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.
It has been confirmed that the massive Samsung Galaxy Note II will be making its way to all major US carriers sometime in November. The major carriers include Sprint, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. The device features a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display, a quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM and a 3,100mAh battery.
Individual pricing and availability is up to the individual carrier, though Samsung notes that the device should be fully available by mid-November, just in time for the holiday shopping season. US Cellular is already taking pre-orders for the device, charging $299 after $100 instant rebate for the 16GB Titanium Gray.
The US Cellular-branded device is reported to ship in late October. If you wait until general availability, the $100 instant rebate becomes a mail-in rebate so it is worth pre-ordering the device if it interests you. The Galaxy Note managed 10 million sales and it was only available on AT&T, so the Note II better do better than that!
Windows Phone 8 (and Windows 8) are nearing every day. Companies have started detailing their launch plans for devices running the new Windows Phone 8 operating system. HTC is the latest to join this group and today has announced two devices running Microsoft's latest mobile operating system: Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S.
The first, the Windows Phone 8X (seen above), is the better device between the two. It's specifications aren't exactly ridiculous like some of the Android phones of late, but it will certainly be able to compete with other Windows Phone 8 devices. The main specifications provided by HTC are:
- Windows Phone® 8 operating system
- Three-dimensional, uni-body style based on the Windows Phone Live Tiles
- 4.3" touch screen with HD 720p (1280 x 720) resolution
- Beats Audio™ with 3.5mm jack and speaker
- 2.1MP front-facing camera with an 88-degree wide angle lens and 8MP rear camera with BSI sensor and f/2.0 lens
The other device announced today, the Windows Phone 8S (seen below), comes with lower specifications and likely a cheaper price tag. It's key features are:
- Windows Phone® 8 operating system
- Three-dimensional, uni-body style based on the Windows Phone Live Tiles Tiles
- 4" WVGA touch screen (800 x 480)
- Beats Audio™ Integration
- 5MP camera with f/2.8 aperture, 35mm lens, autofocus, LED flash, HTC ImageChip™ and 720pHD video recording
New pictures have surfaced showing what is purported to be an iPad Mini, that device from a certain fruity company that is rumored to be coming out sometime in October. Previous reports had said that the iPad Mini would not be coming with a camera, but these new pictures seem to prove otherwise.
Looking at the image, a camera is clearly visible. While these could be fakes, mock-ups, (enter term for non-real product here), enough analysts have suggested that an iPad Mini is coming that it is pretty likely these are real. It's been suspected that the iPad Mini wasn't announced with the iPhone so as to not draw attention away from the device.
As far as cellular communications go, it's not going to be possible to determine one way or another until a clear shot of the internals makes its way into the hands of people who deal in chips. Guessing that this tablet will be aimed at the lower end, such as the Nexus 7, I'd lean towards it not having cellular. It could also feature the A6, but Apple might cut costs and go with the A5.
If you haven't got your hands on, or placed a pre-order on the new iPhone 5, then get ready for some iTears. Apple's huge demand for the new smartphone have made the Cupertino-based company push shipping estimates out to 3-4 weeks.
Pre-orders opened up for the sixth-generation iPhone 5 last Friday, where they sold a record-breaking 2 million units on its first day. Within a few hours, shipping times spiked up to 2-3 weeks where they stayed there until last night.
Between now and then, the time has slid out another week, pushing it to 3-4 week estimates. We've seen the first few reviews, which have been great - everyone is loving most of the stuff on the new iPhone 5, with most criticisms being the lack of app support for the bigger 4-inch screen, and the ditching of Google Maps in favor for Apple's new navigation and mapping application.
Apple's sixth-generation iPhone 5 is here, with the first slew of reviews overwhelmingly positive of the new iOS 6-powered smartphone. It seems that everyone has fallen in love with the iPhone 5, praising its lightweight, thinner feel, and super-fast speed.
The new 4-inch screen is loved, but apps have to be redone to work with the extra height. If app doesn't support the iPhone 5s larger, 4-inch screen, the apps will sport black bars at the top and bottom of the app, something reviewers point out. Here are some of the reviews:
Image quality is still among the best out there for a cameraphone, unimproved but quite impressive in varying conditions. What has improved, though, is the speed. Tap that big ol' thumb as quick as you can and the iPhone 5 will keep up, whereas the iPhone 4S eventually fell behind. It's at least on par with the Galaxy Nexus, which also has a ridiculously quick shooter.
I found the new iPhone screen much easier to hold and manipulate than its larger rivals and preferred it. In my view, Apple's approach makes the phone far more comfortable to use, especially one-handed.
Aston Market is taking a page out of Ferrari's book and moving to use their brand on other things than cars. Ferrari has great success doing just this--I have a Ferrari leather iPod touch sleeve-- and Aston Martin is hoping to go a bit further than accessories as they are selling their own Android-powered smartphone.
