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Galaxy Note III, “Gadget” First Use 3 GB of RAM?

Galaxy Note III, “Gadget” First Use 3 GB of RAM?

Phablet news about Samsung Galaxy Note III from re-emerge. This time in the form of hardware specifications that will be used.

Obtained from the leaked tech site Slashgear, Friday (07/05/2013), one of the popular series of Samsung’s devices will use large-capacity RAM, amounting to 3 GB.

If true, the Galaxy Note III will be the first mobile device that is equipped with 3 GB RAM capacity.

Just for the record, smart phone devices and premium phablet circulating lately generally use 2 GB of RAM.

Galaxy Note screen measuring 5.99 inches allegedly III with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) and a Super AMOLED display panel types. The size of a half-inch larger than its predecessor, the Galaxy Note II, which has a 5.5-inch landscape display. As for the Galaxy Note to be launched in 2011 and carries the 5.3-inch screen.

Bodi Galaxy Note III allegedly bit slimmer than its predecessor. If the Galaxy Note II has a weight of 182 grams, the Galaxy Note III a little lighter by 180 grams with a thickness of 8 mm.

At the time of its release later, the Galaxy Note III will run on the latest Android operating system, 4.3 Jelly Bean. He will also support 4G LTE technology-Advanced network.

Just like the Galaxy S4, there will be two versions of the Galaxy Note III, which was launched to the market. In a particular market, this device will be armed with the Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core 800. As in other markets will be using processors made by Samsung’s own Exynos 5 “Octa” SoC.

Same as before, Samsung is rumored to be introducing a new model of the series Galaxy Note at this year’s IFA to be held in Berlin, Germany, in September 2013.

Asphalt 8: Airborne Optimized for Tablet Nexus 7 Newest

Asphalt 8: Airborne Optimized for Tablet Nexus 7 Newest

The latest series flagship racing game Gameloft, Asphalt 8: Airbourne will present shortly, has been optimized with OpenGL ES 3.0 for the latest tablet Nexus 7. As exhibited at Google Keynote event yesterday in San Francisco.
Baudoin Corman as Vice President of Gameloft Publishing Section Regional Americans say, 8 Asphalt is an ideal game to demonstrate the greatness of Google’s latest device, the graphics are awesome and convenient physical form, the Nexus 7 will certainly help boost the popularity of gaming on tablets and realize the vision of Asphalt 8.
In addition to the new engine, Asphalt 8 will also bring 180 events, 47 official cars, and new game modes. There is also an online multiplayer mode with global leaderboard and social features like Facebook. Gamloft is arguably the first game publisher in the gaming service that supports Google Play. Asphalt 8 itself will be the first Gameloft game titles integrated Google services and Google Play at launch.

Toshiba launches 6 New Notebooks at Once

Toshiba launches 6 New Notebooks at Once

JAKARTA – Toshiba continues to flood the market with the latest line of notebooks. Unmitigated, the Japanese manufacturer is introducing six champion as well as to the Indonesian market.
Toshiba seems to deliberately give broad options to consumers on the need for a portable PC. Six new hero is introduced, among others, Z10t Portege, Qosmio X70, S40 Satellite, Satellite P50, Satellite C40, and Satellite L40.
“Purity, Metal, Functional Elegance, Intuition, and Technology. Those are some basic designs that we apply to our newest line of laptops,” said Gregory Beh, Product Specialist, PC Product Marketing, Computer Systems Division, Toshiba Singapore, in Introducing New Toshiba Notebook PC’s Line Up, in Jakarta, Thursday (07/04/2013).
He added that the six portable PC is Toshiba’s line up of products that are available in the market this month. “This year we are still concentrating on notebooks,” said Beh.

Polytron Wizard II smartphone Crystal W3430

Polytron Wizard II smartphone Crystal W3430

Bening sequel

In this year, seems the more prevalent use of multiple processors on a variety of devices. The goal, presents a better performance on the gadget. Polytron also updating its lineup via Crystal Wizard II (model W3430) which has brought dual core. This increase is expected to bring better ability for the device to process the data.

U3-435-PolytronJika the previous Wizard series (W2400 – PCplus 418) Polytron still using single core 1GHz CPU, the W3430 used MT6577 1GHz dual core processor from MediaTek. This is the CPU that was booming among gadget makers from China and locally. This is thanks to a hefty CPU capabilities at more affordable prices. Unfortunately, the capacity of the main memory is still 512MB. This seems intended to suppress the price of this product.

