The Samsung Exynos 5 Octa chipset has brought a lot of excitement in last CES and the SamsungExynos Twitter account is slowly fanning the flames with little teasing tidbits of info like the image above of the chipset.
It’s a 3D render of the SoC rather than a photo of a production unit. In the same tweet, Samsung is talking up the energy efficiency of the chipset.
In case you missed it, the Exynos 5 Octa uses ARM’s big.LITTLE design. It has two groups of four processor cores – the big group consists of four blazing fast Cortex-A15 CPUs, while the LITTLE group has four power-efficient Cortex-A7 cores. That’s eight-cores in total, hence Octa. Only one of the groups is active at a time, the other goes to sleep (similar to how NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chipset works, but with more low-power cores).
Samsung claims a 3.3x reduction in power usage thanks to the A7 cores, which are enough to handle menial tasks and are only 13% of the size of an A15 core, so they’re cheap. The overall performance is reportedly the same as an A15-only design. The switch between core groups happens in 30-50ms.
You can read more tech details on the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa chipset over here and get even techier details in this PDF.
Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL will reach the shores of Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia before the end of Q1 and is very likely to be launched in other regions shortly after.
The Xperia Z will be made available in Black, White and Purple color variants, while the Xperia ZL will be up for grabs in Black and White versions. The device package is said to contain Sony MH-EX300AP headset, charger, micro USB cable for charging, synchronization, file transfer and user documentation.
However, there is no officially confirmation on the pricing of these devices in the region just yet.
Sony made a real deal with their Xperia Z and ZL announcement at CES this year.
Besides the 5-inch 1080p screen, the Xperia Z features a 13MP camera with an Exmor RS sensor, which is supposedly improved over last year’s Exmor R lineup. There is also a built-in real-time HDR mode for shooting video, which sounds intriguing, to say the least.
Here’s some camera samples and also a HDR video taken by the Xperia Z :
Back to yesterday we brought you a report that the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL will be joining forces to tackle the competition in Canada.
Today, courtesy of Sony Xperia CA, comes a confirmation that the Xperia ZL will be Canada-bound, which is great news for those who fancy it over the more slender Xperia Z.
It looks that earlier infos that the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL aren’t going to share markets was wrong – Sony Mobile’s Twitter account posted a message saying that both Xperia Z an ZL will be available in Canada.
Both Android phones have some differences, you can check out it here Z and ZL for the full details.
Anyway, it’s a good thing that Sony giving users oppurtunity to choose which model they want.
Worldwide launch plans are still not officially announced yet, so it’s unclear if other regions like mainland Europe, the UK and Australia (all of which are slated to get the Xperia Z) will have such a choice.
Both Android phones were announced during CES and they share a lot of their specs, including screen and chipset. The Xperia Z is thin (7.9mm) and waterproof, but has a larger footprint (139 x 71mm), while the Xperia ZL is not water-proof and is thicker (9.8mm), but it’s smaller (131.6 x 69.3).
Just as expected, ZTE has officially announced its 5″ flagship smartphone, the Grand S at the CES.
Rocking a 1080p, 5″ screen, the ZTE Grand S boast a thin waistline of just 6.9mm making it the thinnest of the 5″ smartphones. Under the hood, the ZTE Grand S packs an 1.7GHz S4 Pro quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM.
Just as expected, the Grand S runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and features the usual array of connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and 4G LTE. The main camera is a 13MP unit with LED flash while at the front there’s a 2MP snapper.
Powering the whole thing is a 1,780mAh battery, which is non-removable and doesn’t sound like much, but considering the slim profile of the smartphone is probably the best we could expect. Here’s hoping the battery life isn’t bad enough to ruin the whole experience.
The Grand S also has a microSD card slot to expand the 16GB of on-board storage. Dolby Digital Sound enhancements aim to provide the best possible sonic experience.
Expect the ZTE Grand S to hit China in the first quarter of this year with the US to follow suit shortly after. Unfortunately, ZTE hasn’t confirmed the Grand S pricing yet.
The Sony Xperia Z was just announced here at CES, and Sony has been quick to release some a promo video showing off the impressive device.
Here’s one :