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Smartphones are everywhere today; go into any restaurant, school, business, or home, and you are guaranteed to see someone swiping away an app on their smartphone. With this in mind, Vitaminwater is running a contest that is challenging one chosen contestant to ditch all smartphones for an entire year. The company says that 1 out of 2 people say they couldn't live without their smartphone. If you are selected for the contest and can make it a full year without using a smartphone, you will win $100,000. If you can only last six months without a smartphone, you get $10,000. There are of course caveats; you don't just get the money and give a promise not to use tablets or smartphones. Vitaminwater... Read more...
We've seen lots of rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S10, which will be among the first smartphone to launch with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor (at least in the United States). Rumors have hinted that there would be multiple S10 versions with an entry-level S10 packing 4GB of RAM, an S10 Plus with 6GB of RAM, S10 X with 6GB of RAM, and a version of the S10 with 12GB of RAM and 5G connectivity. A new rumor is now making the rounds, and this one is a bit scary. According to this new rumor, the S10 will launch with an insanely high price for the higher-end models. On the deep end of the S10 range is tipped an S10 Plus with 1TB of storage inside for a whopping $1,765. It's rather hard to... Read more...
Do you even game on your phone, bro? Sorry, we'll slap ourselves silly for the obnoxious comment, but it's actually a valid question. Some people primarily use their phone to snap pictures for posting on Facebook and Instagram, while others go old school and -- gasp -- make actual phone calls with their handset. The ASUS ROG Phone does both of those things with aplomb, but it was really built for playing games first and foremost. Purpose-built gaming phones are a relatively new thing, at least to the extent that they are starting to become popular. There have been attempts to capitalize on this concept before, like when Nokia tried (and failed) to grab the attention of gamers with its N-Gage... Read more...
We're learning more details about the upcoming Honor View 20, and it is confirmed to debut on January 22, 2019. Naturally, the device packs in a lot of hot tech and one of the most interesting things about it is how it does away with the maligned notch that most smartphone makers use and goes with a front selfie camera that lives inside a small punch hole in the screen. The screen has been dubbed "All-View," and one mystery that remains right now is precisely how large that screen will be. While we don't know what size the screen will be, its resolution has been tipped at 1080 x 2310, and it will cover the entire front of the device save save for the camera cutout. Another factoid... Read more...
We've seen some excellent deals going on smartphones of late, particularly during Black Friday. Samsung has been dealing on its flagship Galaxy Note 9 dating back to October when it announced it was doubling the trade-in offer to lure buyers to upgrade to the Note 9. Amazon had a deal on the Galaxy Note 9 in early October that included a free Galaxy S3 Frontier smartwatch. Those deals were good, but for a lot of people, all they want is a healthy price cut. Today only via the Samsung store you can get a sweet $300 instant rebate on the Galaxy Note 9 good on both the 128GB or 512GB versions of the smartphone if you select Verizon as your carrier of choice. Buyers can also take advantage of... Read more...
Corporate espionage is something that companies all over the world have to deal with. The latest major manufacturer to deal with the ramifications of corporate espionage is Samsung, as nine people have been indicted in South Korea for stealing Samsung's folding display trade secrets and selling them to China. Samsung showed off this folding display tech when it unveiled the folding Galaxy smartphone earlier this month. That smartphone is tipped to sell for as much as $2,500 and be limited in availability. While the people who sold the data can be brought to justice, there is no putting the genie back in the bottle, and the fear is that the stolen tech might end up in smartphones from Chinese... Read more...
Huawei, a major smartphone player in China that has had a tough time cracking the US market, posted a teaser image of an upcoming smartphone model that completely ditches the bezel, and that doesn't have a notch. Instead, Huawei appears to be taking a page from Samsung by implementing a punch-hole design for the front-facing camera. Click to Enlarge (Source: Weibo via Huawei) The image appears on Weibo, a popular microblogging site in China. It's basically just an outline of a smartphone that blends into the background, which itself is a picture of outer space. The translated text accompanying the photo reads, "Make a heavy 'point' and see you in December." That's probably not a totally accurate... Read more...
