Archos' new PMP range has been long anticipated, and the first hands-on reports are already coming in. GenerationMP3 spent some time with both the 4.8-inch Archos 5 and the 7-inch Archos 7, and despite the casings being real fingerprint magnets they've come away impressed. Archos have apparently switched the audio processing chip and are claiming far better sound quality; they've also included both the Flash-compatible Opera browser and the WebTV & Radio plugin, which on previous models were paid options.
So check out this safe that stores your valuable stuff under fingerprint scanner (not quite as catchy as lock and key). It’s apparently so secure that its endorsed by the NRA for use with firearms.
If, like me, you dread deleting the cookies in your browser because you've forgotten most of the usernames and passwords to regularly-visited sites, then a simple fingerprint scanner might be a good option. Yes, a mixture of Hollywood scaremongering and honest security concerns have seen us nervous of people either cutting off our digits or copying them with Jell-O, but for general avoidance of login screens there's little denying the convenience of biometrics. Todd Haselton over at Ars Technica gathered up four and tried to fool them with Vista, Firefox and Silly Putty.
This new phone from Willcom is the WX321J, which features a unique fingerprint scanner. Unlike other scanners where the input must be directly contacted thus being susceptible to interference such as moisture, this scanner uses radio waves for authentication.
But other than the fingerprint scanner, the specs are pretty average, including a 1.3 megapixel camera, 2.4-inch display, 2MB internal memory, and Micro SD slot for up to 1GB expansion. The phone will be available this February only in Japan.
Willcom WX321J with fingerprint scanner [Via: NewLaunches]
Are you a city adventurer? That's what LG wants to know with the launch of the new LG V10 smartphone, arriving today alongside the LTE-connected LG Watch Urbane 2 smartwatch. It also appears to be the result of LG taking an adventure walk through its parts bin, with unusual features like dual front-facing cameras.
The V10 is LG's newest flagship phone focused on "City Adventures" whereas the G series Android phones are considered to be primarily for users who consume video and images. The V10 is packed with a powerful 16MP rear facing camera that's the same as on the LG G4 (review).
It gets more interesting on the front side because LG has managed to pack two cameras. The camera on the left is an ultra-wide 120-degree lens for group shots while the one on the right is 80-degree for regular selfies. Both cameras are 5MP.
LG has also managed to fused two Gorilla glass4 together. At the very top, the first display right below the front facing camera is a 1040 by 160 resolution section that's always on for notifications, your signature or quick access to apps among others. It's highly configurable and also works with certain apps when the main display is on. The main display measures 5.7" + QHD and the Quantum Display.
It's powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 sporting 4GB RAM and there's only storage size of 64GB. There's a memory card slot supporting up to 200GB microSD card. Also, there's a 3000mAh removable battery! Pro users everywhere can rejoice!
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LG V10 front and rear camera hands-on with Dr. Ram-chan Woo
Fingerprint scanner setup and test
iPhone 6s plus side by side with LG V10
LG V10 Extensive Camera settings hands-on
LG V10 vs LG G4
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LG V10 vs iPhone 6s, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge+
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Say what you want about OnePlus but this Chinese startup definitely doesn't lack ambition. Perhaps it even has too much. The OnePlus 2 has barely started shipping, rather slowly at that, and here it is already dreaming up its next smartphone. That there will be a "half step" filler in its cadence isn't exactly a surprise, as founder and CEO Carl Pei already revealed. But the upcoming "OnePlus X", or whatever its name will be, might ruffle a few more feathers even among the company's fans.
Yesterday Google showed the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P for the first time - today they've come to the internet to share a few tidbits. While we learned most of the details about the Nexus smartphone lineup for 2015 just about 24 hours ago, today we're finding out the details that hardcore Android addicts will want to know. The Android addict is not just your average consumer - they want to know things like: are the camera arrays in both devices exactly the same?
While the newest Android hardware have certainly piqued our interest, like the first metal-clad Nexus 6P smartphone or the first 2-in-1 Android Pixel C tablet, the common thread that binds them all as somewhat taken a backseat. Google itself hasn't hyped up the Marshmallow as much as it did the Lollipop, but Android 6.0 has been noted by some to be just as significant a jump as Android 5.0 last year. If you're curious to find out what exactly that means, Google has launched a micro-site that explains in simple words what's s'more to love with Android Marshmallow.
The Nexus 6P is not your average Nexus smartphone - it's not just a baseline device. With a 5.7-inch display with 2560 x 1440 pixels and AMOLED technology, this device instantly competes with the highest-end smartphones on the market today. Google also suggests that its camera technology is top notch - coming with a 12.3-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1.55 µm pixels, an IR Laser assisted autofocus, broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual-LED flash, and the ability to capture 4K video at 30fps, this device appears - spec-wise - to be ready to do battle with the best.
This afternoon we're having our first hands-on opportunity with the Nexus 5X, LG's follow-up to their popular Nexus 5. This device works with Android 6.0 Marshmallow right out of the box - the newest Android, as all Nexus smartphones and tablets are meant to have - and has a 5.2-inch LCD display up front. This smartphone works with a high-powered camera around its back and has a fingerprint scanner for Android Pay and unlocking as well. This device is not meant to compete with the strongest smartphones in the world today - only to drive the Android smartphone ecosystem from Google's perspective.