The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ don't have much competition right now as they are the only two handsets right now with the latest Qualcomm (or Exynos) Snapdragon flagship chip inside. The LG G6 is probably its closest competitor yet, but the last-gen SD 821 chip makes the LG handset fall behind. However, that scene is about to change very soon as Xiaomi gets ready to launch their own flagship handsets next week in China, with the SD 835 inside. Rumors have been predicting the specs for the Chinese handset for a long time now, but some of it has just been confirmed by a leaked GeekBench test run result. Check the screenshot below and the specs over here to get a feel of things.
Unfortunately, there's currently no news regarding when Xiaomi is going to launch the mi 6 and the Mi 6 Plus outside China. Going by its track record though, it might be a few months before that happens. Nevertheless, what we have seen so far both in terms of specs and leaked pictures, do look very impressive. Hopefully, Xiaomi will be able to bring the two handsets in other countries myuch faster this time around.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
There is a good percentage of mobile users prefer to play video games when they have to kill their time. And knowing while mobile is better at games can be its selling point. Redmi Note 8 Pro series is known as one of the best performing mid-range devices of the last year. The Redmi Note 8 Pro features a very powerful processor MediaTek Helio G90T which is specifically made for gamers. The latest price for the pro model is around $184 for the 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage variants. What special about this phone is that it beats one of the very expensive Galaxy S20 Plus in gaming tests that came out as a surprise for many users.
The test was performed by YouTube Chong Li who posted a video on the gaming comparison of Redmi Note 8 Pro Vs. Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus. He played a top-tier game PUBG mobile which is a graphically intense game for mobile devices. He ran the test for 30-minutes and results were completely unexpected. The Redmi Note 8 Pro uses the MediaTek chip whereas the Redmi Exynos 990 struggle to maintain a stable 60fps for more than 10 minutes and dropped to 50fps. The drop is caused by overheating and throttling caused by game processing for a long time.
Here it is important to note that Galaxy S20 plus is available in Exynos 990 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 variants. Although the Snapdragon is only available for the USA and South Korea. The Exynos version is aimed at Asian countries. Although Exynos isn't too bad as well but can't compete with MediaTek processors. The latest Exynos 992 is 1-3% more power-efficient than Snapdragon 865 and its predecessor and we expect better work in the future as well. We may see Exynos 1000 chipset that will be made in collaboration with AMD.
Samsung promised to use a new UFC 2.0 storage in Galaxy S6 that will increase the data read/write speed 2.7x faster than normal storage. UFC 2.0 uses "Command Queue" technology (as seen in Solid State Drives) for accelerating the speed of command execution. The device has no microSD, so the the performance test will run on its internal storage.
Here's the benchmark results for the data read/write on the Samsung Galaxy S6.
As you can see, the new UFC 2.0 storage brought quite an improvement over the previous generation smartphones and the smartphone's performance could have been seriously compromised if a microSD read or write was also in the equation. We know that cheap microSD storage is ideal for backup purposes and that is hardly going to change anytime soon, but perhaps it's a fair guess that its days within high end smartphones are numbered.
In the most of the ads, Samsung brags about the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 panels used on the Galaxy S6 edge and it might have a good reason for that.
Both the back and the dual-curved 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display have protected by Corning's latest. A Korean video demonstrated the true strength of the glass panels used in Galaxy S6 edge through a brutal drop test.
In the video, the woman first shows the display working normally and then slams the phone three times on the floor. The result was rather impressive with the phone sustaining next to no damage.
That's hardly a scientific approach to testing the toughness, but it should certainly give Galaxy S6 owners some extra piece of mind even if they do drop their new and expensive phone, chances are it won't mind too much.
After rumors about the S6 build quality, Samsung has issued a statement complete with a video detailing its own bending test. The company claims that the SquareTrade test does not indicate typical usage scenarios and is also not indicative of the phone's face-down rigidity.
In the Samsung video, which opens up with a quick disclaimer, that it's not inspired by sadistic desires, the complete bend test routine is shown on both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge. A three point rig is set up with the appropriate software to measure the applied force.
To put an everyday meaning into the numbers a set of 5 pencils is subjected to the same test and reaches a breaking point just shy of the 80lbf (108Nm) mark. Then the Galaxy S6 takes the stage and survives a slightly larger force just fine, returning to its original shape. The Galaxy S6 edge fares equally well, both face down and up.
