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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Official Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus and Apple Watch

iPhone 6 and 6 plus
Apple has finally unveiled their most anticipated device in two different versions this year. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus. The two models have different measurements as well as different displays. The "iPhone 6" measures 138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm and this time has a 4.7 inches Retina display with 1,334x750 pixels resolution (326ppi) while the "iPhone 6 plus" measures 158.1x77.8x7.1 mm and has a 5.5 inches Retina display with 1080x1920 pixels resolution (401ppi).
Both devices have an 8 mega-pixel camera sensor with dual-LED flash and 1.2 mega-pixel front facing camera as well as the same 64-bit Apple A8 processor which according to Apple boasts 50 percent faster graphics and a 25 percent faster CPU. The cpu is a dual-core clocked at 1.2 GHz. Also the new devices will run the latest operating system iOS 8 and both devices support NFC, something we see on other devices for a quite long time now.
The iPhone 6 has digital image stabilization, but if you want the optical image stabilization that many more premium phones are incorporating, you'll need to upgrade to the iPhone 6 Plus.
On the video site you'll be capturing 1080p HD video at either 30 or 60fps, with slow motion coming in at 120 or 240fps. Continuous autofocus while you're shooting video means that the camera will adjust as the subjects move around -- or as you do. You can shoot video in HDR mode as well.
The iPhone 6 will come with 1GB of RAM while the 6 plus with 2GB of RAM, both devices will be available in 16/64/128 GB of internal storage and not an external micro SD card slot.
No battery specification are yet given by Apple as they never get used to it.

Availability and prices
The iPhone 6 (and its 6 Plus sibling) will launch in eight countries on September 19, with pre-orders beginning September 12: UK, US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, and Singapore.

In the US, the 16GB version will sell for $199 on contract, but $100 more will get you a whopping 64GB for $299. Another $100 on top of that supersizes your storage to 128GB for $399. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and US Cellular will be among the first US carriers to sell the two new iPhones. T-Mobile and other carriers have not yet announced the off-contract price.

In the UK, you'll be able to buy the iPhone 6 for £539 for the 16GB model (£449.17 excluding VAT), £619 for the 64GB model (£515.83 ex VAT), and £699 for the 128GB version (£582.50 ex VAT). Networks include O2, Vodafone, EE, Three, GiffGaff, Virgin, and TalkMobile.

Australians will pay AUD$869 for the 16GB model, AUD$999 for 64GB, and AUD$1,129 for the 128GB version through Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, and other carriers.

Apple Watch
Apple showed a smartwatch with their turn like all the other companies and they called it "Apple Watch" and will be available in early 2015 starting at $349 in the US (around £220).

Apple's first wearable device will come in two sizes (38mm and 42mm) in three "collections," including a more durable Sport model and a high-end Apple Watch Edition, which is finished in 18K gold. Six different bands will be available, some in multiple color options.

All the watches have touch-screen displays and come equipped with a flexible Retina Display (with laminated crystal of sapphire), a "digital crown," along with infrared LEDs and photo diodes that take your pulse and "turn movement into data." Apple calls it a "comprehensive health and fitness device."
The watch runs on a brand-new S1 processor, is equipped with a gyro accelerometer and can piggyback off the Wi-Fi and GPS on your phone.

Like the iPhone 6, the Apple Watch has NFC and Apple was showing how the device could make mobile payments.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Official Moto X, Moto G, Moto Hint (2014) and Moto 360 goes up for sale

It's a new day in Chicago and it's Motorola's turn to show of their latest smart-devices, upgrading last year's line Moto X, and Moto G and also announcing a new sleek bluetooth earpiece accessory Moto Hint.
Motorola decided to keep the same names for the new devices as well as the low prices having $500 for the Moto X, $180 for the Moto G and $150 for their new device Moto Hint. Moto X is already for sale in UK for £420/16GB and £460/32GB while you have the options to change some thing on the phone that will be discussed later on. The Moto G prices start at £145. Also Moto G is on sale from today 5th of Sept. for $250 in the US.
Moto X
This year's Moto X has upgraded specs in order to keep up with the other companies devices and a larger screen. The new device measures 72.4mm x 140.8mm x 3.8-9.9mm and packs a 5.2 inches of 1080x1920 pixels resolution (423ppi) with HD AMOLED display. The back of the device has 13 mega-pixel camera with added software tweaks by Motorola and also capabilities of capturing 4K videos. The internal of the device now packs a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, 2GB of RAM, and 2,300mAh battery. The Moto X will released in 16 and 32GB of internal storage (no micro-SD) and will run pure Android 4.4.4 KitKat out of the box with wake-up commands and voice commands. Lastly, Motorola gives you the freedom to design the device the way you like through the Moto Makeer website by choosing 25 different backplate colors and finishes with real wood backplates e.g. (bamboo, teak, walnut, ebony) while there are also natural colors such us black, cognac and navy colors we well as leather.

