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Huawei’s First Octa Core Processor “K3V2″ Ready For Release

Chinese device manufacturer Huawei is now ready to release its first octa core processor called the HiSilicon K3V3. This chip uses ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture that pairs 4 high power Cortex-A15 cores with 4 low power Cortex-A7 cores. It supports the 4G LTE category 6 band which is capable of download speeds of up to 300 mbps.

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Huawei Device chairman Richard Yu hinted that the K3V2 will be used by the successors of the Ascend D2 and the Ascend Mate. Both devices currently use the company’s quad core K3V2 processor. The company claims that the Ascend D2 is the world’s most powerful smartphone while the Ascend Mate has the world’s largest phone screen at 6.1 inches.

Huawei is also refreshing its quad core K3V2 processor with a newer model called the K3V2 Pro which is also ready to enter the market. It has a greatly improved performance compared to the old K3V2 chip which was released in the early part of 2012.

Aside from these new chips entering the market this year the company is also investing more than $600 million for the development of 5G as well as 5G products. It is expected that products based on 5G technology will become popular in the market this coming 2020 which is only 6 years away.

Today, the trend of mobile device manufacturers is to try to control every aspect of the device as much as they can. This is why we are seeing several companies that used to just order processors from third parties already making their own chips. This allows for a certain degree of freedom when coming up with a new smartphone or tablet design.

It will be interesting to see how the HiSilicon K3V3 will compare with other similar octa core processors out in the market today. While there is still no official benchmarking results available yet we’re sure that it is going to perform well.

Some of the octa core processors being used are the Exynos 5 Octa, and MediaTek MT6592 just to name a few.

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ZTE To Launch Octa-Core WiseFone 7750S Processor

Mobile technology is advancing rapidly that this year alone we will be seeing more devices using octa-core processors. It used to be that smartphone and tablet manufacturers would source their parts such as processors from third party vendors. Now, it seems that they want to control most aspects of the device by manufacturing the parts.

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Reports are coming in that LG, Huawei, and even ZTE will be making their own 8 core processors. Rumor has it that ZTE will soon be launching the WiseFone 7750S processor. This is going to be a true octa-core processor which is already undergoing production and could be released in the market as early as next month. While details of this new chip are still very scarce sources in the know say that it is going to require less power compared to the Nvidia Tegra 4 or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800.

There’s still no information when the company will be unveiling this processor however one best avenue would be the upcoming CES 2014 event which will be followed by everyone interested in the latest trends in technology.

Here’s a list of other octa-core processors that we will see in the market

  • A new Samsung Exynos 6 Octa chipset: Samsung posted in their twitter account “Flying even higher in 2014″. The company is said to reveal a new chipset at the CES 2014. This time it’s going to be a true octa-core processor and might even come with 64 bit support.
  • LG is set to unveil its octa-core processor called the LG Odin. Just like Samsung, the company wants o place its own processor into its increasing portfolio of Android devices. A recent AnTuTu benchmark of the chip shows that it performed similar to the quad core Samsung Exynos 5410. This might meant that it’s not a true octa-core processor and uses only quad cores when performance is needed and the other 4 cores for light tasks.
  • The AllWinner A80 is an octa-core processor that combines 4 high performance cores with 4 lower power cores in a big.LITTLE architecture. This allows it create balance in terms of performance and battery life.
  •  The MediaTek MT6592 is the world’s first true 8 core processor that was unveiled recently and packs 8 low power Cortex-A7 cores. All 8 cores can operate t the same time with a clock speed of between 1.7GHz and 2GHz.

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Rumor: Meizu MX3 To Sport Exynos 5 Octa Eight Core Processor

Most of us are already familiar with Samsung, LG, HTC and all of the other popular Android device manufacturers. How about the Chinese Android makers? There’s Huawei, ZTE and then there’s Meizu. While Meizu may not rank high in the worldwide Android smartphone market share the company has produced remarkable Android models.

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Meizu is reportedly preparing a new model which will be the successor to their MX2 device which will be called the Meizu MX3.  What’s special about this model is that it will be using Samsung’s Exynos 5 5410 Octa eight core processor. This will probably be the first third-party device to feature such processor outside of the Samsung Galaxy S4.

It’s also going to feature a 5.1-inch display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution making it a full HD device. The bezel is going to be very thin on both sides to make it easier to handle with one hand.

In terms of software we are expecting it to run on the latest Jelly Bean operating system. It is also going to come with a Smart Bar app as well as Weibo integration.

If we look at the company’s previous models then we should expect this upcoming model to have a good build quality which will set it apart from other Chinese smartphones.

This is still a rumor though so everything must be taken with a grain of salt.

While the company isn’t that popular in the international market it’s definitely one of the key players in the Chinese market. Their popular Meizu MX Android smartphone is one of their most popular models. It feature high end specifications and has a price comparable to most mid-range devices of other manufacturers. Most of the company stores are located in mainland China as well as in Hong Kong.

