Category Archives for Phones

Week 20 in review: HTC U11 revealed, Google I/O reveals more details about the Android O

We had quite a busy week in the news department with all the announcements that happened in the past several days. HTC released its true flagship the U11 with the biggest ever DxOMark score for its camera.

Google held it’s annual I/O where it announced plenty of new features for the Google Assistant, Google Home, YouTube and other projects and said more about the upcoming Android O that will be accompanied by Android Go for less powerful devices.

Along with the official events and launches, some unofficial rumors and leaks floated around. There was a mock-up device of the iPhone 8 that…

Weekly poll: Xiaomi Mi 6, hot or not?

The Xiaomi Mi 6 is a bit of a stealth flagship, at least in the west. That’s because the company never really got a foothold in western stores and retailers, but the phone itself is so loaded with features that you may be tempted to import one (it’s currently not available in the Mi.com international store).

The Mi 6 joins the dual camera party with two 12MP sensors, each behind a different lens – one wide-angle (27mm) and one zoomed-in (52mm). You can check our Just-in article to see the difference in focal lengths. The 8MP selfie cam seems solid too, more on that when we publish the full…

Top 10 trending phones of week 20

The last seven days saw a healthy shake at some positions. While Galaxy S8 maintains its lead for an 8th week in a row and is still accompanied by the Redmi Note 4 and the Galaxy J7 Prime on the rostrum, three Xiaomi devices occupied the next four positions.

Yes, you read that correctly. Xiaomi launched the affordable Redmi 4 in India, but this device isn’t the phone that was released last year in China. Instead, it’s just like the Xiaomi Redmi 4X, which was just launched in China.

There are some minor improvements in the Indian device, including Bluetooth version and ever so slightly…

Weekly poll results: 5.2″ screens still most popular, interest in widescreens raises quickly

The more things change, the more they stay the same. In 2016 you voted that the best screen size is between 5″ and 5.3″, in 2017 the most preferred screen diagonal is still centered on 5.2″.

41% of the vote settled on that option, though this year the larger option – 5.5″ – came close with 28%. Things are starting to sway towards bigger screen, though this poll gives us a feeling that it will be a while before the 5-and-a-bit inch phones lose the top spot.

One thing that may accelerate the shift is wide-angle screens. The ‘5.7″ (wide aspect ratio)’ option scored a respectable 16% of the…

Moto Z2 Play passes through TENAA – barely 6mm thick, just 2,820mAh battery

Last year’s Moto Z Play gathered much praise at the office for a lot of things, among them its great battery life. Well, its successor may be a different story, if the numbers posted on TENAA’s website are correct.

The Chinese regulator has certified a Motorola device with XT1710-08 internal designation, which by the looks of it is none other than the Moto Z2 Play. There won’t be much playing done on a single charge though, judging from the listed 2,820mAh battery capacity. The first-gen Moto Z Play had 3,510mAh worth of juice at its disposal, and initial rumors pointed towards a…

After LG G4, T-Mobile’s ZTE Zmax Pro is also getting E911 timer issue fix

Recently, the T-Mobile LG G4 started receiving an update that included fix for the e911 timer issue. Now, the ZTE Zmax Pro on T-Mobile has started receiving a new update that brings along the same fix.

Aside from this, the update also includes Android security fixes for the month of March. Arriving as build number TMO_Z981V1.0.0B13, the update weighs in at around 45MB.

Elsewhere, the Verizon variant of the Asus Zenpad Z8 has also started getting a new update, which arrives as version V3.4.23. Not much is known about the update – Verizon’s website just says it “gives you the most up…

Nokia 3310 (2017) passes through TENAA

The Nokia 3310 (2017) has received certification from Chinese telecommunication authority TENAA. Carrying a model number of TA-1030, the feature phone is now listed on the agency’s official website.

The device was officially unveiled back in February this year. It is already available in some European markets such as Spain, while others like the UK and Germany will get it next week. The handset also recently landed in India.

Via | TENAA

alcatel Idol 5 is now FCC certified

The alcatel Idol 5, which has already been spotted on GFXBench twice, has now been certified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States. The device certified by the agency carries a model number of 6060C, and the listing reveals it is headed to prepaid carrier Cricket Wireless.

Two different variants of the phone have been spotted in benchmark listings so far – one with Snapdragon 625 SoC and 3GB RAM, while the other with Mediatek Helio P20 chipset and 2GB of RAM.

Other specifications include 5.2-inch 1080p screen, 12MP main camera (4K capable) and 8MP front…

Nokia 9 poses for live shots: dual 13MP camera, 5.3″ QHD display, Snapdragon 835

The Nokia 9, or as we’ve known it so far – the Nokia 8, has landed in the hands of the folks over at frandroid.com, albeit in an enclosure meant to keep its design away from prying eyes. What it can’t hide is the connectors required for operation, and that means confirmation on the Type-C ports (as all of the new Nokias, so nothing out of the ordinary) and the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Nokia 9 prototype

The display is a 5.3-inch QHD affair (CPU-Z reports 5.27 inches) and the reviewers have measured a 530nits maximum brightness. An Always On feature has also been…

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