Razer Forge has a TV box coming in about 3 months and it sounds very exciting. The box includes a Snapdragon 805 CPU, 16 GB of flash storage, and Android TV (lollipop 5.0). I played a few games on it and they worked well. The box also supports lots of apps for media playback such as Netflix and Plex. The Razer also includes an Ethernet port which was missing from the Nexus Player.
LG's new G Flex 2 has a great OLED screen. However I wanted to see how it compares to one of the best OLED screens out there. The Galaxy Note 4 has a truly awesome screen so I compared it to the G Flex 2 to see which one cam out on top. Both phones were turned to maximum brightness. I'll have a video up showing both phones in action over on https://www.youtube.com/user/Somecooltech1 very soon.
Google just announced their Android media player which is called the Nexus Player. The Nexus Player will be made by Asus and includes a remote control and has an optional game controller. It will feature the ability to install apps and play games as well as media playback capabilities. The hardware looks good but not nearly as beefy as the latest android media boxes such as the Minix X8-H. Of course software will make or break this set top box and luckily Google is one of the most advanced software ninjas in the world today. Here are some hardware highlights of the Nexus Player.
1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom 64 bit processor
8GB of storage
PowerVR Series 6 graphics. Intel tells us that 64-bit chip
1080p video streaming
I suspect it will also have screen casting and mirroring similar to the chromecast.
Here you see the LG Isai FL compared to the Samsung Note 3. They both have a 5.5 inch screens but the LG Isai's has 2560×1440 resolution. The Isai quite a bit smaller than the Note 3 thanks to super thin bezel. This is a trend that I'd really like to see continue. One more thing to note is that you can see the front facing camera mounted on the bottom for the Isai. I really liked the bottom camera when I used it testing the Sony Xperia ZL.
The video of the Isai below doesn't show much at first but at the end it gets interesting.
Thanks to @evleaks we have this picture of the upcoming LG isai which should be the Japanese version of the G3. Its probably slightly smaller than the international version because the Japanese like slightly smaller phones. The release shows a phone with extremely small bezels and a new flat UI. Here is what the isai would look like in black with Next Launcher 3D running.
Another release shows an G3 with a polycarbonate back. Again the we see extremely small bezels which is exactly what we need. Eventually I'd like to see phones become all screen and no bezel at all. The same goes for TV sets. All we want to see is an image hanging on the wall.
If I was a gambling man (and I am) I'd bet we see all or most of these specs included in the G3. Here are my predictions for the LG G3.
MINIX unveils NEO X8 and X8s, delivering 4K UHD capability.
MINIX today announced the latest additions to their product line – NEO X8 and X8s. The NEO X8 and X8s will both be powered by the latest generation of Amlogic chipsets; the NEO X8 will use the standard Amlogic S802, whilst the NEO X8s will adopt the Amlogic S802-H – offering full Dolby Digital and DTS support.
Both devices will offer:
- 4K2K UHD Video Decoding and Output
- 1080p FHD Video Encoding
- Quad Core Cortex A9r4 Processor
- Octo Core Mali-450 GPU
- Android KitKat 4.4 OS
- TrustZone & Trusted Video Path for Security & DRM
- Support HDMI-CEC
- Bluetooth 4.0 and Ethernet
- Audio and Headphone Jacks, 3 USB Ports + 1 OTG Port.
However, there are noticeable differences between the two models:
- NEO X8 will offer only 8GB EMMC internal storage, whilst the NEO X8s offers 16GB EMMC.
- NEO X8 delivers single-band Wi-Fi, whilst the NEO X8s includes dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
- The NEO X8s offers full Dolby Digital and DTS Support, which is not available on the NEO X8.
The NEO X8 and X8s will be priced according to their different specifications, with exact retail prices to follow shortly, and are expected to be available to buy from late May onwards.
MINIX also announced a new addition to its range of air-mouses, the NEO M1, delivering six-axis gyroscope support and built-in anti-shake technology for superior accuracy and control.
The form factor of the NEO M1 is much smaller than that of previous models, being just 146mm x 39mm x 12.6mm, and also includes a built-in rechargeable lithium battery. Pricing information for the NEO M1 will also follow shortly.
Images of the upcoming LG G3 smartphone are starting to leak according to Androidheadlines.com. LG looks to be using their minimalist design similar to the G2. The ultra thing bezel and rear button made the G2 a amazing looking phone. Rumored specs include a 5.5 inch 2K display, 16 MP OIS camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 or LG's custom Odin octa-core CPU, a micro SD card slot, and kitkat 4.4.2.
This phone sounds amazing to me but I'm a little concerned that the screen will be a little to large. I think the G2 was perfect except that it needed an SD card slot. What do you think?
We have gone from media player famine to feast. I now have 3 media players in their boxes ready to be reviewed. They are the Tronsmart Vega Elite, Minix X7 mini with external WiFi antenna, and the Amazon Fire TV. All three look very promising. I just wonder which one I should review first. Let me know which one you want to see in the comments below.
It looks like a much needed reversible USB 3.1 cable is finally coming to Android. The specification will be completed by July so we could see products using this by years end. It will be called USB Type-C. Finally expect a click when you plug this new cable in. This is much needed and I have to say it can't get here fast enough.
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