To cater to the growing demand for increased mobile storage, SanDisk today announced the launch of the “world’s fastest” UHS-I flash memory card. The company unveiled its 400GB SanDisk Extreme UHS-1 microSDXC card at the Mobile Worl…More...
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Have you ever found yourself wondering whether or not an SD or microSD card will be capable of working in sub-zero temperatures? If you’ve ever thought about that, you should see what the new high-speed Automotive and Industrial lineup of SD and microSD cards from SanDisk are capable of. As you can probably imagine, these cards are meant for specialized applications. They work in extreme temperatures for a long period of time.
The SanDisk Industrial lineup is available in 8-64GB flavors in SD and 8-128GB in microSD form factors. The company says that they can withstand “mildly” extreme temperatures from -25ºC to 85ºC for extended periods of time.
The company’s new Automotive lineup of cards in only available in the SD form factor in 8-64GB capacities. They are meant for use in cars, drones, and other moving vehicles.
They happen to be compliant with the AEC-Q100 Grade 3 requirements and are capable of operating in extreme temperatures ranging from -40ºC to 85ºC.
The new cards have support for the Health Status Monitor feature. This allows OEMs to keep an eye on capacity usage, performance levels, and other factors. However, it needs the host system to support it in order for this functionality to work.
SanDisk has said that it’s sampling the new cars to OEMs across the globe but it can’t say when they will start using them in their products.
Another IFA came and went, and long with it hundreds of products were launched and demonstrated. It was a fantastic show, but it can be overwhelming. We picked what we think was the best product that debuted, and in no particular order, here are the Best of IFA 2017:
Disney Star Wars: Jedi Challenges
Disney has built a fun experience with its Jedi Challenges augmented reality (AR) games and content. The package consists of an AR headset, a light saber controller, and an AR tracker pod. You bring your smartphone, which will power the experience. Our favorite part: lightsaber dueling with Vader himself!
LG V30 Smartphone
The LG V30 is the company’s new high-end, most-powerful, handset. Built with an entirely new design, it gives users a 6-inch OLED “Full Vision” display in a form factor that feels like a standard phone. Additionally, its dual-camera setup remains unique in the whole industry with a very good main camera supplemented by an ultra-wide angle camera, to take shots that other smartphones will envy. Don’t miss our LG V30 Review.
Lenovo Yoga 920
The Lenovo Yoga 920 is an impressively thin and light 13.9” laptop. We like the clean and luxurious metal design without superfluous details. Designed to be powerful, it will be powered by up to a Gen8 Intel Core i7 mobile processor. To move data quickly an expand the computer, it has two Thunderbolt 3 ports that can accept multiple 4K monitors and high-speed docking solutions.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Revealed just ahead of the show, the Galaxy Note 8 is the prefered smartphone for those who want a pen-driven phone Xperia ear
experience. Samsung even changed its “Infinity Display” design to maximize the writeable surface area. The new dual-camera setup makes taking portrait pictures easy. Finally, it still has the low-light camera module to beat.
Dell VR Visor
Affordable VR headsets are coming on the Windows platform, and the competition will be stiff. We liked the Dell VR Visor (and controllers) for its clean design. It is comfortable to wear, and easy to tweak to the best settings. Last, but not least, it looks good just sitting on your desk.
Motorola Moto x4
The new Moto x4 smartphone is a very well built mid-range smartphone that will address the needs of the masses, at a budget they can afford. The x4 hits where it counts: large battery, competitive camera and Android 7.0 should make it an attractive phone in the ~$400 market.
Sony Xperia Ear Open-style Concept
Sony was demonstrating its next-gen XPERIA Ear, called “Sony Xperia Ear Open-style Concept.” Excellent sound quality aside, one of the design goals was to be able to wear these, without blocking completely sound coming in. It has four microphones that can selectively catch your voice commands in the best way, and they also serve for active noise-cancellation. The integrated motion sensor allows the user to just “nod” for some commands.
Sandisk 400GB microSD
The title says it all. MicroSD cards now have more storage capacities than most laptops. At IFA 2017, Sandisk has shown that it can pack 400GB in a package smaller than a thumbnail. Amazing.
Samsung Gear Sport
Sports has become the go-to feature for a lot of wrist-worn wearable tech, and Samsung has taken notice. Designed after careful market research, The Samsung Gear Sport offers serious fitness features and advanced biometrics tracking capabilities in a durable yet fashionable package.
