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Jide Announce its next Remix, the Remix Pro

It has been a bit of time since we last heard any news from Jide (the makers of Remix Ultra Tablet and the Remix Mini). They have been working very hard on a few different projects and building their portfolio up. So, what have they been working on so hard for the past few months since we bumped into them at MWC?

Firstly, and this is the one I am most keen on, is the new improved tablet platform – Remix Pro.
Jide Announce its next Remix, the Remix Pro

This builds on what was previously done with the original Remix Ultra. It still keeps the 2-in-1 design which we loved, but it mixes up the way that is achieved. Here are the specs that we have been given so far..

  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 8-core processor
  • GPU: Qualcomm® Adreno™ 510 GPU
  • Memory: 3GB LPDDR3 RAM; 32GB eMMC internal storage; microSD slot supports up to 256GB storage expansion
  • Screen: 12” Full-HD Retina IPS 10-point touch screen; 2160x1440p
  • Cameras: 5MP front/8MP rear
  • Connectivity: WLAN with 2.4Ghz/5Ghz duo frequency supports 802.11a/b/g protocol, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi Direct
  • Dimensions & weight: 207mm x 289.5mm x 6.9mm; 640g
  • Power: Supports quick charge; 9,000 mAh

So, as we can we see there have been a couple major improvements. The processor has been switched over from Nvidia to a Snapdragon in the form of the 652 chipset. This is the exact one I am using on my Xperia X, and I know that it performs well (some benchmarks suggest as well as the SD 810 from last year).

Jide Announce its next Remix, the Remix Pro

Next up, the screen has grown slightly in size from the 10.1″ to 12″. It’s not just a 1080p resolution either, and now has a “Retina” display with 2160x1440p resolution. WiFi has also been stepped up to dual band in the form of 2.4GHZ /5GHZ with 802.11a/b/g on board (shame it is missing N but cannae grumble too much)

Jide Announce its next Remix, the Remix Pro
Those are the key standouts on the hardware side. However, Jide has also been very hard at work on getting Marshmallow onto the device, which they have now done in the form of Remix OS 3. This means we will see all the features we have learnt to love from Marshmallow tablets, including the amazing Doze Mode and MultiWindow support courtesy of the Jide customizations.
Jide Announce its next Remix, the Remix Pro

I really liked using the original Remix Ultra when I had it in for review by and I still use the Remix Mini that I bought from Kickstarter back at the end of last month. It has become my media server in my bedroom.

Jide Announce its next Remix, the Remix Pro

I do however have one major concern for this device and the other ones that Jide released today (see below). That threat comes in the form of Chromebooks. Very, very soon these cheap laptops will have access to Android Apps from the Google Play Store. This does beg the question of do we need Remix OS on 2 in 1s, laptops and all in one PC’s? Only time will tell, but I look forward to putting this through it paces while we find out.

The Remix Pro will be released in China first with the international release later in the summer. We will keep you informed of it as soon as we know more

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Jide Technology continues to push forward the future of Android PCs with new hardware

Multiple strategic partnerships and products announced at their 2016 Preview Event

 

June 16, 2016 (Beijing, China) – Jide Technology, the creators of Remix OS, today announces multiple new devices and partnerships that continue to push forward the future of Android PCs. These partnerships also highlight Jide’s growth as the company is able to preinstall Remix OS on an increasing number of devices and form factors, giving users more options to run Android on desktop environments. The key announcements are detailed below:

 

Remix Pro 2-in-1 tablet

Following the success of the company’s own Remix Mini hardware, Jide has unveiled their second generation productivity tablet – the Remix Pro. This will also be the first device that supports Remix OS 3, an upgrade that represents a migration to Android Marshmallow and additional stability and bug fixes. The Remix Pro will first be available in the Chinese market. International availability will be confirmed at a later date.

