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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor will superboost data transfers

September 17, 2015 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor will be a must for anyone who demands a lot of data and fast - as well as offer the third generation of Quick Charge. The chip will support transfer speeds of up to 600Mbps for downloads and up to 150Mbps for uploads.   Devices running this chip will also have the updated version of Quick Charge support, which is now in its third incarnation and 27 per cent faster than the second generation, which as a secondary bonus will also prolong the life of the actual battery.   Expect this chip to start appearing in phones early next year.   Via pocket-lint  

Pioneer puts studio master quality audio in your pocket with XDP-100R hi-res audio player

September 11, 2015 by Tom in Audio, DAC, MP3, PMP with No Comments.

The Pioneer XDP-100R hi-res audio player will be one of the first products to support Meridian's MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) technology, which promises studio master quality audio on the go. The XDP-100R sports a 4.7-inch Full HD touchscreen display and runs on Android Lollipop so can support outside streamers such as Tidal, Qobuz and Spotify. It comes with the Onkyo music app out the box for quick access to hi-res audio, and the Pioneer X-DAP Link app is used for file transfers. For music loaded onto the player it supports the lot, from MP3 up to 24-bit/384kHz FLAC/WAV. The onboard battery gives 10 hours playback and it has 32GB storage, with support for two microSD cards, allowing expansion up to 288GB. The player also supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and contains

New high resolution audio Sony Walkman models due in October

September 4, 2015 by Tom in Audio, MP3, PMP, Sony with No Comments.

Three new Sony Walkman models will be released in October, both of which support high-resolution audio and multiple formats. The NW-A25HN and NW-A27HN Walkmans - and the higher-spec NW-ZX100N - all look similar to the current crop of devices from Sony, which continue the original tape player's legacy. These new models use an enhanced version of Sony's S-Master HX full digital amplifier and upscale via the proprietary DSEE HX technology. They support FLAC, ALAC, MP3, AAC, HE-AAC, WMA, Linear PCM and AIFF files up to 192kHz/24bit. The screens are 2.2-inch TFT colour LCD units at 320 x 240 pixels and to fit in with Sony's new h.ear headphones range they are available in a variety of colours, including black, blue, pink, red and yellow. Storage options run at 16GB and 64GB, bo

Cowon reveals Plenue M high definition audio player and DAC

September 3, 2015 by Tom in Audio, DAC, MP3, PMP with No Comments.

Following up the Plenue 1 is the new Cowon Plenue M high definition sound portable audio player. The plush brushed metal unit features a Burr-Brown PCM1795 24bit / 192kHz DAC and stereo crosstalk, in conjunction with the JetEffect 7 & BBE sound technology that offers 10 band EQ adjustment. The EQ includes 66 preset values, including the new Chorus sound. The player also has a variety of skin options, which offer real-time accurate monitor readings. The Cortex dual-core processor runs on a Linux-based system - price and release date tba. [gallery link="file"] Via imp3

New TEAC HA-P90SD high-resolution audio player doubles as a portable DAC and headphone amp

August 27, 2015 by Tom in Audio, DAC, MP3, PMP with No Comments.

  The new hi-res audio player from TEAC is the HA-P90SD, a unit that doubles as a high-end DAC and amp for headphones. The unit carries a high quality Burr Brown PCM1795 DAC through which to play the audio provided via microSD, USB or connected source. iOS and Android devices can use the dedicated TEAC Audio HR Player app to make sure it’s getting the signal it wants from the start.   High-res audio up to 24-bit/192kHz is supported, as well as Direct Stream Digital (DSD) at 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz. Supported file types include WAV, FLAC, MP3, AAC, DSF and DFF.   Also inside are Burr Brown OPS1602 SoundPLUS op amps, dual sample clocks and push-pull circuitry.   The aluminium unit comes in the choice of red or black and the built-in battery of

World’s lightest 7-inch tablet Sharp Aquos Pad SH-05G launches today

July 17, 2015 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

The Sharp Aquos Pad SH-05G tablet, the world's lightest 7-inch slate, launches today (July 17). Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo will put out the tablet, which weighs 216g. It has an IGZO LCD display at 1920 x 1200 pixels and PureLED technology. The tablet will ship with Android 5.0 and runs on an octacore Snapdragon 810 processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB storage. The battery is a 3,900mAh unit and the rear cam's 8MP, while the front-facer is weighs in at 2.1MP. Via tablet-news

Hug it out with the iBall Slide Cuddle A4 phablet from India

June 27, 2015 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

What's in a name? A smile at least here. The 7-inch iBall Slide Cuddle A4 tablet is launching out of India at a budget price but with specs to match. The battery is a 2800mAh unit, which is pretty small for a 7-incher. The display's 6.95-inches to be exact, with a 1024 x 600-pixel resolution. It runs on an octa-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz and comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage. It's out now in India for 8690 INR (US$136). Via gizchina

China’s Colorful announce dual-boot tablet that runs Windows 8.1 and Android KitKat

June 3, 2015 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

Next up in the long line of Chinese dual-boot Windows and Android tablets is the Colorful i783 PRO tablet. It has a 7.9-inch, 1024 x 768-pixel display and runs on an Intel Baytrail CR Z3735F processor. It'll come with 2GB of RAM, 32GB storage, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 3,450mAh battery. Also on the way from Colorful is the Android tablet IG808, an 8-inch slate that runs on a quad-core Mediatek MT6592 processor. Inside is 2GB of RAM, a 2MP rear cam and a 0.3MP front-facer. There's also be a 4,000mAh battery, WiFI and WCDMA network support. Prices are to be announced. Via tablet-news

Notel PMP is must-have device in North Korea

March 30, 2015 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

The must-have gadget in North Korea, the Chinese-made Notel PMP, is a nostalgic look back at the tech development. The portable media player was once a black market device but has now been legalized and can be bought in state-run shops. It's reported that they are used for watching banned overseas content shared via physical storage such as USBs and SD cards, both of which work in the media player. North Korea's electricity supply is notoriously awful so it's handy that the Notel can be charged from a car battery. Via engadget (image Reuters: Kim Hong-ji)

Designer Astell&Kern AK240 portable music player, just $2,499

March 25, 2015 by Tom in Audio, MP3, PMP with 2 Comments.

It comes with a designer Tanniere Remy Carriat leather case. No? Well how about these stats. The Astell&Kern AK240 high resolution portable audio player is a stainless steel device with a carbon fiber back. It has a 3.31-inch AMOLED touchscreen and supports a huge range of audio files but the best sound'll come from lossless audio thanks to its dual 24-bit/192kHz digital audio converters and native DSD playback. The AK240 has Bluetooth support for wireless headphones and comes with 256GB storage, expandable via microSD up to a further 128GB. According to Astell&Kern, the stainless steel body eliminates electrical noise and delivers purer audio, which is just what you'd tell yourself after spending that amount of money. Mmm, yeah, that sounds really pure. This was a go

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