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Huawei P30 and P30 Pro quad camera almost confirmed by Huawei’s own leak

By | March 22nd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

We're just days away from the launch of the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, and we've been seeing a few details leak out here and there over the course of the preceding months.

Those leaks look to have been dwarfed by a recent page briefly put on Huawei's site, which apparently confirms new features of the phones.

The quad camera, a more advanced zoom system and multiple colors of the phone have all been outed, alongside special extras for those that pre-order the handset.… Read the full article

The new AirPods aren’t really the AirPods 2, are they?

By | March 20th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

I was 'lucky' enough to be one of those to get their hands on the first AirPods when they launched in 2016.

I landed back in the UK from the Apple launch, and had to head straight to an event where there would be many music journalists present. I popped them in on the street, and was instantly embarrassed by what people would be thinking about me.

That's because, from the second they were launched, the internet went bonkers, highlighting how stupid they thought the concept was.… Read the full article

Why have so many 5G phones been launched already this year?

By | March 3rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Why are 5G phones even being unveiled already? It feels like it's barely months since 4G networks launched… so why are we even talking about selling 5G handsets already? Why did we see multiple phones being announced at MWC this year packing the new technology on board?

I'm certainly not against the idea of 5G coming into the smartphone world… and wider. It's genuinely going to be a revolution. 

It’s going to allow multiple sensors to be connected together on a network at once – this is going to have a huge effect on things like large factories, where multiple elements can be monitored to bring large-scale efficiencies.… Read the full article

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Foldable phones, 5G and cinematic screens: how smartphones are changing this year

By | March 2nd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

I’m sitting on the plane back from Barcelona, having just finished another marathon effort of walking around a conference center looking at new phones and the things they can do.

This is my 11th consecutive trip to Mobile World Congress, and this was one of the weirdest ones yet – and it was also oddly refreshing. 

The two main topics – foldable phones and 5G – were brought up in nearly every press conference or corporate slogan in one form or another.… Read the full article

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The Royole FlexPai is improved, but still doesn’t feel like a Galaxy Fold rival

By | February 26th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

We were pretty hard on the Royole FlexPai when we tried it at CES this year because it was, well, pretty terrible. While it was a cool concept, and our first time getting our hands on a flexible phone, the experience just didn't match up.

You can see here just how bad things were back in January in the video below. On opening up the phone, it would just stare at us before remembering that it was supposed to alter the user interface to jump into tablet mode.… Read the full article

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LG hints strongly at flexible phone plans, but says time isn’t right

By | February 24th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

LG has confirmed its interest in flexible phones, and dropped a huge hint that it’ll be getting into that market, but believes that the time isn’t right now.

The statement came from Kyle Yoon, senior product manager for LG Mobile, during a briefing asking why the brand hasn’t launched a competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X:

“When it comes to foldable, [the day will come] when we’ll all have a foldable device. That’s only if the Play Store has [apps in] a native resolution in those ratios, if the price of foldables will come down – we want to deliver a device more people can use that’s affordable and [offers] more content with 5G.… Read the full article

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LG DualScreen: first look at LG’s alternative to foldable phones

By | February 24th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Well, this is something new: LG's take on the foldable world of smartphones is that we don't need them… just yet. What we all want really is a second screen that we can bolt on the side.

What to call it? How about the LG DualScreen? That sounds about right, and that's just what's appeared at MWC 2019. Designed as a companion to the LG V50 (curiously not the LG G8) this is essentially a fat ol' case that the phone clips into.… Read the full article

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold just changed the future of smartphones

By | February 21st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

“Buckle your seatbelt, the future is about to begin.”

Those were the words of Samsung’s CEO DJ Koh on stage at Samsung Unpacked, the launch event for a phone that’s going to shape the way we use smartphones for the next decade.

Koh was actually talking about the new Galaxy S10 range when he said the above, but it’s far more pertinent to today's real showstopper: the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

It might sound overzealous, but the Fold is going to be one of the iconic devices of the next 10 years, something that sets the tone for not just phones but portable electronics in general. 

Koh alluded to the problem on stage tonight: that there’s a belief there’s nothing left in the smartphone world to inspire users.… Read the full article

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Samsung’s new Galaxy Fit and Fit E are cheap, but basic, fitness trackers

By | February 20th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Samsung has decided fitness trackers aren't far from dead – the new Samsung Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit E bring new features to your wrist, to help you stay healthy.

In many ways they seem pretty similar to the Samsung Gear Fit 2, but are shorn of some of the key features and specs of that model.

Update: We've had more information through on the Galaxy Fit, as well as confirming the existence of the Gear Fit E.

The new Gear Fit is only 23g (as light as a strawberry, Samsung tells us) which means it'll be pretty comfortable to wear… but it doesn't pack much in the way of innovation.… Read the full article

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WWDC 2019 dates leak, will surprise nobody

By | February 13th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Apple's regular unveiling of software is drawing nearer, and now it seems we've got a date for the Worldwide Developers Confererence 2019 (WWDC 2019).

Some sleuthing from MacRumors has uncovered a request for a post-WWDC permit from the San Jose authorities, and it gives away the date of the event as 3-7 June at the same venue as recent years, the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

  • Here's everything we want to see from iOS 13
  • Will we hear more about upgrades to the iPad Pro 11?
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