Microsoft has gone on record admitting that the Nokia deal was a debacle and if a Chinese tech blog for Windows Phone is to be believed, then the giant might skip releasing any Lumia 940 variants and bring in a new line branded the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950XL.
The Specs Revealed
If there indeed is a Lumia 950 on the cards, it could come with a 5.2-inch screen coupled with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 and 424ppi pixel density. Powering the phone will be a Snapdragon 808 processor with hexagon CPU. Graphics will be taken care of by Adreno 418 GPU handling graphics. With a 3GB of RAM, one can expect a higher speed than all previous Lumia 950 handsets. Reports also suggest that the other features would be similar to what we had expected for the Lumia 940. These include:
32GB of internal-expandable storage
20MP PureView main shutter
5MP secondary shutter with triple LED flash
Bigger And Better
As for the Microsoft Lumia 950XL, we expect a 5.7-inch screen size backed by 1440 x 2560 resolution with a pixel density of 515 ppi. Processing will be jet fast thanks to the 64-bit Snapdragon 810 chipset with octa-core CPU and top-of-the-game graphics are expected due to the Adreno 430 GPU. All other features are similar to the Lumia 950, err the ex-Lumia 940 from Microsoft.
By now, Microsoft should be making some last minute changes to the Windows 10, given that July 29 is almost here. The release to manufacturing deadline has also arrived and so, the American tech giant has unveiled a brand new build alongside, known as the RTM 10240.
The new build will make way into the new line of PCs or laptops to be available from their OEMs. However, before you set your hopes high, remember that a limited number of these machines pre-loaded with Windows 10 will be available for July 29. As of now, the RTM build 10240 will be accessible to testers of Windows 10, if they are part of the exclusive Microsoft Insiders program.
No More Previews
Release of this RTM build also means that you will not get your hands on the Windows 10 preview builds anymore. Microsoft is currently planning to work in unison with the Insiders groups so that the latest OS is not glitched and to understand the plausible upgrades that will be needed, according to Microsoft OS Group engineering general manager Gabe Aul.
Laptop users today prefer compact machines that offer great functionality. At the same time, they want it for a good price. Two recent releases seem to meet all these requirements–the Dell Inspiron 13 7347 and the Apple Macbook Pro with Retina Display 15-inch version. We compare both the laptops for their worth:
Dell Inspiron 13 7347 vs. Apple Macbook Pro with Retina Display (15-inch)
The latest Dell Inspiron is sturdy and slim so it works well as a business laptop. Easy to carry, it also works well for entertainment purposes. The edges have a curved appeal for a soft look. With a screen size of 13.3 inches and IPS touch screen grade, it is convenient to use for longer hours. This laptop has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Delving Into The Dell
The processor does not let you down with its Intel Haswell Core i5-4210U CPU and Intel HM87 chipset. As for video viewing, you can experience good clarity thanks to an integrated Intel 4400 HD build. With an 8 GB DDR3 memory inbuilt in the system and Seagate ST500LM000 500 GB SSHD grade storage, storing files and using them is easy. Finally, the two-in-one form factor and the HD webcam are show-stoppers on the Windows 8.1 OS backed laptop from Dell but we are more impressed with the Apple Macbook 15 inches.
Apple Keeps The Dell Away
The resolution of the Apple Macbook Pro with Retina Display is mind blowing at 2,560 x 1,600 pixels on a 13.3-inch screen. The CPU keeps it going thanks to the 2.7GHz Intel Core i5-5257U processor. Performance is also enhanced with the 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz memory. Gaming or videos appear smooth thanks to the presence of 1,536 MB Intel HD Iris Graphics 6100. Presence of a unibody aluminum frame and the edge-to-edge glass display finally earns the Apple baby brownie points and threatens the success of the Dell competitor.
We sure salivate over the convertible hybrids that Dell is throwing our way and the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 is worth a detailed dissection. It looks ordinary expect for the fact that there is a 360 degree turning angle for the screen. However, the Inspiron 13 7000 is dependable as well as budget friendly considering the specs. The pricing is around $999 for the highest variant powered by a Core i7 processor.
Delving Into The Dell
Dell already takes credit for delivering designs that are functional and the Inspiron 13 7000 lives up to this. There is no plastic of polycarbonate on the body. However, the laptop is sturdy with full-sized QWERTY keyboard and a multi-touch track pad. We were particularly impressed with the easy-to-tap buttons on the laptop and a USB 2.0 port along with an additional SD card slot. In terms of size, the Inspiron 13 7000 Special Edition comes in 13-inch and 8.7-inch varieties.
Other notable specs of the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 are:
2.4GHz Intel Core i7-5500, dual-core, 4MB cache with up to 2.9 GHz backed by Turbo Boost
Apple is keen not to run into a short supply for its upcoming flagship iPhone 7, according to Wall Street Journal. In a bid to do so, the Cupertino giant has ordered 85 million units or more from its suppliers by the end of this year or next. This seems like a dream run for any brand and Apple’s manufacturing allies Pegatronn and Foxxonn are already widening its staff base to meet such orders.
Apple On A Roll
What’s more interesting is that Apple is considering adding another partner to its manufacturer’s basket, says the Wall Street Journal. While fans are gaga and are anticipating astounding success for Apple in a slow smart-phone market, skeptics opine that this could lead to saturation as well since iPhone 7 might come at a time when sales could see peak down as well, according to Sherri Scribner, Deutsche Bank analyst.
