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.
The Xperia Z range has always been on of the flaghip phones to consider the sleek build, Sony screen technology and high end specs are always enticing. The Z5 does not disappoint on paper nor in hand. Sony are keen to state their Snapdragon 810 avoids overheating issues by using a “dual-pipe” technology to avoid this common problem.
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64 bit processor
Screen: 5.2” Full HD 1080p IPS display
RAM: 3 GB
ROM: 32gb + microSD card up to 200gb
Battery: 2700 mAh
OS: Android 5.1
Camera: 23MP camera with Exmor RS, 4K video capture + 5MP with Exmor R
Networks: LTE (4G + Cat6)
Connections: USB 2.0 microUSB
Killer feature: IP65 / IP68 dust-tight & waterproof with a capless USB!
Lenovo have come up with an option for those Microsoft Surface Pro lovers out there who are finding it too expensive to justify. With prices starting around $700 the Miix 700 covers much of the same ground, without the killer i3, i5 and i7 processor options. Instead, Lenovo have chosen the Core M7 to keep things moving. An impressive hinge mechanism helps with some of the limitations of the Surface Pro’s read angle on the desktop and lap.
Processor: Intel Core M7 processor (the latest Skylake version)
Screen: 12” 2160 x 1440
RAM: 8 GB
ROM: up to 256 GB SSD + microSD card up to 128gb
Battery: Up to 9 hours
OS: Windows 10
Camera: Optional Real Sense 3D camera
Networks: Optional LTE
Connections: USB 2.0 microUSB
Killer feature: $700 is a lot less than a similarly specced Surface Pro 3
Lenovo has updated its line of signature Android tablets this year at IFA 2015 and announcing this Yoga Tab 3 8 inch version. This third incarnation of the Yoga tablet, known for the rounded chamber along on edge of the tablet, inherits many of the previous lines beloved quirks, alongside some new ideas. For example the kickstand is now push-button activated, allowing for a little one handed usage and Lenovo’s “AnyPen” technology that lets you interact with the screen using a writing implement.
A more modestly priced P1 has also been launched, the P1m. Sitting with a MediaTek MT6735P quad-core 1GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage with microSD card support there is a beautiful build quality to entice. The 8MP main camera looks well however the 4,000 mAh battery and some splash resistance will definitely increase anyone’s curiosity.
The gold variant of the Vibe P1 is identical to the other Vida P1, if a little more beautiful. The Lenovo Vibe P1 comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz, and backed by the Adreno 405 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. The head turning feature is a massive 5,000 mAh battery good for 87 hours of use.
The Lenovo Vibe P1 comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz, and backed by the Adreno 405 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. The head turning feature is a massive 5,000 mAh battery good for 87 hours of use.
Pushing quality on the selfie Lenovo are launching the Vibe S1. This device comes with a 5-inch IPS LCD display with an intense pixel density of 441 ppi. The S1 is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6752 processor, clocked at 1.7 GHz with 3 GB of RAM. 32 GB of internal storage alongside a microSD post. A 2,500 mAh battery powers. A rear camera is a 13 MP unit has a dual tone LED flash and on the front is the dual-front facing camera setup featuring an 8 MP unit backed by a 2 MP secondary camera specifically for depth information.