Samsung’s pocket watch is a weird concept that raises interesting questions about wearables

Samsung’s hybrid pocket watch concept raises a lot more questions than it answers. That’s due, in part, to the fact that the company isn’t offering all that much information about what appears to be an analogue pocket watch with smart functionality announced in a press release tied to the Baselworld jewelry and watch show happening next week in Switzerland.

“Concept” is, naturally, a key word here. Really, Samsung seems to be doing a bit of peacocking here as it simultaneously tries to fit in and stand out among more traditional watch vendors at the event. The release carries all sorts of self-congratulatory tidbits like, “Samsung continues to lead the smartwatch category; connecting traditional Swiss design and innovative technology” and “Gear S3 is more than just a smartwatch, it is a beautifully designed watch that puts a timeless spin on the smartwatch category.”

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen someone take a crack at the idea, though aside from an Indiegogo campaign for an “open-source anti-smartphone” and some 3D printed at-home hacks, no one has seemingly really dared to go full throttle into the niche upon niche that is the smart pocket watch.

Chances seem pretty slim at this point that such a device will ever see the light of day, even from Samsung, a company notorious for flooding store shelves with a million different variants on a given theme.

Even so, the time is right for companies to start making big, bold, weird experiments in the wearable space. The smartwatch category has suffered, in part, from a flooded market of likeminded devices. Smartphones are one thing. The technology quickly transformed from luxury to perceived necessity. Smartwatches aren’t nearly there yet – and at this rate, may never be. For now they’re, at best, a proxy for our smartphones.

 A few companies (Samsung included) have had enough success for the space to make sense, but the rest of the competition is essentially fighting over scraps.

If nothing else, Samsung’s hybrid pocket watch raises some interesting points about the space. Like, if a watch isn’t designed to be worn on one’s person, can it really be classified as a wearable? How much of the wearable category’s value is derived from the body real estate it occupies? Devoid of a wrist strap, doesn’t the thing more or less become a tiny, much less useful smartphone?

Samsung is also showing off a number of devices created alongside Swiss watch designer Yvan Arpa, which, like the pocket watch, appear to exist more to bolster the profile of the company’s existing product than to hint at any forthcoming release.

After all, the super luxury smartwatch may be the greatest niche of all. Sure, Tag has had some relative success with its Connected device – at least enough to justify a second generation of the product – but four digits is a lot to ask for a product designed to be upgraded ever couple of years. Even the nicest smartwatch likely won’t be getting passed along to the grand children.

Samsung May Unleash a Beast

Hot off the rumor mill on Wednesday is news of a new feature Samsung may include in its upcoming Galaxy S8. It’s dubbed “Beast Mode,” and that’s just about all that is known about it so far.

Spotted in an EU trademark application, Beast Mode would apply to smartphones, mobile phones and application software for smartphones, notedGalaxy Club, a Netherlands-based blog.

The Galaxy S8 is expected to be the first smartphone built around Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor. If true, that lines up with the notion that Beast Mode could allow super high performance.

Another rumor is that the Galaxy S8 will have an optical fingerprint scanner built into the display instead of the body.

Further, it’s rumored that it will include Bluetooth 5.0, recently approved by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group — and that idea seems to carry a fair amount of weight.


Countering Bad PR

“There’s a strong possibility that Samsung will incorporate Bluetooth 5 into the Galaxy S8,” said Ken Hyers, director of wireless device strategies at Strategy Analytics.

“With the cancellation of the Note7, the Galaxy S8 is now [Samsung’s] premier device to showcase the latest and best smartphone technology,” he told TechNewsWorld.

Samsung had to institute a global recall of millions of Galaxy Note7s after multiple instances in which the device spontaneously burst into flames. Some replacement devices also caught fire.

“Samsung has a PR problem,” observed Michael Jude, a program manager at Stratecast/Frost & Sullivan. “Note7 is a disaster, and they need something with which to seize the technological high ground.”

Putting cutting-edge technologies in the S8 “will help a lot,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“Remember, practically nothing is Bluetooth 5-compliant,” Jude noted. “As long as the S8 can talk to existing Bluetooth devices, it’s golden. People will be drawn to the latest, greatest technology.”

