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    by Published on 07-21-2017 09:00 AM
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    XDA has posted a nice essay on how various Android OEMs have let down their customers so far this year. We'll start with the story described above.

    Ads in HTC's Keyboard

    XDA actually doesn't have the entire story here; for that we can thank Android Police. What happened is that HTC licensed a third-party keyboard called TouchPal for some of their devices. TouchPal makes money by charging their users an annual subscription fee, without which you'd probably end up seeing ads on your keyboard at some point. I'm fairly certain that neither HTC nor TouchPal ever intended these ads to appear on licensed-to-HTC keyboards; it's likely just a matter of a software update being pushed out to the wrong channel.

    Motorola's Shrinking Battery

    It's not just Motorola that's guilty of this, but XDA rightly points an accusing finger at them for replacing the 3,510 mAh battery on the Z Play with a significantly smaller 3,000 mAh battery on the Z2 Play—entirely missing the point of what made the old model so successful. Is there seriously anyone reading this who would rather have an impossibly-thin phone than one with a decent-sized battery?

    OnePlus 5's Upside-Down Display

    Apparently other OEMs are also guilty of this, but XDA didn't explicitly mention which ones. Suffice to say that the Shenzhen startup's 2017 flagship killer will forever be known as the one with the upside-down screen. And in case you were wondering, it was indeed a deliberate design choice!

    Samsung's Bixby Button

    I suppose you can't fault Samsung for pushing its own "AI" assistant, but you most certainly can fault them for dedicating a hardware button to it on their Galaxy S8 models, and actively blocking the remapping of said button to another function. The Verge goes so far as to call it hardware bloat; haven't heard that one before!

    Sources: Android Police, The Verge, XDA

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    by Published on 07-20-2017 07:45 AM
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    3. Apps



    Yup, my Pebble's connected... but not for long.

    Shortly after grabbing this screen from my phone I uninstalled the Pebble app for Android and powered down my Pebble Time Steel. Again. Just to explain what's going on here, it's the notification panel of my phone, with a frame from an excellent Android utility called OS Monitor, showing that the Pebble companion app is using almost 30% of my CPU. That translates to a battery drain of about 10% per hour. Where I often go to bed before midnight with a half-full battery, since firing up my Pebble again my phone has never even made it to dinner on a full charge.

    So what's going on here? According to a user on the Pebble Forums the app is hammering the Pebble servers for some unknown reason. And the only reliable fix for afflicted devices is to force them into offline mode—that is, sever any connection beyond the Bluetooth link between phone and watch. Unfortunately this kills much of the functionality that made Pebble so great: weather data, speech-to-text, Pebble Health... The watch faces I depended on when I was a full-time Pebbler all had weather complications; without them a big part of Pebble's appeal is lost.

    But wait, there's more!



    Pebblers have also reported that thumbnails for their watch faces and apps are disappearing from the phone app, like you can see above (it happened to me as well). This one can at least be fixed. The problem, as described on r/pebble, is a faulty certificate—the thumbnails actually aren't local to your phone, but live instead on Pebble servers for some reason. Running an Android app called Packet Capture can fix the connection and restore your thumbnails, at least temporarily.

    Of course that still may leave you with a watch that murders your phone battery. What I thought would be a fun couple of days getting re-acquainted with my Pebble turned out to be a bit of a nightmare. Maybe Fitbit should just shut down their Pebble servers altogether and be done with it.

    Sources: Pebble Forums, reddit

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    by Published on 07-19-2017 07:30 AM
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    Yesterday brought news of some OnePlus 5 phones rebooting when their owners attempted to dial 911. Today it seems that the issue is not limited to OnePlus. A redditor on r/Android is compiling a list of devices experiencing the same problem, with links to their respective comments and/or threads:

    Asus ZenFone 3 (all variants)
    OnePlus 5
    Samsung Galaxy S5
    Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
    Sony Xperia Z3

    So far users in both the US and UK have reported the problem; there have been no reports from Canada as of yet, but apparently Best Buy recalled a large number of ASUS phones here. The source of the issue has yet to be confirmed, but it's suspected to be something to do with the AOSP dialer; all background processes are supposed to be halted when a 911 call is initiated, but some faulty code might be interfering with this.

