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.
Since the technology has revolutionized the communication industry, we have witness some amazing innovations in mobile phones. The phones are bigger, faster, and smarter than ever before. But one area that most of the mobile phone manufacturers completely ignored is the charging ability. Thanks to companies like Oppo and Reno, we are getting fast charging now. Till now, the Oppo Reno Ace holds the title of the fastest charging smartphone with 65W charging ability. The phone can be fully charged from zero in just 30 minutes. Now, Redmi is here to compete with the Oppo Reno Ace with its 66W charging speed.
Redmi 5G phone with the model number M2001J1E/C has appeared on China's 3C telecommunications website. According to the specifications listed on the website, the phone will pack 66W charging speed that is higher than any other existing smartphone's charging ability. Xiamoi is expected to launch Redmi K30 series phone with 5G network support next month. This would be another milestone towards the fast charging improvements this year.
Earlier this year, Xiamoi claimed to test 100W charging that is good enough to fully charge a 4000mAh battery in just 17 minutes. Oppo, later on, claimed that it is working on a 120W charging solution that could fully charge a 4,000mAh battery in 13 minutes. Sounds exciting. Right? But these are just claims and we have no evidence that it is going to work. As fast charging can cause the phone to over-heat and so far, no one has achieved more than 65W fast charging ability.
Xiaomi is expected to announce its next Mi series flagship smartphone by February or March at max. Even though we don\'t have a confirmed official date or specs but there are recent amount of leaks that keep popping up here and there. A recent leak suggests that the phone is going to be called Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G and will likely to be unveiled on Feb 11. Now, a reputable leaker Weibo (via FoneArena) has uploaded some interesting images of possible Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G, revealing few exciting details about specifications.
The images reveal the upcoming flagship smartphone with High-resolution branding of the company and it will have a quad-camera setup at the rear side of the phone. As per the tipster on the same website Weibo, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro will feature a high-resolution camera lens up to 108MP for the primary camera, just like the Mi Note 10 that Xiaomi launched last year. The surfaced images of the Mi 10 Pro show a curved display with a hole-punch cutout for the front camera. There is a speaker grille at the top and bottom. As you can see from the images, there is no pop-up camera this time. We don\'t know from the images if the phone has an IR blaster or not, but we don\'t see any headphone port.
One of the images shows a 65W charger that means the Xiomi Mi 10 Pro 5G would be using the Oppo Reno Ace for the fast charging solution on Paper. There are no leaks about the battery size so far but we can assume that it could be around 3500mAh to 4000mAh. In the recent Snapdragon tech summit last month Xiamoi confirmed that the Mi 10 will be using the Snapdragon 865 chipset. So we can assume that the Mi 10 Pro 5G will be using the same chip. The images haven\'t been confirmed by official sources, so we can take these as another leak and wait for the day when it is finally released.
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.
Mi 10 pro plus is rumored to be the fastest charging phone to be released this year, according to the tipster Digital Chat Station. This post went online just a day after a Xiaomi smartphone reportedly posted an impressive score on AnTuTu benchmarks. The phone with the model number M2007J1SC recorded a benchmarking score of 687,422. Earlier this week, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun also talked about the top-class specifications. Considering all these developments, it is safe to assume that the upcoming handset may be Xiamoi's premium flagship Mi 10 pro plus.
The report suggested that the upcoming phone may feature a combination of wired, wireless, and reverse wireless charging technology. Yesterday the same tipster also shared the benchmark scores of a Xiamoi device. Scoring 182,883 points in CPU, 292,704 points in GPU, 115,687 points in memory and 96,148 points in UX tests, the device had a total score of 687,422. In comparison, the high-end Lenovo Legion Phone Duel posted a score of 648,871. The rumour mill suggests that this device may be the upcoming Mi 10 Pro Plus.
