In recent years, smartphone designs are becoming thinner. There is a new trend of slim, sexy hardware and now no one wants to buy heavy, bulky smartphones. Notches have been there for some time but with time, it also gotten slimmer and now manufactures are moving towards a full edge-to-edge design with no notches. So where are they going to place the front-camera on all these devices?
Over the last year, we seen display screens with less notches, holes, or pop-up cameras, but now it is time for hidden selfie camera. Oppo and Xiamoi are doing just that by placing the camera under the display itself. Today in a tweet, Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi showed off its exciting new design. Yesterday Oppo released a short video on a smartphone snapping a photo with an in-display that you can't see. To make the point clear, a finger was posed in front of the camera in the end of the video and you can see a blurry image of the finger on the screen.
Xiamoi also posted its own video to display a smartphone with an in-display selfie-camera. In the video the upcoming phone was compared with the Xiaomi Mi 9 side by side. The prototype has a full display with no cut-out, no notch or pop-up camera but it can still take a selfie just like a regular smartphone. Oppo didn't reveal much about the technology but Xiamoi get one step further by explaining the whole mechanism. The camera features a 20MP camera and a transparent display that doubles as the camera lens and allows more light into the lens to enable the perfect selfies, but when the display is off, the camera goes invisible against the rest of the black surface of the screen. These are just prototypes and there hasn't any real demo done by the companies in public so far. But we can hope for some of the best technologies to experience this year.
Huawei released the P40 series this year in April with a 5G phone as well. The cutting-edge Kirin 990 5G chip is super-fast and takes the user experience to the entire next level. But Huawei P40 Pro and Pro plus are just too expensive for some users. The Huawei P40 Pro with 256GB internal storage and 8GB RAM comes around $900. The higher-tier of smartphones in the series goes even higher in terms of price.
Now, the company decided to launch a new smartphone in the P40 series but that would be a more economical version of P40. The Huawei P40 lite 5G is an upgraded version of the Huawei P40 Lite that the company released in April 2020. The phone features upgraded silicon, a better camera equipped with AI software, and of course, 5G connectivity support.
The phone has a 6.5-inch LCD panel with HDR 10 support at Full HD+ resolution and has 1080 x 2400 pixels. The phone is powered by the new HiSilicon Kirin 820 5G octa-core chipset compared to the Kirin 810 on the previous model. The phone features a quad camera setup on the rear side of the phone. The primary camera is of 64MP and uses Sony IMx582 sensor with f/1.8, the secondary camera is of 8MP wide-angle lens with f/2.4, the third camera is of 2MP super macro lens with f/2.4, and the fourth camera is of 2MP with depth sensor lens and f/2.4. The front camera can take up to 16MP photos with f/2.0. The phone has 6GB internal storage with 128GB RAM.
The phone has a 4,000mAh battery with a 40W proprietary fast-charging capability. This much battery is good enough for an average user to sustain his phone for more than 24 hours with a single full charge. You can charge your phone up to 70% in 30 minutes as per the company's official statement.
In terms of connectivity, the phone supports Bluetooth, USB Type-C, a 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC, and 5G support. The phone comes running EMUI 10.1 based on Android 10. The design is similar to Huawei Nova 7 SE that was launched in China last month. The phone comes in three colors - Space silver, Crush green, and Midnight black. If you living in any part of Europe, you can pre-order the phone right now. The phone will go on sale starting on May 29 for a price of $430.
The specifications of an unknown Realme XT Pro just got leaked via a benchmark listing. According to the sources, the device is powered by the latest Snapdragon 730G chipset and the new 64MP quad-camera setup. The company has stepped on the gas with several smartphones it is launching this year. Along with the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro being launched in August, now we have the Realme XT as well as the Realme Q being released in September. The leaked spec sheet suggest another high-end Realme device ready to be launched in the market.
Just like its predecessors and other devices, even the reported Realme XT Pro will feature a four-camera system. It will have a 64MP f/1.8 primary camera, implementing the Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 image sensor. It also has an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens with a 119 degree field-of-view, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. The front camera will house a 32MP lens. The camera specs are very similar to the Realme XT. However, the key difference comes with the processing ability that is similar to what powered the Redmi K20. This is so most powerful snapdragon chipset so far, which also beats the processing speed of 845 and 855. According to the listing, it will be paired with 8GB of RAM and UFS 2.1 storage.
The upcoming Realme XT pro seems to like be pretty much like the Realme XT, which is not surprising. This includes a 6.4-inch AMOLED display panel with a Full HD+ resolution. For the security purpose, the device is using an in-display fingerprint sensor for biometrics. The battery is rated at 4,000mAh with support for 30W VOOC fast charging from the 20W we are used to seeing from other Realme devices. It is unclear if the smartphone uses a pop-up camera for the selfies as we have it on the Realme X, or there will be a different housing.
Earlier this year when Samsung launched its Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, something that got leaked out was both of the smartphone's inability to support expandandable storage via microSD card.
Although there was mixed response about this limitation, consumers took note of this while choosing devices with various storage options (32, 64 and 128 GB) available at different price point. Now it seems Samsung might be considering the option to give expandable storage via miscroSD in the S7, which is supposed to release in the first quarter of 2016.
According to HDBlog.it, Samsung will release two devices at Mobile World Congress 2016, with the Galaxy S7 featuring a 5.2-inch flat display and the Galaxy S7 edge, like the S6 edge -- having a 5.7-inch curved screen. There were speculations in August that the two new handsets would be powered by the Snapdragon 820 chipset, marking a comeback to Qualcomm over Samsung's own Exynos chip.
But, the S7 is rumored to have a top and bottom curved screen, as well as the expandable storage option mentioned above. Right now it's not quite clear if this flagship device will get removable storage We hope to see this unfold in the due course of time.
