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

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 14 hours, 52 mins 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: 1 day, 1 hour 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: 1 day, 17 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: 2 days, 17 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: 2 days, 18 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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Pixel 4 XL specs confirmed: Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM, 3700mAH battery

By: Derek Strickland | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 7 hours ago

A recent Best Buy Canada listing leaked out the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL's specs, aligning with previous reports on Google's new flagship handset.

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According to the listing (which has now been deleted), Google's Pixel 4 duo will use the powerful 7nm Snapdragon 855 SoC (the same found in Samsung's Galaxy S10 line) in tandem with 6GB of RAM, making for a 50% boost in system memory over the Pixel 3. Both models have dual 12MP and 16MP rear cameras that capture 4K video and will enable "studio-quality photos" wherever you go, Google says.

The main differences between the Pixel 4 and its XL model are battery and screen size/resolution. The Pixel 4 features a smaller 5.7-inch touchscreen with lower Full HD+ resolution (1920x1080p that bumps up depending on the aspect ratio) alongside a 2800mAh battery. The Pixel 4 XL sports a 6.3-inch screen with QHD+ (2560x1440p resolution that likewise increases based on the aspect ratio) and a much bigger 3700mAh battery.

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PG&E cuts power to 500,000+ residents of California, 2M+ could be hit

PG&E is cutting power to hundreds of thousands of residents in California, in an effort to "prevent starting a wildfire with the windy and dry conditions projected in the weather forecast".

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The power shutoffs could eventually hit millions of Californians, with 513,000 residents already without power after midnight on Wednesday. The power shutoffs could eventually extend to some of the most popular cities on California including Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside.

This move sees PG&E making the largest power shutdown for the company, ever -- with the company explaining its reasoning behind the power shutdown. Michael Lewis, PG&E's senior vice president of electric operations, explained: "The safety of our customers and the communities we serve is our most important responsibility, which is why PG&E has decided to turn power off to customers during this widespread, severe wind event. We understand the effects this event will have on our customers and appreciate the public's patience as we do what is necessary to keep our communities safe and reduce the risk of wildfire".

To find out if your area is affected, click into the story to read more.

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Android co-founder teases Essentials TV remote-shaped phone ProjectGEM

By: Jak Connor | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Andy Rubin, one of the co-founders of Android has posted a picture online of a brand new mobile phone that's shape looks very much like a TV remote.

If you didn't know, Rubin created the company Essential which strives towards making technology simple and easily accessible for the user. According to their Twitter post, Essential have been currently working on the above phone which has been titled "ProjectGEM". Right off the bat we can definitely see that this a peculiar looking phone, especially considering that most, if not all the phones that are being released now days are getting bigger and wider.

Judging from Rubin's pictures, we can see the phone screen is about a thumbs and a bits worth in diameter, and would most likely measure from about the base of your palm to the top of your middle finger. UI wise, Rubin shows off Google Maps, weather, Uber and Calendar, all of which seem to be in working condition. Another thing that should be noted is the gloss finish for all of the colors, when looking at the device from different angles the colors change, quite an awesome touch.

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OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition should be unveiled soon

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

OnePlus seem to be gearing up for the announcement of the new McLaren Edition of their new flagship OnePlus 7T Pro smartphone, with the CEO of OnePlus practically unveiling it on Twitter.

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau took to his personal Twitter account with a simple image, which is definitely teasing the new OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition smartphone. The previous-gen McLaren Edition handset for the 6T last year saw it with the beefiest specs of the 6T family of smartphones, with a black-and-orange McLaren-infused design, and ridiculously-fast 30W charging.

But with fast-charging taking the fast lane these days with companies like Vivo offering 120W fast-charging, and Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10+ supporting 25W out of the box and up to 45W with a specific charger, OnePlus will want to one-up the competition with the 7T Pro McLaren Edition smartphone.

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Smartphone typing speed on average is only 25% slower than keyboards

By: Jak Connor | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 2, 2019 @ 2:05 CDT

A new large-scale study has been released showcasing data towards smartphone typing speeds exponentially catching up with physical keyboard typing speeds.

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Researchers from Aalto University, University of Cambridge and ETH Zurich conducted an analysis on the typing speeds of tens of thousands of phone and computer users. Anna Feit, a researcher at ETH Zurich, and one of the papers co-authors said "We were amazed to see that users typing with two thumbs achieved 38 words per minute on average, which is only about 25% slower than the typing speeds we observed in a similar large-scale study of physical keyboards."

The researchers also found that while typing on a physical keyboard is certainly still faster, the people who reach the 100 words-per-minute (wpm) mark was actually decreasing. Meaning that smartphone users are slowing bridging the gap between keyboard speed and smartphone speed. The study also found that of the 37,000 volunteers (who varied in age and demographic) that 74% of people type with two thumbs.

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