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    by Published on 03-01-2018 07:45 AM
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    You're likely to read a lot of derision from Apple fan blogs about the new ASUS Zenfone 5Z. It's the first of what's probably going to be a wave of Android phones from the Far East that mimic the infamous notch on the iPhone X. Somewhat hilariously, ASUS claimed in their Mobile World Congress event that their notch is 26% smaller than Fruit Phone X. That's a pretty bold claim; let's see how their trio of new devices spec out:

    ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL)
    6.2 Full HD+ IPS display (19:9)
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
    4 / 6 / 8 GB RAM, 64 / 128 / 256 GB storage + microSD
    12 MP + 8 MP wide-angle rear cameras, 8 MP selfie cam
    3,300 mAh battery
    Dual SIM
    3.5 mm audio jack, stereo speakers
    Android Oreo
    Available in Meteor Silver, Midnight Blue

    ZenFone 5 (ZE620KL)
    6.2 Full HD+ IPS display (19:9)
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor
    4 / 6 GB RAM, 64 GB storage + microSD
    12 MP + 8 MP wide-angle rear cameras, 8 MP selfie cam
    3,300 mAh battery
    Dual SIM
    3.5 mm audio jack, stereo speakers
    Android Oreo
    Available in Meteor Silver, Midnight Blue

    ZenFone 5Q / Lite (ZC600KL)
    6 inch Full HD+ IPS display (18:9)
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 / 630 processor
    3 / 4 GB RAM, 32 / 64 GB storage + microSD
    16 MP + 8 MP wide-angle rear cameras, 20 MP + 8 MP selfie cams
    3,300 mAh battery
    Dual SIM
    3.5 mm audio jack, mono speaker
    Android Oreo
    Available in Midnight Black, Moonlight White, Rouge Red

    ASUS also announced a new ZenFone Max M1 (ZB555KL), a cheaper device with a big 4,000 mAh battery as its big draw. Unfortunately they don't yet have a product page up for that, so I can't verify the other specs.

    Sources: ASUS (1) (2), Liliputing, NDTV

    by Published on 02-28-2018 08:00 AM
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    Sony has announced a new line of Xperia phones at this year's Mobile World Congress, with the most immediately striking thing being their new design. Both the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact feature a curved back that would suggest larger batteries than the previous XZ1 line—and they are! Also, the fingerprint reader is now on the back of both devices. Sony had previously built the reader into the power button, but had to disable it for the North American market due to legal issues (likely with Apple).

    Anyway, here are the notable specs for the new devices:

    Sony Xperia XZ2
    5.7 inch Full HD+ HDR display (18:9)
    Snapdragon 845 processor
    6 GB RAM, 64 GB storage + microSD
    19 MP rear camera, 5 MP selfie cam
    3,180 mAh battery
    IP65/68 water resistance
    Android Oreo
    Available in Ash Pink, Deep Green, Liquid Black, Liquid Silver

    Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
    5.0 inch Full HD+ HDR display (18:9)
    Snapdragon 845 processor
    4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage + microSD
    19 MP rear camera, 5 MP selfie cam
    2,870 mAh battery
    IP65/68 water resistance
    Android Oreo
    Available in Black, Coral Pink, Moss Green, White Silver

    Sources: Sony (1) (2)

    by Published on 02-27-2018 07:30 AM
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    HMD Global announced no less than five new Nokia-branded devices at this year's Mobile World Congress. There's a lot to cover here so let's get to it!

    Nokia 8 Sirocco
    5.5 inch QHD POLED display with 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
    6 GB RAM, 128 GB storage
    12 MP wide + 13 MP telephoto rear cameras with ZEISS optics, 5 MP selfie cam
    3,260 mAh battery with Quick Charge, wireless charging
    (no audio jack...?)
    Android 8.0 Oreo

    Nokia 7 plus
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
    6 inch IPS LCD full HD+ display (18:9)
    4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage + microSD
    12 MP + 13 MP rear cameras with ZEISS optics, 16 MP ZEISS selfie cam
    3,800 mAh battery with fast charging
    audio jack
    Android 8.0 Oreo

    New Nokia 6
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
    5.5 inch IPS LCD full HD display
    3 or 4 GB RAM, 32 or 64 GB storage + microSD
    16 MP rear camera with ZEISS optics, 8 MP selfie cam
    3,000 mAh battery
    audio jack
    Android 8.0 Oreo (Android One)

    Nokia 1
    MediaTek MT6737M processor (quad core 1.1 GHz)
    4.5 inch FWVGA IPS display (854 x 480 pixels)
    1 GB RAM, 8 GB storage + microSD
    5 MP rear camera with LED Flash, 2 MP selfie cam
    2,150 mAh battery
    audio jack
    Android 8.0 Oreo (Go edition)

    Oh, and one more thing. Remember last year when Nokia resurrected the legendary 3310? Well, they're at it again...

