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Apple iPhone 8 First Impressions

Apple iPhone 8 First Impressions

Step by step. We already suspected that Apple would only show a slightly improved version of its smartphone this year. The 8th generation iPhone from Cupertino gets a revised chassis and more performance, which is at least more than in the previous years.
Apple A11 Bionic | Apple A11 Bionic GPU | 4.7" | 148 g
Apple iPhone 8 Plus First Impressions

Apple iPhone 8 Plus First Impressions

Big sibling, small improvement. Just like its smaller sibling, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus does not have many new features. We get a slightly revised chassis, now with a glass rear panel, as well as the new A11 chip. However, small optimizations improve the iPhone in many areas.
Apple A11 Bionic | Apple A11 Bionic GPU | 5.5" | 202 g
A variant of the Nokia 8 with extra RAM and storage is coming to Germany. (Source: Nokia)

Germany feels Nokia love, gets special Nokia 8 variant next month

German fans of the Nokia 8 are set to be the first to receive a special version of the device with a RAM upgrade to 6 GB. The new variant will also get 128 GB of storage space as well when it hits the country on October 20.
Samsung Galaxy X (SM-G888N0) foldable phone renders (Source: Pocketnow)

Foldable Samsung Galaxy Note X surfaces online

The foldable handset known as the Samsung Galaxy X (SM-G888N0) has just been spotted in a listing at South Korea's National Radio Research Agency, two months after it surfaced at Bluetooth SIG.
Zenfone 4

Hands-On: Asus ZenFone 4 series launches in Europe

Asus has presented its new ZenFone series, which is already made up of five models, to the European public in Rome. The series' main focus is particularly on photography and the comparatively strong batteries. The new phones offer suitable performance for all needs - from entry-level to high-end SoCs. The Pro version even offers ad Wi-Fi.
All this considered, this is about par for cyber information control in most parts of the world. (Source: The Verge)

Your private data isn't so private after all, Wechat confirms

It's been a good week for privacy intrusions, with GO Keyboard being reported to siphon user data. This time out, it's the Wechat app on all the headlines, as the app's new privacy policy sheds light on how public, private user data actually is.
The pieces that make up the Apple iPhone 8. (Source: iFixit)

iFixit teardown rates iPhone 8 repairability as 6 out of 10, but glass back almost impossible to replace

iFixit have completed their teardown of the iPhone 8. They found that the screen and battery were fairly easy to replace, but that the rear glass panel was extremely difficult to remove due to large amounts of glue.
The Mi Note 3 may have paved the way for future Snapdragon 660-powered Xiaomi devicres. (Source: Playfuldroid)

Don't get your hopes up on the Redmi Note 5

Recent leaks have detailed the specification sheet of the upcoming Redmi Note 5, and while Xiaomi fans may have their hopes up, we're quite skeptical as to the veracity and plausibility of the reported information. Here's why you'd do well to take it all with a pinch of salt.
That's an A in the design department. (Source: Weibo)

Huawei Maimang 6 launched in China

The Maimang 6, expected to launch as the Mate 10 Lite outside China, has been announced, with its quad camera formation and 18:9 display making for a novel package from Huawei.
Tim Cook says the iPhone X is "value price" for consumers

Tim Cook says the iPhone X is "value price" for consumers

At least one analytical firm is not expecting noticeable price cuts until 5 to 12 months after launch. Cook suggests taking advantage of 24-month installment plans and other incentives as alternatives to pay for the iPhone X.
The main weakness of pattern and PIN is the ability for those around you to obverve entry. (Source: Msporch/Pixabay)

Android pattern unlock is the easiest authentication method to snoop

A study by researchers from the University of Maryland and the US Naval Academy has been published showing that a six-spot pattern unlock is six times easier for snoopers to repeat after seeing once than a six-digit PIN.
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) facing charging bug after Nougat update (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) with Nougat plagued by charging bug

