Category: Smartphones

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Onyx Boox E Ink Phone at CES 2020, Boox Max3 Boox Note2 firmware 2.2.2 and more

Posted by Olga – February 8, 2020

This is the second E Ink phone BOOX released. The first one was called BOOX E43 and launched out in 2014 which I helped make famous here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTbkNld0sHE The new phone shown at CES 2020 features a 5.8" E Ink screen with 300PPI. It also has a front light with adjustable color tones, an octa-core processor, dual speakers, a microphone, a front fingerprint, and dual camera lens on the back, dual SIM card slots, or one SIM card and one SD card.

Other Onyx E Ink products are BOOX Max3 and BOOX Note2. BOOX Max3 features a 13.3” large E Ink screen, Octa-core processor, Android 9.0 OS, OTG support, 5GHz Wi-Fi, while BOOX Note2 has similar specs and a 10.3” display with front light.

BOOX also introduced the new firmware 2.2.2 they just released. There were a lot of great new features for its eReaders, such as full-page translation, scribbles on nearly all ebook formats, optimized user interface, and so on. Inspired by the users’ feedback and advice, BOOX gets a great number of ideas and launches a new firmware update for its eReaders every three to six month.

Linux on Cosmo Communicator, Shipping Update

Posted by Charbax – November 27, 2019

Planet Computers CEO Dr Janko gives an update on Shipping Status to Backers of the Cosmo Communicator and he said to look out for some great offers on Gemini and possibly Cosmo on Black Friday and Cyber Monday at http://store.planetcom.co.uk/ also Dr Davide shows a preview of the upcoming easy to use Linux multi-boot support inside Recovery Mode on the main Cosmo Communicator firmware to come in a next firmware update.

Cosmo Communicator shipping now to backers, Dual Display Backlit Keyboard Phone, MTK P70+STM32

Posted by Charbax – October 22, 2019

Cosmo Communicator is right now being mass produced and shipping out to the nearly 4000 backers of the nearly $2M Indiegogo project at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cosmo-communicator#/ here is an extensive interview with Janko Mrsic-Flogel, CEO of Planet Computers, the creator of the awesome Gemini PDA Clamshell Keyboard Phone (which I used for 9 months in 2018 as my main phone) and now following that up with the Dual Display Cosmo Communicator, integrating dual-SIM 4G LTE, supports Android 9, Sailfish and other Linux operating systems to come with a multi-boot support, a full physical backlit keyboard, dual colour touchscreen displays, 24MP camera, external 1.91" touchscreen when the phone is closed and a large 6" internally when the phone is opened in full productivity mode. It also integrated a toggle switch with backside fingerprint reader for quick secure unlocking. In this video, Janko shows some of the features supported on that secondary 570x240, 300ppi, 1.91" external display which runs Free RTOS separately on an STMicroelectronics STM32 processor. With supported interactions such as music control, phone dialing, quick dialing, notifications and much more. The new processor is the MediaTek P70 Quad Arm Cortex A73 with Quad
Arm Cortex A53 with an Arm Mali G72 MP3 GPU.

BOE 12.3″ Rollable Phone, 7.7″ Foldable Phone, 65″ BD LCD, Printed OLED, 8K VR, Automotive, mini-LED

Posted by Charbax – June 15, 2019

At SID Display Week 2019, BOE shows their latest 12.3" Rollable Phone, 7.7" Foldable Phone, many other flexible displays, UHD displays, micro-displays, other world-leading technologies and innovative applications such as their Smart driving experience brought by flexible display for the Internet of Vehicles (IoV) comprising a smart driver cabin and a spliced display screen of three units in three rows with only 0.99 mm bezels allowing visitors to experience a brand-new in-car display solution of the future. In addition to flexible display applications, BOE also displays the world-leading UHD display solution called the BD CELL UHD display which features an ultra-high static contrast ratio of up to 1,000,000:1, a bit depth of 12 bit, and a black field brightness of less than 0.003 nits, BOE also presents a host of 8K products, including 75" 8K 120Hz display, a 3.5" 8K VR display, and 0.39" 8K spliced VR display. Under the "8425 Strategy" (promote 8K, popularize 4K, replace 2K and make good use of 5G), BOE is now speeding up the application of 8K in many fields. Other leading-edge technologies and solutions that BOE shows at this show include the first ever HDR notebook featuring mini-LED, the 15.6" oxide display with an ultra-high refresh rate of 240Hz, the 55" inkjet-printed 4K OLED display, the 0.39" micro-OLED AR display that enjoys the world's largest pixel density of 5,644 PPI.

