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By September 5, 2016 Read More →

Alcatel POP 4 (10) LTE Tablet Debuts

b278888TCL Communication is proud to announce a new addition to the Alcatel POP 4 series: the Alcatel POP 4 (10) LTE tablet, a lightweight, sturdy and stylish device, with a powerful processor offering ultra-fast 4G LTE connectivity and advanced audio enhancements to create an immersive audio-visual entertainment experience for music and movie lovers.

 

The new Alcatel POP 4 tablet offers both style and substance, with a sleek profile and premium metallic design details,” says Vittorio Di Mauro, Vice President & General Manager of Smart Connectivity Division. “It doesn’t skimp on performance either, with a powerful chipset and 4G connectivity”.

 

A Powerful Processor to Enable Super-Fast Connectivity

Network connectivity is essential for the connected generation to enjoy the latest entertainment. Powered by the new generation of LTE processors, the tablet is great for streaming movies in hi-definition, playing the hottest games and enjoying super-fast download speeds.

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Immersive Audio-Visual Experience

The POP 4 tablet integrates a gorgeous IPS full lamination display in Full HD. In addition to the wafer-thin display, the company also teamed up with Waves to add MaxxAudio® to optimize the tablet’s audio quality. The dual front speakers by Waves MaxxAudio® deliver the best performance for your multimedia experience in music, movies, gaming and more. “Auto select” technology automatically detects content type or music genres and reacts with the right optimization setup with pro studio-level processors imagined by mastering audio engineers.

 

Waves is at the forefront of providing innovative intelligent audio technology, which has become an essential feature in gadgets. We are committed to developing advanced audio enhancement tools to make the most out of latest content and devices. With MaxxAudio® on Alcatel POP 4, users are able to enjoy a superior and elevated sonic experience that goes beyond their expectation,” says Jack Joseph Puig, a multi-platinum GRAMMY® Award-winning record producer/mixer and Head of Global Marketing, Waves Consumer Division.

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The Alcatel POP 4 tablet is the perfect portable companion for the connected generation to enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience. The device will be available in Europe from October onwards.

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By September 1, 2016 Read More →

Huawei debuts the Nova, Nova Plus and MediaPad M3 tablet

gsmarena_015Huawei unveiled the Nova and Nova Plus at IFA today alongside a 8.4-inch MediaPad M3 tablet. Rather than throwing all their wares into another couple of devices Huawei have wisely settled the  Nova and Nova Plus in the mid-range arena, offering an 8MP front camera and a 12MP rear shooter (16MP on the Nova Plus) with large 1.25 μm pixel size.

 

The Nova takes some design flourishes from the Nexus 6P, looking like a little brother. A 5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display covers a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 12MP camera, 8MP front facer, USB-C conneciton and a handsome 3025mAh battery. The larger Nova Plus mirrors much of the Nova save for a larger 5.5-inch Full HD display, a 16MP rear camera and even handsomer 3340mAh battery. Huawei’s impressive fingerprint sensors rule the day, and EMUI 4.1 atop of Android 6.0 Marshmallow keeps things moving.

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The MediaPad M3 tablet offers generous 8.4-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 950 SoC that we recently saw in the Honor 8, 8MP front and rear cameras, 4GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB or storage and a 5100mAh battery. Again EMUI 4.1 covers Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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The Nova will be priced at €399. The Nova Plus sits at €429 and the MediaPad M3 ranges from €349 to €449 depending on storage and LTE options

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By September 1, 2016 Read More →

Smart lighting for the smart home

c01-a66-pulse-solo-20141113.960_0Sengled, a leading manufacturer of innovative smart lighting solutions for the smart home, is announcing another new product at the IFA International Consumer Electronics Show. The Sengled Everbright combines an energy-efficient LED lamp with an integrated emergency light. In the event of a power outage or defective fuses, the new LED provides up to three and a half hours of light. This is possible thanks to the integrated rechargeable battery which is constantly charged during regular use.

It lights when others fail. The Sengled Everbright comes up trumps when conventional bulbs stop working and only a search for a torch, candles or a lighter can light up the dark. Equipped with an integrated rechargeable battery (capacity: 900 mAh), the innovative bulb will provide light for up to three and a half hours when the power supply has been cut. The Sengled Everbright can help to find the problematic fuse box, serve as a back-up on construction sites or guide you out into a safe open space in an emergency.

