CES

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 official, 6.1-inch 4G

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G is now official and it arrived with quite a bang . The phablet keeps the 6.1″ 720p screen which seems bit dissappointing given full hd would have been better for such a massive phone but nevertheless its expected to be a budget friendly phone and Huawei has updated the chipset with more processing power and faster connectivity.

The Ascend Mate 2 4G features a Snapdragon chipset with four CPU cores clocked at 1.6GHz (we’re hearing Cortex-A7) and 2GB RAM. The phablet will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with the custom Emotion UI 2.0 from Huawei.

The camera iss upgraded to a 13MP shooter (f/2.0, 28mm lens, Sony sensor) with 1080p video recording. There’s an impressive 5MP, f/2.4 front-facing camera with 1.4µm pixels (that’s UltraPixel size). The storage has been doubled to 16GB (with a microSD card for more).
Speaking of upgrades, the connectivity goes from the 3G of the original to Cat. 4 LTE, which does up to 150Mbps downlink. The beefy 4,050mAh battery is still here and this time it even has the option to charge other phones.
Huawei has actually managed to slim down the Ascend Mate 2 4G, which is now 9.5mm thick (down from 9.9mm) and bezels are a bit thinner, the device now measures. It weighs virtually the same too (202g, up from 198g).

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 is expected to be launched at Rs 28999
Here’s the first promo video for the Ascend Mate 2 4G:

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 802 and 602A SoC for smart TVs and in car infotainment Intime for CES

Qualcomm has officially taken wraps of its Snapdragon 802 processor that is designed exclusively for streaming 4K content on your televisions. The semi-conductor giant also introduced its Snapdragon 602A chipset to improve the infotainment in cars.

The Snapdragon 802 is a SoC with quad-core CPU that shares a lot with the company’s Snapdragon 800 and 805 mobile processors. Qualcomm’s newest addition comes with a quad-core Krait 1.8 GHz CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, two-stream, dual-band 802.11 ac connectivity, AllJoyn integration and Snapdragon’s studio access content protection feature.

Apart from streaming 4K content on your televisions, the chipset will also bring a much improved app experience, according to Tim McDonough, Qualcomm’s VP of Marketing. The SoC comes with a video processing engine, which converts 1080p content to also Ultra HD content. Snapdragon 802 can be built into both TVs as well as set-top boxes and can be used for multitasking.

On the other hand, the Snapdragon 602A processor focuses on improving the infotainment system in automobiles. The chipset comes with a quad-core Krait CPU and Adreno 320 GPU and features Hexagon DPS, integrated GNSS baseband processing and additional cores for high performance audio, video and communication in cars.

The first of its kind SoC has been designed to meet all the industry standards like temperature, longevity, quality and reliability. Snapdragon 602A is also integrated with Gobi 9×15 multimode 3G/4G LTE connectivity and has VIVE 2-stream, dual-band 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth LE 4.0 radios on board.

The first product with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 802 SoC is expected to debut later this year, while the company will start sampling the 600A chipset in cars by the end of first quarter.

Micromax LapTab dual boot Android and Windows 8.1 device announced before CES

Popular budget smartphone brand, Micromax, just announced its entry into a brand new product category. At the Consumer Electronics Show, The company has announced a dual boot tablet that will join its line of products which includes smartphones, tablets and HDTVs.
Micromax-Canvas-LapTab
Called the LapTab, the Micromax product will be powered by an Intel Atom processor. The device will run both Windows 8.1 and Android Jelly Bean so that you can switch between the two depending on your usage requirement. The rest of the specifications are fairly mid range. The processor is clocked at 1.46Ghz and is paired with 2GB of RAM. You also get 32GB of built in storage.
The tablet has a 10.1 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800. You also get a rear facing 2MP camera. There’s still no word on pricing but the Micromax LapTab is expected to go on sale starting next month and will be retail with a wireless keyboard. The dual boot tablet category is an interesting entry for the indigenous brand and should provide an interesting balance between productivity and entertainment applications. We’ll have more on the product once we get our hands on it. The price is estimated to be below RS 25000

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 & Tab Pro tablets confirmed, full specs leaked

Thanks to a Samsung billboard at CES floor in Las Vegas, the company’s upcoming Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Tab Pro tablets have been confirmed ahead of the official announcement early-tomorrow (later today as per US time).

Here is a look at the specifications of these tablets:

Samsung Galaxy Note PRO 12.2-inch (with S-Pen)

  • Processor: Exynos 5 Octa (1.9GHz x 4 + 1.3GHz x 4) (Wi-Fi/3G model), Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz x 4 (LTE model)
  • 12.2-inch 2560x1600p display (WQXGA)
  • 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • 3GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB of internal storage
  • 9500mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat

Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 12.2-inch

  • Processor: Exynos 5 Octa (1.9GHz x 4 + 1.3GHz x 4) (Wi-Fi/3G model), Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz x 4 (LTE model)
  • 12.2-inch 2560x1600p display (WQXGA)
  • 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • 3GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB of internal storage
  • 9500mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • No S-Pen

Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1-inch

  • Processor: Exynos 5 Octa (1.9GHz x 4 + 1.3GHz x 4) (Wi-Fi/3G model), Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz x 4 (LTE model)
  • 10.1-inch 2560x1600p display (WQXGA)
  • 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • 2GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB of internal storage
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 8220mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4-inch

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (2.3GHz x 4)
  • 8.4-inch 2560x1600p display (WQXGA)
  • 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • 2GB of RAM, 16GB/32GB of internal storage
  • 4800mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat