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It is fair to say that OnePlus does not have the same brand recognition as Apple or Samsung, to name just two smartphone makers with much bigger footprints. What would help is if OnePlus was able to partner with US wireless carriers to sell its phones through AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, though as we have seen, Chinese phone makers face an uphill battle. Be that as it may, OnePlus is willing to go that route, if the opportunity comes along. "If the right opportunity and right timing come along, we'll be very happy to experiment," Pete Lau, chief executive of OnePlus, told CNET in an... Read more...
Do you find yourself splitting your time between your PC and smartphone? Now that smartphones are basically ubiquitous, such a scenario is not uncommon, though it can be inconvenient. To help you utilize both rather than bounce back and forth between the two, Dell is introducing a complete wireless integration solution that it calls Dell Mobile Connect, and it works with both Android and iOS devices. "By providing Dell Mobile Connect on its PCs Dell would become the first PC manufacturer to provide complete PC-smartphone wireless integration which allows PC users to stay constantly connected from... Read more...
Samsung's resolution for 2018 is pretty simple—just sell as many smartphones as it did in 2017. That amounts to around 320 million handsets, and remarkably, that is considered playing it safe (to an extent). Normally companies like to increase sales on an annual basis, but for Samsung, it can afford to maintain its current sales threshold and still dominate the market, in terms of units moved. Sources told The Investor that Samsung decided not to increase its sales goal because the market is a bit saturated at the moment. Let that sink in for a moment. Samsung plans to sell 320 million handsets,... Read more...
Apple has found itself the target of a raid by South Korean authorities on the day before the iPhone X was due to launch in the country. Apple's headquarters in the country was raided, with investigators looking for information on Apple's business practices. South Korea isn’t known as the friendliest of countries when it comes to foreign companies in the smartphone realm. The raid is sure to have some wondering if the real goal here was to try and dampen the success of the iPhone X launch. That smartphone has been selling extremely well globally and will put pressure on South Korean-native... Read more...
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...
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