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Sony “Honami” smartphone’s 20MP camera rumored to have smaller sensor than previously expected

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We already know that Sony’s next beast of a device is gonna have some awesome specs, but we are starting to get some critical deets for one of the most important parts of the smartphone— it’s awesome camera. While we know the i1 will probably have a 20MP camera, it will likely have a smaller-than-expected sensor compared to say… the Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone. Rumor has it that the sensor will “only” come in at 1/2.3″ in total size, compared to 2/3″ that was previously expected. Despite the smaller sensor, the camera will still be topnotch as the 20MP cam will have a f/2.0 with 5mm focal length and utilize the BIONZ processing engine, which effectively allows the camera to take photos with a resolution of up to 5248 x 3936 pixels.

Of course this is all speculation, but it finally appears that we’re starting to get a better idea of what to expect when Sony unleashes its next flagship in only a matter of months from now.

source: Esato
via: Phone Arena

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Sony “Honami” smartphone’s 20MP camera rumored to have smaller sensor than previously expected

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We already know that Sony’s next beast of a device is gonna have some awesome specs, but we are starting to get some critical deets for one of the most important parts of the smartphone— it’s awesome camera. While we know the i1 will probably have a 20MP camera, it will likely have a smaller-than-expected sensor compared to say… the Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone. Rumor has it that the sensor will “only” come in at 1/2.3″ in total size, compared to 2/3″ that was previously expected. Despite the smaller sensor, the camera will still be topnotch as the 20MP cam will have a f/2.0 with 5mm focal length and utilize the BIONZ processing engine, which effectively allows the camera to take photos with a resolution of up to 5248 x 3936 pixels.

Of course this is all speculation, but it finally appears that we’re starting to get a better idea of what to expect when Sony unleashes its next flagship in only a matter of months from now.

source: Esato
via: Phone Arena

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Samsung Starts Talking Up the Galaxy S4′s Nine, Count ‘em Nine Sensors

Equipped with a barometer, humidity sensor, RGB light sensor, gyro sensor, geomagnetic sensor, hall sensor, proximity sensor, accelerometer and gesture sensor, Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone , the Galaxy S4 sounds more like a scientific tool than a phone. While having nine sensors on your device may sounds a bit overboard, Samsung spent a countless amount [...]
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HTC Could Bring Their UltraPixel Sensor to Low and Mid-Range Devices This Year

In a recent discussion with the head of HTC U.K., it was discovered that the manufacturer does indeed have plans or at least wants to try to bring their UltraPixel camera sensors to other devices, other than the HTC One. The UltraPixel camera is one of the more hyped aspects of their new flagship device, [...]

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HTC re-inventing the camera sensor, could introduce ‘ultrapixels’ with M7 flagship

When HTC launched their One series in 2012, they did more than simply overhaul the software controlling the image sensor found in the One X, One S, and One V. They also focused on the hardware behind the lens, calling the combination of code and circuitry ImageSense. But those sensors were still measured in megapixels. For their upcoming M7, it’s all about “ultrapixels.”

OK, so the “ultrapixel” moniker is mostly for show — the M7′s camera will still be measured in megapixels, technically — but the technology that will make up what we could call ImageSense 2.0 does provide an interesting twist on mobile image processing.

Instead of a single 13MP sensor, the M7 is said to carry a set of stacked 4.3MP cameras. Each captures a single image and then stitches them together to form the final picture, which is not a true 13MP still. The resulting image is clearer, cleaner, and sharper than its individual parts taken separately.

Just as ImageSense was a core selling point in HTC Sense 4 and the accompanying One series, we expect ultrapixels to be key in the marketing of the upcoming M7.

[via PocketLint]

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Mad Catz to launch line of mobile gaming accessories in 2013

Mad Catz is a popular brand for aftermarket gaming accessories. And as we’ve all seen, the Android platform is a pretty popular choice for gamers, so releasing gaming accessories for Android devices seems like a no-brainer, right? Mad Catz thinks so. They announced they’ll be launching “GameSmart” peripherals, which are basically just accessories that you can use across multiple devices. Your PC, your Xbox… or that shiny new Nexus 10 tablet. They’re releasing a wired and wireless mouse, a gaming headset, and a wireless gaming pad, and they all come in quite an assortment of colors and styles. Personally, I think something this universal is long overdue, and I’m excited to pick some of them up in early 2013 when they’ll supposedly become available to consumers. Hit the break for the press release.

