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[OP-ED] The 3,686,400 Pixel Question: Is a 2K Display Really Necessary On a Mobile Device in March 2014?

Is a 2K Display Really Necessary On a Mobile Device

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A lot has been made about the ‘new standard’ in mobile technology, the 2K display resolution. Most manufacturers who have announced, or will announce, their new flagships are selling the 2K resolution like it is the next frontier, and maybe it is. But how much difference is there in having a 2K resolution on your mobile device; do you get any tangible benefits from having it? That’s what we’re here to discuss today, and hopefully you’ll be able to make your own decision about it once we’re done.

First of all, some background. The 2K display name comes from the fact that the resolution is over 2000 pixels wide (2560 to be exact). The full resolution, 2560×1440, is also twice the height of ‘conventional’ HD screens; the height of a 2K display is 1440 pixels high whereas HD measures exactly half at 720 pixels. This is why you will occasionally hear a 2K display referred to as ‘Quad HD’ i.e. able to fit four HD screens into one Quad HD screen.

Is a 2K Display Really Necessary On a Mobile Device

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The first phones to boast having 2K displays were the <insert phones>. While these phones can be blamed for instigating this whole ordeal, the ‘arms race’ mentality of the smartphone industry is much more deep-seeded. Manufacturers strive to out-do each other, even if the benefits to the consumer are diminishing; who doesn’t love bigger numbers, right?

So in the case of 2K displays, what exactly are the considerations that we need to take into account, and how does it affect the phone itself?

Is a 2K Display Really Necessary On a Mobile DeviceFirst and foremost, many Android users will place extra importance on performance figures. In the last few months, we’ve had unconfirmed benchmarks of devices that have, or will, come in two variants (Samsung Galaxy S5 and Oppo Find 7). Interesting, in both cases, it was suggested that the ‘lesser’ model, which had a 1080p display, would either perform at, or above, the level of the ‘premium’ model with the 2K display.

The most likely explanation for this phenomenon is likely the increased power consumption and CPU usage required to run the bigger screen resolution. You may argue tooth and nail that these results are unconfirmed or from prototype testing and therefore not final, however the logic of this hypothesis is sound, as well as the fact a similar occurred when screen resolutions jumped from 720p to 1080p about a year ago. This isn’t to say that 2K displays cause bad performance; it is more the fact that we do not have processors which give us enough of a processing advantage to offset the additional load that a 2K display brings with it.

Is a 2K Display Really Necessary On a Mobile DeviceA flow-on effect of the increased power consumption due to the 2K display is of course decreased battery life; even disregarding high performance scenarios, the 2K display is going to demand more power than a 1080p display simply by virtue of the increased number of pixels to be output. This will occur even in everyday use; many of you will know that Android device displays are far and away the biggest consumer of battery power.

Moving away from objective facts for a bit, we can also consider the actual perceivable detail ‘improvement’ in having a 2K display. For a reference comparison, TVs we saw at CES 2014 have only just made 4K resolution mainstream. While the resolution comparison between mobile and TV isn’t perfect, it’s pretty obvious that TVs are far larger than mobile devices, yet why do we need such a huge number of pixels (3,686,400 to be exact)  in the same area as our palm?

Is a 2K Display Really Necessary On a Mobile DeviceFor a more scientific comparison, a 65-inch 4K TV will have 68 pixels-per-inch (ppi), the most common measurement of detail. Furthermore, Apple refers to its Retina display as a device that has around 326ppi, hotly contested as the most detail an eye can perceive. The new Oppo Find 7 variant which has a 2K display, will have 538ppi on its 5.5-inch screen, and even the Find 7a is going to have pretty impressive 441ppi.

With this in mind, nobody is going to say that a 4K TV is a bit blurry, and (Apple prejudice aside) nobody is going to disagree that the iPhone screen is one of the best on the smartphone market right now. Sure, a 2K display is going to look desperately good, but is it going to look that much better than a 1080p display? And even if this were true, can we really legitimize the additional pixel real estate if the only other tangible effects are going to be increases in power and battery consumption?

Is a 2K Display Really Necessary On a Mobile DeviceThe case for tablets is a bit better than that for mobile devices; tablets are designed with large enough batteries to support larger display resolutions, and while battery life would still take a hit due to a possible 2K display, the effect wouldn’t be as profound as on a mobile device. Indeed, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro carries a 12.2-inch 2560×1600 resolution display, which is basically the gold standard for tablet resolutions, big and small, and it doesn’t look like anybody is going to venture much further than that any time soon. So why are manufacturers insisting on pushing mobile device displays to 2K resolution?

We’ve covered quite a few arguments here, but probably the biggest take home message here is this: this is only the situation for 2K displays in March 2014 (and possibly the very near future). 2K displays are only just become available, so it’s natural that pairing them with yesteryear’s technology is going to result in some teething issues. Even with slightly upgraded processors and slightly bigger batteries, we’re only going to be seeing minute improvements in the areas that matter to us, if that.

As such, it’s very difficult to recommend a mobile device with a 2K display right now; despite it’s obvious marketing and technical brilliance, it really has no tangible advantages for you and me as consumers, and arguably never will.

What do you think about 2K displays? Do you have any additional considerations to add to the discussion? Feel free to add to the discussion by commenting below.


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Do you really need a 4K smartphone screen?

See those two screens up there? Pretty soon the smartphone will have the same resolution as the much bigger panel (a 27-inch Dell U2711 monitor with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels). While the snappiest CPUs, more RAM, better cameras and other frills are a must for the latest handsets, the current marketing pièce de résistance is a higher-resolution screen. In four years, we’ve passed from a norm of 800 x 480 to 960 x 540 and up to 720p, 1080p and soon — likely on Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5 — 2,560 x 1,440 Quad HD (QHD). That works out to a borderline-insane 500-plus pixels per inch (depending on screen size) and manufacturers aren’t stopping there. But is more resolution worth the extra expense if you can’t even see the difference? Well, it’s complicated.

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[Hands-On Review] Lenovo Yoga 8 & Yoga 10 Android Tablets

Lenovo Yoga 8 Yoga 10 ReviewGenerally we don’t lump multiple reviews into one review, but since the Lenovo Yoga 8 and Yoga 10 Android tablets have identical specs, minus screensize and minor battery change, we felt there was no reason to make them individual reviews. Lets get to work and see how these two newly release tablets work out.

