Rumours about Samsung GALAXY S6 in detail

The Sammy S5, Electric Blue
The Sammy S5, Electric Blue

Recently, the premier fansite of Samsung, SamMobile claimed to have some information of the upcoming Samsung flagship smartphone – the Samsung GALAXY S6.

Before you scream “another flagship so soon?” do take the rumours with a pinch of salt. However, the site has been reliable in providing accurate information about future Samsung models in the past.

Firstly, this latest effort from Sammy was developed from the ground up hence the codename “Project Zero”. It will be the first 64-bit Android phone for Samsung, and possibly even the world’s first to take advantage of Lollipop’s 64-bit capability.Display-wise it will be a Quad HD (2560×1440) and the camera sensor is rumoured to be the IMX240 (same as Galaxy Note 4). The site insists that Samsung is still deliberating between a 16MP or 20MP camera right now. Front shooter will be a 5MP, an upgrade from previous GALAXY models.

Samsung will also preparing 32GB, 64GB and 128GB variants for storage while the processor comes in the shape of brand new Exynos 7420. This CPU is full 64-bit with four Cortex-A53 and four Cortex-A57 cores. The model might also use the Snapdragon 810, the first premium 64-bit chip from Qualcomm. RAM will be standard 3GB type, nothing new here.

The rumour mill also talks about an in-house developed LTE modem called the Exynos Modem 333, which might replace the Intel modem that has been used for Exynos 5430/5433 models. It represents a major shift for Samsung to move away from the Snapdragon stable of chips if this is true. The S6 might also use the new Broadcom BCM4773 chip that combines GPS and other sensors in one package which allows for reduction of battery usage.

Another rumour is Samsung plans to include next generation NAND storage called UFS 2.0 (Universal Flash Storage). Capable of data transfer rates of up to 1.2GB/s, as compared to current eMMC 5.0 memory that maxes out at 400MB/s.What’s more, UFS costs about the same as eMMC and draws less power too. So less boot time, app startup time, longer usage and better responsiveness.

However, it is known that Xiaomi is also looking into this technology, making 2015 an interesting year for smartphones.

Via SamMobile & ET News

Image: Flickr

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Second season of Attack on Titan anime series confirmed in 2016

The key visual from Season One
The key visual from Season One

At the end of the premiere of the compilation movie of Attack of Titan Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow,the second season of the anime was revealed for 2016 lineup. Right at the same time of the publication of the 20th tankubon volume manga. The film also revealed the release date of the second compilation film of the franchise on 27 June 2015 entitled Attack on Titan Part II: Wings of Freedom.

Part I of the compilation movie covers 13 episodes of the series and Part II rounds up the rest. Both movies are remastered with a 5.1 surround sound remaster and complete re-dubbing with the same casting.

So far, there are 14 tankubon volumes of the manga, a prequel novel and two spin offs in the franchise so far. 36 million copies of manga sold in the latest data estimate in April 2014.

Source: Yaraon Blog

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Nokia N1 tablet makes a surprise appearance

Front profile N1
Front profile N1

Well here’s a shocker: Nokia unveils the Nokia N1, a tablet. An Android tablet. Interestingly, it is not a direct Nokia product since under the terms of the sale of their Devices and Sales division to Microsoft, they are not allowed to manufacture a competing device until 2016. Nokia N1’s brand, industrial design and Nokia Z launcher software are licensed by OEM titan Foxconn.

More details

The N1 has similar metallic chassis with the same layout of buttons, speaker grille, headphone jack and camera sensor layout like the iPad Mini.

The display is a 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 resolution IPS display with the Gorilla Glass 3 made from a single piece of the anodised aluminium. It has an 8MP rear facing camera with autofocus and a 5MP front camera fixed focus. Powered by an Intel 64-bit Atom Processor Z3580, 2.3 GHz quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM. Graphics wise it houses a PowerVR G430 GPU with internal storage capacity of 32GB.

The thickness of N1
The thickness of N1

The N1 sports the new reversible USB Type C connector, the first pad in the industry to adopt it. Dimension are 200.7 x 138.6mm with a thickness of just 6.9mm. It weight around 318g, which is less than the iPad Mini. It sports Nokia Launcher Z on Android 5.0 Lollipop on the software front.

Priced around US$ 249 (RM840), the N1 will make its debut in China for Chinese New Year 2015.

Source & image: Nokia N1

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Fontus: A self-filling water bottle that creates water out of thin air

The Fontus
The Fontus
The Fontus

A design student from Vienna, Kristof Retezár has invented  a self-filling bike water bottle that uses humid air to produce water. It’s a called the Fontus and it condenses moisture out of the air and slowly fills up the bottle with water. Fontus has a small internal cooler that’s divided into two halves to cool water for condensation purposes. A solar panel provides power to cool the upper half of the condenser, which heats up the lower half. This cools down the upper half even further. The moving air will be slowed and cooled to create the moisture, which will then drip down into the bottle.


Parts of Fontus
Parts of Fontus

The creator claims that his contraption can produce 473 ml of water per hour. Any standard PET 500 ml bottle will fit the system. However, it is yet to be proven. There are even questions if the air pollution will affect the system or not, but so far Retezár stated, “the water is completely safe to drink provided that there aren’t any chemically bound toxics in the surrounding air.