 

Key specifications:

  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 8-core processor
  • GPU: Qualcomm® Adreno™ 510 GPU
  • Memory: 3GB LPDDR3 RAM; 32GB eMMC internal storage; microSD slot supports up to 256GB storage expansion
  • Screen: 12” Full-HD Retina IPS 10-point touch screen; 2160x1440p
  • Cameras: 5MP front/8MP rear
  • Connectivity: WLAN with 2.4Ghz/5Ghz duo frequency supports 802.11a/b/g protocol, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi Direct
  • Dimensions & weight: 207mm x 289.5mm x 6.9mm; 640g
  • Power: Supports quick charge; 9,000 mAh

 

Android-x86 Open Source Project founder joins Jide

Chih-Wei Huang, Android-x86 Open Source Project creator and accomplished developer, has officially joined Jide Technology as the x86 Technology Lead. Possessing a wealth of experience as the originator of the Android-x86 Open Source Project that ports Android to PC desktops, Huang will be a key member in further developing Jide’s Remix OS.

 

Chih-Wei Huang explains his move to Jide, “Linux was created as a desktop OS, but it’s actually the only space that the operating system hasn’t truly dominated. I joined Jide because I think Remix OS is best route to establish Linux as a key player in the desktop OS space.” The first project the seasoned software engineer will be working on is a limited release Acer concept laptop running Remix OS on an Intel x86 chip.

 

Acer Aspire ES1-131 running Remix OS

Through a close collaboration with Acer, Jide has unveiled an Intel-based laptop running Remix OS out of the box. The concept laptop will be released on a limited basis firstly in the Chinese market. Jide has worked on developing Remix OS for this hardware that will run an optimized version of Remix OS for PC. It represents an evolutionary shift in computing- an Android-based Intel laptop. The development work done on the ES1-131 will also significantly improve the user experience on the free download of Remix OS for PC.

 

Key specifications:

  • CPU: Intel Celeron N3150/4-core/1.60GHz
  • Memory: 4GB; 500GB internal storage
  • Screen: 11.6” HD / 1366 x 768
  • Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet; WLAN 802.11b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dimensions & weight: 291mm x 211mm x 21.2mm; 1.25kg

 

Remix OS PC box solution for OEMs

In addition to the Remix Pro, Jide also showcased their second generation Remix OS PC box. This device is still under development and will be offered as an affordable solution for OEM brands interested in Remix OS 3 running on a lightweight and accessible device.

 

Key specifications:

  • CPU: Rockchip 3368 8-Core 64bit ARM Cortex – A53 1.5GHz
  • Memory: 1GB/2GB DDR3; 8GB/16GB eMMC; microSD slot (up to 128GB memory expansion)
  • Operating system: Remix OS 3 (based on Android 6.0); OTA support
  • Connectivity & ports: WLAN 802.11.b/g/n 2.4G; Ethernet (100Mps); BT 4.0; 2x USB Type A; HDMI 2.0 supports up to 4K @60fps
  • Supported codecs & formats: MPEG/VMA/WAV/AAC/AMR/MIDI; JPEG/BMP/GIF/PNG/WEBP;
  • Video output: MPEG – 1/2/4, H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC, MVC, VC-1, Motion JPEG/H.265 4Kx2K @60fps/H.264 4Kx2K @30fps/MVC, VP8 2160P@30fps

 

AOC Mars All-in-One PC

In addition to the 24” AOC All-in-One (AIO) PC running Remix OS that Jide announced at CES Asia 2016, the product line will now also include 22” and 32” inch options. All three models will share the following key specifications:

 

  • CPU: Amlogic S905/4-core/64 Byte/ARM Cortex – A53/2GHz
  • GPU: 5-core/ARM Mali 450/750MHz
  • Memory: 2GB RAM; 16GB/64GB internal storage
  • Screen: 22”/24”/32”FullHD @60Hz
  • Connectivity: Ethernet; WiFi
  • Ports: 4 USB 2.0 (32” – 3 USB 2.0), 1 HDMI, Audio out, 2 built in speakers
  • Weight: 3.9kg

 

“2016 has been an incredibly exciting year for Jide Technology, highlighted by the launch of Remix OS for PC and the several quality partners that we have been fortunate to announce,” said Jide Technology CEO and co-founder Jeremy Chau. “When we first started out more than 2 years ago, no one quite got what we were trying to achieve. Now, companies and brands that we have always admired are reaching out to us. It’s a win-win situation as we continue to push the capabilities of Android PCs.”

