Compared to the previous gen models, Samsung GALAXY S5 was definitely considered as a big failure for Samsung given that this flagship smartphone didn’t meet company’s high expectation, especially because it’s been Samsung’s best selling smartphone across the globe. Despite having IP58 certification, this smartphone unfortunately is not strong enough to survive in the fierce competition around the smartphone market.
However, the successor of that smartphone finally arrives this year. But it’s not just one, but 2 new successors will be ready to bring Samsung to the top level again alongside Apple. And they are Samsung GALAXY S6 and Samsung GALAXY S6 Edge. Last year, Samsung actually already had the S5 Edge available to buy across the market. However, this dual-edge-display smartphone was not released at the same time as Samsung GALAXY S5.
Anyway, talking about improvements, of course there will be improvements made by Samsung on these 2 new-gen devices. But the most prominent improvement seen on Samsung GALAXY S6 and S6 Edge compared to predecessors is definitely their designs. After getting a lot of feedback to improve the designs of its smartphones, now Samsung finally manages to do things right this time with these 2 new smartphones, especially Samsung GALAXY S6.
Unlike the predecessors that usually use plastic polycarbonate materials all over the place, now Samsung GALAXY S6 and S6 Edge are made out of the glass materials (Corning Gorilla Glass 4 back panel), which are really solid, extremely durable and deserve to fight head-to-head against iPhone 6. According to what i’ve already seen on drop tests across YouTube and some tech sites, these 2 devices amazingly are really tough even in some extreme drop tests.
Meanwhile, Samsung GALAXY S6 Edge is no different. Just like its predecessor, this new-gen device still overs the dual-edge screen which enables users to do some great things like opening contacts from the left edge of the screen, seeing new notifications or setting app shortcuts. The other awesome thing found on this dual-edge screen is its ability to show different colors of light everytime someone is calling. But this feature will only occur if the phone’s screen faces down to the table.
Speaking of hardware, there are new upgrades made by Samsung over these 2 smartphones. Samsung GALAXY S6 now comes with the new Exynos 7420 octa-core processor clocked at 2.1GHz, accompanied with Mali T760 MP8 and 3GB of RAM. On the back, there’s a new more improved 16MP rear-facing camera which according to theVerge and PhoneArena is a really beast camera and even the best on the market right now. However, there’s no microSD card slot anymore on these 2 devices, as well as removable battery. Not to mention, there’s no IP58 certification anymore just like the predecessor. The good thing is, Samsung releases the 64 and 128GB models if you feel that 32GB of internal storage is not enough to keep all of your goodies.
Both Samsung GALAXY S6 and S6 Edge now comes pre-installed with the new Android 5.0.2 Lollipop out of the box. Impressively, Samsung decides to strip off most of the gimmicky features on the previous TouchWiz UI and bring the much lighter OS to the users. This of course will improve a lot of things to these 2 devices, like performance and the most importantly, battery life.
Samsung GALAXY S6 and S6 Edge will be available all across the globe and they can be had in varied different colors, from White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum and Green Emerald. So pick the one you like, and you’re good to go.
In the past few years, LG Gx series has been nothing but one of LG’s most successful smartphone series this company ever released. Ever since LG G2 came out, this series became the only one flagship from LG that always has all the best hardware compared to all of its smartphone line. Now, after getting warm reception over the predecessor (LG G3) all across the globe, now LG is back again to introduce the new generation of its flagship smartphone, LG G4.
Compared to the previous-gen model, LG G4 is a huge departure especially when it comes to design. Even though the front bezels are still practically the same with G3, this company still makes a design overhaul on the back side of this smartphone. Interestingly LG also takes the same road as Samsung through its new LG G4.
Just like the ones seen on Samsung GALAXY Note 3 with its “fake” elements on the back cover (from faux leather and fake stitching), now the back cover of this smartphone also has those 2 elements. It has the fake stitching on the center side of the cover (from the rear camera all the way down to the logo), which makes it look like it’s made out of leather materials, which is not true because it is still using the traditional plastic polycarbonate all over the place.
Not only did LG make some improvements on the design, but also on the hardware department. If LG G3 looks really superior with its 13MP rear camera, 1.2MP front-facing camera, Snapdragon 801 processor along with Adreno 330 GPU, now LG G4 gets upgraded with some new goodies, like 16MP and 8MP cameras back and front, Snapdragon 808 processor and of course, the more powerful Adreno 418 GPU. This of course make LG G4 relevant with other competing products around the market, alongside Apple iPhone 6 and of course, Samsung’s new flagship, Samsung GALAXY S6.
Meanwhile, on the display department, nothing changes around here as LG G4 is still sporting the same 5.5-inch display with the Quad HD resolution (2560x1440 pixels), just like most of the flagship smartphones out there. Anyway, LG G4 will come with the new Android 5.1 Lollipop, there’s also microSD card slot for up to 128GB if you want to expand its 32GB internal storage. Meanwhile, 3000mAh battery is still powering the phone, just like on the predecessor.
- Released 2015, April
- Weight 155 g (5.47 oz)
- IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- 5.5 inches (~72.5% screen-to-body ratio)
- 1440 x 2560 pixels (~538 ppi pixel density)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- LG Optimus UX 4.0 UI
- Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
- Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808
- Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57 & quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53Sbaso
- Adreno 418
- microSD, up to 128 GB
- Internal 32 GB
- 3 GB RAM
- 16 MP, 5312 x 2988 pixels, phase detection/laser autofocus,
- optical image stabilization, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
- 8 MP, 1080p@30fps
- Infrared port Yes
- Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
- Java No
- Optional Wireless Charging (Qi-enabled)
- Battery Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
- Stand-by Up to 375 h (3G)
- Talk time Up to 10 h (3G)
As always, to welcome this holiday season waiting ahead of us, Amazon has prepared some newer generation models of its pride tablet, Kindle Fire series. This brand new tablet is now called as Amazon Fire HDX series. Actually, there are some new devices in Amazon's this year lineup, but the most prominent model is definitely the new refreshed 8.9-inch Fire HDX. All of this new tablets are now carrying the new "Amazon Fire HDX series" (instead of last year's Kindle Fire HDX series). The 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX, however, is left untouched by Amazon in terms of spec sheet but it'll still be available this holiday season.