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun shared information on the device specs. The phone is expected to feature a high-refresh rate scree, a powerful camera with 30x and above zoom. For security, it uses an in-display fingerprint sensor, stereo speakers and inbuilt cooling technology to prevent the processor from overheating. Jun also mentioned that the device battery may have a capacity of 4,500mAh and above. It's camera features a front and rear optical sensors with sensitive automatic brightness control. In terms of connectivity and communication with other devices, it is expected to support near-field communication and an infrared remote control. The phone might be launched in the next month in China.
Realme has come a long way since early 2018 as the Xiamoi subbrand. The company focused on budget-friendly phones and then moved to the higher-end smartphones that have proved to be quite successful so far. Realme launched its first flagship device last year, known as Realme X2 Pro, and now they have launched their first 5G smartphone - the Realme X50 Pro 5G.
The Realme X50 Pro 5G has an all-metal casing with a quad-camera system on the rear side along with a bezel-less display. On the front, you can see a dual-camera cut-out. This may seem like a repeated design but maybe the company didn't want to do much experiment with the look. The back cover is available in Rust Red and Moss Green colors. The phone seems pretty thick for many, but the additional thickness may not bother you as it feels quite comfortable in the hands. There is a pair of front-facing speakers that are pretty good in terms of quality. The phone has an extra in-display optical fingerprint scanner for security.
The Realme X50 is one of the first devices in the market to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. The processing chip is launched back in December of 2019 and offers almost 25% greater performance than its predecessor Snapdragon 855, and even more power-efficient than the Snapdragon 855. The Adreno 650 GPU follows a similar approach with a 20% faster image rendering when compared to the older version.
The device also comes with a charging brick that lets you charge your phone from 0 to 100 percent in less than 40 minutes. Leave it on charge for ten minutes and you are good to go for a few hours. The phone tends to heat up a bit when charging but it cools down pretty quickly. The only con you can say here is not-so-long battery life. You may have to charge your phone more than once in a day if you are a heavy user.
Realme was founded as a sub-brand of OPPO and after Oppo launched its super-fast charging technology, having the same technology for Realme makes sense. Just a day after OPPO announced it is super-fast wired charging technology and 65W AirVOOC wireless charging technology, Realme came up with is own 125W fast charging technology, called Realme 125W Ultra Dart fast charging. This didn't come up as a surprise as the company has already hinted about it a few weeks ago.
According to the company's claim, the technology is brand new and can charge a 4,000mAh battery up to 33 percent with wired charger in just 3 minutes. It is said that the company is using a three-way charging solution to increase speed. The three-way charge simultaneously pumps step-down voltage to maximize the charging power and also reduce the heat dissipation along the way. This three-way solution and the entire charging process has been optimizing to be used in smartphones, as these mobile phones are small devices and have their cooling requirements. This technology can result in an ultra-high conversion rate of 98 percent.
The new charging technology has a flip-chip structure that shortens the current path between the Type-C port and reduces the heat source. It also adopts an ultra-thin soaking plate to conduct the high-temperature efficiently. This helps to absorb and reduce the heat energy being produced during the charging process. As per the company, they have combined the thermal conductive gel and multi-layer graphite sheet, which lowers the temperate and keeps it under 40-degree Celsius.
To support this Realme 125W ultra dart fast charging technology, a dual Type-C charging cable is used. Also, this technology isn't limited to smartphones alone and can be used with other devices with high-power requirements such as notebooks. The technology is pretty much backward-compatible with Dart, Warp, VOOC, and SuperVOOC 2.0 charging technologies.
As per reports, Realme may soon launch three smartphones with model numbers RMX2121, RMX2176, and RMX2200 / RMX2201 have been certified by TENAA authority of China. TENAA has full specs and images of the RMX2176 phone. However, the Chinese telecom regulatory body has little information on the specs of the phone. A reliable tipster from China reported some information on the upcoming Realme 8 series phones.
