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Oct 17, 2012

Oppo Finder 5 Live Photo, Brings 5-Inch Full HD Display

Chinese Oppo has just been beaten by HTC in announcing the first smartphone to feature a full HD touchscreen. However, it appears that Oppo will be in fact the first company to launch such a device on the market.

The company’s upcoming Oppo Find 5 has just been caught on camera. The smartphone is expected to go on sale in China in November, whereas HTC’s J Butterfly handset is set to hit shelves in Japan sometime in December. The bad news is that both smartphones are unlikely to be available outside China and Japan, respectively. Just like the HTC J Butterfly, Oppo Find 5 will boast a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen display that supports full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution and 441ppi. Moreover, the superphone will be equipped with a powerful quad-core processor build by Qualcomm, as well as 2GB of RAM. The phone will be only 6.9mm thick, which is not unusual at all for the Chinese handset maker, which claimed the title of world’s thinnest smartphone available on the market with Oppo Finder a few months ago. The original Oppo Finder is only 6.65mm thin and hit shelves back in July.

Oppo Finder successor, the Find 5 will boast a 12-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording, as well as a high-capacity 2500 mAh Li-Ion battery, which has yet to be rated by the manufacturer. Software-wise, Oppo Find 5 has been confirmed to be shipped with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box. For the time being, it’s unclear whether or not Oppo will launch multiple versions of Find 5, but the folks over at MyDrive claim the 16GB model will be available for purchase in China for around 3000 yun (480 USD or 365 EUR). Stay tuned for more updates on the matter. via UnwiredView.

Oppo Finder 5
Image credits to MyDrives

Cube U9GT4, Affordable Jelly Bean-Based Tablet PC

Nexus 7 might have been the first tablet PC in the world to arrive on shelves with Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system loaded on it, but it seems that it is no longer the only such device.

A new tablet is now official with this Android version loaded on it, namely Cube U9GT4, which sports a 7-inch touchscreen display capable of delivering a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, which also offers support for 1080p video playback. The device is powered by a dual-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 processor that sports a Mali-400 GPU and features 1GB of RAM inside.

Moreover, it comes with 8GB of internal memory, as well as with a microSD memory card slot to expand it. The specs list of this device also show a front camera for making video calls, along with Wi-Fi connectivity and a 3,000mAh battery packed inside. The device is available today for only $129.99 (around €99).

Cube U9GT4
Image credits to Android Authority

Nokia Lumia 510 Camera Sample Leaks

The first leaks on Lumia 510 emerged earlier this month, along with the phone’s live picture. However, we don’t know for sure when exactly the handset will be launched on the market.

Today, the folks over at Pocketnow have uncovered a photo captured with Lumia 510’s camera. Still, we can’t be 100% sure that this picture has been taken with Lumia 510’s 5-megapixel photo snapper due to the fact that EXIF data can be edited. Check it out here. Anyway, we’re still expecting more details on the phone’s upcoming release, though the latest hearsay claim Lumia 510 is set for release in China in late December.

The smartphone is supposed to run Windows Phone 7.8 platform and it will be equipped with an 800 MHz single core processor, accompanied by only 256MB of RAM. Nokia Lumia 510 will also sports a decent 4.0-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display and 4GB of ROM inside.

Nokia Lumia 510 sample photo (EXIF data)
Images credits to GSMArena/PocketNow

Gigabyte F2A85X-D3H FM2 ATX Sized Motherboard

Motherboard makers haven’t really launched as many FM2 motherboards as they could have, in anticipation of AMD's release of desktop-compatible Trinity accelerated processing units, but they are at least trying to make up for lost time.

After introducing a micro-ATX motherboard featuring the FM2 socket, Gigabyte has revealed a full-ATX platform equipped with the same chip interface. Called F2A85X-D3H, the newcomer is, as one might have guessed, powered by the AMD A85X chipset, which is wired to eight SATA 6.0 Gbps ports (all internal, two are angled). Meanwhile, since Trinity Accelerated Processing Units integrate not just a GPU (Radeon HD 7000 series) but the memory controller as well, the four DDR3 DIMM slots on the mainboard are directly wired to the socket. That goes for the PCI Express slots as well, of which there are several: one PCI Express 2.0 x16 (for graphics cards), a PCI Express 2.0 x4 slot (this one is actually an x16 physical slot wired to the A85X FCH) and three PCI Express 2.0 x1. A pair of legacy PCI connectors, for older sound cards or network adapters, are found on the dark blue PCB as well.

