Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Taiwanese tech company HTC is trying to earn back it's prestige in the smartphone business that was lost due to cut-throat competition and unremarkable smartphone line-up, with their latest flagship smartphone the HTC 10. Their HTC M9 was clearly a disappointment.
The HTC 10 has overhaul its design, and pump it up with a superior audio. They have ditched the machined metal trim and replaced it with an all-glass front with beveled edges. It sports a 5.2-inch Super LCD5 display with pixel density of 564ppi. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 820, Quad Core, 64bit, up to 2.2GHz coupled with 4GB of RAM.
There's plenty of storage space for your videos and photos at 32GB that can be extended using microSD up to 2TB.
The HTC 10 is equipped with a 12-UltraPixel rear- facing camera and f/1.8 lens. Images has impressive level of detail with fine color saturation. The selfie front facing camera is just average at 5MP, it covers 86° wide angle. It has Full HD 1080p video recording and voice selfie.
Another thing that will get your attention is its BoomSound audio system. The external speakers are pretty average but listening music through headphones is impressive. Battery is 3000 mAh that according to HTC can give you up to 27 hours in talk time. It runs on Android 6.0.1.
It comes in “Carbon" Gray, “Topaz" Gold and “Glacier" Silver.
5.2-inch quad-HD display
32/64GB internal storage
3,000 mAh battery
Android 6.0.1 & Sense 7.0
12 UltraPixel camera w/OIS
5 UltraPixel selfie camera w/OIS
HTC 10 5.2" 12MP 64GB 4GB RAM Snapdragon 820 3000mAh Fingerprint 4G LTE Smartphone - International Version $789.00
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
After launching three mid-range Xperia X series phones at MWC, Sony follow it up with another new model, the Xperia XA Ultra. It has a huge screen size at 6-inches with 1920x1080 resolution and sports Mobile BRAVIA engine 2. It retains the same looks as its smaller sibling. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Sony has not announced about the pricing or availability details of the new Sony Xperia XA Ultra smartphone but they have already confirmed that a global release of the Xperia XA Ultra is planned.
Eventhough it has a big screen Sony still says that the 2700 mAh battery can last two days on regular usage. The device is powered by a MediaTek MT6755 processor and 3GB of RAM. It is equipped with 16GB of storage, with a microSD card slot offering 200GB of expansion.
The XA Ultra has a selfie-focused device, with some huge upgrades to the front-facing camera. The front camera is a 16MP snapper which is a major bump from the 8MP on the standard XA, and it also has OIS (optical image stabilization) and a selfie flash. It also has auto-focus, wide angle lens (up to 88 degrees), and HDR photo.
The rear camera is 21.5-megapixel with Exmor RS for mobile sensor, quick launch, hybrid autofocus, HDR photo, auto-scene recognition, and LED flash.
The Sony listing confirms that the Xperia XA Ultra ships with a quick charger tipping that the handset may support fast-charging. The handset will be available in White, Black, and Lime Gold colours. It measures 164.2x79.4x8.4mm and weighs 190 grams.
The Xperia XA Ultra will be available on "select markets" only starting in July.
Display: 6-inches with 1920x1080 resolution and sports Mobile BRAVIA engine 2
Processor: octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755) processor
Front Camera: 16-megapixel Resolution 1080x1920 pixels
Rear Camera: 21.5-megapixel
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Battery capacity: 2700mAh
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium E6853 5.5-Inch 4K UHD Display Factory Unlocked $599.99
Sony Xperia Z5 32GB GSM/LTE - Unlocked phone - (US Warranty) $499.00
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Unlocked Phone - Black (U.S. Warranty) $428.40
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Taiwan based tech company HTC Corporation (High Tech Computer Corporation) has just released their newest mid-range smartphone, the "Desire 830" in Taiwan. The smartphone was first announced at Mobile World Congress this year.