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Phablet has appeared today on a web test, as always, Samsung R&D (Research and development) department is doing some routine checking and tests on any new device, including browser and performance benchmarking.
A device codenamed "Samsung ZenZero" running Samsung browser 3.2 on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop appeared on HTML5test website. This is the code name allegedly being given to the rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 5 edge. This model will reportedly come with curved glass on both sides of the 5.4-inch or 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen.
Galaxy Note 5 will also be powered exclusively with an Exynos chipset of Sammy's own making. Exynos 7422 is being tested for use on the unit. This chip would go beyond the usual chipset and include the CPU, GPU, RAM, native storage, and a Samsung LTE modem in one single package.
Samsung revealed the Galaxy Note5 last week on the Unpacked 2015 event. The flagship phablet doesn't pack a curved display, but it packs a curved back glass.
The first Note5 drop Test YouTube video for the, shows us just how fragile the curved glass design on the Note5 actually is. A drop from around 1 meter, which is usual waist height, instantly cracked the unit's back, resulting in an extensive and nasty spider web crack.
Interestingly enough, the top most layer of the back remained smooth and intact with the damage contained underneath. So, at least, there is no danger of cuts. Watch the video below!
It has been a long time since the rumours about Vivo's next gen flagship smartphone surfaced. In fact this news goes back to 2014 and at that time they were supposed to be one of the pioneers in implementing Snapdragon 810 SoC. Quite evident that it didn't happen and now Snapdragon 810 is no way Qualcomm's best chip. At the same time people are looking forward to the XPlay 5, which is supposed to be available from March 1. At this point one important feature has been changed to another - this device will be the first one to come with 6 GB RAM.
But, don't consider this as a rumor. This has been leaked from the AnTuTu 6 benchmark test and even though we don't see 6GB being mentioned clearly, the 162,610 points mentioned in the leak is close to 30K more than other devices available in the database. We are also not exactly sure whether 2GB of extra memory can result in such a boost. In addition to this, there is a banner which states that the XPlay 5 will be powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC and 6GB RAM. Also there are speculations about a 5.5 inch display too.
UPDATE: A tipster has revealed another piece of info about the Vivo XPlay 5 - this smartphone will feature Hi-Fi 3.0, which is most probably a cutting-edge audio processing chip, similar to rest of the Vivo devices like the X6 Plus.
As reported earlier, YouTuber JerryRigEverything has posted a video on YouTube that clearly showed the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection failing the scratch test usually performed by him on all popular smartphones. When we say "failing," what we mean is that it turned out to be significantly less scratch-resistant than the older Gorilla Glass 4. If you have not checked it out already, take a look at the video below to see what we are talking about.
In their defence, Corning has put forward a few arguments in their interview with Android Authority. They pointed out that the Mohs hardness picks were used in an "uncontrolled manner" and the loads on the picks used by the YouTuber were not monitored. According to the company, the video is invalid as the damages seen on the Note 7 were a result of metallic transfer, a phenomenon which transfers a softer material onto a harder one, after the two come in friction with each other. To be honest, we just think that Corning Gorilla Glass 5 lost its scratch resistance to a good degree, in order to provide for shatter proofing.
The SM-N930V has now surfaced on the internet as the smartphone's Geekbench results have just been revealed. In case you didn't know, the N930 is the model number of the upcoming Galaxy Note 7 and the V at the end stands for Verizon, as always. The results reveal a few things, but the most significant and slightly disappointing fact which it unveils is the SoC of the upcoming device. It seems like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be using the same Qualcomm SD 820 chipset as the Galaxy S7, and NOT the rumoured 821/823 chipset. The device also has just 4GB of RAM, instead of 6GB, which it is largely expected to have on release.
