Monthly Archives: March 2016

Gionee W909 clamshell to officially debut on March 29, fingerprint sensor in tow

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The Gionee W909 is the company’s upcoming clamshell phone, which we’ve been expecting to come out since January, when benchmarks of the devices surfaced. The wait will soon be over as Gionee has sent out press invites for the phone’s unveiling on March 29.

The Gionee W909 will feature a MediaTek’s Helio P10 chipset, also known as MT6755. This 64-bit SoC features a 2 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU and the Mali-T860 GPU. In the W909 it’s paired with a whopping 4GB of RAM.

A neat feature of the phone will be its fingerprint sensor. The rest of the alleged specifications include dual displays of HD resolution, 32GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot.

At the back, there’s a 16MP camera coupled with a 5MP at the front. The phone measures 124.6 x 62.5 x 16.4 mm and weighs around 210 grams.

The W909 is expected to be priced at $615 (CNY 4,000), but whether it’ll retail outside China isn’t clear yet.

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Amazon Daily Deal: SanDisk 200GB microSD for $60

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200GB of microSD storage for $80 was a good deal, but for the next 18 hours, you can get the same storage for just $60.

Amazon.com is running a promotion on the SanDisk card. The card is rated at 90MB/s read speed (“1,200 photos in a minute”) and can hold 200 hours of FullHD video.

Adorama is selling the same card at $80. Soon, Amazon will be back on that price too.

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Alleged drawings of the iPhone 7 show repositioned antenna lines and a larger rear camera

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We have already heard a lot about the iPhone 7, in keeping with tradition, expected to come this fall, but sightings of the device or parts and even sketches of it have been a rare occurrence. However, today, nowhereelse.fr or rather the tipster known as OnLeaks, brings us what he claims to be early sketches of the iPhone 7.

There are a few observations to be made based on the technical renders. From the looks of things, Apple has indeed done a lot of work on the antenna stripes, but sadly, instead of removing them, or rather hiding them underneath a special finish, like previously suggested, they are simply repositioned to the very edges on the frame.

Another thing worth noting is the obviously bigger camera lens, which suggests a redesigned camera module, perhaps with a faster aperture and larger sensor. As for the infamous camera bump, which rumors have suggested will be absent on the iPhone 7, it is hard to say from the low-res monitor photo, taken at an angle. Under close inspection, some sort of ring does appear to be present, but the accompanying renders, suggest it will be merely a color accent around an otherwise flat module.

As for the previously suggested dual-camera setup on Apple’s new phone, it still remains a possibility, as it is allegedly intended only for the bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, whereas this leak claims to pertain only to the 4.7-inch model.

To further thicken the plot, OnLeaks also claims to have found a couple of live shots of the dual-camera module in question. They look pretty plausible, but sadly, we have no way of confirming a definite connection to Apple or the iPhone.

Last the possible absence of a 3.5mm audio jack has quite understandably been stirring a lot of controversy. While the new shots don’t prove the claim visually, the source has confirmed that Apple will indeed remove the port, in order to slim down the body of the phone.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge put to the test: water, drops and bends face the flagship duo

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 is having a Sarah Connor moment – bots are out to get it. Square Trade, which sells warranty on your gadgets, tested the S7 and S7 edge to see if it lives up to Samsung’s claims of durability.

The flagship duo was faced with two new bots. Deep Water Dunkbot places phones under 5ft / 1.5m of water and keeps them there for half an hour (that’s the IP68 level).

Both the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge survived the ordeal, but not without paying a price – their audio was “permanently muffled and distorted”. The iPhone 6s lost all audio and its screen suffered water damage while the iPhone 6s Plus handled it even worse – it malfunctioned after 10 minutes and completely died at the 24-minute mark.

Then came the TumbleBot. As the name suggests, the bot continuously tumbles phones at 50rpm for 30 seconds. The iPhone 6s came out unscathed, but the 6s Plus screen shattered. The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge had significant damage to their back panels; the screen had only minor cracks.

