Lenovo P90 Smartphone Announced With 64-bit CPU And Android 5.0

Along with the limited edition Vibe X2 Pro, the Chinese tech giant also launched the Lenovo P90 smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015 in Las Vegas. It is the first smartphone to utilize the combination of 64-bit Intel AtomTM Z3560 processor with Intel’s 5-mode XMMTM 7262 modem. It runs on the latest Android 5.0 (Lollipop) Operating System.

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Lenovo P90 comes with a 5.5 inch Full HD display, 13 megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front camera, gesture controls, advanced LTE connectivity and a huge 4000 mAh battery. This handset will be available in Pearl White, Onyx Black and Lava Red colors. The Lenovo P90 will go on sale from next month. The price of this device will be announced soon.

“The Lenovo P90 smartphone is an impressive addition to the growing portfolio of Intel-powered smartphones. As one of the first smartphones powered by Intel’s latest processor coupled with the LTE-Advanced XMM 7260 modem, people will enjoy exceptional speed and 64-bit performance that will provide users with a great mobile experience. We are proud to continue our work with Lenovo on this major milestone.”

– Hermann Eul, Intel’s vice president of Mobile Communications

Lenovo Vibe X2 Pro, Selfie Flash Accessory And E Ink Smartband Announced

Lenovo recently launched the new Vibe X2 Pro limited edition smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015 in Las Vegas. Lenovo also unveiled a selfie flash accessory and Vibe V10 wearable smartband which is compatible with this smartphone. The Lenovo Vibe X2 Pro packs a 5.3 inch Full HD display and a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa-Core processor, 13 megapixel front and rear camera with LED flash and much more.

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The rechargeable selfie flash accessory allows you to take up to 100 selfies in a single charge. It works by using 8 diffused LEDs to supplement available light for natural color tones, even in low light condition. The Vibe V10 wearable smartband features an E Ink display with up to 7-day battery life. The E Ink display on the smartband helps you to view the phone notifications even in sunlight.

The Lenovo Vibe X2 Pro will go on sale from April 2015. The price of this device will be announced before the launch. Vibe V10 Smartband will reach the global markets in April for $89.

“As lifestyles and everyday habits become more and more mobile, consumers today are looking to devices that deliver both performance and long lasting battery life in sleek, stylish designs. These are some of the driving forces behind our new range of mobile devices that offer blazing fast processing speeds, innovative new features and extended battery life to enhance the mobile experience of the most demanding users.”

– Shao Tao, vice president, Mobile business unit, Lenovo

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Asus Zenphone 2 And Zenphone Zoom Announced At CES

Asus just launched the successor of its flagship Zenphone smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015 in Las Vegas. The new Zenphone 2 is powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 processor which is touted to be 3.1 times faster than its competitors. Along with this device, Asus also unveiled the Zenphone Zoom, which basically comes with the same specifications apart from the 13 megapixel “Pixelmaster” camera which features a 10-element lens, f/2.0 aperture, zero shutter lag, 3X optical zoom and optical image stabilization.

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Asus Zenphone Zoom

Asus Zenphone 2 is the first device to sport a 4 GB RAM. Both the devices runs on the Android 5.0 (Lollipop) Operating System with Zen UI on top of it. This device comes with a new Kids Mode feature that allows the parents to take control over the apps and incoming calls on the device. Asus Zenphone will go on sale in March for just $199. This device will be available in Osmium Black, Sheer Gold, Glacier Gray, Glamor Red and Ceramic White colors. On the other hand, Asus Zenphone Zoom will be available for around $400 in Meteorite black and Glacier white colors.

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Asus Zenphone 2

Asus Zenphone 2 Specifications:

  • 5.5-inch full HD IPS display
  • 1920 × 1080 pixels resolution
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 2.3 GHz Intel Atom 64-bit Z3580 quad-core processor
  • Android 5.0 (Lollipop) OS
  • Zen UI
  • 13 megapixel rear camera
  • 5 megapixel wide-angle front camera with Pano Selfie
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Up to 64 GB internal memory
  • 128 GB external memory
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC
  • LTE support
  • 3000 mAh battery

Asus Zenphone Zoom Specifications:

  • 5.5-inch full HD IPS display
  • 1920 × 1080 pixels resolution
  • 2.3 GHz Intel Atom 64-bit Z3580 quad-core processor
  • Android 5.0 (Lollipop) OS
  • Zen UI
  • 13 megapixel rear camera
  • 5 megapixel wide-angle front camera with Pano Selfie
  • Up to 128 GB internal memory
  • 128 GB external memory
  • 5 GB Asus web storage
  • GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS
  • Dual micro SIM
  • LTE support
  • 3000 mAh battery

LG G Flex 2 is A Beauty – Smaller, Faster, and Prettier

LG has kicked off its CES with a stunner – the LG G Flex 2. While many believe that flexible display is the future of mobile, last year’s LG G Flex was at best a cool tech demo with unrealistic pricing and not so great specs. With the second iteration LG is hoping to have a genuinely compelling and unique smartphone.