    Nokia 8110
    Curved 2.4-inch QVGA display
    Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform (MSM8905 Dual Core 1.1 GHz)
    512 MB RAM, 4 GB storage
    2 MP rear camera
    1,500 mAh battery
    audio jack with FM radio function
    Kai OS

    Sources: Android Police, HMD Press, Mobile Syrup

    by Published on 02-26-2018 06:45 AM
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    Samsung has once again kicked off the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona with the big reveal of their new flagships for 2018, the Galaxy S9 and S9+.

    The world's largest smartphone OEM hasn't yet figured out the under-screen fingerprint sensor, but they have at least moved the rear-mounted one to a better position, under the camera assembly rather than beside it. There's some new tech in those camera assemblies as well; both the S9 and S9+ feature a new variable aperture rear camera that can open up to f/1.5 or stop down to f/2.4, plus capture slow-motion video at up to 960 frames per second at 720p.

    Here are the specs for both models:

    Galaxy S9
    5.8 inch 2960 x 1440 pixel sAMOLED display, Gorilla Glass 5
    Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 processor
    4 GB RAM, 64/128/256 GB storage + microSD
    12 MP variable aperture rear camera, 8 MP selfie cam
    3,000 mAh battery with wireless charging
    IP68 dust and water resistance
    3.5 mm audio jack (!)
    Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.0

    Galaxy S9+
    6.2 inch 2960 x 1440 pixel sAMOLED display, Gorilla Glass 5
    Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 processor
    6 GB RAM, 64/128/256 GB storage + microSD
    12 MP variable aperture rear camera + 12 MP zoom lens, 8 MP selfie cam
    3,500 mAh battery with wireless charging
    IP68 dust and water resistance
    3.5 mm audio jack (!)
    Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.0

    Depending on the carrier and/or market, available colours for both models will include Coral Blue, Lilac Purple, Midnight Black and Titanium Grey.

    In Canada, the S9 will start at $960 CAD, and the S9+ at $1,100.

    In the USA, the S9 will start at $720 USD, and the S9+ at $840. Additionally, 24-month financing will be available directly from Samsung.

    Sources: Mobile Syrup, XDA

    by Published on 02-23-2018 06:45 AM
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    If memory serves me correctly I first introduced the concept of "peak smartphone" last October, when I linked to a story about someone who had tracked Google searches for Apple and Samsung devices and found that interest in both of them had, well... peaked.

    This week TechCrunch is running a story with further evidence of slowing smartphone sales worldwide. A new report by Gartner claims that Q4 numbers were down 5.6% from the previous year; Apple moved 5% less iPhones and Samsung 3.6% less units over the holidays. And if you thought the world's largest smartphone market would be safe, think again: recent research by Canalys suggests that sales in China dropped by 4% in 2017, and were down 14% in Q4 alone.

    Back to Gartner, here's what they think is going on:

    Gartner says two main factors led to the Q4 sales drop: A slowing of upgrades from feature phones to smartphones due to a lack of quality “ultra-low-cost” smartphones; and existing smartphone owners selecting quality models and keeping them for longer, lengthening the replacement cycle.
    I would add that smartphones are getting too expensive, and that customers are passing over models without headphone jacks, but what do I know...?

    Sources: TechCrunch (1) (2)

    by Published on 02-21-2018 07:45 AM
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    In an unexpected blog post late last week the Rebble team kind of blew my mind.

    Based on my previous research I had thought that the project was to be a replacement for Pebble OS, the operating system on Pebble hardware. This never really made sense to me; full ROMs for each Pebble model are freely available for download, and it seems to me that what Pebblers are going to be missing most when Fitbit shuts down the Pebble servers this summer are the services that they currently provide to users—voice dictation and weather complications are the two that immediately spring to mind.

