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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Samsung announces Gear S with 3G connectivity + Gear Circle headset

Samsung announced their latest smartwatch device "Gear S" featuring a curved display and 3G connectivity. The "Gear S" runs on Samsung operating system "Tizen" just like their previous smartwatches "Gear 2 and Gear Neo".

The curved display of the device measures 2 inches and a resolution of 360×480 pixels and not only as Samsung stepped up it's game by adding a 3G connectivity to the wearable device making it possible to receive notification and messages, and even make and receive calls without the need of a smartphone.The "Gear S" has "HERE" navigation which is provided by Nokia, as well as Spritz speed-reading. It also includes GPS sensors, an accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, UV detection, barometer and a heart rate monitor.

All these are powered by a dual-core 1.0 GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and 300mAh battery which according to Samsung can hold the Gear S up for up to 2 days of usage. Lastly the device is IP67 certified dust and water resistance.
Samsung is also launching the Gear Circle headset alongside the new wearable, which offers Bluetooth connectivity, as well as a vibration motor to provide silent notifications, and a mic for chatting as well as receiving voice commands.

The Gear S will be available starting in October, though pricing hasn’t been announced.
Samsung Gear S Product Specifications

900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G)
900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G)
2.0” Super AMOLED (360 x 480)
Dual core 1.0 GHz
Tizen based wearable platform
Codec: MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+
Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG
- 2G, 3G Call, Bluetooth Call
- Contacts, Notifications, Messages, Emails, QWERTY Keyboard
Health & Fitness:
- S Health, Nike+ Running
- Schedule, News, Navigation, Weather
- Music Player, Gallery
- S Voice, Find My Device, Power Saving Mode
IP67 Certified Dust and Water Resistant
Samsung Services
Samsung Gear Apps
WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS/Glonass
Bluetooth®: 4.1
USB: USB 2.0
Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate, Ambient Light, UV, Barometer
RAM: 512MB
Storage: 4GB Internal Memory
39.8 x 58.3 x 12.5T
300mAh Li-ion
Typical Usage 2days

Samsung Gear Circle Specifications​

12Φ Dynamic
Single MEMS
SBC, apt-X, Samsung HD
Smart Magnetic Clasp Control, Voice Notification, Sound Alive
Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0
BT Profile: HSP / HFP / A2DP / AVRCP
Multi Point Connection : Up to 8 BT connections, 2 BT devices at the same time
Connector: Micro USB (Charging only)
Magnetic Sensor (Hall IC), Touch Sensor
180mAh Li-ion (Standby 300h / Talk 11h / Play Time 9h)

Official LG G Watch R

LG's latest android wear smart watch is offical and according to LG "The G Watch R is the world’s first watch-style wearable device to feature a circular Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display which utilizes 100 percent of its watch face."
The device packs a 1.3 inches Plastic OLED display covering 100% of the watch's circular face which is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.
The G Watch R has a heart-rate monitor and a handful of health and fitness apps that should make the G Watch R a little more useful as a fitness tracker.

New Android Wearable First to Feature Full Circle P-OLED Display
SEOUL, Aug. 28, 2014 — Following the June release of one of the first-to-market wearable device powered by Android Wear™, LG Electronics (LG) is quickly expanding its wearable product offerings with the unveiling a new Android Wear device — the LG G Watch R at IFA 2014 in Berlin next week. The LG G Watch R is the world’s first watch-style wearable device to feature a circular Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display and utilizes 100 percent of its watch face.
The most eye-catching feature of the LG G Watch R is its 1.3-inch full circle P-OLED display that produces stunning image clarity even under bright sunlight and superb clarity when viewed from any angle. Powered by a powerful 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, the LG G Watch R offers 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM and a durable 410mAh battery. This Android Wear device will effortlessly run all compatible apps available in the Google Play Store and with an Ingress Protection Rating of IP67, the LG G Watch R is designed to run for up to 30 minutes in one meter of water.

