A new year just started and Xiamoi seems to have big plans for the year ahead. The company is looking forward to launching more than ten 5G smartphones this year, and the new MI 10 series is expected to be released soon enough. Xiaomi has already confirmed that they are working on the MI 10 series, and references to the Xiaomi MI 10 and MI 10 Pro were found in the MIUI 11 v20.16 code base. The model numbers for MI 10 and MI 10 Pro are M2001J2C and M2001J1C respectively. Recently, there were rumors about the price and specs for the two 2020 Xiamoi premium smartphones on the internet and possibly we also got a hands-on look at the premium variant. The MI 10 and MI 10 Pro seems to differ in terms of battery capacity, memory, and camera setup.
In the last week of January, a Weibo tipster uploaded pics of what they called is the Xiaomi MI 10 Pro 5G. The images and packaging suggest that this could be the name of the smartphone, and the images show a few possible design details about the upcoming device. From the images, we can see that the device will have a curved display with a camera cutout on the left-hand side and a curved glass back panel. It also looks like the handset could feature a quad-rear camera featuring a 108MP primary lens and speaker grills at the top and bottom of the device. We can't quite make out whether the phone has an IR blaster, but we don't see a headphone port.
The picture only shows a mobile phone in one color - deep electric blue. But there would be other color variants that may we know about shortly. The Xiaomi MI 10 is believed to be more affordable than any other phone in the series. As per leaked specs, the MI 10 could feature a 6.5-inch 90Hz OLED display. Xiaomi has officially confirmed that the device will be one of the first smartphones to use the Snapdragon 865 silicon, meaning it will support dual-model 5G network connectivity. The Xiaomi MI 10 is also expected to have a quad-camera setup, with a Sony IMX686 sensor leading the pack. This is the same 64MP sensor featured on the Redmi K30. The other lenses are said to be including a 20MP lens, a 12MP telephoto sensor, a 5MP snapper, and hopefully a 30X digital zoom.
Last year's Redmi K20 Pro was inarguably one of the best flagship smartphones from the company. The device offered high-quality hardware at a very affordable price, making it one of the most popular smartphones of the year.
Xiaomi has officially confirmed on Weibo that the Redmi K30Pro will arrive in March, although we don't have a specific date yet. It also uploaded a poster showing a phone without a punch-hole camera in the top corners. The Redmi K30 Pro has expected the company's latest smartphone belongs to the flagship category, just like its predecessor K20 Pro.
We have heard a lot about the phone so far, and now we know that it is coming next month. The poster and the leaks also give hint that Redmi K30 Pro will feature a pop-up selfie camera instead of the K30's punch-hole cute-out. The picture doesn't show the whole display but it doesn't make any sense for having the selfie camera the bottom of the device. But it is far more likely that Xiaomi is reverting to the K20 family's pop-up camera.
A few rumors suggest that the device will feature a 64MP quad rear camera system. Other leaks suggest that the K30 Pro will be powered by a Snapdragon 865 and will support the 5G network connectivity. The device has a 4,700mAh battery that is sufficient enough to keep it on charge for a whole day even for the heavy user. Unfortunately, the phone doesn't offer wireless charging. We have to wait till next month to see what else the phone has to offer.
Honor is a leading smartphone brand affiliated with Huawei Group. Despite being an independent series, it is common to see Honor models sharing a similar design with their Huawei counterparts. The Honor 30 Lite 5G (Youth) is expected to launch under that flag name. The phone will be rebranded as Honor 30 5G lite for the rest of the world. Recently, we have seen some real-life images of the Honor 30 5G lite online that give us a glimpse of the rear design. The design look somewhere similar to Huawei enjoys Z 5G's design.
As per leaked images online, the device will feature a triple camera system housed inside a rectangular module placed at the top-left corner of the rear panel. The backside of the phone has an impression of sunbeams radiating from the bottom-left corner. As per rumors, the device will feature a 6.5-inch display which may likely hold a punch-hole design. The Honor 30 Lite 5G has a display with 1080 x 2400 pixel resolution, Full HD+, and a tall aspect ratio of 20:9. The refresh rate of the display is rumored to be 90Hz.
The phone is powered by a powerful MediaTek MT6873 SoC. So, far we don't know anything about RAM or storage configuration. The device holds a 4,000mAh battery that supports 22.5W fast charging. The phone runs on the latest version of OS - Andriod 10 out of the box. For the front camera, the device features a 16MP camera. The rear camera setup is made of a 48MP primary camera sensor teaming up with an 8MP and 2MP sensor.
Thanks to the numerous advancements in technology, mobile phones can now do many impressive things, apart from the standard calling and texting they were initially made for. However, one of the biggest issues which the manufacturers have failed to find a way around is battery life for these devices.
Although major brands always try to install longer-lasting batteries on their phones, taking care of them doesn't just stop there. Some activities can be carried out by the users, which tend to drain the battery quite fast. And there is nothing worse than looking down on your phone and realizing that it is running out the juice.
Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to boost the battery life, hence extending the time the phone remains on. Before you start becoming desperate searching for a charger, here are five tips that will ensure that your phone battery lasts longer:
Mind your apps
Certain apps are notorious for being battery guzzlers, especially those that are heavy on graphics. Whenever you notice your battery is acting up, you should go to your smartphone's settings and identify the battery usage for each app.
The phone will always show you how an app is using up the juice, so if one of them tends to use too much of it, there are three options available. If uninstalling the app altogether isn't part of the options that you have, then you can try to stop it from being used in the background, or you can force it to stop.
