This year's first edition of one of the most exciting annual smartphone event has finally arrived - the tenth-generation Samsung Galaxy S flagship series has been Unpacked. For the first time it's four of them - three regular ones that everyone is going to get plus an extra special edition with a less mainstream appeal.
Happy 10th anniversary, Samsung Galaxy! And what a better way to celebrate than by keeping up the spirit of innovation and introducing a couple of world's firsts. Those are spread out across the three models that form the core S10 group.
They introduce Dynamic AMOLED - the successor to Super AMOLED and the first HDR10+ compatible mobile displays. Wireless PowerShare (that's Samsung for reverse wireless charging) is featured on all three as is faster wireless charging.
Then there are the cameras. Front and rear cameras can record 4K video, the rear can even capture HDR10+ footage and...
Realme is a very young company, but it's he diamond-patterned back design have already gathered a few fans and it seems that the OEM will be sticking with it for its next flagship.
Realme took it to Twitter and teased the upcoming Realme 3 revealing the diamond design and vertically-stacked dual-camera setup. None of those are new to the lineup, but this is our best look at the device yet. Also, you can see the 3.5mm jack peeping from the bottom side.
Diamonds never go out of style. Look closer and tell us what you see. pic.twitter.com/msRZT98OWA Realme (@realmemobiles) February 20,...
We're about an hour away from the beginning of the Samsung Unpacked event. The Galaxy S10 trio will be unveiled on stage and we'll be in the crowd. If you're not on location, you can join us virtually through the livestream below.
Here's what to expect from the event - Galaxy S10+, S10 and S10e. Samsung will definitely unveil the truly wireless Galaxy Buds, which will be part of the promotional pre-order bundle in some markets. The pre-orders start tomorrow, by the way.
The stream starts at 19:00 UTC.
The 5G-connected Galaxy S10 X could also make an appearance - perhaps just a...
As promised, Nokia 6 and Nokia 8 are now receiving Android 9.0 Pie. However, not all markets are getting it from the start so you might have to wait a few more days before it arrives.
For starters, the Nokia 6 is reportedly receiving the Pie in Australia, India and Latin America. Users from the UAE are also reporting the OTA update arriving. It weighs around 1.7GB and here's the changelog:
The Nokia 8, on the other hand, has already been updated in numerous markets but the Indian, Romanian and Dutch markets are getting it only now. The changelog is pretty much the same though and of...
Samsung launched Galaxy Apps for its devices back in September 2009. And now, after more than nine years, the company has rebranded it to Galaxy Store.
That's the company's official app store that distributes apps, themes and customizations, and even watch faces for Samsung smarwatches. And, Samsung has not only given Galaxy Apps a new name but a new look as well.
The app has been redesigned to align better with its new One UI - a design language we have seen on Samsung smartphones like Galaxy S8, S9, S9+, Note8, and Note9 running Android Pie.
The new UI should make it easier for...
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 […]
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 […]
JEDEC or the Solid State Technology Association has just announced the new LPDDR5 RAM chips promising improved performance and power efficiency for future smartphones.
Compared to the current LPDDR4, the LPDDR5 brings double the data rate from 3,200 MT/s up to 6,400 MT/s. The new standard also comes with 16-bank (grouped in fours) programmable and multi-clock architecture reaching 51 MB/s in data transmission.
For power efficiency, an additional "deep sleep" mode has been introduced along with Data-Copy and Write-X features. The first one copies data from a single I/O pin to another...
The Galaxy Unpacked event is taking place today in San Francisco, United States, and we can't wait to see which rumors were true and which were just fan fiction. We summed up the most plausible ones below.
Samsung introduced its new series of displays with a specific letter for every particular cutout for the front-facing camera. The Galaxy S10 devices are expected to come with Infinity-O displays that have holes in the AMOLED for their selfie cameras. According to our leak, there will be a 10 MP f/1.9 shooter on the front, but the Galaxy S10+ will have a second 8 MP...
Samsung promised to extends its One UI on Android Pie program to the 2017 flagships back in January and today it's delivering it to the Galaxy S8. Units across Continental Europe are getting an update to the latest user interface and Android OS.
Samsung Galaxy S8 update incoming
Reports from Germany revealed Galaxy S8 devices are already getting a package that is 1,610 MB in size. The version number is G950FXXU4DSBA/G950FOXM4DSBA and brings along the latest security patch, dated February 1, 2019. One UI comes with "exciting new features and a whole new look and feel, based...
Honor today announced that it's releasing the Honor Watch Magic to India. The Honor Watch Magic is launching in two variants, Lava Black and Moonlight Silver, priced at INR 13,999 ($196) and INR 14,999 ($210), respectively.
