Project Tango Tablet Teardown at iFixit Reveals NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC

Aug 19, 2014 - 11:01 AM - by dgstorm

We've shared a few stories regarding Google's unique 3D-mapping idea called Project Tango. (For those who missed it, the technology is a smartphone and a tablet that can create a highly detailed 3D model of the surrounding environment. It does this using several on-board cameras.) Not too long ago, Google released 200 units of the smartphone portion to developers, and they released 4,000 units of the Project Tango tablet to developers.

Luckily, the folks at iFixit got their hands on one and decided to practice their surgical skills on it. The results were quite revealing as it turns out the specs are very beefy, including a NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and much more. Here's the full lusty list,
  • 7" HD 1920 x 1200 (323 ppi) touchscreen display
  • 120 degree front-facing camera + 4 MP RGB-IR rear-facing camera along with a 170 degree motion tracking camera
  • 2.3 GHz Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 CPU
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 128 GB flash memory, expandable via microSD

Obviously it makes sense that a device designed to create realistic 3D maps of the surrounding environment will need to have some high-tech specs, but this easily qualifies as the top of the curve.

In the end, the folks at iFixit gave the Project Tango tablet a repairability of score of 4 out of 10, which is obviously below average (but comes as no surprise). Here's a quote with their final assessment,

  • Rear case is super easy to open with no screws or adhesives—only plastic clips.
  • Several cables cover the battery and make it a pain to remove—but at least you don't need to melt adhesive.
  • Low modularity—several components soldered to the same components makes replacement parts more expensive.
  • Complex internal construction—this thing is full of cables and not at all fun to disassemble or reassemble.
Source: iFixit
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Sprint Officially Unveils the Sharp Aquos Crystal Smartphone

Aug 19, 2014 - 10:31 AM - by dgstorm

Just as we indicated yesterday, Sprint officially unveiled the new Sharp Aquos Crystal smartphone today. The device will be available on Sprint, Virgin Mobile, and Boost Mobile in the United States. They have yet to announce exact availability dates, but we do know that you will be able to get the device for $0 down and 24-monthly payments of $10 on Sprint. It will cost $149.99 on Boost and Virgin Mobile.

[Update: We have word that pre-orders start today for an August 29 availability for this phone.]

We must reiterate that the internal specs of this device are mediocre, yet it still has the potential for decent success based upon its unique aesthetics alone. When you factor in the affordable price, this could be a decent seller in the budget-friendly markets. It turns out the specs for the Japanese and the American version are the same. Here's a recap,
  • 5-inch 1280 x 720 edge-to-edge display
  • 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Harman-Kardon audio
  • Battery 2,040 mAh
  • 10 millimeters thick and weighs 140 grams

This isn't a big feather for Sprint to stick in their hats, but when mixed with their new aggressive pricing plans, it might catch the attention of some folks.

Source: Sprint
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Stunning New Sharp Aquos Crystal Phone Coming to Sprint Tomorrow

Aug 18, 2014 - 11:41 AM - by cereal killer

Sprint is getting ready to make a big announcement tomorrow. It turns out they are announcing a brand new phone from Sharp. What this phone lacks in substance (internal hardware), it makes up for in style. It's called the Sharp Aquos Crystal, and it is easily one of the best looking smartphones ever designed.

It's main claim to fame is a “frame-less structure and crystal display.” It supposedly also has enhanced sound. Here is a breakdown of its internal specs:

  • 5-inch 1280 x 720 edge-to-edge display
  • 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Harman-Kardon audio
  • Battery 2,040 mAh
  • 10 millimeters thick and weighs 140 grams

Obviously, this device's tech specs aren't going to win it any awards, but in the consumer world, that doesn't really matter as much. Of course, it hasn't been officially announced, so it's possible these specs will be different for Sprint than the Japanese model of the phone. We will keep you updated.

