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ASUS ZenWatch – Time-honored Tradition, Smart Innovation

ASUS ZenWatch – Time-honored Tradition, Smart Innovation

  The IFA 2014 Trade Show in Berlin seems to be the talk of the town, with various OEM’s coming with new devices. Samsung came up with their new flagship the Galaxy Note 4 and a first of its kind Galaxy Note Edge. Also in the smart watch department they unveiled their new Galaxy S smart watch. Now talking about smart watches, ASUS finally lifted the curtains on its very own smart watch the ASUS ZenWatch.  On the looks front, you can already tell from the picture above, its a classy looking watch. The body of the watch is metal and has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on it for extra protection. The straps are leather, giving it a very premium and sophisticated look. The 1.63 inch display on the watch is AMOLED having a resolution of 320×320, 278ppi. The smart watch is a new member of the Android wear family, so it basically has all the features, of a standard Android wear device. On top of that the ASUS ZenWatch has a couple of neat little features as well, for example you can unlock your phone straight from the watch. When a call is incoming you can just put your hand on the watch to silence the call (pretty helpful in most situations).  How many times have you put your phone in a place you cannot find, well now you can easily track your phone down with Tap Tap and Find my phone options in the watch. ASUS Remote Camera app lets you use, your watch’s display to control your smart phone’s camera, some pretty spy stuff there!! Lastly, the presentation controls in the watch act as a remote during your presentations or lecture. The ASUS ZenWatch also doubles up as a health monitor companion. A feature call Wellness Manager measures steps taken, calories burned, activity duration, heart rate, exercise intensity and relaxation level. So you wont have to wear a separate sport ever band again. Asus ZenWatch Tech Specs Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor with 1.2GHz CPU OS System: Android Wear Memory: 512MB RAM Storage: 4GB EMMC Display: AMOLED1.63″, 320×320, 278ppi touch display Cover Lens: 2.5D curved Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 Sensor: 9 Axis Sensor , ,Bio sensor Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 USB Port: Micro USB on Charging Cradle Audio: Built-in microphone Battery: Polymer 1.4Wh Water Resistance: IP55 Colors: Silver and rose gold color layering, Brown leather strap Size: 50.6 x 39.8 x 7.9-9.4mm Body Weight: 50g Strap Weight: 25g The device will be available for most markets by October and will be around 199 euro. Though the dollar conversion is yet to be seen, we’ll have to wait for it to release in...

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – Metal body, QHD Display, UV Sensor, 16MP Camera and more

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – Metal body, QHD Display, UV Sensor, 16MP Camera and more

The wait is finally over as Samsung today officially announced their new flagship, the Galaxy Note 4. The device has been upgraded from its predecessor, the Note 3 in  both hardware and software. As the trend continues Samsung have ported most of its Galaxy S5 features in the Note 4, meaning the Note 4 comes with a finger print scanner, heart rate monitor, S-Health 3.5 and the updated TouchWiz UX running on Android 4.4 KitKat. Although, it should be noted that the Note 4 is not IP67 certified, meaning it is not water resistant (No trying any under water shots). Now let’s to dive down into the tech specs. Body The 5.7 inch phablet is truly the best looking of the Note family to date. Maybe its because of the aluminum frame wrapped around the body of the device. The Galaxy Note 4 is the first in the Note family to have an aluminum frame, making it sleek and solid at the same time. This is real aluminum not the faux style material which looks like metal but ends up being plastic. So, after years of ranting from its fans Samsung have finally started using actual metal. They started this look with the Galaxy Alpha – Samsung’s first android phone with a metallic body and now the Galaxy Note 4 joins the family. This really gives the device an elegant,  premium feel something its devices have lacked down the years. The phone itself is only 176g, a bit heavier than the Note 3, but you do not really feel the difference. The smartphone will come in 4 colors, Charcoal black, Frost White, Bronze Gold and Blossom Pink. Display Samsung have again lived up to their “Bigger is Better” mantra for its Note devices, by increasing the resolution of their 5.7 inch display from 1080p to 2560×1440. So, even though the size of the screen is the same the resolution has gone from Full HD to QHD display. If that was not already sharp enough, the Galaxy Note 4 has a Super AMOLED Quad HD display, making it one of the sharpest and most vibrant displays of any smartphone out there. Samsung have always been ahead in the display category, and they out did themselves with the Galaxy S5 and now have improved that further in the Galaxy Note 4. The pixel density of the device is 515ppi. So games just got sharper and more colorful than ever. Though the LG3 has a slightly great pixel density at 538ppi, we’ll have to compare later how the Note 4’s display holds against the LG giant. The glass on the display is not entirely flat either: its...