Now, there are two theories about the disappointing CPU and RAM seen here. The first theory suggests that this is just a test unit which is being used to test out the networks on Verizon and the final version will sport the SD 821/823 SoC and 6GB of RAM. The second theory states that there will be both 4GB versions with the Snapdragon 820 processor and 6GB versions with the enhanced processing power. We will just have to wait to find out for sure when the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is released on August 2.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Tougher cousin of the S7 proved that you are not going to pay the higher price of $795 for nothing, should you choose the S7 Active. It is exclusive to the US and can only be bought from AT&T. The hard-hitting device is available in Sandy Gold, Titanium Gray and Camo Green color options.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The official launch date might still be a few months away, but that has not stopped the upcoming Galaxy S9+ from showing up on the latest Geekbench benchmarking test. As you can tell from the screenshot included, the performance is quite remarkable as the upcoming flagship handset from Samsung managed to score 2422 on the single-core test and 8351 on the multi-core test. Both of these scores are the highest ever scored by any Samsung device. Aside from letting us know how powerful the Galaxy S9-series will be in 2018, it also gives us a clear idea about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip's computing powers. It would be quite interesting to see how Samsung's Exynos equivalent stands up to this chip.
In addition to showcasing power, this test result also managed to leak two other details about the Galaxy S9+. Firstly, it shows the model number of the handset as SM-G965 and secondly, we can see that the test was done while the handset was running Android 8.0 Oreo. We will find out more before the MWC 2018 arrives in February.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Remember the #Bendgate? Well apparently the method has still not died down and the new Nexus 6P is the latest phablet to come under scrutiny. A questionable YouTube video from user "JerryRigEverything" now claims that the Nexus 6P is laughable, showing how the handset miserably fails bend, scratch and burn tests.
Below, you will see the video showing the Huawei-made Google Nexus 6P being mercilessly destroyed is making waves online. This brutal video, however, doesn't accurately depict the phone's durability.
A different user, meanwhile, decided to do a different kind of test, using actual weights to try to bend a new Nexus 6P whose screen did not suffer any other kind of prior damage. Max Lee improvised a bending rig, using different weights to determine the level of pressure the Nexus 6P can withstand.
Check out the videos and make your own judgement.
Everyone knows that once a potential flaw is discovered in the new iPhone then all phones in existence must be tested for the same flaw. It happened with Antennagate and now it's happening with Bendgate.
The Apple iPhone 6 Plus proved easy to deform under pressure so the smaller iPhone 6 was put under the same test along with the iPhone 5s, the HTC One M8, another aluminum phone, the Motorola Moto X (2014) and the Nokia Lumia 1020.
The iPhone 6 has the same basic design as the iPhone 6 Plus but it's shorter and narrower, which gives its body more rigidity. It gave way a little bit but the problem isn't anywhere near as severe as on the big phone. Watch the Video below to find out Which phone will Bend!
The MCAT practice test is one of the most challenging exams for medical students. Many students take this test every year and if you are planning to sit for it, you have to dedicate some time to prepare for it. Preparing for the test requires discipline, dedication and focus. We have detailed some of the top tips that will help you in your preparation. Below are the different hints you can use to prepare for your test to ensure you achieve success at the end of the day.
• Practice Questions
It is important to point out that the MCAT test is not based on only formulas that you have to memorize. As a fact, you cannot expect to attain success by just memorizing the course contents. The test is designed to evaluate your ability to apply knowledge of scientific theories to new scenarios. The best way to understand and perfect your ability in this area is through practice questions.
• Take Practice Tests
The MCAT is a comprehensive test that requires a serious preparation. The exam itself is long, it takes about 6 hours and 15 minutes to complete. You have a total of 7 hours and 15 minutes to complete this test which includes a one hour break. Taking the exam requires a lot of practice. You need to build your mental strength to be able to maintain focus all through the exam. You can only achieve this by taking practice test. In addition to help you build mental focus, it also helps you to learn how to pace on the exam. Taking a complete MCAT practice tests will equip you with all you need to be able to write the exam and excel at it.
• Use Recommended Resource Materials
There are numerous materials that are available to you as you prepare for your MCAT test. This practice exam has official study resources that you can get from its official website. There are other materials you can access online to help in your preparation. One of the most important resource materials you need to study is from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). AAMC is the creator of the MCAT test. In addition to the resource materials, you should also try to get all the practice questions and practice tests available with AAMC. This is because most of the MCAT test questions are developed from the old MCAT tests. Using these old questions will ensure you are as close to real test scenario as you can ever be.