In the smart Automotive cabin, the information required for smart travel becomes part of the actual scene with the help of AR technology, the head-up display (HUD) can project useful information such as speed per hour and navigation onto the front windshield for the driver's reference. In addition, BOE replaces the conventional in-car LCD with flexible display. The 12.3" three-unit flexible display is backed by the OLED pixel compensation circuit technology developed by BOE, which can effectively improve the brightness uniformity of mid-sized OLED displays and provide better audiovisual experience for car users, BOE applies flexible AMOLED displays to transparent A-pillars, rearview mirrors to solve the problem of driver's blind spots in automotive design. The flexible display can perfectly match the shape of the A-pillar and show data with delay shorter than one millisecond. With the help of camera, the images blocked by the A-pillar can be shown on the flexible display, thus eliminating blind spots in the field of view. By applying flexible display, the rearview mirror can also be customized according to the interior shape of the car. BOE's smart cabin is equipped with a 6.39" flexible display as a built-in rearview mirror, which makes it safer to drive the car even on rainy and snowy days, BOE also exhibited some innovative applications of in-car display, such as center console solution that supports gesture-based interaction and V-shaped mini-LED for cars. BOE's high-end in-car display panels have been supplied to automakers in the United States, Germany, the UK, Japan and South Korea.

CLEARink ePaper 2.0 at SID Display Week 2019

Posted by Charbax – June 14, 2019

CLEARink ePaper 2.0 won the People’s Choice Award at SID’s Display Week 2019. They're showing ePaper 2.0 for the first time, reflective displays using Electrophoretic Total Internal Reflection (eTIR), which has the goodness of previous ePaper technologies including sunlight readability, low power, along with color and video. CLEARink demonstrates 9.7” displays with 1:16 contrast, 227 dpi, 4096 colors with and without front light, monochrome and color modes running video content, 16 levels of gray, driven by less than 5V. Interview with Frank Christiaens CEO and Sri Peruvemba CMO.

Open Source Android Kernels with Todd Kjos of Google and Bero

Posted by Charbax – March 24, 2019

Todd Kjos of the Android Kernel team at Google, and Bero of the Linaro Mobile Group, talk at Linaro Connect Vancouver, they talk about running Android on the mainline kernel, trying to get closer to mainline, enabling test boards and devices to run mainline Linux. Getting some of the Android specific things that were kept out of the tree into the Linux tree.

Samsung Galaxy S10 teardown, reveals the Samsung Exynos 9820

Posted by Charbax – March 14, 2019

ChipRebel has provided this video of their teardown of the Galaxy S10 (also see their Exynos 9820 photos here: https://www.chiprebel.com/exynos-9820/) which has the 8nm LPP Exynos 9820 with Samsung's dual custom cores, dual ARM Cortex-A75 and quad ARM Cortex-A55 and Mali-G76 MP12 GPU and Samsung's most advanced NPU. With LTE Category 20 for up to 2.0Gbps download speed with 8x carrier aggregation (CA) and up to 316Mbps upload speed support. This phone amazingly can support encoding and decoding of of up to 8K30p.

You can find the High-res images of Samsung's Exynos 9820 SoC inside the Galaxy S10 at https://www.chiprebel.com/galaxy-s10-teardown/ and you can subscribe to ChipRebel on YouTube here

€2299 Huawei Mate X Flexible phone, with keynote

Posted by Charbax – March 10, 2019

Huawei unveiled their Huawei Mate X flexible foldable phone, the best such flexible phone demonstration yet, though they launch it way way too expensive at €2299. On the other hand they were able to position the flexible display based phone as the ultimate phone one would be able to get, pushing the industry towards making this form factor popular sooner rather than later. This might be a flexible display provided to Huawei by BOE, I filmed BOE's flexible displays for phones here and here you can also see all my other flexible display videos that I have been filming for the past several years here

€449 Xiaomi Mi 9, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, €599 Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, MWC 2019 keynote

Posted by Charbax – March 7, 2019

Xiaomi Mi 9 is launched at €449, runs on the 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, with a 6.39" display, triple cameras including a 2x telephoto optical zoom lens, it can record 4K60 and comes with a 3300 mAh battery. The 5G version of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is also to be available at €599. This video includes my highlights filmed at the Xiaomi Mobile World Congress 2019 keynote which you can also watch the official full video of here.

€299 Archos Diamond bezel-less, Archos Oxygen, Smart Speakers, Smart Lights and 101S Oxygen Tablet

Posted by Charbax – March 7, 2019

Archos Diamond has a 6.39" HD+ 2160x1080 AMOLED display, powered by the MediaTek Helio P70 ARM Cortex-A73/A53 octa-core CPU with an ARM Mali-G72 GPU. Archos Oxygen 68 at 149eur, 63 at 129eur, 57 at 99eur. Archos also shows their Amazon Alexa smart speakers, the 19.90eur Archos Smart LED Lights that work with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Archos 101S Oxygen Tablet based on MediaTek X20 deca-core with 3GB RAM and 32GB Flash, comes with a special charging and speaker dock.