Over the years Apple has made improvements with each and every iPhone release, but for the most part, the company usually glosses over the more technical details and focuses more on the mainstream features, but this does not mean that they have not made changes under the hood. In fact according to a recent test conducted by OpenSignal (via 9to5Mac), they decided to find out how cellular speeds on iPhones […]
Apple is apparently gearing up to add a touch of color to its iPhone XS and XS Max models. According to a new rumor, the company is bound to launch its two current flagship phones in red in China, by the end of this month even.
Unlike Apple's past red smartphones, these will not carry PRODUCT(RED) branding - which isn't surprising because even the red iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 devices sold in China didn't use that, although internationally they were known as PRODUCT(RED) models. Instead the official name of the color variant for the XS and XS Max will be China Red. Pricing shouldn't be...
MWC 2019 is coming up and it is expected to be a huge event where we will see a lot of announcements from various companies. Samsung will be hosting their own event where the Galaxy S10 will be announced. There are rumors that a 5G smartphone could also be announced, and the company’s foldable smartphone as well. However it turns out that the event could be more feature packed than […]
The Google Pixel 3 smartphone is often acclaimed as “the best phone camera” thanks to its near-legendary software stack. Legend or reality, our Image Quality (IQ) analysis will shed more light into real-world camera performance. Learn more: what is our Camera IQ score? Google Pixel 3 Camera Specifications and Uber-G Camera HW score Rear Camera System (1 camera) Primary: 28mm, f/1.8, 12 Megapixel, OIS Google’s Pixel 3 is one of the […]
Detailed reviews of smartphones are one of our specialties, but sometimes you need more time to know all about a phone. We gave the Huawei Mate 20 Pro to Angie, who spend a few months with it and is now ready to report back with her impressions.
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Xiaomi is making the Mi 9 official at an event in China on February 20. We've already seen a lot of leaks about it, and even some officially posted teasers - check out these images, for example. The company has confirmed that the phone will have the Snapdragon 855 chipset on board, and the main rear camera is said to be a 48 MP unit.
Now a new purported leak of a promo poster gives us a picture of what to expect in terms of pricing. Apparently the normal version of the handset will retail for CNY 3,499, which right now translates into about $516 or 458. There will also be a variant...
Seven generations into it, the Moto G is now a whole four-player lineup instead of just one phone like it was in the good old days. Here we'll focus on the namesake of the 2019 roster - the Moto G7 proper, to see if it still has some of that great value the original was famous for.
Oppo is in full-on teasing mode for the F11 Pro. The Chinese company today has confirmed the much rumored elevating selfie camera the phone will employ. Unlike in other devices such as vivo's NEX S, the F11 Pro's snapper will be centered, if the previously leaked promo images are correct.
F Series upgraded, in more ways than one. ⬆️📸 #OPPOF11Pro coming soon. pic.twitter.com/9K0o9OpJGo OPPO (@oppo) February 15, 2019
On the back there's a dual cam setup and a fingerprint sensor, as well as a horizontally oriented Oppo logo and the ever prevalent needless...
Well, we didn't expect it this soon but we are not complaining either. Just three days after the last beta update Galaxy Note8's Android 9.0 Pie the final version has started seeding.
Users from Bulgaria and Slovakia confirm to have received the stable version of the new One UI Samsung software on top of the Android Pie. Strangely enough those regions were not allowed in the beta program.
Changelog and build number
Anyway, the software version is N950FXXU5DSB2 and includes Google's February security patch. As for the other regions - their waiting must be coming to an end soon...
The Nokia 8 received its Android Pie update back in December but users in India still haven't got the delicious piece of the desert. The wait is almost over though as Juho Sarvikas assured that the update is coming next week.
What about Nokia 8 pie in India? Pravinraj (@Pravinraj210) February 14, 2019
In addition, the company's CPO also announced that the update for the Nokia 6 will start rolling before MWC so again next week. And even if HMD Global misses the target next week, it's still in line with the roadmap that the manufacturer released a few weeks back.
Team is working...
The shortest way to describe the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is this: 10.5" Super AMOLED screen, 5.5mm thickness, $400. If that's too much, there's the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019), an affordable tablet with 1080p LCD.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
You must have spotted the "e" in the name, it comes just days before the Galaxy S10e is unveiled. This isn't a flagship device like the Tab S4 10.5 from last year, though you could probably tell that from the price.
Still, it's hard to beat the Tab S5e in terms of portability. Its metal body is razor-thin at just 5.5mm (vs. 7.1mm for the S4) and it...
The Xiaomi Mi 9 will be unveiled on February 20, which means it's going head to head with the Galaxy S10. To build up hype for the flagship fight, Xiaomi execs have gradually been posting details about the phone.
