The best upcoming gadgets of 2011

Google Nexus S

Nexus S – the world’s first mobile phone built around Google’s Android 2.3 platform, otherwise known as Gingerbread. After December 16, Nexus S will be sold unlocked and carrier-independent initially through Best Buy stores in the U.S. and after December 20 at Carphone Warehouse stores in the UK.

The Nexus S specs are very similar to those of many other Android phones currently in the market. Like Samsung Galaxy S, it features a 1GHz processor, 16 GB storage, SUPER AMOLED screen, and so on.

 

Sony Ericsson ZEUS – Z1 – PlayStation Phone

The device snapped up top is powered by Android OS, sporting a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 (a chip similar to the one found in the G2, but 200MHz faster), 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, and the screen is in the range of 3.7 to 4.1 inches. Looking almost identical to the mockup we hit you with this summer, the handset does indeed have a long touchpad in the center which is apparently multitouch, and you can see in the photos that it’s still bearing those familiar PlayStation shoulder buttons. For Sony buffs, you’ll be interested to know that there’s no Memory Stick slot here, but there is support for microSD cards.

3DS by Nintendo

The Nintendo 3DS comes with 2 outward lenses and 1 inword lenses for taking pictures and it is compatible with 3D graphics sans glasses. With outward lens you can take picture of any person and at the same instant the user’s picture can be taken with the inward lens. It is possible to combine two images and produce a single one. Users cartoon avatars automatically created by 3DS. It also enables users of 2DS for communication. With the help of tag mode, you are able to get the details of another user of 3DS, like you can come to know about the games he or she played last.

 

IdeaPad U1 hybrid notebook

The industry’s first hybrid notebook – One PC, two devices. Detach the screen to switch between full-function notebook and 3G multitouch slate tablet for mobile Internet.

  • Convertible touch-screen tablet notebook
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon™ ARM processor in tablet mode
  • Features Lenovo’s customized tablet mode
BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

For those looking to nail down a launch date for RIM’s tablet, Trinidad & Tabago’s TSTT’s Jay Alvi has said they plan on launching the BlackBerry PlayBook this February. That falls in line with RIM’s established early 2011 launch window, and also conveniently lands on the month of Mobile World Congress, where co-CEO Mike Lazaridis will be issuing a keynote.

The BlackBerry PlayBook was announced at the end of September, and generally blew everybody’s socks off. It’s boasting a dual-core 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 5 megapixel camera on the back, 3 megapixel camera on the front, and a 7″ 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen. Arguably the most impressive feature of all is the brand new operating system made by QNX. It’s light, it’s fast, and multitasks like woah. I’m particularly excited to see this OS find its way onto RIM’s smartphones, but that probably won’t happen for a little while still.

iPhone 5

iPhone 5 (or the iPhone 5G, as some are calling it) rumours are flying thick and fast already.

The iPhone 5 specs will be evolutionary, not revolutionary:

According to the Chinese Economic Daily News (via AppleInsider), with the exception of Qualcomm chipsets – which would replace the current Infineon chipsets in the iPhone 4 – Apple’s sticking with the same suppliers for the 2011 iPhone 5G components.

We’d expect the basics of the iPhone 5 specs to get a bump – more memory, faster processor, more storage – but DVICE quotes a single insider who claims to have handled Verizon prototypes.

The specs? A new antenna, 1.2GHz processor and a larger screen: 3.7″ instead of 3.5″. The iPhone 5 may also be made from a new kind of alloy, or maybe meat.

iPhone 5 (or the iPhone 5G, as some are calling it) rumours are flying thick and fast already.

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