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Samsung Galaxy S IV delayed due to Exynos Octa issues

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We had reports and a strong reason to believe that the South Korean smart phone manufacturer, Samsung, will bring in the company’s own Exynos 5 Octa eight core processor on the next flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S IV. But that suddenly fell off with the rumor that the company will be using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon System on Chip (SoC). This seems to be the case for real.

Well, when I say for real, more than one source seems to have the same opinion, but this still is a rumor. Apparently, there is some power problem with the Exynos 5 Octa due to which the company is switching to the Qualcomm processor. Piper Jaffray analyst Gus Richard is the source for today’s news who is reporting that the South Korean tech giant will indeed use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips in its new smart phone.

“We believe Samsung’s Galaxy S4 has slipped and the Galaxy S3 has been in production a quarter longer than expected,” writes Richard. “We believe the S4 is being delayed primarily due to power issues with the company’s eight-core Exynos Octa […] we believe the company is likely to shift more to external sources. We believe QCOM will pick up more of Samsung’s S4 business.”

We cannot be completely sure of this, as not all the predictions or news that analysts have reported turned out to be true. But we also have the fact that a Samsung employee has confirmed, anonymously of course, that the next phablet from the company, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, will have the company’s own Samsung Exynos 5 Octa under its hood.

In case the Galaxy S IV, does come out with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor in it, Samsung would not accept the fact that there was any kind of problem with the company’s Exynos 5 Octa processor.

Source: Android Authority

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LG Optimus G2 to have LG’s eight core Odin processor

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There was a rumor that the Samsung Galaxy S IV will come with Samsung’s new eight core processor, the Exynos Octa. But that rumor soon went down the drain with Samsung supposedly employing Qualcomm’s processor in the new flagship device. But we have a new rumor today that says LG, another South Korean smart phone manufacturer, will feature an eight core processor of its own, the LG Odin, as it is said to be called.

The LG Odin apparently uses the big.LITTLE architecture and will be featured in the LG Optimus G2, which is scheduled to be released later this year. DDaily reports that the LG Odin will make use of the 28nm HKMG process for the processor and that the company has hired TSMC to manufacture the chips. The rumor also says that the LG Optimus G2 will appear in the market only by the end of the year 2013.

The LG Odin is said to feature four Cortex A15 cores for heavy duty heavy processing tasks when required, and four cores of Cortex A7 will be used for the mundane tasks of the smart phone. This way, we get high performance and muscle power when required, and when not, the smart phone will be able to preserve some battery. All this is made possible by the big.LITTLE architecture that the Odin is based on.

This new System on Chip (SoC) will also offer eight cores of graphics, for higher graphics performance. The typical activities which would require such high performance are playing full HD 1080p videos, or running high graphics games on the smart phone. But the sad part is that the new LG Odin processor lacks a built in baseband modem.

Well, this is all the news we have about the LG Odin for now. But the rumor mill will sure put out some more news as we near the release of the LG Opitmus G2 down the line.

Source: Android Authority

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Video explains the working of big.LITTLE configuration

Samsung Galaxy S IV is the most anticipated smartphone that will be launched in a few months. We expect a lot from this phone because it is the sequel of the flagship Galaxy S III device, which is still a hot product. With so many other manufacturers launching their flagship phones with high end internal hardware, Samsung will surely put in a great set up in this upcoming device.

We have had many rumors about the S IV, however, there are no official words from Samsung. The South Korean technology giant had previously showcased Exynos 5 Octa processor, which is an 8 core processor that is built using ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture, and there’s a possibility that this particular processor may make its way inside the upcoming flagship. It may be an 8 core processor or may have lesser cores, but most probably it will be based on big.LITTLE set up itself as only that will make the device stand out of the flagship smartphone crowd, and will also promise outstanding performance at the same time.

If you don’t know what ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture is, it is a setup in which the processor is made out of Cortex A15 cores along with Cortex A7 cores. The A15 cores are called as ‘big’ cores because they are powerful and can deal with resource hungry processes easily, but at the same time the A15 cores are also power hungry. We obviously don’t need A15 cores running the non-demanding tasks, and for such tasks there are the A7 cores, also known as ‘LITTLE’ cores because they are very power efficient, but provide mediocre performance.

In order to enlighten general public on how exactly the big.LITTLE setup works in the octo-core chip, Samsung has posted a video which explains the working of this chip. In the video, though not the 8 core chip is shown working, but it does explain the working. This particular setup is made out of two A15 cores and three A7s with no graphical accelerator shown running the Android system. You can see how the MP scheduler correctly assigns each task to the right core depending on its intensity, and it is impressive.

