Huawei has unveiled its brand new flagship smartphone, the Mate 9 and not without a "customary" dab at the Galaxy Note 7's battery disaster by stating that they have been monitored "to eliminate safety hazards and safeguard battery life." There is no denying that the Mate 9 is an impressive smartphone with enough tricks up its sleeves to warrant it a position among the best in the business. Take a look below to check the specs and some of the functionalities that it offers.
Display: 5.9-inch Full High Definition (1080p) IPS LCD panel
SoC: Hisilicon Kirin 960 (Mali G71 MP8 GPU)
Storage: 64GB with support for micro-SD cards of up to 256GB (hybrid slot)
Rear camera: 20-mp + 12-mp Leica sensors with OIS, laser autofocus, phase detection, f/2.2 aperture and dual-LED flash
Front camera: 8-mp with f/1.9 aperture
Battery: 4,000mAh with "SuperCharge" fast charging
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.0 on top
Colors: Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown, Space Gray, Ceramic White and Graphite Black
Price: $777 for the regular version with 64GB storage and $1500 for the "Porsche Design" edition with 256GB storage
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Vivo Apex 2020, a concept phone by Vivo was supposed to be unveiled at the event, but because the event was canceled due to coronavirus, it was doomed to be a footnote in the history despite its amazing features. Vivo intends to create more distinct devices than anyone else is creating reight now. The company was teasing the launch on the X50 series on Weibo, highlighting its main selling feature - the Gimbal camera system on the X50 Pro in particular.
Vivo X50 series has three phones -Vivo X50, X50 Pro, and X50 Pro+. All of these feature 6.56" FHD AMOLED display with 90Hz display refresh rate except Vivo X50 Pro+ that has 120Hz refresh rate. The camera module of the X50 Pro includes a periscope telephoto camera (like the Galaxy S20 Ultra, Huawei P40 Pro, and the OPPO Find X2 Pro), the other two are normal camera lenses (most likely an ultra-wide-angle camera and a normal telephoto), and a much larger module that is the primary camera. The lens rotates as the module is manipulated by a robotic gimbal. The key benefit here is image stabilization.
Vivo is also adding a Gimbal Radar with the Camera UI which will be depicting as a small animated ball to reflect the gimbal's movement. This will let the users know when the frame is being stable. Other techniques are being used as well, including motion-deblur algorithms and continuous focus tracking to enhance the final result and clear video. The camera system also includes super night mode and Astro mode, which enable users to captures night time photography of the streets, city, or scenes, etc.
Vivo X50 series smartphone uses Android 10 out of the box with Funtouch OS 10.5 on the top. The front camera is 32MP for all three phones, whereas the rear camera starts from 48MP to 50MP for Vivo X50/Pro and X50 Pro+ respectively. The phone has launched in China but we don't know when it is going to be available in India or other markets.
It is now official; Qualcomm's next flagship-grade SoC is coming to the Consumer Electronics Show next week. The debut was disclosed by Qualcomm itself on Twitter, when the company twitted, "We're powering up for #CES2017 with #Snapdragon 835."
As we reported earlier, the SD 835 chip is going to be based on Samsung's 10nm process and will be manufactured by Samsung as well. The Adreno 540 GPU within the chip is going to be 30% more powerful and 40% more power-efficient than the current-gen Qualcomm flagship GPU, the Adreno 530. The default clock speed of the CPU will be set at 2.2GHz, although, overclocking by some of the manufacturers is expected.
All devices powered by the SD 835 will support Quick Charge 4.0 for 5 hours of battery life in just 5 minutes. Plug it in for 15 minutes and your device should reach 50% from 0%, according to the claims put forward by the company. It would be interesting to see how much of this turns out to be true in real life though, as batteries do vary in size.
Although I am sure that most manufacturers will be opting for the Snapdragon 835 SoC as their preferred choice in 2017, as of now, only the Samsung Galaxy S8, the LG G6 and the Xiaomi Mi6 are guaranteed to host the chip.
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iQOO has come up with probably the cheapest 5G smartphone by the company today. The Chinese manufacturer also unveiled another smartphone called iQOO U1 but this one is 4G and has a pricing of $171. You can say that it is the most affordable phone in the company. The smartphone may sound cheap but has some great specs. For example, the phone has a punch-hole display, a massive battery, and fast-charging support.
