Sony introduces the Xperia L1: an elegant and affordable 5.5-inch smartphone

Sony today unveiled the Xperia L1, an elegant Dual SIM smartphone with a 5.5-inch HD display and classic Sony design.

Although L1’s name may suggest ties with 2013’s peculiar Xperia L, the new phone bears almost no resemblance to it, as it is decidedly more slender and more stylish in its presentation. The Xperia L1 features a classic Sony design – a flat top and bottom create ostensibly sharp edges when viewed from the front or back, which blend smoothly into the rounded sides of the device.

The front of the device is occupied by a 5.5-inch 720p display …


FYI, Nokia owns the Alcatel smartphone brand that's licensed to TCL

Nokia acquired Alcatel-Lucent, the French telecom equipment company, back in 2016, to better compete with the likes of Huawei in the network infrastructure industry. 

If you have minimum knowledge about the mobile phone market, then you most likely have heard about Alcatel, a brand that’s very popular at the mid- and low-tier. It turns out that the Alcatel brand was among the assets owned by the French company when Nokia announced its acquisition.

Clearly, that means that after the acquisition the Alcatel smartphone brand would belong to Nokia. However, …

The LG Fortune is available now from Cricket priced at $89.99 with a smartphone plan

You don’t need to have a fortune to buy the LG Fortune, an entry-level handset available right now from Cricket. The pre-paid carrier is offering the phone for just $89.99 with the activation of a smartphone plan. The LG Fortune features a 5-inch display carrying a 480 x 854 FWVGA resolution. A quad-core CPU is under the hood, running at a clock speed of 1.1GHz. 16GB of internal storage is included, along with a microSD slot with a 32GB capacity.

Both the back and front-facing cameras weigh in at 5MP, and a 2500mAh battery is in charge (no pun intended) of keeping the device powered up. …

A new kid on the block: Maze announces its arrival, teases a bezel-less, dual-camera smartphone

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The smartphone market is currently pretty oversaturated with products for all tiers, covering a wide variety of needs and wallet sizes. The power players have all taken up their spots pretty solidly, and there’s very little room to squeeze in if you happen to be a new company trying to make a name for itself. Whatever you do, you need to either have a radical new …

MediaTek and TSMC trialing new 7nm smartphone processor with mad CPU core count

Sources close to the matters at hand report that Taiwanese silicon slinger TSMC will start trial production of a 12-CPU core chipset from MediaTek on a cutting-edge 7nm production process. The latter means that the new processor is expected to be faster and more power-efficient than 10nm chips before it – and here’s why.
As for the nutsy number of CPU cores, 12 actually sounds like a logical upgrade from the 10-CPU core architecture that MediaTek pioneered with the Helio X20 and X25 chipsets from 2015. Despite this, such a number probably …

Sprint tests gigabit LTE network on unannounced Motorola smartphone with Snapdragon 835 CPU

While T-Moible and Verizon are constantly at each other’s throats for offering the most feature-rich and affordable unlimited service plan, Sprint is working on rolling out its gigabit LTE network over in New Orleans in the United States. The first official test of the gigabit network took place on March 8, 2017 at Smoothie King Center during an NBA basketball game, and the tech required to pull off the test is quite impressive.

In order to achieve gigabit LTE data speeds, Sprint used 60MHz worth of its 2.5GHz service spectrum, and both 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM tech was present as …

Forget about keys and open the front door with your smartphone like a boss with these 5 smart locks

Unlocking your car doors with your smartphone sounds rad, right? The next logical step on your way to 2017 technological supercoolery is entering or locking up your house or office using just an app on your phone or tablet, secured with all sorts of mechanisms – from lock screen codes or patterns to biometric security like fingerprints and iris scanning. To do that, you’ll have to install a smart lock. They come in many shapes and sizes and offer all kinds of unique functionality. But most importantly, they are sturdy, secure, and convenient. We have rounded up five of the better …

FreedomPop's first smartphone isn't free, but is close enough

You may remember FreedomPop as the free-to-use mobile network, but the company has been expanding its operations for some time now. After getting into the refurbished smartphone market last year, FreedomPop has now announced it will be releasing a device of its own, called the V7, and will sell it for a measly £59 ($72).

Considering its price, the phone is pretty good specs-wise, even if it’s a far cry from most serious contenders on the market. It features a Snapdragon 210 processor and a 5-inch 720p display, along with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB internal …

Huawei executive: No more than 4GB of RAM is needed on a smartphone

Last year, the first smartphone to ship with 6GB of RAM was launched, and since then we have seen manufacturers like OnePlus include 6GB of RAM on the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. But as you might expect, not every phone manufacturer believes that 6GB of RAM is needed. For example, Huawei executive Lao Shi recently noted on his weibo page that 4GB of RAM is enough on a phone for it to scroll smoothly. Mr. Lao also added that many Huawei phones work better with 4GB of RAM than they might with 6GB of the stuff inside.

RAM, which is an acronym for Random Access Memory, is used to store parts of …

Amazon's first and only smartphone to date, was a dud

For years there had been rumors that Amazon was going to release an ambitious smartphone. That dream finally reached fruition on June 18th, 2014 when the Amazon Fire Phone was introduced to high hopes. With a 4.7-inch LCD screen carrying a 720 x 1280 HD display, the device featured the Snapdragon 800 SoC carrying a quad-core 2.2GHz CPU and the Adreno 330 GPU. 2GB of RAM was inside with 32GB/64GB of native storage. A 2400mAh battery provided the power. The 13MP rear-facing camera provided an aperture of f/2.0, and the front-facing selfie snapper weighed in at 2.1MP.

The Amazon Fire …