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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...
At this point it feels like we already know most of what there is to know about HTC's new flagship smartphone. However, specs and pricing are now official, as HTC has gone formally introduced the U12+, and is currently accepting pre-orders for both carrier-specific and unlocked models starting at $799, or $34 per month for 24 months at 0 percent ARP with HTC's own financing program. HTC is calling the U12+ its "biggest and boldest flagship phone ever." It arrives with a 6-inch Quad HD+ (2880x1440) Super LCD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and HDR support, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass.... Read more...
We have been seeing leaks of HTC's upcoming flagship U12+ smartphone for several weeks now, including what looked to be official press renders and a comprehensive set of specifications. Lest there be any doubt about the legitimacy of previously leaked information, HTC did curious folks a solid by posting all the juicy bits on its a subdomain of its official website, basically confirming what we already knew. ummm... HTC really shouldn't leave their stuff out in the open like this. https://t.co/jFAb2Ilg2Z — Roland Quandt (@rquandt) May 22, 2018 The site has since been removed, but not before... Read more...
Anyone paying for mobile phone service for a smartphone knows that plans have become very expensive; only a couple lines can cost you well over $100 monthly. Verizon has quietly launched a new startup service called Visible that is a no contract, unlimited plan that offers mobile service via an app. For $40 per month you get unlimited data, minutes, and messaging services. Subscribing involves downloading the Visible app and registering your account, assuming you have an invite. For now, the only way to get in on the action is to be invited from someone who is already on the Visible service. You... Read more...
HTC is gearing up to launch a new Android smartphone that will sit at the top of its stack in terms of performance and features, and we don't have to wait very long to find out exactly what it is. The company teased the launch on Twitter, announcing it will unveil "a phone that is more than the sum of its specs" on March 23, 2018, which is just under three weeks from now. One thing that's interesting about the announcement is that it signals HTC is still very much committed to releasing high-end smartphones after selling its Pixel hardware team to Google earlier this year for $1.1 billion. Our... Read more...
Someone has gotten their grubby mitts on a coming HTC smartphone and took plenty of pics of the shiny device to show off. That smartphone is said to be the HTC U12+ and the images turned up on the HTC Taiwan News Update Facebook page, which for those wondering isn't HTC's officially. The images show the new flagship Android device from all sides and it looks pretty good. Anyone worried about smears and fingerprints might have reservations about the super shiny surface of the device, but at least you can use it as a mirror to get ready for your selfie. The images show a device that looks to... Read more...
Many smartphone makers have seen China as their key market for growth over the last few years. Chinese consumers have been gobbling up smartphones despite the booming black market in the country for devices like iPhones. That black market is so robust that smugglers had taken to flying iPhones in by drone. Canalys has some numbers that look at the Chinese smartphone market and they aren't good. Smartphone shipments in China had their worst ever decline in Q1 2018, with shipments down 21% annually to 91 million units. Shipments haven't been that low since Q4 2013. The numbers also show that eight... Read more...
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