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Ever since their introduction in the PC market during the mid-1990s, heat pipes have been a central fixture in the cooling of hot computer processors. Whether in the form of actual 'pipes' or as a planar heat spreader—more commonly known as a 'vapor chamber'—you probably have at least one in the device you're reading this on right now. The use of heat pipes to remove heat from processors became a necessity as thermal design power specs crept ever upward, just as they continue to do even now. That's true not just in desktops and laptops, but also in more mobile devices, like smartphones. Removing heat from the system-on-a-chip in such a device can be a bigger challenge than supplying... Read more...
Even though they are fundamentally similar devices, we use smartphones and PCs in completely different ways. It's not uncommon to have dozens or even hundreds of processes running in the background on a PC, and that's fine, because you are probably doing things in a bunch of applications concurrently. On a phone, multi-tasking is a lot harder, and a lot less common. You're generally only interacting with one or maybe two apps at a time. For that reason, we suspect most Android users don't realize that their phones are already doing quite a bit to curtail naughty applications, which simply leave child processes spinning needlessly in the background. Android 12 is taking things a step further with... Read more...
One of the main reasons that the malware epidemic in the Windows XP days was so severe was because almost all those machines were configured with only a single user account that had administrative privileges by default. That meant that any malware running as that user would have free rein to do whatever it wanted on the system. These days, systems aren't usually configured that way, and the largest category of personal computers out there—smartphones—usually don't even have any way for users to gain administrative privileges at all. That's why it's so concerning when new phone malware is found that can gain root for itself. Such a capability means that the offending application can... Read more...
Regulators in Germany are making a push for smartphone makers to extend the lifespan of their handsets with more than a have a decade of security updates. Seven years, to be more price, should the European Commission be swayed by the German government's argument. And if that comes to pass, it is reasonable to think it could become a global practice (though obviously not necessarily). It is an interesting topic, considering that smartphones are basically handheld computers, some of which cost north of $1,000. Yet in some cases, they could stop receiving OS and other updates in a matter of just a few years. Imagine if Microsoft decided that after two years, a new PC would be in order to continue... Read more...
As we noted in our LG Velvet review, a stylish 5G phone that lacks excitement, the past few years have not proven easy for the South Korean electronics maker, as it pertains to its efforts in the smartphone sector. The company has seen its phone sales and market share steadily diminish. This has LG considering giving up on making and selling smartphones altogether. It is an understandably tough decision. LG at times has shown flashes of innovation. We saw this most recently with the release of the LG Wing, a unique handset that lets users twist the main display to reveal a secondary half-display. LG was also the first to introduce things like a Quad HD screen and ultra-wide camera lens, both... Read more...
After 22 consecutive quarters of operating at a loss, LG's mobile division has finally decided it is time to rethink its strategy. What it ultimately decided on, for the foreseeable future, is to continue focusing on and designing flagship phones (like the ThinQ G7 we reviewed in 2018) as it has been doing, but shifting its mid-range and entry-level handsets to an outsourced business model. This is a cost-saving measure, and one that is understandable, given how cutthroat the smartphone business is, with so many players. Competition comes from all directions, too. Apple and Samsung generally rule the roost in the flagship space, though several other smartphone makers compete in the top shelf... Read more...
Smartphone makers have been successful in raising the cost of flagship handsets, with many models commanding $1,000 or more. But what about the other end of the spectrum? They have been less aggressive in pursuing affordable models, though OnePlus might be getting ready to drop the gauntlet with a $200-ish smartphone that rocks a capacious 6,000 mAh battery. Wouldn't that be nifty? Nothing has been announced, teased, or hinted...at least by OnePlus, anyway. However, an "insider source" with a positive track record tipped the folks at Android Central that OnePlus is building an entry-level smartphone codenamed Clover. Apparently this is the same source that accurately revealed some details about... Read more...
The debate over whether smartphone owners should be legally compelled to involuntary unlock their handsets for law enforcement rages on, and advocates that they should just scored a key victory in New Jersey. In a 4-3 vote, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that a former police office accused of tipping off a gang member via text messaging is not protected by the Fifth Amendment, and must unlock his phone. Robert Andrews was at one time an Essex County sheriff's officer. Prosecutors allege he had ties with a street gang member named Quincy Lowery, a suspected drug dealer who was ultimately arrested in 2015. Lowery told prosecutors that he had communicated with Andrews about the investigation... Read more...
