Warranty and its snags. The features of a smartphone are one thing. Its durability is another. As a buyer, you would hope that if your smartphone starts having a fault sometime during the first 24 months of its life – one that is not your fault –, the manufacturer would take care of it. But things do not always go the way we want them to. A personal account on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the “pink line of death”.
Details of the Moto X5 revealed, device to feature a notch
The Moto X4 was one of our picks for best value smartphones of 2017, and its successor looks to continue that fine form. The X5, according to a leak, will feature an 18:9 display with minimal bezels, and also what appears to be a notch at the top of the display,
Huawei P10 and P10 Plus get Oreo beta update
Android Oreo beta is now available for the international Huawei P10 and P10 Plus flagships, and it includes EMUI 8.0 with quite a few new features.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 will ship with a 3000mAh battery, go on sale on March 16
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will keep the same battery capacities as their predecessors, with the smaller sibling to house a 3000mAh battery, and the plus-sized variant to opt for a 3500mAh one.
The Honor 8 will not receive Android Oreo, and that's a shame
The Honor 8 was released barely 18 months ago, so it's something of a surprise to hear that it won't be receiving the update to Oreo.
The Kirin 970 is better than the Snapdragon 835, Master Lu declares
Master Lu, a popular Chinese benchmark, has revealed performance scores for the top SoCs in the business, with the Kirin 970 edging out Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 to first place.
Meizu in decline as company registers just 20 million smartphone shipments in 2017
Meizu VP Yang Xun has, at a press briefing, announced that the company recorded a total of 20 million shipments in 2017, a slight decline from 2016's total.
HTC U11 EYEs launched with dual front cameras
The HTC U11 EYEs has just been launched and will be sold in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China with price tags in the US$500 price range.
BlackBerry Motion finally available in the US
After a few months of full availability in Canada, the UK, and most European countries, the BlackBerry Motion finally reached the US market via Amazon and Best Buy.
Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime launching in India later this week
In the aftermath of a pretty long stream of rumors and teasers, the Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime is now finally ready to hit the Indian market. This 5.5-inch handset with an Exynos 7870 processor will be available in two configurations, both loaded with Samsung Pay Mini and Samsung Mall.
Microsoft brings end-to-end encryption to Skype in collaboration with Signal
There were some fairly large privacy concerns that arose early in the life of Skype. Microsoft has tried to allay those fears in recent times, but the integration of end-to-end encryption using the open-source Signal Protocol is the strongest privacy move they've made to date.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ hit FCC once again
Last time, the international versions of the upcoming flagships arrived at FCC. Now, the US versions of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are being tested and one step closer to being released.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros
January 2018 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 300 Euros (~$337) reviewed by Notebookcheck over the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones
January 2018 update. Here you will find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>5.5-inch)
January 2018 update. Here is a list of the best XL-sized smartphones - with screen sizes of 5.5 inches and greater - we have reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Windows 10 on ARM shown running on a Lumia 1520
Thanks to the rooting capabilities provided by WP Internals, developers are now able to find ways of running Windows RT and even Windows 10 on ARM on Lumia handsets paving the way for some cool hacks.
Windows Phone Internals 2.3 may help resurrect ageing Lumia devices
Rooting and custom ROM development has traditionally been Android's USP. Now, Windows Phone users too can join the fun, thanks to the efforts of XDA Developer, Heathcliff74.
Google pulls 63 Android apps serving up porn ads
Google's Play Store has once again been beset with supposedly vetted apps hiding malware. On this occasion, 63 apps have been pulled from the Play Store after it was discovered they harbored malware serving up porn ads.
LG G7 leaks in renders with barely there bezels
LG's 2018 flagship has made its first appearance in the flesh. The purported render of the device reveals an evolution of the G6 design with even thinner top, bottom and side bezels.
The Nokia 8's camera belongs in 2015, DxOMark report reveals
The Nokia 8 made its way to DxOMark over the week, with the first-gen HMD flagship registering camera scores that wouldn't look out of place on a device straight out of 2015.
Opinion | The U11 EYEs will be yet another overpriced device by HTC
The U11 EYEs will be HTC's next mid-range offering. It'd be a solid device if it were priced as a mid-ranger but rumors point towards a price tag above the US$500 mark.
The Mi A1's Android Oreo update has been suspended due to concerns over performance issues
The Mi A1, against all apparent odds, received its stable Oreo update on the last day of 2017. The company has pulled the update, though, after feedback from users showed a number of bugs. Probably should have kept this one in beta for a while longer, but hindsight is 20/20.
Deal | The Xperia XZ1 is available at the moment for just over US$540
The Xperia XZ1, one of Sony's flagship devices for 2017, is currently available on Amazon at an enticing price point of just $543.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)
January 2018 update. Here's a list of the best compact smartphones - with screen sizes of 5-inches or less - we've reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Alleged Galaxy S9 retail box spotted online
The purported Samsung Galaxy S9 box image that surfaced on Imgur reveals a 5.8-inch Infinity Display, a "Super Speed Dual Pixel" 12 MP main camera with optical image stabilization, and more.
Honor 7X Smartphone Review
6-inch 18:9 Android for $199. Honor has taken a page out of the current crop of flagship smartphones to deliver one of the most compelling Android smartphones yet for under $200 USD. Update: GPS and camera tests added
HiSilicon Kirin 659 | ARM Mali-T830 MP2 | 5.93" | 165 g
HiSilicon Kirin 659 | ARM Mali-T830 MP2 | 5.93" | 165 g
CES 2018 | MediaTek-powered Movi smartphone features a built-in projector, already retails for US$599
Although its specs or design are nothing really special, the Movi smartphone makes up for that by integrating a built-in projector that can deliver a 720p image at a size of 12 to 200 inches.
Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro (2018) now official
The Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro (2018) is now available in Vietnam for the equivalent of around US$145. This low-end handset has an unspecified 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, only 1.5 GB RAM, and runs Android Nougat out of the box.
Honor 9 Lite to be sold exclusively via Flipkart in India
The Honor 9 Lite will opt out of the recent trend of Amazon exclusives, with the budget device billed to go on sale in India via Flipkart's channel only.
Huawei P20 benchmark appearance reveals 18.7:9 display, possible proof of the presence of a notch
The next Huawei P-flagship billed to be named the Huawei P20, made its way over to a HTML browser benchmark, with the listing showing a resolution in the mold of an 18.7:9 display ratio.
OnePlus caught swiping user data again, only this time also sending it to China-controlled servers
OnePlus has been caught manhandling user data again, with a OnePlus 3T user on the OnePlus forums showing proof of his clipboard app sending data to an Alibaba-controlled server.
LG Pay to hit the US by June
After a few delays, LG Pay launched in South Korea last summer and, thanks to its moderate success in that market, LG has decided to bring it to the US in the first half of 2018 with the help of the G7 and V40 flagships. The mid-range handsets are expected to get support for it at a later time as well.
CES 2018 | Unlocked Huawei Mate 10 Pro makes its way over to the US
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro will be making its way over to US, albeit not under any carrier. While it's welcome news, we're not so sure of how accommodating the device's price tag is.
The Honor 7X has finally been listed on Amazon US
The Honor 7X, our pick for best value budget smartphone of 2017, has finally been listed on Amazon, and will go on sale on January 25.
There are at least two Blackberry phones in the works for 2018
Blackberry devices will make their way all over the world again in 2018, with a Blackberry Mobile executive confirming that there will be at least two Blackberry-branded smartphones released in 2018.
Samsung confirms Galaxy S9 launch date
The launch date of the Samsung Galaxy S9 lineup is no longer a secret since the president of the company's mobile business DJ Koh confirmed that the official unveiling of the new flagships will take place at MWC 2018.
CES 2018 | Asus presents affordable ZenFone Max Plus with high-end features
The ZenFone Max Plus integrates the Face Unlock function, found on high-end models, which complements the fingerprint scanner for additional security measures. Also included is a 4,130 mAh battery that should provide longer-lasting usage time.
Huawei Mate 10 Smartphone Review
One of the last ones of its kind. With their XXL-sized smartphone Mate 10, the Chinese manufacturer Huawei bucks the current trend towards displays with a 2:1-aspect ratio. How does the high-end phablet fare and is an import worth it?
HiSilicon Kirin 970 | ARM Mali-G72 MP12 | 5.9" | 186 g
HiSilicon Kirin 970 | ARM Mali-G72 MP12 | 5.9" | 186 g
Samsung dashes hopes of a foldable Galaxy Note smartphone for this year
Samsung's head of mobile has reneged on his promise to deliver a foldable Galaxy Note this year. Instead it may not now make an appearance until late 2019.
Samsung saw a whopping 83% jump in profits in 2017
Samsung has released a report on its sales numbers for the last quarter of 2017, with the company registering a massive 83% year-on-year growth in operating profits.
Xposed beta for Android Oreo now available
Xposed for both Android 8.0 and 8.1 has been released, and although the current version is just a beta, it's reportedly stable enough for regular use.
The LG G7 will not be announced at MWC as previously thought
The name of the next LG flagship is currently still up in the air but its launch date is a lot more certain now, with multiple sources claiming a March announcement, and an April launch.
CES 2018 | Get lost in a mirage with the wireless Lenovo Mirage Solo VR headset and Mirage Camera
Lenovo is introducing a standalone Google Daydream headset that doesn't require external power or video signals, alongside a VR camera that allows easy 3D VR ready photo and video capture.
No Huawei phones coming to AT&T after all
Although February is not here yet and the situation might change until then, unconfirmed rumors claim that Huawei and AT&T's deal is off and the two brands will no longer team up as expected.
CES 2018 | Dell wants to seamlessly integrate your PC and mobile experience with Dell Mobile Connect
Dell Mobile Connect offers a way to securely link a PC and smartphone for shared notifications, calls, text (SMS), and screen mirroring.
CES 2018 | Adata shows off RGB-backlit XPG Spectrix memory modules, SX8200 and NGSFF SSDs, and mobile equipment
At CES 2018, Adata is presenting numerous novelties within its memory, storage, and mobile product ranges. Here is an overview of the coming products.
CES 2018 | Razer's Project Linda can turn the Razer Phone into a full-fledged Android laptop
Razer entering the smartphone market makes a lot more sense with the reveal of the company's latest prototype, dubbed Project Linda. The device, which is more a proof of concept than anything else, has a dock that allows the Razer Phone to turn into a full Android laptop.
The Doogee V will copy the iPhone X's frontal design, the Galaxy S9's rear, and also feature an under-display fingerprint sensor
There are lots of iPhone X clones out there but it's not every day you see a device that manages to copy both the iPhone X and an upcoming Samsung flagship, while also featuring tech none of those companies have been able to offer. A modern-day wonder, some would say.
World's first under-display fingerprint sensor smartphone to be launched by Vivo at CES
The world's first smartphone with an under-display fingerprint reader may be set to grace our screens this week, with Vivo teasing the announcement of a device with that feature.
Smartphone app market saw 35% growth in 2017
Data by app intelligence platform Sensor Tower has shown Apple's dominance over Google in the smartphone app market. The iOS App Store, for example, recorded close to twice what the Google Play Store did, with the combined revenue of both services closing in on US$60 billion in 2017.
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