Acer America has proved its mettle in the Chromebook market and advanced beyond its predecessors with the introduction of industry’s first Chromebook equipped with a 4th Generation Intel Core i3 processor. The two new models of Acer C720 Chromebook come powered by the 4th Generation Intel Core i3-40005U processor with better multi-tasking performance and a longer battery life.
The two new models- Acer C720-3404 has 4GB of system memory and is priced at $379.99, while the Acer C720-3871 has 2 GB of system memory and is priced at $349.99. These new Chromebooks will be readily available this month at retailers in North America.
The new Celeron process is capable of rendering out 8.5 hours of battery life, making the Chromebooks ideal for users who are comfortable working in the Google environment with Chrome applications. The new Acer C720-3404 and C720-3871 has 32 GB Solid State Drive (SSD) that boots up in less than 7 seconds and resumes instantly from sleep mode.
Both these models feature an 11.6 inch HD display with a 1366×768 resolution. You’ll also get a standard HDMI port for connecting to an external monitor, USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port, as well as 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and an integrated HD webcam with microphone. Moreover, it has an in-built virus protection system, so you don’t need to bother over annoyances caused due to virus infection.
Here are few more advantages you’ll get on hitting upon Acer C720 Chromebooks:
If you have been planning to buy a laptop that is designed to give you the best gaming experience, your wait ends here with the new Razer Blade. iYogi reviews the recently launched gaming laptop from Razer. Launched in May 2014, this gaming laptop is surely ahead from its competitors due to its stellar 3200×1800 ten-point touch screen, 4th Gen Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GTX 870M graphics.
Five years ago, BlackBerry (the company formerly known as Research in Motion) was surely the ruler in the market. It was the time when everyone from students to housewives to businessmen was ready to pay a lot of money to own a BlackBerry. However, with the entrance of Android and the iPhone, QWERTY phone began losing its hold in the market. BlackBerry felt a huge setback here. However, it didn’t lose hope and made its entry into the world of smartphones in the form of BlackBerry Z3. Despite these efforts, BlackBerry was unable to create its place due to its ridiculous pricing and features of the smartphone.
Here, it makes us say that people who have moved on to Android or iOS are not going to give the company another chance without a lot of very good reasons including its pricing. So, in order to make its presence felt strongly in the market, BlackBerry came up with another smartphone ‘BlackBerry Z3’.
iYogi reviews BlackBerry Z3 to give a clear picture about its features and specifications.
The appearance of BlackBerry Z3 is strikingly amazing. From front, it carries all smooth glass, while its rear is made up of a texturized soft-touch plastic. Its camera and flash are placed in the top-left corner of the rear.
The power button is placed at the top of the left edge along with the volume controls and voice command shortcut button, while its right edge covers the SIM and Micro SD card slots. Its Micro-USB port is placed at the bottom, while 3.5 mm headset port is available on the top edge of the phone. The best part is that it is slim, slick and very –well organized which can surely give a tough competition to several high-end phones.
Since, BlackBerry Z3 is a budget phone, so it carries a decent rear camera with 5-megapixel and flash. It also includes front camera with 1.1-megapixel. The still shots taken from this camera are descent. It also lets you choose between a normal shooting mode, image stabilization mode, burst and HDR.
Get detailed specifications about BlackBerry Z3 here:
Dimensions: 140x72.8x9.26 mm
Weight: 164 g
Display: 5-Inch QHD Touch Screen Display with 540x960 pixels resolutions.
Media: Audio Playback, Video Playback, ringtones – 64 Polyphonic MP3/MAV/MIDI, FM Radio, 3.5 mm Headphone Jack.
Camera: Rear Camera - 5.0 Megapixel (16000000 colors) and Front camera – 1.1 Megapixel
Memory: 8 GB inbuilt and Micro SD/TransFlash Memory slot
Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wlan/Wi-Fi, USB, GPS
Software: Runs on BlackBerry OS 10 Operating System.
Battery: Li-Po (2500 mAh) Non-Removable battery
This is what the new BlackBerry Z3 delivers. So, if you were waiting to explore a latest smartphone that fits your budget, BlackBerry Z3 can surely become your latest choice.
