Smartphone manufacturers are paying special attention to the affordable category due to immense competition from Chinese mobile phone manufacturers. There are plenty of entry-level smartphones that were launched this year, and we have concluded a list of the best 5 smartphones for budget-conscious consumers.
Samsung Galaxy M01
Samsung is known as a best rival of the most expensive smartphone manufacturer - Apple, But this year, the company has introduced a few value-for-money smartphones. The top mobile phone on our list is Samsung M01 that comes with 5.7-inch PLS IPS HD display. The device has a 13MP primary and 2MP depth camera. Meanwhile, the front camera uses a 5MP camera sensor. It is available in India for Rs. 5,999.
Another phone on our list is by Xiaomi. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 and is available in 2/3GB RAM variants with 32GB/64GB internal storage. The phone has an 8MP front camera. Redmi 8A dual features a 6.22-inch IPS LCD display. The phone has a 5,000mAh with 18W charging that is good enough for a medium-range smartphone. The phone is available from Rs. 7,999 for 3GB RAM and 64B storage.
Realme's affordable smartphone Realme C11 comes with dual-rear camera with 13MP primary sensor and a single 5MP camera sensor for front photoshoot. It is powered by a 5,000mAh battery but has slow charging of 10W. The phone is available in two variants - 2GB/3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The device is available in India for just Rs. 7,849.
Infinix Smart 4 Plus
Infinix Smart 4 Plus is another useful device that comes with a MediaTek Helio A25 SoC, 3GB RAM, and 32G internal storage. The device features a big 6.82 inch LCD display with 720x1640 pixel resolution. The phone has a dual-rear camera with 13MP primary camera and another depth sensor of 2MP. The front camera housing features an 8MP sensor. You can purchase the phone in India for Rs. 7,999.
Google Pixel 4a
The last but not the least phone on our list is by Google. The Pixel 4 runs on Android 10 and is powered by Qualcomm SDB730. The phone features 5.81-inches with 1080x2340 resolution. The phone features a 12MP camera with LED flash, Auto-HDR, and panorama effect. The phone has an 8MP selfie camera. You can shoot a 4K video at 30fps and HD video up to 120fps. The phone has 3,140mAh non-removable battery that comes with fast 18W fast charging. The phone is available in just black and bearley blue colors.
Are you the one who look for the specification of the camera when buying a new smartphone? There are a huge percentage of smartphones buyers who think about camera more than any other feature when making a purchase decision of a new smartphone and Xiaomi seems to know this. Xiamoi is developing four smartphones with 108MP camera sensor. Surprisingly, the camera sensor is developed by the Samsung but the Korean tech giant hasn't use this sensor itself for any of its smartphone. In fact, Samsung kept selling its next-generation technology to other smartphone brands instead of using itself. Recently, Xiamoi has revealed that its Mi brand will get the 108MP sensor for its rear camera.
XDA developers have used the reverse-engineering decompiliation tools only to discover that the MIUI Gallery app will now support viewing full resolution images from the 108MP sensor. However, as noted by XDA, the support to view full resolution image is only being added to four smartphones for the time being. These phones are codenamed as - tucana, draco, umi, and cmi. These will be first phones to feature such a high resolution camera as their primary camera.
The strange thing about a high-resolution camera phones is its inability to zoom into the picture when view in the gallery app. This changed with the 48MP camera sensors got into the paly and with it came the ability to zoom in the gallery app. Going by that logic, the cameras with 108MP resolution will also have 108MP full resolution view to support the high-resolution zoom in capability. In addition, XDA Developer said that they belive that Mi Mix 4 isn't among these four phones in development phase. Though earlier the phone was rumored to had a 108MP camera sensor with Snapdragon 855+. The four cameras will be added to Xiamoi's Mi range or Redmi lineup.
Samsung has already rolled out the Android 10 for some of its premium smartphones and now Xiaomi users are wondering, when they will get updated to Android 10 or MIUI 11. Xiamoi has a reputation for budget-friendly phones with premium features and only in a few years, it has reached a huge amount of people. However, the same budget-friendly category is often ignored by its manufacurters when it comes to the security patches and rolling out the new OS updates.
A few of Xiamoi phones flagship series have already received the Android 10 beta, including the Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi 9T, and Xiomi Mi 9T Pro. The other flagship smartphones like Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 and Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro are likely to receive the OS as well, in the near future. Currently that list includes the Xiaomi Mi A3, the Xiaomi Mi A2, Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, and the Xiaomi Mi A1. The first three are guaranteed the update, while the latter device (which was launched on Nougat) may have reached the end of its cycle with the upgrade to Pie.
According to the leaks, following Xiaomi phones are getting the OS update.
Xiaomi Mi 9
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
Xiaomi Mi 8
Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro
Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S
Xiaomi Mi MIX 3
Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G
Redmi K20 Pro
Redmi Note 7
Redmi Note 7 Pro
The current user interface is based on the Andoid 7 and packs features like dark them which are directly comparable to the latest Android OS. Xiaomi announced that they will reveal the MIUI 11 by the end of the October and there will be more than 25 devices to receive the new software.
Now that we all know that the LeEco Le Pro3 is on the verge of release, LeEco seems to be all set to unveil two new phones once again. The company has been really at it in 2016 with new releases hitting markets around the world every few months or so. Nevertheless, one cannot disagree that they do bring absolutely top end hardware at unbelievable prices. For example, the LeEco Le Pro3 is coming with a Snapdragon 821 SoC but is expected to cost only around $340 or less. Unfortunately, we don't have much info about the two mysterious upcoming phones from the Chinese OEM, except the image that you see above.
The good thing is that the image does reveal a curved display and if it is truly that then we could see the first curved screen LeEco smartphone in November. On the other hand, rumors around a LeEco smartphone with 8GB of RAM have been flying around a lot lately. Could it be that the rumoured Le 2S with 8 gigabytes of RAM is about to make an appearance next month with a curved display? We certainly hope so!
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Quite a few of you may argue that smartphones don't really need 6GB of RAM and it might even be true in some cases. However, the fact is that they are here and some months down the line, even more models with 6GB RAM will start making appearances. That being said, if you want to feel the absolute sense of supremacy that comes with owning one of these beasts, here are the ones that we would recommend.
OnePlus 3 ($399)
There is no two way about it, the OnePlus 3 is a real flagship killer with its beastly specs and the Oxygen OS, which runs pretty close to stock Android. Apart from the 6GB of RAM, the OnePlus 3 also sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip (2.15GHz), Adreno 530 GPU, 3,000mAh battery, brilliant 16-mp/8-mp rear and front cameras, a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display and 64GB of non-expandable storage. At this price, you will probably have a hard time finding a better phone to be honest.
Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe ($499 for 64GB/6GB)
The Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe is another flagship smartphone with specs similar to the OnePlus 3, but a slightly larger 5.7-inch 1080p display. The beautifully made phone feels as premium as it looks. Internal storage options include 64GB/128GB/256GB variants, but the Zenfone 3 Deluxe also offers a micro-SD card slot. It has a larger rear camera sensor of 23-megapixels as compared to the OnePlus 3, but we all know that megapixels do not determine the actual quality of the photograph.
LeEco LeMax 2 (Around $400 for 64GB/6GB)
This is the only smartphone on this list that sports a 5.7-inch Quad HD display and it instantaneously makes this a winner in the display department. Based on Android Marshmallow 6.0 and LeEco's own EUI, the Le Max 2 is a beautiful device. However, it doesn't support expandable storage, nor does it have a headphone jack unfortunately. The 21-megapixel camera is quite a capable one and the front camera is better than most of the competition. The 3,000 mAh battery is a decent performer, considering that it powers the flagship SD 820 CPU, along with the Quad HD 5.7-inch panel.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Looking for a phone upgrade? Not satisfied with the mobile releases of 2016? Well, that's not a problem as 2017 will be promising in terms of new mobile releases! Only a few more days or months to wait, until the mobile beasts of 2017 are revealed. Let's see what 2017 has in reserve for us.
