Sunday, October 9, 2016

Nokia D1C now spotted on AnTuTu with full HD display, 13MP camera

After Geekbench, the Nokia D1C smartphone has now been spotted on AnTuTu benchmarking service. The listing reveals that the device sports a full HD display, features a 13MP rear and 8MP front camera, and has 32GB internal memory.



Other specs revealed by AnTuTu - including Snapdragon 430 SoC, 3GB RAM, and Android 7.0 Nougat - are inline with what the device's Geekbench listing had revealed.
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Samsung Galaxy C9 gets FCC certification, packs a 4,000mAh battery

FCC, being the good sport that it is, has now revealed the number in its certification papers and at 4,000mAh it's not giving grounds for complaint. The lone screenshot's main purpose is to reveal the e-label, but we tend to find battery capacity a tad more important.



With this step cleared, the Galaxy C9 is getting even closer to launch, though it's still unclear when exactly that will happen.
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Oppo R9s to be unveiled on October 19, new Sony IMX398 camera sensor to debut on it

The Oppo R9s is not exactly a secret - aside from the leaks, there's already been a TV commercial running in China. The logical next step has followed and the company has sent out invites for the launch event, scheduled to be held on October 19.

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That's not all, however. Apparently, the smartphone's camera will be based on a new Sony-made IMX398 sensor. On top of the obvious (and also largely meaningless) fact that it's 98 more than the IMX300 imager Sony uses in its own high-end Xperias, the source states that the sensor is a 16MP dual-pixel affair (similar to the 12MP Samsung Galaxy S7 camera). Lens aperture is also said to match the Samsung flagship at f/1.7.



The R9s Plus, featured in the TV ad, isn't explicitly mentioned on the invites (or the fancy sensor box). This could mean one of two things - either the R9s and R9s Plus will be announced at different points in time and differ in more than just size (like the current R9 and R9 Plus, which have rather different hardware), or quite the opposite - the two will be identically specced (save for display diagonal) and the common moniker has been deemed sufficient for an invite. Will find out soon enough.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Sony Xperia XZ hits US, Netherlands and Germany

The Sony Xperia XZ is now available to purchase at major retailers in the Netherlands, priced predictably at €699. Sony Mobile's online store in the country, on the other hand, refers you to carrier websites, where you can opt for a contract deal.

At the time of writing, the company's other stores across Europe still have the smartphone in pre-order state. It may be worth investigating your local retailers, as there as at least one store in Germany that says it will ship the XZ in 2-4 days.


Meanwhile, in the US, Best Buy apparently has the smartphone in stock. At least that's how we interpret the 1 business day shipping. Price in the US is $699. You can order it through Amazon as well, but that would mean waiting until October 12.

Other countries aren't as lucky. The UK, for one is in an odd state, where the company store lists it as 'out of stock' but you can no longer pre-order. Amazon UK is still taking pre-orders with a shipping date set for October 18.
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Galaxy Grand Prime (2016) will ship with the Note7's Grace UX on board

Samsung is working on a successor to the Galaxy Grand Prime from 2014. The upcoming Grand Prime (2016) has so far been benchmarked and spotted at the FCC as well as in an Indian import tracking database. So clearly it should be arriving soon.

While we do know quite a few of its specs already thanks to that aforementioned benchmark run, today courtesy of Samsung itself we have some news about its software, since the company's published a user manual for the new Grand Prime already. It reveals the fact that this decidedly low-end device will come with Samsung's Grace UX on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.


That's the new interface that made its debut in the Galaxy Note7, and will probably arrive on the S7 series with the Nougat update. The Grand Prime (2016) doesn't have a fingerprint scanner, so it won't come with Samsung Pay. Nor will it have a theme store, apparently.

On the other hand, the phone will get features such as Wide Selfie, Ultra Power Saving Mode, Smart Manager, Game Tools, and Multi Window - all spotted before in the Korean company's high-end offerings. If you want to learn more about the new Prime's software, hit the Source link below for the full manual (if you're fluent in Russian, that is).

The Galaxy Grand Prime (2016) will have a 5-inch 720p touchscreen, an 8 MP main camera, a 5 MP selfie shooter, MediaTek's MT6737T SoC with a 1.4 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, and 8GB of built-in storage. It's unclear how much it will cost, but with those specs it has to be cheap in order to sell.
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Galaxy Note7 deemed safe catches fire on a plane

By now you'd expect a Samsung Galaxy Note7 from the first batch to easily catch fire - after all, that's why the Korean company recalled all 2.5 million units it sold until September 2. On the other hand, you probably wouldn't expect a replacement unit, deemed safe by its maker, to have the same fate.

Yet it appears as that's exactly what happened today in Louisville, Kentucky, aboard a Southwest flight to Baltimore. While the plane was still at the gate, a 'safe' Note7 spontaneously decided to catch fire. The flight was immediately evacuated, and the picture below purportedly shows the phone after smoke stopped coming out of it.



No one was injured in this incident, as the handset's owner quickly threw it on the plane's floor. The man in question claims this was a replacement Note7 unit, which he picked up from AT&T on September 21. He provided the photo below, showing the box in which the new device came.


Very noticeable is the big black square that's supposed to confirm that the unit inside has a safe battery, one that isn't prone to spontaneously combusting. The Note7's owner says his device had the green battery icon too, another confirmation that this was a replacement unit.

Then again, that can't be verified anymore, and there's a chance the box is from another handset of course. So while you probably shouldn't panic at the moment, if this turns out to have been truly a unit deemed 'safe' by Samsung, things really aren't looking good for the Korean company.

Here's what allegedly happened. Brian Green, the owner of the exploding phone, turned it off after boarding, as per the flight crew's instructions. He put it in his pocket when it began smoking. He then dropped it on the floor of the plane, noticing "thick grey-green angry smoke" coming out of it. When a colleague of his went back into the plane to get some personal belongings, he noticed that the phone burned through the carpet and managed to scorch the subfloor of the plane.

Green says it was at 80% battery left when this happened, and he's only ever used wireless chargers to top it up since he got it. Samsung has not commented on this yet.
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Confirmed: Google's Pixel and Pixel XL have IP53 dust and water resistance

Yesterday Google finally unveiled the Pixel and Pixel XL, its first smartphones. Throughout its event, however, the company never once mentioned whether the two have any sort of dust or water resistance rating. An IP53 certification was rumored last month for the duo, ahead of the announcement.

And now the search giant has apparently confirmed to Droid-Life that the Pixel and Pixel XL indeed do come with the IP53 rating - despite this not being mentioned in its official specs pages for the handsets.

So what does this mean, you wonder? Well, let's just say right off the top that the Pixels are quite far from their main competitors in this regard - the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Note7 are IP68 rated, while Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus carry an IP67 certification.


As for the Pixels, according to the definitions of the IP code, they are "dust protected" and have liquid ingress protection that's effective against "spraying water". The former means that "ingress of dust is not entirely prevented, but it must not enter in sufficient quantity to interfere with the satisfactory operation of the equipment". And "water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60° from the vertical shall have no harmful effect, utilizing either: a) an oscillating fixture, or b) A spray nozzle with a counterbalanced shield".

Translated, this means if you're caught in the rain with a Pixel or Pixel XL your phone will be fine. But don't think of submerging it into any amount of water, or showering with it around.

Both Samsung's and Apple's newest flagships are "dust tight", which is a step above what the Pixels provide. In terms of water resistance, it's no contest really, as the Pixels' main competitors can all be immersed into water without any damage, at least up to 1m for up to 30 minutes.
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