Friday, January 31, 2014

Archos Introduces a Three Different Variants of Neon Tablets

Smartphones and tablets are known as diversified gadgets. The number of these portable machines continue to grow in number as manufacturers compete to answer the increasing demand of consumers in all over the world. And we cannot instantly categorize the forms and sizes without looking backward to the dominant models in stores, right?

On the other side, Archos recently added a new tastes for their tablets. The Neon 90, 97, and 101 models which are all treated with a quad-core technology. The name of these three different machines are excerpted from the sizes of respective screen.

Archos New Line of Neon Tablets

For specs and other important details, see the following list below:

Archos 90 Neon
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon Cortex-A9 at 1.4GHz
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8GB (MicroSD is also available for additional storage space)
  • Display: 9-inch, 800 x 480-pixel resolution
  • GPU: Mali 400 MP4
  • Camera: Front-facing only (no words for exact spec)
Archos 97 Neon
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon Cortex-A9 at 1.6GHz
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8GB
  • Display: 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768-pixel resolution
  • Camera: 2-megapixel (main), 0.3-megapixel (front)
Archos 101 Neon
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon Cortex-A9 at 1.4GHz
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8GB
  • Display: 10.1-inch, 1024 x 600-pixel
  • Camera: Front-facing only
Both of these three Neon tablets are powered by a quad-core technology, Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) platform and 8GB of built-in storage which are also paired with MicroSD for expandable space. The Neon 101 has a lower screen resolution compared to the 9.7-inch model but both are equipped with only one camera.

The clock speed of 9-inch variant is similar to 10.1-inch with the same Cortex-A9 chip. And the only model treated with front and rear facing camera comes to Archos 97 Neon.

And before I can forget, Archos is prominent in producing handheld machines in France which also compete to Chinese and American manufacturers. But until now, just like of other brands, I haven't heard that the company attempted to produce a tablet with Windows operating system.

Update: The company officially announced and revealed the different prices of the above mentioned tablets along with a handful of smartphones.

Samsung Revealed a Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 Mini Black Edition in Russia

Adding a new flavor to a 4.3-inch smartphone can make a possible difference. A model which could offer the elegance which is not available in other brands aside from treating the portable device with variety of colors. The official website of Samsung in Russia announced their plan for a Galaxy S4 Mini Black Edition (GT-I9505) by the month of February 2014 following the appearances of Note 3 as the complimentary variant for athletes.

Furthermore, the black and limited edition includes a typical Samsung Galaxy S4 (5-inch original version) along with the 4.3-inch model. Sad to say, these variants are only expected to arrive in Russian stores and no words for its availability in other regions.

Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 Mini Black Edition

For specs and other details of Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Black Edition, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 at 1.7GHz (quad-core)
  • RAM: 1GB or 2GB
  • Storage: 8GB (built-in)
  • Display: 4.3-inch qHD
  • Operating System: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: 8-megapixel (main), no words for front-facing cam
  • Battery: 1900mAh Lithium-Ion
The regular and prominent Galaxy S4 is packed with 16GB of built-in storage, 2GB of RAM, and packed with a slightly powerful Snapdragon 600 processor at 1.9GHz (quad-core). And it is also equipped with a 13-megapixel camera with the same fully-customized Android 4.2 platform.

Asus PadFone Notes 6, Android 4.2 and Intel Atom Z2580 Phablet

While other smartphone manufacturer relies on Qualcomm Snapdragon technology, Asus PadFone Notes 6 is the only compacted device I heard to sport an Intel Atom Z2580. Some 7-inch model are equipped with the same chip but not for a 6-inch smartphone with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) platform. The entire packaging is slightly confusing because probably of its unique size.

Review of Asus PadFone Notes 6 is in favor of its underlying technology and devices. Although it has a dual-core CPU, some smartphones are already taking advantage the power of quad-core chips. We can say that Intel has a different performance compared to Cortex-A series or Samsung Exynos. And those handsets showed out in stores with a budget-friendly and affordable prices.

Asus PadFone Notes 6 Android 4.2 Phablet

For specs and other important details of PadFone Notes 6, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Intel Atom Z2580 at 2GHz (dual-core)
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB or 32GB (MicroSD is also available for additional storage space)
  • GPU: PowerVR SGX544MP2
  • Display: 6-inch Super IPS, LCD, 1920 x 1080-pixel
  • Operating System: Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: 8-megapixel (main or rear), 1.2-megapixel (front)
  • Connectivity: 3G, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 (no words for version 4.0)
  • Battery: 3200mAh Lithium-Ion
  • Dimension: 164.8 x 88.8 x 10.3-millimeter
  • Weight: 210-gram
  • Others: Accelerometer, built-in compass, and proximity sensor
In addition, PadFone Notes 6 supports a maximum of 64GB of MicroSD card storage just like of other 7-inch handheld machines. It has a feature of a phablet rather than a typical phone with 3G support. Other variants of this device includes a hybrid 4.3-inch and the 8-inch PadFone E series which is now available in Taiwan.

And before I can forget, the PadFone Notes 6 is also packed with Stylus Pen for its 367ppi and multi-touch support. Availability in Taiwanese market started a couple of weeks ago and it is now headed to the global market as noted by reports.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Roundup: Kingston 64GB Flash Storage, Let's Note CF-MX3, G Flex Phone, and Galaxy Note 3 Olympic Edition

For the past weeks, numbers of smartphones, tablets, and surprising gadgets continue to grow in numbers. Anticipated mobile phones from leaked photos and details gathered a lot of ideas from forums, social networking sites as well in other online community platform. The revolution of smartphones continue as well-known brands and manufacturers compete to reach the farthest side of the world.

In terms of other important device for professionals, educators, and students, Kingston brought up a new wave of DataTraveler Locker+ G3 flash drive. A portable gadget capable of handling a vast amount of files with USB 3.0 support. It is treated with a hardware encryption security just like of other models in stores. And this year, a 64GB version is the newest version added to the line of Kingston flash storage.

Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ 64GB Flash Drive

As the Chinese New Year is approaching, Panasonic introduces a 12.5-inch convertible PC, the Let's Note CF-MX3 machine with 2.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U quad-core technology. The newest and bigger brand to compete with Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 11 which are now available in the global market. It follows the appearance of Sharp's RW-16G 15.6-inch tablet in Japan.

I haven't heard of any Samsung convertible PC nowadays but I am looking forward for another model to replaced the previously reported Windows RT models. But the company introduces a new line of Galaxy Note Pro SM-P905V which recently appeared in FCC website. A wider model to hit Verizon and other local network providers in United States as expected.

Availability of the above mentioned tablets are probably the most anticipated models to join the other 11-inch to 13-inch handheld machines in stores by the first or second quarter of 2014. And Samsung is the first company to introduced a Sochi's Winter Olympic Game Edition of Galaxy Note 3. Hoping for the world athletes to bagged the limited and special version of 7-inch tablet.

Going back to smartphones, LG's first curved G Flex is now coming to European stores by February. But for now, no words for its availability in other regions. A good indication that the company is looking forward for a new interactive phone in the near future.

Lenovo Revealed a 7-Inch A3300 and A3500 Android Tablets

Someone from Bluetooth Special Interest Group had leaked a photo and few specs of Lenovo's upcoming 7-inch tablets. The A3300 and A3500 machines with 1.3GHz dual-core technology. However, those details are not enough to confirmed the exact name of the handheld devices. According to report, a document provided by the said organization revealed a two different certified models for Bluetooth technology.

Lenovo is known as the world's top PC producer. But because of the increasing demand of tablet computers, the company is making a few twists just to bump with Samsung, Acer, and some Chinese handheld device manufacturers in this era. And these two variants of Lenovo's tablets are expected to hit the Asian market few months from now.

