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Sirin Labs releases Android phone with ‘military-grade’ security starting at only $14,000

Posted: 31 May 2016 02:38 PM PDT

If you're a highly-paid businessman who needs a phone as secure as it is ridiculously fancy, this might be the phone for you. Sirin Labs has launched an Android-powered smartphone called the Solarin, and it starts at a measly $13,800.

The Solarin features a 5.5-inch 2K IPS display, a Snapdragon 810 processor, a 23.8MP camera with laser autofocus and four-tone flash, a three-speaker setup, X10 LTE with 24 supported bands, 2×2 MU-MIMO WiFi, and a construction of carbon fiber, leather, and titanium.

On the software side, there's Android with 256-bit AES encryption, Zimperium mobile threat protection, and a physical security switch on the back to make sure private business data stays private.

Is this device going to replace the BlackBerry as a businessman's best friend? Heck no! That starting price of $13,800 guarantees that it will be out of reach of most business people. You can even get a gold one for $17,400 if you'd really like.

This device is crazy in so many ways, and all the info the company gives is filled with buzz words. It's actually pretty awesome. Check out the press release below, and let us know what you think! Will the Solarin be replacing that outdated Vertu in your coat pocket?

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London, 31 May 2016 SIRIN LABS today announces the launch of SOLARIN – the world's first truly smart phone. Privacy and mobile technology are the hot topics of today. As the value of digital information far eclipses that ever held under lock and key, we seek innovative encryption apps and secure technologies to protect ourselves. And yet no solution quite fits. This is where SOLARIN comes in. Through a network of extraordinary partners, suppliers and passionate experts, and guided by the vision of our founders, SIRIN LABS has created a truly smart phone. Aimed at the international business person who carries a lot of sensitive information but doesn't want to compromise on usability, quality or design, SOLARIN combines advanced technology to make what we believe is the best mobile phone in the world. Following over two years of R&D at bespoke facilities in Sweden and Tel Aviv, SOLARIN is made up of over 2,500 inner components within a meticulously designed exterior to achieve fast, seamless connectivity across any continent. Delivering tomorrow's technology, today, to the toughest audience with the most exacting requirements. 'We do not accept that price drives what's available in technology. With SOLARIN, we break the rules.' Moshe Hogeg, President and Co-founder, SIRIN LABS PRIVATE SOLARIN features a carefully curated privacy package to keep your private information, private – unrivalled in terms of its sophistication and accessibility. SOLARIN comes with Zimperium state-of-the-art mobile threat protection that thwarts the broadest array of advanced device, network and application mobile cyberattacks, without impairing usability or functionality of a top-of-the-range smartphone. In addition, SOLARIN incorporates the most advanced privacy technology, currently unavailable outside the agency world. SIRIN LABS partnered with KoolSpan to integrate chip-to-chip 256-bit AES encryption, the same technology that militaries around the world use to protect their communications, offering the strongest possible mobile privacy protection worldwide. Activated by the unique Security Switch on the back of the handset, the phone enters a shielded mode, presenting an exclusive suite for fully encrypted calls and messages. 