Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet is now available in the US for $400. It is a tablet about the same size as an iPad mini with a resolution of 1280 x 800, slightly better than iPad mini’s 1,024 x 768 display. The Galaxy Note 8.0 will be powered by a 1.9GHz quad core A9 processor and 2GB of RAM, and will be equipped with 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage depending on your choice, a stylus and it also features a microSD card slot which can handle up to 64GB cards.
NVIDIA has launched their latest graphics card, the GeForce GTX 650Ti Boost graphics card. This mid-range graphics card is powered by NVIDIA’s 28nm GK106 GPU, and sports 768 CUDA Cores, a 192-bit memory interface, a core clock of 980MHz (1033MHz Boost Clock) and a 2GB of GDDR5 memory set @ 6008MHz. The Boost card’s clock speeds have also been brought up to match the GTX 660 2GB, with a 5 percent increase to the core clock speed bringing it up from the GTX 650 Ti 1GB’s 925MHz to 980Mhz , and also 140W TDP. Compared to the past GTX 650 Ti, the new GPU features to as much as 60% more memory bandwidth by having a wider 192-bit memory user interface.
Most of the tablets being released on the market nowadays as we all know are powered by Android mobile operating system, but this time I will feature an Ubuntu-powered tablet known as Intermatrix U7. This tablet is said to be “first of its kind in the world” because of the OS it uses to operate. As for the hardware specs, Intermatrix U7 comes with 7-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen display with a quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex A9 CPU and quad-core Vivante GC1000+ GPU. It has also 1GB of RAM (not sure with this because Ubuntu needs at least 2GB RAM), and 16GB of internal storage space as well as cameras in front and at the back. Release date expected for this Ubuntu tablet will be October.
The Sony Xperia ZL is already available in the US through Cincinnati Bell, the region’s leading provider of communications services for homes and businesses. They have announced recently that they will start selling the latest technology from Sony. The Sony Xperia ZL sports a razor-sharp 5-inch HD Reality Display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and powered by a quad core 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 Pro processor and it comes with 2GB of RAM. Other specifications include 16GB of built in storage, 13 megapixel camera on the back, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Xperia ZL from Sony will be available from Cincinnati Bell online and in stores by May 1 for $249.99 after mail-in rebate with a two-year equipment agreement. There is currently no word if any other carriers plan to stock the handset.
The Nokia Lumia 521 is a Windows Phone 8-powered device that features a 4 inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of built in storage, a 5MP back-facing camera with auto-focus, 720p video recording capabilities and the usual Nokia software add-ons. That means users will get access to Nokia collection in the app store, which features Burton, Cinemagraph, Creative Studio, HERE City Lens, HERE Drive, Here Maps, HERE Transit, Panorama, PhotoBeamer, Smart Shoot and other exclusive software. The Nokia Lumia 521 will be available in May from Walmart, Microsoft Retail Stores and T-Mobile locations.
If you are a budget gamer like me, then you might want to consider buying this mid range graphics card called ZOTAC Geforce GTX 650 1GB Rev2. This graphics card has a compact design, only about 153.15mm on its board length and sells for only $105. Powered by NVIDIA’s Kepler GPU, the card features 384 CUDA Cores, a 128-bit memory interface, a core clock of 1058MHz and a 1GB of GDDR5 memory set @ 5000MHz, and features dual-link DVI-D, D-Sub and HDMI outputs. The GeForce GTX 650 1GB REV2 will become available from early April via ASK Inc. Japan.
If you’re into DSLR photography sometimes you might need a remote shutter, but if you don’t want to spend money on expensive accessories, you might be interested in Satechi’s Bluetooth Smart Trigger. This latest device is designed to work with Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras, and with free Smart Trigger app, you can turn your iPhone or iPad into a wireless timer remote control for DSLR cameras.
LG Company plans to launch its next panoramic LCD-monitor this April 2013, the LG 29EB93-P 29-inch Ultra-Wide LCD monitor. This latest technology from LG features an aspect ratio of 21:9, 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio (DFC 1,000:1 off), 300 cd/m2 brightness, 5ms GTG response time and 178/178 degree viewing angles. Designed for professionals working with graphics, based on IPS-panel has a diagonal of 29 inches and working resolution of 2560 x 1080 pixels. It also comes with two built-in 7W stereo speakers, an adjustable stand and a number of connectivity ports including 1x dual-link DVI-D, 2x HDMI (1x MHL), 1x DisplayPort and a 3-port USB hub.
LG has announced that they will be showing off its new LTE-capable tablet/ultrabook at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. This hybrid tablet was first seen at CES a few months ago, dubbed as Tab-Book Ultra Z160 which is said to utilize Windows 8 operating system. LG Tab-Book Ultra Z160 LTE comes with a built-in keyboard. Thanks to the Auto-Sliding feature, with a single press of this button, the device’s mechanism pushes the 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 resolution, IPS LED 5-point multitouch display panel back while revealing its physical QWERTY keyboard and use it instead of on-screen keyboard.
Today we will have a brief look at Corsair’s Neutron GTX 240GB Solid State Drive. The Neutron GTX (CSSD-N240GBGTXB-BK) coming in 240GB capacity uses Toshiba 24nm MLC toggle-mode NAND flash memory and includes some enterprise-level technology designed to enhance reliability. Corsair’s Neutron GTX is the first solid-state drive that features a brand-new eight-channel controller from a company named Link A Media Devices (LAMD for short) that incorporates extensive hardware acceleration. It’s also equipped with a SATA 6.0 Gbps interface, TRIM support, a MTBF of 2 million hours and can deliver read and write speeds of up to 550MB/s and 470MB/s, respectively. The Neutron GTX (CSSD-N240GBGTXB-BK) is priced at 25,900 Yen (about $274).