Comparison: Sony Xperia X Performance Is the true successor of the Xperia Z5?

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It was the surprise of the opening of MWC 2016. Sony, which was expected a discreet presence in the Catalan area, has formalized a trio of new smartphones X, swept away in the wake of an Xperia X Performance. A smartphone if it looks upscale party to take over the Xperia Z5 today at the top of the Japanese catalog. overview for understanding the positioning relative to the other.

The new Xperia X Performance so like an Xperia Z5 improved slightly in terms of design and features, we tend to think that Sony plans simply to bury its Xperia Z range for the benefit of its Xperia X. Before get into the thick of it, here are the characteristics of the two smartphones, face to face.

Technical data: the same, or almost

Sony Xperia X Performance Sony Xperia Z5

Version of Android Android 6.0 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Marshmallow

Screen size 5.2 inches 5 inches

Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels

IPS screen technology (Triluminos) IPS (Triluminos)

pixel density 440 424 PPP PPP

SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Snapdragon 810

Kryo x 2 processor @ 2.1GHz

Kryo 2 x 4 x @ 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 @ 1.5 GHz

4 x Cortex-A57 @ 2 GHz

Adreno 530 GPU Adreno 510

RAM 3GB 3GB LPDDR4

Storage 32GB + microSD 32GB + microSD

13 megapixel camera sensor before (F / 2.0) 5.1 megapixels (F / 2.4)

23 megapixel rear camera sensor (f / 2.0, 24 mm, and hybrid predictive autofocus, stabilization) 23 megapixel camera (f / 2.0, 24 mm, and hybrid predictive autofocus, stabilization)

LTE 4G LTE Cat. 9 (450/50 Mbps) LTE Cat. 6

micro-USB connector USB 2.0 micro-USB USB 2.0

Water and sand protection Yes (IP68) Yes (IP68)

Fingerprint Sensor Yes

Battery 2700 mAh 2900 mAh

Quick Charge Quick Charge Quick Charge 3.0 2.0

Mono and Mono SIM SIM Dual SIM

Dimensions 71.1 x 144.8 x 7.62 mm 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm

Weight 164 grams 154 grams

Price? 699 euros at its output

Design and screen

A bit like different generations of iPhone or Samsung Galaxy (between S6 and S7), Sony retains between the Xperia Z5 and the same X Performance Full HD on a slab Triluminos IPS. However, the X Performance is a bit smaller, with its 5-inch screen against 5.2 inches, which automatically increases the resolution of some PPP. It should also be noted that unlike the Z, X series only offers 5-inch formats, welcome for small hands, but larger than the ZX Compact.

Besides the issue of size, the main difference that opposes the Xperia X Performance in Xperia Z5 is its design. It obviously keeps very sober style unique to the brand, with a flat back and round wafers on which we find as a fingerprint sensor as volume control buttons and camera shutter button, but exchange material. To better fit the times, Sony has abandoned the glass Z5, whose frosted effect has also been praised for the brushed metal. This preserves a unibody design. Damage, however, that the X-performance, more compact than his colleague (144.8 x 71.1 x 7.62 mm against 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm) is slightly thicker, and especially heavier than 10 grams.

Marshmallow and Snapdragon 820, the combo 2016

When the Xperia Z5 had to settle for a Snapdragon 810, Sony is also able to integrate successfully leveraging heat pipes, Xperia X Performance will be, hopefully, a little better. After all, it will have the latest chip from Qualcomm, always associated with 3GB of RAM last generation, like the Asian version of the Galaxy S7 or LG G5. With Full HD and not qHD screen, autonomy and graphics performance should also be very convincing, even if one begins to regret that this smartphone, so upscale as it is, unsuited to reality Virtual … But it is true that most Sony thinks its PlayStation VR headset to a mobile experience dedicated to the RV.

Always with the Snapdragon 820, equipped with the latest generation of Qualcomm modems, Xperia X Performance slightly exceeds the Z5 in terms of connectivity. There is no question of USB Type-C, but 4G now in class 9 when Z5 is “satisfied” category 6. In fact, it does not change reality not much, at least in Europe.

