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Broadcom introduces NFC controllers for affordable devices

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 24, 2014 1:47 pm

Broadcom introduced a new lineup of near field communication (NFC) BCM20795 controllers to provide connectivity for the mass market smartphones and wearables.

 

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To do so, the chipmaker assured that these new controllers will reduce the total cost by 35% for OEMs by enabling antenna design for smartphones and wearable devices. It also reduces power consumption by 60% extended battery life. Along with the promise to reduce more than 60% power consumption and usage of less than 30%, the newer chip requires 35% lesser PCB area compared to its previous generations. The chips are compatible with Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) platforms, so it should enable majority of the lower cost smartphones and other devices for WICED.

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Sony intros its Xperia Z2 Tablet, is just 6.4mm thick

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 24, 2014 1:24 pm

MWC 2014 - Sony just finished unveiling its new Xperia Z2 smartphone, but add the word "Tablet" to the end of that, and you have the Japanese electronic giant's new 10-inch tablet.

 

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The Xperia Z2 Tablet is a new 10-inch tablet which is going for thin, very thin, coming in at just 6.4mm thick, it is one of the thinnest slates on the market, even thinner than the already-thin iPad Air. We have that beautiful Live Color LED display, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 1920x1080-pixel display.

 

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Sony have opted for an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera on the Z2 Tablet, compared to the 20.7-megapixel rear-snapper on the Z2 smartphone. Of course, most people aren't snapping photos on tablets, so the compromise feels warranted. We have waterproofing here, as well as new front-firing speakers with the new S-Fore Surround Sound setup. We also have digital noise cancelling for a special headset that is included in the box.

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Sony's new Xperia Z2 smartphone moves to an IPS display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 24, 2014 12:27 pm

MWC 2014 - We knew it was coming, but Sony has just unveiled its new Xperia X2 in Barcelona, Spain, during Mobile World Congress 2014. The new Sony flagship handset features the same footprint as the Z1, but has internal upgrades which should impress.

 

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First off, we have a new IPS display, something that Sony calls Live Color LEDs. This is a technology unique to Sony that has provided it with the widest color gamut on the market, beating out even Apple with its iPhone and iPad. We have a 1920x1080-pixel 5.2-inch display, but inside, we have a new 3200mAh battery which is impressive to hear.

 

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As for horsepower, we have a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, a new set of stereo speakers, the same all-glass front and back, as well as the IP58-certified waterproofing, and the same dedicated camera key. The rear-snapper on the Xperia Z2 is capable of shooting 4K video, but it also features something from Sony's Handycam line of camera: SteadyShot.

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Huawei goes big with its new 7-inch smartphone, the MediaPad X1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 24, 2014 11:23 am

MWC 2014 - Just when you thought 6-inch smartphones were big, Huawei has gone back to the drawing board with its new, gigantic 7-inch smartphone, the MediaPad X1.

 

 

Huawei's new smartphone is still technically a smartphone at 7 inches, but it is really pushing the boundaries of a tablet here. We have small bezels on the side - just 3mm - and it is quite thin at just 7.18mm. The build quality looks great, with an all-glass front and aluminum back and sides that use an interesting nanotechnology to keep it rigid.

 

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Inside of the MediaPad X1 we have an unknown-until-now Kirin 910 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 1920x1080-pixel screen, 13-megapixel Sony Exmor R rear-facing camera backed up by a wide-angle 5-megapixel camera on the front. The MediaPad X1 can also charge other devices from its USB port, too. The MediaPad X1 will arrive in China, Russia, Western Europe, the Middle East, Japan and Latin America in March.

 

It will arrive in four colors, and a price of €399 to or $548 - which is definitely not too bad considering what you're getting with Huawei's MediaPad X1.

Huawei enters the smartband market with the TalkBand B1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 24, 2014 10:20 am

MWC 2014 - Huawei has taken the wraps off of its new smartband, the TalkBand B1. The Huawei TalkBand B1 features a 1.4-inch flexible OLED display that supports wireless calling.

 

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There's a removable earpiece inside of the TalkBan B1, which is why it is 14.6mm thick. It also has plenty of fitness tracking abilities, where it will record how many steps you've taken, how far you've traveled, and just how many calories you've burned. There's also a sleeping pattern monitor which will keep track of you snoozing away at night, as well as a smart alarm function which will wake you up at the right time.

