Qualcomm introduced LTE-modem Snapdragon X24 with support for LTE Cat. 20, 5CA and MIMO 4 × 4. The main achievement of the novelty will be the maximum download speed of data, increased to 2 Gbps.
This is a serious increase compared to the actual 1.2 Gbps that Snapdragon X20 can provide. This modem is integrated into the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, which will become the heart of many flagships in 2018. That is, we will see the X24 already in the top mobile GPU of 2019, the hypothetical Snapdragon 855. It can be announced this year, Qualcomm tries to hold such presentations earlier to provide an ideological advantage over possible competitors. The modem will be produced on a 7-nm process, most likely Snapdragon 855 too.
Qualcomm already works on the 5G-modem, the first devices with which can be released already in 2019. It is unlikely that they will be massive, because operators must prepare and create networks of a new generation, close in scope with the current LTE-networks. So the release of Snapdragon X24 next year does not seem strange.
MediaTek closed the line of flagship chipsets Helio X and focused on the development of Helio P, the top versions of which will outperform the performance of the Helio X30. According to Chinese sources, in the development of Taiwanese there is another promising project Helio P38, which will become an alternative to the mid-level chipset Snapdragon 632 (some sources claim that it will form the basis of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, if it does exist). According to these data, the chip will receive four cores Cortex-A73 and four cores Cortex-A53 (peak frequency 1.8 GHz), which will be supported by graphics accelerator Mali-G72MP3 with a frequency of 650 MHz.
A key argument in favor of the chip may be the price – Helio P38 supposedly appears in the devices of the price segment 800 yuan (7.1 thousand rubles). The timing of the announcement and availability is not yet announced, but it is rumored that Xiaomi and Meizu are interested in the chipset.
A well-known insider Evan Blass confirmed rumors about the announcement of smartphones Galaxy S9 in late February, as well as the exact dates of opening pre-orders and the start of sales. As expected, the new flagships will not have to wait long.
Date of announcement: 26 February
Opening pre-orders: March 1
The sales start: March 16
Information Evan received from the manufacturer of accessories, familiar with the plans of Samsung. Most likely, such terms will turn out to be true. In addition, the presentation was confirmed at the end of February by the representatives of the South Korean corporation.
Recall that almost all the characteristics of the flagship Galaxy S9 / S9 + are already known. Just yesterday, there was information about the capacity of the batteries, and earlier the network merged the photo of the box of the basic version of the smartphone, which revealed other features.
Insiders from China revealed the full list of top-end smartphones in 2018, which should receive the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. They specified not only the models themselves, but also the terms of their announcement. In total there were about 20 devices:
February: Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9 +, LG G7 / G7 +;
April: Xiaomi Mi7;
May: HTC U12;
June: OnePlus 6, Sony Xperia XZ Pro-A, ZTE nubia Z18;
August: Nokia 10;
September: Samsung Galaxy Note 9, LG V40, Xiaomi Mi MIX 3;
October: Google Pixel 3/3 XL, Sony Xperia XZ2, HTC U12 +, ZTE nubia Z18S;
November: Moto Z 2019;
December: OnePlus 6T, Samsung W2019.
Announcements of most of these smartphones – events are quite expected. However, the release of the flagship LG G7 in two versions of the rumors have not yet been. Apparently, this manufacturer decided to give Samsung an equivalent response to the new Galaxy S9 models. All four should submit at the end of February before the exhibition MWC 2017.
Recall that the processor itself, Snapdragon 845, was introduced in December. It is manufactured according to the company’s 10-nm technology of the second generation Samsung and includes eight Kryo 385 cores, one half of which operates at a frequency of up to 2.8 GHz, and the second – up to 1.8 GHz. In comparison with the predecessor, productivity increased by 25%, and energy efficiency by 30%. The new accelerator Adreno 630 became 30% more powerful than the previous one. Due to the ISP Spectra 280 the chip got support for recording HDR-video with a resolution of 4K and a frequency of 60 frames per second, as well as the ability to full-frame 16-megapixel shooting at 60 fps.
