Flexible LCD Phone Displays Are Coming Sooner Than You Thought

Many smartphone makers have been trying to build flexible displays for recent years, some phones on the market sport a curved screen such as LG G Flex, Galaxy S7 Edge, BlackBerry Priv and the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, but none of them have a truly flexible display.

Well, it looks like one company has finally cracked the code for creating a flexible display.

Japan Display Inc. which is an Apple parts supplier, revealed that it has created a full active flex LCD screen. Instead of using glass as a substrate, the new displays use plastic which allows it to bend easily.

JDI says that ditching glass will mean that you will not have to worry about the broken screen if you dropped the phone accidentally. While the displays are not thin or flexible enough to be rolled up, they can be used in the curved mode just like Galaxy Edge.

The screen 5.5-inch size with the resolution of 1920×1080 and it has a contrast ratio of 1500:1. One more interesting thing about screen is its refresh rate, while ordinary displays on phones work on 60Hz of refresh rate only, JDI claims that its LCD displays will work on 15Hz too which could potentially help in saving battery life in applications that don’t change display too much (Ebook readers are a good example)

More interesting is that company today told Wall Street Journal that it would be able to mass produce these screens from next year and some smartphone makers have agreed to adopt them in the next few years.

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Microsoft’s Next Surface May Be a Foldable Phone

Microsoft’s Surface line of products has done the job of finding new device factors, and it has been done to varying success. While the Surface Tablets, Surface Book, and Surface Studio have been about desktop PC’s where the focus is on running the PC user interface of Microsoft’s operating system, it looks like the Redmond giant is trying to do something similar for mobile devices.

A new patent by Microsoft was discovered today that shows Microsoft is working on a device that can is a phone primarily and it can be unfolded to get some extra real estate and behave like a tablet. Apparently, the device will support not just working on a plain tablet mode, but also a tent mode and a traditional laptop mode.

A device like this can be very convenient in real world usage; phone mode will be perfect to take calls, reply to texts and using the camera while the tablet and laptop mode will be better suited for emails, document processing and getting real things done.

The device made with this functionality in mind should be thicker compared to current flagship smartphones, but if it is still practical, Microsoft may finally crack some valuable market share in the Smartphone ecosystem.

While patents like don’t always come to life, Microsoft is a bit different company as the Surface Studio was leaked via patent filings.

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An Apple Watch Stand Turns The Watch Into A Miniature Macintosh

It’s not that often when you stumble upon a product that is cheap, cool and handy, the Elago W3 is definitely one of them. Just a small glance on the stand communicates with our inner nostalgia factor.

It is a $15 silicon smartwatch band for Apple Watch that makes it look like you have a miniature Macintosh on your table, with the same iconic color, a cutout for a floppy drive and everything.

The stand supports Apple Watch Seris 1 and the Series 2 including all sizes and all bands. The stand works as the nightstand mode so that you can have your tiny Macintosh replica work as alarm clock right next to your bed.

After inserting the watch into the W3 stand, you can still use the touchscreen, and if you want a neater look, it can work with removing the Watch Band too.

The stand comes in two colors, and the company sells it through its website and on Amazon. If have already bought an expensive Apple Watch, spending some bucks on the stand should be no brainer.

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Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch Launched in India

Samsung just launched its flagship smartwatch in India, and it will be available for sale starting from January 18.

The Gear S3 smartwatch is available in two versions: Classic and Frontier and they run on Samsung’s own Tizen operating system. The smartwatches cost Rs 28,500, and they can be ordered from retail stores or the official websites.

Samsung Gear S3
Samsung Gear S3

The Gear S3 has a 1.3 inch circular Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz Processor and 4 GB of Internal Storage. The company adds 768 Megabytes of RAM to run the operating system, and it is IP68 Certified for water and dust resistance.

While most specs are same for both versions of Gear 3 Smartwatch, there are some differences too. The first one being the availability of 3G and LTE only on the Frontier version and there are some different in their aesthetics too.

Being equipped with LTE, the Frontier version of the watch can be used as a standalone device, and you will be able to make calls on it using the built-in microphone. On the Classic version, you will have to pair it to a Smartphone in order to use all features.

Samsung has added a few important sensors to take on with Apple Watch. The Gear S3 has a GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 and heart-rate monitor to cover the needs of a fitness tracking. Apart from that, the watch will support Samsung Pay and NFC.

