ASUS, today has revealed a new variant of a graphic card based on the AMD 6770 graphics chipset, which is a mid range graphics card.
What’s special about this card is the fanless design that allows literally a zer0 dB operation. The cooling method used here is a heatsink. Dubbed the directCU method of cooling, it features a massive heat sink, that is supposedly 95% larger and 16% cooler. This card will be an option for people, who hate the whiny fan sound that usually accompanies graphics-intensive games like GTA4 or Crysis.
Other miscellaneous advantages include slightly better performance thanks to the use of super alloys, increases the performance by 15% says ASUS. The GPU is DX11 compatible, has 800 stream processors ( please do not compare with Nvidia, the architectures are different ), and 40 texture units. All this, is supported by a 128-bit memory interface and a 850Mhz clocked engine. Only concern is what the heat levels will be like, considering there is no fan on the GPU.
Crysis 2 in DX11 awaits.
Price – Rs.9750/- excluding taxes, 3 years warranty.
Read on for spec sheet and full press release.
Slightly lesser than the LG optimus 3D that launched a while ago for Rs.37,000/- , the HTC Evo 3D is a product created for a niche segment, the segment which is in awe of 3D as the future of technology. While i am not debating the 3D as the technology standard of the future, but as of now, the present, it is not yet mature for creation or consumption. Anyhow, the HTC Evo is still an impressive device in terms of raw specifications, the usability is a personal opinion though.
The device has a glass free 3D 4.3 inch display with a qHD resolution, it can toggle between 2D or 3D mode in the camera using a hardware switch. Other specifications include :
- Dual 5 Megapixel cameras
- 1.2 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3
- 1 GB of RAM
- Runs Android Gingerbread
- Battery capacity is 1730 mAh
Looking forward to buying this phone ? You better read some reviews first –
Myriam Joire from Engadget –
Ultimately, we’ve come to think of the EVO 3D as a Sensation with a lesser camera, cheaper materials, worse battery life, and without the ability to roam worldwide. But hey, it’s got 3D and the best dedicated two-stage camera button that’s ever graced a phone. That’s gotta be worth something, right?
GSMArena team –
The HTC EVO 3D is a device that strives to do it all and we are pleased to report that for the most part it delivers. However, competition is so intense today that it would be impossible to beat everyone at every level. The EVO 3D gets points for trying. Winners don’t pick their battles, you’d just be wise to pick your priorities.
Ross miller from thisismynext lists out the Pros and cons
3D optional (but does work!)
Small viewing angles for 3D
Some nasty software glitches
Symptoms of 3D can include dizziness, eye strain, nausea…
Decide for yourself 🙂 Let me know in the comments if you actually bought one of these
Here goes the rumor mill again. This time its Reuters reporting that Apple suppliers are purportedly buiding a cheaper version of the iPhone4 with just 8 GB of flash memory ( Are flash memory really costly at all these days ? i dont believe it )
Here’s what Reuters has to say :
(Reuters) – Asian suppliers to Apple Inc have begun manufacturing a lower-priced version of its hot-selling iPhone 4 with a smaller 8 gigabyte flash drive, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.
Apple usually sources from Toshiba and Samsung for flash memories but this time it looks like some other company is making it and doesnt want public to know its name. ( Hmmm fishy ). According to them, the 8GB version of the iPhone4, which initially launched with 16 and 32 GB version in black and then in white. Also, interesting to note if the flash memory alone will be a cost cutting factor, it can also be the display, which would be like the iPod, just TFT not IPS. We shall know soon.
More questions arise in my mind :
* Is this the iPhone nano everyone is talking about ?
* Will it launch only in emerging markets like India, China.. etc ?
* Will it launch as a TD-SCDMA device for China mobile which is the world’s biggest operator ?
Let’s hope all these questions are answered by Apple in a few weeks. Looking forward to cheaper iPhone 4 or the standard iPhone 5 ?
Great news for all you tablet crazy people out there. The much coveted Android honeycomb sporting ASUS EeePad transformer tablet has arrived on Indian shores, with a price tag of Rs.32,999/-.
What makes this tablet special ? Well, it’s the form factor !
Absolutely innovative stuff from ASUS. Clip on full size keyboard transforms the touchscreen tablet into a portable workhorse. Remove the keyboard and it transforms into a more portable tablet-y form factor. And it has a slew of ports that supports many interfaces like mini HDMI, USB with OTG capabilities ( Not supported in software yet ).
Other specs are like almost similar to other Honeycomb tablets with reference hardware such as : Dual core Tegra 2, 10.1 inch screen with 1280×800 resolution, 16/32 GB of mass memory, 1 GB of RAM..etc
Coming to the price, i think it’s a bit high considering the biggest competitor “iPad2” is priced much lesser at 29k. But the form factor is an attractive one, people looking for tablets as laptop replacements may find it worthy.
Finally , Apple have delivered , and how. The iPad 2 is launching in India on the 29th i.e Friday. As i earlier pointed out, those rumors have been proven right now. A slight change in prices though : Base Wifi 16 GB model costs Rs.29,500/– and the wifi+3g model will be available for Rs.36,900.
