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Huawei Mate X foldable smartphone delayed AGAIN, arrives in November

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 6 hours ago

Huawei has announced that its Mate X foldable smartphone has a new release window of November and "ideally not any later", after the slip during its launch a few months ago.

 

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Mate X was meant due in in September after being delayed from its June release, but now TechRadar said that at a press event at Huawei's Shenzhen HQ that it is coming in November. Furthermore, the site found out about the next Mate X and that it "could have more screens, and it might come out as soon as next year".

 

More displays on a Mate X 2.0 would see Huawei replacing the steel rear cover with a glass back, that could see touchscreens deployed. Now that would be quite insane, a foldable smartphone with double-sided displays. Yikes. If there were this many issues and delays in the first foldable smartphone launch, how would that go with dual, double-sided displays?

108MP camera phone will take 12032 x 9024 resolution photos

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

Xiaomi has teased that its next-gen phone will use Samsung's exciting new ISOSELL GW1 64MP sensor in an upcoming phone, as well as a beasty new 108-megapixel sensor that will shoot at incredible resolutions.

 

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The huge 108-megapixel sensor will snap images at a crisp AF resolution of 12032 x 9024... yeah, just let that sink in for a while. Before we get to that, the 64-megapixel sensor will take high-quality 16MP photos in low-light conditions, while the larger 108MP sensor will snap surely-gorgeous 27MP photos in low-light.

 

Xiaomi's next-gen Mi MIX 4 is the smartphone expected to use the 108-megapixel sensor, and should be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 processor and pack a QHD+ display with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Not a genuine iPhone battery? Apple now locks your iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Important Battery Message

Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple battery. Health information not available for this battery.

 

This is what yo u'll see now thanks to an update that Apple has for iOS, which will stop people using aftermarket batteries inside of their iPhones. iFixit says that Apple has activated a "dormant software lock" in iOS that will stop features like Battery Health in Settings to work, but it will work if you have a genuine Apple battery.

 

 

However, if you replace the battery in your iPhone on your own you will get the 'Important Battery Message' that will block features on your phone. This will happen if you use an aftermarket battery or an official Apple battery, so unless you take your iPhone into either Apple or an Apple authorized repairer, you're out of luck.

 

There's a simple thing that is causing this is a micro-controller on the battery itself made by Texas Instruments, which packs an authentication feature that has information that pairs the battery to the logic board inside of the iPhone. Apple is now checking this, so if the authentication key doesn't match the iPhone, the "Service" warning comes up and blocks you.

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Samsung announces its new Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ phones

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Samsung has launched its new Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ smartphones, but there were also a few surprises along the way, something that includes the Galaxy Book S -- the world's first with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx.

 

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Both of the new Note 10 handsets feature Samsung's new Exynos 9825 SoC on the 7nm node, while the Note 10+ will have 5G support, and both have an "all-new" S-Pen stylus. The smaller Note 10 features a 6.3-inch display with a native 2280x1080, which is a lower resolution than the Note 9 from last year, but the larger Note 10+ packs a huge 6.8-inch display with a native 3040x1040 OLED panel.

 

Samsung's larger Galaxy Note 10+ doesn't just have a larger and higher-res display, but it features the Snapdragon X55 modem from Qualcomm for 5G connectivity, a quad-camera rig, and a huge 4500mAh battery. The smaller Note 10 has a much smaller 3500mAh battery, so the Note 10+ is definitely a huge upgrade in many areas.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx powers Galaxy Book S

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Samsung launched its new Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ smartphones with a surprise announcement of the new Galaxy Book S, the company's new premium, ultra-portable laptop powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx platform.

 

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The previous iterations in the Galaxy Book and Galaxy Book 2 were 2-in-1 designs, but Samsung has changed it up with the Galaxy Book S making it into an ultra-portable laptop. The big ticket here is that the Galaxy Book S is the first laptop powered by Qualcomm's exciting new Snapdragon 8cx, made on 7nm.

