One of the most undervalued facts of 4G is that E in 4G LTE stands for evolution. Not all 4G devices are the same, though if you compare the network speed on these devices, you will find a surprising fact. Huawei phones are among the slowest available stateside compared to the other LTE enabled devices, with iPhones are underperforming despite of their huge price tag. Network performance depends heavily on the capabilities and and prioritization of the network, though older smartphones and budget-oriented models are less likely to feature Cat16, or gigabit-class, LTE.
According to the Opensignal's Mobile Network Experience report, published Monday OnePlus phones allows you to experience the fastest LTE speeds on US mobile networks among the gigabit-class smartphones. The average speed of OnePlus phones was 35.7 Mbps, while Samsung placed second at 33.9 Mbps, followed by LG in third, at 33.1 Mbps. Razer, Sony, and Google phones averaged around 31 Mbps, while Apple was in seventh at 25.4 Mbps, among models capable of LTE Cat16. Huawei was last, in eleventh, at 22.4 Mbps.
For mid-range smartphones - defined by Opensignal as LTE Cat5 (300 Mbps) to LTE Cat15 (750 Mbps)-the winner was HTC at 31.8 Mbps, with Google in second at 29.1 Mbps, and Samsung in third at 27.5 Mbps. Apple ranked twelfth, at 19.5 Mbps. Huawei followed at 18.5 Mbps. For low-tier smartphones-LTE Cat4 (150 Mbps) or lower-Apple was dead last in 15th, at 12.0 Mbps.
Apple's long-lived support for iPhone models is likely working against them in these statistics, as 2013's iPhone 5S-still supported in iOS 12-enables users to hold on to their phones for far longer than is practicable with Android. Using an iPhone 5S in 2019 is not likely to be the most pleasant experience, granted, though it should still be head and shoulders above using any of the Android phones on ZDNet's Top 10 smartphones of 2013. Huawei's underperformance isn't necessarily related to their hardware. It is most likely because these phones are not sold by any major US carrier so there is less incentive for vendors and US carriers to optimize their network to support Huawei smartphones.
The recent leak comes from the website RootMyGalaxy, courtesy of leaker @Thedroidleaks, who has been active for some time in the tech industry. Although the leak isn't confirmed officially, still it sounds pretty surprising. While the OnePlus 8 Pro is one of the most popular smartphones recently, but it might not be as biggest as we might expect. As per leaks, the device is going to even smaller than its predecessor. There isn't much information on the specs of the device so far, but we are not expecting a huge change from the OnePlus 7 Pro in terms of screen resolution, features, or hardware specs like the camera.
The leak suggests that the OnePlus 8 Pro will have a 6.5-inch screen, making it smaller than the OnePlus 7T Pro or Pro, both of which had a 6.67-inch display. Usually, smartphone manufacturers are aiming for a bigger screen every year and going backward seems strange. For the lite version, the phone could be even smaller than this. Other reports suggest that there will be 8GB of RAM and 12GB RAM variants. This is the same as OnePlus 7T Pro. The 12GB of RAM was in the McLaren Edition phone though, so the standard 7T Pro had the same 8GB of RAM. But since other companies are integrating into even 16GB at this point, 8GB of RAM feels a little less than the required memory.
Another leak suggests that the phone is going to have a 4,500mAh power pack. That's higher than the 4,085mAh of the OnePlusl 7T Pro. Other rumors are claiming a much higher display refresh rate that goes up to 120HZ. The device will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 865 processing chip, 4,500mAh battery, and 50W fast charging. We can expect some delay in the release of the phone due to coronavirus spread in China. But hopefully, we will see it in the second quarter of this year.
OnePlus has officially come up with the upcoming smartphone in the budget category. The phone costs less than $500 and called Nord. It won't just another smartphone in the market as it will comprise a range of devices that mark the affordability. The phone is getting released to the UK, European, and Indian markets. The Nord phone is going to be the first phone of a new series line that will make the premium OnePlus experience accessible for more users. The device was initially rumored to be called as OnePlus 8 lite and OnePlus Z, but the company decided to settle for OnePlus Nord.
The company is focusing on ‘never-settle' spirit and creating some of the best product lines for its consumers, but it is also about challenging ourselves and going beyond our comfort zone, said OnePlus founder and CEO Pete Lau. He further added, "We are immensely proud of our flagship products and will continue to create more tech-leading flagships for our users. Now we are excited to share the OnePlus experience with even more users around the world through this new product line. OnePlus also confirmed, via its Instagram channel, that 100 units of its new smartphone will be available to order at 9 am BST (4 am EDT, 1 am PDT) on July 1.
OnePlus launched its affordable handset back in 2015 and since then it hasn't introduced any budget-friendly phone. So, far there isn't much information on the device. A few leaks are about its camera and processing chips. According to the rumors, the OnePlus Nord is designed to feature a dual-facing camera system that includes a 32MP lens for the primary camera and an 8MP depth-sensor camera lens in a punch-hole cutout in the corner of the display. The other leaks suggest a device with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset, 6GB of Ram, and a 6.65-inch display screen with three cameras at the rear side. A limited batch of 100 pre-orders are set to open on July 1, so we should have a better idea of the final price by then.
Xiaomi has taken the lead in the budget category smartphone once again by introducing the entry-level phones Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C in Malaysia with a starting price of less than $100(RM 360). Both phones feature a large-sized display screen, reasonably big batteries, and up to three rear cameras. The phones are equipped with an IPS LCD panel of 6.53-inch. The dot-drop notch display produces an HD+ resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels and a 20:9 aspect ratio. Both devices come with large 5,000mAh batteries. These devices have 2 GB of LPPDR4x RAM and 32 GB of eMMC 5.1 internal storage.
