Microsoft has finally unveiled the Lumia 650 and officially confirmed the launch of the smartphone after several rumours about it surfaced in the last few months.
It will come with a 5-inch 720p screen, but contrary to the predecessor Lumia 550, the 650 boasts an AMOLED display panel. Microsoft is super excited and they have gone ahead to name it as their most beautiful screen ever at this time.
This Windows 10 device will be backed by the Snapdragon 212 SoC without Continuum, and its quad-core Cortex-A7 processor will be clocked at 1.3GHZ - the unique thing in comparison to the S210 in the Lumia 550. It's packed with 1GB of RAM and the 16 gig internal storage could be expanded by microSD. The primary snapper will be of 8MP (type 1/4 inch sensor, 28mm equiv. focal length, f/2.2 aperture), while the front camera will have 5MP sensor with f/2.2 lens.
There are wide range of connectivity options - multi-band 2G/3G/4G, and LTE with Cat 4 (150Mbps down, 50Mbps up). It also has Bluetooth v4.1, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, and GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, and Beidou. There will also be a dual-SIM variant of the device. Radio listeners can surely enjoy the FM Radio.
The Lumia 650 features solid aluminum body, replaceable back covers and comes with two color options - black and white. It weighs 122g and dimension wise it quite sleek (142 x 70.9 x 6.9mm). Its 2,000mAh battery can be replaced by the users..
From February 18th, this device will be available in some of the European markets and cost around $199 before taxes or subsidies (US dollar pricing announcement in Europe is surprising though).
Samsung took a big step toward being able to sell its smartphones as the way to control a smart house. Samsung officially purchased SmartThings for $200 million. The company produces devices that can be controlled using apps installed on a smartphone. Imagine controlling the lights and locks in your home by tapping on certain buttons on your phone. You should be able to spook burglars casing your house, by remotely turning on or off the lights inside or outside your home.
Samsung plans on keeping SmartThings open, thus allowing developers and producers of hardware to write software, and produce devices for the platform. Samsung rival Apple will also be offering a similar technology for a connected home with the launch of HomeKit. The latter will be featured on iOS 8, and will allow iPhone users to turn on or off smart home devices using their handset.
"We will continue to run SmartThings the way we always have: by embracing our community of customers, developers, and device makers and championing the creation of the leading open platform for the smart home. Our growing team will remain fully intact and will relocate to a new headquarters in Palo Alto, CA. In short: SmartThings will remain SmartThings." - Alex Hawkinson, CEO, SmartThings
Along with the Note 4 announcement, Samsung also revealed its first Virtual Reality kit. Samsung Gear VR is Now Available online from AT&T and it may get out of stock very soon, so if you really want one... Hurry! The Samsung Gear VR is perhaps one of the most interesting smartphone-based hardware kits ever.
Samsung has also joined in the forefront of the endeavor with the collaborative venture that is the Samsung Gear VR. It is based on Oculus hardware and harnesses the computing capabilities and glorious QHD Super AMOLED display of the Samsung Note 4. It is set to deliver the most immersive VR experience to date and needless to say developers and tech-savvy consumers everywhere are excited.
The long awaited device was set to hit the market this month and just as promised AT&T has listed the Samsung Gear VR in its online store for the price of $199. For this price you get a full kit and a 16GB microSD card preloaded with virtual reality content. You do Need to have a Galaxy Note 4 for it to work.
Over the past few days Google has been showing glimpses of the Black Friday offer and now the deal is finally revealed.
The Google Store is offering $80 off the Nexus 5X, which has brought the price of the 16GB model to $299.99 and the 32GB variant to $349. While writing this post, all models were available with shipment days hovering around 1-2 business days.
We're used to seeing older Nexus hardware get price-cut, but the Nexus 5X is merely a month old. Although it seems kind of insane to see a new Nexus device to get such a remarkable discount, we're really delighted to get $80 discount on a shiny new Nexus phone.
Apart from offering discount on the Nexus 5X, Google is having sales on various other products. You can get $200 off the Nexus 9, bringing down the price to $199 for the 16GB model and $279 for the 32GB variant. Other sales include $30 discount on a Nest Cam, $80 to $100 off on the Huawei Watch, up to $50 off on selected Chromebook models, and some Chromecast deals, too.
On this Black Friday, quite a few enticing deals are offered by Google and consumers must make the best of it to get some serious savings.