Give me one, now. Sharp have begun the production of 5-inch 1920x1080 displays at their factories - the joy! At 5-inch and 1080p, we're looking at 443 pixels per inch (ppi).
Considering the iPhone 5 only sports 326ppi - this is going to be a huge thing for new smartphones sporting the seriously packed 5-inch displays. We could also be staring down the barrel of 5-inch tablets with 443ppi displays, such as a smaller Nexus tablet to compete with the impending release of Apple's iPad mini.
Then we'll have the worry of "will people be able to see the quality in these screens" at this size, and resolution? If you've ever looked at an iPhone 5 and a third-gen iPad, you'll know that quality trumps. I think we'll begin to see some very beautiful looking smart devices with these 426ppi displays.
A rumor has surfaced from CNN who cites a major Apple investor as the source. The investor, in turn, cites the fact that he has heard this from "multiple sources." The rumor states that Apple will mail invitations to a press event, at which the new iPad mini will debut, on October 10.
Following Apple's traditional time frame, this would yield an event on Wednesday, October 17, with the product likely going on sale Friday, November 2. This would put the product on shelves in time for the critical holiday season, and could steal quite a bit of thunder from the upcoming Microsoft Windows 8 tablets, both the Wintel version and RT version.
The iPad mini is rumored to be a 7.85-inch device and cost less than its big brother, the iPad. It would slot in between the iPhone/iPod touch and the normal-sized iPad. Pricing would likely slot into that same range, making Apple a bit more competitive with the $199 Android tablets that have been so popular.
As always, throw some salt over your shoulder as this is just a rumor. Nothing has been confirmed, and likely won't be, until the event invitations get mailed.
Intel's recently released Clover Trail-based Atom processor is destined to be in tablets running Window 8 come its release at the end of this month. However, a delay inside Intel in delivering a much-needed piece of software designed to conserve battery life is preventing the development of Wintel tablets.
Microsoft will not approve the tablets without the power-management software, which is the delayed software in question. This delayed approval process is cutting into the time manufacturers will have to revamp designs if Microsoft rejects them, and is delaying development, production, and could push back the release date of said devices.
Any delay in the release of new Wintel tablets before Christmas could be devastating to sales, as this is a typically good time for hand-held electronic sales. Apple is widely expected to release a new iPad in March or April of next year, so delays could also cause would-be consumer to hold off for the new iPad.
Sony are unleashing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich onto three of their Xperia-branded smartphones: Xperia U, Xperia Sola and Xperia Go. These three phones were all released with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, as they were more aimed at the entry-level market.
Sony are now rolling out ICS updates to these three entry-level handsets, which should provide them with the following new features:
- Lock screen with better functionality
- Resizable widgets
- Improved control of data consumption
- New ways to experience your Sony content in WALKMAN, Album and Movies
- The Xperia Sola will also be getting 'glove mode', which will add Sony's "floating touch" technology to make it work well while wearing gloves
The update should be made available between now and a few weeks from now - depending on where you live, phone version, and more.
Just over 24 hours ago, I reported that we wouldn't be seeing BlackBerry 10 smartphones until next year - well, next year has come early, thanks to some internal marketing leaks from Research in Motion.
The leaked videos popped up onto Vimeo last night, showing off two BlackBerry 10-based smartphones, but the video was pulled pretty quickly. CrackBerry.com were quick off the mark, where they were able to snap some screenshots of what we will most likely see next year.
RIM's L Series phone, codenamed 'London', has popped up before and looks pretty much the same as Dev Alpha phones that BB10 developers are currently working with. We should expect to see this phone sport a 4-inch display, with a 1280x768 resolution. RIM's N Series phone, codenamed Nevada, sports a smaller touch screen, but includes a physical QWERTY keyboard. This is the first time this smartphone has been shown off, and is just what RIM is capable of.
NPD Connected Intelligence has recently completed a study that shows Android smartphone users download an average of 870MB of data through their cellular connections. This pales in comparison to the average 2.5GB consumed via Wi-Fi networks. Unfortunately, at this time, there is no data for iOS devices.
This is useful data for consumers to consider, since cellular providers have been switching to tiered models as of late. Going with the base plan might not be enough data, considering that AT&T's base iPhone plan offers 300MB per month. Still, it shows that users take advantage of Wi-Fi, where available, likely due to the faster connection or limited data allotment.