    Installing the Google Dialer from the Play Store may or may not address the problem. Concerned users can try contacting their local police force and see if they'll arrange a test call to their 911 service.

    Sources: reddit (1) (2)

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    by Published on 07-18-2017 07:00 AM
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    Okay, so forget the previous leak that will appear above or below this post... this is the Nokia 8, confirmed by none other than Evan Blass himself. Notice the Zeiss logo on the camera lens assembly—happy days for Nokia fans! I'm also liking the navy blue trim; according to the source, Nokia's first proper Android flagship will also be available in a blue/gold or copper/gold combination, and also "steel".

    With all the conflicting information the specs sheet isn't yet 100% clear; all we know for certain is that the 8 will have a Snapdragon processor and QHD display. Its European variant will likely have dual-SIM support, though there may be single-SIM versions as well. The phone has already made an appearance at the FCC as model number TA-1012.

    As for the Nokia 9, Blass doesn't believe that it exists.

    The Nokia 8 could launch as early as July 31st, and a Scandinavian site has indicated a retail price of €589, or about $675 USD. Taxes are notoriously high in Europe, though, and VAT means that all taxes are included in the sticker price. In other words, it may sell for a little cheaper than that.

    Who's ready to rock a Nokia again?

    Source: WinFuture via VentureBeat

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    by Published on 07-14-2017 06:30 AM
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    One final leak to close out the week, and it's a fairly big one: according to Android Police this is an accurate render of the device that has been given the codename taimen, otherwise known as the 2017 Pixel XL. Or possibly Pixel 2 XL? AP doesn't yet know what the actual product name will be.

    Key aspects of the new phone's design include much smaller bezels all around (as is the style of the time), a 2:1 screen aspect ratio, a larger camera lens assembly and a squeezable frame. This HTC gimmick might seem odd on an LG-made device, but there is evidence that Google has been working on this idea for years; for all we know they could have licensed their patent to HTC.

    A separate but equally reliable source has supposedly leaked the specs to XDA:

    Snapdragon 835 processor
    5.99 inch 1440p OLED display
    4 GB RAM / 128 GB storage
    Single rear camera with dual LED flash

    Expect the price to be almost prohibitively expensive, as is also the style of the time...

    Sources: Android Police, Mobile Syrup, XDA

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    by Published on 07-13-2017 07:00 AM
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    If the very existence of the $1,800 USD TAG Heuer Connected makes you angry then you should probably stop reading here.

    This week another luxury watchmaker announced a product running Android Wear. What we're looking at above is the Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon which, despite the snarky title of this post, I actually don't have a problem with; I honestly think it's great that there's now a female-friendly smartwatch alternative to the TAG. LV is pitching their smartwatch at rich men as well as women, but I'm not really buying it—someone who wants to wear connected jewellery on their hairy wrist is going to want more manly-man styling, I think.

    Specs? Really? Ok...

    42 mm 390 x 390 pixel AMOLED Sapphire glass touch screen
    Snapdragon 2100 Processor
    512 MB RAM / 4 GB storage
    Black, brushed or stainless steel case
    Interchangeable straps with Louis Vuitton patented system
    Water resistant up to 30 meters
    Battery life up to 22 hours
    Android Wear 2.0

    Three tricks that this LV will put up your sleeve come with the companion app for the phone. It promises to be your concierge for that shopping spree in Paris or Milan, keep you updated on flight info and automagically switch from Google to Weibo services when you enter mainland China. Could that last feature be a hint of the target market for this watch? Not for me to say.

    Sources: Louis Vuitton via Android Police

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    by Published on 07-11-2017 07:00 AM
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    If the source is to be believed then what we're looking at is the rear camera assembly on Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy Note 8. Only thing is, I've no idea as to the legitimacy of the source—it's literally some Thai dude on Facebook. But that didn't stop the tech press from enthusiastically re-sharing it. Guess I'm similarly guilty. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯



    This is supposedly a full press render of the phone from the same source. But since it was shared on Facebook the image's resolution is limited to 800 pixels wide—less if you remove the empty space around the image, like I've done here.



