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First impression: Face ID is undoubtedly a sophisticated piece of technology. However, it is fails to offer a better user experience than Touch ID as a method of authentication — even if it is theoretically more secure.
Maze unveils the Alpha X phablet
The Chinese underdog Maze Mobile has just introduced the Alpha X, a 6-inch phablet with a MediaTek Helio P25 processor and a screen-to-body ratio of 89.6 percent. The variant with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage can be pre-ordered for US$209.99 until Saturday.
Apple will add ARM A10 Fusion chip for always-on Siri functionality in iMac Pro and MacBook Pro
While it has been an iOS exclusive for quite some time now, Siri will be coming to macOS starting with the upcoming iMac Pros and MacBook Pro versions. The ARM A10 Fusion chip will enable an always-on functionality that allows Siri to work even when the devices are completely shut off.
Google Pixel 2 software fix coming for crackling earpiece issue
Google has responded to complaints about a crackling or buzzing noise affecting some Pixel 2 owners. Apparently the fault is software-related and will be addressed in an upcoming patch.
Purported Galaxy S9 benchmark scores are no match for the iPhone X
Benchmarks of a purported Samsung Galaxy S9 model have surfaced on Geekbench. While the scores show it to be one of the fastest Android flagships, it still is miles behind the iPhone X.
Released details of the Honor V10 point towards a nigh-perfect flagship
Final specifications of the upcoming Huawei Honor V10 have surfaced, and the Chinese flagship looks to be one of the best in its space, for the year. On paper, at least.
The Ulefone Power 3 will come with a hefty 6100 mAh battery
The Ulefone Power 3 is set for a December release, with the device expected to feature a 6100 mAh battery and an 18:9 display. More importantly, it's said to run on Android 8.1 out of the box, which would be an impressive feat for an OEM in Ulefone's weight class.
Budget Nokia 2 smartphone now available in the US
The 5-inch Nokia 2 is available in the US via Amazon for just US$99. Sadly, this Qualcomm Snapdragon 212-powered handset works on GSM networks like T-Mobile and AT&T, but it cannot be used on Sprint and Verizon Wireless.
Lenovo Tab 7 and Tab 7 Essential arrive in the US
The new Lenovo Tab 7 Essential and Tab 7 are both 7-inch tablets with quad-core MediaTek processors under the hood that come with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. These slates can be acquired in the US for less than US$100.
Germany bans smartwatches marketed at children
Children's smartwatches have been found to have glaring security holes, some of which can present a serious threat to the safety of the children that wear them. These security issues, along with privacy concerns, have led German officials to ban the sale of children's smartwatches.
Update | Multiple deals for Huawei and Sony
Update: Huawei has set out a series of impressive deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Hop in to find out which one catches your fancy.
The OnePlus 5 and 5T will receive Oreo by the end of the year
OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 5 and 5T will receive Oreo beta updates by the end of the year, with the full, stable update to come in early 2018. The Oreo beta program for the OnePlus 3 and 3T has been opened for months.
OnePlus officially launches the 5T with an 18:9 screen and a new approach to the dual camera design
The OnePlus 5T is now official, with an 18:9 minimal-bezel screen, and a new approach to the dual camera setup that OnePlus claims improves the low-light performance.
Vivo V7 now official in China
The new Vivo V7 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor and features a 24 MP camera for selfies, being similar to the Vivo V7+. However, the V7 comes with 32 GB internal storage, while its more expensive sibling features 64 GB of storage space.
Deal | You can snag an Xperia XZ1 Compact for less than $500
The Xperia XZ1 Compact is currently on sale on Best Buy at a bargain price of $499.99, $100 off its MSRP of $600. The XZ1 Compact is the only true compact premium phone this year, and lovers of smaller devices may want to jump on this deal.
Gionee M7 Plus spotted in the wild, Snapdragon 660 in tow
Gionee's upcoming M7 Plus has been spotted on a few benchmarks, with the mid-range device making a few improvements on the M7 that was released in September.
OnePlus 5T surfaces on GFXBench
The upcoming OnePlus 5T was spotted on GFXBench with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB internal storage, as well as a generous 6-inch display with 2,060 x 1,980 pixels. Its launch is expected for tomorrow.