Moto G
The "second generation" Moto G that was shown in Chicago's press event has also upgraded specs and a bigger screen. This year's Moto G measures (141.5 x 70.7 x 11mm) and has a 5 inches screen with 720x1280 resolution (294ppi from last year's 329ppi). Under the hood there is a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, a 450MHz Adreno 305 GPU, and a 2,070mAh battery. The device comes in 8GB and 16GB of internal storage and there is also a micro-SD card slot supporting additional storage of up to 32GB. The rear facing camera is 8 mega-pixel and front 2 mega-pixels for the front facing. Again this device will run on pure Android 4.4 and will be upgradable in the future.
Moto Hint
A capacitive touch bluetooth earpiece of $150 which turns on once you put it in your ear with it's IR sensor and turns off once you take it of is ready to receive calls through your phone (works with any bluetooth enabled device). The earpiece comes in a carrying case which is also a battery charger helping you getting up to 13.5 hours of usage out of the device.

Source of pictures: cnet,com, The Verge, GSMArena

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Samsung's 105-inch bendable Smart-TV

A curved and bendable TV was announced by Samsung this morning at IFA 2014 in Berlin. The massive Smart-TV from Samsung is 105 inches (104.6" actually) UHD with 21:9 aspect ration and 4K resolution (5120x2160) which is 4 times the resolution of a full HD display. Also according to the Korean company the display can bend from curved to flat. Additional the Smart-TV has 4 HDMI ports and it is capable of showing 3D image. 

The color of the Smart-TV is black/chrome silver and the bezel measures 0.3".




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Sony Z3, Z3 Compact, SmartBand and SmartWatch 3

Sony with their turn revealed two new smartphones, a fitness smartband and a smartwatch. Lets start with the Z3 device first as it packs a 5.2 inches 1920x1080 pixel display, a 20.7 mega-pixel rear camera with high-ISO sensor and 25mm wide angle lens and 2.2 mega-pixel front facing camera.
The device is powered by a Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor which is clocked at 2.5GHz and 3GB of RAM. It's internal storage is either 16GB or 32GB with the option of a microSD card slot which takes memories up to 128GB. The Z3 measures 146mm(L) x 72mm(W) x 7.3mm(H) and weights 163g.
Z3 Compact has the same specs as the Z3 smartphone but with 4.6 inches display and 1280x720 pixels resolution. No prices or launch dates were mentioned yet by Sony.

The smartwach 3 is the first smartwatch from Sony which runs on Android Wear OS and has a 1.6 inches 320x320 display. Also the device is IP68 certified which means it's waterproof, a microUSB and has 4GB of internal storage. The device has it's own GPS sensor as well as an accelerometer, a compass and a gyroscope. 

SmartBand is a life logging device which combines activity tracking with other features such as making and receive calls and has an ARM Cortex-M4 32bit processor with 2MB of flash memory. The device has a 1.4 inches black and white display and also it is IP68 waterproof and dustproof. The SmartBand can connect to any device running Android 4.4 and above via NFC and Bluetooth.
The price for the SmartBand is at 160 euros and will be launch later on this year in four different colors.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung not only announced "Note 4" but also showed another version of the Note called "Note Edge" with a curved display at the right hand side. 
Firstly the Note Edge has the same specs as the "Note 4", it has the same metallic design, the same soft-touch back cover, same 16-megapixel camera, heart-rate monitor, processor, memory, software, Multi-Window feature (two apps split screen) and also a high-end powerful device with the same QHD display of 2560 x 1440 pixels although it is 0.1 inch smaller at 5.6 inches.
The curved part of the display's default usage is as a quick launcher with easy access to a bunch of your most-used applications. There are also number of widgets which let you go through news or tweets and other information. All these works without the need of interrupting the main screen. Other use of the edge is it's acting as a toolbar, offering easy access to menus or camera modes and other application settings. it can also be an alarm at night by displaying the time on the side of the phone so you can see it without touching the device. 

Head over at "The Verge" for more high quality images of the device.