Cortex A15 cores deliver great performance, but they are power hungry and just can’t be used alone on a smartphone due to limitations in the battery size. Using the A15 cores in conjunction with A7 cores does make sense. The A7 cores deliver mediocre performance, but are able to do that while consuming very low power. The Exynos 5 Octa processor comes with 4 cores of A15 and 4 cores of A7, which brings the total to 8. This particular processor which was showcased at the CES has been criticized on the basis that it isn’t a true 8 core processor because either of the 4 cores will be running at any given time, thus the maximum number of active cores are just 4. What are your thoughts on Exynos 5 and ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture? Let us know using the comment form below.

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Huawei Ascend P2 smartphone may cost just $480

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Huawei may not be a big name in the U.S., but they do make a lot of quality phones. The Chinese manufacturer has some great phones in its Android lineup and the company will be launching its latest flagship Android phone at the Mobile World Congress that is going to be held in Barcelona this month.

The handset we’re talking about is called as Huawei Ascend P2. Being a flagship device, it is said to pack a lot of punch in terms of hardware, but the main highlight however is the expected price. Huawei has always been pricing its phones reasonably in the past and they are relatively more affordable than other big shot manufacturer’s products. Even in this case, the price tag of this upcoming device is said to be affordable, and it will be allegedly sold for 3,000 yuan, which roughly converts to a bit over US $480.

The price seems worth considering the hardware it is expected to come packed with. The Huawei Ascend P2 will be coming with the custom 8 core processor called HiSilicon K3V3. Having more cores does not necessarily correspond to better performance, but the device will be super interesting, and perhaps it will be interesting how it will perform against Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa processor which also comes with 8 cores. The mobile chip is Samsung’s first shot at ARM’s big.LITTLE processor architecture, with dual quad-core setup – four Cortex-A15 cores, and four Cortex-A7 ones, with a lot of thermal and power management in-between. It should be noted that in Exynos 5 Octa processor, only 4 cores will be running at a time, so it will be either the A15 cores functioning or A7 cores doing the job. As we know, A15 eats a lot of power, but is good at doing jobs quickly, whereas the A7 cores are of course slower than A15 in calculations, but consume far less power. Many have criticized that Exynos 5 Octa isn’t a true 8 core processor as only 4 cores function at a time. It is said that HiSilicon K3V3 is based on Cortex-A15 ARM architecture, but no further information is available on the same.

The processor is interesting, so are the other hardware features. According to sources, the device will be coming with 1 gig of RAM, which is pretty much standard for a high end device these days. Also, the 2 gig RAM version is expected to retail for a bit more. The display on the Huawei Ascend P2 should be ranging between 4.5 to 5.0 inches in diagonal and will boast either 720p or 1080p resolution. I’m expecting a 4.7 inch screen with 1080p full HD resolution, just like the one that will be featured in the upcoming HTC M7 flagship. The device will supposedly pack a big 3,000mAh battery. The device looks definitely interesting right now, and for the said price, it should be worth every penny. I’m a bit skeptical about the processor, nevertheless, the handset will be one among the hottest out there when launched.

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The Era Of Poor Battery Life Is Almost Over, New Chips Are Looking To Preserve Battery Life On Devices

It’s one thing for chipmakers to promise great battery life on devices, but it’s another thing to actually see it in reality. Thanks to the energy-efficient DROID RAZR MAXX, it’s made us re-think how we should look at battery life on our devices. As PhoneArena put it best, battery life comes down to simply three things: the display, phone’s radios and the processor. As each evolve, we can see some sort of improvement on the battery life, even if its minimal.

The new architectures of the various chipsets are well on their way to changing the idea that Androids can’t have great, if not good battery life. You may remember how we highlighted the sexy Nvidia Tegra 3 processor which not only efficiently manages tasks such as emailing or watching videos by dedicating them to a core processor, but it has a specific low-level core which is specifically tasked with operating the battery at the most efficient level. Chip manufacturer ARM is following suit by developing a dual core chip featuring one low-power A7 core and another high performance A15.  In this setup, the processor can choose which core to use— for example using the A7 for basic apps like emailing and texting.  When users are doing something more demanding such as playing a 3D game or streaming HD video, the processor can automatically switch to the A15 for more power. Perhaps the most intriguing development is coming from Qualcomm. The manufacturer is currently developing a solution called “Consia” where the processor can learn a user’s habits such as when the user uses the device most and when it is not used,  the device would then automatically adjust its settings based off of its users habits– such as when to gather and push data and when to shut it down and sleep when you sleep. In addition, the chip would learn when and where WiFi is available, without the need for additional apps. Neat isn’t it?

Ladies and gentlemen, the era of poor battery life on Androids are soon to be over. Let the games begin!

source: PhoneArena
via: AllThingsD


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Acer Iconia Tab A700 & A701 to feature 1920×1200 displays and a quad-core Tegra 3 processors?

 

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The spec war is in full effect, everyone wants to out do the competitors, and create something with much better specs than their last piece of hardware, and Acer is not one to be left out of this. The usual user agent files have it that their up and coming A700 and A701 Iconia Tabs will feature a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, along with a Full HD display with a resolution of 1920×1200. Amazing screen, crazy processor paired up with some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness at some point, what more could we ask for?

Source: Android.HD

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[Render] Super-Sharp HTC Zeta Will Poke Your Eyes Out With Its Corners, Burn Your Hands With Its Blazing 2.5Ghz Quad-Core Processor

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So, looky at what we have here: yet another render for a supposedly upcoming HTC device. This one is a far cry from the current crop of HTC phones on the market — heck, it’s even a whole different beast from the Edge and Ville. This one looks mean.

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Not only does this monster look like it will beat up all the other phones and take their lunch money, but it’s rumored to have the power to back it up. Under that sharp unibody hood, the Zeta is said to be packing a face-melting…

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HTC Zeta Breaks Cover With 2.5GHz Quad-Core Processor in Tow

Holy humpback smartphone. You are looking at a render (of course) of one of HTC’s future devices known internally as the Zeta. The phone – according to sources – will have a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4.5″ 720p HD display, 32GB of internal storage, 1830mAh battery, Beats Audio, Bluetooth 4.0, 8MP rear camera, [...]

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Viewsonic Viewpad 10e Now Available for 200 Pounds

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In case you haven’t heard yet, the Viewsonic Viewpad 10e is now available in the UK for 200 pounds. It’s a 9.7 inch Android tablet but it isn’t exactly running the software that you probably hoped it would. We’re dealing with Android 2.3 here being run by a 1GHz Cortex A8 (single core) processor and 512MB of RAM. While it’s sure to be a decent tablet for those who are a bit strapped for cash, we’re sure you can find comparable deals on better Android tablets closer to the holiday season. If you want to order it anyway, head here. [via EuroDroid]


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HTC Sensation XL review

The HTC Sensation XL has landed, leaving a sizable footprint behind. While it picks up the naming convention from HTC’s previously dual-core flagship series and some Beats audio accreditation on the way, it looks pretty damn familiar to another member of the family. Yes, the family’s Windows Phone flagship, the Titan certainly tickled our fancy — no other phone had landed on that nascent OS with such a screen. But the Sensation XL faces phones both bigger (and only slightly smaller) in the increasingly crowded world of Android. At around $723 (£450), is the XL’s single-core processor enough? Is that glossy WVGA screen still sharp enough at this size? How does this one compare to previous Sensations, and perhaps more importantly, Samsung’s even bigger not-so-heavyweight? Keep reading after the break to find out.

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Lenovo Android 4.0 Tablet with Quad-Core Tegra 3 Launching This Year

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Holy smokes, Droid-o-claus, what do we have here? It looks like the ASUS Transformer Prime won’t be the only Quad-core Android Tablet to launch this holiday season. And what’s more, the Lenovo Android Tablet leaked by Engadget is said to be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, has high enough specs to clear as a skyscraper, and will be launching before the year ends. But still a rumor, keep in mind.

Above is a render of the device’s back which includes a fingerprint scanner that doubles as an optical trackpad, a camera of unknown specs, and the body is supposedly “Special Fusion-Skin Body”- whatever that means. The anonymous source claims some features are set in stone:

  • 1.6GHz Tegra 3 Quad-Core Processor
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 2GB RAM (1,600MHz DDR3)
  • Standard-size USB port

This news follows on the heels of another Lenovo Android rumor regarding the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid, which would combine the X1 ultraportable line of Lenovo devices with Android and an “Instant Media Mode” that doubles battery life. Nice feature, but Sean Hollister of The Verge appropriately asks if they dual-boot separately or can you switch instantly between the two modes? That is not yet known.

Lenovo has been turning up the heat on their Android offerings in the past year. As far as I’ve seen (at least in the United States) they haven’t struck gold, but if they continue to pursue the level of innovation and flexibility as of late, they’ll be just fine. And it doesn’t hurt to offer one of the first (if not THE first) Android 4.0 tablets with quad-core processing power and a bunch of specs to boot. It remains to be seen if this will all develop as rumored, but we’ll certainly have our fingers crossed.


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We Go Hands On With The ZTE Score On Cricket Wireless VIDEO

We got a chance to take a look at the ZTE Score on Cricket Wireless. The ZTE Score was ZTE’s first Android smartphone to hit the US. ZTE has been having great luck in Europe and Asia becoming 5th place in worldwide market share last quarter.

The ZTE Score is a very light weight plasticy feeling Android device. It weighs just 4.5 ounces and features a 3 and a half inch TFT, capacitive touch screen display with a resolution of 320×480. It’s all running on a 600 mhz single core processor and features a microSD slot supporting up to 32gb.

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In the camera department the ZTE Score has a 3.2 megapixel camera on the rear without the LED Flash which is almost standard these days.

