If you are looking for a reasonable price Android smartphone with all the performance you need and running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Out-of-the-box... We have a good deal for you, the ZTE Axon Elite 4G International Edition, a gorgeous device from ZTE with high-end specs and a mid-range price tag ($469 - GearBest). You can Pre-order your ZTE Axon Elite 4G from Here now.
Amazingly, the ZTE Axon Elite 4G has a huge 5.5-inch Full HD IPS+OGS display (1920 x 1080) with a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass for full protection.
ZTE Axon Elite 4G packs a powerful Snapdragon 810 CPU, 3GB RAM and Adreno 430 and powered by Android 5.0.2 Lollipop which means you won't need to wait for any update, you can enjoy all the good Lollipop features right away.
AS for the Media and Camera, the ZTE Axon Elite 4G packs 8.0MP front camera and a 13.0M IMX214 + 2MP Altek Dual-rear cameras with flash light and AF, the device can shoot a Full HD video and amazing photos using its software features to enhance the photo in real-time capture.
Connectivity is all around the ZTE Axon Elite 4G, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, GPS, 3G, 4G-LTE and everything in between, along with Dual Nano SIM (Dual Standby) support too.
ZTE Axon Elite International Edition Specifications
Type: 4G Phablet
Service Provide: Unlocked
OS: Android 5.0
System Languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese
SIM Card Slot: Dual Standby, Dual SIM
SIM Card Type: Dual Nano SIM
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
Cores: Octa Core
GPU: Adreno 430
RAM: 3GB RAM
External memory: TF card up to 128GB (not included)
Wireless Connectivity: 3G, 4G, GSM, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, GPS
WiFi: 802.11b/g/n/ac wireless internet
Network type: GSM+WCDMA+FDD-LTE
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 700/800/850/900/1800/2100/2600MHz
Screen type: IPS+OGS
Screen size: 5.5 inch
Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080 (FHD)
Camera type: Triple cameras
Back-camera : 13.0MP + 2.0MP Dual Cameras
Back camera: with flash light and AF
Front camera: 8.0MP
Video recording: Yes
Picture format: GIF, BMP, JPEG, PNG
Music format: AAC, MP3, OGG, WAV
Video format: AVI, WMV, 3GP
MS Office format: Word, Excel, PPT
E-book format: PDF, TXT
Live wallpaper support: Yes
Games: Android APK
I/O Interface: Micro USB Slot, 3.5mm Audio Out Port
Sensor: Gravity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer
Additional Features: Bluetooth, Proximity Sensing, GPS, 4G, MP3, MP4, 3G, NFC, Wi-Fi, Gravity Sensing
Battery Capacity (mAh): 3000mAh Built-in
Cell Phone: 1
Power Adapter: 1
USB Cable: 1
Product size: 15.4 x 7.7 x 0.98 cm / 6.05 x 3.03 x 0.39 inches
Package size: 18.0 x 12.0 x 6.0 cm / 7.07 x 4.72 x 2.36 inches
Product weight: 0.170 kg
Package weight: 0.550 kg
More rumors emerged about Samsung's upcoming flagship, Galaxy S6. Latest reports suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will pack a 3GB or 4GB RAM depending on its hardware configuration, boosting the RAM was rumored long time ago, especially since Samsung announced that it will be using its latest 4GB LPDDR4 RAM chips in its 2015 products.
Beside having a Regular and Dual-Edge variants, but it also rumored to feature a Glass back panel... ditching the bandit plastic back. The Korean giant will move into a fancier choose of material "Glass". Having a glass panel in the front and back will make the device lighter and gorgeous to look at.
The company's decision is likely driven by a desire to differentiate the Galaxy lineup from the A-series with their metal frames and plastic backs. The source also confirms what we suspected would be a non-removable battery.
Samsung has just officially unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge with Dual-edge curved screen, Metal frame and Dual-Glass panels (font - back). The new combination of materials works great indeed and the Galaxy S6 Edge is arguably, the most beautiful Galaxy smartphone to date. This the second curved edge smartphone Samsung release after the Note Edge.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge packs a 5.1" Super AMOLED screen with Quad HD resolution resulting into the amazing 577 ppi density. It is protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The hardware Home key once again doubles as fingerprint sensor and supports the new Samsung Pay service.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge duo comes with a new ISOCELL camera sensor with 16MP resolution. The camera is enhanced with optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus and has a single-LED flash. Quite expectedly, 4K video recording is supported.
