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Come 2017, the Galaxy S8 will probably launch with a borderless, bezel-less display, but at this very moment the only two smartphones in the world that can boast of such a beautiful design are the Honor Magic and the Xiaomi Mi Mix. Although they share the same principle design element, it doesn't mean that they are all the same. In fact these two are poles apart from each other in a multitude of ways. Check out the comparison sheet below and let us know which one you think is the better of the two.


Xiaomi Mi Mix



158.8 x 81.9 x 7.9 mm (209 g)
6.4-inch edge-to-edge (86% display-to-body ratio) 1080 x 2040 pixels flat IPS LCD display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (MSM8996) chipset
4GB/6GB RAM
128GB/256GB internal storage without expandable card slot
Rear/front camera: 16-mp/5-mp
4,400 mAh battery
Available only in black
3499 yuan/3,999 yuan ($500/$575)
NFC, USB Type-C, rear mounted fingerprint scanner, 3.5mm audio jack, piezoelectric speaker, ultrasound based proximity sensor, dual SIM support, etc.


Honor Magic



146.1 x 69.9 x 7.8 mm (145 g)
5.09-inch edge-to-edge (69.9% display-to-body ratio) 1440 x 2560 pixels curved AMOLED display
Huawei Hisilicon Kirin 950 chipset
4GB RAM
64GB internal storage without expandable card slot
Twin 12-mp rear camera and an 8-mp front shooter
2,900mAh battery
Available in Golden Black and Porcelain White
3,699 yuan ($530)
NFC, USB Type-C, fingerprint scanner at the front, 3.5mm audio jack, AI virtual assistant, Honor Magic Live, Dual-SIM support, etc.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



In a Chinese court, Samsung has recently been fined for copyright infringement against Huawei's intellectual property. The major patent battle was initiated when the Chinese company sued Samsung by claiming that more than twenty of Samsung's smartphones have violated Huawei's patented graphical arrangement systems. If you are wondering what that means, it basically means that Huawei had exclusive rights to a certain pattern of icon arrangement systems and similar things, but Samsung allegedly used the same techniques in some of their own smartphones, thereby violating the patent. The fine or compensation stands at 80 million yuan/11.6 million USD, which Samsung will now have to pay Huawei as per the decision of the court.


In response to the decision, Samsung had this to say, "We will thoroughly review the court's decision and determine appropriate responses."
Huawei on the other hand was naturally pleased with the court's decision and mentioned that the company "notes the court's decision in this case."


A spokesperson for the Chinese smartphone manufacturer further added the following lines,


"Huawei believes that respecting and protecting the intellectual property of others enables all companies to make a return on our R&D investments."


"We maintain that respect for intellectual property promotes innovation and healthy, sustained growth in the industry."


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Ever since Apple launched 500 applications onto the App Store in July 2008, dramatically expanding the potential capabilities of their pricey initial smartphone effort, apps have become a part of the public consciousness. Today, "there's an app for that" has moved beyond hyperbole with more than 7 million apps available across the five major smartphone platforms, as of March 2017.


Quite simply, apps have changed the way many of us access services and games, becoming a fundamental part of our daily lives.


But with the 10-year anniversary of the App Store just around the corner, apps are actually suffering a fightback unlike any which they've ever seen before, and it's coming from an unlikely source - the technology they promised to replace, web browsers.


To understand the battle between apps and web browsers, it's vital to recognise exactly where the internet was 10 years ago. Websites had grown up in an era where mouse and keyboard inputs where commonplace and powerful computers were able to display graphics and Flash heavy websites with relative ease. With the launch of the iPhone though, which didn't support flash and relied on touch input and a weak processor, these websites were no longer fit for operation.


While many websites quickly launched "mobile" versions of their pages, they were often lacking in core capabilities and were, frankly, a little unpleasant to use. As such, apps became immensely popular thanks to their streamlined, specialist design. However, 10 years on, things have changed. New technologies on the browser side have improved loading times, improved game performance and more - in addition to designers getting to grips with the navigation requirements of smartphones and tablets.


It's meant that we're now in a situation where both apps and web pages offer a superb experience for consumers, which is obviously only a good thing, but with both vying for the attention of businesses, developers and consumers, it's clear that there can only be one winner in the long run. So, which is it to be? Let's take a look at the case for each.


Web pages


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Web browsers have been around for as long as the internet and, over the decades, they've grown into incredibly advanced pieces of technology - ones which have learned from the lessons laid down by smartphone apps.


With the launch of HTML5 in October 2014, browsers grew infinitely more capable, with the technology promoting high-resolution, low-requirement graphics which enable everything from superior YouTube performance to the popular slot game Gonzo's Quest running well on both mobile and desktop. The latter, a popular online slot game by developer NetEnt, is available both for mobile browsers and desktop browsers at online casinos such as Betsafe. HTML5 has meant that more than ever, the performance difference between web and app have diminished.


Web pages also have the advantage of being accessible regardless of the space you have on your device, making them available to almost anyone.


Apps


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Apps aren't going anywhere though - at least for the time being. With many operations existing entirely as apps, rather than launching websites, they're truly entrenched. Apps also benefit from being specially tailored to the devices they're on, often making use of specific hardware features which websites can't, owing to their need for universal support.


A mobile app can also function offline in many cases, although this is mitigated by the fact that mobile internet and free WiFi have effectively ensured that we're rarely without accessible internet.

 

Which will win?


With Google working to bring mobile apps to the web through their Android Instant Apps program which allows users to visit websites to launch apps instantly without installation, it's clear that the distinction between the apps and the web is disappearing.


Ultimately though, with a future which features both still ahead of us, it's too early to tell which platform will win out. A free and open internet will always foster innovation and its low barriers to entry mean that it's unlikely to ever be replaced by apps. However, it's also the case that mobile apps do benefit significantly from their tight hardware integration and dedicated mobile design ethos.


Only time will tell, but we're excited to be along for the ride.



In a somewhat dismal presentation where certain features of the iPhone X failed on camera, Apple finally revealed the much awaited iPhone X to the world on September 12. While the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were also launched on the same day, it would be cruel but safe to say that nobody really cares about them that much in light of the iPhone X. While the new poster boy for Apple is full of controversial and downright bizarre design choices, there is no doubt that when it comes to raw power, it's a beast and now we will take a look at the Geekbench scores revealed to us by ValueWalk to see just how powerful it really is in comparison to the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 8.



As you can see from the screenshot above, the iPhone X absolutely mops the floor with the S8 and the Note 8 in both single core and multi-core performance. Granted that the real world difference in performance will hardly be noticeable by users, it doesn't take away from the fact that the A11 chip is way ahead of anything that Samsung, Qualcomm or any other Android chip manufacturer might have up their sleeves anytime soon!


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