Bluetooth 5.0 doesn’t replace 4.0, 4.1 or 4.2. It extends the functionality of these previous versions of the Bluetooth Core Specification.

Further, Bluetooth 5.0 lets manufacturers leverage interoperability and performance improvements incorporated in the core specs since 4.2 was released.

“From Bluetooth headsets and speakers to home control, personal robots and drones, Bluetooth is a default technology for connecting devices, with the smartphone as the hub of consumers’ device universe,” Strategy Analytics’ Hyers remarked.

“We are rapidly moving into a more complex connected device world,” he pointed out.

Samsung has focused heavily on the Internet of Things, offering smart TVs and smart appliances that can be tied to its smartphones.

Bluetooth 5 “is a huge advance over previous versions of Bluetooth from a connectivity speed and capacity standpoint,” Hyers pointed out, noting that it’s a natural fit for Samsung’s next flagship device.

The S8 will “be both a mass market flagship and a showcase for Samsung’s technological leadership” since the company has canceled its Note series of phablets, he said.

Therefore, Samsung “will be careful to only put technology and features in it that it’s certain will not create issues,” Hyers contended. As a relatively low-risk feature, Bluetooth 5 likely will appear in the S8 in Q1 2017.

Bluetooth 5.0 Specs

Bluetooth 5.0 offers 2Mbps of bandwidth, twice that of Bluetooth 4.2, with low energy.

The bandwidth can be decreased to achieve up to 4x the broadcast range of Bluetooth 4.2 with the same power requirement. That means home automation and security devices can cover entire homes, buildings or locations.

Developers can adjust the broadcast range, speed and security for different environments.

Bluetooth 5.0 delivers reliable Internet of Things connections, and it will increase the relevance of beacons and other location awareness technologies, which will enable a seamless IoT experience.

It also has ad extensions that enable more efficient use of broadcasting channels on the 2.4 GHz band.

Slot availability masks can detect and prevent interference on neighboring bands.

Keeping the Note7’s Specter at Bay

Many consumers returned their Note7 phablets to purchase an older Galaxy S7, Hyers said. “Given that history, “I expect that the Galaxy S8 will be the most carefully tested and verified smartphone ever released.”

Also, consumers in the know will see Bluetooth 5 as a future-proof technology, he suggested, while early adopters will see it as a useful item.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to Visit India in February for Future Decoded Event

Microsoft’s India-born chief Satya Nadella will be in India later this month to address a conference on ‘Future Decoded’ in Mumbai.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to Visit India in February for Future Decoded Event

While Nadella has visited India a number of times since assuming the leadership role, this visit takes on added significance as the global debate on US’ clampdown on visas and its impact on flow of skilled manpower rages.

Nadella is among the first few technology titans to oppose the restrictions on immigration by the new US administration under President Donald Trump.

Last month, Trump had signed a sweeping executive order to suspend the arrival of refugees and impose tough new controls on travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen as part of new measures to “keep radical Islamic terrorists” out of America.

Condemning the move, Nadella, in a post on LinkedIn, had said: “As an immigrant and a CEO, I’ve both experienced and seen the positive impact that immigration has on our company, for the country and for the world. We will continue to advocate this important topic.”

Microsoft President Brad Smith said as many as 76 Microsoft employees are affected by the new executive order.

Executives from Google, Apple, Netflix, Facebook and other top American companies have slammed Trump’s immigration order that sparked widespread protests across the US.

Microsoft’s Future Decoded event, to be held on February 21-22, is expected to see participation of 1,500 business and government officials.

This will include names like Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Lord Jonathan Evans (former director general, MI5), Guenter Butschek, CEO, Tata Motors, and Anil Rai Gupta, Chairman and MD of Havells.

The discussions will revolve around how digital technology is empowering people and organisations across governments, education, banks, hospitals, e-commerce, entertainment, and manufacturing organisations.

Details of Nadella’s itinerary could not be confirmed.

Picking the Best Ecommerce Web Companies

It can be difficult for people to select the best ecommerce web companies. Many ecommerce web companies will advertise their services using similar language. There will be a mix of reviews regarding their services. These are just the sort of professionals who would be able to exaggerate the quality of their services using their great ecommerce web design skills and ecommerce skills in general, and that can make choose the best ecommerce web companies even more difficult.

