In recent years we saw a trend of expensive and bigger smartphones being manufactured by smartphone companies but now companies are moving back to more affordable devices. Smartphone users are becoming more smart and deliberate with their purchase choice now and choose features over brand names. Chinese smartphone manufacturers have played a great role when it comes to introducing affordable smartphones with premium-like features. OnePlus has always been a leading name in the affordable category - including the OnePlus 8. Now, big names like Samsung and Apple are following the trend and coming up with more affordable versions of their phones.
If you think that a cheaper phone is of less quality, think again. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE and OnePlus 8 come with the same Snapdragon 865 processor. Galaxy S20 FE has 6GB RAM whereas the latter has 8GB RAM. But surprisingly, the OnePlus 8 cost less than S20 FE. It's just not the processing power, but the OnePlus 8 offers a better software experience too. It runs on the light Oxygen OS that is optimized to deliver a faster and smoother user experience. You can also choose to customize the look and feel according to your personal preference to match your style.
OnePlus 8 is a light and thin smartphone, specifically designed for people who prefer beautiful phones. The phone supports 30w wrap charging, which can do a full charge in just 30 minutes. The phone has slightly slimmer bezels and a punch-hole camera on the top-left side. As per camera, the phone features a 48-megapixel as a primary camera, 16-megapixel, and a 2-megapixel camera sensor. OnePlus 8 is available as low as $599 and eligible Verizon users can get the OnePlus 8 as low as $10 a month. The phone has a premium glass finish that makes it a really stylish phone to keep in hand. So, what do you prefer on a phone? Its brand name, features, or price tag? Do let us know your opinion in the comments section below.
Samsung Galaxy A52 is the upcoming smartphone. The device falls into the mid-range category but recently we got some leaks that suggest premium-like features for smartphones. Earlier rumors suggest that the Galaxy A52 will feature a 90Hz to 120Hz display refresh rate for a super AMOLED display. It was also revealed that the smartphone will have an IPS67 rating for dust and water resistance. These two features were only limited to Samsung's high-end smartphones but now we will witness these features for Galaxy A52.
Recently, a reliable Twitter user Roland Quandt (@rquandt) has revealed the camera specifications for the Galaxy A52. According to his tweet, the phone will feature a quad-camera system on the rear side, featuring a 64-megapixel primary camera sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera sensor with 123-degree FOV, a 5-megapixel macro camera sensor, and a 5-megapixel depth camera sensor. The 64-megapixel sensor will also have an optical image stabilization feature that enables users to shoot stable images and smoother video recording. Samsung brought OIS to mid-range phones back in 2016 with Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7. Unfortunately, Samsung discontinues this feature now. The company seems to bring the same feature after five years.
Roland further mentioned that the Galaxy A52 will feature will a super AMOLED screen with 800 nits of max brightness. The Galaxy A52 will feature a 90Hz display, while the Galaxy A52 5G will feature a 120Hz screen. Earlier leaks had revealed that the Galaxy A52 would be powered by Snapdragon 720 processor. The device will be available in 6GB/8GB RAM and 128GB/256 internal storage configurations. You can extend the storage using a microSD card slot. The phone will run Android 11 out of the box and will feature a 4,500mAh battery with 25W fast charging.
We can't deny that Samsung has greatly improved the build quality of its products lately. According to Bloomberg, Samsung plans to focus on launching more Smartphones with high-quality metal chases, slim designs and High-definition displays this year.
According to Kwon Oh Hyun, who leads the components business, Samsung will also focus on smart home and health devices, as well as business-to-business market.
"Samsung Electronics aims to consolidate its leadership in the premium market and plans to newly change the smartphone line-up to strengthen competitiveness," - said Co-CEO JK Shin, Mobile phone business head.
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.
In November, 2015 Huawei announced that it would launch its next model in the Mate series - the Mate 8. This Mate device boasts an all-metal body with a 6-inch screen (1080 x 1920 resolution), 64-bit Kirin 950 SoC developed by Huawei itself, 3 GB / 4 GB RAM backing, and 32 GB / 64 GB of internal storage space which can expanded via microSD card to stretch up to 128 GB. It features a 16 MP primary camera, mated with a Sony IMX298 sensor, phase detection auto-focus, and a robust tri-axis optical image stabilization, and an 8 MP selfie camera. Mate 8 is powered by a powerful 4,000 mAh battery, which seems marginally smaller than the 4,100 mAh battery present in the Ascend Mate 7.
At CES 2016, Huawei has just unveiled that the phone is getting launched today, January the 5th. Although the availability of the phone is in different locations is not yet known, sadly it won't be available in the US market. As per an earlier leak and an FCC visit, it is speculated that Huawei might be planning a launch in the States sometime in 2016.
Pricing of this device will depend on region and official figures are yet to be known, but going by previous leaks, the Huawei Mate 8 will begin at $470 (2,999 yuan) for the 3 GB RAM, 32 GB storage variant, and reach $580 (3,699 yuan) for the 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage variant. Although there are rumours about a 4 GB RAM, 128 GB storage variant costing $690, till now the chinese device maker has not made any official announcement.
