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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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.

Thank you Apple for providing us with this information.

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LG D830 And Samsung SM-N7505 Leak Online

As it happens, @evleaks came across two unannounced LG and Samsung handset, and asked on Twitter in two status updates what the LG D830 and the Samsung SM-N7505 are, adding that the Nexus 5 has two versions, the D820 and D821, whilst the Galaxy Note 3 has model number SM-N900x.

LG’s website was the source of discovery for the LG D830 and the model number is awfully similar to the Nexus 5’s model numbers. The LG D830 appears to have a Full HD display boasting a 1920 x 1080 resolution and will have LTE support.

The Samsung SM-N7505 device has been spotted on Zauba, which has been the source of similar leaks in the past concerning the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Given the information provided, it looks like the screen size for the SM-N7505 will be in the 5.5 and 5.7 inches range and has been shipped “for testing and evaluation and not for retail sale.”

There are no images available for either device at the moment and no official statements have been made on this matter. We will just have to wait and see what else will be unveiled next.

Thank you Android Authority for providing us with this information
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Apple Reportedly Working On iPhone With Curved Screen

As every year, we get a lot of rumors about what Apple is going to release next in terms of its well known handset, the iPhone. The most questionable one so far is what Bloomberg uncovered as being an iPhone with curved screen.

According Bloomberg’s report, Apple is designing iPhones with screen sizes between 4.7-inch to 5.5-inch. Not only that but these big screens are apparently curved around the edges. The company is also said to be experimenting with touchscreens that can detect different levels of pressure. Two models are rumored to be planned for release in the second half of next year would feature larger displays with glass that curves downward at the edges.

Apple’s testing and development of new materials follows its history of working with suppliers to produce new technologies that can enhance device functions. However, testing continues on the pressure-sensitive technology, which is unlikely to be ready for the next iPhone release and is instead planned for a later model.

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Vivo Xplay 3S Overtakes AnTuTu With A Scores Upwards Of 36,000

Anyone who is keen on keeping up with mobile technology and have not heard of the Vivo Xplay 3S, it’s time to get your tech cap on and find out. The aforementioned Smartphone is in the race to become the first Smartphone to be launched with a WQHD display. The widescreen quad-HD panel sports a mind-boggling 2560 x 1440, which then translates to a staggering 538ppi pixel density. Spread across 5.5-inches diagonal, the Vivo Xplay 3S is rumored to sport Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC, which performs admirably no matter how hard you stress it.

Vivo are sure to capture the attention of the whole Android phone community when they launch their next flagship phone. Vivo themselves say the second incarnation of the Xplay, named the Vivo Xplay 3S, will be the phone others will be measured by.

Leaked screenshots reveal that the Xplay 3S might be sporting the fastest variant of the monster chipset yet. A score of 36,258 on AnTuTu guarantees top spot, and beats Samsung’s phablet flagship, the Note 3, by a significant margin. The question is will the Vivo Xplay 3S be the phablet of the year, Or will competition catch up to it by the time the phone hits the market? The appropriate answer at this moment will be that only tile will tell.

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LG Unveils G Pro Lite 5.5-incher

LG launched a new cost-effective 5.5-inch smartphone, the G Pro Lite, which shares its DNA with the company’s previous flagship, the Optimus G Pro, but with a mainstream feature-set; all that while dumping the “Optimus” moniker, like the current LG G2 flagship.

The G Pro Lite looks exactly like the Optimus G Pro, with the same exact dimensions of 150.2 x 76.9 x 9.4 mm, while being 10 grams lighter, at 161 g. Its 5.5-inch screen features an IPS LCD panel, which features qHD at 960 x 540 pixels resolution, compared to the full-HD at 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution of the Optimus G Pro. The imaging department of the G Pro Lite is lighter on paper, too, with an 8-megapixel BSI CMOS primary camera, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing one; compared to the 13-megapixel primary + 2.1 megapixel front-facing cameras on the Optimus G Pro.

In terms of specs, the G Pro Lite is vastly different from the Optimus G Pro. It has a MediaTek MT6577 SoC, with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU clocked at 1.00 GHz, and PowerVR SGX-544MP2 graphics; 1 GB of LPDDR2 RAM, and 8 GB of storage that’s expandable with micro-SDHC, for up to 32 GB. The phone runs the same Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system that its richer sibling debuted with, with the same exact UI features. A piece of specification that didn’t change between the two is battery, both having a 3,140 mAh battery, which should do wonders for the hardware at hand.

According to the company, the G Pro Lite will make its world debut this month in Latin America followed by markets in Asia, Russia, China, India and the Middle East, later this month.

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Samsung to Launch Curved OLED Smartphone in October

Samsung is preparing to launch a revolutionary curved OLED screen device, codenamed “Youm” this October. This news comes after Samsung announcing the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 3 model with curved display.

According to The Inquirer, DJ Lee, head of strategic marketing for Samsung Mobile spilled word of the announcement to Reuters, saying, “We plan to introduce a smartphone with a curved display in South Korea in October.”

The “Youm” device is rumored to feature a 5.5 inch display and given its curved surface, the size in 2D could appear compact and closer to a 5-inch displays. Since Samsung is looking to score big on the aesthetics front by releasing a cutting-edge display, maybe it could even be enough to change user perspective away from the iPhone 5S and HTC One. The  manufacturing of the curved OLED panel for the device has solely been done by Samsung, and even demonstrated its prototypes at this year’s International CES.

In the meantime, the Galaxy S5 development codenamed Project Design 3.0 is still in progress.

Thank you NextPowerUp and The Inquirer for providing us with this information.

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