    And here's a render of a Note 8 and case from a separate but equally dubious source, some random person on Twitter. It's possible that this person took the Thai person's render and Photoshopped a case onto it. Or it could be entirely legit.

    From what I've read there seems to at least be a consensus that the Note 8 will sport dual rear cameras. As such, moving its fingerprint reader to the right of the flash (and presumably iris scanner) assembly will hopefully result in less accidental finger presses on the actual lenses. We'll know for sure when Samsung makes its official announcement sometime in Q3.

    Sources: Facebook, Twitter

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    by Published on 07-10-2017 07:30 AM
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    Welcome to Moto Mondays, our semi-regular feature where we detail the latest in a steady stream of leaked Android smartphones from Motorola. Today's edition comes from a pretty reliable source: Motorola's own site for the Chinese market. It looks to me like the image above has been removed; here's where it came from if you want to verify for yourself.

    The Moto Z2 has already appeared on AnTuTu and GFXBench, so the specs for the device are already known:

    Snapdragon 835 processor
    5.5 inch QHD AMOLED display
    4 GB RAM / 64 GB of storage
    Dual 12 MP rear cameras / 5 MP selfie cam
    Android 7.1.1

    The AnTuTu benchmarks actually show another variant of the Z2, with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. This is widely thought to be the Moto Z2 Force, which will sold in the USA by Verizon as the Moto Z2 Force Droid. This year, however, there may be other non-Droid editions of the Z2 Force sold by U.S. carriers as well.

    All should become clear when Motorola officially announces the remainder of their 2017 phone lineup on Tuesday, July 25th. Hopefully this early look will allow Moto fans to better plan their 2017 smartphone purchase.

    Sources: DroidHolic (1) (2), PhoneArena

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    by Published on 07-07-2017 06:45 AM
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    While we await the North American début of the Nokia 6 (come on, unlockable bootloader!) here's an early look at its bigger sibling, via some promotional materials that someone leaked to a Chinese tech blog. The blurry photo on the left shows a top-mounted headphone jack, bottom-mounted stereo speakers and a USB-C connector. The less blurry photo on the right shows what looks like an edge-to-edge display and multiple colour options.

    The rumoured release for the Nokia 8 is July or August—in China, anyway—and specs are thought to be as follows:

    Snapdragon 835 processor
    6 inch 2K display
    6 GB of RAM / 128 GB of storage

    What's especially interesting is the price: 3188 CNY, which converts to about $469 USD. That's $10 cheaper than the starting price of a OnePlus 5.

    Could these leaked materials be fake? Absolutely. There is ample evidence of another Nokia flagship, the Nokia 9, which seems to have a design language more in line with the already-released 6. Whatever the case, it's going to be an interesting year for Nokia and Android fans!

    Sources: CNMO via BGR, Nokia Power User

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    by Published on 07-06-2017 07:00 AM
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    I'm hoping that this post will be of some use to anyone looking to purchase a OnePlus device, now or in the future. As an online-only retailer here in the Americas, there's currently no way to hold one of their products in your hands before you commit to buying it—unless, perhaps, you live near New York City and can attend one of their launch events. To put worried would-be buyers at ease, OnePlus offers a 15-day "no hassle" return, which I got to test on my recent OnePlus 5 order.

    The first step in the return process is to create a service request on the OnePlus support site. If you want a refund you're asked to include some details as to why, but this is optional if I remember correctly. Anyway, almost immediately I received an email confirmation of my service request, and a few hours later I got another email from a company called FutureTel, a Canadian authorized service centre for OnePlus. Their message included an RMA number and a FedEx mailer, so all I had to do was pack up my phone, attach the mailer to the box and drop it off for shipping.