For additional storage, these devices come with a microSD card slot. The Android operating system along with MIUI 11 comes preloaded on the Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C smartphones. The Redmi 9A is powered with the powerful Helio G25 octa-core processor that works at 2GHz whereas the Redmi 9C has Helio G35 octa-core SoC that ticks at 2.3GHz. Both smartphones house a 5-MP camera for selfie and front videos.
The Redmi 9A has a single rear camera of 13-MP whereas the Redmi 9C has a triple-camera system module that includes a 13-Mp primary camera lens, a 5-MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP depth sensor with LED flashlight. The 9C features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for security but the Redmi 9A doesn't have this security feature. The Redmi 9A and 9C come with other common features like dual SIM slot, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB-C, IR blaster and 3.5mm audio jack.
Realme has come a long way since early 2018 as the Xiamoi subbrand. The company focused on budget-friendly phones and then moved to the higher-end smartphones that have proved to be quite successful so far. Realme launched its first flagship device last year, known as Realme X2 Pro, and now they have launched their first 5G smartphone - the Realme X50 Pro 5G.
The Realme X50 Pro 5G has an all-metal casing with a quad-camera system on the rear side along with a bezel-less display. On the front, you can see a dual-camera cut-out. This may seem like a repeated design but maybe the company didn't want to do much experiment with the look. The back cover is available in Rust Red and Moss Green colors. The phone seems pretty thick for many, but the additional thickness may not bother you as it feels quite comfortable in the hands. There is a pair of front-facing speakers that are pretty good in terms of quality. The phone has an extra in-display optical fingerprint scanner for security.
The Realme X50 is one of the first devices in the market to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. The processing chip is launched back in December of 2019 and offers almost 25% greater performance than its predecessor Snapdragon 855, and even more power-efficient than the Snapdragon 855. The Adreno 650 GPU follows a similar approach with a 20% faster image rendering when compared to the older version.
The device also comes with a charging brick that lets you charge your phone from 0 to 100 percent in less than 40 minutes. Leave it on charge for ten minutes and you are good to go for a few hours. The phone tends to heat up a bit when charging but it cools down pretty quickly. The only con you can say here is not-so-long battery life. You may have to charge your phone more than once in a day if you are a heavy user.
Back in March, Samsung released a report expects the sales of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge to reach 55 Million by the end of the year. In April,10th the Korean giant released the device into markets worldwide.
Korean publication Yonhap News reports that until now, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge sales have been much higher than expected. Reportedly, an industry official declared that, in the last three days, sales in South Korea reached an all-time high compared to previous Galaxy S models from last year.
Interestingly, it's said that the Galaxy S6 edge (which is more expensive than the regular S6) accounts for about 50% of all sales. According to Yonhap News, a "high-ranking Samsung official" recently mentioned that the company "failed to make a precise prediction of demand" for the curved smartphone, that's why supply shortages may continue for more than a month.
Samsung sales for both flagships could reach higher than 60-70 Million units by the end this Year.
Now, a new report by the research firm IHS, shows that the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 64 GB (Verizon model) costs around $290 to build. This means the handset is more expensive to make than any of Apple's latest iPhones (6, 6 PLUS), which can cost up to $263 (iPhone 6 Plus 128 GB) to manufacture. The S6 edge is obviously also more expensive to build than a Galaxy S5 ($256).
Unsurprisingly, the most expensive component inside the Galaxy S6 edge is the curved Quad HD display: at $85 per unit (you can buy a decent, complete smartphone for that kind of money), the unique, dual-curve screen accounts for 29% of the total cost of an S6 edge. The next most expensive part inside the S6 edge is the octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, which is manufactured by Samsung itself, and costs $29.50 to make.
After 70 years of technological advancements have lead us to a point where pocket-sized devices now pack enough computing power to put to shame supercomputers of old. A recently published infographic by Experts Exchange shows some intriguing comparisons between supercomputers, consoles, smart watches and smartphones.
For example, the current top dog on the supercomputer front, the Chinese Tianhe-2 is capable of a staggering 33.86 PFLOPS (peta floating-point operations per second), which would take 18,400 Sony PlayStation 4s consoles to match.
The Samsung Galaxy S6, which at the moment is the smartphone with the highest raw performance, is more than five times as powerful as the PlayStation 2, which was released in 2000. More impressively though, the 138g phone's 34.8 GFLOPS are 2,900,000 times as much as the 12,000 FLOPS the IBM 704 room-sized supercomputer could produce back in 1954. Check the Infographic below (Click to Enlarge).
HTC already released the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update to the unlocked HTC One M8. The One M7 should get the same update on Early Feb,2015. As for the rest of the One Family, HTC initially promised to update all versions of its 2013 and 2014 flagship smartphone within 90 days of receiving the Android 5.0 code. However, it looks like there will be a slight delay...
Mo Versi, HTC's Vice President of product management delivered the news in a dedicated post. The delay is caused by issues Android 5.0 initially contained, which were subsequently fixed by Google with minor updates. HTC is working hard with Google and its carrier partners to incorporate the latter into its OS build.
HTC already updated several versions of the One M8. They include the factory unlocked model, the Developer Edition, and the Google Play variant. Mo Versi promises "good news to share soon" on the rest of the One family.
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Amazon's latest sale brought a few new exciting discount rates for the smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S10 is available just for $600. However, the best deal is not by Samsung or Apple. The credit goes to Nokia 7.1. It was retailing for $349, and now in the sale, the phone is available only for just $249 after a full $100 off. Since last year, the mid-range smartphones are getting better. Back in November when Nokia 7.1 was released, it stood out as something special. This remains true to this day.
