We know that the year 2019 is going to be big for foldable smartphones and we have already done a piece on that, but the real question is, will you buy a foldable smartphone? Is it so much better at watching media, browsing the internet or even playing 3D slots online? Sure, they offer a bigger screen without compromising too much on the portability factor, but given the high price and the added heft, would it really matter to the real world user?
The Huawei Mate X is expected to be priced at roughly $2600, while the Galaxy Fold will cost nearly $2000. Other smartphone manufacturers have not yet confirmed the price tags for their respective foldable models, but they are not going to be much cheaper and that much is for sure. However, Xiaomi might just change the game here too, like it so often has with ridiculously aggressive pricing.
The Xiaomi Mi Flex or Dual Flex will probably be the cheapest foldable smartphone of the lot and it could even be the most impressive, given its double fold design. Even then, it is going to be far more expensive than any of Xiaomi's other models and that leads us to the question once again, is all that extra money worth it? I mean you can get a brand new 65" LG OLED TV or the latest 65" Samsung QLED TV at the same price and sometimes even for less than that! The comparison in between the two may seem absurd but given that a smart TV is a much better and bigger machine for media consumption than a foldable tablet, and it usually lasts at least 5 - 8 years, if not more, should you really pay $2600 for a smartphone that will become completely outdated in two years time? Is portability worth that much to you? Let us know what you think in the comments section.
Even if Black Friday is already over, there is still a bit of time left to take care of some last-minute shopping. And if you are like yours truly - having little to no inspiration when it comes to choosing Christmas gifts - you might find it hard to decide what to surprise your friends and family with this Holiday season. Luckily, smartphones are the perfect gift, so choosing one for Christmas is an almost obvious option. Here are some models released this year that anyone would love to see under the Christmas tree.
The Razer phone is the perfect choice for anyone in love with Android games. Its screen is amazing, capable of displaying the graphics of anything between mobile real money gambling casino games available at at Wild Jack and even the most demanding and action-packed titles available today. It also comes with a massive battery to ensure long-term gaming action and a high-quality sound system with front-facing stereo speakers for the best experience altogether.
Released: November 2017. Price: $699
Nokia was once the best name on the mobile phone market and the manufacturer of the world's first true smartphones. Over the years, especially after the brand was sold to Microsoft, its value for smartphone users declined. This year, though, it has once again released some amazing handsets, one for every pocket. And Nokia 8 is its best, a phone worthy of the Finnish brand's former glory.
With Nokia 8 under the Christmas three, you cannot fail. The phone has hardware fit for a flagship, an amazing screen, 6GB of RAM, a dual 13 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, and 128GB of internal storage.
Released: October 2017. Price: ~$670
Xiaomi Mi A1
If your pockets are not that deep but you still want to offer a smartphone that's special as a present, you might want to consider Xiaomi's first Android One smartphone, the Mi A1. While its specs are not exactly on par with this year's flagship phones, they are more than decent: it has an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM, it has a dual 12MP camera, FM radio, and a 3080mAh battery. What makes it special is its operating system: it is an Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) Android One on it (the plain stock version of the operating system) planned to be upgraded to a similar version of Android 8.0
Released: September 2017. Price: ~$260
Vivo has already launched the Vivo X50 series in China and may hit the Indian markets at the beginning of July. One of the main selling points of the series is that the Vivo X50 Pro phone comes with a gimbal optical image stabilization technology for its main camera. A new poster by the Chinese firm has released a coming soon text suggests that the X50 series may come the upcoming month.
The Vivo X50 series is likely to arrive in multiple markets including Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Singapore, and Thailand. The series has three devices refer as Vivo X50, Vivo X50 Pro, and Vivo X50 Pro plus. It remains to be seen whether all these phones make to the market mention above. The Vivo X50 series features a Full HD+ display with a super AMOLED screen and a punch-hole design. The X50 has a flat display panel, whereas the other two upper-tier models have curved edges. The X50 and X50 pro support 90Hz refresh rate whereas the pro model comes with 120Hz refresh rate support.
The snapdragon 765G Soc with up to 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM powers the X50 and X50 pro models. The device has huge internal storage up to 256GB that is enough to store all images, videos, and files of yours. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 865 SoC powers the X50 Pro plus with up to 12GB of RAM and 256G of native storage. The Vivo X50 trio has 4,315mAh batteries. The X50 and X50 pro support fast charging of 33W whereas the X50 pro plus supports 44W fast charging. The trio phone series is loaded with FunTouch OS 10 on the top of Android 10 OS. The three phones feature 32-megapixel front-facing cameras.
