Developers of AnTuTu have published information about the characteristics of the smartphone BlackShark, tested in their benchmark. They themselves assume that this is the first-born of the sister company Xiaomi of the same name, the page of which recently appeared in the Weibo service.
This company planned to focus on the release of powerful smartphones for mobile gamers. Judging by the data published by AnTuTu, BlackShark refers to such data. It is equipped with a display with a resolution of 2160 × 1080 pixels in an 18: 9 format with an unknown diagonal, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with an Adreno 630 accelerator, 8 GB of RAM and for some reason a very modest 32 GB carrier. Most likely, it can be attributed to the fact that the testing was a prototype of BlackShark, by the way, received in AnTuTu 270 680 points. There is a smartphone running Android 8.0.
Of course, it remains possible that the information on this device is an ordinary forgery. With the due desire and skill, anyone can create a virtual device based on the emulator, which will seem to AnTuTu a real smartphone.
Qualcomm introduced the basic model of a full-featured helmet for augmented and virtual reality with Snapdragon 845 inside. The company believes that this platform will not only demonstrate the capabilities of the hardware platform, but will also become the basis for commercial devices from partners. In Qualcomm assure: announcements of such devices are coming soon.
Earlier this year, several companies introduced helmets based on Snapdragon 835, including HTC and Lenovo. Devays received a generally positive feedback, but the new VR-headset will be even better. Snapdragon 845, which also includes an accelerator Adreno 630 and a coprocessor Hexagon 685, is 30% more efficient in graphics and at the same time consumes almost one third less energy. The latter is extremely important, because the helmets with this chip are autonomous, they do not connect to anything wires.
The Qualcomm reference headset with the built-in six-degree gyroscope, cameras and hardware environment re-creation system (SLAM) supports the technology Roomscale. It allows without installing additional modules around to determine the location of the owner and his movement around the room.
An important innovation of the new VR platform based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is Adreno Foveation technology. It thanks to the tracking of the view allows you to display the best quality image in the place where the user looks, redistributing the resources of the graphics accelerator.
Qualcomm said that the new hardware reference platform has already been tested with Daydream. However, this does not mean its binding to Google, chipmaker is ready to help other partners who want to optimize their VR and AR-environment for a new chip.
The Google Pay app has replaced the accustomed many Android Pay in the store. On the upcoming rebranding of the proprietary system of contactless payments, the search engine announced at the beginning of the year. Also part of the updated product will be the service Wallet, launched in 2011, but never received popularity.
Reasons for rebranding are unknown, although evil tongues can be suspected by the search engine in the banal copying of Apple. After all, Google Pay is very similar to Apple Pay, and the logos of both systems contain icons directly associated with the names of companies. However, it is more likely that Google just wanted to unbind the payment service ideologically from one operating system. Perhaps the company will try to integrate it into the Chrome OS or even unannounced products.
Despite the rebranding, the design of the application has remained the same. On the functionality in general, too, no change. Google Pay is a service that allows you to pay for purchases with a smartphone with an NFC module to a compatible terminal. In this case, not the data of a tied card, but a special code is transmitted to the terminal, which provides an additional security measure.
Qualcomm introduced LTE-modem Snapdragon X24 with support for LTE Cat. 20, 5CA and MIMO 4 × 4. The main achievement of the novelty will be the maximum download speed of data, increased to 2 Gbps.
This is a serious increase compared to the actual 1.2 Gbps that Snapdragon X20 can provide. This modem is integrated into the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, which will become the heart of many flagships in 2018. That is, we will see the X24 already in the top mobile GPU of 2019, the hypothetical Snapdragon 855. It can be announced this year, Qualcomm tries to hold such presentations earlier to provide an ideological advantage over possible competitors. The modem will be produced on a 7-nm process, most likely Snapdragon 855 too.
