Marshall Announces Their Very First Music Dedicated Smartphone

When you hear of Marshall, you are thinking about speakers, headphones or dedicated music gadgets for your instruments. But a Marshall smartphone? That’s something completely new and somewhat interesting.

While Marshall is just ‘borrowing’ the name and not building the actual handset, the thing itself looks pretty good. However, the specs seem a bit low for what they are asking for the flashgrip. It is said that it bears a 4.7-inch 720p IPS LCD screen, Quad-Core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 8-megapixel camera and a removable 2500mAh battery. Oh yeah, and it also has a MicroSD slot to help extend your storage, should you want to put more music on it.

The flashgrip’s key parts, being a Marshall and all, stand in its music-oriented parts. The handset is said to come with two (loud) front-facing speakers, two headphone jacks, a dedicated button for launching your favourite music app at the top and, surprisingly, a volume rocker to adjust the handset volume. Also, Wolfson seems to handle the audio hub, coming with a Wolfson WM8281 Audio Hub. If you haven’t heard about them, they seem to be named the best in the mobile audio solutions.

What we haven’t mentioned is that the flashgrip is powered by the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop OS and comes with a lot of customized music apps. The Marshall handset will be released in the UK, Scandinavia and Baltic states on August 21st, with a price tag of £399. But really now, is it worth the money they ask for what they offer? What do you think?

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Apple Unveils iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

While the livestream of the big unveiling event is creating trouble for Apple, the news ticker works great and we’re able to bring you some of the latest news directly from the event. The whole thing started with a historical view back on the location; the Flint Center. It was here in 1984 that Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh for the first time and it was the same place Steve introduced the famous iMac in 1998.

Now it’s time for Apple’s next big thing. Tim Cook started the presentation, “Today, we are pleased to announce the biggest advancement in iPhone.” the new iPhone6 and iPhone6 Plus. Both the new phones have a continuous seamless design without any distinct edges, the glass is curved to the back where it meets the anodized aluminium casing.

Both models will feature the new improved Retina HD display that uses dual-domain pixels on the photo-aligned IPS display. This gives the user a wider viewing angle as well as support of the full sRGB gamut. The glass is ion-strengthened and has a size of 4.7 and 5.5 inch respectively.

The iPhone 6 has a resolution of 1334 by 750 with 326 pixels per inch, going slightly past the 720p mark. The plus model on the other hand has a full HD display with 1920 by 1080 resolution and 401 pixels per inch. Where the old iPhone was 7.6mm thick, the new generation have been sent on a diet and have had all their unnecessary fat cut away. The iPhone 6 is only 6.9mm thick while the Plus model needs another 0.2mm and is 7.1mm thick.

Both new phones are powered by the Apple designed A8 chip with up to 25% faster processing power and up to 50% faster graphics. The processor is said to be 50 times faster than the original iPhone, and 84% faster in graphics. Though it’s quite some years ago that the original iPhone was released, it’s still an accomplishment. The new CPU is also said to be up to 50% more power efficient.

Barometer, accelerometer, gyroscope and compass are all present and supported by the M8 co-processor, and all tied into the health and apps system to give you more detail about everything. LTE support is said to be the best available in any smartphone and present for over 200 carriers all around the world. The new iPhone will also allow you to send crisp clear Voice over LTE.

It has 802.11ac WiFi to match the newest standards and top speeds in network environments, and WiFi calling is a new feature for making high-quality calls when cell conditions are poor.

The iPhone 6 has an 8MP iSight camera, 1.5µ pixels, f/2.2 aperture and an all new sensor. The new version of the iPhone should take even better photos and videos with these improvements on both the software and hardware side.

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Apple Might be Facing Problems with New Tech for the iPhone 6

It appears that even giant companies such as Apple are facing problems this year, having been rumoured that the iPhone manufacturer is currently facing some problems with key components for the upcoming iPhone 6.

The good news in all of this is that the latest iPhone 6 is said to break away from its yearly refreshed mainstream design and move towards something more ‘uncommon’ for the company. This is why there are rumours circulating that the plastic inserts above the antennas will be replaced by glass pieces, giving its general outlook a more appealing look and feel.

The bad news however comes from China, where Apple is apparently facing problems with the new iPhone 6 display. The new technology required to make the displays is reportedly giving quite a few headaches production-wise. China Times has stated that Apple is attempting to use new display technology in order to make its next generation of iPhones thinner.

This is nothing new for companies attempting to move towards newer and more sophisticated tech, though it requires meticulous steps to get the new tech to work properly. Apple is reportedly ditching the two-layers found in the ‘brightness enhancement films’ (BEFs) and moving to a one-layer design in order to achieve the required thinness. This might be why Apple’s suppliers are apparently facing problems, having to work out the final touches for the display in question.

Looking back at previous releases, Apple’s manufacturers were reportedly facing similar production problems before every major release, having the company and its suppliers eventually succeeding in releasing the final product before the deadline. The same thing might be happening now, though the outcome is unknown until the final product gets released.

Apple is said to launch its latest (rumoured 4.7-inch display) iPhone 6 model this year, having the launch date previously leaked as being set for September the 19th.

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XOLO Readies “World’s Lightest Smartphone” Powered by Windows

The attempt to draw as many OEMs as possible looks to be successful for Microsoft, having its Windows Phone operating system gain some ground in the smartphone and tablet sector. One of them is XOLO, a local manufacturer from India, is one of the OEMs ‘recruited’ by Microsoft. Recently, the manufacturer released a new 10.1-inch Windows 8.1 tablet powered by an AMD Temash A4-1200 and Radeon HD8180.

XOLO however is attempting to move forward to the smartphone market as well, having announced a new Windows Phone device. However, the manufacturer is also looking to make it something more than just another Windows-powered smartphone, having announced that it will feature an ultra-light body, lighter than anything currently out on the market. The manufacturer’s background states that it has dealt with Android-powered smartphones in the past, therefore they are not quite new in this business. However, the ‘world’s lightest smartphone’ title remains to be seen.

In terms of specifications, the smartphone is said to come with a 4.7-inch display and be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Quad-Core processor, while having the Adreno 302 GPU do all the graphical processing. There is no information currently on what resolution it will boast, but what is clear is that the manufacturer intends to make the smartphone weigh in at just 100g. That is just 13g less than the iPhone 5s and 7g less than the Galaxy S4.

Rumors are that the claims are bound to be in the actual product soon, having XOLO intending to launch the smartphone in the coming weeks for a price tag of just $200. The smartphone is said to be released on the Indian market, but it is still unclear if it will be available worldwide as well later on.

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LG G2 mini Officially Announced By LG Ahead of MWC 2014

LG has revealed the earlier rumored LG G2 mini smartphone ahead of Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona on 24th of February, powered by a Snapdragon 400 or Nvidia Tegra 4i and boasting a 4.7-inch screen.

Both the Snapdragon and Nvidia chipset version have the Quad-Core CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz, sporting 1 GB of Ram, along with the 4.7-inch qHD having a 960 x 540 pixels resolution and running Android 4.4 KitKat alongside LG’s Optimus UI. LG also claims to release dual-SIM and non-LTE versions as well.

The handsets will also be powered by a 2,440 mAh battery, 8 GB of storage space which can be expanded with the help of microSD card support and the design also reflects its bigger brother, the LG G2, having the back positioning buttons placed below the 8 MP rear camera.

The handset color range spans between white, black, gold and red, having LG planning to release the handset in March in Russia. The rest of the world is said to see the handset rolling out on their market starting this April.

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