Unannounced Sony H4233 phablet surfaces with 6-inch FHD display, Android 8.0 Oreo

Sony has already launched its new Xperia XZ1 flagship smartphone for the remainder of the year, along with a compact version of it, but the Japanese smartphone maker have one more surprise for its fans in 2017.

An unknown Sony H4233 smartphone has been recently spotted at GFXBench, a benchmark that stores new, unannounced devices in its database, and judging by its specs this isn’t a top-of-the-line phone.

Sony H4233 will be a large handset thanks to its 6-inch display with full HD (1080p) resolution. Even though it’s not a flagship, the smartphone is supposed to be equipped with a …


LG V30 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 8: first-look ultra-widescreen phablet comparison

Earlier this year, Samsung and LG helped usher in a new era for smartphone design, ditching the old 16:9 widescreen displays you’d find on the vast majority of smartphones out there and bringing us flagships with some of the widest (or tallest, considering how you’re most likely holding them) screens to date: the LG G6 with its 18:9 panel, and the Galaxy S8 (and S8+) with envelope-pushing 18.5:9 screens.

Fast-forward several months later, and both these manufacturers are pushing their super-widescreen phones to new heights, as each dials up the size for their late summer flagships. …

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Latest Samsung Galaxy Note 8 images reportedly show off the front of the phablet


We have seen various leaks showing both the back and the front of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Today, a tech tipster has posted on his Twitter page images that allegedly show the front of the eagerly anticipated phablet. Unlike most of the previous leaks, these images don’t have a case getting in the way. We could see the Galaxy Note 8 unveiled next month, on August 23rd. That is a little earlier than expected as Galaxy S8 sales are beginning to run out of steam, and anticipation is building to a fever pitch for the Galaxy Note 8.

Previous images showing the rear of the Galaxy Note 8 included …

Refurbished Galaxy Note 7's launch is just around the corner, as the phablet gains FCC's approval

Samsung is not going to drop the Galaxy Note 7 so easily, even though the phablet has been recalled twice before production and sales stopped completely last year. A refurbished version of Samsung’s flagship will be launched in select markets in the next couple of weeks, the South Korean company confirmed.

The first country to get the refurbished Galaxy Note 7, also known as Samsung Galaxy Note 7R, is South Korea. Strong evidence that Samsung is gearing up for the launch of the high-end phablet on his own turf is the listing of the refurbished device at FCC (Federal …

Oukitel announces the U16 Max: the ultimate bargain midrange phablet

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Oukitel has just announced a brand-new, bargain-priced midranger — the U16 Max. The phone will be up for pre-sale on AliExpress with the humble, promotional price-tag of $109.99 (full price said to be $148.64) and shipments will begin on the 28th of March. And while some corners had to be cut to achieve this level of affordability, the device definitely offers quite …

Samsung Galaxy Note deals O2-Another reason to purchase this phablet

Samsung Galaxy Note is one of newest and riskiest experiment from the South Korean mobile phone maker which aspires to combine the powers of smartphones and tablet pc in one gadget. Since its release in the mobile phone market almost a year back, its appeal has broadened to include many tech lovers all over the world. But, how this device achieved so much success?

The first reason is that there aren’t much opposition for the Note, as there is no other widget with a size more than a typical smartphone and less than a standard tablet PC. The Asian giant asserts that this widget is born from amalgamating all features of smartphones and tablet pc. In addition, users have included the S Pen. With this stylus, users can conveniently mark their photographs or documents.

The S pen can also be used to create a signature, which can be conveniently placed in any document. This attribute certainly will fetch much difference to enterprise buyers who have to take signature in much paperwork. With this trait, there is no more scanning of the document prior to being sent to different clients as there has to be a sign on it.

This Samsung galaxy note is already available with several prominent service providers in the UK mobile phone market, such as Vodafone, Three, T-mobile, Orange, o2, etc. Galaxy Note deals O2 are offered in three major formats, namely contracts, pay as you go and SIM-free deals.

We would advice out users to research the deals first in offline store and then on online comparison sites. And then resolute to purchase from the place that offer much affordable price. In this manner, users will get the best value for your hard-earned cash.

If you are a technology lover and always wish to keep two different devices like a smartphone and a tablet computer, it seems that you can now work with only one. Thanks to the Samsung Galaxy Note, users do not have to take two gadgets anymore. Isn’t it great!

Over all this thingy has achieved this much success with the bold attitude of the South Korean mobile phone maker to make a new form of widget which could break the usual norms and set the boundaries high for smartphone buyers. As a matter of fact, no other electronic company except Dell has ever launched similar product. Dell tried to attract users, but failed miserably. Only Samsung hit the bull’s eye with Samsung Galaxy Note deals O2. The reason could be Samsung’s acceptance in the mobile phone market as a leader.

In the upcoming future, many other companies are also coming up with their own phablets. In the end, the winner will be the one who has the more creative idea. Apple has barely touched the 4-inch mark, and will take a lot of time reaching the 5-incher mark. So, Samsung’s position is fairly safe. It’s not that we are taking competitors lightly, but the position of Samsung is too difficult to challenge.

