Portable Sound And Vision
Electronics – Portable Sound And Vision
According to a patent published by the USPTO on November 26, Samsung seems to be working on creating scrollable, foldable smartphones and tablets. The patent gives details of the designs Samsung products might carry in future. Of course, foldable devices would require flexible displays, something Samsung has been working for nearly three years1. Looking at the technical details and several images of the foldable clearly suggest the inclusion of flexible displays, and more than one design has been outlined. While the first foldable device is seen carrying a textbook-like design with a display that is flexible from between, the second device appears like a cylinder featuring a scrollable display.
The patent also illustrates2 what the foldable device’s screen might show when in closed and open state. When in closed state during a call, the Samsung device will show the face of the caller and the option to record calls, open keypad, end call, access speaker, mute call, or talk via headphones. In open state the device will additionally have the contact list opened in the other half of the display. Messages, images and other applications are also shown running on the display. Few images also suggest an existence of a flexible display that will show users notifications at the back of the screen when folded from any side or corner. The patent notes that Samsung will use pliable plastic for flexible displays, especially for scrollable screens. The ideas shown in the patent are for now only concepts, and seem far from actually hitting shelves.
For those unaware, Samsung brought the first curved screen smartphone named Galaxy Round in the market couple of year ago.
Last year it launched the Galaxy Note Edge followed by Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus earlier this year.
LG too brought its G Flex and G Flex 2 smartphones with curved screen and flexible bodies
Every year the rumour circulates that LG is going to go metal for its flagship. The rumour cycle got so excited about the metallic finish on the LG G3 in 2013, that it was a shock to discover that it was actually just plastic. The LG Zero is, finally, an LG smartphone with a full metal body, but it isn’t the flagship phone you might be hoping for.
“At LG, we do not believe in limiting our best technology to just our flagship devices,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Mobile. What he means by that is that this is a mid-range device at best. Like Samsung, LG has taken the tack of releasing a metal bodied phone into the affordable sector, rather than gunning for the top like HTC.
Originally released in Korea in September, the LG Zero is now making a march globally, heading to other Asian countries, as well as Europe and Latin America. To confuse matters a little, in Germany, Korea, Russia and Singapore, it’s actually branded under the name LG Class. The aim is to give you a premium sheen, thanks to that aluminium body and neatly curved display edges.
However, under the skin, this is a mid-ranger, with a 5-inch 720p display, a quad-core chipset, 1.5GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It does, however, offer microSD. The saving grace, and of interest for those who love a selfie, might be the camera load-out. LG is saying that the LG Zero/Class has the potency of the LG G4, with a 13-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera. There’s no word on exactly when it will appear, or how much it will cost.
But we can’t help wondering if this is LG honing its skills before releasing a full-metal flagship LG G5.
Hold on, isn’t that how rumours start ?
Apple has some big plans for Macs, according to a new report out of Taiwan. Apple is working on new MacBook Air notebooks, the Economic Daily News is reporting1, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans. Those sources say that Apple will launch a 15-inch MacBook Air to complement its 13-inch model2. The company will also nix the 11-inch MacBook Air3, those sources say. That wouldn’t be too surprising, as Apple just launched the sleek new 12-inch MacBook4.
In addition to new display size offerings, Apple is reportedly working on some new designs that might give the Air, its lightweight notebook model, a new look and feel. All of the announcements are expected to be made at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference next year, according to the report.
Apple hasn’t divulged any of its plans and is unlikely to do so until it comes time to make an announcement. These rumors, meanwhile, often come from alleged “supply chain sources” who claim to have knowledge of Apple’s plans. But many never come to fruition. So take this latest rumor with the proverbial grain of salt. Only Apple knows what it has planned, and it’s not telling.
