Category: Smartphones

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium, 4K HDR, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

Posted by juliusaugustus – March 2, 2017

Sony Xperia XZ Premium is Sony's new high end Android smartphone with a premium design and premium features such as being the world's first smartphone with a 5.46" 4K HDR display, uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM, 64GB Flash, MicroSD, single or dual SIM. With a 19Megapixel back camera and 13Megapixel front camera with ultra slow motion recording support of 960fps in 720p. The XZ Premium can also be used for some pretty impressive 4K HDR VR.

Android Continuum: OXI by Auxens with Laptop Dock (Nexdock) with Vernee Apollo 2 on MediaTek X30

Posted by Charbax – February 28, 2017

At the Vernee booth, as Vernee is the first to announce their upcoming 10nm Vernee Apollo 2 smartphone, running on the Helio-X25 in the Vernee Apollo, they are introducing their French startup software partner Auxens presenting the OXI Android OS Android Continuum platform! OXI is a slightly modified Android OS (adding in a few extra APIs to the normal Android firmware), it can display a desktop-like user interface with multitask features such as multi resizable windows, desktop, notifications, "Start menu" and more. It can also display this interface on the external display using DisplayLink, wireless (miracast or chromecast) or by mhl or slimport. Meanwhile the smartphone screen is still completely usable and independent, with regular Android. OXI is compatible with any current Android app. It doesn't require any specific action from the apps developers.

Auxens has posted some more info in some posts are at:
https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/general/rom-oxi-smartphone-computer-oneplus3-t3558293
In French: http://forum.frandroid.com/topic/254304-alpha-oxi-et-le-smartphone-devint-pc/
http://www.phonandroid.com/forum/oxi-et-le-smartphone-devint-pc-t166635

MediaTek Helio X30, 10nm Tri-Cluster 10-core dual ARM Cortex-A73, quad ARM Cortex-A53, quad ARM Cortex-A35

Posted by Charbax – February 28, 2017

MediaTek's Tri-Cluster 10-core design features dual-core ARM Cortex-A73 at up to 2.5GHz, quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 at up to 2.2GHz and quad-core ARM Cortex A35 at up to 1.9GHz, with some really interesting features including low heat, high performance, 4K HDR, 4G LTE-Advanced WorldMode modem that uses 3x Carrier Aggregation with performance of 450MBit/s.

MediaTek Helio X30 increases performance by up to 35% and saves power by up to 50% over the MediaTek Helio X20.
CorePilot 4.0 with Centralized, Intelligent Task Scheduling, Thermal The 10nm fabrication by TSMC increases performance by up to 22% and saves power by up to 40% versus 16nm.

The 450MBit/s with 3x Carrier Aggregation downstream and 150Mbit/s with 2x Carrier Aggregation upstream for high volume content streaming and reliable connectivity. Category 10 4G LTE-Advanced WorldMode modem features new ETM 2.0 and TAS 2.0 technologies that saves battery power in everyday use by up to 35%, and up to 45% on multimedia specific scenarios.

X30 features Imagiq 2.0 with two 14-bit ISPs supporting 16+16MP dual camera functionality allows such as wide+zoom combination lenses allow real-time depth of field effects, fastest auto exposure, improved real-time denoise in low-light conditions. X30 Vision Processing Unit (VPU) paired to the Image Signal Processors (ISP) that provides a dedicated processing platform for numerous camera features, freeing up the CPU and GPU and saving power. Key advantages include:
- Programmability and Flexibility: The VPU provides a platform that allows brands the ability to customize camera functionality and drive product differentiation.
- Huge Power Reduction: The VPU is a dedicated camera-assisting hardware unit it has the ability to perform real-time processing functions, that were typically assigned to CPU or GPU, with only 1/10th power usage.
- Performance Boost: The VPU can still be used in isolation or as part of a team with the CPU/GPU, employing heterogeneous computing on same memory subsystem for advanced system or multi-application/function tasks.

The Helio X30 is the World's first mobile SoC to bring a power efficient, hardware-based HDR cinema viewing experience to mobile devices. While other newly announced 4K HDR Smartphone SoCs might be doing the 4K rendering work in software, the X30 does it in hardware. 4K HDR10 standard offers a dynamic range of up to 10,000 nits. Paired with the latest, premium display technologies yields a never-seen-before quality and a true-to-life viewing experience.

Imagiq’s Dual Camera Zoom offers 2x optical zoom in a super slim form factor.
ClearZoom and Temporal Noise Reduction (TNR) technologies enable a sharp, crisp digital zoom up to 10x magnification.
Works for both video and photography.

MiraVision EnergySmart Screen is MediaTek's advanced power saving technology for mobile displays, reducing power consumption (up to 10% of device's total power or up to 25% of panel power, depending on brightness) while preserving viewing experience.

Instant AE
MediaTek Instant Auto Exposure (AE). The dedicated Camera Control Unit (CCU) hardware delivers considerably faster, automatic exposure adjustment when environmental lighting conditions change suddenly. AE convergence speed is up to twice as fast as competitive auto exposure performance.

Up to 8GB LPDDR4X
4x16-bit LPDDR4X 1866MHz memory is up to 50% more power efficient than previous generation LPDDR3, while also delivering up to 50% more performance.
Unique GPU Design: Deep MediaTek-Imagination Co-operation

The fully customized IMG PowerVR 7XTP-MP4 @ 800MHz is designed for lowest power usage while still delivering incredible performance. It saves up to 60% power versus while increasing performance by up to 2.4 times compared to the Helio X20.
Deep Learning

Access to MediaTek’s deep learning SDK featuring support for Caffe and Google’s TensorFlow frameworks, opening up the latest in machine intelligence to developers.

