Panasonic 5 Inch ToughPad Is One Brawny Phablet

Think your Gorilla Glass-protected waterproof smartphone is durable? It’s a proverbial wimp next to Panasonic’s new ToughPad, an ultra-rugged 5-inch tablet that sometimes does double duty as a phone.

That kind of ruggedness has a cost, however: This baby is anything but elegant. “Brick” is an apt descriptor for the 15-ounce, 1.2-inch-thick handheld, so it’s just as well the ToughPad is aimed at the business and industrial market, designed to take the kind of punishment that factory floors, highways and battlefields occasionally dish out.

Previously, Panasonic only offered ToughPad tablets in 10- and 7-inch sizes; this is the first one to have a 5-inch screen, which is a market dominated by Honeywell and Motorola Solutions. The tiny ToughPad comes in two options: the FZ-X1, which runs Android 4.2.2 “Jelly Bean,” and the FZ-E1, which is one of the first devices to ship with Windows Embedded 8.1, a special flavor of Windows for business handhelds.

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As you might expect, this sucker is built to take a pounding. Not only is it rated to withstand a 10-foot drop onto concrete, but the screen “floats” within the housing, enabling it to survive falling on its face. And the IP68 rating means it’s guaranteed to still work after being submerged in 5 feet of water for 30 minutes.

The tricky thing about water resistance, though, is that water can still play havoc with usability (just try using your waterproof tablet while running it under a faucet). Panasonic has thought of this, though, and has included a “rain mode” that reduces the 10-finger touchscreen to just one finger, but makes the device usable in a storm. Even through gloves.

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One of the advantages of bulk is you have room for a bigger battery, and the huge 6,200 milliamp-hour (mAh) battery will last 14 hours. It’s hot-swappable, too, meaning you can take it out and slip in a fresh one and it won’t even turn off — that’s thanks to a high-voltage capacitor that will still work no matter how long you own the device.

The Windows model is powered by a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip and the Android one has a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 model. Wi-Fi-only models cost $1,849 and $1,799, respectively, with 4G LTE and phone-call options each costing $50 extra. Adding a barcode reader or magstripe scanner costs $100 each.

Samsung Galaxy F Spotted In Glowing Gold Shade

A new image of Samsung Galaxy F has allegedly surfaced through, the well-known Twitter tipster. The alleged phone has a gold finish and differs from the previous surfaced images.

“Samsung Galaxy F (which is /not/ the S5 LTE-A), in glowing gold (yes, a different shade, apparently), 2014,” says the post.

Samsung Galaxy F in 2014

As per the tipster, the handset in question is different from the supercharged S5 LTE-A. Also, the year ‘2014’ is marked on the post, suggesting the device would be available before the year-end.

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The specifications of this new shade phone appear similar to the perfect golden one such as rounded corners. Samsung would position the mobile as a high-end device and it is yet not clear if the South Korean firm will opt for metal build or retain the plastic design with a metal brushed finish. The company has yet not confirmed whether it will release Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime series or other Samsung Galaxy F.

Expected specifications

Just couple of days back @evleaks stated that Samsung Galaxy F will launch in September which would be beneficial for Galaxy S5, which debuted recently, as an early launch of Galaxy F would affect the sales of Galaxy S5 along with disappointing those, who recently bought Galaxy S5.

The recent reports claimed that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.  is set to replace Galaxy S5 Prime with Galaxy F to promote higher end series. The reports from Ecumenical News suggested that Galaxy S5 Prime, (or by whatever name it is called) will have some hot features than the original flagship.

On price point, Samsung Galaxy F will be priced around KRW 900,000 in South Korea, which is around £523. Including taxes it would cost somewhere around £600 in the UK, which would make it more expensive than the Galaxy S5.  Samsung Galaxy F will sport a QHD 1440 x 2560 display. Rumors suggest that Galaxy F will be powered with 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, which would be better than 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor powering the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 To Feature UV Sensor

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s upcoming Galaxy Note 4 smartphone may feature a UV sensor that has the capability to track ultraviolet rays every 500 milliseconds. The feature was designed to improve outdoor visibility of the Super AMOLED display. It could also be used to warn users of the sun’s heat.

Exciting new specs for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Galaxy Note 4 tablet could come in 22 different versions, including SM-N9106V, SM-N9106W, SM-N9108V, and SM-N9108V. The list does not go into specified details. It is also suggested that the upcoming Note will come in either 16GB or 32GB internal storage. The latter version in the United States will be exclusively available through Verizon Communications Inc. , AT&T Inc. , Sprint Corporation , and T-Mobile US Inc.

