Saturday, May 31, 2014

Gigabyte P15F and P27G Gaming Laptops with Intel Core i7 CPU

Gigabyte rolled out their own version of gaming laptops, the P15F and P27G V2 (second versions). According to reports (complete specifications), it is the second generation of 17-inch machines which is now treated with Haswell line of processors. The two portable PC gaming consoles follows the appearances of Asus ROG G550JK with the same type of CPU. Compared to the previously reported 15.6-inch model coming from Asus, Gigabyte has a much bigger machines in terms of display sizes.

Furthermore, Gigabyte P15F equipped with NVidia GeForce GTX 850M graphics with 2MB of cache memory while Gigabyte P27G is treated with NVidia GeForce GTX 860M. The new line of NVidia's power-efficient GPU typically designed for ultra-portable machines. And both are expected to support a maximum of m-SATA 3.5TB of dual-storage with a promising full high-definition (HD) display technology.

Gigabyte P15F 17.3-Inch Gaming Laptop

Gigabyte P15F as well the P27G offers a promising cinematic audio system. This might be the advantage of these two PC gaming consoles compared to Asus ROG G550JK aside from being a budget-friendly machines which is about to hit the market by the third quarter of 2014. Availability in Western and European countries will probably start by the end of this year.

And before I can forget, both of Gigabyte P15F and P27G has a 17.3-inch screen, a standard keyboard (with numeric pad), and Intel Core i7 (Haswell) processors. Prices will vary base on user's selected configuration and it is also expected to run a Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating system just like of other gaming laptops in stores.

Acer Introduces Iconia Tab 8 with Quad Core Intel Atom Z3745 CPU

Before the end of May 2014, Acer introduces a new line of affordable tablet, the Iconia Tab 8. The Taiwanese company continue to surprise us with a budget-friendly slates since the appearances of Acer Iconia A1-830, a dual-core powered Android tablet with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage. And guess what, the latest version is expected to sports a quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 CPU which is more powerful compared to the previously reported model (with dual-core chip).

Acer Iconia Tab 8 can be called a low-end or high-end tablet at the same time due to its underlying specs. Compared to Iconia A1-830, it is slightly bigger in terms of screen and it is also treated with a much higher memory capacity. Prices will vary based on user's selected model in terms storage sizes and additional accessories.

Acer Iconia Tab 8 Android Tablet

For other specs of Acer Iconia Tab 8, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Intel Atom Z3745 (quad-core, 2MB cache with a maximum clock speed of 1.8GHz)
  • RAM: 2GB DDR3
  • Storage: Available in either 16GB or 32GB models
  • Display: 8-inch full high-definition IPS with 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution
  • Operating System: Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • Camera: 5-megapixel (main), 2-megapixel (front)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
Furthermore, Acer Iconia Tab 8 is also equipped with Micro-SD card slot for additional storage space, Zero Air Gap technology for its screen, and a promising audio capability due to ergonomic design. For now, no words for any SIM or cellular. And availability of the said 8-inch tablet will start by the third quarter (Q3) of this year.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Roundup: Asus PadFone X, LG G3, Vivo Xplay 3S, and Huawei Ascend G750

For the past few days, reports coming from smartphones and tablets manufacturers surprised us of their new upcoming new line of products. The Chinese and South Korean manufacturers continue the race for ultra-portable devices. Asus introduces PadFone X in Computex 2014 at Taipei, Taiwan while LG finally revealed their very own G3 smartphone.

To start with, Asus PadFone X is debuted in the above mentioned local event. And according to reports, this might be the original name of the said hybrid device just like of what I have heard in AT&T last March. The U.S.-based network provider is probably planning to sell PadFone X prior to the appearances of its technical specifications in their official website.

On the other side, LG G3 is about to join Samsung, Apple, HTC, and other toughest smartphones nowadays. A high-end Android 4.4 (KitKat) handset with Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (Krait) CPU treated with quad HD (QHD) technology. It is bigger compared to Samsung Galaxy S5 but the screen size is slightly closer to Apple iPhone 5s.

Aside from Asus and LG, Vivo brought out their very own Xplay 3S. A 6-inch smartphone or phablet in nature with the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor to Samsung Galaxy S5 and Apple iPhone 5s. And guess what, it is also equipped with 13-megapixel of main camera just like of what we can get from the other best-selling brands.

Lastly, Huawei Ascend G750 is a 5.5-inch Android phone to sports a 13-megapixel main and 5-megapixel front-facing cameras. Compared to Vivo Xplay 3S, LG G3, and PadFone X, both are equipped with the same processor which are coming from the line Cortex-A7.

Cyber Crave also covered the following smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers:

Stay tune in Cyber Crave for other reports and upcoming gadgets which are about to hit the market few days from now.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Teclast 8.9-Inch P90HD Android Tablet with ARM Cortex-A17 CPU

Following the appearances of a budget-friendly Teclast P78HD tablet from China, a much bigger variant is now available for about $260.00 only. Compared to the previously reported 7-inch machine (for $100.00 only), the 8.9-inch model is much pricer due to its underlying specs and features. However, both of these slates are equipped with a quad-core ARM Cortext processors.