Lenovo A3300 7-Inch Android Tablet

Furthermore, the fact sheet acquired by Bluetooth Special Interest Group shows that the A3300 model has a 1024 x 600-pixel resolution, 2GB of RAM, and 2-megapixel main camera. The A3500 is treated with 1280 x 800-pixel, 5-megapixel main camera, and 3G connectivity. Both of these models are equipped with a quad-core 1.3GHz CPU and unknown storage sizes.

The A3300 and A3500 is probably packed with 8GB to 16GB of built-in flash storage just like of other Chinese-made tablets. Under the hood might be a Qualcomm Snapdragon or MediaTek quad-core microchips. Compared to the Lenovo's hybrid machine, the convertible IdeaPad Yoga 11, A-series are probably up as a budget-friendly and affordable handheld computers.

And aside from conventional and convertible PCs, these are the two line of tablets I heard from Lenovo with Android platform.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Google Play for Education Edition is Up

Following the announcement of Intel to offer a computing technology ideal for students at any level, some tablet manufacturers are already producing a handful of machines for educational purposes. Just like of DreamWorks, the company teamed up with Fuhu for an 8-inch DreamTab which is expected to arrive in stores by Q1 of 2014.

On the other side, while on the midst of competition to produce a high-quality handheld machines, Samsung officially announced their plan to bring a Google Play for Education version of Galaxy Tab. A 10.1-inch tablet with Android 4.4 (KitKat) platform and exclusively designed for innovative learning experience. The company is committed to bring a new portable learning tool to maximize any form of resources for students.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Google Play for Education Edition

According to report, it is the new Samsung Galaxy Tab integrated with Google Play for Education to answer the needs of students in schools and to empower educators through a touchscreen technology which is not available five years ago. Ted Pike, the Senior Vice-President of Enterprise Business Division of Samsung noted that the company signed with Google Education for this new line of 10.1-inch tablet.

Availability of the said device will start by the month of April. And it is clear that they are extending the reach of Samsung Galaxy Tab not only in business and professional sectors but also for students to deliver a new learning experience with Google Education. The partnership of Samsung and the search giant company is expected to deliver a new interactive classroom experience to lift up the educational standard in the future.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Trekstor SURFTAB Xiron with Cortex-A Quad-Core CPU from Germany

The company is previously known in producing flash and external drives in Europe. They are the prominent manufacturer who able to compete in Chinese-made portable devices on their territory. Despite of competition to answer the increasing demand of tablet computers, Trekstor introduces their very own 7-inch and 10.1-inch handheld machine, the SURFTAB Xiron.

According to report, the first wave of SURFTAB Xiron was spotted at the local stores in Germany. But now, a handful of Trekstor's products are entering the Italian market as well in some European countries. A budget-friendly and affordable machine to join the line up of tablets along with Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite and others.

Trekstor SURFTAB Xiron with Cortex-A Quad-Core CPU

For specs and other important details for Trekstor's SURFTAB Xiron, see the following list below:

SURFTAB Xiron HD 7 Model
  • CPU: Cortex-A7 at 1GHz (quad-core)
  • RAM: 1GB DDR3
  • Storage: 8GB
  • Graphics: PowerVR, SGX 544 MP2, dual-core with 8-threads
  • Display: 7-inch high-definition (HD) IPS
  • Camera: 2-megapixel (main), 0.3-megapixel (front)
  • Dimension: 190 x 116 x 8.9-millimeter
  • Weight: 290-gram
  • Others: Available in white
SURFTAB Xiron 10.1 Model
  • CPU: Cortex-A9 at 1.6GHz (quad-core)
  • RAM: 1GB DDR3
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Graphics: Mali-400 MP4
  • Display: 10.1-inch full IPS
  • Camera: 5-megapixel (for main with auto-focus feature), 2-megapixel (front)
  • Dimension: 260 x 173 x 11-millimeter
  • Weight: 678-gram
  • Others: Has a aluminum casing
Both of SURFTAB Xiron are powered by a quad-core technology from Cortex-A series. Despite of difference in processing speed, these machines are packed with 1GB of RAM which is slightly low compared to Samsung and other brands.

And the good thing about these models, it is now available for about 140-euro only. Both of 7-inch and 10.1-inch model are probably designed to work with Android platform.

GammaTech Introduces Durabook S15H Semi-Rugged Notebook PC

From Intel's Ivy Bridge technology, GammaTech is now changing the flavor of their budget-friendly rugged machines with Haswell line of 22nm chip. By introducing a Durabook S15H Semi-Rugged model, it is clear that the company would like to offer a power efficient and high-performance computers. A 15.6-inch well-protected and a Military Standard 810G certified machine to hit the market in the first quarter of this year.

According to report, GammaTech's Durabook S15H is an alternative for pricey rugged computers in stores. It has a promising value despite of the current cost and performance from a multi-core technology. However, it is a made-to-order device just like of tablets and other notebook computers from the company.

GammaTech Durabook S15H Semi-Rugged Notebook PC

For specs and other important details from Durabook S15H, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Buyer can choose from a variant of Intel iCore M Series (Fourth Generation)
  • RAM: From 2GB to a maximum of 16GB (DDR3)
  • Display: 15-inch LED, 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution
  • Storage: No words for SSD, actual size of hard drive, or availability of both
  • Chipset: Intel HM86
  • Operating System: May vary based on user's request
  • Ports: USB 3.0 and 2.0
  • Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, Ethernet and 3G Modem (optional)
The whole packaged is treated with magnesium alloy case which is more stronger than a typical ABS plastic. And that includes a protective case for hard disk drive (shockproof) and screen for any unwanted impact.

In addition, it is not a type of computer treated with a touchscreen technology unlike of what we can get from the newest line of Acer's affordable 11 to 13-inch laptops.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Dell Precision M3800 vs Apple MacBook Pro, Features and Prices

Portable high-performance computers continue to live despite of competition. Their number continue to grow in the market in seasonal basis. A handful of laptop computer in stores are now treated with a touchscreen technology because of the increasing demand of iconic feature inspired by tablets and smartphones. Prices remains on the same level for the past years but most of these has a promising performance and speed.

Availability of convertible and hybrid PC (like the Panasonic Let's Note CF-MX3 and Acer Iconia W510 models) threatens the existence of conventional laptop computers. However, the price of these tools has a big difference compared to what we can get from a classical version of portable devices.

Dell Precision M3800 15-inch High-Performance Laptop

In terms of elegance and high-performance, people who are looking for a productivity tool that can optimize their resources, Dell Precision M3800 and Apple MacBook Pro might ideal. Both are equipped with a promising technology which are not available in notebook and netbook computers.

Having an 8GB of RAM can also turn the heads of computer game enthusiasts for a possible alternative from the line of Alienware models. But if you are a professional looking for a great deal to become more productive, Dell Precision M3800 could offer a horizon for your budget and needs. This model is also ideal for students for a portable workstation with plenty of processing resources.

Furthermore, Dell Precision M3800 is packed with Microsoft's Windows 8.1 while MacBook Pro has a native computing platform from Apple. The difference in operating system could not really change my point-of-view for speed. But the 15-inch machine of Dell has a winning performance over the other due to its solid-state drive (SSD) and enormous size of RAM.

The base configuration of Precision M3800 is equipped with 8GB of RAM which supports a maximum of 16GB size. Aside from a 256GB of SSD storage, it is also packed with 500GB of a typical hard drive to hold a numerous multimedia files. And the newest version of this model has an Intel Core i7-4702MQ at 3.2GHz (octa-core) technology.

