Archive for the ‘Coming Soon’ Category
Saturday, March 29th, 2014
Everything is smart these days. Smart phones, smart homes, smart cars. This week, Samsung unveiled another ‘smart’ thing: a smart LED light bulb, called simply Smart Bulb.
The idea behind the smart bulb is that this is a light bulb that can be controlled from an app on your phone or tablet. A connection to up to 64 bulbs is made via Bluetooth, and then you’re able to control these individually or en masse. Most previous smart bulbs have required a Wi-Fi connection with a router in the middle; using Bluetooth is simpler and cheaper.
The bulb is able to dim to 10% brightness, and can provide light from a warm 2700K to a cool 6500K. Each bulb has a life expectancy of 15,000 hours, or about 10 years.
It’s also possible to automate the control of the bulbs using a third-party ZigBee Bluetooth hub, allowing automatic turning on and off of lights to match your schedule or to make your home appear occupied while you’re out, deterring would-be thieves.
The Samsung Smart Bulb is expected to cost around $30 (£18), although final UK pricing is yet to be confirmed. That means it’s quite possible to outfit a room or an entire house without incredible expense.
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Friday, February 28th, 2014
We’re happy to announce that the highly anticipated HTC One 2014 will be coming soon to Mobile Fun. We are the first in the UK to announce a sim-free price for the phone, which will be £579. The phone is available for pre-order now, so click to visit the HTC One M8 2014 sim-free product page or read on for more info.
The killer feature: a new dual-camera imaging system
The HTC One 2014, aka “the all new One” and “HTC M8″, looks to be an evolution of the One that launched last year. The biggest new feature is the addition of a second rear camera, mounted above the original. It’s thought that one sensor would be a 4-megapixel sensor (mirroring that of the Ultrapixel branded camera in last year’s One), while the other would be a 2-megapixel unit.
This second camera could provide a number of advantages, including the ability to refocus shots after they’ve been taken. Raw image quality would also go up, with the second sensor allowing imaging data to be combined and noise removed. If the new camera system works as intended, it could be a big leap forward for mobile image quality without the bulk that Nokia’s 41 megapixels sensor demands.
Hardware and software upgrades
The rest of the phone will some smaller upgrades as well. We’d expect a Snapdragon 800 processor, a larger 5-inch screen at 1080p and 2 GB of RAM. Android 4.4.2 is expected to ship with the phone, along with a new version of HTC Sense, version 6.0.
The One 2014 will be the first HTC phone to come with on-screen buttons, rather than the capacitive options it has used in the past. This change reduces manufacturing costs, and allows the buttons to be re-positioned as the phone’s orientation changes. With the new full-screen modes introduced in Android 4, it’s also easy for these buttons to be hidden in full-screen apps to maximise the available screen space.
The One 2014 will go up against the Sony Xperia Z2 and the Samsung Galaxy S5. While each of its competitors include new features (like the Z2′s improved display and the S5′s waterproofing and heart-rate monitor), the One 2014 looks to have the most substantive changes. HTC badly need to have a successful flagship, and the One 2014 looks like a pretty good attempt at this. However, both of its biggest competitors have a higher marketing budget, and it will be difficult for the One 2014 to out-perform either model at retail without absolutely nailing the design.
The HTC One 2014 is less than a month away from being announced – and it looks like it could be the Android enthusiast’s phone of choice for the year to come.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for checking out the article and have a good weekend!
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is due to be unveiled in two weeks’ time, at an Unpacked event in Barcelona. The event, which takes place concurrently with the Mobile World Congress trade show, will reportedly be a more subdued affair than the frankly weird Broadway-style show that heralded the arrival of the Galaxy S4. The serious tone points to a more substantive this year than last, when critics complained the S4 wasn’t much better than the Galaxy S3 released the year before.
The prevailing theory at the moment is that the Galaxy S4 will be released in two configurations; a “prime” configuration with significantly upgraded hardware, and a “standard” model which will include more nominal upgrades. Beyond performance enhancements, the prime model is also rumoured to include a metal body. That’s something that fans have been requesting for some time now, as cheap and practical plastic used in the Galaxy S4 seems inappropriate for a phone that is otherwise a wholly premium affair.