Once you go apple, you never go back! Apple will be back with the IPhone 8 in 2017, to celebrate its 10th anniversary impressively. Planned to be on the market in September 2017, IPhone 8 and IPhone 8 Plus, could be the most fundamental up to date phones. Apple will be making changes to the phones' designs and the software. In terms of design, the IPhone 8 is planned to be a single sheet of glass with an edge-to-edge OLED screen. Also, it would seem that at least one release of Apple's IPhones for 2017, will have a glass body. The Touch ID will be hidden within the glass, and the Home Button will be non-existent.
HTC lovers will not be disappointed as well! HTC is planning to release the HTC 11 in March/April 2017. An early leak confirmed that the mobile might have a Snapdragon 835 processor, RAM of 8 GB, a storage capacity of 256 GB and a 5.5in Quad- HD Screen. That is indeed lots of expectation... Let's hope that rumours have it right!
As for LG, it is rumoured that the G6 will be released in late 2017, and it could adopt a glass rear and front. The most interesting features it can have is an iris scanner that uses a similar sensor as the phone's front camera, which will be awesome.
Samsung will be back stronger in 2017, to mend its reputation after the Galaxy Note 7 crisis. The Samsung Galaxy s8 has been scheduled to be shown to the world in February 2017 during the MCW tradeshow. Rumours has it that the design will be changed, and the home button might be gone. It could as well be the fastest phone with a top of the range processor.
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It's Christmas and we have less than a week left in the year now. Given that no new smartphones will be released this year anymore, let us take a quick look at the three absolute best smartphones that were launched in 2016. Let us know if you are using any of these beasts in the comments section below. Keep in mind that phones such as the Mi Mix were kept out of the list because they are simply not available anywhere outside China as of now.
The OnePlus 3 was an excellent flagship device with the all-powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC and a whopping 6GB of RAM, available at half the price of most flagships from big boys like Samsung or LG. The OnePlus 3T keeps everything that was brilliant about the OnePlus 3 and adds an even more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, 13% more battery (3,450mAh), a much better front camera sensor and a 128GB option at a modest price of $439 (64GB).
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
The S7 and S7 Edge are a bit old now, but they still are among the absolute best that 2016 had to offer. The curved Quad High Definition Super AMOLED display on the S7 Edge is quite simply beautiful and arguably the best in the business.
Google Pixel Phones
When it comes to software and actual user experience, you just cannot beat the Pixel and the Pixel XL. Owners of these two smartphones will experience the epitome of what the latest Android OS has to offer. It also helps that these are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip, beautiful AMOLED displays and Google Assistant; which is arguably the most enhanced virtual assistant ever to make a public debut.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
We use them to keep connected with friends and family, to navigate the world, find a date, take photos, watch videos, and play games at one of the high-end pay by phone bill casino sites, all at the swipe of a finger. Reports now show that more people use their mobile devices to have a bet or wager online, and because these online sites are operated under strict rules and regulations, and have to be licenced to run, increasing numbers are turning to online sites in preference to going out, for instance, to a bricks and mortar casino.
There is no doubt that the Smartphone has changed our lives yet we are still only starting to understand the full impact that this new technology is having on our lives, our relationships and the lives of our children.
Infact, there has been a great deal of research carried out on Smartphone usage, but we are still only scraping at the surface of how this use interfaces with our relationships. Questions like: Is the smartphone helping us be better connected, or is it taking us away from our relationships, and does using the smartphone help us to take a few minutes out from our busy lives, or is it distracting us from real problems, need to be addressed.
What should always be remembered is that the Smartphone is not the real problem as it is actually a pretty impressive tool, what is the issues is how we use that tool, how we use the computer we can carry about in our pocket or bag that is the real issue.
If you ask most adolescents if they could live without their phone, the answer would be a resounding no, but that answer is not just limited to adolescents as many adults would give the same reply.
Take Australia as an example, almost 85% own a smartphone, that is around 16 million people just in one country, and Australia is only the fourth biggest nation of smartphone users in the world, our love affair with the smartphone is well and truly established, so much so that it is the 'must have' fashion accessory to have, and there is even phubbing to contend with.
'Phubbing' (for those who do not know) is the act of snubbing your partner in favour of being on your smartphone and we have all witnessed it (as well as doing it.) How many times can we go into a restaurant and see a couple hardly speaking to each other over the table whilst they are texting away or taking pics of the superb meal, they are out enjoying on Instagram?
Knowing when and when not to use a smartphone, or where is appropriate to take pictures is one thing, but being able to put down that mobile device is a completely different matter.
Even if Black Friday is already over, there is still a bit of time left to take care of some last-minute shopping. And if you are like yours truly - having little to no inspiration when it comes to choosing Christmas gifts - you might find it hard to decide what to surprise your friends and family with this Holiday season. Luckily, smartphones are the perfect gift, so choosing one for Christmas is an almost obvious option. Here are some models released this year that anyone would love to see under the Christmas tree.
The Razer phone is the perfect choice for anyone in love with Android games. Its screen is amazing, capable of displaying the graphics of anything between mobile real money gambling casino games available at at Wild Jack and even the most demanding and action-packed titles available today. It also comes with a massive battery to ensure long-term gaming action and a high-quality sound system with front-facing stereo speakers for the best experience altogether.
Released: November 2017. Price: $699
Nokia was once the best name on the mobile phone market and the manufacturer of the world's first true smartphones. Over the years, especially after the brand was sold to Microsoft, its value for smartphone users declined. This year, though, it has once again released some amazing handsets, one for every pocket. And Nokia 8 is its best, a phone worthy of the Finnish brand's former glory.
With Nokia 8 under the Christmas three, you cannot fail. The phone has hardware fit for a flagship, an amazing screen, 6GB of RAM, a dual 13 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, and 128GB of internal storage.
Released: October 2017. Price: ~$670
Xiaomi Mi A1
If your pockets are not that deep but you still want to offer a smartphone that's special as a present, you might want to consider Xiaomi's first Android One smartphone, the Mi A1. While its specs are not exactly on par with this year's flagship phones, they are more than decent: it has an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM, it has a dual 12MP camera, FM radio, and a 3080mAh battery. What makes it special is its operating system: it is an Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) Android One on it (the plain stock version of the operating system) planned to be upgraded to a similar version of Android 8.0
Released: September 2017. Price: ~$260
Who do you envisage when you hear the phrase "smartphone generation?" Chances are, you are picturing Generation Z-ers in their late teens and early 20s, Snapchatting and FaceTiming their way through life, in between posting endless selfies and keeping their virtual followers appraised of their every meal or workout.
It's a reasonable enough contention, as this is the generation that has grown up in the mobile-first social media-driven world. However, the smartphone generation is actually a far broader demographic. In the USA, smartphone penetration stands at more than 85 percent of the adult population, so there is far more to the market than Gen Z and the Millennials. In fact, researchers have found that around one in three over 65s in the USA use a smartphone, while in Europe the figure is even higher.
Put simply, the benefits of smartphone ownership and use are the same for seniors as they are for anyone else. However, app developers have been quick to react to this growing demographic of smartphone users and develop their products and services accordingly. Here are a few examples.
Staying in touch
Communication is, of course, the core purpose of any phone. But for the elderly, the ability to chat with friends and family anywhere on the planet at zero cost can truly be a lifeline. Despite this being known as the communication age, one in three seniors suffers from loneliness, and the health impact can be devastating. A quick call or exchange of messages on a platform like Skype can make all the difference.