Lose the location services
It is always easy to sell & trade in your phone online if you feel like the battery starts to act up. However, if you intend to keep it, you may have to consider losing the location services as they eat up a lot of your juice.
The use of the location or GPS feature on your phone is super helpful in finding out where you are and finding out your next step if you're lost. However, it is a heavy battery drainer, so you have to have them turned off whenever you don't need the service.
Reduce push notifications
Getting an instant notification from apps and your favorite websites ensures that you stay connected at all times. Who wouldn't want to be notified if their post on Facebook received a comment or like?
However, granting apps and sites the permission to send to you push notifications is a sneaky way to drain your battery; hence, you should restrict this from happening, and whenever you're expecting certain notifications, you should visit the website or app directly.
Avoid extremes of heat and cold
At some point, your phone might get too hot due to excessive usage or too cold when exposed to certain temperatures. The best thing to do is to try and regulate the temperature of the phone, lest the battery becomes damaged.
If it is too cold, you should consider taking it to a warmer place, and if it becomes too hot, you should remove it from direct sunlight or stop using it for a moment.
Turn the Wi-Fi connection off
Whenever your Wi-Fi is turned on, it'll always be on the lookout for new hotspots, and as you would imagine, this tends to eat up the battery. Only turn on the Wi-Fi on when you need it.
Having a poor battery can make your phone quite unreliable. Luckily, you can always sell & trade-in your phone online for a better device.
Last month Vivo launched its smartphone Vivo Y17 with water drop notch display and now there is another phone Vivo Y12 from the same series is joining the line. The specifications of Y12 has already been reported in the magazines. The rumors suggest that it will cost less than $200 to consumers. The phone has a 6.35-inch full view display with high definition resolution at 1080 x 2340 pixels. The waterdrop style notch allows phone to let user experience videos and games at an aspect ratio of 19.3:9. The appearance of the phone is similar to the Vivo Y15 and Y17 smartphones.
It is powered by MediaTeck Helio P22 processor that includes a 2.0 GHz octa-core processor. It will be available in market in two models such as 3GB Ram/32GB storage and 4GB RAM/64GB storage. The device comes with a microSD card slot which can be used to expand memory. Both of these variants will have slightly different price tags but still affordable. The Vivo Y12 has a non-removable 500mAh battery, dual-SIM option, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3.5mm audio jack.
The device is coming with FunTouch OS 9 UI based Android 9 Pie OS. It will be the most affordable phone with the triple camera feature in a mainstream series. It is expected to feature an 8MP f/2.2 aperture sensor, a 13-MP f/2.2, aperture lens and 2MP lens with f/2.4 aperture sensor. For front camera, it has f/2.0 aperture 8MP camera with Artificial Intelligence. For security, the Vivo Y12 is rumored to have the fingerprint scanner and face unlock features. This phone seems like packed with lots of features. If you are Vivo user, share your experience with this phone in the comments section below. You can tell us, what you like most about Vivo? And will you upgrade your phone to Vivo Y12?
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In order to make the Galaxy S6 / Galaxy S6 Edge premium build design a full-metal unibody sleek design, Samsung had to sacrifice the user-replaceable battery and the micro SD slot as well, the un-removable battery is annoying to most of the users, So we decided to publish Samsung's official Instructions on How to safely remove the Galaxy S6 Battery. The instructions are on the PDF file on the source link below.
The step-by-step instruction is somewhat vague in the beginning with step 2 being simply Remove the back cover. Experience from previous smartphones with similar construction points to a heated-air gun to melt the double-sided adhesive and guitar picks to separate the panel, all accompanied by an appropriate amount of patience.
Once that's out of the way, no less than 13 screws need to be undone to remove a circuit board allowing access to the battery. To sum it all up, the possibility is there, but you wouldn't want to do it yourself, and certainly not on a daily basis.
Reports about the Samsung Galaxy S6 PLUS has been leaked online. The device will be a high-end "PLUS" version of the current Galaxy S6 flagship.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 PLUS Model number is (SM-G928) and will be 151mm tall, 73mm wide with 5.5" QHD SuperAMOLED display. The device is also reported be powered by the hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 mobile chipset (10-cores unit). The rest of its rumored specs include 32GB of built-in storage,16MP main camera, and 3,000 mAh battery.
Overall, the Galaxy S6 Plus looks set to square off directly against the next large-screen iPhone, which will also debut in September. Stay Tuned for more details about the device going forward.
Who could forget the Nokia 3310? And then Nokia just kind of disappeared from the landscape of the smartphone industry. The good news is, Nokia is back. And this time, with a big screen, big battery and small price. The company is claiming for two-day long battery time. It seems too much but we have seen Nokia handset with a long battery time, so we can trust it. The Nokia 3.2 is available to buy from Amazon starting from £129.99 which makes it highly affordable smartphone. There are two color options: black or grey steel.
With this price tag, you get 6.26-inch HD display, Snapdragon 429 chipset, 2GB or 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage and Android 9 Pie. You can go for the expensive model tough, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage, if you are like me who download so many apps at a time and keeps hundreds of pictures in their smartphone. Also, 3GB of RAM should give the Nokia 3.2 a little more speed when it comes to playing video games or using apps, although don't expect too much speed as it is an only entry-level smartphone. Nokia is targeting budget-conscious consumers who don't use their devices much.
The selling point for Nokia 3.2, however, is its two-day battery time even with a large screen. The battery is 4,000mAh and with an only 720p display, the power consumption demand isn't much. Nokia is by far the most affordable rival to the Moto G in the UK. It has AI features like biometric face unlock that is pretty cool for such a modest device. You can also use Google assistant - giving you options to set timers, schedule reminders, play music or ask for the nearest sushi restaurant. .If you are a Nokia user, let us your experience with Nokia devices.
