We know TAG Heuer is jumping into the smartwatch game, backed by Google and Intel, but we haven’t heard any concrete details about the watch just yet. Some new details have surfaced from Jean-Claude Biver of Swiss watch-making fame.
He didn’t divulge too much about the inner workings and specs of the watch, but he did give some insight into how much the watch will cost and how it’ll fare against Apple’s upcoming watch.
TAG Heuer made it official today, after word leaked out yesterday, that they have entered into a partnership with Google and Intel to launch “a Swiss smartwatch” powered by Android Wear. According to the press release issued today as part of the Baselworld event,
“Swiss watchmaking and Silicon Valley is a marriage of technological innovation with watchmaking credibility. Our collaboration provides a rich host of synergies, forming a win-win partnership, and the potential for our three companies is enormous”
Last week Intel teased new chips for mobile devices and today they officially unveiled them.
The Atom x3 chips are 64-bit and will support dual-SIM 3G or LTE devices (Android or Windows). There will be three different chipsets all under the C3000 series. They include the C3130, which is a dual-core and the C3230RK and C3440, which are both quad-core.
To bring the Atom processor line inline with the popular Core i# processors, Intel is introducing a new naming scheme along with a new generation of Atom processors. Much like an i3 being OK, an i5 being better and an i7 being the best, the Atom will sport an x3, x5 or x7 moniker, respectively and performance will get better with each respective numerator. But that’s not it.
A company really making a push for mobile devices is Intel. The personal computer industry is constantly in question and the company sees an opening in mobile. So resources are really being poured into the development of modems and processors. The first handset to feature both an LTE-Advanced modem and a 64-bit Atom processor from Intel is the Lenovo P90.
The P90 is backed by an Atom Z3560 processor that is, yes, based on 64-bit architecture. Oddly, Lenovo is shipping the P90 with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box rather than Android 5.0 Lollipop (which is built for 64-bit support). The XMM modem from Intel allows the P90 to download up to 150Mbps and upload 50Mbps. The Lenovo P90 will perform as quickly as it can download/upload.
Lenovo chose to go with a 5.5-inch display with 1920×1080 resolution, putting the pixel density at 400 pixels per inch evenly. The rear camera is 13MP and the front-facing camera is 5MP. The former does feature optical image stabilization.
Everything is packed into a handset that measures just over 0.30 inches. The extra thickness when compared to other handsets is noticeable because the P90 features a 4000mAh battery. Really, Lenovo developed no slouch.
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On January 2nd, 2015, Intel and smart-glasses maker, Vuzix, announced that Intel had purchased 4,962,600 shares of Vuzix’ common stock. This gives Intel 30% control in the company and allows the placement of two board members to the current five. This development is interesting because earlier in December, Talk Android reported that Intel would be the chip supplier to Google’s next iteration of Google Glass.
Many market analysts made note that Intel was behind the curve in developing technology for mobile platforms, so these two announcements were perhaps related to that analysis.
No Google Glass isn’t dead yet. It might take a while (if ever) to become a mainstream consumer device, but there is still a huge need at the enterprise level. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google will unveil an updated version of Glass with Intel inside, which replaces the current version’s Texas Instruments chip.
Google will also concentrate their efforts at the enterprise level with the new Glass at Work program. There is an obvious need in the medical field, as well as manufacturing and construction. Google Glass can provide information to those that are working with their hands and don’t have time to fumble around with a tablet or a smartphone. Software developers like Augmedix, Inc and APX Labs LLC are helping to bring Glass to these types of professions.
Earlier in the year, Samsung released the Exynos powered Chromebook 2 in both a 11.6-inch and 13-inch variety. The Exynos powered device however met with much criticism regarding its ability (or lack thereof) to multitask well compared to Intel based Chromebook options. Today, Samsung is adding a new Chromebook 2 option that’s powered by an Intel processor. The chip under the hood, the fanless Celeron N2840 chipset running at 2.58GHz.
Blocks, a company based in the UK that’s investing into modular tech design, has announced some new details regarding their upcoming modular smartwatch. The watch works pretty similarly to what we’ve seen from Project Ara where you’ll be able to swap out different pieces of the hardware to keep your device up to date and customize it exactly how you want it. We’ve yet to see a modular device become extremely mainstream, so the idea may not be a commercial success, but there are plenty companies willing to tackle it, anyway.
In the market for a new laptop? We should mention giving a Chromebook a look. In the next several months leading up to the holiday season, there are going to be an abundance of Chrome OS devices released. The Chromebook 2, from Toshiba, is currently available through Amazon.
There are two models and both feature a 13.3-inch display. The base model’s display has a resolution of 1366×768 while upgrading raises this to 1920×1080. Regardless, you get an Intel Celeron N2840 processor. The upgraded model takes the base 2GB of RAM up to 4GB. Battery life for the base model is estimated at eleven hours and the 1080p display of the more expensive Chromebook 2 lowers it to about nine hours.
Source: Amazon [Base Model Link – $249] [Upgraded Model Link – $364]