 

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  • Panasonic goes rough with the ToughPad FZ-A2

    Our smart gadgets are great, that’s for sure, but they break all too easily. In the end, if you’re going to use a tablet or smartphone outside of a soft, cushioned room; you’ll need to wrap it in a case or a cover and definitely never ever drop the thing. It’s like wrapping your brand new BMW in a load of bubble-wrap just do nobody scratches it or dents the thing.
    Panasonic goes rough with the ToughPad FZ A2
    So, if you want to use a tablet out in the “real world” then you’d be wise to get a “tough” one. Now Panasonic (remember them?) have introduced the ToughPad FZ-A2 – an Android 10.1 tablet which can be used in showrooms, workshops, as a point-of-sale device or out on the road. It’s slim (16.4mm) and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Android for Work baked in. It’s powered by a 2.4GHz quad-core CPU and has 4GB of RAM with 32GB storage to ensure that it’s quick to use.

    That 10.1″ screen has a 1920×1200 resolution and is “highly visible” outside. You also get GPS, USB outputs, a HDMI output and a microSD card slot. There’s also the option of adding 4G or a barcode reader if you need it.

    The battery is removable and will see you through a 9-hour shift. As you can see, it’s rebust enough to deal with whatever you can throw at it – it can be dropped from 120cm and is water and dust resistant. Head to www.toughbook.eu to get details or to buy one. The Toughpad FZ-A2 will be available from July 2016 at a starting price of £939. Panasonic also do other tough Android and Windows tablets.

    Oh, and head here for a glossy brochure.

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  • Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 now on sale

    Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 now on sale
    Fancy grabbing the new Huawei MediaPad M2 10″ tablet we reviewed just this morning? It’s now on sale from Currys PC World. The tablet, which we reviewed here, has Harman Kardon speaker technology (which sound, let me tell you, very good indeed), excellent battery life and a slim, well-built chassis.

    There’s two versions available and, according to the people from Currys PC World, they’ll be selling the MediaPad first. There’s the “Standard” edition, which has 16GB storage and 2GB memory and no “M Pen” for £249.99. Also available is the “Premium” edition, which has 64GB storage, 3GB memory and that “M Pen” for £329.99. If you’re into your artistry and like taking notes, get the “Premium” one. Also, there’s no other way of adding additional storage, so choose wisely.

    The tablet also features a 13 and 5 megapixel camera, an all-day battery life and an excellent 1920 x 1200 10.1″ screen.

    Full details below, or head over to Currys. Oh, and do have a read of our Huawei MediaPad M2 review.

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  • MediaPad M2 10.0 – Review

    MediaPad M2 10.0   Review

    I’m going to take a slightly different approach to this review and note down everything as I unbox the device. First, the specs. This is the Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 and it’s available in either “Luxurious Gold” or in this fine shade – “Moonlight Silver”.

    It weighs in at 500 grams and measures in at 239.8mm x 172.75mm x 7.35mm. The screen is a 1920X1200 Full HD 10.1″ IPS unit and inside it’s powered by a Hisilicon Kirin 930 Octacore CPU running a quad 2.0 GHz and quad 1.5 GHz.

    Inside it’s also running Android 5.1 with the Huawei EMUI3.1 GUI on top. Not the newest OS, granted, but it zips along. This particular one is the 64GB “Premium edition”, so you obviously get 64GB of storage on board. There’s also a “Standard version” with 16GB. This “Premium” on also has 3GB of RAM, whereas the “Standard” has 2GB. Both have GSM network connectivity though, and you can get 4G connectivity along with WiFi. Around back there’s a 13 megapixel cam with f2.0 and autofocus plus flash. Up front, a 5 megapixel one. There’s also a set of four speakers – two of them for the treble and two of them for the bass. These speakers have Harman Kardon audio technology – something which I’m a big fan of. That audio tech apparently gives a “richer, clearer and more immersive acoustic experience”.

    MediaPad M2 10.0   Review

    The battery is a 6600mAh unit but again, depending on the version you have, you have different kit in the box. The “Standard” version has the tablet, a charger, quick-start guide and a “needle” for interacting more precisely with the screen. The “Premium” version here has an M-Pen too.

    MediaPad M2 10.0   Review

    This is great for artists or for those taking notes and it has a pressure sensitivity level of 2048. What that means is that it’s really precise and responds better to the level of force you’re using. There’s a fingerprint sensor too.

    MediaPad M2 10.0   Review

    The box feels heavy and you’ll notice in this review unit that we have a free case and protector combo. Opening it up actually reveals two boxes. The top box has the protector and the case itself. The case is a folio-style flip-case which has a soft inner and a custom-made inner holder which you clip the tablet into.

