Rumors and reports have only begun to surface that Samsung could be unveiling the technology behind their first foldable smartphone next week, but a much smaller firm has beaten Samsung to it by revealing what is being touted as the "first foldable phone" by them. In all honesty, it looks like a foldable prototype than a marketable device!
The FlexiPai by Rouyu Technology is rumored to be released very soon but if it is going to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/8150 SoC like Ice Universe tweeted, then that's not going to happen. Also, we kind of hope that Rouyu Technology waits a little longer before actually releasing the device because as of now, it really looks unfinished! Nevertheless, this is definitely a rough look into the future that's waiting for smartphone evolution in general. Check out the key specs below.
· 7.8" truly flexible display with just 7.6mm thickness
· Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/8150 SoC
· 6GB RAM + 128GB storage/8GB RAM + 256GB storage/8GB RAM + 512GB storage
· 16MP wide-angle + 20MP telephoto pairing
· Starting price will exceed $1,290 and will go up as high as $1,860+
As we progress more in the year 2020, the 5G is becoming more affordable every day, as Realme has become the latest mobile phone company to launch an inexpensive 5G capable handset. There was a much anticipation and hype around the phone due to its high refresh rate. The phone has been popped up on the company's Chinese website, offering an official look at the phone's specs and features. The device has 5G network support, a 120Hz refresh rate that makes it the first Realme device to have such a higher rate. The phone has 6.57-inch display that results in a 90.4% screen-to-body ratio. The display also has a full HD+ 2400 x 1080 resolution and 5th generation Gorilla Glass protection.
The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 765G chipset. And all of this is available on just $360. The phone is available for sale only in china this instance but we can expect it in other parts of the world soon. The Realme X50 5G sports Qualcomm's latest super-fast Snapdragon 765G chipset that allows the users to experience the integrated X42 5G modem and Qualcomm's extra gaming performance and features. The device comes with Android 10 out of the box.
However, this is the first phone to feature Realme UI instead of ColorOS interface. The user interface offers a very familiar color palette and flat icon design that isn't much different from the Oppo's ColorOS interface. Realme UI offers much better performance than the ColorOS. For example, it has a 20% less memory usage. It starts apps 14% faster and gives 40% improved battery life. The device comes in three variants of memory. There is 6GB, 8GB, and 12G RAM options with either 128GB or 256GB of UFS 2.1 memory. You won't be short of memory with the higher tier of the RAM.
Vivo's spin-off brand iQOO is known for its dispensing affordable gaming smartphone devices like the iQOO 3 5G. Today the company introduces its first flagship device to its product portfolio in China. The phone has features like premium phones with a 144Hz refresh rate. The phone comes with a super-fast Snapdragon 865 mobile processor, Wi-Fi 6, and dual-mode connectivity support for 5G.
The design of the iQOO Neo3 looks quite similar to the iQOO 3 in terms of shape and the position of the camera module. It comes in two variants with gradients. The smartphone features a triple camera module. The phone is available in two color variants with gradients. The phone features triple cameras on the rear side. For the front camera, there is a hole-punch display on the display. The fingerprint scanner is mounted on the side and the stereo speakers on the top and the bottom edges.
The iQOO Neo3 features up to 12GB of LPDDF4X RAM, and UFS 3.2 storage technology. The internal hardware capabilities can support gaming apps up to 144fps, as well as Vivo's Multi-Turbo 3.0, which features Central Core Acceleration Engine, AI Acceleration Engine, Network Acceleration Engine, Game Acceleration Engine, Thermal Acceleration Engine, and Compilation Enhanced Acceleration Engine, leading for sustained high performance. To compensate for the over-heating due to continuous video gaming the device has an 11-layer heat dissipation system.
The device comes with HDR 10 certified and comes with a single hole-punch at the top right corner of the display. The phone is using an IPS display panel. The triple rear camera system on the rear side includes a 48MP primary camera lens, an 8MP ultra-wide camera sensor, and a 2MP macro camera lens. The hole-punch on the front side features a 16MP selfie shooter. The phone has a 4,500mAh battery and supports Vivo's super flash charge fast wired charging at 44W. You can get your phone charge from zero to 100 percent under an hour and 50% battery in almost 20 minutes. The phone comes with Android 10 out of the box.
