LG G6 is official now

After weeks of leaks from both unverified sources and LG themselves the LG G6 was finally officially announced on stage at the MWC 2017 event in Barcelona. The highlight of the device is its tall 5.7 inch QuadHD+ display with a new 18:9 aspect ratio. The phone is small for a device with that big a display thanks to the minimum bezels and the company claims that the LG G6 only has a footprint of a 5.2 inch device. The new LG G6 display also supports two wider color standards: Dolby Vision and HDR 10. Continue reading “LG G6 is official now”

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Google officially confirms October 4th as the launch date for phones ‘made by Google’

There were rumours earlier that Google will unveil the new Pixel phones and much more on October 4th. In a nod to the geeks and fans, Google just took out a TV ad during the premiere of The Big Bang Theory to tease an upcoming product launch on October 4. With a very cryptic teaser video, Google just confirmed an event in San Francisco on October 4th.

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Apple’s iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7, Note 7, LG V20 and the Nexus 6P

Apple Inc unveiled an iPhone 7 with high-resolution cameras and no headphone jack at its annual launch event Wednesday, though the biggest surprise was the debut of a three-decade-old Nintendo game franchise, Super Mario Bros, on the smartphone.  While shares of Apple barely budged, Nintendo’s U.S.-listed shares jumped 29 pct on investors’ hopes that Super Mario would be a mobile gaming hit for the Japanese company. In a different but related news,  Pokemon Go is coming to the Apple watch

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LG V20 is official : Everything you need to know

When LG unveiled its V10 last year, it was…  it was a little weird. With a beefy body, a double-selfie camera and a tiny second screen, the V10 was the result of LG being a little weird. But the phone did surprisingly well around here. Then the G5 happened. Everybody flocked towards the shiny new S7 / edge from Samsung and about a week ago, that’s what I’d have said would happened to the V20. But then the Note 7 started exploding all over.

Perhaps the Note 7 recall is why South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc, reeling from continued losses from its smartphone business, unveiled its new V20 premium smartphone on Wednesday, hoping for a pick-up on Samsung’s misfortunes and boost sales in the second half even though its exactly the day when the iPhone 7 is coming out.

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BlackBerry DTEK50 officially announced, World’s Most Secure Smartphone

BlackBerry has officially unveiled the DTEK50, it’s second Android phone, but the first without a physical keyboard. Confusing name? Yes, it is but does feature a tag of the World’s Most Secure Smartphone that can only be confirmed once tested. It’s aimed at the mid-tier market consumers with a need for added security. In fact, during the announcement, security was the key feature.

The announcement comes just hours after images showed up on BlackBerry’s official site for a short period of time, before being pulled.

As was saw in a recent leak, the device is almost identical to Alcatel’s Idol 4, seemingly confirming reports that BlackBerry’s next phone is being manufactured by TCL Communication. The smartphone maker builds phones for several brands, including Vodafone and Alcatel, often releasing the same phone in different skins and with different names.

As for specifications, the phone has a promising set of features for a device that’ll cost well under £300.

Leading the line is a 5.2-inch full HD display with a scratch resistant surface. This screen is built in to a phone that measures 72.5mm wide, 147mm tall and just 7.4mm thin, which happens to weigh just 135g. For those curious, those are almost the exact same measurements as the Idol 4.

 

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Inside, there’s a Snapdragon 617 processor paired with 3GB RAM and 16GB storage which can be expanded up to 2TB. Thanks to having Quick Charge 2.0 support, the 2610mAh battery can charge from 0-50 per cent in 51 minutes.

Moving on to cameras, there’s a 6-element f/2.0 lens with a 13-megapixel sensor paired with a dual tone dual LED flash and 1080p full HD video recording. The front camera features an 8-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture as well as an LED flash.

Like the BlackBerry PRIV, the DTEK50 (formerly referred to as Neon) comes loaded with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and BlackBerry’s own custom software pre-installed. This includes the BlackBerry Hub for managing notifications and the custom software keyboard as well as a number of other apps, including DTEK, the security management software.

While the specifications should make a great phone for the sub-£300 price point, it’s the naming we find more interesting. Up until now, the phone has been referred to as either the Hamburg or Neon. However, BlackBerry opted to call it “DTEK50 by BlackBerry”, naming the latest phone to match its Android security software. They called it that as a reflection of its commitment to make Android more secure.

According to Blackberry, everything is unsafe including the NFC, pictures of your family all of which can be stolen by malware’s but with the DTEK50, the phone will automatically monitor your applications and the OS whenever your privacy is at risk. The phone tracks all your applications in the following cases.

  • Taking pictures or videos without your knowledge
  • Turning your microphone on
  • Sending a text message
  • Accessing your contacts or location

DTEK50 is packed with lots of other security features:
Encryption protects your pictures or bank info from being stolen if you lose your phone
Password Keeper to securely store all your passwords, log in information and important records

Interestingly, despite being a security-focussed smartphone, there’s no fingerprint sensor or any added biometric security features. However, the security is added in the software stage. BlackBerry’s focus is on closing down any vulnerabilities as quickly as possible, within the same day, which you might not typically get on a normal Android phone. Each day it’s working to keep your private details and phone safe from being hacked.

SEE : Tips to tighten security on your android

The DTEK50 is available to pre-order from BlackBerry’s online store for £275 from today, with shipments expected to start making their way out by 8 August.

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