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Samsung's next-gen Galaxy S8 to feature RGB display, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 15, 2016 6:46 am

Samsung made some impressive design choices with the Galaxy S7, but the next-gen Galaxy S8 is sounding even more exciting. The South Korean electronics giant is reportedly considering a shift to RGB displays, moving away from the current AMOLED technology they're known for.

 

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Not only that, but the display should rock a 2560x1440 resolution, just like the current Galaxy S7. Inside, we're expecting the company to use a 14nm chip like the current Galaxy S7, but the shift to 10nm is also an exciting one. The use of an RGB display is interesting, as it'll make the display look better, and it could also increase battery life - something we all want, right?

NVIDIA's next-gen Shield turns up at FCC, is it powered by Pascal?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 13, 2016 8:27 am

It looks like NVIDIA will be releasing a new Shield tablet in the very near future, with a new Shield passing through the FCC.

 

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The FCC's testing report doesn't go into much detail, but the new NVIDIA Shield will feature 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and that it'll be measured at 8.6 x 4.8 x 0.3 inches. This means the new Shield will be slightly smaller than the old Shield, so we should expect it to come in with an 8-inch display. It has the same basic design as the previous Shield, and that's not a bad thing because the Shield is pretty damn sexy.

 

Someone on the NVIDIA forums has said that the new slate is mentioned in NVIDIA's Android TV code a few times as "Hawkeye", who says that it'll be powered by the Tegra X1. NVIDIA's Tegra X1 is pretty damn powerful, and it'll be joined by 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a resolution of 1920x1200.

iPhone 7 rumored to have 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM, dual-camera image chip

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 12, 2016 8:36 am

The next-gen iPhone 7 will reportedly have 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM, as well as a new dual-camera image processor. Apple has some impressive camera software technology on its current iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, but the new iPhone 7 will pump things up a few notches according to the latest rumors.

 

 

The iPhone 7 is expected to have a touch-sensitive Home button, as well as a waterproof chassis - finally. The dual-camera system has me excited, as it'll let people capture a video or a photo, and then you'll be able to view the transition between lenses seamlessly, by touching a spot on the photo to zoom in with the second lens - which sounds awesome.

 

Inside, we are to expect a next-gen A10 processor, as well as a 3100mAh battery and up to 256GB available, which will be great as an upgrade from the current flagship model featuring 128GB of storage. We should expect Apple to unveil the new iPhone later this year.

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ASUS teases its 'Zenvolution' event for May 30, just before Computex

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 7, 2016 3:13 pm

ASUS has just announced its new "Zenvolution" event for May 30, just before Computex kicks off in Taiwan - which runs between May 31 - June 4.

 

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The company has a new teaser site counting down to the event, which will take place at Humble House Taipei, with a livestream to take place, too. ASUS is expected to announce the ZenFone 3, as well as the purported ZenFone 3 Deluxe.

 

What should we expect from the next-gen ZenFone smartphone? Android Central says we should see 2.5D curved glass on the front and back, USB Type-C connectivity, a fingerprint sensor, front LED flash, and laser autofocus on the back. The Deluxe version should sport an all-metal design, with a physical button on the front.

 

We'll see it all take place during Computex, but will you be interesting in a new smartphone from ASUS over something like the iPhone 6S or Galaxy S7?

iPhone 7 could have a 3.5mm headphone jack after all

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 5, 2016 9:20 pm

Apple's next-generation iPhone 7 might not force millions of mobile owners to buy new accessories after all.

 

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When reports broke out that Apple's iPhone 7 would replace the 3.5mm headphone jack with a new all-in-one Lightning connector, the mighty tech giant drew the ire of millions of iPhone owners across the world. Luckily, it looks like those reports are false, and the iPhone 7 will keep the 3.5mm jack.

 

According to a recently leaked photo of the iPhone 7's innards, the new flagship will sport a 3.5mm jack. The component was compared to that of an iPhone 6S, showing obvious similarities and differences that could indicate it's a new iPhone model. Then again, the source of the leak is unverified--as they so often are--so this could be a fake.

