Fresh phones coming from Samsung, HTC, Fujitsu and Casio
HTC and Samsung announce new Windows Phone 8 smartphones
Both Samsung and HTC have revealed new smartphones, each running the Windows Phone 8 operating system. The HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo each have an 8-megapixel camera with availability starting in the U.S. this summer through Sprint.
Sprint touted the photo capabilities of the new phones in their press release today:
"HTC 8XT is also ideal for photo buffs with an 8-megapixel main camera with autofocus and LED flash, and a front-facing 1.6-megapixel camera. The main camera takes great photos in bright-light and low-light situations, and the ability to shoot video and take still pictures simultaneously. It also offers multishot burst mode to help capture the best picture of a moving photo subject, and a dedicated Windows Phone camera button to open the camera quickly, even when the phone is locked or sleeping, so users never miss an opportunity to capture life’s most important moments.
[...] Having ATIV S Neo in your pocket means users can do more with their smartphone camera. It will offer an 8-megapixel main camera with LED flash and a front-facing 1.9-megapixel camera for video chat. It will include a variety of camera apps preloaded, including the Beauty Shot mode for smoother looking skin in headshots, Manga Camera to give pictures a fun twist by turning friends and family into cartoons, and built-in Photo Editor that allows the user to edit, color, effect, decorate or share their pictures quickly and easily."
Fujitsu's ARROWS A SoftBank 202F smartphone offers impressive specs
A new phone from Japanese smartphone manufacturer Fujitsu has smartphone fanatics drooling over long battery life and a massive storage. Large screens usually mean poor battery life but the ARROWS A SoftBank 202F's 5-inch, 1,920 × 1,080 px display can keep going for over two days on a single charge thanks to its over 3,000 mAh high-capacity battery as well as what Fujitsu's calls an "energy-saving Human Centric Engine." The ARROWS A SoftBank 202F also has a 13.1 MP camera, 64GB of internal storage with a micro SD slot for extra storage, and a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor. Read the rest of the specs from Fujitsu's press release.
Casio's new 4G LTE smartphone meets military standards for toughness
Sometimes, you need a little extra protection on your smartphone. Instead of slapping a thick case on your thin phone, you can opt for a ruggedized one that comes pre-protected. Casio (yes, the watch guys) have been making rugged phones for years. Their latest, named G'zOne Commando 4G LTE, is available through Verizon Wireless and can survive shock, water and dust exposure. The Android 4.0-running device comes with an 8 MP camera and a ton of outdoors-y features. Users can tap the phone's 4-inch screen even when wearing gloves as long as the phone is in "glove mode," accessing information from the phone's barometer, compass, thermometer and FM Radio. The G'zOne Commando 4G LTE is also made to work with Casio's G Shock watch to send call and message notifications to the watch as well as connect to the watch's helpful "Find Me" feature that will notify you when you are close to your missing phone. Read all of the G'zOne Commando 4G LTE's specs from Casio's press release.
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Stanley Greene captured 'brutally honest' photographs in the war zones of the Middle East, Chechnya and Georgia. He was also one of the few African-American photographers working internationally.
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