Microsoft has released the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 right on schedule. Both tablets are now available on the Microsoft Store and at retailers like Best Buy. The Touch Cover 2 and Type Cover 2 are also now available, and the other Surface accessories like the Power Cover and docking station will be available in "early 2014." Surface customers who don't want to order online can pick up their tablet at any Microsoft retail store location, and have the staff help them set up and personalize their tablet.
Surface 2 specs include a NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD display, USB 3.0 port, a 3.5-megapixel front camera, 5-megapixel rear camera and Windows 8.1 RT.
The Surface 2 is available in 32GB and 64GB configurations2 and starts at $449.
Nokia made a lot of announcements at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, but the biggest is probably their new flagship Windows handset with a 6-inch 1080p display. The Lumia 1520 is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM, and it is equipped with a 20-megapixel PureView camera. The handset also ships with the new Nokia Camera app, and a BSI f/2.4 Zeiss lens with optical image stabilization.
Other features include four microphones, 32GB on internal storage (expandable storage up to 64GB), and a 3,400mAh battery with Qi wireless charging support.
Nokia also announced the entry-level Lumia 1320 with 720p display, Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 5-megapixel camera. Both the 1520 and 1320 will run the latest version of Windows Phone 8.
Pre-orders are now being accepted for the Sony Alpha 7 and 7R mirrorless digital cameras and several new Sony E-mount lenses. Sony is calling this launch one of their most important launches ever. Both the a7 and a7R are currently the smallest and lightest full frame cameras available on the market. The a7 features a 24.3MP full frame Exmor CMOS sensor and an enhanced Hybrid Autofocus system with a 25-point contrast-detection for high speed and accuracy. The a7R sports a 36.4MP sensor, but has no no optical low pass filter, which gives it higher resolution and higher contrast for taking sharper images.
Both models feature a 2.4M-dot OLED electronic viewfinder, which Sony promises won't hide highlights or shadows, a new BIONZ X image processor and a tiltable 3.0-inch Xtra Fine LCD display with 1,229K-dot resolution. Other features include Full HD video at 24p/60i/60p with uncompressed HDMI output, built-in Wi-Fi / NFC compatibility, 14-bit RAW output and a multi-interface shoe.
Sony is doing its best to ensure that there will be plenty of PlayStation 4 stock available on launch day. All major retailers like Walmart and GameStop have stopped accepting pre-orders for the console, and Sony is warning that stock could be limited in the UK. This has given video game scalpers the opportunity to take advantage of shoppers who missed out on pre-ordering a PS4 Launch Edition.
The PlayStation 4 Launch Edition has been popping up on eBay and from other third party sellers on websites like Amazon.com for around $300 more than its original asking price. However, one ambitious re-seller has listed the PlayStation 4 Knack Launch Day Bundle for a reasonable $4,999.99 + $9.24 shipping.
Fitbit has officially announced its Force wireless activity and sleep-tracking wristband. The Force wristband features an OLED display and offers real-time access to all your stats like steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned. The Force will also send you smart call notifications when coupled with an iPhone running iOS 7 or higher.
Other features include a state-of the-art altimeter for tracking how many floors you climb a day, sleep monitoring / silent wake alarm, and Bluetooth 4.0 support.
The Doctor Who: Series 1-7 Limited Edition Blu-ray Giftset is now available for pre-order. This is the first time ever that the BBC has collected the entire new series of Doctor Who together on Blu-ray. The set includes, a unique Doctor Who Universal Remote Control Sonic Screwdriver, three original art cards, and an exclusive Doctor Who comic book. Special features include: The Brit List's Doctor Who Ultimate List of Lists, The Best of the Christmas Specials, Doctor Who at the Proms (90-minute version with 5.1 Surround Sound), Audio Commentary, Doctor Who Confidential/Behind the Scenes, Deleted Scenes and Outtakes, Feature-length Specials and Featurettes, Episode prequels and Video Diaries.
The set features Series 1-4, featuring the Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston and the Tenth Doctor David Tennant, and Series 5-7 featuring the Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith. All the discs have been newly remastered at full 1080p high definition.
It looks like Skylanders fans will once again have to hit up various retailers if they want to collect all the Swap Force characters and accessories. It has been confirmed that Enchanted Hoot Loop will be a Walmart exclusive, and that the Legendary characters will only be available at Toys R Us. Target will also be carrying an exclusive Nitro Magna Charge 2-pack on launch day.
Skylanders collectors are urged to sign up for free Swap Force notifications so they don't miss out on any pre-orders. This is a much better option than running store-to-store on launch day, or having to sign up for different email notifications from several retailers. The whohas.it Skylanders Swap Force tracker will notify you via mobile alert (iOS only, Android coming soon), email, or desktop alarm when any of the Swap Force characters become available for pre-order or for sale. This will ensure that you will not miss out on any characters or store exclusives, and will help guarantee that you don't get stuck paying high scalper prices for the harder to find Swap Force action figures.
Amazon has been doing a great job of keeping to its goal by offering "premium products at non-premium prices," and the company has just upped the ante with its Kindle Fire HDX tablet. The new 7-and 8.9-inch slates feature much higher resolution than their predecessors at 323 ppi (1,920 x 1,200) and 339 ppi (2,560 x 1,600), respectively.
The Fire HDX is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, the fastest processor ever put in a tablet, and 2GB of RAM. The 8.9-inch model is equipped with a 8MP rear-facing camera with an LED flash and built-in electronic image stabilization. The 7-inch model only ships with a front-facing camera.
Sharp's newly announced Aquos Ultra HD LED TV has popped up online at several retailers for less than its original $7,500 asking price. Sharp announced "the world's first 70-inch THX 4K certified TV" a few weeks ago. The Aquos (Model# LC-70UD1U) television features four times the pixel resolution of high definition and Sharp's proprietary Revelation 4K Upscaler, which promises to provide a "sharper, more realistic and more stunning" picture, according to Sharp.
"For the past several years the focus with high-end television panels was on delivering a more exciting experience through size," said John Herrington, President, Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America. "With the introduction of our AQUOS 4K TV, we now offer consumers an even more life-like TV experience coupling size with resolution and clarity."
This is your last chance to lock in your iPhone trade in value before prices plummet tomorrow at 12:01 a.m. PST. iPhone trade in values typically go down after a new Apple handset is released. Apple is launching two iPhones tomorrow, which means the price of the discontinued iPhone 5 and older models will decrease. However, you can still trade in your device and have money left over even if you're still locked into a carrier contract. Here's how:
NextWorth is currently offering around $300 or higher for working used iPhones. "Working" means the device powers on, is fully functional and doesn't have any water damage. AT&T and Verizon Wireless early termination fees range between $325-350, minus $10 for every month you've completed. iPhone owners who are only one year into their contract would only owe a $205 early termination fee to AT&T. This means you could potentially trade in a 32GB iPhone 5 for around $300, pay off your fee, and still have around $95 to put towards a new iPhone 5s.
The 16GB iPhone 5s is $199, the 32GB is $299 and the 64GB is $399... You can do the rest of the math.