First of all, let’s start with the flagship model from all of them, Amazon Fire HDX 8.9. Amazingly, similar like the other flagship phones across the market to date, this Amazon Fire HDX model comes with more powerful hardware package. From the Qualcomm’s Snappy Snapdragon 805, 3GB of RAM and Adreno 420 GPU, meaning that all the games across the Amazon App Store can be run perfectly without any lag whatsoever. In fact this Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 is one of the best gaming tablet on the market right now, of course, in terms of performance.
And if you love watching movies, then Amazon Fire HDX is absolutely the right tablet for you. Sporting the 8.9-inch screen with 2560x1600 pixel resolution, which is higher than even the iPad Air’s screen resolution and equal to last year’s Google Nexus 10 tablet, everything on the screen looks really clear and sharp. Amazingly, screen tests already proved that the screen of Kindle Fire HDX looks much better than iPad Air. Well, that’s so impressive though given that Amazon Kindle Fire series has always been the underdog compared to iPad.
Just like last year's model, this Kindle Fire HDX still comes with the same 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash. So you'll be able to capture your special moments with this tablet. This, however, contradicts with the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX that is still not equipped with a rear-facing camera.
Okay, now let’s move on to the second model, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX. First of all, this model is not updated by Amazon this year so yeah, it still carries the same 1920x1200 pixel resolution screen. However, this resolution is already enough to satisfy you as the owner. Besides, 1920x1200 pixel screen is 1080p screen, so it means, this resolution is the current industry standard of smartphone screen. And that already looks clear and shaper for human eyes.
Overall, the hardware of Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch are considered as powerful for today's standards. So you can play any 3D high performance games across the Amazon App Store or watch HD movies on this tablet without having any lag, again, whatsoever.
The 8.9-inch and 7-inch models of Kindle Fire HDX can be bought with or without Amazon’s “Special Offers” advertisements, with or without LTE connectivity from Verizon or AT&T. You can pick from the smallest 16GB model, 32GB or 64GB model, of course with NO support of microSD card slot.
The 8.9-inch model can be bought for $379, while the 7-inch can be had for $229, the same price as Google Nexus 7. However, if you’re currently not in great shape financially, you can choose the cheapest model, which is the new Amazon Fire HD 6 and Amazon Fire HD 7 that both share the same 1280x800 pixel resolution but different screen sizes (duh!). They can be had for around $139 and $180 for the biggest 7-inch variant.
Many of us have been blessed with tablet galore around the market with the likes of iPad, Kindle Fire, Samsung GALAXY Tab, Sony Tablet S & Tablet P, Asus Transformer Prime and many other flavor tablets that are FREE for grab, of course with the exchange of you money.
However, despite the sophistication and elegance that being shown off to the users, the use of those tablets is still floating around as just a consumption device (e.g., browsing the net, reading e-Books, watching movies, listening to music, even playing Angry Birds) and seems halfhearted to step forward to the more technical office computing environment, although some office doc “apps” can be “played” on those tablets for computing and editing needs.
Therefore, Microsoft as the creator of Windows OS, decides to show its face in front of competitors and ready to become the pioneer to bring a more serious computing tablet called "Microsoft Surface Pro 3" to the tablet market.
A few days ago, Microsoft just unveiled its latest-generation of Surface - Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Interestingly, Microsoft’s Surface tablet comes in some different variants. For example, the first model, the most expensive one, will be planted with Intel’s 4th-generation Intel Core i7 chip and runs the Windows 8.1 Pro OS, coupled with Intel 4400 HD Graphics Card.
Meanwhile, the other models, also running on Windows 8.1 Professional, will be injected with Intel Core i5 and i3 chipsets, with the i7-powered model being the most expensive model of all these 3. Not to mention, now the display of this Microsoft's tablet has been bumped up to 13.3-inches.
Even though these 3 variants of Surface tablets have been unveiled by Microsoft, this tech giant is still reluctant to spill anything about the price details. However, many believe that Microsoft will price Surface tablet aggressively in order to put this tablet in line to other ARM or Intel-based Notebooks. But, since this Microsoft Surface tablet is a really serious tablet and comes with premium design, so high-end market is likely the one that will be visited by this tablet.
So if you’re so eager to get this Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet when it arrives in the market, the best advice for you and it works every time is to save your money and prepare the big budget because this device’s gonna dig a bit deeper in your flat pocket.
Check out the video below to know more about Microsoft's Surface tablet.
If one of Sony Mobile’s goals in 2014 is to compete with big names like Apple and Samsung in smartphone market, then there is no other way for Sony except to launch a powerful high-end device that can match iPhone and Samsung’s flagships.
Recently, Sony has finally made Sony Xperia Z2 official in front of public at MWC 2014. And as a new flagship, then the specs of Sony Xperia Z2 will be the ones that will get the most scrutinize from the public. Luckily, Sony is more than prepared for that matter.
Sony Xperia Z2 will bring many cutting edge specs and technologies to the table. As a starter, the screen of this device is a 5.2-inches supporting the resolution of 1080x1920 pixels and it’s armed with light color LED IPS screen and it has the widest color pallet that will surely deliver an eye-pleasing experience and great viewing angle to the end users. According to many hands on videos across YouTube, the screen of this phone is way better than the predecessor, Sony Xperia Z that has bad viewing angle and the screen looks washed out, probably given its IP57 certification that requires the screen to be tightly protected especially from water.
Fortunately, many reviewers experienced that the screen of this phone now has great viewing angle, which now has become one of the most crucial things on the latest smartphone’s screens, especially in 2014.
Talking about performance, the Sony Xperia Z2 is believed could deliver a satisfying experience to the users. Equipping itself with the latest monster quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor from Qualcomm (slightly better than the "beast" Snapdragon 800), this phone will absolutely run extremely faster and free of any lag whatsoever, just like Samsung GALAXY S5 that also uses that same processor. So this aspect gets the best treatment from Sony.
Not to mention, multitasking apps or web browser’s tabs will never disrupt the whole performance of this phone because 2GB of RAM has been equipped on this device, something that also will become the new trend in 2014’s high-end smartphones.