The radius of the software, Xperia X Performance directly released Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a version that Sony soon deploy its Xperia Z5. A good point of course, but not a surprise, since it will be sold from the month of May. By then, the Z5 should be tasted too.

Autonomy

Little to distinguish the Xperia Z5 and Xperia X Performance in terms of battery. The oldest embeds a 2900 mAh battery which, combined with an efficient Stamina mode, hold about 2 days away from the area. At the X Performance is a battery of 2700 mAh that is found, which promises less autonomy. One can only hope that its combination with Marshmallow and Doze mode allow to limit the damage. Note that with the integration of the Snapdragon 820, the Xperia X Performance wins fast charging Quick Charge 3.0, when the Z5 has the Quick Charge 2.0.

Camera: we take the same, or almost

On the back of the Xperia Z5 and Xperia X Performance, Sony has integrated the same image sensors. We thus find in both devices Exmor RS sensor 1 / 2.3 “and 23 megapixels, with a hybrid autofocus, a trip in 0.03 seconds, an aperture of f / 2.0 with stabilization. Between two generations, there is nothing to change, and there must be a difference, it will be located in the software.

Front however, the Xperia X Performance sports a 13-megapixel sensor, Exmor RS 1/3 “, always with a quick release, and with a 22mm wide-angle lens. The Xperia Z5, it features an Exmor R sensor of 5 megapixels and a 25mm lens.

Conclusion

A little better or equivalent to the Xperia Z5 on most points, the Xperia X Performance clearly taking over from its predecessor more than is complete. Nevertheless, it still ignores its launch price, which is reasonable hope. Because by its release in May 2016, the Zperia Z5, which is already around 500 euros, will have time to see its price drop, which may decrease even the interest of invest in an X Performance.

CyanogenOS prepares his conquest of India

Commercial distribution of CyanogenMod, CyanogenOS, wants to count in the world of Android. To do this, it plans to build on one of the most promising markets of the moment: India.

The year 2016 will be that of CyanogenOS. Commercial distribution of the CyanogenMod ROM, the team in charge of development has promised, will be present in many devices next year, the very entry-level to premium. What are the smartphones to embark? We expect at least Micromax, the Indian brand to the range under Cyanogen Yu, Zuk, brand derived from Lenovo, or BQ, recently entered the race.

According to the Economic Times of India, India will be one of the key markets of the US company. Its CEO, Kirt McMaster has told our colleagues: “We will grow aggressively in India, and you can expect to see many new colors to our next year. Our Bangalore team has 11 people, and will increase to 60 people at the end of 2016 “. According to the man, it would be at least six terminals from national brands, and some of international significance, which will come out next year. Not until more globally.

? Flash sale: Sony Xperia Z5 + a SmartBand to 370 euros for 3 days

The discounts are followed and regularly upgrade at Sony who at the approach to the release of its new Xperia X, offers discounts on its Xperia Z5 series dating back to autumn 2015. This is the case of the Xperia Z5 standard, which is now at 370 euros.

Originally marketed to 600 euros, the Sony Xperia Z5 string of price cuts. It enjoys a discount code (FAN30) on Rue du Commerce, which allows him to move to 469.99 euros. To this immediate reduction plus a discount offer provided by Sony, and that can be reimbursed 100 euros extra. The ODR is valid until 30 June (details here), but beware, the immediate reduction is however proposed as part of a flash sale that will end on May 30 at 23:59.

Good extra point, this refund offer is compatible (Rue du Commerce has confirmed) with a second promotion, which allows buyers Xperia Z5 receive a bonus of first generation SmartBand with their smartphone. This is a little dated and is only worth a few euros, but nonetheless a perfectly acceptable bracelet.

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The Xperia Z5 here in white version, features a screen of 5.2 inch Full HD, 810 Snapdragon chip backed by 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD slot, a battery 2900 mAh and apparatus picture of 23 megapixels. It builds on a modernized design, with its hull frosted glass, but also the integration of a fingerprint sensor, located on the right edge. Note also that if he came out in Lollipop he recently spent Marshmallow.