The casing is made of plastic and comes in white & orange and white & blue colour combinations. It sports a 5.5-inch display (1080x1920 pixels). It is powered by an Octa-core 1.5 GHz Helio X10 CPU. It comes with 3GB of RAM and has 32GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 2TB with a microSD.
The HTC Desire 830 is equipped with dual-sim connectivity and runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop Operating system. It also comes with Hi-Res front-facing stereo speakers powered by Boomsound and Dolby Audio. It has an optical image stabilization for the 13MP camera which are firsts for HTC's mid-range line of smartphones.
In terms of connectivity, it has 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS on-board. It has plent of power with 2,800 mAh battery.
The Desire 830 will launch in Taiwan this Friday for $310. No word yet from HTC on when will it be available internationally.
HTC Desire 610 8GB Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Quad-Core Android 4.4 Smartphone - Black $96.00
HTC Desire 626S No Contract Phone White (Virgin Mobile) $79.99
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Acer, a Taiwan-based multinational computer company has unveiled the world's first liquid-cooled 2-in-1 laptop called "Switch Alpha 12". It runs on Windows 10 and has no fans since it uses the Acer's LiquidLoop cooling technology, which was only previously seen in high-end gaming desktop CPUs. It is powered by 6th generation Intel Core processors in the market.
On their press release, the company said that the "Switch Alpha 12" is the first and only fanless 2-in-1 notebook powered by 6th generation Intel Core processors in the market today. The device is also capable of delivering outstanding performance and an 8 hours battery life.
Acer's Switch Alpha 12 2-In-1 Laptop has an impressive specs like support for Intel's Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors. It is equipped with a 12-inch 2,160 x 1,440 resolution display. Connectivity includes ports for HDMI, USB Type-C, USB 3.0, USB A and DisplayPort connections. It has 8 GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage.
The Switch Alpha 12 weighs in 2.76 pounds with a keyboard, and 1.98 pounds as a standalone tablet.
The Switch Alpha 12 is quite affordable just like most of the notebooks Acer debuted. The base model starts at $599, which is cheaper than its $999 Switch 12S. The device should become available in June.
2016 Newest Acer 2-in-1 11.6-inch High Performance Touchscreen convertible Laptop or Tablet $300.00
Acer Aspire R 11 R3-131T-P344 11.6-inch HD Touch Notebook - Sky Blue (Windows 10) $270.00 .
Acer Aspire Switch 11 SW5-171-39LB 11.6-Inch Full HD Detachable 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop $409.54
Friday, April 8, 2016
HTC Vive is a virtual reality goggles manufactured by Taiwanese tech company HTC it is co-developed by gaming giant Valve. The HTC Vive is the most expensive and heavy on feature among the VR devices that will come out in 2016. The device let the user physically move around its virtual world while using a pair of high-tech controllers to grab and manipulate digital objects.
The goggles is quite heavy and not comfortable to wear it can get your skin covered by the headset sweaty. But once you play the game, you'll forget all about it. It's a real game-changer. HTC Vive is really fun to play with, it's like playing your first Sony PlayStation.
Why take my word for it when you can try it yourself for free. HTC is rolling out retail demo stations where you can put the SteamVR-powered Vive through its paces. And if the demo convinces you to lay down at least $800 on a piece of the future, those retail location will also be taking pre-orders for delivery starting in June.
Vive demo stations are only available at 3 Microsoft Stores in New York City, Bellevue, and Salt Lake City. Microsoft is planning to expand the program to 11 more stores in the US (and one in Sydney, Australia) by the end of the month and up to 30 locations by the end of the year. You should be 18 years old to take part in the demos, according to Microsoft's website. GameStop, meanwhile, will start demonstrating the Vive at 10 locations across the US starting April 18.
