Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Debuted in Taiwan for NT $14,900

A Chinese website reported the appearances of Sony Xperia T2 Ultra in Taiwanese stores. However, availability will start by April 11, 2014 for NT $14,900.00 or about US $500.00. The 6-inch handheld device (phablet) is about to compete with local brands coming from HTC and Asus. And this might be the most exciting part of the game when significant changes in prices continue.

Compared to other 6-inch phablets in Taiwan, Sony Xperia T2 Ultra shows a few advantage from Japan. Aside from having a good reputation from reviews, its 13-megapixel main camera remains the outshining module of the said handheld machine.

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 6-Inch Phablet

For specs and other important details of Xperia T2 Ultra, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon at 1.4GHz (quad-core)
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Built-in Storage: 8GB
  • Display: 6-inch full IPS
  • Operating System: Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3G, and LTE supports (but no words for 4G)
  • Camera: 13-megapixel for main (capable of recording 1-megapixel videos)
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Colors: Black, white, purple (tricolor)
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra is also equipped with Micro-SD card slot which support a maximum of 32GB additional storage space. Sad to say, other people are expecting Xperia Z series despite of its availability in a much lower prices.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 and the Colorful Apple iPhone 5s

A handful of smartphone drop test videos are currently available in YouTube from the top competing brands. However, this seven minutes clip created by Tech Smart remind me of what we can expect from Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, and the blockbuster Apple iPhone 5s. And this might be the coolest stuff I ever heard by giving away a three well respected brands just to know the strongest handset.

Samsung Galaxy S5 might be strong enough to stand against drop from a certain height as the result. Apple iPhone 5s is the first device to surrender in a minimum level while the two competing brands compete for another step (even in 7-feet high).

Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and Apple iPhone 5s Smartphones

For more, watch the following video below to know the procedure made by Tech Smart for the toughest test I cannot imagine upon knowing the name of those smartphones:

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Aston Martin Compacted Folio BZ Leather iPad Case

Aston Martin introduces a compacted Folio BZ leather iPad case for about 300-euro. A luxurious and elegant protective gear inspired by the famous car manufacturer in Europe. It is made of a high-quality hand crafted material available in either beige with yellow, black with red, or brown with orange stitching. According to review, it offers an excellent and comfortable space for its supported tablets.

For about 300-euro, Aston Martin's Folio BZ (for second to fourth generation of Apple tablets) case is synonymous to other high-end products of the company in stores. As we all know, the well-respected company in Britain continue to tease celebrities and the rich for their collectibles. However, the quality remains their top priority to answer the needs of consumers.

Aston Martin Folio BZ Leather iPad Case

Furthermore, Folio BZ offers a compacted multipurpose pocket which is really ideal for businessman and working professionals who would like to protect their gadgets. Compared to a rubberized and plastic covers, it offers a glossy outside appearances accompanied by the strong but elegant stitches.

Going back in December of 2013, Lamborghini introduces their very own sports car inspired plastic cover. That includes the company signature for 44-euro only. A fully customized accessories for iPad which are available in variety of colors. Compared to Folio BZ, the other brand offers a minor protection against bumps and drops with no further assurances.

In addition, an iPad Air cover made of gold also appeared in a European store way back in January.

Nokia X Series Android Smartphone is Now Available in India

Following the appearances of Nokia Lumia 1320 in Chinese stores in December of 2013 and Lumia Icon way back in the second week of February, the company officially announced the X and XL series. And guess what, it is now available in India for about $140.00 only. According to reports, this might be the cheapest smartphone treated with a fully-customized Android operating system instead of Windows Phone 8 platform.

Nokia X series is also available in several models with different technical specification. The size is ranging from 4-inch to 5-inch with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of built-in storage, and Micro-SD card support. Nokia X+ offers a few difference from the base model in terms of memory capacity and storage space. And Nokia XL has a 5-inch WVGA screen which is much wider compared to the two other variants.

EVLeaks from Twitter revealed these colorful and affordable Nokia smartphones last February.

Nokia X, Nokia X+, and Nokia XL Android smartphones are also equipped with 5-megapixel main and 2-megapixel front-facing cameras. That includes a 1GB of free online storage in courtesy of Microsoft's OneDrive and free calls from Skype. And all models are also headed to European stores for about 90-euro to 110-euro as well in other Asian outlets.

Microsoft is now the official owner of Nokia. However, they are allowing an Android-powered device to exist in their new line of products. This might be the cheapest Android smartphone to hit the market under the flagship of Nokia with a Windows-like environment.

