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​Samsung Galaxy S9 Review: New Cutting Edge Features

Posted on 25 April 2018

Android smartphone giant Samsung has finally launched the Galaxy S9. Tech enthusiasts will welcome the subtle enhancements the company has made this time maintaining the feel and look similar to S8. The company has opted for the strategy often followed by various rival brands. Samsung made minor modifications that resulted in a boost of the overall performance of the device. Also, the users will find various cutting-edge features in S9 – not available in S8.

Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with a durable aluminum rim. The smartphone is also incorporated with Gorilla glass for absolute protection against minor fall damage (the screen is layered with five glass coatings). You will find the thickness of bezel has been reduced a bit above and below the screen making it a top-notch smartphone – and some say it has already given the iPhone X a run for its money.

Also, the company has done considerable work and finally moved the fingerprint scanner beneath the camera of the phone. The designers and developers have used metal and glass to design and kept its curved display. The Galaxy S9 is also IP68 water-resistance. The handset also features a microSD card slot.

The display offers rich colors with splendid contrast which put its rival brands in the rearview mirror. Although it is curved with 5.8 inch AMOLED quad-brightness, the handset allows you to customize colors adjusting the amount of green, blue, red as per your choice. The Galaxy S9 supports mobile HDR10 streaming HDR content from Amazon Prime and Netflix.

Moreover, Samsung has considerably enhanced the sound quality of the phone, featuring dual speakers in the device. As for the camera, you will absolutely love what the tech giant has done; the developers came up with an innovative camera with dual-aperture shutter and a powerful frame.

Photo by: Samsung

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​Nokia 6 Review: Android Phone with Metal Body

Posted on 20 March 2018

Nokia made a successful comeback last year, and this year the company has decided to introduce a funky handset with solid chipset featuring fast charging mode. You will experience the significant changes on display at this time the brand has opted for tasteful color options.

The brand is known to put notable efforts on display and, it is done this time as well as it comes with a 5-inch 1080p LCD screen. The makers of the device have come up with an improved power – snapdragon 360 chipset. It functions at a fast pace due to the incorporation of Adreno 508 GPU.

Moreover, you will find two varieties of Nokia 6 on the markets. In one handset, the company has provided 3GB of RAM along with 32GB of storage whereas other device offers a 4GB/64GB combination. However, you can expand the space via microSD cards anytime.

Other Nokia phones such as Nokia 7 Plus were designed with high-end specs. But this time, the company experimented by providing only one camera with 16 MP sensor featuring Zeiss-brand less, on the back. Also, an 80-megapixel camera is placed on the front, if you are a selfies enthusiast, you might consider buying it.

Moreover, you will get a 3,000mAh cell – a nonremovable battery in Nokia 6. It is yet to determine how the device’s battery life will impress tech enthusiasts in the race of smartphones. The company has claimed that new Nokia 6 will go 0% to 50% in just 30 minutes. That is indeed an impressive improvement.

It seems like Nokia loves to experiment with handset’s color schemes. The company had debuted with bright and funky colors for Nokia Lumia previously. This time, the brand is offering blue and black colored smartphones with gold, iron trims, and glints of copper.

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​Huawei Mate 10: The World’s First Kirin AI Processor

Posted on 11 December 2017

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Huawei has a potential to compete with tech giants like Apple, Google, and Samsung. The company has not just upgraded the device’s specs, but considerably improved its performance as well.

The good part with their new Huawei Mate 10 is that you can enjoy premium smartphone quality at a low budget. Now, Huawei Mate 10 has debuted with Huawei’s Kirin 970 processor and dual-camera phone co-engineered with German company Leica. Let’s find out what are the other features this device offers.

Specifications

The Mate 10 is one of the fastest phones on the market. The brand has equipped it with Huawei’s Kirin 970 processor. The manufacturer states that the processor runs with a neural processing unit (NPU), which helps with AI and offers additional processing power.

The handset is sleek and attractive. The screen is big and beautiful – 5.9 inch, which is actually useful when it comes to reading or watching TV shows and movies with a 2,560×1, 440-pixel resolution. The bezels are slim and less annoying. The Mate 10 comes with 4GB of RAM. It offers thrilling 4,000mAh battery, which is good enough to run your device for several hours.

