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It's rolling out now, and it's really going to improve a key feature of the best phone in the world. Super-fast charging There's nothing quite so frustrating as running out of smartphone juice when you need it the most, and Samsung's trying to solve that issue in a couple of ways. The main thing at work here is Adaptive Fast Charging, where the phone can work out precisely the best way to get juice into your phone. You'll need to use the charger that comes in the box, as alternatives that promise to do a similar thing won't work as well, if at all. In theory, Samsung believes you can get 50% battery life out of this charger in just 30 minutes but in testing that's not quite the case, with about 35-40% juice incoming during that half hour and the phone gets pretty hot in the process. You'll need to turn the phone off to make sure you're getting the maximum charging speed though, so don't expect such fast refuelling if you're not going to be able to live without your handset for that amount of time.
The Economic Times
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The five-kilometre stretch from IFFCO Chowk to Two Horizon Centre — which houses the corporate office of Samsung India — in Gurgaon’s Sector 43 is strewn with pale blue. The billboards along the road are blue, advertising kiosks sprouting all over the Millennium City are painted blue and even Metro pillars strapped with promotional screens are flashing blue, urging users to take selfies with dual-front camera. Asim Warsi, sitting relaxed on the twenty-second floor of Samsung’s office, too, flaunts a particular shade of blue: the reverse side of the visiting card of the senior vice-president of Samsung India is in blue. But it is “Samsung blue”, dark and deep, unlike the light blue of the Chinese smartphone maker Vivo that is splashed across streets and screens. Over the last six months, the Chinese brand has beamed over 691 hours of commercials, making it the most visible mobile brand on the small screen of late.
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SAMSUNG and Apple maintained their leadership in the smartphone market in early 2017 while Chinese-based Huawei's strong growth cemented its number three position, a market tracker said Thursday. Research firm IDC said overall smartphone shipments grew 4.3% in the first quarter, slightly better than its prior forecast, to 347 million units. "The first quarter smartphone results further prove that the smartphone industry is not dead and that growth still exists," said IDC analyst Ryan Reith. "There is no question that 2016 was a pivotal year for the industry as growth dipped to low single digits for the first time. However, we believe the industry will show some rebound in 2017, and the strong first quarter results certainly support this argument." Reith said the 2017 market will feel the impact of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship handset, and a widely expected announcement from Apple for its new iPhone later this year.
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It's slightly more powerful too and looks and feels far more premium than the price would suggest. It charges super fast, and has convenient features such as fingerprint sensor and much more. If you want to go even bigger, check out last year's Moto G4 Plus which measures 5.5-inches and is included below. If you want a cheap iPhone then the iPhone SE is the best SIM-free phone to go for at the moment. It is not as powerful compared to the iPhone 6S or iPhone 7 but it is a step up from the iPhone 5S and crucially retains the 5S' size and shape which is ideal for anyone who wants an iPhone but doesn't want a phone with a massive screen. If you're after a high-end Android handset but don't quite want to pay high-end prices, the OnePlus 3T is the phone for you. It's got everything - stunning AMOLED 5.5-inch screen, fingerprint scanner, excellent battery life and lots more.
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Later this year, John McAfee plans to launch a smartphone which boasts such tight levels of security that its streets ahead of the likes of the Blackphone . The security expert (who founded the eponymous antivirus company which is now a standalone firm separate from Intel, incidentally) talked to Newsweek about the handset, which he said was the result of enormous investment. The John McAfee Privacy Phone someone certainly likes using their own name in their creations is an Android handset which will not just sport software security features, but also hardware measures. The latter will include a bank of switches on the rear of the device which allow the user to actually physically disconnect components such as the antennas for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, and also the battery, camera, and microphone.
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Blu R1 Plus is the newest cheap phone to prove that you don't have to pay top dollar in order to enter into the Android ecosystem. It's debuting to a flash sale tomorrow for just $109 , giving you a $50 discount on the new handset that will cost $159 after Saturday's big discount. What do you get for a little over $100? This basic smartphone has a 5.5-inch HD screen, sizable 4,000mAh battery and 3GB of RAM. Those aren't bad specs. It can't really handle 3D games very well, and it won't work with Verizon and Sprint. This is an unlocked GSM-only phone for carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile and Cricket Wireless. Four people who would want this phone This isn't the right smartphone for everyone, as we have point our in our newly full review. However, we've identified four types of people who would want it. Someone who can't afford the latest and greatest smartphone will find this to be an easy upgrade, especially if you get the $109 Amazon deal.
