It was over a year ago now that we first heard about RIM’s plans to release a 3G PlayBook, but it looks like it is finally here, popping up on the UK BlackBerry site. Of course, since then it’s gone one better and delivered an LTE version, but if you’re in the UK, and want a little PlayBook action with data to go, you can order one today. Much like its LTE sibling, it comes with 32GB of memory, and gets the same faster 1.5GHz processor too. (The original was 1.0GHz.) The kicker here? The price, at around £420 (about $ 690 by conversion) this is only £30 ($ 48) shy of Apple’s 32GB WiFi and cellular iPad mini (at UK prices). On a positive note, while RIM might have had the 3G model lingering for some time, it did beat its own projections. But, with the UK now enjoying LTE, perhaps those interested in a PlayBook might campaign for the faster model to be added to the roster also.
The new new iPad hits stores Friday, but an early Geekbench benchmark reveals some interesting details. Apparently, at least per this one-off report, the 4th generation iPad uses a dual-core ARMv7 CPU with 1GB of RAM. Not surprisingly, this results in benchmark scores better than those earned by the iPhone 5.
The iPad (4th gen) and iPhone 5 seem to share the same amount of RAM; the CPU configuration is slightly different between Apple’s two flagship devices. The iPhone 5 uses an ARMv6 CPU running at 1.3GHz, which is better suited for a smartphone-type device. Although it’s not clear at this point which ARMv7 is inside the iPad (4th gen), the benchmarks speak for themselves: it’s more powerful.
The latest iPad thoroughly trumps the previously called New iPad, which runs a dual-core A5X running at 1GHz. The 3rd generation iPad scored 791 in Geekbench where the 4th generation earned a 1757, besting the iPhone 5′s 1571 score. Since the iPad mini uses a dual-core A5 of unknown clock speed, its score will likely be around that of the 3rd generation iPad.
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Nokia has announced the Lumia 820, their new Windows Phone 8 device. It has a 4.3 inch-inch (800 x 480 pixels)OLED ClearBlack display and is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. It has a 8MP Auto Focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Dual LED flash at the back that can record videos at Full HD 1080p resolution at 30fps and a VGA front-facing camera. Nokia Lumia 820 Specifications: 4.3 inch-inch (800 x 480 pixels)OLED ClearBlack display 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor Windows Phone 8 OS 8MP Auto Focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Dual LED flash, 1080p HD recording at 30 fps VGA front-facing camera 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable memory with microSD 4G LTE/ 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.1, GPS / aGPS, NFC 1650mAh battery with support for Qi wireless charging The Lumia 820 would come in comes in red, yellow, grey, cyan, purple, white and black colors with exchangeable shells that also adds wireless charging. More Product: goo.gl Subscribe: goo.gl Video Rating: 2 / 5Related Posts:
Sorry Nokia, consider your thunder stolen. It hasn’t yet made an appearance at Samsung’s big IFA press conference inside the Berlin Tempodrom, but Samsung’s first Windows Phone 8 device has just been made official thanks to a post on Microsoft’s Windows Phone Blog.
That device in question is the ATIV (Ah-TEEV, not EYY-tiv) S, a rather handsome new handset that sports a (sadly unspecified) 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing counterpart to boot.
Update (5:02PM ET): Neither Samsung nor Microsoft dug into what kind of processor the ATIV S has under the hood, but Qualcomm confirmed to PC Magazine that it’s an MSM8260A. That’s the same chipset seen in the U.S. variants of the HTC One X and Galaxy S III so the ATIV won’t leave you wanting for horsepower, but it means LTE is definitely off the table.
The spec sheet may not be the most riveting you’ll ever see — Windows Phone has never really required bleeding edge hardware — but the move puts the pressure on Nokia to unveil something tremendous next week.
The ATIV S features a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display swathed in Gorilla Glass, which may make it a bit of a handful (its size puts it right up there in Galaxy S III territory) — but there’s little question that Samsung knows how to make a big device feel smaller than it actually is. The fact that the ATIV S squeezes all that into a brushed aluminum 8.7mm thick chassis (the Galaxy S III is only just a hair thinner at 8.6mm) certainly doesn’t hurt. What really lends the ATIV some star power is that it’s the world’s first Windows Phone 8 device, though it may be a while before the rest of us get to see how well the software complements the hardware.
