Microsoft Will Only Support New Processors on Windows 10

Microsoft has recently stated that security updates for Windows 8 will stop this month, and we all know that leaves people with only two fully supported operating systems for windows. Currently, the choice is now between Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, both options that some people may not like. The decision between the two may not be up to you if you want to upgrade your PC though as Microsoft revealed in their blog yesterday.

In the blog article, they start by listing the OEM partners that celebrated success at CES recently, then going on to explain that compared to windows 7 when combined with windows 10 Skylake processors, the 6th generation of Intel core processors, enable “up to 30x better graphics and 3x the battery life”.

To clarify, the support that will be coming to Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows 10. While they will be supported till July 17, 2017, Skylake devices will not be supported after this date on windows 8.1 or 7.

As new generations of processors are introduced, Microsoft state “they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support”. To clarify, if you want to use te upcoming processors such as Intel’s “Kaby lake”, QualComm’s “8996” and AMD’s “Bristol Ridge” processors you will need to be on windows 10 to receive support.

Do you feel like choices like this means you are forced to upgrade to windows 10 if you want an up to date PC? Which operating system do you like using and why? Please tell us your thoughts in the comments below

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Also Plagued by Overheating Issues

Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 810 processor has been marred by overheating issues which made a number of premium handsets uncomfortable to use during games or intensive tasks. Thankfully, this has been somewhat resolved in the latest version of Android but continues to add a negative aspect to many devices. Given the negative publicity of the chip’s heat output, you would expect Qualcomm to ensure their successor doesn’t contain the same flaws.

However, according to BusinessKorea, Samsung is supposedly trying to engineer a software patch to eliminate similar overheating problems on the 820 SoC. Additionally, if this isn’t possible, the company plans to integrate a “radiating pipe” to help with heat dissipation. In terms of its specification, the Snapdragon 820 features 40% faster graphics performance and consumes 40% less battery power than its predecessor.

The reports regarding overheating are a cause for concern as the SoC is planned to be integrated into various flagship phones. Clearly, Samsung feels the new chip hasn’t fixed the overheating problems and wants to engineer a solution as a matter of urgency. As a result, some manufacturers could opt for a different CPU to balance heat and performance.

This isn’t doing Qualcomm’s reputation any favors, but it’s still in a pre-production phase. This means the retail samples could have been fixed by the time of release.

Court Rules NVIDIA Did Not Invent the GPU

NVIDIA has lost two patent infringement lawsuits that accused Samsung of building GPUs without its permission – effectively claiming that NVIDIA itself invented the GPU – with a third suit being thrown out as invalid. The US International Trade Commission has ruled that Samsung did not infringe on NVIDIA’s patents because the GPU was not a new invention when those patents were filed.

NVIDIA, however, remains resolute, believing that the company still has grounds for its case. “We remain confident in our case,” Robert Sherbin, spokesperson for NVIDIA, said, adding that the ruling will be reviewed by the commission until February.

The patent infringement lawsuit was filed by NVIDIA in September 2014. It alleged that Samsung and Qualcomm were infringing on patents by producing GPUs, comparable to those registered by NVIDIA in 1999, without permission or compensation, and wanted Samsung’s Exynos and Qualcomm Snapdragon chips to be subject to an import ban, which falls within the ITC’s authority.

In response, Samsung, true to form, filed a countersuit last November in a Virginia federal court, accusing both NVIDIA and one of its customers of patent infringement.

Samsung has so far declined to comment on the ruling.

Thank you Reuters for providing us with this information.

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Snapdragon 820 Promises Astounding 50% Performance Increase

Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon 820 CPU which supposedly offers up to twice the battery life and performance compared to the widely used, Snapdragon 810. The Snapdragon 810 is a modified version of the ARM Cortex A7 containing A53 CPU cores to support 64-bit ARMv8 technology across a range of premium handsets. While the 820 isn’t set for a retail release any time soon, it’s a remarkable improvement and could revolutionize battery life. Personally, this is imperative as users shouldn’t have to charge their exceedingly expensive handset on a daily basis.