If you're a mobile gaming enthusiast, you're likely going to be in your happy place this morning. ASUS has just announced the third coming of its ROG Phone, aptly named the ROG Phone 3. Hailing from the ASUS Republic Of Gamers line of products, everything about this new mobile beast is dialed in for serious gaming, from its 6.59-inch 144 Hz OLED display to Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865 Plus mobile platform that powers it for measurable gains in performance. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 Plus has both goosed-up CPU and Adreno 650 GPU clocks, in a specially-binned octal core SoC that scales up to 3.1GHz. Our device is also equipped with a bodacious 16GB of fast LPDDR5 memory and 512GB of storage, though... Read more...
Samsung reported its first quarter earnings for 2020, noting it saw a 7.6 percent decrease in revenue compared to the previous quarter primarily due to weak seasonality of its display business and consumer electronics division. However, the company also blamed the "effects of COVID-19" for the drop in demand, and said it expects the virus outbreak to "significantly impact" sales for several of its core products, including Galaxy phones and TVs. "Sales and profits of set products business, including smartphones and TVs, are expected to decline significantly as COVID-19 affects demand and leads to store and plant closures globally. To address this, the company will leverage its global production... Read more...
In what is like to come as a surprise to absolutely no one, the latest market research data shows Apple and Samsung shipping around the same number of smartphones, putting the two technology behemoths on relatively equal footing (in terms of market share). It's a little hard to gauge, though, because Apple no longer provides specific sales data for its iPhone lineup. How exactly the numbers are split depends entirely on which market research firm you believe is the most accurate. Same goes for which company comes out ahead of the other—both Strategy Analytics and Canalys counted more iPhone shipments than Galaxy handsets, while IHS Markit gives the edge to Samung by a few million units.... Read more...
ASUS recently sent us its brand-spanking-new ROG Phone II and we are in the process of evaluating the handset for a full review. We hope to have that posted within the next few weeks. In the meantime, we have some preliminary benchmarks and initial analysis to share, starting with the observation that this is the fastest Android phone we have ever tested. More on that in a moment. Before we get into the initial performance data, let's take a moment to talk about the gaming phone category, the ROG Phone II Ultimate Edition, and the specs. Gaming phones are still a somewhat new and niche category, albeit a growing one. ASUS threw its hat into the ring last year with its first generation ROG... Read more...
Samsung on Monday introduced its new ISOCELL Bright HMX image sensor for smartphones, and it is capable of capturing a staggering 108 megapixels. It is the industry's first mobile image sensor to top the 100 million pixels mark. Interestingly, the nifty new shooter will make its debut in a Xiaomi smartphone before it finds its way into a Galaxy device. While the ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor belongs to Samsung, the company says it was designed in "close collaboration with Xiaomi," which announced last week that an upcoming Mi handset will feature the new 108MP shooter. "For ISOCELL Bright HMX, Xiaomi and Samsung have worked closely together from the early conceptual stage to production that has resulted... Read more...
MediaTek has announced its latest SoCs for mobile devices, and it is aimed squarely at the gaming smartphone market. The new chipsets both fall into the G series and include the Helio G90 and the G90T. The company says that when these chips are paired with its HyperEngine technology, the entire smartphone is tuned for the best gameplay experience. G90 series SoCs combine the latest CPU and GPU cores with ultra-fast memory and improved AI performance for fast and fluid gaming action. MediaTek says that the mobile gaming market is growing quickly and its G90 series will help deliver the best gaming experience to users. Both the G90 series chips are octa-core units with Arm Cortex-A76 and Cortex-A55s... Read more...
Vivo makes some relatively attractive smartphones, ones that follow the usual premium script, as well as uniquely designed handsets like the Nex Dual Display. The company's upcoming Nex 3, however, is going to flaunt some sexy glass. That is according to a couple of new Twitter posts by prominent leaker Ice Universe. The photo (shown above) shows two hunks of glass for the front and back, with curved sides that look to be nearly 90 degrees. Sandwiched together, the glass housing will completely wrap around the Nex 3. Additionally, Ice Universe notes there is "no hole" to be found and "no notch" either. "The Vivo Nex 3 is probably the highest screen-to-body ratio phone in 2019. The screen-to-body... Read more...
