Friday, July 13, 2012

Phone Tech Update [Ep 7]

THE BIG STORY "Apple is Quitting EPEAT"
Five years down the road apple has now decided to quit the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT). They have opted not to register their products to match the environment standards. So now federal agencies won't be able to get apple products. The MacBook Pro with retina display and The New iPad are both extremely thin devices but are very hard to disassemble and thus repairing these products are not easy. Apparently Apple chose thinness over repairability and fuses the two with industrial-strength adhesive. The EPEAT standard on the contrary advocates long product lifetimes, and high standards for toxic material and recyclability of both components and packaging. By gluing the battery, Apple makes it extremely hard to repair its latest products, which means that it basically treats them as disposable electronics with lifetimes largely limited by the lifetime of their battery. This is obviously one of Apple's vision by having thinner and lighter devices, but unfortunately apple couldn't find balance between nature and tech products. Then a day after that and Apple spokesperson issued a statement regarding the withdrawal from EPEAT certification for its products. 
Apple takes a comprehensive approach to measuring our environmental impact and all of our products meet the strictest energy efficiency standards backed by the US government, Energy Star 5.2. We also lead the industry by reporting each product's greenhouse gas emissions on our website, and Apple products are superior in other important environmental areas not measured by EPEAT, such as removal of toxic materials.
Basically the spokesperson said that the certification is not a big deal as they comply outside the standards. Bottom line is that EPEAT certification is still needed for federal agencies and other contracts, so Apple might be losing out on some business opportunities. The environmental department of the San Francisco is beginning to take action, for example, they are planning to send letters to all 50 agencies and departments there that Apple's products no longer qualify for purchase with government funds.
" 6.5 Million Units Sold in Q2, 15 Million to be sold in Q3"
The Samsung Galaxy S III is the world's fastest most powerful smartphone and till now it is their most successful smartphone in their entire history. The GSIII packs a speedy quad core processor and has launched internationally and recently launched in the US. Analysts from JP Morgan says that the GSIII sold 6.5 million units in the month or so of its availability in the second quarter of the year, and is expected to sell another 15 million int Q3. Which all sums up to 21.5 million units in just a short 4 months. This means that the GSIII breaks the sales of the GSII (24 million) in just 4 months. The GSIII's sales figure is not as much as the iPhone's record but it still is the fastest selling android phone in history. But in Q2 Samsung is estimated to have sold 50 million smartphones, which beats the iPhone sales of 37 million sold in one quarter. But if you look from a single device standpoint Apple still wins. The Galaxy SIII started selling in US and internationally but Samsung saved the best for last because the launched the special edition Quad core LTE Samsung Galaxy S III with 2 gigs of RAM. This particular configuration is only available in South Korea and not available on the international version or the US version. They broke 50,000 sales on the first day and compared to the Galaxy S II sales the numbers doubled as last year the total first day sales were 24,000. It also sold five times more than the Galaxy S 2 years ago which is 10,000 units in one day. 
"Galaxy S III for a third of the Original Price"
If you ever wanted to buy a Galaxy S III but didn't want to pay the price for it, The chinese Galaxy S III is the phone for you. You might call this a direct copy paste of the original Galaxy S III but with some modifications. The chinese GSIII looks exactly like the original GSIII but is much more thicker and has some lower spec'ed hardware (4.7" display, 5MP camera, 0.3 MP front facing camera, 1GHz processor, 512 MB RAM). Unlike the real GSIII this Knock-off runs Gingerbread. You would think that this knock-off will lag and won't be able to play demanding titles, but turns out it is able to play some demanding games like temple run. Surprisingly the UI is runs smoothly minding that this is Gingerbread and not Ice Cream Sandwich. This knock-off is priced at $209 opposed to the $650 price tag of the real one. 
LG Phone with In House Quad-Core L9 Processor Coming in September
Already tired of seeing Exynos, Qualcomm, and Tegra Processors, guess what LG is ready to release a Quad Core smartphone and the phone will be coming in September. The processor running the phone is made by LG and it is and ARM processor with 4 cores and will be named L9. There is still no word which manufacturing process will it be built one. Judging by the '9' on the name it should be and ARM Cortex A-9 endeavor, rather than the latest and more advanced Cortex A-15. Naturally this new phone will be having a True HD screen from the Optimus 4X HD or a better version of the screen. This phone is also going to be featuring a camera sensor larger than 10MP. This could be LG's flagship android phone as Huawei made the same move in MWC 2012 by announcing their own K3V2 processor with and advanced GPU and is going to be on the company's flagship android phone. 

Source #1: Phonearena and Phonearena 
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