Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sony Ericsson aims higher in 2011

The first step that they've taken is to improve the Xperia Arc handset adding an impressive new camera as well as 32-point multitouch. Using a new type of sensor known as Exmor R and with improved placement of the light sensors on the device the Experia Arc will now be able to take pictures in low-light conditions with much improved image stability. As well as the reduced risk of blurred pictures the UI of the camera has also been tweaked to speed up the process of taking pictures.

Going from no multitouch on the previous arc to 32-point multi-touch on the new model will also see a significant improvement in performance. It would theoretically allow 32 digits to operate it simultaneously but its main purpose will be to provide more accurate gestures which should make for more accurate typing.

Although the X10 and X10 mini failed to impress the market Steve Walker from Sony Ericsson was keen to point out how they influenced the development of the new Arc;

"If we hadn't done what we did with the X10 and the X10 minis we wouldn't have been able to do what we've done here today"

The new arc is expected to be available within the next couple of months and "is just the first of many" that Sony Ericsson plans to release in the new year.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc: High level shooter – video

We’ve noted the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc on a couple of occasions recently and included it in our 5 of the best upcoming Android phones from CES 2011 and also wrote about some earlier teasers of the Xperia Arc.

Now Andrew Munchbach over on BGR, sourced from Android Central, has given us a closer look at the high-level camera performance of the slimline Xperia Arc and there’s also a video from Sony Ericsson that you can see below this story. The 8-megapixel camera includes a Sony sensor and f/2.4 aperture value, which makes it suitable for varying light conditions.

There is also an array of configurations available and the 720p video showing off the Xperia Arc camera improvements was also conveniently taken using another Arc. If you want to take a hands-on look at this impressive handset then check out an article by Sascha Segan over on PC World which also rated the camera highly.

Are you thinking of purchasing the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and are the enhanced camera features part of that decision? Why not let us know by sending us your comments.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

HP dv7 Laptop with Intel’s Sandy Bridge Inside

Intel may be waiting patiently to do the official unveiling of their Sandy Bridge processors until CES 2011, but that’s not stopping the name from popping up pretty much everywhere. We first caught glimpse of the new chip in an HP dv6 that was being shown off in an electronics store in Singapore, where you could buy one if you really wanted to. Another HP laptop appeared in Micro Center’s catalogue, and one lucky individual decided that they didn’t want to wait. So, they bought it. And sure enough, Sandy Bridge is on board. Thankfully, photos were taken.

On the inside of the machine, you’ll find a second-generation Intel Core i7-2630QM Processor, clocked at 2GHz. With the Tubo Boost technology thrown in for good measure, it can be bumped up to 2.9GHz. You’ll also find 6GB of RAM inside, along with 1TB 5400RPM HDD. 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6570 GPU should help with the graphics. The display is a 1600 x 900 LED variation, measuring in at 17.3-inches. For a bit of icing on the cake, the buyer also managed to run a few benchmarking tests, of which the laptop managed to come in just under the standard quad-core desktop PCs running Intel’s Core i7.

As for the battery life, the lucky individual states that it’s a 9-cell version, and that he’s managed to get just under four hours of usage while running Hulu, and only Hulu. When he did normal web browsing, along with listening to some music, he managed to eek out four and a half hours. It’s not all good news, though. Micro Center has pulled the listing for the HP dv7, and it’s no longer for sale. However, that should change here pretty quickly.

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