Besides great display, fast processor and big fat RAM, Sony Xperia Z2 also features LTE connectivity (which is a must), better camera that can give HDR quality in video recording, microSD card slot, NFC, Android 4.4 Jelly Bean, Clear Audio+ and Bravia Reality Display.
Sony Xperia Z2 has also been armed with IP58 water resistant that tightly protects this phone against water from entering inside the internal device, including through the microSD card port, headphone jack, microUSB and battery cover because those holes are perfectly covered with glass panels front and back, and plastic strips to close the ports from the water.
Lastly, there is one other great feature that has been provided by Sony Mobile on this device. And that is called Battery Stamina mode that will automatically kill all the background process in memory and also apps when the screen is turned off, which in turn will allow this smartphone to maintain the battery life 4 times longer in standby mode.
Sony Xperia Z2 will soon arrive in the market in March, according to Sony’s latest announcement at MWC 2014. Well, if you’re looking forward to buy this phone when it finally launches to the market, Sony Xperia Z2 will be heading to market this March.
If there is a phone that will likely make many phone shoppers really really happy, then Google-newly-launched Nexus 6 is definitely one of them. The reason is simple. Having been equipped with many high-end powerful specs on it, Google Nexus 6 is a much even more powerful device than the predecessor, Nexus 5.
As expected by many people, especially phone enthusiasts out there, Google Nexus 6 will be a high-end phone, equipped with high-end specs on it. First of all, now this phone is taken care by Motorola. To name a few, as Nexus 6 owners, you’ll get some sweet goodies like Snappy Snapdragon 805 processor accompanied by huge 3GB of RAM and Adreno 420 GPU (which actually the same internals found on Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 tablet), Quad HD 2560x1440 pixel resolution on a big 5.9-inch screen and the latest Android build, Android 5.0 Lollipop.
First of all, let’s start with the screen sector. Just like the name of this phone, Google Nexus “6” will be armed with a 6-inch display (to be exact, 5.9-inch screen actually) sporting the resolution of Quad HD or 2560x1440 pixels, which has been adopted on many flagship smartphones like LG G3 or Samsung GALAXY Note 4. And that means, everything that you throw on the screen will look insanely sharp, clear, crisp, and incredible.
Next, let’s go to the performance sector of this phone. As we all know already, Google nexus 6 is armed with the latest flagship chipset from Qualcomm, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, which undoubtedly will be a beast in term of performance. Accompanied with a behemoth 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 420 GPU, then Google Nexus 6 will definitely be one of the best performance smartphones around the market to date. Having known that, then you as the owner can throw any powerful games across the Google Play Store to this phone and play them in buttery smooth performance without any single lag whatsoever. That’s for sure. Not to mention, thanks to its 3GB of RAM, you’ll definitely have big room to store your recent apps and multitask them all at the same time.
One of the main selling points of Google Nexus 6 is absolutely its camera. Having been equipped with 8MP camera on the back plus the LED flash and OIS (optical image stabilization), then it’s no doubt that Google Nexus 6 will be a great photo snapper in low-light condition.
Talking about software, Google Nexus 6 comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. This software build itself brings many upgrades and optimizations compared to the previous builds, and even complete overhaul on its entire interface, based on Material Design announced by Google a couple of months ago. Not to mention, this latest Android Lollipop also has the same feature just like Moto X that lets users wake up this phone with a key phrase “OK Google”, even on the lock screen.
Well, if you’re more than interested to own this Google’s latest Nexus phone in the palm of your hand, then you should head over to Google Play Store as this phone is sold at really expensive price tag - $649 for the smallest 16GB model. And that is not that surprising given the fact that this phone has some high-end powerful specs like Snapdragon 805, 3GB of RAM, Adreno 420 and the most importantly, a great more improved camera.
At the recent CES 2013 that was held in Vegas few days ago, there is no doubt that this event was the place where most of the people’s attention was fully concentrated on the battle of chip manufacturers between NVIDIA, Qualcomm and of course, Samsung with its mind-blowing 8-core Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor. So this event actually looked more like chip convention than general tech event, although Sony Mobile with its Xperia Z did steal some of thunder there.
|Cheapest Tablet PC Archos Titanium|
And they are the 4 new cheapest tablet PCs under the family member of Archos Titanium that I believe are worth checking out, especially if you are an Android tablet enthusiast.
Recently, Archos just announced 4 of its new Titanium cheapest tablet PCs called Archos Titanium 70, Archos Titanium 80, Archos Titanium 97 and last but not least, Archos Titanium 101.
|Cheapest Tablet PC Archos Titanium 70, 80, 97 and 101|
Yeah, that’s right. 100 points for you!
Archos Titanium 70 is a 7-inch tablet deploying IPS LCD display on the front side and if we look at the whole design of this tablet, then many of you will absolutely think how this device looks really similar with iPad, right?
Well, unfortunately yeah, that’s true, Archos Titanium line looks exactly the same with white-flavored iPad.
But anyway, this tablet has been armed with 1.6GHz dual-core A9 processor with Mali-400 GPU handling the graphics department and 1GB of RAM providing the convenient in multitasking job.
And talking about the software, Archos Titanium 70 luckily, comes with Android 4.1 out of the box, which is pretty cool and not so surprising given that most of the new Android tablets, especially the ones that are launched in 2013, must already have that Android Jelly Bean if it wants to compete equally with the newest tablets around the market.
Besides Archos Titanium 70, the company also revealed the other models with much bigger screen sizes, from Archos Titanium 80, Archos Titanium 97 and Archos Titanium 101.
Among all of these new kids on the block, the one with 9.7-inch screen apparently is the one that really stands out and gets the special treatment from the maker. In fact, on Archos official website, you can only find the dedicated page for Archos 97 Titanium HD.
And if you try to search the other 3 models on that site, it will land you to the result page that reads “No product matches. Try searching for another ARCHOS product”, which I think is a quite annoying because the other 3 models, for me, are still really worth checking out.
I just don’t understand why Archos decides to not making the dedicated pages for the other 3 variants on its website. Hopefully, they will soon roll out the pages for the rest Titanium models.
Anyway, unlike the other 3 models, Archos 97 Titanium HD comes with staggering screen resolution of 2048x1536 pixels that offers an HD quality to the users. And that screen resolution is already mind-boggling around the tablet market to date.
