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OnePlus is a sub-brand that's owned by Oppo, but the parent company does not exactly interfere in many of its operations. As a result, the online only OEM has made a name for its self in the recent years for delivering "flagship killer" smartphones that have astounding price-to-performance ratio. Although they are not as "cheap" anymore as they once were (unless you consider $439 to be cheap of course), the OnePlus 3T was still launched at almost half the price of the Galaxy S7 Edge, with arguably better hardware in some areas!




It looks like the OnePlus 5 is all set to continue its dominance over Android smartphones just like the OnePlus 3T did last year, when it comes to fast performance and high benchmark scores. Check out the benchmarks score above to see what we are talking about. Not to anyone's surprise, the iPhone 7 Plus continues to remain the undisputed king of single-core performance on Geekbench, but the upcoming OnePlus 5 has actually beaten the Galaxy S8+ quite convincingly in terms of multi-core performance! The S8+ did manage to hold the second position just after the iPhone 7 Plus though, beating the OnePlus 5 with just 15 points.


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The Xiaomi Mi Mix is a "concept" phone that you will actually be able to buy from November 4, provided you live in China. The ¥3,499/¥3,999 ($515/590 approximately) price tags seem almost underpriced, considering the kind of hardware and innovation it brings with it. The 6.4-inch Full HD display in front of the device nearly has no bezel with a screen-to-body ratio of 91.3%, something that was only a concept till now. The only bezel it actually has is at the bottom of the display, which houses an 8-mp selfie cam.


However, it would be unjust to judge the Mi Mix based solely on the beautiful all screen display, without taking into consideration the fact that it has removed most traditional sensors, as well as the microphone for phone calls! Yes, the Mi Mix senses proximity via ultrasound and a piezoelectric speaker does the work of the microphone via utilizing the metal frame; which in itself sounds like some crazy piece of science fiction tech to us! The futuristic design was apparently achieved by the engineers at Xiaomi by working with the French designer Philippe Starck.



The side buttons and the back of the Mix are ceramic and the display is curved near the corners to add to that full-screen look which it sports so flawlessly. Just in case the innovations seemed insufficient, note that the Mi Mix is also supported by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, 4GB/6GB RAM, 128GB/256GB internal storage, a 4,400mAh battery, a 16-mp rear camera, an 8-mp front camera and even a 3.5mm jack. To be honest, we are blown away by the Mi Mix and what it promises to bring to the table.


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Samsung's upcoming Galaxy X is the supposed foldable smartphone that never arrived even after years of speculations and predictions. However, the era of foldable smartphones is finally here, thanks to ZTE's brand new experimental smartphone, the Axon M.


The Axon M sports two 5.2-inch displays of identical properties, which can be folded in the middle to make for a more portable package. The phone still feels quite bulky due to the thickness, but it's the world's first phone which makes carrying around a potentially 10.4-inch display in your pocket, a feasible option.

 

 

Apart from the dual 1080p 5.2-inch LCD FHQ displays, it also sports a 2.15 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, 4GB of RAM, a single 20-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and dual image stabilization and 64GB of internal storage with micro-SD card slot. In the US, the ZTE Axon M will be available exclusively on AT&T for roughly $699. Check out the video by The Verge to see the ZTE Axon M in action.


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Nokia has recently been at the front of tech news all around the internet, as its comeback is no more a matter of speculations but something that has already begun. The Nokia 6 was recently released in an online flash sale that was exclusive to China. It got sold out in under a minute! As you can imagine, that's exactly the kind of start that HMD was hoping for. Unfortunately, the Nokia 8 and its flagship specs turned out to be nothing more than a rumor. Nevertheless, we have recently received reliable (somewhat) news from GFXBench that Nokia might be in the process of launching a huge tablet. How huge you ask? 18.4-inches to be exact!


The 2.65kg tablet will reportedly be launched with beefy specs such as a gigantic 18.5-inch QHD display with 2560 × 1440 pixels resolution, Qualcomm 835 SoC with the Adreno 540 GPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 4G LTE, GPS, NFC, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Check out the screenshot from GFXBench above to see more details. If this turns out to be true, will you be buying one? How much would you pay for this device?


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Is it a good idea to bring back a basic phone back from its revered grave into today's world filled with QHD+ displays and 64-bit processors? We are not sure about the answer but we will find out soon as Nokia has just brought back the Nokia 3310, albeit with some improvements.


