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  1. 1. October 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication Olympus Pen E-P3 Review: covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. This Pen is mightier than your compact cameraAMD FX-6100 listed in e-tailer Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/olympus-pen-e-p3-review-this-pen-is-bundles mightier-than-your-compact-camera/13611.html October 5th, 2011Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-fx-6100-listed-in-e-tailer-bundles/13690.htmlOctober 5th, 2011 The Olympus Pen E-P3 is one of the three cameras that were announced in Singapore at an event at end June this year, and boasts the worlds fastest autofocusing (AF) via FrequencyOne of the top American e-tailers, TigerDirect, has revealed Acceleration Sensor AF system and a lens incorporating theAMDs upcoming FX-6100 as part of several bundles - ranging MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) mechanism. In this review,from motherboard to full system bundles. The price for the VR-Zone have a hands-on the new micro four-thirds cameraFX-6100 is listed as $189. Not surprisingly, the FX-6100 is not and see if it shoots as well as it looks.listed individually.One of the top American e-tailers, TigerDirect, has revealedAMDs upcoming FX-6100 as part of several bundles - rangingfrom motherboard to full system bundles. The price for theFX-6100 is listed as $189. Not surprisingly, the FX-6100 is notlisted individually.Interestingly, some bundles, such as MSI 990FX + FX-6100, When Olympus launched their first Pen series E-P1 microclaim to be shipping as early as "within 24 hours". However, four-thirds digital camera in 2009, it garnered many favorablethe Asus Sabertooth + FX-6100 bundle has a more realistic reviews. And based on the success of their new line of microtime frame of 7-21 days. four-third products, the camera manufacturer has unveiledSince there is no individual listing, there are no detailed the Olympus Pen E-P3 which is one of the latest modelsspecifications mentioned for FX-6100. However, the heading in the Pen series announced this year. The E-P3 resemblesitself reveals a 3.3 GHz base clock, 14MB total cache and a 95W its elder siblings, the E-P2 and E-P1, though it comes withTDP - all in accordance with reports thus far. few improvements overall. The camera claims to incorporate the worlds fastest autofocusing, achieved with the FASTOf course, these bundle publications are likely to be in breach (Frequency Acceleration Sensor) AF system, and featuresof NDAs and may be taken down from the website soon. 12.3-megapixel High Speed Live MOS Sensor with 1080iTill then, you can review a list of FX-6100 bundles here. full high definition movie compatibility and high ISO 12,800 sensitivity. Heres a look at the E-P3 specification, 1
  2. 2. October 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Olympus E-P3 Drive mode Single-frame shooting,Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Mount Sequential shooting, Self-Effective Pixels 12.3 million pixels timerImage Stabilizer Built in (Imager shift image Sequential shoot speed Approximately 3 frames / sec stabilizer) Built-in flash AvailableMonitor 3-inch OLED Touchscreen Input/Output USB2.0, mini HDMI, Display video-out, dedicated multi-Dust reduction Supersonic Wave Filter (dust connector (Video: reduction system for image NTSC/PAL selectable, sensor) Optional remote cable RM-Lens system Micro Four Thirds UC1, USB) interchangeable Battery BLS-1/BLS-5 Lithium-ionLive MOS sensor High speed Live MOS Sensor battery (included)Magnification ratio x5, x7, x10 (Default), x14 Dimensions 122x69.1x34.3 (excluding protrusions)Filter array Primary color filter (RGB) Weight 369g (including battery andAF system Image Contrast Detection AF memory card) System / AF AssistMetering system TTL Image Sensor metering systemMetering range EV 0 - 20 From IDF: Retina QualityMemory SD memory card (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible), 2560x1600 HD Panels on Ivy Eye-Fi Bridge UltrabooksAspect ratio 1.33 (4:3) Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/from-idf-retina-quality-2560x1600-hd-Recording format DCF, DPOF, compatible/Exif, panels-on-ivy-bridge-ultrabooks/13689.html PRINT Image Matching III October 5th, 2011File format RAW (12-bit lossless compressopm JPEG, RAW- JPEG, MPO (3D still)Recording image size [RAW] 4032x3024 pixels ; [JPEG] 4032x3024 pixels - 640x480 pixels With 2560x1400 retina displays expected on Ivy BridgeMovie recording AVCHD / AVI Motion JPG Ultrabooks next year, even the 2048x1536 iPad 3 may not have the portable hi-res lead for long. But, why not 16:10 2560x1600File Size AVCHD: Max 4GB / AVI then instead? Makes it easier to see the photographs and Motion-JPEG: Max 2GB documents in real proportion...Scene select AE Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + During the past months IDF, there were many interesting Portrait, Macro, Sport, disclosures and even strategic directions unveiled, especially Night scene, Night + Portrait, when it comes to Intels mobile product expansion. Children, High key, Low key, Ultrabooks, the new category of ultraslim, very light full 3D function notebook PCs that offer real PC experience at near- tablet size and weight, were the focus there - in particular, their DIS mode, Nature Macro, displays. Candle, Sunset, Document, Panorama, What about the displays? All those beautiful slim Ultrabooks Fireworks, Beach & Snow, on the show floor had typically a 13-inch class, 1366x768 HD Fisheye Conv, Wide Conv, ready display - yes the same useless 16:9 moviescreen with less Macro Conv vertical real estate than any 5 year old notebook. How will thatISO sensitivity AUTO: ISO 200 - 12800 compare with, 10 inch class iPad 3 2048x1536 display, with not (customizable, default 200 - only 3x the pixel count but also much more useful 4:3 aspect 1600) ratio?Preset white balance 6 settings (3000K - 7500K) Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent (4000K), Enter retina quality Ultrabooks. Early next year, when Ivy Daylight (5300K), Flash Bridge Ultrabook models arrive, expect to see 2560x1440 13.3 (5500K), Cloudy (6000K), inch displays just some 3 mm thick, to satisfy the system Shade (7500K) thickness requirements. Take a look at the slides... 2
  3. 3. October 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone AC Ryan introduces VEOLO digital home entertainment device Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ac-ryan-introduces-veolo-digital-home- entertainment-device/13688.html October 5th, 2011 AC Ryan has unveiled the VEOLO smart Android hub that claims to offer apps, Internet, and media streamer on your TV, at the comfort of your home. The VEOLO is equipped with ARM Cortex A9 1GHz processor, onboard 512MB DDR3 and is based on Google Android 2.2 Froyo mobile operating system. AC Ryan has launched VEOLO digital home entertainment device that claims to offer apps, internet, and a media streamer, all on your TV.The VEOLO is based on the Google Android 2.2 Froyo mobile operating system and brings enhanced experience, including casual games and social media. The built-in web browser and Java support allow users to view Flash websites and stream videos on TV. You can also stream your library of movies, music and pictures in Full high definition (HD) with 1Gigabit wired LAN. In addition, the device is equipped with ARM Cortex A9 1GHz processor, onboard 512MB DDR3 memory and offers built-in wireless 802.11 b/g/n LAN. You can access the functionality of a keyboard and mouse, wireless motion controller with the bundled 3-in-1 remote control. The AC Ryan VEOLO will retail in November 2011,Now, a 2560x1440 Ultrabook would have a lot of pixels, over and end October in Singapore at a suggested retail price of S3 and a half million, to be precise, but the wide moviescreen $329.factor would leave many of those unused, even if editing typicalphotos or documents or web pages. Having a 2560x1600full 4 Mpixel screen at 16:10 would, here, enable not just Arctic Cooling released twobetter usability but also more beneficial tablet configuration,which some Ultrabooks will offer. A 16:9 tablet screen is just new VGA coolerstoo elongated, except for Angry Birds playing or movie file Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/arctic-cooling-released-two-new-vga-watching. And, since these are PREMIUM Ultrabooks, the 5% coolers/13687.htmlor so that stingy panel vendors save by glass cutting is not October 5th, 2011worth the trouble on such top end machines.Either way, except this stuff in about six months from now, too. 3
