Mobile

0 1133

Yesterday was a big day for Apple. And while we have been on a long (And exhausting vacation) we haven’t missed anything. Apple has announced the iPhone 6S. It may be a minor upgrade to very few, but it is a significant upgrade from the iPhone 6. Lets find 6 reasons to buy the iPhone 6S!

apple-iphone-6-plus

1.) Series 7000 Aluminum

The days of #Bentgate is finally over. Apple has transitioned from the brittle Anodized Aluminum to Series 7000 Aluminum. Anodizing greatly increases the material’s resistance to corrosion and wear by adding an oxide layer outside of it. They combine it with bye to color the material different colors. 7000 Series aluminum, however, is a different alloy that combines aluminum, zink, and magnesium for a significantly tougher material. Unfortunately for Apple, this material is much more expensive to work with. However, it gives the phone a staggering 60% increase in rigidity.

2.) 3-D Display

Apple has significantly upgraded the iPhone’s screen in a big way. Besides giving it a higher pixel density, Apple decided to take an alternative route. While the 750×1334 screen resolution isn’t breaking any records, the iPhone 6S has a pressure sensitive touchscreen. 3D Touch emulated a physical keyboard; a feature that Apple innovated from their current Macbook. This may allow Apple to one day get rid of the home button in the near future.

3.) Processor

Apple didn’t say it, but there is many rumors pointing to 2 GB of RAM in the new iPhone 6S. Also, the device is using a 16 or 14nm process for its chipset. The A9 enjoys an around 19% jump over the A8, and a 6% improvement over the A8X in single-core performance, in addition to a 69% multi-core improvement over the A8 (8% from the A8X). The A9 is rumored to sport two dual cores for a quad core set up, with 2 cores pushing 1.7 GHz and the others pushing 1.2 GHz. The previous version used a triple core setup.

4.) 12 MP Front facing camera

Apple has finally upgraded the MP count on the iPhone’s camera. Not only has it done that, but it can now shoot 4K, putting the device on par with Samsung’s camera. That is a slight bump up from the retired 8 MP camera that Apple could not get enough of. The camera sensors are sourced from Sony as always, making it one incredible camera. The camera incorporates RGBW subpixel technology for better low-light performance, which was highly needed for the iPhone 6S. This technology uses an extra white (W) subpixel, arranged alongside the RGB sub-pixels. This compensates for the smaller-sized pixels in the sensor.

5.) 5 MP Selfies

The front facing camera is now becoming a bigger deal than ever thanks to the likes of Vine. The 5MP improvement over the parch 1.2 MP front shooter was greatly needed.

6.) That Battery Life Though

Apple has greatly improved the battery life on the iPhone 6S. Instead of making a smaller battery like on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Note V, it is rumored that Apple placed a bigger battery in the iPhone 6S. It is said that the iPhone has anywhere between a 1500 and 1900 mAh battery. The previous iPhone 6 has a battery life of just 5.5 hours. But the new iPhone 6S will have an incredible 10 hours of battery life.

0 1225

Today is the day we get to see the unveiling of two big devices, the Note 5 and S6 Edge+. Both devices will set the bar for Samsung. We are just an hour away from confirming a few good nifty specs. So far, we can only confirm the sheer beauty of the device.

samsung-note-5-s6-edge-plus-timezones

Join us today as Sammy reveal what we think will set the bar for phablets. We are expecting the Galaxy Note 5 to lose a couple of features we know and love, but at the same time gain a great deal of specifications to make us forget about it. Under the hood, we are expecting the Note 5 to gain an 8 core Exynos processor from Samsung itself. However, Qualcomm will not be left totally out of the picture as it will be supplying the incredible Snapdragon 808 for the S6 Edge+ (At least that is our guess). 4GB of RAM is also expected to come on board the motherships. As you can see in the leaks, the Note 5 will get a design overhaul and what seems to be a spring lock S-pen design.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

We are expecting the same great UHD displays we know and love on each device. Rumors point to the Note 5 doing away with a big battery and trading it for a smaller non-removable version. The memory is also rumored to disappear as well. So either you can take it as a loss or a minor inconvenience. We shall see at today’s event.

0 1131

HTC isn’t doing bad, the company is doing terrible. In fact, terrible can’t even describe the financial situation that HTC is facing. The Taiwanese company shares hit a ten-year low, and is currently diving at the moment. Because of the brands shares hitting a record low, it is having a negative impact on the brands value.

htc-one-m9_silver_left

The company’s shareholders no longer values the brand as it has literally no value for them. HTC’s market value fell below what the company had in cash, which is NT$47.2 Billion. Due to the massive 60% loss of stock value, the stockholders no longer values the company.

To put things into perspective, let’s show you how things went from 100 to zero for HTC quick. Back in 2011, HTC was worth NT$900 Billion and was one of the leading smartphone manufactures. Barely four years later, the company is now worth less than the taxes it probably owes their government.

