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Tesco Mobile plans to introduce its own high-tech Tesco smartphone in the near future.
Tesco CEO, Philip Clarke has shared his plans of his company in a BBC Radio 5 programme Wake Up to Money and revealed that Tesco will bring in its own-branded smartphone. It is rumoured that the handset will be comparable to Samsung Galaxy S5 in terms of specifications. Its operating system will surely be Android. Moreover, the phone will come with all Tesco services pre-installed.
The idea of creating a Tesco smartphone came from Tesco Hudl, the supermarket chain’s tablet. The affordable Hudl turned out to be a success as the company has recently revealed that it has sold over 500,000 units and is planning to release Hudl 2 in September this year.
Unfortunately, neither Phillip Clarke nor any other Tesco official has disclosed any precise information about the smartphone’s price, availability or specifications. This means that right now we just have a confirmation that a Tesco phone is in the pipeline and we will see it sometime this year. However, if Tesco does not change its strategy, we might probably get a phone that delivers the specifications at Samsung Galaxy level and at rock-bottom prices.
BlackBerry Q10 was announced this year in January. Now we know the exact date of its release to UK’s mobile market – April 26. Unlocked Mobile and Clove Technology have already begun taking pre-orders starting at £530 on a SIM-only basis with delivery for the specified date. Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U websites listed it as “coming soon” but no specified date is given.
BlackBerry Q10 is the second to run BlackBerry 10 software. A dual-core Snapdragon processor of Q10 is clocked at 1.5GHz. BBQ10 is equipped with 3.1-inch touchscreen (which is smaller to give more room for a keyboard) as well as a full QWERTY keyboard – it’s the first time BlackBerry combined these two features. It also has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory which can be boosted with 64GB through microSD slot. The mobile phone has the speed camera capable of taking photos almost instantly and big 2,100mAh battery. The fact that Q10 runs the newest BlackBerry 10 operating system makes the phone more innovative and interesting than other BlackBerry devices. For example, it enables accessing messages and conversations at any time and from any app. What’s more the keyboard adapts to one’s style of typing suggesting words which makes typing a lot faster. A BBM Video Chat gives opportunities to catch up face-to-face and show the view from the rear-facing camera. Although BlackBerry Q10 has already been announced, much information about it isn’t known as it hasn’t been released yet.
Samsung Galaxy S4 has finally been announced. This mobile phone is perhaps the hottest phone of this year and probably more widely anticipated than iPhone. It’s similar to Samsung Galaxy S3 but have some significant enhancements in terms of performance added.
S4 has five-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a 1,920×1,080-pixel screen resolution. It weighs 130g (4.6 ounces) and is thinner than Samsung Galaxy S3. It runs the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. There is 64GB of internal storage and a microSD slot supporting cards up to 64GB. S4 with its super-sized screen and specialised software seems to be even better than iPhone. The mobile has the IR blaster on the top which allows to control TV using the handset. Samsung promises that the blaster works with all TVs, not only Samsung ones. On the back, there is 13-megapixel camera which records 1080p HD video. Samsung added many software enhancements, such as gestures (eye-tracking) and “a beefier notifications tray that offers a ton more toggling options to quickly turn settings on and off.” Samsung equipped S4 with Group Play which allows users to connect (via NFC or Bluetooth) to other Galaxy S4 devices and share photos, music, documents. There are also many more interesting apps: S Health which counts calories and steps, S Translator, S Voice Drive which starts when one gets into a car. When eye-tracking is considered, GS4 keeps the screen from dimming when someone is looking at it and pauses videos when eyes dart away.
Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available on Three, EE, Orange and T-Mobile. It will be launched in UK on 26 April. Samsung hasn’t shared pricing yet but it is expected to cost as much as Samsung Galaxy S3.
Mobile World Congress 2013 took place in Barcelona on 25-28 February. This world’s biggest mobile event annually unveils and presents mobile technology innovations and gives the opportunity to explore new mobile horizons. Although many smartphones and tablets had been announced before, there are still a few which had their premiere during the Mobile World Congress 2013. Two of them deserve to be mentioned – ASUS FonePad and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.
First, ASUS FonePad which is a tablet with the ability to make phone calls so there is no more need to carry two devices. ASUS equipped it with 7-inch display packing in 1,280×800 pixels. Inside, there is an Intel Atom Z2420 processor, clocked at 1.2GHz and backed up by 1GB of RAM. FonePad offers users 16GB of space as well as microSD slot supporting cards up to 32GB. Its battery is said to live for nine hours. What is more, FonePad is made from metal, but is quite light with its 340g and can be comfortably used with only one hand. It’s running on not the latest version of Android – 4.1 Jelly Bean but has some useful applications, such as SuperNote Lite, which is for making handwritten notes and doodling. ASUS also offers 5GB of cloud storage on the Asus WebStorage. As a smartphone it is equipped with noise-canceling microphone. Fonepad is planned to be released in the UK between April and June and the cost will be about £179.
Next, Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 which is another tablet with the ability to make phone calls. It has 8-inch display and a screen resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels. Despite its 8 inches, Note is even lighter with its 338g than its Asus counterpart. It’s equipped with Samsung’s Exynos processor – a quad-core version clocked at 1.6GHz and 2GB RAM of internal storage which can be topped out at 32GB through a microSD slot. It runs on Android 4.1.2. The device has the S Pen that can be used to control the Note’s physical buttons and that is why now there is no need to swap between stylus and fingers when using it.
