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ASUS have unveiled their superhero-like Padfone at Mobile World Congress, and what a phone it is. ASUS' Padfone sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display, Snapdragon's new dual-core S4 processor, an Adreno 225 GPU, Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich, an 8-megapixel rear-facing with an LED flash and f/2.2, autofocusing lens.
This is all backed up with between 16 and 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD cards, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, GPS, A-GPS, a gyroscope, 1,520mAh battery and a compass. Connectivity-wise we're looking at WCDMA (900, 2100MHz), EDGE/GPRS/GSM (850, 1800 and 1900MHz) and HSPA+, with theoretical download speeds of 42Mbps.
This all slides into a beautiful 9.2mm frame, and that's not all. Apart from a set of steak knives, it does everything, including the near-exclusive way of sliding into a tablet-like device. This will let you use the device like a 10.1-inch tablet, and also extends the battery by, oh, just 9-fold. Yes, 9-fold. ASUS will also be selling a keyboard dock, so you can slide that 10-inch phone-tablet into an actual physical keyboard. In the shot above, you can also see a stylus. Say what!
ASUS, hey, you know, slow down. You release your first phone and you just throw everything but the kitchen sink in. Kinda cool, and I love it.
The smartphone industry is one of the toughest to stand out in, and HTC hope to stand proud with their latest and greatest handset, One. HTC CEO Peter Chou, said in an event in Barcelona:
You want a phone that is sleek and eyecatching, so that when you pull it out, your friends go, 'Wow, what is that?' Today, I am proud to introduce just such a phone - the HTC One.
Chou took a minute to note that taking photos is the second thing that people do on their phones, after making phone calls, and that HTC One will be good enough to replace your standard camera. He continued "it is the one phone you will need, it is the one camera you will need".
HTC's flagship One X device sports a 4.7-inch screen, as well as NVIDIA's Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip, in the LTE-powered models, it will feature a Qualcomm chip. Chou says "HTC One is a speed and performance beast", and that it is. HTC One will come in different sizes and flavors, including a thinner HTC One S that sports a 4.3-inch screen and the HTC One V that is set to be aimed at the broader mass-market audience.
The big players in touch-based devices, Synaptics, Atmel, N-trig, Raydium, Cypress and Focaltech, have all just donned the Team Green shirts and agreed to get on board NVIDIA's DirectTouch platform.
DirectTouch offloads some of the work required to track and process finger input from the controller on the Tegra 3 chip, which then improves battery life and response. DirectTouch was talked of a few months ago, but at the time there was no mention of partners, or support.
Two of the biggest makers of touchscreen controllers, Synaptics and Atmel, are putting their support into DirectTouch, and N-trig is going as far as using the processing power to improve the response of capacitive styli by combining DirectTouch with DuoSense.
This week should be jam-packed full of Mobile World Congress 2012 news, and it's starting off quite well indeed. We've already heard about Samsung's Ice Cream Sandwich-packing Galaxy Tab 2, but now we're hearing about the projector-packing Galaxy Beam.
Yes, an integrated projector... in a smartphone. The Galaxy Beam sports Android 2.3, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The integrated projector is not bad at all, capable of 15 lumens of brightness, which is said to be enough to throw up a high-definition image up to 50-inches wide.
Included, is a dedicated app that activates the projector, which lets video and photos be thrown onto it, as well as the ability to interact with games on the projector, you know, in case the 4-inch WVGA screen isn't enough.
Samsung have just taken the invisible robe off their just-announced Galaxy Tab 2 range, which includes both a 7.0- and 10.1-inch model. The Galaxy Tab 2 tablets sport Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and are both available in 3G and Wi-Fi models.
Both tablets feature 1GHz dual-core processors, 1GB of RAM and while the 7.0-inch models only has a 1024x600 display, the 10.1-incher sports a 1280x800-pixel screen. Both tablets feature a 3-megapixel rear-facing cam, a VGA front-facer, and the 10.1-inch model features a great 7,000mAh battery (up from the 4,000mAh battery in the 7.0).
