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.
OnePlus is working on the next device in the OnePlus 8 series after OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro. As per reports, the OnePlus 8 Pro is already in the development stage, which means that the design may or may not be finalized yet. Recently, there were some new leaked images of the alleged OnePlus 8 Pro, reaffirming the design. The OnePlus 8 Pro will have a noticeable difference in the design as compared to its predecessor. The management at OnePlus has already said that they will be working on exciting camera features and the leaked images justify the claim.
The leaked diagram shows that the device will come with four camera lens on the rear side. This will be the first phone by the company to have four cameras on the backside. The OnePlus 7 Pro comes with three cameras on the rear side with the primary being a 48MP image sensor and a single image sensor on the front. The extra camera on the OnePlus 8 Pro is likely a ToF sensor.
Another leak suggests that the upcoming flagship device will be available in two variants. One version appears with a single punch-hole camera with the second device that will be launched with a punch-hole display. There is no clarity for now but it should likely be the OnePlus 8 with single punch-hole while the model with two punch-hole cameras. The fingerprint sensor could be an in-screen display as the diagram doesn't show any rear-mounted fingerprint reader. The display will be similar to its predecessor with curved design and 90Hz fresh rate. We will be seeing the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro around the first quarter of the next year. This is only the expected and rumored date which isn't confirmed by the official sources yet. Stay tuned for more information on the OnePlus 8 series.
The OnePlus Concept One prototype smartphone is all set to make its debut at CES 2020. The company has created some mystery around its cameras that will be revealed by then. Recently, OnePlus uploaded a video that teased the device and shows its design in 10 seconds. As it is shown in the video, the OnePlus Concept One features an invisible camera setup that no one has manufactured in the industry yet. Wired further explains that OnePlus has teamed up with long-time collaborator McLaren to use the glass technology in mobile devices that are already found in high-end cars and special aircraft windows.
The rear side camera setup hides under the glass of the phone. The tint of the glass reveals hidden cameras once it is triggered by electrical signals. This makes the triple camera array comes on the front side when you open the camera app and hides it when not in use. Wired suggests that the OnePlus concept Once has a race-car-like design, which isn't exactly surprising considering the device is designed by McLaren. The company is still working on the design and it may not reveal shortly. The CEO Pete Lau of OnePlus says, "With this approach, we'll be able to produce smaller amounts of the product and, with feedback from a small group of users, look at the possibility of making a device that's available for users more widely,"
According to the leaks, the OnePlus concept one has the same camera specs as the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition. It will feature a 48MP lens as a primary camera, a 16MP ultra-wide lens, and an 8MP lens to act as a telephoto snapper. The only major difference here is the addition of the special appearance of the glass. When activated, the back of the phone becomes completely black, making the lenses disappear and gives a uniform look to the rear camera. This is the same electrochromic glass used on the optional sunroof on the McLaren 720S supercar. OnePlus was inspired by the car and started working on incorporating the glass in a phone in 2018.
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While it is true that Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi and OnePlus had already closed the gap between their flagship products and that of their big-name competitors like Samsung and Sony by a lot, the cameras were still better on the higher priced devices till last year, albeit by a somewhat small margin in some cases. However, it looks like the Mi 8 has just managed close off that gap as well.
DxOMark Image Labs is the standard for camera benchmarks that is accepted by experts and consumers alike and it has just given the Xiaomi Mi 8 the same score as the Galaxy S9 Plus. At 99, both smartphones are tied for the fourth spot, with the Pixel 2 and the iPhone X following close behind with 98 and 97 respectively. In case you are wondering which smartphones are filling the positions of 1,2 and 3, they are the Huawei P20 Pro (109), HTC U12+ (103) and the Huawei P20 (102). We guess the excuse for buying similar hardware with double the price is starting to look weaker and weaker with every passing year.
Xiaomi has officially announced that the company will launch the world's first 108MP with five cameras at the rear side. One of those cameras will be a periscope lens capable of 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, and 50x digital zoom. The company has also released a video teasing the phone's zooming capabilities in action. It shows Mi Note 10 mounted on a tripod on one side of the road while on the other side of the road, 5 meters away, is an eye chart.
Xiamoi Mi Note 10 features a glossy finish with jade green color. It will feature the world's first fice camera system. The main sensor sport a 108MP Samsung ISOcELL bright HMX sensor. There will be also a 20Mp ultra-wide-angle, a 12MP portrait camera, and 1.5cm camera for macro-level photography. According to the leaked images, it shows a curved display, a waterdrop notch, and a hint at a tall aspect ratio. For the front camera, it uses a 32MP camera lens.
The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset, paired with 6GB RAM. The device has a large 6.47-inch screen and powered by 5170mAh battery. The company also teased its first smartwatch which is due to be launched on November 5 in an event. The launching event may also have Mi TV 5 series. The watch looks similar to Apple's watch from the design perspective. But we don't know the other features yet.