The Specs

The Lenovo Yoga 8 and Yoga 10 are mildly priced to compete in the mid-ranged tablet arena. Both tablets pack in a MediaTek MTK 8125 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 (1.20GHz 533MHz 1MB) processor. They have just 1 GB of LPDDR2 800 MHz RAM, a 1.6MP front facing camera and a 5MP rear facing camera. Both come out of the box with Android 4.2  and come in a 16GB or 32GB variety. We have one of each of the 16GB models on hand for this review. A nice addition that some of the more powerful tablets out there don’t have that these do is a conveniently located micro SD card slot. Which actually supports up to a 64GB card.

Lenovo Yoga 8 Yoga 10 Review Lenovo Yoga 8 Yoga 10 ReviewThe primary difference between the two tablets when it comes to specs is the screen size. The Yoga 8 offers up a 8-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800. The Yoga 10 is obviously a 10.1-inch display and is also at a resolution of 1280 x 800.  As you might have guessed, the resolution looks a lot cleaner and crisper on the Yoga 8 then on the Yoga 10. As for battery size differences, the Yoga 8 houses a 6,000 mAh battery and the Yoga 10 offers a 9,000 mAh battery. Both claim long battery life.

Functionality and Design

The functionality and design of both tablets are again, identical, but also compelling enough to catch your eye and make you wonder. Unlike most standard flat tablets, the Yoga’s cylindrical battery that is placed on one side gives you something nice and easy to pick up and hold onto while you walk. It serves the secondary purpose of displacing the weight of the tablet into your hand, or while in stand mode, keeping it balanced on the table.  I was pretty curious how the rear stand was designed and worked when I first saw the images of these tablets.

Lenovo Yoga 8 Yoga 10 Review Lenovo Yoga 8 Yoga 10 ReviewAs you can see the stand is on the rear of the tablet. If you have big fingers an no nails you might have some issues getting in under the flap to open it. There is a small, crevice if you will, where you can stick your finger nails to pull the stand down. It is also very easy and possible to man handle the stand and just grab it with your thumb on the front and your fingers on the back and rotate it open. The hinge is pretty stiff and clicks into place when it is fully open providing you a solid feel to place it standing upright. While it is definitely designed to stand in the full vertical clicked position, you do have some leeway for more angles. The additional viewing angles greatly depend on which tablet you have though. The 8-inch can handle more extreme angles on flat surfaces, whereas the 10-inch variety can not.

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On the front of the tablets you have a set of Dolby certified speakers. They do sound pretty good, but don’t pump out nearly as much sound as I was expecting. If you are thinking that you could set this up in a large office for music or to watch a movie, it just won’t work out for you. However, in a fairly quiet location with only yourself or a few people, you could easily all watch and hear a movie.

Lenovo Yoga 8 Yoga 10 ReviewOn the left hand side you find the power button. It is on the end of the cylinder battery. It has an LED light behind it that blinks a soft white when you have emails and notifications. Just above that is the micro USB charging port.

Lenovo Yoga 8 Yoga 10 Review Lenovo Yoga 8 Yoga 10 ReviewOn the right hand side you find your headphone jack and your volume rocker. A rather cool, and interesting, aspect of the volume rocker is that their purpose changes with the orientation of the tablet. up is always volume up and down is alway volume down no matter which way the tablet is orientated. Meaning they change based on how the tablet is sitting.

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Home Screen

Lenovo Yoga 8 Review ScreenI don’t put a lot of stock in manufacturer branded homescreen layouts or operations. Lenovo didn’t go to a major extreme with their home layout like some do, it is pretty basic and straightforward. However, many Android enthusiasts will be rather irritated and disappointed that they went with a more Apple/iPad approach with an Android mix. If you look, you will see a dock for apps, but what you won’t see is a app drawer. Instead all apps install and go to the next home screen page. Pretty annoying if you ask me. I won’t bore you much with the particulars of a home screen and how Lenovo set this up. We all know that a simple install of Nova or APEX changes the whole tablet and brings it back to something we all know and love.

The Screens

The screen resolution comes up nearly as much as the physical hardware specs do.  As previously mentioned, both tablets have a resolution of 1280 x 800. Unless you have another device the same size with a higher resolution sitting next to you, you might not even really notice it much. Having both the 8 and 10 sitting here, it is very apparent that the 8-inch looks clearer and is dramatically brighter than its 10-inch brother. The screen, the icons and apps are much cleaner looking and less clouded. They just look fuzzy and a bit out of focus on the 10-inch. More so taking the same size icon and stretching it to a larger size.

Screen talk also pulls in the thoughts of movies and games. Since the obvious advantage to both tablets is the kickstand, which makes watching movies pretty much a given. Numerous other reviews I have read about these tablets shoots them into the hole when it comes to pixelation, movie viewing and games. While many of them all have a valid point, I think there are some critical things to think about before degrading these. For instance, what are you trying to watch and how are you trying to watch it. A simple 720p AVI movie file didn’t seem to be well liked by either tablet, which could have been the format or the audio codec or what have you. Both had issues playing it smoothly. However, streaming the same file through Plex or SpotBros gave me a clear image that was very much watchable.

If you get really close, you can see pixelation, but seriously, this isn’t being marketed as a 4K resolution tablet. It is a $250 midrange device. Pixelation in and around that price range is a given. On a similar note, I don’t load an SD card with 720p or 1080p movies to begin with. I load them up with standard quality so that more fits on the card, or in the device memory. If Netflix is your thing, yes, you will see some blacks that are off and things won’t be crystal clear. Attempting to compare the screen resolution to a tablet that costs double, seems a bit far fetched to me. For me, and probably for many of you out there looking towards one of these, your primary concern is if it works. It does.

The Cameras

Both tablets have the same cameras built in. The one on the front is a 1.6MP camera and the one on the rear is a 5MP camera. Their placement is a bit odd, considering how the tablets sit and stand.

Performance

This is where some of us were worried. Especially since Lenovo went with the MediaTek processor and coupled it with only 1GB of RAM. To see how well it would hold up I did a few things that I figured would put it to the test fairly well. No, it wasn’t a benchmark test. Instead I installed some high-end graphic intense games. Dead Trigger 2 and Modern Combat 4 to be exact.

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Lenovo Yoga 8 Yoga 10 Review Lenovo Yoga 8 Yoga 10 ReviewBoth tablets handled the games without hesitation and both games looked great on both tablets. Obviously they looked a little better on the 8-inch screen. Individual experience may vary however. I ran Dead Trigger 2 numerous times without failure. I played through some zombie killing action both in hand and with a Moga Pro Power series controller. There were a few moments where turning and shooting stuttered for less than a second, but it wasn’t like it killed me. Near as I could tell, I had too many apps floating around and opened and notifications popping up at the same time. I closed off what was still showing up and didn’t have issues. Just like nearly every device out there, if you have a ton of apps and services running, you might have glitches and slowness in a game or another app.

