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ASUS announces the ZenFone 2 flagship at CES 2015

Posted by wicked January - 6 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Finally, we get to see the much hyped new flagship phone from ASUS – and no, it doesn’t have dual rear cameras, if that’s what you immediately wanted to know. But the rest of what was unveiled at CES 2015 in Las Vegas as the ASUS ZenFone 2 makes for a pretty strong argument at the mid-range price point.

First up, the ZenFone 2 carries an Intel Atom Z3580 2.3Ghz quad-core processor, which ASUS claims is faster than some quad-core processors out there. They were hesitant to name competitors in this statement, but are they referring to MediaTek or Rockchip cores? They also claim that the embedded GPU on the Intel chip can perform 8 times better than other GPUs. Well and good, but these claims need some solid benchmarking numbers behind them. After that, there’s the large(ish) 5.5-inch Full HD (1080p) display, running Android 5.0 Lollipop.


The ZenFone 2 is packing 4GB of RAM, which means more fuel for that Intel Atom proc. ASUS says that the new smartphone should exhibit zero lag time on touch inputs. Pretty hefty claim. The smartphone is also LTE-capable, a relatively new thing for Intel SoC’s. Finally, all of these elements will draw power from a generous 3,000mAh battery.


Then we get to the much hyped camera technology. It isn’t the dual rear cameras that we were expecting, but the 13MP camera has what ASUS calls PixelMaster technology, which is a proprietary method of backlighting your images. ASUS claims that this camera will be able to light up your night pictures by as much as 400% – again we need some real world numbers to back that up, but the tech shouldn’t be too complicated to execute.


The release date of the new ASUS ZenFone 2 is slated for March, and ASUS is targeting a price point at around USD$200. Of course, carriers and telcos will have their say on that number, so expect that to change a little bit.



Cherry Mobile goes Alpha with new Windows tablet and smartphone

Posted by Tom September - 29 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Cherry Mobile is set to release a double helping of Windows 8.1 with the Alpha Style smartphone and Alpha Play tablet.

The Alpha Play tablet is an 8-inch tablet with an IPS LCD display at 1,280 x 720 pixels.

It runs on an Intel Atom Z3735D quad-core processor clocked at 1.33GHz and comes with 1GB of RAM and 16GB storage.

The tablet is set to be released at around $177 first in the Philippines.

It comes with a 5MP rear camera and an 2MP front-facer, as well as WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0 support and a microUSB 2.0 port. The battery is a 3500 mAh model.

Via tablet-news

Lenovo ThinkPad 10 Intel Atom Bay Trail tablet on the way

Posted by Tom April - 9 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Winding its way onto retail sites is the latest Lenovo tablet, the 10-inch Windows-running ThinkPad 10, which is powered by the upcoming high-power Intel Atom Bay Trail Z3795 processor.

The new Lenovo tablet features an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front cam, as well as purpose-built stylus support.

It also has microSD card expansion, a 33 Whr battery and WiFi connectivity.

It’s geared toward the multipurpose user, honing in on business types such features as a FingerPrint Scanner, Smart Card reader and Windows 8.1 Pro. It’s expected to cost around $1300.

Via tablet-news

Intel-powered 10.1-inch Teclast P19HD tablet

Posted by Tom March - 31 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

A high-powered new Teclast tablet will be out in April. The 10.1-inch P19HD is powered by the Intel Atom Z2580 processor, which runs at 2.0GHz. The 1920 x 1200 Retina screen is helped along by the built-in PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU and the aspect ratio’s ultra-widescreen 16:10.

The P19HD has 2GB of LPDDR2 RAM, which makes better use of the battery than DDR3 RAM, and the firmware runs on eMMC storage.
Further bulking up the power is a third-generation 7500mAh lithium battery, promising up to 60 days standby, 5 hours HD playback and 10 hours of standard use.

It also features a 5MP camera, WiFi and more. If the price is right, this could be an attractive slate.

Via imp3

ECS Android tablet packs new Intel Atom Bay Trail processor

Posted by Tom March - 6 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Taiwanese brand ECS has revealed its ECS TA80TA1 – one of the first tablets to run on an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor.
The chips are part of Intel’s plan to break the budget market with low-powered and inexpensive chips. The ECS tablet on display at MWC featured an 8-inch, 1280 x 800 display, a 1.83 GHz Intel Atom Z3735E quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16 GB storage, running Android 4.4.2 Jelly Bean.

Other features included front and back cameras, MicroUSB, HDMI-out and a microSD slot.
As ECS doesn’t usually sell devices directly to consumers, this tablet may resurface with different branding.

Via liliputing

Double helping of chips: New Intel Atom & Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Processors

Posted by Tom February - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Intel and Qualcomm announced their latest tablet tech leaps at MWC. Intel’s finally provided the, um…intel, on its latest processors, the Atom Z3460 and Atom Z3480, previously referred to as Merrifield – now code-named Moorefield. They will power the next batch of Android devices with their 64-bit, quad-core processing power.
Qualcomm’s +1 update to the Snapdragon 800, the 801, betters its predecessor in performance by 14 percent and graphics by 28 percent. It’s 100 percent compatible with Snapdragon 800 and uses the same Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU, with the added bonuses of Cat4 LTE support, dual-SIM dual active mode and 1080p video.

