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While Apple may be grabbing the [biometric] headlines with its Face ID authentication system in the iPhone X, one company is looking to enhance existing fingerprint sensors for a new generation of flagship smartphones. Synaptics announced that it has perfected an under-the-display fingerprint scanner with what it calls Clear ID Optical Sensors. These are the world's fingerprint sensors of its kind to enter mass production for smartphones. Synaptics says that it will have branded smartphones available for demos at CES 2018 and that mass production will start with a top five OEM. The... Read more...
We have been hearing rumors for a while now about a Samsung smartphone that features a folding screen. The rumors peg the device to debut next year and so far, reports indicate that the folding smartphone could be unveiled at CES next month. A new report has come in that claims to confirm that the smartphone is indeed launching next year. The report quotes Samsung Mobile president Ko Dong-jin who told Business Korea that the smartphone will indeed launch next year. There are still no hard details on the smartphone to speak of. The device is thought to be called the Galaxy X, but there is no confirmation... Read more...
Are you having trouble putting down your smartphone and interacting with the world that is right in front of you? Yeah, neither are we. But for those who do suffer from some sort of smartphone addiction, a designer in Vienna has come up with a quirky solution to help. It is a series of smartphone-shaped devices with stone beads to mimic the feel of gestures that are commonly performed on touchscreens, such as pinching to zoom, scrolling, swiping, and so forth. These 'Substitute Phones' are supposed to be therapeutic, allowing smartphone addicts to go through the same calming motions they perform... Read more...
Anyone who was unwilling or unable to get out and shop yesterday can still get some holdover deals on a nice new smartphone from Samsung. The Galaxy Note 8 is lingering with a nice discount of $150 on Amazon. That discount means that the Note 8 is selling for $799.99 and is available with Prime for fast and free shipping if you are a member. Amazon is offering the device in midnight black and orchid gray. Both devices are 64GB units and have a full U.S. warranty and are factory unlocked. If you somehow don't know the basics of the Galaxy Note 8, the smartphone features a 6.3-inch Dual Edge Super... Read more...
Leaks have been tipping Samsung's hand when it comes to what the company will be showing off at CES 2018 set to kick off early early January. Previously we heard that the folding screen Galaxy X smartphone would be on display at the show. However, a new rumor is making the rounds that suggests Samsung's next Galaxy flagships, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, will also be seen for the first time at CES 2018. A reveal at CES is uncommon for new high-end smartphones, but it seems Samsung may want to unveil its wares at a show that isn’t festooned with other smartphones to steal its thunder. CES is... Read more...
At its Google I/O conference held this past May, the search and technology giant unveiled a neat new feature which would first roll out to its own Pixel devices. Called Google Lens, this new feature pays a bit of an homage to Google Goggles, a rather popular tool that allowed people to get quick feedback on real-world objects. Take a picture of a statue outside of a sports stadium, for example, and Goggles could have told you who it was, and why it was deserved. Google Lens is going to be far more capable than Goggles, though, thanks in part to the recent resurgence of employing deep-learning and... Read more...
Apple's latest top-end iPhone may cost a cool $1,000 USD, but that hasn't stopped it from flying off of the shelves and into the hands of those who couldn't imagine not having the best possible iPhone available. Whether you like its design, its speed, or leading-edge technologies (like face recognition), the iPhone X has myriad features that comprise what is an otherwise very alluring smartphone, despite its cost. It seems that not everything is heavenly about Apple's new iPhone X, however.  There are usually a few caveats with every new device that in fact may not affect you personally, and... Read more...
High-end flagship smartphones get most of the press and stoke the most geek lust for shoppers. However, there is a substantial portion of smartphone shoppers out there who only want a device that can check email, take decent pics, and hit Facebook. You don't need a high-end $1,000 iPhone X for those tasks. All you really need is something like the Nokia 2 entry-level smartphone that has turned up on Amazon for pre-order. This little device sells for $99 unlocked is ready to use on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks, and includes a warranty. The smartphone is offered in black... Read more...
Back in the day, the way most people took photos was with a Polaroid instant camera of the sort that shot pictures out the front for you to watch develop before your eyes. That good old shake and wait just a minute Polaroid almost instant gratification is making a bit of a comeback with some retro photography fans, but today most people take pictures with their smartphones. Today, however, Motorola has unveiled a new Moto Mod for the Moto Z family of smartphones that is called the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer, that could offer the best of both worlds. Motorola writes, "Simply snap the... Read more...
Alleged CAD drawings of the Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone have leaked online and the smartphone looks very much like the existing Galaxy S8. We see the same curved edges on the screen out front but with thinner bezels. The back does show a revised layout for the camera and fingerprint scanner. On the current Galaxy S8 models, the camera is a single-lens unit and the fingerprint scanner is directly to the right of the camera -- a position that many don't care for at all. The S9 drawings, which are originally sourced from Weibo, show a dual camera layout on the back with those cameras stacked in the... Read more...
T-Mobile has rolled out a new smartphone that won't have fanboys clamoring over specs and performance, but it looks to be a solid device for budget conscious users. The smartphone is called the REVVL Plus and it has a 6-inch full HD screen and dual rear-facing cameras with one being a 13MP unit and the other a 5MP. The front camera is an 8MP unit for selfies. Power comes from a 3,380 mAh internal battery promising up to 12 hours talk time and 16.5 days standby. The REVVL Plus comes in black with magenta accents only; which will likely play favorably to only diehard T-Mobile fans. The OS is Android... Read more...
The coming OnePlus 5T smartphone has graced us with another leak, and this time some of the specs have turned up thanks to a listing on GFXBench. The specifications according to the benchmark will include a 6-inch FHD+ display packing 2160x1080 pixels. That means an aspect ratio of 18:9, which is like the LG V30 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. Other specs rumored for the smartphones include a 20MP front camera and dual cameras on the back each offering 16MP. That rear cameras also tipped for tech that allows portrait mode and bokeh effects. Interestingly rumors also suggest that the front selfie camera... Read more...
Paying $699.99 for the Essential Phone? Ain't nobody got time for that. If you shelled out the full asking price of the smartphone on pre-order or early at launch, the bad news for you today is that the price of the smartphone has gone down again, with Best Buy chopping anther $50 off the asking price for the phone as it tries to move stock. With the additional $50 off, the smartphone is now selling for $449.99. The father of Android, Andy Rubin, and his company, Essential, certainly didn’t expect to be here with the fancy new device. The smartphone launched as a Sprint carrier exclusive, which... Read more...
Google has been taking some heat over the LG-manufactured OLED display used on the Pixel 2 XL smartphone, which was shown to suffer from screen burn-in problems, sometimes only with a few hours of use. Google stepped up and stated that this was normal with an OLED screen such as the one used on the smartphone. Apple is heading off future complaints about the new iPhone X and its Super Retina OLED screen with a support document that was recently published. The warnings include an attempt to inform users that with an OLED screen there are a few potentially annoying norms you must live with.... Read more...
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