BlackBerry is still getting the hang of Android, as it is yet to rollout a major update for its first smartphone powered by Google's OS. However, that hasn't stopped the company's CEO from revealing that there are two more mid-range devices in the pipeline this year.
Speaking to The National on his visit to Abu Dhabi, BlackBerry CEO, John Chen said that the company's decision to launch a high-end phone as its first one running on Android wasn't a wise one as people found it too expensive. According to a recent report, the Canadian smartphone maker gave the Priv a permanent price cut in the UK and the US to boost sales, which have so far reached 600,000 units since launch.
Huawei today has announced its latest duo of flagship devices, the 5.2" P9 and the 5.5" P9 Plus. The devices promise an all-metal unibody, the company promising "exceptional craftsmanship".
|Chipset||Kirin 955||Kirin 955|
|Body||145x70.9x6.95 mm, 144 g||152.3x75.3x6.98 mm, 162 g|
|Display||5.2", 1080p, IPS LCD||5.5", 1080p, AMOLED|
|RAM||3 GB||4 GB|
|Storage||64 GB, 32 GB in Europe||64 GB, 128 GB in China|
|Battery||3,000 mAh||3,400 mAh|
|Camera||12 MP dual rear, 8 MP front||12 MP dual rear, 8 MP front|
uawei seems very focused on design with the pair of devices, promising an "organic design" and gently curved bodywork. The firm also promises a large display in a small body.
The cameras on the two devices were co-engineered between Huawei and Leica. The devices use two 12 MP sensors, one of which is monochrome.
This technology promises to improve contrast in photos by up to 50%, as well as triple the amount of light information that the phone receives. The monochrome lens doesn't have the same RGB light filtering that the other lens has, so it can take in more light.
Both devices will sport 8 MP front cameras as well, which will include autofocus.
Huawei is promising battery life that's far superior to its competitors as well, with 12 hours of HD video, eight hours of 4G browsing, and 56 hours of music playback. This is on the smaller P9, which also includes the smaller battery.
The devices use Huawei's in-house octa-core Kirin 955 chipset. The processor is four 2.5 GHz cores of ARM Cortex-A72 and four 1.8 GHz cores of ARM Cortex-A53.
The P9 will be come in Mystic Silver and Titanium Grey, starting at £449. There will be a Quartz Grey P9 Plus for £549; however, that will be exclusive to Vodafone. The devices will be available in EMEA markets, as well as China.
In order to facilitate enterprise users, Google has announced a new Chromebase desktop computer from Acer which enables users to make meeting calls effortlessly. With ChromeOS installed, the Acer Chromebase boasts of an 'All-in-one video-conferencing' experience in an effort to increase productivity in the enterprise market.
This device hosts a 24-inch 720p HD IPS touch screen. It also contains three 3.0 and one 2.0 USB ports, an SD card reader, four microphones, a 720p front-facing camera, an HDMI slot and Bluetooth 4.0 technology.
Seagate has announced a new external hard drive called Innov8, which is the world's first desktop hard drive that is powered by a single cable: the one you use to connect it to your PC. As more and more devices come out with at least one USB Type C port, it makes sense to have some great peripherals available that can take advantage of it.
The latest member of Seagate's external hard drive family is an 8TB monster that doesn't need an AC adaptor to be powered, instead relying on the host device - such as a laptop or a desktop - to supply power via a USB Type C port. Even though this drive wouldn't saturate a USB 3.0 connection, Seagate has chosen a USB controller compliant with the newer (and faster) USB 3.1 specification.
Vizio has revealed that it's releasing a lineup of speakers and soundbars later this year. Just like the TVs, the new audio gear is based on Google Cast, with sleek designs that make it evident Vizio is going after Sonos' grip on the multi-room audio market. But even as regular old Bluetooth speakers, the products that the company showed sampled for us in New York earlier this month sounded pretty great. And they're easy to use, with a simple layout that uses a twist knob for volume; you can also just tap the top to pause or resume playback.