The next flagship smartphone from Huawei is coming and if the rumors have any truth to them, it's going to be a very capable device. Leaks on Weibo seem to be indicating that the Huawei Mate 9 will be powered by the manufacturer's in-house HiSilicon Kirin 960 Octa-core 64-bit processor and six gigabytes of RAM. There will allegedly be different versions of the Mate 9 and the 6GB RAM version will sport 256GB of internal storage to go with all that memory and processing power. There could also be a more modest version of the smartphone that will sport the same chipset, but 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory. All versions might also be powered by a big 4,000mAh battery.
Camera has been the highlight of the Mate 9 in all recent rumors since they have partnered up with Leica, the German camera maker for providing a rumoured dual camera setup at the back. The two 20-megapixel sensors from Leica will supposedly work together to provide stunning details even in low light, thanks to the f/2.0 aperture. The 5.9-inch (QHD resolution) metal-clad phablet will run on Android 7.0 and the OEM will make sure that customers get a LOT of colors to choose from while buying the smartphone. Apart from the 256GB/6GB version ($700/4700 yuan) and the 128GB/4GB version ($580/3899 yuan), there will also be a more affordable 64GB/4GB version ($480/3199 yuan) as well.
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Apparently, everybody doesn't believe that one flagship per year is enough! The recently released P9 is the king of Huawei smartphones right now, but it is about to be dethroned as Huawei plans to release the Mate 9 by the end of 2016. Phone Arena adds that a late 2016 release is an educated guess because the Mate 8 was indeed revealed towards the end of 2015.
The rumored Kirin 960 SoC will power the device, placing it above the P9, which sports the Kirin 955 chipset. Expectations from the camera department are very high as the rumored 20-megapixel dual sensors at the back will presumably be designed by Leica, who had helped Huawei earlier to build the P9's camera setup as well.
Huawei has never exactly skimped out on power when it comes to the Chinese manufacturer's top-tier handsets, so we expect the Mate 9 to be packed to the gill with the latest hardware. At this point though, it is too early to predict other specifications of the device because even the prototypes are probably not ready yet. Nonetheless, we expect at least 4GB of RAM (if not 6GB) to accompany the Kirin 960, along with a powerful battery, a large display and a next-gen fingerprint sensor.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
There was a time when Chinese manufacturers were accused of copying features and designs from the more established brands, especially Apple. While some manufacturers are still on that road and it cannot be denied that even the most reputed of manufacturers have copied design elements from Apple, certain Chinese OEMs have introduced revolutionary concepts in the recent years, way ahead of Apple or Samsung. The Vivo Nex is the only true bezel less phone in the world right now and Huawei did revolutionize the smartphone camera by launching the incredible P 20 Pro; which was at that time, the only smartphone in the world with three rear cameras.
As a follow up to the P 20 Pro, Huawei will soon be launching the Mate 20 Pro, which is expected to further improve smartphone photography by introducing an enhanced version of the extremely successful Fusion Light technology we saw on the P 20 Pro. Apparently, the Mate 20 Pro will feature four rear cameras by Leica (an extra wide-angle lens), but instead of using Fusion Light, it will use an AI-powered version of it, called FusionMind. The exact details are fuzzy at the moment, but sources have it that the AI-powered technology will help to produce better, sharper images by automatically squeezing multiple pixels into one pixel, as necessary. Fusion Light on the P 20 Pro already provides users with an option to choose between 40-mp or 10-mp (squeezed pixels) images and this seems to be an enhanced version of that. Aside from the huge notch, it does look like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is going to be a very lucrative option soon. You can check out some of the other rumors at Gizmochina.
Huawei released its much-anticipated smartphone - Huawei Y9s - A new entry-level smartphone just before the start of the year 2020. In some areas, it has already broken the pre-order records. To compete with rivals and current consumer's diversity, the Huawei Y9s has released with premium features including a pop-up camera and a 6.9-inch full view display, giving the user a truly immersive viewing experience. The device is crafted with a high sense of design and stylish look. It has unique textures at the surface to give a truly unique look to the handset.
The main selling feature for the device is an ultra-wide-angle camera lens, an AI triple camera system with a 48MP primary camera with outstanding photographic capabilities. Users can take high-quality pictures with sharp details and colors even in low-light situations. Night photography is a rare feature when it comes to the budget-category smartphone.
Huawei has targeted young consumers with this phone. The new device offers a long battery life even with heavy usage while using the camera and other apps all day long. It has improved camera features through hardware and software integration, giving users a reason to upgrade their phones.
