Monday, 18 September 2017

New image of upcoming Gionee M7 leaks

An image of the upcoming Gionee M7 smartphone has leaked, giving us a better idea of its design. The focuses on the back of the handset, revealing a dual camera setup and a metal unibody.

While we can't confirm whether or not the leaked render is legit, it's not the first time we are hearing about dual rear cameras on the M7.

Google Tez mobile payments service launched in India

Turns out the rumors were correct, as Google has officially launched a new mobile payments system in India. Dubbed Tez, the service is available in the form of mobile app, and is aimed at making payments and money transfers easy.

"Send money home to your family, split a dinner bill with friends, or pay the neighborhood chaiwala. Make all payments big or small, directly from your bank account with Tez," Google says.

As expected, Tez uses Indian government-backed UPI (Unified Payments Interface) platform, and is compatible with all major UPI-supporting banks in the country.

Virgin Mobile pre-orders for iPhone 8 go live on September 22

Virgin Mobile is a Sprint MVNO which decided to only offer iPhones to new customers a couple of months ago or so as part of its new business strategy. Members of Virgin’s Inner Circle (which offers perks on the carrier and Virgin’s airline) and new customers can begin placing their pre-orders for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus starting on September 22.

Yeah, Virgin Mobile is a bit late to the party, but hey, better late than never. Pre-ordered devices will begin shipping on September 29. Oh yeah, and those part of Virgin’s Inner Circle can get a free year of unlimited service (soft-capped at 23GB per month) for $1 (not a typo), just pay taxes and fees for service every month, which come out to a few dollars per month for the first 12 months. A standard rate of $50 per month applies after the promotion.

iPhone X's A11 crushes top Android competition in Geekbench

The iPhone X did another quick run of Geekbench to solidify itself as the fastest smartphone around.

Apple's upcoming flagship scored even more than it did last time and trounces all the top smartphones around. Granted benchmarks aren't great at making cross-platform comparisons, but the difference is still impressive.

The A11 Bionic chipset has nearly doubled the single-core score of the A10 Fusion, which was already ahead of the Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895 Octa. Interestingly the A11 Bionic has the highest multi-core score, a first for an Apple chip.

Here's how much it costs to fast charge the new iPhones

Apple finally brought wireless charging and fast charging to the iPhone lineup but you can't have it right out of the box.

The supplied 5W charger in the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X retail box is the same old charger Apple has been bundling for ages. In order to have fast charging you need to buy a separate charger and cable. And they won't be cheap, either.

Apple has tested the new iPhones with the USB-C 29W charger it supplies with the 12-inch Macbook as well as the 61W and 87W power adapters. The 29W charger costs around €59/£49/$49. Then you'd need a USB-C to Lightning cable, which goes for €29/£25/$25.

As more people pre-order, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus shipping estimates lengthen

Apple kicked off the first wave of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus pre-orders today and the initial stock is already beginning to dwindle.

At the beginning of the day buyers from most of the 29 countries that made the first wave of sales were seeing shipping times between 22 and 25 September but now shipping estimates are falling back to between 1 and 2 weeks.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Apple iPhone X production cost estimated at $412.75

Apple announced the iPhone X with an eye-watering price of $999 on September 12. Industry insiders in China did an investigation how much each component costs and came up with the total cost of the iPhone X. The sum is $412.75, or 60% cheaper than the retail price.

The most expensive component is the 5.8” OLED panel manufactured by Samsung. It’s price is $80 per unit which is way higher than any other part. The NAND memory, acquired from Toshiba is $45 for 256 GB. The 3 GB RAM is half - only $24.

New image of upcoming Gionee M7 leaks

An image of the upcoming Gionee M7 smartphone has leaked, giving us a better idea of its design. The focuses on the back of the handset, re...