Both models come in either 16 or 32GB, and can be upgraded with the usual microSD slot. Samsung plan on putting these on retail shelves in the UK in March, and everywhere else shortly after (hopefully).
Oh the sheer horror! An Apple iPhone can be cracked into! Well, iPhone Islam have found a new bug that allows you to bypass the lock screen on the iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S. The trick is shown in a three-minute YouTube video, below, where if it is successfully completed, allows you to get unauthorized access to the handset's full contact list, recent calls and favorites, as well as the ability to make standard or FaceTime calls.
The hack does require you to jump through some hoops: where you must return a missed call through the iOS notification screen while the device itself is searching for a network. The above video notes that it is actually easier to do if you're in an area with next to no signal, but you can also use another trick: repeatedly eject and reinsert the SIM card to get the same effect. If this is timed properly, the handset will lock itself to the phone application.
Have you heard of this flaw before? Have you tried it? Are you going to try it?
Fujitsu set to show dust/water-proof Tegra 3-powered ICS-sporting smartphone with 13.1-megapixel camera at MWC
Hey, Fujitsu, where the hell have you been? Oh wait, you've been working on a super-smartphone. We should expect to see at next week's Barcelona-based Mobile World Congress, the return of Japanese phone makers to the world market. One of these, will be Fujitsu.
Fujitsu are set to blow some socks off people, with a super-powerful smartphone packing the following specs:
- NVIDIA Tegra 3 (Maximum 1.5Ghz Quad Core + Companion Core) CPU + 12GPU
- 4.6" display
- 13.1 megapixel camera
- Water-resistant and dust-resistant
- Fingerprint sensor
- OS: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Even though it has a big screen, and the Tegra 3 chip, Fujitsu are promising a long battery life on the phone. Fujitsu will only bring a few "sample units" of the new phone to MWC, so let's hope we get a retail release not too far away from MWC.
Ah, leaks. I love thee, sometimes. But, the latest from Android Community is that the GT-i9300 is not the unannounced-but-probably-awesome Galaxy S III. Why is that? And how would we know, if it hasn't been announced?
Well, listed in the user agent profile, are stats for the device, where it has a model number of "GT-i9300", which would lead us to believe its the Galaxy S III. This is because the Galaxy S III is the i9200 and the Galaxy Nexus is the i9250... so the logical step to this would be... the i9300. No.
You'll see in the above shot, that the "ScreenSize" is just 1024x600. Sob. What will this device be? Could we expect a smaller Galaxy S III Mini or something? Time will tell, and that time is getting shorter: Mobile World Congress is just around the hopefully higher-res corner.
We teased of this last week, but ahead of Mobile World Congress next week, Samsung have just announced two new handsets to their mid- and low-end lineup: Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy Mini 2. Both of the original phones were among Samsung's most successful phones in 2011, and now each phone gets an increased chunk in power.
First up we have the Galaxy Ace 2, which is a mid-range Android phone sporting a 3.8-inch 800x480-pixel PLS display, which should be powered by an unspecified 800MHz dual-core processor. 4GB of internal storage is to be had, as well as expansion through a microSD slot, it also has 768MB of RAM. Filling the phone out is a 5-megapixel rear-facing snapper, as well as a front-facing 0.3-megapixel camera, a 1500mAh battery, and weighs in at just 122 grams and is 10.5mm thin. Optional NFC support will be made available and it will sport Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch, and possibly receiving Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich later this year.
Even though Samsung and Apple are duking it out in courts across the world when it comes to patents, it is still business as usual when it comes to contracts for displays. Samsung-contracted Apple iPad 3 displays have reportedly been caught on camera, with some shots below as proof.
The shots are from a WePost.me forum contribution, where it shows photos from contractor Radiant Opto-Electronics' plant as it shipped a bunch of new screens. The plant is located in Wujiang, near Shanghai, with the displays labeled and boxed as Samsung displays, and are reportedly shipped to Samsung in Korea, before being sent to Apple.
