LG:s 5G-smartphone når hisnande hastigheter i ett nedladdningstest i Seoul, Sydkorea.
Det är den LG-ägda operatören LG Uplus som själva har utfört testet i Soul, med allmänt tillgängliga Benchbee för att mäta nedladdningshastigheter på LG:s nya 5g-telefon. Resultatet blev alltså hisnande 1,1 gbps, skriver ZD Net.
5g-nätet har funnits tillgängligt för allmänheten i Seoul sedan april i år. LG V50 ska ha uppnått dessa hastigheter med hjälp av dubbel uppkoppling till både 4g- och 5g-nätverk samtidigt.
LG V50 lär av allt att döma inte komma till Sverige, men i Sydkorea har den sålts i hyfsade mängder, hittills runt 100 000 uppger LG. Kanske delvis tack vare att den är billigare än ärkerivalen Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.
Co decyduje o sukcesie danego smartfona? Oczywiście sprzedaż, choć teoretycznie nie musi być najważniejsza. Jest to jednak jeden z najważniejszych czynników popularności. Jakby nie widzieć, wszystko zależy od pozycji siedzącej. Jaka jest sytuacja z serią Galaxy S10? Nie bardzo optymistycznie. Koreańskie media zgłosiły wyniki sprzedaży z tej serii pierwszego dnia po rozpoczęciu wyprzedaży. Dla Samsunga mogło być lepiej.
Przejdźmy do szczegółów. Korea Herald informuje, że pierwszym dniem przedsprzedażą serii Galaxy S10 byli ochotnicy za 140 000 sztuk. Oczywiście dane dotyczą tylko rynku macierzystego Samsunga. Jeśli tak, w jaki sposób otrzymujesz ten numer? Spójrzmy na wyniki analogowe dla ubiegłorocznych flagowych koreańskich propozycji:
Galaxy Note9: 200 000
Galaxy S9: 180 000
Jest wyraźnie gorzej, co z pewnością nie inspiruje fanów marki. Wczoraj zaprezentowałem ci nagrodę w produkcji Galaxy S10 +. Prawdą jest, że nie dowiedzieliśmy się dokładnie, jaką marżę nałożył Samsung, ale może to być sukces firmy. Wreszcie , nawet jeśli sprzedaje mniej , operator komórkowy może zarobić więcej. Do tego momentu Apple wygrało tę kombinację.
Jeśli Samsung rzeczywiście przeszedł do przychodów, a niekoniecznie do sprzedaży, tytuł operatora telefonii komórkowej może szybko zostać utracony przez Huawei, który szybko rośnie w ilości. Bądźmy jednak z Koreańczykami, którzy od pokoleń wyraźnie zbliżają się do rynku telefonii komórkowej. Firma jest bardziej chętna do oferowania konkurencyjnych rozwiązań, a to może być również częścią sukcesu Samsunga. Sukces w postaci rosnącego budżetu.
“The Blade A5 2019 is the brand’s latest entry-level offering with 18:9 display”
Earlier this month, ZTE unveiled its new Blade series smartphone dubbed the Blade A7 in its home market China. Now, the company has added yet another entry-level handset to its inventory with the launch of the ZTE Blade A5 2019 in the Russian markets. The brand’s latest pocket-friendly smartphone comes with the taller 18:9 display and boots Android 9 Pie with Mi Favor UI out of the box.
The ZTE Blade A5 2019 features a plastic body, and being an entry-level offering, it ditches a fingerprint scanner. The phone sports a 5.45-inch TFT display, bearing a resolution of 1,440 x 720 pixels. The handset is powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core Unisoc (Spreadtrum) SC9863A processor, aided by 2GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 16GB of native storage, which can be further increased up to 256GB by inserting a microSD card.
In the imaging department, the ZTE Blade A5 2019 features a 13-megapixel primary shooter with an aperture of f/2.0, HDR, Panorama, and an LED flash unit. For selfies, the handset offers an 8-megapixel snapper with an aperture of f/2.4. The connectivity features include 4G LTE, dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. A 2,600mAh battery completes the list of the specs.
As for the pricing, the Blade A5 2019 has been priced in Russia at RUB 6,490 (~Rs 7,000). The phone is already up for grabs on a bunch of e-commerce portals in the country in black and blue colour variants. There’s no word regarding the handset’s availability for other markets at the moment.