'Cyber-attacks are endemic across the globe. This trend is on the increase. Just one attack can severely harm reputations and finances. SOLARIN is pioneering new, uncompromising privacy measures to provide customers with greater confidence and the reassurance necessary to handle business-critical information.' Tal Cohen, CEO and Co-founder, SIRIN LABS TRULY GLOBAL SOLARIN is a truly global phone – offering faster data transfer and lasting performance. SOLARIN is powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 processor with X10 LTE and Wi-Fi, delivering high-performance connectivity. It offers up to 450 Mbps downlink and up to 150 Mbps uplink speeds, coupled with support for 24 bands LTE compatibility, setting a new benchmark in global usability. SOLARIN comes with far superior Wi-Fi™ connectivity than mainstream phones. It supports 802.11ac 2×2 MU-MIMO (multi user multiple input, multiple output) technology, offering up to three times the speed and capacity of conventional 1×1 configuration. In addition, SOLARIN incorporates revolutionary WiGig™ (802.11ad) multi-gigabit Wi-Fi technology. WiGig™ (802.11ad) offers speeds of up to 4.6Gbps, enabling near-instant cloud access, and synching of photos, videos and media, wire-equivalent docking and high-quality, low-latency video streaming, and more. Add to this the strongest battery in the premium and high end phone category, together with Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ for fast charging and power optimisation algorithms to create the essential travel companion. 'At every level, SOLARIN outperforms. Advanced carrier aggregation technology combines multiple LTE carriers for wider bandwidth, providing a faster, clearer connection. Using 802.11ac 2×2 MU-MIMO technology provides up to three times the bandwidth of a smartphone, and WiGig™ (802.11ad) pushes data transfer limits, allowing next generation features.' Fredrik Öijer, VP Product, SIRIN LABS UNPARALLELED AUDIO AND VISION Boasting a screen with unbeatable clarity, depth and colour intensity, and the richest and loudest mobile phone speaker systems available. Featuring a 23.8-megapixel camera, with laser autofocus and industry-leading four-tone flash, plus a front facing flash and 5.5" IPS LED 2k resolution screen, SOLARIN offers a display capable of colour that is distinct, pure and rich – a remarkable 120% sRGB colour gamut. The beam forming audio and state-of-the-art sound system uses three bassboosted speakers, all linked through a smart amplifier to maximise volume but control distortion, producing a clear unsullied sound. 'Exceptional audio and vision capabilities feature highly on our target audience's wish list. SIRIN LABS' audio and vision engineers fixated on exceeding expectation, turning to experts to develop a new benchmark for smart phone speaker systems and unparalleled striking screen intensity.' Tal Cohen, CEO and Co-founder, SIRIN LABS OUTSTANDING QUALITY AND THOUGHTFUL DESIGN Designed by world renowned industrial designer Karim Rashid and meticulously assembled by engineers more used to making the world's finest watches. From the construction of its unique metal matrix composite chassis – typically used in the aerospace industry for its absolute rigidity – to incorporating titanium panels for structural strength, using tough Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 to help protect the curved display screen as well as the camera lens and a technical leather back panel – only materials with optimal functionality made the final grade. 'Every single design decision and material choice was based on performance and functionality. The product you hold today unites the very best of the world stage. Our network of extraordinary partners is the culmination of our unwavering focus on quality, not cost, regardless of complexity.' Fredrik Öijer, VP Product, SIRIN LABS SOLARIN is available online, at SIRIN LABS first store in Mayfair (34 Bruton Place), London from 1 June and Harrods, Knightsbridge from 30 June. -endsNOTES TO EDITORS Variants available at launch are: • Fire Black Carbon Leather with Titanium • Fire Black Carbon Leather with Diamond-like Carbon • Fire Black Carbon Leather with Yellow Gold • Crystal White Carbon Leather with Diamond-like Carbon Prices start from £9,500 plus VAT.

