LG V30 officially launches in the US in early October, will be expensive


AT&T and T-Mobile today announced that they’re bringing
the LG V30 to the US
starting October 5. More precisely, AT&T will let you buy the new smartphone exactly
on that day, while T-Mobile is only going to accept pre-orders then, planning to
release the device on October 13.

 

AT&T will offer the LG V30 for $27 per month for 30
months (on AT&T Next), or $810 outright. For a limited time, customers who
have eligible DIRECTV service can get two V30 phones for the price of one, as
long as both are bought on AT&T Next, and a new line is added. Moreover, if
you purchase …


This could be the expensive Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design

We’re less than a month away from Huawei’s major unveiling announcement where the Chinese company is expected to introduce its new Mate 10 series. Just like in the last couple of years, Huawei will launch multiple variants of its flagship, but some of them will only be available in select markets.

One of the devices that’s likely to be launched on the market later this year is the Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design. Since the regular version is said to be priced to sell for around $850, the Porsche Design model should be much more expensive.

A couple of renders …

The most expensive Huawei flagship will cost more than Apple's iPhone X

If you’re tempted to wait for Huawei’s Mate 10 or Mate 10 Pro instead of going for Apple’s new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, then don’t do it for the price. Even the iPhone X, which is expected to go on sale in early November for $999, will be cheaper than the most expensive Huawei flagship.

New information coming from China suggests the most powerful Huawei Mate 10 Pro will cost $1,138, but it will come with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal memory. The other three Mate 10 Pro models will be available for purchase for $1,024, $941 and $835, but they will come with 6GB RAM / 256GB ROM, 6GB RAM / 128GB ROM …

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro to be more expensive than last year's Gear Fit

Over one year after introducing the Gear Fit 2, Samsung is now getting ready to release a new Tizen-based smart band. Apparently called Gear Fit 2 Pro, the new wearable device might be announced on August 23, at the same time with the Galaxy Note 8 smartphone.

Earlier this month, we saw several renders showing the Gear Fit 2 Pro, while learning quite a few things about its features. Now, we also have details about its price. According to a leaked screenshot – seen below – the Gear Fit 2 Pro will cost $199.99 at a major US retailer. That’s $20 over the launch price of the Gear Fit 2 from …

Vertu auctioned most of its luxury phones, but they remained expensive

Vertu will soon be no more, but before going into oblivion, the UK-based company has to liquidate its assets to pay its bills, as well as the people that worked for the luxury smartphone maker.

For a few days now, Vertu is selling the contents of its UK factory, including all the stuff showcased inside the company’s museum (older phones, statues, awards, etc.).

Even though all Vertu smartphones are now being sold by an auction house called G.J. Wisdom & Co., the starting prices are still high enough to make these luxury devices untouchable by the middle-class.

The …

Vertu launches tacky, expensive, helicopter-delivered Cobra Limited Edition phone

Warning – here be snakes! Opulent, red, ruby snakes. If it weren’t for the impeccable craftsmanship that went into creating the cobra mosaic out of 439 rubies and 2 emeralds (for the eyes), the new Vertu Signature Cobra Limited Edition would have looked about as tasteful as any other phone by the notorious luxury brand – that is, not much.

Vertu phones are “look at how rich I am” phones, not pieces of near-perfection like the Galaxies and iPhones we enjoy today. Still, ruby snakes on a phone is badass any time of the year and we’d gladly have one of these just for …

Uber trips will get more expensive as the company adds add route-based pricing in 14 American cities

In a bid to generate further income and recover from its $2.8 billion 2016 losses, Uber is adding route-based pricing to its transport services. In addition to charging customers based on distance, travel time, and regular/peak hours, Uber will also expect more money for covering routes in high demand. For example, riding from the suburbs to a downtown establishment may cost more than the opposite route.

The company has implemented an algorithm to predict what customers are absolutely willing to pay in order to get to a certain destination. The final fare will be …

3D touch components for the OLED iPhone 8 are allegedly 150% more expensive than for the LCD ones

By now, we have already accepted that there is a lot of truth to the rumors about a special anniversary iPhone 8 with an OLED display. It’s also rumored that the premium Apple smartphone will come with a premium price of approximately $1,000, due to the variety of features that are rumored to make an appearance in the new iPhone.

There is a serious difference between LCD and OLED displays, however, which apparently requires a different technique to be used for 3D Touch implementation. According to the Chinese media Economic Daily Times, with LCD panels the 3D Touch sensors are directly bonded …

Blu Life One X2 Mini is more expensive and more powerful than its larger brother

If you’re in the market for a new smartphone that’s around $200 or less, the options you have to choose from today are more plentiful and worthwhile than they’ve ever been before. Blu is a company that consistently releases new hardware within this price bracket, and the latest handset from the Miami-based business that aims to offer a fair amount of phone for not a lot of dough is the Blu Life One X2 Mini.

The Life One X2 Mini is a smaller and more compact version of the Life One X2 that Blu released last September, and this is noticeable right off the bat with the Mini’s 5-inch …

32GB iPhone 7 significantly slower than more expensive versions

Not all iPhone 7s are born equally, according to new tests, which appear to show the cheapest, 32GB versions are significantly slower than the more expensive 128 or 256GB versions and that some have much poorer 4G reception.

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Testing by both GSMArena and Unbox Therapy found that the speed of the storage within the 32GB iPhone 7 is significantly slower than that in the more expensive 128GB iPhone 7. Reading data from the storage of the 32GB version of the iPhone 7 was 200Mbps slower than the 12GB version, 656Mbps and 856Mbps respectively. The difference in read speed over 600Mbps is unlikely to be noticeable in day-to-day usage.

However, writing to the storage – saving data including photos, videos, music, apps or any other type of file – was found to be significantly slower on the 32GB iPhone. The 128GB iPhone 7 wrote to memory at 341Mbps, but the 32GB iPhone 7 was over eight times slower at just 42Mbps.

GSMArena found similar results in its testing of the iPhone 7, with a 32GB iPhone 7 Plus reaching write speeds of only 39.6Mbps compared with a 128GB iPhone 7 writing at speeds of 308Mbps.

Meanwhile, testing of different versions of the iPhone 7 Plus have also apparently revealed discrepancies in their cellular performances. According to New York-based Cellular Insights, which conducted tests using networking equipment, the iPhone 7 Plus smartphones with model numbers A1778 and A1784, including those available in the UK and Europe, performed noticeably poorer than those with model numbers A1660 and A1661, including those available in the US.

A1778 and A1784 iPhone 7 Plus smartphones have an Intel modem chip that connects them to the 4G network, while the A1660 and A1661 models use a modem supplied by Qualcomm, a common supplier of modems and processors to many Android smartphones, including the new Google Pixel.

The Intel iPhone 7 Plus models showed at least 30% worse network performance, and in some cases as poor as 75% worse, than the Qualcomm iPhone 7 Plus models. This performance gap means that the Intel iPhone 7 Plus models will have poorer 4G reception than the Qualcomm versions and slower download and upload speeds.

Milan Milanović from Cellular Insights said: “In all tests, the iPhone 7 Plus with the Qualcomm modem had a significant performance edge over the iPhone 7 Plus with the Intel modem. We are not sure what was the main reason behind Apple’s decision to source two different modem suppliers for the newest iPhone.”

In Cellular Insights further testing, it showed that the Intel iPhone 7 Plus models had worse reception than the iPhone 6S in the majority of signal conditions.

Most of the time users blame mobile phone operators when the signal drops out on their smartphone or data speeds are slow, but the testing indicates that depending on smartphone model, it might not always be the fault of the network provider.