Perhaps it is the price factor, or increasing competition, the phone manufacturers are launching smartphones in the mid-range market which brings us to the latest phone - Nokia 7.2, another budget-friendly phone from Nokia. Since it's a phone by Nokia, we can expect decent hardware specs and a great battery life. The price tag falls somewhere between Moto and OnePlus in terms of its overall aesthetic appeal. The Nokia 7.1 appeared last year and now we have its successor. It has a matte back and available in green, charcoal, and white colors. The display is 6.3-inch and has a 1080 x 2280 pixel resolution.
The screen is LCD and reasonably bright but you can't compare it with a very high-end display, though the difference isn't noticeable with naked eyes. The bezels are thicker than you would see on the recent phones, and the notch cuts into the screen a little awkward, but you have to bear in mind how affordable this phone is.
The phone is powered by snapdragon 660 and has 4gB or 6GB of RAM, paired with 64GB or 128GB storage, which is expandable via memory card. With a new phone, it seems responsive and fast, even when switching between several apps, you may feel some delay. The device runs on the Android 9 Pie out of the box and ensures Android updates for two years, and security updates to keep your phone protected for another year. The Nokia 7.2 has a triple-lens 48MP+8MP+5MP camera that can get some very good shots in well-lit situations, and some satisfactory shots in low light, though noise can start to be a problem as the illumination wanes.
Samsung has added a new budget phone to the J series in the Chinese market after making many unofficial appearances. In terms of specifications the new phone, Galaxy J3⑥ is almost similar to Galaxy J5 and Galaxy On5 (launched in India this month). It is available in the chinese website and in every listing ⑥ is listed in the title.
A Super AMOLED 5-inch HD display and big battery (2,600 mAh) are the most important features here, given that they are the two features that aren't quite common on budget devices. The J3⑥ sports an unspecified quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1.5GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and 8GB of expandable storage. The phone's width is of 7.9 mm, which also matches with the J5.
The software is powered by Android 5.1.1 Lollipop along with Samsung's latest TouchWiz UX, with option to remove preinstalled apps (facility is available only in China). The Korean company is also giving 72 yuan (roughly $11) worth of downloadable games prepackaged in the device, although the price of the handset is not yet out. It is expected that the price should be close to $200. The phone is exclusive to China Telecom, and you can check out the list of stores to find out the availability from the link given below:
Samsung Galaxy A9 will be released following its predecessors like A3, A5, and A7 models of the revamped Galaxy A (2016) series. The images of the smartphone were leaked via official promotion and is expected to be available in the market this month.
The Galaxy A9 will have a 6" Super AMOLED screen of 1080p resolution and a Snapdragon 620 chipset backed by 3GB of RAM will power the phone. The 620 platform has a powerful octa-core 1.8GHz processor with 4x Cortex-A72 and 4x Cortex-A53 cores, and the GPU for graphics is Adreno 510.
The Galaxy A9 will be following the suit of the smaller A3, A5, and A7 from the 2016 series and will be built with a metal frame and dual 2.5D glass panels.
All other specifications of the Galaxy A9 are the following: a 13MP camera in the back with optical image stabilization and bright f/1.9 aperture. The 8MP selfie camera will also support panoramic pictures, 32GB expandable storage, LTE Cat.7 connectivity, and a 4,000 mAh battery.
With this type of stellar specs, the Galaxy A9 is also expected to feature power bank capabilities. Those would be supported natively by Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but the Galaxy A9 will be released with 5.1.1 Lollipop, which makes it difficult to confirm the availability of this feature.
Samsung Galaxy A9 is supposed to go official very early and be available for consumers in Christmas or in early January. The price in China will be more than CNY 3,000, which implies it will be more than €430.
Recently, Galaxy Note 6 rumors have been flying around a lot. To add to that mix, the latest rumor suggests that the Note 6 could be featuring a curved 5.8-inch Slim RGB panel with 1440p resolution. However, GSM Helpdesk also adds that the curved display is still just a possibility as Samsung has not yet decided whether to use a curved panel or a flat one. One thing that all rumors are suggesting is the fact that whether it is a curved display or a flat one, the Note 6 WILL feature a 5.8-inch screen.
If reports are to be believed then Samsung will only release a single Note device this year, which means that Edge+ or Note Edge models are no longer a part of Samsung's plans for 2016. That single device will supposedly be powered by a huge 4000mAh battery. This would most likely make the Note 6 slightly bigger in certain dimensions than the Note 5, but it should not really be a problem as the super-successful S7 and S7 Edge are also larger than the S6 and S6 Edge. The beautiful design of the two smartphones make the increased size irrelevant. Add to it the superb battery life on these two devices, and you will probably have a hard time finding a single person who is complaining about the slight increase in bulk.
Other features "leaked" in this rumor include the same 12-megapixel camera as the S7 and S7 Edge, 6GB of RAM and Snapdragon 823/Exynos 8890 SoC. We were already aware of these specs as was reported by us earlier, but how much of this actually makes their way to the actual version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 is something that we will have to wait to find out for sure.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-jounalist and enthusiast)
According to the latest test results made public by GameBench, the Exynos 8890 powered Galaxy S7 has exhibited a significantly better battery life, in comparison to the Snapdragon 820 version that is available in the US. In fact the difference is enough to surprise you and not in a pleasant way if you are in the US.
