Asus MeMO Pad 8 with 8-inch HD display, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor announced

Asus MeMO Pad 8

Asus has announced the MeMo Pad 8 (ME180A) at the IFA 2013 in Berlin. It has a 8-inch (1280 x 800) LED-backlit HD IPS display, powered by a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). It has a 5-megapixel rear camera with 720p HD video recording and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. It has dual speakers with ASUS SonicMaster audio technology for enhanced audio output.  Continue reading “Asus MeMO Pad 8 with 8-inch HD display, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor announced”

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition announced at IFA 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is the third device that Samsung announced at the IFA 2013. It is a huge upgrade over the original Note 10.1 which was launched in 2012. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition comes with a high resolution 2560×1600 SC LCD display making it similar to the Samsung Nexus 10. The Galaxy Note 10.1 will launch with Android 4.3 Jellybean along with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI and features complete with S-Pen. Along with the improved display, the Note 10.1 will be powered by Samsung’s Exynos Octa-core processor clocked at 1.9GHz and it will have 3GB of RAM exactly like Galaxy Note 3. The Note 10.1 will come with a 8MP camera at the back and 2MP camera at the front.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear with 1.63inch display announced at IFA

Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch finally went official at the IFA 2013 event in Berlin, Germany. The Galaxy Gear was one of the most expected devices at the Samsung Unpacked 2. Galaxy Gear smart watch comes with a 1.63inch 320×320 pixels AMOLED display.

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In terms of design, the front of the Galaxy Gear is dominated by the display and it is surrounded by metal frame (unusual for Samsung). The strap on the smart watch is made of rubber and as predicted by the rumors, there is a camera that is built onto the strap. The Galaxy Gear isn’t anything on its own and it mainly serves as a companion for your smartphone. The Galaxy Gear is connected to the smartphone via Bluetooth.

Since only the latest version of Android (4.3 Jellybean) supports Low energy bluetooth profile, the number of compatible devices is expected to be limited at launch.

When connected to a smartphone, the Galaxy Gear will have the ability to receive calls, take voice memos and it will display all the notifications from your smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch Specifications

  • 800MHz Single core processor
  • 1.63inch 320×320 AMOLED display ( 277ppi)
  • 1.9MP AutoFocus camera with BSI sensor
  • 720p playback and recording
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 4GB internal memory + 512MB RAM
  • 315mAh battery

The Galaxy Gear smart watch will be available in six different colors at launch – Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green.

There is no word on pricing yet, but the Galaxy Gear will be launching along with Galaxy Note 3 on September 25th across 140 countries.

Sony Xperia Z1 Photo Gallery

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Sony just announced its latest flagship device, the Z1 here in Berlin and we’ve had some time with it. We’re still working on our full impressions of the handset but here’s an image gallery to whet your appetite. The phone has a 5 inch Full HD display with Triluminous technology built in that makes it absolutely stunning.  Continue reading “Sony Xperia Z1 Photo Gallery”

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with 5.7inch Full HD display announced, shipping starts Sept 25

Samsung has just announced the third iteration of their successful premium phablet series – Galaxy Note 3. The Galaxy Note 3 was announced at the IFA 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The Galaxy Note 3 comes with a 5.7inch Full HD Super AMOLED display. Just like their flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 3 will come in two variants – the international variant sporting the Exynos Octa chipset and the USA variant sporting the Snapdragon 800 SoC. Both the variants will come with 3GB RAM and will have 16/32/64GB variants and a microSD card slot.

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Sony’s Camera Remote APIs lets you write viewfinder apps for its cameras

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Sony just unveiled its new range of Camera lenses that use your Smartphone as a viewfinder. Pretty cool concept, but what if one wants to adopt similar functionality for Sony’s other cameras and make specialized apps for the same? Well, Sony’s got you covered as they have just announced their all new Camera Remote APIs that will let you write Viewfinder apps for their cameras, not just their Camera lenses. And since the APIs are platform agnostic, you can literally write camera viewfinder apps for literally any platform.

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Sony launches MDR-10 for purest, truest headphone sounds

Sony has been busy at the IFA launching a wide variety of products ranging from 4K Bravia TVs to Xperia Z1 that sports a 20.7MP camera. Along with major launches, it launched various accessories too. The Sony MDR-10 series of headphones falls under the premium category that brings lifelike detail. Sony’s main aim with this premium series of headphones is to deliver music to the listeners the way the creators created it.

