Just as Nvidia unveiled its new processor the Tegra 4, today Qualcomm followed suit and unveiled two new chips, the Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 800. Starting off with the 600, basically a S4 Pro which is in the Nexus 4 or Droid DNA and make everything better and faster, it combines a quad-core Krait 300 CPU with speeds up to 1.9GHz, Adreno 320 GPU, LPDDR3 RAM support, and to top it off will be up to 40 percent faster than the Snapdragon S4 Pro.
The Snapdragon 800 is even faster, which means phones which have this silicon will fly through almost any application. Qualcomm promises a 75 percent increase in CPU performance and to double the graphics compute performance. This is achieved through quad-core Krait 400 speeds up to 2.3GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU, 4g LTE CAT 4 and 802.11ac support, Ultra HD support (4K), support for DTS-HD Dolby Digital Plus and 7.1 surround, and Dual Image Signal Processors (ISPs) up to 55-megapixels.
Both chips have integrated LTE which should provide power benefits over non-integrated solutions, following the precedent of the S4 vs Tegra 3 as was seen in the varying versions of the HTC One X. The Snapdragon 600 and 800 should start arriving mid-year.
Source: AndroidCentral, TheVerge
Sony’s new flagship for 2013 has been announced it’s called the Xperia Z. The phone itself has a 1080p display, 2GB RAM, 1.5GHx quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, LTE, up to 16GB internal storage with a microSD card slot for expansion, NFC, Android 4.1, a 2330mAh battery, a 2.2MP front-facing camera and a 13-megapixel Exmor RS camera sensor.
Sadly, the phone is not running stock android as many other phones at CES have been, but Sony’s additions may help in the multimedia department with the likes of ClearAudio+, Bravia Reality Display, and Bravia Engine 2 onboard. Furthermore, the software has caught up with HTC in burst photography which allows a 10fps burst mode when shooting in a 9-megapixel format. The camera on the phone also allows for video HDR similar to what was shown off in Tegra 4. In regards to battery life Sony has added on a Battery Stamina mode that automatically kills background processes and apps when the screen is off which will significantly help battery life. The phone is especially cutting edge in terms of its water resistance to a depth of one meter. Similar to the Nexus 4 it has glass on the front and back of the device, which may make for problems as dropping phones with glass on the front and back usually does not go well. The Xperia Z and ZL variant (without the glass back and water resistance in select markets) are planned to be released in March. Sony says the device will be able to be updated to 4.2 shortly after it is released.
Sources: TheVerge, TechCrunch
At CES today Polaroid unveiled the iM1836 mirrorless camera, which has an 18.1-megapixel mirrorless body and a 3.5 inch display, built in WiFi, bluetooth, and Android 4.1. The camera will be able to switch optics with an adapter for Micro-Four Thirds lenses. The camera should arrive in Q1 2013 and comes with a low price tag of only $399, which may be able to produce higher quality pictures than rivals Nikon and Samsung.
Source: Android Police, Engadget, TheVerge
In addition to the Ascend Mate Huawei showed off a smaller phone today at CES, the D2. It has a smaller screen at 5 inches, perhaps a more manageable size, and higher resolution at 1080p. Huawei touted it as the “world’s most powerful smartphone” and it features a formidable K3V2 1.5GHz quad core processor, 3000mAh battery, and a 13 megapixel camera. Pocket-lint went hands on with the device and said “Huawei poured loads of water over the phone in front of us and it had no issues; they also threw it at the ground and it survived quite a bash” which is quite encouraging for the longevity of the device and those who frequently drop their phones. It also features Huawei’s Emotion UI like its bigger brother the Ascend Mate, and will come in an alternate 4.7 inch size.
Here’s a short video showing the Huawei’s Ascend D2.
Source: TheVerge, Pocket-lint
Huwaei just announced the biggest android phone yet, the Ascend Mate which has a 6.1 inch 720p display. This phone features a 1.5ghz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, a 4050 mAh battery to power the large screen, and an 8 megapixel camera. It also features “Magic Touch” technology which allows the phone to be used while wearing gloves, not unlike what the Lumia 920 features. The phone has Huwaei’s Emotion UI which may make the giant size of the device more usable, featuring software additions such as making the keyboard or dialpad fit into the bottom corner of the device.
Vizio decided that it would launch its tablets both in the 10 inch and 7 inch form factors, with stock android today at CES. Both tablets look to be competitive and able stay up to date with their un-skinned android which is “bone-stock”. Nilay Patel from The Verge talked with Vizio’s head of design, Scott McManigal, who said that the device was made primarily for the use in one hand in portrait orientation, and feels significantly smaller than the Nexus 7. The design however is not final. The specs include a Tegra 3, a 1280 x 800 IPS display, 16GB of storage, and a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera. Pricing has not been announced, but it will be available in the first half of the year. Will this be enough to stand against Google’s own Nexus 7 and more importantly the iPad Mini?
Source: TheVerge, Gizmodo
Vizio just introduced a new 10 inch tablet that contends with the Nexus 10 and perhaps the iPad 4. TheVerge notes that it has the brand new Tegra 4 processor, a processor which seems extremely fast, and runs stock Jelly Bean, Android 4.2, has a 2560 x 1600 display, 32GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.0, and looks to have mini-HDMI, micro-usb, a 3.5mm headphone jack, WiFi, and front and rear cameras. On their hands on TheVerge noticed that the tablet is extremely light, thin, and feels smaller than the iPad 4 or Nexus 10. Nilay Patel had a hands on with the device which can be found at the source link.
Source : TheVerge