According to review, Dell Precision M3800 can boot faster than a MacBook Pro. It offers an excellent environment for Adobe Premiere Pro which make the entire system ideal for graphic designers.

Monday, January 27, 2014

GTA: San Andreas for Windows Phone is Now Available!

Next to iOS platform, Rockstar Games brought up Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in Windows Phone for about $7.00 only. It is now available for a handful of Nokia Lumia's smartphones that supports a similar controls from what we can experience from Android and iOS versions. That includes HTC's 8XT line of handsets with a closer display sizes.

Just like of an iOS version which is now available in iTunes, there is no changes in prices but it is only limited to a number of supported Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones. Compared to the prominent Android platform of GTA: San Andreas, all features are similar in three different operating systems. And the good thing about it, new devices with different supported platform continue to rise in number.

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas for Windows Phone

Furthermore, GTA supports a multiple number of languages. The entire game is also available in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, and Japanese aside from the commonly played English version. But if the iOS platform required a 1GB of storage for the complete installation of the game, Windows Phone user must secure a maximum of 2.5GB free space before the download.

In addition, I can say that Rockstar Games is giving us the opportunity to join Carl Johnson for another challenging adventure through our fingertips from its original platform. GTA is now reaching Android, iOS, and Windows Phone players from a typical PC with almost the same story lines and features. Enhancements and contextual controls are also provided for smaller devices for a great user experience.

BLU Revealed Vivo 4.8 HD Phone with MediaTek 1.5GHz Quad-Core CPU

Following the appearances of a 5-inch Life Pure handset in stores, BLU brought out a new line of Android smartphone, the Vivo 4.8 HD. A glossy and thin device powered by MediaTek's 1.5GHz quad-core technology with PowerVR SGX544 graphics. It is treated with AMOLED full high-definition (HD) capacitive screen to bring out the best of Jelly Bean platform.

While other competing brands are now embracing the newest version of Android, BLU's Vivo 4.8 HD has a version 4.2 which is slightly older than what we can get from Sony's Xperia Z, Samsung's Galaxy Note Lite, HTC's Butterfly S, and the newest line of LG's Optimus L II series.

BLU Vivo 4.8 HD Smartphone

For specs and other important details for BLU's Vivo 4.8 HD smartphone, see the following list below:
  • CPU: MediaTek MT6589T at 1.5GHz (quad-core)
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Graphics: PowerVR SGX544
  • Display: 4.8-inch Super AMOLED
  • Operating System: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: 8-megapixel (main or rear), 5-megapixel (front)
  • Connectivity: WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G LTE (HSPA+ support)
  • Colors: Glossy black, white, green, and pink
  • Battery: No words for the actual Lithium-Ion capacity
  • Others: Support for second generation of auto-focus technology for rear camera
In addition, it is now available for about $250.00 only in United States. And what makes Vivo 4.8 HD unique from other brands? It has a compacted design which probably become the advantage of this handset compared to HTC and LG line of the same products.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Convertible Laptop is Debuted in Best Buy for $500

The number of hybrid computers continue to rise in numbers as the emergence of Microsoft's Windows 8 platform and touchscreen technology. A handful of these model appeared in global market a couple of years ago. But now, the next generation of those machines are now following the footsteps of their predecessors. However, compared to a typical touchscreen-enabled laptop, convertible high-end computers are very rare to find.

And now, a silver 11.6-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 is now available in Best Buy for about $500.00. Compared to its 13-inch variant which previously appeared in stores, the newest model is treated with a 500GB of hard drive instead of SSD storage. But both are equipped with a 4GB of RAM.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Convertible Laptop in Best Buy

For specs and other important details of Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 2 hybrid PC, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Intel Pentium Bay Trail at 2.42GHz (quad-core with 2MB of cache)
  • RAM: 4GB DDR3L (it is also designed to support a maximum of 8GB memory)
  • Storage: 500GB (no words for a solid-state drive technology)
  • Display: 11.6-inch LED high-definition (HD) IPS, 10-point multi-touch
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4200
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-bit version)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Ports: One USB 2.0 and 3.0, MicroHDMI
  • Camera: Supports a maximum of 720-pixel resolution for videos and photos
  • Dimension: 11.7 x 8.1 x 0.7-inch
  • Others: Optional external DVD drive, Energy Star Certified, dual-layer AccuType keyboard
IdeaPad Yoga 2 also includes a 30-day trial of Microsoft Office 2013, Evernote, Amazon Kindle, and other available software.

Compared to Panasonic's new Let's Note CF-MX3 hybrid PC, the second generation of 11.6-inch IdeaPad Yoga has a slight difference in the size of screen but both are also treated with 4GB of RAM. However, the CF line is packed with 128GB of SSD drive and Intel Core i5-4200U CPU at 2.6GHz (quad-core). This might be the advantage of having a limited storage size with a promising performance and wider screen.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

iPad Air with Gold and Diamond Case is Now Available in Europe

A surprising model of Apple's iPad Air showed out in a European website. The 24 carats gold and s-diamond edition with the same specs to previously reported machine in stores. It has a unique and exclusively made case made of precious material. Goldstriker offers the one-of-a-kind tablet for about 4,000.00 euros which is more than a double from its original price in the global market.

I can say that the golden iPad Air has a value different from what we can get in a less than $500.00 model from Apple and Best Buy stores. It was treated with diamonds, the most attractive precious stone for a luxurious design. I do not know if this model can really satisfy the needs of a future user because of the outside appearance.

iPad Air with Gold and Diamond Case

Furthermore, this version of iPad Air in European store is not treated with a protective gear like anti-shock and waterproof cover. As a user, you must be responsible on how you can extend the lifespan of your precious tablet.

And somehow, it can make a difference, right? But the question is, who will be the first person to buy a golden iPad Air while the European economy of continue to decline?

Apple iPhone 6 is Reportedly Treated with Sapphire Substrate Display

The company CEO, Tim Cook officially announced the newest investment of Apple in Arizona, to produce a sapphire substrate glass for the next generation of their portable devices. A strong material which are also available in iPhone 5 outermost part of camera for protection against a possible damage in lenses. Due to the extreme hardness of sapphire crystal, it can offer a maximum protection to any devices treated with the said material.

At first, I just heard of sapphire substrate in Gorilla Glass technology. A durable glass intended for handheld devices that includes smartphones and tablets at any size. Apple is up for a mass production through their gigantic facility in Arizona, the home of original Mac Pro computer. Behind the development of Apple's sapphire glasses are Synopsys and Bern Optics, the two companies who are also investing some of their resources.

Apple iPhone 6 Reportedly Sapphire Substrate Display

Furthermore, a local Taiwanese publication, the Apple Daily reported that Foxconn started the production of first one-hundred iPhone 6 units with sapphire glass display. It is just a dry run in producing a new line of smartphone equipped with a highly protected screen. GT Advanced Technologies in Arizona signed a deal to answer the increasing needs of Apple for the said material.

Apple also noted that they are planning to expand the function of iPhone's home button through a sapphire glass technology. That is to redesign the function of a built-in sensor for a more responsive action by capturing a particular layer of user's skin.

And because of the increasing demand of sapphire glass wafer for their new upcoming products, Apple is reaching the local producer in Taiwan. Nobody knows their exact plan on when to reveal their new iconic device, but I am hopeful for another affordable and budget-friendly line of smartphone. It could be a colorful handsets just like of iPhone 5c in stores.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Sprint Offers a 7-Inch ZTE Optik 2 Tablet for $170 Only

A handful of reasonable prices for tablet computers are just a matter of discovering the right product to choose. Local retail outlets and even manufacturers are giving us a lot of chances to own an Android machines with a promising performance in a very affordable price. And most of us will always look for the best stuff for our budget, right?