At $250, no phone even come close to it. The Nokia 7.1 has the glass back and metal frame which is only found in flagship smartphones that costs hundreds of dollars more. The design looks amazing. Along with the design, It has 19:9 aspect ratio with a compact screen to body ratio of 80%. Nokia 7.1 took time to work on display. It has LCD panel with a resolution of 2220 x 1080. Nokia 7.1 can play HDR10 videos and games. It has USB-C port for charging, the 3.5mm headphone jack. There is also NFC chip that allows you to execute the contactless Google Pay.
The Nokya 7.1 is powered by the latest Android 9 Pie out of the post. You get the One UI experience with no clutter and guaranteed software & patches updates. At this price, Google Pixel 3a was competing Nokia but after the $100, Nokia 7.1 took a huge leap. It has premium design, the display looks great, and the software is updated. It has 12 MP camera lens at the rear side with another 5MP camera lens for creating the stunning pictures. For selfie it uses an 8MP camera at the front with 84 degree FOV so you can take wide-angle pictures and everyone gets fit in the picture. It uses the HDR, dual sight, and pro camera modes to create unparalleled images.
We recently got to know that Samsung might be coming on-board with Google to optimize TouchWiz, and a new news has added more credibility to this rumour. As per ITHome, Samsung will be concentrating more on user experience enhancement with the Galaxy S7, while Google engineers will help the Samsung backend code on its popular customized version of Android.
The report also says that Samsung and Google's primary goal is to make a "a non-delayed operating experience", one with "superior fluency than iOS". Now, Android has got huge market and is probably having more support on high-end devices when it comes to general fluidity. In the recent times, given how Apple's updates to iOS continue to bring new issues (especially as they try to make the OS more flexible), it's not clear if Android will ever be as optimized as the iOS.
The Korean tech giant has already attained a significant level of optimization with the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, and it would be super exciting to see TouchWiz become even more efficient in the future (it would also be great to see Samsung solve the issues pertaining to multitasking in high-end devices). The report also establishes that the microSD slot will come back with the Galaxy S7, though at this very moment things are quite hazy. We'll wait and watch!
The Galaxy Note 5 has a brilliant display that's quite large as it is but the Note 6 will presumably be built with an even larger screen. If the rumored 5.77-inch 2K display does make it to the final release, it will be the first time that the company would be making a change in the display department of its Note series since the Galaxy Note 3 was launched in 2013 with a 5.7-inch display.
The Snapdragon 820 is the most powerful chip in Android world right now and it powers flagship smartphones like the S7 and the G5. However, the Note 6 might be powered by the upcoming Snapdragon 823 SoC, which is supposed to be 18% faster than even the SD 820. Couple that with the superfast 6GB RAM and we could be looking at power that's almost equivalent to a fully fledged laptop here! To power all this, there will be a rumored 4,200mAh QuickCharge enabled battery.
Other rumors flying around the phablet suggests that there might also be 256GB of in-built storage, alongside an expandable memory card slot. We believe that it will be water and dust-resistant just like the S7 and S7 Edge. Most of the information here was made popular through Weibo by GizmoChina, so take it with a healthy pinch of salt as it is still too early to know anything for sure. What would you like to see in the upcoming phablet from Samsung?
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Yesterday, Samsung unveiled their range of Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 1.0 memory cards to the world and they will have significant advantages over micro-SD cards that we use now. These are specifically targeted towards D-SLR and 3D VR cameras, along with action cameras and even drones! Apart from the standard 32GB, 64GB and 128GB variants, the UFS 1.0 cards will offer even a 256GB variant.
If you are like us, you must be wondering what advantage it will give you over traditional micro-SD, when using it in a smartphone. The answer to that is better 3D gaming on phones that use their external memory as the first choice and faster, smoother 4K and VR media playback. The UFS card will read data at a speed of 530MBps, which will put it in the same category as a standard SATA Solid State Hard Disc used in full fledged computers! To give you an idea of the speed, consider the fact that the next time you are transferring a movie on to your UFS card, every GB of data will just take 2 seconds to write onto it. That's five times more than what micro-SD cards are capable of right now and very impressive.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy S7 is arguably the best smartphone manufactured by Samsung's and it has passed with flying colors in stress tests like water resistance and substantial drop tests. Now we have a point to point comparison of the Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 6s is terms speed and it can be seen that iPhone has won the race in real world performance.
Jerome Ortega, a YouTube channel owner did a performance test of many top devices like the Moto X Pure Edition, the Nexus 6P, the Galaxy S7 edge, and the iPhone 6s Plus.
All of these smartphones are running on a newly installed OS without any sim card along with same set of apps. This test was done to find out how quickly each device runs a series of applications.
In this scenario, the iPhone 6S Plus is backed by 2GB RAM and a dual-core A9 SoC, whereas the Galaxy S7 edge is backed by 4GB RAM and an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. Tests have proved that, performance wise the new Snapdragon 820 CPU doesn't exceed the A9.
Contrary to the belief that the Galaxy S7 edge will emerge as the faster device, it is shocking to see the iPhone surpassing the latest competitor smoothly (check out the scores in the image above). The iPhone 6s Plus completed the test cycle 17 seconds before the Galaxy S7 edge.
The iPhone 6s is faster than the Galaxy S7 edge, which is quite commendable. It will worthwhile to note that the speed of Nexus 6P is almost same to the Galaxy S7 edge and Moto X Pure is at the bottom.
According to Korea JoongAng Daily, over a million units of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 are still being used around the world and these customers are unwilling to part with their stylus touting Samsung phone. According to the report, many customers do not agree that there is anything available in the market right now, which can replace the Note 7 and thus they are sticking with it. While this love and loyalty must be flattering for Samsung in many ways, it is extremely unwise and meaningless at the same time.