There’s some evidence for a difference in hardware, at least. According to benchmark results released via AnTuTu, two different models have been tested with different hardware configurations. One, the SM-G900R4 for US Cellular, includes a Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.5 GHz, a Quad HD display (that’s 2560 x 1440) and 3 GB of RAM. The other model, the SM-G900H for Europe, is a far tamer beast with an octa-core Exynos processor, 1080p display and 2 GB of RAM – the same specifications as the Korean S4. It’s not known if the two phones are the same size (and hence whether Galaxy S5 cases will fit all models), but an increase in screen size to 5.2″ in at least one model is expected.
A two-tier release would be an interesting choice from Samsung, almost mirroring the release of the iPhone 5S and 5C by Apple last year. Of course, Apple were able to sell their top tier iPhone 5S much better than their lower tier iPhone 5C, through the inclusion a metal body (newly in gold), a new CPU and the TouchID fingerprint sensor. Now, it’ll be up to Samsung to prove that their top-tier additions, extra screen resolution and extra RAM, make for a worthwhile upgrade.
I guess we’ll find out how Samsung plan to do that when the Galaxy S5 is announced in 14 days. I’m excited – are you?
Monday, March 18th, 2013
It’s fair to say that Samsung placed an awful lot of attention on the built-in apps and features on the Samsung Galaxy S IV; showcasing new additions like Smart Scroll, Smart Pause and Air View. Another of the additions to the S4 is the improved S Health app: a health-tracking app which was launched last year but has been revamped for the new flagship handset.
S Health is great for those who like to keep on top of their fitness – it uses the built-in pedometer on the phone to calculate how many steps you take or far you run. It can also measure the temperature and humidity of the room you’re in to help calculate fitness levels and works with diet tracking as it can pull calorie details of common foods – everything you need to see how your fitness is can be found on the app.
To work in conjunction with S Health, Samsung have announced the Genuine Samsung Galaxy S IV S Band Fitness bracelet – a pretty clever wrist band which is available in a range of colours. The band measures your exercise details, including recording the amount of steps taken, as well as calories burned and distance covered. The band can then be synced with the S Health app to show your daily activity and give suggestions of how you can improve. The S Band shows real-time information on the S IV and is really simple to pair; once the band has been set up it doesn’t need to b set-up again: all data and information is saved.
Not only great for tracking exercise, the S Band also tracks your sleep efficiency, highlighting how much you move during sleep, so that you can make informed decisions about your sleep pattern and ensuring you get the best sleep possible.
One of the best fitness Galaxy S IV accessories available, the S Band is even waterproof up to 10m meaning that it can be worn at all times and you don’t need to worry about it getting damaged by the weather or in the shower. Not matter where you are you can track your progress.
Monday, March 18th, 2013
With the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S4 last week came a plethora of Genuine Samsung accessories including cases, covers, batteries and docks; plus some more obscure accessories including the Fitness Bracelets and the Game Pad.
The Genuine Samsung Galaxy S4 Game Pad is an excellent addition to the Galaxy S4 accessories line up; honing in on the entertainment aspect of the S4 and giving game playing on mobiles a new lease of life.
Really easy to use, the S4 simply sits snugly in the adjustable clamp section of the Game Pad. The clamp can reach up to 6.3″ in width too, so it will work with slim Galaxy S4 covers on the phone. This keeps the phone protected even when using it with the Game Pad and saves having to remove the cover every time you wish to play games on the phone.
The controller of the Game Pad looks like a standard pad; having two analog sticks, a d-pad, four action buttons, shoulder keys and the usual start, back, home and select buttons. All the buttons you need to get the best gaming experience are included on the pad.
Connecting to the S4 wirelessly using bluetooth, there’s no need for fiddly wires and connections when using the Game Pad; simply attach it to the phone and you’re ready to play. To make things even quicker you could set up an NFC TecTile to pair the phone and Game Pad together with a touch.
The Galaxy S4 charger port remains free when using the Game Pad, so that you can continue playing for as long as you like without the fear of running out of juice on the S4.
Use the Game Pad in the car, on the go or at home; play against your friends, play on your own – just keep the fun of the Galaxy S4 going!
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