    MediaPad M2 10.0   Review

    The tablet itself is next, and there’s a sticker on the front promoting the various features of the device. Ultra Power Saving, that octa-core CPU and those powerful speakers.

    MediaPad M2 10.0   Review

    Underneath, that charger, the M-Pen and a very substantial quick start that I touched on before. It’s a thick little book and this, along with the cover and second box, actually contributed towards the weighty feel of the device when you first pick it off the shelf in the shops. The clever stylus needs one AAA battery which comes in the box too. You screw the top off the M-Pen and then drop the battery in to get it working. The tablet itself is powered and charged by a microUSB cable which is in the box too.

    MediaPad M2 10.0   Review

    Turning the unit on plays a Huawei animation and you get to hear the sound output which is definitely very powerful indeed. The device itself is quite angular, although there’s some curvy corners and a two-tone finish to the tablet, with this one having a polished white front border around the screen. It has a very high-spec and quality feel to it. Under the screen is that fingerprint sensor.

    MediaPad M2 10.0   Review

    At the bottom, precisely cut holes on the lower edge reveal the bottom speakers which create a “wide acoustic field sound” through technology which helps to give you a sense of direction when you’re playing games.

    MediaPad M2 10.0   Review

    The right edge has the audio controls and power button above – this is on a slight curve and helps you to locate the buttons easily even in low light.

    MediaPad M2 10.0   Review

    The top edge is similar to the bottom, although the unit does have a dividing strip and a 3.5mm audio plug which you’ll need to use your own headphones with as there’s none in the box.

    The left edge has the microUSB power connector and the tray for the SIM card, which you’ll need to pop out with the supplied tool.

    MediaPad M2 10.0   Review

    The back is a smooth silver affair and has the camera on that separated top edge along with a flash.

    All in all, it’s a good construction which – although slightly flexible if you want to try twisting it – has no creaks. Good spec and good construction.

    Here’s my usual video overview..

    Turning on the device fires you into the usual WiFi setup screen and the Google login screen. You naturally use the device in a wide-screen setting. I elected to set a secure lock screen and the fingerprint sensor got busy as I placed and re-placed my finger on the sensor to build up a full reading.

    MediaPad M2 10.0   Review

    MediaPad M2 10.0   Review

    The main out-of-the-box screen has a dark background which you can change through the now-familiar Huawei theme system. This lets you quickly change the look of the device by tweaking the unlock animation, icons and background quickly and through one interface. I could only find four here, but you can adjust the background and lock screen picture yourself too.

    MediaPad M2 10.0   Review

    Again, as this is Huawei, there’s a management system for keeping your device running smoothly. You can scan the device and then optimise it, check and adjust the apps that are allowed to run when the screen is off. This is something we’ve seen recently on the Huawei P9, where a power management system kicks in to stop apps sucking your battery (and your data bandwidth) when you don’t necessarily want it too. There’s a few things you’ll want to adjust here, including fitness tracking apps like Strava that need adding to the allowed list.

    MediaPad M2 10.0   Review

    On the lock screen, which can operate in a slideshow format to flick through favourite images. Huawei call them “Covers” and you can flick through them direct on the lock screen itself. From the lock screen also lets you head straight into the camera, turn on the rear LED. It’ll also let you dive straight into a calendar and audio recording.

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    The device has some cool little tricks, such as the “Speech Awareness” system which let you make a call or find your phone by saying a certain keyword. You can also open a dual-window system but I got a little sidetracked by the rather clever pen…

    To be honest I’ve never been a big fan of these pen things, but after trying out the little buttons on the device (which help you hop into menus and remove mistakes etc) I really started to like it. It did indeed respond to pressure properly and I recognised the doodles and squiggles as the very same style and appearance as normal paper.

    MediaPad M2 10.0   Review

    Little things, the same little things I’d seen on the P9, really impressed me. The fact that I could immediately edit the image when I’ve taken a screenshot, the careful battery management that keeps it running longer and longer.

    Of course, the usual things are here too. We’ve got all the Google apps (Gmail, Maps, YouTube, Chrome, Play Books, Play Music, Drive and everything in between), plus a file manager, Magnifier, Weather, Notepad and much more. You can also type out documents with WPS Office, which lets you create a presentation, spreadsheet or Word document. It’ll sync your contacts, your calendar and your email via your Google account and you can of course set up standard email accounts too.

