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Computex 2018 is currently underway and Intel has announced that Sprint is now a partner in its 5G PC rollout plans. Intel and Sprint will work together on 5G-connected PCs that will be offered from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft. Both laptops and 2-in-1 machines will be offered packing 5G starting in 2019. With 5G on the horizon, Intel is still going to be working on 4G-equipped computers as well. Intel plans to help deliver ten more 4G-connected PCs from Dell, Asus, Acer, and HP before the 5G machines roll out, which presumably will mean these other PCs are coming this year. This is in addition to the 25 Intel-powered 4G machines that are on the market already. What’s a bigger... Read more...
Smartphones aimed squarely at a gaming audience are quite rare, with the most prominent example being the Razer Phone, which was released last year with a 5.7-inch 120Hz Sharp-manufactured display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and a whopping 8GB of RAM. However, Nubia is looking to potentially one-up the Razer Phone with its own gaming smartphone. The new Nubia smartphone is powered by the new Snapdragon 845 processor, which will be featured in all of this year's hot flagship devices. As expected, it touts 8GB of RAM and comes with a generous 128GB of internal storage (a microSD slot can further your storage if you need it). Other specs include a fingerprint reader, stereo speakers, and... Read more...
To notch or not to notch, that is the question. When the Essential Phone was released during the summer of 2017, many people took notice of the tiny notch that was carved from the top of the display to accommodate the selfie camera. The design allowed for a rather expansive display area while maintaining relatively small bezels. Apple took that "notched" display design trend to the extreme with the iPhone X with a rather large area reserved for the front-facing camera, earpiece, ambient light sensor and hardware necessary for Face ID authentication. Although the iPhone X was revealed just a few months ago, the copying machines have already started firing up, as a number of manufacturers have... Read more...
Google has pulled the wraps off the first beta release of its Flutter mobile UI framework at MWC 2018. Flutter is meant to help developers build high-quality native apps for iOS and Android. This isn't to be confused with the Flutter gesture recognition startup that Google bought back in 2013.  Google writes, "Flutter targets the sweet spot of mobile development: performance and platform integrations of native mobile, with high-velocity development and multi-platform reach of portable UI toolkits." Flutter is aimed at both new and experienced developers, and promises to help developers build apps in record time. It features high-velocity development with features including stateful Hot Reload,... Read more...
Alexa is constantly gaining new skills with some coming directly from Amazon, and other skills coming from third-party programmers. One of the latest skills that Alexa has picked up is one that can help you control your wireless network. At MWC 2018, McAfee announced a new Alexa skill that lets you check on the security of your router and network without having to launch an app or go to your computer. The skills enable voice controls for McAfee network security features and include commands like: "Alexa, ask McAfee to scan my network" "Alexa, ask McAfee how many devices are online right now" "Alexa, ask McAfee to block/unblock {Device1}" "Alexa, ask McAfee to pause the internet for {kid1}" These... Read more...
We have been hearing quite a bit about Sony's Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact handsets leading up to the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona, just none of the information prior to today was official. Now it is, with Sony unveiling both new smartphones at MWC, along with a set of Xperia Ear Duo wireless earbuds with a built-in support for digital artificial intelligence (AI) assistants. Starting at the top of the stack, the new Xperia XZ2 boasts an "extended" 5.7-inch Full HD+ display with a 2160x1080 resolution (18:9 aspect ratio) and HDR support. It's powered by Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 845 processor and 4GB of RAM, and has 64GB of built-in storage along with a microSDXC... Read more...
Lenovo is using this year's Mobile World Congress as a launching point for a range of updated 2-in-1 Windows 10 convertibles. In this case, we're talking about the new Yoga 730 -- which is available in both 13- and 15-inch form-factors -- and the refreshed Flex 14. As you might expect from a mobile PC launching in 2018, the Yoga 730 is powered by 8th generation Intel Core processors (up to Core i7). At the entry-level position, there is the 13-inch model, which supports up to 16GB of DDR4 memory and up to a 512GB PCIe SSD. There is also an Intel Integrated H620 GPU that powers either a Full HD or an optional UHD (4K) display. Yoga 730 (15-inch model) The 2.46-pound laptop includes two Thunderbolt... Read more...
