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May 18, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Tablet Benchmarked




Despite Samsung not having said anything about it, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 tablet is very well known already, at least in certain circles.

That is because of leaks, like the ones perpetrated by GLBenchmark (1), (2). GLBenchmark has posted the slate on its servers. Or should I say slates. There are two after all, Wi-Fi-only (GT-P5200) and 3G (GT-P5210). According to the leak, the tablet is powered by the Atom Z2560 CPU (dual-core at 1.6 GHz, Hyper-Threading supported) and boasts the PowerVR SGX 544 MP2 graphics processor too (400 MHz).

The 10.1-inch screen has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Needless to say, Google's Android operating system is installed on the device (Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean). All in all, it's not bad for a tablet, provided the price turns out to be reasonable.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 benchmarked
Image credits to GLBenchmark

XOLO X910 with Intel Medfield CPU Goes on Sale in India




The X910 is the fourth XOLO smartphone powered by an Intel processor to go on sale in India. Android enthusiasts and fans of the XOLO brand will now be able to purchase the X910 via authorized third-party sellers.

For the time being, Snapdeal is one of the few Indian retailers that offer the XOLO X910, but other retailers may start selling the smartphone in the coming weeks. Currently, XOLO X910 is available for purchase for only Rs 9,999 outright, which is about $180 or €140. Check it out here. As Snapdeal points out, the smartphone is offered with 1-year warranty, but it might not be available in all parts of India. The good news is XOLO X910 comes with dual-SIM capability, which is one of the most requested features by Indian customers. Unfortunately, the fact that the device ships with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system out of the box might not appeal too many customers. There are lots of smartphones selling in India for under $200/€155, which come packed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean platform onboard.

However, those who prefer Intel processors to older software will probably find the XOLO X910 well worth its price. The smartphone is equipped with a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2460 processor, which is complemented by a 400 MHz PowerVR SGX 540 graphics processing unit and 1GB of RAM. On the inside, the X910 packs 4GB of storage which can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD memory card. There's also a 5-megapixel main camera on the back, which features LED flash, autofocus, and video recording, as well as a VGA front-facing camera for video calls.

Last but not least, XOLO X910 sports a decent 4.3-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen display that supports a 540 x 960 pixels resolution and 256 ppi pixel density.

XOLO X910
Image credits to Snapdeal

Lenovo K900 Arrives in China, International Version This Summer




Lenovo has finally launched its flagship Android smartphone, the K900, in China. The device was officially introduced earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 and was slated for a Q2 release in China.

According to the Chinese handset maker, the K900 is available for purchase in the Mainland for 3,300 yuan outright, which is about $535 or €415. The good news is Lenovo also confirmed the K900 will hit additional international markets throughout the summer, so Android enthusiasts should stay tuned for more updates on this one. “Smartphones are a critical component of Lenovo's PC+ strategy and the Lenovo K900 is an example of this strategy in action. With its cutting-edge design and intuitive, optimized user experience, K900 offers China's smartphone users a fresh, new option,” said Liu Jun, senior vice president, and president of the Lenovo Business Group. One of the slimmest smartphones available on the market, Lenovo K900 is only 6.9mm thick and features a unibody chassis with a stainless steel frame. Lenovo K900 is the world's first smartphone to come equipped with an Intel Atom Z2580 processor. It also sports a dual-core chip, which runs up to 2.0 GHz and utilizes Intel Hyper-Threading technology in order to boost performance efficiency.

Intel's chipset also accommodates an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator engine running a PowerVR SGX 544MP2 GPU, which is said to triple graphics performance over the previous generation, and 2GB of RAM. The smartphone boasts a stunning 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) capacitive touchscreen display, as well an impressive 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with Sony Exmor BSI. “Intel and Lenovo have raised the bar for smartphones with the K900. Our teams got together and worked closely to innovate around a number of important features and capabilities that our customers care most about such as power consumption, application switching and camera functionality. We are proud to be teaming with Lenovo to bring these innovations to market,” said Ian Yang, president, Intel China.

Lenovo K900
Image credits to Lenovo China

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