The iQOO UI has a 6.53-inch FHD+ display with a 1080x 2340 resolution. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720 2.3GHz processor. You can purchase the phone with 8GB of RAM, and 128GB UFS 2.1 internal storage. It comes with three rear cameras, including a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel depth camera lens, and a 2-megapixel macro shooter lens. For the front camera, it features an 8MP lens for selfies and video calling. The device is using a side-facing fingerprint scanner for security.
The iQOO UI is available in three variants in terms of memory and storage. You can purchase the 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage for CNY 1,198, 6GB memory and 128GB internal storage for CNY 1,398, 8GB memory and 128GB internal storage for CNY 1,598. The phone has standard connectivity options and measures 162.05mm x 76.61mm x 8.46mm and weighs 190 grams. Connectivity options include dual-band Wi-Fi, 4G, Bluetooth v5.1, GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a Micro-USB port for charging. The phone is powered by a 4,500mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging and OTG reverse charging. The device has three color options - secret black, star blue, and sunny forest white. The phone will go on sale in China starting July 23.
Today, HTC UK confirmed via a Tweet from its official Twitter, that "the New HTC One" will be unveiled on March,1st. The Taiwanese company will held a major event on the first day of next month to release its upcoming long-rumored flagship HTC One M9.
Last month, HTC sent out invites for its MWC 2015 event scheduled for March,1st in Barcelona. However, it didn't say what exactly the event would focus on, even though it was fairly reasonable to expect that the Taiwanese company would unveil its next generation flagship.
Let them stare. The new HTC One revealed 01.03.15. pic.twitter.com/qehl2KFmdz— HTC UK (@HTC_UK) February 17, 2015
We all knew that it was coming, thanks to the rumors and now it's official. The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) is going on pre-order in South Korea on October 1, with a price tag of 649,000 won ($580). The smartphone will be exclusive to SK telecom for now. We are not sure whether the smartphone will be sold off-shores as well, but there is a chance that it might be in at least certain specific markets. Check out the specs below to get a closer look at what Samsung is offering with the new incarnation of the A8.
· 5.7-inch Super AMOLED Full High Definition display
· Always On display
· Samsung Exynos 7420 octa-core 14nm processor
· 3GB RAM
· 32GB of internal storage
· 16-megapixel rear camera
· 8-megapixel front camera
· Fingerprint scanner embedded in the Home button
· 3,300mAh battery
· Samsung Grace UX on top of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
· Samsung Pay enabled
To be frank, the new A8 (2016) just seems like a tweaked Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, minus the Quad High Definition Edge display (ironically). There is no doubt that the Exynos 7420 is still quite a capable chip, but considering that it's already more than a year old, the A8 (2016) may not be the best option for the price, except for the strictest of Samsung fans of course.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
After months of speculations, rumors and leaks, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones are finally here. Before anything else, let us tell you this first; the rumors were dead on. Everything you have heard so far about the two smartphones turned out to be true and if you are still not aware of the specs, take a look over here.
The S8 and the S8+ both look gorgeous thanks to the beautiful Infinity Quad HD+ display upfront, but beauty runs skin deep here as both devices come with every sensor and feature imaginable, including a headphone jack. Although Samsung has not exactly specified the details about the chips that will be running the two devices, we are pretty sure that they will be the Exynos 8895 and the Snapdragon 835 for the international version and the US version respectively. Stunning as the S7's camera was, it looks like Samsung has done one better this year around with what almost look like the same sensor, but with better imaging capacities. For more details, check out this video by GadgetMatch which explains the device with minute details in their hands-on review.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
What you see above is almost certainly the Galaxy Note 9 in all its glory, which Samsung will be unveiling in just a few weeks' time. As you can see, even the S Pen is out and clearly visible in this image and everything looks pretty good, albeit similar to what we have already seen with the Galaxy Note 8 last year.