The HUAWEI Y9s is equipped with an AI Triple Camera setup, which comprises an ultra-clear 48MP Main Camera, an 8MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera, and a 2MP Depth Camera. The 48MP Main Camera features a 6 Plastic (6P) lens with a large aperture of f/1.8, which effectively increases the quality and clarity of images. You don't have to use professional photo editing tools for slight to medium touches.
Additionally, the 8MP ultra wide-angle camera offers a 120-angle field of view for photo and video shooting, almost doubling the view angle of 78-degree that a routine lens can offer. With a wider field of view, you can capture more scenery. The HUAWEI Y9s comes with a 16MP front camera paired with remarkable AI algorithms to enrich portraits with flare effects, AI Backlit Imaging and new AI Beauty for the ideal selfie.
Vivo is ready to launch two brand new phones for its X-series. The two models are Vivo X30 and X30 Pro. Both of these phones have 5G network support and are the first mobile phones to be powered by the Exynos 980 processor. Both phones have a similar design with a punch-hole display at the top right corner of the panel for the selfie camera. The phones are covered in glass on both sides and have some shades. Both have a large 6.44-inch super AMOLED display with a 2400 x 1080 resolution. Under the display, there is a fingerprint scanner and a support for face unlock.
The phones are powered by the latest Exynos 980 processing chip with 5G modem integration which was developed by Samsung and Vivo in partnership. The octa-core processor features cortex-A77 cores and paired with 8GB of RAM on both phones with the option of 128GB or 256GB of storage. The processing chip has support for SA and NSA networks (n41 and n78 bands) and boasts up to 2.55Gbps in the download speed. For connectivity, both phones have support for Bluetooth, NFC, and there is also an audio jack for sound. Vivo ships both phones with a 4350mAh battery with support for fast charging via USB type-c.
Now, you must be wondering that if the specs are the same for both phones, why there are even two models? Well, the phones have different camera specs and price tags. The Vivo X30 has a triple camera - a 64MP f/1.8 camera with a 26.4mm focal length; an 8MP ultrawide angle camera with an f/2.2 aperture, 16mm focal length and a 112° field of view; and a whopping 32MP f/2.0 professional portrait camera with a 50mm focal length. The camera has a super night mode 2.0 to reduce noise and bring a brighter picture even at night.
The X30 Pro also has a 64MP primary rear camera with the same f/1.8 aperture and 26.4mm focal length. It pairs it with an 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide angle camera with a 122° FOV and also has a 32MP professional f/2.0 portrait camera with a 50mm focal length. Vivo then rounds it off with a 13MP periscope lens with a 5x optical zoom. The Vivo X30 is priced at ¥3298 (~$472) for the 128GB version and ¥3598 (~$515) for the 256GB version.
Vivo S7 is expected to be launched in China in the first week of the next month. The phone is going to feature a dual-camera for the front and a triple camera system. Recently, an alleged render of the upcoming 5G phone has been leaked. The leaked images show the device's front and rear design, with its gradient rear panel. The Chinese mobile phone manufacturer has confirmed yesterday that the company is launching in China on August 3.
As per the leaked image and report by Gizomchina, a Chinese tipster shared a render of Vivo S7 5G. it showed a gradient design on the rear side of the panel along with the camera alignment. Going by the leak, the Vivo S7 will feature a notch display on the front side, featuring dual selfie shooters. On the back, the phone render is shown to have a triple camera setup, which looks similar to the camera setup on the Vivo X50.
Another tipster posted some detail on the specification and pricing of the upcoming phone last. The leak suggested that the phone might come with a dual-camera system on the front side featuring a 44-megapixel primary lens and an 8-megapixel secondary sensor along with a super-wide-angle-lens. The triple camera system on the rear side includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel sensor with a super wide-angle lens, and a 13-megapixel sensor with a portrait lens. The phone will come with 8G RAM options with 128GB and 256GB internal storage. The phone is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon with Android 10. The device might have a 6.4-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
The Vivo Y51 is the last mid-range smartphone to be launched in India. The same phone was launched in Pakistan almost a month ago. However, the phone launched in India comes with slightly different specifications. The Vivo Y51 is now available in India and comes in two color options like Titanium sapphire and crystal symphony. You can purchase the phone in installments, Baja Finserve EMI enables users to buy a Vivo phone by paying Rs. 101, and Jio benefits worth Rs. 7,000.
Vivo Y51 features a 6.58-inch IPS LCD panel with a dewdrop notch. The tall aspect ratio screen has a resolution of 1080x2400 pixels. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 662 and runs 8GB of RAM. The phone uses native internal storage of 128GB which can be further extended using an external storage slot. The phone comes with a 16-megapixel selfie camera that comes with the Aura screen filter feature for shooting better selfies in low-light conditions. The rear panel has the same design as the Vivo x50 and V20 series. The phone features a triple-camera system with a 48-megapixel primary camera sensor, an 8-megapixel ultrawide camera sensor, and a 2-megapixel sensor for adding depth sensor.
