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Pablo Escobar Fold 1: The world's cheapest foldable? (Source: Escobar Inc)

Pablo Escobar's brother launches $349 Fold 1 smartphone

Pablo Escobar's brother just unveiled the Fold 1, a $349 foldable phone with flagship specs, available to pre-order right now. But the too-good-to-be-true price and uncanny similarities with the Royole FlexPai cast doubts. Is this...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Thu, 05 Dec 2019 19:51:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is currently thought to look like this. (Source: NashvilleChatter)

The Samsung Galaxy S10 and Note 10 Lite variants are now Bluetooth-certified devices

The SM-G770 and SM-N770F have reportedly been certified by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). This leak appears to confirm that these 2 model numbers do in fact refer to the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite respec...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 05 Dec 2019 17:39:00 +0100
T-Mobile now lists the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G on its network. (Source: T-Mobile)

The T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G ships with the Snapdragon X55 modem and Android 10

T-Mobile has unveiled its branded version of the highest-end Galaxy Note 10+. This device has Qualcomm's 2nd-gen 5G modem, which makes it compatible with the US carrier's new sub-6GHz network. It is also Samsung's first phone to s...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 04 Dec 2019 19:25:00 +0100
The Galaxy A91 may look like this. (Source: OnLeaks/91Mobiles)

The latest Samsung Galaxy A91 renders hint at a whole mess of cameras and central punch-hole

The Samsung Galaxy A91 is thought to be one of this OEM's new phones in 2020. OnLeaks has released new renders for this device, showing that it may look somewhat like the Note 10 of this year. This design is also thought to apply ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 03 Dec 2019 21:53:00 +0100
ZTE's next major Android upgrade is called MiFavor 10. (Source: Weibo)

ZTE's Android 10 skin will be called MiFavor 10

The Chinese OEM ZTE has revealed that it has a version of Android 10 ready to go. This MiFavor 10 OS is slated to confer numerous UI and system improvements on the devices that will update to it. They include a dark mode, an AI en...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 03 Dec 2019 20:36:00 +0100
Samsung's new trademark application. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

The next generations of Samsung foldables will have "Hideaway" hinges, according to a new trademark

Samsung has reportedly trademarked the name "Hideaway Hinge" with the EU's intellectual property office, EUIPO. This name, as it may sound on the tin, is a component relevant to smartphones and tablets. Therefore, it seems the Gal...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 03 Dec 2019 20:04:00 +0100
A teaser shot for the 2020 Galaxy As. (Source: YouTube)

Samsung will launch the 2020 Galaxy A series soon

Samsung Vietnam has released a new trailer for the upcoming Galaxy A series. It is pretty apparent that, with their central punch-hole displays, they will improve on their predecessors in one respect at least. They will launch in ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 02 Dec 2019 22:32:00 +0100
It seems Realme has made a leap of its own. (Source: Realme)

Realme, the OPPO sub-brand? Not for much longer, apparently

The smartphone OEM Realme started life as a spin-off from the company OPPO. Now, however, it has emerged that the 2 brands are effectively going their separate ways. The younger firm is now its own private company with its own CEO...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 01 Dec 2019 19:50:00 +0100
A shot of the Redmi Note 7 Pro in question. (Source: Toutiao)

A second Redmi Note 7 series phone reportedly self-destructs

A Chinese user has reportedly claimed that a Redmi Note 7 Pro caught fire, resulting in the complete destruction of the phone. This would be the second time in two weeks that a mobile device from this OEM has apparently ended up i...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 30 Nov 2019 22:49:00 +0100
A new Google Messages update has a new setting. (Source: Google)

Google's Messages app gains a new ability to protect against phishing

Google is pushing a new update in which its SMS app will gain the ability to tell between 'real' and 'fake' corporate messages. This will be done in line with the search giant's new "Verified" initative, by which businesses regist...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 30 Nov 2019 22:09:00 +0100
The LG G8 ThinQ. (Source: LG)

The LG G8 ThinQ reportedly updates to Android 10

LG's original 2019 flagship smartphone has started to see updates to Android 10. However, this is only reportedly applicable to units in the OEM's native South Korea at present. This upgrade also apparently comes with the November...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 30 Nov 2019 19:34:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy S11+ is expected to sport a Dynamic AMOLED screen. (Image source: CashKaro/@OnLeaks)

Update | First Samsung Galaxy S11+ renders present a phenomenal flagship with a penta-lens camera and laser-focusing module

