Microsoft Announces Lumia 950 And 950 XL

Microsoft has finally unveiled the flagship Lumia 950 and 950 XL during a hardware presentation in New York City today. The Lumia 950 range is built on Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 operating system and features an unusual organic LED display. The panel displays notification indicators without tactile contact while consuming virtually zero battery life. This is a wonderful technical innovation and a genuine surprise compared to the leaked core specifications only a few days ago.

In terms of raw horsepower, the Lumia 950 opts for a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor operating at 1.8GHz while the larger XL model utilizes the top-tier Snapdragon 810 octa-core CPU. 3GB of RAM is used on both models to compliment the incredibly powerful CPU setup, and 32GB ROM comes as standard. Thankfully, this can be expanded via MicroSD to a whopping 2TB of storage. This is quite rare on flagship models as manufacturers try to restrict the storage and charge extra for ROM variations.

Additionally, the 950 and 950 XL contains a 2560×1440 display and only varies in the screen size. As a result, the 950’s 5.2-inch screen has a ppi of 568 compared to the 950 XL’s 5.7-inch rating of 518. The handsets differ in battery size too as the larger model incorporates a 3340 mAh battery compared to the 950’s more than capable 3000 mAh specification.

On another note, both handsets support 4K video capture, NFC, dual-band 802.11ac, Bluetooth, GPS and fast-charging via the included USB-Type C connector. According to Microsoft, it’s possible to attain a 50% charge in only 30 minutes. Another intriguing feature is the ‘tablet-class’ liquid cooling to keep temperatures down during 3D tasks. This is essential because the Snapdragon 810 is renowned for overheating.

Finally, the 950 and 950 XL features a 5-megapixel front facing camera and rear 20-megapixel sensor with Zeiss optics. There has been a great deal of speculation regarding the launch price and Microsoft has decided to launch the 950 to market at $549.99 and the 950 XL will cost $649.99. Clearly, both of these prices are extremely high and Microsoft appears to be aiming for the luxury market. However, trying to increase the uptake of Windows Mobile with two highly priced devices doesn’t appear to be a cogent strategy.

Commodore Is Back and Targeting the Smartphone Market With New Android Phone

For those of you too young to know who Commodore is, you should know that it was a big tech company back in the ’80s who went into the Guinness record for selling thousands of Commodore 64 desktop units daily. The craze for the Commodore 64 was so big that it was named ‘the single biggest-selling computer ever’, selling around 17 millions worldwide.

But enough about what the company did in the past, let us focus on the present and the future. If you thought Commodore’s days are over, think again! There have been a bit of confusion when Commodore Amiga, a potential Apple Mac Mini rival, was announced back in 2012, but we haven’t heard anything about it since then and it also seems the Commodore USA website which delivered the latter information went offline.

However, the latest news from Commodore is that the company seems to shift its focus on the smartphone market. Besides the Commodore 64, their first desktop computer was named Commodore PET (Personal Electronic Transactor). Well, their first ever smartphone bears the same name, so say hello to Commodore’s new PET smartphone!

The new, improved and ‘miniaturized’ version of the PET seems to be running on Android 5.0 and features a 5.5-inch IPS 1920 x 1080 resolution display. In terms of performance, it comes with a Mediatek 64-bit Octa-Core CPU clocked at 1.7 GHz and features the ARM Mali T760 GPU. Even the battery seems promising, coming with a huge 3,000 mAh pack.

Other features consist of a 13-megapixel back camera made by Sony, with a f/2.0 aperture, being able to snap pictures at a resolution of up to 4096×2304 pixels and record 1080p HD videos. There is also a 8-megapixel front camera with an 80° wide-angle, which can also be triggered by the side shutter button. You won’t be disappointed in terms of connectivity either, having the handset come with dual-sim support, 4G LTE compatibility.

To bring forth the nostalgia of old times, Commodore said to have built in a VICE C64 emulator and the Uae4All2-SDL Amiga emulator and is working with some software developers to port its old ’80 Commodore games to the latest PET handset. So now that some, if not all of you are excited about the information, let’s move on to the most important bit… when will we see it on the market? You’ll be more hyped by that information.

The Commodore PET is said to launch later this week in two versions. The ‘light’ version is said to feature 2GB of RAM, 16 GB storage and be priced at around $300, while a higher-end version will be featuring 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage and a price tag of $365. In terms of storage space, you should know that the handset is said to already be fitted with a 32GB microSD card, but information states it can support microSD cards of up to 64GB. So, this means you can get your very one portable Commodore PET with a total of either 80 or 96 GB, depending on what model you fancy.

The initial launch will be in Europe with the first countries to see the handset named to be Italy, France, Germany, and Poland, but more are bound to be added to the list in the near future. Given the old Commodore fans are still out there, demands for the new PET smartphone is likely to build up really quick. Will you order one? Let us know!

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Huawei P8 Blueprint Hints at Super-Slim Design and Fingerprint Scanner

Huawei is said to be hosting an event in London on April 15th where it is expected to reveal their Huawei P8 handset. As the date draws closer, more and more leaks seem to be surfacing with
details on the company’s smartphone.

The latest points to a leaked blueprint of the Huawei P8. If proven to be legit, it would confirm that all the alleged images of the device leaked so far are authentic. However, the blueprint confirms more than just a few screenshots of the device.

It is said that the blueprint also provides exact measurements of the handset, having the body specs set at 5.7 x 2.83 x 0.26 inches. This means that the P8 is taller, wider and slightly ‘fatter’ than its predecessor, the P7. The size also suggest that it might house an even bigger screen too, having speculations reveal that it might come with a 5.2-inch display.

