Xiaomi Mi 6 visits AnTuTu, scores 170,000

#Xiaomi #XiaomiMi6 – Xiaomi Mi 6 visits AnTuTu, scores 170,000 : Xiaomi may take the wraps off its next flagship smartphone as soon as tomorrow. We told you about this development a few hours ago, and it would certainly be an odd introduction if it pans out, because the outing of a new product tomorrow was only confirmed by company execs today. Usually invites for such events are sent out at least a few days in advance.

Anyway, the Mi 6 is continuing to hit various benchmarks in the meantime. We’ve seen it in the GFXBench database last week, and today it’s been spotted at AnTuTu. The prototype that got put through the paces of the benchmark managed to score around 170,000 points, which is certainly a big improvement over the 131,000 that the Mi 5s was able to achieve.

That’s in no small part to do with the fact that the Mi 6 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium. AnTuTu’s information listing for the Xiaomi handset calls it by its codename Sagit, which is in fact the same moniker we’ve seen at GFXBench. That SoC it has makes us certain it’s the Mi 6 in disguise.

As you can see from the image above, AnTuTu confirms that at least one model of the Mi 6 will arrive with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, a 12 MP main camera, and an 8 MP selfie shooter. It has a 1080p touchscreen and runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat underneath the latest version of MIUI.

All of these details have previously been outed by GFXBench, so you can pretty much bet on them being the final specs for the Mi 6 – especially if we’re mere hours away from its unveiling. That said, this version with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage is likely to be the entry-level option. We should see some more variants with more memory and storage, which will command a price premium as you’d expect.

Source : Gsmarena

The Xiaomi Mi 6 will most likely be unveiled tomorrow

#Xiaomi #XiaomiMi6 – The Xiaomi Mi 6 will most likely be unveiled tomorrow : As a result of its devices’ relatively good specs and competitive prices, Xiaomi is one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers in China, though the brand has been growing in popularity outside the country as well. We’ve been hearing rumors of its newest flagship, the Mi 6, for quite some time now, but a recent string of posts on Xiaomi’s official page on Chinese social networking site Weibo suggests the device will be unveiled tomorrow, April 11.

Starting April 6, Xiaomi has been publishing daily posts dedicated to each of its Mi flagships on its Weibo page, and today it has posted the last of them, the one for the Mi 5. While this isn’t an outright confirmation that the Mi 6 will be announced tomorrow, the timing is weirdly coincidental with a press conference that will be held tomorrow. Moreover, Xiaomi has apparently sent a WeChat message to its fans saying they should expect something tomorrow at noon, further confirming there is a big reveal coming up.

While it may not be as leaky as the Samsung Galaxy S8, we still know quite a lot about the Mi 6. Its processor will most likely be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, though we have also heard rumors of a 821 version as well. The rear camera of the device is said to be a 12 MP dual-camera module with Sony’s IMX 386 sensor, while the front will be a regular 8 MP shooter with IMX 268. There will also apparently be two options memory-wise: a 4GB RAM + 64GB internal memory one, and another with a 6 GB + 128 GB combo.

The screen is said to sport a 5.2-inch panel, though there’s also apparently two versions of that as well: one will have a Quad HD resolution, while the other will top at Full HD instead. It’s not entirely clear whether there will be just two versions of the device, or if Xiaomi will be playing mix-and-match with the specs, but we surely won’t have to wait for long to see. The phone is said to also run Android 7.1.1 and will reportedly be IP68-certified.

The press conference is set for noon Hong Kong time on April 11, which translates to midnight Eastern Time. We’ll make sure to keep you updated if the Mi 6 really does get unveiled tomorrow, though we’re almost certain it will.

Source: Weibo

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: Newer Isn’t Always Better

#Chevrolet #CamaroZL1 – 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: Newer Isn’t Always Better : Sometimes, the best things are already right in front of us. In the case of the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, its best track time has come from the use of a six-speed manual transmission rather than the recently developed ten-speed auto that apparently shifts quicker than Porsche’s renowned dual-clutch PDK.

That’s according to a Motor Trend comparison which pit the manual and auto versions of the same ZL1 against each other at the Willow Springs Raceway. The manual version ended up being 0.38 seconds quicker than the auto.

While a negligible difference, this result makes a strong case in favor of preserving the manual transmission especially when it comes to track battles. Of course driver skill has to be taken into account – sucky drivers would just give the ZL1 a bad name if made to row their own gears.

