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Ultra-thin glass is made by firms such as Schott. (Source: YouTube)

Samsung Electronics reportedly plans to bring glass for its next-gen foldables in-house

Samsung's Display division sources the ultra-thin glass found in the Galaxy Z Flip from a company in which it has a major share. However, this has not stopped rumors that the same OEM now plans to manufacture the same material by ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 05 Apr 2020 22:27:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra - High-End Smartphone Reeks of Poor Implementation

89% Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra - High-End Smartphone Reeks of Poor Implementation

Smartphone Monster. Samsung's Galaxy S20 Ultra is kinda like the Plus model, but on steroids. Not only does it offer an even larger display, it also comes with a massively upgraded camera setup as well as a larger battery. Find out in our review whether or not the Exynos SoC is really that much slower, and if the price premium is really worth it.
Samsung Exynos 990 | ARM Mali-G77 MP11 | 6.9" | 219 g
Daniel Schmidt, Tue, 31 Mar 2020 23:58:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 unofficial render, two models coming instead of three late March 2020 rumor

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will allegedly come in two models, not three as previously rumored

Although multiple rumors claimed that Samsung is planning to release three Galaxy Note 20 models, a new tip reveals that the next-gen phablet family will only launch with two members — the Galaxy Note 20 and the slightly larger Ga...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 31 Mar 2020 20:01:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) gets Android 10 with One UI 2.0 as of late March 2020

Quad-rear camera Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) gets Android 10

Samsung's first phone to sport four rear cameras has just received its second major update. The Android 10/One UI 2.0 update arrives one year after the Galaxy A9 (2018) got the Android 9.0 Pie update. The changelog is not official...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 30 Mar 2020 13:09:00 +0200
The Samsung Galaxy A71 can now use Google Play AR apps. (Source: Samsung)

Google makes a slew of new devices compatible with Play Services AR

Google Play Services for AR is the new name for ARCore, the SDK necessary to develop augmented-reality (AR) features within Android apps. The Mountain View giant has announced that a long list of new phones (and some tablets) are ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 25 Mar 2020 14:52:00 +0100
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to advanced prevention measures worldwide. (Source: CDC)

Samsung, OPPO, Vivo and Xiaomi suspend work on their devices at their Indian facilities

Samsung, Xiaomi and OPPO are among a growing number of businesses announcing a shut-down of their plants in India in order to comply with this country's COVID-19-related lockdown measures. Meanwhile, Vivo has reportedly asked thei...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 23 Mar 2020 18:53:00 +0100
Samsung accounted for 14.1 percent of the global AP market in 2019

Samsung overtakes Apple and becomes the world's third-largest mobile chipmaker

Thanks to increased sales in India and the US, Samsung has finally managed to overtake Apple and to become the world's third-largest mobile chipmaker. Last year, the tech giant, headquartered in South Korea, was in control of 14.1...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 23 Mar 2020 11:15:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy M21. Image via Samsung

Samsung announces Galaxy M21, an affordable phone with a monster battery aimed at the Indian market

Samsung announced the Galaxy M21 today. The budget-oriented handset shares many of the same specifications with the slightly more expensive Galaxy M31. However, the Galaxy M21 cuts back on cameras to hit a lower retail price. The ...
Sam Medley, Wed, 18 Mar 2020 17:42:00 +0100
Chinese OEMs have demanded a 200 MP sensor, yet Samsung apparently can only deliver a 150 MP in the desired time-frame. (Image Source:Samsung)

Rumor | Samsung may launch 150 MP mobile sensors by Q4 2020

Chinese smartphone OEMs like Xiaomi, OPPO and Vivo apparently demanded the development of a 200 MP sensor by the end of 2020, but Samsung could only offer 150 MP for that specific time-frame. The upcoming sensor is supposed to off...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 17 Mar 2020 16:29:00 +0100
The eUFS 3.1 chips come in 512, 256 and 128 GB flavors. (Image Source: Samsung)

Samsung brings mobile storage one step closer to NVMe speeds with eUFS 3.1

The latest mobile storage standard is optimized for 8K videos and large image files. With sequential write speeds improved by almost 3 times, users will soon be able to transfer 100 GB of files in only 1.5 minutes. General respons...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 17 Mar 2020 15:59:00 +0100
An alleged image of the phone in question. (Source: 91Mobiles)

Redmi Self Destruct: yet another Note 7 Pro unit reportedly blows up

In November 2019, a Chinese user alleged that his Redmi Note 7 Pro exhibited spontaneous combustion following normal function. Now, an Indian owner has claimed that his phone did much the same, in an abrupt and alarming fashion. X...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 16 Mar 2020 23:27:00 +0100
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro has been nicknamed "The Performance Beast". (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi has now sold over 110 million Redmi Note smartphones around the world

