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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) gets notch-free Super AMOLED & triple camera

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) has with three cameras on the back but it is likely to cost only a fraction of the Huawei P20 Pro's price. Galaxy A7 (2018) spots a notch-less 6-inch Super AMOLED display of 1080 x 2220px resolution. The phone is armed with an octa-core 2.2GHz CPU on an undisclosed chipset and comes in three different memory configurations - 4GB RAM/64GB, 4GB RAM/128GB or 6GB RAM/128GB However, it is undeniably the triple camera setup on the back of Galaxy A7 that is main highlight. You get a 24MP primary sensor behind an f/1.7 lens, an ultra-wide 8MP f/2.4 module with 120° viewing angle and a 5MP depth sensor. The smartphone runs on Android 8.0 with Samsung Experience and is powered by a 3,300 mAh battery. Fingerprint reader is located on the right side of the frame unlike what we have come to expect from Samsung. Striving to be trendy, Galaxy A7 (2018) now offers slightly curved front and a glass back while the side frame has not been specified - a good guess is that it is made of plastic. The available colors are pink, black, blue and gold. The handset will be launched in selected European and Asian markets and before expanding in distribution this Fall. Samsung is going to host an event on October 11 where more details about phone will be revealed.
September 21, 2018

iPhone XR comes with a 6.1 LCD with a notch and bold colours

The iPhone XR with its LCD screen at an aspect of 19.5:9 gives you slightly more surface area than an iPhone 8 Plus (notch accounted). This display that goes by Liquid Retina has a pixel density that is the same as the iPhone 8 Retina display i.e. 326ppi and a resolution is 822 x 1792px (less than 1080p). This LCD panel like the XS models, has a 120Hz responsive touch sensing and has a wider colour gamut than its AMOLED-based siblings. iPhone XR is only packed the single main camera and in this aspect more of a successor to the iPhone 8. Having the new Apple A12 Bionic chipset, it is able to do progressive shooting techniques using Smart HDR, modifiable bokeh etc. with its larger 1.4µm pixels. iPhone XR is using the same chipset as the iPhone XS models – the new Apple A12 Bionic chipset. Touch ID fingerprint reader has been dropped in favour of the Face ID scanner, so its 2018 offerings are consistent in that regard. All three new iPhones models use the same latest True Depth camera for Face ID. XR is definitely the model for the more budget-conscious as such its storage tops out at 256GB. It also comes in 64GB and 128GB. Apple is offering bolder colours Blue, Yellow, Coral, Black and Product Red for iPhone XR.
September 20, 2018

