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Video: How the Nokia 808 PureView made camera phone history

Video: How the Nokia 808 PureView made camera phone history

DIGITAL, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
Welcome to our new video series, Flashback, where we take a look at the most prominent moments and models in mobile phone history. A lot of you probably already follow the Flashback articles, now we’re bringing small doses of nostalgia to our YouTube audience as well. And what better place to start than with one of the most famous camera phones ever, the Nokia 808 PureView, which we covered in an early installment of the Flashback series. Launched back in 2012, the Nokia 808 sensor wouldn’t be surpassed in resolution for another 7 years and in terms of pure size - until early 2021. It also holds the somber distinction of being the last Symbian phone made by Nokia. Instead of relying on just memories, we sought out a working unit to play around with in front of the camera. The old ga...
Nokia XR20 image leaks, looks like a ruggedized midranger

Nokia XR20 image leaks, looks like a ruggedized midranger

DIGITAL, GADGET, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
Two days ago Nokia teased an upcoming rugged phone due to launch on July 27. Now, we get our first look at the device (expected to launch as the XR20) courtesy of a Nokia community forum post that was published prematurely. The image shows a dark blue colored phone covered in water droplets presumably hinting at an IP68 rating. The camera cutout appears slightly different to the previous teaser. The bottom of the device features a speaker cutout, Type-C port and headphone jack while the left side houses the power button. The XR20 is rumored bring the Snapdragon 480 5G chipset alongside a 6.67-inch HD+ LCD, 48MP + 13MP cameras and a 5,000mah battery. We’re expecting to hear more about the device in the coming weeks.
PHANTOM X Re-imagines the Design of Smartphone for the Future: Extraordinary Design with Elegance and Class

PHANTOM X Re-imagines the Design of Smartphone for the Future: Extraordinary Design with Elegance and Class

SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
With their newly launched flagship, PHANTOM X, TECNO’s (www.TECNO-Mobile.com) premium flagship smartphone reshapes the future landscape of design in smartphones with inspiring imagination. TECNO PHANTOM is specially created for exceptional individuals that aspires for great designs presented with elegance and class. Designed for the future, the gorgeous and elegant artistic finish of the PHANTOM X tells an inspiring story, and calls for users to “be bold, be extraordinary”. Extraordinary Elegance- 3D Borderless Screen with Waterfall-like Visual Beauty PHANTOM X embraces unique design with the 3D borderless screen. The design of the device’s curves derive inspiration from the beauty and efficiency displayed in nature. Some of t...
LiDAR Will Still Be Exclusive To The iPhone 13 Pro Models

LiDAR Will Still Be Exclusive To The iPhone 13 Pro Models

DIGITAL, SMART PHONES, SOFTWARE, TECHNOLOGY
Last year when Apple launched the iPhone 12 series, they introduced a LiDAR scanner to the Pro models. It was expected that the tech would eventually make its way to all the iPhone models this year, but now a report from Dylandkt on Twitter claims that LiDAR will continue to remain a “Pro” exclusive. The tweet claims that apparently Apple had planned to include the tech across the iPhone 13 models this year, but without going into details, they claim that Apple changed their minds. Perhaps it could have been due to component shortages, or maybe the cost was too much and it ate into their profit margins, but whatever the case is, the tech might not debut in non-Pro iPhone models this year. So how would this affect customers? As it stands, Apple uses the LiDAR in the iPhone 12 lin...
iPhone 13 dummies and cases leak, the cases don’t fit the current 12-series models

iPhone 13 dummies and cases leak, the cases don’t fit the current 12-series models

DIGITAL, GADGET, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
iPhone 13 dummies have been sent out to various companies that need them (typically that is case makers) and this has led to inevitable leaks. We already saw a photo that represented all four models, now there are even more to see. Here’s a photo share by Marques Brownlee. This time all four models are shown in white. And no, the vanilla iPhone 13 is not larger than the 13 Pro, it’s just slightly offset. The two models will continue to be the same size, even if they don’t have the same screen. The current expectations are that only the two Pro models will have LTPO panels with 120 Hz refresh rate, while the other two phones will stick with 60 Hz. It won’t be until the iPhone 14 generation when Applegoes all-in on LTPO. Here are some cases that have already been produced. Thes...
Exynos 2200 to beat the Snapdragon 895, tipster claims