Are you looking for convertible laptops with larger screens? iYogi will take you on a short tech-tour to end your search as the folks at HP have spun out Pavilion and Envy x360 convertible laptops with the launch of 13.3-inch Pavilion x360 and 15.6-inch Envy x360.
Like their ancestor, this new range of high-powered laptops will be well-equipped with supporting hinges that would let the touch screens rotate 360 degrees, easily allowing you a couple more position options such as notebook, stand, tent or table in between.
These laptops will be available in the market from early July with a screen resolution of wobbling 1.366x768 pixels.
HP Pavilion x360
HP Envy x360
Along with these brand-new technical specifications integrated this time, this laptop will also feature HP’s ControlZone trackpad, which is a superwide touchpad with support for Windows 8 gestures. This feature will allow you to slide through open apps, close windows, launch the Charm bar and many other things without touching your screen even once.
The pricing of both the laptops will completely depend on the kind of build you’d like to create. HP Pavilion x360 will cost you $630 if you’d like to go with AMD processor option and $600 if you’d choose Intel processor. HP Envy x360 has a fixed price of $680 and both the laptops would be available from July 9th.
Are you looking for latest updates in regard to the Intel-powered 4G Windows tablet? Don’t go anywhere else, read the news posted below and you will know everything that you want to.
It seems Windows from Microsoft is not in a mood to move out of the news room. First, it was in news for shipping the Intel-powered tablets in numbers that barely registered Intel’s quarterly numbers. Two, with latest figures from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) - an American market research, analysis and advisory firm, the state of Windows tablet in 2014 is looking traumatized.
As per the reports from IDC, the growth in the worldwide tablet shipment is only 3.9 percent for over the same period a year ago. Moreover, assumptions are also made on the challenges that the Tablet market is going to face in 2014 with the rise of large-screen phones.
With this report, the state of Windows 8.1 tablets in 2014 has started looking hazier. Today, when brands like Android and Apple are moving ahead in Tablets with much advanced technology, Windows tablet experience doesn’t have enough to offer. For instance, Microsoft was the sole maker of 4G model tablets, but as per the current data, it is no more selling 4G model tablets. It is a clear indication that Windows Tablets might vanish from the market if it’s unable to expand the shipment.
On the other side of the story, with exceptions like Lenovo, which is receiving good reviews for ThinkPad 8, 4G enabled tablets may enter the market once more.
Finally HTC One M8 is official which is expected to steal thunder of iPhone 5S. With that, HTC could be planning to regain its top standing in the Smartphone market – hence, the device is launched with more powers, features and specifications to win the battle. So, will HTC reclaim its crown with ‘more’ set of features?
HTC One series always stood ahead of all handsets in terms of its metallic hood and, this time it is more metal. While previous HTC One models which would barely don as plastic model with metallic frames, HTC One M8 will surely shun them as it is designed with 20% more metal and exudes as if it is soaked and made thoroughly with aluminum. Moreover, rounded back design that it elegantly nestles in a palm. Available in two variants, the Arctic Silver and Amber Gold, radiate aesthetic look and premium feel in the hands, as a prized possession.
The metal design not only beguiles lookers, but to facilitate more space for larger screen real estate. With 4.7-inches display, it strikes the perfect balance between 5-inch or larger and 4-inches handsets. The screen displays 1980x1080 pixel full HD resolution with 441ppi pixel density in which colors pop up and viewing is impeccable. Its edge-to-edge display actually gives more screen for browsing webpages, watching movies, reading multiple feeds, playing games or other multimedia experience which demands larger screen.
HTC has added more lenses to HTC One M8 to conquer the megapixel war. In addition to 4.1 UltraPixel sensor, HTC One M8 features a “dedicated depth sensor” which HTC calls a “Duo Camera”. This sensor is designed to be capable of finding light in poor light conditions or in darkness and the dual-LED flash provide the light the lens needs to capture the right colors of the object and the surrounding. Moreover, the built-in ‘Dimension Plus’ will add dimensions and will “3Dfy” stills you take with HTC One M8.