Samsung Gear VR - Virtual Reality Headset $99.99
Oculus Rift + Alienware Oculus Ready X51 R3 i5 8GB Desktop PC Bundle $1,599.00
Here's a Google Map to track down Vive demo stations:
Monday, March 28, 2016
Considering the powerful specs the Xiaomi Mi 5 is unbeatable, it is equipped with Snapdragon 820 for just a $305 smartphone. However the software is not that spectacular but for the price, it's a steal. Xiaomi pride itself with giving very good specs at low prices. The Xiaomi Mi 5 is powered by the new Snapdragon 820 processor and is equipped with a USB Type-C port. You could buy two of these for the price of a Galaxy S7 or LG G5.
The smartphone design is a bit ordinary, it has a glass with a metal band around the sides. It also has a home button/fingerprint reader on the front with capacitive touch buttons on either side.
the Xiaomi Mi 5 measures 144.6 x 69.2 x 7.3 mm and weights 139 grams, the casing is made of metal and the back is slightly curved on the right and left sides. It comes with IPS LCD display that supports a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels at 428 ppi protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. It has an Adreno 530 graphics card. Battery is non-removable 3000 mAh.
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Quick Specs of XIAOMI MI 5:
SCREEN 1920×1080 5.1" (428ppi) LCD
OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 7
CPU Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Standard: (two 1.8GHz Kryo cores and two 1.6 GHz Kyro cores)
Pro: (two 2.15GHz Kryo cores and two 1.6 GHz Kyro cores)
RAM Standard: 3GB
GPU Standard: 510MHz Adreno 530
Plus: 624MHz Adreno 530
Pro: 624MHz Adreno 530
STORAGE Standard: 32GB
NETWORKING Dual band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC
BANDS GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
LTE (FDD): B1/3/7
LTE (TDD): B38/39/40/41
PORTS USB Type C, 3.5mm headphone jack
CAMERA 16MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus and OIS, 4MP front camera
SIZE 144.6 x 69.2 x 7.3 mm (5.69 x 2.72 x 0.29 in)
WEIGHT 129g (4.55 oz.)
STARTING PRICE Standard: $305 unlocked
Plus: RMB 2299 $353 unlocked
Pro: RMB 2699 $415 unlocked
OTHER: quick charging, IR blaster, notification LED
Friday, March 18, 2016
- 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) HD IPS Capacitive Touchscreen LCD, 16M colors
- Snapdragon 650 hexa core 1.4 GHz
- Android 5.1 (Lollipop) OS
- 2/3GB RAM
- 16/32GB storage equipped with micro SD slot (up to 32GB cards)
- 16MP f2.0 rear camera with PDAF and dual LED flash, 5MP f2.0 front camera
- WiFi ac, BT4.1
- LTE (VoLTE capable)
- IR emitter
- 4,000mAh battery
- Dual Sim Support
- weight at 164 grams
PRICE: $254.94 on Amazon Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
Usually the Redmi line is Xiaomi's lower end smartphones while the "Mi" series is for higher end phones. However, the the Redmi Note 3 has transcend that notion. The Redmi Note 3 look, feels and performs like a premium device. The great thing about it, you'll not be paying for a premium device. For the price the features of this phone is just awesome. It has infrared emitter, call recording, and a lot of software interface that's included.
The power-horse is Snapdragon 650 processor hexa core SoC, just imagine the performance it can give you. Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 chipset is really impressive, performance is comparable to Qualcomm’s last generation hex-core Snapdragon 808.
It can record UHD 4K videos with a third-party app. The display is 5.5inch fullHD IPS LCD with pixel density of 401ppi. The pictures look natural and it has a good viewing angles.
It has Sunlight Display technology too which is seen from their Mi4/Mi4i line. Sunlight Display makes adjustments to the display at a pixel level so that you see a balanced image in bright outdoors.
Call quality on the Redmi Note 3 is excellent and the earpiece speaker is sufficiently loud even outdoors.
The device is equipped with 16MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. The camera at the back has phase-detect auto-focus function which is really good in bright environment, however it doesn't do well in low light.