MAD CATZ® ANNOUNCES NEW RANGE OF MOBILE GAMING PRODUCTS FOR PC, MAC AND SMART DEVICES
First GameSmart™ Products Include R.A.T.M Gaming Mouse, F.R.E.Q.M Wired Stereo Headset, M.O.U.S.9 Wireless Mouse, and C.T.R.L.R Wireless GamePad
San Diego – January 7, 2013 – Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT: MCZ) announced today a new range of products featuring the Company’s new GameSmart™ technology. Initial products in the range include the R.A.T.M mobile gaming mouse, the F.R.E.Q.M headset, the M.O.U.S.9 wireless mouse, and the C.T.R.L.R wireless gamepad.
In addition to delivering leading edge gaming performance on PC, Mac and in some instances consoles, GameSmart products are designed to extend the core gaming experience to supporting smart devices. GameSmart offers mobile game developers and publishers standardization, ease of implementation and scalability when enabling controller and console-like accessory functionality in mobile games. GameSmart control products will function through the Bluetooth® Smart stack, will be game and hardware independent, and will feature simplified setup, longer battery life and universal compatibility.
The R.A.T.M is the first mouse to combine Bluetooth Smart technology and a gaming grade laser sensor, providing market leading battery life, universal compatibility and the performance expected from a R.A.T. gaming mouse. Delivering up to a one year battery life, the R.A.T.M is compatible with a multitude of devices from PC and Mac through to next generation TV’s and tablets. For devices that do not feature Bluetooth Smart mouse support, the R.A.T.M comes equipped with a nano dongle. For platforms running Windows® 8 with native Bluetooth Smart mouse support, the R.A.T.M can be connected directly. The R.A.T.M features an adjustable palm rest, 12 action buttons (10 of which are programmable), and a power efficient 6400DPI twin-eye laser sensor. The R.A.T.M uses an all new Windows® and Mac compatible drag-and-drop programming interface, allowing gamers to intuitively program commands with speed. In addition, the R.A.T.M is app-enabled, allowing for future configuration via a smart device app.
The F.R.E.Q.M is the first mobile headset in the F.R.E.Q. audio line, featuring rich stereo sound and a lightweight aluminum chassis which folds away for easy transport. The F.R.E.Q.M comes with two unique in-line cables, one for use with PC or Mac and the other for use with smart devices and some consoles; each providing the user with different functionality.
The M.O.U.S.9, with striking aesthetics based upon the Company’s award-winning R.A.T. gaming mouse, has been simplified for everyday use and features new Bluetooth® Smart technology and a laser sensor capable of tracking on virtually any surface, including glass. Delivering up to a one year battery life, the M.O.U.S.9 is compatible with a multitude of devices from PC and Mac through to next generation TV’s and tablets. For devices that do not have Bluetooth Smart mouse support, the M.O.U.S.9 comes equipped with a nano dongle. For platforms running Windows 8 with native Bluetooth Smart mouse support, the M.O.U.S.9 can be connected directly. The M.O.U.S.9 features an adjustable palm rest and uses an all new Windows® and Mac compatible drag-and-drop programming interface, allowing gamers to intuitively program commands with speed, featuring profiles for many home and office applications such as Adobe® Creative Suite and Microsoft® Office. The M.O.U.S.9 is app-enabled, allowing for future configuration via a smart device app.
The C.T.R.L.R is inspired by the Company’s critically acclaimed MLG Pro Circuit Controller and will bring console-like functionality to smart devices. Equipped with dual analog sticks, triggers, media controls, shoulder and action buttons, the C.T.R.L.R connects via Bluetooth Smart technology and brings a fully featured console-like experience to any compatible device. The C.T.R.L.R is app-enabled and can be configured via a smart device app.
“Our GameSmart initiative aims to enable core gaming on smart devices, similar to the console living room or PC gaming experience. We’re committed to adding smart device compatibility to our core gaming products wherever practical and to playing a pivotal role in bringing core gaming to the mobile platform,” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. “We are excited about the new range and believe it fits perfectly with our long-term strategy of designing innovative products for passionate gamers.”
The R.A.T.M, F.R.E.Q.M, M.O.U.S.9, and C.T.R.L.R are each expected to be available in a range of distinctive colors in early 2013.
Additional information available at: HYPERLINK “http://www.madcatz.com/gamesmart” www.madcatz.com/gamesmart
About Mad Catz
Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT: MCZ) is a global provider of innovative interactive entertainment products marketed under its Mad Catz® (gaming), Tritton® (audio), and Saitek® (simulation) brands. Mad Catz also develops flight simulation software through its internal ThunderHawk Studios™; operates flight simulation centers under its Saitek brand; publishes games under its Mad Catz brand; and distributes games and videogame products for third parties. Mad Catz distributes its products through most leading retailers offering interactive entertainment products and has offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For additional information please go to www.madcatz.com.
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Mad Catz to launch line of mobile gaming accessories in 2013

Mad Catz is a popular brand for aftermarket gaming accessories. And as we’ve all seen, the Android platform is a pretty popular choice for gamers, so releasing gaming accessories for Android devices seems like a no-brainer, right? Mad Catz thinks so. They announced they’ll be launching “GameSmart” peripherals, which are basically just accessories that you can use across multiple devices. Your PC, your Xbox… or that shiny new Nexus 10 tablet. They’re releasing a wired and wireless mouse, a gaming headset, and a wireless gaming pad, and they all come in quite an assortment of colors and styles. Personally, I think something this universal is long overdue, and I’m excited to pick some of them up in early 2013 when they’ll supposedly become available to consumers. Hit the break for the press release.