View Sony Xperia Z5 at Rue du Commerce

Final Fantasy VII is finally available on Android!

Almost a year after iOS, Final Fantasy VII has finally arrived on Android smartphones. Japanese RPG cult Squaresoft however has a price Therefore: almost 16 euros intend to play this legend of the first PlayStation.

We will not insult you explain what Final Fantasy VII. For many, it is often the first contact with a real set of Japanese role. For others it is also one of the biggest slaps graphics encountered in the life of a player. Everyone remembers this fantastic opening scene introducing both the city of Midgard and the enigmatic character Clad or cloud in the original version.

For this version of Android, Square Enix has not really walked. This is a simple port of the PlayStation 1 version, with large blue stripes on the sides to simulate a 4/3 screen, old. It should be noted that the game has a French translation (the same as the pitiful French translation of the PSOne version) and very convincing touch controls. An option to disable the random battles is also available at the bottom of the screen.

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Note finally that the game is greedy and demand 2GB of free space on the internal memory of the phone. The game is also compatible with many smartphones (Square Enix has released a recommended phone list at this address) and runs like a charm on my OnePlus One. Remains that there is a big flaw: the game is currently sold 15.99 euros. It’s expensive, too expensive for a game that approach 20 years and we advise you to wait for a wave of construction – they arrive regularly – to crack.

FINAL FANTASY VII

SQUARE ENIX Co., Ltd.

€ 15.99

Facebook will integrate further way Spotify and Apple Music

Facebook today announced and presented the further integration of Spotify and Apple platforms Music in its application. It is now possible to listen to music samples without moving his newsfeed.

Today, when you share a song, album, or playlist after Spotify or Apple Music on your Facebook account, it is displayed as a link. You can see the cover and the title, and add a comment, but you must exit the application when you want to listen to that contact Shared, which is usually a big brake on enthusiasm. But that’s about to change.

Facebook today announced further integration of Spotify and Apple Music. Henceforth, it will be possible to share audio, new format on the platform, which will result in the opportunity to hear a track directly from the Facebook application. A play button will appear directly on the piece of the jacket, but will not allow to listen in full. As explained by the social network, it will only be possible to have a 30 second preview of the song. But with this integration, it will be possible to open the content on Facebook and add the track directly to favorites to be able to then find the streaming service that is used. A feature that avoids the tedious steps.

We’re Introducing “Music Stories” today to enable better music discovery and sharing on Facebook. The new post formats …

Posted by Music on Facebook on Thursday, November 5, 2015

For now, this integration concerns only Spotify and Apple Music, that US mobile users, especially users of iOS. Android smartphones will have to wait a little longer before they can perform the same tasks, and Facebook said that other platforms are streaming music will be integrated soon. For Facebook, this integration fits perfectly with the strategy of the firm, which wants to keep them as long as possible users on its platform. She explains: “We hope that by improving this experience artists share more, users share and engage more, and the music will be better integrated with the Facebook experience.”

Cyanogen CyanogenMod and OS, what differences?

Many of you are wrong, too. Indeed, Cyanogen Inc introduced Cyanogen OS, staying vague enough about what that means vis-à-vis CyanogenMod. However, things are pretty simple. Here is what it is.

Cyanogen Inc. is a US company behind the ROM CyanogenMod (CM) – known and recognized by the entire Android community. CyanogenMod is based on the AOSP code (Android Open Source Project) provided by Google and its partners in the Open Handset Alliance (a consortium of partners around Android). CyanogenMod is open source, you can download the intermediate versions of all versions, both of Nightlies version 12.1 CM (not yet finalized) and the stable version with CM 11.

These ROMs are supported by Cyanogen, but also by the community, thereby offering versions of CyanogenMod for dozens of devices from different manufacturers.

ROM and commercial distribution

After the creation of the company Cyanogen Inc in 2013, we saw happen Cyanogen OS, a commercial product based on CyanogenMod and introduced within the framework of commercial partnerships. Indeed, OEMs (device makers) may decide to propose Cyanogen OS on their devices. The best known is the partnership between One Plus and Cyanogen, although tensions arose between the two structures, the owners of the OnePlus One benefit of Cyanogen base OS (supported by Cyanogen Inc.). In India, Micromax brand also launched the first products with Cyanogen OS under the Yu brand, de facto rival OnePlus in the country.

