Notebookcheck

Smartphone

     restrict settings
Samsung Galaxy S8 Android flagship facing random restarts

Samsung Galaxy S8 users now facing random restarts

In addition to the Bixby button problems and the red tint issues, it looks like Galaxy S8 users also have to face random reboots. Strange enough, the handset seems to be restarting for no obvious reason.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Smartphone Review

Samsung Galaxy S8 Smartphone Review

First impressions and measurements Samsung has officially introduced the successor of its successful Galaxy S7 (Edge) in New York City. One thing about the new Galaxy S8 models immediately strikes the eye: a narrower edge with more screen. We have already performed a first hands-on with the S8 and S8 Plus. Here are our impressions of this year's Samsung flagship smartphones.
Update: This article has been edited slightly and we have added our first measurements.
Samsung Exynos 8895 Octa | ARM Mali-G71 MP20 | 5.8" | 155 g
Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime Android smartphone now available on T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime now available via T-Mobile

This 5-inch handset comes for a full price of $150 USD, its specs also including the Exynos 7570 processor, 1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, a 2,600 mAh battery, all with Android 7.0 Nougat on top.
The NEO [Reloaded] from NuAns can be custom tailored from hundreds of options. (Source: NuAns Indiegogo)

NuAns NEO [Reloaded] hopes to bring huge customization to smartphones

The smartphone, which hit Indiegogo this week, offers a two-pieced backing that can be made from two different materials (out of several options) and a customized leather wallet case. The smartphone itself will have midrange specs.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium pre-orders now come with free headphones

Sony Xperia XZ Premium pre-orders now come with free headphones

Pre-order the Xperia XZ Premium for ~750 Euros next week and receive a pair of wireless Sony headphones worth 300 Euros at no extra cost.
LG Q1 2017 revenue up 9.7 percent from a year earlier

LG Q1 2017 revenue up 9.7 percent from a year earlier

Operating profits have almost doubled compared to Q1 2016 due in part to strong sales from LG's Home Appliance sector.
Riven continues where Myst left off. (Photo: Google Play Store)

Riven, the sequel to Myst, is now on Android

The adventure continues in Noodlecake Studio's Android port of Riven, the sequel to the classic PC adventure game Myst.
Bluboo D1 cheap Android smartphone with MediaTek processor and dual camera setup

Bluboo D1 now up for pre-order

Although it was expected to arrive with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 on board, the Bluboo D1 is now up for pre-order as the cheapest Android handset with a dual camera setup and features low-end features overall.
Huawei P10 Android flagship, Huawei finally in control of the Chinese smartphone market

Huawei finally leading the Chinese smartphone market

With almost 21 million units shipped in the first quarter of the year and a market share of 18 percent, Huawei is now the new leader of the Chinese smartphone market. The next two places went to Oppo and Vivo.
Lithium-Ion Batteries: Charging Guide for Maximum Endurance

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Charging Guide for Maximum Endurance

When taken good care of devices such as smartphones, tablets, and notebooks will most likely easily outlive their respective batteries, which these days more often than not aren’t user replaceable anymore. With this in mind it is more important than ever to improve both endurance and capacity through the right charging techniques. We’re going to give you a few tips and point out the most common mistakes.
The alleged multi-core score for the iPhone 8 was 8975, 41% faster than the new Galaxy S8. (Source: 9to5Mac)

New iPhone 8 benchmarks debunked

New iPhone 8 benchmarks show the phone beating the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 by a significant margin, but upon further investigation, the benchmarks have been proven false.
The Windows 10 Creators update came out for PCs on April 11 and came out for mobile on April 25. (Source: WinCentral)

Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update rolls out

Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile Redstone 2 emphasizes 3D and mixed reality for its tiny segment of the mobile market. While their mobile share is insignificant, the changes in this update are not.
Google Pixel XL Android smartphone to get Snapdragon 835-powered successor

Google Pixel 2 handsets might use the Snapdragon 835 SoC

The successors of the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are known as Walleye and Muskie for now, and there are also references to a Snapdragon 835 processor, but the launch date and other details are not public at this stage.
Xiaomi Mi5s Plus Android phablet, Xiaomi not ready to face the US market yet as of April 2017

