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Apple finally bumped up the minimum storage allotment on its iPhone 7, doubling it to 32GB compared to 16GB on several previous iPhone generations, along with also offering 128GB and 256GB tiers for the middle and high-end SKUs, respectively. The Cupertino outfit did it without jacking up the price of the iPhone, though don't fret on Tim Cook's account, he and the rest of the Apple gang still stand to make a pretty penny on every iPhone 7 handset sold. It's estimated by IHS Markit that the actual bill of materials (BOM) is only $220. Well, just a little less if we're picking nits—$219.80. Toss... Read more...
Samsung on Monday announced that more than half a million replacement Galaxy Note 7 smartphones had shipped to carrier and retail stores in the U.S.. Sure enough, a day later they're starting to show as being in-stock at places such as Verizon and Sprint, and we suspect that other wireless carriers (AT&T and T-Mobile at the very least) won't be far behind. It's a good sign for Samsung that wireless carriers are again listing its Galaxy Note 7 device. Analysts had predicted that the Galaxy Note 7 debacle could end up costing Samsung as much as $1 billion, and the company's already seen its market... Read more...
Image Source: Flickr (Roman Boed)The wait for a new round of flagship smartphones from Google is almost over, folks. As was expected, Google will unveil its new Android 7.0 (Nougat) phones on October 4, as indicated by a Twitter post, landing page where you can sign up to be notified for more information on the new devices, and invitations to a press event that it's begun sending out the members of the press. One thing to keep an eye on its the branding Google decides to use for its next flagship devices. The aforementioned teasers all show Google's "G" logo, but previous reports suggested the... Read more...
LG is planning to formally introduce its V20 handset on September 6, 2016, a notable phone because it will be the first one out of the gate with Google's Android 7.0 (Nougat) platform installed. We've already seen some leaked renders of the handset ahead of its release, and now famed leaker Evan Blass (known by his Twitter handle @evleaks) is showing off what looks to be an official press image of the device, seemingly confirming the presence of a secondary ticker display. The leaked photo looks similar to the previous renders, only colored in and fleshed out with a home screen showing of Android... Read more...
A leaked internal order sheet from what's purported to be a NAND flash memory component supplier suggests that Apple may finally bump the base storage on its next iPhone line from 16GB to 32GB. It also indicates that the iPhone 7 will ship with 128GB and 256GB storage options, though it's not clear if that's in addition to a 64GB SKU or that might be dropped as well. Regardless of what happens to the 64GB SKU, bumping up the base model from 16GB to 32GB is a move that's long overdue, especially since the iPhone 7 isn't likely to feature expandable physical storage, such as a microSD card slot.... Read more...
There was a time when Samsung believed its home brewed Tizen operating system would rise up and usurp Android as the king of mobile, or at least be a competitive force. Things haven't worked out that way, and though Tizen has gone on to fined renewed purpose in things like smart TVs and wearables, it's still being used in smartphones, including the Samsung Z2, the world's first Tizen smartphone with 4G LTE functionality. It's a significant milestone in Tizen's journey, not because 4G LTE is some new and rare technology—obviously that's not the case—but because of its price point and audience. The... Read more...
In the smartphone market, Microsoft has to fight for scraps leftover from Android and iOS, and comparatively there aren't many to go around. Rather than bury its head in denial, Microsoft's been making mobile versions of its key programs like Office available on other OSes, and now Lenovo has agreed to pre-load several of Microsoft's productivity apps on some of its Android handsets. Microsoft Office, OneDrive, and Skype are among the apps that will come pre-installed on select Lenovo devices in what the two companies are calling a "deepening of their strategic relationship." The benefit for Microsoft... Read more...
At long last, the Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is here and available to order, provided you have $880 to spend on a smartphone (subsidized pricing and monthly installment plans are available too). One thing you might want to consider if picking up Samsung's latest phablet is warranty coverage, as based on the results of a recent teardown, you should probably avoid trying any DIY repairs. The nimble fingered folks at iFixIt snagged a Galaxy Note 7 and promptly gutted the device until all that remained were the individual parts, disassembled and naked for all the world to see. The process was met with... Read more...
One of the first things many people do when buying and activating a new smartphone is see which of the pre-installed apps can be uninstalled. Some are useful, of course, and those end up staying, but wireless carriers are notorious for shoving a bunch of unwanted third-party applications onto smartphones. That's not likely to change, and if Verizon gets its way, Android device owners will see even more bloatware. Verizon's courting potential clients with an offer to install branded apps on its customers' Android homescreens. The cost for doing so would be somewhere between $1 and $2 per affected... Read more...
The running rumor is that Google has tapped HTC to build both of its 2016 Nexus phones, each one set to debut with Android 7.0 Nougat. Of the two, the one codenamed Sailfish is the smaller handset, presumably with a screen size of 5 inches, versus the larger Marlin phone that's said to sport a 5.5-inch display. If you're wondering what they'll look like, some low quality photos of the former give an early glimpse, assuming they're legit shots. Photos of the unreleased handset ended up in the hands of Android Police, which said it's 100 percent positive it's Sailfish that's pictured, not the larger... Read more...
Cue the Imperial March, Darth Vader's theme song, because here comes the iPhone 7 dressed in "Space Black," or whatever Apple ends up calling it. And no, that's not our veiled attempt at calling Apple the Evil Empire, we're simply noting the return of an all-black handset, at least if a series of a leaked photos from a Chinese-language website prove legit.Or maybe what we're seeing is a darker version of what Apple calls "Space Gray" in its lineup. That's a color SKU that Apple offers in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s lineups, only those handsets are considerably lighter in color than the presumed... Read more...
If you blinked you might have missed that HTC's flagship smartphone was ever available at T-Mobile. Well it was, but don't bother looking for the HTC 10 at T-Mobile at this point, because the wireless carrier served up an eviction notice to its apparently unwanted tenant and booted the smartphone from its stores just two months after its release. It seems a bit unusual, though perhaps the HTC 10 just wasn't selling enough units to hold T-Mobile's interest. This wouldn't be the first time T-Mobile quickly showed a smartphone the door after not generating enough sales. It did the same thing to BlackBerry's... Read more...
LG is getting ready to release it's V20 smartphone, a follow-up to the funky V10 device and the first handset on the planet to come sweetened with Android 7.0 Nougat. There's been plenty of leaked information ahead of the phone's planned September 6 unveiling, and now the first batch of renders has started making the rounds, renders that hint at a possible modular design.One of the things that can be seen in the renders is a button on the right side that looks similar to the module release button found on LG's G5 handset. There's also a bit of a bottom lip that, if not aesthetic purposes, could... Read more...
In what cold be classified as a bold move, Samsung is considering only releasing a version of its next generation flagship Galaxy device—presumably the Galaxy S8—with a curved edge display. That means there would be just a single SKU rather than two separate versions of the same flagship, one with a regular display and one with a panel that wraps around both sides, as found on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge respectively. It would be bold, but not necessarily bat-spit crazy. Truth be told, things started to feel stale with Samsung's Galaxy line by the time the Galaxy S5 emerged. At that point,... Read more...
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