The Vivo X50 has a 48MP camera with optical image stabilization technology as its primary camera, a 13MP portrait camera lens, an 8MP ultra-wide camera lens, and a 5MP macro camera lens camera system. The Vivo X50 Pro also features 4 camera system module with a 48MP with gimbal OIS, an 8MP periscope telephoto lens with OIS, a 13MP portrait camera lens, and an 8MP ultra-wide camera lens. The phone is available in black, blue, and pink colors. The Vivo X50 is expected to price around $500+.
Nokia once enjoyed the lead position that Samsung does today, but with more authority than even the Korean giant. A large part of that leader status was achieved through a combination of quality products and a loyal fan-following. It did not survive the smartphone revolution due to a series of bad decisions that ultimately resulted in its telecommunication production department being sold off completely to Microsoft. However, Nokia is about to make a comeback to compete against the likes of Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi and a host of other companies that are all dedicated to the cause.
We have a report from Weibo that the flagship Nokia smartphone (NOT the D1C) which will be released in 2017 may sport a 5.2-inch/5.5-inch 2K display. Additionally, Nokia (HMD) is bringing the Carl Zeiss optics from the Lumia-series to this one as well. Unfortunately, rumors are also indicating that Nokia will opt for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset. Given that the chip is already not flagship-grade anymore, since the Snapdragon 821 is out and about, I would be very surprised if Nokia releases a flagship phone that's powered by the SD 820 in 2017, when most of the other premium phones will be powered by the Qualcomm SD 835 SoC.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
We have heard of it many times earlier and once again, another report from Korea is indicating the same thing; a 6-inch or bigger model of the Samsung Galaxy S8. According to the latest report, both versions of the S8 will sport dual curved displays this time around, but the S8 Plus will have a 6-inch display instead of the 5.5-inch one we are used to seeing on the larger models of Samsung's S-series every year. The regular S8 will sport the 5.2-inch form factor just as its predecessors, albeit with a curved display.
The report also states that the S8 Plus, in spite of having a larger display than the Galaxy Note 7, will sport similar dimensions. This brings us to an almost established rumor about the Galaxy S8; the edge-to-edge bezel-less display. As you can imagine, the 90% or above screen to body ratio will allow the 6-inch S8 Plus to be just as manageable as the Note 7 was, by cutting out almost all bezel. Rumor also has it that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be launched at a higher price than its predecessors in April, at an exclusive event in New York.
Saikat Kar (tech enthusiast)
If you want the real thing, you will have to wait till the end of April to get your hands on one, but China already has something cheaper for you. We are not exactly sure how much this would cost, but it should be under $100. That's the price you will have to pay if you want your friends to be jealous of you for having the world's most anticipated phone that isn't even out yet! Of course the jealousy will only be temporary as a closer look will reveal the handset to be the fake it is.
If all of that got you interested, here's an unboxing video of the S8 clone, courtesy of EverythingApplePro on YouTube. We also have multiple images for you from SamMobile. While they are definitely not the same device the actual internals might just be similar. Take a look and decide for yourself.
The best thing about this phone is that in spite of being a knock off, it actually looks pretty good with that curved dsiplay! We are sure that the Quad HD 5.2-inch display isn't really true, along with the rest of the features that you will find printed out on the back of the box. But even then, this doesn't look like a cheap clone at all. If this leak got you excited for the original S8, you will just have to wait for three weeks now, because that's when (March 29) Samsung will officially unveil the S8 and the S8+. In the meanwhile, take a look at this leaked video which almost certainly shows the real thing.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
We have already seen the Pearl Black Galaxy S8 in action and we know that it is very likely that Samsung will bring back the Blue Coral with the S8 due to the color's popularity. However, what we were not expecting was to hear about a violet color variant as well. According to a recent Tweet by Roland Quandt, the upcoming flagship will feature a violet color, along with the black and silver options. Although I am in love with the black, it would definitely be interesting to see how Samsung integrates violet with the S8 and S8+.
