Broadcom has been aggressively trying to make a bid for Qualcomm, manufacturer of Snapdragon processors. Qualcomm has rejected previous offers, but now the US government might be the biggest obstacle for that takeover.
The Huawei P Smart is a great option for the budget conscious consumer when you consider that it boasts a dual rear camera setup, a big 3,000mAh battery, NFC, Oreo 8.0, EMUI 8, and a 5.65-inch FHD+ display with the all-important 18:9 aspect ratio for £229. When you couple the phone with Huawei’s Band 2 Pro fitness band that retails for £79, you’ve got a pretty awesome bundle, all at a very affordable price. Our friends at Huawei have very kindly donated such a bundle for us to giveaway to our loyal readers.
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MWC 2018 is in the books, and there were plenty of things to look forward to. We got a few new smartphones and some new tech for those smartphones, and it’s making us very excited for 2018.
Here’s the best of what we saw this year.
Another report has surfaced that Xiaomi will finally debut a smartphone in the US later this year, and they’re banking on a big IPO to fund that attempt.
HTC has been struggling for a few years now, but that is not stopping them from trying to stay in the flagship-level smartphone market. The latest leak suggests they have a new phone, the HTC U12 with may be marketed as the HTC Imagine, with hardware that should put it in position to compete with anything coming to market from other manufacturers. The new information is courtesy Twitter user LlabTooFeR who is one of the more reliable sources for leaked information.
If you’re still holding on to an older mid-range Samsung phone, you’re probably about to get left behind on security updates. A few of Samsung’s 2016 devices have been shuffled around on the security update priority list and won’t get any more updates whatsoever, while a few newer devices have been dropped to quarterly updates only. If you’re using any of these, you might want to plan on upgrading soon.
Razer announced their first entry into the smartphone market with the impressive Razer Phone, touting some serious hardware and a silky smooth 120hz display. It features a ton of RAM, a huge, responsive screen, expandable storage, and a humongous battery. Outside of the lack of a headphone jack, there wasn’t much to dislike.
If you’re familiar with smart home devices, you’ve probably seen or heard about Ring. They make a few cameras and WiFi connected doorbells, positioning the gadgets as smart security devices to protect and monitor your home.
That line of product has come into close competition with the likes of Google and Amazon lately, so naturally, this story ends with Ring being acquired. Amazon has announced that they’ll be purchasing the smart gadget maker for more than $1 billion.
After their Unpacked event held in conjunction with MWC 2018, Samsung’s chief DJ Koh spent some time with reporters to discuss other aspects of Samsung’s business and future plans outside of the Galaxy S9 launch that was the keynote of their press event. In his comments, one topic Koh touched on was the development of the next version of Bixby, Samsung’s version of a virtual assistant designed to compete with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri.
Well, here’s some disappointing news about Sony and their new flagship. They’re making a version of the Xperia XZ2 with 6GB RAM, but only for Hong Kong and Taiwan. The rest of the world will have to settle for 4GB RAM, which honestly is still nothing to sneeze at. The upgraded variant is model H8296 and the phone should launch globally in March. If you must have the 6GB RAM model, you’ll have to try and import it. Just make sure your carrier supports whatever bands it comes with.
Qualcomm has announced their new Snapdragon 700 series of processors for smartphones and other devices with the aim of bringing top-shelf, premium features to more gadgets in lower price points. This gives manufacturers an option between the 600 and 800 series chips and opens up a few more price points for smartphones and should see a decline in OEMs opting for older processors to save costs.
If there’s a unicorn of the smartphone industry, it’s probably a Xiaomi phone in the United States. They’re a very recognizable brand around the globe, but in the US they have absolutely zero presence. There have been tons and tons of rumors about that changing for years, but Xiaomi is still planning their debut.
If you’re excited about Nokia’s new crop of phones, hopefully you don’t live in the US. While discussing where exactly these phones would be available, HMD Global flip-flopped a bit on their position and gave some disappointing news for anyone in the United States.
If you’re hoping the Galaxy S9 will be a phone that can last for years and years, there’s some good news to support that. It’s officially been confirmed that Samsung’s latest flagship will support Project Treble, which should theoretically make it easier and faster for Samsung to continually push out updates to the device over its life.