We had a chance to do a quick hands on with the ASUS Eee Pad MeMo ME171 at CES this past January. It’s finally up for sale in Taiwan for 17,500NT or $585. The specs include a 1.2GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, 16GB of internal memory, 8.5 hours of video playback with the 4400mAh battery, and Android 3.2. It will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and knowing ASUS, it will probably be pretty soon. Unfortunately this tab isn’t all that thin as it comes in a 11.6mm. Hit the break for the video.
We saw Sony’s Xperia S at CES this year, and even heard it would be arriving in Canada at some point. Well, in a press release today, Sony announced that “a limited number of Xperia S smartphones will be available exclusively at Sony Stores across Canada, beginning April 17th.” This is a page right out of the Apple handbook: release a phone in your retail stores first, then give it to the carriers. This type of staggered availability certainly helps increase the hype and demand for a device since everyone wants what is hard to get. It also helps perpetuate the illusion of high demand when the news covers the lines that form outside retail locations. With smartphones, retail locations make sense since most people want to feel what a phone is like in their own hands before making a buying decision. Even Samsung is toying with the concept of a store within a store. Is this a trend?
As for carriers, Sony says the Xperia S is “compatible with the Rogers wireless network” but doesn’t mention it’s exclusive. This could mean that the device is unlocked and could be compatible with other networks, but we don’t know that for sure yet.
The Xperia S will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread but is slated for an update to Ice Cream Sandwich later this year. It sports a 4.3-inch Reality Display at 1280 x 720, a whopping 12MP camera that can take 1080p HD video, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 32GB of internal storage, NFC, and HDMI. All this can apparently be had for $99.99 on a 3-year plan with Rogers.
Check out the full press release after the break.
We already got a glimpse of Notion Ink’s Adam 2 and its TI OMAP 4400 processor, and we even heard why Notion Ink decided to shun NVIDIA’s Tegra 3. Now we are learning that the Adam 2 will not have an HD screen due to power issues. Notion Ink’s Rohan Shravan posted on the Designing Adam 2 blog explaining how they had the option to use a 10-inch 1920 x 1200 display but decided against it since it would have a detrimental effect on battery life and increase the weight, size, and charging time of the device. No word on what resolution screen they will end up using but Shravan said an HD screen will make an appearance in a future device when the battery issues can be worked out.
These are the days when a giant company who’s bread and butter is “search” has enough backing in both monetary and production as a brand to become more popular than tech companies like Apple and social media giants like Facebook and Twitter. It’s anyone’s game these days and it certainly seems like a cutthroat business to stay one step ahead of the competition. But Google, a company most noted for reinventing the wheel and actually making it better takes the polls. In a survey conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post, staggering results revealed that Google beat out Facebook, Apple and the Big Tweet for most popular tech brand. The results show that 82% of Americans held a good and favorable opinion of the search giant with 53% of them holding “strongly” favorable opinions. There were only 9% of individuals who held an unfavorable opinion about the company. Apple came in at a close second with 74% of which 13% had an unfavorable view of the fruity company and only 37% expressed a “strongly” favorable word. Facebook came in at 58% and Twitter came in at a low 34% for favorable opinions. FB had a whopping 28% rating for unfavorable opinions and Twitter had 36% in the unfavorable dept. The survey ran from March 28th through the 1st of April and 1,007 adults took part in the study. What would you’re numbers look like if you were given the opportunity to rate these companies?
source: Langer Research
Well, if you’ve been thirsting for some G-Nex love on Sprint’s network, the wait might be shorter than you think. Thanks to our friends over at Phandroid, they’ve spotted some signage at one of the Sprint store locations for the up and coming Google experience device. Question is, will the device come with LTE? If Sprint knows what’s best for their customers, it sure better. The sign makes no mention of LTE, a feature you’d think a carrier would want to tout, if indeed it’s on board. And even if it is on-board, not many of you will benefit much from it. Unless you’re in the Atlanta, Houston, Kansas City, San Antonio or Baltimore area don’t count on it. According to the signs, we should see a launch this Sunday, April 15th. The other question is, does one get this device over the HTC Evo 4G LTE? What makes the decision difficult is deciding whether to go with an LTE-less device but get timely updates from Google being a pure stock ICS device, or go with the high spec’d Evo 4G LTE which is LTE ready but could be left in the dust for while in the update dept, given HTC’s track record for not updating a device in a timely manner. The only other device I could see making this decision even harder, would be if Sprint sprang the deadly trio by tossing the rumored Galaxy Note on their network. Hot damn, wouldn’t that be something? Feel free to toss your thoughts in the comments section below. » Read the rest
We’ve all heard plenty about the HTC One Series, especially the One X and the One S. There is another handset in the series, though, called the One V. The website Netbook News has located the budget handset for sale in Taiwan, on Chunghua telecom. It cost 10,000NT, which is around $325 USD, off contract. That’s a pretty sweet deal.
