Friday, 21 October 2016

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro is now official with Snapdragon 653, 6GB of RAM

As expected, today Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy C9 Pro for China. This phone is the company's first to boast a whopping 6GB of RAM, which should be a top selling point in the spec-obsessed Chinese market. The C9 Pro has had most of its specs leakedyesterday, so you may already know everything there is to know about it.
Still, it doesn't hurt to confirm that it is indeed sporting Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 653chipset, the successor to the pretty successful 652. The C9 Pro has a 6-inch 1080p touchscreen, 64GB of expandable storage, and a big 4,000 mAh battery.

Its 16 MP rear camera has f/1.9 aperture, phase detection autofocus and a dual-tone LED flash, while selfies are taken care of by another 16 MP sensor, also with f/1.9 aperture. The C9 Pro has dual-SIM functionality, 4G support, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, 802.11n Wi-Fi, a 3.5mm headset jack, and it runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Its dimensions are 162.9 x 80.7 x 6.9 mm, and it weighs 189g. It's already up for pre-order in China, in rose gold, from Samsung's online store, priced at CNY 3,199 ($472 or €435 at the moment). It will become available on November 11.

LG V20 is up for pre-order at Sprint and US Cellular too

Following the lead of AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, today Sprint and US Cellular have finally started taking pre-orders for the LG V20. So far these two carriers were the last ones out of the big five not to have taken the step, so it's good to see it happening eventually.
At Sprint, the device is priced at $792 full retail, or $33 per month for two years if you'd rather pay in installments. There's also the option of shelling out $349.99 (after a mail-in rebate) for the handset and buying it with a new two-year contract. You can get up to $200 off with an eligible trade-in device, and if you order before October 28 you'll get the free pair of Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H3 headphones from LG - do note that this offer is pretty much universal in the US, so you don't necessarily have to buy from Sprint to grab the cans.

US Cellular's full price for the V20 is $699.99. If you want the installment plan, it will be $21.60 per month for 30 months, $27 per month for two years, or $32.40 per month for 20 months. If you pre-order at this carrier, you'll get a $100 gift card in addition to the aforementioned headphones.
US Cellular isn't saying when the V20 will be available in its stores. For Sprint, that will happen on October 28, as previously revealed. Verizon is still asking for the least amount of money for the V20, believe it or not - namely $672. It's followed by US Cellular, then T-Mobile ($769.99), and Sprint, while AT&T is by far the most expensive option with its $830 full retail price.

LG G6 won't have any Friends as the company gives up on modular accessories

A new report from the company's home of South Korea claims LG's next flagship smartphone, the G6, will have no friends. Or rather, no 'Friends' - the modular accessories that were talked up as a big selling point for its predecessor, the G5. It unsurprisingly turns out that people aren't interested in such gimmicks and just want the best features to already be in their top of the line smartphone when they buy it, not be upsold expensive accessories on top of that.
The G5 has clearly not been LG's most successful flagship offering, not even close, which might have something to do with the convoluted modular system which required taking out the battery (and thus forcing a restart of the phone) every time you wanted to connect an accessory. Motorola's at least nailed usability with its take on modularity, but that doesn't mean anyone actually wants modular accessories for smartphones in real life.

LG G5 with Cam Plus module attached

With the V20 LG has already skipped the modular shenanigans, but since that's a different line some may have hoped the G6 will pick up where the G5 left off. Not a chance, according to "multiple representatives from multiple industries". Some executives who were in charge of the G5's development have even been replaced, so the company obviously doesn't want to repeat the mistakes of the past.
The G6 should be in stores at some point next spring, the report says. It will come with certain unnamed features never before seen on an LG smartphone, apparently. For what it's worth, LG itself hasn't confirmed any of this.

You can now buy the HP Elite x3 sans desk dock for $699

HP has been selling the Elite x3 Windows 10 Mobile device in the US since September, but so far you've only been able to purchase one with the bundled desk dock. That arrangement shot the price up to a hardly palatable $799 unlocked, but now there's some good news if you don't need said dock.
HP is finally offering the Elite x3 without the desk dock, and it's $100 cheaper than the aforementioned bundle. However, there's a huge caveat at the moment. This dock-less configuration only shows up on HP's online store for small and medium businesses, so if you want to spend $699 for the Elite x3 sans dock you have to have one of those.

Hopefully the company will expand the listing to its consumer-oriented online store in the near future, and it wouldn't hurt if the Microsoft Store started selling it too at some point. One thing to note is that if you purchase the device without the desk dock and then decide you want the accessory at a later time, you'll pay $150 for it - so think it through and if you have any use for the dock better save $50 and go for the $799 bundle.

New BlackBerry DTEK60 could be released as soon as October 25

There’s still no official word from BlackBerry about just when the newest DTEK60 model will be released. However, a new report from Pocket-Lint says that a new listing on German Media Markt shows the TCL-built BlackBerry device in question with a price tag of around $499 which is to be launched in the US, Europe and Canada starting on October 25.
This will be BlackBerry’s first high-end smartphone since the BlackBerry Priv, which launched about a year ago with an ambitious price tag. This time around, the rumored price seems a lot more reasonable. That price will get you a 5.5 inch QHD screen, a Snapdragon 820 CPU paired with 4GB of RAM, 16MP rear-facing camera, as well as a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, dual firing stereo speakers, and a USB-C charging port.
Perhaps a BlackBerry DTEK60 could serve as a replacement for the Samsung Galaxy Note7. After all, the BlackBerry was always known for its enterprise and security features. Thing is, even with BlackBerry’s productivity features for getting things done and its unified inbox may still not be enough to satisfy those who long for an S-Pen and a slightly larger (5.7 inch) display.