Should You Trade-in Your iPhone X with Pixel 3a?

Should You Trade-in Your iPhone X with Pixel 3a?

Last week, Google unveiled the Pixel 3a devices and as part of the promotional program, the company is offering trade-ins. Users could swap their current smartphones for Pixel 3a or the bigger Pixel 3a XL. As an example, Google is willing to pay users up to $610 for the iPhone XS Max. Of course, it sounds silly to replace the latest and perfectly capable iPhone model with a mid-range device like the Pixel 3a. However,…

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HTC Will Release the Cryptocurrency-Optimized Exodus 1s

HTC Will Release the Cryptocurrency-Optimized Exodus 1s

HTC’s presence in the mainstream smartphone market is steadily declining. However, its new mid-range model recently appeared on a benchmark website. It’s a 5G smartphone and the company may unveil it later this year. The Exodus 1 was the latest smarphone from HTC and it fully supports cryptocurrency investing and blockchain. Phil Chen, the Decentralized Chief Officer of HTC announced via Mashable that a more affordable version of the Exodus 1 will be released next…

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Google Officially Introduces Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL

Google Officially Introduces Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL

Google has introduced two new mid-range smartphones, the Pixel 3a and its bigger sibling, the Pixel 3a XL. In terms of design, both devices look rather conservative with thick bezels. These devices are designed as a more affordable alternative than flagship models released by other device manufacturers. One benefit of having a Pixel device is that you will get direct software update from Google. Both devices will receive three major Android updates, Android 10 Q,…

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Why You Shouldn’t Keep Your Phone Fully Charged Too Long?

Why You Shouldn’t Keep Your Phone Fully Charged Too Long?

Smartphone battery has limited lifespan and it will eventually degrade over time. However, there are some habits that may shorten the lifespan of your battery. One potential problem is that your battery will have shorter lifespan if you charge it overnight. Major smartphone makers are not too concerned with the habit of overnight charging, because they claim that their devices have a mechanism to protect against overcharging. However, it doesn’t mean that you should charge…

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Design Flaws of Samsung Galaxy Fold

Design Flaws of Samsung Galaxy Fold

A recent teardown of the Samsung Galaxy Fold revealed a number of major design flaws. For the better part of the decade, Samsung has been researching and developing the foldable phone technology. It’s quite disheartening to see that a number of review units literally broke down after a few days of use. This makes the nearly $2,000 flagship far less reliable than a $200 entry level smartphone. We are left wondering whether the mid-June ETA…

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How to Tell If Your Phone Is Being Spied On

How to Tell If Your Phone Is Being Spied On

Undoubtedly, our mobile phones have become an integral part of our lives. From setting up the morning alarm to sending text messages and videos, surfing the internet, and attending conference calls – modern smartphones are captivating, to say the least. What’s more, these little gadgets come equipped with enough storage and power to save our electronic documents, media, contacts and the likes. If certain files do not fit in the phone, the cloud has got…

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Performance Comparison of Galaxy S10 with Exynos 9820 and Snapdragon 855 Chipsets

Performance Comparison of Galaxy S10 with Exynos 9820 and Snapdragon 855 Chipsets

Samsung Galaxy 10 range offers two options of SoCs, the Samsung Exynos 9820 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Although these devices have identical specs, they are clearly driven by two different chipsets. The Exynos 9820 SoC has an octa-core CPU with three different types of core. Demanding tasks are handled by a couple of 4th generation Samsung cores. There are also a couple of Cortex A75 cores and four efficient Cortex A55 cores to handle light…

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Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

With Apple pushing its ultra-premium iPhone models to the market and Huawei increasing its market share, Samsung needs to innovate continuously. The Galaxy S10+ puts the flagship Galaxy S series to a new height with new features and design. The Samsung Galaxy S10+ has good performance, long battery life, amazing screen and beautiful design finish. Its cameras are fun to use and the fingerprint sensor is reliable with ultrasonic technology. Charging the S10+ is easy…

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Sony Xperia 4 will have Snapdragon 710 Chipset and 21:9 display

Sony Xperia 4 will have Snapdragon 710 Chipset and 21:9 display

It’s rumoured that the Xperia 4 will have Snapdragon 710 SoC under the hood and a display with 21:9 aspect ratio. It’s the same aspect ratio used by the earlier Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus. Despite its tall design, the Xperia 4 could be smaller than earlier Xperia devices. The Sony Xperia 4 may have 5.7-inch display with Full HD+ resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio. The Snapdragon 710 SoC will be accompanied by 64GB…

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First Display Screenshot of Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Gaming Smartphone is Unveiled

First Display Screenshot of Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Gaming Smartphone is Unveiled

Xiaomi recently announced the gaming-oriented Black Shark 2 and new details are emerging. After benchmark results and leaked hands-on photos, Lin Bin, the co-founder of Xiaomi gave us a sneak peek into the interface of the device. The screenshot was posted by the senior executive on Weibo. Based on the AnTuTu benchmarking listing, the Black Shark 2 will have a display with 19.5:5 aspect ratio, which seems to match with the screenshot. Last year, Xiaomi…

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Are Multiple-Lens Smartphone Cameras Necessary?

