Monday, February 27, 2017

Sony Xperia ZX Premium - 960 fps slow motion on a smartphone

Sony has unveiled their flagship smartphone for 2017 . The new ZX Premium , a new addition to the ZX lineup is powered by a Snapdragon 821 processor , an enhanced design and a 19 mp camera with 960 fps slow motion  a 4K display and much more

Design , Display and Processor

Design wise , the new Sony ZX premium builds on Sony's timeless design process with wrap around Gorilla glass 5 surfaces and IP68 dust and water resistance . This design is also aided by a heat pipe layout found on many modern flagships today . The design also has a side mounter fingerprint sensor and the gorgeous 4K HDR display .Also included are dual S force stereo speakers .

Display wise , the new phone brings their proven 4K HDR technology to the mobile world once again , last seen on the Z5 Premium , the new IPS display(3840x2160p) is supported by Sony's Triluminous display technology and X reality image processing engine and HDR 10 .The display is protected by Corning gorilla glass 5

Processing power is provided by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835(8998) clocked to 2.45 Ghz (an Octacore chip) . The new chip supports upto 1G/bit of wireless broadband internet speed and has Adreno 540 GPU as well . The Snapdragon 8998 chip is mated to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage with MicroSD expansion .


As we stated earlier , Sony will be including their super slow-motion "Motion Eye" capable Smartphone sensor on this smartphone . The sensor , which includes a layer of   Dynamic RAM (DRAM) between the BSI image sensor and the circuit section . This new sensor - which has 19 effective megapixels is also a 1/2.3" sensor which puts in the same class as most high end action cameras of today .The sensor however can capture 19.6 megapixels in 1/120th of a second using its electronic shutter .

As for video , the sensor's new addition of the DRAM enables it to create a buffer for slow motion video upto (hypothetically) 1000 fps in 720p - a stunning feat indeed (provided software is enabled by the vendor) . The sensor is capable of 60fps on 4K (Whoa!) and if the hypothetically insane fps values are not met by software (clean buffer reading and more DRAM than 1Gbit ) it will still capture 240fps in 1080p as well .

This sensor puts to shame most slow motion capable smartphones and action cameras to date , although its no Phantom camera , the ability of phone sensors to capture details previously reserved for high end cameras does make the smartphone a serious threat to consumer grade camera manufacturers in the long run as well .

And the camera shoots manual / RAW images as well . It is optically stabilized and has a dual LED flash .

Up front , we have a 13MP camera capable of shooting 1080p and is a smaller 1/3" sensor with f2.0 aperture .

Battery and connectivity

The phone comes in Dual nano sim and single sim variants with LTE Cat 5 supported on both . There is also support for 24bit Audio and Quiccharging on its 3230 mAh battery via the supported USB type C port . The phone runs Android 7.1 out of the box .


Is not revealed yet , but we will update this as soon as its available . Sony is also said to officially release details on a slightly cheaper model with a 5.2" 1080p display and a smaller battery and ram capacity called the Xperia ZXs to select markets as well . This will have the same camera features of the ZX premium . details are yet to be revealed .


Sony unveils worlds fastest UHS II standard SD card

Sony has unveiled the fastest SD card available right now . The new SF-G series , made on the UHS-II standard is capable of 299 MB/s write and 300 MB/s read speed off the chip . Although the bus speed is not insanely high as the newly announced UHS III standard (which is not available yet) ,the UHS II is still capable of working well with every 4K capable device yet . The cards also come with a reader - Sony MRW -S1 which is a USB Type C (3.1) capable reader for all modern devices . The SD cards will be available in 32GB , 64GB and 128GB options with pricing starting at around $60 upwards .

via - Anandtech

UHS III standard will bring SD cards with an insane 624Mb/s

SD card association has announced the worlds fastest SD card speed with the announcement of the UHS III standard which is currently double the speed of UHS II cards which cap out at 300MB/s . The new standard , which brings bus speeds of 624MB/s , according to them , will be for future Virtual Reality systems (VR) and 8K recording devices .
As for now , Current cameras and memory devices will support only UHS II speeds and therefore will be unable to take full advantage of the card , but future devices which will record 6K and 8K will surely have support for them .
via - Dpreview

Samsung unveils a new Gear VR headset

Samsung has unveiled a new Gear VR headset for its VR ecosystem . The new model , powered by Occulus brings support for existing Note 5 , S6 ,6Edge and Edge plus and the S7 and 7 edge models (and the upcoming S8) and is equipped with an external controller as well . Powered by 3 AAA batteries , the headset will expand the VR experience by allowing a 101 degree FOV thanks to two 42mm lenses onboard .