The latest is a confirmation that the Mi 9 will be powered by a Snapdragon 855 chipset. This is a result of the close collaboration between Xiaomi and Qualcomm thanks to the company's R&D center in the US, says Xiang Wang, SVP at Xiaomi.
The 1+3+4 CPU core setup in the Snapdragon 855 promises a 45% increase in performance over the 845, the GPU will see a 20% boost. The...
The new vivo V15 Pro with pop-up selfie camera is arriving on February 20. The company also revealed it will have 48 MP main shooter, part of a triple setup. Today the device leaked in press renders, revealing two of its colors - Gradient Blue and Gradient Red, the second going all the way from Pink to Orange to Sunrise Gold.
vivo V15 Pro in Blue and Red
The elevating mechanism of the vivo V15 Pro appears to be the same in size as the vivo NEX, but having it aligned with the rear cameras leads to a noticeable bump. There is 3.5 mm audio jack on the other side on top,...
Fujifilm has launched the X-T30, a new mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that is the successor to the X-T20.
The claim to fame for this new model is that it features the same 26.1 megapixel Fujifilm X-Trans CMOS sensor found on the X-T3 along with the same quad-core X-Processor 4. This means you can largely expect the same excellent image quality found on the $1500 X-T3.
The X-T30 offers a hybrid AF system with 425 AF points and improved face detection. The camera also includes eye detection AF. The focusing system is actually a bit better than on the X-T3 but these...
Earlier this week we received the final detailed specs of the Galaxy S10 trio. The most premium among those will be the Galaxy S10+'s top edition with its 12 GB RAM and 1 TB internal storage and that exact phone ran a couple of benchmarks. AnTuTu and Geekbench listed a device with the model name SM-G975F, which is the global variant of the phone, and the results it reached, were extraordinarily high for an Android smartphone.
Single-core performance is about 20% higher than the result the Galaxy S9+ yielded a year ago. Multiple cores going steadily over 9000...
According to the rumors, Apple could be hosting an event on the 25th of March where they are expected to launch their new video streaming and news subscription service. In light of the potential launch of these services, Apple has made some changes to the way users manage their subscriptions. As part of the iOS 12.1.4 update, Apple has made some changes to the iOS App Store where it will […]
We’re sure that some of you have experienced this in the past where you have been added to a group filled with random strangers, presumably for the purpose of spam. It can be annoying, although the good news is that it isn’t too difficult to quit these groups. However there is good news for WhatsApp users in a future update. According to the folks at WABetaInfo, it seems that a […]
Usually companies tend to wait until the official announcement before revealing their products in full. However in the case of Xiaomi, it seems that the company’s CEO decided to unveil their handset ahead of the official announcement, which for those unfamiliar is the Xiaomi Mi 9, the company’s next-gen flagship handset. According to the details shared in the post, the phone will feature nano-level laser engraving and dual-layer nano-coating, which […]
Oppo released a teaser, showcasing super thin bezels on the upcoming F11 Pro and a pop-up camera. Many people expected a similar design of the Oppo R19, but with a UD fingerprint scanner and more powerful internals. Apparently, this will not happen, since the R19 is not coming this year. Brian Shen, Oppo Vice President and the leader of the Domestic division, posted on Weibo that there will be no Oppo R19 soon.
In a series of replies on the Chinese social network, Shen also said the elevating mechanism for selfies would be pushed to emerging markets. This means the Oppo F11 Pro is...
The Samsung Galaxy M20 - the company's first notched smartphone and the first handset from the M-series along with the Galaxy M10 is headed to Europe. After launching in India, Samsung is looking to expand the availability of the affordable smartphone.
SamMobile obtained the German, Italian and Spanish firmwares suggesting that the launch is fast approaching.
We are yet to hear an official word from Samsung on the exact released dates and pricing.
We've been keeping a close eye on Sony leaks in the past month or so as the MWC approaches. The latest Sony leak is a full set of renders depicting Sony's newest entry-level smartphones: the Xperia L3.
The renders look just like the first renders that leaked along with the XA3 and XA3 Ultra from January.
The phone doesn't have the new "CinemaWide display that we are expecting on the XZ4 and XA3 (now rumored to be called Xperia 10). The report from WinFuture lists some alleged specs of the L3 including a 5.7-inch display with an HD+ (720p) resolution and an 18:9 aspect...
The latest devices to get Android 9 Pie are three smartphones from Motorola. The Moto G6, Moto G6 Play, and Moto Z3 Play are all now receiving the Android update in Brazil as of February 13.
