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Samsung may be headed towards a record quarterly profit, as its recent third quarter guidance indicates, but its smartphone shipments are down. According to data released by International Data Corporation (IDC), Samsung had a "challenging" quarter in which its smartphone shipments declined 13.4 percent to 72.2 million units. The good news for Samsung is that even though smartphone shipments saw a noticeably dip, it still leads the way. Those 72.2 million shipments were more than any other phone maker, and enough to hold onto the top spot in market share, with Samsung controlling 20.3 percent of... Read more...
Razer may have popularized the idea of an Android phone built primarily for gaming with features to match (such as a fast 120Hz display), but it is no longer the only one cranking these kinds of handsets out. A few others have joined in the fun. More companies will be jumping on the bandwagon too, including Samsung, if the rumor mill is to be believed. We have already heard that Samsung is supposedly developing a gaming phone under its Galaxy brand, one that will join the likes of the Razer Phone (now in its second generation), ASUS ROG Gaming Phone, Nubia Gaming Phone, and Xiaomi Blackshark. Samsung... Read more...
It used to be that nothing was certain but death and taxes, to quote Benjamin Franklin (who wasn't actually the first to point this out, but is probably best known for the phrase). Well, we can add to that short list. In today's landscape, certainties include death, taxes, and display notches on a growing number of smartphones. Some people don't mind them, others vehemently hate them. Either way, display notches aren't going anywhere, but they might look a little different in the next generation of smartphones. How did we get here? Is Apple truly to blame for the display notch craze because of... Read more...
Huawei is bringing its big and budget-minded Honor 8X smartphone to the United States after having launched the handset in China a few weeks ago. The pitch from Huawei is that the Honor 8X offers "all-around flagship features at an unrivaled price," and that begins with a premium 6.5-inch FullView display with a 91 percent screen-to-body ratio. As is a growing trend, the Honor 8X is another device to adopt a notched design. Not all smartphones have a notch, though until smartphone makers figure out a way to embed the front camera into the display itself (or have it pop up from the top of the phone),... Read more...
At this point, we pretty know what the unreleased OnePlus 6T looks like, unless all of the leaked images up to now have been fake. We doubt that's the case. Lest anyone need one more reminder of the upcoming phone's design, yet more official looking press renders have found their way to the web, showing the OnePlus 6T from the front, back, and sides. If any of this looks familiar, it's because we've seen the same design several times over. Of particular note is the teardrop notch in the front of the display. For anyone who has not followed the history of the notch, it was first introduced by the... Read more...
Razer is going to be releasing another smartphone built for gaming, one that will presumably look similar to the company's first generation Razer Phone, but with upgraded hardware and features. However, it doesn't look like Razer will be upgrading the second-gen handset with a 3.5mm audio jack, and feature that isn't included on the current generation model either. Notorious inside man and leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks on Twitter) posted to social media what looks to be an official press render of the Razer Phone 2. He said it's "almost identical to the first one from a design perspective," though... Read more...
It doesn't matter how many times we say this—and we've said it a lot—companies just don't understand there are no mulligans on the Internet. Word to the wise, if you post something online, you can't take it back. We bring this up because Nokia, for a brief blip in time, teased a new gaming phone on its Twitter account in India. The tweet is no longer available, presumably because Nokia wasn't ready to tease its upcoming phone, and decided to delete it. We're not sure why—there was not much to glean from the teaser, such as detailed specs, price, or any information on when it might... Read more...
Razer is best known for its PC gaming peripherals, especially its lineup of mice, but has expanded its portfolio over the years to include several different types of products. One of those is the Razer Phone, an Android phone built specifically for gaming. Razer recently confirmed its working on a Razer Phone 2, and a new Geekbench entry purportedly tips the phone's core specs and performance. Before we get to that, let's recap the current generation Razer Phone's specs. That devices sports a 5.7-inch IGZO display with a delightfully fast 120Hz refresh rate, 2560x1440 resolution, and an adaptive... Read more...
Earlier this month, we heard from IDC regarding global smartphone sales for Q2 2018. At the time, the firm reported that Huawei had surpassed Apple to become the second-largest smartphone OEM on the planet with regards to shipments. Today, it's Gartner's turn, and it is backing up IDC's assessment. According to Gartner's analysis, Huawei smartphone sales jumped nearly 39 percent during the Q2. Huawei was able to sell 49.8 million units garnering a 13.3 percent share of the global market in Q2. Apple sold 44.7 million iPhones, taking a 11.9 percent share. However, both OEMs were far outpaced... Read more...
Research funded by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) indicates that potentially millions of smartphones have inherent security vulnerabilities. These security holes are built into the devices offered by all four major wireless carries in the US, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, though it is not clear if they are being actively exploited. Vincent Sritapan, a program manager at DHS's Science and Technology Directorate, told Fifth Domain that the vulnerabilities enable hackers "to escalate privileges and take over" affected devices. That means pretty much everything... Read more...
Oppo's next flagship phone could potentially end up with more RAM than many mainstream PCs, or at least the ones that ship with 4GB or 8GB of system memory. The upcoming R17 might have them beat with a whopping 10GB of RAM. That would be the most amount of RAM of any smartphone date, even those by the biggest players. Interesting enough, it's actually the smaller smartphone players that have shoehorned the most amount of RAM in a smartphone. Both Razer and ASUS offer 8GB of RAM in their respective gaming phones, and you can also find 8GB in handsets like the OnePlus 5T, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Special... Read more...
Huawei might beat Samsung to the punch with the first retail folding smartphone. While nothing has been launched yet, it's being reported that Huawei is very close to rolling out a foldable handset with a flexible light emitting organic diode (OLED) display in limited quantities. It could be less than 20,000 units, but being first would be a big win for Huawei. "Huawei's planned volume could be limited to some 20,000 to 30,000 units, or even less, for a small group of first-wave adopters," a person familiar with Huawei's plan told Nikkei Asian Review. "The effort is mainly to demonstrate its technology... Read more...
Privacy advocates are celebrating a Supreme Court ruling that bans law enforcement from tracking a user's cellphone location without first obtaining a warranty. In a majority 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court found that allowing police officers to access a cellphones location data without a warrant violated the Fourth Amendment, and that it is precisely the type of surveillance that the Constitution protects against. Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the majority decision, likened warrantless cellphone tracking to wearing an electronic ankle bracelet, such as those worn by criminals on house... Read more...
LG debuted the G7 ThinQ in early May and certainly turned some heads with the promise of a 1000 nits capable display, an AI-powered camera, and its Boombox Speaker features. On the surface, if you consider some of the salient features consumers are looking for in a modern smartphone, the marketing folks at LG had their ears to the ground, so to speak. The new LG G7 ThinQ checks many of the key feature boxes consumers look for in a handset, and it strikes a nice size balance as well, in a thin-bezel 6.1-inch form factor.    However, what makes true smartphone success is practical... Read more...
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