Dual-lens Cameras

The dual-lens cameras are a treat for casual photographers. Now you can capture high-quality photos and yes, selfies too. Since Huawei had launched the dual-lens cameras months before the release of iPhone 7, now standing out amongst its rivals, the brand incorporated technology from Leica, a high-end German photography company to give you a jaw-dropping photography experience.

You will get a combination of 12 and 20-megapixel lens on the back along with 8-megapixel wide-angle selfie camera on the front. What is even more exciting? The company says AI power, loaded in the Mate 10, will enable the device to identify various scenarios including food, cats, dogs, flowers, and people. It will optimize the camera accordingly as well.

Photo by: Huawei

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​Nokia 8 Review

Posted on 12 October 2017

Millions were heartbroken when their former beloved Nokia announced an exit from the mobile industry; however, on 2017 nobody knew they would return with a bang. They introduced a whole new product. All Nokia phones now come with Android. With the release of Nokia 8, they have just added another phone to their “comeback” collection. Nokia is gradually making a successful comeback by coming up with premium as well as quality, budget-friendly phones and Nokia 8 is one of them.

Product Specifications

Following are the key specifications of Nokia 8.

  • Size: 5.3 inches
  • Screen: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen (554 ppi)
  • OS: Android 7.1.1
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.5 GHz Kryo & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo) with 4gb Ram
  • GPU: Adreno 540
  • Camera: Primary Dual 13 MP & Secondary 13 MP
  • Storage: 64 GB (Expandable by MicroSD card)
  • Battery life: Endurance rating 78h

Features

The smartphone’s screen quality is far better and has been integrated with an IPS LCD. The 554 ppi gives very sharp and accurate colors. Even in direct sunlight, the screen is able to produce well-lit images and comfortable viewing angles. Powered by a 3090 mAH battery, it has excellent capacity and has a quick charging 3.0 feature, which charges up the phone in relatively short time. With endurance rating of 78 hours, it does well when playing videos, music, games or browsing. It comes with single and dual SIM versions.

Nokia 8 runs on latest version of Android i.e. 7.1.1, it’s not customized and runs on a stock version, which ensures smooth Android experience and fast updates. With Snapdragon 835, an octa-core processor, Adreno 540 and 4 GB of RAM, everything seems really smooth. Opening multiple tabs, playing high-end games and switching apps does not cause any lag or slow down performance.

The sound quality of Nokia 8 is just average, may be due to the single speaker, but it is mostly distortion free, which is a good deal. The camera quality is something that really makes the phone outstanding, Carl Zeiss technology lives up to its name by giving excellent panoramic shots. You can expect light bokeh effects from dual 13 MP primary camera and really nice selfies from 13 MP front camera.

Verdict

Being a budget friendly, Nokia 8 is a better and smarter option; it has premium features that are enough to rival several other smartphones on the market.

Photo by: Nokia

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Google Pixel 2 Rumors and News

Posted on 28 July 2017

The announcement of the Google Pixel 2 has been accompanied by extraordinary levels of hype among critics. Rumors suggest that the Google Pixel 2 will be the first phone to include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 chipset in its build, which according to experts, will make Pixel 2 one of the most powerful phones that has ever hit the market.

Google has only recently discontinued its flagship series, Nexus, after which they introduced the dynamic Google Pixel as their crown jewel, setting global markets ablaze with a much more premium device. With the introduction of the new and improved version Google’s flagship series, critics believe that record sales will be achieved.

A curved screen gives Pixel 2 the aesthetic design it needed to compete against other high-end phones that reign over the smartphone industry. The 4.97 inch screen can display an optimum resolution of 2560×1312. The Pixel 2 XL, however, is equipped with a much larger screen, for users who prefer size when choosing their smart phone.

The finger print sensor on the rear plays an essential role in the aesthetic design of the Pixel 2, keeping the front pain and elegant. Tiny bezels on the phone’s body give the Pixel 2 a more sophisticated outlook; however, their main purpose is to improve the grip and provide superior handling.