In normal use cases where I used it for emails, Hangout conversations, watching movies, playing basic games and reading books/magazines, both tablets performed equally impressive. If there was any lag, it wasn’t enough or consistent enough to make me notice it or irritate me. Neither tablet is designed or created for HD content or extreme gaming. Those types of tablets will set you back double what one of these will.

Overall

The overall success to both the Yoga 8 and Yoga 10 is the built-in functionality of the stand, their unique and unconventional design mixed with a long lasting battery.

Lenovo Yoga 8 Lenovo Yoga 10 Review My personal hands on experience over the last couple of weeks has been nothing short of impressive from a user standpoint. Do I recommend picking up one of these? Sure. For the price they are great tablets with plenty of power for most of what you can through at it. THey would make excellent tablets for kids to play games, watch movies and interact on social channels. With the battery life ranging up to 18 hours of continuous usage, you won’t have to worry about it being dead halfway through a day. As you can see in the image above on the 8 inch version, Thats about 12 hours of streaming Google Music with the screen off and a ton of time just sitting idle on my desk. I would personally recommend the Yoga 8 over the 10 simple because of the lack of resolution that the 10 produces. However, if you need a larger screen for reading and various tasks, it will work out just fine.

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Vivo teases world’s first smartphone with a 2K resolution display

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Full HD 1080p display panels have become a standard for mobile displays ever since HTC introduced the Butterfly smartphone (Droid DNA in the U.S.) late last year. But Chinese manufacturer Vivo is already looking to up the ante by launching a smartphone with a 2K display. According to a teaser posted by the company on Chinese social networking site Weibo, the Xplay3s will feature a display resolution of 2560×1440. Although the display dimensions aren’t specified, it’s probably safe to assume that Vivo is borrowing LG’s recently announced 5.5 inch panel which sports the same display resolution.

All we have for the time being is the teaser with no details on other aspects of its hardware. But it is being said that the smartphone will pack a quad core Snapdragon 800 chip and support for 4G TDD/FDD LTE with compatible Chinese carriers. We’re not sure if this will spark off a change in trend as far as mobile display resolutions are concerned, but it most likely won’t. Although smartphones do come with the horsepower to run such powerful displays, battery backup will remain a concern.

Source: Weibo

Via: GSM Arena

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EA 19 Optimize of its User-Favorite Android Games for the New Nexus 7

Google’s revamped Nexus 7 tablet has an unusual High Definition display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, an apparently ‘true HD’ resolution.  Most tablets and smartphones with high definition displays often have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 or simply 1080p.  Developers make design games to accommodate this resolution and tablets such Google’s new Nexus 7 which was announced early last week may need a little ‘optimization’ to properly display content designed for a Full HD screen.  The new Nexus 7 screen with about 323 pixels per inch density is a lot better than iPad mini’s 1024 x 768 ~163 pixels per inch density and has a unique aspect ratio of 16:10.

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One of the leading gaming companies in the world, EA, announced yesterday that it has optimized 19 of its Android games for new Nexus 7’s display.  EA decided to optimize quite a number of their fan-favorite games already available for other devices on the Google Play Store so that new buyers going for the Nexus 7 will have the best games for their devices ready to be installed on the 7 inch quad-core tablet.  19 may look like a long list, but it is definite that EA will optimize more of its games for the new tablet with time.

This new tablet has the highest resolution of all tablets in its range and with a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor with 416MHz ULP GeForce graphics, this may just be the perfect gaming tablet for those who would rather not go for the specifically gaming Android tablets such as the new NVIDIA Shield.

EA was swift to optimize its most favorite games betting on the imminent success of the new Nexus 7, just like the older Nexus 7.  These games are optimized to take advantage of the beautiful and amazingly clear ‘True HD’ display of the tablet, thereby making them look better and crisper during gameplay.  The user will have a much more improved gaming experience, better than what a 1080p full HD displays offer when they are optimized for the 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution screen.

Did you just get (or are expecting to get) a new Nexus 7 and want some EA games to install on it?  The already optimized EA games compatible with your Nexus 7 are:

Bejewled 2

Bejewled Blitz

Madden NFL 12

Monopoly Hotels

Monopoly Millionaire

Need for Speed Shift

Plants VS. Zombies

Real Racing 3

Scrabble

SPY mouse

Supreme heroes

Surviving High School

Tetris (2011)

Tetris Blitz

The Game Of Life

The Simpons: Tapped Out

The Sims Freeplay

Theme park

World Series Of Poker

Try them out then let us know what your experience with these games are on your new Nexus 7 screen.

Source: Droid Gamers via Android Headlines

 

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Sprint Force specs

Sprint Force

The Sprint Force has just been announced, revealing its inferior hardware underneath a 4-inch WVGA display with a 480×800 resolution. While the low-end Android leaves much to be desired, it still offers 4G LTE and NFC at an affordable price of $49.99.  Get a full list of specs on the Sprint Force after the break.

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Mobile Miscellany: week of January 28th, 2013

Mobile Miscellany week of January 28th, 2013

If you didn’t get enough mobile news during the week, not to worry, because we’ve opened the firehose for the truly hardcore. This week brought a resolution to HTC’s kerfuffle with the custom ROM community, along with a handful of special edition Samsung smartphones and new efforts toward spectrum sharing with the US government. So buy the ticket and take the ride as we explore the “best of the rest” for this week of January 28th, 2013.

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ZTE Nubia Z7 to have 6.3-inch screen

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ZTE launched its ultra high end smartphone, the Nubia Z5, last month. The handset comes in black or white, and has a 5-inch 1080p touch screen with a 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution and 443 PPI which is manufactured by Sharp. What’s interesting is that the device is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and a 2,300mAh battery. What’s more? It comes with a 13 megapixels shooter on the rear along with added software features such as panoramic and continuous shooting. Other features include a 2 megapixels shooter on the front, 2 gig of RAM, and 32 gig of ROM and Dolby sound technology. Since it’s coming from a Chinese company such as ZTE, you would think it would come with a very cheap price tag, but that’s not the case here. The device costs $554 (3,456 yuan) and will be the company’s flagship phone for this season. The device most probably won’t be making to the US, but we get the Grand S, which is another high end device from the company with similar features.