Although these are some lightweight introductory phone specs, what the ZTE Score does offer is Muve Music. Muve Music is Cricket’s unlimited download music service. Their plan is $55 a month and includes unlimited voice, data, and music downloads. Now that’s impressive.

The ZTE Score is also one of the first Cricket Android devices being offered in Best Buy stores nationwide. You can pick it up for $89.99 and just $69.99 when you purchase it online.

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Video Hands On With The ZTE Warp On Boost Mobile

We’re checking out the new ZTE Warp on Boost Mobile. While it’s not a super phone like the Motorola Razr, or the Samsung Galaxy S II it is a solid prepaid Android device and it features Boost Mobile’s Mobile ID (Sprint ID).

The device itself is very lightweight at under 5 ounces. At has a 4.3″ screen which lets it hang with the big boys. The resolution is on the low side at 480×800 but it still looks pretty good. It features a 1ghz single core processor, 512 mb of RAM and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).

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The ZTE Warp has only one camera a 5 megapixel camera on the rear with an LED flash. It also has digital zoom, geotagging and of course takes video.

It’s on Boost Mobile one of Sprint’s two major prepaid brands (the other being Virgin Mobile). It also features Boost Mobile’s Mobile ID service which is the same as Sprint ID.  With ID Packs users can download entire packages of wallpapers, themes, widgets and apps. In the case of this video it has the soccer Mobile ID pack installed.

The ZTE Warp went on sale at Boost Mobile November 2nd for just $249.99 and keep in mind that’s off contract and yours to keep. Boost Mobile also offers a program where when you pay your bill on time you can actually get your bill reduced over time (6 months).

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ASUS Transformer Prime caught in the wild [Gallery]

Whoa, if you’ve been wanting to see more pictures of the just announced ASUS Transformer Prime quad-core tablet then you are in for a treat. It was just made official rocking the new NVIDIA quad-core Tegra 3 processor and we had plenty of press photos, but now we have real live pictures of this beastly tablet in the wild so enjoy the full gallery below.

First off, these are no average blurry photos. Instead we have some awesome pictures showing us plenty of details regarding this awesome new quad-core tablet.This first photo shows how beautifully thin this thing really is. Compared to the iPhone 4 and the DROID RAZR it’s looking pretty sleek. All that power packed into that small package just screams “Buy me now”, as if the specs didn’t have us all thinking that already.

We have a full gallery of awesomeness here. with pictures comparing it to the original Transformer and even showing off the new keyboard dock too. I wont say much more and instead will just remind you all of the specs on this slate, then let you enjoy the gallery of photos. The Transformer Prime rocks the new NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, with 1GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, front and rear cameras, aluminum body design, micro-USB and micro-HDMI ports and more all packed into a beautifully thin frame at just 8.3mm (0.33″) and weighs less than any other 10″ tablet currently on the market. Full details can be seen right here.

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Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Transformer Prime
    Manufactuer : Asus
    Carrier :
    Announced Date : November 09, 2011
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As : Transformer 2

Display

  • Screen Size : 10.10 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280×800
  • Screen Type : IPS+
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 10.35 Inch
  • Width : 7.12 Inch
  • Depth : .33 Inch
  • Weight : 586 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Polymer
  • Battery Capacity : 6579 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 3.2.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • MP3
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)

Hardware

    CPU : Tegra 3
    CPU Clock Speed : 1400 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 1024 MB
    Internal Storage : 64 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution :8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
    QWERTY :
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Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

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NVIDIA announces Tegra 3 quad-core processor, we have all the details [Video]

The time has finally come and today NVIDIA is taking the locks down and opening the doors to the world of quad-core mobile computing. We knew it was coming but today its finally official. Project Kal-El will indeed be called the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, and it will power our favorite smartphones and tablets very soon. This truly represents the next step in the evolution of mobile processors. From gaming to daily tasks, everything will benefit — even battery life. Below we have all the details and three awesome videos that will explain the power and efficiency that we will all come to love in NVIDIA’s Tegra 3.

Back in September NVIDIA outlined plenty of details regarding Kal-El and feel free to click that link for all the information. From the fact that Tegra 3 is actually sporting five cores we could call this Quin-core but that might confuse a few people. What will truly make the Tegra 3 special isn’t just that it will be the first quad-core mobile processor, but it has a 5th “companion core” that will handle all the tasks when the others aren’t needed. Making Tegra 3 extremely powerful while also being energy efficient and providing better battery life than Tegra 2 — Yes I said better (according to NVIDIA).

Now there are a lot of details we could cover from the vSMP technology in T3, to the companion core mentioned above, or the fact that it actually has twelve GPU cores (graphics) and more but instead I’ll start with a few of those video clips courtesy of NVIDIA we mentioned above. Any thoughts, or questions you may have will most likely be answered in the video demonstrations provided below.

