Moto C and Moto C Plus certified in Russia ahead of official announcement

It’s no secret that Motorola Mobility has had its difficulties in recent times. Taken over by Google in 2011 before being passed onto Lenovo three years later, things looked ominous when the China-based company laid off a large chunk of its Motorola workforce last fall. But with the Moto Z series having shown flair in the flagship arena, things are looking up, and the likes of the Moto G and E series have continually demonstrated appeal to lower-budget audiences. With the latter in mind, recent reports have indicated that dirt-cheap Moto C is in the pipeline …


Alleged Moto E4 specs leak ahead of official announcement

The unannounced Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus may have been recently spotted at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), but aside from one piece of information, nothing was revealed about the phones’ specs.

If you’ve read our previous report, then you already know the Moto E4 Plus is tipped to pack a massive 5,000 mAh battery inside. Today, we’ve learned that the regular Moto E4 model won’t be packing a similar battery.

Thanks to the listing of the phone at the Indonesian regulatory entity P3DN, we now know a bit more about the Moto E4. Unlike the Plus model, this one will be powered …

Samsung store caught fire ahead of the Galaxy S8 announcement

Samsung is having the worst of luck when it comes to fires. After the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, a Samsung battery plant went up in flames, and now a Samsung store in Singapore suffered the same fate. The fire caused neighboring shops in the mall to close temporarily for safety and cleaning.

Samsung confirmed the unfortunate turn of events, issuing a statement on the incident.

“We were alerted to a fire at the Samsung Experience Store at AMK Hub in the early hours of Tuesday morning before store opening hours,” the statement said.

“The fire was extinguished by water sprinklers in …

Samsung Galaxy S8 accessories and their prices get leaked ahead of official reveal

We’re just a couple of days away from the official reveal of Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, and it looks like we already know everything there is to know about the device.

Unfortunately, Samsung fans who like to be surprised at least once or twice per year must feel betrayed by the company’s inability to stop the sheer of leaks revealing important aspects about its upcoming flagships.

However, this time we won’t be talking about the Galaxy S8 per se, but about some of the official accessories that Samsung plans to launch alongside its top-tier …

TAG Heuer's Connected Modular 45 smartwatch specs and price leaked ahead of official announcement

TAG Heuer confirmed a few days ago it will launch a new smartwatch today, March 14. The wearable device hasn’t been announced yet, but the Swiss company already posted some info on the smartwatch on its official website (crazy, right?).

Apparently, the smartwatch will be called TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45, and it will be available for purchase in the United States for $1,650.

As expected, the Connected Modular 45 will be powered by Android Wear 2.0, and it will pack all the features you would expect from a modern, high-end smartwatch.

But the most interesting aspect lies …

Spring ahead; Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday morning in the U.S.

The annual ritual in the U.S. known as Daylight Saving Time begins at 2am tomorrow (Sunday) morning. Exactly five years ago today, iOS processed the change in time incorrectly. Instead of moving the clock ahead one hour, the clock on the iPhone was pushed back an hour by mistake. Which meant that anyone relying on their iPhone to arrive somewhere on time, showed up two hours late.

The year before, those who set recurring alarms on their iPhone in Australia failed to rise and shine as the switch to Daylight Saving Time deactivated all the alarms. In 2012, Siri screwed things up by giving …

Spring ahead; Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday morning in the U.S.

The annual ritual in the U.S. known as Daylight Saving Time begins at 2am tomorrow (Sunday) morning. Exactly five years ago today, iOS processed the change in time incorrectly. Instead of moving the clock ahead one hour, the clock on the iPhone was pushed back an hour by mistake. Which meant that anyone relying on their iPhone to arrive somewhere on time, showed up two hours late.

The year before, those who set recurring alarms on their iPhone in Australia failed to rise and shine as the switch to Daylight Saving Time deactivated all the alarms. In 2012, Siri screwed things up by giving …

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) spotted again ahead of official launch

The Galaxy J7 (2017) is a mid-range smartphone that will make its debut in the United States in about a month from now. Many carriers in the country will pick the yet unannounced Galaxy J series handset but under different names.