The leaked press image comes straight from one of the most reliable leaksters in the field, @evleaks, so the authenticity is not really in question. Besides, at this point, it's only natural for these leaks to come in from all around the internet. The all blue handset is complemented quite nicely by the golden S Pen (except on top) which will have Bluetooth support this year. If you like what you see, get ready for the unveiling on August 9 and the release on August 24. Pre-orders will likely start by mid-August so you better start saving!
It would be a lie to state that the Galaxy Note 9 is almost the same as the Note 8, but as far as looks are concerned, they do look almost identical! Nevertheless, it features every innovation that the last leak suggested, but at an eye-watering price of $999.99 and $1249.50 for the 128GB/6GB and 512GB/8GB versions respectively. Primary highlight of the unveiling was the new Bluetooth powered S-Pen's capabilities, which comes with its own battery now. In addition to the stylus finctionalities, the S-Pen can also be used as a remote control for controlling the Note 9. AI powered scene detection, a bigger battery and early adopter goodies for Fortnite players were the other highlights of the show. Do check out the full spec list below.
Display: 6.4-inch, 18.5:9, Super AMOLED display at 2,960 x 1,440 resolution (516 ppi)
SoC: Global: 10 nm, 64-bit, octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 (2.8 GHz quad + 1.7 GHz quad); U.S.: 10nm, 64-bit, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
GPU: ARM Mali-G72 MP18 (Exynos); Adreno 630 (Snapdragon)
RAM: 6GB or 8GB LPDDR4 RAM
Storage: 128GB or 512GB with microSD expansion up to 512GB
Rear Cameras: Dual camera with dual OIS, Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12 MP AF sensor with OIS, f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures; Telephoto: 12 MP AF sensor, f/2.4 aperture, 2x zoom
Front: 8 MP AF sensor, f/1.7 aperture
Audio: Stereo speakers tuned by AKG, surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology
Audio formats: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF, APE
Video: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Battery: 4,000mAh battery
Fast Wired Charging compatible with QC 2.0
Fast Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA
IP rating: IP68
Sensors: Iris, pressure, accelerometer, barometer, fingerprint, gyro, geomagnetic, hall, HR, proximity, RGB Light
Network: Enhanced 4X4 MIMO/CA, LAA, LTE Cat. 18
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM
Bluetooth: v5.0 (LE up to 2 Mbps)
Location: GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou
SIM: Single nano-SIM
Authentication Lock type: Pattern, PIN, password
Biometric lock type: iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, face recognition, Intelligent Scan
Software: Android 8.1 with Samsung Experience
Dimensions and weight: 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201g
Colors: Lavender Purple, Ocean Blue, Midnight Black, Metallic Copper
***All pictures were obtained from Android Authority
If the term "shapeshifting" got you intrigued, then you are not the only one because it is the first time we have heard this term being used to describe a television set as well! Apparently, the 75-inch TV which Samsung just unveiled at the CES in Las Vegas has a micro-LED panel and that's why it is called a "shapeshifting TV." According to what little was made available for the public ear, the micro-LED technology will allow the television set to change in-between a square display format, to a widescreen video strip, according to the need of the hour. President of Samsung Display, Jonghee Han stated, "This screen is customizable and can be placed anywhere in the home."
While we would have loved to have given you more detailed information regarding what it actually means and how well Samsung has implemented the technology, this is all we have for now. But stay tuned to YouMobile for more interesting updates as the CES 2019 progresses further.
In a time when even Samsung smartphones are having a hard time in terms of maintaining good sales numbers, in what is being considered as a surprising move the Korean giant has decided to release a mid-range tablet, aka Galaxy Tab S5e. While it is a mid-ranger for sure, the tablet is the world's slimmest at only 5.5mm thickness. Go through the pictures and the main specs below to know more.