The all r écente announcement of a partnership between Microsoft and Cyanogen, the difference between the two products has created confusion. Cyanogen OS is in effect based on CyanogenMod and pre-installed by the OEM, it is therefore a version of CM with optimizations relating to the device but also with features and dedicated applications. One can imagine, in fact, that Microsoft applications (Skype, onedrive, OneNote …) are pre-loaded, but also that Qualcomm optimizations are installed.

Flash Player: Jetpack Dolphin Browser and are also compatible on KitKat

As many of you already know, the arrival of Android 4.4 has cut the compatibility of certain applications, including Flash Player. Fortunately, the little guys in the community do not hesitate to put the hands-on we offer workarounds with Photon. And today, with Dolphin Browser and Dolphin Jetpack.

After installing the modified version of Adobe Flash Player, you will be possible to enjoy the plugin on Dolphin Browser and Dolphin Jetpack, in addition to the optimized version of Photon is natively compatible with it. For now, it seems that no other browser to take this compatibility, although it is not excluded that several others come enlarge the list in the near future.

To benefit, here are the instructions for installing it on KitKat

First, install the modified version of Flash Player

Once installed, download Dolphin Browser or Dolphin Jetpack

And now, run the browser you have installed and try!

Feature: Do you really need 4G?

The arrival of a new competitor can transform an entire market. Since the arrival of the fourth operator, the discourse has changed, methods too. In recent months, we are no longer on the Battle of hours of communication or SMS included in the package, but the rates of mobile connection. Now, compare the amount of SMS is much easier and more transparent than comparing a technology or a given coverage. So what is 4G in the end?

January 1, 2012, the market was shocked. The three operators were attacked on a recurrent fault oligopolistic markets: price. So, the market structure has changed and in a sense, the market has become more elastic (more dependent on price). Unfortunately, the decline in prices has not only advantages in a market with high fixed costs. Large can be an advantage (economies of scale, barriers to entry), but they must always innovate to differentiate. And this is where 4G finds its place. Behind the name hides a 4G evolution of mobile technology currently used. This improvement – LTE, for Long Term Evolution- increases throughput by antenna, which ultimately increases the throughput for the user. The adoption of this standard then responds to a simple problem: increasing the consumption data.

Answer a problem: the explosion of data traffic

For smartphone user, 3G is becoming increasingly limited – independently of any quality factor. To understand why, just remember that the theoretical throughput (14, 21 or 42 Mbps depending on the operator) is shared within a cell. So while the size of a cell does not change, the number of smartphone users increasing over time and individual consumption as well. So, the network becomes more easily saturated and we are increasingly frustrated by the speed, sometimes you revert to EDGE (2G). Some are upset facing the questionable quality of their network operator. Unfortunately, in many situations, it is put on the account of the technology used. 3G has many limitations, that the finding.

To overcome the problem, two solutions: increase the number of cells (their size decreases, so the number of users per cell as well) or adopt newer and better technology. For the three ‘historical’ operators, the answer is obvious: adopt LTE. This change in standard allows to save money (they put their equipment on existing sites) and differentiate (improve 3G is not a “visible” improvement for the future buyer). Thus, they can be deployed relatively quickly a new more efficient network than the previous (and more scalable, 3 Gbps futures) and justify different price positioning of the proposed low-cost subsidiaries and Free Mobile.

This heading is crucial to their strategy: differentiation by the network. The impact is significant on the speed and quality of deployment (eg fiber drawing of the relay antennas). To illustrate, we can compare the speed of deployment between an actor to the aggressive pricing policy (Free Mobile) and an operator whose strategy is differentiation by the network (Orange). Free Mobile is authorized to deploy its 3G / 4G antennas for several months (it began well before his arrival in January 2012). Since then, it has 2314 Service 3G antennas (also probably 4G), approximately 24-36 months. While Orange in 7-8 months, has set 2469 Service 4G antennas. It should be noted that the finding would have been greater with the deployment of 4G Bouygues Telecom antennas on 1800Mhz frequencies, but we would have been there a bias observation too important to compare, it is necessary frequencies including administrative and technical constraints equivalent (we shall return later). still we nuancera stating that the incumbents have the advantage of a network of existing antennas, so it is not a question of a purely quantitative comparison but deployment policy justifying a tariff.