As a matter of fact, it is the iPad 4’s resolution.
To make comparisons, Archos 97 Titanium HD’s screen resolution is the same with iPad 4, as well as their screen size, with the same pixel density of 264ppi.
However, when this tablet is rivaled with Google-Samsung Nexus 10 tablet, then the screen resolution of Archos 97 tablet is a bit lower than the Nexus tablet, which has 2560x1600 pixel resolution.
But it’s worth noting that Google Nexus 10 is using 10.1-inch screen, while Archos 97 is a 9.7-inch tablet. So there is some adjustment on the screen resolution and size between each of these tablets.
Interestingly, at CES 2013, some of Archos’ staff at its booth camp that are assigned to explain to the attendees about the products, apparently gave some mixed information regarding the specs of Archos Titanium tablets.
In the videos that are uploaded on YouTube by multiple reports, one of the staff said that Archos 80 Titanium tablet is equipped with quad-core CPU, 8-core GPU and 2GB of RAM, whereas on some other reports, all Archos Titanium tablets will come with 1.6GHz dual-core A9 CPU, quad-core GPU and only 1GB of RAM.
I’m actually a bit confused about which one I want to believe.
But according to Archos, its Titanium line will have quad-core CPU, 8-core GPU and 2GB of RAM. So it’s your call which one do you want to trust. But if you’re still not really sure, you can watch it on the YouTube video below.
Anyway, something that becomes the highlight of these Archos Titanium series tablets is the design that really resembles with the iPad. As a matter of fact, they all look really similar with iPad, the white one.
I just hope that Archos has already prepared itself just in case Apple has a plan to exaggerate this issue in the future and invite Archos to the court.
However, considering that Archos is currently not a big player in Android tablet market, let alone the whole tablet market, then I don’t think Apple wants to bother itself to squeeze Archos’ tiny bank account.
It like squeezing on the wrong cow if Apple tries to sue Archos over these Titanium tablets, whereas Apple can get much bigger money from a big dog, Samsung.
But things might be different if one day, Archos becomes a big player in tablet market. Archos definitely needs to hire the best ever lawyer out there because Apple is more than happier to bring this case to the court.
Anyway, one of the great things about Archos Titanium tablets, besides its great design and powerful specs, is that Archos generously decides to price its Titanium tablets at really low price tags. As a matter of fact, their price tags are insanely cheap for great build tablets like these.
- The price is starting at just $119 for the smaller 7-inch Archos 70 Titanium model
- And then, Archos 80 Titanium costs only $169 (169 euro),
- Archos 101 Titanium is priced at $199 (199 euro),
- and the best model in this series, Archos 97 Titanium HD can be bought for just $249 (249 euro), considering that the 9.7-inch model comes with much better specs among all 3 other models, especially the HD screen.
So if you’re really excited to get one of these great tablets, or maybe all of them, then be sure to prepare the budget when they finally launch to the market.
These days, more and more console gamers are slowly shifting their attention from console gaming to another platform that has been growing significantly and quickly in gaming industry. And that is tablet and smartphone gaming.
As we all know already, now several game developers who normally make games for console or PC have shown their interest in porting their popular titles to iOS, Windows Phone and Android platforms. To name a few, there are GTA III and GTA Vice City by Rockstar Games, Resident Evil, FIFA, PES 2012 and many more.
Seeing how fast the development of mobile gaming has been happening in the past few years, it's just a matter of time when tablet games will finally have the same quality graphics just like on PS 3 or XBOX 360. As a matter of fact, EA Labels' representative has shared his interesting view about the future of tablet gaming.
IGN, one of the biggest and most popular gaming portals on the web, just had a chance to meet and have an interview with the President of EA Labels, Frank Gibeau. In that interview, Frank talks about how tablet gaming has a great chance to enter in the actual console gaming industry in the near future.
“In the near future, the next wave of tablets and phones will have nearly Xbox 360 or PS3 capabilities in terms of graphics,” Gibeau told IGN. “Some of our engine technology that used to be console-specific now can, with modifications, be able to power games on tablets and on phones in the near future. We’re just getting ready for that.”I think this is gonna be really interesting to see how tablet gaming develops even further in the future. I just can't imagine if Rockstar Games finally launches the latest GTA games with the quality graphics just like on Xbox 360 or PS 3, or even their console sequels (i.e., Xbox One and PS4).
“You have to redesign the game,” he explained. “You can’t just bring it over and have a virtual D-pad on the tablet. It doesn’t work. You have to re-architect it around touch, voice, camera. Our teams are having a lot of fun with that, reimagining an experience on a tablet using the same graphics and assets in some ways, but completely remixing the meal. Same ingredients, completely different meal. That’s kind of the way we think about it.” - Frank Gibeau
I believe all phone and tablet manufacturers will have a big home work to do, and that is to bring much higher quality hardware specs to the future smartphones in order to allow developers to bring their best ever quality graphics to their games. This is gonna be so cool!!
In camera industry, the company named Nikon is definitely not a new player anymore as this Japanese manufacturer produces many camera-related products range from cameras, binoculars, ophthalmic lenses, until microscopes. However, seeing how fast the developments of camera on smartphones and tablets these days, especially with the announcement of 41MP Nokia Lumia 1020, then it's just a matter of time before we finally see Nikon enter this smartphone game.
As a matter of fact, an interesting report just surfaced to public recently as Makoto Kimura, Nikon's boss, told Bloomberg regarding his company's interest to join the battle against Apple, Samsung, Sony, LG and other rivals in this fast growing smartphone market in the future.
According to the source, Makoto is well aware of the trend, especially related to camera developments in smartphone market, and his company is planning to build non-camera products for consumers in the future.
Makoto also didn't forget to unleash a report that his company, specifically Nikon's imaging division, and a new business team is in the making of a game-changing product that he hoped would change the concept of cameras in smartphone market in the future.
Unfortunately, when asked about the possibility of Nikon to build a smartphone in the near future, he declined. This could mean that, even though Nikon may not be producing any smartphone in the future, this company could also be building some complements for smartphones, of course to help improve the camera department of smartphone, for example maybe are smartphone accessories such as: add-on lenses, flashes or camera apps.
