Items tagged with smartphones

New proposed updates to the Highway Code concerning self-driving cars in the UK will allow a human driver to watch television or other video media on a built-in screen while the car is in charge of driving duties. However, drivers will still not be allowed to use cell phones. There are currently no self-driving... Read more...
Google is looking to join in on the foldable smartphone craze with its own Pixel version. As such, the tech giant is rumored to be starting production on the Pixel Fold later this year. Foldable smartphones are starting to become more of a norm, as more companies look to jump into the foldable market. Companies... Read more...
Premium smartphones are great and all, but they also can cost upwards of $1,000 (sometimes way upwards). Then almost at the polar end of the spectrum, Motorola's refreshed Moto G Stylus for 2022 brings some intriguing upgrades and a premium aesthetic (in a plastic shell) for $299. That's on the high-end of budget or... Read more...
Samsung's previous generation Galaxy S20 Fan Edition was met with high praise for its value proposition when it launched last November. The goal of Samsung's Galaxy FE products is to deliver key features most mainstream and enthusiast users want at a price point that's more approachable for the masses. This class of smartphones has been wildly... Read more...
OnePlus keeps teasing us with details about its next flagship handset for CES 2022. We saw pictures of the design first, then got the specifications. Now, we have more information on the cameras built into the OnePlus 10 Pro, along with sample photos from the smartphone. The camera setup features the second... Read more...
Continuing with news related to the upcoming launch of the OnePlus 10 Pro, the Chinese smartphone maker has released the spec sheet for its latest flagship handset. We already knew the device would sport the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, but even more specifications are now available. Let's have a look at what makes this... Read more...
Remember when BlackBerry was THE smartphone brand, back before the rise of Apple and Samsung as the dominant players (and now others)? It was a good, long run. Some of you may still own and use legacy BlackBerry devices, and if you do, be advised that support is coming to an end next week. When that happens, you may... Read more...
After a flood of leaks, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has unveiled the Xiaomi 12 Pro and two other 12 series handsets. The two main models, Xiaomi 12 Pro and Xiaomi 12, are both powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, whereas the Xiaomi 12X is a toned-down variant with a Snapdragon 870 SoC underneath the... Read more...
Qualcomm recently announced a new flagship mobile chipset for next-gen Android devices, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which also kicks off a rebrand of the Snapdragon platform. Going forward, Qualcomm will no longer use three-digit model number designations as it has done with past chipsets like the Snapdragon 888+ 5G. In... Read more...
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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more...
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