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Xiaomi Mi2 (S/A) camera review/test

For those of you interested in the camera of the Xiaomi Mi-2 smartphones, be it the regular version, the S or the A version, here is a quick review of the camera-app and the camera in general.

Please know that this was shot using a Xiaomi Mi@ with an 8 megapixel camera. The biggest/most expensive version of the Xiaomi Mi2S has a 13MP camera (although slightly less fast lens-wise) and thus differs. The software stays the same.

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First Qualcomm quadcore APQ8064 smartphone will be released in Europe

Xiaomi mi-twoLasBekijk in het Nederlandst Thursday a relatively unknown smartphone manufacturer from china, Xiaomi, announced the first smartphone featuring the new quadcore processor of Qualcomm. The new processor features an improved graphical unit, the Adreno 320-gpu.

The Xiaomi Mi-Two smartphone

At first it was thought the new smartphone announced by Xiaomi would only be released in China, but sourced over at Engadget have indicated that this phone will most likely also be released in Europe. The phone was announced to cost about 255 euros in Chinese currency. It still remains the question if this price holds when it is released in Europe.

The phone, the Mi-Two, is the first to feature the new Qualcomm soc with the new 28nm architecture. The processor features four cores and a fifth core for graphics, the new Adreno 320. This should result in much better graphical performances compared to the old Adreno 220 and 225 from earlier releases. The APQ8064 does not support any mobile networks itself, but needs a separate chip to make these connections.

Later this year it is expected that more smartphone manufacturers will be releasing phones with the new Qualcomm chip. HTC and LG are presumably working on phones feature the new chip which should outrun the Nvidia Tegra 3 which is the current standard for mobile devices.

The Mi-Two will feature a 4.3” ips-lcd panel with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. The camera will feature an 8MP sensor and is able to record video in 1080p. 3G networks are supported and are able to reach speeds of up to 42Mbps and with this it is one of the few smartphones out there supporting this high data transfer rate.

It still remains a question when and if the phone will be released in Europe for sure, and what the price is going to be, but this ‘speculation’ sure makes me want to watch out for this newcomer on the European market.

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Android – Samsung announces the long awaited Galaxy S III

Samsung galaxy s 3Bekijk in het NederlandsThe long awaited follow-up of Samsung‘s very successful Android flagship has been announced and will be released later this month. The Samsung Galaxy S II will be followed up by the Samsung Galaxy S III which will be a lot faster than its predecessor.

Samsung Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S III was announced during the unpacked event and will feature Samsung’s own Exynos 4 Quad core processor. The Quad-soc runs on 1.4 GHz which is the same as Nvidias Tegra 3 chip. The Samsung Galaxy S III will feature a 4.8″ Super Amoled HD screen with a 720p resolution of 1280×720. It is 8.6mm thick and weighs 133 grams which is just a bit heavier than HTC’s counterpart the One X. An optional gadget is a styles which can be used to control the phone, but that needs to be purchased separately.

Besides running Android Ice Cream Sandwich, or Android 4.0 the Samsung Galaxy S III runs Samsung’s very own touchwiz skin. The skin features several new features, like a siri-like voice control and software that tracks the user’s eyes in order to see if the screen could be turned off to preserve battery life. Popup video enables video content to pop-up even if a different app is running in the foreground.

Galaxy S III Specifications

Samsung galaxy s 3The Samsung Galaxy S III is packed with the newest technology out there. The 2100mAh battery will supply all those gadgets with juice. Amongst those tech-gadgets are Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n-wifi, NFC, DLNA and two cameras, an 8 megapixel camera on the back and a 1.9 megapixel camera on the front to allow video calls.

The NFC function allows you to pay small transactions in shops using your phone. Galaxy Beam allows you to connect two phones directly where the transfer of data is sent through wifi-direct to increase speed. DLNA allows your Samsung Galaxy S III to connect and stream to several different devices to play music or show video or pictures on a big screen wirelessly.

The Android phone will be available at the end of may. The Samsung Galaxy S III will be a direct competitor of the HTC One X which costs around 550 Euros. It is expected to be priced similarly.