Getting OTA updates out the door is no easy task, especially with carriers standing between the OEM and users. That's why Motorola has long used soak tests with small groups of users to hammer out out bugs before the final certification. HTC has just posted details of its own Preview program called "HTC Elevate" that does essentially the same thing.
The information was posted in HTC Elevate, which is HTC's private community where it works with users to promote its devices and services. Members of Elevate also get the occasional freebie for participating in the community.
HTC Elevate FAQ
Q. What do I need to do after completing the registration?
A. At this time, just sit back and relax. As soon as we are able to match you to an upcoming user trial, we will reach out to you directly.
Q. Will I need to sign an NDA?
A. If you are invited to participate in a user trial, you will be required to sign an NDA before starting.
Q. I have a friend/relative/co-worker who would be great for this program. Can I ask them to register?
A. At this time, we are only making this registration open to select groups, one which is Elevate US users. Please do not share the details of this program with anyone else at this time. When the program launches publicly in the future, you'll be more than welcome to invite them.
Q. Will I be using my own device or will one be provided during a user trial?
A. It depends on the user trial. In some cases, we will provide loaner devices and in other cases, you will use your own. This will be communicated up-front when we invite potential candidates.
Q. What happens if my device requires warranty services during the user trial?
A. Your device may encounter an issue which will require warranty service in such cases, please contact HTC Care for immediate attention. You may encounter problems going through your carrier due to the unofficial software loaded on your device.
Note: This is only for warranty service, that is, if the device has any physical damage you would need to file an insurance claim (if applicable).
Q. What if I want to leave the user trial before it ends?
A. If you choose to leave a user trial early and are using your own device, you will need to send your device in to HTC Care to have it flashed back to the latest commercial SW. If you are using a loaner device, you will just need to return the device (a prepaid shipping label will be provided).
Q. What type of user trials would be conducted? Would it just cover maintenance release (MR) or new products as well?
A. Most of the user trials will be of the software nature (i.e. MR updates and HTC app Play store updates) but there will also be user trials for hardware when we launch new products as well.
Q. How long does a user trial run?
A. This depends on the purpose of the user trial and again, this will be communicated up-front when we invite potential candidates. Generally, user trials last between 6 - 10 weeks, with some ending earlier and others getting extended beyond that.
Q. I have more questions about this program. Who can I contact?
A. Feel free to sound off in the thread below.
TV Plus, the world's first virtual TV channel was launched by Samsung Electronics in its homeland South Korea. Just in a month after its launch, the TV channel has become quite a sensation in the domestic market. This service is meant for Korean consumers who will be using an application on smart television to Video on Demand (VOD) for the first time. They will be able to browse through videos just like flipping channels in regular TV.
According to data released by Samsung on 11th November, 20% of the Samsung smart TV users have the TV plus service from the date of its launch in October. Most promising part is that the reuse rate exceeds 80%. This service enables users to browse through 33 virtual channels via a remote control without downloading any external application or going through any kind of sign up process.
The TV users can connect their smart TV via Wifi or network cable to access the service. Once connected they will be able to watch wide range of content ranging from entertainment, education to drama at no cost at all.
In the recent times Samsung has shown interest in adding various multimedia content like Galaxy view, Gear VR and gaming services to its digital services.
Samsung quite recently launched an upgraded Galaxy A8 smartphone in Japan and in the process it has made the original device more powerful. They unveiled new-generation Galaxy A series devices along with the 2016 Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7. But a completely new variant of the Galaxy A8 was not launched.
The much anticipated Galaxy A9 has not made its debut just yet either, but apparently the Galaxy A8 will come power packed. Although it has not been fully revamped, a new Galaxy A8 version for Japan has now entered the market, laced with a more powerful processor..
