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It has been rumored for several weeks now that HTC was coming out with a new smartphone that has a full front display, and it turns out the chatter was true. HTC today announced a couple of new phones, the U11 Life and U11+, the latter of which is the more interesting of the two. It is a stunning phone with a 6-inch Super LCD display with a 2880x1440 resolution and HDR10 support, and we almost feel guilty telling you about it. Why? HTC is not releasing it in the United States—drats! Apparently HTC felt that launching the U11+ in the US would offend users who purchased the recent U11 model. We can... Read more...
One of the advantages to owning a lower power smartphone is that battery life should be a high point, at least compared to a flagship handset. That is precisely the case with Nokia's new Nokia 2 handset. Why call it the Nokia 2? The number in its model name is indicative of the claimed 2-days of battery life on a single charge, provided by a rather capacious 4,100 mAh battery pack. Nokia's pitch is that "frequent top-up charges will become a thing of the past" with the Nokia 2. Of course, that will depend on usage, though the Nokia 2 is really aimed at casual users and not performance junkies who... Read more...
The cost of an Essential Phone just keep getting cheaper. About a week ago, Andy Rubin and company slashed $200 off the price of the Essential Phone, knocking it down to $499. The price cut made it one of the more affordable flagships phones on the market, but on top of that, Rubin's outfit is running a promotion that saves buyers an additional $200 off the handset, bringing the cost down to $299.At $299, the Essential Phone can now be had for more than half off its original $699 price tag just a short while ago. Of course, there is a caveat. The additional discount is part of a friends and family... Read more...
Samsung has announced the next major version of its Bixby voice assistant at Samsung Developer conference (SDC) 2017. The new voice assistant is Bixby 2.0 and Samsung promises that the intelligent assistant platform will bring a connected experience that is "ubiquitous, personal, and open." Samsung says that it sees a larger role for digital assistants in our lives, other than answering mundane questions, setting reminders, and setting timers. Samsung sees a world where digital assistants are intertwined with everything from phones, to kitchen appliances, to the sprinkler system keeping your grass... Read more...
Display technology has continued to improve over the past several years, and not just with higher-resolution panels. The next big shift is a transition from liquid crystal display (LCD) panels to organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens. As it pertains to smartphones, an increasing number of companies are making the switch. As such, OLED smartphone panel shipments could top LCD smartphone panel shipments very soon.Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) believes this will happen within the next few years. The organization expects OLED smartphone panels to reach 1.37 billion units in 2019, and... Read more...
There is some speculation that OnePlus will release a new handset in the next couple of months, potentially a OnePlus 5T or even a OnePlus 6. Fueling that speculation is a purportedly leaked press rendering of a the former, which is making the rounds on the web. The render shows a handset with an all-screen front side, rounded corners, and barely any bezel to speak of.The render was uploaded to /Leaks by user Phoneleaks, who has a reported accuracy rating of 66 percent. In this instance, we are skeptical of its legitimacy, as are a few of the people who commented on the post.Image Source: SlashLeaks"Obvious... Read more...
Either Razer is faking everyone out on the web, or the peripheral maker is getting ready to unveil its very first smartphone in a few weeks. The company teased the latter, both on its website and on Twitter, by posting a picture of young man excitedly holding what appears to be a smartphone, the glow of which splashes onto his neck and lower portion of his face, and on the wall behind him. The images teases fans to watch for Razer calls its "biggest unveiling," which is scheduled for November 1, 2017, just a little less than three weeks from now. If that piques your curiosity, you can input your... Read more...
There has been some excitement amongst the Android faithful over the Pixel 2 smartphones that are due to launch today, and leaks have landed recently giving us an idea what the devices will look like. Those images have already stoked the disappointment in many hopefuls, because the Pixel 2 smartphones have thicker bezels and lack the high-end design touches found in other devices like the Galaxy Note 8 or iPhone 8. Jean Baptiste Su, principal analyst at Atherton Research has now written that the Pixel 2 lineup will be a major disappointment. Reasons cited for this are a boring design aesthetic... Read more...
Imagine if your smartphone could identify cracks in its display and then heal itself, much like your own body does when its suffers a scrape or bruise. It may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but perhaps it is not all that far fetched. Motorola has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for that very thing, and how it works is pretty interesting.Motorola notes in its patent application that smartphones are becoming more prevalent and that one of the drawbacks is how easily touchscreen displays can suffer damage. In many cases, a cracked... Read more...
New phones are on the horizon from several manufacturers. There is the iPhone 8 looming in the horizon from Apple, the Galaxy Note 8 from Samsung, and second generation Pixel and Pixel XL handsets from Google. In regards to the latter, leaked photos of a Pixel XL 2 phone have found their way to the web and provide some clues as to what Google has been cooking up.One of the photos shows a whole bunch of stickers on the back of the device. This is likely because it is an early developer prototype. Exactly how early and how close to the finalized design is not known. Assuming the phone in these photos... Read more...
There is not a lot that is known about LG's unreleased V30 handset, the single-screen successor the dual-display V20 that we reviewed last year. But while much of the phone's specs remain a mystery, LG did reveal a few tidbits—the V30 will be the first handset to feature a plastic OLED FullVision display. It will also be LG's first OLED smartphone since the LG G Flex 2 released in 2015.LG is shifting from an IPS panel on the V20 (above) to a plastic OLED screen on the V30 "Expertise in OLED has long been a core competency of LG, and the technology has always been seen as a potential value-add for... Read more...
Soon it will be illegal to fire off a text message or look down at your phone while crossing the street in Honolulu, the largest city in Hawaii. The ban will take effect towards the end of October, at which point Honolulu will become the first major city in the United States to effectively ban distracted walking, a growing problem as pedestrians become consumed by their mobile devices.Image Source: Flickr (Alan Levine) Laws against distracted driving are on the books all over the place, though distracted walking has largely been ignored when it comes to legislation. Honolulu is leading the charge... Read more...
If history is any indication, LG is getting ready announce another handset as part of its V series. This will most likely take place during a press event at this year's IFA in Berlin, Germany. While LG has not come right out and said it will be announcing the V30 at IFA, the hints are anything but subtle—the letter V is splashed across a press rendering of a new smartphone with rounded corners, along with the words "Save the date" printed on top. That date is August 31, one day before IFA officially kicks off. And on the bottom corner, LG's press rendering says, "Berlin, Germany," which is where... Read more...
Following weeks of rumors and speculation, LG has come out and officially announced the Q6, a lower-end handset that is part of the South Korean electronics maker's new Q series. Also known online as the G6 Mini, an unofficial designation that reflects the similarities between the new Q6 and LG's high-end G6, LG's aim with the Q6 is to offer many of the premium features found on its other smartphones at a more competitive price. The leaked info leading up to the official unveiling of the Q6 was mostly spot on. LG's newest handset is equipped with a 5.5-inch Full HD+ FullVision display with an 18:9... Read more...
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