At the IFA 2013 conference today Samsung during their Unpacked 2013 Episode 2 event from the Tempodrom in Berlin has unveiled their new highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.While touted as the “true companion for the Note”, the device works seamlessly with the Note 3, with compatibility for other Galaxy devices being offered in the future.
Almost like Google Glass for your wrist, the Galaxy Gear features a simplified UI, 1.63-inch 320×320 SAMOLED display, voice actions via S Voice, a 1.9MP camera with 720p video recording, speaker and 2 microphones (1 for noise cancelling) built right into the wrist strap, 4GB internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and its own tailored-made applications.
Samsung says the device will squeeze out 24+ hours of battery life and will be available in 6 different colors this October in US and Japan at around $300, with the rest of the world getting access to the device as early as September 25th.
Sony has officially unveiled its latest flagship Android smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z1, and not only is it waterproof but it has a 20.7MP camera too.
The new phone was revealed at the IFA trade show in Berlin where Sony President and CEO, Kunimasa Suzuki described it as “a significant milestone for Sony in our continued efforts to deliver unforgettable experiences to our consumers”.
he device is the natural follow-up to the Xperia Z though packs more impressive specs than its previous flagship.
The Xperia Z1 will come in black, purple and will be waterproof. Additionally it will feature a Sony G-branded lens with a 1/2.3-inch 20.7-megapixel camera sensor and a 3x zoom that it claims will have “zero loss” in image quality. Other features include a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, a large 3,000mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage expandable using a microSD card slot and a 5-inch “full HD” display.
Sony said that the phone will launch “this month,” but didn’t give any specific dates are region information.
Microsoft has officially announced a November 22 release date for Xbox One. The console will debut in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand, before making its way to “many more” markets in 2014.It will also arrive one week later than PS4’s November 15 release date in the United States, but one week earlier than Sony’s new console hits Europe on November 29. Xbox One will be priced at £430 / $499 / €499 and will have 23 launch games. Microsoft’s vice president of Xbox marketing, strategy and business, Yusuf Mehdi, said today: “November 22 is a special day in Xbox history – on this day, we first launched Xbox 360 in 2005. Our next chapter begins in 79 days, when Xbox One becomes available.”
There’s a Space Hulk first-person shooter in development – and its teaser trailer has just been released.
Space Hulk: Deathwing, not related to Danish indie Full Control’s recently-released Space Hulk turn-based strategy game, is the latest product to fall off the Games Workshop video game licensing line.
Space Hulk Deathwing is based on the Games Workshop’s classic Space Hulk boardgame set in the universe of Warhammer 40,000, and is being developed on the Unreal Engine 4 by Streum On Studio. Watch the video after the jump to see it in action.
So far there’s been no announcements regarding release date or platforms.
Amazon will launch Kindle MatchBook, a program offering readers the ability to purchase Kindle e-books for a reduced price if they previously bought the paper book from Amazon.com.For consumers, that may mean re-purchasing a book you bought years ago, but the benefit is that is will be for a less expensive price than for the full e-book charge.Cost for the digital version ranges from free to between $0.99 to $2.99.
More than 10,000 copies become available when the program starts in October.The program is set to launch around the same time as the release of the new Kindle.
Recent Moto X rumors were suggesting that a budget edition was in the works. This topic came to light when Motorola DVX passed through the FCC and appears to be on its way to prepaid carriers in the United States as well as emerging markets.The Motorola DVX a low-cost variant of the Moto X. As yet we do not have many details on what the exact specifications of the Motoroa DVX will be, although it looks like there will be an 8GB version and a 16GB version of the handset.
It looks like some pricing for the Motorola DVX has also been revealed, the 8GB version will retail for around £138 and the 16GB version for around £150, these are for unlocked devices.
The Motorola DVX is said do come with removable rear casing, that would allow you to change the color of the handset, as soon as we get some more details we will let you guys know.
Microsoft announced on Monday that it will acquire Nokia’s devices and services unit in a bid to boost the tech giant’s Windows ecosystem.
