolpix S51c is also equipped to use Pictmotion, which allows users to select up to 200 images along with music that’s pre-loaded, or from the user’s library. The music and photos are then automatically compiled in-camera to produce audiovisual shows in VGA quality for a truly personalized photo-sharing experience.

The Coolpix S51c should be available for around $329.95. If you do not fancy the Wi-Fi, you can get the Coolpix S51 for $279.95

Source: Nikon Press Release

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The New NWZ-A810 and NWZ-S610 Walkman's From Sony

Sony has just released their all new Walkman music players. The NWZ-A810 series and NWZ-S610 series play audio and video. For the first time these players will be supplied with ‘Sonic Stage’ and will instead use Microsoft Windows Media Player 11; which should make music management a much better experience on these players.

The NWZ-A810 gets a 2-inch QVGA (320 by 240 pixels) LCD screen and the NWZ-S610 a 1.8-inch QVGA (320 by 240 pixels) LCD screen. Both players will come in either 2GB, 4Gb or 8GB of memory, with an estimated battery life of 33 hours for music.

The players support security-enhanced Windows Media Audio (WMA), as well as non-secure AAC and MP3 music formats, plus JPEG files for photos, in addition to the AVC (H.264/AVC) Baseline Profile and MPEG-4 video codecs and are PlaysForSure certified.

Prices for the NWZ-A810 series:

The NWZ-A815 player has a total capacity of 2GB; comes in white, pink, black, blue and silver; and will cost about $140.
The NWZ-A816 player has a total capacity of 4GB; comes in white, pink, black and silver; and will cost about $180.
The NWZ-A818 player has a total capacity of 8GB, comes in black and silver, and will cost about $230.

Prices for the NWZ-A610 series
The NWZ-S615F player has a total capacity of 2GB; comes in black, pink, red and silver; and costs about $120.
The NWZ-S616F player has a total capacity of 4GB; comes in black, pink, red and silver; and costs about $160.
The NWZ-S618F player has a total capacity of 8GB, comes in black, and costs about $210.

Source: Sony Press Release

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Nokia Release 5310 XpressMusic and 5610 XpressMusic Phones

Nokia today unveiled twi mew XpressMusic phones for your entertainment and mobile phone pleasures. The ‘Nokia 5310 XpressMusic - Small in size, big on music’ and the ‘Nokia 5610 XpressMusic - Edgy design, sharp sound’

The Nokia 5310 XpressMusic comes in a sleek aluminum finish, 9.9mm thick and weighing in at less than 71 grams. You also get 18 hours of music playback, memory for up to 3,000 songs** on an optional 4GB microSD card, dedicated music keys, 2 Megapixel camera and 2-inch QVGA screen with up to 16 million colors

The Nokia 5610 XpressMusic is a slider design with a Music Slider key making music easy to access with a flick of the thumb. It has a .2-inch, 16 million color display, 22 hours of music playback and memory with capacity for 3,000 songs on an optional 4GB microSD card. It also packs a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and dual LED flash.

Both the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic and 5610 XpressMusic are compatible with the recently launched Nokia Music Store, offering consumers a wide music selection to be downloaded via PC

Source: Nokia Press Release

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Casio's Updated G-Shock Mudman and G-Shock Gulfman Watches Unvailed

Casio follow up the release of their 25th Anniversary G-Shock – DW5025B-7 watch with two new updates in the G-Shock Series; the G-Shock Mudman GW9000A-1 and the G-Shock Gulfman GW9100-1.

The G-Shock Mudman feature both shock resistance and a sealed case to prevent foreign particles entering or ruining the watch

The G-Shock Gulfman features water, shock and rust resistance and its titanium case and screw pins penetrate the band joints completely, making the timepiece rust and corrosion resistant. The Gulfman’s deep waved band releases stress from the tight fit that can occur when the wrist gets wet.

Both the the Mudman and the Gulfman GW9100-1 automatically calibrate to the correct time by receiving time signals from atomic clocks in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Japan. It is equipped with solar power, 200 meter water resistant, world time features (offering 29 time zones and 48 city codes with daylight savings settings), five daily alarms, 1/10-second countdown timer, 1/100-second stopwatch and an auto calendar.

The G-Shock Mudman GW9000A-1 is available this month, nationwide and online for $150

The G-Shock Gulfman GW9100-1 is available nationwide and online for $220

Source: Casio Press Release & Press Release.