Since the current trend is to launch phones with more than 5 inch of display, ZTE is giving it a serious thought since Grand S obviously lacks that. The 6.1 inch Huawei Ascend Mate was a stunner and it has the biggest screen available on smartphones. Apparently it will not because ZTE is working on a bigger phone, with a 6.3 inch screen.

We have some leaked renders of the phone, and yep, it’s a monster. The screen should obviously have high resolution because without that it won’t be standing out of crowd. If rumors are true, the screen will have a high resolution of 2560 x 1440. To match that kind of resolution, it will be complemented by an 8-core processor running at 1.4Ghz. If that wasn’t enough, the device will supposedly have 128 gig of ROM. Other highlights include a Mali-T658 GPU, 4000mAh battery, 16 mega-pixel camera, Android 5.0, and LTE support.
The phone sounds awesome on paper, but we’re not sure whether the phone will be launched with that kind of specs. Besides, as the more inches game progresses, we will ultimately have tablets that are phones or phones that are tablets. This is getting confusing day by day because a 6.1 inch phone would definitely not fit into an average pocket size. With the 6.3 inch screen, you would need a kangaroo pouch to carry around this device. I think 6.3 inch screen size should be the cap because more inches will put it into the tablet category, in fact you cannot carry such a phone around you all the time, and phones are meant to be with you as a means of communication.

I’m not sure whether the company will be using a home grown 8 core processor because there are many factors that affect the final performance. The clock frequency tells nothing about the performance of the chip, so the true face of the device will be known on the benchmarks if at all the company launches the device. What’s your opinion?

Source: GizChina

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NVIDIA Announces The New Tegra 4 Processor Bringing Even More Quad-Core Goodness And GeForce Grid Which Brings Cloud-Based High Quality Graphics To All

It’s been a long time coming, but NVIDIA has finally unveiled its latest addition to its chipset family and “GeForce Experience” by introducing the world to the Tegra 4 processor. As indicated before, the world’s first speedy ARM 15-based quad-core all-in-one chip will feature an astoundingly efficient 28nm process (which happens to match the Snapdragon S4 Pro chip), 72 GPU cores and the ability to handle a 2,560 x 1600 resolution at 120Hz. The neat thing is that we’ll all see the same type of DDR memory and 4 + 1 architecture as found in the Tegra 3 chip, so we can expect to see incredibly responsive and fluid performance in everything from gaming to just the swiping from screen to screen in an efficient manner. Oh and for those of you that care about looking towards the future— the Tegra 4 has full LTE support.

Additionally, NVIDIA also announced its NVIDIA Grid cloud computing tool. NVIDIA Grid allows for any sort of smart devices from TVs to Android devices to run high-quality graphics and games all based off of the cloud. Essentially— users will open the app and through high quality servers that host specialized graphic cores, the same users will be able to play all sorts of high quality apps and games in awesome video and rendering quality thanks to a basic internet connection. This means that users won’t need to worry about having a device with an old built-in graphics unit anymore since it won’t be doing the dirty work of having to render high-quality video— the cores on the NVIDIA Grid servers will do all the dirty work for you.

Full press release after the break:

NVIDIA Introduces World’s Fastest Mobile Processor

Tegra 4 Features 72 Custom GPU Cores, Quad-Core Cortex-A15 CPU for Superb Performance and Efficiency; LTE Enabled with Optional Chipset

LAS VEGAS—CES—Jan. 6, 2013—NVIDIA today introduced NVIDIA® Tegra® 4 , the world’s fastest mobile processor, with record-setting performance and battery life to flawlessly power smartphones and tablets, gaming devices, auto infotainment and navigation systems, and PCs.

Tegra 4 offers exceptional graphics processing, with lightning-fast web browsing, stunning visuals and new camera capabilities through computational photography.

Previously codenamed “Wayne,” Tegra 4 features 72 custom NVIDIA GeForce™ GPU cores – or six times the GPU horsepower of Tegra 3 – which deliver more realistic gaming experiences and higher resolution displays. It includes the first quad-core application of ARM’s most advanced CPU core, theCortex-A15, which delivers 2.6x faster web browsing and breakthrough performance for apps.

Tegra 4 also enables worldwide 4G LTE voice and data support through an optional chipset, the fifth-generation NVIDIA Icera® i500 processor. More efficient and 40 percent the size of conventional modems, i500 delivers four times the processing capability of its predecessor.

“Tegra 4 provides enormous processing power and efficiency to power smartphones and tablets, gaming devices, auto systems and PCs,” said Phil Carmack, senior vice president of the Tegra business at NVIDIA. ”Its new capabilities, particularly in the area of computational photography, will help improve a whole range of existing products and lead to the creation of exciting new ones.”

Computational Photography Capability

Among the Tegra 4 processor’s breakthroughs is its Computational Photography Architecture, which automatically delivers high dynamic range (HDR) photos and video by fusing together the processing power of the GPU, CPU and the camera’s image-signal processor.

Its HDR capability captures images, including those taken with a flash, the way they are seen by the human eye – with detail in both bright and dark areas.

Unprecedented Power Efficiency

Designed for maximum energy efficiency, Tegra 4 includes a second-generation battery saver core for low power during standard use, and PRISM 2 Display technology to reduce backlight power while delivering superior visuals.

Tegra 4 consumes up to 45 percent less power than its predecessor, Tegra 3, in common use cases. And it enables up to 14 hours of HD video playback on phones.

Tegra 4 Key Features

  • ·         - GeForce GPU with 72 custom cores
  • ·         - Quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU, plus a 2nd Generation Battery Saver Core
  • ·         - Computational Photography Architecture
  • ·         - LTE capability with optional Icera i500 chipset
  • ·         - 4K ultra-high-def video support

About NVIDIA

NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) awakened the world to computer graphics when it invented the GPU in 1999. Today, its processors power a broad range of products from smartphones to supercomputers. NVIDIA’s mobile processors are used in cell phonestablets and auto infotainment systemsPC gamers rely on GPUs to enjoy spectacularly immersive worlds. Professionals use them to create 3D graphics and visual effects in movies and to design everything from golf clubs to jumbo jets. And researchers utilize GPUs to advance the frontiers of science with high performance computing. The company has more than 5,000 patents issued, allowed or filed, including ones covering ideas essential to modern computing. For more information, seewww.nvidia.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Videocon VT10 Jelly Bean tablet launched in India for Rs 10,999 ($200)

Gurgaon, India-based industrial conglomerate Videocon Industries Ltd (commonly referred to as Videocon) recently launched Videocon VT10 tablet, which is its first foray into the congested Indian tablet market. The 10-inch tablet based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will reportedly be marketed with 10,999 Rupees (around $200) price tag.

