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Infinix Hot 3 – Hands on Review

Infinix Hot 3 – Hands on Review

Infinix has done an exceptional job in bringing great devices for more than reasonable prices. Most of which do not require you to burn a hole in your pocket to get. The latest in their range of extremely budget friendly devices is the Infinix Hot 3, which costs less than $100 (PKR 9,999) which is great considering the specs. We got our hands on a test unit and took it out for a swirl. Starting things off, the Infinix Hot 3 comes with a 5.5 inch 720p HD display (267 ppi), which is quite sharp, and the colors pop out really well especially the blacks. Watching videos on YouTube on the big display is a lot of fun as well. The screen is bright enough to be used in strong sunlight, but in order to do so the brightness level has to be put on max. The device feels quite premium, even though it has a full plastic body. The curved back sure does help this cause. Despite the size of the device, one handed use is fairly easy, though a back cover would be recommended for better grip.   Under the hood lies a MediaTek MT6580 1.3GHz Quad-core processor with a Mali400-MP2 GPU which is powerful enough to handle everyday apps. Multi-tasking (max 5 apps) is not too bad either, though there are times when the 1GB RAM does fall short, especially when playing graphic intensive games such as Angry Birds Action or Mortal Kombat X. The games work well enough, it is the occasion lag which gets to you. (Well it does to me at least), Games like candy crush work very smoothly though (Yes candy crush fans out there rejoice!). While sticking with hardware for the time being the Infinix Hot 3 comes with 16GB in built storage, with microSD card support (up to 32GB) which is great considering the price of the device. Now lets talk about the cameras, the Infinix Hot 3 comes with a 8MP shooter at the back with phase detection and HDR support and a 2MP wide angle camera in the front.  The great thing about this device is that, the front camera also has flash, which is great news for selfies lovers. The pictures come out quite sharp during the day, even the night shots are decent enough. Beauty Mode, Panorama and Night Mode are the other features you get in the camera software. Voice Capture, Smile Recognition and Gesture Recognition help you in taking group selfies. The Infinix Hot 3 runs on a 3000mAh battery, which I must say gives a pretty good backup. The device easily lasts a whole day with light to moderate...

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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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Introducing the LG G3 – Simple is the New Smart

Introducing the LG G3 – Simple is the New Smart

LG has not been really discrete about its 2014 flagship the LG G3 in the recent past, but now its officially been revealed. LG seem to have built a real contender, improving on its predecessor the much acclaimed G2. The back power button found in last year’s flagship has made a triumphant return and sits nicely at the back of the device. The device’s body is made up of metal and plastic , reason for not making it full metal is  due to the fact that Qi wireless charging devices would be compatible. Display LG G3 comes with a 5.5 inch Quad HD IPS Display which has a resolution of (2560×1440), four times the resolution of a Full HD display (1920×1080). The display has a 538 ppi pixel density, making it one of the sharpest display’s out there in the market currently. Under the hood   The G3 packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 801 Quad-core processor which clocks at around 2.5 Ghz. The LG G3 will come in two variants a 16GB and a 32GB version, but that is not all the difference, the 16GB will have 2GB DDR3 RAM, while the latter will be sporting 3GB of RAM.  The beast is powered by a removable 3000 mAh battery, which may come in handy considering the amount of juice the smartphone  would require to live up to its full potential. If memory is your forte, then you will be happy to know that a microSD card slot is available, which can support upto 128GB of storage. Camera The LG G3 has a 13MP shooter at the back and it is everything which a top notch flagship device’s camera should be like, plus more! The G3’s camera has a sensor right beside it, that is a LASER BLASTER, now what would be a laser blaster be doing next to a camera one would think. Well the answer is, it uses a a technology called “laser auto focus” which helps the user takes focused pictures fast, and it is very fast! The camera also has Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), and Dual LED Flash which is always useful. Other than that it has face detection, HDR etc.  Now lets talk about recording videos, the G3 can record videos upto 2K resolution with stereo sound recording. The device sports a 2.1MP front camera for all your selfie pleasures as well. LG G3 Smart Features                                     The LG G3 runs on the latest Android 4.4, KitKat OS, with its own theme wrapped over it. The UI has been given a nice little overhaul, which complements the very sharp display the device has. Old favorites such as Knock On and...