Huawei is not only engaged in the production of smartphones and various network equipment, but also the creation of excellent laptops. Today, she once again proved that she knows as well as Apple how to create real cool ultrabooks in a stylish metal case. A few hours ago, the official announcement of the model MateBook D (2018) was held, which is equipped with the latest technology, and yet it can boast of a remarkable design.
The MateBook D notebook (2018) is equipped with a 15.6-inch IPS-screen with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels (Full HD) with a brightness of 350 nits and a 45-percent coverage of the NTSC color gamut, an Intel Core i5-8250U (8 generation), 8 GB of RAM, a Nvidia MX150 graphics card, as well as a 43.3W rechargeable battery that provides battery life for the entire device at 8.5 hours in medium load mode (when the screen is running).
Otherwise, the MateBook D (2018) has one USB 2.0 connector, one HDMI port supporting 4K @ 60fps, and two USB 3.0 ports for connecting hard drives and other peripherals. In addition, this device can boast support for Wi-Fi 802.11ac networks in the frequencies of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. The thickness of the metal case with such a powerful technical equipment is only 16.9 mm.
Buy a new laptop from Huawei customers in the coming days in China in three different versions, which differ from each other processor and the amount of built-in flash memory. The Chinese corporation offers three configurations to choose from:
The model with Intel Core i5 and 256 GB SSD – $ 795
Model with Intel Core i5, 128 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD – $ 839
The model with Intel Core i7, 128 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD – $ 1020
At such prices, this laptop feels much more profitable than the same Apple MacBook Pro 15 (2017). It costs almost half as much, but at the same time offers full-fledged USB connectors, that is, there is no need for adapters, and also a more versatile Windows 10 Pro operating system, which is installed directly out of the box. Obviously, for the ardent haters of Apple products, the wonderful ultrabook MateBook D (2018) can be an excellent option for buying.
A week after the release of iOS 11.2, Apple released a new version of iOS 11.2.1, resulting in bug fixes for the owners of the iPhone and iPad. The update is now available and users probably should not postpone its installation. Among the bug fixes is the solution of one particularly large bug, which may not generally affect you at the moment, but it may be that it is at the most inopportune time it will declare itself.
The release of iOS 11.2 brought for some users an error that touched the camera of Apple devices. After the upgrade, some users reported that their iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X got problems with camera focus.
Users report that the update of iOS 11.2 caused an error in which the lens constantly “hunts” – that is, moves back and forth – without actually focusing on the object. This problem is especially unpleasant, considering how many people preferred the iPhone to other devices because of its excellent camera.
Today’s update, iOS 11.2.1, solves many of the problems that arose in iOS 11, including a bug with camera autofocus. In the notes to the release of the update, Apple does not mention the camera error at all, but users who have encountered the problem now report that it disappeared after the update.
In addition to this, as indicated in the update update list, iOS 11.2.1 also fixes an issue in which remote access to the Home application has been difficult. The aforementioned changes are supplemented by a number of other less noticeable corrections.
How can I install iOS 11.2.1 on my own? Go to Settings> General> Software Update.
Apple pays great attention to the capabilities of its smart watches to track physical fitness and health. Currently, the company is working with Stanford University to study the irregular heart rhythms of the watch’s owners and their ability to predict heart problems. Apple CEO -Tim Cook himself gets up early in the morning to exercise before the start of the day and he loves to promote this or that health-related feature of Apple gadgets.
As one user recently found out, all this is not just a marketing move. Lawyer Scott Kilian, in addition to his main activity, was still engaged in boxing in his spare time. In his 50 years, he underwent a course of training and metabolic stress tests for a total of several tens of thousands of dollars. As a result, he was recognized as a healthy person in a sportive manner. However, his smart clock was considered differently. One night, Scott went to sleep with his Apple Watch on his arm, which he uses to track sleep patterns.
Shortly after midnight, the clock warned him that his heart rate had jumped to a too high for resting rate of 121 beats per minute against the usual 49 beats per minute. He did not feel ill, except for an easy digestive problem, but the exclusivity of this event prompted him to make a trip to the hospital. Doctors removed the electrocardiogram and found no abnormal rhythms, but when they took the blood for analysis, the samples showed an increased amount of enzymes indicating a progressive heart attack.