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Considering the Indian government is in pursuit to giving each student an affordable tablet to be used in school, VT10′s price is considerably higher, however, it comes packed with decent specs and it’s bigger.

Videocon VT10 Specs

Display. With 10.1-inch display, Videocon VT10 will be more competitive than other smaller and even more affordable tablets available in India today. Videocon used IPS LCD technology for the device featuring up to 1280 x 800 pixels resolution.

Hardware. The company didn’t provide further information about the chipset being used in this device. What we know is that it will be powered by a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. But based on the specs of its display, it is most likely a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset that is used because the resolution is high. Majority of Videocon’s smartphones uses Qualcomm’s chipsets so it shows that both have good working relationship.

Camera. VT10 reportedly sports 2-megpixel camera. The good news is, there are two of them; rear- and front-facing cameras. So, for this aspect, we really cannot expect more from the device.

Battery. Giving the device 6800mAh battery is enough to assure interested people that the device will not power down after a couple of hours or three. Considering it only has a dual-core processor and uses LCD technology for the display, the battery can last longer.

OS. The device will natively run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. For geeks, this is attractive enough, although, Videocon didn’t say if there is an update to version 4.2 shortly after the release.

Videocon VT10 Availability

The company didn’t provide information as to when this tablet will be released, or if it will ever be marketed outside the Indian market. Internationally, Videocon VT10 has a chance to attract more enthusiasts. However, if the company isn’t ready to take on the risk, our fellow enthusiasts in India may be the only people to ever enjoy this device.

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Acer Iconia Tab B1 leaks ahead of CES

As you all should know, budget tablets are expected to be a huge part of 2013 after the success of Google’s Nexus 7. One in particular that we’ve heard about a few times is the upcoming arrivals from Acer. First spotted back in December the Acer B1 looks to rival Google and B&N, while offering a budget Jelly Bean tablet possibly for $99. Today some hands-on photos have appeared so check it out.

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Since there’s been no official details or announcements, we aren’t fully sure what to expect yet from Acer and their B1, but rumors have it as a $99 slate. Today a Bulgarian tech site got their hands all over it a bit early, and they have confirmed all the specs as well as snapped tons of photos.

Like earlier leaks suggested, the Acer B1 will be a 7-inch 1026 x 600 resolution packing budget friendly tablet. Coming with a MediaTek dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It certainly isn’t the strongest, but for $99 you can’t really complain. Sounds like the only downside is the 512MB of RAM and a TN panel that isn’t as vibrant as the Nexus 7.

So far we’ve heard this particular slate will be hitting India and a few other regions, and possibly won’t make its way to the US. Either way we can expect a similar device to arrive in the US from Acer, along with the budget friendly ASUS we’ve been hearing about and more. This will be a year of powerful yet fair priced tablets, that’s for sure. Stay tuned for more details and we’ll probably get some hands-on at CES so be ready to check it out.

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Acer Iconia B1 pictured in the wild ahead of any official announcements

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We saw the first official looking news of a new budget tablet from Acer, the Iconia B1, just yesterday. Expected to be shown off at CES, and coming to market as just the Iconia B, it looks to be a budget Jelly Bean tablet that so far we've heard is heading to India. A Bulgarian tech site called Tablet.bg has laid their hands on one of the pre-release versions of the tablet and has put it through its paces. 

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As you might expect, the Iconia B doesn't set the world on fire. We'd already seen from Acer's website listing for the tablet that it would be a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, with 8GB of on board storage, 512MB of RAM and a 1024×600 resolution display. According to Tablet.bg the software on board is Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, so not the latest version, but not far off and it looks pretty much like stock Android too. The front facing camera is a 2MP shooter capable of 720p video, so potentially not bad for video chat. 

While the reasonably low end specs might scare some away, the review goes on to praise the software performance. They say it works perfectly smoothly, and there's no noticeable lag. The low RAM will no doubt become an issue in some regards, but it sounds like Jelly Bean's enhancements in the form of Project Butter may not be lost. 

The price in Bulgaria doesn't look that favorable when converted to Dollars or Pounds, as it looks to be the same price as the Nexus 7. However, we should remember that this may well be targeted at markets where devices like the Nexus 7 aren't available, or are extremely expensive due to importing costs.

Source: Tablet.bg (Translated)

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RCA Unveils Mobile TV Tablet

RCA made an announcement recently that they will soon be releasing a Mobile TV tablet.  This device will be making an appearance next week over at the International CES. The RCA Mobile TV Tablet (Model DDA850R) is a dual tuner device that comes with the standard over the air tuner as well as a Dyle mobile TV tuner.

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 RCA Mobile TV Tablet (Model DDA850R) Technical Specifications

  • Display: 8-inch IPS  with a 1024×768 resolution
  • Processor: 1GHz Cortex A5
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8GB internal ; Expandable via micro SD card slot
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, HDMI, microUSB, USB, GPS
  • Weight: 1.4lbs

This device has the distinction of being the first tablet to feature a dual tuner. Aside from the regular over the air channels users will have access to the 130 mobile stations all across the U.S. which is covered by Dyle.

A press release by RCA says that “The addition of both stationary and mobile TV capability in a tablet receiver means that viewers will never be out of touch with the latest news, weather, sports, and favorite channels. Our new RCA Mobile TV Tablet includes a telescoping antenna to receive regular digital TV channels when you’re not moving, and mobile TV when life keeps you busy and on the move. Mobile TV from Dyle is ideal for keeping up with local broadcasts when on-the-go. Research consistently shows that consumers who try mobile TV not only watch television with greater frequency, but they also enjoy catching up on the latest information wherever they go. Reaction to our first generation of standalone Mobile DTV receivers has been very positive, and we look forward to more widespread and more advanced services made possible by the addition of this Mobile TV Tablet to the RCA product portfolio.”

Aside from its TV features it’s also an Android tablet that has a pair of speakers in the front and a rear camera. It has full access to the Google Play store so you can download any app you want.  Usage time runs for 4 hours on mobile TV while web browsing yields 10 hours.

This device will be available this coming Spring with a price tag of $299.

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E FUN Nextbook 8-inch dual-core Jelly Bean tablet announced for $169

The folks from E FUN have announced a slew of new tablets running on the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean that they’ll be showing off at CES 2013 this year. Yesterday we reported on the budget friendly 7-inch flavor, and today they are back with an 8-inch model for those needing a little extra real estate. Read on for full details on this decent sounding slate.