Apple iPhone XS and XS Max unveiled - 5.8" and 6.5" OLED screens

Apple iPhone XS Max The largest iPhone in history has been unveiled - iPhone XS Max with an expansive 6.5” AMOLED screen. Bezels have been removed, however the notch remains. The new tall screen has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and has the same width as the 5.5” panel on the iPhone 8 Plus but comes with extra length. This new "Super Retina" display achieves the same 458ppi pixel density of the iPhone X by bumping up its resolution to 1,242 x 2,688px. The screen's touch sensing layer runs at smoother 120Hz (though UI still renders at 60fps). Dynamic range has been boosted by 60%. The display also supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Apple has eliminated the touch ID as it did not want to move fingerprint reader to the back of the phone. This leaves the face ID’s 3D face scanner as the only biometric authentication method available. Fortunately, the facial recognition has sped up considerably compared to the first generation. The dual 12MP camera has been completely revamped. The main wide-angle camera has an all-new improved sensor with larger 1.4µm pixels – up from 1.22µm. The aperture remains at f/1.8. The OIS enabled telephoto shooter contains a 12MP sensor, f/2.4 lens and 2x optical zoom. The upgraded bokeh effect now allows you to adjust the depth of field after a photo is taken. The Smart HDR feature utilizes the power of the A12 Bionic chipset. Armed with a zero shutter lag, the camera captures a 4 frame buffer, interframes as well as a long exposure and merged all into a single photo with a great dynamic range. Selfie camera has been improved as well. The 7MP RGB sensor has improved in speed if not in resolution. Video recording now supports stereo audio and a wider dynamic range. iPhone XS Max comes with a stainless steel chassis and a scratch-resistant glass – Apple purports it to be the most durable on a phone. The water resistance has been raised to IP68 too. 64GB is still the base storage, but the maximum capacity is now 512GB to match the competition from Android flagships. The other option is 256GB. Apple iPhone XS The Apple iPhone XS is a proper S-model – it is basically an enhanced iteration of the iPhone X with similar hardware and features. The powerful Apple A12 Bionic chipset will leave Android flagships in the dust in terms of performance (more memory than its predecessor). Like the iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS comes in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB versions too. Its 7nm chipset features 6 cores (2 big + 4 small), as well as a 4-core GPU and a new 8-core neural engine, which sums up to 6.9 billion transistors. The big cores are 15% faster and 40% more power efficient than the A11 cores, while the power usage of the small cores has been halved. The new GPU offers 50% higher performance and higher memory bandwidth due to lossless compression. The neural engine despite having the 2 the number of cores of the previous generation, it is much more powerful - 5 trillion operations as compared to 600 billion. The 5.8" screen is of the same resolution as last year's model - 1,125 x 2,436px. Pixel density matches the Max model, same for the touch frame rate (120Hz). Stereo speakers has been improved to deliver wider soundscape. The colour options for the 2 XS models are pretty conservative. Silver and Space Gray are available. iPhone XS has an additional colour – Gold. A unique model that has two physical SIM slots will be available in China.
September 20, 2018

A Brief Look At the Vivo V11

Vivo V11 is a mid-range smartphone with 2 notable features – visually aesthetic glass design with a tiny curved notch that is just large enough for the front camera to reside in. Notwithstanding that it is not of the X series, the V11 has impressive hardware; a Snapdragon 660 chip with AI processor, abundant RAM & storage, a bokeh-enabled dual-camera setup as well as a front shooter that takes high-resolution selfies. Fast-charging is also available on the V11. The downside this model is that it still uses the outdated microUSB. Vivo V11 comes packaged with microUSB charging cable, an 18W charger, earphones and even a transparent silicone case for protection. What’s more, the V11 phone itself comes with a pre-installed screen protector. Here are the details on the specs: Body: Glass body, plastic frame 157.9 x 75 x 7.9 mm, 156g Screen: 6.41" 2,340 x 1,080px (19.5:9) Super AMOLED, 402ppi, notched Chipset: Snapdragon 660 chipset - octa-core processor (4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260), Adreno 512 GPU Memory: 6GB RAM, 128GB of storage, (dedicated) microSD slot Camera: Dual: 12MP (f/1.8) + 5MP for depth sensing, phase detection autofocus; 1080p @ 30fps video Selfie cam: 25MP (f/2.0), 1080p video OS: Android 8.1 Oreo with FunTouch 4.5 Battery: 3,400 mAh, 18W fast charging Connectivity: Dual Nano-SIM; microUSB (USB 2.0), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, FM radio Misc: Under-display fingerprint sensor, bottom-firing loudspeaker, 3.5mm audio port
September 07, 2018

Google announces date for Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL official event

Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were leaked rampantly online and people were wondering if they were going to go official any time soon. Finally that time has arrived, they have officially set a date for the unveiling of the models. That date is October 9 and it will take place in New York City at 11 AM ET. Live video streaming of the event on Youtube is expected. The phones are equipped with the Snapdragon 845 chipset, Qi wireless charging capability, a single rear camera, dual front cameras and glass backs. The Pixel 3 XL is going to have a pretty large and tall notch with a sizeable chin. Likewise, the smaller more symmetrical Pixel 3 also has a rather large chin. The much-talked-about Pixel Watch isn't going to be making an appearance
September 07, 2018

