Tokyo Edge: March's coolest gadgets

We're already a quarter of the way into 2009 and the gadgets are coming thick and fast despite the recession that is gripping many countries. This month it was time for new digital cameras with the PMA show in the US and a couple of follow-ups from Panasonic and Sony in their CES announcements from back in January. Mobile World Congress in Spain also proved a springboard for some new cell phones, among which were a couple of interesting prototypes from Samsung and LG. Both phones, which are detailed below, made use of solar panels to charge the battery. Green gadgets are definitely going to be a theme this year so watch out for similar prototypes and products as 2009 rolls on.

Sony touchscreen OLED Walkman: This unit a 3-inch display that, like other OLEDs, is sure to look crisp and bright. The use of a touchscreen means most buttons are gone from the small device but a few, such as the basic start, pause and volume controls remain. It also means the display takes up most of the front panel of the device, which is just under 10 centimeters tall, 5 cm wide and 1 cm thick. It will play popular formats including MP3, Windows Media and MPEG4 AVC/H.264 and there's also a podcast player and it will run YouTube video, both of which are loaded into the player via a computer. The screen has 432 pixel by 240 pixel resolution, which is widescreen QVGA resolution. Exact launch dates haven't been announced but via Amazon U.K. we know the device will launch in two configurations, 16GB and 32GB, in Great Britain for £214 and £283 (US$295 and $390) with shipping in "one to two months."

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