Alcatel 3C officially introduced with 6-inch HD+ display, Android Nougat

TCL confirmed earlier this month it will unveil new smartphones at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in late February. The Chinese company hinted to three new smartphone lineups: Alcatel 5, Alcatel 3 and Alcatel 1.

Three smartphones have been mentioned by TCL in the announcement, each belonging to one of the Alcatel series to be introduced next month: Alcatel 5, Alcatel 3V and Alcatel 1X.

Today, TCL launched yet another Android smartphone, the cheap Alcatel 3C, its first handset to feature an 18:9 display. The Alcatel 3C was introduced in Italy and is likely to go on sale in other European …


Essential is now selling phone accessories, including HD earphones and USB-C to 3.5mm adapters

Quite many months after releasing the interesting Essential Phone,
Essential today started selling accessories via its official website (US
only). When we say accessories, we mean more than just the Essential 360 Camera
module that was already available to buy.

 

Here’s a list of new Essential accessories that you can
order right away, prices included:

Essential Earphones HD ($99), featuring “immersive
fatigue-free sound” and a multi-action button that can even activate Google
Assistant. These high-definition earphones work not just with the Essential
Phone, but also with other devices …

New sunglasses can record HD video, snap photos, and stream video live to social media sites

Back in September 2016, Snapchat parent Snap introduced a new product called Spectacles. Basically a cheap pair of sunglasses with an embedded video camera, the device was priced at $129.99 and recorded 10 seconds of video everytime the “record button” was tapped. A maximum of 30 seconds could be recorded and uploaded to social media. Originally sold out of a vending machine that moved from location to location, the company announced last October that in one year it had sold over 150,000 units, 50% more than expected. Once Snapchat started selling them online, sales began to tumble.

Now, …

Affordable phones in 2018 could have high-resolution, Quad HD screens

Qualcomm is allegedly working on a new chip for mid-range phones in 2018, the Snapdragon 670, that will high-resolution Quad HD displays and dual cameras on phones that do not cost a fortune. The information comes from German blogger Roland Quandt, who has been able to source some very accurate information in the past.
The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 that is under development is said to come to replace the current Snapdragon 660. The Snapdragon 660 was what powers a lot of very popular devices in Asia – the Oppo R11 and R11s series, a few …

OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T do not support streaming HD video from several popular apps

Here’s some bad news for those of you with the OnePlus 5 or OnePlus 5T. According to a OnePlus forum member with the handle of whatthefunk, neither the OnePlus 5 nor the OnePlus 5T have the necessary Widevine Level 1 Certification required to stream certain DRM protected content in HD. Streaming apps that would be affected by this include Google Play Movies, Netflix, and Amazon Video. YouTube can stream in HD on both handsets. Both phones currently carry support for Widevine Level 3.

Being unable to stream videos in HD from popular video apps is certainly not what consumers would expect …

AT&T rolls out Android Oreo 8.1 to Pixel 2 and 2 XL, update also adds HD Voice Calling

AT&T has released a new update to Google’s Pixel 2 phones. Weighing in at 531.7MB, the software upgrade brings the recently-announced Android Oreo 8.1 in addition to the carrier’s proprietary HD Voice functionality.

HD Voice uses wide-band audio technology and noise cancellation to improve call quality. In order to enable the feature, head over to Settings > Network & Internet > Mobile Networks and tap on the “Advanced Calling” toggle. Keep in mind that you also have to be located in an area that supports the …

Wireless, ultra lightweight, HD dynamic sound: meet the Legato Arc earphones by Spigen

This story is sponsored by Spigen. PhoneArena’s opinions in this article have not been affected in any way!

Disclaimer

Bluetooth headsets have been around for awhile, but they seem to have been picking up in popularity over the past year. Yes, this does coincide with the fact that more and more manufacturers are making the decision to scrap the 3.5 mm headphone jack on their smartphones, but, to be fair, wireless earbuds also happen to be getting better and better.

As …

New Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet comes with Alexa hands-free, costs as low as $149


Amazon just announced a brand new Fire HD 10 tablet that replaces
the similarly-named model released back in 2015. Just like all of Amazon’s
tablets, the new Fire HD 10 is aimed at users on a budget, so it doesn’t offer
high-end features. Still, the device stands out by being the very first Fire
tablet to come with Amazon Alexa voice integration – this way, you’ll be able to
ask Alexa to perform various tasks for you, including pausing videos, play
music, read audiobooks, show weather reports, and so on.

 

The Fire HD 10 2017 sports a 10.1-inch display with 1920 x
1200 pixels, and is …

An improved version of the Alcatel U5 goes official, this time featuring HD display

Unsurprisingly, Alcatel is back with yet another budget-friendly Android smartphone. Despite the fact that the new Alcatel U5 HD has pretty low-end specs, this an enhanced version of another smartphone that was unveiled early this year at MWC.

Much of the specs inside are similar, so expect the same MediaTek MT6737 processor, coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB expandable storage (up to 32GB). However, there are some improvements when it comes to camera and display.

The Alcatel U5 HD sports a 5-inch display with HD (720p) resolution, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, …

Alcatel A3 Plus, A7 XL and U5 HD leak ahead of IFA 2017 reveal

At least three new Android smartphones will be introduced by Alcatel at IFA 2017. The unannounced devices have been leaked over the weekend and are likely to make their debut on the market this fall.

The Alcatel A3 Plus comes in two variations (3G and 4G) and sports a 5.5-inch display with HD (720p) resolution. Even though this is a cheap device, it will feature a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor on the 3G model, but the 4G version will have the fingerprint scanner on the front side.

Next in line, the Alcatel A7 XL is a huge smartphone …