Dimensions: 115.6 x 51 x 12.8 mm (4.55 x 2.01 x 0.50 in)
SIM: Single SIM (Mini-SIM) or Dual SIM (Mini-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display: 2.4-inch TFT display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels
16MB internal storage with a micro-SD card slot
2000 Contacts
2-mp rear camera with LED flash
1,200mAh removable battery with 22 hours of talk time, over 600 hours of standby time and 51 hours of music playback.
Bluetooth v3.0, A2DP, FM, micro-USB v2.0.


Lastly, we also have the iconic snake game onboard as expected. The game retains most of its classic charms and adds a bit of graphical prowess and improvements. Here's some gameplay footage from the MWC, brought to you by The Verge.



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Samsung has now made the SamsungOne official and joins the list of companies with their own unique font, with that step. In case you are wondering what some of those companies are, how about Google and Apple for example? The SamsungOne typeface has been designed to cover an astonishing 400 languages, 26 writing systems and more than 25K glyphs. Now that's what we call a global company!



As the name suggests, SamsungOne is designed to create a visual sense of universal unity, irrespective of the language on which it is applied. Keep in mind that SamsungOne is designed to not only be featured in smartphones, but across all the products that they manufacture and sell, including television sets, microwave ovens, refrigerators and the like. The five typographical principles which they followed while developing the typeface in collaboration with Brody Associates are Humanist, Distinctive, Expert, Universal and Legible.



Although we are not sure when we will see Samsung start using SamsungOne, take a look at the images for a preview. We also have a small video for you from Samsung Newsroom to explain the story behind the concept.


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T-Mobile has now made it official on Twitter that the just-released Samsung Gear S3 is coming to the carrier. It would be the frontier LTE variant of the smartwatch that will be available from the carrier and not the Gear S3 Classic. Here's the tweet from the company,


"The @SamsungMobileUS Gear S3 frontier is our first LTE connected smartwatch. Look for it to hit stores this fall!"


The Gear S3 is quite a big device with a screen size of 1.3-inches and a diameter of 46mm, especially when compared to its predecessor, the S2. It is undoubtedly, targeted more towards the male customers. When it comes to improvements, the Gear S3 has a much better Always On display with the full gamut of 16 million colors and this time around, you can even see the second hand moving on the AO screen. It also supports voice calls (frontier LTE versions only), MST and NFC based Samsung Pay, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and has an IP68 certification for water resistance.



Both versions of the Samsung Gear S3 can withstand extreme cold and extreme heat, but only the S3 frontier (black only) with rubber bands has LTE/3G connectivity option. The silver colored S3 Classic on the other hand, comes with leather wrist bands. Both the smartwatches are protected by Gorilla Glass SR+ on top.


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We had been hearing about the connection between Samsung and Qualcomm's next mobile chip, but now we have confirmation and clarity about what exactly is going on between the two behemoths. Samsung and Qualcomm have joined forces in bringing forth the Snapdragon 835 SoC, built on the 10nm FinFET process utilized by Samsung. What this means is, along with producing their very own next-gen Exynos chips, Samsung will also be manufacturing the next Qualcomm Snapdragon flagship chips in 2017.


Interestingly, Qualcomm has decided to name the next SoC as Snapdragon 835, instead of the expected Snapdragon 830 moniker. I am guessing this has been done to mark Qualcomm's shift from the 14nm process to the 10nm process. All of this was unveiled at a press event held in New York City, which was attended by both the parties. In the words of Keith Kressin (Senior VP of Product Management, Qualcomm),

"Using the new 10nm process node is expected to allow our premium tier Snapdragon 835 processor to deliver greater power efficiency and increase performance while also allowing us to add a number of new capabilities that can improve the user experience of tomorrow's mobile devices."


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If you have been following us then you probably already know that the release date of the upcoming Galaxy S8 has been a cause for much confusion recently. Initially, we were almost convinced that Samsung had no plans to deviate from its usual schedule of launching the S-series of smartphones at the Mobile World Congress, but a new report informed us that Samsung has decided to delay the date of revelation to April. The event will supposedly be a Samsung-exclusive event, held in New York on April 17. However, another report came in straight out of Korea which claimed that Samsung will indeed be showing off the Galaxy S8 at the MWC, albeit with a handful of units.


Amidst all this confusion, Korea has managed to produce yet another "report," which is now stating that Samsung will indeed be delaying the Galaxy S8 till April, but it will be launched on the 15th of April, rather than on the 17th. Which one do you think is the right date? Check out the links to read the individual reports and let us know what you think.


