A whole bunch of new laptops and ultrabooks were due out with Windows 8, and most of them arrived on time. For ASUS' Taichi, however, that hasn't been the case. It was originally slated to launch alongside Windows 8 on October 26, but it still has yet to materialize.
The ultrabook is a slick machine--it features dual 1080p screens on both sides of the lid and fairly good performance specifications. Pre-orders for the machine were taken in October, but now many listings have disappeared or been significantly modified. You won't even be able to find the system on Amazon or Newegg anymore.
ASUS has said that shipments could begin in December, but also said they might be delayed. The reasons behind the delay have been kept secret. Best Buy Canada are showing a January 30, 2013 release, while other websites are showing December 1st. It's really hard to say for sure when it will arrive, but I imagine those who pre-ordered it are quite miffed.
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When you think about what we do with our smartphones on a daily basis, it should be no surprise one of the activities American adults use their devices for has nothing to do with actually talking on their phone. Instead, Americans have been found to use their smartphones as a camera the most, according to a survey conducted by Pew Research.
The results of Pew Research's study were released this past Sunday and found 82% of Americans use their mobile devices to take pictures with 80% of users sending and receiving text messages.
DigiTimes is reporting that both Amazon and Microsoft have selected Foxconn to manufacture their respective rumored smartphones. The report says that both companies are planning to build their own devices and release them in mid-2013. DigiTimes is making these reports based upon sources in the upstream supply chain.
Foxconn has, of course, declined to comment on the rumor. The rumor says that Microsoft's devices will utilize Windows Phone 8, as would be expected. The Amazon smartphone details are slim, however, the sources say that the handsets will likely be limited in volume at launch.
It's expected that Microsoft would use the Surface branding. Amazon could possibly apply the Kindle branding to its smartphone, if it does produce one. Keep in mind that this is just a rumor, but it's not so far-fetched that we can throw it out immediately.
The Google Nexus 4 saw quite the demand when it was first launched at $299 for the 8GB model. At that price, nearly everyone believes that Google is providing a subsidy and who could pass up a deal like that. The device sold out extremely quickly after it was made available through the Google Play Store.
Well, the device is about to be available for purchase again, with Google saying it will be back in stock as of 12 p.m. PST, or 3 p.m. EST. People who have already ordered the device will begin to have their orders ship this week, and everyone else will be able to purchase it from the Google Play Store.
The device is a slick Android smartphone that features a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2 GB of RAM, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Get yours quickly because I have a feeling they may just sell out again rather quickly.
The mobile industry pretty much trumps most other industries right now with the constant leap frogging in technology we receive - and LG's latest phone is no different, the Nexus 4. It takes a lot from the Optimus G - which looks to have its successor hiding in the darkness.
AndroidGuys are reporting from a Korean website, MK, which states that LG are working on the successor to the Optimus G. The phone could see the light of day as early as May 2013 - which isn't far away.
The Optimus G2's rumored specs are pretty beefy, we're looking at a 2GHz processor (presumably quad-core), a display that crams in a pixel density of 440ppi, and Android 5.0 "Key Lime Pie". I really thought we'd see a new Nexus that comes out with Android 5.0 - and considering LG are the ones who released the first smartphone to sport Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, who knows what'll come next.
Sharp aren't a big player in the smartphone market, but the company are set to launch their new flagship smartphone, the Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E on November 29.
The new smartphone from Sharp will be their first phone to sport the IZGO-based display that will spread itself across a 4.9-inch, 720p LCD display. We should see Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich melt its way into the heart of the SH-02E.
The Japan-bound smartphone will sport Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro, a 16-megapixel camera and LTE capabilities. Unfortunately Sharp weren't the first to the market with their new IGZO display, with that medal going to ASUS and their Padfone 2.
When it comes to my phone, one of the first things I think about when I pick it up is "I HAVE TO CHECK MY EMAIL!" After that, my thoughts become a frenzy of impulses that have me checking Facebook, Twitter, instant messages and other things. One thing I rarely, maybe even never think about is how much thought and testing has gone through making sure my phone will work each and every time I use it.
Samsung, who has absolutely dominated the smartphone market with its Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note 2, decided to publish a video showcasing just how much work goes into stress testing its devices. After watching the video, you may have a newfound respect for your mobile devices, that is, until you forget about what you just saw and text your ex-girlfriend in the middle of the night hoping she'll love you again.