Teclast P90HD is treated with Rockchip RK3288 ARM Cortex-A17 CPU just like of its predecessors. It has an 8.9-inch WXGA screen (with 2560 x 1600-pixel resolution) which also makes the said tablet unique compared to other Chinese brands. Pre-order is now available from China in wholesale prices for 1,599.00-yuan.

Teclast 8.9-Inch P90HD Android Tablet

Other specs of Teclast P90HD includes 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in flash storage, 8-megapixel (main) and 2-megapixel (front) cameras, ARM Mali-T760 GPU, typical 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 technology.

Furthermore, Teclast P90HD is a budget-friendly tablet which is now available in China but it is now headed to the global market. And before I can forget, the said 8.9-inch handheld machine is also equipped with Android 4.4 (KitKat) operating system just like of its smaller variant.

This might be a new line of tablet coming from China to compete with HP 7 Plus which is also available for about $100.00 only. Both of these handheld machines are also equipped with the same line of ARM Cortex CPU despite of their brands.

Apple iPhone 5s and 5c is Headed to China Mobile Hong Kong

For the past few months, I heard that Apple is planning to invade China through their colorful iPhone 5s and 5c smartphones. Despite of rumors for the upcoming iPhone 6 by the third quarter of this year, the demands of 5-inch blockbuster handset continue to rise not only in U.S. but also in Asian outlets.

It is a toughest decision for Apple to bump their own handset to their closest competitors in Asia. However, some Chinese users are optimistic in terms of brands and they expect the newest iPhone to appear in their local stores. According to reports, China Mobile Hong Kong will start to offer iPhone 5s and 5c before the end of May 2014.

Apple iPhone 5s and 5c in China Mobile Hong Kong

Prior to this, I heard that Apple previously blocked China Mobile Hong Kong to offer their blockbuster handset. But now, a surprising news coming from a Taiwanese website noted that Apple and the local network provider are working to offer the two new models of iPhone to the Chinese users.

And China Mobile Hong Kong will start to offer iPhone 5s and 5c starting this end of the month to August. In addition, the 4G LTE-enabled smartphones will take advantage the availability of TD-SCDMA and TC-LTE network technology of China Mobile in Hong Kong as well in mainland China.

HTC One (M8) Ace with Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU is Coming in June

Since the month of January, smartphone manufacturers teased us with their upcoming and anticipated new line of products. They started to showcase their respective handsets and tablet computers in a series of events (from Consumers Electronic Show, CeBIT, and World Mobile Congress).

In Taiwan, HTC introduces their very own flagship, the HTC One which is available in several models. An amber gold 16GB model become available in Taiwanese local stores in December 2013 and has been followed by an all-red version in Hong Kong. And nowadays, some folks in European and Western countries expects the said 5-inch Android smartphone to hit their market.

Following the appearances of HTC One in reports and reviews, other competing brands from Samsung, Sony, Apple and other Chinese manufacturers earns the spotlight overlapping the specs of a Taiwan-made handset. However, HTC continue their quests to change the game by introducing to the world a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 powered model with Android 4.4 (KitKat) operating system.

HTC One (M8) Ace with Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU

HTC One (M8) Ace is a new line of 5-inch smartphone which is expected to hit the local market by next month. It is expected to sports a 2.5GHz (quad-core) CPU inherited from M8. In terms of specs, it is treated with 13-megapixel of main camera and 5-megapixel in front. Compared to M8, HTC One Ace is made of cheaper materials (probably, a plastic case) unlike of its predecessors.

For now, nobody knows the exact price of HTC One Ace and it is expected to arrive in Taiwanese stores for about NT $14,500.00 or HK $3,750.00 in Hong Kong.

Asus ROG G550JK 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop with Intel Core i7-4700HQ CPU

The ongoing Computex 2014 in Taipei revealed the upcoming 15.6-inch gaming machine from Asus, the ROG G550JK. It has a fourth generation Intel Core i7 processor, NVidia GeForce GTX 850M GPU (power saver), and this might be the latest contender to MSI GT60 20D-261US which is now in stores since the month of December 2013.

Asus ROG G550JK has a compacted design and it is slimmer to compare with MS GT60 gaming laptop. A power efficient model which is about to hit the market few weeks from now as noted by reports coming from the said even in Taiwan.

Asus ROG G550JK 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop

Republic of Gamers makes ROG G550JK as their reference machine, a standard model for robust gaming environment. For other specs and important details of the said powerful brand, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4700HQ with 6MB of Cache and clock speed ranging from 2.4GHz to 3.4GHz
  • RAM: DDR3 1600MHz (supports a maximum of 16GB)
  • GPU: NVidia GeForce GTX 850M with 2GB or 4GB of VRAM
  • Display: 15.6-inch (AG IPS full HD LED backlight), supports a 1920 x 1080-pixel and 1366 x 768-pixel resolutions
  • Storage: Available 1TB or 1.5TB for 5400rpm and 750GB or 1TB for 7200rpm (SATA), 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) SATA
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional
  • Dimension: 38.3 x 25.5 x 2.77-centimeter
  • Weight: 2.5-kilogram
  • Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Ports: USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, Standard SVGA (no words for Micro-SD card slot)
Furthermore, pricies of Asus ROG G550JK will vary based on user's selected configuration. Compared to other gaming laptops, this might be the first line of PC console to sports a power efficient video or graphic card and CPU. And that is to optimized its battery performance for a much longer and better gaming experience.

