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Essential Phone will be Exclusive to Sprint in the U.S.

Essential Phone will be Exclusive to Sprint in the U.S.

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US Carrier Sprint has plans of showing off the Essential Phone across thousands of their Sprint stores in the USA. Co-founder of the Android platform; Andy Rubin created the Essential Phone which we covered here. The Essential Phone is a beauty to look at with a unique edge to edge display panel that rivals even that of the Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship models. Andy Rubin has made the Essential Phone available for purchase (unlocked) directly from his companies website. The Essential Phone has the ability to connect to most carriers around the world. It certainly supports the four major carriers in the U.S. If you choose to purchase the Essential Phone from a Sprint store it will be locked to the Sprint network.

Niccolo de Masi, president of Essential explained to USA Today the reason why the company chose Sprint as its exclusive carrier partner.

“We like to bet with where we think the market is going as opposed to where the market was. I feel like we are a new brand and a new consumer electronics company and we are partnering with the network of the future.

It’s certainly conscious for us to work with partners that can make an investment in supporting our brand ambitions…(and) it’s an approach that obviously Andy Rubin has been very successful with in the past as well as a lot of our management team.”

Andy Rubin also has a close relationship withe SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son. The telecommunications company owns 83% of Sprint so it is not difficult to draw the lines. Sprint has stated that the Essential Phone will be clearly shown in all of its retail stores and will give the device its own “premium stage”. The Essential Phones will not come with Sprint branding.

There are no news just yet as to the release date for these fantastic devices in the Sprint retail stores but it should come soon. The Essential Phone costs 699$ unlocked and shipping will begin by the end of this month.

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A Larger Google Pixel XL may be on it’s way

A Larger Google Pixel XL may be on it’s way

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Google seems to be jumping on the “larger is better” bandwagon alongside Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ and the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Though it may not be a direct replica of the Pixel and though it will not be called the Google Pixel XXL, it will be a second generation Pixel device nonetheless.

According to internal rumors from Google, the company is planning to release their second generation Pixel phone in a larger format (larger display). A project called “Muskie” was supposed to be the next big thing after the Pixel XL. However, with that now gone we are left with another project called “Taimen”. Rumors seem to indicate that Taimen is a larger display (and larger bodied) smartphone compared to what Muskie was supposed to be. It seems that what ever Taimen will look like it will have the chassis of “Muskie” but with a larger screen.

While all this is happening Google is also gearing up to release a smaller second-generation Pixel device. This should be announced by Google soon this year. The code name for this project is “Walleye”.

These days Google seems to be taking a fancy to codenaming their projects after water dwelling creatures.

The iPhone 8 May Beat the Note 8

The iPhone 8 May Beat the Note 8

 

There has been rumors going around that suggests that Apple will be integrating a fingerprint sensor into its display. While this has been going around, Samsung’s Note 8 is expected to be released later this year. Samsung’s upcoming flagship model is deemed not to come with a fingerprint sensor under the display panel. We had been receiving various news about how the Note 8 would match the iPhone 8 in terms of this feature. If these rumors are true then Samsung fan’s may be quite disappointed. galaxy-note-8-schematics-leak-2

A new Galaxy Note 8 schematic shows a drawing that indicates a dual camera set up that also comes with a dual led flash module at the back. There seems to be a dual speaker system (one on top and one on the bottom). A 3.5mm headphone jack is still seen along with the obvious inclusion of the S Pen stylus in the body. Amongst the surprising camera set up there is an additional feature that seems to suggest that the fingerprint sensor will be placed on the back of the Note 8. This basically dispells all rumors suggesting that the finger print sensor will be found under the display.

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If you look a bit closer, you will see a circle found on the back. This will undoubtedly be the fingerprint sensor since the home button (via a pressure sensitive strip) is found under the display at the bottomside already. To further cement this an anonymous Samsung executive has stated that the Galaxy Note 8 will not have a under the display fingerprint scanner.

If the rumors for the Apple iPhone 8 supporting under-the-display fingerprint sensors hold true then the iPhone will take the cake in that department when these flagships are released. It is true, however, that integrating such a feature under the display is quite hard and we wonder if Apple will be able to deliver such a feature in 2017. We can certainly see it come true in 2018 and beyond if proven difficult this time around.

As Apple paid Samsung a huge sum of money to purchase their AMOLED panels we expect the iPhone 8 to finally sport an bezel-less display design like the S8.