The Honor Watch Magic is a smartwatch and fitness tracker. Unlike most other models out there, this one does not run on Wear OS by Google but rather Huawei's own operating system. That's likely why it claims to have 7 days of battery life.
For fitness nerds, the Watch Magic has a heart rate sensor, GPS, barometer, compass, swimming tracker, sleep tracker and a...
The Chinese manufacturer vivo announced a sub-brand named iQOO earlier this month. The company hasn't revealed any phone until today but finally posted a teaser on Weibo, announcing March 1 as the launch date. We will see the "Monster Inside" at an event, taking place in the city of Shenzhen, China.
The official vivo iQOO teaser
The vivo iQOO phone will be "the most powerful ever" if we can trust the image. We already know it will have 12 GB RAM, 256 GB storage and 44W fast-charging, allegedly named vivo FlashCharge, making it the second fastest standard after the 50W...
Back in December, Lenovo introduced the Z5 Pro GT as the first smartphone with Snapdragon 855 in the world, but with the company only catering to the Chinese market it's not a popular phone globally. Two months later the company is apparently ready for a new launch, this time of the Lenovo Z6 Pro. The new handset will arrive at MWC 2019, according to the company Vice President.
The invitation from the Lenovo VP
The image does not reveal much, but the circles suggest a circular coil for wireless charging. There are also the MWC dates between February 25 and February 28, meaning the...
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 […]
Even though LG is holding an event during this year's MWC, the company unwrapped three mid-range offerings today - Q60, K50 and K40.
All three phones are listed with octa-core CPUs clocked at 2.0 GHz, but exact chipsets haven't been named.
Starting with the Q60, it holds a 6.26-inch HD+ (720 x 1520px) notched display, 3GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage with microSD card for expanding that.
The camera setup on the back includes a 16MP main shooter, 2MP depth sensor and 5MP ultra-wide angle lens. The notch houses a 13MP unit and the battery is rated at 3,500 mAh.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
On the day of its launch DxOMark published its review of the Xiaomi Mi 9, praising it as the best Xiaomi phone it has tested and giving it the highest video score of any phone.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 got an overall score of 107, which secures it the third spot in DxOMark's all time ranking, just behind the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro. The Mi 9 got a 112 photo score and the aforementioned highest video score of 99.
In DxOMark's own writing the Xiaomi Mi 9's "target exposure is consistently spot-on, and the camera captures pleasant color with accurate white balance, and without any color...
An eventful Mobile Congress might be upon us and it's shaping to be nothing short of a blast. But the first flagship for year 2019 is now out and it's not coming from Spain but China - indeed, we are talking about the Xiaomi Mi 9.
Xiaomi Mi 9 was the star of the launch earlier today, but another smartphone appeared as well. The Xiaomi Mi 9 SE (Special Edition) was introduced by company CEO Lei Junas the first in the world with the new Snapdragon 712 chipset. It has a 48 MP camera with Sony IMX586 sensor on the back, and an UD fingerprint scanner on the front.
The Mi 9 SE is a bit smaller than the flagship - it has a 5.97" AMOLED panel with a waterdrop notch on top and slightly thicker bezel on the bottom. The Snapdragon 712 chipset is coupled with 6 GB RAM and 64/128 GB storage.
Speaking about the new...
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 […]
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 […]
The Xiaomi Mi 9 just went official with the company's first triple camera and the fastest wireless charging of any phone yet.
The star of the camera is the 48MP module, a Sony IMX586 with a Quad Bayer filter. It's a large 1/2" sensor with 0.8µm pixels, which can be combined into 1.6µm Super pixels. Note that the Redmi Note 7 from the sub-brand uses the Samsung 48MP sensor instead.
Anyway, the Mi 9 also offers a 16MP ultra-wide camera with 117° field of view. It has 1.0µm pixels and an f/2.2 lens with autofocus, which allows it to shoot macros from 4cm distance. The Mi 8...
After the release of two high-end, exotic smartphones from the NEX lineup, vivo is finally ready to bring some of the innovations to the mid-range segment and the V15 Pro is the first one to do it. The smartphone looks and feels like a flagship device offering rare features like full-screen display, pop-up selfie cam and under-display fingerprint reader. Vivo promises a manageable price tag but at what cost?
The vivo V15 Pro is an honorary NEX with its pop-up selfie camera and in-display fingerprint reader, which leave the Ultra FullView Super AMOLED display undisturbed. But this phone actually has better cameras than the NEX.