And before I can forget, availability will probably start by the third quarter of this year in the global market.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Huawei 5.5-Inch Ascend G750 Android Phone is Debuted in Hong Kong

Huawei Ascend G750 is another 5.5-inch smartphone coming from mainland China. Surprisingly, it is now available in Hong Kong for HK $2,280.00 only. Compared to HTC One from Taiwan, it has a price tag which is almost half the price of other Chinese-made handsets. And guess what, it is equipped with eight-core (or octa-core) CPU just like of its predecessors in stores.

Furthermore, Huawei Ascend G750 has a 5.5-inch full IPS display with 720-pixel resolution. It is also treated with 2GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in flash storage (no words for Micro-SD card slot), 13-megapixel (main) and 5-megapixel (front) cameras, 3000mAh battery, and a dual Micro-SIM support. And it is running an Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system instead of the newest version (KitKat).

There are no words for 4G LTE-enabled feature but according to reports, Ascend G750 supports a dual-SIM WCDMA (3G) connectivity. Other than a typical 802.11n wireless technology, it is also equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 module.

Reviews of Ascend G750 prior to its appearances in Chinese website shows the ups and downs of the 5.5-inch Android phone. Earning a handful of positive feedback from prominent users despite of some shortcomings in terms of storage size.

Huawei 5.5-Inch Ascend G750 Android Phone

And before I can forget, this might be the small brother of Huawei Ascend Mate 2 6-inch handset which showed out in December of 2013.

Vivo 6-Inch Xplay 3S Android Smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU

Vivo Xplay 3S is another 6-inch Android smartphone from mainland China. It is treated with Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (Krait) CPU, 3GB of RAM, and built-in storage ranging from 8GB to 32GB (prices differs on buyer's selected model). According to a reliable source, this might be a prominent handset to hit the global market by the third quarter of this year.

Furthermore, reviews of Vivo Xplay 3S shows an outstanding result and earns a lot of positive feedback from those folks who handed the said 6-inch handset. It has a several apps which are typically designed to work on its own functionality.

Vivo Xplay 3S 6-Inch Android Smartphone

A review coming from Chinese users shows a satisfactorily and acceptable performances in terms of multimedia. Due to its 13-megapixel main camera, the Xplay 3S offers a lot of advantage over the other locally produced smartphones.

For more about the phablet-sized smartphone, see the following video below:

However, despite of Android 4.4 (KitKat) operating system, Xplay 3S embraced Android 4.2 as its prominent platform to support.

Smartphones and Tablets Treated with Firefox Operating System

The people behind the development of Mozilla Firefox web browser is now changing their track. Since then, the organization continue to surprise us through their initiatives in producing a handful of freeware. And now, aside from those productivity tools which are ideal for students and working professionals, they are moving ahead of other software developers by introducing their very own Firefox OS for portable devices.

And I am talking about their very own Firefox OS! A new platform which is typically designed to work in smartphones and tablet computers. Compared to Android and iOS, I cannot totally identify the difference in terms of functionality and as a new environment for games and other supported apps.

Firefox OS Graphical User Interface

Furthermore, the said operating system of Firefox offers a common platform for programs to run just like in Android as well in iOS. However, it is totally different from what we can get in Windows 8.1 or earlier versions of the blockbuster OS of Microsoft. In fact, we cannot totally compare the technology giant to those folks working in Firefox, right?

But before of anything else, Firefox OS is now available in few-to-mentioned smartphones and tablets. And to name those device, let me start with VIA Vixen's 7-inch tablet. A China-made portable machine treated with ARM Cortex-A9 (dual-core) CPU at 1.2GHz. It is also equipped with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in flash storage, and Mali 400 GPU.

VIA Vixen 7-Inch Firefox Tablet

VIA Vixen Firefox tablet has a 2-megapixel of main and VGA front-facing cameras. It is also designed to work in 802.11n Wi-Fi technology in a compacted 7-inch (with 1024 x 600-pixel resolution) device.

A Foxconn InFocus 10-inch (with 1280 x 800-pixel resolution) tablet recently appeared from the wild with Firefox operating system. According to reports, it is one of the platform's reference device treated with ARM Cortex-A7 (quad-core) processor.

Foxconn InFocus 10-Inch Firefox Tablet

The said Foxconn slate is also equipped with PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 5-megapixel (main) and 2-megapixel (front) cameras, 7000mAh battery, wireless connectivity module, and Bluetooth 4.0 technology.

In terms of smartphones, a 4.5-inch Firefox OS Flame is another handset to sports the uprising platform. It is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8210 (dual-core) at 1.2GHz, RAM that ranges from 256MB to 1GB, 8GB of flash storage, 5-megapixel (rear) and 2-megapixel (front) cameras, 1800mAh battery, typical Wi-Fi connectivity, 3G support, and Bluetooth 4.0 technology.

Firefox OS Flame is probably a variant of ZTE or Alcatel's OneTouch Idol handset from China. And before I can forget, ZTE Open C is a 4-inch handset treated with Firefox OS. It has an ARM Cortex-A7 dual-core processor at 1.2GHz, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, 1400mAh battery, and connectivity support for HSPA, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.

ZTE Open C 4-Inch Firefox Smartphone

Guess what, most of those smartphones are now available for about $100.00 only in eBay and other online stores. A budget-friendly handsets with prominent Firefox OS.

