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You may have never heard of the Cellebrite UFED (Universal Forensic Extraction Device), but it’s used by the police, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, etc. on smartphones, memory cards and more. Typically, current models cost around $15,000, but cybersecurity researcher Matthew Hickey managed to pick up several UFEDs from eBay for just $100 each. He found details on what phones law enforcement officials searched, when they were accessed and the data retrieved. Read more for a video showing how it works.
It’s official, HMD Global will release the Nokia 9 PureView smartphone on March 3rd in the US, priced at $599. What sets this handset apart from others announced at Mobile World Congress is its rear penta-camera setup with ZEISS optics. Two of those five shoot RGB, while the others monochrome. How does it work? When you snap a photo, each of the five cameras shoots a different exposure, and then all that information is combined into a final shot, and since each lens automatically adjusts the exposure across the scene—as opposed to single focal point—you’ll get a wide dynamic range, as well as enhanced detail. Plus, you can also shoot RAW images,capture 4K HDR video, and there’s even a 20MP front-facing camera. Read more for another video and additional information.
If you’re in the market for a new high-end smartphone and are on the fence about the new Samsung Galaxy Fold, this 4-minute demonstration should clear up some of your questions. You get to see it running a variety of apps, including Instagram, Google Maps, Netflix, and even mobile games. What really stands out is Samsung’s DeX software that enables the handset to connect to a display via USB-C and be used like a desktop computer of sorts. Ready to get your hands on the $1,980 handset? You’ll have to wait until April 26th. Read more for a comparison of the Huawei Mate X and Samsung Galaxy Fold.
The GPD Win 2 is a handheld computer that not only runs Windows 10, but allows you to play Overwatch just about anywhere. Despite its size, this device packs a 6-inch SHARP display, Intel Core Kaby Lake m3-7Y30 processor, Intel HD Graphics 615, 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 128GB M.2 SSD, and two 4900mAh high-capacity, high-density polymer lithium batteries good for around 6~8 hours on a single charge. More information. Read more for a video review and additional information.
Priced at $400 and more than many unlocked smartphones, the Punkt MP02 is designed as a mobile detox device offering only the most basic of features. In addition to calling and texting, this 88g device boasts 4G LTE connectivity, WiFi tethering for your tablet/laptop, microUSB charging, and a simple display with an anti-reflective coating. “I founded Punkt to offer a viable alternative for those feeling overwhelmed by the advanced technologies that have pervaded modern lifestyles. If anyone wants to talk to me, they can give me a call. Other forms of communication, for example email or social media, are available when I choose to use them – and via a linked device that allows me to use them more effectively,” said Petter Neby, founder of Punkt. Read more for a detailed hands-on video, additional pictures and information.
RAVPower’s 26800 Portable Charger lets you charge 3 devices simultaneously, and it’s being offered for $39.99 shipped, today only, originally $61.99. It’s perfect for trips, thanks to its auto-adjusting current and voltage with iSmart 2.0 and Panasonic Smart IC frequency technology. Want to know how much power is left? Just press the Power Button to keep track of your battery life with indicators in 25% increments. Product page. Read more for another video review and additional information.
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Energizer’s Power Max P18K Pop is the world’s first smartphone to pack an 18,000mAh battery, but it comes at a price. Sure, you’ll be able to make 90hrs of calls, listen to 100hrs of music and watch around 2-days of video on a single charge or 50 days is standby mode, but the device is as heavy as a brick. Featuring a 6.2″ FHD+ screen, MediaTek Helio P70 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and five cameras, of which TWO are front-facing in a “pop-up” housing. There’s no pricing information available now, but the handset will launch this summer. Read more for another hands-on video, additional pictures and information.
It’s official, the Sony Xperia 1 is the first smartphone with a 21:9 CinemaWide 6.5” 4K HDR OLED display. Not just great for movies, the expansive 21:9 display offers you a deeper unrestricted view of all your gameplay, while Game Enhancer optimizes the performance and blocks unwanted notifications, as well as allowing you to record gameplay. An advanced triple lens camera (12MP) is perfect for any situation and light conditions: 16mm for wide landscapes, a versatile 26mm lens and a 52mm lens telephoto shooting (35mm equiv.). It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 3,300 mAh battery. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
First unveiled at IFA 2018, the Nubia Alpha’s latest prototypes sport a four-inch, 960×192 OLED display, which is currently the “largest wearable flexible screen in the industry,” according to Visionox, the screen’s manufacturer, and it’s protected by a heat-resistant polymer called Polyimide. It features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, Bluetooth, WiFi, 4G eSIM support, a 5-megapixel camera, and a 500mAH battery, good for between one and two days on a single charge. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
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TCL Communication didn’t want to be left out of the foldable phone craze at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, so they came with their own showcase of mobile phones using their new DragonHinge technology. What this means is that each one of these devices uses a custom flexible AMOLED display from TCL’s sister company, CSOT, and DragonHinge technology, to create a mechanical housing, enabling them to fold and bend in support of a variety of use cases with seamless movement. The first consumer-ready devices are slated to arrive in 2020. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.