  4. 4. October 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneArctic Cooling, the well known manufacturer fromSwitzerland, today released two new VGA coolers aiming atdifferent segments of the market. The first cooler, baptized"Accelero Twin Turbo 6990", is a very powerful dual fan coolerdesigned especially for the AMD Radeon HD 6990. The secondproduct, the "Accelero S1 PLUS" is a universal, passive cooler.Read on for details.Arctic Cooling, the well known manufacturer fromSwitzerland, today released two new VGA coolers aiming atdifferent segments of the market. The first cooler, baptized"Accelero Twin Turbo 6990", is a very powerful dual fan coolerdesigned especially for the AMD Radeon HD 6990. The secondproduct, the "Accelero S1 PLUS" is a universal, passive cooler.The company claims that their new Accelero Twin Turbo6990 is the most powerful VGA cooler ever. With two 120mmPWM controlled quiet fans and a cooling capacity of 400W itcertainly seems to be a very impressive product. On the other hand, the Accelero S1 PLUS is an entirely passive VGA cooler designed for maximum compatibility and absolute silence. Of course the latter is obvious, since there are no fans or any moving parts at all, while Arctic Cooling claims that this cooler can be mounted on over 80 different models of midrange to high-end cards. The cooler appears to be a good value at 49.95$ USD. Apple launches the iPhone 4S Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-launches-the- iphone-4s/13686.html October 5th, 2011This cooler has been designed as a unique solution for thenewest AMD Radeon HD 6990 VGA card, obviously aiming The iPhone 4S has finally landed and it seems like most oftowards both hardcore overclockers and users who found the the changes has taken place on the inside and as expected,stock cooling solution too loud. Finally, Arctic Cooling also Apple updated it with the same Apple A5 processor as the iPaddesigned the most expensive VGA cooler in history, with the 2. Apple claims up to twice the performance and up to sevenAccelero Twin Turbo 6990 retailing for 149.95$ USD. times faster graphics compared to the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4S has finally landed and it seems like most of the changes has taken place on the inside and as expected, Apple updated it with the same Apple A5 processor as the iPad 2. Apple claims up to twice the performance and up to seven times faster graphics compared to the iPhone 4. By now youve probably figured out that performance should be slightly faster than the iPad 2 thanks to the slightly lower resolution screen (960x640 vs 1024x768). Apple is touting the iPhone 4S as a great gaming device thanks to the PowerVR SGX543MP2 graphics core from Imagination Technologies, 4
  5. 5. October 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonealthough once again it should be similar to the iPad 2 in terms and voice command feature that allows you to give voiceof graphics performance. commands to your phone. As to how well this will work for non-native speakers or those with a strong accent or dialectApple claims up to 8h 3G talk time, or 14h 2G talk time, is yet to be seen and we can imagine the amount of problemsalternatively 6h of web browsing over 3G or 9h over Wi-Fi. Siri will suffer from. Siri will work with UK, US and AustralianIts also meant to do either 10h of video playback or 40h of English as well as French and German at launch, but Apple ismusic playback. Thats a slight improvement over the iPhone promising to add more languages over time. Theres no doubt4 in terms of 3G talk time, but slightly worse for Wi-Fi web Apple has spent a lot of resources on developing Siri, its justbrowsing. On the plus side, Apple has added support for that every single voice command or speech recognition system14.4Mbps HSDPA (the iPhone 4 supports 7.2Mbps) although weve ever used over the year has proven to have some kind ofthe HSUPA speed remains the same at 5.8Mbps. For those in issues.CDMA countries the really good news is that the iPhone 4S iswhat is generally referred to as a World Phone, as in it works Siri offers a lot of advanced features that we havent seen fromon both CDMA and GSM/WCDMA networks. other voice command programs and its clear that Apple is taking advantage of the CPU power on offer from the A5 SoC.The camera has been boosted from 5Megapixels of the iPhone Things like reminder can be set to a specific location and Siri4 to 8Megapixles for the iPhone 5. The new CMOS sensor remember who specific people are. Wed presume that thereshas backside illumination which Apple claims can capture 73 something of a learning curve here where some things havepercent more light. Furthermore the new camera captures to be set up manually before Siri can do some of the tasks onpictures 33 percent faster and it has a new hybrid IR filter offer, but at least some of the functionality appears to be prettythats said to offer better colour accuracy and better colour handy.uniformity. Apple has also kitted out the camera with a newf/2.4 lens with five lens elements that the company claims is 30 Thats about it for the iPhone 4S, itll be available in black orpercent sharper. Add to this a new image signal processor in white and itll of course run iOS 5. The 16GB model is goingthe A5 SoC that adds face detection and 26 percent improved for US$199, the 32GB for US$299 and a much hoped for 64GBwhite balance and a 1.1 second time to first shot and 0.5 second version for US$399. At the same time the 8GB iPhone 3GSshot to shot and youre looking at a pretty serious phone is now available for free while theres a new 8GB iPhone 4snapper. available for US$99, all prices includes a two year contract tie-in of course. The iPhone 4S will be available for pre-order on October 7th with initial availability in the US, Canada, Australia, the UK, France, Germany and Japan on the 14th with another 22 countries - including Singapore- added on the 28th and another 70 countries before the end of the year. It seems like the iPhone 5 rumours werent true after all… For more detailed coverage from the event, we suggest you hit up Engadget. Fujitsu launches its own version of an Ultrabook Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/fujitsu-launches-its-own-version-of-an- ultrabook/13685.html October 5th, 2011Apple has finally caught up with the competition, but not In as much as Intels Ultrabooks have their merits, we cantovertaken them by adding 1080p video recording support help but wonder why anyone would get over something liketo the iPhone 4S, as well as video stabilization (electronic say, the new Fujitsu Lifebook SH76/E, as here we have anwe guess) and something the company calls temporal noise ultra-light 13.3-inch notebook with a full fat CPU and a 6-cellreduction. Finally Apple added support for AirPlay mirroring battery. Its not the only one of its kind either, as Toshiba haswhich means that you can play games on the big screen, been offering a similar machine for quite some time now in thealthough were not sure how popular this feature would be, as shape of its Portege R830 and older R730.although the iPhone has some of the best handheld games outthere, we doubt that theyll look good on a 1080p screen.The most talked about feature ahead of the launch was Apples In as much as Intels Ultrabooks have their merits, we cantnew voice assistant and its called Siri. Its a speech recognition help but wonder why anyone would get over something like 5
