Sneak Peak: Samsung Galaxy S5

Join the Stagbeetle as he walks you through the new Samsung Galaxy S5.

Have a look at the full specs of the phone below: –

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE (market dependent)
SIM Micro-SIM
Announced 2014, February
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2014, April
BODY Dimensions 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm (5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 in)
Weight 145 g (5.11 oz)
– Fingerprint sensor (PayPal certified)
– IP67 certified – dust and water resistant
– Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.1 inches (~432 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
– TouchWiz UI
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 128 GB
Internal 16/32 GB storage, 2 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE
NFC Yes
Infrared port Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v3.0 (MHL 2), USB On-the-go, USB Host
CAMERA Primary 16 MP, 5312 x 2988 pixels, phase detection autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features 1/2.6” sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR
Video Yes, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, HDR, video stabilization, dual-video rec., check quality
Secondary Yes, 2 MP, 1080p@30fps, dual video call
FEATURES OS Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801
CPU Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
GPU Adreno 330
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature, humidity, gesture, heart rate
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Browser HTML5
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black, White, Blue, Gold
– Wireless charging (market dependent)
– ANT+ support
– S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll
– Air gestures
– Dropbox (50 GB cloud storage)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– TV-out (via MHL 2 A/V link)
– SNS integration
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Organizer
– Image/video editor
– Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input (Swype)
BATTERY Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 390 h
Talk time Up to 21 h
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Oculus Rift Sold to Facebook for $2 Billion!

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On Tuesday 25th March Facebook announced that they have bought the emerging Virtual Reality hardware company for $2 Billion. This has caused quite a few rifts among developers and Kickstarter pledgers.

In Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook post he stated the following, ‘Immersive gaming will be the first, and Oculus already has big plans here that won’t be changing and we hope to accelerate. The Rift is highly anticipated by the gaming community, and there’s a lot of interest from developers in building for this platform.’

He then went on to say, ‘After games, we’re going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face — just by putting on goggles in your home.’
After this news Notch (Markus Persson), the creator of Minecraft was quick to come out with this tweet: –

 

We have also seen a massive backlash from Kickstater Pledgers who are now demanding a refund on their Kickstarter page where it all began.

One angry backer commented, ‘I think we as backers have a right to the product too, and I’m not okay with my money being spent on technology that goes into the hands of Facebook.’

Another said, ‘I feel used. So frustrated right now. That is uncalled for…’

 

At first when I heard the news I was on the band wagon with everyone else. What the hell have Facebook got to do with this product? But then if you think about this more, Virtual reality is far more than just gaming. We have only seen it within this prism because that is all we have really pushed it for. Facebook is a communication based company and VR can easily be worked into this format.

I think this is a good a move for Oculus Rift, with the new VR headset from Sony (Project Morpheus) and rumors that Microsoft are also working on one, I feel this could be a the boost they needed before the titans come out to play.

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