For example, Verizon is expected to launch the smartphone on April 10 as Samsung Galaxy J7 V, while Tracfone will sell it as Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro. Other carriers like AT&T and U.S. Cellular are likely to offer the Galaxy J7 (2017) as well, but the names they will use for the phone are unknown for the time being.

Recently, the smartphone was spotted …

Apple 4 inch iPhone 5se ahead of the iPhone 7 launch

After months of speculation, leaks and behind the scenes muttering, the iPhone SE is now official. And as we ALL expected, it is a 4in iPhone just like the ones we used to use just a couple of years ago before Apple got all crazy and started releasing Android-sized phones.

Steve Jobs always maintained that a 4in display was perfectly adequate for a smartphone. Then phablets happened and people started using their phones differently, necessitating the need for larger displays. Nevertheless, plenty of people miss the old form factor and have, according to some research firms, held off updating from the iPhone 5s to newer models because they feel the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and upcoming iPhone 7 are too big.

The iPhone 5s is still hugely popular. Anecdotally, I know at least four people that are still using the device. But the data backs this sentiment up to: the iPhone 5s, as of March 2016, was the second most popular handset next to Apple’s iPhone 6.

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That means Apple has a ton of 4in users out there, just waiting, waiting for it to release the iPhone SE. We can never know whether this is 100% true or not, as some people might just like the 5s or be locked into a contract, but what it does show is that the vast majority of Apple’s user base prefer smaller iPhones. Just look at the data: neither Plus model has managed to break double figures.

This is why Apple made the iPhone SE — to force all those users still rocking older hardware to update to something more, well, contemporary. The iPhone SE also has TouchID built in as well, meaning users can buy goods and services with the iPhone SE.

Predictions for iPhone SE sales in the first 12 months of release don’t make for particularly exciting reading, though — sorry, Apple! According to CIRP, none if any of the 81 million iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s or 6s Plus users are going to trade-down to the SE. Research is research, though, and it is worth noting a survey of 500 users is NOT indicative of Apple’s macro bed of clientele.

Nevertheless — it does make you wonder whether Apple might have called this one wrong. I mean, doesn’t “making” a 4in iPhone after ditching the 4in iPhone kind of make you look stupid, as if you don’t know what you’re doing? Not entirely, but a 4in phone in today’s world is slightly regressive — even more so when it looks NO different to the iPhone 5s, which is WELL old now.

“The analysis indicates the limited opportunity for Apple to sell the smaller iPhone SE in the U.S.,” Mike Levin, partner and co-founder of CIRP, said in a statement. “Very few of the 81 million consumers that already own a larger iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, or 6s or 6s Plus, are likely to trade down to the smaller iPhone SE.”

As of March 31, techy site Chipworks has done the duty of tearing an iPhone SE to pieces in order to get a glimpse of exactly what’s going on inside the new model. What’s old? What’s new? Well according to Chipworks the iPhone SE is quite a blanaced device when it comes to using well-established Apple components and introducing brand new shiny stuff. Apple’s latest A9 chipset is onboard together with a SK Hynix RAM module believed to be “likely the same 2 GB LPDDR4 mobile DRAM found in the iPhone 6s,” alongside a Toshiba 16GB flash storage drive. Some even older bits are present though, including an iPhone 5S era pairing of Broadcom BCM5976 and Texas Instruments 343S0645 touch screen controllers – this tech dates back to 2011. Of course much newer tech types, such as NFC, haven’t existed that long, so the NXP 66V10 module for this purpose is a new-ish one from the iPhone 6s, alongside the InvenSense inertia sensor (6-axis), Qualcomm MDM9625M modem, WTR1625L RF tranceiver, and Cirrus Logic 338S00105 and 338S1285 audio codecs. There are some components that are unique to the iPhone SE, which have not been present in even recent iPhone 6s models, including a Skyworks SKY77611 amplifier module, a TI 338S00170 power managment module, a EPCOS D5255 antenna module, and an AAC Technologies 0DALM1 microphone. In short, Apple didn’t just reskin the iPhone 5S!