Pricing is yet to be announced .


Moto G5 and G5 Plus - Twist to capture

Motorola(Lenovo) has unveiled the new G5 and G5 smartphones today at MWC 2017 . The duo , set to replace G4 lineup from last year is another great addition to the Moto G lineup which was probably one of the most successful affordable Android devices to date .Both phones include Moto features such as twist to capture (on the camera) and double chop to turn on the flash light.

Moto G5 

This is the entry level Moto for 2017 . The G5 , unlike the plus has a slightly smaller display and a smaller processor for the price of EUR 199 . The phone has

*144.3 x 73 x 9.5 mm
*5.0 1920x1080p IPS LCD with Corning Gorilla glass 3
*13MP rear camera ,f2 1080p recording LED flash
- 5MP front camera
*fingerprint sensor , FM radio , 3000mAh battery.
* Snapdragon 430 , Quadcore A53 ,Android 7.0

Moto G5 Plus
This is a slightly enhanced version of the  Moto G5  . The G5 Plus , unlike the smaller model ,  has a slightly larger 5.2" display and a faster snapdragon 600 class processor and 2 memory opions . The Moto G5 Plus starts at $229 USD with 2GB RAM/32GB storage and €279 for 3GB RAM/32GB storage.

*150.2 x 74 x 7.7 mm
*5.2 1920x1080p IPS LCD with Corning Gorilla glass 3
*12MP rear camera ,f1.7 1080p recording Dual LED flash
- 5MP front camera
*fingerprint sensor , FM radio , 3000mAh battery
*Snapdragon 625 , Octacore A53 . Android 7.0

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Samsung Galaxy Book and Tab S3 unveiled with Stylus support , S8 to be unveiled on March 29th

Samsung has unveiled 2 new Tablets for 2017 . The tablets running Android and Windows 10 respectively are both supported by Wacom S-Pen stylus support ,AMOLED display panels and AKG powered panels .

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

This is probably Samsung's flagship tablet for 2017 . The tablet , a part of the S series follows the S pen integration support provided on the Tab A models previously , but in a more palm friendly - larger size .

The tablet , which is a 2048x1536 resolution AMOLED display with 4:3 aspect ratio is somewhat similar to the Tab S2 models ,but it now has a Wacom digitizer panel and palm rejection and HDR 10 image enhancement .

The processing power comes from a 2.16 Ghz Snapdragon 820 Soc a-la S7 . The processor is also mated with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and MicroSD card support . The tablet also has 4G LTE

Cameras on the tablet include a 13MP rear sensor f1.9 and a 27mm ( FF equivalent )  ,4K video recording and LED flash . The front includes a 5mp f2.2 aperture camera with 1080p recording

The tablet has a 6000 mAh battery with Qualcomm fast charging and USB Type C 3.1  .The tablet has Harmann/AKG stereo sound and support for A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS (Beidou), GALILEO global satellite systems. The tablet runs on Android 7.0 out of the box .

via - Anandtech

Samsung Galaxy Book 10.6 and 12 

Apart from the Android powered flagship tablet , Samsung also unveiled two Windows 10 powered tablets to compete against Microsoft's Surface Book and Surface pro models .

Samsung Galaxy Book 10. 6"

This is Samsung's Surface pro rival , the tablet , based on a dual core 2.6Ghz Intel Core M3 (same as most premium notebooks now) also has 4GB of RAM 64 or 128GB storage (plus microSD) onboard .The tablet has a 10.6" 1920x1080p TFT display and is also LTE capable via a compatible nano sim . The tablet has a USB type C port and a 5Mp rear camera with 1080p recording . This model also has support for s-pen support externally .

Samsung Galaxy Book 12"

If you really need a capable Windows tablet then this is it . The Book 12" model as the name says is pacing a 2160x1440  resolution display at 12" .This also has the 13Mp rear camera from the Tab S3 and the same front camera and recording options as well . But the similarities end there as it packs a Intel Kaby-Lake(7th gen) core i5 Dual core processor clocked to 3.16Ghz . The tablet also has 4GB of RAM with the 128GB option and 8GB ram with the 256GB option . Both models feature MicroSD support and a 39.4W battery (larger than the 30W battery in the book 10.6") offering 10 hours of usage .

Pricing will be announced soon .