Essentially, the mainboard can allow the creation of computer systems with high-end graphics (assuming the integrated chip in the APU is insufficient) and up to 64 GB of random access memory (RAM). Even overclocking should be easy enough to implement. Safe too, due to the Ultra Durable 4 Classic construction and dual AMI Aptio UEFI BIOS (with two BIOS chips, it is easy to restore the board to functionality if the main one was programmed badly or updated poorly). Other features include 4-pin PWM fan headers, a 4+2 phase VRM, four USB 3.0 ports (two on the back panel, two via headers), 8-channel HD audio (optical SPDIF), Gigabit Ethernet, eight USB 2.0 connectors, the mouse/keyboard combo PS/2 port, a legacy COM header, a TPM header (trusted platform module) and multiple display outputs (dual-link DVI, D-Sub and HDMI). Sales should start “soon” for $100, or 100 Euro in Europe, even though exchange rates would suggest 76.40 Euro.

Gigabyte F2A85X-D3H FM2 motherboard
Images credits to Gigabyte

Android Debug Bridge (ADB) Now Woking on Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi is one great piece of technology, not to mention cheap. Developers from all over the world have done wonders with it, but now it has been listed on XDA Developers and people have staring do to a lot of serious work for it.

Opening a new thread on XDA Developers for Raspberry Pi seems like a logical choice. It's not exactly a mobile device, but due to popular demand, the thread is now online. Shortly after going online, the developers have started hacking and tried to port the ADB (Android Debug Bridge) for it. After a few developers collaborated on XDA, a successful port was made, making all future development endeavors much easier. Android Debug Bridge is a command line tool that permits users to communicate with an emulator instance or connected Android-powered device.

Raspberry Pi relies on an ARM processor with a clock speed of 700 MHz, 512 MB of RAM, an SD card slot and a 5V Micro USB connector that supplies the power. It also features RCA and HDMI ports. More details about the ADB hack can be found here.

Raspberry Pi Mini-pc
Image credits to Raspberry Pi Foundation

iPad mini Display Leaked, Has 4:3 Aspect Ratio

Electronic parts seller ETrade Supply has released images of a display assembly whose features are consistent with rumors regarding the new iPad mini slated for unveiling in San Jose next week.

The LCD screen is said to be of a 4:3 aspect ratio, not the rumored 16:9 we’ve been hearing about in the press for a while. It measures 162 mm x 124 mm and the markings on the various components that make up the assembly seem to confirm that it’s a genuine Apple part manufactured by LG Display. The company also has some images depicting the tablet’s battery, while French site Nowhereelse.fr seems to corroborate their story with their own set of images.

At this point, the iPad mini is all but confirmed, but we’re still waiting to Tim Cook and his troops to make the official unveiling next week. Not that we don’t trust such solid-looking leaks, but nothing compares to an Apple product launch where there’s always that one-more-thing that we didn’t notice in the photos.

iPad mini display leak
Image credits to ETrade Supply

ASRock Z77 Extreme11

It seems that not a month goes by without an ASRock motherboard appearing or at least being detailed in a leak of some sort. This particular occasion marks the official introduction of the company's strongest platform yet.

The name of the new motherboard, which we actually detailed a week ago, is Z77 Extreme11, and the processors supported by it are those designed with the LGA 1155 socket. The Z77 chipset is the strongest of those compatible with such CPUs, otherwise known as third-generation Core-Series Ivy Bridge. The special logo of the Extreme line is plainly visible on the cooling system installed on the product, particularly around the CPU socket. We could start listing all the specs of the mainboard, but ASRock did a good job of that here and it bears speaking more about the unusual perks than the standard features. One thing that customers won't find on many other motherboards is the design with premium gold caps. Just the use of that metal, for stability and endurance's sake, makes sure that the price of the product is unassailable by most.

The press release didn't actually include the pricing information unfortunately, but we digress. Another unusual set of technologies is present so that all customers find using the PC easy and fun: ASRock XFast 555, Fast Boot, Restart to UEFI, Dehumidifier, OMG, Interactive UEFI BIOS (BIOS with a graphical user interface, for comprehensive motherboard settings modifications and overclocking). The company also chose to integrate the Intel Smart Connect, Intel Rapid Start (SSD caching) and Lucid Virtu Universal MVP technology (makes sure the PC knows when and how to use the abilities of the integrated GPU or the add-in card, when available).

ASRock will sell the Z77 Extreme11 motherboard soon, if it hasn't already started. Retailers should expose its price soon enough. The previous report said it would be $400-500 / 400-500 Euro, but it has not yet been confirmed.

ASRock Z77 Extreme11
Images credits to ASRock

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