    MediaPad M2 10.0   Review

    There’s also something called Clari-Fi which shows off the power of the Harman Kardon tech and how it emphasises, cleans and adds “whoomph” to your music. I must admit, I was particularly impressed with the sound on this and not just about how powerful and loud it was. It’s like stepping into an audio bubble. You can hear the direction of the sound. You can hear the different streams of audio and watch a movie, music video or even a TV show is an absolute joy. Some older videos didn’t sound quite right – one being Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy played via YouTube. I put this down to the age of the VHS-to-YouTube recording – the video was done in 1991. More modern videos played very well indeed.

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    Camera

    Personally I’m not a big camera user with tablets. The rear camera didn’t perform terrifically well and the white balance went a little crazy if the photo had darkness and light mixed together. Close-up shots didn’t fare well.

     

    That said, I am perhaps comparing this to the Leica kit on the P9 we recently reviewed and I don’t personally think that a camera at the back of a tablet is going to be in use a whole lot. The front selfie shooter was OK, and decent enough for Skype and other video call applications.

    The camera has a range of option, including the HDR mode I used on some of these shots, a “Best photo” option, Panorama, Watermark and “All focus” option. You can also add a GPS tag, track objects when filming video and get the perfect selfie along with a “beauty” mode to try and make you look less scary. There’s also a stack of filters, a time-lapse mode and you can turn the flash on or off.

    Here’s some example shots..

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    Overall

    Whilst the camera wasn’t as good as the Leica unit on the Huawei P9, the addition of that stylus was something I actually really liked in this Premium model. If you choose the 16GB standard model you do have to realise that there’s no expandable storage and that’s pretty important if you’re a media consumer – something this device is really built for.

    Out of the two, the Premium model would be my choice. The sound quality and the included stand made it into a portable entertainment centre which was really enjoyable to use and a great TV-replacement for your bedroom or elsewhere.

    The Huawei additions were appreciated and the build quality, battery life and device management were all top notch. It’s yet more quality kit from Huawei, who are fast becoming a serious force to be reckoned with.

    The “Standard” edition, which has 16GB storage and 2GB memory and no “M Pen” for £249.99. The “Premium” edition has 64GB storage, 3GB memory and that “M Pen” for £329.99. If you’re into your artistry and like taking notes, get the “Premium” one.

    Head to Currys to have a look at them or go to the Huawei website for more detail.

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  • Acer Predator 8 tablet – Hands on & Gaming demo

    Acer Predator 8 tablet   Hands on & Gaming demo

    The Acer Predator 8 is a device we have seen a few times now, but up until now I have not really had a good chance to have a play with it. That all changes today as I am in Belfast with #acerliveblog2016 and they have let me have a play with the Acer Predator 8. I am pretty pleased with overall in-hand experience as I have already mentioned in the past when I saw it after its unveiling at IFA 2015.

    What really makes this unique amongst tablets, however, is the Predator Quadio Speakers that are on all four corners of the Predator 8. But is it just a tablet with a few extra speakers or is this a true gaming rig for on the go? Let’s dive into to some testing and see if we can find out.

    Acer Predator 8 tablet   Hands on & Gaming demo

    I have been doing some comparisons with my own tablet which is a Z3 Tablet Compact and these two devices are actually a very close match. However, there are some differences. These will become clear in the gaming tests that I have put them through. Before we get into that though, I would like to just show you around the device.

    Here are a few more pictures of the Predator 8 to show off some of its key features.

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    The styling of the Acer Predator 8 is hit or miss it will appeal to those who like the Gaming laptop genre. However, those who like slick lines and slim devices need not apply here. I do kinda like it; the rough angular edges make it sit in the hands in landscape mode very nicely, which makes it great for gaming on the go. However, when I held it in landscape mode, I was forced to adjust my grip, as it felt awkward holding it with the corner resting in the middle of my palm.

    What I was really wanting to find out was how this device performed when it came to gaming, so for that I did some aside by side testing with the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

    Here is a clip showing some of the big differences between the two devices when it came to playing Asphalt 8.