What the customers are failing to understand is that the Galaxy Note 7 does indeed pose a safety threat that was great enough for the manufacturer to not only recall each and every one of them back, but also to discontinue the product altogether. While this has already and will continue to cost Samsung plenty of money (read billions!), it hopes to minimize the damage that the blunder will leave on their reputation. Even if you are a Samsung loyalist, kindly note that if your Note 7 does indeed catch fire, it will only further tarnish the company's reputation and they will have an even harder time leaving it all behind. Besides, we are pretty sure that the Note 7 will not be receiving any further updates or support in the near future as the product is already discontinued officially. We suggest opting for the S7 Edge and the additional $100 bill credit (in the US) that Samsung is offering now for staying with them during this crisis.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
According to a report by Android Authority, more people are still using the banned and discontinued Samsung Galaxy Note 7 than the likes of the HTC Bolt, OnePlus 3T and the LG V20! The data was gathered by Apteligent and is a part of their "2016 Mobile Year in Review" report. While this is embarrassing for the competitors and perhaps even good publicity for Samsung, we are not sure that this is exactly what they wanted to see at the moment, given that they have discontinued, banned and recalled each and every one of these smartphones.
It isn't the same for everyone though, because the Google Pixel phones and the Sony Xperia XZ have successfully crossed the Note 7 in terms of the number of current users. In order to deal with the headstrong customers who would rather tout a potentially dangerous device in their pocket and near their family and friends than returning it for a refund/exchange that also comes with added benefits, Samsung has decided to brick all operational Note 7s from the orbit with updates. One such update which will disable the Note 7's antennas, thereby cutting off Wi-Fi and all cellular reception, has already been launched in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. In the UK, an OTA update will limit the capability of the Galaxy Note 7's battery of being charged to more than 30%. In the US, the battery will simply stop taking in any charge at all after the bricking update manages to set in.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
After forming the GVRA with Sony, Acer, Facebook, HTC and Google, Samsung is reportedly looking to launch its first ever AR (augmented reality) headset. Additionally, the company is also in the process of bringing forth the next Gear VR headset as well. Apparently, it was vice-president Sung-Hoon Hong himself who had revealed the aforementioned information at the Virtual Reality Summit in San Diego.
"Samsung's hologram technology is really, really realistic. It looks really touchable," - Sung-Hoon Hong.
In more of what he said at the summit, it might have been indicated that the next Gear VR headset is going to debut at the Mobile World Congress in February, 2017. Considering that it was only a few months back that Samsung had launched the last Gear VR, along with the disastrous Galaxy Note 7, we suggest that you take this news with a pinch of salt.
If you are excited about the augmented reality project, the report mentions that Samsung is planning to target businesses with this upcoming headset, rather than direct consumers. Even then, it is too early in the day to predict where and in which way the AR project will be heading in the future. A startup named Magic Leap was mentioned by Hoon according to the report and speculations suggest that this has something to do with the AR project in question here.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Exynos 8895 SoC which will power the upcoming Galaxy S8 has now been made official by Samsung. This is what Ben Hur, Vice President of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics had to say regarding the next Exynos chip.
"In addition to being built on the most advanced 10nm FinFET process technology, the new Exynos 9 Series 8895 incorporates Samsung's cutting-edge technologies including a 2nd generation custom CPU, gigabit LTE modem, and more. With industry leading technologies like VPU, the Exynos 8895 will drive the innovation of next generation smartphones, VR headsets, and automotive infotainment system."
Also check the official image which details the chip's capabilities and specifications.
The Exynos 8890 is still one of the most powerful mobile chips in the market at the moment, but the octa-coreExynos 8895 will provide 27% better performance at 40% better power-efficiency. The Mali-G71 GPU which will accompany the octa-core processor will be powerful enough to handle VR at 4K resolution, along with a multi-format codec for 4K video recording at 120fps support.
We have to admit, that sounds amazing and we can't wait to see the Exynos 8895 in action when the Galaxy S8 comes out in April.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It is now official, the Galaxy Note 7 disaster is well and truly behind the company as the S8 and S8+ have seen an unbelievable 30% hike in pre-orders, as compared to the S7 and S7 Edge. Given that the S7 did not have any bad publicity to deal with, it wouldn't have been surprising if people were a bit more apprehensive about the S8 series this year. However, that's not the case and the S8 series is now officially the most successful launch for a smartphone that Samsung has ever experienced.
Tim Baxter, President and CEO at Samsung Electronics America, has proudly stated that the overwhelming response from customers worldwide is a result of Samsung "recommitting" itself as a innovator to bring innovations to the market. This news comes hot in the heels of another important update. Samsung will apparently be releasing a software patch very soon, which will take care of the red tinge issue, which is slowly becoming infamous; something that Samsung will probably not take very lightly.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Yes you read that right and no this isn't one of those eye-catching clickbait titles either. You can actually buy a Galaxy S8 in its home nation for a price lower than $180 ($177)/200,000 Won, but it wouldn't be "legal" as per Samsung's stipulations.
Reports have confirmed that certain online and offline retailers are providing their customers with subsidies worth a minimum of 600,000 Korean Won or $530 roughly! This effectively cuts down the S8's marked price of 935,000 Won ($825 roughly) to a selling price of 335,000 Won or about $295. Mind you, that's the "least" amount of subsidy on offer here. Legally, the retailer cannot sell the phone below 753,000 won or about $665.