You can see all the data in the images, courtesy of PhoneArena, but the end result speaks for itself. Apparently, the S7 Exynos is 71% more power-efficient, as compared to the S7 Snapdragon version! Sadly, it is even the least power-efficient device when compared to two other SD 820 powered smartphones, the LG G5 and the HTC 10. Even though the Snapdragon variant was almost neck-to-neck in terms of audio playback, the Exynos version did beat it in that department as well.
Keep in mind though that the snapdragon variant of the Samsung Galaxy S7 was from Verizon and had the expected bloatware as a result. Nevertheless, the difference in between the two variants is just too great to ignore or blame on the bloatware. We found the disparity to be surprising and disappointing, what do you think?
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It has become quite a norm with Samsung - just before the release of major smartphones certain information gets leaked. This time around a list of Galaxy S7/S7+/S7 edge accessories have surfaced which gives out pricing info - specifically in the German market. Thanks to German WinFuture, the selection packages few major surprises.
To start off, Samsung is planning to compete with Apple by manufacturing a battery case that would look exactly like Apple's case, which will hopefully look beautiful in terms of design. The case would cost €89.99 ($99.9) which packages a battery with a capacity of 2,700 mAh with support for wireless charging. As per recent speculations, the Galaxy S7 is supposed to come with a 3,000 mAh battery and the S7+ and S7 edge are said to package a gigantic 3,600 mAh battery.
Another interesting thing in the list is the first of its kind Samsung LED View Flip Cover (€69.99, or $77.7). According to the source, the flip-type case will have LEDs which will send out notification in case of incoming calls. Finally, a Leather Cover in black and brown color will also be released during the launch.
The latest piece of information comes straight from Russia as Eldar Murtazin states that the battery life on the Galaxy S7 will be excellent. According to the Russian blogger, after a single full charge, the S7 will be able to function for two days straight. If this is true then the S7 will definitely see a significant battery upgrade compared to the S6, which was often criticized for poor battery life in an otherwise perfect phone.
This piece of information or "leak" is a follow up from Murtazin's last update regarding his pre-release review of the Galaxy S7 series. Just a few days ago, he declared that the S7 was able to play videos for 17 hours at a stretch with screen brightness set to maximum. On the 3rd of February, he tweeted more about the battery, complete with screenshots of the dual-SIM S7 variant's battery manager. He also mentioned that he was able to get two full days of usage on the his Galaxy S7 with the brightness at 75% and 4G LTE connection activated and used throughout the test.
In spite of being very convincing, we cannot confirm Murtazin's words unless we hear something official or see something more concrete. As far
as we know, the S7 will feature a 3000mAh battery, while the S7 Edge will be powered by 3500mAh of juice. Whether the larger battery is actually able to serve the S7 as well as claimed by the blogger, we will found out in roughly two weeks on February 21 at the Samsung Unpacked 2016.
Amidst the biggest mess that the company has ever had to clean up by recalling the 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 devices shipped all over the world, Samsung is already devising a strategy to let its customers know that their new upcoming batch of Note 7 smartphones will have a safe battery. Samsung will soon start selling the Note 7 once again, as soon as replacements for the potentially dangerous devices are ready of course. The safe new smartphones will sport a green colored battery icon in the UI, while the older phones will continue to sport the white battery icon that has been the norm for Samsung until this incident.
This news report by Cho Mu-Hyun from ZDNet has created a bit of confusion as well because many users who have already replaced their Note 7 with a new one are still seeing the old white battery icon. Therefore it is not quite clear at the moment whether the green icon will only be implemented in Korea or if it will be an international icon of safety. We will know more soon as Samsung makes an official statement.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
South Korea has supplied a new report to the world regarding the Galaxy S8 and it didn't impress us much. According to this report, the manufacturers which will be supplying Samsung with batteries in 2017, has received orders for a 3,250mAh cell, along with a bigger 3,750mAh cell. As you can probably guess, it is very likely that the batteries are meant for the upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. If it is indeed true, do you think it's enough juice for the large QHD Super AMOLED displays with VR in mind?
While the batteries are more powerful than the ones currently powering the S7 (3,000mAh) and S7 Edge (3,600mAh), the boost is nothing significant. The S8 series will still sport QHD panels and will probably consume more power due to a larger size (expected). Add VR to the mix, which rapidly drains any battery and suddenly, one has to wonder if the batteries are too small for the upcoming flagships. Of course, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset will consume significantly less power due to Samsung's revolutionary 10nm architecture. However, one still cannot help but wonder if it would have been better if Samsung opted for larger batteries by sacrificing a few millimetres.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
A recent report by Korea Economic Daily states that The Murata Manufacturing Company will be supplying Samsung with a percentage of the batteries which the OEM will need to power the upcoming Galaxy S8. The Japanese company came into limelight in 2016, when it gained control over Sony's battery manufacturing unit. If this report is true, it puts to rest the rumor that LG will be supplying the Galaxy S8 with a percentage of its batteries.
However, the amount of batteries which will (reportedly) be supplied by Murata is not really significant (2% - 8%). Samsung's own battery division (Samsung SDI) will be supplying the S8 with most of its battery packs. Incidentally, Samsung SDI was also responsible for making the first batch of faulty batteries which caused the Galaxy Note 7 to explode in the first place. The production process has since been revamped and improved upon significantly with an investment of $128 million, according to Samsung. Let's just hope that it was enough to prevent any future disasters.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Although most of us were expecting the S8 series to get an upgrade in terms of battery size, it's not happening, according to a report from South Korea, brought forward by The Android Soul. The battery capacity of the regular S8 will remain at 3,000mAh, which is the same as the Lithium ion cell currently powering the Galaxy S7. More surprisingly, the S8 Plus will feature an even smaller 3,500mAh battery than the S7 Edge's 3,600mAh cell. It should be noted that this puts the battery capacity of the S8 Plus at exactly the same size as the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. The batteries will be manufactured and supplied mainly by Samsung SDI with supplemental supplies from Murata.