First, we have the “Companion Core” video that shows off and explains just what vSMP actually is and does. This stands for Variable Symmetric Multiprocessing. Which is a multi-core CPU architecture for extremely low power usage, and high performance both. When you need dual-core power it turns on and chugs out power, when you need all four from the quad-core you get those too. Then users only need a low power single-core for daily tasks like viewing photos or browsing the web the companion core kicks in and does the dirty work, while conserving power and battery by shutting down the other four. This is actually extremely impressive and will work throughout any OS and application, it will not need to be supported and instead will just work. This is one of the single handed biggest parts of Tegra 3, although you wont hear too much about it. Check out the video:

NVIDIA Tegra 3: Companion Core

We also have a graph in the gallery below that breaks down why and when each processing core gets activated and what processes require more or less power so don’t forget to look over the gallery of images below.

Next we have an awesome video that will truly show you the graphical power of the NVIDIA Tegra 3 mobile processor. We first saw a demo of the NVIDIA game called Glowball back in May, but today we have something even better — Glowball 2: Underwater

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The power of the NVIDIA Tegra 3 graphics will truly be unrivaled. With stunning visuals, realistic physics, real-life active lighting and more you can expect some truly impressive and immersive games to quickly come to market once T3 devices start hitting the shelves. I can’t wait for the Tegra 3 version of SHADOWGUN because that game is awesome — and we have a preview of it on T3 in our next video.

Those first two impressive videos should have taught you plenty about the new NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and what to expect, and some you might have already known. Obviously these videos are being made on the coming very soon ASUS Transformer Prime tablet and they mention that right in the video. The last video wont break details down quite the same way the first two did, but this is another extremely convincing video showing just what we can expect from games and gaming with the NVIDIA Tegra 3 platform.

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As you can see in the graph above users can expect double and sometimes triple the gameplay performance across the board with Tegra 3. Obviously not all games or applications will react the same but in general those are some huge improvements. Combine those increases with the vSMP technology you get stellar performance that wont tax the battery and user.

Basically what this all comes down to is the NVIDIA Tegra 3 platform will be awesome. If the videos above don’t have you convinced then I’m not sure anything I say will either so I’ll just leave it at that. The fact that we are getting over double the performance while not suffering a hit on battery life is an impressive task and we are quite excited to see more. The ASUS Transformer Prime tablet will be the first device to take advantage of the new quad-core Tegra 3 processor and we’ll be getting one in for review as soon as humanly possible to give all these new and impressive features a test drive.

I’m sure NVIDIA and all their partners are just as excited as we the consumer are about these new innovations and improvements and I’m assuming we’ll be hearing plenty soon regarding phones and tablets all rocking the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. I have a feeling this Christmas season will be snowing with quad-core tablets rocking the Tegra 3, we’ll just have to decide which one we want. Stay tuned for more details on T3 and quad-core devices as plenty are coming soon.

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HTC Edge: Quad-core phone images leaked

Whoa, Monday just got a lot more exciting. We have just been tipped with some photos of a smartphone being called the HTC Edge, the companies very first quad-core phone. This could also be the first actual quad-core smartphone if you think about it. We are hearing this will basically be the top dog of them all and combine everything HTC has to offer into one. a 4.7″ 1280 x 720p HD display, Beats Audio, and of course that quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor.

Initial reports are suggesting a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor but we are still digging for more details. In the past almost every HTC phone has came with Qualcomm processors so this would be a huge change of direction, so that is my first doubt. Second NVIDIA Tegra 2 is only 1.0 GHz although a 1.5 GHz quad-core does sound amazing. So basically we are hearing a 4.7″ quad-core beast with 1GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, 8 megapixel camera on the rear, 2 up front for video chat, Beats Audio and more all into an awesome looking device around 10mm thin.

According to PocketNow this is a credible source, but for now this is probably all just speculation but sounds amazing and I want one now. We are seeing capacitive buttons on the rendered image (looking pretty real) so that could mean Android 2.3 Gingerbread although I’m sure many were hoping for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Obviously a flagship device like this would get the update, but you’d think it would come out of the box with Ice Cream Sandwich. This early, with NVIDIA not even officially announcing the Tegra 3 quad-core yet this phone is highly acceptable to both OS, and design changes. There is also no talk of 4G LTE here but that will most likely come later. If you ask me this looks like the Sensation and the recently announced HTC Rezound made a baby, and it looks beautiful.

Developing… stay tuned for more details!

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Asus Transformer Prime’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor gets benchmarked

Speed junkies, prepare to meet your next enabler. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is expected to be the first device to run Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor when it’s announced on November the 9th, and some eagle-eyed testers have the found processor and component speed benchmarks in the AnTuTu database. Needless to say, this thing is a beast.