The Sengled Everbright is based on a very simple principle: The rechargeable battery is integrated into the housing of the LED light and is charged via a conventional E27 socket. With a regular power supply, the bulb provides light with a brightness of 500 lumens. In the event of a power outage, the Sengled Everbright automatically reduces its brightness to 300 lumens. This enables the lamp to save precious energy and delivers more than three hours of self-sufficient lighting.

The Sengled Everbright is incredibly easy to install and use: The LED is inserted into a standard socket just like a normal light bulb and can be used to replace obsolete light bulbs. The smart bulb can now be operated as usual via the light switch with no need to control it via an app. The LED can also independently distinguish between the power being turned off via the light switch and an actual power outage.

In addition to the extra security and comfort it offers, the Sengled Everbright also enhances users’ energy footprint: It has a lifespan of around 25,000 hours and when compared to a 40-watt light bulb of similar brightness, it consumes just 9 watts of power.

Price and availability

The Sengled Everbright will celebrate its premiere at IFA 2016 and is expected to be commercially available from November 2016. The recommended retail price is 19.90 EUR.

By September 1, 2016 Read More →

Archos Drone launches

drone_liftoff.0.0Archos has unveiled the ARCHOS Drone. Demonstrated later this week at IFA 2016, available in October 2016, this ready-to-fly little machine has an altitude of up to 50 meters at a speed that can reach 7.7 m/s during at least 7 minutes, for pure fun or exciting HD footage that isn’t possible any other way. Thanks to its dedicated Controller or the Remote App, available on the Google Play Store and Apple iTunes Store, the ARCHOS Drone will satisfy beginners willing to gawk at the world’s beauty, for £79.99 (UK).

The ARCHOS Drone is light (135 g) and robust, with its eight propellers (four spares), two landing gears, and four protection guards. It offers great maneuverability and its propellers are even replaceable in case of damages, which is particularly suitable to newbies.

With its 6 axis gyroscope and its accelerometer, it features all functions for a nice flight, inside or outside: take off, landing, altitude hold, 360° flip, speed selection and headless mode. It has a number of automated flying procedures as well as an emergency button in case something goes wrong, making the device less intimidating. In addition, its bunch of LED lights allows night sessions.

The ARCHOS Drone achieves burst speeds of 7.7 m/s horizontally and 1.6 m/s vertically. It reaches its maximum speed in a few seconds and raises an altitude of up to 50 meters very fast.

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Its 1 MP built-in camera is a real attraction. It takes all kinds of aerial videos, coming in an HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels that can be stored in its 4 GB’s Micro SD card (included) and, even better, broadcasts in real time on a smartphone.

It flies during a session from 7 to 9 minutes, making it the ideal companion for beginners. Spare batteries will also be available for purchase for the ones who wish to become drones enthusiasts.

The ARCHOS Drone comes with its own Controller, enabling a dedicated WiFi liaison and ensuring a perfectly stable connection. It can also be easily conducted with the ARCHOS Drone Remote app preloaded on a smartphone running Google Android 2.2 and later or Apple iOS 5.1.1 and later.

The ARCHOS Drone will be exhibited on ARCHOS’s booth at IFA 2016 (Hall 25, Booth 206). It will be available for purchase in October 2016 on www.archos.com and through its distribution’s channel worldwide for £79.99 (UK).

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By August 31, 2016 Read More →

New USB-C and MacBook adapters from ADAM elements

1500xR_RG128_02The new exquisitely designed USB-C flash drive ROMA and the premium USB adapter and cable series CASA, which ADAM elements showcased at CES at the beginning of the year, are now all available. Users of the latest MacBook will be excited to hear that the elegantly designed ROMA has not only got an additional colour to choose from with the all-new rose gold – its capacity has also doubled with the 128 GB model.

With the rapidly growing number of hardware manufacturers including USB-C ports in their new devices there is no further proof needed to safely say that USB-C is a major connector standard of the future. ADAM elements has sensed this trend early and is offering two USB-C series of uniquely designed and high-performance premium accessories, especially targeted at MacBook users.