MacRumors
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Apple's 4.7-inch OLED iPhone is likely to be sold alongside two standard "S" cycle iPhones with LCD displays, which are said to be similar in size to the existing iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Rumors suggest the leading candidate for the final chassis design is a stainless steel frame sandwiched between symmetrical glass on the front and the back. Apple is also supposedly working on an inductive wireless charging solution for its "premium" handset model. Rumors also suggest Apple's "iPhone 8" supplies may be highly constrained when the new range of phones launches, making it harder to obtain in the first few months of release, although this is not an unusual claim in the months preceding a new iPhone launch. Related Roundup: iPhone 8 (2017) Discuss this article in our forums
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Its set to go on sale globally in the coming months, with the Nokia 5 release date currently slated for Q2 2017, which means sometime between April and June this year. It looks like it'll arrive right at the end of the quarter, with UK retailer Clove listing the Nokia 5 release date as June 30 on its product page. It also attaches a 189.99 price tag to the handset, which is steeper than the direct conversion from Euros, with taxes and the unstable economic climate post-Brexit likely to blame. Nokia 5 design and display The compact form factor of the Nokia 5 is something which may sway potential customers towards it, rather than the bigger Nokia 6. Its a more ergonomic design, with the curved edges nestling more comfortably into the palm, and you can reach anywhere on screen with your thumb. Crafted from a single block of 6000-series aluminum, the Nokia 5 has a surprisingly premium construction for a phone with such a low price tag.
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UK online retailer Clove has posted a Nokia 3 release date of June 30 on its site, with a price tag of 149.99 for the phone - which is a higher conversion than we were hoping for. It's still affordable if this does transpire to be the official Nokia 3 UK price. Nokia 3 design and display The Nokia 3s compact design means it fits easily into the palm of the hand and can be used one-handed without issue. It has a metal frame which makes the phone feel solid and well built, and there's a hint of premium class about it even if the rear of the handset is polycarbonate. The rounded corners and sides produce a design that's reminiscent of Nokias (then Microsofts) Lumia range of Windows Phones handsets, and coupled with a 143.4 x 71.4 x 8.48mm frame it results in a pleasantly styled device. Theres a bright 5-inch HD screen up front and the polarized IPS display gives crisp, clear images and good visibility.
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The new Samsung Galaxy S8 - the mobile we lauded as 'one of the best phones ever made' - officially comes on the UK market today. It's been available to pre-order for the last month, so if you bagged an early deal you should have now received your phone! If you haven't already been tempted to pre-order the S8, or the massive Galaxy S8 Plus, then we'll tell you how to buy this stunning handset for the best price. Use our comparison widget below to tailor the perfect Galaxy S8 deal for you. Or scroll down to see our picks from the major networks such as O2, EE and Vodafone. And if you still need some convincing of whether it's worth splashing out for the S8 or S8+, then check out our Samsung Galaxy S8 review . The best Samsung Galaxy S8 deals Best Samsung Galaxy S8 deals right now: Cheapest Samsung Galaxy S8 deal Samsung Galaxy S8 on O2 | 150 upfront | 3GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | 32pm O2 has blasted off the Galaxy S8 space race with a very eye-catching 32 a month tariff.
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Like the Nexus phones before them, one of the great things about Googles Pixel and Pixel XL handsets is that they offer such a pure Android experience, the phones are pretty much guaranteed to get all the latest Android updates as soon as they happen well, for as long as theyre officially supported. A recently-updated Google support page discovered by Android Police has revealed that the search giant plans to cease Android OS updates for the current Pixel handsets in October next year. While a lack of further Android OS updates after that date isnt the be-all and end-all for the well-received handset, another date disclosed on the a table is a little more important for Pixel owners as its effectively a use-by for the devices that date is October 2019, when Google plans to stop releasing security updates for the handsets.
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Though wireless charging on an iPhone is still mostly a rumor, it's clear that Apple has given some major thought to powering your devices sans-fil . The tech giant has patented a method of using dual-frequency patch antennas to charge an external device wirelessly using frequencies that could emitted from a Wi-Fi router or cellular hot spot. Originally filed almost two years ago, the patent mentions using the technology in a way that could potentially make charging your phone or tablet as simple as getting in range of your home or workplace's Wi-Fi signal, rather than resting your device on top of a dock. Being just a patent, there's no guarantee you'll be topping off your iPhone's battery just by walking through the front door just yet. However, there's ample rumors that suggest Apple may implement wireless charging in its next handset, with some even adding that it could be a long-range type of feature.
Daily Mail - Science
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It could be the end for smartphone hackers. John McAfee unveiled plans to develop what he calls ‘the world’s first truly private handset’ that is said to be ‘hack-proof’ - but it could cost over $1,000.
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Latest: Motorola's Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus have leaked out on German website Winfuture.de showing some impressive spec for budget devices. The Moto E4 will get 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage while the E4 Plus is set to have a 5,000mAh battery and a 5.5-inch 720p display. Weve already had the affordable Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus this year, but an even cheaper pair of handsets look to be on the way, dubbed the Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus. And while a low price might be the main selling point of these successors to the Moto E3 , its not the only thing theyre likely to have going for them, with rumors also pointing to a monster battery and respectable specs for the money. Heres a constantly updated rundown of all the news and rumors weve heard about the Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus so far. Cut to the chase What is it? Motorola's ultra affordable new handset When is it out? Possibly June or July What will it cost? Maybe around $165/125/AU$220 Moto E4 release date We dont yet know when the Moto E4 or Moto E4 Plus will launch, but the larger handset has seemingly been certified by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission a US regulatory body), so theres a good chance theyre coming soon.
