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iPhone users who have enabled Dark Mode get 30% more battery life

By: Jak Connor | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 hours, 6 mins ago

It was only a couple of weeks ago that Dark Mode for iOS and Android devices was rolled out, and since then users have been wondering if using Dark Mode affects the devices battery life. Tests have been released and it seems that it does.

Tests conducted by PhoneBuff indicate that for iPhone users who have upgraded to iOS 13 and have enabled Dark Mode will be given 30% more battery life. The set of tests conducted by PhoneBuff were with robots who did a bunch of predefined tasks that included typing out messages, scrolling Twitter, using YouTube and Google Maps. The phones that were used for these tests were two iPhone XS Max's that were brought to the same level of brightness to ensure fair testing.

The tests were recorded over a two hour period and what they found that was that the light mode killed the battery that much that the testing in Google Maps couldn't even be concluded. Dark Mode on the other hand still had 30% of its battery remaining. Why does Dark Mode give better battery efficiency? Well that's actually quite simple. When an OLED display is showing black it means the tiny pixel on the display is completely off, not draining any reserved power contained in the battery. To the contrary, when an OLED display is at full brightness more power is being drained due to the pixels being powered on, you can probably see where this is going.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 details: 100MP camera and 5G support

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 14 hours, 44 mins ago

Qualcomm doesn't sleep, as it is on a mission to power virtually every single product you touch -- and rightfully so, they kick ass at it. What's next for the San Diego-based giant? The next-gen Snapdragon 865, that's what.

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The next-gen Snapdragon 865 chip will be making its way into 8848's new Titanium M6 5G smartphone (8848 is a luxury smartphone and watchmaker in China). They've already outed Qualcomm's unannounced Snapdragon 865 SoC, which will reportedly arrive in two different varieties: one with 4G LTE and another with much faster 5G connectivity.

8848's interesting new Titanium M6 5G smartphone rolls out with a 6.01-inch AMOLED display, a huge 12GB of RAM and equally-as-large 1TB of on-board storage. Camera wise, 8848 is throwing in a 64-megapixel camera that will snap 100-megapixel photos thanks to advanced interpolation.

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NVIDIA Shield TV Pro teased: packs the new Tegra X1+ chip

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 11 hours ago

NVIDIA's rumored Shield TV successor has been spotted once again, this time on Amazon -- and arriving as the purported Shield TV Pro with some new features and a new Tegra processor.

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NVIDIA's new Shield TV Pro will reportedly pack an upgraded Tegra X1+ processor that is up to 25% faster than the Tegra X1 found inside of the Shield TV (and other devices). It'll also feature 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (which is upgradeable through external storage, with NVIDIA offering 2 x USB 3.0 ports on the back of the Shield TV Pro).

There will be an HDMI 2.0 port, Gigabit Ethernet port, 4K HDR support and NVIDIA providing a big upgrade in Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound support with the upgraded Shield TV Pro.

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Samsung's new Galaxy Fold 2 rumored to fold UP clamshell style

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 12 hours ago

Samsung has only just released its foldable smartphone in the Galaxy Fold and has Chinese rival Huawei on its heels with the 5G-capable, and slightly-revised Mate X foldable smartphone, and yet... we're already hearing about the next-gen Galaxy Fold 2 smartphone.

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We can expect some big changes in the Galaxy Fold 2 when it launches in 2020, but for now the rumors have Samsung reportedly moving into the world of using Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) as the protective layer to replace the transparent polyimide (PI) film that is used on the current-gen Galaxy Fold smartphone.

But the fun continues with the rumors, with Samsung reportedly set to change the actual physical function and foldability of the Galaxy Fold 2 handset over the current Galaxy Fold. Rumor has it the Galaxy Fold 2 will fold down vertically like a clam shell, instead of like a book in its current form.

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Motorola teases foldable RAZR phone, will reveal it on November 13

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 13 hours ago

I still remember getting my hands-on the original Motorola RAZR phone back in the day, my first handset was the silver model and then I upgraded to the black model and continued my smartphone obsession through to today.

But now, Motorola is about to make a huge return with the iconic RAZR phone but this time rumor has it the new Motorola RAZR will be a foldable smartphone. The company revealed a new teaser for the phone reveal, and invites to a new event on November 13 where we will be greeted by the new RAZR.

