Two weeks after launching in Australia, what they knew to be an old Flip pocket camcorder, Cisco has rolled out a brand new model to US and European consumers that has more memory and a wider LCD screen and better resolution than the model currently being sold in Australia.
The Cisco MinoHD (Second Edition) has a brushed metal case and offers twice the recording time than the model currently being sold in Australia.
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Cisco who recently appointed a new PR Company to specifically launch the Flip phone in Australia has not explained why they appear to dumping what is now an old model Flip Camera onto the Australian market or why they launched it in the first place only two weeks out from the launch of a new model overseas.
The new Flip, with eight gigabytes of on-board memory (versus four gigabytes on the standard MinoHD) has had it’s resolution raised from 720p (1280 x 720) in the model being sold in Australia to the higher-definition 1080p (1920 by 1280), which is available on Kodak’s $180 Zi8 and the new JVC camera launched last week.
The new MinoHD (Second Generation) can store two hours of 720p footage at 30 frames per second Vs one hour with the model that Cisco is currently trying to sell to Australian consumers.
The case’s rounded corners yields a design that’s noticeably slicker than its predecessor, and the new model has a larger two-inch antiglare LCD with an improved resolution of 960 by 240 pixels. It also adds a mini HDMI connector that will enable you to connect the device to your high-definition TV.
The company also has updated its pre-loaded FlipShare software to enable one-click transfers to Facebook, a nice touch since Facebook is now the de facto share-everything destination. (FlipShare also enables one-button uploads to MySpace and YouTube, but that’s not new.) The software, which works with Windows and Mac machines, also includes editing and sharing capabilities that are simple but effective.
You can personalize a Flip MinoHD (Second Edition) at TheFlip.com at no additional cost.
Cisco Australia who recently dumped their local consumer market manager and are now running the division from Singapore were not available to comment as we posted this story.
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