Oppo’s R7 Plus squeezes a big battery into a slim body

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Nope, these aren’t the near-bezel-less phones that Oppo teased us with back in March, but they are still very compelling. Following the super slim R5, the Chinese company has shifted its focus back to specs with two new models: the 5-inch R7 and the 6-inch R7 Plus. For us, it’s really all about the bigger phone: its 7.75mm-thick aluminum unibody manages to pack a generous 4,100 mAh battery, which goes very well with Oppo’s renowned VOOC rapid charging — a feature that’s proven to be faster than most of its competitors’. Not to mention that the device also comes with a single-touch fingerprint sensor on the back, along with an 8-megapixel f/2.4 front imager plus a 13-megapixel f/2.2 main camera with an RGBW sensor (Sony’s IMX278) for better sensitivity in the dark, as well as laser auto-focus and dual-tone LED flash.

The LG G4 is a leather-clad smartphone with a curved frame and a focus on photography

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LG had a hit last year with the LG G3 thanks to it’s great camera, 1440p screen, and solid design. However, Samsung has reportedly been seeing huge success with its completely redesigned Galaxy S6. To combat this smartphone juggernaut, LG has just announced the G4 with a new screen, tweaked design, and impressive camera features. Oh, and there’s leather, because why not?

The LG G4 has what LG calls a slim arc design that’s reminiscent of the G Flex 2, which was released a few months ago. The G Flex curves quite dramatically, but it’s more subtle on the G4. LG says this makes the phone easier to hold and 20% more durable in the event of a drop. Presumably the screen wouldn’t take the brunt of the impact.

G4 backLG is sticking to its guns when it comes to making a modular phone. Despite the curved frame, the back cover is removable, and there’s a user-replaceable 3000mAh battery. That’s the same capacity LG has been including in its smartphones for the last few years, but it’s a lot more than the competition (the Galaxy S6 is just 2550mAh, for example). You also get a microSD card slot for more storage. The back cover will come in several different styles, including a leather option with a stitched seam running down the middle. LG seems smitten with this one, as it’s used in all the promo images, but the standard G4 will have a textured ceramic back cover. The leather will probably be an up-sell.

The G4 again has LG’s trademark rear-facing buttons, which are actually very comfortable. Just above the buttons is LG’s new 16MP camera with an f/1.8 lens. LG says the wider aperture allows this image sensor to take in more light in challenging conditions, although the Galaxy S6 is only slightly behind with an f/1.9 lens. The camera module has optical image stabilization (OIS), which is vital for combating shaky hands while snapping pics. LG says this is a new type of OIS, which it’s calling OIS 2.0. It can move in three dimensions to compensate for shaking instead of just two. Below the standard LED flash, the G4 also packs a color spectrum sensor that helps the device process images for more accurate colors.

Android 5.1 may have just made an unexpected debut

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Android 5.1 has made its first official appearance, though somewhat out of the blue.

Android 5.1 Lollipop has officially popped up

The update to Android 5.0 Lollipop is now available on Android One devices, according to the Android One website. Although Google hasn’t officially confirmed 5.1’s availability, the site specifically touts the latest update with the tagline: “Introducing Android One. Fast and responsive smartphones running the latest version of Android, Lollipop 5.1.”

Must know facts about smartphone display

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How Not to Be Wrong When You're Talking About Smartphone Displays

A lot of amazing engineering and design goes into making your smartphone. And smartphone displays are one of the most important parts — they’re your window onto the internet, and the world. But the technical terms we use to describe them can be pretty confusing. Here’s how to sound like you know what you’re talking about when it comes to displays.

If you’ve ever looked at a spec sheet, you know that exploring the world of mobile displays is like being force fed a choking helping of alphabet soup: OLED, AMOLED, LCD, TFT, TN, IPS, IGZO, RGB, RGBG, etc. Not to mention every company has it’s own proprietary display technologies and pixel layouts that are, of course, THE BEST.

But once you understand the details of what these various acronyms mean, you’ll find it’s not actually about “best” at all. Looking for the best smartphone screen becomes just a matter of preference, a delicate balance between performance and energy efficiency.