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Sony PS4 Slim is Now Available in A Cool Glacier White Color

Ever since the PlayStation 4 was launched in 2015, the company has only sold it in a black color with the exception of some special editions.

Today, the company announced a new color that looks -at least to me- damn cool: glacier white. It will cost 299 Euros for 500GB model, and the console will include a same colored Dualshock 4 controller. The company will start selling it on January 24th in Europe. In Japan, the product will be launched on February 23.

PS4 Slim
PS4 Slim’s new color

The color matches with Microsoft Xbox One S lineup well and now that both consoles are smaller compared to when the original ones were launched, new colors make more sense.

Dualshock 4 controller
Dualshock 4 controller

There is no word about the release dates of new color in the US or in India, also the company has not cleared out if PS4 Pro will be launched in the new color or not.

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This is The First Samsung Chromebook That Supports Stylus and Android Apps

Apple and Microsoft are no longer the only companies betting on stylus operated convertibles; Samsung just jumped into the game with its two new Chromebooks.

chromebook plus

The smartphone giant just introduced two new Chromebooks named Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro. Despite the difference in their naming scheme both laptop are almost identical except for their processors. The Chromebook Plus runs on a custom ARM SoC, and the Pro uses a Core m3. Apart from these the following specifications apply to both devices:

  • 12.3″ touch screen display.
  • A pressure-sensitive stylus support.
  • 32 GB eMMC storage
  • 720p camera
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 2.4lb metal chassis

The company claims that these Chromebooks will have up to 8 hours of battery life. Both devices have a 360-degree hinge that provides them a tablet and a tent operation mode.

The Chromebooks come with a stylus

The company says that it collaborated with Google to build the device. It comes with two USB-C ports which can output 4K video and can also charge the device. Very much like the Note lineup of Smartphones, the Chromebooks with come with a stylus that can be stored inside a slot in the device and it looks almost identical as Note 5’s stylus.

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Both models will run apps built for Android. Google Play is supported and much like any other Android tablet or Phone, most apps should work with the device. Android has some great apps to make use of a stylus and considering Chrome OS had no specific apps to utilize a tablet, having the ability to run Android note-taking and drawing apps is great.

The Chromebook Plus costs $450 and it will start shipping in February of this year. The price for Core m3 powered Chromebook Pro has not been disclosed.

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This is The Craziest And The Most Expensive Gaming Laptop I have Seen

Before we talk about the price of Acer’s latest Gaming beast, let us have a look at what it offers. The Predator 21 X is a gaming laptop with a curved 21 Inch display. A 2560×1080 IPS Curved Display to be exact. The laptop has seventh generation desktop grade i7 processor and two Nvidia GTX 1080 linked with SLI.

The laptop has 4 DDR4 RAM slots offering maximum 64 GB of RAM and up to four 512 GB solid state drives. Two of these drives can be NVMe PCIe, which is an uncool way of saying that they will have blistering performance.

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The Laptop will have hard drive slots too; standard one will be 2TB.

These are sure eye-popping specs for a gaming laptop (or even for a desktop for that matter); Acer has decided the price of the laptop to be eye-popping too: $8999 (almost 6,00,000 Indian Rupees).

For this price, Acer has added some add-ons to make it feel a bit more like a good bargain. Just like the recently launched Razor Pro, the laptop has a mechanical keyboard. Also, the touchpad can be flipped to reveal a numeric keypad. In the sound department, the company has added four speakers and two subwoofers, and there are a total of five cooling fans to keep the monster-size laptop cool.

It is obvious that Predator 21 X is more of an engineering show-off rather than a general commercial product. Only the most hardcore gamers can be interested in a gaming laptop that costs a cool $9000, Acer understands it too as the company won;t be mass producing the laptop.

Currently, Acer is has put the laptop on display at CES2017. Starting from next month, the company will be making these laptops only after a customer has placed an order. This will make sure that no laptop is gathering dust on a retail store.

What do you think about the laptop? Share with us in the comments below.

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Dell is Making a Convertible XPS 13 Laptop with Edge-To-Edge Display

Dell’s XPS series of Windows laptop has always been one of the best general purpose laptops. Building on last year’s success of XPS13 and XPS15, Dell is making an XPS Laptop that is convertible to a tablet.

