Samsung has said that their 2017 phones will be thinner and faster charging due to advancements in camera and battery technology.
The South Korean mobile giant has said that its revolutionary RWB camera technology can produce the same photographic results as the iPhone 6 with microns two-thirds the size. This means that the camera module can be even thinner so it no longer protrudes from the back of the handset.
Another stumbling block to thinner phones is the battery. Modern smartphones require big and powerful batteries to fuel high-resolution screens, games and several hours per day of usage.
However, this comes at a cost and this cost is size. Samsung dropped the size of the battery in the S6 to achieve a thinner product but hopes to be able to reverse this by 2017. This will be achieved by increasing the energy density held in the battery from 700wh/l to 780wh/l, packing more power into the same area and delivering a better, thinner product.
The S6 is ZTE’s latest attempt to recapture the magic of the original Blade, so how does it fare?
Back in 2010, ZTE launched the original Blade. With a 3.5” WVGA device – that was a big screen at the time – and a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, it was an unexpected hit, with specifications that belied its bargain price and a vibrant hacking and modding community
Fast-forward to 2015 and we have what feels like a spiritual successor to the original device. Many Blades have come and gone, but this is arguably the first to capture that special blend of ingredients that truly makes a low to mid-tier device a great.
What makes the S6 special – and what made the original so coveted – is that it breaks with the formula used by so many of its rivals. Non-premium processor? No – the phone has a 64-bit, Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 on-board. Outdated and heavily modified Operating System? On the contrary – the Blade S6 is the first device to ship with Android Lollipop on top of the 615 chipset. A shortage of RAM? Not in the slightest – the 2GB found on this phone matches the specifications of all but the very best of flagships. Meagre internal storage? Hardly – with 16GB it matches the Xperia Z3 (which is more than 3 times the price) and it can also be expanded via microSD. The list goes on. Add in dual band WiFi, a vast array of sensors, an impressive 5” IPS screen and even a high end Sony camera sensor and it soon becomes clear that the device really packs some punch for the price.
Broken or damaged smartphones are a thing of the past with iMend’s 30-minute “while you watch” repairs
For most people a broken or damaged smartphone is frustrating and disruptive, with expensive repairs and the thought of spending weeks without their trusty handheld a daunting situation to have to face. But UK smartphone repair company iMend.com solves all of these problems and more by offering a comprehensive and convenient repair service with a twist.
iMend, the brainchild of Birmingham-based entrepreneur Keir McConomy, offers a unique service for two important reasons. It is the first company to offer a UK-wide mobile phone repair callout service, with a wide-reaching team of technicians on standby to fix all major Android brand handsets, including Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG and more.
It also helps customers avoid lengthy waits for their phone, with an on-site service where technicians come straight to the customer – whether at work, at home, at a hotel or at another location within the UK. Technician’s can travel to a location to perform a same-day service, and in most cases repairs take no longer than 30 minutes.
Is the HTC One M9 too similar to its predecessor, the M8, or can its blazing Snapdragon 810 and clever customisation tools help it stand out from the crowd?
Last year, we applauded one of the first devices to arrive from HTC’s new outlook. The HTC One (M8) was not only a thing of beauty, but it outperformed nearly everything else on the market.
However, it was soon swept aside by the juggernaut that was the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC were left licking their wounds with sales still not hitting where they should be. A year has passed since then and with further cuts being made behind the scene, has HTC managed to finally release a device that can truly challenge Samsung with the gorgeous One M9? The jury is certainly out on this one.
It’s a good bet that if you’re reading this magazine you’ve got more than one Android device.
You might have a phone and a tablet, a work phone and a play phone, or any number of combinations, but sometimes it can be a bit of a faff keeping track of the battery levels of those devices.
That’s where Potential comes in. Not only does it keep you abreast of the power levels of multiple devices, it also lets you toggle the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections on and off with a simple tap. It doesn’t run through your Google account either, so you’re not sharing your sign-in information.
Best of all, you don’t need a rooted device to make it work – you simply download the standard Potential app from the Google Play Store to your devices. All you’ll need to get it up and running are your Android devices and an internet connection. It shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes, either.
MIT offshoot Solid Energy has announced a lithium ion battery that could double battery life.
Their battery design uses an ultra-thin metal anode in place of the standard carbon or silicon-composite anode to halve the size of the battery’s interior. This way they can pack twice the amount of anode inside the cell, doubling the amount of charge it can hold.
This is something that has been tried before but the liquid electrolyte connected to the anode is usually flammable. However, Solid Energy has added elements to the electrolyte to stop the reaction and prevent the battery from exploding.
Solid Energy also says that the battery will be able to be manufactured using technology that already exists, meaning that companies that make lithium ion batteries can start producing these new ones without having to invest in expensive new equipment.