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The biggest improvement in the G Flex 2 is the display. The display size has been reduced from the gigantic 6-inch to a more manageable 5.5-inch, while resolution has been bumped up from 720p to 1080p. The display is also supposed to be a lot brighter than before. The phone measures in at 5.87 by 2.96 inches and doesn’t feel massive thanks to the narrow bezels. The screen is curved to a 700 mm radius. LG claims that the glass is 20% tougher than Gorilla Glass 3. The G Flex 2 houses a 3000 mAH battery, which can be charged from 0 to 50% in just 40 minutes.

One of the unique features of the G Flex was a self-healing back, which allowed the back cover to it to ‘automagically’ repair bending as well as scratching. However, it often took up to 3 minutes for the phone to heal itself. With the G Flex 2, LG is promising a drastically faster heal time of 10 seconds at room temperature.

Under the hood, the LG G Flex is powered by Snapdragon 810 – the latest and greatest from Qualcomm. There’s 2 gigs of RAM, and the device will launch with Lollipop out of the box. There will be 2 variants with 16 and 32 GB of internal storage. Both will support expandable memory up to 128 GB. It will be available in two colours – Platinum Silver, Flamenco Red.

The camera seems to have carried over the enhancements introduced in LG G3. It’s a 13 megapixel with dual-LED flash, Laser Autofocus, and OIS+ (optical image stabilization). The 2.1 megapixel front camera boasts of Gesture Shot while is helpful while taking selfies.

The G Flex 2 ticks all the right boxes, and is undoubtedly a drool worthy device. However, the pricing will ultimately determine its popularity, and LG is keeping mum about the cost for now.

More 4K: 110” Monster from Westinghouse, Astounding 30” Monitor from LG, and Handycam from Sony

Ultra HD displays are clearly the next big thing as far as display manufacturers are considered, with 3D being suddenly relegated to the status of a secondary feature. During the first two days, we saw Samsung and LG announce gorgeous 55-inch 4K OLED TVs, Panasonic showcase its massive 20-inch Windows 8 table with a 4K display targeted at designers, and LG and Sony announce affordable (comparatively) smaller 4K displays. Ultra high definition displays represent the next radical improvement in display technology, and the good news is that 2013 looking to be the year where it will finally spread its wings.

Yesterday, LG announced a 30-inch monitor with an astounding resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels. Although, we don’t know the price of this little beauty, it will surely put a dent in your pocket. LG is billing the 153 ppi display as a professional monitor aimed at designers and artists. Viewsonic also displayed a 32-inch monitor with a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 that will be shipping towards the end of this year.

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Sony on the other hand is displaying a curious prototype that is labelled as a 4K handycam for consumer use. It’s not even known if the prototype works since its currently securely locked in a glass cage, but as per The Verge, it records 4K videos using the XAVC open-source format. To be honest, the 4K video recorder sems to be too big and bulky for most consumers.

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Last, but not least, Westinghouse stayed true to its word, and unveiled the biggest 4K TV in the world. Westinghouse’s 110-inch 4K TV is a good 25 inches bigger than its nearest competition. However, it comes at a price. The world’s biggest 4K TV will only be manufactured to order, and will cost $300,000, which is more than ten times the price of 85-inch and 84-inch 4K televisions from Sony and LG respectively.

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[ via The Verge and Engadget ]

Microsoft Gives Us a Glimpse of the Future of Gaming with Its Stunning and Uber-cool Illumiroom Project

Yesterday, during Samsung’s CES keynote, Microsoft’s Eric Rudder made a brief appearance to demonstrate Microsoft’s vision for extending computing interactions. Rudder, who is Microsoft’s Chief Technology Strategy Officer, revealed a Microsoft Research project called Illumiroom that takes advantage of surfaces around your display to augment and enhance your experience.

Illumiroom uses Kinect for Windows camera to scan your environment, and then uses a projector to project an extension of the image being displayed on the screen onto the walls and other surfaces. Illumiroom uses the appearance and the geometry of the room (captured by Kinect) to adapt the projected visuals in real-time without any need to custom pre-process the graphics. The most obvious application of this is gaming. However, this technology could find its way onto a lot of different segments. Microsoft has published a video that shows Illumiroom in action with games like Red Eclipse and Supertuxkart, and the effect is simply stunning. Illumiroom projects your gaming environment onto external surfaces in your room and provides an experience that is both immersive, engrossing, and uber-cool.

Microsoft has already patented the concept behind Illumiroom, and a is promising to publish the research paper at ACM CHI 2013.

ZTE Grand S Announced; Comes With 5 Inch 1080p Display, S4 Pro, 2 GB RAM

Last year, the images and specs of the ZTE Grand S was leaked a number of times. Recently, the Chinese mobile phone manufacturer finally launched its very own 5 inch smartphone, the ZTE Grand S at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas. This handset runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System and it packs a 5 inch 1080p display (similar to the recently launched Xperia Z), 1.7 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM.

