Samsung I9000 Galaxy S Releases in Europe

The grand daddy of all Android phones currently in the market, the Samsung I9000 Galaxy S has been officially launched in European markets. However, this Android beast is delayed in US and the rest of the world. Samsung announced that I9000 Galaxy S will be available in other markets later this year.

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The Samsung I9000 Galaxy S, is the second handset after Samsung S8500 Wave to have a Super AMOLED screen and the first Android handset to have it. The Super AMOLED screens have better display under sunlight unlike AMOLED screens.

As I have already awarded this phone the title, grand daddy of all Android devices currently in the market, lets us peek in the hardware of I9000 Galaxy S. Samsung I9000 Galaxy S has a giant 4″ Super AMOLED multi touch capacitive screen with WVGA resolution. The processor inside is ARM Cortex A8 with clockspeed of 1GHz. It has a 512MB of RAM and will have Android 2.1 with TouchWiz UI from Samsung over it.

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Samsung I9000 Galaxy S will be available in 8/16GB versions and both will have expandable external microSD slot with 32GB limitation. It will have full suite connectivity with 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi 82.11 b/g/n. The Bluetooth version is 3.0 with A2DP. It will have a 5 MP camera with auto focus and will record 720P HD videos at 30fps. It will also have a secondary camera with VGA resolution. Stereo FM radio with RDS is also present. Digital compass and GPS with aGPS support is also present. Flash Lite 3.1 is present and support for Adobe Flash is expected in Android 2.2 update.

Samsung I9000 excels at everything and is a genuine all rounder. It will be available in black and grey colors and will be available in rest of the world later this year. The expected price is EURO 500.

Note: The Camera features has been edited. Apologies for wrong info.

Apple iPhone 4G to Record HD Videos

Apple iPhone 4G, which was all over web few weeks ago, is now confirmed to record HD videos (720p). The Apple iPhone 4G will pack a 5MP camera with LED flash.next-iphone-posterframe

Apple iPhone 4G has the sufficient hardware required for HD recording. The evidence of the HD recording was found in the code of iPhone OS 4.0 beta. After digging up the code, some fellows got this following video presets in the code:

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This makes the picture clear and confirms that the future iPhone will be recording HD videos. The likely candidate for the HD recording is the iPhone 4G because of the top notch hardware.

Whatever doubts are present in the mind of people regarding this, will be cleared on 7 June, when the next iPhone will be announced in San Francisco, CA.

(News Source & Image Source Gizmodo.com)

ARM Chip Converts SD Video to HD Video

Quartics Inc. recently showcased its VPU(video processing unit) which can convert 2D videos to 3D. The processing unit offloads the responsibility of rendering the video from the CPU, and applies real time enhancement and 3D conversion to the video being processed. This device was shown at CES and targets low-end laptops with minimal processing powers, especially the Intel Atom processor. The VPU can support upto 1080p of HD resolution encoding/decoding.

The best feature of this device is that it can transform videos from local storage, as well as a streaming source like Youtube or video-conferencing. The processor can up-sample videos in addition to converting 2D videos to 3D.

Given all that, if you think this thing will be a power hog, remember Quartics Inc.is looking at netbooks with low power requirement. It would probably respect this fact for its own good. The power consumption of the chip is assumed to be well under 10 watts.

The GPU supports only Windows XP and Windows 7 but is planning to include support for Chrome OS, given the fact that Linux based distros cover a huge netbook market.

The ARM chip QV1721 is already available for a price yet unannounced and is available only for mass buyers. The QV1721 is the heart of this VPU and has proprietary algorithms built into it for live image processing operations like noise removal, sharpening and other enhancements.