Pixel Qi founder, Mary Lou Jepsen, has revealed that her company is working on a super-dense version of its signature display. The new panel sports the same resolution as Apple's third-generation iPad, 2048x1536, but does so whilst using less power.
In a bright office, the new panel coming in at around 10-inches uses two watts of power, compared to Apple's iPad in the same lighting which uses five, and when outdoors, nearly eight watts of power. The new Pixel Qi display provides a more e-paper-like effect for readability outdoors. The newest panel is a special low-power mode which uses around 0.08 watts when in dim light, compared to the iPad which would use three.
Development is said to still be in the early stages and needed hardware partners lined up. Jepsen wouldn't say when the new screen would be available, but we should expect a 2013 release at the earliest.
Apple's next iPhone isn't too far off, we should see it this year sometime, but how could it stand out from the crowd and change from the 2-year-plus design of the iPhone 4/S? Well, according to part suppliers claimed to DigiTimes, Sharp and Toshiba Mobile Display were "likely" producing in-cell touch panels that have reached yields good enough for the two companies to participate.
The two companies would start production of the in-cell panels sometime this spring, but it's not clear whether this schedule includes Apple. The same tipster pointed toward the actual phone launch in the summer, but as with any rumor, there's no exact concrete proof. Most rumors and talk have pointed toward a September/October release of the next iPhone.
In-cell touch has been talked about before, and if it's baked into the next iPhone, it would point toward a significant redesign of the popular smartphone. In-cell tech puts the touch sensors within the display's TFT layer instead of its own surface, which slims down the overall screen quite a lot. It also sports the additional upside of bringing the LCD, AMOLED, or similiar display closer to the surface, which leads to a more direct interaction with what's on the screen, and sometimes a brighter picture.
ASUS' Transformer Pad 300 should arrive in the US on April 22 if Amazon's site is correct, where it has been listed to be available for $489.99. For those in Europe, it will arrive mid-May for EUR 400 (roughly $525).
The ASUS Transformer Pad 300 (TF300) sports a 10.1-inch screen with a 1280x800 screen resolution, 1.2GHz Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and software-wise rocks Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Compared to the Transformer Prime's specs of a 1.3GHz processor, it's not too far behind. It is however thicker and heavier: 0.39-inch thick and 1.4lbs in weight, compared to the Prime's 0.33-inch and 1.29lbs in weight.
There's no word on the keyboard dock yet, but it should be around EUR 149 (or $195) when it hits.
Let's face it, Samsung doesn't like Apple. Apple is in Samsung's sights and it will do anything possible to beat Apple out of its market share. On May 3, in London, a press event is being held to release Samsung's new Galaxy S III phone. The launch is shrouded with Apple-like security and secrecy, so what I'm about to tell you is a rumor.
At the launch, in addition to the Galaxy S III, Samsung could be launching a new cloud service to compete with Apple's iCloud. Dubbed S-Cloud, it would be Samsung's competing service. They will be almost the same in what they do (sync data to the cloud and across devices), but it is rumored that S-Cloud won't come with the content-uploading limitations found in Apple's offering.
Samsung is continuing in the Apple-like security and secrecy and has not said anything about S-Cloud or if it will launch at the May 3 event. However, there have been several reports that have surfaced recently claiming that Samsung is working towards this goal. Originally it was thought that it could launch in August.
It's further rumored that Samsung could have partnered with Microsoft to ensure a smooth global launch of the new service. I wonder if S-Cloud will come to old devices like mine. I guess it's true what they say, if you can't beat them, join them.
The update that has arrived today for the Samsung Galaxy SII phone in the United States had already been out in South Korea for sometime. Now today, we finally get an update to Ice Cream Sandwich, well, Galaxy SII phone owners do. I'm still on one of those Galaxy SI phones and I haven't seen an update past 2.3.4.
One of our friends over at Engadget was super excited when he woke up and found the screen seen above on his Galaxy SII. The update is for unlocked Galaxy SII phones only, meaning your phone needs to be an unlocked, non-carrier specific phone. But, you might as well check your settings for an update even if you don't have one of those.
Verizon 4G LTE network will spread its networking tentacles to more than 2/3 of Americans, starts on April 19
Verizon have just announced that they are bringing their 4G LTE network to 27 new markets and expanding service in 44 additional markets come April 19. Once Verizon starts this, 4G LTE will be available in 230 markets across the US.
