Sunday, February 23, 2014
The original Galaxy Gear smartwatch was met with a critical reception after claims it failed to offer sufficient features. A software update addressed some of those, such as its inability to show Google mail messages, but Samsung indicated it will persist with the category with an update that it said was “designed to take the freedom, convenience and style of wearable technology to the next level”. Both devices offer enhanced connectivity and integration with other devices for a more personal, wearable experience, the company said.
Samsung’s bid to create a new product category has been hampered by poor reviews, high return rates and claims that the device is not yet ready for mainstream adoption. Other companies, including Sony and HTC, are however also expected to announce new smartwatches at the upcoming Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, indicating the industry’s continued commitment to wearable technologies.
Samsung itself is expected to dominate the show with its announcement of the new S5 smartphone. The new models will now integrate the camera with the screen, rather than placing it on the strap, and improve the design. Users will also be able to change the home screen background, clock face and font. As currently, the Gears will show incoming calls and messages, but new features will also allow them to work as remote controls for TVs or set-top boxes and as a standalone music player when paired with a bluetooth headset.
A heart rate monitor is also now included, and Samsung said both models, although based on the new Tizen operating system, will be compatible with more than a dozen Samsung Galaxy smartphones at launch from April. The new Gear 2 includes an identical screen to its predecessor, but the new operating system runs on a faster, 1GHz processor, and upgrades to camera from 1.3MP to 2MP. Its fractionally smaller battery claims to offer a similar level of performance.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Acer Iconia W510 Advantages
Acer declares that its keyboard dock has an additional usage manner match up to other competition. Dubbed "presentation mode", it is mainly a hinge that turns the tablet screen outward so that it can be used as a presenter. The dock on W510 works as you would suppose. The interior battery is drained first if the keyboard is coupled to the tablet. Jointly with the battery on the tablet, Acer says that users will benefit from up to 18 hours of uptime. There's also a single USB port on the dock.
The W510 is powered by the newest Intel Atom processor (1.5GHz) and comes with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of interior storage. This also means that it runs the full version of Windows 8, not the locked-down Windows RT that's intended for devices using ARM processors, which entails all apps to be installed via the Windows Store. Even though the hardware on the W510 isn't as swift as it would be with an Intel Core-i chip, the tablet should have improved battery life.
Acer Iconia W510 Disadvantages
While the W510 feels light--at around 580g, it is typical for a 10.1-inch tablet--this is attained using a plastic chassis. Though it is resilient and isn't simply scratched similar to aluminum, plastic just doesn't sense as premium. Nevertheless, the weight more than twice to 1.26kg once you incorporate the keyboard dock.The keyboard is only 95 percent of a standard keyboard, giving us a dissimilar Netbook feel. It isn't as relaxing as we would like, but it's usable.
The 1,366 x 768-pixel screen resolution on the W510 isn't going to bang you off your feet similar to the high-resolution displays found on other tablets. On the other hand, the Windows 8 devices we have seen so far seem to be favor this screen resolution, at least for the 10-inch models.
Acer Looking Forward To
Acer plans to sell the Wi-Fi version of the Iconia W510, which consist of the keyboard accessory, at around S$1,198 in Singapore. It will be obtainable from October 26. The company also exposed that there will be a 3G reproduction in the near future.
SKUs. There were also quite a few processors, that we expected to see this fall, but they certainly not formally launched. One of these CPUs was Core i7-3632QM, a quad-core mobile processor, competent of executing 8 threads at once. We said "was" since this week the 3632QM was added to Intel's product database, and at present has the "launched" standing.
Core i7-3632QM is a speed bump of i7-3612QM, established back in April. The 3612QM had 2.1 GHz base clock that possibly will be raised as high as 3.1 GHz when only one core was functioning. The i7-3632QM bumps those frequencies by 100 MHz, to 2.2 GHz base and 3.2 GHz utmost Turbo frequencies. The rest of the i7-3632QM characteristics are identical to the 3612QM. The CPU has 4 cores, 6 MB level 3 cache, and maintain Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost technologies, as well as AVX and AES instruction set extensions. Similar to other Core i7s, the 3632QM incorporate HD 4000 graphics unit. The GPU on this chip is clocked at 650 MHz, and up to 1.15 GHz when required. Similar to 3612QM, there are BGA and PGA variations of Core i7-3632QM microprocessor. The BGA version, moreover different type of package, adds support of VT-d virtualization. The distinctive quality of both versions is low 35 Watt Thermal Design Power. Mainly, other quad-core Core i7s at this time have 45 Watt or higher TDP.