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Jun 20, 2013

Xperia Z Ultra Screenshots, Shows Redesigned UI

Xperia Z Ultra, also spotted online under the name of Xperia ZU, is expected to land on shelves as Sony Mobile’s first smartphone to pack a screen larger than 6 inches, and it seems that it might also bring along a redesigned UI.

Following a series of leaked screenshots from the Android device, new such photos are available for your viewing pleasure, courtesy of XDA-Developers, offering a glimpse at a reorganized homescreen, with a larger number of icons visible there at the same time. Overall, the handset appears set to deliver a clearer UI, with an increased number of rows and columns for displaying icons, at least when compared to other smartphones.

Provided that it will arrive on shelves with a 6.4-inch display, Xperia ZU will indeed have enough room on the screen for additional icons, and it remains to be seen whether Sony will pack it inside other smartphones as well.

Xperia ZU screenshots
Image credits to XDA-Developers

iPhone 5S Model Schematics Spotted Alongside “Light” iPhone Flavor

Apple is reportedly getting closer and closer to the launch of two new iPhone models, one of which should become the company’s next flagship handset, namely the iPhone 5S, accompanied by a cheaper, “Light” model.

Although none of the two has been officially confirmed, we can now make an idea of what they might look like, courtesy of schematics that emerged over at case makers. Just as previous reports suggested, iPhone 5S should pack the same design as its predecessor, with the LED flash next to the back camera shaped as a pill, most probably courtesy of dual flash for increased brightness.

The iPhone Light model, on the other hand, will be thicker, taller, and wider than iPhone 5S, with an iSight camera, single LED flash, the similar placement of buttons and ports as the other iPhone devices, but with a different shape, as AppleInsider notes.

iPhone 5S Model Schematics
Images credits to AppleInsider

Eurocom X5, an Overpowered Laptop with nVidia GeForce GTX 780M

We're usually wary of dubbing a product “the best” in a category, and when we do, we're usually just relaying the claims that their designers make, but Eurocom's X5 may just deserve being called the best gaming notebook.

After all, it would be hard to argue that Intel's top-of-the-line mobile Haswell CPU and NVIDIA's highest-end discrete GPU aren't a winning combination. That's right, Eurocom's X5 combines the might of a quad-core / 8-thread Intel Core i7-4930MX (3 GHz, 8 MB L3 cache), or that of a Core i7-4900MQ, Core i7-4800MQ or Core i7-4700MQ, with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 780M video board. That there is enough space and power for 32 GB of DDR3-1600 RAM (random access memory) definitely doesn't do any harm.  In fact, Eurocom's X5 is so powerful because of this hardware that it dominates more or less all Benchmarks. The results are all listed in the picture that Eurocom was ever so willing to share through its website. This page has all that info, so we'll pass on copying all those dry numbers, since the table is much easier on the eyes anyway.

As people have no doubt guessed by now, the display of the Eurocom X5 gaming notebook is an LCD with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. What might not be as easy to guess is that 3D is supported as well, as are up to no fewer than 5 physical drives. One can only wonder what will happen when two mSATA slots are filled with SSDs (solid-state drives), and the other three with HDDs. The SSDs will hold the OS and the frequently-accessed files, to ensure top speeds, while the HDDs will hold the video collections, music libraries, virtual disk files, backup files, etc.

Finally, the gaming system has a custom backlit keyboard, with 7 colors and 3 zones, configurable in one of 8 modes.

Eurocom X5
Image credits to Eurocom

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