Items tagged with MWC2013

When Microsoft revealed Windows Phone 7 devices would not be capable of receiving an upgrade, many customers were quite unhappy. Thankfully, Microsoft learned a lesson and doesn't intend to repeat this policy with Windows Phone 8. Greg Sullivan, a senior marketing manager at Microsoft, recently confirmed to PC Magazine that the company has an upgrade path for Windows Phone 8 devices moving forward. He also suggested Microsoft's current mobile OS is powerful enough to adopt to new hardware components. “Windows Phone 8 can evolve. We have an architecture that enables portability and is fundamentally... Read more...
If you're the type of smartphone user who is constantly searching for a charger or a phone that has longer battery life, E Ink's latest prototype phone may catch your eye. Although this phone doesn't boast of a large, colorful display with HD resolution, it does offer something other phones can't: extreme battery life. In fact, E Ink's prototype Android phone is said to last for up to one week on a single charge. It does this by using the same E Ink display technology found in eReaders such as the Kindle and the Nook. Of course, there are some tradeoffs that come with this display. More specifically,... Read more...
Yesterday, NVIDIA let us know a little more about what we can expect from its upcoming Tegra 4 and Tegra 4i mobile platforms. Today, we're getting another glimpse at what this platform can do with the look at five upcoming games that are optimized for Tegra 4. A quick look at a video from Exor Studios shows the power behind Tegra 4's custom 72-core GeForce GPU. In the video you can see the difference in dynamic shadows and lighting with Tegra 4: On the company's blog, NVIDIA highlights the five upcoming games which include Burn Zombie Burn, Carie: Blood Mansion, RPG CODEX: The Warrior, Dead on... Read more...
According to the Seattle Times, erstwhile mobile device maker i-mate has something amazing brewing: a 4.7-inch phone that runs a full version of Windows 8 Pro--not Windows Phone 8, mind you--and also docks into a station that includes a 27-inch monitor, a wired business-looking desktop phone, and a separate “auxiliary” 10.1-inch tablet. The phone, called the “Intelegent”, reportedly features an Intel Atom (Clover Trail) processor, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of onboard storage, 4G network connectivity, and up to 10 hours of talk time on a single battery charge. Image credit: Seattle... Read more...
Sony tried to differentiate its Tablet S from the pack of Android tablets by incorporating a wedge shaped design similar to that of a folded-back magazine, but it never really took off. Having gone back to the drawing board, Sony this week announced the Xperia Tablet Z with a more traditional design, but still discernible from all the other slates. How so? For one, Sony's billing it as the world's slimmest and lightest tablet in the world. It measures just 6.9mm thick and weighs 495g, compared to the fourth generation iPad, which measures 9.4mm thick and weighs 652g. The Xperia Tablet Z is even... Read more...
Samsung has bravely used its homegrown Exynos processor in its mobile devices, and for the most part that’s been a successful endeavor. Further, it makes sense to keep as much of the manufacturing process in-house, because companies can avoid dealing with third party licensing fees and contracts, can act more quickly to resolve any issues, and exert more control over the actual manufacturing process. However, Samsung appears to be changing its tune on that strategy. According to SamMobile, the company is ditching Exynos for its upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV phone in favor of a Snapdragon 600... Read more...
Earlier today we mentioned ASUS’ new PadFone Infinity, which is a nicely-appointed smartphone that slots into a dock to become a 10.1-inch tablet; ASUS isn’t done at Mobile World Congress, though, as the company also announced a 7-inch tablet called the Fonepad (Yes, the nomenclature is kind of confusing.) The Fonepad features 3G voice and mobile data, so you can use it sort of like a giant phablet, as well as an Intel Atom Z2420 processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and a 10-point multitouch 1280x800 HD IPS display. It’s also got 8GB or 16GB of onboard storage (plus the requisite... Read more...
Although the cool factor of toting around a Dell Latitude 10 tablet pales in comparison to the iPad, Dell believes that when it comes to the workplace, the Latitude is a far better option. In a press release, Dell called its Latitude 10 Enhanced Security tablet “up to 17 times faster and 94 percent less expensive to deploy than iPads in large scale enterprise implementations”. We’ve already peeped the “Essentials” version of Dell’s business-oriented tablet, but today the company announced the Enhanced Security version which is designed to offer the features most... Read more...
ZTE is showing off its Grand Memo at this year's Mobile World Congress. This phablet features a 5.7-inch screen and LTE connectivity.  Perhaps more noteworthy is the fact that the Grand Memo runs on a 1.5GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor. This is the first time we've seen Qualcomm's new processor in a mobile phone. To keep the phone powered up throughout the day, the Grand Memo packs a 3200mAh battery. The Grand Memo runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and comes with ZTE's own user interface. Other notable features include 16GB of memory, 1GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, and... Read more...
Consider the gauntlet thrown down by NVIDIA. The company has provided additional information about its upcoming Tegra 4 and Tegra 4i mobile platforms at the Mobile World Congress conference currently taking place in Barcelona, including new performance benchmarks and architectural details. The well-timed platform upgrade comes at a time when Tegra 3, with its older GPU technology, is starting to lag behind the best the competition has to offer, which includes SoCs from Apple and Qualcomm. Tegra 4 is an attempt to wrestle back the performance crown in a big way. Before we examine some of NVIDIA's... Read more...
Asus wasted no time at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) to unveil its latest addition to the PadFone family, the PadFone Infinity. Just like previous iterations, the PadFone Infinity is an Android smartphone by day and a tablet by night (or whenever you want it to be one or the other). As a phone, it rocks a better-than-Retina 5-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080, 441ppi) Super IPS display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, and 2GB of RAM wrapped in an aluminum unibody chassis. It also has 64GB of built-in storage, 4G LTE connectivity, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with an f/2.0 5-element... Read more...
When we covered Intel’s first significant foray into the smartphone arena, early in January 2012, there was little doubt in our minds that the company had set its sights on the mobile market with a plan and roadmap for execution.  Though Medfield and Lexington, now known as the Atom Z2460 SoC, and its lower cost sibling Atom Z2420, looked solid enough on paper, we expected Intel would have an uphill battle versus already well-established players like Qualcomm, Samsung, NVIDIA and the like.  As it turned out, Medfield and Lexington Atom SoCs never really made it to... Read more...
Chinese mobile device maker Huawei has a ways to go in terms of its global image despite recent growth, but the company now lays claim to the “fastest smartphone in the world” with the introduction of the Huawei Ascend P2. Indeed, Huawei isn’t shy in proclaiming its feelings about the Ascend P2, which CEO Richard Yu called a “perfect smartphone” in a press release. The phone’s juicy specs include a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 4G LTE, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of (non-expandable) storage, a 1.3MP front-facing camera, and a 13MP camera that shoots 1080p video, all of which... Read more...
Ahead of Mobile World Congress, Mozilla has made several announcements pertaining to Firefox OS, not the least of which is the list of manufacturing partners that will be producing handsets running the mobile operating system. The list includes Alcatel, LG, ZTE, and Huawei, all of which will be making Firefox OS devices this year. The handsets will run a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, and although there are no additional hardware details, the phones are expected to be middle to lower end devices, especially if the two developer preview phones from Geeksphone are any indication. Developer preview phones... Read more...
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