  6. 6. October 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonesay, the new Fujitsu Lifebook SH76/E, as here we have anultra-light 13.3-inch notebook with a full fat CPU and a 6-cell Luxa2 announces its iPhone 5battery. Its not the only one of its kind either, as Toshiba has cases ahead of Apples launchbeen offering a similar machine for quite some time now in the Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/luxa2-announces-its-iphone-5-cases-shape of its Portege R830 and older R730. ahead-of-apple-s-launch/13684.htmlThe Lifebook SH76/E weighs in at a mere 1.34kg, thats about October 5th, 2011the same weight as Acers new Ultrabook. What we didntmention is that this is with the optical drive fitted, slide it outand replace it with a weigh saver and the Lifebook SH76/Eis a mere 1.22kg, thats lighter than many netbooks. Adding abit of extra weight is a secondary 27W battery pack that canalso be fitted in lieu of the optical drive and combined with Were not sure this was the smartest move in history, butthe standard 72Wh 6-cell battery pack, Fujitsu claims 18.2h Luxa2, a division of Thermaltake has sent out its press releasebattery life, although the standard battery is said to be good about its new iPhone 5 cases showing off a total of 13 differentfor up to 13.7h of usage without the optical drive installed. designs. Although the images doesnt give away too much in terms of details, theres one front shot of a dummy unit which suggests that Apple decided to keep the round button for at least one of its rumoured two new models that are expected to launch later today US time. Were not sure this was the smartest move in history, but Luxa2, a division of Thermaltake has sent out its press release about its new iPhone 5 cases showing off a total of 13 different designs. Although the images doesnt give away too much in terms of details, theres one front shot of a dummy unit which suggests that Apple decided to keep the round button for at least one of its rumoured two new models that are expected to launch later today US time. If nothing else its a great way of getting some free publicity, as iPhones cases are a dime a dozen these days and although Luxa2 has come up with a couple of slightly unusual looking cases such as a wooden one and a braided one, the other areThis pretty much blows away the Ultrabooks in terms of fairly generic in terms of look, although six models appear tobattery life and we havent even gotten to the feautres. For the made of clear plastic with various patterns.starters, the Lifebook SH76/E comes with a Core i5-2520MCPU which is clocked at 2.5GHz but which will turbo all theway up to 3.2GHz. Theres space for a pair of SO-DIMMs andup to 8GB of RAM can be fitted, although it ships with 4GBas standard. Storage comes in the same of a 128GB mSATASSD and this is partly what helps to keep the weight down, butthen again, many Ultrabooks are expected to ship with mSATASSDs.Connectivity isnt bad either, as Fujitsu has managed to fit apair of USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port, a D-sub connector,an HDMI port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, an SD card slot, asingle audio jack and even an ExpressCard/34 slot. Add to that 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and optional WiMAX support and this isfar more impressive than your average Ultrabook. We shouldalso mention that the display has a typical notebook resolutionof 1366x768.So ok, the Lifebook SH76/E might not be quite as thin asthe Ultrabooks at 16.6mm at its thinnest and 23.2mm at itsthickest, but were quite happy to live with that slightly thickerprofile considering all the extra features. Theres only oneproblem, the asking price, as the Lifebook SH76/E will hitretail in Japan later this month for 180,000 Yen (S$3,075/US$2,345) about twice the price of Acers Ultrabook. 6
  7. 7. October 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone LG launches Optimus LTE, first 4G HD smartphone in Korea Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-launches-optimus-lte-first-4g-hd- smartphone-in-korea/13683.html October 5th, 2011If the dummy fitted to the cases turns out to be anything likethe real deal, which wed expect it to be this close to launch, LG Korea has announced the launch of their new Optimusthen were back to a metal back with a plastic Apple logo. LTE smartphone, which claims to be the first mobile deviceThe logo is used to improve the antenna signals which would in the country to lead Long Term Evolution (LTE) with highbe blocked by the metal back otherwise. The camera doesnt definition IPS display technology. Unfortunately, no word asappear to have changed in any significant way as far as the to when this phone will be available outside Korea though.design is concerned, but thats about as much as we can tellfrom the pictures.The volume buttons have changed into a slim line rockerdesign and it appears as if the lock switch has been moved rightnext to the camera on the opposite side of the volume rocker. LG Korea has announced the launch of Optimus LTE, whichAs far as the front of the phone is concerned, well, it doesnt claims to be the first mobile device in the country to offer 4Glook that different, but its possible that Apple has supplied the connectivity with the highest resolution IPS display availablecase manufacturers with dummy units that dont give away the on a smartphone. The LG Optimus LTE features a brilliantrumoured front re-design. Make what you want of this, but the 4.5-inch "True HD IPS” display which claims to providewait is almost over. higher resolution, brightness and clarity, showing natural colors. It is equipped with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread mobile operating system and comes with a high capacity 1,830 mAh battery. On top of that, the smartphone also offers seamless content sharing through 7
  8. 8. October 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneHDMI and DLNA. Availability of the LG Optimus LTE in 5Megapixel auto focus camera. The only novel feature here ismarkets outside of Korea has not been confirmed. interchangeable back covers, a typical Nokia feature. The Ace on the other hand will be Nokias flagship phone,GeForce 600 branding leaked but we have a hard time getting excited about a single core 1.4GHz Windows Phone 7 device, even though Nokia is saidin 285 BETA drivers to be kitting it out with a 4.3-inch AMOLED display and anSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/geforce-600-branding-leaked-in-285- 8Megapixel Carl Zeiss branded camera with auto focus. Itsbeta-drivers/13682.html also said to have 16GB of storage, a 1,800mAh battery andOctober 5th, 2011 HSPA+ connectivity. Nokia will of course launch all of its upcoming Windows Phone 7 devices with the Mango release of the OS.In the latest unreleased 285 BETA drivers, the expected We cant but feel a little bit sorry for Nokia, as its new handsetsGeForce 600 branding has surfaced. The marketing names will be running last years hardware by the they arrive inleaked are NVIDIA GeForce 610M and NVIDIA GeForce GT quantity in the market. Its less than three months left of this630M. The GeForce 610M is likely to be an entry level GPU year and the handsets arent expect to launch at the earliestwhile the GeForce GT 630M could very well be a GK107 SKU. towards the end of this month. Nokia World 2011 has been suggested as a potential launch platform and that takes placesIn the latest unreleased 285 BETA drivers, the expectedGeForce 600 branding has surfaced. The marketing names on the 26th and 27th of October in London. At this rate, Nokialeaked are NVIDIA GeForce 610M and NVIDIA GeForce GT is willingly giving away its market share to its competitors, as630M. The GeForce 610M is likely to be an entry level GPU the company simply doesnt have competitive products, unlesswhile the GeForce GT 630M could very well be a GK107 SKU. of course you only count other Windows Phone 7 handsets that is.Between GK107 news and these leaks, it seems evident