Thursday, 20 March 2014

IUNI U2: A $320 (INR 20K) Phone with Snapdragon 800, 3 GB RAM and 16MP Camera

IUNI, a spin-off brand of China's Gionee (known for making the current world's thinnest Smartphone), is preparing a very interesting handset IUNI U2 which has a 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU, 3GB RAM, and a 4.7-inch 1080p display with a pixel density of 469PPI inside.

But that's not all. Reportedly, IUNI wanted to make the best single-handed metal-clad phone possible, so it machined a 0.4 inch (10.2mm) thick body that's 2.56 inches (65mm) wide and 5.38 inches (136.9mm) tall. There is a 10-degree fold at the phone's top and bottom, and the chamfer has a shiny "3D polish".

Perhaps the most interesting part about the IUNI U2, aside from its clean design, handy size, and powerful hardware, are the cameras. At the back, you have a 16 megapixel shooter with a f/2.2 aperture that is capable of recording 1080p videos in a full 60 fps frame rate. Flip it over and you will be greeted by a 4 megapixel f/2.0 camera. Don't let that number fool you, however, since the camera is actually an UltraPixel, the same technology being brandished by the HTC One, and soon the New HTC One. Perfect for those selfies.

The IUNI U2 will run on its own IUNI OS based on Android 4.3. IUNI say their OS is devoid of bloatware and clutter making it a fast and streamlined system.

Chinese E-commerce site Jingdong Mall will be selling the IUNI U2, the 32GB version with 3GB of RAM is just CN¥1, 999 (about $320) unsubsidized, whereas the 16GB version with 2GB RAM is just CN¥1, 799 (about $290). International sales yet unknown.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Karbonn to Launch Android-Windows Dual OS Smartphones

The desire of owning a mobile phone running on both Windows and Android is getting full-filled, the wonder is KARBONN is doing it. Karbonn is an Indian mobile phone making company which is famous for its budget phones.

Karbonn Mobiles is all set to launch dual-OS (operating system) devices, which will support both Android and Windows, by June.

The company has just signed the licence agreement with Microsoft to make Windows-based phones and will put this along with its existing Android system to bring out the dual-OS phones in about six months, the company's chairman Sudhir Hasija said.

Karbonn says that the new dual-OS device will be aimed at "office-going professionals and techies." The company currently imports its products from Taiwan and Korea, but is planning on opening a manufacturing facility in India. The company also announced that it plans on trying to bring in additional revenues by selling apps relating to Augmented Reality.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

WILL - A New Tech to Sharing Handwritten Notes

Wacom has been a leading supplier of pen tablets and interactive pen displays. Wacom has contributed to the evolution of creative: digital expressions, digital imaging, industrial design, games and movies.

WILL - Wacom Ink Layer Language is a single, cross-platform standard for sharing handwritten notes and sketches between users, regardless of whether they're using a stylus or a finger, an iPhone or a PC, an app or a browser. WILL captures a pen stroke's coordinates, pressure and the identity of its creator (through a unique "Pen ID"), as well as allowing the scribble to be edited by others. Users can also see other people's handwriting being created in real-time, i.e. we're not just talking about static images.

WILL is delivered by Wacom to partners as a Software Developer's Kit (SDK) to integrate into their hardware or software, ecosystem or enterprise infrastructure -- enabling everyone to speak the same universal inking language. WILL contains a set of development Application Programming Interfaces (API), to make use of hardware features. This, in particular, is one of the strengths that Wacom has developed over 20 years in pen input technology.