Finally, the Galaxy S6 Edge runs Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Out-of-the-box enhanced with the latest TouchWiz UX with Material design and cleaner interface and lost of new features included on the new TouchWiz UX. This time around Samsung has partnered with Microsoft, instead of Dropbox, and will be offering 115GB OneDrive storage for 2 years to each Galaxy S6 user.
The S6 Edge is powered by the Samsung's own 64-bit Exynos 7420 chipset, built on a 14nm process and thus more energy-efficient and producing less heat compared to 20nm Snapdragon 810.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge will launch on April 10th in 20 markets, followed soon by even more countries in May. The Galaxy S6 Edge will be available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Green Emerald.
If you were banking on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 offering improved scratch resistance due to the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top of its display, you might have to think again. According to a video posted by YouTuber JerryRigEverything, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 failed quite miserably in a basic scratch test. Keep in mind that the person testing the smartphone is an expert and has performed similar tests on multiple devices and according to him, the Note 7 is more prone to scratches than most of its competitors, in spite of sporting the Gorilla Glass 5 protection. This leads us to believe that Corning might have skimped on scratch resistance in favour of shatter resistance with the fifth version.
The YouTuber even went on to state in the description that he would be glad to make another video if Samsung or Corning came forward to explain what happened here. The flame test also showed less durability than the competition, but we are not as much concerned about that as the chances of our smartphone being exposed to sharp objects like coins, keys and rough surfaces are much greater than being engulfed in flames! If you are planning to pick up a Note 7 anytime soon, our advice would be to order a good quality tempered glass with it just to be safe.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
In case you are not aware, Synaptics is a company that's famous for making fingerprint scanners, especially for Samsung. They have unveiled quite an innovative piece of fingerprint sensing tech today, dubbed the Natural ID FS9100 optical fingerprint sensor. It resembles the "under the glass" fingerprint scanner which we have been hearing about so far only in rumors and given the history shared by Samsung and Synaptics of working together, we are pretty much sure that this is what we are going to see on the Galaxy S8 next year.
"Synaptics' FS9100 family of fingerprint sensors represent a new breed of optical fingerprint sensor technology that is designed to meet the needs of mobile devices, including the ability to image through thick 2.5D glass. In addition to opening the door to new industrial design options, it enables OEMs to provide highly durable, button-free cover glass and more easily provide water-resistant products, while eliminating low-yield glass processing" - Anthony Gioelli, Vice-President of Biometrics Marketing, Synaptics
This new optical fingerprint sensor works flawlessly even when placed under 1mm of 2.5D glass. Additionally, it can also detect prints from wet fingers, which makes it a great companion for water-resistant smartphones (like the Galaxy S8). Since it's meant to be placed below the front glass of the smartphone, the FS9100 is immune to scratches and electro-static discharges by default. This is the perfect addition to the S8, now that Samsung has probably decided to remove the physical Home button and go with a bezel-less display.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
After 3 years of Beta Testing, The Google Glass Explorer Edition is Now available for purchase in the Play store in the United States by anyone (no need for Glass project invitation).
Pricing of the futuristic gadget hasn't changed. You will still need to part with $1,500 in order to get your hands on it, thus meaning that it is hardly going to be a mass-market item.
Of course, the familiar array of additional accessories is also available. It includes shades, prescription frames, and in-ear headphones.
In 2014, Google Glass is the top of Wearable technology device but Google want to go beyond just a Smart Glasses.... to Smart Contact Lens. A new patent from Google indicates that the company is working a similar project. Patent Bolt reports on a Google application to the USPTO for "multi-sensor contact lenses," intended primarily as a method for blinking input or input augmentation for wearable devices, or just electronics in general.
The basic idea is that a number of sensors embedded into a contact lens could be used to detect blinks with incredible accuracy. The technology to track eyes and blinks already exists, but it's been focused almost exclusively on external cameras. The patent application describes a light sensor, pressure sensor, temperature sensor, and conductivity and electric field sensors, all combined with a control circuit and power source embedded outside the user's physical field of vision.
This isn't a "smart" device in the traditional sense there would be no serious computation going on inside the lens itself but the sensors could give extremely precise readings on the number and duration of blinks. One of the explicit uses of the sensor is to detect changes in light reception to accurately infer a blink.
The patent application was filed in late 2012, which would have been in the latter part of development cycle for the initial release of Google Glass. A few of the more practical parts of the idea are left abstract, particularly the power supply; Google describes various method of power including solar, thermal, or radio frequency power. Let's hope we see this Smart Lens this year as an accessory for Google Glass or part of Google Glass 2.
Today, we get to see a new High-end Oppo handset, the Oppo R1C. Sone leaked photos revealed this upcoming smartphone, the R1C is rumored to pack a Full-rear Sapphire Crystal Glass, but this is yet to be confirmed.
