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Qualcomm's CES unveilings include Snapdragon 800 and 600, provides up to 2.3GHz quad-core, 4K video - due mid-2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 4:26 am

CES 2013 - Alright, Qualcomm - settle down, you're blowing me away here, ok? Most people expected Qualcomm to release the Snapdragon S5 at CES, but it looks like that won't be happening.

 

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Don't be upset, though, because we still have some new chips to get all hot and bothered over - with the new SoCs arriving as the Snapdragon 600 and 800. These new SoCs will be baked into future high-end smart devices, such as Smart TVs, smartphones and tablets. We should expect the new Snapdragon 600 and 800 SoCs in the next three-to-six months, with both of the new chips sporting some pretty incredible specifications.

 

The Snapdragon 800 is claiming that it is 75% faster than the Snapdragon S4 Pro, which is quite the claim. If we do see these types of performance gains, it'll be thanks to a shift to 28nm HPm (High Performance for mobile) fabrication process, an upgraded Hexagon V5 digital signal processor, a shift over to 800MHz LPDDR3 memory which should compete against the PC-like bandwidth that Samsung will enjoy with Exynos 5, an all-new Krait 400 architecture which will offer clock speeds ramping up to 2.3GHz and an all-new Adreno 330 GPU that will sport double the computer power.

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Sony to release 'mastered in 4K' Blu-ray discs, will launch a 4K digital distribution network this summer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 3:32 am

CES 2013 - If there were two words to describe the huge electronics giants at CES 2013, it would be FOUR KAY. Yes, 4K - otherwise known as Ultra HD. Sony are really pushing their 4K goodies at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 in Las Vegas right now.

 

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They launched their $25,000 84-inch Ultra HD LCD last year, which came with a hard drive solution including preloaded movies. Now those users can download native 4K movies, too. Sony CEO Kaz Hirai has said that "4K is not the future... it's now". Best words, ever. We should expect some new Ultra HD sets, too, with 55- and 65-inch models launching later this year.

 

Sony are also set to release 'mastered in 4K' Blue-ray discs where they'll be sourced in 1080p from their original 4K masters in high-bitrate which will look amazing when upscaled to 4K. The first movies to be released in this 'mastered in 4K' will be The Amazing Spider-Man, The Karate Kid, Taxi Driver and The Other Guys.

Acer confirms they're working on a "less than $150" Jelly Bean-powered, 7-inch tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 2:44 am

CES 2013 - Acer have confirmed the rumors that they were working on a 7-inch tablet that would be priced at around $99 - but it won't quite reach that sub-$100 price point unfortunately.

 

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The tablet in question is the unreleased 7-inch Acer Iconia B1-A71, which will debut at "less than $150". We should expect a $149.99 price tag, which would make sense, as it's still "under $150". It will sport Android Jelly Bean as its mobile OS and the company describers the tablet as "the most premium experience at its price point".

 

Acer have confirmed some of the rumored specifications - and it does not look too bad at all - I'm loving the idea of microSD expansion for a sub-$150 tablet, nice work Acer!

  • Android Jelly Bean operating system
  • Mediatek dual-core 1.2GHz processor (MTK 8317T)
  • 7-inch WSVGA capacitive multitouch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution display
  • 8GB of internal storage, 512MB DDR3 memory
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth wireless technology 4.0 GPS
  • 3.5mm headset/headphone/microphone jack
  • MicroSD expansion slot with up to 32GB support
  • Front-facing 0.3-megapixel webcam
  • Rechargeable 2,710 mAh battery
  • Micro-USB (charging and PC connect) with USB 2.0
  • Dimensions: 197.4 mm x 128.5 mm x 11.3 mm
  • Weight: 320 g

Gorilla Glass 3 is stronger than ever

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 1:14 am

CES 2013 - Gorilla Glass first launched in 2007 and has since found its way into over a billion products - yes, it has grown incredibly quickly in just a handful of years. Gorilla Glass 2 launched which sported the same amount of protection, while using 20% less material.