Further studies showed four almost occluded arteries, which required urgent surgical intervention. If Apple Watch did not warn Scott about the abnormal behavior of his heart that night, he might die in a dream, says his doctor. Moreover, such situations would be repeated from time to time, which sooner or later would end with an attack.
This story reminds once again that a smart watch can and should be used to maintain physical fitness and health.
Wireless charging appeared in smartphones for a long time, but only after the release of the new iPhone, Chinese manufacturers drew attention to this technology. Xiaomi was no exception – the company has already launched a test production of new charging modules for the next flagship model Xiaomi Mi 7.
What is known?
According to the source, Xiaomi successfully tested wireless charging and is about to start mass production of the component before the Chinese New Year (February 16). The company works with the same vendor that produces modules for Apple. By the way, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X have a flat NXP receiver coil, and Broadcom chip is responsible for charge control.
More recently, Xiaomi has joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), which is promoting the open wireless charging standard Qi. It is most often found in mobile devices, although Samsung smartphones also support PMA technology (works by the same inductive method, but uses a different frequency).
When to expect?
According to rumors, the official announcement of Xiaomi Mi 7 will be held in March-April 2018. Smartphone with frameless design will receive a top-end processor Snapdragon 845, but the new system of face recognition is unlikely to have time to prepare for the release of the flagship.
Following the Oppo R11s smartphone, which began to be sold earlier this month, today the enlarged OnePlus 5T clone entered the market, which can already be purchased in China and several other Asian countries. The novelty is called Oppo R11s Plus, and it is equipped with almost the latest technology. It should immediately be noted that the companies OnePlus and Oppo one owner, so the appearance of their mobile devices is repeated (apparently for the sake of economy).
The Oppo R11s Plus smartphone features a 6.43-inch screen (6.01-inch from OnePlus 5T), with a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels (Full HD +) and an 18: 9 aspect ratio, a dual 20Mp core and 20MP front-facing cameras, a scanner fingerprints on the back cover, 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, 6 GB of operative and 64 GB of permanent flash memory, a microSD memory card slot up to 256 GB inclusive, and a 4000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 .
Among other things, the enlarged clone OnePlus 5T is equipped with 4G LTE modules, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, as well as a slot for installing two SIM-cards and a USB Type-C connector for recharging. The Oppo R11s Plus smartphone boasts a built-in ColorOS 3.2 firmware based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat a face scanner that recognizes the biometric appearance of the user over 128 key points. This function can be used to quickly unlock the phone, but only if there is light.
Starting today, everyone can buy an Oppo R11s Plus smartphone in China at the official recommended price of $ 560.
Contrary to everything, it seems that the Samsung Galaxy S6 can really get the Android 8.0 Oreo software update.
Samsung Galaxy S6 appeared in 2015. This may seem short-lived, but this is the time for software updates. When the Galaxy S6 came out, it ran on the now-ancient Android 5.0 Lollipop (from 2014). Since then, Google has made its debut in three new major versions of its Android operating system for mobile devices.
The problem for Galaxy S6 owners was that Samsung usually only provides two major updates for Android for each flagship. This means that we never expected that the Galaxy S6 will be updated after last year’s version of Android 7.0 Nougat.
The Reddit stream created by the user CyberConCoder contains information about the alleged conversations with four different representatives of Samsung customer support. According to the user, all four suggested that the Galaxy S6 will receive an update to Oreo – including one who asked his supervisor for clarity.
The screenshots were also included in the stream, although this by no means confirms that the conversations are correct. In addition, while chat-rep can often be the source of other confidential information, it often happens that they are mistaken. Even the user admits that we all need to “take it with a huge amount of salt”.
If this is true, however, this is great news for owners of the Galaxy S6 – and owners of other Samsung phones in general. If the Galaxy S6 gets three major versions of updates for Android, this may mean that the same is true for other Galaxy phones in the future. This would mean, for example, that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will receive an updated Android Q update, which we expect live in 2019.