October 29, 2013

LG announced their own curved smartphone, the LG G Flex

LG has announced their first ever curved smartphone, dubbed as the LG G Flex, it sports a 6" HD display and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. There is no word if this device will be available outside of South Korea. Anyway, one other thing that is special with the G Flex is that it has a "self-healing" feature on its back panel. From the way it sounds, it seems like LG has applied some nano technology into this device's rear a coating maybe or something. There is also no word about how much the G Flex will cost. Specs after the break.

October 23, 2013

The iPad Mini with Retina display

Together with the iPad Air, Apple has also upgraded its very successful iPad Mini. The tablet you see at the right of the photo above is the new iPad Mini now packing a 7.9" Retina display. And since this is an upgrade from the predecessor, the new iPad Mini (iPad Mini 2) sports the same A7 processor the iPhone 5S and the iPad Air sports. The iPad Mini 2 will be available in the US starting late November (no exact date) starting from $399 for the 16GB (WiFi only) up to $699 (WiFi only) for the 128GB variant. I will be posting a price list below for the other versions of the tablet.

The iPad Air

Apple has unveiled the upgrades of their tablets! First we have the iPad Air which will apparently take over the throne from its predecessor and will be the 5th iPad in Apple's portfolio (excluding the Mini). The iPad Air will still sport a 9.7" IPS Retina display but will have a pumped up CPU which is now the Apple A7 with M7 motion processor. The iPad Air, as what the name itself would suggest is lighter than the 4th gen iPad. According to Apple, the iPad Air is 28% lighter and is 20% thinner. With regards to its availability, the iPad Air will be available in the US starting November 1 for $499 (16GB - WiFi Only) and up to $799 (128GB -WiFi only). 

Nokia enters the tablet market too with the Lumia 2520

Aside from the two phablets, the Lumia 1520 and 1320, that Nokia has announced they also announced their first tablet dubbed as the Lumia 2520. So, finally, Nokia decided it is time for them to release a tablet a few months before the name "Nokia" disappears from the market. Anyway, like every recent Nokia smartphone, this device will be running on Windows, Windows 8 that is. It sports a 10.1" Full HD IPS LCD display and is expected to be launched in Q4 of this year. Let's see how this device will do in the market that does not really admire the tablet versions of the Windows 8 taking note how Microsoft is doing with their Surface line.

The Nokia Lumia 1320

Together with the Lumia 1520, Nokia also introduced their second phablet dubbed as the Nokia Lumia 1320. It does not follow, apparently, the usual high-end Lumia aesthetics which will then give itself away as a lowered-speced phablet offering from the Finnish phonemaker. But taking that notion away, the 1320 still packs a punch and like the 1520, it sports a huge 6-inch IPS LCD display but instead of a full HD resolution this baby has 720p of display resolution. No word yet on where and when this device is going.

Nokia enters the Phablet market with the Lumia 1520

Nokia, yesterday, announced a slew of devices in an event. They announced an update, I believe, to their Asha line of devices and three devices that mark their entrance to these devices' category. First is the Nokia Lumia 1520, one of two phablets Nokia announced which will apparently mark their first and entrance into the already crowding Phablet market. The Nokia Lumia 1520 follows an almost exact design with most flagship Lumias and runs on Windows Phone 8. The phablet is huge with a 6-inch HD display probably following what Sony with their Xperia Z Ultra. Anyway, the Lumia 1520 does not have a launch date yet.

October 14, 2013

HTC finally enters the phablet market with the HTC One Max!

After circulating around the internet for months now, the Taiwan-based phonemaker has finally made the HTC One Max official. With this announcement, HTC also officially enters into the phablet market. The HTC One Max, like what you would expect from a phablet, sports a huge 5.9" HD display and a 1.7GHz quad-core processor and is running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Samsung created and made the phablet market what it is now so it is only a norm when other phonemakers spit out a competing device and by competing it means in all aspects that market wants and the HTC One Max did not fail, not only it sports a fingerprint scanner (like that of the iPhone 5S) it also sports a stylus of its own. HTC is expected to hit the European and Asian markets by this week.

October 3, 2013

Google releases Chrome 30 to the stable world!

Google has released Chrome 30 to the world and if we follow how they name their major version of the browser, this will be the world's most popular browser's 30th major release. For those who have been following the developments of Chrome, they know that a "new" chrome came out with Chrome 29 with a new UI and lots of things changed here and there including a very integrated Google Plus. Anyway, Chrome 30 is out which is joined by its mobile version. 

October 1, 2013

HTC One unlocked version gets Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update

HTC has officially started rolling out to HTC One (unlocked) its Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update.  The update is pushed globally as reported but is being released region after region. For those who got their HTC Ones not via a carrier should be getting the update as you are reading this post. You can check if your phone has the update by tapping through Settings > About Phone > Software Update. If you do not have the update yet a little more patience is required, rest assured HTC will be releasing the update that weighs 560MB in your region. Cheers!