Verizon's 4G LTE service will be made to more than 66-percent of America's population, and by the end of 2012 Verizon hopes to offer its service in over 400 markets, covering 260 million Americans. If you're ready for a mouthful of cities that will receive either new, or an expanded service, get ready:
On Thursday, Verizon will introduce 4G LTE service in Auburn and Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Pine Bluff, Siloam Springs and Van Buren, Ark.; Visalia/Porterville, Calif.; Fort Walton Beach and Ocala, Fla.; Brunswick, LaGrange and Macon/Warner Robins, Ga.; Peoria, Ill.; Kokomo/Logansport and Marion, Ind.; Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend and Hays, Kan.; Salisbury, Md.; Cattaraugus/Allegany, N.Y.; Sandusky, Ohio; Ardmore and Ponca City, Okla.; Salem/Albany/Corvallis, Ore.; Pierre, S.D.; and Big Springs and Tyler, Texas.
During a panel with senior executives from Linley Group, Intel and Qualcomm, Amit Rohatagi, Principal Architect for MIPS Technologies detailed their mobile strategy of its company and the effects of collaboration with Chinese Ingenic Semiconductor.
MIPS-powered tablets have seen a stellar rise in shipment numbers, thanks to Google announcing that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will work on MIPS-based processors, MIPS started to grow in mainland China very unexpectedly.
We first saw Ainovo (sold under the Ainol brand) hit the market with a 7-inch Android 4.0-based tablet for just $99, after which the company began offering $79 and $119 parts, all of which continuously sold out. Ainol is said to be producing as much tablets as they can, and they're now seeing competing companies launching similar MIPS-powered tablets.
For a part that only went into mass production at the end of 2011, Ingenic Semiconductor have shipped 1.8 million chips for tablets. Their next step is to aim for 10 million units shipped by the end of this year. With the insane popularity of Ainovo's tablet, that shouldn't be a problem for Ingenic.
I love it when a rumor is proved false so quickly. Especially when it is proved wrong by the person who started the rumor. In this instance, Microsoft developer evangelist Nuno Silva has said on his blog that he was wrong. Apparently he confused applications with devices when he made the claim that there is an upgrade path.
"I mistakenly confused app compatibility with phone updateability, which caused the rumors we saw yesterday," Silva wrote. "I did not intend to give the impression I was offering new guidance on any products under development or their upgradeability." He was attempting to echo Microsoft's statements regarding app compatibility, he said.
The rumor which gained popularity yesterday has been denied by multiple sources for a while now, so the rumor came as a surprise. However, once one starts, it usually takes a while to go away. Windows Phone 7 currently supports only single-core processors and WVGA screens. For Windows Phone 8, it's likely that Microsoft will go to dual-core processors with higher res screens.
Microsoft refuses to go into any detail regarding the issue: "We have stated publicly that all apps in our marketplace today will run on the next version of Windows Phone. Beyond that, we have nothing to share about future releases." Although lacking the support for the upgrade will probably not affect Microsoft's already marginal sales.
We've all read the various rumors on what processor Samsung would opt to use in their next GALAXY device, which we don't really know the name of it, but more information has now surfaced on the subject. Samsung's Exynos 4412 processor is the one touted to go inside of the next GALAXY device, which will deliver "superlative benchmark performance".
This is the identical magic that is in Meizu's MX quad-core, which is said to be roughly 60-percent faster than the dual-core MX. Just like the GALAXY S II, the international version is the only one guaranteed to use the quad-core chip, if it does indeed get baked into the next GALAXY. This all comes from the same source of The Verge, who gave us some juicy info earlier on today.
Certain carriers would end up reverting to a dual-core processor in order to integrate LTE, which has happened just recently with HTC's One X on AT&T. This wouldn't give a huge cut in performance, but it would cut it down considerably in those intensive benchmarks. More info as it comes.
Samsung's next GALAXY phone is shrouded in so much secrecy, it's now being compared to Apple's paranoia-like state of hiding its next-gen products. But, it's for a good reason, Samsung probably knows their next GALAXY phone will be the biggest competitor to Apple's unreleased new iPhone, and doesn't want anyone getting the jump on them.
A news tip to The Verge has said that the test units are being put in generic enclosures that disguise the look of the smartphone for field testing. One of these examples was spotted by Gizmodo in Brazil (pictured above) and is reportedly "not even close" to the final look. It's also being reported that none of the photos or renders to-date have been accurate, said The Verge's insider. This insider also added that the final name wasn't available, which we already knew.
Asus apparently has a new Transformer tablet in the works and it has just been spotted available for pre-order on Amazon. The new device is called the Transformer TF300 and will, apparently, be available April 22 for an asking price of $489.99. I say asking price because it isn't being sold by Amazon. Rather, it is up for pre-order by Amazon Marketplace vendor "Spicy Bomb" and I have a feeling a bit of price inflation is occurring.
