Legendary camera company Red have made the leap into the mobile phone market with one of the most highly anticipated phones to be pressed up against people’s heads. The Red Hydrogen One is that phone and after a year of delays 300 lucky people are now experiencing the Red magic. Master unboxer Marques Brownlee was one of the lucky 300 and his unboxing video now has many people both drooling and jealous, in equal parts.
Having gone out of contract on my mobile phone a month ago it was time to begin the hunt for a new shinny communications gadget. To be honest I was also dying to upgrade away from Microsoft’s Windows Phone (930), yes the Windows Phone hadn’t lived up to expectations.
The timing for the hunt this time round was just about perfect, for once. The Samsung S8 had just been released into an already crowded premium phone market with the likes of LG, Huawei, M2, One2One all having rather sexy top end phones available.
There was one mobile though that caught my eye, the Sony XZ Premium. Released just this month it was hot off the presses and included one of the best cameras on any of the premium phone. Its super slow-motion, 4K image and 4K video capture peaked my interest.
After doing the in-shop inspection of the various phones the decision was clear, the Sony is one cool looking piece of hardware as well-being amongst the most advanced. I can see why it won the ’New Phone of the Year’ award at the Mobile World Conference this year.
Having researched, decided and purchased my new phone it was time to see what this bad boy could do. At this point in time all I could confirm is that it comes in a white box and has the looks of a smooth criminal, but as I have learnt looks can be deceiving.
Sony has been beavering away, and bleeding money, trying to get its Xperia Z series to the top of the Android smartphone heap. With the release of the Z3 Remote Play smartphones underway Sony (and Carphone Warehouse) have kicked the marketing machine up a gear and they’ve gone underwater.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the underwater unboxing video of the new smartphone that could be king. An ad that features a diver unboxing a Z3 underwater, then proceeding to power it up and get snap happy with the camera while showing off the results. Sit back, relax and prepare to be amazed.
Creating a detailed 3D map of the world around you has until now required expensive Ladar equipment, effective but not cheap. Technology leaving the labs at the moment will soon build this ability into every mobile device, making machines aware of their surroundings.
Tech giants Amazon and Google are working to integrate this new kind of smarts into our phones and tablets. Both leveraging multiple cameras and algorithmic smarts to build 3D wire models that map the world around you. Amazon will use this to create a new type of facial recognition interface while Google is looking for developers to join in on their journey of discovery.
Samsung is keeping the pedal to the metal, pushing out new models of its monstrously popular Galaxy S series Smartphone as regular as a heartbeat. Rumours have reached a crescendo this week suggesting that the new Galaxy will be revealed within a month.
Website TechRadar has given the rumour mill a kick start reporting that they are in possession of a PDF containing the details of the upcoming Galaxy S phone. Other reports have also surfaced this week from Russian site Mobile-Review, reporting that Samsung will unveil its new Galaxy on March 14, the chatter is certainly picking up it seems.
Silicon design house ARM isn’t content adding the smarts to most of the smartphones in the world, now they have announced a new family of graphics processor to add to their silicon portfolio. ARM would like to introduce you to the Mali-T600 mobile graphics processors.
Three new members of the T600 family of products have been introduced to the world, the Mali-T624 with 4 cores, Mali-T628 with 8 cores and the Mali-T678 with 8 cores optimized for Tablets. The T600 chips are based on a brand new architecture named the Midgard architecture, rebuilt from the ground up ARM is proving that people will use as much power as they are supplied.
Currently the most powerful smartphone the Samsung Galaxy SIII uses a slightly overclocked Mali 400 GPU, the T678 should be close to 4 times faster. Able to drive screen resolutions up to 4k2k while providing console class gaming these chips are not only destined to travel but may also find a place in our living room, driving big screen TV’s.
Tablets and Smartphones, the little touch screen windows to our online lives are a fast evolving technology. Apple, the undisputed leaders of the touchy feely lifestyle have a new generation of smartphone and tablet waiting in the wings, preparing to be released upon the world. Microsoft was also seen in the background parroting the phrase “and you’ll be able to run Office!”
Insider rumours are suggesting the new iPhone, number 5, will include a larger 16:9 wide-screen profile display. At four inches diagonal the new retina display will keep pace with the ever increasing size of smartphone displays. Said to be Steve Jobs’ last project expect something special.
Also said to be in production, alongside the new iPhone literally, is the mini iPad. A tablet so cute that the Kindle Fire was overheard muttering while walking off “mirror mirror on the wall…”
Multi-function devices have been with us since caveman first noticed a stick has two ends. In the electronic world mobile phones are the great multi-function device, the caveman’s new stick. Now a new generation of convergence device is beginning to appear, allowing a new generation of smartphone to adapt to the desktop, tablet top or even the dash of your car.
ASUS and Motorola are preparing a new generation of smartphones that promise to eliminate any last remaining aspects of life free of web access. Creating the ultimate convergence device, the Netbook Tablet Smartphone or MultiPhone.
The incredible pace of technologies advancement is responsible for this blurring of the boundaries between mobile and desktop computing. Many smartphones are already powerful enough to cater for day to day computing, surfing the web, the odd document or .pdf and music or videos. Nothing too demanding, but a good majority of what we do during our online lives. Why not leverage that power in your pocket to increase functionality? It’s all about options.
The launch event in Earls Court assembled the who’s who of the Mobile world to view the Galaxy SIII, an introduction to the iPhone’s arch enemy.
With more organic lines than the previous generation the new Galaxy SIII has been designed to make life better, your own personal digital assistant perhaps. Not only is it a technology powerhouse but it is one intelligent smartphone. With facial recognition integrated throughout, the phone even knows who’s in your photo’s.
The phone will be available in Europe first, May 29, with a 10 city tour and rolling release for the rest of the world. The USA release date will be mid 2012 while no exact date is known for Australia or New Zealand.
In this fast paced technological world change isn’t just inevitable, it is also high speed. Samsung are riding this wave of change, preparing to release a new generation of Galaxy smartphone, the Galaxy S III. With a newer high resolution screen and faster processor squeezed into an even thinner body the Galaxy S III is shaping up to be one hot phone.
All signs point to May 22 as the birth day of the new Galaxy, with Samsung building up the buzz for their new sleek smartphone, the next two months should see some major marketing shenanigans.
The latest rumours are also accompanied by pictures, realistic and plausible pictures for once. Not to much information can be gleamed from the photo, beside the ridiculously thin body, is this the supermodel of the mobile phone world?