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All posts tagged "smartphones"

  • 48 hours with the Nokia 7.1

    If you've lost track of all the Nokia smartphones that have been unveiled this year, you're not alone. Although HMD Global's naming scheme is functional if not spectacular, we've seen more than ten Nokia phones debut in 2019. While there's talk of even more, including the Nokia 9 with its five rear cameras, today I took temporary ownership of the Nokia 7.1. It's the smaller, newer baby brother of the Nokia 7 Plus, a phone which I still firmly believe is an unsung hero in the 2018 smartphone catalogue. But can the 7.1, with more focus on style, continue that momentum? As it's always...

  • Huawei’s quickly closing the global phone sales gap to Samsung

    Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo -- the big three Chinese smartphone makers -- just can't stop selling devices. This according to global sales data from Gartner. The research firm, in its Q3 2018 smartphone sales report, revealed that the trio helped push global smartphone sales to beyond 389-million units. While Samsung remained the world's biggest smartphone seller, pushing 73.3-million units in the quarter, its overall market share fell by 3.4% year-on-year. Huawei saw substantial growth, from owning 9.5% of the global market share in Q3 2017 to 13.4% in Q2 2018. It sold more than 15-million more units during this period than last. "The...

  • Samsung could reveal its foldable smartphone this week

    A new report suggests that Samsung will this week reveal its foldable smartphone at its annual Developer Conference. The event does not usually focus on devices, however it is believed that Samsung will use the opportunity to "provide some details" about the eagerly awaited model. "Before we take it to the market, we want to share with developers what we’ve done so far and see what they think of it," said an unnamed official quoted by Reuters. Samsung was expected to be the first firm to launch a foldable smartphone, but Chinese startup Royole has already taken that honour. Royole revealed a developer...

  • Apple iOS 12.1 update brings Group FaceTime, other features

    Apple’s iOS 12.1 update is finally available for iPhone and iPad users all around the world and it brings with it long awaited features. One of these includes Group FaceTime. “Now with Group FaceTime, it’s easy to chat with more people than ever before — from 2 to 32 people,” the company revealed on its website. Though 32 people might seem like a crowd, Apple also added a few additional updates to FaceTime to make things a bit more understandable. “FaceTime uses on-device intelligence to display the most prominent speakers on the call, automatically highlighting the current speaker by bringing them to the...

  • Google’s new Pixel 3 is all about the AI

    This week’s Google event introduced the company’s latest smartphones and other devices, with the company finally revealing the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL. The two devices don’t differ much, with a 5.5 inch and 6.5 inch display seemingly the biggest difference between them. Both smartphones possess a 12.2 MP dual-pixel camera at the rear and an 8PM at the front, and are equally capable of 4K video. The devices are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and have 4GB RAM too, with an external storage capacity of 64GB and 128GB respectively. “Pixel brings you the best of Google in a phone, powered by...

  • LG V40 ThinkQ is now official

    This week LG officially launched the V40 ThinQ – its smartphone with five cameras. In fact, the company calls this camera system “revolutionary” with “the power to capture moments big or small, at different angles from multiple perspectives”. The three rear cameras work simultaneously, giving your three pictures out of every click. “Easily capture three photos – standard, telephoto zoom and super wide-angle – with just one click.” With the dual front-facing cameras you can choose between standard or 90 degree wide angle selfies. The device also uses AI to help you choose filters and make basic edits to your photos. Other specs include: Qualcomm...

  • Poll: Gearburn readers want smartphones with a headphone jack

    Dear manufacturers, Gearburn readers really don't want you removing the headphone jack from your smartphones. According to a mini-poll which ran on our Facebook account earlier this month, 88% of respondents believed that phone makers should not remove the headphone jack. Just 12% believe that the modern smartphone is better without the 3.5mm port. More recently, phone manufacturers have been ditching the headphone jack en masse in favour of Bluetooth. Sony practically stripped the jack from its newer XZ models, following from the iPhone series in 2016. OnePlus's next smartphone, the 6T, will reportedly be the next device to not sport the jack. One...

  • Google releases Android 9 Pie to the world

    This week Google released the ninth major overhaul of its Android mobile OS. You'll know it as Android 9 Pie. As the latest update to Android, the operating system is packed with ease-of-access features and adaptive learning abilities. Google’s official release, posted on its website The Keyword, explained that it has built Android 9 Pie to be a "smarter, simpler experience that adapts to you". “Android 9 adapts to your life and the ways you like to use your phone”, it explained. "We’ve built Android 9 to learn from you -- and work better for you -- the more you use it. From...

  • Sony unveils 48MP smartphone camera sensor

    Sony has announced a new smartphone sensor, and it's a big one. Named the IMX586, the Japanese company's latest CMOS image sensor squashes each pixel into just 0.8μm, the smallest pixel size of any smartphone sensor at present, Sony claims. With all that extra space, there's room for 48 megapixels, the highest pixel count of any smartphone sensor available. "The new sensor uses the Quad Bayer color filter array, where adjacent 2x2 pixels come in the same color, making high-sensitivity shooting possible," the company adds. It also has some fancy low-light technology using super-sampling. "During low light shooting, the signals from the four adjacent...

  • Gearburn readers really don’t like the smartphone notch

    Well, surprise surprise. According to a recent poll ran on Gearburn's Facebook account, 62% of respondents don't like the smartphone notch. The notch has become a mainstay in smartphone design this year, this after the Essential Phone debuted with the design feature in 2017. Following on from its notably public interest, Apple then launched the iPhone X in September 2017. This was seemingly the point of no return. Since, we've seen a slew of manufacturers adopt the notch, from Lenovo to LG, and OnePlus to Huawei. But the likes of Oppo and Vivo are seemingly bypassing the notch entirely. Two new devices: the...