LG fingerprint sensor sits beneath smartphone screen

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 2, 2016 3:08 pm

Fingerprint modules on smartphones typically require you to press your finger on a raised button, meaning they must be mounted externally. LG's South Korean outfit Innotek is innovating on this front, though, and has created a fingerprint sensor that doesn't require a button at all and is mounted beneath the screen, thus offering the functionality without interfering with the form.

 

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With the sensor out of the way, companies can be more free with their smartphone designs.

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iPhone 8 reportedly using a 7nm processor, includes wireless charging

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 23, 2016 4:32 am

While the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are the current flagship smartphones from Apple, we're months away from the purported iPhone 7 - and years away from the iPhone 8. That however, doesn't stop the rumor mill from spinning out rumors on the iPhone 8.

 

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The iPhone 8 will reportedly feature a system-on-chip on the 7nm process, which should deliver a huge jump in performance, and hopefully, battery life. The iPhone 8 will reportedly feature wireless charging, and the lack of the TouchID-based home button.

 

Barclay's analyst Mark Moskowitz has said that there might not be an 'S' cycle next year, with Apple skipping the 'S' series smartphone and jumping directly from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 8. Moskowitz said: "Silver lining - there might be no "S" cycle in C2017. Our conversations with industry participants suggest Apple could skip the "S" cycle next year and instead jump to IP8. The jump could showcase major form factor changes, including OLED, no home button, and wireless charging. In our view, these potential changes could drive a mega cycle, underpinning our C2017 iPhone unit growth estimate of 10.3%, vs. 6.3% previously".

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Apple quietly updates the new ultrathin Macbook, makes it viable again

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 19, 2016 7:09 pm

Apple's thin and light Macbook, a return to the popular less expensive non-pro brand, has been updated with new Skylake processors that should help increase already great battery life and boost performance while still keeping it just as petite.

 

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The exterior has retained the same svelte 11.04 x 7.74 x 0.52-inch and 2.03lbs dimensions, but pick up a new Rose Gold finish to compliment the Space Grey, Silver and Gold options already in the store. The changes under the hood are evolutionary, changing out the Broadwell M processors for Skylake M. Now the $1,199 model comes standard with a new 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M3 attached to 256GB of PCIe-based storage with 8GB of LPDDR3 1866 and Intel's HD 516 pulling graphics duty. The more expensive $1,599 model switches to a Skylake-based 1.2GHz Intel Core M5, 512GB of PCIe-based storage and the same 8GB of LPDDR3 1866. There's an option for both models to upgrade their storage and the processor to a more speedy M7 variety as well.

 

One of the major complaints against the re-envisioned Macbook was that the storage was much slower than it should have been, being purely SATA based, which has now been fixed at absolutely no price increase. The inclusion of the new processors should help with battery life and even the overall experience. Battery life is quoted as being an hour longer at around 10 for browsing and 11 fro movie playback. The original is a testement to the memory management and general efficiency of OSX, with most tasks being completed with ablomb. You won't use it as a primary video editing platform, however.

Apple aunctions one-of-a-kind iPad Pro to London's Design museum

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 18, 2016 5:49 am

Apple is feeling generous, auctioning off a one-of-the-kind iPad Pro, Smart Cover, and Apple Pencil to London's Design museum to raise money.

 

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The Apple products were donated by Jony Ive and the Apple design team, with the iPad Pro, Smart Cover and Apple Pencil produced for a once off in these colors. The three products are all made from the same materials the normal versions are made from, but the color scheme is custom.

 

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is a greenish yellow color, while the Smart Cover is blue leather, and the Apple Pencil looks like it arrives in a slick leather case, in orange. There's a nice gold band around the top of the Apple Pencil, too, which makes it even more unique.

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Galaxy Note 6 specs leak, teases 6GB RAM, Slim RGB AMOLED display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 18, 2016 3:51 am

Some new leaks on the Galaxy Note 6 have arrived, teasing the 5.77-inch 2560x1440 display, which should arrive with a new Slim RGB AMOLED panel.

 

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Samsung's new Galaxy Note 6 should rock a 5.7-inch 1440p panel, 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 64/128GB UFS 2.0 storage, a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, the infamous S-Pen, and more. As for the processor, we should expect the purported Galaxy Note 6 to rock the Exynos 8890 processor.

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