Apple unveiled everything about the new iPhones and the new Apple Watch two days ago at their keynote and you probably already know the gist of everything they unveiled at the show. However, would you agree if we told you that Steve Cook and Co just confirmed the 3D Touch's failure to make any significant impact? Well, it depends on your point of view of course, but there's ample evidence to support one of two theories; either Apple failed to recognize or capitalize on the potentially great technology, or they just found it to be an unnecessary gimmick.
The reason as to why we are going on about this is of course the fact that the cheapest of the three iPhones, aka the iPhone XR doesn't have it! If you are going to tell me that a $749 (base model) smartphone can't support 3D Touch, which has been around for three whole years on older gen iPhones now, then I am going to tell you to get your fanboy hat off and look at things as they are!
If you are willing to pay $999 or $1099 for the base models of the iPhone XS or XS Max though, the 3D Touch is still retained there. This of course, leads us to the third conclusion; Apple just made a 3-year old technology premium-grade! The company is getting more and more ridiculous, one year at a time.
Sony released the Xperia Z5 series loaded with top notch features in selected regions across the globe. This variant was not available in the US till now. However, the "Sony Xperia Z5 Premium's" unlocked, international variant can now be purchased via Amazon and Expansys.
You should note that the Xperia Z5 Premium available via Amazon and Expansys won't come with U.S. warranty. The retailers have listed both single SIM and dual SIM options of the Z5 handset and both of the variants will support LTE connectivity. But, the handset will work only under AT&T, T-Mobile and other GSM network carriers, as CDMA support is not available.
Coming to price, Amazon's Xperia Z5 Premium will cost $733, whereas from Expansys the same can bought for $779.99. The USP of this smartphone is the 4K display resolution of 2160 x 3840 pixels. This device is reportedly the "world's first smartphone" with 4K display.
Specifications wise, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium will boast a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display. The screen size along with 4K resolution translates to a magnificent 806 ppi pixel density resulting in outstanding viewing experience. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor backed by 3GB RAM. Although currently the OS is Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, it can be upgraded to Marshmallow.
This year in February, Sony decided to introduce the Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, and Xperia XA. At the same time they also phased out the Z series. Now, we are expecting another member to join the brand new series. This is about Xperia X Premium, which will be the next device to take the place of Z5 Premium. This smartphone was the very first device with capability to display media in 4K format. Apparently the display screen will be the point of differentiation for Xperia X Premium as well.
It will sport an HDR display, which will be a first for smartphones (but it is gradually becoming a norm in TVs). That would mean that the device will be able to display 1.07 billion colors, in comparison to the 16.8 million color depth of various other smartphones.
The Xperia X Premium will also come with 120Hz refresh rate, 2,000:1 contrast ratio, and the display panel will be the brightest among all the available smarphones. It will package 1,000 nits of "white brightness" and could extend upto 1,300 nits, which more than two times of what Samsung Galaxy S7 can achieve (539 nits).
The next smartphone would be powered by the Snapdragon 820 SoC from Qualcomm, backed by 3GB of RAM. A USB Type-C connector will also be there. But, there are very few news about the actual launch date of this device.
Sony invented a new line of microSD cards that can produce better sound if they are made from the right materials and tuned just right to minimize electric noise coming from the card while it's working.
It theory a poorly designed component could interfere with the electric system of a phone or MP3 player and mess up the accuracy of its amps. Though in reality the label is an audiophile placebo that will cost around $155 when it comes out in Japan on March,5th.
Either way, unless you paid twice as much for your headphones than you would for this card and you listen exclusively to FLAC, you don't need the Premium Sound microSD card. And even if you do, you probably still don't need one.
Yesterday, Sony officially announced its New Xperia Z5 line-up for the year. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is Sony's flagship this year and it's the World's first smartphone with a 4K screen resolution
The 4K Triluminos display is an IPS panel has 3,840 x 2,160px resolution, that's four times 1080p or just over 8MP. It puts 806ppi pixel density in the palm of your hand for crystal clarity of 4K footage from Netflix, YouTube or some that you've shot yourself.
The camera captures 4K videos too with improved Intelligent Active Mode and SteadyShot technology for smooth, sharp videos at day and at night. ISO for videos goes up to 3,200, for photos the maximum jumps to 12,800. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium has a stainless steel frame. It's painted in Black, Gold or the unique Chrome option. The body is IP65/68 rated dust-tight and waterproof with a cap-less USB port.
The phone runs Sony-flavored Android 5.1, naturally, powered by a Snapdragon 810 chipset with 3GB of RAM. You get 32GB of storage out of the box and can add up to 200GB more with a microSD card if you need extra room for those 4K videos. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium will launch globally in November, pricing will be revealed around that time. It will come in single and dual-SIM versions, both of which support Cat. 6 LTE.
Samsung Germany wasn't sure if users in the country want the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge or are just fine with having the Galaxy Note 4 so the subsidiary decided to ask.
The users have spoken, saying they want the innovative Note Edge as well so Samsung has obliged, offering the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge in stores from January,2015. The company will be also adding a Premium Edition of the smartphone that will start selling sooner in itaonline store.
The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Premium Edition will cost €899 but will include a Flip Wallet, display cleaner, tips and tricks brochure, 64GB Samsung EVO microSD card and three years of warranty.