How to Improve your Galaxy S8 / S8+’s Battery Life

How to Improve your Galaxy S8 / S8+’s Battery Life

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The battery life on the S8 and S8+ is already great. However, it is not the best compared to some phones out there. Regardless, the S8 and S8+ will easily power through the day with juice still left in the tank at the end of it. Samsung’s new take on their Touchwiz (now called Grace UX) is much cleaner compared to the past and their software implementation’s are pretty good. They have included many features and functions to give the user choice in the whole power usage matter within their own phones. Here we present some points which can help you make the most out of your Galaxy S8 / S8+.

Power Saving Features

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Android has had it for years but Samsung improved upon this by giving users a large range of choices. By choice we mean fine tuning and tweaking. Simply go to Settings > Device Maintenance > Battery to find this function. Here you can toggle on or off it’s different variations of the power saving mode. You also have the option of toggling on or off the power saving mode via your notification shade (in the quick settings area).

Most people don’t really touch the extreme power saving modes which cuts the power to your engines by half amongst many other things. We recommend doing what most others do; figure out the middle ground. The “MID” option will decrease your brightness, lower the screen resolution, limit the CPU performance, and also disable background data and network usage. The Always On Display will also be disabled. You can actually modify this so that it does all that except maybe the CPU performance stays the same etc.

To create a more customised power saving option, just hit “CUSTOMISE”. You will then be able to mix and match your preferred power saving functions rolled into one toggle. This is a fantastic addition by Samsung.

You can also put apps to sleep by long pressing an icon on the home launcher and tapping “Sleep”. The app will go to sleep and not be able to eat your battery. This is actually found to be very effective.

Clean Up your Apps

Phone’s with a ton of app’s tend to bog down your phone and also increase the usage of the battery. Make sure you uninstall unused apps to not only free up space but to prevent it from going rogue and sipping on your battery over time. Even if you don’t use these apps they can still use your battery.

To do this go to Settings and then Apps and scroll through all your apps and uninstall them as you see fit.

Remember that uninstalling is not a permanent good bye, you can always re install them again from the Playstore.

It is also important to make check through your apps and make sure there are no power-sucking apps. You can check this by going to Settings > Device Maintenance > Battery. The app power monitor within will list all your apps in order from the most power hungry app to the least.  If you notice that your battery % is dropping faster than usual, one of the apps may be the culprit.

The best way to go about this is to use your phone for about a week at least. Then check this section time to time at the end of the day to figure out what uses your battery the most. We found that Facebook is usually a bad offender and will drain your phone more than usual. You can give limits to apps (to prevent data usage) and to prevent your phone from waking up (even with the display off).

The Android OS will put any apps that have been untouched for a period of time to sleep. This should automatically help with the whole battery saving scene.

Screen Resolution Options

Screen resolution will help in conserving battery life. Your phone comes with a WQHD+ display panel which absolutely eats batteries up compared to lower res displays. Interestingly, Samsung included the option to select between HD+, FHD+, and WQHD+ display settings. This effectively changes the resolution to the corresponding resolutions.  HD+ will save the most power but makes your display a little less pleasant to look at (due to pixellations). We recommend sticking to FHD+ as it means that the CPU does not have to process as much as it would on the WQHD+ setting.

Those who do not care for the content of the phone can certainly choose the HD+ setting.

Wi-Fi & Bluetooth

A big culprit to battery usage could be attributed to Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth. These two functions are essential to most people in the world today as it enables wireless user experiences and connectivity to the internet. However, if you keep the settings on without connecting the device to a Wi-Fi access point or some bluetooth device, they will keep auto searching (using up your power) for the nearest WiFi or Bluetooth. Make sure you turn them off manually when not in use.

Battery Pack

Despite all of the options provided above, it may not be enough for certain users. There are heavy users who are on the smartphones non stop. If you see yourself as a heavy user then we recommend getting a battery pack. These comes in all shapes and sizes. Some are in the form of a case, while others are literal juice packs that you can carry and plug into your S8 / S8+ to charge them on the go.

The downside to having these battery packs is bulk and weight. They do add up. However, it is pretty good sacrifice (since your phone is light anyways) for those who are looking for longer term usages.

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Telus now rolling out Quad-Band LTE-A service starting with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

Telus now rolling out Quad-Band LTE-A service starting with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

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Telus just rolled out their firmware update for the S8 and S8+ smartphone devices that has been labeled as a “network enhancements and bug fix update”. However, what this actually means is that Telus included support for their new Quad-Band LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) data networks. LTE-A quad’s theoretical speeds can reach speeds of up to 750 Megabits per second (Mbps).