thatNVIDIA is concentrating on small mobile GPUs to debut itsnext-gen line of GPUs. AMD and Intels upcoming platforms get certified by theNokia Ace and Sabre specs PCI-SIGleak Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-and-intel-s-upcoming-platforms-Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-ace-and-sabre-specs- get-certified-by-the-pci-sig/13680.htmlleak/13681.html October 5th, 2011October 5th, 2011 We dont generally browse the PCI-SIGs website, but weDetails of Nokias upcoming Windows Phone 7 handsets are happened upon some interesting information somewhat bystarting to appear if were to believe the rumours. As with accident as we were searching for something unrelated. Itevery other Windows Phone handset maker, Nokia seems to seems like the PCI-SIG has certified not only AMDs upcomingbe limited to the same Qualcomm SoC and in this case its the Trinity APU, but also Intels upcoming 2012 desktop andMSM8x55 depending on CDMA/UMTS support, even though mobile platforms, although its not what you think.the rumours are only mentioning a 1.4GHz processor withoutspecifying the model. We dont generally browse the PCI-SIGs website, but we happened upon some interesting information somewhat byDetails of Nokias upcoming Windows Phone 7 handsets are accident as we were searching for something unrelated. Itstarting to appear if were to believe the rumours. As with seems like the PCI-SIG has certified not only AMDs upcomingevery other Windows Phone handset maker, Nokia seems to Trinity APU, but also Intels upcoming 2012 desktop andbe limited to the same Qualcomm SoC and in this case its the mobile platforms, although its not what you think.MSM8x55 depending on CDMA/UMTS support, even though The certification list covers PCI Express 2.0 compliantthe rumours are only mentioning a 1.4GHz processor without hardware and both AMDs Trinity APU with associatedspecifying the model. reference platform and Intels Maho Bay and Chief RiverThe Sabre appears to be similar to the already leaked SeaRay, motherboard platforms have passed certification. Does thisas both handsets are said to feature a 3.7-inch display, mean we wont see PCI Express 3.0 support from eitheralthough with Sabre being the lower-end handset it gets to company next year? Well, no, it just means that both platformsmake do with a standard LCD display over the AMOLED are compliant with the current standards and that they candisplay fitted in the SeaRay. Sabre is also said to feature operate at speeds of 5GT/s or GB/s if you prefer.8GB of internal storage, 25GB of free SkyDrive storage and a 8
  9. 9. October 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneWe should also mention that Intels Sandy Bridge-E and IvyBridge CPUs are as yet not on the list and in case of allfour listed products, its only the x16 slot that has been testedaccording to the slim information provided on the PCI-SIGwebsite. However, looking at the list it doesnt look entirelycomplete, as there are several current products missing fromthe list.In related news, Asus has finally announced its first PCIExpress 3.0 enabled motherboards. VR-Zone has kept outof the bickering thats been going on between the variousmotherboard manufacturers with regards to Gen 3 support The Ultrabook was the most talk-about subject at theor not, but we would just like to highlight the fact here COMPUTEX 2011 computer expo in Taiwan this year. And athat Asus is making similar claims to Gigabyte with regards number ofmanufacturers also took the opportunity to launchto compatibility and has a list of older P67, H67 and H61 their Ultrabook at the recent Intel Developer Forum (IDF)motherboards alongside most of its Z68 boards. The only bad 2011. Before we proceed, lets look at what is an Ultrabook.news is that owners of the Maximus IV Extreme-Z wont be At the COMPUTEX 2011, the chip giant proposed the idea ofgetting Gen 3 support, although Asus claims that the board making the notebook PC more portable and user-friendly withwill work with Ivy Bridge CPUs. For the full list of supported improved endurance to meet the needs of users for at least amotherboards, head over to the Asus website. day. But most importantly, the price would have to be below US$1,000 .Acer ASPIRE S3 Ultrabook The Acer ASPIRE S3 from Taiwan claims to be the first ultrabook on the market and it was officially launched on 28Review September with announced availability details, specificationsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/acer-aspire-s3-ultrabook- and pricing, listed below for your reference.review/13679.html SpecificationsOctober 5th, 2011 Aspire Aspire S3-951-2464G33iss01S3-951-2464G23iss02 Processor Intel Core Intel Core i5-2467M 1.6GHz i5-2467M 1.6GHz Turbo Boost Turbo Boost 2.3GHz 2.3GHzThe Ultrabook is a new category of thin and lightweight Chipset Intel UM67 Chipset Intel UM67 Chipsetultraportable laptop (defined by Intel) that are equipped with Display 13.3- inch 13.3-inch (1366xnew Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge based Consumer Ultra-Low (1366x768) 16:9 768)Voltage (CULV) Intel processors, integrated graphics and SSD Memory DDR3 4GB x 1 DDR3 4GB x 1storage. Taiwanese manufacturer Acer has recently launched Storage 320GB 7mm SATA 240GB SSDtheir ASPIRE S3 Ultrabook in Taipei, and VR-Zone managed HDD + 20GB SSDto get one in for review. Battery 3 cell / 6 hours 3 cell / 7 hours Ports USB / HDMI / USB / HDMI / memory card memory card reader reader Wireless 802.11 b / g / N 802.11 b / g / N Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0 Webcam 1.3-megapixel 1.3-megapixel Others 1.33kg / 4th gen 1.33kg / 4th gen Dolby Digital/ Dolby Digital/ 13mm 13mm 9
  10. 10. October 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Aspire Aspire S3-951-2464G33iss01S3-951-2464G23iss02 - 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response timePricing NT$34,900 NT (approx. US$1,140) $44,900 (approx. - 5 independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons US$1,466) - On-the-fly sensitivity adjustments - 60 – 120 inches per second and 15g of accelerationRazer unveils Transformers 3 - Zero-acoustic Razer gaming grade Ultraslick mouse feetgaming peripherals with movieDVD/Blu-ray release - Gold-plated USB connectorSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/razer-unveils-transformers-3-gaming-peripherals-with-movie-dvdblu-ray-release/13678.html - 7-ft lightweight, braided fiber cableOctober 5th, 2011 - Approx. size in mm: 128(L) x 70(W) x 42.5(H) Sandy Bridge-E should hit C2 stepping after launchBesides the Transformers 3 DVD/Blu-ray movie release, you Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sandy-bridge-e-should-hit-c2-stepping-can now own a piece of limited edition Transformers 3 gaming after-launch/13677.htmlperipheral from Razer. Razer, with license from Hasbro, October 5th, 2011has unveiled their new range of Transformers 3 gamingperipherals. We knew that Intels Sandy Bridge-E chips were big and complicated to make, but what we didnt expect was that Intel was going to continuously keep running into problems. The current C1 stepping is apparently having problems with VT- d, not a major issue for most consumers maybe, but its a huge problem when it comes to Xeon chips and as such Intel is working on the C2 stepping to fix this "errata".Razer, under license from Hasbro, has unleashed a unique We knew that Intels Sandy Bridge-E chips were big andTransformers 3: Dark of the Moon Collector’s Edition product complicated to make, but what we didnt expect was that Intelline now available on DVD and Blu-Ray. The four uniquely was going to continuously keep running into problems. Thedesigned Razer DeathAdder mice in the form of OPTIMUS current C1 stepping is apparently having problems with VT-PRIME, BUMBLEBEE, MEGATRON and SHOCKWAVE, d, not a major issue for most consumers maybe, but its aclaim to offer unparalleled gaming performance. Also included huge problem when it comes to Xeon chips and as such Intelin the product line is a dual-sided Razer Vespula mouse mat is working on the