We have been awaiting the latest standard in smartphone connection technology to be rolled out, with previous reports stating that we can’t expect wide adoption of 5G until 2020. Lately, however, the rumours point towards an earlier launch.Now we have new reports out of South Korea that the Samsung Galaxy S10+ will come with 4G (LTE) and 5G versions at a later point in time. It seems that Samsung is planning on releasing all three models with 4G support — ‘q’ versions would presumably signify devices running a Qualcomm chip while non-q variants would have Samsung’s own Exynos chip and availability of each would vary by region. The larger variant is the only one planned to receive 5G at this point, however.Qualcomm and Samsung both have 5G modem solutions — the Snapdragon X50 and the Exynos..
Yes, it’s that time of the year again when the technology community goes mad over the new iPhones. Interestingly, this year we’re also getting a ‘budget’ iPhone. The event wrapped up to much fanfare and there’s a lot to digest.iPhone XS and iPhone XS MaxYes, it's here, the new iPhone X. Meet the iPhone XS (pronounced 'iPhone Ten S'). You will be forgiven for not being able to tell it apart from the previous version. The iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch screen that's larger than the 5.5-inch screen of the iPhone 8 Plus, but smaller in size due to the non-existent bezels. The larger iPhone XS, dubbed the iPhone XS Max, has a 6.5-inch display and both are OLED displays as last year’s model.The iPhone XS's brain is the Apple-made "A12 Bionic," a 7nm chip that sports a 6-core CPU, a 4-core GPU, and an ..
This year has been all about the three camera smartphone, with Huawei kicking off the trend with the P20 Pro. We are expecting several others to have a similar setup, including LG and Apple.Now Nokia is going to take this idea to a new level, rumours and leaks indicate. We first heard about this potential five lensed device back in February, but now we have a picture of a prototype in the flesh. It does seem to be credence to the various rumours, as it’s built exactly as suggested in previous reports. However, we still can’t say for certain whether this is the real deal or not.Five cameras, a flash, and a sensor of some sort can be spotted on the back of this Nokia. The ZEISS branding is clearly visible, as the company got back in Nokia’s corner a little over a year ago.Identified..
We are weeks away from Apple’s 2018 launch event – where we will get the new range of iPhones – yet we are already getting an idea of what Apple is planning for 2019. According to AppleInsider, the Cupertino technology company will launch a new version of their popular AirPods towards the end of 2019, likely to be dubbed the AirPods 2.Read: iPhone 9 Bodies Leaked with Interesting Names in TowThese claims come from a meeting between Barclays analysts and Apple suppliers. Not only did this meeting bring us news of the new AirPods, but we are also expecting a new version of the HomePod, most likely to be a smaller, more affordable model. This news shouldn’t be any surprise, as the original HomePod has seen lacklustre sales since launch.The most shocking news comes in the form of a supposed s..
With the Huawei P20 Pro launched in 2018 we saw the advent of the triple-lens camera setup. This is likely to be a trend we will see continuing with other flagship devices as different manufacturers look to differentiate themselves. A recent report even predicted they will become standard for smartphones, with OPPO and Samsung following in the footsteps of Huawei. LG is apparently joining the party with its upcoming V40.Design-wise, the LG V40, as depicted in the leaked renders above and below, appears to be a combination of the V30/35 and the LG G7 ThinQ. There’s a notch at the top in its concealed mode. The battery and network icons are the giveaway, as they’re floating at earpiece height. Talking about the earpiece, it is slightly offset to the right in order to make space for the dual ..
When the original Galaxy Note launched years ago it brought something new to the market. Not only did it give real use to a stylus on a modern smartphone for the first time, but it was built for the power user bring all the latest technology in one package. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is once again taking up that mantle and launched on 9 August.It touts a slightly larger 6.4-inch end-to-end 2,960 x 1,440 screen, a 4,000mAh battery that promises "all-day" use and a minimum 128GB of storage -- there's also a 512GB version that, with 512GB microSD cards, can give you a full terabyte of space. They are also bringing stereo speakers and the variable aperture f/1.5-2.4 12-megapixel primary camera (there's a second 12-megapixel camera on the back, of course).Big changes are abound with the S-Pen as..
We are well out of the summer doldrums when it comes to device launches, and you can expect a lot of exciting products to hit the market in months to come. One of those will be the new iPhones, with the prospect of two iPhone X type devices with almost no bezels on its way. MobileFun out of the UK, which has fielded some interesting 2018 iPhone material recently, now has an idea of what the names will be. And it suggests that the more things change, the more they stay the same.The outlet has received and shown off CNC cases of what the actual iPhones will look like… well, for the most part. The least-expensive model with a 6.1-inch LCD screen and single camera will be called iPhone (2018). A more expensive 5.8-inch device with an OLED display and two cameras will be called iPhone ..
If you think back over the last decade at all the devices that Apple has released, the iPhone 8 has probably generated the least excitement of all. Of course, the reason for that is the iPhone X – the first time Apple has fully diverted from its tried and tested design philosophy.With Apple’s yearly iPhones launch around the corner, you should be able to get last year’s models at a discount. So let’s look at how the iPhone 8 holds up and whether you should consider it today.Design and BuildThis is now the fourth year in a row where Apple has stuck with this design for the iPhone. It was first revealed back in 2014 with the iPhone 6. Of course, with every iteration the internals are changed and upgraded – you now have 3D Touch on the display, no more headphone jack, the home button has morp..
Over the last couple of years, luxury brands have tried to get into the smartwatch market. They’ve pitched their products as a lifestyle watch with smart features rather than a tech-filled wearable for technology aficionados. A new smartwatch from Armani is trying to tap into that exact market.Armani isn’t completely new to the smartwatch market, however. Previously they have made smartwatches priced at around the same as an Apple Watch, but with no touchscreen and not enough smart features. They still connected to your smartwatch and ran Android based software but the lack of a touchscreen left many feeling it’s a more expensive Android smartwatch with less features. Needless to say, they didn’t sell very well.Emporio Armani are now focusing more on the fashion and lifestyle side of their..
One of the biggest problems with modern smartwatches is battery life. Companies all over the world have tried various methods to increase the battery life of their devices, including making them bulkier, decreasing the brightness of the screen, removing certain features and including novel charging methods. All these efforts, however, have been nowhere near as effective as the likes of Pebble that have removed the bright battery draining screen for a more old school monotone one. This is where the new Ticwatch Pro is looking to stand out from the crowd.AI company Mobvoi's approach is to develop a new type of display that sips energy, so that it can last up to 30 days and has been used in the Ticwatch Pro. So what makes it different and how does it work? It's actually something called a "Fi..
The third beta version of the upcoming iOS 12 has been shared with developers, meaning they’re getting a taste of the changes they have to make to your favourite apps to run on the new software. Not only that, but it means they can play around with the new features Apple released when they announced the software at WWDC 2018.Read: Everything Apple Announced at WWDC 2018: iOS 12, MacOS Mojave and moreThe iOS 12 update introduces significant changes to the iOS operating system, with Apple working from top to bottom to make iPhones and iPads, especially older models, faster and more responsive. One of the biggest changes comes from their Maps app which will now display foliage, pools, buildings, pedestrian pathways, and other map elements more accurately, along with improvements to traffic, r..
Even though the next big blockbuster device we are expecting from Samsung is the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 – set to be launched in August 2018 – we are starting to get some very interesting news regarding the Korean electronics manufacturer’s 2019 flagship. The Samsung Galaxy S10 is sure to be one of the most popular phones of 2019, but after the Galaxy S9 was an iterative upgrade on the radically redesigned S8, What can we expect from next year’s model?It seems that we will be getting three versions of the Galaxy S10! In all likelihood it will likely be an S10, S10 Plus and S10 Plus Pro, with each subsequent version adding a camera sensor. Pricing is obviously unknown at this point in time, but it is safe to say the three camera version will cost you a pretty penny.The third camera will prob..
If you haven’t heard of Oppo, don’t fret – most outside of China haven’t. They are a big deal in the East, but have now decided to officially launch their first phone in Europe and North America. Upon inspection it is a lavish device, and you can expect it to carry a lavish price tag as well – a thousand pounds to be exact. But don’t let the price tag detract you from looking at this device, it is something special. The pricing was announced at the tail end of Oppo’s lavish reveal event that was held at the Louvre in Paris this week. The quoted price for the Oppo Find X does seem to be for a 256GB model, and we’re not currently aware of another configuration. It will ship in August to Europe and North America, and will be available for import in South Africa. So what makes this device sp..
For athletes around the world, fitness focused wearables have made their exercise routines a lot easier to track and monitor. Garmin has been rolling out GPS watches with music playback for a while now, but have traditionally been a lot more expensive than the average person can afford. Now, they are looking to penetrate a lower segment of the market with the Vivoactive 3 Music. The new wearable brings Bluetooth audio and 500-song storage to an otherwise unchanged package from last year, while dropping the price ever so slightly. This fitness smartwatch can monitor more than 15 distinct fitness activities and also has an NFC payment method included. One of the standout feature for most fitness fanatics, though, is definitely the seven day battery life in smartphone mode. When the GP..
iOS 11.4 was released recently, but that didn’t mean Apple didn’t want to talk about their brand new iOS version in their WWDC 2018 keynote. While there were no hardware announcements at this year’s event, there were several interesting announcements other than the main iOS release. Let’s run through the most important of Apple’s announcements at WWDC 2018.iOS12The update to the operating system of the iPhone and iPad shows what type of capabilities we can expect in the new versions of those devices, usually announced starting in September.ARKit 2.0 has been released, which includes a new USDZ file format developed with Pixar and available now for Adobe Creative Cloud. Photos gets search suggestions, event indexing and a single tab with all its automated suggestions. In an attempt to speak..
We aren’t even halfway through 2018 and already we’ve seen some great flagship smartphones launched from various companies. As always the second half of the year is all about the new range of iPhones that Apple announce to the world. Once again, the rumour mill starts churning and it seems we have a lot to look forward to from the 2018 iPhone line-up.In 2018 Apple will once again launch three iPhones, with the first said to be a second-generation version of the iPhone X, with the same 5.8-inch OLED display. Interestingly, just like Apple has done with other flagships before the iPhone X was launched in 2017, the second device launched this year can be thought of as an "iPhone X Plus" with a larger 6.5-inch OLED display and the same design language. We can expect both of these to be just as..
When we think about digital assistants we immediately turn to Google Assistant as the best the industry has to offer. Samsung tried their hand with the same type of software a couple of years ago when they launched Bixby – their take on what your phone should be doing for you. It wasn’t the best experience to use Bixby (to put it lightly), but they have been slowly improving it.Now, however, Samsung have promised a whole new experience when using the new Bixby 2.0, which they will be launching towards the tail end of 2018 when the new Samsung Galaxy Note is launched. The company’s Head of AI Research told the Korea Herald that the new version of Bixby will have better natural language processing, faster responses and better results in noisy environments.In 2017 Samsung acquired Viv and wil..
It has been more than two years since the original iPhone SE launched – an oddity in the Apple stable looking back to the past rather than to the future. Now, it seems, we will be exploring this old form factor again with the upcoming iPhone SE 2 (although that name isn’t confirmed yet).The original iPhone SE had the same size and form factor as the iPhone 5 from 2012 (which was one of the best designs the iPhone ever had), but with upgraded internals for 2016. Rumours were that the new iPhone SE 2 would be launched at Apple’s developers conference, WWDC 2018 which in from 4 – 8 June.Now in the home stretch to the conference, we’re seeing possible leaked designs of the iPhone SE 2 pop up. Interestingly, it seems that it will still have the same size and form factor as the iPhone 5 and orig..
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Google’s biggest event of the year in undoubtedly its Google I/O developer conference. This is where the software company unveils the latest features to its existing repertoire as well as anything new it wants to bring the world. Google I/O 2018 gives us a glimpse into the future, and this week’s event was a tell all for Google's vision of how you interact with with data and the world. Let’s take a look at the highlights from this jam packed conference.Smart Compose in GmailGoogle is always at the forefront of AI and machine learning and is finding ever more appropriate ways to employ it in its current stable of products. Gmail is getting a new feature where it will not only predict words users plan to type, but entire phrases. We’re not just talking about simple predictions like addresses..