Intel introduces ‘Bay Trail,’ a quad-core Atom-based processor for tablets

Intel has just introduced a quad-core Atom based processor aimed for tablets dubbed as “Bay Trail.” Certainly an odd name choice but regardless it looks like it should boast some great power for future Android tablets. It’s a 22nm chip that promises double the performance of current-gen 32nm Atoms. The processor should bring clock speeds of up at 2.4GHz and a version of Chipzilla’s own integrated graphics instead of PowerVR.

Sadly, we won’t see tablets running this chipset until around the holidays of this year, so we’re still looking at about a 10 month wait.

Anyone excited about Intel’s recent jump on mobile processors for Android devices? Check out the full press release after the break!

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MIUI ROM reaches milestone 10 million users world wide [Video]

The Chinese manufactured ROM dubbed as MIUI have reached a milestone with 10 million users world wide. For an aftermarket Android OS firmware, this is certainly a huge feat for the team. With a mix of iOS like aesthetics paired with the power and flexibility of Android, MIUI has been popular for rooted users for a couple of years now. Congrats to the MIUI team! Curious to see what MIUI is? Head on over after the break for a video of the ROM.

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Win one of 5 Find 5′s through Oppo’s Facebook contest

Interested in being a “beta” tester for Oppo’s Find 5 Android device and receiving the device for free? Then head on over to their Facebook profile to enter and win one of 5 Find 5′s. The Find 5 has a 5-inch full HD display, Jelly Bean OS, quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and a 13MP camera. Here’s what you have to do:

Join the beta test:
1. As long as you’re an Ofan (by “Liking” this page), you’re welcome to join!
2. Share this message, and add a comment while @tagging three of your friends.
3. 5 lucky Ofans will be randomly chosen as beta testers to receive the world’s 5 first international Find 5s.
4. ONE of the 5 beta testers will be selected from OPPO Forums. Enter here to improve your chances: 
5. Deadline: January 13, 2013. Winners will be announced the following day.

Good luck!

source: Oppo’s Facebook


Pantech Perception HD LTE pictured with Verizon branding `

The Pantech Perception has been pictured with Verizon branding indicating the device should hid Bid Red sometime this year. Coupled with an HD display along with 4G LTE it could be a great low to mid tier smartphone option for buyers. The device will don Qualcomm’s dual core S4 processor, the same in US’s Galaxy S III, thus it certainly won’t be a slouch.

Considering its AT&T counterpart in the Discovery is $50 subsidized, I would expect the price point on the Perception to be somewhere in that area as well.

source: Unwired

Lenovo debuts their 5.5-inch Intel-powered K900

Today, Lenovo announced a new Android device in their lineup in the K900. The K900 is an Intel powered smartphone with a 5.5″ 1080p display. The device is definitely on the “phablet” section of devices right along side with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The K900 will be protected by Gorilla Glass 2 to help it with casual drops and scratches.

Inside will don Intel’s new dual-core Clover Trail+ chipset running at 32nm’s. Combined with 2GB’s of RAM this device is certainly no slouch and should fair well (specs wise) against the other current top dogs of devices. While Lenovo won’t be bringing this device to the US, I’m curious to see how it does abroad. Check out the full press release after the break!

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Sony plans on launching plenty of 4G phones this year

With Sony’s first 4G phone being debuted at CES in the Xperia Z, they plan on releasing plenty more 4G this this upcoming year. John Featherstone, the head of Sony’s mobile business operations in Oceania reportedly said that “Around 8% of our phones for 2013 will be 4G…all of them around the mid- to top-tier devices.”

With the Sony Xperia Z expected to hit several US carriers, Sony certainly has some excitement brewing in their mobile department. Will you give Sony Android devices a shot this year?

source: Gizmodo

Samsung Formally Announces The 5 Octa Processor… And Yes– The “Octa” Stands For The Chipset’s 8 Cores!


You knew that it was only a matter of time before we saw the next wave of weapons to be used in the wonderful world of processors here at CES. NVIDIA struck first by introducing its Tegra 4 processor– then hours later, Qualcomm introduced what was presumably the chipset series to beat– and now we have yet another chipset that trumps both. Samsung has announced the newest addition to its Exynos family called the 5 Octa. There’s a special reason for the Octa branding in this newly unveiled chip: this is Samsung’s first Octa-core processor! The 5 Octa is based off the ARM big.LITTLE / Cortex A15 infrastructure and has two sets of quad cores that power the entire chipset system. The impressive thing is that preliminary tests indicate the new chipset is at least 2x faster than the fastest chips on the market. Ladies and gentlemen— you may proceed to drooling now.

At the moment, there’s no word on when we’ll see the new chipset available in upcoming devices— but we suspect we’ll see something in the upcoming Galaxy S IV or any one of Sammy’s upcoming powerhouse tablets.



Alliance for Wireless Power Reports Full Steam Ahead

The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) presented a state of the wireless power union of sorts from CES. Its lofty goal is to bring next generation wireless technology to the consumer electronics marketplace. The alliance formed a 30-member consortium in 2012, including Samsung and Qualcomm, and plans to hammer down a formal technical specification in 2013. If the A4WP can get enough players on board, the technology is pretty impressive. They demonstrated charging multiple devices, with different power requirements, at the same time all free of pesky wires. Check out some of the wireless charging options we’ve seen here and the rest of CES 2013 coverage here.

Press Release after the break

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Hands on with LG Google TV [Video]

In case you thought LG’s push to infiltrate your house was limited to the kitchen and laundry room with their Smart House appliances, they also showed up at CES 2013 with some hardware for your favorite television viewing area. The new LG television uses version 3 of Google TV to provide access to both “live” tv channels as well as a host of online video services. LG has updated the remote control for the TV with some new button locations and a full QWERTY keyboard on the back of the remote. The remote can also be used for voice entry purposes.

Check out our hands on video after the break to see how the new LG TV works.
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Hands on with the LG NFC enabled smart oven [Video]

More hands on video with some of LG’s Smart House appliances that were officially introduced at CES 2013. Earlier we checked out the LFX-31995 smart refrigerator from LG. We also got to take a look at the smart oven that LG had on hand. Using the LG Optimus smartphone for demo purposes, we see some of the features available with the LG app and how it interacts with the oven. For this appliance, LG is not only using Wi-Fi, they are incorporating features that take advantage of NFC capabilities found in newer smartphones.

Check out our hands on video after the break.
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