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  1. Great article Hecatae. Interesting stuff as well. Now I can see why you've been so into this recent low-end Qualcomm stuff :) One thing that strikes me - is MSM8225 basically the "LITTLE" chip that ARM announced as part of big.LITTLE? Because I haven't heard of the Cortex A5 before. Thought it had something to do with that family Ooootherwise. That MSM8227 is almost definitely going to be faster than any of the Snapdragon S3 chips.
  2. Budget Windows Phones, at last!

    Two morsels of cheap Windows Phone goodness for you today. First is news of a ZTE Tania price drop. As seen on Clove, the Tania will be launching at £199.99 unlocked on 16th February. £200 is a very decent price for a 4.3in smartphone, considering it also packs a 1GHz CPU and a sizeable chunk of that fee also goes towards licencing Windows Phone from Microsoft. The Tania’s direct competition is from the Nokia Lumia 710 here in the UK, which is £250 unlocked, but £200 PAYG. However, what if you want to go even lower in price? A report from TechRadar suggests that we will be seeing a lower specced Lumia appearing at MWC. The device, the Lumia 610, will apparently feature Windows Phone Tango, an interim version that will increase hardware support, presumably to allow for lower end devices. Hence we may see the 610 with a smaller, low res screen, or maybe a slower, cheaper CPU. Either way, it seems we may know by the end of the month. Tania: Clove Lumia 610: TechRadar Click here to view the item
  3. 'Smoked by Windows Phone' smoked by Android

    An interesting story of unfair play has arisen from SkatterTech. In the US, Microsoft is holding a “Smoked by Windows Phone” challenge: where a Microsoft store employee races your phone against a Windows Phone. If you beat the Windows Phone in accessing a function with your phone, you stand to win a &#036;1000 laptop, and if you lose they give you a choice to trade in your phone for a WP7 device. <br /> <br /> However, what happened to Sahas Katta, a writer for SkatterTech wasn’t quite as clear-cut as that. In a test to see who could bring up information about the weather in two cities would win. Katta with his Galaxy Nexus couldn’t believe his luck, as he had previously disabled the lockscreen and had a couple of weather widgets set up on the homescreen. Once the test started Katta unlocked his phone and proclaimed himself the victor.<br /> <br /> Sadly the Windows store team took issue with his phone though, and when a manager was asked they made up a term about the Nexus not show the weather for two cities in different states.<br /> <br /> It seems like Microsoft may have been a bit too confident about the speed of Windows Phone, but it is a bit of a slimy move to disallow a winner from claiming is prize. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds. Microsoft has offered a rematch and an apology, but I doubt they’d enter him into a contest where the Nexus could win quite as easily. The MoDaCo team think Microsoft should relent and give him his prize.<br /> <br /> EDIT: Microsoft have issued an apology and given Katta both the laptop and a free phone. It&#39;s amazing what a bit of bad PR can do&#33;<br /> <br /> Read the whole story at SkatterTech<br /> <br /> Click here to view the item
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  8. LG announce LG Cloud - more storage choices!

    There’s no shortage of cloud storage options around these days – Dropbox, Skydrive, iCloud, Box, the newly released Google Drive and many many more. So what do we need? Of course, more choices! Step in LG Cloud, a cloud storage solution for Android, Desktops and Smart TVs by a company probably least popular for its handling of software. The service aims to be a one-stop shop for uploading files, media and photographs. However, its handling of video seems to be the biggest draw. With support for 3D and transcoding videos on demand (so, a film uploaded in 1080p could be streamed at a lower quality for your phone over 3G, for example) it seems that it offers value there at least. The service launched on Tuesday in Beta, if you're in the market such things it would also be worth looking at Sony’s new service which launched last Wednesday: PlayMemories – which I admit I hadn’t actually heard of until I started researching for this story. It offers many of the same features, plus integration with the PlayStations. There are still some details like the pricing of more storage to be clarified, as well as the base allowance to start with. I’m just a bit skeptical in LG’s ability to handle anything software-wise. Their recent track record hasn’t really been satisfactory. Source: LG Cloud This item was promoted to the News page - click here to view.
  9. LG announce LG Cloud - more storage choices!