The company plans to do the necessary to keep afloat. That means slim down the number of phones they currently have on the market, discount devices, lay off employees, and spend less capital as possible.

“We think these efforts are not enough to turn HTC around in the next two years. HTC has little chance to compete with iPhone and Samsung given limited resources, and might continue to lose shares to Chinese brands in mid/low-end segment.”

~Birdy Lu, an analyst with Deutsche Bank AG

Bloomberg

0 1118

In an effort to compete with T-Mobiles Un-Carrier moves, Verizon decided to do something that is quite Un-Carrier like. VZW has decided to get rid of two year contracts. For those who are pulling their hair out should actually rejoice over the move.

verizon

AT&T and T-Mobile has already made the moves from contracts to month to month plans. Now VZW is moving towards the idea. Gone are the single line plans. Why? Because it’s all about the data. Users will have to first pay for their access line fees, which are down for the most part, but the fees for the data is slightly up (So don’t go thinking you’re about to save anything).

Adding phone access will cost you $20 every month per line. If you want a tablet or hotspot, it will cost you $10 per month. For any smartwatch, it will cost you $5, which in my opinion is quite petty, but we will let it slide for now.

The data bucket will include four options; 1GB, 3GB, 6GB, or 12GB of shared data. The latter will cost $30, $45, $60, and $80 per month respectively. For those who don’t use as much data like single lines, 1-3 GB will be rather appealing. 6-12 GB of shared data will most likely be for a family.

We knew contracts were eventually going to be a thing of the past. T-Mobile started this two years ago with their JUMP plans. This is good for the consumer because there is much more transparency. Two year agreements were always higher than month to month plans, and ended up forcing the customer to pay more for their phones over the two year course. This shift will however come with a caveat as there will no longer be deals for phones from carriers. Customers will now either have to pay full price for their device, or split the cost over a two year course. This means that phone subsidies has now turned into car financing.

TheVerge

0 1266

The Tesla Model X has been delayed long enough. Tesla is now beginning to ship the CUV to its customers. The company is expecting to ship over 12,000 vehicles by the end of Q3 of this year. That is a big number considering it being a 60% increase from last year, despite the small number of Model X crossovers. It was already predicted that there will be a short supply of Model X vehicles this year.

Tesla_Model_X_(8403033571)

Tesla is having supplier bottlenecks, even though the company has been ramping up production. According to the companies SEC filing, the company is reaching out to other suppliers to keep the production going.

“We are still testing the ability of many suppliers to deliver high quality production parts in quantities sufficient to meet our planned production ramp. Since production ramps rapidly late in Q4, a one-week push out of this ramp due to an issue at even a single supplier could reduce Model X production by approximately 800 units for the quarter,”

~Tesla SEC Filing

On top of the short supply of parts, Tesla is also having assembly line production problems as well. As it turns out, the Model S and Model X has to come off the same assembly line. Whereas other companies such as Ford create multiple plants for different vehicles, Tesla does not have the luxury to do that. However, this is something to expect for a new car company. You have to crawl before you can walk.

Forbes

0 1396

It was bound to happen, we just didn’t know when. The moves this carrier was doing was just impossible to forget. We were on the tip of our chairs just waiting for it to be official. It was like waiting for the light to turn green. As of today, T-Mobile is the third largest carrier in the United States.

group-xew5f7k5m3d9hh3z

As of today, Sprint reported its latest earnings report which showed a gain of 675,000 new users in the first quarter. That may sound like a lot, but that dwarfs in the eyes of T-Mobile. The magenta company has reported a gain of a jaw dropping 2 million customers in the same quarter. That makes out to 57 million customers on Sprint and 58.9 million customers on T-Mobile.

Sprint claims that they only lost 12,000 postpaid subscribers in the second quarter, but last year the company lost over 620,000 postpaid subscribers. Sprint may have gained 310,000 postpaid subscribers during the quarter, but in the same quarter last year, the company bled 181,000 postpaid subscribers.

Thanks to T-Mobile applying pressure to carriers, the company has been disrupting the smartphone game. Sprint has been trying to play it, but it’s been having a hard time finding the cheat codes to beat it. Sprint has been quite busy on the contrary, restructuring RadioShack stores to complete their “Store-within-a-store” concept. Unfortunately only 25% of those stores have been complete with the rest to be complete by the end of this year. With T-Mobile’s aggressive advertising, affordable pricing, NEXT plans, and faster network with more consistent 4G LTE offerings, it’s hard to pass up such a good offering just to get with another company that is still building its network.

Yahoo

0 1237

Blass has such a long track record of being correct when it comes to leaked photos, that if this one is fake, then I’m sure pigs can fly. If big phones are the name of the game, then Samsung has something in store for us. Leaked just a couple of days ago was the Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus. While both bear a striking resemblance, the S pen will set both of them apart.