If you are wondering why the retailers would do that, it is supposedly a ploy to keep their customers according to the reports. If you are wondering how they would make a profit out of virtually giving away such expensive smartphones, we have no clue either! Whatever the reasons are, I bet you are feeling pretty jealous right now.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
After everything that's been said and done, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are two of the best smartphones of 2017 yet and any upcoming smartphone from Samsung itself or other manufacturers will have a hard time beating it. Even then, there's definitely room for improvement on the S8 line-up and on that note, let's check out what Samsung can and should do to improve the Note 8 sufficiently before its final release in the second half of the year.
Better Location for the Fingerprint Scanner
Let's get the obvious one out of the way first; Samsung needs to place the fingerprint scanner in the middle of the Note 8's back or go with an under-the-display ultrasonic scanner. I am pretty sure that Samsung knows that as well and it will happen.
We really need better speakers on the Note 8 because the S8 series features speakers that are simply not fit for a flagship handset to be honest. Especially with Harman under their wing now, it shouldn't be too difficult.
Dual Camera at the Back
It's not about the gimmick, but about better photos and lossless optical zoom. A tele lens could be a great addition to the upcoming Note.
This one is the least likely to happen as Samsung will be extra careful with the battery in light of the Note 7 disaster which happened last year. Nevertheless, it would be great to see the massive display of the Galaxy Note 8 being supported by at least a 4,000mAh battery.
Do you have some suggestions of your own? Let us know in the comments.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The title of this article is probably one of the most searched keywords in the world right now and there's good reason for it. While it is impossible to compare the two without stretching this article well beyond its limits, it is possible to tell you all about the most significant things that matter more than the others.
In short, the Galaxy S8's 12-mp rear shooter is a better camera and that's just something you have to deal with if you are an OnePlus fan. That is not to say that the 16-mp + 20-mp camera can't stand up to Samsung's single 12-mp sensor in broad daylight, because it can in most cases. However, when the lights dim down, the S8 mops the floor with the OnePlus 5 on account of better image processing, excellent OIS and an overall better sensor. The front camera is neck and neck though, but the higher (16-mp) resolution on the OnePlus 5 might just give you a bit of an edge but that's only when you zoom in. Also, the Samsung selfie shooter has a wider angle lens which enables you to include more people in your group selfies.
Check out the full comparison at Android Authority
While most of us know by this point that Samsung will be launching the Galaxy Note 8 at an exclusive event, instead of introduciing it at the IFA like it did with the previous gen Note smartphones, the exact launch date has been quite dubious so far. What we do know is that the launch event will be held in New York City and the date is likely to be set in the last week of August. In spite of all previous rumors pointing towards a an August 26 launch date, the latest report from The Bell is stating that the launch date will be even sooner and is set on August 23.
This news falls in line with the speculation which another South Korean source had made at nearly the same time, but they did not mention the date specifically as August 23 though. While all these are only rumors at this point of time, there is no denying that rumors have been surprisingly accurate in the recent history, especially when it comes to Samsung smartphones. Would you be happy if Samsung showcased the Galaxy Note 8 in August or it would be all the same for you if they did so in September? Let us know in the comments.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
In spite of what rumors and reports have been saying for a while, Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S8 is selling better than the Galaxy S7 did at this point of time last year. In fact, DJ Koh (President of Samsung Mobiles) has even put a number on it by stating that the Galaxy S8 is outselling the S7 by 15% so far. This is a fair comparison actually, given that it only takes into account the sales figure reached by the S7 last year after its release in the same number of days as the Galaxy S8 has seen so far. This piece of info was revealed by Koh last week during his visit to Taiwan.
The Samsung Mobile President further predicts that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are likely to see success for the rest of the year as well, without any significant stall in sales. Although this prediction is more likely optimism than estimation to be honest, the sales number is of course, authentic as it comes straight from the horse's mouth. Things now make more sense really, because it was surprising to hear that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were falling behind their predecessors after getting off to such a record-breaking start with the pre-orders.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy Note 8 was launched yesterday as expected and it's also available for pre-order from various carriers and the Samsung web store. However, is there any advantage that the Note 8 offers to its customers that the S8+ doesn't? I mean, should you choose the more expensive and newer stylus wielding Note or the less expensive S8+ with a bigger battery?
There are four main differences in between the two behemoths from Samsung and they are as follows.
The rear camera will still need to be tested and seen in comparison before a conclusion can be drawn, but there is no doubt that the Note 8's dual module will beat the S8+'s single but impressive camera in the end; at least in certain aspects like optical zoom, wider angles, true bokeh effect, etc.
The stylus is an impressive add-on which will be useful for people who actually use it, especially the digital artists among us. However, for the majority of the people, it's just something that you will use less and less of within just a few weeks or less.
The 0.1 inch increase in size is nigh-insignificant according to me and everything else about the two displays are identical.
The Galaxy S8+ sports a 3,500mAh battery, while the Galaxy Note 8 sports a smaller 3,300mAh battery, in spite of sporting a bigger display than the S8+. It doesn't make sense to me, but for brevity's sake let's just say that the S8+ is a clear winner here.
Finally, you should know that the newly announced Gear VR headset is the only one which will work with the new Note 8, while all previous gen, VR-compatible smartphones from Samsung will work fine with the new headset. This means that the S8+ will work with both, but if you have plans to use VR with the Note 8, your older Gear VR headset will become junk! All things considered, I would say, stick with the Galaxy S8+ for now, unless you REALLY need the better camera and the stylus.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It has now been close to a month since Apple had launched the iPhone X, alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Although the iPhone X is yet to hit the stores, it wouldn't take too much guesswork to predict that it would be a hit, in spite of the hefty price tag. However, there is ample reason to believe that Samsung wouldn't mind, not this time!