Nokia X Series Android Smartphone

Furthermore, Nokia X series are also capable to download apps and games from Google Play Store just like of other Android-powered smartphones and tablets. It was added with few apps coming from Microsoft and exclusive access to Yandex (another stand-alone app store).

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Asus 11.6-Inch C200 Chromebook Showed Out from the Wild

Online Partner (Swedish Google Apps Authorized Reseller) in Google Plus surprisingly revealed Asus C200 Chromebook along with Chromebox M004U which is now available in Amazon, Tiger Direct, and Newegg for less than $200.00. However, the said 11.6-inch machine has no technical specification that could give us a complete reference about its underlying modules.

Asus C200 Chromebook is the first line Chromium-powered notebook from the Taiwanese company to join HP 11-1101US and Acer AC720 which recently appeared in stores for less than $300.00 respectively. Both of the three Chromebooks are relatively different in terms of brands and manufacturers but we must expect a powerful line of 11.6-inch machines with a budget-friendly tags.

In terms of specs, just like of HP and Acer, Asus C200 Chromebook is probably powered by Intel Atom CPU or Bay Trail technology. The newest line of power-efficient processor which is also available in other 11.6-inch brands.

Asus 11.6-Inch C200 Chromebook

As noted in the above photo, Asus C200 Chromebook offers a 2-year of free Google Drive storage just like of what we can get from HP and Acer. That includes a login screen and keys of Chrome OS. And the said system may offer a longer battery life due to its underlying fanless technology. Other related reports noted that it is possible for this machine to have a 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage.

However, nobody knows the exact thing about C200 Chromebook except for that those folks who handed the first model. This might be a surprising Chromebook to hit the Google Play Store few days from now.

Roundup: Asus PadFone X, HTC One M8, PSP Vita Firmware and More!

The first quarter of 2014 brought up a lot of anticipated smartphones and tablets. The evolution continue when manufacturers and producers gathered in World Mobile Congress (WMC) in Barcelona, Spain to introduce their new line of gadgets. That includes the surprising appearances of Samsung Galaxy S5 along with the rival brands.

Going back in March, AT&T revealed the technical specification of Asus PadFone X. A 5-inch Android 4.4 (KitKat) smartphone treated with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in flash storage. The said handset was debuted in CES 2014 way back in January. An eye-catching hybrid phone with 9-inch docking station powered by a separate battery.

However, compared to Samsung which also introduced their new line of Gear wearable gadgets, Asus brought out their very own Fonepad 7 Android phablet. But on the other side, the Korean company got the official certification of FCC for their SM-T800 tablet. And according to reports, this might be the new line of Samsung Galaxy Tab to hit the market in 2014.

HTC One M8 is another anticipated 5-inch smartphone of this year. I considered this Android 4.4 smartphone as one of Samsung Galaxy S5 toughest competitor aside from Sony Xperia Z (a Wi-Fi only variant also appeared in Japan) and LG G Flex which is now headed to European stores.

In my own perspective, HTC brought up a confusing One Max way back in December of 2013 followed by HTC One X in February.  Aside from that, the Taiwan-based company also revealed a colorful line of Butterfly S Android handset before the end of last year.

While Android 4.4 continue to tease us for another user's experience, Sony officially announced the availability of Xperia Z series with Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) platform.

Furthermore, the gaming industry has been surprised by MSI AG220 and MSI AG240 all-in-one PC. Both of these models are powered by Intel Core i7 technology and has a capability to support a maximum 16GB of RAM and SSD storage.

And before I can forget, in Sony PlayStation Vita firmware version 3.10 received a newly updated screen to offer a new set of shortcuts and more accessible memory management capability. That makes a distinction compared the older GUI of another blockbuster ultra-portable gaming console.

Gresso Introduces Azimuth A1 Dual-SIM Luxury Phone

Following the appearances of Meridiist Infinite from TAG Heuer, Gresso introduces their very own dual-SIM Azimuth A1 luxurious phone from about $2000.00 and up. It is made with titanium metal and has been crafted with 18K white gold keys and logo. And guess what, according to reports, this might be the first line of luxurious handset to embrace a dual-SIM technology.

Gresso Azimuth A1 has a lower specs compared to what we can get from Sony Xperia Z series or Samsung Galaxy S5 as well to any of Apple's iPhone. However, due to its limited and well-crafted design, it is probably attractive for buyers who are looking for collectors item.