The 1.4Ghz quad-core processor scored 7,596 points on the AnTuTu database. Specifics aren’t given, but it looks like the Transformer Prime is pushing near the 10,000 mark, easily besting all comers including the new Galaxy Nexus. It looks like the Tegra 3 is beating everything else except in one strange exsmple: 3D graphics. There, the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S II and Optimus 2X look like they’ve got a better score, though that could be an error in testing or  trick of the scaling bar.

You can see the results for yourself – AnTuTu is a free download on the Android Market. As for when you’ll be able to get a Prime tablet for yourself, we know that Asus is planning an announcement on November the 9th, but there’s still no word on pricing or availability. In the meantime, curb your enthusiasm with a teaser video for the Transformer Prime, then one for the Tegra 3 processor.

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ASUS Transformer Prime heads through the FCC, Tegra 3 revealed in teardown [Update]

The soon to be released and instantly popular ASUS Transformer Prime quad-core tablet has just hit the FCC, I’m getting excited just thinking about it. We’ve already seen it in the wild a few times and now its making a quick pit stop at the FCC before heading to the shelves — and our hands.

We were hoping to learn a few new juicy details from the filing bud sadly that isn’t the case although we know plenty already. The Transformer Prime tablet will be just 8.9mm thin while packing the extreme power of the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Coming first with Android Honeycomb it will very quickly be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. First teased in a promo video by ASUS, then quickly followed with an official landing page to keep us all patiently waiting.

Most of the important details are hidden in secrecy in the filings, I was hoping to see some sort of HSPA+ or even LTE bands on board but they didn’t reveal anything of that nature sadly. First shown off by ASUS execs at AsiaD and said to be coming soon a recently leaked roadmap confirms the Transformer Prime will be officially announced November 9th. We should be seeing and hearing plenty about this awesome new flagship tablet from ASUS and NVIDIA in the coming days so be prepared for the power that is the Tegra 3, and stay tuned for more information.

Update: Thanks to wirelessgoodness we now have teardown pictures revealing the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, wireless capabilities and more all in the gallery below.

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HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio Now Available In The UK

It looks like the UK is ready to get more HTC love. HTC made the announcement of the Sensation XL last month and we’ve seen some promo videos as well, but Clove is reporting the phone is available now. In case you’ve forgotten, the phone includes a 1.5GHz single-core processor with 768MB of RAM, a 4.7-inch display, 16GB of internal storage, an 8MP camera along with a front-facing camera, Sense UI on top of Gingerbread 2.3, and of course Beats Audio.

The phone is available for £486.00 including VAT (£405.00 without VAT). Head over to Clove to check out the phone if you happen to live in the UK and are in the market for a new phone.

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Karuma PlayBase – 7″ capacitive Android tablet for £169

This is the PlayBase. It’s a new 7″ Android tablet from Singaporean manufacturer Karuma, which plans to start selling it direct, to you, though its web site, with the first units arriving in “early December” for a price of £169.

It’ll arrive with a 1.2GHz processor alongside 1GB of RAM, lading the maker to claim it’ll be “upgradeable” to both Android 3.0 and 4.0. Which tells us this actually arrives with Android 2.3 and you’d better hope they can be bothered creating any future updates.

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PlayBase is following the Andy Pad model, with a web site currently up and teasing a 14-day countdown until pre-orders launch. In fact, it’s all very similar to the Andy Pad launch. Would it be crazy to suggest this is being organised by the same people/person?

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You can register your interest over at http://www.play-base.com should you have any interest. Here’s the simple list of tech highlights from the maker:

Key features and specifications of the PlayBase® include:

7″ LCD, 800 x 600 resolution display, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch display

1.2 GHz single-core processor

Built-in Wi-Fi

8GB of NAND flash

Up to 32GB Micro SD card

Multimedia options, including music, photos, video recording and playback

RAM : 1G DDR3

Output: Micro USB, Earphones

Dimensions: 204mm ×122m × 9.7mm

Weight: 325g

Stereo speakers

Front-facing camera

Accelerometer

Up to 5 hours of battery life, 60 hours on standby

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HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio Now Available in the UK for £486.00

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Our friends at Clove in the UK have just sent word that the HTC Sensation XL is now in stock and shipping. For £486.00 incl. VAT, you’ll be able to get one of the first Beats Audio HTC smartphones on the market. Aside from that, you’re looking at a pretty good smartphone.

It’s a 4.7 inch smartphone (hence the “XL” part) with a 1.5GHz single-core processor, 768MB of RAM, an 8 megapixel 720p camera, a front–facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, Android 2.3 with HTC Sense and more. It’s also a bit thin at 9.9mm.

This is no HTC Sensation internally, but the device is still quite good. Take a good, close look at it over at Clove before making your purchase decision.

[Update]: Carrier “Three” is now offering the device, as well.


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Samsung Galaxy W now on Three – from £22 per month

Samsung’s Galaxy W is now available through the Three UK site, which will do you one of Samsung’s new mid-range Android phones on monthly tariffs starting at £22. For that you don’t get much, just 100 calling minutes, 5000 SMS messages and a 500MB mobile data allowance.

