Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Unpacked event liveblog

August 22, 2017

Samsung is ready for its second Unpacked event for the year and this time it is dedicated to the announcement of the brand new Galaxy Note 8.
You can tune in and watch the Galaxy Note 8 livestream here, but if you cannot watch the video for one reason or another, you can also tune in right here, with our liveblog of the announcement.
What do we expect to see? Well, the Note 8, of course: a device with an immersive 6.3-inch Quad HD “Infinity display”, the Snapdragon 835 system chip, an improved S Pen, and the first …

Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact prices leak out

August 22, 2017

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen quite a lot of leaks for Sony’s upcoming high-end duo – the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact. While we have a pretty good idea on how the handsets are going to look as well as some of their most important specs, information about their pricing was scarce – until now, that is.

In his typical fashion, reliable tipster Roland Quandt took to Twitter to reveal the supposed price tag for each device: 

Sony Xperia XZ1: 599 GBP. XZ1 Compact: 499 GBP
Amazon listings (soon):
XZ1 black https://t.co/d2BxzojIGj
XZ1 …

Alcatel U5 HD

August 22, 2017
The new Alcatel U5 HD sports a 5-inch display with HD (720p) resolution, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a secondary 5-megapixel selfie snapper. The original model has a 5-inch display with 480 x 854 pixels resolution, and much smaller 5MP and 2MP cameras. Otherwise, much of the specs inside are similar – the same MediaTek MT6737 processor, coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB expandable storage. Moreover, the U5 HD is powered by a slightly 2,200 mAh battery.

Minimal bezel, flagship specs, shiny surface, low price: it’s the Elephone S8

August 22, 2017

This story is sponsored by Elephone. PhoneArena’s opinions in this article have not been affected in any way!

Disclaimer

One can argue that, in 2017, bezel-less is the new black. Well, nearly bezel-less — we still have some components in a smartphone that need a spot on the front, as well as something to grip the device by. Right now, we’ve got two movements — the “thin top and bottom bezel” design, which looks more or less like the traditional evolution of the smartphone …

Essential Phone hands-on

August 22, 2017

Yesterday Essential brought its first officially released
hardware to New York City for a “first look” event. About two years in the
making, the Essential phone and 360-degree camera accessory were launched only
a few days ago. A labor of love, and sometimes turmoil, Android creator Andy
Rubin has finally brought us his vision, and we couldn’t wait to see it up
close. Was it a thing of beauty? Or is it an awkward nightmare? Let’s take a
look and see.
Design

 

The Essential phone came to fruition in about two years’
time since the inception of the company. In that time engineers, …

Android Oreo is coming to HTC U11, HTC U Ultra and HTC 10

August 22, 2017

Now that Google has made Oreos the favorite cookie among Android users, the big question is whether your Android phone is going to be a recipient of the new Android OS build. Even though you probably can figure out that the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge will receive Android 8.0, and ditto for the Moto Z Force, Moto Z and Moto Z Play, once you start talking about models released in 2015, you really don’t know what to expect. For example, will the Motorola DROID Turbo 2 be updated? We will have to wait and see.

At first blush, HTC’s tweet yesterday stating that the HTC U11, …

A colorful LG V30 video teaser gets released ahead of August 31 announcement

August 22, 2017

With the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 upon us, LG continues to “spam” us with teasers that hint at what its V30 flagship might have to offer. Yesterday, the South Korean company released two short video teasers that take a jab at Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s S-Pen features.

Today, another LG V30 video teaser got published online, but this one doesn’t make fun of any competitors. The teaser is meant to raise the hype around the LG V30, which is expected to be officially introduced on August 31, one week after the Galaxy Note 8.

There’s a high chance that …

“Unknown Sources” checkbox switches from a user setting to a permission on Android Oreo

August 22, 2017
Many of you Android users out there who have side-loaded an app or two know all about the box that allows you to install apps from “Unknown Sources.” Before you download an app from a place outside of the Google Play Store, you must check off this box. However, once Android Oreo is running the show on your phone, you might think that you’ve lost the ability to sideload apps. While Google did remove the “Unknown Sources” checkbox from its current location, it has merely changed it from a user setting to a permission that you must agree to every time you install an app from an unknown source.

The …

You can now pre-order the unlocked Essential Phone at Best Buy

August 22, 2017

As expected, the unlocked version of the Essential Phone recently went on pre-order at Best Buy. In addition, Essential’s website is now taking pre-orders for the smartphone as well.

Sprint is the only carrier in the United States that offers the Essential Phone, but the unlocked model can be had via Amazon, Best Buy, and Essential’s online store.

As far as pricing goes, you won’t get the unlocked model cheaper than the Sprint-branded variant. But the good news is you won’t have to pay more, as Best Buy is selling the Essential Phone for the same $699 outright.

However, …

Lamborghini launches another luxury phone made from “the finest materials”

August 22, 2017

Tonino Lamborghini is the name of the company that makes luxury phones that wear the brand of the famous sports cars. Their latest addition to the Android smartphones portfolio is called Alpha-One, a luxury phone that won’t come cheap, just like a Lamborghini car.

The new Alpha-One is a “signature smartphone” and so, it comes with a price that doesn’t fit all budgets. If you want this luxury phone, you’ll have to come up with $2,500 upfront. The new Lamborghini-branded smartphone is available for purchase starting this week in the UK and UAE, where you can pick …

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