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The Balmuda Phone is a small, expensive, and unique phone from a Japanese company known for toasters

Balmuda is a Japanese design company that makes high-end products for the home including a toaster, kettle, and lantern. Now Balmuda is also a phone maker. The Balmuda Phone is an unusual phone with a unique design by 2021 standards: It has a 4.9 inch display and a curved back that the company says makes the […]

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The new VAIO SX12 is a 2 pound notebook with up to Intel Core i7-1195G7

The VAIO SX12 is a compact notebook with a 12.5 inch full HD display and a body that measures 0.7 inches thick and which weighs about 2 pounds. Japanese PC maker VAIO introduced the first version of the laptop in 2019 and released a newer version with updated processor options a year later. Now it’s […]

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Leica launches its first smartphone in Japan (but it’s really a re-branded Sharp Aquos R6)

Camera maker Leica has been partnering with smartphone makers for years, with companies including Huawei, Panasonic, and Sharp shipping phones with Leica-branded cameras. Now Japanese wireless carrier SoftBank has introduced the first Lecia-branded smartphone. The Leica Leitz Phone 1 is available exclusively in Japan, where it goes up for pre-order June 18 for ¥187,920 (~$1700). The phone […]

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Taito’s Egret II Mini mini arcade cabinet has a screen that rotates and a trackball controller

Video game companies have been pushing out miniature versions of classic game systems for a few years, but the new Egret II from Japanese game publisher Taito may be one of the weirdest/most versatile to date. At first glance, it looks like a miniature version of a classic arcade game cabinet, much like SNK’s Neo […]

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Nanote P8 is a tiny convertible laptop with a 7 inch display and a Pentium N4200 processor ($300 in Japan)

The Nanote P8 is a miniature laptop computer with a 7 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel IPS LCD touchscreen display, QWERTY keyboard, and a 360-degree hinge that lets you fold the screen back and use the little computer as a tablet. It will be available for purchased in Japan soon for less than $300, making […]

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Dynabook Chromebook C1 features a Snapdragon 7c processor and 4G LTE

Dynabook’s first Chromebook is an 11.6 inch convertible model designed for the education market. Announced late last year in Japan, the Dynabook Chromebook C1 is also one of the first Chromebooks powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c processor and featuring 4G LTE support. It’s unclear if or when this model will make its way to other […]

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One Mix 4 mini-laptop with Intel Tiger Lake up for pre-order

By most standards, the One Mix 4 is a tiny laptop computer. It features a 10.1 inch display and the laptop measures just 8.9″ x 6.2″ x 0.7″ and weighs about 1.7 pounds. But it’s also the largest computer to date from One Netbook, a company that’s focused entirely on small laptops, some with screens as […]

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Dynabook V8 is a 2.2 pound convertible laptop with Intel Tiger Lake

The new Dynabook V8 is a convertible notebook with a 13.3 inch full HD IGZO touchscreen display, a 360 degree hinge that lets you switch between laptop and tablet modes, and a compact design: the notebook measures 0.7 inches thick and weighs just 2.2 pounds. But it packs plenty of horsepower thanks to an Intel […]

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1.8 pound NEC VersaPro UltraLite is 13.3inch laptop with Intel Comet Lake (for Japan)

The NEC VersaPro UltraLite is a laptop computer with a 13.3 inch full HD display and support for up to an Intel Core i7-10510U processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of PCIe NVMe storage. While it’s not that hard to find a laptop with those specs these days, what is unusual is to find one that’s […]

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NANOTE is a 7 inch convertible mini-laptop for $185 (in Japan)

A new mini-laptop is headed to Japan soon. The NANOTE features a 7 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel touchscreen display, a 360-degree hinge, and a QWERTY keyboard. But the most impressive thing about this little computer is its price tag — it’ll be available starting May 1st for 19,800 yen, or about $185. That makes this […]