Additionally, Quandt also mentions the price which Samsung will charge for the two devices. If he is right then the Korean giant is going to charge a pretty penny at 799 Euros for the S8 and 899 Euros for the S8+. Of course, the price will vary depending on the location, but it shouldn't do so by much. You should know that MobileFun already has the Galaxy S8 listed for pre-order on their retail site at 799 Euros. The S7 and the S7 Edge was launched last year at 699 Euros and 799 Euros respectively, so if the pricing is right, then that would mean a 100 pound more for the S8 and S8+ this year. Do you think the price hike is justified? Let us know in the comments.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
If you have been following the buzz circulating around the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, then you probably already know that Samsung does indeed have a 6GB RAM variant of the larger Galaxy S8+ up its sleeves, just like the rumors had suggested before the news was confirmed by Samsung officially. However, many of us were disappointed when it was revealed that the 6GB RAM variant, which also has 128GB of internal storage, is going to be exclusive to South Korea for now.
Nevertheless, a new report out of Samsung's home nation is saying that this could change. The 6GB/128GB S8+ will likely make its way into at least a few other regions as well, if Samsung feels that enough customers in the area want the device. China is probably the most prominent example of a country which loves their smartphones with more memory and internal storage. Samsung's first and only 6GB RAM phone, the Galaxy C9 Pro was released there first. We will soon find out whether or not Samsung decides to bring it to any European countries or the US. However, the question remains; if it does indeed come to a store near you, would you be willing to shell out more than a thousand dollars for the extra storage and RAM?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
@OnLeaks and 91Moiiles have collaborated in bringing this Galaxy Note 8 leak to you, which looks significantly different from what one would expect the Galaxy Note 8 to look like when it's actually launched in August. In fact, these renders are even quite different from what the previous leaks had shown us as well. Whether or not that's good news, it is for you to decide. While there's no confirmation that these leaks are authentic, OnLeaks and 91Mobiles are without a doubt, pretty reliable leaksters.
If you have not yet figured out what I am rambling about, then let me point it out to you; it's the top bezel. The design of the render shows the Galaxy Note 8 to sport a significantly bigger bezel on top than the Galaxy Note 8. It sounds almost unbelievable that Samsung would move away from the S8's bezel-less design which earned them so much praise this year. In fact, it suspiciously resembles the Galaxy Note 7 in many ways. Other design elements are more or less what's to be expected. There's the dual camera, with an awkwardly placed fingerprint scanner right beside the camera module, the 3.5mm headphone jack, the USB Type-C port, the mono speaker outlet, the front camera, the iris scanner, the heart rate sensor and the other usual stuff.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
There is just something about large screen TV sets that the world loves and there's no denying it, but would you spend $15,000 on one? Well, that's the price you will have to pay if you want to buy the 85" Samsung Q900R QLED 8K TV that the company just unveiled. There will also be lower-priced options available at the 65", 72" and 75" categories, but the prices for the smaller TVs has not yet been confirmed by Samsung. Keep in mind that this is only the base price for the US, and if you live in India or any other country with exorbitant "luxury taxes" and import fees, you are probably looking at a much higher price tag for sure!
The Q900R will be capable of advanced HDR because the peak brightness level goes up as high as 4,000 nits (which is pretty insane)! The Samsung AI-powered software is all set to upscale the source images to 8K according to the announcement and that's where the real question pops in; what will you watch on your new super expensive 8K TV that will justify the price you just paid for it? 4K is not even a universal standard yet, so rest assured that aside from enthusiast grade content, you will likely have nothing to make use of those pixels. Given that 8K has four times as many pixels as 4K and 16 times the pixel count of full HD content, it would be fair to say that you will need an insanely fast internet connection, supported by ungodly amounts of data consumption allowance to stream 8K content, even if you find it anywhere!
There have been speculations about a 4-inch smartphone manufactured by Apple for many months now. But, it doesn't have any official backing till now. As per some of the reported news, this might change in couple of weeks. The major thing under debate has been the name of this device. From the very beginning some reported it would be called as the iPhone 6c, others started referring it as iPhone 7c, and today a Chinese analyst claims that neither of the names will be used. It will be known as the iPhone 5e, where e stands for "enhanced".
