Looks like FindYogi have jumped the gun and listed 3 colours of the LG Nexus 5X alongside a spec break down ahead of the expected announcement on September 29th. According to the site four colours will be available, Amazon India, Charcoal Black, Ice Blue and Quartz White. Several features are listed as Unconfirmed however they make for interesting reading. USB C and fast charging are onboard however worryingly there is only selection for 16gb or 32gb and it appears there is 2Gb or RAM. The Indian Rupee to British pound conversion for the 32gb works out around £240 whilst the 32gb is £270.
Sim Support Single Sim, NaNo-SIM, GSM
Phone Weight 175 grams
Screen Size 5.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 Pixels, 424 ppi
Screen Type IPS
Touch Type Capacitive With Multitouch
Photo & Video
Camera Yes, 12.3 Megapixel
Flash Yes, LED flash
Front Camera Yes, 5.0 Megapixel
Video Recording Yes
Front Flash No
Operating System Android 6.0 – Marshmallow
Processor 1.8 GHz Quad Core Processor
Processor Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992, ARM Cortex A53
Additional Processor Dual Core ARM Cortex A57
RAM 2 GB
GPU (Graphics) Qualcomm Adreno 418
User Interface Pure Android
Battery 2700 mAh, Li-ion
Battery Standby Up to 300 Hours (3G)
Battery Talk Time Up to 17 Hours (3G)
Wi-Fi Yes, with Tethering
USB Connectivity Yes, USB Type-C Port
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support, GLONASS
Bluetooth Yes, v4.1
Support NFC Yes
External Display Connectivity Wifi Direct, DLNA
Internal Memory 16 GB or 32GB
Sensors Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, eCompass, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor
Quick Charging Yes
Additional Features Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology
The Huawei Google Nexus 6 also gets a look in at £350, there is much less information on the site and again the specs are unconfirmed.
Single Sim, GSM
Screen Size 5.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1440 x 2560 Pixels, 515 ppi
Screen Type IPS
Touch Type Capacitive With Multitouch
Operating System Android 6.0 – Marshmallow
RAM 3 GB
The Zing is the perfect Christmas gift, and is the new fashion wearable technology created by Cambridge based MvBii (pronounced Moo-Bee). On 23rd September the Zing goes ‘Live’ on Amazon to capture the Christmas market. At the same time you’re invited to a launch party at the Junction Theatre, Cambridge to see the Zing in action.
Zing combines the best features of a top line smartwatch, and offers more fun and interaction than a standard fitness tracker for an affordable price of £64.99. The product comes with a free app so you can enjoy all of its features.
One of the Zing’s most popular features is that you can visualise your activity over time, allowing people to become more mindful of how active they are without having to make a conscious effort to do so. The Zing acts as a remote for your smartphone, making it possible to take group selfies and change the music track you are listening to with a simple flick of the wrist.
When connected to the app, the Zing can also make use of Zing-ER messenger, where you can build closed and private friendship groups, and send animated messages by simply blowing on the Zing. There are games to play, and even a virtual coin toss to decide arguments!
Perfect for young people who do not want the distraction of a smartwatch, for mothers who want to keep active without counting calories, and for anyone who wants to keep in touch with friends and family without fuss, the Zing can be worn on your wrist, as a pendant, or in your pocket as a pebble.
Justin Pisani, founder, said: “Our company has all the right attributes to be a modern, hi-tech design and manufacturing business – speed, strong product design skill, a good network of global suppliers and lots of ideas. With wellbeing, we are particularly interested in helping communities, both young and old, to deal with the challenges of living with health or lifestyle issues.”
The Zing is available on Amazon, with a recommended retail price of £64.99. For further product information and details on where to buy, please visit www.mvbii.com
Parrot have a wide range of drones available and here we take a look at four of them. Each device has a particular twist on ability and it’s easy to see what this is. Whilst being designed for fun there are practical uses in Search and Rescue for each device. These device become more sophisticated every year and the flexibility is endless.
