Category: Mobile

The iPhone SE is a $399 6S in a four-inch screen and body

Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 2.11.50 PMTake the same formula that makes the iPhone 6S and shrink that down — rather that size it up like the Plus — and you get the iPhone SE. A smaller version for those who just haven’t been sold on the five-inch-and-up screen race, it will have voice over LTE (wth more bands), while being 50% faster than a 5S.

The hardware aspects of the SE aren’t all that exciting — after all, it’s the internals of a 6S paired with the 12MP iSight camera tech that makes it a venerable smartphone shooter.

The iPhone SE will retail for $399 for a 16GB model (too small, indeed), along with a $499 64GB version. Four colors will be offered: rose gold, gold, silver and black. Orders start March 24th for the “new iPhone”.

Via: Apple

Samsung Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge: The New Flagships Are Announced

PostLivestreamHeros22116It’s about that time — Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where many of the world’s major smartphone manufacturers announce their new wares. It’s Samsung’s turn, and so the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were born — or at least, revealed to the press and public.

Both phones retain core values from the year prior, but also improve drastically in performance, software and even design sectors. To begin, the S7 holds its 5.1-inch, quad HD Super AMOLED Plus display, but the S7 Edge is now the size of a phablet, sporting a  5.5-inch display, but still retains the quad HD Super AMOLED tech and curvature on both sides. 32GB of storage is the default for both devices, but microSD storage has been added to the same tray that houses the nano SIM, so that’s a plus. Also, IP68 water and dust resistance was added, meaning submersion up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes at a time — this is accomplished through sealed ports, meaning no flaps or anything silly of the sort.

A Qualcomm 820 Snapdragon processor, 4GB of RAM and improved battery capacity across the board (3,000mAh in the S7 and 3,600mAh in the S7 Edge, up from 2,550mAh and 2,600mAh, respectively); fast charging and wireless charging also make a return, but with micro-USB in lieu of a USB-C upgrade.

Looking for more drastic changes? Look at the 12 megapixel camera — 4MP smaller than last year’s — but with larger pixels, allowing for a brighter f/1.7 aperture and a 4:3 ratio. In a nod to Canon engineering, all of the 12 million pixels in the S7 line can also act as focusing pixels — this is called dual pixel technology, by the way.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow makes its debut with Samsung software customizations, including an Always On display for notifications and the time, which consumes half a percent of battery every hour, and shuts off completely if the proximity sensor is covered (like in a bag or pocket).

Launch details: the S7 and S7 Edge launch in the US starting on March 11th, with preorders beginning on February 23rd. The S7 will come in black or gold, while the S7 Edge will come in black, gold, or silver options. All carriers are hopping on board, per usual, making the crew a Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint affair.

This all should be mighty interesting.

Via: Samsung 

LG G5 Debuts At Mobile World Congress, With Modular Accessory System

lg-g5It’s a big bet for a flagship phone, let me tell you that much. The LG G5 is a noticeable departure from the architecture of previous flagship handset from LG, and sports a new modular accessory system, on top of the new design, specs and software.

Oh, and always-on display? Check, LG has it here.

First off, the G5 is all-metal — it finally happened, as LG was the last of the major Android manufacturers to be making a flagship phone with a non-metal body. Secondly, the modular accessory system: things like a camera grip that also includes a 4,000mAh charge, or a Hi-Fi DAC for audiophiles, can be slid in via the removable bottom bezel — which also means this is the first all-metal flagship phone of recent memory with a removable battery.

LG is getting a lot right here, but for some reason got rid of the app drawer, so every app downloaded goes to the screen — sigh. Still, there’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a returned LG skin, so that should (hopefully) make up for this shortcoming). Also, like th eNexus 6P, the fingerprint sensor is located in the power button, which means you can unlock in a jiffy.

Specifications are as follows: Snapdragon 820 processor, 5.3-inch 2560 x 1440 IPS Quantum display (554 PPI), 4GB of RAM, 32B internal storage (microSD up to 2TB), 2,800mAh battery, a 16 megapixel rear camera (78-degrees) + 8 megapixel rear camera (135-degrees) for wide-angle shots, 8 megapixel front camera, and network support in the US on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile.

Price and availability are to be announced, but it is worth noting that LG even made accessories like a VR headset and a 360 cam, so the G5 experience — when it does come out — will be pretty interesting.

Via: LG

The Droid Turbo 2 Is A Glutton For Punishment

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The Moto X Pure Edition — with its hits and misses — is being revitalized as the Droid Turbo 2, exclusively on Verizon Wireless. Besides the hideous carrier-branding on the front of the phone, the Droid Turbo 2 brings several positive new features with it, including the faster Snapdragon 810 processor, mixed usage that lasts up to 48 hours, Moto Maker customization and the most unique feature: a 5-layer build that makes the Turbo 2 “shatterproof.

The “shatterproof” aspect of the Droid Turbo 2 is accomplished through two lenses (one exterior, another interior), a flexible 5.4″ AMOLED display, a solid aluminum core and a secondary touch layer meant to support the first if it becomes damaged — the result is a rather venerable defense against dropping the phone against concrete or really, any other surface. How all of this holds-up in real-world usage is questionable, albeit possible.

