Through the CES cracks: the eInk/LCD dual-screen YotaPhone

CES is a mad house. It is so big, with so many vendors, and so many products being shown off, that it is impossible to see everything even if you are focused only on one section of it (we completely ignore all of the home theater equipment, automotive, TVs, cameras, and non-mobile PCs). With that in mind, we wanted to tell you about one very interesting prototype device that fell through the cracks: the dual-screen YotaPhone...

Jan 17, 2013, 11:19 PM,  by Michael H.,  4 comments
featured Polaroid M10 hands-on

Design-wise, it tries to sprinkle a shaving of premium, but it doesn’t take us long to know that it’s sporting a plastic body that’s emulating the look of a metal one. So yeah, the design is hardly a head turner in this day and age. Powering this fuller offering is a quad-core Cortex A7 processor with 1GB of RAM, which seems sufficient enough to handle...

Jan 17, 2013, 1:39 AM,  by John V.,  2 comments
featured Sony Xperia Z HDR video compilation: less burn, more detail

The HDR video option is hardwired with the new Exmor RS sensor of Sony, and it merges footage with different exposure values on the fly to record the most distinctive scenes in tricky dynamic range situations - when shooting against a sunlit window, for instance, or with bright objects near darker ones in the frame, for example, where the conventional smartphone capture tends to overexpose those areas...

Jan 16, 2013, 5:59 AM,  by Daniel P.,  36 comments
Runbo presents affordable, yet tough Android smartphones at CES

The name Runbo doesn't ring any bells, does it? That's because behind it is a Chinese company focused on making phones you can't really classify as high-end. Yet several of its offerings were present at CES and among them were these two quite peculiar Android smartphones. As you can probably tell by the way they look, the Runbo X3 and Runbo X5 smartphones are built tough...

Jan 16, 2013, 3:22 AM,  by Nick T.,  2 comments
featured Razer Edge hands-on

Quickly picking up this thing, we have to admit that folks over at Razer didn’t care for something that's thin and light. Rather, it’s undoubtedly the clunkiest thing we’ve ever seen! That’s not a good thing per se, since it’s both heavy and ugly looking. Sure, it’s able to play a myriad of games...

Jan 15, 2013, 1:17 PM,  by John V.,  15 comments
featured NVIDIA Shield first look

To tell you the truth, the NVIDIA Shield looks like an XBOX 360 controller with a giant slab of a display thrown in there. Frankly, it’s a cool idea to know that it’s a standalone system on its own, but even better is the fact that you can connect it to any high-def television with a quick HDMI...

Jan 15, 2013, 2:27 AM,  by John V.,  12 comments
Huawei G520 will be a quad-core smartphone for China at only $225

We've seen a few high-powered Android handsets that are going to be on the market in China this year, including a couple from Lenovo, but there is an interesting new entry in the mix with the Huawei G520. It's not exactly the highest-powered smartphone, but it will have one impressive feature: the price, which will be just $225 for the quad-core smartphone...

Jan 14, 2013, 4:45 PM,  by Michael H.,  7 comments
featured CES 2013: a potpourri of smartphone and tablet accessories

We saw more than a few new smartphones, tablets, and Android-powered toasters on display at CES 2013. Some of them we liked, others we weren't so crazy about. But in addition to all of these devices, plenty of manufacturers attending the show had brought all sorts of accessories as well, and we've picked some of the more interesting of them just for you, guys...

Jan 14, 2013, 5:30 AM,  by Nick T.,  5 comments

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featured Tegra 4 vs Snapdragon 800: who will be the dominant player on the chipset market this year

CES 2013 was the show of mobile chipsets. First, it was Nvidia that announced its next-gen processor, the Tegra 4, followed by Qualcomm and its new Snapdragon line. Finally, Samsung joined the party with its Exynos 5 Octa, but all in all we're more concerned with the Tegra 4 and Snapdragon 800, as those end up used by multiple manufacturers and in multiple phones, whereas Samsung's Exynos is mostly reserved for Samsung's own high-end devices...

Jan 14, 2013, 4:15 AM,  by Ray S.,  80 comments
featured Panasonic ToughPad FZ-A1 hands-on

Even though we can’t get the monstrous size of the tablet from our mind, it doesn’t help that it’s encased by this bar code scanner contraption, which will prove to be useful for some people, but when we’re looking at it for the first time, it basically makes the tablet appear even more...

Jan 14, 2013, 2:58 AM,  by John V.,  1 comment
Exynos chip out, Broadcom is in for the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus and Grand Duos

The S II Plus is actually utilizing Broadcom processor inside, not an Exynos chip, and Broadcom is even using it as a reference device for its mobile CPU. The BCM28155 SoC is a dual-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 fabrication with a homebrew VideoCore IV GPU, and the typical for A9s of yesteryear 40 or 45nm production method...