MAD CATZ® ANNOUNCES NEW RANGE OF MOBILE GAMING PRODUCTS FOR PC, MAC AND SMART DEVICES
First GameSmart™ Products Include R.A.T.M Gaming Mouse, F.R.E.Q.M Wired Stereo Headset, M.O.U.S.9 Wireless Mouse, and C.T.R.L.R Wireless GamePad
San Diego – January 7, 2013 – Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT: MCZ) announced today a new range of products featuring the Company’s new GameSmart™ technology. Initial products in the range include the R.A.T.M mobile gaming mouse, the F.R.E.Q.M headset, the M.O.U.S.9 wireless mouse, and the C.T.R.L.R wireless gamepad.
In addition to delivering leading edge gaming performance on PC, Mac and in some instances consoles, GameSmart products are designed to extend the core gaming experience to supporting smart devices. GameSmart offers mobile game developers and publishers standardization, ease of implementation and scalability when enabling controller and console-like accessory functionality in mobile games. GameSmart control products will function through the Bluetooth® Smart stack, will be game and hardware independent, and will feature simplified setup, longer battery life and universal compatibility.
The R.A.T.M is the first mouse to combine Bluetooth Smart technology and a gaming grade laser sensor, providing market leading battery life, universal compatibility and the performance expected from a R.A.T. gaming mouse. Delivering up to a one year battery life, the R.A.T.M is compatible with a multitude of devices from PC and Mac through to next generation TV’s and tablets. For devices that do not feature Bluetooth Smart mouse support, the R.A.T.M comes equipped with a nano dongle. For platforms running Windows® 8 with native Bluetooth Smart mouse support, the R.A.T.M can be connected directly. The R.A.T.M features an adjustable palm rest, 12 action buttons (10 of which are programmable), and a power efficient 6400DPI twin-eye laser sensor. The R.A.T.M uses an all new Windows® and Mac compatible drag-and-drop programming interface, allowing gamers to intuitively program commands with speed. In addition, the R.A.T.M is app-enabled, allowing for future configuration via a smart device app.
The F.R.E.Q.M is the first mobile headset in the F.R.E.Q. audio line, featuring rich stereo sound and a lightweight aluminum chassis which folds away for easy transport. The F.R.E.Q.M comes with two unique in-line cables, one for use with PC or Mac and the other for use with smart devices and some consoles; each providing the user with different functionality.
The M.O.U.S.9, with striking aesthetics based upon the Company’s award-winning R.A.T. gaming mouse, has been simplified for everyday use and features new Bluetooth® Smart technology and a laser sensor capable of tracking on virtually any surface, including glass. Delivering up to a one year battery life, the M.O.U.S.9 is compatible with a multitude of devices from PC and Mac through to next generation TV’s and tablets. For devices that do not have Bluetooth Smart mouse support, the M.O.U.S.9 comes equipped with a nano dongle. For platforms running Windows 8 with native Bluetooth Smart mouse support, the M.O.U.S.9 can be connected directly. The M.O.U.S.9 features an adjustable palm rest and uses an all new Windows® and Mac compatible drag-and-drop programming interface, allowing gamers to intuitively program commands with speed, featuring profiles for many home and office applications such as Adobe® Creative Suite and Microsoft® Office. The M.O.U.S.9 is app-enabled, allowing for future configuration via a smart device app.
The C.T.R.L.R is inspired by the Company’s critically acclaimed MLG Pro Circuit Controller and will bring console-like functionality to smart devices. Equipped with dual analog sticks, triggers, media controls, shoulder and action buttons, the C.T.R.L.R connects via Bluetooth Smart technology and brings a fully featured console-like experience to any compatible device. The C.T.R.L.R is app-enabled and can be configured via a smart device app.
“Our GameSmart initiative aims to enable core gaming on smart devices, similar to the console living room or PC gaming experience. We’re committed to adding smart device compatibility to our core gaming products wherever practical and to playing a pivotal role in bringing core gaming to the mobile platform,” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. “We are excited about the new range and believe it fits perfectly with our long-term strategy of designing innovative products for passionate gamers.”
The R.A.T.M, F.R.E.Q.M, M.O.U.S.9, and C.T.R.L.R are each expected to be available in a range of distinctive colors in early 2013.
Additional information available at: HYPERLINK “http://www.madcatz.com/gamesmart” www.madcatz.com/gamesmart
About Mad Catz
Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT: MCZ) is a global provider of innovative interactive entertainment products marketed under its Mad Catz® (gaming), Tritton® (audio), and Saitek® (simulation) brands. Mad Catz also develops flight simulation software through its internal ThunderHawk Studios™; operates flight simulation centers under its Saitek brand; publishes games under its Mad Catz brand; and distributes games and videogame products for third parties. Mad Catz distributes its products through most leading retailers offering interactive entertainment products and has offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For additional information please go to www.madcatz.com.
Social Media
HYPERLINK “http://www.facebook.com/MadCatzInc” HYPERLINK “http://twitter.com/MadCatzInc” HYPERLINK “http://www.youtube.com/MadCatzCompany”
Safe Harbor
This press release contains forward-looking statements about the Company’s business prospects that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. The Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements contained in this press release as a result of new information or future events or developments. You can identify these statements by the fact that they use words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “should,” “plan,” “goal,” “believe,” and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are the following: the ability to maintain or renew the Company’s licenses; competitive developments affecting the Company’s current products; first party price reductions; the ability to successfully market both new and existing products domestically and internationally; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; or a downturn in the market or industry. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other matters can be found in the Company’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Canadian Securities Administrators.
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[CES 2013] Belkin Set To Bring WeMo To Android ‘Later This Year,’ Add Versatile Light Switch To WeMo Arsenal

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Belkin, a little early to the CES party, has just dropped a couple of announcements regarding its WeMo brand. WeMo, for those who don’t know, is Belkin’s brand of electronic components (so far including a “switch” compatible with anything you could plug into a normal outlet, a baby monitor, and a motion sensor) meant to allow users to control their electronics from anywhere using their mobile device. Until now, however, WeMo has only been compatible with iOS devices.