The phone uses an intelligent super night algorithm that automatically brings light in the darkness to reduce noise and mitigate overlay. The result is sharp and bright images even in the low-light situation. It supports both the front and rear cameras - allowing you to take vibrant and sharp selfies and capture amazing photos. The FunTouch OS 11 based Android 11 comes pre-installed on the Vivo Y51. The smartphone offers other specs such as dual SIM support and uses 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB-C for connectivity. It also offers a side-facing fingerprint reader for security measures, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The new Vivo Y12s has been launched in India. The phone features a massive 5,000mAh battery that could be its main selling point at an affordable price. The new Vivo phone features a waterdrop display notch to feature the front-facing camera. The device comes in two different color options and has 3GB of RAM. The phone runs the Funtouch OS11operating system and competes with the latest Redmi 9 prime, Realme Narzo 10, and the Samsung Galaxy M11. Its predecessor Y12 was launched in India in mid-summer last year.
The phone has support for dual-SIM and runs on the Android 10 operating system out of the box. It features a 6.51inch HD+ display with IPS and an aspect ratio of 20:9. The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC with 3GB RAM. Earlier official reports mentioned that the device will be using a MediaTek Helio P35 processor but later on company released a press release to issue the correction.
On the rear side of the phone, Y12s features a 13MP primary camera sensor with an f/2.2 sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor with an f/2.2 sensor and a 2MP camera. For the front-facing camera, the phone features an 8MP camera sensor with f/1.8. Vivo Y12s comes with 32GB of internal storage that can be further extended using a microSD card. It offers connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, FM Radio, and a Micro-USB port. Sensors onboard include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, magnetometer, and a proximity sensor. There is also a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.
Vivo Y12s features a massive 5,000mAh battery that has supports 10W fast charging. The device is lightweight and weighs only 191 grams. The phone is up for sale for only Rs. 9990 for the 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. You can purchase the phone in Phantom black and Glacier blue colors. You can order the phone online at its official website, Amazon, Flipkart, Paytm, and across the country from its official retail stores.
Vivo Y12s has been launched in Vietnam already as an upgrade to its previous year's Y12s model. The new phone has the same exterior with a water drop-style display notch and dual rear cameras with specialized effects. However, there is a major upgrade in terms of processing ability as the 2021's model comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC. the original Vivo Y12s were powered by MediaTek Helio P35 SoC, though its Indian variant had the same Snapdragon 439 processing chip.
The new Vivo Y12s 2021 version has been priced roughly at Rs. 10,500 for the single 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. You can purchase the phone through online websites in Vietnam. However, according to reports, the device will be available in other markets in a few weeks. The original Vivo Y12s was unveiled in November for the global market but debuted in India in January with the Snapdragon 439 processor.
The phone runs on Android 11 with Funtouch operating system 11 on the top and features a large 6.51-inch HD+ IPS display with 720 x 1,600 display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC, along with 3GB of RAM. The phone features a dual-camera system on the rear side that houses a 13-megapixel primary camera sensor with an f/2.2 lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.4 camera sensor. It also includes an 8-megapixel selfie camera sensor with an f/1.8 lens.
The Vivo Y12s comes with 32GB internal storage that can be further extended via microSD card through a dedicated slot. The phone has connectivity options including 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone also uses sensors onboard including an accelerometer, ambient light, magnetometer, and a proximity sensor. The phone is available in Glacier Blue and Phantom Black colors. The device also features the side fingerprint scanner along with a power button so you can power on and unlock your phone at the same time. The phone allows you to unlock from a bright screen in 0.23 seconds - almost too fast to see any difference at all.
HTC is more recognized for its virtual reality gadgets than smartphones. While it remains much more focused on VR stuff, the company has announced a new phone for India and Thailand called the HTC wildfire. The company hasn't shown any activity for a long time and after many months of silence in the mobile industry, HTC's new CEO Yves Maitre recently stated in an interview that the company will release a 5G smartphone this year. As per rumors, HTC will coordinate with Qualcomm to make a 5G enabled phone.
HTC U19e and Desire 19+ were the last phones launched under the company's banner. It is announced that the HTC wildfire X will be released with the Indian-first approach. However, the Wildfire X isn't completely manufactured by HTC, as the Wildfire X has been made by Lava initially. The company has agreed with Indian companies like Lava, Micromax, and Karbonn to use its licensed brand name for new phones. The new phone is similar to what Lava made. In India, it will be made by one of HTC's brand partners. The Thailand/international variant may be made by HTC itself, or it may be developed by another local OEM/ODM.