Hopefully, Firefox OS will find its way under the sun when manufacturers started to turn their heads to its capability and features to compete with Android and iOS gadgets which are now dominating the global market.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

LG 5.5-Inch G3 Quad HD Android Smartphone is Now Official

Before the appearances of LG's G3 product page, some folks are already talking about the said 5.5-inch Android 4.4 (KitKat) smartphone. The South Korean company previously announced their upcoming curved G Flex handset in European stores. However, I missed to follow the later updates of the 6-inch uniquely designed phone.

And now, LG introduces a new line of 5.5-inch (with 2560 x 1440-pixel resolution) handset, the G3 series. Just like of its predecessors, the Optimus L II, this might be the newest version of a Korean smartphone treated with "Knock" functionality. Aside from having a quad HD (QHD) display technology, it is also equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (Krait) CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in flash storage.

Other specs of LG's G3 includes a 12-megapixel main camera (no words for the front-facing camera), Micro-SD card slot (supports a maximum of 2TB additional storage), 3000mAh replaceable battery, typical Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, and a fully-customized Android 4.4 user interface.

LG 5.5-Inch G3 Quad HD Android Smartphone

And before I can forget, it is also treated with "Knock Code" features, "Smart Notice" app, and other built-in features which makes the G3 totally unique from other Chinese and locally-produced phones in South Korea. Availability will probably start by the third quarter of this year not only in local stores but also in Western and European outlets.

Teclast P78HD Android 4.4 (KitKat) Tablet for $100 Only

Following the appearances of HP 7 Plus, Teclast P78HD is another China-made Android tablet which is now available for $100.00 only. A 7-inch machine equipped with the same quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU to HP's very own slate. And it is one of a budget-friendly device treated with Android 4.4 (KitKat) platform which makes the entire tablet different from the other previously reported $100.00 handheld machines in stores.

Teclast P78HD is also equipped with a full high-definition (HD) 7-inch Retina display. And it is slightly smaller compared to HP 7 Plus and Acer Iconia A1-830 tablets.

Teclast P78HD Android 4.4 Tablet

For other specs of Teclast P78HD, see the following list below:
  • CPU: ARM Cortex-A7 (quad-core)
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8GB eMMC
  • Display: 7-inch, 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution, Retina Display technology
  • GPU: PowerVR SGX 544
  • Camera: 2-megapixel (main), 0.3-megapixel (front)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11n (no words for Bluetooth 4.0 support)
  • Ports: Mini-HDMI, standard audio out, and no words for USB 2.0 or USB 3.0
  • Operating System: Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • Dimension: 186 x 106 x 6.9-millimeter
  • Weight: 234.5-gram
Furthermore, Teclast P78HD is also equipped with a Micro-SD card slot for additional storage space and capable of 4K full HD video recording through its 2-megapixel main camera.

And before I can forget, Teclast was also known in producing e-readers way back in 2010, 10-inch netbook and 13-inch notebook computer. The Chinese manufacturer is now joining the local manufacturers to build their own tablets with ARM Cortex processors.

Asus PadFone S is Debuted in Computex 2014 (in Taipei, Taiwan) as PadFone X

Asus PadFone was previously known for being a smartphone and tablet at the same time. In short, a hybrid device which started to showed out in Taiwan way back in January. Following its appearances, AT&T brought out a technical specifications of the said mystical handheld machine. And now, a locally known PadFone X surprisingly appeared in Computex along with other handheld devices.

Furthermore, the said version of PadFone X is treated with Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8974 CPU, a 4G LTE-enabled smartphone with 5-inch display, 9-inch docking station (1920 x 1200-pixel), 13-megapixel main and 2-megapixel front cameras, and other underlying modules I previously heard from AT&T.

Asus PadFone X in Computex 2014

Guess what, a new version of the said hybrid device will probably appear in other stores outside of Taiwan with different names just like of Asus PadFone E. And the company is planning to release an update, the Zen UI 1.1 which is exclusively designed for this unique ultra-portable device.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Sony SmartBand SWR10 is Now Available in Euronics for About 70-Euro

Just like of LG LifeBand Touch Activity Tracker and Samsung Gear 2 Neo, Sony SmartBand SWR10 is another wearable device that works in Bluetooth 4.0 technology as well in Android 4.4 (KitKat) platform. This gadget might be the closest competitor of those prominent brands which started to appear in stores way back in the last quarter of 2013.

Sony SmartBand is probably different from the upcoming Samsung Gear 2 Solo in South Korea which is equipped with a 3G module for advance connectivity. However, both of these wearable gadgets are taking advantage the availability of Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (BLE) technology. A typical bracelet that can be used to communicate, activity tracker, and maybe, to entertain.

Sony SmartBand SWR10 Smartwatch

Furthermore, Sony SmartBand SWR10 is now available in Euronics for about 70-euro only. It is much cheaper compared to Samsung and LG despite of few indifference. In terms of specs and features, SWR10 is typically designed to work with Life Log app in Android 4.4 operating system. That includes an App Smart Connect and compatibility with IP58 technology.

In addition, it is also cheaper than a previously reported version of SmartBand for about 10-euro. Probably, Sony is giving a complimentary discounts to their European customers their very own smartwatch.