Essential PH-1 now equipped with Treble
A user on Essential's Reddit community has discovered the presence of Google's new Treble API on their PH-1 after updating to the Oreo beta that was released yesterday.
Rumor | iPads in 2018 could be based on the 7nm Apple A11X Bionic octa-core CPU
Apple will be reportedly using the A11X Bionic CPU in the next generation iPads, which is an octa-core CPU based off TSMCs 7nm fabrication process.
An early 2018 Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini is highly likely, according to new rumors
U.S.-based investment information firm Valuewalk informs that a Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini version is most likely to be launched in early 2018, along with the S9 and S9+ flagship models. The Mini model would get a 4-inch display with curved edges and all the other powerful specs that come with the larger versions.
Foxconn profits tumble on the back of iPhone X woes
Apple's manufacturing partner took a lot of of pain due to delays with the mass production of its flagship iPhone X. This, coupled with sluggish sales of the iPhone 8, saw Foxconn's profit for the quarter tumble 39 percent.
Essential Oreo beta release makes it even more tantalizing
Essential has just released the first Android 8.0 Oreo beta for its Essential Phone PH-1. The device is one of just a handful of current flagship Android devices to have received any indication that the latest software from Google is about to hit it.
Qualcomm announces commercial shipments starting for world's first 10 nm server processor - Centriq 2400
After a four year design, development, and implementation process Qualcomm has announced that they are now shipping their Centriq 2400 ARMv8-based server processors. These processors are available in up to 48 cores and have been designed for low TDP operation in highly-threaded cloud-based workloads.
The HP 2US29AV could be one of the first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops
Details of HP's first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptop could have just leaked, courtesy of HP Care. The site lists availability of Care Pack services for an yet to be announced HP laptop powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC.
AT&T-exclusive Lenovo Moto Tab launches this Friday
The 10.1-inch Moto Tab by Lenovo will join AT&T's portfolio as a slim and powerful premium tablet made for entertainment. Its list of specs and features includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, dual speakers with Dolby Atmos, Kids Mode, and more.
Rumors point to three iPhone X-like models in 2018
Apple looks set to notch up no less than three iPhone X-like models in 2018, according to KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo. Two will be high-end AMOLED models while the third will be a mid-range model slotting into the space currently occupied by the iPhone 8.
Essential Phone gets unofficial LineageOS support
Although the Essential Phone's design makes it difficult to build custom ROMs for it, an XDA Developers user has been able to bring LineageOS 14.1 to Andy Rubin's flagship.
Marshmallow still most popular version of Android with 31% market distribution
Google has released Google Play install statistics which show that Marshmallow is still the most widely used version of Android with a 30.9% market distribution. Oreo comes in dead last—yes, even worse than Gingerbread—with just 0.3%.
Qualcomm unequivocally rejects Broadcom's advances
Following Broadcom's unsolicited proposal to buy out Qualcomm a few days ago, the Qualcomm Board of Directors has reached a unanimous decision to reject any such advances.
Honor V10 set for November 28 launch in China
The Honor V10 will be a cheaper version of the Huawei Mate 10 devices that were released about a month ago. Earlier reports pointed towards an early December launch in London but it looks like the Chinese market will be getting it earlier than that, on November 28.
Low-end Panasonic Eluga I5 smartphone hits India
Although the Eluga I4 arrived less than two months ago, the new Eluga I5 is already official. At first sight, it looks like it has almost identical features and about the same price as its predecessor as well.
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2018) shows up on an official support page
Although Samsung still has not confirmed the launch date of the new Galaxy A series, the handset with the SM-A530N model number, also known as the Galaxy A5 (2018), has just received an official support page. Sadly, this page contains no technical details yet.
Doogee BL5000 Smartphone Review
High-grade budget smartphone. On paper, the Doogee BL5000 has everything that an entry-level smartphone could ever dream of: a big battery, a high-resolution camera, lots of storage and a reasonably fast processor all at the entry-level price-point of 130 Euros (~$151). But can it also live up to high expectations?
Mediatek MT6750 | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 5.5" | 210 g
Mediatek MT6750 | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 5.5" | 210 g
There's a full-screen Samsung compact phone on the cards, and it may just be the S9 Mini
There's a fullscreen compact device coming from Samsung in the near future, with the chance, albeit a slim one, that it will be the S9 Mini. The last Samsung flagship to have a mini version was the S5, so we're keen on seeing how this one goes.