    What Rebble is actually planning is a complete end-to-end solution, including an app and watch face store, a phone app for Android and iOS and (eventually) a new operating system for the watch. Here's the TL;DR from their blog post:

    We will be providing replacements for almost all Pebble services;
    Most things will work just fine when you switch to the Rebble servers;
    We will have a Patreon page for you to donate to keep the services running;
    We will require that you pledge around a couple of dollars a month for weather and dictation. All other services will remain free;
    Fitbit are our friends.
    You can read the finer details of Rebble's grand plan at the first link below, and the ensuing discussion from the Pebble reddit community at the second. Comments posted there so far suggest that Pebblers are happy to pay for continuing access to voice dictation and weather; if Rebble can get everything up and running in time then that June 30th deadline might not turn out to be such a big deal after all.

    Source: Rebble via r/pebble

    by Published on 02-14-2018 07:30 AM
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    Yesterday this Canadian received his Amazfit Bip from a grey-market reseller. With shipping, taxes and duties the final cost was about $100 CAD—pretty much the same price that I paid Amazon for the Pebble 2 SE on the left. How do the two compare? Let's break it down...

    Buttons / UI

    Every late model Pebble has four buttons with four programmable long press actions. The Bip has only a single button on its right side. A short press unlocks the screen; a long press can start or stop the workout of your choice, or turn the watch off. The Bip does have a touch screen, though, and while there are no fancy animated transitions it's still likely to be a more intuitive UI for most users.

    Advantage: Draw


    The two devices handle notifications very differently. Once granted access through your phone (on Android anyway) a Pebble will send through all notifications by default, with the option of blocking certain ones through the Pebble app on your phone.

    With the Bip notifications are opt-in, meaning that you have to manually enable notifications on a per-app basis through the Mi Fit app on your phone. Perhaps more importantly, you can't take any action when a notification comes through on a Bip. You can't even customize the vibrations on the watch.

    Even without the Pebble servers you can still use Gadgetbridge to build a list of customized canned responses for incoming messages. Advantage: Pebble.

    Watch Faces

    The Bip has 10 built-in watch faces, and room for one more that can be sideloaded from the Mi Fit app—the included selections are shown above. Just don't expect anywhere near the breadth or depth of what's available for download (or to archive) from the Pebble app store. Advantage: Pebble.

    Fitness Tracking

    Here's where the Bip pulls ahead. With its long battery life, built-in heart rate sensor and GPS, plus an easy shortcut to start and stop your workout, the Bip makes a compelling case for a cheap and cheerful exercise companion. The Mi Fit app is no slouch, either; it was able to chart all the above data from an hour-long walk yesterday afternoon. Advantage: Bip

    As a fitness tracker I think the Bip is a fantastic buy. But if it's a Pebble replacement that you were looking for then I'm sorry to say that you might have to keep looking.

    Link: Amazfit Bip on geekbuying

    by Published on 02-09-2018 12:26 PM
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    Besides “the notch” the other X’s other distinguishing feature (aside from the heart stopping price tag) is its facial ...
    by Published on 02-09-2018 07:15 AM
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    All through Android's early years, old guard smartphone enthusiasts like myself secretly dreamed of a Nokia-powered Android phone. And in 2017 that dream came true; HMD Global resurrected the brand and gave the world a range of devices running pure Android. The best part is that I can even buy one of them right now from Amazon. Amazon Canada. On Prime.

    So why haven't I? For the simple reason that the new Nokia does not appear to be in the business of selling modding-friendly hardware.

    In a September 29th tweet an HMD exec seemed open to the idea of shipping a phone with an unlockable bootloader; more than four months later this basic requirement for flashing a custom recovery and gaining root access is still nowhere in sight for any North American Nokia device. HMD has also failed to release any kernel sources for their Android builds—which aids in the development of custom ROMs, but more importantly is a legal obligation under the GPL v2.

    The company did a brisk business in 2017, in Asia and Europe at least. Tomi Ahonen estimates year-end handset sales to be around 8.5 million units, or 1% of the global smartphone market. But to win the hearts and minds of the XDA crowd—and for basic compliance with Android's open source license—HMD clearly needs to do better.