 

We have the Snapdragon 8cx and its 8-core CPU at up to 2.84GHz joined by 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, either 256GB or 512GB SSD with up to 1TB thanks to a microSD slot. Samsung's new Galaxy Book S has a 13.3-inch 1080p touchscreen display, a 720p webcam, 2 x USB-C 3.1 ports, a microSD card reader, and 3.5mm audio jack.

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Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL to get 90Hz display, 6GB of RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

ASUS, OnePlus and Razer are already up in the 90-120Hz refresh rate on their smartphones, but it looks like they will be joined by Google with its next wave of Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones.

 

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According to "a reliable source" of 9to5Google, the new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones will have 90Hz displays which Google will call 'Smooth Display'. We should expect the Pixel 4 to have a 5.7-inch Full HD+ display while a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ display will find a home in the Pixel 4 XL -- both will be OLED panels.

 

Google is expected to use Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip, 6GB of RAM (in both) and will each come in 64GB and 128GB flavors in the US. Google will use the latest Android Q on the new Pixel 4 phones, somethign that I'm thoroughly enjoying the beta of on my Pixel 3 XL at the moment.

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Huawei set to launch Hongmeng OS for mobile with Mate 30

By: Shannon Robb | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Huawei has been on somewhat shaky ground as directives have been handed down by the administrative branch of the USA pushing US-based companies to stop working with Huawei.

 

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Huawei has been caught in several scandals which led to a temporary trade ban which was later rolled back mostly. Now speculation/news is coming from the Global Times, which is a Chinese run state media. They have stated that Huawei will have the Hongmeng OS ready as early as Q4 2019 to go along with the Mate 30 series of phones.

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Apple iPhone to have in-display fingerprint sensor by 2021?

By: Shannon Robb | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Many of us have gotten used to the fingerprint sensors on various locations on our smartphones.

 

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Over the last year, many manufacturers have started placing fingerprint sensors into their phone screens with varying levels of success. While we will see this improve on Android-based handsets as time goes on, Apple is choosing a more refined (slower) approach as they commonly do.

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Samsung will have Radeon GPU tech in phones by 2021

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 5, 2019 @ 23:36 CDT

Samsung revealed during its recent quarterly earnings call that it will be using AMD Radeon RDNA technology inside of its new devices in around two years time. It was only back in June 2019 that AMD and Samsung announced a multi-year strategic partnership that would see RDNA architecture to power its next-gen mobile devices.

 

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AMD said in its own financial call that it has added $100 million to its revenue from Samsung in earnings statements, with Seeking Alpha reporting that an unknown Samsung rep talked about RDNA technology, saying: "we expect that the GPU technology will start being adopted in products that will be launched two years down the road roughly".

 

The move shows that AMD's mobile GPU technology should give Samsung the boost in mobile graphics performance that it needs, with the South Korean giant needing Radeon IP to give it the boost it needs to fight Qualcomm. Funny, that the Adreno GPU was born from ATI Technologies back in the day and acquired by Qualcomm -- and two years from now Samsung will use mobile RDNA tech from AMD in its devices.

 

AMD is working on higher-end versions of Navi under the RDNA architecture, and it seems right down to mobiles in its huge multi-year deal with Samsung. On the other hand we have Qualcomm continuously breaking its own boundaries, with the new Snapdragon 855+ kicking ass and taking names in the gaming smartphone market.

Samsung's new Exynos 9825 teased, Snapdragon 855 competitor

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 5, 2019 @ 23:06 CDT

Samsung itself has posted to the official Samsung Exynos Twitter account 'Power evolved. August 7, 2019. #NextGenPower' in a new tweet, teasing the next-gen Exynos SoC.

 

 

We should excpect the new Exynos 9825 SoC to be unveiled at the Samsung Unpacked event in New York City on August 7, so expect some big things under the hood. Samsung will be using its own 7nm EUV (extreme ultraviolet lithography) over the 8nm used on the Exynos 9820 that went into the Galaxy S10 handsets.

 

Samsung will be launching the new Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ smartphones at the event, and will see it powered by either the in-house Exynos 9825 or Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 855 depending on the region and carrier.

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