Portable Sound And Vision
Electronics – Portable Sound And Vision
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Spec-wise, this configuration sports a fourth-generation quad-core 2.5GHz Intel Core i7 processor, a discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M graphics card (with 3GB of GDDR5), a 128GB solid-state drive for quick boot-ups, a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive, 16GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.1, and 802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi support. And the 15.6-inch display? It benefits from in-plane switching, an anti-glare coating, and a full HD resolution of 1,920 by 1,080. If you prefer to do your gaming on the big screen, the built-in mini DisplayPort and HDMI port make it simple to attach a PC monitor or an HDTV. Keep in mind, this powerful laptop isn’t designed for commuters. It weighs more than seven pounds, and measures over 1.3 inches thick. It does offer up to seven hours of battery life thanks to the 92WHr lithium-ion battery, but schlepping this behemoth around won’t be fun. However, this model is ideal as a desktop replacement. And if you frequent LAN parties with your friends, bringing this laptop with you is a lot easier than traveling with a full-size tower.
Windows 8.1 (64-bit) is installed by default, but you can upgrade to Windows 103 (64-bit) for free until July 29. With gaming-focused features like DirectX 12, cross-platform play, and local Xbox One game streaming, Microsoft’s latest operating system is well worth your time.
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When Motorola became a big player in the cell phone world once again with the launch of the second Moto X, original Moto 360 and second-gen Moto G, they also introduced a quirky new Bluetooth accessory. Dubbed the Hint, Motorola wanted to offer something that was small enough to go unnoticed, but functional enough to replace your already-existing Bluetooth headsets or ear pieces. When we reviewed1 the second one, we were fairly impressed, but it seemed at the time Motorola were being a little too ambitious. They since improved their original version, and it appears like Sony might be following in their footsteps. Compared to the amount of leaks2 surrounding the LG G5 and Galaxy S7 leading up to Mobile World Congress, things have pretty quiet on the Sony front. Whether or not the firm has learned how to keep a secret, or if Sony is waiting until later in the year to release their next round of smartphones of tablets is unclear, but we ve heard little about Sony. That is until the infamous leakster @evleaks basically told the world that Sony was planning a tiny, smart Bluetooth headset during MWC.
There was no picture provided, which is often a hallmark of his, so there s no way to tell if this is 100% confirmed, but it would fit with Sony s previous reasons. During IFA and CES, just a few months ago, Sony released more accessories for their mobile devices, with more colorful and understated designs. We saw new headphones and Bluetooth speakers debut during CES 2016, and a smart Bluetooth headset certainly doesn t seem out of the question. We ll be at Sony s press conference come Monday the 22nd later this month during MWC, and we ll have all the announcements as soon as we can. If the radio silence surrounding Sony is any indication, we could be in for a quiet February from Sony, which is a shame as the firm has previously used MWC to launch devices like the Xperia Z2 line and the Xperia Z4 Tablet.
Regardless, we ll be there for you and we hope Sony has something up their sleeves to surprise us all.
It s that time of year again where pretty much anyone who s anyone takes to the stage in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress to announce their latest and greatest. For a long time now, nobody has quite had the cajones to go up against Samsung during Mobile World Congress, or more specifically the weekend before Mobile World Congress. Last year, HTC tried it and well, let s just say they were overshadowed somewhat. Their South Korean rival however, is going to give it a go this year and will be announce their latest and greatest on the same day that Samsung does the same, so just what could LG have in store for us this year? Well, let s take a look. As is often the case concerning yearly-release devices like LG s G-series and Samsung s Galaxy S line, we need to take a look back to see what s over the horizon. Last year s LG G41 was an excellent device, in a lot of ways, but for the most part it was an improvement on the previous year s G3.
The G4 launched as a fresher, cleaner build of the G3 with a more refined look and feel and improved features. The display of the G3 was one of the first 5.5-inch Quad HD displays to hit the market, but it was all pixels and little else. The G4 featured a better Quantum Dot display that looks so much better compared to the previous model, it was brighter, more vivid and much easier on the eyes. The real star of the show however was the excellent 16-megapixel camera that featured some of the best software ever seen on a smartphone before. It was ranked highly everywhere, and it was a real joy to use day-to-day as well. So, if the G4 was just an improved version of the LG G3, then the G5 (or whatever it might end up being called) is surely going to be more of the same right? So far, that doesn t seem to be the case.
Pardon the pun here, but it appears (from numerous case renders and concept leaks) as though the G5 is to sport a new design language compared to the G4, perhaps even channeling a little of the Nexus 5X s2 good looks. Launching a device with a new design language would make a lot of sense for LG, while they ve become known for their rear-facing buttons and clean front-panel design, the G-series has evolved very little since the LG G3 from 2014. Besides, as their rivals Samsung found out last year, a fresh lick of paint can do wonders for your reputation and of course, your bottom line. So far, it would seem like the G5 is to be a much more digital design, and by that I mean gone is the slight curvature of the G4 s display and the leather back, replaced with a slick, minimal look and feel. So far, rumored measurements put the G5 as coming in at 149.4 x 73.9 x 8.2mm and the metal unibody design that s been rumored for a while now is said to feel nothing like previous LG G-series smartphones. We ve seen plenty of case renders leak out and even what appears to be a prototype hiding in a case while being tested in the wild:
The one thing that s featured throughout every leaked image and concept render of the G5 is that bizarre camera arrangement around the back (nestled above what looks like a fingerprint sensor lifted from the V10). The G4 shipped with a sharp f/1.8 16-megapixel camera, but all the leaked images show the G5 as sporting not one, but two rear-facing cameras. There s a lot of discussion out there on whether or not this will be a 21-megapixel rear-facing camera or two 16-megapixel cameras. To our eyes, the two cameras around the back are very different, which means they re likely to feature different sensors behind their lenses.
