Rumor: iPad Pro with 2K Display in April and 4K Display in October 2014

Submitted by lalit on December 17, 2013 - 10:49am.

International Business Times is reporting that Apple is working on iPad Pro model that will feature 12.9-inch screen. The website is also reporting that “The tech giant will be releasing the device in April 2014 sporting a 2K display. Another model sporting a 4K display will reportedly come in October 2014.

Which we think is odd, because if Apple plans to release iPad Pro with 12.9-inch display why launch two different model with 2K and 4K display within six months. We believe if Apple releases a iPad Pro in 2014 it will come with 4K display only and the 2K display will be for the 9.7-inch model.

Business Times farther adds that the iPad Pro will provide very clear picture quality very similar to high-end UHD displays. 2014 will be a interesting year for Apple and the company will launch two very important high end products, that will change the way we look at mobile devices.

[Image Via iMore]


Samsung Galaxy S5 to Get QHD Display and Iris Verification

Submitted by lalit on December 16, 2013 - 6:46pm.

ZDNet Korea is reporting that next year Samsung plans to announce smartphone with QHD display and Iris Verification technology. QHD screen have 2560 x 1440 resolution, which is higher than full HD resolution 1920 x 1280 displays used by Samsung in their current top of the line Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3.

According to ZDNet, Samsung acquired iris verification technology this year and is now rushing to start mass production to compete with Apple’s Touch ID sensor on current iPhone 5s. Samsung plans to announce the new smartphone with QHD display and Iris technology at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February 2014.

Even though ZDNet doesn't mention that next generation Galaxy S5 will be brining these technologies to the market, but we think that as the Galaxy S series is Samsung’s top-of-the-line device it will be the first device to get these technologies.

[Image via ZDNet]


PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Sell More Than 2 Million Units in First 3 Weeks

Submitted by lalit on December 11, 2013 - 5:30pm.

Last week, Sony announced that they have sold over 2.1 million units of PlayStation 4 in less than 18 days and today Microsoft announced that they sold 2 million Xbox Ones in first 18 days. The main difference in the sales figure is that PS 4 is now available in 32 countries and Xbox One is currently available in 13 countries.

However, supplies of both the gaming consoles have been very limited and they are really hard to find in most countries. Both Sony and Microsoft says that they are working hard to get more supplies in for holiday season. But it looks like you will be lucky to get your hands on one of these consoles unless you live in US or Canada.


Qualcomm First 64-bit Mobile Processor Snapdragon 410 Coming in Q2 2014

Submitted by lalit on December 10, 2013 - 10:40pm.

Even though, Qualcomm executive called Apple’s A7 64-bit chip a marketing gimmick, the company has just announced that they will be following Apple and will launch a 64-bit chip in 2014. However, Qualcomm will target mid-range smartphones with their new chip rather than higher-end smartphones like Apple did with A7 chip.

The other interesting thing about the new chip is that Qualcomm will directly use ARM’s Cortex A53 CPU core in Snapdragon 410 and not their own custom-made ARM CPU core like they do in there high-end chips.The A53 architecture offers 64-bit ARMv8 instruction set, which Qualcomm’s custom Krait CPU doesn't offer yet.

The Snapdragon 410 will have new Adreno 306 GPU, support for 13-megapixel camera, 1080p video recording and LTE connectivity via MSM9x25 modem and RF360 Front end solution. This would enable smartphone makers to build single phone model compatible with most common LTE bands rather than multi-model approach required by previous generation chips.

Qualcomm will start sampling Snapdragon 410 in Q2 2014 and devices based on the new chip should come to the market in second half of 2014.


Not Just iPhones, iPads are Also Selling Like Hot Cakes in Japan

Submitted by lalit on December 10, 2013 - 7:38am.

Yesterday, we posted BCN’s report that 9 out of top 10 smartphones sold in Japan were iPhones. And today, BCN is reporting that 6 out of top 10 tablets selling in Japan are iPads. The survey was for the month of November.

iPad Air took 1st, 5th, 9th and 10th spot; and iPad mini took 2nd and 8th spot. iPad Retina mini wasn't in top 10 as it shipped in mid-November and Apple had only limited supply. Asus Nexus 7 was the other tablet in top 10 taking 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th spot. But that might change soon as iPad Retina mini is seeing unprecedented demand and reports are that supply of the new iPad Retina minis is improving. It will be interesting to see how tablet sales ranking will change in December.

[Via Forbes]



Samsung Introduces First 1 TB mSATA SSD

Submitted by lalit on December 10, 2013 - 5:34am.

Samsung has announced that it launching 840 EVO mSATA Solid State Drive line-up, including the industry’s first 1 terabyte mSATA SSD this month. Even though the mSATA drives are a quarter size of 2.5-inch SSD, it offers same level of high density and high performance.

