Year Old iPhone 6s Destroys New Galaxy Note 7

Submitted by lalit on August 30, 2016 - 7:06pm.

 

iPhone 6s is now almost a year old device with dual core processor and 2GB RAM, whereas the new just released Samsung Galaxy Note 7 features Octa-core processor and 4GB RAM. Based on these on paper specs you would have guessed that the new Note 7 will destroy the iPhone 6s when it comes to speed test comparison. But you will be so wrong.

PhoneBuff, a YouTube channel known for their smartphone speed test videos posted Galaxy Note 7 vs iPhone 6s speed test, and iPhone wins the test by a large margin. In fact, iPhone 6s was so fast that it finished the second lap even before the Note 7 could finish the first lap.

 

 

It might look like the iPhone 6s was faster because of lower resolution 750p screen. However, a video posted by PhoneBuff, in which they compared Note 7 running at 720p and 2K resolutions finishing within one second of each other disproves this theory. Loading of apps is more CPU intensive rather than depending on GPU, that powers the screen resolution. It’s here that Apple is well ahead of the lot. Because of this, even one year old iPhone with dual core CPU is leaving every other smartphone on the market in the dust.

 

Alleged iPhone 7 Specs Leaked with Specific Camera Details

Submitted by lalit on August 29, 2016 - 7:03pm.

A leak posted on Weibo has revealed specs of upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, giving specific details about cameras on both the devices along with other information. The new iPhones will have same resolution screens as the current models and both will feature the new A10 processor with M10 motion co-processor.

On the camera side, The smaller iPhone 7 will have 12-megapixel unit featuring f/1.9 aperture (compared to f/2.2 on iPhone 6S) and bigger 1.3 µm pixel size, with 1/2.6” sensor (compared to 1/3” sensor on iPhone 6s). The bigger iPhone 7 Plus will feature a new dual camera system with two 12-megapixel 1/3” sensors and f/1.9 aperture.

One other spec that was posted in the leak was RAM, iPhone 7 will have 2GB LPDDR4 RAM and 7 Plus will have 3GB LPDDR4 RAM. More RAM on the Plus model is likely to support the new dual camera system as it will need more image processing.

Apple has already announced September 7th press event, where we would find out exact details about the new iPhones.

 

Apple Announces September 7, iPhone 7 Event

Submitted by lalit on August 29, 2016 - 1:36pm.

As was rumored Apple today sent out invitations for September 7th iPhone event. Apple will have an invitation-only event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on Wednesday, September 7, at 10:00 AM PST. Apple has also announced that the event will be live streamed on Apple TV and online on Apple’s website.

It is rumored that Apple will announce the next generation iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 at this event and will start shipping these devices with in 2 weeks. The new iPhone 7 will look almost identical to the current generation iPhone except for the antenna lines. However, the internals of the new iPhone will see major upgrade with faster A10 processor, bigger battery and a new camera system.

Even Apple’s invite for the event hints at the new camera system with the Bokeh Apple shape. Apple will be using a new dual camera system on the bigger iPhone Plus model that will bring better color, better field of depth and sharper images, along with the ability to have optical zoom.

Even though the iPhone may look almost same from the outside, I believe this will be the biggest hardware advancement since Apple brought the first 64-bit A7 chip to the smartphone world in 2013. This will be an interesting event.

 

Samsung Unveils the New Galaxy Note7

Submitted by lalit on August 2, 2016 - 1:17pm.

Samsung today unveiled new Galaxy Note7 smartphone featuring smarter S Pen, HDR capable screen and iris scanner. Design-wise Note7 is very similar to Galaxy S7 Edge with a curved 5.7-inch Dual edge Super AMOLED screen with 2560 x 1440 resolution.

“The Galaxy Note7 combines productivity and entertainment, and strong security features. Powering a robust ecosystem, it is the ideal device for those who want to achieve more in life,” said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “Life moves faster than ever now so we created the Galaxy Note7 to move with users – helping them get things done more easily wherever, whenever.”

Other features of the smartphone are Octa-core processor, 12-megapixel camera, 5-megapixel front camera, 4GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, up to 256GB microSD card slot, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C, NFC and LTE Cat.9. Sensors included on the smartphone are barometer, fingerprint, gyro, geomagnetic, hall HRM, Iris, proximity and RGB light.

The Galaxy Note7 will be available starting on August 19, and will be offered in Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium and Black Onyx. No word on price yet. Check out the official introduction video posted by Samsung on Youtube below.

 

 

Samsung Completely Out, TSMC In for A10 and A11 Chips

Submitted by lalit on July 19, 2016 - 2:17pm.

Chinese language newspaper, Economic Daily News, reported today that TSMC will be exclusive producer of not only upcoming A10 processor but also next generation A11 processor. This news adds support to the report published in May 2016, saying TSMC has begun to tape out the design for Apple’s A11 processor and plans to start small volume production of A11 chips in first half of 2017.

Samsung and TSMC are currently sharing production of Apple’s A9 processor. However, as tests have pointed out, TSMC made A9 processors run slightly faster, cooler and offers better battery life. Even though the difference between the two A9 processors is small, it clearly shows the lead TSMC has over Samsung in manufacturing process. And the rumors are that TSMC will extend that lead with their 10nm FinFET process which Apple will use for A11 processor.

This is good news for both Apple and TSMC and bad news for Samsung, as Apple was their biggest customer when it came to chip manufacturing.