It is being guessed that Samsung probably opted out of choosing a bigger battery in order to ensure safety. If this news is indeed true and you are worried about battery life on the S8 smartphones, it might help to know that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip which will be powering the handset is going to be the most power-efficient one yet. Nevertheless, we admit that it is a bit disappointing to know that the batteries are not getting an upgrade.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
To put it as plainly as possible, it seems like the Note 7 incident has hindered the S8 this year in more ways than anyone would have liked. As was made evident by research, the Note 7 was catching fire because of a faulty battery. The problem arose from the fact that the housing of the battery was too cramped. As it turns out, Samsung is putting a battery inside the Galaxy S8 which is disappointingly smaller than our earlier expectations. We think the two facts have a very simple connection!
The leak by SlashGear shows us the batteries which will allegedly power the S8 and the S8+. The 3,000 mAh and 3,500mAh batteries shown here confirms what the leaks had been saying for a while now. In case you didn't figure it out yet, the 3,000mAh battery will be powering the S8 and the 3,500mAh battery will be powering the S8+. Additionally, it reveals that the batteries are being assembled in Vietnam by Samsung SDI, although the cell itself is made in South Korea. What do you think? Will a 3,000 mAh and 3,500 mAh battery be enough for the S8 series, given that they will be running the extremely power-efficient Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
There is just no other way to put it, the Galaxy S8 is an absolute disappointment when it comes to battery life. While everyone was expecting the S8 and S8+ to have bigger and better batteries, as it turns out, Samsung has put in similar sized batteries from last year's S7 and S7 Edge into the S7 and S8+. While the S7 Edge's 3,500mAh battery did not disappoint us, the S7's 3,000mAh battery did. Considering the fact that the S8 has to power the much bigger display and a few additional pixels with the same battery capacity, it was a recipe for disappointment to begin with.
If you were hoping that the new 10nm chips (SD 835 and Exynos 8895) will make the S8 last longer, you are about to be seriously disappointed. According to the stats published by SamMobile, the Galaxy S8 will have an even worse battery life than that of the Galaxy S7. Check out the comparison yourself to see what we are talking about here. If these stats disappointed you and are making you reconsider your decision to buy the regular S8, we wouldn't blame you. The only good news is that if you are willing to buy the much bigger Galaxy S8+, you will probably not be disappointed as it managed to provide battery performance similar to what we saw last year from the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
If you are eager to see the Galaxy Note 7 being re-launched then we have good news for you. New images of the Galaxy Note 7 "refurbished edition" has been leaked online. However, the sad news is that in order to make it a safer and less explosive device, Samsung has not only changed the battery line-up, but the batteries themselves as well. While that should be good news, it really isn't because the refurbished Note 7 will now reportedly, sport a smaller 3,200mAh cell instead of the original's 3,500mAh cell.
As the pictures came in from a Vietnamese fan site, it seems that the rumors about the Note 7 being introduced in the country may not be just a rumor after all. Rumor also had it that India would also be getting the refurbished Note 7, but a Samsung employee has mentioned that it won't. Even if it is re-introduced in certain nations, it may not actually go on sale, but could only be available as a rental phone. We will have to wait to find out more. In the meanwhile, check out the images to see all that they reveal.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It's true and it's about to happen in June. The infamous Galaxy Note 7 which had caused Samsung to lose billions of dollars, as well as suffer a lot of criticism, bad reputation and take jabs from even the contemporary US President Obama himself , is finally coming back to its home country with a smaller 3,200mAh battery and a roughly 300,00 Won ($266) price cut. The refurbished Galaxy Note 7 will now be available for purchase in South Korea, starting from June.
No new units have been made according to the reports and there will be only about 300,000 of these refurbished smartphones available with a slashed price tag of 700,000 won (or $620). Samsung won't be rebranding it as anything else, so it will go on sale with as the Galaxy Note 7 (SM-N935), just like it should. In spite of all the negativity, it should be noted that the Note 7 was a huge hit for the company and before everything went haywire, critics all around the globe praised it as the best smartphone by Samsung yet. Would you buy one at this price point if it was available near you?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
While the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are fantastic devices, there are a few things about the two smartphones that are not exactly perfect and the underpowered 3,000mAh battery on the regular S8 is one of those things. The S8 Plus on the other hand has a decent enough 3,500mAh battery, but it isn't anything to write home about either. However, the Galaxy S8 Active will change all that with its 4,000mAh battery when it comes out. It's a shame that it will be exclusive to the United States and that too on AT&T only.
Check out the images in this article which comes to you thanks to a Samsung employee in possession of a Galaxy S8 Active prototype in San Francisco. The phone is going to be made mostly out of polycarbonate with metal on the sides for extra protection. There will not be an Active button on the S8 Active, unlike all its predecessors but it will sport the Bixby hardware button just like the regular Galaxy S8s. All other specs are the same, but the model number on this one will be SM-G892A. Are you waiting to pick one up?
Saikat Kar (the-enthusiast)
Multiple reports surfaced on the internet earlier about the Galaxy Note 8 refusing to turn on once the battery reaches 0% and the phone is automatically switched off and now Samsung has decided to accept some responsibility for this and admit that there is indeed an issue with the battery of certain Galaxy Note 8 devices. It is to be kept in mind that a few Galaxy S8+ users are also complaining about a similar problem and there is no reason to believe that they are wrong either. While this issue isn't as dangerous as last year's Note 7 disaster, it puts yet another blemish on Samsung's ability to supply their users with capable batteries. The good news is that so far, most reports suggest that Samsung has replaced the faulty devices.