Xiaomi has recently been highlighting the sales record of its Redmi Note devices on the company’s Twitter account. According to estimates provided by Canalys, the Chinese manufacturer has been successful in selling over 110 millio...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 15 Mar 2020 11:19:00 +0100
A new Firefox Preview is now available. (Source: Mozilla)

The latest Firefox preview for Android introduces extension support

Mozilla's GitHub now offers a version of Firefox for Android that is updated compared to the app available on the Google Play Store. Its most interesting attribute is an ability to add extensions to this mobile browser for the fir...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 11 Mar 2020 23:10:00 +0100
The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 features a generous 5,500-mAh battery. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 users will soon be enjoying MIUI 11 based on Android 10

The Android 10-based MIUI 11 update for the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 smartphone/phablet has apparently started rolling out to users in China. It’s expected a rollout for owners of the 6.9-inch device will soon follow in other parts of the ...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 10 Mar 2020 11:55:00 +0100
Huawei needs to draw developers in order to achieve its AppGallery goals. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei may offer greater cuts of app revenue to developers, if for a limited time only

Huawei is currently compelled to generate its own in-house alternative to the Google Play Store - and to this platform's developer-side ecosystem in turn. Accordingly, it has publicly released details on the percentages app makers...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 07 Mar 2020 16:30:00 +0100
Top 10 Smartphones under 500 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 500 Euros

March 2020 update. Upper class. Up until a few years ago, high-end smartphones were usually in the price range of between 500 and 600 USD/Euros, but this segment is now occupied by upper class models and older high-end smartphones. The latter might not be new anymore, but are still good alternatives.
Daniel Schmidt, Thu, 05 Mar 2020 14:15:00 +0100
Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

March 2020 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 300 USD/Euros 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.
Daniel Schmidt, Thu, 05 Mar 2020 13:22:00 +0100
Top 10 Camera Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Camera Smartphones

March 2020 Update. Smile please! Here you will find the best smartphones for digital photography including a big picture comparison. Our list of the best camera smartphones is regularly updated, maintained, and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Daniel Schmidt, Thu, 05 Mar 2020 12:37:00 +0100
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>90cm²)

March 2020 Update. Here is a list of the best XL-sized smartphones - with screen surface areas above 90 cm² - 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.
Daniel Schmidt, Thu, 05 Mar 2020 11:52:00 +0100
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

March 2020 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.
Daniel Schmidt, Thu, 05 Mar 2020 11:32:00 +0100
Cheetah Mobile's apps can no longer be downloaded on the Play Store. (Source: Cheetah Mobile)

Google announces the removal of about 600 apps from the Play Store

Google has released a blog post explaining why nearly 600 apps have just been removed from Android's Play Store. These apps were deemed guilty of "mobile ad fraud", which contravenes the Mountain View giant's policies. The apps in...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 02 Mar 2020 18:24:00 +0100
The Razr joins the Z Flip in being disassembled. (Source: YouTube)

A new teardown video highlights various differences between the Motorola Razr and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

The YouTuber JerryRigEverything (or Zach Nelson) has conducted his traditional post-durability test teardown of the Motorola Razr 2020. This video revealed how its maker intends to keep the internals free of dust, as well as other...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:18:00 +0100
The Microsoft Surface Duo phone features a 360-degree hinge. (Image source: Microsoft)

Microsoft Surface Duo peek function just makes the foldable device even more desirable

A new peek function for the upcoming Microsoft Surface Duo foldable device has been leaked. A couple of short video clips have been shared on Twitter that show the smartphone being opened only slightly but still allowing the user ...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 27 Feb 2020 08:54:00 +0100
Samsung's latest LPDDR5 DRAM has 16GB on a single module. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung announces that its highest-end RAM for smartphones is nearly here

Samsung has announced that it has started to mass-produce DRAM chips of 16GB in size and LPDDR5 in quality. This next-gen mobile-device memory is capable of approximately 1.3 times higher speeds than the nearest LPDDR4X module mad...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 25 Feb 2020 18:18:00 +0100
Some private WhatsApp group invite links may be searchable. (Source: WhatsApp)

App researchers report that WhatsApp group invites are searchable online

WhatsApp sets a lot of store by the privacy in messaging it supposedly offers. However, allegations that links that invite new users to private groups are searchable online have recently emerged. This is due to the fact Google has...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 23 Feb 2020 23:14:00 +0100
The Galaxy A71 5G may be here soon. (Source: Samsung)

The Samsung Galaxy A71 5G is now a certified Wi-Fi device

The Galaxy A71 may be a convincing upper-mid range device; however, several leaks suggest Samsung has decided it would be improved with a 5G variant. This phone - the SM-A7160 - has now appeared on the Wi-Fi Alliance certification...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 21 Feb 2020 21:06:00 +0100
These OPPO phones now have an Android 10 beta program. (Source: Twitter)