Samsung also anounced that the S8 (and S8 plus hopefully) will be unveiled at a special event at 11:00 a.m. EDT in New York on the 29th of March.

via - Samsungmobilepress

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Nokia unveils new 3310 , Nokia 6 and 6 Arte , Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 handsets

Nokia has revived the legendary Nokia 3310 title , a title which was previously reserved only for the phone gods of yesteryear . The handset , launched after Nokia's aquisition by HMD global , has pulled the cover off this 49 euro handset and its here with specs the older handset could only dream about . First off , is the design , although it is rather odd and a bit too retro for this era , it is still pocketable if you are planning to survive any modern apocalypse . running off a unknown processor , the phone has 16mb of ram and has a sd card for storage . there is also a FM radio , 2G browsing an mp3 player , Bluetooth with SLAM for quick image transfer and a 51 hour standby and 22 hours of use .

Camera specs include a 2MP rear camera , this is aided with a LED flash . The battery , like the previous model , is still removable , but it is a 1200mAh one with the above mentioned battery ratings , this however is expected as the new device runs Nokia's s30 OS .

Oh, and there's SNAKE! .

Nokia 6 is going global 

Nokia 6 , Anounced last month , was initially launched for China only , but now the device is expected to hit the international market with a bang as it will come at a price of 300 EUR and a new Arte variant which features 64GB of onboard storage and 4GB of ram , opposed to the 32GB of storage and 3GB of Ram as the regular model .

Nokia 5 

Nokia 5 sits one tier below the Nokia 6 but that doesn't make it any slouch as it features similar specs . You still get a Snapdragon 430 , LTD , 2GB of Ram 16GB storage and a 13MP rear camera (f2.0) PDAF and a LED flash . The front of the phone will feature a 8mp camera with a 84 degree field of view . The phone features a 3000 mAh battery and comes with Android 7.1 with promise of updates . pricing is 190 EUR .

Nokia 3

This is the base model Nokia Android handset

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Barcelona, Spain – 26 February 2017 – HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today unveiled a new generation of Nokia smartphones, setting a new standard in design, quality and user experience throughout the range. The highly anticipated global portfolio features three new smartphones – the new Nokia 6, delivering performance and immersive entertainment in a premium and extremely robust design; Nokia 5, an elegant smartphone that fits perfectly in your hand; and Nokia 3, which delivers an unprecedented quality at an affordable price point. The new range of Nokia smartphones all run Android™ Nougat and offer a pure, secure and up to date experience and will all feature Google Assistant. Today also sees the return of a modern classic – the iconic Nokia 3310, reborn with a modern twist on design.

The family of products announced demonstrate a belief that every consumer should have access to premium quality, not just those with high end flagship devices. Combined with a thoughtful design philosophy that focuses on improving the smartphone experience at every level, each technical component has been carefully considered and integrated into the phone design to have the biggest benefit on consumers’ daily lives. Drawing on the hallmarks of the Nokia phone heritage of quality, simplicity and reliability, the range is designed for a new generation of fans.

With a commitment to deliver pure Android, users can expect a simple, clean and clutter free experience. Featuring the latest Google services, as well as monthly security updates, Nokia smartphones are safe, secure and up-to-date. The new Nokia smartphones feature Google’s most recent innovation, the Google Assistant, building further on a great Android experience. Our teams have worked together to ensure the Google Assistant is integrated, allowing for conversations with the Google Assistant to take place easily on Nokia smartphones.

It was also announced that the world-renowned game Snake will be snaking its way back into people’s hearts with a new version available to play on Messenger, part of Facebook’s Instant Games cross platform experience. The new free Snake game is designed to be played with groups of friends making it even more playable than the first time around.

The new Nokia range of Android smartphones unveiled today ahead of Mobile World Congress includes:

Nokia 6 is going global – combining superior craftsmanship and distinctive design with immersive audio and an impressive bright and colourful 5.5” full HD screen, the Nokia 6 delivers a truly premium smartphone experience. The unibody of the Nokia 6 is crafted from a single block of 6000 series aluminium. The smart audio amplifier with dual speakers allow consumers to experience a deeper bass and unmatched clarity, whilst Dolby Atmos® sound delivers a powerfully moving entertainment experience. Available in four colours – Matte Black, Silver, Tempered Blue and Copper – the Nokia 6 will retail at an average global retail price of €229.

Nokia 6 Arte Black Limited Edition – celebrating the worldwide Nokia 6 portfolio is the Nokia 6 Arte Black Limited Edition. With 64GB storage and 4GB RAM, this special edition combines the best features of the Nokia 6 family in a stunning black high gloss package and will retail at an average global retail price of €299.

Nokia 5 – a sleek and compact smartphone that nestles in your hand. The Nokia 5 has been precision engineered out of a single block of 6000 series aluminium to create a perfect pillowed body that flows seamlessly into the sculpted Corning® Gorilla® Glass laminated 5.2” IPS HD display. Powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 430 mobile platform and the Qualcomm® Adreno™ 505 graphics processor, the Nokia 5 brings robust structural integrity, attention to detail and the quality of a high-end flagship to everyone. Available in four colours – Matte Black, Silver, Tempered Blue and Copper – the Nokia 5 will retail at an average global retail price of €189.

