All-black BlackBerry Keyone now available in US, gets new official video as well

All-black BlackBerry Keyone now available in US, gets new official video as well

As scheduled, AT&T has started selling the all-black BlackBerry Keyone smartphone, making it the first US carrier to do so. The device – which the carrier is calling the Space Black edition – is now listed on the official AT&T website for $500. You can also get it for $16.67/month.   BlackBerry calls the device ‘Keyone Black Edition.’ It has only been available in India so far, but that changes now. At the ongoing

Samsung Galaxy J7+ is official with a 13MP+5MP dual rear camera

Samsung Galaxy J7+ is official with a 13MP+5MP dual rear camera

  Now that the Note8 has been announced, Samsung can go ahead and release dual camera smartphones down the ranks. And it has – the Galaxy J7+ has gone official in Thailand with a 13MP+5MP combo on its back, just like leaks in the past few days suggested. Joining the vanilla Galaxy J7 (2017) and the J7 Pro, the Galaxy J7+ comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD Super AMOLED display in an aluminum body. Unlike those two, however, the J7+ isn’t powered by the in-house Exynos 7870 chip, but what appears to be the Mediatek Helio P20 – the specs page doesn’t name…

Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact now available for pre-order in Europe

Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact now available for pre-order in Europe

Announced yesterday, the Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact are now available for pre-order in Europe. UK-based retailer Carphone Warehouse has the devices listed on its website for 599 (around $775) and 499 (around $645), respectively. The listings reveal the XZ1 will start shipping from September 22 onwards while shipments for the compact variant will start on September 29. Available color options include

LG V30 will probably cost $749.99

LG V30 will probably cost $749.99

LG unveiled the V30 two days ago at IFA in Berlin, but the company has so far provided very few details about its availability and price in the US. Sure, we know that all the big carriers will offer it (and Sprint’s even going for the V30+ model with more internal storage), but none of the networks have said anything about a release date other than “in early fall”. And no prices have been mentioned at all. Thankfully though, LG may have already revealed how much the V30 is going to cost stateside. Remember that Twitter contest that the company started yesterday,…

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 front panel leaks

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 front panel leaks

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is arriving in 10 days but not much is left to the imagination. The phone is expected to have even thinner bezels than the original Mi Mix and the latest leak from Weibo, if real, confirms this assumption.   Some sources suggest the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 might come with 6 screen which is smaller than the 6.4 display the first iteration had. The user interface will be MIUI 9, based on Android Nougat 7.1.1

Under-screen fingerprint scanning will be 2018’s must-have phone feature

Under-screen fingerprint scanning will be 2018’s must-have phone feature

We’re still waiting to find out if the iPhone 8 will boast a fingerprint scanner under its display, but even if it doesn’t you will see several handsets employ the tech in 2018. TechRadar sat down with Raj Talluri, SVP and GM of Qualcomm’s IoT business, at IFA 2017 to discuss the future of the biometric tech, and he confirmed that the technology will be ready to launch next year. Qualcomm announced its own ultrasonic

Purported leak reveals Snapdragon 836 SoC and Android 8.0 Oreo for Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Purported leak reveals Snapdragon 836 SoC and Android 8.0 Oreo for Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

  While Xiaomi has officially confirmed the unveiling date for the Mi Mix 2, nothing else is currently confirmed about the device. Of course, there have been multiple rumors and leaks so far, revealing details like Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6-inch screen, Nougat OS, 3D facial recognition support, and 4,500mAh battery. Now, a new leak has emerged, and from the looks of it, it’s aimed at taking the hype surrounding the device to a completely new level. The leak in question says the device will be powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC and run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Now, what makes…

Huawei announces Kirin 970 chipset with on-device AI capabilities

Huawei announces Kirin 970 chipset with on-device AI capabilities

  Huawei has announced its next-generation chipset for smartphones, the Kirin 970. It bets big on AI and comes with what Huawei calls a neural processing unit (or NPU) bringing on-device AI capabilities. The new chipset features an octa-core CPU with 4×2.4GHz Cortex-A73 and 4×1.8GHz Cortex-A53 cores, and a 12-core Mali-G72MP12 GPU. Built on a 10nm process, the SoC contains some 5.5 billion transistors on a single square centimeter. Huawei says its ‘new heterogeneous computing architecture delivers up to 25x the performance with 50x greater efficiency’ than your typical quad-core Cortex-A73 CPU cluster helping it outperform other chips on the market in…

IFA 2017 recap – the hot smartphones we saw in Berlin

IFA 2017 recap – the hot smartphones we saw in Berlin

Another edition of the IFA congress is over and done and it was an eventful one. Samsung decided to forgo its big Galaxy Note8 announcement from IFA but LG, Sony and Motorola all showcased their next flagships during the tech congress. So here’s a recap of all we saw from Berlin. Alcatel Alcatel had four smartphones and a smartwatch to show at IFA 2017. The Idol 5S, Idol 5, A7 XL and A7 alongside the Movetime watch. alcatel Idol 5s alcatel Idol 5 alcatel A7 Here’s our hands-on. Archos Starting in alphabetical order and starting off big with Archos. The company released…