It seems at this point that issues are mostly limited to the Qualcomm Snapdragon variants only, although that's not a fact which has been set in stone. Even though they let out a statement earlier which vaguely delivers the message that they might be considering taking responsibility for the bricked phones, clarifications regarding what exactly is the problem has not yet been provided by the OEM.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Stanford University scientists made a breakthrough in making a flexible aluminum battery. Today, Google revealed that a small team of scientists working on a next-generation battery technology for consumer electronics.
As part of the Google X research lab, Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj is working with three other scientists on about 20 different battery-dependent projects. As a former battery expert at Apple, Dr. Bhardwaj and his team is now trying to push the envelope of the lithium-ion battery technology further. He is also testing solid-state batteries for consumer devices.
Google joins a list of tech giants which are trying to improve the battery technology for future, including Apple, Tesla, and IBM among others. We are yet to see whether and how the search giant plans to to utilize this technology.
Xiaomi has come up with the new Redmi Note 3 in China. The new device gets bigger and better in comparison to its predecessor, with a new full metal body, fingerprint sensor, a huge 4000mAh battery, and more.
The new Redmi Note 3 sports a full aluminum unibody design with 120-point ultra-fine double sided sandblasting and curved edges. At the thickest area the device will be of 8.65mm and the weight will be 164g, 4g more than its predecessor in spite of the larger battery.
On the rear a new fingerprint sensor is available, which Xiaomi claims unlocks the phone in just 0.3 seconds. Soon we'll see whether the sensor will only be used for unlocking the device or within apps as well. It opens up new possibilities like biometric authentication for payments via the Mi Wallet Service.
Other specifications include a 5.5-inch 1080p display, MediaTek Helio X10 processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage or 3GB RAM and 32GB storage depending upon the variant, 13 megapixel rear camera with phase detection autofocus, 4G dual SIM, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and MIUI 7.
The smartphone will cost RMB 899 ($140) for the 16GB model and RMB 1099 ($172) for the 32GB variant. It will be available in three colors: silver, gold, and gray.
Limefuel Lite is a 15,000 mAh Dual-USB Battery Charger Pack With LCD Screen which will cost you only $34.99. Just think about what you could charge with a 15,000 mAh battery. Flagship Android smartphones pack a 3,000 mAh battery on average, so the Limefuel would provide about 5 charges.
And because this unit has dual-USB ports, with 1A and 2.1A output, you could charge your tablet with it, but also your Bluetooth earphones and speakers, Android Wear watch, MiFi router, and more.
The Limefuel Lite also packs a handy LED flash for those power outages or dark nights, and an LCD screen to show you exactly how much battery you have left and which ports you are using. It measures 5.8 × 2.8 × 0.9 inches and weighs only 12 ounces, making it close to the size of 3 Galaxy S5s stacked on top of each other-not bad!
The most important part of any new Smartphone or tablet is the battery, that powers everything in that device. Batteries capacities (mAh) has increased slightly over the last decade but not as expected. As we can't make batteries any bigger, increases in raw capacity are needed, and researchers have been looking to new materials to find the solution.
This is where Samsung's research comes in. The company has come up with a new coating method for battery cathodes, which overcomes the cycling performance and capacity limitations imposed by current implementations. The new process makes use of that excellent conductive material known as Graphene, which is grown directly onto the silicon coating surface without silicon carbide formation.
Samsung's researchers claim that its technique allows the full cell to reach volumetric energy densities of 972 and 700 Wh l-1 at first and 200th cycle respectively, when paired with a commercial lithium cobalt oxide cathode. This is around 1.8 and 1.5 times greater than commercialized lithium ion batteries, meaning more battery capacity for a given area. Typically, these type of designs reduce the battery's life span due to more charge and discharge cycles, but this time the researchers also claim good cycling performance, due to its multi-layer design.
Samsung expects that its breakthrough will have important implications for both mobile devices and the electric car industry, which both really need additional battery capacity. However, like most new ideas, industry observers expect that the technology is at least two or three years away from commercialization.
Courtesy of @OnLeaks via Twitter, we now have a new rumor about the iPhone 7 and it seems to be a reliable one. It was stated that the iPhone 7 will most likely be powered by a 1,960mAh battery, which is about 14% more powerful than the current gen iPhone 6s's battery (1,715mAh). There is a slight catch though; OnLeaks also mentioned that this is "not 100% but almost..." We would certainly like to see the "almost" part turn out to be true as the iPhone could definitely use the battery boost.
Although this is purely based on assumption, this leads us to believe that if there is an iPhone 7 Plus this year, then it will sport an even bigger battery than the iPhone 6s Plus' 2,750mAh cell. If we said that it too would sport a 14% increase over the iPhone 6s Plus' battery, we would be stretching our imaginations too far though! However, a bigger battery should definitely be on the cards. We will surely find out more as rumors and leaks will continue to surface on the internet before the official release date of the upcoming iPhones in September, 2016.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
According to the China Consumers Association, many of the iPhone models are experiencing a strange issue where the phones are switching off unexpectedly. They are claiming that the affected models so far include the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. In fact, this isn't even a localised incident as consumers all over the world have reported similar problems with their iPhones in the last few weeks. Apple had in fact, issued a notice globally on November 20, while addressing the problem.
