It appears that Alcatel has brought quite a few treats to Barcelona this year. We’ve already seen a few devices including a couple Firefox OS phones from them. Now they’ve unveiled the One Touch Snap and One Touch Snap LTE. The One Touch Snap is running:
4.5-inch qHD display with dragontail glass, an oleophobic coating to fight fingerprint smearing
8MP camera with LED and 720p recording; Front-facing 1.3MP camera
4GB of internal storage; Expandable via microSD card slot
1.2GHz quad-core processor
1GB of RAM
Android 4.2 – Jelly Bean
So what about the One Touch Snap LTE, it should be the same but with LTE connectivity right? Wrong. Here’s what the One Touch Snap LTE is featuring, in addition to the specs of the One Touch Snap listed above:
4.65-inch FSVGA display (480×854 resolution)
2MP front-facing camera
1.4GHz quad-core processor
Now onto the size, both phones are a bit different in size as well. The Snap is 130.3x67x8.99mm while the LTE is measuring at 134×69.7×10.9mm. One would think that’s due to the LTE radio along with the bigger battery. Both phones do support WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and quadband GSM including the 850, 900, 1800, and 1900 bands.
So far we have no idea how much either of these devices are going to cost. But it’s reported that the One Touch Snap will be available in April, and the One Touch Snap LTE is coming in July. It’s also more than likely that they won’t be coming to the US, but we could be wrong. In fact, we’d love to be wrong in this case.
What do you think about these offerings from Alcatel? Is it enough for you to try one out? The specs aren’t on the high-end but the One Touch Snap is running Android 4.2, which is kind of surprising since no other phone on the market that isn’t a Nexus has Android 4.2. Hopefully they’ll bring these models to the US, but we’ll have to wait and see.
A new “Dual Silencer” cooling system and game bundle have been added to Zotac’s GTX 680 AMP! Edition card.
Zotac on Wednesday announced a “refined” version of its GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Edition (ZT-60105-10P) graphics card, which at first we thought that meant it would come dressed in a fancy suit and speak with a British accent — chip chip cherio and all that jazz. Even better, Zotac was referring to a new and enhanced “Dual Silencer” cooling solution and game bundle that includes Assassin’s Creed III.
Without going into specifics (other than to say the design took “many months of engineering”), Zotac says its new Dual Silencer system delivers greater cooling performance at quieter noise levels, though by how much is a mystery. The previous generation GTX 680 AMP! Edition also featured a dual-fan design, but after a little digging, we discovered the new model has more fan blades (9 blades per fan versus 7 blades).
Cooling upgrade and game bundle notwithstanding, it’s the same card. The GPU races along at 1,110MHz (base) / 1,176MHz (boost) and it has 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6,608MHz on a 256-bit bus.
Bloatware-free. Cutting-edge components. Very cool design. No tools needed to pop open chassis. Included remote controls interior’s multi-colored lighting strip. Free in-game tech support.
Can’t keep up with Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan-equipped gaming rigs on the gaming benchmarks. Fans are noisy.
With its cutting-edge components, eye-popping design, and fully kitted-out feature set, the Origin Genesis (Core i7-3970X) is an impressive machine with the chops to handle anything you throw at it, but its performance on the gaming grid doesn’t shine quite as brightly as comparably priced systems.
If you’ve got enough cash to spare for a high-end gaming rig—like, really high-end— you’ve got one of two options: Buy the best or buy the best of the best.
The OUYA gaming console that runs on the Android platform has successfully collected enough funds from the interested public, and it has been announced that the first batch of OUYA Android gaming consoles will begin to be shipped out to Kickstarter backers who kept the faith from March 28 onwards, clearly placing it three months ahead of the planned June retail launch.
Archos may have been showing off the FamilyPad 2 tablet back in January during CES, however they were pretty quiet when it came to some of the finer points such as a release date and pricing. On that note, it looks like Archos has begun to open up a bit. The company has announced some pricing and release details for the tablet and it looks like it will be available for purchase “very soon.”
Unfortunately we have yet to see a specific release date and Archos has offered just what we mentioned, that the tablet would be available soon. Needless to say, that is much better than what was given during CES. As for the price, they have said the FamilyPad 2 will debut at 299€. That bit should give some hints as to where we can expect this tablet to arrive first — in Europe.
As of now no specific mention of a US release date or price. Otherwise, the FamilyPad 2 is obviously a follow-up to the original Archos FamilyPad. This new model comes with some spec bumps in terms of hardware and software. To begin with, the FamilyPad 2 will arrive running Jelly Bean, specifically, Android 4.1.
Other specs for the FamilyPad 2 tablet include a 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800, dual-core 1.6GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot (with support for 64GB cards), Wi-Fi, HDMI, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera and a 2 megapixel rear-facing camera.
YotaPhone named its first phone after itself (for the time being) and this innovative piece of gadgetry really made my head spin. While our AndroidPIT team was live on location during the MWC in Barcelona, they were able to get first hand look at the new YotaPhone right at the Russian company’s booth. We’ve created a hands-on video, explaining all the various functions and perks of this interesting new gadget.
I wanted to try out the NEC Medias W more than any other phone at Mobile World Congress. We’ve already talked about it in the past, but this was the first time I had a chance to play with a single unit.
As you may know, NEC’s baby is a folding smartphone that comes with two 4.3-inch screens. The best part is that these two can either work separately (for real multi-tasking) or as one big screen.
The similar lookin’ Kyocera Echo was released few years ago but it hasn’t managed to attract enough buyers. The NEC Medias W is a better device and it will soon starts selling in one of the world’s most-advanced smartphone markets (Japan), bringing all the benefits of a big screen device (phablet) without forcing users to buy jeans with bigger pockets.
Aside from showing off NTT DoCoMo’s version of the phone, NEC also had some prototype unit at its booth, presumingly to pitch other carriers. And while we don’t have any information whether some European carrier is looking to launch the Medias W, we do hope something like that will happen at some point in the future.
Just because Huawei has already launched a small torrent of smartphones two months into 2013 doesn’t mean the company is taking a vacation anytime soon. Evleaks has spotted what’s purported to be the Ascend G710, a not-quite-high-end smartphone that would sit just below the Ascend D2. While it would preserve the 5-inch screen and 1.5GHz quad-core processor, it would dip to a 720p resolution. There’s hints that it may be more a step sideways, however, through some less performance-minded changes: the G710 would have a premium-looking metal (or metal-effect) back, free up screen real estate with capacitive navigation buttons and talk to both CDMA and GSM networks. When the camera, storage and the all-important launch plans are still missing, though, there’s a long way to go before we know where this latest Ascend might sit in Huawei’s catalog.
This small Bluetooth speaker looks remarkably like the iconic Jawbone Jambox, arguably the most popular ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker on the market right now. And just like the Jambox, it can be used to stream music and make calls. It even comes in what looks like the same colors — or very similar colors — the Jambox comes in.
But look more closely, and you’ll see small cosmetic differences — because this isn’t the Jambox. It’s the Urge Basics Sound Brick, and it has one very big difference with the Jambox: it’s less than one-third the price.
New Jersey-based ERG Distributors is behind the Sound Brick, and they told us the speaker should arrive soon and sell for $35 (though we found it here for $50). Of course, just because it looks like the Jambox doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll perform like it.
Real Racing 3 is a gorgeous mobile game, despite some nagging issues with its freemium model. But if you’re a real fan of the series, Electronic Arts and SteelSeries are hoping you might also want a pair of matching headphones. The partnership between the game publishing giant and the peripheral maker has produced the Real Racing 3 headset.