ROMA – high-speed dual USB-C/USB 3.1 flash drive
ROMA comes with both a USB-C connector and a standard USB-A plug, which can be easily swivelled around. Users can store data from e.g. their latest USB-C-only MacBook and share them with other USB-C devices, such as the Chromebook Pixel or, thanks to the standard USB-A connector, with older USB devices. On both ends, ROMA boasts high-end USB 3.1 transfer speeds of up to 130 MB/s. Besides the already available gold and space grey colour options, ROMA now also sports an all-new rose gold casing. The premium flash drive is available now with capacities of 64 GB or 128 GB as well as three different colour options. It can be ordered directly from the worldwide ADAM Store (www.adamelements.com/store) or purchased from selected European retailers. The MSRP are as follows:

ROMA 64 GB: £ 39
ROMA 128 GB: £ 79

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CASA – premium adapters for every occasion
The CASA line adds a whole new level of comfort and functionality to MacBooks. USB-A-to-USB-C adapters, for example, allow users to hook up a mouse, keyboard, printer or any other peripheral with a standard USB-A connector. HDMI and VGA adapters for USB-C, on the other hand, are perfect for connecting computer monitors, TVs or projectors. The HDMI adapter even supports audio output and 3840 × 2160 video resolutions – that’s 4K UHD. The 2-metre long USB-C-to-USB-C cable hooks up the MacBook to its power adapter or to any other USB-C devices, such as external hard drives. Even selected smartphones become part of the act, with battery charging and data transfers of up to 480 Mbps. CASA cables come in gold, space grey and an eye-catching flaming red.

The CASA display output adapters and USB-C-to-USB-C cables are available as of now, directly from the worldwide Adam Store (www.adamelements.com/store) and selected European retailers.
The MSRP are as follows:

USB-C to VGA adapter       (CASA V01, space grey/gold):                   £ 32.99
USB C to HDMI adapter     (CASA H01, space grey/gold):                  £ 34.99
USB-C to USB-A adapter   (CASA F13, space grey/gold):                   £ 14.99
USB-C to USB-C cable       (CASA B200, space grey/gold/red):         £ 18.99
USB-C to USB-A cable       (CASA M100, space grey/gold/red):         £ 17.99

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By August 31, 2016 Read More →

ARCHOS 55 Diamond Selfie announced

ARCHOS unveils today its ARCHOS 55 Diamond Selfie. Demonstrated later this week at IFA 2016, available in September 2016, this beautiful glass-to-glass model from the ARCHOS Diamond range offers an elegant casing, a 5.5 inch Full HD and full lamination screen, a selfie camera, a Qualcomm octo-core processor boosted by 4 GB of RAM / 64 GB of internal storage.

The ARCHOS 55 Diamond Selfie features Dragontrail reinforced glass and scratch resistant backside and metal details.

It sports a large 5.5 inch IPS Full HD screen, including the full lamination technology, with a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, providing its users with an extra-large immersion into their favorite multimedia, thanks to true color reproduction and optimum definition.

The ARCHOS 55 Diamond Selfie embeds two cameras: 16 MP with autofocus and LED flash on the back, 8 MP on the front, for great pictures and videos of best memories to have and share with family and friends. Equipped with a screen flash, the 8 MP front camera is the ideal companion for the ones addicted to selfies, even in difficult conditions.

Driven by an octo-core Qualcomm MSM8937 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 128 GB with a microSD card, it gives power to almost any highly demanding application or game available through the Google Play Store.

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The ARCHOS 55 Diamond Selfie offers a 4G/LTE connectivity, for super-fast downloads.

It is easily protected thanks to its fingerprint sensor, located on the backside of its casing. Under one second, the power is on and the smartphone is unlocked with one touch, offering an additional piece of security.

The ARCHOS 55 Diamond Selfie packs a 3000 mAh battery, to go through the entire day. It additionally features the Qualcomm Quick Charge technology to refill the battery faster than with conventional charging.

It runs Google Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) in its purest release, with complete access to the Google Play Store and its millions of apps.

Thanks to its gyroscope, the ARCHOS 55 Diamond Selfie can be used with VR glasses, to fly a drone, as well as to hunt Pokemons!

The ARCHOS 55 Diamond Selfie will be exhibited on ARCHOS’s booth at IFA 2016 (Hall 25, Booth 206). It will be available for purchase on www.archos.com and through its distribution’s channel worldwide in September 2016 for £199,90/$199,90.

A Lite version (with 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage) will also be available in October 2016 at a lower price: £169,90/$169,90.

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By August 31, 2016 Read More →

Philips Monitors present UltraColor, Curves and Pop-up Security

Pop-up cam lifestyle imageMMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, is introducing a series of innovations for business professionals and home users alike at IFA 2016 from 2 to 7 September in Berlin. With UltraColor technology and its wider gamut support, integrated e.g. in the slimmest monitor on the market, the latest 4K 40-inch curved display, displays with webcams that pop up only when needed, as well as the chance to preview forthcoming innovations, the Philips stand in Hall 22 is a deserved part of any tour of the show.