Another prominent feature of HTC One M8 is added battery power with 2600mAh battery. Plus, its Extreme Power Saving mode will be able to prolong about 40% longer battery to the device.
Release date and price
HTC One M8 is currently available in USA with $200 on-contract, whereas it is also available off-contract; ranging from US$650.
Dimensions: 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm (5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 in)
Weight: 160 g (5.64 oz)
Display: Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 441 ppi pixel density, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sound: loudspeaker, stereo speakers, built-in amplifiers, 3.5mm jack
Memory: Onboard memory 16/32 GB, 2 GB RAM and expandable up to 128 GB with microSD,
Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, 42 Mbps (21 Mbps - AT&T), HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, NFC, infrared port, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, USB Host
Rear Camera: Dual 4 MP, 2688х1520 pixels, dual-LED flash, autofocus, simultaneous video and stills, geo-tagging, HDR, face and smile detection, panorama, shoots video 1080p@30fps and 720p@60fps video stabilization
Front camera: 5 MP, 1080p@30fps,
Operating System: Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Processors: Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 chipset, Quad-core 2.3 GHz (US/EMEA)/ 2.5 GHz (Asia, China) Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU
Other features: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, Stereo FM radio with RDS, Google Drive (50 GB cloud storage), Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, TV-out
Battery: Li-Po 2600 mAh battery
Nokia has always grown big with your imagination and has kept pace with your budget. The attempt of delivering with the best has led them to make a colorful debut at the mobile world with launching its new android phone on 24th February, 2014. The new Nokia X Smartphone has created a fusion of a mobile platform that runs on Google’s Android Open System. So, if you have longed for a Nokia android phone to fit in your mitt, then here it comes for you.
Body, Innards and Design of Nokia X:
The Nokia X is a 4-inch touch screen device with an 800 x 480 display that’s powered by a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8225 processor. Internal storage is of 4 GB though a microSD slot supports cards up to 32GB. Nokia X comes with 512MB RAM. There’s a 3MP (megapixel) camera without a flash and have no front shooter (camera). The phone is powered by 1,500mAh battery inside which gives 13 h 20 min hours talk time over 2G and 10.3 hours talk time over 3G network. It also supports dual-SIM cards on 2G and 3G networks.
IBearing with the same colored case becomes boring. If you want to experiment with different case colors, few mobiles are there in the market which doesn’t provide you with the facility and there arises a factor “if” and “but.” Nokia X has no such obligations.
Though the 0.40 inches thick body of the phone makes the phone a bit heavy but you can comfortably hold that in your fist. The phone has few control buttons as the touch button, power keys and physical volume keys (which is present on the right hand side) of the device.
The SIM slot is Micro – SIM enable, hence, it will not fit the regular SIMs.
Nokia X has no Google Play apps (application) store but that should not raise your eyebrows as the phone comes preloaded with the Nokia Store and huge amount of Android applications as BBM (BlackBerry Messenger), Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies are available in the store. An additional section is also dedicated where you can download additional Android app stores like Yandex, SlideMe and Mobango. The phone also comes preloaded with a number of other Nokia and Microsoft-branded apps as Skype for video calling and Nokia’s Maps for which the phone use the built-in GPS.
The Nokia X is available in bright green, bright red, cyan, yellow, black and white.
With this handsets Nokia will not only give a good fight with the existing and traditional Android handset-makers but it will also compete even with its own budget Windows phones.
Nokia X is targeting the audience of Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and India.
So, if you were waiting for a pocket-friendly handset with excellent specifications then go for Nokia X- explore the world in your fist.