Everyone likes playing games
Gamers come in all ages, from two to 102. It's just the games that vary, and there are a growing number that are aimed at older players. Casino games like online roulette or the Unibet poker app are enormously popular with older generations, particularly those who might have enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas or Atlantic City in years gone by, but are now less mobile. There are also numerous gaming apps out there that have no connection with gambling. Time-honored brain teasers such as word searches and Sudoku puzzles have been given a new lease of life in the digital age and there are dozens of apps to choose from. Luminosity is a handy app that contains hundreds of games specifically aimed at keeping the mind sharp.
Taking care of physical health
Apps aren't just about mental wellbeing and happiness. There are some that can have a direct impact on physical health, too. The WebMD app is a fantastic resource for everything from looking up symptoms to providing goals and guidance for healthy eating and exercise. Meanwhile Pillboxie provides reassurance to both seniors and their loved ones by providing an organizer and issuing reminders to manage routine medication. There are even apps that monitor vital signs such as heart rate and blood pressure, providing an early warning that it might be time to get checked out by the doctor, or perhaps just to sit down for 10 minutes.
It is incredible to see how technology and innovation have changed our lives. Today, vehicles and the technology surrounding them have drastically changed. Today, a person can easily track the location of their vehicle from their mobile device with ease. What's more amazing is that it does not matter where the car or the smartphone is located.
This technology uses GPS capability and the internet to complete its operations. Fleet companies have heavily accepted this technology and even those that use the most basic fleet management solutions use a GPS tracker. Let us go through how you can track a car using a mobile phone.
Research More to Understand What GPS Tracking is
Global positioning systems (GPS) have now become popular in the auto industry, but they are also used in other fields like animal farming, wildlife management, and cargo shipping. The technology uses devices that transmit location data in real-time to satellites and then to a remote location. Various hardware and software are used to achieve the procedures.
Fleet companies usually work together with reputable solution providers to get the best GPS tracking services. If you have a private car that operates away from you like dropping and picking up kids at school and running other errands, you can also adopt the technology to monitor it from your mobile phone.
Choosing the Right Hardware and Software
This is the most crucial point. After some research and a conclusion that you need to track your car with GPS on your smartphone, then you have to choose the solution to use. On the Eyeride website you will get the best solution for your needs. Choose the latest technology to enjoy all of the current features. So, make sure that it has capabilities like:
· Real-time monitoring of the location
· Stable transmission of data
· Compatibility with both Android and iOS smartphones
· Ability to upgrade the software
· 24/7 professional support
Installation of the GPS Device and Software
Now that you have the ideal hardware, it is time to have it installed. In most cases, the suppliers will always do the installation since they understand the technology. The first step is to have the device installed in your car and connected to the battery. It must be powered even when the car is switched on as long as the battery is working.
The second step is to download the compatible software on your devices and registering your details. Either a third party company or the original supplier will be the manager and support provider. When it is all set up, you can see the location of your car as well as performing many other functions.
Interacting with the Tracking App
Before you release the solution provider, it is important to go through the entire app and understand every bit of it. Taking full advantage of the app will give you the full benefits of the GPS tracking solution.
Whether you are tracking one or many fleet vehicles, this procedure remains the same. However, not all GPS tracking solutions may accept multiple vehicle management. So, this is a consideration that you need to make.
As the expansion and development of technology continues, mobile phones are now capable of doing anything and everything. Once just a contact outlet, smartphones have developed into a small computer, enabling gaming at the touch of a button.
Whether that be shooter games like COD or gambling platforms like Fansbet Casino, the smartphone can do it all at the touch of your fingertips.
Of course, not every mobile phone can do this, so, just which handset should you look out for gaming on the go?
Apple iPhone XR
It's remarkable that Apple has just one phone on this list, but the iPhone XR is the only iOS platform worthy of a spot. A super-powerful processor and powerful graphics performance really do bring gaming to life, and a 6.1-inch LCD screen enhances this experience.
Of course, the iOS games library differs somewhat to the Android store, so you can pick up games with the XR that would otherwise be unavailable. And, at £519 it is not the most expensive gaming smartphone out there.
Asus ROG Phone
Asus do about everything just right with their ROG Phone for it to be considered a gaming smartphone. A large memory and a powerful and quick processor enables smooth gaming, and, a customised incase cooling regulation, ensures this smooth gaming lasts for hours.
A 6-inch screen and high refresh rate enhances the immersion whilst the AirTrigger sensors that come with it are sensitive enough to categorically improve in-game action control. At £539.99 it may empty your wallet or purse, but it would be worth it.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro brings gaming to life with a fast processor and large storage as its enormous battery enables a day's worth of gaming. How well a mobile runs is often the first point of call for a gamer, but the Mate's smooth running ensures no complaints whatsoever.
Because the Mate is not actually listed as a gaming phone, it still does the job as a normal smartphone incredibly well. Mobile photography, for example, is of a very high standard. Priced at under £400, the Mate is also the cheapest phone on this list.
OnePlus 7 Pro
A gaming phone in all but name, the OnePlus 7 Pro is a gaming extravaganza. Curved etches and no notch give the Pro a superb feel, whilst the addition of Dolby Atmos-compatible stereo speakers provide the user with brilliant audio and an even better performance.
The Pro possesses a picture quality to die for as the upgraded Gaming Mode comes into its own, but a high refresh rate completes the Pro, ensuring the phone is compatible with the most intense games. And, you can fully immerse yourself in the Pro with the ability to block notifications and calls whilst playing.
Priced at over £500, however, the Pro is not exactly cheap.
Razer Phone 2
A normal smartphone turned into an incredible piece of gaming equipment, the Razer Phone 2 stands out immediately for the gamer.
The Razer 2 is able to support any game or casino slot on the Android market due to its increased power from the original Razer, and, with a brighter screen, louder speakers and an enhanced cooling apparatus, the 2 really does improve the gaming experience.
It also operates as an impressive phone, with a dual-lens high-resolution camera and improved water resistance providing the basic necessities. Its price, however, is far from basic as the Razer 2 will set you back nearly £780, making it a heavy investment.
A whole long list of SD 865 smartphones are going to arrive soon, so hold on to your purse and don't waste your money on current gen flagship smartphones just yet, because they are going to become a lot cheaper in a matter of weeks!
To give you an idea of what's to come, we have compiled a short list of the three highly anticipated Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 powered smartphones which will be the first to reach consumers.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Series
No one can say for sure whether the S20-series will really be the first smartphones to get to the market, with a SD 865 SoC in them, but rumors surrounding Samsung are almost always true these days! The Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra mau also have the following specs to show off later in the month.
· OS: Android 10 (Q)
· 1440 x 3040, S AMOLED, 6.2"/6.7"/6.9"/ QHD+, 20:9 display
· 8GB - 12GB RAM and 128GB - 1TB internal storage
· 64+13+8 megapixel / 64+13+8+2 megapixel rear cameras on the S20 and S20 Plus respectively
· 108+13+8+2 megapixel setup at the back with 5x optical zoom on the S20 Ultra
· 5,000mAh battery
· Will be announced at the Unpacked 2020 event on February 11, 2020 in San Francisco
Xiaomi Mi 10 Series
Also coming in February, but probably in the last week is Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. Other interesting rumors about the 5G capable duo are as follows.
· OS: Android 10 (Q)
· 1080 x 2340, 19.5:9, S AMOLED 6.39" / 6.7", 120Hz display
· 128GB storage & 8GB RAM / 256GB storage & 12GB RAM / 512GB Storage & 16GB RAM
· 108 + 16 + 12 + 5 / 108 + 16 + 12 + 8 megapixel rear cam modules with 2x optical zoom (Mi 10 & Mi 10 Pro respectively)
· 4,500mAh / 5,250mAh battery for the Mi 10 and 10 Pro respectively
· Will be announced in late February
This one will likely be a timed exclusive in India, and this move could make the new sub-brand of Vivo, the first OEM to release a Snapdragon 865 powered smartphone in the country. Not much else is known about the smartphone, but it is rumored to have impressive flagship specs such as a 120Hz display and 64+12+12+8 megapixel rear camera modules to go along with that flagship SoC as well.