C2 stepping to fix this "errata".whereby one side represents the AUTOBOTS with a speed- The only good news here for Intel, if you look at that way,enhancing surface, and the other, the DECEPTICONS with is that its current Extreme Edition CPUs dont support VT-d,a control-enhancing surface. You can showcase your favored neither does the Sandy Bridge K-SKU CPUs, so as far as theallegiance as you annihilate opponents with your preferred consumer platform is concerned it looks like there wont bestyle of swiping. An exclusive laptop case designed by Razer is any further delays, but the initial batch should be C1 steppingalso available in four iconic TRANSFORMERS brand colors, rather than C2. The C1 stepping should be in production bydelivering a stylish and eye-catching storage solution. now, or by the latest by next week, although we dont knowPrice: US$59.99 when Intel will kick off production of the C2 stepping, but its very possible it wont be until next year as qualificationAvailability: North America (Retail and Razerzone.com) – samples of the C2 stepping isnt expected until the very end ofAvailable Now ; Rest of the World – Q4 2011 the year.Product features: As weve mentioned before, Intel will only certify the Waimea- Ergonomic right-handed design Bay platform for PCI Express 2.0 at launch, due to the fact that there arent enough third party cards to test with. Some PCI- 3500dpi Razer precision 3.5G infrared sensor 10
  11. 11. October 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneExpress 3.0 devices are still likely to work, but Intel doesnt come up with this backwards solution, but it really looks likeguarantee compatibility. This makes us wonder if the current just yet another artificial limitation that is likely to upset6-series motherboard with Gen 3 switches will actually work consumers.properly once cards and more importantly, Ivy Bridge CPUs Weve also got full details with regards to the graphicsarrive. resolutions that are supported as well as confirmation of theWe also have some good news for those wanting to continue to clock speeds. The N2800 (and D2700) has the GPU clocked atuse Windows XP, the Waimea Bay platform will be compatible 640MHz while the N2600 (and D2500) gets to make do withwith both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, although a 400MHz GPU clock, although the render clock is running atIntel wont be providing Rapid Storage drivers for the 32- a slower 200MHz for all models.bit version of XP and as such the standard Windows drivers All four CPUs support eDP/DisplayPort, HDMI 1.3a, LDVSwill be handling things. The platform will also be supporting (single channel) and D-sub/analogue display connectivity.Windows 8 once Microsoft launches it. However, when it comes to supported resolutions things getWe cant but feel sorry for the motherboard manufacturers as complicated. For the case of simplicity weve included thewell, as were hearing that Intel has jacked the price of the X79 table provided by Intel, but its very clear that the mobilechipset up by 20 percent compared to the X58 chipset, which versions are artificially held back when it comes to the displayputs the X79 chipset somewhere in the US$70 region. This is resolution of the netbook/notebook, although consideringof course the list price and with various discounts and what most notebook displays have a resolution of 1366x768 fromnot, Intel might very well be selling it for far less. However, 11.6 to 15.6-inches, this isnt a huge issue. What is strangewere looking at a chipset that offers nothing new over the though is the DisplayPort limitation for external displays forX58 chipset in terms of features and its the size of any of the N-series CPUs and youre better off using HDMI in thisthe 6-series chipsets, i.e. it should be cheaper to manufacture case. Note that only two displays can be used simultaneously.than the X58 chipset which consists of the I/O Hub and theICH10R. Now if there only was some competition…Intel reveals Atom N2X00-series details ahead of launchSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-reveals-atom-n2x00-series-details-ahead-of-launch/13675.htmlOctober 5th, 2011 One of the most important aspects of the new Atom processors is hardware video decode support and Intel has implemented support for MPEG2, WMV, H.264 and VC-1 at either 720p60m 1080i60 or 1080p24 for videos encoded at up to 20Mbps. Sadly theres no support for MPEG4 (or rather MPEG4 partThere isnt much left in terms of secrets when it comes to 2 as H.264 is MPEG4 part 10), so DivX and similar formatsIntels upcoming N2X00-series of mobile Atom processors, are still lacking hardware decoding. In its wisdom, or ratherbut what we didnt already know, Intel has now managed to lack thereof, Intel wont be offering hardware decode for Flashunveil itself thanks to a datasheet that the company published from version 11.0 and onwards. In other words, this is not aahead of the CPU launch. Its a simple mistake, as the same platform for the future.datasheet covers the Atom D2X00-series and although thetwo CPU families are very similar, there are some differences In as much as the new Atom platform is a huge upgrade inbeyond the mobile and desktop aspects. many ways, we cant help but feel disappointed about how little Intel really has added. Its very clear that Intel is scared that its Atom platforms will eat away market share from itsThere isnt much left in terms of secrets when it comes to Celeron and Pentium branded processors. AMDs only battleIntels upcoming N2X00-series of mobile Atom processors, in this market space is to gain consumer approval, as its entrybut what we didnt already know, Intel has now managed to level Fusion platform with the E and C-series APUs are easilyunveil itself thanks to a datasheet that the company published outperforming Intels Atom processors where it matters forahead of the CPU launch. Its a simple mistake, as the same most consumers. We doubt that Intel will have a hard sell, butdatasheet covers the Atom D2X00-series and although the we dont think its Atom processors will have the same markettwo CPU families are very similar, there are some differences share as in the past, as the platform just isnt competitive anybeyond the mobile and desktop aspects. more.For starters wed missed he fact that the Atom N2600 onlysupports 2GB of RAM, whereas the N2800 happily accepts4GB, just like its desktop counterparts. On top of that theN2600 only supports a single DIMM while the other threeAtom models happily take two. Were not sure why Intel has 11
  12. 12. October 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneCorsair H100 Water CoolerReviewSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/corsair-h100-water-cooler-review/13674.htmlOctober 5th, 2011 Even though computer water cooling started off aboutfifteen years ago, it was not until a couple of years ago whencompanies first released closed loop, ready to run liquidbased coolers for PC components. One of the first companieswhich released such a liquid based cooler a couple of yearsago was Corsair. Today we are going to have a look at ASRock was established in 2002 to compete against Tier 2the latest and largest liquid based CPU cooler Corsair ever motherboard makers like DFI, ABIT, and ECS. Traditionallyreleased, the Hydro Series H100. The H100 features a dual fan many think of ASRock as ASUSs entry level board maker,radiator and Corsair boasts that the cooler can deliver extreme as ASUS is thought of as catering to the high-end marketperformance; we will find out if that claim is true in this review. segment. While things arent so clear anymore as to who owns who, it is pretty much accepted that ASRock isnt ownedEven though computer water cooling started off about fifteen by ASUS any longer, but they still seem to buy in bulk andyears ago, it was not until a couple of years ago when thus we see a lot of the same parts used, even parts thatcompanies first released closed loop, ready to run liquid are exclusively made for ASUS. In fact after ASUS split withbased coolers for PC components. One of the first companies Pegatron, Pegatron used ASRock to compete against ASUS. Towhich released such a liquid based cooler a couple of years make things even stranger it seems like ASRock is still usingago was Corsair. Today we are going to have a look at some of ASUS’s R&D, foundries, as well as buying in bulk withthe latest and largest liquid based CPU cooler Corsair ever them. While officially they are not the same company, theyreleased, the Hydro Series H100. The H100 features a dual fan sure do have many common similarities. It seems that perhapsradiator and Corsair boasts that the cooler can deliver extreme ASUS didnt know or maybe wanted ASRock to become whatperformance; we will find out if that claim is true in this review. it has become today, a motherboard brand which has come a long way in very little time.ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 With the introduction of LGA1155 based chipsets ASRock shotReview through its lower tier status and is now competing head to head with GIGABYTE and ASUS. The way ASRock is able toSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asrock-z68-extreme7-gen3- do this is with lower prices, since ASUS and ASRock sharereview/13629.html a lot of the same parts, ASRock is able to obtain parts at aOctober 5th, 2011 bulk price/contracts that they couldnt negotiate on their own. Then their parent company Pegatron shares foundries with ASUS, so when ASUS outsources to Pegatron they can use the technology ASUS used to manufacturer that board. It is not as devious as that sounds, and its really a great thing for ASRock fans.Today we venture into ASRocks lastest top-of-the-line Z68board which is in a class of its own; a feature packed beauty Yet this Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 has a 3 year warranty, 2oz copperwith an affordable price tag. Follow us as we take a good PCB (something pretty much unique to only a few ASRockdeep look at what makes the board what it is, from its unique boards), Japanese Solid Caps (that are sprayed gold to indicatetechnologies to what makes it roar. Follow us to answer good quality?), as well as some technologies that make thisquestions like, how do you get PCI-E 3.0 with an NF200? reviewer wonder, are they trying to compete against the Z68X- How is the VRM on the Extreme7 Gen3 comparable to other UD7 and the Maximus 4 Extreme-Z?boards? How is this board priced lower than other NF200bearing boards? To begin the review a block diagram of the Z68 platform:Introduction 12
  13. 13. October 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Sony Ericsson has announced the launch of two new Android smartphones - Xperia active (above left) designed for users with an active lifestyle, and Live with Walkman, an Android smartphone that delivers superior music experience. Sony Ericsson Xperia active Running on the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the Xperia active is a tough Android smartphone for an active sports andCompared to the earlier P67, the Z68 chipset adds Intel HD outdoor life. This phone is dust-proof and water resistant andGraphics support, as well as Intel Smart Responce Technology incorporates wet finger tracking to ensure the phone works(SSD Caching). Intel should have initially released the Z68 perfectly even if the the screen or a user’s fingers are wet.chipset, as its gains from P67 are very minimal. This The Xperia active also features Reality Display with Mobilemotherboard also has Lucid Virtu technology which allows for BRAVIA Engine, 5-megapixel rear camera that can captureswitchable graphics, DVI, HDMI, D-SUB, and DisplayPort are high definition videos, and a powerful 1GHz processor. Pre-all avaible. ASRock doesnt do everything like ASUS, first they loaded with sports apps that enable users to easily track theirdont use the Intel PHY, instead they use Broadcom controller, fitness levels, users can set their training route using the built-the first time i have seen one on a $280 board. They also use in GPS, Barometer and Compass. In addition, on-screen hearta PLX bridge chip to better the use of the 8 PCI-E 2.0 lanes rate and pulse can be monitored in real-time (enabled by ANTthat the PCH offers, this allows them to add another 16x (4x + wireless networking technology), while the SportyPal Propghysical) slot to the board, while simultaneously running 3 x app can monitor real-time performance.USB 3.0 and 2 SATA 6GB/s controllers. Sony Ericsson Live with WalkmanSony Ericsson introduces The Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman has a dedicated Walkman hardware button that provides instant access toXperia active and Live with the music player. The phone also runs the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread and users can like, share and discover contentWalkman through Facebook integration while the infinite button allowsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ericsson-introduces-xperia- consumers to connect to friends, photos, music and videos.active-and-live-with-walkman/13673.html The Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman has a stylish curvedOctober 5th, 2011 design, a glossy finish and a mineral glass display. It also features a 3.2-inch screen, 1GHz processor, front-facing camera for video calling and a 5-megapixel AF rear camera that can capture 720p HD video recording. The Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman also comes with Sony’s xLOUD that enhances audio output.The Sony Ericsson Xperia active, designed for the activelifestyle users, was showcased in June with the Xperia Ray Pricing and availabilityand Xperia Txt. Today, the company has officially launched The Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman is now available inthe phone in Singapore, together with the Sony Ericsson Live Singapore in the colours Black and White at a recommendedwith Walkman that promises great audio enjoyment for music retail price of S$398 before telco subsidies. The Sony Ericssonlovers. Xperia active will be available in Singapore from 1 October 2011 tomorrow in Black with Orange band, at a recommended retail price of S$498 without contract. 13
  14. 14. October 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNorton Mobile Security Lite Sony Ericsson announcesoffers Android users from Lara Croft and the Guardian ofprotection physical and online Light first to Android on Xperiacrime PLAYSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/norton-mobile-security-lite-offers- Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ericsson-announces-lara-croft-android-users-from-protection-physical-and-online-crime/13672.html and-the-guardian-of-light-first-to-android-on-xperia-play/13671.htmlOctober 5th, 2011 October 5th, 2011Android users can now secure their mobile devices fromphysical and online crime with the free Nortons Mobile Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY owners who are also fans of LaraSecurity Lite. The new security application offers selected anti- Croft games would be pleased to know that Lara Croft andtheft features with powerful anti-malware to keep your data the Guardian of Light will be available on Android, and firstsafe even if you lose your phone. on the Xperia PLAY smartphone. Read on for the details.Norton by Symantec has unveiled the availability of NortonMobile Security Lite, a free security application for Android-based smartphones. The Norton Mobile Security Lite claims toseamlessly combine selected anti-theft features with powerfulanti-malware that gives users security even if their phone is Sony Ericsson is adding more titles to its Xperia PLAY phonelost, stolen or compromised by malware. and with a partnership with world renowned Square Enix.Key features On Norton Mobile Security Lite: The partnership will bring much loved titles such as “Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light” exclusively to Android on- Anti-theft – The average adult in Singapore loses his the Xperia PLAY in November 2011. More established gamemobile phone 1.6 times in 5 years and 50 percent reported titles from Square Enix will follow in the coming months. Theconcerns over the loss of privacy and sensitive information. Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY has been made available to more Norton Mobile Security Lite allows users to lock lost or stolen consumers around the world. The smartphone has recentlyphones, preventing strangers or thieves from accessing vital gone on sale in the US on the AT&T network and on the 14thinformation or running up their mobile bill. September, the company announced that Xperia PLAY will be- Anti-malware – Scans all files and app updates downloaded launched in Japan with NTT DOCOMO in October 2011.to the mobile device and automatically detects and removesthreats without slowing you down. LaCie launches the LaPlug,- Automatic LiveUpdate – Automatically downloads andinstalls security updates keeping you a step ahead of lets you access USB drivescybercriminals. over the netPricing and Availability Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lacie-launches-the-laplug-lets-you- access-usb-drives-over-the-net/13670.htmlNorton Mobile Security Lite is now available for free in October 5th, 2011English on the Android Market. For users who want additionalprotection such as the ability to block unwanted calls or textmessages; or block phishing websites used to steal personalinformation and money, there is the option to upgradeto the full featured Norton Mobile Security for an annualsubscription of S$19.90. If product design is more important to you than what you get for your money, then LaCie is most likely a familiar brand to you. However, the company does managed to come up with 14
  15. 15. October 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonesome quirky bits of hardware from time to time and its latest them arent likely to have Time Machine support built in, butaddition, the LaPlug is just one of those things that could be theyre likely to have more advanced features and you do getimmensely useful, but somehow turns out to be fairly pointless a router included as well. We cant but help to feel that LaCieat the same time. priced itself out of the market a bit here, although then again, were sure there will be plenty of less technically inclined users that would be more than happy to spend that kind of moneyIf product design is more important to you than what you get for easy network access to their data stored on multiple USBfor your money, then LaCie is most likely a familiar brand to drives.you. However, the company does managed to come up withsome quirky bits of hardware from time to time and its latestaddition, the LaPlug is just one of those things that could be Samsung unleashes multipleimmensely useful, but somehow turns out to be fairly pointlessat the same time. mobile building blocks Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-unleashes-multiple-mobile-In essence the LaPlug is a compact NAS box at 119x119x37mm, building-blocks/13669.htmlexcept that by now youve most likely realised that by being October 5th, 2011so small theres no space for an internal drive. Rather thandoing a NAS, LaCie put together a box that has both GigabitEthernet and support for 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi where the quirkybit is that it has four USB 2.0 ports for external storage devices. Its actually quite amazing how many products SamsungThree of the ports are around the back for more permanent makes and theres no wonder that the company is startingconnectivity and one is on the front. In addition to being able to have such a dominant place in the mobile market space.to accept storage devices the LaPlug also accepts printers for The company announced no less than five new productssharing over the network. related to mobile products, a new HD CMOS sensor, a 16Megapixel CMOS sensor, faster 64GB eMMC flash memory, 3Xnm LPDDR3 memory and a new 1.5GHz Exynos SoC manufactured using a 32nm High-K Metal Gate low-power process. Its actually quite amazing how many products Samsung makes and theres no wonder that the company is starting to have such a dominant place in the mobile market space. The company announced no less than five new products related to mobile products, a new HD CMOS sensor, a 16Megapixel CMOS sensor, faster 64GB eMMC flash memory, 3Xnm LPDDR3 memory and a new 1.5GHz Exynos SoC manufactured using a 32nm High-K Metal Gate low-power process. The HD CMOS sensor is maybe not the most impressive of the announcements, but the S5K8AA as its called is a tinyThe neat trick is that LaCie provides software with the LaPlug 1/8.2-inch CMOS sensor with a 1.2Megapixel resolution andthat allows you to access the attached devices even when the entire camera modules is a mere 2.8mm deep. The trickyoure not at home, well, at least as long as the LaPlug is here is that itll do 720p30 video or 480p60 and combinedconnected to the internet somehow. Its also possible to get with backside illumination it should make for better video callaccess to the LaPlug via a web browser, but this isnt always quality in slim handsets and tablets.the most convenient option in our experience. The LaPlug also On the other end of the spectrum is the 1/2.3-inch 16Megapixelsupports UPnP and DLNA and will stream media to any other CMOS sensor called the S5K2P1, thats the same size sensorDLNA device. Being an Apple friendly company LaCie has also as in the recently launched Pentax Q interchangeable lensthrown in support for Apples Time Machine backup software. compact and larger than that found in many budget digital cameras. Although this backside illuminated sensor was designed with high-end smartphones in mind, it can also be used with digital cameras and camcorders and it shows that phones are getting very close to entirely replacing entry level digital cameras, at least as long as youre not worried about having the ability to zoom. Samsung makes some impressive claims for the S5K2P1 as well, as its meant toThe problem is that LaCie expects you to pay US$74.99 (S$97) shoot 16Megapixle images at 30fps, or 8.3Megapixel picturesfor the LaPlug, for that kind of money you can wide range of at 60fps, all without any shutter lag effect in 16:9 format.wireless routers with a USB port or two built in. So ok, most of 15
  16. 16. October 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMoving on we get to a product youre going to want in the samephone as the 16Megapixel camera sensor, namely 64GB of Canon Singapore launcheseMMC NAND flash. Samsungs latest eMMC NAND flash uses 23 imaging products fora toggle DDR2 interface and is manufactured using Samsungs2Xnm process. Samsung claims sequential read speeds of consumer and enterprise80MB/s and write speeds of 40MB/s which the companyclaims is a threefold improvement over fast microSD cards. markets Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/canon-singapore-launches-23-imaging-No-ones going to complain about faster storage memory on products-for-consumer-and-enterprise-markets/13668.htmltheir phones, right? October 5th, 2011On the subject of memory, we swiftly move on to Samsungs3Xnm LPDDR3 memory which is available in 4Gbit (512MB)chips, which might not seem like a lot, but its the firstDDR3 1,066MHz memory designed for use in smartphonesand tablets. Not only is it faster than LPDDR2, but Samsungalso claims that it uses 20 percent less power which equals tobetter device battery life. Sadly Samsungs LPDDR3 memory Canon Singapore had a massive product launch for thewont go into mass production until sometime next year, but second half of 2011 today, with 23 imaging products rangingit should hopefully be ready in time for the onslaught of new from printers to projectors and digital cameras. And no, thequad core ARM SoCs such as Nvidias next gen Tegra model company did not reveal any Canon mirrorless camera, despitewhich will be able to take advantage of LPDDR3 memory. Nikon unveiling theirs last week.Finally we have yet another first, Samsungs new Exynos 4212ARM Cortex-A9 SoC which is