Full list of specifications of Nokia X,
2G Network - GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G Network - HSDPA 900 / 2100
SIM - Optional Dual SIM (Micro-SIM)
Type - IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size - 480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch - Yes, up to 2 fingers
Dimensions - 115.5 x 63 x 10.4 mm, 73.2 cc (4.55 x 2.48 x 0.41 in)
Weight - 128.7 g (4.52 oz)
Primary - 3.15 MP, 2048 x 1536 pixels
Features - 1/5” sensor size, face detection , panorama
Video - Yes, 480p@30fps
Secondary – No
Loudspeaker – yes
Alert type - Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jack - Yes
Card slot - microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal - 4 GB, 512 MB RAM
GPRS - Up to 85.6 kbps
EDGE - Up to 236.8 kbps
Speed - HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN - Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth - Yes, v3.0 with A2DP, HS
OS - Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
Chipset - Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play
CPU - Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A5
GPU - Adreno 203
Sensors - Accelerometer, proximity
Messaging - SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser - HTML
Radio - Stereo FM radio
GPS - Yes, with A-GPS support
Java - Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Other Features –
- SNS integration
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
- MP4/H.264/H.263 player
- Document viewer
- Photo editor
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input
BATTERY - Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery (BN-01)
Stand-by - Up to 408 h
Talk time - Up to 13 h 20 min (2G) / Up to 10 h 30 min (3G)
Music play - Up to 26 h
Starting with Samsung Note series, mobile devices are on steroids to grow larger with every upcoming device. Since then, large sized devices emerged to rule the mobile segment and claim to be more powerful. Every Smartphone brand seems to comply with the trend and is releasing bigger phones – the bigger the device, the more power and innovations they come packed in. Well, until Sony threw its latest smallish, sharp and power-packed device to the bandwagon of phablets on steroids: Sony Xperia Z1. If you still believe that your handset must fit in your mitt, then here it comes for you.
Body and design
Sony kept a keen eye on customers who yearn impressive spec-sheet, awesome power and premium feel larger handsets have, in compact size. Hence, Sony has shunned the trend of 5-inch (and even larger) screens of its rivals with strictly compact, palm-friendly 4.3-inches hood which exudes premium look and feel with metallic sides in a splash of four different colors. And yes, it is water-friendly for belonging to the Xperia lineage. As this handset is designed to resist freshwater to the 1.5 meter depth for as long as half an hour, you can capture some underwater shots and that the device can resist accidental dip in water that not many larger counterparts are capable of.
Display, processor, and power
A slightly larger than iPhone 5s, Sony Xperia Z1 packs in all the goodies of phablets including a sharp 4.3 screen with vibrant 1,280x720p resolution and 342ppi pixel density. The handset is running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system; however, no news of upgrade to 4.4 KitKat version on this device is heard so far. The handset is powered by quad-core 2.2GHz processor and decent 2GB of RAM which made it notably faster than its Xperia Z predecessor. When iYogi reviews Sony Xperia Z1, it has shown no sign of lag or hang while playing high-definition racing games and apps. Not only games from Google Play, you can also play those heavyweight games from the PlayStation Mobile store. Apart from its excellent processor and RAM, the performance of the handset is backed up by a 2,300mAh battery which can elongate its stamina for up to two days after one-time charge. That’s not all; Sony Xperia Z1 comes with this special ‘Stamina’ mode which is made to work longer by cutting down some power and screen usage.
Sony Xperia Z1 comes packed in an onboard standard 16GB memory which can be further expanded with a microSD card up to 64GB.
The camera features of Sony Xperia Z1 are just as impressive as other features. The camera boasts of a whopping 20.7 megapixels lens with different modes to match your moods, theme and ambience of photography, including panorama, HDR, Timeshift burst, smile shutter, red eye reduction, face detection. Additionally, its Superior Auto setting enhances all your photos. Thus, picture quality of Sony Xperia Z1 is turned out to be sharp, detailed and vibrant with life-like colors.
So, if you were waiting for a pocket-friendly handset with excellent spec-sheet, battery life, imaging and superb performance, wait no longer – Sony Xperia Z1 is here.