According to him, his plans for the Fontus are:

Fontus can be applied in two different areas. Firstly, it may be interpreted as a sporty bicycle accessory. Useful on long bike tours, the constant search for freshwater sources such as rivers and gas stations can cease to be an issue since the bottle automatically fills itself up. Secondly, it might be a clever way of acquiring freshwater in regions of the world where groundwater is scarce but humidity is high. Experiments suggest that the bottle could harvest around 0.5 L water in one hour’s time in regions with high temperature and humidity values.

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Images Kristof Retezár

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Sharp reveals a 4.1 inch display with a resolution of 2560 X 1600 (WQXGA), codenamed IGZO. What is so special about this is it has the same PPI as a 6-inch, 4K display. This was made possible with the use of transparent crystalline oxide semiconductors that is made of indium, gallium, zinc and oxygen which is the inspiration for it’s name.

More explaination
More explaination

Sharp claims that they are the first company that are able to mass produce this kind of display. They also claimed that IGZO’s power consumption actually reduces power to a fifth or even a tenth of conventional displays. Despite allaying this fear of power consumption, there is a real lack of capable mobile CPUs that can run a smooth 4K resolution right now.

At a mind blowing 736ppi with pixels of 11.5µm in size, this is certainly a technological marvel to say the least. To put it into perspective, an iPhone 6 has a ppi of only 401. Sharp plans to roll out prototypes with this tech next year and aiming for mass production in 2016.

This is an old commercial by Sharp promoting IGZO

Source: Nikkei & Sharp Japan
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Cover of Hiromu Arakawa's Arslan Senki manga
Covers of Hiromu Arakawa’s Arslan Senki manga

Hiromu Arakawa, the mangaka famous for her works on Full Metal Alchemist and Silver Spoon has scored a hat trick with another one of her manga getting an anime adaptation soon.

The manga in questions is her take on Yoshiki Tanaka’s Arslan Senki better known as The Heroic Legend of Arslan novels. Doctor Yoshiki Tanaka  is famous for his Legend of Galactic Heroes and Tytania novels, both of which were adapted into anime series too. Arslan Senki, is inspired by Persian history and culture and it’s split into two parts – Part One, which he wrote in 1986 to 1990, and the ongoing Part Two which he started in 1991.

Arakawa isn’t the first mangaka to adapt Arlsan Senki though.  From 1991 till Chisato Nakamura did a 13 tankubon volume of the manga serialisation of it which was also basis for the OVA anime adaptation that ran from 1992 to 1995. Arakawa’s own version of Arslan Senki began since July 2013 in Bessatsu Shonen Magazine, and so far there are two tankubon volumes published.

If you’re  not familiar with Arslan Senki , this Persian inspired story revolves around Prince Arslan, a prince of the country of Palse. With his country invaded and taken over by the Lusitanian nation, he has to assemble an army strong enough, with the help of his companion Daryoon and a few others, to liberate it.

So far, a release date or the staff involved in the anime has yet to be announced so stay tuned for more info as it comes here.

Source: Esuteru Blog & Official Site

Images © Bessatsu Shonen Magazine

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First key visual
First key visual

Japanese Cinema City updated their website with the first listing of the Dragon Ball Z 2015 movie.  The movie is scheduled for airing on 25 April 2015 and running time is around 120 minutes. This will be 15th installment of the franchise.

Second key visual of the movie
Second key visual of the movie

According to Akira Toriyama, the creator of the franchise, this movie will be an original story just like the 14th movie, Dragon Ball Z Movie 14: Battle of Gods. The mangaka is very fussy with the movie even over the smallest detail, but he teases that the story will be “utterly funny” and “very action packed”. He will personally be handling character design, screenplay and concept of the movie as well. Toriyama added that his usually taciturn first editor actually praised him for this project. Directing duties will be handled by Tadayoshi Yamamuro, a veteran who did his work on Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT before.

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The US Navy reveals that the USS Ponce (LPD-15), an amphibious transport that is currently sailing in the Persian Gulf has been testing and using the US Navy’s latest Laser Weapon System (LaWS) since August 2014. The system’s primary purpose is to threaten the enemy with extremely bright light, scrambling their optic sensors, destroying small boats and pesky drones.The strength of the shot can be adjusted from non-lethal bright light to a hazardous beam that can destroy small boats or drones. The Iranian Navy is known to be banking on a fleet of small boats to harass and swarm the American warships in event of a shooting war at Straits of Hormuz.

US Navy spokesman, Vice Admiral John Miller said it will take some time before LaWS becomes more commonplace.

Reason why it is deployed in  the Persian Gulf is because the US Navy wants to know how the system will fare in a tough real world conditions – dust, heat and other hazards that can lead to system failure. The prototype focuses six solid state commercial welding lasers onto a single spot and according to Congressional Research Service, costs a dollar per shot. New York based L-3 Communcations Holdings LLC and Pennsylvania State University’s Electro Optics Center are the providers of components and engineering support. A more powerful variant will be fielded in 2021 if everything goes well.

Reportedly, the system has costed the US Navy US$40 million over seven years of development.

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