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Nov 26, 2013

Lenovo Vibe Z Confirmed to Arrive on November 28

Unveiled two weeks ago, Lenovo Vibe Z is about to go on sale in China. The smartphone’s specs sheet has already been revealed and judging by what’s on the paper, this should appeal Android fans looking for a high-end device.

According to GizChina, Lenovo is expected to release the Vibe Z in China on November 28. However, no details on the phone’s price have emerged yet, though the latest rumors point to a price tag between 3000 yuan ($490/€365) and 3700 Yuan ($605/€450) outright.

Lenovo Vibe Z, also known as K910, will ship with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box and a powerful 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor inside. The smartphone also boasts a vibrant 5.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display that supports full HD (1080p) resolution, as well as an impressive 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash.

Lenovo Vibe Z
Image credits to Lenovo

Kingston HyperX Predator DDR3 Memory Operates at 2800 MHz

The normal frequency for mobile RAM (laptop DDR3) is 1333 MHz, and the one for desktops is 1600 MHz, both most people can make do with less too. So memory at 2800 MHz will stand out any day.

That goes doubly for the new HyperX kits from Kingston, even though some might say that the opposite is true. After all, HyperX has always been associated, as a brand, with high performance, so a clock of 2000 MHz or more shouldn't raise too many eyebrows. Still, 2800 MHz is a lot no matter what anyone says. It's no wonder Kingston is so gung ho about the HyperX Predator and the many overclockers and “extreme system builders” it is supposed to sell to. “We are proud to offer our flagship 2800MHz memory kits to overclockers, benchmarkers and extreme system builders throughout the world,” said Krystian Jaroszynski, European product marketing manager, HyperX and Server, Kingston.

“Our HyperX engineers will continue working hard to improve high-speed yields to get faster product in the hands of our customers.” There are eight kits in the new line total, with capacities of 8 or 16 GB and varying latencies. They all should start showing up in stores soon, if they haven't already. Here is the list (you'll note than only one works at the vaunted 2.8 GHz though).

8GB 1866MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 DIMM (Kit of 2) XMP Predator Series
16GB 1866MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 DIMM (Kit of 4) XMP Predator Series 
16GB 1866MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL10 DIMM (Kit of 2) XMP Predator Series
8GB 2133MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL11 DIMM (Kit of 2) XMP Predator Series
16GB 2133MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL11 DIMM (Kit of 2) XMP Predator Series 
8GB 2400MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL11 DIMM (Kit of 2) XMP Predator Series
8GB 2666MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL11 DIMM (Kit of 2) XMP Predator Series 
8GB 2800MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL12 DIMM (Kit of 2) XMP Predator Series

As you can see, they all have XMP certification (Intel Extreme Memory Profile) and come in the standard, full-height DIMM form factors, normal for desktops.

Kingston HyperX Predator
Image credits to Kingston

BBM Will Come Pre-Installed on Select Android Devices

We’ve heard it before from various OEMs in India and other emerging market, but now it’s confirmed by BlackBerry as well. The Canadian company has just announced that BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) will come pre-installed on a wide range of Android devices.

Well-known OEMs from Africa, India, Indonesia, Latin America and the Middle East will be allowed to pre-load BBM for Android on their devices. BlackBerry has confirmed that, starting next month, the following devices will have the popular instant messaging application pre-installed: Be, Brightstar, Celkon, EVERCOSS, IMO, Micromax, Mito, Snexian, Spice, TECNO, TiPhone and Zen. Furthermore, BlackBerry has reiterated the fact that BBM will continue to be available as a free download from Android app stores, including Google Play. “It is clear that smartphone customers see BBM as a must have app for active conversations. The uptake we have seen for BBM since the launch on Android and iPhone is amazing.

“We're thrilled to be working with leading Android smartphone manufacturers from across the globe to help bring their customers the best out-of-the-box experience with BBM preinstalled,” said Andrew Bocking, executive vice president for BBM at BlackBerry. BBM for Android comes with only a handful of the features that are now available on BlackBerry version, but the Canadian company has promised that it will continue to improve the application and add these features in the future via major updates. The last update for BBM arrived on Android platform less than two weeks ago and added support for BBM Contact Categories, more options for sharing BBM PIN Barcode and more.

BBM proved to be more popular on Android and iOS operating systems than on BlackBerry, which is understandable if we take into consideration the fact that these platforms have well above 75% market share combined on the smartphone market. Hopefully, BlackBerry will add more important features like BBM Voice and BBM Video, which are currently missing from the Android application. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.

BlackBerry Messenger logo
Image credits to BlackBerry

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