The Redmond giant said in a statement that the deal will close in 2014 pending regulatory approval. CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer, who announced his retirement in August, called the deal a “win-win” for employees, shareholders, and consumers.
Microsoft is spending roughly $5 billion on Nokia’s devices and services unit, using offshore cash reserves to prevent impacting shareholders. Microsoft will make available to Nokia about $1.97bn in financing in form of three payments of $659m from oversees resources.
Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop will lead the Nokia division under the leadership of CEO Steve Ballmer, who is due to retire next year.
In order for Microsoft to press ahead with its plans to become a device and services company, the deal may make sense — although critics believe that considering Nokia’s plummeting share price over the past five years, it may be a move which has come too late. Microsoft says that buying Nokia’s unit will “accelerate innovation” and “reduce friction going forward, boost the pace of innovation and improve marketing efficiency.”
In addition, $2.17 billion is being spent on Nokia’s patent portfolio, which includes 8,500 design and 30,000 utility patents.
Microsoft says that current licensing agreements with the Finnish firm result in a gross profit margin of less than $10 per Windows Phone shipped. Once the deal is finalized, the Redmond giant expects this margin to increase to at least $40 per smartphone.
Nokia accounted for 81.6 percent of Windows Phone shipments in Q2 2013. In addition, Microsoft says that the Windows Phone is outselling BlackBerry models in 34 markets, a year-on-year growth of 78 percent.
As part of the deal, 32,000 Nokia employees are expected to transfer to Microsoft, including 4,700 in Finland, where Nokia is based.
Meizu has announced their latest Android smartphone, the Meizu MX3 which will will indeed have storage options ranging as high as 128GB.
The Meizu MX3 features A Samsung Exynos 5410 Octa processor and 2GB of RAM, it also features SGX544 MP3 graphics and comes with an 8 megapixel camera.And it comes with a 5.1 inch display that comes with a resolution of 1800, 1080 pixels.
Here are some of the Meizu MX3 specs:
- Exynos 5410 Octa SoC (featuring 8 cores, 4 A15 at 1.6GHz and 4 A7 at 1.2GHz)
- 2GB RAM
- 128GB of storage
- PowerVR SGX544 GPU
- 5.1-inch, 1800×1080, 415ppi IPS display
- Android 4.2 with Meizu’s custom Flyme 3.0 skin over top
- 8MP camera with 2MP front facing camera. Back camera has sapphire glass-protected lens, an f/2.0 aperture, and Fujitsu ISP.
- Wolfson audio chip
- 2400mAh battery
Meizu also announced the MX3 in a variety of colors to include green, blue, purple, pink, orange and more. Pricing looks like it will range from as low as CNY2,499 (roughly $400 US) for a 16GB model to as high as CNY3,999 (roughly $650) for the 128GB model. But again, while we can make the price comparisons, the Meizu MX3 isn’t a handset that we are expecting to arrive outside of China.
In fact, as of now there has been no mention of a global release. And to further the thought of this one remaining only for those in China, the MX3 is running Flyme 3.0, which is a customized version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
LG has revealed its latest OLED TV creation ahead of this week’s IFA tech show in Berlin.The TV is a 55-inch OLED set called the Gallery OLED TV 55EA8800. This TV certainly isn’t the first OLED set we’ve seen from LG, but it is the first to have the cool picture frame design. The screen features a very slim bezel and is mounted inside of what appears to be a picture frame.
That picture frame style isn’t only for looks, it also hides the Canvas Speaker 2.2 audio system. The slick frame also allows the TV to be wall mounted. Another cool feature to go along with the picture frame style is a special gallery mode that shows images of artwork on the television screen.
In terms of technology, as with LG’s previous consumer OLED TVs, the Gallery OLED TV uses a WRGB panel, which includes an extra white pixel in each cluster to enhance image performance and produce more vibrant colours.
The Gallery OLED TV will be available in Germany first when it goes on sale later this month. It will then be released in other markets around the globe.There’s no official word on pricing at this time, but as with any other OLED television it won’t be cheap. LG’s curved screen OLED TV cost almost $9000.