Talking about the recently launched Blade A7, the phone arrived with a 6-inch waterdrop display with HD+ resolution and MediaTek’s Helio P60 processor. The handset offers up to 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, depending on the variant. The other highlights include a 16-megapixel rear snapper, a 5-megapixel front shooter, and a 3,200mAh battery.
“Android Pie update for the OnePlus 3 duo is being rolled out over the air in a phased manner”
OnePlus has finally started rolling out the stable version of the Android Pie update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T smartphones globally. The new firmware has arrived with the OxygenOS 9.0.2 version for both the smartphones. Apart from the new Android version, the update also brings a host of improvements, general bug fixes, and performance enhancements. Notably, the company tested the Android Pie update for around a month in the community beta version.
OnePlus announced the stable Android Pie-based OxygenOS 9.0.2 update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T on its forum. As per the official changelog, the update comes with a brand-new Android Pie user interface. The time range in the Do Not Disturb mode on these devices can now be customised as per your choice. There’s a new gaming mode version 3.0 on board, which now helps in showing text content of heads up notifications and has notification support for third-party calls.
Furthermore, the new update for the OnePlus 3 duo brings support for Google Lens in the camera app, which provides a powerful image recognition experience. The Dialer app now supports Google Duo as well. Lastly, the update comes with general bug fixes and other improvements in the performance and stability department.
As per the brand, the Android Pie-based OxygenOS 9.0.2 update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T has been released over the air. The new firmware is being rolled out in a phased manner, so not all the units will get it right away.
The folding smartphone may have finally arrived during Mobile World Congress this week with the unveiling of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Huawei’s Mate X. So what do these two bendable blowers stand for exactly? While we’ll need to get our hands on them to really flesh that out, here we’ll take a look at the design and technical details to see how they stack up at this early stage.
Offering the screen real estate of a small tablet with the compact footprint of a smartphone, it’s easy to see why Huawei and Samsung both raced to bring folding handsets to market, and they surely won’t be the last. But the way the two have delivered on this promise differs ever so slightly, as do the final specs and performance of the two products. So where do they differ?
Behind the fold
The folding capabilities of both the Mate X and the Galaxy Fold leverage hinge mechanisms sealed away in the center of the device.
Samsung’s is designed to swing open like a book to reveal a 7.3-inch AMOLED display as your double-page spread. When snapped shut, a 4.6-inch HD Super AMOLED display lights up the front cover. Apps that are open on the front display will appear instantly on the larger screen inside as it is unfolded, with enough space for three apps to populate the display at once. Samsung says its hinge with interlocking gears can endure the stress of hundreds of thousands of openings.
While this is impressive, Huawei’s solution does seem like more of a technological achievement, at least at this early stage. Dubbed the Falcon Wing Mechanical Hinge, the mechanism places the display on the outside of the fold rather than the inside to offer eight inches of edge-to-edge OLED screen real estate when laid flat. When folded over, this is divided into a 6.6-inch display on the front and 6.4-inch display on the back.
Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is fitted with no less than six cameras. When closed, there are three on the back consisting of a 16 MP ultra-wide, 12 MP wide-angle and 12 MP telephoto lenses, joined by a 10 MP selfie camera on the front. Opening it up reveals a 10 MP and 8 MP dual lens selfie camera on the inside.
Huawei has taken a different approach for the Mate X with three cameras developed with Leica, though there are whispers of a hidden fourth lens, as reported by Tech Radar. These include a 40 MP wide angle, a 16 MP ultra wide and eight MP telephoto lens. All are wedged into a vertical camera bar on the back that doubles as a handle. This means the phone will need to be turned around to snap selfies when using the larger of the two folded displays, but the smaller display on the back should help you frame up the shot. The lack of lenses on the tablet side also allows for the edge-to-edge display. Pros and cons.
So how chunky are they?
Samsung is yet to detail the exact dimensions of the Galaxy Fold, so we only have the display sizes to use as a guide for now. It does say that it invented a new polymer to endure all that bending that is around 50 percent thinner than a standard smartphone display, but how much of a bulge it will create in your pocket is unclear at this stage.