The phone is 163.2 x 77.8 x 8.9 mm and weighs only 186g. It has a 6.52-inch HD+ LCD with 1560 x 720 pixels. The device is powered by MediaTek Helio P23 8x ARM Cortex-A52 cores clocked at 2.0GHz and Mali-G72MP1 GPU. The smartphone has 2GB RAM and 32GB storage that can be further extended by microSD card slot. The phone comes with a huge 4,000mAh battery that is good enough to get you through a day even if you play games or watch YouTube videos on it. The front camera is 8MP with f/2.0 and allows 1080p video recording. For connectivity, it offers Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi. It supports 2G and 3G network connectivity.
A trusted insider report close to HTC has leaked info about the HTC One (M9) aka Hima Main camera sensor. He says with certainty the new One (M9) will feature a DUAL 20MP camera sensors (20MP + 20MP) at the back, a dual setup similar to the one introduced with the previous One (M8) flagship. The flash should be dual-tone dual-LED flash, just like before.
The insider source also confirms HTC won't be giving up on the UltraPixel technology and it will use a 4 UltraPixel sensor for the front camera, intended for selfies
HTC One (M9) is expected to pack a 5" 1080p display and run on the latest generation Snapdragon 810 chipset with an octa-core processor, Adreno 430 graphics and 3GB of RAM. The flagship will powered by Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with HTC Sense 7.0 UI.
We had heard previously that the Samsung Galaxy S8 may sport a 30-mp camera on its back, but it didn't seem that realistic, given that the S7 (12-mp) actually sported a lower sensor size than the S6 (16-mp), albeit a better one. The latest rumors are once again blowing the 30-megapixel rear camera rumor away as they hint towards a dual rear camera setup for the upcoming flagship.
If these rumors have it right then the Galaxy S8 could feature either a single module with two camera sensors or two totally different modules accompanying each of the sensors. Whichever it turns out to be, the two sensors will have a resolution of 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel respectively. It will be interesting to see what other changes they bring into the new camera modules.
Samsung could also remove the physical Home button completely in favour of an "all screen" or "full screen" design. Alternate theories propose a less radical move by suggesting that Samsung might replace the clickable Home button with a fixed capacitive button instead of removing it completely. As Samsung might also be manufacturing the SD 830 SoC for Qualcomm exclusively this year, the 10nm processor is sure to make an appearance in at least the US version of the S8. That being said, this will close the gaps in performance between its in-house Exynos 8895 (10nm) processor (which will likely power the international versions) and the Snapdragon 830.
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After much speculation, Samsung's first mid-range smartphone with a rear mounted dual camera setup is now official. If you want, you are free to take a look at the official page on Samsung's Thai website which lists all the details about the J7+. In case you are not aware, then know that the Galaxy J7+ is the only smartphone in Samsung's arsenal to sport a dual rear camera, other than the Galaxy Note 8. Check out the specs below.
5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display (2.5D protective glass)
Octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 processor
32GB internal storage with expandable memory card slot
13-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture + 5-megapixel sensor with f/1.9 aperture
16-megapixel front cam
3,000 mAh non-removable battery
dual-SIM card slot, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, USB Type-C port, fingerprint sensor, Always-On Display, Face Detection, Secure Folder, Dual Messenger, and Bixby Home
Black, Pink, and Silver color options
Samsung U Flex wireless earphones free with Pre-order
As you can see, the specs are not exactly flagship, but quite decent for a mid-range Samsung device. Nevertheless, you will probably find phones such as the OnePlus 5 to be a better bargain at a slightly higher price.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The CES 2018 is already on its way and it is quite likely that Samsung will be launching a teaser at the show. However, before that happens, we have a treat for you, in case you are one of the millions of fans waiting for the Korean OEM to release their next flagship handset. According to the latest leak, the single camera on the Galaxy S9 will sport an aperture of f/1.5, while the dual camera module will likely feature at least one camera with an f/1.4 aperture.
Given that the f/1.7 aperture single lens cameras of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ produce beautiful images in lowlight, one can only imagine what Samsung would be able to do with such huge apertures! In case you are not aware, the lower the number is, the better the photos turn out to be in lowlight situations. Currently, there is no other smartphone in the market that can boast of such excellent apertures and if this does turn out to be true, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ cameras could be setting new benchmarks for the next gen smartphone cameras in 2018.
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There has been a lot going on in the rumor mill lately about the upcoming Galaxy S10 and the latest ones are suggesting that there will not only be three cameras on the Galaxy S10, but Samsung will also release three different variants as well. The triple camera will reportedly be found only on the top model though, but then again, that's to be expected.
