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Verizon releases Kyocera Brigadier with Sapphire Shield

Posted by wicked July - 31 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

With rumours swirling about that the new iPhone will be using sapphire crystal glass for its display screen among others, it seems that another OEM has gotten ahead of them. Verizon has officially announced that the Kyocera Brigadier, which has the sought after Sapphire Shield, is now available exclusively with the carrier.

While the Japanese brand may not be at the forefront of mobile devices, Kyocera released a teaser video a few days ago showing just how tough the sapphire display really is. The Brigadier specs are not on par with most new Android phones now, but it is pretty decent. It has a 4.5-inch screen with a 720p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and runs on a 1.4GHz quad core SOC.

But remember that Kyocera manufactures smartphones that are for rough terrain and this one is no different as it has a lot of great ruggedisation features. It has IP68 dust and water resistance and can be submerged up to 30 minutes in six feet of water without suffering any damage. It is US MIL-STD-810G-rated which means it has protection against several environmental conditions like strong vibration and temperature extremes. But of course everyone is looking forward to the Sapphire Shield, which is “virtually scratchproof” and can even survive if you drop it screen-first onto rocks below.

Verizon is offering the Brigadier at $99 under a 2-year agreement and at $19.99/month if you want to split it into 20 payments. The price is not bad, despite the aforementioned simple specs, since you could expect to keep the phone for years due to its “rugged good looks”.

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SOURCE: Verizon

Tip: Manually Adjust the Display Color and Contrast on the LG G3

Posted by Kellex July - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

In our LG G3 review and on the DL Show, I talked a bit about how I thought the QHD display presented colors a bit muted and somewhat washed out, especially when compared to the LCD or AMOLED used in the One (M8) or Galaxy S5. While I wouldn’t call that a deal breaker or even an issue you should worry about, it would be nice if there were some settings to adjust the color to your liking, similarly to how Samsung allows on the GS5. Thankfully, there sort of is.

As reader thedanks pointed out in the comments of our review, under accessibility settings, LG has built-in a color contrast adjustment tool. By enabling the setting and then dragging around the on-screen circle, you can manually tweak the way colors are presented on your device. 

The screenshots do not represent the color changes, but you will quickly notice on your G3 that if you move the circle off to the left or right, you can adjust the colors your display shows dramatically. As also mentioned in the comments, leaving the circle just above the camera icon seems to be a good spot with just the right amount of contrast that adds a little bit of a color pop.

To access this setting, head into Settings>Accessibility>Color adjustment.

Cheers thedanks!

Tip: Manually Adjust the Display Color and Contrast on the LG G3 is a post from: Droid Life

LTE-A Galaxy S 5′s 2k screen gets reviewed, shows improvement over current models

Posted by wicked July - 16 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Last year, we saw Samsung release a slightly tuned-up version of the Galaxy S 4, complete with LTE-A support. The same thing happened this year, with the GS5 Broadband LTE-A getting released in South Korea with a Snapdragon 805, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage, all slightly better than what comes with the standard Galaxy S 5. The most important difference, however, is the 2k screen that comes with the LTE-A version of the device.

The GS5 LTE-A marks the first official 2k smartphone from Samsung, and while the screen on the original Galaxy S 5 is very impressive, it looks like Samsung’s 2k panel is showing some visible improvements. Benchmarks in color accuracy and saturation all score the 2k screen noticeably better than the 1080p screen. The higher resolution screen loses a bit of maximum brightness compared to the 1080p display, but that’s a small trade-off for the marked improvements in so many other areas.

AnandTech goes into detailed scrutiny of the device’s screen, as well as how it compares to other Android devices and Apple’s iPhone, and the GS5 with LTE-A typically comes out close to the top. Unfortunately, we’re still not sure how the extra resolution is going to treat the battery, but if you’re interested in the nitty-gritty details of pure display quality, hit the link below.

source: AnandTech

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Monday Poll: What’s the Perfect Smartphone Display Size?

Posted by Tim-o-tato June - 23 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Manufacturers are showing no signs of slowing the trend that is increasing display size, with companies like Huawei now releasing phones that are blowing past the 6-inch mark. Current flagships from LG, Samsung, and HTC are all 5-inches and over. We touched on this a few weeks back. If there is any consolation, we can at least be thankful that companies are finding ways to decrease bezel size, meaning that even though displays are getting bigger, sizes of the phones are not changing too much.

In the end, though, do people actually need that much display? Well, you tell us.

For this poll, select your preferred display size range, then comment below with your perfect size. If you see your size posted already in the comments, vote it up.

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll.

Monday Poll: What’s the Perfect Smartphone Display Size? is a post from: Droid Life

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OPPO’s premium Find 7 now available for pre-order

Posted by wicked June - 17 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

In April, Chinese phone manufacturer OPPO put out the Find 7a, the more affordable version of the outfit’s more premium Find 7 smartphone. After teasing us with the Find 7a, OPPO has now made the Find 7 available for pre-order in certain areas, including the US. As always, there will be freebies for the first few who avail of the pre-order.

If you are in the United States and you have been waiting for OPPO’s premium-looking Find 7 to finally be released, the wait is over – today is that day. The Find 7, a big step up from the Find 7a in terms of specs, is now available at the OPPO Style portal for pre-orders and it costs USD$599. The portal will also inform you that the unit itself will ship early in July. Early pre-orders – the first 1000, according to an official Facebook post – will get a free iLike PowerBank together with their new phone.

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The Find 7 is available in the same color schemes as the Find 7a – white, astro black, and midnight. Under the hood, the Find 7 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor – four cores running at 2.5Ghz. It gives users a generous serving of the faster LPDDR3 RAM, 3GBs of it to be exact. The display will also be a delicious Quad HD 5.5 inch screen, with a 2560×1440 native resolution. The pixel count for this beautiful beast ramps up to 538 PPI, making sure that you get all the eye-candy you need.

There is very little here not to like, and a lot that is cool and wonderful. We’ve already mentioned the 13MP rear camera that, because of a software process, is able to take super-detailed 50 megapixel (!!) images. The device will have 32GB of storage space as default, but you can bump that up to 128GBs via microSD. If you want one, go ahead and pre-order here.

SOURCE: OPPO

New teaser videos from LG give us an official look at the LG G3

Posted by wicked May - 23 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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As we head into a long holiday weekend ahead of LG’s launch event for the LG G3, the company has released some videos on their Korean YouTube channel to tease the device. If all of the leaked images have left you wondering how accurate they may be, you may want to check out these official shots of the device. The most telling of the videos is the one highlighting the design of the LG G3 as it provides a nice shot of the device. The other two videos highlight the G3′s QHD display and the camera, although there is not much to tell from the videos.

You can check out all three videos after the break.

LG G3 – Design

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LG G3 – Display

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LG G3 – Camera

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LG 5.5-inch 2K display certified, ready for the LG G3

Posted by wicked May - 8 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

LG Display, the Korean manufacturer’s display panel production arm, has announced some good news for fans of LG‘s smartphones. It’s 5.5-inch QHD screen has just received its certification and will soon be heading to LG’s upcoming flagship, most likely the LG G3.

LG isn’t the first one to reveal a QHD panel for smartphones. Last October, Japan Display Inc. (JDI) unveiled a slightly smaller 5.4-inch 2560×1440 screen. One difference is that with LG’s own display being certified, by international certification organization NEMKO no less, we are immediately assured that this will be landing in an actual device really soon.

This QHD panel has a diagonal span of 5.5 inches and a pixel resolution of 2560×1440, achieving a pixel density of 538 ppi, only slightly lower than JDI’s 543 ppi. But more than just cramming more pixels inside, the panel achieves the same or even better performance as Full HD panels, overcoming technical difficulties that normally plague screen with a higher pixel count. This means 100 percent RGB color reproduction, higher levels of brightness, and sharper images and text even if you zoom in. LG claims that the display will allow users to watch their Blu-ray quality videos in vivid detail. The panel also boasts of a thickness, or rather thinness, of only 1.2 mm and a bezel reaching only 1.15 mm.