So what sets this apart from the Transformer Prime? Not much, actually. It features the same Tegra 3 processor, 10.1" 1280x800 display, 32GB of storage capacity, and 1GB of RAM. The TF300's CPU runs at a slightly diminished 1.2 Ghz versus the Prime's 1.3 Ghz. It's also slightly thicker and heavier than the Prime.
Since the tablet is a bit worse, I would expect it to be cheaper than the Prime. These concessions only yield you $10 in savings over the Prime's price on Newegg. This here is also why I think there is a bit of price inflation going on. We will see when the tablet releases which, according to the pre-order, should be April 22. A cheaper version of the Prime would be a welcome addition to Transformer family.
The iPad currently accounts for somewhere in the neighborhood of 70% of all tablets worldwide. Microsoft is desperate to claim some of this market share and push Apple and the iPad down to only 50% by mid 2013. To do this, Microsoft is planning on unleashing 32 Windows 8 based tablets before the end of the year is up.
The main part of this strategy seems to be based on the idea of flooding the market with tablets. Some of these tablets could hit the market as entry-level and come with a price tag of under $300...before tax. This would put them in the range of Amazon Kindle Fire and the rumoured Google Nexus tablet.
Apple could have some tricks remaining in order to combat these new tablets. There is that undying rumor of a smaller, cheaper iPad. Also, Apple makes quite a nice profit on the iPad. The profit is somewhere around 50%, so Apple has a large amount of leeway in the pricing of the regular iPad, if the rumor of the smaller iPad proves false.
Mr. Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel, spent yesterday briefing investors on first-quarter earnings. But it's not so much the earnings that we enjoyed finding out about. Rather, we much more enjoyed the comment about how "the launch of our first Intel architecture-based smartphone" will occur "later this week."
However, you may not be able to get your hands on the first one, since we last heard that the Lenovo K800 will be the first Intel phone and it is slated for China only. There are other rumors now that are saying that the Lava Xolo X900 will be the first Atom-powered smartphone and it is set to launch in India April 19.
Which ever is the case, it is unlikely that any US customers will get their hands on an Intel smartphone, at least for some time. Over the upcoming year, it is likely that other OEMs will be launching Intel-powered smartphones and these should end up being available for US customers. More as it comes.
Acer's NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered tablet, Iconia Tab A510, has begun its life on retailer shelves in America. It's currently in stock from Acer, and other retailers, and is priced at $450 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model. Acer's Iconia Tab A510 comes with Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.
If you buy the tablet from Acer, you'll get the Olympic Game Edition, which has the competition's logo on the back, but is pretty much identical to the reference design. Acer's A510 sports NVIDIA's Tegra 3 which clocks in at 1.3GHz and is a quad-core, if you didn't already know. Other than that, it is nearly similar to its predecessor, the A500, including its 1280x800-pixel display, and 5-megapixel rear-facing camera.
The front-facing camera is just 1-megapixel, which is good enough for self-portraits (duck faces and all), and video chat. Acer still have their Iconia Tab A700 to launch, which will be their high-end model, and will be specced similar to the A510, apart from sporting a Full HD 1080p display.
The latest rumor to hit about Samsung's next GALAXY device is that they might drop the GALAXY S III name. This would be a move that would allow Samsung to not scare off customers with a new device, that might not be the huge leap some are expecting from the GALAXY S III.
Apple did a similar move with the iPhone 4S, which wasn't a big jump from the iPhone 4. Samsung hit a home run with the GALAXY S II, as it has become their most successful smartphone ever. Samsung will most likely not change the overall look of the phone, and just beef up some of the components and features instead.
We should still expect Samsung to bake in their quad-core Exynos processor, beef it up to a 1080p HD display, and integrated 4G LTE should make an appearance, too. Storage is said to be topped out at 32GB, with a 16GB model optioned. Storage has never been a problem on non-iPhone smartphones, as SD cards play a big part of upgradeable storage giving the customers much more room to move within the phone itself.
According to NetbookNews' Korean Samsung insider, Samsung have stopped the production of the GALAXY Tab 2 10.1 so that they can upgrade it to a quad-core processor. Previous specs pointed toward the next-gen GALAXY tablet to sport a dual-core processor, but it seems Samsung have come to their senses.
Samsung's internal codename for the GALAXY Tab 2 10.1 is "Espresso", and this quad-core processor will sure give it the... shot.. it needs to compete with other tablets. No specifics were given on the new upgraded quad-core processor, but it will most likely be one of Samsung's Exynos chips.
Samsung are also updating the GALAXY Note 10.1 to a quad-core, and we should hopefully see more of this rolling through Samsung's smart devices. Remember, their "next GALAXY" is unveiled in just over a fortnights time, and I'm pegging my bets on that sporting a quad-core processor too.
