It’s one thing for chipmakers to promise great battery life on devices, but it’s another thing to actually see it in reality. Thanks to the energy-efficient DROID RAZR MAXX, it’s made us re-think how we should look at battery life on our devices. As PhoneArena put it best, battery life comes down to simply three things: the display, phone’s radios and the processor. As each evolve, we can see some sort of improvement on the battery life, even if its minimal.
The new architectures of the various chipsets are well on their way to changing the idea that Androids can’t have great, if not good battery life. You may remember how we highlighted the sexy Nvidia Tegra 3 processor which not only efficiently manages tasks such as emailing or watching videos by dedicating them to a core processor, but it has a specific low-level core which is specifically tasked with operating the battery at the most efficient level. Chip manufacturer ARM is following suit by developing a dual core chip featuring one low-power A7 core and another high performance A15. In this setup, the processor can choose which core to use— for example using the A7 for basic apps like emailing and texting. When users are doing something more demanding such as playing a 3D game or streaming HD video, the processor can automatically switch to the A15 for more power. Perhaps the most intriguing development is coming from Qualcomm. The manufacturer is currently developing a solution called “Consia” where the processor can learn a user’s habits such as when the user uses the device most and when it is not used, the device would then automatically adjust its settings based off of its users habits– such as when to gather and push data and when to shut it down and sleep when you sleep. In addition, the chip would learn when and where WiFi is available, without the need for additional apps. Neat isn’t it?
Ladies and gentlemen, the era of poor battery life on Androids are soon to be over. Let the games begin!
While most folk feel that quad-core devices are the in thing this year, as made apparent at MWC this year by companies like HTC, Huawei, LG, and Toshiba, a few companies are holding off and sticking with the dual-core architecture. Sony, has made it clear that they are perfectly comfortable with it, at least until next year at the very earliest. Stephen Sneeden, Product Marketing Manager for the company, had this to say:
“We’re going to join quad-core when we feel that the performance matches the battery efficiency. Because right now we don’t feel that is there. What we are going to be doing in the second-half of the year is moving to the Cortex A15 architecture, which we feel outperforms the current quad-core architecture.”
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Although we’ve seen it in action before, Qualcomm has released a video on their official YouTube page showing off their Snapdragon S4 Chip, a powerful quad-core CPU which continues to impress. The company has added the chip to their very own developers tablet and demonstrated a high def, glasses free, 3D display in beautiful 1920 x 1200 res (WUXGA). If this is any indication of what we have to look forward to from Qualcomm, you better get a towel now because the drooling is about to commence. Check the video out and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
Tech sites worldwide are ablaze with the surge of news coming in from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, however ironically it’s a device that we definitely will not be seeing unveiled in Sunny Spain that continues to dominate the headlines.
Earlier today we brought you the news that BGR had released some juicy titbits on Samsung’s forthcoming flagship device, the Galaxy SIII. BGR disocvered that the much-hyped super phone is set to be an ultra-thin, waterproof, ceramic coated unit packing a 4.8″ display that will launch simultaneously in 50 countries worldwide. As much as this information is more than enough to pique our interests, the latest rumours will blow your socks off.
BGR has stepped up to the plate yet again with a few more pieces of the jigsaw and all signs point towards the Galaxy SIII being the most stylish and most powerful Android smartphone to date. The highlights are :
- 1.5GHz quad-core Exynos processor
- 4.8″ 1080p Full HD screen
- 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera
- Ceramic casing
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 4G LTE
So there you have it, the Galaxy SIII is set to be an absolute monster of a phone and really build on the already stellar reputation of the Galaxy brand. As I see it, all that’s left to ask is where and when can I get one. Stay tuned in to TalkAndroid for further developments as they arrive.source : BGR
Today, Huawei announced the Huawei MediPad 10 FHD at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The MediPad 10 FHD has a 10-inch IPS display that has a resolution of 1920 x 1200, and is the second 10-inch tablet to sport a quad-core chip. The processor is actually made by Huawei and it clocks in at 1.5GHz and the device also comes equipped running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the gate. Some other respectable specs include; 2GB of RAM, HSPA+ 21/42/84Mbps and LTE support, 8MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front camera, and Dolby surround sound for the dual speakers. It also measures in at only 8.8mm thin and weighs 598g.
