Mobile Devices

Samsung Boosts Mobile Storage

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Samsung announces a solution for low- and mid-market mobile devices wanting for more built-in storage-- a "high-performance mobile memory storage" based on 128B 3-bit Embedded MultiMediaCard (EMMC) 5.0 NAND flash.

Samsung eMMCSimilar technology (based on either UFS 2.0 or eMMC 5.1) is already in use in flagship devices, but as Samsung puts it now mid-market devices can also get 128GB of built-in storage through its highest density eMMC 5.0 solution yet.

Performance-wise the technology delivers 260MB/s for sequential reading (the same as eMMC 5.1) and read/write speeds of up to 6000 and 5000 IOPS respectively, sufficient for HD video processing and multi-tasking features.

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BlackBerry, Samsung, IBM Intro SecuTABLET

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BlackBerry and IBM join forces at CeBIT 2015 to present the SecuTABLET-- a "high security" tablet based on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (not BlackBerry's own Playbook) aimed at public sector and enterprise use.

SecutabletThe tablet features a combination of the Secusmart Security Card and IBM secure app wrapping technology, and can be seamlessly integrated in existing BlackBerry SecuSUITE infrastructure. It is currently undergoing certification at the German Federal Office for Information Security for VS-NfD (classified - for official use only) security rating.

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A Neptune Suite for All Devices

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Neptune, the company behind the ungainly Neptune Pine smartwatch, has ambitions to centre users' computing lives on the wrist-- the Neptune Suite, 6 pieces of hardware revolving around a wrist-worn device.

Neptune SuiteThe heart of the Neptune Suite is the Hub, a wrap-around water-resistant smartwatch the company describes as "the world's first true personal computer." It features a 2.4-inch capacitive touchscreen, 3G/LTE(via nano-SIM card), NFC, wifi and Bluetooth connectivity and a 1.8GHz quad-core processor, and uses short-range 802.11ad WiGig to connect with the other Suite devices at up to 7Gbps with "non-perceptible latency."

As such, the smartphone and tablet components of the Neptune Suite-- dubbed "Pocket Screen" and "Tab Screen"-- are essentially dumb devices providing  larger (either 5- or 10-inch) displays for the Hub. For further usability one can also attach the Tab Screen to a self-explanatory "Keys" wireless keyboard.

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Tablets Get Modular With Click-ARM One

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Spanish company ImasD applies the modular device concept from Google's Project Ara and its smartphone ilk to tablets as it presents the Click-ARM One, a 10-inch tablet featuring four swappable components.

ClickARM OneIn order to avoid confusion, the "ARM" in the name has nothing to do with the chipmaker-- it actually stands for "Advanced Removable Modules." These are the CK PCB-HUB (connectivity options), CK Module (16GB flash storage), CK Core (Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM) and the 10.1-inch 1280x800 touchscreen.

Click-ARM One modules connect to the motherboard via Mini PCI Express interface, and ImasD says third parties can easily make their own. The company adds customers can also buy modules and create own cases via 3D printers.

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A Mobile Phone in Pocketwatch Form

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One of the more unusual mobile phones at Mobile World Congress 2015 looks nothing like a mobile phone-- the Runcible is a circular device modeled after the pocketwatch or compass of years ago.

Runcible "Runcible is designed to help you create a more civilized relationship with your digital life," creator Monohm claims, before describing it as nothing less than "the premier device for the post-smartphone era." It runs on Firefox OS and promises a "quieter" hybrid of smartphone and wearable, combining the connectivity demanded by modern life (including LTE, wifi, Bluetooth and NFC) with simple notifications, camera, a contact list limited to 12 individuals and, perhaps aptly, a virtual compass handling GPS duties.

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