CES products galore

Here's a bunch of post-CES announcements that we found after returning from our long Las Vegas sojourn:

T-Mobile offers white BlackBerry Pearl

The BlackBerry Pearl actually looks like one now.

I suppose if you name a device the Pearl, you should have a version that includes a white finish. T-Mobile now offers such a device - the white-finish BlackBerry Pearl, which is available in the United States for about $150 (after rebates, discounts and with an associated monthly data plan).

The new version of the BlackBerry Pearl wireless e-mail and cell phone device supports the BlackBerry Internet Service (as many as 10 personal or corporate e-mail accounts), BlackBerry Enterprise Server support (integration with Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and Novell GroupWise), instant messaging client support for AOL, Yahoo, MSN and ICQ, a 1.3-megapixel digital camera with three zoom levels, multimedia player with MP3 and AAC file support, and an HTML Web browser. The device uses Research In Motion's SureType keyboard (not a qwerty-style), and has the same trackball navigation system as the original BlackBerry Pearl.

Dell launches its first rugged notebook

Dell is getting into the rugged notebook game with its new Latitude ATG, a semi-rugged version designed for users who work in outdoor or tougher environments than a typical office. The notebook is available in the United States, and will be available in other locations in the next few weeks, Dell says.

The Latitude ATG includes a shock-mounted hard drive, spill-resistant keyboard and port covers to protect from dust, moisture and other elements. Dell says the Latitude ATG meets military standards for vibration, humidity and altitude. The notebook's 14.1-inch display includes an ambient light sensor that is designed to be 1.5 times brighter than a normal notebook, for better sunlight viewing.

The $2,500 version also includes as much as 4GB of memory, has Intel Core 2 Duo processors and supports Windows Vista. It has hard-drive image compatibility with the Latitude D620 notebooks.

Samsung mobile phone includes VibeTonz tactile feedback

Samsung adds a tactile feedback screen on its SCH-W559.

I've been following Immersion for a while, and am happy to see the company has teamed with a mobile phone manufacturer. The new Samsung SCH-W559 uses Immersion's VibeTonz System, which provides tactile feedback in response to a touchscreen interaction (you get feedback when you press a button on the screen). The SCH-W559, to be launched by China Unicom, uses a 260,000-color QVGA LCD touchscreen display to replace a regular keypad as the primary input mechanism, Immersion says.

Other features on the phone include handwriting-recognition features, Bluetooth connectivity, a 1.3-megapixel digital camera, and audio and video playback.

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