Jan 14, 2013, 2:00 AM,  by Daniel P.,  11 comments
featured updated CES 2013: All our coverage

If you're of the geeky kind, there's probably only one place in the world you'd like to be right now - Las Vegas. That's because Sin City is once again hosting the annual Consumer Electronics Show, which is already swinging at full speed. Of course, we're right in the middle of the action as well, bringing you all the latest news as it unfolds. Have you been keeping track of our coverage?...

Jan 14, 2013, 1:34 AM,  by Nick T.,  7 comments
featured Panasonic ToughPad JT-B1 hands-on

When you’re gunning for something that meets military standard 810g and is IP65 certified, which means it can withstand drops from a height of 5 feet and both dust/water resistant, you’re not going to find something that stylish with its design. Rather, the Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1 is simply...

Jan 13, 2013, 6:29 PM,  by John V.,  5 comments
featured Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx hands-on

Above all, the biggest thing to stand out to us with the Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx is its super lightweight feel in the hand. Sure, it’s boasting a textured plastic body that lacks the lustful desire of an all-metal body, but regardless of that, we’re blown away by its feather-like feel in the hand...

Jan 13, 2013, 1:50 PM,  by John V.,  1 comment
featured Lenovo IdeaPhone P770 hands-on

Frankly, the IdeaPhone P770 is an ugly duckling when compared to the precise and modern design of the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD. Obviously, we’re not digging the cheap feel of this glossy plastic handset, but at the same time, it’s super chunky in size – though, we have to...

Jan 13, 2013, 5:07 AM,  by John V.,  8 comments
featured Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s hands-on

Enter the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s, a smaller version of the highly popular 13.3-inch model that’s been making the rounds for the last few months. Yet again, we’re mesmerized by the tilting aspect of the Yoga 11s, as its screen is capable of being bent in various angles to fit our...

Jan 13, 2013, 4:20 AM,  by John V.,  5 comments
featured Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 hands-on

At first glance, it’s hardly noticeable that the Yoga is any different from other ultrabooks currently in stores, but after fiddling around with it for some time, it’s pretty cool that its screen is able to tilt all the way back to transform into a tablet. Sure, it’s larger and somewhat more unwieldy...

Jan 13, 2013, 3:18 AM,  by John V.,  3 comments
featured Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 hands-on

Sure, its overall large size is one of its most discernible aspects, but for something so grand and ready to compete with things like the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the K900 is simply gorgeous! Donning a stainless steel back casing combined with some polycarbonate elements to give it a...

Jan 12, 2013, 6:08 PM,  by John V.,  28 comments
featured Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 hands-on

For a tablet, we have to admit, we’re digging the slim size it’s packing along for the ride – while also admiring the subtle ThinkPad design DNA it’s boasting too. Digging the size and balanced weight of this one, you can turn it into a distinctive ThinkPad laptop by attaching the optional...

Jan 12, 2013, 5:14 PM,  by John V.,  6 comments
Sony Xperia ZL is Canada bound says tweet from Sony Canada

A tweet from Sony Canada confirms that the Sony Xperia ZL is coming to Canada although it is not clear if the device will be launched via a carrier or come to market unlocked; the device is similar to the Sony Xperia Z which was quite possibly the most buzz worthy device on display at CES this year following last year's most talked about device, the Motorola DROID BIONIC...

Jan 12, 2013, 11:58 AM,  by Alan F.,  16 comments
featured Polaroid M7 hands-on

Knowing that this is a $129 priced tablet, we really can’t expect a whole lot from its design. Rightfully so, that’s exactly what we find with the Polaroid M7, as its design is predictable in every facet. Although it lacks any defining characteristics to make it stand out from the usual crop of...

Jan 12, 2013, 4:07 AM,  by John V.,  13 comments
featured BlackBerry 10 software demonstration at CES

In just a few weeks from now, RIM is about to embark in a new chapter in its storied history. As we all know, they’re going to be having a press event where they’ll unveil some of the upcoming new devices running on the totally new BlackBerry 10 platform, which as we all know, has a...

Jan 11, 2013, 11:50 PM,  by John V.,  44 comments
featured Asus Taichi hands-on

One part ultrabook, one part tablet, that’s what you get out of the Asus Taichi. At heart, it’s still a neato looking ultrabook that’s packing some serious firepower under the hood – ranging from i3 cores to beefier i7 ones. At first glance, it doesn’t quite push the envelope in terms of designs...