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Sony releases the WG-C20, a more portable 2nd gen Wireless Server for your Smartphone

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Remember the crazy WCG-10 wireless server from Sony? They have released a successor to it, but it now looks a lot slimmer, just like the Xperia devices, and it can now charge them too! Funnily enough, at first glance, one would think it is actually the back of a Xperia device. A quick recap of what it does is, it’s a portable solution that can connect wirelessly to your smartphone and back-up files, or even let you access the files already in the server and play it back. Pretty interesting concept, that is possibly better explained in a video –

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Asus Fonepad 7 with 7-inch HD display, 3G voice calling, 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor announced

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Asus has announced the Fonepad 7, successor of the Fonepad at the IFA 2013 in Berlin. It comes with a 7-inch (1280 x 800 pixels) IPS display with new smudge-resistant coating to prevent fingerprints, runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and is powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor with Hyper-Threading technology. It has a 5-megapixel rear camera with 1080p full HD video recording and a 1.2 MP front-facing camera. It has metallic finish and comes with 3G HSPA+ 3G with up to 42Mbit/s download speeds with voice calling features. Continue reading “Asus Fonepad 7 with 7-inch HD display, 3G voice calling, 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor announced”

Sony Xperia Z1 with 5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 800 processor, 20.7 MP camera announced

Sony Xperia Z1 Sony has just announced the Xperia Z1, the company’s latest flagship phone at the IFA 2013. It has a 5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Triluminos Display with with X-Reality engine that would offer rich, natural colours, powered by 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). It has a 20.7-megapixel rear camera with Sony G lens with a 27mm wide angle f/2.0 aperture custom 1/2.3″ Sony Exmor RS image sensor, BIONZ image processing engine, , 1080p video recording and a 2-megapixel 1080p front-facing camera. It is 8.5mm thick and weighs 170 grams. Continue reading “Sony Xperia Z1 with 5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 800 processor, 20.7 MP camera announced”

Alcatel One Touch Evo 8HD tablet with 8 inch HD display, Aluminium build announced

Along with a few Android handsets, Alcatel has also unveiled a new Aluminum tablet – Evo 8HD. The Alcatel Evo 8HD is a sleek and stylish tablet with aluminum build and reasonably slim waistline.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear launch event at IFA 2013 Live Blog

Samsung IFA 2013 Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear Live blog

FoneArena is at IFA in Berlin, Germany and we are going to be covering the Samsung and Sony press conferences which are set for today September 4th 2013.If you are looking forward to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch do stay tuned to FoneArena’s live coverage of the Samsung unpacked press conference from Berlin.Follow the live blog below for minute by minute updates from the launch event.The actual event is supposed to start at 7PM Germany time or about 10:30PM India time, so on your browser.

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Alcatel refreshes the One Touch series with super thin Idol Alpha, Idol S and Idol Mini smartphones

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Alcatel, the French company well known for its Enterprise level communications equipment is also responsible for some of the consumer facing devices in the One Touch range of Android Smartphones. After launching the One Touch Idol X, the flagship of the portfolio, the company has also released three other phones in all sizes and prices. The three new phones that have launched in the One Touch series are the Idol Alpha, the Idol S and the Idol Mini. This is along with the new Phablet and the Tablet from the same series.

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Alcatel One Touch Hero with 6 inch 1080p display and various accessories announced

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Alcatel is a name usually less related with the smartphone industry and the French company are now trying to change that fact. Alcatel has just announced their One Touch Hero phablet which competes with most other 6 inch+ devices.

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Alcatel One Touch Idol X announced, 5-inch 1080p display in a 6.9mm thin titanium alloy frame

Alcatel One Touch Idol X

Alcatel One Touch has announced the One Touch Idol X, the company’s latest flagship smartphone. It has a 5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) 2.4mm edge-to-edge capacitive touch screen IPS display with 170 degrees wide viewing angles. The display is based on one-glass solution (OGS) that reduces the phone’s thickness and has Dragontrail Glass for protection. It is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). It has a 13.1-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 5cm macro lens, 1080p video recording and a 2-megapixel 1080p front-facing camera.  Continue reading “Alcatel One Touch Idol X announced, 5-inch 1080p display in a 6.9mm thin titanium alloy frame”