Air Drone 2.0
Parrot Bebop Drone produces the best flight performance ever seen in a leisure drone. The feather-weight ABS reinforced structure makes Parrot Bebop Drone robust and safe. In case of an emergency, the emergency function automatically stops the propellers and lands the drone. EPP hulls are included in the pack and ensure that indoor flights are safer
Discover Parrot Hydrofoil Drone, one of our second-generation Minidrones. The hydrofoil is a hybrid drone that uses its propellers to move on fresh water. Its nautical structure props the Hydrofoil Drone up 5 to 6 cm above the water, in a balanced manner. Fast and easy to pilot, it speeds up to 10kph (6.2 mph) on water. You can also fly your Minidrone for an incomparable piloting experience!
Jumping Night Buzz
Discover Parrot Jumping Night Drone, one of our second-generation Minidrones. Energetic, ultra-stable and easy to pilot, this astounding drone is equipped with two powerful LEDs for exploring in the dark. Be it at night or day, shed light on your path and get ready to perform incredible moves and create light and sounds effects with this animated Minidrone. Parrot Jumping Night Drone is a responsive Minidrone with a strong personality that rolls, rushes, zigzags, circles and makes quick turns. In a flash, it leaps up to 80 cm/2.5 feet in the air. It is a true explorer and can see everything, even the darkest places, thanks to its two headlights. You can record videos with sounds directly onto the internal memory. The embedded camera puts you at the heart of the action!
Amazon have given their Fire TV set-top box an overhaul, led by one feature missing from the recently added to a new Apple device: 4K. The new Fire TV adds support for 4K Ultra HD videos, letting you watch movies and TV shows at four times the resolution of 1080p video. And Fire TV owners will have plenty of 4K content to watch: All of Amazon’s original programming is offered in 4K and the Fire TV interface highlights movies available in 4K for your viewing pleasure. Amazon says it’s working on adding support for 4K streaming with Netflix content to Fire TV. Whilst the Fire TV looks the same on the outside, it’s entirely different on the inside. It features a quad-core 2.0 Ghz MediaTek CPU, a dedicated PowerVR GX6250 GPU, and 2GB of RAM under the hood. It connects to the internet through either an ethernet port or 802.11ac wireless. Unfortunately the unit retains the 8GB of internal storage however the annoyance is diluted a little by a the new microSD card slot or via a USB drive connected to its USB port. It has an HDMI port and still includes an optical audio port. The new Fire TV will retain the £79.99 price tag and can be pre-ordered now.
The new Fire TV comes with a new revised voice remote that no longer uses Bluetooth, but instead connects via WiFi direct which reduces latency and greatly improves battery life. There is also a new, much improved Fire TV Game Controller available separately for £39.99 which also uses WiFi direct for improved latency and battery life. The new game controller now features a microphone for voice commands and a headphone jack for private listening. Stateside there was an announcement of a Fire TV Gaming Bundle for $139.99 however this does not seem to be available on the UK site, perhaps an oversight. Amazon added voice-powered search in the first generation, this time around it is been expanded to app launching, navigation, and searches relating to a particular context like “New movies.”
Advanced features, not including the 4K, will roll out to the older model in due time.
Cutting a very familiar design the Archos Diamond Tab is a cheaper 8″ tablet with a few interesting aspects. It has a 7.9-inch 2,048×1,536 IPS touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front-facing unit, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and a 4,800 mAh battery. It’s powered by MediaTek’s MT8752 64-bit chipset boasting a 1.7 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU. Cat.4 LTE is in, with theoretical peak download speeds of up to 150Mbps, and you also get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. The tablet runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. Its dimensions are 202 x 134 x 7.8 mm, and it weighs 360g. The Archos Diamond Tab will become available in October for £179, which a great price!