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E FUN is calling their new slates the Nextbook Google Play series, well because they now have full support of Google’s Play Store of more than 700,000 apps, games, books and more. Today they’ve added the Nextbook GP8 8-inch 1.5 GHz dual-core powered slate to their growing lineup. Here’s the full rundown on the specs:

The 8-inch GP rocks a 1280 x 800 HD resolution display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, bluetooth, WiFi, hdmi-out and is only 9.5mm thin. It also rocks micro-SD for added storage, and a full USB 2.0 port. You’ll get all of this and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for just $169.99 come February.

Pretty decent sounding slate for only $169.99. Not to mention that 8-inch HD screen is an IPS display, so you’ll have good viewing angles and exceptional color reproduction. E FUN will be offering the Nextbook GP8 with additional storage options at a higher price, but we’ll learn more next week on the CES showroom floor so stay tuned to our CES 2013 portal.

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ZTE readying 5.7-inch P945 smartphone, 9mm thick, quad-core processor, 720p display

ZTE readying 57inch P945 smartphone, 9mm thick, quadcore processor, 720p display

ZTE may be warming up more than one phone for tech writers making their way to CES this weekend. Alongside the company’s top-drawer Nubia Z5, Unwired View has spotted yet another phone and this one measures in at 5.7 inches. Currently going under the moniker P945, the screen resolution has apparently 720p (unlike the 5-inch 1080p display found on the Nubia device) while there’s an unnamed quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz doing the heavy lifting. A 3,000mAh battery should (hopefully) be able to power that screen for a decent amount of time, with a front-facing 1-megapixel sensor paired with a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera for your imaging needs. This particular phone has China Mobile livery along the bottom edge and according to the leak, it should arrive over in Asia around the end of Q1 this year.

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Cricket Wireless Is The First US Carrier To Snag The HTC One SV: Available 1-16 For $350

nexusae0_htconesv_thumbIf you’re a dedicated Cricket customer looking for something new and shiny (without breaking the bank), hang on to that Christmas bonus for a little while longer. The prepaid carrier announced today that the HTC One SV, itself only just debuting in the UK, will be available on January 16th. The mid-range ICS phone will run $349.99 on Cricket’s non-subsidized 3G and LTE plans.

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To refresh your memory, the One SV appropriately sits between the One S and One V models. From the S it takes a 4.3-inch LCD screen, dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and 1GB of RAM. A resolution of 800×480, a mere 8GB of MicroSD-expandable memory, and a 5-megapixel camera keep it firmly out of the high end.

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ZTE prepping another phablet for 2013

Phablets are the new fad for phone manufacturers. It’s been a pretty successful fad, so we’re starting to see those manufacturers try out newer and bigger things. ZTE, for instance, released an incredibly powerful 5-inch, 1080p device called the Z5, to compete with Samsung’s Note II and HTC’s Droid DNA. ZTE didn’t really trump either device with the Z5, so now it looks like they’re upping the ante a bit by preparing a 5.7 inch powerhouse. The phone, right now only known by a model number P945, will sport a 720p display and a quad-core processor. It’s a shame to see a downgrade in resolution to get that higher screen resolution, but time will tell if that’s going to make a huge difference on the phone’s success. Aside from that, it’s got standard high-end specs and a tentative Chinese release for either the first or second quarter of 2013. Hopefully we see it on American shores soon after that.

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Polaroid Announces A New 7" Tablet For Kids That You Should Not, Under Any Circumstance, Even Considering Buying

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Well, it’s CES time again – time for manufacturers to show off what they’ve been working on for the last several months in hopes of coaxing you into opening your wallet to them. Normally, we get a slew of fantastic, exciting, and innovative devices in the CES storm; however, there are also a few that just aren’t worth even considering. This new Polaroid tablet for kids is one of them.

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You may or may not have already heard about it today. For those who haven’t, here’s the skinny: it’s a 7″ tablet with a display resolution of 800×480, half a gig of RAM, a 1GHz single-core processor, 8GB of storage, a 2MP rear shooter, and Android 4.0.

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LG may announce Optimus G2 at CES 2013

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Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 is right around the corner and we have a lot of manufacturers launching new devices in the smartphone segment. Samsung is expected to launch something big, most probably the Galaxy S4, and now even LG is rumored to have something new to offer at the CES event.

If you are into smartphone news, LG was incredibly quiet at last year’s CES, the CES 2012. They showcased only the devices which were already launched in the market and chose to wait until Mobile World Congress to launch new flagship devices. We had a report yesterday saying that LG was working on a 5.5 inch 1080p flagship phone for 2013 and is considering launching the device at Mobile World Congress that is going to take place in February and that the device would start shipping during the same month. The rumor originated from a Korean website called ETNews. Today we have another popular news site named DigiTimes come up with another rumor. According to them, the device is apparently the Optimus G2, which is a successor of the popular Optimus G.

LG was previously on the news that it is working on a sequel to the Optimus G that could be released as early as May 2013, but if go by DigiTimes claim, we should be seeing the device in a few days. The news of Optimus G2 story emerged first 0n a Korean website MK saying LG is already working on the device. Last year LG Electronics held a discussion with its subsidiaries including LG Display and LG Innotek and decided to unveil Optimus G2. The device was proposed to include an ultra high resolution or full high-definition (HD) display.

According to the current rumors, LG Optimus G2 will be will have screen size of between 5 to 5.5-inches with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (440 ppi), LTE-enabled and has a 2 GHz quad-core processor. Here’s a quote from DigiTimes:

“South Korea-based LG Electronics plans to showcase the Optimus G2 Android smartphone, with a 5.5-inch screen, and Qualcomm quad-core S4 Prime MSM8974.”

If launched at the CES, Optimus G2 would be a quick follow up device because the Optimus G made its debut in the Korean market in August, and was launched here few months back. LG Optimus G comes with a Qualcomm MDM9615 SOC which includes a Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU, Adreno 320 GPU, 2 gig of RAM, 32 gig ROM and 13 MP/8 MP (depending on the market) camera. That’s some interesting specs and Optimus G2 is expected to have even better specs since it’s a sequel. Optimus G has a 4.7 inch screen, but Optimus G2 is expected to have a bigger screen, most probably a 5.5 inch one and it will be a 1080p HD display. We’ll be seeing a lot of devices with 1080p displays in the near future, thanks to HTC Butterfly for starting the game. What are your thoughts on G2? Let us know.

source: Digitimes

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HTC’s 4G-capable One SV now available in the UK

HTC’s boring-looking but powerful HTC One SV has launched in the UK, with the unlocked retailers now selling the thing for around the £350 mark. For that money you get a lot of telephone, with the One SV powered by Qualcomm’s 1.2GHz dual-core S4 processor and that backed up by 1GB of RAM. It ought to work rather well.