Full list of specifications of Sony Xperia Z1
Dimensions: 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm
Screen size: 4.3 inches
Screen resolution: 1,280 x 720, 340-ppi
Screen type: Triluminos LCD with 16 million colors
Onboard storage: 16GB (12GB free)
External memory: up to 64GB with microSDXC
Rear camera: 20.7MP (1/2.3-inch sensor, f/2.0 lens with 27mm equiv. focal length)
Front-facing camera: 2MP stills, 1080p video
Video capture: 1080p, video stabilization, HDR
Speed: HSPA+ (850/900/1700/1900/2100); GSM GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20)
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974)
CPU: 2.2GHz quad-core Krait 400
GPU: Adreno 330
WiFi: Dual-band, 802.11a/ac/b/g/n, MHL, Miracast, WiFi Direct, DLNA
Operating system: Android 4.3 (Sony-specific UI)
Are you longing for a tablet that can exhibit killer performance in a reasonably portable package? Well, put an end to your search. You can get the best gaming experience with the Razer Edge Pro Tablet. Launched recently this terrific gaming tablet is not very affordable but it is definitely portable with built in Windows 8 Operating System. As per iYogi reviews team observation, Razer Edge gives an experience of PC games and it even comes with an optional controller accessory to handle game console and gives an experience of PC gaming.
The makers of Edge Pro are marketing their device as multi-purpose machine that can replace desktop, laptop, Xbox, PS3, and tablet. It has Core i7 processor and discrete Nvidia graphics, which allows the users to even run gaming utilities like stream, uPlay, World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2 very easily.
The device weights around 2.25 pounds and measures 20 mm and 10.6-inch height. Its 1366-by-768 pixel screen is good for playing games but if you are considering watching any movie then you might not be satisfied with its resolution. iYogi reviews team also noticed that the screen of Edge Pro is big enough for playing games, browsing web, but it looks cramped if you try to manage multiple desktop applications on it.
In spite of having so many features, there is one thing that can upset the users, Razer Edge Pro generates a lot of heat and sometimes it becomes too hot to even handle during gaming sessions. It’s not a deal-breaker though but Edge Pro is uncomfortably warm while running PC games. Coming to the performance of Edge Pro, iYogi reviews team strongly feels that the device renders great performance, thanks to its features like 128GB SSD, Windows 8 OS, Nvisia GPU, Core i7 processor, etc.
There is no doubt about the efficiency of Edge Pro, it is an amazing piece of kit but if you are looking for something more reasonable than Edge is not what you want to buy. Razer Edge will cost you around $1450, which can be quite expensive on your pocket.
iYogi reviews HP Slate 7, launched recently with some amazing features and specifications. The sleek and stylish HP Slate 7 is priced at $140, which is quite cheap as compared to other Android tablets. While the tablet contains some bonuses like Beats Audio sound, it too has few faults. Let’s have a look at the features of HP Slate 7.
iYogireviews team finds that HP Slate 7 has a basic 1,024 x 600-pixel resolution, which is same as 7-inch Samsung Tab 2. Also, the display of HP Slate 7 is covered with a fine layer of silver dust, which gives a look of the older-generation LCD panels. Other thing that iYogi reviews team noticed that the screen of HP Slate 7 is not ideal for reading things that appeared on display and the user had to struggle while reading online content.
Further examining the features of HP Slate 7, iYogi reviews team finds that the tablet runs Jelly Bean Android 4.1.1 and include 1GB of RAM, 3-megapixel rear camera, and a VGA front camera that’s more like a webcam. Also, the brain of HP Slate 7 contains dual-core 1.6GHz processor with 3,500 mAh cell, which is less than Samsung Tab2’s mAh battery.
Other thing that attracted iYogi reviews team was HP Slate 7’s design, which is a bit thicker around the edges and looks great while one holds it in hand. Apart from this, the on-off switch in Slate is located at on the top, together with the headphone jack and microSD card slot, while the front facing camera is centered. Also, one of the most striking physical features of HP Slate 7 is its bright red rubberized rear, which makes it easier to spot.
Exploring the camera, battery and sound features of HP Slate 7, iYogi reviews team noticed that slate doesn’t give a great shot but you might end up with some good pictures if it is being clicked outdoor. Coming to the battery of HP Slate 7, well the battery life of Slate is too not very great, however, you can easily spend few uninterrupted hours of streaming or gaming and do a little bit of surfing too.
iYogi reviews team finds that the sound is one of the best features in HP Slate 7. It has Beats Audio, which can subtly enhance the listening experience of the users. In a final verdict, iYogi reviews team wants to add that with minor hits and flops, HP Slate 7 gives you an average performance and you can consider buying it, in case your budget is to not more than $150.