This is Windows 10 for phones

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Microsoft showed off a number of new features for Windows 10 on phones today, but in afternoon sessions at the company’s press event, we got a closer look at what’s coming. Most of the demonstrations focused on improving the built-in apps and features of Windows Phone, and fixing a lot of the oddities. That includes mail, maps, photos, Skype, and messaging.
 Mail is one of the biggest improvements to the built-in apps. Microsoft is building a universal Outlook app across Windows 10 phones, tablets, and PCs that seems to be a lot better than what came with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1. Word is built into the Outlook app, allowing you to author emails in a much r

Samsung Drops Qualcomm Chip From Next Galaxy Smartphone

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Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) will use its own microprocessors in the next version of the Galaxy S smartphone, dropping its use of a Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) chip that overheated during the Korean company’s testing, people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker, tested a new version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip, known as the 810, and decided not to use it, the people said, asking not to be identified because the issue hasn’t been discussed publicly. Qualcomm shares fell as much as 3.5 percent for the biggest intraday decline in more than two months.

The decision is a blow to Qualcomm, the world’s largest maker of semiconductors used in phones, which has been supplying Samsung with chips that run the company’s best-selling handsets. The South Korean company, the world’s second-largest chipmaker, is trying to become more self-reliant and boost its own processor-making division as it spends $15 billion on a new factory outside Seoul.

The new Galaxy S will be equipped with Samsung’s most advanced chips, one of the people said. A spokesman for Qualcomm declined to comment. Samsung declined to comment in an e-mail.

I got tased by an iPhone case

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I tased myself with an iPhone case

Turning the device most people keep on hand into a weapon for self-defense

Yellow Jacket

The creators of Yellow Jacket, a unique combination of smartphone case and stun gun, think this product could be the answer to New York City’s most frequent crime: iPhone theft. “Legalize our device and [it] would stop overnight,” says co-founder and CEO Sean Simone.

The Yellow Jacket is a pretty basic rubber iPhone case that snaps on to a larger attachment; it holds a battery pack and electric prongs. The device takes about four hours to get to full charge. After that, the Yellow Jacket can be used to double the battery life of an iPhone or zap a wannabe mugger about 50 times.

The previous models of the Yellow Jacket sometimes left users with a dilemma: use that last bit of charge to keep the party going, or conserve it in case something bad goes down? The newest models, released today for the iPhone 5C and 5S, remove that uncertainty. “Our new Yellow Jacket always holds a bit of reserve charge so you’ll be able to defend yourself,” says Simone.

ZTE shows off its own modular phone

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ZTE shows off its own modular phone

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Motorola stunned us a few months ago when it announced plans to develop a modular smartphone through a collaboration called Project Ara, but we’ve yet to see even a prototype of the device. Here at CES, ZTE is showing off its own modular phone concept, named the Eco-Mobius. The model on display is locked behind glass, and try as we did representatives would not remove it from its tomb for a close look. But the concept does show how users could replace the camera, battery, display, and “core” modules. The core includes separate modules for the processor, RAM, storage, and graphics processor.

 

 

We’ve got some exclusive info on Nokia’s Android phone, codenamed Normandy

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This is Nokia’s Android phone

Codename Normandy is ‘full steam ahead’

Nokia Normandy Android (Evleaks)

Nokia has been building its own Android phone according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. Codenamed Normandy, and known internally at Nokia under a number of other names, the handset is designed as the next step in low-end phones from the Finnish smartphone maker. We understand that Nokia has been testing “Normandy” with a special “forked” variant of Android that’s not aligned with Google’s own version, akin to what Amazon does with its Kindle Fire line.

WILL IT EVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY?

An image of the handset was published in November by @evleaks, showing a Lumia-style device with no apparent capacitive buttons for navigation. We’re told that Normandy supports Android applications like Skype, and other popular top apps. Nokia has been developing the Android-powered phone despite Microsoft’s plans to acquire the company’s handset business. It’s now unclear whether Nokia will release the handset before the Microsoft deal is finalized, or whether Microsoft will continue will the plans for the device.