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Japan Displays at it again: tamed nearly 8K resolution into a 17.3-inch screen

October 6, 2015 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

If there's a development in resolution and screens, these days it's most likely come from the hard-working Japan Display company, whose latest achievement is an impressive 17.3-inch display with a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels, giving 510 pixels per inch. Japan Displays has called this their 8K4K display and if it can be produced at a relatively marketable price, this could be the kind of thing we'll be seeing in the next big leap of laptops, tablets and monitors. The LCD display uses low temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) and has a 120Hz refresh rate, along with a 176-degree viewing angle. Don't toss out those 4K displays just yet though, we need to wait for the content providers to catch up to that first, then we can think ahead to beyond. Via liliputing

How fast are your balls? Find out with new smartphone speedometer gadget

September 22, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News, Phone with No Comments.

People who are into sports are usually into stats, and that’s what the new Kickstarter project SCOUTEE is banking on with “The World’s First Smart Speed Radar”.   The gadget attaches to the back of a smartphone and gathers, one would presume accurate, data on the speed of baseball pitches, for example. It can also be used for cricket, rounders or, Frisbee, why not. SCOUTEE is up for the early bird price of $129 at the moment, a snip of the proposed retail price of $299 when it makes it off the crowdfunding bench.   Via engadget and kickstarter [gallery link="file"]  

Samsung will see your smartphone’s 3GB of RAM and raise to 6GB

September 10, 2015 by Tom in Hardware News, Phone, Samsung with No Comments.

  This year’s high-end smartphones have started coming out with an impressive 3GB of RAM to keep processes flowing seamlessly. But as chip manufactures keep upping their cores and new OSs keep pushing hardware, so too must the RAM increase and Samsung has turned up with a solution, touting a potential 6GB of RAM for future Galaxy phones. Samsung’s new LPDDR4 module is an industry first and is expected to increase processing speed by up to 30 per cent. These 6GB RAM modules are also set to make their way into slim ultrabook laptops and car dashboards. Via digitaltrends      

Wires be gone! Samsung monitor wirelessly charges smartphones

July 31, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, Hardware News, Phone, Samsung with No Comments.

The Samsung SE370 monitor is a sleek-looking screen with a neat trick at its base - it has a wireless charging dock for smartphones, eradicating messy desk wires. The SE370 comes in 23.6-inch and 27-inch versions, both with a QI wireless charger. The Samsung Galaxy S6 supports wireless charging, so both can sit on your Christmas list if you're into brand loyalty or want a matching set. On the base is an LED light that shows it's connected and charging. The monitor is a PLS panel and is optimised for gaming with AMD FreeSync graphics. Price and release date TBA. Via pocket-lint  

Meet the dedicated Google TouchBot lag-checker

July 2, 2015 by Tom in Android, App News, Hardware News, Phone, Tablet with No Comments.

While the technology we carry in our pockets is just amazing - it’s easy to take it for granted and fly into a rage when touchscreen commands get a bit laggy for a few milliseconds. Rather than taking a step back and trying to get some perspective, we can rest assured that somewhere in the world Google has a robot tapping and swiping screens in a never-ending effort to eliminate this first world problem. The Chrome TouchBot is an OptoFidelity-made robot that is dedicated to gauging latency on Android and Chrome OS touchscreen devices. Its findings are recorded and hardware and software are adjusted accordingly. Via engadget

New Oukitel smartphone claims of five-figure mAh battery

June 20, 2015 by Tom in Hardware News, Phone with No Comments.

The rugged new smartphone from Oukitel packs in a 10,000mAh battery, according to the Chinese company. Pictured in its prototype/mock-up state, the power-heavy smartphone wlll also apparently ship with Android 5.1 and will offer USB OTG connectivity that'll let it charge other devices. Battery life is a modern bane of our own lives but how heavy and bulky a phone would you take for a more convenient charge time? More details are expected to be announced for this phone soon. Via gizchina

Allwinner and Qualcomm team up for mutual domination of China and America

June 3, 2015 by Tom in Hardware News, Qualcomm with No Comments.

China's Allwinner and America's Qualcomm have teamed up in the hope they can mutually extend their markets across the countries and beyond. Allwinner's chips are widely used in China but usually WiFi-only, while the likes of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 210 and 410 processors support 4G LTE and dualSIM, as well as Qualcomm Quick Charge. By combining their efforts, it's hoped by the companies that they'll be able to extend their reach and range of products they can offer. Via liliputing  

MediaTek announces second-in-command 2016 flagship processor Helio P10

June 2, 2015 by Tom in Hardware News with No Comments.

Heading into 2016, MediaTek's biggest and brightest chip will be the 10-core Helio X20 processor but second in command will be the newly announced MediaTek Helio P10 chip, an octa-core processor with LTE connectivity aimed at the mid-to-budget mobile device market. The P10 is part of the Premium Performance family (the x-series was the extreme performance set). The processor performance of the P10 will be a step up from the current X10 and bob between the capabilities of that and the X20. It has a 700MHz dual-core 64-bit Mali-T860 GPU and world mode LTE Cat 6 support for speeds topping out at 300 Mbs download and 50 Mbps upload. Also onboard is the integrated TrueBright ISP engine that offers support for "ultra-sensitive" RWWB optical sensors for super sharp, bright and accur

Tap your desk and look futuristic with the Lenovo Smart Cast Projector Phone

May 28, 2015 by Tom in Android Phone, Hardware News, Lenovo, Phone with No Comments.

Lenovo has stepped up in the phone and projection combo stakes by shifting focus from projecting the screen image to projecting a keyboard that will act as a virtual unit for the phone. The Lenovo Smart Cast Projector Phone will offer diversity in its keyboards (standard qwerty keyboard and piano keyboards are the first two pictured) and if it works will be a fresh step in smartphone technology. This key feature is leading the campaign and as such not much more info is known yet, other than it'll be an Android device. Via gizmodo

Gionee M5 smartphone solves battery problem by doubling up

May 27, 2015 by Tom in Hardware News, Phone with No Comments.

We all know smartphone battery life is one of the world's worst modern problems. Developed in China, the Gionee M5 smartphone has a unique solution - it has two batteries so lasts twice as long! As this is the main info released about the M5 so far, it looks like this is the main selling point for this phone. The dual-battery system will apparently offer four days' charge and even better - they're swappable so spares can also be carried. Whether or not this will translate to a big, bulky, cumbersome phone will be revealed when Gionee releases more info about the M5. Via liliputing

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