The Samsung Galaxy S11+ has appeared in some renders and a video published by CashKaro in conjunction with @OnLeaks. The well-crafted images show the forthcoming flagship smartphone with a central punch-hole front-facing camera an...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 27 Nov 2019 05:20:00 +0100
Google Assistant's Ambient Mode is rolling out now. (Source: YouTube)

The Google Assistant Ambient Mode is now official

Google introduced Ambient Mode for the Assistant at I/O 2019. It is a kind of alternative interface for Android devices that makes them take on the functions of a smart display. This can involve a revolving series of screens showi...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 26 Nov 2019 22:05:00 +0100
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has a penta-camera setup. (Image source: Xiaomi/T3)

Xiaomi goes from strength to strength: 73% annual growth in Europe, bigger than Samsung in India, and prepping the 108 MP Mi Note 10 for the Indian market

A new report from market analysts Canalys has revealed incredible results for Xiaomi in the European smartphone market: The Chinese manufacturer has witnessed annual growth of 73%. In India, Xiaomi is currently the number 1 smartp...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 25 Nov 2019 23:14:00 +0100
Google Pay will tell you if your phone fails SafetyNet on its start-up soon. (Source: XDA)

Google Pay can now show SafetyNet status on its load page

The Google Pay app has been updated so as to display a message should a given phone be ineligible to conduct transactions using this method. This notification would apply to users who have rooted or otherwise modified their device...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 24 Nov 2019 18:59:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy Fold and LG V50 ThinQ Dual Screen are mobile productivity champs. (Source: Notebookcheck)

Samsung Galaxy Fold versus LG V50 ThinQ Dual Screen

Screen real estate is everything when it comes to just about any form of productivity on any platform. When it comes to smartphones, 'phablets' have become the norm as not everyone wants to carry around a tablet as well. But for those who do, the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the LG V50 ThinQ Dual Screen make for attractive options.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 24 Nov 2019 12:03:00 +0100
Report a verifiable Titan M hack, get up to $1 million. (Source: F3News)

Google now offers a US$1 million bounty for Titan M chipset vulnerabilities

Google's updated Android Security Rewards Program now offers up to six-figure rewards for reporting potential severe exploits that affect its Titan M security module. It applies to such discrepancies that can affect the Pixel 4, 3...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 23 Nov 2019 20:47:00 +0100
The "Galaxy S10 Lite" may look a lot like this. (Source: GSMArena)

The so-called Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite gets certified by the FCC

A new Samsung device with the model number SM-G770F has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This identifier has been linked to the "Galaxy S10 Lite" since the first rumor about this putative phone ever st...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:57:00 +0100
Qualcomm's president, Cristiano Amon, at last year's Snapdragon Tech Summit. (Source: Qualcomm)

The 2019 Snapdragon Technology Summit keynotes will be livestreamed from their Hawaii venue

Qualcomm has announced that its next Snapdragon Tech Summit will take place from December 3 to 5, 2019 in Maui, Hawaii. This year, the company will showcase its growing 5G expertise, as well as other facets of its mobile device bu...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 23:22:00 +0100
This new leak was found in the latest Galaxy Note 9 beta. (Source: Three)

It looks like Samsung has a 120Hz display in the works

A One UI 2.0 beta may have just spoiled Samsung's big next-gen display spec reveal. The leaker Ice Universe has reported that a user has found references to a 120 hertz (Hz) display setting in this version of the OS. This feature,...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 22:51:00 +0100
An example of a notification prompt in Chrome. (Source: Gadgets To Use)

Chrome reigns its pervasive website notification prompts in on Android

Websites are capable of asking to send notifications in a number of browsers, Chrome included. In this case, they may be particularly capable of disrupting the app's experience as they are markedly large and obtrusive, especially ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 18 Nov 2019 19:06:00 +0100
Top 10 Smartphones under 500 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 500 Euros

November 2019 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, Mon, 18 Nov 2019 16:12:00 +0100
The alleged Huawei patent's images. (Source: Techie Word)

Huawei reportedly files a patent for a clamshell foldable

A new patent allegedly submitted by Huawei to the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) has been posted online. It is for a phone with a flexible display - however, for one that folds vertically (like the new Motorola Razr) as...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 16 Nov 2019 20:54:00 +0100
The new Motorola Razr. (Source: Maxim)