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We’ve been hearing about the Motorola XT907 — an LTE device bound for Verizon — for quite some time now, but we just got our hands on a full set of specs and even a few pics to go along with it. Let’s get started: the Droid RAZR M 4G LTE, as Big Red is planning to call it, will sport a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) Super AMOLED Advanced display — this will likely be the same ColorBoost panel we recently saw on Sprint’s Photon Q — as well as a dual-core MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera capable of taking 1080p video, a 3MP (yes, three) front-facing shooter, full GSM / UMTS / HSPA+ global roaming and 8GB internal storage with microSD support. Additionally, the RAZR M will offer NFC, Android 4.0 with a virtual row of navigation keys (much like the Atrix HD and Photon Q) and will weigh 4.44 ounces. Gorilla Glass 2 protects the display from scratches, while the back offers the same kind of Kevlar seen on the Droid RAZR and RAZR Maxx. So that takes care of the mystery behind this particular smartphone, and it’s quite likely we’ll be getting some quality hands-on time with it alongside the RAZR HD at Moto’s September 5th event. Check out the goods in the gallery below.
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That oft-rumored successor to the Sony Xperia S smartphone, the Xperia SL? Sony’s now officially listing the 4.3-inch GSM device as “coming soon” on its website, along with full details and specs. As it turns out, the initial leaks were correct — the SL is a slight refresh of the S, differentiating itself with an additional duo of color choices (silver and pink), a faster dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S3 CPU and Android Ice Cream Sandwich (up from a 1.5Ghz processor and Gingerbread). Aside from all that, it’s the same media-focused phone, loaded with the same 720p display and 12.1-megapixel shooter, that we reviewed in March of 2011. We can’t say we’re overly excited, but you’ll find more info from Sony at the source link below if you’re interested.
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We’re sure Samsung isn’t playing favorites… but after that rather extravagant product launch just the other week, it seems it’s released another phone to market with barely a streamer nor slice of cake in sight. The phone in question is the SHV-E170K, and will be coming to South Korea’s KT network. The handset was announced with minimal details, other than having a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD (960×540) display, LTE, 5-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel shooter up front. However, with a little bit of internet cunning (i.e. some discovered benchmark tests) SammyHub has determined that we’re dealing with a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 on top of Android 4 (TouchWiz’d by the looks of things). It should be out later this month, again, alas, potentially in its sister’s shadow.
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Pinch of salt time. As mobile manufacturers polish up those final test models ready for us to pore over in just a few weeks, someone’s possibly jumped the gun. What you’re looking at here are apparently benchmarks from the Galaxy S II Plus — yep, another incremental step-up for an existing Samsung device. According to the results, the phone will carry the same resolution screen of the original (800 x 480), but will purportedly be the first device to carry a dual-core 1.5GHz Exynos processor — placing it just ahead of even the Galaxy Note. Unfortunately, the benchmark read-out also lists Android 2.3.4 for the phone — a little old (and unlikely) when we’re seeing version 2.3.7 if not a leap to Ice Cream Sandwich. Benchmark results featuring a Galaxy Nexus with a 2GHz processor (possibly overclocked) has also got us all kinds of suspicious. We’ll be keeping our eyes on this one.
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You’ve likely seen the press photos for the LG Spectrum, but for those of you who’ve wondered what internals will power Big Red’s latest slab, worry no more. This replacement for the Revolution will feature a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 SoC, along with a 4.5-inch, 1280 x 720 IPS display and an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash. The rear shooter is capable of recording video at 1080p, and there’s also a 1.3 megapixel webcam up front. As you might’ve guessed, Ice Cream Sandwich will be nowhere in sight, but it’ll feature Android 2.3 all the way. Rounding out the specs, users can expect 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 16GB microSD card. Like the Revolution, the Spectrum supports LTE on Verizon, although its 1830mAh battery is a significant upgrade over the 1500mAh forebear. According to internal documents, we can expect a January 19th arrival. No word on pricing yet, but if you’re interested to see the complete spec sheet on this bad boy, make sure to hit up the source link below.
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