Huawei P9 goes official with a dual-lens Leica camera

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Huawei has revealed their much teased P9 flagship smartphone in London. The bigger P9 Plus is also quite impressive.

Huawei P9 is yet another flagship phone for 2016. However, to stand out from the competition, the P9 packs dual 12 megapixel cameras with Leica lenses. One of the cameras only takes monochrome pictures which sounds weird but actually has great benefits. The sensor doesn’t need the RGB filter which reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. Working together these two cameras can therefore take pictures with much better contrast and color reproduction.

Other specs include a 5.2″ 1080p IPS display, Huawei’s own Kirin 955 chip, 3/4GB of RAM, 32/64GB of storage and a 3000mAh battery. The Kirin 955 isn’t the fastest SoC out there but there are still plenty of power coming out of those four Cortex-A72 and four Cortex-A53 cores. The front facing camera is 8 megapixels and if it’s the same sensor that’s in the Nexus 6P, I can personally recommend it for anyone looking for ridiculously high-quality selfies. The operating system is of course Android 6.0 with Huawei’s skin.

Design is typical Huawei. Absolutely brilliant materials and colors with a good build quality all around. The P9 is only 6.95mm thick with no camera bumps, an impressive thing to notice for other manufacturers like Apple and Samsung as well. Also on board is a USB Type-C connector with quick charging capabilities.

The bigger brother, P9 Plus picks up the same design but in bigger scale. The display is 5.5″ and still 1080p but picks up Super AMOLED technology. The battery capacity also grows to 3400mAh. The Plus model is only available with the 4/64GB configuration.

Availability starts from Europe and Middle East on April 16th and is supposed to spread worldwide soon. The 3/32GB P9 will cost 599€ and the 4/64GB model is 649€. The Plus model is priced at 749€. All prices include the European tax so expect lower prices in the States.

Source: Huawei press release

Intel reveals Broadwell-EP Xeons with a 22-core monster

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Intel has updated the Xeon lineup to Broadwell to bring even more power to servers and supercomputers. 

The new Xeon processor lineup uses the 14nm Broadwell manufacturing process. The most powerful Xeon E5-2699 v4 processor has 22 cores and can handle 44 threads. It has massive a 55MB cache and uses 145W of power. The clock speed of this monster is only 2.2GHz to keep the temperature and power consumption low.

As the new feature of Broadwell, the Xeons can now handle up to 24 RAM DIMMs in dual CPU motherboards. Also in is the Intel Scalable System Framework architecture to improve High Performance Computing (HPC) performance.

There are 27 new Xeon processors. Full list of their specifications can be found in the Intel press release linked below.

Source: Intel press release

Apple announces the iPhone 6S

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Apple has just released their new iPhone lineup. Unsurprisingly the new models are called iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

IPhone 6S brings some new features but most things stay the same. The display size stays the same at 4.7″ but it’s now pressure sensitive. The 6S Plus also keeps the screen size and resolution but adds the pressure sensitivity. Both models grow up in size because of the new stronger aluminium used in their chassis and the added thickness comes from the pressure sensitive module.

The processor is updated to the new 64-bit A9. Cameras are now 12 and 5 megapixels. Apple finally adds the 4K video recording to the main camera and the 1080p FaceTime video for the front facing camera. Both models now have optical image stabilization. The display now acts as a flash for the front facing camera. Live Photos capture a little video every with every photo and the feature is on out of the box.

The new iPhones include the new TouchID 2 that is mentioned to be faster than the previous model. The M9 motion co-processor is now used to power the always-on “Hey Siri” feature to communicate with Siri without touching the device.

Force Touch is renamed as 3D Touch that gives shortcuts and tries to change the way we use the smartphone. The 3D Touch creates shortcuts to the home screen. Long pressing an icon gives options to frequently used actions in that app. Most of the default apps also support the 3D Touch in many different ways.

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The new Rose Gold color option is added to the usual lineup of colors. The prices and storage sizes stay the same and the last year models get a $100 price drop. The new iPhones will be available on September 25.