If the reports do turn out to be true then the most expensive variant will sport a 12-mp dual aperture lens as the main camera in the middle, while a 123-degree 16 MP (f/1.9) wide angle lens will be placed on its side. The other side of the primary 12-mp camera will be fitted with a 13 MP f/2.4 lens. Another idea that Samsung is reportedly toying with is the concept of leaving out the telephoto lens in favor of a ultra-wide angle lens. that doesn't really sound like a good idea to be honest, but we will see! That's it for now, but will keep you updated with the important stuff as soon as they pop up.
If you thought that the recently launched Galaxy A7 (2018) with three rear cameras wasn't quite enough, rumor has it that Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy A9 (2018) with four rear cameras on October 11, 2018. The event on October 11 has been highlighted by Samsung with a subtle hint to this fact, which states "4x fun." It could also mean something else, but at this point, all rumors seem to be pointing towards the fact that the smartphone will have four rear cameras. If this does turn out to be true, Samsung will be the first manufacturer in the world to have a quad rear camera smartphone. The camera specs are expected to be 24-mp primary sensor + 8-mp wide angle sensor + 5-mp and 10-mp zooming lenses.
It would actually be quite interesting to see if the extra cameras are able to beat the dual camera modules on the flagship range handsets like the ones on the Galaxy Note 9 and the S9 Plus. If the specifications are true though, I would be surprised if the upcoming Galaxy A9 (2018) with four cameras doesn't beat the current-gen flagship handsets.
Google's flagship Pixel 3 XL smartphone is less than six months old, but the company is already deep into development on its successor. While the Pixel 4 XL will not launch until nearer the end of the year, Google is working on the handset now. In fact, this week we learned more about the camera technology on the Pixel 4 XL thanks to some new renders of the upcoming device.
Two important changes will be made to the design of the Pixel XL. Specifically, Google will follow the recent high-end Android trend of a hole-punch screen and will also embrace a new camera configuration on the back of the handset.
New Camera Module
According to a leaked image discovered by SlashLeaks, the Pixel 4 XL will have two cameras on its rear. Ok, you are probably thinking most flagship devices have three or more camera lenses, and you'd be right. Google has always approached smartphone imagery differently to other OEMs and the Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 3 XL only have one rear camera.
Instead of using multiple lenses to create different imaging capabilities, Google leveraged its market-leading AI and machine learning technology. The result has seen the single lens of the Pixel smartphones achieve image quality other smartphones need multiple lenses to match. It is a strategy that has worked as Pixel cameras are considered amongst the best in the industry.
However, for the Pixel 4 XL, Google seems to be embracing a multiple camera setup. The linked device drawing you see below shows the smartphone with two lenses. Considering Google has managed to use a single lens to create a stunning smartphone camera, we are really excited to see what the company will do with two.
The drawing also shows Google will use a hole-punch screen for the Pixel 4 XL, a design element that was backed up by renders that leaked this week by iDroidbg. Google has previously followed Apple's path of using a notch to house the front-facing selfie camera module.
While a notch is not a deal breaker, I have often found it slightly obtrusive. My smartphone activity revolves around sending messages on WhatsApp, playing games, or browsing when looking for a pa iLotterybonus code. In all cases it is hard to ignore the notch jutting out from the top of the screen.
The answer to that problem is the hold-punch display, which is becoming a smartphone trend in 2019 thanks to the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. Google has noticed this trend and it seems the Pixel 4 XL will now have its selfie camera embedded into the screen.
Interestingly, both the render and the drawing show that the Pixel 4 XL will come without a fingerprint sensor on the rear. All previous Pixel smartphones have housed the fingerprint scanner on the back panel below the camera. On the upcoming 2019 model it seems Google has followed OEMs like OnePlus and Samsung by embedding the sensor within the screen.
A recent Google Camera APL teardown by the famous tech blog XDADevelopers hints that Google's next mid-range smartphone may have the 24fps video recording. The teardown was of Google's camera latest update - version 7.3.017 and it also includes a few minor tweaks to the app interface and functionality. The app reference towards Google's upcoming device - Pixel 4a. The codenames sunfish, redfin, and bramble appear next to a string titled "pixel_20_mid_range." These codenames could mean reference to the Pixel 4a development board and the other codenames refer to the actual upcoming Pixel 4a devices or it could mean nothing specific. All guesses are just speculation at this point.
The teardown report also suggests that possible 24fps video recording support coming to the Google camera app in the near future. There are two strings hitting at this feature. This could be exciting news for the people who look at the camera specs while making the purchase decision regarding the smartphone. As of right now, people can only record video in either 30fps or 60fps on Pixel devices, but 24fps is the standard frame rate used for film making.
There are a few features that landed in this Google camera update too. Google camera is currently rolling out to the Play store, so you can grab the update as soon as it is available for the users. The update completely reorders the camera apps setting men, pushing the flash settings toggle to the top of the device. It also has a new feature that automatically enables do not disturb mode during the video recording. This means there won't be any notification appearing on the screen while you are shooting a video using pixel 4a even if you forgot to enable it.
