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Dec 6, 2012

Nokia Offers to Look Inside of Lumia 920

Nokia’s Lumia 920 smartphone is a great looking smartphone, that’s for sure, yet there are many people interested in learning more on what it packs on the inside as well.

Courtesy of a video coming from Nokia, we can now have a peek inside the company’s new flagship smartphone, without having to actually break it into pieces. The video, embedded above, will offer users a closer look at the PureView camera inside the smartphone, as well as at its dual-core Snapdragon processor, wireless charging module and the like.

Published by Nokia themselves, the video is said to have been used for the presentation of the flagship device back in September. According to WPCentral, the company built the Windows Phone 8 handset from the inside out, and the video shows how each millimeter inside the case is being used.

The Nokia Lumia 920 is designed from the inside to the outside and it comes packed of new technologies including PureView, PureMotion HD+, Wireless Charging  and Snapdragon S4. 
The video does not necessarily depict the actual final product components nor the actual assembly order but serves only as illustration.
Video credits to Nokia

Huawei Ascend Mate Confirmed with 6.1-Inch Screen

Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone is a very impressive device, courtesy of its 5.5-inch touchscreen display, but it seems that it might soon be dwarfed by a new phablet coming from Huawei.

Said to sport the name of Huawei Ascend Mate, the handset is reportedly confirmed with a 6.1-touchscreen display on the front, which will make it one of the largest Android smartphones in the world. The aforementioned 6.1-inch display on Ascend Mate will boast a full HD 1080p resolution, while hiding a 1.8GHz quad-core Hass K3V3 processor.

The specs list of the smartphone is also said to include 2GB of RAM, along with a 4,000 mAh battery, though the device will remain only 9.9mm thick. Chances are that the new device will be officially introduced in the beginning of the next year, but no official confirmation on the matter has been provided as of yet.

Huawei logo
Image credits to Huawei

EnGenius ENS200 Outdoor Long-Range Wireless N150 Bridge/AP

Home networks used to be rare, then they became common but used lots of cables and at least one switch. Then Wi-Fi came along, and nothing was the same. EnGenius Technologies is helping with the next step.

Wireless networks are used in many homes, but that doesn't apply that well to the exterior of homes, unless a particularly strong router is involved, one capable of broadcasting through walls. EnGenius figured that people might want to go for a stroll or sit and use their PCs in their back yards or gardens. And since some gardens are really large, the range of their Wi-Fi routers and bridges could do with a boost. That is why the company created the ENS200 Outdoor Long-Range Wireless N150 Bridge/AP, a high-performance but not overly expensive 802.11n 2.4 GHz wireless outdoor bridge and access point. It can work as an access point, Wireless Distribution System station (WDS), WDS bridge and WDS access point. The exact range isn't specified, but it should be large, since EnGenius expects not just normal consumers to find interest in its device, but also public venues like retirement homes, RV parks, campgrounds, and marinas. A dual-polarity antenna makes this happen.

The top speed is of 150 Mbs, a far cry from some Wi-Fi routers and Gigabit Ethernet cards, but still above the 100 Mbps available to normal cable LANs (local area networks). What's more, the ENS200 has a number of security features like WPA/WPA2 Personal and Enterprise encryption, 802.1x RADIUS authentication, hidden SSID, and MAC address filtering. Finally, and probably most importantly, the newcomer is IP65 waterproof and UV-proof, so that it may withstand harsh weather. This is, after all, a device made for outdoor use. EnGenius expects to receive $69.99 / 53.60-69.99 Euro for every ENS200 sold. Shipments are only being carried out in North America for now.

EnGenius ENS200 Outdoor Long-Range Wireless N150 Bridge/AP
Images credits to EnGenius

5-Port PNY HDMI Switch Will Turn Five Devices Into One

Some high-end HDTVs and monitors have more than one HDMI port, in addition to the obligatory DVI, VGA and/or DisplayPorts, but that begs the question of how to connect more devices that have the same outputs.

PNY has the answer, at least as far as the HDMI interface is concerned. The company has introduced the 5-Port Smart HDMI Switch, which connects up to 5 HDMI devices via a single HDMI port. A remote control allows owners to easily switch which device gets to use the monitor or TV at any given time.

Onboard manual switching is possible too, of course, and LED indicators show which connection happens to be on at any one time. Auto switching is possible as well, to an extent. PNY is charging the sum of $49.99 / 38.27 – 49.99 Euro.