I believe what will excite phone enthusiasts, especially the ones who have photography hobby, is when Nikon builds a new device that could help smartphone camera reach the quality of videos or photos on digital cameras or professional cameras, which is the real reason why many phone makers now are still working their derriere off more to improve the camera sector on their recent flagships.
Therefore, when that happens, the needs to have a digital camera will disappear in the future as Nikon's complement products arrive to the smartphone market.
In the smartphone world, the company named ZTE may not be familiar to hear, especially if you’re not really into smartphone industry. However, from now on, you should be familiar with this company because ZTE currently has become one of the most popular smartphone manufacturers in China. This company recently just announced some of its ZTE lineup to the public. And they are ZTE Flash 2, ZTE Avid 4G, ZTE N880E and some other new models.
Amazingly, the one called ZTE N880E reportedly would be re-launched by the company and would come with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean pre-installed.
This is really amazing because this phone becomes the first Android handset in China that will get upgraded to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean in the near future.
And apparently, the aforementioned reports about ZTE above will not be the last surprising things you’ll ever hear from this Chinese company. Recently, there is a rumor saying that ZTE will launch another new smartphone that its specs might make you jump from your bed. This one is called ZTE Apache.
ZTE Apache is rumored to have some incredible specs in it. As a starter, a mind-blowing 8-core CPU will be armed in this phone. Well, 8-core processor is definitely so shocking to hear because in the recent trend, most smartphones around the market to date still use dual-core or quad-core processor. So if this rumor is true, this means the performance of this handset will be extremely insanely faster than any other phones in this industry.
Anyway, the remaining specs of this device are jaw-dropping as well. Rumor has it that ZTE Apache will come with 13MP camera, 1080p screen and WCDMA/4G LTE/TD-SCDMA connectivity options. This phone is expected to arrive possibly in December.
And if this phone indeed will come to the realization, then other high-end smartphones around the market must be ready to face a new tough challenger from ZTE in the future.
Hopefully, we can get more details and updates about ZTE Apache in the coming future.
Few days ago, a new smartphone running Android OS from unpopular brand called ZTE Flash 2 just launched on one of carriers in the US named Sprint. Despite its small recognition in smartphone market, this phone amazingly comes with some great specs in it. As a matter of fact, one of many specs on ZTE Flash 2 is jaw dropping one. And that is the 12.6MP camera on its back, besides other amazing high-end specs in it, which makes this phone a flagship device from ZTE.
But apparently, the company that made this device doesn’t want to count solely on that phone in order to compete with other smartphones around the market to date. Surprising, the other handset called ZTE Avid 4G is also being prepared by this manufacturer to the market anytime soon.
Yeah, that’s true. In fact, based on the recent tweet from EVleaks, ZTE Avid 4G is said to arrive on MetroPCS in the near future.
And as the name of this phone reads, ZTE Avid 4G will be equipped with 4G LTE connectivity in it, meaning that surfing the web, downloading, uploading, buffering online videos, streaming files from cloud storage will be extremely faster with this phone.
According to that tweet, this phone allegedly will be a mid-end device, unlike the ZTE Flash 2 that clearly is a flagship from ZTE based on its specs.
Unfortunately, EVleaks doesn’t say anything about the specs of this phone. But it’s believed that ZTE Avid 4G will be armed with a 4-inch screen, Android 4.0 ICS, front-facing camera and 3.5mm headphone jack.
Given the fact that this phone is a mid-end smartphone, then the remaining specs of this phone might not be as impressive as the old brother, ZTE Flash 2.
Hopefully, we’ll get more details and updates about this ZTE Avid 4G in upcoming weeks.
In the past few years, the use of smartphone has become really rampant especially in the modern world filled with active and productive people. Now a lot of people use smartphones to accompany them in their busy activities every single day.
Thanks to this revolutionary device, now people can check out the current weather of their location or last night’s scoreline of their favorite soccer team, browse the web, update news every morning, read digital books/magazines, watch movies/TV shows, listen to music, play games or even edit videos or Office documents by using their smartphones.
However, the awesomeness of having a smartphone is not just about being able to watch movies, play games, listen to music, browse the web or any other aforementioned above. There are so many other cool things that you can do with your smartphone. You use some third party stylus on your smartphone, you can buy the rubber bumper to protect your smartphone’s display, or the best of all, you can personalize the look of your smartphone by using cell phone case.
There are many places around the net or even at the local stores near your town that sell cell phone cases. However, if you’re currently having problem to find any place that offers great and attractive cell phone cases that would look so great on your smartphone, i have one recommendation for you. It's called SimplyMonogram. I actually just stumbled upon this site yesterday, while i was reading news on my favorite tech sites.
For some of you here, you probably never heard about SimplyMonogram. SimplyMonogram is actually a website that sells wide range of awesome cell phone cases for any kind of smartphones. But the reason that makes me interested to show you this website is because SimplyMonogram has some cases that – for me personally - look so awesome and attractive especially for those of you who are in the search for some stylish looking cases for your smartphone.
On SimplyMonogram, you can find a lot of cases for many models of smartphones. If you currently own Samsung GALAXY phone or iPhone, this website has got you covered. There are many cases that you might find attractive and could fit with your own preference.
To be perfectly honest, compared to other cell phone cases i’ve seen around the net or around the mobile phone accessory stores in my town, i think what SimplyMonogram has in store look more stylish and can be suitable for many different type of users – from teenagers, professional-career people at the office, adults or even kids.
The other thing that makes SimplyMonogram’s cell phone cases so great is because, according to many testimonials from its consumers, these cases are so comfortable to use and hold in their hands. Not to mention, using this case also makes them feel much more secure when using their smartphone, which is really important because without any protection, your smartphone is prone to damage when it slips from your hand and hits the solid ground.
Well, if you’re really interested to get one of these attractive and awesome cases for your smartphone, then you might want to check out this website.
It’s amazing to see how slowly but sure, LG manages to emerge itself into one big contender in smartphone market for big players like Samsung and Apple. No doubt that LG’s strategy to adapt the design of Samsung GALAXY line into its own Optimus line has proven to be a great idea to gain brand awareness in the market. And that’s the same exact thing that LG wants to do it again on its latest flagship, LG G3, a powerhouse smartphone packing some jaw dropping specs and awesome features.
