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When LG unveiled its new G5 smartphone, it was one of the bigger risks the company has taken, and for good reason. It has an upgradeable camera, SD card slot, removable battery, and so much more thanks to its impressive Magic Slot module.
Forbes has taken a look at the G5 smartphone, comparing its rear-facing camera against the G4, and what they found was more than impressive. Forbes contributors Patrick Moorhead and Anshel Sag tested the G5's camera in "multiple camera modes, auto, manual, and HDR . However, most of the shots will be taken in auto and HDR because the reality is that most users will be using their phones in auto".
The first image, which we've got above, shows a huge change over the G4. The HDR image is interesting, as it shows how the sensor deals with bright situations.
Most people thought Apple were kind of crazy launching a new 4-inch smartphone, but the iPhone SE has been super popular in China where they've seen 3.4 million pre-orders in the country alone.
Splitting these numbers up, JD.com has 882,000 pre-orders, Suning has 1.7 million, and Gome has 889,000 pre-orders for the new iPhone SE. Gold is the most popular with 1.3 million pre-orders, Rose Gold comes in second with 1.2 million pre-orders, and Silver with only 450,000. The 4-inch iPhone SE features the same A9 processor found in the larger, and much more expensive iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus smartphones.
Around the back, we have a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera that shoots 4K without a problem. 802.11ac Wi-Fi is included, making it 3x faster than the iPhone 5S. There's Wi-Fi calling and NFC, Touch ID, and Bluetooth 4.2 on the iPhone SE - all for $399.
The first Linux tablets are coming soon with Ubuntu driving the show under the hood with quad-core MediaTek processors. The devices, from BQ are available in a full HD and HD (720P) screens with the ability to run full-fledged (ARM compatible) Linux applications and turn into a traditional PC when hooked up to an external monitor and keyboard/mouse.
The BQ Aquaris M10 comes in two flavors, the 1280x800 10" model with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage and a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8163A processor. The Full HD version will actually have a 10" 1920x1200 resolution screen with the same storage and RAM but a 1.5GHz quad-core processor. Both will have an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera and a microSD slot that can hold up to 64GB of additional storage.
The HD version is $289 while the FullHD version is $335. This is part of Canonicals bid to bring Linux into every facet of our lives, letting you enjoy it in nearly any format, akin to Microsoft's strategy with Windows 10. It's supposed to provide a seemless experience, even if it's not particularly quick with the specs these two 10" tablets have.
It's interesting and while the open-source operating system doesn't quite have the number of mobile-focused apps as Android or even Windows does, Canonical is adamant about pushing their OS into an already enriched market. The lack of apps has been enough to forestall the development of some OS's already.
Apple may have just revealed its new, but old iPhone SE - but now the latest rumors from credible Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with KGI Securities has the company teasing the next-gen iPhone.
Kuo teases that the iPhone to be revealed in 2017 will be completely new, with glass casing and a sure-to-be beautiful AMOLED display. Kuo believes that Apple will choose between glass, plastric and ceramic casing for its next-gen iPhone, but believes Apple will land on using glass - like it did with the iPhone 4 "as plastic doesn't offer thin and light form factor designs, and it would be not easy to precisely control the tolerance of ceramic".
The new iPhone will also reportedly feature a curved display, much like their competitor Samsung and their Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones. KGI says that Apple will build on the iPhone 4 design, with the 2017 iPhone featuring a glass front and back, with metal sides. Kuo adds that the new iPhone will feature a "completely new form factor design", with narrow bezels and a "more comfortable grip".
Not only that, but KGI teases that Apple could release a huge 5.8-inch iPhone 7 in 2017 with an AMOLED display. Considering the iPhone 6S Plus has a huge 5.5-inch display, the new form factor would have to be impressive for it to be smaller than the 5.5-inch iPhone. We should expect the larger 5.8-inch iPhone to replace, and completely take over the 5.5-inch iPhone if it arrives in 2017.
It looks like Samsung might be in some hot water over its flagship Galaxy S7 smartphone, with some reports stating that after gaming for around 15 minutes, the Galaxy S7 loses 25% of its performance. Overheating could be the issue, which is something that NordicHardware looked into.
