Smartphone manufacturers these days are concentrating heavily on their device’s camera performance and while all the high-end phones carry multiple lenses on the back (except for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL), mid-range smartphones have also started to employ more than one camera sensor. But having a multiple camera setup on a smartphone does not always translate to a better camera experience or value for the user. Sometimes, those extra lenses are nothing but a market gimmick cooked on to the common perception– “the more, the merrier”. With multiple lense combinations, smartphone cameras can achieve impressive results and offer a number of options for shooting modes. A depth sensor lets a phone capture “portrait mode” shots with “bokeh” effect, an ultra-wide sensor offers a wider view, and a ToF (time of flight) sensor for more accurate depth mapping capabilities. Smartphones also employ a telephoto lens where the focal length of the … [Read more...] about Why having triple cameras on your mid-range smartphone doesn’t really matter
LG's new V30 smartphone will improve the company's appeal to consumers and challenge Samsung's popularity, industry analysts have claimed. The technology giant's V30 has a 6-inch OLED FullVision display that fills the front of the phone, as well as high-specification dual rear cameras. The V30 also contains a Cine Video feature which LG claims enables users to produce "movie-like" videos. The Korean firm made the announcements in Berlin, where it is appearing at the IFA technology trade show. The editor of pocket-lint.com, Chris Hall, said the design and camera features make the V30 a genuine rival to Samsung's S8 and the iPhone. "The LG V30 is a true flagship handset, taking what the LG G6 started and improving in all areas," he said. "The latest hardware meets a luscious OLED display in a high-quality design that offers waterproofing and drop protection. "This is a phone that will turn the head of those lusting after the latest Samsung Galaxy, while LG's wide-angle camera adds fun to … [Read more...] about LG V30 unveiled at IFA 2017: Could this be the Android smartphone to challenge Samsung’s domination?
A couple of months back, it was rumoured that Xiaomi would launch its Redmi K30 smartphone with 5G connectivity in December this year. Xiaomi General Manager Lu Weibing recently confirmed via Chinese social media platform, Weibo that the 5G Redmi smartphone will be released in 2020. The Weibo post by Lu Weibing which, roughly translated from Chinese reads, "At the "China Mobile 2019 Global Partner Conference" being held, China Mobile announced the evaluation of 4G hotspot mobile phone, Redmi's K20Pro, Note8Pro, Note8 all on the list!." He further adds, "In the era of 5G, Redmi continued to adhere to high quality, overcome a series of technical difficulties in the early 5G, and bring the best quality 5G terminal to rice noodles. In 2020, Redmi is a 5G pioneer. See you at K30!". Clearly, the post does not clarify that when precisely in 2020, the Redmi K30 5G smartphone will arrive. But it is now sure that it is not coming by the end of this year. Also, this is the first time when … [Read more...] about Xiaomi confirms the launch of 5G smartphone in 2020
Samsung today announced the nation's most expensive, and possibly most innovative smartphone: the $1,980 (and up) Galaxy Fold, a 4.6-inch smartphone that expands into a 7.3-inch tablet. "With the Galaxy Fold we are creating a new dimension for your phone and your life," Justin Denison, Samsung's SVP of product marketing, said at the company's Unpacked event in San Francisco. Folded, the Galaxy Fold fits easily in one hand. It unlocks with a fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone. Samsung showed the Fold running a limited selection of standard Android apps on the external screen—including email, Microsoft Office, and Google Maps—although it wasn't clear if all arbitrary Android apps will run on the outside. Samsung showed someone opening Google Maps on the external screen, and then folding the phone open to see the map expand, something the company calls "app continuity." With the phone open, the Fold can multitask three apps in different windows simultaneously. One … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy Fold Smartphone Will Set You Back at Least $1,980
Among the many portable gadgets that the smartphone has killed off—digital camera, PDA, sat nav—is the MP3 player. Phones are now very competent jukeboxes with some great apps, but are you putting up with an average-quality listening experience when you don’t need to? Here are four ways to change that. 1) Check your music app settings Advertisement You can control the quality of the audio you get on many music apps, particularly when streaming is involved. In Spotify, for example, you can ramp up the quality of both streamed and downloaded tunes all the way to “Extreme” through the settings page. Apple Music, meanwhile, lets you set a higher streaming quality through the Mobile Data option in the Music part of the Settings app, and has an equalizer option you can play around with—this is basically just a list of presets to pick from, but it still has its uses. Google Play Music comes with an equalizer and streaming quality settings, although … [Read more...] about 4 Ways to Get Better Audio from Your Smartphone