Mobile Phone News

Sony launches new flagship smartphone

Sony Xperia XZ PremiumMany new devices have been unveiled at this year’s MWC conference in Barcelona, with Japanese firm Sony earning plenty of attention thanks to the emergence of the Xperia XZ Premium.

This high end Google Android 7.1 (Nougat) device is able to outdo its rivals in a range of categories, sporting a 5.5 inch display with a 4K resolution, which is the first mobile screen of its kind to offer High Dynamic Range (HDR) support. This shows just how quickly technology is being translated from the TV market into the mobile sector.

The XZ Premium also comes with an impressive camera that boasts the ability to record video at up to 960 frames a second at a resolution of 1280×720. That means it can slow down footage to treacle-like speeds and deliver unprecedented visual clarity at the same time, giving budding filmmakers another portable weapon for their audiovisual arsenal.

The power to achieve this is provided by the Snapdragon 835 chipset from Qualcomm, which is faster than any of its predecessors and 4GB RAM. And with a microSD card slot, this smartphone is also ready to have its onboard storage expanded to make room for all the photos and videos that owners will no doubt capture.

Galaxy S8 could sport virtual buttons

Samsung Galaxy S8In a new leak detailing fresh features for the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S8, it looks as if the traditional physical home button may be eliminated in favour of an interface which is entirely featured on-screen, according to Android Police.

This information came alongside details of the upcoming Galaxy Tab S3, with observers speculating that these two devices may well share similar design cues as Samsung seeks to tie together its portable device ranges.

By getting rid of the home button, the vast majority of the front of the S8 can be taken up by its display, meaning the screen can get bigger without increasing the dimensions of the device compared with its predecessors.

This does mean that the fingerprint scanner has now moved to the rear surface, although this is not unusual in the mobile market at the moment.

The final revelation about the S8 which emerged this week is that it will feature an output that will allow it to hook up to an HDMI-compatible monitor, so that it can display content on a larger screen.

The launch of the Galaxy S8 was originally expected to occur during MWC 2017 this month, but it has since been pushed back to receive its own dedicated unveiling in Apri

Leaked snaps unveil LG G6 with unusual display feature

Although the LG G6 is just a week away from officially being launched, leaks relating to its features are continuing to emerge. Now images published by 9to5Google have shown that its display may well come with always-on functionality, meaning that things like the time, date and alerts will be shown even if the screen is locked.

Meanwhile the metal-clad rear of the phone not only has a pair of camera lenses, but also a fingerprint scanner to bolster security.

The G6 should be a flagship phone in most respects, with power provided by the Snapdragon 821 chipset and 4GB of RAM, while standard storage will sit at 32GB and a microSD card slot is provided.

With a 5.7 inch screen, this will be a true phablet, designed to compete with the iPhone 7 Plus. LG will be unveiling it next Sunday during the MWC 2017 event in Barcelona, after which it should hit the shops in a month or two.

LG has been a lot more experimental in its smartphone designs than its closest rivals, which is a trend that the G6 looks set to continue, thanks to its left of field features.

Nokia to revive the legendary 3310 mobile

Although it has been more than a decade and a half since the Nokia 3310 first hit the market, it remains one of the most iconic and commercially successful mobile handsets in history. This week the Finnish manufacturer announced that it will be reviving it for the modern era, according to the Guardian.

In terms of pricing, the reissued 3310 will go on sale for around £60, which suggests that it could well feature fairly basic hardware. But the extent to which it will mirror the features of its predecessor or strike out on its own remains to be seen.

Nokia will presumably need to update the internals to cope with the new types of networking that have emerged in the years since the 3310 was discontinued. However, fans of the device will no doubt be hopeful that the retro user interface remains intact.

While much of the response to this news has been positive, there are also plenty of sceptical voices adding to the conversation on social media. Some believe that while this quirky move could gain some momentum for Nokia in the short term, the realities of the smartphone-centric world will be too much for the 3310 in the long term.

Price increase expected for flagship iPhone

Apple iPhone 7This year marks a decade since the first iPhone was introduced, meaning that expectations for Apple’s upcoming anniversary handset are sky high. Now sources quoted by Fast Company suggest that the price for the iPhone 8 might be similarly steep, pushing north of £800.

There are already versions of the iPhone 7 on sale which exceed this price point, although this is only for the higher end models with more storage space onboard. If the base model breaches this figure, then it could be a much more costly device than any of its predecessors.

There are various reasons for the projected price increase, including the rumours that Apple is finally opting to use an AMOLED display on the iPhone range this year. Wireless charging is also expected to appear on every new model that arrives, with up to three fresh devices set to join this family of phones in 2017.

An enhanced camera, more memory and a faster processor are also on the cards, so the iPhone 8 should be a worthy technological successor to the current generation. Some believe that it will even be called the iPhone X, in recognition of the 10 years that have passed since Apple entered the mobile market.