It was only earlier this month that Samsung had passed the three million unit mark for their latest and greatest Galaxy Note II smartphone, but now the South Korean company is proud to announce they've passed the milestone of five million units.
Sales have no sign of slowing down, now reaching American carriers in various forms, and has even had the joyous time of being added to an Apple lawsuit - all of this not affecting sales. There's a new ad, too, in the video above.
The Galaxy S III sales still dwarf the Note II sales, but for something that the company thought wouldn't sell too well - the Note range of smartphones have really come into their own. I can't wait to test out a Note II myself.
I've been using my Nexus 4 for a week now, and you should expect our review any day now - it truly is an amazing piece of technology. But, it lacks LTE - that's not an issue for most, and I don't mind that it doesn't include LTE. But, some do, obviously.
Well, there's now a video that has popped up onto the Internet showing off the Nexus 4 working with some form of LTE. LG are the ones behind the Nexus 4, and the Nexus 4 contains hardware close to the company's Optimus G smartphone which sports the same Qualcomm Snapdragon chip that sports a built-in LTE radio.
In order for this LTE radio to work, it must be combined with certain other specific hardware such as a signal amplifier and filter, which the Nexus 4 doesn't sport unfortunately. Google decided to leave this feature out of the Nexus 4 so that they could have complete control of the software with no carriers getting in the way, meaning that there's no access to the LTE networks without working with each carrier individually.
Samsung have had great success in the 5-inch smartphone market, with the incredibly popular Galaxy Note range of smartphones. There's now another player joining the 5-inch ranks, with Samsung's SHV-E270L sliding through the FCC.
It sports a codename of "Baffin", and doesn't seem like it'll break Korean borders when it's released. We should expect it to don the name "Galaxy Grand" when it's released, and listed in the Bluetooth database, it is an LTE-powered device.
We should expect it to rock a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, and its 5-inch display getting its resolution knocked down to 800x4800 WVGA. Korea's Money Today has reported that the Galaxy Grand will be the perfect device for older customers as it'll feature bigger icons and letters on its 5-inch low-res screen.
This is the one thing I love about every manufacturer apart from Apple - they're not scared to mess with the general look of the phone. In Samsung's latest high-end hardware headed for China, they've unveiled the new SCH-S2013.
The SCH-S2013 is a flip phone, but sports high-end internals such as a 1.4GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in flash storage, also expandable through microSD cards. Better yet, there are two screens - both 3.7-inch Super AMOLED, at WVGA resolution - 800x480.
Software wise, it comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as well as Samsung's TouchWiz UI - both of which are probably tweaked to handle the old school form factor. There's also dual SIM slots, one for GSM, and the other for CDMA.
If you've been waiting for that 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note II to grow up and learn the ability to house two SIM cards, well, it has just been made official in China.
It sports a mix of micro and full-size SIM slots, as well as its powerhouse internals - a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD screen, and the usual radios (GSM 850/900/1, 800/1,900, WCDMA 850/900/1,900/2100 MHz).
The dual-SIM Galaxy Note II will go on sale on December 3 - so you don't have long to get a second SIM now, do you?
ASUS' Padfone 2 launches next month, but in order to drum up some of that sweet swagger, the Taiwanese company have started showing off the white model of the Padfone 2. Until now, the black version has been the only one unveiled.
The Padfone 2 sports nearly the same specs as the ever-so-awesome Google Nexus 4 (in terms of CPU and RAM grunt), so we're looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and comes in either 32GB or 64GB.
The Padfone 2 won't be jumping across the pond and reaching the UK until 2013, and there's been no mention of a US launch yet, either. Until then, marvel at the white-colored Padfone 2 picture above.
With iPhone 5 stock in the US not so strong since launch, AppleInsider are reporting that Apple are close to catching up with demand for the iPhone 5. The data is from Piper Jaffray, with nightly checks of 100 retail Apple stores. Gene Muster from Piper Jaffray has said:
As we get closer to the holiday, we believe consumers will likely have the ability to walk into an Apple Store and walk out with an iPhone 5 within the next two weeks.
