ZTE’s Nubia brand just launched the X6, a 1080p 6.44-inch Smart Phone. This Phone features top-notch specs and premium design with built-in storage up to 128Gb. Because of the big screen the phone might be nicknamed from some as “phablet”, a mix of tablet and phone.
The Nubia X6 phablet has a 7.9mm thin metal body with narrow bezels. The 6.44inches LCD screen has 1080p resolution that sets the pixel density at 344ppi. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 801 chipset running at 2.3GHz. The chipset is paired with 3GB RAM. ZTE Nubia X6 scores 27966 in AnTuTu Benchmark.
The rear camera features an 13MP sensor with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). The front-facing camera also has a 13MP sensor. You also can use premium phone cases produced by ZTE for this phone in multiple colors. The phone itself is available in 2 colors: silver and gold. The phone has a 4,250mAh battery and built-in storage with 32Gb storage that costs 3,000 RMB($485), the 64Gb option for 3,500 RMB($565) or the 128Gb option for 4,000 RMB($645). There isn’t a microSD card memory expansion option.
Booth tour at the MediaTek booth featuring their upcoming MT6595 with ARM Cortex-A17, the already available MT8135 big.LITTLE, this video also features MT5327 (4K TV Box), MT8639 (Miracast dongle), and the MT6592 Octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 already in full mass distribution worldwide.
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CSOT (China Star Optoelectronics Technology) shows their latest 4K2K LCD screens, which they are right now manufacturing in their Shenzhen-based 8.5th generation LCD factory. They currently make about 10 million screens per year. Their LCD panels are used by Chinese brands Skyworth, TCL and Hisense among others.
This is perhaps the best looking MediaTek MT6589 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 phone that I have seen yet out of China. I don’t know where the Vivo brand comes from, but this phone is kind of impressive although it is kind of expensive for a MT6589 phone. It includes DAC audio using on-board Cirus Logic chip which provides quite high quality sound.
AUO debuts their 5-inch FHD OLED smartphone display with a 443ppi pixel density, as well as they are showing off a full range of smartphone displays from 5″ to 5.7″ adopting AHVA technology with LTPS production process, or Hyper LCD technology, with resolutions of 1080p, 720p, providing super narrow bezel with 1mm-width from display area to touch panel border. AUO is also some of their latest transparent and mirror displays for digital signage applications, for smart vending machines and other. For better touch screens, AUO is introducing One Glass Solution Touch, integrating the cover lens and sensor glass into the ultra slim and light module. The direct bonding manufacturing process simplifies the production procedure of the integration of the touch structure, panel and backlight to provide slimmer and lighter, high optical and anti-glare performance LCD modules.
You can now buy this Skyworth 50E780U 4K HDTV in China for under $1500. It’s for sale right now. $1453 (8999rmb) is just the official suggested retail price, it seems to be sold for as cheap as $1323 (8198rmb) online at taobao (which I think is kind of China’s Amazon).
This 4K display is made by Taiwanese Chimei Innolux, it’s sold by the Skyworth brand, the number 1 TV brand in China (in front of Samsung in China). The only sad thing about this 4K display is that you are only getting a 50″ size, not 55″ nor 65″, I have been talking about my wish of seeing sub-$2000 4K 55″ during 2012/2013, now we’ve got sub-$1500 4K, but for now it’s 50″. I’m seriously considering buying one of these for myself, if I can somehow have it safely shipped to myself in Europe with UPS or some other shipping method, do you think that would be a good idea or will I regret not having at least a 55″ screen size for my 4K home screen resolution? Maybe if I wait another 2-3 months, sub-$2000 55″ 4K screens are going to be broadly available? I am very excited about the possibilities of 4K displays, simply because the demonstrations of 4K at trade shows that I have seen over the past few years have always been the highlights of the shows for me. 4K is way, way more interesting than 3D. I also expect to be able to buy sub-$2000 4K camcorders later this year, maybe Panasonic is working on a GH4 with 4K high bitrate video recording resolution. And I am convinced that YouTube, BitTorrent and other online sources for above 16mbit/s compressed 4K video streaming or downloading can provide for awesome 4K video content online in the months and years to come. So I am not worried about 4K content. I am sure Hollywood already has digitized most of their movies in 4K resolution and it wouldn’t be hard for them to release them all in 4K as soon as the home movies industry decides how to release them, I’d say they should just turn on 4K video-on-demand right now. $20/month for unlimited 4K movie streaming/downloading/progressive-downloading, I’d pay for that Hollywood! To save on bandwidth costs, Hollywood should just use BitTorrent for their 4K VOD movie distribution. All 8 megapixel pictures can already provide for great 4K slideshows today. I would consider placing my 4K display on an adjustable arm that easily allows the display to be used for office use, home cinema use and when raised a bit higher it can be a constant amazing 8 megapixel slideshow display in the living room. I wonder though what will be with the 30fps limitation of HDMI 1.4a that is the 4K interface used by these new 4K displays, I wonder if a firmware update can transform those to a possible HDMI 1.5 with at least 60fps or maybe 120fps support and maybe also higher bitrate if needed. I’m also worried about the built-in ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core M-star processor system not being user-replaceable once faster processors get available, because the solution to the limitation of HDMI 1.4a would be to directly stream all the contents from Ethernet or USB, but if the built-in processor needs update for the user interfaces, the 4K Google TV UI that I am expecting and perhaps especially the video decode performance being upgraded in the future. There, I’d prefer if the ARM SoC platform was easily user replaceable in all new 4K TVs, that I think would make the 4K panels more future proof regardless what happens with the eventual limitations of HDMI. What do you think is the future-proof 4K solution to the current 30fps@4K limitation of current HDMI 1.4a?