More Galaxy A3 (2016) users who upgraded their handsets to Android 7.0 have been complaining that they cannot load the battery more than 87 percent. Even worse, it looks like none of the usual bug-fixing methods works.
iPhone 8 Plus showing great dynamic range in this mixed light scene. (Source: DxOMark)

iPhone 8 Plus has the best camera on any smartphone according to DxOMark

DxOMark have put the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus through their extensive test suite, declaring that they are the best smartphone cameras they have tested to date. Strong points include exposure, contrast, color reproduction, and flash performance.
Nokia 8 flagship coming soon with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage (Source: HMD Global)

Nokia 8 with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage hits FCC

Nokia 8 is still not present in China and the US, but it looks like these two key markets will receive special versions of this flagship. Two variants for the US have just been spotted on FCC, and they both feature 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage.
Huawei Y7

82% Huawei Y7 (2017) Smartphone Review

Convincing. The Huawei Y7 aims to convince its buyers with a metal case, a strong processor, and a large battery. While these assets are good, the competition in the 200-Euro price range (~$238) is strong. You can find out in our test how the Huawei Y7 fares.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 | Qualcomm Adreno 505 | 5.5" | 165 g
The 2NX NNA has the advantage of ultra-low energy consumption over Apple's and Huawei's SoCs. (Source: Imagination)

Imagination releases new PowerVR mobile GPUs and its first Neural Network Accelerator

The PowerVR Series9XE GPUs are designed for entry-level mobile devices and cost-effective products, while the more advance Series9XM chips are aimed at mid-range smartphones/tablets, premium gaming set-top boxes and infotainment systems. Imagination's first NNA chip offers similar features to Apple's A11 Bionic and Huawei's Kirin 970 SoCs, but in a more ener...
Moto G5S Plus Android smartphone in Lunar Gray coming to the US (Source: Motorola)

Moto G5S Plus coming to the US later this month

Yesterday, the Moto G5S Plus became available for pre-order across the US starting at US$229.99. The successor of the popular Moto G5 Plus is scheduled to launch on September 29.
The Zenfone 4 Pro leads the lineup. (Source: Asus)

Asus Zenfone 4 series finally hits Europe

After launching in the Asian market a few months back, Asus has finally announced the launch of its Zenfone 4 series for the European market.
The HTC 11 is set to be joined by a larger bezel-less stablemate. (Source: HTC)

HTC U11 Plus rumored to sport bezel-less design

According to a new report, HTC is planning to launch a Plus-size model of its flagship U11 smartphone. The device will also be the first from HTC to feature a bezel-less design.
ZTE Tempo X Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (Source: Boost Mobile)

ZTE Tempo X hits Boost Mobile for just $79.99 USD, features a Snapdragon 210 processor

The ZTE Tempo X arrives more than a year after Boost Mobile introduced its predecessor, the ZTE Tempo. This new handset sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor and only 1 GB RAM, but it comes loaded with Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
The U11 sported a regular 5.5-inch display.

Google deal no herald of doom as HTC looks set to launch another flagship

HTC may have entered a partnership with Google but it will still produce smartphones in its own name, at least for the time being. Its next device is said to be the bezel-less flagship, the U11 Plus.
Meizu M6 5.2-inch Android smartphone with MediaTek MT6750 (Source: Meizu)

Meizu M6 unveiled with the MediaTek MT6750 SoC onboard

Not long after the M6 Note, Chinese brand Meizu intros the M6. This 5.2-inch smartphone features an octa-core MediaTek processor and is scheduled to hit the Chinese market next Monday.
The Mate 10 Pro will be the most feature-packed model. (Source: Medicalman)

Huawei Mate 10 to have four models, Maimang 6 the Mate 10 Lite

Contrary to previous thoughts, the Maimang 6 will not launch as the G10 in the western market, with Huawei set to offer it as the Mate 10 Lite, a lower-specced version of the upcoming Mate 10 flagships.
Image: Google

Moto done right? Moto X4 coming to Project Fi, will receive two years of updates

Google announced today that the upcoming Moto X4 will be available as an Android One device on their Project Fi mobile network. The smartphone will run Stock Android and come with a guaranteed minimum of two years of software updates and support from Google.
T-Mobile CEO John J. Legere (Source: T-Mobile)