Qualcomm already works on the 5G-modem, the first devices with which can be released already in 2019. It is unlikely that they will be massive, because operators must prepare and create networks of a new generation, close in scope with the current LTE-networks. So the release of Snapdragon X24 next year does not seem strange.
MediaTek closed the line of flagship chipsets Helio X and focused on the development of Helio P, the top versions of which will outperform the performance of the Helio X30. According to Chinese sources, in the development of Taiwanese there is another promising project Helio P38, which will become an alternative to the mid-level chipset Snapdragon 632 (some sources claim that it will form the basis of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, if it does exist). According to these data, the chip will receive four cores Cortex-A73 and four cores Cortex-A53 (peak frequency 1.8 GHz), which will be supported by graphics accelerator Mali-G72MP3 with a frequency of 650 MHz.
A key argument in favor of the chip may be the price – Helio P38 supposedly appears in the devices of the price segment 800 yuan (7.1 thousand rubles). The timing of the announcement and availability is not yet announced, but it is rumored that Xiaomi and Meizu are interested in the chipset.
A well-known insider Evan Blass confirmed rumors about the announcement of smartphones Galaxy S9 in late February, as well as the exact dates of opening pre-orders and the start of sales. As expected, the new flagships will not have to wait long.
Date of announcement: 26 February
Opening pre-orders: March 1
The sales start: March 16
Information Evan received from the manufacturer of accessories, familiar with the plans of Samsung. Most likely, such terms will turn out to be true. In addition, the presentation was confirmed at the end of February by the representatives of the South Korean corporation.
Recall that almost all the characteristics of the flagship Galaxy S9 / S9 + are already known. Just yesterday, there was information about the capacity of the batteries, and earlier the network merged the photo of the box of the basic version of the smartphone, which revealed other features.
Insiders from China revealed the full list of top-end smartphones in 2018, which should receive the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. They specified not only the models themselves, but also the terms of their announcement. In total there were about 20 devices:
February: Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9 +, LG G7 / G7 +;
April: Xiaomi Mi7;
May: HTC U12;
June: OnePlus 6, Sony Xperia XZ Pro-A, ZTE nubia Z18;
August: Nokia 10;
September: Samsung Galaxy Note 9, LG V40, Xiaomi Mi MIX 3;
October: Google Pixel 3/3 XL, Sony Xperia XZ2, HTC U12 +, ZTE nubia Z18S;
November: Moto Z 2019;
December: OnePlus 6T, Samsung W2019.
Announcements of most of these smartphones – events are quite expected. However, the release of the flagship LG G7 in two versions of the rumors have not yet been. Apparently, this manufacturer decided to give Samsung an equivalent response to the new Galaxy S9 models. All four should submit at the end of February before the exhibition MWC 2017.
Recall that the processor itself, Snapdragon 845, was introduced in December. It is manufactured according to the company’s 10-nm technology of the second generation Samsung and includes eight Kryo 385 cores, one half of which operates at a frequency of up to 2.8 GHz, and the second – up to 1.8 GHz. In comparison with the predecessor, productivity increased by 25%, and energy efficiency by 30%. The new accelerator Adreno 630 became 30% more powerful than the previous one. Due to the ISP Spectra 280 the chip got support for recording HDR-video with a resolution of 4K and a frequency of 60 frames per second, as well as the ability to full-frame 16-megapixel shooting at 60 fps.
Huawei is not only engaged in the production of smartphones and various network equipment, but also the creation of excellent laptops. Today, she once again proved that she knows as well as Apple how to create real cool ultrabooks in a stylish metal case. A few hours ago, the official announcement of the model MateBook D (2018) was held, which is equipped with the latest technology, and yet it can boast of a remarkable design.
The MateBook D notebook (2018) is equipped with a 15.6-inch IPS-screen with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels (Full HD) with a brightness of 350 nits and a 45-percent coverage of the NTSC color gamut, an Intel Core i5-8250U (8 generation), 8 GB of RAM, a Nvidia MX150 graphics card, as well as a 43.3W rechargeable battery that provides battery life for the entire device at 8.5 hours in medium load mode (when the screen is running).