Are Multiple-Lens Smartphone Cameras Necessary?

The MWC 2019 shows us a new emerging trend among high-end smartphone models with multiple-lens cameras on the back. Device manufacturers are under constant pressure to deliver new functionality and groundbreaking features to consumers. Back then, mobile phones were just wireless phones with no camera. Eventually, phone camera had very low resolution and produced grainy pictures even with ample natural lighting. Today, things are obviously much better. In latest models, manufacturers don’t only put one…

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Some New Smartphone Models Will Have Google Assistant Buttons

Some New Smartphone Models Will Have Google Assistant Buttons

Google announced recently that devices from Nokia, LG, Vivo, TCL and Xiaomi will have Google Assistant buttons. To be specific, these device models include LG K40, LG G8 ThinQ, Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2, Xiaomi Mi 9, Xiami Mi MIX 3 5G and Vivo V15 Pro. When users press the button once, the Assistant feature is enabled. Double press will show visual snapshots that show relevant information, such as upcoming schedules. When the button is long…

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5G Smartphones Are Being Introduced in Mobile World Congress 2019

5G Smartphones Are Being Introduced in Mobile World Congress 2019

Smartphone manufacturers are revealing their latest devices at the MWC 2019 and some of them support 5G cellular network. Last week, Samsung introduced the Galaxy S10 with 5G support and on Sunday, Huawei revealed the Mate X 5G, with its foldable design. Other makers, such as Oppo, LG and Xiaomi also announced their 5G-capable devices. Unfortunately for Apple’s fans, there won’t be any 5G iPhone released this year. The 5G is a game changer with…

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Considering Whether You Should Upgrade Your Smartphone or Not

Considering Whether You Should Upgrade Your Smartphone or Not

There are many reasons why people still use their old handsets. It could be due to budget constraints, while others think that their existing devices work perfectly well. In many cases, new smartphone models are just minor iterations of the previous ones. So, the performance level and features are nearly identical with your current handset. This applies to many Android model series. On the other hand, Apple releases a new major upgrade of the iPhone…

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Xiaomi Will Release Mi 9 and a Smartphone with Elevating Selfie Camera

Xiaomi Will Release Mi 9 and a Smartphone with Elevating Selfie Camera

With the Mi Mix series, Xiaomi offers devices with one of the highest screen to body ratio. In fact, the Mi Mix 3 that the company released last year is a true full screen model with the manual sliding design. The Chinese company may seek to innovate further with the elevating selfie camera for future models. Wang Teng Thomas, a Xiaomi executive took to Weibo, the social media platform in China to announce that a…

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Recent Developments on Foldable Smartphone Technology

Recent Developments on Foldable Smartphone Technology

Advanced smartphone technologies are introduced each year and it appears that future designs will focus on physical flexibility. This includes flexible display and battery. This will allow smartphones to become foldable. Here are flexible models that may hit the market: Samsung: Late last year, Samsung gave us a brief glimpse of their first foldable design. It is believed that the model will be called Galaxy Flex or Galaxy F. It may make an official debut…

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Compromised PNG Files May Threaten Android Devices

Compromised PNG Files May Threaten Android Devices

Another security flaw is found to affect Android OS and it’s potentially very serious. When opening a compromised PNG image file, a hidden malicious code could be executed, which may harm your data and device. It’s hard to avoid these booby-trapped images, because they may be very interesting. PNG files can be sent through instant messaging, text messages or email. PNG is a fairly popular image format, although not as popular as JPG. The bug…

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Apple is Developing a New Sound-Based Fingerprint Sensor

Apple is Developing a New Sound-Based Fingerprint Sensor

Touch ID is no longer included in the iPhone X and XS family, but there’s a possibility that Apple is planning to reintroduce the technology. Face ID is a successful replacement technology, offering fewer false positives, compared to the Touch ID. However, there are some advantages of Touch ID. In some situations, users need to silently activate their phones. In classrooms or during meetings, it would be a bit awkward to activate the phone with…

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