Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Roundup: Android Phones from China, Intel Atom Cherry Trail Powered Smartphones, Power Banks, and More

For the past few days of blogging, a handful of Android phones captured my attention. That includes handheld devices coming from Chinese manufacturers with Intel Atom Cherry Trail chips along with different power banks and other out of my world gadgets. Somehow, I am learning from those Mandarin-speaking folks who are also contributing to Chinese tech sites.

Let me start with a dual-boot enabled tablet that sport a 64-bit of Intel's quad-core processor, the Chuwi Hi12. It is the big brother of Chuwi Hi10 which are loaded with the same Microsoft Windows 10 Home Edition and Android 5.1 (Lollipop) operating systems. It is followed by a 4G LTE-enabled Justgreen JG M16 tablet on the same size of Hi10. But this model is not included to the list of convertible and 2-in-1 machines. And here comes their 8-inch variant, the Chuwi Hi8 with the same quad-core chip but in a much smaller size.

While following the appearances of well-known brands of mobile phones and tablet computers, the blockbuster LPDDR also poke my attention and start writing about it. I tried to compare LPDDR with DDR as a typical part of handheld devices and regular computers. Hopefully, in my high-school level English (according to unknown folk from the wild), that can help anyone who are asking the difference of the two types of random-access memories (RAM).

That is followed by the three new versions of Asus 2-in-1 convertible tablets but I made a separate summary for those elegant and powerful handheld machines.

And as I reflect to the evolution of octa-core technology in smartphones, Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro reminds me of another Qualcomm Snapdragon powered handset that belongs to the same line of processing chip. An elegant-looking Chinese brand equipped with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of flash storage. That is followed by Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, its 5.5-inch variant with MediaTek's Helio P10 64-bit CPU, 2GB of memory, and 16GB of storage. In other words, it is less powerful that Redmi 3 Pro.

Aside from Xiaomi, Ulefone Vienna and Ulefone Future are also added to my 5.5-inch list of Android smartphones. An elegant-looking phone (iPhone 6S like Chinese handset) with 64-bit octa-core chips, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of eMMC storage.

Make way to Meizu M3 Note, another 5.5-inch Android and dual-SIM enabled smartphone with slightly less powerful than the above mentioned models. It is treated with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. But it is also added to the line of MediaTek's Helio P10 powered devices.

Among the list of 5.5-inch dual-SIM enabled Android smartphones are the Doogee X5 and Umi Touch. Both are also equipped with MediaTek's octa-core CPU but with less than 32GB of storage.

Those other Chinese brands was followed by Samsung revolution when a DC-inspired model, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice Edition started to appear in Taiwan. But prior to that, AT&T introduces a rugged Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Edition with the same specs to original model but treated with elegant protective rubber.

LG is not too late to be included in my list of entry. LG G5 Speed edition is also available in Taiwan. It is expected to offer a locally-enabled fast and reliable broadband connection supported by the 3CA technology of Chunghwa Telecom.

From 2-in-1 convertible tablets and smartphones, I jump to a blockbuster game for kids, the Minecraft. According to reports, since its existence in different platforms, the game has been sold for more than one million copies. And maybe, sales for Player-vs-Player (PvP) Edition and Minecraft: Education Edition is about to bring more profits this month.

While working with Google platform and thinking on how to increase the level of my account security, I end up writing about their very own Find Your Phone services. It is like a typical smartphone finder but it has something to offer different from maps, last synchronization reports, and alike.

I turn my attention to Best Buy to catch some significant deals. I never heard of any Dell's computer from the past few days appearing in tech sites, but then, I also tried to write about the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series, their very own line of 2-in-1 and convertible notebook PC. And that is followed by a sleek and thin Jumper EZBook 2 from China. It is not a 2-in-1 machine but it is another line of notebook PC added to my list of computers.

Next to those gadgets and ultra-portable devices, I also started a power bank revolution with Xiaomi Quick Charge 2.0 20000mAh along with its other variant, the Xiaomi ZMI HB810 with only 10000mAh capacity. Other battery packs with the same 20000mAh (20-ampere) capacity included in my previous post are Vinsic Iron P6, Pineng PN-983, and Romoss Sense 6 Plus. Maybe, during that time, I just am thinking on how to help travelers to spend a few bucks for extra battery capacity for their mobile devices. And these power banks are universal in nature. They are expected to work in iPhone and iPad as well to Samsung and other brands with micro or Type C USB ports for battery charging.

Talking about to any related stories related to security and privacy, a Chinese website posted about their very own SmarTone ST Protect app (available for subscription). This app can offer a new level of security threat detection for iOS and Android platforms.

In relation to security and privacy, the other social networking accounts (in Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram) of Facebook's CEO and founder, Mark Zuckerberg has been compromised. The attack has been claimed by OurMine, a group of well-known hackers.



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