Or you can get it on a PAYG basis for £249. Or with “All You Can Eat” data for £25. There are lots of options. We won’t bother listing them all, as that’ll be very boring for everyone.

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The Galaxy W sounds like quite a decent option. It comes with a 3.7″ 480×800 screen, 1.4GHz single-core processor, Android 2.3 and 1GB of memory, plus a 5megapixel camera with LED flash AND a front-facing chat cam. There’s plenty worse out there. Check out Three’s pricing plans here.

We’ve previously put the Galaxy W’s spec sheet online here, if you’re in the market for a decent, workmanlike upgrade.

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Quick Video Review: HTC Evo Design 4G On Sprint

Sprint has recently (possibly unbeknownst to them) added a new category of Android phones. This category sits firmly in between mid-range phone and the superphones that we all love to dote about. This is a great category for consumers.  Over the weekend we unboxed and reviewed the other phone in this category the LG Marquee, today we are checking out the HTC Evo Design 4G.

The first thing we notice about the Design 4G is the 4G part. This means that  it will operate on Sprint’s current 4G WiMax network. The other thing that makes this phone special is it’s the first HTC Evo world phone meaning you can use it internationally (with an international plan of course).

Aside from those two things what we have is a very solid Android device. It’s sleek looking design and light weight. The 1.2ghz single core processor is just a little bump up from the HTC Evo 4G, Sprint’s flagship Evo device released in June of 2010 and still one of the most popular Android devices, not only on Sprint but out of the whole Android ecosystem.

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The HTC Evo Design 4G is a little smaller than the HTC Evo 4G and not quite as small as the HTC Evo Shift 4G. It should also be better received than the shift, even without a qwerty keyboard.

It features a 4 inch qhd display with a resolution of 960×540 making images pop off the screen.  There is a 5 megapixel camera on the rear and a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front for video chatting over 3G, 4G and Wifi.  It’s also running the latest versions of Android (2.3 Gingerbread) and HTC’s Sense UI.

We would recommend the HTC Evo Design 4G for any new person to Android or perhaps anyone who’s coming up on 2 years with the HTC Hero and may not want the sophistication of one of the new super Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S II or the Motorola Photon 4G.

The HTC Evo Design 4G also works great for business folks with Microsoft Exchange and the full Google apps suite.

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[Deal Alert] Nexus S Available For $299.99 From Mobile Daily Steals With International Warranty (That’s About $60 Off)

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For those unable to wait on the Galaxy Nexus, Samsung’s Nexus S can still hold up against the competition in many ways. It may only pack a single-core processor, but it’s a Nexus phone, meaning it is still one of Google’s flagship Android devices, and will have active development and timely updates for a while yet. If you’ve been patiently waiting for your shot at a bargain on the Nexus S, now’s your chance – Mobile Daily Steals is offering this beauty (unlocked) for just $299.99 with an international warranty, about $60 lower than Amazon’s lowest price….

Official Android Police t-shirts are now on sale, with over 25 designs to call yours.

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[Deal Alert] Nexus S Available For $299.99 From Mobile Daily Steals With International Warranty

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For those unable to wait on the Galaxy Nexus, Samsung’s Nexus S can still hold up against the competition in many ways. It may only pack a single-core processor, but it’s a Nexus phone, meaning it is still one of Google’s flagship Android devices, and will have active development and timely updates for a while yet. If you’ve been patiently waiting for your shot at a bargain on the Nexus S, now’s your chance – Mobile Daily Steals is offering this beauty (unlocked) for just $299.99 with an international warranty, about $60 lower than Amazon’s lowest price

Official Android Police t-shirts are now on sale, with over 25 designs to call yours.

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HTC Explorer passes by the FCC while staying on a budget

For those on a budget the HTC Explorer might be exactly what you need. We’ve seen the Explorer a few times and it was officially announced by HTC back near the end of September but today it just got a bit more official now that it has passed the FCC. Originally codenamed the Pico, the HTC Explorer should now be on its way to store shelves soon.

The HTC Explorer is about as entry level as it gets, but should make plenty of users happy. We have a 3.2″ display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a 600 MHz single-core processor. It also comes with a 3 megapixel camera that HTC says is a lot better than the 3 MP rating suggests, as well as HTC Sense 3.5 UI changes.

HTC has not formally announced a release date or official pricing for the new HTC Explorer but with specs similar to the HTC Wildfire S it should come in at a great price and possibly even be offered free with a new 2-year contract from carriers. As a little bonus, HTC recently partnered with Dropbox so users that get a new HTC device will get 5GB of free cloud storage to one of the best options available — Dropbox. As soon as we hear more details regarding this cute little entry level smartphone we will be sure to update with all the information. You can sift through the files from the FCC yourself by clicking here.

Bonus video: HTC Explorer first look

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