Motorola Moto G5 Plus, Snapdragon 625, 5.2″ FHD IPS

Posted by juliusaugustus – February 28, 2017

Motorola Moto G5 Plus is the 5th generation of the popular G series budget Moto smartphone. The G5 has a metal back in fine gold and lunar grey for a more premium look. The Motorola G5 Plus has a 5.2-inch FHD IPS display, LTE, 2GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor. The G5 has a 12 MP back camera with 4K recording. There is also quick charging. The G5 Plus comes in two capacities 32GB or 64GB with microsd. The fingerprint sensor can be used with gestures removing the need for onscreen navigation buttons. The price will probably be at or below $249.

$90 DOOGEE Shoot 1, 5.5″ FHD, MT6737

Posted by juliusaugustus – February 28, 2017

The shoot 1 from DOGEE is a their latest entry level Android phone with a Sharp 5.5" (full hd) display, MTK MT6737 64bit Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 with Mali-T720MP2 GPU, an 8mp front camera, 13mp + 8mp back camera, 16b of rom and 2gb of ram. The price for Shoot 1 can be around $90 for distributors who buy 100 - 1000 pieces depending on the country.

LG G6

Posted by juliusaugustus – February 27, 2017

The LG G6 is the latest flagship phone from LG. The LG G6 features a 5.7" (2,880 x 1,440) screen with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The Unique aspect ratio of the LG G6 enables having two screens at once. The LG G6 also has a minimal bezel which ensures the as much of the device as possible is screen. The G6 features a Snapdragon 821 processor. There is 32GB storage, microSD expansion, and 4gb of ram. For connectivity there is USB type C 3.1 with Quick Charge 3.0, NFC and LTE of up to 600 Mbps. There is a dual 13mp camera on the back 5mp camera on the front. The LG G6 is a dustproof and waterproof up to IP68. The vbattery is no longer removable and the design is no longer modular. The price and release date are to be determined and vary by region.

$299 Miraxess Mirabook 13.3″ Laptop Dock for Andromium Type-C Smartphones

Posted by juliusaugustus – February 25, 2017

The Miraxess Mirabook turns your smartphone into a 13.3" laptop. The device works with Android or Windows Smartphones through USB type C and charges your phone. The battery life is said to be 24 hours. The Mirabook features HDMI, USB Type C, and an SD Card Reader I/O for and Premium speakers. The device is a prototype with a target price of $299 and availability to be announced.

DisplayLink over USB: 6x 4K60p, Chromebooks, Android, Continuum, wireless HTC Vive and more

Posted by Charbax – February 3, 2017

DisplayLink is showing some of their latest demos, here featuring a smooth wireless HTC Vive experience using a DisplayLink dock connected with wireless 60Ghz video signal to/from the VR gaming PC, then showing daisy-chaining 3 DisplayLink docks powered by the DisplayLink DL-6950 chip, launching this Dock in the Targus Dock 160 launching for $249 at Amazon.com. DisplayLink engineered its algorithm to compress display over USB, it works with Chromebooks, Android phones, Windows 10, Ubuntu, Mac OS and more. DisplayLink got integrated with Chromebooks natively by DisplayLink's partnership with Google, and for Android you just need to run the DisplayLink Presenter app for it to work from most Android phones that have Micro-USB or USB Type-C, as long as those have USB Host function active in them. DisplayLink is well integrated with Windows 10 also at the core of Windows Continuum. They also demonstrate SiBeam for a wireless USB connector.

Graalphone 7″ mini PC with sliding keyboard, insertable mini Phone, Tablet 3-in-1

Posted by juliusaugustus – February 3, 2017

Graalphone is a sliding keyboard 7" FHD Windows tablet with stylus. The Graalphone has both an Intel Atom and ARM Processor. The graalphone has an Android phone which attaches to it. There are dual cameras for 3d recording functionality. The device is a concept and the target price is about $700.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 enables Gigabit LTE, 4K60p 360 live stiching, 6-degrees VR at CES 2017

Posted by Charbax – January 15, 2017

Here's a booth tour at the Qualcomm CES 2017 Booth, showing some of the features that Qualcomm is introducing with their 10nm Snapdragon 835 processor, the first processor to use the "Built on Cortex" technology ARM License. Qualcomm's 10nm Kryo 280 might be built (my speculation) on quad ARM Cortex-A73 and quad ARM Cortex-A53, but customized by Qualcomm with their own design features on top, or throughout, including also Qualcomm's own memory controllers and Qualcomm's new X16 Gigabit LTE Baseband system. Qualcomm X16 Baseband supports up to Gigabit 1000mbit/s download speed and 150Mbps upload speed. It can function over a mix of licensed and unlicensed carrier spectrum. At the Qualcomm booth, this video also shows off some of the other awesome features that Qualcomm is making available with Snapdragon 835, includingn HDR10 4K60p HDMI 2.1a support and potentially HDR ready displays for smartphones to come, Project Tango and similar depth sensing for 6-degrees of freedom VR experiences merging the virtual world with the real world, turning VR into AR. Some other new multimedia features include live real-time stitching of 360 video at 4K 60 frames per second (possibly encoding with H265) which could enable the most advanced 360 video recording, also possibly recording 360 audio. Then combining 3 microphones to design directional audio recording similar to a shotgun microphone, improving the electronic image stabilization functionality (now to version 3.0) and deep neural networks run on the device for integrating advanced computer vision in the smartphone.