Image credits to PNY

Promise Pegasus J2, Thunderbolt-Enabled Pocket Storage Device for Windows Reach Reach 750 MB/s

Promise Technology never actually says, in its press release, whether its new storage unit is a solid-state drive or a hard drive, but the size, shape and performance make us think it is the former.

After all, a hard drive would not be able to reach a transfer speed of 750 MB/s, even if the connection to PCs really is done via Thunderbolt. Promise describes its Pegasus J2 as the “world's smallest Thunderbolt-enabled storage solution” and says it can have a capacity of 256 or 512 GB. Perhaps more important is the fact that this is an Intel-certified device, unlike most other TB gadgets that are made for Apple products.

On that note, the newcomer is compatible with Windows 8 and 7, although Apple's Mac OS X is supported too. Buyers will be able to transfer, playback and edit media straight from the Pegasus J2.

Promise Pegasus J2
Image credits to Promise

Acrosser AMB-D255T1 Mini-ITX Motherboard Features Dual-Core Intel CPU

Mini-ITX motherboards without integrated or bundled CPUs still get released from time to time, but companies seem to be warming up to the idea of mainboard+CPU kits more and more.

Acrosser's AMB-D255T1 is the latest piece of evidence in support of this. A mini-ITX motherboard with VGA, HDMI or LVDS video ports, it is equipped with the dual-core Atom D2550 CPU, whose clock speed is 1.86 GHz. The product has six USB 2.0 ports, four COM ports and one of each of the following connectors: PS/2 KB/MS, Gigabit Ethernet and SATA.

Acrosser also tossed in a DDR3 SO-DIMM slot, a SATA port for HDDs/SSDs and a mini PCI Express slot. HTPCs or client systems for businesses and point-of-sale applications are good venues for the newcomer. Sadly, the price is unknown.

Acrosser AMB-D255T1 motherboard
Image credits to Acrosser

Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos in Early 2013

Less than two weeks ago, an unannounced Samsung Galaxy Grand was spotted at FCC (Federal Communications Commission), though there were no details on the phone’s release date.

Today, the folks over at SamMobile claim that one of their trusted sources has confirmed that a certain Galaxy Grand DUOS will be announced by Samsung in January 2013. According to the cited source, the new smartphone is codenamed GT-I9082 and will be available in two color options: Elegant White and Metallic Blue. Although the SamMobile wasn’t able to dig up more details on the phone’s specs, the Galaxy Grand DUOS seems to be the same device as the one spotted two weeks ago at FCC, plus dual-SIM capability. In this regard, the Galaxy Grand DUOS is expected to be equipped with a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.4 GHz and a huge 5-inch capacitive touchscreen display.

The intriguing part is the fact that the latest hearsay claims that the Galaxy Grand DUOS’ display supports only 480 x 800 pixels resolution. Hopefully, this is just a mistake and Samsung will launch the smartphone with higher res or smaller display, either way is better than having a phone with such a large display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution. We also know that the Galaxy Grand DUOS will come with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support. The phone will be powered by a high-capacity 2100 mAh battery which has yet to be rated by the manufacturer. Software-wise, the smartphone is currently tested with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean platform onboard, but it might be released with a newer version.

Even though the Galaxy Grand DUOS embeds a quad-core CPU, word is that Samsung aims at the mid-range smartphone market with this device, so we expect it to be priced accordingly. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.

Samsung Galaxy Grand
Image credits to FCC

PowerColor HD7850 Fling Force Edition

While Gigabyte is releasing NVIDIA-based graphics cards, PowerColor, one of the brands owned by TUL Corporation, is helping the other camp.

The company has officially introduced the PowerColor HD7850 Fling Force Edition [APAC Limited] graphics card. Fling Force is the name of the new cooler, which has extra fan blades and, thus, a 10% stronger air flow. Given the extra cooling prowess, PowerColor could afford a better GPU clock speed, so it factory overclocked the chip from 860 MHz to 910.

The 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM were left alone though (1200 MHz / 4.8 GHz). The Gold Power Kit design helps keep things stable and prolongs product life (PowerPAK SO-8, Ferrite Core Choke, solid capacitors). Other relevant factors include a 256-bit interface, dual-link DVI, an HDMI port and a DisplayPort.

PowerColor HD7850 Fling Force Edition
Image credits to Power Color

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