Are you a fan of everything Android? Then this next product may be just the thing you need! Panasonic Lumix CM10 is the newest camera/phone working on an Android operating system version. But it does not make calls. So it’s more of a smart camera maybe? No one coined that term yet, right?
This device has a 28mm F/2.8 Leica DC lens with 1-inch CMOS image sensor and a manual focus ring. It takes photos at 20MP and it can capture videos at up to 4K resolution. The rest of the spec list is not very bright, but you don’t exactly look at the processor and RAM when you buy a camera-like device do you?
Panasonic Lumix CM10 specs:
Snapdragon 801 processor
2GB of RAM
16 GB storage plus microSD slot
2,600 mAh battery
4.7-inch 1080p display
Wi-Fi, 3G, LTE (data and SMS only)
The camera itself weighs around 203g and it is 15.2mm thick. The device will be available for purchase starting February 25th in Japan and there is no international launch date set for it at the moment. Another piece of not-so-good news is the price. Panasonic Lumix CM10 will cost around $850. Pretty pricey, indeed!
Time passes and technology changes. Every huge apparatus that may have been useful in the past has shrunk over time and this is exactly what has happened with projectors. Long past are the days when you had to carry around a large projector whenever you had to present something important to the world.
Pico projectors have started to emerge on the market and sProjector is one of these new devices that you can try, if its IndieGoGo campaign succeeds. This device promises to be the most powerful mini TV projector to reach the market soon. It is ultra thin, weighing 150g at 70mm x 130mm x15mm. The projector offers 1000 lumens projections (much brighter than the usual 50-100 lumens for other similarly sized projectors). The device has built-in batteries that last up to 5 hours without needing an external battery supply. It has no fan design and it uses an SSD as storage, which means it will not make any noise.
The sProjector can be used as a TV dongle where you can enjoy videos without needing an Internet connection. Users will be able to transfer videos and shows onto the SSD. The device runs on Android 5.1.1 and runs on 2 GB of RAM with 32GB of storage via SD card. It connects via Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi.
The sProjector already reached 4,120% of its $10,000 goal, and there are still 17 days left in the campaign. In order to reserve your own mini-projector, you have to pledge $190, which is a discount from the official price of $249. If you want more devices, you can get a discount.
Pixel C, Google’s most recent mobile hybrid, was officially unveiled today and now it is officially available for the public to purchase. The device is running on Marshmallow 6.0 and it has a 10.2-inch display which makes it one of the brightest tablets you can find in thew price range.
What makes Pixel C unique?
The tablet has a full-size keyboard that fits very well with it and it attaches to it magnetically too. The tablet and keyboard can be closed together and the keyboard chargers wirelessly and automatically so that you never have to worry about running empty. The battery itself is said to last for 10+ hours of usage. You can buy it on the Google Store for $499 and, in our opinion, it is one of the best in this price range.
Official Pixel C specs:
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
10.2 inches 2560 x 1800 (308 PPI) 500 nits √2 aspect ratio sRGB color gamut 1500:1 contrast ratio LTPS LCD In-cell touchscreen
This holiday season, there’s no shortage of electronics to choose from. When it comes to picking out what device to use, sometimes you want a laptop to hammer out a lengthy document. Other times you want a lightweight tablet to sit back and watch your favorite video. Starting today, you don’t have to choose, because the Pixel C is available on the Google Store. As we previewed two months ago, Pixel C brings together the benefits of a full-size keyboard with the portability of a tablet so it can go wherever you go.
The Pixel C’s high-resolution, 10.2” display is crisp, colorful, and bright—in fact it’s one of the brightest tablets out there—perfect for sharing photos and videos with family over the holidays. Graphics horsepower and stereo speakers mean the Pixel C can keep up with you whether you’re watching a new episode of “Silicon Valley” or playing a new game.