"Apple has determined that a very small number of iPhone 6s devices may unexpectedly shut down. This is not a safety issue and only affects devices within a limited serial number range that were manufactured between September and October 2015.
If you have experienced this issue, please use the serial number checker below to see if your iPhone 6s is eligible for a battery replacement, free of charge."
However, the Chinese authorities have declared that the battery problem extends beyond just the iPhone 6s and Apple has failed to "meet basic consumer needs for normal wireless communication." Some of the Chinese users are even reporting that changing the battery as instructed by Apple in their notice, doesn't solve the unexpected shutdown problem either.
It is evident that the problem is serious enough for the authorities to take notice of the matter, but Apple has not yet replied to these reports or notices till date.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Moto G8 Plus is the best possible experience at a budget price in the G-series. The G-series phones are considered the best inexpensive phones of the years now. The Moto G8 Plus has more premium features such as a versatile camera, stereo speakers, minimal bezel, and better battery management than its predecessor Moto G7 plus. Due to the rising competition in the same category, we have seen some premium features coming to budget phones. The latest phone brings in a 48MP triple camera system with fast charging as the main selling USB. But is it enough?
The Moto G8 is priced at $310. It has a plastic body and available in two colors - cosmic blue and crystal pink. The back panel has a gradient-like glossy finish, and the logo aligned in the middle. There is a volume button and unlock button at the right side, which the left side has a hybrid SIM card slot. On the top edge, there is a microphone and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The G8 plus is water repellent, but it is not the same as IP67 rated phone, so keeping it away from the water is always a good strategy.
Overall, there is nothing extraordinary about the design. The Moto G8 Plus has a slightly bigger screen than the G7 Plus at 6.3-inches. It is an IPS LCD panel with a Full HD+ (2280 x 1080 pixels) resolution and a U-shaped notch up top. The screen has 19:9 aspect ratio, which is decent for watching videos, as they're often in that ratio. The screen is topped with a layer of Panda Glass which is similar to the popular Corning glass solution for protection against drops. Moto G8 Plus is powered by a 4,000mAh battery, which is a pretty decent capacity even at the low-price tier of phones. You can last for a one day on a single charge with normal usage that includes being active on social media. The phone supports 15W fast charging and can fully charge in 150 minutes.
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The latest Google tablet, HTC Nexus 9 has just hit the markets, many users are still waiting for reviews results on the tablet battery life and audio quality. We got the first battery life test from gsm arena for the Nexus 9. The results are good, it scored 9:43 Hours Web browsing and 12 Hours video playback.
HTC devices is known for its Amazing Sound Quality and the Nexus 9 is no difference. The devices packs all the sound goodies from HTC, from Boomsound front Dual-speakers to the build-in audio amplifier.
The Audio test shows great stereo crosstalk even with the headphone plugged-in [-93.7, -71.1]. The Audio Noise is very low [0.0054] and the speakers is the highest among tablets.
Li-ion Batteries are indeed the most crucial hardware components, every Smartphone has one, and it is always NOT enough for the user's needs. Taking a good care of your battery is a very important matter as its capacity wears by time which affects other parts of your device.
In this tutorial here, we will provide you this Technical Smart Tips to improve your Battery's lifetime and improves its performance along a normal day usage.
How to Care for your Smartphone's battery the correct way:
1. Several partial charges are better than a full one
Well, just like in real life, several sprint sessions are better than a marathon. Lithium-ion batteries appreciate partial charging, for example from 30% to 60% or from 45% to 79%, as this keeps the battery's cells close to their ideal state for longer. This means that you have no excuse not to charge your phone several times a day if you can do so.
2. Avoid complete discharges
Okay, extremities are bad for your battery's health. Leaving it at maximum voltage for a long period of time is bad, but draining it all the way down to 0% is even worse. While modern batteries can't fully discharge (whatever you do, there's still a small amount of electricity that will remain unavailable to your phone's hungriness), hitting the rock bottom of your juicer means that some of the battery's cells will no longer be able to hold charge. And this is pretty bad.
3. Your phone's battery feels best at ~40%
There's a reason why the batteries of most phones come pre-charged between 40% and 50% - this is the ideal state of a battery as the voltage is neither too high, nor too low. First of all, this exact charge level does not stress the battery's cells, yet it still allows it to slowly discharge itself while waiting for the impatient user to provide a steady flow of electrical current.
4. Avoid high temperatures
High temperatures are bad for your battery. Your battery can lose up to 80% of its overall capacity if you store it at temperatures of 140F (60C) in a year, though we doubt that anyone will do so. At 77F (or 25C), your phone will lose less than 20% of its maximum capacity for one year.
5. Low temperatures are a no-no as well
If you need to store a battery (due to reasons unknown), make sure that you don't subject it to extremely low temperatures, as freezing deteriorates cells' ability to hold charge, similar to the way heat affects them.
6. Leaving your battery depleted for a long time will render it useless
Normally, your lithium-ion battery will be depleted if the voltage level falls down to roughly 3.0V/cell. If, however, the voltage inside the battery falls below 2.7V/cell, the battery's protective circuits will put into the so-called "sleep" mode, making it nonchargeable naturally, that's the worst case scenario. That's why it's advisable to always make sure that the battery is charged to some extent ideally,that'd be around 40%, as we already mentioned.
7. Lithium-ion batteries have a shelf life
Simply put, you shouldn't stock up on lithium-ion batteries regardless whether you use them or not, they slowly degrade over time and their maximum capacity deteriorate. Instead, buy a new battery immediately before you put it inside your device.
