Category Archives for Phones

Deal: Galaxy S7 edge on Verizon or Sprint for just $191.76, today only

August 10, 2017

Sure, the Galaxy S8+ is official and on sale, and has been for many months now. But that doesn’t mean last year’s Galaxy S7 edge isn’t a good performer even in this day and age. And since it’s older, the deals for it are much better than for its successor.

Case in point: today only, Best Buy is holding a sale on S7 edge units for Verizon and Sprint. You need to become a customer of one of those carriers, or to already be one. If so, you can grab the S7 edge for just $7.99 per month with two-year installments.

That means the grand total you will pay for the device over the course of…

Samsung Galaxy Note8 visits Geekbench with Exynos 8895 and 6GB of RAM

August 10, 2017

With its official introduction fast approaching, we’ve always known it was just a matter of time before we saw the Samsung Galaxy Note8 in a benchmark. And today that’s exactly what happened.

A prototype Note8 has been put through the paces of Geekbench, and this has resulted in the confirmation of a couple of the phone’s oft-leaked specs. The device we’re talking about here is the one with the model number SM-N950F, which will be destined for Europe and other global markets in a single-SIM iteration.

It boasts 6GB of RAM according to the benchmark, so it’s pretty much a given that…

Moto X4 press renders leak alongside full specs

August 10, 2017

Last week we got confirmation that some long ago leaked shots of the upcoming Moto X4 did in fact depict the phone’s final design, and earlier today the Brazilian equivalent to the US FCC outed quite a number of live images of the prototype that went through its testing.

Now we have an image showing leaked press renders of the Moto X4, adding to the barrage of news related to this smartphone.

Thankfully, though, these came alongside full spec details. The Moto X4 will have a 5.2-inch 1080p touchscreen, and will only be available in the two colors you can see below: Super Black and…

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) starts getting Nougat update

August 10, 2017

Shortly after doing it for the Galaxy A7 (2017), Samsung has now started pushing out the Nougat update to the Galaxy A5 (2017). Weighing in at around 1.3GB, the update is currently hitting units in Russia.

As for changes included, the list is similar to the one for Galaxy A7 (2017), meaning things like refreshed UI, quick setting buttons, and multi window experience are all there. However, the Dual Messenger feature isn’t explicitly listed, so it’s hard to say at this point if that’s included or not.


Android O will add support for in-band ringtones

August 10, 2017

Android O will be a massive update to phones’ Bluetooth features. Your phone will finally be able to show you the battery level of accessories and in the case of Bluetooth headsets, it will support in-band ringtones. That’s a feature that iPhones have had for ages and Android users have wanted for about as long (since 2009!).

What’s “in-band ringtones”? Essentially, it allows your Bluetooth headset to ring with whatever ringtone you’ve set on your phone. Work on the feature began a few months ago and seems ready now.

Other cool changes in Android O include Sony’s LDAC, which streams…

Xiaomi celebrates 5 million Redmi Note 4s sold in India

August 10, 2017

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has grown to 5 million sales in India. Back in March, it celebrated over 1 million units sold in 45 days and sales have remained strong since.

To mark the occasion, Xiaomi created the world’s largest grain mosaic (using millet, the namesake of its phones). The mosaic covered an impressive 6,000 square feet. Besides promotion, the company did some charity work as well, donating 40 tons of grain to help feed 500,000 people.

Check out the video below to see the mosaic come to life. It has some star power with cameos from the women’s cricket team (including captain…

ZTE Z982 found on GFXBench: 6″ screen and 2160p video recording on a budget

August 10, 2017

Earlier this year, ZTE released the MAX XL, a 6″ smartphone on a budget. That is more of a carrier phone, however, and its camera can’t shoot 2160p video. What if that could change?

A ZTE Z982 appeared on GFXBench with a similar 6″ 1080p screen and Android 7.1 Nougat. It seems to use the same Snapdragon 435 chipset as well with 2GB of RAM and 32GB storage.

The camera is decidedly different, however. It packs a 16MP sensor and can indeed shoot 4K 2160p video. The selfie camera is an 8MP unit with reported video capabilities of 1,440 x 1,080px – that’s 4:3 1080p. We’re guessing this is a…

LG V30 could cost $700, a Plus model will launch simultaneously

August 10, 2017

The rumors of the price of the Galaxy Note8 gave us sticker shock ($1,000-$1,100!), can LG challenge with a better price for the LG V30? ETNews thinks “yes” and it has more to share.

First, there will be two models – V30 and V30 Plus – which will cost $700 and $875 respectively. They will launch simultaneously on September 15 in South Korea and on September 31 in Germany.

The Plus model will have more storage, 128GB vs. 64GB, better audio hardware and wireless charging. The other specs should be identical, including the RAM (6GB). As a reminder: 6″ OLED Full Vision display, Snapdragon…

Xperia ZG Compact with Snapdragon 810 found in Geekbench

August 10, 2017

Is someone playing a prank? Geekbench results show multiple entries of “Sony Xperia ZG Compact” with Snapdragon 810. You’d think that this is just the Xperia Z5 Compact, but someone fiddled with the software so that it reports as ZG.

Still, the RAM is slightly different between ZG and Z5 entries – 1812 MB and 1764 MB respectively. The benchmark has a different entry in the “motherboard” field. We didn’t find the ZG in any other benchmarks.

Geekbench: Xperia ZG Compact • Xperia Z5 Compact

It seems quite unlikely that Sony is building a new phone with Snapdragon 810 – no other…

Details of 5.2″ HTC U11 Life revised, pic included

August 10, 2017

The U11 is HTC’s best phone in years and the company is working on a smaller, 5.2″ variant that will go under the moniker HTC U11 Life (its code name is Ocean Life).

Of course it’s IP67 waterproof, just like its bigger sibling. And like it, it will lack a 3.5mm headphone jack. The good news is that you’re getting the USonic headphones with noise cancellation included in the box. And if you want to go wireless, there’s Bluetooth 5.0.

The U11 Life will have a mid-range chipset – a Snapdragon 630 instead of the 660 that was initially rumored. The GPU will have an easier time since the…

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