The Stealth Extreme Power LPC-480 mini PC isn’t just incredibly small, it’s also the company’s most powerful SFF to date. That’s because it wields a 3rd generation Intel Core i7 3610QE quad-core processor (Ivy Bridge) clocked at 2.3GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) with Hyper-Threading support and 6GB of cache. It also comes standard with 4GB of DDR3 memory (8GB and 16GB options available), slim DVD burner (Blu-ray optional), a 2.5-inch drive bay, and plenty of ports, including four USB 3.0 ports, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, DVI-D, VGA, GbE LAN, Serial, PS/2 mouse and keyboard, and line in/out ports.
Pricing starts at $1,325
Rugged. Good call quality. Decent camera.
Dated interface. Few features.
The very basic Kyocera DuraPro for U.S. Cellular is worth a look if you need a rugged, waterproof phone, but if it’s features you’re after, you can do better.
The Kyocera DuraPro is U.S. Cellular’s toughest cell phone. It won’t break if you drop it—even in the pool. It offers good sound quality for voice calls, a very loud speaker, and decent battery life. But a dated interface and few features means it’s only an average phone otherwise, and at $149.99, it’s a little pricey for what you get. The DuraPro is worth a look if you need something durable, but if you want any other features, you can do better.
The full rundown shows the new Lenovo S920 rocking a 5.3-inch 1280 x 720p HD display (no 1080p here sadly) but the newest version of Android should make plenty happy. Then you’ll be working with a 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor with 1GB of RAM, and it looks like you get 16GB of internal storage as well as micro-SD support. Then according to Lenovo it rocks an 8 megapixel rear camera and 2 MP up front.
This is all rounded off with a mediocre 2,250 mAh battery and a sleek design coming in at just 7.9mm thin. It all sounds pretty good except that small battery if you ask us. This well-rounded smartphone from Lenovo is up for pre-order in China and will hit the streets April 8th for what comes out to be around $350 USD. Now if the rumors of Lenovo buying BlackBerry would come true and they’d launch smartphones in the US, then we’d have something to talk about.
The Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2. OTA is finally officially available for Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners. If you didn’t have root, or just preferred to wait for something official, then you will wait no more.
The 4.2.2 update brings plenty of goodies such as Photosphere, Lock Screen Widgets and Quick Settings Toggles. Many thought that the Verizon GNex would never see an official 4.2.2 update, so this really will make its users happy. Enjoy flashing the OTA!!
Apple has just released iOS 6.1.3, which primarily fixes the Passcode Bypass Bug, that was present in the previous version. Besides the Passcode bug, which allowed access to the Phone app even when the screen was locked, the update also brings improvements to the Maps app in Japan.
The update also reportedly patches some of the vulnerabilities required to jailbreak the OS. The update is currently available as an Over the Air update and can be downloaded through iTunes as well.
It looks like the possible successor to the MediaPad Lite made its leaked debut earlier on Twitter thanks to DLNA and @evleaks. The new tablet from Huawei will come in two versions. The first one will sport a quad-core Cortex A9 processor running at 1.2 GHz, with the second one carrying a quad-core Cortex A9 processor running at 1.5 GHz. Both tablets will feature a 7-inch 1024×600 display with Wi-Fi, DLNA support, as well as HDMI output. They’ll come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. There’s no telling on when and where this tablet will arrive so keep it locked here.
Ever since NVIDIA announced the Project Shield device at CES 2013, they have continued to produce videos for a variety of games coming to the Tegra 4 powered mobile game console. The latest title to be highlighted on NVIDIA’s site is Riptide GP 2, a jet-ski racing game. It should be no surprise that a game involving so much water would show up to help demonstrate some of the capabilities of NVIDIA’s latest chip.
NVIDIA says the new version of Riptide GP will include “enhanced water and particle effects, HDR lighting, boosted reflection shaders and the all-new spectator mode.” Riptide GP 2 joins other titles like Need for Speed Most Wanted, Burn Zombie Burn and Real Boxing that have received the highlight treatment from NVIDIA.
Check out the video below to see how the Project Shield device works and what Riptide GP 2 will be like on the device.
The release of the HTC Droid DNA heralded a new age for smartphones. Now in 2013 every phone is required to have a 1080p screen and a quad-core processor inorder to be considered a premium flagship product. As with all high-end products you are expected to pay a pretty penny for the device such as the HTC One and Sony Xperia Z which both cost around $750. Well Neo is going to turn the market on its head with the release of the Neo N003, while we did hear whispers of the device we didn’t have any real information on the pricing until now.
Neo has announced that the Neo N003 will not only feature a 5 inch 1080p screen, making it the rival of all the new 5 inch phones announced during CES, but also a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, 1 GB of RAM, 13 megapixel rear camera and a 3000mAh battery, which basically makes it the equal of any phone out there…on paper at least…
The reason why we doubt the performance of the new Neo N003 is its price tag of 899 RMB ($145 USD) and a premium version priced as 1499 RMB ($241 USD). With that pricing the Neo isn’t in the same price bracket with phones such as the HTC One and Sony Xperiz Z, but is being sold at a price of a Galaxy Ace and other low-end devices. Unfortunately Neo only has plans to release the phone in China, but if you really want to get your hands on one you could always import the phone and with shipping the price will still be less than half of what you play for other phones with similar hardware, but you may run into compatibility issues.
The Neo N003 will be sporting a MediaTek quad-core, but despite the number of cores and the 1.3 GHz clock speed don’t expect world breaking performance, current benchmarks place it more in league with older dual-core designs. The SoC is listed as the MediaTek MT6589, which doesn’t use a A9 or A15 based ARM architecture of its 1080p rivals, but uses A7 cores, which are older, but more energy efficient than the A9 and A15 designs. There are other chips that use the A7 cores, such as the Exynos 5 and other big.LITTLE chipsets, but in chipsets that use ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture the A7 cores are used as power saving, low performance cores and are supplemented by high-performance A15s. That means the Neo N0003 will never have more performance than a current flagship stuck in battery conversation mode, but if you consider the large 3000mAh battery paired with what should be a highly efficient processor along with the incredibly low price tag, this still might be the bargin of the century.
I recently reviewed Powerskin for the iPhone 4/4S and lamented they were not yet available for the iPhone 5. Well, the wait is over! PowerSkin for Apple iPhone 5 ($79.99) has arrived.