The Critics’ Word
Scribner has been a fierce Apple critic and had correctly indicated that the Apple Watch might not be a winner. Then again, Apple always faces flaky predictions before release of its iWares but always emerges victorious in the ultimate test.
The Apple Watch is prone to give you trouble—in terms of gaining scratches more often than you imagined! However, despite there being no official band for the Apple Watch that comes laced with display protection or some case within, get some non Apple band for protecting your Watch! Make sure you pick one up that covers the entire watch except the screen.
The Silicone Story
It is likely that these bands come in silicone but come sans any seamed line to reveal where the strap gets to meet protector bits. Forget looking classy here—these bands are high on functionality but low on price—so forget something that is up to the standard of Apple.
Remedies For Those Light Scratches
Even if your Apple Watch has faced assault and is scratched up already you could take help from classic metal polish. Use a clean cloth in microfiber to dab some polish and work your way to buff off the scratches. Remember, this works only when the scratches are superficial and do not run too deep. Still unhappy? Shell out extra bucks and ask your jeweler to put the Apple Watch under some polishing equipment to restore sheen!
Here’s presenting yet another leak on the Lumia 940 XL, the upcoming Microsoft flagship from WMPowerUser, a Windows site of repute. The source here is based somewhere in Netherlands that reveals use of polycarbonate for its exterior. However, fans need to prepare for a hefty price tag that could be higher than even the Apple iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6.
Weighing The Prices
Apple iPhone 6 comes for $699 for while the Samsung Galaxy S6 is up for sale at $599. Going by their sturdy metal look, we think that the Lumia 940 XL will be high priced justifiably. As for the Lumia 940, we are not sure if it will come metal clad but from what WMPowerUser reveals we know that the Lumia 940 comes in a 5.2-incher HD display, backed by 1,920 x 1,080-pixel resolution.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor will power it to life while 3 GB RAM will ensure smooth functionality for the new Lumia 940 series on the block. Add to this 32 GB of built-in storage that is expandable via microSD card support and we are already excited about laying hands on the new Microsoft babies.
Specs For The Lumia 940s
Furthermore, talks of 20 MP main camera with triple LED flash and the selfie cam of 5 MP are doing rounds for the Lumia 940. The 940 XL version has the same features except a bigger screen size of 5.7 inches and resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. Powering the Lumia 940 XL to life will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC processor.
The MacBook Pro in 15 inches has struck a cord with us. With superb graphics of AMD variant, the Pro attracts us mainly because of its Retina display. The sleek body and the Force Touch are other highlights that make the new Macbook a buy worth considering. The track pad is interesting and the battery backup works for 9 hours with usual browsing and light computing. The hard drive sure is jet fast thanks to the CPU of 2.5-GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 grade.
The Features Compared
Add to this 16GB RAM that is Upgradable, and not many laptops will compete against the Macbook Pro 15” except for the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 15, that is. The latter boasts CPU of 2.2-GHz Intel Core i5-5200U on and OS Windows 8.1 clubbed with 8GB RAM. With SSD type hard drive, the machine is mean despite having about 15.6 inches of screen size. The Pro came in 15.4 inches precisely clubbed with native resolution of 2800×1800. The native resolution on the Lenovo is 1920×1080 but the NVIDIA GeForce 840M graphics card steals the show here from the MacBook Pro 15”.
We Root For Yoga
With long battery life and sturdy build on multi-mode support, the Yoga machine is a great buy. Be sure of solid performance despite the minor dullness when operating the webcam.
While we are awaiting the release of the Moto G next month, latest leak reveals a major change in design on the back panel. The pattern does not seem to have changed much as per the new leak but the LED Flash is located in a different place than where we had spotted it earlier. We also spotted a trim in metallic body that is stretched out till the place where this logo for Motorola is placed. The new leak reveals a patterned back instead of a clear one that we had seen in the earlier second generation model.
What The Leak Reveals?
A leaked image we saw reveals a design that almost reminds us of the 2014 Moto G. This also goes for the pair of speaker grills. The part at the top edge of the new Moto G with the headphone jack is similar to the Nexus 6. Gear up to shop the budget ware at only Rs 9,999 on Flipkart. For now the phone will come visiting only this August.
The Specs Revealed
The main specs of the Moto G are a 5-incher screen with 720p display powered by a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 processor. As for the snapper, expect 13MP on the back and 5MP on the front.
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 15 is the latest kid on the block that can indeed compete against Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro. You need you remember that the Lenovo ThinkPad 15 is not as sleek as you might expect and is also worthy competition for the 15 incher MacBook Pro with Retina display.
We Love The ThinkPad
Why we love the ThinkPad Yoga 15 is that the device can be stood up, tilted, tented or even operated in tab or laptop mode. The laptop screen can flip up to 360-degrees from shut to Tablet mode. The laptop weighs about 2.3 kg and could be cumbersome to carry around. It is thin but not exactly trimmed down at 21 millimetres thickness.
More Specs To Wow You
The screen is Full HD (FHD) with a 10-point multi-touch display that is nothing short of colorful. The angle viewing and colors come alive due to the Dragon Trail display. The keyboard comes with spill resisting feature that is embossed with the signature AccuType curved keys from Lenovo. 8 GB RAM and 150 GB storage indeed wows us while the Intel Core i5-5300U Dual-Core, 2.20GHz processor with 3.0MB cache adds smoothness tp the functionality. The Intel HD Graphics 5500 is the final icing on the cake that is Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 15.