But what really makes the Pixel C unique is the full-size keyboard, which is designed to fit perfectly with the tablet. It attaches seamlessly with magnets, and automatically connects via bluetooth. When the tablet and keyboard are closed together, the keyboard charges wirelessly and automatically—so you never have to worry about it running out of juice. And when you don’t need to type, the keyboard tucks securely behind the tablet with magnets—out of the way but close by for when you need it.
This is the first tablet designed with Android 6.0, Marshmallow in mind. You get added security benefits, smarter and longer battery life (10+ hours) and Now on Tap at your fingertips. To ensure the Pixel C gets even better over time, it will receive regular security and feature updates directly from Google. But what makes a tablet great is the amount of things you can do with it—and you’ve got plenty to choose from with s’more than 1 million apps on Google Play.
The Pixel C is available on the Google Store now starting at $499, and if you order today, you can get it in time for the holidays.
Modular phones are a thing for the future, and since Google showed their first attempt at a modular phone, everyone has been hyped for an Ara. But what if you could have one of these futuristic gadgets sooner than Google had in mind? Fairphone 2 could be a great alternative as the device is already very close to being complete, especially since it does not use any “conflict” minerals that could make the building process longer and more complicated.
Fairphone was the idea of some thoughtful devs who considered that the world could embrace a greener more ethical tech product. They crowd-funded the phone that sold more than 60,000 units, which was more than enough to put in motion a second iteration of the device. Fairphone 2 is even more greener and more environmentally friendly than its predecessor. It is modular, but not as modular as Project Ara wants to be. The smartphone is built much like a regular phone, but its parts are easily replaceable. This way, you can prolong your device’s life without having to spend lots of monies on more and more devices every few months (unless you really like those mainstream smartphones).
Fairphone 2 has easily replaceable or repairable parts and the manufacturers promise to help their customers at every step if need be. If you need a better camera, a faster processor, more RAM or better GPU, all you have to do is contact Fairphone and you will get them (at a price, of course). You will be able to replace every part of this device with better ones as the company continues to grow and those orders keep coming in.
What does the original Fairphone 2 look like? Here’s the spec list:
5-inch full HD (1080p) LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Quad-core Snapdragon 801
2GB of RAM
32GB internal storage plus microSD
Dual SIM slots
2,420 mAh battery
4G LTE connectivity.
This being said, the device should place somewhere around the mid-high average spectrum of the niche market. You can order a Fairphone from the official site linked in the source, but don’t expect it to arrive before January 2016. You can choose between black matte, blue matte, blue translucent, transparent and black translucent. The translucent back cases show some of the “internal organs” of the device. You will have to pay $590 for one, and the company is assuring customers that “Your purchase covers the cost of phone production, plus Fairphone’s operations and projects that create positive impact”.
When it comes to tearing down and building back up, Fairphone 2 does very well, as the guys from iFixit gave it 10 out of 10. The modular smartphone is easy to teardown because it has no glue whatsoever between components; you simply take everything off by unscrewing some nice little screws. The LCD screen and glass protection are fused together, but they can come off pretty easy too if you need them to.
All in all, if you want to try the modular smartphone deal before Google amazes us with its real Ara phone, you can support independent manufacturers and choose a Fairphone 2. You may have to wait for a while for your order to get to you now, but next year these could become very popular and steal Google’s race from beneath their feet!
How do you feel about Android-powered cameras? They are not totally new on the market, since Samsung has already released one or two of these devices on the noche market, to limited success however. The new camera from Light has hopes of being different. Light L16 is a powerful little camera that packs 16 different lenses that will work together to give you the perfect shot!
This point and click camera uses five of the lenses with a focal length of 70mm, five are at 35mm and the remaining six run at 150mm. This puts the device at a changeable optical zoom between 32mm – 150mm.
Why is Light L16 special?
The camera uses more lenses to capture a photo at different focal lengths and then the Android software will fuse the pictures together to form an image of up to 52MP. The multiple focal lengths also let users alter image depth of field. It can also capture video at 4K.