According to the tipster, the upcoming smartphone is a standard Realme series and a higher model. The first device has a 4,300mAh battery and the second has a 4,500mAh battery. Both phones support 65W fast charging. The phone is also reported to be lightweight with long battery life. The Flagship variant is only 4,500mAh and 65W all series that don't exceed 200g. The Realme series has taken a slim profile serious with only 8.xmm phone size. From the weight and slim profile of the unknown series, we can safely assume that the tipster isn't talking about the Realme X series or V5 series as the upper-end variants of these sires houses a larger 4,980mAh rated battery.
The RMX2176 has an AMOLED display with a hole-punch design. It also supports a full HD+ resolution and a 20:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by a 2.4GHz octa-core processor that comes with 6GB and 8GB RAM options. The phone available in China may come in 128GB and 256GB storage options. The phone has a 32-megapixel front camera with a quad-camera system on the rear side. The rear camera system includes a 64-megapixel primary camera, 8-megapixel, a 2-megapixel, and a 2-megapixel phone. The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system is expected to be released in blue, white, and symphony color options.
Vivo recently introduced the U-series of smartphones in India by launching the first Vivo U10. There has been a lots of hype around U3x before its arrival. Well, the Vivo U3x has now gone official in Vivo's home land and it appears to be a rebranded version of the Vivo U10 featuring the similar design and hardware specification. The main selling points of Vivo U3x are the device mega battery - 5000mAh, triple rear cameras, and support for Vivo's proprietary 18W dual engine fast charging technology.
The Vivo U3x comes in two variants for the base 3GB memory + 32GB, storage and the 4GB memory + 64GB storage model. The upper-end of the smartphone is now up for pre-order in china and available in deep lake blue, red tea red, and midnight black color options, with the first two has a gradient finish. Vivo has announced offers free accessories for early buyers. As of now, Vivo hasn't declared any date for the Vivo U3x in market.
The dual-SIM vivo U3x runs funtouch OS 9.1 based on Android OS. It has a 6.35-inch display with HD+ resolution at 1544 x 720 pixels. Vivo U3x runs over the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC paired with up to 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. ivo U3x is equipped with a 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W Dual Engine fast charging, and also supports reverse charging for juicing up accessories such as Bluetooth earphones and fitness bands. However, the OTG cable needed for reverse charging must be purchased separately. Storage on the Vivo phone is expandable via a microSD card (up to 256GB). The Vivo U3x features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and also supports face unlock for authentication.
Samsung hinted on it's newest official blog post that the Galaxy S6 will feature a built-in wireless charging, actually the company hinted that its whole 2015 Galaxy line-up will feature wireless-charging.
"With our upcoming Galaxy smartphones, users will be able to enter a new wireless world like never before." - Samsung Tomorrow, Official Blog
Blessing us with a unibody phone, which will be a first for the Galaxy S line, Samsung has apparently decided to compensate for the sealed battery compartment with highly efficient inductive charging for the Galaxy S6. This might also have something to do with the famed rich accessory ecosystem that Samsung is reportedly prepping around its new flagship.
The latest blog post from Samsung, which shines a spotlight on the wireless charging standards, history, and latest developments, is another hint in that direction, so we can't wait to see how the company has managed to embed wireless charging in a metal unibody.
Samsung's latest television commercial for the Samsung Galaxy S6 is all about the wireless charging. Well, that is unless you're a fan of British singer Rita Oro, who saunters into the commercial carrying her brand new Galaxy S6. Obviously concerned by the dwindling amount of battery life on her spanking new handset, she plops it onto the wireless charging pad.
The small print at the bottom of the ad tells us that the average time to recharge from 0% to 100% wirelessly is 180 minutes, or 3 hours. Oro must have spent a few hours at the studio because the ad shows the battery progressively filling up with energy until it reaches 100% at the end of the ad. Watch the video Below!
"Free" as a word has the ability to get consumer attention instantly. While retail stores usually adopt this sales technique to boost sales, manufacturers are also not behind. For innovative companies pioneering in a field in which others fear to tread, free as a tool can be used to gain and retain competitive advantage against others.