Today, Facebook unveiled a new version of its social network, called "Facebook At Work", with an emphasis on organizational communication for employees at a single company. The service, which is set to launch as a free app on Android's Google Play and iOS' App Store later today, will still require participating companies to receive an official invite, but upon launching the service, employees will enter an ad-free, no-subscription version of Facebook that connects employees only to each other, as opposed to the wider world.
Facebook hasn't revealed many screenshots or any demo footage ahead of the app's launch, but Facebook offered Ars a brief description: "Facebook at Work is a separate experience that gives employees the ability to connect and collaborate efficiently using Facebook tools, including many that they're likely already using, such as News Feed, Groups, messages, and events." In that respect, the service will both mirror those of corporate communication tools like Yammer and Slack and offer its own familiar twist for employees who have already gotten hooked on Facebook's style.
In the meantime, creator Lars Rasmussen made the interview rounds on Wednesday to describe what users can expect from the work-only version. In short, users will be allowed to have both their personal and work logins running at the same time, though in separate apps; they'll be able to share documents through the Work site but not yet edit them; and much of the way posts and links are presented will resemble Facebook Groups.
The OPPO Reno mobile features a 6.4" (16.26 cm) display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and operates on Android v9.0 (Pie) operating system out of the box. The Oppo Reno is powered by Octa core (2.2 GHz, Dual core, Kryo 360 + 1.7 GHz, Hexa Core, Kryo 360) processing chip. It comes with 8 GB of RAM. Although to keep running such a large display it has 3765mAh which doesn't seem enough. The screen to body rato is 56.23% and has AMOLED display.
The key selling point of Oppo Reno is its photography ability. It has tried to remove the limit the optical zoom in mobile phone. A 48MP ultra-clear main camera, 13MP telephoto lens and 8MP wide-angle lens make up the Reno 10x Zoom tri-lens setup. Because of these three lenses with different focal ranges, this achieves a full bandwidth of 16-160mm, an effective focal length 10 times that of an ultra-wide-angle lens. The tri-camera setup complemented by dual OIS for ensuring stability even when fully zoomed on hand-held operation. It has Exmor-RS CMOS Sensor supporting a resolution of 8000 x 6000 Pixels and the front snapper is powered by a Exmor-RS CMOS Sensor. Other sensors include Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer.
Oppo Reno is powered by a Sony IMX 586 48MP ultra-clear camera. Its 1/2.0'' ultra-large sensors and f/1.7 ultra-large aperture along with MFNR and HDR software algorithms, which protects pictures from getting over-exposed and create stunning details even in low-light. Due to AI portrait optimization for night photography the device can differentiate between subject and its background at night, ensuring a professional photo. For security it has on screen fingerprint sensor. The phone comes with fast charging and it supports dual SIM, GSM, Dual VoLTE, The device is available in Jet Black, and ocean green. For graphics, it uses a Adreno 616 GPU which helps to make video games run smoothly. For network connectivity it has Wi-Fi, Blutooth, USB, and GPS.
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Moto recently teased its next smartphone that the company is launching on December 3. The phone has a pop-up camera with 64MP sensor. According to the teaser and rumors, this will be Moto one hyper. The launch event will be held in Brazil and so far, there is no information on its release schedule throughout the world. The Motorola One range has followed the norm of naming the phone after a distinct camera feature, as we have seen with the One Vision and One Action.However, with the One Hyper, we don't have any information about why it's called "Hyper".
Since September, the rumors about the upcoming high-end smartphone started to pour in and we have seen some real-like images of the concept design as well. But now we have some real images of Motorola's smartphone with a pop-up selfie camera and a notch-less display. The images are not being released from the official sources and maybe that's why the images are not clear but these are good enough to give a hint about the pop-up camera. Evan Blass, a reliable smartphone leaker Evan Blass tweeted out some images of notch-less Moto phone a few weeks ago.
The new phone features a powerful Snapdragon 675 processor, has 4GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, and a 6.39-inch IPS screen (FHD+). But the device apparently houses a 64MP primary camera, which means Moto will be joining other smartphone manufacturers offering high-resolution sensors. The device is also said to have an 8MP depth sensor on the back side and a 32MP camera for the selfie camera. According to the specification, it seems like a mid-range smartphone rather than the premium phone we were expecting. However, it will interesting to see how Moto breaks in the industry saturated with high-end smartphones with premium features. Motorola One Hyper could have a 4,000 mAh battery with support for fast-charging over USB Type-C.
We published some exclusive screenshots of Samsung's latest TouchWiz UI which comes pre-installed on top of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop for its 2015 flagships, Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ with a completely new design, icons, features and apps.
Samsung will officially bring the Galaxy S6 edge+ (SM-G928) New TouchWiz UI with all its features to the Original Galaxy S6 (SM-G920) and Original Galaxy S6 edge (SM-G925) with an Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OTA update that will be released in the next few weeks.
The New Firmware build will pack UHD upscaler and Vacuum Tube Amp Pro, YouTube broadcasting mode, New icons, New themes, Updated lockscreen, New widgets, Updated system Apps, UI improvements and important security updates to KNOX and Samsung Pay. The update has already started rolling-out to S6 and S6 edge users ubt only in Korea, you can download the first Firmware from our YouFirmware section below.
Galaxy s6 Lollipop 5.1.1 Firmware Details:
- Model Name: Galaxy S6
- Model: SM-G920S
- Country: SKC
- Firmware Version: G920SKSU2COH7
- OS: Android Lollipop
- OS Version: 5.1.1
- Build Date: August 17, 2015
- Changelist: 5611782
- PDA: G920SKSU2COH7
- CSC: G920SSKC2COH7
Don't forget to use our ODIN 3 Tutorial to learn how to manually flash the Firmware above into your Samsung device safely and easily.