First of all, at a glance, the design of LG G3 kind of reminds us with the design of Samsung’s older GALAXY family, like Samsung GALAXY S5 or GALAXY Note 3. The rounded corner, the back plastic cover and even the overall look of its UI kind of resembles with Samsung’s Touch Wiz UI, right? Well, that might be true. I’m actually baffled to see how Samsung’s never complaints about this issue and brings it up to the court just like what Apple always did to Samsung.
Interestingly, the volume and power buttons of LG G3 are placed on the back of this phone, below the camera sensor. This is kind of original idea actually given that there is no phone that has this type of design, although HTC One Max has that fingerprint sensor on the same position as LG G3’s power and volume buttons. Many people like this design, while many owners also have some trouble in adjusting their fingers with this new design layout.
Anyway, from the hardware spec sheet, LG G3 packs some great high-end specs on it, just like some of its rivals, Sony Xperia Z2 or Samsung GALAXY S5. To begin with, let’s start with the performance sector.
As the latest flagship, then not so surprising to see that LG G3 comes with some specs that now have been considered as “industry standards”, like Snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU, the same internals found on other flagship phones like Samsung GALAXY S5, Xperia Z2, HTC One M8, Samsung GALAXY Note 3 or Google LG Nexus 5, which is the younger brother of LG G3. With that being said, then it only means one thing, doing heavy tasks like 3D gaming, watching HD movies or multitasking apps will be extremely smooth and super fast, as fast as “Man of Steel”.
Moving forward to the screen sector, this phone also equips itself with the similar display found on other flagship phones, which is QHD display, or to be exact, 5.5-inch 2560x1400 pixel screen. So everything that you throw on the screen will definitely look clear, sharp and give incredible eye-pleasing experience.
Something that is so special about LG’s smartphones compared to Samsung’s devices is that LG has its own technology that ensures that all of the powerful hardware on this phone can be enjoyed by the owners at the fullest without sacrificing too much energy of the phone, even with 3000mAh power battery inside. And that means, LG G3 will last much longer than any other phone across the market to date. Actually, LG has proved its superiority when it comes to producing great screen technology as this company is one of the screen suppliers for Apple iPads.
Talking about the camera of this phone, LG G3 has been armed with an amazing 13MP camera on the back accompanied by LED flash and OIS or Optical Image Stabilization, the same feature found on its younger brother, LG G Pro 2. So as the results, the photos and videos taken by the camera of LG G3 will definitely be satisfying. As a matter of fact, some camera tests between LG Nexus 5, which is using 8MP camera, already proved that it can beat iPhone 5S in photo and video recording. So we can expect that LG G3’s 13MP camera will absolutely blow iPhone 5S’ camera out of the water.
The other amazing thing about LG G3 is its features. As a flagship from LG, LG G3 has been injected with many great and useful features on it. To name of few, there is a feature called “Guest Mode” that lets users create several different multiple profiles on one phone, which actually is the feature found on predecessor as well. So if your kids or family want to use your LG G3, you can create some separate profile for each of them, or maybe all of them in one place, so they won’t be able to see or use your files or apps on your own profiles. This feature actually can be found on LG’s latest tablet, LG G Pad 8.3.
Another great feature from LG G3 is the ability to open multi-window apps at the same time. So if you want to watch your videos on the screen while browsing the net, you can swipe down the screen and tap on the video app to open the video player. You can also do this with more than 1 app at once and the performance will still stay the same given that LG G3 has 3GB of RAM.
Anyway, besides that multi-window mode, there is also the same feature like that that lets you save 3 different apps at the same time with 3-finger gesture. For example, if you’re currently opening browser, but you want to want to check out other app, say, Twitter app, then you can just swipe the browser with your 3 fingers to the left and save that browser app there. And you can do the same to Twitter app in order to save it to the left window. That’s kind of cool actually, making it easier to open multiple apps without opening the multitasking window.
LG G3 will be armed with 3000mAh power battery, making sure that this phone will last much longer, even more than 1 day, without recharging the phone during the day. As for the other feature, LG G3 will also be equipped with built-in IR blaster, which allows you to use the phone as remote control of any compatible appliances in your house. LG G3 will come with Android 4.4 KitKat, which is the latest build of Android OS
LG G3 will be coming to many countries on June 26th this month, including US of course, through 4 major carriers in that country and also 170 other carriers all across the world. So if you’re looking for a great flagship phone with monster specs and powerful features, then LG G3 is your answer.
India has been known as one of the largest smartphone markets in the whole world, competing with China and other developing countries. And just like China smartphone market, in India, affordable smartphones are selling great in that country. And recently, a smartphone company in India named XOLO just launched its latest smartphone running Android to India inhabitants.
In India, Xolo is already popular for making good quality premium smartphones in that country. One of them is Xolo Q600. The great thing about this phone is that, Xolo Q600 is the first quad-core smartphone from this company. Interestingly, despite the unpopular name of this company, Xolo Q600 is actually one decent phone.
Running on Android platform under Jelly Bean 4.2 flag (which is quite impressive), this phone also packs some awesome high quality specs on it, such as: 1.2 GHz Quad-core processor, 512MB of RAM, a 4.5-inch TFT 854x480 pixel screen with 217ppi, Dual SIM card mode for 3G and 2G, 5MP rear-facing camera, 2000mAh battery and many more.
I think, besides the quad-core processor that comes with this device, the other interesting factor about Xolo Q600 is definitely the PowerVR SGX544 GPU that powers the graphics on this phone, which is the same one powering the current iPhone and iPad. So the graphics quality of this phone will definitely be great for gaming.
- 4.5-inch 854x480 pixel TFT screen
- 1.2GHz MTK 6589 quad-core processor Cortex-A7
- PowerVR SGX544 GPU
- 512MB of RAM
- 4GB of internal storage
- Dual-SIM 3G and 2G
- 5MP camera
- VGA front camera
- 2000mAh battery
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Oppo has been known as the company who makes Blue-Ray DVD products. However, the company cracked the smartphone business when it finally launched its powerful smartphone called Oppo Find 5 to the market. Despite its new player label, through Oppo Find 5, this company has managed to gain respects from rivals and tech enthusiasts for its success in delivering many hardcore hardware specs into the beautiful designed smartphone.