As of now, it is expected that the Snapdragon 865 chip with its brand new Cortex A77 - powered Kryo 585 cores will finally be able to close the huge performance gap that exists between Apple's latest A-series chips and anything that any Android OEM is able to churn up. Of course, we will just have to wait and see how that actually turns out!
Sources: GSMArena, 91Mobiles and Ice Universe
If you own an older Microsoft smartphone that is still running on Windows 8.1, things are about to change as a Windows 10 update for your smartphone is probably on the way already. This is not beta, but a fully fledged final version of the upgrade that has been in the making for months. Although Microsoft has officially started rolling it out to its smartphones around the world, not all phones will be receiving the update at the same time. Also note that if your Windows phone was not manufactured by Microsoft (or Nokia) but some other company, there will be an additional delay.
Check if your phone is in the list mentioned below:
- Lumia 435
- Lumia 430
- Lumia 638 1GB
- Lumia 636 1GB
- Lumia 635 1GB
- Lumia 540
- Lumia 535
- Lumia 532
- Lumia 830
- Lumia 735
- Lumia 730
- Lumia 640XL
- Lumia 640
- Lumia 930
- Lumia 1520
- BLU Win HD w510u
- BLU Win HD LTE x150q
- MCJ Madosma Q501
If you found your model in the list above, then go to the Windows Store and download the application called Microsoft's Update Advisor. Use it to find out if your update is on the way and turn on the option Enable Windows 10 Upgrade. Select Next and it will prompt something like ready to upgrade. Once you see that prompt, tap on Done to finish the setup. You can now go to Settings>Phone Update>Check for Updates to see if the upgrade has arrived yet. When it does actually arrive, you will see the notification automatically now.
OnePlus 7 Pro & OnePlus 7
OnePlus is expected to launch for 14 May. As the Indian market is big, OnePlus is going to launch the phone immediately after the launch in two variants - OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 pro. Reports suggest that phone will get complete redesign and premium features. It will have triple camera system with rear camera, and 3x optical zoom. Oled display with in-screen fingerprint sensor and will be powered by snapdragon 855 processing chip.
Oppo announced two new devices for 2019 - Oppo Reno and Oppo Reno 10x this month. This is the first smartphone to feature a new shark-fin style pop-up camera. The device is equipped with a rear 48MP primary sensor + 8MP ultra-wide sensor + 13 MP periscope lens which has 5x optical zoom and 10x hybrid zoom. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 855 processing chip. It has 6/8GB RAM and 128/256GB storage. It will have 4,065mAh battery.
Honor is bringing 3 models of 20 - Honor 20, Honor 20 Pro, and the budget variant Honor 20i. It has a 6.2-inch full HD display and is powered by its own Kirin 710 processor. The device will run over a 3,400mAh battery and has 4/6GB RAM. The phone has a triple camera setup: 24MP primary sensor + 8MP wide-angle +2MP depth sensor. On the front, it has used a 32MP selfie camera.
Samsung Galaxy A80
Samsung has released it's a series to break-in the competition. Galaxy A80 is the first smartphone by Samsung that uses a pop-up rotating camera which works as front and back camera. The camera has 48MP primary sensor, 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a TOF 3D camera sensor - it moves up and rotates to front. This has enabled device to get a full 6.7-inch display without a notch. It is powered by Snapdragon 730 processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage. The devices has 3,700mAh battery. For security, it has an on-screen fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C port, fast-charging support.
Nubia Red Magic 3
Red Magic is a phone for people who loves to play games on their devices. The latest in the series is red magic 3. It has a 6.6-inch display and powered by Snapdragon 855 with 12GB RAM and comes with an internal fan to cool the phone. The battery is huge up to 5,000mAh with fast charge support, a 48MP rear camera with 8K video recording, 16MP front-camera and fingerprint scanner for security reasons.
Samsung Mobile announced that it began the mass production of its latest 20nm 4GB LPDDR4 Mobile DRAM memory chips. Using the 20nm manufacturing process, these LPDDR4 chips will be reportedly 50% faster than the fastest LPDDR3 memory on the market, while also consuming 40% less power (1.1 volts).
The 4GB RAM chips will be ready to debut in Smartphones and Tablets by Late 2015. The chances of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 rocking 4GB of RAM is quite high.
The I/O data rate is up to 3,200 megabits per second, a whopping two times faster than the DDR3 DRAM used in PCs. As a result, the the new LPDDR4 RAM can support UHD video recording and playback and continuous shooting of high-resolution images with over 20 megapixels.
The Indian Government seems to be a little aggressive about the new tax schemes. Recently the Goods and Services Tax council of India decided to increase the tax rate by 6% over the existing 12% tax rate. The new tax rate of 18% will apply to anything related to the smartphone industry that also includes the components or parts of the smartphones.
The GST council of India is raising the taxation rate on mobile phones to meet the existing rate on raw material and components used in the manufacturing of the smartphone. India has already slapped on an 18% GST rate on raw materials used for manufacturing smartphones. The current tax rate on the final product was, however, 12%. This was leading to an inverted pyramid of the tax system. In a move to rationalize taxes, the council has increased taxes on mobile phones to match the 18% GST on components. Inevitably, this will lead to an increase in the cost and financial burden on the end consumer.
Manu Kumar, Xiamoi India MD has requested the Indian Government to reconsider this new tax update. According to his latest tweet, he has suggested that the industry is already struggling with depreciating INR and supply chain disruption due to covid-19. He further said that govt should at least consider exempting low-budget smartphones that used to cost under $200. The covid-19 had hugely impact the smartphone and many industries to in fact.
This new tax will further enforce more damage to one of the fastest-growing industries in India. In a memo to the GST council, the Indian Cellular and Electronics Association has raised the issue, but it remains to be seen whether any exemptions will be made to keep prices low, especially in the popular sub-Rs. 15,000 segment.
We all got inspired from Elon Musk when he accomplished his impossible dreams but now he wants to drill hole in your skill and link your brain with smartphone apps. This new technology will allow you to control your smartphones with just your thoughts. Neuralink is one of the Musk's companies, working on neural technology for over two years, and just recently it gave its first public real peek at what this startup has been working since its launch. The startup has created a neurosurgical robot which can embed the threads similar to human hair into the brain.
So far, these threads have been tested on animals but they are hopeful to test these on humans by the end of next year. To conduct these tests on humans he would need approval from the U.S food and drug administration first. If he got the approval, he may be able to pitch a technology that can read the mind of a patient of a paralysis and transmit that data to a machine. This would open new opportunities for the disable persons. According to a Reeve foundation, there are 5.4 million people living in the US with this condition and if this technology works, it could significantly improve the quality of life of millions of people.
Neuralink is arguably one of the foremost startups dedicated to biohacking, the quest to augment human beings' physical and cognitive performance, often by performing radical experiments on ourselves. It's now facing a problem common to many biohackers: The medical system, they complain, holds back progress. On July 16, Elon Musk had a live-stream about the technology. The Must said, the event wasn't about showing off. The main reason for doing this presentation is recruiting. He wants to hire more people for the Neuralink's open positions. The company currently has 90 employees and has $158 million in funding.
Nokia seems to be over. Sadly, the Finish Giant won't be releasing any Smartphones anymore, this was confirmed by Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri at a recent analyst meeting in London. Nokia will still consumer products to its fans.
