Some Galaxy Note 8 phones won't charge or turn on when battery reaches 0%

Some Samsung Galaxy Note 8 users report that their phones will not turn on or charge after they’ve let the phone’s battery drain completely. Samsung is aware of the problem and is replacing the affected phones on a case per case basis. It’s not yet clear how many devices are affected by the issue.
Users have reported that their Galaxy Note 8 phones refuse to accept a charge or turn on after the battery level goes to 0% and the phone turns off. Users have tried different cables and chargers to make sure that this is not a problem with the charger, …


Huawei's 2018 roadmap may have just leaked, includes four Honor and three P series phones

Usually, we kind of know what high profile smartphones companies like Apple, Google, LG, Motorola, Samsung, and Sony plan to launch each year. The only things left to determine is their final design and the new stuff they bring to the table.

Well, it looks like Huawei’s 2018 roadmap has just leaked and if it’s accurate, it doesn’t really bring any surprises. The Chinese company plans to launch three P series smartphones – P Plus, P and P Lite – in Q2 2018.

In the first quarter of 2018, Huawei plans to make the Mate 10 Pro and Mate 10 Lite available for purchase …

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 …

PhoneArena Awards: best phones, tablets, and smartwatches of 2017

If you feel like there’s a new smartphone coming out every day, then you’re not too far from the truth. The total number of phones added to our database throughout 2017 stands at 334, and the year isn’t even over yet. 
Of course, some of these smartphones are better than others, and some of these better smartphones are worthy of even greater attention. So before we switch over to “Holiday Mode” for a well-deserved break, we’re going to honor the best phones of 2017, along with the best tablets and smartwatches that we got to check out …

"Hey Google" hotword is rolling out to Google Assistant on phones

Google Assistant on phones is currently activated by the “Ok Google” phrase, but owners of the Google Home have been able to engage the Assistant by also saying “Hey Google,” which apparently many people prefer for some reason or another. Well, we’re glad to report that the new hotword is now seeing a wider rollout, after it was made accessible to a limited number of users back in October.
A growing number of users are receiving a prompt to setup voice recognition within Google Assistant again with the new command. All you need to do is repeat the phrase a couple of …

Most anticipated upcoming phones in 2018

As 2017 draws to a close, it’s time to take a look back to the past and into the future.
We have already summed up the best phones of 2017, but what can we expect to see in 2018?

With most smartphone makers already settled on a yearly upgrade cycle and with some leaks and rumors, we already have a rough idea of when the most anticipated phones of 2018 will come. We know more about some devices than about others, and with so much time before the actual release things are surely subject to change, but if you want to get a general idea of what next …

Snapdragon 845 phones like Galaxy S9 may sport Quick Charge 4+, here's what it means

Last week, Qualcomm announced the eventual Galaxy S9 chipset for the US models, Snapdragon 845. Previously, Samsung had given some details about its new Exynos 9810 processor, which, however, will most likely find its way into the global versions of the phone, as usual. What piqued our interest with the 845, however, was the promise for upgraded fast charging abilities, as the silicon has Quick Charge 4+ tech built in.

Samsung calls its own technology for pumping the Galaxy handsets full of electrons quickly Adaptive Fast Charge, which is probably what …

Two of Sony's Xperia phones of 2018 may look like this (thin bezels everywhere)


In a shift from its current design philosophy, in 2018, Sony
may release at least two Xperia smartphones that sport near-bezel-less
displays. As recently reported, one of these upcoming handsets could be a flagship
successor to this year’s Xperia XZ Premium.

 

Georgian* website Vortex.ge claims to have some details
about the design and features of Sony’s 2018 flagship smartphone, in addition to
info about the design of a second (non-flagship) Xperia.  

 

Reportedly, the renders that we’re seeing in this article
are based on Sony’s own design drafts. The handset with less …

Google Assistant may soon come to feature phones

Android Go is not the only important thing announced by Google earlier today. An important improvement with the potential to impact a much larger pool of mobile phone users only briefly mentioned by Google.

Apparently, Google Assistant will be customized to work on feature phones. To show it’s serious about it, Google announced that it’s bringing its Assistant to a feature phone that’s only available in India, the Reliance JioPhone. The handset is powered by a custom operating system called KaiOS, based on Firefox OS, and has its own voice assistant – HelloJio. …

Leaked Galaxy J2 Pro (2018) renders reveal what's next for Samsung's cheap phones


Samsung is no longer launching as many smartphone models
yearly as it did some time ago, but the company is still offering handsets for
all budgets. And we don’t think this will change anytime soon.

 

While working on high-end phones like the Galaxy S9, or on
mid-range models like the Galaxy A (2018) series, Samsung is also getting ready
to release new low-end handsets. One of the company’s upcoming low-end phones should
be the Galaxy J2 Pro (2018).

 

Thanks to a set of leaked renders, we can already take a
look at the design of the Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro (2018). According to …