In the other side, Sprint offers a new wave of 7-inch machine with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) platform, the ZTE's Optik 2. It is now the second generation of its kind debuted in market way back in 2012. For more than a year, the Chinese manufacturer is up for another low-cost and affordable tablet for American people through Sprint.

ZTE 7-Inch Optik 2 Tablet with Android 4.1

Furthermore, Sprint is selling this tablet for $170.00 only with no binding contract. However, a 25MB data plan is also available for $5.00 per month or $25.00 for 2GB. And they can pay for $30.00 in a 2-year optional service contract. But consumers can also choose to own this machine without any additional commitment to the network carrier.

For specs and other important details for ZTE Optik 2, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 at 1.2GHz quad-core
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8GB (MicroSD card slot is also available for extra space)
  • Display: 7-inch, 1024 x 600-pixel IPS
  • Camera: 5-megapixel (main) and 2-megapixel (front)
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Connectivity: A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11n, and Bluetooth 4.0 (except for GSM, WCDMA, 3G or 4G support)
  • Battery: 4000mAh Lithium-Ion
Compared to the first generation of Optik tablet, the newest version is equipped with a lower built-in storage but it is now treated by a quad-core technology under the hood. And no words for 16GB model or more aside from the given original spec.

In addition, accessories for the said tablet are also available from about $20.00 to $99.00 only.

Satechi Introduces an Android 4.2 Powered Smart TV Box

Most of practical people are looking for any possible alternative to own a necessary gadgets for their living rooms. Availability of television modules for playing video games from Android device to a wider screen continue to rise. Chinese manufacturers brought up a different model capable of streaming movies and TV series from Netflix and other supported online resources.

Satechi introduces their very own Smart TV Box. A budget-friendly module as well alternative for Apple and Google TV. It has a shortcomings in terms of user interface but it is also capable of streaming multimedia content from smartphones, tablets, and other handheld machines.

Satechi Android 4.2 Smart TV Box

Furthermore, Satechi Smart TV Box All-in-One Media Solution is powered by a quad-core 1.8GHz CPU paired with 2GB of RAM. No words for the size of its built-in storage but just like of other models, it is possible for this device to sport a 16GB size and MicroSD card slot for extra space. It runs an Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) platform with XBMC app for home theater's setup.

Satechi's Smart TV Box is also equipped with wireless remote control for navigating Android apps and easy access of other settings. From its compacted packaging, the device is also designed to work in a typical Ethernet and Wi-Fi networks with wide support for standard HDMI, USB, SD card slot, and S/PDIF ports.

Compared to Podoor T518 Television Box, Satechi's owned module is much bigger in terms of overall size with dual antennas but both are powered by a quad-core technology. Other affordable TV boxes in stores are Xtreamer's Multi-Console Gaming TV Box and Zero Devices Z6C.

Instead of buying a mini computer with Intel Atom processors, these television modules are also designed to break the barriers between a small and bigger entertainment systems.

Asus PadFone E Hybrid Smartphone Arrived in Taiwanese Retail Stores

Asus is known in producing the first hybrid smartphone in the market. A game changer in the evolution of mobile phones through their initiatives to produce a unique and multipurpose device. Last month, the company introduced a 4.3-inch PadFone Mini in Taiwan, the first of its kind with exclusive 7-inch docking station.

Following the appearances of the pioneering hybrid machine, a new wave of 4.7-inch model is now available in Taiwanese retail stores. The Asus PadFone E treated with 10-inch docking station. Just like of its smaller predecessor, both are treated with Dynamic Switching Technology. However, it has a much wider screen in tablet mode compared to PadFone Mini.

Asus PadFone E Hybrid Smartphone

For specs and other important details for PadFone E, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Cortex-A7 at 1.4GHz quad-core
  • Storage: 16GB (with MicroSD card slot for extra storage)
  • Display: 4.7-inch IPS (handset mode), 10-inch (tablet mode) with 1280 x 800-pixel resolution
  • Graphics: Adreno 305
  • Camera: 13-megapixel (main)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GSM/WCDMA (no words for GPS)
  • Battery: 1820mAh for handset and 5000mAh Lithium-Ion for docking panel
In addition, it is currently available in Chunghwa Telecom for about 6,000.00 yuan. While the PadFone Mini is up in global market, this new variant of hybrid phone from Asus is also expected to follow the footsteps of its predecessors in the global market.

And before I can forget, according to report, it is currently available in either white and black models only.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Samsung Revealed a Galaxy Note 3 Olympic Games Edition!

A complementary limited and special edition of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is up for Sochi's Winter Olympic. According to report, it is the only official handset of the game with the same specs to previously reported smartphone. The only difference is the one-of-a-kind case intended for athletes to bring home the ambiance of February's game.

The packaging shows a Galaxy Note 3 Olympic Games Edition label, an iconic logo, and colors to inspired the athletes coming from different corner of the globe. While waiting for Android 4.4 (KitKat) update, this model is also treated with Jelly Bean platform. It has no difference in terms of operating system from what we can get in stores.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Olympic Games Edition

Furthermore, the good thing about this special edition of Galaxy Note 3 is that, it is about to carry the flag of Samsung along with the banners of other nations. A great opportunity for the company to showcase the quality of their product among the other handheld devices to reached the stadium of Sochi's Winter Olympic next month.

Toshiba 13.3-Inch Chromebook CB35-A3120 Hits Amazon for $280

The variants of Chromebook computers from Acer, Samsung, and HP has a screen sizes less than 12-inch. Way back in CES 2014, Toshiba introduces their very own line to join the previously reported machines with unique and wider display. And the CB35-A3120 PLM01U-002005 recently appeared in Amazon for about $280.00 only.

Toshiba's Chromebook CB35-A3120 has a 13.3-inch display. It is wider compared to Acer's C720P-2600, HP's 11-1101US, and to Samsung's ARM A15-powered version. All of these handheld machines are now available in Amazon with price ranges from $200.00 to $370.00. Except for Samsung, the three different lines of Chromebook are powered by Intel processors.

Toshiba 13.3-Inch Chromebook CB35-A3120

For specs and additional details for Toshiba Chromebook CB35, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Intel Celeron 2955U at 1.4GHz (dual-core technology)
  • RAM: 2GB DDR3
  • Storage: 16GB solid-state drive (SSD)
  • Display: 13.3-inch, 1366 x 768-pixel
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics
  • Operating System: Chrome
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, (no words for Bluetooth 4.0 or GSM support)
  • Ports: USB 3.0 (2x), standard HDMI, and no RJ45 or Ethernet support
  • Battery: Lithium-Ion with a promising 9-hour lifespan in a single charge
  • Color: White
  • Others: Free Google Drive online storage just like of complimentary package with other models
This is the only machine added to the line of Chromebook without an Ethernet support. Connecting to any network resources must used of a typical Wi-Fi connectivity instead of a classical cable wires. Or probably, this might be the disadvantage of CB35-A3120 compared to other models.

But for now, I haven't heard of this Toshiba model appearing in Google Play Store.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

LG G2 Champagne Gold Special Edition is Now Available in Hong Kong

A golden 32GB version of LG's G2 smartphone arrived in Hong Kong before the Chinese Lunar New Year. It is now available for about HK $5,200.00 and the price is slightly lower compared to a previously reported 16GB model. Just like of HTC's amber gold smartphone, this handset is also treated with a champagne flavor.

LG's G2 Champagne Gold Special Edition has a 5.2-inch full high-definition (HD) IPS display with 2.65-millimeter frame. It has a promising battery performance from its 3000mAh Lithium-Ion technology which is also comparable to some 5-inch handsets in stores.