In today’s announcement, Belkin says that’s about to change. WeMo is expected to bring Android compatibility “later this year,” which the company considers a “necessary step for the continued success and evolution of the WeMo brand.” An open beta test for Android users is set to start in February for users of Samsung’s Galaxy SIII and “other leading devices”.

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How to improve video quality on Sprint LG Optimus G

LG Optimus G comes packed with 13-megapixel camera sensor (8MP in some markets). While still shots taken by its snapper are quite impressive, the video recording might come a little short of what’s expected from the sensor that promises 1080p@30fps quality. Surely, it wouldn’t hurt to know some workaround that could help improve the quality a bit.

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It’s a good thing there are thousands of third-party developers out there who work several hours finding ways how to make things better. That said here is one workaround shared by an XDA developer who identified himself with a username _Epic.

Disclaimer: This workaround to improve the quality of video recording of LG Optimus G’s camera involves having to edit or alter a certain system file. There are possibilities that it may cause problems to the device. If you are willing to take that risk, it’s on you. However, you can neither blame The Droid Guy nor the developer for any damages this short guide may cause to your device.

Overview

To improve the video recording of LG Optimus G, the owner needs to edit some lines or replace a system file called media_profiles.xml. The developer behind this workaround said some values inside the file have been changed. Here are some changes done:

1) Increased 1080p bitrate to 20mbps

2) Increase audio bitrate to 320kbps for both 720p and 1080p

3) Changed audio channels to 2 for 1080p

4) Doubled the image decoding memory cap to 40mb

5) Increased all image encoding quality values to 100

If you’re okay with these values, then there nothing more to do than to download the custom file (media_profiles.xml).

Just before you take the first step, make sure you have created a Nandroid backup of your current ROM so you can always revert to your previous working system.

Guide

Step 1: Download media_profiles.xml (link here) and copy it into the root directory of your device’s internal memory.

Step 2: Using a file browser like ES File Explorer or Root Explorer, move/copy the xml file to the /system/etc folder.

Step 3: Ensure your system is mounted RW (you can find the option “mount system read write“).

Step 4: Once you copied media_profiles.xml into /system/etc folder, you will be prompted to confirm if you want to overwrite the existing file. Just choose Yes.

Reportedly, there is a noticeable difference between using the stock media profiles xml file and the custom one. For some, it is worth the risk but what do you think of it?

[source: XDA Developers]

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Leap Motion gets $30 million funding for new motion sensor controller technology

The technology you probably have seen in Steven Speilberg’s 2002 movie Minority Report has been fully realized by Leap Motion’s hand-motion controller. The San Francisco-based startup company recently received $30 million funding for the technology and has partnered with Taiwanese manufacturer Asustek Computer in an agreement that computers bundled with motion sensors would be released later this year. The first batch of controllers, however, will start selling by March.

Courtesy of Leap Motion, via Bloomberg

Courtesy of Leap Motion, via Bloomberg

This isn’t the first time people have seen motion sensors come into play because apparently, such technology has long been used in Microsoft’s Kinect. Leap Motion, however, said its product is not as big (in size) as existing motion sensors in the market today. It comes with two small sensitive cameras enclosed in casing not more than the size of a cigarette lighter, which would be set atop a computer desk.

The sensors are sensitive enough to detect 10 fingers and filter motions created by each one of them to the hundredth of a millimeter. The controller will be marketed with $70 price tag.

Leap Motion’s controller has lured many investors including Highland Capital Partners and Founders Fund aside from the already mentioned Asustek Computer. The idea of controlling a computer with hands started long ago and people were mesmerized by it even more when Steven Speilberg illustrated it almost realistically through its movie starred by Tom Cruise. The evolution of computer and mobile technologies paved a way for three-dimensional controls and the company is honest enough to acknowledge that.

With Asustek Computer agreeing with Leap Motion to bundle the controllers with some of its computers, the next thing we may be seeing are laptops with built-in motion sensors instead of mere cameras. The fact that the company is open to the idea to license its technologies is the key to have this sensor be put on other devices other than computers. One of the possibilities is that Smart TV manufacturers like Samsung and LG might use Leap Motion’s technology to make things even better in their products.

Leap Motion is still in the process of marketing its controllers as well as attracting even more developers to build more apps for it. Chief Executive Officer Michael Buckwald also shared about the company’s desire to invade tablet and car markets with its technology.

[source: Bloomberg]

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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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Sony Xperia Z And ZL Smartphones Appear In Subtle Press Shots

 

It’s a new year so it’s officially time to see some new devices— and Sony has delivered by releasing some press shots of a few new additions to its Xperia line of smartphones. Thanks to a couple of listings on Sony Japan’s website, we finally have been treated to images of the Xperia Z “Yuga” and Xperia ZL “Odin” smartphones. While there are no concrete details of each device’s features, earlier rumors have indicated both will feature 5-inch 1080p LCD displays, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processors, 2 gigs of RAM and a 13-megapixel Exmor RS sensor on the rear. The main difference between the two? The Xperia ZL looks to be a bit smaller and more compact than the Xperia Z.