[Via DigiTimes]

 

Tesla Unveils Model 3 - A $35,000 Electric Car

Submitted by lalit on April 1, 2016 - 3:22pm.

After years of speculations and wait, Tesla has finally announced Model 3, a $35,000 electric car. However, you won’t be able to get your hands on the car yet, as it won’t ship till end of 2017 and if pre-orders are any indication that wait might be till 2019. Tesla already has 200,000 pre-orders for the new car. According to the company’s CEO Elon Mush, that is more than $7.5 billion in revenue.

At the launch event yesterday, Musk claimed that the base Model 3 will do 0-60 mph in under 6 seconds, will have 215 miles range at least, offer autopilot, supercharging and one continuous pane of glass roof. Like the model S, the 3 will also have front and rear trunks and a large 15-inch LCD screen on the dashboard. Seating will be for five adults with enough room in the back for 6 feet tall adults.

Model 3 will come in single and dual motor versions. The single motor model 3 will be rear-wheel drive sedan and dual motor version will be all-wheel drive sedan. Musk also promised a quicker version that will have faster 0-60 time, but won’t be as fast as Insane mode on Model S.

Overall, Model 3 looks really interesting and shows the future of cars in a bright light. See the new car in action and Model 3 unveil event in videos below.

[More info about Model 3]

 

Apple Planning to Ship Ultra-Thin 13- and 15-inch MacBooks in Second Half of 2016

Submitted by lalit on March 22, 2016 - 5:38pm.

DigiTimes is reporting that Apple is planning to ship new ultra-thin 13- and 15-inch MacBooks by end of second quarter. The new MacBooks will have design similar to current 12-inch MacBook and it will be thinner than MacBook Air.

There have been multiple rumors that Apple is working on new MacBook Pro laptops that are thinner and lighter than current Pros. And will have similar design to last years 12-inch MacBook. Even though the new MacBooks will be thinner and lighter they will offer pro level performance.

It is very likely that Apple will announce the new laptops at WWDC and will ship them by third quarter.

[Via DigiTimes]

 

Apple Announces 9.7-inch iPad Pro with Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Support

Submitted by lalit on March 21, 2016 - 5:29pm.

Apple today introduced new 9.7-inch iPad Pro featuring a new pro Retina display, 64-bit A9X processor, 12-megapixel iSight camera with 4K video and 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro also supports the excellent Apple Pencil and a new Smart Keyboard cover.

The pro Retina display offers a True Tone display, which uses new four-channel sensors to dynamically adjust the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate, paper-white viewing experience. The advanced Retina display is 25 percent brighter and 40 percent less reflective than iPad Air 2, making content even easier to see indoors and out. It uses the same wider color gamut as the iMac with Retina 5K display, delivering 25 percent greater color saturation for more vivid colors. A custom timing controller, photo alignment and oxide TFT deliver incredible color, contrast and clarity.

The iPad Pro is just 6.1 mm thin and weigh under one pound while offering super fast A9X chip, 802.11ac WiFi with MIMO, 50 percent faster LTE Advanced and console class graphics. Apple claims that the iPad Pro offers better graphics performance that Xbox 360. The four-speaker audio system provides powerful, clear and rich stereo sound for more than twice the audio output.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space gray, gold and a new rose gold metallic finish, and starts at $599 (US) for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $729 (US) for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Both iPad Pro sizes are available in offerings of 32GB, 128GB and a new 256GB capacity. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro will be available to order beginning Thursday, March 24, from Apple.com, and in Apple’s retail stores, through select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers on Thursday, March 31, in Australia, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US. 

Apple Introduces iPhone SE at Awesome Starting Price of $399

Submitted by lalit on March 21, 2016 - 1:58pm.

Apple today introduced their new 4-inch iPhone SE with matte-chamfered edges and a color-matched stainless steel Apple logo. Even though the new iPhone looks almost identical to iPhone 5s from the outside, the inside have been completely changed. The iPhone SE features 64-bit A9 chip, a 12-megapixel iSight camera with live Photos and 4K video and Touch ID with Apple Pay. Apple has also updated the wireless chipsets for three times faster WiFi and 50 percent faster LTE. The front facing camera has also been updated to HD camera with Retina Flash for perfect selfies.

Apple claims that the new iPhone SE is the most powerful four-inch smartphone, offering two times faster CPU and three times faster GPU performance compared to iPhone 5s. And with the A9 processor it might be one of the fastest smartphones available today in any size. Like on the big brother iPhone 6s, the A9 processor also brings along M9 motion coprocessor for features like always on “Hey Siri” and a range of fitness tracking capabilities like measuring steps and distance.

iPhone SE will be available in space gray, silver, gold and rose gold metallic finishes in 16GB and 64GB models starting at $399 (US) from Apple’s retail stores, Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers. Customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US will be able to order iPhone SE beginning Thursday, March 24, with availability beginning Thursday, March 31.

 

CES 2016: LG Showcases 98-inch 8k Display

Submitted by lalit on January 5, 2016 - 3:27pm.

LG brought their first ever 98-inch 8K display to CES 2016. The display offers 16 times the resolution of normal full HD TV and four times the resolution of 4K TVs. Other TV Manufacturers have show 8K TVs before, but this is the first display running at 120Hz, which should result in smoother video.

Though Market is not yet ready for 8K TVs and will not be ready for next 5-6 years, but this shows where the technology is heading and how close to reality picture quality will get in future.