Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Mid-range smartphone: HTC Desire 830

HTC Desire 830, smartphone, HTC

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 Unveiled Liquid-Cooled 2-In-1 Laptop Switch Alpha 12

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 Virtual Reality goggles

HTC Vive, virtual reality goggles, games

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

Xiaomi Mi 5

Xiaomi Mi 5, smartphone
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.

Xiaomi Mi 5, smartphone
 Xiaomi on AMAZON

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
  Plus: 3GB
  Pro: 4GB
GPU Standard: 510MHz Adreno 530
Plus: 624MHz Adreno 530
Pro: 624MHz Adreno 530
STORAGE    Standard: 32GB
Plus: 64GB
Pro: 128GB
NETWORKING    Dual band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC
BANDS    GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/5/8
TD-SCDMA: B34/39
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.)
BATTERY    3000mAh
STARTING PRICE    Standard: $305 unlocked
Plus: RMB 2299 $353 unlocked
Pro: RMB 2699 $415 unlocked
OTHER: quick charging, IR blaster, notification LED
Xiaomi Mi 5, smartphoneXiaomi Mi 5, smartphone

Friday, March 18, 2016

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review: Really Good For the Price

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, smartphone, Mi


- 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
- FM
- 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.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7, smartphone, flagship smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S7 is the company's 2016 flagship smartphone it will be the successor of the very popular Galaxy S6. The new smartphone has a new and very classy design that has a combination of metal and glass. Underneath is a very powerful and very fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, Quad-core 2.6 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53.

The device is water and dust resistant, it has IP68 rating against water and dirt. It can withstand about 30 minutes of being fully submerged in 1.5 meters of water.

The great news about this phone is that they bring back the expansion memory card slot which is absent in their Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S7 now supports memory cards up to 200GB in capacity.

The camera has an improved low light capability, the sensor is bigger than the previous one. It also has 3000 mAh battery, which is huge. It is also VR ready, the  Galaxy Gear VR headset will be compatible with the Galaxy S7. The smartphone runs on Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow) operating system. Internal storage is 32 GB or 64 GB and it has 4GB of RAM. Screen size is 5.1 inches.

Samsung Galaxy S7 32GB Factory Unlocked $796.89   

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

LG G5 Unique Flagship Smartphone

LG G5 Unique Flagship Smartphone

LG G5 Flagship Smartphone, cellphone

LG G5 is a flagship Android smartphone that is fully revolutionized from its predecessor. It is built with a metal body and has a 2,800 mAh removable battery. The LG G5 has a 5.3-inch IPS display with high pixel density of 554 ppi. With that amount of pixel it can give the user an incredibly vibrant and colorful view. 

It is equipped with dual rear cameras, 16-MP camera and 8-MP camera with a wide 135 degree lens that allows you to take more detailed photos. Both of them come with autofocus and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) features. It has CAM Plus which is a special camera accessory designed to deliver a comfortable grip and convenient control of a DSLR.

The 8-MP secondary camera performs brilliantly in taking high quality selfies.

The smartphone has Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play which transforms the G5 into a Hi-Fi audio player that supports 32-bit 384 KHz high-definition audio files for listening to your favorite music.

It is powered by a quad-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

LG G5 Case, Spigen® [Rugged Armor] Resilient [Black] Ultimate protection $13.99