Designed for business and enterprise use, Kyocera’s DuraForce PRO 2 features a 5-inch Sapphire Shield Display, which is virtually scratch proof, and boasts an IP68 rating (to 2m/6.5ft deep water submersion for up to 30 minutes) as well as militaryg-grade 810G for protection against shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity, immersion, temperature shock and icing/freezing rain. It also sports three cameras: a wide-angle 4K rear action camera, 13MP rear-facing camera, and a 5MP front-facing camera, along with a 3,240mAh battery. Read more for a video and additional information.
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This year’s new iPhone lineup has just hit the market, but Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, has just released a report with a few details about next year’s models. Apparently, Apple will still use the same 5.8-inch (OLED), 6.1-inch (LCD) and 6.5-inch (OLED) panels, while either reducing the notch, or completely eliminating it, similar to the new iPad Pro. Other upgrades could include: an A13 processor, improved Face ID sensors, a triple rear cameras setup, and possibly Apple Pencil support. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Several companies have offered sleeves that transform your smartphone into a satellite phone, but the Thuraya X5-Touch is touted as the “world’s smartest satellite phone”. Featuring LTE, GSM, and satellite connectivity to keep users “always on,” while boasting a dual SIM setup that integrates seamlessly with terrestrial networks when you’re in range. “With the Android platform there is already a multitude of Apps readily available to work on the Thuraya X5-Touch, and developers will have easy access to develop and customize Apps for the needs of their customers. It complements the “Bring Your Own Application” (BYOA) concept, customers have the flexibility to download any App of their choice, thereby breaking the paradigm and revolutionizing the way the satellite handset will be used,” said Ahmed Al Shamsi, acting Chief Executive Officer at Thuraya. Read more for a video and additional information.
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The Google Pixel 3 / 3XL are claimed by many to have the best smartphone cameras on the market today, and rightfully so. They not only take stunning photos, but pack lots of AI features, including “Night Sight”. This mode that lets you shoot incredible photos in extremely low light conditions without requiring flash. “Night Sight is a new feature of the Pixel Camera app that lets you take sharp, clean photographs in very low light, even in light so dim you can’t see much with your own eyes. It works on the main and selfie cameras of all three generations of Pixel phones, and does not require a tripod or flash,” said Google. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
You can either play video games to control characters that can agilely evolve in virtual environments, or use Disney Research’s PuppetPhone. Simply put, this augmented reality experience reduces the gap between physical toys and virtual characters. As you move your smartphone around, a puppet responds in real time to the manipulations seen through the screen. “The virtual character moves in order to follow the user gestures, as if it was attached to the phone via a rigid stick,” according to the paper. Read more for the video and additional information.
LG’s V30+ is a flagship smartphone that won’t hurt the wallet, as you can pick up a factory unlocked model for $399.99 shipped, today only, originally $929. Featuring a 6.0″ QHD+ OLED FullVision display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 2.45 GHz CPU x 4 + 1.9 GHz x 4 Octa-Core MSM8998, 128GB of internal storage with microSD expansion, dual rear cameras (16MP + 13MP), and a rear fingerprint sensor. Product page. Read more for another hands-on video review and additional information.
Dual-screen smartphones have been around for quite some time, but ZTE’s Nubia X puts an innovative twist on the design. In addition to its 6.26-inch main touchscreen display, there’s a 5.1-inch OLED display that is invisible when not in use. Other features include: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 AIE Octa-core 2.8GHz processor, an Adreno 630 graphics processing unit, up to 8GB of LPDDRX RAM and 256GB internal storage. To keep things cool, the smartphone boasts multi-layer graphene cooling technology for heat dissipation. Read more for another hands-on video and more information.
RED HYDROGEN LLC officially launched its very first smartphone, the RED HYDROGEN One, on November 2, 2018. It’s touted as “the world’s first holographic media machine that fits in your pocket.” Just to recap, this $1,300 device features a Snapdragon 835 CPU, Holographic 4-View (H4V) technology with front / back Holographic 4-View recording capability, multi-dimensional surround sound, a modular system that lets you add additional modules, and it’s ARCore enabled so you can try new AR experiences that transform the way you play, shop, learn, create and experience the world with others. Is it worth the money? Many early reviewers don’t think so. Read more for hands-on pictures, another video review, and additional information.
Samsung’s Justin Denison unveiled the company’s prototype folding smartphone at the developer conference yesterday, and despite being heavily disguised, it was easy to see that the device could open to reveal a 7.3-inch display, perfect for entertainment options. This was made possible due to an Infinity Flex Display that folds from a 5-inch LCD to a 7.3-inch flexible OLED panel. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Samsung officially unveiled its “Infinity Flex Display” today on a smartphone-like device that can be unfolded. The device itself was housed in a larger case to “obscure the form factor,” but as you can see, there’s a standard outer display on the front, but when unfolded, a large 7.3″ display on the inside is revealed. Continue reading for more pictures and information.