In terms of specs, Gresso Azimuth A1 is treated with 2GB of built-in storage (not enough for Windows Phone 8 default installation), 1.3-megapixel main camera, Bluetooth 2.0, and 1,100mAh battery. Compared to other brands, a 2GB of storage space completely limited for small applications. And probably, the said handset is typically design for calling and sending of messages only.

Gresso Azimuth A1 Dual-SIM Luxury Phone

Furthermore, Gresso Azimuth A1 is only available in 1,000 pieces. This will make the dual-SIM phone expensive compared to other brands coming from China, Taiwan, and even from Apple.

Friday, April 4, 2014

TAG Heuer Meridiist Infinite Treated with Wysips Solar Panel

Few years ago, before the appearances of famous iOS and Android phones, I heard a handful of stories about a solar powered handset. However, those initiatives becomes a reality for some folks but doesn't reached the masses or the global market. Probably, it is because of unfriendly prices or impractical stuff which can possibly change the favor of consumers.

In connection with that, TAG Heuer introduces their very own luxurious Meridiist Infinite self-charging handset. It is treated with Wysips technology, a transparent solar panel embedded as glass or LCD elements which can capture natural and artificial light for power sources.

TAG Heuer Meridiist Infinite Luxurious Phone

Aside from having a one-of-a-kind technology and self-charging capability, it is also treated with titanium casing in a futuristic shape. To know more about TAG Heuer's Meridiist Infinite smartphone, see the following video below:

Furthermore, reports noted that prices of TAG Heuer Meridiist Infinite starts at about $7-thousand. This might be added to the most expensive smartphone in the market. And no words for its operating system but probably, it is another Android smartphone with a fully customized environment just like of other high-end handsets.

Samsung ATIV SE Windows Phone 8 Smartphone Debuted in Verizon Wireless

You might think of another Samsung line of smartphone upon knowing the technical specification of ATIV SE. According to reports, Verizon Wireless officially announced the said handset treated with Windows Phone 8 platform but the device is originally derived for Samsung Galaxy S4 device. Aside from operating system, underlying modules are all similar to the 5-inch known Android phone.

The newest Samsung ATIV SE is also equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (quad-core) CPU at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB to 32GB of built-in storage. It has a 13-megapixel main camera just like in Galaxy S4 device.

In addition, ATIV SE (4G LTE-enabled model) offers a handful of unique features coming from its Windows Phone 8 operating system which is not available in Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) platform. And most of it are coming from the flagship and initiative of Microsoft to join Samsung in producing high-quality mobile phones.

Samsung ATIV SE Windows Phone 8 Smartphone

However, no words of its official availability and prices from Verizon Wireless outlets as well in other U.S. stores. But according to a reliable source, this might hit the American market by the second quarter of this year.

Microsoft Office 365 for iPad Hits 12-Million of Downloads in 7 Days

MS Office 365 for iPad is now a blockbuster app that hits 12-million of downloads in seven days of existence. And guess what, it is now added to the rank of top most downloaded software in App Store. And according to reports, this might be one of the most awaited and stable version of the said application which continue to attract the worldwide users.

The rating of Microsoft Office 365 for iPad continue to rise as number of user increases. Surprisingly, the application earns a lot of favor for positive reviews and comments which are now in Twitter as well in Facebook and other social networking sites. Furthermore, subscriptions grows rapidly reaching the farthest border of Windows platform.

I will not be surprise by Windows 8.1 mobile operating system to introduce Office 365 but knowing the availability of this app in iOS and Android, it is like having a common productivity tool in another environment.

Unlike to other free word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software for iOS, having a particular Microsoft app in viewing and editing documents means a different story, right? And the number of downloads continue to grow and that 12-million hits can be doubled by the following week. Sad to say, use must have a license in editing their documents but not in viewing contents.

Microsoft Office 365 in iOS Platform

However, regardless of some shortcomings because of licensing issues, MS Office 365 has a good performance in iPad Air, iPad Mini, and probably, even in the next generation of 10.1-inch and 7-inch handheld machines of Apple with Retina display technology.

Puro Introduces a 0.3-Millimeter Ultra Slim Smartphone Cover

The well-known Italian smartphone peripherals producer, Puro introduces a 0.3-millimeter thick ultra slim cover for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S. It is available in variety of colors with sleek and elegant design which can easily form to any supported device. This might be the newest line of cover to answer the needs of consumers to extend the life of their handsets for about 10-euro only.

