There has been a bit of confusion going around as to whether or not the new iPhones released this year will feature Lightning ports or not. First, there was an oddly-worded WSJ story that seemed to indicate that Apple was switching to USB-C (although we’re not totally convinced about that), but now a respected analyst is claiming the Lightning port is staying but with a new trick.
EVgo announced this month that it has broken ground on what will be the first public DC fast charging station, capable of up to 350 kw, in California — more powerful even than current charging champs Tesla Superchargers. The EVgo station will be ready to charge up near the World’s Tallest Thermometer (yup) in Baker, California, this summer. This begs the questions: How fast are… Read More
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OnePlus has been gaining traction ever since it came on the market because of the release of decent-enough smartphones. The company has been slowly climbing up the ladder, but how will the OnePlus 4 stack up against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8?
Both phones are not out yet, and there isn’t much official information to go by. However, rumors do tell a lot about what we could expect from these devices when they hit store shelves in 2017, and it makes us extremely excited.
OnePlus 4 Specs Rumors
umors suggest the handset is a major flagship that’s capable of releasing alongside the Samsung Galaxy S8 and competing well. It’s a bit difficult to believe the OnePlus 4 could survive against Samsung’s next piece of awesomeness, unless the S8 catches fire like its predecessor.
The OnePlus 4 could boast a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 pixels. The screen is expected to be Optic AMOLED, and should be able to display 4K content without a hitch. Furthermore, the display could support 3D video in an effort to enhance gaming and other video-based content.
Now, the previous OnePlus came with 6 GB of RAM, but this new device will take things a bit further. How would you like a smartphone with 8 GB of RAM? That’s the rumored capacity of the OnePlus 4. In terms of the processor, Qualcomm might provide the smartphone with Snapdragon 830 as the main brain.
OnePlus 4 Camera
OnePlus isn’t well known for having spectacular cameras. A lot of megapixels, yes, but the overall quality leaves a lot to be desired. However, it would seem the company wants to change things with the OnePlus 4.
Apparently, the new smartphone may come packed with a 23-megapixel rear shooter and an 8-megapixel camera at the front for taking selfies. The main camera is expected to be capable of taking 4K video, which isn’t too surprising considering 4K is all the rage these days.
In terms of battery life, expect a meaty 4000 mAh battery to keep the device going.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Specs And Features
We loved the Samsung Galaxy S7, for in many ways, it had everything we wanted in a smartphone. Still, there is always room for improvements, and Samsung could highlight this with the Galaxy S8.
According to information from TechRadar, the Galaxy S8 could come with a 4K screen and 6 GB of RAM. At the heart of the device, we could see the Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 processor, and an improved camera for those special shots. Leaks suggest there will be two versions, one with a 5.1-inch display, and the other with a 5.5-inch display. Both will be curved, which is rather interesting if it turns out to be true.
Will it have the much talked-about explosion feature?
hat wasn’t popular with the Galaxy Note 7, so in order to move to a different direction, Samsung could decide to get the batteries for the Galaxy S8 elsewhere. We understand the company might decide to contract LG to provide the batteries, but for how long, we’re not sure.
SamMobile made an interesting article recently where it claims Samsung will do away with the ARM-based GPU. The company could tap Nvidia or AMD to provide this important aspect of the smartphone, which could suggest Samsung is buffing up the device to deliver high-quality games and great 4K visuals.
Overall, both devices from the rumored specs are exciting, and we can’t wait for the official information to trickle out come 2017.
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iPhone 7 may do away with 64GB storage option, won’t feature OLED display
A new forecast coming from analyst house TrendForce confirms recent reports that Apple is planning to offer a 256GB version of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models along with the 128GB storage option. Apple is expected to give up on the 64GB storage version. The report also reveals that the upcoming devices could feature 32GB of memory as their base models, thus getting rid of the 16GB version altogether.
Also, the display would not be a part of the upgrade line-up, so the one that’s currently available on the iPhone 6s will be offered on the next models, probably with small changes.
“The display of iPhone 7, however, will not feature a significant breakthrough. This also signifies that LTPS LCD has reached its peak in development and is unlikely to make another big technological leap in the future,” the analysts estimate.
The Plus model will come with 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and this is very likely to be one of the features exclusively available on the 5.5-inch version. On the other hand, the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 will come with 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM and will feature only a small camera update.
“The 5.5-inch iPhone 7 will be the first in series to have 3GB of memory in the form of four stacked 6GB mono-die modules. The additional memory is used to process the images taken from the dual-camera,” the report reads.
It also reiterates that Apple won’t include OLED displays this year, and will launch them in iPhones in 2017 or 2018. TrendForce also predicted no big change to the iPhone 7’s screen technology, a choice that would disappoint fans hoping for rich colours offered by AMOLED display technology. Also, previous leaks suggest a new, more powerful A10 processor and GPU SoC, and the omission of the 3.5mm audio jack. The upcoming iPhone is said to be 1mm slimmer, and house a Smart Connector at the back for connecting the Smart Keyboard cover or other device like charging docks.