LG G2 Champagne Gold Special Edition

For specs and other important details of G2 limited edition, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 at 2.3GHz quad-core
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB (MicroSD card slot is also available for additional storage space)
  • Display: 5.2-inch full HD IPS
  • Operating System: Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • Camera: 13-megapixel featuring an OIS optical image stabilizer
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GSM, GPS, 3G and 4G
  • Battery: 3000mAh Lithium-Ion
Availability of LG golden G2's 16GB and 32GB versions in other region will probably start few weeks from now. Other variants of the said handset are also treated with black and white color except for this limited edition debuted in Hong Kong.

Sony Introduces a WiFi-Only Xperia Z Ultra in Japan

Since the first appearance of Sony Xperia Z Ultra, the device gave us a few confusing features. At first, I heard of a GSM-enabled variant. A typical smartphone just like of other wide-screened device with Micro-SIM slot and GPS support. Compared to Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, both are running an Android platform with a closer size.

Furthermore, the company officially announced the availability of Xperia Z Ultra WiFi-only model in Japanese retail store. Except for a GSM support, this version is also equipped with the same specs of the previously reported phablet. And now, it is clear that Sony is also working for a new wave of a nearly 7-inch handheld machine to compete with Apple's iPad Mini and other brands in stores.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra WiFi Phablet in Japan

For other important specs of Xperia Z Ultra WiFi, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 at 2.2GHz quad-core
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB (built-in)
  • Display: 6.44-inch, 1080-pixel resolution
  • Operating System: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: 8.1-megapixel (main) and 2.2-megapixel (front)
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (no word for Bluetooth 4.0)
  • Battery: 3000mAh Lithium-Ion
  • Others: Waterproof and dust resistant cover, Stamina Mode feature
As previously reported, Xperia Z Ultra is up with 16GB of storage. But the WiFi-only model in Japan is up with a doubled capacity.

Availability of Xperia Z Ultra in Japan will start by January 24, 2014 as noted by reports. Base price starts at 52-thousand yen or about $500.00 per piece.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Rose Gold Version Debuted in Verizon

Last month, Samsung introduces their very own colorful handset following the footsteps of Apple iPhone 5s and HTC Butterfly. And now, a Rose Gold model of Galaxy Note 3 with white ambiance showed out in Verizon Wireless retail outlets with the same specs to its predecessors. The 5.7-inch smartphone is equipped with a quad-core 2.3GHz CPU and 13-megapixel main camera.

Verizon Wireless officially announced the availability of the Rose Gold version to be followed by a Merlot variant few days or weeks from this day. According to report, the American network carrier is the only exclusive distributor of the said models.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Rose Gold Model

For specs and other important details of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 handset, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 at 2.3GHz quad-core
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: Available in either 32GB and 64GB models
  • Operating System: Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
  • Connectivity: GSM, GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0
  • Display: 5.7-inch high-definition (HD) Super AMOLED, 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution
  • Camera: 13-megapixel
  • Dimension: 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3-millimeter
  • Weight: 168-gram
  • Battery: 3200mAh Lithium-Ion
  • Others: MicroSD for additional storage space and S-Pen
And what makes this model different from other brands? It is the only handset I heard to sport a 3GB of RAM. Most of it are packed with either 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB but the Galaxy Note 3 choose a unique pairing of processor and memory size.

Prices of a Rose Gold and Merlot models has a slight difference compared to what you can get in any other local stores in United States.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Nokia Lumia 1320 is Another Windows Low-End Smartphone to Hit the Market

Sometimes, it is hard for us to compare a well-known device one after the other. But to talk about a Windows-powered smartphone in a low-end housing, the manufacturer probably overseen the need of practical buyers, right? Review made by Engadget of Nokia Lumia 1320 can help the said handset to standout despite of some shortcomings.

Compared to Apple's iPhone 5s and few of HTC's new line of handsets, Lumia 1320 got a different flavor for colors. However, treating the entire device with a plastic cover is like packing a high-quality product with a low protective material.

Nokia Lumia 1320 Colorful Plastic Cover

Available protective gear could possibly help the handset to stay longer from the hands of any user. But of course, they can only offer a minimum ranges of protection. A rubberized cases might be ideal for Lumia 1320 for absorbing shocks from unwanted impacts.

The entire handset doesn't show a low-quality outer cover. And it is because of a metal-like appearance that makes the Lumia 1320 a strong device in the outside.

In addition, I am not doubting about the underlying specs of this handset but remember, it is the only Nokia's Windows Phone 8.1 device with a very affordable prices. For me, it is the only thing that matter despite of some shortcomings.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, 3G and Wi-Fi Version Debuted in Russia

A 3G and Wi-Fi only version of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is now available in Russia for pre-order. The slimmest 7-inch line of tablet is expected to arrive in the global network by the first quarter of this year. Reports coming from different corner of the world suggests a new wave of the budget-friendly handheld machine which is ideal for students and professionals because of lightweight design.

From the name Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, it is clear that Samsung is making a few changes in some of their upcoming slates due to the shortcomings of its predecessor in stores. And it is also known for its possible quality despite of a low-end microchip. Under the hood is a dual-core 1.2GHz Marvell PXA986 CPU with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite in Russian Website

Other version of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite has a GSM support unlike of what the Russian folks can avail nowadays. According to a reliable source, the 8GB model with Wi-Fi falls to about $190.00 only while the 3G enabled is up for nearly $300.00. These are the only two versions of Samsung's new upcoming tablets I heard to hit Russia for this month.

Furthermore, the two 8GB versions of Galaxy Tab Lite is also equipped with 2-megapixel rear-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0, MicroSD card slot for additional storage, and 3600mAh Lithium-Ion battery. Availability in other countries is about to follow as previously reported.

LG Curved G Flex Smartphone is Headed to European Stores by February

Following the appearances of Samsung Galaxy Round way back in the month of November 2013, G Flex showed out as the second handset with curvy structure. Its ergonomic design gave us the clue about the next generation of smartphones. Availability started in Korea for about $940.00 and now, LG continue to extend the reach of their iconic handset in the global market.

LG first brought out the 6-inch G Flex in Korean retail stores. The first smartphone to sports a Plastic OLED display with a few shortcoming because of the said technology. It has a lower screen resolution compared to other handsets treated with AMOLED screen. And the advantage of having a curved handheld device is probably to bring a comfortable grip for the user.

LG 6-Inch Curved G Flex Smartphone

Furthermore, LG officially announced the availability of G Flex in Europe by the month of February. The local network provider in U.K., the EE is about to reveal the first wave of 6-inch curved phone. In France, it is expected to carry the flagship of Orange to consumers.

Pricing details is not yet available in more than twenty European countries. Upon comparing the current price of G Flex in Korean stores against Euro as well with Pound, this will come with tags higher than a flat-screen smartphones running a common Android platform and display sizes.

Monday, January 20, 2014

ZTE's Quing Yang 2 and Memo II Octa-Core Powered Smartphones from China

Having an octa-core powered smartphone can probably change our way of thinking towards on how Apple, Samsung, and other well-known competing brands to gain their success in the global market. A quad-core technology made a strong foundation for these company to continue their commitment in producing a high quality and promising products.

But now, Chinese manufacturers are pushing the limit of any possible standards by treating their native smartphones with octa-core technology and closer specs with what we can get from other foreign manufacturers. ZTE recently introduced a Quing Yang 2 and Memo II phones in Beijing powered by MediaTek's MT6592 eight-core CPU at 1.7GHz.

ZTE New Eight-Core Powered Smartphone from China

If these smartphones are running with the same size of cache to Intel Core i7, I am imagining a desktop or laptop computer capable of running a Windows 8.1 smoothly. However, these new wave of handsets are limited in terms of memory sizes and storage capacity. A 5-inch handset could only house a minimal number of capabilities we cannot compared to any typical computers.