built on Samsungs 32nm High-K Metal Gate low-power process, something the companyhas co-developed with Global Foundries. By moving from45nm to 32nm, Samsung has managed to boost the clockspeed from 1.2GHz to 1.5GHz with the added benefit of theMali-400MP graphics core being boosted from 267MHz to400MHz something Samsung claims will boost the graphicsperformance by up to 50 percent. Of course moving from45nm to 32nm brings with it the added benefit of lower powerusage and Samsung claims that the power usage is down byup to 30 percent. Samsung also threw in support for a fewadditional video codecs, 1080p video encoding and on-chipHDMI 1.4 support. The Exynos 4212 should be available from The Canon PowerShot S100 (left) placed together with thenext quarter, although we have a feeling it might take a little PowerShot S95bit longer until we see devices based on it, at least from anyonebut Samsung. The Canon PowerShot S100 compact digital camera was among the 23 products that were showcased at the event. TheIf thats not an impressive range of announcements all at successor to the popular S95 comes in black or silver, and nowonce, we dont know what is and we can see why Apple is so comes with a grip for better handling. The Canon PowerShotconcerned about Samsung. Its become clear that Samsung is S100 will be available in early November, with pricing detailsa major force in the market and the company is seemingly to be announced closer to availability date.putting a lot of effort into becoming a leader in the mobilemarket space, not only in terms of producing high-end devices,but also when it comes to offering the best components thatgoes into the devices as well. By having its own componentsecho system, Samsung doesnt have to rely on partners either,something that can seriously hold a company back at times.That said, it can be a dangerous gamble to be too overreliant on your own abilities too, but then again, Samsungdoesnt seem to rely solely on its own components, as recentlylaunched versions of the Galaxy S II in the US featuredQualcomm processors. Still, we cant wait to see whats nextfrom Samsung. 16
  17. 17. October 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIncorporating the enhanced HS system and new DIGIC5 image processor, the PowerShot S100 features a high-sensitively 12.1-Megapixel 1/1.7-type CMOS image sensor thatcan capture superb quality images even under low lightsituation. In addition, the camera also comes with integratedGPS unit that can record location into a picture’s EXIF data.Canon also unveiled the latest range of PIXMA printers whichinclude the MG2170, MG3170, MG4170, MG5370, MG6270,MG8270 and the single function iP4970 with the improvedFull HD Movie Print feature and Fun Filters. Users can alsoleverage the improved wireless printing capabilities to printdirectly from their iPhones and iPads with Apple’s AirPrinttechnology, or directly from their web albums with the PixmaCloud Link.And some model pics at the event:- 17
  18. 18. October 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone To begin with, this board seems to have six DDR3 DIMM slots. Thats an odd number, considering the Sandy Bridge- E processor embeds four DDR3 memory channels, and so motherboards should ideally either have four slots (one per channel), or eight (two per channel). As with all LGA2011 boards, the memory slots are arranged on either sides of the large 2011-pin socket. The CPU seems to be powered by at least an 8-phase VRM. Were able to count just one row of chokes on the VRM area north of the socket, there could be more rows. Interestingly, the FETs of the memory VRM seem to be cooled by heatsinks, as well. The last time we saw heatsinks over memory VRM was with Foxconn QuantumForce X58 boards. The heatsink cooling the X79 PCH (platform controller hub) is cooled by an active fan-heatsink. Active cooling, we think, is redundant. X79, unlike X58, is a single chip platform controller hub, with the northbridge completely relocated to the CPU package. A PCH is not much more than a glorifiedASRock Teases with X79 southbridge. Overclockers will seldom need to play with PCHExtreme7 Picture voltages. Besides, small fans can add to the case noise. One upside we see is that with a multi-disk RAID array, the PCHSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asrock-teases-with-x79-extreme7- could heat up, and the active heatsink design could help keeppicture/13667.html the size of the heatsink down.October 5th, 2011 We see at least five PCI-Express x16 slots, one can expect at least four of them to be Gen 3.0, and wired to the processor. We spy 9 internal SATA ports, and two front-panel USB 3.0 headers (four ports). Apart from the usual 24-pin ATX and 8- pin EPS power inputs, the board can draw power from a 4-pin Molex connector. The extra power might come handy in someASRock is now a full-fledged motherboard manufacturer with scenarios (such as a PhysX-dedicated graphics card that reliesboards targeting every market segment, from $50 office PC on the motherboard entirely, for power.boards, to all-out enthusiast boards. Its upcoming socketLGA2011 lineup has one such board, one that woos budget- Oh yes, were looking forward to more pictures.unconcious buyers, the X79 Extreme7.ASRock is now a full-fledged motherboard manufacturer with "Sony Tablet" S arriving inboards targeting every market segment, from $50 office PCboards, to all-out enthusiast boards. Its upcoming socket Singapore in October 2011LGA2011 lineup has one such board, one that woos budget- Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/-sony-tablet-s-arriving-in-singapore-unconcious buyers, the X79 Extreme7. in-october-2011/13666.html October 5th, 2011 This afternoon, Sony Electronics Asia Pacific announced the launch of their latest "Sony Tablet" S in Singapore. The "Sony Tablet" S sports a 9.4-inch touchscreen, is equipped with Nvidia Tegra 2 mobile processor and runs Google Android 3.2 Honeycomb platform.After looking at the slurpy teaser picture we scored, we reallywish we had a shot of this boards landscape. But from whatlittle we can make out, the board seems to be fully loaded ina very unique way. 18
  19. 19. October 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone unique connector that fits the optional specialized cradle (sold separately). The company also claims that the tablet is the first series to be PlayStation certified, which means you can play original Playstation games such as Crash Bandicoot and Pinball Heroes (preinstalled) on the "Sony Tablet" S.Today, Sony has launched their highly-anticipated "SonyTablet" S that claims to offer powerful features and deliverengaging entertainment experience to consumers. The "SonyTablet" S features 9.4-inch LED-backlit IPS touchscreen,Nvidia Tegra 2 mobile processor and Google Android 3.2Honeycomb. On usage, the tablet is fast when we navigate Sony has included various optional accessories for the "Sonyacross the various screens and run the applications. The Tablet" S such as the cradle, AC adapter, LCD screen protector,display also looks good when we played some movie trailers. carrying case, USB adapter cable and Bluetooth keyboard. The "Sony Tablet" S will be available in 16GB (S$668) and 32GB (S$798) respectively in end October. The 3G versions of the "Sony Tablet" S will be available at a later date. Taisuke Nakanishi, managing director of Sony South East Asia, was present to announce the companys new tablet device and said that Singapore is the first country in southeast Asia to launch the "Sony Tablet" S. "The Sony Tablet S is all our innovations packaged together in your hands. It is designed to enhance your entertainment experience by defining the way you touch, enjoy and share your content" Nakanishi said.The "Sony Tablet" S has a unique asymmetric design; thescreen is sloped when placed on a flat surface. On the sidesof the tablet are the USB and SD memory card reader, resetpinhole, volume controls and power button. It also has a 19

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