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Where will Apple put the fingerprint scanner? Thats one of the biggest questions surrounding the iPhone 8 , and if a newly leaked schematic is accurate we know one place it wont be the back of the handset. Recently, the possibility of a rear-facing scanner has been rumored , in order to allow Apple to shrink the bezel on the iPhone 8, but theres no sign of it in the diagram below, shared by Benjamin Geskin . Of course, that still doesnt tell us whether the Touch ID scanner will be below the screen, or - as has been heavily rumored - built into it. Other than that, the diagram also shows dual rear cameras stacked vertically, rather than horizontally as they are on the iPhone 7 Plus . Credit: Benjamin Geskin All about AR This isnt the first time weve seen iPhone 8 images with vertically aligned cameras , and although were not sure why Apple would make this change its possible that its necessary to power the rumored augmented reality features of the phone.
PC Pro Reviews
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The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best phone that money can buy 5 The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best of the best – but it comes at a price 27 Apr 2017 Mobile phones
Daily Express - Technology
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MOBILE FIRM EE has created the ultimate SIM-only bundle – with a free handset every year for five years, unlimited 4G data, England football tickets at Wembley for two years, and more. Here's how you can get your hands on the EE Golden SIM plan.
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The BlackBerry KeyOne release date has been confirmed as May 5 in the UK, with a SIM-free price tag of 499 for BlackBerry's latest flagship phone. If you can't wait for the general sale May 5 date (when the phone will be available in Carphone Warehouse), you can buy the BlackBerry KeyOne from today in Selfridges, London. The oddly named KeyOne pays homage to the brand's handsets of old, with a full QWERTY keyboard below a 4.5-inch touchscreen. In terms of specs you're looking at a Snapdragon 625 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, Android 7.1 and a 3,505mAh battery. That's a solid line up, but it doesn't quite match the flagship power of the Samsung Galaxy S8 , LG G6 or Huawei P10 . Where keyboard is king BlackBerry isn't going after the best phones of the moment though, instead targeting those yearning for physical keys on their handset, rather than the touchscreen keyboards which pretty much every other manufacturer offers.
Mashable
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The Galaxy Note 7 will never die. Samsung has been planning to release the volatile Note 7 again as a refurbished device since March, but now we know more about the zombie phone's relaunch. SamMobile , citing information from South Korea's ET News , claims the Note 7s will launch in the South Korean market at the end of June. Samsung just can't break away from the ghost of the explosive handset. SEE ALSO: The Galaxy S8 blew up Samsung's record for pre-orders The re-release will reportedly see 300,000 of the refurbished devices, rebranded as the Galaxy Note 7 R, hit the market via three unnamed mobile carriers. The batteries, which were infamously the explosive issue that sunk the OG iteration of the handset, will be dialed-down in size from 3,500mAh to 3,200mAh. Read more... More about South Korea , Refurbished Phones , Samsung Galaxy Note 7 , Galaxy Note 7 , and Samsung
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26/04/2017 - 4:59pm The Alcatel A30 can only be had through Amazon in the US, but its proving quite a popular little device Alcatel has released the Alcatel A30 with very little fanfare - not so much as a peep, in fact. The reason for the silence? Well it's not going to be the most widely available handset on the planet; it's an Amazon exlcusive in the US market only (for now, and maybe forever) and, what's more, there's a Prime Exclusive deal which brings the price down from $99.99 to $59.99, making it one of the cheapest phones with Android Nougat out of the box. Oddly enough, however, we did notice Amazon UK stocks plenty of accessories for the Alcatel A30, making us wonder if the firm has plans to expand availability across the pond. Regardless, even at its base price this is a budget offering, but as well as the Nougat appeal, there are a few other little nuggets to draw your attention to this cheap-as-chips smartphone.
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The Huawei P10 might not be the most exciting flagship of 2017, but its still a dependable handset and a solid upgrade to one of 2016s surprise stars. Thats thanks largely to a decent dual-lens camera and an improved build, made up of a slim metal shell that looks as eye-catching as any other phone youre likely to find. Or at least it does until you drop the thing, then youll likely be forced to join the hordes of people walking around with cracked screens. But you can avoid that fate by sticking your Huawei P10 in a case, and whether you want a cheap one, a stylish one, a minimalist one or almost anything else weve got you covered with the selection below. Note that not all of these cases are available in the US but then the Huawei P10 itself isnt either, so you might have to get importing if youre on that side of the Atlantic.