    The overall experience of playing the game on both devices was an enjoyable one. I personally feel that the 8″ tablet is one of the best sizes for tablet gaming, as the screen is just the right size for being held in a similar way to that of a gamepad. It is not too much of a stretch for your fingers to hit the middle of the screen when needed.
    The Acer Predator 8 has a really nice immersive feel when it comes to playing games, and this is in part down the haptic feedback provided by the inbuilt haptic engine. You could feel when the car was “boosted” and also when you crashed. It is a very similar experience to the Force feedback that you find on the PlayStation 4 controller, albeit toned down slightly and not quite as intelligent.
    On the Xperia, this option was not available in the settings but then again the Xperia does not have the hardware available to use this feature. I did notice that the Asphalt 8 game did have a different icon on both devices so there may be a possibility that Acer has made a customer version for the Predator.
    Acer Predator 8 tablet   Hands on & Gaming demo

    So there we have it, just a brief overview of gaming on Predator 8 tablet from Acer. It may be an older device, but it is a good option for those of you who are really wanting a good gaming experience on the go.

    More info on the tablet can be found here and you can pick one up from Amazon now.

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  • EE launch the Jay

    Back in the 90’s there was a group called Jamiroquai headed up by Jay Kay. He used to date Denise Van Outen too. Oh, and he owns loads of sports cars. Lucky, lucky blighter.
    EE launch the Jay
    Anyhoo. EE have named a tablet after him and, somehow, I though that the first paragraph would be a witty introduction to it. Perhaps not. The device costs £119.99 on EE pay-as-you-go plans. You can pay £16 per month with an up-front cost of £29.99 if you want it on contract over 24 months, and existing customers can get a 10% discount on that. For £18.50 per month you can get 10GB of data.

    EE launch the Jay

    If you buy it before May 26th EE will give you a 3 month NOW TV Entertainment pass.

    Specs include a 4G connection, WiFi, 7.85″ IPS (768 x 1024) screen, quad-core 1.0GHz 64-bit CPU with Android 5.1. There’s a 5 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front, 1GB RAM and 16 GB of storage plus a microSD slot for another 32GB.

    Click on for more details on this, or head to ee.co.uk.

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  • Intel wants to replace the 3.5mm headphone jack with USB-C

    Apple may not be the only company about to ditch the century-old 3.5mm analog audio connector with the release of the next iPhone this fall. AnandTech reported this morning that the semiconductor giant Intel is backing the industry’s “strong desire to move from analog to digital” by proposing that the 3.5mm audio jack be replaced with USB-C on smartphones, […]

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    Huawei MediaPad M2 arriving into Currys, PC World and Carphone Warehouse soon

    Huawei MediaPad M2 arriving into Currys, PC World and Carphone Warehouse soon

    Some years back my wife had a Mini with Harman Kardon speakers in. On the odd occasion that I’d borrow the car, I was always amazed by the quality of the audio coming out of the system. Sadly, her new Mini doesn’t have the same system and the sound is pretty “meh” – quiet and tinny. However, perhaps a tablet from Huawei will fix that.

    Confused? Well, don’t be. This is the new Huawei MediaPad M2 tablet. It has a full HD IPS (1920 x 1200) display and a four-speaker surround sound system which has been certified by Harman Kardon themselves. The upshot is a 180 degree “rich virtual surround sound” which will let you dive into a deep audio wave pool (see what I did there?) There’s two speakers for treble and two for bass.

    There’s two versions – a “Premium” edition MediaPad M2 tablet for £329.99 and a “Standard” model for £249.99. The Premium one is powered by octacore processors (Quad-core 2.0GHz + Quad 1.5GHz), with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The Standard seems to have the same CPU arrangement but comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage on board. EMUI 3.1 is layered on the Android 5.1 OS and this is all powered from a long-lasting 6660mAh battery pack. That is said to offer “up to” 6 hours of 3D gaming, 9.5 hours of web browsing and 10 hours of WiFi video playback. Not bad.

    Huawei MediaPad M2 arriving into Currys, PC World and Carphone Warehouse soon

    The Premium model also has an M-Pen stylus included in the box for sketching, writing or capturing your thoughts and notes on the go. There’s also a fingerprint sensor, 13 megapixel rear camera (F2.0) and a 5 megapixel front shooter with wide-angle lens.

    Get more information on the Huawei minisite or follow us on Twitter as we hope to have one in to test very soon.