The Mate X on the other hand, has a depth of 11 mm (0.4 in) at its thickest point, the vertical camera bar/handle on the end. For reference, the iPhone X is 7.7 mm (0.30 in) thick, while the Samsung Galaxy S9 is 8.5 mm thick (0.33 in). Folded up, the Mate X measures 78.3 mm wide and 161.3 mm tall (3.1 and 6.3 in), and when unfurled into full tablet mode it measures 146.2 mm (5.75 in) across.
The key specs
The Galaxy Fold offers 12 GB of RAM, 512 GB of storage and is powered by an as-yet-unnamed processor, though Samsung will likely be pulling one from the top shelf. It includes a fingerprint sensor and the dual batteries amount to a 4,380 mAh capacity. It comes with support for wireless charging for secondary devices, so you’ll be able to charge up other devices by plonking them down on the phone.
Powered by Huawei’s speedy Kirin 980 processor, the Mate X offers 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal storage, with the battery capacity listed as 4,500 mAh. Split into two sections, Huawei’s 55 W SuperCharge tech will bring the battery levels from flat to 85 percent in 30 minutes.
When can I get one?
Neither folding phone will come cheaply. Samsung says the Galaxy Fold will be available from April for a starting price of US$1,980, while Huawei’s Mate X will break the bank even further with a price tag of €2,299 in Europe (US$2,600, though it seems unlikely to be sold in the US). Huawei hasn’t detailed a launch date for the Mate X, though given it has now offered hands-on time with the device at Mobile World Congress, there’s reason to suspect it may be a little further along the production pipeline.
Sony announcing new phones at MWC 2019 is no surprise – it usually does the same every year – but the shape and style of its latest Xperia handsets are something out of the ordinary. Leading the way is the Xperia 1, the first phone with a 4K OLED display.
Take one glance at the Xperia 1 and you can see what makes it stand out – that’s a 21:9 aspect ratio screen, meaning it’s taller than most phones (or wider, depending on how you’re holding it). Stretching to 6.5 inches in size and with a 3,840 x 1,644 pixel resolution, it’s apparently designed with Netflix binge watching in mind.
Sony has also added in some of the picture-mapping tech of its Bravia televisions, and with HDR and Dolby Atmos support on board as well, it’s going to appeal to anyone who spends a lot of time watching (or filming) movies on their phone.
Besides that screen, Sony has fitted a Snapdragon 855 processor, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage (expandable via memory card) inside the Xperia 1 – decent specs for a 2019 flagship. There’s a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, and a triple-lens 12 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP camera on the back, offering 2x optical zoom.
If you’re lusting after that 21:9 aspect ratio display but don’t want to spend top dollar, there’s also the 6-inch Xperia 10 and 6.5-inch Xperia 10 Plus, launched alongside the Xperia 1 at MWC 2019.
The aspect ratio stays the same, but the display resolution drops to 1,080 x 2,520 pixels, the RAM and storage get knocked down, and you have to settle for a dual-lens rear camera in return for saving some money: you get a 13 MP + 5 MP model on the Xperia 10 and a 12 MP + 8 MP model (with 2x optical zoom) on the Xperia 10 Plus.
As well as being bigger and carrying a better camera, the Xperia 10 Plus offers more RAM (4 GB rather than 3 GB) and a slightly faster processor (a Snapdragon 636 rather than a Snapdragon 630) compared with the standard Xperia 10. A rather paltry 64 GB of storage is on board, but again that can be expanded with a memory card.
Finally, dropping even further down the ladder, Sony also unveiled the Xperia L3 today. You get a 5.7-inch, 720 x 1,570 pixel display at the more conventional aspect ratio of 18:9, a 13 MP + 2 MP dual-lens rear camera, a Mediatek MT6762 processor, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage (expandable via memory card).
It’s clear that the rebooting of the Xperia name (the last flagship was called the Sony Xperia ZX3) is an attempt by Sony to also reboot its fortunes in the smartphone market too – but we’ll have to wait and see whether its 21:9 display panels draw in more fans. The compay has always made very good mobile handsets, without quite attracting the same kind of desirability that Apple and Samsung have.
Sony says the Xperia 1 will be available from “late spring,” (Northern Hemisphere) with the Xperia 10, 10 Plus and L3 on sale from February 25. As yet no prices have been revealed, but when they do, it should give us a better idea of just how appealing Sony’s new range is.