Nokia 3 – a stunning new smartphone designed to deliver an outstanding experience with unprecedented value. With a precision machined aluminium frame forged out of a single piece of aluminium, a sculpted Corning® Gorilla® Glass laminated 5” display and seamlessly integrated 8MP wide aperture cameras (front and back), the Nokia 3 packs a truly premium quality smartphone experience into its compact and elegant form. Available in four distinctive colours – Silver White, Matte Black, Tempered Blue and Copper White – the Nokia 3 will retail at an average global retail price of €139.

Also announced today were:

Nokia 3310 – a modern classic reborn. Thin, light and incredibly durable, the Nokia 3310 is a head turning modern twist on one of the best-selling feature phones of all time. Boasting an incredible 22-hour talk-time and month long stand-by, the Nokia 3310’s fresh, colourful, modern design brings it bang up to date. The Nokia 3310 is available in four distinctive colours – Warm Red and Yellow, both with a gloss finish, and Dark Blue and Grey both with a matte finish. The Nokia 3310 will retail at an average global retail price of €49.

Accessories – also introduced was a portfolio of Nokia Accessories that follows iconic design philosophy. As perfect companions to these smartphones, the full Nokia accessories portfolio includes a range of headsets, portable and Bluetooth speakers, in-car chargers, cases and screen protectors.

via - HMDglobal

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus unveiled

Huawei has unveiled their new flagship smartphones for 2017 . The new P10 and P10 plus devices were unveiled at MWC 2017 along side the Huawei watch 2 Android wear smartwatch .

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus

Based on a rather "familiar" form factor ,the handsets are both in a similar ballpark when it comes to performance(HiSilicon Kirin 960)  and cameras , but the only similarities lie there as the plus version features a better display (2K vs 1080p) and a bigger battery (3750 mAh vs 3200 mAh than the regular p10 . Both handsets are equipped with Leica approved 20MP main cameras and 12MP secondary rear cameras for a enhanced telephoto "zoom" . Both handsets feature 4G with dual sim support and anon removable batteries wih wireless charging

Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 classic 

Huawei watch 2 builds upon the successful huawei watch launched last year and in order to celebrate its second generation . the company has decided to unveil it in two forms - one a regular sports model and one oriented for those who want a finer design . the sports watch
Huawei watch classis features 316L stainless steel and comes in Titanium grey with 22mm watch bands . the regular watch is however plastic and is 20mm band size .

Both watches are IP68 dust and water resistant and feature heart and GPS sensors .there is also a LTE and regular wifi only version and the LTE model supports VoLTE and a regular sim card slot or eSIM depending on region .Other specs for both options include NFC , Bluetooth 4.1 le , 420mAh battery and a 1.2" AMOLED display with 390x360 (326ppi) with a sheet of Gorilla glass protection .Huawei is also said to unveil a Porsche designed model in the future as well .
Pricing details are still unknown .

Via - GSMArena

LG G6 - Like a G6

LG has unveiled their flagship smartphone for the year 2017 . The phone , designed to take on the Samsung Galaxy S8 , iPhone 7S , Sony's Xperia XZ premium and a plethora of other similarly spec'ed devices is now officially here to take the torch from the G5 .
Say hello to the LG G6 . The handset , which says goodbye to LG's removable battery option is now officially a member of the unibody design club . The 5.7-inch QHD+ (2,880 x 1,440 resolution) "FullVision Display" is probably one of the strangest mobile displays as it has a aspect ratio of 18:9 . This aspect ratio - which according to LG is said to offer "more viewing space and a more immersive experience when streaming videos and playing games " than traditional 16:9 displays which sacrifice space for on screen buttons usually . The display supports HDR 10 format and Dolby Vision .

Performance on the LG G6 is supplied by a Snapdragon 821 - a Quadcore chip with Adreno 530 GPU . The chip is mated with 4GB of RAM . The Snapdragon 821 although is not Qualcomm's fastest (835) but it is no slouch and will probably wreck benchmarks set now . The G6 also features 4 DAC's for finer audio .

Cameras on the G6 include a twin camera setup on the rear and a single sensor up front . The rear twin cameras are both 13MP but the main sensor (13MP) is a 1 2/3 sensor with Optical image stability ,f 1.8 aperture and a 71 degree fov . The second sensor features a 1/3 sensor and this has an aperture of f2.4 and a 125 degree fov . Both cameras are paired with a dual camera flash and they can record 4K UHD . The front camera is a 5mp sensor with f2.2 aperture and 1080p recording .