ZTE Grand S is currently the slimmest 5 inch smartphone with just 6.45 millimeters thickness. Sadly, this handset comes with a 1780 mAh non-removable battery. We have no idea what the manufacturer was thinking before creating this beast with such a disappointing battery.

Mr. Kan Yulun, Corporate Vice President of ZTE Corporation and CTO of the ZTE Mobile Device Division, said,
“The ZTE Grand S gives our customers the latest in technology, functionality and style. We understand that today’s consumers call for advanced features and state-of-the-art multimedia options in their handsets, and the ZTE Grand S confidently addresses those demands. It is fitting that we can announce the world debut of the ZTE Grand S at CES 2013, the world’s largest annual innovation event.”

ZTE Grand S features a 5 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 13 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio, GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 2.1 + A2DP, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, DLNA, NFC (Near Field Communication) and a 1780 mAh non-removable battery.

ZTE Grand S measures 142 x 69 x 6.9 mm and weighs 170 grams. This handset will go on sale in China from Q1 of 2013. The price of this device will be announced in the coming weeks.

Samsung and LG Announce World’s First Curved OLED TVs

We have been seeing lots of new and exciting televisions in this year’s CES, and the competition is extremely stiff. On Tuesday, Sony’s reveal of the world’s largest OLED 4K TV was matched by Panasonic within hours. Yesterday, we saw the same scenario playing out with Samsung and LG.

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Samsung was the first off the block, with its “world’s first curved OLED TV” announcement. The massive display measures in at 55-inches, and has a curved texture that Samsung reps termed as “IMAX feel”. Being a OLED, the display is expected to offer fantastic color reproduction and crisp and vivid images.The curved OLED is scheduled to be released during the second half of the year. However, other than that, we know precious little about Samsung’s gorgeous new display.

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Soon after Samsung’s announcement, LG announced its own 55” curved OLED TV. The LG EA9800 promises the same panoramic, immersive viewing experience as Samsung; however, it will also be capable of displaying 3D content. Once again, LG didn’t reveal any specifications or release information. However, given the epic rivalry between the two Korean giants, it’s reasonable to guess that LG’s display will hit the markets round about the same time as Samsung’s curved OLED.

More 4K TVs and a 4K Windows 8 Tablet

After dominating discussions on day 0 of CES, 4K continued to be a buzzword on day 1. Panasonic stole the show with its 56-inch 4K OLED TV, which promised rich vibrant colors that we have come to expect from OLED displays on a large form factor with an insanely high resolution. The 56-inch beauty is also stunning to look at, measuring in at less than 0.5 inch thick. Unfortunately, much like its competitor Sony’s offering, Panasonic’s 4K OLED is still in prototype stages. Panasonic refused to divulge either price or release date. However, Panasonic did reveal that, somewhat curiously, it is using 3D printing technology in the manufacture of the displays.

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The other 4K entry from Panasonic was a tablet. At 20-inches, Panasonic’s tablet doesn’t quite fit within Steve Jobs post-PC vision; however, Panasonic has shown before that it is comfortable operating in niche markets that other manufacturers often ignore. The gigantic tablet is meant for artists and designers, for whom the big display with extra-high resolution will really make a difference. Once again, we don’t have a release date or price tag for the product. However, we do know that the Panasonic tablet will be powered by an Intel Core i5, run Windows 8, and ship with a stylus and some sort of a cloud based collaboration tool. The battery is expected to last about a couple of hours.

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LG, which was among the first to introduce 4K displays, is demoing the previously announced 55-inch and 65-inch 4K televisions for the first time. Again, we don’t have any information on availability and cost. However, I would be really surprised if LG takes more than a few weeks to launch its new TVs.

[ Images via CNET ]

Tactus Touchscreen Can Morph into a Tactile Keyboard

The Consumer Electronic Show might not have the clout it used to possess a decade back, but the nearly fifty year old trade show is still capable of throwing up products and prototypes that offer a glimpse of the future. One such product on display in this year’s CES is the Tactus touchscreen.

Unlike most other touchscreen manufacturers of the day, Tactus isn’t attempting to compete on resolution, pixel density, vibrancy, etc. The distinguishing feature of the Tactus touchscreen is its ability to morph into a keyboard. Tactus’ Tactile Layer technology replaces the conventional cover glass of modern displays with a thin, flat, smooth and transparent cover layer varying in thickness from about 0.75mm to 1mm. This cover has multiple-layers. The top layer consists of an optically clear polymer, while the bottom layer consists of a number of channels filled with fluid. The fluid’s refractive index is same as the refractive index of its surrounding components, which makes it fully and evenly transparent when light from the display passes through. There are a number of micro-holes between the top layer and the bottom layer. Increasing the pressure of the fluid layer causes the fluid to push up through the holes and against the top polymer layer, making it expand in pre-defined locations. The state and shape of the buttons can be controlled by the software.

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Right now Tactus’ chief value proposition is being able to offer true tactile feedback on touchscreen keyboards. However, the technology can be possibly used for more demanding requirements including gaming. I don’t mind my touchscreen keyboard, since I love Swyping on my phone. However, I would love to have a tactile game controller built right into my touchscreen handset.