    The post Huawei MediaPad M2 arriving into Currys, PC World and Carphone Warehouse soon is original content from Coolsmartphone. If you see it on another news website, please let us know.

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  • Amazon Fire 7 (2015) – Review

    This is the Coolsmartphone.com review of the Amazon Fire (2015). I’ve been testing this for a while now, and after many months of heavy use, here is my review of Amazon’s inexpensive tablet computer. The device reviewed was purchased with my own pocket money, from Amazon, and has travelled with me many many miles. I almost lost it recently, which spurred me to complete this review and let you know what I think of it.

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    Amazon has been doing Fire tablets for years now. When they released the first one in 2011, the first model was actually called Kindle Fire, but since then the Everything Company has split the Fire tablets and devices away from Kindle and they are now their own product category. The 2015 Amazon Fire is a 7” tablet running on Amazon’s Android (AOSP) based Fire OS. Relatively inexpensive, you can purchase one for £49.99 from Amazon.

    This review of the Fire tablet is more than just a simple review, as it involves attempting to explain the whole Amazon Fire ecosystem. I’ll attempt to do just that, and leave the editorial piece on where Amazon is going to another day.

    What does £49.99 get you? It’s more than just the specs, so bear with me as we go through this review.

    Amazon Fire (2015) specifications:

    • 7” IPS display (1024×600)
    • Amazon Fire OS 5
    • 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
    • 1GB RAM
    • 8GB internal storage expandable (up to 128GB) via MicroSD
    • 2MP rear-facing camera + VGA front-facing camera
    • Wi-Fi (single-band) and Bluetooth
    • Micro USB connectivity for charging and data. 3.5mm audio jack.

    So the specifications are nothing exciting in 2015 (or 2016). At that price? Nothing to complain about really.

    If you use a recent Amazon Fire tablet you should now be running Fire OS 5. This is Amazon’s Android (AOSP) based OS, based on Android 5.x Lollipop, which lacks all Google services. The browser (Silk), email client, Appstore and core apps are all Amazon’s own. The Fire 2015 was one of the very first devices to run this version of the OS when it launched last year, and it has since rolled out to some of the older tablets too. Fire OS is closer to AOSP than previous versions and the launcher has moved away from the frustrating carousel to something more similar to a grid. Rather than have everything on a homescreen or in a drawer (like Apple and most Android launchers), apps are organised into categories and mixed with stores with suggestions. This is where it becomes much more obvious what this device actually is: it’s an Amazon device to make you use Amazon. Let me be clear, when I say Amazon, I mean Amazon Prime and Audible.

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    Fire OS is closer to Android 5 on which it is based, and many of the Amazon customisations from previous versions of Fire OS have been toned back. The Fire OS UI has loads of Material Design and is themed with Amazon’s black and orange colours. In my opinion it is a much more pleasant UI than the old Fire OS Carousel nonsense.

    Fire OS and the Amazon ecosystem

    The Amazon Fire tablets and Amazon shoppers are like positive and negative poll magnets: they attract each other, and the closer they get the more difficult it is to separate them. That’s essentially what it’s like for me: I am an Amazon Prime customer and I subscribe to Audible, the excellent Amazon audiobook service. Being an Amazon Prime subscriber means that as well as having free next day delivery on most products sold by Amazon, I also get Amazon Prime Instant Video (Amazon’s Netflix competitor), Amazon Prime Music (Amazon’s Spotify competitor), Prime Photos (Amazon’s equivalent of Google Photos) and access to the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library. Essentially I get a lot out of my Prime subscription and my Audible subscription, and the Fire tablet is the easiest place to consume that content: books, audiobooks, music, video and more. This is where Fire OS excels: making accessing and consuming that content super easy.

    Let us get back on track: Hardware

    The Fire’s hardware is nothing special, and can be summed up simply: black plastic. The back has rounded edges which finish off on the flat screen. When tapped, the Fire sounds quite hollow and can creak when in use. It may not have a premium feel, but in practice allows the device to take quite a battering and live to tell the tale.

    Amazon Fire 7 (2015)   Review

    The bottom edge and left side of the device don’t have anything on them. Nada.

    The right side has a cover which hides the single MicroSD slot. When closed the cover is pretty much flush with the rest of the device casing. You use it once to put in a memory card and then forget about it.

