Thursday, 19 October 2017

Foldable ZTE Axon M is official with dual touchscreens

The much leaked ZTE Axon M (codenamed Multy) has finally become official today. You can call this a flip smartphone, or a foldable one like its maker would like you to. This isn't foldable like in those tech dreams where the screen of the handset folds - instead, what we have here is a two-screen phone with a hinge in between.



When it's folded, the Axon M has a display on either side. When you unfold it, you get a total viewing area of 6.75", but the bezels don't help create the illusion that you're looking at one screen and not two.

Microsoft launches Surface Book 2

Microsoft has launched a new version of its flagship notebook computer, the Surface Book 2. The new machine has updated design, updated internals, updated connectivity, improved battery life and now comes in two sizes.


The Surface Book 2 looks mostly similar to the original, with a removable tablet screen that has its own processor and battery that can be plugged into the keyboard facing either direction for even more performance and battery life. The design has been updated in small ways, such as in the way the hinge works and the keyboard, which makes it work a bit better.

WhatsApp rolls out live location sharing for Android and iOS

Of all of Facebook's various properties, WhatsApp definitely isn't the fastest when it comes to adding new features or catching up with competitors in that regard. But it does still launch new functions from time to time, and today we're talking about live location sharing.



This has been seen before in apps such as Google Maps and even Facebook Messenger - the launch in both of those cases happened back in March. Seven months later, the feature is finally ready to be added to WhatsApp.

Google Calendar gets Material redesign on the web

Starting today, Google Calendar's web presence finally looks like something from 2017, not 2010. The entire web app has been revamped using the company's Material Design guidelines, which means it's now very similar in looks to the Google Calendar mobile apps.



You'll see a modern color palette and a responsive layout that auto-adjusts to your screen size, and some new features are baked in too.

Huawei Mate 10 trio of videos released

Huawei introduced three new phones yesterday in Munich - the Huawei Mate 10, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and the Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design. All three phones come with dual cameras with a f/1.6 aperture on both lenses and the Kirin 970 chipset that Huawei markets as the “First Kirin AI chipset”.


A day after the announcement, Huawei Mobile posted three promo videos, highliting the key features of the Mate 10 series.

Qualcomm introduces the Snapdragon 636 with Quick Charge 4

Qualcomm is hosting the 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong where the company, along with other ecosystem leaders are talking about the next generation of connectivity. As part of the lectures and announcements, Qualcomm introduced a new 14nm FinFET process-based Snapdragon 636 chipset. It is an upgrade from the Snapdragon 630 and comes with Quick Charge 4 support for long displays with resolution up to FHD+ or 2160x1080 pixels.


The CPU is Kryo 260 with eight cores, clocked up to 1.8 GHz. Qualcomm says it provides up to 40% higher performance than the Snapdragon 630’s processor. The GPU is Adreno 509, adding 10% extra performance, compared with the Adreno 508.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Porsche Design unveiled with 6" 18:9 AMOLED screens

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro brings the best that tech giant has to offer with the new Leica dual camera and the new AI engine are front and center. Alongside it comes the Porsche Design edition, which builds on the solid hardware with an even more premium exterior.



The Huawei Mate 10 Pro has a 6” AMOLED panel with a wider 18:9 ratio. The resolution raises an eyebrow, however. This year’s Pro has FHD+ resolution (that’s 1,080 x 2,160px and 402ppi), last year’s model had QHD (1440 x 2560px, 534ppi).

Anyway, the screen hugs the sides of the phone closely – what Huawei calls the “barely-there-bezel”. Also, it support HDR10 and cover 112% of the NTSC color space for a superior viewing experience.

Foldable ZTE Axon M is official with dual touchscreens

The much leaked ZTE Axon M (codenamed Multy) has finally become official today. You can call this a flip smartphone, or a foldable one like...