LG G7 ThinQ vs Galaxy S9 vs LG G6 vs LG V30S: Preliminary selfie comparison

LG’s latest flagship device, the G7 ThinQ, was just yesterday announced and is bound to take off the forerunner mantle from the LG G6. With top-notch hardware inside and overall design that feels quite fitting for 2018, the device is undoubtedly and naturally LG’s best phones to date.

As all devices these days are mostly the same and do similarly good job at almost all of their main features, one of the few truly defining aspects of a good phone remains its camera. Any phone lets you access Facebook and play Candy Crush Saga, but you wouldn’t necessarily want to share photos …


Essential owns patent on a pop-up selfie camera similar to the one on the Vivo Apex concept

The other day, we told you about the Vivo Apex concept phone. With a tap anywhere on the bottom of the screen activating the in-display fingerprint scanner, and audio coming out of the screen, the near bezel-less display leaves another quandary for the manufacturer; with bezels this thin, where does Vivo put the front-facing camera? The proof-of-concept OG Xiaomi Mi Mix, which was the blueprint that many of today’s bezel-less handsets followed, had its front-facing camera located in the bottom bezel. That was repeated in the Mi Mix 2. The Mi Mix 2s plans on putting the front-facing camera in the …

Essential Camera update adds new Tiny Planet mode and flash for the selfie camera

Great news for Essential Phone users who want to make the best of their camera features, as the US company behind the unique device has just pushed another update for the Essential Camera app.

The app that provides the necessary software algorithms for the Essential Phone’s camera has been updated with new features and improvements. The most interesting is the new Tiny Planet camera mode, which adds a small planet on the background of your 360 photos and videos.

The Tiny Planet mode is still in beta, so be patient if you notice any issues with the new feature. Also, Essential Phone …

Vivo Apex phone scans your finger 'half-screen,' has a pop-up selfie cam

Vivo is no stranger to experimenting with concept phones, but its newest one, the Apex FullView, takes the idea of biometry placements to a whole new level. You see, when Synaptics touted its in-display finger scanners, it mentioned that their placement at a particular place is phase 3 in the development of invisible readers, while phase 4 would be placing them anywhere on the screen a manufacturer should desire.

The Vivo X20 Plus UD that was already announced, with fingerprint reader embedded under the phone’s display, is still phase 3, but now Vivo comes …

Latest Apple iPhone X ad is all about the selfie, Portrait Lighting, and Muhammad Ali

Ming-Chi Kuo is arguably the most connected Apple analyst on this planet. Working for KGI Securities, Kuo has a fabulous track record and when he talks about Apple products, people listen. For example, while everyone was wondering early last year where Apple was going to put Touch ID on the iPhone X, Kuo already knew the answer. Consider this paragraph written by yours truly last February, seven months before the phone was unveiled. Just keep in mind that back then, we all thought that the tenth anniversary model would be called the iPhone 8:

“Ming-Chi Kuo recently said that the …

HTC's new selfie phone announced: dual front cameras, currently exclusive to China

HTC is no stranger to selfie-oriented smartphones. Back in the final months of 2014, it launched the HTC Desire Eye — an upper-tier midranger that had identical 13 MP cameras on both front and back, each supported by their own dual-tone LED flash. With the flagship HTC 10, selfie fanatics got a different type of treat — an OIS module for the front camera, making for less blurry shots and stable video for vlogging.

Now, the company is launching a brand-new selfie-centered handset — a new member of the HTC U family, called the HTC U11 EYEs. Yeah, that’s eyes plural, since …

Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7 (2017) updated with selfie focus, other camera improvements

Although we should be talking about the new lineup of Galaxy A series smartphones, a new update makes the previous models newsworthy. It appears that both Galaxy A5 and A7 (2017) smartphones have received an update that brings some important camera-related features.

The most important is called Selfie focus and it’s a new mode for the front camera that when enabled allows users to take a picture without having to tap the screen to focus on a subject. It’s supposed to add some sort of bokeh effect and make the background blur while the subject of the picture is right …

Alcatel 5 with dual selfie cameras and metal body gets certified ahead of early 2018 unveiling

TCL is expected to unleash a new wave of Alcatel smartphones early next year. Based on previous experiences, the Chinese company usually introduces new handsets in late February at MWC (Mobile World Congress), but there’s a chance that a couple of Alcatel smartphones will be announced in early January at CES (Consumers Electronics Show).

One of the smartphones that will certainly be part of TCL’s new lineup is the Alcatel 5. The smartphone has just been certified at FCC (Federal Communications Commission), which brings it one step closer to release.

The smartphone …

Leaked Nokia 9 render reaffirms dual selfie cameras, slim bezels

We’ve been hearing about an upcoming Nokia 9 device for a while and it looks like it’s going to be HMD’s fully-packed heavy hitter. While the Nokia 8 would still remain on the flagship spot, the 9 would be that poweruser’s device — the same way the Note 8 and LG V30 are a bit more niche due to the fact that they offer features not every user would care about.

So, what would the Nokia 9 be? We’ve gotten some hints and tips about its hardware — it will be powered by the Snapdragon 835, the rumor mill says — and a clue about a quad-camera setup has been discovered by nosy fans who dig through …

The Huawei P11 may feature a triple-lens 40MP camera setup and a 24MP selfie shooter

Ever since Huawei partnered with Leica to build the optics and camera software for the P9, the company has been paying great attention to camera quality, even when it comes to mid-range offerings from its Honor sub-brand.

A new leak suggests that Huawei may be hard at work on a beastly camera setup for the next entries in its flagship P-series. According to a promotional image allegedly made by one of Huawei’s creative agencies, the Huawei P11 may feature a 40MP Leica co-developed triple-lens camera setup with 5x hybrid zoom. Yes, three lenses on the back, …