There's a lot to love about Mobile World Congress, including seeing how phone makers will improve upon their previous designs. Take LG's new V30S ThinQ, for example. When we took a look at the V30 a couple of months ago, we walked away impressed enough to label the phone an Editor's Choice. It might have been a little pricey, but pretty much everything else made up for it. While this phone is the first to carry the "ThinQ" moniker, it's going to be one that's shared by a great deal of LG's total portfolio in the future, including home appliances. With this first move, LG wants to make AI accessible to many more people, and to make it as approachable as possible. The AI on this phone encompass... Read more...
Samsung today officially announced the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagships, and it looks like the South Korean electronics giant has another winner on its hands. Thankfully for anyone looking to purchase these new smartphones, pricing hasn't shifted too much compared to last year's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Here's a rundown of how much the smartphones will cost depending on which carrier you choose, or if you want to purchase straight from Samsung. Samsung Samsung is charging $719.99 for the Galaxy S9 and $839.99 for the Galaxy S9+, unlocked. If you don't care to plunk down that much money at once, Samsung offers financing options priced at $30 per month for the Galaxy S9 and $35 per month for... Read more...
After months of leaks and weeks of teasers, Samsung has finally officially pulled the wraps off its next generation flagship smartphones: the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. If you're familiar with the current generation Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the designs of the refreshed models should be immediately familiar. However, there is plenty going on under the surface that make these new flagship Android phones worthy of attention. First of all, let's talk about the new, state-of-the-art camera that is featured on both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. The primary rear shooter features a Super Speed, Dual Pixel 12MP sensor with optical image stabilization (OIS). The camera features a dedicated image processing... Read more...
Huawei has lifted the veil on a new thin and attractive ultraportable laptop called the Matebook X Pro today, and it has impressive hardware specs packed inside its svelte chassis. The machined aluminum-clad MateBook X Pro notebook measures just 304mm x 217mm x 14.6mm and weighs in at 1.33kg (a little under 3 pounds). Huawei will offer the device in Apple-esq colors of Mystic Silver and Space Gray. Huawei Matebook X Pro This laptop looks solid on paper as a powerful little notebook with an option of having an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U or an i5-8250U processor under the hood. Its display is a 13.9-inch LTPS panel (3000x2000 resolution) with thin bezels thanks to a screen to body... Read more...
The Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona officially kicks off tomorrow (Monday, February 26), but as is often the case with these kinds of events, companies are anxious to reveal what new products and services they have in store. Count Xiaomi among the them. The Chinese smartphone maker is planning to announce a new flagship smartphone, the Mi MIX 2S, powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor. According to a Twitter post by Donovan Sung, Xiaomi's global spokesperson, the new phone will launch on March 27, 2018. In addition to the Snapdragon 845 SoC that the Mi MIX 2S is rocking underneath the hood, Sung praised the phone's all glass front side, saying it is the "world's most... Read more...
Sony's upcoming 2018 Android flagships have been leaking for quite some time, but we're now getting our best look yet at the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. We'd give you two guesses as to who leaked these smartphone beauties, but you'll probably only need one guess (it's Evan Blass, of course). As you might expect from a flagship debuting in 2018, both the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are powered by Qualcomm's new 10nm Snapdragon 845 processor. The phones sport an aluminum unibody design, but don’t quite fully embrace the slim top and bottom bezels that are popular with today's flagship smartphones. When it comes to display size, the Xperia XZ2 measures 5.7 inches, while the Xperia XZ2 Compact... Read more...
The mobile industry's largest trade show is now right around the corner, with Mobile World Congress (MWC) getting underway in Barcelona on Monday. There will be lots of goodies unveiled and announced. As always, Google will have a presence at the trade show. Google's primary focus will be on its Android Oreo (Go edition) platform, and with that in mind, the company says we will see the first set of Android Oreo (Go edition) phones at the event. Android Oreo (Go edition) is a cut down and optimized version of Android Oreo. Google designed the lighter weight mobile operating system for entry level smartphones with just 1GB of RAM or less. These phones have a smaller amount of storage to work with,... Read more...