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Qualcomm to launch Snapdragon 410 Chipset based on 64-bit Architecture Next Year

Qualcomm to launch Snapdragon 410 Chipset based on 64-bit Architecture Next Year

After the successful launch of the very first 64-bit architecture in the iPhone 5, it seemed only a matter of time since the trend started to shift to other OEM’s as well. Thanks to Qaulcomm, we might just get a glimpse of these ultra powerful chipsets in the New Year. The company has unveiled their plans for coming up with the Snapdragon 410 chipset to feature the 64-bit architecture. The 28nm silicon chip would also be the first one to support 64-bit capable hardware also featuring an LTE “World Mode” that promises to support major brands and their frequencies for 4G (LTE), 3G, dual-SIM and triple-SIM (currently in the works).The Snapdragon 410 also features an Adreno 306 GPU, support for 1080p playback, camera resolutions up to 13 megapixels, and support for Qualcomm’s standard suite of radios for WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and more. We could also see future devices coming out with more RAM thanks to the new 64-bit chipsets as currently the devices can only support up to 3GB. According to Qualcomm, the company is expected to start sampling the chips from the beginning of New Year and should (hopefully) be made available for consumer products sometime mid 2014. Stick around for more...

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Samsung to unveil customized 64-bit CPU’s and new 4K smartphone displays next year

Samsung to unveil customized 64-bit CPU’s and new 4K smartphone displays next year

These days every other person has been talking about Samsung and why wouldn’t they? Since the last few years, the South Korean tech giants are on an absolutely remarkable role when it comes to innovations and creativity and currently ranks alongside with the world’s best. These accolades have been largely dependent on the company’s vision for the future and that is exactly what it has in store for us in the next two years. A few days back Samsung held its first Analyst Day event in Korea in almost eight years where it showcased some of its plans for the coming year and what we should expect to see in the year after that as well. There were two major announcements that has surely left many people quite excited….to say the least! Samsung in affiliation with ARM are currently working on their upcoming range of powerful mobile processors that would be structured on the 64-bit core architecture. According to inside scoops, Samsung are said to be coming up with their very own customized processing chips based on ARM’s architecture and would be an integral part of most of the devices that are scheduled to be launched next year with rumors suggesting that these new powerful chips might make their debut in Samsung’s next flagship phone, the Galaxy S5 but nothing has been confirmed so far. Samsung also revealed its plans for smartphone displays that include devices with AMOLED panels sporting 560ppi (pixel per inch) pixel density. These devices are expected to launch with WQHD resolution (2560×1440) next year but so far no official timeline has been mentioned. If that’s not impressive enough, wait till you read further. The company are also planning to launch the world’s first smartphones having 4K displays along with a few other flexible devices sometime in 2015. One such device has already been unveiled recently, the  Samsung Galaxy Round which has most certainly opened a gateway for similar looking devices in the future. The future is definitely looking quite bright for Samsung and even though its too early for us to go overboard with the praises, it is safe to say that we are indeed heading in the right direction. This company never seems to stay out of the spotlight does it ? But for now its kudos to Samsung and its entire team from all of us at TAP. Keep it up you...

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Samsung Smartphones will have 64 bit Processors in 2014

Samsung Smartphones will have 64 bit Processors in 2014

  After Apple’s release of the first 64-bit OS and their launch of the iPhone 5C targeted for the Chinese market, Jong Kyun a  Samsung Electronics executive stated “Samsung understands that Apple intends to boost its mobile business in China, as well as in Japan, meaning that we should try harder in these countries” This  will be interesting to see how Samsung tackles this as Apple had optimized the iOS 7 for 64-bit processors while Android OS is not. A 64-bit is necessary for all devices which have 4GB or more RAM, so Samsung is already upto 3GB with their latest flagship device the Galaxy Note 3, so maybe next year they will introduce a 4GB smartphone which runs on a 64-bit version of Android. Next month is expected to be the launch of the all new Android 4.4 KitKat so maybe it would be coming with 64-bit support.  These are still speculations, so only time will tell how this all pans...

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