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Nov 21, 2012

Root Your Sony Xperia AX (SO-01E)

Xperia AX (SO-01E) is one of the most appealing devices that Sony has launched in Japan on NTT DoCoMo’s network with Google’s Android operating system on board.

The handset became available for purchase last week, and today a rooting method is already available for it. Unfortunately for those interested in rooting their devices, it seems that the method is not a simple one, and that users without experience in the matter should stay away from it.

People still interested in getting through with this will find all the necessary instructions over at Xperia-Freaks (apparently, they flashed the AU ROM from Xperia VL, rooted the device, and then flashed it back to DoCoMo firmware). The process seems rather unsafe, and users should wait for a simpler rooting method to arrive. We encourage them to leave the phone as it is, since achieving root will also void warranty.

Sony Xperia AX (SO-01E)
Image credits to NTT DoCoMo

Lenovo LePhone S890 Arrives in China

Lenovo’s LePhone S890 smartphone has reportedly arrived on shelves in China, with a price tag of RMB $1,999 (around $320) attached to it.

The handset comes to the market with a 5-inch screen with Color Enhance technology, as well as with a dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 processor packed inside. Furthermore, the smartphone has been unveiled with 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back, and a VGA camera on the front for making video calls.

Featuring support for dual-SIM and dual-standby mode, the Lenovo LePhone S890 sports a 2250mAh battery, while running under Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Launched in China as the upgraded flavor of LePhone S880, the smartphone is available for purchase in three colors, namely blue, green and white, GSMInsider notes.

Lenovo LePhone S890
Image credits to Lenovo

Freecom Mg Portable HDD with Dual-Interface, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt

Anyone who owns an Apple Mac system or laptop, but also wants a portable storage device that isn't a flash drive, may want to check out the Mg series of mini HDDs from Freecom.

Already formatted with the HFS+ file system, they support Thunderbolt connectors and, thus, can communicate at up to 100 MB/s. Magnesium alloy holds and protects the inner platters, scribing components and motor. This isn't just something that can be used with Apple products though. Motherboard equipped with Thunderbolt connectors are compatible as well.

More importantly, a USB 3.0 port is part of the HDD too. All it will take to make the Mg line compatible with normal PCs is to format it using a different file system. With a capacity of 1 TB, the Freecom Mg sells through the official web store for 229.95 Euro / $229.95.

Freecom Mg portable HDD
Image credits to Freecom

ECS Leaks Intel 8-Series Motherboards

We'd love to give some details on all the products that ECS probably didn't mean to spill the beans on, but we cannot. We do not have the information.

What we do have, thanks to TechPowerUp, are the names of the platforms that will run Intel LGA 1150 Haswell central processing units: Z87H3-AX Extreme, Z87H3-AX Golden, and H87H3-M4. The Z87 models will be mostly identical, with the exception that the Z87H3-AX Golden has gold-colored components.

As for the H87H3-M4, it could be a micro-ATX motherboard. The H87 chipset supports everything the Z87 does, except overclocking. We still have to wait for info on Intel's CPUs, and the chipset for that matter, but at least we know there are at least three motherboards ready to receive them. Sooner or later (probably the former), more will come.

An ECS Golden motherboard
Image credits to ECS

Jolla Demoing Sailfish OS on Nokia N950, Official Handsets in 2013

Jolla’s Sailfish mobile operating system has been made official today at the Finnish Slush conference, yet it won’t arrive on shelves until next year.

The company has confirmed that the first devices powered by the new Sailfish OS would be launched in 2013, and it also unveiled that it would focus on making them available in China, the country with the largest mobile user base in the world. No other details on these smartphones have been provided as of now, though Jolla did confirm that they would pack STEricsson’s NovaThor platform inside (though the platform comes with support for other chipset technologies as well). “We warmly welcome STEricsson onboard. It is great that this industry leader is partnering with us and Sailfish. STEricsson’s NovaThor platform combined with Sailfish OS will enable vendors to bring highly competitive mobile products to the market,” Marc Dillon, CEO Of Jolla, said.

“We welcome other players in the mobile industry to join and contribute to this game changing movement. We also target to announce other chipset provider partnerships soon.” At the Sailfish OS launch event, Jolla also demoed the user interface the new platform will arrive on shelves with, stressing on the ease-of-use it has to offer, as well as on the multi-tasking capabilities it was developed with. Jolla also presented a video demo of the new UI, which we included in our previous post on the Sailfish OS, but which did not offer as many details as some might have wanted regarding the use on an actual device.

However, it seems that the company also demoed the platform on a Nokia N950 smartphone to MTV 3 Finland, and that the video has already emerged online. You can have a look at it below. The UI shows running applications in the form of cards, though users can easily interact with them even without having to launch the apps themselves. Moreover, the application drawer can be found beneath the homescreen, accessible through swiping up anywhere on the homescreen. There is also a Pulley Menu that offers fast interaction with information and personalization. 

One other important thing that has to be said about the platform is the fact that it will also offer support for Android applications. Many of them will work unchanged, though they will need to be ported to take advantage of the OS and its features. Jolla has already promised a mobile OS unlike other, and it seems that Sailfish might indeed arrive on devices as advertised, although we’ll still have to wait a while before being able to learn that firsthand.

Sailfish OS on Nokia N950
Image credits to MTV 3 Finland

Jolla introduces their new Sailfish OS! Jolla introduced their Sailfish OS to public in an event called Slush12. It took place 21.-22.11.2012 in Helsinki Finland. The rights for this video belongs to MTV3 Media in Finland.  The reason for this video to be uploaded was because the original source requires silverlight to play the video.

Jolla.com http://jolla.com
Slush12 http://slush.fi/
Sailfish http://sailfishos.org

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Video credits to sadsadsatr

Samsung Showcase 8-Core ARM CPU in 2013

Samsung is one of the first handset vendors in the world to have launched a smartphone powered by a quad-core processor, and it seems that the company is gearing up to push mobile computing to a new level.

Next year, the vendor is expected to showcase a new heterogeneous, 8-core processor based on ARM's big.LITTLE computing concept. The chip is said to sport a quad-core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A15 CPU aimed at delivering great performance when needed, complemented by a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 CPU that will take over when no heavy computing is needed.

No specific details on the 28-nm SoC have been provided as of yet, but Samsung is expected to make it official with support for both smartphone and tablet PC use, it seems. Furthermore, EETimes notes that Qualcomm and Nvidia will also unveil similar chips next year.

Samsung to showcase 8-core mobile CPU next year
Image credits to GSMArena

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