Another interesting aspect found in the blueprints reveals a rectangular shape cut out on the backside of the handset. This obviously suggests that the P8 might be coming with a fingerprint scanner, but the shape is a bit confusing. Some sources also suggest that it might house some sort of touchpad, though these are obviously speculations.

Summing it all up, the information collected so far point to the Huawei P8 being a 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 pixels smartphone, boasted by an Octa-Core Kirin 930 CPU, 3GB of RAM, a 13 MP back and 8MP front camera and powered by a 2,600 mAh battery.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Expected To Arrive In February 2014

Samsung had quite a success with its Galaxy series. For example, they have been the first to introduce the idea of larger screens, leading to the development of the so-called phablets today, such as the Galaxy Note 3. They were also the first to make the stylus a popular and useful feature in handsets and tablets too, especially for big screen devices such as the Note 10.1 and Note 3. Now there are rumors of Samsung getting ready for another device, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.

The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is said to boast a 12.2-inch screen with 2560 x 1600 resolution, working on a Snapdragon 800 Quad-Core CPU and 3GB RAM, the tablet being powered by a 9500mAh battery. It will also be running on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system out of the box. The extra 2.2-inches might not be so great, but Samsung might not have mentioned everything there is to say about the tablet at hand, so at this point we do not know for sure if the additional display size will be useless or favourable.

Besides the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, Samsung is also reportedly working on a 10 and 8-inch version of the same tablet. The expected month of announcement is February.

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Metal Chassis Spotted On Upcoming Samsung (Galaxy S5 ?) Handset In Leaked Pic

According to a report from ZDNet Korea (via BGR), Samsung is reportedly in the process of launching a “killer” handset in February, and based on previous reports, all points out to one smartphone, the Galaxy S5.

Of course, not even ZDNet Korea names the Galaxy S5 specifically by name when talking about the handset featuring the metal chassis. But it does describe the phone’s specifications, and they most likely match a high-end handset, such as the upcoming Galaxy S5. It is said that the smartphone will feature a quad HD display boasting a resolution of 2560 x 1440 and an integrated iris scanner, offering enhanced security to users. Given that the previously mentioned features are new to Samsung, it does strongly support the theory of implementing them in a device such as the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Other features mentioned consist of a new 64-bit Octa-Core Exynos processor or a Quad-Core Snapdraggon processor (depending on the model), a 16-megapixels camera with new low-light photo quality technology, 3GB of Ram and a 4,000 mAh battery, all powering the Android 4.4 KitKat OS.

The metal feature will be seen, as rumored, only on one version of the upcoming Galaxy S5. Given the above mentioned specs, it would probably not be the one featuring the Quad-Core Snapdragon since Qualcomm announced that the first 64-bit processors will be more low-end oriented. It would only be logical to put a plastic body on a lower-end spec handset. But it could however be the other way round, since at this point we can only speculate.

Based on numerous reports, the Galaxy S5 could launch as early as next month. But taking ZDNet’s report into account, the handset’s launch date would most likely be somewhere in March, one month ahead of the Galaxy S4’s one-year anniversary.

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Galaxy S5 To Begin Production in January With Next-Gen Galaxy Gear Not Far Behind

 

Samsung Galaxy S5 news have been picking up lately, meaning that the S4 will soon have a new upgrade as early as next year. Rumor has it that Samsung will start getting busy as soon as we pass into the next year.

It appears that Samsung is on-track to begin mass production of the smartphone as early as January, and could even consider starting shipping in March or April release. This means we could see the phone announced as early as CES in January 2014 or Mobile World Congress the month afterward.

The Galaxy S5 is rumored to be similar to the Galaxy Note 3 in terms of specs, as Samsung will look to at least match the Note 3′s Snapdragon 800 processor, alongside a possible Exynos Octa-Core variant capable of 64-bit computing, 3GB of RAM and more.

It is also said that Samsung will unveil the next generation of the Galaxy Gear smart watch alongside the Samsung Galaxy S5. It has been reported that Samsung’s first Galaxy Gear smart watch was released too early on the market to try and beat a possible Apple competitor (the iWatch).

The Galaxy Gear’s depreciation can be seen in its sales, with only 50,000 sales and over 800,000 units shipped to retail stores. We’ll just have to wait and see what the next version has to bring.

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Sony Xperia Z1 f And Samsung Galaxy J Revealed In Latest Docomo Leak

Thanks to an NTT Docomo brochure leak, the Sony Xperia Z1 f, which is a smaller version of Sony’s current Android Z1, was revealed. And today we’re seeing further evidence of the miniaturized handset’s existence from what looks like a similar Japanese carrier leak. Today’s brochure images shows the Z1 f, codenamed “Itsuki”, in black, white, lime green and pink colors.

The Z1 f is likely to have the internal hardware almost identical to the full-sized Xperia Z1: a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 20.7-megapixel camera and IP58-rated water and dust-resistance, with only the screen being downscaled to a 4.3-inch 720p panel.

In the meantime, the same leak revealed a  glimpse of the Samsung Galaxy J, which seems to be a Japan-centric version of the Snapdragon 800-powered Galaxy S4 we’ve seen up until now. The chassis’ appearance is a bit of a departure from the current Samsung design language, and the specs have been bumped up somewhat, too. The Galaxy J sports 3GB of RAM, compared to the regular S4’s 2GB. Leaked images show the handset in “coral pink,” “satin white” and “lapis blue.”

Nothing is certain if we will see either device released internationally, the Galaxy J in particular, which is likely to be a Japan-specific model. We will just have to wait and see what information arises regarding the Sony Xperia Z1 f and Samsung Galaxy J.

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