So, the Oppo R1C features a 5" 720p display and runs on the Snapdragon 615 chipset with an octa-core Cortex-A53 processor and 2GB of RAM. The rest of the rumored specs include a 13MP rear and a 5MO front camera, 16GB expandable storage and LTE connectivity.
The Oppo R1C is also rumored to go official on January 14 with the Oppo U3. With all of these new devices coming from China these days it sure will be one very interesting January.
You may know OnePlus, the start-up company behind the OnePlus One Smartphone that was released earlier this year, now it looks like the company is preparing for their second product. A photo of what appears to be the product page of the OnePlus OneWatch along with some sketches reveal the Smartwatch specifications and that it might be close to ready.
The sketches of the OnePlus OneWatch almost seem too good to be true a titanium chassis, a sapphire glass protecting the round OLED screen, wireless Qi charging of the curved battery that's built-into the leather strap. Notice the screen is truly round too, unlike the Moto 360′s, which has a small panel hiding the screen controller at the bottom.
Of course, details like screen resolution, chipset or even platform are unknown. The OnePlus One smartphone is based on a special branch of CyanogenMod. That's Android for phones though, Android Wear is a separate platform and Google will not allow much customization. There is a very high chance that OnePlus will go for Android Wear the main OS for its wearable device.
Corning has just announced the fifth version of their protective glass for smartphones and tablets and it is a significant improvement over the Gorilla Glass 4. According to the manufacturer, a device sporting Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection will be able to stay unscathed even when dropped from a height of up to 1.6 meters and on its face. They believe that this will protect dropped smartphones in about eighty-percent of the cases.
Apparently, Corning concentrated on and established 1.6m as the benchmark after doing quite a bit of market research. It was found that 60% of the smartphones that are dropped by users fall from an altitude that ranges in between waist height to shoulder height. Although one can argue that the shoulder height and the waist height will vary from person to person, we guess Corning chose the 1.6m mark as the average. Have you ever dropped your phone from a height higher than 1.6m? If you did, did your smartphone survive the nasty fall or did the screen shatter? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments below.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Today, at an investors event in New York City, Corning announced that it is working on a scratch-resistant glass that will be Rival to Sapphire. The Project will be named "Phire" and the new material will become available to manufacturers later this year.
Project Phire is said to combine the best qualities of Corning Gorilla Glass and sapphire. According to a Corning executive, the material "offers the same superior damage resistance and drop performance of Gorilla Glass 4 with scratch resistance that approaches sapphire."
As sturdy as it is, Corning Gorilla Glass does not handle scratches as easily as sapphire. The company's latest Gorilla Glass 4, despite being much more damage-resistant than its predecessor, is still prone to scuffs. Corning took notice of its creation's shortcoming last year, when talk about Apple's use of sapphire glass in iPhone 6 heated up. The Cupertino giant's smartphones currently rely on Gorilla Glass for out of the box screen protection.
Remember Apple's former partner GT Advanced and its sapphire glass plant that went bust last year? Apparently, the Cupertino giant has plans to turn it into a massive data center.
The facility will serve as a command center for Apple's global networks. The company will invest $2 billion in the project. As a result, it will create 150 full-time Apple jobs and an additional 300 to 500 supporting jobs locally.
GT Advanced has rights to use the Mesa, Arizona plant until the end of this year. As part of its commitment, the Cupertino giant will also finance solar projects in the area.
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Corning Gorilla Glass 4 was just announced last month. This one is thinner and stronger than its predecessor, as they always are, but we knew nothing about which handsets are or will be equipped with the durable sheets.
Today, Corning just announced that the world's first phablet to pack the New Gorilla Glass 4 is the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 through its new cover sheet on the company's website.
Samsung already announced the Galaxy ALPHA back in August. Today, Corning has announced that the Samsung Galaxy Alpha features the recently unveiled Gorilla Glass 4 (GG4).
"Corning spends a great deal of time collaborating with Samsung to recommend solutions that will continually improve their device design and performance," said Cliff Hund, general manager and president, Corning East Asia. "Device makers want to go thinner without sacrificing damage resistance. Samsung is not only meeting these requirements, but is on the cutting edge of smartphone design. The Galaxy ALPHA is the culmination of our close collaboration with Samsung."
The company claims that the latest iteration of its most famous product can survive 80% of drops from 1m (3.3ft) on a rough surface, and is twice as tough as its competitors. It is 0.4 mm thick, which is almost half compared to the last year's GG3 (0.7 mm).