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Could This Be A Reference To A Galaxy Note 7 Edge Variant?

Posted: 31 May 2016 12:32 PM PDT

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For those that don't know, Samsung is rumoured to jump straight to the Galaxy Note 7 naming scheme as a way to be consistent with its other flagship lineup like the Galaxy S7. However a new leak suggests the company just might release two versions of the Note this year.

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According to the Indian import/export site Zauba, a listing featuring a Samsung model number (SM-N935G) appeared on May 26th. The reason why it was listed is not clear as a "metal mask for a mobile phone production line" could really mean anything. The real importance here is the model number itself as GSMArena suggests it could refer to a potential Edge variant of the Galaxy Note 7.

The reasoning for that is the Galaxy S7 has the model number SM-G930 and the S7 Edge is SM-G935. The model number for the Galaxy Note always starts with an N which is evident by the model number of last year's Note 5: SM-N920. So by taking this into consideration, the model number SM-N935G could very well be the Note 7 Edge.

We'll have to see if this theory holds since rumours start to get more and more concrete as the days go by.

[GSMArena / Zauba]

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Snapseed v2.5 Shows Evidence White Balance Presets And A Neutral Picker For The RAW Editor And A Randomizer For Effects[APK Teardown]

Posted: 31 May 2016 11:40 AM PDT

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Recent updates to both the Photos and Camera apps have included some really interesting clues, suggesting Google may be planning to put a lot of effort into upping its game with smartphone photographers. The latest update to Snapseed was no different; not only did it bring a few worthwhile new features, but some resources inside the apk also betray plans for the future. Snapseed will be adding enhanced controls for working with white balance in RAW mode and there's an effects randomizer coming to the editor.

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Sony Xperia E5 now official with a 5-inch display, 13MP camera, and more

Posted: 31 May 2016 10:39 AM PDT

Sony's already confirmed that its Xperia X series of devices are headed to the United States, and now the company has another device to announce.

Sony has officially introduced the Xperia E5, a mid-range smartphone with a 5-inch 1280×720 display. There's a 13-megapixel camera on the back, which Sony says features software that will automatically adjust based on whatever it is you're taking a picture of thanks to Auto Scene Recognition. On the front, there's a 5-megapixel shooter.

The Xperia E5 also features a MediaTek MTK6735 quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, an FM radio, support for NFC, 16GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 200GB. It features Android 6.0 out of the box, too, and the battery measures in at 2700mAh. Sony says the Xperia E5 will last two days on a single charge.

Unfortunately, Sony doesn't have any information on the cost of the Xperia E5 or when it will become available.


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T-Mobile’s Tourist Plan launches on June 12 for those visiting the US

Posted: 31 May 2016 09:49 AM PDT

The majority of announcements that T-Mobile has revolve around wireless subscribers in the United States, but the magenta carrier's latest announcement is tuned more towards the folks who will be visiting the country from other regions of the globe.

It's called the Tourist Plan, and it launches on June 12. The carrier says it'll be a super-easy way for visitors of the United States to use their phone without having to worry about a ton of overages or other charges. The Tourist Plan will cost $30 per month and will work for three weeks once activated. It will give the customer 1000 minutes of domestic calling, unlimited texting to U.S.-based numbers and to 140 other countries and destinations, and unlimited data with access to 2GB of high-speed data. The plan also supports a Wi-Fi hotspot.

T-Mobile says international travelers just need to visit an official T-Mobile store or one of the many T-Mobile prepaid dealers. Customers won't need to pay for a SIM card, and they won't need to pay an activation fee, either. However, it's worth noting that the plan doesn't include Binge On or Music Freedom.


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Sony is launching the Xperia X series in the US, pre-orders begin today

Posted: 31 May 2016 08:45 AM PDT

Back in February, Sony officially launched a brand new X series of devices, but word on a U.S.-based launch were nonexistent at the time. That's finally changing, though, as Sony has officially announced that its new X series is coming to the U.S. soon and that pre-orders begin today.

Specifically, the Xperia X will be available to order from B&H Photo Video, Best Buy, Amazon, and Reagan Wireless for $549.99. There will be a 128GB microSD card thrown in for good measure as well, which will bolster the 32GB of built-in storage. The Xperia X will officially go on sale on June 26.

Sony's Xperia X features a 5-inch 1080p HD display, with a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor under the hood and 3GB of RAM. The battery measures in at 2620mAh, and there's a 23-megapixel camera on the back and a 13-megapixel front-facing camera. It's running Android 6.0 out of the box.

The Xperia X Performance, Xperia XA, and the Xperia XA Ultra are set to arrive in the U.S. soon as well, with pre-orders for those devices starting on June 19. You'll be able to get the X Performance for $699.99, the XA Ultra for $369.99, and the XA for $279.99. Release dates go like this: The X Performance and XA on July 17, and the XA Ultra on July 24.

Here's a refresher on each device's stats:

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Xperia X Performance

  • 5-inch 1920×1080 display
  • 23-megapixel rear, 13-megapixel front cameras
  • Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage
  • microSD slot
  • Fingerprint reader
  • 2700mAh battery
  • Android 6.0

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Xperia XA

  • 5-inch 1280×720 screen
  • 13-megapixel rear, 8-megapixel front cameras
  • MediaTek MT6755 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage
  • microSD slot
  • 2300mAh battery
  • Android 6.0

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Xperia XA Ultra

  • 6-inch 1920×1080 display
  • 21.5-megapixel rear, 16-megapixel front cameras
  • MediaTek MT6755 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage
  • microSD card slot
  • 2700mAh battery
  • Android 6.0

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LG introduces the G Pad III 8.0, another lackluster tablet

Posted: 31 May 2016 08:45 AM PDT

LG has never made much of an impression on the tablet market. While the company may take risks with its smartphones, it plays it very safe with its tablets, and LG has just announced another tablet that carries this same trend onward. LG's G Pad III 8.0 is a standard, normal and ultimately uninteresting 8-inch tablet. Let's take a look at what LG is banking on with this device.

  • 8-inch 1920×1200 IPS display
  • 1.5GHz octa-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage plus microSD card slot
  • 5-megapixel rear camera
  • 8-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 4800mAh battery
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow

All in all, the G Pad III 8.0 is uninspiring. An LTE version is also available, currently being offered on Canadian carriers Rogers and Fido. While this version has LTE, it drops the storage to 16GB and the front-facing camera is lowered to 5 megapixels. That being said, the LTE version also has Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and Bluetooth 4.2.

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While the tablet may not grab your interest with specs, it is fairly inexpensive. Korean pricing for the Wi-Fi model is ₩330,000, or about $278 USD. Both Canadian carriers are offering the LTE model for CAD 240 when it's paired with a monthly plan. That price point may just be enough to cause consumers to take a second look at the G Pad III 8.0.


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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Budget Eye, Lens Launcher

Posted: 31 May 2016 07:56 AM PDT

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven't appeared in the top five list more than three times.

1. Lens Launcher

Lens Launcher

App info: Lens Launcher is a unique, efficient way to browse and launch your apps.

 

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2. Easy Sound Recorder

Easy Sound Recorder

App info:  Easy Sound Recorder is a simple, and easy to use audio & voice recorder. is designed for long-time and high quality voice record.

 

3. Auto Background Eraser Pro

Auto Background Eraser Pro

App info: Auto Background Changer having amazing tool by using it you can easily draw and erase any portion of photo & add beautiful background.

 

4. MMX Hill Climb

MMX Hill Climb

App info: The most crazy, addictive & FUN physics based racing game ever made. Upgrade your truck and own the leaderboard. Race your friends, let them know who's the best. A Truckload of tracks and courses 

 

5. Budget Eye

Budget Eye

App info: Budget Eye is a Budget Management and Expense tracking app that is designed to help you efficiently and effortlessly manage your own as well as your family's finances all in one easy view.

 

Note:  To ensure that all apps receive a fair chance to make the list, we will retire any app that has made the list for three consecutive weeks.


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[Not In The US] Songsterr Guitar Tabs & Chords Is Down To GBP 0.10 In The UK, Europe, And Other Countries

Posted: 31 May 2016 06:01 AM PDT

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When I was a kid, my parents desperately wanted me to learn how to play the piano and electronic keyboard. I took classes for 7 years and got really good at it, until I realized that I loved listening to music but not playing it. I just didn't have the ear for it and I couldn't tell a re from a fa if my life depended on it. I do envy those who can play instruments though, mostly the guitar.

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LevelUp Studio's RSS Reader Palabre 3.0 Adds Customizable Appearance And Keyword Muting

Posted: 31 May 2016 04:24 AM PDT

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Even with things like Flipboard and Google Play Newsstand, RSS readers still remain popular. Since Google killed the popular Reader service in 2013, RSS readers seem to have grown in popularity and usage. Today one of the major RSS apps available on Android, Palabre, is getting a massive update to version 3.0.

WHAT'S NEW

  • Custom colors (premium)
  • Text to Speech
  • Mute and notify keywords
  • History
  • Widget settings
  • Roboto font option for the articles
  • Offline mode improvements
  • Fixes and UI improvements

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Right: list of articles, arranged in a tile fashion. Left: article view.

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Sync For Reddit Gets Massive Update To V11, Rebuilt From The Ground Up For Material Goodness

Posted: 31 May 2016 02:01 AM PDT

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Reddit apps are a hugely popular type of app in the Play Store - from Relay to Slide, reddit is fun to the official reddit app, there's one for every use-case. Today one of the most downloaded reddit apps, Sync for Reddit, is getting a huge update to version 11, bringing a full material redesign that has been written from the ground up. The update has been available in an alpha format since January, but this is the first release to anyone who uses the app.

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Sunshine, The Popular iOS Weather App, Is Currently In Beta Testing For Android

Posted: 30 May 2016 08:42 PM PDT

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Sunshine, a popular and unique weather app for iOS, is making its way to Android. The app specializes in providing useful, rather than detailed, information while crowdsourcing for more accurate weather data. While there hasn't been an official announcement from the developers, the app is now open for beta testing.

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The creators of the app were inspired by their daily frustration of inaccurate forecasts at the local beach. Of course, beach weather is going to be more difficult to predict than your average place and will be quite likely to be experiencing different conditions than a sensor that is, say, 15 miles inland.

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21 New And Notable Android Apps From The Last 2 Weeks (5/17/16 - 5/30/16)

Posted: 30 May 2016 07:22 PM PDT

roundup_icon_largeWelcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Apps

Google Play Developer Console

Android Police coverage: Google Releases Google Play Developer Console App In The Play Store

An app specifically for app developers - that makes sense, right?

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29 Best Android Wear Apps And Watch Faces From 3/5/16—5/30/16

Posted: 30 May 2016 01:48 PM PDT

wappsApps aren't just for phones anymore, now they're for your wrist. That's the focus of the Android Wear app and watch face roundup—apps that should go on your wrist. They might not all appeal to you personally, but these are all the best things that have come to Android Wear in the last few months. We've got timers, calendars, and oh so many watch faces.

Apps With Wear Support

Chrono List - Interval Timer

Android Police coverage: Chrono List Is A Simple, Material, And Completely Free Interval Timer

There are plenty of fitness and exercise apps on Android Wear with calorie trackers, reminders, and so on.

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ASUS delivers a punch with the ZenFone 3 family

Posted: 30 May 2016 10:39 AM PDT

ASUS has yet to make a large impact on the global smartphone market, but the manufacturer is back again with a new family of flagship smartphones that look to be some of the best yet. The ZenFone 3 family continues to refine and improve ASUS's flagship line, bringing in three new smartphones aimed at a variety of markets. Let's dive in and see what we're working with.

ZenFone 3

The ZenFone 3 is the base model of the family. The device is svelte and features a fairly compact body, featuring a 77.3% screen-to-body ratio that highlights the lack of wasted space around the display. The display itself is a 5.5-inch 1080p Super IPS+ display that prides itself on offering high brightness, even in direct sunlight. That display is protected with 2.5D Gorilla Glass, which also encompasses the rear of the device. A metal accent band runs around the edge of the device, offering the ZenFone 3 a classy and refined design.

ZenFone 3 Moonlight White (Resized)

Internally, the ZenFone 3 is packed with power. ASUS has powered the device with a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor and up to 4GB of RAM, though the exact amount of RAM in the device coincides with the storage size option you choose. Storage comes in 32 or 64GB options and is augmented by a microSD card slot. The ZenFone 3 features a 3000mAh battery, rear fingerprint scanner, broad network support, USB-Type C charging and Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ZenUI 3.0 overtop.

ASUS has made a powerful point with mobile cameras and the ZenFone 3 continues to improve upon that tradition. The 16-megapixel rear camera features a 6-piece Largan lens, f/2.0 aperture and ASUS's TriTech autofocus technology. TriTech combines laser, phase detection and continuous autofocus to achieve focus in as little as 0.03 seconds. The rear camera also includes optical image stabilization and a powerful HDR mode. On the front, users will find a fairly standard 8-megapixel camera that should snap sharp selfies.

No availability details have been released, but pricing begins at $249 for the model with 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. Three color options of Sapphire Black, Moonlight White and Shimmer Gold will be available.

ZenFone 3 Deluxe

ASUS has designed the ZenFone 3 with a full aluminum alloy unibody that's free of plastic antenna lines on the rear. The device features a 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display that covers over 100% of the NTSC color gamut, offering vivid and life-like colors. The device also has a rear fingerprint scanner and features a USB-Type C charging port.

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The device is powered by a 2.15Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor and 6GB of RAM. Users can choose from three different storage size options of 64GB, 128GB, or even 256GB, all of which are supplemented by a microSD card slot that supports Apps to SD. The device also features a 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 and a five-magnet speaker that's accompanied by an NXP amplifier for loud, crisp sound.

The rear camera is a Sony IMX318 23-megapixel sensor that again features a 6-piece Largan lens, TriTech autofocus and an f/2.0 aperture. Additionally, the camera bring in OIS as well as three-axis electronic image stabilization when filming 4K video. The front camera is a wide-angle 8-megapixel shooter.

No availability details have been released, but the device pricing starts at $499 for the 64GB model. THree color options of Glacier Silver, Titanium Gray and Shimmer Gold will be available.

ZenFone 3 Ultra

The biggest of the bunch, the ZenFone 3 Ultra centers itself around an enormous 6.8-inch 1080p IPS display that's covered in Gorilla Glass 4. The display also has a dedicated image processor that optimizes each pixel in every frame before it's displayed. ASUS has given the ZenFone 3 Ultra an aluminum unibody with no rear antenna lines. Interestingly, this device features a physical home button that houses a fingerprint scanner within.

ZenFone 3 Ultra (Resized)

Powering the ZenFone 3 Ultra is a 1.8GHz quad-core Snapdragon 652 processor and up to 4GB of RAM. Storage options include 32, 64, or 128GB which are all accompanied by a microSD card slot. The device features a massive 4600mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support and the ability to charge other devices. Additionally, the ZenFone 3 Ultra packs two five-magnet speakers, an NXP amplifier and DTS Headphone:X virtual 7.1 channel surround sound through certified headphones.

The camera specifications of the ZenFone 3 Ultra are identical to those of the Zenfone 3 Deluxe.

No availability details have been released, but pricing begins at $479 for the 64GB model. Three color options of Glacier Silver, Titanium Gray and Metallic Pink will be offered.

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ASUS Announces The ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe And ZenFone 3 Ultra

Posted: 30 May 2016 09:36 AM PDT

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Nearly a year after the launch of ASUS' most popular smartphone, the Taiwanese company has finally made the ZenFone 3 official at Computex 2016. This year, the company has launched not one, but a total of three ZenFone 3 variants each with their own respective specs and design.

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First let's talk about the original ZenFone 3. This model features the tried and tested 5.5-inch 1080p Super IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC with up to 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 8MP front, 16MP rear camera with a Sony IMX298 sensor, 3000 mAh battery, USB Type C connector and available in Gold, Blue, Black and White colours.

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As for the price, it will be available for $249 USD with Canadian pricing coming soon.
ZF3D Glacier Silver - front angled

Next up we have the ZenFone 3 Deluxe, which sports a larger 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 SoC with up to 6GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, 8MP front, 23MP rear camera with a brand new Sony IMX318 sensor (Hybrid AF), 3000 mAh battery with QC 3.0 support, USB 3.0 Type C connector and available in only Gold, Silver an Grey colours.

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This model also comes with 4-axis OIS and a fingerprint sensor and a price tag $499 USD.

ZF3U Titanium Gray - Front angled (1)

Finally we have the ZenFone 3 Ultra, which you can tell by its name is definitely "ultra" as it features an almost tablet sized 6.8-inch 1080p IPS LCD display, a Snapdragon 652 SoC with up to 4GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, the same 8MP front, 23MP rear camera found in the Deluxe, a whopping 4,600 mAh battery with QC 3.0 support and a USB 3.0 Type C connector.

ZF3U Titanium Gray - Rear

As for the colour options, it will come in Grey, Silver and Pink and it will be priced at $479 USD.

All in all, ASUS seems to be going all out in terms of size, specs and colours and hopefully we'll see some reasonable Canadian prices when these phones go out to the market in Q3 of this year.

Press release:

ASUS Announces All-New ZenFone 3 Smartphones

Latest ZenFone 3 products feature beautifully crafted design, intelligent feature sets and superb performance all wrapped in an affordable package

 

Toronto, Ontario (May 30, 2016) — ASUS today announced the new ZenFone 3 lineup at Computex 2016. These new smartphones set a new standard in design and innovation while maintaining ASUS' leadership in providing intelligent feature sets in an affordable package.

 

ZenFone 3 Deluxe — World's First Full-Metal Smartphone with an Invisible Antenna

 

ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the flagship model of the ZenFone 3 family and the ultimate expression of ASUS smartphone design. It is constructed with a strong and light aluminum alloy unibody, and has a rear surface free of unsightly antenna lines and an ultra-thin 4.2mm edge.

 

ZenFone 3 Deluxe features a 5.7-inch Full HD (1920 by 1080) AMOLED display with a gamut of over 100% NTSC color space for rich, vibrant colors even in harsh, outdoor lighting. Inside, ZenFone 3 Deluxe has a powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Series processor and up to 6GB RAM to deliver the best performance for demanding apps, games, and media.

 

ZenFone 3 Deluxe raises the bar for mobile photography with its incredible 23MP camera featuring the latest Sony IMX318 image sensor, a large f/2.0 aperture lens, and 4-axis optical image stabilization for high-resolution, blur-free, and low-noise photos in almost any lighting condition. It also features electronic image stabilization for steady 4K UHD videos. Coupled with TriTech autofocus that provides accurate and nearly instant 0.03-second focusing and subject tracking, and exclusive PixelMaster 3.0 technology, ZenFone 3 Deluxe captures truly stunning photos and videos.

 

ZenFone 3 Deluxe has a built-in fingerprint sensor that's perfectly positioned on the rear of the phone to sit underneath the user's finger and unlocks the phone in just a fraction of a second. Quick Charge 3.0 technology reduces battery recharge times and a reversible USB Type-C port that makes connecting charging and accessory cables effortless.

 

ZenFone 3 Deluxe also excels at audio with its powerful five-magnet speakers and NXP smart amplifier that provides clear, defined sound and also protects the speakers from damage. When listening over 2 of 3 certified headphones, users can enjoy Hi-Res Audio (HRA) that provides up four-times-better sound quality than CDs.

 

ZenFone 3 — Agility, Beauty, and Clarity

 

ZenFone 3 is a feature-packed smartphone that brings premium design and empowering performance to everyone. Built around a gorgeous 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 by 1080) display with up to 500cd/m2 brightness, ZenFone 3 delivers an incredible visual experience that makes apps, videos, and games look their best. With a narrow bezel, ZenFone 3 provides a 77.3% screen-to-body ratio for a maximized viewing area in a slim and compact body. The front and rear of the phone are encased with scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass that gently curves to make the edge of the phone completely smooth.

 

ZenFone 3 is equipped with a 16MP camera with ASUS TriTech autofocus that automatically selects laser, phase detection and continuous auto focus to achieve precise focus in just 0.03 seconds, resulting in sharp images in any condition.

 

ZenFone 3 is powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor with PC-grade graphics and 4GB RAM that together deliver outstanding mobile performance with improved efficiency and battery life. ZenFone 3 has a built-in fingerprint sensor that's perfectly positioned on the rear of the phone to sit underneath the user's finger and unlocks the phone in just a fraction of a second.

 

ZenFone 3 Ultra — Unleashed, Unlimited, and Unrivaled

 

ZenFone 3 Ultra is a smartphone designed for multimedia lovers, featuring a 6.8-inch Full HD (1920 by 1080) display with up to 400cd/m2 brightness and a 95% NTSC color gamut for rich, vibrant images even outdoors in harsh lighting. ASUS-exclusive Tru2Life+ technology harnesses a high-end 4K UHD TV-grade video processor to optimize every pixel in each frame before it is displayed, resulting in superior contrast and clarity. ZenFone 3 Ultra also excels at audio with its two powerful five-magnet stereo speakers and NXP smart amplifier that provides clear, defined sound and also protects the speakers from damage. When listening over certified headphones, users can enjoy Hi-Res Audio (HRA) that provides up to four-times-better sound quality than CDs and virtual 7.1-channel surround sound with DTS Headphone:X.3 of 3