Exynos 2200 to beat the Snapdragon 895, tipster claims

Computing, GADGET, MICRO CHIP, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
Samsung's Exynos 2200 has recently popped up on 3DMark's Wild Life test achieving an impressive 8134 points score. Well above the Snapdragon 888 but more importantly, that score might be higher than the 2022 Snapdragon flagship SoC too, reportedly being called Snapdragon 895. According to @TheGalox on Twitter, The Exynos 2200 has the chance to be the first Samsung-made chipset faster in both, computational and graphics performance compared to its direct Snapdragon rival. In fact, the Exynos 2200 is expected to be better in GPU-intensive tasks than Apple's A15 Bionic too. However, the CPU king remains Apple's chip. Unfortunately, there's no data or solid proof to back these claims and even though the source has been accurate in the past we suggest you don't get your hop...
Qualcomm announces Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders with Snapdragon 888 and 6.78-inch 144Hz AMOLED screen

Qualcomm announces Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders with Snapdragon 888 and 6.78-inch 144Hz AMOLED screen

DIGITAL, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
Qualcomm has more than 1.6 million ‘Snapdragon Insiders’, a community of fans and enthusiasts who participate in online forums and are among the first to hear about news coming from Qualcomm. To cater to these power users, Qualcomm has partnered with Asus to deliver a unique smartphone. Qualcomm announces the “Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders” and yes, that’s the official name. To those who can afford the curated offering of $1,500, the package includes the handset, along with a pair of TWS earbuds with Snapdragon Sound produced by Master & Dynamic, a bumper case, a Qualcomm Quick Charge 5.0 power adapter, and two charging cables.    Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders package contents There’s a lot to cover about this device so let’s start with the har...
LG temporarily suspends plans to sell Apple devices at its Best Shop locations

LG temporarily suspends plans to sell Apple devices at its Best Shop locations

Business, SMART PHONES, SOUTH KOREA, TECHNOLOGY
LG’s plans to sell iPhones at its Best Shop locations have been put on hold after a public outcry from small and medium-sized businesses. The South Korean government has a policy that is meant to shield smaller retailers by keeping giants like Samsung and LG from selling competing products at the stores they own. The worry is that if they do, these larger retail locations will draw customers away from the smaller ones – and those are already quite vulnerable due to the pandemic. Of course, Samsung wasn’t a fan of this plan either as it feared that the expanded availability of iPhones will threaten its domestic market share of 5G phones. LG has over 400 Best Shops around the country. LG has some internal concerns too. The sale of Apple products will pull manpower...
Motorola One 5G UW Ace comes to Verizon

Motorola One 5G UW Ace comes to Verizon

SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
There’s a new and affordable 5G Motorola phone out on Verizon called the One 5G UW Ace. Yes, that’s a mouthful of a name but it’s been Verizon’s way of differentiating itself from the crowd. Spec-wise the phone is nearly identical to the Moto One 5G Ace launched earlier this year. The new device sports mmWave 5G connectivity and also debuts Verizon’s Adaptive Sound audio which is the carrier’s own spatial audio feature and a direct answer to the likes of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. The premise is that it can optimize sounds across all apps and media on your device including on your headphones without the need of any additional hardware or software and it should also arrive to older Verizon phones via software update. Looking at the device specs we have a 6.7-inch FHD display with a c...
The Phantom X, Tecno’s first premium phone, is now available

The Phantom X, Tecno’s first premium phone, is now available

DIGITAL, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
The Phantom X, Tecno’s first premium phone, is now available in a couple of countries. Tecno is normally focused on emerging markets and even this premium model won’t be available globally.The Phantom X is now available Right now you can find it online in Nigeria at a price of NGN 228,000 ($555/€470) and Kenya at KES 50,000 ($460/€390). These links will take you to the site dedicated to the Phantom line to differentiate it from regular Tecno models. The company has a presence in other African countries as well as South America, so the phone should be available in more regions soon. Here are snippets from the Phantom X launch party: https://www.youtube.com/embed/Yr59TIZNfX8 We have already reviewed the Phantom X if you want our thoughts on t...
Sony Xperia 1 III review