The thing is, the iPhone X could make Samsung more money than even the combined sales of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+! You see, the beautiful full-screen AMOLED displays adorning the iPhone X's front are going to be supplied solely by Samsung and on each unit sold by Apple, Samsung will be making $110 in profit. If the estimations are right and Apple does manage to sell about 130 million of its smartphones, Samsung will make $14.3 billion from those sales! Now that's billions more than the Galaxy S8 and S8+'s estimated combined sales profit ($10.1 billion at a profit of $202/unit). So when we say that Samsung loves the iPhone X and may be even more than the S8, we are probably not wrong.
Via: Android Authority
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Usually, new Android flagship smartphones prefer not to opt for the latest processing chip which is going to change for Pixel 5. The latest and most powerful processor by Qualcomm this year is Snapdragon 865. Samsung has installed the latest processing chip in its Galaxy S20 range for the U.S version and some Chinese manufacturers choose the do the same. But if rumors are to be believed, Google is going to use an older chip for its mid-range smartphone.
The Snapdragon 865 is certainly the fastest processor right now, but the chip is expensive and it also lacks an onboard modem. Qualcomm insists it is used in concert with the X55 modem to provide 5G connectivity. That means a more complicated internal design, which requires more physical space than an SoC that is integrated.
While sub-6 support comes as standard, the 5G network support is optional. These are the two leading 5G technologies right now. Despite having mmWave support for the plus and ultra models, Samsung decided to go without mmWave in the standard Galaxy S20. Google is using the next fastest chip - the Snapdragon 765G in Pixel 5. It is not fast as the latest chip but it does boast an integrated 5G modem. It's Qualcomm's first Soc with an integrated 5G modem that also supports sub-6 and mmWave. That means it requires far less space inside the device and has built-in support for 5G network connectivity. With the extra space left on the phone, Google may be able to fit a bigger battery in there or might tweak the sensor array to make the motion sensor more useful.
As the chip isn't expensive as the latest processor - you don't have to pay anything extra in the name of the small addition of speed. With the optimized software and UI, there isn't much need for the extra speed. Google has never been a hardware company and relies mostly on software to do its tricks. The pixel 3a is the perfect example of its capabilities that might be a beat or two slower than the flagship smartphones but can do clever things that other phones can't.
According to a report by Appsflyer, Android users are much more likely to uninstall applications from their smartphones than iOS users. To be more precise, Android users are about twice as likely to uninstall an app from their phone, as compared to an Apple iPhone user. The conclusion was drawn by the analysts after going through data based on 500 apps and about 20 million devices. The comparatively short-lived interest in multiple apps, as exhibited by the Android populace could be a result of any one or multiple of the following reasons.
Android users outnumber iPhone users quite significantly, and unless the data was collected by keeping that fact in mind, the sheer numerical superiority can definitely contribute to such an overwhelming difference in behaviour between the two groups.
The Play Store now officially has more apps than the App Store, but when it comes to quality, the App Store is still leading. The Play Store has a lot of buggy and broken apps on it, which might be the reason why Android users uninstall a lot of the apps just shortly after downloading and using it.
Finally, it could be the absolute low-end, outdated garbage which some of the sellers (including Samsung) still sells to their customer base in developing nations like India, Pakistan, etc. Some of these horrible outdated phones even have internal storage capacities as low as 4GB (Useable memory being anything in between 1.2GB to 2.2GB at most). Add to this the fact that these devices also sport ancient hardware that can't even start the modern games properly and you have an instant answer for a lot of those quick uninstalls.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
A total of 1 Billion Android devices shipped over the last year (2014) alone, as reported by Strategy Analytics. The analyst firm estimates 1.3 billion smartphones were shipped in 2014, of that over 1 billion ran Android (this works out to 81% market share).
Smartphone shipments grew 30% compared to 2013 (from 1B to 1.3B). Androids alone went from 0.8B to 1B in that period, while iOS lost some ground in terms of market share. It still shipped around 193 million devices, up from 153 million units in 2013.
The third horse in the race, Windows Phone, kept pace with the growth of the market and stayed at 3% share (shipping just under 39 million units).
One of the first things that Google announced at its big event today is that Android just keeps on growing. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said on stage that at the moment, there are more than 1.4 billion active Android devices in the world. "Active" in this context means that they've been used within the last 30 days.
This number is up 40%, from 1 billion, back in June of 2014. Keep in mind that this doesn't represent the total number of Android devices that were ever sold, it's just those that are still active, or have been so in the last month.
The Google Play Store is now being used on more than 1 billion devices. Again, this means 1 billion phones and tablets have used Google's content store in the last 30 days. So it appears that the Play Store either isn't installed or simply isn't used on a staggering 400 million devices out there.
WhatsApp, the well-known popular mobile messaging service has crossed another major milestone recently. The company CEO announced on Twitter that WhatsApp is now service over 600 million monthly active users.
The CEO was quick to point out that it's active users, that is, people actually using the service everyday, and not just registered users, which would be a bigger number but a lot of those people won't actually be using the service. This makes the milestone all the more impressive and shows once again just how popular WhatsApp is.
Now serving 600,000,000 monthly active users. Yes, active and registered are very different types of numbers...— jan koum (@jankoum) August 25, 2014
If you are not a big fan of wireless charging, an IP water resistance, the fastest Qualcomm processors, and optical zooms, Oppo has a smartphone with some other premium features only at $499 for you. It has announced its news newest addition ‘the Reno Z' which offers luxury for less. The new device elevates photography and entertainment capabilities, more than any other device at this price range. Oppo Z has a 48MP rear camera with a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen. It has the ultra night mode 2.0 for night photography, and VOOC 3.0 to dramatically increase the speed of charging. For selfie camera it has 32MP ultra-high definition camera lens. With a larger aperture, the Reno Z takes professional quality portrait photos effortlessly.