While the thing is priced in line with what their cars cost, the specifications side of things leaves much to be desired. The device runs Android 2.3.5, an 800MHz processor, a paultry 256MB of RAM and a 3.2 inch HVGA display. This is just terrible, especially considering the price of the device, which ranges from $1290 up to $1590.
So what do you get for that money besides a terrible Android smartphone? Well, they provide a broad range of color options--black, white, silver, gold, and rose gold--and the gold devices actually use real gold. They command prices towards the upper range of pricing given above. One would really think they would have gone a bit more high-end with this phone, especially considering what they are charging.
Windows 8 is just around the corner, coming out in just over a month. With it there will be a truck load of new tablets and Ultrabooks. While we still don't know what Microsoft's Surface tablets will cost, ZDNet has managed to get a leaked slide with ASUS' holiday line up detailing three new Windows 8 devices.
Included in the slide is the price for these devices, $599 to $1,299, along with the rough specifications. The $599 ASUS Vivo Tab RT seems to be priced a bit high considering it is only running a Tegra 3 and Windows 8 RT. Above it is the ASUS Vivo Tab which comes in at $799. This features an Intel Atom processor and x86 Windows 8. Neither of these include the $199 keyboard dock.
Lastly, ASUS has a $1,299 hybrid. It features dual 11.6-inch IPS screens, front and back of the lid. This device is called Taichi and is going to have stiff competition from the other hybrids that will be coming with Windows 8. Overall, the prices seem a bit on the high side and it is likely ASUS will have trouble selling these, though I have been wrong before.
LG have just made their new flagship smartphone available in South Korea, the LG Optimus G. LG's Optimus G packs some serious performance and technology, in an 8.45mm (0.33-inch) thick device. We're looking at Qualcomm's Fusion 3 chipset, which throws in a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC (APQ8064) with a 2G/3G/LTE radio (MDM9615).
On top of the impressive processor and radio network connectivity, we're looking at 2GB of DDR RAM, a 4.7-inch 1280x768 (320ppi) True HD IPS PLUS display with Zerogap Touch (in-cell touch) technology. A sealed 2100mAh Li-polymer battery which is good for 800 charge cycles, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Filling out the G's specs, LG have thrown in a 13-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor with 1.1µm pixels, an f/2.4 autofocus lens and a single LED flash, on the front we have a 1.3-megapixel camera. LG have thrown in 32GB of built-in storage, but left out any expandable storage options. Filling out the Optimus G we have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, NFC and MHL. All of this technological marvel is married into a 145g device.
It looks like a leak from ASUS is pointing toward their pricing structure on Windows 8-based tablets, where they start from $599. At $599, we should find the ASUS Vivo Tab RT (TF600T) which would sport a 10.1-inch Super IPS+ panel with a 178-degree viewing angle, an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core SoC, and optional keyboard dock for a physical keyboard, as well as extended battery life. The Vivo Tab RT will also come with Office 2013 pre-loaded.
Sitting in the middle of the price structure, we find the ASUS Vivo Tab (TF810C) which sports an 11.6-inch Super IPS+ panel with the same 178-degree viewing angle, an Intel Atom Z2760 CPU, and has a starting price of $799. In the higher-end spectrum, we have the ASUS Taichi, with an MSRP of $1299. The Taichi features an 11.6-inch dual Full HD IPS panel with a 1920x1080 resolution, and thanks to its dual screen, it can be both a notebook, as well as a tablet - sexy.
The Taichi also sports Bang & Olufsen IcePower audio technology, as well as multi-touch dual panels which makes it "easy to share files between two users". The Taichi is definitely looking like a hot mess of a tech device, and it has my interest, that's for sure.
With the iPhone 5 not even reaching customers' hands yet, the latest rumor floating about that the South Korean company is set to unveil the Galaxy S4 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013.
Korea Times is reporting that Samsung are preparing for an announcement of the S4 at MWC 2013, before reaching retail in March. An unnamed Samsung official has said that it will come with a similar design to the immensely popular S3, keeping its "rounded rectangular shape with rounded corners", but would look to increase its screen size to 5 inches.
It would still be powered by the quad-core Exynos chip, Android (most likely Jelly Bean), and it would support 4G LTE networks across the world. Other reports are suggesting that Samsung could use their flexible screen technology for the S4, but no final decisions have been made yet.
The iPhone 5 is nearly here, with an official release of September 21. We're already seeing people line up for the iPhone 5, eight days out from release and there are reports that people are receiving notice that their package has arrived in the US.
One shipment has updated that it had arrived in the US, and that it was scheduled to be delivered on Monday - but Apple most likely won't let this happen, obviously.
Apple's iPhone 5 hit pre-order on September 14, and has "blown away" the Cupertino-based company's expectations of demand. The new iPhone 5 should be quite the hit when people get their hands on it, and it looks like a few lucky people could get their iPhone 5 slipped into their hands early.