Friday, May 31st, 2013
Thursday, May 30th, 2013
“Moto X: The First Smartphone Assembled in the USA” is the news title on Motorola’s media center.
Motorola is placing all its bets on the Moto X, their new flagship smartphone due to come out in October. It will be designed, engineered and assembled in the United States and more so, according to the manufacturer, this will be the first smartphone to ever be assembled in the US.
The Google owned company refers to several reasons for doing this including important supply-chain advantages, however, my guess is that an all American smartphone might be more appealing to customers in the USA. This might suggest that Motorola is planning to focus on the North American market first, as part of its aim to claw back a share of the smartphone market.
But will the Moto X be ‘all that’? Well, let’s not forget that Motorola invented the mobile phone back in 1973. This is a company with an extensive background in mobile phone technology and vast expertise in the telecommunications equipment field. What they’ve got planned is big and very different, it is a huge gamble that can either change the way we see the smartphone or fail terribly. So what is it that they are planning to do?
You can blame Motorola for the lack of images. In an interview on Wednesday, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside claimed to have the Moto X in his pocket but apparently we weren’t invited to the party in his pants as he wouldn’t show anyone what the device looks like. Either way, here’s what we know so far:
1. It will be contextually aware meaning that will anticipate your needs and will react differently in different scenarios. Examples include:
2. It may run stock Android
3. It will have two processors that will somehow help maximize battery life
4. It will be a ‘budget’ handset. Woodside has specified that the smartphone will be low-cost but high-quality and will range somewhere between features phones that sell for 30$ and high-end devices that go for $650. That leaves quite a margin but we’re assuming he means that it will cost around $300 to $400
That is literally all the information out there at the moment but it’s enough to make us curious. We’re hoping to hear more about the Moto X soon.
Keep in touch.
Thursday, May 30th, 2013
Samsung has just unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. It was fairly obvious that Samsung will soon bring out a mini version of the S4 to replace the S3 Mini, however, they were expected to officially announce this in June.
JK Shin, CEO and President of the IT & Mobile Communication Division at Samsung Electronics had this to say about the S4 Mini: “We appreciate such unprecedented demands for the Galaxy S4 that we aimed to provide users with a life companion for a fuller, richer and simpler life. And now, we want to give people more choice with the Galaxy S4 Mini, featuring a similar look & feel to the Galaxy S4 for more compact and practical usages. The new Galaxy S4 Mini provides consumers with a new way to enjoy the flagship Galaxy S4 experience.”
JK Shin is trying to appeal to those that find the size of the S4 impractical. Featuring a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display and a 1.7 GHz dual core processor, the S4 Mini is still a powerful device, even when compared to the full sized S4 and its 8 megapixel back camera and 1.9 megapixel HD front-facing camera are more than sufficient for taking great photos.
See the image below for the full specs:
Please bear in mind that, according to Samsung, the above spec sheet is subject to change.
If you’re considering getting the S4 Mini you’ll be happy to know that we’ll soon be stocking S4 Mini accessories and cases as part of our aim to have ‘Everything First’. The S4 Mini is expected to arrive in the UK at the beginning of July 2013.
Are you a Samsung fan? Which handset would you rather have: the full-fledged S4 or the S4 Mini? Leave a comment below and let us know.
Friday, February 22nd, 2013
What can we learn from the images below? Well, we can see that the phone does look to sport a 4.99 or 5-inch display, likely at Full HD resolution. The overall shape of the phone looks much more angular than the previous generation, and has more in common in this regard with the earlier Galaxy S2 smartphone.
We can see that the phone will include a mid-mounted rear camera, with LED flash and rear speaker mounted on either side of the fairly large camera. We’ve got a headphone jack on the upper right (as you would look at the front of the phone), with volume buttons on the left hand side, a lock button on the right and micro USB on the bottom.
What do you think of these Samsung Galaxy S4 accessories? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and have a good one!
Thursday, November 1st, 2012
The big difference from the One X to the One X+ is the phone’s hardware. The quad-core Tegra 3 processor has been updated from the mid-range variant to the fastest Tegra yet made, running at 1.7 GHz. The internal storage has also been upgraded, moving to a massive 64 GB of flash memory. With a faster battery comes additional power requirements, so HTC have thoughtfully increased the battery capacity to 2,100 mAh.
The phone has also seen multimedia improvements. The front-facing camera on the phone has been upgraded to use the phone’s dedicated ImageChip image processor and to use a 1.6 megapixel sensor. That makes for a consistently sharper looking picture from the front. The phone also ups the ante with Beats audio integration. Here, there’s a new hardware amplifier for your headphones, allowing your music to be much louder. Of course, Beats also provides the same software equaliser as before, with that S-shaped track deepening bass and crisping vocals.
The new phone is upgraded to the latest version of Android, 4.1, and includes a number of software fixes and additions. Not least of these is Google’s Project Butter initiative, which seeks to speed up Android’s responsiveness across the OS, making animations more fluid and everything feel faster. The new OS also includes improved notifications and an eerily prescient personal assistant in Google Now, able to take clues from your context and web searches to provide the right answer at just the right time. The Android 4.1 update has been well received on the Galaxy S III and it should be much the same for the One X+, a faster and cleaner version of Android with more features.
All in all, the One X+ is a competitive handset that should definitely appeal to HTC fans and Android enthuasists; the display on the One X+ remains the best in the business and the considerable hardware and software upgrades make this a very mighty phone indeed.
For pricing and availability information, as well as additional photos and specs, check out the product page linked below.
Thanks for reading and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below. Have a good one!