    And here's where we get to the only issues with my return experience. While these FutureTel people were inspecting my phone I received two separate and cryptic emails from OnePlus that read like this:

    Hello Friend,

    This is to inform you that your RMA has now been cancelled.
    This was immediately followed by a FutureTel email with a new RMA number and, somewhat distressingly, another mailing label. I contacted someone from OnePlus through their support chat portal, and was told that this was merely a procedural hiccup, and that FutureTel was still in the process of inspecting my device.

    The process wrapped up yesterday, with separate notices from OnePlus and PayPal that my refund had been issued; when all was said and done the entire return process took about 8 days. I wouldn't go so far as to call it a no-stress return, but "no-hassle" seems fair. I have heard that U.S. returns are subject to a 10% restocking fee if there's nothing wrong with the phone (ie. if the user just doesn't like it), so keep that in mind if you're planning to order.

    As for the OnePlus 5 itself, I don't think I can recommend it. The manufacturing defects that I experienced with mine, along with the reports I've read about the upside-down screen and even upside-down audio (?) makes me think that OnePlus cut too many corners in the making of what ended up being their most expensive device yet.

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    by Published on 07-05-2017 06:45 AM
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    Evan Blass is at it again...

    Yesterday he tweeted the above image of the soon-to-be-made-official Motorola Moto X4—I added in some artwork for the device that I found on a separate Blass story posted to VentureBeat. The phone's specs are purported to be as follows:

    Aluminum body with IP68 dust and water protection
    5.2 inch FHD screen
    Snapdragon 630 octa-core processor
    4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage + microSD
    8 and 12 megapixel rear cameras / 16 megapixel front camera
    3,000 mAh battery
    Android 7.1 Nougat

    The X4 will be released sometime in Q4 and, according to Blass, will be the first non-Google smartphone available to subscribers of Google's Fi network. It's hard for this Canadian to get too excited about any new Motorola handset, as in this country Moto has traditionally been more interested in selling to carriers rather than direct to consumers. It looks promising for our American friends, though.

    Sources: Evan Blass (1) (2) via Liliputing

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    by Published on 06-30-2017 07:00 AM
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    In case you didn't hear the news, Nokia is indeed bringing their mid-range Android-powered 6 to the USA. It will sell through Amazon.com starting July 10th. Amazon will even deliver to Canada—with extra shipping and import fees, of course. Here's the rundown in case you're not familiar with the device:

    Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor
    5.5 inch FHD display (LCD)
    16 MP rear-facing and 8 MP front-facing cameras
    32 GB of storage, expandable to 128 GB via microSD
    3 GB of RAM
    Android 7.1 Nougat

    A quick glance at the specs on Nokia.com shows support for LTE bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38 and 40. According to Amazon their unlocked version is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile at the very least, but there's no band 66 support for Freedom Mobile in Canada.

    It will sell for a pretty reasonable $299.99 USD, with a special Prime version—that is, Amazon apps and lock screen ads—coming later this summer. The Prime version should pique the interest of Android modders. I imagine that the XDA crowd would eagerly apply their mad skillz to liberate the phone of its Amazon cruft. Unfortunately things don't look too promising on that front; Nokia has yet to release the kernel source for the 6, and overseas versions seem to have a locked bootloader.

    I really hope that isn't the case with what Amazon ends up selling on the 10th. Nokia would do very well to follow the path of Nexus and OnePlus, to embrace the Android modding community with their first American Android release. I think it would pave the way for even more interest in their flagship model 8, at least among early adopters and enthusiasts. Root access on a device with Nokia's legendary build quality and camera tech would be a pretty killer combo.

    Come on, Nokia... I WANT TO BELIEVE!

    Links: Amazon, Nokia, XDA

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    by Published on 06-28-2017 06:45 AM
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    Remember the OnePlus 5 that got delivered to me a week ago? I finally got around to unboxing it over the weekend, and on Monday sent it back.

    Follow the arrow in the image above and you'll hopefully see the long scratch along the bottom of the camera lens assembly. And while the photo doesn't really show it, I'm fairly certain that the lens assembly itself is misaligned, like it was jammed into place by someone who had neither the time nor inclination to do it properly. I went straight for a refund instead of a repair, as I honestly can't remember ever buying a phone with such an obvious manufacturing defect out of the box.

