Friday 10 August 2012


Samsung's Exynos 5 Dual processor gets detailed!

   This is the new processor from Samsung and you want this in your next device!!! The new chipset features a pair of Cortex-A15 cores for insane mobile power. The SoC is built on 32nm production techniques and this particular version rocks two 1.7GHz cores and has support for screen resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 WQXGA. 

   The screen resolution limit itself is quite interesting because there have been endless rumours that Samsung is preparing an 11.8-inch tablet with that specific resolution! The processor will be capable of 1080p 60fps hardware deceleration and 3D graphics. Don't worry about support either there's; USB 3.0, SATA3, OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenCL support, plus the ability to beam your content to wireless displays. 

   And best of all Samsung has managed to reduce power consumption. They've got energy usage down 30-percent when compared to 45nm chips. Included in that are specific power-saving routines for those energy-hungry displays in your latest gadget.

   Unfortunately we haven't got any news what devices will be featuring this processor but it'll probably be next years range of phones and tablets!

In other news:

  • Acer has today reiterated their commitment to Windows 8 tablets but has pleaded that Microsoft make sure their Surface tablets have a higher price point so that Acer can target the lower price ranges. Essentially Acer knows how much people expect to pay for tablets and it doesn't want Microsoft to steal their traditional market!
  • Microsoft has had a bit of a naming crisis since 'Metro' was found to be taken by other companies. Instead of 'Windows 8 design' the software giant has told employees to call Windows 8's look 'modern UI design'. Perhaps that one won't stick!
  • HTC has just got around to updating their flagship smartphone the HTC One X to a newer version of Android.  The OTA update will be a version of Android 4.0.4 and will land on the international version of the HTC One X starting today. The update includes several new features and overall tweaks to the operating system. One key change is a large change to Sense; the remapping of the multitasking key.
  • Lenovo has reportedly signed a deal with Nvidia to make some Windows tablets with Nvidia Tegra 3 processors inside. Unsurprisingly the OS will be the RT version of Windows 8 but the big news is that the tablets will be in the same form as Asus' Transformer range!
  • There have been rumours today that RIM are a potential takeover target for IBM. We can definitely see some sense if this was to happen, both business minded companies and both still have a place. We'll let you know as soon as we hear any more!
  • Benchmarks have emerged of a new Sony phone codenamed LT25 “Tsubasa”, with sources speaking to the Xperia Blog suggesting that the smartphone will find a home on numerous carriers throughout the world. There's set to be both LTE and HSPA+ models of the phone available, with specs said to include a 720p screen, a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and LTE connectivity but that's all the details we've got at the moment.


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