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Apr 16, 2012

Meizu MX Quad-Core Android Phone to Be Released in June

After weeks of delay Meizu has finally taken the wrap off the launch of its quad-core Android smartphone, Meizu MX Quad-core.

According to the Chinese company, the 32GB version of the smartphone will be available for purchase in Meizu's retail stores starting June for $480 USD in China and $400 USD in Hong Kong. 

The 64GB Meizu MX Quad-core will be priced at $635 USD in Mainland China and $530 USD in Hong Kong, respectively. 

There's more good news, as the company decided to reduce the price of the original MEIZU MX smartphone to $380 USD in China and $335 USD in Hong Kong, respectively. The discount for the original Meizu MX is effective as of April 16.

Meizu also announced that the company would release back covers in five colors in addition to the original white, which will allow Meizu MX Quad-core users to experience the device as they desire. 

Dubbed “the first smartphone in the world to use the brand new and powerful Exynos A9 quad-core processor,” Meizu has yet to announce the speed of the CPUs embedded onto the MX Quad-core.

However, we already know that the Exynos A9 CPU is power efficient and features the 32nm HKMG (High-K Metal Gate) technology, especially optimized to reduce CPU power consumption by up to 20%. 

The handset manufacturer claims that the “MEIZU MX Quad-core is better in every way than its predecessor. The MEIZU MX Quad-core CPU is 60% faster, and GPU 50% faster compared to the previous MX. Whether it is browsing through menus, playing the latest games, or watching 1080p video, the MX Quad-core easily beats dual-core devices.”

Furthermore, the MX Quad-core comes with a 292 PPI high-definition ASV display, as well as an 8-megapixel BSI camera with an f/2.2 lens aperture. It is also worth mentioning the MX Quad-core runs Meizu's own Flyme operating system, which is based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Samsung GALAXY S III Officially Launching on May 3

It looks like all those rumors that were pointing to a possible May release for the Galaxy S III were accurate as Samsung is reportedly sending out invites for a special event.

The text on the invitation seems to be pretty clear as to what exactly Samsung plans to launch next month: “Come and meet the next Galaxy.”

The event is set to take place in London on May 3 and is likely to be largely covered by the media, especially that we already have lots of details on the next-generation Galaxy device.

Although everyone is talking about the upcoming Galaxy S III, there's a slight chance that Samsung might change the name of the device for a change.

As with all the previous Galaxy S launch events, this one falls under the term “Samsung Galaxy Unpacked,” so those who already have the application installed on their Android devices might receive a bit of info before the phone goes official.

We also know that the smartphone should pack a 4.6-inch Super AMOLED HD (1280 x 720 pixels) capacitive touchscreen display, and a quad-core processor.

According to the latest hearsay, Galaxy S III will be powered by Samsung's Exynos 4412 SoC (system on a chip), which packs four Cortex A9 CPUs clocked at 1.5 GHz.

Furthermore, the smartphone should feature a ceramic housing or something similar, as well as a slightly modified TouchWiz user interface. 

It appears that a photo of the alleged Samsung Galaxy S III recently leaked online shows that the smartphone features a 5-column interface, similar to that of the Galaxy Note.

According to the folks over at BGR, the Galaxy S II will be the official device of the 2012 Summer Olympics. Apparently, Samsung will launch different versions of the Galaxy S III, such as 16GB and 32GB models.

Last but not least, Samsung has decided to live stream the event on May 3 via its official Facebook account. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.

Intel Pushing "More Than FullHD" UHD Resolutions

Intel has shared its vision of Ultra High Definition displays at the Intel Developer Forum event in Beijing, China. Ultra High Definition (UHD) displays are screens that have a pixel density of more than 220 pixels per inch (PPI).

In a second move that makes the company appear like it’s a driving force for quality enrichment of the user’s experience, Intel has presented its expectations for higher quality displays for any digital display devices, from smartphones to tablets and AIO computer systems or monitors.

Put this next to the company’s plan to have optical disk drives thinner than 7mm and hard disk drives with just 5mm thickness, and it may seem like Intel has become a forward-looking, trend driving, consumer enthusiast company like Apple is.

For those who don’t know, Intel has always been a very conservatory company. They like things to move very slowly, and to charge everybody an arm and a leg for every small increase in quality or performance.

For almost seven years, Intel has advertised that its hot and low performance Pentium 4 processors should be the way forward. The obvious motto of its integrated graphics division was “It’s good enough” and its mainboards have been and still are lacking very useful features and options that almost all other respected motherboard makers include with their products.

It’s a very nice surprise Intel is telling display manufacturers that screens should have such a great pixel density so that the human eye should never be able to distinguish a single pixel on the display.

In Intel’s view, the PPI density will vary according to the viewing distance characteristic of that certain display. 

A handheld smartphone or tablet should have 300 PPI for a typical viewing distance of 12” to 16”.

Furthermore, a notebook with a 11” or 13” diagonal display should be ok with a density of around 250 PPI because its viewing distance is ranged between 16” and 24”.

Monitors or displays on AIO systems with diagonal sizes of more than 21” would need to have only a 220 PPI for the typical viewing distance of  24”to 30”.

This means that the future notebooks will come with standard resolutions of 2560 x 1440, or even 2800 x 1800. 

Future monitors will display a 3840 x 2160 resolution as standard, and we will be able to admire the beauty of a good 8 MP photo in full screen without having to resize it.

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