A Huawei official says no one needs more than 4GB of RAM in a smartphone

A Huawei official says no one needs more than 4GB of RAM in a smartphone

A Huawei official says no one needs more than 4GB of RAM in a smartphone

It seems like almost every year we see some manufacturer up the ante in terms of smartphone RAM capacity. While 8GB is just beginning to become the baseline in many traditional computers and laptops, phones are catching up surprisingly quickly. Just last year, Vivo unveiled the first device with 6GB of RAM, with other more mainstream manufacturers following along over the course of next year. This trend has continued at a rapid pace, and it doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon.

It seems that Huawei (or least some of its top executives) don’t think that this advancement is necessary, however. In a recent post on the Weibo page of Lao Shi, an executive at the company, Shi discusses that he believes 4GB of RAM is plenty for a phone to run smoothly. He says that many Huawei devices actually run better with 4GB than a 6GB model would, and that the most important thing to do to a smartphone is optimize the operating system to be efficient as possible.

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OnePlus 3 and 3T get Nougat-based Hydrogen OS 3.0 update

OnePlus 3 and 3T get Nougat-based Hydrogen OS 3.0 update

OnePlus 3 and 3T get Nougat-based Hydrogen OS 3.0 update

There’s a new Nougat update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T in town, and it’s not Oxygen. Hydrogen OS 3.0 has just been released for both devices and is also based on Android Nougat. So if you’re the type that likes to switch things up, especially of the official variety, then you can flash the new firmware at your pleasure and see what Nougat looks like from the other side.

The ROM is for the Chinese version of both devices, but you can easily install it yourself from recovery. Of course, no Google apps are included, so you’ll also need to grab a Gapps package of your liking and flash that too if you lose them during the update process. The ROM is only available in Chinese and English languages and there are a few included Chinese apps you’ll need to delete.

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Latest rumor claims camera on Samsung Galaxy S8 can record 1000fps videos

Latest rumor claims camera on Samsung Galaxy S8 can record 1000fps videos

Latest rumor claims camera on Samsung Galaxy S8 can record 1000fps videos

The rumor mill surrounding the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ continues without a break. The latest such unconfirmed report claims that while the rear camera on these flagship phones will only be 12MP, they will include a feature that will allow it to record videos at speeds of up to 1000fps.

The report was first posted on the Korean site Raver, claiming that Samsung will be adding an unknown amount of DRAM into the Galaxy S8’s camera sensor so it will be able to handle that kind of high frame rate recording for videos. In addition, the site claims that the phone will have an 8MP front-facing camera with an autofocus feature. Finally, the rumored iris scanner on the front of the Galaxy S8 will reportedly have its own 3.7MP RGB camera sensor.

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Verizon rumored to launch its own online TV service this summer

Verizon rumored to launch its own online TV service this summer

Verizon rumored to launch its own online TV service this summer

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The already crowded online TV service market in the US may add another competitor sometime this summer. A new report claims Verizon is going to launch its own online TV package with dozens of channels to binge watch on the internet.

The report from Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources, claims that Verizon has been busy acquiring the rights to stream content from a number of TV cable channels for its service. It would be separate from its FiOS cable TV service that is already available in a number of US cities. There’s no word on an exact launch date, and there’s also no info on the channels that will be included, nor any prices for its packages. It’s also unclear if people who are already signed up with FiOS or Verizon Wireless will get any discounts or benefits from this TV service.

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Sprint lowers the price of its unlimited plans but ends its 50 percent discount

Sprint lowers the price of its unlimited plans but ends its 50 percent discount

Sprint lowers the price of its unlimited plans but ends its 50 percent discount

Sprint is lowering the price of its unlimited plans in an effort to better compete with similar offers from its rivals. At the same time, the carrier is also doing away with a popular deal that offered customers who switched over to Sprint from other carriers a way to get half off the price of their older plan.

Sprint’s Unlimited Freedom plan is now just $50 a month for the first line, and that price goes down to $40 a month per line for two lines, and down again to $30 a month per line for four lines. All of those prices are below those offered by AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile’s unlimited plans. However, this new deal from Sprint is not permanent. The fine print says that at the end of June 2018, the prices go up to $60 a month for one line, with an additional $40 a month for a second line, and $30 a month each for the third and fourth line.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 nav bar update adds new ‘full screen’ button

Samsung Galaxy S8 nav bar update adds new ‘full screen’ button

Samsung Galaxy S8 nav bar update adds new ‘full screen’ button

Update: Sam Mobile has noted that the update described below has also added a new prompt just above the navigation bar. The new “button” now reads “tap here to fill entire screen” in apps that don’t natively support the Galaxy S8’s 18.5:9 aspect ratio. While there’s already a button in the app overview menu for that, it seems Samsung felt the need to make the option more explicit.

