Category: Android

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STMicroelectronics Set-top-box ARM Processors: STiH312 Cannes and STiH412 Monaco

Posted by Charbax – March 30, 2014

ST’s latest ARM Powered System-on-Chips supporting Android, Google TV (now Android TV), rdk, ST presents their STiH312 client-box and STiH412 server-box product families, codenamed ‘Cannes’ and ‘Monaco,’ respectively, they integrate Faroudja technology to decode and display video up to Ultra HD 4K (2160p) and the next-generation H.265 / HEVC video compression. Even supporting video transcoding (for local and remote streaming from the Set-top-box to Tablets, Smartphones, etc) STMicroelectronics presents their Dual core ARM Cortex-A9 (on 28nm process) with quad-core Mali-400 GPU does Quad-HD Ultra HD 4K HEVC video decoding, combined with Faroudja video processing technology (decoding on Cannes, decoding and transcoding on Monaco), advanced security supporting concurrent conditional access and DRM, wide connectivity, including USB 3.0, PCI-e, SATA and Gigabit Ethernet, Dedicated interfaces to a range of companion front-end solutions, including MoCA 2.0, DOCSIS 3.0, satellite and 802.11ac WiFi and more.

Zopo Headquarters Shenzhen R&D Tour

Posted by Charbax – March 29, 2014

Tour at the Zopo headquarters in Shenzhen China, where the Zopo R&D team are putting final touches to the design of the upcoming Zopo ZP1000 ultra-thin and impressive 7.2mm Octa Core MediaTek MT6592 phone.

Shenzhen ZOPO Communications-equipment Co Ltd was founded in 2012 engaging in R&D, production, marketing and service of MediaTek based smartphones. I filmed my first video with Zopo Mobile at its founding when they launched the Zopo ZP100 (2). ZOPO ZP200 was "China's first Glasses-Free 3D dual sim smartphone". ZOPO was the first company to manufacture and deliver a Linux Sailfish OS smartphone to the Indian market. Zopo sells a lot of phones to China, Germany, Benelux, Netherlands and a lot of other European countries.

Zopo ZP990+, 6″ FHD, MT6592 Octa Core

Posted by Charbax – March 28, 2014

Selling for $321 on the Chinese market.

Zopo ZP980+, 5″ FHD, MT6592 Octa Core

Posted by Charbax – March 28, 2014

Selling for $241 on the Chinese market.

Zopo ZP780 MT6582 5″ qHD Gorilla Glass

Posted by Charbax – March 28, 2014

Selling for $144 on the Chinese market.

Zopo ZP998, 5.5″ FHD, MT6592

Posted by Charbax – March 28, 2014

Selling for $273 on the Chinese market.

vrAse: much better than Oculus VR

Posted by Charbax – March 25, 2014

This is the way to do VR. Using your latest Smartphone and the $100€ vrAse headset (€ prices always include 20% VAT!). Using your latest always-improving Smartphone display, sensors, processor, graphics, storage, connectivity and everything. Just insert your Smartphone into the $100 http://vrAse.com headset (successfully funded on Kickstarter, to be available this summer) and you transform your latest smartphone into an awesome virtual reality machine. I've tried it, and it's awesome. Oculus VR and other similar dedicated VR headsets probably use standard smartphone components anyway, so why not just use the latest Smartphone in the vrAse headset? vrAse just focuses on providing good optics with two lenses, which can provide for 3D and 2D immersive virtual reality.

The vrAse finally justifies having 1080p and higher than 1080p resolution on your latest smartphone because it brings your smartphone display pixels up close to your eyes!

I think the killer app for vrAse (and for any other VR headsets) may actually be 360 degree panoramic immersive video (although the 360 video cameras are not yet available to the masses, but they may be imminent), as I filmed the 6K panoramic video demo on Nexus 5 in my Finwe.fi video of last month:

Antelife.com Shenzhen Smartphone Online Store

Posted by Charbax – March 25, 2014

http://antelife.com is a Shenzhen based online store selling some of the best Chinese cheap smartphones offering shipping throughout the world, mostly shipping to Europe at the moment. Some of these brands make the highest quality Chinese phones based on MediaTek, Qualcomm, Samsung, Broadcomm, Spreadtrum, Marvell, Nvidia and whichever other ARM Processors get to be available through the low to mid-range Chinese Smartphone market. At Antelife you can find some awesome phones whichever your budget at sub-$100, sub-$150, sub-$200, sub-$250, sub-$300 and at sub-$350. They sell a bunch of the awesome and interesting Chinese smartphone brands including XIAOMI, Innos, ZOPO, THL, JIAYU, UMI, Inew, Pulid, VINUS, Feiteng, Mpai, Haipai, Lenovo, AMOI, ZTE, HUAWEI, Newman, Iocean, CUBOT, DOOGEE, Pomp, Xiaocai, Mlais, OPPO, Mysaga, JIAKE, HTM, Utime, Coolpad, VOTO, UBTEL, Ulefone and more.

HP Slate 6 VoiceTab and HP Slate 7 VoiceTab

Posted by juliusaugustus – March 23, 2014

The HP Slate Voice Tab 6" 1280x720 Android phablet with a Marvell PXA1088 quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 with 16gb of storage plus Microsd and 1GB of ram, dual sim card slots with dual standby, priced at 249 Euros unlocked when sold in Europe to be available in May with a variety of swap-able back covers available in different colors. The HP Slate Voice Tab 7 has most of the same specifications and the Voice Tab 6 but instead has a 7" screen. Both have front facing speakers and the ability to make phone calls, removable back cover but no removable battery. The HP Slate 7 VoiceTab sells for 229 Euros in Europe. Both devices include HP Datapass service to provide a free 250MB of 3G data per month in a select number of countries.

LG G Pro 2, 5.9″ FHD IPS, 4K recording, Snapdragon 800

Posted by Charbax – March 22, 2014

The LG G Pro 2, launching with a large 5.9" FHD display on Qualcomm Snapdragon 800.