Light L16 has a 5-inch touchscreen that can be used as a control device when you edit photos. The only physical button you have to deal with is the shutter. The device also supports WiFi, meaning you will be able to use your photos and share them immediately after taking them. The physical body of the device is similar in shape and form to that of a Nexus 6 (159.3mm long, 83mm wide, 20mm thick).
The Android-powered Light L16 camera costs $1,699 regularly, but you can find it in certain deals if you scower the Internet hard enough. If you pre-order, you should know that the device will start shipping next summer, so there’s a lot of time to wait for it ( especially since you have to pay some of the sum upfront, which you may not like at all). That being said, Light L16 is an interesting and, dare I say, unique device, and not because of the Android software, but because of of its large touchscreen and 16 different lenses it uses.
Most possible customers may be put off by the price though. Many smartphone cameras are beginning to act as full-fledged main camera for consumers and photography aficionados will surely go the DSLR route. People who like unique pieces of hardware however may give this little jewel a try. Let us know in the comments below if you would buy such a point-and-click camera soon!
Gear S2 peeked at us on Samsung’s Unlocked event earlier in August, but now it is finally here and we will soon be able to actually use it! The smartwatch proves to be a peculiar accessory as it does not present the elegant and refined Moto 360 or Apple Watch design but it still looks hot as hell ( I blame it on the stainless steel and tiny frame).
If this device has a flaw, it is its OS, as this Samsung product runs on the same Linux-based Tizen OS which, no matter how good it may be, it will not be able to compete with the likes of Android Wear or Apple Watch, at least in terms of app development.
Why is Gear S2 different?
The new Samsung wearable will be compatible with other Android devices, not just the proprietary Galaxy line.
What changes customers’ perception over the Gear line is the design change. The new S2 smartwatch has a circular screen as opposed to previous rectilinear screens. It also sports a nice sci-fi look with its rubber watch straps all clad in stainless steel, or you can choose the traditional Classic look with standard watch strap logs and a knurled bezel. The Classic Gear S2 is aimed towards the high-end niche market with a leather band and matching black finish, being possible competition for LG Watch Urbane or even Apple Watch.
The regular model will be available in silver case with a white band or dark gray case with gray band.
When it comes to specs, the Samsung smartwatch is on par with most of the devices on the market. It sports a circular 1.2-inch display with a resolution of 360 x 360 and a rotating bezel. The bezel requires some attention as this is where the smartwatch has its home and back buttons (you will use them to deal with notifications). The device also gets you built-in NFC that is supposed to make mobile payments easier in the near future. Samsung is also promising a battery life length of two to three days.
Under the chassis you will find a dual-core 1GHz processor plus 512MB RAM and 4GB of storage. Samsung Gear S2 sets you up with a gyroscope, an accelerometer, a heart-rate monitor and a barometer. The smartwatch will have two different versions, a chubby 13.4mm model with built-in 3G and a slimmer version at 11.5mm without 3G. The “fatter” version gets a 3mAh battery whereas the slimmer one gets a 250 mAh cell.
The 3G version of Gear S2 lets you make phone calls and access apps without having to tether your smartphone.
Both Samsung S2 Gear versions get Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth 4.1. The smartwatch is IP68 dust and water resistant which should be a given for any self-respecting smartwatch,to be honest.
Gear S2 keeps its screen active at all times so that you can easily see the time, as it should happen with a watch, after all. No need for you to wave your hands around like a lunatic to make that accelerometer work.
The worst part of the Samsung Gear S2 is the Tizen OS, which makes it less compelling on the market. It does have third party apps,but they are few and inconsistent with what Android and Apple third party devs can do, at least for the moment. A redeeming quality of the smartwatch is the user interface accompanied by the watch faces.
Gear S2 manages to break free from the minuses of the previous Gear smartwatch series and it finally shows us what Samsung is all about. A new and much improved design plus a nice interface and rotating bezels will definitely make the Gear S2 stand out. Look-wise, it is one of the best-looking smartwatches out there, proving that Samsung’s change of aesthetic choices could make it rule the mobile world again!