The original Samsung Galaxy A8 was unveiled back in August 2015 and it continues to increase its reach to new geographical regions. While that model was powered by either a Snapdragon 615 processor from Qualcomm or an in-house Exynos 5430 processor from Samsung, the new Galaxy A8 model made for Japanese market now boasts an Exynos 5433 SoC.
This is a prominent upgrade for the CPU, as the Exynos 5433 is actually more powerful than the Exynos 5430 SoC found on the original Galaxy A8. Interesting thing to note here is that the CPU model numbers looks very close, but the two processors actually have many differences.
If you have been following us, you probably have a pretty good idea about what to expect from the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 7 already. But just in case you don't have an idea, have a look at some these recent renders released by VRS Design while listing their new range of cases for the Note 7.
The pictures do not reveal anything to us that we do not know already but they sure are reinforcing the rumors almost to the point of becoming facts. We can see the S-Pen's top end poking out from the bottom right S-Pen slot and the expected USB Type-C port makes its appearance in this render as well. What we do not see clearly however, are the three lenses of the rumoured retina scanner. Given that the images do not show the retina scanner to be absent either, don't lose hope yet! Additionally, we can see the dual Edge display, the ambient light sensor, the front camera, the rear camera and the dual tone flash.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
We had reported back then that the Galaxy S7 Olympic Edition was coming and now it's finally here. You can own the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Games Limited Edition for $50 more than what the unlocked regular Galaxy S7 Edge costs. This is the second limited edition series based on the S7 Edge that Samsung is releasing this year, after the Injustice: Gods Among Us Edition that we saw in May. Sadly, the Gear VR will not be bundled in along with the Olympic Edition, like it was with the Injustice version. The $850 package will include a custom pouch for carrying the sporty device around though!
As we had seen earlier, the entire theme is based on the five different colors of the Olympic rings and the rings themselves can be seen at the back of the smartphone. It has been made available exclusively in the US, China, Korea, Germany and Brazil. As the moniker "Limited Edition" suggests, only 2016 units will be made available for purchase in each of these countries.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
T-Mobile had already launched its Galaxy S8 bogo offer a week or so ago and now Samsung joins in with one of their own. However, T-Mobile still has a role to play in this one as well, since at least one of the two smartphones needs to have an active T-Mobile line in it for the user to avail the offer. You can use the other one with whatever network you wish though; something that is not a part of the bogo deal offered by T-Mobile earlier. However, the activation of the T-Mobile line has to be done through the official Samsung.com website.
The deal is valid for both the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ and once you have activated the T-mobile line, Samsung will refund you $750 within 7 - 10 business days via the same mode of purchase as used by you. As far as I know, the offer can only be availed via Samsung.com as of now. In case you are wondering what's the catch here, surprisingly enough, there doesn't seem to be any really! Samsung will not refund you the money through monthly rebates or via a prepaid card of any kind; instead they will return up to $750 directly to your credit card/bank account, depending on how you bought the two phones form their website. It's a great offer and will possibly last for a very short time.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Good news for our Indian readers; the Galaxy S8+ with beastly specs like 128GB ROM and 6GB RAM has now been launched in the country by Samsung. The black-only phones will be up for pre-order on Flipkart from June 2 and will be go on sale from June 9 across all offline and online partners of Samsung. Although it was previously believed that Samsung will keep this version of the smartphone exclusive to South Korea, it seems like the company has changed its plans. Keep in mind though, the 128GB/6GB Galaxy S8+ will set you back by Rs 74,990 or roughly $1165! If you thought the iPhones were expensive in India, Sammy doesn't seem to be too far behind either.
Now that the initial excitement of the news is over, the question is, should you get it? For a premium of Rs 10,000 ($155) more than the price of the regular S8+, you are getting double the storage and 2GB of extra RAM and to be honest, it wouldn't be a bad deal at all, if the S8+ was already not so expensive in the country. Crazy taxes in India make foreign made electronic devices cost way more than they do in the US or just about any other country and the S8/S8+ is no exception to this rule either. Nevertheless, if you can afford it and you wanted a S8+, I don't see why you shouldn't buy one either.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The YouTube much anticipated subscription music streaming service from Google has been officially announced today. It's called YouTube Music Key (BETA), and it will be in beta for an unspecified amount of time.