Reno Z is packed with 128GB ROM and 8GB RAM, the Reno Z will allow you to stream, play video games, download, and chat. The device is powered by 4035mAh battery, which makes it to charge faster and the battery stays for a longer period of time. The device uses Dolby Atmos to deliver premier sound quality. The Reno Z's stereo speakers use the phone's receiver as a secondary speaker to achieve a full stereo effect. The phone has the latest generation of ColorOS - an OS based on Andriod 9 with swipe-up generation and smart assistant.
The Reno Z has an impressive 92 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The camera is concealed within the 3D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 surface. According to Tran, "Making premium accessible is, and always will be a priority at OPPO. The Reno Z does just that, taking a number of impressive features from across the Reno Series and making them accessible to Aussies, no matter their budget." The Reno Z runs a Media Tek processor. It will available in two colors: Aurora Purple and Jet Black.
If you are wondering how the Oppo Reno 3 Pro compares to the Oppo Reno 3, when both devices look very similar, keep reading this article.
On the outer side, both phones are the same. They have the same poly-carbonate plastic body that comes in the same colors, weighs almost the same, and features the same 20:9 aspect ratio display. There is a slightly better super AMOLED display on the pro variant if you look closely. However, this isn't a major difference. So, let's find out the other few key differences.
The Reno 3 pro uses a full dual SIM setup, whereas, the other uses a hybrid version. This means that on the Reno 3 pro, you can use 2 SIM cards along with memory cards. However, on the Reno 3, you can't use a memory card if you use 2 SIMs. Both have 128 GB internal storage so that shouldn't be a big deal for Reno 3.
Oppo Reno 3 pro has a silver film on all four sides of the edges. The camera bump is also noticeable but it is not large enough to annoy you whenever you keep it on the table. It is a lightweight device that can be used with one hand. The pro variant ships with earphones inside the box. The left side of the device contains the power button, while on the right side you can find volume rockers.
Reno 3 Pro uses two hole-punch front camera system with 44MP and 2MP lens, the Reno 3 uses only one camera lens (44MP) placed in the center of the notch. For the rear camera, the Reno 3 primary camera lens is of 48MP, whereas, Reno 3 pro uses a 64MP lens. Oppo Reno 3 pro camera creates a far better result than Reno 3 in a low light, close-range situation. Oppo Reno 3 pro comes with a slightly brighter screen, slightly more detailed selfies, and better low light camera performance.
Some residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota will soon have access to superfast Internet, thanks to US Internet, which has recently announced that it will offer a mind-boggling 10Gbps broadband speed to both residential and small-business owners in the city. Just to give you an idea, this is 10 times the speed of Google Fiber, which is currently available in Kansas City; Provo, Utah, and Austin, Texas.
"The launch of our 10 Gbps Internet service will make Minneapolis the first city in the world to receive access to the Internet at speeds never before experienced in our country, or any other country for that matter," U.S. Internet CEO Joe Caldwell said in a statement. The service will be available for $400/month + a $99 installation fee.
Apteligent is a research and analytics firm that has come into fresh attention with their latest reports about the iOS 9.3. If what they are claiming is to be believed, then the iOS 9.3 might just be the most stable version of the iOS that has been released by Apple in the recent past. If reports from the last eight days are taken into account, then crash rate for the iOS 9.3 stands at 2.2% as of now.
The 2.2% crash rate is a significantly improved result when compared to earlier iterations of the Apple iOS. The iOS 8, iOS 9 and even the iOS 9.2 had shown a crash rate that was north of 3.2% after the same eight day timeframe. In fact, as if surpassing all its predecessors wasn't enough, the iOS 9.3 has managed to beat the 2.6% crash rate of Android Marshmallow as well.
The only known issue with the iOS 9.3 yet, was the hiccup that it experienced during the initial roll-out. Apparently, some of the older Apple devices could not make use of the new update procedure and therefore, the roll-out was temporarily stopped in order to sort the problem out. We will find out more about this new iOS in time, but it sure looks like Apple has managed to produce the most stable mobile OS available right now.
Apple is doing good on the worldwide market shipments. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a decent track record on Apple-related industry predictions, has estimated that Apple has sold more than 73 million iPhones in the last quarter (Q4,2014) only which includes about 42 million iPhone 6 and 16 million iPhone 6 Plus sold.
For Q1,2015, Kuo is expecting the figure to be around 61.6 million, up 41.1% year-on-year, but 15.6% less than the previous quarter, something which isn't exactly surprising given the fact that it was a holiday quarter.
As for the iPad, total Q4, 2014 shipments stood at around 21.4 million, down 17.8% year-on-year, but up 73.8% compared to Q3. That number is expected to be around 10 million for the ongoing quarter.
We are living in a time when smartphones and tablets have become almost as fast and capable as entry level desktops and laptops, with some of them like the iPad Pro even outperforming certain fully fledged models with ease! This brings us to the question, are smartphones really better than laptops and desktops for online gambling in 2020?
The Answer is Yes, for the Most Part
When it comes to traditional gaming, the PC is still unmatched, but that's only because those are games that are designed to maximize every ounce of power inside those massive CPUs and GPUs. As far as casino games are concerned though, it really doesn't matter at this point.
If you have a high end or flagship smartphone, then you can have just as good an experience on it while playing card games, slot games and trying your luck at any other online casino game, as you would on a high-end gaming laptop or desktop. Online casino websites, apps and HD software installations neither need, nor can take advantage of the graphical advantage which gaming PCs have over even the most powerful smartphone in existence today, so the difference in smoothness or overall experience is non-existent.