Galaxy Note deals o2 and Galaxy Note 10.1 contract deals are selling like hot cakes in the market.

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Best Tablet Android Smartphones 2016

Phablet smartphones have taken off in recent years, and the idea of owing a bigger smartphone is only expected to increase in upcoming years. As we reflect on where the Phablet came from, it started in a time when most consumers looked the other way. Four years ago Samsung introduced us to the Galaxy Note Phablet which has truly changed the way we think of larger, and more practical smartphones.

With the changing times and people becoming more reliant on mobile devices, the popularity has increased significantly in Phablet sized smartphones. The once solo Galaxy Note series has since been replicated by other manufacturers such as Apple, LG, Sony, and others.

With the upcoming releases many manufacturers have jumped on-board which leads us into previewing the Top 3 Phablet Android Smartphones 2016.

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3. Sony Xperia Z5 Ultra

The Sony Xperia Z5 Ultra is rumored to be released along the Xperia Z5, but will be a bigger, premium version of the Z5. Rumored to feature a robust 6.1” display, the Z5 Ultra will be the largest on this list of upcoming Phablets for 2016.

The Z5 Ultra will sport many of the similar specs of its smaller counterpart including a 4K QHD display, 4200 mAh battery, octa-core processor, 24 MP rear camera, and a 6 MP front-facing camera. The Ultra will also include feature all of the standard health related sensors along with a fingerprint scanner and waterproof feature.

The Sony Xperia Z5 Ultra release date is expected to be the same day as the Z5 and smaller Z5 compact, which is expected to be during Q2 of 2016.

2. LG G Flex 3

The LG G Flex 3 will be an amazing follow-up to the curve appeal of the G Flex 2. Remaining consistent with the previous releases, LG will be introducing something even more amazing in the G Flex 3 concept. Rumored to feature a true foldable design that’s expected to compliment the larger, 5.8” display.

The LG G Flex 3 is expected to be slightly larger than the G Flex 2, and will sport a 4K display with a ppi of over 540. Beefing up the processing speed of the LG G Flex 2, the 3rd release is rumored to boast a 2.9 GHZ octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Other elements including the battery, RAM, and camera specs will certainly see an upgrade as well.

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 6

Was there any doubt of which Phablet Android smartphone for 2016 would top this list? The Galaxy Note series is where the concept of the Phablet started, and instead of remaining stagnant over the years, they have continue to invent the idea of what a Phablet should be. Everything from the look, feel, speed, and all that is inside is expected to make the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 the best of the best.

Samsung has big plans for all of their Android smartphones 2016 as some of the best features may not be what’s specifically in the phone itself. Many Samsung peripherals are expected to be integrated into the Note 6 concept including the Gear VR headset and the new Gear smartwatch in 2016.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 is rumored to feature a 28 MP rear camera, 7 MP front camera, 5 GB RAM, 2.9 GHZ octa-core processor, 4K 6” screen. The Note 6 will feature a non-removable 4200 mAh battery, wireless charging, and a quick charging plus feature.

How Will the IOS iPhone 7 Match up with the Top 3 Phablet Android Smartphones for 2016

One either loves IOS or Android, but there is usually no in-between. You’re either an Apple lover for life or Android enthusiast, and it will be interesting to see how the upcoming iPhone 7 matches up with the top 3 Phablet Android Smartphones 2016.

All including the Sony Xperia Z5 Ultra, LG G Flex 3, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will undeniably fare well against the iPhone 7 when it comes to specs and features. Those loyal to Android will probably seek one of the top 3 Android Phablets for 2016 above, and those loyal to Apple will likely go for the iPhone 7.

Oppo R7s With 4GB RAM, 5.5-Inch AMOLED Display, VOOC Fast Charging Unveiled

Oppo, a Chinese electronics manufacturer that focuses on the production of media players and mobile devices, officially debuted the R7s on the opening day, Oct. 18, of the 35th GITEX (Gulf Information Technology Exhibition) held at the Dubai World Trade Center.

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The R7s is Oppo’s latest addition to its R7 offerings. The company previously released R7 and R7 Plus, which were commended for their long battery life, rapid charging capabilities, metal unibody, precise finger scanner and expandable memory.

Based on its listed technical specifications, the R7s clearly takes after its older brothers. While its 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display is smaller than the R7 Plus and bigger than the R7, it shares the same 2.5D arc edge screen and 1080p native resolution with both of its predecessors. The specified SoC is a Qualcomm MSM8939 Octa-core (Snapdragon 615), the same one which the earlier offerings were fitted with. It should be more than capable of supporting Oppo’s proprietary OS, ColorOS 2.1, that runs atop Android 5.1.

The expandable storage can support microSD cards up to 32GB. The memory card slot doubles as a Nano SIM card slot that will allow users to insert one Nano SIM card together with the main Micro SIM card — a feature that other R7 devices also enjoy. Of course, the main SIM slot, along with the expansion, will support 4G LTE connectivity.

