Smartphones without chargers: Greenwashing attempt from Apple and Samsung 1

Smartphones without chargers: Greenwashing attempt from Apple and Samsung

“All smartphones must be sold without chargers.” This attention-grabbing headline, like the ensuing article celebrating the possible withdrawal of chargers by Apple and Samsung in their upcoming smartphones, made me pause for a while and think a little bit deeper about the situation.  One after another, the two tech giants and former rivals have been subjected to rumors that they plan to stop including chargers alongside their upcoming smartphones. They say that the path to hell is paved with good intentions, and all of this greenwashing might be a posture that could cost the consumer dearly.In this opinion piece, I will try to explain why reducing the number of chargers delivered with our smartphones is a good idea, but this idea has been hijacked by brands in order to reduce their costs, and not their carbon footprint.Fewer chargers are good unless you sell them separately…Reducing the number of chargers on the market has undeniable environmental benefits. This is in addition to seeing a reduction in the amount of e-waste as well as carbon footprint in the production and logistics chains with smaller packaging sizes and fewer (loader) units produced. So, it’s all very lovely to want to reduce the number of chargers, as most of us already have at least one charger in our possession. This is far from a revolutionary idea at all, and it is also one where the European Union has already been considering since 2009. In January 2020, the European ParliameRead More…

ISO sensitivity and dual ISO in smartphones: Are they important? 2

ISO sensitivity and dual ISO in smartphones: Are they important?

As we have already recommended in our ultimate guide to buying the best camera smartphone: Forget about ISO sensitivity on your smartphone. The value is not that important apart from chest-thumping in marketing materials.Content: What is ISO sensitivity anyway? And what is ISO sensitivity for smartphones? What does ISO 409,600 mean? ISO Values and Computational Photography What is dual ISO sensitivity? But because the value still appears again and again, be it in Pro mode or in various specification sheets, we would like to provide a description on ISO sensitivity to lay this matter to rest once and for all: from a smartphone’s point of view. The Huawei P40 Pro advertises extremely high ISO sensitivity levels / © AndroidPIT First, a little back story. ISO sensitivity dates back to the days of analogue photography. A layer of silver halide crystals was applied to the film base material. Light then transforms the sensitive silver compounds into elemental silver, and thus impresses the corresponding image areas on the film.The larger these crystals are on the film, the more sensitive they were to light – and therefore better suited for low light conditions. However, larger crystals also meant lower resolution. The images end up with a coarse, grainy look. You have surely seen this before with old analogue photos.Before international standardisation was introduced to photography, there were all kinds of names and units for the sensitivity of a film, for exRead More…

Google now lets users in the EEA explore other countries’ Play Stores 3

Google now lets users in the EEA explore other countries’ Play Stores

Google Play users in the European Economic Area (EEA) can now freely browse content from other EEA regions straight from their devices and without going into any additional loopholes. The change is already in effect but Google still doesn’t allow you to download or purchase content from other regions. Google Play new option for EEA users In order to browse the Play Store from a different region than your default, you’ll have to go to the web version of the Play Store and then sign out from your account or simply go into incognito mode. Then you can head to the very bottom of the page, click on location and select any of the listed 31 countries (including the UK). You’ll be able to browse through apps, music, books, movies and TV shows and can even see pricing in the local currency. It’s still strange that Google would let you see content from other countries including pricing without giving you the option to download any of it. It remains to be seen what urged the search giant to enact this decision or if these restrictions will fade away in the future. Source | Via SourceRead More…

The OnePlus Nord will have a 105° ultra wide selfie camera 4

The OnePlus Nord will have a 105° ultra wide selfie camera

Selfie sticks are this generation’s cellphone holster – some wouldn’t be caught dead using one, but others need it. Well, if you buy the OnePlus Nord you won’t need to suffer embarrassment says the company as you can use the ultra wide selfie cam instead of a selfie stick (the wider lens fits more in the frame, even at an arm’s length). The Nord will be the first OnePlus to have a dual selfie cam. The secondary module will have a 105° ultra wide-angle lens, as seen in this teaser posted on the Nord’s Instagram account. According to leaked specs that ultra wide camera will have an 8 MP sensor and will join the 32 MP main selfie cam. Around the back there will be a quad setup – 48 MP wide, 8 MP ultra wide, 2 MP macro and 5 MP depth sensor. These details will be officially confirmed on July 21 when the Nord will be unveiled. The OnePlus Buds will be at the event too. PS. Don’t believe the 3,000 deaths statistic – a study published in 2018 found 259 selfie-related deaths between October 2011 and November 2017. Still, please watch your step. SourceRead More…