In 2015 Samsung's smartphone arsenal comprising of the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, and Galaxy Note 5 is gaining eminence for wireless charging capabilities. Samsung played a masterstroke by incorporating wireless charging in the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge earlier this year, but the Korean giant took the game to another level by making wireless charging faster in the Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5. This resulted in faster charging times and in turn it would compel customers to adapt wireless charging as a necessary part of their lives.
Right now the only competitor to wireless charging is the USB Type-C technology which is available in flagship phones like Onplus 2, Nexus 6p. One problem with this new technology is the replacement cost, when USB Type-C cable gets damaged. If this gets accepted as a mainstream accessory, wireless charging will be left for the "early adopter". But, we consider that wireless charging is a better technology, as it saves the phone battery from mild electric shock whenever it is plugged in and thereby elongating the battery life.
In order to drive adoption and make wireless charging the de-facto technology of charging phones, Samsung can give away wireless charger as a necessary accessory in the high-end smartphones scheduled for release in the future.
Just when you thought more interesting leaks would not surface about the Samsung Galaxy S7, the folks at Samsung Indonesia thought better of it and released a commercial for the S7 with the tag-line, "the Next Galaxy."
The Indonesian flavor is shown early with popular Indonesian archer, Dellie Threesyadinda, cleverly using the curved shape of the Samsung S7 to complete her training. Undeterred by the heavy rainfall, the latest model definitely has some waterproofing as standard.
The video also gives a starring role to a wireless charging pad which confirms that the Galaxy S7 will enjoy wireless charging abilities like the Galaxy S6 did before it.
The video quotes "privacy at its finest" and also cites the new improved camera abilities by saying "bring light to the night." This is an important point because photography in low-light conditions has always been a sticking point with the lenses used on many Samsung handsets.
The Galaxy S7 will make its official appearance at a media event on Sunday, February 21. Handsets are still expected to hit the stores officially on March 11th.
If you ever doubted Samsung's seriousness in going with wireless charging support for its flagship family, think again! The company has introduced the SE370 monitor that comes with built-in wireless charger. Available in 23.6-inches and 27-inches, all a user needs to charge his/her mobile device is to place it on the charging area of the monitor stand. Samsung says the monitor supports Qi wireless charging standard.
If picture quality is what matters you the most in addition to the wireless charging support, the monitor uses a Plane-to-Line-Switching (PLS) panel that gives a 178-degree viewing angle along with a brightness of up to 300 cd/m2.
Moreover, the SE370 supports Full HD 1920×1080 resolution, AMD's FreeSync technology for lesser screen tearing while gaming with an AMD graphics card and comes with other features like Eco Saving Plus, Magic Upscale, Magic Bright, Eye Saver Mode and lots more.
Oppo made headlines when it announced its new smartphone capable of 65W charging, making it the fasted wired charging device in the market. The company gave a reference to Oppo Reno Ace for having this technology. Now, the company has launched the Reno Ace in China and so far, it is the fastest charging phone with no competition in the industry.
Another big selling point is its huge battery of 4,000mAh which can be fully charged from zero in just 30 minutes. It takes the phone only 5 minutes to charge from zero to 27% capacity which is pretty fast. The phone also supports USB-PD and Qualcomm's quick charge technologies. The phone is a power pack with its fast processing chip - snapdragon 855. It is available in two variants - the 8GB RAM with 128GB storage, and 12GB of RAM with 256GB storage. It also features the latest storage technology UFS 3.0.
The device has a 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED display and has a 90Hz refresh rate, similar to OnePlus' recent phone. The phone has a waterdrop notch for the front camera, having a 16MP lens. For the rear camera, it uses a 48MP camera lens, an 8MP ultra-wide lens with 116-degree FOV, a 13MP telephoto shooter with 5x hybrid zoom, and 2MP monochrome sensor. For security, it uses an in-display fingerprint sensor. The device will be available in Psychedelic purple and starry blue. The price starts at $450 for the entry-variant.