For one thing, people should try to make sure that the ecommerce design companies in question have a wide range of different skills and hire employees who are skilled in multiple fields. Lots of skills go into ecommerce, and the best ecommerce web companies are able to master all of those skills at once. Ecommerce design companies must offer search engine optimization skills, search marketing skills, web design skills, and a strong knowledge of how to improve the conversion rates of businesses. They should also have portfolios that are easily accessible, allowing people to see what they have accomplished previously and giving them a sense of whether or not they can help them with their own businesses.


One of the good things about doing ecommerce in the modern world is that there are so many ecommerce web companies around that it should be easy for people to find the exact professionals that they want. If they need to work for high-quality ecommerce firms, they should be able to find them. If they’re interested in low-cost ecommerce web design services, they should be able to locate those services easily enough. People can also find the best ecommerce web companies in their areas that much more easily in a world in which there are so many companies like this.

Finding the best ecommerce web companies that are local may not seem as important in the information age. However, location still matters when it comes to these kinds of companies. While ecommerce websites are going to be able to reach people all over the world, the actually ecommerce web companies themselves are going to be shaped by their own local character and connections. Certain ecommerce web companies will also dominate the field for reasons that can still relate to their location in the physical world. It is not a coincidence that many of the best ecommerce web companies are located in California, New Jersey, New York, and similar states in the United States. The United States in general has some of the most profitable ecommerce web companies. It helps if people are able to meet with the representatives of the best web design companies in person as well.

Hiring WDS – best ecommerce web company in California can make a huge difference for business owners all over the world. People in California are especially encouraged to work with them if possible. Even if they are not able to meet with the representatives in person, however, they will be able to benefit from all of their experience in the field. Companies like this have a lot to offer everyone.

Technology That Brings Innovation To The Fashion Industry

Digital Printing

Digital printing changes everything about textiles. This innovation in the fashion industry can improve clothing with bolder and edgier prints and designs. Digital printing is applied on fabric directly and there is not fear of loss of colour or fading of the print. In fact, it saves water and energy wastage by over 75 percent. Digital printing is definitely the future of fashion and can improve the artistic styles and cater to buyers more personally.

3D printing

3D printing is the talk of the town now with celebrities and fashionistas bearing 3D prints and accessories like never before. Apart from being popular in haute couture,3D prints can give life to many clothes in your average retail market. It can bring life to conventional outfits and add an edge to fashion. Innovative clothing ideas like the 3D prints make you stand out from the crowd.

3D trial Rooms

Fashion innovative ideas like the 3D trial rooms, which have already been introduced by abof, can really improve the fashion and retail industry. The 3D trial room simply takes in your body measurements and creates an avatar online with the same body type as you. Now you can try on clothes that you like on the avatar to see if it fits well or looks good for your choice. If this technology is implemented by all online fashion stores it will become an instant hit with almost zero return or refund rates.

Recycled materials

Bringing a together fashion and technology by way of converting plastics and paper to textiles to be eco-friendly is the new innovation infashion designing. It promotes a greater cause an, who knows what you can do with recycled fabric!

Technology wearables

Ever thought that you would one day wear a watch that is actually a gadget? Well, technologically manufactured wearables like smartwatches and exercise wrist bands might become the next best thing. With it comes an emergence of tech utility and style.


Another idea to improve fashion is the customization of the clothes by colour, design, print and type. As technology advances, online fashion stores might allow the customers to become fashion designers themselves by fashion designing their clothes with basic fabric and options of print, colour and type to choose from.

Maybe this could be the future of online tailoring and customization.

Besides, the throngs of blogs, vlogs and profiles on social media serve as a huge data base for files of fashion styles and designs curated and compiled by ardent fashion obsessed users.

This could also be the base of options that customers can use for personal customisation of clothes.

Fb, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft signal ecu hate speech code

A web “code of conduct” geared toward preventing hate speech has been launched by the ecu Union along with four of the world’s biggest internet businesses.

facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft have all been worried in the introduction of the code, which is in particular aimed toward combating racism and xenophobia throughout Europe. Such efforts are hampered by using various enforcement in unique nations, something the code is tackling.