The Android Pie updated brings a cleaner UI with smarter features like Adaptive battery and redesigned notifications. It also brings new adaptive brightness controls, improved screenshot controls, updated audio controls, new emoji, and overall performance and optimization improvements.
Moto Z3 Play; Image courtesey of GeekSpin.co
We've already seen the Moto G6 in the US get Pie so we'd...
Google Pay is becoming more widely accepted in the US but I still run into places that are yet to accept chip cards, and still far behind accepting tap-to-pay methods.
Google Pay on the Huawei Watch 2
Google has added 17 new banks and credit unions to its ever-growing list of financial institutions supported by Google Pay. Here is the list:
Alpena Community Credit Union
American Bank, NA
Coleman County State Bank
Columbia Credit Union
First Area Credit Union
Jefferson Credit Union
Members Choice West Virginia Federal Credit Union
NESC Federal Credit...
Sony's new mid-rangers have been frequenting the rumor mill recently, but it is only now that we find out what sets the two siblings apart - screen size, obviously, but also chipsets and price.
The Sony Xperia XA3 - actually, the Xperia 10 - will have a Snapdragon 630 chipset with 3GB of RAM and 64GB storage. The dual camera on the back will have a 13MP main sensor plus a 5MP depth sensor. The phone will be powered by a 2,870mAh battery.
The Xperia 10 will cost 350 on the Old Continent.
Sony Xperia XA3 and XA3 Ultra side by side
The Sony Xperia 10 Plus (formerly known as...
Come MWC 2019, Samsung will be taking the wraps off their Galaxy S10 lineup and possibly their foldable smartphone as well. However if you don’t want to spend that kind of money on a smartphone, not to worry because it seems that Samsung could also be launching a series of mid-rangers. Thanks to a post by MySmartPrice, the Samsung Galaxy A10, A30, and A50 smartphone have leaked online. In terms […]
Nintendo has launched several mobile games to date, a very different change in pace compared to several years ago when the company was adamant about not launching games on mobile. Turns out it was a great decision because according to the latest data from Sensor Tower (via AppleInsider), Fire Emblem Heroes has made the company a lot of money. If the data is accurate, Fire Emblem Heroes has reportedly made […]
It's not much given that most of the design is already known from the leaks that came out in recent days but the new Oppo F11 Pro official teasers solidify the info so far. We've got an official ad on YouTube and a teaser on Twitter with a shorter clip.
The video teaser shows off the full-screen display without a notch, curved, gradient glass back and a pop-up selfie cam. By the looks of it, the bezels all-around are impressively thin but we've been fooled by renders before so we will have to wait until it comes out.
Oh, and you can also see the Thunder Black and Aurora Green...
The smartphone market in Europe saw two major trends in 2018 - Chinese makers take control a third of the market and flagships stumbled. The info comes from the analysts at Canalys, which detailed the issues facing the market.
Western Europe is the biggest sub-region where 128 million units were shipped out of the 197 million total. The European market as a whole is down 4% year over year, but the West in particular saw the lowest shipments since 2013.
The blame for this falls on the rising prices of flagships - the UK, Germany and the Nordics, the countries with the highest Average...
Those who love chatting on Instagram will appreciate that a web version of Direct messages is now being tested. This means that they will be able to send and receive messages on their computer. Instagram is reportedly testing the web version which allows users to chat without the app internally. The web version of Instagram Direct messaging will allow users on a PC or Mac and even those that use […]
Some of the most popular accounts on Instagram were taken by surprise when they appeared to have lost millions of followers for no apparent reason. The Facebook-owned company has taken notice of the matter and said that it’s now investigating the issue. “We’re aware of an issue that is causing a change in account follower numbers for some people right now,” Instagram confirmed on Twitter, adding that “We’re working to […]
One of the downside to onscreen keyboards is that they lack the same tactile feedback that a normal physical keyboard has. This makes typing on it a bit tricky and can be annoying when trying to type out long-form posts. However if you’re a Gboard user on iOS, the latest update to the app should help improve the typing experience. This is because the latest update to Gboard on iOS […]
One of the rumored features of the LG G8 is that it could use a sound-on display. It turns out that the rumors are right because LG has since announced the feature on its website ahead of the official unveiling. This seems to be in line with what LG has been doing, where they slowly tease features before the full reveal. Dubbed Crystal Sound OLED, according to LG, “Developed in-house […]
Recently in the US, Samsung announced that customers interested in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 will be able to reserve the handset. The reservation will give customers $50 in credit towards accessories, and will also allow customers to trade in their older handsets and get up to $550 for them. If you thought that was a decent deal, it seems that over in Vietnam, Samsung is offering customers a sweeter […]