If in the old Oppo Find 5, you only find the Qualcomm's last year beast, Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5GHz Krait CPU, now the new Oppo Find 5 comes with Snapdragon 600 Krait CPU that is clocked at 1.7GHz, making sure that the performance of this phone will be boosted to the far new level.
In the GPU or graphics side, the new Oppo Find 5 now finds itself injected with the same Adreno 320 but with 96 Arithmetic Logic Units, an upgrade the older 64 Arithmetic Logic Units, helping the phone improve the graphics performance when handling hardcore stuff like gaming. The remaining specs are still the same just like the original device.
I think this is such a great move by Oppo because Oppo Find 5 is no doubt the beast in smartphone market right now, even when it still has the older chipsets. By upgrading that sector, there is no need for Oppo to worry with other competing rivals because its phone will have more time to sit in high-end flagship markets in the next few months.
Anyway, for those of you who haven't heard anything about this phone, Oppo Find 5 is a decent Android smartphone. Packing some high-end specs in it, like 5-inch 1920x1080 pixel display with 441 ppi, 13MP camera, 2GB of RAM and 2,500mAh battery, really makes this phone deserve to be pegged at expensive price point.
The good thing about this device is that, compared to Xperia Z, Oppo Find 5 apparently is more superior to that Sony's current flagship. From the viewing angle, loudspeaker sound and screen quality, Oppo Find 5 proved to be much better than Xperia Z in those aspects. So it will be a great choice for you if you intend to buy high-end Android smartphone.
Meanwhile, if you still want to wait for the next release from this company, then you must be patient as Oppo Find 7 is set to release this September and packs a gigantic 4000mAh battery in it. Exciting, huh?
Google's pride mobile OS, Android, has been plagued with the label of fragmentation because many of Android-powered devices around the market aren't able to catch up with Jelly Bean updates. But it looks like, the fragmentation label on Android will likely disappear in the near future as the new report just told us that Jelly Bean now has finally leaped Gingerbread for the first time ever.
According to the Android usage data gathered by Google and released on Monday, apparently, Jelly Bean managed to grab around 37.9% adoption compared to Gingerbread that currently has around 34.1% adoption. Anyway, for those of you who haven't known already, Jelly Bean is the latest build of Android OS, while Gingerbread is the fourth installment of that mobile OS (after Donut, Eclair and Froyo).
The increase of 4,9% from 33% adoption of Jelly Bean last month happened thanks to the Samsung's pride flagships, GALAXY S3 and S4, which both of them are the selling like crazy around the market to date, competing head to head with iPhone sales. And it looks like, the increase of Jelly Bean adoption will be much even bigger in the near future because the Google edition phones have been sold on Google Play Store.
Anyway, this other good news is that Ice Cream Sandwich, which is previous build of Android OS, has been left behind by Jelly Bean, holding only around 23.3% adoption from entire Android devices in the world, or at least the ones that got "busted" by Google through its Google Play Store usage data. That percentage adoption is also the decrease from last month, which was around 25.6%.
Sad news came for those of you who are still using either Donut, Eclair, Froyo and Honeycombs (tablet-only OS) because all of these Android builds combined only counts about less than 5%, which is a great news on one hand.
Hopefully, Google's recent decision to sell the Google Edition of Android flagships like Samsung GALAXY S4, HTC One or maybe Sony Xperia Z will proved to be a much even bigger driving force for the increase of Jelly Bean adoption in the near months. And that's the time when we'll finally be ready to say sayonara to "Android fragmentation".
Apparently, ZTE still wants to continue to grow its presence in India smartphone market as this company is set to launch not just one smartphone or 2, but 6 new devices running on Android will be ready to market anytime soon in India market. The highest model from all of these 6 ZTE new phones is called ZTE Grand X, which will be price-tagged at Rs14,999 and if you happen to live in India, you can get this phone anytime soon in the coming days.
As a flagship model of ZTE new smartphone line, ZTE Grand X brings all the great quality goodies to the tablet. From a 1.2GHz quad-core processor accompanied by 1GB of RAM, making sure that the performance of this phone will be fast enough even when running multiple apps at the same time. In the camera sector, the owner of this phone will get a mid-range 5MP rear-facing camera to accommodate the hobby of photography.
And if you also like playing games in the long run, then you don't need to worry as ZTE Grand X has been armed with a wide 5-inch 540x960 display plus a huge 2500mAh battery on its back, meaning that playing hardcore games, watching movies or browsing the net will be so relaxing, thanks to its wide screen and long battery life.
This phone also comes with some standard features like Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Wi-Fi connectivity and wireless charging. The software also gets a good treatment as ZTE Grand X will come with Android 4.2 pre-installed, which is not too far away with the latest Android build, 4.3.
Meanwhile, the other 5 ZTE smartphones will also come with great features and specs depend on the price, with price tags starting from Rs5,000 to Rs15,000. They are:
- ZTE Blade G2, which is priced at Rs11,599.
- ZTE Blade C, which is priced at Rs7,599.
- ZTE Blade L, which is priced at Rs12,599.
- ZTE Kis Flex, which is priced at Rs5,799.
- ZTE Blade E, which is priced at Rs11,999.
Meanwhile, when asked about the market that ZTE wants to target with its 3G datacards, the Vice President of ZTE india, Yuan Kang, quoted as saying:
"There is a USD 350 million opportunity right now (smartphone and data card market), which is expected to grow to USD one billion in 3-4 years. We definitely want to tap this market,".So hopefully, with these new launches, ZTE can grab more markets and sales in India and become another top smartphone maker at least in emerging markets like in India or China. But most importantly, they will always put quality over quantity in making their products in the future.
New Affordable 5-inch Smartphone Called ZTE U887 Will Land in China
Sony has been known as a company that can make many well-designed devices. Its tablets, Sony Tablet S and P are no exception. Sony Tablet S has a characteristic of its elegant thick shoulder, while Sony Tablet P, as you all know already, it has a distinctive design called clam-shell, which is so rare in the tablet market to date.
Unfortunately, these 2 solid-built tablets just couldn’t get the attention or popularity as much as other tablets were getting, like of course, Apple’s iPad, Samsung GALAXY Tab, Asus Transformer line or Amazon’s Kindle Fire. However, it’s not the end of the world for Sony because this company is ready again to compete by bringing a new tablet called
Sony VAIO Duo 11 that will be running Windows 8 on its platform.