Last year Oppo introduced a super-fast charging technology called superVOOC. Oppo Reno Ace, launched in October 2019, was the first phone to come with 65W superVOOC 2.00 fast charging support. This new fast charging technology can fully charge the Reno Ace smartphone in just 25 minutes and goes from zero to 100 percent. The 65W fast charging launched earlier was much higher than what the competition was offering. While Vivo and Xiamoi also claim to develop 120W fast charging technology, they haven't started to use it in the mass production just yet.
Rumors suggest that the company is working on the development of the next-generation of SuperVOOC that will have a power output rating of 80W. That would be an instant increase of 18.75% over SuperVOOC 2.0's 65W. On the Chinese social media website Weibo, a Chinese blogger named Really Assen revealed that OPPO is going to launch SuperVOOC 3.0. He said, that it's been a long time for half an hour (the time it takes to charge with the SuperVOOC 2.0), it's still not fast enough, you have to cut it in half.
SuperVOOC 2.0 charges at 10V and 6.5. With SuperVOOC 3.0 OPPO will go with a higher voltage similar to what we already saw on the 120W Xiaomi charger. So SuperVOOC 3.0 chargers should have a voltage output of 20V and current output of 4A to achieve a maximum power output of 80W. We are expecting the technology to be launched at the end of next year. We don't know the date yet, but its predecessor technology was launched in October, so we can take the info with a pinch of salt until more solid evidence surfaces.
Wireless charging is the Holy Grail of mobiles. Currently it exists but requires a super close connection. A new discovery from start-up company uBeam will allow for wireless charging at along-range, meaning you can walk around the room with your phone while it charges over the air. uBeam uses ultrasound to transmit electricity. Power is turned into the sound waves to be transmitted and then converted back to power on reaching the device.
The uBeam concept was stumbled upon by 25-year-old astrobiology graduate Meredith Perry. She started the company that will make it possible to charge gadgets over the air using a 5mm thick plate. These transmitters can be attached to walls, or made into decorative art, to beam power to smartphones and laptops for example. The gadgets just need a thin receiver to be added in order to receive the charge.
uBeam will mean gadgets can be designed differently, with slimmer batteries and more room for the charging plate. It will also mean cables can be removed almost entirely from the home. Imagine the kitchen with kettle, toaster and radio all powered wirelessly.
uBeam creator, Meredith Perry, said: "This is the only wireless power system that allows you to be on your phone and moving around a room freely while your device is charging. It allows for a Wi-Fi-like experience of charging; with everything else you have to be in close range of a transmitter."
Wireless charging is pretty awesome but Unfortunately, it is slow and already starting to lag behind the latest wired charging speeds. Freescale wants to help bring things back closer to parity with new hardware that could allow you to wirelessly charge devices up to 3x faster.
The basic idea behind the speed increase is the same as with newer USB chargers, which can feed a higher voltage to your device, pushing about 14 watts of power instead of the traditional 5 watts. Freescale has developed new hardware that can push 15 watts of power wirelessly. The downside is that right now, it requires new hardware in both your smartphone and charging pad. So, you can't just get this going.
It should be noted that the Qi standard does actually support up to 120 watt charging, if the hardware can handle it. Freescale says that it will have chips and reference designs ready for Q1 2015. so, it seems likely that we'll be seeing fast wireless charging hardware sooner rather than later.
Qualcomm just released more details about its upcoming Snapdragon 820 Soc that will be included on all 2016 flagships devices starting by the ned of this year.
A major missing puzzle piece was connectivity and at today's Qualcomm event in China it became clear that the Snapdragon 820 will offer top-notch mobile data bandwidth up to 600Mbps downstream and 150Mbps up over LTE-Advanced (X12 LTE). Also Wi-Fi 802.11ad will be supported for next-gen local connectivity.
The Snapdragon 820 will use four custom 64-bit Kryo cores, so no more standard Cortex solutions. The Kryo processor has been manufactured via Samsung's 14nm FinFET process, so it promises to go easy on the battery as well. And speaking of the Korean tech giant, rumors hint that it is already busy testing the Snapdragon 820 for integration inside the next Galaxy S7 flagship.
