Sony And Light Partner Up To Build 4 Camera Modules For Smartphones

Light - makers of the bonkers Light L16 with 16 cameras - has officially partnered with Sony Semiconductor Solutions. This means that it will be recommending Sony sensors to its customers and partners as well as using them in its own reference designs. The end goal of this is to build multi-camera solutions for smartphones with 4 or more cameras. These multi-camera computational photography setups will be offered to smartphone makers for the next generation phones (in case it's not obvious, these will not be exclusive to Sony Xperia phones). "A mix of color and monochrome sensors,...

Oppo F11 Pro Specs Leak In Full

Oppo has been hitting the rumor mill rather hard lately with teaser after teaser of its upcoming Oppo F11 Pro phone. Add a few interspersed leaks to the mix and it's already pretty easy to get a general idea of what the company's latest "Selfie Expert" will bring to the table. Naturally, the main attraction being a 48MP main camera on the back and a motorized selfie unit on the front. Oppo F11 Pro leaked specs Well, thanks to a fresh and rather extensive specs leak, we can now confirm the latter will be rocking a 16MP, 1/3.1" sensor, behind an f/2.0 lens. Unfortunately no word...

Half Dozen Alcatel Phones Leak Ahead Of Mwc 2019

TCL was in the spotlight of CES 2019 when the conglomerate announced alcatel 1x (2019), some BlackBerry updates and introduced the flexible panel prototypes of its subsidiary CSOT. The company will be part of MWC as well, and we expect to see half a dozen new phones, according to a leak by Evan Blass. All of them appear to have affordable specs, with the mightiest of them - alcatel 3, coming with a Snapdragon 450 chipset. alcatel 1V • alcatel 1S Starting from the bottom, an affordable choice would be the alcatel 1S with its Unisoc SC9863A chipset by Spreadtrum. It has eight...

You Will Soon Be Able To Remap The Bixby Button On Your Galaxy Phone

The Bixby button situation is quite polarizing - some hate it, others don't mind it at all. But for those of you who want to use the button for something else instead, we've got some awesome news. The new Samsung Galaxy S10-series allow you to remap the button to your liking. You can set the voice assistant to launch at with a double press and an app with a single press or vice versa. The button can also work as an executable for quick commands. Today even better news arrived as we learn that the older Galaxies will be allowed to do it too. Some Galaxy S9 and Note9 owners have found...

Htc Vive Focus Plus Standalone Vr Headset Unveiled With Two Motion Controllers

HTC has developed an enhanced Vive Focus standalone VR headset, the Vive Focus Plus. The key change is the addition of a second motion controller thanks to improvements in the ultrasonic 6DoF tracking system. Having a controller for both hands will make porting PC games easier as their gameplay relies on having two controllers. Most standalone VR headsets use only one controller (e.g. Oculus Go, Gear VR), but there are exceptions like the Oculus Quest. The Vive Focus Plus is still powered by the same Snapdragon 835 chipset as the non-Plus model and it features a "3K AMOLED display",...

Redmi Note 7 Pro To Be Announced Next Week

The Redmi Note 7 is arriving next week in India, but many fans are waiting for the Pro variant of the hit smartphone. The Redmi CEO finally confirmed on Weibo the device is still coming next week with a 48 MP camera, but this time the sensor will be Sony IMX586 rather than the GM1 by Samsung. Redmi Note 7 Pro camera specs The upcoming phone is expected to upgrade the chipset to Snapdragon 670 or 675. We also think it might have a fingerprint scanner under the display, but images released by the company CEO Lu Weibing see a sensor on the back panel. Other rumors point to 6 GB...

Realme 3 Officially Arriving On March 4

Realme has announced on Twitter a new event that will take place on March 4. This will be the introduction of Realme 3, and the company will launch a live stream for everyone to follow when the time comes. The teaser reveals a starry pattern and the announcement has plenty of celestial remarks for the "cosmic event". At first, you might think the beloved diamond pattern on the back could be "out of this world", but according to leaked photos in comments below, the Realme 3 will arrive with a Starry pattern on the back. The images are very blurry, but we can grasp the company logo...

Here Are The Galaxy S10 S19e And S10 Prices In India

Samsung has started pre-orders of the Galaxy S10, S10e and Galaxy S10+ in India and will begin shipping pre-ordered phones from March 6. If you pre-book either of the three phones you'll be eligible to get either the new Galaxy Buds or the Galaxy Watch 46mm at a discounted price of INR 2,999 and INR 9,999, respectively. Here are the prices of the different models with a breakdown of RAM and storage. The Galaxy S10 and S10+ are offered in Prism Black, Prism White and Prism Blue while the Galaxy S10e in Prism Black and Prism White. The exclusive Canary Yellow doesn't appear to be...

Heres Which European Countries Will First Get Samsung Galaxy S10 5g

Samsung introduced the Galaxy S10 5G at its Unpacked Event. This is the biggest device of the series with more cameras, and, of course, with full 5G support both for mmWave and sub-6GHz networks. The phone will see gigabit speeds only in select countries, and Samsung announced a short list of the first places in Europe to get the new handset. They are France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Samsung Galaxy S10 5G To have a proper 5G connectivity, your carrier has to play along as well - not all networks will support the full capabilities of the...

Samsung Galaxy S10 With Exynos 9820 Octa Benchmarked

Samsung's fresh new S10 lineup is once again powered by the best the industry can offer - Snapdragon 855 and Samsung's in-house Exynos 9820 Octa chipset. We already managed to put a Snapdragon 855 phone through its paces in our Xiaomi Mi 9 review, but we were eager to test Samsung's flagship SoC. And as luck would have it we are currently in possession of the Exynos-powered Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+, so we wasted no time and put them through our benchmark gauntlet. Anyway, the Exynos 9820 Octa's CPU configuration has two big Mongoose M4 cores clocked at 2.7 GHz. The other two...

Nokia 21 With 1 Gb Ram Gets Android Pie Update

HMD Global rolled out Android Pie update for Nokia 5 (2017) last month. And yesterday, the company rolled out this latest version of Android to Nokia 6 (2017). Well now, HMD has started rolling out Android Pie (Go Edition) for its Nokia 2.1. Get it while it's hot! Our latest Android 9 Pie update is rolling out now. Nokia 2.1 just keeps getting better. #Nokiamobile pic.twitter.com/SN9uEsqPGZ— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) February 21, 2019 The Nokia 2.1 was launched last year in May with Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition). Now it received the new version of the lightweight plaform. The...

OnePlus 6T Camera Review

In daylight, it takes the level of detail to the highest we’ve seen yet. In low-light, this mobile camera captures very agreeable photos with well-preserved colors, without excess filtering.

The Galaxy Fold Doesnt Have A 35mm Jack But It Does Have Something On Top

The Samsung Galaxy Fold has two screens, two batteries and six cameras, but you know what it doesn't have? A 3.5mm headphone jack. That puts it on a very short list of Samsung smartphone in many years to not have a jack (the others being the Galaxy A8s and exotics like the W2019 clamshell). There's no microSD slot either (it shares this trait with the Galaxy S10 5G). Samsung kept the Fold away from the prying eyes of tech journalists and is very selective about showing the sides of the device. For example, most product shots don't show the side-mounted capacitive fingerprint...

Here Are Our First Samsung Galaxy S10 Camera Samples

Samsung announced the Galaxy S10 family yesterday with updated internals, HDR10+ Infinty-O displays and unltrasonic fingerprint readers. Those are good and all, but the S-series have long been among the best cameraphones on the market, and this year they've become even more versatile. What we're getting on the Galaxy S10 and S10+ is a flagship-grade triple camera setup spearheaded by the tried and tested 12MP primary module with dual pixel autofocus and stabilized dual aperture lens, flanked by telephoto and ultra-wide cameras. The telephoto unit is again carried over from the previous...

Samsung Galaxy Home Speaker To Go On Sale By April

Samsung has revealed that the Galaxy Home smart speaker will go on sale sometime by April. This information was conveyed by co-CEO DJ Koh following the Galaxy S10 launch event yesterday. The Galaxy Home speaker was announced alongside the Galaxy Note 9 back in August. Although no release date or pricing was announced back then, no one really thought it would take this long for it to hit the shelves. Now, six months after the announcement, Samsung is still mum about the exact launch date for the smart home speaker. This could very well have to do with Bixby, the AI assistant...

Follow Us On Instagram For Exclusive Behind The Scenes Content

Better late than never - we made an Instagram account! We'll use it to share exclusive photos and videos of what we're working on, starting with our coverage of the MWC. You can follow @gsmarenateam to see photos and videos "from the kitchen". This includes lifestyle photos that will end up in our reviews - both written reviews on the site and video reviews on our YouTube channel - as well as quick shots of gadgets that just arrived in the office. Shooting camera samples with the Galaxy S10+ • Live at Samsung Unpacked So, while our Twitter and Facebook accounts are mostly...