Moreover, a tariff system focusing on the quality of the network allows péréquer (distribute) more easily and quickly the network: very dense areas are very profitable and then used to finance the deployment in sparsely populated areas. For example, Free Mobile will be forced to rely on another network to cover the 4G in sparsely populated areas, roaming as may, by law, benefit as soon as it reaches 25% 4G coverage on these specific frequencies. It is this equalization system which helped bring the landline phone in the countryside, for example.

4G allows to support a much larger data traffic

But, what does 4G in practice? It’s simple: a better connection! The context has already been laid: data traffic increases tremendously and the 3G network, although covering almost the entire territory, finds saturated and can no longer provide sufficient flows. With the new LTE standard, each cell has a theoretical throughput multiplied by about three (compared to H +) and the prospects for improvement are phenomenal. To measure the potential of our future networks, a reminder is needed.

Which will characterize the quality of 4G, these are the available frequencies. Each operator has frequency blocks of its own and the intrinsic qualities of 4G (and 4G + or LTE-Advanced) will depend on its frequency. What is important to know is that the rate depends on the width of the frequency owned block, and the coverage distance and the quality of penetration into the walls depend on the height frequencies (higher is , the more the waves go away and enter buildings). Another important point is the theoretical maximum speed for LTE will be the maximum flow obtained for the widest frequency block owned by the operator (not the total bandwidth). This is, in particular, differentiate the LTE-A standard. Finally, the theoretical quality of the 4G network of an operator depends on the number of blocks that has and width of these. In France, the widest possible spectrum block is 20MHz (Orange and Free), which gives the following theoretical speeds (depending on category of the network / terminal)

To briefly summarize the allocation of frequencies in France, two strips of original frequencies are available for 4G: 800MHz and 2600MHz. Each band is divided into blocks that is shared between operators. The 800 MHz band is limited to a total of 30 MHz spectrum -the only is less available at low frequencies, because they have excellent propagation properties, so they are used for television, for example. Orange, SFR and Bouygues Telecom have obtained each 10 MHz in the frequency band “gold”, Free Mobile will have to settle for roaming on these frequencies-that is to say he will use the network another operator. The 2600 MHz band, in turn, the advantage of being off (because the spectrum is more available at this level of frequency). So 70MHz could be sold to operators, allowing for better off, to offer high flow rates (actually twice as large).

In addition to these two original bands, Bouygues Telecom has obtained permission to use its 2G frequencies to deploy 4G. This is called refarming. This gives it a great advantage: it receives additional frequencies that its competitors can more easily use (2G frequencies are much used by Orange customers, for example) and allow extremely rapid deployment (there is almost more red tape associated with the installation of a new antenna, use of existing infrastructure). However, importantly, the band is not entirely devoted to 4G, only 10 MHz are (which limits the flow to 75Mbps), currently.

Finally, with the current LTE standard, the theoretical maximum throughput of 115Mbps marketed varies (for 15 MHz blocks SFR and Bouygues Telecom) to 150Mbps (for blocks of 20MHz in Orange, without MIMO 4 × 4). Compared to the 42 Mbps maximum of the standard “H +”. Thus, the speed of which you can theoretically benefit depend on the frequency band on which you are connected. These are different situations depending on the operators

Moreover, the frequency band “golden” also promises 800MHz (as noted earlier) much more stable connections within buildings, which is not always the case in 3G. Low frequencies 900 MHz used for 3G being originally intended for 2G, some dense areas not covered by this 3G one. Therefore, when we lose our 3G connection inside a building, it is common to come across a good connection EDGE (2G standard uses low frequencies throughout France).