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Curved displays – and the largest 4K curved display on the market
Visitors to the Philips stand can experience fantastic focus with the 40-inch Brilliance Curved display, the largest 4K curved display on the market. This 40-inch screen which will be available to purchase in Q4, wraps around the line of vision to create more personal space and better concentration. Since viewers sit close to a desktop display, a curved screen creates a truly immersive working session. Viewing distances from the edges and centre of the screen are equal – so users need to turn their head less to see content at the edges, and can enjoy the best picture quality. The edge-to-edge glass and ultra-narrow border enhance this seamless appearance. Stefan Sommer, Director Marketing & Business Management at MMD, says “The new 40-inch curved display model testifies to our ongoing commitment to bringing advanced display experiences to users’ desks and living spaces. With 4K resolution, this new model offers fantastic clarity and space for multitasking.”

The 40-inch 4K model isn’t the only curved display on show: IFA visitors can also preview the forthcoming X7 Frameless 21:9 Curved display in 34-inch size. This height-adjustable ultra-slim display, with dazzling Quad HD resolution and integrated sound, is due for release later this year.

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UltraColor for true-to-life image
Bringing more accurate colour to home apps, where users have often been forced to compromise, the latest UltraColor displays take colour reproduction to new heights. Supporting a wider gamut – 85-95% of the NTSC gamut, depending on the specific model, as opposed to the typical 72% – UltraColor expands on the range of perceptible colours on the screen, creating true-to-life images with richer and more natural greens, reds and blues. With their accurate colour reproduction, UltraColor displays take the guesswork out of online shopping: people can see the true colour of the product before they click “buy”. UltraColor displays also give aspiring video makers, designers and photographers the certainty that their on-screen colours come close to real life. Stefan Sommer explains the background: “Unlike enhancements that work by tweaking software settings in order to adjust colour balance, UltraColor involves changing the actual chemistry in the panel and innovative adjustments to the composition of the colour chips.”

This innovative technology is featured in a number of the displays on show at IFA, including the new E-Line Displays, released this summer, as well as the slimmest monitors on the market – the C7 series, due out in Q4 2016. At IFA, the 24-inch model of the Ultra Slim FHD monitors will be shown. Despite its depth of only 5.2 mm, this model displays 90% of the NTSC gamut, features Flicker-free technology, a wide viewing angle and a frameless bezel design.

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Pop-up webcam makes life tough for camera hackers
Visitors wanting to beef up security in the office should look out for the first Philips display with a pop-up webcam. Thanks to the webcam that only pops up when it is needed, and is otherwise hidden in the display frame, the newly introduced 27-inch display blocks off a potential spyhole for hackers. The display is immediately available in the market.

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By August 27, 2016 Read More →

Archos 55 Helium range fashionable and powerful

archos_55heliumultra-large_05Archos unveils today its new ARCHOS Helium range, including the ARCHOS 55 Helium Ultra. Presented next week at IFA 2016, available from October 2016, this smartphone offers many possibilities at a wallet-friendly pricing.

The ARCHOS 55 Helium Ultra flaunts a quad-core Mediatek MT6737 chipset, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB internal storage. Launched in Dark Grey and Pearl White, it features a refined design and form factor.

It also packs a large 5.5-inch HD IPS screen and a display resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, making it comfortable for heavy multimedia users to view their favorite content.

Along with a microSD card slot, to extend the internal storage up to 128 GB, the ARCHOS 55 Helium Ultra contains two SIM cards spaces and allows fast downloads thanks to their 4G/LTE connectivity. It is therefore the best companion for professional and personal uses.

It includes two cameras, 8 MP with autofocus and LED flash on the back, 2 MP on the front, to catch and share what is necessary.

With its 2700 mAh removable battery, the ARCHOS 55 Helium Ultra easily gets through an entire day without needing to be charged.

The ARCHOS 55 Helium Ultra runs Google Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) in its purest version.

As of today, a Lite version, the ARCHOS 55 Helium, with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage in Pearl White, is available on the company’s website

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In view of the success ARCHOS continually meets with colourful smartphones and back casings, such as with the Yellow ARCHOS 50 Diamond or with the Pink and Blue back casings that came with the 50c Platinum, a third version of the ARCHOS 55 Helium will be commercialized: the ARCHOS 55 Helium 4 Seasons. This smartphone doesn’t differentiate itself with its interior; it has the same technical specifications as the ARCHOS 55 Helium, but with its four interchangeable back casings: Blooming Gold, Blazing Yellow, Autumn Woodland and Frosted Grey allowing for a change of style and color at a moment’s notice.

