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Next-gen AMOLED display from AU Optronics

April 12, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

We recently previewed Samsung's upcoming AMOLED screen revolution that'll deliver QHD 2560 x 1440 pixel displays but Taiwanese company AU Optronics has piped up with their own screens, which will be with us sooner than the Samsung effort. Their showcase 5.7-inch screen boasts 513 pixels-per-inch, with a 6-inch version also on the way. Via engadget

Corning slims down with new super thin capacitive touchscreens

April 5, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

Corning has saved the screen of many a device with its tough Gorilla Glass - now they've teamed up with Atmel to create a new generation of ultra-thin capacitive touchscreens. The new technology combines the idea behind Atmel's XSense flexible touch sensors with 0.4mm damage-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. This combo could be at the fingertips of gadget buyers and pave the way for a skinnier future for touch devices. Via ubergizmo

Nine more Intel Bay Trail-T chips announced

March 31, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News, Intel with No Comments.

Intel's Bay Trail-T processors have earned a reputation for energy-efficiency, battery life, performance and Windows and Android support. The next incarnations of the series have been announced and promise up to 16 percent faster graphics processing. Topping the bill is the Intel Atom Z3795 - a 1.6GHz quad-core processor that runs up to 2.39GHz and with GPU speeds between 311-778MHz. It also supports up to 4GB of RAM. Full detailed specs of all the new processors can be found at CPU World Via liliputing

Chinese company Allwinner ships 18 million tablet chips in four months

March 19, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

And the (All)winner is... Allwinner! The Chinese producer of low-cost ARM-based processors shipped more than 18 million tablet chips in Q4 of 2013. Research company IDC compiled the data and Allwinner's huge figure is twice that of local competitor Rockchip and three times as many as Intel let loose. For now it seems Allwinner's the winner for nice-price processors. Let's see who'll step up to take their crown. Via tablet-news

Roll up, roll up; Nokia’s making a bendy battery

March 13, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

With its ribbon design, Nokia's patent for a bendy battery is pretty cool but maybe ahead of its time. Currently it's just the LG Flex phone that shows off its curves in the smartphone world, but this new tech could somewhere along the line bring in some neat new ideas in device design. If you fancy grappling with the in-depth workings of Nokia's ribbon battery tech, check out this neat run-down on androidheadlines  

Leaked: Huawei octacore processor supports 2K display and 32 mega-pixel camera

March 7, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News, Phone with No Comments.

Huawei's next phone is rumoured to be the Huawei Ascend D3, which will feature a 2K display and an octacore processor. Gizchina's got hold of details of the new Kirin 920 chipset and its specs point to the rumours being true. The Huawei-developed Kirin 920 is a 28nm chip with an octacore layout. Four cores are Cortex A7 and four are Cortex A15. The chip has a built-in Mali 628MP4 GPU and supports dual-channel DDR3 800mHz RAM. Most excitingly, it supports WQXGA 2560 x 2440 displays and up to 32 mega-pixel cameras. As a bonus, there's also 4G LTE support too. If used wisely, Huawei could a monster on its hands. Via Gizchina

Hewlett Packard launches budget HP 8 Android tablet

March 7, 2014 by Tom in Android Tablet, Hardware News, HP with No Comments.

At US$170, the Hewlett Packard budget tablet HP 8 is released at a nice price but without much to shout about in the specs department. The new tablet has a 7.85-inch, 1024 x 768 display, which may let it down on side-by-side comparisons. Inside, however, it seems to be ok, running Android 4.4.2 on a quad-core ARM chip by China's Allwinner, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB storage, stereo speakers and seven hours of battery life. Via engadget

MHL 3.0 MicroUSB equals easy 4K video output for phones and tablets

March 5, 2014 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

  HDMI-out is being challenged by MHL 3.0, which uses MicroUSB 3.0 ports for charging and 4K video output on tablets and phones. The Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S5 carry it and the forthcoming Sony Xperia Z2 phone and tablet will follow suit. MHL 3.0 allows smooth playback of 3840 x 2160 video (compared to MHL's Full HD). On the charging front, MHL 3.0 ups the wattage to 10 watts. Via tablet-news

Sony Walkman S teams up with Disney and Snoopy for ltd edition NW-S780 and NW-S780K models

March 4, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Hardware News, Random, Sony with No Comments.

Sony Japan plugs its Walkman S models into the colourful world of Disney and Snoopy with six colour limited edition releases of the NW-S780 and NW-S780K (which now comes with a separate external speaker). The new versions are split into the "Disney Spring Happiness Collection" and the "Snoopy Spring Happiness Collection." Full details and colours after the jump. The six colours are: Vivid Pink, Blue, White, Light Pink, Green, and Black. Disney Spring Happiness Collection Designs: - Micky & Minnie's "LOVING" - Pooh & Piglet's "TOGETHER" - Snow White's "ETERNAL" - Marie's "FASHION" Snoopy Spring Happiness Collection Designs: - Woodstock & Harriet's "DAYDREAM" - Snoopy's "HEARTFUL" - Charlie Brown & Snoopy's "TENDER" The models cost ¥14,800 (US$1

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite Comes in Three Colours

March 3, 2014 by Tom in Android Tablet, Hardware News, Samsung, Tablet with No Comments.

There are fewer better ways to show off you're holding new tech than buy into a special colour version to flaunt on the train or coffee shop. Samsung's mid-range Galaxy Tab 3 Lite tablet can help with the "oh, that must be a..." factor by announcing three new facade options - blue green, peach pink and lemon yellow. The shells have changed but the specs remain the same as the models released in black and white in selected regions last month; namely Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, a 7-inch 600 x 1024 display, a 2MP camera, a dual-core 1.2GHz Marvell processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB memory and a microSD expansion slot. Via ubergizmo

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