The data is split up by age and comes from an app installed on 1,000 Android smartphones. Not surprisingly, 18-24 year olds use the most cellular data at 1.05GB per month. However, the 25 to 34 group utilized Wi-Fi the most, downloading around 3GB per month. Of course, the 55 and older group who is less likely to be comfortable with smartphones consumed just 750MB of cellular data and 1.42GB of Wi-Fi data.
It looks like Research in Motion (RIM) won't be fighting the new iPhone 5, or the Galaxy S III this year - with the company confirming that the BlackBerry 10 smartphones won't be shown off by the company until next year. Chief Marketing Officer, Frank Boulben, told CNET the news in an interview.
Considering that RIM have virtually every egg in the BB10 basket, leaving the smartphone from the eyes of consumers until next year will probably push consumers to grab the new iPhone 5, or an offering from Samsung or others. RIM are pegging hopes on BlackBerry 10 to fix the current issues they have - market share losses, revenue slips, and huge losses in profits. RIM won't be able to do any of this without creating a buzz for BB10.
RIM are hoping to show off more on BB10 and its features and capabilities, but closer to the launch of the smartphone, says Boulben. Boulben did note that RIM will launch a large, global campaign backed by carriers. RIM have been on a roadshow, showing off the BB10 smartphones to carriers, with Boulben stating that "they've seen BB10 and they love it. We'll have strong backing from the carriers".
You may have already read our view on Google and ASUS' Nexus 7 tablet, where you'll read that we were utterly impressed with such a cheap tablet. It was fast, gorgeous, and features Google's latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. But when you read rumors from DigiTimes that Google are looking to release not one, but two new Nexus-branded tablets - it makes you look twice.
Not only that, but these two new tablets would hit a price point, that until now, has only been hit with cheap tablets - $99. Yes, $99. But, to get down to this price, what would Google have to sacrifice? At the $199 price point, the Nexus 7 sports an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 7-inch screen - but reducing that cost in half, would we see a reduction in specs of the same magnitude?
Could we see the Nexus stripped down to a dual-core processor - possibly of a Qualcomm design? A reduction in RAM? Could we see it feature 1GB, 2GB or 4GB of on-board memory, but throw in an SD card slot to give you the option of increasing storage, all the while keeping the initial, up-front cost at just a paltry $99?
If you're a Sprint user looking to pick up a cheap Samsung Galaxy S III, it could be in your interest to wait the extra two months until Black Friday. Engadget has received a snapshot of a Sprint Black Friday ad from a tipster. In that ad, the Samsung Galaxy S III is offered up for $49.99, with two-year contract.
The offer is good for both new and existing customers, so this could be a perfect time to jump ship if you've been thinking about it. After all, Sprint offers up unlimited smartphone data, and they've been using this fact to draw customers away from the other carriers. Couple unlimited data with a cheap Galaxy S III and the plan will work that much better.
It is expected that quantities of the discount Galaxy S III will be limited, so you may consider lining up outside your local store in the wee hours of the morning to guarantee you get a device. If lining up early isn't your cup of tea, I'm sure they'd be happy to offer it to you at normal price or one of their other smartphones.
Even more discrepancies over the frequency of the new A6 processor have appeared. Originally, GeekBench showed the new iPhone 5 processor clocked at 1GHz. The makers of GeekBench updated their algorithm to better detect the frequency of the new chip and all of a sudden the US models all received a speed boost to 1.3GHz.
However, when TechRadar installed the updated version of GeekBench on their UK iPhone 5, they found a different speed reported: 1.1GHz. The US model iPhone is reported as iPhone5,1 whereas the UK model used by TechRadar showed up as iPhone5,2. So, why the discrepancy? It's not exactly clear what is causing the change, but the obvious reason would be that Apple chose a different speed for the UK model.
People commenting on the TechRadar story have seen both 1.1GHz and 1.3GHz reported on their UK model phone. If only Apple would come out and tell us the tech specs that we all want to know, we'd be in a much better position of knowledge. Until then, we'll keep you updated regarding any iPhone 5 news.
People looking to get a Windows 8 x86 tablet at launch will now be able to start researching just which one they would like to buy. Intel and its partners have unveiled a wide array of tablet designs and experiences with the only common factor running through all of them being Windows 8 and an Intel Atom Z2760.
"This is just the beginning of Intel's effort in the tablet market, and our goal is to deliver products that fit the spectrum of evolving needs of both consumers and business users without compromising on compatibility, experience or battery life," said Erik Reid, general manager, Application Processor Platforms for Intel's Mobile and Communications Group. "When people or corporations buy a device with Intel Inside, they're getting the best of Windows 8 features with a computing experience that just works."