    Sources: Tomi Ahonen, XDA

    by Published on 02-08-2018 10:10 AM
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    One of the iPhone X’s most controversial features is its screen or rather, the fact that parts of it are missing.

    Yes, I’m talking about the “Notch”.

    While previous iPhones had large bezels at the top and bottom of the phone, the X’s design features a display that takes up the entire front of the phone. That means the iPhone’s most iconic feature; the home button is a thing of the past.
    by Published on 02-07-2018 10:45 AM
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    With the Pebble apocalypse looming in the distance—June 30th, to be exact—r/pebble on reddit has become an especially interesting destination on the web. Some Pebblers are resigning themselves to jump ship to either Android Wear or Apple Watch, depending on their smartphone. Some are looking to Garmin devices for their long battery life. And at least one of the 35,000+ subscribers there has committed to the watch you see above, the Amazfit Bip.

    Chinese? You bet it is... Amazfit branded wearables are made and marketed by Huami, a sub-brand of Xiaomi. What makes the Bip so intriguing for Pebblers is its always-on colour display and the promise of up to 30 days of battery life. Here's the entire spec sheet from the Bip's US product page:

    Always-on reflective 1.28 inch color touch display
    2.5D Corning gorilla glass generation 3 + AF coating
    Optical heart rate sensor for heart rate zones
    Geomagnetic sensor (compass)
    Air pressure sensor (barometer) for elevation
    GPS + GLONASS for route tracking
    20 mm standard width changeable watch band
    IP 68 rating - resistant to dust, rain and splashing
    190 mAh Li-Polymer Battery
    1.1 ounces (31 grams) total weight

    While Americans can order straight from the source, the best option for Canadians seems to be a grey market importer, like this one. With a price tag of less than $80 CAD I might just have to try one out... for science!

    More coverage of the Amazfit Bip here: GSM Arena, SlashGear, The Verge

    by Published on 02-02-2018 06:30 AM
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    Some folks over at XDA examined the code for an unreleased Oreo Beta for the Note8, and within it found an XML file with a list of all upcoming Galaxy phones and tablets for 2018. And without any further ado, here is that list:

    astarqlte (Samsung Galaxy S9 Active)
    c10lte (Samsung Galaxy C10)
    c10plte (Samsung Galaxy C10 Plus)
    crown (Samsung Galaxy Note 9)
    gta2xl (Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2018)
    gtesy18lte (Samsung Galaxy Tab E 2018)
    gts4llte (Samsung Galaxy Tab S4)
    j2y18lte (Samsung Galaxy J2 2018)
    j3neolte (Samsung Galaxy J3 Neo)
    j4lte (Samsung Galaxy J4)
    j6lte (Samsung Galaxy J6)
    j8lte (Samsung Galaxy J8)
    star (Samsung Galaxy S9)
    star2 (Samsung Galaxy S9+)

    Most intriguing among the entries here is the "jackpot" series, which may or may not turn out to be the rumoured, foldable Samsung Galaxy X. For more on the list and to see how XDA found it see the three links immediately below.

    Sources: XDA (1) (2) (3)

    by Published on 02-01-2018 07:00 AM
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    You can click the image above to see a video message from an attorney at Girard Gibbs, an American law firm that launched a class action suit against LG for boot loop issues related to the G4, G5, Nexus 5X, V10 and V20. Android Police reported yesterday that the firm had reached a settlement with LG, one with a fairly generous payout for affected users: $425 USD cash or a $700 credit towards a new LG device.

    Some time after the Android Police report was published Girard Gibbs' LG arbitration site went offline. On that site was a link to a SurveyMonkey form, and an indication that LG owners could still join the class action suit up until February 12th. So why did the site suddenly go dark? Here's a commenter on AP:

    I just called the law firm directly. They seemed frustrated about the initial launch, apparently this was not for the general public. The survey is now password protected. This is closed, you can't join if you weren't part of it prior.
    If you're a U.S. citizen and an owner of one of the aforementioned LG devices, you might want to bookmark that Girard Gibbs page, or at least keep an eye on this r/Android reddit thread. Good luck!

    Source: Android Police via r/Android

    by Published on 01-31-2018 07:45 AM
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    Scumbag Samsung is at it again...

