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Samsung CEO confirms there’s an Android-powered mirrorless camera on the way

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Samsung CEO JK Shin has been talking to the press about the Galaxy S4 sales and patent disputes, but somehow in the middle of all that he confirmed that the company is working on two Android-powered cameras.

One is a mirrorless camera and will presumably be part of Samsung’s NX series (allegedly called the Galaxy NX) and the other will be the Galaxy Camera 2. Read more »

Samsung reveals internal Galaxy S4 testing procedure, seems pretty brutal

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Samsung puts the Galaxy S4 through tough tests to make sure the flagship is sturdy for everyday use – falls, hard knocks, water, heat, electricity, dust, the S4 has to face all smartphones’ biggest fears at the testing facility.

It’s an unpleasant affair for the phone, but it’s fun to watch for us humans, so Samsung released a video of the tests. Read more »

Intel has a Haswell chip with 4.5W SDP, might be getting ready to challenge ARM’s tablet dominance

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Intel has been gunning after ARM in the mobile space for a while now and the chip giant may have an ace up its sleeve – a Y-series Haswell processor with SDP of only 4.5W. This should be low-enough to go into relatively small and light tablets as it’s close to the power draw of ARM chipsets.

The chip features a dual-core processor that comes in two versions – 6.5W SDP and 4.5W SDP, both having the same TDP, 11.5W. In case you’ve missed the new terminology, TDP is the maximum power draw (CPU and GPU at full throttle), while SDP is a target for “regular” usage. Read more »

Google Glass torn down, regular smartphone guts found inside, save for the fancy display

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Google Glass is available only to a select few and one of them agreed to sacrifice the $1,500 smart glasses in the name of science. By which I mean “people who want to see gadgets disassembled.”

Glass was apparently not meant to be torn down but the Catwig team that did the disassembly managed to put it back together in fully operational condition and with only minor cosmetic damage. Read more »

Nokia Hong Kong thinks iOS 7 looks pretty close to its beloved Windows Phone

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Windows Phone pioneered the flat UI on mobile and the new iOS 7 look shares a lot of similarities – at least whoever maintains the Nokia Hong Kong’s Weibo account thinks so. They created this image and challenged users to pick which side is WP8 and which side is iOS 7.

There’s one more side-by-side comparison after the break. Read more »

New 13.3″ MacBook Air torn down, small changes and no room for upgrades found inside

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This Monday Apple announced the new MacBook Air and two short days later it has already been torn down by the iFixit team. What they found was that the new 13″ model is almost identical to the old one. even the model number was the same, which might make things confusing and the only external difference is the new microphone grill. Apple has added a second microphone on the new Air.

Things on the inside looked pretty similar, but with newer components obviously. The big bump in battery life comes from Mac OS X Mavericks enhancements, Intel’s new Haswell CPU and a slightly bigger battery – 7.6V and 7,150mAh (up from 7.3V, 6,700mAh). Read more »

AMD FX-9590 octa-core processor is the first to be officially clocked at 5GHz

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AMD just claimed the title “First-Ever 5 GHz Processor” with its new FX-9590 based on the Piledriver architecture. That’s the official max frequency, not the work of an overclock-happy enthusiast. But the keyword is “max” – this is how fast the 9590 goes with Turbo Core 3.0 topped out and some of the cores powered off.

The FX-9590 packs an octa-core processor (four modules of two cores) and promises “new levels of gaming and multimedia performance” for the desktop. Read more »

Apple introduces Mac OS X Mavericks with improved power efficiency and multiple screens

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Apple just announced a brand new version of its Mac OS X operating system and the biggest challenge the dev team had to overcome was that they ran out of felines to name the OS versions. So, meet Mac OS Mavericks (new versions will be named after places in California).

The new version focuses on extending battery life and UI responsiveness. Part of that is moving to OpenGL 4 to optimize graphic drawing, but also other tricks like compressed memory and more. With optimizations Apple promises up to 72% lower CPU usage. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 screen got a UL certification for Display image quality thanks to its accurate Adobe RGB support

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 scored a second certificate from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), this one for its screen. The 5″ Super AMOLED display with 1080p resolution achieves 97% coverage of the Adobe RGB, which can represent about 35% more color ranges than sRGB.

Earlier this year, the Galaxy S4 received another UL certification – one for its eco-friendliness – and one from TCO as well. Read more »

Samsung reportedly ordered 12 million 12.2″ IGZO displays from Sharp to make tablets

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With an uninspiring Galaxy Tab 10.1 refresh out of the way, Samsung may be looking to produce something more interesting – Korean site ETNews claims that a 12.2″ tablet is on the way.

Samsung has reportedly partnered with Sharp to deliver 2—2.5 million 12.2″ screens a month for a total of about 12 million panels per quarter. The two companies announced they will work closer after Samsung bought a 3% stake in Sharp. Read more »

Samsung SHV-E330S, supposedly a Galaxy S4 with LTE Advanced and Snapdragon 800, shows up in AnTuTu scores

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 flagship phone is split into two versions – with Snapdragon 600 chipset and with Exynos 5 SoC. Could there be a third one with Snapdragon 800? Quite possibly, according to an AnTuTu benchmark result for the SHV-E330S, which showed up with a 2.3GHz CPU.

That is supposedly the Galaxy S4 LTE Advanced model for Samsung’s home country of South Korea (which is where the benchmark was run too). Read more »

The Nokia Lumia 925 is tough enough to have a cameo in the new Man of Steel trailer

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The Internet loves making memes about how tough Nokia phones are and the trailer for the upcoming Man of Steel movie will just add fuel to that fire. The trailer (“presented by Nokia”) shows a quick peek of the Nokia Lumia 925, which as you may have heard will come in a limited Superman edition.

The trailer shows astounding amounts of destruction (the movie is directed by Zack Snyder of 300 and Watchmen fame, what did you expect). Check it out after the break. Read more »

Analyst thinks a cheaper iPhone will launch ahead of the 5S in five different color options

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There’s a lot of talk about Apple introducing a cheaper iPhone (even if Phil Schiller said no) and analyst Brian White thinks Cupertino will also break it’s black and white color scheme to introduce 5 color options on the “iPhone mini”.

There’s some evidence that Apple will introduce a third color option for its iPhone flagship, so colors might be on Jony Ive’s mind. Also, the iPod touch (an iPhone without the “phone”) does come in five different colors. Read more »

Nokia Conference beta app gets updated, makes it easier for Lumia-packing business people to join calls

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Windows Phone aims to be business friendly and it’s apps like Nokia Conference that make it so. The app is still in beta, but it’s getting closer to proper release – it’s currently at v0.9.5. The app takes out the hassle of joining a conference call, on a WP8-running Lumia it’s as easy as saying “conference join.”

The phone will figure out what call it needs to join based on your schedule. With the latest update, the app can handle recurring calls too, not just ones you got an invite for. Conference also integrates with Microsoft Lync and will launch the app automatically if your company uses it. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 battery life test is done, results are inside

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The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is a big device, no question about it, it even makes the Galaxy S4 look compact. We already have a feel for the Mega 6.3 from its preview and we’re working on a full review. But before that’s done, we have to ask – does the battery live up to the “mega” monicker?

We’ve seen great battery efficiency from dual-core Snapdragon chipsets and the 3,200mAh battery has plenty of juice. So, it all comes down to the screen – and what a screen it is, it measures 6.3″ in diagonal and its surface area is only 23% smaller than a 7″ tablet (assuming a 16:10 screen for the tablet, like the Nexus 7). Read more »