The One V is considered low end because it has a SLCD2 screen with 420 x 800 pixels resolution, along with a 3.7-inch display. It will be equipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, along with HTC’s Sense UI. The One V has a uni-body aluminum shell, just like the HTC Legend. It will contain a 1GHz single-core Qualcomm processor, 512 MB of RAM and 4GB of built-in storage. The microSD card slot will let you expand the memory up to 32GB. You can expect a 5 MP camera and Bluetooth v4.0. It will also have the new HTC ImageSense software so you can do nifty things like shoot pictures while you’re filming a video, or use the camera in low-light situations. This handset uses a regular-sized SIM card slot, while the other One series phones need a Micro SIM.
Check out this video to see the HTC One V get unboxed, as well as a gaming test with Shadow Gun and Temple Run. Several benchmark tests are run as well, such as vellamo, quadrant, antutu, sunspider, and nenamark 1 and 2. Let us know what you think about this HTC offering in the comments.
source: Netbook News
As sure as night follows day, benchmark bickering follows the release of a new Android device. I guess we never really outgrow the childhood “My Dad’s bigger than your Dad” complex. Only a couple of days ago we showed you how HTC’s One S performed and now it’s big brothers turn as the One X goes head-to-head with LG’s Optimus 4X HD in a battle of the quad-core titans.
Techblog got its hands on both devices and put them through popular benchmarking tools Quadrant, AnTuTu and NenaMark2. Not surprisingly the results were relatively similar with each phone performing stronger in certain areas. Quadrant saw the LG score a very respectable 4,512 with the HTC posting a market leading 4,909. LG came out the narrow winner in the AnTuTu test posting a 11,147 over HTC’s 11,030. Finally the HTC managed 47.6 fps ahead of the LG which managed 44.5 fps in the NenaMark test.
So whilst all the publicity and hype is firmly set around the HTC device it’s encouraging to see that LG’s flagship phone more than holds its own against the best in the market. The true test as always will come down to which one performs every tasks better, no doubt a story for another day. Will you be considering the Optimus 4X HD as an alternative to the LG One X? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
source : Techblog
via : engadget
It’s time for another round of Galaxy S III rumors. Sorry, I don’t have a fake picture or an official release date so settle down. The latest involves some design elements, which I don’t think will shock anyone out there. Apparently the Samsung team has been torn with keeping the hardware home button that’s been synonymous with the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II. It’s either that or no hardware buttons much like the Galaxy Nexus. It looks like the home hardware button has won so you can expect to see it on the final product. The other interesting tidbit is that they will go with a five column layout for icons, which is basically how the Galaxy Note is. Just about every other device has a 4 column layout. The Galaxy Note is a 5.3-inch screen so it made sense to go with five columns. We certainly don’t expect the Galaxy S III display to be that large, but it could be in the neighborhood of 4.8-inches to make it work.
Happy days continue for owners of the Google Nexus S 4G smartphone. The much-anticipated Android 4.0 update is officially on its way and now the “soju” factory images are officially available as well, which officially brings Sprint’s version of the Nexus S current with the GSM versions of the device. Android AOSP wunderkind Jean-Baptiste Queru takes some time to make some key distinctions of the newly available factory image:
“This is meant to be used by people who built and flashed their own custom version of AOSP and wish to return to the factory state. If you’re currently running an official retail build, I simply recommend that you wait for the OTA”.
In summary folks: the factory image is meant for those who well you know… fiddled or tinkered with their device by adding a custom ROM for example– and want to flash their device back to its stock state. If you’re on stock Android now, you’re probably better off waiting for the actual OTA update instead of flashing your device to the latest build. When attempting to flash the factory image to the Nexus S 4G, please be aware that there’s a known bug in the bootloader, you’ll have to boot into whatever version of Android is on your device, and then return to fastboot and restart the flashing sequence.
Happy flashing all!
So you live in the States and want in on the quad-core HTC One X before everyone else? You may want to head on out to Daily Steals as soon as possible. Right now, they have the unlocked One X for sale for a mere $630. That means you have a chance to be the cool kid in class or in the office by owning one of the first quad-core devices. Keep in mind that this device is not the LTE version (the LTE version features a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor) and while it could work on AT&T & T-Mobile bands, it’s likely not going to be optimized, so you may see slower than normal 3G and/or HSPA+ speeds. But hey, all we really care about on the device is the Tegra 3 and Beats Audio anyways.
Prospective buyers will want to hurry as they only have until tonight to get in on the deal.
source: Daily Steals