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The information regarding Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is vague and leaves many questions unanswered. Only time will tell if this rumor is actually true. The UV sensor rumor is not the only current rumor that is currently in circulation. Just mere days ago, BGR shared the alleged specs of the upcoming smartphone in a post. There were two versions of this model, including the SM-N910C and SM-N910S, found in the AnTuTu Benchmark database. These versions are the Exynos and Qualcomm versions.

Galaxy Note 4 with Flexible screen limited to niche market

As expected, these versions will come with different system-on-chips. These versions will vary depending on the region the devices are sold in. Both new versions are expected to feature a high-resolution 2K display, 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, 3.68-megapixel front facing camera, and 3GB of RAM. Other reports indicate that Samsung will release two flexible screen and regular screen models. However, it is important to point out that Samsung could be planning to limit the flexible screen version to a niche market. This could mean that the company is using the limited niche market to test out customer reception and that it hopes to eventually make the product available in more markets.

iPhone 6 Release Date Is Near As Foxconn Hires 100K New Workers

Apple Inc.’s iPhone 6 will reportedly enter production in July. And well before the production kicks off, Taiwanese Economic Daily has learned that Foxconn Technology Co Ltd is hiring 100,000 new employees in mainland China to assemble the iPhone 6. Foxconn is expected to be responsible for 70% of the next-gen iPhone units while the remaining 30% will be produced by another Apple partner Pegatron Corporation.

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iPhone 6 production drives biggest job creation boom in China’s recent memory

Pegatron Corporation  is also increasing its workforce in China by 30% to support the huge anticipated demand for the next iPhone. Last year, Foxconn Technology Co Ltd  had hired 90,000 for the iPhone 5S manufacturing. Sources said that Pegatron and Foxconn’s combined hiring efforts for the iPhone 6 production would drive the biggest job creation boom in China’s recent memory.

Besides recruiting new people, Foxconn Technology Co Ltd plans to expand two production lines. The timing of the recruitment drive is right for the widely expected iPhone 6 schedule. Production of the device is rumored to ramp up in July for a September launch. Most people have focused their attention on the 4.7-inch version, which is expected to amount for bulk of the sale. Foxconn will reportedly be the sole supplier of the 5.5-inch model.

iPhone 6 expected to launch in September

While Foxconn Technology Co Ltd  is hiring aggressively in China, the company is laying off employees in India. Just a few days after offering a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS), the Taiwanese company announced that it will cut jobs in Indian coming weeks. Notably, that has nothing to do with the iPhone 6. Foxconn’s Indian unit is dependent on business from Nokia Corporation’s Chennai plant. Nokia is cutting production at the plant due to a tax dispute.

The iPhone 6 is expected to have a tougher-than-concrete sapphire display, iOS 8 operating system, TouchID fingerprint sensor, NFC integration, an upgraded A8 processor, a 13MP main camera with optical image stabilization and a higher price tag.

Apple Inc. shares inched up 0.43% to $91.30 in pre-market trading Monday.

LG Optimus L70 for Cricket

What a better way to celebrate launching of a new service than with a brand new phone? AT&T’s new Cricket Wireless service has been up and running for about two weeks now and the carrier is already looking to expand its Android smartphone portfolio. Starting today Cricket customers can have a wider range of devices to choose from thanks to the addition of the LG Optimus L70 to the roster. The phone is now available from carrier’s stores for just $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.

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If you have your eye on the LG Optimus L70 at a discounted price, you better hurry up since the promotion will be live for a limited time. After the deal expires, the handset will cost $99.99. Of course, you don’t have to worry about long-term commitments. Cricket Wireless is a prepaid brand, hence it doesn’t require contracts. The LG Optimus L70 is a mid-range smartphone that has been already set for sale at Metro PCS. The phone sports a 4.5-inch IPS display with 800 x 480 resolution and is powered by a dual-core MSM8210 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. Under the hood, the device hides 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of internal memory expandable up to 32 GB via microSD slot. Other features include 5-megapixel main camera, VGA front-facing snapper and a 2100 mAh battery which, according to LG, is capable of delivering up to 15 hours of talk time or up to 21 days of standby time.

The Optimus L70 for Cricket ships with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box and a full suite of LG-exclusive apps such as KnockON which lets you wake the phone by double tapping the screen, or Knock Code – an easy way of unlocking your L70 with a preset knock pattern. Other useful features include QSlide and QuickMemo with On-Call Notes which allows you to access the QuickMemo app and take notes while on call. The phone also has a special Guest Mode thanks to which you to restrict access to some areas this way preventing unauthorized persons from viewing content they are not supposed to see.

