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Kal-El has had a lot of news since it was first announced, but now NVIDIA have said it will not only arrive sometime in Q4, but it will sport a fifth core which is a "companion" core. This is built using a "special low-power silicone process" which works on tasks at a low frequency. NVIDIA calls this approach "variable symmetric multiprocessing" and it basically allows it to use this extra core for handling low overhead tasks such as e-mail syncs, social media syncs, etc.
Each core is an ARM Cortex A9 CPU that is individually enabled and disabled based on the workload or task, but all five can't run at once. The low-power 'companion' core runs at a lower voltage than the other four cores and is only used when the performance state requested by the OS/apps isn't higher than a predetermined threshold. Once the threshold is reached, the low-power core is disabled and the high-performance A9 cores take over, enabling between 1 and 4 cores as needed.
Chinese smartphone maker Meizu is set to launch its most impressive Android phone yet before the month is out which it dubs the MX.
The MX will enter the Chinese market in two versions; a dual-core and a quad-core processor model. The dual-core will include 16GB of built-in storage, whilst the quad-core will have 32GB.
Both models otherwise share the same characteristics with measurements of 121 x 63 x 10 mm and use a 4-inch (960 x 640) touchscreen. Converted pricing comes in at about $469 for the dual-core MX, and $626 for the quad-core.
Google have offered some technical help for those who are looking to get ready for the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich release, which is due later this year. Google's Scott Main has said in a blog post:
Ice Cream Sandwich is coming, and with it, handsets will be able to install apps built on Honeycomb.
Main did not that although Google haven't released the software development kit for the new Android OS, developers can take steps now to help make sure that their Honeycomb apps work on smaller screens. Ice Cream Sandwich is something to get excited about, as it will be a singular OS for both smartphones, tablets, and "everything in-between" with Main being quoted:
Although Honeycomb remains tablets-only, the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) release will support big screens, small screens, and everything in between. This is the way Android will stay from now on: the same version runs on all screen sizes.
J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz expects that two new iPhones will launch this fall, with the iPad 3 delayed into 2012. This speculations comes from conversations with industry insiders and was detailed in a note to clients, according to reports. The iPhone 5 is reported to sport a lighter, thinner form factor as well as packing a larger display and an 8-megapixel camera. It is also rumored to be both GSM and CDMA-capable, making it a "world-mode" smartphone. It is expected to not include LTE connectivity.
The second rumored phone is reportedly going to be the iPhone 4-plus and will launch alongside the iPhone 5. The iPhone 4-plus is based on the current-generation iPhone but will feature a few improvements. This handset could target the mainstream price point and focus on the China market, but it's reported to not be exclusive to that region.
The iPad 3 is said to be delayed until 2012, mostly because Apple is currently dominating the tablet market. While they're ahead, why not push further? Why wait just because you "dominate" the market. The iPhone market will only peak with Android phones coming in from left, right and centre. These lawsuits against Samsung aren't doing Apple any favours.
LG has released its new Optimus Q2 smartphone into its home market in South Korea yesterday running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and featuring a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
The phone packs a 1.2GHz dual core processor which is believed to be a Tegra 2 chip, 5MP rear-facing camera, front VGA cam for video calls, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, WiDi Direct capability and Bluetooth. It measures in at 12.3mm thick, weighing 147 grams and uses a 4-inch (800 x 480) IPS touchscreen.
It is expected that the phone will get its European launch sometime this week.
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Apple have put themselves in a sticky situation, attacking Samsung across the world for "patent violations", yet at the same time they rely on them to manufacture the processors inside iPhones and iPads. Rumors are flying that Apple could switch chip manufacturing to TMSC. DigiTimes quotes unnamed "industry sources", which say that Apple recently signed a foundry partnership agreement with TMSC.
The agreement will reportedly see TMSC manufacture Apple's "next-generation CPUs" base on 28 and 20nm process technologies. The next-gen CPUs might not just be the A6-based chip, but also the A6's successor. Production isn't expected to roll until 2012.
LG's upcoming smartphone, the LU6200, is looking quite good. It packs a 4.5-inch AH-IPS display running at 720p, dual-core 1.5GHz Scorpion CPU, an Adreno 220 GPU, 8-megapixel AF camera and connectivity to the U+ LTE network which supports a maximum theoretical download speed of 75Mbps. It also includes a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, 4GB built-in storage, an 1,830mAh battery, 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 - finally, we have DLNA, MHL, WiFi Direct and NFC.
The downside of all these specs? It's for the Korean market only. Boo. But, for our Korean-based readers, the phone is Gingerbread-packed and pre-orders start on September 26th. No word on pricing yet.
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We've heard enough impressive specs thrown around on HTC's still not official Vigor smartphone to gain a fair chunk of interest in what the Vigor is all about and when it's coming. A fresh couple reports help give us a better idea with one such report even including a leaked press image of the phone.
Latest word indicates the phone will feature a 4.3-inch 1820 x 720 touchscreen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of memory, 16GB storage, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, Beats & Audio enhancements and not forgetting the kitchen sink, LTE support too.
A separate report also gives potential signage to the phone being rebranded as the DROID Incredible HD before gracing us within the first half of October. Albeit sources are also giving indication of a possible unveiling for the "Vigor" next week - September 20th to be exact.