It additionally encourages the social media corporations to take quick motion as quickly as a valid notification is acquired.

A slender file, the code of behavior isn’t legally binding for the net agencies, even though many of its policies are already included with the aid of other european rules including the e-trade directive. instead, it establishes “public commitments” for the agencies, together with the requirement to check the “majority of valid notifications for removal of unlawful hate speech” in less than 24 hours, and to make it less complicated for regulation enforcement to inform the companies at once.

Vĕra Jourová, the eu commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality, led the advent of the code, and positioned it within the context of the attacks in Paris and Brussels. “The current terror assaults have reminded us of the urgent want to address unlawful on line hate speech,” she said. “Social media is sadly one of the gear that terrorist groups use to radicalise young human beings and racist use to unfold violence and hatred.

“This settlement is an critical breakthrough to ensure that the net stays a place of loose and democratic expression, where eu values and laws are reputable.”

The definition of hate speech protected with the aid of the code of conduct is slim: it’s miles defined within the report as “all conduct publicly inciting to violence or hatred directed in opposition to a set of men and women or a member of this kind of organization described by using reference to race, shade, religion, descent or country wide or ethnic origin”.

That ban is counterbalanced with the aid of the right to freedom of expression, which, the code highlights, covers “not best… ‘data’ or ‘ideas’ which might be favourably acquired or regarded as inoffensive or as a be counted of indifference, but additionally to those who offend, shock or disturb the state or any region of the population”.

all the net businesses that signed the code of behavior emphasized the anxiety themselves. Google’s public policy and authorities members of the family director, Lie Junius, stated “We’re committed to giving people get admission to to data thru our offerings, but we have usually prohibited unlawful hate speech on our systems… we are thrilled to work with the commission to broaden co- and self-regulatory methods to fighting hate speech on line.”

Monika Bickert, head of global coverage control at fb, said: “With a global community of 1.6 billion human beings, we work tough to balance giving humans the energy to specific themselves at the same time as making sure we offer a respectful surroundings. As we make clean in our community standards, there’s no location for hate speech on facebook.”

Twitter’s Karen White, the top of public policy for Europe, said: “Hateful conduct has no vicinity on Twitter and we can preserve to address this trouble head on along our partners in industry and civil society. We continue to be dedicated to letting the tweets glide. however, there is a clear difference among freedom of expression and conduct that incites violence and hate.”

The code of conduct represents the first important try to codify how era firms have to reply to hate speech on-line. but the constrained scope leaves many factors of on-line abuse still exposed: harassment on gender grounds, for example, isn’t always considered hate speech in keeping with the code of behavior. In Britain, a move-celebration marketing campaign launched last week, with fb’s backing, is calling for contributions on the way to reduce misogynist abuse on line.

Apple Pay Expands as It Vies for Broader Acceptance

Apple’s year-old mobile-payments service is expanding to more countries, banks and merchants, as it faces growing competition and some challenges before it becomes as commonplace as plastic cards.

Apple Pay is available in Canada starting Tuesday and in Australia on Thursday. Those are two countries where “tap” payments – tapping a phone or chip-embedded card to the store’s payment machine – are already more common than in the US. In those countries, however, Apple Pay is limited initially to American Express cards.

In the US, where Apple Pay started in October 2014, the service will expand Tuesday to more than 100 additional card issuers – mostly smaller banks and credit unions. Apple Pay already accepts Visa,MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards from most major banks. In the UK, Tesco and TSB banks will join Apple Pay on Tuesday.

The developments come a few months after Google launched its own tap-and-pay service, Android Pay, while Samsung started Samsung Pay. Both are for Android phones, while Apple Pay requires iPhones.

Gradual expansion
Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president for Apple Pay, said the company is starting with American Express in Canada and Australia because it’s both the card issuer and the payment-network operator, so coordination is easier. With Visa and MasterCard, individual banks issue the cards, and each bank has its own way of verifying a customer’s identity when setting up Apple Pay, for instance.

Meanwhile, Apple is working with makers of various payment machines to bring tapping capabilities to additional merchants, small and large. When Apple Pay launched, the US had 200,000 tap-capable machines. That’s expected to surpass 1.5 million this year. The growth includes about 100,000 small to medium-sized merchants each month, Apple said.