Oppo has announced three phones under the Reno 2 brand name after 10x zoom camera phone released this year. All three devices the Reno 2, Reno 2 Z, and Reno 2 F are launching in India first and have four-facing cameras in various configuration. The processing power of these phone are also different from each other. The top-end Reno 2 isn't as high end as its predecessor flagship smartphones.
The early Reno with 10x zoom is still the fastest Reno in the series with its processing chip - Snapdragon 855. The Reno 2, is more like a sequel of original Reno that sits right at the top of what you can expect from a budget-friendly smartphone. It has Snapdragon 730 processing chip, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. The device has a screen display of 6.5-inchd with dynamic AMOLED display pale. It uses the same screen technology as the Galaxy S10 and Note 10. The Z and F both have quad-camera system including a 48MP primary camera. The only difference between the Z and F is that Z uses Sony's sensor whereas the F goes for Samsung's cheaper sensor.
Quad-camera array isn't a new thing anymore. It features an 8MP camera lens, a 16mm-equivalent wide-angle module, a 26mm camera using 48MP sensor, a 13MP camera and a 2MP monochrome sensor. It all adds up to 5x optical zoom with software do the remaining work. All the phones have USB-C, flash charging, a headphone jack. To keep them working all day long, the battery is 4,000mAh. An optical in-display fingerprint sensor keeps the security intact whereas the phone runs on ColorOS 6.1.
With about three days left in between now and the date of the Apple iPhone 7's unveiling, Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has revealed much about the upcoming flagship smartphones and rounded up facts from rumors and leaks all around. Here is what the most probable specs of the upcoming iPhones seem to be.
The Apple A10 chip will have a clock speed of 2.44GHz and will probably power both the iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus, however, the clock speed may vary slightly on release. The iPhone 7 Plus will be the first iPhone to sport 3GB of RAM, while the regular iPhone 7 will have only 2GB of RAM, like the 6s and 6s Plus. There will also be a dual 12-mp camera setup at the back of the iPhone 7 Plus with one camera sporting OIS and a 6-element wide angle lens, while the second one sporting a narrower 5-element lens. A flash with four LED lights are expected to be featured on both the smartphones.
Both iPhones will sport the lightning jack only and you will need the bundled lightning-to-3.5mm adapter to use your current headphones with them. If the IPx7 certification does indeed make it to the iPhones this year, they will be able to withstand thirty minutes of water exposure up to a depth of one meter. The earpiece itself may also act as an additional speaker and the proximity sensor beside it could be using laser tech instead of LED for the detection. Finally, the Home button may also be just a pressure sensitive icon, instead of being a physical one. Let's hope that the rumors are true as these do sound amazing!
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Huawei P20 pro has created a lot of buzz recently by coming out as the first and also the only smartphone to ever boast three rear mounted camera sensors and if we dare say so, it might very well be that Apple is all set to "copy" that feature. According to reports circulating around the internet, the iPhone might be given a single telephoto lens and two dedicated cameras for collecting 3D depth data, which would be necessary for augmented reality apps. The only catch here is that these iPhones will be released in 2019 and not 2018, according to the same rumors.
Additionally, it is also expected that by the next year, Apple will have switched completely to OLED displays, meaning that there won't be any more iPhones with LCD displays from the next year. On a sadder note, it seems that you won't be able to stream your Steam games on your iPad and iPhones anytime soon because in spite of having a deal with the gaming giant Valve, Apple has rejected the actual app which would have allowed that. Apple has been on a roll recently after winning $539 million in damages against Samsung recently.
Apple just released its latest iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max featuring new cameras, improved screens, faster processer, and one hour longer battery life. The new iPhone feature similar design as its predecessor with slim bezels and the faceID notch at the top. The iPhone is available in two sizes - 5.8 inch or 6.5-inch screen. The improved super retina OLED displays a higher resolution and sharper colors. The big addition is a big lump on the back of the camera. The three 12MP cameras system works similar to its previous phones, combining an ultra-wide angle, a main, and a telephoto camera for zooming from 0.5x to 2x.
Apple also upgraded the selfie camera to 12MP, and 4k video shooting. The selfie camera can also now shoot slow-motion video. Tim cook said: For those that want something wants that truly pushes the limits, this is iPhone 11 Pro. The 6.1-inch iPhone 11 - the direct replacement for the iPhone XR - gains a dual-camera version of Apple's new system, supplanting the single camera from last year and adding a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera to the traditional 12-megapixel camera.