So now that the cat has been let out of the bag, it should be too long before we the devices in person at CES next week— which Talk Android will be at in full force by the way.

source: Engadget

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Sony Xperia Z And ZL Smartphones Appear In Subtle Press Shots

 

It’s a new year so it’s officially time to see some new devices— and Sony has delivered by releasing some press shots of a few new additions to its Xperia line of smartphones. Thanks to a couple of listings on Sony Japan’s website, we finally have been treated to images of the Xperia Z “Yuga” and Xperia ZL “Odin” smartphones. While there are no concrete details of each device’s features, earlier rumors have indicated both will feature 5-inch 1080p LCD displays, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processors, 2 gigs of RAM and a 13-megapixel Exmor RS sensor on the rear. The main difference between the two? The Xperia ZL looks to be a bit smaller and more compact than the Xperia Z.

So now that the cat has been let out of the bag, it should be too long before we the devices in person at CES next week— which Talk Android will be at in full force by the way.

source: Engadget

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Sony Xperia Z And ZL Smartphones Appear In Subtle Press Shots

 

It’s a new year so it’s officially time to see some new devices— and Sony has delivered by releasing some press shots of a few new additions to its Xperia line of smartphones. Thanks to a couple of listings on Sony Japan’s website, we finally have been treated to images of the Xperia Z “Yuga” and Xperia ZL “Odin” smartphones. While there are no concrete details of each device’s features, earlier rumors have indicated both will feature 5-inch 1080p LCD displays, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processors, 2 gigs of RAM and a 13-megapixel Exmor RS sensor on the rear. The main difference between the two? The Xperia ZL looks to be a bit smaller and more compact than the Xperia Z.

So now that the cat has been let out of the bag, it should be too long before we the devices in person at CES next week— which Talk Android will be at in full force by the way.

source: Engadget

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Sony Xperia Z And ZL Smartphones Appear In Subtle Press Shots

 

It’s a new year so it’s officially time to see some new devices— and Sony has delivered by releasing some press shots of a few new additions to its Xperia line of smartphones. Thanks to a couple of listings on Sony Japan’s website, we finally have been treated to images of the Xperia Z “Yuga” and Xperia ZL “Odin” smartphones. While there are no concrete details of each device’s features, earlier rumors have indicated both will feature 5-inch 1080p LCD displays, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processors, 2 gigs of RAM and a 13-megapixel Exmor RS sensor on the rear. The main difference between the two? The Xperia ZL looks to be a bit smaller and more compact than the Xperia Z.

So now that the cat has been let out of the bag, it should be too long before we the devices in person at CES next week— which Talk Android will be at in full force by the way.

source: Engadget

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Sony Xperia Z And ZL Smartphones Appear In Subtle Press Shots

 

It’s a new year so it’s officially time to see some new devices— and Sony has delivered by releasing some press shots of a few new additions to its Xperia line of smartphones. Thanks to a couple of listings on Sony Japan’s website, we finally have been treated to images of the Xperia Z “Yuga” and Xperia ZL “Odin” smartphones. While there are no concrete details of each device’s features, earlier rumors have indicated both will feature 5-inch 1080p LCD displays, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processors, 2 gigs of RAM and a 13-megapixel Exmor RS sensor on the rear. The main difference between the two? The Xperia ZL looks to be a bit smaller and more compact than the Xperia Z.

So now that the cat has been let out of the bag, it should be too long before we the devices in person at CES next week— which Talk Android will be at in full force by the way.

source: Engadget

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(Rumor) Motorola Droid Razr M HD tipped, current top of the line becomes the new mid-range

As the new crop of 2013 super phones begin to leak out, the current top of the line specs are being demoted to a new, lesser role of mid-range. As 1080p displays become the norm for flagship phones, 720p displays will become the norm for lower priced and entry level phones. This is exactly the case in today’s news, as Phone Arena is reporting an anonymous tip about an upcoming upgrade to the current Motorola Droid Razr M, known as the Droid Razr M HD. Needless to say the Droid Razr M HD will have an HD display, rumored to be 4.5 inches at 720×1280 pixels, giving it a healthy pixel density of 326 ppi. Besides an upgraded display, the device is said to use a Snapdragon S4 Plus chip with a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor. All this will be powered by a whopping 3,300 mAh battery. All of this sounds very excellent for a mid-range device. Again, this one leans heavy in the rumor department, but if it is all true, living in the future is going to be fun for everyone! Hit the break for a full list of specs.

Design
Device type: Smart phone
OS: Android (4.1) upgradeable to Android 4.2
Form Factor: Candy Bar
Dimensions: 5.15×2.52x.035
Weight: 5.22 OZ

Display
Physical size: 4.5 inches
Resoultion: 720×1280 pixels
Pixel density: 326 ppi
Technology: TFT
Colors: 16 777 216
Touchscreen: Capacitive, Multi-touch
Features: Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

Battery
Talk time: 21.25 hours
Stand-by time: 15.65
Capacity: 3300 mAh
Type: Li – Polymer

Hardware
System chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
Processor: Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait
Graphics processor: Adreno 225
System memory: 1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 500 MHz) / DDR2 / 8192 MB ROM
Built-in storage: 16gb
Storage expansion: microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB

Source: Phone Arena 

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Motorola Razr Droid M HD Specs Leaked Out

It looks like Motorola is working on a successor to their popular Droid Razr M model as reported by PhoneArena from an anonymous source.  The new device is said to come with improved specifications and will be named Motorola Razr Droid M HD. One of its key features is its use of a 1080p HD display which will become the standard next year for high-end devices.