That would make for a more realistic combo of a 21-megapixel sensor (perhaps provided by Sony) and an 8 or 16-megapixel camera. Just what these two cameras will end up doing is unclear, but some sort of refocusing after the fact would probably be our bet. The V10 from last year was areal knockout where camera software is concerned, and what better way to go one further than offer the ability to change focus days or weeks after you ve taken a shot? It s not as if LG don t have stiff competition where cameras are concerned though. Sony upped their game with the Xperia Z5 line last Fall, and Samsung s Galaxy S6 line had an excellent camera that excelled in low-light situations, so it ll be interesting to see how those two particularly Samsung improve on their offerings from last year.
No matter how good a device s camera is however, there needs to be some real grunt running the rest of the show. Here s where things surrounding the G5 become a little mundane, everyone is betting on a Snapdragon 820 to be under-the-hood here, and it would seem likely. Last year LG went with the Snapdragon 808 for the G4, for what could be one of many different reasons. Regardless, LG have been a massive partner for Qualcomm for years now, the G2 was one of the first devices to launch with a Snapdragon 800 back in the day and the G Flex 2 was first to launch with a Snapdragon 810, so it s clear they have a good working relationship. Backing up that Snapdragon 820 which is said to be a massive improvement over the Snapdragon 810 is said to be 4GB of RAM, no more 3GB or 4GB, just more RAM than most other devices from the get go. Last year s V10 made headlines for including some impressive audio hardware, and it s likely the G5 will include the same 24-bit ESS Sabre 9018 DAC combined with a powerful ESS Sabre 9602 headphone amplifier. While it might not mean much to the majority of users, it definitely makes a difference with a decent pair of headphones.
If there s one thing that LG were proud to shout about last year, outside of their excellent camera, it was the fact that the LG G4 featured a removable battery and expandable storage. Two staple features last year s Samsung phone didn t feature, breaking tradition since the original Galaxy S was launched years ago. So, with a unibody design, the G5 needs to give up those things like Samsung, right? Well, it would seem that LG is just going to use a door of sorts to get the battery out when people want to change cells, and a microSD card slot can be achieved through a little door on the side, just like a SIM card tray. This has been done before in phones from HTC and we wouldn t be surprised if someone like LG can pull this off quite neatly. Speaking of batteries, its capacity is rumored to be around 2,800 mAh making it par for the course compared with competitors. Charging said battery would appear to happen via USB Type-C, presumably due to their tight relationship with Google and the Internet Giant s sudden obsession with the new connector.
So, it sounds like the G5 is going to launch with a more powerful processor, a whole new design language and a quirky, improved camera. The last question is when? LG have an event scheduled for Sunday afternoon (local time) in Barcelona which means that by the time most of our readers will have woken up all the news and coverage will be up for them to read while they rub their eyes and chow down at breakfast. In all seriousness, though, the G5 is shaping up to be one of the few smartphones that will be able to go toe-to-toe against Samsung this year and the fact that LG is launching it months before they launched last year s G4 says a lot about how confident they are for this new flagship. It s an exciting time to be an LG fan, and an Android fan in general, with just a few more weeks to go before the launch of the G5.
Apple has released iOS 9.3 beta 3 to developers for testing.
iOS 9.3 adds numerous new features to Apple’s mobile operating system including: Night Shift, secure Notes, more personalized News, an improved Health app, updates to CarPlay, and new Education features. More details1 on those features here. iOS 9.3 beta 2 brought a new Control Center toggle for Night Shift. Please follow iClarified on Twitter2, Facebook3, Google+4, or RSS5 for updates on what’s new in the third beta.
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Next time you buy a smartphone from Amazon, remember mobiles purchased from the website are no longer eligible for refunds. Th e-commerce giant has notified customers about its new return policy which is applicable on all purchases made post on or after February 7.
The new policy is applicable to all mobile phones that are fulfilled by Amazon. As per the new policy, buyers will be eligible for a replacement only if the product is defective or has got damaged during transit. The replacement too will be valid only for a duration of 10-days from the date of delivery of the mobile phone.
“All mobile phones that are fulfilled by Amazon, purchased on or after 7th February 2016, will have a replacement only policy. Mobile phone items that are fulfilled by Amazon will no longer be eligible for refunds. In case you have received a defective or a damaged mobile phone, you will be eligible for a free replacement,” says the company on its returns policy page. ” The page also states, “Items that you no longer need must be returned in new and unopened condition with all the original packing, tags, inbox literature, warranty/ guarantee card, freebies and accessories including keys, straps and locks intact.”
Most analysts agree that many many buyers were abusing the company’s refund policy. With many buying latest smartphones, and returning them after a week after trying them.
Rival Flipkart has a 30-day replacement guarantee for mobile phones sold by sellers with Flipkart Advantage and 10-days for other sellers. “Replacement guarantee for sellers with Flipkart Advantage, 30-day replacement guarantee for all other sellers for fashion and books categories, and 10-day replacement guarantee for all other sellers,” reads the replacement policy on the company’s website.
As for the other e-commerce giant Snapdeal2, its policy appears most strict. “We require a document from the brand/OEM’s service centre confirming that the delivered item was defective. We will carry out a quality check to validate the complaint before processing any request for refund/replacement. Returns/replacements will be accepted for only those items which are found to be faulty/defective,” reads Snapdeal’s policy.