Motorola has officially rebooted its infamous Razr smartphone after the initial teases, with the new 2019 handset dipped in the future and coated in magic -- the new Moto Razr has probably the best foldable display yet.
Samsung's revised Galaxy Fold and Huawei's new Mate X have their own unique take on the hinge design, making their respective foldable use questionable over time -- but Motorola has something special in store for the new 2019 Razr. Motorola has the 6.2-inch OLED display on the new Razr opening more like a book, a throwback to the foldable design of the original Razr, but without the physical keyboard.
The new Razr opens and closes just like the classic Razr did, except this time when it's closed its the size of a large smartphone -- but the foldable display is really something else. Inside, Motorola won't break any speed records with its use of Qualcomm's not-so-flagship Snapdragon 710 processor, no 5G connectivity, a modest 2510mAh battery, and Android 9.
Qualcomm will unveil its next-gen Snapdragon 865 (and I'm sure much more) at its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui, Hawaii in just a few weeks -- but ahead of the event, we have some details of the new Snapdragon 865 to share.
New rumors suggest that Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865 will have quite a few upgrades, one of which will be the upgraded GPU in the new Adreno 650. Qualcomm's current, and already fast Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon 855+ feature Adreno 640 GPUs, but the new Adreno 650 will have a GPU clock of 587MHz -- providing 17-20% more performance over the Snapdragon 855-powered Adreno 640.
Remember that's versus the Snapdragon 855 and not the tweaked Snapdragon 855+ that powers the ASUS ROG Phone II, so we should expect maybe 10-15% faster than the Snapdragon 855+ with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865.
Samsung launched its flagship Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ earlier this year, following it up with the larger and feature-packed Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ but what about 2020 flagship phones?
Well, the new Galaxy S11 specs that are leaking out sound delicious -- with 5G connectivity, bigger batteries, a huge 108-megapixel camera, and more teased. Notorious leaker "evleaks" AKA Evan Blass has said that Samsung will launch 3 different Galaxy S11 smartphones in February 2020.
We should expect a 6.4-inch, 6.7-inch, and 6.9-inch Galaxy S11 spread of phones which are a decent bump over the 5.8-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.4-inch offered by the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+ respectively. But what's inside, is what'll impress.
Oh, you thought Samsung would be the first with Google's latest Android 10 operating system on its Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy Note 10, and Galaxy Note 10+ smartphones -- oh and we can't forget the Galaxy Fold, but nope -- ASUS is the first with its ZenFone 6.
ASUS has updated its interesting ZenFone 6 smartphone with Android 10 in its latest October 2019 security update for the ZenFone 6 smartphone. Android 10 will give the ASUS ZenFone 6 gesture controls like Google's newly-released Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones which come with Android 10 out of the box.
There's new themes and my personal favorite -- a system-wide dark mode, something I love on my Pixel 3 XL with Android 10, and miss dearly on my Samsung Galaxy S10+ 5G smartphone. The big interesting note here is that ASUS and not Samsung, were first with Android 10 on their smartphone.
Remember when the Motorola RAZR was first announced back in July of 2004, and then hit the market closer to the end of the same year? I do, and so do 50 million other customers.
At the time of release, the Motorola RAZR V3 had the thinnest profile of any clamshell handset, it even went onto to be the best selling clamshell phone to date at 130 million units sales during its lifespan. It now seems the RAZR V3 model will be returning but this time as foldable device that has multiple screens.
According to a leak by evleak, Motorola's foldable V3 will have two displays; a main 6.2-inch OLED display, and an 800 x 600 secondary display. The rumored specifications are: Snapdragon 710, 4/6GB RAM, 128GB ROM and a 2730mAh battery. Other rumors put this phone at an extremely hefty price point of $1500. Motorola will be holding a media event on November 13th, which is probably when we will hear if this phone will become a reality or not.
Samsung recently shared some concepts of its clamshell-style foldable smartphone, something that gives me some serious old-but-new Motorola Razr vibes, just before Motorola unveils its new... well, Razr that pretty much looks like Samsung's new concept.
There are no firm plans for a global launch of this concept phone just yet, with Samsung saying at its annual Developer Conference that this is a preview of a vertically folding, clamshell-style form factor. Samsung is just toying around with the idea right now, but it did show off a demo of a user recording video in full screen, and then creating a split view with more controls when folded 90 degrees. Slick.
Samsung might not ever release this clamshell-style phone, but with the Moto Razr about to make a big come back it wouldn't surprise me to see Samsung extend their Galaxy range into this design. As an original Razr owner, I'd love to see it happen.
A new kind of Android malware has been detected by cyber-security firms and they report that over 45,000 devices have been found to be compromised.
The piece of malware is called xHelper and is a Trojan that is reportedly running rampant in Android users phones in India, US and Russia. Cyber-security firm Symantec has moved the malware up to the top 10 list of most detected malware, saying "In the past month alone, there was an average of 131 devices infected each day, and an average of 2,400 devices persistently infected throughout the month."
According to MalwareBytes, the source of the malware has been boiled down to users downloading it through shady game websites. The scariest thing about this malware is that its not easily removable either, since the malware doesn't display an app icon or a short cut. It also replicates itself throughout the users phone even after users perform a factory reset or a manual uninstall.
Samsung should see its flagship 2020 smartphones in the next-gen Galaxy S11 family feature 120Hz refresh rate displays, something that would make the entire phone experience silky-smooth.
120Hz displays on smartphones isn't totally new, with ASUS and its kick-ass ROG Phone II and Razer's own iconic Razer Phone II both featuring 120Hz displays. Other manuifacturers like Google and OnePlus have 90Hz displays in their Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL and One Plus 7T and 7T Pro smartphones, respectively.
But Samsung hasn't shifted into the world of faster refresh rates on its smartphones... yet. It seems that 2020 will be the year, where thanks to its latest Exynos 990 processor, we should see the world of 120Hz on the Galaxy S11 open up. The new Exynos 990 chip is also made on the new 7nm process.
Since smartphones have become a utility that is incredibly hard to pass up on these days, its interesting to think how many users are 'addicted' to their phones and what classifies an 'addiction'.
BankMyCell has done a comprehensive report on smartphone addiction and its symptoms, affects on children, impacts on health, solutions and more.
According to the data they have provided, the average smartphone user will check their phone 47 times a day, or 17,155 times a year. 80% of smartphone users will check their phone within 1 hour of going to sleep or waking up. Finally, 47% of smartphone users have attempted to limit their usage in the past and only 30% of them felt they were successful.
Apple has sent out warning messages to iPhone 5 users to update their iOS software, as some online services will soon be cancelled if they don't.
Apple has sent out full screen alerts that detail that some online features such as email, web browsing, App Store and iCloud services will not be available. Apple also says that apps or services that require GPS time rollover will also not be available. Users who haven't updated to iOS 10.3.4 before 12AM UTC on November 3rd will experience the lack of these online services.
Out of all the Apple users out there, Apple says that only 9% of all iOS device users are running software earlier than iOS 12 as of October 15th. If you happen to fall into this small category or aren't sure, I would recommend that you open the Setting app, tap general, tap About, and look for the number next to 'Software Version'. For more information, check out the official Apple post here.