Just like its competitors at Cupertino, Google's new Pixel and Pixel XL flagship duo carry a premium price tag. The Pixel XL starts at $769, for 32GB version, but can cost up to $869 if you go with the 128GB version.
A report from IHS Markit, an analyst company, based in London, shows that Google's total cost to manufacture the Pixel XL (32GB) is $285.75, after including $7.75 in basic manufacturing costs.
Andrew Rassweiler, senior director of cost benchmarking services for IHS Markit, said this isn't surprising.
Total BOM costs for the Google Pixel XL are, not surprisingly, in line with those of other competitors, because the supply base and specs are very similar from phone to phone-whether it's an iPhone, a Galaxy-series phone or the Google Pixel XL. The Pixel clearly targets the same top-end flagship space occupied by the Apple iPhone and top-end Samsung Galaxy lines, with retail pricing points that directly compete with these products.
Xiaomi has been quite busy this Tuesday. After announcing the Mi Note 2, they unveiled the Mi MIX, their most ambitious phone so far.
The first thing you'll notice on this phone is the design. The Mi MIX comes with a 6.4-inch screen, 2040x1080 resolution, and an incredible 91.3 percent screen-to-body ratio, which the company says is the world's 1st.
The Android phone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset clocked at 2.35GHz, 4 or 6 GB or RAM and 128 or 256 GB of storage. The Mi MIX comes with a fingerprint reader, 13 MP main camera and 5 MP selfie camera. It also rocks a massive 4400 mAh battery with Quick Charge support.
Xiaomi has launched the Mi Note 2 today at an event in Beijing, China. As the fourth biggest phone manufacturer in the world, China is an important market for Xiaomi, although they've been struggling to maintain their growth there lately.
At first glance, Mi Note 2 looks really good with curved edges, but it's hard not to notice a similarity with Samsung's Note7. The Mi Note 2 is curved on both front and back, comes with a 5.7-inch display, 22.56 MP main camera with a f/2.0 lens and 8 MP front camera.
Xiaomi Mi Note 2 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with a max clock speed of 2.35GHz, 4 or 6 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of storage. It's also worth noting that there's a version with global support for 37 different 4G LTE bands, meaning it will work in pretty much any country.
First, we had brick-like phones that were big and heavy. Then, the phone manufacturers tried to make them as small as possible and today we get to choose between many standard screen sizes. However, you wouldn't think someone would make a smartphone with a 1.54-inch display, would you? Well, that happened.
VPhone company made what is probably the world's tiniest smartphone. The Vphone S8 has 2.5D curved glass screen with 1.54-inch display and one button, used as a power button.
The phone has a speaker, microphone and... even a headphone jack! The Vphone S8 comes with a built-in FM radio, a heart rate sensor, a light sensor, and a pedometer. The company stated that the Vphone S8 can be paired via Bluetooth with your other smartphone so you can answer the calls coming to that phone. Basically, the Vphone S8 is a smartwatch that's not a watch? Something like that... You can put a sim card in the phone, but if you want to use it as a "smartwatch that's not a smartwatch", it does support iOS and Android phones.
Now about the specs...the Vphone S8 has a 64MB of RAM (yes, that's MB), 128MB of storage and a 380 mAh battery. It's tiny, what did you expect?
In the latest attempt to retain their customers after the Note7 fiasco, Samsung unveiled they will be offering a special upgrade program. South Korean customers who have decided to replace the Note7 for a Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, will be able to upgrade the replacements to either a Galaxy S8 smartphone or a Note 8, Samsung said in a statement, confirming that the Note series isn't dead.
Users in this upgrade program will need to pay only half the price of the Galaxy S7 device, before exchanging it for an S8 or Note 8. The Galaxy S8 is scheduled to be released in February, while the Note 8 is expected for August or September next year.
The upgrade program in South Korea will be carried out by the end of November. As for other countries, Samsung hasn't explained how or if they plan to implement this program.
Whenever a new iPhone launches, we get to read about crazy stuff people are willing to do in order to get their hands onto Apple's newest flagship. I'm not talking about standing in lines for weeks, although that is also pretty hardcore. For example, last year there was a case of a Chinese guy who tried to sell his kidney so he could buy the new iPhone.
This year we have something less dangerous but equally stupid. A Ukranian webshop Allo decided to give away five iPhone 7 devices to people who officially and legally change their name into - Sim iPhone (sim means seven in Ukranian), Sim being the name and iPhone last name.
The iPhone 7 in Ukraine costs around four average monthly wages, so yes, it is highly valued in that country. The average monthly wage in Ukraine is around $200, and the price of the iPhone 7 is around $800.
Huawei will announce their new flagship phone, the Mate 9, on November 3rd and a lot of information has already leaked, including the price, specifications, and photos. You can read more about it here.
We also found out the Mate 9 will come in two models - standard and curved. Evan Blass reports that the curved model will come to the market named the Mate 9 Pro.
The Mate 9 Pro, with a 5.9-inch display, will feature Huawei's newest chip - the Kirin 960. Users will presumably be able to choose between 4 and 6 GB of RAM, and 64 to 256 GB of flash storage.
Google's new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are some of the best Android-based smartphones money can buy, but what happens when you drop, or damage your expensive new Android 7.1-powered handset? Other than cry of course.
Google has teamed with repair company uBreakiFix, with Google providing its consumers access to manufacturer-backed, same-day repair services that use OEM parts. Yahoo reports that you will "not have to wait for appointments to get your broken screens fixed, and you can use the available mail-in service if you are not able to visit any of the 250 retail locations".
There are over 250 locations in 187 cities across the US, with each store featuring a team of specialists who will get your Pixel or Pixel XL up and running agian. uBreakiFix CEO and founder Justin Wetherill explains: "We are pleased to provide Pixel customers with the quality repair service and exceptional customer experience that have come to define our brand. A broken device shouldn't have to ruin someone's day".
Samsung has been embroiled in its scandal of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones blowing up, and now the story gets worse with the South Korean giant getting pissed after someone used a Note 7 in a mod for Grand Theft Auto V, which doubled Samsung's troubled smartphone as a bomb.
The video has been taken down from YouTube, with Samsung Electronics America, Inc. slapping it with a copyright claim - with Kotaku adding in the perfect comment: "Perhaps Samsung was trying to file more claims, but the device they were using exploded before they could complete the process"... oh snap.
YouTube channel Modded Games is behind the video, with user 'sdaddy345' saying: "Pretty bummed out that Samsung copyright take downed a video that I made 100%... No logo, image or even the word 'Samsung' was uttered/shown in the video. It was pretty much the same thing as this video, which is just a gta 5 player throwing the phone at cars and blowing them up".
Huawei just announced its latest self-made Kirin 960 chip, a high-end SoC that will bring performance boosts to its new Mate 9 flagship handset this November.
The Kirin 960 is a 16nm SoC, and features an octa-core CPU that's comprised of four of ARM's new high-end Cortex A73 2.4GHz cores alongside four Cortex A53 1.8GHz cores. On the GPU side, Huawei's Kirin 960 taps ARM's new 900MHz Mali-G71 MP8 GPU, which features full Vulkan support and doubles the core shader count while offering an 180% boost in GPU performance over the Kirin 950.
Armed with Kiring 960 GPU, we can expect Huawei's flagship Mate 9 phone to support VR gaming with Google's mobile-based Daydream VR platform. Kirin 960 also sports support for 1800MHz LPDDR4 RAM system memory, and the SoC scored a 5000 in single-core memory latency in GeekBench 4.0.0.