Things got more aggressive with the drop test – the S7 screen shattered on its first face-first fall and survived only four edge-first falls. The Galaxy S7 edge did better, lasting two face-first plunges and seven corner drops.

The final round of the gauntlet was the bend test, where Square Trade found Samsung hasn’t improved much. The Galaxy S7 edge bends at 110 pounds and snaps at 170 pounds while the smaller S7 withstood 170 pounds (matching the iPhone 6s).

LG Stylus 2 is the first phone with DAB+ radio, it’s coming to Europe and Australia

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Some of our commenters often ask about FM radio on smartphones, but did you know that Norway will kill of FM broadcasts in 2017 and replace them with DAB+, the digital radio standard (that’s free and open, unlike the digital radio the US gets).

LG is pouncing on this opportunity with the LG Stylus 2 – the first smartphone with DAB+ support. Norway, along with Australia, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK will be among the first countries to get the Stylus 2 (LG is mum on the exact date, though).

The phone itself is a 5.7″ entry-level handset with a 720p screen (yes, on that diagonal) and a capacitive stylus. It’s powered by a quad-core processor (1.2GHz) with 1.5GB of RAM, has a 13MP + 8MP cameras and a 3,000mAh battery. On the upside, you do get Android 6.0 Marshmallow and LTE. And a 1W loudspeaker for the radio.

So, what’s DAB+? For one, it’s based on the HC-AAC codec (while regular DAB is MP2, similar to MP3). And since it’s a digital broadcast it can carry more advanced data than FM RDS and features things like caching, similar to Internet streaming (but it’s free and requires no carrier data).

LG says that broadcasters can make apps to enhance the listening experience with additional data pulled from the web.

Phone trivia sidenote: while the LG Stylus 2 is the first with DAB+, the first phone with DAB seems to be the Virgin Lobster 700TV. I don’t know if it was the name or the looks, but it failed to bolster DAB adoption.

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Leaked Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) and J7 (2016) user manual hint at metal frames yet again

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The Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 are less than a year old, but their and the Korean giant is about to roll out improved models for 2016. We already know that both budget-friendly handsets have received their Bluetooth SIG certification and the latter has also made a visit to FCC, so, it seems to be only a matter of time, before the refreshed 2016 editions become available.

This might actually happen any time now, as suggested by a pair of official user manuals for the China Mobile and China Telecom versions of the handsets, found on Samsung servers. This might also be a sign that the J7 (2016) and J5 (2016) will be made available in China ahead of other markets, which was also the case with their predecessors.

As for the contents of the manuals, they hold little additional information in terms of hardware and specs, but there are still a few bit and pieces of information here and there. For one, the antenna slits that we first saw in the TENAA certifications a few days ago are once again clearly visible.

Although nothing about materials is specifically mentioned, we think it is fairly safe to assume that the plastic is in place to accommodate radio reception through the metal removable back covers. This, of course, suggests that both phones will be the first budget offers from Samsung to feature a metal unibody. Even better, it will be detachable to give access to the large removable batteries – as big as 3,300 mAh on the J7.

The menus also reference Android 5.1.1, as well as the Samsung Music app, which has been disappearing and reappearing lately on many devices, as Samsung still seems undecided on its future.

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The new OnePlus gallery app is a straight-forward as it gets

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If you are the proud owner on a OnePlus 2 handset and have been aching for a new gallery experience, then you can rejoice as the company just announced its new OnePlus Gallery app. It is available now on the Google Play Store, but currently only for the aforementioned top end model, running OxygenOS v2.2.1. Support for the manufacturer’s other pair of phones, as well as other handsets is possibly on the way.

OnePlus describes the app as streamlined so if you are a power user needing advanced features and tricks for your extensive photo library, you will undoubtedly find it a bit basic.

The OnePlus Gallery app offers all the fundamentals you would expect from a default gallery – nothing more, nothing less. It comes with a clean black interface, automatic collections and a quick editor that can crop, rotate and if you are feeling particularly adventurous – doodle.

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