Roundup: Zotac ZBOX Sphere, Microsoft Surface Pro 3, LG LifeBand Touch, and Acer Iconia A1-830

For the past few weeks, I missed to catch the most anticipated reports related to those gadgets which started to showed out as early of January 2014. However, this might be the right time for me to start a new round to cover the upcoming tablets, smartphones, and other handheld devices which are expected to hit the market before the end of this year.

To start with my weekly roundup, a spherical-shaped machine coming from Zotac surprised me with its underlying specs despite of a compacted case. Aside from being smaller, monitor-less, and unique design, Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 is equipped with a quad-core Intel Core i5-4200U CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 2.5-inch hard-disk drive (HDD) or solid-state drive (SDD) storage.

ZBOX Sphere OI520 is a descendant of the previously reported model with Intel Core i3 CPU. And both of the said versions embraced the power of Intel's fourth generation of processors.

Furthermore, Microsoft introduced the next generation of 12-inch Surface Pro. It is now available for pre-order along with its Type Cover specialized keyboard and protective case at the same time. Aside from that, Microsoft is also planning to release the other available accessories for Surface Pro 3. That includes a 36W power supply and Ethernet Adapter.

On the other side, LG brought out their very own wearable, the LifeBand Touch Activity Tracker. It is now available in Best Buy for about $150.00 only. Compared to Samsung Gear 2 Neo, it is much cheaper of about $50.00. However, both of the said competing wearable devices shares a common features coming from the same Bluetooth 4.0 technology and alike.

And aside from Zotac ZBOX Sphere, new generation of Surface Pro tablet, and LG wearable device, Acer also revealed their very own 11.6-inch TravelMate B115P fan-less laptop. It is equipped with 126GB of solid-state drive (SSD) storage and quad-core Intel Pentium processor. According to Acer's report, it has a promising battery performance which can last for up to 10-hour in a single charge.

Acer also revealed a handful of ultra-portable machines ranging from an 8-inch Iconia W4 tablet which showed out in Hong Kong to their very own C720 Chromebook. And that includes the latest Acer Iconia A1-830 which is debuted in Consumers Electronic Show (CES) way back in January.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Samsung Gear 2 Solo, Smartwatch with 3G Module

Samsung introduces a new line of wearable devices way back in February, the next generation of Gear (Samsung Gear 2 Neo and Fit). And now, the company surprisingly announced a 3G enabled gadget, the Gear 2 Solo. According to reports, the said wearable device is equipped with Tizen operating system, Micro-SIM, Bluetooth 4.0, built-in camera, GPS, and cardiac monitor module.

Furthermore, Samsung Gear 2 Solo might be powerful enough for its compacted size and nature as a typical wearable device. It is more advanced compared to what we can get from its predecessors in stores due to several features which are not available in the pioneering versions of Samsung Gear.

Availability of Samsung Gear 2 Solo will probably start by summer as noted by a South Korean website. The company is planning to revealed the said smartwatch in local market few months from now. And it is now in Korean Intellectual Property Office for certification and licensing of patent.

Samsung Gear 2 Solo Smartwatch

Due to its underlying specs and reported modules, Samsung Gear 2 Solo is capable of making calls but there is no words for sending text messages, Wi-Fi connectivity, and supports for any other networks aside from GSM and Bluetooth 4.0 technology support.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Asus 11.6-Inch C200 Chromebook is Now Available in Amazon for $249

Following the appearances of Chromebox M004U with Intel Celeron 2955U processor in March, the 11.6-inch C200 Chromebook showed out in Amazon as well in Tiger Direct and Newegg for $200.00 only. And now, the said Google Chrome OS powered machine is back for about $240.00 but shipment is expected to start by the month of June.

Furthermore, the said version of Asus C200 Chromebook is equipped with Intel Celeron N2830 which is also similar to the previously reported Intel Atom Bay Trail model. A 13-inch variant is also available, the C300 Chromebook with almost similar specs to C200.

Asus 11.6-Inch C200 Chromebook in Amazon

For other specs of Asus C200 Chromebook, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Intel Celeron N2830 at 2.16GHz (dual-core, reaching a maximum of 2.41GHz top speed in Turbo mode)
  • RAM: 2GB DDR3
  • Graphic: Intel GMA HD
  • Storage: 16GB (flash) with 100GB of free storage in Google Drive for 1-year
  • Display: 11.6-inch HD, 1366 x 768-pixel resolution
  • Operating System: Google Chrome OS
  • Color: Black
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 (no words for GSM support)
  • Dimension: 12 x 7.9 x 0.8-inch
  • Weight: 2.5-pound
  • Battery: Lithium Ion (can last for up to 10-hour in a single charge)
Prices of C200 Chromebook will probably start to drop few months from now when Tiger Direct and Newegg started to offer their own model. And before I can forget, the only available pre-order model in Amazon is C200MA-DS01.

Acer Iconia A1-830: Review, Technical Specs, and Intel Atom CPU

Acer introduces Iconia A1-830 going back in January before the Consumers Electronic Show (CES). And now, reviews and feedback from users remains on the positive side of the 7.9-inch Android tablet. According to Gadget Blog from Italy, it is slightly similar to Apple's iPad Mini in terms of overall design. A lightweight machine with glossy aluminum cover.