Going back to Quing Yang 2, it has a 5-inch IPS display, 1GB of RAM and only 8GB of built-in storage. A MicroSD card slot is also available for additional space. And it is also equipped with 5-megapixel (main or rear) and 0.8-megapixel (front) cameras. The new line of dual-SIM handset from China with CDMA support and fully customized Android operating system.

The Memo II is packed with the same MediaTek's chip, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage. Has a 6-inch IPS screen with 13-megapixel (rear) and 5-megapixel (front) cameras. Compared to Quing Yang 2, this model has a higher specification in terms storage and memory capacity. It is equipped with 3200mAh Lithium-Ion battery just like of other high-end brands from China.

Quing Yang 2 and Memo II has a closer specs to TCL's 5-inch Idol X+ with the same eight-core processor. Availability of these new Android smartphones in the neighboring countries of China is probably fall to different brand names.

Sony D6503 Fascinating Handset is a Refreshed Model of Xperia Z1?

Until now, nobody knows the exact name of Sony's fascinating D6503 handset after its appearances in forums and reports. There is no word or statement from the company that would confirmed the entire story. On the other side, someone compared the previously reported photos to Xperia Z1 just to figure out the difference from the existing model.

According to Xperia Guide, it has a closer appearances with Xperia Z1 in terms of design and frames of Sony D6503 device. There might be a minor changes aside from the color and outer appearance of the handset. And because of that, they are pointing out the common characteristic from different angle except from the unknown specs.

Sony New D6503 Smartphone

Furthermore, the D6503 appeared in XDA Developer forum in a handful of photos. But now, the thread has been updated by a user interface (UI) of the said device. And because of that, the story is getting more clearer towards the possible name of Sony's another Android-powered machine. This might be a refreshed variant of Xperia Z1 smartphone or anything new coming from the same line.

Panasonic Let's Note CF-MX3 vs Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 Hybrid PC

Upon knowing the plan of Panasonic to unleash their very own convertible or hybrid PC, I try to look around for any comparable machines to the specs of Let's Note CF-MX3. It is probably the first of its kind in terms of promising performance from Intel Core i5-4200U chip paired with 4GB of RAM. However, it has a common appearances with Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 11 (Lynx).

Both of these two different convertible machines are capable of extending the experience of user from a typical laptop to a fully functional tablet. The quad-core underlying technology of Lenovo Let's Note CF-MX3 makes the newest hybrid PC more powerful than any IdeaPad Yoga with Intel Atom Z2760 or equivalent processors.

Compared to Lenovo's model, the Let's Note is equipped with a much higher memory size and storage capacity. Its 4GB memory and 128GB SSD storage doubled the size of an Intel Atom powered 11-inch convertible PCs in stores. Buyer could also choose an Intel Core i7-4500U variant with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage for the Japanese-made machine.

Panasonic Let's Note CF-MX3 Convertible PC

Both of Panasonic and Lenovo hybrid computers are bundled with Microsoft Windows 8.1 operating system. The famous platform embraced by Samsung for their own line of products with the same architecture to CF-MX3. Although, the newest model has a wider screen among the others.

Furthermore, availability of Let's Note CF-MX3 will start by the month of February in Japanese local stores as noted by reports. Pricing details is not yet available for another anticipated Windows 8.1 machine.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 SM-P905V is Debuted in FCC

Going back to December of 2013, Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 started to appear in forums and reports. The first handheld machine to sports a unique of screen size compared to what we can get from its predecessors. I heard too much about a 10.1-inch tablet but often for a 12.2-inch slate with fully customized Android platform.

And now, a Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 SM-P905V model finally arrived in FCC noted with Verizon LTE band. It means, this machine is also headed to the network carrier's retail outlet few weeks or months from now. And before the end of 2013, an SM907A variant also appeared with the flagship of AT&T for testing.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 SM-P905V Tablet

We cannot deny it but it is a good indication that the first wave of the said 12.2-inch machine are now headed to two network providers in U.S. However, there is no official statement from Samsung that would confirmed the availability of this Android-powered tablet in American market. Pricing details will probably vary according to buyer's selected configuration and data plan.

Pricing details of Galaxy Note Pro and Tab Pro for European retail stores showed out recently. And it is clear that availability of Samsung's new line of tablets is about to start by this quarter.

Kingston Introduces DataTraveler Locker+ G3 64GB 3.0 Pendrive

There are only few hardware-based encrypted pendrive in the stores with a promising security features. It is like having a vault capable keeping sensitive files in treats of unwanted copying, deletion, and sudden lost. Kingston is also known in producing quality flash drive overtime with extreme protection. The company introduces a 64GB DataTraveler Locker+ G3 for USB 3.0 ports. It is also available in 32GB variant with the same security features.

Kingston's DataTraveler Locker+ G3 has a similar function to USB 2.0 supported device. It has been based from the older interface just like of G2 series. It is the newest variant of their old pendrive specifically designed for USB 3.0 ports as number of portable devices with this newest feature increases. A wide selection of this peripheral are now in stores ranging from 8GB to 128GB sizes.

DataTraveler Locker+ G3 is also available in four different models with a promising 5-year warranty. All variants are supported by Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8 as well by Macintosh OS X operating systems. However, prices for 8, 16, 32, and 64GB models are still hanging around the corner.

Furthermore, DataTraveler Locker+ enable the storing of data using an encrypted password. When someone attempted to use a wrong key for ten times, the pendrive will automatically initiate a built-in irreversible lock. Aside from its technical specs, the entire peripheral is equipped with metal reinforcement other than a typical plastic cover.

Its simple but elegant design added with high-performance hardware makes the DataTraveler stronger among the other competing products. And having a 64GB well-protected model can somehow ease our worries for any data lost or alike.

Roundup: HP Slate Voice Tab, Pelican ProGear Galaxy S4 Case, Sony Xperia D6503, and Xtreamer Multi-Console TV Box

HP introduces a new wave of 6 and 7 inches tablets which enable voice calls and sending of text messages. The two variants of Slate Voice Tab has a dual-SIM support just like of a typical Android smartphone with the same feature. Both are packed with 16GB of storage which is slightly higher compared to Huawei's MediaPad 7 Youth2 as well to Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 Lite models.

On the other side, Pelican brought out a ProGear CE1250 for Samsung Galaxy S4 handsets. a protective cover made of scientifically designed material to absorb shocks from unwanted impact. It has a unique characteristic which are not available to any plastic-made and rubberized covers. A high-end peripheral that can extend the lifespan of Samsung's iconic phone.

Pelican ProGear CE1250 Samsung Galaxy S4 Casing

Someone from GSM forum revealed an upcoming variant of Xperia Z smartphone, the D6503. It was previously reported that the said device is probably the Xperia Z1 Compact or Z1S series. A fascinating handset that nobody know its existence until a handful of photo gave us a few clue to follow.

This year, Android-powered TV modules continue to arrive in the market. These devices differs from prices, sizes, features, and manufacturers. Despite of their increasing number, Xtreamer doesn't missed to introduced their very own Multi-Console Android TV Box with wireless display adapter. Making the device unique from other competing products.

Furthermore, Google is reaching the iOS users by introducing Movies & TV Services in iTunes. Allowing Apple devices fanatics to have a free access in a wide variety of videos on their own library. This app is a native of Android platform and user can have it straight from iTunes for free but viewing of videos correspond to another set of payment.

Asus is not too late to answer the needs of high-end PC users by introducing a GPU with water cooling system, the ROG Poseidon GTX 780 DirectCU. A native of NVidia's line of graphic devices which has been optimized for a maximum performance. It is ideal for any high-definition (HD) PC gaming requirements with an advance cooling module from a typical air and heat sink architecture.

