Amidst the launch of the LG G3, and the ongoing WWDC Conference in San Francisco, there have been some rather small developments on the smartphone front, with Sony coming out of the blues and launching a new phablet that seems to be quite thin. And this is the new Xperia T3, and not the Xperia Z2 Ultra that we all have been waiting to know more about.
This device launched by Sony, doesn’t seem to be their flagship phone for 2014, but is rather a mid-ranger, packed with some decent specifications. The T3 has a large 5.3 inch, 720p IPS display with a pixel count of 227 PPI( pixels per inch ). It is powered by the quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor clocked in at 1.4 Ghz, 1 GB RAM and Adreno 305 GPU graphics. It will run the latest version of Android, 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box. Other key specifications include an 8 MP rear( with flash), and a 1.1 MP front-facing Exmor camera, 8 GB internal storage( with Micro SD Card support ), and a 2500-mAh Battery.
On the connectivity front the T3 is 2G/3G enabled along with LTE capabilities. It has Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n(2.4 Ghz/5 Ghz) and also hosts NFC to share and exchange documents.
Sony claims it to be the slimmest 5.3-inch phablet available in the market, with just a bare minimum of 7mm thickness, and weighing just 148 grams. The phone to screen ratio is thus increased to 66.7%. The phone is expected to launch globally in July (next month) and will available in three colors: black, white and purple.
SOURCE : Xperia Blog , Pocketnow
Apple Inc. finally broke its silence and announced that they have met ground with Beats founder and famous rapper Dr. Dre and the deal has been sealed for $3 billion. As per the terms of the deal, we have already come to know the payment structure where $2.6B will be paid in cash, and the rest $400M in terms of equity.
This is the second biggest acquisition that Apple has ever made. The last being NexT which was undertaken to bring back ‘ Steve Jobs ’ back to Apple and to set it back on its rightful path of creativity( which has now been kinda lost!!? ) . CEO Tim Cook is satisfied with this deal and says that Beats will continue its operations independently providing music to all. He also reports that the Beats Music app wouldn’t be pulled out of the Android and Windows stores for good.
A lot of buzz and speculation has aired about this deal, about what benefit does Apple have by acquiring a radio streaming service, when they have their own ITunes service or from even the Beats Hardware division. As TechCrunch reports, Apple is influenced by the capability of the company to turn the free trial users to paid subscribers quite easily and they would now also have the expertise of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre on the executive panel too.
So, why do you think Apple bought Beats Music? For their streaming service, or their hardware services for producing headphones and quality sound gear (a rather new market for them)?
Click here for the full story on the Beats Electronics blog!!