In this product, Polytron has upgraded on the screen. Now, the Super AMOLED panel used so that the screen resolution is 480 × 800 pixels looks sharp and bright. Cool again, to protect the screen the “nodes” added a layer of solid glass Gorilla Glass to prevent scratches / collision. Polish on the screen seems to be a mainstay on the successor Polytron highest smartphone (currently) on the market.

In addition to presenting a brilliant visualization, graphical interface in Polytron Wizard Crystal II W3430 is also quite interesting, including Skins Theme. Here also have prepared some useful applications such as Kingsoft Office for processing documents to popular social media applications. Polytron also provides access to applications through the facility suggested Suggested Apps and TelkomStore (provided by PT Telkom). Media’s own internal storage capacity of 4GB device. This storage is divided into two 2.1 GB for installation applications and about 400 MB to be accessed by users.

One of the coolest mainstay in Polytron Wizard Crystal II W3430 is a quality 8 megapixel camera. The resulting image quality is quite good PCplus according to its class. Panoramic photo function that combines nine photos were fairly decent. These features include HDR (High Dynamic Range) to get good photos in dimly lit situations.

Although the kitchen spur that is not too high, Polytron Wizard Crystal II W3430 still having an excellent features. Various facilities such as AMOLED + screen Gorilla Glass coating, a dual SIM connection, to access to perform system tuning is an attractive offer. This device is suitable for those who want to look unique among popular brands.

Axioo Neon BNE, Notebook Starter with Tempting Spec

Axioo Neon BNE, Notebook Starter with Tempting Spec

Toshiba name may not be as famous as Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell, Asus, or other branded PC vendors. But for business aggressiveness, this local brand PC vendors do not want to lose. Especially in the beginner class notebook segment.

One product is the hero Axioo Neon BNE with D423N series that hypnotize prospective buyers through the oblique and speksifikasi price that is not less slick.

Perception of most people is, affordable notebooks have not considered ‘offal’ special. But sometimes many are forgotten, if not all notebook users requiring a high specification and prefer products that match the contents of the notebook bag.

Moreover, even the entry-level segment has the largest share of the notebook product than fill up flagship high-end class, because it is dominated by high school students to college students.

Try their luck in the entry level segment, to bring that Axioo Neon BNE carrying D423N series and cost Rp 3 million.

But even so, the material used and the results are neat finishing successfully make the product look quite elegant.

Although the present with a fairly cheap price, only Rp 3 million, it did not make D423N BNE Neon comes with a quality pickup. Toshiba presents the product in his cultivated elegance through material with a unique texture.

Interestingly, the unique texture that is present in the form of vertical strokes in a timber like the successful combined by Toshiba with matte dark brown color, making it look elegant Neon BNE D423N and by itself to eliminate the impression that the entry level is identical to the cap ‘the cheap’.

One of the unique features possessed Neon BNE D423N which may rarely found on other products is the battery circuit breaker. Using these buttons the user can easily decide that the charge may remain there even when the notebook is off.

Surely the presence of the button on the bottom of the notebook, battery life is embedded in Neon BNE D423N expected to be more durable.

Given the manifold unibodi Diusungnya body so it does not allow the user to replace the battery or other hardware upgrade without jailbreak it first.

In order to provide competent performance, Toshiba pinned fairly decent specs for the price offered.

Armed by a dual core AMD E1-1200 1.4 GHz clock speed combined with the Radeon HD 7310 graphics processor, ensuring Neon D423N BNE will present satisfactory performance.

The combination is supported by the use of 2 GB of DDR3 RAM. While in the storage sector, Neon BNE D423N had pinned a HDD with a capacity of 320 GB.

Toshiba is also not immune to pin a drive type DVD-RW, HDMI connector, and a webcam on a notebook that carries the 14-inch screen size.

The following specifications D423N Axioo Neon BNE:

– Processor AMD E1-1200 1.4 GHz
– 2 GB DDR3 RAM
– Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
– HDD 320 GB
– 14 inch wide screen
– Connection LAN, WiFi, and Bluetooth
– HD Audio
– HDMI connector
– Webcam, Card Reader, and USB slot x3

Intel’s new CEO and Atom chip face uphill climb to mobility

Intel’s new CEO and Atom chip face uphill climb to mobility

Intel announced earnings Wednesday that were in line with expectations, but the chipmaker is facing a daunting future as mobile devices further erode the PC business and its Atom chip vies for customers.

