CES 2013 - Panasonic has announced a 20-inch tablet with 4k resolution that is targeted towards business. The announcement came at the company's keynote.
The Windows 8 based tablet is said to be designed for professionals such as architects and graphic designers who need a higher resolution screen to create and show off their work.
With 720p and 1080p being the norm for tablets, a 4k resolution would have 4 times the pixels of a 1080p screen. We want to know what you think of a 20 inch tablet offering. Would you use it, or would it become a cumbersome, novelty that you do not use much because of its size? Let us know in the comments.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
Vizio announced their answer to Google's Nexus 7 challenge, a 7 inch Android tablet is basically spec for spec a Nexus 7. Packaged in a case roughly the size of a Amazon Kindle e-reader, the new tablet from Vizio packs a nice punch.
Featuring a Tegra 3 processor, 1280x800 IPS display, 16GB of on-board storage, 1.2mp front facing camera and running stock Android Jellybean, the tablet looks to be serious competition to Google's Nexus 7.
"Most people use the 7 inch devices for reading, which is why the company designed the tablet for mostly portrait orientation use." Vizio's head of design, Scott McManigal said in an interview. The Tablet will arrive sometime in the first half of the year with no word on pricing yet.
Can't say I didn't see it coming - I pretty much said the same thing in my review, but it looks like Consumer Reports' latest conclusion is that the iPhone 5 is the worst of the top smartphones on the market right now. Yes - the worst.
In the February issue of the magazine, we'll get to see the full piece, but for now we have a simple photo above. With AT&T, LG's Optimus G ranks as number one and sitting on number two position is Samsung's Galaxy S III. In third position, we have the iPhone 5.
The same goes for Sprint, in the same order, but things change with T-Mobile - Samsung's Galaxy S III enjoys first position, HTC's One S pops up in position numero duo and in third position we have the 5.5-inch, just-released Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone. Verizon is completely different again where two Motorola smartphones take out position one and two with the Droid Razr Maxx HD and Droid Razr HD respectively, and third position goes to the Galaxy S III from Samsung.
This means that Apple's iPhone 5 doesn't even rank in the top three phones with Verizon. Samsung is in force with all carriers sporting a Samsung phone, or two, in their top three smartphones. How's dem apples, Apple?
CES 2013 - There are some incredibly exciting things to be unveiled at CES in a few days time, with another product joining this table - an ASUS-made Google TV device.
The Mountain View-based search giant confirmed the news, saying that we should expect Google TV products from Chinese manufacturers Hisense and TCL, as well as big players like LG, Sony, Vizio and "others". The ASUS device expected could arrive as the "Qube", which is a Google TV dongle that went through the FCC last month.
We don't know much more about it, but we should know more in just a few days time where I expect Google TV to make a considerable splash with multiple devices.
We've reported that you should expect Sony to unveil a 5-inch smartphone at CES, the Xperia Z, but according to a leaked promo video, we should definitely expect it to rock up with a Full HD (1920x1080) display.
We should expect the device to rock the above mentioned 5-inch 1920x1080-pixel display, but previous rumors have pegged it to sport a quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM which would definitely be a nice addition in this quad-core smartphone world we now live in.
The slide also teases a "skeleton frame structure" which definitely sets the Xperia Z from the rest of the smartphone crop. Previous rumors have also teased of a 13-megapixel Exmor RS camera which should provide some fast capture and HDR tricks on-board. The Xperia Z should also be water-resistant, too.
CNET is reporting that the new Surface Pro will be arriving on January 26. The report states that one store gave that specific date, while others around the country reported "end of the month." Microsoft also said that it would be available "about 90 days later" after general Windows 8 availability, which took place on October 26.
90 days later places the launch date as January 26, which is the same as what the one store said. A rumor has placed the launch date as January 29. Either way, you can expect to wait until the very end of the month to get your hands on the new Surface Pro.
The Surface Pro will pack a 1920x1080 ClearType display powered by an Ivy Bridge processor.
The latest rumor from the mill places Apple as releasing an iPhone mini this summer that would set customers back less than $250. The rumor comes courtesy of Neil Mawston from Strategy Analytics, who told CNET that he believes Apple will launch an iPhone mini. Samsung is dominating the smartphone wars because of its wide variety of mobile devices across the cost spectrum.
This new iPhone mini would cost less and would cater to those on pre-paid plans who can't afford the current iPhone. He expects it to be released in the next three years. Another analyst agrees with Mawston and places the launch as early as this summer, with pricing being somewhere between $200 and $250.
It would likely be a chopped down version of hardware, much like the iPad mini, if it ever does materialize. Treat this rumor with a grain of salt until something a bit more concrete is found.
SamMobile, a website that reports on all things Samsung Mobile has released photos said to be of the next generation Galaxy smart phone. The photos reportedly come from an insider at Samsung, but at this time, we have no conformation as to if they are real or not.
The first noticeable feature is that the home button is missing, a feature that was popular on previous Samsung phones. It is also notable that the screen seems taller which could mean that the company may be moving the buttons to the screen. Moving the home buttons to the screen is something Google has been pushing since the release of ICS.
As with all "leaked" photos, we should take them with a grain of salt. Photos are easily altered and a good fake is not hard to come by. If by chance, this photo is the real deal, I am betting we see something official by Q2 of this year.
Corning Gorilla Glass and Gorilla Glass 2 is used in just about every smartphone made these days, but Corning isn't stopping with its improvements. The company has just announced Gorilla Glass 3, which is said to be 40 percent more resistant to visible scratches as well as a 50 percent boost in retained strength after the glass is damaged.
Gorilla Glass 2 was debuted at last year's CES and Gorilla Glass has been used in the iPhone since the original model. It's likely the next generation iPhone will make use of this latest Gorilla Glass. We'll be sure to check it out at CES.
