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Huawei launches two new flagships – Huawei P8 and Huawei P8 Max

Huawei launches two new flagships – Huawei P8 and Huawei P8 Max

All major OEM’s have started to roll out their flagship devices for 2015, now its time for the Chinese Giant Huawei to do the same. Huawei officially launched the Huwaei P8 and P8 Max, successors to last years Ascend P7 in an event in London. They have seemed to drop the “Ascend” branding with the new device. Huawei P8 The Huawei P8 is a sleek looking rectangular device with a metallic body and rounded edges. The device is pretty slim only 6.4mm and Huawei have managed to fit a rear camera which does not bulge out even the slightest. The 5.2 inch IPS LCD Full HD 1080p display  with 424 ppi is quite impressive, not the best considering the QHD displays on flagships these days. Powering the device is Huawei’s own Kirin 930 Octa Core 64-bit processor, which includes four 2GHx Cortex A53 processors and four A53 1.5Ghz processors. The Huawei P8 comes with 3GB of RAM and 16GB internal memory. The battery was one of the low points of the P7, but they have manged to bump it up as well to 2680 mAh. On the camera front, the Huawei P8 has a 13MP shooter at the back with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and a Dual-LED flash. The front on the other hand is again quite impressive housing an 8MP camera, which is more than enough for single as well as group selfies. Huawei had also talked about their world’s first four color 13MP image sensor, which can rival some DSLR camera’s. Some nifty camera modes include, light painting, movie director, time lapse and some beauty modes specially keeping in mind girls and their selfie perfections. On the Software front the Huawei P8 runs the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop with their own EMUI 3.1 skin on top. The smartphone will come in two colors, Mystic Champagne and Titanium Grey. Huawei P8 Max The Huawei P8 Max is the older brother of the P8 with a massive 6.8 inch 1080p display with 320ppi. It is a phablet and will compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, LG G4 Note, iPhone 6 Plus and so on. Other than the display the Huawei P8 Max comes with a 4360 mAh battery, which according to Huawei will last 2 days after a full charge. The P8 Max also comes in an exclusive Luxurious Gold color apart from the Champagne and Grey . The phablet has a 5MP front camera compared to the 8MP found in its smaller counterpart. On the memory front the Huawei P8 Max comes with 64GB built in storage with a memory card slot as well. The Huawei P8 will cost...

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Android 5.0 Lollipop – A Sweet New Take on Android

Android 5.0 Lollipop – A Sweet New Take on Android

Google has finally made it official, the much awaited “Android L” is…*drum rolls please*… Android 5.0 Lollipop. Not only that but Google also announced the Nexus 6 made by Motorola, Nexus 9 made by HTC and Asus’s Nexus Player. We had received a glimpse of the new operating the system at Google I/O earlier this year and couldn’t wait for it to get officially released. Now that it is finally here, lets get straight into the nitty gritties! Material Design Android 5.0 Lollipop, as its called has visually been modified quite a bit (much to our hearts content) thanks to the Material Design language used. A lot more bolder colors, new icons and animations breathe new life to the look and feel of Android. The multitasking has been given a very nice overhaul, resembling the Tab switching in Google Chrome. Not only does it look more beautiful, it has become much more fluid. Notifications Next in the list of changes is the new notifications, specially found on the lock screen. It includes the ability to hide sensitive content for these notifications. You can control which apps are allowed to pop up notifications, either you can prioritize them, hide sensitive content or turn them off completely. If you are watching a movie or playing a game, incoming calls are no longer a bother, a notification will slide down where you can either accept the call or ignore it. This way you will not get disturbed from what you have been doing. Project Volta It helps better manage batter life, with Android 5.0 Lollipop you now get a nifty battery saving mode. This function extends the battery life for 90mins longer. Also, the time left for the charge to be completed is also shown, which is quite handy, if you are like me looking at the percentage every 15mins. New Quick Settings The quick settings panel which was introduced with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, has received a much needed change. Now the quick settings toggle displays the most frequently used settings first, then the rest if the list. Now straight from the quick settings menu you can control the flash light, hotspot and cast screen controls. Pretty handy no? Device Sharing Google has taken the use of cloud storage to a whole new level. Now as Google does back up, your contacts, photos and messages, you can access them from any device running Android 5.0 Lollipop. You just need to log in to your own profile on nay phone and you access all your info which has been backed up. There is a nice little feature called “Guest User”, where you can just allow the content...

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Samsung Gear S – The First Curved Standalone Sim Enabled Smart watch

Samsung Gear S – The First Curved Standalone Sim Enabled Smart watch

Samsung at the IFA 2014 in Berlin was on quite a role, unveiling two smart phones (Galaxy Note 4 and  Note Edge), a Virtual Reality headset and a smart watch. The smart watch in particular is what we going to talk about today.  The new member of the Gear family is called the Gear S. What sets this smart watch apart from the rest is that it is a “standalone” smart watch, meaning it can house a sim card and use data to work its wonders. It does not need to be paired with a smart phone via Bluetooth or WiFi, though you have the option to do that too. The Gear S is a curved smart watch, which fits comfortably on your wrist. The display on the watch is a 2 inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 360×480 pixels (300PPI). The front face of the watch houses a home button, similar to those found in other Gear watches. The OS running the Gear S is Samsung’s very own Tizen software, which has been improved quite a bit compared to its predecessors. Now as this particular smart watch has a sim card, you will surely be getting many texts, so the watch has its very own little keyboard, which you can use to reply back, Autocorrect really helps when typing. If, you find it hard to type on such a small screen then no worries, you can always use the Speech-to-text feature to reply back to your text messages. Now using the device is not all that hard either, when you swipe left from the clock face screen, a notification center appears where all the notifications of your various apps can be found. Now, if you swipe to the right a home screen comes up where it shows your recently used apps. Finally when you swipe up your app drawer open us, where you can use the numerous apps available at your disposal to really bring out the full potential of the smart watch. On the hard ware front, it has the industry par 512MB RAM and 4GB internal memory. At the heart of the device lies a 1 GHz Dual-core processor and is powered by a 300mAh battery which lasts for 2 days on a single charge. The smart watch also comes with your usual connectivity options which include WiFi 802.11n, GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.1 and USB 2.0. The watch is also IP67 certified making it resistant to mostly all weather conditions.  The Gear S also comes with a ton of sensors, an Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate, Ambient Light, UV and Barometer. The watch will be available for around 399 Euros...

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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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