“With its new, low-end Atom processor, Bay Trail, the company is gaining traction in cheap notebooks and tablets, but we believe this is at the expense of higher-end core processors,”said Piper Jaffray analyst Gus Richard. “Intel is late to the smartphone market and we believe high-end smartphone sales are starting to roll over. Intel is far behind its competitors in terms of cost and integration in smartphones, in our view. We do expect Windows 8.1 to drive a corporate upgrade cycle next year, creating a bounce in PC demand.”

Intel’s new CEO Brian Krzanich said organization, strategic, and prioritization changes “will drive greater emphasis on our Atom-based products, bringing the full weight of our process and architectural leadership to the Atom family.”

Asymco’s Horace Dediu illustrates the dynamics of Intel’s situation — he calls it a “PC calamity” — which is similar to the situation facing Microsoft, a dominant leader in the PC era facing a steep uphill climb in the mobile era.

In the last six years, nearly as many iOS and Android devices have been sold as PCs and mobile ARM devices are selling at least 2.6 times the rate of Intel-powered devices.

(Credit: Asymco)

“In terms of installed base, a computing category that did not exist six years ago has come to overtake one that has been around for 38 years,” Dediu wrote. “The calamity for Intel has been that they have had no part to play in the new category. Perhaps that is because they had every part to play in the old category.”

As you would expect, during the Intel earnings call Krzanich was optimistic about the potential for Atom processors to get traction in the fast-growing mobile space.

“Look at it as a constant pushing of the accelerator down and the thing just gets faster and faster as time goes by. And so you’ll just see more and more strength of that Atom line as time goes through here, and it will be kind of just, you’ll look back and say well it’s obviously that the Atom line has truly become strong and they’ve got share in the tablet space,” he said.

Intel trimmed its annual financial outlook from low single-digit percentage growth to to flat year over year.

Google Presents New Features in Android 4.3

Google Presents New Features in Android 4.3

After a long awaited Google today announced a new version of the Android operating system 4.3, although still using the code name Jelly Bean. Not only that, I was told the new features embedded in the latest android.
Reported by The Verge, the Android 4.3 is Google adds multi-user settings. It is useful to restrict the use and application of a profile feature.
Meanwhile, Product Management Director of Android, Hugo Barra explained the new features useful to give a sense of security to parents in order to arrange for their children can not open content is not suitable for a child.
Not only that, Google also added Smart Blurtooth that claimed to save battery usage. Android 4.3 also supports Open GL ES 3.0, which is able to increase the quality of the graphics for gaming, including 3D.
Starting today, Android 4.3 can be downloaded over-the-air by the users of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, LG Nexus 4, Nexus 7 Asus tablet is also the first generation and Samsung Nexus 10.

Monoprice 27″ IPS-G Pro LED Monitor WQHD 2560×1440

Monoprice 27″ IPS-G Pro LED Monitor WQHD 2560×1440

Monoprice is among the more interesting companies you probably haven’t heard of. Started out of an apartment around a decade ago, the company initially sold everything at a single price, hence the name. That business model may have worked when the product line was mostly cables and connectors, but the company now offers a diverse array that includes monitors (more in a moment), home theatre screens, graphics tablets, headphones, apocket-size pico projector, an action cam, even electric guitars – and, yes, cables, connectors and accessories as well. It’s a lineup with no seeming rhyme or reason, other than quality products at bargain prices.

