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LG will show off G PAD II 10.1 tablet during IFA 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 21 hours ago

LG Electronics will show off the G Pad II 10.1 tablet during the IFA 2015 tech conference in Berlin, offering both an LTE and Wi-Fi version.

 

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The LG G Pad II 10.1 features a 2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 10.1-inch display (1920x1200), 16GB eMMC, 2GB RAM, and microSD. The device runs Google Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The device features LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, and 5-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

 

Pricing information and an official release date will be announced during IFA 2015.

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iPhone 6 with a hydrogen battery lasts for up to a week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 22 hours ago

Let's face it, our smartphones do not last throughout the day for most users. I've tried all varieties of the iPhone, multiple Samsung, Sony, HTC and other handsets, but I just do not get through an entire day without worrying.

 

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Well, hydrogen-powered batteries could alleviate this, with a British company teasing that hydrogen-powered smartphones could last for an entire week under heavy usage. The company has even shown off a working iPhone 6 prototype smartphone powered by a hydrogen battery. The fuel cell inside of the prototype is the same size as the iPhone 6 chassis but is so thin that it can "fit alongside the conventional battery without any alternations" reports Digital Journal.

 

Better yet, the hydrogen battery is recharged using the headphone jack on the iPhone 6, which was modified solely for this purpose. Intelligent Energy is the company behind the idea, where it said that production devices are still "a couple of years out". Intelligent Energy CEO, Henri Winand, said: "To our knowledge this has never been done before. We have now managed to make a fuel cell so thin we can fit it to the existing chassis without alterations and retaining the rechargeable battery. This is a major step because if you are moving to a new technology you have to give people a path they are comfortable with".

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Samsung has 'overwhelming demand' for its $1 smartphone trial

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 23 hours ago

It was only two days ago that we reported that Samsung was offering iPhone users a 30-day trial of its new Galaxy smartphones for just $1, but the South Korean giant has received "overwhelming demand" and has, for the time being, stopped the test drive.

 

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Samsung was offering iPhone users the chance to test drive one of their new Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+ or Galaxy Note 5 smartphones for just $1. The company has now put up a note on their promotional page, thanking people for the huge demand. Samsung said: "Due to the overwhelming demand, we are temporarily out of test drive phones. Please keep checking back for available phones".

 

I think Samsung needs to pull out as many phones as it can to bring the offer back, as it was obviously quite the lure for iPhone users bored or looking to change over from their Apple smartphone.

ASUS teases Zenfone 2 smartphone with 256GB of on-board storage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week ago

We live in a day and age where smartphone storage is almost as important as storage on your PC or notebook, but it looks like ASUS takes the cake when it comes to cramming as much storage into a smartphone as possible.

 

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ASUS has teased a new Deluxe Special Edition of its Zenfone 2 smartphone in a 256GB version, but it will only be made for a special run in Brazil, in September. ASUS hasn't said whether this 256GB model will reach any other countries just yet, but with enough waves made, it shouldn't be too hard. Do it, ASUS.

iPhone 7 concept video makes us sad that we'll never see Apple do this

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

With the release of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S + right around the corner, YouTuber 'AGXHQ' has just released a concept video on the iPhone 7. Check it out below.

 

 

As you can see, this is something that Apple won't release anytime soon, as it'll provide 1-2 of these features each year until 2025. But, the iPhone 7 concept we have here features a 4.9-inch edge-to-edge 4K display, is 'thinner and lighter' than ever before, it's completely waterproof, has 2GB of internal RAM, a physical camera button with the rear-facing camera capable of shooting video at 4K.

 

The iPhone 7 concept also has wireless charging, a sapphire glass back, improved NFC, improved image stabilization, and much more. It's just too bad that the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S+ will be subtle changes and not anything radical like this.

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iPhone owner? Samsung wants you to 'test drive' one of their handsets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

In a bid to pull more iPhone users over to its Galaxy handsets, Samsung is offering consumers a 'test drive' of their new smartphones for 30 days, something that will cost just $1.