Below is everything you need to know about the iPhone SE.

iPhone SE Release Date & Store
The iPhone SE is now available from all major UK retailers, as well as direct from Apple. You can check out the Best UK Deals here. The phone, as outlined above, is the cheapest iPhone Apple has ever released. As for UK pricing, you’re looking at the following break-down: £359 for the 16GB model, £439 for the larger, 64GB model — you’ll definitely want the latter as well because, well, 16GB iPhones are like cars without wheels. Useless.

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iPhone SE Design — It’s The iPhone 5s
As expected, the iPhone SE looks very similar to the iPhone 5s. And when we say, “very similar”, we mean pretty much identical. The iPhone SE is available in the usual colour schemes and features a white banding around the top and bottom.

I kind of expected Apple to make some changes to the design. The iPhone 5s is now pretty damn old. But I think what Apple is going for here is functionality, as the specs are pretty much identical to the iPhone 6s, making the iPhone SE a flagship of sorts, just one without a top of the line iPhone price tag — the iPhone SE starts at $399 or $499 for a 64GB model.

Still, Apple is one of the richest companies in the world. Do you not think a little redesign here and there would have been nice, Apple?

I mean, I get the specs are moderately OK, the iPhone 5s is ancient by today’s standards, and while it was a great looking phone back in the day, times have moved on somewhat and it would have been nice to see Apple actually add in some new, well, design attributes — curvier design, new chassis, horns, whatever — rather than just arbitrarily bumping-up the specs and hardware.

Apple Pay is included, of course, albeit using the first-generation TouchID technology — really, Apple, come on! — and the phone has plenty of RAM and a very, very good CPU. In this respect, the iPhone SE is very much a Frankenstein one. I’m totally “meh” about the whole thing. I think the fact that Apple has just re-released the iPhone 5s just with switched internals is like a middle finger to those who wanted a 4in iPhone.

Had Samsung or HTC or any other Android phone maker done this, hell, even Microsoft, they would have been dragged over the coals and hounded until an official apology was issued. But because this is Apple we get a sort-of-slow-clap-chin-stroking-type reaction, sort of like when someone you really respect does something utterly stupid.

iPhone SE Specs:
– 4in 1136 x 640 display
– A9 CPU
– 2GB of RAM
– 16GB/64GB storage
– 12MP rear/ 1.2MP front

It has 2GB of RAM, the same 12MP camera, the same A9 CPU and full TouchID support as standard. We’re not 100% on what size the battery is just yet but Apple is quoting 13 hours of usage time. Still, Apple has done exactly what people expected of it: made a moderately powerful iPhone. It has cut a lot of corners, though, with things like TouchID, the display, the front facing camera and the overall design and finish. If you’re fine with that, great, we just think it’s a bit cheeky.

iPhone SE Camera
The big news here, though, really, is the camera inside the iPhone SE because it is the same at the one found inside the iPhone 6s. That is HUGE because not only are you getting one of the best point and shoot cameras around, but you’re also getting it at a vastly reduced price (£359) for a starter model, though we’d 100% recommend you not get it — 16GB is just useless on a phone these days.

If you must have a smaller phone, check out the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact or splash out on the 64GB iPhone SE.

FYI — iPhone 5s Cases Fit iPhone SE
Just a little note, dear readers, that if you’re considering picking up a brand new iPhone SE, the 4in smartphone will fit inside existing iPhone 5S cases. Handy to know, right? This snippet of info means if you’re a long-term Apple fan who already has old iPhone 5S cases knocking about you can happily pop your new device into whatever is already to hand!

PhoneArena took the time to examine the iPhone SE’s proportions and port locations, and observed that although the new model has some iPhone 6 series design cues, it is otherwise nearly identical to the iPhone 5S and close enough to fit the very same cases.

“The iPhone SE is just as wide, tall, and thin as the iPhone 5s. It also has the same curved corners. And all buttons, ports, cameras, and sensors seem to be are placed in the same spot. Therefore, it seems logical to assume that iPhone 5s cases and accessories should work on the new iPhone SE as well.”

The site then unearthed that Apple has updated its official accessory product information for iPhone 5S cases and refers to them as being compatible with the iPhone SE:

“Sure enough, Apple’s own website confirms our assumption. The iPhone SE leather case is listed as compatible with the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s.”