And that actually is the rhyme and reason behind Monoprice products. According to CEO Ajay Kumar, the company looks for categories where vastly overpriced products predominate. That gives Monoprice room to create and sell products at dramatically lower price points, while still maintaining strong profit margins.
“We are in the right place at the right time with our business model,” says Kumar, who joined the company in July 2011. “We offer the same cable or accessory as national retail brands, but for much less cost. However, we are not cutting corners as we employ high-quality manufacturing partners who work with our specs. Our markup is much lower and we pass those savings to our customers. Monoprice brings them a value proposition they can’t find anywhere else.”
And that leads us to the Monoprice 27″ IPS-G Pro LED Monitor WQHD 2560×1440 Product ID 10489, which is what you came here for. I’ve been rocking this 16:9 (widescreen) monitor for over a month now and it’s stunning. Let’s take a look at the stats and find out why.
Start with the size, 27″. You don’t have to join Grindr to know that size matters. A larger screen means that you can work easily with more windows at once. It makes copying files and editing text and spreadsheets easier and obviously makes working with pictures and video more convenient, if that’s your thing. And if you’re a gamer, a large screen is essential. Ditto if you are, for instance, a daytrader or a designer.
Hand in glove with size is resolution. “WQHD” may sound like a Minneapolis TV station, but it means 2560 x 1440 pixels. Some 27″ screens max out at regular Full HD, which is 1920 x 1080. The higher resolution of the Monoprice unit means that more detail is visible, if your PC’s graphics card supports it. If not, you’ll be limited to 1920 x 1080 (or less, if your PC is really old). A large screen with high resolution allows you to display more information. It makes it easier to do more with your PC.
Since we’re talking graphics cards, another nice feature of the Monoprice 10489 is that it supports four different types of interface: HDMI 1.4, DVI, VGA and DisplayPort 1.2. That means that the monitor is bound to work with your existing graphics card. The package includes VGA and DVI-D cables, but these are standard length (around 6′). Because of the size of the monitor, it’s much easier to use longer cables – you can plug in the cable before maneuvering the monitor into place on your desk. Monoprice has you covered with available 15′ HDMI, DVI-D, VGA and DisplayPort 1.2 cables. Choose the one you need.
The monitor uses LEDs for the backlighting, rather than cold cathode fluorescent tubes. The benefit: more even illumination. And it uses In Plane Switching (IPS) display technology, which means you get a wide viewing angle with no color shift even when the screen is viewed at an extreme angle. Viewing angle is stated as 178 degree in both the horizontal and vertical planes.
Covering that screen is a glossy glass laminate with an antiglare coating. The antiglare coating is not a matte finish; the screen is glossy, but the antiglare coating reduces the intensity of any glare from reflected light. As with any monitor, you’ll want to position it so that ambient light is not reflected directly back at you. I’ve found the screen easy to use.
The monitor comes with a removable stand and has a 100×100 VESA mounting size for use with desk or wall mounts. The stand (which is completely removable) has rotate and tilt adjustments. It doesn’t have height adjustment, a feature found on a small number of other monitors.
The bezel is black plastic and is relatively thick. The OSD controls (brightness, etc.) are easy to reach. The connectors are in the usual awkward place for monitors, along the bottom bezel.
Several other stats are key. One is dead pixels. The monitor has over 10 million subpixels (2560 x 1440 pixels x 3 colors per pixel). If any one of those subpixels is stuck in the on or off position, you get a dead pixel – a spot that is always dark, or always white, red, reddish, green, greenish, etc. Unfortunately, dead pixels are a potential fact of life on all monitors – but Monoprice tells me they offer a zero dead pixel guarantee for a year. It’s an unusually strong guarantee, since other manufacturers often will only guarantee that the dead pixel count won’t exceed 5 or 10. The unit I received had no dead pixels.
Also important are brightness and contrast. Monoprice advertises a brightness rating of 440 cd/m², which it says is more than 15% brighter than most comparable displays, and a maximum dynamic contrast ratio of 80,000:1.
The display is indeed bright, but this is the one area where I noted a difficulty with this product – the screen is a bit too bright, even with the brightness adjustment turned down to the lowest setting. As a result, black areas on screen are rendered slightly grayish. For most people and most applications, this won’t be a problem – and it’s a phenomenon that’s scarcely unique to the Monoprice unit – but graphic designers will want to carefully compare this screen with others to see what meets their needs.
The panel features 109 pixels per inch, which translates to a 0.2331mm pixel size. The unit also includes builtin stereo speakers, which can be fed via a stereo audio cable, as well as audio from the HDMI connection. As with most builtin monitor speakers, the sound was tinny and unimpressive, so I don’t recommend using them. Buy a pair of standalone computer speakers instead.
Another stat is response time, which the company says is 6 milliseconds (gray-to-gray response time). That’s a measurement of how long it takes the monitor to change the image when the PC tells it to, and is an issue for almost no one except gamers.
Bottom line: if you’re looking for a high-quality 27″ WQHD IPS LED monitor at a great price, pick up the Monoprice 10489.

Sprint’s HTC 8XT brings BoomSound and HTC camera to Windows Phone 8

Sprint’s HTC 8XT brings BoomSound and HTC camera to Windows Phone 8

Sprint HTC 8XT retail package

I was given an HTC 8X at the Windows Phone 8 launch event and loved the design that seemed to disappear in your hand. Sprint hasn’t seen much Windows Phone love, but has two decent options for customers. I’ve been using the HTC 8XT for a couple days and wanted to share some first impressions.