The FCC is a very good place for fans of technology to peruse documents and glean details on devices that haven't been released to the public. FCC images gave us one of the first looks at the RED Hydrogen One smartphone that many had dubbed vaporware before it officially launched. The FCC has now given up many details on the Moto G7 Play mid-range smartphone ahead of its official launch. Images show that the G7 Play will come in black or silver colors and has the familial looks of other devices Motorola has launched in recent years. The back of the smartphone has a single camera, and one of the beans that the FCC doesn't spill is precisely how many megapixels the rear camera sports. You can see... Read more...
Rumors about the Samsung folding smartphone, thought to be called the Galaxy F at this point, have been floating around for months. Samsung unveiled a prototype device earlier this month at a conference giving us a glimpse at what the phone would offer, but the device was hidden inside a bulky case to conceal the final design. A couple of weeks ago the device was tipped to launch in March 2019 and to carry a price tag of $1,750. That price would certainly make the phone too costly for many potential buyers. However, a new report has surfaced that claims the Galaxy F folding smartphone might be even more expensive than expected. According to this report, the smartphone will sell for as much as... Read more...
As we discovered last month after a thorough review, Google's Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones are really good and we dubbed them as "Android Refined". And that camera! The camera is clearly one of the biggest attractions here, especially with the ability to take some of the best night shots we've ever seen. It's surprising, then, that even though the Pixel 3 and 3 XL only released last month, Best Buy is already applying one heck of a discount for Black Friday. That deal is $400 off, which is the kind of price slash that brings a top-end device down to or below the price point the likes of OnePlus flagships. This assumes of course that you're fine calling Verizon home, as that's the exclusive... Read more...
OnePlus has garnered praise for its phones due to higher-end specifications that come at a price point much lower than other flagship Android devices. The OnePlus 6 isn't the latest smartphone from the company having launched in May of this year, but the company is offering up a very nice discount on the entire OnePlus 6 range that may make this the most appealing smartphone deal on Black Friday. OnePlus is selling the entire line of unlocked OnePlus 6 smartphones that will operate on AT&T, T-Mobile, or U.S. Cellular. The discount on all models of the smartphone is $100, and that is an instant discount; not something where you pay full price and wait months for a pre-paid... Read more...
Is it too early to speculate about the Galaxy S10, or even the Galaxy S11? Heck no! Display innovations loom right around the corner, and while Samsung is getting ready to announce a foldable smartphone—the Galaxy F or Galaxy X—it has other tricks up its sleeve. A recent patent application details some of what Samsung has in mind, and we hope they find their way into the next flagship Galaxy device. To be clear, the Galaxy F or Galaxy X (or whatever Samsung ends up calling it) is not a flagship phone. Instead, Samsung is toying around with a unique design and hoping that developers will come up with creative ways of leveraging the form factor. The flagship space still belongs to Samsung's... Read more...
The notched screen Motorola One smartphone was announced back in late August of this year when it was confirmed that the mid-range device and its sibling, the One Power, would be launching in Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. At the time any potential availability in the States was unannounced. Motorola has now announced that the Motorola One will be coming to the U.S. and that the device will be sold exclusively through Best Buy locations for $399. Best Buy is taking pre-orders right now with a black or white version offered; official availability is set for November 9 online and November 11 in stores. One draw for this smartphone will be the price; in a world of over $1,000 flagship... Read more...
During the summer, leaks were surfacing that suggested Lenovo was here to save us all from the notched smartphone reality that we face today. That smartphone was called the Lenovo Z5, however, when the Z5 launched it indeed featured a notch shattering the dreams of people wanting to avoid that feature. Lenovo has now gone official with a new version of the Z5 called the Z5 Pro; this device lacks a notch and has a 95% screen-to-body ratio. The smartphone still has a front camera, but rather than being crammed into a notch, a sliding front camera module pops up behind the screen. Lenovo calls out a Snapdragon 710 SoC rather than the Snapdragon 845 most flagship smartphones are using. The screen... Read more...
Smartphone makers Samsung and Huawei have both aimed to be the first to market with a folding screen smartphone. However, a company called Royole has stepped around both of those major manufacturers and has launched a folding screen smartphone that is called the FlexPai. It looks more like a tablet than a smartphone and doesn’t appear to be very pocketable. Royole has published a video that makes the FlexPai look very interesting. However, the hands-on video of the tablet in the real world makes the device look decidedly less sexy. FlexPai appears in the hands-on video to be very bulky when closed with a screen that is still too large to fit in a pocket. The smooth and bendable screen is... Read more...