Details of the Samsung Galaxy S9 revealed
Samsung's latest press release contains a number of new technologies that we expect to be seen on the S9. The most notable of them is the Exynos 9810, Samsung's newest flagship SoC.
Nintendo's next financial year might see 25-30 million new Switch consoles produced
A source speaking to the Wall Street Journal claims that Nintendo is looking to produce 25 to 30 million Switch consoles during their next financial year. Sales in the current fiscal year are expected to surpass lifetime sales of the Wii U.
OPPO and Xiaomi on the way to achieving facial recognition
Xiaomi and OPPO are said to be working on their versions of facial recognition technology that will rival Apple’s Face ID. This comes after MediaTek’s announcement of working with Meizu to do the same. Xiaomi and OPPO will be working in collaboration with Qualcomm, which is, perhaps, a product of the recent deal signed between the parties.
Qualcomm signs multi-billion dollar deal with OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi
Chinese smartphone giants OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi have agreed a US$12 billion deal with Qualcomm, with the deal aimed at giving the American semi-conductor manufacturers an even stronger grip on the market.
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2018) spotted on GFXbench
The upcoming version of the Samsung Galaxy J3 has been spotted on benchmarking site GFXBench. The device is being listed with the model number SM-J337 and is a refresh to the current Samsung Galaxy J3 (SM-J330F).
Flipkart's Billion Capture+ smartphone is tailored for the Indian market
Indian e-retailer, Flipkart, has announced its foray into the smartphone business with the launch of the Billion Capture+ smartphone. The new smartphone is tailor-made for the Indian market and features mid-range specs, dual 13MP rear cameras, and unlimited cloud storage for a starting price of ₹10,999 (US$169).
Mophie intros a battery case for the Galaxy Note 8
The juice pack and the charge force case by mophie target the Galaxy Note 8 phablet, offering wireless charging support and about 3,000 mAh of additional battery capacity for less than US$100.
MediaTek to take break from flagship SoCs
A MediaTek executive has, in an interview, revealed the company's plans for the future, with the Taiwanese manufacturers set to take a break from manufacturing flagship SoCs for a while, in favor of killer mid-range chipsets.
Selfie-focused Oppo F5 phablet hits India
One month after launching in the Philippines, the 6-inch Oppo F5 Android phablet arrives in India, a very good market for selfie-centric handsets. The most attractive feature of this device is the 20 MP front camera with an AI-assisted beautify mode that promises to deliver amazing selfies.
HTC decline continues, records 26% YoY drop in revenue
HTC has released a report on its business side of things for the month of October, with figures pointing towards a palpable decline in revenue over the last year.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro heading to the US under the AT&T umbrella
Huawei concluded talks with AT&T a few months ago, and it looks like the Mate 10 will be the first device to benefit from that partnership. Only the Mate 10 Pro, though, as Huawei, once again, ignores the regular Mate 10 .
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2018) spotted online with an 18.5:9 display
Although all Galaxy A handsets released so far use a touchscreen display with a conventional aspect ratio of 16:9, the screen of the upcoming Galaxy A5 (2018) will use the same 18.5:9 ratio as the Galaxy S8 flagship.
Samsung launches a Burgundy Red Galaxy S8
Not long after introducing the Coral and Deepsea Blue color options for the Galaxy S8 and Note 8, Samsung unleashes a Burgundy Red Galaxy S8 that goes quite well with the colors of the season. Sadly, it can only be acquired in South Korea for now.
Another HTC phone looks to be on the way
HTC is set to launch another device year runs out, with the phone, the "Ocean Harmony" looking to be another mid-ranger. There's been talk of a Snapdragon 652, though, so we're not exactly sure what HTC has planned for this one.
Credit card-sized NichePhone-S handset debuts in Japan
This tiny basic smartphone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (yes that is the pre-KitKat Android, no mistake here!) and is powered by the MediaTek MT6752A processor. Priced around US$90, it is scheduled to hit Japan later this week.
Saygus V Squared surfaces online once again
Back in August, the Saygus team revealed that the long-awaited V Squared flagship had finally reached the FCC. It took "just" a few months to get the agency's certifications, but at least now we know that this phone is not vaporware and should launch soon.
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