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The Galaxy S8 is going to be officially revealed at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event in just three more days but that hasn't yet stopped the leaks from coming in though! On that note, let's check out the two leaks we have for you today.


Take a look at the renders above which seem to be legit leaks by V3. From what we can see near the edges, this seems to be the Blue Coral variant, although it might be called something else this year. Other color options revealed so far include Black Sky, Orchid Grey, Arctic Silver, Violet and Gold.



If you have had enough of pictures, we also have a video for you where someone seemingly tries his best to freeze the S8 by typing random keys on the keyboard. Considering that the S8 and the S8+ will be powered by the world's most powerful processors and GPUs, I would say that was an effort in futility! Nevertheless, it gives us a look at a variant of the S8 or S8+ that has a white front. Take a look yourself and let us know what you think in the comments.


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The Galaxy S8 and S8+ showcase an arguable design choice when it comes to the location of the fingerprint scanner. If you are a lefty, reaching it will be tough on a regular basis and even if you are a righty, you may end up smudging the camera lens much more than you may like to. However, as it turns out, the facial recognition feature is blazing fast in unlocking the phone on both the devices. While this does make up somewhat for the oddly positioned fingerprint scanner, the feature isn't as secure as we would have liked it to be.


The lack of security in using the facial recognition system was made apparent by a Twitter video uploaded by MARCIANOTECH (@MARCIANOPHONE). It seems that the Galaxy S8 smartphones are not impossible to unlock even when the face is different and that's not good news for a feature that Samsung has been advertising as one of the main attractions for the Galaxy S8. It is possible that Samsung will be able to fix it by the time the handsets are ready to be shipped to their customers, or maybe they can just release a software update later to take care of it. We will have to wait and see what happens.


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@OnLeaks and PriceBaba have jointly released a leaked smartphone render which will allegedly be Samsung's first foray into the world of dual camera modules. It isn't the Galaxy Note 8 (which will almost certainly sport a very powerful dual camera module), but instead, it's the rumoured Galaxy C10 (SM-C9100) and C10 Plus (SM-C9150/SM-C9158). Rumors were already predicting that Samsung might expand their Galaxy C line-up further with the C10, but this almost confirms it, given the reliable reputation of the leakster.



The fingerprint sensor seems to be at the front of the device, along with the traditional Home button. The dual camera is of course the highlight of the render, which seems to be in a landscape arrangement; that is one above the other, instead of being side-by-side. Other features seem pretty standard with an USB Type-C port, a headphone jack, loudspeaker, microphone, volume rockers and a power button. Interestingly enough, we are also seeing the Bixby button, but we will have to wait and see if Samsung actually decides to stick with it. You will find the video and the images in the article and after you have taken a good look, do let us know what your thoughts are.



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Samsung only managed to secure a meagre 13% of the global smartphone market's total operating profit, while Apple managed to scoop up 83.4% in Q1 2017! In spite of Samsung outselling Apple globally by millions of handsets in the quarter, they only managed to show an operating profit of $1.57 billion, while Apple posted a figure of $10.1 billion for the same. Samsung experienced a 21.9% decline while Apple saw a 79.8% increase in their respective operating profits.


If you are wondering how it's possible, well, the answer is quite simple really; higher profit margins. Apple enjoys insane profit margins in the range of 30.7%; something that can only be pulled off by Apple because of its brand name. No other company, including Samsung can afford to sell their smartphones with a profit margin that high because no one would buy them. Apple on the other hand knows that people will continue to buy them, irrespective of the price. Samsung is having trouble holding onto even a 9.7% average profit margin due to steep competition from Chinese manufacturers in the low-mid end segment.


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Now that we know how the iPhone 8 or 7S will look, it's time to concentrate on the Galaxy Note 8; Samsung's upcoming stylus wielding handset which could be showcased next month. Famous YouTube channel and concept maker, who is aptly named as Concept Creator, brings to us this stunning 3D video of the Galaxy Note 8 that you see here today. While it's only based on rumors and leaks at this point of time, I don't think it would be a stretch to state that this is how the actual device will look like when it comes out, more or less!


The question is, would you be buying one of these for the exorbitant $1,100+ price tag (as stated by Evan Blass) at which Samsung will likely be selling these in most regions outside South Korea? Keep in mind that even in its home country, the Galaxy Note 8 will not be retailing at a price below $1,000+! Let us know what you think about the concept in the comments below.


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The Apple September Event has revealed almost everything to us earlier today, so let us look at the details of the biggest announcement of the evening, the iPhone 7 Plus.


iPhone 7 Plus


Chipset: The same Apple A10 chip that powers its smaller brother will also power the iPhone 7 Plus and hopefully with a clock speed of 2.4GHz.


Display: 5.5-inch 1080p Retina Display with 401ppi that's about 25% brighter than the iPhone 6s Plus.


Camera: 12-megapixel dual camera setup at the back with 2X optical zoom, OIS, depth-of-field (upcoming), faster sensor and better aperture.


Battery: The capacity wasn't specifically mentioned, but one can expect it to last even longer than the 12-hour browsing time on LTE bands, claimed by Apple for the regular iPhone 7 as it has a bigger battery.


Storage, release date and price: Pre-orders for the both the iPhones will begin on September 9 and they will go on sale from September 16 internationally. Both devices will be available in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB variants. The 32GB iPhone 7 Plus will set you back by USD 769, the 128GB variant will cost you USD 869 and the mega 256GB version will be available for a whopping USD 969.


Color options: Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available for purchase in Jet Black (128GB and 256GB only), Matte Black, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold colors.


Other improvements


The 3.5mm headphone jack is gone in the two devices, although a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter is included in the package, along with the brand new Lightning EarPods. 3D Touch or pressure sensitive display technology has been taken a step further by Apple as the phones do not have a physical Home button anymore. The solid state Home button replacing it will provide "taptic feedback," which is a combination of pressure sensitivity and the resulting haptic feedbacks that will vary depending on the action. Both smartphones are water-resistant with an IP67 rating and they feature an extra speaker on top for a much better audio experience than before.


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The iPhone X has finally been launched and although it was released alongside two other smartphones, no one really cares about them anymore unfortunately. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are definitely upgrades over the last gen iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but anyone who takes a look at the iPhone X will probably end up buying that instead, provided of course, you can afford to! Let's admit it, it does look great and although the design is nothing we haven't seen already from the likes of Xiaomi, Samsung and Andy Ruben's Essential Phone to name a few, it still is the most beautiful "iPhone" ever.


If you thought the iPhone X was going to be costly in the US at $999,, wait till you hear what it will cost to buy in India! It has been estimated that after taxes, this little beauty will set an Indian customer back by INR 102,000 or $1,565 (approximately)! That is however, for the model with 256GB in-built storage. If you would rather buy the one with just 64GB of internal storage, it will set you back by INR 89,000 or $1,387 (approximately). The bottom-line is, if you are reading this in the US, remember that people from countries with weaker economy have to spend a LOT more to get their hands on one of these!


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If you happen to be an Apple fan, then you should read everything we have for you today.


Augmented Reality in Apple iPhone X



Rumor has it that Apple might be developing a new kind of augmented reality (AR) technology for the iPhone X. It will apparently work based on a new sensor at the phone's back and will probably debut in 2019. Any other details regarding this are unclear at this point.


HomePod Delayed



Just when fans of the Cupertino giant thought that they were going to get their own smart speaker in the form of the HomePod, Apple has officially announced that it would be delayed. It was supposed to be ready for sale by December, but now that date has been delayed to "early next year."


Hacked Face ID



Apple took a bold decision by removing Touch ID from the iPhone X and replacing it with Face ID, but now the security of the Face ID is being challenged by a Vietnamese cybersecurity firm that goes by the name Bkav. They are claiming that they have managed to fool Face ID with a mask printed out from a 3D printer.


Smith Replaces Smith


Apple's Diversity Chief Denise Young Smith has stepped down after being in the position for just six months and he was replaced by Christie Smith.


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At the CES 2016, Lenovo has officially declared the end of Motorola as a brand name in the smartphone business. Although the news may make some of us feel a tinge of sadness as the name "Motorola" itself is iconic as well as nostalgic for many of us, the decision wasn't exactly a surprise. Lenovo bought the company from Google back in 2014 with the hopes of gaining a firm foothold in the mobile phone industry by using Motorola's popularity.


Lenovo further stated that the Motorola team will still be making phones, but the branding will change to Lenovo instead. However, the famous "M" logo is not going away. We think that this decision of keeping the logo even after doing away with the brand name was made so as to win over the loyal fan base that Motorola has been supported by, over the years.


Back in 2005, Motorola was the biggest name in the phone business and everyone wanted a Moto Razr V3. The company lost ground since, as Samsung and Apple muscled in with Android and iOS respectively. After falling from a great height, the ownership of the company changed hands multiple times and finally at Lenovo, it seems that the struggling brand name is coming to an end.

 


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