Microsoft patent application could lead to a smaller notch for future iOS and Android handsets

Microsoft has applied for a patent application that could result in a smaller notch on future versions of the Apple iPhone X. The technology that the patent application covers would combine the front-facing camera and infra-red camera into one sensor. There are other advantages to doing this besides saving space. The technology in the patent would allow infra-red sensors to be placed in a camera alongside visible light sensors. This would allow the phone to collect infra-red data and visible light data at the same time, without parallax issues disrupting depth calculations.

The patent, named …


Apple iPhone X's 5.8-inch screen is actually smaller than the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus display

The Apple iPhone X has a 5.85-inch display, the iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen.
So… the iPhone X has a bigger screen, right?
Wrong!
What these display measurements do not take into account is the aspect ratio of the screen, and the iPhone X has a taller and narrower display with a 2.17:1 aspect ratio and a big cutout at the top, while the iPhone 8 Plus has a 16:9 screen. This is a crucial distinction because when you actually get to calculate the screen area, you will see some surprising …

Samsung's DJ Koh: here's why the Note 8 has a smaller battery

Now I can guarantee battery safetySamsung Mobile’s boss Koh Dong-jin sat down or an interview after the Note 8 preorders began yesterday, and answered some pressing tech journalist questions about the new phablet that has a lot riding on its success to erase the negative impression left by its explosive predecessor the Note 7. In-between mentions of the rigorous investigative work that went into determining the exact cause of the Note 7’s battery mishaps, he explained why Samsung took the decision to equip the Note 8 with a smaller battery than its predecessor.

There …

Google to launch new Chromebook Pixel, smaller Google Home along with new smartphones

It’s not over until the fat lady sings, they say. After recently introducing Android Oreo to the world, Google still has some surprises left in the second half of the year. As many handset makers are ready to announce their new flagships, Google is expected to launch two new Pixel smartphones in October.

Google’s hardware event hasn’t been announced yet but based on previous experiences, it will happen in mid-fall. But the hardware event won’t just introduce to the world Google’s new Android smartphones, as a new report claims the Mountain View company has a few …

LG V30 to feature 6-inch OLED panel with a larger screen but smaller body than the one on the LG V20

LG has pushed out a release for Thursday morning (while it is still Wednesday in the U.S.) to make some interesting comments about its next major flagship smartphone release, the unannounced LG V30. LG says that its next new flagship will be the first to use a plastic OLED FullVision display. Can you remember the last LG smartphone that featured an OLED panel? It was the LG G Flex 2 from 2015. LG plans on taking advantage of the fact that OLED screens are perfect for use with VR applications, an area of the smartphone market that is showing growth.

Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile …

New teaser image suggests the OnePlus 5 is smaller than the OnePlus 3T

OnePlus just posted a teaser image on Twitter, suggesting that its upcoming OnePlus 5 smartphone will be smaller than the company’s current flagship handset (OnePlus 3T).

The new teaser image – seen above – shows the OnePlus 3T on top of another device, while OnePlus says: “Look into the shadows. What do you 5ee?” Obviously, this can only mean that a brand new OnePlus 5 is hiding under that 3T. Unfortunately, the photo was taken is such a way that, even if we tweak the image, we can’t really notice anything else about the OnePlus 5 – except for the fact that it’s …

Asus introduces the ZenPad 3S 8.0 tablet, a smaller but slightly better version of the ZenPad 3S 10

Asus tablets usually come in pairs, but the ZenPad 3S 10 revealed back in February at Mobile World Congress came alone. Well, the large tablet won’t remain unpaired for too long, as Asus quietly introduced the smaller version of the 10-inch slate, the ZenPad 3S 8.0.

As the name suggests, the new ZenPad 3S 8.0 is smaller than the ZenPad 3S 10, but some specs are slightly better. For example, the slate is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, as opposed to the Snapdragon 650 CPU inside the ZenPad 3S 10.

The ZenPad 3S 8.0 packs 4GB RAM and either …

The OLED iPhone 8 curves may be smaller than Samsung’s, 5.2" viewable area tipped

All the rumors that Apple is experimenting with a new touch control paradigm for the sides of the rumored OLED iPhone 8 with curved display may have been referring to various prototypes Apple always has in its labs, according to Nikkei sources from the supply chain. The insiders claim that the iPhone 8 will have an OLED screen with a 5.2″ viewable area that will be ever so slightly curved on all sides, purely for aesthetic purposes, with no new touch functions introduced for the sloping sections, let alone news tickers like on the first Note edge. This screen size is close to the 5.15″ diagonal …