 

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Gorilla Glass 3 sports a new Native Scratch Resistance tech, which dents and deforms rather than cracking and splintering like other screens do - I'm looking at you, iPhone. Damage is said to be 40% less visible and features a 40% increase in its structural stability. This will give users with GG3 a safe haven from things in your pocket scratching your GG3-based screen, or help it not smash from a drop.

ASUS' Google TV-powered Qube is here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:56 pm

CES 2013 - ASUS have unveiled Qube, their Google TV-powered device which comes in the shape of a cube - how would you have guessed? Qube sports a Marvell Armada 1500 chipset, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.

 

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Connectivity wise, we're looking at HDMI-in, HDMI-out, two USB ports, Ethernet and IR-out. It comes with its own remote control - shock - and sports the usual buttons on the front side of it, with a full QWERTY keyboard on the back. Voice command is on offer here, which makes the most out of Google TV 3.0.

 

If you don't want to use the remote control, you can download the app onto your ASUS-made Nexus 7, or any Android device in order to get the same functionality. Finally, we're seeing some out-of-the-box thinking here. ASUS should launch the Qube in the US sometime in March for around $150.

Intel pushing into the value smartphone market with new Atom Z2420

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:11 pm

CES 2013 - Intel is currently using the Atom processor in the performance market of smartphones, and is deciding to push into the value market for emerging markets with the new Atom Z2420 processor and platform. It was codenamed "Lexington" and Intel joked about how you might have seen some info in leaks.

 

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Acer, Lava, and Safaricom have announced designs based upon the new processor and platform. "The addition of the low-power Atom platform enables Intel to address new market segments and further rounds out our expanding portfolio of smartphone offerings," said Bell.

 

It has the normal features: HyperThreading, support for two cameras, and dual SIMs. It will deliver two times the performance of the current Z2460 platform.

Huawei unveils Ascend Mate, Ascend D2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 10:49 pm

CES 2013 - We've been hearing rumors for a while, but now is the time for Huawei to officially take wraps off of two of their new smartphones. The first of which looks like a Samsung Galaxy Note II competitor, which is the Ascend Mate.

 

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Huawei's Ascend Mate sports a 6.1-inch screen and is being pushed as the ultimate all-in-one device, with a screen that is large, yet still portable. Huawei are pushing that it will replace a notebook, phone and camera with one great device.

 

Huawei's second announcement was the Ascend D2 which sports a 5-inch 443ppi display. A 13-megapixel rear-facing camera is on offer here, with a huge 3000mAh battery which reportedly offers up to two days battery life - now that is a kick ass feature right there!

Samsung CES 2013 Press Conference - live!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 10:01 pm

CES 2013 - Samsung are about to start their CES 2013 Press Conference in a matter of minutes and we're here to bring it all to you live. What could they unveil? A new lineup of Ultrabooks? Some new Smart TVs? More of a tease of their new Ultra HD 4K TVs? Something completely new? We'll find out soon enough!

 

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ASUS releases the Limited Edition ROG ARES II Graphics Card

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 7, 2013 9:58 pm

CES 2013 - ASUS released the latest edition of its ARES Graphics Card line today and it, as usual, is a beast. The ROG ARES II is the fastest most powerful GPU available to date, and it looks almost as good as it preforms!

 

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The ARES II features exclusive ASUS DIGI+ VRM and Super Alloy Power technologies for greater stability and product longevity. This GPU Monster is powered by two AMD Radeon HD 7970's, 6GB GDDR5, and is water cooled from the factory. Clocks are set at 1050MHz Base, 1100MHZ Boost, and 6600MHz Memory. Max resolution is set at 2560x1600 through a DVI connection.

 

ASUS has only manufactured 1000 of these beauties and each one is numbered for collect-ability. No word yet on pricing for the ARES II but with the previous ARES and MARS cards selling in the $1500 range, it is not far fetched to think the ARES II will be in that same range, if not higher.

 

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