Design and battery on smartphone is unique to LG as the handset has basically embraced the flow and is now certified for IP68 dust and water resistance . The phone also is made out of a glass and a metal frame which according to LG , will allow the phone to dissipate any heat by aiding the internal heat pipe in the unibody chassis . The phone features Wireless charging , USB Type C 3.1 , FM radio , single or dual sim standby and a 3300 mAh battery .

The Android 7.0 equipped LG G6 is also said to include $200 worth of games and apps pre installed . The phone is also said to feature Google's highly coveted Assistant system as well . Pricing is to be announced .

via - LG

Friday, February 24, 2017

StyleShoots Live smart studio automates fashion photography

In a time where automation is king in mass production , certain fields where  art ,skill and creativity are found will probably be one of the least expected places where you would want a job replacing system .But apparently a company called Styleshoots has unveiled a giant photo booth which can take photos of a subject - without the shooter .

The photobooth - which works with a series of cameras including a Canon 1Dx Mk2 embedded in the arms can be configured by the user to photograph a series of images which can be optimized to any form factor - basically crop and adjust  the photo to different form factors as uploading photos to different social media sites and websites require different sizes .The system also shoots video , which can be used while the photo shoot happens . -This may be beneficial for time saving product photography agencies or shops , but it will be a wake up call for video editors , photographers and  aspiring models as automation - even at a slow pace , is creeping in .  Although the system is not priced yet , it will be met with negativity by fashion photographers as the Youtube viewcount has already shown mixed results

via - Slashgear

Thursday, February 23, 2017

AMD Ryzen 7

AMD has unveiled their latest bang for buck high performance  processors dubbed Ryzen . The new Ryzen series , according to our "intel" , the new Ryzen chips are somewhat faster (in benchmarks) than their equivalent Core i competitors  while costing a small fraction of their silicon . The family - the Ryzen 3 ( core i3 rival) , the Ryzen 5 and guessed it ..Ryzen 7 are all part of AMD's efforts to break the processor wars by offering an alternative if you are hard on configuring your system . For now , AMD has only announced the Ryzen 7 series which are all 8 core processors with 3 categories which include the Ryzen 7 - 1700   , Ryzen 7 - 1700X and the Ryzen 7 1800x   . The entry level model - the 1700 is apparently 46% faster (than the i7 - 7700K) in multithreaded operations in cinebench and the 1700x is 4% faster than the i7 - 6900k and 39% faster than the i7 - 6800K .The 1800K model matched the i7-6900K in the  single thread score  and in the multi-thread score it gained a 9% advantage - quite good considering that the 6900k  costs more than double the 1800X's chip price .

via - anandtech.


Sony Xperia XZ Premium to feature "motion eye" , stacked sensor with 960 fps video recording

Smartphone camera sensors are on a roll in this day and age . Last year - Samsung and Apple and Google (pixel) managed to bring RAW image capture to their devices and most importantly - refinement . With average sensor sizes at 1/25" and dual camera support , the cameras of 2017 will be even better , and now thanks to Sony , the sensor game will now go into a whole new level as they are apparently planning to show off their new sensor in the upcoming Xperia XZ premium smartphone .

Sony - a company that makes a majority of camera sensors for just about every phone and interchangeable lens camera is to unveil a new mobile camera sensor which uses the stacked sensor design as the previous (IMX 318 - found on new flagship Android and iPhones) and improves it by adding a layer of Dynamic RAM (DRAM) between the BSI image sensor and the circuit section . This new sensor - which has 21 effective megapixels is also a 1/2.3" sensor which puts in the same class as most high end action cameras of today .The sensor however can capture 19.6 megapixels in 1/120th of a second using its electronic shutter .

As for video , the sensor's new addition of the DRAM enables it to create a buffer for slow motion video upto (hypothetically) 1000 fps in 1080p - a stunning feat indeed (provided software is enabled by the vendor) . The sensor is capable of 60fps on 4K (Whoa!) and if the hypothetically insane fps values are not met by software (clean buffer reading and more DRAM than 1Gbit ) it will still capture 240fps in 1080p as well . 

As for the upcoming XZ , a slide showing a feature called "motion eye" has been leaked . This feature works by taking 4 pictures before the shutter button was pressed and 4 after , giving you the ability to select a clean picture if you missed the event . The added DRAM layer is therefore able to scan through images as it has quite a large buffer . The rest of the specs include a 4K HDR display - like the Z5 premium and a new chassis design with the Snapdragon 835 Soc. 

via -Xperiablog