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Octa-core Windows 10 phones expected to arrive soon

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January 21 marked an important milestone for Microsoft as the Windows 10 Next chapter event took place and revealed an amazing amount of new information concerning the future of the popular OS on both desktop and portable devices. One of the things that became abundantly clear is that us tech giant is really making progress and investing in its new One Windows philosophy.

Windows 10 on smartphones and tablets will essentially share the core of the full distribution and more importantly will support a uniform app ecosystem that allows the same applications to be used seamlessly across the entire range of Windows 10-powered devices. This is all very exciting, but even though Microsoft cleared the smoke around a lot of aspects of the new OS there are still some pressing questions of availability and future devices. As we have already reported, the new OS will surely be available for the Microsoft Lumia 435, 735 and 930 and if Microsoft keeps its word, most other current Lumia devices as well. This is an admirable decision, but we can’t help that the Microsoft mobile family is severely lacking on flagship models lately. Luckily this might change pretty soon. Read more »

LG to mass produce truly flexible OLED panels in July

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Smartphone manufacturers have always experimented with new ways of achieving exciting form-factors and design statements in their devices, but one thing has mostly remained the same – the flat panes screen. We have grown so accustomed to the standard flat surface that the constant strive has been to make it bigger and more lifelike.

This seems to be finally changing with an ever-increasing push towards curved display technology. Naturally smartphones are among the first adopters and LG is at the forefront of innovation when it comes to curved technology. After the LG G Flex 2 was unveiled at CES 2015 in became abundantly clear that the Korean manufacturer intends to further develop bendable display technology and is investing in its future. Read more »

LG displays ends 2014 with record profit

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LG Display released its financial report for the fiscal 2014 highlighting a record operating profit of $1.245 billion. That’s 16.7% more than the year before and the largest increase the LG subsidiary saw in the last six years.

The reason for the boost is a strong increase in demand of LCD panels and partly because of the deal between LG Display and Apple for the production of iPhone screens. Read more »

Adreno 430 benchmarked, trounces Adreno 330

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 has come under fire with reports that it will be delayed because overheats, though both Qualcomm and LG (which launched the first S810-powered phone) refute those claims. What can we expect from this chip?

After all, it’s based on ARM’s CPU cores not a Qualcomm custom design. Well, the GPU is a custom design and GFX Bench gives us a taste of what it is capable of. Read more »

Leaked roadmap reveals plans for a MediaTek 20nm octa-core SoC by the end of 2015

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MediaTek seems to be gathering increasing support from device manufacturers and users all around. The Taiwanese chip maker used to mainly target the budget segment, but recent CPU MT CPUs have been performing admirably on mid-ranged devices and beyond.

A rather interesting roadmap graphic surfaced on the Chinese social network Weibo, supposedly revealing the company’s plans from the upcoming year in terms of chip production. The definite attention-grabber in the shot is the mysterious MT67XX, which the graphic hints should come out in Q4 2015. Read more »

Xiaomi teases gaming product announcement on January 20

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It looks like Xiaomi is not done with the announcements this month. Hot on the heels of the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro unveiling, the Chinese tech giant released a teaser for a January 20 gaming product announcement.

There is no word on what will Xiaomi unveil in three days. Read more »

Apple receives patent for mountable sports camera

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Apple received a patent for a mountable sports camera. The Cupertino giant drafted the application for the gadget back in 2012.

Curiously, Apple’s patent filing contains criticism at GoPro’s HD Hero2 – a market leader at the time. Read more »

Mediatek planning to release 12-core CPUs

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Mediatek is indeed a formidable force in the mobile world. Its chips might not be as impressive as the top-end Nvidia, Samsung and Qualcomm ones, but the Taiwanese manufacturer pretty much dwarfs all competition when it comes to the sheer volume of units it has and can produce. It not only powers the Chinese smartphone and tablet industry, but is responsible for major advancements in the field and has long been at the forefront of processor innovation.

New rumors have surfaced from industry insiders, stating that the manufacturer in working on ushering in a new breed of mobile CPUs with 10 or even 12 cores. This of course raises a lot of questions and concerns. Read more »

Intel unveils its Broadwell (Gen 5) processors

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Intel has officially unveiled its 5th generation lineup covering everything from Celerons to Core i7s for anything from ultrabooks to All-in-One computers. The 5th gen chips (aka Broadwell) are the first to be built on a 14nm process, down from Haswell’s 22nm.

Along with Broadwell, there’s the Cherry Trail system on a chip for tablets. Read more »

Samsung outs a duo of futuristic-looking wireless speakers

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Samsung took the wraps off a pair of decidedly futuristic-looking wireless speakers. Samsung WAM7500 and WAM6500 will be showcased during CES 2015 in Las Vegas next week.

The WAM7500 is a stand-type model. Its WAM6500 relative on the other hand is easily movable. Read more »

HTC One (M8) climbs to the edge of stratosphere, comes back with video footage

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As part of its Creatography movement, HTC teamed up with the British garage inventor/YouTube sensation Colin Furze to showcase the video capture chops of the One (M8). The end result from the team up is 1080p footage at an altitude of 106,500ft (32,461m), with some firework along the way.

In order to make the trick happen, twelve balloons were launched, each carrying between 2 and 4 HTC One (M8) units. Read more »

Take a look at a sample from the newly found 4K chops of Nokia Lumia 1520

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One of the key features that the Denim update brought to Nokia Lumia 1520 is 4K video capture @ 24fps. The goodie is also available for Nokia Lumia 930 and Lumia Icon.

UHD video recording surely is a welcome new functionality to the already superb camera of the Windows Phone-toting phablet. Read more »

Samsung 4GB mobile DRAM goes into mass production, 4GB RAM smartphones incoming

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Samsung has commenced the mass production of its 20nm 4GB LPDDR4 mobile DRAM memory chips. Because of the 20nm manufacturing process, the new mobile LPDDR4 chips are reportedly 50% faster than the fastest LPDDR3 memory on the market, while also consuming 40% less power at 1.1 volts.

The 4GB RAM chips will be ready to debut in smartphones and tablets in early 2015. The chances of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 rocking 4GB of RAM is quite high. Read more »

The latest Samsung promo video features 74 different devices

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Samsung’s latest promo video could well be the coolest one we’ve seen to date. Dubbed “Holiday Dreams,” the clip features a synchronized dreamscape of 74 different devices.

The video tells the animated story of a young girl’s holiday dream. Read more »

Apple outs an emotional video ad in time for the holidays

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In time for the holiday season, Apple released a brand new video ad that showcases its products. Entitled “The Song,” the 90-second video will almost certainly make you rather emotional.

The ad does not focus on a specific Apple offering. Read more »