    Apparently I'm not the only affected user; there are at least two separate threads on the OnePlus reddit filled with details of similar defects. To be fair, there are a number of redditors mistaking the NFC antenna itself for a scratch—the antenna is a small groove extending upwards from the top of the lens assembly to the antenna bands along the top of the device. But there are other reports of scratches around the camera, on the SIM card tray cover and other places where they clearly should not be.

    Here's the big one: a number of users are experiencing a strange, jelly-like effect when scrolling through their app drawer, a website, etc. Apparently this is because the screens on some OnePlus 5s have been installed upside down.

    It's a big change from the OnePlus 3; I ordered a pair of those on launch day and both units were flawless. I can even remember watching Carl Pei in interviews boasting about their manufacturing process. Hopefully the company hasn't diverted funds from quality control to Bollywood star endorsements, but if you're thinking of ordering a OnePlus 5 you might want to hold off until they get these issues sorted out.

    Links: reddit (1) (2) (3)

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    by Published on 06-27-2017 07:00 AM
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    Here's a fan render of the forthcoming Galaxy Note 8 from Samsung. Evan Blass reports in VentureBeat that it will be the Korean conglomerate's first dual-camera smartphone, with a Snapdragon 835 processor (or Exynos equivalent), a generous 6 GB of RAM and a 6.3 inch AMOLED edge-to-edge screen, at an 18.5:9 aspect ratio.

    It will also retail for a thousand Euros. So in that regard, it will share the same problem as other 2017 flagships: they're all just too expensive.

    This troubling trend first came to my attention with the Google Pixel late last year, and has continued with the Galaxy S8/S8 Plus and Andy Rubin's Essential Phone. Even OnePlus is hopping on-board—the deluxe $539 USD OnePlus 5 is only a bargain when you compare it to everything else at the high end of the market.

    It also doesn't help that most people in North America are still getting their hardware financed or subsidized by their carrier. I have a friend with a teenage daughter who's been begging for more data, but when I told him about a decent prepaid offer he couldn't take it, because she's locked into a contract until the end of the year. In other words, she (more likely her dad) is trading years of affordable service for a one-time discount on an overpriced phone.

    This "kill the bezel" trend is at least part of the problem, enough so that it's interfering with what I still believe is the inevitable commoditization of smartphone hardware. Maybe it's time to stop chasing specs and start putting value above all else.

    Sources: BGR, VentureBeat

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    by Published on 06-26-2017 06:45 AM
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    ... Vivo?!!

    It's true, a little-known Chinese Android OEM is expected to succeed where Samsung failed, and beat Apple to market with the world's first optical fingerprint sensor. The teaser above was tweeted from Vivo India last week, and this YouTube upload is currently blowing up over on r/Android. Don't blink or you'll miss it:



    According to Gizmochina the video was originally uploaded to Weibo about two weeks ago, and is a prototype device looking similar to the Vivo X9 Plus. This might not even be the first time Vivo has been first to market with new mobile phone innovations; Gizmochina also claims that the X9 and XPlay 6 Dual were the world's first "Hi-Fi" smartphones, though the late-2016 release date of those two devices don't exactly jibe with earlier audiophile efforts from the likes of LG.

    The Shanghai edition of Mobile World Congress is set to kick off Wednesday, so we won't have too long a wait to see if Vivo makes good on their promise. Funny thing is, Vivo is a subsidiary of BBK Electronics, who also run Oppo and OnePlus. Can you imagine the #HYPE if it was the OnePlus 5 that brought an embedded fingerprint sensor to its worldwide audience of rabid fans?

    Links: @Vivo_India, Gizmochina, MWC Shanghai, reddit, ZDNet

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    by Published on 06-22-2017 07:00 AM
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    Pro tip: If you're thinking of ordering a OnePlus 5 (and haven't already), do it when they go on sale at midnight next Tuesday, June 27th. You'll likely experience the same impossibly-quick delivery that I did with their early drop this week.

