The Galaxy S4 flagship device is having a dust and water resistant counterpart and is said to bear the “Active” moniker. Though at first glance the GS4 Active looks identical to its predecessor, it actually has several added new features which can be noticed through serious and thorough scrutiny.
Officially dubbed as Samsung I9295 Galaxy S4 Active, the device features a quad-core processor of 1.9GHz that comes with a GPU of Adreno 320. This means it has a chipset of Snapdragon 600. While the screen size (5.0 inch) and resolution (1080p) are said to be similar with the Galaxy S4’s, it’s not clear whether it belongs to the Super AMOLED variety or not. Moreover, the device is said to have a pixel density of 480ppi.
Camera buffs would also be glad to know that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has a rear camera of 8MP built-in which is a downgrade version of the Galaxy S4’s 13MP shutter. It’s covered with a metallic cache and laid with bolts on the rear. You can also find three hardware buttons embedded beneath the screen.
There’s no information yet on the phone’s pricing, partner carrier, and exact date of release. The device has been recently flaunted in Croatia which could mean that a formal announcement may be given real soon.
Following the discovery of code strings in an OS X 10.8.4 beta revealing that Apple plans to bring gigabit-speed 802.11ac WiFi to future Macs, a new Broadcom chipset has been spotted to add even more evidence to the growing mount (via 9to5Mac). The chip appears to be a custom-designed chip intended for use in an as yet unreleased iMac. It is identical in form factor to the WiFi chip in Apple’s current iMacs and MacBooks, and combines both 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth on the same chip.
Additionally, the chip would make it possible for users to add 802.11ac WiFi to current-generation Macs that otherwise wouldn’t support it. It’s unclear when Apple is planning to release their next round of updated Macs, although rumors have suggested new models could launch in June, close around Apple’s WWDC event, or shortly thereafter.
802.11ac offers significant improvements over older WiFi standards, such as support for speeds in excess of 1Gbps – over twice as fast as the maximum 450Mbps supported by 802.11n. Like its predecessor, it also supports advanced WiFi features, such as those required for Apple’s AirPlay and AirDrop technologies.
New Macs are coming – and it seems practically a given that they will include 802.11ac at this point – it’s no longer a matter of if, but when!
Google’s Nexus Q was designed as a media player that can stream video and music content from a smart phone, tablet and the Internet to the TV. Sadly, it had a short lived run. However, it appears that Google might have a new media player on its hands. Called the Google H840, the device made an appearance recently at the FCC and is being hailed as the next-gen version of the Nexus Q.
Details about the new product are very few on the ground; there are no drawings, photos, manuals or specs found on the FCC site and this might be due to a confidentiality request on Google’s end. But it’s been reported that the H840 works as a media player with an external power source, more or less confirming that the device isn’t a new tablet or smartphone from Google. Aside from that, the only thing that’s clear about the device is that its model number is H2G2-42, which is quite a nice ode to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
There wasn’t any mention of a Nexus Q iteration at the just concluded Google I/O but there have been rumors that Google might have some surprises in store on June 10. It will be quite a coup if Google does unveil the H840, a new Nexus 4 and the Android 4.3 while Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference is ongoing, and a lot of consumers will undoubtedly be eagerly waiting to see if it happens.
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