Galaxy-Note-5-specs-leak

A clear eye may see the curvaceous body of the S6 Edge+ setting itself apart from the flat display of the Note 5, but that’s just the beginning. While they both sport non-removable parts such as the memory and battery, they both with feature different processors. The Snapdragon 808 will be found on the S6 Edge+ while the Note 5 will feature the 8 core Exynos 7420 SoC with 4GB of RAM. The Note 5 will also have a 32GB or 64GB offering with a 16 MP camera and 5 MP rear facing shooter. The display will grow to 5.66″ and keep the same 2560 x 1440 QHD display.

Both phones will take high end to a new level. Previously, the Note series was encased in plastic. Samsung found out that selling a $700 device riddled with a cheap design doesn’t make out to a luxury device. Now, Samsung is getting rid of the cheap plastic and encasing their devices in premium material such as aluminum and glass. However, this new design will sacrifice the battery and memory card expansion. The S6 Edge+ on the contrary will offer up a device that will give customers an option to do away without the S-Pen. Expect the unveiling on August 13th.

Forbes

0 1078

There’s only one smartphone in town that’s making other smartphones look bad. You can buy an iPhone 6 for $699 or a OnePlus 2 for $329. Speaking of the OnePlus, it is a smartphone that took the world by storm. Overshadowing what the Nexus series built, it was a low cost smartphone that featured specs from the likes of $700 devices. With the OnePlus Two, it takes low cost smartphones to another level.

Camera-650-80

The OnePlus Two features a 1080p display that’s 5.5 inches. While the screen is not changed from last year’s model, everything else about it had. The Snapdragon 810 from Qualcomm is now on board, making it the cheapest octo-core processor smartphone you can buy on a 64-bit architecture. It also has 3GB of RAM on board. 16GB of non-expandable storage is on board. All of this can be yours for $329. However, if that isn’t enough, you can upgrade in a big way. For just a measly $60 more, you can opt for a OnePlus Two with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of memory. If you wanted to upgrade an iPhone, it will cost more money and Apple will not provide that much RAM, so the price is extremely justifiable. A 13 MP camera with OIS and dual LED flash is on board with a 5 MP front facer.

Rear covers-650-80

The OnePlus Two received major upgrades when it came to hardware and software. The device has a USB-C connector as well as a fingerprint senor. Android Lollipop is also on board. The OnePlus Two will also come with wooden back options as well. Most of the features will make you think of the Motorola devices for a quick second. The only thing the device is lacking is wireless charging.

The device still lacks the ability to buy it through stores. Just like last year, you will have to purchase this device through an invite only system. However, this device is able to be shipped much faster than before. So, purchasing this device seems like a no brainer, if you can get One.

TechRadar

0 894

Motorola had a big day yesterday. The ex-Google company introduced four incredible devices that were made to appeal to everybody and every budget. The Moto X Style, the Moto X Pure Edition, the Moto X Play, and Moto G 2015 edition will be making their marks this year.

 MotXPlay-Lite-PDP-Hero-Desktop-CAfbiu220i_678x452

Motorola’s most affordable device will still stand out from the budget crowd. The Moto G 2015 edition will start at $179.99 off contract. It will include 1 GB of RAM and 8GB of memory. For $219.99 you can get the Moto G with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The new device will be water proof, making Motorola’s new line-up fully water resistant. It will keep the 720p display, however it will have a 5 inch screen instead. The Snapdragon 410 quad core processor from Qualcomm will be included as well.

The Motorola Moto X Play will have undisputed battery life. This device will be for those who are looking for some extra juice. Motorola says that this device will last 2 days. Due to the device having a 3630 mAh battery, we should expect that type of battery life. A 1080p 5.5″ display will be on board. This processor on board is an octo-core, however it is not as powerful as the six core processor on their flagship. This device has a Snapdragon 615 processor. Its best feature may not be the speed, but it is definitely the battery. For $300, you can’t go wrong.

The flagship of Motorola is of course the Pure Edition. It will succeed the Moto X of last year. This device will have a QHD 5.7″ display which is a bit larger than the predecessor. It will have a more powerful Snapdragon 808 which is a six core processor and 3GB of RAM. Even better, this device will be $399 off contract.

Motorola

0 1279

It looks like the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will be coming with a huge upgrade. How do we know? Recently, Model number SM-N920V has undergone a benchmark test on the Geekbench site. Yesterday, the Verizon version of the Note 5 was caught doing a couple of test. The V at the end of the model number revealed that it was the Verizon version.

Galaxy-Note-5-benchmark-geekbench-leak

The benchmark test leaked some pretty juicy specs. Under the hood of the Note 5, you will find Samsung’s own Exynos 7420 8 core processor on a 64-bit SoC with 4GB of RAM. This could possibly be the first smartphone with 4GB of RAM coming to the states. It is also important to know that this test was done by a Note 5 that was running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is expected to be unveiled before August is out. However, we should already have a pretty good idea what the device is going to look like. Expect the Note 5 to have the same characteristics of the S6. The Note 5 will have a battery sealed shut, no more expandable memory, and it will likely start at 32 GB of memory. Expect a September release date as the device is expected to launch early.

Geekbench

%d bloggers like this: