Samsung announced yesterday the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition – its latest attempt to occupy your living room by providing a one-stop entertainment and media consumption tablet device. We’ve decided to pit it against Apple’s and Sony’s best in a virtual Mexican stand off so we can gauge what amount of novelty does the newcomer bring to the (living room) table.
Samsung has long learned the cold hard truth that a 10.1″ tablet must be able to do pretty much everything you throw at it, and thus the Note series of slates was born. Sony agrees with this as well, but doesn’t bet as much on the software chips as it does on the hardware ones. Its Xperia Tablet Z offering is both ultra thin and waterproof, the second one being a true rarity in the tablet space.
Apple, as a pioneer in the mass consumer tablet space, is pretty comfortable with its 4th generation iPad. The company is expected to unveil the next-generation iPad in October, so for now we’ll take what it offers and throw it in the mix. Read more »
Day after day, Oppo continues to tease its upcoming N1 cameraphone. Today, the company released the second teaser video, which strongly suggests the Oppo N1 is going to flaunt an aluminum body.
The video shows what seems to be an Oppo factory, where the build process of the N1 takes place. In it, we get a short glimpse of the phone’s back panel. Notably, it features two cutouts – one for its alleged 12MP camera and one for the LED flash. Read more »
The Sony Xperia Z1 (previously dubbed Honami) is now official and with one of its promo videos now out in the wild, the company has now launched a second one, showcasing some of the phone’s capabilities.
Naturally, the main accent falls onto the smartphone’s 20.7MP camera with Sony’s G Lens and Exmor RS CMOS Image Sensor. Its demoed on a number of occasions including low-light scenarios as well as a short trip underwater for some adventurous video shooting. Read more »
Oppo has outed yet another piece of the N1 cameraphone puzzle. In a tweet, the Chinese phonemaker has revealed that their upcoming Oppo N1 will sport a 5.9″ display.
This will put the phone right against the likes of the yet-to-be announced Samsung Galaxy Note III, which too is rumored to pack a similarly sized display. However, the Oppo N1 will probably be more about advanced camera performance, as the latest teaser hinted. Read more »
Sony has unveiled two portable battery chargers that are now available for the Indian market.
The portable chargers in question are the CP-F5 and CP-F10L, which sport a battery capacity of 5,000mAh and 10,000mAh respectively. Read more »
Google’s Gmail, YouTube and Google Play services apps are the top downloaded Android apps from the Play Store with Maps and Facebook following. The five apps have an install base between 500 million and 1 billion each.
The information has been gathered by tech blog Digital Inspiration, which has used data from the Play Store. The graph above shows the average user rating of an app (blue bars) as well as the total number of users that have left a rating for said apps (orange line). Read more »
Acer has decided not to wait until IFA officially kicks off and has announced its Iconia A3 10″ tablet in both Wi-Fi and 3G versions.
The slate is running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on a 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU. The 10″ display is of IPS variety and features a modest 1280 x 800 pixel resolution resulting in a pixel density of 149ppi. Read more »
Despite we haven’t heard from ASUS as much as some other manufacturers recently, the Taiwan company is going to be on the IFA showfloors and is preparing a surprise on its own.
ASUS posted on its Facebook page a teaser for seemingly a 10″ Android tablet, which simply says “We transform your mobility.” Wonder what that could be all about. Read more »
Right on time, Oppo has released a teaser trailer for its upcoming N1 cameraphone.
Just as you’d expect from a video of this sort, it doesn’t show the phone itself nor does it spill any details regarding the N1′s camera. However, it does show something unexpected – a glimpse of a ISO chart camera sample taken with the phone. Read more »
We already saw the HTC One Max in the flesh flaunting its imposing figure next to the HTC One and HTC One mini. The phone is yet to debut, but weirdly you can pre-order an HTC One Max case right now.
Case maker Trident has outed its Cyclops series of cases for the HTC One Max confirming some of the phone’s features. The large cut-out at the back of the case is further evidence for the fingerprint scanner that has been rumored as one of the phone’s unique offerings. Read more »
We met the Sony Xperia Z Ultra at its official announcement and now it’s finally graced our office! Sony’s beast of a phablet has come to our headquarters for a thorough examination, and we’ve already started giving it the full review treatment. Until that is complete though, you might want to check out a short video of its unboxing, followed by a UI walkthrough.
The list of tricks the Sony Xperia Z Ultra knows is almost too long to fit on even its sizable screen. Seriously, this beast is packed to the rafters with cool features. It slots between the Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z, using the same sleek OmbiBalance design and philosophy – “glass is good, thin is better”. Read more »
Hawaiian Airlines will start using iPad minis as an alternative to (and eventual replacement of) its existing in-flight entertainment system on all of the company’s Boeing 767-300 planes.
The company plans to roll the portable Apple tablets starting September 1 and plans to deploy 1,500 iPad minis to 14 airplanes, which serve 14 routes between the US and Hawaii. This makes Hawaiian Airlines the first US airline company to deploy Apple tablets on board. Read more »
Qualcomm has released a promo video for its latest generation processors in which the chipmaker openly mocks one of its main rivals, MediaTek. MediaTek recently announced that it’s working on the world’s first true octa-core CPU and Qualcomm is keen to prove that this is a wrong move.
The San Diego based chip manufacturer manages to show the difference between its Snapdragon line of processors against the competition in a pretty amusing Guitar Hero styled way. Read more »
The budget nature of the Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue calls for much corner cutting but when it comes to the battery backup, the Chinese have done pretty well. The 7 incher is packing a potent 4100mAh Li-Po battery that promises to go great distances.
However, the Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue packs a rather outdated quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, which isn’t exactly known for its power-efficiency. We were quite interested to find out how those two balance out. Read more »
Nokia Lumia 1020′s early success is great news for the troubled Finnish company, which is trying to generate even more hype around the cameraphone flagship, releasing quite a few promo videos. This latest one takes place at a school performance and reminds us of the wedding-themed video of the Lumia 920.
There, the kids’ parents are fighting for the top spot to take the best photo. And thus hilarity at the expense of the iPhones and the Samsung Galaxy smartphones ensues. Read more »