One phone I haven’t stopped thinking about since leaving Berlin was the Archos Diamond S. This low end phone really sat out as one of the most accomplished devices at the show. The glass body was elegeant, the polish was high and the specs were not to be sniffed at. A 5-inch Super AMOLED screen with 720 x 1280 pixels catchs the eye. Powered by an octa-core, 64-bit MediaTek MT6753 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. On the glass-like back, the Diamond S has a 16 MP camera, while on the front you’ll find an 8 MP camera. Other features include LTE connectivity, dual SIM support, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable storage space, and a 2300 mAh battery. When you consider this is a £160 phone, you will probably hear very few complaints.
We have seen three new devices from Archos this year. Each one bringing something new to the table. This device is a lower end high end phone comprising of a good combination of tech inside a nicely designed body and priced at a very eye catching price. The Diamond Plus features a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 1.5GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6753 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and microSD expansion up to 32GB. It also comes with two SIM card slots, a 16MP rear-facing camera, an 8MP front camera, and a 2850mAh battery. The Diamond Plus will be available sometime in November for just £179.99.
The Huawei P8Max is a phablet device that combines high level specs into a gorgeous, sleek body. Running a Quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53, 6.8 inches 1080 x 1920 pixels display, 64 GB ROM, 3 GB RAM, 13 MP 4160 x 3120 pixel rear camera and 4360 mAh battery, there is a lot to like in the P8Max. It’s certainly suits the Luxurious Gold colouring and won’t have trouble catching the envious eye of anyone nearby.
For the last number of years televisions have been getting smarter and more technology has been added in to make a more attractive option for the consumer. Seen as something of a giant smartphone we have seen 3D displays, cameras and Skype integration, planners, social media taking a central position of the specifications list. Panasonic have been trying to keep up with the competition but developing a user friendly front end with an app system for their Viera range. This year it’s all change.
In a commendable effort Panasonic are focusing their expertise on picture quality and leaving other bells and whistles to 3rd parties. Announcing two Viera televisions at IFA 2015 in Berlin this year Panasonic are pushing to be second to none when it comes to image quality. A position they are easily going to achieve.
Roving around the competitions at IFA it seems a lot of the other companies are interesting in two things, 98” behemoths or degrading the quality of the previous model to make their new line look all the more impressive, some companies more obviously than others. Panasonic opted to hang their latest panel beside a top end master screen used by Hollywood professionals for precise colour representation. A … move however an impressive one as the screen holds up to the superior picture of the master screen and help illustrate just how close you can get to an uber expensive professional master screen for the living room.
Leaving the smart end of the TV’s front end to Mozilla and their delicious Firefox OS Panasonic have put all of their efforts into the screen technology and getting the most out of the panel. The result is a mesmerizing curved OLED 4K Pro display dubbed CZ950. This is a real step forward for Panasonic having moved away from the Plasma and into the OLED field. Working with veteran Hollywood colourist Mike Sowa Panasonic are confident they have gotten their palette as close to the director original intention as a display can.
hiding inside the beautiful panel chassis is the magic processor that makes it all possible, the 4K Studio Master Pro processor. This is the mastermind behind the picture representation on the panel. Combined with the tuning from Hollywood experts the panel to creates the best picture quality and colour palette.
OLED creates an amazing black level due to the lack of a back light. Each Organic pixel LED light up on it’s own allowing the processor to control each and every pixel leading to unparalleled colour reproduction. This is the first 4K television to have the THX 4K certification, meaing the boffin’s at George Lucas’s THX labs have applied over 600 tests for colour accuracy and the panel has passed.
To compliment the panel’s success Panasonic have gone the extra mile and designed a television that is beautiful when turned off. The rear of the panel is draped in a luxurious suede-like material called Alcantara. Additionally the screen is a mere few millimeters thick.
Panasonic Viera TX-65CZ950V is a sight to behold, combining amazing picture quality, stylish looks and a massive picture in a small footprint this is the high end TV people have been looking for an certainly deserves a place at the top of the league. We will see this in store on October in the UK with RRP of £7,999.