Jan 11, 2013, 10:01 PM,  by John V.,  5 comments
featured ZTE Grand S coming to U.S., carrier unknown

The ZTE Grand S, with its 2013 top of the line specs, is coming to the United States where it can compete with the other high-end Android models like the HTC DROID DNA; the ZTE Grand S features a 5 inch screen with a 1080p resolution, 441ppi pixel density and a quad-core 1.7GHz processor and on the back will be a 13MP shooter...

Jan 11, 2013, 8:17 PM,  by Alan F.,  12 comments
Some sites of Las Vegas and CES 2013

Las Vegas is a special place, and while what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, CES is an exception to that rule...

Jan 11, 2013, 3:43 PM,  by Maxwell R.,  6 comments
Report: Apple iPad mini 2 and 5th-generation Apple iPad to launch in March

Topeka Capital Markets' Brian White says checks with his supply sources at CES suggest that the Apple iPad mini 2 and the 5th-generation Apple iPad will both launch in March only five months after the latest versions were announced; despite rumors that the Apple iPad mini would sport a Retina display for the sequel, there was no word on the resolution of the screen...

Jan 11, 2013, 1:38 PM,  by Alan F.,  42 comments
Verizon: Almost half the data traffic on our network goes through our LTE pipeline

With over 400 markets covered with its 4G LTE signal, Verizon is the top LTE provider in the country and has the devices to take advantage of the faster speed that data travels through the pipeline; with all of these great 4G LTE phones available for its customers, Big Red says that nearly 50% of all data traffic carried by Verizon goes through its LTE pipeline...

Jan 11, 2013, 12:24 PM,  by Alan F.,  10 comments
featured Best of CES 2013: smartphones and tablets

Boy, how time flies when you're having fun! Feels almost as if CES 2013 and the announcements around it started yesterday, yet here we are, making the most of the event's final day. Now, however, is a good time to recap and put together all of the best smartphones and tablets announced during the show...

Jan 11, 2013, 9:32 AM,  by Nick T.,  21 comments
featured The cool and weird: Apple iPhone 5 cases at CES 2013

The iEconomy seems to be in perfect health as even though Apple was not at the event, all sorts of companies brought their new accessories and cases…

Jan 11, 2013, 8:53 AM,  by Victor H.,  13 comments
Watch T-Mobile 's CEO John Legere call AT&T's network "crap" on video

T-Mobile's CEO John Legere might be feeling his oats with the carrier about to launch its first LTE market and with the Apple iPhone expected in T-Mobile's stores sometime later this year; during CES, Legere came on strong, talking about how the nation's fourth largest carrier has a better network in New York than Verizon or AT&T; he also a one-word description of the latter's network...

Jan 11, 2013, 8:50 AM,  by Alan F.,  52 comments
Nokia's head of imaging talks shop again, says Lumia 920 camera update is just one of many

Juha Alakarhu, in charge of Nokia's digital imaging, gave a lengthy interview at CES, commenting on many things around Nokia's groundbreaking mobile imaging achievements we witnessed last year, such as PureView Phase 1 in the Nokia 808 PureView, and Phase 2 in the Lumia 920...

Jan 11, 2013, 8:31 AM,  by Daniel P.,  19 comments
featured Will the Sony Xperia Z cope with the fierce competition of 2013? Here's what you think about this

The Sony Xperia Z was probably the most exciting phone at this year's CES expo. As a matter of fact, it was the only high-end smartphone from a brand-name manufacturer, which means that while it managed to stand out from the rest of the CES crowd, it might not have such an easy time later this year when Samsung, Motorola and HTC reveal their big products...

Jan 11, 2013, 8:28 AM,  by Radoslav Slavov,  35 comments
featured Your Android phone's alternative buddies at CES: Ford cars, Dacor ovens, Samsung fridges

There were actually many underground trends to discover at CES 2013, and one of them was Android creeping onto every gadget imaginable, and ready to communicate with its original edition on your smartphone...

Jan 11, 2013, 5:32 AM,  by Daniel P.,  3 comments
Huawei's Yu says super slim P series model to be displayed at MWC; 8-core chip coming

Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu revealed at CES 2013 that the company will be using an Octo-core Cortex A-15 chip sometime in the second half of this year; in addition, the company is expected to show off a super slim P-series Android phone at MWC 2013 in Barcelona next month and will weigh it at under 6.45mm with a metllic body...

Jan 10, 2013, 8:46 PM,  by Alan F.,  8 comments
ST-Ericsson new quad-core NovaThor SoC uses 50% less power than the competition

There are a lot of processor options for manufacturers to choose from when building mobile hardware. The competition between Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and Samsung has been so fierce that Texas Instruments actually dropped out of the race. But, ST-Ericsson wants to boost its market share with a new version of its NovaThor SoC, which supposedly uses 50% less power than the competition...