Casino Game Developers have Started Putting the Mobile Platforms Ahead of Windows
It's true that today, there are actually more options for mobile slot gaming than there is on any of the desktop platforms. Not only are popular online casinos making mobile or app versions of their casinos, but game developers themselves are making more dedicated mobile slots than exclusive browser slots. As a matter of fact, you will be hard pressed to find too many desktop gaming slots that are not available for Android and/or iOS devices as well, but you will find plenty of exclusive mobile slot gaming options for iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and Android tablets quite easily.
Do Smartphones Really Have Any Advantages Over Laptops and Desktops?
So far, we have only discussed the similarities and compatibilities, but what about advantages? There has to be a reason why developers have now made mobile phones their priority. Of course there is, or it simply wouldn't make any business sense whatsoever! As to what those advantages are exactly, let's take a look.
Everyone has a Smartphone
Almost everyone in the civilized world has access to a smartphone these days, and almost 100% of the online casino industry's target audience has one or more smartphones and tablets that they use regularly. However, the same can be said about laptops, because smartphones and tablets are not yet in a position to replace laptops and desktops for work.
If you are someone who works in this digital age and gambles online, it would be very unlikely for you to not at least have a laptop. Therein also lies one of the main reasons why mobile phones are winning over their larger, more powerful counterparts, as ideal companions for online gamblers.
A smartphone is by mental association, something that people use for leisure mostly, while laptops and desktops are workhorses. Playing slot games on smartphones just feel more intuitive than it does on laptops or desktops, because the former is associated with leisure more, while the latter is now only used by most people for actual work.
Mobile phones are designed to bring mobility to everything digital. The fact that you can play PUBG, Fortnite, blackjack, poker, slots, live casino games and everything in between, while traveling to another part of the globe on an aeroplane, or while sitting on the john is an advantage that puts the smartphone leagues ahead of traditional computers.
Perhaps the only advantage which big computers have over their smaller brethren is that of screen size. Smartphones have huge 6 - 7 inch screens these days, but even at that size, they should ideally pale in front of a 15.6 inch laptop display, or a gigantic wide screen monitor at 38-inches! However, tablets offer a more feasible solution to this disadvantage, while keeping the costs down. Nobody spends thousands of dollars on building a gaming and editing PC, couples it with a 1440p, 10-bit panel with 240hz refresh rate, just to play casino games! Playing gorgeous casino games on the 120hz display of the iPad Pro or the Super AMOLED display of the Tab S6 however, makes natural sense and the mobile slots look absolutely stunning and feels natural on those perfectly sized screens.
Sony has just announced a New High-end tablet at the MWC 2015, Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet comes with a 10.1" IPS display of 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution, which results into a nice pixel density of 300ppi. The display is enhanced by Sony's Triluminos technology and X-Reality Mobile engine.
The slate is powered by the Qualcomm's latest and greatest Snapdragon 810 chip, which packs an octa-core 64-bit processor with four Cortex-A57 cores clocked at 2.0GHz and four Cortex-A53 working at 1.5GHz. The GPU in charge of graphics is Adreno 430 and there is 3GB of RAM onboard.
The rest of the Xperia Z4 Tablet specs include 32GB expandable memory, a rear 8MP Sony ExmorRS camera and 5MP wide-angle front selfie snapper, stereo speakers and GSM, 3G and 4G LTE connectivity. The slate is powered by a 6,000 mAh battery and Sony says it will last 17 hours on video playback.
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is IP68-certified, which translates in to a dust-tight shell and waterproof design with endurance for up to 30 minutes into 1.5m deep fresh water.
Sony skipped the MWC 2015 and didn't announce any new device, many of its fans are getting impatient to see the Xperia Z4. So far, all we got is rumors and nothing is confirmed. The Japanese tech giant is definitely taking its time with it's 2015 flagship.
Today brings a new leak, which allegedly reveals the sony Xperia Z4 dimensions 146.3 x 71.9 x 7.2mm, which is almost identical to the Xperia Z3, which measures 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm. Its display should be 5.2-inches, so the body doesn't really need to be bigger.
The Xperia Z4 rumored to pack a Snapdragon 810 chipset and Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, along with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 430 GPU. It has been suggested that Sony will launch the Xperia Z4 in both 1080p and QHD versions.
AMOLED panels are superior to LCD panels in color reproduction, brightness, contrast, saturation and power efficiency. This might raise the question, why AMOLED panels are not used more widely then? The answer "used to be" that AMOLED displays are more expensive to make compared to LCD panels. This however, is not a valid answer anymore because the manufacturing cost of an AMOLED panel has now fallen below even that of an LCD.
According to reports from IHS Technology, production costs for AMOLED panels have become lesser than even the LCD in just twenty-four months time and even that was predicted roughly two years ago by experts! As things stand now in Q1 2016, a 5" FHD AMOLED display designed for smartphones should cost around $14.30 to manufacture. The same 5" FHD LTPS LCD panel on the other hand is manufactured at a cost of $14.60 apparently. Once you consider an older piece of data which shows that the same AMOLED panel would cost the manufacturer $17.10 to make in 2015, while the LCD panel was only slightly more expensive at $15.70, things start to look a lot more impressive.
Keep in mind that the LTPS LCD (low Temperature Poly-Silicon Liquid Crystal Display) mentioned is the same one that is widely used and considered as the most efficient version of the LCD technology. It seems that the days of the LCD are numbered as smartphone displays will most likely soon be dominated by the mighty AMOLED now.