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  • Kaboose - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - link

    Looks like a good selection coming up. Reply
  • Trefugl - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - link

    It is a good selection indeed.

    I do have a question about the HTC Flyer though. I was always under the impression that was using a pressure sensitive pen digitizer (similar to Wacom tablets) vs just using a "meat-stick" capacitive pen. This was a key feature to me as it brings real pressure sensitive input to a tablet device and could lead the way with Photoshop-like apps.
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  • seanleeforever - Friday, March 25, 2011 - link

    capacitive pen. unless the technology has changed dramatically, this will be a total failure due to 2 reasons:

    very low resolution. it is fine to draw circles, but to write words you need to have a digitizer.
    you palm cannot touch the surface of the screen. or else it will be registered as another input and mass up the note.
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  • ratbert1 - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - link

    Nice preview. Not sure about your new nail polish though:) Reply
  • Azethoth - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - link

    Were you thinking "Harpy Black" or "Zombie Claw Green" instead? I vote black to go with the wrist hardware. Reply
  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - link

    Haha sorry, some of those products we weren't allowed to handle ourselves and thus the PR people at the companies were hand models :)

    Take care,
    Anand
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  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - link

    I'm guessing they've discovered that people like Anand and Brian can find out an awful lot regarding the internal hardware in a few minutes and are a little worried about early benchmarks and such. Or maybe they just don't want Anand running off with their products? ;-) Reply
  • tigger2u - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - link

    I believe these were "mechanical prototypes" which means that they were non-functioning "dummy" units.

    It is interesting to see how quickly Anand & Co. can get benchmarks loaded onto these devices (were the LG Optimus 3D results obtained with LG's blessing? http://goo.gl/EXovr )

    I'm hoping they get a little quality time with the EVO 3D to see how well the MSM8660 is fairing in that unit.
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  • Brian Klug - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - link

    We actually have an MDP8660 with us that we'll be posting some benchmarks from later this week. :)

    -Brian
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  • liem107 - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - link

    I noticed the info posters only indicate "1 ghz dual core application processor" .
    i hope the y will use their exynos instead of tegra2...
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  • cactusdog - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - link

    Anand, can you do a story on the OWC accusation that OCZ is using poor quality nand in their SSD's?

    Its important for customers to know who is telling the truth.

    Thanks
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  • softdrinkviking - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - link

    i am curious about that too.

    i also remember reading something about OCZ purposefully making their controllers more tolerant so that they could use cheaper nand without any problems.
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  • strikeback03 - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - link

    That was one of the advantages Sandforce pushed for their controller, that it could make use of cheaper NAND because of its lower write-amplification and error checking Reply
  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - link

    It's an interesting story, I've been digging for the past few days on it. As far as I can tell the SpecTek NAND is rated for 3K cycles, just like normal Micron NAND (Intel NAND is rated at 5K).

    I don't believe there's any issue with SpecTek branded NAND (at least not what's in OWC's picture) but I'm trying to get my hands on some to test for myself to make sure.

    Take care,
    Anand
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  • Shadowmaster625 - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - link

    OWC is lying, plain and simple. They are knowingly making false accusations. They should be sued by OCZ. OCZ has explained the situation very well. Spektek takes a failed wafer and sorts out the failures and sells the good pieces to OCZ. There is nothing substandard in the parts coming from Spektek, if they have the proper numbering ("AL" in this case.)

    What OWC is claiming is basically the same as saying that the three working cores of an Athlon X3 are somehow defective because there is a disabled core on the die. It is complete nonsense.
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  • cactusdog - Thursday, March 24, 2011 - link

    Well, it seems odd that the article is still up on OWC and OCZ forum mods are locking down threads and refusing to make any further comment.

    Anand, that would be good. Maybe you could contact spectek and/or Micron too to get their response.
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  • Conficio - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - link

    Why do I need to have this 3D nonsense if I'd like a large phone with a good two core processor and a decent GPU? Really HTC, et. al. why do I need an odd 3D display and the bloat of driver software that means and the dual cameras of low quality.

    Where is a phone that invests the money into things that matter, like a good camera (8 Mega pixels, flash, recessed or protected as to not become a scratch magnet [ or some screw on cap tha can be replaced for a few dollars]), and a quality 2D screen [qHD sounds good to me], dual core processor, quad or penta band?

    I'm in the market this year for a phone (and I replace a Treo 600, if you know what I mean).
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  • jharper12 - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - link

    Anand,
    BlueScreen from the Android Forums, someone who allegedly works in software development for HTC and who leaked info on the original Evo, posted a couple of items of interest. First, he claimed the ROM in the Evo 3D was actually "RAM Silicon" and could function as RAM "Depending on the needs of the 2nd processor."
    He also mentioned the HTC Shooter benchmarks that popped up earlier in the week. "I know there was some flak on the recent GLBenchmarks and we caught hell for it around here as well. I just wanted to let you know that fit and finish on that has been polished out. Memory allocation was only single set data stream and we have now been able to utilize duel data stream with a bump in memory clock speeds. I guess you could use the analogy of SDRAM compared to DDRAM... I can say that we were able to almost double our GLbench scores with just the memory fix though."
    Do either of those things sound remotely possible to you? How do you think the MSM8660 is going to fair against OMAP offerings? How substantial is the difference between the A9 and A8? I've read it's approximately a 25% performance difference clock for clock, which if that's the case, would only give the 1Ghz A9 offerings a 8.5% performance advantage. Lots of random questions, but I suppose I'm most interested in whether or not that RAM ROM business even sounds feasible to you.

    Thanks for the amazing website and reporting. This is always the first place I go when I want unbiased, benchmarking, tell it like it is reporting. I've learned a lot here.

    Leaked HTC Shooter benchmarks - allegedly the Evo 3D using the MSM8660.
    http://www.phonearena.com/news/Scores-for-the-unre...
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  • jharper12 - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - link

    From reading more today, looks like this "inside man" was just trolling and spitting out random information. Sad... I wonder if that means those benchmarks are fairly indicative of how this phone will perform in relation to the other current gen platforms. Rough. Reply
  • PWRuser - Thursday, March 24, 2011 - link

    Optimus 3D appears to be under the radar, all eyes are on the EVO but Optimus 3D is all around a very good phone. Dominates the Incredible as well.

    On the other hand, Tegra 3 and OMAP 5 already in the works, makes more sense to wait out unitl 28nm next gen SoC's start shipping.
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  • snakeInTheGrass - Thursday, March 24, 2011 - link

    Not sure I agree with the Samsung comment - it doesn't really sound like Samsung had a contingency plan for thinner tablets ready, considering they're basically showing mockups that don't even work.

    While the 7" seems too small, and having both a 10.1" and 8.9" seems like overkill, the 8.9" specifically does sound most interesting in terms of just being a little bit smaller/lighter while not losing too much screen space.
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  • worldbfree4me - Friday, March 25, 2011 - link

    Is using Gingerbread aka 2.3 ! Good morning :) Reply

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