Going straight to Japan, Panasonic and Sharp introduces a new wave of Intel Core i5-4200U (Haswell) machines with the same memory sizes and solid-state drive (SSD) storage. Panasonic's CF-MX3 is another Windows 8 hybrid PC with only 12.5-inch screen.

A fully convertible laptop which is also available in Intel Core i7 powered variant. And Sharp brought up their very own RW-16G tablet with a 15.6-inch screen which is wider than any typical slates in stores.

Panasonic CF-MX3 Convertible Laptop with Intel Core i5-4200U CPU and 4GB RAM

Convertible machines continue to struggle in the market and because probably of prices which is totally different from Android-powered tablets. However, Panasonic introduces a 12.5-inch CF-MX3 hybrid PC with Intel Core i5-4200U at 2.6GHz quad-core processor. According to report, it is packed with a removable battery which can last in a maximum of 14 to 15 hours from a single charge.

Panasonic CF-MX3 is also equipped with 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD storage. The specs is almost similar to Sharp's RW-16G tablet with 15.6-inch high-density screen. And what makes the 12.5-inch machine different? It is a fully convertible device packed with a built-in keyboard as part of another module. It has a promising battery capacity than any other handheld computers in the market.

Panasonic CF-MX3 Convertible Laptop with Intel Core i5-4200U CPU

The 12.5-inch LCD screen of CF-MX3 supports a 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution. Buyer can also choose from an Intel Core i7-4500U powered model with 8GB of RAM and Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional OS. Both of these available models has a couple of USB 3.0, HDMI and VGA ports. Aside from that, it is the only convertible laptop I heard with a built-in DVD drive.

The CF-MX3 is expected to arrive in Japanese market by the month of February. But for now, pricing and important details about its availability in other countries is currently unknown.

Sharp Introduces a 15.6-Inch RW-16G Intel Core i5 Powered Tablet

While other tablet manufacturers continue to innovate through a common range of sizes, Sharp introduces a 15.6-inch machine with Intel Core i5 (Haswell) processor. The RW-16G has a wider screen and higher screen density compared to some typical laptop computer in stores. According to report, availability of this unique and one-of-a-kind machine will probably start in Japan by the month of March 2014.

Furthermore, Sharp RW-16G has a 3200 x 1800-pixel WQHD display from IGZO (3K). It is capable of supporting a higher range of sensitivity level but there is no word for any stylus pen or input device included in the entire package. Few months from now, this machine will showed out in Japanese retail stores without a prior notice just like of other Sharp portable devices.

Sharp 15.6-Inch RW-16G Intel Core i5 Powered Tablet

Surprisingly, RW-16G is powered by quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU paired with 4GB of RAM. Because of the underlying processing technology, it is already comparable to a high-end laptop computers. Aside from that, the machine is also treated with 128GB of solid-state drive (SSD) of storage. That is higher compared to any available tablets that ranges from 7-inch to 10.1-inch sizes.

Other specs of Sharp RW-16G includes a USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0 with HS, and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/c support. This model is probably the bigger and wider brother of 10.1-inch Mebius tablet coming from the same Japanese company.

Because of Intel Core i5 processor, you might think that the 15.6-inch machine has a shorter battery life, right? But a reliable source also noted that it can last for a maximum of 9 hours in a single charge. The RW-16G might be added to the upcoming line of tablets with Android 4.3 or newer platform.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Firefox OS Tablet is Up with Quad-Core CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 10.1-Inch IPS Screen

A surprising story about Firefox OS powered tablet remains a mystery but someone shared a convincing device specification. The plan to produce their own computing platform and device is coming from the initiative of Mozilla, the name behind of the famous browser in Linux. Following the appearances of this topic, a 10.1-inch tablet showed out with a clear presentation of another smart operating system.

According to report, this upcoming handheld machine with Firefox OS is powered by a quad-core ARM Cortex A-7 processor (A31) at 1.0GHz. It is paired with 2GB DDR3 of RAM, and 16GB of flash storage. The device is called InFocus New Tab F1, a Wi-Fi enabled tablet with 10.1-inch full high-definition (HD) IPS display.

Mozilla Firefox OS Tablet with Quad-Core CPU

The 10.1-inch display supports a 1280 x 800-pixel resolution which also noted to support a user muti-touch gesture. It has a 5-megapixel main or rear and 2-megapixel front-facing cameras. Other specs includes a MicroSD card slot for additional storage space just like of other 10.1-inch tablets from Samsung and other brands.

Furthermore, the said Mozilla Firefox OS powered tablet is also packed with Bluetooth, GPS, and Gyroscope technology. Powered by a 7000mAh battery which is capable of running to a maximum of 8.5-hour in a single charge. And before I can forget, this machine is also equipped with PowerVR SGX544MP2 graphics. However, official date of release or availability in store is currently unknown to everyone.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Pelican ProGear CE1250 Protective Case

One thing we can do to prolong the lifespan of our gadgets is to find a protective gear against the nature and unanticipated happenings. A handful of promising cases treated with rubber has the advantage when it comes in elegant design. Pelican is known for the quality of their products since then in terms of protection. Through the advancement of smartphone casings, availability of their specialized peripherals continue to expand nowadays.

Pelican introduced a ProGear CE1250 intended for the line of Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones. An extreme protective gear that can ease some of our worries in terms of dropping a 5-inch handset. It is made of a high-grade polymer material than can give an extra protection in impact. Compared to ProGear 1150 as well with other protective case from the company, the CE1250 is capable of covering the entire sides of the handset.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Pelican ProGear CE1250 Protective Case

Furthermore, the interior of ProGear CE1250 is made of Elastomeric Copolymer material. A scientifically created material capable of absorbing shocks from any range of impacts. Compared to a rubberized plastic casings, this will be the advantage of the said protective gear. It has been optimized for possible breakage unlike with other synthetic fiber casings.

And the only disadvantage of having a ProGear CE1250 aside from protecting the entire device from impact is that, it can turn Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone to a bulky device. However, we can also find this changes in other specialized casings.

In addition, Pelican ProGear CE1250 is not a waterproof casing. It is only design to work with shocks and impacts but not to protect our smartphone from other unwanted problems. And buyers can choose from either black, white, blue, purple, and grey with the shade of orange for about $40.00 only. No words for its availability in iPhone 5s or other Samsung's Android-powered competing handsets for now.

On the other side, Claus de Paris also revealed their very own crocodile-leather made iPhone 5s protective casing few days ago.

Sony's Xperia D6503 Smartphone Spotted from the Wild!

A member of XDA Developer forum showed out a handful of photos of Sony Xperia D6503 handset taken from unknown source. However, nobody knows the exact name of the upcoming new line of smartphone but according to reports, the company is also planning to introduce a two different phones in World Mobile Congress. And this might the Xperia Z1 Compact and Z1S variants.

Or probably, the Xperia D6503 device is a refreshed version of the previously reported breeds of smartphones coming from the Japanese manufacturer. Few days ago, Sony introduces a 6-inch Xperia T2 Ultra, the Qualcomm Snapdragon powered handset with only 8GB of built-in storage and 1GB of RAM. A possibly low-cost or affordable handset among the line of Xperia Z series.

Sony Xperia D6503 Smartphone

Compared to Xperia D6503, the T2 Ultra has a slightly wider screen but both of the said models shares a common sleek design. Specs and other important details of this new variant of Xperia is not yet available except for that confusing photos coming from the wild. Someone from the thread of conversation mentioned that D6503 could possibly the Z1 Compact which is previously reported or the upcoming T-Mobile's Z1S.