The One SV comes with a 4.3″ display running at 480×800 resolution, which is pretty much the only compromise here, as…

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…there’s a Micro SD card slot to augment the One SV’s 8GB of onboard storage to keep everyone happy. In a month or two when it’s a bit cheaper it’ll be a good choice.

Clove’s selling the One SV for £349 if you’re keen on doing Android the HTC way.

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5.5 inch LG Optimus G2 coming to CES? [VIDEO]

We’ve heard about a lot of great new devices making their way to CES next week, but things have been a bit quiet from LG’s camp. That was, of course, until DigiTimes claims to have word that LG will launch a 5.5 inch superphone at the global trade show. The company is said to be launching a follow-up to the LG Optimus G.

Simply dubbed “LG Optimus G2,” this new device looks to challenge Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 even more with its 5.5-inch HD display (no word on resolution) and a quad-core Qualcomm S4 Prime processor. LG definitely seems to be prepping for a big unveil as it has launched a teaser video showing quick close-ups of a device that was too obscured to make out. Well… like all devices in the past 5 years it seems to be rectangular, but that’s all that we can tell about it for sure.

The :20 mark of the video above shows the mystery device sitting on a showcase tower, and some have reason to believe that the space beneath it is holding up a possible tablet dock ala the ASUS Padfone 2. That’s just pure speculation, though, so don’t read too deeply into that right now. Just know that LG will be looking to steal the show in Vegas next week, and they could be walking away with some nice “best of” honors if other smartphone OEM players don’t show up with anything compelling.

Phandroid is headed to CES, of course, and you can bet LG will be one of our first stops to bring you a first hand look at everything the South Korean electronics manufacturer has to offer. Be sure to stick around all throughout CES week for the goods. PS: LG, I totally forgive you for this teaser that looks like it was inspired from 1980s flea market commercials.

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Polaroid 7-inch “kids tablet” with Android 4.0 revealed ahead of CES

While we are expecting Polaroid to unveil an Android powered camera during CES, it looks like they will also be showing off an Android tablet. This is far from the first we have heard from Polaroid in terms of tablets, this one however, is designed with kids in mind. Which really just means that the tablet has a durable exterior as well as some other kid friendly features.

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That being said, the Polaroid “kids tablet” is said to have been specifically designed for children with features to include a side and rear bumpers, parental controls and a safe web browser. Polaroid is also including an exclusive App Shop which will contain a mix of free and paid apps that are kid-friendly. Otherwise, those making the purchase can expect some pre-loaded interactive children’s books as well as NOOK for Android with Dr. Seuss and Smithsonian books.

Aside from the kid-friendly features, the tablet will be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with hardware to include an 800 x 480 display resolution, 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, an SD card slot, Wi-Fi, a 3500 mAh battery and 2 megapixel rear-facing camera.

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Polaroid will have the kids tablet on display during CES, however that aside, those interested in making a purchase can do so now by way of the Polaroid website. In addition, the tablet will be available in Kohl’s retail stores this month. Lastly, the tablet will set you back $149.99.

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HTC One SV Goes On Sale In The UK Sim-Free For £349.99

htc-one-sv Following its unveiling last month, HTC’s confusingly named One SV has made its way over to British shores, and is now available to purchase SIM-free from Clove for £349.99.

For your money, you’ll be getting a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM and a 4.3-inch display to play your favorite games and watch a few movies on. Unfortunately, the display only has a resolution of 480×800, so it won’t be the sharpest looking phone out there.

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The One SV is also 4G capable, so if you’ve been looking forward to trying out the new EE network in the UK, you can do so without tying yourself down to a 24-month contract.

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LG to show off 5.5-inch 1080p display, 7-inch screen with 324ppi and 4.7-inch bezel-less panel at CES 2013

LG has unquestionably had a great year with the introduction of the Optimus G and the highly-demanded Nexus 4. It seems as though the Korean manufacturer isn’t ready to slow down anytime soon as the company has already revealed plans to reveal three new displays at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The smallest of the three new display panels measures in at 4.7 inches. And, while that may be the same size as the panel used on the Nexus 4, the company’s newest iteration will feature a near bezel-less architecture, with edges just 1mm in thickness. The new layout would allow future smartphones to retain a frontward appearance that is composed almost entirely of the screen.

To compete with the likes of Samsung, LG will also be rolling out an all-new 5.5-inch display with full 1080p HD resolution, equating to an astonishing pixel density of 403 ppi. There’s no word whether or not LG plans to use this panel on an in-house device similar to its Optimus Vu released earlier this year.

Perhaps the most interesting of which, however, is the company’s upcoming 7-inch display. Featuring a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels, the new panel offer 324 pixels per inch, a number higher than both Apple’s iPad mini and Google’s Nexus 7.

Source: GSMArena

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LG to show off 5.5-inch 1080p display, 7-inch screen with 324ppi and 4.7-inch bezel-less panel at CES 2013

LG has unquestionably had a great year with the introduction of the Optimus G and the highly-demanded Nexus 4. It seems as though the Korean manufacturer isn’t ready to slow down anytime soon as the company has already revealed plans to reveal three new displays at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The smallest of the three new display panels measures in at 4.7 inches. And, while that may be the same size as the panel used on the Nexus 4, the company’s newest iteration will feature a near bezel-less architecture, with edges just 1mm in thickness. The new layout would allow future smartphones to retain a frontward appearance that is composed almost entirely of the screen.

To compete with the likes of Samsung, LG will also be rolling out an all-new 5.5-inch display with full 1080p HD resolution, equating to an astonishing pixel density of 403 ppi. There’s no word whether or not LG plans to use this panel on an in-house device similar to its Optimus Vu released earlier this year.

Perhaps the most interesting of which, however, is the company’s upcoming 7-inch display. Featuring a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels, the new panel offer 324 pixels per inch, a number higher than both Apple’s iPad mini and Google’s Nexus 7.

