Different size iPhone models could attract a bigger audience.
There's no arguing that Apple's been mighty successful in telling its customers what they want. Up until the iPhone 5, that meant telling them they didn't need or want a smartphone display larger than 3.5 inches, so that's all that was offered. With the introduction of the iPhone, Apple finally conceded there's a desire for a bigger screen, and so it stretched the display to 4 inches while maintaining the same width. Now we're hearing that the next iPhone model will come in a variety of screen options.
Samsung is going after the mid-size tablet market.
Mid-size tablets seem to be all the rage these days, and Samsung doesn't intend to miss out on the craze. With that in mind, Samsung announced today that its Galaxy Note 8.0 is coming to the U.S. market on April 11. The Galaxy Note 8.0 was initially unveiled at Mobile World Congress a couple of months ago, and in just a couple of days, you'll be able to pick up one up in stores and online at places like Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, Staples, and other retailers/e-tailers.
We have a couple of rumors to report on. The first is that Acer is prepping an Iconia A1-810 tablet model to compete with Apple's iPad mini device, our sister site TechRadar reports. It's a 7.9-inch slate with a 1024x768 resolution, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 5MP rear-facing camera, and 0.3MP front-facing camera all wrapped in Google's Android 4.2 Jelly Bean platform. The biggest surprise, however, could be the price.
If Jerry Seinfield worked at Maximum PC reviewing overpriced gadgets, we’re pretty sure he’d be saying: “And what’s the deal with getting charged so much for so little RAM? You know, the 16GB version of the HTC Galaxy 5s costs $199 but the 32GB costs $299? And, what? No expansion slot for additional RAM?”
Note: This review originally appeared in the January 2013 issue of the magazine.
Intel has reportedly begun shipping its next generation Haswell parts to PC builders in preparation for a launch later this quarter. Right now you can file that tidbit under "R" for "Rumor," though the Santa Clara chip maker is expected to announce its fourth generation Core processor line at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing next week. That's the good news. And the bad?
Netgear's latest router is for those who value 802.11ac over 802.11n performance.
The new R6520 Smart Wi-Fi router from Netgear is the company's newest product to support the 802.11ac wireless standard, and it's designed specifically for people who care more about the draft specification than with having the fastest 802.11n Wi-Fi performance in the 2.4GHz band. It's armed with a dual-core 800MHz engine to enable combined Wi-Fi connections at speeds up to 1600Mbps.
Multiple sources claim Microsoft will unveil its next Xbox console in May.
It was originally rumored Microsoft would let the cat out of the bag regarding its next generation Xbox console at an event on April 24th, but now multiple sources are saying it won't happen until a month later on May 21st. At that time, Microsoft will reveal initial details about its Xbox 720 hardware (codenamed "Durango"), and hopefully will finally clear the air about the always-on rumors that were a source of controversy last week.
Mushkin is now serving up its new 1.8-inch Chronos Go SATA 6Gbps solid state drives, or so the company says. The only place we could find the new drives for sale is on Ebay, as we lucked out in our search at the usual online suspects, and even at a few unusual corners. Be that as it may, the new line is supposed to be available in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities, each one built around the 1.8-inch form factor as opposed to 2.5 inches.
When we last paid a visit to the Corsair Neutron GTX in the December 2012 issue, we declared it one wicked-fast SSD, but it was unfortunately nicked at the finish line by the Samsung 840 Pro. Corsair isn't too worried about that, though, and seems to have adopted an "upwards and onwards" mentality we see manifested in the capacious 480GB variant of the GTX that landed on our test bed this month. Like its smaller-capacity brethren, it's sporting a brand-spankin'-new Link A Media controller (LAMD) that is exclusive to Corsair at this time, and it's wedded to Toshiba 24nm toggle-NAND. Running the show is an ARM microcontroller that pumps data through a SATA 6Gb/s connection. The Neutron GTX is also a slim 7mm jobbie, so it'll fit in even the most anorexic Ultrabooks. Desktop jockeys are also given consideration via the included 3.5-inch bay adapter.
Note: This review first appeared in the January 2013 issue of the magazine.
What better way is there to head into the weekend than by spying a few shots of a swank blacked out motherboard that's to be used for some secret project? If you feel the same way, then give kudos to Asus for supplying a bunch of pictures of its Rampage IV Extreme - Black motherboard, which we've placed into a photo gallery for your convenience. So, what do we know about this motherboard?