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Motorola Razr Droid M HD Specifications

Design

  • Device type: Smart phone
  • OS: Android (4.1) upgradeable to Android 4.2
  • Form Factor: Candy Bar
  • Dimensions: 5.15×2.52x.035
  • Weight: 5.22 OZ

Display

  • Physical size: 4.5 inches
  • Resoultion: 720×1280 pixels
  • Pixel density: 326 ppi
  • Technology: TFT
  • Colors: 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen: Capacitive, Multi-touch
  • Features: Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

Battery

  • Talk time: 21.25 hours
  • Stand-by time: 15.65
  • Capacity: 3300 mAh
  • Type: Li – Polymer

Hardware

  • System chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
  • Processor: Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait
  • Graphics processor: Adreno 225
  • System memory: 1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 500 MHz) / DDR2 / 8192 MB ROM
  • Built-in storage: 16gb
  • Storage expansion: microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB

If this rumor is true then it’s a good move by Motorola by capitalizing on the success of the current Droid Razr M. They will be making this line more attractive to consumers by bumping up its specs. What we really like is the increase in the display size which is now 4.5 inches compared to 4.3 inches of the current model. The battery capacity has also been improved to 3300 mAh which we are quite skeptical about at this time. If this is true then it will allow you to enjoy the device for a much longer period of time before needing a recharge.

Nothing is official as of this time though so we might be officially hearing about this device from Motorola during CES next week or during the MWC to be held this coming February.

via phonearena

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(Rumor) Motorola Droid Razr M HD tipped, current top of the line becomes the new mid-range

As the new crop of 2013 super phones begin to leak out, the current top of the line specs are being demoted to a new, lesser role of mid-range. As 1080p displays become the norm for flagship phones, 720p displays will become the norm for lower priced and entry level phones. This is exactly the case in today’s news, as Phone Arena is reporting an anonymous tip about an upcoming upgrade to the current Motorola Droid Razr M, known as the Droid Razr M HD. Needless to say the Droid Razr M HD will have an HD display, rumored to be 4.5 inches at 720×1280 pixels, giving it a healthy pixel density of 326 ppi. Besides an upgraded display, the device is said to use a Snapdragon S4 Plus chip with a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor. All this will be powered by a whopping 3,300 mAh battery. All of this sounds very excellent for a mid-range device. Again, this one leans heavy in the rumor department, but if it is all true, living in the future is going to be fun for everyone! Hit the break for a full list of specs.

Design
Device type: Smart phone
OS: Android (4.1) upgradeable to Android 4.2
Form Factor: Candy Bar
Dimensions: 5.15×2.52x.035
Weight: 5.22 OZ

Display
Physical size: 4.5 inches
Resoultion: 720×1280 pixels
Pixel density: 326 ppi
Technology: TFT
Colors: 16 777 216
Touchscreen: Capacitive, Multi-touch
Features: Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

Battery
Talk time: 21.25 hours
Stand-by time: 15.65
Capacity: 3300 mAh
Type: Li – Polymer

Hardware
System chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
Processor: Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait
Graphics processor: Adreno 225
System memory: 1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 500 MHz) / DDR2 / 8192 MB ROM
Built-in storage: 16gb
Storage expansion: microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB

Source: Phone Arena 

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Toshiba Working On Refocusing Camera For Smartphones & Tablets

 

It appears that Toshiba is clearly intent on making our smartphone cameras just a smidge better in the immediate future. How, you ask…? Well Toshiba has quietly been working on a new camera sensor module that contains 500,000 tiny lenses in front of the actual camera sensor in a 1cm-thick unit. What the lenses do is capture variations of each lens arrangement, which are then combined to make a “complete” picture using Toshiba’s in-house software and technology. Additionally, reports are indicating the new camera module will have the capability to measure the distance between objects in any given shot, with users being able to shift the focus of both photos and video between close and distant detail– kind of like how 3D imagery works.

The technology is still very much in development and probably won’t be ready until at least the end of next year, but this is awfully exciting though, isn’t it? Let’s just hope Toshiba is able to get smartphone manufacturers to utilize the technology in countries outside of Japan.

source: Engadget

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Toshiba Working On Refocusing Camera For Smartphones & Tablets

 

It appears that Toshiba is clearly intent on making our smartphone cameras just a smidge better in the immediate future. How, you ask…? Well Toshiba has quietly been working on a new camera sensor module that contains 500,000 tiny lenses in front of the actual camera sensor in a 1cm-thick unit. What the lenses do is capture variations of each lens arrangement, which are then combined to make a “complete” picture using Toshiba’s in-house software and technology. Additionally, reports are indicating the new camera module will have the capability to measure the distance between objects in any given shot, with users being able to shift the focus of both photos and video between close and distant detail– kind of like how 3D imagery works.

The technology is still very much in development and probably won’t be ready until at least the end of next year, but this is awfully exciting though, isn’t it? Let’s just hope Toshiba is able to get smartphone manufacturers to utilize the technology in countries outside of Japan.

source: Engadget

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New Toshiba mini camera sensor will boast Lytro-like capabilities

Remember Lytro? It’s that remarkable camera technology that allows you to tune the focus of your shots after you’ve already taken them. This is a very nice piece of technology, and while most purists would scoff at anyone who can’t get tack-sharp focus during composition there are a ton more who would want the ability to properly focus a bad shot. After all, you can’t get every shot you want to be perfect every time.