Week 35 in review: LG V30, Sony Xperia XZ1 and Moto X4 appear at IFA 2017

Week 35 in review: LG V30, Sony Xperia XZ1 and Moto X4 appear at IFA 2017

IFA 2017 is wrapping up with the events and we saw plenty of new phones being announced. LG finally unveiled the V30, Sony introduced the XZ1, the XZ1 Compact, and the XA1 Plus, while Lenovo showed the Moto X4 with dual cameras. Other companies like Archos, Alcatel and Blackberry also joined the fun, making the week a pure blessing for all smartphone geeks. Xiaomi and Apple are releasing their next flagships in a matter of two days – first is the Chinese manufacturer with the Mi Mix 2 on September 11. On September 12 the Cupertino company is announcing three iPhones, one…

Weekly poll results: Samsung Galaxy Note8 feels the love

Weekly poll results: Samsung Galaxy Note8 feels the love

Nearly half the people that answered our poll are happy with the Samsung Galaxy Note8. The Note line is one of Samsungs big money makers but has struggled in the last two generations. Now it seems to be back on track. The Galaxy Note FE formerly the Note7 received weak support, about half of the votes that the Galaxy S8+ scored. And from past polls we know that the S Pen is a huge differentiator, but apparently the older hardware didnt excite the crowd. Not that there were no complaints about the Galaxy Note8 either. Most of those that complained grumbled about…

HTC U11 to get Bluetooth 5.0, sRGB mode with next update

HTC U11 to get Bluetooth 5.0, sRGB mode with next update

The HTC U11 is about to get a major firmware update that brings some cool new features. One of them is Bluetooth 5.0 – apparently the hardware is there it just needed to be enabled. According to developer LlabTooFeR‏, the upgrade will bring 1080p60 Video mode and sRGB screen mode. It will also bring a newer security patch to keep the device safe. HTC is not stopping there. The U11 will be getting camera

Samsung Galaxy S8 Showdown: Exynos 8895 vs. Snapdragon 835, Performance & Battery Life Tested

Samsung Galaxy S8 Showdown: Exynos 8895 vs. Snapdragon 835, Performance & Battery Life Tested

The Samsung Galaxy S8’s headline features are its edge-to-edge Infinity Display and striking new design. Of course it still comes packed with the latest hardware and technology like previous Galaxy phones, including iris recognition, wireless charging, and a flagship SoC. Actually, there are two different SoCs for the S8 and S8+. Most regions around the world will get

OnePlus 5 gets EIS for 4K videos in latest update

OnePlus 5 gets EIS for 4K videos in latest update

A month ago, OnePlus promised to enable EIS for 4K video recording on the OnePlus 5 and here it is OxygenOS 4.5.7 brings the additional stabilization, along with some other changes. EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) works in conjunction with OIS (a hardware stabilization) for an even smoother footage. Still, it requires a lot of computing power, which is why many phones put an upper limit of 1080p/30fps. The Snapdragon 835 has

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ get another discount

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ get another discount

With flagship prices dropping, the Galaxy S8 duo was starting to feel a bit pricey. This isnt much, but its something if you go through eBay, you can save around $30. The Galaxy S8 is $550 on eBay and $575 on Samsung.com (not counting trade ins). The Galaxy S8+ is $640 on eBay, compared to $675 on the official site. Note that were talking about unlocked 64GB phones with warranty. Galaxy S8Galaxy S8+Samsung.com$575$675 eBay.com$550$640Saving$25$35

Smartphone shipments in China decrease in H1 2017

Smartphone shipments in China decrease in H1 2017

Sigmaintell Consulting published its data research on smartphone shipments on the Chinese market for the first half of 2017. The initial numbers reveal that companies shipped 230 million units or 1.4% less than the January-June period of 2016. China-based vendors sent abroad 290 million phones, but this figure is 6.2% less than the same time span a year ago.   Even if shipments decreased for all vendors, Huawei, Oppo,

Pre-orders for Asus Zenfone AR are now live in US

Pre-orders for Asus Zenfone AR are now live in US

The Asus Zenfone AR – the world’s first smartphone that lets users experience both augmented reality and virtual reality – is finally available in the US. The device is carrier exclusive to Verizon, which has it listed for $648. Of course, you can also go the contract way – zero-down followed by 24 monthly payments of $27 each. The unit on offers contains 128GB storage. There’s currently no information on when

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) getting Android 7.0 Nougat in Russia

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) getting Android 7.0 Nougat in Russia

The Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) is now receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update, just under two months after the 2016 model. The updates for the A5 (2017) and A7 (2017) are not out yet, even though they received Wi-Fi certifications before the A3 (2017) did. Back to the update in question. Its currently rolling out in Russia (has been for a couple of days, actually). It bears a firmware version A320FXXU2BQG5