Some reports are saying that Huawei is touting this device as the first dual-core tablet, and if that’s true, we all know they would be wrong because they now are in direct competition with the quad-core ASUS Transformer Prime. When you compare specs between the two devices, it looks like the MediPad 10 FHD might actually have a leg up on the current Android tablet front runner. Either way you look at it , the MediaPad 10 FHD is definitely a vast improvement over their most recent tablet, the Huawei Springboard. Maybe Huawei is actually going to be a strong contender moving forward. Full press release after the break. Read more
Huawei’s D (or Diamond) series of devices has received three new additions to it’s family, the Ascend D quad, quad XL and Ascend D1. Each iteration of the Ascend D will come with it’s own differentiations in specifications, appropriate to each tier of model. Details for the Ascend D quad have been released for us to drool upon. To claim something as “world’s fastest”, the product must deliver — and the specs suggest that the Ascend D quad will do just that:
- Huawei K3V2 1.2GHz quad-core chipset and power management system
- HD Touch-Enabled screen, supporting 720p resolution at 330 PPI
- 8MP BSI rear-facing camera and a 1.3MP front-facing camera
- 8.9mm thick
- Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound with Audience earSmart™ voice technology
- Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback
As you can see, Huawei is using their own chip which will provide 30% in energy savings. We can expect to see the Ascend D quad this in China, Australia, Europe, Asia-Pacific, North and South America, and the Middle East in the 2nd quarter. Hit the break for the full press release and additional photos.
MWC is here folks and the information seeping through the cracks have gone from leaks to downpours. After previously seeing some leaks, we now have (unofficial) details of HTC’s upcoming powerhouses. The One X (Endeavor) is slated to feature a quad-core processor (there are disputes as to whether it’s a 1GHz or 1.5GHz clocked speed), a beastly 4.7-inch screen, an 8MP camera and 32GB of storage. The One S (Ville) will feature a 1GHz dual-core processor, 4.7-inch display and 16GB of storage. Both devices will naturally feature Android 4.0 running the show, with perhaps the topping of the new Sense UI.
Pricing for both devices look they’ll be at a premium. The One X is listed at a price of €699.90 ($1,100 US) and the One S is at €599.90 ($944). As with any leaks and rumors, please understand that this information is by no means 100% accurate. But hey, at least we’ll find out about these two devices soon enough.
(Photo courtesy of The Verge)
source: The Verge and Android Central
After hearing a bunch of rumors surrounding LG’s upcoming quad-core best, the LG Optimus 4X HD, LG has finally officially announced the device, putting all speculation to rest. We originally reported about the device as the LG X3 but now we know the recent name change will stick. Sporting some amazing specs, the X4 HD could potentially give LG a better name for themselves, veering away from their association to mediocre devices.
The 4X HD sports an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display and will launch running ICS without the much despised TouchWiz overlay. The device comes equipped with 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, 2,150mAh battery, 8MP rear camera, and a 1.3MP front camera. To get an idea how fast the Tegra 3 is going to be in this device, check out our previous post showing a leaked benchmark test when the device was being referred to as the X3. From the looks of this thing it’s going to be sweet and it’s refreshing to see LG make an attempt to change for the better. You can expect the device to be unveiled at this years Mobile World Congress next week.
NVIDIA has officially coined a name for its unique quad-core architecture found in the Tegra 3 chip. It’s technology will be called the 4-PLUS-1 quad-core architecture and here’s the reasoning behind the naming choice:
“The more popular this technology became, the more our customers wanted a name for it that’s unique and descriptive. A name they could put on a box or a store sign that immediately represents its value”
If you stop and think about it, the 4-PLUS-1 name makes total sense. NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chip will utilize 4 powerful CPU cores in order do tasks such as gaming, but then feature a 5th low-power battery-saver core to do smaller jobs like processing emails. NVIDIA also gave a subtle hint for its plans of the Tegra 3 processor and its architecture by mentioning this:
“Don’t be surprised to see it turning up more and more in devices at next week’s Mobile World Congress and beyond”
Will we see more Tegra 3 devices than we think at MWC next week and in the near-future? Stay tuned with Talk Android to find out!
source: NVIDIA Blog
While we were at this years CES we had the pleasure of checking out ASUS’ upcoming tablets, the 7-inch MeMO 370T and the updated HD Transformer Prime 700 series. At that time, little did we know they had another tablet hidden away somewhere that was just dying to get out. It was only a couple weeks ago that Mr. blurry cam got to see the other new ASUS tablet and luckily he shared his image for all to enjoy. At that time we had no idea what kind of specs the thing had, all we knew is that it was being referred to as the ASUS TF300T, and was red in color. Read more