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Acer Predator 8 premium gaming tablet goes on pre-sale

November 13, 2015 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

  Acer’s hope at competing with the NVDIA Shield gaming tablet, the Acer Predator 8, has finally been made available to pre-order.   Costing $299.99, the Predator 8 has an 8-inch Full HD display and runs on an Intel Atom Z8700 (X7) processor clocked at 1.6GHz with 2GB of RAM and 32GB storage.   It features dual haptic motors for deeper gaming immersion and its quad speakers provide virtual surround sound.   It accepts microSD cards for data and saves and runs Android 5.1 OS.   To keep the gaming going it has a 4550mAh battery, good for eight hours of play.   It supports WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, and packs in a 5MP camera and a 2MP front facer. Via tablet-news

Pioneer XDP-100R is a solid aluminium hunk of HD audio player

October 20, 2015 by Tom in Audio, MP3, Pioneer Computers, PMP with No Comments.

The chunky, super-solid Pioneer XDP-100R is their dedicated HD audio player, which runs on Android and supports the common HD audio files. The player is made from a solid chunk of metal and features two circuit boards: one for processing the audio and the other for the OS, to avoid digital noise bleeding into the output. Pioneer's latest has a 4.7-inch, 720p display and has 32GB storage as standard but can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD. It'll handle you stuffing the microSD card with the likes of lossless FLAC, MQA and ALAC files. DSD audio up to 11.2MHz is also supported. The price is TBA but it's expected to be around $700, undercutting Sony's dedicated HD audio effort by a few hundred dollars. Via gizmodo

Ramos teases new audio-centric smartphone MOS 1 Max

October 13, 2015 by Tom in Audio, Phone, PMP, Ramos with No Comments.

Ramos had always been a dependable name in the PMP market before turning their attention to tablets.   Now they’re looking to push out their media credentials again with the tease of a new smartphone/phablet, the Ramos MOS 1. We can expect hi-res audio, a 6-inch display and a big 6,000mAh battery to keep the music going.   No info is available yet on the audio chip they’ll be using but we’ll be following this one closely.   Via gizchina    

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

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