T-Mobile increases its unlimited plan's throttling limit

Not long after launching the "Netflix On Us" deal, T-Mobile is now increasing the throttling limit of its unlimited plan from the industry-leading 32 GB to no less than 50 GB.
Both devices feature dual rear cameras. (Source: Weibo)

Images and pricing details of the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro revealed

Huawei's upcoming flagships, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, are billed for a mid-October launch. Here, we have a look at the first set of details available for both devices.
This the first look at the new Pixel 2 made by HTC in blue. (Source: Droid Life)

Fresh Pixel 2 leak reveals new blue color

The Pixel 2 has surfaced in the flesh in a new blue hue. The HTC-made device will also come in regular black and white colors when it launches on October 4.
The XZ1 comes in a soothing Moonlit Blue. (Source: Sony)

The Xperia XZ1 is the first device to hit shops with Oreo onboard

The Xperia XZ1 was launched a few weeks ago and is already ready for shipping, with it laying claim to being the first device to launch with Oreo. The XZ1 comes with a price tag of $700, which is a fair one for the most part.
Samsung dual camera setup unofficial render (Source:

Samsung allegedly working on a 1,000 fps camera sensor

Insiders familiar with the matter revealed that Samsung Electronics is going to begin mass-producing a new image sensor that can record up to 1,000 frames per second. This capability provides advanced slow motion recording to mobile devices.
The 'Just Black' and the 'Black and White' Pixel 2 XL made by LG. (Source: Droidlife)

The Pixel 2 XL will be the most expensive Google phone so far and has a funky black and white design

Renders and pricing for the LG made Pixel 2 XL were leaked today, showing that there are at least two color options with one being a funky two tone black and white design. There will be a 64 GB and 128 GB model with pricing putting it in the company of phones such as the Apple iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The U11 was released in May.

Three new HTC phones in the works, Q4 launch expected

HTC, in spite of its recent troubles, is reportedly set to release three devices in the last quarter of the year, with one of them looking like a flagship. Details of all three devices remain fuzzy at the moment.
Ditch your smartphone charging mats: Pi charges from 12-inches away

Ditch your smartphone charging mats: Pi charges from 12-inches away

A new startup going by the name of Pi looks set to change the way we charge our devices in the near future. If it works as promised, you can get set to ditch your wireless Qi charging mats.
The Nokia 8 will be succeeded by the bezel-less Nokia 9

Nokia 8 Oreo update teased by HMD executive

Chief Product Officer of HMD Global Juho Sarvikas has teased Android Oreo for the Nokia 8 on Twitter. The Nokia 8 was rumored to launch with Oreo onboard, so this comes as no surprise.
Doogee Mix

80% Doogee Mix Smartphone Review

Good rip-off. Tri-Bezel-Less display, dual camera, 6 GB RAM: at first glance, these specs are very impressive, but a look behind the curtains reveal some weak spots. We´ll find out if it the Doogee Mix smartphone is still a good value for the money.
Mediatek Helio P25 | ARM Mali-T880 MP2 | 5.5" | 198 g
Image: Motorola

Motorola flips again, promises Android O for Moto G4

People complained, and Motorola listened. In a statement issued today, Motorola has promised to make good on its marketing and update the Moto G4 Plus to Android Oreo. Unfortunately, there is currently no time frame on when the update will be issued.
Google Tez aims to make payments hassle-free. (Source: Google)

Google Tez aims to revolutionize the digital payment landscape in India

Google has launched a new payment service, Tez, which enables fast payments without the need to share information such as bank account numbers, fund transfer codes, or even pair up mobiles by NFC. The new service is compatible with any Indian bank that supports the Unified Payments Interface (UPI).
Survey results: What features are most important to you in a gaming notebook?

Survey results: What features are most important to you in a gaming notebook?

We recently asked our readers to tell us about their individual preferences for gaming notebooks in a survey. So what is the perfect gaming notebook? Are there any differences between gamers in Asia, Europe and America? Do PC users really think differently to notebook gamers? Here are the answers to all these questions.
UMIDIGI sems to have a lot of love for the red-black combo.