If you own a Samsung Galaxy device, you probably have Battery life issues ? Right ? Most of the battery life problems is caused by Samsung's super AMOLED displays, as they are huge (5.0" - 6.0") with resolutions various from FHD to QHD which means more pixels to power and more brightness needed. The display consumes an average of 45% to 55% of your battery life. Don't worry we have a solution for you... Easy and Safe too!
To increase your battery life you will need to reduce the number of pixels on your screen by reducing the resolution of your screen. Placing black spots in a pattern over the screen will actually turn off the pixels in those locations (because in AMOLED tech black color is achieved by actually turning off the pixels on the display). So parts of your screen will be turned off. You'll do that using a simple App that does NOT require any Rooting at all.
Increase Battery Life by Following these Instructions:
1. Download Pixel Battery Saver
Download & Install the App from Google Play Store Here [FREE]
2. Choose level of effect
The app will apply a filter over your screen, placing black pixels in a pattern. You can choose the pattern's density as soon as you launch it.
3. Activating the filter
This is what happens when the app is doing its work. Note that the effect looks much less pronounced on the actual phone's screen.
4. Want battery saving only?
If you only wish to reduce your screen's sharpness when the battery is running low, tap on the "Booting" tab on the top right, then check "Start on specific battery level" and "And only then" (if you wish to not be able to turn the filter on manually), then use the slider below to set the battery threshold.
5. Permanent notification and quicktoggle
The app runs in persistent mode, so Android can't close it at random. Its notification will give you a quick on / off toggle, too, so that makes it useful
6. Toggle at will
And there you go - you are free to reduce the screen's sharpness at will and save some precious battery. Now combine this with Power Saving Mode for some extreme longevity!
There has been a good amount of leaks about Moto G8 and G8 Plus specs by XDA-Developers. Now other leaks have been posted by 91Mobiles about its design. The renders have been reported of the vanilla Moto G8. The picture shows us how the front and back of the Moto G8 will look. It has a punch-hole cutout on the left side of the display, a vertically stacked triple camera system, and a fingerprint scanner located under the Motorola logo at the back side of the device.
The render also shows some details including a d3.5mm port at the top of the smartphone. There is a prominent chin and what seems to be macro and ultra-wide branding on the back side. These apparent Moto G8 renders look good enough to attract the attention of mobile users. The Moto G8 and G8 Plus share some features and hardware specs, such as both have a punch-hole display, a physical fingerprint scanners just below the rear Moto logo, a Snapdragon 665 processing chip, and Android operating system version 10.
The Mote G8 has a big 6.39-inch HD+ LCD display. It uses 2GB/4GB memory and 32GB/64GB storage. There is dual-SIM support in some regions but no NFC. The phone is also said to offer a 4,000mAh batter with 10W charging, making for a hefty upgrade over the Moto G7's 3,000mAh battery. The vanilla Moto G8 is rumored to have a triple rear camera, featuring a 16MP f/1.7 primary camera lens, 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP f/2.2 macro lens. An 8MP camera in a punch-hole cutout is said to be available for taking selfies.
The phone is expected to offer a 5,000mAh battery with 18W charging. This would line up with an earlier FCC filing for a Moto phone with a 5,000mAh pack. The power device is said to have an identical camera layout compared to the vanilla G8 and might have a fourth camera lens for the depth or potentially a telephoto camera restricted to higher-end mobile devices. There is no price on the price range for the device yet, but hopefully, it is competitively priced to take on Nokia and Samsung.
Since Motorola has re-surfaced, it is flooding the smartphone industry with mobile phones of almost similar options. Almost a month ago, the company launched the OneFusion plus, and now we have another model in the mid-range phone. The Motorola one function isn't anything special when it comes to the hardware specs. It is a more economical version of its predecessor Motorola One fusion plus.
The major difference between the One Fusion and the earlier One Fusion plus, the latter features a 16-MP front-facing camera that rises to the occasion. The One Fusion's unspecified front camera, in contrast, hides insides a tiny waterdrop notch on the phone's massive 6.5-inch display screen. Despite its size, however, that Max Visions display HD+ resolution.
The Motorola One Fusion is powered by an old Snapdragon 710 with 4GB of RAM. You get 64GB as internal storage but that can be extended if you want to. There is also a traditional fingerprint scanner for security on the rear side, though we don't know anything about the headphone jack yet. The Motorola One Fusion's selling point is its battery and cameras.
The phone features a 5,000mAh battery that is advertised to last up to 48-hours, depending on how you use it. The One Fusion sports a 6.5-inch Max Vision HD+ display with a waterdrop notch, unlike the notch-less One Fusion+ screen. Optics-wise, it boasts a 48MP main camera with Quad Pixel technology. This is joined by an ultra-wide-angle lens with a 118-degree field of view, a Macro Vision camera, and a depth sensor.
There isn't any news on the price yet, but the One Fusion is expected to get a lower price than the 300 euro for the plus variant. The phone is available now in various countries of Latin America and will be launched in Saudi Arabia and the UAE in the next month.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is about to make its international debut and already the company is issuing the first software update for the device. The firmware number of the latest update is XXU1ANJ4 and at 36MB it is quite small.
That's because it's quite specific and aims at improving battery performance as well as overall stability. Galaxy Note 4's battery does excellently with an endurance rating of 87 hours. With the latest update though, you should expect the Galaxy Note 4 to do even better than that.
Samsung is already distributing the update to all Galaxy Note 4 units and expect it to become instantly available as soon as the phone launches in its respective markets. In the UK, Samsung recently announced the phone will be delayed until October,17th and it will cost £575 off-contract.