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Huawei might be facing an uncertain financial future in the wake of a recent ban imposed by the US government, but that is no reason to turn people's phones into billboards. Yet that is exactly what it appears Huawei has done—many Huawei device owners report seeing Booking.com ads appear on their lock screens. It... Read more...
Smartphone security is becoming more sophisticated by the day. Fingerprint scanning and facial recognition schemes are starting to supplant PIN codes and passwords, but have you wondered what the next frontier might be? One possible avenue is behavioral biometrics, and a company called UnifyID is leading the... Read more...
Chinese tech giant Huawei and the U.S. government aren’t exactly on friendly terms these days. The U.S. has long claimed that Huawei represents a security risk to governmental agencies and consumers alike, while at the same time torpedoing the company’s efforts to expand its presence Stateside with wireless carriers... Read more...
How soon will consumers be able to purchase 100+ megapixel cameras? According to Qualcomm, 64MP and 100+MP cameras could be available as soon as the end of 2019. Qualcomm chips reportedly already support 192-megapixel sensors and the company is merely waiting for smartphone developers to catch up. Qualcomm Senior Director of Product Management Read more...
Before the advent of smartphones and tablets, using the bathroom meant getting cozy with a paper magazine, newspaper, or heck even a shampoo bottle to pass the time. Now it's Angry Birds and scrolling through Facebook. It should come as no surprise, then, that your smartphone may be contaminated with fecal matter. As gross as that sounds, Read more...
There has been a concerted effort by the smartphone industry at large to slim down handsets and get rid of the bezel, all in attempt to maximize portability. Energizer has decided to take a different approach. The battery maker is at Mobile World Congress showing off a thick phone that double as a power brick, or... Read more...
Smartphone makers have waged war against the traditional bezel that once occupied the top section of nearly every handset. From punch-hole cutouts (Galaxy S10 series) to notches big (iPhone X/XS) and small (OnePlus 6T), traditional bezels have become passé. Don't tell that to Sony, though—leaked renders of its... Read more...
Anyone who believed that TCL was only a maker of TVs could be forgiven, after all, the company does make a huge line of smart TVs with built-in Roku and other services, and many of them were on sale last month ahead of the Super Bowl. What you may not know is that TCL is into the smartphone arena as well and is a... Read more...
While most smartphone makes are struggling over the decision to go with a notch or bezel (or a punch-hole design), Motorola threw its hands up in the air and said 'Screw it, we're rolling with both!' Meet the Moto G7, the newest iteration of Motorola's relatively affordable G series. Beyond the price, there's reason... Read more...
When you think of the name Energizer, smartphones don't come to mind unless you are talking about accessories like battery chargers. That will change at MWC 2019 later this month when Energizer rolls out 26 new smartphones. A company called Avenir is building the devices, and it has given up some details on them ahead... Read more...
There is no denying that smartphone prices for flagship devices are getting out of control. We use to balk at spending $500 on a handset only a few years ago, and now high-end devices like the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy series often sell for over $1,000. High prices have opened the door for companies like OnePlus that... Read more...
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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more...
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