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Smach Z is a Handheld Gaming PC Ready for Mass Production in 2019

By James A.

I have seen quite a few gaming devices derived from tablets and phones over the past years, so much so, that the Smach Z is definitely no surprise. This handheld gaming PC is expected to start production in early 2019 and we have a hands on below.

Smach Z has been in the works ever since 2014, when it was known as SteamBoy. Now the folks behind it, Smach have released a series of promo videos, showing the device’s abilities in the gaming department. Smach Z has a 6 inch Full HD touchscreen display and it comes with physical game controllers on its left and right sides.

It feels a bit like Valve’s Steam Controller, with an analog stick on the left and action buttons on the right. The left and right touchpads are multifunctional. Smach Z has gone through multiple phases, showcased as non functional demo units for years now. Expect a Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaign soon.

Specs include an AMD Ryzen V160B embedded processor, Radeon Vega 8 graphics, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB Type-C, microUSB and USB Type-A as well as an audio jack, DisplayPort and SD card reader. It can be picked up with either Windows 10 or Linux, in the form of a Smach OS, which runs Valve’s Steam client.

Preorder prices start at $629 for the Linux version with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of SSD storage and no camera.

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Kobo Clara HD e-reader Is Now Official, Priced at $130; Shipping in June

By Radu Iorga

If you’re in the market for an e-reader to enjoy your books in the hammock during the holidays, Kobo has something fresh for you. It’s the brand new Kobo Clara HD e-reader, priced at $130 and shipping from June. It’s going to ship in June in the US, UK and Canada, plus a few more nations.

The device comes with an e-ink screen, that has the advantage of lower power usage and being easier on the eyes in the long run. Comfy hours of reading are promised here and this product comes from under the wing of Japanese publishing giant Rakuten. The Kobo Clara HD has a 6 inch screen with 300 dpi and comes with the ComfortLight Pro, which is a feature that spreads light evenly across the display, reducing the eye discomfort of blue light exposure during night time reading.

The product stores up to 6,000 ebooks with its 8 GB of storage and offers weeks of battery life. It can also sync up with the free Kobo app, available for smartphones and tablets. The product is up for preorder right now. At $129.99, this is $10 more than the Aura Edition 2, the current 6 incher from Kobo, with a 212 ppi display.

Kobo’s newcomer has WiFi b/g/n and a microUSB port. It offers support for 14 types of formats, going from EPUB to PDF and from MOBI to CBR. 11 fonts and 50 font styles are support. No trace of a microSD card slot here, or waterproof case. It weighs just 5.9 ounces though.

 

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Kobo’s new entry-level Clara HD e-reader has a crisp, color-adjustable display

By Devin Coldewey

Why?

Whose idea was that? If you’re holding the device by the side and bottom edges, there’s always a risk you’ll grab the button by mistake and put the device to sleep. It’s dumb, but it’s not enough for me to change my mind and switch to Kindle. I’m also not a big fan of the texture on the back (it feels like it will collect dirt), but that too is far from a deal-breaker.

The Clara HD is

Kobo has announced a new e-reader, the Clara HD, which won’t set the world on fire but will be a perfectly good option for e-book readers who don’t want to spend a fortune. It basically revives the well-liked but discontinued Glo HD with a better frontlight and more memory.

The screen is 6 inches and 300 PPI, which is comparable to Amazon’s latest Kindles and high enough that you shouldn’t notice pixelation in the type. More importantly for some, it has the company’s improved frontlight, which can be dialed from the now-familiar cool LED tone to a much, much warmer one. There’s 8 GB of storage inside, more than enough for hundreds of books and comics — but no MicroSD card slot, which some do love to have.

I’ve been using the Clara HD as my daily reader for a week or so and I can vouch for the type quality and usual features — in terms of loading books onto the device, reading and navigating them, this reader is much the same as Kobo’s other ones.

The improvements are small basically because the Clara HD will likely replace the Aura Edition 2, which it outperforms by a huge amount, as the company’s entry-level device. At $130 it’s just $10 more than Amazon’s Paperwhite (the version with built-in ads, that is), but I’d go with the Kobo every time.

The simplicity of managing your books and articles on the Kobo is one selling point — I love being able to just drag and drop files like epubs and CBRs onto it like it’s a USB drive, and my Pocket articles jump onto it automatically.

And the color-changing light might help attract people who aren’t sure about the illumination they’ve seen in other readers. That cold blue tone can really put people off, and the ability to warm it up is great. If you’re like me you’ll find both tone extremes too much, then pick something in the middle and keep it there.

The design is nothing to shout about, but it’s quite light and thin and gets the job done — except for one nuisance that just baffles me. The power button is dead center on the bottom edge of the device.

Why?

Whose idea was that? If you’re holding the device by the side and bottom edges, there’s always a risk you’ll grab the button by mistake and put the device to sleep. It’s dumb, but it’s not enough for me to change my mind and switch to Kindle. I’m also not a big fan of the texture on the back (it feels like it will collect dirt), but that too is far from a deal-breaker.

The Clara HD is available for pre-order now, and if you’re in the market for an all-purpose e-reader, this is a great option and I would say a solid value. It ships in June in the U.S. and some other regions, with more coming later. From the press release:

The device will also be available France on June 1, and as of June 5 in Canada, the UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Turkey; Hong Kong in July; with Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico to follow later this year.

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Amazon Prepping a 6 inch $50 Tablet, to Be Released This Year, Says Wall Street Journal

By Radu Iorga

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Amazon is preparing to launch a new tablet with a 6 inch screen around the time of the holidays, says The Wall Street Journal. This new model’s selling point will definitely be its $50 price tag.

Right now the Fire HD 6 tablet costs twice as much with ads, so we can’t help but wonder what specs will be sacrificed. The current Kindle and Fire tablets are priced quite a bit higher than $50, because of the component costs. We could get more of an ereader and less of a tablet, with a bare minimum screen, 1 GB RAM and lesser battery.

WSJ, who has the scoop on the device claims that the slate will be half an inch bigger than the iPhone 6 Plus, but it won’t make voice calls. Amazon is also said to be preparing a three product line up for this year, the other newcomers being an 8 inch and 10 inch slate. There was also an older rumor about a 14 inch tablet, but that was canned. Other projects were also stopped, like a projector and smart stylus.

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Huawei Nexus pictures show off metal device with a giant camera bump

By Ron Amadeo

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Wow that is a huge camera bump. The rest of the device looks a lot like the leaked LG Nexus.

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If you’ve been out of the loop, the rumors say Google plans to launch two Nexus phones this year: a 5.2-inch device from LG and a 6-inch phablet from Chinese OEM Huawei. Last week we saw a convincing leak of the 5.2-inch LG device, and this week it’s apparently Huawei’s turn. Today Google+ user Tiesen Fu has posted some pictures of the Huawei device, and just like with the LG Nexus, the pictures match previous renders pretty well.

The device has the usual “Nexus” logo emblazoned on the back in a giant font, and just like the LG Nexus device, there’s a circle for a fingerprint reader just above the logo.The most eye-catching feature on the rear is the huge black camera bump that runs the horizontal length of the device. The picture of the device with a case on (third in the gallery) suggests that the camera bump sticks out a great deal, reminding us of the Nokia 808 PureView.

Also judging from the case, only a very small area of the black strip contains important sensors that need to be exposed. We see a camera, LED flash, and mystery third sensor that looks a lot like the laser autofocus sensor on the LG Nexus and other LG phones. From what we can tell, Huawei has never shipped a device with a laser autofocus sensor, but there’s a first time for everything.

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