If you had never read about the iPad2 check here and here .
Prices quoted via FoneArena
Nexus S and Galaxy pro shown off
Today, Samsung officially launched Nexus S, the pure Google device, along with 5 other Android smartphones, determined to take over the ever-burgeoning smartphone market here,in India.Samsung has outdone itself today by launching phones that are already in the market. But were they launching products or making a statement ? Read on to find out.
Mind = Blown. Well, what else would you expect ? We all know the iPad1 debacle and moreover, the iPhone 4 is still not launched in India. But OnlyGizmos reports that they have got strong info that the Apple iPad 2 may launch soon in India, by as early as next week, priced at Rs. 27,900 for the basic 16GB WiFi. And Rs.44,900 for the top end 64 GB 3G/WiFi model.
News comes after COO Tim Cook had said, the iPad 2 is launching to another set of 13 countries that weren’t announced at the keynote and surprise ! India is in the list. Finally, Apple making up for the lost opportunity in the iPad1 and the iPhone 4. Let’s see how it goes. Seems it will go sale through the premium resellers like Reliance iStore, iMagine store.. etc.
Source via FoneArena
After launching at the MWC this february , the HTC incredible S has started it’s worldwide roll-out and it has been officially launched in India today ( 22/03/2011 )
A quick look at the specs :
- 4 inch Super LCD capacitive multitouch display with 800X480 resoultion
- 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and Camcorder is capable of 720 p video recording ( Touch to focus, continuous focus available in Video )
- 1 GHZ snapdragon MSM8255 with Adreno 205 powered graphics, 768 MB of RAM and 1 GB of internal storage
- 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth , GPS ( a standard these days )
- 1450 mAH battery ( a slight improvement )
- All the usual sensors like proximity, accelerometer, Gyro,magnetometer and ambient light sensor
- Runs Android 2.2 Froyo, will be upgraded to GingerBread
Read on for the press release. Wait , you need the price ? Its available for a good Rs. 28,900/-
The first touch and type phone from Nokia , the X3-02 has been the main phone for me ,the past few days and i am mighty impressed !
This phone comes in the X series range of Nokia devices which are traditionally known as the XpressMusic devices, that always come with stellar music capabilities. X3-02 is a huge nod to that legacy. Mainly aimed at youngsters looking for a premium-looking music device with a wide range of connectivity options, X3-02 delivers and delivers strongly.
My first impressions :
Great build quality, very sleek and light , excellent music capabilities (for ex : loudspeaker is loud,crisp and clear, headphones perform great) very decent camera ( i mean it in a positive way, of course ). Software (S40 6th edition) is decent, but really needs multitasking capabilities and good social networking clients. Ovi store was good to use but apps were scarce. Keypad needs getting used to, due to the weird layout.That’s it for my impressions, read on for the unboxing video and some really close up snaps of the device.
Today, as an offensive step forward, the Nokia X1-00 has been launched to combat the clones and other Chinese phones that seem to be a rage in the low end spectrum of devices in Emerging markets like China, India and other African countries.What this device has –
- Most probably the loudest Speakers in a mobile phone ( 106 phons )
- Excellent battery life ( 61 days standby time )
- Mp3/FM player (w/ dedicated music keys) that outputs through 3.5mm jack(headphones or any speaker) as well as the LOUD speaker.
- micro SD expandable upto 16 GB ( Storage aplenty ) and data transfer through micro USB port.
- Available for a dirt cheap price ( Rs.2190/- or less )
Why Nokia made this device –
Nokia had to regain some lost market share in the lower end of the mobile food chain where it was eaten up by clone manufacturers like G-Five and other Chinese manufacturers like ZTE. This model brings back the legacy of feature rich Nokia devices which used to reign the emerging markets. Seriously , for its price, it is spec- rich, it can easily rival the other brands in features and value for money.
Made for india ? :
Some key take aways from nokia’s press release include –
- Extremely loud speakers with no distortion ( a common complaint with korean phones that are wildly sold for their loud performance in India )
- Torch light – a nifty utility that is demanded by buyers here in India ( It is included in X1-00 )
- Five phonebooks support ( Nokia says people would share their phone in a family –> happens widely in India )
- Old and familiar S30 interface ( Familiar enough for all those 1208 users and legacy 1108 users –> a lot still exist in India )
- Music is big business is India. Just take a look at the X-series branding, dedicated music keys, the 3.5 mm jack and ample storage space if u buy a memory card of your choice. Not to forget stellar battery life, Music definitely sells here, people go crazy if they are provided the possibility to listen to their favorite filmi music on the go.
- Priced just right ( At this price, its the cheapest X-series phone and hence it’s such a VFM option for the layman )
So i guess Nokia have taken the right track here , and i am sure this Nokia X1-00 is mainly targeted towards India. Congrats to Nokia on launching this instant block-buster phone, will it be the next Nokia 1100 ?
P.S : I have seen some buggy Series 30 phones with very bad software,so Nokia have to make this work right in terms of software, no hangs, no bugs. This is a warning i signal to Nokia.