Samsung has been rolling out Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus updates recently with Bixby improvements and fixes for SD card related issues. The South Korean manufacturer has also just started to roll out the June security patches in Europe and India, and with these comes an update to the navigation bar settings that might not please everyone.

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Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact specs

Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact specs

Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact specs

We’re used to a regular refresh of Sony’s Xperia hardware and it’s no different as IFA this year either. Although the company hasn’t announced a successor to its top of the line Xperia XZ Premium, the new Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact have plenty to offer those looking for premium processing hardware in a smaller package… not forgetting that these two phones are the first to be announced running Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Below you’ll find the full list of Xperia XZ1 Compact and Xperia XZ1 specs:

  Sony Xperia XZ1 Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
Display 5.2-inch Full HD with HDR
1920 x 1080 resolution
423 ppi
4.6-inch 720p Triluminos Display
1280 x 720 resolution
319 ppi
Processor 64-bit octa-core (2.35 GHz Quad + 1.9 GHz Quad) Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 10 nm processor 64-bit octa-core (2.35 GHz Quad + 1.9 GHz Quad) Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 10 nm processor
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
Storage 64 GB
MicroSD expansion up to 256 GB
32 GB
MicroSD expansion up to 256 GB
Cameras Rear camera
– 19 MP 1/2.3″ AF sensor with f/2.0 aperture

Front camera
– 13 MP 1/3.06″ sensor

Rear camera
– 19 MP 1/2.3″ AF sensor with f/2.0 aperture

Front camera
– 8 MP sensor with 120° wide angle

Battery 2,700 mAh
Non-removable
QuickCharge 3.0
Qnovo Adaptive Charging
2,700 mAh
Non-removable
QuickCharge 3.0
Qnovo Adaptive Charging
Water resistance IP68 dust and water resistance IP68 dust and water resistance
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11
LTE Cat 16, 4CA, 4×4 MIMO
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C, 3.1
NFC
DNLA
Wi-Fi 802.11
LTE Cat 15, 4CA, 4×4 MIMO
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C, 2.0
NFC
DNLA
Sensors Accelerometer
Fingerprint Sensor (not in US)
Gyro Sensor
Accelerometer
Fingerprint Sensor (not in US)
Gyro Sensor
SIM Nano SIM
(single or dual market dependant)
Nano SIM
Software Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo
Dimensions and weight 148 x 73 x 7.4mm
156 grams
129 x 65 x 9.3mm
143 grams

Sony’s Compact model in particular has always strived to provide higher-end hardware than your typical small form factor smartphone, so there really doesn’t appear to be too much difference between the Xperia XZ1 and the XZ1 Compact. With the obvious exception of the smaller display and size of the Compact model, and one or two small tweaks to the hardware features, including a slightly smaller amount of storage and a different front camera setup. Intriguingly, both models seem to have exactly the same battery, despite the size differences.

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Download the official Samsung Galaxy S7 wallpapers here

Download the official Samsung Galaxy S7 wallpapers here

Download the official Samsung Galaxy S7 wallpapers here

The Galaxy S7  and Galaxy S7 Edge may not be the latest hotness from Samsung, with the Galaxy S8 and upcoming Note 8 stealing the thunder, but both phones are still very capable and popular even in 2017. Both devices have luxuriously bright and saturated AMOLED displays, perfect for showcasing colorful and detailed wallpapers. But plenty of other new smartphones have displays of equal resolution and brightness and everybody loves a good wallpaper gallery.

So if you want to enjoy the wallpapers the Galaxy S7 wallpapers that came with the S7 and S7 Edge ‘out of the box’ on your own device, you can grab them right here. The images have been converted to jpeg format at 2240x 2240 pixel resolution so you can simply download them and apply them as a wallpaper through your gallery app.

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You can now grab the Daydream View VR headset from the Google Store

You can now grab the Daydream View VR headset from the Google Store

You can now grab the Daydream View VR headset from the Google Store

Back when Google announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, it also took the wraps off some other goodies as well. The recently released Google Home Mini was one, but another was the updated Daydream View VR headset. We weren’t given a release date at the time of the announcement, but it looks like the headset has just gone live. 

You can now head over to the Google Store (link below) and pick up the headset in either Fog, Charcoal, or Coral. If you want yours sooner rather than later, the Charcoal and Coral headsets are expected to ship by October 22, while the Fog headset is back ordered by two to three weeks. 

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