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Apr 30, 2013

HTC 608t Receives Approvals in China

Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC is gearing up for the launch of a new smartphone in Asia, and it may not be too long before it makes it official, it seems.

The smartphone, spotted online only a few weeks ago as HTC 608t, has already received the necessary approvals in China, where it is expected to land on shelves at wireless carrier China Mobile. Ameblo reports, The handset is expected to arrive on shelves running under Google’s Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system, though it might also sport HTC’s custom UI loaded on top.

The phone is said to pack a quad-core processor inside (with 1GB of RAM attached to it), a 4.5-inch touchscreen display that can deliver a 540 x 960 pixel (qHD) resolution, and an 8-megepixel photo snapper on the back, paired with a front camera for video calling.

HTC 608t
Image credits to Tenaa via Ameblo

Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock for Macs

Belkin has kicked off sales of its new Thunderbolt Express Dock, a compact dock for Mac computers with Thunderbolt ports that offers seamless data transfers, support for HD displays, and instant access to desktop peripherals.

What makes Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock special is that it lets you create high-speed transfers between your laptop and up to eight other devices (including FireWire, Ethernet, USB, and daisy-chain) via a single cable. “With Thunderbolt Express Dock, all your drives, networking, input and output devices connect to the 8 ports on the back,” says Belkin. “In short, eight cables become one cable.”

The design complements any Mac but, unfortunately, so does the price – $299.99 / €229.72. You can buy one now via Belkin’s online store, or through partnering retailers. Note that the Thunderbolt cable is not included, so you’ll need to provide your own.

Thunderbolt Express Dock
Image credits to Belkin

AMD A6-1450 APU Found in Acer Aspire Laptop

I have reported on the FX-4350 and FX-6350 CPUs, so now I may as well cover the latest APU that got leaked too.

The chip in question has been exposed by the Aspire V5-122P-0643 notebook, whose product page is found here. The processor is called Temash A6-1450 and has four cores (x86) as well as Radeon HD HD 8280 graphics clocked at 300 (idle) and 500 MHz (load). Speaking of frequencies, the four x86 cores themselves operate at 1 GHz, 1.4 GHz in Turbo Mode.

AMD’s NUMA (Non-Uniform memory access) architecture is featured here, along with 2 GB of DDR3 memory. Finally, the cache memory is of 2 MB and the TDP is of 4-6W. Quite low really. If nothing else, it's a good improvement per watt compared to Bobcat-based Brazos 2.0 processors.

AMD A-Series APU
Image credits to AMD

AMD FX-4350 and FX-6350 CPUs Released

Advanced Micro Devices may be talking mostly about graphics cards and accelerated processing units lately, but it still has a bunch of CPUs for sale.

In fact, the company has just launched a pair of new Vishera units, called FX-4350 and FX-6350. The former is a quad-core model with a base clock speed of 4.2 GHz and a Turbo frequency of 4.3 GHz. It also has 8 MB of cache memory (L3) and a TDP (thermal design power) of 125W. The price is of $122 / €93-122.

The other CPU is a six-core model with 3.9 GHz / 4.2 GHz clock frequencies, 8 MB cache memory and, again, 125W TDP. The price is just a bit higher, at $132 / €100-132. Since these are the base prices, I'm sure the final tags on retailer websites will be a bit higher.

AMD releases two new FX CPUs
Image credits to AMD

Zotac GeForce GTX Titan AMP! Edition

It's not the fabled GeForce Titan Ultra that NVIDIA is supposedly preparing, but the new card from Zotac definitely has an aura of power.

Called GeForce GTX TITAN AMP! Edition, it ships in a bundle with the Assassin's Creed game series. Just as AMD has Never Settle game sets, NVIDIA is including famous titles with its strongest cards. Obviously, the GK110 graphics processing unit is the central asset of the board, with its 2,688 CUDA cores and 384-bit memory interface. The board also has the obligatory 6 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, DisplayPort, HDMI and two DVI connectors.

Unfortunately, the clock speeds haven't been exposed yet, so they could be anywhere between 837 MHz and 928 MHz. We'll have to wait for Zotac's formal announcement before we actually learn everything there is to know.

GeForce GTX Titan
Image credits to Nvidia

Motorola XT1055 Emerges in AnTuTu Benchmarks with Android 4.2.2

A new mobile phone from Motorola has emerged online, most probably set to arrive on shelves in the not too distant future as part of the new X Phone lineup that has been long rumored to arrive starting with May this year.

No specific info on what the device might be all about has been officially provided as of now, but the smartphone has already been seen in the AnTuTu benchmarking application, with model number XT1055 attached, rbmen reports. Running under Google’s Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system, the new device is also said to pack a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor inside.

With a score of 18252, the Motorola XT1055 is supposedly being tested in the United States at the moment, though it remains to be seen whether the phone will indeed prove real or not, given that benchmarking results can be tweaked.

Motorola XT1055 in AnTuTu Bechmarks
Image credits to rbmen

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