Xiaomi joins the Wireless Power Consortium; Mi 7 could feature wireless charging

Once known as China’s Apple, Xiaomi is apparently following in Apple’s footsteps when it comes to wireless charging. The 2017 iPhone models all support wireless charging for the first time, and apparently the next Xiaomi flagship model will too. Today, the Chinese manufacturer apparently joined the Wireless Power Consortium, the group of tech firms that have the goal of promoting the Qi wireless charging platform.

Apple joined the consortium in February, and while Xiaomi hasn’t made an official announcement, the company is listed on the WPC website as a member. As a result, we would expect …


Deal: The powerful ZTE Axon 7 64GB is on sale for just $310 (22% off) at Newegg


The ZTE Axon 7 is a powerful smartphone
even by today’s standards. The last year’s flagship is available in
the US for quite a while, but it was a rather hard to come by
product.

Unfortunately, by the time ZTE was able
to provide enough units for the high-demand, many customers have
decided to go for other flagships in the same price range.

Speaking of price, the Snapdragon
820-powered ZTE Axon 7 is now on sale at Newegg, so those who are
still looking for a decent high-end smartphone that doesn’t go over
the $350 price mark, then you might want to check out this offer.

It …

Jet Black color option finally available for 32GB iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Apple is finally offering 32GB versions of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in the stylish jet black finish. This slight revision is one of the several changes introduced to the Apple Store following last night’s iPhone announcement event.
Previously, the color variant was only available to the 128GB and 256GB versions of the 2016 flagships. Customers had to pay a price premium for the shade due to it being difficult to manufacture. 
Although undeniably attractive, the glossy, reflective finish does have some drawbacks. …

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 battery life: real-life impressions, test results and comparison vs iPhone 7

We’ve been using the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the $950 Android super-phone, for about a week now and we have a lot to share, but one thing in particular deserves special attention: the Note 8 battery life.
After all, the Note 8 actually has a smaller battery than the nearly identical Galaxy S8+, so this might have some users worried. The Note 8 ships with a 3,300 mAh battery cell, while the Galaxy S8+ sports a 3,500 mAh battery.

So how does the Note 8 do in real life?

We have some good news: the phone easily …

Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 7 Plus camera comparison: which takes better portraits?

One of the most notable similarities between the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the iPhone 7 Plus is the way their cameras are set up. Both sport dual main cameras at the back – one is a standard shooter for general photography in any setting, while the secondary one brings your subject closer with its 2X zoom capabilities. But the feature we’ll focus on in this post is the ability of both to add background blur (also known as “bokeh”) to the image – what Apple calls Portrait Mode and what Samsung named Live Focus.

Chances are you’re already familiar with Apple’s Portrait …

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Introduction
The flames have been extinguished. The ashes of the past – forgotten. Mistakes – forgiven.

A new Galaxy Note is here. And boy is it a beast. Hungry. Raw. Yet, deep inside, you can see it’s also gentle, humble. It’s the kind of beast you don’t want to mess with.

But then, there’s another one. Older, charismatic, proven – this one, you don’t even compete with; it’s there to inspire you, show you the way. It’s the iPhone 7 Plus.

And yet, here we are in the company of these plus-sized beasts, and it’s obvious this is quickly going to get messy. …

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 7 Plus, Galaxy S8+ cameras compared

Studies show that most of the people who opened this article will skip straight to the conclusion part. This makes you a cool person if you’re still reading this paragraph, and you probably smell nice too!

But does the Galaxy Note 8 take good photos? That’s one of the questions we aim to answer here. And we’ll compare it against the iPhone 7 Plus and the Galaxy S8+ while we’re at it.

Before we proceed, there’s a few things we should clarify. For starters, keep in mind that we’ll focus solely on these three phones’ main cameras. Telephoto lens shots haven’t …

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (FE) sold out two months after launch

The refurbished Galaxy Note 7, also known as Fan Edition, made its debut in South Korea in early July. Two months after its launch, the phablet appears to be sold out and Samsung doesn’t have any plans to sell more Galaxy Note 7 (FE) units on its home turf.

Sources familiar with Samsung’s plans claim the company is still considering overseas releases for the Galaxy Note 7 (FE) after selling about 400,000 devices in South Korea.

Samsung has put a price tag of around $620 on the Galaxy Note 7 (FE), about $265 cheaper than the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 model. …

LG V30 vs Galaxy S8+ vs iPhone 7 Plus: first look camera comparison

The sunset in Berlin was beautiful tonight – for about an hour, as we were sipping lemonade on the balcony, shades of red, yellow, and blue were blending across the sky for our viewing pleasure. As many of the folks around us, we took a photo of the remarkable spectacle – three of them, actually. And we’re now going to share them with you. In fact, we’re sharing a whole bunch of images that we took today with the LG V30, the Galaxy S8+, and the iPhone 7 Plus.
Mind you, this is not a full-blown camera comparison. Far from it – the LG V30 we …

LG V30 size comparison versus Galaxy Note 8, S8, S8+, LG G6, OnePlus 5, HTC U11, iPhone 7 Plus

It’s big, it’s sleek, and it’s got small bezels: meet the best LG device to date, the V30.
With specs that don’t skimp on anything, design that’s up there with the most beautiful handsets on the market, and finally, has a slew of intriguing features that are more than just random party tricks.
We’ve already explored how the V30 fares up against its more notable rivals, but one thing we haven’t done yet is a size comparison to clearly illustrate how it measures up against the other contemporary flagships. Well, it’s time to do that …