 

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Samsung is targeting Apple users, where you need to own an iPhone in order to let you try out a Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, or the new Galaxy Note 5 for just $1. Samsung wants to provide an entire month of using its smartphone so that it can show you the other side of the fence, hoping that people will want to keep their Galaxy handsets after the end of the 30 days.

 

Obviously if you don't return the phone after the 30 days, you'll be charged the full retail cost of whichever handset you took home for that $1.

Samsung reportedly preparing a huge 18.4-inch, Android-powered tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

It looks like Samsung is preparing a massive new tablet according to SamMobile, a new slate that would rock a huge 18.4-inch display. The new 18.4-inch tablet is under the codename of "Tahoe".

 

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Samsung's 18.4-inch tablet will reportedly feature a TFT LCD display with a 1920x1080 resolution, a 1.6GHz processor (quad-core if we had to guess), 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 2.1-megapixel selfie shooter and Android 5.1 Lollipop.

 

We don't know what kind of market there is for an 18.4-inch tablet, but if it was done well enough with some surprising features or abilities, it could be somewhat different to the usual 10-inch or so tablets we have on the market now. Or do you think an 18.4-inch tablet is simply too big?

Gartner: Smartphone sales slowing, as saturation hits global market

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Global smartphone sales during the second quarter saw the slowest growth rate since 2013, with 330 million units sold, according to the Gartner research group. Of course, it was still a 13.5 percent year-over-year growth, but it looks like smartphone saturation is hitting multiple markets across the world.

 

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Samsung (21.9 percent) led ahead of Apple (14.6 percent), though Apple has steadily eaten into Samsung's lead over the past year. Huawei (7.8 percent), Lenovo (5 percent), and Xiaomi (4.9 percent) rounded out the top five smartphone manufacturers.

 

It will be curious to see how Apple's double-digit growth further erodes Samsung's position as the top smartphone maker in the world - and what the company hopes to do to stop it.

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VAIO brand is making a comeback in the United States with a new tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Most people will remember the iconic VAIO brand that Sony had, but sold the rights to in early 2014 to investment firm Japan Industrial Partners, which is ramping up to launch a new VAIO tablet in the United States in October.

 

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The company started off selling products locally, but now they want VAIO products selling across the world. VAIO CEO Yoshimi Ota said that the reason VAIO was so unprofitable when Sony had the rights was a focus on market share. Under the ownership of Japan Industrial Partners, VAIO won't be pushing any cheap or unprofitable devices. This is where the new Canvas Z steps up to the plate.

 

The new VAIO Canvas Z is a "monster tablet" rocking a 12.3-inch 2560x1704 display, a massive Core i7-4700HQ processor, up to 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The Canvas Z rocks a built-in kickstand, stylus, and a detachable keyboard.

 

VAIO will start the pricing on the Canvas Z at $2199 when it launches on October 5, with pre-orders to start in the middle of September. VAIO will also be launching into the Brazilian market, but there is no ETA on when that will happen. Moving into the future, VAIO will be pushing into multiple new categories, something that will include wearables, communication devices, factory machines, and even - wait for it - consumer entertainment robots.

DisplayMate says Galaxy Note 5 has the 'best smartphone display' ever

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Samsung has only just unveiled its new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ handsets, but DisplayMate has put them both under the test awarding the new Galaxy Note 5 with some serious praise for its display.

 

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Most people would think that the display on the Galaxy Note 5 being the same size and resolution, would not be that much of an upgrade, but DisplayMate says quite the opposite. President of DisplayMate, Dr. Raymond M. Soneria, said that the Galaxy Note 5 is the best performing smartphone display the company has ever tested.

 

The display in the Galaxy Note 5 breaks new records in various categories, including highest absolute color accuracy, peak brightness, and highest contrast rating in ambient light, and that's not even all of the categories the display in the Note 5 wins in. The new Galaxy S6 edge+ was also given some praise, with Soneira saying that the fact that the flexible plastic substrate used in the dual-edge display is now essentially the same as traditional glass substrate.

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