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Xperia Z – Promo Video


Xperia Z


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Alcatel Unveils One Touch Evo 7 HD Tablet and More

Alcatel_One_TouchAlcatel just announced new 5-inch Android phablets yesterday, but they apparently are not done there. They also announced their new One Touch Evo 7 HD Android tablet, and a new Evo 7 tablet with optional 3G modem. Here’s a quote with the details,


At $179 the Evo 7 HD has a 7-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels, a dual-core 1.6GHz processor backed by 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. There is also a microSD card slot, a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, and it runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). The competitively priced basic model also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, but intriguingly you can opt to pay out $249 for a model with a removable 3G module, or $349 for a 4G module.
The plain Evo 7 is the same size, but it only has a 1024×600 pixel resolution touchscreen, a single-core 1GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, and it runs Android 4 (ICS). It also lacks the rear-facing camera of its big brother, but otherwise looks much the same. The optional module for it is 3G only.
In addition to being able to take the 3G module out you can try a range of colorful frames. We’re not entirely clear on why you would want to remove the cellular data module. In any case the Evo 7 HD is due to hit the U.S. in May, but we don’t know when the Europe-bound Evo 7 will be landing or what it will cost.

It’s interesting to see how many companies are trying to stake a claim for themselves in the Android tablet landscape. Only time will tell which ones rise to the top.

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NVIDIA Gaming Bombshell

project-shield-controller-topNVIDIA shared their new Tegra 4 mobile powerhouse chip at CES, and although this is a very exciting new development, it was not unexpected. In fact, we new (and shared) that it was coming out at CES several weeks ago. However, NVIDIA wasn’t done sharing new tech. In fact, the second bit of news they shared turned out to be a huge bombshell.

Apparently, NVIDIA has been developing a new product called Project Shield that is a new Android-based handheld portable gaming console. This new portable gaming device includes a console-style controller with built-in speakers, a 5-inch flipping display powered by the new Tegra 4 processor, and can actually stream games to your HDTV wirelessly.

Additionally, it will come stock with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and supposedly provide up to 38 hours of gaming before needing to recharge the batteries. Lastly, the device goes a step further than that, and can actually be used to stream your PC games (provided they match certain specs) wirelessly to your HDTV, and this is all done through your PC’s Steam account.

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Lenovo and a 27" Tablet

lenovotabHere’s a piece of hardware that will certainly grab your attention. How does a 27" Tablet weighing in at a hefty 17 lbs sound? Yes, you read that right, Lenovo is going to be announcing a Coblet (Computer/Tablet) called the Horizon this week at CES 2013 that features a gigantic 27" full HD multi-touch display (16 by 9 aspect ratio) that runs Windows 8 and features a third-generation Core i7 processor with NVIDIA GeForce graphics. With customized games from Ubisoft and EA, and compatibility with joysticks and other accessories, Lenovo is clearly looking to appeal to the hardcore gaming crowd as well.

When the "tablet PC" goes on sale this summer, the price for this beast is going to drain your bank account with it’s walloping $1,700 price tag. At that price and size we are not entirely sold – no pun intended – on the idea that will attract a lot of consumers, so we want to hear from you. What, if anything, is a deal breaker for you with this "tablet PC"?

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By January 8, 2013 Read More →

Sony announce their new Android flagship smartphone – the Xperia Z

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It looks like the leaks were correct – Sony has tonight announced the Xperia Z over at CES in Las Vegas. The new Android flagship is packing some great specs the device could bridge the gap between Sony, HTC and Samsung.

With a 5″ Full HD 1080p Reality Display, Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 13 megapixel fast-capture camera, 4G LTE, water and dust resistant durable glass display, the Xperia Z will launch in the UK in Q1 2013.

You can catch the full press release below. This one looks a real beauty.




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By January 7, 2013 Read More →

Huawei announce two large Android devices – one so big it’s tablet size!

huawei-logoHuawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today launched the smartphone with the largest screen in the world, the HUAWEI Ascend Mate, at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The HUAWEI Ascend Mate features a huge 6.1-inch HD display, a 1.5 GHz Hi-Silicon quad-core processor and a 4050 mAh battery. Together with Huawei’s proprietary Quick Power Control (QPC) and Automated Discontinuous Reception (ADRX) battery efficiency technology and fast sharing technology, the HUAWEI Ascend Mate is proof that bigger is better.

“The HUAWEI Ascend Mate breaks barriers to deliver a supercharged entertainment, communication and creative experience for all your personal and professional needs,” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “The HUAWEI Ascend Mate is an industry-leading smartphone and showcases our innovation as we continue to make great technology available to more people globally.”

HUAWEI Ascend Mate has a screen-to-body ratio of 73% – the highest in the industry – which maximises your viewing pleasure for emails, documents, video or games. The 6.1-inch HD IPS+ LCD screen has a resolution of 1280 x 720 for unsurpassed clarity and colour accuracy, and ‘Magic Touch’ which provides enhanced screen responsiveness even with gloves. The Ascend Mate is slim and stylish, designed to fit comfortably in a single hand at just 6.5mm thin at its narrowest part.

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By January 7, 2013 Read More →

Samsung ATIV S Unboxing Video


The last of the ‘first’ batch of Windows Phone 8 has finally arrived. The Samsung ATIV S was delayed several times, but was it too late once the likes of Nokia and HTC had already released a couple of new Windows Phones each?

The ATIV S is a big phone, with a 4.8 inch screen, but due to its thickness and weight it doesn’t feel huge which impressed me. Its Super AMOLED touchscreen is quite beautiful and protected by Gorilla Glass you can at least hope a drop won’t damage the display.

Under the hood is a 1.5GHz dual-core processor which is more than enough to ensure the ATIV S is nippy. With the improvements in WP8, over WP7, the Samsung ATIV S looks to be a nice alternative to the other Windows devices on the market. Its build quality doesn’t feel as good, but as the Android market has proven – that doesn’t really mean anything.

You can catch the unboxing and hands on video below, along with the full specs of the ATIV S.

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NVIDIA Introduces World’s Fastest Mobile Processor


NVIDIA today introduced NVIDIA® Tegra® 4 , the world’s fastest mobile processor, with record-setting performance and battery life to flawlessly power smartphones and tablets, gaming devices, auto infotainment and navigation systems, and PCs. Tegra 4 offers exceptional graphics processing, with lightning-fast web browsing, stunning visuals and new camera capabilities through computational photography.

Previously codenamed "Wayne," Tegra 4 features 72 custom NVIDIA GeForce GPU cores – or six times the GPU horsepower of Tegra 3 – which deliver more realistic gaming experiences and higher resolution displays. It includes the first quad-core application of ARM’s most advanced CPU core, the Cortex-A15, which delivers 2.6x faster web browsing and breakthrough performance for apps.

Tegra 4 also enables worldwide 4G LTE voice and data support through an optional chipset, the fifth-generation NVIDIA Icera® i500 processor. More efficient and 40 percent the size of conventional modems, i500 delivers four times the processing capability of its predecessor.

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Samsung launches their ‘Dream the Blues’ campaign


Samsung Electronics today announced the launch of its ‘Dream the Blues’ campaign alongside Chelsea FC, providing youngsters with a once-in-a-lifetime football experience. The ‘Dream the Blues’ campaign, spanning eight countries across four continents, aims to encourage football-loving children, aged from nine to 13, to develop and achieve their football dreams. The initiative is an expansion of the Samsung-Chelsea FC Youth Football Camp programme, which has already benefited 5,000 children across the world since 2007.

Throughout the campaign, Samsung and Chelsea will visit youth football camps across the eight countries to provide training for local children to learn ‘The Chelsea Way’ from Chelsea Foundation coaches. From each of the local camps, the 16 most passionate participants will be selected to attend the Blues Camp in London to train and meet with the Chelsea players. The final camp will also offer successful participants the opportunity to build global friendships through football.

Applications will be given to Samsung Home Appliance customers in Mexico, Nigeria, Ghana, Republic of South Africa, China, Thailand, Brazil and Turkey. The campaign kicked off in Mexico on December 21, and local youth football camps will run in each country, ending in Turkey in April, 2013. The final Blues Camp will take place in London in May, 2013.

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By January 4, 2013 Read More →

ARCHOS TV connect – video

We posted last night about the ARCHOS TV connect, so to follow up here’s a quick demo video from them showing it in action.



The over-the-top box includes an HD camera for video calls and comes with the TV touch remote – letting you control Android on your TV exactly as you would your Android tablet or smartphone – zoom, tilt and rotate.


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