While it is a well-known fact that MacBooks charge iPhones faster than a typical laptop, the leaked photos of the upcoming MacBook Pro line-up indicates that it would havea total of four USB-C ports, two on each side of the device. In other words, these ports available on the next-generation MacBook Pro can be used for charging, data transfers, external monitors and basically everything that involves external connectivity including iPhone charging.
Current Macs that come with USB 2.0 ports can produce 500 mA (Milliamps) at 5V, while a USB 3.0 port offers 900 mA at 5V. USB Type-C, or generally referred as USB-C, adds support for 1.5 A and 3.0 A power currents at 5V. With these specifications, a MacBook with USB-C can charge the iPhone significantly faster, as the upcoming MacBook is coming only with USB-C ports.
The upcoming iPhone 7 will get rid of the USB and bring in Lightning cable and replace it with a USB-C to Lightning version that would allow users to charge their phones using the new MacBook’s USB-C ports.
Since the new MacBook Pro is expected to come with USB-C ports exclusively, it would meant that the iPhone 7 will not only get a new cable to connect to the laptop, but also benefit from the faster charging times offered by this new standard.
Do you prefer a PC or Mac (I’ll use PC) or do you prefer and iPad or Nexus (I’ll use tablet) or do you prefer your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy (I’ll use phone)? (N.B. Tablet and phone together I’ll call mobile).
Now what kind of question is that for us to be asking?
Actually it’s quite an important one for all businesses that use the internet or the web for the marketing or delivery of their products or services.
Because what we use and how we use it is changing dramatically and is set to change even more.
Just a few years ago people had a PC and a rather clunky – as they seem now – phone that allowed them to make a call or text. For many users today their main ‘computer’ is not a PC but their smartphones which goes everywhere with them. But, despite getting smarter, phones are too small to replace PCs and the device that bridges the gap between PCs and phones is the tablet.
You’ve seen an iPad but actually it’s Google’s android system that’s making a lot of the running in both tablets and phones and according to a recent report by Asymco “the day when the tablet market (by units) will exceed that of traditional PCs will come sometime in the fall of 2013”.
This market is being driven by a number of factors, some technical, some business and cost related and some social:
* Superfast broadband
* Increasing wifi availability
* 4G phones
* Increased workforce mobility and improved mobile apps
* The cost of print and updates v tablets
* TVs becoming networked
* Music, video, games and reading apps
* Increased cloud computing at low cost
However, tablets must be put in perspective. Forrester has forecast that by 2016, a total of 375m tablets will be sold globally and 760m already in use, but there will be 2bn PCs in use by 2016, despite growing tablet sales. That’s because tablets only partially cannibalise PCs. Eventually tablets will slow laptop sales but increase sales of desktop PCs because many people, especially information workers, will still need conventional PCs for any intensely creative work at a desk that requires a large display or significant processing power.
Then again that must be put in perspective by phones. Between now and 2016 Cisco expects smartphones to go from 586m to 1.74bn units.
However, you look at it change wins and business will have to adapt as increasing tablet and phone use will affect the way people search and shop.
Research has shown that mobile search increases towards the end of the working day and before bed. During the day desktop searches are more popular. For people who are tied to their desk that may continue, but as tablets and phones become more prevalent the number of searches on them is bound to increase and mobile web surfing is predicted to overtake desktop searching by 2015.And research has also shown that phone and tablet search also happens at home and even while other devices are being used, such as watching TV or, quite surprisingly, even when using a computer.
What should you do about this change?
The most important thing to do is to understand from your analytics how many mobile visits you are getting on site and some more details about the operating system etc. If the answer is that you get very little mobile traffic then obviously you have to ask the question as to whether to do anything special for mobile. Some companies will never get much mobile use and just need to make their desktop sites less insufferable on small screens.
But if your site appeals to mobile users, then you have to ask whether you should produce a mobile website or develop special mobile apps. The answer to this question is crucial to costs and success.
At present apps win if you can afford them. Studies have shown that users prefer apps to mobile sites because only limited optimization is possible during website design whereas an app can overcome the specific limitations of each device much better – things such as tiny screens, slower connectivity, worse interaction (typing, inability to double-click or hover) and less precision from the fat-finger problem. But, there is the cost issue. The expense of mobile apps is quite high and you have to support Android, iOS, Windows Phone and maybe more.
Mobile sites have more cross platform compatibility and new ways of doing things such as responsive web design and HTML 5 will definitely improve mobile site capabilities. A mobile site strategy also gives better integration with the rest of the web as it’s much easier for others to link to a site than to integrate with an app. The Internet beats a smaller, closed environment and is better for e-commerce, company websites etc. that don’t require heavy data manipulation.
