Mobile Phones

Alcatel announces IDOL 4s with Google VR Bundle

Alcatel Idol 4S Google VRAlcatel has announced a new smartphone, the IDOL 4S. The major selling points are its price and the Google VR bundle available with the IDOL 4S. Alcatel has put effort into this phone, attempting to stand out in a crowded field.

Alcatel IDOL 4S’s Specs

The hardware of the IDOL 4S is good for its price. The processor is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core (4×18 GHz + 4×1.4 GHz). Qualcomm’s Adreno 510 GPU supports 4K video capture and adds better graphical capabilities. There is 3GB RAM and 32GB storage available. The microSD storage can take cards up to 200GB.

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NuAns NEO – An Elegant Windows 10 Phone

Nuans NeoNuAns NEO Windows 10 smartphone does something that Microsoft wasn’t able to do – Create a Windows-based phone that’s actually interesting. NuAns NEO first appeared at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Trade Show in Las Vegas. The smartphone got a lot of attention for its design.

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Apple might say goodbye to the 3.5mm Headphone Jack

Apple Headphone JackBefore we get started, I have to offer the reader an apology. This post is not going to be objective. It won’t be a simple announcement of the latest Apple news. There will be no muscling in my opinion at the end after I give all the facts. This is a straight up opinion piece, and I won’t pretend otherwise.

In my defense, there have been plenty of those related to the removal of traditional headphone jacks on smartphones the last couple of weeks. Some have been in support, some have been vehemently against the move. Whichever side you fall on, there is no denying that this has been one of the biggest hot button topics in mobile tech hardware features in awhile.

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OnePlus 3 is now official: Snapdragon 820, 6GB of RAM and great Camera

OnePlus 3 SmartPhoneThe OnePlus 3 is an improved smartphone from last years OnePlus 2. Flying under the radar, Carl Pei, Co-founder of OnePlus is changing how the company interacts with customers. The biggest change to the smartphone is its availability. No longer purchase through an invite only system, the device will be available through the OnePlus website.

In short, Pei wants the OnePlus 3 to be a top line smartphone without the high price tag. And it looks like the OnePlus 3 has evolved enough to be a worthy consideration as a flagship model.

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Clumsy? Samsung Galaxy S7 Active may be perfect for you

Samsung Galaxy S7 ActiveFor years the joke has been that the clumsy should stick with indestructible Nokia bricks for smartphones to avoid the costs of constantly replacing their device. But the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active may be the solution to that problem.

The new Samsung phone is different in design from its flagship predecessors. Bulky, certainly less sleek and holding an enormous battery, it was designed for function, not aesthetics. The case is thick and oddly textured, resembling older smartphone models before manufacturers started going with the slim, chic design in mind.

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Modular Moto Mods: Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force

Motorola Moto ZMotorola is trying their hand at a modular smartphone with the Moto Z range. Two modular smartphones have been announced, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. This range doesn’t appear as exciting at Google’s Ara device. It does show that Motorola wants to keep up with smartphone technology.

Moto Z

The Moto Z has a 5.5 inch, quad HD AMOLED display. The processor is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with 4GB RAM. There is a 13-megapixel camera with f/.8 lens and optical image stabilisation. Storage is either 32GB or 64GB with SD card expansion.

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Sirin Labs’ Solarin smartphone: $16k privacy device

Sirin Solarin SmartphoneLondon was home to a new phone unveiling today. Sirin Labs showed off Solarin, a privacy-centric smartphone with the astonishing price tag of $16,000.

Already you have probably done a couple of double-takes. A phone that costs $16,000? How could they justify that price? In a rather hyped launch presentation today on a stage in the UK, the creators of the Android device did their best.

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