    If you're financing your ultra-premium Samsung flagship through your carrier, as most folks in North America do, it's entirely understandable that you'd want to de-bloat your phone—see this post from 2013 for some examples of Canadian carrier bloat on a Galaxy S4. One of the easier ways to do this has been to flash a different firmware onto your device; though Samsung phones are region-locked it's been possible to flash an in-region but non-carrier version of your device's firmware using tools and guides from XDA.

    Until now, that is: XDA reported yesterday that the January security update for the S8, S8+ and Note8 also includes a new bootloader, one that prevents the flashing of unlocked firmware on carrier-branded phones. If you try to change the firmware on your carrier-branded device you will hard-brick that device. Unlocked hardware purchased from Samsung or third parties seems unaffected.

    Though not explicitly stated by anyone on XDA or the cross-post to r/Android, it sounds to me like this "update" would also prevent users from flashing custom ROMs onto late model carrier-branded Samsungs.

    Remember that time when Samsung gave free phones to the CyanogenMod team? Those days are clearly gone.

    Source: XDA via r/Android

    by Published on 01-29-2018 06:30 AM
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    What we're looking at here is an unannounced Acer tablet—photographed, tweeted, then deleted by an attendee at a London trade show. What makes this particular tablet different than all the other Android tablets currently on the market is that its actually not running Android at all, but instead a touch-friendly version of Chrome OS.

    According to Liliputing's Brad Linder, a Chrome OS-powered tablet (or "Chromepad") offers a number of advantages over a similar form factor running Android:

    • Faster boot speeds
    • Free-floating, resizable windows
    • Support for Chrome browser extensions
    • More advanced browser tools including developer tools, a task manager, and a powerful bookmark manager
    • 5 years of software and security updates delivered by Google rather than the PC maker
    All this plus full support for Android apps, just like the Android tablet you're using/not using now.

    Unfortunately it's entirely unknown if Acer is actually planning on bringing this device to market, or if it's just a one-off proof of concept for internal use. Whatever the case, it's certainly an intriguing idea.

    Source: Liliputing (1) (2)

    by Published on 01-26-2018 07:30 AM
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    Security researcher Elliot Alderson seems to have uncovered a new privacy breach in OxygenOS, the default ROM on OnePlus devices. The good news is that it only applies to the latest Oreo beta for the OnePlus 5T. The bad news? Well, just about everything else.

    The changelog for OxygenOS Open Beta 2 lists a new clipboard application, which is apparently the source of the suspicious activity. Alderson's first tweet, in the screen grab above, notes what appears to be a keyword logger, and is connected to a zip file which appears to phone home to TeddyMobile, a Chinese analytics company that also does business with OnePlus's sister brands Oppo and Vivo. One of the services offered by TeddyMobile is "number verification", and according to Alderson this clipboard app is sending your phone number and device IMEI directly to TeddyMobile—along with your text messages, even bank account numbers.

    OnePlus has yet to publicly respond to any of this. Until they do it's safe to say that you should not install the latest Oreo beta on your OnePlus 5T. In fact, now would be a great time to look into flashing a custom ROM instead.

    Source: Twitter via r/Android

    by Published on 01-25-2018 07:00 AM
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    In a press release yesterday Samsung confirmed that their next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S9, will be revealed on Sunday, February 25th to kick off the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

    As the teaser suggests, an improved camera system will be a marquee feature of the new devices—that is, the S9 and S9+. According to a reputable leaker on Twitter the big deal this year will be a variable aperture on the rear facing camera lenses:

    S9 Camera:12MP F2.4/F1.5 960fps
    S9+ Camera:12MP+13MP F1.4? 960fps
    — @UniverseIce January 12, 2018
    If you were hoping for a better placement of the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor this year, here's a video of an alleged S9 dummy unit:

    Ok, I guess that's slightly better...

    Other unsubstantiated rumours include a front camera with a 3D sensor (whatever that is), and stereo speakers (finally). Any other juicy leaks will be reported on here; stay tuned!

    Sources: SamMobile, Samsung, Twitter

    by Published on 01-24-2018 08:15 AM
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    It's been over a year since Pebble went bust. Fitbit, who bought the company's technical assets and absorbed some of the team, pledged to keep Pebble's servers running until the end of 2017. We're now well past that expiry date, and the day may soon come when Fitbit decides to turn out the lights, leaving users with no access to weather data, voice replies or an app store.