A review noted that Acer Iconia A1-830 has a responsive performance despite of 1GB memory and flash storage instead of solid-state drive (SSD) which is common to iPad tablets. It is equipped with a dual-core Intel Atom CPU at 1.6GHz paired with PowerVR SGX544 GPU.

Acer Iconia A1-830 7.9-Inch Android Tablet

For the complete technical specs of Acer Iconia A1-830, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Intel Atom Z2560 at 1.6GHz (dual-core)
  • Memory: 1GB DDR3
  • Built-in Storage: 16GB
  • Graphic: PowerVR SGX544
  • Display: 7.9-inch, 1024 x 768-pixel resolution, 4:3 ratio
  • Camera: 5-megapixel (main) and 2-megapixel (front)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and HDMI
  • Battery: 14.8W
  • Thickness: 8.2-millimeter
  • Weight: 380-gram
  • Operating System: Android 4.2.1 (Jelly Bean) and no words for possible update to Android 4.4 (KitKat) platform
Furthermore, Iconia A1-830 is also equipped with Micro-SD card slot which supports a maximum of 32GB of additional storage. And it is currently available for about 170-euro in European countries or about $230.00 in U.S. stores.

HP 7 Plus with ARM Cortex-A7 CPU is Now Available for About $100 Only

Surprisingly, HP brought out an Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) powered 7-inch slate, the HP 7 Plus which is now available for about $100.00 only. It is equipped with ARM Cortex-A7 (quad-core) CPU, 1GB of DDR3 SDRAM, and 8GB eMMC flash storage. Compared to some Chinese brands (such as the Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth 2), it is one of those budget-friendly tablet with the same Android platform.

HP 7 Plus is also equipped with Micro-SD card slot which supports a maximum of 32GB additional storage. However, it is only available in silver and currently out of stock in HP's official Web store. Despite of outage, they are allowing consumers to place an order for the said 7-inch handheld machine as well for any customized accessories with discounts ranging from $15.00 to $20.00 only.

Other specs of HP 7 Plus includes a Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n connectivity with Miracast support, micro-USB, built-in microphone, standard audio out, 2-megapixel (main) and 0.3-megapixel (front) cameras, and 2800mAh battery which can last for up to 5-hour in a single charge.

HP 7 Plus with ARM Cortex-A7 CPU

Due to its budget-friendly price, you might think of some shortcomings from HP 7 Plus, right? Probably, aside from having a 1GB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage, update for Android 4.4 (KitKat) operating system is not possible just like of other brands with the same chipset.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Touch-On Display Through On-Cell Technology Feature of iPhone 6

Before the arrival of Apple's most anticipated iPhone 6, some folks are now talking about the major changes of the said smartphone compared to its predecessors in stores. According to reports, it is possible for the next generation of iPhone to be treated with a much bigger screen, lightweight, and responsive performance.

Going back in January, I heard that Apple invested in a sapphire substrate glass technology somewhere in Arizona. And now, a study revealed the possible advancement of the company. That is to introduce a thinner iPhone 6 due to its "touch-on display" feature. Due to "on-cell" technology, they are now capable of producing a lightweight hardware with sapphire substrate treated display.

Possible Screen Size of Apple iPhone 6

Furthermore, the "touch-on display" feature of iPhone 6 remains a mystery for most of us. It is a good indication that the company is planning to revealed a very surprising smartphone few weeks or months from now. A high-quality handset with a much stronger screen and sleeker overall design. However, it is much bigger compared to iPhone 5S and other previous version of iPhone.

Recently, Business Insider brought out a handful of photos taken from a possible screen sizes of the iPhone 6. But for now, nobody from Apple confirms the said story.

Update: Due to those pics coming from reports related to iPhone 6, Apple is probably changing the typical 5-inch smartphone to a phablet computer.

Onda V975i Android Tablet with Intel Atom Z3735D CPU

Onda V975i is another 9.7-inch tablet from China with front and rear facing cameras. Probably, the only Intel Atom Z3735 powered machine treated with Retina Display technology next to Apple tablet computers. And the first Android handheld device equipped with Intel Bay Trail-T CPU which is now available for pre-order for about $210.00 only.

The said 9.7-inch machine sports a Gorilla glass touchscreen display just like of some 5-inch Android-powered smartphone in stores. The first of its kind to have a quad-core processor coming from Intel despite of Qualcomm Snapdragon platform from Chinese manufacturer.

Onda V975i Android Tablet with Intel Atom Z3735D CPU

For other specs of Onda V975i, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Intel Atom Z3735D at 1.83GHz (quad-core and 64-bit technology)
  • RAM: 2GB DDR3L
  • Storage: 32GB eMMC Flash
  • Display: Retina IPS 9.7-inch, high-definition (HD) with 2048 x 1536-pixel resolution
  • Graphics: Gen7 with DirectX 11 support
  • Camera: 5-megapixel (rear or main) and 2-megapixel (front) with auto-focus feature
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
  • Ports: USB 2.0 (no words for USB 3.0)
  • Battery: 7800mAh
  • Operating System: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Furthermore, Onda V975i is now available for pre-order in whole sale prices. Buyer can also choose from any available accessories with prices ranging from as low as $3.00 to $18.00 only. That includes a specialized protective case, screen protector, USB OTG Host cable, stylus pen, USB 2.0 to Ethernet Adapter, headset, and portable battery pack.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Acer Introduces 11.6-Inch TravelMate B115P Laptop with 128GB SSD Storage

Acer revealed a new 11.6-inch fanless machine, the TravelMate B11P. A netbook-sized laptop added with features that carried out the company flagship. To start with Acer Office Manager for security and monitoring of assets, ProShield for online data protection, and Contact Pickup which can be synchronized to any supported Android or iOS devices.

