This is the lightest Android tablet in the world

NEC Medias Tab UL N08-D. That is the name given to the lightest Android tablet in the market, a device that measures 7 inches and weighing only 249 grams. When compared with other models of similar size, weighs 31% less than the Amazon Kindle Fire and 29% lower than the Google Nexus 7.

What is the secret? The trick is that it is made from an ultra light carbon fiber this is also used in some aircraft models. But low weight is not the only thing that is great in the Tab UL NEC Medias N08-D, as this small tablet also has also a dual-core processor at 1.5GHz, has a screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, has a camera that can take 8 megapixel photos and its battery is 3100mAh.

Apparently it already went on sale in Japan.


VIA EPIA-M920: Mini-ITX Motherboard with a QuadCore processor

The manufacturer VIA has presented a rather interesting motherboard, its the VIA EPIA-M920 which is based on the Mini-ITX format and also has a quad-core processor inside. It is available in two versions, one equipped with the dual core VIA Eden X2 processor at 1Ghz, and another version called the VIA QuadCore E Series that works at 1.2GHz. Another difference is that the version with dual-core processor has a passive heatsink, and the model with quad core processor carries an active heatsink.

For those who need a small size motherboard and with an acceptable level of performance, VIA has a few models available, including one that today we are going to talk about and also comes in two versions, one with s two core processor and a quad-core processor.

The VIA EPIA-M920 motherboard has a Mini-ITX format and VIA VX11H MSP chipset also supports up to 16GB of SO-DIMM format DDR3-1333Mhz RAM thanks to the two slots integrated. Integrated graphics feature support for DirectX 11 and is initially available in two different versions.


The only difference between the two versions lies on the processor used and the cooling system, while for the model equipped with the two core processor VIA Eden X2 makes use of a passive cooling system for the model with quad-core processor uses a traditional heatsink with a fan built in.

Among the available connections on the motherboard it has two SATA ports, one PCI-Express X4 and connectors for USB 2.0/3.0 ports. On the rear panel connectors we can find two Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, two HDMI, D-Sub, COM port, two USB 2.0 ports, PS/2 and audio connectors.




New HTC 8X smartphone with Microsoft Windows Phone 8

This week has leaked the new HTC 8X, a smartphone based on Microsoft Windows Phone 8. Let your specifications.

This new device has a 4.3 inch screen with a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 SoC consisting of a dual-core processor architecture [email protected] GHz and 1 GB of RAM.

Also has 16 GB of internal storage (expandable via a microSD card) + 7 GB of cloud storage with SkyDrive, an 8 megapixel camera with autofocus, aperture F2.0, 28mm wide lens capable of recording 1080p video accompanied by LED flash, a second camera on the front, NFC connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1. 802.11n WiFi, GPS and Beats Audio.

Expected to be officially announced on 19 September.


These are the new Kindles

The family of Kindle digital readers and tablets has three more members staring this week. The first, called Kindle Fire, is an improvement over the previous version: a 7” inch tablet with ability to surf the web, play music and movies and of course, read digital books.

The second is the HD version of Fire, a powerful tablet, for $500, becomes an interesting competitor for the iPad.

The last of the devices is a digital book reader e-ink, but also takes orders by touch. All devices will show advertising for products sold by Amazon to be blocked or at rest. According to the company, this is the reason we can sell the devices at a lower price than the competition.

The new Fire

During their press conference in Los Angeles this week, Amazon introduced the new version of its Kindle Fire tablet, with notable hardware improvements, and the not-so-pleasant surprise is that they will now implement a system of ‘compulsory advertising’ when the equipment is not in use.

In terms of technical features, the new Kindle Fire has a multitouch 7” inch screen, dual-core processor and a battery that lets you play 7 ½ hours of video. Unfortunately for readers, the battery life is only half an hour longer when the device is used to read eBooks.

The tablet, which has double the memory than its predecessor, weighs 410 grams, as opposed to 650 grams of the Apple iPad 3, and 565 grams for the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The price of the device, available in presale from Thursday, is $160, $40 less than the previous version.

Subsidized by advertising

The high-definition version of the Kindle Fire has a multitouch 8.9” inch screen, and a much higher price. Available for Pre-order this week, the device costs $500 or $600, depending on if you buy the 32 or 64 gigabytes of storage. But the value becomes attractive when compared with other high definition tablets, like the iPad 3, the cheapest version with 32 gigabytes of storage, costs $730.

Those who buy a Fire HD will find that the device also shows special offers and sponsored listings of movies, books and music on your screen when idle, or in locked mode. Amazon, however, said that advertising does not hinder the use of the device.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, says his company is different from companies like Apple trying to make money by providing services, not selling their devices. So this is how they can can offer them at a competitive price without obsessing over them for huge profits.