Nokia has fallen into a habit of placing its high-end devices inside poly-carbonate chassis, but according to a Verge report, that's all about to change. The Verge cites sources familiar with Nokia's plans that claim Nokia will be producing at least one high-end Windows Phone device in an aluminum body this year.
The new device is codenamed Catwalk and is said to be thinner and lighter than the current Lumia 920. Catwalk is set to be the Lumia 920 successor, though it will feature similar hardware specifications to the current flagship. An exact release date or release timeframe has not been provided, though you can expect to see the device later this year.
Last week, Apple filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office, an application for patent around its latest "Active Stylus" technology.
The patent wasn't however, filed in Apple's name, but by two employees of Apple, engineering manager Jonah Harley and hardware engineering manager David Simon, and the Cupertino-based company can take assignment for the patent before it is granted.
According to the filing, "the stylus includes an electrode at a tip of the stylus; and powered circuitry coupled to the electrode and configured for capacitively coupling the electrode with a capacitive touch sensor panel. The powered circuitry can further include drive circuitry configured to output a drive voltage at the electrode and/or sense circuitry configured to sense a voltage received at the electrode."
Penny Pinching mobile users in the UK will be happy to hear of Vodafone's new program to offer "previously loved" phones at a discounted price.
The UK based mobile phone carrier has named the pre-owned phone program "Nearly New". Vodafone is targeting the pay as you go users in hopes of transitioning them into smart phones at a discounted rate.
Available devices will vary from month to month based on return inventory, but the company already has iOS and Android devices on tap ready to go. Customers happy with off-contract service can choose between an iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4, with an 8GB flavor of the latter ringing up at £250.
With the Kindle Fire being based on Android, it can get the same viruses that are now beginning to creep into mobile devices world wide. Lookout Mobile, a company that builds anti-virus apps for Android just released its first app for Amazon's flagship tablet.
The app is the same as the standard Android version, but being that the Amazon does not allow the Google Play Store on the Kindle Fire, the company had to submit the app for approval before it became available in the Amazon App Store.
Once installed, the app will alert you to hidden viruses, and track the location of your phone remotely in the event your phone gets stolen, lost or otherwise indisposed. The app will also let you activate a "Scream" ringtone to help you locate the lost or stolen device.
The 2012 holiday season was a big hit for mobile devices as a whole but the biggest winners are Amazon's Kindle Fire, and a multitude of Android tables. While not considered a loser, Apples iPad took a considerable hit because of the saturated market.
Chitika Insights released a report on mobile device sales between December 1st to December 27th with data coming from both the US and Canada. The findings were that tablets from Amazon, Samsung, and Microsoft gained a total of 5.5% market share while Apple's iPad fell by 7.4%
Chitika saw Amazon's Kindle Fire gaining 3.03 percentage points to hit an impression share of 7.51 percent. Galaxy tablets from Samsung with saw a 1.38 percent jump to 4.39 percent share, and the Nexus tablets from Google rose 0.92 percent for a 2.04 percent share. Microsoft's Surface device saw a 0.17 percent increase for a 0.40 percent share. Apple's iPad, though dropped 7.1 percentage points over the holiday season, from a share of 86 percent to 78.9 percent on the 27th.
According to XDA-Developers forum member "Football," who has previously reported accurate HTC information, HTC could be unveiling a new flagship mobile device at CES next week. Code-named the "M7," the device is reported to possibly feature screen buttons instead of the traditional hardware buttons.
It's believed to be the One X replacement and specifications are said to be a 4.7-inch full HD panel, 1.7GHz Snapdragon processor, 13MP camera, LTE and HSPA+, and 2GB of RAM. Whether or not the device will be enough to turn the failing company around remains to be seen, though it appears to be no slouch in the hardware department.
The Samsung Galaxy S III hasn't suffered any major issues, such as Antennagate (iPhone 4), though some current users are experiencing devices that randomly brick. Some users reportedly left their devices charging overnight, while others simply turned off the screen. In both cases, the device was later found to be bricked.
Samsung has been quietly fixing or replacing devices that were affected, though they are now reportedly working on a firmware fix to fix the problem. The bug appears to be only on Galaxy S III devices with 16GB of internal storage, though it seems to apply to a wide range of Android versions, making some speculate that it is a hardware issue.
We will, of course, alert users when a fix is released for the device, whether it be a software or hardware fix.
Apple is said to be cutting ties with Samsung and shifting the manufacturing of its mobile processors to another chip manufacture. This is no doubt the result of the seemingly never ending patent war between the two companies.
Apple has selected global chip manufacturer TSMC, and is said to take 12 to 18 months for the transition to fully complete. The partnership will begin with the current-generation A6X chips as soon as the first quarter of 2013.
This equates to a reported loss of $13 billion in revenue for Samsung. Samsung fans need not to fear though, industry analyst have stated that the breakup will have minimal effect on Samsung.
TheNextWeb is reporting that developers have shared with them evidence that Apple is testing the iPhone 6 and iOS 7. The evidence shared is weak at best and involves developers seeing new device identifiers and OS versions in their usage logs. It's important to note that these pieces of information can be faked, so take this with a grain of salt.
The biggest factor that lends credence to these logs is the IP associated with them. The IP address is one that comes from Apple's Cupertino campus and would be a harder piece of data to fake. Timing also lends some credibility to the data, with Apple usually releasing the first public version of a new iOS at the WWDC in June.
Lastly, rumors have said that Apple might update the iPhone as early as this June, so testing now is definitely right on schedule for that. Until a bit more evidence surfaces, it's a good idea to remain skeptical of iPhone 6 or iOS 7 claims and rumors.