Acer TravelMate B11P is also equipped with Face Login for facial recognition feature. A unique and advanced module added to a typical 11.6-inch ultra-portable computer which is not available in other brands. It runs Microsoft Windows 8.1 which is ideal for its touchscreen capability and Acer Touch Tools utility app.

Acer 11.6-Inch TravelMate B115P Fanless Laptop

For other specs of Acer TravelMate B115P, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Intel Quad Core Pentium CPU
  • RAM: Supports a maximum of 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB SSD
  • Display: 11.6-inch, touchscreen-enabled, full IPS
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Standard Ethernet (no words for Bluetooth 4.0 support)
  • Ports: USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, and Micro-SD card reader
  • Others: Built-in front-facing camera, audio and video out
Furthermore, Acer TravelMate B115P introduces Acer Classroom Manager (ACM) which is ideal for teachers in content sharing and communication as noted by company'e press releases.

And the company is probably reviving the netbook industry by introducing their first fanless 11.6-inch machine for this year with a big twist from a typical and old line of ultra-portable computer.

Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 Mini-PC with Intel Core i5-4200U CPU

Zotac introduces a spherical-shaped mini-PC equipped with Intel Core i5-4200U fourth generation of CPU. This might be the newest line of smaller yet powerful machine to hit the market few weeks or months from now. It is ideal for streaming and playing digital videos for living rooms with limited spaces. And the said small and powerful machine is equipped with USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports for keyboard, mouse, and additional peripherals.

In terms of connectivity, Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI502 is also equipped with Gigabit Ethernet adapter and support Wi-Fi 802.11ac.

Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 Mini-PC

For other specs of Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520, see he following list below:
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4200U (quad-core) at 1.6GHz with 3MB L2 cache with turbo reaching a maximum of 2.6GHz
  • RAM: 4GB, two 204-pin SO-DIMM DDR3L (supports up to 16GB)
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4400 with shared video memory
  • Storage: 2.5-inch HDD or SSD SATA
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and Gigabit Ethernet
  • Ports: HDMI, VGA, three USB 2.0, and four USB 3.0
  • Audio: standard audio jack for analog signal
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 (no words for model with Windows 8.1)
  • Others: 4-in-1 memory card reader
Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 offers a promising performance through its unique overall outside appearance. And before I can forget, this might be the new line of the said mini-PC following the line of Intel Core i3 powered model that showed out last January.

LG Lifeband Touch Activity Tracker is Now Available in Best Buy

Following the appearances of smartwatches from Samsung, LG introduces their very own Lifeband Touch Activity Tracker. And guess what, it is now available in Best Buy for about $150.00 only (the FB84-BL and FB84-BM models). A water-resistant device that works in Bluetooth 4.0 and LE (low energy) technologies.

LG Lifeband Touch offers a few similar features with Samsung Gear Fit and Neo aside from being a wristband-like gadget. Compared to other wearable devices with Bluetooth 4.0 interface, it is primarily designed to work as a typical bracelet without a specialized wider screen or display. It can be synchronized to some fitness applications in Android and iOS handheld devices.

LG Lifeband Touch Activity Tracker from Best Buy

However, I cannot totally identify the difference of having an LG Lifeband Touch and Samsung Gear Fit wearable devices. But for those who are asking for the advantage of these gadgets, it is clear that both of the said wireless smartphone modules are designed to work with our fitness requirements, right?

Going back to Lifeband Touch Activity Tracker in Best Buy, its other features includes a 0.9-inch OLED display with a promising battery life of up to 3-days in a single charge. Specs and other important details related to the said $150.00 device is also available on its product page which is cheaper compared to Samsung Gear Fit for about $50.00.

And before I can forget, Lifeband Touch Activity Tracker is ideal for those folks who would like to do their workout routines while listening to music through its Heart Rate Monitor stereo earphone.

Cherry Mobile Rolled Out Omega Icon for About $150.00 Only

For about $150.00 (Php6,499.00), Cherry Mobile offers a 5-inch Omega Icon in the Philippines. It has a closer appearances to Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from the rear due to its leather coverings. A local brand in our country that runs on the top of Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8212 chipset. This might be the newest line of Android 4.3 smartphone to compete with Samsung, Apple, and other brands in stores with a very affordable price.

Cherry Mobile rolled out Omega Icon in local stores to bump with other foreign brands as well to another locally produced Cloudfone handsets. A quad-core powered device with 1GB of RAM and a few shortcomings in storage capacity.

Cherry Mobile 5-Inch Omega Icon Android Phone

For the complete specs of Cherry Mobile Omega Icon, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon at 1.2GHz (quad-core)
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 4GB (with Micro-SD card slot which supports a maximum of 32GB additional storage space)
  • Display: 5-inch IPS, 720 x 1280-pixel resolution from Dragontrail glass technology
  • Camera: 13-megapixel (main) and 5-megapixel (front)
  • Operating System: Google Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and no words for 4G LTE support aside from local bands
  • Other: LED flash for both front and rear cameras
Furthermore, Cherry Mobile Omega Icon is another anticipated local brand with a budget-friendly price in the Philippines. And I am glad to hear that Filipino people are now capable of bumping our own product to Western, some Asian and Chinese brands.