Indeed: the reduction of the company’s net profit during the third quarter of last year made Amazon think that they where losing money for every Kindle Fire it sells.

(Almost) no distractions

The third and final version of the Kindle that Amazon will launch in the coming weeks is called Paperwhite: a tablet that can not play videos or pictures in color, and only uses its battery when a user moves a page or access a menu.

This is possible because it has an LED screen but with digital ink, a white surface where the dots that make up the letters and pictures are magnetically ordered, and then remain in that position naturally.

Although this model has a feature missing from previous versions: lighting of its screen, you can read even with no external light sources.

Priced at $70, The Paperwhite is also the cheapest version of the Kindle, designed for those with reading as a priority to access over the Internet or buying items from Amazon.

With regard to advertising, the model also shows product announcements from online store offers, but Amazon said that in the future will give your users the option of paying for to disable advertising in the device.

Pi: a PC for $25

The Raspberry Pi is not the first computer with a price less than $100 in the market, and the first with a price below $50, but promises to be one of the most popular. This week, the makers of the PC announced that its prototype is ready to be mass produced, and that the production will take place in the UK.

Last year, a team of British engineers discovered that they could buy the parts needed to build a incredibly small PC for just over $20.

After joining the team and prove they could run a modern version of Ubuntu, an operating system completely free, the team calculated that the system could hit the market at a price of $25, with a version a bit more powerful for $35 dollars.

While the Raspberry Pi became popular on the Internet, its creators discovered that the only way to maintain the desired selling price, the equipment was to be manufactured in China. But this week the team announced it will begin manufacturing the computer in England, keeping its cost unchanged.

Unfortunately, managing to make the Raspberry Pi in the West delayed the release of the computer almost a year. The team, which could become a favorite among governments and educational institutions, faces competition from models such as the Cubieboard, which for $50 gives four times more RAM, and a faster processor.

Nokia and Microsoft unveil the new Lumia phone with Windows Phone 8

Nokia and Microsoft unveiled in New York the latest Lumia smartphone, the first from the Finnish company to incorporate the operating system Windows Phone 8 and has among other features a wireless charging system.
“This is the Lumia, and it’s time to change,” he told a packed press conference in the Big Apple President and CEO of Nokia, Stephen Elop, holding the Lumia 920, the new flagship device for the enterprise newly released Windows Phone 8.

The new smartphone, with a 4.5 inch screen, also has a 8.7 megapixel rear camera includes Nokia PureView technology and, according to the company, you can take the best photographs of all smartphones in the market.

This is because the camera of the Lumia 920 is capable of processing up to five times more light than other smart phones without Flash, which offers professional quality photograph’s, explained the executive vice president of Nokia smart devices, Jo Harlow.

“This is a major milestone, it’s amazing how far we’ve come in these months working with Nokia, you really begin to see the power of this incredible partnership,” meanwhile the CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, who called the phone as “the single market.”

Other key features of the phone, which also includes a 1.2-megapixel front camera for video conferencing, is the 2000 mAh battery (the largest capacity of any phone that Nokia has made) with integrated wireless charging through Qi technology.

The phone can be recharged simply by placing it on the charger without having to connect the phone to a cable, which seeks to “recharge whenever you want, your phone also can do it,” Harlow explained.

The Lumia 920, with 1GB RAM, a storage capacity of 32 GB and dual-core processor 1.5 GHz, Nokia also has included Nokia Drive navigation, the latest addition to the localization tool that provides GPS Phone information on restaurants, shops or hotels by pointing the camera at a street.

During the conference, which Nokia did not talk about dates or prices regarding putting the device on the market, the Lumia 820 model was also presented with Windows Phone 8, which features a 4.3-inch screen, an 8 megapixel rear camera and also incorporates the wireless charging system.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: With four cores at 1.4Ghz

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 was introduced several months ago at the MWC show in Barcelona, but since then has suffered repeated delays and modifications to improve performance. Initially the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 featured a dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM , but eventually will come with a quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM .

There is little time left to finally welcome one of the most anticipated tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. In the presentation that took place in MWC in Barcelona a dual-core processors tablet was shown with a 1.4GHz and 1GB of RAM.

But Samsung was not entirely convinced that this was the most appropriate hardware for its tablet, so they have since made several modifications to the original design. The main change has been to change the dual-core processor for one of four cores running at 1.4Ghz too, and the RAM memory upgrade from 1GB to 2GB.

Another modification was to incorporate a hole for the S-Pen device, a device that makes it easier to use the tablet and especially for comfort. Not far from the only tablet on the market with a quad-core processor, as there are other models available that already have it, but really its not about how many cores it may have, instead to focus on achieving top optimization in the version of Android that it will equip.

For example that the number of cores is not everything we have in the popular iPad, as the processor it comes with a A5X riding is two cores and works perfectly on the Apple operating system. So the optimization of the system will influence much in terms of final performance.