ZTE have just announced the Mimosa X smartphone, sporting a 4.3-inch qHD display with a 960x540-pixel display, an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera 4GB of internal storage, HSPA+, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (!), and an NVIDIA-made modem, the recently-acquired Icera, with their Icera 450 which is 21Mbps-capable.
In the press release for the device, NVIDIA actually state this is the first time "a premium mobile computing experience is coming to the mainstream smartphone market". There's no word on pricing, or where it'll arrive, so we're just discussing what's already known of the Mimosa X for now.
But, Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona next week, where I'm sure we'll receive a bunch of information on the newly-announced device. Until then, enjoy the specs.
Another day, another Apple iPad 3 rumor. This time it is about the next-gen tablets camera. This time, it relates to a sighting of the iPad 3's back casing and internals, that had led to this RumorTT post. It looks as though the iPad 3 could sport an 8-megapixel camera.
Taiwan's Apple Daily did a direct comparison showing a larger rear lens and have said that it [the iPad 3] would have an 8-megapixel camera. They also stated that it would feature the quad-core A6 processor, but there have also been rumors of a faster dual-core chip being slotted into the iPad 3.
Samsung have been-there-done-that with the Galaxy Note, but now it's LG's turn to try and capture the hearts, minds, souls and most importantly, wallets of the U.S. market, and across the world.
Previous leaks have pegged the device as having a 5-inch screen, which is correct. On top of this, now wait for it, it has a weird aspect ratio, which is 4:3. Yes, 4:3. It sports a 1024x768-pixel screen, with a color-rich IPS display which is said to improve text reading, LG claim.
The design shares similarities with Samsung's aforementioned Galaxy Note, but this Optimus Vu slides in at just 8.5mm (0.33-inch) thick. Inside, we'll have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 1.3-megapixel front-facer, Android 2.3 skinned LG-style, which brings it closer to the Optimus LTE.
All versions will feature 32GB of built-in storage, as well as a 2,080mAh battery. DLNA media sharing, HDMI video, and Wi-Fi Direct will all be there, but only South Korea will get T-DMB over-the-air TV tuning.
LG were quick to the mark announcing Optimus Vu will begin shipping to Korea by early-March, with no details on it hopping the pond, yet.
Mobile World Congress 2012 is just over a week away, and Qualcomm are out of the gate with a tease of their Snapdragon S4 SoC which is the world's first mobile processor built on the 28nm process, as well as the first to integrate 4G LTE which is made possible as Qualcomm's chips are custom-designed from the ground up using an ARM instruction set.
Some details on the smaller things found in the S4 have now been revealed by the company, such as the S4's camera, more specifically, the Image Signal Processor (ISP). The ISP sports advanced features that will allow any smartphone or tablet powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 to double as a high-end digital camera.
With the S4 chip, any device can shoot up to 20-megapixel stills, or 1080p @ 30fps video capture. Up to three cameras could be placed on the device, with the third capable of taking 3D shots. The S4's ISP also includes Qualcomm's proprietary 3A camera technology (Autofocus, Auto Exposure and Auto White Balance), which enables practical camera applications such as blink detection, smile degree, and gaze estimation.
Gesture control is popular these days, with popular tech like Xbox Kinect boasting gesture-based controls. S4 can take advantage of this, too. By gesturing toward the device, waving your hand, moving your body or nodding your head, you can control a game or app from an S4-powered device.
It is currently being rumored that Amazon will launch the next-generation Kindle Fire 2, which should be another 10-inch tablet. It's being reported from supply chains are shipping sample parts next month, with mass production to start in May or June.
If this is true, we could expect a launch shortly after, and it would be good timing considering the iPad 3 should be here by then. In a bid to reduce manufacturing costs, Amazon are said to be hand-selecting and approving components for the Kindle Fire 2.
For the first Kindle Fire, it was said that Quanta did this decision making, but now it seems Amazon will make these decisions, which leads most to believe Amazon could want to select better pricing through negotiation, supplier price fixing, or finding equally-made components, but at a better pricing. They could also use their selling history of the original, and successful, Kindle Fire to help negotiate said deals.
