Report: LG's 2018 flagship to feature 6.1-inch screen, SD-845 inside; June launch possible

According to a report published today, LG’s delayed flagship phone could be launched in June. An anonymous source, who was briefed on LG’s plans to release a smartphone with the code name “Judy,” says that the handset will feature a 6.1-inch screen. This will be a new type of display called MLCD+. Thanks to a white sub-pixel that will be part of the RGBW matrix, the display will be very bright (in the 800-nit range) but consume 35% less energy than a typical IPS LCD screen.

Under the hood will be a Snapdragon 845 mobile platform carrying an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 630 GPU. 4GB of RAM …


Interesting Nokia 7 Plus (with tall 18:9 screen) and Nokia 1 leak out

Having sold more than 4 million smartphones in the last quarter of 2017, HMD Global (maker of Nokia-branded handsets) is certainly in a good position to release new phone models throughout 2018. 
Not long ago, we heard that a Nokia 7 Plus and a Nokia 1 should be launched sometime this year. HMD hasn’t confirmed their existence, but we can now take a pretty good look at both these upcoming devices – thanks to photos revealed by Evan Blass (aka @evleaks).
The Nokia 7 Plus (or Nokia 7+) is quite an interesting device, and seems to be the …

Deal: Buy a Sony Xperia XZ Premium (with 4K screen) for just $479.99

Launched in the US back in June as one of Sony’s most expensive smartphones to date (at $799), the Xperia XZ Premium can now be bought for less than $500. Retailer B&H is currently selling the Luminous Chrome version of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium for $479.99 – after a $100 instant discount and an extra $120 coupon discount (visible when you’re adding the phone to your shopping cart). This deal is valid only until tomorrow, February 13, at 11:59 pm ET.
Meanwhile, other color versions of the Xperia XZ Premium (including black, pink, and red) are available for $599. …

These are the most popular phone screen sizes

While you are proudly perusing your Quad HD resolution flagship, did you know that HD is still the most widespread resolution globally? Or that average smartphone screen diagonals seem to be correlated with a country’s location, and/or economic development? 

Well, that last bit of info comes from the latest DeviceAtlas research report on the growing smartphone trends, which includes the most popular screen sizes for 2017, based on mobile web traffic data collection around the globe. It turns out that the larger the screen diagonal, the most likely it is that the country …

Cortana comes to the Apple iPad with an optimized UI that fits the larger screen sizes

Not every iOS user is in love with Siri. Some have installed other virtual assistants including Google Assistant, Alexa and Cortana. Speaking of the latter, Cortana for iOS has been updated and now offers Apple iPad users a design made “exclusively” for Apple’s line of tablets. The UI matches the look of the Apple iPhone version of the app, but is made to fit the 7.9-inch to 12.9-inch displays that come with the iOS powered slates.

In addition, the changelist for the app points out that Cortana now opens 20% faster. That means you won’t have to wait long to have your inquiry answered, or …

Amazon drops lock screen ads from its Prime Exclusive phones starting tomorrow

Consumers looking for a deal on a smartphone have been able to save anywhere from $25 to $100 off the retail price by buying them from Amazon, as long as they didn’t mind being forced to watch lock screen ads. Starting tomorrow, February 7th, Amazon is no longer forcing these ads on Prime Exclusive buyers. And those who already own a Prime Exclusive model will receive a software update that removes the ads from their phones. While the ads are gone, new Prime Exclusive models will still come with pre-installed apps from Amazon.

Future Amazon Prime Exclusive handsets will be available only …

Some Surface Pro 4 owners put their slate in the ice box to stop screen from flickering

A small number of Surface Pro 4 owners are having trouble with flickering screens. Given the name Flickergate by some, the problem has been discussed on Microsoft’s support forums by those unfortunate enough to find themselves with one of the tablets exhibiting this behavior. The big problem for these owners (said to include at least 1,600 people), is that their expensive slate is no longer covered by the warranty.

Microsoft says that it is aware of the issue, but so far the gang in Redmond is only closely monitoring the situation. Since the flickering usually takes place when the …

OK, but why? Apple will let you broadcast your iPhone screen live to Facebook

We were pretty excited when we learned that iOS 11 will be getting native screen recording — it’s a pretty niche feature, sure, but when you need it – you need it. And getting a 3rd party screen record for iOS was… a tough task.

We were more excited, however, when somebody slipped up during the iOS 11 beta updates and changed the button of the screen recording feature to say “Start Broadcast”. “Wha-a-at?”, we thought, “Could Apple also be preparing a native broadcast feature for mobile gamers?”.

That question remained unanswered, unfortunately, and we had even forgotten about it …

Meizu 15 render appears revealing curved screen, fingerprint scanner and dual camera setup

Earlier this week, we showed you a couple of renders that allegedly show the front and back of the Meizu 15 Plus. The handset features very thin bezels, an 18:9 aspect ratio, and a dual camera setup on back. Below the rear camera is either a 10-LED flash (like the one found on the Meizu Pro 6 Plus) or perhaps a laser auto focus for the snappers on back. The phone will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform or the Exynos 8895 chipset.

Besides the 15 Plus, Meizu is planning on launching a smaller version of the device which carries the moniker of the Meizu 15. A render of the phone …

The in-display fingerprint scanner on the Vivo X20 Plus UD won't work with certain screen protectors

Earlier this month at CES, Vivo showed off its new in-display fingerprint scanner. Important details were not divulged at the time, such as the name of the phone and when it would be made available. That information was released this morning by Vivo, and we can tell you that the in-screen display will be found on the new Vivo X20 Plus UD. The information disseminated today by the manufacturer includes specs, pricing, and the date when Vivo will start accepting pre-orders. 

If you plan on purchasing the Vivo X20 Plus UD when it hits the Chinese marketplace on February 1st, there is …