However, another factor that puts the manual option ahead of the auto is fuel efficiency. Having ten speeds is supposed to make the ZL1 a smoother performer, but official EPA estimates afford it only 15mpg combined, 1mpg less than the manual.

So it looks like having more speeds on a newer transmission hasn’t really done it for Chevrolet. We wonder how Ford would fare with its own ten-speed auto in the upcoming Mustang.

Samsung Galaxy S9 News: Successor To The Galaxy S8 Already In The Works

#Samsung #GalaxyS9 – Samsung Galaxy S9 News: Successor To The Galaxy S8 Already In The Works : Reports of a new Samsung flagship device are already all over the internet and it’s not the foldable Galaxy X or the Galaxy Note 8. While the Galaxy S8 has yet to drop in stores and the two other Samsung devices are expected within the year, the Korean tech giant has supposedly started working on the Galaxy S9.

International Business Times cited some sources which said that the Korean conglomerate is already working on the Galaxy S9. The report came all the way from the company’s home turf. “The Bell”, a Korean news outlet, reported that Samsung has begun development on the display panels for next year’s flagship smartphone.

The reason why Samsung is around six months ahead of schedule as compared to its previous devices’ timelines is that it wants the Galaxy S9 to be fool-proof and to be even better quality-wise than the highly impressive Galaxy S8. The debacle that is the Samsung Galaxy S7 is still fresh in their minds which are why the company is taking every precautionary step possible. Furthermore, Samsung already has laid the groundwork for a much safer process in manufacturing its devices after the exploding battery fiasco. In fact, with the way things are going so far for the Galaxy S8, it seems like Samsung has finally succeeded on burying its demons or is at least off to a good start.

BGR reported that the team in charge with the Galaxy S9’s display is already set to supply some samples sometime in the middle of this month which is basically a week or so from now. This bit of news, if proven true, clearly indicates that the display team has been hard at work for some time now. The source also mentioned that development of other vital components of the Galaxy S9 will start a month after the display gets the go-signal.

A leak showing a prototype of the Samsung Galaxy S8 indicated that the company toyed with the idea of giving the flagship smartphone a dual camera set-up. It remains to be seen if the Galaxy S9 will get the feature.

The early start can also mean an earlier launch for the next flagship handset. The launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus was understandably delayed because of their controversial predecessor and the company seems intent to get a good head start with the Samsung Galaxy S9.

Source : iTechpost

Microsoft Surface Pro 5: Dramatic Changes Not Expected

#Microsoft #SurfacePro5 – Microsoft Surface Pro 5: Dramatic Changes Not Expected : The latest in the line of Microsoft’s hybrid tablet, Surface Pro 5, is not expected to have any radical changes in its hardware. It will indeed receive updates, although those will be directed towards its software.

One of the rumors surrounding the Surface Pro 5 says that it will be shipped with Intel’s Kaby Lake as its processor. It turned out to be true, as it was recently confirmed by Microsoft pundit Paul Thurrott. Furthermore, the savant’s sources told him that the upcoming device will retain the power connector its predecessor had.

This could be in line with Microsoft’s promise to Surface Pro 3 users that their accessories would still be usable on Surface Pro 3. However, The Verge pointed out this does not mean that the company will completely forego a USB-C connection. If they opted to do that, then it would be a surprising choice indeed. That is because most Windows-compatible PC producers are now switching to the new-fangled port for their latest portable computers.

Hardware aside, Forbes wrote about Microsoft’s focus on their cloud services as well as the Windows 10 operating system. This way, Surface Pro 5 developers and engineers do not have to come up with innovative ways to pull in more customers. That is because the company’s partners also sell more of the operating systems than they actually do. And like this, they can show what existing hardware is capable of with the help software innovations and cloud services in Windows 10.

Aside from those things, there are no other details forthcoming. But it might not be a long time until Microsoft release official specifications for the Surface Pro 5. Company watchers still expect them to have a special launch event for their hybrid device during their annual spring affair. At that time, the Redmond company could also announce other updates. Nevertheless, as Thurrott already said, people should not expect any dramatic change to the device because none will be forthcoming.

Source : iTechpost

Microsoft Updates Windows 10 Store App with Interactive Notifications

#Windows10 #Windows10StoreApp – Microsoft Updates Windows 10 Store App with Interactive Notifications : The Windows Store app has just received an important update on Windows 10 that brings some pretty helpful improvements, including interactive notifications that allow users to launch the app or pin it to Start.