Well, what if I told you this technology could be coming to a smartphone near you? Toshiba is said to be working on a miniature lens with these capabilities, and is set to feature them in its smartphones and tablets starting sometime next year as well as license the technology to other smartphone and tablet OEMs The camera sensor reportedly houses an array of 500,000 micro-sensors which will capture a series of images that can later be manipulated in Toshiba’s own-built software.

Users would be able to tweak the focus of a shot using the software — you can focus either near or far, or bring the entire scene into perfect focus. The ability to manipulate video in this manner is also said to be possible, though we’re not yet sure to what extent.

While miniature camera lenses will never be a mainstay in the world of professional photography, having these sensors will provide very compelling feature-sets for any manufacturer who decides to take Toshiba up on its offer. Most users whose only cameras are their smartphones tend to take horrible photos, so the ability to advertise these types of features in a marketing campaign will go a long way toward adding a few more sales (and should help the eyes of the world even more).

[Asahi via Engadget]

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New Toshiba camera sensor lets you refocus after the shot, plans 2013 launch in smartphones and tablets

New Toshiba camera sensor lets you refocus after you take the shot, plans to launch in smartphones and tablets next year

Hoping for some after-the-fact focusing in your next smartphone camera? Well, you’ll have to wait around a year, but Toshiba‘s planning exactly that with a new module that houses an array of 500,000 tiny lenses. Within a 1cm-thick unit, these lenses are layered in front of the camera sensor, which can capture slightly different images from each lens arrangement. Those picture can then be combined in a “complete” picture using Toshiba’s own software. Apparently, the camera will also be able to measure the distance between objects in the shot — similar to how 3D images are captured — with the user then able to shift focus between close and distant detail, or even create images that are in-focus throughout. Toshiba says the module will also be able to capture video with a similar degree of focus management — something that Lytro hasn’t got around to just yet. The sensor is still a work in progress, but the manufacturer plans to commercialize the module before the end of 2013. Toshiba is looking to ally itself with multiple smartphone (and tablet) makers — and here’s hoping that it finds its way into a device outside of Japan.

[Thanks Franck]

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Source: Asahi Shinbun (Japanese)

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Meizu MX2 Hits Russia, China, and Hong Kong Markets

The Meizu MX2, one of the new flagship phone releases from China, has hit the market in China, Hong Kong, and Russia.

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In China, the phone retails for RMB 2,499, or roughly US $400 for the 16GB version, and RMB 2,999 or $480 for the 32GB version. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, it is selling for HK$2999 or US $386 for the 16GB model, and HK$3299 or US $425 for the 32GB model. In Russia, the 16GB smartphone is up for grabs for the price of 17997 rubles or $587, and the 32GB smartphone is available for 19997 rubles or US $650, which means the device is more expensive in Russia than in the first two areas mentioned. There is still no word on the 64GB model of the smartphone in any of said markets.

This device was formally introduced during the end of November, when the company revealed its list of key specifications. The Meizu MX2 boasts of a Quad core, 1600 MHz, MX5S processor, that is based on ARM Cortex A9 architecture. It also packs 2GB of LPDDR2 RAM, and a choice among 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB of user storage. There is, however, no support for expansion via a microSD card. As for its operating system, it comes with Flyme 2.0 OS, which is based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The Meizu MX2’s “gapless” display measures 4.4 inches, and sports a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels a pixel density of 343 pixels per inch, and 16 million colors. This display features a light sensor and a proximity sensor, as well.

It draws its power from a non-removable 1800 mAh battery, which has enough battery life to offer around 13 hours of talk time and 380 hours of standby time.

On its front is a 2-megapixel camera whereas on its rear is a an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, face detection, panorama, back-illuminated sensor, and the capability to record videos in Full HD.

Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G, and GPS.

Lastly, the handset has dimensions of 4.92 x 2.56 x 0.40 inches and weighs 142 grams.

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Aptina intros 8MP sensors that bring 60FPS, pro-grade video to phones, action cameras

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Smartphones and action cameras are no strangers to high-speed video: devices like the HTC One X make it a selling point. They’ve usually had to crop the frame from a much larger sensor, however, cutting into the final image quality and the field of view. Aptina’s new AR0835 and AR0835HS sensors might be the ticket to no-compromise, fast footage. Both 8-megapixel, backside-lit CMOS imagers occupy as much of the sensor as they can when capturing widescreen video at 60 frames per second, oversampling HD video at 6 megapixels; the result is supposedly professional-level video sharpness and viewing angles without the professional-level pricing. Either sensor can also capture 6-megapixel stills mid-video, and they can combine pixels to record 720p video at an even brisker 120FPS. Aptina won’t have the action camera-focused AR0835HS in production until first quarter of 2013, but it’s already mass-producing the smartphone-oriented AR0835. As such, it shouldn’t be long before there’s brag-worthy, high-speed home movies sitting in our pockets.

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Polaroid will be announcing an Android powered camera during CES

Well, it looks like Polaroid will soon be joining the likes of Samsung and Nikon with an Android powered camera of their own. The Polaroid camera is the IM1836 that we mentioned the other day. The key here, Polaroid CEO Scott Hardy has recently confirmed that the camera will be unveiled during CES.

