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  • Huawei Honor V9 brings great specs at cheap price

    Huawei's Honor sub-brand is known for delivering flagship specifications at a more affordable price than the parent company's own high-end products. So we're glad to see the Honor V9 make an appearance in China. The device was officially revealed yesterday, being equipped with the same powerful Kirin 960 chip as the Mate 9 as well as a large 4000mAh battery. The Honor V9 also has a 5.7-inch 1440p display and comes in 4GB RAM/64GB storage, 6GB RAM/64GB storage or 6GB RAM/128GB storage flavours. In the camera department, you're looking at a similar layout to last year's Huawei P9 and Honor V8, in the...

  • Galaxy Note 7 to be refurbished with smaller battery – report

    Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 may have been a dumpster fire of note, but it looks like it could be making a return of sorts. According to South Korea's Naver (Google Translate), Samsung will be releasing "refurbished" Galaxy Note 7 models that feature smaller batteries. It's claimed that a "3000 to 3200 mAh battery will be installed", instead of the 3500mAh pack in the original phone. If officially confirmed, it would serve as further acknowledgement that Samsung failed at squeezing a large battery into the slim Note 7 design. "It is a reflection of the fact that excessive battery capacity has been the cause of ignition,"...

  • LG G6 gets two 13-megapixel main cameras

    Pieces of the LG G6 puzzle are slowly falling into place, with the camera department being the latest to receive details from the South Korean colossus. The company confirmed the news on its Korean website (Google Translate), saying that the wide-angle shooter will be the same resolution as the normal-angle camera. "The LG G6 uses the same 13-megapixel high-definition picture quality as the regular angle for the wide-angle rear dual camera. This reflects the voices of consumers who want to shoot in high-definition even when shooting wide-angle scenes with a wide-angle camera, thus increasing the utilisation of wide-angle," read a translated...

  • Huawei P10 will be showcased at MWC on 26 February

    It's smartphone release season, and with it comes a slew of new flagship devices. We've already mentioned that HMD Global is readying a Nokia 3310 successor, while LG is preparing its LG G6 handset. But what of Huawei? The Chinese company is also preparing to debut its Huawei P10 smartphone at MWC 2017, which will be one of the bigger launches of the conference. There's no firm word on the smartphones stats or specs just yet, but the name is practically confirmed. This thanks to a teaser video published by the Chinese company. Also thanks to the video, we can guess what...

  • Could we see HDR smartphone screens go big in 2017?

    HDR-capable TV sets are all the rage right now, delivering a brighter, more vivid image than traditional television screens are capable of. What about the smartphone arena though? Well, call me an idiot, but I didn't realise that the Galaxy Note 7 had a screen capable of displaying HDR content. But what about other handsets? Qualcomm has confirmed that they're getting on the bandwagon too, with the upcoming Snapdragon 835 chip. The chipmaker says you can expect the new processor to pack support for HDR 10 playback. Of course, Samsung is expected to pack the chip into some of its S8 models...

  • The Nokia 3310 will be reborn and relaunched at MWC 2017

    Almost everyone I knew had one. It was as tough as nails, and reliable as a Swiss watch. It also cemented the Nokia name in the hearts of many. And now, it's returning. That's right, HMD Global -- the company that now owns the rights to the Nokia name -- will relaunch the Nokia 3310. Okay, so it won't be exactly how we remember it, but it will bear that iconic numerical moniker. At present, details are scant, but there are rumours suggesting the phone will debut around the US$60 mark. This puts it firmly in feature phone territory. As for HMD...

  • LG G6 to have quad DAC hardware, company confirms

    The LG V20 (review) was an audio beast of note, featuring quad DAC hardware for higher quality sound, as well as high-resolution audio recording chops. Now, it looks like the LG G6 will have similar hardware. The company has announced (Google Translate) that its upcoming flagship will pack quad DAC hardware as well, which delivers better sound than standard audio hardware in smartphones. LG says the new hardware will lower the "distortion rate to 0.0002% of the master audio level", while also granting users more granular control over the left and right side of the earphones. The LG G6 will take an audio-related...

  • Gearburn’s definitive guide to Snapdragon smartphones [Update]

    We'll be periodically updating this article as more Snapdragon chips get announced. From general tasks to 4K video support, your smartphone's processor plays a big part in the overall experience. And Qualcomm's Snapdragon range powers scores of smartphones around the world. Not all of these chips are created equally though, so we looked at what you should be paying for phones with Snapdragon processors. Do bear in mind that some phones might fall above our pricing guidelines, owing to manufacturer greed, notable hardware features or other factors. The entry-level processors: Snapdragon 200 series The Snapdragon 200 series, including the 200, 208, 210 and 212 processors, are the...

  • Sony smartphone camera sensor shoots at 1000fps

    Apple, Google's phones and Samsung have long ruled the roost when it comes to slow-motion video, offering smooth 240fps support. Sure, we've seen the likes of Lenovo claim 960fps as a standard, but this was via ineffective software trickery. Now, Sony has laid the foundation down for super slow-motion, announcing a new smartphone sensor capable of shooting at 1000fps. "This newly developed sensor with DRAM delivers fast data readout speeds, making it possible to capture still images of fast-moving subjects with minimal focal plane distortion as well as super slow motion movies at up to 1000 frames per second (approximately 8x faster...

  • Moto Mod hackathons yield solar charger, breathalyser

    Lenovo's Moto Z goes a long way to realising the dream of Project Ara, thanks to the presence of Moto Mod hardware add-ons. These mods included batteries, speakers and projectors at launch, but creative types have been making their own mods at Lenovo-backed hackathons. Some of the coolest creations at these hackathons include an audio attachment for enthusiasts and a slideout game controller. Now, two hackathons (one in Argentina and one in San Francisco) have yielded even more cool Moto Mods. The first mod, called Baby Care, delivers "automatic alerts when conditions aren't ideal for a child". The developer cited room temperature as one...