    Amazon Fire 7 (2015)   Review

    The top side is where all the buttons and ports are: power button, micro USB port, volume rocker and 3.5mm audio jack.

    The back of the device is home to the 2MP camera and the mono speaker. Nothing else there other than an Amazon logo embossed in the matte plastic.

    The front of the device is home to the 7” 1024×600 display, which is surrounded by half inch bezels all the way around. In the top bezel you’ll find the VGA front facing camera. The large bezels around the screen may seem like an abomination by modern tablet standards, but in day to day tablet use avoid you accidentally touching the screen.

    The screen of the Amazon Fire is a 1024×600 LCD panel which is apparently an IPS one. Viewing angles are not that good, probably because the screen itself is not close to the surface. Pixel density is OK by my picky standards, but contrast ratio is pretty terrible as is the brightness range. When using it at night Candice often complains about the brightness being too high when dimmed to minimum. In direct sunlight it struggles to be bright enough. Luckily I live in Scotland, so that’s almost never a problem.

    If you are still reading now, you may think this is going to end as a bad review, but bear with me. At that price? There is nothing to complain about really.

    Software and Apps

    As mentioned earlier, Fire OS is based on Android but has no Google services. The Amazon Appstore, also known as Amazon Underground serves your app needs, that is if you need apps other than Amazon’s own ones.

    You’ll find all the major social networks and apps in Amazon Underground, including the likes of Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, Tumblr and Skype. No Google Plus. Be warned though: you won’t always have the latest version of those apps either: Amazon has an approval process for submitting apps, so releases are less frequent than on the Google Play Store.

    The built in apps for Video, Music, Books and Audiobooks are all functional and work well. The tab in the OS surfaces recent and recommended content, while going into your Library gives you a full list of your content in online and offline mode. In Amazon Video, Music and Audiobooks you can download content for offline consumption and opt to save to MicroSD if you find the 8GB built in memory too restricting. For copyright reasons not all content from these services can be stored for offline use and sometimes there are limits to how much you can save.

    Silk is Amazon’s web browser on the Fire. It does a good job, has a Private Browsing mode and option to save pages to Reading Lists. If you are desperate to use Google services such as Google Plus and Youtube you can use them quite well from within the Silk browser.

    One of the uses I use the Fire for most when at home is as a remote control for the Fire TV in the bedroom. If too lazy to get up and find the remote under the cat on the bedside table, I’ll use the Fire TV Remote app to open Bloomberg TV+ or start an episode of Vikings. If you have Amazon Prime I recommend you watch Vikings. It’s a great show.

    Parental controls are great on Amazon Fire OS 5. I don’t use them, but they seem to be pretty comprehensive.

    At that price? Nothing to complain about really…

    Cameras

    The cameras are like something from 2005: low resolution, noisy in anything other than bright sunlight and prone to making snaps look like an impressionist took them. If you live in Scotland you might not want to buy this device for the camera.

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    At that price? Nothing to complain about really…

    Battery Life

    I’ve not done any scientific testing of battery life. It is good enough for my use while travelling: whether on the Edinburgh to Glasgow train listening to an audiobook and playing threes, or on a KLM flight somewhere via Amsterdam watching Vikings or some other show, it does a great job. Bluetooth does considerably impact battery life, so wired headphones are advised if you want battery life to last more than three hours.

    At that price? Nothing to complain about really…

    Conclusion

    I love my Amazon Fire. At that price? Nothing to complain about really. My Amazon Fire makes accessing and consuming my Amazon content simple and easy. I can play games and do web browsing from an inexpensive device which has bags of storage expansion space with a 128GB MicroSD card. The battery life is reasonable and the form factor makes fitting the Fire into a jacket pocket easy.

    Last month I left my Amazon Fire on plane and realised what had happened not long after disembarking in Amsterdam. It was only then, when faced with the potential loss of my beloved Fire that I realised what a good package it is (for the price). When a technology and a service is good, you only realise how much you enjoy it and use it when isn’t available.

    I would like to thank Talitha, Anja, Jan and Stef from the KLM Lost & Found Service (also known as Sherlock) for reuniting me with my Amazon Fire.

    At that price? Nothing to complain about really. Excellent value device which makes using Amazon services simple and easy. If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, go buy one. it’s a great device. When in stock, you can buy the Fire in 6-packs which make one free.

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