· 5.5mm thick and 400g in weight
· 10.5-inch 2560 x 1600 Super AMOLED panel in 16:9 ratio
· 7,040mAh battery (14.5 hours screen on time expected)
· four speakers tuned by AKG with support for Dolby Atmos
· fingerprint sensor in power button
· Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 octacore processor
· RAM: 4GB/6GB Internal storage: 64GB and 128GB
· 13-mp rear camera (4K recording at 30fps) and 8-mp front camera
· Accessories (not included): Book Cover/Keyboard, charging dock, slim cover, plain book cover
· S-Pen is probably not included
· Color options: silver, gold, and black
· Availability: March, 2019
Oppo has announced the release of the latest version of ColorOS globally. Its predecessor ColorOS 6 was released earlier this year. It featured a few fresh tweaks and a new visual appeal. Now the company has unveiled the next iteration of its Android skin - Oppo ColorOS 7. The Chinese company announced the update at a recent event in Beijing and later in a global release on November 26. This time, ColorOS 7 is based on Android 10 and brings a completely revamped UI that is designed to facilitate the heavy users by reduced visual fatigue and offers a more pleasing color scheme. Its icons are entirely customizable, too. Oppo has also added new charging animations and a three-finger screenshot gesture.
Oppo has also introduced a new built-in focus mode, a new password management tool, and a button that allows users to quickly switch between recently used apps in ColorOS 7. The camera app will also have new features like improved night mode and video editing tools. Oppo has also announced a new app that has integration with the Government's DigiLocker service, called DocValut. This app will help users manage their official documents like educational certificates, domicile certificates, and more securely.
The new ColorOS 7 offers improved RAM optimization, increased app startup times, and overall enhancing gaming experience. Oppo has also partnered with Danish audio company Episound to redesign ColorOS 7 sound effects. The attempt is to create a more natural audio experience. Oppo hopes that this will enhance the natural experience of the user. The stable version of ColorOS 7 is due to be released on the upcoming Reno 3 before it is released for other devices. Afterward, it will come to several other Reno devices by the end of 2019. Devices like the Reno, Reno 2, Reno Ace, and Reno 10x Zoom are among that list. But the update will roll out to other Reno, Find, R, and Realme devices throughout 2020.
The Apple event this Thursday revealed a piece of software and a new series of upgraded laptops to us. Unfortunately, the TV app designed for Apple TV and all iOS devices won't be available for us to check out till December. The other announcement or the main focus of the event was the new line of MacBook Pro laptops that we knew were coming.
Touch ID and Touch Bar
Apple brings an OLED Touch Bar to the new MacBook Pro that will enable easily access to Photoshop shortcuts, emojis, FaceTime and any other third party app that will eventually begin to support it. Touch ID brings added security and Apple Pay to your laptop via a fingerprint scanner that's identical to what we are used to seeing on the iPhones.
Lighter, thinner and better
The new line is even thinner than the previous gen MacBook Pros, with the 15-inch model weighing in at just four pounds. It was good to see that a multitouch glass trackpad has been added which is more comfortable and easier to use, thanks to its significantly bigger size. In fact, even the backlit keyboard feels better to type on, due to of larger keys and a new design.
Connectivity and dongles
Connectivity is limited to four Thunderbolt 3 ports and surprisingly, a 3.5mm audio jack. What this means is that it is impossible to plug in even the new iPhones or the new EarPods into the laptop without using a dongle. You will need a separate dongle for pretty much everything else as well unfortunately.
Underneath the hood
The new Pros are powerful machines, designed to handle any tasks hat you might be throwing at them, thanks to the latest i5/i7 processors, separate GPUs, 16GB of RAM (maximum), flash storage with 3.1GBps/2.2GBps read/write speeds and a display that offers better colors at higher brightness levels than the previous gen MacBooks.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Exactly 8 years ago on January 10th, 2007... Apple's CEO Steve Jobs took the stage before the public at the Macworld Conference & Expo in Moscone West in San Francisco, California and unvield the first-generation iPhone.
After quickly walking through Apple's position on the market and updating the attendees about everything Cupertino-related, Jobs transfixingly said his signature "one more thing" mantra and teased the public that he'll be treating them to not one, but three new devices a "widescreen iPod with touch controls", a "revolutionary mobile phone", and a "breakthrough Internet communicator".
Of course, this was one device. The one and only Apple iPhone. It was not flawless, but it surely set in motion the wheels of the smartphone industry and led to its nowadays' state.
The LG G5 is made out of metal and it has some of the most perfect lines we have seen yet. The only seam on the entire body of the G5 is the one which separates from the bottom. This part is what all the hype is about as the modular component will not only allow for removal of the battery and placement of SIM cards and micro-SD cards, but a whole lot more. It can at this moment support a camera module or a speaker component only, but in time, there will be several others that will enhance the capabilities of the G5 far beyond its initial endowments.