There is another Hydrogen phone on the horizon, though if your enthusiasm for one of the most hyped smartphone brands is tempered at this point, it is completely understandable. The Hydrogen One did not exactly enjoy a smooth launch. In a blog post confirming plans to launch a Hydrogen Two model, RED founder Jim Jannard explained why the Hydrogen One stumbled out of the gate. According to Jannard, an ODM (original design manufacturer) in China dropped the ball and did come through on its side of the bargain. That ODM was supposed to prepare the Hydrogen One for manufacturing at Foxconn, which assembles a wide range of electronics, including Apple's iPhone handsets. "While Foxconn has been fantastic,... Read more...
We all have that one friend or family member who absolutely hates having their picture taken. The litany of excuses range from their hair being messed up or makeup smudged, to wearing the wrong outfit or bad lighting, and everything in between. Well, they are going to despite an upcoming handset by Redmi, which features the world's first 64-megapixel camera on a smartphone for highly detailed photographs. On the flip side, photo bombers are going to lose their you-know-what at the new level of visual fidelity. At least it pertains to the number of pixels, anyway. Granted, there is more to camera performance than the raw pixel count, but a 64MP sensor sure does have the potential to be something... Read more...
Although smartphone OEMs try their best to deliver new smartphone experiences year after year like clockwork, consumers are increasingly becoming immune to their new-device charms. According to Gartner, the mobile phone market is expected to experience its biggest downturn ever during 2019. According to the analytics firm, global mobile phone sales are expected to drop by 3.8 percent in 2019 compared to 2018. With respect to smartphones specifically, the sales shortfall is expected to come in a 2.5 percent. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out at a few of the reasons for the sales decline. For starters, smartphone OEMs haven’t exactly been giving us remarkable reasons... Read more...
Some of you reading this might actually own a 5G-capable smartphone. Most of you do not. Be that as it may, a recent survey of 2,000 Americans who are at least 18 years old and own a smartphone found that nearly a third of respondents believed they owned a 5G handset, including iPhone owners even though a 5G iPhone does not yet exist. Let us be clear—despite the survey results, 1 in 3 Americans do NOT own a 5G handset. We know this because there are very few 5G smartphones available. For example, Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G only recently debuted, and it starts at $1,299.99. There are a spattering of other 5G options, but not many. Technically, Motorola is among them with its Moto Z3 and Z4,... Read more...
In the ongoing quest to offer a truly full-front display on a smartphone, Oppo just unveiled the first-ever selfie camera that sits underneath the screen of a handset. The design means not having to contend with a bezel or notch, or any of the existing alternatives, such as a motorized pop-up camera or punch-hole cutout. We have seen those latter implementations on phones like the Vivo V15 (pop-up camera) and Samsung's Galaxy S10 series (punch-hole implementation). And of course Apple has fully embraced the notch with its iPhone X family. Having a camera sit underneath the display, however, is the ultimate goal, or at least a giant step toward display utopia. Teased at Mobile World Congress Shanghai... Read more...
Huawei might be facing an uncertain financial future in the wake of a recent ban imposed by the US government, but that is no reason to turn people's phones into billboards. Yet that is exactly what it appears Huawei has done—many Huawei device owners report seeing Booking.com ads appear on their lock screens. It is not just a single model smartphone that is affected. Users have reported seeing the ads on a range of devices, including the P30 Pro, P20 Pro, P20, P20 Lite, and Honor 10, and perhaps others as well. Those affected report seeing a Booking.com ad appear over the top of preinstalled landscape background images on their phones. Ah hear... @Huawei why am I now being served ads on... Read more...
Smartphone security is becoming more sophisticated by the day. Fingerprint scanning and facial recognition schemes are starting to supplant PIN codes and passwords, but have you wondered what the next frontier might be? One possible avenue is behavioral biometrics, and a company called UnifyID is leading the charge. Behavioral biometrics is what it sounds like—it's a profile of a person's identity based on how they use their smartphone, based on data from accelerometers, gryroscopic sensors, and so forth. This form of security can detect if someone's typing pattern is unusual (and therefore might be an attempt by a hacker to break into a device), and can even profile someone's gait. John... Read more...
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