The latest gadgets include powerful Ultrabooks, high-tech iPad keyboards, compact and robust camcorders, and Windows 8 smartphones. Below is a selection of the latest gadgets to soon hit the market.
Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook with high-resolution display
Dell’s Ultrabook XPS 13 is now available with a full HD display. The 13.3-inch screen displays 1920 x 1080 pixels. Otherwise the Ultrabook is unchanged from predecessor models.
Eight millimetres at its thickest, the device weighs 1.36 kilograms. The price is also unchanged – the Dell XPS 13 with Full HD display costs at least 1,149 euro (1,536 dollars).
iPad mini super-slim keyboard
Belkin has announced a Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad mini that’s only 7 millimetres thick and which can function simultaneously as a cover and stand for the Apple tablet.
The FastFit Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard Case comes with its own battery which the manufacturer says will allow the user to type for around 155 hours. The device will cost 70 euros.
Samsung QF30 camcorder streams live video
Samsung’s new QF30 camcorder can wirelessly stream live video over the internet. It does this via the online platform Ustream. As usual users can also save the recording and upload it later. The camera is designed to be as easy for a left-hander to use as a right-hander: it can be turned 180 degrees without the images on the 6.8-inch screen ending up upside down.
The 5-megapixel sensor captures full HD images and the camera has a 20-fold optical zoom. Available now, the QF30 costs 329 euros.
New Nokia Lumia 620 – entry level phone with Windows 8
Nokia’s new entry level phone, the , runs the Windows 8 operating system, has a one gigahertz dual-core processor and two cameras on the front and back. The 3.8-inch device also supports NFC (near field communications).
The phone comes in a variety of colours such as green and yellow as well as the classic black and white. The brightly coloured phone covers are removable. The Lumia 620 costs 269 euros.
Nikon Coolpix P520, Coolpix L820 – super-zoom cameras
Berlin (dpa) – Nikonis offering two new super-zoom cameras. The top model is the Coolpix P520 which has 42-fold magnification, integrated GPS, a 3.2-inch display and an 18-megapixel sensor. Available from mid-March, it will cost 429 euros (582 dollars).
Its sister model, the Coolpix L820, is simpler to operate and is aimed more at beginners. It came to shops in mid-February at a cost of 249 euros.The L820 offers 30-fold magnification, has a 16-megapixel sensor and a 3-inch screen. Both cameras can record video in full HD.
Pentax WG-10, Pentax WG-3 – robust and compact outdoor cameras
Water resistant to 10 metres, protected against falls from heights of 1.5 metres and still only three inches thick. The new outdoor camera from Pentax, the WG-10, has a rugged housing yet manages to remain relatively compact. It’s equipped with a 14-megapixel sensor and five-fold optical zoom.
The WG-3 is even more robust but also a bit thicker and heavier. Both cameras have LED lights built in around the lens to illuminate close-up shots. They’re expected to reach shops in March with the WG-10 costing 199 euros and the WG-3 100 euros more.