The Galaxy Gear will only support Android 4.3 and up, leaving you with only the Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10.1 at launch. Samsung did announce that the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 4 would be arriving in October, so soon there will be three supported devices for the Gear. The reason behind this requirement is likely because Android 4.3 adds native support for Bluetooth LE (low-energy), and if you’re still rocking a Galaxy S II, it’s time for an upgrade.
Samsung has a pretty decent track record when it comes to updating its devices in a (somewhat) timely manner, so when its four most popular devices (GS3, GS4, Note 2, and Note 3) are up and running with Android 4.3, the majority of the qualms customers have may be taken care of.
The day has come. Meizu has finally announced its latest flagship smartphone, MX3, and just as we’ve told you, it will be available in an array of options with built-in storage ranging from 16 to 128 GB. In addition, it also sports a 5.1-inch screen with rather impressive 180×1080 pixels resolution, Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa chip, 2GB of RAM and an array of connectivity options. There’s also Meizu’s own Flyme UI 3.0 that runs on top of unspecified version of Android (we guess it’s 4.2.2). Price wise, the 16GB model will sell for an equivalent of $410 while the 128GB version will get $650 out of your hard-earned money.
Gone are the days of bizarre phones with some special practical use, but not all hope is lost. Earlier today, this author stumbled upon a shanzhai Android 4.0.1 phone with a built-in power plug! It’s a bit awkward, though, as you have to take off the back cover to flip up the Type A plug — we’re assuming it has a world-friendly voltage rating, but we’ll double check. Should you wish to juice the phone up the old-fashioned way, the micro-USB port is still there.
Externally, this Daxian N100i seems to be very much “inspired” by the Xiaomi Phone 2 or 2S. Given the HK$599 (about US$80) price point (or about US$40 each in bulk), don’t expect too many goodies from this outlandish candy bar: there’s a dual-core 1GHz MT6517 chipset, a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 TN display, 4GB of storage, a microSD slot, an 1,800mAh cell (plus a spare in the box) and dual-SIM slots — but for GSM 900/1800 only. The front and back cameras both have a resolution of just 3.1 megapixels, and it was hard to judge the picture quality on that horrible screen.
Aimed squarely at those looking to capture themselves, the Legria mini records up to 1080p video through a special wide-angle (170-degree) lens, ensuring you can fit your whole family (or dance crew?) into your clips. With a 180-degree flexible display on board too, you can adjust the camera’s position as needed. When we tested an early unit in Canon’s home turf in Japan, the combination of both a posable screen and a stand beneath the unit meant getting a good angle from the floor or work surface was a simple task. Behind that wide-angle f/2.8 lens, there’s a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, mechanical shutter, Canon’s DIGIC DV 4 processor and (in case you needed it) a 12.8-megapixel sensor for stills.
Digital versions of board games are more and more so becoming a thing, and Dice+ looks to combine that experience with an element of the traditional. It’s a regular looking 6-sided dice, but inside it houses Bluetooth that connects to the game you’re playing on your iPad – or iPhone, presumably, though less suited to playing these sort of games perhaps – so you can roll the dice yourself and have the results in the game.
It’s a pretty neat idea, and if you’re as skeptical as I am – or maybe I’m just an old cynic – over the randomness of in-game dice rolls, this should be right up your street. Initial support is a little on the slim side, but it does come bundled with 6 games to play with it. The better news is that there’s an SDK for the Dice+, so hopefully developers will pick it up and implement support down the line.
The Galaxy NX is Samsung’s first interchangeable lens camera that runs Android, and includes powerful hardware like 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 4.8-inch HD screen, 2GB of RAM, LTE connectivity support (Korea only), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, microSD card slot and a 4,360mAh battery. Moreover, it has a 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor support, ISO sensitivity up to 25,600, 8.6fps continuous shooting, full HD 1080p video capture, 2D/3D lens support, i-Function lensSMART modes, RAW image support, HDMI 1.4a and full HD video recording.
Sony is planning on releasing a few concept imaging devices at the IFA in Berlin next week. The DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 will be two attachable lens-camera devices that mount onto a smartphone to provide a built-in imaging sensor, Bionz processor, Wi-Fi/NFC, SD card slot and battery. A new report from SonyAlphaRumors tells us that these lens-cameras will be called “Smart Shot,” a mashup of smartphone and Cyber Shot.
As a refresher, the QX10 will have a 1/2.3 inch 18MP CMOS sensor and f/3.3-5.9 lens, while the QX100 has the same sensor and lens as the Sony RX100MII. Both devices will be able to capture video in 1080/30p as well as incorporate optical steadyshot stabilization.
This is Acer’s new giganta-smartphone, the Liquid S2, and it’s sitting on a fairly impressive secret: it’s the world’s first phone to pack a 4K-capable video camera.
Shout “overkill” or “progress”, whichever you prefer, but either way it’s an impressive feat squeezing such a sensor into the body of a phone. Not that this is an Android handset without some space inside: its 6-inch screen gave Asus plenty of room to play with.
Lurking within its body is a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED ring flash, a 2MP front camera (itself capable of 1080p video), a Snapdragon 800 chip clocked at 2.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, 3,300 mAh battery, and 4G LTE connectivity.
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Sources have confirmed that the upcoming LG tablet, known as the “G Pad,” will not come with the originally rumored Snapdragon 800 processor, and will instead pack the Snapdragon 600. A few other important details about the device have been released as well, including that the tablet will have an 8.3-inch WXUGA display with 350 knit brightness and 60% color reproduction rate. It will be available in two variants including WiFi and LTE, and that the WiFi variant will be for the Korean Market, and the LTE variant will be available from Verizon Wireless. More details to come on the tablet as we approach the rumored unveiling date at IFA 2013 in Berlin.