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Casio 25th Anniversary G-Shock Looks Like The Original

Casio have just announced the release of their 25th Anniversary G-Shock – DW5025B-7 (left image). The design is based on the original G-Shock design and updated with a stylish white band and bezel with gold accents and a 25th anniversary logo engraved backcase.

Back in 1983 the G-Shock offered a radical new type of watch that was virtually shock proof and very popular. This new model features 200-meter water resistant, multi-function alarm, 1/100-second stopwatch and countdown timer.

The limited edition 25th Anniversary DW5025B-7 is available nationwide and online for $130

Source: Casio Press Release

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The Very Cool Creative Zen MP3 Player

No sooner had we told you about the Sexy Samsung YP-P2 player, we find out that Creative are releasing their own sexy looking player; the Creative Zen. Spotted by various people on Amazon today (an error on their part and is no longer on line), the Creative Zen is a new flash based player that packs a lot into a small form.

Rumor has it that the Creative Zen will replace the Zen Vision M and will come with 4GB, 8GB and 16GB of memory. It measures 55 x 83 x 11.3mm and includes a large 2.5 inch TFT screen that supports 16.7 million colors. The Creative Zen will also come with an FM radio (32 presets), PIM functionality for syncing contacts and calendar info and an SD slot to increase the on board memory.

Other Specs:

Battery Life: Up to 25 hrs audio playtime, Up to 5 hrs video playtime6
Video Playback Formats: MJPEG, WMV9, MPED4-SP3 ,DivX3 4/5 and XviD3
Audio Playback Formats: MP3, WMA, AAC4 (.m4A), WAV (ADPCM), Audible 2,3,4
Photo Formats Supported: JPEG (BMP/ GIF / PNG / TIFF)
Battery: Embedded Li-ion battery
EQ Settings: 8 presets and 5 band custom EQ
Organizer: Calendar, Contact, Task List
Power Charging: Yes
Album Art: Yes
Voice Recording: Yes

The Creative Zen is expected to go on sale in September

Source: Creative

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Sexy Samsung YP-P2 Out in September Maybe

It would appear that this very cool looking player; the Samsung YP-P2 will be coming in September (just in time for the rumored new iPod announcements). The YP-P2 is flashed based and should have up to 8GB of memory. It boasts a -inch, 428 x 240 pixel touch-screen display and should play MP3, WMV, WMA, and H.264 (MPEG4 AVC), MPEG-4. With integrated FM radio and microphone this is one smart looking player that should be on your list, if you are in the market for or are considering the new iPods (when they arrive).

No word on pricing, but it will not be cheap due to the features. More info when available.

Source: Engadget

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Sansa Clip MP3 Player is Worth A Look

If you are looking for a small MP3 player or an alternative to the iPod shuffle, then take a look at the Sansa Clip.

As you can see from the photo it’s pretty small and will easily clip onto a belt or pocket. The Sansa Clip will play MP3 and WMA formats and comes with a bukit in FM radio, voice recorder, OLED screen and about 15 hours of battery use.

Should be available in September for around $40 for the 1GB and $60 for the 2GB model.

Source: Sandisk

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FotoFlexer for Online Photo Manipulation

For those of you that do not have access to image editing software like Photoshop; online photo editors are an option. With Adobe allegedly releasing an online version of Photoshop some time in the near future; here is one that might just keep you going until then. FotoFlexer have just re-launched their site with a new look and new tools.

With FotoFlexer you can access your webcam directly and it will also integrate with sites like Flickr, Picasa and MySpace. The software appears to be easy to use; just upload (or grab) a photo and start editing. The software allows you to change the size of body parts, will create cartoons and various other manipulations.

Create an account and have a go

Source FotoFlexer via Techcrunch

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Cool Looking Travelsound i50 iPod Shuffle dock/speaker from Creative

Now here is a cool looking speaker for your iPod Shuffle. The Travelsound i50 iPod Shuffle dock/speaker from Creative allows you to mount your iPod Shuffle onto the top of the speaker so that you and your friends can enjoy the music.

The Travelsound i50 measures 128×47×15mm, weighs only 85g and is powered by an internal lithium polymer battery that charges via USB (will also charge your Shuffle at the same time). Estimated to have about 15hrs of sound-sharing playback from the speaker dock

Currently available in Japan for around $69. Looks nice

Source: Slipperybrick

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Olympus Raise the FE Series Bar with the FE 300 FE290 and FE 280 Digital Cameras

August is certainly the month for new cameras. Olympus this week announced the addition of 3 more cameras to their Stylus FE-series; the 12 megapixel FE 300, 7 megapixel FE 290 and the 8 megapixel FE 280.