We just can't escape the fact that flagship smartphones are getting even more expensive. Apple dropped jaws when the iPhone X debuted with a starting price of $999 last year, it appears that Samsung is fully prepared to follow closely in Cupertino's footsteps with the Galaxy S9 family. According to leaked pricing posted by incredibly reliable gadget leaker Evan Blass, the Galaxy S9 will have a base price of €841 in Europe, while the Galaxy S9+ will be priced at wallet busting €997. Those figures would put the smartphones at around $1,040 and $1,230 when straight converting to U.S. dollars. However, conventional wisdom would suggest that U.S. pricing would come in a below those figures.... Read more...
Intel is joining other industry leaders to jump knee deep into plans to blanket the tech industry with 5G wireless solutions in the coming years. Intel is at the forefront of 5G wireless hardware, and today is giving us a heads up on what it will have on display at Mobile World Congress 2018 (MWC 2018). Intel says that it will be showcasing a 2-in-1 convertible PC -- in concept form -- that will demonstrate a live over-the-air 5G wireless connection. The company says that this demonstration will provide proof that it is getting closer to production-ready silicon that will enable 5G connectivity on production PCs starting in the second half of 2019. But Intel isn't only focused on PCs; it will... Read more...
There is not a lot of mystery surrounding the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus at this point. Numerous leaks and rumors have pretty revealed all there is to know about Samsung's upcoming flagship phones, barring a last minute surprise or two of course. Even so, something new has emerged in the final stretch leading up to the launch—Samsung plans to show off its Galaxy S9 phones in augmented reality at Mobile World Congress. Source: XDA Developers This new tidbit was revealed through Samsung's recently released Unpacked 2018 app. Samsung built the app for registered users and those who receive an invite. However, it can be used by any Android device owner to view Samsung's live stream event... Read more...
Believe it or not, big ol' honking smartphones do not appeal to everyone. It is part of the reason why it took Apple so long to finally build bigger iPhone models, and to cater to folks who prefer a smaller handset, companies such as Sony continue to offer compact cellular devices. As it pertains to Sony, the company is getting ready to release a successor to its Xperia XZ1 Compact, as evidenced by an Xperia XZ2 Compact prototype that recently made an appearance. Over at the Xperia Blog, a reader posted images of the Xperia XZ2 Compact prototype, giving an early look at a phone that Sony is expected to unveil at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 later this month. Since the pictures are of a prototype... Read more...
Samsung has begun sending out invitations to its upcoming Unpacked event where it is planning to unveil its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S9. The event is scheduled for February 25, 2018, in Barcelona, Spain, a day before Mobile World Congress (MWC) kicks off. Samsung is planning to livestream the event on its website starting at 12:00 PM Eastern (9 AM Pacific). Here is what you can expect. To start with, the invitation teases a "reminagined" camera on the Galaxy S9. That is something that can be said of pretty much every new flagship phone, though in this case, Samsung now owns an image sensor brand called ISOCELL. Previously leaked details suggest the ISOCELL sensor that will be used... Read more...
We already know that Samsung will be unveiling its next major flagship smartphone at MWC 2018, as it was confirmed about a week ago by Samsung itself. A new leak has now surfaced that offers up alleged pre-order and ship dates for the smartphone. The timeline according to the recent leaks will look like this. The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will debut on February 26. Pre-orders will kick off on March 1 and then official shipping will start on March 16. The tip comes from Evan Blass, who has a stellar history of leaking accurate information. According to Blass, the details come from a senior executive of a major case maker. According to a C-level executive at a major casemaker, the go-to-market schedule... Read more...
Samsung is gearing up to launch its Galaxy S9 handset, we already know that. But what we don't know are the specs, or any standout features that Samsung's next flagship phone might bring to the table, at least not officially. Unofficially, however, a photo showing what is supposedly the retail packaging for the Galaxy S9 has leaked out, with legible text outlining a few interesting tidbits. The leaked photo indicates that Samsung is going with a 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy S9. It also makes note of the phone having 4GB of system memory and 64GB of built-in storage (there will likely be different SKUs, as always), supporting wireless charging, and coming with a set of earphones... Read more...