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In real life usage users will experience download data speeds ranging between 22 to 174 Mbps. Bell Canada released support for the new upgraded service at the end of April.

Telus stated that they are “the first network in North America capable of delivering quad-band LTE Advanced (LTE-A) services [starting with] the Samsung Galaxy S8.”

Let us know if you see any crazy speeds occurring over the next few months starting today!bell-shop-2

Moto Z2 Play Unveiled with New Moto Mods!

Moto Z2 Play Unveiled with New Moto Mods!


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Good:

  • Awesome battery life (which is increased with the Moto Mod Battery Pack option)
  • Mods work very well with good usefulness
  • finger print scanner received a lot of love as it got upgraded with Gesture Touch
  • Processor enables smooth and fast operation and gaming

Bad:

  • The OnePlus 3T or even the upcoming OnePlus 5 will be its main competitor
  • The Mods do not all fit together perfectly
  • The Phone NEEDS Modes on otherwise it looks weird

Quick Specs Sheet:

  • Body:
    • 156.2 x 76.2 x 6 mm (6.15 x 3.00 x 0.24 in)
    • 145 g (5.11 oz)
    • Splash and Dust Resistant
  • Screen:
    • Super AMOLED 5.5 inch (~70.1% screen to body)
    • 1920 x 1080 (~401 ppi pixel density)
    • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Internal Specs:
    • Android 7.1.1
    • Qualcomm MSM8953-Pro (Snapdragon 626)
    • Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
    • GPU: Adreno 506
    • Memory: 3GB RAM+32 GB internal storage /OR/ 4GB RAM+64GB internal storage (micro SD available in both versions)
  • Camera:
    • 12 MP, f1.7 PDAF rear camera + 5 MP f/2.0 front facing camera
  • Others:
    • 3.5mm Headphone Jack
    • USB Type-C
    • Fingerprint sensor (mounted on front)
    • 3,000 mAh battery with Fast Charge
    • Available Colors: Lunar Gray, Fine Gold, Nimbus Blue

 

Since Motorola was bought by Lenovo, the company has been on a track for modular smartphones. The new Moto Z2 Play is a mid range smartphone from the company that comes with brand new Moto Mod accessories.

Last August, the Moto Z Play (1st generation) was introduced as a chunky, mid-range, version of the Moto Z. The Z2 on the other hand has a much thinner body profile measured at 5.99mm. The fingerprint sensor doubles as a gesture navigation sensor.

The specs are quite good with a 5.5 inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 626 processor, 4GB of RAM and microSD expansion. Oh look, the phone even has a 3.5mm headphone jack! The battery did shrink, however, down to 3,000mAh from 3510mAh due to the thinner body.

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On the camera front we see a huge boost in low light capabilities thanks to a wide aperture of f/1.7 and a f/2.0 front facing camera.

Alongside the Z2 Play Motorola has also launched four new Moto Mods. There is the JBL Sound Boost 2 (Retail:$79), the TurboPower Pack ($79), Moto GamePad ($79), and the Moto Shells + wireless charging ($39). As you may have guessed it the Sound Booster pack does just that; increases sound quality and loudness, while the TurboPower Pack gives you more juice for the battery. The GamePad is reminiscent to Logitechs gamepad dock offering for iPhone’s gaming ecosystem and the Moto Shell wireless charging enables wireless charging for the device.

The smartphone itself costs $499 but if you are the type who buys all the official accessories you will definitely see the costs add up. The Moto Z2 Play is set to launch in July alongside most of the Moto Mod accessories. The Moto GamePad will be delayed till summer.

 

 

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Samsung’s Mesh Wi-Fi Solution Connect Home Smart has now launched with a Price of $169, July 2

Samsung’s Mesh Wi-Fi Solution Connect Home Smart has now launched with a Price of $169, July 2

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Samsung’s own mesh Wi-Fi offering is the “Connect Home” system. This was announced alongside the S8 and S8+ but barely anyone looked at it because of the hype that is the S8 and S8+. A few months later we are given a launch date and pricing details for the Smart Home mesh Wi-Fi solution. Connect Home will be exclusively launched through Best Buy and pre orders have begun on June 4. The launch date is July 2 at Best Buy followed by a nationwide retail launch starting July 14.