Nokia, the former biggest phonemaker in the world, could get its return as soon as tomorrow Nokia just teased that it has been working on something. It will show it off or talk about it at the #Slush14 startup and entrepreneur meetup that starts tomorrow in Helsinki and is said to gather some 10 thousand people.
The teaser itself shows a new device but we can only guess what it is a HTPC, a TV, home automation tech? Hopefully we're going to know all about it tomorrow.
It's hard to imagine Nokia not making any smartphones or phones in general but we'd wager a guess that it's not all over for the company, despite what its CEO reassures us of now. CEOs change and so do plans in the tech world and Nokia is only forbidden to make Nokia phones until December,31st of 2015.
Rumors about Nokia coming back to the smartphone market is confirmed. It's True, Nokia will make a strong return to the Market with a line-up of Android smartphones Next year (2016).
Nokia sold its device business to Microsoft a year ago and it signed a non-compete clause preventing the company from producing smartphones under the Nokia brand until December 31, 2015 and feature phones under the Nokia brand for a decade.
Nokia used wisely these non-compete clauses and outed the powerful Nokia N1 tablet early this year. The N1 is designed by Nokia, including its Z Launcher for Android, but the rights for the branding, manufacturing, marketing and distributions were licensed to Foxconn.
The President of Nokia China confirmed Nokia is working on Android powered smartphones, which will be probably manufactured in factories in Sichuan, China and will be launched in 2016. He also sheds some light on company's future the Nokia's R&D center will permanently relocate to Sichuan, China.
HMD Global is planning to launch three new mid-range Nokia smartphones at the IFA 2019 consumer technology conference in Berlin. The company is finalizing the roll-out of the next generation of Android to 17 of its smartphones. All the latest Nokia phones will be powered by Android 10. The Google's OS will be updated in the following three handsets.
In the mid of the fourth quarter 2019, Nokia 7.1, Nokia 8.1, and Nokia 9 PureView will receive the update. In early Q1 2020 Nokia 6.1, Nokia 6.1 plus, and Nokia 7 plus will get the Android 10. The chief product officer Juho Sarvikas recently tweeted about the update.
You may heard about Nokia long time ago but its comeback is only two years old and it seems the new Nokia is taking the user experience very serious. Samsung is also rolling out the Android 10 for some of its smartphones by the timeline given. Aside from all the Google Pixel phones - unlocked models only though - which were the first ones to receive the Android 10 upgrade. OnePlus has already distributed the Android 10 Beta update to its latest flagship devices the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro.
Nokia has promised to its fans that it will support 2 years of update for all of its smartphones. Google has recently extended the support of its Pixel 2 and 3 handsets from two to three years. In comparison, Apple has confirmed that the 4-year old iPhone 6 will receive the next version of its smartphone operating system iOS13 to be released this month. Sarvikas also confirmed that HMD Global is planning to launch a budget-friendly smartphone with 5G network capability.
2020 has ended and we have seen many new smartphones by some major and small mobile phone manufacturers. In the smartphone department, Nokia started last year with the launch of Nokia C2, which was then followed by Nokia 5.3, Nokia 8.3 5G, and Nokia C3. The Nokia 2.4 and Nokia 3.4 were released in September. They completed their launch of new smartphones with the Nokia C1 plus and Nokia 5.4. So, we got three devices from the C series, two from the 5 series and one from the 1,2,3, and 8-series each. If we keep the count of last year's smartphones we might get to see the new Nokia 6,7, or 9 this year before anything else.
As the last year was about to end, there was some news about three new Nokia batteries being certified by the authorized bodies. According to the new certifications, the future Nokia smartphones might carry the 3,900mAh, 4,470mAh, and 5,050mAh batteries. The first two models were certified by TÜV Rheinland Japan and the latter by Element Materials Technology.
At least three new Nokia smartphones can be expected based on these certifications. We are not sure if there will be only three models or more that will appear as Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 5.4 share the same battery, so we can expect the same for the future smartphones as well. Currently, the maximum battery capacity supported by Nokia smartphones is 4,500mAh battery, that too only in Nokia 8.35G and Nokia 2.4. Hence, a 5,000mAh+ will be the first significant upgrade Nokia phones are going to have this year. Hopefully, it will come with the fast charging option. We don't know what next year will bring for us but I think it is time for Nokia to introduce bigger batteries and fast-charging technology to more devices.
Last year Google released two nexus devices at the same time - Nexus 5S made by LG and Nexus 6P made by Huawei. It seems this type of launch has become quite a convention and Google is supposed to do it this year too.
Yesterday, a rumor about about the new Nexus devices surfaced. As per the rumor, HTC is will be the manufacturer of the two new Nexus devices to be released in the later part of 2016. Right not much is known about the two devices. But, one will feature a 5-inch screen, and the other will have a 5.5-inch display. Today, ROM developer @LlabTooFeR unveiled nuggets of new info about the two smartphones in a tweet .
The developer posed that the codename for the 5-inch Nexus phone is T50 and for the 5.5-inch model codename is the T55. It is quite evident that the codenames are curated from the screen size of the devices. Going by the history of correct tips released by the developer, this tweet also seems reliable.
The Nexus One, the very first Nexus device was built by HTC back in 2010. The Taiwanese company will also be manufacturing the Nexus 9 tablet. Apparently Huawei was also trying to create an entry for itself in the run for building this year's Nexus devices, but finally HTC won the deal.
It has hardly been a few days since we heard rumors of HTC being this year's manufacturer for Google's Nexus line of smartphones, and we already have a solid source who's confirming the rumor. According to reports, a developer in HTC has leaked the alleged codenames for the upcoming Nexus devices.
If LlabTooFeR on Twitter is to be believed, then there will be two versions of the Nexus, one with a 5-inch screen and the other with a larger 5.5-inch display. The more conservative 5-inch phone will supposedly be named the T50 while its bigger phablet version will be called the T55. Apart from this, no other information about the smartphones was shared.
Google and HTC have a bit of history together as HTC was the first manufacturer that they had collaborated with, when the first Nexus phone was launched back in 2010; the Nexus One. In fact, the business relationships between the two companies were once again renewed when they launched the Nexus 9 tablet about two years ago in 2014. HTC's renewed affiliation with Google is actually very good news for the company, as it has been suffering losses for a while now. Will this tie up be enough for HTC to regain its stature in the smartphone industry? We will find out soon enough.
First confirmed News from the Taiwanese giant. HTC will be revealing Two major New Flagship Smartphones on March,1st at the MWC 2015 event. Many expect the company to announce the One M9 and One M9 Plus, as successors to last year's One M8.
The latest leaked press image (via @evleaks) shows two new, never-before-seen HTC smartphones that have similar design traits to other recent phones from the company. They appear to have metal chassis, center-mounted front cameras, and HTC's signature front-facing BoomSound speakers in a similar configuration to last year's mid-range Desire Eye. The only visible difference between the two phones is what appears to be a fingerprint scanner below the HTC logo on one of them. Other leaks have referred to this particular model as the "Hima Ultra" which will be called on the market "HTC One M9 PLUS", the other phone's codename is just "Hima" which will be the regular HTC One M9.
We don't know what the Plus version extra features is yet... It is said this "Ultra" model will have HTC's DuoCamera feature and a fingerprint scanner and may just be destined for the Chinese market. Other specs that have been reported include a 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 display, UltraPixel front-facing camera, 20-megapixel rear camera, and a Snapdragon 810 processor.
Stay Tuned for more Leaks!
As per a report that got out of South Korea, Samsung is on its way to make a few new features available in the affordable smartphones.
We're discussing about the fingerprint sensor and the support for Samsung Pay along with NFC. A source informed that Samsung is planning to deploy fingerprint sensors in budget smartphone models, although we're not quite sure what kind of smartphones would fall into the "budget" segment.
