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Android fans in the market for a new phone may want to check out the deal that Best Buy has going right now on the Pixel 2 XL. The electronics retail giant is offering the Pixel 2 XL 64GB smartphone in black or black/white for $18.74 per month via Verizon. That is a total savings of $400 and the deal breaks down in part with an instant credit on the purchase and bill credits on your monthly service plan. Best Buy is offering a $200 instant discount that combines with a discount of $8.33 per month on your carrier bill as a credit each month for 24 months, meaning users pay $18.74 monthly for the... Read more...
Over the weekend, we learned that the that Samsung's upcoming rumored folding Galaxy X smartphone could cost as much as $1,850 without a carrier subsidy when it launches. Now, some alleged images of a canceled prototype of a folding Samsung smartphone have surfaced. The device looks like a bad photoshop of two phones held side-by-side and had that prototype came to be, it's hard to imagine the device selling well at all. Samsung has reportedly been working on a folding screen smartphone for several years and these images of an alleged prototype phone show that the company has been on this... Read more...
Apple helped to introduce the smartphone world to more expensive, premium handsets in part, thanks to the launch of the $1,000 iPhone X. Other manufacturers followed right along with Apple and launched their own $1,000 plus flagship devices. Now, rumors are pointing to pricing taking an even higher jump in the high-end smartphone market, once folding devices launch. Samsung is working on a folding smartphone dubbed the Galaxy X, a support page of the device leaked late last year confirming the next Galaxy, a patent app has been seen, and many expected the Galaxy X to surface at CES 2018, but no... Read more...
A woman from Detroit, Michigan was driving her car Friday when she claims that one of her cell phones caught fire. The result of the alleged smartphone explosion is a burned-out husk of a car that is clearly totaled. The woman says she is just glad to have escaped the burning vehicle with her life. ABC News reports that the woman has chosen to remain anonymous, but did speak to a Detroit ABC affiliate Friday after the fire and has said she is considering a lawsuit. The woman had two cellular phones in the car, both Samsung devices. One was a Galaxy S4 and the other a Galaxy S8; both were sitting... Read more...
With smartphones going to designs that have screens covering so much of the front that the traditional fingerprint sensor can no longer fit, what to do with those sensors is a topic that manufacturers have been working on. Apple removed the fingerprint scanner for its iPhone X and instead opted for Face ID technology. Samsung has a fingerprint scanning system that will go into the Galaxy S10 that is very non-traditional. The company has seemingly confirmed that it will use a fingerprint scanner that is embedded in the screen of the smartphone. This scanner will reportedly use Qualcomm... Read more...
The image you see here is alleged to be a new Motorola smartphone that will run the streamlined Android One operating system. The device is called the Motorola One Power and is expected to land with the stylized moniker "motoralone Power". One glance at the smartphone and you can see that Motorola is following Apple's iPhone X and other Android device makers down the screen display notch road. For now, this is the only way to get the speaker, sensors, and cameras into the front of the device dominated by a screen. Despite the notch at the top, there is still a largish  bezel... Read more...
The Galaxy Note 9 hasn't launched yet, but we already know quite a bit about the smartphone thanks to several leaks. The first leak saw the Snapdragon 845 flavor show up on Geekbench with a score of 2190 for single-core and 8806 for multi-core performance. The second leak was again on Geekbench and showed that Samsung had likely done some optimizing when the same Snapdragon 845 SoC leaked with a 2411 single-core and 8712 multi-core score. Another leak has happened with Geekbench again seeing details of the Galaxy Note 9 published, but this time out the scores are for the Exynos 9810 version of... Read more...
Andy Rubin is the father of the Android operating system that powers hundreds of millions of smartphones around the globe. Rubin broke away from Google and eventually wound up at a new company called Essential Products Inc. The company's first smartphone was the Essential Phone and it flopped massively. Reports indicate that the Essential Phone sold fewer than 90,000 units in all of 2017. A person claiming to be familiar with sales claims that Essential has sold about 150,000 units to date. Reports have surfaced that things are bad enough over at Essential that the company has stopped development... Read more...
The FBI has quoted statistics to the public and Congress that claimed investigators had been locked out of encrypted devices like smartphones nearly 7,800 times. It is now being reported that the actual number is much smaller in the area of between 1,000 and 2,000 incidents. The report claims that over a time frame of seven months, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray cited the inflated figure as evidence that the FBI needed to address what it calls "Going Dark." Going Dark is a term the FBI uses to describe the spread of encrypted software that can block investigators from accessing data... Read more...
Samsung's mainline Galaxy S series of smartphones is without question one of the strongest selling smartphone brands on the planet, but the company's Galaxy Note line is also extremely popular. The Galaxy Note is truly a mobile productivity powerhouse and includes a handy stylus for whenever you need to take notes. It has in fact cultivated a dedicated following in its own right.  Interestingly enough, the Galaxy Note 9 has succumbed to not one, but two Geekbench leaks, with the second giving us a hint that Samsung will be able to eke a little bit more out of the single-threaded performance.... Read more...
A sketch of an alleged Lenovo smartphone called the Z5 has turned up and this sketch shows an Android device that has a screen that covers nearly the entire front and has no notch. The sketch was shared by Lenovo VP Chang Chen via Weibo. A message was offered along with the image that claims this will be Lenovo's newest flagship smartphone. Since this is just a sketch, it would seem to be a concept at this point or at least a very early design, but there is no indication of how far along the Z5 is in development. The trick for designing phones like the Z5 without having to resort to a... Read more...
At the end of March, we got our first glimpse at how the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone would perform when it turned up on Geekbench rocking a Snapdragon 845 SoC and 6GB of RAM. Those first benchmarks showed single core performance of 2190 and a multicore score of 8806. The Note 9 has turned up again on Geekbench with a new round of scores for us to look at. You can see the Geekbench screenshot below. The new scores give a much-improved single-core Score of 2411. The multi-core score is down a bit from that initial run with 8712. The system information calls out the identical Samsung SM-N960U model number.... Read more...
There have been issues with Apple's facial recognition tech used on the iPhone X in the past, however, most of those concerns had to do with Face ID not being as secure as Apple had claimed with fancy masks being able to defeat the security. Over the weekend, a support document was unearthed that claims Apple is now making repairs to help users having issues with FaceID on the iPhone X. The document outlines tests that employees should run on the device to see if issues with Face ID are related to a rear camera failure. The document instructs employees to run a diagnostic test to detect rear... Read more...
The rumor mill is at full tilt when it comes to the Galaxy S10 and the foldable Galaxy X smartphones that are in the works by Samsung. Way back in February, a leak claimed the Galaxy S10 would rock a Snapdragon 855 SoC and pack a 2Gbps X24 modem. A few days ago, a rumor tipped that Samsung had issued the S10 the codename "Beyond". We've also had more than a few leaks that focus on the folding screen Galaxy X smartphone. Most notable was the leaked support page for the device that turned up in late 2017. Another significant leak has happened, and it gives a bit more alleged information on the Galaxy... Read more...
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