May 152013

A few weeks ago, multi channels broke the news, Hewlett-Packard was developing a 10-inch Android tablet, but this may not be entirely correct. In fact, HP is developing the tablet and notebook hybrid products (similar to Intel’s ultrabook), and R&D two models at the same time, one runs Android , while the other runs Windows 8. HP has officially released the two new devices, and will be on sale in August of this year.

The device with Android system is named as HP Slatebook X2, while the one with Windows 8 system is named as HP split X2. Both will be sold together with a keyboard, so consumers do not need to purchase an additional keyboard. When the keyboard is disconnected from the body, the two machines become a standard Tablet PC.

The Android system Slatebook X2 retail price is $ 479.99, and this is a high-end device. It has a 10.2-inch IPS display, the brightness is 400nit and the resolution is 1920×1200, it’s powered by NVIDIA Tegra processor, it has 2GB RAM and 16GB storage space, and it’s pre-installed Android 4.2.2 system. It’s with an extended stored microSD card slot, the keyboard also has an additional SD card slot, two USB ports and an HDMI high-definition interface, and also a spare battery. Unfortunately, even with the keyboard, the battery is said to be only with eight hours battery life, when used purely as a tablet, the battery life is just 4 hours.

The HP Split X2 is a Windows 8 device, and its positioning seems to be for the low end, although it’s priced at $ 799.99. The device is equipped with a 13.3-inch 1366×768 resolution display, 7W Core i3 processor, 4GB RAM and 500G storage space. The Split weights 4.85 pounds, HP said the device will be able to provide excellent battery life same as the Intel ultrabook, even better than the ultrabook performance.

May 152013

Nvidia announced on May 14 that its Android handheld game consoles will be listed in the United States in June of this year, and it’s priced at $ 350.

The Shield was debut on the CES show in January of this year, and it’s a powerful full-featured handheld game console. The device uses a new generation Tegra quad-core processor, 2GB memory and a 5-inch 720p touch screen. Users can also use the Shield to remote control the computer games through wireless connection, but it needs the GeForce GTX 650 graphics card.

In addition, the Shield will be pre-installed Android Jelly Bean system, and is compatible with most of the game applications on this platform. Shield can only display applications in landscape mode, but Nvidia promises to release OTA upgrade monthly to enhance performance and bug fixes.

Other Shield parameters include: 16GB storage space, supporting for microSD card expansion, Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS. The mini HDMI interface in the device allows users to connect the device to a larger screen.

May 152013

It’s reported that, this 5-inch BlackBerry phone screen ratio is similar to Samsung Galaxy S4, and it will be released in the next few months as its new flagship. Unfortunately, in addition to the screen size, there is no more specific configuration information leaked. After the battery life of the Z10 are criticized by users, it’s rumored Blackberry hopes to significantly improve the endurance performance in this phone.

If the message of the release time of this phone is true, then this 5-inch phone is likely to use Qualcomm’s new chip, which may either be the Snapgragon 600 adopted in Galaxy S4 and HTC One, or the unreleased Snapdragon 800.

However, taking into account the Z10 and Q10 are with the outdated Snapdragon S4 chip, maybe Blackberry may use the powerful but slightly behind the times S4 Pro on this phone.

May 152013

NEC has apparently forestalled in the launch of the fourth generation Intel-based Core processor (also known as Haswell). The processor and the assorted new system were originally scheduled to be launched at the Taipei Computex on June 3, but in Japan, the NEC has issued about its specifications. The company’s LaVie L notebook is equipped with a 15.6-inch IPS touch screen (resolution 1920×1080), 8GB memory, 1TB hard drive and 32GB solid state drive, it’s with the Windows 8 operating system and Microsoft Office Home and Business.

With the approaching of June 3, new desktops, notebooks, hybrid laptops and tablet PCs with the Haswell platform will be listed soon. The retail price of this NEC high-end LaVie L notebook in Japan is expected to be about 200,000 yen (about $ 1,957).

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May 142013

MSI launched the first notebook based on the Radeon HD 8970M graphics card “GX70 3BE” before AMD officially released it, and the laptop is specially designed for mobile game players.

GX70 3BE is not only with the strongest AMD notebook graphics card, but also the strongest notebook processor, which is the Richland A10-5750M, quad-core, 4MB L2 cache, 2.5-.5 GHz CPU, Radeon HD 8650G graphics core (384SP/720MHz) and 35W thermal design power.

AMD claims that the combination of Richland A10 and 8970M is about 10% faster than Trinity A10, 7970M and 6.7% faster than the GTX 680M when run the 3D Mark Fire Strike.

The notebook uses a 17.3-inch anti-glare screen with a Full HD resolution of 1920*1080. Its size is 428*288*55mm and it weights 3.9kg, and it’s with a nine-cell 7800mAh battery and a 180W AC adapter, but the shell mold is substantially the same with the existing GX70, and there is no significant change.