It seems that Samsung is getting affected by the Chinese makers, who include fingerprint scanners in lower to medium range devices. Moreover, at the same price point Chinese makers offer more features than Samsung. The tech giant is taking these steps to bolster its presence in the emerging markets. Currently Samsung is holding the top spot in 14 out of 15 emerging smartphone markets.
Unfortunately Samsung has not yet given any particular time frame to make these features available in the budget segment. As per speculations, Samsung Pay will be available in low and medium range smartphones in the first half of 2016. This will be rolled out for the company's Android devices. Analysts are still divided in their opinions of whether its Tizen smartphone will also have support for the payment system. Customers can expect access to some high-end Tizen offerings next year.
Although the Galaxy Note 7 is not exactly enjoying a good reputation right now due to the faulty and hazardous batteries that some of the units are shipped with, there is no denying that the iris-scanner which the smartphone boasts of is one of its kind at the moment. The good news is that according to DJ Koh, the iris-scanners will also be seen on mid-range devices from Samsung as it becomes more cost-effective to do so, with time. He also mentions that he was personally associated with its development and in the coming months, Samsung will concentrate towards keeping the technology secure from all kind of privacy or security threats that it may encounter.
Here are some excerpts from the president of Samsung Mobiles speech at the "Unpacked" event press conference in New York.
"We did not put iris scanning in the flagship model just to do 'unlock'. In the long run, through third parties and API, we want to connect it with apps. For mobile banking, we are thinking of applying iris scanning for large transactions, and are already talking with banks in some countries,"
"Through continued cost cutting, iris scanning can trickle down to mid-end models,"
"There is a view that Android is weak in security compared to its competitor and we want to expand software security that can overcome this image"
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The fact that Samsung is working on a smartphone that will sport a foldable display is old news now, but we got to know just recently that two such phones are in development instead of one. Bloomberg reports that the first device will fold in half from the middle, much in the same way as a "cosmetic compact." The second device will initially appear to be a smartphone with a 5-inch display, but can be unfolded to add 3 more inches to the display real estate, making the screen a tablet-sized 8-inch one.
We have been hearing about the "Project Valley" for a long time now and rumors had previously suggested a 2017 release date. The latest report affirms those rumors as it indicates that we might be able to see the foldable phone at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona. We are excited to find out what Samsung comes up with, when it's released. It sounds amazing to be able to carry around an 8-inch display in your pocket, but we will have to wait and see, if the manufacturer manages to deliver a device that actually works as well in real life scenarios as it seems would do, on paper. What do you think about the foldable smartphone?
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Just when people were starting to think that the "Made for Samsung" program which Samsung had announced at the CES in January was scrapped, the Korean company just declared their first endeavor in that line. As it turns out, Samsung's partner in this particular initiative is The Weather Channel and together, they have launched the first application within the Made for Samsung program. The application is exclusively available for the Note 5, the S6 Edge+ and the S7 Edge.
The app offers brand new features, among which, one in particular sounds quite interesting. Apparently, the Smart Weather alarm clock will wake up the user before point, if it decides that the weather conditions might delay the user from being ready in time. Other features of the application include Floating Shortcuts, in-app live wallpapers that are customizable and Edge Alerts for updating the user with the latest changes in weather conditions on the Edge panel.
The application is only available via Galaxy Apps and in case you have one of the three supported smartphones, check it out by searching for "Weather Channel" within the store. If however, you cannot see the application or cannot download it in spite of having the right handset; chances are that it is probably not yet available in your locale. In that case, you can download the APK file directly and give it a try, if you so want.
As per reports of Q1 2016, the Galaxy S7 is a huge hit for Samsung. In just March, Samsung has sold off around 10 million Galaxy S7 devices and that alone is quite a milestone. As if that was not enough, reports suggest that in the first quarter of the year, Samsung has managed to sell double the number of smartphones as Apple.
Global leader in the smartphone business and its market share just became even bigger. Samsung now holds 27.8% of the market after selling 81 million units in Q1, 2016 alone. Apple is a distant second with a market share of 14.4% and a Q1 sales number of 42 million units. Huawei (9.3%) is in the third position after Apple right now, followed by Lenovo (5.8%), Xiaomi (5.5%) and LG (5.1%) respectively.
The Korean electronics giant's market share increased by 2.5% from last year's Q4, but the 5.7% increase from Q1, 2015 seems even more impressive. If you are in any doubt regarding the massive success of the Galaxy S7, just take in the fact that the difference in market share between Samsung and Apple was just 1.2% in Q4, 2015 and it skyrocketed to 13% after Q1, 2016! As the S7 and S7 Edge were released in March, the math isn't that hard to figure out. It just gets to show that if you release a product that delivers in every front, even a global decline in the smartphone business cannot really stop you from making immense profits.
Foldable displays were showcased by Samsung earlier but smartphones based on that technology never really hit the market in 2016 as many expected them to. The famous Samsung Project Valley is supposedly a development that involves the task of building a foldable smartphone. Rumors surrounding it suggested in 2015 that Samsung will launch their first foldable smartphone in January, 2016. As that did not happen, the rumors had come down a few notches since.
New life was breathed into the rumors when a fresh report from South Korea came in a while ago. It suggested that Samsung will start the production of foldable displays on an industrial scale by the end of 2016 itself. It also adds that these displays are for a device that will be powered by either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 or 820, along with 3GB of RAM. Apparently, the 7-inch tablet-sized display of the device will turn into a more manageable 5-inch one when necessary and vice-versa.
There are quite a few leaked pictures from Project Valley that gives us a an impression of what this device might look like when it comes out, but the originality of those snaps are not beyond doubt. Nonetheless, we will hopefully know what exactly is going on in a few months time.
According to Mel Wells, who is popular as a writer for fitness and health in the UK, the selfies taken from a Samsung Galaxy S7 may make you prettier by removing original blemishes from your face in the photo. It removed her freckles from the selfie she took as the S7 has the Beauty mode turned on by default. Apparently, she did not appreciate the little airbrushing that the camera app did automatically and had this to say.
"This means everyone who gets a new Samsung phone and flicks the front camera on is automatically being told ‘Hi, we're Samsung and we think you look way better when we automatically airbrush your selfies for you."
This have hurt the sentiments of a few who are against the worldwide marketing ploy to trap customers into thinking that they don't look good enough and need some sort of a product to look better. However, since it is just a setting that you can turn off at will, many may fail to see the point of turning such trivial matters into issues. What do you think? Do you like it when selfies look prettier than you actually are or do you think it's just better if they reflect your original self as closely as possible?
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Most people don't know about it and even the ones that do, forget it at times. The fact is that most computing devices benefit in performance after rebooting. Therefore, the trick is to restart your devices at least every once in a while to make sure that they are running at optimum level. In case you often forget to perform this step, Samsung actually has an in-built system in its smartphones and tablets that allow the user to set fixed intervals for their device to reboot on its own.
Unfortunately, very few people know about this feature as it is not very easy to find, unless you know where to look. If your device was released in 2015 or thereafter and it came with at least Android lollipop 5.0 out of the box, then it probably has this feature. Go to Settings>Backup and reset>Device management>Auto restart and turn the button on the top right corner On. The default time for auto restarting is set at 3 AM on every Monday, but you can edit it to suit your needs and convenience.
If your device meets the criterion mentioned above and yet you are unable to see this option then it is probably a locked device and the carrier has removed the option by default
Nexus 5X was rolled out to the market as a part of Google's 7th gen Nexus smartphones (along with the Nexus 6P), in October 2015 as the descendant of the Nexus 5 from 2013.