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Samsung unveils its first Metal Body Smartphone – The Galaxy Alpha

Samsung unveils its first Metal Body Smartphone – The Galaxy Alpha

Samsung devices were always criticized for having a lackluster plastic body.  OEM’s such as HTC and Apple had an edge over Samsung in this domain, as the metallic bodies of their devices gave a premium feel. Well not any more, as of yesterday Samsung unveiled their first metal-body smartphone, the Galaxy Alpha. According to Samsung, this is an “evolution of Galaxy Design”, so we shall be seeing more Samsung devices having a similar body. The Galaxy Alpha has an aluminum frame, but the back is still the same soft-touch plastic cover providing a better grip. The device is the perfect combination of metal and plastic, and does have that premium feel to it.  Now moving towards the specifications of the device, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha has: 4.7-inch 720p Super AMOLED display Octa-core processor (1.8GHz quad-core and 1.3GHz quad-core chips) 2GB of RAM 32GB of internal storage (no microSD) 12 megapixel rear camera + 2.1 megapixel front camera WiFi ac w/ MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and GPS Fingerprint scanner Android 4.4.4 KitKat 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm, 115g 1,860 mAh battery The device will also be filled with Samsung’s own features such as the S Health and the revolutionary Ultra Power Saving Mode and much more. The Galaxy Alpha will come in the following colors: Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba Blue. It has not been confirmed though that which markets this device will be available in, but it is for sure that this is not a one-off device. The Galaxy Note 4 could be the next device having this type of body, that would definitely be a plus point if it did. So, how did you like Samsung’s first take on a metallic smartphone, caught your interest? Let us know! Source:...

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Introducing the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom – Hands On Review

Introducing the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom – Hands On Review

Samsung at the Red Dot Museum in Singapore launched its next camera cum smartphone today, the Galaxy K Zoom. The device has been given a drastic makeover from its predecessor, the Galaxy S4 Zoom. Samsung have now come up with a new “K” series for its camera centric line of smartphones. The device features a 20.7 MP camera with 10x Optical Zoom compared to the previous model which had a 16MP camera with the same zoom, but the camera has been improved quite bit as compared to its predecessor. Under the Hood   If we look under the hood the smartphone has some more than decent specs, a 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, hexa-core Exynos 5 Hexa 5260 processor with two 1.7GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 cores, 2 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, 2.1 MP front shooter and a 2430 mAh battery. As far as connectivity goes, the K Zoom comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0LE, GPS, NFC and HSPA+. The device runs on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat, with the new TouchWiz skin on it. The phone can support up to 64 GB of memory via microSD. So you do not need to worry about having any memory issues, whilst taking pictures. Body   The Galaxy K Zoom comes in the same plastic body we have known Samsung to use for quite a while now. The smartphone has a thickness of 16.6 mm and comes with a textured back that is similar to the one offered in the Galaxy S5. This makes the device much thinner than the Galaxy S4 Zoom and the camera lens gets tucked very nicely in line with the body, so you do not feel any unnecessary bulk when carrying or using the smartphone. Best part is it feels like a smartphone and not a point and click shooter. The Galaxy K Zoom comes with a dedicated shutter button, so taking pictures becomes a whole lot fun. Camera Now lets talk about the main feature of the Galaxy K Zoom, the camera! The smartphone has a 20.7 MP 1/2.3 BSI CMOS camera sensor with 10x optical zoom, Xenon flash and OIS. The camera software UI is similar to that found in the Galaxy S5 but this device has 28 different shooting modes. This means you can have a whole lot of fun capturing memorable moments. The modes include  Selfie Alarm that lets you position a box on screen for where your face will be so that when you turn the camera around, it can lock on and give you an audible warning before it fires off three shots. Pro Suggest is another mode, when you frame up your...