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Perhaps the biggest take away for end users is something that LG mentions almost in passing. According to its press statement, LG will be unveiling this new QHD LCD panel together with LG’s flagship smartphone for the first half of 2014. This could very well be referring to the rumored LG G3, already believed to sport a 2K resolution display, that was hinted to be announced later this month.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime rumors resurface in lieu of LG G3 expectations

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Talk of Samsung outing a ramped up QHD version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has once again returned as rumors of the future LG G3 start pouring in. While both devices are, aside from being based pure speculation, a good few months away, this move might upset some of the fans and early adopters of Samsung’s latest flagship given how close the two releases would be.

Rumors and leaks point our attention to a device codenamed “kq”. For reference, the Galaxy S5 has a code of “klte”, which is what ROM makers like CyanogenMod labels the device. The rumors still keep on coming even after Samsung CEO JK Shin outrightly denied that a premium version of the flagship will be coming. However, sentiments and stances might have changed in light of the LG G3, expected to come sometime later this year, which is expected to arrive with, among other things, a 1440p 2K screen.

The specs rumored for this Galaxy S5 Prime sound mostly like those expected for the Galaxy S5 itself before Samsung proved them wrong. There is, of course, the QHD screen, offering users and improved viewing experience in 2560×1440 pixels. But more than that, there is also renewed expectation that the Prime smartphone will run on an Exynos 5430. If one can recall, this chip offers not only the usual ARM big.LITTLE setup but also one of the few to boast of a 64-bit architecture.

It sounds almost a bit ridiculous, almost suicidal, and more like wishful thinking brought about by disappointment that Samsung would be outing a higher end smartphone this close to the rather successful commercial launch of its flagship. But then again, the Korean manufacturer has been known to do ridiculous things in the name of rivalry. Still, there will be no small amount of backlash from among its own followers should Samsung prove these rumors to be correct. It might be better off putting such features in the Galaxy Note 4, though not everyone probably wants a poking stick with their slab.

VIA: SlashGear

JDI reveals power-effecient 10.1-inch 4K2K LCD module

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

The age of Ultra HD displays will soon be descending upon our mobile devices and Japan Display Inc., also known as JDI, wants to be at the forefront of that change. It has just announced a new 10.-inch LCD module for tablets that not only boasts of 4K2K resolutions but also of low power consumption.

This isn’t actually the first time that JDI announced a high-resolution display module Last October, it unveiled a similar 4K2K display but one that was intended for larger 12.1-inch devices, probably along the lines of touch-enabled notebooks and ultrabooks. This time, JDI is producing one fit for the more common tablet form-factor of 10.1 inches. At a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels, this gives the module a very high pixel density of 438 ppi. In comparison, the highest ppi so far in the market today belongs to the iPad mini with retina at 326 ppi but only at 7.9 inches.

However, higher pixel counts usually translate to higher power consumption as well, but JDI wants to differentiate itself in that aspect as well. The manufacturer wants to assure its present and future customers that its 4K2K panel offers both high resolution and low power draw. To be precise, it says that its power consumption is only as high as that of a 10.1-inch WQXGA displays, those with 2560×1600 pixel resolutions.

4K videos and video recording are becoming much advertised features on cameras and TVs, but our mobile devices still need a bit of catching up. JDI hasn’t announced when it will be ready to ship these modules to device manufacturers so it’s unlikely we’ll see any Android tablet with this 4K2K display soon but hopefully it’s a start.

SOURCE: Japan Display Inc.

Japan Display develops low-power, high performance 10.1-inch 4K tablet screen

Posted by Tom April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Tech company Japan Display has unveiled its latest innovation, a 10.1-inch LCD display that offers 2,840 x 2,160 (4K2K) pixel display for tablets at an all important low power consumption rate.

The display uses low-temperature poly silicon (LTPC) technology, which the company developed a while ago and offers low power consumption, low profile and narrow dead-band features.

The power usage is equivalent to that of a 10.1-inch WQXGA LCD module, despite the much higher resolution. Samples are currently being shipped.

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