The pop-up camera packs a 32MP sensor, up from just 8MP on the NEX S. The main module of the triple camera on the rear brings another 4x jump in resolution - it's a 48MP sensor with 0.8µm pixels (1.6µm if you use 4-to-1 binning). It has an f/1.8 aperture and Super Night Mode that stacks several photos with different exposure to enhance the clarity of dark...
After numerous leaks and official teasers, the Xiaomi Mi 9 is finally getting introduced in its home country, China. The event is taking place in the capital Beijing and is streamed on Xiaomi's own website.
The new flagship is among the first devices with a Snapdragon 855 chipset, and will also have a triple camera with a Sony IMX586 sensor that outputs 48 MP images. Teasers also suggest the Xiaomi Mi 9 will have 20W wireless charging, making it the fastest in a smartphone. For everything official, follow the link we provided below.
A global launch is scheduled for Sunday, February 24,...
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Google Duo is a video calling app, not unlike the many others that you can find for a mobile device. The company has seen considerable success with this app, particularly in India. OnePlus has seen just how popular this app has become and has now decided to make it the native video call app on its smartphones going forward. Google launched Duo some two and a half years ago. OnePlus […]
Carrier-locked variants of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have long received the Android 9 Pie update. It has been a considerable wait for those who own factory unlocked units. Samsung hasn’t always been the quickest to roll out new updates for unlocked variants. Those who own an unlocked Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in the United States will now be delighted to hear that they can finally get a […]
For a while now, WhatsApp has a separate Business app for Android devices that allows business owners to communicate with their customers. However this app was pretty much exclusive to Android devices which meant that business users who had iOS devices weren’t able to take advantage of this.However there is good news because according to WABetaInfo, it seems that WhatsApp Business for iOS devices has launched in beta. The app […]
Foldable phones are set to be a pretty hot trend in 2019, and so far we know that companies such as Samsung, Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi are exploring the technology and could possibly launch such devices. However it seems that even Apple could get in on the action, thanks to a recent patent which suggests that Apple could be exploring the idea well.The patent describes how Apple is looking into […]
Last year Apple launched a trade-in program for the iPhone XR and the iPhone XS. The idea was to help drum up sales, but Apple had stated back then that this deal would be a limited time deal meaning that customers shouldn’t expect to see it available all year round. However as it turns out, Apple is now extending the deal.Initially spotted by 9to5Mac, it seems that Apple China’s website […]
Xiaomi is set to launch its next-gen flagship smartphone for 2019 in the form of the Xiaomi Mi 9. Given that this is a flagship phone, we imagine that the phone will be powered by the latest hardware, and now it seems that Xiaomi themselves have confirmed it themselves, according to Xiang Wang, SVP at Xiaomi.According to Xiaomi, the upcoming handset is confirmed to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon […]
MWC is coming up soon which means that we can probably expect to see new phones from a variety of companies. One of those companies is Sony who according to the rumors, have some new handsets for us. However if you’re more interested in the company’s low or mid-range offerings, then they could have something for you as well.In a post on WinFuture.de, it seems that the upcoming Sony Xperia […]
At MWC 2019, LG will be officially unveiling its upcoming handset, the LG G8 ThinQ. The company has actually been slowly teasing the features of the phone, such as its sound-on display, and now a recent sighting at the FCC has confirmed that there will be at least three variants of the phone.The model numbers spotted at the FCC include the LM-G820UM, LM-G820TM, and LM-G820QM. Not much is known about […]
Apple has really been pushing the iPhone XR. The iPhone XR represents Apple’s cheaper iPhone which would appeal to customers who might not otherwise want to spend $1,000 on the iPhone XS. The company has been launching all kinds of deals and discounts for the handset, and now they have also released a new commercial highlighting its capabilities.This particular commercial is a hilarious one as it talks about the iPhone […]
Samsung may be hogging the limelight these days due to the upcoming Galaxy S10 launch but many of its rivals will be headed to Barcelona in the following week to show off their latest devices. LG is one of them and the company’s much-awaited V50 ThinQ smartphone has now broken cover in a leaked render. As expected, it’s a 5G device.It was reported previously that LG will be releasing a […]
Apple’s CEO has recently acknowledged that demand for the iPhone is weak and that China is one of the markets that the company is struggling in. However it seems that the company might have a way to turn things around by pandering to the Chinese market by launching a red iPhone XS and XS Max.This is according to a post on Weibo spotted by iPhoneHacks (via MacRumors) in which the […]
Apple claimed the title of the most valuable public company in the world. The company surpassed Microsoft and Amazon on Wednesday with a market capitalization of 821.59 billion dollars. Microsoft closed the trading day with a market value of $ 813.48 billion, and Amazon ended the day with a market value of $ 805.70 billion.