The latest Oppo phablet features an 8 MP front-facing camera while the main camera will be 13 MP, supporting HDR and having an anti-shake optimization. The whole package is enclosed in an aircraft-grade magnesium aluminum alloy unibody.

However, it does have some notable differences from the rest of the family. The R7s has 4GB of RAM compared to the 3GB on both the R7 and the R7 Plus. The Li-Po battery packs also differ. The R7s has 3,070 mAh, which sits in the middle of the R7’s 2,320 mAh and R7 Plus’ 4,100 mAh. Nonetheless, the R7s still supports Oppo’s VOOC Flash Charging which facilitates 75 percent of the maximum battery capacity to be filled in just 30 minutes. Five minutes of charging will yield two hours of talk time.

Oppo’s latest R7 device will be released to South-East Asian and Australian markets in November while releases for the U.S. and Europe will be in December 2015.

Phablet the Future of Smartphones

A recent report by Yahoo’s Flurry Analytics unit shows that phablet usage is growing dramatically. For the purposes of looking into this further, it helps to categorize phablets and differentiate them from smartphones.

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Phablets are essentially a larger phone or a smaller tablet with cellular radio capability. While there are smaller 8 inch tablets like the iPad Mini and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8 that sport cellular capability, the phablet definition is limited to screen sizes under 7 inches — perhaps that being the limit of how ridiculous it looks to put such a device to your ear to use as a phone.

The report noted that phablets usage has more than tripled over the past two years, growing from 5% to 20% of active devices. Most of this growth appears to come at the expense of medium-sized phones (3.5 to 4.9 inches). Flurry’s numbers are based on the 1.6 billion devices that it claims it tracks, its analytics capabilities being integrated into some 540,000 apps. The company has been in the mobile analytics space since 2005 and was purchased by Yahoo in July 2014 for an estimated $240 million.

Samsung ignited the phablet segment with the introduction of the original Galaxy Note in 2011. That model had a 5.3-inch screen, which was gigantic for a phone at that time. While somewhat derided at first in the US as not really a phone, it has proven popular in all markets around the world, selling 50 million devices in the first two years. It has spawned many competitors, and now the flagship phones from Samsung, LG, Microsoft’s Nokia, Sony, OnePlus One, and others are all in the phablet size range. Apple jumped into the fray last fall with the introduction of the iPhone 6 Plus, and it has also been hugely popular.

Phablets have been most popular in Asia, where people tend to use them as their one device for both phone capabilities and their portal to the Internet. In the second quarter of 2013, research firm IDC reported that phablets shipments were double that of tablets and laptops in the Asia Pacific region. In high growth markets like India, phablets account for more than 30% of all smartphone sales, and tablet sales are declining.

We can slice and dice the numbers all day long, but what does it really mean? In the end, phablets are just another form factor. They are popular because they offer distinct advantages. As we rely more on our devices that are always with us for all sorts of information and communication, for a great number of people the larger screen size is simply easier to read and use for most apps.

While not everyone wants to carry a device with a 6-inch screen around, and one handed use may not be easy, the increased screen size – especially with today’s high resolutions – make for a better experience for many. And while holding a large phone to the ear may be awkward, there are many Bluetooth headsets and speakers, as well as nearly ubiquitous Bluetooth in cars that mitigate that. More significantly, voice, while still important, is no longer the killer app in mobile devices.

The phablet will likely most cannibalize small tablet sales. There is a fair amount of overlap there. If you have 5.5-inch phablet, is a 7-inch tablet that much of a step up in screen? The numbers already show a decrease in sales in that tablet size. But there is still a big difference in a 5.5-inch versus a 9- or 11-inch tablet screen, and apps can be optimized for both and offer different experiences. As far as laptops, they will continue to decline overall, as tablets will cannibalize more of casual use for Internet browsing, apps, and content consumption. But they won’t go away, any more than desktops have gone away.

Clearly the mix of devices we use has changed and will continue to evolve. As technology enables certain capabilities in new form factors that are smaller, lighter, more portable, longer lasting (batteries), and so on, then people shift their habits and device usage. We should expect the same with wearables. As wearables get more sophisticated, for example, adding GPS and cellular capability, some of those will replace certain smartphone sales. In the end, it’s just another phase of the evolution of computing we’ve been experiencing for the past 50 years.

What does it mean from the point of view of the major ecosystems? Given Android’s openness and availability to device manufacturers, Android phablets dominate in the market. There are countless (well, OK, many) phablet devices available, versus just one iPhone phablet. But that dominance has not translated to larger tablets (yet), where Apple still holds a 36% share of the market (in shipments) and a larger share of the revenue and profit. BlackBerry is no longer a player at this point, and it remains to be seen what Microsoft and Windows 10 does in mobile devices going forward. One might surmise that Apple might want more of a budget phablet, especially to capture additional market share in Asia. Nokia had a 6-inch phablet and one would think Microsoft is not going to be left out in that segment in the future.