Apple said Tuesday that Cinnabon will add Apple Pay to all its US locations next year, while Domino’s company-owned pizza stores will get it by year’s end. Earlier, Apple said Starbucks will conduct a pilot this year, with a broader rollout next year, while KFC will launch next spring.

Despite the momentum, several million more US retailers still have older machines that lack the right technology.

Paying at restaurants
Even if a merchant has the equipment, it’s often located behind a counter, out of arm’s reach. At sit-down restaurants, a customer needs to get up to make the tap, as opposed to leaving a card with a waiter, at least in the US (In Canada and many European countries, it’s common for staff to bring a portable card machine to your table.)

Addressing that will require a combination of approaches, Bailey said. She said Chili’s is installing tablets at tables so people can order and pay right there, starting in the spring. The restaurant-reservation service OpenTable already lets diners use its app to pay at some restaurants. Other US restaurants, she said, will embrace portable card machines.

“You’ll see restaurants really look to innovate,” Bailey said, adding that restaurants can squeeze in more customers with faster payments, and customers are happier if they don’t have to wait for the check.

The US is behind
Americans are used to plastic cards, and many people aren’t drawn to the increased security that these services provide because banks typically waive liability for fraud.

But the dynamics could change with the growing use of plastic cards embedded with security chips. Chip transactions take longer than a traditional magnetic swipe, making the convenience of tapping seem more attractive.

Because other countries have had chip transactions longer, they are further along in accepting tap payments, Bailey said. She expects US shoppers will come to accept tap payments, too, now that chip cards are becoming standard.

Microsoft Gets Serious About Security as Apple Eyes Enterprise Market

In the mid 2000s, Microsoft’s security reputation was so bad that Apple parodied it as part of its famous “Get a Mac” commercials.

“You okay?” a casually dressed Justin Long, representing a Mac, asked a sneezing, suited PC stand-in John Hodgman in one spot.

“No, I’m not okay. I have that virus that’s going around,” Hodgman responded. In another, Hodgman’s character hides inside a biohazard suit.

But in recent years, Microsoft has worked to clean up its act. And now it’s the latest big tech company to make security a part of its advertising pitch – just as Apple is eyeing the enterprise market.

Speaking at a Microsoft Government Forum in Washington on Tuesday, Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella called cyber-security one of the most “pressing issues of our time” and laid out a set of privacy and security commitments from the company.

“Trust is at the core” of Microsoft’s mission, he said: “When it comes to privacy, we will ensure your data is private and under your control. When it comes to compliance, we will manage your data in accordance with the law of the land. We will also be transparent about both the collection of data and usage of data. And, lastly, we will ensure that all of your data is secure.”

Experts generally say that Microsoft has taken security more seriously in recent years and is willing to partner with independent researchers who uncover flaws in their products. In fact, the company now runs one of the more sophisticated bug bounty programs in the industry, a system that pays rewards to third-party researchers who discover problems and work with the company to fix them.

“Fifteen years ago, friends were receiving cease and desist letters from Microsoft [trying to silence independent security research]. Now they’re giving out six-figure bounties for helping fix major security flaws,” said Josh Corman, the chief technology officer at software company Sonatype and one of the founders of I am the Cavalry, a group focused on improving the security of tech with physical safety risks.

Microsoft’s journey shows that companies can go from being highly combative with the larger security research community to highly collaborative, a shift that is good for both users and stockholders, Corman argued.

Waves of data breaches have shaken almost every sector of the economy in recent years, rattling consumers. And especially in the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the extent of the government’s digital surveillance capabilities, companies like Facebook and Google have touted upgrades to their security infrastructure.

Earlier this month, Nadella announced that the company would start using German data centers next year, allowing German customer data to stay inside the country and making it potentially harder for US intelligence agencies to access it due to strict German privacy laws.

But perhaps none have gone as far to assure users about their commitment to privacy and security as Apple. Last year, the company automatically rolled out strong forms of encryption that Apple itself is unable to unlock to iOS users – a feature that has put it at odds with some senior law enforcement and intelligence officials.

Earlier this year, Apple updated the privacy language on its Web site. The company made the case for the importance of encryption, the security tool that scrambles up data to protect it from prying eyes, and spelled out what the company does to protect users’ privacy and security.