So, there is simple answer (this is the real world!). Some companies will need to build apps and mobile sites. Some won’t need the apps or will consider them to costly for the benefit.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is, apart from being a right pain to write, one thing: a big Galaxy S6 Edge. There’s not a lot to choose between the two devices beyond the size.
The obvious change is to the screen, with a 5.7-inch choice rather than the 5.1-inch option on the smaller S6 Edge. However, internally it’s almost identical, with 4GB of RAM the only real difference.
That means there’s sadly no microSD slot again, the Exynos octa-core chipset lives on and there are only 32GB or 64GB options to choose from.
What’s interesting too is that this phone is a replacement for the Note range in the UK and other key markets – almost like an admission from Samsung that having the S Pen and its associated fancy extra bits doesn’t go down well in some territories.
The price hasn’t been announced, but I’m pretty sure it will be over £600 (around $930 / AU$1275) as per usual when Samsung’s high-end phablet range comes out – however as the S6 Edge+ doesn’t have the stylus it can’t be classed as a Note.
But just because it’s a bigger version of another phone, that’s no bad thing. The S6 Edge was (and is) a brilliant device and making it larger actually helps make it more attractive in many ways.
The screen is still QHD (2560 x 1440) but doesn’t feel low res at all (despite being lower in the pixels per inch stakes compared to the original due to being stretched out to fill a bigger display).
The other big change on offer is the edges are being used more effectively. When I heard rumour of this phone, I assumed it was going to be the Galaxy Note Edge from 2014 rebooted to have two edges that could be stroked and manipulated… and therefore made more useful.
But that’s not the case here, with the same effect of the screen softly sliding away on either side of the phone.
The people tab, available by swiping in from the side, is still there, and now has new powers to let you poke or tap or do other odd things to other Edge owners. That’s right, other Edge owners only – you’re going to be sorely limited in being able to use these weird new features to play with your pals.
Swipe again though and you get a list of the most-used apps within easy reach. Samsung should just do away with the unused people list and go straight for the apps, or have one on each side of the screen, though.
But there’s no such luck here, so we’re going to have to wait for more functionality to come to the sides of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ screen… and Samsung promises something is coming.
Another big change with the S6 Edge+ is the heralding of Samsung Pay, letting you buy stuff with your phone. A simple swipe up from the bottom of the screen (even with the display off) will bring up your cards, and then you can tap your device onto the reader.
It’s a very slick system, and being able to actually pay for things using contactless payments even without an NFC terminal (using the magnetic card reader) is a brilliant way of doing things.
The camera on the S6 Edge+ isn’t anything to get that excited about, as it’s largely the same as that on the S6 Edge. Actually, that’s pretty harsh, as the camera on that and its S6 brother is brilliant -it’s just there’s not a lot extra to play with.
There’s nothing to suggest the S6 Edge+’s snapper will be any different, with a speedy opening of the app with the double tap of the home button and all the practice snaps looking clear and in focus.
There are SOME extra elements on here, but nothing massive: RAW support is included for pro mode, and live streaming over YouTube is enabled too. The latter is a little long to set up, with sharing taking place via a text message – but once that missive is sent, the user can simply follow your footage through a private video channel.
I’m quizzing Samsung on whether these features are coming to the older S6 phones – I’m sure they will, but there seems to be a question of whether they’ve got enough RAM to achieve streaming.
Given Sony’s managed to stream YouTube video fine with the Xperia Z3, and Nokia baked RAW support into its phones ages ago, I can’t see why it would be an issue.
The battery life of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is going to – hopefully – be a lot better than that seen on the original S6 Edge, for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, this is a much bigger battery pack, at 3000mAh, and while it’s got a larger screen to power, there are the same amount of pixels, so fingers crossed that will result in improved power management.
Google is also doling out an update to Android that should help fix some of the battery woes afflicting many of the top-end phones at the moment, and while the S6 Edge+ is on Android 5.1.1, that should be upgraded pretty soon.
The battery life is still a worry though – for a phablet, that’s a small battery pack. Like I said, it’ll probably be fine, but with a phablet to play with it seems a shame to waste the opportunity to push in more mAh.
Is the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ the phone I expected to see? Not at all. Not only is it unlike Samsung to take its top end phone and just make it larger (although if it’s good enough for Apple, eh…?) it’s especially atypical to use that phone to replace the Note range.
The Galaxy Note 5 is still being released, and seems like it might make it to the UK at some point if the rumours are to be believed, but it won’t be at launch sadly.
And there’s no way the S6 Edge+ can use the S Pen as the screen isn’t set up in the same way to use the inductive technology, so anyone in the UK that was looking forward to getting their hands on the raw power upgrade the Note 5 would bring is sadly out of luck,
Still, this is a lovely phone to hold and use, has oodles of power and a beautiful screen, and if you’re simply after a bigger-screen experience, it ticks the boxes nicely.