Intel has just confirmed that it is launching the 8 core CPUs for the PC with the Haswell-E platform. Dubbed as the enthusiast-class chip, it is designed to cater to power users and gamers by the second half of the year 2014.
The Haswell-E series chip for the desktop is the first ever processor from Intel to feature 8- and 6-cores instead of the 4-cores found in the current Ivy Bridge Es. It comes in an unlocked version to enable over-clocking thereby maximizing processing speeds akin to an octo-core. The new chip is said to deliver faster speeds by as much as 33 to 50 percent when compared with its predecessor, the Ivy Bridge-E, because of the added cores. However, we still cannot say if it performs better than the other competitors in the market such as the new 5.0GHz chip that comes from AMD.
Unlike their consumer-based siblings, the new Haswell E processors will not have the integrated graphics found in the Intel HD 4000. Instead, they would be featuring the so-called discrete graphics. They are actually compatible with a maximum of four graphics cards in order to get a high-end graphics performance.
The new chip will come nestled in a Wellsburg motherboard chipset that features DDR4 RAM of four channels clocked at 2133MHz. The ensemble can power up 10 SATA hard drives and support 14 USB ports. Price is still unknown.
Just like other phone makers, HTC wants to capitalize on the popularity of its flagship smartphone, One. According to recent leaks, the Taiwanese tech company will send off a new smartphone based on the One next week called Butterfly S.
Nothing is written on stone but among the specs allegedly possessed by this Android gizmo includes a huge 5-inch touchscreen panel, 1920 x 1080 HD display, latest Jelly Bean OS, Snapdragon 600 processor – significant upgrade from the previous S4 Pro chipset, UltraPixel camera and microSD expansion card support. The Butterfly S will have an audio hardware makeover with the BoomSound front speakers replacing its previous rear speakers. The physical keys in front are replaced by capacitive buttons while it is expected to have a polycarbonate exterior instead of the aluminum unibody.
In general, you can say that most of the hardware specs list on the Butterfly S were patterned from HTC One – same goes for the One Mini – although we have yet to confirm if the Butterfly S’ camera spec would really be UltraPixel. The audio boost is certainly a good move for HTC to spread its signature sound speakers among consumers. No price details were mentioned but we’re expecting an affordable price tag. Everything will be cleared, hopefully, on June 19th during the company’s launch event – where the Desire 600 and other upcoming HTC handsets are expected to show off.
It has only been a few days since we had a glimpse of Sony’s upcoming handset dubbed as Xperia ZU (codename “Togari”). Now, it seems that Sony Mobile’s device will offer a huge touchscreen panel along with hardcore specs. Will it be Galaxy Note’s new competitor?
The Sony Z Ultra was billed to carry a huge 6.44-inch LCD display with 1920 x 1080 IPS panel for optimum view of images and videos. Sony is also said to employ its OptiContrast panel technology to reduce reflection and increase touchscreen response.
Of course, a huge display should be matched with high-end specs to make it worth every penny. Leaked online information suggested that the ZU is running a quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800, Android Jelly Bean, 2GB onboard RAM, 16GB internal storage with microSD expansion support up to 64GB, 8-megapixel Exmor RS sensor for its rear camera while a 1.3-megapixel shooter sits in front. It has a non-removable battery unit providing 3000mAh.
Although the Xperia ZU supports various Stylus inputs, the unit itself won’t arrive with a pen accessory onboard. Of course, Sony Mobile could change it at the last minute, as well as some of the specs mentioned. Expected debut is pegged on June 25th while more information could be divulged during Sony’s Paris trade show on July 4th.
Sony has been keeping mum about its latest Android device which we knew by its codename “Togari”. But a recent online leak made us learn more about it.
This gizmo is now widely known as Xperia Z Ultra (ZU), a phablet hybrid that is reportedly carrying a huge touch panel. Its recent online appearance made us believe that it is indeed has a huge 6.4-inch, 1080p touchscreen panel. The display is powered by Sony’s X-Reality technology which provides more quality images by analyzing and recreating missing pixels.
Sony Mobile also aims to change the way consumers perceive its mobile displays by introducing a new touch screen sensor that allows users to use a stylus pen or virtually any object to navigate the phone’s screen menus. The company has a close relationship with Neonode, a Swedish company responsible for integrating its MultiSensing touch technology to Sony’s e-Readers. Thus, it is not surprising that such technology would be present on the Z Ultra.
Other specs include a quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 8-megapixel rear camera with Exmor RS sensor, 2.2-megapixel front-facing camera, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, WiFi, Bluetooth and an IP55/IP58 certification which gives the Xperia phablet a water resistant exterior. It’s body is measured at 6.5mm thick which is at par with today’s stylish smartphones.
Will the Sony ZU (Togari) be a tough competitor for the Galaxy Note or the Optimus G Pro? Only time will tell. No further details were mentioned about its launch date and price tag but perhaps, everything will be revealed come June 25.
Samsung’s widely popular Galaxy S4 has already spawned two different editions – the S4 mini and S4 Active. Now it appears that a third variation is on its way and will be revealed at Samsung’s upcoming London event on June 20.
This version is dubbed the Galaxy S4 Zoom and leaked images of the device have already been circulating the web. The Zoom is said to be a cross between a smartphone and a camera and the three pictures that have been uploaded to various sites do support this claim. Aside from the protruding camera at the back, there also appears to be a shutter button on the right and a tripod mount on the other side. Nokia’s upcoming EOS phone inevitably sprang to mind, as it also packs a huge camera on its back.
According to reports, the S4 Zoom is Samsung’s first Android camera/phone that runs on the Android 4.2. Jelly Bean. It has a 4.3” sAMOLED display screen, 16mp camera with optical zoom, volume rockers, a Bluetooth 4.0 and a WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n. The Zoom is powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core processor and has 8GB of internal storage which can be pushed up to 64GB via an external microSD.
The alleged specs and features of the Galaxy S4 Zoom do support earlier rumors that the device is based on the S4 Mini and that this will be the last device coming from the S4 line. Likewise, expect this product to rival Nokia’s rumored EOS phone.