Motorola is using some interesting taglines for the event with the phrase "You're going to flip", with the company adding that it will be the "highly-anticipated unveiling of a reinvented icon". Whatever they do, I want to see it -- but the question remains: will it be as iconic and game-changing as the original RAZR?

Huawei Mate X now has a button to open up the foldable phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 12 hours ago

What does $2600 buy you in a foldable smartphone? That'd be the Huawei Mate X which is being released this month, and has one small -- but very significant tweak over what we saw when the Mate X was revealed earlier this year, and then delayed.

Thanks to a new unboxing video on the Huawei Mate X, we know that the new phone will have a button on the side which opens the latch to unlock the foldable screen. It's a nice touch, something that Samsung didn't include in its foldable Galaxy Fold smartphone which is now on the market.

Huawei is charging more than Samsung for its foldable smartphone with the Mate X costing $2600 versus the Galaxy Fold at $1980 -- but Huawei provides you with 5G connectivity and its own in-house Kirin 990 chip.

Pixel 4 does not retain unlimited photo upload at original quality

By: Shannon Robb | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 22 hours ago

Google has a history, well quite a long one with its Pixel phones at this point. They are always known for having outstanding photo capabilities as one of its strongest points. Google is also known for enabling its smartphones to have unlimited photo backup at original quality. This is offered via Google Photos, which stores to Google Drive (transitioning to Google One).

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For Pixel users who value this feature, it seems to have gone to the wayside on this go around, and likely for the foreseeable future if it holds with the Pixel 4. This is not the first time that a Pixel smartphone has been omitted from the unlimited uploads feature, the Pixel 3a did not have the feature either. But, the Pixel 3a was also half the price of the flagship models.

The fact that Google Drive, Google's cloud storage solution has relaunched as Google One just a little while ago. This could be a sign of the future for Google's monetization strategy. Google offers three months of Google One (100GB) storage with a Pixel 4 purchase, and this is likely the endgame for Google nudging Pixel users into the Google One subscription model. This will ensure more ROI overall and more revenue for something that used to be free.

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Google Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL: 90Hz display, and oh-so-much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days, 14 hours ago

Google has finally unveiled its new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones, crammed with the latest and greatest features and while the internal specs don't make the new Pixel 4 family the fastest, that has never mattered for Pixel smartphones.

Starting with the specs, Google bakes in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 64/128GB storage options, and all USB-C so once again no headphone jack and no microSD card slot. The bigger differences between the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are in the display sizes and resolutions, and the changes between the batteries.

Google has opted for smoother 90Hz displays on both of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones, and while the faster 90Hz refresh rate will chew down battery faster than 60Hz, you can toggle between 60/90Hz on the new handsets. As for the screen sizes, the Pixel 4 has a 5.7-inch panel while the larger Pixel 4 XL rolls out with a 6.3-inch display -- both at up to 90Hz.

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Qualcomm teams with 30+ OEMs to use Snapdragon X55 5G modem in 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 14 hours ago

Qualcomm has announced that it has teamed with over 30 OEMs to get its super-fast Snapdragon X55 modem inside of devices and your homes in 2020 and beyond, paving the way for non-5G devices to get super-fast speeds.

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The new solution will see Qualcomm teaming with companies to get its 5G chip as well as Wi-Fi 6 tech to power Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) home gateways, where the Snapdragon X55 modem and Networking Pro 1200 platform will support sub 6-GHz networks and throw down the gauntlet for long-range communication with ridiculous speeds.

34 companies have signed up to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem and RF system, with these products to make their way to market in 2020. They will be called 5G FWA CPE (because normal non-tech and non-up-to-date people will love saying that out aloud) and should replace normal wired cable modems but they will deliver when it comes to super-quick speeds.

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Pixel 4 price will reportedly start at $799, Pixel 4 XL at $899

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 15 hours ago

We are hours away from the official unveiling of Google's new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones, with leaked pricing pointing to the fact that Google will continue the same price points as the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

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Google will kick off the Pixel 4 pricing at $799 according to the new leaks, while the larger Pixel 4 XL begins at $899. We should assume these are for the 64GB models, which I'm sure Google will offer 128GB (and hopefully beyond) models when they officially unveil the new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones.

I'm hoping for 128GB and 256GB variants as shooting 4K video and snapping a bunch of photos all day on these beautiful new cameras chews up storage space. But in saying that, Google traditionally gives you unlimited storage for high-res photos and videos on Google Photos (which if you don't use, you really should because Google Photos is freaking awesome).

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