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Sony has just announced the Australian availability of its most exciting tablet yet, the Xperia Z4 Tablet. The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is the world's lightest and thinnest 10-inch tablet, which is quite the achievement for Sony, especially against Samsung and Apple.
The Xperia Z4 Tablet features a 10.1-inch 2K display, an 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and weighs in at just 393g (13.8oz) for the 4G-capable model while the Wi-Fi-only model weighs 389g (13.7oz). As usual, the Xperia Z4 Tablet features IP68 waterproof protection, with dust tight rating with cap-less microUSB charging.
Sony is selling the new Xperia Z4 Tablet through Telstra for an RRP of $888, or on a 24-month plan through Go Mobile Broadband for $62 per month.
Samsung's marketing team is coming up with some good ideas to grab iPhone users, offering consumers a test drive of their latest and greatest Galaxy smartphones for just $1. Now, the South Korean giant has upped the ante.
Samsung is offering consumers $200 if you switch from an iPhone to a Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge or Galaxy S6 edge+ smartphone. Samsung will split it into two, offering a $100 Google Play store gift card and a $100 cheque. iPhone owners will have to trade in their handset, but with $200 enticing them, some users will take up the deal.
The deal is a limited time only affair, where you have until December 31 to make it happen, and up until January 1, 2016 to redeem the $200 in Play store credit and the cheque.
It looks like the iPhone 6S is going to feature upgraded cameras, with the front-facing side of things getting bumped up from the ludicrous 1.2-megapixel camera on the current iPhone 6 to a better snapper - let's hope for a 5-megapixel shooter.
Round back, we can expect the 8-megapixel iSight camera to be upgraded to a 12-megapixel shooter that is 4K-capable. Up until now, the iPhone has been stuck at shooting 1080p video, but this is all set to change with the 'S' upgrade to the iPhone 6. The new iPhone 6S will also reportedly feature Force Touch technology built-in, where it can be used as a shortcut button to execute commands throughout iOS.
Apple is also expected to cram 2GB of LPDDR4 into the iPhone 6S, with 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models to be put on offer. iOS 9 will be included, and will reportedly include the ability for iPhone users to temporarily delete their app data to make more room for iOS updates, which sounds ridiculous - but it's needed with these big iOS updates of late. We should hear all about the new iPhone on September 9 at Apple's iPhone event.
ARCHOS has announced its Diamond Tab, an impressive flagship Octa-Core 4G/LTE tablet aimed at providing users with some hardware power for gaming and CPU-intensive activities.
The tablet is powered by a Mediatek MT8752 Octa-Core 1.7GHz CPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, running Google Android 5.1 Lollipop. The front-facing camera is 2-megapixels, and also has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. The 7.9" IPS screen supports a 2048 x 1536 resolution.
"Tablets have become a crucial piece of hardware in many customer's tech lineups. We wanted to expand our Diamond line to include a tablet without sacrificing any of the specs that make an ARCHOS Diamond special," said Loic Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS.
With the release of the Galaxy Note 5, Samsung has one of the most powerful smartphones on the market. LG doesn't want Samsung to steal all of the thunder, so the South Korean giant is reportedly preparing a new smartphone to combat Samsung.
LG is reportedly looking to power this new smartphone with its impressive NUCLUN 2 processor which is said to blow the Exynos 7420 that Samsung makes and puts into the Galaxy Note 5 away. Qualcomm is preparing its Snapdragon 820 processor, which is rumored to be finding a new home inside of the upcoming Galaxy S7, but LG could pounce first with a NUCLUN 2-powered smartphone sometime in Q4 2015 according to the latest rumors.
LG's impressive NUCLUN 2 processor is built on the 16nm FinFET process, where it has a decent jump in performance over the Exynos 7420 from Samsung. Based on benchmarks from the NUCLUN 2 on AnTuTu, the NUCLUN 2 is capable of 5392 on the multi-core test, versus the 4970 that the Exynos 7420 is capable of.
Smartphone and tablet maker ARCHOS has launched two new 5" smartphones, available for £99 ($155), and consumers can choose whether they want to run Windows 10 or Google Android 5.1 Lollipop.
The ARCHOS 50 Cesium is powered by Windows 10, while the ARCHOS 50e Helium runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. It's an interesting decision to allow consumers the flexibility of choosing which OS they want to use, and make the phones available at a good price point.
Both phones are scheduled for release in November 2015. Expect to learn more when ARCHOS shows off the 50 Cesium and 50e Helium at IFA 2015.
Device manufacturer ARCHOS is adding to its Diamond line of smartphones, as the company announced it will show off the Diamond S device during IFA 2015 next week.
The device runs Google Android 5.1 Lollipop.
It will be available starting in November 2015 with a retail price of £159.99 ($251 USD).
Samsung and Qualcomm had a very public breakup over the Galaxy S6, with Samsung opting to use its own Exynos processor inside of the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones. But it looks like Qualcomm is coming back for some more, after Samsung sent them some flowers, of course.
For the upcoming Galaxy S7, it looks as though Samsung could see Qualcomm powering its latest handset, with rumors flying that Samsung is testing out Qualcomm's next-generation Snapdragon processor. The SoC in question is the Snapdragon 820, which is expected to reach handsets and tablets in early 2016, just in time for Samsung to get it into the Galaxy S7.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 will include custom Kryo or Hydra cores for the very first time, as well as the Adreno 530 GPU which will provide 40% more horsepower and reduced power consumption.
The new ZenFone 2 smartphone from ASUS is making waves, with Tom's Guide recently publishing an article that has three smartphones competing against one another to see which one recharges the fastest.
Many of the biggest and best smartphones out were tested, including iPhone 6, Nexus 6, LG G4, OnePlus 2, ASUS ZenFone 2, Samsung Galaxy S6 and Motorola Droid Turbo. The ASUS ZenFone 2 was the winner, hitting 53% from 0% in just 30 minutes, and was the fastest to reach 80% and full charge. When battery capacity is factored, the ZenFone 2 still beat the Galaxy S6, but not by much.
We know that there's a new Nexus smartphone coming soon, but it looks as though Google is working on the Nexus 8, which should arrive as an 8-inch tablet rocking Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The information is coming from a new Geekbench 3 result, which shows that the model is 'Nexus 8', yet its running Android 5.1.1. Inside, purported Nexus 8 is rocking an 8-core processor - but we don't know which company makes it just yet. We could have Samsung, Qualcomm, MediaTek or NVIDIA for all we know.
Expect more information on the Nexus 8 in the coming weeks if this Geekbench 3 result is true.