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In just a few weeks, this year's annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) will be upon us, and we are expecting several product announcements. Ahead of the event, LG is interestingly teasing gesture controls as it quite literally waves goodbye to touch in a short video. LG also says we are going to be "stunned." "Are you prepared to get stunned by the LG Premier at the MWC 2019? Stay tuned!," the video's description reads. LG also links to its LG Mobile Facebook page and Instagram account, though neither one offers up any additional information. If you want to be one of the first to know what's going... Read more...
Samsung surprised investors on Tuesday when the South Korean electronics firm issued its earnings guidance for the company's fiscal fourth quarter of 2018. For the three-month period ended December 31, 2018, Samsung expects its consolidated sales to be 59 trillion Korean won (~$52.48 billion) and its operating profit to be 10.8 trillion won (~$9.6 billion). Those both represent double-digit percentage drops over the same quarter a year ago—an 11 percent drop in consolidated sales and a staggering 29 percent drop in operating profit. The figures also fell short of what analysts had previously... Read more...
Huawei on Monday announced its Nova 4 smartphone with a full front display that is similar looking to Samsung's Infinity-O screen found on its recently launched Galaxy A8s (and upcoming Galaxy S10). Like Samsung's handset, the Nova 4 ditches the bezel and sports a punch-hole design in the upper-left corner for the front-facing camera. Judging by the press renders we've seen, the Nova 4's front-facing camera hole is slightly smaller than the one on the Galaxy A8s. The smaller design arguably makes it less of a visual distraction. Regardless, it packs a lot of megapixels—25 million, to be exact,... Read more...
If owning an actual McLaren is out of your budget, then perhaps a OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition smartphone is more up your alley. It's certainly more affordable than an actual McLaren—the asking price is $699, versus the British automaker's recently announced 720S Spider, a sexy convertible that starts at $315,000. The new OnePlus 6T McLaren is a "salute to speed" and a nod to McLaren's rich history. It features a carbon fiber pattern on the rear of the handset, inspired by McLaren being the first to use carbon fiber in its Formula 1. There's also some orange coloring on the bottom of the phone.... Read more...
For a short period of time, it appeared as though OnePlus had scored a big victory in the smartphone wars, having apparently negotiated a deal to be the first phone maker to implement Qualcomm's new flagship Snapdragon 855 processor into an upcoming handset. OnePlus was to be the first to feature the new chip, the company's CEO Pete Lau announced on stage at Qualcomm's event in Hawaii. Unfortunately for OnePlus, something got lost in translation. The original slides that OnePlus put together for Qualcomm's Tech Summit said the handset OnePlus planned to release in 2019 would be "among the first"... Read more...
Earlier this year we took a detailed look at the OnePlus 6 and determined it was one of the best values in Android flagship smartphones on the market. The OP6 has a beautiful, large display, a clean near-stock Android setup and great performance with 6GB or 8GB RAM standard at price points of $529 and $579 respectively. When rumors of the OnePlus 6T hit, we wondered if OnePlus could really improve on an already great design and offer even more of a good thing. As is the case with virtually any high tech device, trade-offs are a constant in the overall design equation. Then again, with... Read more...
Another week is underway, and that means another round of smartphone rumors. Huawei and its upcoming Nova 4 handset is once again at the center of it all. The Nova 4 is garnering attention in part because it replaces the traditional bezel and, more recently, the notched design that has become popular, with a circular cut-out for the front-facing camera. Otherwise referred to as a punch-hole design, the camera cutout sits in the upper-left corner of the phone. This implementation of the front-facing camera allows for an all-front display, minus the little hole in the corner, of course. There's no... Read more...
Smartphone makers are starting to experiment with new designs in order to stand out from the crowd, and we've seen some interesting concepts emerge. One of them is Samsung's upcoming folding phone—it turns into a tablet when opened. Vivo, meanwhile, seems to be readying a new smartphone with two displays, one on the front and one on the back. Image Source: Twitter via Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) Leaks and teasers all point to the Vivo Nex 2 being a dual-screen handset, which could be great for taking selfies. How so? For whatever reason, smartphone makers typically (not always) put a higher... Read more...
Smartphone makers are starting to crank out purpose-built gaming phones, and the latest to join the fray is Nubia, a sub-brand of ZTE, one of China's leading telecom equipment manufacturers. Nubia's new Red Magic Mars is a high-end handset powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and up to 10GB of RAM, which is 2GB more than the Razer Phone 2 and ASUS ROG Phone. The 10GB model is paired with 256GB of onboard storage. There are two other SKUs, one with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and the other with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. All three models boast a 6-inch display with a 2160x1080... Read more...
A relatively recent trend in the smartphone space is to implement dual cameras on the backside of the handset, which enables some nifty depth-of-field effects through hardware (rather than software alone). Some phones even wield four rear cameras, like Huawei's Mate 20 Pro. Well, LG apparently has aspirations of boasting the most cameras on a single phone, with a patent filing pointing to four times as many rear camera sensors as the Mate 20 Pro. That's right, LG filed a patent that discusses a 16-camera arrangement, which would be the most ever on a smartphone if it comes to fruition. How can... Read more...
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 noticeable 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...
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