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July 1, 2017

Upcoming smartphone tech to look forward to

Smartphone technology moves at a brisk pace, with new camera, processor, and other enhancements appearing each year. It wasn’t so long ago that smartphone fingerprint scanners, dual cameras, and contactless payments were considered wild ideas, and yet there’s still much more awesome tech to look forward to in the coming months and years.

Whether you’re holding out on a major upgrade or are just interested in what’s to come, here are some pieces of smartphone technology that will be appearing in upcoming devices in the very near future.

Foldable screens

I know, I know: bendable, flexible, and foldable screens have been touted as The Next Big Things for seemingly forever, [...]

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June 25, 2017

Dual camera optical zoom technology explained

Dual camera smartphone technology certainly isn’t new anymore, but we are seeing a new trend emerge whereby manufacturers are offering “optical zoom” capabilities inside their smartphones. Two notable models touting this feature are Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus and the new OnePlus 5. If you’ve been wondering exactly how this technology works and it these phones really offer optical zoom capabilities, then you’ve come to the right article.

The smartphone zoom problem

Before delving into the specifics of how this works, it’s probably best to recap why manufacturers have felt the need to offer optical zoom capabilities inside a smartphone. Unlike DSLR lenses with variable focal [...]

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January 11, 2017

5 flagship features mid-range phones need in 2017

Although boundary pushing flagship smartphones garner most of the headlines, there’s a budding market for lower cost flagships and mid-range smartphones that is due for a shot in the arm. While there are some great handsets out there, manufacturers are often slow at bringing flagship features to their lowest cost models, which greatly devalues the potential of this important mid-tier.

When you can pick up last year’s flagship with better specs and more features at the same price as the latest mid-tier handsets, there often doesn’t appear to be much purpose to many of these models. So here are some features that I think manufacturers should hop on right away to make [...]

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