Acer seem to be the up-and-comer when it comes to their Android-powered tablets, personally, a year-plus ago, I wouldn't not have thought they'd be here. I thought this would be somewhere HTC, Samsung and co would be dominating, but it's refreshing to see them concentrating on an ever-expanding market.
To add to this, Acer US have just confirmed with a tweet that will be providing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates to not only their Iconia Tab A500, but their A100, too. The updates are set to drop in April. The tweet read:
To all Acer Iconia Tab A500 and A100 users, please expect an Ice Cream Sandwich update in mid-April! Thank you for your patience.
April will be quite eventful for Acer, with their ICS-packing, Tegra 3-powered Iconia Tab A510 arriving. This year will be quite enormous for Google and their tablets. Especially with news of Android 5.0 "Jelly Bean" being able to run alongside Windows 8. Let's see some announcements about that, huh, Acer?
Samsung have avoided more lawsuits when it comes to their Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus N, where it has now launched in Germany on Tuesday, albeit, quietly. The changes in the new tablet are the telltale top and bottom borders that German courts have allowed for release, as they aren't "copying" Apple's "technology".
The new Tab 7.0 Plus N 16GB Wi-Fi version is quite expensive, rolling in at 499 euros ($656) with tax, as well as it's 3G brother at 569 euros ($748) with HSPA+ inside. The new 7-inch Galaxy Tab's are the first Samsung 7-inch tablets to arrive in Germany since the original Galaxy Tab launched nearly 18 months ago now. Samsung did unveil the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in Germany, but were forced to rip it away from the IFA floor because Apple objected to the similarity before it had even had time to hit retail shelves.
Samsung's designs sold everywhere else, bar Germany, until final verdicts in relevant trials. Apple successfully argued that the all-black, all-flat front design was too close to design rights for the iPad, and needed to change.
That last part I find ridiculous, how many all-black, all-flat tablets are there on the market? It's like Apple only see Samsung tablets and nothing else on the market.
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Mobile World Congress is but a fortnight away, and we're already seeing leaks about LG's new flagship smartphone. It is not a slouch in the performance department, sporting NVIDIA's Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip (SoC), as well as a nice 4.7-inch 1280x720-pixel screen.
Filling out the specs, we should expect the aforementioned NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC with LG pegging speeds at 1.5GHz for single-core, and 1.4GHz when on 2-4 cores, as well as the SMP core for low-power tasks, a 2000mAh battery, 16GB internal memory backed up by a microSD card slot, an 8-megapixel front-shooter, 1.3-megapixel rear-shooter, all splashed together with Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Let's talk benchmarks, MoDaCo has some leaks and wowee do they look impressive. When pegged against Samsung's flagship Galaxy Nexus, it simply kicks its arse. Easily. This would be thanks to the NVIDIA Tegra 3, but just check out those benchmarks. This should definitely be one of the phones to look out for when MWC rolls around at the end of February!
We reported nearly a week ago now that the iPad 3 would launch in the first week of March, but there are some more details leaking out now, that we could expect much, much more from Apple. It seems that the new iPad 3 will sport the high-res 2048x1536 Retina Display, which exceeds the 1080p resolution that high-def content comes in.
Right now, Apple's iTunes Store has a limit of 720p for their video content, and 720p is also the maximum resolution that the current-generation Apple TV supports. Apple have reportedly been asking movie studios to start submitting 1080p content to the iTunes Store, and with the new iPad 3 sporting a higher-than-1080p display, we could finally see a move into years-old technology from Apple.
This means we could, or could not see, 1080p content on the iTunes Store, as well as a 1080p-capable Apple TV. Whatever it is, you can bet your bottom dollar that 1080p from Apple will be pushed as the Second Coming of Jesus Christ himself, and that they'll make the normal users feel like they simply can't get 1080p anywhere else. I'll just be happy that Apple are finally entering into the 1080p era.