Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s battery test is done: see how it compares against iPhones and Galaxies

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s (see full specs here) is probably the most surprisingly exciting phone of 2018: we have been using it for about a week now and the slim and elegant design, as well as the smooth performance and rich in options interface are definitely impressive.

Just to brief you quickly on the specs, we are talking about a true bezel-less flagship with a 6-inch 2:1 screen (no notch here) with an exquisite ceramic back and metal frame, the powerful Snapdragon 845 chip, a dual camera system with portrait mode, as well as the option to have a gesture based interface and a …


Samsung: we will differentiate premium Galaxies with 'foldable OLED displays' in 2018

We’ve been hearing it for years, but it may finally be happening – the bendable phone, that is – as Samsung just confirmed officially that it will start mass production of “foldable panels” this year, and we can think of an application or two for them. There is no need to imagine, though, as Samsung itself states the 2018 strategy in its record annual results press release: 

As for the Mobile business, Samsung will continue its efforts to differentiate its smartphones by adopting cutting-edge technologies, such as foldable OLED displays.

There you have it, Samsung …

Google's Portrait Mode has been ported to most Android phones, including Samsung Galaxies with Exynos processors

While everyone out there is busy simulating large camera apertures and shallow depth of field by using two cameras and some crazy algorithms, Google did what it does best when it released the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and doubled down on the crazy algorithms, sans the multi-camera modules. Essentially, Google brought Portrait Mode to its phones without the need for a second sensor — it just uses machine learning to split and analyze the data from the sensor of its primary camera.

Now, if you own a phone with a single main camera, like the Galaxy S7 or S8, or if you have one of LG’s fisheye-bearing …

Bye, Bixby: Update lets you disable the Bixby button on Samsung's Galaxies

Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8 users have learned to live with the Bixby button by now, either loving the functionality or totally ignoring its existence. Samsung is notoriously still playing catch with all modders who develop remapping apps that allow you to hijack the hardware button and use it for other purposes, but recently, the South Korean giant has caved in a bit.
Thanks to a recent update, the Bixby button will no longer launch Bixby Home or wake up your device from sleep, if you have it setup this way from Bixby settings.
Wait, …

Plastic to premium design Galaxies? Blame the Samsung guy in golden sneakers

Have you noticed something different in Samsung’s Galaxy line phones since 2015? Yes, that’s precisely the year after Samsung’s current design chief was promoted, and what followed was the demise of its plasticky flagships and midrangers. The Galaxy S6, S7 and S8, not to mention the newer A-series or J-line, have all come with more premium chassis materials like metal and glass, culminating into the “Infinity Display” of the new S8 and S8+.

Companies used to design phones to show off their technologyBlame it all on Samsung’s current design head M.H. Lee, who recently …

Sprint intros free early upgrades for any leased phone, not just iPhones and Galaxies

Sprint just announced that it is giving some love to its subscribers who aren’t participating in the Apple-Samsung duopoly kabuki. The carrier will be extending its phone leasing offers to all handsets in its roster, not only iPhones and Galaxy S line devices. 

This will open up more frequent upgrades to all Sprint phone users, as they will be able to lease any handset with the ability to upgrade from it after one year, just like they could do with, say, the iPhone 7 or Galaxy S7. So far, this option was also available for other phones, but did cost $5/month extra, and now …