Telstra Offers To Upgrade You To Galaxy S10 5g Later If You Buy A Galaxy S10 Now

Telstra is hyped up for 5G and will be the first carrier in Australia to offer the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, which will be available in the first half of the year. And you don't have to wait, you buy a Galaxy S10+ now and upgrade to the S10 5G when it arrives "at no extra cost". The press release doesn't go into details, presumably this means at no extra cost except the price difference to the Galaxy S10 5G (which will cost more than the S10+). You get more than the next-gen wireless connectivity. Comparing the two, you get a larger screen (6.7" vs. 6.4"), 3D ToF cameras on the front and...

Zte Reassures It Will Bring 5g Smartphone With Snapdragon 855

The Chinese manufacturer ZTE announced on Monday it will bring a 5G phone at MWC in Barcelona on February 25. An event invite promised "New Axon, New 5G flagship" without clarifying if this means one and the same unit or two separate phones. Today a new teaser arrived and it's as cryptic as the previous one. It says "5G speeds" and "bow down to performance" with stylized 855 in the middle, but we are still wondering if it will be a new Axon or a completely new series of devices. ZTE Technology has started investing heavily in 5G connectivity after saving itself from bankruptcy...

You Can Remap The Bixby Button On The Samsung Galaxy S10 Phones

The Samsung Galaxy S10 phones will let you remap the Bixby button, well, sort of. You can't completely evict the Samsung digital assistant, but what you can do is assign an app of your choice to the button. Here's how it works. The button can be single and double pressed. You can assign your app to one of those options, Bixby will move to the other option. Note that a long-press always launches Bixby in voice command mode. The Bixby button supports single, double and long presses So, it's not perfect, but those of you who hate the maligned digital assistant can at least get...

Nokia 9 PureView Renders Leave Little To The Imagination

We have been hearing rumors and reports about the Nokia 9 PureView since late last year. The company was originally expected to release this device in 2018 but is believed to have delayed the launch to MWC 2019. Nokia’s MWC 2019 teaser essentially confirmed that this handset will be unveiled in Barcelona. Now, official press renders of the Nokia 9 PureView have been leaked online. HMD Global, the company that […]

Huawei’s First Flagship Store Outside China Will Be In Vienna

Huawei has become one of the fastest growing smartphone vendors on the planet despite the fact that its smartphones are effectively banned in the United States. Even though it doesn’t have access to this key market, the company has been able to perform very well in the global smartphone market. The company will now be opening its first flagship store outside China in the Austrian city of Vienna. Reuters reports […]

Three Days Until Huawei Unveils Its 5gconnected Foldable Phone At The Mwc

The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro will be unveiled on in late March, but between now and then an even more premium device will make its debut - Huawei's 5G-connected foldable phone. In fact, the countdown has reached "3 days" as you can see in the teaser video below. The shows essentially the same thing as the teaser image from three weeks ago - the hinge of the phone. While we don't know much about the foldable screen part of the phone, the 5G part is pretty clear - the Balong 5000 5G modem will pair with the Kirin 980 chipset. The countdown is on. Just 3 days to go before we are...

Gartner Smartphone Shipments Fail To Impress In Q4 2018

2018 wasn't a great year for smartphone sales. According to the latest research by Gartner, the total number of devices sold rose from 407.845 million to 408.358 million, which is a tiny 0.1% growth. The biggest loser was Apple, selling 11.8% fewer units in the last holiday period compared with the same quarter in 2017. Q4 2018 Units (in million) Q4 2018 Market Share Q4 2017 Units (in million) Q4 2017 Market Share Samsung 70.78 17.3% 74.02 18.2% Apple 64.52 15.8% 73.17 17.9% ...

Samsung shows off the Fold, Galaxy S10 video

Forget all the leaks, we've finally got official specs and details on the Galaxy S10 and all its variants. The star of the show was the Galaxy Fold, which got a release date and pricing. All that, the Pixel Lite and your comments on this episode of Alphabet City!

LG Details Upcoming Gesture Sensor Module

LG will be launching the LG G8 ThinQ at MWC 2019. As with what LG has done in the past, the company is slowly teasing features of the upcoming phone ahead of the launch. More recently LG teased that the LG G8 will come with a sound-on display, and now it seems that the company has also confirmed that the phone will support touchless gestures.The company had previously teased that […]

Gmail’s Redesign Is Rolling Out To All Android Users

Earlier this year Google announced that they would be launching a new design for its Gmail app on mobile devices. For those who have been anticipating the update, you’ll be pleased to learn that Google has confirmed to Engadget that the update is now being rolled out to all Android users as we speak.As for iOS users, Google claims that the update should be making its way to them by […]

Samsung Galaxy S10 To Get Custom Version Of Adobe Premiere Rush

There are various video or photo editing apps available on our mobile devices, but the good news for those who are planning on getting their hands on the Samsung Galaxy S10 is that the phone will be getting a custom version of Adobe Premiere Rush. The app will not be available at the phone’s launch and is only expected to be made available later this year.For those who are unfamiliar […]

Bixby Button On The Samsung Galaxy S10 Can Be Remapped

One of the annoying features in more recent Samsung phones is the dedicated Bixby hardware button. The idea behind it is that it will allow users to quickly launch the digital assistant at the touch of a button, but given that Bixby has been found to be lagging behind the competition, it’s not surprising that not many people want to use it.At the start, users discovered that they could remap […]

Samsung Galaxy Fold Foldable Smartphone Officially Launched

Last year at SDC 2018, Samsung sort of took the wraps off their foldable smartphone. In reality, it was more of a sneak peek where the company showcased its foldable screen technology. However, during Samsung’s Galaxy S10 Unpacked event, the company has since officially announced the handset in full in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Fold.It’s not the most creative name we’ve heard but it does a good job […]

Verizon Will Be The First To Launch The 5G Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung just took the wraps off its latest smartphones in the form of the Galaxy S10 lineup, and unlike other companies who are planning on launching a separate handset from their flagship lineup with 5G, Samsung has opted to launch a 5G variant of the Galaxy S10. For those who are interested in getting their hands on the device, then Verizon might be the carrier to keep an eye out […]

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 Features & Prices (SF Unpacked Event)

Samsung just launched the Galaxy S10 in our beautiful city of San Francisco, a first for a Samsung Unpacked event. The Galaxy S10 line has four handsets, and we listed all the differences between the S10e, S10, S10+ and S10 5G.The Galaxy S10 is a very well-rounded update for Samsung. Although it is somewhat incremental, significant progress has been made in every important smartphone usage aspect. The full view display […]

Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+ and S10 5G Differences

Samsung just launched the Samsung Galaxy S10 (or Galaxy series 10) line-up and it nearly covers the complete spectrum of the high-end market, with something for everyone.We have included the official comparative specs sheet at the bottom of the article, but here’s an overview of the line-up, which consists of the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10 5G.Displays and chassis sizes and pricesEach model has a different […]

Bixby Adds Support For More Languages

It was reported a couple of months ago that Samsung would be expanding the language support for its Bixby virtual assistant. Ahead of the Galaxy S10 event later today, the company appears to have made a server side switch to add support for more languages to its virtual assistant. Samsung rolled out a significant update for Bixby with the Galaxy Note 9. The phablet brought Bixby 2.0 which not only […]

Razer Phone 3 Has Reportedly Been Canceled

There hasn’t been a lot of talk about a new Razer Phone. With the company announcing its decision to close the Razer Game Store earlier this week as part of its realignment plans, many were wondering what that would mean for the future of its phone division. Some reports suggest that Razer has actually canceled the Razer Phone 3 project. DroidLife reported based on a tip that Razer has laid […]

Germany Could Consider Using Huawei’s Equipment For Its 5G Networks

Huawei’s 2019 isn’t off to a very good start. The company has been facing a lot of resistance from varying countries who are skeptical about using the company’s technology in their 5G networks. This is mostly from the US government who has expressed concern about Huawei and the potential of China spying on them, and have encouraged their allies to do the same.So far US allies such as Australia and […]

Student Caught Distributing Drugs Through An iOS App

Apple has been known to have a very strict and almost rigid review process for apps that make it onto its App Store, but every now and then we learn about apps that should have been blocked, but yet make it past the reviewers anyway. More recently it was discovered that an app on the App Store was used by a college student to facilitate drug deals, but at this […]

Vivo V15 Pro Announced With A Popup Selfie Camera

MWC 2019 will be kicking off next week, but it seems that several companies are opting to announce their phones ahead of the event. One of those companies is Vivo who has recently taken the wraps off their latest smartphone in the form of the Vivo V15 Pro, a phone which has done away with the notch in favor of a popup selfie camera.Starting with the display of the phone, […]

Android Pie Update Rolling Out To Samsung Galaxy S8 Owners In Germany

It has been about two years since Samsung launched the Galaxy S8 handsets, and the good news for owners of the device is that if you were worried that Samsung had forgotten about you, it seems that they haven’t. According to a report from SamMobile, it appears that the company has started the rollout of the Android 9.0 Pie update for users in Germany.The rollout in Germany is good news […]

Nokia 9 PureView Benchmarks Shows How It’s Behind The Competition

The Nokia 9 PureView s a highly-anticipated handset, namely because of its penta-lens array on the back where it will be interesting to see how the company approaches it. However if there is one area we can’t really get on board with is the use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset.While the Snapdragon 845 is a powerful chipset, it was last year’s model which means that customers will inevitably make […]

