The rugged CAT S41 smartphone can double as a power bank thanks to its 5,000 mAh battery

Caterpillar is less known in the smartphone industry, but the devices it brings to the market are definitely among the sturdiest. Today, the company revealed its new addition to its portfolio of rugged smartphones – the CAT S41.

The sequel to the CAT S40, the ultra-rugged handset distinguishes itself from other devices released by Caterpillar through the huge 5,000 mAh battery. The CAT S41 is a mid-range smartphone that’s already available for purchase via Amazon, Best Buy, eBay, The Home Depot and B&H for $449.

It ships with Android Nougat on board and …


Fast charging smartphone series for next month teased by Xiaomi; MIUI 9 could see a November release

Xiaomi published a teaser today that appears to focus on a new smartphone series with fast charging capabilities. Besides showing a logo that relates to battery charging, the teaser includes a hashtag that reads #YourBestSelfie. As a result, we would imagine that the phone being teased will also feature something new with the front-facing selfie snapper that improves how selfies turn out.

According to Xiaomi, we should learn more about the new device(s) on November 2nd, which is a week from today. The company says that this smartphone series includes “something you have been impatiently …

Sprint offers a $350 discount on the iPhone X if you trade in your old smartphone

Apple’s iPhone X will be available for pre-order starting this Friday, but some carriers will probably jump the gun and announce their special deals on the flagship a few days earlier – just like Sprint did today.

Since the iPhone X’s price starts at $999, any discounts would help make it a better deal. Sprint announced today its iPhone X promotional deal, which allows customers to save up to $350 when they buy Apple’s upcoming flagship.

The deal is only available through Sprint Flex leasing and implies customers to trade in their old smartphone for the iPhone …

Smartphone related distracted driving deaths are being under-reported?

With 80% of the American public using their smartphones to read news, follow social media, and share pictures, a problem occurs when those driving a motor vehicle feel compelled to use their handset to stay in touch even while driving. According to the latest statistics, U.S. traffic fatalities rose 14.4% over the last two years after years of declining deaths. The blame is being placed on smartphones. From 2014 to 2016, the share of Americans who own a smartphone rose from 75% to 81%. More smartphone users taking their eyes off the road, even for a second or two, equals more deaths due to distracted …

Some U.K. smartphone users continue to get charged for phones that were already paid off

Some U.K. smartphone users could be overpaying for their carrier’s service according to Citizen’s Advice. The latter is a network of 316 independent charities throughout the United Kingdom that advise people about money, legal and consumer issues. According to the agency, carriers like Vodafone, EE and Three are continuing to charge for the cost of a handset even after the expense of the phone has already been covered.

U.K. consumers can pay a monthly rate for a 2-year fixed term contract. The monthly charge includes the cost of data and the price of a phone. After two-years go by, the …

OnePlus admits it collects private data of smartphone users, promises to stop by the end of October

OnePlus has just issued an official statement regarding the recent reports that claim the company’s OxygenOS collects private data of those using OnePlus smartphones. The most important thing is OnePlus admitted it collects data from users, but the Chinese company explained the reason behind its decision.

First off, OnePlus says its OxygenOS smartphones transmit analytics in two different streams: usage analytics and device information. According to OnePlus, these are necessary to “better understand general phone behavior and optimize OxygenOS for better overall …

Razer might announce its smartphone for hardcore gamers on November 1

Shortly after acquiring Nextbit, the company behind the Robin cloud-based smartphone, Razer suggested it plans to release its own smartphone aimed at “hardcore gamers.”

Today, a teaser has gone live, which confirms Razer plans to announce its first smartphone. We don’t know the name, the price or any technical details, except for the fact that it will be designed for hardcore gamers (whatever that might mean).

According to the teaser, Razer will announce something on November 1. The image shows a guy playing a game on a smartphone, which is evidence that …

ZTE's foldable smartphone spotted at FCC one week ahead of official announcement

“Axon M” seems to be the name ZTE picked for its first foldable smartphone. Information about the said device emerged online last month, although it didn’t come through official channels.

Well, it appears that ZTE is indeed planning to launch a foldable handset and, as the previous report claimed, the Axon M may be officially unveiled on October 17.

A foldable phone with model number ZTE Z999 recently made a stop at FCC (Federal Communications Commission), which means the device is one step closer to launch.

The main selling point of the ZTE Axon …

LG is making its own smartphone chipsets again, new trademark filings suggest

Some of you might remember that back in 2014 LG followed in the footsteps of rivals like Samsung and Huawei and launched its own chipset, called NUCLUN. But chances are that you don’t, as said chipset only made it to a single, Korea-exclusive device (which also tanked).

And while there were quite a few rumors that the Korean giant wasn’t done making its own SoCs just yet, they never really materialized. But this might change soon, judging from two very interesting trademarks LG recently applied for at the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
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Shortages of all-screen displays likely to increase smartphone manufacturing costs in 2018

Bezel-less smartphones have already become a trend in the industry. Few major smartphone brands have yet to launch an almost bezel-less handset, but come 2018 those few will probably embrace the new trend as well.

Unless there won’t be enough all-screen displays that these smartphones require. In fact, there’s currently a shortage of smartphone panels, which is expected to continue into 2018. The main cause is the strong demand for “customized all-screen panels” and not enough manufacturers to fulfill it.

Apparently, the all-screen panel size requirements …