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Sony Says Something Extraordinary Is On The Way

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CES 2013 is off to an outstanding start. NVIDIA has unveiled the Tegra 4, the mobile chipset with a 72 core GPU and their all-in-one gaming device dubbed Project SHIELD. Sony seems to want to kick things up a notch though. The company sent out an email say “The extraordinary is coming.” The emails goes on to say “in just three days we will introduce something extraordinary to the world and we can’t wait to show you what it can do. Stay tuned for more…” No doubt Sony is referring to the recently leaked Xperia Z and ZL, as we have already seen leaked photos of both models. Both devices are rumored to have 1080p screens with 441ppi (pixels per-inch) and quad core CPU’s.

While we will be seeing a whole host of 5-inch 1080p screens at CES this year, Sony’s email is mighty intriguing.

source: Xperia Blog

NVIDIA Tegra 4 specs leaked online

NVIDIA Tegra 4

NVIDIA Tegra 4

A presentation slide has recently been leaked online showing specifications of what is believed to be the next-generation Tegra SoC (system-on-chip) from NVIDIA, otherwise known as NVIDIA Tegra 4. The slide was reportedly first seen in China and that it currently bears a codename “Wayne,” according to a report from Engadget. It wasn’t revealed what kind of occasion Nvidia attended in China that it needed to make a presentation of its next-generation chipset.

If the leaks were accurate, among the information revealed are the following:

  • Nvidia uses 28nm processing process, which brings a lot of improvement when it comes to battery and performance, unlike Tegra 3 that used older 40nm process.
  • Nvidia Tegra 4 will be based on Cortex-A15, otherwise known as 4-PLUS-1 Quad Core Eagle.
  • It is believed to feature a 72-core graphics processor or 6 times the power of Tegra 3.
  • It supports USB 3.0. It conforms with speculations that next-generation tablets will be built with USB 3.0 support.
  • It features resolution as high as 2560 x 1440 pixels and 4K video playback.
  • It supports dual-channel DDR3L memory that may allow up to 2GB RAM.

The rumors about the next-gen Tegra chip started several months ago after many tech enthusiasts found that among all quad-core processors, NVIDIA Tegra 3 was the weakest performer. One of the reasons why is because Nvidia used 40nm manufacturing process but it seems like the company wants to regain its reputation using Tegra 4.

The company is believed to make its announcement during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in early January 2013. NVIDIA Tegra 4 will be competing against Samsung’s next-generation Exynos and Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon chipset. The year 2013 will surely be filled with more powerful smartphones and tablets with impressive display and more than enough RAM.

Until NVIDIA officially confirmed that there is indeed a Tegra 4 chip being developed, this information should be taken with a grain of salt.

[source: Engadget]

All Rovio HD Titles On Sale For 99-Cents!

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You may have thought Rovio would just be celebrating the holidays with their daily Christmas levels in Angry Birds: Seasons, but now the Finland-based company is offering up all of their HD games for a mere 99-cents on the Google Play Store. Unfortunately the deal won’t be lasting long, as the sale will be ending this Monday, December 17th. Make sure to hit the download link below to grab your free HD Rovio titles before time runs out. There’s no telling if Rovio will be doing another deal similar to this later in the month. Keep in mind that this deal is also available for iOS users and is not Android-exclusive.

On another note, at the time of this writing Bad Piggies is showing up as a free download.  Not the regular version of Bad Piggies either, it is in fact the HD version that is for free. What might be even more surprising is that Rovio’s latest title, Angry Birds Star Wars, is even on sale for 99-cents. A lot of companies don’t throw their recent games up for sale right after a big release (e.g. Ubisoft’s AC3 and etc).

You can read Rovio’s full blog post at the source link below. They’re definitely thankful for all of the fans they have and are sort of “giving back” by offering this astonishing deal!

Will any of you be picking up one of Rovio’s HD titles? Make sure to let us know which one you grabbed in the comments section below.

source: Rovio

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Full Rumored HD Smartphones From Samsung and HTC Supposedly Launching In First Half Of 2013

As you can imagine, 1080p displays seem to be the most sensible step in terms of advancing with technology in the mobile industry. HTC may currently be one of the only manufacturers that have an upcoming, listed handset touting a very high resolution, with both Samsung Electronics and LG looking to get in on this soon as well. What isn’t surprising, is that both Samsung Electronics and LG will be launching handsets with full HD AMOLED and LCD displays in the first half of next year. This could be a hint at full HD in Samsung’s flexible AMOLED displays that have — just recently — been pushed back to 2013. This is just speculation, but we were also expecting to see these flexible displays in the first half of 2013. That said, depending if Samsung’s 2013 window for launching these displays haven’t been pushed back as well, this could be a hint at flexible displays. That, or this news concerning the full HD displays could just be another confirmation of Samsung Electronics boosting their glass AMOLED display production.