In addition, Cherry Mobile is also a prominent company to start an empire in the country in terms of Android phone industry.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Portable Keyboard and Accessories

Microsoft claimed that the new version of Surface Pro can possibly change our way of thinking about the hybrid computer. For about $800.00, the company offers the 12-inch machine equipped with fourth (4th) generation of Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 processors and a promising 9-hour of battery life in a single charge. Compared to other brands (Panasonic CM-MX3 and Lenono ThinkPad 11e Yoga) with similar features, the current price is slightly higher due to its unique and genuine features from the company flagship.

Microsoft introduced Surface Pro 3 a couple of days ago. And now, some folks in community forum and social networking sites are talking about the drawbacks of a nearly $1,000.00 hybrid tablet. In terms of advantage, the said machine is equipped with a thinnest keyboards (the Surface Pro Type Cover) which can totally transform the entire system to a typical laptop computer. However, that is good for about $130.00 which are available in either black, purple, cyan, or red variants.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Integrated Kickstand Feature

The said Surface Pro Type Cover has a magnetic stability feature to keep safe the entire device from minor bumps. It has a multiple function of being a protective gear and a typical keyboard with standard keys. And compared to regular-sized input device for text and symbols, it is a specialized module that will only work for the 12-inch device.

Other accessories for Microsoft Surface Pro 3 which are also available for pre-order includes a Surface Pen for $50.00 and the upcoming 36W power supply for a much faster charging capability. It has an exclusive design which is totally different from any Samsung and Apple connectors.

Microsoft Surface Pro Black Type Cover
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Type Cover (Black)

Furthermore, a Surface Ethernet Adapter is about follow which will enable the entire machine to work in a typical network through a USB port aside from its Wi-Fi connectivity support.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Ethernet Adapter
Microsoft Surface Pro Ethernet Adapter

Microsoft Suface Pro 3 36W Power Supply
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 36W Power Supply

And because of those accessories, to complete the entire Surface Pro 3, you must spent for about $1,000.00 to experience its optimum performance and features.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Pen
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Pen

In addition, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the first hybrid machine with a fully integrated and compacted parts from a typical computer to run Windows 8.1 operating system.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is Expected to Sports a QHD Technology

While Samsung Galaxy S5 embraced the typical 5.1-inch display with 1080-pixel high definition (HD) technology, the next generation of Samsung Galaxy Note is probably overhauling its 5.7-inch screen. And that is to introduce QHD through the big brother of the company's blockbuster handset as noted by reports coming from GSM Arena and other sources.

Furthermore, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will probably sports the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (Krait) chipset with 20-megapixel main camera. This might be far from what I am trying to expect for a 5.7-inch phablet from Samsung but a short details related to this report brought up the exciting part of the story. And according to reports, it has a "Muscat" code name along with Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime which is "Lentis."

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 may surprise us with the newest platform next to Android 4.4 (KitKat) operating system and its other variants. From Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), the said fourth generation of phablet will probably hit the market with Quad High Definition (QHD) technology due to the advancement of Corning Gorilla Glass display.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Muscat) Phablet

From 13-megapixel main camera, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 may have a major changes in underlying specs just like of what we can get from Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone. Storage may remain in 16GB to 64GB with almost the same memory (RAM) size from its predecessors in stores.

Going back in March, Marco Polo in Europe started to offer Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for 329-euro.

New Version of Microsoft Surface Pro with Windows 8.1 is Coming

This might be the right time to start a new entry in Cyber Crave for the month of May 2014. That is when someone from the wild started to open my interest about the upcoming two versions of Microsoft Surface Pro. A handful of information coming from reliable sources tells us that the company is probably planning to introduce a new line of hybrid machines before the end of this year.

According to reports, they are about to name it as Microsoft Surface Pro 3 along of a smaller variant. Both are equipped with Windows 8.1, the latest version of operating system which rolled out few months ago. And these two versions of Microsoft Surface Pro are expected to hit the market with prices closer to what we can find in stores.

However, nobody from Microsoft confirmed the trending topics related to Microsoft Surface Pro or the third generation of the said hybrid computer. Just like of its predecessors, the new breed is coming with fourth generation of Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 processors with about 64GB to 256GB of storage sizes. Or it is also possible for these tablets to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU with 4GB to 8GB of RAM.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 with Windows 8.1

These are my anticipation for Microsoft Surface Pro and aside from that, the company is probably planning to introduce a 7-inch model to compete with Samsung and Apple as well in other Chinese brands. But we must expect a much higher prices due to its underlying exceptional specs typically designed to cater the needs of Microsoft Windows 8.1 platform.

Going back in February, Microsoft started to offer a 128GB version of Surface Pro 2 for about $500.00 and it was previously reported to hit Best Buy on the next day. And guess what, a report going back in March noted that variants of the said tablet are also expected to arrive in Chinese stores. A bravest decision to bump the costly machines to local Qualcomm Snapdragon powered brands, right?