The New Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: Apps Living On The Edge

3732162_Samsung Galaxy Note Edge_black-angleBad, corny title, I know. Interesting smartphone? Yes.

The Galaxy Note Edge is every bit one and the same as the Galaxy Note 4 in terms of specs internally and availability with America’s four nationwide carriers, but what makes it stand out from just about every device out there is a curved display on the right side, where you can store apps to be used quickly instead of multitasking in the traditional sense.

In fact, the screen is really the only difference between the two models: the Quad HD, 2560 x 1440 display seen on the Note 4, is only slightly smaller here, at 5.6 inches rather than 5.7.

Interestingly, initial reports state that the ergonomic factor isn’t terrible, in fact because of the slightly chip or curvature, the Note Edge becomes a friend of angles that a smartphone would normally find itself in your hand — unless you have very small hands, of course.

Metal trim and attention to small details as well as the traditional pen that hides inside of the Note rounds off the rest of the package.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4: Best Phablet, Take Four

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First of all, the Galaxy Note 4 adopts an actual metal trim around the sides, so an aesthetic boost has occurred. Secondly, that screen: the world’s first QHD Super AMOLED; a 5.7-inch, 2560 x 1440 (515 ppi) touchscreen of untold power and glory. For imaging, a front-facing 3.7 megapixel and a back-end 16 megapixel make it so that you can get decent (and maybe great?) shots from both sides. Plus, support for the Oculus Gear VR attachment!

Processing, you ask? A 2.7 GHz processor, which is most likely the Snapdragon 805 (Samsung isn’t exactly saying which) in a quad-core setup. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular will be carrying the Note 4 in the United States, come later this year.

Prices have yet to be announced. The phone will come in white and black in the U.S. with 32GB of onboard storage (expandable to 64GB) and 3GB of RAM.

Sounds good, it really does. 

 

ASUS’ Zenwatch Is Another Stylish Take On The Android Wear Project

asus-zenwatch-02The ASUS-built Zen Watch doesn’t sport a circular design like LG and Motorola’s upcoming offerings, but it does still look stylish and even somewhat futuristic. Your window into the digital world on this device is a 1.63-inch, 320 x 320 AMOLED touchscreen, with Gorilla Glass 3 as a supplementary. A leather-stitched strap comes in the box but any 22mm strap will also do.

Internally, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC lives to perform calculations, with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a 1.4Wh battery, Bluetooth 4.0 (duh), a microphone and a bio sensor (heart rate plus activity monitoring) as neighbors. IP55 certification means it can last in the shower, and ASUS has gone ahead and ported some typical Zen apps to ASUS-ify the experience.

Total cost? $260, making the ZenWatch more than its Android Wear competitors; expect it to hit the stores some time between late Q3 and early Q4 of 2014.

AudioEngine B1: Would You Like Top-Notch Bluetooth With Your Powered Speakers?

IMGP4598This isn’t going to be a very elaborate review, first of all.

Secondly, this is the AudioEngine B1, a small accessory designed to turn the two well-renowned powered AudioEngine PC speakers — the A2+ and the A5, both reviewed here and here — into wireless, Bluetooth speakers.

Sounds very awesome in our book, but is it really? Time to find out.

Alienware’s New Area 51 Desktop Is — Well, It Looks Awesome

area-51-2014And it also seems to shamelessly be inspired by the trash can style of the new Mac Pro, but is very original in its own right. Built in the hexgonal style, Alienware’s new Area 51 gaming desktop is designed this way not only for the aesthetic pleasure, but with excellent ventilation in mind as well, which makes it possible to push against a wall without worry of it being hotter on one side or the other. Also, expect to pay a lot for this machine, once official pricing is announced.

Processor-wise the Area 51 will ship with the new Intel 6-score and 8-core processors, as well as NVIDIA’s  or AMD’s latest GPUs, which can be double-sized and triple-stacked, even. Then, and only then is it time to go l33t on some n00bs.

Via: Alienware

Nintendo Makes Some Much Needed Revisions To The 3DS — In Japan

new_nintendo_3dsOfficially called the “New Nintendo 3DS”, the new Nintendo 3DS (see what just happened?) features some subtle and some major changes. The first more apparent is that the X, Y, A, and B buttons are now colored a la Nintendo 64 and SNES consoles of the last century. Also, there are two shoulder buttons per side, and an additional, but smaller, analog stick on the right side of the portable game console.

Best of all? Nintendo has fixed the 3D effect; by using gyroscopes and the cameras, the 3D image can be tailored to the angle of which you are looking at the 3DS, therefore eliminating the eye strain and headaches associated with the 3DS when it first launched years ago.

Inside, there’s a faster processor and more RAM, allowing for better visuals than before. Also added: NFC (near-field communication). As for sizes, the new 3DS will come in regular and XL versions, and comes out on October 11 in Japan.

Currently, no North American or European launch dates are available, but they might be soon.