OPPO announces an Android 10 beta program for the Find X and R17 series

OPPO has announced new beta programs to help bring the latest version of Color OS (based on Android 10) to some of its 2018 phones. These are the flagship Find X, the R17 and its Pro variant. Places in these programs are available...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 20 Feb 2020 21:21:00 +0100
Pokemon GO's anti-cheating features have reportedly turned on TWRP. (Source: XDA)

Pokemon GO reportedly blocks players using Android custom recovery or backup methods

Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) is a popular alternative recovery used by those who like to root and modify their Androids. A new thread on Reddit asserts that Pokemon GO will not work if it detects signs of it in a device's stor...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 20:23:00 +0100
3x optical zoom for the Galaxy S20 and S20+? Not quite

Update | 3x optical zoom for the Galaxy S20 and S20+? Not quite

The Galaxy S20 and S20+ both have 3x optical zoom, right? Well, not quite. A quick look at the phones' official technical specs reveals that they likely offer just 2.5x optical zoom, with some image cropping done to reach the 3x l...
Ricci Rox, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:23:00 +0100
The LG G7 ThinQ. (Source: LG)

The LG G7 ThinQ is spotted running Android 10 on Geekbench

LG's G7 ThinQ is a flagship phone that is still less than 2 years old; despite this, the OEM is yet to provide it with a stable Android 10 upgrade. However, there are now signs that it is progressing in beta form, at least. It com...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 15:21:00 +0100
Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup to get display-related software update

WQHD+ 120 Hz software update allegedly coming soon to the Galaxy S20 series

Currently limited at full HD resolution due to battery life-related concerns, the 120 Hz display refresh might soon become available for the Galaxy S20 lineup since Samsung is reportedly working on a software update that will brin...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 13:27:00 +0100
Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G

82% Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G Smartphone Review: A 5G smartphone with a 120 Hz screen at a bargain price

Buttery smooth. The Redmi K30, sold as the POCO X2 in India, relies on high-end features like 5G connectivity, a 120 Hz panel and the new Sony IMX686 image sensor. It starts at around 250 Euros (~$270) though, undercutting even a significant portion of most current mid-range smartphones. There are downsides though, as our review will discuss.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G | Qualcomm Adreno 620 | 6.67" | 208 g
Marcus Herbrich, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 10:14:00 +0100
Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite

Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite: Recommended for bargain hunters

At first glance, the Note10 Lite appears to be a normal phablet with support for pen input. However, Samsung has now reduced the price compared to past devices ...
Samsung Exynos 9810 | ARM Mali-G72 MP18 | 6.7" | 199 g
Florian Schmitt, Tue, 18 Feb 2020 21:12:00 +0100
Slide-out flexible screens could solve the creasing problem. (Image Source: CNET)

Better than foldables? TCL first to launch a phone with slide-out screen

Instead of going the foldable way, TCL is experimenting with some other ways to implement flexible screens. The slide-out concept essentially provides the same screen estate but without the awful crease in the middle and possibly ...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 18 Feb 2020 15:32:00 +0100
Realme 5 Pro will get Android 10 soon (Source: Realme India)

Android 10 coming to the Realme 5 Pro next month, no Beta in the cards

While many Realme users are already testing Android 10 Beta on their devices, it looks like the Realme 5 Pro will move directly to the stable Android 10 firmware. If everything goes as planned, this should happen next month. The s...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 18 Feb 2020 15:16:00 +0100
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro flyer with the results of the 55-second flash sale (Source: Weibo via Indiashopps)

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro sales hit the equivalent of US$28.5 million in less than a minute

With prices starting at more than US$700, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro is a rather expensive handset considering the wallet-friendly price tags of its predecessors. However, the Chinese OEM managed to sell more than 28.5 million USD worth...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 18 Feb 2020 09:34:00 +0100
The Motorola Moto G8 Power will be getting a little brother soon. (Image via Motorola)

Moto G8 Power Lite pops up on Thailand NBTC website, confirming name

A new listing on the Thailand National Broadcast and Telecommunication Commission's (NBTC) website confirms the existence of the Moto G8 Power Lite. While specifications are still unknown, the handset (which was previously thought...
Sam Medley, Mon, 17 Feb 2020 17:22:00 +0100
First Impressions Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: Take Two

First Impressions Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: Take Two

The Galaxy Z Flip is a real eye-catcher among smartphones, and Samsung has taken a similar approach as Motorola with their Razr. On paper, the Korean smartphone should be the better choice. We had the chance to take a first peek at the Flip during a hands-on and were able to find a few improvements over the Fold, but a few drawbacks as well.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 14 Feb 2020 03:11:00 +0100
The Galaxy Z Flip. (Source: Samsung)