Qualcomm Reportedly Developing Low-Cost SoC For Android Go Devices

One of the ways that Android Go devices have managed to keep its costs down is by using lower-end hardware which is generally cheaper compared to more powerful hardware. It seems that Qualcomm could be trying to capitalize on that particular market because according to a report from WinFuture, the company might be testing out low-cost SoCs designed specifically for android Go devices.This will reportedly come in the form of […]

Razer Phone 2 To Get Android Pie Update February 27

If you’re the owner of the Razer Phone 2 and are wondering where the Android 9.0 Pie update for your phone is, not to worry because it looks like it should be released in the next week or so. This is according to Razer who announced that the Android Pie update will be issued to the Razer Phone 2 starting on the 27th of February.However there is a catch and […]

Apple’s iPhones Are Crushing The Competition In Japan

While Apple’s iPhones are currently not doing so well over in China, it appears that Apple is continue to dominate the Japanese market, and not in a small way either. According to the data from Canalys, it seems that Apple currently owns a 56% market share in Japan as of Q4 2018, putting it head and shoulders above the competition.Based on those figures, Sharp comes in at second place with […]

TV Ad For Samsung Galaxy S10 And Galaxy Buds Leaks

There has been absolutely no shortage of leaks for Samsung’s upcoming products. It’s well known by now that Samsung will be launching three new smartphones on February 20th in addition to new wireless earbuds called the Galaxy Buds. A TV ad for these products has leaked, showing them off in all their glory. It’s not like we have to wait for a considerable amount of time anymore to find out […]

Huawei P30, P30 Pro Confirmed For 26th March, 2019

Given how well-received the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro smartphones were back in 2018, it’s safe to say that many are anticipating the launch of the Huawei P30 smartphones. The good news is that Huawei has since confirmed that the P30 and P30 Pro smartphones will be officially announced next month.The company posted its announcement on Instagram where the launch date of the device has been set for the 26th […]

Opera For Android Makes It Easier To Turn Off Ad Blocking

Back in the day, ad blocking on browsers were only available through third-party extensions. However these days companies are starting to recognize that these are features that their users want, and browsers such as Opera come with ad blocking built into them, but turning it off can be a bit of a hassle.This is because these options tend to be buried in the settings menu which might not always be […]

Android Q Could See Google Ditch The Back Button

One of the features that Android devices have over iOS devices is the “back” button. This is actually a pretty useful feature where users can use it to navigate websites, navigate menu settings, and more. However it seems that come Android Q, there is a chance that Google could be ditching the feature.This is according to the folks at XDA Developers who discovered that in a leaked Android Q build, […]

Group FaceTime Privacy Issue Was Fixed, But Bugs Still Remain

A couple of weeks ago it was discovered that Apple’s Group FaceTime feature had a bug which allowed other users to listen in on a call that was still not answered. Apple has since released an update for iOS that seems to have patched the issue, but unfortunately for FaceTime users, it seems that the feature is still a bit buggy.According to a report from MacRumors, it seems that several […]

2019’s iPhones Could Incorporate The Use Of Frosted Glass

Apple’s iPhone X represented the company’s new design approach to their iPhones. This was later repeated and upsized with the iPhone XS and XS Max, but could Apple be planning a repeat in design this year? Apparently not, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who claims that Apple might be making some design changes.According to Kuo, he claims that for the 2019 iPhones, Apple might actually be employing the use of […]

OPPO Hints That Its R Series Smartphones Are Dead

OPPO has been releasing several different lineups of smartphones over the years, ranging from their F-series and R-series. Unfortunately for those who might be a fan of the R-series, it seems that OPPO could be done with that lineup as hinted at by OPPO’s Vice President Shen Piren who suggested that we might not be seeing a new R-series smartphone this year.According to Shen who made a post on Weibo, […]

ZTE Launching Axon 5G Smartphone At MWC 2019

Quite a few companies will be unveiling new 5G smartphones at the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona next week. You can now add China-based ZTE to the list. Most recently in the news for its troubles with the U.S. government, the company has confirmed that it will be launching an Axon-branded 5G smartphone at MWC 2019. ZTE has posted a teaser image on Weibo confirming that it will be […]

LG Says It Won’t Launch A Foldable Smartphone At MWC 2019

Foldable smartphones will be all the rage at the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona next week. Earlier reports had suggested that perhaps LG might announce one of its own alongside its new flagship smartphones. However, the Korean company has now revealed that it does not have plans to unveil a foldable smartphone at MWC 2019. Samsung is expected to lead the pack of foldable smartphone announcements this year by […]