Both Nexus 5 and the 5X are made by LG, but 5X is way ahead of what the predecessor was at the time of launch: though it is established that the Nexus 5 was a high-end smartphone, the Nexus 5X has been built as per 2015 and 2016 standards, like of a mid-range device. In addition to this, at launch, the Nexus 5X will cost more than 5. Here are the reasons that make this phone the best mid-range smartphone currently available in the US:
- The Nexus 5X is powered by stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow (now upgraded to 6.0.1) which will give you unparalleled Google experience
- The fingerprint scanner, known as the Nexus Imprint is the fastest scanner out there.
- Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P also sport the same rear camera sensor: a 12.3 MP Sony IMX377 one with more-than-conventional pixels (1.55 μm), laser auto focus, and 4K video recording.
- It has got USB Type-C port, the 2700 mAh non-removable battery that gets fully charged in an hour and hour; enough to last for a day.
- Google Nexus 5X boasts a 5.2-inch IPS screen with 1080 x 1920 pixels and 423 ppi, which is quite sharp.
- The 16GB variant will cost $299 and the 32GB variant would cost $349.
Even though it was a disaster when a few of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones started to catch fire all over the world, many have applauded the Korean electronics giant on their decision to recall all the 2.5 million smartphones that they had shipped. However, as is often the case in such scenarios, some of the customers have decided to disregard the warnings issued by flight authorities, tech-experts and the manufacturer themselves. While it is questionable what would prompt such negligence, in spite of the free refund/replacement scheme employed by Samsung, many customers are of the opinion that the incidents are far too low and in between to be concerned about it.
Nevertheless, Samsung has decided to limit the maximum charging point to 60% of the Note 7's full battery capacity in an OTA update that will be released shortly in South Korea. This news was confirmed when the Seoul Shinmun (a popular South Korean newspaper) published the message from Samsung on its front page. This is a temporary fix until all the customers turn in their smartphones for free replacements, which should begin by the end of the month. According to Yonhap News Agency, the same update could also make its way to all other nations as well, but we will have to wait and see. In the meanwhile, we advise you to stop using the Galaxy Note 7 and get it replaced/refunded as soon as possible. Although some have pointed out that the chances of your Note 7 exploding are similar to that of winning the lottery, this is one lottery that you may not want to win!
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Amidst the biggest mess that the company has ever had to clean up by recalling the 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 devices shipped all over the world, Samsung is already devising a strategy to let its customers know that their new upcoming batch of Note 7 smartphones will have a safe battery. Samsung will soon start selling the Note 7 once again, as soon as replacements for the potentially dangerous devices are ready of course. The safe new smartphones will sport a green colored battery icon in the UI, while the older phones will continue to sport the white battery icon that has been the norm for Samsung until this incident.
This news report by Cho Mu-Hyun from ZDNet has created a bit of confusion as well because many users who have already replaced their Note 7 with a new one are still seeing the old white battery icon. Therefore it is not quite clear at the moment whether the green icon will only be implemented in Korea or if it will be an international icon of safety. We will know more soon as Samsung makes an official statement.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung had earlier announced that customers in the US should start receiving safe replacements for their hazardous Note 7 smartphones by September 21 and they have kept their promise. Reports indicate that Samsung has already started to distribute the new batch of smartphones to the customers and resellers here in the US. We guess Tim Baxter (COO, Samsung Mobiles US) meant it when he proclaimed the aforementioned deadline in an official apology video, in which he also requested all customers to immediately power down their devices and contact Samsung for a replacement or a refund.
Apparently, Best Buy is one of the first resellers in the US to notify their customers about the replacements having arrived. Although we are not sure, but Best Buy is probably also the only reseller right now that's providing the replacement Galaxy note 7 smartphones to their customers. Nevertheless, we are pretty sure that the other resellers and carriers will pick up on it before September 21. Now that Samsung has guaranteed safety with their new batch of Note 7s, will you be opting to buy one or would you choose something else from what the competition has to offer?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung is very proud of its Galaxy Alpha, so that the company today released an Infographic which tries to convince the world that the Alpha sets "a new standard for smartphone design".
The infographic reminds us that the Galaxy Alpha comes with a diamond-cut metal frame that makes it durable, in addition to a smooth back that should provide a firm grip. The handset's five color versions aren't forgotten (Black, White, Silver, Gold, Blue), and neither are its main features: an octa-core Exynos processor, 12 MP rear camera, 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 720 x 1280 pixels, and Android 4.4 KitKat. Check out the Infographic below!
While it's definitely not the first time that we are hearing about an upcoming foldable smartphone from Samsung, the latest report from ET News has recently added a few details to the speculations. Samsung may at first, launch a dual-screen device which will have two flat flexible displays on each side of it. Whether or not the second foldable smartphone is introduced to the market later will depend on how well the first product is received by the customers. If the report is to be believed, then the twin-display smartphone will hit markets by 2017 in small amounts and in select markets around the world.
As the second part of the company's two step introduction plan, a foldable smartphone with a single flexible display will later be released in the year 2018 (considering that the first one turns out to be a success). This news reminds us of the Samsung Galaxy Round, the smartphone which featured a curved OLED panel. Unfortunately, the Galaxy Round wasn't popular enough to see a more widespread release than its initial limited manufacturing in 2013.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
After years of speculations and planning, it looks like Samsung is ready to finally release smartphones with foldable displays into the market. According to a report by The Korea Herald, there will be some major reshuffling in Samsung's mobile communications unit and IT department by March, following which, the final decision in the matter will be taken. Most reports are suggesting that Samsung will be manufacturing and shipping out as many as 100,000 units of the 7-inch foldable smartphone by Q3 of this very year.
Not to be outdone, LG reportedly has plans of its own to ship out 100,000 units of a foldable smartphone model that they have been developing for the last few years. It should happen by the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the rumors. Additionally, LG may also start selling the foldable displays to other smartphone manufacturers, namely the likes of Huawei and even Apple. It will be interesting to see which of the two Korean tech-giants come out with a better foldable smartphone, given that these rumors hold true of course. Also, we will have to wait and find out if Samsung releases the model with displays on both the rear and the back or the one with just a single flexible display. They may eventually release both versions, but it is likely that we will see just one of them in 2017.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Mobile World Congress is the biggest event of the year when it comes to smartphones, tablets and just about any other mobile consumer products. It's almost upon us as February 27 draws near, but do you know what to expect from the smartphone manufacturers this year at Barcelona? We have a pretty good idea, so here are the most anticipated devices that we could be getting a glimpse of in a few days.
If rumors are true, the HTC Ocean will be operated entirely via voice commands, gestures and of course, touch.
Although the G6 will probably not be sporting the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 flagship chipset, it is expected to sport the world's first 18:9 ratio borderless display with a resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels.
TCL Communications are making the handsets for Blackberry nowadays and this is going to be their third handset after the collaboration. The Mercury will sport the trademark Blackberry keyboard and a fingerprint scanner.
Moto G5 and G5 Plus
The cameras on the Moto G4 Plus were simply the best in the mid-range segment and the G5 and G5 Plus are rumoured to sport even better sensors. We will have to wait and see what other improvements Lenovo brings in with the two new handsets.
There are also the Sony Xperia X, the Nokia P1 and the Huawei P10 that's incoming in a few days and we are pretty excited about them too. Which ones are you looking forward to the most? In case you were looking for the Galaxy S8 on this list, we are sorry to inform you that Samsung has confirmed that the S8 will be withheld from the Mobile World Congress this year.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Although I always prefer my devices to be unlocked, there are those that benefit from the low EMI plans and bundled offers that carriers have in place for expensive smartphones, especially in the US. However, many do not like the way Verizon or AT&T logos are stamped on their phones as it takes away from the phone's initial design language. This would particularly be a travesty for the S8 and S8+, given how aesthetically and minimally they are designed by default. That won't be a problem with the two flagships from Samsung this year though. Samsung has made sure that no ugly carrier logos will be messing with their bezel-less smartphone's aesthetics. Just like the iPhone, physical branding won't be a part of any Galaxy S8 and S8+, irrespective of where you or whom you buy your phones from.