The company also confirmed that the new chips will support its latest Quick Charge 3.0 standard. The technology claims to be 27% faster that version 2.0, while using less power will help preserving the health of the battery pack longer. More details are coming, stay tuned.
The US Patent and Trademark Office have recently released information that indicates wireless charging might be on queue for the Apple iPhone 8. However, considering the fact that the patent was filed in towards the end of last year, it is a bit surprising that it did not make its way to the iPhone 7 this year like many had hoped it would.
If the wireless charging had made its way to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus as expected, Apple would not be receiving so much hate for disabling the ability to listen to your headphones while putting your phone on charge. Theoretically, you can still do that with the help of the "AirPods" introduced by Apple or just a dock, as suggested by Phil Schiler. However, shelling out an additional $159 for the AirPods after spending a premium amount to buy the smartphone itself may not appeal to everyone to be honest.
Let us hope that we see more innovation from Apple in 2017 as this year will mark the tenth anniversary of the iPhone. Also, it makes one ask the question; did Apple purposefully leave the wireless charging out of the equation to introduce it to the "ifans" on the iconic smartphone's 10th birthday? If so, we are not impressed.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Rumors have had it since last year that the next iPhone will come equipped with wireless charging capabilities, but it seems like Apple is going to take it a step further. Honestly, Apple has not exactly been a pioneer when it comes to features in their smartphones for quite a while now. That being said, they do put a new twist to every tech they implement and that is why Apple products usually stand out from the crowd.
One might wonder, what is so "cutting edge" about wireless charging? It's something that we have seen being implemented in plenty of Android smartphones in the past. Apparently, the answer to that question is distance. The new wireless charging technology will allegedly make it possible to charge your iPhone 7 from a significantly longer distance than it is possible now in any phone that supports wireless charging. If the reports are correct, development of this technology is ongoing as Apple continues to work on it in collaboration with their Asian associates.
Reports were neither very clear nor very specific because they do not tell us how this new tech would actually work as wireless/inductive charging as we know it, requires the phone to be placed on the charging pad. In fact, they even indicate that there is a possibility that the iPhone 7 may not have this piece of technology.
The good news is that we do have one established fact that supports the rumors. In 2012, an application for patenting something related to Near-Field Magnetic Resonance (NFMR) was submitted by Apple and it involves charging devices from about a meter away. If anything, we at least know that the technology is in development for quite a few years, which makes it all the more likely to be implemented in the upcoming iPhone 7.
For a change, we are not talking about any rumors today but we are most definitely talking about a leak and trust me when I say that it's a big one. This one doesn't come from any external Chinese sources or reliable leaksters, but straight from mouth of the Horse itself.
While speaking to the media at the Annual Shareholder's Meeting, Robert Hwang spoke the following words, "Assembly process for the previous generations of [iPhones] have not changed much, though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing." As Hwang is the CEO of the company (Wiston) which assembles the iPhones for Apple, this pretty much confirms two things; waterproofing and wireless charging is definitely coming to the iPhone 8.
This accidental leak by Hwang is the second one in recent history as Allen Horng, the CEO of Catcher Technology had let one slip about Apple shifting to a new type of glass chassis with the iPhone 8, back in 2016. Let's hope we get a few more before the actual phone is released a few months later.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The semi-circular LCD on the Moto 360 seems to be having a problem with image retention. A couple of users have reported their Moto 360 continues to show the circular charging bar on the screen even after you stop charging (as you can see on the image above).
Certain LCDs are occasionally prone to image retention or persistence issue, wherein if an image is displayed on the screen continuously for too long it gets stuck on the screen for a while and is visible even if you go to another screen. This is different from image burn-in that happens on AMOLED panels, where the pixels are permanently transformed and it's temporary on LCD but it's still annoying to see the previous image faintly on the screen even after you move to the next one.
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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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.