Tech Report have an SSD roundup. Today, 120-128GB SSDs can be had for around $200, putting them right in the sweet spot typically occupied by our favorite CPUs and graphics cards. Since we don't yet have a real favorite among the current class of solid-state drives, we've spent weeks running nine SSDs through an expanded storage test suite on new Sandy Bridge hardware.
Samsung are showing off a new flexible mobile phone. The new Samsung Galaxy Skin will feature an AMOLED display that will allow the phone to bend around a cylinder with a 1-inch diameter. Brighter than the normal screen, the AMOLED display is also low-energy and almost unbreakable, according to the reports. Video with more info here.
TBreak have an AMD Q&A. We got a chance to catch up with AMD’s Raymond Dumbeck, senior marketing manager for mobile and commercial products, and Manish Punjabi, field marketing manager for MENA and Turkey. While discussing the recently released Llano APUs, we also talked a bit about the upcoming Bulldozer high-end processors. There’s also a little bit about AMD’s vision of their ATI graphics cards, now that they’re moving forward to a one chip future.
VR-Zone have a Battlefield 3 BETA performance preview with some screenshots and HD video. Any modern quad core processor of at least 3.2GHz will not bottleneck the framerates in the game. The workload is evenly distributed between threads and more surprisingly, we did not see any noticable scaling when we upped the frequency or core count. Neat. Meanwhile TechAU report on a new NVIDIA driver with a BF3 focus. There's even an is your PC ready browser tool.
Telstra have launched their 4G LTE mobile network. Telstra has deployed upgrades to base stations in all eight capital cities and 30 regional centres, and plans to expand this to approximately 80 regional locations by the end of 2011. Customers will be able to access the network within 5km of a capital city, and within 3km of a regional centre. Telstra has also deployed LTE upgrades in the airports of each capital city. More info here.
There was a fire at a Foxconn factory recently. A fire at a plant belonging to Apple Inc supplier Foxconn Group in Shandong, eastern China, has been extinguished without casualties and there will be no impact on operations, said a spokesman for group's listed entity Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd.
Hopefully that fire won't affect Apple's upcoming Let's Talk iPhone Event early next month. Apple is hosting its next iPhone event at its Cupertino headquarters on October 4. Press invites landed in media inboxes first thing this morning, with a very enticing tag line: “Let’s Talk iPhone.” More here and here.