Qualcomm will launch a special chipset for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality applications

Qualcomm will launch a special chipset for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality applications

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Qualcomm has just introduced Snapdragon XR1, designed specifically for VR and AR applications. XR1 is not as powerful as the Snapdragon 800, but it can play 4K resolution at 60 frames per second while being battery efficient. At the same time, the new platform is compatible with Artificial Intelligence algorithms that allow Augmented Reality applications and recognition of objects in the image. Snapdragon XR1 also supports OpenGL, OpenCL and Vulkan, making it a good choice for game developers. The XR1 is also compatible with the 3D Audio Suite, Qualcomm Aqstic Audio, Qualcomm aptX Audio, which offers great hi-fi experiences and "always-listening" for digital assistance.
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LG G7 ThinQ – First impressions

LG G7 ThinQ – First impressions

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Finally, it's time to upgrade my old LG G4 with a new smartphone. Folks at LG have finally manage to come up with a new and attractive design. Let's be honest. The LG G6 and especially the LG G5 struggled a bit. But I do believe that the company learned and they've returned with a flagship that's definitely a win: the LG G7. What's to like about this smartphone? Well, I should probably begin with the main dual camera system with artificial intelligence and image stabilization. Then, I should continue with the powerful processor, the large display with custom notch, the 7.1 surround and "Boom Box" stereo speakers. LG claims that LG G7 ThinQ has the best multimedia speaker on the market today. LG G7 uses the same processor that's…
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Sony introduced the Xperia XZ2 Premium. Here’s what’s cool about it

Sony introduced the Xperia XZ2 Premium. Here’s what’s cool about it

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Just two months after launching the Xperia XZ2, Sony is introducing the premium version of this device with even better specifications. Xperia XZ2 Premium has one of the best screens that you will find on a smartphone in terms of screen resolution: it features a 4K HDR display. In addition, the smartphone features a dual camera system and lens with superior sensitivity, so it can shoot pictures even in the dark. The videos can be recorded up to 4K HDR resolution. Unlike the Xperia XZ2 model, the Premium version comes with a slightly larger 5.8-inch screen, 3.450 mAh battery, 6GB of RAM and more powerful cameras. We find a 19MP + 12MP dual camera module on the back, the first sensor being used for shooting color images and the second…
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Smartphones with the best battery life in 2018

Smartphones with the best battery life in 2018

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Let's forget about the specs for a minute and talk about a topic that's sometimes crucial for us: the battery life. If you want to buy smartphone with good battery, you should know that there are few choices available. Let's face it! One of the biggest issues of today smartphones is low battery life. Thus, most smartphones need to be loaded once a day or even several times a day. In order to have a device that will last you through the day, you need to understand that there are many factors involved. It is not always about battery size. There are other factors involved: screen quality, software and various optimizations that can quickly protect or consume the battery. PhoneArena tested most smartphones in 2018 in order to find top…
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How tough is Samsung Galaxy S9+

How tough is Samsung Galaxy S9+

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The release of Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ created a real buzz on the Internet. To tell you the truth, this is probably the first time when I want to get a Samsung phone so badly. But leaving all hardware specs aside, how tough is the Galaxy S9+ in terms of physical endurance? The TechRax vlogger subjected a Galaxy S9+ to an extreme resistance test. In the following video we can see how a Galaxy S9+ behaves when it is hit with a dagger, then with a hammer. Even though the screen resists pretty well when it is hit with the tip of a knife, the paint on the edge goes off very fast. The back resists pretty well when the dagger strikes, but it cracks completely when…
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Is Nokia 9 the best flagship of 2018?

Is Nokia 9 the best flagship of 2018?

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Nokia is back in business! This year, HMD Global will launch two other premium smartphones: Nokia 9 and Nokia 8 Pro. After introducing several gadgets to MWC 2018, including a premium smartphone, Nokia 8 Sirocco, HMD will launch a new flagship. According to Pocket Lint, this is Nokia 9, a flagship that has been expected since last year. The smartphone will be introduced this year, and according to Nokia Power User experts it will be the hottest flagship of 2018. Nokia 9 will feature a Snapdragon 845 processor, a five-lens camera, and other innovations. The smartphone could have a fingerprint sensor integrated into the screen. The new smartphone will have a screen of 5.7 inches and will probably be released in September. Besides Nokia 9, the fans of the brand…
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The first images that featured the budget smartphone Huawei P20

The first images that featured the budget smartphone Huawei P20

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The first images that featured the budget version of Huawei's new flagship have surfaced. From the photos of the Huawei P20 lite / P11 lite we can tell that this model has many similarities to the iPhone X. First of all, this new model has an arrangement of dual cameras on the back, placed in a similar way to those on the iPhone. Also on the front face you'll find similarities to Apple's current flagship. Huawei wants to stretch as far as possible the screen of the phone, even at the top, so the display will have a trim similar to the one on the iPhone X to accommodate dual cameras and other sensors. It is true, however, that the model will have a much smaller cut off than the…
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The first 10GB of RAM smartphone

The first 10GB of RAM smartphone

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Recently, Vivo announced the launch of Xplay7, its first smartphone with a fingerprint sensor integrated into the screen. According to unofficial information, Vivo will launch a huge 10GB of RAM smartphone. This specification could be found on the new Xplay7 smartphone. It is set out to be the company's next flagship. Besides the presumed huge amount of RAM, the new phone will include a fingerprint sensor integrated into the screen, just like the X20 Plus UD. It will also sport a 4K resolution screen, it will feature Snapdragon 845 processor and 512GB storage capacity. Many experts do not really believe in these rumors. The information comes from the Weibo social network, where images with the Xplay7 Vivo model specifications have been published. But similar images, published in October 2017, provided…
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X20 PLUS UD: The first smartphone with fingerprint sensor that’s integrated into the screen

X20 PLUS UD: The first smartphone with fingerprint sensor that’s integrated into the screen

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Vivo has announced the date of the official presentation. Their Vivo X20 PLUS UD smartphone will be the first phone in the world to have a fingerprint sensor integrated into the screen. The gadget will be officially introduced today, on January 24 at an event in Beijing. In addition to the sensor that's placed behind the screen, the smartphone will have similar specifications to the old X20 Plus: 6.4 inch AMOLED screen, 18: 9 display, Snapdragon 660 processor. The new smartphone will have a dual camera on its back, 12MP and 5MP. The internal memory will be 4GB RAM and 128GB storage space. According to the information, the smartphone will cost about 510 euros. The GSM Arena has already tested the new phone and says that the integrated screen sensor…
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Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ launch information

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ launch information

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Let's talk about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+. Before the official presentation, information about the storage capacity of the new phones already surfaced on the Internet. Rumors have been launched by a Chinese site (Weibo) and they provide details on the RAM and storage capacity of new smartphone models. Thus, according to the GSM Arena, the Galaxy S9 will be available in 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory, respectively 128GB internal memory. Instead, the larger version, the Galaxy S9+, will feature 6GB of RAM and 64GB / 128GB or 256GB of storage space. There is another interesting detail that should be taken into consideration: a report coming from China makes a brief reference to a smartphone model with 512GB storage space. It seems that it will not be…
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