With the boost in devices’ resolution also comes with a nice boost in ppi (if you didn’t know, ppi stands for pixels per inch, which is a measurement of the resolution for display screens). That said, we’ll be looking at a bit over 400ppi with these upcoming full HD handsets. As you can imagine, this is going to produce a stunningly beautiful display, which you might be able to gauge against Apple’s retina displays. Of course, at this point we are only able to speculate as to which devices from Samsung and LG will be the first to incorporate this type of display. This makes me wonder if the rumored Galaxy S IV will be touting one of these beautiful 1080p displays. Samsung’s rumored Galaxy S IV timeline is starting to make sense, if it should have an HD display. Rumors say that it’s set to release in March after the announcement at the Mobile World Congress.

Apple’s flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5, is very well known for how clear the images are on the device. It’s ppi (pixels per inch) is set at 326. That said, if Samsung and LG were able to increase their phones by a good 60 – 70 ppi, can you imagine how crisp and clear that would look compared to what the iPhone currently offers? You do have to admit that Apple is very good at providing some great displays, so if we gauge the 400 ppi against the 326 ppi iPhone, can you actually imagine how good that would look? I personally think that it may look even better than what the Retina displays currently offer, but we’ll just have to wait and see for official confirmation on that at the upcoming Mobile World Congress.

If Samsung and HTC release a full HD smartphone, do you think that it would look better than a Retina display based off of the ppi that it is offering? Will you be one of the people to jump on that bandwagon upon the launch date of these rumored handsets?

source: talk android

For The Casual Gamer: Air Control HD

Air Control is one of the more expensive games on Google Play. It is questionable as to whether $2.99 is a good price to pay for this application, as $1.99 seems more reasonable in terms of content that Air Traffic offers. In Air Traffic, you are the air traffic controller with the goal of helping incoming planes land safely on the ground. Air Control consists of a beautiful graphics engine, offering some crystal clear graphics. Heck, it might even be good enough to say that on a Super IPS+ display, it is almost like Apple’s Retina capabilities. It is that good.

Air Traffic also includes multitouch support so that you are able to play with friends, along with this, developer Four Pixels has included a new exclusive map that will take advantage of all that extra real estate you are touting on your tablet. Air Traffic is a very simple, and surprisingly addictive game. The trick to being the Air Traffic Controller is that it is your job to direct the airplanes safely to the ground with out colliding in various obstacles and avoiding head on collisions with other planes. It gets rather difficult as you continue on through the game, but you eventually get used to it, and at that point, are able to try and set yourself a personal high score. There are countless hours of addictive gameplay, and upon picking this title up, I think you would agree with me.

All of that said, there are also 5 different maps you can play on. Planes in Air Control aren’t just rehashes of other models, there are special and unique aircraft you can guide too, such as Sonic Jet’s and Zeppelin’s. Air Control also has both a classic mode and a unique puzzle game mode, which adds a slew of unique content for you to play through. Of course, after playing Air Control, you may just want to submit your high score to the online scoreboards. Air Control has that too!

Even though the pricing on this title is a bit expensive, I think you will get your monies worth if you fall into the addiction that this game is. Although there really isn’t a whole lot of maps and unique content for you to play through, you may just enjoy this title. This is definitely a casual game, as things move really slow in the game, eventually things begin to speed up, but still are pretty slow. It’s definitely not as good as its competitor “Flight Control,” but I think the HD graphics are well worth the buy. Of course, you may be undecided on that.

Flight Control has gotten a lot of good feedback from the press and users alike, which is what made me decide to take this for a spin. You can definitely tell that it is a take off of Flight Control, which originally was an iOS exclusive. Whatever the case, if you wish to buy and play this title, just hit the download link below, and it will take you straight to Google Play!

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Barnes & Noble Announces New Tablet Lineup

Amazon recently announced their entire new tablet lineup only a couple of weeks ago, and even launch a few new HD versions of their tablets just recently. With that said, Barnes & Noble is trying to stay in the competition and to do that, has just announced two new additions to the Nook lineup. The new 7 inch and 9 inch Nook HD+ tablets is what they have to introduce. The new 7 inch Nook HD will literally be known as the world’s most lightest and highest resolution HD tablet, while the new 9 inch HD+ will be known as the world’s lightest full HD tablet. The 7 inch Nook HD tablet will be starting at $199 and will be featuring a whopping 1.3GHz dual core chip, 1GB of RAM, a 1440 x 900 243ppi laminated display and will only weight 11.1 ounces. This new 9 inch Nook HD+ tablet will be starting at $269 and will be featuring a very nice 1.5GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 1920 x 1280 256ppi laminated display and will be coming in at 18.2 ounces.  The best thing about this new announcement is that owners of either tablet is going to have access to Barnes & Noble’s three million books and a massive selection of magazines and apps with the new NOOK Video and NOOK Catalog content.