All three cameras get the new Stylus ultra-slim design with prices ranging from $199 - $299.

The FE-300 and FE 280 come with a 2.5 inch LCD screen, while the FE 290 gets a boost up to a 3 inch LCD screen. These screens include a backlight boost that increases the brightness of the screen in challenging environments (direct sunlight / low light situations).

Like most new digital cameras that are being released this year, all three get Face Detection Technology. They are also get Olympus’s Digital Image Stabilization (DIS), that freezes the action with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds that prevent blurry images often caused by a moving subject. In addition the FE-280 and FE-300 also feature Digital Image Stabilization Edit, which uses a built-in gyro sensor to track camera movement and enables users to fix blurry images right in the camera.

The FE-280 and FE-300 feature Perfect Fix, which allows you to modify pictures on the camera rather than waiting until you transfer the photos to your PC.

The FE 280 and FE 300 also come with the new TruePic III image processor, which was developed for the demanding performance of professional Digital SLR

All three cameras offer VGA-quality video and sound; the FE 290 offers 17 shooting modes, while the FE 300 offers 18, and the FE 280 offers 21, including three underwater scene modes.

Expected Retail Price:
FE 280: $199.99
FE 290: $249.99
FE 300: $299.99

Source: Olympus Press Release

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Optio Z10 and Optio S10 Digital cameras from Pentax

Pentax this week announced two new compact digital cameras; the 8 megapixel Optio Z10 and the 10 megapixel Optio S10.

The sleek and stylish Optio Z10 includes 7X optical zoom, 8 megapoixels, high speed detection time Face Recognition, digital Shake Reduction that allows ISO to 3200 and comes with a sliding lens cover for extra protection that also operates the on/off camera setting (aka Sony Style).

The Optio S10 icludes 10 megapixels, high-speed Face Recognition, digital Shake Reduction, DivX Certified and according to Pentax is one of the smallest and lightest 10MP cameras out there (as of now).

The OptioZ10 and Optio S10 will be available in September will retail around $249.95. You can pre-order the Optio Z10 at Amazon. The Optio S10 will be available exclusive;y at Walmart.

Source: Pentax Press Release

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Olympus Stylus 790SW Digital Camera Waterproof and Shockproof

Olympus has just announced a new Stylus digital camera; that should ensure you capture great photos no matter the weather of the terrain.

The Stylus 790SW offers waterproofing up to 3-meters and is said to be shockproof from a height of 5 feet (I don’t suggest that you try this out). It also comes with 7.1 megapixels, 3x non-protruding zoom lens, 2.5-inch LCD, a 30fps VGA video mode, and ISO sensitivity up to 1600.

The Stylus 790SW should be available in September / October for around $300

Source: Engadget

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The SideWinder Gaming Mouse from Microsoft

The Microsoft SideWinder Gaming Mouse introduces one-of-a-kind features like vertical side buttons, an LCD display, and a unique shape designed for quick and super-precise action.

What does the Microsoft SideWinder Mouse give the gamer in you:
First LCD display on a gaming mouse
DPI settings and macro recording icons are displayed on the mouse to reduce the on-screen interference.
Cable anchor and accessories storage box
One-touch access to Microsoft PC Gaming features.

Vertical metal side buttons
Wide Metal Scroll Wheel
Better feel and response with detent clicking action.

On-the-Fly DPI Switching
Instantly switch sensitivity between high, medium, and low with one click.
Adjustable Mouse Weights
Choice of three different materials for glide preference.
Macro Recording - Record in-game macros using a dedicated macro record button.
Quick Turn
Check your perimeter with the click of a button.
5 Programmable Main Buttons
Customize your main gaming buttons to your preference.

The SideWinder Gaming Mouse should be available in October for around $80. You can pre-order the SideWinder Gaming Mouse at Amazon

Source: Amazon

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Logitech G51 Surround Sound Speaker for the Gamer in You

Logitech have expanded their G-series speakers with the G51 Surround Sound Speaker System. The G51 is a 5.1 speaker system featuring 360-degree surround sound with dual Matrix modes, that Logitech claims will give you a more immersive gaming experience. Logitech’s dual Matrix technology creates a 5.1 surround-sound experience from any common two-channel stereo source.

“The G51 delivers an immersive surround-sound experience, but it goes far beyond that for gamers,” said Jef Holove, general manager and vice president of Logitech’s audio business. “Surround sound is a competitive advantage in true 5.1 games, plus the system also offers two Matrix surround modes for classic stereo games or music. For online players, the G51 features headphone and microphone jacks with independent mute controls. And, the system was designed to allow modders to easily customize the satellite speakers with their favorite game art or to match their gear. In short, the G51 is authentic gaming equipment.”