Additionally, the 820 features a maximum frequency of 2.2GHz and manufactured on the 14nm FinFET process. This is a complete custom chip and the architecture improvements on 14nm FinFET should create a much more efficient mobile CPU. For example, Qualcomm is claiming the chip is capable of up to 50% improvements whilst utilizing half the power draw of the Snapdragon 810. Of course, this explains why there is a huge difference in battery life. Although, it’s important to reiterate the term, “from”, which means 50% could become a rarity. I’m hopeful we will see performance gains between 40-50% on a regular basis, but only time will tell.

The Snapdragon 820 is expected to release early in 2015 and should become the CPU choice for the latest flagship handsets. As new production lines are matured, mobile CPUs should become faster, more efficient and significantly enhance battery life across all price points.

Thank you Ars Technica for providing us with this information.

Qualcomm Cuts Staff and Mulls Break Up after Profits Drop 50%

After years of dominating the mobile SoC industry, Qualcomm has suffered a pretty bad quarter. Compared to the same time last year in 2014, the firm has earned 47% less profit which means they made about half as much as they did the year before. Interestingly, the stock market has not taken the news badly, only falling 1.46% so far though they have been trading down over the past while.

Qualcomm has had a rough start to the year so far. Last quarter, the firm took a $1 billion fine due to an antitrust lawsuit with the Chinese government. Despite, not being burdened with a fine this past quarter, profit did not noticeably improve, only posting $1.2 billion, down from $2.2 billion last year. Revenues also fell sharply, down about $1 billion which is not a good sign. In an effort to cut costs, Qualcomm is planning on cutting 15% of its staff and is even considering a split.

Much of the trouble can likely be traced to the underperforming Snapdragon 810. That chip has been suffering from performance and thermal issues, leading some OEMs to avoid it. Samsung, the largest Android OEM, has also shipped their own Exynos SoCs in their Galaxy S6 globally, removing a major customer. Much of the focus for mobile devices have also been on the budget side, where margins are thinner. With both MediaTek and Intel looking to make inroads, Qualcomm needs to get their newer chips out that will hopefully be more competitive.

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?

Thank you Arstechnica for providing us with this information

NVIDIA to ‘Wind Down’ Icera Operations

NVIDIA, graphical dominator in the enthusiast market; has decided to pull out of its lesser known smartphone chip design and manufacturing. This follows the purchase of Icera in 2011 to bring NVIDIA powered technology to the smartphone sector. Taken directly from the NVIDIA website:

“NVIDIA today announced that it will wind down its Icera modem operations in the second quarter of fiscal 2016. The company is open to a sale of the technology or operations.

The company purchased Icera in 2011 to engage the smartphone revolution with a leading integrated application processor and modem platform. Since then, the company has reshaped its strategy to focus on high-growth opportunities in gaming, automotive and cloud computing applications like deep learning, where its visual computing expertise is greatly valued.

The Icera 4G LTE modem meets the company’s needs for the next year or more. Going forward, the company expects to partner with third-party modem suppliers and will no longer develop its own.

The Icera modem operation has approximately 500 employees, based primarily in the U.K. and France, with smaller operations in Asia and the United States.

Further details, including the financial impact, will be provided when NVIDIA’s first quarter financial results are announced on Thursday, May 7. To listen to the conference call with analysts and investors, which will be held that day at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET), dial (303) 223-2696; no password is required. A live webcast (listen-only mode) of the conference call will be accessible at NVIDIA’s investor relations website, http://investor.nvidia.com, and atwww.streetevents.com.”

That doesn’t sound too promising for the 500 heavily EU based employees, but it sounds good for those of us who love other NVIDIA products; more effort to be put into enthusiast graphics cards and automotive technology.

Were you looking forward to what NVIDIA and Icera had to offer? Let us know in the comments.

Snapdragon 815 Said to Have Lower Operating Temperatures than Its Predecessor

There have been a lot of talks regarding Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 and its alleged overheating problems. However, despite its latter issue claims, no conclusive tests or evidence have been found to pin it officially on the processor being faulty.

It is said that a few reports have been spotted, especially from the HTC One M9, where high operating temperatures have been noticed. The issue however seems to have been fixed in the Snapdragon 815, having an operating temperature of 38°C compared to the 42°C registered for the Snapdragon 801 and 44°C reported on the 810.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information

MediaTek Wants to Get under the Hood of Chromebooks

MediaTek wants to take Intel’s place in Chromebooks and expand its reach beyond Android-powered smartphones and tablets. Up until now, MediaTek has been the leading chip manufacturer for Android devices.