Who made the display on the Motorola Razr 2019? BOE, apparently

BOE has made an announcement on Weibo claiming that it supplied Motorola with flexible displays for the new Razr. Furthermore, it now asserts that it has done the same for the Huawei Mate X - and for the foldable Lenovo ThinkPad X...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 16 Nov 2019 14:30:00 +0100
Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

November 2019 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, Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:56:00 +0100
The "Xiaomi clamshell foldable" patent. (Source: TigerMobiles)

Xiaomi may be working on its own Razr-esque foldable

The blog TigerMobiles claims to have dug up a couple of patents that may show the directions in which Xiaomi intends to take the foldable trend. One shows a clamshell design like that of the new Motorola Razr, whereas the other is...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:48:00 +0100
The new Motorola Razr is spolied prior to its launch. (Source: Twitter)

The Motorola Razr 2019 is FCC-certified, confirming foldable design and more

Motorola has finally certified its first-gen foldable with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The device's documentation reveals everything about the phone - well, from the outside, at least. Its new regulatory images do...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 13 Nov 2019 21:29:00 +0100
Top 10 Camera Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Camera Smartphones

November 2019 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, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:48:00 +0100
5G connectivity promises a better future, but it might hide some health hazards as well (Source: H2S Media)

Health check: Is 5G really bad for you? Debunking some 5G-related myths and fake news

As 5G networks go live in more and more markets with each month, some questions regarding the health hazards that might come with this new technology remain unanswered. However, most 5G dangers that some websites have been warning...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 07:00:00 +0100
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>90cm²)

November 2019 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, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 15:28:00 +0100
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

November 2019 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, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 14:41:00 +0100
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets under 250 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets under 250 Euros

Q4 2019 update Here you will find the best tablets under 250 USD/Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Daniel Schmidt, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 12:48:00 +0100
Qualcomm has a new permanent CFO. (Source: ZDNet)

Qualcomm names its next permanent chief financial officer

Akash Palkhiwala is Qualcomm's new CFO (or chief financial officer). His appointment comes following a stint as the company's interim CFO, as well as the senior vice president and finance head of its CDMA tech division. Palkhiwala...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 10 Nov 2019 20:36:00 +0100
Vivo makes the Exynos 980 for the X30 official. (Source: MySmartPrice)

Vivo discloses more detail on the 5G X30, except not really

The OEM Vivo held a press conference today (November 7, 2019) to introduce its X30, a phone that will ship with the dual-mode 5G chipset, Samsung's Exynos 980. Oddly, the phone itself was not displayed, nor was its spec-sheet. How...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 20:35:00 +0100
Qualcomm has posted its fourth-quarter results for 2019. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm reveals its 2019 fiscal-year performance

Qualcomm has announced the results for its fiscal year, which ended on September 29, 2019. Its revenues came in at US$24.3 billion, or 7% more year-on-year (YoY). The company also made a total of $4.8 billion in the last quarter o...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 19:59:00 +0100
Vivo X30 teaser (Source: Weibo)

Samsung Exynos 980-powered Vivo X30 might show up tomorrow

Although tomorrow's conference is expected to focus on the introduction of Samsung's dual-mode 5G AI chipset, Vivo is also supposed to unveil the Exynos 980-driven X30 phablet. Its specs will allegedly include a 90 Hz 6.5-inch AMO...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 12:38:00 +0100
The S10 Lite will apparently have an even bigger battery than the S10+. (Source: Trusted Reviews)

Not quite light: New Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite leak paints an interesting picture

The past few weeks have seen the influx of rumors pertaining to the supposed Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite. A "Lite" phone sounds great, since we all want more capable, no-nonsense premium phones. The problem with all of this, however, ...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 03 Nov 2019 13:25:00 +0100
The Smartisan Nut Pro 3 is a collaboration with Bytedance, owner of TikTok. (Source: Smartisan)

First smartphone from TikTok maker launched in China

TikTok is one of the most popular smartphone apps among today’s youth globally. Looking to cash in even more on its popularity, the Chinese company behind it Bytedance has partnered with Smartisan to release a TikTok focused smart...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 02 Nov 2019 07:02:00 +0100
The new Aukey Omni-Power range. (Source: Aukey)

Aukey gets up to date with the GaN- and graphene-enhanced Omni-Power fast-charger range