As per a report from MyDrivers, FoxConn is currently working on the production of iPhone 5e and it'll on on sale sometime in March. This device is supposed to be priced at around $500, replacing the iPhone 5s as the new mid-range smartphone. The report also says that the smartphone will feature an A8 processor backed by 1GB of RAM and 16/64GB of storage. The iPhone 5e will have in-built support for Apple Pay and feature voice over LTE. The primary camera will have a 8 MP unit. The report directly denies other rumors that reported about phone's better specs, with an A9 chip, as available in the iPhone 6s series. When it comes to design, the iPhone 5e will look like Phone 5s, though some reports have pointed out that the phone might feature a curved "2.5D" display as found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. In China, the iPhone 5e would roughly cost CNY 3,288, which currently equals $500 or €459.
Martin Hajek has just released some beautiful 3D renders of the iPhone 7 in color and we think that it indeed looks very pretty. Of course, these renders are based on the designer's own interpretation of rumors and leaked renders of the next iPhone, but they are probably as close to the real thing as it can get right now.
Hajek had three things to work with and base his conceptualizations on, and they are as follows.
1. The recently leaked renders and schematics that allegedly pertains to the iPhone 7.
2. The rumor that Apple might not be changing much about the iPhone 7 in terms of design, thus sticking to the same basic design elements as seen with the iPhone 6s.
3. The American OEM might be retiring the Space Grey color variant and could be replacing it with a shade of blue.
The results are gorgeous and he even managed to do a photo comparison with the Space Grey iPhone 6s to show us the similarities, as well as the changes that we can expect from Apple this year. We love the shade of blue that he has used for his concept phone and can only hope that Apple will be able to replicate something similar, or even better.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Dual SIMs have pretty much become the standard among international Android phones, but just like the Micro-SD card, Apple has always shied away from the concept itself. According to a few new reports though, that is probably going to change this year because the new and upcoming iPhones may just have support for two SIMs.
This move could bring Apple closer to their Indian market and that is most likely the reason as to why the Cupertino giant might be thinking about dual SIMs in the first place. After all, India did overtake the US as the number two smartphone market in the world. Given that China is the biggest smartphone market in the world and the customers there also prefer dual SIM phones, the move actually makes even more sense.
When it comes to Apple, a lot of their exclusivity has been in offering "less for more," and ironic as it maybe, that is how they do business and a lot of people actually love them for it! They got rid of the headphone jack, never adopted the micro-SD card slot and there is no fingerprint scanner on their current flagship handset, but these omissions have done little to hamper their sales figures, not to mention they have actually managed to push their profit margin even higher on all their devices! It would be interesting to see if Apple really does adopt the dual SIM technology; something which everyone else had adopted years ago.
No, Google is not making chocolates and yes, it's been hinted that Android v8 could be called Oreo. Hiroshi Lockheimer, the head of Android had earlier posted a GIF image on Twitter that showed a dessert with Oreos sticking all around it in a ring formation. Normally, we would think that this almost confirms that the next Android OS will be called Oreo. However, we are not so sure this time.
It is very likely that Lockheimer is actually trying to pull one on us! He did the same last year when he had hinted in a similar way that Android OS v7 could be called Nutella. As Nutella never really came to be, Oreo could be looking at the same fate. We will have to wait for at least a few more months before we know for sure though.
Did you like the name Oreo? Do you think this would be a good name or do you agree that the head of Android is trolling us? Let us know your point of views regarding the matter in the comments below.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
If you own the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 with the model number G920F, then you have probably already received the Android 6.0.1 update, but the question is do you want to try something else? If you know what you are doing and would like to experience Android M on your S6 with a slightly different twist, you can try out the XtreStolite custom ROM.
As per reports, the Android 6.0.1 based firmware is stable and offers an experience that has been "deodexed and debloated." Basically, it's the same stock firmware update from Samsung, but without all the bloatware and Samsung-ish tweaks embedded into it. There's also support for call recording and new quick settings options are included.
Provided that you want to check the XtreStolite ROM out on your S6, just make sure that you have the G920F and not some other version of the smartphone. This is a relatively complicated process for a newbie, so be warned that you may brick your device completely, in addition to removing it from warranty in such a case. As is the scenario with all custom ROM builds, it is advised that you back up your data first with the help of ClockWorkMod or TeamWin Recovery Project. You will also need the help of your PC to complete the procedure. Check out the link below for detailed instructions.
Click the link below for getting access to all the latest firmware for your Galaxy S6.