Xiaomi is not ready for the US market yet

The Chinese company is currently busy conquering many developing markets and has no plans to take on the US market yet. Considering LeEco's recent failure, it seems they are playing it safe.
The Meizu PRO 5 was the last officially supported Ubuntu Touch phone. (Image Source: Ubuntu Insights)

Ubuntu Phone support will end in June, app store will close in December

The mobile OS will no longer be updated after June of this year, while the Ubuntu Touch app store will be closed by the end of the year. These moves will essentially kill off Ubuntu Touch.
Sony Xperia X Performance Android smartphone gets 7.1.1 Nougat update

Sony Xperia XZ and Xperia X Performance get Android 7.1.1

These two handsets get the usual Android 7.1 Nougat features, apparently without any Sony-exclusive changes. The new firmware also includes the official security patches for April.
ZTE's Blade Max 3 is exclusive to US Cellular. (Source: ZTE USA)

US Cellular customers can now purchase the ZTE Blade Max 3

ZTE has launched a second budget smartphone today, meant for price-conscious customers who want a little more oomph from their device. The Blade Max 3 features mid-range specs for only $200, but is exclusive to US Cellular.
The budget-friendly ZTE Max XL is exclusive to Boost Mobile. (Source: Sprint)

ZTE Max XL is a new budget phone exclusive to Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile has a new option for customers who want a large phone at a small price: the ZTE Max XL. The handset features a 6-inch display, fingerprint sensor, and the latest Android OS, all for as low as $102.
Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-orders in the US establish a new record

Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-orders in the US break previous record

The recently released Galaxy S8 flagships seem to break the previous records everywhere since Samsung Electronics America also reported a 30 percent year-over-year growth in pre-orders.
Sony Xperia XA1 Android smartphone now up for pre-order in the US

Sony Xperia XA1 pre-orders begin next Monday

This mid-range Android smartphone that arrived at the end of February during the MWC 2017 trade show will soon be up for purchase in the US. Those interested can get it unlocked for $299.99 USD.
Image source: Apple

Apple reduces commissions to App Store affiliates by 64%

Apple's App Store affiliates will now earn 2.5% for apps downloaded via their affiliate ID, down from 7%.
LG X power2 Android smartphone launch allegedly delayed until June 2017

LG X power2 apparently coming in June

While this Android handset was unveiled a few days before MWC 2017 kicked off and was supposed to hit the market last month, it looks like LG delayed the X power2 until early June.
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) Android smartphone surfaces again on GFXBench

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) hits GFXBench with updated specs

Although it surfaced on GFXBench a while ago, the refreshed Galaxy J3 returns with updated specs, namely more storage space and memory. Now, we only need to wait for this handset to get an official launch.
We expect Samsung to continue focusing on extracting more performance as well as maximizing efficiency, leading to better battery life. (Source: 9to5Google)

Qualcomm and Samsung are gearing up to create chips for Galaxy S9

Recent reports say that Samsung and Qualcomm have begun developing next year’s Snapdragon 845 chipset, which will make its debut in the Galaxy S9.
Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime 2 Android smartphone launches on Cricket Wireless

Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime 2 hits Cricket Wireless

Available on Sprint as Galaxy J3 Emerge, this handset has a 5-inch display, a quad-core processor, 1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and runs Android Nougat out of the box. It can be acquired for less than $150 USD with activation.
Huawei Enjoy 7 Plus Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor

Huawei Enjoy 7 Plus now official with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage

Although it arrived about two weeks ago, the Enjoy 7 Plus now gets a specs bump, receiving 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. The Snapdragon 435 processor and the other specs remain the same.
Nokia 3310 launching April 28 with no 3G for 59 Euros

Nokia 3310 launching April 28 with no 3G for 59 Euros

The popular Nokia 3310 is getting a 2017 refresh complete with 16 MB of internal storage space and a 2.4-inch screen. HMB Global is sticking to its promise of an April-May launch window for users in Europe, though prices will differ between regions.
LG K8 (2017) Smartphone Review

