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Galaxy Note 8 to offer HDR streaming via Netflix

Galaxy Note 8Fans of video streaming service, Netflix, will be pleased to hear that it will be updating its app to take advantage of the HDR-ready displays that are increasingly available on high end smartphones.

TechRadar reports that the as yet unreleased Galaxy Note 8 from Samsung will be one of the main mobiles to benefit from this improvement, along with existing models like the LG V30 and Sony’s Xperia XZ1.

High dynamic range is being touted as the most important breakthrough in display technology since high definition entered the fray more than ten years ago, with TV and smartphone manufacturers hoping that it will convince more people to upgrade after 3D capabilities proved to be a damp squib.

The Galaxy Note 8 costs a hefty £869 in its SIM-free form, meaning that having access to HDR apps will help to justify its price point.

Samsung suffered a series of setbacks in 2016 after the Note 7 needed to be recalled, so the real test of its successor will come when it arrives with users and has its reliability put through the wringer.

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HTC updates U11 hardware


The HTC U11 is an impressive piece of kit in its original form, but now manufacturer, HTC, has decided to bulk up its specs even further with additional storage and RAM, according to Tech Radar.

The enhanced version comes with a full 128GB of space onboard, doubling the capacity of its precursor. Meanwhile RAM has been raised to 6GB, which should make it nippier than the first iteration of the U11, at least on paper.

Another advantage offered by the beefier U11 is that it will have twin SIM card slots across every colour variant, so business users will be able to get more out of it.

The rest of the components are essentially identical, with the Snapdragon 835 processor pounding away at the heart of the handset.

The cost of these upgrades means that buyers can expect to pay the best part of £700 for the SIM free version of the U11, but this added expense can be mitigated if it is procured as part of a pay monthly contract.

HTC has been chugging away in the background while its rivals take all the glory, but many critics see the U11 as a return to form for the Taiwanese firm.

Moto X4 info spilled online

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Motorola’s latest high end smartphone is no longer lurking under a veil of secrecy, after almost all of its most important details were made public via sources quoted by Android Authority and it’s now been released.

The Moto X4 has a 5.2 inch screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset, 3GB of RAM and enough storage to swallow 32GB of data before it is at capacity.

Disappointingly, customers in Asia will be getting a slightly more powerful version of the X4, with an extra gig of RAM and twice as much storage. However, the European model will still be a compelling option, priced at £349.

A pair of camera lenses on the back of the phone will deliver exceptional focus and panorama capabilities, while a 16 megapixel selfie camera above the screen will be one of the most impressive front-facing snappers around.

A bespoke fast charge system will allow the X4’s battery to be re-juiced in a jiffy and the design of the device will include different colour options ranging from plain black to eye-catching purple.

LG integrates interface updates for new V30 handset

LG V30The arrival of the LG V30 is just around the corner, but plenty of information about the phone has already been publicised to help drum up enthusiasm for its unveiling.

One element already in the public sphere is the interface design, which offers an improved experience over LG’s past offerings, paying particular attention to the dual-display setup that the V30 itself will embrace.

Always-on screen features include the ability to not just view time and date info in real time, but also add pictures, check up on notifications and control media playback.

Improved camera hardware has also led to new software being developed to harness the twin-lens potential, while still giving users the option to download additional photography apps if they wish.

LG is following in Samsung’s footsteps by embracing facial scanning to boost handset security, meaning that there is no need to rely on old fashioned passwords or even a fingerprint to unlock the display.

With a six inch AMOLED panel, the V30 will be a true phablet that is both big enough to bother the competition and designed to offer an intuitive user experience thanks to software updates.

Display domination tipped for iPhone 8 in new leaked image

iphone 8 screenAs it is the 10 year anniversary of the original iPhone’s arrival in 2017, most people are expecting Apple’s upcoming flagship phone to be somewhat special. A rendering of the device posted by EVLeaks this week suggests that it could live up to the hype, with the front surface of the phone dedicated entirely to a high resolution display.

This not only changes the look of the handset, but also means that the iPhone’s famous Home Button is likely to become extinct when the iPhone 8 launches in a few weeks.

Speculation about where the TouchID fingerprint scanner will be now that the Home Button is gone is rife, with some expecting it will end up on the rear. Facial recognition could even come in to replace it, although no official word on any of the technologies that the phone will feature has been forthcoming.

In terms of screen size, the almost bezel-less design means that the display should measure around 5.8 inches across the diagonal without the dimensions or weight of the iPhone increasing dramatically. If a September launch is confirmed, then it will not be long until all of these questions are answered.