Keeping in mind that Samsung has already announced that on August 15 it would make a major announcement of a device in the Galaxy family, we suspect that it will be the Galaxy Note 10.1, although it could be the Galaxy Note 2, for this we will have to wait abit more to know for sure.

The New Vodafone Smart Tab 7

Together with ZTE, Vodafone have launched a new tablet that will sure be positioned as one of the most important in the first half of the year. Indeed, we are talking about the Vodafone Smart Tab 7. This tablet features a 7-inch LCD screen, so that the use of applications and viewing of documents, will be perfect. Nor can one fail to mention that its screen resolution is something that can excel in this tablet, because it is of 800 x 1200 pixels.

The new Vodafone Smart Tab 7 is one of the best Android tablets that we will find in the market. This new tablet with Android version 3.2, which gives it great compatibility with applications and games that are found within Google Play, formerly known as Android Market.

Another feature of the Vodafone Smart Tab 7 is that it has 16 GB of memory with the ability to expand to more via a memory card. Connecting via Wi-Fi is something that must be present within tablet’s now at days with the Smart Tab 7 not missing out and with respect to its battery it lasts up to 8 hours.

Vodafone Smart Tab 7 Key Features:

– WXGA TFT display 7 to 10 inches.

– Dual Core processor with a speed of 1.2 GHz

– RAM 1 GB (possibility to extend).

– Internal data memory of 16 GB, with possibility of adding a microSD.

– Honeycomb Android OS 3.2.

VIA ARTiGO A1200: Mini computer with a dual core processor

VIA has announced a mini computer callede VIA ARTiGO A1200 which incorporates a dual core processor, namely the VIA Eden X2 that runs at a speed of 1Ghz. It comes fairly complete in terms of connectivity and is ideal to have as a computer for basic tasks or multimedia use.

Small computers for the classroom are other devices that are also booming because they offer good performance for simple tasks and for multimedia use to connected to a good TV. Recently we learned of another VIA mini computer, the PC Android System, today we are talking about the ARTiGo A1200.
The VIA ARTiGO A1200 has dimensions of 24.3 x 12.4 x 3.0 inches and inside is a dual core VIA Eden X2 processor, which is cooled by a fanless system. It should be noted that this model must be configured before you buy, because the base version just comes with the cases, the processor  and connections.
You can set the system with up to 4GB of DDR3 SO-DIMM and a means of storage can include a 8GB SSD up to 240GB or a 320GB hard drive to 640GB SATA. Optionally you can add WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, including an antenna to boost the WiFi signal.

In terms of connections available, it has a dual Ethernet connector, HDMI, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, COM ports, D-Sub15 output. It also has a module for CFast cards, and from the site itself it says you can order up to a 8GB cards up to 64GB MLC and SLC 1GB to 16GB capacity.

The final price of the VIA ARTiGO A1200 depends on the settings you choose, you can set it to your taste and purchase at the following LINK.

Galaxy Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Note 10.1: Coming soon with four cores?

 The tablets Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Note 10.1 could be delayed to incorporate a quad-core processor , rather than the dual-core model with which they were formally introduced. It would be a good measure in part because current competition in the world of tablets is quite strong.

Techhum we have discussed the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablet would be delayed until late April, the reason was to adjust version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich from Android is to be installed. This delay affected both the model with 10.1-inch screen as the model with 7 inch screen.

We also did echoed a similar report but with the Galaxy model Note 10.1, which would be delayed until the month of June to include a quad-core processor. Officially available with a dual-core processor, but the competition is quite strong with brands such as Acer, Asus or Apple’s new iPad, which is why Samsung could delay both tablets to incorporate these quad-core processors.

If these delays are finally confirmed, since it is not yet official, the four processor cores mounted could be Exynos 4412 manufactured by Samsung itself and also will give life to the Galaxy S3 smartphone. For now we have to take this as unofficial information, we hope that we can confirm this in a few days and would be good for both tablets to come directly to four cores.

VIA Announces Artigo A1200 barebones system

VIA is out with its latest addition to the Artigo family of compact barebones PCs, the Artigo A1200, the company’s latest addition after Artigo A1150.

The A1200 is powered by VIA Nano X2 E dual-core processor clocked at 1.20 GHz, and VIA VX900 chipset that packs integrated graphics with enough compute power for smooth 1080p video playback, with hardware-accelerated decoding of MPEG-2, WMV9 and H.264 HD video formats.

The system packs one DDR3 DIMM slot, supporting up to 4 GB of memory. There is room for one SATA HDD. Display outputs include D-Sub and HDMI. Other connectivity includes two gigabit Ethernet interfaces, one USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports, optional 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, and one CFAST interface. The system is fan-less, and passively cooled by heatsinks. Pricing and availability information is not known.

Source: FanlessTech