Android users know that not all devices receive the security updates that Google puts out in a timely manner. Slow updates are especially common when the devices start to age or when devices aren’t that popular, and the manufacturer moves on to the next greatest thing. Google contracts have leaked that show it is now forcing Android device makers to guarantee security updates are offered for the smartphone no matter if it's a cheap low-end device, a mid-range smartphone like the recently unveiled Samsung Galaxy A9, or a high-end device like the Galaxy Note 9. Under the Google contract, all device makers are required to regularly install updates for any phone or tablet for at least two years... Read more...
The next big battle in the smartphone world is shaping up to be which manufacturer is first to market with a smartphone that folds. Samsung was first to start talking about a device with a folding screen and has promised that the folding screen device will launch by the end of 2018. Samsung has said that the big benefit of this folding screen smartphone would be a device with a tablet-like screen in an easily pocketable form factor. The catch is that the price of Samsung's device is expected to be high due to limited screen suppliers. A person allegedly familiar with Huawei's plans claims it isn’t going to sit back and let Samsung be first to market; that person claims Huawei wants to beat... Read more...
At the start of the month we were able to get our mitts on the slick new LG V40 ThinQ smartphone and put it through its paces; we found the smartphone to be a good device and recommended it with one of the biggest downsides being its $949 price tag. If you read that review and liked what you saw but were hesitant about the price, B&H has a deal that you might not want to pass up. B&H has a preorder special for the V40 ThinQ 64GB smartphone that offers $200 in instant savings. That means rather than shelling out $949.99, the smartphone will cost you $749.99 making it much more palatable. To sweeten the deal even further, B&H is also throwing in a second-year warranty (the LG Second... Read more...
Vertu is a name that had been around for many years before the company filed for bankruptcy about a year ago. The problem for Vertu is that it catered to a crowd of wealthy individuals that could drop $10,000 on a smartphone with specifications that were often mediocre; and that is a very small market. Vertu is back with a smartphone that is much cheaper than its past offerings called the Vertu Aster P. This device is on pre-order in China right now for 35,800 Chinese yuan, which works out to a bit over $5,100 when converted, with a ship date of October 30. That is a lot of money in a world where people complain about an iPhone selling for over $1,000. Apple is famous for its design and style,... Read more...
Google unveiled an array of new hardware at a posh event in New York City last week, including the Pixel Slate, the Google Home Hub, and the products we’ll be showing you here, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The Pixel Slate is an Intel-powered convertible tablet running Chrome OS, the Home Hub is a touch-screen equipped Google Home device, and the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL likely need no introduction – they are Google’s latest flagship smartphones running the recently released Android Pie.  You can get a glimpse and some additional information on Google’s newest devices right here in our coverage of the original announcement, but we’ve had a few days to poke and prod... Read more...
Apple has been at odds with law enforcement over its ever-increasing security measures that have at times thwarted efforts to gain access to iPhones during an investigation. Earlier this month reports surfaced indicating that law enforcement had been able to get a user to unlock his iPhone using Face ID. Law enforcement now faces a new challenge; a company called Elcomsoft is warning law enforcement to not look at an iPhone with Face ID. The reasoning behind not looking at the iPhone is that security measures on the device can make it harder to unlock the phone if it sees the wrong face too many times. If too many failed attempts to unlock the device via Face ID occur, the device can default... Read more...
Researchers have created a new device for smartphones called MobiLimb; it's a robotic appendage that is used to augment the mobile device. MobiLimb connects to the charge port on the bottom of a smartphone and adds a small finger-like limb with 5-degrees-of-freedom. The team behind MobiLimb believes it can overcome some of the static, passive, and motionless limitations of mobile devices. The robotic limb preserves the device form factor in how it attaches and the I/O capabilities of the device. One important fact about MobiLimb is that it isn’t limited to the common vibration feedback devices already offer; it directly touches the user. MobiLimb can react expressively to a user's actions... Read more...
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