The Mobile World Congress isn’t just about flagship smartphones: HTC has launched a new 5G smart hub, putting the next-gen cellular connectivity right inside your home – provided you’ve got any 5G infrastructure near where you live, of course.
Like the 4G routers that came before it, the HTC 5G Hub is able to act as a hotspot to connect multiple devices to blazing 5G speeds. Up to 20 different gadgets can be hooked up to the hub, which will display information about connection speeds and data usage on its integrated 5-inch screen.
Assuming your carrier can serve up decent 5G speeds to your home, the HTC 5G Hub could effectively replace your Wi-Fi router for streaming 4K videos around different rooms. As well as the additional speeds – several multiples faster than 4G LTE, depending on conditions – 5G also offers extra bandwidth so more devices can get online at once without interference.
Inside the HTC 5G Hub you’ve got some serious hardware, with a Snapdragon 855 processor that’s also showing up in the top smartphones of 2019, and a Snapdragon X50 5G modem. The latest Android 9 Pie is on board too, and Google Assistant voice control is supported.
The HTC 5G Hub has some local storage on board and supports the use of memory cards too, so you could download a high-resolution movie straight to the device and then serve it up to a compatible television set via the built-in USB-C port.
There’s another reason HTC is interested in bringing 5G to the home – potentially being able to stream virtual reality content to something like the HTC Vive Cosmos. Streaming virtual reality and augmented reality graphics means no need for expensive PCs at the user end for generating visuals.
“5G will be the game-changer for VR and AR, and the new HTC 5G Hub will seamlessly deliver the great bandwidth of 5G to our devices, driving our vision of Vive Reality – a boundless, immersive environment where human experiences will come to the forefront,” said HTC CEO Cher Wang in a press statement.
The box – which bears a passing resemblance to the Amazon Echo Show – is portable as well, thanks to a 7,660-mAh battery (it’ll even charge your phone, if you want). Maybe if you can’t get any 5G connectivity at home, you could take the HTC 5G Hub on a road trip, although it will fall back to 4G LTE speeds when 5G isn’t available.
At the time of writing, HTC hasn’t announced a price for its new smart hub, but it says it’ll be launching in the first half of 2019. If you don’t want to jump to a 5G phone just yet, this is another option, though you’ll also need a data plan as well – Sprint is partnering with HTC on the hub in the US.
If you had to pick one aspect of a smartphone to improve, battery life would be pretty high on many people’s lists. At Mobile World Congress this week, Energizer unveiled a new device that’s almost overkill on the battery problem. The P18K Pop is basically more battery than phone, packing a ridiculous 18,000 mAh capacity that apparently lasts weeks on a charge – but on the flip side, it brings new meaning to the old phrase “brick phone.”
The phone itself is from French company Avenir Telecom, which is licensing the Energizer brand for a range of devices with extended battery capacities. For comparison’s sake, the capacities of most flagships hover around the 2,000 mAh to 3,500 mAh range – 18,000 mAh is closer to the ballpark of a beefy powerpack.
According to Avenir, the P18K Pop packs enough power for up to 90 hours of phone calls, 100 hours of music or two full days of watching video. Under normal use, the company promises “weeks” between charges.
But all that extra power has to be stored somewhere. The P18K Pop is a chunky beast measuring 18 mm (0.7 in) thick, according to a hands-on report from Engadget. Modern flagships are usually a svelte 7 or 8 mm thick, so you’ll no doubt notice the extra luggage. That said, if you frequently get around with a separate power pack in your pocket, it might be easier to just have the one device.
Battery aside, the P18K Pop’s other specs are pretty good, too. As is the trend this year, the phone has no less than five cameras built in – three on the back and two front-facing selfie cams. The rear has a 12-megapixel main camera backed up by a 5-MP and a 2-MP camera, which should give a decent depth of field.
Rather than carving a notch into the screen, the front cameras are hidden away in a pop-up mechanism as seen in devices from Oppo and Xiaomi, among others. These two cameras are 16 MP and 2 MP.
The screen itself measures 6.2 in and displays in a Full HD+ resolution. Under the hood, the phone is running 6 GB of RAM and has 128 GB of storage space.
Avenir hasn’t yet detailed the price for the P18K Pop, but it says it will start shipping in the (northern hemisphere) summer.