Pricing for the 32GB model is  $26/month or a 64GB version for $30/month, starting later this week.

Via: VZW

LG Goes For The Premium Experience With The New V10

lgTake the LG G4’s specs, give it a body of stainless steel and silicone, and you’re already halfway to making an LG V10. The new V series is LG’s take on a more premium line of devices, and the V10 is especially representative of that characteristic. LG has done with black, white, beige, and two different blues as color variants.

Let’s get to specs: the V10 rocks the same (removable) 3000mAh battery, the same (fantastic) 16 megapixel camera with optical and electronic stabilization, and the same Snapdragon 808 processor as the G4. However, the similarities end there; the V10 has a flat back, one storage option (64GB), and durable materials to keep the rigidity expected of a more premium build.

About the screen:  there’s a 5.7-inch QHD screen, which is no big deal, but right above it exists a second screen, called an “always on” screen. Its job is to display useful information while the main screen is off, like battery levels, time, and weather. When the main screen is turned on it turns into a multitasking hub or a notification area — think of the edged screen capabilities of a few Samsung devices.

Another very unique aspect of the V10 is its dual-front facing cameras — both are 5 megapixels, one with a 120 degree field-of-view and the other at 80 degrees — which in conjunction produce better-focused images for more subjects in a single selfie.

Other additions to the V10 include a fingerprint sensor (yay), 4GB of RAM and advanced manual video recording capablities at FHD, UHD (4K), and regular HD resolutions.

It’s not surprising that the V10 might be more expensive than the G4, albeit pricing hasn’t been announced yet. The LG V10 launches in South Korea this month, with a US and China release sometime after. American carrier partners include AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.

Google Partnered With Huawei To Make The Nexus 6P, A New Flagship

Nexus 6PThe Nexus 6P is the new flagship Android device for Google, and considering the spec list rightly so. What makes the Nexus 6P so unusual however is it s manufacturer: Huawei. It’s the first time a Chinese corporation officially built a Nexus device, so it makes a milestone for Huawei, in many ways.

Starting with the screen: 2560 x 1400 resolution on a 5.7-inch display, which operates at 518 pixels-per-inch — crips and rich, indeed. Like the Nexus 5X, the Nexus Imprint (fingerprint sensor) is present on the back of the device. A 12.3 megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture and laser-assisted autofocus (a la LG G4), which means that it should be a Nexus device with great photos — for once. Those specs include 4K video recording, 240fps slow motion, and 30fps burst shooting. Huawei hasn’t taken a pass on the front-facing camera’s specs either: at 8MP with an f/2.4 aperture.

USB Type-C is also present here, with an off-the-shelf quad-core, 2GHz Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, along with 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage configurations. Carrier support is unlocked in the States: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint — as well as Project Fi support. Also: the phone mostly wears aluminum, in silver, black or white (with a gold variant, exclusive to Japan).

The Nexus 6P starts at $499, while pre-orders begin in the US, UK, Ireland, and Japan, exclusively through Google. Shipping begins in October.

Via: Google Store

The New Google Nexus 5X: LG Returns To The Vanilla Experience

Nexus 5XFor the first time Google has announced two nexus phones at the same time, and the first comes from a Nexus veteran: LG.

The Nexus 5X sports a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display, a solid 1.8GHz quad-core Snapdragon 808 processor, a 2700mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, USB-C support, unlocked carrier support for all major U.S. carriers — Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. And get this: Project Fi support, as well.

Lest I forget, the imaging capabilities: a 12.3MP shooter on the back with dual-LED flash and 4K video recording, along with a 5MP camera on the front. Interested in the colors? Carbon, Quartz and Ice Blue are LG’s offerings this year.

Google will sell the Nexus 5X exclusively through its online store, starting at $379.99 for the 16GB model (up to 32GB) in the US, UK, Korea, Japan and Ireland; shipping begins in late October.

Finally, the spirit of protection programs, Google has also unveiled Nexus Protect: at $69 for two years, it sounds like a fair deal. The program covers accidental or mechanical issues, allowing for a new device to be shipped within 24 hours.

Via: Google Store

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 And S6 Edge Plus Are The New Top Phablets

note5-s6edgeplusPhablets are getting renewed this year, and the iPhone 6 Plus isn’t the only one: the Galaxy Note 5 has been announced, here in New York City, alongside its edged partner, the S6 Edge Plus. Both devices have 5.7-inch 2560×1440 displays at 518 pixels-per-inch, an 64-bit Exynos chipset including an octa core 2.1GHz quad plus 1.5GHz quad-core processor setup, 4GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB sotrage options, 3,000mAh batteries, 16 megapixel back-facing cameras and 5 megapixel front-facing (both at at f/1.9 aperture).

Software-wise Android 5.1 Lollipop comes along with Samsung’s best (and cleanest) Touchwiz user interface layer to-date. Truly, the greatest difference between these two phones are their weights: the S6 Edge Plus weighs in at 153 grams and the Note 5 at 171 grams. Oh, and that the Note 5 comes with the S Pen, which can be stored inside the phablet.

Both are available in the United States on August 21, with preorders beginning today at 3PM Eastern.

Via: Businesswire