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Qualcomm introduces new range of chips; faster, less power intensive

Today at Qualcomm's keynote address at CES, they introduced a new range of mobile processor chips that throws away the S3 and S4 moniker that we're currently using. Instead, the new range is broken down into Snapdragon 200, Snapdragon 400, Snapdragon 600, and Snapdragon 800. Snapdragon 200 and 400 are low-end chips that you're not likely to find in high-end devices, instead they're for budget devices. If you're after pure power, Snapdragon 600 and 800 is what you want. Snapdragon 600 takes off where Snapdragon S4 left off. It's used in today's power-hungry devices with 1.5GHz quad-core CPUs and Adreno... Continue reading

NVIDIA’s next-generation Tegra 4 is impressive despite no LTE on chip

The other main unveiling at NVIDIA's event today's event was Tegra 4 -- NVIDIA's next-generation mobile CPU. It features 4 Cortex-A15 CPU cores, 1 ULP (ultra low power) companion core -- same idea as Tegra 3, 72 GPU cores, and although it's not on the actual Tegra 4 chip, there's an Icera i500 4G LTE modem that can be purchased separately by manufacturers. Qualcomm, on the other hand, can produce CPUs with the LTE modem built in (system-on-chip) which also reduces power usage. It remains to be seen whether Tegra 4 can out perform in real world use. Tegra 4... Continue reading

NVIDIA announces Project Shield, an Android-powered handheld gaming unit

NVIDIA have just announced their plans to bring an Android-powered handheld gaming unit to market in the near future. Unveiled at CES today, Project Shield is a handheld gaming unit that runs vanilla Android (yay!) with NVIDIA's own Tegra 4 doing all the computing work. Google apps are included as well as access to the Play Store, and of course, NVIDIA's own Tegra Zone gaming store. NVIDIA says the unit -- which features a 33Wh battery -- will play games with PC graphics for 5 to 10 hours, and can playback video for 24 hours. That huge battery will... Continue reading

MobiCity opens up pre-orders for the 5-inch 1080p HTC Butterfly

HTC's first device with a 5-inch 1080p display, the HTC Butterfly, is now available for pre-order from MobiCity for $849. Not cheap, but that's the price you pay for being an early adopter to cool new technology. MobiCity are expected to start shipping the phone on the 18th of January. While it won't support any Australian 4G bands, the Butterfly does have HSPA+, 2GB RAM, Android 4.1 w/ Sense UI, an 8MP rear camera, a 2020mAh battery, and 16GB of internal memory than can be expanded with a microSD card. The device is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU,... Continue reading

Sony Xperia Z stills leaked from promo video, shows us it’s water resistant

Sony are expected to make a real splash at CES this year, but that won't affect the Xperia Z. Why? Because it's water-resistant (yes, I accept the terrible play on words), at least according to new leaked stills taken from a promo video for the device. As we previously mentioned, the Xperia Z is expected to launch alongside a slightly smaller Xperia ZL. The Xperia Z will feature a 5-inch 1080p display, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera, and what we hope is a... Continue reading

Corning Gorilla Glass 3 will be shown off at CES, three times more scratch resistant

There's nothing worse than getting a scratch on the glass front (or rear) of your brand new Android device, but thanks to Corning's Gorilla Glass, those incidents are becoming less and less common. Come CES next week, they'll be showing off their third iteration of the successful glass which they say is 3 times more scratch resistant than Gorilla Glass 2. There aren't too many details available at the moment, so we're left guessing about the specifics such as availability and overall thickness. Hopefully we'll... Continue reading

Sony expected to unveil two 5-inch 1080p phones at CES

We're coming into the start of 2013 and the lead-up to one of the biggest technology events of the year: CES 2013. This year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is no doubt going to be filled with hopes and dreams, but whether or not they'll turn into real devices is questionable. These two devices -- seen above -- from Sony, dubbed the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, are expected to be real devices at the show. Both of these slab phones feature 5-inch 1080p LCD displays, which is clearly the benchmark for high-end displays now, unless HTC can... Continue reading

HTC working on a 4.7-inch 1080p successor to the One X?

HTC is no stranger to pushing the technical boundaries early in the product cycle, they were one of the first to implement the 720p display (in the Rezound), and they were one the first to implement a 1080p display in the 5-inch Butterfly. Now it looks like they might be squeezing that 1080p display down to 4.7-inches. Unwired View -- specifically the trusted @evleaks -- is reporting that HTC are working on a successor to the HTC One X which is currently codenamed "M7". It will apparently have a 4.7-inch 1080p display (that's 469ppi!) that will be... Continue reading

Telstra gives a quick virtual tour inside their device testing lab

Have you ever wanted to see where and how Telstra tests all their devices before they're brought to market? Well, even if you don't, it's super short and interesting. Each device is tested by Telstra before being announced and brought to market, so if it fails the tests they throw at it, then it's not worth selling to consumers. Telstra said in their blog post that each 3G device goes through 4000 tests before being accepted. These tests include GPS location tests to ensure the GPS gives an accurate location at all times when moving (this helps for turn-by-turn... Continue reading

Telstra: Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S II 4G, Galaxy S III, One XL, RAZR HD all to receive major updates before year’s end

In Telstra's most recent public announcement of software updates, they've informed users for a range of devices that major updates for their devices are expected to be rolled out before the end of this year. The Samsung Galaxy S II 4G "Ice Cream Sandwich" update is expected to see Telstra approval on November 26th, with roll out soon after. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus's update to "Jelly Bean" (Android 4.1, not 4.2) has been delayed and is now expected to begin testing on Friday. On the final Samsung front, the Galaxy S III's update to "Jelly Bean" (again, 4.1, not... Continue reading

The Nexus 10 is real and Vic Gundotra is taking photos with it

The Samsung Nexus 10 is pretty much confirmed at this point, but it's now solid thanks to Google's own Vic Gundotra who has recently uploaded two photos to his Google+ profile that were taken with the device. The photos look to have been put through some type of HDR filter to add extra glow and colour, and are in 3MP size, though they could have easily been resized when uploaded. Oh, he's also holidaying at a very nice location ahead of the Nexus event. Continue reading

HTC’s 5-inch 1080p phone is real and it’s called the J Butterfly for now

Yes! HTC's epic 5-inch 1080p phone is alive and kicking in Japan and it's going by the name J Butterfly. The team over at The Verge were lucky enough to get their hands on the device for a quick moment to take some photos. In terms of specs, the display is Super LCD 3 (the One X was Super LCD 2, for comparison) with a resolution of 1920x1080 -- that's 440ppi -- with no on-screen buttons. The CPU is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 clocked at 1.5GHz and Adreno 320 GPU. Android 4.1 is on board, with Sense UI... Continue reading

LG’s Nexus device to be called the LG Nexus 4? Will come in black and white

The Verge has been sent a photo from Carphone Warehouse's inventory which clearly shows a device going by the name "LG Nexus 4" -- a seemingly obvious name given the next Nexus from LG is reported to be powered by a quad-core CPU clocked at 1.5GHz from Qualcomm. The previously rumoured name for the device has been the LG Optimus Nexus, but that just doesn't quite have the ring to it that Nexus 4 has. Given that its already appearing in retailer inventories, it can only be a short amount of time before Google and LG make this... Continue reading