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.

MSI X-Slim laptops: Micro-Star International is beefing-up its X-Slim laptop line with new X340 machines that feature a more powerful processor than previous models. The X340 Pro laptop is based on Intel's new 1.4GHz ultra-low voltage Core 2 Solo processor, which should make it more suited to multimedia applications than its predecessor. A second new laptop, the X340, has a 1.3GHz chip. Both have a 13-inch wide-screen display with 1,366 pixel by 768 pixel (WXGA) resolution. Other features include HDMI and monitor ports, Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and optional WiMax modules. The X-Slim laptops typically turn heads because they're about the same size and thickness as Apple's MacBook Air but run Windows. Even with the upgrade, the Apple machines still pack more powerful processors. Launch dates for the X340 have not yet been fixed. It is expected to retail for between US$700 and $1,000.

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