Samsung Galaxy A41 review 5

Samsung Galaxy A41 review

Introduction The Galaxy A lineup has enjoyed a warm reception over the past two years. Samsung managed to put the series back on track to success with a swift switch from premium mid-rangers towards cheaper AMOLED-driven smartphones. And the cheaper A-series phones like Galaxy A41 are gathering the most attention. This particular model is among the most compact handsets you can buy today. [embedded content] There is a lot to like about the new Galaxy A41. It is built around a nearly bezel-less 6.1″ Super AMOLED screen, but believe it or not – it is one of the smallest and lightweight smartphones in 2020. With a height of 150mm and weight of 150 grams, the A41 is going to fit easily in every pocket. The Galaxy A41 has a trio of snappers on the back and a snappy enough hardware to take on most of the tasks. The One UI gets better and cleaner with each iteration and the A41 has the latest version 2.1 on top of Android 10. Finally, the Galaxy A41 is priced very attractively around the €250 mark, making it not only one of the smallest, but one of the cheapest phones with a Super AMOLED screen, very sharp at that. Samsung Galaxy A41 specs: Body: 149.9×69.8×7.9mm, 152g; Plastic body and frame; Display: 6.1″ Super AMOLED, 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 431ppi. Chipset: Mediatek MT6768 Helio P65 (12nm): Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.7 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G52 MC2. Memory: 64GB 4GB RAM; eMMC 5.1; microSDXC (dedicated slot). OS/Software: Android 10, One UI 2Read More…

Realme phone with 6,000 mAh battery coming soon 6

Realme phone with 6,000 mAh battery coming soon

Realme is preparing to launch a phone with a monster 6,000 mAh battery in Indonesia soon. Palson Yi, who serves as the brand’s Marketing Director revealed the info through his Instagram account. This would be the largest battery phone in Realme’s lineup but unfortunately, we don’t get any more details for now. Previously, a 6,000 mAh Realme battery was spotted on TUV Rheinland’s database bearing the BLP793 product number. No other details surrounding this mysterious Realme phone have appeared so far, leaving plenty question marks which will hopefully be answered soon. TUV Rheinland certificate SourceRead More…

Samsung Galaxy S20 Lite appears on Geekbench with Snapdragon 865 7

Samsung Galaxy S20 Lite appears on Geekbench with Snapdragon 865

As per previous rumors, Samsung is reportedly working on a Galaxy S10 Lite followпи-up, which should be coming sometime in October this year. However, a recent Geekbench listing suggests that the handset is closer to launch than expected. The Galaxy S20 Lite was initially rumored to sport Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 chipset with Samsung’s One UI 2.5 on top and the Geekbench listing confirms the former. The octa-core “Kona” SoC clocked at 1.8 GHz is likely the Snapdragon 865 chip paired with 6GB of RAM. The model number is SM-G781B, which aligns with SamMobile’s earliest report and suggests that the “B” at the end is for a designated region. Source SourceRead More…

It's official: the vivo X50 series is coming to India on July 16 8

It’s official: the vivo X50 series is coming to India on July 16

Vivo is counting down to the launch of the X50 series in India – there are three days remaining. The local launch will take place on July 16 at 12:00 pm local time and will more than likely be livestreamed. By the way, the company is running a Capture the X promo campaign – the winning photo in each of four categories will score the talented photographer a free vivo X50 Pro. This is the one with the gimbal-like camera. So, the Pro is definitely coming to India. It’s almost certain that the vanilla vivo X50 will be part of the launch party too. However, whether or not the X50 Pro+ will join them remains to be seen (it is the first phone with the large 1/2” Samsung GN1 sensor, but lacks the gimbal system). Sales of the Pro+ in China started only a couple of days ago. Vivo India’s Twitter account is also teasing the vivo TWS Neo, a pair of high quality earbuds with apt X Adaptive and large drivers plus three DeepX modes (tuned voice, bass and high frequencies). There’s no date on the teaser, but it’s a safe bet that they will be part of the July 16 event. Source SourceRead More…

OnePlus Buds officially confirmed to arrive with the Nord 9

OnePlus Buds officially confirmed to arrive with the Nord

Various sources claimed that OnePlus will be announcing its TWS buds during the OnePlus Nord event and it seems that they were right. The company officially confirmed that the pair of OnePlus Buds will arrive alongside the OnePlus Nord. Now you know the name. See our first truly wireless earphones July 21. #OnePlusBuds— OnePlus (@oneplus) July 13, 2020 The company’s first truly wireless buds are rumored to come in white and black colors offering looks that are similar to the wireless Bullets-series and with in-ear design. Some speculate that noise canceling is at hand but nothing is confirmed for now. As a bonus, you can take a closer look at what seems to be a part of an official render of the OnePlus Nord in Grey. The render also reveals OnePlus’ plans to give away its first ten devices to some lucky fans but since this isn’t official yet, no details have been given. Source 1 • Source 2 SourceRead More…

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 to sell as Mi Smart Band 5 outside China, NFC nowhere to be seen 10

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 to sell as Mi Smart Band 5 outside China, NFC nowhere to be seen

Xiaomi is having a global announcement on July 15 where we’ll see more products for its Mi ecosystem, including a new phone, a Mi Band 5 and some appliances. The Portuguese website Techbit got a review unit of the smart band and revealed it will have another name for the global market but, sadly, will lack NFC. Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 photos The first-impression article reveals the wearable will be called Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5, following the Mi Smart Band 4 from last year. We already know it has a slightly bigger display, more sports, and physical activities, and an entirely new charging connector. The Mi Smart Band 5 will also come with customizable shortcuts and can act as a remote shooter for the smartphone camera that will help people take TikTok videos a bit more effortlessly. There are also some new features like breathing exercises and PAI (Physical Activity Intelligence) score. Once launched, we expect to learn more about the gadget, including its price, but given it retained the Mi (Smart) Band 4 price tag, this version is likely to cost around €30. Source (in Portuguese) SourceRead More…