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Japan Display Inc. (JDI) and MediaTek are working together to provide the market with 120Hz-capable mobile displays that will see ultra-smooth gaming on mobile devices, but the smartphones that will house these new super-fast displays will be chewing down some serious battery life, too.
With most flagship smartphones, we have 50Hz or 60Hz displays, which is absolutely fine for most video playback, gaming and everything else you throw at it. But for the next-generation of mobile games, and in my opinion virtual reality headsets, 120Hz is vital. MediaTek's MT6596 and MT6795 system-on-chips are both capable of 120FPS.
Jeffrey Ju, General Manager of the MediaTek Smartphone Business Unit said: "120Hz mobile displays are not only a pleasure to view and use, but they also ensure mobile users can see every aspect of detailed screen action with the maximum possible fluidity. We are pleased to have partnered with Japan Display to revolutionize the mobile experience for consumers to experience premium technology". I think we've just seen the future of VR displays unveiled, and I would be confident in saying that this is the type of display that Oculus VR is waiting for its Rift CV1 (Consumer Version 1) headset.
Apple and IBM have teamed up to help bring iPhone smartphones and iPad tablets into the consumer workplace, with the former rivals also creating almost 100 enterprise mobile applications. Both companies will team up on data analysis, mobile technology development, and cloud computing, providing both the iPhone and iPad enhanced corporate offerings.
IBM once manufactured its own PCs, but after selling the PC unit to Lenovo in 2005, transitioned to B2B software and IT support. Apple is best known for its iPhone and iPad mobile devices, and wants to generate new revenue by selling products directly to consumers - and avoid potential "bring your own device" problems.
"In '84, we were competitors," said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a joint statement with IBM. "In 2014, I don't think you can find two more complementary companies. This is a really landmark deal."
VIA has launched its 10.1" Viega tablet, designed for business and enterprise users that need a durable tablet for use out in the field. Mobility is increasingly important for many businesses, but trying to take an Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab, for example, is risky business in factories, on job sites, and other locations where it could be damaged.
The tablet features a 1.2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 chip, 1GB DDR3 DRAM, Mali-400 DP GPU, and 16GB eMMC flash that powers a 10.1" LED blacklit screen. The tablet also has a micro SIM and micro SD card slot, 2 USB micro USB ports, 1 micro HDMI-output, along with an optional 2-megapixel front and 5-megapixel rear camera. The tablet runs Google Android 4.2, and can be customized based on customer needs. VIA also included Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC connectivity support for its Viega tablet.
"As more and more enterprises seek to increase productivity and improve customer service by equipping their staff with mobile devices, they are quickly learning that it is critically important to deploy customized solutions built to withstand the demands of their target environments rather than standard off-the-shelf products," said Epan Wu, VIA Embedded Platform Division head, in a statement. "With its rugged design, enhanced security features, and customization support, the VIA Viega addresses this need and provides the longevity support that enterprise level customers require."
According to some news from the BBC, NVIDIA's upcoming refreshed Shield device might be capable of playing both Android and high-end PC games. In order to play high-end PC games, the new Shield would be linked up to a GeForce-powered PC, similar to how existing Shield's currently work.
The new Shield will reportedly have a cheap controller made available as a separate add-on, something that would make it a bit more accessible to gamers. It looks like we should expect NVIDIA's more-than-capable Tegra K1 chip to be powering the new portable gaming powerhouse, with an NVIDIA spokesperson claiming that the launch will take place soon for an "awesome new gaming product".
One of the most popular devices that Samsung makes is the Galaxy Note smartphone. The Note is known for having a larger screen than most smartphones putting in into phablet territory, skirting the gap between smartphones and tablets. Some rumors about the next Galaxy Note are now making the rounds and those rumors suggest that the Note 4 will have a retinal scanner.
Adding a retinal scanner would take the security of the device a step further, Samsung currently makes wide use of fingerprint scanners on its high-end smartphones. The cool part about having a retinal scanner on the smartphone in the future would be the ability to unlock the device by looking at it.