“With the new mSATA SSD line-up offering up to 1TB of memory and an optimized software tool, we expect that consumers can enjoy high storage volume and performance on ultra-slim notebooks besides desktop PCs,” said Unsoo Kim, senior vice president, memory brand product marketing, Samsung Electronics. “We will continue to bring leading-edge SSD products and software solutions with improved quality and reliability, while working on offering higher consumer satisfaction and strengthening competitiveness of our branded memory business.”

The new 840 EVO mSATA SSD utilizes Samsung’s advanced 128 gigabit (Gb) NAND flash memory based on 10 nanometer class* process technology. To form a 1TB version SSD, a total of four flash memory packages are used, each package having 16 layers of 128Gb chips. Based on the advanced memory technology, the 1TB mSATA SSD comes in a thickness of 3.85 millimeters and a weight of 8.5 grams, which are approximately 40 percent and a twelfth of a typical hard disk drive (HDD) respectively.

The 840 EVO mSATA SSD line-up is available in 120 gigabyte (GB), 250GB, 500GB and 1TB, and achieves the highest level of performance based on Samsung’s proprietary controller and TurboWrite technology. The 1TB version offers 98,000 random read and 90,000 random write IOPS (Input Output Operations Per Second) , as well as sequential read and write speed of 540 megabytes per second (MB/s) and 520 MB/s, enabling complex multi-tasking for advanced users.

The 840 EVO mSATA SSD line-up will be available this month globally, and exact launching date can vary depending on the region. Samsung didn't announce prices for the new mSATA lineup.



9 Out of Top 10 Selling Smartphones in Japan are iPhones

Submitted by lalit on December 9, 2013 - 3:41am.

BCN, a company tracking consumer electronic device sales in Japan reported that iPhone 5s and 5c are in the first nine positions out of top 10 smartphones selling in Japan. Various iPhone 5s models occupied number 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 9th spots; and iPhone 5c occupied 4th and 8th spots.

The only non-Apple device in top 10 smartphones was Sony Xperia on number 10th. The sells survey was for the month of November and 76.1% of smartphones sold in Japan were iPhones, which was higher than 61.1% average for three months till October. Apple launched the new iPhone 5s and 5c in September and this jump in sales would indicate that the new models are selling well in Japan.

Few weeks back, it was also reported that over 50% of smartphones sold in US were iPhones for the month of October and Samsung Galaxy S4 was a distant third on most US carriers after iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in the smartphone race. [Via Forbes]



Sony PlayStation 4 Sells One Million Units on Launch Day

Submitted by lalit on November 19, 2013 - 2:55am.

Sony announced today that they sold one million PlayStation 4 on launch day. The new gaming console was launched on Friday November 15th in US and Canada and had very strong pre-orders.

“We are thrilled that consumer reaction has been so phenomenal,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. “We are extremely grateful for the passion of PlayStation fans and thank them for their continued support.”

Playstation 4 is already out of stock at many stores and Sony is saying that they are working hard to meet the demand. Sony will launch PS4 in Europe and Latin America in two week time, and in Japan in January 2014.


Biggest Flop of 2013 - Samsung Sold Less Than 50,000 Galaxy Gears Since Launch

Submitted by lalit on November 19, 2013 - 1:15am.

Even though Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear smartwatch with lot of pomp and show three months back and has continued large scale ad campaign for the smartwatch, reports are that they have sold less the 50,000 Galaxy Gears since launch.

Business Korea is reporting, Samsung Electronics released the Galaxy Gear in time for the wearable computing generation. Yet this product has cumulative sales under 50,000, with daily sales of only 800-900 units. These low sales values for the Galaxy Gear are far below the initial expectations of the industry.

It has already been reported that the return rates for Galaxy Gear smartwatch is very high, which would further indicate that the sales are even lower. Also, most reviewers have called the Galaxy Gear incomplete and a beta product.


iPad mini with Retina Display Available Starting Today

Submitted by lalit on November 12, 2013 - 9:14am.

Apple announced iPad mini with Retina display is available starting today. The new iPad mini brings all the pixels from the 9.7-inch iPad to its 7.9-inch screen, delivering razor sharp text and detail in an amazingly thin and light design. It features the powerful and power-efficient Apple-designed A7 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture, ultrafast wireless with faster built-in Wi-Fi and expanded LTE cellular connectivity, iOS 7 featuring hundreds of great new features and access to all 475,000 apps designed specifically for iPad.

“The response to iPad Air has been incredible, and we’re excited for customers to experience the new iPad mini with Retina display,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We think customers will love both of these thin, light, powerful new iPads, and we’re working hard to get as many as we can in the hands of our customers.”

iPad mini with Retina display is available to order through the Apple Online Store to ship or through Personal Pickup at Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

You can get more information about the new iPad mini on Apple’s website.