    At that point Pebblers will have three options: make do with what they've got, regain the ability to sideload apps and watchfaces with GadgetBridge or install Rebble, an entirely new OS, on their watch.

    Progress on Rebble has been slow—as you can probably imagine, building a custom smartwatch operating system from scratch is no small feat. But this week the team posted a rare update, one that immediately shot to the top of r/Pebble. Here's a summary of their progress thus far:

    • New splash screen (see above);
    • Rebble can now be run in an emulator;
    • Bluetooth is now working;
    • Preliminary support for Pebble apps and watchfaces.

    With such slow progress you might be asking, why even bother? The Rebble team has an answer for that:

    It’s a fact that no new Pebble hardware is being produced, ever. It’s been over a year since Pebble closed its doors and as such there are a finite number of devices out there, and their ZEBRA connectors are going wonky, their cases are suddenly ingressing water, and their batteries are getting one charge closer to failure every 4-10 days. But while Pebble hardware may remain frozen in time, technology marches on. New versions of Android and iOS continue to be released, along with new hardware, and with every major release we all cringe and utter “will our Pebbles still work”? Well that’s part of why we’re building new apps, appstores and firmware - but another exciting reason for creating our own open-source, FreeRTOS-based OS is that it opens the door to other Pebble fans or even large smartwatch manufacturers in Shenzhen to build their own new hardware in the spirit of Pebble/Rebble!
    While GadgetBridge will probably remain my go-to solution, what this community of developers is trying to accomplish is certainly admirable. If you want to get involved see the first link directly below.

    Source: Rebble via r/Pebble

    by Published on 01-23-2018 07:15 AM
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    UK-based Integral Memory has somehow managed to cram half a terabyte onto a tiny microSD card, beating the previous record for diminutive storage of 400GB set by Sandisk last year. Integral's Smartphone and Tablet microSDHC/XC Class 10 UHS-I U1 goes on sale next month. Don't expect it to be cheap.

    It's actually not quite as fast as the previous record-holder; while the Sandisk is capable of 100MB/s transfers Integral's new card can only do up to 90MB/s. However, its Class 10 and UHS-I U1 specification guarantees a minimum write speed of 10MB/s, so direct capture of Full HD video from your smartphone's camera won't be a problem.

    For more information see the press release and product listing immediately below.

    Links: Business Wire, Integral

    by Published on 01-17-2018 07:00 AM
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    Some slides from Motorola's upcoming presentation at Mobile World Congress seem to have leaked to Droid Life... or maybe all of them? If the source is legit we can at least have an advanced look at this year's updated hardware designs.

    Moto X5

    5.9 inch FHD+ 18:9 display
    Dual front and rear cameras

    No other information is available for Moto's traditional flagship. However, from the graphic above we can see an Essential/iPhone-esque notch at the top of the screen and some sort of software navigation bar at the bottom.

    Also, does the world honestly need yet another smartphone assistant?

    Moto Z3, Z3 Play

    6 inch FHD+ 18:9 display

    Moto's midrange Z series continues to be the only line to support Moto Mods. And speaking of Moto Mods, get a load of this one...

    Moto 5G Mod

    As crazy as it sounds, this accessory would bring 5G wireless service to any compatible phone. Have we even decided what 5G is yet?

    Moto G6, G6 Play, G6 Plus

    5.7/5.93 inch FHD+ 18:9 display
    Snapdragon 450/630 processor
    3/4/6 GB RAM, 32/64 GB storage
    12 + 5 MP rear cameras, 16 MP selfie cam
    3,000/3,200/4,000 mAh battery
    Fingerprint readers on all models

    The cheapest hardware from Motorola also has the most leaked information. In addition to the specs above there are the following colour options:

    G6 - black, rose gold, silver
    G6 Play - blue, charcoal, gold
    G6 Plus - black, silver, teal

    There is even some pricing information—nothing for the G6 Play as of yet, but the G6 and G6 Plus are expected to retail for $240 and $330 USD respectively.

    Keep in mind that these are unconfirmed leaks, and some or all of the slides may well turn out to be fakes. I'm still trying to wrap my head around that 5G Mod...

    Sources: Droid Life (1) (2) (3)

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