Kevin Jou, vice president and chief technology officer at MediaTek, stated that MediaTek’s new high-performance chip, the Helio X10, already has support for Chromebook OS. Google’s low-cost alternative to Windows PCs seems to be growing a lot in popularity and since the Chromebooks require Internet connectivity for most of its applications, it would make sense for MediaTek to grab a piece of the pie.

At the moment, Chromebook applications do not require a lot of processing power to run its cloud-based applications. However, together with MediaTek’s eight-core Helio X10 solution, we could see a lot of potential in Chromebooks, including support for 4K videos and 64-bit architecture support for apps.

The Helio X10 comes with four Cortex-A57 cores set to handle a lot of demanding tasks in applications and four Cortex-A53 for the less demanding operations, such as audio playback. In terms of benchmarking, the Helio X10 is currently competing with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810, considered to be one of the fastest mobile chips on the market.

Thank you PC World for providing us with this information

Sony’s Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra Rumoured to Have 4K display and 6GB RAM

A rumour claims that Sony’s forthcoming tablet will boast some very impressive specs, notably an ultra HD display and a huge RAM capacity.

A post on Chinese website Padnews conjectures that the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra will feature a 4K resolution 13-inch screen, at a 16:10 resolution, 6GB RAM, double that of the current leading tablet, and a 2.86GHz Quadcomm Snapdragon processor. Speculation says the tablet will also have 64GB internal storage and a 12,100mAh battery. Padnews’ supporting evidence is an image of the tablet with the specs listed at the side.

We will have to wait until January 2015, the rumoured release date of the Z4, to find out whether the rumours are true.

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Mental Millet Part 2: Phone Specifications and Price

Yesterday we reported on Chinese phone manufacturer Millet processing an incredible 1.62 million phone orders over a non-stop 72-hour period, blasting the local Chinese market with their latest technology release. Today, we’ve uncovered some more information on what’s contained within this most-wanted piece of kit thanks to MyDrivers.

Simply called the ‘Millet 5’, or ‘m 5’ if that’s a little too lengthy, this latest phone offering has been described as a flagship and much anticipated release for Millet. First batches of these phones have been selling for 3000 yuan ($490 US) and contain some pretty kick-ass features. Compared to their previous release, the Millet 4, this new smartphone offers you a slightly larger screen, a more sturdy design and a little more pressure on the wallet – nothing that sounds too much like an incredible advancement.

Containing a 5.7-inch screen and a powerful Xialong 810 processor (64-bit, eight core, 20nm), the Millet 5 is setting users back an extra 1,001 yuan ($163 US) compared to the previous Millet release. But interestingly enough, this phone certainly doesn’t follow the often stigmatized “cheap Chinese” technology route – providing fingerprint technology for users to unlock their phones (like is seen in the iPhone 5) and some very careful consideration is said to be put into providing a sturdy design.

We’ll continue to report as more information is made available to us here at eTeknix.

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Photo of Rumoured Amazon Smartphone Leaked

Is Amazon working on a smart phone? It’s been one of the most asked questions in the mobile industry this year and last. It seems pretty much inevitable given that the company has already got a range of tablets, eReaders and smartTV devices, it would be strange to not complete the set with a handset. However, this illusive handset has yet to be confirmed and all we have to go on are the steady leaks of information that make it into the wild.

The most recent of these leaks is the image you see above, which tech site BGR claim to be the first image of the front and the back of Amazons new phone. It’s said this device would have a 4.7-inch touch screen display, 720p resolution , Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, 2GB memory and most interestingly “six camera modules” which could form part of the rumoured 3D display / interface.

It’s already believed that this is just one phone from a range of devices that Amazon is planning. AT&T are also rumoured to be working with Amazon on creating a data plan for the handsets called “Prime Data”, which makes sense given that Amazon like to bundle as much as they can within their Amazon Prime package.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon plans to launch their new handsets in Q3 this year, but the only way we’ll find out is to play the waiting game. Are you eager to see what Amazon has to offer to the mobile market?

Thank you PCMag for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of BGR.

