Google have released their first ever phones; the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. This is Google’s first attempt and they have pretty much nailed it. They have killed off the famous Nexus line, and what they have now is already looking much much better. here’s a quick overview of Goog;e’s new devices
- 5 inch full HD AMOLED display
- 32/128GB storage
- 4GB RAM
- Snapdragon 821 processor
- 12.3MP rear camera (dual-LED)
- 8MP front camera
- 2770 mAh battery
- Gorilla Glass 4
The Google Pixel XL is similar in most aspects but has a beautiful 5.5 inch QuadHD display and a larger 3450 mAh battery to compensate for that.
Both devices come with a smarter, more personal Google Assistant. This is an upgraded Google Now. Assistant is currently only available on the Pixel phones, and is something they are pushing to be a centrepiece of your life. It’s smarter, more useful and a whole lot more fun.
The Pixel is something new for Google and with it’s bright vibrant screen and excellent hardware, I can see why they are looking to rival Apple on their iPhones. It even has the high price range to match!
Microsoft have unveiled an array of new devices including a new, more powerful Surface Book. But Microsoft have announced a new member of the Surface team, the Surface Studio. The Surface Studio is Microsoft’s first desktop PC. It’s a creative machine built for creative minds. The all-in-one machine has a vibrant 28 inch touchscreen that uses it’s “zero-gravity hinge” to fold back to a 20 degree angle.
Microsoft aims to rival Apples iMac. Looking at the device, I can see them having no problem at all. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s 12.5mm thin touchscreen is able to push 63% more pixels than a 4K display.
Inside, there are specs to rival any machine. You have a choice of a 6th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 1TB of internal storage, 8GB of RAM and a 2GB GPU, or for an extra $500, you can get a more powerful Core i7 CPU and 6GB RAM. If you’re looking for something even better, Microsoft have you sorted with a Core i7 processor, 2TB storage, 32GB of RAM and a 4GB NVIDIA GeForce 980M graphics card.
The Surface studio is available December 15th and can be pre-ordered now. Prices range from $2,999 to $4,199.
Sony announce the PlayStation Pro. A 4k Gaming machine. The GPU is over twice as fast as the original PlayStation 4 (4.2 teraflop) and with an upgraded Jaguar AMD CPU with 8 cores, this is the most powerful game console out there. It will come with a 1TB storage and priced at £349/$399.
The PS4 Pro will be available November 10th.
Asus have announced the ZenWatch 3. The new smartwatch is one of the first to use the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 chipset which is specifically designed for smartwatches (unlike the snapdragon 400 that was being used before). The new processor means that it has a 25% boost in battery efficiency, meaning no need to charge that watch every two nights. Along side this the Asus has HyperCharge technology, enabling a much faster charge time.
This is the first round watch for Asus and it comes with a 1.39-inch OLED display with a 400 x 400 resolution, running Android Wear and it is one I look forward to hearing more about.
OnePlus are at it again. The flagship killer is back with the OnePlus 3: by far the best phone this year. Of course I only talk by what’s on paper. The OnePlus 3 boasts hardware like no other.
I recently purchased the OnePlus 2. I have never held a phone like it. A phone so well designed. A phone that has everything. I thought to myself, how can they make this better? Not only did they manage to do so, but this phone will still be the best going into 2017.
OnePlus have boasts 6GB LPDDR4 RAM, Snapdragon 820 processor (dual core 2.15GHz and dual core 1.6GHz), Adreno 530 GPU and a 5.5 inch Optic AMOLED display.
The OnePlus 3 packs a 16MP rear camera and an 8MP front. The battery is a 3000 mAh that can give you over 60% in 30 minuets thanks to it’s dash charge technology. The body is made from 100% aluminium, giving it a premium feel and the premium finish a phone like this deserves.
Intel’s new i7 and i5 CPU’s are aimed for gamers and overclocking.
The Core i7-6700K processor is a Quad-Core 4.0GHz beast that can be turbo boosted to 4.2GHz. With overclocking it can reach 5GHz. It has a large 8MB of L3 cache. The new i5-6600K is a Quad-Core 3.5GHz with 6MB of cache with a turbo boost to 3.9GHz. Both are part of Intel’s K (unlocked range), with many more Sixth Gen possessors on the horizon.
The pair of new Sixth Gen processors come with the new LGA1151 socket – meaning a new motherboard may be required. There is also the new Z170 chipset. DDR4 RAM is used. DDR4 is much faster than DDR3, but it does come at a much higher price.