Sony Xperia 1 III review

DIGITAL, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
Introduction Sony is back at it again and despite the ever dropping sales results, it's even got a few smartphone firsts for us. The Xperia 1 III, the latest true flagship in the lineup, is the logical vehicle for those, and we're here to tell you all about it. Ever since the Xperia Z5 Premium all the way back in 2015, Sony's top-tier phones have had 4K resolution displays. The Xperia 1 III combines the high resolution and a high refresh rate in one, making it the first smartphone with a 4K 120Hz display (with some caveats). The other novelty is the variable focal length periscope telephoto camera. 5x periscopes are essentially mainstream now, and the long reach is most welcome. But for intermediate zoom levels, you typically need to rely on digital zoom or a second telephoto...
Kensington’s StudioCaddy is a home for all your Apple devices

Kensington’s StudioCaddy is a home for all your Apple devices

Computing, DIGITAL, SMART PHONES, SMART WATCH, TECHNOLOGY
Charge your iPhone and AirPods, prop up your MacBook and iPad Following the recent release of the StudioDock, an opulent stand that turns the iPad Pro into a mini desktop computer, Kensington is expanding its Apple-focused offerings today with the $179.99 StudioCaddy. It’s an unusual product with a simple goal: it’s meant to be the place where all your Apple devices can live. The StudioCaddy is comprised of two halves that attach magnetically. The first half is a basic metal stand that you can slot a closed MacBook into, and there’s also a rubberized shelf out front designed to hold an iPad. The second half attaches onto the front and includes two Qi wireless chargers, one vertical for an iPhone and one horizontal with a recess that you can put an AirPods case into. You could...
Mi 12 May Launch End of 2021, as Qualcomm Snapdragon 895 SoC Tipped to Launch Early

Mi 12 May Launch End of 2021, as Qualcomm Snapdragon 895 SoC Tipped to Launch Early

DIGITAL, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
Qualcomm is said to be half a month ahead of schedule for Snapdragon 895 SoC. Mi 12 may launch before the end of the year, according to a new leak. Qualcomm is working on its next-gen flagship SoC, rumoured to be called the Snapdragon 895 SoC, and this is expected to be unveiled in early December. Qualcomm is said to be half a month ahead of schedule and this could result in the chipset launching earlier than expected. In turn, OEMs will also likely launch phones ahead of plans, and given that Xiaomi and Qualcomm have partnered many times in the past, the flagship Mi 12 could also be unveiled this year. Tipster Ice Universe took to Weibo to leak that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 895 SoC may be announced sometime in early December. This would likely be followed by Xiaomi announcing th...
iPhone 13 could finally be getting the reverse wireless charging rumored for iPhone 11

iPhone 13 could finally be getting the reverse wireless charging rumored for iPhone 11

DIGITAL, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY, USA
Perfect for wirelessly charging AirPods. Apple's iPhone 13 is again rumored to be bringing reverse wireless charging to the iPhone — two years after it was said to be coming to iPhone 11. In a new video posted to YouTube, EverythingApplePro and Max Weinbach suggest that the new iPhones will come with larger wireless charging coils that could provide better heat dissipation and more speedy wireless charging. But it's also possible the new coils could enable reverse wireless charging on an iPhone for the first time. 3 months until launch! New & Exclusive iPhone 13 Pro Leaks! Final release date, price, 12S naming, Apple Watch Series 7 getting thicker, square body confirmed, thinner bezels, In-screen Touch ID & 3nm chips in 2022 & more! Apple was first th...
Twitch Watch Parties land on Android and iOS

Twitch Watch Parties land on Android and iOS

SMART PHONES, SOFTWARE, TECHNOLOGY
Twitch has announced that Watch Parties, which allow communities to come together to watch, react, and discuss any movie or TV show available via Amazon Prime or Prime Video directly on Twitch. The service has been available to all creators and viewers on desktop browsers. Those who didn’t have a desktop browser handy were out of luck until now. An announcement has been made that Watch Parties are now rolling out to Android and iOS devices. With the feature available for mobile devices, that means wherever fans of Twitch might be, as long as their smartphone or tablet has Wi-Fi or data connectivity, they can participate in Watch Parties. While there are no specific instructions available just yet for setting the Watch Parties feature up on your mobile device, it presumably will ...
China’s Tecno launches new, high-end smartphone in Kenyan market