On top of all uses provided by Google Android and its Google Play Store, the three models offer elaborate functionalities:

  • Smart Gesture, to control the phone and make it take various actions to save time and keep things simple, through a defined motion.
  • HotKnot, to transfer content from/to another device by simply having them in close proximity.
  • Turbo Download, to run simultaneously 4G and WiFi connections as a super pipe and to download large files much faster.

The ARCHOS 55 Helium, ARCHOS 55 Helium Ultra and ARCHOS 55 Helium 4 Seasons will be exhibited on ARCHOS’s booth at IFA 2016 (Hall 25, Booth 206). They will be available for purchase on www.archos.com and through its distribution’s channel worldwide starting at £89.00

  • ARCHOS 55 Helium (1 GB RAM / 16 GB of internal storage): £89.00 in September 2016
  • ARCHOS 55 Helium Ultra (3 GB RAM / 32 GB of internal storage): £119.00 in October 2016
  • ARCHOS 55 Helium 4 Seasons (1 GB RAM / 16 GB of internal storage / 4 back casings): £100 in October 2016
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By August 27, 2016 Read More →

Archos 50f Helium arrives affordable and powerful

archos_50fhelium-large_03ARCHOS unveils today its ARCHOS 50f Helium. Demonstrated next week at IFA 2016, available in October 2016, this model places itself as the legacy product of the Helium range. It combines an HD screen, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, 4G/LTE connectivity, a fingerprint sensor, runs on Google Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), all in an elegant package for an affordable price.

The ARCHOS 50f Helium features a premium design, with rounded edges and metal finishes.

Common on high-end products, ARCHOS has chosen to include a fingerprint sensor on a budget friendly smartphone. Located on the backside, the sensor allows for an ease of use by unlocking the smartphone in just one second.

It sports a 5-inch IPS HD screen with a display resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, for accurate colour reproduction and large viewing angles.

The ARCHOS 50f Helium offers a 4G/LTE connectivity, providing fast speeds especially for multimedia content downloads.

It is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chip and 2 GB of RAM. It has 32 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 128 GB with a microSD card.

It includes two cameras: 8 MP with autofocus and LED flash on the back, 2 MP at the front, to benefit from all the essentials in terms of photo and video.

The ARCHOS 50f Helium packs a 2000 mAh removable battery.

This wallet-friendly smartphone runs Google Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) in its purest form, with fancy functionalities:

  • Google Now, with its focus on “context” and its improved digital assistant, for a better understanding of where the user is and what he/she will need to know as a result.
  • Customisable lock screen message, a new textbox that is the perfect place for motivational quotes, important reminders, name tags and much more.
  • Doze, that uses motion sensors to detect when the smartphone is not moving, enters automatically in a deep sleep, stopping all non-essential tasks such as Wi-Fi, syncs and jobs until the handset starts moving again, optimising drastically the battery life.

It gives a complete access to the Google Play Store and its millions of apps.

A Lite version, with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB of internal storage, will also be available at a lower price.

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By August 25, 2016 Read More →

vMall offering gifts as it turns one

downloadvMall, Honor’s officially licensed online store, is celebrating its one-year anniversary. Enabling customers to get products right off the manufacturer’s production line and benefit from fantastic promotions, vMall is the go-to destination for online shoppers who want to get the latest flagship device, the new Honor 8 (£369.99).

To add to this, the online store has now also unveiled a plethora of gifts for its loyal and prospective digital native customers in celebration of the launch. With every Honor 8 purchase, customers will receive a free anniversary package – each totaling up to £86 – for free!

The vMall anniversary package is an amazing offer, with a range of vouchers to choose from giving you access to other exciting products.

Honor has partnered with several companies, such as Deezer and Car2Go, to bring its customers the most value. Redeem a Gameloft voucher for £43 and get all the extras you always wanted! On top of that, the first 2,000 customers to buy between the 08/24 and the 08/31 will get a 3-month full damage insurance package, also for free, as well.

The Honor 8 device is the brand’s new ground-breaking flagship, with superior features that include a glass back and front, a special dual camera enabling high quality photos even in dark environments and a super-fast, but energy-saving, Kirin octa-core CPU. It will be exclusively sold in the first weeks through vMall from 24 August.

Honor is calling on all digital natives to vMall buy an Honor 8 and get an anniversary package while stocks last.

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