The UMIDIGI S2 offers an acute lack of bezels for $200

The UMIDIGI S2 looks to be the OEM's take on the Samsung Galaxy S8. Impressive design language aside, the S2 offers solid mid-range features, with its 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, Helio P20, 18:9 aspect ratio, and 5100mAh battery standing out
Renders purporting to be of the Nokia 9 have leaked out. (Source: Baidu)

Purported Nokia 9 renders emerge, show bezel-less design

The Nokia 9 may have just made its first appearance. Alleged renders of the device have surfaced in China showing a sleek device that is almost bezel-less.
Most OEMs will start pushing out updates by winter.

The comprehensive Android Oreo device update list

Android Oreo launched a few weeks ago, and with Google releasing a vague statement on the plan for updates for devices outside its Nexus and Pixel lines, it's time we had a look at the plans of other OEMs. Hop in to know if your device will be receiving the Oreo update.
UPDATE 20/9/17: Motorola
5G trademark logo (Source: 3GPP)

5G phones could hit the market by 2019

Qualcomm's CEO recently unveiled that the first 5G smartphones for the masses will hit the market in 2019, about one year earlier than previously expected.
The 2017 range of Audi's is fitted with Snapdragon 602A chipsets. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm says innovation to come from cars, not smartphones

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf has told an audience at the Frankfurt Motor Show that he believes the next wave of innovations in technology will come from cars, not smartphones.
The S8 was released in Q2 2017

Samsung Galaxy S8 with Oreo spotted on Geekbench

A Galaxy S8 has been spotted running on Oreo. This lends credence to earlier information that Samsung was testing Oreo for the S8. Promising as this may be, it may yet be a while till S8 owners get the Oreo update.
Asus Zenfone V coming exclusively to Verizon Wireless in the US (Source: Asus)

Asus Zenfone V coming exclusively to Verizon Wireless in the US

The previously-rumored Zenfone 4V may simply be launching as the mainstream Zenfone V complete with USB Type-C and fast-charging features.
Apple iPhone X component costs estimated to be $412.75 USD (Source:

Apple iPhone X component costs estimated to be $412.75 USD

Samsung is making bank on the iPhone X as its OLED panel will be the costliest component by far. Meanwhile, the unique 3D sensing camera will cost about as much as the DRAM component and A11 SoC each.
Apple may not be able to meet iPhone X demand until the first half of 2018. (Source: Apple)

KGI: Demand for iPhone X will outstrip supply until Q2 2018

According to KGI Securities, forecast demand for the iPhone X indicates that Apple may not reach an equilibrium between demand and supply until Q2 2018.
T-Mobile's new $8 billion LTE expansion will not support iPhone 8 or iPhone X (Source: T-Mobile)

T-Mobile's new $8 billion LTE expansion will not support iPhone 8 or iPhone X

Apple's ultra high-tech iPhones of 2017 are giving T-Mobile the cold shoulder. The network's early deployment of its 600 MHz LTE network will see no official support from other manufacturers until at least Q4 2017.
Alleged A11 Antutu benchmark results. (Source: Weibo via wccftech)

Apple A11 scores 25 percent higher on Antutu than highest SnapDragon 835 result

Apple has told consumers to expect large performance gains from their new A11 SoC, and a newly leaked Antutu benchmark supports that claim.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Smartphone Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Smartphone Review

Back to being best. The Note 8 shines with a big, superb Infinity screen, high performance and, for the first time, with a dual-camera. As usual, the S-Pen that can be inserted into the casing is included. Whether Samsung has developed the ideal phablet after the Note 7 disaster will be clarified in the test.
Update: Information concerning PWM, display response times, temperatures and power consumption has been added.
Samsung Exynos 8895 Octa | ARM Mali-G71 MP20 | 6.3" | 195 g
Samsung Galaxy J3, J5, and J7

Face Off: Samsung's Galaxy J Series (2017)

Time for a comparison. With the Galaxy J3, J5, and J7 models, Samsung has introduced the third generation of their in-house J-series this year. Based on the detailed tests of each of the three entry level models from the South Korean manufacturer, we will now compare them in terms of their strengths and weaknesses.

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)