79% LG K8 (2017) Smartphone Review

Little brother. The 2017 LG K8 is a little more affordable, a little smaller, and less powerful than the LG K10. But is it perhaps the better deal for all those who are just looking for an affordable smartphone? We find out in our test.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 | Qualcomm Adreno 308 | 5" | 142 g
Huawei reportedly shipping Mate 9 and P10 models with slower eMMC storage

Huawei reportedly shipping Mate 9 and P10 models with slower eMMC storage

Huawei originally advertised the Mate 9 with UHS 2.1 storage, but some units are purportedly shipping with the slower eMMC 5.1 standard without any official statements from the manufacturer. Furthermore, sources say some advertisements have been silently changed to reflect the switch to eMMC 5.1.
ZTE Blade V8

82% ZTE Blade V8 Smartphone Review

Big mid-range. The Chinese manufacturer enters the next round in the fight for the low-price crown with the ZTE Blade V8. At a current RRP of 269 Euros (~$291), the new device sounds like a bargain and the technical specifications let the heart beat faster. Read whether this sense of delight can be maintained throughout the test.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 | Qualcomm Adreno 505 | 5.2" | 142 g
Urban Armor Gear Plasma Series cases for Huawei P10 and Mate 9 now available

Urban Armor Gear Plasma Series cases for Huawei P10 and Mate 9 now available

These new rugged cases offer improved protection for all the latest Huawei P and Mate flagships - P10, P10 Plus, Mate 9, and Mate 9 Pro. These cases are all compatible with the fingerprint sensor and comply with the MIL-STD-810G military standard.
Legend 24K gold custom luxury Galaxy S8 and S8+ now available

Legend unveils 24K gold-plated Galaxy S8 and S8+

Thanks to a new plating method, Legend can cover the glass back of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagships with 24K gold, also adding VVS1-grade diamonds around the Samsung logo, all for around $3,000 USD.
Alleged image of upcoming Lenovo Moto Z2 Play low-end Android smartphone

Moto Z2 Play surfaces online

The alleged render of the cheapest upcoming Moto Z2 phone has made it online, but there are no specs to talk about at this stage. However, the design looks similar to that of the original Z Play, so the changes below the hood might not be radical, either.
Saygus V Squared Android smartphone vaporware could launch with Snapdragon 835

Delayed Saygus V Squared to use the Snapdragon 835 processor

Those still waiting for the Saygus V Squared to come out two years after being unveiled do not get any launch date, but at least the handset's specs have been upgraded with a Snapdragon 835 processor. It only remains to see if there are even more delays ahead or not.
LG V30 may ship this Autumn with curved OLED display and Snapdragon 835 SoC

LG V30 may ship this Autumn with curved OLED display and Snapdragon 835 SoC

The LG V20 never officially launched in Europe, but this Fall could see the global release of the V30 flagship that looks to be everything that the G6 should have been.
Xiaomi Mi 6 Android flagship with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and dual camera setup

Xiaomi Mi 6 to hit China later this month

This long-awaited flagship is finally official, promising to hit the market by the end of April, priced starting at $363 USD. Its specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, dual cameras on the back, up to 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage.
A leaked image showing the HTC U Ultra. (Source: Evan Blass)

HTC Ocean has a new name and new color options

With its launch fast approaching, the HTC Ocean reportedly has been re-branded as the HTC U 11. The new name should make it easier for customers to identify the handset as the Taiwanese company's new flagship.
The Galaxy S8's Infinity Display is a sight to behold with its 18.5:9 aspect ratio. (Source: Cnet)

What's wrong with the Samsung Galaxy S8's fingerprint scanner?