Currently at version 11703.1000.156.0 and released for Fast ring insiders, the new Windows Store app comes with new notifications that allow users to interact with the apps they install faster than before.

Previously, once an app got installed on Windows 10, users received a notification telling them the install process came to an end, and a click or tap on this notification launched the app instantly. Starting with this update, however, the notification comes with two separate options, namely launch and pin to Start, both of which are displayed in the Action Center as well.

In addition to these new notifications, the Windows Store also comes with a new progress bar displaying the download speed and the size, with the new design looking a bit sleeker as compared to the original design that needed more space on the screen.

New “share” option

And last but not least, there’s a new share option displayed for each app that lets you send a link to one of your contacts. This is an option that already exists in rival app stores, such as the one belonging to Apple, so it’s a good thing that Microsoft is now releasing it as well.

Given that this update is currently available for insiders only, retail users will receive it at a later time, though we expect this to happen with the Creators Update’s debut on April 11. Microsoft has improved several of its apps with help from insiders and the release of the Creators Update is the moment when retail users would be able to try them out as well, so the new Store update comes just at the right time.

For what it’s worth, the Creators Update will also launch later today for users who want to do the update manually with the Windows 10 Update Assistant.

Source : Softpedia

Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Creators Update High DPI Improvements

#WIndows10 #Windows10CreatorUpdate – Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Creators Update High DPI Improvements : One of the biggest annoyances in Windows 10 Anniversary Update affected high DPI displays, as many Win32 programs were rendered incorrectly and thus caused issues such as blurry fonts, incorrect size for desktop icons, or tooltips that looked odd even though they were generated by the OS.

With the Creators Update, however, these problems might finally be fixed, as Microsoft spent a considerable amount of time trying to improve performance on high DPI displays.

In most of the cases, in order for an application to be rendered correctly in Windows 10, developers need to update their software to include the most recent technologies that Microsoft implemented in Windows 10, so the best thing you can do is to get in touch with app makers and ask for updates.

Microsoft says that it was particularly focused on improvements for desktop application developers, and the company details them in a lengthy blog post here.

But as far as end users are concerned, there are a bunch of new features that can also help them deal with problems experienced with apps that are rendered incorrectly on high DPI displays.

Helpful option for end users

For example, starting with the Creators Update, every process has new options in the Properties screen that allow users to change DPI settings and override the default behavior by forcing the scaling to be performed by the application, the system, or by a special enhanced mode generated by the system.

Microsoft explains that the “System (enhanced)” DPI scaling mode was developed to deal with apps that simply can’t render correctly, and while it proved to be efficient in many cases, there are some limitations, so it can’t scale GDI+ and DX content, bitmap-based UI elements won’t look crisp, and users won’t be able to determine when it’s recommended to enable this mode.

“There is new functionality in the Creators Update that results in text and primitives rendering crisply on high-DPI displays for GDI-based apps only. For applications that are GDI-based Windows can now DPI scale these on a per-monitor basis. This means that these applications will, magically, become per-monitor DPI aware. Now keep in mind that this solution is not a silver bullet,” Microsoft says.

Desktop icons have also been updated to be properly rendered on high DPI scales, and Office 2016 also received improvements in this regard, so end users should feel a big difference after installing the Creators Update.

The Creators Update will launch today via the Windows Update Assistant and will become available for more users on April 11 via Windows Update.

Source : Softpedia

DDR5 To Offer Twice As Much Bandwidth Than The DDR4

#DDR5 #DDR4 – DDR5 To Offer Twice As Much Bandwidth Than The DDR4 : Double Data Rate version 5, or DDR5 for short, is the newest version of the volatile memory system from JEDEC. The new memory system is claimed to offer twice as much bandwidth than the previous version along with reduced overall power consumption.

New memory module to offer twice the bandwidth than DDR4 with better power efficiency. Random Access Memory (RAM) is one of the many important components of a computer system. Although not many made switched from using DDR3 to DDR4, this will not hinder electronic standardization governing body JEDEC from releasing DDR5.

The fifth version of the DDR volatile memory system, in summary, will offer improved system utilization and better channel efficiency. JEDEC claims that the new memory module will be able to provide increased bandwidth per pin, capacity, and power efficiency.