The Galaxy Z Flip is only the tip of the fold-berg at Samsung, but it's not consumer-ready yet

Roh Tae-moon, the president of Mobile at Samsung, has claimed that the OEM has developed devices with "even more" hinges than the new Galaxy Z Flip. However, these multi-folding phones are apparently not ready for prime-time yet. ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 13 Feb 2020 21:19:00 +0100
Samsung ISOCELL Bright HM1 image sensor (Source: Samsung Newsroom Global)

Samsung intros the 108 MP ISOCELL Bright HM1 image sensor

Samsung's next-gen 108 MP ISOCELL image sensor can deliver brighter and more detailed still images and 24 fps 8K videos even in the most difficult lighting conditions. The list of technologies used by the Bright HM1 image sensor i...
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 13 Feb 2020 12:44:00 +0100
ZTE Axon 10s Pro coming to MWC 2020 (Source: Liliputing)

MWC 2020 | ZTE confirms attendance, most likely to unveil (at least) the Axon 10s Pro

Although recent rumors claimed otherwise, it has just been confirmed that ZTE will push aside all the fears regarding the virus that is currently troubling the Chinese mainland and will attend the Mobile World Congress trade show ...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 11 Feb 2020 15:12:00 +0100
WhatsApp Pay has approval to operate in India. (Source: WhatsApp)

WhatsApp acquires the OK to support payments in India

WhatsApp has secured approval to roll out a new facet of its service in India. It is a new payment platform that has just been approved by the relevant authories. This may help the Facebook-owned app compete effectively with other...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 10 Feb 2020 19:52:00 +0100
Spotting the Surface Duo this early in the wild could mean the device might get launched sooner than expected. (Image Source: Israel Rodriguez)

Wild Microsoft Surface Duo appears on a Vancouver SkyTrain passenger

The Surface Duo spotted in the wild appears to be a pre-production sample that is tested by Microsoft employees. Unlike the model showcased last October, this one comes with a LED flash on the front and appears to be slightly slim...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 07 Feb 2020 16:27:00 +0100
Qualcomm reports its 1Q2020 earnings. Source: Qualcomm

Qualcomm announces its first-quarter earnings for 2020

Qualcomm has released its first earnings report for the year 2020. The quarter (1Q2020) saw no less than US$5.1 billion in revenue for the chipmaking giant. This is a 5% improvement compared to 1Q2019. In addition, the company's l...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 06 Feb 2020 17:55:00 +0100
Samsung Galaxy M31 teaser image (Source: SamMobile)

Samsung India teases upcoming Galaxy M31, 64 MP camera and a generous battery in tow

While most details remain sketchy, the teaser that surfaced online earlier this week suggests that the Galaxy M31 will hit the market with a 64 MP main camera and a generous battery able to provide at least 5,000 mAh like the Gala...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 05 Feb 2020 15:59:00 +0100
Looks like the P40 Pro will have things in common with this phone. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei P40 Pro: a new leak hints at a dual punch-hole and waterfall display

Huawei is expected to produce a successor to its early-2019 flagship, the P30 Pro, soon. A new leak suggests it will have the curving screen type debuted in the Mate 30 series. However, it may not share this line's wide notch, at ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 04 Feb 2020 18:19:00 +0100
Ice universe also revealed the alleged Note 20 framework. (Image source: @UniverseIce)

Early leak about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 focuses on mysterious refresh rate technology

The latest leak about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 has appeared online courtesy of noted tipster Ice universe. There are very little details to be had about the future flagship smartphone in the latest tip, but it seems the device w...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 04 Feb 2020 12:13:00 +0100
Motorola has sold over 100 million Moto G units in the US. (Source: Motorola)

Deal | Get US$100 off a Moto G7 - or a free Moto G6 - in this sales event

Motorola has marked its 100,000,000th unit of the Moto G series sold with a special event. It offers up to US$320 off a new phone, depending on the model. Alternatively, a shopper can choose a free accessory, money off, or even a ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 02 Feb 2020 18:04:00 +0100
The leaked "Moto G Stylus" render. (Source: Twitter)

The Moto G Stylus will have the One Action's signature camera: new specs leak

Motorola's rumored new pen-enabled phone is becoming more and more real with each new leak. It seemt that it will be called the G Stylus, and may have 4GB of RAM and run Android 10. A new report claims to flesh it out further with...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 01 Feb 2020 15:07:00 +0100
Intel is trying its hand at outward-folding designs. (Image Source: LetsGoDigital)

New Intel foldable phone patent comes to light

This is the second foldable smartphone patent filed by Intel, showing that the company has taken a more serious interest in mobile devices. Unlike the first concept released last year, this one has only an outward-folding display,...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 31 Jan 2020 18:03:00 +0100

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