    What you're looking at above is a screen grab from an Android app called ParcelTrack, showing my phone's journey from Los Angeles to Cincinnati and then on to its final destination in Toronto. I placed my order Tuesday at 12:43pm Eastern (I'm a keener that way); less than 8 hours later the order was dispatched, and less than 24 hours after that I had the phone in my hands.

    For this to happen OnePlus had to have stock already shipped from Shenzhen to LA, along with other tactical ports near key markets. I would expect the same for the phone's official launch next week.

    The buying experience has certainly come a long way since the dreaded invite system for the OnePlus One, and the added headache of import fees for those of us who had that device delivered to Canada. The only negative part of my OnePlus 5 experience so far is that cases for the phone are not yet available. I wonder how well a case for an iPhone 7 Plus would fit...?

    Links: OnePlus 5, ParcelTrack on Google Play

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    by Published on 06-21-2017 08:00 AM
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    Though officially announced only yesterday, a select few of the tech press have had a OnePlus 5 in their possession for a few weeks now. One of them is the UK's Safwan Ahmedmia—aka SuperSaf—who is ready to answer the big question on everyone's minds: How good is the camera?

    To find out, he pits the OnePlus 5 against the device it most closely resembles, the iPhone 7 Plus. Here's a specs comparison from each company's website:


    iPhone 7 Plus

    12MP wide angle and telephoto cameras
    Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture
    Telephoto: ƒ/2.8 aperture
    Optical zoom at 2x; digital zoom up to 10x

    FaceTime HD Camera
    7-megapixel photos
    1080p HD video recording
    Retina Flash
    ƒ/2.2 aperture

    OnePlus 5

    Rear Camera Wide-angle
    16 megapixel Sony IMX 398 sensor
    f/1.7 aperture
    DCAF autofocus, EIS
    Pixel Size: 1.12 µm

    Rear Camera Telephoto
    20 megapixel Sony IMX 350 sensor
    f/2.6 aperture
    PDAF autofocus
    Pixel Size: 1.0 µm

    Front Camera
    16 megapixel Sony IMX 371 sensor
    f/2.0 aperture
    Fixed focus, EIS
    Pixel Size: 1.0 µm

    Watch the video above to see how they did; if you're pressed for time, here are the results:

    Front Cameras

    Outdoors: iPhone wins on colour, OnePlus 5 on sharpness
    Low light: OnePlus 5
    Low light with flash: draw
    Video: OnePlus wins on stabilization

    Rear Cameras

    Outdoor wide angle: OnePlus 5 has slightly better colour, contrast
    Outdoor telephoto: OnePlus 5 wins on higher resolution
    Outdoor macro: OnePlus 5 wins on sharpness, colour
    Outdoor bokeh: OnePlus loses on edge artifacts
    Outdoor low light: iPhone 7 Plus wins on exposure
    Indoor low light: OnePlus 5 wins on exposure
    Indoor with flash: OnePlus 5 wins on exposure
    Video: iPhone wins with stabilization at 4K , OnePlus wins at 1080p

    Keep in mind that the iPhone has the added bonus of Live Photos, while the OnePlus is $330 USD cheaper with the same storage and more RAM.

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    by Published on 06-20-2017 07:00 AM
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    The sixth phone from boutique Android smartphone OEM OnePlus launches today at noon Eastern; the global launch will be livestreamed on their YouTube channel (see above). If you want to see the phone for yourself OnePlus is also hosting pop-up events in New York London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Here are the details for the NYC event:

    June 20th @ 7pm
    Magnum New York
    875 Washington Street
    New York, NY 10014
    Special Guests: Carl Pei, Marques Brownlee

    At this point almost everything about the phone is known except for its price; check out the specs in last week's post here, but note that the listed starting price of $479 USD has yet to be confirmed. There will apparently be two trim levels and three colors—silver (or gunmetal) and soft gold will be available with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, while black will be exclusive to the upgraded model with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB of storage.

