During the weekend just ended, ZTE has presented, in the United States, a new mid-range Terminal. The device name is ZTE Grand X Max 2 and as easy to guess from the name, this is a generous sized phablet which integrates a display from well 6 ” FullHD 1080 p resolution.
The SoC used has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5 GHz 617 octa-core with GPU Adreno 405, supported by 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory expandable.
Another special feature of the device is represented by a duo cam configuration dedicated to the photographic sector back, composed of a main module from 13 Megapixels and a 2 MegaPixel auxiliary, offering features similar to those seen in the past on other devices such as HTC One M8. The front camera is a 5 MegaPixel camera.
There is also support for LTE technology, guaranteed by the modem Cat. 7 integrated into Snapdragon 617 offering up to 300 Mbps and 100 Mbps upload speed, as there is fast-charging technology Qualcomm QuickCharge 2.0 and a 3400 mAh.
Finally we find a port USB Type-C and Android 6.0 Marshmallow, all at a list price of $ 200. For the moment we don’t know whether ZTE will bring his Grand X Max 2 in our market, so expect more details.
For decades, the auto industry was an exclusive club. But digitization softens the power position of the place deer. Apple and Google are on their way to the cockpit-and new players believe to be able to get involved in the industry.
The car will change greatly. Self-propelled could do vehicles in the long term without steering wheels and pedals, as it already promises Google with its spherical prototypes. A switch to electric vehicles travelling on a whole part of industries in the production of petrol engines or transmissions. And the more deeply penetrate the electronics in the car, the IT heavyweights from Silicon Valley get more weight above all, Google and Apple.
The consumer will notice that if you look around in the next few months for a new car. The platforms from Apple and Google to better integrate iPhones and Android smartphones in the car come one year after the presentation on a broad front in the vehicles. Most manufacturers want to help drive Apple’s car play as well as Android. Opel parent General Motors wants to include the services in 14 Chevrolet models. Also VW is in the starting blocks-from Polo to the Passat.
Fear of data loss
The in-house systems on the displays of infotainment systems but do not disappear. So, the cards of the car manufacturer will be usable in audis new Q7 apart from the worlds of Apple and Google. The driver will be rather navigate the Audi product because she work also offline in the tunnel or abroad–without high roaming fees, says a staff member at the edge of the Developer Conference Google I/O. The reported bid by Daimler, Audi and BMW for the maps Division of Nokia appears as the more plausible.
“In the industry much is discussed about her relationship with Google and Apple”, says a well networked company consultant who supports manufacturers in developing their own systems. “The car makers are afraid to lose data at Google and Apple.” It involves control: “car play and Android car are so designed that the car is to the accessories of the Smartphone.” In addition the companies missed room for differentiation: “one of their business concept, that operate in a Maserati looks high quality as in a fiat.”
A car from Apple
The Italian carmaker attempts with his new Fiat 500 X again to keep however, infotainment developed in-house. The system in the cockpit, employs the Smartphone on the Internet connection – the entire user interface has been developed but Fiat among others with the help of the US group Harman. At the same time Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne let go recently a small Shockwave through the industry, when he noticed he was also open to alliances with Apple and Google with its search for a merger partner.
Marchionne also racing in the Silicon Valley and met there with Apple CEO Tim Cook, the founder of electric car maker Tesla, Elon Musk. Cook was interested in Apple’s “intervention in the car”, the Fiat boss said something cryptic afterwards. It pours oil on the fire of rumors sustained for months, Apple working on an own electric car, which could come to the market by 2020.
The speculation quite obviously not a bad Apple – perhaps also comes with views of the negotiations with car manufacturers -. So, executives Jeff Williams, who is responsible at Apple for day-to-day business, even fueled the rumors last week. “The car is the ultimate mobile device, isn’t it?”, he replied with a mischievous smile on the question of possible future product areas at a Conference of the IR blogs recode.
The tension is now felt in the air. Volkswagen boss Martin took out a few days ago to a surprise attack against the Apple Winterkorn. “A company like Apple has manufactured its products almost exclusively at suppliers in Asia – sometimes questionable circumstances”, he criticized a Research Conference in Berlin. “This is not our vision.” The Apple now its global supply chain of a strict control undergoes the Group boss left it unmentioned.
Cars from the 3D printer
And Daimler gave a rare glimpse into the haggling with Google to driving information. “We believe that Google must for integrating smartphones, for example, not on the data of the tank filling and also query the GPS data not on the car, if the driver transmits it already with the smart phone, which he combines with the car,” a spokesman said in March of the Automobilwoche.
While the auto companies could get to do it with new players. On Google’s robot cars have become accustomed by now all, but even the exotic local motor that relies on car bodies out of the 3D printer, dares to time to bring a self-propelled vehicle on the road. “Why not? We expect that the technology will be rapidly cheap available”, says European Chief Damien Declerq. And taxi-Schreck uber took 40 researchers from the Robotics Lab of University Carnegie Mellon, a pioneer in self-propelled vehicles in one fell swoop. (anw)
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