The Toshiba Tecra Z40-B1420 ($1,658 as tested) is a powerful, 14-inch business laptop, with a fifth-generation Core i7 processor, good graphics performance, and long battery life in our tests. You get a 1,920-by-1,080 LED-backlit TFT display and large hard drive, but the laptop is a bit bulky. Alas, this Windows 10 model isn’t as rugged or durable as the Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series (E7450), our Editors’ Choice for business ultraportables, nor does it match the best-in-class performance of the 123
Design and Features
At 13.3 by 9.3 by 0.8 inches (HWD) and 3.24 pounds, the Tecra Z40-B1420 is relatively thick. Other ultraportables like the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch4 and the HP EliteBook Folio 10205 have smaller bodies. The lid and base are coated with a smooth, silver-colored finish that can feel slippery, making it difficult to hold the laptop with one hand.
The 1080p resolution of the 14-inch screen is somewhat low when other business laptops, like the similarly priced Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch6 and HP Folio 1020 have 2,560-by-1,440-resolution displays. However, text, spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations look crystal clear on the Tecra Z40-B1420’s screen, and the 10-point touch display was very responsive and quick during testing.
The full-size, chiclet-style keyboard is backlit, and the short-travel keys are fast and responsive. Integrated mouse buttons flank the touchpad at its top and bottom. There’s also a blue pointing stick in the middle of the keyboard for navigation. You have to press the mouse buttons very firmly to get a response, and there’s some flex in the area around the touchpad when you do.
Ports are plenty: On the right side are two SM© USB 3.0 ports, a headphone jack, an Ethernet connector, a VGA port, and a Power jack. On the left side there’s another SM© USB 3.0 port, an HDMI-out port, an SD card reader, and a dock connector.
The 500GB 7,200rpm hard drive provides adequate storage, but in this price range, I’d expect a solid-state drive (SSD) as well, for quick boot-up and wake-from-sleep times. The HP Folio 1020, the Lenovo T450s, and the Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch all have speedy 256GB SSDs.
The Tecra Z40-B1420 comes with a 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-5600U CPU and 8GB of RAM, which helped the system hold its own on our tests. In PCMark 8 Work Conventional, which determines productivity performance, the Tecra Z40-B1420 scored 2,681 points; that’s the same as the Dell Latitude 14 E7450, but lower than the Lenovo T450s (2,937). It beats the rest of the competition, like the Intel-Core-i5-equipped Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch (2,646), and only fell a little behind the HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G17 (2,775).
In terms of graphics performance, the Tecra Z40-B1420 scored 14 frames per second (fps) on the Heaven gaming test at Medium-quality settings, which is better than the Dell Latitude 14 E7450 (12fps) and the HP 1020 (8fps). It doesn’t quite beat the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, which scored a 19fps on the Heaven test, or the Lenovo T450s (16 fps). While by no means playable, the Tecra Z40-B1420’s gaming scores are what we expect for an ultraportable business laptop. In short, don’t expect to play Witcher 3 in your downtime.
Multimedia performance is strong. The Tecra Z40-B1420 finished the the Handbrake encoding test in 3 minutes 28 seconds and the Photoshop CS6 test in 4:27. This is in line with the Dell Latitude 14 E7450 (3:00 on Handbrake; 5:22 on Photoshop CS6).
Battery life is excellent: The Tecra Z40-B1420 finished our rundown test in 10 hours 22 minutes, which is slightly better than the Dell Latitude 14 E7450 (10:12). It beat out much of the competition, including the Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch (7:20) and the Dell Latitude e7440 Touch8 (7:44).
The Toshiba Tecra Z40-B1420 has a lot going for it a fast, fifth-generation Intel processor, good multimedia performance, and a long-lasting battery. The exterior isn’t quite as durable or solidly built as the Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series (E7450), and it feels a little slippery to the touch. And while certainly competitive, its performance on our tests wasn’t class-leading. That honor belongs to the Lenovo ThinkPad T450s, which remains our Editors’ Choice business laptop; in addition to its stellar overall performance in our tests, it also has a hot-swappable battery and a sturdier build.
- ^ business laptop (uk.pcmag.com)
- ^ Windows 10 (uk.pcmag.com)
- ^ Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series (E7450) (uk.pcmag.com)
- ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (uk.pcmag.com)
- ^ HP EliteBook Folio 1020 (uk.pcmag.com)
- ^ Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch (uk.pcmag.com)
- ^ HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 (uk.pcmag.com)
- ^ Dell Latitude e7440 Touch (uk.pcmag.com)
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