China’s Tecno launches new, high-end smartphone in Kenyan market

China, KENYA, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
Chinese phone maker Tecno has officially launched the Phantom X smartphone in the Kenyan market. "The Tecno Phantom X will be the most powerful device we have brought to market," Shiva Zhong, brand manager at Tecno Mobile Kenya, said during the launch on Thursday night in Nairobi. The model, which targets the high-end segment of the mobile consumer market, will retail at 49,999 shillings (about 463 U.S. dollars), he said. The central theme around Tecno and particularly the Phantom series revolves around providing customers with the impetus to push the limits of what they think is possible, Zhong said. The Chinese technology firm said that since Tecno's inception, "Africa-First" has been one of its core brand objectives, and through the performance of the brand has proven t...
How to install the iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 public betas

How to install the iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 public betas

DIGITAL, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
Here's how to install the public beta for iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 Earlier this month, Apple unveiled iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 at WWDC 2021 with a number of enhancements to FaceTime, Photos, Maps, and more, along with some exciting new features like SharePlay. Today, the first iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 public betas became available and we'll walk you through how to install them to be among the first to check out the latest features before Apple's official release in the fall (via The Verge). The public betas available today are official iOS 15 and iPad OS 15 beta 2, so you aren't quite the guinea pig that the developers were. Still, keep in mind that this is still beta software which means they are not as stable as a final shipping build of the operating system and can cause some issues fo...
Summit Health unveils first mobile app for patients

Summit Health unveils first mobile app for patients

DIGITAL, EMERGENCY, HEALTH, SMART PHONES
With the health app’s initial version, users can locate Summit Health providers in primary care, OB/GYN, and behavioral health. New app, My Summit Health, is at core of digital care model for patients. Credit: Summit Health. Summit Health has unveiled its first mobile app, giving its patients access to primary, specialty and urgent care. Known as My Summit Health, the app provides improved digital experience for patients and enables them to easily connect with Summit Health and CityMD providers and manage their health care needs. Summit Health CEO Jeffrey Le Benger said: “For Summit Health, it’s all about the patient – improving access to care and providing better care for the patient. “The My Summit Health app is at the heart of our patient-centered focus and in delivering...
Energizer Hard Case G5 is the brand’s first 5G phone, Ultimate U680S (4G) also unveiled

Energizer Hard Case G5 is the brand’s first 5G phone, Ultimate U680S (4G) also unveiled

Computing, DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
Avenir Telecom unveiled its first Energizer-branded 5G phone, cleverly called the Energizer Hard Case G5. “Hard Case” means this is part of a rugged line of products that ranges from flashlights to smartphones. And “G5” is “5G” spelled backwards, get it ? Jokes aside, this phone comes with an IP69 rating for dust and water resistance. It can go down to 1.2m depth (4 ft) for half an hour. The whole device is hermetically sealed to keep water out. The exterior is made out of several layers of solid industrial rubber, which makes the Hard Case G5 shock resistant and it can survive drops from 1.2m heights. Additionally, there is a special liner that allows the phone to withstand electrostatic shocks. Basically, this is a phone aimed at professional out in the field. But it feels ...
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 renders show color options, design

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 renders show color options, design

Computing, ELECTRIC, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY, TEENAGERS, Youth
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is arriving very soon. It will come together with the Galaxy Z Fold 3. Instead of Galaxy Z Flip 2, the South Korean tech giant is calling the new foldable clamshell phone as the Galaxy Z Flip 3. That is to avoid confusion and well, it is technically the third model already. There was the original Samsung Galaxy Z Flip from last year and then another 5G variant of the foldable smartphone was released a few months later. The latest we have are rendered images that include the possible color options. We learned there will be the Dark Grey, Purple, and Yellow versions of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3. The flip-phone-style foldable phone is expected to be revealed in August but before it happens, more information and images will surface. These Samsung Galaxy...