Microsoft secretly building 7-inch Xbox Surface?

Microsoft working on gaming ‘Xbox Surface’ 7-inch tablet. The rumor was revealed by The Verge, which is cited multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. The Xbox Surface is expected to include a custom ARM processor and high-bandwidth RAM designed for gaming purpose.

Messaging and other tablet functions may be supported, but the focus is on gaming. The rumored tablet is said to run a custom Windows kernel. Microsoft is currently one of the leading gaming console makers along with Sony and Nintendo. The rising of smartphones and tablets reduce the popularity of gaming console in consumer market.

Microsoft recently released its first Surface tablet, a 10-inch device designed to compete with Apple’s iPad. Like the iPad, the Surface is an all-purpose computing device capable of browsing the Web and editing documents, in addition to playing games.

Google announces Nexus 4 phone, Nexus 10 tablet and HSPA+ Nexus 7

Google has officially unveiled the new Nexus, the Nexus 4 phone and Nexus 10 tablet. Google has also announced a small update to the 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet. It simply known as “Nexus 7 (32GB + Mobile)”. The Nexus 4 smartphone built by LG and the Nexus 10 tablet build by Samsung. Both device come with Android 4.2 which adds Gesture Typin, allowing users to glide fingers over letters to type, support for wireless display, allowing users to watch movies. Actually, Google may have had to cancel its planned Android event in New York City due to Sandy storm, but that doesn’t mean the company didn’t announce its new slate of Nexus device. So, what’s new about all the Nexus?

Smartphone Nexus 4
The Nexus 4, built by LG, features a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 IPS display (320ppi), a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor- which Google claim is the fastest on the market, 2GB Of RAM, a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, 8 megapixel rear camera, up to 16GB of storage, NFC, Bluetooth, and wireless charging via Google’s new Wireless Charging Orb (see image below). The back is made of glass and features a sparkley pattern underneath the surface.

The device will sell for $299 with 8GB of storage, or $349 with 16GB. A T-Mobile version will sell unlocked for $199 on a two-year contract. Alongside the improved screen and faster CPU, the Nexus 4 has 2GB of RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth, and built-in compatibility with Google’s latest accessory, the Wireless Charging Orb — an inductive charging dock. The phone also houses a sizable 2100 mAh battery, which the company claims will get you about 10 hours of talk time.

Tablet Nexus 10
The Nexus 10 is a 10-inch tablet with a resolution of 2560 x 1600, which comes in at a whopping 300ppi. It features a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 chip with a quad-core Mali T604 GPU, 2GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, a 1.8 megapixel camera on the front, dual-front facing speakers, micro HDMI, micro USB, two NFC chips, and a 8,000mAh battery, that Google says should latest around 9 hours of HD video playback.

The Nexus 10 will go on sale on November 13 on Google Play in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan. 16GB will cost $399 and 32GB will cost $499.

Nexus 7 32GB and mobile data
Google also announced a 32GB version of its Nexus 7 tablet for $249, along with a 32GB version with HSPA+ mobile data for $299, which can operate on more than 200 GSM providers worldwide according to Google.

The Nexus 7 sports a 1.3Ghz Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 7.0″ LED-backlit LCD display (1280 x 800), a front-facing 1.2MP camera with 720p video recording, Wi-Fi, microUSB 2.0 with USB OTG support, 4325 mAh battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Apple’s iPad mini- everything consumer needs to know

I’m sure you’re aware of the new iPad mini that Apple introduced in San Jose on Tuesday. It is 7.9-inch screen tablet and start price at USD$329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version, $129 more than competitor 7-inch Android tablets.

The iPad mini is as thin as pencil and as light as a pad of paper,yet packs a fast A5 microprocessor, FaceTime HD and 5 megapixel iSight camera and ultrafast wireless.The interesting is iPad’s apps in Apps Store still can be used for iPad mini.

Although the device does not have retina display like its full-sized brother, the difference didn’t seem to bother most of the people in the briefing area. Considering the price tag of $329, adding a retina display would have made the iPad mini prohibitively expensive compared to the competition.

iPad mini

Many analysts criticized the price tag of the iPad mini because it cost is more $130 than Kindle Fire HD and $90 than the Nexus 7. But Phil Schiller spoke to Reuters that customers won’t mind paying a little extra for an iPad because it’s a premium device.

Back to the year 2010, Steve Jobs criticized the idea of 7-inch tablets for having a lousy user experience.  “While one could increase the resolution of the display to make up some of the difference, it is meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one-quarter of their present size,” he said.

However, he apparently started to reconsider later that year. An e-mail exchange revealed in the patent trial between Apple and Samsung this summer suggested that Jobs had come around to accepting the idea of a Apple working on a 7-inch tablet by the end of 2010.

While it might seem like splitting hairs, Tim Cook now went on to explain that the 7.9 inch iPad Mini has 35% more surface area than 7-inch tablets do. In this way, he says, Apple didn’t have to sacrifice too much screen “real estate” for portability. One of the user commented in the article,’Cook as well as Jobs are masters in the Art of Confusion.They DID a 7inch tablet… a beautiful one… and I want one but these comments about how the iPad Mini isn’t a 7 inch tablet are just pathetic.’ I just agreed with 35% more surface area more than other 7-inch tablets part.

Up until now, only the first-generation Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and the recently launched Google Nexus 7 were considered worthy buys. Add the iPad mini to the mix, and this particular product category has a little more hot.

Google Nexus 7 Kindle Fire HD Galaxy Tab 2 iPad mini
Processor 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor 1.3GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4 4460 1.2 Ghz Dual-core processor A5
Display 1280×800 1280×800 1024×600 1024×768
Size 129.5x120x10.56 193×137×10.3 193.7×122.4×10.5 200×134.7×7.2
Camera 1.2MP front-facing camera 720p “HD” front-facing camera front-facing VGA camera

rear-facing 3MP camera

front-facing HD camera, rear-facing 5MP camera
Connectivity Micro USB 2.0, NFC Micro USB 2.0, HDMI MicroSD, USB 2.0,Bluetooth Lightning connector
Memory RAM 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB 512 MB
Operating System Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Custom version of Android 4.0 Android 4.0 ICS iOS 6
3G/4G No No Yes Yes

Beside the announcement of iPad mini, Apple also announced The new 9.7″ iPad is now simply called the iPad with Retina display, comes with new dual-core A6X chip with quad-core graphics. This promises twice the performance over the iPad it replace. But many people only focus on the iPad mini-new product from Apple. I also didn’t realise the annoucement new 4th generation iPad.

Learn what’s new iPhone 5 from video trailer

The Apple iPhone 5 is here and it is by far, the best iPhone yet.

Sporting a larger 4-inch Retina display and packing an A6 chip, the user experience on this new iPhone is set to be nothing short of spectacular.

The new iPhone 5 goes on sale in the UK next Friday, the 21st Sept 2012 and is sure to be the best selling smartphone of 2012.

Watch the official Apple iPhone 5 trailor below.

Apple named iPhone 5 as ‘the new iPhone’?

An image published on a Dutch site purports to reveal that the new iPhone will be called just that. The packaging shows a picture of a very iPhone-looking iPhone 5. However, it’s not called the iPhone 5. It’s merely called “the new iPhone.”. It might be troll, but it’s not possible because it may use similar trend name as iPad-the new iPad. More clear images after the jump. [Read more...]