2016 Audi R8 e-tron to Take on Tesla Model S

The next version of Audi’s R8 will have a separate electric version labelled the ‘e-tron’. The car, with its 92kWh t-shaped lithium-ion battery, has the potential to take on the performance of the Tesla Model S.

It can do 0-62 mph in just 3.9 seconds and has an incredible “artificially restricted” top speed of 155.3 mph. However, its most impressive spec is its battery performance. It does 280 miles on a single charge and can be charged fully in “significantly less than two-hours.” That alone makes this machine incredibly interesting. Those specs are also pretty in line with the Model S too.

The difference here is of course the speed and the brand. It’s significant that Audi has made its top of the line supercar an electric car. It will obviously draw comparisons with BMW’s i8, however the major difference is that the i8 is only a hybrid, not a complete EV. So effectively, this marks the first time a major car manufacturer has made a supercar EV. It’s a significant development, one surely to move others in the industry to look at doing the same.

Petrolheads shouldn’t worry however – Audi has a V10 model of its new R8. It may be a few more years before the it’s EV-only.

Source: BusinessInsider

Phone, Tablet Company Linshof Claims a ‘Clean Android’ Device Launch

We’ve recently reported on Linshof’s i8 smartphone offering, allowing users to utilize their 80GB of storage space through an interesting 64GB and 16GB memory module paring technology. Just now, news has come to light that this German manufacturer has announced that they will launch ‘clean Android’ offerings of these smartphones and tablets as soon as the first-quarter of 2015. This is an expanded news article, with more pricing and product information being made available to us.

This new OEM has been officially revealed to the public, utilizing Android’s 5.0 Lollipop software at a reported low price. Linshof claims that their i8 5-inch smartphone and their 10-inch tablet will be released on the market with an unnamed octa-core processor @ 2.1GHz, paired with 3GB of RAM and the aforementioned 80GB storage modules. They sent out an email this last Saturday, further clarifying that their 80GB modules are split up between a 64GB and 16GB chip – with this 16GB chip being a “super-high data rate” device, allowing for SSD-like upgraded performance contained within your mobile phone.

The tablet is set to be listed at $360 US, alongside their Smartphone at $380 US. These sharp-angled products are expected to see a slight change in pricing upon release according to reports, however it will be based around the same mark.

Linshof is looking to prove that Germans have what it takes to enter the phone market globally, can they compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung?

German Smartphone: Linshof i8 with 80GB of Storage

Equipped with a 5-inch 1080P screen, utilizing super AMOLED IPS technology and with 80GB of internal storage – this German smartphone offering by Linshof is named the i8 and seems to be one of the first top-notch smartphone offerings out of this country.

Reports claim that there will be two produced models of this phone, both featuring 80GB of storage. This storage offering is reportedly designed in the form of a 64GB memory chip added into the device alongside an additional 16GB memory chip. This is said to not only provide more storage, but also faster transfer speeds – something we haven’t really seen before offered commercially, thus we are interested in seeing the release results.

This phone will come pre-installed with Android 5.0, using Linshof’s own “hardware acceleration” user interface which looks somewhat similar to that of a Windows OS phone –  this is due to it’s ‘panel’ like design.

Alongside the 1080p display, the i8 will be complete with a 3100mAh battery, GPS support, Blutooth 4.0, an electronic compass, gyroscope and 3D support. This comes alongside HDMI 1.4 support, NFC connectivity and WiFi/LTE (4G) capabilities.

Expected to be released to the public for $380 US, this product is priced extremely competitively into the market and is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2015. Alongside the i8 release, there’s an expected upcoming tablet release predicted.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more product release information.

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