The Pixel 2 comes with 12MP rear and 7MP front cameras, which, according to Google, are an improvement over that their former flagship series, although the details have not yet been specified. I think it is safe to assume that Google will not disappoint when it comes cutting-edge camera technology.

Other notable features of the Pixel 2 include its waterproof design and “squeezability,” like that of the HTC U11. A major disappointment, however, is the absence of a standard 3.5mm audio jack.

The Pixel 2 cannot be classified as an original with the number of features it has adopted from other flagship phones. However, we can only wait and see whether it meets our expectations, or exceeds them.

Photo via Forbes: Pixel 2 XL render based on the latest leaks

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The Pixel: Made By Google with Brilliant Camera

Posted on 16 June 2017

The all new Google Pixel is the most advanced phone that Google has ever developed. Pixel maintains the perfect balance between performance, speed, ergonomics, and beauty. It is powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor and is lightening fast.
Pixel comes packed with a number of features that will make you wonder why you went for an over-priced iPhone or S7 by Samsung. This phone comes with a camera that gives you the results better than any Android phone. Pixel is currently the most advanced version of Android available in the market.

Features:
o Snapdragon 821
o Android 7.1
o 12 MP back and 8 MP front camera
o USB-C port for ultrafast charging
o 2,770 mAh battery that allows you to use the phone for a whole day before you run looking for the charger
o 5-inch screen
o 1080p crystal clear and high definition display
o 32 GB storage. You can expand the storage up to 128 GB and store all your data safely in one place
o Headphone jack – something you do not get in all “smartphones”
o Daydream VR ready – VR compatibility allows you to take enjoy all the perks of a highly advanced VR box
o Warranty by Google

Design:
When it comes to the style and design, Google Pixel can easily be considered as one of the best-looking smartphones of 2017. Like all the phones these days, it is designed with a metal and glass body. The back camera is placed on the top right corner and does not have any unnecessary bumps. The fingerprint sensor is at the back of the phone as well. Pixel is designed to be very ergonomic.

Pixel, however, has some design flaws too. The back panel is prone to scratches so it is very important that you take care handling the phone.

Bottom Line:
If you are looking for a decent, eye-catching and sophisticated-looking phone that comes with a super fast processor and allows you to take the best pictures, you should consider buying the Google Pixel. If you want to go for a bigger screen, you must check out the Google Pixel XL. While Pixel would cost you somewhere around $600, it is still a lot less than other phones with the same or fewer features.

Photo by: Google

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The Moto Z by Motorola

Posted on 15 June 2017

Motorola once ruled the mobile phone industry when it launched the Razor, but lost a huge chunk of its customer base to other brands such as Nokia, iPhone and Samsung. However, almost a decade later, it has made a noticeable comeback to the industry by launching the most advanced and interesting smartphones.

The all new Moto Z is Motorola’s most advanced mobile phone and comes packed with a number of interesting features.

Features:
o 5.5 inch screen with Quad HD display
o 4GB RAM for ultrafast performance
o 32GB built-in storage. You can also expand the storage up to 128GB with a micro SD card
o Android 6.0.1
o Modular Moto Mods that allow you to be creative with your phone
o Only 5.19mm thick making it the thinnest phone in the world
o 13MP rear and 5MP from cameras for high quality pictures and 4K video recording
o Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
o 2,600 mAh long lasting battery so you would not have to look for a power source every now and then

Design:
Moto Z does not have a curved back like other Motorola phones. Instead, it has a flat back with huge and bulking out camera. Motorola designed it to be ergonomic but the extreme thinness makes it way to light and delicate to hold. Moreover, the rear picks up fingerprints easily. A major drawback of the design is the visible pogo pins used for Modular Moto Mods.

Pros:
o Lightening fast performance
o High quality display
o Latest version of Android
o Amazing camera results

Cons:
o Terrible battery life especially when Modular Moto Mods are attached
o Problems in auto-brightness
o No headphone jack

Conclusion:
The Moto Z offers you a new concept and ways of making your smart phone much smarter and fun to use. You can expand the battery life or turn your phone into a projector, loud speaker and what not. However, apart from the $500 price tag, the mods would cost you additional hundreds of dollars.

Photo by: Motorola

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