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Introducing The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

Introducing The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

Samsung at their Berlin Unpacked Event 2013 introduced three extra-ordinary devices, the Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Gear and the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition). Samsung in the past have come with decent tablets, but nothing comes even close to the new Galaxy Note 10.1. The new Galaxy 10.1 has received some major spec upgrades and seeing how Samsung have gone pretty much all out with the new tablet it is safe to say it will definitely not be cheap. The Galaxy Note 10.1 has a faux-leather back, which gives it a very classy look especially the black variant. The layout is pretty similar to the Galaxy Note 3 and this one even has a  home key on the bezel.  The Galaxy Note 10.1 under the hood is a beast of a tablet, thanks to the 1.9Ghz Exynos Octa-Core processor/ 2.3 Ghz Quad Core processor (4G variant) and 3GB of RAM.  Memory is not going to be a issue either as the tablet comes in 16/32/64 GB of internal memory with a memory card slot for upto 64GB of storage. The sound quality has been improved allowing for 14 bit sound at 192KHz, which is quite impressive. The Galaxy Note 10.1 has a Super Clear WQXGA LCD with a whopping 2560×1600 display resolution. The outstanding resolution offers you the utmost viewing experience. Full HD contents are fully supported without compromising quality. Every image and video is displayed more vividly and more sharply and that truly is no exaggeration. It has all the features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 including the improved S pen with its various new features such as Pen Window and Scrapbook. Whats different about the tablet is the lock screen and the camera, the Galaxy Note 10.1 has a 8MP shooter at the back and a 2MP front camera.  Samsung have introduced a Magazine UX for the lock screen which means You can create your own menu screen by pinning your most used and loved apps,websites, videos, files, and folders to your screen. Full Specs: Android 4.3 with latest version of Touchwiz 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU for LTE variant 1.9GHz Exynos Octa Core CPU for 3G variant 10.1-inch WQXGA (2560×1600) Super Clear LCD display 8MP rear camera with LED flash 2MP front facing camera with BSI sensor Full HD 1080p video recording 3GB of RAM 16/32/64GB on-board storage expandable via microSD card 8220mAh battery S Pen with optimized features – Air Command: Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window, Direct Pen Input This is by far one of the best tablets out there in the market currently, with some great contenders such as the Sony Xperia Tablet Z and the Nexus 7 (2013 edition).  So,...

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – Desgin Your Life

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – Desgin Your Life

  Samsung Unpacked 2013 in Berlin kicked off in style yesterday with Mr. J.K Shin, president of Samsung mobile communications presenting the world with the all new “Samsung Galaxy Note 3”.The highly anticipated phone (or rather phablet) is a noteworthy successor to the Galaxy Note 2 that was released last year and who also managed to take the world by storm with some of its unique and exciting features. The Note 3 features a 5.7-inch, full HD 1920×1080 AMOLED display which is slightly bigger than its predecessor the Galaxy Note 2 that sports a 5.5-inch (720p) display. Besides the slightly bigger screen, the Note 3 is comparatively slimmer and lighter measuring at 8.3mm and weighing just around 168g. Coming to the hardware, the Note 3 comes in two different CPU variants: a 2.3 GHz quad-core (LTE) and a 1.9 GHz Octa-core (3G version available only in selected countries). Another big talking point of the Note 3 is its massive 3GB RAM which perfectly supports the phone’s powerful processing capabilities. All this power requires a top notch battery and that’s exactly what the Note 3 has to offer. It comes with a rather decent 3,200mAh battery which promises to last a whole day even on heavy usage. The Note 3 also features compatibility with the fourth generation of 4G LTE, currently one of the fastest when it comes to mobile internet connectivity. The device comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 2.1 megapixel front facing camera with the rear lens capable of recording full length Ultra HD videos in 1080p at 30fps, while also taking slow motion videos at 120fps. The front camera also records video in 1080p HD. One of the major criticisms which Samsung devices usually tend to face is the cheap plastic texture used in these high end devices with people expecting something a little more classy looking…to say the least. It seems that this issue has been resolved with the Note 3 which comes wrapped in a stylish looking textured, leather-effect rear edged in fake stitching enclosure with a classy looking metal rim.   What distinguishes the Note devices from the rest is the S Pen; a stylus which fits snuggly in the bezel of your device. The world was introduced to the S Pen when the first Samsung Phablet the Galaxy Note was released in 2011 and it has been greatly enhanced ever since. The S Pen is not just an accessory; it is the ying to the Note’s yang. The moment you take out the S Pen from the Note an Air Command wheel pops up on the screen on top of a webpage, app...

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