Jan 10, 2013, 6:21 PM,  by Michael H.,  12 comments
Alcatel One Touch Tab 8 HD hands-on

If a 7-inch tablet is too little, and a 9 or 10-inch tablet is too big, Alcatel has you covered with this 8-inch Android tablet...

Jan 10, 2013, 3:27 PM,  by Maxwell R.,  7 comments
Alcatel One Touch Evo 7 tablet hands-on

The One Touch Evo 7 tablet is more of a business form factor, will support cellular data connectivity and more of a utilitarian feel...

Jan 10, 2013, 3:07 PM,  by Maxwell R.,  4 comments
Alcatel One Touch Tab 7HD hands-on

Alcatel had a number of tablets on display at CES in Las Vegas, the One Touch Tab 7HD has a nice set-up and is easy to hold...

Jan 10, 2013, 2:46 PM,  by Maxwell R.,  0 comments
Cross-platform Wintermute voice assistant to best Google Now and Siri (video)

Nuance is taking it to the next level as a true cross-platform voice assistant, collecting info about your dictionary, phrases and preferences, stores it into the cloud, and makes it accessible on any device you are using, be it a computer, tablet, or a phone...

Jan 10, 2013, 9:07 AM,  by Daniel P.,  6 comments
Panasonic teases RP-BTGS10 bone conduction Bluetooth headphones

If you want to give your poor eardrums a rest, the bone-conducting wireless headphones from Panasonic will be released in the fall for an yet undisclosed price, and are aimed at the active sporty types, with the wraparound design to match...

Jan 10, 2013, 7:48 AM,  by Daniel P.,  1 comment
featured Thoughts on CES 2013 (devices, keynotes, stuff)

CES 2013 hasn't ended yet, but it's safe to say that we've already seen all that this year's expo is going to offer. The announcements have been made, the devices have been examined. In the last moments of CES, we can afford to sit for a few minutes and share our thoughts about what we just experienced with you...

Jan 10, 2013, 6:40 AM,  by Ray S.,  8 comments
Verizon seeks to broadcast the 2014 Super Bowl over LTE

Verizon Communications Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdams sat down with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at CES to talk about increasing the technology available at NFL stadiums and about giving the viewer at home interactive options; but the highlight came when McAdams talked about possibly streaming the Super Bowl live to Verizon connected handsets with 4G LTE support, as soon as 2014...

Jan 10, 2013, 5:35 AM,  by Alan F.,  6 comments
Nokia promises more "cool" PureView surprises, to focus on imaging and navigation

Nokia's Chris Weber took to the airwaves at CES to talk a bit about the strategy going forward, and he said the company will focus on its key areas of differentiation - mobile imaging, carried with the PureView branding, and navigation with the Here mapping solution...

Jan 10, 2013, 4:58 AM,  by Daniel P.,  12 comments
featured Alcatel One Touch Scribe X hands-on

Alcatel's One Touch Scribe X is nice looking premium level Android smartphone which brings some specs to take on...

Jan 10, 2013, 4:41 AM,  by Maxwell R.,  2 comments
Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra hands-on

Alcatel brings a RAZR-thin (pun intended) smartphone to the new One Touch line-up, featuring an HD screen and...

Jan 10, 2013, 4:19 AM,  by Maxwell R.,  1 comment
featured Alcatel One Touch Scribe HD hands-on

The One Touch Scribe HD is one of Alcatel's new flagship Android smartphones, joining the new 5-inch display benchmark...

Jan 10, 2013, 3:46 AM,  by Maxwell R.,  2 comments
Watch Samsung's entire CES keynote and marvel at the YOUM flexible displays

Samsung posted the official video of its hour long keynote presentation yesterday at CES, where it announced the Exynos 5 Octa mobile procesor with eight CPU cores, and flaunted frugal LCD display tech, as well as we got to see for the first time actual prototype devices with its YOUM brand of flexible display technology...

Jan 10, 2013, 3:23 AM,  by Daniel P.,  17 comments
Alcatel One Touch X'Pop hands-on

Alcatel's X'Pop is the "X-traordinary" big brother of all the Go Pop One Touch Android smartphones in the new line-up...

Jan 10, 2013, 3:21 AM,  by Maxwell R.,  0 comments
Alcatel One Touch M'Pop hands-on

Alcatel plans to have the M'Pop make an appearance in the US market, but dates and pricing were not available...

Jan 10, 2013, 3:03 AM,  by Maxwell R.,  3 comments
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