Sure, the Essential Phone was essentially Andy Rubin’s company’s first ever attempt at producing a high end Android powered mobile device, so it may not be that surprising to see a few drawbacks. But the smartphone industry is an unforgiving place, and if a particular handset offers even just a small hint of “not good enough” in the minds of consumers, it could spell the difference between a hit release and a flop.
Barely a week after they were unveiled, Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 models are now starting to grab honors in terms of camera and display screen quality. According to DxOMark, the Galaxy S9 Plus is now tops in terms of image capturing capabilities.
One of the things that separate premium handsets from midrange and entry level smartphones is those cool bokeh camera effects. It is easier for high end devices to have bokeh on account of their dual camera set up, and despite the fact that twin camera configurations typically cost money to assemble, flagships can get away with it through their steep pricing.
Staying true to the promise it made nearly three weeks ago during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Razer Phone officially now has Netflix HDR. On top of that, the smartphone now comes with full support for Dolby 5.1 audio playback. These features are brought to the Razer Phone by way of a new update that also comes with additional patches for the device’s camera, plus the January 2018 Android Security update.
SamCentral had recently done an APK (Android Package Kit) teardown of the newest Android Oreo beta for Samsung’s current flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 8, and discovered some very pretty interesting stuff about the Galaxy S9, which is expected to be unveiled less than a month from now, just in time for this year’s Mobile World Congress, which happens on February 26th until March 1st in the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain. Which interesting stuff exactly?
The Razer Phone certainly had generated some buzz when it made its debut around three weeks ago. While it is true that many were impressed by most of the phablet’s specs, others were a bit let down by the device’s camera. Thankfully, Razer is wasting no time in giving its first ever flagship offering a needed camera upgrade.
As it has done in the past, Flickr is ending this year by releasing its report on the most popular cameras being used by consumers today. Based on the information it has gathered, the image hosting services provider has declared the iPhone as the most widely used camera, with 54 percent of photographers taking full advantage of Apple’s smartphone in capturing images. Quite impressively, that percentage exceeds all the other camera brands combined.
We now have a pretty good idea that LG’s upcoming newest phablet, the V30, will be making its debut this coming August 31st. This we know because about a month ago, the South Korean phone maker had already started sending out save the date invitations for an event happening on August 31 in the city of Berlin in Germany. And also, the fact that the invite shows the outline of a backlit letter V should be a giveaway that the event will surely showcase the V30.
Less than a week after OnePlus officially revealed that its next flagship device offering will be making its debut this coming June 20th, two leaked photos surfaced in the world wide web, thanks to Android Police and Slashleaks. If the leaked images are to be believed, it appears that the upcoming OnePlus 5 will come with a couple of cameras on its rear side, as well as a LED flash, antenna bands, and a gray color.
Back in October of last year, camera manufacturer Kodak officially announced a new smartphone called the Ektra. True to the brand’s background in photography, the Ektra is a camera-centric mobile device, and at times, even looks more like a camera than a cell phone. Well, the Kodak Ektra is now made available for purchase from third party retail companies such as Amazon and Best Buy for a price of $400. Because the device is sold as a GSM unlocked handset, it should be able to connect to the networks of AT&T and T-Mobile, but not on Verizon Wireless, which has a CDMA network.
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