Thursday, August 1, 2013

Nokia Windows RT prototype.

Rumors have been around for some time about a Nokia branded Windows powered tablet. Meanwhile, a member of the forum on Windows Phone Central posted a picture that he claims is of a prototype Nokia tablet, powered by Windows RT. The specs include a 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16point touchscreen, HDMI-Out, USB port and a SIM slot. The poster states that Nokia pulled the device because of the dated Tegra 3 silicon. There still are questions about the legitimacy of the picture. Note the lack of a rear camera, something that is strange considering Nokia's heavy focus on cameras these days.

Just the other day, a Nokia Lumia road-map of sorts mentioned two tablets in the works. One has an 8.5 inch screen and the other has a 10.5 inch panel and is 8.5mm thin. Both will be offered in Green, Black, Pink, Blue, Green, Yellow and White and will feature aluminum casing. The camera on the tablets is said to feature Nokia's new Zoom technology which is supposed to be part of the Finnish OEM's media event.

Apple's new TV set 'will have NO adverts.

U.S media is reporting that Apple wants viewers of its TV set to be able to skip through all adverts at the press of a single button when watching on-demand shows. It would be a slight difference to the current model seen on set-top boxes, such as Virgin's TiVo, that lets users fast-forward though advertising on recorded programs. 
However, sources claim the service would not be used with live television. Rumours about an Apple TV set began last summer when sources claimed the company had been in talks with American cable firms about streaming live TV to an upcoming set.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has not yet reached a deal with American cable companies.
Apple already sells a £99 'Apple TV', a small device which plugs into a HD TV. Apple also produced an app for iPhones and iPads letting owners control this device from their gadget. A full Apple TV is expected to improve on this functionality, allowing users to see information about programmes they are watching and to change channels.

In April, analyst Brian White from Topeka Capital Markets claimed in a research note that the Apple TV would have a 60-inch screen and cost £1,650. These rumours have not been confirmed or denied by Apple. White additionally claimed, after meeting with Apple suppliers in China and Taiwan, that the Apple TV set could be controlled using what's been dubbed iRing - a ring worn by the viewer that could control channels, volumes and, potentially, the adverts when the viewer points their finger at the screen. He added the ring could also have motion detectors built in. White believes this ring will be accompanied by a small iPad-sized screen, to add security, telephone and video-conferencing tools.

Apple is reportedly offering $280million for an Israeli company called PrimeSense that created the motion sensing technology used in Microsoft's Kinect sensors. 
The PrimeSense technology can 'see' objects in 3D and Apple is believed to be wanting to buy the company to add this software to a gesture-controlled system for its TVs.

The HTC Butterfly S with a UltraPixel camera.

Design and Specs:

The HTC Butterfly S is a newer version of the HTC Butterfly. The device looks the same as Butterfly but comes with a few differences under the hood. The phone has a 5-inch HD Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1920X1080 with a pixel density of 441ppi. The phone runs on the latest Android v4.2 (jelly Bean). HTC's Sense User Interface is integrated in addition to Android to make the phone simple and easy to use. A 2 GB of RAM along with Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 form the internal hardware of the device.

Camera and Multimedia:

The HTC Butterfly packs a 4 MP UltraPixel camera with LED flash. The camera can take pictures at a resolution of 2688 X 1520 pixels. The camera has various features such as simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, optical image stabilization and Zoe mode. The phone also features a 2.1 MP secondary camera for video calling. Both cameras can record HD videos at 30fps. The camera on this phone is splendid, and one of the best when it comes to lowlight shooting. The device should be amazing for entertainment. The 5-inch screen should be ideal when watching HD content on the go, and such a large screen means that reading can also be done quite effectively. The text on the phone looks crisp and clear as the pixel density of the phone is high.

Connectivity and Features:

The phone has all the regular features that can keep you connected to your friends and family very easily. The phone has 2G, 3G and market dependent 4G (LTE). The phone also has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot. The phone has a market dependent NFC feature that allows you to share your credentials in a flash. There is also Bluetooth v4.0 and USB v2.0 for connectivity and usage. The BlinkFeed feature in the phone lets you be up to date on social networking notifications and news from over 1200 sources from all around the world.

Battery and Storage:
The device comes with a 3200 mAh battery that should be more than enough when it comes to lasting around 2 days on a charge. The phone comes with 16GB of internal storage of which only 11 GB will be available for the user.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Nokia Lumia 1020 with 41 megapixel camera launched.

Nokia on Thursday launched new smartphone Lumia 1020 with 41 megapixel camera, saying it will strengthen the company's leadership in imaging. While unveiling the new device in New York, Nokia said its Lumia 1020 smartphone "is able to produce some of the sharpest images possible by any digital camera."

The Nokia Lumia 1020's 41 megapixel camera comes with Xenon flash for still images, LED flash for video. It has ZEISS optics' 6 physical lenses. It also has 1.2 MP front camera that can be used for making video calls.
Using a feature called dual capture, the phone 1020 simultaneously takes a high-resolution 38-megapixel image for editing opportunities, and a five-megapixel picture that is easy to share on social networks, Nokia said.
Nokia Lumia 1020 can also handle sound pressure levels six times louder than conventional smartphone microphones. 

"We want to take people on a journey from capturing pictures to recording and sharing their lives," said Stephen Elop, president and chief executive.
The phone is built on Microsoft Windows 8 platform and has 1.5 GHz dual-core processor from Qualcomm. It has 32 gigabyte internal memory, 2GB RAM, and 7GB of cloud storage that can be accessed by mobile Internet. Nokia will start selling Lumia 1020 in the US exclusively with AT&T from around July 26, at a price of USD 299.99 (₹ 17,890) on a two-year contract.

Lumia 1020 pre-orders begin July 16th, and the phone will become available online and in stores on July 26th. The Lumia 1020 will also be available globally. Earlier, Nokia launched a Pureview 808 model which had similar sensor. The phone was launched in India at ₹ 34,999. "The Lumia 1020 will bring new meaning to pictures and continues to strengthen Nokia's leadership in imaging," Nokia President and CEO Stephen Elop said.

Gionee Elife E6 spotted, with 5-inch retina display.

Chinese company Gionee is getting ready to launch it’s next flagship, Gionee Elife E6. It is expected that the Gionee Elife E6 will come with a MediaTek turbo processor running at 1.5 GHz. Though this company really isn’t a top contenders in the android phone market, their products pack in pretty good hardware and are very famous among people who believe in value for money.

Gionee Elife E6  specifications: 

  • MediaTek MT6589T processor running at 1.5Ghz Quad-core
  • 13MP rear facing camera with BSI sensors, video recording at Full HD@30fps
  • Front camera is not yet disclosed so could be a 2MP or 5MP
  • 5″ Screen retina display and Full HD resolution
  • Storage 4/8GB internal
  • GPU will be SGX 544 MP clocked at a higher frequency
  • Battery 2000mAh ensuring a good battery life
  • OS is Android 4.2 and will be supported by OTA updates.