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Hardy, in speaking with Imaging Resource, stated that “there will be an Android powered, interchangeable lens camera introduced by Polaroid at CES 2013.” Of course, aside from the fact that the camera will have an interchangeable lens and be powered by Android — the remaining details remain rumor.

In fact, Hardy went on to say that “additional information and specs will be released during the show.” Simply put, it looks like we are going to be waiting to CES for further details. As to what was previously rumored, the Polaroid IM1836 is expected to feature an 18.1 megapixel sensor along with a 3.5-inch display, microSD card slot for storage, HDMI and Wi-Fi.

The Polaroid camera is expected to be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and have a pop-up flash, headphone out jack and features to include blink detection and the ability to capture panorama images. Bottom line here, unless we see some other leaks in the meantime, the remaining details will be unveiled in a little more than two weeks time.

[via Gizmodo]

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MetroPCS Offers ZTE Avid 4G For $149

MetroPCS has expanded its product offerings with a new smartphone called the ZTE Avid 4G. This device, aimed at the mid-range segment, retails for $149, excluding tax. The smartphone is available from the MetroPCS website and various authorized retailers.

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The ZTE Avid 4G has a capacitive multi-touch screen that measures 4 inches diagonally. Said display sports a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 233 pixels per inch. This display also features a light sensor and a proximity sensor.

Its hardware consists of a Dual core, 1200 MHz processor and a 2.3 GB built-in storage. Storage expansion is possible by means of a microSD card that can add as much as 32 GB to the user memory. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is its operating system. It also includes the full suite of Google apps. Youtube and Picasa are pre-installed on the device.

The handset is capable of connectivity via Wi-Fi, including mobile hotspot, as well as 4G LTE, as its name implies. Bluetooth, computer syncing, and OTA syncing are supported, as well.

It also boasts of two cameras, one of which is located on its rear and has a 5-megapixel sensor, LED, digital zoom, and geotagging. The other, a VGA camera found on the smartphone’s front, has a 0.3-megapixel sensor and is useful for video chat.

Other notable features include Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, an accelerometer, haptic feedback, vibration, threaded SMS and MMS views, and a loudspeaker.

The smartphone measures 4.88 in x 2.58 in x 0.47 in and weighs 5.25 oz. Its battery has a capacity of 1730 mAh and promises around 4 hours of talk time and up to 260 hours of standby time.

Of late, ZTE has been introducing devices for the high-end segment, such as the ZTE Warp Sequent, which retails at $199.99. However, the China-based company continues to release mid-range handsets like the ZTE Avid 4G for those with a tighter budget.

via cnet

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Polaroid jumping on Android camera bandwagon, interchangeable lens featured

By now you’ve most likely heard of the Samsung Galaxy Android Camera. In keeping with the Android Camera spirit, Polaroid is getting in on the action it would seem. This latest leaked information reveals a mirrorless, interchangable-lens camera powered by Android 4.0. The camera will sport a 3.5-inch touchscreen, an 18.1 megapixel sensor, a pop-up flash, built-in Wi-Fi, a microSD card slot, HDMI outputs, and HD video recording. We’ll have to keep an eye out for any further news regarding this newest player in the Android camera segment. Let’s just hope they get the price right.

source:  The Verge

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Leaked images of the Polaroid IM1836 shows an Android powered mirrorless interchangeable lens camera

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Looks like this whole “Android camera” thing is really starting to take off. After Samsung released the Galaxy Camera a few short weeks ago, it seems it may have been the start of a trend. We know Nikon released their own (underpowered) point in shoot a few weeks before Samsung, and here we are today with some leaked images from Russia, showing what could be a new Android-powered camera from Polaroid.

Looking strikingly similar to the Nikon 1 J2, Having already announced an Android point-n-shoot earlier this year at CES 2012, Polaroid is still banking on the Google’s mobile OS, this time with a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera codenamed the IM1836. Looking striking similar to the Nikon 1 J2, I have to admit, whatever their inspiration, Polaroid definitely got the looks down. When it comes to the rest of the hardware, the IM1836 is packing an 18.1MP camera sensor, 3.5-inch touch screen, pop-up flash, WiFi, micro SD card slot, and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Processor wasn’t mentioned but we wouldn’t get our hopes up.

The only details as of yet un-released are the pricing, lens options, and date when we should expect these in stores. CES 2013 in a few weeks sounds like a good a time as any for Polaroid to show off their latest wares, in which we’ll make sure to get a good hands-on for you. If you’re hoping for something cheaper than Samsung’s offering, keep in mind we’re talking about a higher class of camera here. What do you guys think? Is Android really a draw when choosing your next camera?

[via PhotoRumors]

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Polaroid jumping on Android camera bandwagon, interchangeable lens featured

By now you’ve most likely heard of the Samsung Galaxy Android Camera. In keeping with the Android Camera spirit, Polaroid is getting in on the action it would seem. This latest leaked information reveals a mirrorless, interchangable-lens camera powered by Android 4.0. The camera will sport a 3.5-inch touchscreen, an 18.1 megapixel sensor, a pop-up flash, built-in Wi-Fi, a microSD card slot, HDMI outputs, and HD video recording. We’ll have to keep an eye out for any further news regarding this newest player in the Android camera segment. Let’s just hope they get the price right.

source:  The Verge

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