The LG V40 camera system is a poster-child for versatility and is probably the most underrated mobile camera on the market. Yet, if you look at it objectively and entirely, it is one of the most powerful mobile camera systems.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 will be officially announced on the 20th of February. We expect that details such as pricing and pre-order and release dates will be revealed then as well, but it seems that in the meantime for those who are interested in the phone, Samsung is allowing customers to reserve it in advance. The phone has yet to be officially announced which means that this is mostly aimed […]
The Samsung Galaxy S10 will be launched soon, and given how much focus and emphasis is placed on smartphone cameras these days, we expect that Samsung will have something amazing for us. Based on the leaks we’ve seen, the higher-end Samsung models will sport a triple camera setup on the back, while the budget model will sport a dual camera setup. However there is a chance that in terms of […]
For iOS users out there, here’s an interesting question for you: if Google was not the default search engine when you use Safari, would you be bothered to navigate over to Google’s website or use the Google app, or would you just use whatever was the default search? Loyalists might actually bother to go to Google’s website, but that’s a chance that Google can’t afford to take. So much so […]
If you use Waze on your iPhone, you might be interested in the latest update to the app in which it finally adds support for Siri Shortcuts. What this means is that with Siri Shortcuts, users will be able to record shortcuts for their drive home, drive to work, drive to their favorite locations, and more, all with a simple voice command to Siri. For those unfamiliar with how Siri […]
The Samsung Galaxy S10 series of phones will be officially announced come 20th February, 2019 and we expect that all of the official details of the phone will be announced then. However in case you can’t wait, the folks at GSMArena have managed to get their hands on what appears to be the “final” specs of the upcoming phones. For those unfamiliar with the rumors, the Galaxy S10 will be […]
The LG G8 ThinQ is expected to be officially announced at MWC 2019 which takes place in the next week or so. This will represent LG’s flagship smartphone for 2019 and as such, we expect that it will be priced at typical flagship prices. If you were hoping that LG might price it more affordably, think again. A post on Reddit by u/livedadevil claims to have gotten the LG G8 […]
Many smartphone makers these days rely largely on companies such as Qualcomm for the chipsets used in their phones. However there are some who are starting to be more self-reliant, such as Samsung who has their own Exynos chipset, and Huawei with their Kirin processors, but now it seems that Google is interested in developing their own chipsets as well. For the past couple of years, we’ve heard how Google […]
As Apple’s leading smartphone until Fall 2019, the iPhone XS (and XS Max) also has the best camera that iOS users can buy today. But how good is it on the world stage and in various situations such as low-light and zoom? Learn more: what is our Camera IQ score? We’ll dive into the iPhone XS (and iPhone XS Max) camera capabilities in this review. If you want to know […]
It was reported not too long ago that Google is developing a dark mode for the Windows and Mac versions of its Chrome browser. Turns out, the company is doing that for the mobile versions as well. The Chrome 73 beta for Android includes a dark mode which suggests that this feature will eventually be released for the mobile versions in the future. The report does mention that the dark […]
Google revealed augmented reality-powered navigation in Maps last year and it has now got around to rolling out the feature. It’s doing that at a very limited rate, though. Google Maps AR navigation is currently being tested with Local Guides only, they’re the community reviewers that provide information about places and points of interest listed in Maps. Google confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that it’s only rolling out this […]
Quite a few mobile companies will be heading to the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona towards the end of this month to showcase their latest products. 5G phones will get a lot of time under the spotlight this year and many companies will be bringing their models as well. OnePlus has been talking up its 5G phone for a few months and it has now revealed that a 5G […]
Our scoring system yielded a Uber-G Camera IQ score of 167, which makes the Huawei Mate 20 Pro today's ultimate mobile camera, thanks to an unmatched mix of quality and versatility. It also is the ultimate zoom camera, a title that it shares with the Huawei P20 Pro.
The Uber-G Camera IQ score is a mobile camera rating system that gives an excellent indication of image quality (IQ) based on four “pillars” that everyone can interpret: Daylight, Low-light, Ultrawide, and Zoom photography. Consumers now have an easy and meaningful way to evaluate a phone’s camera performance under real-world conditions. That’s how we review mobile camera quality now. Consumer Photography research often groups mobile camera users in two categories: Photo […]
You would know by now if you tend to follow tech news that Samsung will be unveiling the Galaxy S10 on February 20. The company is not making an announcement at MWC in Barcelona this year. It has opted to host a separate event in San Francisco instead. Earlier reports have suggested that the much-awaited foldable phone may also be announced on that day and a new teaser from Samsung […]
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.