Users of the Asus Transformer Prime tablet have been plagued with issues since the release of the device last December. Most of the issues have been resolved through updates and patches, but one problem remained. It turns out that the aluminium shell does a great job of blocking the high-frequency radio waves of devices such as GPS.
Finally Asus has come up with a solution. Last week, the company announced that a solution to the problem was on its way. Today, you are now able to register for your free GPS dongle which should fix the GPS problems experienced by users. The registration site is available here and will require you to log in and register your device if you haven't done so already.
You must request your dongle before July 31, 2012 as that is when the offer expires. The fix is hardly elegant and looks like a growth attached to the bottom of your device. However, it is free, so there is little room to complain. Additionally, it connects using the proprietary connector on the tablet which means you cannot use the keyboard dock at the same time as the dongle.
RumorTT: Apple are working on a "revolutionary" new device that will be unveiled in the next 8 months
We all know that Apple's next iPhone will have to be something quite spectacular if it's to hold off the constant releases from companies such as Samsung, HTC and Nokia. But AppleInsider has heard some news that Apple are working with acclaimed French designer Phillippe Starck on a "revolutionary" new product that will be revealed in the next 8 months.
Starck revealed the news in a radio interview with France Info, but didn't elaborate on what type of product we should expect. He did say:
Indeed, there is a big project together which will be out in eight months.
He also cites Apple's "religious cult of secrecy" where they don't reveal any information, but did add that the new project is "quite revolutionary". Starck also revealed that he regularly met with Apple co-founder and recently deceased Steve Jobs, where he'd see Jobs once a month in his Palo Alto home. Starck now meets up with Jobs' widow, Laurene Powell, whenever he is in California.
Samsung's 5.3-inch GALAXY Note smartphone is enjoying a life of great sales numbers, user feedback and now, an Ice Cream Sandwich update that is imminent. Samsung have shown off the GALAXY Note ICS update, which provides a slew of new features and options.
S Note is included, which is a unique tool that combines your notes and sketches with other digital content, this gives GALAXY Note owns a new way to create stories. Also included is the ability of shape- and formula-match functions, instant digitization of tables, and grids as well as knowledge search engines. S Note seems quite powerful with 7 easy-to-use templates including Note, Meeting Note, Idea Note, Magazine, Travel, Diary and Recipe. Each with a new style and layout.
S Note also sports a floating "Productivity tools" bar, which can be moved with the S Pen like you would click-and-drag within an operating system like Windows or OS X. From here, you can use the S Pen to draw shapes within a plan, such as boxes, and even if the boxes aren't dead-straight lines, Shape Match has automatic shape correction and will on-the-fly correct your shapes to perfect squares, triangles, and more. S Note also has the ability of letting you choose from existing shapes, creating your own, and easily editing the size and color of the shapes, too.
Meizu is finally releasing details on their next smartphone, the MX Quad-core. The device sports a Cortex-A9-based, 32nm HKMG (High-K Metal Gate) quad-core Samsung Exynos chip, but we don't have any details on clock speed, or RAM. Engadget thinks it'll be the Exynos 4412 that ramps right up to 1.5GHz.
Meizu goes as far as to say that the MX Quad-core will save up to 20-percent of CPU power consumption when compared to its dual-core counterpart. Battery-wise, we're looking at it being bumped from 1,600mAh to 1,700mAh. The back covers can also be changed, with one of the five optional colors shown in the picture above.
MX Quad-core will sport a Meizu-customized Ice Cream Sandwich OS (Flyme OS), although the company did promise to simultaneously release a vanilla ROM-based handset, but we shall see. FIlling out the specs is a 4-inch 960x640-pixel ASV display, an 8-megapixel BSI camera, and it'll come standard with 32GB at the same price as the current 16GB MX, something quite good from Meizu.
After having a few hiccups in the form of a manufacturing eror, then the certification issue, Raspberry Pi is ready to ship! Yes! It's coming! The Raspberry Pi will float out to the first 10,000 pre-order customers, who did so back in February.
Let's talk stats, first up the Raspberry Pi was selling 700 units per second when the pre-orders opened. That's enough to impress most people I think. This is an insane 42,000 units sold per minute. The device measures in at 3.37-inch x 2.13-inch x 0.67-inch (85.60mm x 53.98mm x 17mm), and sports a 700MHz ARM chip, 256MB of RAM, HDMI, 2 x USB, Ethernet, and an SD card slot.
The hardware is said to include some decent gaming performance, where it should beat Apple's iPhone 4S and NVIDIA's Tegra 2 SoC. If any of our readers get their hand on the Raspberry Pi, definitely let us know what you think of it, and what you're going to use the device for!