The deployed 4G standard is only the starting point

In the coming years, operators will deploy LTE-A as soon as enough of the terminal will take charge. This standard has the particular advantage to aggregate carriers – that is, the frequency bands – even if these bands are not contiguous. Recently, Bouygues Telecom and SFR have announced to have started experiments of aggregating the two blocks of frequencies 800 MHz and 2600 MHz in order to get 160 Mbps for Bouygues Telecom, SFR 175 Mbps. Similarly, for Orange, the carrier aggregation technique alone (all else equal) to carry the speed to 225 Mbps with current frequencies, against 150 now. Then, further improvements will be added to technology and new frequencies will be added to this (and refarming 2G spectrum allocation issue 700MHz TV). Objective 3 Gbps.

The deployment is progressing at great speed V

Regarding the current state of the deployment, the network is rather sparse (coverage of an area with little antennas, or no coverage at all …). However, deployment is very fast. Including Orange and Bouygues Telecom who install each month hundreds of antennas. The table below summarizes the network status on 1 October 2013. The figures will evolve very quickly, the easiest way is to check every month the retail network on the site ANFR. In addition, the site provides the complete mapping cartoradio.fr then to consult antennas that you couvrent.

As we noted above, the first block of 800MHz is favored by SFR. He put over stating that “there will be 4G and 4G”, this will allow more coverage and better interior, but with a lower rate. The second block of 2.6 GHz easily covers less territory, but offers a much higher rate, so it is favored by Orange. The third block of 1800 MHz is used by Bouygues Telecom, it gives it an undeniable advantage on speed of deployment (more than 3,800 service branches, more than 50% of current 4G antennas), but permits only a rate equivalent to the band of 800MHz (75Mbps).

For coverage predictions for Christmas, Orange should cover more than 40% of the population, SFR provides 35%. Bouygues Telecom, the band 1800 MHz allows it to cover now 63% of the population, a figure expected to rise by Christmas. As for Free Mobile, we do not know if it will propose a commercial offer in 2013, but we can now estimate that enabling 4G on all its 3G antennas, covering his potential will be around 30-35 % of the population by the end of 2013 (against 50% more 3G coverage, through the use of low frequency 900MHz). As such, it may be able, by law, to roaming on 800 MHz frequencies SFR.

Commercial offers, fair use and services included

Tariff heading 4G deals is above the offers of low-cost subsidiaries and Free Mobile. But these deals also seek to be distinguished by a gain related to additional services provided.

First, let’s look at the pricing of these offers. In the following table, we simply compare the heading of “core” of each operator offers 4G in a joint offers low-cost subsidiaries (Sosh, RED, B & You and Free Mobile).

One can observe that to get a 4G connection, it costs no less than 10 euros extra each month. This may be unnecessary for many people not covered or not interested. Obviously.

However, 4G deals also offer additional services meant to increase the value of these packages. It is these services that both SFR and Orange operators can be distinguished from low-cost deals say. This is also the amount of included services which explains the minimum 12-month commitment required by the two operators. In that game, it’s Orange seems to stand out, as noted in the article in Le Figaro. Indeed, the Orange offering represents the equivalent of 23 euros to service included, against 16 euros in SFR for example. What sums up in the following table

In the coming months, it is certain that other 4G deals will be added to those of the three incumbents. Here one thinks of the offer of Free Mobile, but it will also count on some MVNOs.

For Free Mobile, it would seem that the leaders prefer to wait for enough coverage to propose anything. Its potential to cover “own” being in the order of 30-35% by the end of the year, it does not seem possible in the short term. However, it could rely on its roaming 800MHz to inflate this value, which unfortunately will not be enough to achieve national coverage by the end of year celebrations.

As for MVNOs, there will clearly 4G offers. ARCEP has made many statements in this sense: the MVNO will benefit from 4G. Even if only to avoid the reformation of an oligopoly. This is Virgin Mobile chopping first announcing in September that he would propose a 4G package in the first half of 2014 (on the Bouygues Telecom network). More recently, the actor AR Telecom (NRJ Mobile, Crédit Mutuel Mobile and CIC Mobile Auchan Telecom in particular) said that 4G would arrive on November 14, which will make him the fourth player in the market to offer 4G. First, this announcement only concern NRJ Mobile and offers from CM-CIC group. It is unclear on what network operator will use.