Mesh Wi-Fi solutions are versatile due to the fact that you can buy one, two, or even up to five of these Wi-Fi routers. Each unit is sold for $169 or $379.99 for a three pack. A “Pro” version is available for users who need their routers to handle high bandwidths which costs $249 each but it offers a 4×4 MIMO connectivity feature and a fast processor included.

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One of these units will be able to cover up to 1500 sq ft while the three pack can cover up to 4500 sq ft of space. Five units can cover up to 7500 sq ft of coverage in your home or office.

The pricing of Samsung’s mesh Wi-Fi is higher than that of Google’s own Wi-Fi offerings while it performance wise it is not high end like the Eero systems. However, Samsung is betting on a “smart home” experience on top of the standard Wi-Fi functionality provided. Connect Home has been given an upgrade with “SmartThings hub” which connects to your smart home. If you own any SmartThings enabled devices connecting that device to your home network or office network is a snap.

User’s who need a fast setup for their SmartThings devices may find this feature super useful as it eliminates the need for additional hubs, connectors, or expensively fancy mesh Wi-Fi systems

 

Have you seen the Essential Phone yet?

Have you seen the Essential Phone yet?

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Introducing the Essential Phone. This new creation was built by the same man who co founded Android itself. Now the Essential Phone which is powered by Android is quite ambitious as a project. It utilizes a strange display (that seems to have taken a page out of LG’s book) and a new modular system.

This phone will retail for $699 and it packs all of the high-end specs and phone features. Just take a look at the images in this post and you can immediately see whats up. The display is pretty edge-to-edge but it also goes all the way to the top of the phone (even the S8 does not do that). The bezel at the bottom of the phone is still there. The front-facing camera, however, awkwardly stands out randomly on this otherwise flush display.

The Essential launches in the US first and it supports all the major carrier radio bands. The device runs on Qualcomm’s 835 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. The phone does not even have its logo or branding anywhere on the device!

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The Essential is a well made device built of a ceramic back and a titanium base body. These materials stand up pretty well against drops and bumps. The Essential Phone ships with the new standard USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and also LTE support for all major US Carriers. The fingerprint sensor is found on the back of the device.

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An important note to make is that the Essential Phone does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack built in. The company has mentioned that there will be a headphone dongle included in the box. We aren’t really sure how people will take the news.

An 8 MP front facing camera is found at the front and top but invades the display panel a bit and it has two 13 MP camera’s at the back beside a magnetic mod connection port. The phone runs on a 3,040 mAh battery that supports fast charge.

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The magnetic connection part of the back of the phone supports various accessories such as a $199 mini 360-degree camera (that features dual 12 MP fisheye lenses that does 4K). This modular system is different from all the other offerings we have seen in the past as the phone uses 60GHz WiGig to wirelessly transfer data from the camera and also the pins themselves transfer power to the accessory.

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Essential Phone will come in Black Moon, PureWhite, Stellar Grey and Ocean Depths color options. Ocean depths is a teal-ish color that will come at a later date.

You can reserve the Essential Phone in the link below.

Reserve for the Essential Phone

 

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The Galaxy Note 8 Rumors Round Up!

The Galaxy Note 8 Rumors Round Up!

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note series created the phablet category several years ago. Manufacturers all initially scoffed at Samsung for pushing their first Note but a few years later they all started to copy Samsung because of their success in the category. Many began to realize just how useful it is to own a big screen with a slim body for a smartphone as media consumption becomes efficient and integral in our societies. The Note series always heralded the best of the best from the manufacturer: the best display, the most efficient size (while keeping a large display), the best specs and it always went toe to toe against Samsung’s biggest rival: Apple inc. All was well for the company for a long time until the Note 7 happened. It was a beast of a smartphone with a sexy new design and many raved about how awesome it was, that is, until it was recalled twice due to a battery based fire hazard. It has been several months since and the company created from scratch a new 8 point Battery Safety check program which includes a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to that promise. We believe that Samsung dealt with the fatal mistake in a wise manner and turns out there are still a multitude of consumers who are looking forward to Samsung’s next best Note smartphone.

Enter 2017 and we are slowly approaching the months where the next Note phone is typically unveiled (August). We are quite excited with the current set of rumors floating on the internet about the upcoming Galaxy Note 8. Lets dive in.

When can we expect it to be released?

Of course, no one really knows when the Note 8 will be released this year. This is in part especially due to the problems of the Note 7. Samsung may be working extra hard to ensure that the Note 8 not only provides a wow factor to people but also relay a sense of trust in their products again. Below we posted all of the previous Galaxy Note release date’s:

 

  • Samsung Galaxy Note – Announced Oct 27, 2011 | Released Oct 29, 2011
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Announced Aug 29, 2012 | Released Sep 26, 2012
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – Announced Sep 4, 2013 | Released Sep 25, 2013
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – Announced Sep 3, 2014 | Released Oct 17, 2014
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5 – Announced Aug 13, 2015 | Released Aug 21, 2015
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 – Announced Aug 2, 2016 | Released Aug 19, 2016

Normally, Samsung unveiled their Note’s at the Berlin IFA tradeshow during September, but the last two Note announcements were made in August. Most likely it will be either August or September when we will see the first glimpses of the Note 8. However, there are also rumors floating around which suggest that there is an unknown Galaxy X device that is in the works and is most likely launched prior to the launch of the next Note phone. Potentially, due to the “Galaxy X” the Note 8’s launch may be delayed by a few months.=

Design Rumors

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The Galaxy Note series always introduced exciting changes as if they were breaking new frontiers. The S8 already provided some exciting changes to the whole Samsung design language. This includes a new “Infinity Display” that pretty much eliminates a lot of the bezel’s, and also the removal of the classic Samsung home button in favor of a pressure sensitive home button on screen. It is possible that the Note 8 will fix a lot of what is wrong with the S8 such as the misplaced finger print sensor (which is found at the top of the phone beside the rear camera).

In terms of the display, the Note 8 is most likely receiving a larger display panel compared to the S8+ but at a small increase. We’re also expecting an upgrade to 4K displays to assist in an improved VR experience. Thanks to the infinite display creating a 6.2 inch + display on a slim and small body is a possibility. If not, then it can retain the already awesome QHD+ resolution found on the S8 and S8+.

Other than the obvious transfer of existing technology (bixby, iris scanner, fingerprint, Knox, etc.) the Note 8 will also adopt the all screen, no bezel design.

The Korean Herald news company has been reporting that the company (Samsung) is actually developing a finger print sensor that would work under the display itself. This may show up for the Note 8.

The Galaxy S8 incorporates Samsung’s new battery which sees a lot less decay in battery life at about 5% compared to 20% decay after one year on the S7 Edge. The Note 8 is expected to receive the same treatment or better to help alleviate any fears of battery problems. This is also provided on top of Samsung’s new 8 Point Battery Safety check program to ensure priority in public safety.

The IP68 water and dust resistance rating will most likely also make its way to the Note 8. This means that the phone can with stand water leakage while submerged at a maximum depth of 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes.

The S Pen will make a glorious return with either the same high pressure sensitivity found on the Note 7 or better.

What’s New?

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A dual camera module is expected to make it’s way into the Note 8. Samsung kept the same camera module found on the s7 Edge into their S8 line up but that was because there was no need to upgrade an already awesome camera that excels in low light photography. The dual camera can feature either two different focal lengths (one wide, one tele) with two different apertures (f1.7 + f2.8) or it could be one camera unit with a wide aperture that functions as one unit to produce fantastic images.

Specs

The Note 8 is expected to come with a display a bit bigger than 6.2 inches which is understandable thanks to the next generation “Infinity Display”. The display may come in 4K resolutions or possibly the same QHD+ display as the S8+ has. The chipset inside will be either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 PRO or a Samsung custom-built Exynos 8995 chip if you live outside of the West. Both chips are fabricated on the highly efficient 10nm FINFETT process, this means more power efficiency while using the same or less power.

Samsung usually has the tendency to include extra specs in their Note phones (such as the new IRIS scanner last year). We know for certain that the iris scanner will be made available, as well with the finger print scanner. We believe Samsung may be able to integrate an “under the display” finger print sensor instead of having it way up high beside the back camera.

The Note 8 will also come with an S-Pen stylus which they are known for that supports precise tracking and writing.

6 GB of RAM is expected alongside a 128 GB internal storage option on top of a 64 GB storage.

Cost

The cost of Samsung flagship phones have been on the rise lately and they are not cheap. We expect costs of above 1017$ CAD for the Note 8 or about 800$ USD in the USA. However, high costs shouldn’t come as a surprise by now for Samsung powered flagship phones.