Note 4 users might also be able to make purchases online by simply looking at the device. The iris scanner rumor got started with a tweet from the Samsung Exynos account that read: "Security can be improved using features unique to us.]" An image with that tweet has an eye on the screen hinting at retinal scanning.
We've been hearing whispers of a premium handset from Samsung for a while, something that would be a notch up from the company's Galaxy S5 smartphone. This premium handset has been known as the Galaxy F, until now.
Now we have South Korea's ETNews reporting that Samsung will launch this new smartphone under the new name of Galaxy Alpha, a name that is new to us, but it might launch as something else, too. We don't know what will be inside of the Galaxy Alpha, but we should expect some improved specs that will help Samsung battle Apple when it releases its iPhone 6 later this year.
If Samsung do announce or launch a new smartphone next month, it'll break the company's usual launch cycle. We usually see Samsung announce a new Galaxy S device in the first half of the year, which is followed by a new Galaxy Note in the second half of the year. Right now we have no idea what Samsung is going to do, but we can't complain about having this many options now, can we?
It looks like the bigger next-gen iPhone might not arrive this year, with Apple reportedly delaying the launch of its 5.5-inch iPhone 6 until 2015 as the company is having production issues. These issues aren't just exclusive to the larger iPhone 6, but the 4.7-inch version, too.
According to a KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo (who is usually pretty spot on with Apple-related rumors): "Production bottlenecks on 4.7-inch iPhone 6 center on the yield rate of in-cell touch panel and metal casing. As in-cell touch panel becomes larger in size, the edge of the panel may become insensitive to touch. Meanwhile, under new manufacturing process for the iPhone 6 metal casing, color unevenness is an issue".
Kuo says that these problems are amplified with the 5.5-inch iPhone 5, with concerns centered on the new sapphire displays for the bigger iPhone. Kuo thinks that the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 might not launch this year, or if it does it'll be in extremely limited supply. If the 5.5-inch version is delayed until 2015, Kuo believes that Apple will cut the prices of the iPhone 5S and 5C when it launches the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 to keep customers happy.
It looks like Apple's upcoming next-generation iPhone 6 might feature the A8 processor from the company, something that would remain a dual-core design with a clock speed of 2GHz.
Apple's next-gen SoC will see an increase from the 1.3GHz clocked A7 processor found in the iPhone 5S and Retina iPad mini up to 2GHz for the next-gen iPhone 6. The A8 chip will be a 64-bit processor, manufactured on a 20nm process versus the 28nm-based silicon of the A7 chip. As for the manufacturers that Apple will use, the iPhone maker will split it between TSMC and Samsung.
Sony has been pushing into the smartphone market for a while now with its very well-built Xperia line of devices, but now we're hearing about the purported Xperia Z3, which looks like it might come with a slightly modified design.
The Xperia Z3 from these leaked photos looks a little different, which might make it slightly more comfortable in the hand thanks to its curved sides. We can see a magnetic connector, microSIM slot, microSD card slot, rounded power button, dedicated camera shutter button, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. We should expect the same water- and dust-resistant goodness from the previous Xperia smartphones, too.
On the rear, we have the incredible 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor, which was a real treat on the Xperia Z2. We should hopefully hear more about the Xperia Z3 at IFA 2014 later this year.
Samsung is on the offensive lately, taking a stab at Apple iPhone users calling them "wall huggers" but in its latest ad for the Galaxy Tab S, it takes a swipe at the iPad's inability of multitasking.
You can see in the first video a father and his baby, where the baby gets upset because the tablet is only capable of displaying one thing at once. But when the dad puts on a kids movie, the baby becomes happy - because the Galaxy Tab S can multitask, and do two jobs at once. The second advertisement, below, sees the Galaxy Tab S display (which is a 2560x1600 panel) versus the Retina display on the iPad Air (which runs a 2048x1536 display).
This ad concentrates on the Super AMOLED panel, where the iPad user can't see a character within a movie. But on the Super AMOLED-based Galaxy Tab S, that man appears in plain sight. The ads don't do much to convince customers to buy the Galaxy Tab S (well, to me anyway), but it's a good way to show that the Galaxy Tab S has some specs that punches right into the iPad category.