His nightly checks of retail Apple Store's has found "dramatic improvements in availability" on Tuesday night, the AT&T model was available at 82% of stores, with Verizon iPhone 5s at 72% of Apple Stores. Sprint's iPhone 5 was found in 92% of Apple Stores. Earlier this week, Apple changed their online store to advertise two-week shipping times for the iPhone 5, hinting at production rates ramping up.
Foosball has been one of those games when my brothers and I see a table, our competitive juices start flowing and we can't help but to jump onto the table and have at it. The problem is finding a table is difficult these days, but now thanks to this creation by New Potato Technologies, all we'll need is an iPad and a thirst for competition.
The foosball table houses the iPad inside of its frame which has four rods on both sides of it, an abacus-style point keeper for each player and small, stubby legs to ever so gently place upon your coffee table. Keep in mind the foosball table is compatible with the third-generation iPad and below as it contains a 30-pin dock rather than the fancy, shmancy Lightning connector.
We all know it's coming, Samsung's next Galaxy smartphone, but when exactly will the South Korean device maker unveil their Galaxy S IV. Last year we saw the Galaxy S III unveiled at the Mobile World Congress event held in Barcelona, and it looks like we should see a repeat of this early next year.
Mobile Geeks have the scoop, with a "Samsung insider" whispering to them that Samsung wants to unveil the Galaxy S IV officially at MWC 2013. MWC is the world's largest wireless trade show, taking place between February 25-28. Samsung plans to reportedly hold a private launch event for the S IV, which could be part of MWC itself, or held separately, this isn't set in stone just yet.
Once announced, it shouldn't be too long until physical availability happens - which should be in Q2 2013, sometime around May. Rumor has it the Galaxy S IV will sport a Full HD 1920x1080 display, an ARM Cortex-A15 CPU in the form of Samsung's Exynos 5 series. Rumors of the iPhone 5S at the same time are also bubbling around, so it will definitely look like a clash of the titans come early 2013.
Intel's working on getting into mobile devices, specifically smartphones and tablets, and this new Motorola device might just be the start of something big. The new Motorola RAZR i MT788 features an Intel Atom processor, 4.3-inch screen, front and rear cameras, and a microSD expansion slot all powered by Android 4.0.
The new device's atom is the Z2480, which is capable of running at 2GHz. The 4.3-inch screen features a resolution of 960 x 540, which is a bit low by today's standards. It's protected by Gorilla Glass and has a 1.3-megapixel camera sitting above. The flipside features an 8-megapixel camera.
The device is pretty similar to the Western version when seen on paper. However, the new device features a new case which looks identical to the XT788 on China Telecom. It also sports a smaller battery than the Western variant and lower internal memory. Price is not yet available, but it will be on sale in mid-December.
Oprah loves the new Microsoft Surface tablet. She loves it so much that she's already bought 12 of them for Christmas gifts. She announced this revelation to the world through her Twitter yesterday. Only one problem: she used an iPad to post the tweet--and people are able to see this:
It's not that big of a deal, especially since it probably wasn't even Oprah who posted the tweet. But still, it's an avoidable mistake that could affect the Microsoft marketing deal they have going. It's definitely something that generates a laugh, like a Facebook post that says it was posted from mobile complaining about drivers who text and drive.
Enjoy it for what it's worth. The tweet is still visible on Oprah's Twitter, so they haven't caught word of this little oversight quite yet. It'll likely be removed sometime soon. Funny? Stupid mistake? What are your thoughts?
It hasn't even been a week since criminals infiltrated Building 261 at JFK International Airport and stole approximately 3,600 iPad minis, but the FBI has reportedly arrested a suspect involved in the caper.
The suspect that's currently in FBI custody was part of the three-man operation whose job was to be the lookout while the two other suspects worked on loading their truck with the iPad minis.
Thanks to @evleaks, we have yet another mobile device leak, this time the ZTE Grand X Pro. With most leaks, we usually get a quick glimpse of a render of the Grand X Pro, along with some specs - not this time, though.
The ZTE Grand X Pro, judging by the leaked render of it, sports an edge-to-edge screen, and from the looks of things, stock Ice Cream Sandwich. No capacitive buttons anywhere, either. This isn't a bad thing, but usually ICS-based smartphones sport physical buttons.
No carrier information or specs isn't good, but the render does look nice. If ZTE can hit a nice price point, they could be onto something quite good here. More details should hopefully surface soon.