We were actually expecting something like this from the smartphone giant, given how much Samsung has sacrificed to achieve a clean, immersive look for the two phones this year. Apart from axing the iconic Physical Home button, they have not put their own logo in front of the device, which is a first for any and all Samsung smartphones and tablets. However, the Samsung logo does make its way to the back of both devices, unlike the carrier logos which are gone for good.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
As per a recent report published by Strategy Analytics, Samsung is selling their smartphones at $465 less than Apple on an average. This conclusion was reached after the firm established that the average selling price of iPhones is $692 and that of the Samsung smartphones is $227. This data is still somewhat dated though, given that the parameters were last updated at the end of Q4, 2016.
You can probably guess that this isn't really a big surprise since Apple only sells premium smartphones, while Samsung does business in every budget category out there. The difference wasn't so shocking before though, but we are guessing that's an obvious effect of the tremendous competition from Chinese manufacturers, who continue to grow in the emerging markets. As Xiaomi, OnePlus and others continue to take over the budget and mid-range segments, Samsung has no choice but to lower the prices in order to stay competitive. They are nevertheless, still the leader in all segments on a global basis.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
A Samsung employee who is only known by his surname "Lee" at the moment, apparently was in a bad gambling debt which amounted to somewhere around $800,000! Just as any other logical person would handle a debt of that size, he decided to steal 8,474 Samsung mobile phones (which are worth a total of $711,000) from Samsung's head office in Suwon, Gyeonggi. If you have not caught on to my sarcasm yet, then let me affirm that it is indeed sarcasm and stealing from your employer or anyone else is definitely not the logical solution to any problem!
The disabled man had apparently started stealing test units meant for developers from way back in the December of 2014. In fact his operation was active till November last year; a timeframe in which he managed to steal an astounding 8,474 Samsung test units. Lee used to pawn these stolen smartphones via a used phone reseller and before long, these handsets, which were never even meant to be on sale, were being sold and used in Vietnam. As Samsung caught a whiff of the con job going on here, the matter was reported to the police. After months of investigation, Lee has finally been found and charged. Although he is clearly a reckless gambler and a thief of massive proportions, one cannot help but be amazed at the efficiency with he had run the con job for all these years without ever being caught once.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has just recalled 10,000+ Galaxy Note 4 handsets for issues related to the battery. If that sounds familiar then it's because of the fact that about year ago, something similar happened with the Galaxy Note 7. While this doesn't sound good for Samsung initially, a little more probe into the matter reveals that Samsung is actually not at fault for this one.
It seems that some AT&T refurbished Galaxy Note 4 smartphones contained batteries in them that are prone to overheating. As the batteries were not made or supplied by Samsung, they are off the hook for this one. In fact, the heating batteries are counterfeit units which made their way into some of the AT&T refurbished Galaxy Note 4 devices through unknown means. As of now, there have been no reports of fire, explosion, damage or injury.
The Galaxy Note 7 disaster has been one of Samsung's biggest messes recently, but they have come out of that much better than most people expected them to. Of course, the real test of the impact that the infamous handset had left on the minds of Samsung's customers will commence once the Galaxy Note 8 goes on sale next month.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
After years of speculations, we finally have something official to speak about the topic. During the press conference in Korea where the Galaxy Note 8 was launched a few days ago, President of Samsung Mobiles, DJ Koh went on and said the following lines.
"We have a plan to adopt a foldable display in our roadmap. We are currently addressing some technological hurdles to commercialize such a device. We will launch a foldable device when we are fully ready, and we are aiming to do so next year..."
Granted, it's only a plan according to the statement, but it isn't very unlikely that this plan will finally come into fruition in 2018. The reason I think so is because he said it out loud in a press conference. Would the President of Samsung Mobiles have declared it to the press if it wasn't all but confirmed? That would be unwise and the CEO of Samsung Mobiles is not unwise! The question is, will Samsung be launching a new line of handsets with foldable displays or will they just incorporate it into their existing flagship lineups? What do you think?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
In spite of previous reports suggesting that Samsung might primarily concentrate on launching its new range of ultra-premium QLED TVs at CES 2018, new reports are suggesting that Samsung will not go to the CES 2018 empty handed in the smartphone department. If you were hoping to see the Galaxy S9-series being launched at the show, you will likely have to wait till the Mobile World Congress 2018 in February, but we may still get a teaser trailer. What may very well happen however is that Samsung might launch the much awaited and rumored Galaxy A8 and A8+ at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Additionally the Galaxy J2 (2018) may or may not make an appearance, but we are pretty much sure that the Notebook 9 (2018) series with its S-Pen compatibility will definitely be showcased. This new Notebook 9 (2018) series of laptops with 8th Gen Intel processors, 16GB RAM and 1TB HDD was just launched and is Samsung's most powerful laptop till date.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
After years of rumors and reports, it had just recently been almost established that Samsung will be releasing their first foldable-display phone in 2019, but as per a new report by CNBC, that is no longer the situation because they could very well be releasing the company's first smartphone with a foldable display in 2018 itself. The report is authentic because D.J. Koh (President and CEO of Samsung Mobile and IT) himself has confirmed all the rumors by stating the following.
"It's time to deliver on a foldable device after consumer surveys showed that there is a market for that kind of handset."
Koh further elaborated on the topic by saying that the team has almost finished the complex development process, indicating that a 2018 release may just be on the cards. It should be noted that Samsung had declared back in July that their unbreakable and flexible OLED displays are now officially certified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Our best guess is that more will be revealed at the Samsung Developer Conference (San Francisco) in November.
It looks like a very select number of upcoming smartphones from Samsung may have a brand new camera module in 2019 itself. It is now official, because Samsung Electro-Mechanics has just confirmed and publicly announced that a new camera module with up to 5x optical zoom is currently in mass manufacturing.
This is really great news for Samsung fans because in the last two years, they have been left behind by the competition significantly in terms of both camera performance, as well as camera features. The Galaxy S10+ might have capable cameras, but they pale in front of the Huawei P30 Pro and even the single lens performance of the aging Google Pixel 3.
The real question is though, will it be the Note 10 that will see this ultra-thin 5mm camera module being adopted like we are all expecting, or will Samsung implement it in a brand new series, as hinted by leakster @UniverseIce on twitter?
Apparently, the leakster has inside info that has led him to believe, Samsung is going to unveil something even more innovative than the Galaxy Fold, later in the year!
Check Point is a security farm that has recently unveiled the alarming fact that over 900 million smartphones around the world are susceptible to hacker attacks due to what is known as the QuadRooter vulnerability. If you are wondering what is QuadRooter, it is actually a short name for four vulnerabilities that are currently plaguing Android handsets that have Qualcomm chipsets inside. Through exploitation of the susceptibilities, hackers can gain root access to these devices, if the user is tricked into installing a malware onto his/her phone that does not require any apparently visible permissions to do the harm.
On reporting this issue to Qualcomm in April, 2016, the company acknowledged the high risk threat and has since developed and provided the necessary software patches to the smartphone manufacturers. The potentially affected devices include the biggest brands and their flagships in the market, like the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, HTC 10, OnePlus 3, LG G5, Lenovo Moto X 2016 and BlackBerry DTEK50. All handsets that have the August security patches from Google installed on them are protected against three of the susceptibilities, but the fourth one is still to be addressed in the upcoming September patch. Check if your device is a part of the 900 million club by downloading and running the QuadRooter Scanner application from the Play Store.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)