Other features:
155 watts of total RMS
Frequency Directed Dual Driver (FDD2) technology
Control pod that includes both headphone and microphone jacks
Precision dual mute controls (mute the game audio, or mute only the microphone – or both)

The Logitech G51 Surround Sound Speaker System is expected to be available in October for a suggested retail price of $199.99

Source: Logitech Press Release

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Sony's New Slim DSC-T200 and DSC-T70 Cameras

Sony today introduced two new cameras to their T-series; the ultra-slim 8-megapixel DSC-T200 and the 8-megapixel DSC-T70.

The DSC-T200 model comes with a 3.5-inch wide LCD touch-panel that controls all of the camera’s settings, a 5x Carl Zeiss® optical zoom lens and is available in silver, black and red

The DSC-T70 camera comes with a 3-inch wide LCD touch panel, a 3x Carl Zeiss optical zoom lens and is available in silver, black, white and pink

Both cameras can be connected to an HDTV via HD cable or HD cradle (which of course are sold separately). They can also be connected to a Sony BRAVIA® HD television, and photos are optimized for television viewing with Sony’s new “Photo TV HD” mode

The cameras also feature a new smile shutter function; which automatically detects and captures a person smiling.

Bothe cameras should be available in September with the DSC-T200 retailing for around $400 and the DSC-T70 for around $300

Source: Sony Press Release

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Nokia’s Stylish New 6555 Mobile Phone

Just one look at this phone and you immediately think ‘Stylish’. The new Nokia 6555 comes with an elegant external analogue display and a recessed hinge that gives the phone a seamless line when it is open.

The phone features a QVGA 16 million color internal display, a large 240x320 screen and a camera featuring a 6x zoom.

Other features:
Original smooth-back design
Elegant external analog timepiece display
Brilliant 16 million color display
Video sharing
WCDMA and quadband GSM functionality

The Nokia 6555 should be available in September in Europe, and possibly later in the States

Source: Nokia Press Release

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Logitech Alto Laptop Stand Gets Wireless

The Logitech Alto laptop stand now comes with a detachable wireless keyboard. The previous version hand a fixed keyboard (which could be a bit limiting for some users).

Flips open for easy use on almost any flat surface
Elevates and extends your notebook´s display to an optimal height and distance for viewing comfort
Three high-speed USB 2.0 ports add instant connectivity for your favorite peripherals
Works with virtually any notebook PC (the stand may cover some ports that are on the front of the laptop)

The NEW Logitech Alto laptop stand should be available in September for around $99

Source: Crave

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Canon Upgrade A-Series with the 12.1MP A650 and 8.0MP A720 IS Digital Cameras

Today is obviously Canon day as they bring us yet more new cameras. The PowerShot A-series gets two new cameras; the 12.1-megapixel PowerShot A650 IS digital camera - and the powerful 8.0-megapixel PowerShot A720 IS Zoomdigital camera.

Both cameras get DIGIC III image processing, Genuine Face Detection technology, and optical image stabilization (OIS). They both can accommodate MultiMedia MMC memory cards, as well as standard SD memory cards and the new, high-capacity SDHC memory cards.

The PowerShot A650 IS digital camera is designed for photo enthusiasts who demand superior image quality, and are looking for a versatile camera with exceptional creative control. It also gets a 2.5-inch Vari-Angle LCD.

The PowerShot A720 IS digital camera is designed to make capturing and preserving memories fast, fun and easy

Place the PowerShot A650 IS into Waterproof Case WP-DC18 or the PowerShot A720 IS into Waterproof Case WP-DC 16 and they become both weatherproof and waterproof at depths up to 130 feet,

Place the PowerShot A650 IS into Waterproof Case WP-DC18 or the PowerShot A720 IS into Waterproof Case WP-DC 16 and they become both weatherproof and waterproof at depths up to 130 feet,

The 12.1-megapixel PowerShot A650 IS digital camera should cost around $399.99 and the 8.0-megapixel PowerShot A720 IS Zoomdigital camera around $249.99

Source: Canon Press Release

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Canon Introduce the SX Series with the SX100 IS Digital Camera

Canon today announced a new series for their PowerShot line; the SX series. The first camera to be released for this new series will be the PowerShot SX100 IS. The SX100 IS will feature: 8 megapixels, 10x optical zoom, Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) and an extended grip.