Otherwise, the MateBook D (2018) has one USB 2.0 connector, one HDMI port supporting 4K @ 60fps, and two USB 3.0 ports for connecting hard drives and other peripherals. In addition, this device can boast support for Wi-Fi 802.11ac networks in the frequencies of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. The thickness of the metal case with such a powerful technical equipment is only 16.9 mm.
Buy a new laptop from Huawei customers in the coming days in China in three different versions, which differ from each other processor and the amount of built-in flash memory. The Chinese corporation offers three configurations to choose from:
The model with Intel Core i5 and 256 GB SSD – $ 795
Model with Intel Core i5, 128 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD – $ 839
The model with Intel Core i7, 128 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD – $ 1020
At such prices, this laptop feels much more profitable than the same Apple MacBook Pro 15 (2017). It costs almost half as much, but at the same time offers full-fledged USB connectors, that is, there is no need for adapters, and also a more versatile Windows 10 Pro operating system, which is installed directly out of the box. Obviously, for the ardent haters of Apple products, the wonderful ultrabook MateBook D (2018) can be an excellent option for buying.
A week after the release of iOS 11.2, Apple released a new version of iOS 11.2.1, resulting in bug fixes for the owners of the iPhone and iPad. The update is now available and users probably should not postpone its installation. Among the bug fixes is the solution of one particularly large bug, which may not generally affect you at the moment, but it may be that it is at the most inopportune time it will declare itself.
The release of iOS 11.2 brought for some users an error that touched the camera of Apple devices. After the upgrade, some users reported that their iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X got problems with camera focus.
Users report that the update of iOS 11.2 caused an error in which the lens constantly “hunts” – that is, moves back and forth – without actually focusing on the object. This problem is especially unpleasant, considering how many people preferred the iPhone to other devices because of its excellent camera.
Today’s update, iOS 11.2.1, solves many of the problems that arose in iOS 11, including a bug with camera autofocus. In the notes to the release of the update, Apple does not mention the camera error at all, but users who have encountered the problem now report that it disappeared after the update.
In addition to this, as indicated in the update update list, iOS 11.2.1 also fixes an issue in which remote access to the Home application has been difficult. The aforementioned changes are supplemented by a number of other less noticeable corrections.
How can I install iOS 11.2.1 on my own? Go to Settings> General> Software Update.
Apple pays great attention to the capabilities of its smart watches to track physical fitness and health. Currently, the company is working with Stanford University to study the irregular heart rhythms of the watch’s owners and their ability to predict heart problems. Apple CEO -Tim Cook himself gets up early in the morning to exercise before the start of the day and he loves to promote this or that health-related feature of Apple gadgets.
As one user recently found out, all this is not just a marketing move. Lawyer Scott Kilian, in addition to his main activity, was still engaged in boxing in his spare time. In his 50 years, he underwent a course of training and metabolic stress tests for a total of several tens of thousands of dollars. As a result, he was recognized as a healthy person in a sportive manner. However, his smart clock was considered differently. One night, Scott went to sleep with his Apple Watch on his arm, which he uses to track sleep patterns.
Shortly after midnight, the clock warned him that his heart rate had jumped to a too high for resting rate of 121 beats per minute against the usual 49 beats per minute. He did not feel ill, except for an easy digestive problem, but the exclusivity of this event prompted him to make a trip to the hospital. Doctors removed the electrocardiogram and found no abnormal rhythms, but when they took the blood for analysis, the samples showed an increased amount of enzymes indicating a progressive heart attack.
Further studies showed four almost occluded arteries, which required urgent surgical intervention. If Apple Watch did not warn Scott about the abnormal behavior of his heart that night, he might die in a dream, says his doctor. Moreover, such situations would be repeated from time to time, which sooner or later would end with an attack.
This story reminds once again that a smart watch can and should be used to maintain physical fitness and health.