The first of the modules is the LG Cam Plus, which is a camera grip that will add an extra 1,100 mAh battery, a shutter button, a video button, and a dial to zoom in and out. This will make the excellent dual cameras on the back of the G5 even more functional and useful. The speaker unit is a Bang & Olufsen DAC which will allow the LG G5 to provide louder and better sound quality while playing games or consuming media.
The G5 has a camera setup like no other, thanks to its dual camera sensors that's more than just a gimmick. The primary 16 megapixel camera has a 75° field of view while the 8 megapixel secondary camera offers a wider FOV at 135°. The results from both the cameras are merged to create the best possible picture and the user can actually see a real time preview of how things will look after the click while attempting the shoot. We are thoroughly impressed and the crown for the best smartphone camera of the year might already be heading towards the G5's metallic head!
Other specifications of the LG G5 include a 5.3" LCD display with 1440 x 2560 resolution powered by SD 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM and a 2,800 mAh battery. There is support for expandable memory via SD card, along with 32GB of in-built storage. All the regular sensors are there in addition to an ultrafast fingerprint scanner at the back. The G5 with its impressive modular design has already got us excited, but in order to get your hands on it, you will need to wait till April approximately.
The LG G4 was very much unlikely to be unveiled at the MWC a few weeks from now, and recent reports in Korean media leave no doubt about that. An LG insider is quoted saying that the successor to the QHD-packing G3 flagship has an April launch date on its road map.
The Mobile World Congress (MWC 2015) in Barcelona will be a battle for attention between hotly-anticipated top-end smartphones from Samsung and HTC, and LG aims to distance itself from all that clamor. An April release will let the dust settle after the high-profile launches and let the spotlight shine solely on the LG G4. The device will hit markets worldwide sometimes during June.
Yesterday, Sony officially announced its New Xperia Z5 line-up for the year. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is Sony's flagship this year and it's the World's first smartphone with a 4K screen resolution
The 4K Triluminos display is an IPS panel has 3,840 x 2,160px resolution, that's four times 1080p or just over 8MP. It puts 806ppi pixel density in the palm of your hand for crystal clarity of 4K footage from Netflix, YouTube or some that you've shot yourself.
The camera captures 4K videos too with improved Intelligent Active Mode and SteadyShot technology for smooth, sharp videos at day and at night. ISO for videos goes up to 3,200, for photos the maximum jumps to 12,800. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium has a stainless steel frame. It's painted in Black, Gold or the unique Chrome option. The body is IP65/68 rated dust-tight and waterproof with a cap-less USB port.
The phone runs Sony-flavored Android 5.1, naturally, powered by a Snapdragon 810 chipset with 3GB of RAM. You get 32GB of storage out of the box and can add up to 200GB more with a microSD card if you need extra room for those 4K videos. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium will launch globally in November, pricing will be revealed around that time. It will come in single and dual-SIM versions, both of which support Cat. 6 LTE.
The phone's high performance speaks for itself. As it is powered by a very fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC processor. The phone features a powerful triple camera array consisting of 108MP main camera lens, 8MP telephoto lens, and 16MP ultra-wide sensor. Although the camera hardware is impressive as it is, it turns out that the real power of the device lies in several software-based features that further enhance the photography experience of the user.
But the biggest selling point or should we say, the only thing that differentiates it from other premium phones is its video enhancement solution, developed by a Swedish company. As per the official sources, the Motorola has collaborated with Imint, to integrate their video stabilization solution on the Motorola Edge plus. This will enable video makers, vloggers to shoot high-quality videos right from their smartphones.
The Vidhance video stabilization technology works with active optical image stabilization (OIS) and electronic image stabilization (EIS) to reduce the unwanted shakiness, and motion blur due to sudden movements and shakes. The company claims that the Motorola Edge plus can shoot amazing videos with greater stability even in low-light situations. Vidhance dynamic blur reduction technology helps to minimize the motion blur caused by low shutter speed and abrupt movements.