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ZAHID H. JAVALI
GEEK EMPIRE

Zahid H. Javali is part-columnist, part-photographer, part-gadget guru and a full-time custom publisher.

Panasonic’s resistant Toughpad FZ-A1

Come 2012 and the Panasonic will unveil the Toughpad FZ-A1. With a three-year warranty, this 10-inch android tablet can safely be dropped from waist level, is resistant to dust and water and works in extreme weather conditions ranging from minus 10 degrees to 50 degrees. The handy gadget comes with accessories like vehicle mounting and ergonomic hands-free holsters. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity are standard, with options for a 3G model. The 16GB storage is expandable up to 32GB, while the replaceable battery ensures mid-life upgrades and runs for 10 hours. The 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera make it a device worth owning. Cost about Rs 58,000; 3G model cost around Rs 68,000.

Mitsubishi home theatre laser display

Mitsubishi is hard at work creating the world's first large-screen home cinema laser display, and is likely to launch it first in Europe. It's a rear-projection TV aided by laser technology that significantly betters the picture quality of plasma and LCD TVs (including the LED backlit variant). The laser light unit needs to be replaced every 40,000 hours, which is about eight hours per day for 10 years. Although it does well with 3D, it's the 2D rendering that grabs your attention, with no blur, flicker or image lag. But then, how many of us can watch 3D all the time without getting a headache? If this 75-inch display, expected to debut in retail stores next year, catches the buyer's fancy, it could mark an end to home cinema projectors and screens. Cost over Rs 3 lakh.

Samsung gets creative with netbook-tablet

Is it a netbook or a tablet? Well, Samsung's to be launched 7-series netbook is both. And yet, it derives much of its unveiling mechanism from slider phones. Yes, instead of flipping the lid of the tablet, you slide it open to reveal a blue keyboard (black is also an option) beneath the sliding screen that is all of 10 inches. The Atom processor (1.66GHz) running Windows 7 increases the speed of use. Samsung's first Windows-based tablet can be easily used, the slider has a number of ports and slots, including HDMI, USB 2.0, a 4-in-1 card reader, an SD slot for storage expansion and a 1.3MP front-facing camera. You can store up to 64GB and work the tablet for seven hours on a single charge. Cost Rs 34,500.

 
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