New tablets being shown off today come from the likes of Dell, Acer, ASUS, Fukitsu, HP (seen above), Lenovo, Samsung, and ZTE. The designs vary from business models to consumer models, but Intel is saying they can go as thin as 8.5mm (nearly as thin as the iPhone 5!) and as light as 1.5 pounds.
Intel's testing model reportedly allows for 3 weeks of connected standby and more than 10 hours of local HD video playback. Of course, production models will vary, however, it looks like Windows 8 x86 tablets may just be able to compete with the iPad and other Android tablets. And considering this is Intel's first tablet chip, it will only improve from here.
Users looking forward to the Nokia Lumia 920 might be shocked to learn that the device will be priced higher than the competing Galaxy S III, at least in the European market. To be fair, Windows Phone 7 and the Lumia 900 have performed better abroad than they have here in the United States, so this pricing could work.
For example, in Sweden, the Lumia 920 will sell, without contract, for around 5,700 crowns, whereas the Galaxy S III looks to get 4,515 crowns. Germany sees the Lumia 920 retailing for 549 euros and only 530 for the S III. Italy has the closets prices with the Lumia 920 coming in at 599 euros and the the S III at 530 euros.
While the two devices are rather similar in hardware, the Lumia 920 implements several new technologies which are likely driving the cost to manufacturer up. For instance, it features wireless charging, which isn't new, but building it into a device is. It also features a screen that works with gloves and fingernails. The phone is likely priced as low as they possibly can without affecting profit margins.
Have a love for the latest Apple device? So do these people, but not for the same reason. It appears that many of the iPhone 5s procured on launch day were procured with the intention of destroying them for YouTube videos. Wasteful? Sure. Entertaining? Definitely. Take a look as we go through our favorite 5 iPhone 5 deaths.
LG's 'phablet', the Optimus Vu II has just had its specs officially unveiled by the South Korean company, where we've found out it will be sporting a new CPU, some more RAM and some extra goodies. The phone sports a 5-inch 4:3 display but ramps up some of the specs, while meeting some previously rumored specs.
Optimus Vu II sports a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, more specifically the Qualcomm MSM8960, 2GB of RAM versus its predecessor's 1GB of RAM, and a battery that is slightly bigger than the previous Vu, at 2,150mAh. Optimus Vu II will only ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but will include an integrated IR blaster, QRemote software, and VoLTE capabilities.
LG are also throwing in a Rubberdium Pen 2.0 stylus, which sports a thinner, more precise nub (why do I feel dirty saying that?). LG have also put on offer an optional "One Key" accessory, which actually sounds pretty damn cool - it is a waterproof fob that is destined for your key ring, and can be pressed at anytime if you can't find your phone. Your Optimus Vu II will then let off loud beeps until you find it. One Key will also flash blue or red if there are any messages or if the smartphone has finished charging.
There's no US ETA or pricing at the moment, but in Korea it will set you back $864.
The iPhone 5 may have launched last week, but Apple's biggest competitor and threat, Samsung, aren't worried of the Cupertino-based company's latest product when it comes to their launch of the Galaxy Note II.
J.K. Shin, head of Samsung's mobile business has said that the Note II will sell three times faster than the previous Note did in the first three days - something he stated at a briefing in Seoul. Samsung's Galaxy Note II goes on sale in 128 markets through 260 operators, starting yesterday in South Korea. Samsung's Galaxy Note range of phones are the company's second best-selling phone, with the number one spot going to their Galaxy S range of smartphones.
ASUS' Transformer Prime, Infinity to both receive Jelly Bean updates in the US and Canada very shortly
ASUS' Transformer Infinity and Transformer Prime tablets are both set to receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates in the US and Canada over the next 72 hours or so. Android Central have had confirmation from ASUS' Gary Key on the news.
The version number hitting the slates is 10.4.4.14.1, which is just a fancy number for Android 4.1. There aren't any further details than what we have here, but the new update hitting the Transformers will cease support for Adobe Flash, and the Prime's Wi-Fi direct has been removed.
If you're running a Transformer Prime or Infinity, sit by your tablet because Jelly Bean is about to hit it - and it is a delicious OS.