In addition, Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is capable of making phone calls and sending short messages. Users can also surf the Internet while making a phone call. The release is expected in May or June
Yota Devices, a Russian phone manufacturer, announced that it will launch a new smartphone with displays on both sides in late 2013. The phone dubbed YotaPhone will feature one standard 4.3 inch 720p LCD display on the frontside and one E-ink screen on the backside. The secondary E-ink display, which is commonly installed in e-readers, will be used to display incoming news headlines, missed calls, calendar, reminders and other notifications. The technology of such displays makes it easier to read in sunlight and because it doesn’t emit light it basically doesn’t need power. Thanks to this we will be able to use YotaPhone longer than any other smartphone, as long as we don’t watch videos or play games.
YotaPhone’s E-ink screen is not the only nice feature of the phone. The phone also has a primary 4.3 icnh display, 1.5 Ghz Snapdragon S4 processor, a decent 13-megapixel camera, 2GB or ram and 32 GB of storage space. It will run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. Dual-screen is also a challenge for app developers as they are faced with new capabilities that they hopefully will creatively use.
Unfortunately, it will take some time before YotaPhone reaches the British Isles. It will be only available in the motherland of its creators, Russia, in the third quarter of 2013 and there still no plans for spreading it elsewhere. However, if you happen to attend Mobile World Congress in March 2013, you will have a chance to experience the phone as Yota Devices will be presenting it during that trade show.
Emirates, one of the world best airlines, has started to allow chatting on mobile phones on their Airbus A380 planes. This is the first airline that enables people to have in-flight phone calls. Thanks to OnAir, passengers on Emirates’ A380 aircraft will now freely use their phones as if they were on ground. How do you get mobile coverage while being 30,000 feet above the ground? When you use your mobile you connect first with an on-board GSM network, which then connects you to the ground infrastructure via satellite link. OnAir ground infrastructure puts you through to a mobile or fixed operator – simple as that. What is really great is that OnAir charges nothing for providing on-board mobile signal, so you paying according to your standard international roaming call rates. Use of mobile phones is disabled during take-off and landing. Another feature is that the Emirates’ crew may decide to limit the services by disabling calls, so that during “night time” people may only text or use data transfer, so that other passengers may rest happily.
This cutting edge technology is sadly limited by local laws. For example, within 250 miles of the USA nobody can use their mobile phones during the flight. Nevertheless, getting mobile coverage while flying in the sky is a novelty and in the future other airplanes, such as Boeing 747-8, will also have in-flight mobile phone capability.
The revolution starts here
More colour. More detail. More depth. Whatever you’re shooting, your images will look better than ever thanks to a staggering 41MP sensor. And with crystal-clear HD video plus pin-sharp sound, you can catch all the action on film – as it happens. Photography just got real.
Kieran–Scott Woodhouse, a Product Design student at Middlesex University and Head Designer at ADzero, developed a smartphone made from bamboo. This new idea shows an environmental alternative to metal and plastic, which are commonly used in phones. Woodhouse is using sustainable resources and the phone will be manufactured in China, the material won’t be hard to find, so there will be no need to import bamboo. ADzero is in design process right now, and it is yet unknown when it will be available to the masses. Initially the product was supposed to be marketed in China, but considering the buzz that it gets in the Internet, it is said that this phone will be also available in Europe and the USA. ADzero hasn’t released any technical specifications of this unique bamboo smartphone yet.
UPDATE Bamboo phone
For AD, however, disrupting the market on a grand scale isn’t important right now. Woodhouse and Lao need a successful phone launch, a foot in the door. Failure doesn’t seem to be a word in the young duo’s vocabulary, but recent design challenges have presented hurdles that have sunk many hardware startups, and AD’s not in the clear yet. We’ll soon be able to gauge public opinion on the redesigned plastic-and-bamboo ADzero and, more importantly, discover whether people are willing to buy a premium smartphone from a startup.
During CES HzO, the inventor of WaterBlock, showed how effective is its water protection solution by submerging Apple devices and some Android smartphones. Not only did those electronic gadgets survived but they were operating underwater without any problems.
HzO was widely praised for its WaterBlock technology and received the CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award. The start-up was the most popular company covered by the media at CES, and everybody was amazed by its new solution for waterproof electronic gadget. Hopefully, the company will quickly find a good investor and we will soon not care about spilled water or toilet-diving smartphones.
International CES 2012 in Las Vegas has started and as always it is full of new devices and technologies. One of them is Fujitsu’s new smartphone called Arrows, which is the world’s thinnest smartphone with thickness of 6.7mm. This makes it even thinner than Motorola RAZR. It is not a complete novelty, because the phone has been on the Japanese market since December, but the rest of the planet have not seen it yet.
Even the smartphone is thinner it has some pretty good features. Fujitsu Arrows runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread that is driven by 1.4 GHz processor. The phone has got a 4-inch AMOLED screen and a 5-megapixel camera. Additionally, its display is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass and the smartphone itself is waterproof.
Fujitsu spokesperson said that we will see Arrows all around the world soon, but no specific dates have been given yet.