Results: the Note 8's secondary camera is a controversial topic

Dual cameras on smartphones are still a fairly new trend, but one that’s picking up fast. And there are four different ways in which manufacturers implement the technology, but they can pretty much be summed up in two categories — “Does it bokeh or not?”.

“Bokeh” refers to the portrait modes with artificial, DSLR-emulating background blur, which are all the craze this year. If the answer is “not”, then the secondary camera is probably a wide-angle one, a-la LG.

When Samsung’s Note 8 was rumored to come with a dual camera, we went wild with speculating which …


Yota 3 leaks out: the upcoming YotaPhone with secondary e-ink screen

The new Yota 3, the newest in the YotaPhone series of handsets known for their unique rear-mounted secondary e-ink display, has leaked out before the official announcement.

A new phone for ebook readersThe Yota 3 is expected to become thinner and rumored specs include the Snapdragon 625 system chip, one of the most power-efficient chips on the market, 4GB of RAM, as well as models with 64GB and 128GB of native storage. The phone supports expandable storage via microSD cards. There is no dual camera on the Yota 3: it’s expected to ship with a single …

If the LG V30 doesn't have a secondary ticker screen, will you miss it?

Alright, folks, we are gearing up for another exciting period of the year — the August-September phone announcement bonanza, with IFA in Berlin, and Apple’s iPhone keynote. Among the major players we are about to see, there is LG’s upcoming super-powered phablet — the LG V30.

Now, if you’ve been following for a while, you probably know that the LG V10 and LG V20 both had this weird secondary “ticker” screen, which housed notifications, app shortcuts, media controls, an always-on clock, and some utility toggles. However, it seems it will be gone for the latest iteration …

LG V30 schematic leaks: Dual rear camera remains a staple, but no sign of a secondary display

With the LG V30 slated for an August 30 announcement, it’s only natural for more and more leaks and rumors to start popping out. The latest one is what’s claimed to be an excerpt from the phone’s manual and gives us a rather nondescript look at LG’s soon-to-come handset.
It doesn’t take a genius to spot the similarities between the V30 schematic and the company’s G6 flagship – we’ve got the same slim bezels all-around the front, with the top and bottom one a bit more pronounced, a dual-camera at the rear, and last but not least, what seems to be a 9:18 FullVision display. …

The Meizu Pro 7's secondary screen can be a viewfinder for rear camera selfies

Yet another batch of leaked Meizu Pro 7 material surfaced online, straight out of China where the smartphone is being primed for a launch sometime soon. From the leaked photo, we are able to discern that the Pro 7’s main point of interest – the full-color secondary display on its back panel – can be used as a viewfinder! It’s positioned as to let you take a high-res selfie using the smartphone’s dual camera setup.

Granted, not the most revolutionary thing to grace smartphones since machine learning, but at least it seems practical! Besides, that second screen is also good for …

Even more Meizu Pro 7 leaked images show what playing Pac Man on its secondary screen looks like

The Meizu Pro 7 has been leaking a lot over the past few weeks, in a somewhat finished state. This must mean that the smartphone is nearing release, which is good news for fans of the Chinese brand – or anyone with a liking for unorthodox smartphones.

With its full-color secondary display, the Pro 7 is going to be notably different from other handsets coming out this year. It’s also going to try and make another case for the practical usefulness of secondary screens on smartphones with big and informative enough displays already.

We certainly …

Report: LG V30 might not feature secondary display, concept could be replicated on new OLED screen

With the LG G6, LG made a statement. It no longer wants to be Gyro Gearloose of the smartphone industry, pushing bold innovation that no one outside its focus groups asked for. LG cleaned house, stripped away all the complexity, and introduced one of 2017’s most understated – and all-around pleasant – premium phones. It was a solid strategy, even though displays of clever engineering, such as the LG G5’s removable battery, will be missed by those able to appreciate them.

According to a “trusted source” as cited by the ever diligent XDA Developers, the same revision …

Purported Meizu Pro 7 live images show secondary color screen

The Meizu Pro 7 is an upcoming premium model by a popular Chinese smartphone maker. It’s shaping up as its most experimental device to date, with the presence of a second display on the back panel – still a rare sight since the YotaPhone pioneered the concept in 2013. Speculation ran that the screen in question uses e-ink technology, presumably to save battery power. We also hadn’t seen photos of said display powered up yet.

We now have purported live images of a prototype (presumably) Meizu Pro 7 running a bare AOSP build of Android without any customization on …

Meizu Pro 7 prototype #8 pictured with secondary display, dual camera

The Meizu Pro 7 will be the Chinese manufacturer’s flagship smartphone for 2017. It’s also shaping up as one of the strangest phones we might see this year, for leaked prototype photos confirm that Meizu is placing a secondary display right below a pair of cameras on the phone’s back panel. Although the idea isn’t new, as it was pioneered by the YotaPhone, Meizu’s spin on it is unorthodox, to say the least.

Reportedly, this smaller display shows notifications and other relevant information, just like the YotaPhone or today’s smartwatches do, saving battery life. …

Patent might be giving us a sneak peek at LG V30's design: secondary display with a twist

Note: The image on the left is our interpretation of the patent image.

Two days ago, during Google’s I/O 2017 keynote, it was announced that the Galaxy S8/S8+ and LG’s next flagship phone will eventually support Daydream later this year. 

This was news in more than one way: firstly, it single-handedly confirmed that an LG V30 is on the way, and secondly, it heavily hinted that this one will be donning an OLED display, which is one of the hardware requirements for Daydream support. 
And it seems that right after this high-level confirmation, …