Compared to a rubberized casing and cover, Puro 0.3 Ultra Slim offers a few advantage in terms of aesthetic quality. It has a promising performance against frictions and minor impacts aside from having a glossy appearance. A simple and lightweight smartphone cover that includes a screen protector for any possible risk in display.

Furthermore, user can choose from either iPhone or Samsung inspired cover through a printed logo aside from its ergonomic design. Aside from bumps, the said ultra-thin cover is also capable of protecting its supported iOS or Android device from scratches.

Puro 0.3-Millimeter Ultra Slim Smartphone Cover

Aside from Puro authentic accessories, a Lamborghini-inspired iPad cover which is also available in Italy captured my attention way back in December of 2013 and an iPhone 5s crocodile leather case last January in Paris.

In addition, 0.3 Ultra Thin cover is also designed to have a soft-touch surface, flexible, and eye-catching appearances. Hopefully, the said accessories will also reached the global market aside from being exclusively available in European stores.

Digital Storm Embraced NVidia GeForce 800M for Their Gaming Laptops

Digital Storm introduces a new line of gaming laptops, the 15.6-inch Javelin and Lance along with 17.3-inch Krypton and Behemoth. The price is ranging from about $1,200.00 to $2,300.00 for an Intel Core i7 powered machines. Compared to MSI GS60 and MSI GT60 20D-261US, the company chooses NVidia GeForce 800M series for their graphic cards.

However, compared to MSI AG220 and MSI AG240 all-in-one machines, both of the said models are now packed with the same line of GeForce GPU. And the advantage of having a portable console with power efficient modules can possibly attract consumers not to change their way of playing. In addition, most of these powerful machines are equipped with the same Intel Core i7-4700Q CPU running at 2.4GHz speed.

Digital Storm Gaming Laptops with NVidia GeForce 800M GPU

Going back to Digital Storm's gaming laptops, storage capacity ranges from 750GB (for Lance) to a maximum of 1TB HDD with option for 128GB of solid-state drive (SSD). Minimum specification for RAM starts from 8GB to 16GB capacity.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Samsung SM-T800 Tablet is Now Added to FCC Certified Devices

The mystical 10-inch tablet from Samsung, the SM-T800 debuted in FCC few days ago. And now, reports coming from reliable sources noted that the said handheld machine is now added to the line United States certified devices. This might be the next generation of Galaxy Tab tablet due to the size of its screen. However, nobody from Samsung confirmed those rumors but in fact, the company is probably planning to introduce the said device by the month of May or June of this year.

Samsung SM-T800 remains a mystery for most of us. Nobody can give or reveal the exact technical specification of the said 10-inch machine. And the only true behind those stories, this device will be added to the line of Android-powered tablets in global stores. It has a much bigger screen compared to Samsung's previously reported handheld products in 2014.

Samsung SM-T800 Android Tablet in FCC

And while we are keeping an eye to Samsung SM-T800, let us try to discover the plan of Apple for their next generation of smartphones and tablet computers. This might be the right time to turn our heads on them rather than following a mystical Android machine with unknown name, right?

Asus Dual-SIM Fonepad 7 Android Phablet Debuted in Hong Kong

Following the appearances of the upcoming Asus PadFone X technical specification in AT&T, the company officially announced the availability of their very own dual-SIM Fonepad 7 in Hong Kong. According to reports, it is now available for about HK $2,200.00 (8GB variant). However, the said phablet has a lower storage capacity compared to other 7-inch brands in Chinese stores.

Asus Fonepad 7 is powered by Intel Atom Z2520 CPU paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage. In terms of operating system, it is equipped with Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) instead of KitKat platform which is now available in some newly announced 5-inch smartphone but not in 7-inch or 10-inch tablets.

Other specs of Asus Fonepad 7 includes a 5-megapixel main and 2-megapixel front cameras. It is powered by 3910mAh battery which can last for up to 6 to 10 hours in a single charge. Buyer can only choose from either gray or white variants. And the said dual-SIM phablet sports a 7-inch 1280 x 800-pixel IPS display and 3G aside from a typical Wi-Fi connectivity.

Asus Dual-SIM Fonepad 7 Android Phablet

For those who are asking for a more advance network connectivity of Asus Fonepad 7, there is no words for 4G support yet nor Bluetooth 4.0.

Going back in January, Asus introduces PadFone Notes 6 Android 4.2 tablet with Intel Atom Z2580 dual-core processor and PadFone E (smartphone plus a docking station for tablet mode) in Taiwan. And probably, the company is also planning to revealed a new line of hybrid devices aside from Fonepad 7 and its variants.