The DDR4 memory module has an average transfer speed of around 12 gigabytes per second and each module can hold as much as 16 gigabytes of data with a 64-bit data bus width. It is claimed that the new memory module will be able to offer a lot more than the DDR4 can although JEDEC has yet to release an official list of specifications.

According to AnandTech, the new memory module by JEDEC is said to have a maximum capacity of 32 gigabytes per module which is twice than that of the DDR4. Theoretically, the new memory module will have a data bandwidth of 51.2 gigabytes per second on a 62-bit data bus which is four times more than the previous version.

Comparing the two versions further, the DDR4 is said to have a transfer rate of 3200 MTs per second. The new memory module is expected to offer twice that at 6200 MTs per second.

Until a formal announcement on what the DDR5 can really offer, enthusiasts will just have to do with speculations. JEDEC is looking to present the new memory module at the Server Forum event in Santa Clara in June of this year.

Only 13 Windows 10 Mobile powered phones will receive the Creators Update

#Windows10 #Windows10Mobile – Only 13 Windows 10 Mobile powered phones will receive the Creators Update : It might not come as a surprise to you, and you probably didn’t give it a second thought, but the Windows 10 Creators Update is not going to be available for all Windows 10 Mobile powered devices. Being put out to pasture are units like the Nokia Lumia 930, Nokia Lumia 830 and the Nokia Lumia 1520. These three models are over two-years old, which means that they will not be receiving the Creator’s Update. These handsets will be limited to patches and cumulative updates.

The list of handsets that will receive the mobile version of the Windows 10 Creators Update include:

  • Alcatel Idol 4S
  • Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL
  • HP Elite x3
  • Lenovo Softbank 503LV
  • MCJ Madosma Q601
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
  • Microsoft Lumia 640
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
  • Trinity NuAns Neo
  • VAIO VPB051 [Vaio Phone Biz]

The update doesn’t bring much in the way of changes for phones. Once the Creators Update is installed, you’ll notice improvements to the Edge browser,  new support for e-books, and the new icon for the “Share” function..

“Beginning this month, Microsoft will release the Creators Update for Windows 10 customers including those using Windows 10 Mobile. As has been the case with pervious Windows updates, a device may not be able to receive the Creators Update if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (‘OEM’) support period. These devices will continue to receive security and servicing fixes according to our OS support policy. The full list of supported devices will be posted on the Product Lifecycle page soon.”-Microsoft

The update will start rolling out to the 13 eligible devices on April 25th.

source: MSPoweruser

Asus Releases Two New Cards: The ROG Strix 1080 OC And ROG Strix 1060 OC To Have Faster Memory

#Asus #ROGStrix1080 – Asus Releases Two New Cards: The ROG Strix 1080 OC And ROG Strix 1060 OC To Have Faster Memory : Recently the GTX 1080Ti was launched to various international markets, and now reports are coming in about an overclocked NVIDIA GTX 1080 and 1060 graphic card. NVIDIA has recently green-lighted manufacturers to use faster GDDR5 memory, and now custom card manufacturers like ASUS are doubling on this.

The result is an overclocked Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC and a 1060 OC, both having faster memory than the reference founder’s edition GTX 1080 and GTX 1060. The difference between the new models of Asus ROG and the older models of the Asus ROG is the speed. Other GTX 1080 cards are running at 10Gbps RAM speed, and the new Asus ROG Strix is running on 11 Gbps RAM speed.

Asus has given a lot of thought to cooling, which might mean that the new 1080 might be factory overclocked, considering it comes with the OC badge. As of now, Asus has made no comments about the clock speed.

Asus has given the card three fans for cooling. On top of that, the card comes with an industry first MaxContact cooling solution, which actually makes use of copper heat spreader directly in contact with the GPU. The card also comes with a massive aluminum heat sink and dissipates the heat fairly easily.

The other card in the Asus ROG Strix lineup is the GTX 1060 OC. Once again, it is unclear if the card is factory overclocked. The card has a GDDR5 RAM of 6GB running at 9 Gbps, which is an improvement from the earlier 8 Gbps. This card gets a cooling solution in the form of two fans and Asus’s Direct CU II technology. It also gets an aluminum heat sink and Asus claims it cools the GPU 30% better than the reference GTX 1060.

There haven’t been any news on price or when it will be available, and the cards aren’t on Newegg or Amazon. However, Videocardz.com suggests that the graphic cards might be released by the middle of May.