No doubt in anticipation of Nvidia's imminent 600 Series, AMD is due to cut the price of some of its 7000-series graphics cards.
The RRP of the Radeon HD 7970 is due to be slashed by $60, while the Radeon HD 7950 will be cut by $50 and you'll save $15 on the Radeon HD 7770. We'll be keen to see how much ends up getting knocked off the UK retail prices as a result, but every little helps. In any case, we can't wait for the new Nvidia series to hit the market and kick off a real price war. Bring on the bargains!
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The Iconia Tab A200 is the first of Acer's 2012 tablets to make its way into our test lab. And, in line with the firm's new tablet strategy, it's an entry-level product with a particularly attractive price tag.
With its 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, the Iconia Tab A200 is a no-nonsense tablet that's got the basics covered. There's no rear-facing photo/video camera or brightness sensor, for example, but there is a 2-Megapixel webcam, an 8 GB internal memory and a 10.1-inch screen with 1280 x 800 pixels.
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Swedish flat-pack furniture giant Ikea has announced the upcoming launch of its very own Uppleva all-in-one connected home entertainment systems, complete with LED TV, 2.1 sound system, Wi-Fi and more.
Due to launch in selected European countries (France, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Poland) in autumn 2012 with full global roll-out in spring 2013, you'll soon be able to lounge around among your Billy shelves and Lack tables in front of an entirely Ikea-made entertainment system. The Uppleva (which means 'experience') system is based around a connected TV and media player that integrates directly into a full range of Ikea's specially made furniture.
The HD LED TV itself is made by Chinese manufacturer TCL and will be available in several sizes. It'll also come with a media player compatible with DivX HD files and a DVD/ Blu-ray player. The Uppleva base unit has been designed to keep cables out of sight and will come in a choice of colours. The unit is home to the speakers too, although the wireless subwoofer can obviously be placed wherever you like.
The TV has Wi-Fi, four HDMI ports, two USB 2.0 ports and runs on a custom OS. Plus, you'll only need one remote to control the whole system.
The basic model is due to start at 6,500 SEK, (approximately £600), with prices rising in line with screen size and added functions. Ikea is supplying its TVs with a five-year warranty, although you'll have to take the whole installation apart if you want to return your model for repair. Better make sure you keep hold of the assembly instructions ...
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Philips is back full-throttle in the audio game, having already proved its savvy with its previous sound bar. We only awarded 3 stars to the HTS9140, but the features and performances were nonetheless highly consistent and it was cleverly designed.
After such a promising first endeavour, we needless to say have been patiently waiting to get our hands on the new CSS5123.
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Has Samsung already reached its goal of becoming 2012's No. 1 mobile manufacturer?
At least that's Reuters' assessment. The press agency left no doubt: in the first quarter of 2012 Samsung, with 88 million units sold, has outshined Nokia, with 83 million sold. Nokia is still in difficulty, and not only on the smartphone sector since it has also lost ground on the feature phone market. With its Lumia series in tow, Nokia has been struggling to make a significant dent in the race.
According to Reuters, the Finnish firm with an autumn-old penchant for Windows Phone is even struggling to gain the confidence of mobile operators, courted as they are by the prolific Samsung (with its panoply of smartphones in virtually all price ranges) and the inevitable Apple. Certain carriers feel that the lack of innovation in Nokia's recent handsets is the culprit behind its products' poor listing. Now, with a lack of visibility among operators and a subsidy model that's less advantageous to the end user, Nokia's under-hyped handsets are having a tough time competing with the bigwigs, who have been pulling out all the stops in vigorous communication campaigns. Another thing that's on carriers' minds is that it's easier to serve a client who has already been won over by a product than to try and convince someone who's heard very little about a phone or operating system into buying one. And while Windows Phone has clearly breathed a gust of fresh air into the iOS- and Android-dominated mobile scene, the fight to make it a household name is far from over.
Up against an army of Android phones courtesy of Samsung, HTC and the price-aggressive Asian contingent (ZTE, Huawei), Nokia, with its not-necessarily accessible Lumia series, is clearly grappling to keep pace with its adversaries. The firm will be publishing its earnings on 27 April.
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