Smartphones are getting ever more capable, now coming with 4K screensand multiple cameras. Streaming high resolution movies can quickly eat up mobile data allowance, and even generous built-in storage could soon fill up with photos, videos and other top quality entertainment. Happily, there are still some mobile devices that allow storage expansion via a microSD slot, making the announcement of the world’s fastest 1 TB UHS-1 card very welcome indeed.
Flash memory has come a very long way in a short amount of time. It was just over a couple of years ago that SanDisk revealed a prototype 1 TB (full size) SDXC card, and today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the Western Digital-owned brand has launched a 1 terabyte SanDisk Extreme UHS-1 microSDXC card.
The company says that users can expect read speeds of up to 160 megabytes per second and write speeds of up to 90 MB/s. Thanks to Western Digital’s proprietary flash technology SanDisk boasts that consumers will be able to transfer a thousand hi-res photos and 30 minutes of 4K video footage in less than 3 minutes.
Users can also look forward to launching and loading apps faster thanks to support for the A2 class specification. And the cards should also live up to the Extreme name, being shockproof, temperature-proof, waterproof and X-ray-proof.
The Extreme microSDXC card is up for pre-order now for US$449.99, though lower capacity variants are also available – including a 512 GB version for $199.99.
At a Mobile World Congress where foldable phones are grabbing most of the headlines, the new LG G8 ThinQ and LG V50 ThinQ can look unspectacular by comparison – but LG’s new flagships for 2019 come with a number of useful upgrades, without deviating too much from last year’s models.
Starting with the LG G8 ThinQ, the phone is the first G series model to use an OLED screen – which should provide deeper, richer color than LCD. Not only that, special vibration technology enables it to work as an amplifier, removing the need for a front-facing speaker.
Another interesting (though perhaps ultimately unnecessary) upgrade is the vein-scanning tech built into the front facing camera: it enables you to hold your palm up to the phone and unlock it using the unique pattern of your veins. The facial recognition login system has been upgraded for speed and accuracy too, LG says – so take your pick of login methods.
Speaking of waving your hands in front of your phone, the LG G8 ThinQ supports the use of quick “air gestures” – swipes and pinches in the air for controlling media playback, taking screenshots, opening apps and more. Quite whether they’ll be more convenient than just pressing and tapping remains to be seen, but they’re there if you need them.
Elsewhere the specs are respectable for a premium 2019 flagship phone, without offering anything to raise eyebrows: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 6 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of internal storage (expandable via memory card). The screen measures 6.1 inches, with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 3,120 x 1,440 pixel resolution.
The rear camera is a triple-lens 16 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP affair, though LG says it can vary by market (it looks as though some countries, including the US, will have to settle for a dual-lens rear camera). It didn’t make much mention of the camera during its press event but we’re assuming it’s going to be at least competent.
Background blurring is being improved for both portrait and video modes, giving users more flexibility when it comes to tweaking the look of their shots.
With a notch and a fingerprint sensor on the rear, the phone design isn’t pushing any boundaries. It is, however, waterproof to the top IP68 level and supports quick charging. Oh, and the 3.5 mm headphone jack is still here too, so you can carry on using your existing headphones with it.
The LG V50 ThinQ is a surprise in that LG usually waits until later in the year to unveil its V series phone. Compared with the LG G8, it brings with it a bigger 6.4-inch display (that lacks the speaker functionality), upgraded wireless audio quality, and 5G support – just in case you’re in a part of the world likely to get a 5G network upgrade this year.
This time around with the V series, and with a nod to the folding phones of 2019, LG is introducing an accessory called the Dual Screen. It attaches to the LG V50 ThinQ to work as a hinged second display that doubles up as a case – letting you bring up virtual game controls, say, or enabling you to watch video and browse the web at the same time.
Finally, as Apple did last October and Samsung did last week, LG has introduced a more affordable flagship model. The LG G8s ThinQ (note that “s”) has a display that’s bigger (6.2 inches) but with a slightly lower resolution than the main LG G8, and a camera with fewer megapixels, though the rest of the internal specs are largely the same.
As for the all-important pricing, we’re still waiting for official word – expect these handsets to cost just a little less than the Samsungs of this world. LG hasn’t said when the phones are going to go on sale either, but it should be in the near future.