The SX100 IS comes with DIGIC III image processor, Canon's Genuine Face Detection Technology (with Face Selector capability), and a large 2.5-inch LCD screen for easy image previews and reviews

More features:
Shoot VGA movies with two VGA 30 fps recording modes: Standard mode for maximum image quality, and the new 640 LP mode for maximum recording time and reduced file sizes - individual movies up to one hour or 4GB per clip

19 shooting modes, ranging from fully automatic to fully manual: Full Auto, Program, Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority and Manual, as well as special scene modes including Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, and Kids & Pets.

Accommodates MultiMedia MMC memory cards, as well as standard SD memory cards and the new, high-capacity SDHC memory cards

PowerShot SX100 IS will be available in black or silver in October for around $299.99

Source: Canon Press Release

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Canon PowerShot G9 Advanced 12.MP Point and Shoot

Canon have just announced there new top of the line G-series camera; the PowerShot G9 . Thos 12.1 megapixel camera should be available in October.

The PowerShot G9 continues the trend of the matte black, retro styling that the rest of the G-series lines displays and is loaded with Canon’s latest digital technology with the addition of RAW mode. Now the user has the option to capture images simultaneously in RAW and JPEG mode.

The G9 comes with: a 6 x zoom and Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS), Canon’s Image Inspection tool and Advanced Face Detection technology. Equipped 23 shooting modes, allowing for a myriad of different photo preferences and conditions including Automatic, Manual, Shutter-speed-Priority, Aperture-Priority, and two Custom modes as well as special scene modes such as Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Indoor, Beach and Snow, offering users Digital SLR-like capability in a compact digital camera.

"The PowerShot G9 digital camera brings our highest levels of performance and usability to the G-series," said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. "By combining RAW Mode with our other key technologies in this camera, we're providing a high-performing and affordable option to advanced photo enthusiasts who want the creative power of a Digital SLR in a smaller body form."

The G9 also includes a three-inch PureColor LCD II screen and easy-to-access ISO and manual mode dials, customized shooting, reviewing and menu adjustments.

The Canon PowerShot G9 should be available in Ocober for around $499.99

Source: Canon Press Release

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Logetch V470 Cordless Laser Mouse

Logitech, this week announced another addition to their ever expanding mouse line. The V470 is a cordless laser mouse for PC or Mac notebooks that are Bluetooth enabled.

The V470 can deliver smoother cursor control through its laser technology and with its Side-to-Side Scrolling Plus Zoom you can instantly zoom in and out, or scroll horizontally or vertically.

The Logitech V470 cordless laser mouse also includes a battery life indicator and an on/off switch extends battery life

Source: Logitech

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Sharp To Release Slimmer D64U AQUOS LCD's

Sharp have just announced they new line of slimmed down (in size, not features) HD 1080p line of AQUOS® LCD TVs. The D64U series features a thin, lightweight “slim-line” design that provides a significantly smaller footprint than previous models.
How did Sharp achieve this? They re-engineered the circuitry layout and reduced the number of parts to produce a body that is about 25% thinner and 20% lighter than the previous AQUOS models.

The D64 series also features a thinner bezel, and tight fit stealth speakers, giving consumers the ability to fit larger screens in smaller spaces. For example, the LC-42D64U has a footprint that’s roughly the size of a conventional 40-inch LCD TV. This revolutionary design improvement, coupled with easily accessible side terminals, provide much more flexibility in wall mounting applications

You also get:
Full HD 1080p picture, utilizing Sharp’s proprietary Advanced Super View (ASV) / Black TFT Panel with multi-pixel technology.
Dynamic Contrast Ratio of 10,000:1, with Enhanced Picture Contrast Technology. Enhanced Fine Motion video circuitry delivers the industry’s fastest pixel response time of 4 ms
Sharp’s proprietary 4-wavelength backlight system rounds out these enhanced specs, providing deeper, more vibrant reds.
Viewing angles on these sets are an impressive 176 degrees
Three side terminal inputs: one HDMI™ input, one component and one composite.
In the rear, there are two additional HDMI™ inputs, one component, two composite, one S-video, a dedicated PC input and RS-232C for system control.
The HDM and component inputs are compatible with 1080p signals from Blu-ray and advanced gaming devices.

Pricing and availability:

LC-65D64U will be available in September; pricing is to be announced.
LC-52D64U is available at Amazon for $3,499.99 (MSRP $3,999.99).
LC-46D64U is available at Amazon for $2,499.99 (MSRP $2,699.99)
LC-42D64U is available at Amazon for $1,899.99 (MSRP $2,099.99)

Source: Sharp Press Release

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