At the end of this month, Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus — its flagship handsets for 2018. Riding high on the success of the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 from last year, Samsung seems to be following an ‘S’ upgrade style this year. Leaks point to the Galaxy S9 looking largely the same as its predecessor but packing major under the hood changes.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL might not look like outstanding handsets on paper but once you start using either of them, you will realize what a workhorse they are. Right from their camera to their battery life their daily performance, its really hard to find faults in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
Magisk for Android has turned out to be among the most popular development in the Android modding community in recent times. Not only has Magisk managed to replace Chainfire’s extremely popular SuperSu as the defacto root managing app, it also other developers a chance to create mods for a wide variety of device thanks to its Universal Systemless Interface.
The OnePlus 5T looks beautiful in its new limited-edition Sandstone White finish. But you should not buy it.
The first beta of Xposed framework for Android 8.0 and Android 8.1 Oreo is now available for download. The first beta of Oreo comes within a few months of the release of the OS. In comparison, the first official beta of Xposed framework for Nougat took over a year to arrive due to a number of underlying changes introduced in the OS.
Attending Honor’s big event this week in London, I couldn’t help shake the feeling that despite their claims about innovation, and a few software tweaks aside, all they really did was copy what has already been done and make it cheaper to end users. From the 2:1 display – understandable – to a new, upcoming front camera projector and ID system, teased for 2018, that’s set to be a carbon copy of what the iPhone X does – complete with Animoji. However, like most of us, I’m all for making things cheaper, and I loved last year’s Honor 6X – really decent specs and capabilities in a premium-feeling phone that cost around £220 or so. Amazing. Can the 7X live up to the same billing?
Less than six months after the OnePlus 5 was unveiled, OnePlus has unveiled the 5T — a ’T’ upgrade to the handset. This move will likely anger many 5 owners who just got the handset but then the 5T is not a major upgrade over its predecessor. Its an evolutionary upgrade — an update just to ensure the phone keeps up with the time.
Right up front I have to tell you, there’s nothing special to see here, nothing unique. Move right along. Unless you want a bargain Android flagship. You see, the USP here is the price. By taking imaging and durability down just one small notch from the top end, the OnePlus 5T manages to shave off many hundreds of pounds. While keeping the flagship internals and traditional OnePlus attributes and popular features. In short, it’s a hit!
Last year, Xiaomi managed to make the whole of the smartphone industry sit up and take notice of its efforts with the original Mi Mix. Wanting to outgrow its image of a Chinese company making cheap iPhone clones, Xiaomi took the help of world-renowned designer Philippe Starck to design the bezel-less Mi Mix.
“Watch, listen, play” is the opening shot of Razer’s pitch for this, the eponymous Razer Phone. We’ve seen a number of phones aimed at gamers in the past, usually with gimmicky extra controls or savage compromises, but the Razer Phone only has one – which I’ll come to in a moment. I’ve been playing with the very first retail Razer Phone in the UK, exclusively handled by the popular Three network (who also sell it on pay-as-you-go*, don’t worry).