Furthermore, the company previously announced that all of their upcoming new line of smartphones will be packed with Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) platform. And because of that, it is clear that the Xperia D6503 handset will be joining its predecessors with the same operating system.

HP New 6-Inch and 7-Inch Slate Voice Tab Affordable Quad-Core Phablets

The bargaining power of low-cost portable devices continue to rise nowadays. Manufacturers and producers are aiming to gain a high market share among each other. They are extending the reach of their products by discovering the tastes of any future users from every corner of the world. Prices remains the top priority of buyers aside from the quality and capabilities of any electronic gadgets. And that is also to maximize the value of their budgets, right?

In terms of affordable and budget-friendly tablets, HP introduces a new line of handheld machine to answer the needs of consumers. A voice call enabled phablets available in either 6-inch or 7-inch model. Both are powered by a quad-core CPU (no words for actual specs and speed) with 16GB of built-in storage and a dual-SIM (unlocked) support.

HP New 6-Inch and 7-Inch Slate Voice Tab Phablets

Compared to a typical smartphones, these handheld machines are slightly bigger with high-definition (HD) rear and front-facing cameras.

These HP's Slate Voice Tab tablets has a higher built-in storage sizes compared to Huawei's MediaPad 7 Youth2 as well to Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite. A MicroSD card slot is also available in both models for additional or extra storage space. The 6-inch variant sports a 720-pixel (diagonal) resolution while the 7-inch has a 1280 x 800-pixel.

Pricing details is not yet available but according to reliable source, these tablets are also expected to showed out in the upcoming World Mobile Congress (WMC) in Barcelona, Spain by February 24 to 27 of this year. Availability of HP's Slate Voice Tab in global market will probably start by spring.

And before I can forget, these HP's upcoming low-cost tablets will also be added to the line of Android-powered machines in stores.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Asus Introduces ROG Poseidon GTX 780 DirectCU Water Cooling GPU

I just heard of Asus water cooling GPU in Republic of Gamers' Facebook fan page a couple of days ago. I am not a diehard fan of any computer or video games but because of my curiosity, this is my first try to cover a one-of-a-kind peripheral I never seen before. However, reviews of this device are just hanging around the corner of hardware and gaming websites, I just want to share some of my insights towards the module.

Asus first introduced the new ROG line of graphic card way back in CES 2014. And now, the craving folks from the world of gaming are now craving to own the company's first GPU packed with water cooling system. Due to the demand of power PC as well from game enthusiasts all over the world, this might be the answer of the Taiwanese manufacturer.

Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 780 DirectCU Water Cooling GPU

It is previously reported that Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 780 DirectCU has been based from the line of NVidia's GeForce GPUs. And to attain the maximum performance, a major changes in the cooling system has been made for a greater effect. It is mainly ideal for high-end PCs through an extreme peripheral that could multiply the overall performance of a graphic card.

Furthermore, compared to a typical CPU water cooling system, the Poseidon GTX 780 DirectCU has a two mid-size fans which support its entire operation. Next to a miniature compressor, it is added with a car radiator-like aluminum tubes that enables circulation of liquid from one point into another.

In terms of performance, reviews says that it can disseminate heat faster than a system with common heat sink and fan operation. Boosting an average of 24-degree temperature regardless of monitor sizes. It is treated with 3GB 384-bit GPU memory at a core speed of 1006MHz and a memory clock of 6008MHz (GDDR5).

And before I can forget, the supported ports of Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 780 DirectCU are HDMI, DVI, and the typical display.

Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth2 Offers a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8x12 Performance

The closest competitor of Samsung in the Asian region introduces a new line of MediaPad 7 Youth2 tablet with Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8x12 at 1.2GHz (quad-core) chip behind the metal framed machine. It is their answer for the South Korean company's Galaxy Tab 3 Lite handheld machines which are now headed to the global market following its appearances at CES 2014.

Compared to Huawei's 7-inch tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite has a slicker and slimmer design but in terms of performance, having a quad-core technology under the hood is likely similar for both. However, the one with Marvell PXA968 CPU could offer a flagship ergonomic design which is not available on the competing brands.

Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth2 Android 4.3 Tablet

However, this model fall in terms of storage size. A built-in 4GB is not probably enough for a handful of free apps for Android.

Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth2 also appeared in the recent CES but pricing details and official date of release is not yet available. As predicted, availability will probably start in local Chinese and neighboring country retail stores in Asia before hitting Europe and American markets.

For specs and other important details, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8x12 at 1.2GHz dual-core
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 4GB (MicroSD card slot is also available for additional space)
  • Operating System: Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
  • Display: 7-inch, 1024 x 600-pixel resolution
  • Camera: 3-megapixel, VGA in front
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2G, and 3G
  • Ports: No words for USB, HDMI, and other supported port yet
  • Battery: 4100mAh Lithium-Ion
And compared to Huawei's Ascend Mate 2 6.1-inch smartphone, it is slightly bigger and wider but the two different device shares a 3G connectivity support. The company also revealed their next generation of 5.5-inch handset, the B199 packed with 2GB of RAM which is higher compared to what we can get from MediaPad 7 Youth2.

In addition, prices for this 7-inch machine will probably start in less than $150.00 or $200.00 just like of its predecessors in stores.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini and Mega to Received a Free Wi-Fi Calling Treatment

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini and Mega are reportedly the first Android-powered smartphones to received a free Wi-Fi calling and text from Sprint. If possible, it is a big help for their subscribers to cut their plans by taking a chance to call and send text messages locally. The document presented by Android Central brought out these two stunning devices as test subjects of the plan.

Compared to T-Mobile, sending a free text message through a local connection could not caused an outage for bandwidth. According to reports, adding this capabilities to some Android phone can immediately gain a huge popularity for supported devices. However, sales of other brands and models will be affected as people turn their heads to another practical handsets.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini and Mega Free Wi-Fi Calling and Text Promo

Free calls and text will only available in Android 4.2 and up platforms. Aside from that, users must get or find a CDMA signal before they can use the said freebies from the network carrier. On behalf of Sprint, there is no official statement that will confirm this plan or proposal.

In addition, this could give an additional points for Samsung Galaxy S users and subscribers for the time this complimentary offer started. While waiting for further announcements from Sprint, the said Samsung devices are known for being a low-profile smartphones with unique and promising features we cannot compare with other brands in stores.

While ago, a white Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 model is now available for order in the company's official online store in less than $200.00 only.

Google Offers an Online Rental of Movies and TV Services on iOS

We do not know of what is going on between Apple and Google nowadays aside from previous statement of Steve Jobs against the search engine giant for the Android platform. And guess what, doing a business outside of those issue could mean something for people who are looking for a chance to watch their favorite movies and television series through an iOS powered device, right?

A Google Play Movies and TV app is now available in iTunes. Downloading of this app has no corresponding payment but it enables a live access to the other company's video library through an iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. This application is officially made by Google developers for iOS users. Extending the reach of their online entertainment resources from Android to the native platform of Apple.

Google Play Movies and TV App in iOS

It is quite awkward but for most who are willing to pay for their most awaited videos, it is the advantage of having this app on their smartphones and tablets. Sad to say, the disadvantage of having a Google Play app in iTunes is like inviting your competitor to live in your own neighborhood for an outlet. Hopefully, because of this new business scenario, dropping in prices of videos and MP3 files will start.

In addition, this is not new in iOS and iTunes. Amazon also extend the reach of their videos and musics through their own app. On the other side, Google Play Movies and TV enables Chromecast to work in the new platform for streaming live videos just like of other Android-powered devices.

For now, Google Play Movies & TV in iOS offers their services in U.S., Japan, and U.K. only. Availability in other countries will follow without a prior notice from iTunes.