• Schedule Your Exam after Preparation not before
You should only take the MCAT test when you are satisfied that you have studied enough. If you are not ready, do not sit for the test. Take time to study and prepare with practice questions and practice tests. As you do this, you build your confidence and knowledge level. One of the ways to know that you are ready to take the exam is when you score high during your practice test. If you don't achieve your target score while taking practice test, then you should know that you are not totally ready to sit for the exam. Many students believe that scheduling the exam will help them focus on their preparation. This might be true for some exams but not the MCAT. You need to be fully prepared before sitting for this test, so give yourself enough time to prepare for the exam.
• Set a Deadline with a Study Plan
As mentioned earlier, the MCAT is an extensive test and there are many course contents you need to master and review. You also have to take many practice tests while preparing for the exam. It is very easy to lose track of your goal if you are not careful. To ensure you keep your goal (which is to write and pass the MCAT exam) in view, develop a study plan with a timeline. This will help you to keep track of your study time and get you ready for the exam. With a deadline, you know how much time you have to study before you schedule your exam and how much extra time you need to invest to be able to meet your study deadline. This will not only help you in your study, it will also help you in knowing when you will be ready to take the exam.
• Study at Your Pace
This is very important if you really want to be familiar with the course content. Studying depends on your level of assimilation and how long you can study at a stretch. The fact that some others can study at 12 hours at a stretch does not mean you have to do the same. If you are comfortable with breaking up your study time into 2 hours per time, then all well and good. Create as many 2 hours period as you can have in a day and fix your study plan around the time. If you can study for 15 hours at a stretch, then go ahead and do what you are comfortable with. The bottom line is to study and cover the course contents before you take your exam.
• Read and Re-read the Course Content
You have to be familiar with the course content and the only way you can do this is to read and re-read it. If there is any area you do not understand, go back to it and study it again. Remember, you have to apply your knowledge of science to attempt the test questions. You therefore need to review the course content to be able to do this.
Preparing for exams can be quite boring, especially if you are doing it alone. So why not look for a couple of friends who are writing the same exam and study with them? It makes it more interesting and you can learn one or two things from others too. You might also want to have a chat with some test takers who have succeeded in the exam. You can gain a lot of insights from their personal experience with MCAT test.
The latest Google tablet, HTC Nexus 9 has just hit the markets, many users are still waiting for reviews results on the tablet battery life and audio quality. We got the first battery life test from gsm arena for the Nexus 9. The results are good, it scored 9:43 Hours Web browsing and 12 Hours video playback.
HTC devices is known for its Amazing Sound Quality and the Nexus 9 is no difference. The devices packs all the sound goodies from HTC, from Boomsound front Dual-speakers to the build-in audio amplifier.
The Audio test shows great stereo crosstalk even with the headphone plugged-in [-93.7, -71.1]. The Audio Noise is very low [0.0054] and the speakers is the highest among tablets.
Customers who bought the LG G5 flagship smartphone this year will get a chance to test out the upcoming Android OS version 7.0 Nougat before anyone else. However, there are two catches to this; you will have to be in South Korea and even then, the number of people chosen for the beta testing will be very limited. When LG means limited, they mean it as the total number of smartphones which will be allowed in the closed beta program is just two thousand.
The user will need to download and install an app called OS Preview from the Play Store in order to get registered for the beta program, if they are chosen. Needless to say, if you are in the US or in any other country for that matter, the application will not be found on your version of the Play Store. Although LG has not mentioned anything to indicate that the preview will also be made available in other countries, we are hoping that it might be so later on.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
We reported before that the Galaxy Grand Prime update status is "Delayed" due to development issues and has been like that for more than 3 months. Now, the status has changed... Samsung has started releasing the first official Original Galaxy Grand Prime Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmwares a couple of days ago. Currently the (SM-G530H) and (SM-G530FZ) variants are updated while the (SM-G530F), (SM-G530BT) and (SM-G530M) variants are expected to get the same update by early next month September.
However, those releases are only test releases which means that newer firmwares builds are coming in the next few days for those models. The final versions that will be rolling-out globally to all regions and variants should be here by the end of september. The Lollipop 5.0.2 bring an improved TouchWiz UI with Material Design, new notification panel, new lockscreen and lots of other features along with various bug fixes and performance improvements.
Sadly, the Original Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime will not be getting the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update which will stay Exclusive ONLY to the Galaxy Grand Prime Value Edition (SM-G531) which packs an improved hardware specifications.
We will keep you updated with all the latest Grand Prime updates, Stay Tuned!