Aukey has unveiled its new Omni-Power series of accessories. The company claims that it integrates various state-of-the-art charging technologies, including a graphene skin, GaN and USB Power Delivery. This line includes new adapt...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 01 Nov 2019 23:46:00 +0100
WhatsApp has a new privacy feature. (Source: WhatsApp)

WhatsApp implements its fingerprint unlocking feature on Android

WhatsApp has been working on fingerprint-based authentication for its Android app. Now, an update has added this ability to its stable version. However, a user will still be able to answer calls through the service even if the new...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 01 Nov 2019 22:53:00 +0100
The Motorola Razr's refresh may have been spoiled in detail. (Source: Mobielkopen)

The foldable Motorola Razr gets alleged new live image leaks

The respected Twitter leaker Evan Blass has kicked off a new round of Motorola Razr spoilers. They consist of new images that show how the new flexible-display device will look when open and closed. Blass also now asserts that its...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 01 Nov 2019 21:48:00 +0100
evleaks' "MatePad Pro". (Source: Twitter)

Huawei's next tablet may be a premium device with a punch-hole camera

Evan Blass has posted an image of a new tablet with a punch-hole display and a constant, minimal bezel. As this device is shown with what appears to be an M-Pen, it may pertain to a high-end successor to the Huawei MediaPad M6. Th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 31 Oct 2019 18:21:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy S10 series is currently comprised of the S10e, S10, and S10+. (Image source: Samsung)

Rumored Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite makes light work of all the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 devices in Geekbench multi-core test

A Geekbench record for a “samsung SM-G770F” has been spotted that handily reveals a few details about the mystery smartphone. Some believe this particular device could end up being the Galaxy S10 Lite, which would likely feature a...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 31 Oct 2019 04:20:00 +0100
Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ get new firmware late October 2019

Samsung Galaxy S10 gets slow-motion mode for the front camera, still stuck on Pie

The latest software update for the Galaxy S10 series comes with slow-motion video capabilities for the front camera, improved fingerprint recognition, Auto Hotspot, and a few minor changes. In China, these handsets have already st...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 28 Oct 2019 12:55:00 +0100
The new Apollo Max power bank. (Source: ELECJET)

ELECJET claims that its new graphene-enhanced power bank can charge to full capacity in just 19 minutes

The Apollo Max is a new 10000mAh power bank that, according to its maker ELECJET, integrates the emerging graphene standard as a battery material. This, it is claimed, gives it an "unbeatable charging efficiency of 96%". This new ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 27 Oct 2019 20:46:00 +0100
The Microsoft Surface Duo. (Source: Microsoft)

Upcoming Microsoft Surface Duo touted to feature killer cameras

The foldable market stands at the very peak of the premium smartphone segment, and cameras are a rather important feature in that price bracket. It's no surprise, then, that Microsoft has announced its intent to provide the upcomi...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 27 Oct 2019 10:29:00 +0100
The Mi Note 3 was the last device in this particular Xiaomi series. (Image source: Kimovil)

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro confirmed by regulator certifications; expect premium hardware for half the price of a Samsung Galaxy Note 10

A certificate from Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has confirmed the existence of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 device. In a further surprise, the documents also revealed that there will be a Pro ...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 27 Oct 2019 06:38:00 +0100
The Asus ZenFone 4 will not see a stable Android Pie update. (Source: CNET)

Asus arrests development for its Zenfone 4 Android Pie update

Asus had included the Zenfone 4 in its plans to update older phones to Android Pie (9.0). However, this device has just been excluded from this schedule. The OEM claims that this will conserve the 4's system integrity and general ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 25 Oct 2019 23:31:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 in the heady pre-notch smartphone era. (Image source: PiunikaWeb)

Mi Note 10 packaging spotted: Xiaomi tosses out the rulebook in terms of model numbering

Xiaomi could be preparing to unleash a Mi Note 10 on a practically unsuspecting market soon. An image of alleged packaging material has been shared online, which of course could be fake. However, if it is genuine, then the crafty ...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 25 Oct 2019 08:26:00 +0200
Samsung 12 GB LPDDR4X-based uMCP (Source: Samsung Global Newsroom)

Industry’s first 12 GB LPDDR4X-based uMCP enters mass production, obviously made by Samsung

The new 12 GB low-power double data rate 4X UFS-based multichip package by Samsung combines four 24 Gb LPDDR4X chips and ultra-fast eUFS 3.0 NAND storage into a single package. This new mobile memory solution can hit a transfer ra...
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 24 Oct 2019 11:28:00 +0200

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