Honor Play: Mid-range Mobile Gaming Goes International

Huawei announces an international release of its cheapest Kirin 970-powered smartphone Honor Play. Initially introduced in India with a low price tag, it has since been decided to reach all markets and that includes the European and North American countries. Honor Play is a gaming smartphone which comes with GPU Turbo. This makes it the 8th Honor device which as a feature that augments performance while lowering power consumption. There is partnership with PUBG and so the phone will support 10 vibrating modes for the different guns in the game. Introduced to the global scene by the Honor Play announcement, the two special color options Player Edition Red and Player Edition Black comes with mainboard looking design - the latter has red accents around the camera, hardware keys and fingerprint scanner. In all there are five colors, taking into account the other 3 available colors: standard Midnight Black, Navy Blue, and Ultra Violet. The Player Edition variants cost more.
August 31, 2018

Key Features & Specifications of Galaxy Note 9 that You Should Know

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is finally here and it comes with spec improvements, some better than others. The model comes in 128GB and 512GB variants. As the card slot will allow you add up to 512GB of additional storage so we are looking at a 1TB worth of storage on the 512 GB Note 9. The 512 GB card has yet to be announced by Samsung but we can expect that it is not going to be cheap. Having 20% more battery capacity than its predecessor and 500mAh more than the Galaxy S9+, Note 9 battery stands at a generous 4,000mAh capacity. This could account for its additional thickness of 0.2mm. The display is at 6.4-inch, which is a solid 0.2 inches larger than the screen of S9 Plus model. The S Pen notwithstanding its similar appearance to the former one, can now interact with the phone from a distance using Bluetooth like how a presentation remote works besides working as a typical Note stylus hovering over the display. Other than these notable upgrades, Note 9 is pretty much like a Galaxy S9+. Note 9 has the usual dual lens configuration (a main module of 1/2.55" sensor paired with a 12MP telephoto cam with f/2.4 aperture, 52mm equivalent focal length and a slightly larger 1/3.4" sensor) for its back camera and an 8MP selfie camera. The camera app UI is largely the same as the one on the S9+, other than addition of the Scene optimizer. Scene optimizer when toggled on, displays an icon in the viewfinder telling you the scene mode it's picked. It apparently is able to recognize 20 types of scenes. Pro mode is available too and is one of the best around. You can select ISO (50-800), push shutter speed around (1/24000s-10s), manually choose the aperture of the main cam (f/1.5 or f/2.4), focus manually (with peaking to aid you), select the white balance etc. Other than that, it's essentially the same camera app as the one on S9+. Besides having standard set of connectivity as well as a headphone jack, Note 9 is also the first Galaxy Note smartphone with stereo speakers. Here are the detailed specifications for the Galaxy Note 9: Body: Aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass 5 front and back; IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm, 201g. Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Metallic Copper, Lavender Purple color schemes. Display: 6.4" Super AMOLED 'Infinity Display', 2,960x1440px resolution, 18.5:9 (2.06:1) aspect ratio, 516ppi; HDR10 compliant (no Dolby Vision). Rear camera: Primary 12MP, Type 1/2.55" sensor, f/1.5-2.4 aperture, 26mm equiv. focal length, dual pixel PDAF, OIS; Secondary 12MP, Type 1/3.4" sensor, f/2.4 aperture, 52mm equiv. focal length, autofocus, OIS; 2x zoom. 2160p/60fps, 1080p/240fps slow motion, 720p/960fps super slow-motion video recording. Front camera: 8MP, f/1.7 aperture, autofocus; 1440p/30fps video recording.OS/Software: Android 8.1 Oreo; Samsung Experience 9.0; Bixby virtual assistant; Smart Connect, Smart Connect Home.  Chipsets: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: octa-core CPU (4x2.7GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7GHz Kryo 385 Silver), Adreno 630 GPU. Exynos 9810: octa-core CPU (4x3rd-gen Mongoose 2.7GHz + 4xCortex-A55 1.8GHz), Mali-G72 MP18 GPU. Memory: 6/8GB of RAM; 128/512GB of storage; microSD slot for cards up to 512GB. Battery: 4,000mAh Li-Po (sealed); Adaptive Fast Charging (same as S7/S8/S9); QuickCharge 2.0 support; WPC(Qi)&PMA wireless charging. Connectivity: Single-SIM, Dual-SIM available in certain markets (hybrid slot); LTE-A, 4-Band/5-Band carrier aggregation, Cat.18 (1.2Gbps/150Mbps); USB Type-C (v3.1); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac MU-MIMO; GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo; NFC; Bluetooth 5.0. Misc: Bluetooth-enabled S Pen stylus with 4096 pressure levels and multimedia controls; fingerprint/iris/face recognition; stereo speakers tuned by AKG; 3.5mm jack; bundled AKG headphones; DeX dock compatibility.
August 24, 2018

Etoren Ships 512GB version of Samsung Galaxy Note 9 today

We are happy to start shipping out first batch of 512GB version of Galaxy Note 9 today !If you have already made your orders, you can expect to receive receive shipping details today and tomorrow.128GB are expected to be in on 25th Saturday, we will send them out on 27th Aug Monday.For those who have not placed your orders, Do it fast!
August 24, 2018

Display Hole for Selfie Cam for Huawei New Smartphone

With reference a media source in Korean, Huawei is coming out a unique smartphone design that may help propel us towards a notch-less era. The proposed new design features a small display cut-out for the camera with screen surrounding it on all sides. Instead of placing the front camera on the notch, the engineers intend to place it away from the top bezel as to fit in a tad more display on the front and dispose the redundant notch. Yes, it does sounds promising. However, this concept is likely to pose challenges for app developers. How will the apps behave and how will the extra screen space be utilized? Those are valid questions that need to be addressed. The design pictured from ETNews shows a very slim upper bezel that houses the earpiece, ambient and the proximity sensors. What’s more is that the report mentions a 6.39-inch LCD and a possible launch in Q4 this year. This is sync with Huawei’s roadmap which was leaked last year. It’s definitely something keep an eye out for and time will tell whether this is a winning design. At the present, vivo’s and Oppo's designs with their respective periscope-like camera on the NEX S and slide-out top on the Find X seems classier.
July 20, 2018

Here's what to expect for Samsung Galaxy A6+(2018)

Expect the Samsung’s Galaxy A6+(2018) model to be a much better value for your money unlike its smaller sibling the Galaxy A6. The A6+ packs some decent mid-range specs. Just for spending a bit more to get the plus model, you will get a better and larger screen, faster chipset, secondary camera and a larger battery. Design wise, A6+ spots the same aluminium unibody design of A6; an aluminium back and rounded edges, a tall Super 6.0" AMOLED screen that offers a 1080 x 2280 pixel resolution supporting the Always-on display feature. An OLED panel on a mid-range device is still much a rarity, as such the Galaxy A6+ is a perfect choice for people looking for that.  A6+ comes equipped with a Snapdragon 450 chipset with is tad better than Exynos 7870 in Galaxy A6 and comes in 4GB RAM/64GB and 3GB RAM/32GB configurations. Camera setup is by no means outstanding but it can do a decent job. The primary camera is a 16MP with f/1.7 aperture and that is supported with a secondary one - a 5MP f/1.9 unit for depth sensing. The front camera is a 24MP f/1.9 snapper so clear selfies and much better performance in general can be expected as compared to the Galaxy A6's 16MP front shooter. The battery is also a large improvement over the smaller model i.e. 3,500 mAh vs. 3,000 mAh. Battery life should be better, notwithstanding spotting a bigger display. Android 8.0 Oreo runs out of the box with Samsung's own Experience UI.
July 18, 2018

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