 

Like ZenFone 3 Deluxe, ZenFone 3 Ultra has an incredibly slim and elegant full-metal unibody chassis — the world's first to have no antenna lines. An ultra slim bezel gives ZenFone 3 Ultra a 79% screen-to-body ratio, maximizing the viewing area while minimizing its overall size and weight. ZenFone 3 Ultra is equipped with the same high-resolution 23MP camera with ASUS TriTech autofocus system as ZenFone 3 Deluxe. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor, Adreno 510 graphics, and 4GB of RAM, ZenFone 3 Ultra delivers outstanding mobile performance. A built-in fingerprint sensor is perfectly positioned on the front of the phone beneath the user's finger and unlocks the phone in just a fraction of a second.

 

ZenFone 3 Ultra also has a high-capacity 4600 mAh battery for long-lasting performance and Quick Charge 3.0 technology for rapid recharge times. ZenFone 3 Ultra even works as a power bank with 1.5A output for quickly charging other mobile devices.

 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

The new Zenfone 3 products will be available at ASUS authorized resellers and distributors in Q3. Please check www.asus.com/ca for additional details.

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OnePlus launches OnePlus 3 Peer Review initiative to get feedback from customers

Posted: 30 May 2016 09:36 AM PDT

At some point in the (hopefully near) future, OnePlus is going to get around to officially announcing the OnePlus 3, its latest flagship handset. We already know that that will include a virtual reality shopping experience in space, and now it looks like OnePlus wants to get feedback from its customer base as well.

OnePlus has announced "The Lab," which will include peer reviews for the OnePlus 3 and perhaps future devices that OnePlus releases in the future as well. OnePlus says that they've been able to build the company with the help of its customers over the years, and they believe that customer feedback and participation is the guide that sets them on their path.

The Lab is just one of many results of that, and it will launch with the OnePlus 3, which the company aims to receive "fair, honest, crowd-sourced feedback" regarding the new handset, its features, and capabilities. The goal here, according to OnePlus, is a "comprehensive community review." What that will actually look like in the end, with so many voices, will be interesting.

OnePlus says that anyone in any region can apply to get into the reviewers slots, but in the end they'll only choose 30 people. Once the reviewers get their phones, which they'll get before anyone else, they'll have several days to put the handset through its paces.

At the time of this writing, there are five days, 22 hours, and 20 minutes remaining to apply for the reviewer position with OnePlus's The Lab, and 419 people have applied so far.

Do you plan on applying?


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VR Party Game Is A Ridiculously Confusing Virtual Reality Experience For Cardboard

Posted: 30 May 2016 07:08 AM PDT

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What if virtual reality was just reality, with a small asterisk? What if you could strap on your VR headset, regardless of the brand or technology behind them, and see the same thing that's in front of you... but mirrored? Or upside down? Or delayed by 2 seconds? Ha, what a novel idea!

VR Party Game does just that. It's a Cardboard app/game that transmits your smartphone's rear camera view onto the screen, but applies one of three special effects to confuse you.

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VR Party Game Is A Ridiculously Confusing Virtual Reality Experience For Cardboard was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Maps v9.26.1 Adds Search Along Route For Walking And Bicycling, Changes Driving Mode FABs, Adds New Settings, And More [APK Teardown + Download]

Posted: 30 May 2016 06:04 AM PDT

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Google began rolling out an update to Maps v9.26.1 a few days ago, and it's sporting a handful of new features. Like so many versions of maps, there are quite a few well-hidden changes in this one, far more than the single item written in the official changelog. Most of the changes are subtle enough that you won't notice them if you're not comparing side-by-side, but they are improvements all the same.

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Google Maps v9.26.1 Adds Search Along Route For Walking And Bicycling, Changes Driving Mode FABs, Adds New Settings, And More [APK Teardown + Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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