Let’s start this week with some interesting news from BlackBerry as close-up images of their first Android smartphone have been published online. The new Android handset is expected to be called the BlackBerry Venice and the leaked pictures suggest that the BB Venice will be a slider phone where the screen slides up to reveal a physical keyboard. It looks like the premium smartphone will boast a curved screen housing a 5.4-inch Quad HD screen. Other specs thought to feature in the BB Venice include a powerful 18-megapixel rear camera, a quad-core Snapdragon 808 processor and 3GB of RAM. It;s likely that the Venice will be available from November.
Did you know that the Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone has it’s very own monitor accessory? The wireless SE370 monitor has been manufactured by Samsung and offers a huge 23.6 inches or 27 inches of monitor display. The SE370 monitor features Qi wireless charging and is compatible with Samsung smartphones which have the same Qi wireless charging technology such as the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. It comes with Full HD resolution, 300cd/m2 brightness, 178-degree wide-angle viewing and AMD FreeSync technology.
From a big smartphone accessory to a very small one and a couple of graduates from Brunel University have invented the world’s smallest phone charger. The charger called The Nipper is so tiny it looks lost in the palm of your hand. Weighing in at a miniscule 10 grams, The Nipper can be attached to a key ring and is powered by 2 AA batteries which fit between two magnets with a micro USB connecting it a smartphone. As well as being ideal for charging your handset on the go or when you’re away for a few days camping or at a festival, The Nipper also has a small price tag, costing just £12. For the fashion conscious, there are several design choices with the option of a leather strap, personalisation with your name and gold-plated magnets. The Nipper is compatible with most Android smartphones as well as Kindles and there are plans for an iPhone charger in the pipeline. Production is expected to start next month.
And finally, selfie sticks are moving on. FotoKite have created a flying selfie stick and it’s called ‘Phi’. Phi is a compact drone-type invention which is attached to a handheld controller by a lead. To operate it you simply push a button on the controller whilst using your hand movements to steer it. The Phi is very small and compact and is compatible with a GoPro camera for filming yourself from above. The beauty of the Phi is that because it’s leashed to the hand controller it’s safe to use, can be easily reeled in, doesn’t require lots of practice to fly and it doesn’t need landing gear.