Their report states that the SoC performance gets throttled and is forced to reduce its clock speed when the temperature of the chip rises, leaning to rumors that the Exynos 8890 and its 14nm FinFET LPP process might not be perfect. During some 3DMark SlingShot benchmarking, the Galaxy S7 runs at 38C, and over five rounds, the performance begins to fall right off of a cliff.
There are two different Galaxy S7 smartphones in the market, one with the Exynos 8890 processor and another with the Snapdragon 820. If you're purchasing the one with Samsung's own Exynos 8890, you might experience these performance-related problems. Samsung should hopefully come out and address this in the near future.
Amazon surprised the world with its impressive Echo device, a personal voice assistant that has made waves - so much so, that Google is reportedly working on a device very similar, according to The Verge.
Considering Google owns connected thermostat and smoke detector company Nest, it will most likely leverage its $3.2 billion acquisition to better combat the Amazon Echo. The rumors have Nest wanting to work on an Echo-like product, but Google dismissed the idea, as it was working on its own. Nest has been struggling to expand on its product line since Google acquired the company in early 2014.
Google making an Echo-like product makes total sense, especially with its powerful Google Now service - involving Nest into this, would make sense - so I don't understand why this wouldn't happen. Google, what's going on?
Sony isn't finished restructuring their PlayStation brand it seems. The latest move by the Japanese company has formed a new division that's sole focus is to bring back PlayStation-esque gaming to the mobile space.
The idea, it seems, is to be able to provide full-fledged console-type gaming with complex character interactions and an overarching narrative to mobile phones, tablets and any other mobile or connected devices. The wording even suggests making another app to act as a hub for those experiences. It also suggests that this will be, again, limited to their own devices. It looks like they're ready to re-enter this arena again, and with a whole new strategy.
Of course this is well after the actual PlayStation mobile app, which contained targeted and optimized games and was available only on certain Sony handheld devices, has been shut down. This seems to be another effort to expand past the PlayStation Vita and into a broad mobile strategy, something that Nintendo has opted to do as well. One would hope that they would extend the compatibility to include more than just Sony branded devices, maybe even having soft requirements to play certain games to ensure that the best experience is had. It's likely that they've re-evaluated their stance after reviewing the popularity of even the Kim Kardashian game and other segments.
There was an unexpected outcry when the iPhone started growing in diagonal size. The smaller, and original(ish) 4" screen was sorely missed. Apple has heard those cries of anguish and have revived that particular size as the iPhone SE. But it definitely isn't the iPhone 5C of this generation.
Inside the new phone are flagship level parts, with the full A9 and M9 chips found in the 6S. The only difference is the smaller Retina screen. The camera around back is also the same 12MP one featured in the 6S, 6S Plus and the recently announced 9.7-inch iPad Pro. That means this small phone is capable of 4K video and can produce slow-motion video at up to 240FPS.
NFC is also supported so you can use Apple Pay or any other NFC related app that can make use of it. For other connectivity, you'll have faster LTE support but only single-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi support. Missing from the spec sheet is 3D touch, however. You'll be able to pre-order the iPhone SE on March 24th and they'll show up in stock on March 31st. The iPone SE will be priced at $399 for 16GB and $499 for 64GB of storage.
Apple's "Loop you in" event just finished up in Cupertino today, the last one in this particular amphitheater, and it was full of updates to their mobile line. The newest member of the iPad family was announced, firmly taking the spot in the line that's slotted directly before the larger iPad Pro yet after the current iPad Air 2.
This iteration is almost exactly the same as it's big brother with the same A9X chipset, 4 speaker audio setup and Apple Pencil compatibility. The screen has a resolution of 2048x1536 with full DCI-P3 color gamut support. From the video, it looks like it's actually calibrated individually at the factory, so it should prove to have accurate color rendition out of the box.
Apple has added something they're calling True Tone display to the screen, which uses a set of 2, four channel, ambient light sensors to change the color temperature of the screen based on the ambient light around you. The screen borrows similar IGZO and the custom timing controller from the larger iPad Pro and is capable of a whopping 500 nits of brightness.
One of the great things about the Internet is you can watch other people risk the well-being of their expensive devices instead of you doing it yourself. That's what's happening with the video below from YouTuber Max Lee, who throws the Galaxy S7 in an LG washing machine to test just how waterproof it really is. Turns out: very.
The phone is put through a full 45 minute cycle, so it's rigorous testing to be sure; a VRS Design Crystal Mixx case was used purely to prevent scratches.