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New Fujitsu devices means cooler smartphones and tablets in the future

March 17, 2015 by Tom in Fujitsu, Hardware News, Uncategorized with No Comments.

Fujitsu has developed the world's first thin cooling unit designed specifically for pocket-sized devices. With each advance in processor speed, the heat increases as chips are forced to do more processes quicker than each previous processor. The Fujitsu device, which is less than 1mm thick, will hopefully quell the heat and keep all things pocket-sized things cool. The new tech was developed using technologies for stacking metal sheets and is simply explained in the diagram below. Via fareastgizmos

Dyson teams up with Sakti3 for super-strength battery life

March 17, 2015 by Tom in Hardware News, Other with No Comments.

Vacuum cleaner and bladeless fan company Dyson has joined forces with startup Sakti3 with the aim of cracking battery life problems by working on Sakti3's technology that James Dyson describes as "leaps in performance". While Sakti3 obviously has something up its sleeve, it'll probably be a while until they publicly lift the lid on their work as it's early days in the partnership. Via techradar

Archos to launch 256GB Fusion Storage Magnus tablets

March 4, 2015 by Tom in Android Tablet, Archos, Hardware News, Tablet with No Comments.

Archos will launch its Magnus series tablets later this year and they'll incorporate its new "Fusion Storage" memory. Archos' Fusion Storage virtually combines internal storage and microSD expansion, with the idea being that Android will treat it all as internal memory. Of course, with the speed of microSD transfers being slower than internal memory, Archos have some questions to answer about how this will be a smooth system. This'll appear in due course, but for now they've announced the first run of tablets that'll feature Fusion Storage. The 101 Magnus will feature 64GB of storage, while no doubt all eyes will be on the 94 Magnus, which will feature 256GB Fusion Storage. They'll run on MediaTek or Rockchip processors and will cost between £129-£249 (US$198-380). For full

Samsung gets speedy with world’s fastest smartphone flash memory chip

February 28, 2015 by Tom in Hardware News, Samsung with No Comments.

Samsung has begun mass-producing the first 128GB ultra-fast embedded memory based on the next-gen Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0. The UFS embedded memory operates at 14,000 IOPS and is 28-times faster than a conventional external memory card. All of which will mean a next-gen move into Ultra HD video and super-smooth mobile multitasking. Samsung is producing UFS embedded memory in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB versions: double the capacity of its eMMC line-up. THe high-end flagship device market's heating up. Via fareastgizmos

Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 kicks into action

February 21, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News, Qualcomm with No Comments.

Announced in 2013, Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 has been sitting dormant but this year it'll come into its own. The technology is all about boosting power transfer and slashing charge times for smartphones and tablets. Qualcomm's fast charging technology has been tested in 30-minute trials and left the regular charger in the shade when it pumped the battery up to 60%, while the standard charger managed just 12%. Quick Charge 2.0 will arrive in two classes. Class A delivers 5V, 9V and 12V, while Class B goes up to 20V. The technology is already out there: Google's Nexus 6 has Quick Charge 2.0 and with the fast charger its 3220mAh battery gives six hours of use from a 15-minute charge. Other devices that use Quick Charge 2.0 include Samsung's Galaxy Note 4, HTC One (M8) and t

Xiaomi travels light for first move into US

February 13, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, Audio, Hardware News with 1 Comment.

Chinese device manufacturer Xiaomi will launch its first US store but with a slimmed down product line that focuses on accessories. For the time being, the Xiaomi won't stock its smartphones and tablet but will instead push headphones and smaller gadgets, such as the Mi Band fitness tracker. After testing the water they'll no doubt incrementally increase their product range. In the meantime their bigger products will still be available from resellers. Via ubergizmo

Corning toughens up its Gorilla glass to sapphire strength

February 13, 2015 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

Following the near miss with the iPhone 6 display decision, Corning is stepping up its Gorilla Glass with Project Phire, which combines the toughness of "Gorilla Glass 4 with scratch resistance that approaches sapphire." Corning Gorilla Glass 4 is an across the board top standard option but with the new focus on scratch resistance, the Corning hopes to secure this place in the future. Via androidcommunity

MediaTek announces mid-range MT6753 octa-core SoC

January 30, 2015 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

The latest chip that could be in your new devices has been announced: the MediaTek MT6753 processor is a mid-range SoC that raises the bar for average specs. The octa-core CPU has Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.3GHz-1.5GHz. It supports displays up to 1920 x 1080p and can encode photos from 16MP camera sensors and 1080p video up to 30fps. Here's the full listing.   Via gizchina

Power plug-sized Xiaomi Mi Box Mini is a tiny Android streamer

January 15, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News with No Comments.

Xiaomi has announced its slimmed-down version of the Mi Box - the Mi Box Mini is a media streamer a quarter of the size of the original Mi Box. Inside the $30 Android 4.4.2-powered box is a 1.3GHz quad-Cortex A7 Mediatek processor with 1GB of RAM and 4GB flash storage. Streaming supports DTS 2.0 and Dolby Digital Plus. It has HDMI 1.4a for 1080p 3D output but no USB or microSD support. It's a neat device though and one that'll only take up as much space as a plug. [gallery link="file"] Via engadget

Octacore no more! Mediatek plans 10- and 12-core processors for 2015

January 14, 2015 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

By the end of the year Mediatek will have raised their bid in the core stakes with the advent of 10- and 12-core processors, currently in development. Octacore processors took off in 2014, following Mediatek's lead (Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, etc.), but now the company is trying to supersede its own work. While the processing power of more cores probably won't be felt in current or upcoming devices, this'll no doubt give them the edge on the stats front in benchmark tests. Via gizchina

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