Research firm Gartner has recently published a report stating that today’s mobile users are actually willing to spend more cash on high end smartphone devices. As indicated in the report, it is projected that people will be spending close to $400 billion on their handsets this year, which represents a 4.3 percent increase compared to the previous year’s.
Many agree that traveling to other countries is fun -- well except when you have to deal with roaming charges (which can be often borderline exorbitant). But Tink Labs, a firm from Hong Kong, is offering a solution to this problem -- specifically by providing custom made handsets in hotel rooms around the world specially for travelers. These phones would then come with free data, which means that guests can make full use of them when going online, and yup, not worry about roaming fees.
Recently this week, online retailing giant Amazon announced that it was further expanding the list of discounted mobile devices under its Prime Exclusive Phones program by adding a couple more smartphones to the roster.
As revealed by Rick Osterloh, chief of hardware at Google, a new Pixel device is coming this year, but this new flagship offering may come with a rather steep price. When Google released its Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones last year, it signalled a new era in which the tech giant is releasing a Google branded device that is not Nexus.
Huawei is following up last year’s P9 and the P9 Plus devices with the impressive P10 and the P10 Plus. Both smartphones come with a curvy design and a fingerprint scanner on the front side -- two features that differentiate this year’s offerings from the Chinese phone maker’s flagships in 2016.
This week, Motorola officially announced the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus. Both of these devices come in sleek metal and glass design, which sees Motorola depart from the mostly plastic design of past Moto offerings. And while the bigger Moto G5 Plus has a non-removable battery, the smaller Moto G5’s can be removed.
LG has officially unveiled its latest flagship device, the G6, and its most eye catching features include extra tall display screen (it comes with an aspect ratio of 18:9; previous LG flagship models only offered a 16:9 aspect ratio), a frame that nearly has no bezels, and water proofing capabilities. And just as rumored (and later confirmed by the South Korean tech giant), the G6 does not have a modular design, and as such, does away with a removable battery.
A few days ago, leaked images emerged showing Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8. But now, it appears that the specifications of the South Korean phone maker’s newest flagship device have been leaked by none other than Evan Blass (because, who else?) via a Twitter post.
Specifically, the specs are for the Galaxy S8 Plus. Of course, Samsung has not confirmed anything yet, but the leaked information may be worth checking out nonetheless:
The quality of cameras on mobile devices have taken a huge leap of improvement over the last decade or so. Indeed, smartphone cameras nowadays are so good that various filmmakers have already tried (and succeeded) in shooting movies using their own iPhone devices. And now thanks to a new technology from Sony, capturing video footage via one’s handsets will continue to get even better.
It is quite clear now that Samsung would really just want to forget about 2016. Every company goes through ups and downs every year, but 2016 was kind of particularly bad for the South Korean tech giant. Nothing more can be said about that unfortunate Galaxy Note 7discontinuation.
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