ZTE Grand S Pro for US Cellular is now available

If you still haven’t found that perfect gift for your dad that would show him in a manly way how much you love him, be sure to check out US Cellular’s new offer. The carrier teamed up with ZTE to launch a large, Android smartphone – the 5-inch ZTE Grand S Pro, just in time for Father’s Day. Packed to the fullest with powerful components, the Grand S Pro is available in US Cellular store starting today for $99.99 with a new two-year contract. If long-term agreements are not your thing, you can grab the phone for $249.99 outright.

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For a price this affordable it would be justified to expect modest hardware, poor performance and unattractive design. However, guys from ZTE worked hard to make sure that none of the above could be said about the Grand S Pro. In fact, the phone has more to offer than some of the more expensive devices. For starters, the ZTE Grand S Pro for US Cellular has a 5-inch display with a decent 720p resolution. The screen is protected from damage by Dragontrail Glass which is equally durable as the more commonly used Gorilla Glass. Under the hood the phone has a quad-core 2.3 GHz

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor paired with 2 GB of RAM, as well as 8 GB of internal memory with an option to add up to 32 GB more through microSD slot. Photography enthusiasts will enjoy the 13-megapixel main camera with Zero Shutter Latency, LED flash, autofocus and multiple shooting modes. There is also a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting and selfies. Other features include Dolby Digital Plus sound, 4G LTE connectivity, dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. Powering the device is a 2,300 mAh battery which is expected to deliver up to 10 hours of talk time or up to 264 hours of standby time. If you really wanted a reason to complain, you could find it in the operating system. The Grand S Pro ships with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which is still a pretty recent version of the platform, but nevertheless not the latest one. Anyway, all things considered, the Grand S Pro offers great value for its price and seems like a worthy alternative to more expensive smartphones.

The iPhone 6 Eye ID Retinal Scanner, iPhone 6C and iPhone Air

The latest iPhone was launched in September so it is still very young player even when we take under consideration that smartphones age rather fast. However, it seems to be old enough for the talks and speculations about next-generation iPhone as they started increasing in intensity. Some of the ideas are pretty creative; maybe even a tad too creative for the present state of technology. For example, Italian designer Set Solutions imagines the iPhone 6 could come with Eye ID Retinal Scanner.

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The Eye ID Retinal Scanner would serve basically for the same purpose as Touch ID,  but could add some more advanced functionality. By using a beam-like technology, the Eye ID Retinal Scanner would scan your retina in order to confirm your identity and let you unlock your phone.

Moreover, the Retina scan could provide easy and secure access to your online banking account or allow you to make purchases from iTunes and the App Store. The idea is interesting; however, chances that we will see it in the next-generation iPhone are close to none at this point. For one, the technology is too expensive and not small enough to fit into a smartphone. More distant future looks more promising, though.

There are some other concepts concerning the next-generation iPhone. One model, known as the Apple iPhone Air is a mixture of iPhone and iPad Air design. Another model, called iPhone 6C, could be the first curved iPhone, hence the „C” in the name.

These concepts, however, are obviously not leaks but imaginative ideas that stand little chance to materialize. At least for now.

iPhone 6 Release Date Confirmed with 10MP Camera

The iPhone 6 will be released in 2014 and most likely it will come with many of the rumored features and specs. In concordance with “Phone Arena”, the iPhone 6 was “confirmed” by a YouTube clip which was uploaded this week. This video came from a website that is totally dedicated to the next iPhone device.

However, Apple did not confirm anything so far, and maybe these specifications are fake.

Two large-screen phones

The new report is similar to many others, and according to it, the new iPhone 6 will come in two display variants: a 5.5inch one and a 4.7inch one. Both of the versions will render the same screen resolution of 1704x960pixels.

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Slim-build on iPhone 6

In the video that we mentioned at the beginning of this article, were specified these dimensions: 138x67x7mm. It seems that Apple intends to make its iPhones thicker and a lot lighter.

Apple will use a new mix of materials such as Liquidmetal alloy, sapphire and graphene for the iPhone’s carcass.

In a report of MacRumors, Jony Ive, the Apple’s chief designer, hinted the presence of some new materials that will come on the 2014 iPhone.

A “beast” in a little phone

The iPhone 6 will come with some great features such as a 64bits application processor with an A8 chip, which will replace the old A7 that came last year with the 5S model.

A 10MP camera

It seems that the iPhone 6 will come with a 10MP primary camera and a front-facing camera of 2.1MP

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Features Specs and Price

The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 is a big screen smartphone at a decent price tag. It improves on the earlier Samsun Galaxy Grand coming with a larger display screen of 5.25 inches and is slightly taller. The resolution has increased to 720p and the pixel density is 280 ppi compared to the 187 ppi of the previous version. The design has also been enhanced with faux leather at the back; processing is more robust with a quad-core Cortex A7 Qualcomm processor. What makes it a winner is that you are getting all the specifications at half the price of around $400, when compared to the previous Grand model.