    When its price is finally revealed I think it will be important to keep the competition in mind. A 5.5 inch Google Pixel XL with 128 GB of storage currently lists for $869 USD, as does a 5.5 inch, 128 GB iPhone 7 Plus. And the iPhone doesn't even run Android!

    Anyone purchasing a OnePlus 5 will at least be able to save some money on accessories using any one of the referral links in this helpful reddit thread.

    Feel free to add your thoughts on the phone and/or launch event below. If the price is right I'll probably end up ordering one.

    Links: OnePlus, reddit

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    by Published on 06-19-2017 07:30 AM
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    GSMArena posted an interesting feature over the weekend, listing the three most popular phones on their site, by year, for the last decade. The results may be surprising until you consider the global reach of this domain, which at the very least includes English-reading audiences in the UK and Europe. Anyway, here are the results, with bonus links to each device's listing:

    2006
    1st Place - Nokia N73
    2nd Place - Sony Ericsson K800
    3rd Place - Nokia N80

    2007
    1st Place - Nokia N95
    2nd Place - Apple iPhone
    3rd Place - Nokia 6300

    2008
    1st Place - Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
    2nd Place - Nokia E71
    3rd Place - Apple iPhone 3G

    2009
    1st Place - Apple iPhone 3GS
    2nd Place - Nokia N97
    3rd Place - BlackBerry Curve 8520

    2010
    1st Place - Nokia N8
    2nd Place - Apple iPhone 4
    3rd Place - Samsung I9000 Galaxy S

    2011
    1st Place - Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II
    2nd Place - Apple iPhone 4s
    3rd Place - Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830

    2012
    1st Place - Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III
    2nd Place - Apple iPhone 5
    3rd Place - Samsung Galaxy S Duos S7562

    2013
    1st Place - Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4
    2nd Place - Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    3rd Place - Apple iPhone 5s

    2014
    1st Place - Samsung Galaxy S5
    2nd Place - Apple iPhone 6
    3rd Place - Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime

    2015
    1st Place - Samsung Galaxy S6
    2nd Place - Samsung Galaxy J7
    3rd Place - Samsung Galaxy J5

    2016
    1st Place - Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
    2nd Place - Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
    3rd Place - Samsung Galaxy S7

    I can attest to the popularity of the Nokia N8 in 2010; I so desperately wanted it that when WOM World wouldn't lend me one I bought a Nexus One instead almost purely out of spite. Best decision ever—Nokia's complete absence in the listings thereafter shows how their switch to Windows Phone went down with their loyal customers...

    Source: GSMArena

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    by Published on 06-14-2017 07:45 AM
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    A respected Brazilian tech blog has leaked this image of the OnePlus 5, along with a confirmation of specs and, crucially for OnePlus's frugal customers, the price. If you think that no company could have the audacity to produce such a derivative-looking phone, think again—Android Police revealed a partial view last week, and then OnePlus themselves went ahead and did the same.

    This week's Tecnoblog leak is significant because it appears to answer almost all of the remaining questions about the phone. Here's the spec sheet, with a little help from Google Translate and reddit:

    Screen
    5.5 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
    DCI-P3 Colors

    Processor
    Snapdragon 835

    RAM
    6 or 8 GB
    LPDDR4X

    Storage
    64 or 128 GB
    Dual-Band UFS 2.1

    Battery
    3,300 mAh
    Dash Charge

    Rear Cameras
    20 MP, f/2.6
    16 MP, f/1.7

    Other
    Bluetooth 5.0
    LTE Cat 12
    Fast Fingerprint Reader (0.2 seconds)

    Price
    $479 USD

    That starting price, if true, is a pretty big deal; an unlocked iPhone 7 with only 32 GB of storage is currently going for almost $300 USD more at Apple.com. It would also be a big win for prospective OnePlus buyers, as blogs were reporting a rumored price tag as high as $650 USD just a few weeks ago.

    And the homage to Apple shouldn't really surprise OnePlus fans, as co-founder Carl Pei is on record stating that the genesis of OnePlus was to bring an iPhone-like hardware experience to the Android platform. He certainly appears to have done that!

    Source: Tecnoblog (Portuguese) via r/Android

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