Bang & Olufsen BeoVision Eclipse
Bang and Olufsen create tech “artwork” pieces that look beautiful whether they are turned on or off. The $11000 BeoVision Eclipse is a 55”-65” OLED 4K/HDR TV (LG Panel). It has an integrated 450 Watt sound system, which is not surprising since B&O also makes dream speakers. The stand is motorized, which allows the TV to rotate towards your location silently.
Logitech CRAFT Keyboard
It’s nice to see a company work out both hardware and software to bring us a more productive experience. Logitech’s CRAFT Keyboard has a touch-sensitive knob that interfaces with popular application to increase productivity and comfort when performing everyday tasks. The manual dial offers more precision than using a mouse cursor.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Camera
Although mobile photography rules day to day life, it is sometimes tempting to use a larger camera for even higher quality photos. The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III camera is impressive because it is not only a powerful camera that has all the knobs and tweaks that professionals will love, it is also a good fit for the casual photographer. It is tuned to have an out of the box automatic experience that will crank out stunning photos.
Pimax 8K VR headset
Demonstrated at CES 2017, the Pimax 8K VR headset made an apparition at IFA in the form of a new, near-final, prototype. Things have improved since we last tried it. The twin 3840 x 2160 display offers a 20-degrees view angle (from ~100 for conventional headsets) makes it more natural to move your eyes around a bit, instead of just using head motion to see what’s around you. VR feels less like being in a diving helmet with a wide view angle.
Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset
What if you could record sound and replay it exactly the way your first heard it? That is the proposition of the Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset. The concept might seem simple, but this is new and frankly, exciting. As we are in the era of VR and 360-photos, it is logical that we will also want our sound experience to match our visual one. Well done Sennheiser.
GPS trackers are nothing new, but when Invoxia comes up with the Roadie tracker that has an 8-months battery in a USB-key form-factor, we could only take notice. The secret of its battery longevity is that it does not use the cellular network or Bluetooth, just GPS, and WiFi. There’s a 3-year subscription included ($10/yr after that) and a fee app (Android+iOS) to track it.
#IFA2017 – Back in the day, memory cards could not store much data on them, and those that did were pretty damn expensive. Fast forward to today and it’s a different story where we can buy microSD cards with a few gigabytes for pretty cheap, although it looks like the folks at Western Digital are pushing the envelope with their latest offering.
The company has recently taken the wraps off the latest SanDisk microSD card which will come with a whopping 400GB of storage! According to the company, this is the world’s biggest (in terms of capacity) microSD card to date, and we find it hard to disagree with them about that claim.
Given that these days we are starting to capture and record higher quality photos and videos, especially if you’re dealing with 4K resolution, it actually makes sense that our storage cards are going up in capacity in order to fit as much data as possible on them. According to the company, the 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card is capable of transferring 1,200 photos per minute, has A1 App Performance Class specification, and will be able to hold as much as 40 hours worth of Full HD video on it.
Unfortunately (and unsurprisingly) the microSD card does not come cheap and is priced at $250, which is a lot of money to pay for storage, but we guess if you have the need for it then the price could be justified.More...
Western Digital today announced the launch of two new SSD lineups. It’s not surprising even though Western Digital is best known for its hard drives. That’s because the company acquired SanDisk for $19 billion last year, and SanDisk has quite a lot of experience in making SSDs. The two lineups are branded under Western Digital and SanDisk each and are the first SSDs to be based on SanDisk’s 64 layer 3D NAND chips.
These chips enable Western Digital to deliver new SSDS with increased capacity, lower power consumption, and greater speeds. These SSDs are targeted towards DIY enthusiasts, system builders, and resellers.
The two lineups, Western Digital Blue and SanDisk Ultra 3D, are similar when it comes to capacity. They also use the same controllers and thus have similar performance numbers. It’s pertinent to note that the WD Blue offers a M.2 2280 device which the SanDisk SSD doesn’t.
Both SSD lineups will be available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities in conventional 2.5 inch cased drives. Both promise up to 560MB and 530MB of sequential read and write speeds respectively.
Prices for the SSDs start at $99 for the 250GB model and go up from there. The SSDs will come with a 3 year limited warranty and they will be available for purchase globally in the third quarter of this year.