OnePlus One’s Performace Is Top Notch

 

As some of you know, OnePlus is a brand new China-based mobile company created by a former Oppo executive. His goal is to create the perfect, no-compromise smartphone at a lower price than what we’ve gotten used to pay for flagship phones.

Not long ago, the OnePlus One (which is the name of the phone in question) has been recently compared with the HTC One M8, as well as the Galaxy S5. The gadget is set to be made official in less than two weeks from now (on April 23), so we’re really eager to see if it actually has what it takes to deliver on its promises.

If you haven’t already figured this out, what you’re looking at is the OnePlus One smartphone being compared with the rest of the competition in AnTuTu. The gadget has apparently scored 38,179 points, which catapults it in the lead.

The OnePlus One is expected to pack a Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC processor clocked at 2.5 GHz, 3 GB of RAM, a 5.5 inch IPS display, 16 / 64 GB of storage, a 13 MP Sony Exmor camera with 6 lens and an f/2.0 aperture, and a 3,100 mAh battery. The gadget runs on CyanogenMod 11S, and is expected to hit the shelves at a lower price than $400.

 

Thank you to Phone Arena for providing us with this information.

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 808 and 810 Processors

Qualcomm certainly isn’t wasting any time.

Now that the Snapdragon 801 processor is being pushed out into the wild via phones like the HTC M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5, it’s only fitting that they announce their next generation line. According to Qualcomm these new chips are looking at a Q1/Q2 2015 release time frame which makes sense since we will most likely see Snapdragon 805 equipped devices released in late summer.

These new chips are the first high end processors to be based on 64-bit architecture which is obviously the ammo needed to battle Apple since they had released their own 64-bit processing in the iPhone 5s. The low end will be covered by the recently announced Snapdragon 410, 610, and 615. With native 4k Ultra HD interface and video capturing support baked in its looking to be a beast of a SoC. With an upgraded camera suite using gyro-stabilization and 3D noise reduction for producing high quality 4K video at 30 frames per second and 1080p video at 120 frames per second, there’s no doubt that it will lead the next generation of mobile devices. There’s also a combined 14-bit dual Image Signal Processors (ISPs) capable of supporting 1.2GP/s throughput and image sensors up to 55MP. With the current crop of high end devices capping out at around 20mp (excluding the Lumia 1020 of course) this will help mobile devices cut deeper and deeper into the Point and Shoot camera market in the future.

The real meat of these processors is from combining Cortex-A53 cores and the more powerful Cortex-A57s. The A57 is supposed to be bringing a 50% increase in performance over the current A15s. Memory will be  supported by advanced DDR4 along with other bonuses like Cat 6 LTE-Advanced speed of up to 300 Mbps as well as enhanced carrier aggregation

Saving the best news for last is that with new processors comes better graphical processing as well. The Snapdragon 808 will come packed with an Adreno 418. According to the San Diego chip manufacturer this gpu will be about 20% faster than Adreno 330. The 810 processor will be armed with Adreno 430, which is roughly about 30% faster which will most likely only marginally surpass that of the Adreno 420 paired with the 805.

 

Thanks to Qualcomm for providing us with this information.

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.

Thank you Fudzilla for providing us with this information
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Qualcomm Cancels 4K Smart TV Chip, Cites Weak Demand

Qualcomm has announced that it will not be putting the Snapdragon 802 processor into commercial production. The Snapdragon 802 was a quad core processor designed to stream and process 4K content for Smart TVs. The chip was expected to bring a robust app experience and extensive multi-tasking support to the table. Yet the Snapdragon 802 will not see the light of day because Qualcomm thinks the demand for (4K) Smart TVs is too small to be commercially viable, or as they phrased it demand is “smaller than anticipated”.

Qualcomm says that the decision to scrap the Snapdragon 802 does not affect other products Qualcomm are shipping in the same segment. There is still strong demand for smart TVs in general, just not at 4K, so we should expect Qualcomm to stay actively involved in developing Smart TV chips.

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Qualcomm Octa-Core 64-Bit SoC Rumored To Be In The Works, Should We Expect 4K Too?

Earlier reports point to Qualcomm wanting to see 4K capable handsets this year, and they went on working on them no matter what. They also mentioned that this they would also release the first 64-bit capable processors. But recent news tends to combine them all, having Qualcomm now rumored to be working on an Octa-Core processor.

