Security specialist and controversial business figure, John McAfee, has just announced the launch of a device known as the Privacy Phone which promises to offer higher levels of protection and anonymity for owners than any other handset on the market.
Powered by Android, the Privacy Phone is defined by a number of physical switches which do not just turn off wireless connectivity capabilities onboard, but actively detach the antennas from internal couplings to prevent any third party snooping, according to Newsweek.
McAfee was quick to point out that the device was not completely immune from hacking, but would give users a lot of control over how it operates.
He also claimed that it could trump similar privacy-focused devices like the Blackphone in terms of security. Integrated software will also provide an extra layer of privacy when it is connected to the internet.
With a price tag of around £850, the Privacy Phone is not the most affordable device on the market and could have a limited potential pool of appeal. But there are certainly people who are concerned about their privacy enough to invest in it, whether for business purposes or as a personal handset.
Images which were published by India Today earlier this week have highlighted several new features and stylistic changes that fans of Chinese mobile maker, OnePlus, can expect from its fourth major flagship.
A dual lens camera is shown on the rear surface, while the black design looks more cohesive and less disrupted by lines and markings than any of its predecessors.
Some insiders argue that the OnePlus 4 will come with a glass finish, shunning metal or plastic in favour of a material that was once favoured by Apple for its mobiles.
A 5.3 inch QHD display should sit on the front, while the Snapdragon 835 chipset will power proceedings, if rumours are to be believed. It has even been suggested that this device could pack up to 8GB of RAM, although this sounds like an outlandish claim, given the more modest amounts found on competing handsets.
The OnePlus 4 is set to be officially announced in the next two or three months, with reports suggesting it could be known as the OnePlus 5 to signify its forward-thinking design. An affordable price point could give it the competitive edge, especially if its specs live up to expectations.
Any mobile buyer in the UK looking to snap up the new Galaxy S8 in its SIM free form can expect to pay at least £689, putting it at the upper end of the market in terms of price. But now figures from IHS Markit show that Samsung itself is having to splash out a sizeable sum to manufacture this cutting edge device.
The components alone cost just over $300 (£234) and each S8 also bears a £4.60 production cost. This is much more than the £174 that Apple pays to produce every iPhone 7 that rolls off the production line.
The second most expensive smartphone in terms of manufacturing costs at the moment is Google’s Pixel XL, but even this device is quite a bit more affordable than Samsung’s latest release.
Of course, this is all due to the cost of the leading technologies that have been corralled into the S8, with most buyers more than willing to fork out that extra cash in order to ensure that they have the world’s most powerful, future-proof phone in their pocket. Thankfully, there are lots of other affordable alternatives that are cheaper to build and buy.
Although high end Motorola mobiles like the Moto Z may be more glamorous, the promise of new budget-conscious models is still enough to garner the attentions of buyers looking to save money.
The Moto C range will consist of two handsets, both of which come equipped with five inch screens and memory card slots, according to Venture Beat.
The standard Moto C will feature a sub-HD screen resolution of 854×480, which should still make its five inch panel look moderately crisp. Meanwhile, the Moto C Plus will have the same display size, but will up the pixel count to 1280×720 for added clarity.
Other differences come in the battery department, with the basic Moto C making do with a 2350mAh cell while its big brother bumps this up to an impressive 4000mAh.
It is interesting to see the Moto C range adopting the ‘Plus’ moniker without using this to relate to any kind of display size increase. The good news is that all signs point to these phones being priced at under £100, meaning that they should have the specs to outshine other budget devices while still falling into roughly the same bracket in terms of cost.
The fully flexible smartphone which Samsung is rumoured to be developing at the moment may be a year or two from hitting the market, but industry insiders quoted by The Investor suggest that the South Korean manufacturer may have a foldable device in the works, which takes a slightly more traditional approach to this problem.
Rather than fashioning the entire handset from flexible components, Samsung is apparently going to put together a pair of OLED displays and attach them to one another with a hinge in the centre, mirroring the kind of design seen on the Motorola RAZR over a decade ago.
Observers have pointed out that this flip phone-like quality could make the handset more of a retro revival; a throwback to earlier designs which also hints at the possibilities for fully foldable handsets in the future.
Making the leap into true flexibility will require that the entire display is able to be folded and twisted, which means using glass to cover it could ultimately be out of the question. But the promise of a model which will bridge the gap may be enough to keep consumers content until Samsung’s next big breakthrough is made.