The HTC 8XT from Sprint brings a mixture of HTC’s best with design aspects of the HTC 8X and 8S, along with features from the excellent HTC One. It is available now from Sprint for $99.99 with a 2-year contract.

Hardware

It comes in California Blue and at first glance looks like a slightly larger 8S with a different shade of color on the bottom button area. Specifications include:

  • 4.3 inch 800×480 pixels resolution Gorilla Glass display
  • 1.4 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB integrated storage with microSD card (up to 64GB supported)
  • 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.6 megapixel front camera
  • HTC BoomSound front facing stereo speakers
  • Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, and NFC
  • 1,800 mAh battery
  • Dimensions of 5.2 x 2.6 x 0.39 inches and 4.9 ounces

As you can see this is more of a mid-range device with the lower resolution display, 8GB of internal storage, and processor. Then you see high end aspects with the HTC BoomSound speakers, Beats Audio, NFC, and 1GB of RAM.

Like the HTC 8X, the 8XT feels great in your hand and if I was a Sprint customer looking for a Windows Phone then this would probably be the one. The camera has been improved over the 8X with a more attractive design around the lens and new HTC Camera utility. The HTC Camera utility gives you some different effects to use when you capture your photo, just like the HTC One camera utility. You also get the ability to capture photos in burst mode with the software then selecting the best shot so you can make sure to capture the best photo. You can also capture still images while recording video, something again seen on HTC Android devices.

Software

The HTC 8XT launches with Windows Phone 8, which is a very functional OS that has enough apps to compete with iOS and Android. You will find all the typical Windows Phone 8 functionality in the 8XT with some HTC-specific experiences included. Windows Phone 8’s latest Data Sense utility is included with Office, OneNote, Wallet, and more. Don’t forget you can also download and install HERE Maps from Nokia on the 8XT.

HTC includes their weather/news/stocks utility, handy flashlight app, photo enhancer, unit converter, and utility to manage space on your device. As I mentioned earlier, they also provide an HTC Camera app similar to what Nokia does with their special apps. I haven’t taken a ton of photos yet, but so far I am pleased with the camera performance and functionality of the HTC Camera application.

Sprint also includes apps and services, but like all Windows Phone devices you can easily remove anything you want, unlike on Android devices. Sprint apps and services include Sprint Music Plus, Sprint TV and Movies, Visual Voicemail, and Slacker Radio.

I was pleasantly surprised to find Telenav Scout on the HTC 8XT since I find this application to be quite useful on my iPhone 5. I did not know they had a Windows Phone 8 client and after trying it on the HTC 8XT I saw it is also available on T-Mobile Windows Phone devices so I installed it on my new Nokia Lumia 925.

First experiences

The HTC 8XT is a solid Windows Phone device for Sprint customers. The device feels excellent in your hand and the resolution looks good on a 4.3 inch display. All the user reviews on the Sprint site show nearly all five star ratings so it seems Sprint customers like the device so far.

The light weight and curved design of the 8X always appealed to me and the 8XT continues that look and feel. With the soft touch material all around, the 8XT doesn’t slide around and the California Blue looks great.

I understand that there is still no LTE coverage in the Puget Sound area so I won’t be able to test out those speeds unless I travel in the next couple of weeks. With Seattle being the home of Microsoft and Windows Phone, I find this lack of LTE to be rather disappointing.

Radeon HD 8970M Mobile Graphics Chip Fastest Claimed

Radeon HD 8970M Mobile Graphics Chip Fastest Claimed

Jakarta – Radeon HD8000 officially announced, but not for the desktop computer but notebook users. It was not just one variant, there are some models that are ready to fill the mainstream segment, performance, and enthusiast.

In the mainstream segment, AMD Radeon HD 8500M prepare and HD 8600M. Entrusted to fill class performance on the Radeon HD 8700M and HD 8800M. While the top-class enthusiast who inhabited occupied by the Radeon HD 8970M.

Interestingly, AMD Radeon HD 8970M claimed as the fastest mobile graphics chips today. The claim was based on the known specs diusungnya rely kecepetan clock 850 MHz (900 MHz when turbo mode is active), 1280 stream processors and RAM speed of 1.2 GHz.

This specification combinations touted able to achieve a score of 2304 GFLOPS performance on a single computational precision. While achievement in computing by 144 GFLOPS double precision.

While the first notebook product will apply, as quoted from MaximumPC, Wednesday (15/05/2013), is MSI GX70 which is present as a gaming notebook. To prove his supposedly MSI also bundled game Crysis 3 in the product.