Unlike Microsoft Surface Book, the XPS 13 will have a 360-degree hinge that will allow the screen to be rotated. The screen is an infinity display that has appeared on last year’s laptops from the series.

xps 13 two in one

XPS 13 that dell released in 2015 was a commercial success and it was praised by many for its strong battery life and edge to edge display, but now that Microsoft has raised the bar of what an innovative laptop looks like with Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, Dell is adding some other features to compete with it.

Windows Central first spotted the XPS 13 on Dell’s website. There were no other details about specification or pricing, but the images sure indicate that Dell won’t take away USB 3.0 Ports as Apple did with its MacBook Pro 2016.

We can also expect dual core Kaby Lake processors and a similar amount of RAM current XPS 13 from Dell.

Speaking of XPS, the company is also ready to launch the XPS 15 refresh which will feature a quad-core Intel Kaby Lake processor and Nvidia GTX 1050 with 4 GB of Video Buffer to give Dell some heavy ground in Laptop wars.

Considering the Laptop has been on the site, the company should showcase the laptop at CES 2017.

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New Microsoft Surface Could Arrive Before March With A 4K Display

Microsoft’s Surface line of tablets has become the flagship tablet experience for Windows 10. In 2016, Microsoft updated the Microsoft Surface Book with a faster processor, improved graphics chip, and bigger battery, but there was no update in Microsoft Surface Tablet line as there is no modification since Surface 4 in 2015.

It appears that Surface tablets get some updates in 2017. Digitimes found a Chinese-language Economic Daily Report that says Microsoft is planning to release the fifth version of the tablet in the first quarter of 2017.

Apart from the release date, there were some other interesting details in the report too. The newer Surface will have an Ultra High Definition (3840X2160) display giving the tablet much better screen with almost 34% increase in PPI. The Surface 5 may also have a magnetic charging stylus to ink and draw on the device.

Surface 4 does not have a 4K Display
Surface 4 does not have a 4K Display

Microsoft is also changing device manufacturer, Pegatron, the company behind a number of manufactured products such as iPhone, will now be handling Surface production.

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Gigabyte’s New Compact Gaming PC Looks Interestingly Weird

The Gigabyte GZ1DTi7 has a sixth generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM and a 240 GB M.2 SSD for OS storage but it looks really weird.

Gigabytes has been in the PC Gaming industry for a while, and its Brix brand has been around too, and now, the company is ready to launch a new PC in the series, the BRIX-GZ1DTi7. Although the name of Compact PC is not an exciting one, the PC sure looks like an interesting piece of technology.

The Compact gaming PC has a PS3 Slim like body construction except for a bit weird with glowing LED lights and a green mesh on the top area. There is no sliding BluRay drive on the top, but the device looks a lot like a prop from a science fiction movie.

While the design is weird, it looks like Gigabyte has done a good job in the specs department. The Gigabyte GZ1DTi7 has a sixth generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM and a 240 GB M.2 SSD for OS storage.

In the graphics department, Gigabyte will have two options for customers: Nvidia GeFource GTX 1070 or GTX 1080, both of which should be able to run AAA titles at 4K resolution. There is 1 TB of Hard Drive too.

Gigabyte GZ1DTi7 Specifications:

  • Intel 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700K Processor
  • 16GB DDR4 SO-DIMM RAM
  • 240GB M.2 SSD
  • 5″ 1TB HDD 7200 RPM Hard Drive
  • 276x384x128 mm dimensions
  • GeForce GTX 1070/1080 8GB Graphics Card
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165NGW
  • Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2400 Gigabit LAN
  • 1 USB Type-C with Support of Thunderbolt 3 or USB3.1
  • 1 USB3.1 Type-A Slot
  • 3 USB3.0 Type A Slot

While the specifications and connecitivitiy are impressive considering the size of SKUs, Aesthetics of the PC will still play an important role in dicideing if it is a good buy. Gigabyte explains the weird, Mountain Dew inspired design by the cooling mechanism, though; I wonder why PC OEMs are still digging on Mac Pros Trashcan-cylindrical design in 2016.

There are no talks about pricing on the product pages or from Gigabyte yet, but it won’t be long before we get the information from the company.

What do you think about the PC? Do you think the design is good or a bit too edgy to put it in the living room? Share with us in the comments below.

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