The Nook has always had a pretty huge following from its loyal Barnes & Noble fans, but lately Amazon seems to have been winning these fans over with all of their new stuff. Barnes & Noble will have none of that though. It’s time for a new generation of Barnes & Noble technology, and will thus be offering tons of new features and content that you can check out over on the Barnes & Noble official website. As you can see, Barnes & Noble is also trying to appeal to the lovers of 7 inch tablets and almost-10-inch tablets, just like Amazon was trying to do. This, I think, is a fantastic move on Barnes & Nobles part, surely this will win some of their customers back, and they may not lose as much money as they did on the last generation of Nooks. Then again, stores like this tend to earn all of their money back through books and features.

Each of the tablets announced today are going to be available for pre-order today in the United States, while pre-orders for the United Kingdom will be available in the next month or so. Next month isn’t very far away, so there really isn’t a huge wait involved. We’ll make sure to keep you updated as to when Barnes and Noble makes the tablets available for pre-purchase in the UK.

Here’s the burning question(s) though! Do you think that Barnes and Noble will be able to outdo Amazon this time around, or do you think that Amazon has such a foothold in the industry that Barnes and Noble has no chance? Lastly, will you be purchasing this new tablet from Barnes and Noble or is the new HD Kindle Fire’s just something you’re sold on?

source: talk android

Sony Xperia V LT25I starts shipping in December according to Swedish retailer

Sony Xperia V, which was officially announced in August, is rumored to debut in December. A Swedish retailer, which has a reputation of being accurate with the release dates it has published on its website, inadvertently revealed the device’s shipping date through its most recent listing.

Dustin.de published a page to promote Sony Xperia V LT25I on Tuesday. While Sony hasn’t revealed the official release date when this handset starts shipment, the retailer suggests shipping would start on December 3rd, at least, in Sweden and Europe. As of now, there is no information if the company has plans in bringing this device to the U.S. and whether or not it will tie up with US providers to subsidize Xperia V and make it more affordable for everyone who is willing to sign a contract.

Sony Xperia V is a water- and dust-proof Android smartphone that comes packed with Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chipset with a dual-core Krait clocked at 1.5GHz and integrated Adreno 225 graphics processor. Like Xperia Acro S, this is a solid mid-ranger and it offers 4G LTE connectivity. This feature alone would tell us Xperia V, if released in the US, would head straight to a carrier offering LTE bundles.

Sony also gave this handset a full 1GB RAM to complement its fast processor and 8GB internal memory with a complementary microSD card slot that supports up to 32GB external memory.

Aside from typical connectivity peripherals, Xperia V has all hardware necessary for Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality. This is in line with Google’s campaign to promote its Google Wallet mobile payment system. Devices released with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS are most likely to feature NFC.

Its display is not really impressive but decent. It makes use of Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 allowing a resolution of up to 720 x 1280 pixels or around 342ppi density. While it uses a typical TFT touchscreen, it supports up to 10 fingers multitouch.

Its battery provides 1750mAh but since it comes with a more stable version of Android ICS and power-saving display technology, it can be used up to 7 hours of straight talk time. Xperia Acro S has 1910mAh battery but it reaches only 6 hours of straight use because of its LED-backlit LCD screen.

Sony is yet to confirm if the rumored shipping date posted on Dustin.de is real. Moreover, the company needs to provide more information to the media about this device. The pricing is yet unknown to everyone but the Swedish retailer offers it for 4,299 Kroner or around $655 USD.

Source: Dustin.de | GSM Arena | Xperia Blog

LG Tacks On The Word “True” In The Optimus True HD LTE, Aimed At Samsung

The smartphone war between South Korean rivals LG and Samsung heats up again. This time the subject is HD. We’ve already seen the LG Optimus HD LTE in the form of the LG Nitro on AT&T however LG has snuck another word into the name of the phone and that word is True.

Why would they do that? Well according to Engadget we’re hearing that LG feels that Samsung’s HD isn’t actually true HD because of their pentile displays ala the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. LG feels their “Real Stripe HD” is actually True HD and that’s why they’ve modified the name of the already released device.

LG says that OLED has lower ppi than LG’s IPS because of the pentile structure. They contend that the Optimus LTE applies RGB stripe structure thus it’s “Real” or “True” HD.

We’ll be interested to see what Samsung will do with their next batch of displays.

more info at the source.

Sourve: Engadget

Galaxy Nexus Front Facing Camera Shoots 720p

UK owners of the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus have started reporting an interesting, and positive find, about the first Ice Cream Sandwich device and that is, that the front facing camera shoots 720p HD video.

This feature wasn’t highlighted by Google or Samsung at the press event where the Galaxy Nexus was released, and reports are just starting to show up now.

This could come in handy when taking self videos, leaving high quality video messages for friends and loved ones or for narrating videos shot with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

source: Phandroid