Apple has improved its Face ID facial recognition system, implemented the new WiFi 6 standard and faster wireless charging. The iPhone 11 has the same 6.1-inch LCD as the iPhone XR and the same aluminum and glass body but now with the tougher glass. All the iPhones have the new, faster A13 Bionic chip, which Apple says is both the fastest CPU and GPU in the smartphone ever. Apple's iPhone battery will stay one hour longer than its previous iPhone. Both iPhone 11 Pros come with a faster 18W charger in the box, something others have been doing for years.
The LG V20 is indeed coming and it is coming on September 6, when the successor to the LG V10 will be unveiled at an event in San Francisco. This is official news and not a leak as LG Mobiles confirmed these facts on their own just recently. Additionally, we now have some high quality renders, leaked by @OnLeaks that shows us the LG V20 in vivid details.
Apart from the most obviously striking dual camera bump at the back of the V20, we can also see that they may have done away with the dual front camera setup at the front, as is found on the V10. There's also the secondary display on top of the main display and the volume buttons have been shifted to the left of the smartphone. The power button on its back will also act as the fingerprint sensor and the modular, removable bottom seen in the G5 is going to be there in the V20 as well. Keep in mind that there is a bit of controversy regarding whether the modular bottom will really be there or not in the V20, but if this render is accurate, then the module release button at the right does confirm it.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
LG has been silent for some time but recently it launched a new phone, the LG V60 ThinQ after a long time now. LG was scheduled to launch the phone at MWC 2020, but since the event got canceled due to coronavirus, the company decided to announce the online press release, instead of holding an event at an alternative day or place. The phone that was once supposed to be the LG G9 ThinQ has now been revealed to be the LG V60 ThinQ.
The flagship smartphone has to compete with the Samsung Galaxy series, as it is launched around the time Samsung decides to release the Galaxy S series. The V60 ThinQ is a premium handset with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. It is a big phone with a 6.8-inch display and has a 5000mAh battery that allows your phone to last for a whole day. The device also has a dual-screen accessory like the last year's device and LG G8X ThinQ. There are a few interesting decisions that LG made with the hardware as well. The phone is made of Gorilla Glass 5 and has an 83.1% screen-to-body ratio. The phone has 8GB RAM and 128GB storage that is expandable using the microSD card slot. The device has a 5,000mAh battery and comes with fast wireless charging.
For security, the device has an in-display fingerprint sensor. The device has 64MP primary sensor, 1/1.72″, 0.8-micron, f/1.8, 78-degree FOV, OIS, Dual Pixel PDAF, pixel binning to 16MP with 1.6-micron effective pixel size. The second camera is a 13MP ultra-wide angle sensor, 1/3.4″, 1.0-micron, f/1.9, 117-degree FOV, Dual Pixel PDAF. LG V60 ThinQ can record video up to 8K at 26fps, or 4k at 60fps. The 4k video recording comes with a time-lapse and AI time-lapse feature. There is also an option for video bokeh and portrait. The front camera is 10MP, 1/3.1″, 1.22-micron, f/1.9, 72.5-degree FOV. The phone comes with Android 10 operating system out of the box. If you have used an LG phone before, do tell us your experience with us in the comment section below.
Motorola China revealed its latest premium smartphone at an event in the country today. The flagship is the world's first smartphone to be powered by Snapdragon 870 and called Motorola Edge S. The phone doesn't have any curved edges or display. In fact, it features a rather flat display screen with double hole punches for two front-facing camera sensors. The phone not only packs a bunch of cameras but also offers a high-speed processor for heavy use.
The rear panel of the phone is slightly curved and features four cameras arranged in a not-so-stylish way. The device has an NVCM coating and available in the market as well as online in two different colors - Emerald Glaze and Emerald light. The Motorola Edge has a 6.7-inch LCD display screen with a 90Hz refresh rate and a 21:9 aspect ratio. The screen's resolution is 2520 x 1080 with a 409PPI, HDR10, and a DCI-P3 color gamut.
The device uses Snapdragon 870 processor that brings an improvement in performance to a great extent as compared to its predecessor. Its CPU performance is measured to be exactly 12% higher than that of the Snapdragon 865 while GPU is 10% more powerful. According to the company's official statement, the Edge S scores higher than the Mi 10 on AnTuTu which scored only 585,232 points, whereas the Edge S shines with 680,826 points among its competitors. The phone's higher score is due to the result of the Turbo RAM which is 72% faster than LPDDR4 and also has UFS 3. Internal storage is 25% faster than the traditional UFS 3.0.
Motorola Ege S features four cameras at the rear side of the phone that includes a 64-megapixel primary camera, a 16-megapixel 121 ultrawide angle camera that also doubles as a 2.8CM macro camera, a 2MP camera for taking better portrait images, and a TOF camera sensor that has a light right around its casing. The front-facing cameras are 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel with the ultra-wide-angle camera sensor. The phone has a built-in vlog mode, night mode, and can shot up to 6k video at 30fps and 4k video at 60fps.
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