Top 10 trending phones of week 7

February 18, 2017

Samsung reclaimed the top spot after 4 weeks of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 domination. The Galaxy J7 Prime was in second place last week, but in week 7 it rose to the top.

Second came the Galaxy C9 Pro, while the Galaxy A5 (2017) made is a clean Samsung sweep on the podium.

Moving down we see the Nokia 6, which continues to be a very interesting device despite being limited to a single market. The previous leader Redmi Note 4 has dropped to fifth, while its Snapdragon version fell off the chart entirely.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) comes in sixth, edging out the Oppo F1s and Xiaomi Redmi…

Weekly poll results: 1080p screens are good enough, there’s not much need for 4K

February 18, 2017

It seems that we’ve hit a wall when it comes to mobile screen resolutions – not that the technology isn’t there, it’s the purpose that is missing. Sure, VR enthusiasts (15% of voters) are excited for 4K 2160p screens since virtual reality headsets need all the pixels they can get.

However, as some of you rightfully pointed out, Sony has no interest in mobile VR since it will compete with the PlayStation VR. Samsung has no such qualms and works with Oculus (both on the Rift and Gear VR) and seems to be working on a standalone headset. Asus and others are allegedly working on standalone…

Harman stockholders agree to $8 billion purchase by Samsung

February 18, 2017
Stockholders of Harman International voted to allow the purchase of the company by tech giant Samsung for $8 billion. The deal was originally announced on November 14th. While access to Harman’s automotive business is part of the reason for the acquisition, the deal also gives Samsung’s mobile devices the ability to offer built-in premium audio names like Harmanm Kardon, JBL, Bang & Olufsen and more.        

Out of a total 69,883,605 outstanding shares, 49,460,322 (70.8%) were eligible to vote at the stockholder’s meeting. Some attended the meeting …

Week 7 in review: Glass back and OLED iPhone 8 and more Galaxy S8 rumors

February 18, 2017

MWC 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting event. LG has the G6 to unveil and after its rebirth, Nokia will apparently hit hard with at least 3 handsets. If HMD plays its cards right and hits the nostalgia note properly, the alleged re-imagining of the legendary Nokia 3310 could very well steal the show on pure coolness points alone.

Sony has also been keeping busy lately. Rumors and leaks now hint at new Xperia XA and XZ devices, with a third model, also potentially on the horizon. Huawei may have a few surprises lined up for the show as well, like the P10 Plus.

Beyond the…

Buy an unlocked 16GB Moto G4 Play for $99.99 from B&H Photo

February 18, 2017
B&H Photo is one of those stores in New York City that is a retail landmark. If you’re a longtime PhoneArena reader, you’ll recognize the name from some of the great smartphone deals that they have offered in the past. The store is located at West 34th Street, less than half a mile from the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. Today, B&H has a great deal on the unlocked 16GB Moto G4 Play for those who shop online.

Normally sold at B&H’s store and on the website for $149.99, an instant $20 savings takes the price down to $129.99. But wait! There’s more. While you …

Apple doesn’t want you to forget about the iPad Pro

February 17, 2017
Apple currently has two iPad Pro tablets: the original, 12.9-inch model (available since November 2015), and the 9.7-inch model (launched in March 2016). While both are getting quite old, Apple certainly doesn’t want you to forget about their existence. That’s why, this week, the company released no less than four short video commercials promoting the iPad Pro line.

As you’ll see below, the four commercials present the benefits of owning an iPad Pro, including the fact that the device doesn’t get PC viruses, works with Microsoft Word (Apple Pencil support included), has LTE connectivity, …

HydrogenOS 3.0 update now available for OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

February 17, 2017
Earlier this month, we told you that the Android 7.0 based OxygenOS 4.0.3 was being rolled out for the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T. Today, we can tell you that the other shoe has dropped, and HydrogenOS 3.0 has become available for the same two handsets. Like OxygenOS 4.0.3, HydrogenOS 3.0 is based on Android Nougat 7.0; it is designed for OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T users in China, although it is offered in both Chinese and English. The latest update adds call recording functionality, UI changes, battery life enhancements, bug fixes and more.

OxygenOS is an international build and has fewer …

A new Moto Mod has landed on IndieGoGo and it transforms the Moto Z into a true walkie-talkie

February 17, 2017
Motorola’s Moto Mod system, although not the truly modular smartphone that some are searching for, is still the best consumer implementation of the idea that we’ve seen yet. We’ve seen a fair amount of Moto Mods hit the market since the Moto Z’s release, and Motorola’s partnership with IndeiGoGo to get more people kicking out designs and ideas for future Mods has really gotten a lot of creative juices flowing.

We’ve seen a lot of cool concepts so far, such as a $45 mod that brings wireless charging and an IR blaster in a body not much thicker than a Style Shell Moto Mod, and …

You can now get T-Mobile One with unlimited HD video streaming and 10GB of high-speed hotspot data

February 17, 2017
Last week, Verizon announced that it would officially be making the switch to unlimited data. This move came as somewhat of a surprise considering the carrier’s recent push for its new 5GB data plan for $55/month, but nonetheless, the company has followed suite with T-Mobile and Sprint to cut limits on mobile data access. T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere took to Twitter shortly following this announcement to reveal some two major upgrades to the T-Mobile One unlimited plan, and those two updates are now in full effect.

T-Mobile One is a really solid plan, but up until now it’s been …

Really Blue Google Pixel arrives in the UK: pre-order today, on sale next week

February 17, 2017

The Really Blue color option for the Google Pixel was launched as a limited edition in the US and it tends to sell out. So Brits who don’t fancy the Quite Black and Very Silver colors might want to be quick about this – pre-orders for Really Blue Pixels start today and will go on while stock lasts. Google has partnered with carrier EE and retailer Carphone Warehouse, which will have units on hand starting from February 24.

EE is offering £46/month plans for the 32GB Pixel and £51/month plans for the larger Pixel XL (again with 32GB storage). You’re in for a free Google Daydream VR headset,…