Snapdragon 810 is out! (Dev-Platform Review)

At the cost of $800 dollars you can purchase the developer edition, the so-called “dev platforms”. These devices come with the latest iteration of Google’s Android, which is optimised for the 64 bits CPUs.
The star of the show, the Snapdragon 810 chipset consists of four Cortex-A57 and four Cortex-A53 cores, which are 20nm CPUs. These are estimated to be 50% more powerful than the 32bit CPU on Snapdragon 805.
In terms of graphics processing, the Adreno 430 GPU is 30% faster than the Adreno 420. As a result of this the terminal is capable of 4K video encoding at 30fps and 1080p at 120fps.
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Despite that the CPU supports camera units of up to 55 Megapixels, the terminal “only” has a 13 Megapixels rear facing camera with dual LED flash. What is great about this camera is the optical image stabilisation. The front facing camera is a 4 Megapixel one capable of auto-focus.
When it comes to memory, the developer unit is equipped with 4GB of LP-DDR4 RAM and 32 GB of storage. It also has a microSD slot located under the battery door.
The screen is enormous at 6.17″ at a 1600×2560 resolution. Like many others, it recognises multitouch of up to 10 points.
When it comes to sensors, the “dev-platform” has yet to disappoint. We are looking at a 3 axis accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer, proximity sensor, light sensor, pressure sensor, UV sensor, humidity sensor, 8 microphones and a Mobean sensor.
More connectivy feature are the 3.0 USB, bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. It also features a 11.1 sound with Dolby and DTS. The hardware buttons of this device ar the power(upper right) and the volume buttons (upper left).
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Other features on this device are a fringerprint reader located on the back and a tri-color notification LED.
The only downside found in the spec sheet is the battery, which is rather small compared to the screen. The capacity of 3020mAh could barely last a full day of heavy usage. On the other hand, this terminal is intended for development purposes and not as a main device.
I find this device very attractive at this point since it features the latest software and cutting edge hardware. It can be ordered now from Qualcomm and it should arrive by mid-December.
For orders and spec sheet visit Intrinsyc.

Have a good one!

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Inbox by Google- Review

Design

First off, we notice the new Material Design that is going to be present system-wide on Android starting with Lollipop.  I personally prefer Inbox over other email apps. It made emailing more pleasant to the eye and offered a slightly different approach.  It is also based on a color theme similar to other Google products, such as the Play Store.
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What’s new

  • Swipe left to snooze an email. This will make the email appear again as a notification at a user-defined time.
  • Swipe right to mark as done. This will move the email from your inbox to the “Done” section, so that you won’t see it again, resulting a cleaner interface.
  • Set reminders. You can use Inbox like the Reminders app from iOS, but it is integrated in the email app and it won’t disappear unless you mark it as done or you snooze it.
  • The “Compose” button is a big plus. Literally. Not only it can be used to compose an email, but it can create reminders and bring your contacts in one place. The advantage of this function is that it makes emails quicker to write.
  • Better organization in categories such as travel, purchases, social, forums and they are highly customizable, meaning you can add your own ones.
  • Location services. This makes snoozing and reminders more powerful. For example you can set a reminder when you arrive at home/work/any destination. This comes at the cost of battery, because you will have to enable location at all times if you want to take advantage of this feature.

Compatibility

Inbox is fully compatible with Android and iOS devices. In addition to this, Inbox automatically syncs your notes from the Notes app on iOS so you can read and edit them on all your devices. I found this very convenient because I own an iPad Mini Retina and a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and I like it when apps offer such cross-platform communication. Speaking of iPads, you might want to know that Inbox is not fully optimized for the iPad screen resolution, therefore can not be used as a replacement for other mail apps.

Verdict

I have used Inbox for a week now and I am not disappointed. I have yet to use all the features it provides, but I found them quite useful so I know there will be a time when I would like to have them. On top of that, I found the interface better organised and the fact that it offers the option to move all the mails out of the inbox into the Done folder is absolutely great. I’m looking forward to the iPad updates.

If you have any questions, I’d be glad to answer them in the comments section.