Not everyone seems to be happy with the fingerprint scanner on the Samsung Galaxy S8. According to some reviews, the scanner's strange placement and inconsistent results make it slower to verify users' identities.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Android flagship available via BOGO deal on Sprint

Sprint offering two Galaxy S8 flagships for the price of one

This deal targets both new and existing customers, who can lease two Galaxy S8 flagships for the price of a single one, but those interested should hurry up and take advantage of it before April 27.
Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge flagships on US Cellular finally receive Android Nougat

US Cellular Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge get Android Nougat

Although the Galaxy S7 handsets in the US started to receive Android 7.0 Nougat more than three months ago, US Cellular was not in a hurry. The new firmware it rolls out as we speak has about 1.5 GB in size and does not hold any surprises.
HTC squeezable phone teaser surfaces online, HTC Squeeze launches in June

HTC's squeezable handset coming in less than a month

HTC has just confirmed that the next U handset will be squeezable, so its owner will be able to make gestures by squeezing the sides or swiping on them. This way, HTC plans to take smartphone controls beyond the limits of the display.
The Moto G5 Plus, from Verizon. Soon with the ability to browse and call at the same time. (Source: Lenovo)

Verizon's VoLTE service prevents Moto G5 Plus users from making emergency calls

A software bug prevents Moto G5 Plus owners from dialing 911 while using Verizon's VoLTE service. Lenovo has issued a temporary fix for the problem, as well as reassurance that it is working on a permanent solution.
The BlackBerry KEYone. (Source: Carphone Warehouse)

BlackBerry KEYone now available for pre-order from Carphone Warehouse in the UK

After suffering a one-month delay, the BlackBerry KEYone is almost ready to ship. UK retailer Carphone Warehouse is the latest to offer the handset; it asks for £499 and promises a May 5 delivery date.
Asus ZenFone 3 Laser launch event, this Android smartphone gets first Nougat update

Asus ZenFone 3 Laser finally gets Android Nougat

Although we heard about the arrival of the first Nougat update for the ZenFone 3 Laser smartphone back in January, this handset gets Android 7.0 only now. The list of changes also includes the removal of ZenMotion and Shake Shake.
Samsung Galaxy S8 series is slightly easier to repair according to iFixit

Samsung Galaxy S8 series is slightly easier to repair according to iFixit

The teardown reveals some modular motherboard components that can be relatively easy to replace if needed. Otherwise, points were taken off for an over-reliance on glue and the difficult-to-remove curved front glass.
Upcoming Doogee Mix smartphone will compete against the Xiaomi Mi Mix

Upcoming Doogee Mix smartphone will compete against the Xiaomi Mi Mix

Razor-thin bezels will become commonplace now that the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 have set the bar for smaller manufacturers to follow. The 5.5-inch Doogee Mix will have a near edge-less design on three sides not unlike the 6.4-inch Xiaomi Mi Mix.
Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Plus, SM-G955F) Smartphone Review

92% Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Plus, SM-G955F) Smartphone Review

Galactic overachiever. Samsung does not make any compromises for its flagship smartphone Galaxy S8+ (Plus) and equips it with a lot of high-end features. You also get a great display with a new aspect ratio and the design is convenient as well. There is not much criticism for the compact phablet from Korea.
Samsung Exynos 8895 Octa | ARM Mali-G71 MP20 | 6.2" | 172 g
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) Android smartphone hits WiFi Alliance with Nougat on board

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) gets its WiFi certification

The upcoming Galaxy J3 with model number SM-J330F has just received its WiFi certification, and it looks like this affordable handset is going to ship loaded with Android 7.0 Nougat.
If users wish to keep using a password, you will be able to switch back to using that instead, and Microsoft will remember the preference for the next sign-in. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft's new Authenticator app means those with Microsoft accounts may no longer need to type passwords

Microsoft has made it so you can better access your Microsoft account through your smartphones, doing away with passwords in favor. Although less secure than complete two-factor authentication, Microsoft believes this method to be more secure than ordinary passwords and more user-friendly.
he phone has been rated for up to IP68 conditions with IPX5 protection as well — meaning that the Aquos R can withstand both immersion at 1 meter for 30 minutes as well as liquid spray. (Source: Android Headlines)

Sharp announces Aquos R, a high-end smartphone

Foxconn's management looks to expand its hardware sales with a new top-tier smartphone, the Sharp Aquos R. The device will likely release in Japan this summer.

Working For Notebookcheck

Are you a loyal reader of notebookcheck? Are you a techie who knows how to write? Then join our Team!

Especially wanted: 
Review Editor - 
Details here
News Editor - Details here

 

 

 

 

Tags

Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > Topics
Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)