It brings you an ad-free YouTube experience, along with support for background playback on mobile, and offline viewing too.
All of these perks will cost you $7.99 (for a limited time, the normal price being $9.99) per month. But the nice thing is that if you pay for Music Key, you'll also get a Google Play Music subscription, which gives you access to more than 30 million songs and expert-curated playlists. That in itself costs $9.99 per month, so you're essentially getting two services for the price of one here.
"You've asked us for ways to listen to music without ads, to keep playing music videos even if you lock the screen or start using another app, and to play music even if you're not connected to the Internet. That's why today we're introducing YouTube Music Key beta, a monthly subscription service starting with the promotional price of $7.99/month (discounted from $9.99/month) that will give you all that-ads-free music, background play and offline viewing. It will also include a subscription to Google Play Music, with 30+ million songs, expert-curated playlists, and in the coming days, the ability to watch many YouTube official music videos right from the app." - Official YouTube Blog
The Android TV Launcher is Now Available for Download on Google Play. Google has decided to make it a standalone app from Android TV, similarly to the Google Experience Launcher.
The launcher gives you access to your media like movies, songs and Android TV apps like Netflix, TED and YouTube. To install it, you'll need an Android TV device, like the Nexus Player and ADT-1.
This is great news, since Google will be able to push updates faster to the launcher without having to update the whole Android TV platform. You can check out the source link below to see its progress.
Oppo has released the Oppo Reno 5 Pro in India and it will become the first smartphone to be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 Plus in the sub-continent. Oppo has brought some middle-range mobile features except the latest powerful Dimensity 1000 plus chipset. The phone has a 6.5-inch large Full HD super AMOLED display with a 90Hz display refresh rate instead of the trending 120Hz refresh rate making the headlines. The mobile features 2400x1080 pixels at 402ppi. Oppo has integrated some advanced AI-powered video capture features that can get you a far better and sharper video in portrait mode. The phone has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. You can't extend the storage as there isn't any MicroSD slot in the device.
Oppo Reno 5 pro is a successor to the Oppo Reno 4 Pro from 2020, only this time the device has a more powerful processor, a slightly larger battery, and 5G support. The interesting factor here is the price, as you get a few more advanced features and an AI-enabled camera at the same price as its predecessor at Rs. 35,990. The device has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection for the rear panel and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 cover for the front display. Overall the device is slim and low weight. The build quality seems expensive and comfortable to hold in with one hand. The device has a 4,350mAh battery with 65W super VOOC 2.0 fast charging technology.
The device runs on ColorOS 11.1 which is based on Android 11 out of the box. It comes with lots of pre-installed apps that can be uninstalled if you want. These apps include weather, music, browser, theme store, etc. The Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G features a 64-megapixel primary camera sensor along with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera sensor, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel monochrome camera sensor. The front side of the device features a 32-megapixel camera for selfies. You can shot up to 4k videos but with 4k you won't get any image stabilization that is limited to 1080p. For connectivity, it uses 4G LTE support, 5G FDD/TDD, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.1.
After being announced in China over a month ago, Huawei plans to go global with their new flagship as stated by the company itself at the CES during their press conference. There is bad news for Huawei fans in the US though, as the mate 8 won't be released in the States anytime soon. That being said, it could definitely get a launch after a few weeks but just not right away.
The Mate 8 is powered by its Huawei's own HiSilicon Kirin 950 chipset, which is allegedly the most powerful mobile SoC in existence today. Huawei claims that the new 950 offers significant performance upgrades over its predecessor, the Kirin 925, while at the same time being 70% more power efficient. The HiSilicon chipset has the highest score ever recorded on AnTuTu, beating even the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6, the Note 5 and the iPhone 6s. The real world usage and feel may however largely depend on how it incorporates its EMUI 4.0 over Android Marshmallow.