The new SoC is said to feature eight Krait64 general-purpose cores designed in-house at Qualcomm, and would be compatible with ARMv8 architecture with up to 4MB of cache and a 2.5GHz clock speed. Adreno 430 graphics (up from the 330 series) with a 500MHz frequency is also expected to be present in the SoC, along with LPDDR3/LPDDR4 memory controller and various special purpose hardware/accelerators. But does the new specs also include 4K? We have been hearing a lot of news, rumors and official, about what Qualcomm wants to bring this year. Yet it is not clear upon what to expect as a final deliverable.

The SoC should be manufactured on the 20nm architecture and it is possible to arrive as the Snapdragon 810 series in two models. The MSM8994 which is said to be integrated with baseband, and the APQ8094 which is said to require the external telecom chip. However, more information from Qualcomm should shed some light on this SoC in the near future.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information

Sony Xperia Z2 Expected To Be Revealed Early Next Year

Sony has had some acceptable devices released this year, spanning from the Z model all the way to the Z1. Though none of them were considered as a big success, it might at least have been a lesson for the future. Now there are rumors of a new Sony handset, the Xperia Z2, and the question is will this be the handset that will make Sony proud? Given the recent failures to grab the attention of most smartphone users, Sony had time to analyse the market and might now have something up its sleeves.

The Z2 is said to be the successor of the Z1 handset, using the same IGZO display panel. It is rumored to have a 5.2-inch display, boasting a Snapdragon 800 CPU and run on the Android KitKat operating system out of the box. Sony will also have the same 20-megapixels camera installed on the Z2, though we are hoping on more improvements on the Z2 model.

Sony should make the announcement official at CES or MWC since they are the first events of 2014 and are right around the corner, but there is also the possibility of Sony to make it official right before we pass into the following year.

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LTE and 64-bit Support Brought Forth In Upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 410

It was only a matter of time before Qualcomm would try to enter the market with its own chipset capable of supporting 64-bit, though the processor does not appear to be of the high-end range. The Snapdragon 410, however, is a 28nm SoC that seems to be focused more on lower-end devices and emerging markets instead. The new Snapdragon is expected to arrive at manufacturers in the first half of 2014, with it reaching consumer devices somewhere in Q2 2014.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, though not as high-end as we would have hoped, does come with plenty of extra feature support. One of the main features is the LTE, which Qualcomm says is a feature it wants to bring to all of its products. In particular, this next-gen connectivity comes with multimode and multiband support, ensuring that many devices carrying the chip will work on LTE networks around the globe. Another feature of the Snapdragon 410 will be an Adreno 306 GPU, which will offer support for dual and triple-SIM devices. Other features consist of having 1080p video playback capability, a 13-megapixels camera range, Along with GPS/GLONASS, enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity, NFC and Bluetooth.

Qualcomm wants to dominate the smartphone and tablet market in terms of processor manufacturer, therefore the new Qualcomm Snapdragon will have a compatibility table spanning from Android to Windows Phone and even Firefox OS, all the way to “high-volume” devices in emerging markets which sell for under $150.

Although this is just a low-end processor that Qualcomm announced, it would not make sense if they did not release any high-end version in the near future. Especially when CES and MWC are not too far away.

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New Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU To Support For 4K Video

Qualcomm has announced its new high-end processor, the Snapdragon 800. Besides the current Snapdragon 800, the 805 rises the stakes in terms of both graphical and computational capabilities. The new processor includes a quad-core Krait 450 CPU with speeds of up to 2.5GHz and memory bandwidth of up to 25.6 GB/second, compared to 14.9 GB/s on the current Snapdragon 800.

The new Adreno 420 GPU has a 40% graphical performance increase and enabling 4K displays on devices as well as the ability to drive Ultra HD content on an external display over a wireless connection. Other highlights for the new GPU include hardware tessellation and geometry shaders, features typically found on high-end PC graphics cards, and hardware 4K HEVC (H.265) decoding for more efficient video playback.

Qualcomm also comes with new tricks for gigapixel-per-second throughput for cameras, along with new low-power sensor processing tricks it says will enable “a wide range of sensor-enabled mobile experiences.”

Qualcomm is said to integrate the new chips in devices as early as Q1 2014, which leads to the conclusion that there is a possibility of it being seen at CES 2014 in Las Vegas next January.