Finally, concerning the current fair use some “limited”, it is certain that it will increase in the coming months. But as long as the network is overwhelmingly 3G, the increase will not be significant. The “cost” of fair use is higher than 3G 4G, explaining that operators do not yet offer a “revolution” on this point. The arrival of competing offers just will accelerate the adoption of 4G, fair use is sure to increase. therefore expect the increase in coverage and the number of subscribers, and things evolve.

Should I upgrade to the 4G?

Once we took into account the principle of saturation that degrades our good old 3G network, it is easier to understand the benefits of 4G. The theoretical output of the antenna increases, so the new network can cope with increased data traffic in recent years. But as a user, the question to switch to 4G remains.

For small consumers, a type of offering “low cost” you should clear. You can always read your emails, view your favorite sites, etc. In addition, the 3G network could relieve so many users migrating to 4G. So better availability could solve the current problems of saturation. If you are a heavy consumer of data and you find yourself in a widely covered area (we must take into account all the frequencies that cover you), while 4G is a ‘comfortable’ improvement is undeniable. The rates will be high and the lowest latency, the response will be really better. Frequencies “gold” guarantee you furthermore a good rate even indoors. The presence of additional services on the 4G packages is a benefit that will convince some. Note also that the rates are higher, with an average amount given to consumption data, the rate of use is logically low, so 4G will support the increased smartphone use for future years up the arrival of the next enhancements to wait 3 Gbps.

The differentiation of offers and tariff heading is fundamental in a market like this one. If many want to pay less left to settle for a smaller / performance network, others prefer to pay extra to have an efficient network across France – the performance test results conducted on the ARCEP networks often eloquent. As with the purchase of a terminal or a car, the diversification of supply is always beneficial to the consumer, and that it will not be forgotten.

Luc GAUTHIER-Aurelian is currently research professor PhD student at the Pierre and Marie Curie University. He is preparing a thesis in the field of artificial intelligence, he especially studied the semantic links in recommendation systems and social networks. He also has a specialization in Digital Economy and network industries, he is preparing a thesis specialized European Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Fossil Wander Q and Q Marshal, already a new generation of Android Wear watches

Fossil again enriches its recent range of watches connected with two devices: the Q and Q Wander Marshal. Two watches in Android Wear for design enthusiasts more than new technologies.

On the left, the Q Wander and right, Q Marshal

It goes longer than a week without Fossil, now owner of Misfit – specialist activity trackers – will reveal new products. Late last week it formalized as a strap connected to mimic the Misfit Ray, the Q Motion, and now er this new aircraft. Wander the Q and Q are Marshal and output.

As with previous models of the Q series, both Q and Q Wander Marshal rely primarily on design. Both watches are connected, and feature a round LCD (which always includes a black bar at the bottom of the screen, alas) integrated in a housing … thinner. This is also what we criticized the Fossil Q Founder, beautiful in itself, but much too bulky on the wrist. If we can greet Fossil ability to learn from mistakes, we remain cautious as the US brand did not specify the exact dimensions of the two boxes. Just do we know that the Q Wander measuring 44 mm in diameter than the Q Marshal able 46. minimal differences between watches that resemble particular.

The radius of the differences between these two Android Wear watches, we simply note some differences in the housing, that of Marshal Q is also assumed more robust than that of his colleague. It will be available in a navy blue version of “vintage style leather bracelets”. Fossil does not add any additional functionality to its watches but since they are waterproof, the offer also with silicone bracelets to wear them for a swim or shower. It is not known yet whether to rely or not on integrating loudspeakers, now supported by Android Wear on both products.

For now, Fossil did not mention the price or availability of its Q and Q Marshal Wander, simply stating that the watches will be sold “later this year”. However, it can get a vague idea of ​​their price, as their predecessor, the Q Founder, costs nearly 300 euros.

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