Other notable specs of the Huawei Mate 8 include a beautiful but unwieldy 6-inch Full HD IPS panel, a 16 megapixel CMOS Sony sensor (IMX298 BSI) with f/2.0 aperture, a 8 megapixel selfie cam with f/2.4 aperture, 3/4GB of RAM, 32/64GB of internal storage and a massive 4000 mAh battery with quick charging capabilities to power it all. Regarding the price, it will go on sale at €599 without taxes for the 32GB ROM/3GB RAM version and €699 without taxes for the 64GB ROM/4GB RAM edition.
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.
LG recently released a new k92 smartphone without making any highlights. The phone is surprisingly cheap and comes with support for 5G connectivity in the US through AT&T, Cricket, and US Cellular. Although, the phone doesn't support mmWave 5G as the most premium 5G phones do. Still, this phone would cost you less than $400, making it one of the most affordable phones available in the market right now. The LG K92 5G is powered by the Snapdragon 690 5G processor, which is also used in the OnePlus Nord N150 5G - another mid-range smartphone. The phone has a 6.7-inch FHD+ display with a hole-punch design for a front-facing camera.
You can purchase the phone with 6GB RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and up to 2TB of storage space via microSD card. The phone features a 64-megapixel camera sensor as a primary camera with f/1.78 aperture as well as a 5-megapixel ultra-wide angle sensor with a 115-degree field of view which is great for travel photography or wild shots. The device has a 2-megapixel sensor as a depth and another 2-megapixel for shooting macro. Finally, it has a pair of 3D sound engine stereo speakers and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone has a 4,000mAh battery which is good enough to keep it running the whole day with medium use.
The LG k92 5G smartphone goes on sale in the US on 6 November from AT&T. You can purchase it for only $395 through the carrier. AT&T-owned Cricket will also sell the phone, for $40 less, or $359. And US Cellular will sell the K92 for about $350, as well, when it launches through there on 19 November 2020. The LG K92 5G is designed to bring the benefits of 5G to a larger audience at a suggested price starting at $359. The phone is available in Titan Gray reflective accent color. For connectivity it uses options like Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / NFC / Bluetooth 5.1 / USB Type-C.
Samsung has done a many things that makes it an innovative OEM. The Koreans giant invest a lot of resources to incorporate best possible design in the devices launched by them in the recent past. They also lay emphasis on safety and overall performance of their devices. As per reports, Samsung is planning to make the best software too, as the company is launching beta test program for Android 6.0 Marshmallow and the latest version of TouchWiz.
Those who want to participate in the beta test program need to fill up a form to become eligible. Then they are supposed to download the Galaxy Care app from Google Play, and finish the registration process for the Galaxy Beta Program.
Android 6.0 is mostly the first version of Google's mobile operating system that is officially tested by large number of users across the globe. Samsung will select two devices for tests - the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. But, don't get too excited, as the requirement says that you have to live in either the UK or South Korea and you should be having connection from KT or LG U+ carriers. It's not clear whether the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ will also be included in the beta testing program or not. Even if they are included, the hardware of these devices is almost similar to Galaxy S6's, so Samsung might prefer to test only the two devices mentioned above.
Although most carrier versions and unlocked variants already has it, T-Mobile has only just started rolling out the June security update to Samsung's borderless beauties, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Granted that most handsets are now expecting the update for July, you should still check for it and update your S8/S8+ as soon as it's available on your device. The good news is that the OTA package doesn't come without some additional fixes and features of its own, which includes Samsung's own patches for the Galaxy branded devices and some extra exclusives for the S8 and S8+.
If you own the Galaxy S8, firmware version G950USQU1AQFJ should be making its way onto your smartphone anytime now, but you will see build number G955USQU1AQFJ if you own the Galaxy S8+. A revamped navigation bar is said to be a part of the new update which will enable the user to see more of the display and will also offer more background colors to choose from. Check the update log and let us know if you see any other change that's significant.
Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)