Thank you Android Central for providing us with this information

HTC One Max Spotted in Public

The most wanted phone that has the word “leaks” attributed alongside its name is undoubtedly the HTC One Max, according to recent statistics. However, multiple photos of the One Max “taking a stroll” in the public were made public today. The facts point out that the One Max is a huge phablet, and also that it has a fingerprint reader at the back, below the camera module. And people love it.

The fingerprint sensor at the back understandably garners most of the attention, with the rest of the device nearly identical to the normal-sized sibling, the HTC One. The Beats logo is gone too, after the two companies ended their partnership with HTC selling back their stake. Also, a retail posting of the HTC One Max finally confirms all of its internal specifications. It lists the 5.9 inch (Super LCD 3) display and the 1080 x 1920 resolution (FHD) featured on it. It also confirms the 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor powering the device, a disappointment for those who were hoping for the 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 to be under the hood. 16GB of native storage is listed as is the UltraPixel camera. And a very un-HTC-like 3300mAh battery is also confirmed to be powering the phablet.

There are only a few days left until HTC  officially reveals their first phablet, so hang in there.

Thank you NextPowerUp and PhanAndroid for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of NextPowerUp and PhanAndroid.

Amazon to Roll Out Kindle Fire HDX in November

Amazon have launched two new Kindle Fire tablets; the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX and the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. Amazon has also upgraded the software so that the core is now based upon Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

In terms of performance, both HDX models are equipped with a staggering 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, the Adreno 330 graphics chip and 2GB of memory.

The Kindle HDX and HDX 8.9 resolutions have also been enhanced to 1920 x 1200 (323 ppi) and 2560 x 1600 (339 ppi) respectively. Aside from the increase in performance and pixel density, both new tablets provide significantly better battery life.

In addition the new tablets come with more storage options, faster Wi-Fi and an optional 4G connectivity feature as well as front facing HD cameras. The HDX 8.9″ however offers customers a 8MP rear-facing camera for the enthusiasts that want to capture that right picture at the right moment.

An upgraded version of Amazon’s custom Android Fire OS called “Mojito” has also been added, along with the “Mayday” feature deemed a “revolutionary on-device tech support system” by Amazon.

The Mayday service is available 24/7, 365 days a year at the touch of a button. You will be able to contact an Amazon Tech Advisor within 15 seconds with any of your tech inquiries. The assistant can “co-pilot you through any feature by drawing on your screen, walking you through how to do something yourself, or doing it for you – whatever works best”. This feature has been added, according to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, because “You shouldn’t have to be afraid of your device”.

The Kindle Fire HDX models will be available for customers starting November the 7th. More about prices and specs can be viewed below.

Thank you Hexus for providing us with this information.

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Introducing Xiaomi’s MI3, the ‘fastest smartphone ever’

It’s not been long since Hugo Barra, former Vice President of Global for Google, teamed up with Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi and already, the first smartphone is announced to roll out soon.  The new MI3 smartphone will be released in two variants, the first is a WCDMA model, with the second being a CDMA2000 model. These two models will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, with four cores clocked at 2.3 GHz each.

The TD-SCDMA version has been reported to run on an NVIDIA Tegra 4 SoC, having all variations of the MI3 featuring 2GB of RAM. But when Xiaomi’s claim “the fastest smartphone ever” it is referring to the MSM8974AB model which features the Snapdragon CPU, boosting the clock speeds for the memory interface and Adreno 330 GPU.

All MI3 models feature a 5-inch 1080p LG-supplied display, 13-mega pixel rear-facing from Sony, and a non-removable  3050mAh battery. There is also a wide range of colours it will be shipped in: black, white, pink, yellow and blue, but the most amazing aspect is that it’s only 8.1 mm thick.

The Xiaomi MI3 will feature the MIUI 5 operating system, a modified version of Android 4.1, which features Xiaomi’s infrastructure and replaces the Google Play Store. The MI3 is priced at just $327 (around £204) for the 16GB version, and $408 (around £255) for the 64GB version. Sadly the MI3 is limited to the Chinese market, whereas if it would be available worldwide, the MI3 could have competed with the latest Apple, Android and Windows Phone 8 smartphones on the market.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with the information.