Source: GSMArena

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LG to show off 5.5-inch 1080p display, 7-inch screen with 324ppi and 4.7-inch bezel-less panel at CES 2013

LG has unquestionably had a great year with the introduction of the Optimus G and the highly-demanded Nexus 4. It seems as though the Korean manufacturer isn’t ready to slow down anytime soon as the company has already revealed plans to reveal three new displays at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The smallest of the three new display panels measures in at 4.7 inches. And, while that may be the same size as the panel used on the Nexus 4, the company’s newest iteration will feature a near bezel-less architecture, with edges just 1mm in thickness. The new layout would allow future smartphones to retain a frontward appearance that is composed almost entirely of the screen.

To compete with the likes of Samsung, LG will also be rolling out an all-new 5.5-inch display with full 1080p HD resolution, equating to an astonishing pixel density of 403 ppi. There’s no word whether or not LG plans to use this panel on an in-house device similar to its Optimus Vu released earlier this year.

Perhaps the most interesting of which, however, is the company’s upcoming 7-inch display. Featuring a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels, the new panel offer 324 pixels per inch, a number higher than both Apple’s iPad mini and Google’s Nexus 7.

Source: GSMArena

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Samsung Galaxy Grand – 5" display and 1.2GHz dual-core processor

Good lord, Samsung really does want to make 5″ screens the new default size. That’s what you get with the Samsung Galaxy Grand, which appears to be a mid-range Android model offering a 5″ display powered by a dual-core processor. It’s a bigger, slightly less powerful Galaxy S3 by the look of it.

Android 4.1 is the launch OS on the Galaxy Grand, with the only real downside here being the display resolution, which may look a little rough on that screen running at 480×800. There’ll be a dual-SIM version, too…

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..which makes us suspect it won’t see a UK launch. But you never know. Love these Samsung info-pics. Everything you need to know in one image without any messy cutting and pasting.

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Top 3 Tablets Of 2012

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It’s been an interesting year for tablets. I wouldn’t say that we’ve seen as many great ones as we’ve seen smartphones, but there are still some magnificent tablets that were released. To name a few, Google’s Nexus 7, which was released earlier this year in July. Another great release was the Kindle Fire HD 8.9′ and The Galaxy Note 10.1′. Still, there were a lot of really bad tablet releases, like the Nexus 10. There are barely any apps that can support the Nexus 10′s resolution. If you have the Nexus 10′s screen brightness up all of the way, you’ll get a mere 5 – 7 hours of battery life depending on how you use it. The Nexus 10 was a great piece of hardware, but it obviously wasn’t ready for a full release, mainly because of the lack of compatible apps. Regardless, here’s my top three tablets:

Google Nexus 7:  Google’s ASUS-manufactured Nexus 7 is a simply amazing piece of hardware. It’s powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core CPU and is running on the latest version of Android, 4.2. Obviously the huge advantage of Nexus devices is the priority updates they receive, which is an outstanding feature to have when Google releases a massive firmware update. When the tablet first released it was sold in 8GB and 16GB versions for $199 and $249, respectively. Google recently refreshed their Nexus 7 line removing the 8 gig version from the line up. The 16 gig version was put in the 8 gig’s place. To replace the 16 gig’s place Google added a new 32 gig version of the Nexus 7. Overall it’s a great tablet device, has a OK amount of storage and runs extremely smooth. Not to mention that it’s a high-end tablet at a extremely cheap price point!

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is essentially the tablet version of a Note II (albeit the tablet released long before the Galaxy Note II). There are a whole lot of cool things you can do with this behemoth. This is one of my top tablets of 2012 simply because of the video below:

Kindle Fire HD: This device is simply amazing. The device is packed with hardware. It has a dual-band dual-antenna that increases download speeds by 40%, which is allegedly much better than the iPad 3′s download speeds. The device also features exclusive Dolby audio creating a clear and crisp audio experience. While the hardware is nice and all, the wow factor of this device lays on the software side of things. Amazon has essentially built this tablet for families. That said, you can set different options for your children when they are playing with the tablet (e.g. set time limits, certain permissions and etc). Now, the best part of this tablet — I would say — has to deal with having an Amazon Prime subscription. You can truly take advantage of the tablet’s HD screen with high quality movies. Not only that, but the HD screen makes it extremely easy to read books and even textbooks. Not to mention that it’s a whole lot less lighter than carrying a stack of textbooks around with you!

What are your top tablets of 2012? Make sure to let us know in the comments section below!

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LG to show off 5.5-inch 1080p display, 7-inch screen with 324ppi and 4.7-inch bezel-less panel at CES 2013

LG has unquestionably had a great year with the introduction of the Optimus G and the highly-demanded Nexus 4. It seems as though the Korean manufacturer isn’t ready to slow down anytime soon as the company has already revealed plans to reveal three new displays at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The smallest of the three new display panels measures in at 4.7 inches. And, while that may be the same size as the panel used on the Nexus 4, the company’s newest iteration will feature a near bezel-less architecture, with edges just 1mm in thickness. The new layout would allow future smartphones to retain a frontward appearance that is composed almost entirely of the screen.

To compete with the likes of Samsung, LG will also be rolling out an all-new 5.5-inch display with full 1080p HD resolution, equating to an astonishing pixel density of 403 ppi. There’s no word whether or not LG plans to use this panel on an in-house device similar to its Optimus Vu released earlier this year.

Perhaps the most interesting of which, however, is the company’s upcoming 7-inch display. Featuring a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels, the new panel offer 324 pixels per inch, a number higher than both Apple’s iPad mini and Google’s Nexus 7.

Source: GSMArena

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LG to show off 5.5-inch 1080p display, 7-inch screen with 324ppi and 4.7-inch bezel-less panel at CES 2013

LG has unquestionably had a great year with the introduction of the Optimus G and the highly-demanded Nexus 4. It seems as though the Korean manufacturer isn’t ready to slow down anytime soon as the company has already revealed plans to reveal three new displays at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The smallest of the three new display panels measures in at 4.7 inches. And, while that may be the same size as the panel used on the Nexus 4, the company’s newest iteration will feature a near bezel-less architecture, with edges just 1mm in thickness. The new layout would allow future smartphones to retain a frontward appearance that is composed almost entirely of the screen.

To compete with the likes of Samsung, LG will also be rolling out an all-new 5.5-inch display with full 1080p HD resolution, equating to an astonishing pixel density of 403 ppi. There’s no word whether or not LG plans to use this panel on an in-house device similar to its Optimus Vu released earlier this year.

Perhaps the most interesting of which, however, is the company’s upcoming 7-inch display. Featuring a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels, the new panel offer 324 pixels per inch, a number higher than both Apple’s iPad mini and Google’s Nexus 7.

Source: GSMArena

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