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Features and Specs

Though the name does not have the ‘duos’ tag to it, it actually supports two GSM SIM cards in a standby mode. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC, clocking at 1.2 GHz, powers the device. This is a mid range processor but it is quite powerful when combined with a RAM of 1.5 GB, which offers excellent multitasking features. The storage is only 8GB, but you can enhance it up to a maximum of 64 GB with the use of the microSD card. The SIMs support 3G speed of a maximum of 21 Mbps. Connectivity includes Wi Fi as well as Bluetooth 4.0.

The device has an LCD screen, and not the most sophisticated AMOLED screen found in higher end devices from Samsung. Text and icons are crisp but there is no full HD screen display.

Operating System

The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 runs on the Android 4.3 version. It is also topped or skinned with TouchWiz user interface from Samsung, so that there is almost no similarity with the stock Android. Lock screen and notifications are placed differently and so are the icons in the status bar. Home screens have also been customized with panels that are scrollable.

My Magazine

My Magazine offers you some news articles from all over the Internet, almost similar to Buzzfeed in the HTC. Users can also make additions, including videos or photographs from their device and also social feeds. Flipboard is also available on the home screen.

Multi Window Features

Like all other big Samsung devices, Multi Window features allow the user to split the screen, so that two applications can run simultaneously. This is very convenient, as you can save a combination of two apps and then launch them together.

S Voice

This is similar to Siri of the iOS. It can be accessed easily by double tapping on the Home button. You can then say ‘Hi Galaxy’, so that voice commands are enabled. With S Voice, you can make calls or send text messages. You can also set up alarms or reminders and add posts to Twitter or launch applications, do web searching and control settings, such as Wi or Bluetooth and so on. Accuracy of S Voice is excellent and the response voice is also very natural. However, you will need a data connection for S Voice, either through Wi Fi or a cellular data connection. Voice controls help you handle calls and also trigger the camera or handle many other basic functions of the phone using your voice. This hands free mode is especially useful while driving.

Applications

Samsung Grand 2 also has access to the Samsung Apps along with the Samsung Hub. Here, you can find books, games and videos as well as many other learning materials. You can then install these apps consisting of videos and books, both free as well as paid ones.

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 offers a well-rounded product and has struck the right balance between the price, the features and the performance.

 

Nokia Lumia 630

The Lumia series is termed by many as the best series by Nokia owing to the smart set of specifications it offers.

If you want to get a low budget, affordable phone that comes packed with impressive specifications list, you can fall back on Nokia Lumia 630.

Nokia Lumia 630 is the first windows 8.1 device and if you want to explore the main features it offers, we will do it for you.

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Form Factor

At 4.5 inches, this phone definitely offers you more than you could ask for at budget price. With an IPS LCD capacitive touch screen and 218 ppi pixel density, you are not going to complain about the color clarity either.  It also has a Corning gorilla glass 3 which adds to the impressive list of specifications.

The design of the phone makes it a commendable choice as the cutting edge finish along with the eclectic colors in which you can have the Nokia Lumia 630 makes it a top choice among youngsters.

The Core Technical Specification

The RAM is dismal as Nokia Lumia 630 comes with a meager 512 MB RAM. If you like to download too many apps, you might not be very happy using it. We expected the RAM configuration to be slightly better, given the other features being offered. However, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor is not bad. You should be able to multitask with ease. However, you are advised to refrain from playing games that involve extra CPU speed and require higher CPU performance.

The Camera Performance

As far as the camera is concerned, you are going to be happy with Nokia Lumia 630. The Lumia series has brought forth a new generation of smart cameras and this model does not disappoint either. While the the phone has a rear camera of 5 MP, you will be able to capture some of the best, detailed and clearer shots. Even the video that you can capture is very good as Nokia Lumia 630 comes with a rating of 720p@30 fps.

However, Nokia Lumia 630 does not have any secondary camera, which is definitely a big disadvantage. Those who love to video call may have to find some other alternative.

The Price Factor

Perhaps the clinching factor in this deal is the smart pricing strategy. The model is priced at $159 and it is hard to find such specifications at this price. Those who are looking for a smart mobile at affordable prices should not miss out on Nokia Lumia 630. There are higher models in this series for those who are willing to spend more money. However, Nokia Lumia 630 is apt for those looking to strike the rare balance between price and features.

It looks like Nokia did the smart thing by launching this model because it has been meticulously designed. One can find smart features, cutting edge form factor and the perfect price in the same model. The reviews for Nokia Lumia 630 are positive and impressive as users found it to be the perfect deal that one could have.