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Nokia Lumia 1520 Will Arrive On AT&T In Early November

More details on the Nokia Lumia 1520, provided by WPCentral, note that the phone will become available from early November to AT&T subscribers in the USA. The handset itself will be unveiled a little bit earlier to spread the word about the new handset and that unveiling is expected to take place on September 26th.

The Lumia 1520 is reported to have a 3400 mAh battery alongside the latest Windows Phone 8 GD3 operating system. The large 3400mAh battery is larger than that of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which uses a 3200 mAh battery. The hardware should include a 1920 x 1080 full HD display – which is a 6 inch capacitive and internally a Snapdragon 800 SoC is at the core. A 20MP PureView camera provides all your photography and video needs while 32GB of memory is complimented by a microSD card slot for expansion.

No official details have yet been provided about the hardware and pricing of the phone but we will continue to bring you those details as we get them.

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ASUS Will Launch Padfone Infinity A86 On September 17th

ASUS has confirmed that it will be launching its next generation Padfone, the Padfone Infinity A86, at a press event in Taipei on September 17th. ASUS has yet to unveil any official details as it wants to save these for the press conference event in Taipei but specifications already leaked last month, collected by Softpedia, which suggest a pretty strong line-up of specifications. Firstly, the display is said to be a 5 inch capacitive touch screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Next we expect the internals to be based around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC/Chipset meaning a strong CPU and GPU part. 2GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory make up the rest of the key specifications.

Other highlighted specifications include a microSD card slot that allows you to add an extra 64GB of storage and a 13MP rear firing camera with autofocus, LED flash and full HD video recording capabilities. Expect more details to come in about a week after ASUS has completed the press event for the product’s launch.

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LG Reveal G Pad 8.3 Tablet

In the run up to IFA 2013 LG have revealed their latest tablet creation – the G Pad 8.3. Unsurprisingly the 8.3 denotes the screen size in inches, 8.3 inches, and the screen uses a 273 PPI 1920 by 1200 display using an LCD panel and 16:10 resolution. The G Pad 8.3 is powered by Qualcomm’s quad core Krait 300 CPU clocked at 1.7GHz with 2GB of LPDDR2 RAM. This means it is part of the Snapdragon 600 series. The unit has a rear firing 5MP camera, a 1.3MP front facing camera and 16GB of internal flash storage.

LG will provide the G Pad 8.3 with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and it will be equipped with LG’s “QSlide” multi-tasking software and their “Knock On” display power on software. LG have also added “QPair” which lets the tablet pick up calls and messages from any other Jelly Bean smartphone. The whole device is powered by a 4600 mAh battery which should give good battery life of at least 5 hours but LG did not state any specifics.

Pricing and availability is TBA but $450+ seems like a reasonable guess. More will be revealed at IFA 2013 in Germany from June 5th.

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Qualcomm Says It’s Not About Cores – Its Quad Is Better Than Rival Octa

Qualcomm has been losing a bit of ground to some cheaper ARM processors on the market and the company has produced a video to show why they are a smart choice if you’re looking for a high performance phone according to Android Authority. Qualcomm says its mainly about how efficient and fast the cores are than how many you actually have. Qualcomm claim their quad core solutions are faster than rival quad and eight core solutions. Qualcomm also notes the importance of their dual core platforms stating that 85% of the top 20 apps only use two CPU cores.

“Having a processor with better, faster cores is especially important for apps. When we looked at the top 20 apps in China, 85% of them only used two CPU cores. The 15% percent that used more than two CPU cores barely used the 3rd or 4th at all…More cores won’t make your apps move faster. Faster cores will make your apps move faster…With each new generation of Qualcomm Snapdragon Processors, we aim to add new user experiences and boost over performance. We’re able to achieve these significant performance boosts not by adding more cores, but by building better cores which work faster and use less power.”

Qualcomms advertising campaign appears to be targeted at convincing consumers to go for Qualcomm dual and quad core powered phones instead of competitor quad and octa core smartphones. Their video seems to be targeting Qualcomm’s biggest rival – MediaTek, and other “cheap and cheerful” ARM processor manufacturers who care about more cores rather than the quality and performance of those individual cores. The use of the word’s “our competitor” in the same font and styling as MediaTek’s logo is a clear indication of the jab at MediaTek.

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