Author Archives: Vincent Nguyen

Co-founder of R3 Media, Vincent Nguyen is currently Editor-in-Chief of SlashGear and Android Community. You can follow him on Google+, twitter @Nguyen and Facebook

Samsung Gear Fit: 5 things we love (and one we hate)

Samsung Gear Fit: 5 things we love (and one we hate)

Samsung's Gear Fit and Galaxy S5 are here, promising a brace of new features and a reboot to the South Korean company's wearables strategy. Our full reviews of both are well underway, but as it's perhaps the more unusual of the two devices, we thought we'd share some of the highlights from the Gear Fit that have caught our eye. Read on for five things about the Gear Fit we love, and one early frustration.

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2015 Audi TT Virtual Cockpit: Exclusive Hands-on

2015 Audi TT Virtual Cockpit: Exclusive Hands-on

Audi's new 2015 TT is certainly striking from the outside, with the third-gen design bringing the crisp lines of the original right up to date, but it's the all-new dashboard and infotainment system, Audi Virtual Cockpit, which the driver will spend most time looking at. Freshly created for the new car with an updated version of the MMI controller and all-virtual gages, it's a driver-focused system that SlashGear had the opportunity to try out in advance of the 2015 TT hitting forecourts at Audi HQ in Ingolstadt, Germany. Read on for our exclusive first-look.

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2015 Audi A3 First Drive

2015 Audi A3 First Drive

No chances are being taken with the 2015 Audi A3. While the outgoing model never quite achieved the same cachet in the US as it did in Europe in five-door hatchback form, the new car targets the US from the outset with an A3 Sedan leading the charge. Starting just under $29,900 but promising Teutonic refinement - and a typically lengthy options list, including what may be the best infotainment system we’ve used so far - the A3 aims to follow in the footsteps of its well-received bigger siblings, not to mention return fire against other recent entrants in the premium C-segment niche. Read on for our first drive report.

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2015 Kia K900 First-drive

2015 Kia K900 First-drive

You can’t accuse Kia of not setting itself ambitious challenges, and the 2015 K900 is unquestionably its most provocative play in the US so far. A full-size, rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan, the new K900 is Kia’s play for the high-end market dominated by BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Lexus. Buyers of those brands have great expectations, however; SlashGear got behind the wheel to see if the K900 can play with the big boys.

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Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on

Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on

Samsung couldn't wait until Unpacked 5 to reveal the new Tizen-powered Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches, updating the wearables will heart-rate monitors and more compact designs. The original Galaxy Gear caught our eye at its IFA 2013 launch but failed to set the smartwatch world alight, but Samsung is hoping more refined versions will. We spent some time with both models here at MWC 2014; read on for some first-impressions.

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Samsung Gear Fit hands-on: Curved AMOLED health wearable

Samsung Gear Fit hands-on: Curved AMOLED health wearable

Let's be blunt: the Samsung Gear Fit looks just how we were hoping the original Galaxy Gear would in September last year, a sinuous strip of bright, curved OLED for your wrist. The health-centric sibling to the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, the Gear Fit has a smaller touchscreen - 1.84-inches and 423 x 128 resolution - but which does most of what the Neo can in a more space-age package. Read on for some first-impressions.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 hands-on: 16MP and fingerprint scanner

Samsung Galaxy S5 hands-on: 16MP and fingerprint scanner

Samsung has a new flagship, the Galaxy S5, and we've been spending some time getting to grips with the 5.1-inch Android smartphone. Launched at Samsung's Unpacked 5 event at MWC 2014 today, the Galaxy S5 has a Full HD 1920 x 1080 Super AMOLED display, 2.5GHz quadcore processor running Android 4.4.2 KitKat, a fingerprint scanner, and a 16-megapixel camera, all wrapped up in a water-resistant casing. Read on for our first-impressions and all the details.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 610/615 bring 64-bit octacore to midrange

Qualcomm Snapdragon 610/615 bring 64-bit octacore to midrange

Octacore mobile chips are usually the preserve of flagship phones and tablets, but Qualcomm is aiming to bring an abundance of cores to the midrange with its new Snapdragon 610 and 615 processors. Revealed at MWC 2014 today, the new processors include Cat4 LTE modems, dual-SIM/dual active (DSDA), and 64-bit support, with the Snapdragon 615 packing eight ARMv8 cores, while the 610 includes four. While you might think more cores means more power consumption, Qualcomm is arguing that actually the opposite is true.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip targets mobile flagships

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip targets mobile flagships

We've seen some fast smartphones here at MWC 2014 but they're going to get even faster if Qualcomm has its way, with the launch of the new Snapdragon 801. Promising a 14-percent boost in processor performance, 28-percent faster graphics, and 45-percent speedier camera sensor processing over the existing Snapdragon 800, the new SoC is set to show up in devices on shelves before the end of March 2014.

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