Finally - Samsung are beginning to not only roll out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates to their flagship Galaxy S III devices (in some countries at least) but they've also announced their rollout plans for other Galaxy-branded devices. The devices to receive the update will be:
- Galaxy S II
- Galaxy Note
- Galaxy S Advance
- Galaxy S II LTE
- Galaxy Chat
- Galaxy Ace 2
- Galaxy Beam
- Galaxy Ace Plus
- Galaxy Mini 2
- Galaxy S Duos
- Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
- Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
- Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
- Galaxy Note 10.1
Samsung haven't given a time frame on the updates, but we should expect sooner rather than later - hopefully by the end of the year. Jelly Bean will bring these devices Google Now, Project Butter and other improvements.
There are a lot of good things to like about the iPhone 5 and a lot of bad things to dislike about the iPhone 5. One of the things that most of us can settle on is the fact that the iPhone 5's A6 processor is quite a beautiful thing. This chip is a custom layout by Apple of an ARM instruction set.
Since Apple spent the time to layout the chip by hand, they can gear the chip for performance, battery life, or both. Many people have attributed the "2x" performance claim, and seemingly supportive benchmarks, to this hand layout process. It seems now that the iPhone 5's A6 processor is either clocked higher than previously thought, or contains a turbo mode of sorts that ramps it up to 1.3GHz.
As you can see in the video above, the new version of Geekbench identifies the processor as being clocked at the higher 1.3GHz. The older version of Geekbench identified the A6 as a 1GHz part. Dynamic clocking makes sense as it would allow the processor to be more powerful when needed and clock down to save battery when not.
There will need to be more testing done to confirm or deny what Geekbench is seeing, but either a faster clock speed or dynamic clocking makes sense for the chip and its performance.
For all of you who picked up the iPhone 5 on launch day last Friday, try taking a picture where the light source is just outside the frame and take a look at the resulting image. See that purple haze? Well, you're not alone. Members have taken to the AnandTech forums complaining about the issue and have corroborated each other's stories.
The current thought regarding the issue is that it is caused due to the use of sapphire for the lens. Sapphire is a hard material that comes in a variety of colors and the purple halo could be a result of the light refracting through a slightly purple lens. Sapphire is used for its toughness as it is difficult to scratch.
One user on the AnandTech forums stated that Apple support told him that this is a widespread issue. However, since people only seem to be complaining about it on AnandTech, it's not exactly clear just how widespread this issue is. Apple support also reportedly said that they are researching the problem. Another person reported that when they called Apple support, the representative said there have been a lot of calls about the problem.
The problem also exists on the 4S, though to a much lesser degree. The image above is one taken with the 5, and the one below was taken with a 4S. It's not clear if this is something Apple will be able to fix either by software or a change in lens material and whether or not they will replace user's iPhones if they do implement a fix.
It looks like ZTE is slowly leaving the Android camp with news that the Chinese manufacturer is going to release new smartphones based on Mozilla's upcoming Firefox OS. The new phones will reach the market in Q1 2013.
The news comes from ZTE's Executive Vice President, He Shiyou, who told The Wall Street Journal that ZTE will launch new Firefox OS-powered smartphones early next year, he also took the time to confirm that the company are to release Windows Phone 8-based smartphones later this year.
Now we should start wondering what Google are going to do with this news, seeing that ZTE are moving into the Firefox OS camp with their new smartphones. Will we see a degradation of the relationship between the Mountain View-based company, and ZTE?
Dell are unveiling more of their products as the release of Windows 8 draws closer, with a new business-orientated model. Dell have given it the name 'Latitude 10', and the company have baked in a fair amount of enterprise features, such as a user-swappable battery, a dock for improved productivity, and Dell Data Protection Encryption (DDPE) for security.
Dell's Latitude 10 sports a, you guessed it, 10.1-inch screen, bakes in Intel's Clover Trail SoC, 2GB of RAM, up to 128GB of flash-based storage, and a 30WHr battery. Unfortunately, Dell have opted for a 1366x768 resolution on the Latitude 10 which is disappointing, but they did include a Gorilla Glass-protected IPS panel. Latitude 10 boasts support for 10-point multitouch as well as an optional Wacom stylus.
Filling out the specs, we have an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 720p webcam for those voice calls and selfies, a full-sized USB port, microUSB port for charging, miniHDMI port, headphone/mic jack, a proprietary docking port, microSIM slot and a card reader. Dell's docking abilities give the Latitude 10 four extra USB 2.0 ports, gigabit ethernet, HDMI output as well as audio output. All of this is in a slate that measures 0.4 inches thick, and weighs in at around 1.5 pounds with the stock 30WHr battery. Dell are offering an optional 60WHr battery.