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Razer Phone camera promised to improve with software updates

Razer Phone camera promised to improve with software updates

There seems to be a trend among smaller smartphone makers these days. Launch a phone with a decent, or in Essential’s case, bad, camera experience and just promise improvements to come via software updates in the near or distant future. That was basically what happened to the Essential PH-1, which launched to a rather rocky start, and is now being applied to the Razer Phone as well. Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan took to Facebook to outline what lies ahead for the camera of a smartphone that is mostly geared towards gaming and entertainment consumption rather than creation.

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iPhone SE 2 tipped to give beloved design a 2018 update

iPhone SE 2 tipped to give beloved design a 2018 update

Apple is reportedly preparing a new version of the iPhone SE, a second-generation update of the sleeper-hit smartphone to satisfy both budget- and size-minded buyers. Launched in early 2016, the iPhone SE kept the form-factor of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s before it, but packed it with components borrowed from the newer iPhone 6S to bring the performance up to date.

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OnePlus 5T teardown is a mixed bag of surprises

OnePlus 5T teardown is a mixed bag of surprises

The OnePlus phones, from the very first One to the newest 5T, have always been tempting options. They always offer some of the best combination of hardware while keeping prices down to almost half of the competition. It is, of course, far from perfect and one of its still present flaws is the lack of waterproofing. The OnePlus 5T, sadly, doesn’t buck the trend. Or does it? As with many questions in life, the answer isn’t as straightforward as we’d like.

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Galaxy S9 could look like this

Galaxy S9 could look like this

The year is almost over. Many might already be in the decision-making stage for which premium smartphone to buy this coming shopping spree season. Those who have already made their choice months ago will now have to look towards the future instead. They don’t need to look far and hard, though, because if these latest leaks are to be believed, the Galaxy S9 is just two months away and may not exactly be the revolutionary the Galaxy S8 was.

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OnePlus 5T narrowly beats iPhone X in speed

OnePlus 5T narrowly beats iPhone X in speed

Apple has always been lauded for how it is able to squeeze out maximum performance from its hardware. And that has become even more evident when it started making its own A processors. Indeed, recent benchmarks have shown the Apple A11 processor to run circles around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. But benchmarks are one thing, real-world performance is another. And in one rare instance, when pit against the newly launched OnePlus 5T, an Android phone might have had the last laugh.

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Wileyfox Pro is a very late Windows 10 Mobile phone

Wileyfox Pro is a very late Windows 10 Mobile phone

Windows 10 Mobile is dead, at least practically and as far as Microsoft is concerned. Apparently, UK phone maker Wileyfox didn’t get the memo. Granted, it showed off its Wileyfox Pro back in IFA 2017, so there may not have been enough time to turn around. Instead of cutting their losses, Wileyfox seems to be intent on selling the the Wileyfox Pro in two weeks’ time, making it one of the most underwhelming and most belated Windows 10 Mobile phone to date.

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FCC Net Neutrality 3-point plan outlined: Robin Hood in reverse

FCC Net Neutrality 3-point plan outlined: Robin Hood in reverse

Three moments in time, all within the last couple of months, all add up to one thing: current FCC leadership wants to keep poor people off the internet and give ISPs complete control over the internet. Current head of the FCC Ajit Pai suggested multiple times over the past year that the First Amendment should apply to internet service providers, and as such, they should be allowed to control every aspect of the internet they provide. Never mind the fact that the Net Neutrality rules Pai is dismantling were put in place to protect citizens from the internet companies Pai is fighting for.

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iPhone X just broke the 3D floodgates

iPhone X just broke the 3D floodgates

The next age in smartphone sensory abilities began with the iPhone X - but the biggest waves might not come from Apple. While Apple's first moves with 3D sensing technology were to unlock the iPhone and make hyper-creepy Animoji, Android's coming up real soon. Reports from China and South Korea indicate more than one hardware manufacturer is traveling full speed ahead toward creating 3D-sensing modules for a wide variety of smartphones now.

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Pixel 2 advanced camera features: don’t hold your breath

Pixel 2 advanced camera features: don’t hold your breath

The Google Pixel 2 is currently rated as the top camera phone on DxOMark's list. And while user testimonies have mostly confirmed that, it is far from perfect. There are only so many things that can be done by software and, even then, Google has put its foot down on some less popular choices. If you're hoping Google will change its tune soon, at least when it comes to 4K 60 fps recording and advanced controls, better face the bitter reality: not gonna happen.

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OnePlus 5T’s “T” could stand for “tough”

OnePlus 5T’s “T” could stand for “tough”

There are a couple of design trends going on in the smartphone market these days. One is the 18:9 screen aspect ration, the other is the switch back to glass backs. Ever the contrarian, upstart OnePlus is saying no, at least to one of those. With the OnePlus 5T, it has jumped on the 18:9 bandwagon, while still retaining the Full HD, FHD+ actually, resolution. It isn’t, however, joining the glass sandwich party just yet, which is probably for the best, as JerryRigEverything finds out.

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Huawei P8 Lite gets unofficial, barely working Android Oreo port

Huawei P8 Lite gets unofficial, barely working Android Oreo port

Huawei might have become one of the world’s top 3 smartphone manufacturers, but there are some things that still haven’t improved over the years. Things like tightly, locked phones, the heavily customized EMUI skin, and the not so global rollout of updates. The latter means that only the latest and greatest, and even then not all, get to enjoy the latest Android releases. That’s the plight owners of the Huawei P8 Lite find themselves in with regards to Android 8.0 Oreo. Fortunately, hope springs eternal. Or rather, trickles, with the new OpenKirin GZOSP Android 8.0 port for the device.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 unofficially pops up again with 18:9 screen

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 unofficially pops up again with 18:9 screen

You can definitely tell that 18:9 is the new black when even mid-range smartphones are starting to sport them. The latest to join that group is Xiaomi, whose Redmi Note 5 has yet to be even announced. But like many smartphones these days, almost everything about the phone has been leaked, one way or another. The latest comes from e-tailer Oppomart, who doesn’t exactly have a track record of accuracy in pre-release information. But, together with what we’ve seen so far, it is pretty much what you can expect.

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