 

NFC is featured for pairing, with the internal 90mAh battery good for around six days of use. There's no word on pricing, but the B1 will launch in China next month, with Japan, the Middle East, Russia and Western Europe having to wait until Q2 2014 to get their hands, or wrists, on the TalkBand B1.

Lenovo's new S860 smartphone features 4000mAh battery

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 24, 2014 9:29 am

MWC 2014 - Lenovo just took the wraps off of three new smartphones, with one of them being the S860. The Lenovo S860 features a 5.3-inch 720p IPS display, MediaTek 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board flash.

 

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We also have dual-SIM support, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera, dual front-facing speakers and arguably, it's biggest feature: a 4000mAh battery. The mammoth battery is also capable of charging other devices on-the-go, which is an interesting feature indeed. The only other smartphone on the market to feature a whopping 4000mAh battery is the Huawei Mate 2, which is a 6.1-inch behemoth.

Lenovo unveils the all-glass S850 smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 24, 2014 8:33 am

MWC 2014 - Lenovo has just taken off the wraps of its new S850 smartphone, its new super-thin, all-glass smartphone. We have a 5-inch HD (1280x720) display, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and much more.

 

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Inside of the S850, we have a MediaTek 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board flash storage, dual-SIM capabilities and Android 4.2. This isn't a high-end smartphone by any measure, without LTE support, a high resolution display or latest version of Android. The Lenovo S850 comes in two colors: white and pink.

 

With the price starting at $269, it will be launched in select markets in the coming months.

Analogix announces new SlimPort-4K product line

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 24, 2014 8:15 am

Analogix has just announced the availability of its super-slick new SlimPort-4K line, which provides the ability to share 4K content to external displays and TVs.

 

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The company has leveraged its high-end, ultra-low power SlimPort-4K transmitter, the ANX7816, which is currently in mass production. The SlimPort-4K receiver, the ANX7738, is currently sampling. Andre Bouwer, Vice President of Marketing for Analogix, said: "With SlimPort-4K the video output capabilities of smartphones and tablets surpass that of most mainstream Blu-ray video players. This gives smartphone owners the flexibility to watch movies on their small screen when on the go, or on the big screen when at home and recharging their batteries without compromising video quality".

Sony is working on a movie about the Nintendo vs. SEGA console war

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Feb 24, 2014 7:20 am

You may have heard about companies like Sony, Nintendo and SEGA... as well as director and actor duo Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, but what do you get when you mix it all together? A new movie coming out which focuses on the early 90s, and the console wars between Nintendo and SEGA.

 

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The idea already exists in book form , with Console Wars coming out in May, written by Blake Harris. Console Wars focuses on SEGA's challenge to Nintendo in the early 90s with the SEGA Mega Drive. A movie based on the book is already being worked on, with Sony Pictures and Scott Rudin (of Moneyball, The Social Network fame) behind it.

 

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will be directing, with the comedy duo taking up the screenplay duties, too. Console Wars' author will serve as an Executive Producer, but is also co-directing a documentary on the same subject, with Rudin, Rogen and Goldberg all sitting on as producers.

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Microsoft provides details on Windows Phone 8.1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 24, 2014 6:13 am

Microsoft is beginning to finally, kind of, talk about Windows Phone 8.1, but won't utter the words during Mobile World Congress. Microsoft's Joe Belfiore says that the company will "technically" support all existing Windows Phone 8-based devices with the upcoming mobile OS update.

 

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The company says that the update will arrive in spring, with some major changes coming to Microsoft's mobile OS. Microsoft will support on-screen buttons in Windows Phone 8.1, as well as new hardware support for Qualcomm's Snapdragon 200, 400 and 400 LTE chipsets. This will allow device makers to make cheaper devices, as well as devices without physical buttons.

 

Belfiore says that the changes talked about are designed to "help us get more and more momentum", while allowing phone makers to reuse their existing Windows Phone devices. The new update will also include support for apps to be stored on the microSD card, which will pave the way for cheaper phones with less on-board storage.

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