With Android Wear™ at its core, the LG G Watch R delivers essential and relevant information exactly at the right time and place through voice recognition notifications. With a suite of LG health and fitness apps, users can also monitor their heartbeats with the support of the embedded photoplethysmograpgy (PPG) sensor. And the smart notifications provide users with important reminders of missed calls and messages, upcoming meetings, events, and local weather forecasts.
With an artisanal elegance, the LG G Watch R boasts a refined aesthetic that is reminiscent of traditional timepieces. Replete with a circular watch face, this elegantly crafted Android wearable has classic curves encased in a strong, durable stainless steel frame and carries a suite of watch faces that are accessible with a simple touch of the display.

Its interchangeable 22mm calf skin leather strap also complements its overall aesthetic, giving it an air of modern prestige.
“What we’ve noticed in the year of the wearable is that this is a category that can’t be compared to smartphones and tablets,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Wearables are also accessories and consumers will want more than one to choose from. So we wanted to complement the modern design of the original G Watch with the classic look of the G Watch R. Customers can’t go wrong with either device.”

The LG G Watch R will be available in key markets early in the fourth quarter of 2014. Prices and details of availability will be announced locally at the time of launch. Visitors to IFA can see LG G Watch R up close in Hall 11.2 of Messe Berlin from September 5-10.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Official Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung has just announced their latest "metal-edged", metal frame on the sides and a faux leather back similar to the Galaxy S5. The new device is calle "Galaxy Alpha" and packs a 4.7 inch HD Super AMOLED display of 720p resolution, an Exynos 5 Octa (four Cortex-A7 1.8GHz cores and four Cortex-A15 1.3GHz cores) processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (no micro-sd card slot). Also the device has a 12 mega-pixel rear camera and 2.1 mega-pixel front.
The flagship measures 132.4mm x 65.5mm x 6.7mm and weights 115g. It runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat and it comes with Samsung’s fingerprint sensor, heart-rate sensor and will be compatible with the Samsung Gear smartwatches.

The device will be available at the beginning of September but it’s not clear yet which markets will get the Galaxy Alpha except in UK where EE carrier confirmed it will have the device.

The Galaxy Alpha will be offered in black, white, gold, silver and blue.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Official Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro 6" 2k display

Lenovo Vibe Z2 is official  and features a 6" 2560 х 1440 pixel IPS display (2k) with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset quad-core Krait 400 clocked at 2.5GHz powered with Android 4.4. The flagship has 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU. The internal memory of the smartphone is 32GB and unfortunately it doesn't have an external microSD card slot.

The smartphone weighs 179 grams and it's made out of metal. It measures 156mm x 81.3mm х 7.7mm and packs a 4,000mAh battery.

On the back of the device there is a 16MP camera with optical image stabilization, dual LED and 4K video recording skills while the SIM card tray on the right-hand side accepts two micro-SIM cards (GSM + LTE).

The phone is said to launch in September in black, gold and white colours.  

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Xiaomi Mi 4 - Mi Band

Xiaomi have just announced their latest smart devices called the "Mi 4" and "Mi Band" in China.

"Xiaomi Mi 4" is the successor of their "Mi 3" smartphone flagship and it has the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with a quad-core 2.5GHz CPU, 3GB LP-DDR3 RAM and 16/64GB internal memory.

The device features a 5.0-inch, 1080p display from Sharp or JDI with One Glass Solution, a 13 megapixel rear camera and 8 megapixel front camera with stacked Sony CMOS sensor.

It packs a 3,080mAh battery and runs the latest MIUI 6 on top of Android KitKat.

The phone has a stainless steel frame around the sides and a plastic back cover that will be available in different finishes, such as wood, bamboo, marble, fabric, leather, etc.

The price for the smartphone is approximately at $320 for the 16GB model and $400 for the 64GB model. while the other device called "Xi Band" which is a fitness band will only cost $13.
Both device pre-orders will be available in China as early as July 29th.