Other major configurations include: two DDR3L-1600 SO-DIMM memory slots (maximum capacity of 32GB), up to 1TB 7200 rpm hard drive/solid state drive, BD combo/DVD burner, Killer E2200 NIC, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.0, integrated Realtek ALC275 sound card and stereo speaker /subwoofer, high-definition camera, SteelSeries 103 key backlit keyboard and SDXC/SDHC card reader.

The input and output interfaces are also very rich: it has three USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, VGA, HDMI, RJ-45 and headphone/microphone/line input. It supports Eyefinity wide multi-screen technology.

This laptop will be listed in June. And it’s estimated the pure hard drive and 8GB memory model will probably sell at $1200-1300, the model with SSD, Blu-ray and 16GB memory is more than 1500 U.S. dollars.

May 142013

The Archos has recently ingenuity launched the a cook tablet- ChefPad. The tablet is equipped with a 1024×768 resolution 9.7-inch touch screen and unspecified 1.6GHz dual-core processor, and it runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system. However, as a “low-end” device, it only provides 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage (with microSD expansion card slot), as well as two 2-megapixel front and rear cameras.

As the name implies, this Archos cook tablet, will be equipped with a set of exclusive package called Chef Apps Selection, which is oriented tp food lovers who like to toss in the kitchen.

However, the kitchen where is full of knife and fork and lampblack can be said as a dangerous place. So Archos provides the ChefPad with the adapter bracket and silicone sets.

The ChefPad is with a Mini HDMI port that supports wireless connection, which makes this device looks a little bit strange. Fortunately, its price is only £149.99 ($ 230.14) – cheaper than the Nexus 7 sold in the UK.

The tablet will be firstly launched in the UK in June.

May 142013

Few years ago, many companies were attempting to break the education market with large-screen electronic ink devices, such as Plastic Logic, the Skiff, and even Amazon. But their attempt did not succeed. This year, Sony introduced a named Digital Paper of new equipment at the same purpose – a 13.3-inch flexible e-ink prototype.

The Digital Paper weights about 357.2 grams, and it’s with a 1600×1200 resolution capacitive touch screen and a stylus, users can use it to focus and comment on the PDF document. In addition, Sony also wants to add the equipment with the ability to share documents edited by Wi-Fi in the future.

Sony has developed in the field of e-reader fpr several years, the Digital Paper allegedly three weeks endurance performance should be able to attract some student users. But compared to the current Tablet PCs, this device lacks many advantages, such as third-party applications, faster processor and high-resolution screen, even Sony’s own Xperia Tablet Z is likely to become potential competitor of this device.

May 142013

Last month, there were news that Samsung would launch the waterproof and dustproof version Samsung GALAXY S4, which is called as Samsung GALAXY S4 Active. Although generally such a phone should be released together with the Samsung GALAXY S4, but it is clear the waterproof and dustproof Samsung GALAXY S4 Active is different. The release date of this product is still not determined, it’s said to be released at the end of this month, but it’s also revealed that it will be released in Europe on July 15. Now the @evleaks unveiled the AT&T version model of this product.

According to the @evleaks news, the model of the A&T version Samsung GALAXY S4 ACTIVE is SGH-I537, while the AT&T version Samsung Galaxy S4 model is SGH-I337. At the same time, the model of the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active will be GT-I9295, the international version of Samsung GALAXY S4 model is GT-i9500 or GT-I9505.

Previously Japan also leaked the news that the operator DoCoMo would release the waterproof and dustproof Samsung GALAXY S4 Active. Perhaps we can look forward to this week’s DoCoMo new devices, if the Samsung GALAXY S4 Active is not included, then we can only continue to look forward to the end of the month or in mid-July.

May 132013

As early as March this year, there were news that HTC would launch the flagship product HTC Butterfly subsequent version – HTC Butterfly 2, but there has been no news that when it would be launched. Today, the news from the DigiTimes said, the HTC Butterfly 2 will be released in the third quarter (Q3).

According to technology website DigiTimes, in view of Samsung to launch GALAXY Note III in the second half of this year and LG Optimus G2 will also debut then, in order to respond to their competition in the market, HTC will launch HTC Butterfly 2 in the third quarter of this year. So the HTC Butterfly 2 is expected to be released in July this year at the earliest.

As to the HTC Butterfly configuration, DigiTimes reported, the phone will use 1080p (1080 x 1920 pixels) Full HD screen, but also it has a larger screen (more than 5 inches), and it will also have some new features, such as the HTC BlinkFeed similar to the new HTC One, BoomSound and UltrapPixel.

In addition, as the follow-up product of the HTC Butterfly, it’s expected that the device will be equipped with new Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, the overall configuration will be even better than the previous generation products.