Originally written by dgstorm

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Moto X+1 Reaches Beast Mode

Aug 15, 2014 - 11:57 AM - by cereal killer

For those folks who weren't too happy with the Moto X and its specs when it rolled out, you should stop and take a look at what the X+1 is going to be sporting under the hood. She's going to be a real powerhouse. According to the GFXBenchmark test it looks like Motorola will launch the Moto X+1 with Android 4.4.4, and its safe to say there will be plans for an update to Android L. Under the hood, there's the screaming fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with a quad-core 2.5GHz Krait CPU, 2GB of RAM, and the Adreno 330 GPU.

Internal memory should sit at 16GB despite the 10GB pictured (partition space left over ). We're counting on Moto also having a 32GB version available at launch as well. The display is Motorola's largest yet at 5.2" and it sits at full HD resolution. Moving around to the back, the X+1 houses a 13MP shooter that is capable of recording 4K video, while moving to the front reveals a 2MP camera recording 1080p video. No selfie videos please.

The Motorola Moto X+1 will be announced alongside the Moto 360, Second Gen Moto G and a new Bluetooth headset on September 4 in Chicago.

If you were already a fan of the Moto X the X+1 should really light your fire. Beast Mode!!

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Sprint is Going to 'Disrupt' The Wireless Industry?

Aug 15, 2014 - 10:36 AM - by cereal killer

Newly appointed Chief Executive Officer Marcelo Claure is hitting the ground at a full sprint (pun intended). At a company-wide town hall meeting on Thursday, Marcelo told attendees that the company will be implementing "very disruptive" prices next week.

We’re going to change our plans to make sure they are simple and attractive, and make sure every customer in America thinks twice about signing up to a competitor.
With a comment like that its a pretty sure bet Big Red, T-Mobile and AT&T are going to be 'tuning' in to the announcement.
We've heard some mixed reviews about Sprints coverage. Some swear by it while others say its abysmal with dropped calls and spotty coverage. With that said we're left to wonder if a super aggressive pricing plan will be enough to get happy customers (Verizon, T-Mo, AT&T) to jump ship.

Let us know if Sprints pricing plan is "too good to pass up" will you be jumping ship? Sprint customers we want to hear from you as well. How would you rate Sprints coverage? Good? Bad? Meh?

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Galaxy Alpha Announced

Aug 13, 2014 - 2:01 PM - by cereal killer

Samsung went into stealth mode this morning and quietly released their newest handset called, you guessed it, the Galaxy Alpha. While the release comes as no surprise, the lack of a launch event and all the 'fireworks' that goes along with them is certainly a big departure for Samsung. They love to rent out huge convention centers and invite the world to their releases. With that said, is the Galaxy Alpha a top tier handset that was mysteriously left out of the usual fanfare? Lets take a look.

First off, we tip our hat to Sammy for finally putting together a handset with a premium look and feel. With its chamfered, polished and beveled metal frame edges to its sleek design it has all the looks of a premium device. Unfortunately, thats where it all ends. The Alphas specs include:

  • Display: 4.7” HD Super AMOLED (1280 x 720)
  • Processor: Octa Core (Quad 1.8GHz + Quad 1.3GHz)
  • OS: Android 4.4.4 (KitKat)
  • Camera: 12MP (rear) + 2.1MP (front)
  • RAM : 2GB
  • Internal Memory : 32GB
  • Battery: 1860 mAh
  • Finger Print Scanner

*No micro SD Slot*

With it's smaller display, less resolution, scaled down camera pixels, zero water resistance, and no micro-SD support the Galaxy Alpha falls quite short of it's older brother known as the Galaxy S5.

Price and carriers have not been announced just yet and we let everyone know when we have those details.

I'm not really sure how the Alpha fits in with Samsung's portfolio. Other than it's dazzling looks its really nothing to write home about. Mid-tier specs and the usual features don't scream "I must get this handset", so I'm left scratching my head. In their already crowded line-up, did they really need to release the Alpha? I guess we'll find out that answer when pricing and carrier details are announced. A premium price tag along with an exclusive launch surely won't help sales.

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