As Apple has positioned itself as a privacy leader under chief executive Tim Cook, it has also set itself up to compete in the lucrative enterprise market – a space long dominated by Microsoft’s Windows ecosystem. Earlier this month, the company launched the iPad Pro, a supersized version of its tablet that is being explicitly marketed to professionals and businesses. And last year, the company announced a partnership with IBM to “transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps.”

Microsoft’s most recent enterprise products, like its Office Suite, rely heavily on a software model tied to cloud storage. But to compete in the increasingly crowded cloud computing market, the company will need customers to trust that it can fend off what Nadella called a “constant” barrage of cyberthreats.

Essentially, Microsoft’s plan is to use security as a marketing strategy. “It’s clear that you have to be seen as an honest broker to compete,” said Corman. “And talking about privacy and security is becoming a requirement for gaining public trust.”

Google Fit Updated With Personal Trainer for Android Wear and More

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Google has started rolling out an update for its Fit app that now includes a personal trainer app for Android Wear, a home screen widget, apart from new monthly and weekly summary views.

The new Fit Challenge app for Android Wear shows users how to properly do exercises such as sit-ups, push-ups and squats using messages and animations. Users can choose any one of the exercises followed by a difficulty level. The Activity Screen shows the progress and informs them about the how many repetitions they have made and how much time it would take to achieve the goal. It also encourages users by flashing inspirational messages.

Once the routine is completed, a message showing a compilation of activities done is shown. Repeating the exercise or the tutorial is possible by swiping right from the screen. It is worth mentioning that the challenges stretch for 30 days and start with an easy routine of five reps a day that increases over time. Users will also be alerted every day to do their routine exercises. The information will be automatically synced with the Google Fit website and Android app. The regular Fit app for Android Wear will show users their progress, 9to5Google notes.

A digital interactive watch face for Android Wear smartwatches has also been introduced as a part of the Google Fit update. This might come as a welcome change for users as Google Fit for Android Wearfeatured an analogue watch face since quite some time now.

The updated app is gradually rolling out in phases, but is already available on the Google Play store in India. For those who don’t want to wait, an apk file can be downloaded from apkmirror website. Notably, users are complaining that with the latest update, users are unable to add new activities, and can only choose from pre-defined ones. The ability to log weight has also gone.

Google in May this year updated its Google Fit app with new features that included estimation of distance covered and calories burnt.

Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 With 8-Inch Display, Tegra K1 SoC Launched

Nvidia’s Shield tablet was launched last year with a price tag of $299 (roughly Rs. 19,000). The company however was forced to recall some of its Shield tablets in the US after it found the battery in device can overheat, posing a possible fire hazard.

The company on Tuesday has re-launched its Nvidia Shield tablet as the Shield Tablet K1 priced at $199 (approximately Rs. 13,000). The tablet targeted at gamers is now available in the US, Canada, and a few European markets. The Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 is also available online via Amazon and Best Buy in the US as well as the company’s store. Notably, the company has only listed the Wi-Fi version of the Shield Tablet K1 and has not detailed any plans to launch an LTE version.

(Also see: Is the New Nvidia Shield Dead on Arrival?)

The company will be also selling a Shield Controller priced at $59.99 (approximately Rs. 4,000) which will be sold separately. Other accessories sold separately include a stylus named DirectStylus 2 priced at $19.99 (approximately Rs. 1,350); Shield Tablet K1 cover at $39.99 (approximately Rs. 2,700), and Shield world charger with international compatibility priced at $29.99 (approximately Rs. 2,000).

nvidia_shield_tablet_k1_screen.jpgFor specifications, the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 features an 8-inch (1920×1200 pixels) IPS display and is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra K1 4+1 core processor coupled with a 192-core Kepler GPU with 2GB of RAM. The tablet packs 16GB of storage and also comes with microSD card slot.

The Android 5.0 Lollipop-based tablet is said to receive an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the coming months. On the optics front, the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 sports 5-megapixel rear and front cameras. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS/ GLONASS, Mini-HDMI, and Micro-USB.

The tablet measures 221x126x9.2mm and weighs 390 grams. It comes with 19.75 Watt hour battery.