    There’s no shortage of cloud storage options around these days – Dropbox, Skydrive, iCloud, Box, the newly released Google Drive and many many more. So what do we need? Of course, more choices! Step in LG Cloud, a cloud storage solution for Android, Desktops and Smart TVs by a company probably least popular for its handling of software. The service aims to be a one-stop shop for uploading files, media and photographs. However, its handling of video seems to be the biggest draw. With support for 3D and transcoding videos on demand (so, a film uploaded in 1080p could be streamed at a lower quality for your phone over 3G, for example) it seems that it offers value there at least. The service launched on Tuesday in Beta, if you're in the market such things it would also be worth looking at Sony’s new service which launched last Wednesday: PlayMemories – which I admit I hadn’t actually heard of until I started researching for this story. It offers many of the same features, plus integration with the PlayStations. There are still some details like the pricing of more storage to be clarified, as well as the base allowance to start with. I’m just a bit skeptical in LG’s ability to handle anything software-wise. Their recent track record hasn’t really been satisfactory. Source: LG Cloud
  10. Exynos 4 Quad - the CPU of the Galaxy S3

    I don't know if it's entirely old, tbh. Tegra 3 is still on 40nm, positively old now compared to the Exynos. Only Intel have reached 22nm, I think.
  11. Exynos 4 Quad - the CPU of the Galaxy S3

    We pretty much know that Samsung’s May 3rd event will see the announcement of the Galaxy S3, but until then Samsung just can’t resist announcing things. The latest announcement comes in the form of the Exynos 4 Quad, aka the Exynos 4212. The biggest difference between the new chip and the one found in the Galaxy S II is that it’s, pretty obviously, a quad core part. Other features include it making use of a 32nm fabrication process, unlike the previous generation which used 40nm. This change should give better power efficiency to whilst allowing it to run faster and cooler. Samsung are also touting High-K Gate technology and dynamic voltage control, to further improve battery life. Otherwise, there’s not much new information here, but we’re glad to be given a spot of info when it comes to where we’ll find the chip – in the next Galaxy device. Samsung say: Source: Samsung Performance benchmarks that have leaked through Antutu and such make the Exynos look incredibly powerful. It'll be interesting to finally see how it stacks up against the Snapdragon S4 and the Tegra 3. This item was promoted to the News page - click here to view.
  12. Exynos 4 Quad - the CPU of the Galaxy S3

    We pretty much know that Samsung’s May 3rd event will see the announcement of the Galaxy S3, but until then Samsung just can’t resist announcing things. The latest announcement comes in the form of the Exynos 4 Quad, aka the Exynos 4212. The biggest difference between the new chip and the one found in the Galaxy S II is that it’s, pretty obviously, a quad core part. Other features include it making use of a 32nm fabrication process, unlike the previous generation which used 40nm. This change should give better power efficiency to whilst allowing it to run faster and cooler. Samsung are also touting High-K Gate technology and dynamic voltage control, to further improve battery life. Otherwise, there’s not much new information here, but we’re glad to be given a spot of info when it comes to where we’ll find the chip – in the next Galaxy device. Samsung say: Source: Samsung Performance benchmarks that have leaked through Antutu and such make the Exynos look incredibly powerful. It'll be interesting to finally see how it stacks up against the Snapdragon S4 and the Tegra 3.
  13. Galaxy S3 available shortly after launch?

    Techradar have a story about Samsung’s schedule around the launch of the Galaxy S3. From the sounds of it, we probably won’t have to wait too long after the announcement to get our hands on the device. A choice quote from the article: It seems pretty clear that Samsung intend for their new device announced on May 3rd (and we still haven't heard definitive word that it'll be called the S3) to be available soon after. Samsung must feel it's pretty necessary to keep the tremendous buzz it's generating by following up with supplies of the phone quickly. Source: Techradar This item was promoted to the News page - click here to view.
  14. Galaxy S3 available shortly after launch?

    Techradar have a story about Samsung’s schedule around the launch of the Galaxy S3. From the sounds of it, we probably won’t have to wait too long after the announcement to get our hands on the device. A choice quote from the article: It seems pretty clear that Samsung intend for their new device announced on May 3rd (and we still haven't heard definitive word that it'll be called the S3) to be available soon after. Samsung must feel it's pretty necessary to keep the tremendous buzz it's generating by following up with supplies of the phone quickly. Source: Techradar
  15. The Lava Xolo X900, the first of many devices based on Intel’s Medfield reference platform is out in India and has promptly been reviewed by the fantastic guys over at AnandTech. Many of you may not have heard of the Xolo and may wonder why it’s important to us outside of India. The answer is that it’s part of Intel’s method of quickly getting devices out to consumers - instead of selling their chip alone to your usual Motorolas and such, Intel are releasing the reference device to consumers. India got it as the Xolo, and here in the UK we’ll be seeing it as the Orange Santa Clara. This means that the review from Anandtech will be of the device Orange will eventually sell, albeit under a different name. As hinted, the biggest draw of the phone is that it’s powered by an Intel CPU. The Medfield chip contains a 1.6GHz single core Atom and a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU (similar to the GPU in the Galaxy Nexus, but clocked higher). The high clock speed and powerful x86 architecture allows the phone to power through browser benchmarks, but the single core wasn’t quite enough to beat out the Tegra 3 and Snapdragon S4 in most other tests. Overall the device was speedy, but it looks set to have a lot of trouble against next generation of ARM chips. Find the whole review on Anandtech, it’s a highly informative read!

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