Sony VAIO Duo 11, as its name says, is an 11-inch tablet that runs Windows 8. Even though there is still no exact specs revealed in the report, some stuff that will possibly be found on this tablet are a stylus and a full backlit keyboard, which are not so surprising since this tablet has a serious operating system from Microsoft in it, a full Windows 8. The other thing that will obviously be found on Sony VAIO Duo 11 is the Office applications that will come pre-installed.
There is no word about when this tablet will be announced by Sony, but hopefully, we’ll get to see more about this device in the near future.
Image by PocketNow via PhoneArena
Recently, we’ve just heard that, despite a huge popularity of Samsung and Apple in global smartphone market, in China, the company named Lenovo apparently has become the new giant manufacturer in that country. This is of course quite surprising because Lenovo has been “out of radar” in the past few months in this industry.
But that changed significantly when this Chinese manufacturer released many affordable yet good quality smartphones to the market in that country.
However, besides producing smartphones, apparently, Lenovo has set a sight on the other market in the future, a tablet market. And Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 looks like will be a new challenger for Microsoft Surface tablet.
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 is an 11.6-inch HD-screened tablet running Windows RT pre-installed. Something that can be interesting to highlight on this device is that this tablet is designed very uniquely by the manufacturer. It actually has a normal laptop design where the keyboard and the screen can be manually united together in one device.
However, the attractive thing about the design is that when you don’t want to use the keyboard on this device, you can flip the keyboard to the back position until it forms a stand for the device, so you can use it as a tablet. This of course is different with the original design promoted by Microsoft through its Surface tablet.
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11, unfortunately, is a really expensive tablet though. The 32GB model of this tablet will cost you $679.2, while the biggest 64GB variant will dig your pocket deeper for $759.2 with a coupon code “Cyber Monday”.
Not to mention, this device will be extremely faster on performance and powerful on battery life, thanks to the Tegra 3 quad-core processor and 13 hours of battery life.
When it comes to laptop making business, the name Lenovo is definitely one of the companies that will pop up in your mind. Having such a good success in notebook industry doesn’t make Lenovo too satisfied because this manufacturer has a future plan to expand its wings to much wider industry that is related to gadget making business, which is why this company is ready to introduce its tablet creation to the world. A new tablet that Lenovo has been busy to promote is
Lenovo IdeaTab A2109, A quad-core-powered tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich of Android.
Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 is now on sale, no, I mean, it’s now sold at retailers Best Buy for $299.99, which the price is acceptable since this tablet brings many decent quality specs in it.
Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 comes with 9-inch screen that has a screen resolution of 1280x800 pixels, micro HDMI, 1GB of RAM, 3MP of camera on the back and 16GB of internal storage.
Meanwhile, its younger brother, Lenovo IdeaTab A2107 will also be making the release date possibly next month, hopefully with an equal price tag as other 7-inch competitors like Google Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire, of course, in order to hook more demands in the market.
What do you think? Are you interested of getting one of these 2 Lenovo’s tablets?
In many developing countries around the globe, affordable smartphones are selling like Justin Bieber's albums. And there are lots of them in varied different brands and designs. The great thing about these low-cost smartphones is that many of them are packed with some hardcores specs that can't be underestimated by the users, especially geek-type of users. For example, is the processor that comes with on those "cheap" phones.
In many affordable Android smarpthones, MediaTek chips are quite often being named in the specs sheet, although older dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon can also found on many of them.
Being popularly known as chip manufacturer that provides low-cost chips for devices, that doesn't mean that MediaTek processors are weak in performance. In fact, now you can actually play many HD Android games on just MediaTek-chip-armed smartphones under $80.
And apparently, MediaTek is not going to do the business in low-end market only as this chip maker is planning to launch a new mindblowing jawdropping mindboggling, .. (add this yourself) processor in July this year. And it's not gonna be just a dua-core, or quad-core, but it will be a mega octa-core chip, coded as MTK6592.
Something interesting about this MediaTek's octa-core chip is that it will be a System-on-Chip (Soc). And that means, this MediaTek chip is really an octa-core chip, running on the actual 8-cores. It's believed that Samsung's homemade, Exynos octa-core process can be outclassed easily by MediaTek creation. As a matter of fact, the Antutu test has proven that MTK6592 is able to beat Samsung's octa-core Exynos 5410 SoC in term of performance.
According to the report, this chip will be clocked at 2.0GHz and will be made by using 28nm manufacturing process. The shipping will be ready starting from July. However, don't expect to find any MediaTek octa-core handset around the market before this December. Report also says that the first manufacturers that can taste this sweet beast will likely be China's device makers.
Well, this news definitely is a such great thing in tech world. Can you imagine that in the near future, there will be many affordable to expensive smartphones or tablets that have such an extremely fast UI and performance, but in the same time, doesn't consume too much energy from the battery, which means, you can use your devices at least in one full day with a single charge. That's awesome!!!
Unreal Engine has been really popular in mobile gaming as this game engine has been used several times in many smartphone and tablet games like Infinity Blade, Epic Citadel and many more. But apparently, that is not the only game engine that you will see in mobile gaming in the near future.
Another sophisticated game engine developed by Irish-based company named Havoc is ready to play a huge roll in developing the iOS and Android games to the next level. As a matter of fact, this 3D game engine has been used several times by some game makers, like Gameloft who already used it on its recent-release Gangstar Vegas.
Recently, Havoc, the company, decided to release its 3D game engine to developers who are interested in developing games using this tech. By using this game engine, many game developers can take full advantage in improving real-time collisions and dynamics of rigid body that it presents inside the game. In simple words, Gameloft already explained about the use of this game engine in its game, Gangstar Vegas.
According to that one of Gameloft's devs, Havoc 3D game engine gives more natural and realistic collision or movement of cars when it moves or hits some hard element in the game, like colliding other cars or walls. So car movement will be more realistic just like in real life.
Anyway, through Havoc 3D game engine, as a developer, you can get an incredible game engine called Project Anarchy, of course for developing games for mobile platforms.
So if you are a developer, then you might want to check out this stuff for your future projects.