Via Intel and Androidcommunity

Intel completes work on 64-bit version of Android for Atom processors

Posted by wicked January - 10 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Intel logoAndroid OEMs and chip makers are forging ahead with the move to 64-bits and it looks like it could be Intel who gets their first. The microprocessor giant is reported to have finished work on a 64-bit version of Android’s Linux kernel that has been designed especially for its Silvermont low power SoC processor microarchitecture. Silvermont is the foundation for two SoC ranges: Merrifield, which is intended for smartphones, and Bay Trail, which is aimed at tablets and hybrid devices.

During CES Intel revealed that it has been making code contributions to the 64-bit version of Android 4.4 KitKat and that the kernel work is now complete. According to Hermann Eul, Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group, Intel has worked to ensure that, at the kernel level at least, OEMs using Silvermont based Atom processors have a 64-bit version of Android available for use on their devices.

There is currently little or no news about Google’s plans to support 64-bits in Android but Intel has gone ahead and added support itself.

We don’t want partners to be held up (by Google’s delay). And when Google does provide that, partners can just slot that code into place.
Hermann Eul

android architecture 64-bit kernel by intel

Android is a complex modern operating system that consists of multiple layers with the Linux kernel at the bottom where the software meets the hardware. On top of the kernel are other layers like the various Android libraries, the Android run-time, different application frameworks and then on the very top the actual apps. Intel has ensured that the bottom layer, the kernel, will boot and work in 64-bit mode on Silvermont processors. However the rest of the layers seem at the moment to remain 32-bit and it is likely that a full conversion to 64-bits will take some time.

It isn’t clear what sort of changes Intel has made since the Linux kernel has support 64-bit architectures for many years. More details about Intel’s support for 64-bit Android, especially for Merrifield based smartphones, are expected at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona next month.

GSmart 7 tablet touts Intel Atom, rumored to launch soon

Posted by wicked September - 13 - 2013 - Friday Comments Off

There will never be a dearth of mid- to low-end tablets that has just enough “oomph” to get your mobile needs satisfied without making your wallet groan. One such example is this GSmart 7 tablet that tipped to be coming in the near future, sporting specs that will hopefully have a matching price.


The GSmart 7 is definitely not going to be a powerhouse. It has a single-core Intel Atom Z2460, which means it runs at only 1.6 GHz. It also has 1 GB of RAM and a choice of 8 or 16 GB of internal storage, expandable to up to 32 GB with a micro SD card. As the name suggests, it sports a 7-inch display with a measly 1024×600 resolution. It does have two cameras, though. A 2 megapixel front-facing one and 3 megapixels on the rear.

While the GSmart won’t be winning awards, it seems to be designed to last. At least judging by the appearance, it seems to be enclosed by case that’s built to withstand some amount of rough handling. The 4,100 mAh battery sounds also somewhat long-lasting, giving 6 hours of video playback, 10 hours of music, or 6 hours with WiFi turned on.

No date or price yet for this odd tablet, but it will probably be shocking if it gets a price tag that isn’t much lower than mid-range tablets today. There is also no mention of the Android version, if it’s running Android at all. Though with the growing trend of Intel-based Android tablets lately, that is quite likely to be the case.

VIA: VR-Zone


Siva Cycle Atom uses pedal power to charge your USB devices

Posted by wicked April - 25 - 2013 - Thursday Comments Off


While the idea of generating power from a bike isn’t anything new, the Siva Cycle Atom aims to improve on the idea by creating a system that not only can charge devices like your Android smartphone while you pedal, but can even provide you battery power long after ending your ride.

The idea of the Atom is to create an unintrusive battery system that is easy to install on just about any bike and works through the power of pedaling. Any USB-powered device will work with the Siva Cycle Atom. The device charges at a rate of 5V @ up to 500mA, about the same amount of power as a typical PC USB 2.0 port. That’s not as fast a wall charger, but still not half-bad.

Need more power once your off the bike? The Atom includes a detachable 1,300mAh battery pack. Now 1,300mAh might not be a lot, but it should be more than enough to give your phone or tablet an extra jolt of electricity to keep it going until you get back on the bike or find yourself a wall socket.

The only catch to the Siva Cycle Atom is that it doesn’t exist yet. The project is now on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, allowing you to pledge $95 to get your hands on the Atom, which is about a $15 discount over the projected retail cost. It’s also worth noting that for every ten Atoms it sells, they will donate one Siva Cycle Atom device to those in need of easily accessible electric charging.

What do you think of the Siva Cycle Atom, could you see yourself using one of these or not?

ZTE Debuts the GEEK – Equipped With New Intel Atom Processor Clocked at 2GHz

Posted by Tim-o-tato April - 10 - 2013 - Wednesday Comments Off

This morning, Chinese device manufacturer ZTE announced its newest smartphone, the GEEK. It is the first ZTE device powered by Intel’s shiny new 32nm Atom processor, known as the Z2580. It has a few decent specs, such as its 5″ 720p display, a 2,300mAh battery, Android 4.2 “Jelly Bean,” 8GB eMMC+1GBRAM, and an 8MP back shooter.  [...]
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